HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Two ordinances were passed on final reading, and one on first reading at the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting on Tuesday evening.
Ordinance 2444 amended the Borough Code of Hasbrouck Heights by designating more streets as four way stops, as a way of increasing not only vehicle safety, but pedestrian safety as well.
Ordinance 2445 appropriated $175,000 to provide the acquisition of equipment for use by the fire department, and further authorized the financing of the cost in accordance with the provisions of local bond law.
Both were passed unanimously by the Council.
Ordinance 2446, also approved unanimously by the Council, repealed Chapter 142 of the Borough Code (Flood Hazard Areas) and enacted in its place a new Chapter 142, entitled “Flood Damage Prevention” in accordance with the requirements of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Additionally, during the reports section of the meeting, both Councilman Steven Reyngoudt and Mayor Jack DeLorenzo spoke about a meeting they had with the new leadership of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) concerning proposed cuts to Hasbrouck Heights funding from the organization.
Mayor DeLorenzo stated that he, the Library Board, Councilman Reyngoudt expressed their displeasure to the leadership, noting that the Hasbrouck Heights Library is one of the most efficiently run libraries in the Cooperative, and lends out three times as many books as it receives from other libraries. He also noted that Hasbrouck Heights is one of the few libraries that is fully funded by the town, and pays $48,000 to be a member of cooperative.
He stated he was bringing the issue to our local state representatives as well as the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He explained how grant money is given out each year by the Bergen County Freeholders to be distributed to different libraries, but libraries from other counties have a vote in how the BCCLS the money.
(The Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) is a consortium of public libraries in the Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, and Essex counties. There are 15 libraries from outside Bergen County in the consortium.)
“I do not understand how towns outside Bergen County get a vote on how to spend money that only Bergen County contributes to,” said DeLorenzo.
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