People like raising chickens. They give delicious eggs and people that raise them say that it’s a clean sustainable pet/food source that should be available in Teaneck.
There’s also a local ordinance prohibiting it:
Sec. 6-5: Keeping of pigs, horses and certain other animals prohibited.
[R.O. 1951, ch. 6, § 4; Ord. No. 3411, 12-20-1994, § 1.]
No person shall keep or allow to be kept in any building or premises, or on any lot of ground of which he may be the owner, tenant, lessee or occupier, any pigs, horses, mules, cows, pigeons or poultry of any age or description.
Repeal movements have come and gone since the rule was created in 1927. There’s one happening now.
It even has a Facebook Group: Keep Chickens Teaneck
So what’s the deal with chickens and this ban?
The practice of owning chickens in town was regulated in the ’20s as population density turned Teaneck from farmland to residential1. It was formally banned anywhere a decade later in 1937.
This ordinance is one of the oldest the municipality has.
Ordinance 412 appeared in July 1927
Continue reading “Why the cluck can’t I own a chicken?”
NJ is part of the PJM interchange for electricity. PJM has a horrible history of meeting clean energy goals set by the State and consequently, instead of generating clean energy, providers like PSE&G have met quotas by purchasing certificates from power plants in other areas that count towards the clean energy mandate.
The CCA program extends the ability to purchase those certificates (called RECs or Renewable Energy Credits) from third-party electric suppliers.
Some towns seem to have had a rocky start, unable to find bids, some found initial bids, but couldn’t find renewals. The information (pro and con) is laid out below.
My hope is that people will share and read about the program to have an informed discussion at our subsequent council meetings.
– Keith Kaplan
What is Community Choice Energy Aggregation?
The general concept behind the program is to allow an entire County / Town(s), to use their collective purchasing power to decrease electric rate prices for clean energy supply. In theory, if you can make clean energy less costly through aggregation, everyone can replace dirty energy sources while spending the same amount they paid through PSE&G (or at a small discount).
The legal basis for the program can be found in the NJ legislature’s Government Energy Aggregation (“GEA”) Act of 20031. It permits counties and municipalities to create an ordinance (or resolution) to establish an “Aggregation Program”.
Does Air Become Cleaner?
It does…. somewhere. But only if the Municipality can find a bid. Continue reading “Community Choice Energy Aggregation: Coming soon?”
The Teaneck Police Department was asked to conduct a report as to traffic and safety on East Tryon Avenue (between Teaneck Road and Crescent Avenue).
Here are the findings:
On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, the Traffic Bureau was asked to conduct a speed survey on East Tryon Avenue between Teaneck Road and Crescent Avenue. This request was prompted by an East Tryon Avenue resident that was concerned about a speeding problem. The resident stated their concerns in an email to Councilman Keith Kaplan. Continue reading “East Tryon Avenue Traffic Study and Police Reports”