Mayor Rose Heck
Excerpts from the Mayors Annual Message
January 1, 2013
Annual Report To The People of Hasbrouck Heights
Super Storm Sandy hit with a vengeance here in New Jersey. Hasbrouck Heights suffered inconveniences but no devastation as we saw with neighboring communities of Little Ferry and Moonachie. I called a Special Meeting on Dec. 11th and reports were given by Borough Administrator Michael Kronyak, Police Chief Michael Colaneri, D.P.W. Supt. Bill Spindler and Recreation/Senior Director Robert Brady. The public gave input and we heard the need for better communication and are in the process of addressing same.
I have again asked the Council Members to assist in the giving of the information I was afforded by various departments under their commissionerships. I have also shortened those reports from the 22 pages we gave last year to this years 10 pages.
The Borough settled the Police Contract for 2013 and 2014 without going through Arbitration. Salaries will increase by 1 ¾% for 2013 and 2% for 2014. Steps were increased to 8.
BOROUGH CLERK'S OFFICE
MUNICIPAL BUILDING USE
AUTO WHOLESALERS LICENSES
TAX COLLECTIONS AND TAX RATES
Police Commissioner Justin DiPisa will
give the Police Dept. Report
Boroughs Street Fair; Memorial Day Parade; Town Day; Halloween in the Park and the Holiday Parade.
Police Officers provided security at numerous school events at no cost to the Board of Education.
DMV checkpoints were held on Feb. 16, 2012 17 summonses issued and on April 3, 2012 22 summonses were issued.
In 2012- 50 DWI arrests made.
Currently assigned to the Detective Bureau are Detective Michael Colaneri, Jr., Detective Alan Baker and Detective Jeff Werner.
200 criminal cases were opened this year. Approximately 100 arrests have been made.
The Hasbrouck Heights Police have confiscated over $100,000 from arrested persons convicted of drug offenses or criminal activity in the Borough.
A portable surveillance camera was purchased using confiscated funds and was installed at the childrens play area and parking lot on Central Avenue.
Watch Guard Mobile DVR Systems were installed in all patrol cars. Department members were trained in the new state of the art high definition system.
Electronic ticket, known as E-Ticket, was installed March of 2012. This system saves time for Officers on motor vehicle stops. The system enters the info directly into the court system saving time for court personnel. The registration information is taken from DMV; therefore, eliminating errors and a higher fine collection rate. The time saved in record keeping allows for the secretary to share her service to assist at Borough Hall.
Since the inception of charging private contractors (PSEG, Verizon, United Water and paving companies) a fee ($50 for the first four hours, $10 each additional hour) for using Police Vehicles for traffic control a total of $245,263 has been paid to the Boro of Hasbrouck Heights. Monies have been used for the purchase of new police vehicles, laptops for cars, video cameras, light bars and cages. In 2012 Three new vehicles and equipment were purchased using these funds saving over $80,000 to the tax payer
Capt. DeLorenzo retired 11/01/2012 after 25 years of service; Lt. Thomas Archer retired 02/01/2012 after 26 years of service to the department; Lt. Thomas Tozzi retired 07/01/2012 after 25 years of service to the department. We thank them for their service and wish them well in the future.
Officers Ian Robertson and Scott Adamo were assigned to the Traffic Bureau.
Ptl. Jeffrey Werner was assigned to Detective Bureau.
A Police Exam was held with over 50 local residents taking part in the written exam, physical fitness test and interviews; a detailed background on all finalists was conducted.
As part of our phone alerting system, residents can register a secondary number to our system by going to www.bcoem.org and click on Swift 911 Emergency notification service link and follow the prompts. Residents can also sign up for email and text alerts at Nixle.com.
The 13th Jr. Police Academy was held from June 23-29, 2012. Fifty 8th graders attended the program, which included training in fitness, self-defense, motor vehicle stops and more.
DARE Family Night at Space Odyssey was held on March 27, 2012. Over 180 DARE students attended
The 8th grade DARE Swim Party was held in June at the Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club.
The Torch Run for Special Olympics was
held June 8, 2012. Hasbrouck Heights Police Department raised over $23,000 for Special
Olympics. For more detailed information check the Borough
of Hasbrouck Heights official website: hasbrouck-heights.nj.us..
Thank you Justin.
Mayor Heck takes over to introduces Fire Commissioner David Gonzalez to give the Fire Dept. Report
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS FIRE DEPARTMENT
Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department: After a 14 month absence for repairs complicated by insurance
matters, The ladder truck was put back in service in January 2012. The ladder truck was
tested and certified for service. Members of the Ladder Company put the Ladder truck
through many tests to ensure everything was in working order and that all repairs were
Events involving HHFD
Thank you Dave.
Commissioner Sonya Buckman will give the Recreation Dept. Report
Submitted By: Robert Brady, Director of
In 2012 our department offered 12 different programs for the children of our community, 6 different programs for the adults in town, and 11 different programs for our senior citizen community. The recreation department also runs the many different community events that the entire family can enjoy, such as Town Day and Halloween in the Park. The Hasbrouck Heights Recreation Department does not operate but contributes funds to these other great town organizations: Little League, Junior Football/Cheering, Mens Softball, The Leisure Club, Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association, Aviator Soccer Club, and Senior Babe Ruth.
This past year the department has given over 1,150 children a safe place to play, run, shoot a basketball, wrestle, or hit a softball with their friends and families watching and cheering them on. The recreation department also offers a great working environment for many high school and college age residents: either in our summer camp, recreation center, or our many sporting events.
Our thanks to our many great volunteer coaches and programs advisors who give up so much time from their family to make sure the children and adults in our community have a safe and fun experience in our recreation programs.
Parks and Playgrounds
The Borough has within its boundaries several parks, Woodland, Veterans, Polifly, Miers and Central Avenue that the DPW maintains. There are also many other areas that are also maintained such as Policemans Memorial, Firemans Memorial, Little League, and 32 other locations throughout the town. Woodland Park was filled with 36 picnics this year for picnics. The DPW performs services for picnics such as cleaning restrooms, turning on water, and electric, and removing trash. Some of our maintenance duties are seeding, fertilizing, watering, grass cutting, weeding, and planting of flowers.
That concludes the Recreation Dept. and Parks Report.
Thank you Councilwoman Buckman
Mayor Heck thanks Nick Melfi for the following Building
Total income for Building Permits for the past 12 months was $193,782. This is roughly $40,000 above the departments 2011 income.
Our inspectors have been busy this year. The Fire Inspector completed 61; Plumbing Inspector completed 306 inspections; Electrical Inspector completed 287 and the Building Inspector completed 567. Of the total 1221 inspections 31 failed for a passing rate of 88.21%. The inspectors also went out on 86 inspections which were not ready and 20 where the contractor or the resident was not home.
Property Maintenance has continued to respond to complaints. The inspectors goal was to get residents to comply and keep our town looking proud. It is neighbors that make Hasbrouck Heights the special place it is and this year, it was rewarding to get neighbors to cooperate in making necessary repairs that were for the safety of the community. The inspector made 355 inspections, made 110 follow up phone calls and took 35 violation photos.
Hours and work information for this department may be
found on the Web Site.
The following Board reports were given by Dorothy Bernice, secretary to both boards.
Last month there was a discussion of the soil movement ordinance which will be continued in January. Since the ordinance gives the Planning Board jurisdiction over these applications, there is the possibility of the board meeting more frequently in the future.
Zoning Board of Adjustment
The applications heard by the Board were varied. The variances requested were: eight with side yard and/or front yard deficiencies; one that wanted to exceed maximum lot coverage; one driveway widening; one buffer zone deficiency; and four use variances. In light of the fact that four of the applications were denied, no change in ordinances seems to be needed.
Commissioner Russell Lipari will now give the Health
Dept. Annual Report as prepared by Secretary/Registrar Laura French
Fees Collected for 2012: $75,333.50
Health Inspections: 484 of various natures, by Mid-Bergen Health Commission
Dog Licenses: 1210 licenses
Dog License Fees: $17,361.00
Animal Control Services: 734 responses of various natures
Births Recorded: 82 babies born to town residents.
Town Resident Deaths: 107 residents
Total Deaths Recorded: 903 Deaths
Marriage Licenses Issued: 53 Applied
Civil Union: 2 Applied
Certified Transcripts: 1,977 issued (Death, Marriage & Birth)
The Health Dept. published educating articles about the "NJs Pet Purchase Protection Law," "Is It a Cold or the Flu" and "Carpenter Bee Removal Tips."
The first "Free Vision Screening" for Adults and children was held on Tuesday, Sept. 11th. Adults were screened for glaucoma, and tested for blur and common eye diseases. Children were screened for muscle coordination and blur vision.
Other programs which are designed to educate the public were held such as the AARP Safe Driver Program offers a refresher course teaching safe driving techniques and is open to all ages; The Blood Screening Program, which is offered twice a year and is an excellent opportunity to check on your bodys internal wellness; and the Family & Friends CPR Course helps families learn specific CPR skills for an adult/child and infant. The Annual Senior Wellness Luncheon is always a well informative event. After a delicious lunch donated by Care-One of Wellington of Hackensack, our nurses from H.A.R.P. gave a presentation on the importance of adult immunizations, including the pneumonia, shingles and flu vaccine.
This years Health Fair Expo took place Saturday, April 28th in the Senior Center. There were 22 vendors who offered services such as blood screenings, audiology, blood pressure checks, and information on dentistry, physical therapy and disability awareness.
The Board of Health is also pleased to announce the first annual "Board of Health 5 K Run and Health Fair.". For more detailed information check the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights official website: hasbrouck-heights.nj.us
A new program offered this year was "Take Control of Your Health". Participants learn strategies for managing symptoms, working with health care professionals, problem solving, and relaxation techniques.
The Registered Environmental Health Specialist provided by the Mid-Bergen Regional Health Commission continued to provide many inspections of various natures of food surveillance to assure that wholesome foods are being prepared and sold in Hasbrouck Heights. The Board of Health has also added to the Sanitary Code annual health inspections to all 22 Personal Grooming Establishments.
The Health Department continues to conduct "Grease Trap" inspections to specific Food Establishments. The inspections have been periodic and unannounced with the intent of preventing any future buildup and blockages, which may compromise the efficiency of flow through the boroughs wastewater disposal system. 63 Grease Trap inspections were held during the course of the year.
The Health Department issued over 1200 dog licenses the highest ever recorded. The Annual Dog Census Program was very successful. The Crossing Guards reported 96 unlicensed dogs. With Bergen County with the highest number of confirmed cases of rabies in the state it is important that every dog and cat in Hasbrouck Heights receive a rabies vaccine.
During the course of the year the Board of Health has been working to gather information about the on going problem with the domestic and feral cat population in town. The Board of Health has conducted property investigations, generated new ordinances, contacted various agencies and met with members of the Bergen County Animal Control. The Board Members invited the public to their Board of Health meetings to express their complaint or possible solutions.
This concludes the Board of Health Report
Thank you Russell and now I will give the Annual
Library Report prepared by Director Mimi Hui.
The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights continues its resource sharing among 73 member libraries of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS). Our community has access to over 6 million items.
Annual Circulation Stats (as of December 26th)
* 124,253 items circulated to date. A 2% increase from last years total circulation of 121,857.
This figure is the highest number recorded in the history of this Library.
* 435 people use the computers each week.
* 112,430 people walked through the doors of our library.
* 5,914 residents have a Hasbrouck Heights library card.
* 4,989 reference questions were answered.
Library services include circulating a variety of books and media to the public, educational programs for residents, professional research help, out-of-state interlibrary loans, free internet access, delivery to the homebound, notary public service, proctoring of exams and computer training classes. We keep abreast of current trends and cutting edge technology. We offer free support and downloading of audiobooks and e-books.
Our popular Crafts-to-Share Club draws a dedicated following under the direction of Head of Reference Melissa Singlevich. The ladies from the Craft-to-Share program have continued to volunteer their time, materials, and talent to knit and crochet blankets, hats and other items to be donated to the Hackensack University Medical Center and support our soldiers in Afghanistan. A total of 5,460 hours of donated time was given in 2012.
The attendance for the Young Adult Programs continues to grow under the care of Teen Services Librarian Claire Santoro. We invite authors throughout the year to drop in and talk about their craft with the young adults in hopes of nurturing future writers. Using the current technology we have, the teens conducted a live chat with a well known published teen author through Skype this summer.
Our childrens activities draw in high attendance. There are always exciting and creative year round programs being sponsored in the Childrens Area starting at birth through 6th grade. Our Childrens Librarian Marie Joyce is always hard at work trying to cultivate the love of reading. She has given 14 class tours, worked with 5 Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops to help them earn their badges, and has visited the classrooms at the elementary public schools and Corpus Christi.
In one year, the Library has supervised and helped more than 60 students complete their community service requirements.
The Library facilities continue to offer a haven for local organizations to meet 145 groups used the meeting rooms this year. A total of 2,000 people met at the Library for meetings.
The public can register for various library programs from the comfort of their homes by going to the librarys website http://hasbrouckheights.bccls.org
2012 Memorable Moments
In August, the Library held its annual family summer bash. This years theme was called A Midsummer Nights Sleepover. Special thanks to all the borough agencies and individuals involved in making it a success. This event was held to promote and to encourage families to spend quality time together. 350 people attended. We had about 35 families spend the night. There were free movie screenings, "Just Dance" Wii competitions, costumed characters, a Mad Hatters Tea Party, special performances and speakers, and storytelling around an indoor camp fire.
Friends Of The Library
The Library received the following grant used for operating expenses:
Per Capita State Aid -- $ 5,241.
In conclusion, the Library continues to provide the community with outstanding public service. Your local public library is a community center where there is a wealth of resources being offered and an opportunity for lifetime learning. For More information Check Borough of Hasbrouck Heights official website: hasbrouck-heights.nj.us.
Commissioner Gonzalez will now give
the D.P.W. Report
The DPW Office located at 1 Plant Road, 201-288-1072, is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Recycling Center is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Bill, Jim, or Judy are available to answer any of your questions regarding streets, sewers, recycling, sanitation, and/or trees. To contact the DPW office, please call 201-288-1072 during hours of operation.
The Department of Public Works provides many services under several different headings such as Buildings & Grounds, Shade Tree, Leaf Removal, Recycling, Road Repairs/Maintenance, Garbage and Trash Collection, Sewer Maintenance, Parks and Playgrounds. Detailed information as to each of these areas may be found on the Borough Web Site: hasbrouck-heights.nj.us.
On October 29, Hurricane Sandy tore through our Borough toppling trees and flooding our DPW facility. The DPW responded by removing a total of 85 trees that were uprooted, 27 involving Public Service electrical wires, and eight (8) that fell onto the homes. 2000 cubic yards of tree limbs and branches was removed and is being staged at the DPW facility.
Reporting on the Recycling Program to date for the Year of 2011 our Borough has filled the Recycling Tonnage Report to the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on April 25 that indicates the total monetary generated items in the amount of 1,052.66 tons. Funds received from recycling vendors for 2011 was Atlantic Coast Fibers (ACF) and Cinelli Iron & Metal Co. in the amount of $58,192.00. Avoided costs of Solid Waste due to recycling for 2011 was $70,286.11. A total savings of $128,478.11.
Vehicles and Equipment purchased with Recycling funds:
2013 GMC 4WD Truck with Utility Dump Body $ 41,219
2012 2.5 Yard Grapple Bucket $ 13,500
Total $ 54,719
Funding from a State grant has allowed the Borough to mill and resurface Collins Avenue from Rt. 46 East to Williams Avenue and Burton Avenue from Rt. 46 E to Williams Avenue. Thermoplastic crosswalks and stop bars have been applied at all locations on these roadways under the inspection of Ken Job, Borough Engineer.
The following roads will be resurfaced as part of the Road Resurfacing Plan:
Bell Avenue from Oak Grove Avenue to Terrace Avenue, Springfield Avenue from Wood Street to East to Dead End, Walter Avenue from Boulevard to Oak Grove Avenue, Burr Place from Henry Street to Cul-de-Sac, Harrison Avenue from Boulevard to Summit Avenue, and DPW Recycling area.
Garbage and Trash
The Borough purchased a 2013 Mack Garbage Truck to add to the fleet. It replaced a 1979 Mack Garbage Truck that has been taken out of service due to age and safety issues.
Garbage/trash is not collected on Holidays. Please refer to the Recycling Calendar that is mailed to your home for details.
The Hasbrouck Heights Environmental Commission along with the Hasbrouck Heights Recycling Program and the combined efforts of the New Jersey Clean Community Council and Bergen County Utilities Authority has organized several items to give away at Town Day on September 29 at Woodland Park. Some of the give away items are grocery bags, clips, key chains, coloring books, pencils and leaf bags.
This year two mulching movers were raffled off for free as part of the Recycling Program to bring awareness to mulching your grass. A banner with "Mulch the Mover" who says, "Cut it and Leave it" was displayed. The raffle was for Hasbrouck Heights residents only.
The Hasbrouck Heights Clean Communities Alliance in conjunction with New Jersey Clean Community Council sponsored a "Litter Free" event on Saturday, April 14. Over 100 student athletes from the Hasbrouck Heights High School wrestling and track teams participated in successfully cleaning up Polifly Road off ramp from Rt. 17 South. 160 bags of litter and trash were collected from that area including a variety of automobile parts. The Hasbrouck Heights Environmental Commission was at the Central Avenue Municipal Parking Lot to send off the all the students.
This concludes my report. A detailed report may be found on the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights official website: hasbrouck-heights.nj.us.
Thank you Dave
Finance Commissioner Pamela J. Link
will now give the year-end report submitted by Borough Administrator/Finance Officer
Michael Kronyak and the Annual Food Pantry Report
The pantry is operational only because of the generous donations both monetary and in grocery items received on a continuing basis from all the local churches, civic organizations, local Boys and Girls Scout Troops, School and PTA food and gift card drives, and many, many generous residents. We are also most thankful to the many volunteers who religiously come to supervise the food pantry on Monday mornings.
The pantry was overwhelmed with the generosity of our residents and local organizations this past Holiday Season. Each family in need was able to receive a turkey or gift card to purchase groceries for a Thanksgiving dinner, as well as holiday gift baskets and presents for all ages for Christmas.
Anyone who would like to volunteer to work the pantry or to organize a donation please call Robert Brady at the Recreation Department at (201) 288-4143
Governors Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse 10,356.00
Clean Communities Program 16,816.39
Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund 6,264.56
Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund 539.35
Recycling Tonnage Grant 17,271.90
Body Armor Replacement Fund 2,885.81
Grants are also sought for the funding of Capital Projects. These grants help us complete large projects, which do not fall within the operating budget, without incurring additional debt. The following projects are either completed or in progress in 2012 as a result of grants received:
Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Phase I & II 300,000.00
Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Phase III & IV 290,000.00
Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Phase V 146,500.00
Safe Routes to Schools Program 173,000.00
Installation of a New Pavilion at Woodland Park 69,500.00
Additional Improvements to Depken Field 75,000.00
Side/Curb Replacement along Terrace, Boulevard
And Passaic 135,000.00
Improvements to Burton and Collins Avenues 81,000.00
Improvements to Firemens Memorial/9-11 Memorial
Park at the Boulevard Circle 18,000.00
Improvements to Veterans Memorial Park 32,000.00
Barrier Free Curb Ramps along Burton Avenue 140,400.00
In addition to the above, the Mayor and Council have already applied for grants
to fund projects such as:
Boulevard Streetscape Improvements Phase VI
Barrier Free Curb Ramps along Burton Avenue and Summit Avenue
Improvements to Polifly Park
Tax Collections and Tax
Budget and Finance Committee
Recent legislation has brought about some changes to the pension funding formula as well as employee contributions towards health benefits. These changes require employees to contribute a higher percentage of their compensation towards their pensions and also pay a greater amount towards their health insurance costs. The increase in contributions towards health insurance costs has a four year phase in period.
The Budget is comprised of two parts, revenues and appropriations. Total 2012 anticipated revenues, those are the revenues other than taxes, remained at essentially the same levels as 2011. The lack of growth in other revenues continues to be as much a problem as increased costs. Total appropriations, which represents the spending portion of the budget, increased by $128,730.00. The final budget as adopted resulted in an increase in Local Municipal Taxes in the amount of $161,019.66, a little more than 1%.
The Finance Committee always considers all options when looking for cost reductions within the operating budget. Previous budgets brought about some changes in staffing levels within the administration of the Borough. The committee had formulated a staff restructuring plan in 2011 that ultimately resulted in a staff reduction of three positions. The full cost savings resulting from this restructuring was realized in the 2012 budget.
The plan also required that some employees would be required to work in multiple departments during specific periods. With the cooperation of all departments this plan is working quite well and will be expanded in 2013.
The finance committee will continue to work with the same dedication as in the past in an effort to formulate a 2013 budget that meets the needs of the residents with a watchful eye on the tax rate.
Court stats for 2012 up to the end of November...
Parking Tixs 2949
Moving violations 2212
5226Court Revenue (Jan.-Nov.) $199,241.27
Thank you Councilwoman Link. . .
I will now give Senior Citizens Director Rob
Bradys Report for 2012
The Hasbrouck Heights Senior Center is a wonderful place for our Senior residents to enjoy many organized town programs, socialize with friends, play games, enjoy a snack or a cup of coffee, and come out to meet new friends in a fun atmosphere. The center is open every business day from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and in the summer it is open from 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
The Senior Center is known as a the hub of great town events like the Health Fair, the Senior Picnic, Leisure Club monthly meetings, the Senior Halloween Party, the Line Dancing Christmas Party, and many more.
Coming in 2013:
To find out what is going on in the senior center just stop in and pick up a monthly calendar of activities. Or call the recreation department at (201) 288-4143 and press the #3 button on your phone to listen to the schedule for the week.
My sincere thanks to all who serve in every department, and especially to the volunteers on all of the following important committees and boards:
Planning and Zoning Board Members
Board of Health Members
Library Board Members
Recreation Program Advisory Committee Members
Food Pantry Staff Members
Ethical Standards Board Members
Local Assistance Board Members
Rent Leveling Board Members
Members of the Environmental and Transportation Commission
Members of the Community Awareness Access for All Committee
The Mayors Community Celebrations Committee Members
The Mayors Research Committee Members
The Mayors Senior Citizens Committee Members
The Mayors Youth Committee Members
The Mayors Business Community Committee Members
Garrett Pepe - the D.P.W.
Tom Meli - the Fire Dept.
Steve Pikowski - the Finance Dept.
Ron Kistner - the Recreation Dept.
The Annual Report gives each of us just some idea of what it takes for the Borough to be the best it can be.
We have wonderful people heading each of our departments and we are blessed with a hard working group of Borough Employees who care for us and about us 24-7. I want to thank each and every one of you.
I will be looking for more volunteers in 2013 to become part of the Office of Emergency Management. These volunteers will help us communicate with our residents during times of emergencies, such as occurred during Super Storm Sandy. If anyone is interested in joining in this work please contact me. I will continue my Saturday mornings in the Library from 10 a.m. till noon. Stop in to say hello, ask me for information, share your ideas or let me know if you would like to volunteer on one of the committees."I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all."
Come see me in the Library on Saturday mornings between
the hours of 10 am to noon. You can just say hello, ask me for information, and share your
ideas, of if you would like to serve on a committee, please let me know.
The President of the Council invited everyone into the Senior Center for light refreshments.