Saturday, March 16, 2013
Council continues discussion on assessment project.
As the Bloomingdale Council continues to mull whether to complete a sidewalk repair assessment project on Rafkind Road, several affected neighbors attended Tuesday's borough council meeting to hear more about what would be entailed. The project is being considered as Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy said much of the street's sidewalks are in disrepair. Bloomingdale has received a $200,000 state Department of Transportation grant and will be contributing $325,000 to the project for paving and curbing. The total estimated cost of the project, should the borough decide to move forward with the sidewalk assessment portion, is around $825,000. Rafkind Road residents would be asked to repay the cost of the portion of their sidewalks they would be …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Bloomingdale Council will continue discussion on Rafkind Road sidewalk replacement.
The Bloomingdale Council will discuss Tuesday closing roads during the annual Tri-Boro Little League Opening Day parade. Last year and in years past, the players have marched down Hamburg Turnpike toward Anderson Field where vendors (and even Tri-Boro Patch) lined the path to the field. Players were announced one-by-one along with their coaches. This year's Opening Day ceremonies will be held on April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Bloomingdale Borough Hall. After hosting a special meeting to inform the public about a potential assessment project to repair sidewalks on Rafkind Road, including concrete walls and driveway aprons, the Bloomingdale Council will continue discussion…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Second vacancy to be filled as board pushes back interviews.
The Bloomingdale Board of Education now has not one but two vacancies to fill when the board meets to interview interested candidates on March 4. Originally, the board had planned to interview candidates and select a single new board member during a scheduled meeting Tuesday. However, the candidate interviews were pushed back and aligned with a meeting in which the board will vote whether or not to adopt the 2013-14 school budget. Although the public is no longer able to vote on the budget since the board moved to eliminate a public vote and move school board elections last year, the board still has to vote for budget adoption before it can move forward. Business Administrator George Hagl said Monday that three candidates have expressed …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Bloomingdale mayor said depth analysis still planned for spring.
Just one week after Bloomingdale officials postponed action on an ordinance to formally prohibit ice skating and sledding on borough ponds, a man fell through the ice of private Lake Iosco in the borough Tuesday, ultimately to his death. Frank Ferrell, a 52-year-old Ringwood man, died Tuesday at Chilton Hospital after emergency responders pulled him from the lake where he had gone ice fishing and was fully submerged for more than 10 minutes. Also rescued was Theodore Andreniuk, 49, of West Milford, who was transported to the hospital in critical condition. While the prohibition ordinance would not have affected Lake Iosco or other lakes situated in private communities in the borough, discussion on the topic was inspired by a similar event …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Bloomingdale Council tables voting on ordinance to prohibit skating and sledding on borough ponds so that more research can be done.
If the Borough of Bloomingdale decides to prohibit ice skating on frozen borough ponds, at least one resident has promised officials he will likely disregard the rules. "I would not willingly follow this law," Matthew Iannuzzi, said during the public comment portion of Tuesday's borough council meeting. Ianuzzi was one of several who spoke against the council's consideration of the ordinance which would also prohibit sledding or even walking on the borough's two ponds, Bogue Pond and Oakwood Lake. The council was planning to vote on the ordinance on final reading for adoption Tuesday, but prior to the discussion, Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy told the public that members have decided to take more time to gather information and would not be …
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 …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Council hopes to prevent accidents similar to that which led to the deaths of two Mount Olive teens last month.
It's not about taking the fun away. It's about saving lives. Bloomingdale Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy said he is hopeful the public understands that the intentions of an ordinance that will be up for a vote at next week's council meeting prohibiting ice skating on borough ponds are to ensure safety of residents, particularly youth. The council began discussion on the ordinance applicable to the two public ponds-Bogue Pond and Oakwood Lake-during a council meeting on Feb. 5. Currently, Dunleavy said, ice activities are not encouraged but there is not a formal restriction on the books. "The policy of the borough is if the police saw [people] skating, they would ask them to stop," the mayor said. Dunleavy said consideration of the formal …
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, February 5, 2013
Undefeated squad will have signs hung in their honor at entrance of Bloomingdale Borough.
As if the Bloomingdale Butler Youth Club (BBYC) A Squad football team could ever forget their successes over the past year's undefeated season, a reminder of the team's 2012 Super Bowl win will be hung at the entrances of the Borough of Bloomingdale after Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy presented the players with plaques Tuesday night. The squad won its division Super Bowl in November after the Bulldogs crushed the West Milford team, 26-8. The local team had a 10-0 record at the end of the season. It has been a week of celebration for the team as the youth fooball players and cheerleaders were honored by the Butler Board of Education during a special presentation Monday night. The Borough of Bloomingdale also honored the squad during the borough …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Borough releases calendar of public happenings for the year.
Tuesday, January 29
Two public events that were restored last year after a hiatus will return to Bloomingdale in 2013, according to a calendar released by the borough this month. Both the Fourth of July fireworks celebration and the "Nightmare on Bailey Avenue" event will be held. The fireworks event was cancelled in 2011 as a cost-saving measure The Bloomingdale Council also voted not to fund the Halloween-themed Bailey Avenue event that year.