Ho-Ho-Kus August 12, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 9 Resident suggests wooden knee rail to control traffic by Jennifer Crusco A resident of Van Dyke Drive, Ho-HoKus, recently asked the borough council to assist him with the installation of a wooden “knee rail” to keep motorists from riding over his lawn. Steve Germano told the council he lives at the end of Van Dyke, near the intersection with Brandywine Road, and is currently updating his property’s landscape. He said the intersection near his home poses continuous problems because the narrowness of Brandywine encourages motorists to jump his property line, as those on Van Dyke drive onto Germano’s lawn to allow other vehicles to pass. Germano said he had initially placed orange stakes along his property, but the more aggressive drivers disregarded them and continued to drive over his grass. While Germano said his neighbors use boulders along their properties, he said he prefers the concept of the knee rail. The resident asked if the department of public works could build a knee rail from pressure treated wood. He said a similar rail is in place at the Ho-Ho-Kus Public School parking lot on Lloyd Road. The proposed rail, he told the council, would keep traffic on the street, create a guide for the plows, and help to slow traffic. He told the council that many motorists barrel through the area. After the meeting, he estimated that many drivers pass through the area at 40 miles per hour. The speed limit is 25 mph for Van Dyke and Brandywine. He said the natural look of the rail could be visually appealing, and suggested it be enhanced with reflective material for greater visibility in low light. “The rail material cost is $300, with only 25 feet necessary,” Germano told the council in a letter. “DPW could handle the installation, and it would be a visual improvement to the neighborhood. The knee rail would help keep cars off my property in the summer, and plows on the road in the winter.” Council President John Mongelli told Germano he was not certain the rail could be placed in the right-of-way. Ho-Ho-Kus Police Chief Gregory Kallenberg added that the borough engineer, David Hals, is currently looking into a yield sign or a stop sign for the intersection near Germano’s property. The council took the resident’s recommendations under advisement, but did not act on the matter. ‘Bash’ aids Emmanuel The members of Junior Girl Scout Troop #1439 in Ho-Ho-Kus recently earned their Bronze Award. The girls held a father/daughter event called the Birthday Bowling Bash! Everyone got together and enjoyed an afternoon of bowling and the troop collected donations of birthday party items from everyone who attended. The girls then assembled ‘birthday bags’ and donated them to Emmanuel Cancer Foundation in Midland Park. Standing: Katie Shell, Victoria Howell, Kristin Butler, Jennifer Sauerman, Juliet Witzmann and Lillian Johnson, Seated: Julianne Tyler and Alexa Pignatelli. HARDING WINE & SPIRIT The shore is nice, but don’t pay the price. Get your Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Zinfandel Liberty Creek or... $ HUGE WINE SELECTION Beer • Super Premium Spirits Party Planning • Gift Baskets Free Parking • Ice • Soda WE DELIVER Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel & Moscato Barefoot Wines $ 5 9 .99 1.5 liter .29 1.5 liter 305 E. Ridgewood Ave Ridgewood, NJ DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED 201-445-7122 All that money you’ll save can pay for your picnic on the beach! No rain checks issued. Not responsible for typographical errors.