WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Six ordinances were passed on second and final reading at the Borough of Wood-Ridge Council meeting held Wednesday evening in the Borough Council Chamber at Borough Hall. Two ordinances were passed on first reading.
Mayor Paul Sarlo, Borough Administrator Chris Eilert and Borough Clerk Gina Affuso were in attendance in chambers, while all six members of the Council joined the meeting virtually. Three members of the public also were in attendance in Council chambers.
The six ordinances passed by the Council were as follows:
Ordinance 2020-6 which reassigned the requirements for youth coaches to have background checks moved from the Police section to the Recreation section of the Wood-Ridge Borough Code. According to Eilert, who explained each of the ordinances at the request of one of the Wood-Ridge residents in attendance, said that the ordinance did not change any of the requirements, only were they were located in the Borough Code. The Police Chief would still receive the background checks, performed by the New Jersey State Police. It was discovered during a review of the code that the requirement was in the Police section, rather than the Recreation section of the code.
Ordinance 2020-7 updates the traffic signs and parking regulation to include the Wesmont neighborhood. The code also had some cleanup done for changes that have occurred during the past several years that were not memorialized in the code.
Ordinance 2020-8 fixed the salary, wages and compensation of the officers and employees of the Borough of Wood-Ridge. Eilert also noted that this also included the annual “cost of living” adjustment. This year the adjustment is an increase of 2.5 percent.
Ordinance 2020-9 amended the zoning ordinance for side yard setbacks for homes in the borough that are built on 40-foot wide lots. This ordinance will allow homeowners who wish to make improvements to their homes that are on non-conforming lots without having to appear before the land use board as long as the change follows the non-conforming use.
Ordinance 2020-10 approved a tax agreement with Pulte Homes of NJ with respect to a portion of the Wesmont Redevelopment area. The borough will receive payments in leu of taxes (PILOT payments) for the next five years.
Ordinance 2020-11 approved a tax agreement for PILOT payments with respect to Phase III and Phase IV of the Wesmont Redevelopment with Fleet Wood-Ridge LLC.
Additionally, two ordinances were passed on first reading:
Ordinance 2020-12 authorizes the undertaking of the 2020 Road Resurfacing program and to appropriate a sum of $1,750,000 to pay the cost, with the authorization to issue bond anticipation notes in anticipation of such bonds.
Ordinance 2020-13 amended the Wood-Ridge Code, specifically Chapter 114, entitled Police Department.
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