Ramsey June 10, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 21 GOP supporters gather for annual spring affair The Annual Ramsey Republican Spring Brunch was recently held at the Abbey at the Ramsey Golf and Country Club. Pictured (top left): Ramsey Republican Club President Bridget Kelly greets the 100 party supporters. Top center: Ramsey table. Top right: Ramsey Mayor Christopher Botta introduces guest speaker Bret Schundler. Bottom left: Mayor Botta welcomes Schundler. Bottom right: Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman Robert Yudin, District 39 State Senator Gerald Cardinale, District 39 Assembly candidate Robert Schroeder and former Ramsey Councilman Jeffrey Heller. Olney Road (continued from page 3) of Mahwah, I pay my taxes to the Township of Mahwah, and it should be available to me, as well as everyone one else who prefers to use it,” he asserted. Ellen Sinopoli told the council that, when she bought her home on Stephens Lane, she was told that the long cul-desac road would not be a through street and the access from Stanhope Court was originally chained to restrict traffic from coming onto Stephens Lane. But that access is now open to traffic from the Franklin Heights townhouse complex and New York State vehicles. She claimed motorists speed down that road at 60 miles per hour. She wants Stephens Lane restricted also. “If you are going to do it for one road, you should do it for the other,” she said. DaPuzzo promised to review the planning board minutes and resolution of the Cherry Ridge subdivision approval to see if Stephens Lane should be restricted. He asked Mahwah Township Administrator Brian Campion to have the police monitor the speed and vehicle count on that roadway. If Olney Road is not closed, the council’s traffic consultant recommended that it be widened. According to DaPuzzo, the township engineer has estimated that cost at $171,930 to widen it to 22 feet and $236,498 to widen it to 28 feet, in accordance with the state’s RSIS standards. Thus far, the township has spent $21,636 in legal fees in 2007 and 2008 on the Olney Road lawsuit. The cost of the recent traffic expert’s report was $2,500. Following the discussion of Olney Road, the council decided to review a draft ordinance prepared by Bottinelli that would call for the re-closing of that road, and to consider the introduction of that ordinance at the council’s June 11 public meeting. Break the Highway Trend! ...not your community’s back. Local businesses are the backbone of your community and the trend to shop the big guys on the highway hurts us all.Your local businesses have what you want... at the right price... and close to home. So, why hassle with the highways? Save Time! Save Gas! Save Money! SAVE YOUR COMMUNITY! We Need You SHOP LOCALLY. IT’S SMART. ...and besides, it’s so convenient!