WOODLAND PARK, NJ – The Borough Council held its April 19 meeting “on the road” at St. Michael Catholic Church on Lackawanna Avenue, in an effort to bring local government directly into the community to better involve and inform residents.

Mayor Keith Kazmark noted the work done over the last few weeks at the Memorial Field complex in preparation for the spring sports season. In addition to grounds clean up and field preparation, the snack stand on site has undergone a complete refurbishment. In addition to a complete renovation downstairs, the upper floor was also redone. Now, he said, football and soccer coaches can utilize the second floor to observe their teams in play.

He thanked the Department of Public Works for all its efforts and noted that all work was done in house. Opening day for t-ball, baseball and softball is Saturday morning, April 22. A full slate of games are scheduled during the day, with the snack stand fully operation throughout the day, run by volunteers with the WP Boys & Girls Club.

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PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Joseph Spinelli noted the February statistics for first aid calls. He said of the 118 ambulance calls, 103 were responded to by the WP First Aid Squad and 15 were taken by the Paterson Fire Department. Average response time for the WPFAS was 4.5 minutes. Average response time for the Paterson FD was 7 minutes.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

Kazmark noted that new code enforcement officer Allan Burghardt, who is working with Woodland Park through a shared service agreement with the Borough of Totowa, has many ideas to tighten up local codes. One item the borough will be looking at includes regulations on how many unrelated people can live in the same home.

The mayor also noted that through the work of Special Police Officer Bill Gilhooley, six students were found to be allegedly attending school in the borough illegally. These cases are going before municipal judge Toni Belford Damiano to determine resolution and restitution to the school district.

PARK IMPROVEMENTS

The first phase of a three phase planned park improvements project at Zaccaria and Rose Place parks has been completed. Park improvements will be celebrated with a grand opening on June 10 coinciding with the annual fishing derby.

“This is the largest park renovation in the history of Woodland Park,” Kazmark noted. In 2004 voters had approved a local Open Space Trust Fund which provides the borough $160,000 annually to be used solely for open space and recreation space improvements.

ROUTE 46/3 WORK

Kazmark said at a recent meeting with Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, he was assured that work on the Route 46/3 interchange has recommenced, after a period of inactivity. During the inactivity, detour and road closure signs remained on a stretch of Lackawanna Avenue. The mayor wanted reassurance from the state that residents would not be inconvenienced during periods of work inactivity.

A current work update on the project can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2017/041017.shtm.

POOL AGREEMENT

The council approved an interlocal service agreement with Fair Lawn which allows Woodland Park residents to join the Fair Lawn pool. The agreement comes at no cost to the borough.

Memorial Pool is located at the end of Berdan Avenue. The sand bottom pool is surrounded by beach sand and includes a full beach, back beach grass areas and shade trees. The pool includes an enclosed kiddie area with spray water features and light house slide, deep water slides, and a raft.

The pool will tentatively open for the 2017 season on June 23. Membership rates for 2017 to be determined.

Find out more about the pool at http://www.fairlawn.org/content/205/299/479.aspx.