Archive for October, 2006|Monthly archive page
Note that local time between 1:00:00 and 1:59:59 actually is repeated twice this day, first during DST time, then clocks are turned back one hour to normal time, and the hour is repeated during normal time. To avoid confusion when referring to time within this hour, it is important to tell whether it happened before of after the change back to normal time.
Effective Tax Rate for Ridgewood!
The following comes from the Village Finance Department
2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
County Open Space $0.0100 $0.0100 $0.0100 $0.0050 $0.0050 $0.0050
County $0.2620 $0.2520 $0.2430 $0.2300 $0.2400 $0.2130
School $1.7670 $1.7010 $1.6290 $1.5600 $1.4840 $1.4120
Village $0.6260 $0.5920 $0.5730 $0.5400 $0.5060 $0.4900
Village Open Space $0.0050 $0.0050 $0.0050 $0.0050 $0.0050
As you can see over the past few years NO ELECTED OFFICIAL in our local government (school, county, and council) can claim to have lowered taxes.
see tax chart http://ridgewoodtaxpayers.net/taxrate2006.htm
Congressman Scott Garrett Applauds Today’s Signature into Law of Secure Fence Act as Critical Measure to Keeping our Country Safe and Secure
Washington, D.C.-Congressman Scott Garrett applauded the President’s signature today of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, H.R. 6061, which authorizes the construction of a 700-mile fence at critical points along our southwest border and authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to maintain operational control of our border and ports through enhanced Border Patrol operations, physical barriers, and state-of-the-art technology.
“This Act, which was signed into law today, takes a significant step towards keeping our country even more safe and secure,” said Garrett. “By authorizing the construction of a fence and authorizing DHS to maintain operational control of our border and ports-providing them with cutting-edge equipment and technology-we are acting to stay ahead of terrorism, keeping control of what comes into our homeland.”
Initial funding in the amount of $1.2 billion for the construction of this fence and additional border security measures–such as vehicle barriers, tactical infrastructure, and technology–was approved as a part of the Fiscal Year 07 Appropriations bill and additional funding will follow. Congressman Garrett voted in favor of Secure Fence Act in September of this year.
Additionally, Congressman Garrett voted for the Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which was also signed into law, providing amongst other things, $2.27 billion for border patrol funding to help add an additional 1,500 new Border Patrol agents for a total of 14,800 agents; $5.2 billion for the Secure Border Initiative, helping to provide tools and personnel needed to prevent terrorists and other criminals from crossing our border; and $4.2 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Audrey C. Jones
U.S. Rep. E. Scott Garrett (NJ-5)
1318 Longworth Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 226-0443 Direct
(202) 593-1399 Cell
School Leadership LLC, the search firm hired by the Board of Education to find a new superintendent of schools, is overseeing a number of ways the community can provide input on what to look for in candidates for the Ridgewood position. School Leadership will be conducting general community meetings at the Ed Center, 49 Cottage Place, on November 14 and November 29 at 7:30 PM to gain ideas from the community in how to narrow their search to find the ideal candidate. At the public meetings, School Leadership will describe the process for conducting the search, and ask attendees which professional and personal characteristics they feel the new superintendent should bring to the position. School Leadership will also be meeting with district administrators (November 1); Federated Home and School Association (November 2); and the Human Resources Coordinating Council and Clergy Council (November 16).
School Leadership is also conducting a web-based interactive survey that will be available on the district website (www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us) for the month of November. Participants will be asked to choose from a list the qualities they consider essential in a superintendent of schools. There will also be open-ended questions. A hot link to the survey will be posted in the next rps.eNews. Survey takers also have the option of printing the survey and mailing or faxing their opinions to School Leadership. All results from the anonymous survey will be sent directly to School Leadership offices.
Information from the meetings and the survey will be synthesized into a set of search specifications that the Board will approve at its December 18, 2006, meeting. School Leadership expects that the new superintendent will be appointed at the April 23, 2007, Board meeting.
That a member of the Village Council openly solicited donations to the Ridgewood A.M. Rotary Club from Village employees. The solicitations recently took place at Village Hall during normal business hours.
Will horses soon be seen again at Habernickel Park? A local businessman presented Village Council members with a proposal to lease the Village owned stables for purposes of boarding up to 13 privately owned horses. The Council directed Village Manager James M. Ten Hoeve to determine whether the current occupants of Village owned homes at Habernickel have any objections to such a plan before further Council discussion takes place.
Leases on the two Village owned homes at Habernickel Park will be extended for at least one more year.
The West Side Presbyterian Church formally notified Village Council members of its decision to withdraw their application to move a structure, purchased from the Village for $1.00 in December of 2004, from Village owned property at 54 South Monroe Street, to a church owned parcel on South Hillside Place. Now, Council members must decide what to do with the property at 54 South Monroe Street. A local real estate investor has offered to move the structure to his property at the northeast corner of South Monroe Street and Godwin Avenues. Other options under consideration by the Council include holding the church responsible for demolishing the structure, or returning the property to tax rolls instead of converting it to an athletic field. Further discussion on this topic will take place at the Council’s 11/1/2006 Work Session.
Representatives of NJ Transit formally presented their revised plan to make the Ridgewood train station ADA compliant. Mayor David T. Pfund requested that the presentation and discussion be carried over to the Council’s 11/1/2006 Work Session because Councilman Patrick Mancuso and Councilwoman Ringler-Shagin were absent from this meeting.
Ridgewood Taxi, Inc. was named the successful bidder to lease a Village owned taxi stand on North Broad Street. The lease payments begin at $2K per month.
All bids received for the construction of a concession stand at Veterans Field will be rejected. $450K has been allocated for the project and the lowest bid received was for $577K. As a cost saving measure, Village Manager James M. Ten Hoeve has proposed the recruitment of multiple local skilled tradespersons, with the Village serving as general contractor.
Members of the A.M. Rotary Club’s Bandstand Committee presented Council members with conceptual drawings of the bandstand proposed for installation within Van Neste Memorial Park. Village Attorney Matthew S. Rogers advised all present that regardless of who funds the bandstand, this project would require approval by Ridgewood’s Planning Board. It was also revealed that the A.M. Rotary Club will propose installation of a portable ice skating rink at Van Neste sometime in the near future.
An amendment to the Village’s Land Use Ordinance will be introduced to permit the erection of fences up to 6 feet high in cases where a residential property abuts a commercial or multi-family (greater than 2 family) property. The existing height limit for fences is 4 feet.
It was revealed that The Valley Hospital’s name will appear on the new scoreboard planned for Maple Park East. The Valley has committed to making a “significant” contribution to the synthetic field construction project and in return for this contribution, has won the exclusive right to have their name appear on the scoreboard for eternity.