WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge Borough Council passed the six ordinances on second and final reading at Wednesday’s meeting of the Wood-Ridge Mayor and Council. All six ordinances passed unanimously
ORDINANCE 2021-4 (Budget COLA)
The annual ordinance that allows the Borough to exceed the municipal budget appropriation limits and to establish a CAP Bank.
“A “cap bank” allows the governing body to “bank” the permission it was given to spend a certain amount of money in one year, but which was not actually spent, for use in subsequent years.”
Mayor Paul Sarlo noted that this is something that Wood-Ridge does each year as part of the budget process.
ORDINANCE NO. 2021-5 (Easement for South Parking Lot for Wood-Ridge Athletic Complex)
An ordinance authorizing an easement of lands for New Jersey Transit Corp for a portion of property by the Wood-Ridge Athletic Complex to be used for as a parking lot. The lot will hold approximately 65 parking spaces for people using the complex.
ORDINANCE NO. 2021-6 (Private Sale of Surplus Property)
An ordinance to authorize the sale of property by the borough to a private owner. The property, at the corner of 4th Street and Fritsch Avenue, is currently vacant and serves as a buffer between 4th Street and the rear yards of three homes on Rose Street. The Borough is selling a piece of the property (50 feet by 30 feet and having no frontage on any street) to a private resident for the purpose of expanding their backyard.
ORDINANCE NO. 2021-7 (Establishes Fire Department and Emergency Squad as separate agencies)
The ordinance amended the Wood-Ridge Borough Code by repealing Chapter 48, (Fire Department) and replaced it as well as adding two chapters, Chapter 52 (Emergency Squad) and Chapter 56 (Length of Service Program). Mayor Paul Sarlo noted that splitting the Fire Department and Emergency Squad (both of which are made up of volunteers) is an issue that many towns are considering. He commended both Chiefs with coming to the Borough with the idea, and expressed confidence that they would make this new arrangement work as well as the prior arrangement had.
ORDINANCE 2021-8 (Approving Application Agreement)
Ordinance to approve the execution of a financial agreement with 300 Wesmont Drive Urban Renewal, LLC and approving an application for long-term tax exemption
ORDINANCE NO. 2021-9 (Update to Stormwater Management Regulations)
An ordinance to update the Stormwater Management Regulations in accordance with requirements of the State of New Jersey.