Franklin Lakes May 6, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 7 Council adopts reduced road and curb ordinance by Frank J. McMahon The Franklin Lakes Council has adopted a reduced version of its 2009 road and curb improvement program ordinance by a unanimous vote. The ordinance authorizes a $500,000 appropriation to fund the program, a reduction of $50,000 from the previous ordinance, which the council defeated last month. Under this ordinance, $475,000 in bonds or notes will be issued to finance part of the appropriation. The $25,000 balance will be paid as a down payment as required by the state’s bond law. That down payment is available, according to the ordinance, by virtue of a provision in one or more previously adopted budgets for down payments or capital improvement purposes. According to Borough Administrator Gregory Hart, this ordinance reflects a 20 percent reduction in the amount provided for road repaving, but includes $80,000 for engineering fees and $50,000 for curb repair. Councilman Michael Friscia explained that this ordinance deleted one of the roads previously scheduled for improvement. The $500,000 will finance this year’s road and curb improvement program including all the materials necessary to complete that work in accordance with the borough’s roadway rating survey as prepared by the borough engineer. The survey is on file in the borough clerk’s office at the municipal building. The names of the roads in this year’s repaving schedule have not been released publicly, according to Hart, because the list has not yet been finalized and there still may be some substitution of roads for others. However, he advised in April that that the ordinance allows the council to include the borough’s curb program by removing one or two of the roads if necessary. The previous ordinance authorizing $550,000 for this year’s road improvement program failed to get the votes necessary for introduction last month. At that time, three council members of the five present voted for the ordinance, but that was not enough because an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the full membership of the six member governing body is required by state law. When that ordinance was introduced in March by a 4-2 vote, Councilmen Michael Friscia and Brian Trava voted against its introduction, while Councilwomen Leslie Greer, Paulette Ramsey, and Nathalie Lota joined Councilman Steve Marcus in voting for it. But Marcus was absent from the April meeting, when the adoption vote took place. Friscia explained his reason for voting against the previous ordinance, saying its cost was too high. He suggested it be reduced by removing some of the roads scheduled for repaving. (continued on page 23) Franklin Lakes resident Kylie Ambrose (center) and Montvale resident Jeevna Sheth, eighth graders at Tuxedo Park School, are pictured with Connie Maslik, coordinator of the Suffern Food Kitchen at Christ Episcopal Church. Both honor students and close friends, the girls launched a year-long effort, ‘Tuxedo Park School Gives Back.’ Local charities, including Valley Hospital’s Tree Trimming Project, UNICEF, and a Blanket Drive were among the many targets of the community spirited twosome. They are pictured accepting a commendation on behalf of Tuxedo Park School, which provided and prepared monthly meals of homemade lasagna, soup, salad and dessert for the hungry, which numbered as many as 80 adults and children. Maslik said the dedication, compassion and hard work put forth by all the students at Tuxedo Park School touched many in need. Giving girls recognized Introducing The Dr. Patrick E. Ryan • Latisse • Botox $9 per unit • Juvederm $480 per syringe 909 Belmont Ave • Porcelain Veneers $600 per unit North Haledon, NJ 07508 • Crowns $690 per unit 973-304-1577 • Most Extractions $150 D ental & enter C osmetic C (regularly a $70 fee) State of the Art Dentistry Over 20 Years Experience FREE Exam and Digital X-Rays (less radiation) ready • set • GROW! Caring for outstanding gardens for over 20 years ONE SOURCE FOR ALL YOUR LANDSCAPE NEEDS ENJOY YOUR SPRING! Ask about our safe Tick, Mosquito and Flea Control TRUST YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES TO OUR FULL SERVICE MAINTENANCE, CONSTRUCTION, AND DESIGN COMPANY WITH ORGANIC LAWN AND TREE CARE, IRRIGATION AND LIGHTING. COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL INSURED BONDED MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR LEISURE TIME CALL FOR FREE CONSULTATION 201-447-LAWN (5296) Member N.J.L.C.A & N.J. Turf Grass Assoc. Home Improvement Contractor #13V01991900