ROSELLE PARK, NJ – The Borough council discussed issues of cement driveways, the Student Walk Out event and other issues during last weeks council meeting.

First on the agenda was the Local Business of the Month award that was given to Janaina Hernandez of Tia Jana Dog Care located at 208 Chestnut St, Roselle Park, NJ.

Council members also discussed the nationwide school walkout that occurred on Wednesday, March 14 praising the students for the event.

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“I attended the national walkout event at Roselle Park High School and regardless of your position on this particular issue I want to give credit to the students,” Council-At-Large Joseph DeIorio said. “The students recognized the individuals that were slain at Parkland and to their credit they did it very respectfully and justly so my hat’s off to the students who put this together.”

Councilman William Fahoury followed DeIorio’s statements by calling for a roundtable discussion on gun violence in the U.S. in June.

“You can have whatever opinion you would like, we just want the discussion because it is a serious issue in light of the Parkland tragedy,” Fahoury said. “There will be more information to come regarding this discussion.”

A topic of discussion among the council was the zoning of driveways and how they would be handled. Concerning residential zones, the ordinance states that all such aprons shall be constructed of concrete, as well as have a maximum width of one car garage (12 feet), one-car garage with allowance for additional off-street parking (18 feet), or two-car garage (24 feet).

Regarding business and industrial zones, all such aprons shall be constructed of concrete as well. The ordinance states that the maximum width of such apron shall be 20 feet; except, however, in the instance of automotive service stations, in which the maximum width may be 35 feet.

The reason being for the push of concrete in these zones, as stated by Mayor Carl Hokanson, is the fact that concrete lasts about 50 times longer than blacktop. And when asked whether the vehicle policy will be made available soon, Hokanson answered with a resounding yes.

The Borough Council unanimously approved the ordinance, along with fixing the salaries of certain officials and employees of the Borough of Roselle Park for the years 2018 and 2019.

Another topic of discussion was the council’s administrative policies and procedures regarding Roselle Park’s community access television guidelines. The reason being, both citizens and council members alike shared the concern about who would be placed in charge.

 “We always add a worthy designee with the understanding that the person is not allowed to designate their cousin or brother-in-law to do the job,” Borough Clerk Andrew J. Casais stressed to both the council and citizens. “If someone ever designated it to somebody other than a municipal official they would probably be severely disciplined since the person who is doing the work is not covered by our insurance.”

Each of the resolutions that were discussed was approved unanimously by the Borough Council. Some of which included the authorization of a Shared Service Agreement for Animal Boarding and Kenneling Services with the Township of Woodbridge, as well as establishing a Sustainable Jersey “Green Team,” which was a big topic of discussion at the previous meeting.

Note: Craig Epstein is reporting this story as part of the journalism program at Kean University.

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