Thursday, February 21, 2013
Bloomingdale park documented in photos.
Thursday, February 21
Sure, it may not be the ideal season for hiking, but Bloomingdale's Friendship Park will have much for hikers to explore come spring. NJUrbanForest.com is hoping to inspire outdoors enthusiasts with a virtual hike of the park, located just off of Glenwild Avenue. The hike depicts not only the trails and trees along their paths, but also some of the critters that can be found in the forest. The park is included in the Passaic County Park system and is 45 acres, according to the site.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Council could formally ban skating, sledding and walking on icy borough ponds Tuesday.
Sunday, February 17
The Bloomingdale Borough Council will entertain a public hearing on an ordinance to officially prohibit ice skating, sledding and other activities on frozen borough ponds on Tuesday. During the council's regular meeting, members will be asked to vote on a measure to ban the activities on the borough's two ponds, Bogue Pond and Oakwood Lake. Already, according to Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy, such activities are not monitored on the ponds and police officers have asked people to refrain from entering the ice for safety reasons when they have seen them. If the ordinance is passed, signs explaining that skating and sledding would be at the participants' risk would be hung near the ponds. The public hearing will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Council will gather Feb. 26 at Bloomingdale Borough Hall.
Wednesday, February 6
The Bloomingdale Council will have a special meeting Feb. 26 to discuss a special assessment project to install sidewalks on a portion of Rafkind Road. The meeting will be an information session for the council members and the public to discuss details regarding the project, which will include New Jersey Department of Transportation-approved driveway aprons and concrete walks, according to the borough website. Council members will meet at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Council members say increasing mayor's responsibilities would be positive step for Bloomingdale.
At the advice of the borough attorney, Bloomingdale Council members decided to table voting on creating a full-time mayor's position with business administrator's responsibilities Tuesday night. The council was planning to vote on a pair of ordinances that would change the mayor's position from part-time, at a salary of $2,000, to full-time, with Jonathan Dunleavy agreeing to an $84,000 salary for full-time work. The borough has been without a full-time business administrator since Ted Ehrenburg resigned from the position in November and Dunleavy has taken on much of the responsibilities at no additional charge to the borough since then. Ehrenburg was making a salary of nearly $130,000. After discussing the ordinances pertaining to the …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Dunleavy would also take on business administrator duties.
The Bloomingdale Council may vote this month to approve the borough's mayor to serve full time and take on business administrator responsibilities, an unprecedented move for the borough. Following an executive session discussion on Tuesday on moving to a full-time mayor model, the council unanimously voted to introduce an ordinance that would allow Democratic Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy to serve in the role. According to the ordinance that was introduced, the mayor is currently paid a maximum salary of $2,000 in the part-time role but would be paid approximately $84,000 based on what the council discussed. His responsibilities would then include the day-to-day management of the borough during standard business hours. The ordinance's …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Five-minute public comment rule, inability to address council members directly reversed.
After two years of operating under a set of council bylaws first established by a then-Republican Bloomingdale Council majority, members unanimously adopted new 2013 bylaws Tuesday that discontinued two controversial rules. The first was a bylaw that limited public comment to five minutes per person. Bloomingdale Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy called the limitation "offensive" before council members voted in May 2011 to adopt it. Coinciding was a bylaw which restricted the number of times a member of the public could approach the podium to speak. "We are here for the public. They should be able to say what they want, when they want, however many times they want-that's who we represent. And stifling them and not engaging is just outright ludicrous…
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Police said vehicle was unable to stop in traffic on Main Street.
No injuries were reported in a crash involving three vehicles on Main Street in Bloomingdale Friday, according to police. The crash occurred near Leary Avenue at about 5:24 p.m., according to a press release sent by Ptl. Dan Fletcher. Fletcher said one of the vehicles was unable to stop in traffic and struck another vehicle. Altogether, three vehicles were involved, he said. One of the vehicles sustained heavy front end damage and needed to be towed from the scene. No summonses were issued as a result of the crash.
Councilman John D'Amato expected to be appointed council president.
For the first time in several years, the Bloomingdale Council is expected to appoint a new borough auditor. The borough has hired the firm of Lerch, Vinci & Higgins for the past several years, although some council members disagreed with the appointment of the firm last year. In 2012, the auditor's appointment was not made until March after another firm had initially proposed an annual fee that was $7,000 less than Lerch, Vinci & Higgins. Lerch, Vinci & Higgins then agreed to lower their proposed $35,000 annual fee. But the council is expected to vote on the appointment of Samuel Klein as the new auditor during Tuesday's reorganization meeting. Borough Attorney Fred Semrau is expected to be re-appointed for another year. Tim Roberts is …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Recreation Commission, Bloomingdale Planning Board and more looking to get residents involved.
Have a passion for Bloomingdale but you're not quite sure what to do with it? Several of the borough's boards and commissions are looking for new members to begin serving in volunteer roles starting in January. "It is important the residents get involved and bring any expertise to help our borough," Bloomingdale Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy said. Dunleavy said that volunteering for the commissions is a way for residents to contribute to conversations on topics that relate to the quality of life in the borough. Some of the boards and commissions that are in need of volunteers include: If you are interested in serving, contact Borough Clerk Jane McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 973-838-0778.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Ehrenburg approved to work in Bloomfield Monday night.
The Bloomfield town council voted Monday night to approve its newest township administrator, Ted Ehrenburg. Ehrenburg, the current borough administrator of Bloomingdale, is coming in at a salary range of $150,000 to $180,000, said Mayor Raymond McCarthy. He is expected to start in about two weeks. The Bloomfield council voted 3-2 vote to approve the resolution to hire Ehrenburg at Monday night's meeting. Councilmen Elias Chalet, Carlos Bernard and Michael Venezia voted yes, while the mayor and Councilman Nick Joanow voted against. Councilwoman Peggy O'Boyle Dunigan and Bernard Hamilton were absent. McCarthy claimed Ehrenburg had met with Bloomfield Democratic Party Chairman Pete Strumolo long before interviewing for the administrator …