August 12, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 3 Midland Park Midland Park will not be receiving any economic stimulus funds to tie into the Ridgewood sanitary sewer system, but the borough is on the list for an interest-free loan. Borough Administrator Michelle Dugan said that the borough has been ranked number 293 on the loan list but will not know if the loan is approved until the end of August at the earliest. “The dates for notification keep changing, but the bond attorney is on top of the situation and is keeping us up to date,” Dugan said. She added that if the loan is approved, a bond ordinance would have to be put in place right away and additional paperwork would have to be filed with the state agency that is providing the funds. The borough applied in March for a $500,000 clean water grant from the NJ Department of Environmental Pro- Borough awaits word on interest-free loan tection Infrastructure Financing Program. The program offers to provide a 75 percent interest-free loan and a 25 percent market rate loan, which is anticipated to be about a 4.5 percent interest. Dugan said that the actual interest averages out to be 1.8 percent over the 20-year loan period, and there is no penalty for paying the loan off early. “Let’s make sure there are no strings attached, no extra conditions that tie our hands in the future as it happened with the banks,” cautioned Councilman Nick Papapietro Without the state loan, the borough would have to bond the entire amount on its own at market rates, and the rate would likely be much higher than the state agency can procure due to the small size of the Midland Park bond issue, Dugan said. The project would hook up by gravity feed into the Ridgewood system at West Glen Avenue, about 60 homes in the Glen Avenue area, from Woodside Avenue to Erie Avenue. Construction is expected to cost about $270,000, and connecting to the Ridgewood system another $219,000. The borough has already budgeted the down payment for the project in its capital improvement fund. (continued on page 11) Grant to fund ADA-compliant polls Two voting locations in Midland Park will get wheelchair-accessible doors with funds from a grant secured by Borough Clerk Addie Hanna. The grant is made available for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance at election locations. The $20,000 grant from the state Attorney General’s Office will pay for a new metal door and push-button mechanism at O’Connell Hall, Church of the Nativity, and a push-button mechanism at the firehouse on Witte Drive. Both buildings are used for general, primary, special and school elections in the borough. District 5 residents vote at O’Connell Hall and Districts 1, 2 and 4 cast ballots at the firehouse. Memorial Library, where District 3 voters cast their ballots, is already compliant. Prior to 2004 the Highland School and Midland Park High School buildings were used as polling places. They had been declared ineligible when state law changed to restrict school-wide functions geared to attract people other than voters to the polling locations, according to Hanna. The Clerk said that the borough has secured permission from Father Peter Funesti of the Church of the Nativity to use O’Connell Hall as a polling place at least through 2019. “We’re ready to go. That was the final piece,” Hanna said. The work will likely be done by LKL Contractors of Ramsey, whose quote of $19,000 is within budget, she said. A second quote came in at $32,000. Formal bids were not required because the project cost is under the bidding threshold of $21,500, she said. Hanna said LKL did the ADA work at the DPW garage and the bathroom at the recreation field. “He does excellent work. He is a perfectionist,” Hanna said of the contractor. The borough still has to formally award the contract for the work, however. WHAT A DELIGHT!! 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