Friday, June 14, 2013
Increase is the lowest the borough has had 'in years' officials said.
The average Bloomingdale taxpayer's municipal taxes will increase $53 this year due to the council approving a $7.5 million tax levy this week. The tax levy, the portion of the budget funded by local taxes, is part of the borough's nearly $10 million 2013 annual budget. Of the average $53 increase, $13 of it is directly caused by tax appeals that were filed in 2012, said Councilman Ray Yazdi, chairman of the council's budget committee. The appeals were filed because of a revaluation of property values conducted in 2011. The average municipal tax bill is about $2,500. The council approved the budget 4-2. Council members Linda Shortman and Mark Conklin voted against the budget. Last year’s tax levy was more than $7.6 million. The budget …
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Here is a recap of the top stories on Tri-Boro Patch this week.
Two people were found dead in a Long Meadow Road home in the Smoke Rise section of Kinnelon Thursday morning. The two residents were found dead by police at 8 a.m. Students at Walter T. Bergen School are running a food drive this month as part of the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign. Elise Testone, a Kinnelon High School alumnus, will release a new album next month. The borough Council voted to switch insurance providers for its town employees. The move will save the borough $30,000 annually. Kinnelon High School students got a feel for the various types of jobs that are based at MetLife Stadium.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Switch will occur later on this year.
The borough of Bloomingdale will save $30,000 annually by switching insurance providers for its employees, NorthJersey.com reported. The council voted at a meeting recently to switch from the State Health Benefits Plan to the North Jersey Municipal Employees Benefits Fund. The switch goes into effect Aug. 1. The borough will save $120,000 through 2014 by making the switch, the website reported, because it will not be subject to an 8 percent increase if it would have stayed with the state plan.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Borough to host two public meetings in council chambers prior to public hearing and vote.
The Borough of Bloomingdale will be hosting two meetings for the public to come and ask questions on the 2013 municipal budget in the next several weeks. The meetings will be held on May 30 at 8 p.m. and on June 6 at 7:30 p.m., both in the council chambers of the borough municipal building on Hamburg Turnpike. The Bloomingdale Council voted to introduce its 2013 municipal budget on April 23. As proposed, taxes would increase by about $66.40 for the average home in Bloomingdale assessed at $254,046. The budget that was introduced is approximately $11,000 under the state-mandated 2 percent spending increase cap. Councilman Ray Yazdi, the council's Budget Committee chairman, promised the public during the April budget introduction that …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Extended hours will be offered by the municipal clerk of Bloomingdale.
Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the June 4 primary election, where Tri-Boro municipal council races are the only local contests. The primary election race for two available Bloomingdale Council seats will be uncontested in June. The action will come for the November general election, when Democrats Dawn Hudson and Anthony Costa take on Republican incumbent Linda Shortman and her running mate, newcomer Albert Miller for two three-year seats. The Butler Council's two open seats also will not be contested for the June 4 primary. Republican incumbents Stephen Regis and Edwin Vath are running for re-election and have no GOP opposition. Democrat Linda Gilvey, also running unopposed in the primary, will face Regis and Vath in …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Jodie MacKenn Bross received several rounds of applause for the success of her family's business.
For three generations, the MacKenn family's Glenwild Garden Center been the place where Bloomingdale natives go for their organic gardening and landscaping needs. Owner Jodie MacKenn Bross was honored with a standing ovation and a resolution honoring the family's local contributions from the Bloomingdale Borough Council at their last meeting. In a business Spotlight with Tri-Boro Patch, Bross said she "deeply believe[s] in living sustainably and doing our part to understand the damage all the chemical use in the past 60 or 70 years has done to our planet and soil (as well as air and water)." Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy and the rest of the council unanimously passed the resolution, which honored "the services that Glenwild Garden Center …
Monday, April 22, 2013
An ordinance establishing a bank cap is also on the agenda.
The Bloomingdale Borough Council will hear an introduction of the 2013 municipal budget at their Tuesday meeting. The council must vote on the budget at its introduction and at a future meeting for its final adoption. An ordinance establishing a bank cap is also on the agenda, which may indicate that the currently drafted budget is under the state-mandated two percent tax levy cap and any applicable exceptions, such as rising health insurance or labor costs. Municipalities with budgets under the maximum allowable amount can take those extra funds and establish a bank cap, which can be drawn upon within the next three years as an allowable excemption to the tax levy cap. The council will also vote on a possible new member of the …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Borough officials thank volunteers for efforts pulling two men from Lake Iosco in February.
Several Bloomingdale volunteers who risked their own lives trying to save two men who fell through the ice of Lake Iosco in February were honored by the borough council at its March 26 meeting. Ultimately, one of the two men who fell in the lake, 52-year-old Frank Ferrell, of Ringwood, died upon arriving at Chilton Hospital after he was submerged in the lake for more than 10 minutes. But more than six volunteers worked together to pull Ferrell and 49-year-old Theodore Andreniuk from the water. The men were ice fishing at the time, according to Bloomingdale Police Chief Joseph Borell, when a resident of a nearby home called 911 just after noon on Feb. 26 and said a person had fallen through the ice. A second 911 call came in three minutes …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans, including incumbent Linda Shortman, to run in November election.
The June primary election may be quiet for the race for two Bloomingdale Council seats that will be open this November, but the general election will have two Democrats facing two Republicans for three-year terms. Republican incumbent Linda Shortman will seek re-election for her seat while Councilman Mark Conklin, also a Republican, will not seek re-election. Also running on the Republican ticket alongside Shortman will be Albert Miller. Democrats Dawn Hudson and Anthony Costa filed petitions to run on Monday as well. Candidates wishing to run in the June 4 primary had a deadline of 4 p.m. Monday to file nominating petitions. Who would you vote for? Participate in our poll below and tell us why in the comments.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
ROSE Fund allocations recommended to borough council.
Amidst a conversation about how to disburse the money collected this year through the borough's Recreation and Open Space Establishment (ROSE) Trust Fund, Bloomingdale Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy told council members March 12 he would like to see the borough apply for grant funding to create a dog park at Oakwood Lake next year. The council heard a presentation from the ROSE Fund Committee during the meeting as part of an annual action where committee members present a "wish list" of items to the council for the borough's recreation and open space needs. This year's list included a dog walk and several other items. The committee also recommends how much of the money collected from the ROSE tax should go toward recreation and open space. The …