Midland Park June 24, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 5 A Woodside Avenue resident asked the Midland Park mayor and council at their last meeting to look closely at the impact the proposed outdoor basketball courts will have on her neighborhood, and plan accordingly. Elizabeth Bosland, whose property backs up on the town’s Dairy Street fields, said that drainage and safety issues should be evaluated before proceeding with the project. She recommended that tennis courts be rebuilt on the site, instead of basketball courts. “The courts are not visible from the street, so they can become a possible hang- Neighbor concerned about outdoor basketball courts out. Unsupervised games will have a bad effect on the adjoining property owners,” Bosland said. She added that loose balls and children chasing after them often come into her property, which has a swimming pool and could present a danger. She said that even if she raised the height of her fence, children would boost themselves up to scale it. She said that two fences and shrubs don’t stop trespassing now. She also objected to profanity used by persons using the courts. Mayor Joseph Monahan said that the project was still being engineered and that Bosland’s drainage concerns would be looked into and appropriate behavior would be encouraged. Bosland recommended the following: • the existing driveway be reconfigured to reroute drainage; • access to the new courts be limited to use under supervision; • a security check be instituted for regular monitoring of activity; • a higher fence be erected to discourage fence hopping. “Now that the courts are in disrepair they are hardly used, but when they are fixed up, the people will come back,” she said. Councilman Nick Papapietro said that controls could be instituted similar to those in place for the use of the adjacent DePhillips Center. Attorney Robert Regan said that the time of use, as well as parking, could be restricted even though Green Acres funds would be used for the project. Councilwoman Nancy Peet suggested that the borough ordinance be reviewed (continued on page 6) ���������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������� ������������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� Wyckoff Russell G. Grimm Financial Advisor 212 Everett Avenue Wyckoff, NJ 07481 201-560-0861 Franklin Lakes Scott B. Hostutler Financial Advisor 851 Franklin Lake Rd., Ste. 208 Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 201-560-0100 ������������ ������������������������� ���������� ���������������������� 6-24-09 pat/janine EdwardJones3x3WithNames(6-24-09) 3x3