TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK EXECUTIVE ORDER T2020-05 (Dog Parks)

Pursuant to the authority vested in me under the Council-Manager Plan, N.J.S.A. 40:69A81, et. seq., and Chapter 29, Section 7 of the Code of the Township of Teaneck, I issue the following Executive Order:

WHEREAS, in consultation with and at the recommendation of, Township of Teaneck Health Officer Ken Katter and OEM Director Larry Robertson.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Dean B. Kazinci, as Township Manager, do hereby order and direct that:

  1. The Phelps Park Dog Park shall open to the public on Saturday, June 6, 2020 with strict adherence to social distancing guidelines. The following rules are in place:
    a. All users of the dog park shall practice social distancing of at least six or more feet.
    b. Open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM.
    c. Limited to 2 dogs per visitor.
    d. Limited to 6 visitors in the large dog run, and 3 visitors in the small dog run at any given time.
    e. All visitors must maintain enough control over their pets via voice control to comply with social distancing guidelines.
    f. Dog park amenities, including shared water dishes, toys, and other materials, should not be used by dogs or handled by visitors.
    g. Visitors must wear a mask or face covering in the dog park when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health.
    h. Personal hand sanitizers should be used following any touching of gate or other items within dog park.
  2. This Order shall take effect beginning 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020, and shall remain in effect until such time as it is determined by me that an emergency no longer exists.
  3. This Executive Order may be supplemented or amended as the COVID-19 health emergency continues in order to effectuate its purpose and terms set forth herein.
  4. A copy of this Executive Order shall be immediately transmitted to the Council of the Township of Teaneck.

Dean B. Kazinci
Township Manager
Dated: June 2, 2020
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TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK EXECUTIVE ORDER T2020-06 (Parking Restrictions)

Pursuant to the authority vested in me under the Council-Manager Plan, N.J.S.A. 40:69A81, et. seq., and Chapter 29, Section 7 of the Code of the Township of Teaneck, I issue the following Executive Order:

WHEREAS, in consultation with and at the recommendation of, Township of Teaneck Health Officer Ken Katter, Police Chief Glenn O’Reilly, and OEM Director Larry Robertson.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Dean B. Kazinci, as Township Manager, do hereby order and direct that:

1. All Township of Teaneck Parking Restrictions which were previously lifted on March 15, 2020 as per Executive Order T2020-01 will now go into effect at midnight on Monday, June 15, 2020.

2. A copy of this Executive Order shall be immediately transmitted to the Council of the Township of Teaneck.

Dean B. Kazinci
Township Manager
Dated: June 3, 2020
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Above Ground Pool Information

Many residents have requested information about above-ground pools in light of COVID-19 altering summer plans.

I requested the Building Department and manager put together the information below.  Pools, taller than 24 inches require a zoning permit under our code.

If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to the township. Continue reading “Above Ground Pool Information”

Message from Keith Kaplan

Since news first appeared about the murder of George Floyd, adding his name to a list of atrocities inflicted upon people of color, I’ve been trying to come up with words that were equal to shocking horror we witnessed.  I don’t know if that is possible.

The shocking indifference to human life, captured as George Floyd was murdered by an agent of the State, must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. As an elected representative, I must also call out violence borne from racism, as offensive to the oath we take and the pledge we make to our residents.

To anyone of conscience, it’s difficult to watch the videos of lives cut short – but it’s far MORE painful to reckon with the fact that this is the reality of fellow Americans. One, that our neighbors of color face each and every day.

Dr. King spoke of “an other America… with a daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair”. Black residents and those of color here and in our greater community, still face systemic racism in their daily existence.  Despite many reforms and improvements, George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others, live in that “other America”.

We find ourselves at a time of growing polarization in our country — and even here in town.

Teaneck has a long history of responding to injustice with thoughtful and deliberate action.  And Teaneck must continue to stand up and speak out against all forms of racism.  We must act to ensure the promises of America are more than words for everyone living here.  Until Black Lives Matter, we cannot claim that all do.

In the coming weeks, a number of protests and rallies are being arranged.  Whether you attend in person or virtually, we must all stand with those that experience injustice, as well as those dedicated to shining a light on such injustices.

The bible teaches us to “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression”.  This is a time for such learning, which starts with listening.

In the past, through outreach efforts, including community policing and work by the community relations advisory board, our town has made concrete steps to foster trust and respect between our police and residents.  Of course, there is always more work left before us.

In the coming weeks and months, I will share some suggestions and as always, I’m open and available to speak with any resident about particular issues and reforms we can support in town — and beyond.

Right now, in this moment, it’s important that we must support each other — and especially those of color who are hurting in our community, with empathy, respect and kindness.

Message from Township Manager Dean Kazinci:

Message from Police Chief O’Reilly

Message from Township Manager Dean Kazinci:

No Place for bigotry and hate in Teaneck

There is NO PLACE FOR BIGOTRY AND HATE IN TEANECK, or anywhere else in our society. The Township remains committed to making Teaneck a safe community. Although the tragedy in Minneapolis, Minnesota occurred hundreds of miles away, the impact is felt all over the nation and world, especially in the African America community. As a previous member of the law enforcement community, I know that those in this profession, especially our brave men and women at the Teaneck Police Department, work earnestly to serve our community with fairness and sincerity. However, we cannot permit or accept those who stain the profession and promote distrust amongst our communities. This type of conduct will not be tolerated.

The Township of Teaneck will continue to work with our partner stakeholders to ensure that we are policing with fairness, transparency, and dignity.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of George Floyd and the citizens of Minnesota during this difficult time.

In Memoriam: Memorial Day In Teaneck (2020)

Every Memorial Day, we meet at the Municipal Green to honor those that have given the last full measure of devotion to our Country.

May we soon be able to resume honoring our fallen in person.  Until then, a digital observance is available below.

The observance is dedicated to Teaneck’s First Responders, the staff at Holy Name Hospital and all residents affected by coronavirus.

Please join Teaneck in watching our memorial day services via video below:

Even More Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Despite the pandemic, the Township has been able to upgrade pedestrian safety throughout Town.

Here’s a sample of the new crosswalk striping (now with a bit of color to help drivers and pedestrians) and LED signage on Sussex Rd. at Billington (near the Rt. 4 bus stop):

The following actions were taken (or scheduled to be taken):

Solar Powered Radar Signs (3 machines)

  • Palisade by Votee
  • Windsor Road
  • Sussex Road (Scheduled)

Safety Striping

  • Park Avenue
  • Sussex Road

Pedestrian LED Crossing Signs (11 sets)

  • Queen Anne and Edgemont
  • West Englewood and Jefferson
  • West Englewood and Pennington
  • West Englewood and Palisade Avenue
  • Glenwood Avenue by Little League Field
  • Cedar Lane and Grange
  • River Road and Terhune
  • Teaneck and Sackville (Scheduled)
  • Teaneck Road and Vandelinda (Scheduled)
  • Billington and Sussex (Scheduled)
  • Van Cortland and Intervale (Scheduled

Rapid Flashing Beacons (5 sets)

  • FDU Repaired and replaced batteries
  • Cedar Lane and Chadwick
  • Windsor Road (2 sets will be installed when new crosswalks completed)
  • Teaneck Road and Franklin (Scheduled)
  • Teaneck Road and Oakdene (Scheduled)
  • Location to be determined

More Pedestrian Flashing Beacons

Additional Rapid Flashing Beacons Added

Executive Order 142: Non-Essential Services and Construction

Governor Murphy has issued Executive Order 142, which rolls back some of the previous measures that were put in place to halt the spread of COVID-19.

I’ve reviewed the order and compiled the list below.  This is not legal advice and I would strongly suggest anyone operating a business to review the rule in its entirety and seek legal guidance before changing any operations.

As the rate of infection decreases, the following changes take effect:

  1. Constructions projects not designated as essential may resume (subject to restrictions)
  2. Some vehicular based gatherings are permitted (subject to social distancing restrictions).
    1. Leaving your home to participate in such a gathering is no longer a violation of Executive Order.
  3. Certain Recreational and Entertainment events are now permitted (subject to social distancing restrictions).
  4. Non-essential retail businesses are permitted to reopen to the public, but only where they adopt specific policies as outlined in section 9.
    1. Curbside pickup only
    2. Limited employees required to effect curbside pickup
    3. Emphasis on contactless payments
    4. Arrangements for scheduling are encouraged
    5. Employees will place goods in vehicles
    6. Mall businesses can operate with curbside pickup (subject to social distancing restrictions)

The order tasks the State Director of Emergency Management with discretion to make additions, amendments, clarifications, exceptions, and exclusions to the terms in the order.

Municipalities are prohibited from any contrary rules.

Executive Order 142 Nonessential Contrcution Curbside Pickup Gatherings in Cars

A New Council

Unofficial Results, pending certification for the May, 12, 2020 municipal election:

Congratulations  to everyone that ran and I look forward to working with the new council on July 1st.

Pagan 5,115
Schwartz 5,089
Orgen 5,076
Belcher 4,750
Gerzsberg 4,657
Walser 4,618

Who will be on Council?

Teaneck’s municipal government operated under the Council-Manager form of the Faulkner Act.

We (residents) elect seven members to a council and they choose a manager who is tasked with the day-to-day operation of the Municipality.

Since 1988, Teaneck residents go to the polls in staggered council elections in even numbered years to choose members who serve 4-year terms.

This week, 3 of the 7 council seats were up, and in two years, the remaining 4 will be voted on by residents.

After each election, the newly constituted group will meet on July 1st at a “Re-Organization Meeting” to determine a Mayor and other positions.

Each of the 7 members of council represent everyone in the municipality.

[As one of your representatives, I will do my best to respond with information to any inquiries received]

Click here for contact Info for current council-members

Who will be Mayor/Deputy Mayor?  Does it go to the person with the highest vote tally?

Not necessarily. Continue reading “A New Council”

More Pedestrian Flashing Beacons

As mentioned a couple week ago, the Township has been working on several safety projects.  In addition to the installation of Pedestrian Flashing beacons on West Englewood Avenue in the area of Jefferson Street and traffic calming measures, such as the striping of Sussex and Garrison Avenues, we have now installed Pedestrian Flashing Beacons on West Englewood Avenue in the area of Pennington Road.

You can see the new systems below.

The council and manager are committed to ensuring that appropriate safety precautions are made in various areas of the Municipality.

If you have any recommendations, please feel free to reach out and we can ask the Teaneck Police Department Traffic Bureau to investigate the possibility

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