Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • February 25, 2009 Wyckoff Township committee shoots for zero salary increase by John Koster The Wyckoff Township Committee concurred with Mayor Joseph Fiorenzo’s proposal to develop the 2009 budget based on a zero percent wage increase for all Wyckoff employees not covered by collective bargaining through unions. “We are going to be anticipating for the town a zero wage increase for all employees,” Fiorenzo said at the work session that preceded last week’s public meeting. The mayor added that he hoped, but could not demand, that union workers who bargain collectively would be willing to comply with the zero increase policy the non-union employees will be asked to accept. The members of the township committee all tacitly approved the policy of zero increase in salary or wages for non-union employees. Earlier this year, the township committee members voluntarily waived the stipends they would have received for entertaining and travel as part of their responsibility as elected officials, a collective savings of $20,000 for the township’s taxpayers. Members of the township committee also learned that Wyckoff Township Administrator Robert Shannon had applied for a street sweeping machine as part of the stimulus package. With this application, the township has a chance of acquiring the expensive vehicle at no cost to the taxpayers. The township committee members also approved a resolution criticizing the state arbitration system for awarding a four percent increase to police officers in the Borough of Closter, and said, “Governor Corzine should show leadership and fix this broken State of New Jersey arbitration system where state appointed arbitrators can grant excessive salary increases which increase taxes with the effect of an unfounded state mandate in one of the worst economic times in history.” Columbia celebrates Black History Month Helpful Hints Helpful Hints from ome “When using the dishwasher, wash only full loads and let them air-dry. Open the door after the final rinse will help the dishes dry faster”. 27 Franklin Tpk, Waldwick Open Sundays 9-3 201-652-5666 Mary Says... Wyckoff Library Director Judy Schmitt accepts a book donation from Paul Vicente of Columbia Bank in recognition of Black History Month. This is the eighth year Columbia has donated books to 50 New Jersey school and public libraries to mark the February celebration. This year’s selection, ‘Diana Ross: A Biography’ by J. Randy Taraborrelli, is an insider’s look at this superstar’s life and career. Prior donations included books on Martin Luther King, the Tuskegee Airmen, and black soldiers serving in the Civil War. With assets of more than $4.3 billion, Columbia Bank is the third largest mutual banking institution in the country. Columbia operates 43 offices in 10 New Jersey counties. ������������������ ��������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������� Dueling Tutors My SAT Verbal and Writing students often go up 100-plus points. Both of the SAT Math tutors I work with claim they can best me – and one another – and sometimes prove it! Your SAT students win either way. �������������������� $60 per hour • 201-394-3156 The Villadom TIMES Welcomes Your Caring for Your Beautiful Landscape is our Specialty Landscape Grounds Management Core Services SPRING AND FALL CLEAN UPS MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS FROM BASIC LAWN MAINTENANCE TO PLATINUM GARDEN CARE LAWN CARE CAN INCLUDE ORGANIC FERTILIZER & CORE AERATION HAND PRUNING OF ORNAMENTAL SHRUBS & TREES IRRIGATION AND LOW VOLTAGE LIGHTING MAINTENANCE GARDEN ENHANCEMENTS, ANNUALS & PERENNIALS RENOVATION OF OVERGROWN LANDSCAPES LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (DESIGN FEES APPLY) Press Releases & Photos Email to: Or mail to: PO Box 96, Midland Park, NJ 07432 (only quality photo prints can be used) Press releases & photos must be received by WEDNESDAY prior to publication. Digital photos must be JPEG files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Additional Services Available To Our Full Service Clients YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSPAPER nship Call One Relatio One Office Hours: 9-3 M-F Consistent Quality Service Since 1981 • N.J.D.C.A. Lic#13VH01114000 • N.J.D.C.A. Lic#13VH011140000 (201) 670-9000 Residential & Commercial All work guaranteed • Fully Insured • References Available • Member of NJ Landscape Contractor Assoc. • Better Business Bureau