Upper Saddle River September 23, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 5 Utilities authority moves to extend sewer lines The Northwest Bergen Utilities Authority is reportedly moving rapidly on a plan that would extend sewer lines for the commercial properties near Route 17 in the Borough of Upper Saddle River. The project is viewed as a boon to property owners who have been restricted by the borough’s widescale use of septic systems. Last week, Mayor Kenneth Gabbert explained that the utilities authority is working on engineering plans that would allow the tie-in and, therefore, more effective use of those commercial properties. The project, which could cost an estimated $8 million, will be funded by the utilities authority, while Upper Saddle River would foot the bills for incidental costs, including the service of the borough engineer. The area targeted for the sewer line extension is bounded by Route 17 on the west, the Borough of Saddle River on the south, Union Avenue on the east, and Lake Street on the north. The commercial property owners who discussed this issue with borough officials provided an overwhelmingly positive response to the concept, Mayor Gabbert said. He added that a survey regarding sewer hookups had been sent to some 196 homes in the same area. The results of that questionnaire are currently being tabulated. Gabbert indicated that the borough would not pursue the residential connections for these homes if the survey results do not show a heavy concentration of residential interest. The homes surveyed represent approximately seven percent of all those located within the borough, the mayor estimated. He noted that, while septic systems can be effective and efficient, homeowners whose properties employ septic systems sometimes face concerns when they sell their homes. He explained that, in some instances, the systems do not meet the standards set by the mortgage company. Referring to the commercial properties, Gabbert noted that the lack of sewers has prevented a major restaurant from moving into the borough. “On the commercial side, it is our desire to have infrastructure in place that allows the best use of the properties,” the mayor commented, adding, “If the residents want (a sewer tie-in), we will work to get it.” No cost estimate is currently available for the potential residential connection. Gabbert said approximately 94 percent of the borough uses septic systems. The Singles Ministry at the Church of the Presentation is offering its Flying Solo program for individuals experiencing separation, divorce, or the end of a relationship through death. This program will begin Sept. 24 and run through Nov. 12. The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. in meeting room four. During the eight weeks, the program will address discovering your unique dreams, goals, and needs; creating a support network in this new time of life; employment Church offers Flying Solo and financial changes; the many facets of dating and creating new friendships; creating a spiritual environment for the individual and their children; and co-parenting. The program will be a series of round table discussions with a flexible format customized to meet the individual needs of the participants. For more information, contact Milli Stellatos, pastoral associate, at (201) 327-1313 extension 812 or e-mail mstellatos@church ofpresentation.org. High five! Saddle River Day School kindergarten teacher Anne Zamora gives new kindergarten student William Cerepak a bit of encouragement on the first day of the 2009-10 school year. HARDING WINE&SPIRIT Make today the day you come into our store and finally try... 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 We’ve sold thousands of bottles of both, aren’t you worthy of the savings?! No rain checks issued. Not responsible for typographical errors.