WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - It was not business as usual at the meeting of the Mayor and Council of Wood-Ridge on Wednesday evening. 

Following the protocols for social distancing due to the Coronavirus, Councilwoman Catherine Cassidy and Councilman Joseph DiMarco and Councilman Dominick Azzolini were seated off the council dias at tables six feet apart.  Mayor Paul Sarlo made the following statement at the beginning of the meeting. 

The Borough of Wood-Ridge is following, as all the municipalities in the county have been directed to, the direction and the orders of the Governor’s Executive Order, through the New Jersey Disaster Act.  We will be updating our website with the Governor of New Jersey Executive Order, which was issued by the Office of Emergency Management, which is the Colonel of the State Police for this particular matter.  

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Wood-Ridge will be following those protocols, those businesses that are applicable under this executive order will be closed.  We are following no other executive orders. All municipalities have been instructed by the Attorney General to do the same. 

With regards to Wood-Ridge, of course our senior center is closed, all of our indoor activities are closed, the schools are closed, the civic center is closed, the library is closed, the Fire Department is closed for public gatherings.  We are holding our Mayor and Council meeting, using the appropriate six-foot social distancing. 

Regarding the upcoming zoning board meeting, Borough Administrator Chris Eilert informed the Mayor that the meeting "will be done in a similar format at this, we are not accepting new applications, and we are going to adopt the resolutions of the prior meeting, so those applications become complete."

The Council passed on Second and Final Reading Ordinance 2020-2, which is the annual ordinance which authorizes the 2020 Cap Bank. They also passed, on first reading, an ordinance which amends sections of the Wood-Ridge Code particularly set forth in Chapter 179 pertaining to Alcoholic Beverage Licenses.  

The changes will allow the granting a hotel liquor license to the Element Hotel once it is complete.



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