Bloomfield Town Council meeting, September 15, 2020
2:03PM Sep 15, 2020
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I pledge allegiance to the United States of America.
please, please call the roll. Councilman Mondale
here. Councilman. Councilman Joanna
here. Councilman Cruz here.
here. Councilman gamble
here Councilman rapa here.
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Thank you, Mayor, I
wanted to give an update on where we are with COVID-19. And that the subjects under my heading really kind of bleed together, run together. On COVID-19, we're still doing very well. As far as case flow goes, we were for over the last four months, we've been averaging around 1.2 cases a day. There's been a slight uptick lately, but it really has not been significant statistically. But it's still something that we're watching very closely. Our contact tracing really demonstrates These are things just the outcrop of people getting together more And families getting together and things like that. Frankly, our our residents have been pretty good about this. However, there have been some cases and we do have we are monitoring locations that have in the past been problematic with getting large crowds so we just keep that in mind.
we are doing testing weekly now. And we've moved to offering Saturdays somewhat, again, all our testing has been, you know, we do about 60 of them. Each time we test those, they get filled up, they're by appointment only. They've been filling up quickly. So we're going to continue that process. Weekly. We're varying this places we usually do it on Thursday afternoons. Now we're trying to add value at Saturday mornings. So we're going to rotate around and move it around the township to make it convenient for people to get tested that want to be tested. We've helped out we've had about 37 restaurants all asking for outdoor dining, we've accommodated with street parking nine restaurants to do that. And in the offices here, we're we're in the process of waiting for delivery on air purifiers that will help us out and so we think that we're we're doing very well with it. Thank god we've had some some little bits of of scares, I guess if you will people thinking people had it. Quickly tested. Kim DeVos got a very good system now with our MOS Thank you, Councilwoman Mendell for helping us with Clara moss. We get people tested and get those results quickly and they return to work. So, so far, we've been very lucky and and we're remain vigilant
mare if I can just go right on.
wait, does anybody have any question about COVID-19? And
the we we received the supplemental CDBG for the coronavirus about $615,000. And we need to do a public hearing on this but I wanted to go over this with the with you to make sure that you're in agreement with this. And that's attached in your in your packet. We are taking some for administration of CDBG, which is what we're allowed to do and we do. Community test. We're looking for funding for community testing, small business assistance and food pantry, the teamworks and senior mental health both these are ongoing health programs that To help our seniors that's been very successful.
And so we're supplementing those those two existing programs with with this money. So we're ready to move forward on that. But I want to talk to you about special food pantry assistance we, we looked at ways of helping out those who are who are in need in this township for food. This has been a subject for us for for several months, we're looking at providing fresh produce with through the food through farmers market or some other form, provide fresh produce. That's presenting a bit of a challenge, just having outlets for that. But we'll talk about that a little bit but then we want to do want to look at a way to see To start food pantries and we looked at the at the, at the current pantries where a lot of our residents who are in need, do make them avail themselves to food pantries. I wanted to know can we bring in a truckload of food and give it to you? Well, the problem with food pantries, they take food in, they put it right back out, they have no storage, especially if we wanted to put a massive amount $100,000 case into a food pantry. I do believe and I know that you do too, because we've all talked about this, you know, at various times, that later this year that we do have a need now but certainly, as the winter comes on, there's going to be a greater need. And we I would like to for you to consider some type of assistance this way with food Patrick, what we were looking at stead of getting truckloads of food that we get the gift cards we have for shopping we have for grocery stores here in town, we get gift cards from each grocery store. And then those who qualified need that we're not just going to start handing these out, like chewing gum or something, but we're going to, you know, those who are need, we give them a gift card, and then let them go to the grocery store and buy what they need. We've done this in the past, not to this level, but we believe that there's going to be a need here. And and there may be some other things that you might want to do. So I kind of wanted to talk to you about that. Because this program is unique, and we have a very, very good opportunity to really substantially how our residents are so I wonder Take a moment and kind of go through that because this is a different different than what we've talked about in the past with funding food pantries, they do have a lot of funding already separate through the cares act and other forms of funding. And so this is this would be our contribution. And I wanted to see what you thought about
that I love the
flexibility of being able to
implement implementing point of view, a
lot easier to do that. But I'm wondering if something we can work with the grocery stores so that if someone is using a car
from a gift card is sponsored by the township in this way,
that they give some sort of discount of 10% or 50% discount something like that. So they're not painful at all. If we're going to give them $1,000 they
beneficial on both ends and they were something that
we we've been in touch with all four grocery stores. And I think I think that that would be a that's a good idea. And I think they'd be willing to do that. I think I think most of not all of them would be willing to do that. This is a time of great need. And I don't think it's going to get any easier as the months go by.
So I think that
it's a question about the the nominations of the gift cards, like with a $25 gift card,
we were looking at $50 gift cards. Typically what happens is, in other towns, I know that when and what we've given out in the past, have been 50 and $100, basically, but we looked at ways to try to tailor it so that we Make sure that, you know like the WIC program where they can only purchase certain things. That just makes it too difficult. We think that this program in place, but there's a great deal of need out there, we know it's there. We hear it directly and more anecdotally. And so, you know, what we're asking councils concerned, taking a pretty substantial chunk of this and add it to that program an answer.
This customer drama,
we may have a considerable number of say disabled or seniors disabled to a degree that preparing a meal for one or even getting material is a challenge. My thought is we have churches and within each of those churches, they have large kitchen facilities. I'm thinking of Tony's kitchen, that within St. Luke's church, they feed they have a breakfast and lunch menu every day. So within what you're considering is the thought of having if you want to call it a soup kitchen meals being prepared, certain times of the week, we can expand on they do it by volunteers, but will it be a wonderful program to look at high school students within the area of hospitality in order to learn a profession, within you know, culinary arts, it offers an incredible opportunity for future employment, and beginning a process because the initial process of making certain foods is not that challenging. But we have certainly within our food service, maybe they can offer us some of their personnel to mentor and tutor some of these juniors to be seniors who are going out into the world with that type of a skill that they want may want to pursue. So I'm just merely bringing this up that we may consider an investigate if this is doable.
I'll bring that up to our Human Services Director, that she knows she is well connected with all those people and, and I think that's good idea. Yeah.
Anybody else? Okay.
Okay. I just wondered if
one of the other things that we looked at was possibility of other assistance than just food. We, we think that there's going to be other needs, pay utilities and pay. Pay utilities pay rent. For those that are in dire need. Yep. And I wonder if council would consider We have this as a food pantry but food pantry item but maybe expand this to change the texture of it a little bit to say Reza Bloomfield residents in need, and and possibly taking a little more money to this program. And because the committee testing 200,000 we're doing that all the time, but we can get reimbursement for other funds for that from the cares program. The the I just wonder if you'd be interested in upping this a little bit and allowing us to expand the program. Again, I want to emphasize this as for for people that are bonafide need. A lot of people there were a number of people that actually during the when they were happy unemployment checks were making more money on unemployment than they were while they were working. If they They didn't plan for that. And they didn't budget their money. They're they're not getting that anymore. So why are they paying rent? And perhaps we want to help out. With those people that are truly in need, we would go through and vet them through, we wouldn't just say, Come in some cases, I need somebody to help me pay my rent. Well, let's see what you've got. What are you really paying? What do you really, you know, purchasing and what do you do really need it and be discerning about it. But we have that extra baksa stop to those are residents who are in dire need. We're seeing that kind of propping up, you know, they can't pay their utilities and we just like to ask you to think about if we put maybe 50,000 more into this program. Make it a resident assistant for abroad program.
Yeah, I think that's, that's great. Um, I know we've done programs like that with Paula and the human services. So we should definitely consider,
right. We've gone through that program and that's that is a program that we already have. Okay.
would we consider and the health department may already be on top of this, but putting some of those funds aside for mental health just knowing it's such a trying time?
Yeah, the senior mental health program is here. Okay. That that that's what that is for. It's, it's, it's designed for the seniors. As far as, you know, community mental health. We really rely on the hospitals right that I could look into that were canceled. I take a vote on this tonight. I mean, it's coming It's gonna be put forward to public way. I mean, public hearing and all that stuff before you vote on it, but
I'll check that into that. Okay.
Anybody else? Okay. Thank you, Matt.
Next is a farmers market committee. This is actually Councilwoman Mandela's project. I know and Mary, we've talked about this before. Yeah. We've we've looked into grab and go program for this this year for doing it on weekends. We're not having a whole lot of luck with that. The one outlet that we recommended, and told us that they really they're just booked up solid, no ability to do that. So we're a little bit out of our league. So we're really our focus is is next spring and trying to put together a committee so I don't know Jenny has
No, I think when I had brought it up, I wanted to create a structure through which we could engage community members. So create a formal committee of the township.
Right. So we're looking to form that committee. Right. And so anybody have any recommendations? Let us know. I think this is a good program. I think that that were we would be able to pull something together, you know, for for
for the springtime. I know Diana's working on this project.
Now, I, as you know, we had an initial conversation with a group of residents who had consulted on this with expertise in doing this kind of thing. So I'd like to engage them. Okay.
Next is the construction fee changes. These are just done. We've not changed our construction fees for a long, long time. I know But since I've been here, these are small changes, some, just some updating our numbers a bit dcaa has reviewed our recommendation they agree these are springs at the line. Nothing really substantial here just brings things up to today's numbers. Okay. And then the last is is the trickiest of all, we're trying to work on this changing our subdivision zoning that would reflect preventing some somebody from taking these large lots that are out there and squeezing a bunch of houses on from the past, past governing bodies and planning boards wanted to do that. So that's what's in our master plan. We're looking at a master plan change the problem That if we change it to fix that one, the change could adversely impact everybody so that if you want to put a deck on your back, you'd have to go before zoning which obviously nobody wants. So we started working on this we're we're doing the analysis with our with a GPS program that we are using now that's available through online GPS as GIS system that we don't stop like it used to be where you'd have to buy this you know $200,000 plotter and all that stuff. We don't need that. We're able to do it online and so we're working on that but in the meantime, and this will probably the most significant thing that will come to us in the next six months of obvious pandemic but the storm water man management stormwater regulations have substantially change. Now they're saying that that's substantial. To me they're pretty substantial especially if you're a suburban or suburban community or even urban community. And we are evaluating that we believe that that this stormwater management system which has to be put in place before March next year, has the has the potential for us to address this issue because what's happened what they say what is recommended is that we not have allow for what they call impervious creep. So, you have, if you have a property that has 50% of it is, is is pervious soil you it drains off on its own, and you start to cover it over, the more you cover over the More water runs off in urban settings that starts out here's an impervious cover. That's, that's fairly small. But over time it creeps in. Yeah, I added the driveway and garage, I shed all this stuff in that that number becomes a big number. And what we're going to be looking at over the next month or two is how to how possibly this might address our issue and also the impact of this township because now it's not enough that you, you deal with stormwater runoff, you have to treat the student stormwater runoff. Ironically enough, our biggest environmental project townships ever seen is lying game. And exactly what we've done out there fits exactly with this and I know If it's you know, like the parking lot of lying gate that's going to be made it was made designed to be an A pervious parking lot, it will drain into a basin underneath the parking lot and then treat itself and go into the weapons that was all designed just to be environmentally conscious. It was there was a program that
Andy sports that Andy Strauss and I talk came up with a year and a half ago. So I'm very happy that what we're doing in this township really exceeds what the new regulations are that most towns are having difficulty with. So I wanted to give you an update because I know you talked about this council very interested in getting this addressed. And we are going to get this addressed. I think we just may have found a very good technique to do this without making an impact. to everybody else who's just has a regular house. So we're very excited about the possibility of this this program working out for us. And that's
the other related issue that we talked about with subdivision was the requirement for garages. Are we looking into that too? Yes, sir. If we're gonna make a change to the master plan, you know, it's we could
we want to make sure that we get it all.
Thank you, Mayor. Good evening, Council. The first item comes from the fire department. Recently the fire department took over the duties of vacant property registration from the health department. The fire chief saw proposals to have a professional come in and train the department to set this up properly. And got a referral from the Montclair Fire Department of uses a lawyer to assist them. This next meeting there would be a resolution to approve the professional services agreement with this law firm to assist to provide proper vacant property assessment and training for the fire department. Okay.
I got a motion to Move it.
Moved by Councilman Davis. Second Councilman gamble. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye. Number two,
next is a 224 Broad Street. I wanted to bring this we wanted to bring this to your attention. There was a request for a to refund an overpayment of taxes that were paid on 224 Broad Street. What happened here was improvements on this site. So the structures were demolished in October of last year.
requires that if the assessor is notified prior to January 10 of the demolition, the property must be valued in its vacant state. So obviously you don't have fits in a vacant state you only assess the land not there's no proof meant to assess. The property owner did notify the prior tax assessor in mid October of last year of the demolition. This was not captured by the revaluation company. So they assessed it at the former buildings value. Based on that erroneous assessment, the property was over assessed the amount in tax dollars, the amount of assessment is about $105,000. But the tax dollars that would be subject to the refund are $3,247 and 51 cents. So in order to correct that error error, we would need to refund the overpayment for resolution. Okay,
Get some of this with a counselor join on. Second second counselor gamble. Any questions, comments? All in favor? Aye. And number three,
finally, this is more housekeeping at last meeting. We, you passed a an ordinance to extend the time, the Hours of operation for the outdoor dining to midnight. And there were some concern that those businesses that did not have outdoor dining could avail themselves to the same benefit to have to midnight. Since the last meeting, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 183 allowing some indoor limited indoor dining privileges. So what we did was update basically update the last resolution in prophetically already on the books was chapter 159, which allows for hours of operation for all retail businesses to go from 6am to midnight. So technically those restaurants were covered. But I wanted to specify that in this resolution, reflect the new the governor's new executive order and indicate that not only is it for outdoor dining but for these other dining for that same period that's through the outdoor dining season when we mercifully get back to to normal, then it will revert back to, to what the ordinance indicates for outdoor dining.
unless anyone has any questions on that, that's the last
of my items, no
Marriages, these, these 123 and four are just adding grants to our municipal budgets, which is chapter
and then number five is a is the resolution which authorizes our construction loan with booster air connection funded through the ibank just a resolution that really is one more step, the procedural step in getting the loan that we need the $2.4 million for the interconnection. Okay.
Can I get somebody to remove this with that, Councilman? Joanna, thank you have a second second. Councilwoman Cruz. Any questions comments? All in favor? Aye.
Good evening mayor and council. The first item I have is the award of a contract. Through our call up to Johnston communications is for building security upgrades for the municipal building as well as better access control
some of those $82,929 and two cents okay.
Councilman Mundo second Councilman gamble. Any questions or comments? What are some of the security upgrades they're going to be doing?
Essentially it's it's it's replacing door access. The main thing is it's going to be integrated with the police building, which Johnson communications did because right now there's two systems this the one here is antiquated so it doesn't speak to the other one. So it's cameras. It's its door access. It's things of that. Perfect.
Any other questions, comments? All in favor? Aye.
Number two, Okay, number two Essex Avenue. Section three has been completed, it actually came in under budget. So this is for a decrease or savings of 40,913 52 cents.
With that, Councilman Davis second Councilman gamble. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye. Number three. All right, the
next item is you're probably aware there was a bad lightning strike at Memorial Park. That blew out the main control box there. Subsequently we got an electrician in here in addition to the thing being blown out it was found to be out of code. So on an emergency basis, we got a contractor to repair the whole thing for a total price of 31,500. Okay,
would that council approve Second Councilman gamble? Any questions or comments? Are we responsible for that or PSE and G do we get reimbursed from PS eg from it? Well,
not PSE, but we will. We're going to put it through our insurance.
To superior we try I tried
it. Then a bunch
of questions, comments. All in favor, aye. On number four.
All right, the
next item is unfortunately from time to time we have emergency sewer main backups. We had one on broken Avenue we got a contractor to come in fix it in a day for $37,413 and 66.
Council on the crew second council And Joanne Oh, any questions or comments? All in favor. And number five,
Okay, the last item is for a contract or professional service or pipe scale analysis through a New Jersey Institute of Technology. Basically what this is obviously, we're good with lead over the past 12 months, but because of the violations prior to that, the state requires us to essentially analyze the pipe some of the lead piping to see how well the arc orthophosphate is working. It's kind of a thing that we have to do. Personally, it looks like it's working based upon the results we had, but they want analytical results.
Okay. I get moved by Councilwoman Cruz in a second. Second, Councilman Davis. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye. Thanks for your contract
clerk. Thank you, counsel. We received her gasoline to power works for the
power company to
on the 26th
and we have a slot
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resolution for anybody
have any objections?
I touched council number one.
Mary council yes we Subaru has partnered with terracycle to be able to recycle both our masks in our gloves as opposed the alternative is goes to the incinerator which is not a good option. So with partner with reaching out to terracycle and with VR recycling quarter would reach out to our administrator to go forward to seek the appropriate number of boxes and the appropriate placement within our municipality for them to get totally in keeping with where we are, but certainly we don't want them any place other than to be recycled or disposed of properly. In this case terracycle will reuse these into another product. There's boxes that they sell, and we can have them appropriately placed so we know that they are going to a good home and simply not being disposed of improperly. So I'd like this council to go forward giving our recycling coordinator the authority to go forward and meet with the administration as to how many and location within the township by Councilman
Davis. Second, Councilwoman Cruz any questions or comments?
I just want to thank counsel and Joanna for He's keeping us focused on environmental issues. And this is an excellent idea when people are constantly talking about what do we do with the wreck? He says,
We're kind of Thank you, Dr. Davis rolling this as, as the redundant phrases. We're all in this together to make this a better place. And the recycling of these masks and gloves that we don't want to say inappropriately places a good step, the baby step forward. And my thought is, should we a month from now or two months from now be in the same scenario that we can, the municipality can take the lead and expand to each of the different schools. So we know the population we have 6400 children and kids are kids, but if we can have offer the opportunity for them to do the right thing, we'd be assuming the mayor and council here would be assuming a leadership position. And that is where we this council is and where we want to be in the future. Thank you. People hear Thank you.
All in favor.
Number two Councilwoman Mendell.
Thank you. So I think in the interest of looking at, or in the interest of watching new businesses come into town, and thinking about how we can attract and make it easier. Having new new and different kinds of businesses come into town, it came to my attention that that breweries in particular would have a very hard time opening in Bloomfield, because right now, our ordinance categorizes them as manufacturing. So I was interested in looking at that to see if, if there's a way we can maybe redefine that and think about what other towns have been doing. There's been sort of a preponderance lately of breweries that have been open. And you know, look, look at those ordinances and See what we could do to make things a little bit easier for them to come in, I know in in Montclair and Clifton, in a couple other places, they had to go before their planning boards and get a bunch of variances. And it was really messy. So I think sort of with their popularity, and since that seems to be the kind of business we might want to attract, that we could maybe look into that.
I mean, I would be all for it. I know, one. Maybe look at the city of orange. I don't know, because I know one of the fulfilled firefighters opened up a brewery in orange near the train station. I don't know if he had to go in front of the planet or anything like that. But this would be something I think would be great for the township.
I agree. And we did it a little bit, just the subject on the agenda caused me to ask and it would be just as you said, it's manufacturing in our so
it's in one zone, but
there's nothing in our code that relates to breweries, really So we could allow it and put it in conditional use or just under certain circumstances. They can't be tied to a restaurant. So I just want to make that clear. That's new. Because, you know, I know that
well, I think they can serve finger foods is a new process. It's been changing a lot lately.
Yeah, they've been changing a lot. And so we can we need to catch up on Yeah. I know Princeton, for example, is one of the first micro breweries there is a full
Right? And you see, it's very new. So I know that happens, but that that part was
the big the big issue with them was that a lot of bars who paid hundred thousand for our liquor license, were complaining that these breweries didn't have to go under they weren't under the liquor license rules. So they shouldn't be allowed to serve food. That was a big issue at the state ABC couple years ago. So
there's Still, I know that there's still regulations that state, like you have to go in front of the state, there's, you know, they only there's a limited number of licenses for breweries as well. So that's well controlled. I think at that level. My concern is that I don't want to put up roadblocks for businesses like that to come into town and I think it's, it's time to look into that kind of thing.
Thank you. And and we, and we don't know as soon as just support Councilwoman Mandela, you know, perspective on it. Because as we know, more and more we're losing the the idea of people coming into retail and so how do you draw people in, it's really about experiences, something like microbreweries are, are excellent ways to create experiences that people really enjoy. They want to go to tastings and things like that. And I think it's a fully support, whatever we need, we could do that to help facilitate the expansion of opportunities and
drama. Hi I think we're fortunate because a number of years ago in my travels, I encountered a gentleman who owns three or four microbreweries in Brooklyn, and at the time was interested in potential for Bloomfield, but because of the regulations that Councilman Mondale has brought up to us, were prohibitive. Now we can move forward, we may be able to bring this gentleman to the table to see if there is an interest with his prior business experience and having manage owned three or four other micros that we can bring him bring him home to us. So I just throw that out there. All right.
Thank you, Councilwoman. And number three.
So the police director has asked if we can move number three to the next meeting. Okay.
Number four Fatima gamble.
This is just a an appointment to the animal shelter advisory middie just replacing Melissa Maui with Regina Lazarus.
Could somebody move this? Move that kind of thing, Joanne Oh, second, Councilman Davis. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye.
Thank you America. Yep, I brought that up the status of Halloween not that we take a stand, but we just kind of have a discussion about where the township would be for Halloween.
Just Any thoughts? We
we've actually been talking about that for a few weeks. And right now, we just don't know. I mean, we obviously that that that will be a decision that comes to you but it's just too early to tell you have some towns talking about not having it or changing it or something like that, and
it's just too early.
I think. I don't know if decision is necessary. You're just just about like, what what do you guys think? I think that Halloween is the date of Halloween. And families make the decision yes or no if they're going to send their children out or not. And as a township, what we host we decide, so no one would be doing that sort of.
So at the parks recreation and Cultural Affairs meeting earlier last week, I'm sorry we discussed this with the committee and they are in favor of doing something modified appropriately spaced and you know, with all safety protocols, but they're the department itself also is willing to do something. So they actually had asked that you know, if if we are interested in still having the township put something on that we can take that back to director Sturman and and and they're willing to move forward but what they'll come up with something for right
yes, we we've done the trucker tree kind of thing. It's and that certainly in our plants
For sure, I just don't want anybody to cancel as far as
the township stock as of today without canceling.
I think continuing the stream on the green is going to be good, as long as we do it in a way that is convenient for COVID. As far as trick or treating us today, as of today, yes, but I think it's going to be, you know, you need to know your own neighborhood where, you know, there's going to be certain houses where they're not going to answer the door with a typical answer the door. So that's kind of what people and parents need to be prepared for it as we go on. So
maybe there's a way that we can work with the health department to create, I mean, assuming it seems there's a lot of things we don't know, we don't know where we're going to be at the end of October in terms of the general everything. So it seems like planning seems to be a constant term. But I think one of the things just assuming like if it were like around the corner right now, we would prefer having the health department engage in a best practice. kind of setting some, some sort of guidelines that we get out there widely and distribute like these would be the best way to do it, if you're going to do something, don't have a book, you know, prepare a super patent or something like that just have people have, I'm making this literally. But, you know, some sort of best best practices to kind of cut down because if, if people are reaching into one bowl that that, you know, that I can imagine that that's just creating
something like that would be one way to
work with Karen, let's come up with, you know, some type of best practices plan that we could release the first or second week of October and now we'll go from there. Obviously, we're gonna have to play this by ear as we get closer, but you know,
okay, we'll do that. That's great
idea. Perfect. But
wasn't added to the agenda, but it came up in a conversation and it's about town. communication going out and dual language. So just if we can consider things that the township puts out, also put it out in Spanish. So that includes Facebook posts, fires, I know the health department now translates but I would just like that to be a point of consideration for communication please.
So and one thing just to kind of piggyback one thing that came to me this is actually today, somebody mentioned to me as we get move on, and hopefully in the springtime, we can actually have an event where we do something for immigrants and immigrants rights event and we bring in different advocates, and, you know, educate our immigrant population on what their rights are and even kind of guide them to applying to become citizenship.
Anybody have any liaison reports
have a quick one, which is a reminder About the voter information session that's on September 23, featuring our wonderful town clerk Louise pelicano. And just to mention that the library is going to be doing a series of other events of which I don't have the details on but just sort of stay tuned that are also related to globally citizen support and issues around voting. So stay tuned.
Have a quick one as well. The animal shelter advisory committee is exploring educational programs for new pet owners. I think with a lot of people working from home, they've been looking for companionship and adopting lots of dogs and cats. So it was just discussed that these new pet owners may not have the same educational resources they do. They would have under normal circumstances so they were looking to explore some like virtual options may be getting some guest speakers or something like that. And also, once people do go back to work, you know, how do you transition that safely for your pets and, you know, kind of educating them on resources out there for for like doggy daycares and things like that. So I thought it was a good idea that the committee came up with and just wanted to share that. Hopefully, we'll be putting something on the calendar soon.
The recreation department is going to be sponsoring a walk challenge on the Morris canal Greenway from beginning September 25 to October 15, to challenge people to stay active and get fit by walking along the Morris canal Greenway. And you can get more details about it and register for you have to register. They're going to be some prizes and some. So to register for it, you can go to the Facebook page for the rec department, or the Morris canal Greenway. It'll be posted. By the 25th sir,
sure in the room next up next Saturday on September 26. That will be the township celebration of Latin Heritage Month. It'll be on North 17th Street at the Milbank garden. Want to thank the township, the pw officer safety garden Committee for the planning. So there'll be social distance practice, there'll be an entrance on Bloomfield Avenue to the event and the exit will be on Chester. And the police department is going to be helping with social distancing and counting people in or whatnot. We've got three food trucks, 10 local artists, a DJ, a guitarist in the band, the ground will be set up so people can view the art and listen to the music and get food and kind of a nice, walkable, safe way. The Census will be present, you'll have the opportunity to tour the garden and sign up and we're really Looking forward to that, that day, four o'clock on September 26. And I'd also just like to thank everyone for their condolences for the loss of my sister. Okay, thank you. Councilwoman,
Thank you. So the beautification committee is in the process of planning townwide cleanup on October 24. So save the date for that information will be coming out about that shortly. Parks recreation and Cultural Affairs, their fall registration opens Wednesday, September 16. Outdoor movie series is come is back. And I wanted to mention that we had received some feedback from various residents in town that they wanted to see a bit more diversity in the types of movies that we were showing. So I think the department responded well to that. So I think we have a nice, diverse movie. opportunities coming up. In addition to that I want to the library is continuing to put forth some creative, I think services and programming but I wanted to commend them in particularly in particular for stepping up. I think in the wake of school starting, seeing needs arise pretty immediately and and reaching to address them. So they are now providing in partnership with Tony's kitchen every Tuesday from three to 5pm. In the library courtyard, all kids of school age can come get a healthy snack, sign up for a library card, and pick up and drop, drop off materials and learn how to use their library card online. And this is really important right now because the school libraries, I don't believe are able to loan out books right now. So particularly the elementary schools, you know, they have a library day where the kids come in and they pick up books and that's a big part of them, learning to read and engage with that kind of thing. So our Public Library's really filling that need right now. In addition to that they have, they're doing a pilot this year with tutor.com. And this is actually courtesy of the Bloomfield Public Library foundation. Through tutor.com you can get live homework, help writing tutors, Test Prep study skills. And this is actually available to anybody in town adult kid, everyone. So if you have a library card, you can utilize this service. And then finally, they actually that's it. That's all I had to say. But yeah, I wanted to commend them for for stepping up sort of immediately in the same that name.
Okay. Did you have anything?
Yes. At this point, after a year of drudgery, the most rigid recycling or removal of single use plastic bags, and styrofoam is with the state Government it has passed the state assembly, but somehow has been bogged down in on the assembly side and committee. But the environmental state environmental Commission's has good news that it is on for a vote it's coming out of the assembly. It'll probably end up going to the Senate for a melding of the two, but it's refreshing after a number of years and a push and pull of finally getting this out and out of committee and on the floor vote simply will ban single use plastic bags which we quite realize is a terrible little problem in many respect in the use of Styrofoam. When we talk about air quality when we burn our all our garbage goes to the incinerator and styrofoam is toxic in terms of when we talk about environmental justice in Newark or the incident Raiders and people have to read the blocks of that of the oil that's in that product. So I'm under the direction of our recycling coordinator and our environmental commission. As more information becomes available, we will certainly upgrade the mayor and council so that the community is aware of it. But the difficult part previously individual townships have passed their own ordinances, but there has been enough momentum going forward, that there needs to be a statewide ban so that everyone follows the same rules and they don't change from one community to another. That only makes good sense. So we will update you Mayor council as the direction that bill when it progresses and becomes law. Thank you.
Thank you, I got a motion to go into close.
Okay, all in favor, aye.
Welcome back everyone we have a couple of resolutions resolution number one council muddle.
Thank you mayor and council approve resolution temporarily amending chapter 466 sidewalk cafes hours of operation executive order 183 updates So moved. Second
second capital join Oh any questions or comments or In favor, aye. Number two,
resolution appointing Justin lemoncello to the position of part time tax assessor of adaption of limited. So,
second second. Councilwoman Cruz. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye. Number three
man counts. I have a 2020 resolution for renewal ABC liquor licenses for the year 2021.
Second second, Councilwoman Davis. Any questions or comments? All in favor?
Number Four council a township approval of the bill list for September 14 some
second Councilman gamble. Any questions or comments? All in favor. before we adjourn, especially to the the women of the Council, and I just want to recognize Kim because she put up the picture from the last year's women's breakfast that we took on In the town hall and the hallway with the other mayors and stuff like that, so that is now going to be permanent on the wall. So thank you for that. Does anybody have any questions or comments? Can I get a motion to adjourn? motion? All in favor? Aye.