Saturday, October 9, 2021

Bogota Borough Council

   On Thursday-7-October the Bogota Borough Council held their first meeting for the month of October.  During the first public comment session some residents mention the need, and the volume of the fire horns that are used by the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department.  A number of years ago the practice of the daily use at 7:00p was stop for the convenience of residents living near Borough Hall and the Fire Houses equipped with one.  There was also a mention of the number of trees that are still in need of trimming or removal.
   When the Council was able to respond members talked about that there still is a need to have the Fire horn system in place in order to give the members of the Fire Dept. the alert that an emergency call has been issued.  It was also revealed that Fire Dept. officials are exploring a newer system with a less intrusive sound.  When answer about the tree 
  that the bidding process is under way and will be reviewed inorder to start removed as soon as possible. In a related topic is was also mention that the infestation of the Spotted Lanternfly moth is in New Jersey. While eliminating any adult moths is recommended. and more aggressive solution is to remove the egg masses when seen. The adults moth typically can not survive Winter condition the egg mass can.  Egg masses are found as a one inch long mound located outdoors on trees, rocks, furniture houses or any other flat surface. They start at a gray mudlike colour than transform to appear as cracked mud. When found they should be scraped off the surface and destroyed. 
   Next came a presentation storm update from the Bogota Office of Emergency Management (OEM). OEM Chief Mr. Robert Foster that the number of FEMA application in Bogota had reduced with the opening of a recovery center in Hackensack. He also talked about New Jersey Department of Transportation officials along with elected official of  State and Local Government to survey the sound barrier behind Fairview Ave to see the damage caused by water being held back by the barrier during the rainstorm and what solution can be made. Chief Foster also mentioned that Bogota residents are starting to receive relief funding From FEMA.
   Then the Council concerned the consent agenda.  All items were passed, with only one not receiving an unanimous vote.  Items of note were the approval in the hiring of Michael Torres and Joseph Kalachain as Police Officers for the Bogota Police Department. Another item was passing of the Bond Ordinance to allow for the purchase of two new vehicles for the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department. One is for a new Pumper Truck for Hose Co. #2 and a new Aerial Ladder Truck for Hook and Ladder Co. #1
  The next Bogota Borough Council meeting will  take place on Thursday-21-October.  This will be virtual meeting starting at 7:30p . The Public is invited to attend.
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