Glen Rock February 11, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 3 Municipal building scheduled for June opening by John Koster Weather permitting, Glen Rock Borough Hall should be open before school closes this June. Janeen McDonald, clerk of the works for the project, told the Glen Rock Council at the last public meeting that last week was scheduled for the pouring of cement for concrete slabs, installation of police cells, and delivery of steel beams. The project was reportedly on schedule despite a few minor setbacks, and a June 3 opening is anticipated. Walter H. Poppe General Contractors received the project after competitive bidding. Mayor John van Keuren said he was satisfied with the progress and thanked Councilman Art Pazan for supervising the safety precautions at the project. The attempts to reconstruct the municipal building have a long history. During Bertrand Kendall’s term as borough administrator, concerns about the facility became so serious that the council decided to take action. The building at that time had three separate heating systems with obsolete equipment and replacement parts long out of stock, the electrical system was inadequate, the ceiling over the council chamber showed large coffee-colored water stains from roof leakage, and police facilities were cramped and inadequate. Kendall and the council arranged weekend tours of the building beyond the council chamber and clerk’s office and virtually all residents who saw the building agreed that something had to be done. However, when contracts were offered for a reconstruction, the bids exceeded the estimate on two separate occasions due to the boom in home and office reconstruction some years ago. Some residents who were architects or contractors met with the mayor and council and advised them that the plans were unduly ambitious. The police station needed to be replaced, but the plans for the increase in office space were postulated on the need for large amounts of storage of paper. Such storage needs have been obviated by electronic innovations. When required, hard copies of records can be housed elsewhere at a fraction of the cost. Some residents were also concerned about plans to raze the venerable 1920s building with its distinctive clock tower and replace the facility with a more modern, generic structure. Working with five local volunteer architects and the borough administration, the council was able to draw up a plan that saved the external appearance of Glen Rock Borough Hall with the clock tower. Work space will be expanded and the police station will be completely rebuilt. All municipal operations conducted at the building have relocated to rental space at 175 Rock Road for the duration of construction. Learn the fundamentals of sewing so you too can be a designer. Does Your Child Want to Be a Designer? Needlecraft School Virginia Fawcett ������� ������������������������� � �������������������� � ������������������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������� No need to leave town for CONVENIENT, expert service - our ASE Certified Technicians know your vehicle! We Offer a BETTER $ VALUE than the dealer with a Longer Lasting Warranty: 12 months or 12,000 miles. Here’s a SMART IDEA for Vehicle Owners! Classes for Children 4 to 18 Enrollment is Ongoing. Register Now for Summer Camp. 216 Godwin Ave, Midland Park • 201-444-2976 Teaching Children and Adults Sewing and Designing Skills for Over 30 Years... ��������������������� New Customers Now Take 15% OFF the first service GIVES US A CALL WHEN YOU NEED CONVENIENT, LOCAL SERVICE! ����������������������������������������� ASE Certified Technicians 209 S. Maple Ave., Ridgewood • 201-652-4818 AAA Approved Facility ������������ Your Friendly Neighborhood Service Center �����&����� STOREWIDE February 16 - 23 Every Carpet, Floor. Area Rug & Remnant On Sale! 1030 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ 973-427-7900 SHOWROOM OPEN UNTIL 8 PM - TUES., WED., THURS. Abbey Carpet & Floor of Hawthorne America’s choice in floor fashions since 1958 STORE HOURS Mon & Fri 9-6 Tues, Wed & Thurs 9-8 Sat 9-5 1030 Goffle Road, at Rt. 208, Hawthorne, NJ • 973-427-7900