Articles Archive for June 2014
I am writing to invite you to the Annual Fireworks Show on Wednesday, July 9th at 7:30p. This year’s event is expected to be a spectacular one.
Please join me and gather at Dwight Morrow High School’s front lawn in celebration of Independence Day. Join the fun and celebrate the true meaning of Independence Day with a community as diverse as Englewood, New Jersey.
I am happy to keep the July 4th celebrations alive here in Englewood as we celebrate with our annual fireworks show.
I am very pleased that our community has come together as one in order to make this great event happen. I look foward to seeing everyone there.
Parking will be available in an around Dwight Morrow High School at 274 Knickerbocker Road in Englewood. This event is open to all who would like to attend and attendees are urged ot arrive early as the program will begin promptly. I urge everyone to arrive early as this promises to be a very big event with a big bang at the end.
Mayor Frank Huttle, III
Capital improvements of $2.8 million dollars worth will be proposed by the City Council during “Phase 2″ of its plan in order to update infrastructure and the purchase of new equipment. This $2.8M bond ordinance will be introduced by the council at its June 24th meeting.
An estimated $185,000 of park equipment replacements, which includes park benches and garbage cans, was a venture that began last year which I requested to improve city parks. I would like for the council to hire a planning consultant to figure out a way to make MacKay Park shine.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
Please copy and click on link below to read full article in the June 26th Surburbanite.
The Englewood Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) will use its $287,000 budget to invest in downtown lighting, parking, landscape and sidewalks next year. The City Council introduced the 2015 Special Improvement District budget at its June 10th meeting. A public hearing and final budget vote is scheduled for June 24th.
I am happy that the EEDC is conducting a comprehenive lighting plan for dowtown that includes Veteran’s Monument which is my vision in having the monument become a beacon in the City.
Mayor Frank Huttle, II
Please copy and click on link to read the full article in the June 26, 2014 issue of the Suburbanite.
Four regional professionals in education, sociology and childhood development have been selected to serve on an ad hoc Committee where the focus will be to improve early childhood education, reducing the need for remediation in the high school and developing a strong professional development program for teachers.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
Please copy and click on link to see full article in the June 26, 2014 Suburbanite.
Please see the article entitled: “New garbage trucks to begin cleaning up city” in the June 5, 2014 Suburbanite:
I am pleased to announce the pilot program which will have one man garbage trucks to reomove garbage and recyclables. The test phaes will start in August in both the First and Fourth Wards. This will reduce the issue of DPW workers getting hurt on the job.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
New garbage trucks to begin test program this summer in Englewood
JUNE 5, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY STEPHANIE NODA
NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE
ENGLEWOOD – A different way to remove garbage and recyclables from city streets will enter the test phase in the First and Fourth Wards starting this August.
The program will target approximately 98 percent of those residents, said City Manager Tim Dacey.
In June 2013, the city council approved purchasing three one-man garbage trucks for $815,000, which Dacey said are still being built. The last piece needed to start the test program was cemented when the city council on May 20 approved awarding a $400,000 contract to purchase 8,100 wheeled-garbage cans and recycling containers.
According to the contract, officials bought 7,000 95-gallon containers, 1,000 65-gallon containers and 100 35-gallon containers from Canada-based IPL Inc.
IPL Inc., will distribute one 95-gallon garbage can and one 95-gallon recycling bin to residents. Dacey said the administration will send a letter to residents informing them they may request two smaller size cans instead of the 95-gallon cans.
“Now basically for the same price, we were able to get from the vendor what I think is a healthier mixture of bins,” said Council President Lynne Algrant. “People look at them and think about ‘what’s right for me.’”
Ward 3 Councilman Eugene Skurnick abstained from the May 20 vote, saying he still had questions about the “significant” purchase.
“A majority of the council wants to go ahead with it,” said Skurnick. “I just felt I don’t have enough information to decide [if] it’s good or bad.”
During the May 13 workshop meeting, city officials debated how many 95-gallon cans to purchase, after Mayor Frank Huttle III raised concerns if residents, particularly seniors, could move the large sized can.
As a result of Huttle’s concerns, Dacey added an additional 400 65-gallon cans from the original estimates should residents want to request a smaller size.
Dacey said the council was also concerned that the 65-gallon recycling bin size was too small since the city had moved to single-stream recycling pickup.
Dacey anticipates about six to eight Department of Public Works employees who previously worked on sanitation will perform other jobs in the city during the test. He anticipates these workers will perform maintenance on city’s parks, building, downtown and parking lots.
Huttle said the test program will reduce the issue of DPW workers getting injured on the job.
“At the same time, it will allow us to use our pool of working staff at DPW to improve our services in the city, including our parks,” said Huttle. “What’s great about this is that it’s using our work force to better serve our community as a whole.”
Ward 2 Councilman Michael Cohen believes his area would welcome one-man garbage trucks “with open arms” if the vehicles were expanded to his ward. He said hundreds and thousands of municipalities across the country, as local as Hackensack, have used the trucks.
“My ward in particular is blessed with a lot of large families,” said Cohen. “Driving through the wards, many homes have multiple garbage cans that do not look aesthetically appealing.”
Algrant believed the one-man garage truck pilot program will be a success. She said the system is used successfully in Hackensack, which has streets narrower than Englewood.
“Moving forward, I think residents will find themselves to be thrilled because the truth is they honestly look neater on the street,” said Algrant. “It’s safer and healthier for our DPW workers.”
- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/new-garbage-trucks-to-begin-cleaning-up-city-1.1029297#sthash.CJDFMkYn.dpuf
Please see article in the June 5, 2014 Suburbanite entitled: “Getting connected in the downtown: Free, high-speed Wi-Fi network set to launch today in the city’s business district”.
I am pleased to announce that the Englewood Economic Development Corportation (EEDC) will offer free high-speed Wi-Fi in the downtown area. This will offer internet access to shoppers and residents for their convenience.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
ENGLEWOOD – The Englewood Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) will offer free, high-speed Wi-Fi in the downtown to provide convenient Internet access for shoppers and residents.
“We know that Internet access is part of everyday life and wanted to accommodate that as a service,” said EEDC Chairman Adam Brown. “This is part of an overall plan to make Englewood more hospitable.”
Brown said that last week they beta tested the network, which is planned to officially go live today.
During the testing, Brown said approximately 1,000 logged on to the network.
“Clearly once we start promoting it, it’s going to take off like wildfire,” Brown said.
Brown said the project, which cost less than $75,000, was a fraction of what the project should have cost. Officials were able to take advantage of unused fiber networks that already existed in the downtown, said Brown. Ackrion, a Massachusetts-based company that provides “large-scale outdoor Wi-Fi solutions,” implemented and designed the system.
An EEDC-owned fiber optic network, previously used by the former Bennett Studios, was connected to a fiber optic network owned by Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, said Brown. The hospital increased its bandwidth as its contribution to the project, said Brown.
“We were very pleased to have been invited to participate in this important initiative, as it is broadly consistent with advancing our mission to improve the health of our patients and community through education, information, technology innovation and excellence in care,” said Ronald Fuschillo, chief information officer at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.
A number of buildings in the downtown, including bergenPAC, NVE Bank, and TreeCo, provided their roofs to act as access points to spread the Wi-Fi.
“I think it’s great for Bergen Performing Arts Center’s patrons to be able to come into Englewood, hang-out, get dinner before a show and have access to free Wi-Fi,” said Dominic Roncace, the performing art center’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “It’s an added amenity for everyone from all parts of the state when visiting Englewood can remain connected.”
Free Wi-Fi access will run along Palisade Avenue from Veteran’s Monument at the intersection of Tenafly Road up to Engle Street, including the Englewood Public Library. Shoppers can also access the Internet with along North Van Brunt Street from city hall to bergenPAC’s Performing Arts School.
Englewood Public Library was included within the free Wi-Fi zone after Brown saw a large number of residents using the facility during Hurricane Sandy two years ago.
When shoppers log on to the Internet, their browser will direct them to downtownenglewood.com, a homepage that displays a map of Wi-Fi access points and provides links to bergenPAC, Englewood Public Library, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and EEDC’s Facebook page.
Brown said the free Wi-Fi in the downtown was “phase one” of a long-term plan to bring Internet access from Englewood Hospital to Route 4. The EEDC also has plans to expand parking capacity and place signs directing visitors to underutilize parking areas, such as the South Dean Street Parking Garage as a way of making Englewood “more hospitable.”
Phase two will expand the service to other areas of the downtown that are considered underserved, said Brown. The second phase may also look to provide high-speed Internet on a paying basis to businesses in the industrial area.
- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/getting-connected-in-the-downtown-1.1029239#sthash.wVSmX06k.dpuf