Editor's Notebook: April 11 Council Meeting
The borough council voted to allow a baseball tournament on Memorial Day weekend, discussed potential changes to water restrictions from Ridgewood Water, and took care of routine business at tonight's meeting of the Mayor and Council.
The month-long debate about a holding a baseball tournament on the day of the Memorial Day Parade ended tonight, when Councilman Jack Considine brought forth a motion to allow baseball games to begin at 10:30am on the Saturday before Memorial Day in 2013, which was unanimously approved by the council.
The Bergen County Charity Classic, an annual baseball tournament that raises funds for families in need, is played every Memorial Day Weekend, with several satellite hosts holding games all day Saturday and half a day on Sunday. The Midland Park Baseball Association was asked to be a host this year, and sees it as an opportunity to raise funds for field repairs.
At the March 28 meeting, the council recommended the Veterans and MPBA discuss finding a compromise, however, the veterans refused a meeting. Tonight, Vice Commander of Post 7068 told the council the veterans voted unanimously that it would be disrespectful to play baseball the morning of the parade.
Midland Park Baseball Association president Dana Weisbrot reached a compromise with the BCCC to allow Midland Park to hold two games on Friday night, at 6pm and 8pm, then start the Saturday games at 10:30am.
Considine, who served in the Navy from 1969 to 1973 and is also the son and father of veterans, said he hoped this would be an opportunity for the next generation to learn about America's military history and sacrifice.
"To me, this is a matter of not allowing the sacrifices that I made, and the sacrifices of my friends to not be forgotten," he said, noting a friend who was a ball player lost a leg stepping on a landmine in Vietnam. "I know he would be happy to watch the kids play on the field."
Water Restriction Changes
In its work session, the council discussed a draft ordinance proposed by Ridgewood Water Company, that would ensure all communities that RWC serves have the same rules. The council and borough attorney object to some issues with the draft, including a provision that would allow RWC to shut off a customer's water service without due process. The council agreed to strike that section and request further clarification.
Once the ordinance is refined and passed, the main change will be dates for the watering restrictions, which automatically go into effect from June 1 to Aug. 31. The watering of lawns, which have traditionally been on an odd-even schedule based on the day of the month, will be changed to set days of the week as follows:
- Odd numbered addresses water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- Even numbered addresses water *Wednesday, Friday and Sunday*. (see editor's note, below)
Councilman Nicholas Papapietro reported that the Board of Health's Annual Rabies Clinic will be held Monday, May 13 from 6:30 to 8pm. Both cats and dogs will receive shots and certificates. In addition, pet licenses can be renewed at that time.
Council President Nancy Peet reported on the school board's budget presentation at the PTA meeting last week. She emphasized that it is a complete tear down and full replacement of the roofs, and noted the plan includes contingencies in the event that there is damage found under the roof. The election will be held on April 16 to 2 to 9pm.
Peet also put out another call for members to the new Public Safety Committee, which is open to anyone in the community. Anyone who is interested in learning more can contact her at email@example.com or call borough hall.
In a Recreation report for Councilman Scott Pruiksma who was absent, Councilman Considine reported the Baseball Parade and opening day is this coming Saturday. In addition, summer Rec camp registration is currently underway and Waldwick Pool Badges are being offered at a reduced rate.
Considine also reported the Fireman's Beefsteak will be held on May 17.
* Editor's note: A previous version misstated the water restrictions for even numbered houses. The correct days are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.