Friday, July 17, 2020

Bogota Borough Council

17- July-2020
  On Thursday-16- July the Bogota Borough Council held there only scheduled meeting for July. At the star of the meeting Bogota Mayor Chris Kelemen asked for a moment to remember two Bogota resident who recently passed away. Mayor Kelemen spoke of  Mr. John G. Mitchell, Jr. and Mr. Richard Gil de Leon.
 The there were two presentation about two future building project for the Borough. The first was a preliminary design for a new Firehouse at West Shore Ave and River Rd. This would replace the existing Fire House for Engine Company #3 and be a new location for Hose Company #2. The design showed a four bay two story structure and would incorporate  the latest safety features that are now required. This plan will now be discuses with The Chiefs of the Bogota Volunteer Fire Dept to receive their input on any additional item they would need.
  The other presentation was a new design for the Future Community Centre. This is now a one story structure that would be located on the site of the existing Basketball & Tennis courts. This building would include a regulation basketball court, a number of multi-purpose rooms and a larger Kitchen. The existing Recreation Center would remain and re-purposed for other usages. The current Basketball & Tennis courts would be relocated to another area in Olsen Park.  Also the current picnic pavilion would be dismantlement and added to the West side of the new Community Centre. The Council then voted on and accepted this concept and move to the next part of the process. Final designs and budget will be discussed at a future Council meeting. 
  Then the Council voted on the Consent Agenda, and other approvals, on the agenda. All were passed by unanimous vote. The more note worthy items approved were the hiring of a new Police Dispatcher, two new employees for the Department of Public Works, and to accept four new members of the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department. 
 One point made during Citizens comments was to asked the Mayor and Council to adopted “The Mayors Pledge” which calls on the Mayors around the Country to sign a pledge to review their use of force policies, report its findings publicly, and seek community feedback. the Mayor and members of Council agreed that this should discuss at the next meeting.
  In his address Mayor Kelemen talked about the need for everyone who lives in Bogota to fill out their Census form. He said, at this time Bogota has a 71% complacence rate. This is up from a 68.5 % from 2010. The deadline to file is Saturday-31-October -2020.  The 2020 census can be file online at: 2020CENSUS.GOV.
 By phone by calling 
    • English: 844-330-2020
    • Spanish: 844-468-2020
Or mailing in the paper form.
  Mayor Kelemen also announced at the  Bogota police Department will restart enforcing the No Overnight Parking and No Friday Parking as normal starting on Friday-31-July. 
  The next Borough of Bogota Council meeting will be on Thursday-11-August.  This will be a virtual meeting. The start time will be 7:00p for Summer hours.  The meeting can be access by a number of different ways.  
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