Mahwah January 14, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 3 Condominium association pursuing road dedication by Frank J. McMahon The Franklin Crossing Condominium Association has asked the Township of Mahwah to accept the dedication of a portion of Kingsbridge Way, the main roadway connecting the streets in the neighborhood, as a public road so it will be maintained by the township. In November, Robbin Sacharoff, the senior property manager for the Wilkin Management Group, Inc., which manages the business of the condo association, wrote to Mahwah Township Administrator Brian Campion and asked him to advise her what procedures would be necessary to formally dedicate or accept Kingsbridge Way as a public road. At a December public meeting, Campion asked the council to consider Sacharoff’s request regarding the dedication of a portion of Kingsbridge Way. The portion of the road that would be dedicated to the township as a public road extends from Fox Lane up to a short distance past the intersection with Cedar Hill Avenue. Campion advised the council that in or about 1999, the municipal engineer had determined that the 1,435 linear feet of Kingsbridge Way met municipal roadway standards and he was, therefore, asking the township attorney to confirm the procedure necessary to dedicate and accept the roadway. He indicated, however, that a formal resolution would be required from the board of directors of the condo association petitioning the township to accept the roadway. Campion also advised the council at that meeting that, under the provisions of the state law governing the municipal services that must be provided to condominium associations, known as the Condominium Services Act, if a roadway meets municipal standards, the township is obliged to accept the dedication of the roadway to the township as a public road. Township Attorney Terry Bottinelli concurred with Campion, who further advised that if the roadway is dedicated as a public roadway it would be the township’s obligation to plow the snow off that road and to otherwise maintain it. He explained that if the road remained private, however, under the state law the township could plow the road and maintain it, or reimburse the condo association for plowing and maintaining that road. Kingsbridge Way extends into the Franklin Heights Condominium Association area, but that association is not requesting the dedication of that portion of the roadway to the township. Therefore, the township will continue to reimburse that condominium association for part of the cost to plow and maintain that portion the road. The Condominium Services Act was passed by the state legislature in 1990, but, delayed by court challenges by the New (continued on page 23) Ensemble strikes perfect chord Residents and guests of The Atrium at The Allendale Community for Mature Living were recently entertained by The Select Strings, a group of musicians from the Mahwah High School orchestra led by teacher Wendy Campbell. The students, who played a repertoire of classical selections, are frequent visitors to The Atrium, as part of the intergenerational programming at this supportive independent living senior residence. Pictured during a break from the Select Strings concert are Wellness Nurse Pat Costello (standing, right) and Atrium Resident Evelyn Kirkpatrick (standing, left). OFFER EXPIRES JANUARY 31, 2009. ���������������� ������������������ �������������� ��������������������� ���������������� ������������������������������������������� �������� ������ ��������������������� ����������������������������