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Friday, April 19, 2019

Bogota Borough Council

19-April-2019
   On Thursday-18- April the Bogota Borough Council held their second meeting for the month of April. At the beginning part of the meeting Mayor Chris Kelemen swore in the newest member of the Bogota Police Dept. Officer Kenneth O’Donnell, with his Wife and Father by his side. Also standing with Officer O’Donnell was Bogota Police Chief Daniel Maye and Police Commissioner Councilman Thomas Napolitano.  After the ceremony Chief Maye commented that Officer O’Donnell is the first Bogota resident to join the force under his leadership. 
 In the public comment section a number of question were asked of the Mayor and Council. One was if there could be a council meeting held in the afternoon so that more Senior Citizen could have a chance to attend the meeting.  It was stated that other communities nearby, most recently  in Teaneck, has started to hold a daytime council meeting for those who normally  who can not attend the evening meeting.  This was answered that anyone who wishes could have an appointed  to see the Mayor at their convenience.  Some more question were about the improvement to the basketball courts in Olsen Park, and the Status of a replacement Recreation Center. About the basketball court the Borough Administrator said that he thought the bids for the court were too high and would seek other bids and a better price to the Borough.  Members of Council talked about the Rec Center saying that it is still a priority and would like to have the next, and larger, payments from the developer deposited in the escrow account set up for  this project. The next Community enhancement payment is due when each of the building receive their Certificate of Occupancy. Building #5 has progressed into the setting of the second floor stage , while Building #1 has begun foundation work.  These to building are schedule to be completed in late 2019 or easily 2020.  Another question was about the cost to the Borough over the recent paving of Palisades Ave north of E. Main St. The Borough Administrator also answered this by saying that Bergen County had originally told the Borough there was funds they could provide for the paving.  He continued by saying the Country informed the Borough there were no available funds this year, after the project had been contracted out.
     The Council then passed all the items on the consent agenda. One noteworthy item that was pass was the approval of the Service Agreement with the Bogota Board of Education. This will allow for a Special Law Enforcement Offices-class 3 (SLEO-3)  to be hired and placed in each of  for the Public Schools.  Also approved was  payment on claims. A payment to be made for the study for a new  Recreation Center was moved so it could be paid by the Community Enhancement funds.
   Then the Council moved to vote on a new budget for the fiscal year of 2019.  This years  budget will be about $500,000 less that the previous Budget. These savings will allow the Borough to only have a $52.00/ per $262,000 property tax increase this year.  This also has a surplus of about 1 Million dollars. Members of the Public, in their  public comment section, and members of Council asked if this surplus could be used for tax relief.  Dieter Lerch who is the Registered Municipal Accountant whose company prepared the 2019 budget was asked a number of question by the Council. One was to explain the need for the surplus. He told the Council that as good fiscal policy to have a 10%-15% . This surplus uses only the 10% figure. When asked about the 2018 surplus  he said it was about $570,000 which, by his calculation, 98% of that was used to balance the Budget.  Mr. Lerch added that the tax rate was $101.00/ $262,000 property tax increase.   Even with what can be perceived as a small tax cut almost all Government  Departments will be able to have an increase in their budget by at least  15% to 20% for the Library, DPW, Police,  and Fire Dept. Other departments including the Rescue Squad, Auxiliary Police, and the Recreation Commission will be able to received a higher percentage increase to their budgets. The new budget has also been able to fund a new community events budget, which will allow the Bogota 125th Anniversary celebrations to be finance. Mr Lerch commented that this fiscally conservative budget will allow the Borough to maintain a good bond rating. 
   When the Council voted on the 2019 Budget it passed by a 5-1 margin. 
     The  next Bogota Borough Council will be held on Thursday-2 May. This will be a regular Council meeting  and work session starting at 7:30p. This will be held in the Council Chambers located on the second floor  of 375 Larch Ave. Bogota NJ   This meeting is open to the public.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Bogota Beautiful

18-April-2019
  On Wednesday-17-April Bogota Beautiful held their public meeting for April. The main topic at this meeting was to finalize the plans for their Earth Day event on Saturday-4-May.  The event is schedule to start at 11:00a and run to 3:00p.  For this year’s event Bogota Beautiful is partnering with the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation ( NNJCF)  and its ArtsBergen group to create  a fence weaving  installation along the Little League field in Olsen Park.  This is also in celebration of Bogota’s 125th Anniversary. Other projects that will be worked on that day includes: The W. Main St clean-up and spring planting. The cleaning and maintenance on the Bogota World War I and Community Garden along River Rd. and a power washing of the Environmental Walkway  along the banks of the Hackensack River in Olsen Park. 
  Other events schedule to happen that day is a workshop from the group  Bees, Trees, and Water which  bringing awareness to the important  providing  a healthy environment in local communities. Danielle Fede from The Bogota Green Team, along with the Bogota Environmental Commission will be giving away tree saplings. These trees are made possible by the NJ tree Recovery Campaign to help restore trees that have been damaged, or fallen from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. They will be given away on a first come, first serve basis.
    Bogota Beautiful is still accepting sign-ups for anyone wishing to be a Volunteer on this day. The number of Volunteers that sign up will help them plan on how many areas will be work on that day. They are also accepting donations of any equipment to  help with the clean up. Gloves, hats, racks, shoves, broom, or any other type of lawn equipment will be accepted. They are also looking for anyone who has their own power equipment to volunteer  their  services on that day.  Anyone with tillers, leaf blowers,  power washers and cordless mowers would be welcome.  Bogota Beautiful is also interested in any business who would be able donate refreshment for the Volunteers. Water, snack, fruit, and Sandwiches are the primary need to get the Volunteers going on a late spring afternoon. High School and College Student will be awarded community service credit for volunteering for this event. Anyone wishing to be apart of this project is asked to contact Bogota Beautiful at:   http://www.bogotabeautiful.com/  or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bogotas-earth-day-2019 . They can also be contacted by email them at:  bogotabeautiful@gmail.com  

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Weekend Events

18-April-2019

Some events scheduled to take place in and around Bogota, for the Weekend starting on Thursday-18-April. Times and dates may change due weather or other circumstances. Please contact the event for the most up to date information.  More events will be added when they become available.



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Continuing 
  Starting on Sunday-1 July-2018 the Borough of Bogota will change the ordnance in what can be recycled. Bottle & cans recycling pick-up the Borough of Bogota will now be limited to: Aluminium, Glass, Bi-metal/Tin cans. Aluminium foils and pie plates will be accepted but must be clean. Plastic Containers with the symbol  1, 2, or 5  only  will also be accepted.   All recyclable material must be placed in  reusable trash receptacles.  Items places in plastic bag will not be collected. Paper and cardboard recycling remains unchanged.
   The  collectible the products that have been removed from the accepted list will now be accepted by The Borough of Bogota in cooperation with the Ridgefield Park  environmental commission and collected in a separate way. The Trex Corporation has provided bins to accept the following item. Grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrapping, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, wood pellet bags, zip lock & other re-seal able bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, salt bags, and cereal bags. All  recyclable materials must be clean, dry and free of food residue. For every 500 pounds of plastic collected the Trex Corporation will donate a new park bench, made from recycled materials. The benches will be donated to both Bogota and Ridgfield Park on a rotating basis. As of now a Trex collection bin is in the lobby of the Bogota Borough Hall and  the Bogota Public Library can be accessed  during  regular business hours. More bins are planned for other locations in the future.
  The collection day under the new rules will be Thursday-5-July (due to the Fourth of July Holiday) Then every other Wednesday. 

  For more information please see the accompanying poster below.







Tuesday-16-April to Saturday-20-April
Bogota
The Bogota High School Lady Bucs Volleyball Parents is sponsoring a Spring  Carnival during Spring Break . This will start on Tuesday-16-April and run until Saturday- 20-April. Rides will be open from 6:00p to 10:00p everyday except Saturday.  Then will be open from 2:00p to 10:00p . Unlimited ride wrist band are available for advanced purchase priced at $23.00/ day until Monday-15-April. Wristband will  then be $30.00/ day at the gate.  The Carnival will be held in the Lady Buc Softball Field in Olsen Park Bogota, NJ. For more information, or to purchase Wristband  please go to http://www.campys.com/ Bogota



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Thursday-18-April
Bogota
The Bogota  Public Library will have  story time reading  starting at 10:30a.  This is open available to any Student wishing to join in.  This will be held  under the tree in the Nikki Spiegel Story Time Corner. This is a free event and open to anyone. For more information please  about this and other Library events visit their web site at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/
The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.  
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Thursday-18-April
Bogota

The Bogota Borough Council will be holding their regular Council meeting  and work session starting at 7:30p.  The this meeting there will the official start of the  Borough of Bogota's 125th Anniversary celebration This will be held in the Senior Centre located on the second floor  of 375 Larch Ave. Bogota NJ   This meeting is open to the public. 

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Thursday-18 & Friday-19-April
Bogota
The St. Joseph's School in Bogota will have a half day session on Thursday to start their Easter recesses. The school will be closed from Good Friday-19-April to Monday-29-April  with classes resuming at their normal time.




Friday-19-April
Bogota
 The Bogota Public Library will be closed for the Good Friday Holiday. It will reopen the following day.


Saturday-20-April
Bogota
   The Bogota  Public Library  host their Toddler play group. This is an opportunity for   young children and their Parents to play and relax in a safe area. This will  start at 10:30a and be held in the second floor Senior Centre. For more information please  about this and other Library events visit their web site at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/
The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ. 

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Saturday-20-April
Bogota
The Bogota  Public Library will have  story time reading  starting at 10:30a. También habrá Historias leídas en español en este momento. This is open available to any Student wishing to join in.  This will be held  under the tree in the Nikki Spiegel Story Time Corner. This is a free event and open to anyone. For more information please  about this and other Library events visit their web site at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/
The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.  

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Sunday-21-April
Bogota
The Healthy Kids Running Series will hold their next series of sessions for the Spring. This will be the first of the five day  events in the Healthy  Kids Running Series  for the Spring of 2019 in Bogota. Healthy Kids Running Series a nonprofit organization that gets boys and girls Pre-K through Middle School active, feel accomplished and lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle, compete in their first race of the five-consecutive-week Series. This will take place at Fiegel Field starting at 4:30p. It will run for 5 straight weeks ending on Sunday 5-May.  Price for one session is $10.00 For the entire series is $35.00 Runners can chose to race in as many as they would like. 
 For more information please contact  Zabrina Kearns at: hkrsbogota@gmail.com or at 201-970-0335

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Monday-22-April
Bogota

The Bogota Public  Library will have their Youth's Sewing Club meeting.  This is  open to  Students ages 9-18.  This will teach anyone the art of sewing. There will be a chance to learn machine, and hand sewing as well as shown different project and types of material. This will be from 1:00p to 4:00p in the back reading room.This is a free event, but anyone attending is asked to register with the library in advance.   To register for this event, or for more information please  about this and other Library events visit their web site at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/
    The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.  

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Monday-22-April
Bogota
The Bogota Public Library will present their Adventurer Book Club.  This is for Students in First & Second Grade. This days book will be "If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, don't!" By Elise Parsley There will also be crafts and games based on this book.
 This is a free event, but anyone attending is asked to register with the Library in advance.   
 To register for this event, or for more information please  about this and other Library events visit their web site at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/ or call them at 201-488-7185.
    The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.  

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Monday-22-April
Bogota

  The Bogota Public Library will offer an AARP  Defensive Driving Course. This is designed for drivers over the age of 50 and will explain update driving rules and teach defensive driving techniques. This will start at 10:15 a and be held in the second floor Senior Centre  There is a $15 fee for AARP members and $20 for non-members  and anyone attending is asked to register with the library in advance.   To register for this event, or for more information please  about this and other Library events visit their web site at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/ The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.  


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Monday-22-April
Bogota

The  Bogota Public Library will hold its next Friends of the Library meeting.  This is an  opened to anyone interested in leaning about  and support the Library. This is scheduled to start at 7:00p. For more information please  about this and other Library events visit their web site at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/
The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.        

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Monday-22-April
Bogota
    The weekly " Meet the Mayor"  event will take place in the office of Mayor Chris Keleman This is open to any Bogota resident who would to ask the Mayor a question about  Bogota, or to discuss any matter to help improve the quality of life in the Borough. Anyone who wishes just to have an informal conversation with the Mayor is also welcome to attend. Meetings will be held on a first come basis. This will run from 5:00p to 7:00p in the Mayor's office. His office is on in Bogota Borough Hall located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.
  Bogota Borough  Hall is located at 375 Larch Ave. in Bogota, NJ.

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Bogota Sports

* game maybe rescheduled or move due Sports Carnival

Thursday-18-April
Track & Field -                       Aviator Relays at Hasbrouck Heights
Middle School Softball-    at Haledon  4:00p
Middle School Baseball-   at Haledon  4:00p

Friday-19-April.
Varsity Softball-                 at New Egypt 10:00a
Varsity Baseball -               at Saddle Brook 11:00a 

Saturday-20-April.
Varsity Baseball -              at Weehawken   11:00a 

Monday-22-April.
Varsity Softball-            vs Park Ridge 4:00p at Lady Buc Field in Olsen Park *
Varsity Baseball -          at Park Ridge 4:00p
Track & Field -                 vs  Cresskill & Emerson 4:00p at Cresskill

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