HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - After his presentation about proposed shared services agreement to the Mayor and Council, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant took questions regarding conflicts with the timeline and different aspects of the project.

Councilman Steven Reyngoudt pointed out the potential start of construction in early July would conflict with the Lions Club's July 4th fireworks. Helfant said the event could be moved earlier to the end of June or July into August. Mayor Jack DeLorenzo noted the fireworks is usually scheduled around June 28. Things could be scheduled ahead of time so that the work on the field would begin July 1.

Reyngoudt also asked whether the field would be lined for soccer and baseball in addition to football. Helfant said he "needed the specs first" but his intent would be a multi-use field with including those sports. 

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A question was raised as to whether the practice field (the smaller field closer to Route 17) would also be included. Board secretary Dina Messery explained they would take some of the old field and put in where the practice field was. Councilman Christopher Hillmann asked that if there are safety concerns with the field, why they'd be using that field at all. It was explained that the issue wasn't with the turf itself but the base underneath. 

Council president Ron Kistner compared to when a home gets new carpeting and padding. The company would patch up the padding underneath the field and putting down new carpeting, or field. He noted that some of the higher trafficked area of the field are the endzones, home plate, and first base areas.

DeLorenzo said when he attended the League of Municipalities, he spoke with some vendors in attendance who explained the "advantage to place it before it's absolutely damaged, because then it'll start to affect the underneath, and then it gets to be more expensive."

Councilman Justin DiPisa asked whether the borough get obtain a better warranty or whether the technology has improved to extend the savings. Helfant said he needed to get into the process to address the warranty issue, and that while the technology has improved, the longevity of fields has stayed the same.

After the presentation, the Council moved on with regular business. Communications it received included:

1. Letter from Hasbrouck Heights Police Department which includes list of approved 2019 Towing Applications (required Council confirmation)
2. Letter from NJ DOT regarding their inability to provide funding for 2020 Municipal Aid Program
3. Letter from Laura Baker listing the winners from the Mayor’s Celebration Committee Holiday Decorating Contest

The NJ DOT was unable to provide funding for the Henry Street Improvements Project. According to Borough Administrator Mike Kronyak, that project was for milling and paving for Henry Street heading west. He indicated that the if borough continued with the project, it would need to fund it.

The reading of the year-end reports was suspended, would be submitted for the record. Those reports will be published in TAPinto when received from the borough.



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