Waldwick December 9, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 7 The Waldwick Mayor and Council want strict enforcement of rules governing the use of the turf field at Waldwick High School and turned down a request to allow strollers on the track. “Strollers dig into the track,” said Borough Administrator Gary Kratz. He added that the council had already had to pay on a bill for $2,300 for turf repairs. “I am sympathetic. I am pleased with the use that field is getting, and it goes against my grain to ban moms and dads and families from using it more,” said Councilman Frank Palladino. “We have to get every minute out of that track. We have to treasure that track, so if it means no strollers, so be it,” echoed Councilwoman Anita Bozzo, who pointed out that if the turf is not used properly, the guarantee on it may be compromised. Councilman Thomas Giordano said that he had witnessed parents watching games from chairs on the track and suggested that the board of education be asked to disseminate the rules and require that the coaches enforce them. The board adopted the rules when the turf was installed, Council wants turf field use rules enforced following the manufacturer’s recommendations. “We should send a strongly-worded letter to all the organizations telling them they will not be allowed to use the field if they do not follow the rules,” said Bozzo. According to Kratz, the council has an agreement with the board of education to maintain the field and replace any damaged parts. Bozzo said that attempts to point out the rules to people misusing the field usually results in an abusive response. Mayor Litchult broke the tie on the side of tradition, assuring that the annual reorganization meeting of the mayor and council will continue to be held on Jan. 1. Bozzo recommended that the meeting be switched to Jan. 5 so that officials and others who regularly attend the New Year’s meeting can enjoy the long weekend with their families. “It’s tradition, and we always get a good turn out,” said the mayor. “If it is on the list of traditions our little town has, I don’t Reorganization on Jan. 1 want to change,” said Palladino. Bozzo said that since one of the draws of the meeting is the presentation of the Citizen of the Year award, she thought residents would come out on any night. The mayor disagreed. “On a Tuesday night, they won’t come out,” he said. Giordano said that if a change is to be made, residents should have ample advance notice. “Tradition makes the community strong, but change is good too,” he said. “You shouldn’t be changing tradition for personal reasons,” said resident Al Conlon during the public portion of the meeting. “This has been going on for 50 years; it’s different if it is just one or two.” Besides the award, the meeting includes the swearing in of newly-elected council members and the appointment of board members and professionals, among other business. 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