When I started to put some words down in order the create Teaneck’s first proclamation naming June as Pride month, I knew that I wouldn’t win everyone over. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure I could get it on the agenda.
Little did I know that what we tried to do as an act of inclusivity, caring and respect – would be portrayed in social media posts and beyond as “disheartening“, “shameful” and evidence that Teaneck is “no longer inclusive“.
These views weren’t from those against the proclamation — but the people that waited, some for decades, for those words to finally be uttered in our Town.
President Walser moved to dismiss the complaint, as frivolous and requested sanctions. The Ethics Commission received responses from the parties on the motion and issued it’s ruling on May 3rd.
Decision of the Ethics Commision
The Decision of the State Ethics Commission indicates that they denied the motion (to dismiss the complaint as frivolous) and denied any requests for sanctions..
Based on the foregoing, and in reviewing the facts in the light most favorable to the non-moving party (Complainant), the Commission voted to denythe Motion to Dismiss in its entirety. Notwithstanding this determination, the Commission notes that, because the Complainant agreed to voluntarily withdraw all allegations against Respondent Arjumand, Respondent Walser is the only remaining Respondent. The Commission also voted to find that the Complaint is not frivolous, and to deny Respondents’ request for sanctions.
The Teaneck Board of Education hired Whitehall Associates, Inc. to conduct an independent analysis of the effects of new development on the Teaneck Schools. The analysis (available below) projects enrollment based on particular projects and to the overall school system through the 2023-24 school year. Some of the numbers are projections (as the pre-k and K classes haven’t been born yet), but the rest are based on trends and the scientific methodology is outlined in the report and consistent with NJDOE practices.
From the Report:
Whitehall Associates, Inc. is considered a qualified demographer by the New Jersey Department of Education
Whitehall Associates, Inc. states that the demographic report it prepared for the Teaneck Board of Education was prepared in
compliance with the appropriate law and administrative code.
Bernard Piaia, at the NJDOE Office of School Facilities, has agreed to accept this report for review and consideration, if it is submitted in its complete final form, with an original signature, along with the NJDOE cohort survival worksheets for the Long Range Facility Plan.\
The original of this report is on electronic file at the offices of Whitehall Associates, In c. and is available for examination by the appropriate
Whitehall Associates was retained by the Teaneck Board of Education to prepare a demographic study for the Teaneck Public School District. The information in this demographic report is suitable for inclusion in any document to be forwarded to the New Jersey Department of Education for matters concerning school facilities.
For those that want the bottom line up front: The Teaneck school enrollment number for total students in 2018-19 is currently 3,504 students.
In 2023-24, that number is projected to be 3,599 students. An increase of 95 students across 13 grades.
In NJ, garbage haulers can operate during specific hours. What those hours are depends on two things:
1) The tariffs issued by the State and County
2) Requirements of municipal ordinance
The Teaneck Municipal Code does not currently contain any restrictions on when haulers may operate, so the times default to tariff schedules. Those times are listed below for the various haulers in Teaneck.
As you will see, some haulers (Armaniaco & Son, LLC, Generation Waste Services, Inc., Ippolito Industries, Inc., Interstate Waste Services of NJ, and Waste Management of NJ) can operate around the clock, 24/7. For many, that means loud disruptions at 4am or sometimes even earlier.
The council will be taking up garbage collection hours in our May meeting. The proposal will limit hauling hours to a minimum of 5am. Several weeks ago, we also reached out to all sanitation companies requesting comment as to whether the proposed change will affect their ability to operate and / or cause an increase in prices.
As of today, we have not received a response.
The current version of Ordinance 11-2019 can be found here: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 19 OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE ENTITLED “GARBAGE AND REFUSE” RESPECTING HOURS OF COLLECTION
In this post, I want to focus a little bit on how our municipal code operates and the norms that existed when certain provisions were created.
The importance of Norms
While it’s clear that residents who wanted sidewalks, agreed to fix them if they fell into disrepair, problems became apparent from the start. New residents would buy homes and discover they had to fix sidewalk slabs, coming to council for relief.
We may not know it, but we did. The deal was simple — the town would put in sidewalks, assessing homeowners for the cost, and if they had problems, it was on the homeowner to repair them.
That was the deal.
In fact, the Council went to great pains to see if people actually wanted sidewalks. They sought and received input from residents, on a block-by-block basis, to see if they wanted sidewalks installed. You don’t remember anyone asking? It might have been before your time.
Here’s an example from the Township minutes in the 1950’s: