Mayor's Corner

[24 Feb 2017 | No Comment | 103 views]

Dear Residents,

It is once again time for the City Council to adopt an annual budget – a document that may seem abstract to many, but has real, everyday consequences for each and every resident of our City.
This year I’m gravely concerned because despite my warnings last year, the ill-advised decision to use one-time revenue from the sale proceeds of a City property, the Liberty School, to plug a budget hole has come back to haunt us.

Unless the City Council takes immediate action to cut spending, residents could be facing a nearly unprecedented 7.5 percent hike in property taxes.
To me this is simply unacceptable so I sent a letter to each Council member outlining a number of steps that must be taken to ward off this crisis. For a look at the bigger picture, you can read my full letter below.

We have come too far in recent years to simply turn our backs on sound financial planning. We adopted a historic, new Master Plan that provides an exciting blueprint for our future, ratables continue to grow, and we are poised to witness nearly $200 million in new tax assessments and over $3 million in new annual tax revenues this year and the next two years through exciting new development. This added revenue will reduce the tax burden on residential homes.

Your help is crucial to continue this progress. Please take a moment to call or email your Council Member and urge them to take the steps I have outlined to cut spending and roll back this massive, proposed tax hike (click for email):

Councilman Charles Cobb (At Large)
Councilman Marc Forman (Ward 1)
Councilman Michael Cohen (Ward 2)
Councilman Eugene Skurnick (Ward 3)
Councilman Wayne Hamer (Ward 4)

No crisis is too big if we tackle it together.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Mayor Huttle – Letter to Council on 2017 Budget (2.24.2017)

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[3 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 74 views]

Dear Residents,

I would like to extend an invitation to you, together with the City Council, to the Fourteenth Anniversary of September 11th 2001 Englewood Commemoration Ceremony. I hope you will be able to join us.

The ceremony will be held at the new monument in Veterans Memorial Park (across from Bank of America) at 4PM on Friday, September 11th 2015. Please arrive early as the Commemoration Ceremony will begin promptly. In the event of inclement weather, we will hold the ceremony at bergenPAC.

I look forward to seeing you there as we mark this important and historic day.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions at 201-871-6666 or via email.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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[28 Aug 2015 | No Comment | 62 views]

Dear Residents,

I’m pleased to be able to invite you to the Hispanic Heritage Festival being held at Depot Square Park on Saturday, September 19th from 11AM to 4PM. Join us for live music, vendors and local restaurants, dance exhibitions, artists and a lot of other fun family activities!

Following the afternoon’s activities there will be a special performance by Grupo Niche at bergePAC at 8PM. Tickets are available at the bergenPAC box office now.

Please see the flyer below for further information on this exciting event. I hope to everyone there for this great event to bring in the Fall season.

Regards,
Mayor Frank Huttle III

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[14 Aug 2015 | No Comment | 33 views]

Dear Residents:

I was honored today to speak at the Englewood Apprenticeship Program’s 2nd year reception and to have presnted certificates from my office as well as from the State legislature to these exceptional students. Englewood is special with its neighborhoods, churches, synagogues, friends, downtown stores, Health East, Englewood Hospital & Medical Center and fabric that connects all of us. We have a program here that is the best of the best of Bergen County! I am delighted to have initiated this hghly successsful program.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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[31 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 68 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see the article in the July 31, 2015 Record entitled: “At 110, Agnes Fenton of Englewood has nothing to complain about”.

It was indeed an honor to officially declare August 1, 2015 as Agnes Fenton Day.
Mrs. Agnes Fenton will turn 110 years old on Augut 1, 2015 whch is remarkable.
Mrs. Fenton also received a proclamation from my office to honor this great occasion.

Agnes Fenton is an inspiration to us all!

Regards,

Frank Huttle, III

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[21 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 59 views]

Dear Residents:

Great news for Englewood!

I am happy to announce that the Englewood community has come together as one to help send the Englewood Jr. Raiders Track & Field Club to the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic championships in Jacksonville, Florida later this month. Together with my wife Valerie and a number of Englewood’s corporate partners and others, we were able to quickly raise $18,500 this past weekend to help cover nearly all of the costs. These kids are clearly dedicated and have worked incredibly hard. It’s heartbreaking enough that they had to sit out the finals in Texas last year and we coudn’t let it happen again. I’m grateful to everyone who steped up and showed what the Englewood Community is all about.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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[29 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 100 views]

Dear Residents,

On behalf of the City Council and myself, please join us for the City of Englewood Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Event Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 beginning at 7.30PM on the lawn of Dwight Morrow High School. (The Rain Date will be Wednesday, July 8, 2015.) The patriotic fireworks display and accompanying entertainment program will feature contributions from the bergenPAC as well as other musical entertainment.

I would like to take a moment to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who have made this event possible especially our lead sponsors Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood Cliffs Cadillac and Englewood Shoprite who have once again stepped up to sponsor an important event that brings all of Englewood together. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Parking will be available in and around Dwight Morrow High School at 274 Knickerbocker Road in Englewood. The event is open to all who would like to attend and attendees are urged to arrive early as the program will begin promptly.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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[8 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 24 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article in the June 8th Northern Valley Press entitled: “Mayor: Real estate projects will shore up budget”.

I am happy to report that ongoing or near-term planned construction of new real estate projects, cited as Master Plan priorities, are expected to generate $152 million in new ratables and $3.8 million in initial tax revenues. This plan will help to service the needs of “one community” and hopefully ensure both a solid foundation for current and future businesses and continue to meet the daily needs of our residents.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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[4 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 25 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see the article in today’s record entitled “Developer bets on Englewood with new office building.”

I am happy to have participated in this morning’s ground breaking ceremony for the consttuction of S. Hekemian’s new office building. This state-of-the-art building is the first to be constucted in Bergen County in a number of years.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle,III

For full article please copy and paste link below.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/developer-bets-on-englewood-with-new-office-building-1.1348095

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[26 May 2015 | No Comment | 15 views]

Dear Residents:

I want to thank all of those who participated, as well as those who attended, Englewood’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony and parade. A special thanks to our Grand Marshall Sgt. Oscar Hernandez, who is a fifteen year veteran of the Englewood Policie Department. I would also like to thank Rev. Lester Taylor of Community Baptist Church who gave the innovation. City Manager Tim Dacey, Councilman Wayne Hamer, Councilman Gene Skurnick and I appreciate the show of support in honoring our fallen soldiers who gave their lives for this great country of ours and all those who have served.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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[21 May 2015 | No Comment | 15 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see the article in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “ERA South Starts Work On New Four Story Mixed Use Building”.

I am happy that this new development fits like a glove with the Master Plan and it will afford job opportunities to our residents as well as ratables.

Please copy and paste link belowfor full article.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/work-begins-on-four-story-building-1.1339126

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[14 May 2015 | No Comment | 8 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article entitled: “City awarded recycling grant for park program” in today’s Suburbanite.

I am delighted to announce that our City, through a Public Park Recycling Grant program which is sponsored by Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group in partnership with Keep America Beautiful, has been awarded approximately 100 round barrel recycling bins. This will help to provide recycling access in shared community spaces and encourage proper recycling behavior.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

For full article, please copy and paste link below:

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/city-awarded-recycling-grant-for-park-program-1.1333747

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[6 May 2015 | No Comment | 17 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article in both the 5/3/15 and 5/5/15 Record entitled “Englewood tests its new trash trucks-Automated pickups go very well first day”.

I am happy to report that this new initiative went well on its first day and that by joining other towns who have this same program, we will not only save money for taxpayers but provide a safer environment.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

Please copy and paste link below for full article.

http://www.northjersey.com/towns/englewood-tests-its-new-trash-trucks-1.1325498

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[30 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 6 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “New Trucks To Clean Up City” on page 6.

I am pleased that this new pilot program has begun in two of our Wards. This will improve the delivery of services as well as saving our tax payers money.

For full article please copy and past link below

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/new-trucks-to-clean-up-city-1.1322329

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[30 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 7 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article on page 5 in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “Taking a walk with leaders: Initiative connect residents with officials, clergy, businesses”

I was delighted to participate in the kick off of this program along
with AssemblywomanValerie Vainieri Huttle and Rev, Bill Allport offered by the Health Department. I am proud that Englewood has been named as one of New Jersey’s Healthiest Towns. It was enjoyable and invigorating to walk with our City’s residents who came out for this intiative.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

Please copy and paste link below for article.

http://search.aol.com/aol/search?s_it=client97_inbox&q=Taking%20a%20walk%20with%20leaders%20englewood%20nj

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[30 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 3 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “City budget comes with no levy increase:For fourth year out of five, officials adopt spending plan with flat taxes”

I am very happy that the City council approved a zero-percent tax increase in the 2015 budget which is indeed historic.

For full article please copy and paste link below.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

http://www.northjersey.com/news/city-budget-comes-with-no-levy-increase-1.1322635

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[25 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 9 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article entitled: “Bergen Community Opens Branch In Englewood” in the April 23rd Record.

I am pleased that this was one of the topics of discussion, along with several accomplishments and goals, at my recent Town Hall Meeting at Community Baptist Church where Dr. Ursula Parrish Daniels, Executive Assistant to the President of Bergen Community College spoke about the program.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

Please copy and paste link below for full article:

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/officially-open-for-business-at-dwight-morrow-campus-1.1315848

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[24 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 9 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “Mayor speaks of city’s past, present, future: Town Hall meeting gives residents chance to discuss issues including ice rink, Liberty School”

I want to express my thanks again to all of our residents that attended my Town Hall State of the City Meeting on April 17th at the Community Baptist Church, where there was an opportunity to discuss our City’s issues,
accomplishments and my goals.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

For full article please copy and paste link below.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/mayor-speaks-of-city-s-past-present-future-1.1316004

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[20 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 18 views]

Dear Residents:

I will kick off the Englewood Health Department’s “Walk With A Leader” this evening at 7p along with Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, Lamarr Thomas, Principal at Janice E. Dismus Middle School and Rev. Bill Alport, Rector-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church commencing at the Greico School followed by a walk starting at Winton White Stadium. Come out and walk with me and get to know your community leaders, exercise and stay healthy.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

Please copy and paste link below to view flyer.

http://www.cityofenglewood.org/filestorage/1441/1468/2265/1487/1742/Walk_with_a_Leader_Flyer.pdf

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[18 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 7 views]

Dear Residents:

I would like to thank all of those who came out to the “Town Hall Meeting yesterday evening at Community Baptist Church for my State of the City presentation and to discuss such critical topics as senior housing at the Liberty School, our public schools and Englewood’s parks. I am pleased that the meeting was well attended and provided open discussion for our residents.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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[18 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 7 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article in the April 16th Suburbanite entitled: “Council sets sight on avoiding tax increase: Officials plan to cut $379k from proposed city budget before moving to adopt spending plan”

Please come out to the City Council Meeting on April 21st at 7:30p.

I fully support this initiative as it will make our City stronger.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

Please copy and paste link below for full article.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/council-sets-sight-on-avoiding-tax-increase-1.1309949

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[11 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 11 views]

Dear Residents,

After a long, cold and snowy winter Spring is finally upon us. Like many of you, I am using the nicer weather to get out more. That is because I have always believed that government works best when we take the time to step outside the doors of City Hall.

In continuing with my commitment to make local government more accessible, I will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6.30PM at Community Baptist Church. Please join me for my presentation of the State of the City Address, followed by an open forum regarding Englewood’s future.

The question and answer session will provide me with the opportunity to hear from you on matters of concern or issues to be addressed by the City.

This event is open to the public and I encourage you to forward this invite to anyone that may want to attend. Englewood thrives when we all work together, so I hope to see you on Thursday at Community Baptist Church.

Best regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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[26 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 9 views]

Dear Residents:

I am happy that Englewood was chosen as one of the State’s healthiest towns by the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign. The Department of Health has worked hard to make this happen with various initiatives. For the full article please see today’s Suburbanite article entitled “Wellness progrgeamst city honored”.

Regards,

Frank Huttle, III

Please copy and past link below to view full article.

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/wellness-programs-get-city-honored-1.1296195

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[14 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 27 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see today’s article in NJ.Com entitled “N.J Democrats agitate for light rail funding”.

I was very pleased today to welcome Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, Congressan Bill Pascrell, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainierie Huttle County Executive Jim Tedesco, County Exectuve Thomas DeGise and Mayor Steven Fulop to Englewood for a press conference on the Hudson Bergen Light Rail calling on the federal funding necessary to fast track this project.

We need improvements in our transportation infrastructure to grow and create jobs in N.J. and improve the quality of life. Light Rail will do just that. The Northern Branch Light Rail service will transform the region for the better, easing congesstion , raising property values and providing a myriad of other benefits. It will also create jobs along the line connecting all residents living in Bergen County to Hudson County and NYC.

For full article, please copy and paste link.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle,III

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/03/nj_democrats_agitate_for_light_rail_funding.html

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[1 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 7 views]

Dear Residents:

Please be sure and see today’s article in the Bergen Record entitled: “N.J. designates Franklin Lakes, Englewood as “healthy towns”.

I am happy to report that our City of Englewood has been selected by the Mayors Wellness Campaign as one of the healthiest towns. This designation will contribute to boosting our 2015 educational goals.

Regards,

Frank Huttle, III

For full article, please copy and paste link below:

http://www.northjersey.com/news/franklin-lakes-englewood-are-healthy-towns-1.1280394

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[27 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 7 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s Record entitled: “Mayor restarts Englewood financial panel”. I am delighted to announce that I am restarting my Budget and Finance commission.

Regards,

Frank Huttle, III

For full article please copy and paste link: http://www.northjersey.com/news/mayor-restarts-englewood-financial-panel-1.1279448

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[27 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 4 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article in the February 26, 2015 Northern Valley Suburbanite entitled: “Police to hire special officers, may create new anti-crime unit”. I am pleased that this initiative which involves the hiring of Special Law Enforecement Offices will provide and increase safety for our residents.

Regards,

Frank Huttle, III

Please copy and past link for full article:http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/2.4225/police-to-hire-special-officers-may-create-new-anti-crime-unit-1.1278400

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[5 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 16 views]

Dear Residents:

It was great to start off the day at the Greico School with 206 first graders who participated in my Mayor’s Book Club inititiave.

The New Jersey State League of Municipalities and Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Education collaborated to promote wide reading, literacy engagement, and achievement for first graders. The goal of this initiative is to involve the school, parents, community members, university faculty, and teacher candidates in the local schools to highlight the importance of early literacy. Six schools in Bergen County have been selected to partipate in the Mayor’s Book Club.

A Q & A session was also held withthe students as well as a fun reading skit. School Superientendent Mike Roth, Principal Daniela Small Bailey ,Dr.Cohen-Fairleigh Dickinson University and Mayor Arthur Ondish-Mt Arlington also attended.

I plan to visit Greico School over several occasions to read to the students.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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[29 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 13 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see front page article in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “In address, Englewood Mayor touts alliances to help the city move forward”. Several new alliances outlined in this article will help the City continue to be strong and thriving. These new initiatives which included a partnership with the Board of Education, were stated in my State of The City address at the recent City Council meeting which was held January 20, 2015.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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[27 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 11 views]

Dear Englewood Residents,

Thankfully we did not receive the 24-36″ of snow that was predicted. Regional leaders made decisions based on the forecasts that were available, all in the interest of public safety. Fortunately, we can now spend the day cleaning-up the snow and preparing for normal operations on Wednesday.

City Hall will re-open at 9:00 on Wednesday.

The Recycling pick-up will take place as originally scheduled tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28.

The library will re-open tomorrow at its regular time.

The municipal court will be open on Wednesday for day and evening sessions.

Recreation programs will resume when the Englewood Public Schools return to the normal schedule.

Please shovel your sidewalks. City code requires the sidewalks to be cleared 24 hours after a storm passes. We want everyone to be safe when walking around Englewood.

Thank you for your cooperation and for staying off of the roads last night as requested by the Governor and local officials.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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[26 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 10 views]

Dear Residents,

There is expected snowfall for Monday night into Tuesday with will leave Englewood with 18 – 24 inches of snow.

If you are able to park in your driveways, please do so to assist in the street cleaning process. Street parking will make it extremely difficult for plows to maneuver through streets that are narrow. The police will be towing cars from snow emergency streets beginning this evening.

The City will offer free parking in the downtown garage in addition to the following municipal parking lots: Liberty School, Bergen Street, James Street, Charles Street and Depot Square.

During the snowfall, the Police and Public Works Departments will be working to enforce snow parking restrictions as per City Ordinance § 25-21 Parking During Snow Accumulation. The following streets are not to be parked on while streets are snow covered:

. Grand Avenue

. Engle Street

. Dean Street

. Palisade Avenue

. Dana Place

. Broad Avenue

. Van Brunt Street

. West & East Englewood Avenue

. Lafayette Place

. Lafayette Avenue

. West Forest Avenue

. East Linden Avenue

. Jones Road

. Lydecker Street

. Booth Avenue

. West Hudson Avenue

. Tenafly Road

. Knickerbocker Road

. Liberty Road

. Van Nostrand Avenue

. William Street

. North & South Woodland Avenue

For your safety, The Fire Department would like anyone with property on or adjacent to a fire-hydrant to please assist by shoveling around the hydrant to insure access in case of emergency.

For more information regarding snow accumulation please visit www.weather.gov

More information regarding Englewood services during the storm please visit www.cityofenglewood.org and our Facebook Page (City of Englewood – City Hall).

Thank you for your cooperation.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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[26 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 7 views]

Dear Englewood residents,

There is a blizzard warning in place for Englewood from today through tomorrow evening. The National Weather Service is forecasting that we will get between 18 and 24″ of snow accumulation with some parts of Northern New Jersey receiving up to 36″ of snow. The best advice that I can offer is to stay home between 6 PM tonight and Wednesday morning. It is expected that there will be “life threatening conditions” for travel between tonight and Tuesday evening with heavy snow and winds in excess of 35 MPH. The most important thing that you can do to help everyone with this storm is to park your cars in your driveway, not on the streets. The police will be towing cars that are parked on snow emergency streets beginning tonight. To assist you with parking, you may park for free in the municipal parking deck on South Dean Street, in the parking lots at the Liberty School, James Street and Charles Street , and in the Depot Square par king lot. You may leave you cars in the lots until Wednesday evening.

Due to the storm, the Englewood Library will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The municipal court will be closed on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. There will be no trash pick-up on Tuesday and no recycling pick-up on Wednesday. Recycling will be picked-up City wide on Thursday and Friday. All recreation programs are cancelled until the public schools reopen. The John T. Wright Arena is closed until Wednesday evening.

All resident are requested for their own safety to clear any fire hydrants that may be located near your residences.

The Office of Emergency Management will be staffed from 6 PM onwards tonight. Englewood OEM is now on Facebook and Twitter. If you have an emergency, call 911. If you have a snow or weather related issue, you can call the Emergency Operations Center from 6 PM onwards tonight. The number is (201)-567-2178.

In the event of a loss of power, please contact PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734 (PSEG). You can also learn about power outages and restoration progress on MY Account on the PSE&G website www.pseg.com.

In the event of widespread power outages, the Janis Dismus Middle School will be the designated shelter for Englewood residents. More information will be provided if necessary. The County designated “warming station” is Bergen Community College in Paramus. Englewood Hospital is “holding over” about 100 staff members. Due to this, there will not be any available parking in the hospital parking lot for area residents to use.

I will send out updates as the conditions change. Here are some important numbers that you may need during the storm:

Englewood Police: 201-568-2711

Englewood Fire Department: 201-568-6301

Department of Public Works: 201-568-3401

Englewood City Manager’s Office: 201-871-6640

Health Department: 201-568-3450

Building Department: 201-871-6642

Please be safe and careful and stay at home as much as possible. This is going to be a very long and difficult storm for the entire Northeast region of the country. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Frank Huttle III

Mayor

Englewood, NJ

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[21 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 22 views]

Dear Residents:

I am pleased that so many Englewood residents came out Tuesday evening to the City’s Council meeting and to hear my State of the City address.

It is critical that the Board of Education and the City government work together towards providing superior education for our students. One of my initiatives is to have Bergen Community College bring classrooms to Englewood in order to help prepare our students for college readiness.

Those that attended the meeting Tuesday evening were able to hear the accomplishments during my years in office.

I am also delighted to have had a full house at the reception that followed, where we viewed the President’s State of the Union speech. This indeed provided an opportunity for our community to join together and hear our President’s very important speech.

Please see the article in today’s Record entitled: “Englewood mayor delivers state of city”.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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[18 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 2 views]

Dear Residents:

We are currently experiencing hazardous road conditions due to ice forming on the roads. We request that all residents refrain from driving on the roads until the conditions have improved. There is an extremely high volume of motor vehicle accidents as a result of the current weather conditions.

Please be safe.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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[18 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 14 views]

Dear Residents:

I was pleased to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. ceremony at Englewood’s Mt. Calvary Baptist Church on Friday, January 16, 2015.

Congratulations to honorees who have displayed the “spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. “: Bergen County Freeholder David Ganz, Filmmaker Kobie Brown, Bergen County Links and Community Leader Javalada Power. Speaker: Rev. Michael Waldron was indeed very moving.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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[7 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 6 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see the article in the 12-5-14 Record entitled: “Englewood Planning Board approves 185-unit apartment budiling”.

I am pleased that the Planning Board approved a 185-unit apartment building Thursday. This building will be built on the former Lincoln School site and City’s fire house. This signals that Englewood is open for business.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III
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http://www.northjersey.com/news/englewood-planning-board-approves-185-unit-apartment-building-1.1147530

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[6 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 30 views]

Dear Residents,

On Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 7:15pm, please join me and the City Council as we present the annual lighting of the Englewood City Christmas Tree. The ceremony will take place outside City Hall at 7:15pm in front of the City’s Official Christmas Tree immediately following a special performance of the New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker at bergenPAC. I am once again pleased that bergenPAC joined in the City holiday spirit to give away tickets to Englewood school children so they may attend the Nutcracker performance that precedes the tree lighting ceremony. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will provide a festive conclusion to the day’s holiday events. Santa is planning to visit and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. The Ceremony will begin at approximately 7:15pm outside of City Hall following the Nutcracker performance and will run for approximately 45 minutes.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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[5 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 6 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see article in the Dember 4, 2014 Suburbanite entitled: “Renewing the tribute to bring monument back to its original glory”

I am very pleased that the City Council plans to honor local veterans by authorizing the first full refurbishment of the Liberty Square Memorial since its construction in 1924. This will bring the monument back to its original glory and make sure it is preserved for future generations to come.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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http://www.northjersey.com/news/renewing-the-tribute-to-veterans-1.1145803

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in yesterday’s Suburbannite entitled: “City Parks to get new tables, benches”.

I am pleased that the City Council unaimously approved a $126,746 state contract for the purchase of park furrniture during the 11/12/14 meeting.

I look forward to the completion of this initiative when Englewood parks, many of which are gateways to the City, will better stand out for all of us to be proud of.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in the 11/13/14 Record entitled: “Englewood’s council adopts zoning changes: “Goal is revitalized downtown”.

I am pleased that the City Council adopted new zoning changes as this plan will serve as an econominc engine and help spur investment in our City.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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http://www.northjersey.com/news/englewood-approves-new-zoning-for-downtown-and-industrial-sector-1.1132084

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Dear Residents:

Please see the article to today’s Suburbanite entitled: “Meeting focuses on forming regional arts in Bergen County”.

I am pleased that my wife, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, spoke at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center on November 6, 2014 to show her support for Arts Bergen. Assemblywoman Huttle is an ex officio member of the New Jersey State Council On The Arts and is in favor of us all coming together to advocate for the arts.

Please click on and paste link below for full article.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

http://jerseytribune.com/2014/11/12/joining-together-to-support-the-arts/

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Dear Residents,

I hope that you will be able to join us at the Englewood Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony, which will be held at the Soldier’s Monument (adjacent to the Liberty School) at 10.30AM on Tuesday, November 11th 2014. Please arrive early as the Ceremony will begin promptly.

I have attached the flyer below for your reference. I look forward to seeing you there as we mark this important and historic day. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions at via email.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

City of Englewood, NJ | 2-10 North Van Brunt Street | Englewood | NJ | 07631

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “bergenPAC NY based Korean Center forming new partnership”.

I am delighted that we are forming a new partnership with the Korean Cultural Service-NY which will bring expanded Korean programming, a cultural summer camp and contemporary dance concerts. We are taking things to the next level and getting our whole community involved. Our focus has always been on the children.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/ushering-in-cultural-programming-1.1122962

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s Record entitled: “Englewood working to reshape downtown:zoning proposals call for housing, offices”

I am pleased that the City Council is expected to vote next month on a package of zoning ordinances that would create the framework for implementing several of the goals outlined in the newly adopted Master Plan. This will create new jobs, mixed-use industrial space and new residential offerings.

Regards

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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http://www.northjersey.com/news/englewood-whttp://www.northjersey.com/news/englewood-working-to-reshape-downtown-1.1118611orking-to-reshape-downtown-1.1118611

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in yesterday’s Bergen Dispatch entitled: “Senator Booker, Representative Pascrell Discuss Challenges Facing Family Care Givers Ahead of Legislation”.

Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle and I were pleased to join Senator Cory Booker and Representative Bill Pascrell in a roundtable discussion at the Visiting Nurses
Association of Bergen County in Englewood to discus the In Home CARE Act.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

Please copy and past link below to see full article.

http://www.bergendispatch.com/articles/35588532/Sen-Booker-Rep-Pascrell-Discuss-Challenges-Facing-Family-Care-Givers-Ahead-Of-Legislation-Announcement.aspx

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s Suburbanite entiteld: “Donation to help bring equipment, programming: John T. Wright Arena will use $25,000 gift from Rangers, Chase Bank to make hockey more accessilble”

I am happy to announce that the New York Rangers and Chase Bank are donating $25,000 for new hockey euipment and children’s programming to the John T. Wright Arena. It has been my wish that the arena would be a big asset to the community.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/recreation/donation-to-help-bring-equipment-programming-1.1116184

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Dear Residents:

Please see today’s article on “NJ Lawmakers get insights on domestic violence issues during meeting with survivors, experts”

Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle stated at the Center of Hope and Safety during a discussion on domestic violence: “This is really an issue of severe consequences”.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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http://jerseytribune.com/2014/10/21/n-j-lawmakers-get-insights-on-domestic-violence-issues-during-meeting-with-survivors-experts/

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Dear Residents:

Please see article and video in today’s record entitled: “Bergen County’s Martin Luther King Jr. statue dedicated in Hackesack (video)”

My wife, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and I, proudly spoke at the unveiling of the MLK bronze statue at Fairleigh Dickinson yesterday that sculptor Richard Blake created at the request of the Bergen County Martin Luther King Jr. Monument Committee. Assemblywoman Huttle described how she and I won the maquette which was the initial illustration for the artist’s concept and donated it to Englewood Public Library.

We have to carry the torch.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, II

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http://www.northjersey.com/news/bergen-county-s-martin-luther-king-jr-statue-dedicated-in-hackensack-video-1.1107818

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Dear Residents:

Please see article entitled: “Sayreville High School Case Spotlights NJ’s Landmark Anti-Bullying Law” in today’ NJ Spotlight.

I am extremely proud to say that Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle was one of the prime sponsors of the 2011 landmark Anti-Bullying law.
Bullying and hazing must not be tolerated in any form.

Regards

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/10/09/state-officials-pledge-to-get-even-tougher-on-school-bullying-harassment/

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in the 10/9/14 Suburbanite entitled: “Work starts on ERA South’s 195-Unit apartment complex in Englewood”
This will be one of the city’s first new rataables in years. A big thanks to everyone involved in getting the project to move forward.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/work-on-apartment-complex-begins-1.1106110#sthash.QUkgHuYQ.dpuf

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Dear Residents:

Please see the NJ.com article today entitled: “N.J. lawmaker tries to limit new bills…by introducting a new bill”.

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle with 311 bills and resolutions is the Legislature’s most prolific introducer. Kudos to Assemblywoman Huttle who stated that as a legislator her responsibility is to legislate.

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Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/10/bills_bills_bills_nj_assemblyman_wants_to_limit_on_how_much_legislation_lawmakers_can_introduced.html

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Dear Residents:

Please see today’s Record regarding the article entitled: “Bergen County MLK statue will be on solid footing”

My wife Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle and I were happy to donate the MLK Maquette, which is a uniqure piece, to The Englewood Public Library yesterday at the presentation ceremony. This will teach the country’s history to local children.

Valerie and I thought it was only fitting to donate this statue to The Englewood Public Library.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/statue-of-mlk-will-be-on-solid-footing-upon-arrival-1.1098177

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s record entitled: “N.J. Assembly OKs 6 domestic violence bills”. I am proud to say that some of the bills were sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

http://www.northjersey.com/news/n-j-assembly-oks-6-domestic-violence-bills-1.1088415#sthash.uOtE1tit.dpuf

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in the 9/12/14 Record on the ceremony that was held at the 9/11 monument in Veterans Memorial Park in Englewood.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Please click on link below.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/north-jersey-and-the-nation-remember-sept-11-1.1085909#sthash.Z0qIOMmR.dpuf

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Dear Residents:

Please see article from today’s NJ.com on N.J. panel approves tougher inspection, investigation requirements to protect disabled people.

I am pleased that that the Assembly panel has approved this bill to ensure the reporting of group-home operators in regard to accusations of abuse. Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle and the entire Committee has worked hard to make this happen. An additional bill that was approved extends protection for children with developmental disabilities who are under a private agency.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/09/nj_panel_approves_tougher_inspection_investigation_requirements_to_protect_disabled_people.html

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Dear Residents:

Please see today’s Suburbanite article entitled: “City awards contract for repairs at childhood center”.

I am pleased that the City Council has approved a contract for renovations at the Vincent K. Tibbs Early Childhood Center which would be the first in almost twenty fiveyears. This will be historical.

Englewood City Council awards contract for repairs at childhood center

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY STEPHANIE NODA
STAFF WRITER
NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE

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Dear Residents,

Please see article in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “Council’s vote backs Obama’s ambassador nomination”

I am honored and proud that S. Fitzgerald Haney, an Englewood resident. has been nominated by President Obama to serve as United States Ambassador of Costa Rica.

Englewood council backs Obama’s nomination of local resident as an ambassador

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014, 12:32 AM
BY STEPHANIE NODA
STAFF WRITER
NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE

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- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/council-s-vote-backs-obama-s-ambassador-nomination-1.1085742#sthash.GQZ1Xc88.dpuf

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Dear Residents,

I would like to extend an invitation to you together with the City Council to the Thirteenth Anniversary of September 11th 2001 Englewood Commemoration Ceremony. I hope you will be able to join us.

The ceremony will be held at the new monument in Veterans Memorial Park (across from Bank of America) at 6.30PM on Thursday, September 11th 2014. Please arrive early as the Commemoration Ceremony will begin promptly.

I look forward to seeing you there as we mark this important and historic day. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions at 201-871-6666 or via email.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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Dear Residents:

Please see Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle’s article below from the NewJerseyNewsroom.com Trenton

Assemblywoman and Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Valerie Huttle, is looking for answers from the Department of Human Services regarding NJ residents having to wait longer than almost anyone else in the Country to hear whether or not they qualify for food aid.

I applaud Assemblywoman Huttle for speaking up o this critical issue.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

TRENTON – Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) is seeking answers from the State Department of Human Services (DHS) as to why New Jersey residents have one of the longest waits in the country to receive word on whether they qualify for critical nutritional aid.

Vainieri Huttle sent a letter to DHS Commissioner Jennifer Velez on Friday laying out a series of questions in response to a number of reports over the summer showing New Jersey’s ‘chronically poor performance’ in administering the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), ranking 52nd out of 53 state agencies nationwide in terms of timeliness when it comes to processing applications for the program.

“The problem we have here is twofold. First, you have some of our most vulnerable residents being forced to wait an exorbitant amount of time to find out if they qualify for crucial assistance to help feed their families. As a result of this dysfunctional system, the federal government is now threatening to withhold half of the $278 million it costs our state to operate this program, a move that could threaten the well being of even more families,” said Vainieri Huttle. “This is why we need answers.”

Among the many questions Vainieri Huttle laid out in her letter is why the state’s $118 million investment in a new computer system to replace the current antiquated one has yet to come to fruition, a move that many say would alleviate most of the existing delays and communications problems.

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Dear Residents:

Please see article below from the September 3, 2014 Bergen Dispatch entitled: “Valerie Huttle urges Christie Admin not to close Woodbridge Development Center”. Valerie Huttle has expressed her opposition to the Christie Administration’s rushed closure of Woodbridge
Development Center.

Please click and paste link below for full article.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

A full copy of Vainieri Huttle’s testimony letter to Commissioner Velez can be viewed here.

http://www.bergendispatch.com/articles/35202499/Vainieri-Huttle-Urges-Christie-Admin-Not-to-Close-Woodbridge-Developmental-Center.aspx

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in the August 18, 2014 Record entitled “Keeping Cyclists Safe From Cars On Perilous 9′W Proving A Challenge”. I applaud Assemblywoman Huttle for recommending that the feasibility of a bike path along the perilous Rt. 9W route be explored.

Please click and paste link below for full article.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

http://www.northjersey.com/news/keeping-cyclists-safe-from-cars-on-perilous-route-9w-proving-a-challenge-1.1069364?page=1#sthash.cOuYYctn.dpuf

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Dear Residents:

I applaud Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle for writing this article in regard to the New Jersey residents who have severe developmental disabilities and have been living at out-of-state facilities designed to provide the proper level of care, who are being forced to come back to New Jersey.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

Opinion: Bottom line is it’s about the bottom line

AUGUST 14, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014, 1:21 AM
BY VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE
THE RECORD

Pleae click and paste link below to read full article from the 8/14/14 Record.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-guest-writers/bottom-line-is-it-s-about-the-bottom-line-1.1067468#sthash.Twcv3Iyo.dpuf

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Dear Residents:

I am delighted that our City’s budget is in such good financial position and that Standard & Poor upgraded the city’s municipal bond rating in 2013.

Please see the articile in the August 14,2014 Surburbanite for the full story.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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http://www.northjersey.com/news/audit-report-says-city-in-good-position-1.1067387

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Dear Residents:

I am pleased that we are going to improve our parking in the City. The planned apartment complex replacing Lincoln School and the Firehouse will provide more spaces for tenants. Also we have managed our downtown area in order to improve and maintain parking for customers.

Please see the article entitled: “Planned apartment complex in Englewood will have more parking” in today’s Suburbanite.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/apartment-complex-to-have-more-parking-1.1067247

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Dear Residents:

I am pleased to announce a new initiative that would free up parking spots for shoppers.

Please click on and past link below for the full story which was in today’s Suburbanite.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/pushing-for-parking-culture-changes-1.1059816

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Dear Residents:

I have co-written a letter with the Englewood Economic Development Corporation in support for the Rt C4 proposed in a Bergen County bus rapid transit study.

Please click and copy link below for full article which appeared in The Record.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

http://www.northjersey.com/news/city-urges-nj-transit-to-support-brt-line-1.1056097

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Dear Residents:

I am pleased that officials have hired consultants who will review the potential traffic impact for any issues that there may be. I requested that both City officials and New Jersey Transit enter into work sessions to monitor the progress on this project and they have agreed.

Please see article in July 17th Suburbanite entitled: “Firm hired to review light rail traffic study”

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http://www.northjersey.com/news/englewood-is-hiring-light-rail-consultant-1.1050809

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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Dear Friends:

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.

Sincerely,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

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Dear Residents:

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.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Please copy and click on link below to read full article in the June 26th Surburbanite.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/city-council-to-propose-2-8m-of-improvements-1.1041702

http://www.northjersey.com/news/city-council-to-propose-2-8m-of-improvements-1.1041702

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Dear Residents:

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.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, II

Please copy and click on link to read the full article in the June 26, 2014 issue of the Suburbanite.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/city-council-to-propose-2-8m-of-improvements-1.1041702

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Dear Residents:

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.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Please copy and click on link to see full article in the June 26, 2014 Suburbanite.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/board-appoints-members-to-high-school-think-tank-1.1041582

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Dear Residents:

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.

Regards,

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
STAFF WRITER
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.”

Email: noda@n

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Dear Residents:

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.

Regards,

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.

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Dear Residents:

I am happy to announce that Englewood will have the first fully-digital Code Enforcement Department in the entire State. This will also benefit merchants who are locating to Englewood.

Please see article below in yesterday’s Suburbanite.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

ENGLEWOOD – The city is now home to the first fully-digital Code Enforcement Department in the state with the recent launch of an online permit system.

City administrators launched a cloud-based ePermitting and eCode Enforcement system on May 13 that allows residents to electronically submit permit requests or applications for building projects to the Code Enforcement Department online.

Through a “Citizen Portal” located on cityofenglewood.org, residents can register to apply for permits and track the process of their application during the process.

Construction Official Walter Deptuch believed the move to digital would make the inspection and permit application process “much more efficient” for residents.

“The major part of this is real time,” Deptuch said. “You won’t have to wait to find out where your inspection was.”

City Manager Tim Dacey said work on digitizing code enforcement began about a year-and-a-half ago. The City Council initially approved spending $54,761, through a state cooperative, for the initial development, installation and necessary training in April 2013.

One of toughest hurdles when trying to implement the system was getting state approval to have code enforcement go fully digital, Dacey said. It took about six months to gain this approval, since the state usually requires municipalities to keep multiple paper copies of documents.

“When we approached the state it was something different for them to think about,” Dacey said.

Dacey believed the move to digital would improve efficiency in code department, since employees will conduct more inspections thanks to the use of an iPad.

In the past, an inspector would come to a house, write the results of an inspection on paper, go back to their office, and then input the data into a computer, according to Dacey. Now, inspectors will input the results of an inspection into an iPad on-site, making the resident instantly aware if the inspection passed or failed through an email.

Mayor Frank Huttle III believed the new system would benefit merchants who have decided to move their business to the city.

Newark-based Bright Star eSolutions, a company that implements high tech cloud-based solutions for federal, state, and local government, brought the cloud system to the city. Dorothy Nicholson, CEO of Bright Star, employs veterans to install the system into government agencies to give them job opportunities after leaving the military.

Dacey said he approached Bright Star knowing that the company gives job opportunities to veterans around the area.

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Dear Residents:

I am happy to announce that the City Council has chosen a contractor for the construction of the new Jack Drakeford Firehouse.

Please see article below in the May 20, 2014 Record.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Englewood council awards contract for firehouse construction

MAY 20, 2014, 10:44 PM LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014, 8:33 AM
BY KIM LUEDDEKE
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD
ENGLEWOOD — Plans for the city’s new firehouse advanced Tuesday with the awarding of a $7.145 million contract for the project to a Hackensack firm.

The City Council on Tuesday chose Dobtol Construction to build the new firehouse, which will be nearly twice the size of the current building and located on South Van Brunt Street between the police station/municipal court building and the ambulance corps building. Construction is expected to begin this September and be completed by October 2015.

The current firehouse, located on Williams Street, is nine decades old and has had numerous issues in recent years, including ceiling leaks, broken urinals, cramped locker rooms, faulty wiring and pipes contaminated by asbestos. Conditions there have been repeatedly cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The new firehouse will be an L-shaped brick building with larger truck bays. Vehicles will be able to pass through the building from Jay Street onto South Van Brunt Street, meaning firefighters will no longer have to back trucks into the bays.

The new station also will include offices, multipurpose rooms and larger living quarters. There also will be a separate dormitory, shower and bathroom for any female firefighters hired.

The firehouse will be named for the late Jack Drakeford, a longtime councilman whose 50-year career in public service began as one of the city’s first black firefighters. Drakeford, who died in 2012 at age 75, was an activist and a leader in the city’s school desegregation battles in the 1960s. He was appointed to the City Council in 1973, a role he remained in for four years before becoming city clerk and then city manager. He served on the school board in the 1990s and returned to the City Council in 1999.

In January, the council authorized the appropriation of $7.65 million for the new firehouse, about $7.27 million of which will come from issuing bonds.

Dobtol Construction beat out 11 other bidders for the project, according to the resolution passed by the City Council on Tuesday. Dobtol is the same firm that was chosen by Paterson officials last year to build a new firehouse on McBride Avenue.

The Williams Street station, along with the former Lincoln School next door, eventually will be replaced with apartments. The City Council last month designated Englewood Builders Urban Renewal Co. LLC as the redeveloper of the two properties and entered into an agreement with the company approving its construction of 186 one- and two-bedroom apartment units. In exchange, the city will receive $7.9 million.

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Dear Residents,

This afternoon I was pleased to announce the State’s first cloud based ePermitting and eCode Enforcement system, which was provided by Bright Star.

The system will enable residents and contractors real time access to information on their projects that require permitting on a 24/7 basis.

Access to the new system will be available through www.cityofenglewood.com where users can access information on a faster and more efficient basis.

I have attached a press release that was sent out on the Bright Star System. Citizens, contractors and businesses can now go to the “Citizen Portal” link at www.cityofenglewood.org to access permit and code enforcement information.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

MAYOR FRANK HUTTLE III ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF BRIGHT STAR ePERMITTING AND eCODE ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM
Launch of Bright Star System that streamlines important City services is part of the fulfillment of Mayor’s promise to bring best practices of the private sector to the City Government for enhanced delivery and cost savings

ENGLEWOOD – Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III today announced the State’s first cloud based ePermitting and eCode Enforcement system, which will enable residents and contractors real time access to information on their projects on a 24/7 basis. Access to the new system will be available through www.cityofenglewood.com where users can access information on a faster and more efficient basis. The system promises not only to enhance efficiency but also to create significant savings in taxpayer dollars and in the productivity of City workers.

Mayor Huttle announced the completion of the initiative and the launch of the system as part of his ongoing program to bring the best practices of the business and private sector to the City Government. “We should be implementing innovative information technology solutions such as Bright Star at every opportunity in order to maximize the efficiency of City Government”, Mayor Huttle said. “We will continue to achieve this goal by lowering tax costs and improving services.”

“When I first became Mayor I promised to streamline the way the City Government did business both in the way it operated and the way it delivered services to residents. I have made that a top priority during my time as Mayor and today we are seeing another step in that direction with the deployment of the Bright Star ePermitting and eCode Enforcement system,” the Mayor stated. “The City of Englewood is open for business in the 21st century.”

Citizens, contractors and businesses can now go to the “Citizen Portal” link at www.cityofenglewood.org to access permit and code enforcement information…whether the permit is missing information, has been approved or denied (and the reasons for the denial) or ready to be picked up or emailed to them. Outside the office, inspectors enter information into the system via their iPad and it is updated real-time into the system. That means that as soon as the information is added, it is in the Citizen Portal. This is the first step in creating a cloud based “portal,” where all citizens and vendors will be able to do nearly everything they do at the Englewood Code Enforcement Office online including applying and paying for permits, requesting inspections, and so on.

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “Mayor pitches plan to add more senior housing”

This plan will afford the opportunity for seniors to remain in Englewood as they advance in age rather than having to move to apartments outside of this area. I believe it is the responsiblity of the City to service those with specail needs.

Stay tuned to hear more on this plan.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Englewood mayor pitches plan to add more senior housing

MAY 8, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014, 12:32 AM
BY STEPHANIE NODA
STAFF WRITER
NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE
ENGLEWOOD – With 30 percent of the city’s population expected to turn 65 years old during the next 20 years, the mayor is pitching a plan to develop more affordable housing to keep the aging residents within city limits.

“It’s important for those working and living in Englewood to have an opportunity to continue to age within Englewood and enjoy the fruits of what Englewood offers,” said Mayor Frank Huttle III.

The plan calls for eight to 12 units for individuals with special needs and 160 units for seniors ideally located within walking distance of the downtown, said Huttle.

Huttle wants the Englewood Housing Authority to help him identify land for those in the two subgroups. The initiative would provide housing in addition to Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) obligations.

The city currently has senior housing at the Vincente K. Tibbs Senior Citizen Building, a 152-unit facility managed by the Englewood Housing Authority.

Roughly 14 percent of residents are at least 65 years old, according to the 2010 census. Since 30 percent of the population is aged 45-64, demand for affordable senior housing will continue to increase, said Huttle.

The “graying” of Englewood’s population mirrors a national trend, according to the 2014 Master Plan. As residents age, they replace their larger homes with smaller housing units, such as an apartment or condominium.

Huttle would like seniors who have spent their entire lives in Englewood to “age in place” instead of moving to apartments in other towns.

“You don’t need a large, three-bedroom house [as you age],” said Huttle. “This is an opportunity to be in close proximity to walk to stores and truly see what Englewood has to offer in its downtown.”

Similar to the anticipated rise in senior housing, the need for special needs housing will increase with the upcoming closures of state-run developmental centers, said Huttle.

Two Northern New Jersey centers located in Totowa and Woodbridge are scheduled to cease operating on July 1 and Jan 1, 2015 respectively. Governor Christie has stated the closure will save $27 million, which he will redirect toward community housing.

Huttle said the city has the responsibility of serving those with special needs, the city’s “most needy” residents.

“People who live in supportive housing pay taxes, shop and work in local stores, and contribute to the vibrancy of our community,” said Huttle in a statement. “This is the right thing to do for our neighbors with special needs and an important step in addressing a deep need within our community.”

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Dear Residents:

Please see the May 8, 2014 article in the Suburbanite entitled: “Redevelopment plan calls for apartments: Would transform Lincoln School, firehouse into mixed use complex”

I am delighted that this long awaitied plan has been approved by the City Council as it will increase services for the community as well as enhance revneue.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Englewood council taps firm to redevelop school, firehouse lots

MAY 8, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014, 12:32 AM
BY STEPHANIE NODA
STAFF WRITER
NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE
ENGLEWOOD – A 186 unit apartment complex will replace a long-vacant school and a 90-year-old firehouse in order to create a “live and work” community envisioned in the master plan.

Council members approved the Englewood Builders Urban Renewal Company LLC to redevelop Lincoln School and the William Street firehouse during the April 29 council meeting.

The redeveloper will pay the city $7,905,000, contingent on how many units are approved, at the project’s closing time.

The mixed-use redevelopment plan calls for a five-story, 107,401 square-foot complex with one- and two-bedroom apartments and retail on the ground floor.

The redevelopment is within boundaries of the Armory Street Renewal Area. That area, created in 1987, includes West Palisade Avenue, Bennett Road, West Englewood Avenue, William Street, Humphrey Street and North Van Brunt Street.

Heralding the long-awaited development plan, Mayor Frank Huttle III believes it will “create a genesis” for more economic recovery in the downtown district.

“We’re at a crossroads,” said Huttle, about the first large-scale project in the city since 2008. “We have to enhance revenues and we have to increase services. We need to deliver what the community needs are.”

There is a renewed interest by people young and old to live and work in cities “large and small,” according to the city’s 2014 master plan. Creating mixed-use space on the Lincoln School property was suggested in the plan as a way of complementing the Palisade Avenue downtown and adjacent neighborhood.

This is not the first time city officials tried to redevelop the school. In 2011, council members rejected two proposals for redeveloping the Lincoln School property. Huttle said the proposals failed for “being too broad” at the time.

“Real estate was in the midst of the recession, banks were not lending, and real estate values were at the bottom,” said Huttle. “The then-council attempted to sell this property that would have yielded less than 2.5 million, which I strongly opposed.”

City officials purchased Lincoln School and Liberty School, now used by the Recreation Department, for $11.5 million in 2008. Since then, Lincoln School has sat vacant for six years.

Ward 4 Councilman Wayne Hamer, who abstained from the vote, said he supported redeveloping Lincoln School, but had misgivings because the plan did not include affordable housing.

“It’s very important to me that our existing housing stock be upgraded,” said Hamer “This would provide an opportunity and it still can be a way to upgrade our existing housing stock of units within the city.”

Huttle said the Lincoln School redevelopment is part of “a fabric of housing projects” to address all of Englewood’s needs. Affordable housing required by a recent settlement agreement with Route 4 developers ERA South will address Hamer’s concerns, said Huttle.

ERA South developers – S. Hekemian Group and MDK Development LLC – will build 15 affordable housing units in an upcoming 195 unit apartment complex near Route 4. City officials will also re-designate 64 affordable housing units for another 30 years.

Huttle also plans to work with the Housing Authority to construct 160 senior housing units and 12 units for those with special needs in the vicinity of the downtown.

While, city officials OK’d redeveloping the area, Englewood Builders still need to appear before the Planning Board for approval within the next 120 days, according to the agreement.

If the Planning Board approves a site plan with less than 186 units, $42,500 will be subtracted from the $7.9 million purchase price for each apartment that isn’t built. The redeveloper can also terminate the agreement if the approved plan calls for less than 170 units.

Before work commences on the site, however, officials need to complete the new Jack Drakeford Firehouse on South Van Brunt Street. The new fire house will replace the old William Street location, located next to Lincoln School.

Officials will bid the firehouse project in May and hope to complete construction on the new South Van Brunt Street location in September 2015, said City Manager Tim Dacey.

The redeveloper and city administration will also have to remove contaminated soil under the firehouse before the two buildings are knocked down.

City officials will either conduct remediation or reimburse the developer for remediation work on the firehouse, according to the redevelopment agreement. Officials have already approved a $250,000 bond ordinance to pay for remediation work for various contaminated spots around the city.

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in the 5/1/14 Suburbanite entitled: “Council plans $15M in capital projects”

The City Council has set adie $15M in capital funds for road construction and building maintenance projects

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

NORTHJERSEY.COM : NEWS
Englewood council plans $15M in capital projects

MAY 1, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY STEPHANIE NODA
STAFF WRITER
NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE
ENGLEWOOD – The city council has earmarked $15 million in capital funds to undertake road reconstruction and building maintenance projects this summer.

The council plans to adopt the capital and operating budget at its April 29 meeting, pending review from the state. For homes assessed at $458,000, property taxes would increase $51.75.

The total capital investment in the 2014 capital budget is $15,233,482. The biggest capital item within the capital budget is $7.7 million for construction of a new firehouse. Officials plan to award a bid possibly in May and complete construction in July 2015, said City Engineer Ken Albert in March.

Officials will use $250,000 to replace furniture and trees in all city parks. Albert said most of this money will replace items like benches and garbage cans in Mackay Park.

A $315,000 repair project to Veteran’s Monument on West Palisade Avenue is scheduled for this year – although not before Memorial Day. Last year, Mayor Frank Huttle III pushed for renovation of the monument to ensure local veterans are honored.

Entranceway reconstruction and roof replacement for the Englewood Public Library, costing $64,000 and $165,000 respectively, is scheduled to occur either late this year or early spring of next year. Library Director Catherine Wolverton said the library roof has drainage issues, which has caused water damage on the ceiling. The spongy surface has also caused vegetation to grow on the top of the building, said Wolverton.

“I’m appreciative that the council is going to address this internal structure issue,” said Wolverton. “It’s absolutely fabulous.”Approximately $1.2 million is slanted for milling and pavement for at least 12 city streets. Davidson Place and Englewood Avenue from the railroad tracks to Wides Corner are the two most expensive projects, costing $101,351 and $310,000 respectively.

Albert said his department keeps an inventory of all roads, which are scheduled for milling and paving based on need. Despite a rough winter last year, Albert said the inventory of need is decreasing.

“We’ve been maintaining the roads pretty well,” said Albert. “They’re in fairly good condition.”

While the timeframe will vary from road to road, streets in the 3rd and 4th Wards have a lifespan that is almost twice as long as those in the 1st and 2nd Wards, said Albert.

Officials will use $2.6 million to reconstruct more than six roads in 2014, including Demarest Avenue, Hutchinson Road, Fountain Road, Arch Road, and Warren Street. Demarest Street needs a realignment to the height of sidewalk curbs in relation to the road, which will cost $440,000. Since the sanitary sewer system is starting to fail on Hutchinson Road, officials will spend $573,660 to tear open and close the street to replace the system.

The $2.6 million reconstruction will also include a curb and sidewalk program for Elkwood Terrace, Whitewood Road, and East Hudson Avenue for a combined $204,444.

“That’s a big project,” said Albert. “It will get people totally around to Engle Street from that neighborhood, which has no sidewalks.”

Approximately $120,000 was allocated for roof and infrastructure improvements to the Vincente K. Tibbs Child Development Center. The city-owned building will receive new ceiling tiles, flooring, plaster, and lights this year. Officials will also replace doors frames and molding in 2015.

“The inside needs a lot of work,” said Albert. “[The Tibbs Center] has a great program and we would like to support it.”

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Dear Residents:

Please see below the 5/1/14 Record’s article entitled: “Long-vacant Lincoln School, Englewood Firehouse to be replaced with apartments ”

I am delighted to announce that Lincoln School and the firehuse will be replaced with 186 one-and to-bedroom apartment units.

Stay tuned for more on this project.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III
Long-vacant Lincoln School, Englewood firehouse to be replaced with apartments

MAY 1, 2014, 6:21 PM LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014, 6:23 PM
BY KIM LUEDDEKE
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD
ENGLEWOOD – The long-vacant Lincoln School and the city’s firehouse will be replaced with apartments, a project that city officials are touting as the first major development to be built in Englewood since at least 2008.

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Englewood firehouse.
The City Council this week designated Englewood Builders Urban Renewal Company, LLC, as the redeveloper for the former Lincoln School and the Williams Street firehouse, and entered into an agreement with the company to build 186 one- and two-bedroom apartment units. In exchange, the city will receive $7.9 million for the property, which is about 2.5 acres.

Mayor Frank Huttle III, who praised the project as “monumental” for Englewood, said construction could be completed by the end of 2016.

Englewood Builders’ willingness to invest in the city is a recognition of its vibrancy, Huttle believes, and he predicted it would be a “springboard” to an economic expansion of the downtown.

In 2003, the city agreed to pay the local school district $11.5 million for both the Russell C. Major Liberty School and the Lincoln School. The Lincoln School, located on West Englewood Avenue, has been vacant since 2008. The Liberty school is being used for recreational and community programs.

Firefighters are still operating out of the Williams Street firehouse, which is next to the Lincoln School. The firehouse has had numerous issues in recent years, however, including ceiling leaks, broken urinals, cramped locker rooms, faulty wiring and pipes contaminated by asbestos. Conditions there have been repeatedly cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The city plans to relocate firefighters to a new firehouse on South Van Brunt Street that will be built between the Police Department and the ambulance corps building. Earlier this year, the City Council appropriated $7.65 million for the construction.

Englewood Builders is made up of two entities: the BNE Real Estate Group Englewood, LLC, and Sterling Properties Englewood, LLC. Both are based in Livingston.

Part of the agreement between Englewood Builders and the city is that it will make annual payments based on the amount it receives in rent, rather than pay property taxes for the first 15 years of the project. The agreement – commonly known as a PILOT – calls for the redeveloper to pay the city 12 percent of what it earns in gross rental income for the first five years after the certificate of occupancy is issued and people start renting apartments. That amount goes up to 12.5 percent for the next five years, and then up to 13 percent for the final five years of the agreement.

The redeveloper will pay property taxes both before the certificate of occupancy is issued, and then after the 15-year period ends, according to the agreement.

Councilman Wayne Hamer abstained from voting on the agreement when it came before the council Tuesday because he said it did not include provisions for affordable housing.

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Dear Residents,

Tonight the Englewood School Board will discuss its proposed budget for the coming year. I released the following statement this afternoon on the school budget.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Mayor Huttle Urges Englewood School Board to Exercise Restraint, Work Together to
Reduce Max Tax Increase

(ENGLEWOOD) – With the Englewood Board of Education set to propose a $71.3 million budget and $48.8 million tax levy tonight that would raise property taxes the maximum allowable amount under state law, Mayor Frank Huttle III urged the board’s members to exercise restraint and work together with city officials to reshape the fiscal plan to benefit students and taxpayers.

“Voting to increase the school budget to the maximum two percent allowed under the state’s property tax cap, especially during the first year that voters will not have a chance to weigh in on the budget in the years to come sends the wrong message,” said Huttle. “I think it would be wise to take a lesson from our recent past and sharpen our pencils and work together to formulate a budget that puts our kids first and maximizes every tax dollar spent, much like the hard work and cooperation that went into crafting the budget four years ago.”

Huttle noted that in 2010, the school board introduced a budget paid for by $48.1 million in taxes, which was a nearly five percent tax increase from the previous year. Voters went on to defeat the budget during the school board election. However, the Board of Education voted earlier this year to move elections to November, a change that could result in ongoing two percent increases because voters will no longer have the opportunity to vote on the budget unless it exceeds the two percent cap.

“After the budget defeat in 2010, I helped lead a committee that worked on reshaping the budget into a win-win for students, teachers and taxpayers. In the end, we were able to cut $1.6 million from the budget while increasing the dollars that were going directly towards classroom instruction. It wasn’t easy but together we achieved this win-win and put the school district on firmer footing,” added Huttle.

“Having spent over $23,000 per pupil in 2011-2012 – among the highest in the county and the state – it’s clear that pouring more money into any school system does not necessarily help solve the problems that we face. What will help address our problems is accountability. Whether it’s a mayor or a school board member, we all need to approach our budgets with accountability and responsibility to the taxpayers to make sure every penny is spent wisely,” concluded Huttle.

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Dear Residents,

I have attached below a Press Release on the redevelopment of the Lincoln School and Firehouse Site. I was pleased to announce this historic development at last night’s City Council meeting. For those of you who may not have been there, I hope this is informative.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Mayor Huttle Announces Ambitious Redevelopment Project for Long-Stalled Lincoln School Site

(ENGLEWOOD) – Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III is pleased to announce the execution of an ambitious agreement for a redevelopment project at the former Lincoln School site, a project that has struggled to get off the ground for many years because of the flailing economy.

“For seven years, the city struggled to successfully find a way to redevelop the Lincoln School site,” said Huttle. “That’s why I’m all the more proud that the current council and I have been able to work together to find a sustainable vision and create a project that the city can be proud of.”

Huttle noted that when he first became mayor, the council attempted to sell the Lincoln School property in the grips of the Great Recession when the real estate market had crashed, for a gross sale of less than $3 million, which would have yielded the city a return of closer to $2 million after costs. Huttle successfully fought to hold off on the sale until real estate values rebounded, believing it wise to also make sure that one of the largest parcels of land available for redevelopment in the city was included in the new master plan.

“I am pleased to announce that last night the city entered into a redevelopment agreement for a purchase price of $7.9 million, close to four times more than what we would have yielded during the recession. More importantly, two leading developers – Sterling Properties and BNE – have worked with the city to achieve a product that we can all be proud of. By applying business disciplines and working together with two top developers, we managed to create housing that fits into the fabric of our community and is fully integrated into the recently adopted Master Plan,” added Huttle.

This new development will be the springboard for a comprehensive economic expansion of Englewood’s downtown. With 186 one- and two-bedroom apartments units, the complex is designed to bring a residential feel to the center of Englewood’s downtown to complement the city’s many other amenities, including restaurants, shops and the Bergen Performing Arts Center. The $50 million project is situated across from scenic McKay Park and creatively designed so that the parking garage is situated within the complex and generally not visible to passersby.

Huttle hopes to follow up the project with the creation of 12 housing units for young adults with special needs, as well as additional senior housing, so that every resident will have the opportunity – whether it be a young adult heading into their first apartment or a senior citizen wanting to age in place – to remain in Englewood.

“Englewood is a diverse community and it’s that diversity that gave us the strength to weather the national economic storm probably better than many other towns, putting us soundly on the road to recovery,” concluded Huttle.

Huttle noted that Englewood is proud to be “Bergen County’s downtown” with the leading regional performing arts center in North Jersey and 1.2 million square feet of retail and commercial space that is nearly fully occupied at 95 percent.

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Dear Residents:

Please see today’s article in NJ.com entitled “Veterans help Englewood ditch paper for the cloud”.

I am very pleased that Englewood will be piloting the digital permitting process which will go live May 13, 2014

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Veterans help Englewood ditch paper for the cloud

A Newark company is helping Englewood take permitting out of city hall and into the cloud. (Myles Ma/NJ.com)
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ENGLEWOOD — A group of veterans is helping put Englewood city government in the cloud.

Bright Star, a Newark company, helps governments and businesses go digital.

They came to Englewood to alleviate congestion in the city’s construction office, among the busiest in Bergen County, according to Tim Dacey, city manager.

“The humanity of helping soldiers needs to be a priority.”
Since 2010, the city, like every municipality in New Jersey, has had to deal with a 2 percent cap on tax increases. In response, Englewood has turned to technology to simplify the city’s work.

The construction office was an obvious target. The permitting process requires a four-page document to explain, and it relies heavily on paper forms, which can get lost.

In addition, the office is only open during business hours, when many people can’t come in.

“It’s a very time-consuming, paper-oriented process,” Dacey said.

Dacey decided there had to be a better way. After looking around, he found Dorothy Nicholson, CEO of Bright Star.

The company’s work will allow residents to submit permits and track their progress electronically.

“The goal is to have happier customers and to make sure we don’t lose anything and that the permit process goes smoother and quicker,” Dacey said.

Nicholson founded Bright Star in 2008 with $30,000 of her own savings. The company is her second startup.

What sets Bright Star apart is that its employees are U.S. veterans. Many of Nicholson’s family members are veterans, and she made them her focus after seeing friends return from Iraq and Afghanistan have difficulty holding down jobs.

“There really was no leeway to enable them to slowly get back to the practice of working with other people,” she said.

Employing veterans requires flexibility. Many need to be out of the office twice a week for therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Bright Star uses a job sharing program to allow other workers to fill in. The company also practices job sampling, which lets new workers try various positions.

On the upside, Nicholson said, veterans are motivated and willing to learn.

Dacey, a veteran himself, said Bright Star’s use of veterans was one of the things that attracted him to the company.

Englewood is piloting the digital permitting process with a few frequent users.

“The guys that are doing it really like it,” Dacey said. “It makes it easier to submit your stuff and follow your progress with permits.”

All of the building inspectors have been equipped with iPads. They use the devices to log inspection results, which are automatically uploaded to the cloud.

Contractors can see how their permits are faring over the Internet instead of coming to City Hall.

“It compresses the amount of time it’s going to take to process inspections and permits,” Dacey said.

Englewood paid Bright Star $100,000 for the work, as well as the cost of the iPads.

Bright Star’s other clients include the State of New Jersey, which had to approve the new digital coding process in Englewood, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Borough of Roselle.

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Digital permitting will go live for all Englewood residents May 13.

Nicholson hopes Bright Star can be a model for other organizations.

“Yeah, there’s a bottom line that you’ve got to be aware of,” she said, “but at the same time the humanity of helping soldiers needs to be a priority.”

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Dear Residents:

Please see article today’s article in the Record entitled: “Bergen, Hudson counties mayors presenting one voice to expand a light rail line”.

I am very pleased that 12 Hudson and Bergen County towns voted unanimously in favor of supporting the light rail extension line to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. This has never happend before.

The light rail extension will generate a massive econimic engine, improving the quality of life, and create jobs for both Hudson and Bergen counties as well as the Metropolitan area.

Bergen, Hudson counties mayors presenting one voice to expand a light rail line

APRIL 24, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY STEPHANIE NODA
STAFF WRITER
NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE

AMY NEWMAN/THE RECORD
Linda A. Mosch, senior director, budget and administration capital planning and programs discussing extending light rail service into Bergen County at a meeting on Monday in Englewood.
New commission seeks to create single voice for lobbying efforts

ENGLEWOOD – A commission of mayors and officials from 12 municipalities near the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail have jointly expressed support toward extension of the line.

Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III, left, and Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, right, at the Mayors’ Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission meeting at bergenPAC. Huttle and Fulop are co-chairs of the newly-formed organization that will press extending the line into the region.
The Mayors’ Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission, co-chaired by Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III and Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, had its first meeting at bergenPAC on April 21 to discuss the benefits of bringing the light rail to Bergen County.

During the meeting, officials from 12 Hudson and Bergen county towns voted in unanimous support to extend the light rail line to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Commission members will create “one single voice” by passing resolutions and writing letters of support to state officials.

“This is something that has never happened before,” said Huttle.

Officials supported extending the light rail line saying it would create more jobs, decrease traffic congestion and enhance economic development throughout the region.

Despite its name, the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line does not travel through any Bergen County towns. The line terminates on 51st Street in North Bergen. Extending the line to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center would add stops in Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, Route 4 in Englewood, and Englewood Town Center. The state and federal government have not indentified any funding for the project.

The light rail extension will generate a massive economic engine, quality of life, and job creation for the two countries and the metropolitan area, said Huttle.

“Each mayor [from Hudson and Bergen counties] independently echoed the importance of unified support from all levels of government,” said Huttle.

NJ Transit created a draft environmental impact statement in 2012 that examined two alternatives to extend the line to either Tenafly or Route 4 in Englewood. After vehement opposition by Tenafly residents and officials, NJ Transit came up with a third alternative to bring light rail to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Englewood officials had argued that ending the line at the hospital would allow the light rail to run through the city’s downtown.

NJ Transit is working on a supplemental impact study that reviews extending the line to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, which it hopes to submit to the Federal Transit Association (FTA) in late fall.

The commission, which will meet quarterly, wishes to work with NJ Transit to maintain this timeline.

Public hearings on the project are scheduled to occur at the end of the year, with a final impact study completed in time for summer of 2015, said Huttle.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer commended Huttle for his leadership in creating the commission and looked forward to extending the rail line as a way of expanding transportation options for surrounding communities.

“Living in the most densely populated region of the most densely populated state, the way to solve our transportation challenges is to invest in better public transportation,” said Zimmer in a statement.

Traditionally, light rail provides an economic boost for towns along the line. Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez said the light rail would also benefit commuters to traveling to Hoboken and New York City

“We need to basically impress on our state and federal legislatures that this isn’t just for the towns on the line,” said Suarez. “It’s for the whole region. Light rail will serve as economic engine.”

The light rail project is important to Ridgefield, since there is future redevelopment planned for areas surrounding the line, said Suarez.

West New York Business Administrator Joe DeMarco said that a passenger could travel from Englewood to Hoboken in 33 minutes when the rail is completed.

“My commute from West New York [to Englewood] was equal to that, after being stuck in traffic,” said DeMarco. “I think [light rail] opens up opportunity and benefits from anyone on and near the rail to a great degree.”

Leonia Mayor John DeSimone said light rail is “a good plan for the whole region” that will bring new jobs and economic development.

“It will make a lot of sense for Leonia,” said DeSimone. “It provides a nice mode of transportation up and down Bergen and Hudson counties. I think it will be a boom to towns along the route here.”

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-9, said mass transportation projects like the northern branch line would “help strengthen New Jersey’s transportation corridors which serve as a lifeline to our region’s commuters.”

“Having the local mayors and elected officials united and active is critical to advancing this important project and I commend them for their dedication,” said Pascrell in a statement. “As a former mayor myself, I am committed to working with federal agencies, New Jersey Transit, and municipal and county officials on behalf of expanding mass transit deeper into the communities of Northern New Jersey.”

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Dear Residents:

Please see my message below to alert you of the bus line changes effective May 5, 2014.

On May 5th, the Rockland Coaches -Coach USA will cease operation of certain bus lines that service the Northern Valley Area: 11C – Spring Valley NY/Montvale NJ to GWB Terminal; 20/84 – Tappan NY to GWB Terminal; and 14 – Harrington Park NJ to GWB Terminal. As a result of the following actions, service interruption to residents of the City of Englewood should therefore be kept to an absolute minimum.

NJ Transit is currently working on an arrangement with Saddle River Coaches to assume the 11C and the Route 20/84 bus routes. If the agreement has not been made by May 5th, NJ Transit will step in and run bus service along those bus routes until such time as a private carrier can be put in place. The 14 line will not be taken over by NJ Transit due to its very low ridership. Pascack Valley Rail service running parallel to the 14 line will accommodate those commuters that presently utilize the bus line.

The Mayor’s office was in direct contact with NJ Transit yesterday regarding the situation and has been in communication with the Offices of the District 37 State Legislators, who have worked diligently to insure the situation has been resolved with minimal impact on residents.

I hope that this update has been helpful and minimizes any confusion that may have surrounded these changes. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents:

Please see article below entitled: “Englewood mayor hopes to jump-start Bergen County light rail plan” in today’s Record.

I am very pleased to have held the first meetng of the Mayors Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission where there was a unanimous vote to support this much needed project.

Please stay tuned for more to come.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Englewood mayor hopes to jump-start Bergen County light rail plan

APRIL 21, 2014, 3:15 PM LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014, 6:41 PM
BY KAREN ROUSE
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

AMY NEWMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Linda A. Mosch, senior director, budget and administration capital planning and programs discussing service at Monday’s meeting.
ENGLEWOOD — Mayor Frank Huttle III hopes to jump-start a long stalled plan to bring light rail service to Bergen County by emphasizing the economic benefits a thriving light rail system can bring to the rest of the state.

Huttle, joined by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, on Monday held the first meeting of the “Mayors’ Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission” at bergenPAC where more than a dozen officials began crafting a strategy for moving the project closer to construction.

AMY NEWMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III during Monday’s meeting.
The light rail system is run by NJ Transit and named Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, but it only operates in Hudson County – from Bayonne up to Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen. But Bergen County officials have long been pushing NJ Transit to extend the line further north into Bergen County. Three years ago, there appeared to be some movement on the project when a proposal called for extending the light rail to Tenafly, but strong opposition from that town in 2012 forced NJ Transit to eliminate that option and bring the proposed terminus to Englewood.

Since then, a new proposal had emerged that would allow the line to continue on from Tonnelle Avenue to stops in Ridgefield, Palisades Park and Leonia, before ending in Englewood. Once constructed, the nine-mile stretch would take 33 minutes, said Linda Mosch, a senior director in NJ Transit’s capital planning office. New to the latest proposal is the addition of a parking garage at Englewood Hospital – the first of three proposed stops in the city — and the possibility of additional parking in downtown Englewood, Huttle said Monday.

John C. Leon, NJ Transit’s senior director of government and community relations, told the group that NJ Transit staff is currently working on a new supplemental document to send to the Federal Transit Administration that will outline the changes. He said that document should be ready to submit to the FTA this fall, and that public hearings will likely be scheduled for the spring of 2015.

Funding, however, has been one of the main obstacles to the project. No source of cash has been identified.

An official from Congressman Bill Pascrell’s office told the group that the project, expected to cost nearly $1 billion, could apply for funding that would require a state match. He said the state has to have a solid plan and a commitment to contributing a 50 percent match to qualify for the federal funding program.

Huttle said the mayors’ commission – which voted on Monday to support the project and advocate for its completion – is just the beginning of creating a unified voice that he hopes will strengthen the state’s position, and encourage Trenton lawmakers to provide a funding match.

Fulop said that although Jersey City has light rail, it stands to benefit from an extension in Bergen County. Jersey City, he said, has had massive growth in jobs, but can’t build more roads to bring people into the city. “More access points and the better that light rail system is, the better Hudson will be and the better Bergen will be,” said Fulop.

“We want to coordinate an effort, multi-county, and create the understanding it’s a statewide issue,” said Fulop. “It creates jobs. It makes Jersey more competitive and it’s important to the entire state.”

Huttle said he expects a final document to go to the FTA in the summer of 2015.

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Dear Residents:

Please see article below in NorthJersey.com Bloomberg News on April 19, 2014 entitled:
“Payrolls rose in most states in March led by Florida”

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Payrolls rose in most states in March, led by Florida

April 19, 2014 Last updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:21 AM

By SHOBHANA CHANDRA

BLOOMBERG NEWS

Wire Service

* As much of the country pushes straight ahead, New Jersey continues to flounder

Payrolls climbed in 34 states in March and unemployment rates fell in 21, showing the job market was making progress across much of the nation.

But in New Jersey, the economy is still struggling; last month the state shed 1,300 jobs, and unemployment rose to 7.2 percent.

Florida led the nation with a 22,900 job increase in payrolls, followed by North Carolina at 19,400, figures from the Labor Department on Friday showed.

Nationally, gains in hiring will probably help lift consumer confidence and spur household spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy. The Federal Reserve, in its latest Beige Book review of regional conditions, said the labor market was “generally positive.”

“Broadly, we are seeing improvement in the labor market,” said Michael Wolf, an economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, N.C. “As the economy gains more momentum, employment increases and spending improves.”

Over the past two months, Florida’s payroll count has climbed by a combined 7,800, the biggest gain over a similar period since April-May 2010. Nonetheless, the jobless rate in the Sunshine State rose to 6.3 percent last month from 6.2 percent in February as almost 60,000 workers entered the workforce.

“Cold weather elsewhere is pushing people to the Sunshine State for some respite,” said Wolf. Combined with the late Easter holiday, “winter tourism in the state has been extended. Those business owners are seeing an uptick and are ramping up hiring accordingly.”

Highest and lowest

The unemployment rate in Ohio dropped to 6.1 percent, the lowest since April 2008, from 6.5 percent in February, today’s report showed. Missouri and New Mexico were among states with the biggest increases in joblessness last month.

Although unemployment in Rhode Island remained the highest in the country, it declined to 8.7 percent, its lowest level since September 2008, from 9 percent. Nevada was second-highest, with a rate of 8.5 percent, followed by Illinois at 8.4 percent.

North Dakota had the lowest unemployment in the nation, holding at 2.6 percent, where it’s been since January
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Payrolls rose in most states in March, led by Florida

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Payrolls climbed in 34 states in March and unemployment rates fell in 21, showing the job market was making progress across much of the world’s largest economy.

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Dear Residents:

Please see below the article on April 17, 2014 in the Suburbanite entitled: Settlement may end delays at ERA South project-City will recoup legal fees in deal with development group”

I am pleased that City officials will receive $550,000 to cover legal fees after this settlement as both Bill Bailey and I worked very hard in making this happen.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Settlement may end delays at ERA South project in Englewood

APRIL 17, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY STEPHANIE NODA
STAFF WRITER
NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE
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City will recoup legal fees in deal with development group

ENGLEWOOD – An apartment complex, office space and new retail space south of Route 4 that was stalled for five years may begin construction after a settlement agreement was reached between city officials and ERA South developers.

The city council approved an amendment to a 2011 settlement agreement during the April 8 meeting relating to a 2009 lawsuit. ERA South developers – S. Hekemian Group and MDK Development LLC – filed the suit against the city over a disagreement with affordable housing.

The Fair Housing Center of New Jersey filed an appeal in the Superior Court of New Jersey against “ERA South, LLC vs. City of Englewood, et al.” in 2012, arguing that the city did not submit an affordable housing plan to the state.

While city officials, ERA South developers, and the Fair Housing Center of New Jersey agreed to the amendment, a judge still needs to approve the deal, said City Attorney Bill Bailey.

Officials will receive $550,000 to cover legal fees after settling the five-year lawsuit with S. Hekemian Group and MDK Development LLC.

ERA South developers plan to construct 195 apartments, 40,000 to 200,000-square-feet of office space, and a small retail area.

Council President Lynne Algrant said the “relief is palpable” that the settlement was coming to a conclusion. She thanked Bailey and Mayor Frank Huttle III for their “tireless work” over the last five year.

“It’s a settlement that we can all agree is advantageous,” said Algrant.

Ward 3 Councilman Eugene Skurnick said he was “extremely pleased” about the settlement and looked forward to the revenue the city will gain as a result of the development in the south of Route 4, which was stalled during the long settlement process.

“We can’t continue as a financially vibrant city where expenses are going up and income is going down,” said Skurnick.

Ward 2 Councilman Michael Cohen said the ERA South development was one of the major projects that will impact the city’s revenue stream in the long term, referencing Liberty School, a building purchased from the Englewood Board of Education that is now used to house city recreation program, and Lincoln School, which officials plan to redevelop.

“It was an exhaustive process that took far longer then it ever should,” said Cohen. “I’m happy it was concluded in a manner with circumstances that are relatively favorable to the city.”

ERA South developers – S. Hekemian Group and MDK Development LLC – filed a lawsuit against the city in 2009 in order to build 1,065 apartments south of Route 4. The suit argued that developers should build housing in south of Route 4 since the city did not send an affordable housing plan with the state. Officials were supposed to submit an affordable housing plan at the end of 2008, said Bailey.

The creation of 1,065 apartments did not include plans for affordable housing. Developers also plan to build 40,000 to 200,000-square-feet of office space as part of the agreement, a hotel, and a small retail space, said Bailey.

City officials and developers of ERA South settled this two-year old lawsuit in 2011, agreeing to 195 apartments.

In 2012, the Fair Housing Center of New Jersey appealed the judge’s approval of the settlement on the basis that Englewood did not have enough affordable housing, said Bailey.

As part of the amendment to the settlement, ERA South developers have agreed to build 15 affordable housing units within the 195 units.

Under guidelines set by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), a residence receives an “affordable housing” designation for a 30-year period. Once 30 years has passed, the house is eligible to go back on the market, said Bailey.

In order to meet affordable housing demands as part of the agreement, officials will designate 64 units – most of which are located in the First Ward’s Westmoor Gardens – that are at the end of its 30-year period as affordable housing for another 30 years.

Officials can also make use of 16 affordable housing credits going forward, said Bailey. During a prior round of COAH certification, the city had 16 affordable housing units over the needed amount, said Bailey. Officials are now able to use credits from these units to meet their current COAH requirements.

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Dear Residents:

Please see below article in the April 17, 2014 entitled: “Council takes step to avoid cuts in budget – Move keeps $1.2M in spending plan”

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Englewood council takes step to avoid cuts in budget

APRIL 17, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY STEPHANIE NODA
STAFF WRITER
NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE
Move keeps $1.2M in spending plan

ENGLEWOOD – The city council will not have to cut $1.2 million from the proposed budget, giving the administration greater flexibility in 2014.

The council avoided making the cut at the April 8 workshop meeting by approving a 3.5 increase to the spending limit and passing a measure that allows unspent money to be used in the next two budgets, otherwise known as a “cap bank.”

Officials voted 3-2 to approve raising the appropriation cap limit to 3.5 percent and creating a cap bank, with Ward 2 Councilman Michael Cohen and Ward 1 Councilman Marc Forman casting the two dissenting votes.

If the appropriation cap increase was not approved, officials would have cut $1,245,000 from the introduced budget. The $60 million budget, which will raise taxes for the average property owner by $68.90, was created accounting for the 3.5 percent spending limit increase.

By approving the cap bank, City Manager Tim Dacey estimates $151,166 will roll over to the following budget cycle. He said that if the council had approved a cap bank in the past, officials would have never risked having to cut $1.2 million out of the budget. Since expenses were cut the last three years, officials had a lower base budget to work with.

Traditionally, Local Bond Law “prohibited from increasing their final appropriations by more than 2.5 percent or the cost-of-living adjustment, whichever is less, over the previous year.” This year, the Department of Community Affairs set the spending limit increase at .5 percent.

In 2011 and 2012, the council rejected creating a cap bank.

Council President Lynne Algrant supported creating a bank both times it was proposed in the past, while Ward 2 Councilman Michael Cohen rejected the idea both times.

Earlier this year, Cohen presented a non-binding resolution for a zero percent tax increase, which his colleagues rejected. He voted against the cap bank and spending limit increase since it was his “intention to do everything he can to not raise taxes and keep Englewood affordable.”

“I fully do not support overtaxing our residents,” said Cohen. “The argument over and over again [was that] we would have to make some serious decisions about what we have to cut [if the ordinance did not pass.] We are elected to make tough decisions… I’m ready to make tough decisions on the behalf of the public I represent.”

Algrant said the cap bank and the appropriation cap increase were tools provided by the state that allowed local municipalities to have control over their own finances.

Ward 3 Councilman Eugene Skurnick, who was against the cap bank in 2012, supported the measure this year since the state had set the appropriation cap limit at .5 percent instead of the traditional 2 percent.

“In other years, I did not vote for the cap since there was no financial reason,” said Skurnick. “We had a lot of surplus and we didn’t have all the tax appeals, and revenue wasn’t going down. There was no prior justification in my mind to use the cap.”

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Dear Residents,

In case you had missed it, I have pasted below an Opinion Editorial piece that I had written that was published in the Record this morning on the “invisible” tax on our tax bills, namely our County taxes.

Although we are all aware of and involved with our municipal and school taxes, the County taxes, which are part and parcel of our property taxes often times go unnoticed.

I believe that for greater transparency we should bring the county portion of the tax bill out of the shadows and have a separate bill that is fully articulated for taxpayers.

I encourage you to read the piece and also to educate yourself further on the subject of how county taxes affect your local property tax bill.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Opinion: Shining a light on the ‘invisible’ tax
APRIL 16, 2014, 5:01 PM LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014, 5:01 PM
BY FRANK HUTTLE III
THE RECORD

Frank Huttle III, a Democrat, is mayor of Englewood.

A RECENT ARTICLE (“Bergen County tops NJ in property tax bills,” March 20) in The Record not only highlighted the unfortunate distinction Bergen County now has of being home to the highest average property taxes in New Jersey, but underscores the need for a solution.

In surpassing Essex as the costliest county for homeowners, the average property tax bill in Bergen County – when factoring in municipal, school and county taxes – jumped to $10,642 in 2013, a 1.5 percent increase from the year before.

However, The Record’s story failed to mention that the most sizeable increase came from the county’s portion of the tax levy. This trend – which most property taxpayers are unaware of – has frustrated and perplexed many local officials for years.

For example, by reading the chart included in the story, Englewood would appear to have one of the largest tax increases of any Bergen municipality last year, at an average of $542. Consequently, my phone started ringing of the hook with residents asking, “Mayor, why are you not controlling property taxes? Why did our taxes go up $542?”

This is because the average resident sees one tax bill and thinks the mayor is solely in charge of controlling that bill. However, that is not the case.

Since I became mayor in 2010, I have approached city government with a business attitude by employing best practices and disciplines found in the private sector. Because of this, we have seen no increase in taxes for the last three years while increasing municipal services as well as our surplus, all despite a $2 million decrease in state aid and an increase in funding mandates.

County tax levy

What was lost in The Record’s chart is that we held the municipal property tax levy flat for the last three years in Englewood. Instead, the spike our residents saw in taxes was largely due to a 65 percent increase in the county tax levy.

Perhaps the county executive, Kathleen Donovan, who is effectively the mayor of 70 towns, should take a page from Englewood’s playbook in controlling runaway property taxes?

Essentially, the county tax is the invisible tax that most residents don’t realize is included within the bill they receive from their town. It’s time for the county tax bill to come out of the shadows and into the forefront if we ever hope to get a grip on these perpetual increases.

In order to make county government more accountable to taxpayers, we need full disclosure and transparency. Separating the county tax bill from the municipal bill and providing a greater explanation of what the county tax funds would be a good first start in order to arm residents with the knowledge they need to hold their government accountable.

Additionally, we need to address the unfair burden placed on municipalities when a property owner appeals their tax assessment. If the property owner wins the appeal and is due a refund, the burden of refunding that money falls squarely on the shoulders of the municipality, even though a large portion of what was owed was due to the county and school tax levies.

In 2012, for example, we saw a large spike in appeals and owed roughly $2.4 million in refunds to property owners. Of that $2.4 million, roughly $1.3 million or almost 55 percent was the portion that had originally been owed to the county and school district, and yet the city was left on the hook to refund the entirety of the money to property owners.

Unfair law

We must reform the tax refund system so that the county and school district pay their allocable cost of the refund to properly match the real tax costs. The current law is completely unfair to municipalities and does not foster full disclosure of the real tax costs.

Furthermore, the unpredictability of the county tax levy and the equalized valuation process leaves towns in the lurch at the 11th hour when they are trying to craft the next year’s budget. Much of this can be alleviated through greater cooperation and disclosure so towns can plan more accordingly.

At the end of the day, property taxes will never be controlled until all arms of government take equal responsibility and learn to work together more cooperatively – that includes local, county and state government.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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Dear Residents,

Housing for our seniors and residents with special needs is a very important topic for our future and as such it was contemplated by the new Englewood Master Plan.

I have called upon our Housing Authority to create a detailed plan for the future that will address the needs of our senior and special needs individuals. Now that we have taken the first step I am looking forward to making this dream – affordable quality housing for seniors and those with special needs – a reality.

The following press release gives greater detail on that plan and its underpinnings. I ask you to stay tuned as we take the next important steps in this process.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Huttle Calls on Englewood Housing Authority to Help Spearhead Ambitious New Housing Projects
Mayor Moving Forward with Plans Laid out in New Master Plan for Senior and Special Needs Housing

ENGLEWOOD – Mayor Frank Huttle III today called on the Englewood Housing Authority to support his vision for affordable, quality housing for seniors and residents with special needs as part of the comprehensive blueprint for Englewood’s future that he recently laid out in the city’s new master plan.

“Our new master plan is essentially a road map for Englewood for decades to come,” said Huttle. “In order for it to be effective, it needs to represent the needs of Englewood’s diverse community. Affordable housing for seniors and special needs individuals is crucial to ensuring that everyone can live and age in our community as self-sufficiently as possible.”

A recent report put out by the non-profit, nonpartisan organization New Jersey Future considered four key development characteristics when evaluating municipalities that enable older residents to accomplish their daily activities without having to drive long distances on busy regional roads – density of destinations, presence of a mixed-use downtown, existence of a well-connected street network and access to public transportation. The report also found that half the places in Bergen and Passaic County that have the most aging-friendly features lack adequate types of housing for older residents.

“While Englewood ranks high in all four of these characteristics, we have a challenge to confront, like many other municipalities throughout the state – we must prioritize the development of housing that accommodates the needs of older residents and allows them to ‘age in place.’ We shouldn’t wait until the crisis is on our doorstep. It’s time to start planning and acting now,” added Huttle.

With that in mind, Huttle hopes to see a new senior housing building constructed at relatively little cost to the city, perhaps by joining with non-profit developers and utilizing tax credit incentives. He also hopes to couple this vision with a smaller project of 8 to 12 units for adults with special needs.

In order to make these plans a reality, Huttle hopes to create public-private partnerships and maximize existing benefits under federal and state programs.

“Our goals have been laid out in the Master Plan and now it’s time to set them in motion. I hope the Englewood Housing Authority will embrace these goals and help spearhead these projects as we move forward,” added Huttle.

Huttle noted that Englewood is comprised of residents of all ages, with roughly 10 percent of households consisting of someone 65 years or older living alone, according to the 2010 census. Equally significant is that nearly 30 percent of the population is aged 45-64, meaning the demand for affordable senior housing will increase significantly over the next several decades.

“Lifelong residents should have options to continue to live and enjoy living in Englewood and should not be pushed out of the city as they age because of affordability,” added Huttle.

Huttle also noted that there are approximately 40,000 individuals with special needs in New Jersey. With roughly 8,000 of these individuals in need of housing at the moment, New Jersey is facing a crisis that will only worsen as existing state-run developmental centers are in the process of being closed by the administration.

“People who live in supportive housing pay taxes, shop and work in local stores, and contribute to the vibrancy of our community. This is the right thing to do for our neighbors with special needs and an important step in addressing a deep need within our community,” said Huttle.

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Dear Residents,

In case you missed it, I have provided a link here to an article published in the Bergen Record regarding the proposed expansion of the Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Line on the Northern Branch and terminating in Englewood at the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

Englewood had been continuously involved in the planning of this new option since 2012 and earlier when the City together with the Englewood Economic Development Corporation, as coordinated by the Mayor’s office, submitted a comment to the DEIS version under review at that time. Those comments formed the basis of many of the changes now being made. Englewood has and continues to consult with NJ Transit as the project moves forward.

I have also attached a map of the newly proposed Northern Branch Expanded Rail Line for your reference. Please stay tuned for further details and developments on this exciting new project.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Please click here for the map of the proposed Northern Branch line nbcorridormap

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Dear Residents,

I have pasted an Opinion Editorial piece written by myself and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop expressing our opinion that the time to bring Passenger Service back to the Northern Branch of the Hudson/Bergen Light Rail is now.

As you may know, the restoration of Passenger Rail Service has been discussed for over a decade. Englewood has been actively working on not only making this project shovel ready but also the best it can be. That is why Mayor Fulop and I founded the Mayors’ Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission which will be a single focused entity that will unify each of the independent municipalities of the line together and speak with one voice. It will coordinate ground-up planning and consultation between the local government entities within each municipality, both counties and amongst stakeholders while providing a direct conduit to NJ Transit, the lead agency in the project.

I encourage you to read the piece and also to stay tuned for more developments.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Opinion: Why we need to act on Hudson-Bergen light rail now
MARCH 24, 2014, 4:35 PM
BY STEVEN FULOP AND FRANK HUTTLE III
THE RECORD

Steven Fulop is mayor of Jersey City and Frank Huttle III is mayor of Englewood. Both are Democrats.

ANYONE who lives in northern New Jersey knows that commuting – by car, bus or rail — is a universally unpleasant topic. While it is central to our daily lives, the everyday traffic jams and crowded trains frequently leave us in the breakdown lane.

This shouldn’t be the case, especially when considering the high cost of living in Bergen and Hudson counties.

We need a transportation system that meets the needs of our communities while at the same time improving our regional economy. Moving forward with plans for the expansion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line into Bergen County should be an immediate priority for Governor Christie and the State legislature.

NJ Transit began operating the first segment of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail — currently only in Hudson County — in Jersey City in 2000 and expanded the system to 21 miles over the next 11 years serving approximately 44,000 weekday passengers. But it has yet to become what planners originally envisioned, which is a regional transportation network connecting two of the most densely populated counties in New Jersey – Bergen and Hudson – to one another and to New York City.

The long-talked about light rail expansion would ease traffic congestion for commuters, create thousands of jobs and spur added economic development in both counties. Since there is no rail option in eastern Bergen, new investment in transportation should be in the form of public transit, which is why the expansion of the Hudson-Bergen line makes so much sense.

Studies show that federal investment in transit will create jobs and boost the economy. A 2009 study by the American Public Transportation Association found that for each billion spent on public transit, as many as 41,000 jobs are created. This same investment in public transit would also generate as much as $3.8 billion annually in business sales further enhancing the economy.

This expansion will help many Bergen residents. In fact, unique to our area, commuters of all income levels use mass transit. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in most major American cities there is a huge gap between the median income of residents and ridership on public transit. Not so in New York City and northern New Jersey, where the median income essentially matches the average income of the mass transit rider.

More efficient workers

In addition, by improving our transportation network, less time is spent commuting, making workers more efficient. Saving just 15 minutes on employees’ commutes equates to a 12 percent increase in productivity in their 40 hour work weeks.

To help advance this expansion, we have formed a mayors’ commission representing all 12 municipalities with present and future Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service to provide direct dialogue to NJ Transit, the lead agency in the project. We fully intend to show the value in beginning to build the line into Bergen County.

Funded with a combination of state and federal dollars, the final cost of the Hudson portion of the project was approximately $2.2 billion and was one of the largest public works projects ever in New Jersey. It would only cost half of that amount – approximately $900 million – to expand the line into Bergen County, increase the volume of riders and improve our transportation network.

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-Paterson, recently testified before the State Senate Transportation Committee’s hearing on the extension of the line, and advocated for the use of the federal New Starts program, which can provide up to a 50:50 match with state funding. Pascrell noted “it is critical that planning be expedited — every day we wait is another day for other projects across the nation to jump ahead of New Jersey in the federal queue.”

Role for private sector

We agree. We also believe there is a role for the private sector to play in supporting the line. In Jersey City, for instance, developers are paying the nearly $12 million cost of a new station because of the importance the new stop means to their projects. In Englewood, the city has partnered with NJ Transit and Englewood Hospital to build an End of the Line parking lot on the hospital’s land. Partnerships with the private sector should be pursued at other locations in Bergen County where the rail line will enhance the value of adjacent properties, spurring new development.

It’s time to stop hoping and start acting to make the Bergen part of the Hudson-Bergen line a reality. There are federal and private dollars to pay for a substantial portion of the project. Governor Christie needs to show his support and call for this line as well.

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Dear Residents,

For those of you who may not have seen it, I have attached a flyer on a program being offered by the City of Englewood Health Department on the Affordable Care Act. Enrolling in the Affordable Care Act is a fast and affordable way to make sure you have health coverage. There are plans available for all different budgets and needs.

The program will take place beginning today, March 24th through March 27th and again on March 31st from 4PM to 8PM in the Englewood Recreation Center (the Liberty School) 12 Tenafly Road.

See the attached flyer for further details.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Affordable Healthcare Enrollment Flyer

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Dear Residents,

I have pasted below a Press Release announcing the Formation of the Mayors’ Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission to be co-chaired by myself and Mayor Steve Fulop of Jersey City.

Please stay tuned for more news on this exciting development.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

MAYOR HUTTLE ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF MAYORS COMMISSION TO FINALLY MAKE LIGHT RAIL A REALITY FOR BERGEN COUNTY
Bi-County Commission will be Co-Chaired by Huttle and Jersey City Mayor Fulop

ENGLEWOOD – Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III today announced the formation of a mayors’ commission to spearhead an ambitious plan to extend the long-awaited northern portion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line through Bergen County.

The Mayors’ Hudson/Bergen Light Rail Commission will be co-chaired by Huttle and Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop and is comprised of all of the mayors from Hudson and Bergen counties representing towns along the rail line and its proposed extension, as follows:

Co-Chairs
Mayor Frank Huttle III of Englewood
Mayor Steven M. Fulop of Jersey City

Mayor James Rotundo of Palisades Park
Mayor Anthony Suarez of Ridgefield
Mayor Vincent Bellucci, Jr. of Fairview
Mayor Nicolas Sacco of North Bergen
Mayor Felix Roque of West New York
Mayor Brian Stack of Union City
Mayor Richard F. Turner of Weehawken
Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken
Mayor John DeSimone of Leonia
Mayor Mark Smith of Bayonne

The Commission will be a single focused entity which will unify each of the independent municipalities of the line together and speak with one voice. It will coordinate ground-up planning and consultation between the local government entities within each municipality, both counties and amongst stakeholders while providing a direct conduit to NJ Transit, the lead agency in the project.

The move comes on the heels of the city’s recent adoption of a comprehensive new master plan that places a high priority on extending the light rail line through Bergen County and ending in Englewood in order to foster economic development and smart growth in one of the most densely-populated areas of the state.

“Hudson and Bergen counties are fully developed and host mature economies,” said Mayor Huttle. “For the most part, it’s not feasible to build new roads, bridges or tunnels for people to get to work between Hudson, Bergen and New York City. New Jersey is still struggling to rebound from the recession and lags behind New York and Pennsylvania in job growth. We need improvements in our transportation infrastructure to grow and create jobs in New Jersey and improve the quality of life for area residents. Light rail will do just that.”

“We have seen the success the Light Rail has had in stimulating residential and commercial development in Jersey City and Hudson County, and know that a full expansion into Bergen County will only benefit Jersey City and add to commerce in our region,” said Mayor Fulop. “Providing more northern New Jersey residents access into Jersey City and Hudson County is good for development, job growth and small business alike. This Commission will allow mayors along the route to have a more active role in this important transit system and its future growth.”

The restoration of passenger rail service to the Northern Branch of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail Line has been under discussion for years. Huttle noted that Englewood has been working extensively with NJ Transit in recent years to hone the project to adequately meet the needs of the eastern Bergen County region it is intended to serve.

Chief among Englewood’s concerns in a Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) created by NJ Transit were a potential loss of roughly 128 on-street parking spots in the city’s central business district and the exclusion of a stop at Englewood Medical Center.

During the official comment period on the DEIS, Englewood proposed in a letter that the last stop on the line be Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and that there be two other stops in the city at Englewood Town Center and Route 4.

NJ Transit has been receptive to Englewood’s concerns and not only agreed to restore the parking spaces, but under the DEIS the transit agency finally approved last May, proposed stations now include: 91st Street in North Bergen, Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, Englewood Route 4, Englewood Town Center and Englewood Hospital.

“The light rail service, if accomplished properly, will transform the region for the better, easing congestion, raising property values and providing myriad other benefits,” added Huttle. “A coordination of planning and consultation between local government entities will ensure the light rail service will be the best it can be.”

To this end, Englewood has already begun the process of gathering the municipalities of the light rail service line in a collaborative group that will not only coordinate individual municipal planning but will also serve as a repository of institutional knowledge over what will certainly be a long planning and build process.

The Mayors Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Commission will serve as a semi-permanent body to fulfill the needs of the line communities, individually and collectively, through the following primary objectives:

1. Connection of the two largest and most congested counties in New Jersey to promote transportation to and from Englewood to North Bergen, Hoboken, Jersey City and Bayonne, as well as NYC;

2. Creation of jobs and development along the line connecting all residents living in Bergen County to Hudson County and NYC; and

3. Focus on economic growth.

The Commission is timely formed because of the imminent finalization by NJTransit of the DEIS and Supplemental DEIS which should be completed by the Summer of 2015.

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in today’s Suburbanite entitled “Library board seeks increase in 2014 city budget” on pg 5.

One of my 2014 goals was to work with the trustees to engage top notch consultants to help with the update of new technology.

Englewood library board seeks increase in 2014 city budget

Thursday, March 13, 2014

BY STEPHANIE NODA

STAFF WRITER

Northern Valley Suburbanite

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ENGLEWOOD – Library officials are requesting an increase of $87,000 in their budget for upgraded technology, pay for contract services and legal fees.

During a Feb. 19 budget meeting, Katherine Glynn, president of the library board of trustees, requested a $144,000 increase. However, library officials later revised their request to $86,980 after discovering their calculations were incorrect.

Trustees would use $43,980 to cover contract services, $30,000 for technology upgrades, and $13,000 for legal fees associated with negotiating for new union contracts, HVAC maintenance and cleaning contracts.

City Manager Tim Dacey allocated $2,105,970 for the Englewood Public Library in the administration’s proposed $60 million budget, the same amount the library received last year and $533,218 more than the state minimum that is required. This amount includes the extra $70,000 that the council added into the library budget last year when library officials had requested an increase.

Dacey has also budgeted for various capital improvement to the library building, including somewhere between $150,000 to $160,000 for a new roof, $45,000 to $60,000 to re-do the main entrance and $10,000 to $20,000 for engineering for drainage improvements.

Library Director Catherine Wolverton said 12 of the library’s approximate 20 computers work at a given time.

“The keyboards are falling apart, even the staff PCs” said Wolverton. “I’ve been bringing my laptop from home because the computer at my desk has been broken for two months.”

In 2013, the library hosted 75,092 computer sessions where residents could research, do homework, access social services, job searching and homeschooling, according to numbers from Wolverton.

“We have a lot of people who come in and we really want to provide [them] with the resources they deserve that are going to allow them to get the results that they need,” said Wolverton.

She was particularly passionate about replacing computers in the children’s room which has two “very old” PCs. While some parents, like Wolverton, are able to send their young children to daycares that immerse children in technology, many parents don’t have this opportunity.

“We want to make sure we have the same technology that they use in the schools, so the kids have parity between school and the library,” said Wolverton. “Right now, our technology is really out of date and our infrastructure is basically none existent.”

In addition to replacing computers, Wolverton would like toimplement a computer and print management system for the library’s public PCs, which would help reallocate staff to help more library patrons.

Mayor Frank Huttle III said one of his goals for 2014 was to work with the trustees to “move the library forward to the best that they can be.” To address the need for technology, Huttle said the board was looking to engage “top notch strategic consultants” to put together a computer replacement plan.

The strategic plan would require $25,000, which is allocated in library’s budget. Consultants would construct the document much like the Master Plan process that the city just undertook, said Wolverton.

The report, which will “address the question of the evolving role of a library in the 21st century,” will examine current library services and research if there are any gaps in how the library serves “different segments of our diverse communities,” said Wolverton.

“This report provides an opportunity for our residents to have a voice in building a better library for Englewood and Englewood Cliffs,” said Wolverton.

Email: noda@northjersey.com

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in the March 6, 2014 Suburbanite entitled:
“Revisions to city’s master plan get OK’d”

I am happy to announce that the Planning Board adopted the 2013 master plan on February 20th. This document was updated early to reflect current times.

Englewood Planning Board approves changes to master plan

Thursday, March 6, 2014

BY STEPHANIE NODA

STAFF WRITER

Northern Valley Suburbanite

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ENGLEWOOD – After months of city-wide meetings, the Planning Board adopted the 2013 master plan on Feb. 20.

Planning Board members voted 6-1 to approve the plan, with Curtis Caviness casting the sole dissenting vote.

A municipality will typically update its master plan every six years, but officials decided to update the document early to reflect current times. Mayor Frank Huttle III previously said the 2009 master plan was using “decade old census data.”

Hundreds of community members flocked to three city-wide meetings throughout the past year to give their input on what should go into the master plan, which is an outline for future growth and development.

Brown & Keener, the planner who authored the document, broke up its recommendations into five categories: Destination Downtown, My Neighborhood, Englewood South, Mobility, and Our Town.

About five people attended the meeting to adopt the master plan, while one resident spoke at the public comment.

David Popkin opposed the recommendation to create a historical commission “that has teeth.” Popkin, who lives in a home on the National Register of Historic Places, believed he should have the same rights as his neighbors to modify his home without the restrictions placed by a historical commission.

“Some 25 years ago, my eighth-grade social studies teacher made a comment: ‘you’re not the owner of your house; you’re only a temporary custodian during the limited period of time you’re on the face of the Earth,’” said Popkin. “I don’t consider that to be where I am. I pay the same taxes everyone else pays.”

Lewis Baer, a Planning Board member, said the body received a lot of public input about the advantages of having a historical commission. He said that the commission was a recommendation in the master plan, but the city council would decide whether to create the commission.

Planning Board Attorney Michael Kates added that the council could make accommodations in a potential historical commission ordinance, including possible tax abatements for the burden of maintaining a historical home.

Before the vote, Huttle discussed last minute changes to the plan that were in response to issues brought up during public comment at a master plan hearing on Jan. 23.

At the hearing, community members brought up topics ranging from the public school system, the extension of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, the future use of Liberty School, the feasibility of an arts district and a desire for a physical community center.

Planners added a recommendation to have the Englewood Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) take a leadership role in managing a proposed cultural arts district in the downtown centered around bergenPAC. At the master plan public hearing, some residents expressed skepticism to establishing an arts cultural district in this area.

The EEDC would create a “strategy for arts culture and industry that are to be implemented through programs, marketing, branding and real estate ventures,” said Huttle.

Another paragraph was added into the plan that promoted adding senior independent living and assisted care facilities, stating the additions would benefit the tax base and create employment opportunities.

“These independent living and assisted living facilities employ many moderate income workers who often utilize public transportation,” said Huttle, quoting the master plan.

Creating a parking authority in cooperation with the EEDC, was another recommendation added to the master plan, said Huttle.

The authority would monitor the South Dean Parking Garage and street parking in the downtown, as residents have raised concerns over the years that employees of Palisade Avenue businesses feed the meters all day preventing shoppers from using key parking spots, said Huttle.

While a number of residents expressed concerns about the public school system during the master plan public hearing, Huttle said the document “has no jurisdiction over the school system.” Despite this, a paragraph outlining the history of public school system buildings and number of enrolled students was added into the planned in response to the comments.

During the meeting, Huttle raised concerns about an added statement recommending the addition of townhomes in single-family neighborhoods with oversized lots “in specific instances.” The statement, which Huttle consider “too broad,” was removed from the plan before adoption.

“I’ll be damned if I have a sentence in here that says we’re going to build town houses in single-family neighborhoods in oversized lots,” said Huttle.

City Engineer Ken Albert, who would later agree with Huttle to remove the oversized lot statement from the plan, said if planned approximately, townhomes may offer more green space, less impervious areas and more landscaping to buffer against single-family neighborhoods.

Albert said the city also has issues with many of these large oversized lots being converted into houses of worship. There are 53 houses of worship throughout the city, said Albert.

“Houses of worship are great for neighborhoods, but because our land is less expensive than competing towns, these large lots one by one are being converted into houses of worship,” said Albert. “We have this need for town houses. The need is expanding daily.”

Huttle believed other statements in the master plan “provide pretty clear language to protect single-family neighborhoods,” but also addressed the need for townhomes. One such statement in the document addressed the prospect of town houses, saying “the city should create appropriate town house zoning in strategic locations.”

“That sentence is filled with careful planning,” said Huttle.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III
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Dear Residents:

Please see article below in today’s Suburbanite entitled: “Council takes steps to protect trees: Amends regulations that govern removing and planting.”

I am pleased that this ordinance has come to fruition as it will protect every Englewood resident.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

BY STEPHANIE NODA

STAFF WRITER

Northern Valley Suburbanite

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ENGLEWOOD – With a desire to preserve trees and discourage resident clear-cutting their property, city leaders amended the law that regulations trees in the municipality.

“We want to create a culture that says we value our tree,” said Council President Lynne Algrant. “This ordinance is really helping us to do that.”

The amended ordinance, approved unanimously at the Feb. 25 council meeting, requires a tree replacement plan seven days after emergency removals, increases the diameter of replacement trees from two-and-half inches to three-and-half inches, raises tree replacement fees, limits the number of trees residents can remove without a permit, and adds an appeal process.

Mayor Frank Huttle III said he experienced the ill effects of unregulated tree cutting a few years ago when a neighbor removed about 38 trees from their land, causing flooding issues on Huttle’s property.

“This [ordinance] is something I’m very pleased has come to fruition,” said Huttle. “It will protect every residence in Englewood.”

Residents are now allowed take down two trees within a three-year time frame without a permit, when previously they could remove three trees per year.

While tree removal fees remained at $50, the amount of money residents must contribute to a tree fund in lieu of replacing trees increased from $200 to $250.

An appeal process if an applicant does not agree with the rejection or an application or conditions opposed by the city engineer was also added to the ordinance. The applicants would present the appeal to the City Manager Tim Dacey, “who at his discretion may request assistance from a representative of the Englewood Environmental Commission.”

Before the vote, Jack Silberman, a member of the Environmental Commission, said the city may gain more flexibility in placing a designated person for an appeal, such as someone from Department of Public Works, with tree experience instead of the city manager.

City Engineer Ken Albert responded that all city ordinances cite the city manager, as he is the administrative officer.

“This type of language gives the city manager flexibility to choose people and change that selection over a period of many years to a different person should the need arise without having to come constantly back with a new ordinance,” said Albert.

Kevin Lake, another member of the Environmental Commission, said while he had no objection to amending the ordinance, believed there was some language that could have “unintended consequences.”

Lake believed seven days was a “very short” period of time to file a permit and a replacement plan, instead suggested a 30-day timeframe.

“If there is an emergency, trees fall down and people deal with that and with their insurance companies,” said Lake.

Albert said that to his knowledge, no one had ever had trouble getting a replacement plan in within seven days.

While the ordinance says that emergency removals are exempt from the ordinance, it also states the residents must apply for a permit, said Lake. He suggested removing the emergency removals from exemptions to eliminate confusion, which was accepted by Albert and struck from the ordinance before the vote.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents:

There is expected snowfall for Sunday night into Monday and the timing and intensity of the accumulation is unknown. Depending on the intensity, there may not be garbage pickup on Monday as the Public Works Department works to keep the streets clean.

If you are able to park in your driveways, please do so to assist in the street cleaning process. Street parking will make it extremely difficult for plows to maneuver through streets that are narrow and have snow banks from the past winter storm.

We encourage residents to keep an eye on the weather Sunday night. Should we experience a large accumulation, the City will offer free parking in the downtown parking garage in addition to Liberty School Parking lot.

During the snowfall, the Police and Public Works Departments will be working to enforce snow parking restrictions as per City Ordinance § 25-21 Parking During Snow Accumulation. The following streets are not to be parked on while streets are snow covered:

. Grand Avenue

. Engle Street

. Dean Street

. Palisade Avenue

. Dana Place

. Broad Avenue

. Van Brunt Street

. West & East Englewood Avenue

. Lafayette Place

. Lafayette Avenue

. West Forest Avenue

. East Linden Avenue

. Jones Road

. Lydecker Street

. Booth Avenue

. West Hudson Avenue

. Tenafly Road

. Knickerbocker Road

. Liberty Road

. Van Nostrand Avenue

. William Street

. North & South Woodland Avenue

The Police Department will ensure that the ordinance is enforced which may be subject tickets, tows and/or fines.

For your safety, The Fire Department would like anyone with property on or adjacent to a fire-hydrant to please assist by shoveling around the hydrant to insure access in case of emergency.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in the February 22, 2014 Record: “Englewood Planning Board approves long-debated master plan”

I am happy to say that the Planning Board has adopted a new master plan for Englewood. The Planning Board is expected to memorialize the approval at its next meeting.

Stayed tuned for updates.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Englewood Planning Board approves long-debated master plan

Saturday, February 22, 2014

BY KIM LUEDDEKE

STAFF WRITER

The Record

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ENGLEWOOD — After several community meetings, extensive public comment and exhaustive review, the Planning Board has adopted a new master plan for the city.

“It’s been a long process, gentlemen and ladies, but I think we’re finally there,” acting Planning Board Chairman Lewis Baer said Thursday.

The board approved the 157-page document — a blueprint for development and activities in the city — by a 6-1 vote. Curtis Caviness cast the lone no vote.

The board is expected to memorialize the approval at its next meeting, City Manager Tim Dacey said.

The plan is meant to help officials make land-use decisions as they work to transform the city into an arts and cultural center with a thriving downtown and improved mass-transit options. Among the ideas outlined in the plan are a mixed-use, walkable downtown that balances residential living with commercial activities; promotion of the arts; reuse or redevelopment of Liberty and Lincoln schools; a parking- and congestion-management plan to mitigate downtown traffic; and capitalization of development opportunities in the event the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is extended to Englewood. The rail line starts in Jersey City and ends in North Bergen.

The plan also discusses turning Englewood South, an industrial section, into a neighborhood of entrepreneurs and an area where artists can live and work
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