Bloomfield Town Council meeting, March 8, 2021
1:48PM Mar 9, 2021
Good evening, everyone. There isn't a time date location agenda this evening, to the extent that was provided at least 48 hours prior to the commencement of this meeting in the following manner pursuant
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I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
to the Republic.
We saw the wall
Councilwoman Mondale here. Councilman Joanna has a woman Councilman Cruz here. Councilwoman Davis? Here. Councilman gamble. Here. Councilman Rockwell. There may have
They're all present. Okay, as you may have any public comments? Well, we
certainly one on the call.
Okay. Thank you, administrator. This mayor, we
have Anthony descenders on with us to talk about the outdoor dining. And we're planning to continue. The program that we started last touched her last year. So Anthony want to give you a report to our council.
Certainly Good evening, mayor and council, we briefly felt the applications to renew the outdoor dining. We've completed two applications. One is a renewal. So if a restaurant tour is going to have the same footprint as previous year, as previous year, they will fill out a renewal application. We also put together a application for
somebody that's changing the
footprint or a new application. All the applications are in compliance with the governor's executive orders of 151 57 158 as well as the executive directors Fidesz 14, and 20 dash 19. All the CDC protocols are outlined in restaurant owners. And the applications have been reviewed by
government to help apartment buildings zoning, as well as the clips. We're in a position now to notify the restaurant owners exactly what needs to be done. The outline is up and going again. Perfect.
Thank you, Anthony. Does anyone have any questions? Comments? Okay,
so what do we need to move this tonight?
It was just an update of what were custody update. They're
perfect. So we're continuing it and we have a lot of interest. Most towns are continuing that
option, and we'll do the same.
Okay. Thank you guys. Number two.
Number two is court by Mr. Sturman and on the tennis courts pickleball courts Memorial Park experiment is here to give that report. Mike.
Just wanted to let you know that our
plans are completed. We are currently going out to a purchase and trying to get the best possible price that we can. Currently Matt and I are speaking about different funding sources. We do have commune Development Block Grant, along with Essex County open space grant. There are some alternatives that we are looking into. But that's where we currently sit on. We're hopeful that we can get a competitive bid
and be able to put this this this part of these tenders work so I'm trying to food and we want to be able to look into that
if possible. Now what we'd
like to do is that Mike has a problem. All of this results state contracts. So it's just a matter of quoting, we were about $80,000, short on on what we budgeted from a pre last year. So we're looking to possibly either probably, possibly going into CDBG, or review the projects, see if we can allocate some more money so that if we get this together by March 22, we would like to put that on the agenda. It would be about $440,000 to redo the courts and put in the pickleball Court, which I know you've talked about, and so we'd like to if we can put that last little piece together, you'd like to proceed that way if that's okay with you in the council.
Okay. Does anyone have any questions or comments for Mike? Perfect, thank
In my opinion, go to
number three, number three in
their life guide Kim, do that. Take care of those two issues with you.
Your daily mayor, council item number three is just
advising you that we've updated our employee COVID-19 travel and vacation policy. The state has reduced the quarantine guidelines for 14 days to seven or 10 days
returned from travel depending upon a negative protest. And item number four is we have a Bloomfield resident on field college student
majoring in criminal justice is looking
for an unpaid internship for college credit with the police department and they would like to start this week. Okay.
Those COVID somebody removed this
move by Councilman john. Okay, I get a second. Okay. Second Council on the crews. Any questions or comments?
On a quick comment? Thank you for getting the update on who the intern is. And the nice immediate. It just occurred to me that we could figure out a way to sort of identify the potential internship opportunities, and maybe advertise them so that, you know, we can definitely you know, I'm sure every town can use interns and I think that this is, is having a good sense of, you know, having people know that there's a place that they can go look for those internship opportunities. It's not when someone is proactive and they get make the case and happens. It's wonderful. But it would be nice if we can do this more systematically. The good job that
we were constantly we are always that's a good idea. We'll do more systematic, but we do let colleges know, programs and I know that director de Mayo has now a good working relationship with Dr. Evans at Bloomfield college. And I know that technique regularly for public criminal justice, so we'll continue to do that. Okay,
any other questions, comments? All in favor? Number five.
There number 567. To eight can direct that to director demand and
Yes, good evening members Council. Number five speed hump designations on spruce Street. We conducted a GMR study and the amount of traffic qualifies for speed humps constantly.
It's an agreement this was a council dunk, I
get a second.
Second, second counselor gamble. Any questions or comments?
I have a man. I heard from some of the residents on spruce Street. They're all birds. Similar, that one of them did express a concern. I don't know if this is like an engineering question. I'm not displayed on how we make a speed hump. But there was a question about if there's a way to install speed humps, I don't wait for cars to go over there make a ton of noise over and over again. It's sort of a heavily traveled street because you can cut through to sort of bypass parts of really janky Parkway, so I just wanted to bring that up. Faster. town engineer, global citizen can consider that.
We can use what they call flat top speed humps that that has a flat bit too. That lessens the noise. And that would be in not quite as harsh. But the the striping is what really generates the slowdown. So I think the combination of the two, that correct, all correct.
What we tried to do was just create create the speed on Paragon has done more and more of these in less than the height of it. Because basically the appearance of it and the strengthening of your stand seem to solve the purpose just as well. The only one way you can really hear is obviously got our old noisy car and the speaker springs, you might hear that. And a lot of people confuse them with the rumble strips, which are totally different. They're very noisy, and we're not using those to speed council designer, our DMT activities. So we do our best to make the speed up there, but not the noise issue.
there any other questions or comments? All the favor.
Number six. Number six is pretty important. So ours is really that kind of a housekeeping cleanup. It's an older three years ago, when the street wasn't constructed exactly the same way. And we run into a problem that where people are vanishing somebody in one particular parties that shouldn't use your percentages. We're gonna change the sign just kind of thing that for everyone.
Okay, can I get somebody to remove this? And in fact can't be Moved by Councillor Dryden, second California Cruz. Do I have any other questions or comments? All in favor? Hi.
And number seven. Number seven are several on handicap parking requests. Traffic division has really only been using the proper documentation for doctors in the world that
gets entered into this. We're back council once again. Back in California Davis. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye. Aye.
Number eight. Number eight is our police vehicle purchases for 2021 in city purchases for more vehicles, which is down two years in the past, and they've done an analysis of our 4g services.
Okay, can I get something and move this gamble. Second. Councilwoman Cruz. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye. Number nine.
Number nine is my monthly report to the mayor and council voted this Okay, you guys are live in the week community clerk's office. So I'll just run through it real quick. First thing we'll look at is complaints against personnel. We're currently at a total of 11 figure 20.1, which is down to 13. At the same time last year, that 50% reduction. Again, we're consistently dropping down with our signal complaints against our regional budget, which we're very happy about. The month of January, we had four external complaints from citizens against our offices, one called a desk with a complaint about tickets that were being issued during the overnight hours, we will have to treat internal affairs chapter seven just issued properly and the proper signage was on the street. So the complaint was exonerated. But they never indicated that information. The police officers report was inaccurate from from what was told to police officer, again, get these often now when we go back to the body camera footage and look at it. And the actual report was exactly what was told the police officer on a weekend do also offer new components and opportunity to do preventative work or just not alone at number three, complaining to indicate that he's not to cut them off. And watch us neither. And then during the finger. No, it's an active investigation by internal affairs right now. And we're currently going through the GPS data for all of our vehicles on that date. And on number four, it completely stated that while in the stop shop, our clock dropping go purchase or sale with somebody that no more black for tourists with two presumptions pulled up and give them a dirty rocking and make them scared. That night. We did not have a black thrown this out of the room. And we didn't have any plainclothes police officers on the road either. So we also gave the Provisional Government to see maybe it was exactly the point that it wasn't a movie or two internal complaints were born fractions. They went to January. Both complaints were sustained by internal affairs and disappoint his mission. We had a total of 12 only remains for the month and for the month. There were motor vehicle accidents in which all three of them the opposite were found out for what and this one ambit training is very big about three internal complaints that will sustain and this punish you and five please please It's all justified. But we did points in issues of the Catholic setting up as you were getting the video, the car camera footage of the proceeds. And we're dealing with that with that with return. We have three uses, of course for the month. One was July was spent in the case of a police officer who was a an emotional surgery, we obviously use medical portion compliance, to get them in handcuffs and bring them under control, no injuries three quarters in a second was ATP, we will punch the officer in the chest area while they were happy helping us restrained down to very low criminal charges while compliance holds for the amount of time that we use. And it was nobody Tuesday, but it became the person who successfully transported to the hospital. The third was the call of a man holding his girlfriend in his numerator against their will in their party. And then we have to remember his attempts to try to get the person to open the door, the woman began to yell inside the apartment, obviously, he was forced to go into the apartment and bring a new person and take them into custody. And we're no major reason that kids as well. All the uses of force will not roll hands with compliance doors, no pepper spray, no taser, no other uses of force other than hitting compliance. All of those will also be reviewed. Again. That means of course you do work the second week of the month for therapists to just go over the video and look for technical issues and there are vehicles now for the month of February 366 are here to start down significantly more motor vehicle stops with gases. We have options we can talk about later going through training right now, with the new changes that are being worked out with policing using medical marijuana, which means that those 366 motor vehicle stops 115 or 31.4%, wherever were Caucasian 109.9 point 70% rapid American 114 31.14% were Hispanic motor vehicle stop also, were pretty much consistent throughout the seven zones in the township, you start charging at the mayor's recommendation. And when the vehicle stops and what zones we're in is in Township. And we're pretty significantly close it open zones throughout the township with our numbers of stops.
We had a total of 21 arrests for the month of February out of the 20. And the rest of the 90 of them were initiated by calls for service from the community within public. Two of them were initiated by police officers and police action on this year. The calls for service arrests were broken down is running for robbery, three for burglary, six for shoplifting debt for personal assault to the receivers, doll property vehicles. One for criminal trespass, one service of art a one violation of the temporary restraining order please initiate arrest one for service of art and one for didn't run over overall Part One crimes were murdered 22 120 21 975 versus 82. That's down 9%. It's as if this writing also included an email that was sent to visit the executive summary is break down all of this activity up here today in the seventh day of 2018. And you're just an update on some of our trainings that we're continuing and still working with representatives are getting there and getting the data out of them. And we're currently supplying current as you find them with the requested data information, the scope and analysis of the work is going to be coming soon. What they're basically workforces, looking at everything we've done, that is what restricting our data and our national resources, what we're doing right what you're doing wrong, and what is being done in other parts of the country that really did help us here to become even better and more efficient. So excited to get moving to division telogen ready to go here signed several bills, legalizing marijuana, those changes in laws that significantly change the way we police in a lot of different ways. One of the most one of the one that was most surprising to me, which I saw today, a lady that was going to look like it's going to be changed was gonna have to catch a minor with alcohol or marijuana that we're not allowed to tell the parents. And my main issue with that was if we have an individual database even though we know several things, we know who the person is, but when it when a child is born and when they fell when they leave one that we have a 12 or 13 year old child and privacy has grown in all these different towns and stuff isn't in the parish. So I think that's been recognized by the governor and state legislation. And it looks at this change kind of good at what we've done is through video training, literature training and going to roll call speaking of making sure that you're very clear and that they can be kicked out. Because of the change in the law. in office. You're making that mistake becomes a third degree crime of debt. regime of civil rights and you certainly don't want that to happen. Any more presumption or emotion disturbed person calls to get a total of 30 out of those 3015 or 30 Health Department for were hated by us 800 by police reports, etc. And then also we started to nail the quarter. One God upon his arrival to lunch of the 30 calls 16 more phone calls into the amount of urgency please test 11 recordings of 911 to self issued by representatives, they want to walk in at the desk. And we're also working currently working on a data set to analyze time of day day of week that we're receiving those types of polls. And that kind of segues right into the task force PvP task force that we put together with the mayor, members of council to look at, what can we do differently, it generally used to be a police response. There's a lot of great stuff being done in different parts of the country. And it's given us the opportunity to do a piece executive research forum to see how it's been done, and what's right, what's wrong, and what's going to be best and work with us. So I think it's going to be putting Google at the forefront here in New Jersey, or doing something you're gonna understand your next meeting with the test scores are the other 19% is equal to the next level and the next step. If there's any questions from council members,
yes. Do we have any questions, comments? Okay, thank you, Director.
Thank you very
township attorney. Yes, thank you, Mayor. Good
Item number one, you're seeking Council's authorization to execute or discharge of mortgage on an holds on board and sat we have all explains in the back in 1985.
The township took
mortgage the amount of $20,430 on the property at Easton
Washington Street, the borrower's name is Evelyn Catalina
and this appears to be related to driveways
in public don't have no warrant other agreements. Mortgage terms called for repayment of that loan on a monthly basis. And based on the terms that have
repaid in about four and a half years from 19. Five mortgage, the borrower is palominos. Now that seems and her instincts determining broadly explaining the mortgage loan remains open on the title search property. Either the family or the attorney has any record of receiving notice from the township that any additional funds are on the mortgage, our tax offices research these records hasn't found information about any outstanding money. So it looks like the mortgage would have been scheduled to be satisfied back in length and maybe most likely was satisfied should have been discharged A long time ago that probably fell through the cracks. So seeing that there's no evidence to deal with the seeking authorization to execute a discharge canceled and the tenants and property
of the Council.
Okay. Does anybody have any questions comments about this? Move? Yes, please. I got a motion to move this to the next meeting. Moved by council member again,
acceptance. Second, Councilman Davis. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye.
Finance Director, but somewhere out of cover these issues. All three of these issues are on for action tonight. They're needed an urgent. First is is establishing a temporary budget, temporary emergency budget this this is this was a grant that enables us to care help homeless. You adopted a resolution of last meeting, accepting grant we needed this budget amount of temporary budget approval until we passed the budget. So that's on for action.
next is the 2020 budget transfers. This is from our appropriation reserves from last year. This really is to fund to two major items, the COVID expenses, mostly the testing of 100,000 of course we're gonna apply for reimbursement on the female on that but we need the $100,000 now and and then 175,000 for Guess what?
So this goes, it's split between the trust, snow removal trust and, and general appropriations. And obviously, with all the snow that we have, we pretty much cleared out our reserve. So we're asking that we do these transfers. And then last is establishing a special lien redemption account. This is really administrative cleanup issue that
our new tax collector
would like to have separate account for lien redemption, this piece of books clear and clean, and nice lights, those those expenses away from the rest of all the other expenses in general fund and these are for tax liens that are reading
during the course of the year.
So all three of those items are on for action after we're done with discussions.
That's okay. Does anybody have any questions? Comments on it? Okay, thanks, man. Contract engineer.
Good evening, mayor and council. The
first thing we have is a change order for deployment funding for winter tree planting contract. The contract is complete. Originally called for 15 trees and rounded up like 54 trees. The song recommending a change in $1,682 to cover the cost of four additional trees.
can I get somebody to move this
Well, if I can, I can join on. Second council again about any questions or comments. All in favor, aye.
in the next 30 years
of professional design contract for TNM associates. It's related to our lead service replacement program. This is a new contract or a new design contract where we were going to explore 700 service lines on Indian brown area town, which is where we have suspicion that you might find some This is a little different from the last one that in addition to covering the lines, when we find lead, we're going to have it removed under the same contract. And we anticipate about three to 350 lead service connections will be found in they'll be replaced as part of the contract amount is $238,475. That's for contract specifications did recommendation.
Can I get somebody to move this?
I love it.
Councilwoman Cruz, can I get a second? Second, Councilman Davis. Any questions, comments? All in favor? Aye. Aye.
On number three.
All right, the next item is a request for a contract the management professional service agreement. This
is related to our merchandising district conversation. The design of this is basically completed. And fortunately during evolution at this time, there were a number of unforeseen changes and design adjustments that needed to be made.
While Did you know
push it through? So we're basically looking at an additional
design cost of $150,000. This project has been funded through the eye bank. So a lot of its design work and we'll be reimbursing somebody
like Councilman Davis, I get a second.
Second Councilman Joanna,
do I have any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye.
report? Yeah, this is a authorizing resolution is for treatment works with normal
attention for a project that is under way things medically incorporated on West. Somebody do this by Councilman
del second. Councilwoman Cruz. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye. Okay, number five.
I have another change of order and this is actually a decrease in the contract amount of $1,296 for the Park Avenue roadway utility restoration, which is complete. So my recommendation is that we approve the change
Okay, can I get somebody to move this? Councilmember Davis second council to join on. Any questions or comments? All in favor for the
township clerk. Thank you, Mayor. Good evening,
mayor and council of the first item is the discussion of continuation of discussion of designating our official township newspaper. There were several questions that were posed last month. One of them regarding when do the legal ads get posted? And is there a paywall? I did include in your packet and email with all the answers to the questions, but just to review, the independent press stated, The legals are posted the same day with no paywall. Just to remind you, their circulation for the 12 month period was 978. The Bloomfield life reported that there is a nightly upload, and they are loading online. And they are legals and classifiers are not behind a paywall, their net circulation for a political life was 385. And that was for the previous year as well.
Does anybody have any questions for Luis? So I think at this point, we, you know, we're
kind of where we are with this situation. It's not ideal. And I know until the state legislator acts, you need to do something. So I think in the best interest we do, or we recommend the independent press to continue, as they were now with the town paper.
We I think he is exhausted.
And so I think we can just move on. But I do think we really need to encourage our state legislature, legislators,
whenever they've had an
opportunity to, you know, you know, there's a lot of important things that that we have, that they have to deal with. But this issue of a printed paper for getting the word out. There's just no better ways that we can do that, and 2021. So it seemed like it probably will be a relatively small bill that just ever get more people to think about what it means. And then it's not that any terribly sad about what has happened to the paper newspaper industry. I'm not saying it flippantly. It's It's sad, though, because, you know, inflammation is so important to a democracy. But the reality is, they're much better ways for us to get the word out.
I think everyone here agrees.
So can I get somebody to move in and the price of it?
here in a second?
Second council to join in on any questions or comments.
All in favor?
I did Include in the email answers to questions regarding the sacred heart race, I won't go through them. I know there was a concern about October 30 conflicting with any Halloween activities. But it does not the activities according to my experiment would be either on the 16th of October with a rain date of October
And the hours would be from 7am to like 930 or 10, the latest and Mr. Zuckerman did say that any activities would be held midafternoon if they were Halloween activities. So I hope hopefully that answers the questions on the 5k spirit race for Sacred Heart. Lastly, the temple near two minutes of the 5k race, which is a new race you have in your packet. So new correspondence, they did change the route I did forwarded to the public safety director as well. And they're looking at the end of May May 23. They're certainly willing to change the route and they're very flexible. But if they say the loop is 1.55, which means that the 5k race will essentially be two loops. there thinking the starting line will be on hub road. It will relieve through the neighborhoods avoiding the main streets dip into the middle school and end up in Birkdale gardens. By the time we get to Broad Street. It he said it will be halfway through the race so we can be on the sidewalk for that block or the finishing line will be basically around that starting point area. So that's for your consideration. And they are flexible with the date and as well as with the route.
with your approval,
I'm sure the police department will be able to work out any specific details.
Okay, can I get this name today?
Councilman Davis. Can I get a second?
Second, Councilman Dell. Any questions or comments? All in favor?
Thank you. township Council. Councillor Joanna? Yes, Mayor, I have four appointments to the environmental condition of the recommendation for appointments with the citizen morale. So consider protecting the Lacroix and my campaign. I so move them forward for appointments. Okay. Second,
second, Councilwoman Cruz. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye. Do we have anyone with liaison reports?
capital Mundo is
the beautification committee and we'll be hosting a special town by April 24. So save the date for that. This will work much like we did last time where you'll be able to sign up for my firm and, and the DW actually will drop off your materials at your specific location of your choosing some more information about that for becoming and I did want to thank general counsel and gamble specifically for his hard work. designing our teachers again, they're going to look a little bit different. Since you're facing counting again, in addition to that, you talk about tensors quickly. Okay, great. So we have a couple days I went over history now. We have a menstrual hygiene products drive right now going on through March 31. And the locations where we can drop off donations are takers giving cafe to both their public library of 35 service and food hub, Proteus family martial arts, NJ fitness factory type insurance Target Center. So if you're able to make a donation, it would be appreciated. There's a new fields and fields and industries. In addition, you may have seen today and social media calculators today's social media takeover, where we recognize a number of our women who serve on boards and commissions in the township. So I just wanted to thank everyone again. For her work in getting balances posted I know a little bit last minute getting you all the photos and a copy that I really appreciate it. So they do to give them lots of people to be able to see themselves and to know that they're appreciated. And if we have a community conversation focused on the impact of the pandemic on women's work with local residents, and superfoods until college, we're actually working on one more speaker more info about that will be coming. That's on our 31st as well at 7:30pm on zoom. Okay.
Catherine raphoe, I think you guess
the Historic Preservation Commission has a vacancy. So if any of my colleagues have been recommend this for people who are passionate about historic preservation, have an interest in it for experience and that the member of the public who's listening if you know, if you're interested, or nobody wanted to be the candidate, please reach out to me at my email address. Thanks.
Anybody else? Yes, we have one more lady from the Bloomfield board day on March 16. At 730. They will be doing their review of their tentative budget for the 2122 school year. So anyone is certainly interested in open to the public. Check. The website, I believe at this point certainly is virtual, but that budget will be reviewed and will be adopted on that Tuesday, March 16. At 730. Thank you.
Thanks, Kathy. Join us for
So just wanted to let everyone know that these spring programs are up for the recreation department. They also The programs are bumping out a little bit, just to get us a little bit further into the spring. In the interim, they have a birdhouse decorating contest and a family paints virtual event.
parks recreation and
Cultural Affairs Department also worked with the Bloomfield center Alliance and 15 local artists to put together a open air Art Gallery
that's going to be in the town center and along Broad Street. So the banners that we have, are going to showcase local artists and
give you something beautiful to look at as you walk through Bloomfield. The recreation departments also working on wrestling and softball and track programs, but those all the poster date. Currently, the program they're offering for spring is virtual and hybrid.
Anyone else? Yes, Councilman Davis.
So just a very quick one. It's the PCA center Alliance has started a accelerate your success program that focuses on small business owners. It's in collaboration with a woman a woman on the pole. And I'm going to assume it's called suasion, communication. And it's an eight week series. And that's if you people are interested in knowing a little bit more about it, they can reach out at events at blue pill center, calm and find out if they can find out if they can still join the series if they're still interested in it. And then also like to give a shout out to Councilwoman Mondale, she has taken over the Women's History Month the last couple years and just runs with it. I mean, the Arab Spring give her full credit for the takeover. And Diana has worked in getting it out there the takeover of social media for great idea which a wonderful way to to highlight some of the work that's being done in our town. I just wanted to make sure she comes home Adele is always so quick to share in everyone else's successes, and I want to ensure that we appropriately shine a spotlight on the work that she does. She has done for Women's History Month is incredible. And I'm just really proud to be working with her in this month. Thank you
is okay to move on.
There is a pipe eco Councilman Davis or Councilman mundo. Thank you. It was really cool to see everybody there pictures of what's happening behind the scenes. So for Wednesday night, we have the third word community meeting. It'll take place at seven o'clock on Wednesday, March 10, on zoom, and you can find those login information on the terms of camp on the township website as well as these books. So hopefully you see those joining.
Let's, since we don't need to come back from close. Let's take these action items right now.
So, number one capital Adele.
So I have a
reservation for emergency temporary resolution prior to adoption of the budget and j s. A photo sensor for last 20. census is fast and southern grants of one.
any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye. Hi, number two.
Mayor is a resolution of budget authorizing transfer the current budget appropriations. So.
Second, Vatican Council on the cruise. Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye.
So for three
Manhattan's have a resolution authorizing the acting CFO to establish a new bank trust account for deposits and payments for tax sale transaction some.
Councilman Davis any questions or comments? All in favor, aye. And before
your council about a request for approval
on the township of Louisville build lists for March 8 2021. Some
council members Any questions or comments? All in favor? Aye. Aye, aye. Okay, now I have a motion to go into closed session. Okay, most of all in favor, aye. Perfect.