Friday, March 2, 2018

Bogota Borough Council

 On Thursday-1-March the Bogota Borough Council held its first meeting for the month of March. When the Public comment session was opened, Consuelo Carpenter was the only member of the audience to speak. During the Discussion session,  Bond Attorney Steven Rogut addressed the board on the state of the Borough's outstanding bonds. Other items discussed was the 2018 Budget, a new ordinance on commercial parking, and the condition of the culvert located at Elm Ave and River Rd.  The parking ordinance will be subject to a redraft which will be resubmitted to the Council at a later date. The 2018 Budget and the culvert are scheduled to be place on the agenda for the next meeting, on Thursday 13-March.
  Two ordinances where unanimously approved. One was to amend the Bogota Rescue Squad's  age limit for membership. This will now  set the minimum age to 18 years old, and the maximum age to 80 years old. The number of members of the will still be a maintain at  not more than 20, along with the requirement to meet the eligibility criteria.  Also that all members must be citizens of the United States. The Bogota Recuse Squad is an all volunteer organization.
  The second ordinance approved was the adoption of a policy that will allow totally disabled Veterans, and their surviving spouses, a tax exemption on their property taxes.
   In council reports Mayor Kelemen announce that there will be grand opening of the Golden Adult Day Care Centre at 57 E.Ft. Lee rd. This is scheduled for Saturday-3-March starting at 10:00a.  Councilwoman Fede announced the Bogota Green team will again be a co-sponsor of the Ridgefield Park Earth Day event on Saturday-5-May. This will take place at Riverfront Park 24 Industrial Ave,  Ridgefield Park, NJ starting at 9:00a. This is a free event. Councilman Napolitano expressed his frustration  about not being able to have a hard opening date for the Ryan Bridge. The Borough has now been told a date between  21-March and 21- April for a possible open. This  would not include any paving of W. Main St in Bogota. He also inquired about if  any new safety procedures , or fencing, will be needed due to the low profile of the new bridge.
  The the Council adjourned into closed session. The next Bogota Borough Council meeting will be on Thursday- 16-March starting at 7:30p. This will take place in the Council Chambers located on the  second floor of Borough Hall at 375 Larch Ave Bogota, NJ. This meeting is open to the public.

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