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Week Ahead: Superintendent Unveiling, Ridgewood Council Meets

Check out what's going on this week.

Village and borough governing bodies are expected to be quite busy in the upcoming week.

Here's a look at what's going on:

Monday:

The Ridgewood Board of Education is meeting at 7:30 p.m. The board is expected to discuss the status of the Ridgewood High School renovation proposal, as well as the upcoming 2013-2014 school budget.

Glen Rock school board members are expected to show off their new superintendent on Monday night. It's highly likely the board will also appoint an interim superintendent. Talks on school safety are also in the cards, according to the agenda.

Tuesday:

The Ridgewood Planning Board is meeting at 7:30 p.m. The board will hear from Dr. Daniel Fishbein, the Ridgewood schools chief, on issues concerning the proposed housing developments.

Wednesday:

Glen Rock's borough council will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. for a work session. The council last week voted to dissolve the auxiliary police, based on the recommendation of Police Chief Frederick Stahman.

Following last week's verbal brawl, the Ridgewood Village Council will be making up, singing "Kumbaya" and getting things done. OK, that sounds unlikely. The governing body, however, is expected to chat about Heermance Place parking and the gift ordinance.

Thursday:

RHS Jamboree is coming live to you at the B.F. theater at 7:30 p.m. This year's theme? The British Are Coming? So grab a seat next to Paul Revere and enjoy the show!

Anne LaGrange Loving February 04, 2013 at 03:28 PM
James - I find it unsettling that you have only addressed last Wednesday's Ridgewood Village Council meeting tangentially, and in a lighthearted manner at that. Although you were not there, your reporter was, and it is likely you have seen a replay of the meeting yourself. The core premise of Councilwoman Walsh's presentation is that the Sunshine Law was violated - this alone deserves a serious report on The Patch. Moreover,the lengthy discussion which you casually refer to as a "verbal brawl" included some inappropriate language, some eyebrow-raising remarks by certain council members, and at times a complete lack of professional behavior. This was an incredibly incorrect manner to conduct what should have been a serious discussion at a public meeting. These are our elected officials; they comprise our governing body. I take what happened very seriously. Anne
James Kleimann February 04, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Getting to it, Anne. I had obligations that mostly kept me out of Ridgewood last week and worked little over the weekend. I still need to track some stuff down.
Anne LaGrange Loving February 04, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Thank you James.
Boyd A. Loving February 04, 2013 at 03:50 PM
"The council last week voted to dissolve the auxiliary police, based on the recommendation of Police Chief Frederick Stahman." Two (2) newspapers have now reported that duties previously performed by the Glen Rock Auxiliary Police will now be handled by personnel associated with the Village of Ridgewood. Yet, the Village Council and Village Manager have all publicly claimed they have no knowledge of any agreement. So what's the true story?
Boyd A. Loving February 04, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Call me just a wacky conspiracy theorist if you want to, but didn't Patch also fail to post a report of the League of Women Voters formal allegation that the NJ Open Public Meetings Act (a.k.a. Sunshine Law) was violated in connection with a meeting about handicapped access to Graydon Pool? Articles about the allegation were published in both The Ridgewood News and The Villadom Times. There also seems to be no report posted on Patch about the Village Attorney's formal opinion regarding the allegation.
James Bombace February 04, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Anne LaGrange Loving, Apparently you weren't around or paying attention in the days of Thomas Fitzgerald's time on the Council. Those meetings make last Wednesday's meeting look tame.
Long Time Resident February 04, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I watched the council meeting and I would like to see an investigation into the apparent attempt by a sitting council person to have a ticket fixed. That is clearly an illegal act. Did she only pay the ticket after the light of day exposed the possible illegal act had already occurred, possibly, but the only way to find out the truth is through an investigation. It appears that this issue is being swept under the rug on this blog and other blogs and news outlets.
AMAMOM February 04, 2013 at 05:56 PM
As I understand it, the ticket was issued incorrectly. The car/driver in question has a parking sticker that the issueing officer did not see or did not understand. The paid for with private money sticker allows unlimited parking downtown. I would like to see this clarified in the press as well since there is a lot of rumor and innuendo going around.
Linda McNamara February 04, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I was attending meetings when Tom Fitzgerald was a council member. I remember someone on his case for not getting his sidewalks shoveled in a timely manner.I always felt that Tom gave back as good as he got. It didn't make it right but it was 20 years ago and this recent treatment of a council member seems almost worse. Besides the total disregard for Robert's Rules of Order, it felt like bullying. It also was not the proper venue to bring up a parking ticket. That also is prohibited in Robert's Rules. But she gave an explanation. She pays 650 dollars for a medallion and she paid for a ticket that was inadvertently administered. It has happened more than once. She had every right to contact the village manager. By the way, the person I recall receiving the worst treatment from a council was Gerard Glade Boyle and he was a citizen who came regularly to meetings. One of his worries was the flooding that would occur at Village Hall and the possible loss of records. He was proven right but he had passed away by then. That's when I became more involved. I couldn't believe how this intelligent man was treated. I haven't seen anything like that since.
Anne LaGrange Loving February 04, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Long Time Resident - Evidently there was so much confusion at the meeting due to the rude behavior of people talking on top of people that you were unable to hear her presentation clearly. Councilwoman Walsh DID NOT try to get a parking ticket "fixed." The ticket was issued incorrectly as she has a commuter parking pass that she has paid for. She was not trying to pull rank as an elected official, and if you think so then you should re-wind the tape and listen again. She was simply trying to inform the Village Manager and the Chief of Police that their procedure needs to be amended so that officers check for the commuter pass before issuing a ticket; this was done to avoid this happening with other pass-holders. She paid the ticket which she did not have to pay in order to avoid going to court and sitting all evening waiting to explain her situation.
Anne LaGrange Loving February 04, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Mr. Bombace - Are you suggesting that because there have been more chaotic meetings in the past, we should overlook inappropriate behavior now? What is your benchmark for acceptable conduct by our elected officials? I have lived in Ridgewood since 1979 and have been paying attention the whole time. Why do some people feel the need to indicate that they are LONG TIME RESIDENTS in order to establish credibility?
Long Time Resident February 04, 2013 at 07:26 PM
The fact that a ticket may have been issued incorrectly does not matter. There are procedures that can be followed by everyone to resolve that situation. In this instance an elected official may (innocent until proven guilty) have attempted to have a village official take care of the ticket or in more popular terms "fix" the ticket. If that was the intent then the actions of the elected official were a violation of lww and should be addressed.
Long Time Resident February 04, 2013 at 07:32 PM
If she paid for the ticket and then made the complaint to the Village Manager and the Chief of Police then she is clearly innocent, I would agree. However if she complained to the Village Manager and the Chief of Police and then at later date paid the ticket that would leave a question in my mind about her intent. It's easily proven which way this happened, release the information and then this becomes a none issue if she is innocent.
James Bombace February 04, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Anne LaGrange Loving, I am suggesting that I would rather have a council that holds a public spirited discussion about an important issue over a council that agrees on everything and has a prim and proper meeting but does what is wrong for the citizens for the town they are sworn to serve. I am not sure why you felt it necessary to tell me that you have been a resident since 1979. I would have believed you if you just stated you were aware of those meetings I referred to. In my opinion each and every taxpayer has a right to voice their opinion regardless if they have lived here a long time or just moved here last week. I can't explain to you why people feel the need to indicate that they are long time residents in order to establish credibility. I suggest you ask the people who make that claim.

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