Franklin Lakes December 23, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 11 Recreation late fees to increase by Frank J. McMahon The Franklin Lakes Borough Council has amended an ordinance to increase the late registration fees for recreation programs. The $15 fee proposed by the council will now be $50 and will be imposed immediately after the registration period publicized by the recreation department. The ordinance was amended last week just before it was scheduled for adoption after Franklin Lakes Recreation Committee member Kathy Stack appealed to the council to increase the fee. Stack said the $15 late fee would not motivate parents to sign up for programs on time. She explained that 100 children had registered for the lacrosse program by the deadline, but 50 more children signed up after the deadline, and that has made it very difficult for the committee to get coaches and to prepare a cohesive schedule and program. Stack said they did not want to put a burden on anyone, and she emphasized that the program director would have the right to waive a late fee in special cases. Councilwoman Nathalie Lota, the chair of the council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, agreed with Stack. Lota said she has seen the problem with her daughter in soccer where 10 girls signed up for the program and a team was formed only to have 10 more girls sign up late, forcing a team of 20 instead of two teams of 10 players. “I support the $50 late fee,” Lota said. “I just want people to think twice (about registering late). The process is a good one. We’re not trying to discourage kids from participating.” Councilman Steve Marcus said he had no strong opinion about the late fee and, if the council wanted to change it, he would support it. Borough Attorney Douglas Doyle advised the council that the change in the amount of the late fee would not be considered a substantive change to the ordinance that would prevent its adoption. The original ordinance called for a late fee of $15 for registrants during the 30-day grace period following the publicized registration dates. The three members of the council present at the meeting, Lota, Marcus, and Leslie Greer, all voted in favor of the increased fee. Thank You THANKS TO YOU WE’VE HAD OUR BEST YEAR EVER. We wrote over 1,000 new insurance policies for more families than in any previous year. (And that says a lot since we began in 1924). We are glad to have your business. Your confidence in us is appreciated. We hope to serve more of your insurance needs. Call us for all insurance matters. Happy Holidays! Math curriculum to be discussed The Franklin Lakes school district is in the process of revising the math curriculum for implementation in September 2010. The following meetings have been scheduled to discuss the K-8 revision process with the public: Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at Franklin Avenue Middle School; Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Woodside Avenue School; Monday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at Colonial Road School; and Thursday, Feb. 25 at 9:15 a.m. at Franklin Avenue Middle School. Parents and residents are invited to attend any one or all parent math meetings. Revisions for K-8 will be discussed at all the meetings, but the six through eight grade process will be emphasized on Jan. 12 and Feb. 25. 801 Franklin Ave. • Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 Phone: (201)891-8790 Fax: (201)891-8789 12-23-09 from Janine AllenAllenThankYou(12-23-09) 2 x 6” Rev1