Mayor's Corner

[14 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 17 views]

Dear Residents:

There is expected snowfall after 9am tomorrow with new snow accumulation estimated at 1 to 3 inches.

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.

During this time, the City will be offering free overnight parking in the Downtown Parking Garage for all residents beginning tonight at 6 p.m. until Sunday, 2/16 at 6 p.m. Please note that the roof the parking garage will be closed. There will also be additional parking in the 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

We urge residents on the above streets to take advantage of the free garage parking. 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

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

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[13 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 5 views]

Good Afternoon,

Englewood has received about ten inches of snow since early this morning. Our DPW crews have been working since 1 AM trying to keep-up with the snow on our main roads. We are now in the predicted “lull” of the storm which is expected to last until about 9 PM tonight. During this period, we expect sleet and freezing rain to fall on the snow that we have already received. This combination will make driving conditions very hazardous and everyone is urged to stay off of the roads for the rest of the day and night.

After 9 PM tonight, we expect snow to resume and continue until about 4 AM. It is expected that another four to six inches of snow will be added overnight, so the morning drive on Friday will be very challenging.

DPW will be working overnight and will be plowing on Friday until all City streets are safe and passable.

In order to facilitate the plowing, garbage collection was suspended for both today and tomorrow. Please do not place your cans at the curb. Please use your driveway so the plows can widen out the streets when they plow. Parked cars make it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to plow.

Free parking is available until 8 PM on Friday in the downtown garage and in the parking lot at the Liberty School.

City offices will be closing today at 2:30 PM and will reopen on Friday at 10 AM. Please remember to clear your sidewalks and please do not throw snow into the streets.

Regards,

Frank Huttle III

Mayor

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[12 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 8 views]

Dear Residents,

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 6am Friday, February 14, 2014. The anticipated accumulation is between 10 and 14 inches and temperatures well be in the upper 20’s.

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.

During this time, the City will be offering free overnight parking in the Downtown Parking Garage for all residents beginning tonight at 6pm until Friday, 2/14 at 6pm. Please note that the roof deck of the parking garage will be closed. There will also be additional parking in the Liberty School parking lot.

Garbage collection will also be suspended Thursday and Friday and will resume its regular schedule next week.

During the storm, 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 the 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

We urge residents on the above streets to take advantage of the free garage parking. The Police Department will ensure that the ordinance is enforced which may subject those in violation to tickets, tows and/or fines.

For more information regarding the Winter Storm warning please visit www.weather.gov.

Please use extreme caution throughout the day tomorrow.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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[6 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 11 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see my video interview today on NBC New 4 video regarding the salt shortage.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/New-Jersey-Towns-Battle-Ice-Amid-Salt-Shortage/243817501

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[6 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 6 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see yesterday’s article from the Star Ledger on NJ.com: “No salt for you! with Bergen County’s supply now depleted, towns bracing for ice storm.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2014/02/depleted_salt_reserves_a_concern_for_bergen_officials.html#incart_river_bergen

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[5 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 7 views]

Dear Residents,

It is now about 4:00 in the afternoon on Wednesday and I want to update you on the snow/ice storm that we have just experienced. Englewood DPW began operations at midnight and began plowing our streets overnight. We had about 5 inches of snow on the ground before the snow began to mix with freezing rain as daybreak neared. Once it began to mix, we shifted into a snow plowing and salt application mode, with about 25 trucks deployed throughout the City. We also went out to pick-up whatever recycling was placed at the curb. DPW will continue to pick-up recyclables on Thursday and Friday.

DPW, under Director Jim Koth, is continuing to plow and salt the side streets. This effort will continue throughout the night, as we clear the snow from the business districts and make sure that the roads are safe and clear around all of our schools.

I was able to work with the County and we did receive three truck loads of salt, which is about half of what they owe us. These loads will help Englewood during the current statewide shortage of salt that the media has been reporting on. By effectively managing our resources, our roads were mostly open and safe by noon today. I appreciate the cooperation of the residents of Englewood. There were few cars on the roads overnight, and most traffic seemed light this morning. This allowed DPW and the Police Department to better respond during the emergency situation we experienced this morning.

We expect all post-storm clean-up to be completed by Thursday morning.

Once again, thank you for your cooperation.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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[5 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 1 views]

Please see the 2/6/14 Englewood Suburbanite’s front page article:
“$7.2M bond for new firehouse OK’d”

Dear Residents:

I am pleased to announce that our firefighters will have a new and much deserved firehouse which this body and mayor should be proud to participate in and make happen. I am also proud that this new facility will be named in honor of former Councilman Jack Drakeford who passed away last year.

Please stay tuned for more updates.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

http://www.northjersey.com/news/243894991__7_2M_bond_for_new_firehouse_in_Englewood_approved.html?page=all”>

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[5 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 3 views]

Dear Residents,

The predicted Winter Storm has arrived. The storm has brought more ice than snow at present which can be even more dangerous for travel and road conditions. The Statewide and County salt shortage has intensified these conditions. The City has salted main roadways but conditions remain extremely dangerous on secondary roadways. I would urge all residents to stay indoors and not to travel for the remainder of the day. Residents living on or near streets with hills should not travel given the likelihood that secondary roads maybe unsalted and effectively impassable this morning.

Please stay tuned to local weather forecasts for up to date information on the storm’s progression and I will update you should conditions change in the City.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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[4 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 10 views]

Dear Residents,

Please be advised that there is a Winter Storm Warning in effect from midnight through tomorrow, 2/5 at 6pm. This storm will bring heavy snow and icy conditions to the area. The roadways will deteriorate quickly.

There is a STATEWIDE SALT SHORTAGE and we are urging motorists to stay off the roads tonight and tomorrow.

During this time, the City will be offering free parking in the Downtown Parking Garage for all residents effective immediately. Please note that the roof deck of the parking garage will be closed. There will also be additional parking in the Liberty School parking lot.

During the storm, 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

We urge residents on the above streets to take advantage of the free garage parking. If you are able to park in your driveways, please do so to assist in the street cleaning process. The Police Department will ensure that the Ordinance is enforced which may subject those in violation to tickets, tows and/or fines.

Please use extreme caution throughout the day tomorrow.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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[23 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 7 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see today’s Suburbanite page 3 article:”Bond ordinance gets first round of approvals- $7.2 will help fund new fire house named after Drakeford”

This has been one of my priorities since the year 2010 and it has taken a lot of work. I am happy and pleased that the Council unanimously introduced this bond ordinance.

Please stay tuned for more to come

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

“http://www.northjersey.com/news/241595981__7_2_millon_bond_ordinance_for_new_Englewood_fire_house_gets_first_round_of_approval.html?page=all”>

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[23 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 11 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see page 1 of today’s Suburbanite: “Master Plan nears final stages: At meeting tonight, public to get official say on document”

At the Planning Board’s public hearing tonight, residents will have the opportunity to give their input. I am delighted that the Master Plan is bringing the community together as one.

Please watch for updates as they occur.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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[23 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 12 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see page 4 of today’s Suburbanite: “Hockey drive”

I am grateful to the Friends of the John T. Wright Arena for requesting hockey equipment donations. A special thanks to
Stephen Borg and Lisa Wisotsky.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle, III

http://www.northjersey.com/community/241594251_Englewood_non-profit_collects_hockey_supplies.html#sthash.Iz1QXhHo.dpuf

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[21 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 10 views]

Dear Residents:

Please see the article in today’s Record on the Martin Luther King Day rally and march which began at City Hall and was followed by a special celebration service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Click on link below.

I was honored to attend the special celebration and to welcome Senator Cory Booker who delivered an uplifting speech to a huge crowd honoring Dr. King at Ebenezer Baptist Church. A special thanks to all of those who attended the ceremony and participated in the rally. Rev. Jovan Davis of Ebenezer introduced well known guest speaker Rev. Kenneth Darryl Ray Clayton.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

“>http://www.northjersey.com/news/North_Jersey_celebrates_Martin_Luther_King_Jr_birthday.html

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[20 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 123 views]

Dear Resident:

The City of Englewood is on the precipice of an exciting new era…and many of you have played a big part in it.

With the official unveiling of our new draft master plan for public discussion, we capped off an extensive two-year process that incorporated unprecedented community input to create a rich and enduring blueprint for our city’s future. From day-one our goal has been to create a community-driven process so that the end result would truly incorporate the needs and wants of our residents.

If you were one of the more than 1,000 residents who attended one of our community meetings or pop-up workshops and offered your input, I sincerely thank you for taking the time to be a part of this transformative process.

Thanks to your input, the new plan we’ve developed fuses old with new by preserving our history and enhancing our existing strengths while keeping an eye towards the future and the best ways to promote smart development.

After the initial community input gathering process, a team of experienced consultants – Brown & Keener Urban Design, Regional Plan Association, and Urban Partners – went to work incorporating this input into a comprehensive plan that establishes a proactive approach to managing future development, preserving community character and guiding public and private investments.

The resulting plan is the product of on-the-ground research and a robust public process guided by several committees including the Municipal Advisory Group comprised of various city officials and planning board members and the Stakeholder Committee comprised of representative of business, civic, religious and community organization.

The new plan incorporates a number of key elements, or “turning points,” that will significantly boost the quality of life in the five-square mile city:

-Reactivation of the Northern Branch light rail line by NJTransit with three stops in Englewood to improve commuter options and enhance residential and business development;

-Enhance the vibrancy of the downtown through a mix of retail, residential, health care and offices with a focus on over-the-shop downtown living;

-Revitalize Englewood South by investing in the public realm and rezoning the area to mixed-use industrial to encourage entrepreneurship;

-Upgrade the existing city-wide community center programming as a current alternative to a possible future facility;

-Preserve residential neighborhoods through the creation of a Historic Commission to help retain and enhance residential character and preserve unique structures citywide;

-Enhance public spaces and city gateways by building upon the recent improvements at Depot Square, creating bike lanes and jogging paths within the city and along the proposed light rail line and targeting the western gateway to the city as a potential site for a new city hall and community center; and

-Treating planning as a civic exercise by making sure that the extensive public input that was gathered for this new plan is incorporated into future updates of the Master Plan.

The plan also provides policies and recommendations for future development strategies, economic incentives and land use controls that support and strengthen the city’s neighborhoods and commerce. These policies are organized around the following five major themes and their accompanying vision statements:

-Destination Downtown: Cultivate a unique, vibrant, livable, and walkable mixed‐use downtown with diverse retail, services, and housing opportunities for all.

-Englewood South: These blocks, traditionally devoted to manufacturing and commerce, will evolve into a vibrant, attractive, entrepreneurial district and employment center. Streetscape improvements, investments in branding and way-finding, and improved business facades and signs, will create an attractive environment that celebrates Englewood industry and attracts investment.

-My Neighborhood: Ensure safe, healthy, and attractive neighborhoods that are well‐connected and that have an abundance of accessible community amenities and services.

-Our Town: Offer a diverse variety of community amenities for Englewood residents of all ages and cultures in easily‐accessible and well‐maintained facilities.

-Mobility: Maximize the benefits of existing transit and anticipate the benefits of proposed transit improvements by planning for development opportunities, smooth traffic circulation, and parking.

Englewood has long been considered a jewel of the region because of our diverse population and our vibrant mix of downtown shops, restaurants, cultural and entertainment offerings and lush housing stock. Ultimately, our plan is to build on our city’s rich history and diversity, as well as our proximity to New York City, while targeting specific areas for growth that will bolster our long-term economic prospects.

To find out more details on how we plan to accomplish this, you can obtain a copy of the full Master Plan at the Englewood Public Library or here on Englewoodone.com by clicking here.

I urge you to stay involved and continue to be a part of this exciting, ongoing process.

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[18 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 44 views]

(ENGLEWOOD) – Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III and the city’s Planning Board will officially present a proposed, new master plan to the public for its review and discussion at the Planning Board meeting on Jan. 23, capping off an extensive process that incorporated unprecedented community input to create a rich and enduring blueprint for the city’s future.

“From day-one our goal has been to create a community-driven process so that the end result would truly incorporate the needs and wants of our residents,” said Huttle. “The new plan fuses old with new by preserving our history and enhancing our existing strengths while keeping an eye towards the future and the best ways to promote smart development.”

Since beginning the planning process in 2012, Huttle hosted several community meetings and pop-up workshops where input from more than 1,000 residents was gathered. A team of experienced consultants – Brown & Keener, a division of RBA, Regional Plan Association, and Urban Partners – went to work incorporating this input into a comprehensive plan that establishes a proactive approach to managing future development, preserving community character and guiding public and private investments.

The resulting plan is the product of on-the-ground research and a robust public process guided by two committees – the Municipal Advisory Group comprised of various city officials and the Stakeholder Committee comprised of business, civic, religious and community organization representatives.

The new plan incorporates a number of key elements, or “turning points,” that will significantly boost the quality of life in the five-square mile city:

-Reactivation of the Northern Branch light rail line by NJTransit with three stops in Englewood to improve commuter options and enhance residential and business development;

-Enhance the vibrancy of the downtown through a mix of retail, residential, health care and offices with a focus on over-the-shop downtown living;

-Revitalize Englewood South by investing in the public realm and rezoning the area to mixed-use industrial to encourage entrepreneurship;

-Upgrade the existing city-wide community center programming as a current alternative to a possible future facility;

-Preserve residential neighborhoods through the creation of a Historic Commission to help retain and enhance residential character and preserve unique structures citywide;

-Enhance public spaces and city gateways by building upon the recent improvements at Depot Square, creating bike lanes and jogging paths within the city and along the proposed light rail line and targeting the western gateway to the city as a potential site for a new city hall and community center; and

-Treating planning as a civic exercise by making sure that the extensive public input that was gathered for this new plan is incorporated into future updates of the Master Plan.

The plan also provides policies and recommendations for future development strategies, economic incentives and land use controls that support and strengthen the city’s neighborhoods and commerce. These policies are organized around the following five major themes and their accompanying vision statements:

-Destination Downtown: Cultivate a unique, vibrant, livable, and walkable mixed‐use downtown with diverse retail, services, and housing opportunities for all.

-Englewood South: These blocks, traditionally devoted to manufacturing and commerce, will evolve into a vibrant, attractive, entrepreneurial district and employment center. Streetscape improvements, investments in branding and way-finding, and improved business facades and signs, will create an attractive environment that celebrates Englewood industry and attracts investment.

-My Neighborhood: Ensure safe, healthy, and attractive neighborhoods that are well‐connected and that have an abundance of accessible community amenities and services.

-Our Town: Offer a diverse variety of community amenities for Englewood residents of all ages and cultures in easily‐accessible and well‐maintained facilities.

-Mobility: Maximize the benefits of existing transit and anticipate the benefits of proposed transit improvements by planning for development opportunities, smooth traffic circulation, and parking.

Included within the Master Plan is the Land Use Plan, which will guide future growth and change in the city by recommending appropriate land use policies, densities and design tools to encourage healthy growth while protecting the unique character of the community.

“Englewood has long been considered a jewel of the region because of our diverse population and our vibrant mix of downtown shops, restaurants, cultural and entertainment offerings and lush housing stock. Ultimately, our plan is to build on our city’s rich history and diversity, as well as our proximity to New York City, while targeting specific areas for growth that will bolster our long-term economic prospects,” added Huttle.

Huttle also noted that while the 2009 master plan was relying on demographics from the nearly decade-old census conducted in 2000, the new plan better incorporates the city’s rich diversity by using the latest data from the 2010 Census.

Huttle will formally present the Master Plan to the Englewood Planning Board for approval at its next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 8 pm in the Municipal Courtroom. Full details and copies of the Master Plan will be available electronically on englewoodone.com and cityofenglewood.com and hard copies will be available in the Englewood Public Library.

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[16 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 35 views]

Dear Residents,

As Martin Luther King Day approaches this Monday, January 20th I wanted to invite you all to a special event that will commemorate the day and its importance to the entire Englewood Community. I am also pleased that our new U.S. Senator Cory Booker will attend the event and annual service.

Please join Rev. Jovan Davis, Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, at a Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Celebration will begin at 9.30AM with a Rally on the steps of City Hall (2-10 N. Van Brunt Street) followed at 10.00AM with a March from City Hall to Ebenezer Baptist Church (216 Fourth Street, Englewood). Following the arrival at Ebenezer, the Annual Martin Luther King Day Service will begin at 11.00AM.

The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and its significance grows with every passing year. Marking the day is always important in keeping this legacy alive. As Dr. King said in his own words, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

I hope that you will join Reverend Davis, Senator Booker and me on this special day. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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[16 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 6 views]

Please click on link to see full artice which is on page 1 in today’s Suburbanite.

Dear Residents:

For the past three years, I have been the City’s first Mayor to serve as Council President.

Councilwoman Lynne Algrant was elected President of the City Council and Councilman Michael Cohen was elected President Pro Tempore. Ward 4 Councilman Wayne Hamer rejoined the governing body.

There are five areas of revitalizatin that the city will focus on in the coming year:

- adopting a new Master Plan after months of public input

- creating a new light rail commission with the Englewood
Economic Development Commission

- completing redevelopment of the vacant Lincoln School

- continuing to beautify public spaces

- unifying residents of all four wards as an “Englewood One”
Community

Stay tuned for more to come.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

http://www.northjersey.com/news/240415511_Peers_tap_Algrant_to_lead_Englewood_City_Council.html

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[10 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 126 views]

Dear Residents,

Mayor Huttle Remarks
City Re-Organizational Meeting
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @6.30PM

Good evening.

Welcome again to the 2014 City of Englewood reorganization meeting.

I am pleased that we are joined by the Council, Department Chiefs, employees and so many members of our community.

As we begin the New Year, we also enter a new era for our City.

Four years ago, I was elected to lead Englewood and the next year, I was chosen to lead our governing body, the City Council.

I am grateful to our residents and the Council for your confidence in me and I am proud of what we have accomplished together.

I ran for Mayor with a simple goal in mind: to decrease spending and increase services.

I knew we could do this by reforming the way our government operates.

I was elected at a critical time for Englewood.

Taxes had doubled in the previous 10 years and had gone up almost 50% in the previous five.
On top of that, our City was feeling the impacts of the economic downturn coupled with a reduction in state aid.

While other municipalities hoped to merely pull their towns out of troubled times, I believed that we could do more.

We had an opportunity to set Englewood on a path of revitalization and we have done that.
We applied the fiscal discipline of the business world to the functioning of government and it is working.
With the help of the Board of Education in 2010, we improved the school budget so that we were able to decrease spending by $5 million while putting more money into our classrooms and getting teachers back to work.

We have transformed our Boards and Commissions – the EEDC, the Planning Board, the Board of Adjustment and others – by bringing in residents who are leaders in their own right to share their expertise and knowledge with the City. I created the first Budget and Finance Commission comprising of members of the Council and business leaders ushering in a wave of budget reform we have now witnessed over past years.

As we saw taxes rising in communities around us, we delivered successive budgets that had no new taxes and we fought to cut spending and improve services.

We created a new and comprehensive Master Plan that will bring Englewood into the future and will serve our community for years to come.

We made changes that improve the quality of life for residents, such as enhanced snow clean-up during storms and free holiday parking.

We also worked efficiently to help residents during Superstorm Sandy and other major storms.

Most importantly, we made strides in bringing Englewood together as a community.

I have often used the phrase, Englewood One Community, because I believe that Englewood is at its best when our residents are united.

We saw this during Sandy, at the dedication of our 9/11 Memorial, at our annual holiday celebrations, and most recently at the reopening of the John T. Wright Arena.

As you know, I have not been afraid to speak my mind when I felt we could do better for the people of Englewood.

That passion for our City is something that the Council and I share.

While we may differ in approach, we all want to do what is best for the City now and in the future.
In the coming year, I look forward to working together with the Council to build upon our successes.
The economic stability of Englewood depends on rebuilding our downtown, by helping to bring new tenants into storefronts and making downtown a destination for residents across Bergen County.

I am committed to bringing Light Rail to Englewood in a way that offers our residents regional transportation access while preserving our assets.

A critical aspect of downtown renewal is enhancing our police services there and in the rest of the City.

I plan to work to improve public safety working alongside Police Chief Suffern and to effectively manage costs to help us make our police department more efficient and better equipped to meet 21st century challenges.

We are exploring the use of auxiliary police, which we have seen in many New Jersey communities.
Within our Emergency Management Structure, we are working to implement the lessons we have learned from Sandy and other storms in recent years.

I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Krane as Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator succeeding Chief Suffern, who has served admirably in this role.

I am also pleased to announce the creation of the Englewood Local Emergency Management Council with Bryan Krane as its Chairman.

In 2014, we must keep in mind our goal of reforming and reinventing the way our city government operates as we move forward with the new Master Plan, enhance education and opportunities for our youth, consider consolidation measures, and improve our open spaces.

There are 5 main areas of revitalization that I want residents to be aware of, and be engaged in, in the coming year.

As I mentioned, Englewood has a new Master Plan to guide us as we build our City’s future.

This is the product of a multi-year collaborative process that brought together over 1000 individuals, their ideas, and their collective vision.

We are reaching a major milestone in the process-rolling out the plan for public discussion and approval at the January 23d Planning Board Meeting. This meeting will also serve as a Town Meeting to bring everyone together to build our city’s future.

I hope to see you all there.

The second big issue before us, which is linked to our Master Plan, is bringing Light Rail to Englewood.
This is a long-term goal that has been a long-time coming.

Englewood is in a unique position to be a leader on Light Rail, as the City will host the end of line.
While we can greatly benefit from Light Rail, that is only true if we do it right.

I will soon create a Light Rail Commission with the EEDC and Mayors along the Light Rail Line that will monitor the progress and the impacts of Light Rail in Englewood, keeping our City’s best interest in mind.

I have already begun working with the Mayors of the other towns that would be on the Northern Branch so that we can plan and advocate for our regional needs.

In terms of redevelopment, we have finally moved beyond the planning stages for the Lincoln School and the old firehouse sites.

I prioritized these sites last year and now we are on the road to successful redevelopment that I hope to complete this year.

As part of our City’s improvement process, we have enhanced our parks, green spaces, downtown street-scapes, and public spaces.

MacKay Park has benefitted from this program, and I look forward to expanding it to other community spaces in 2014.

Finally, as I discussed, we will continue to build our Englewood One Community.

Our City is diverse and vibrant. That diversity is our strength.

We saw it as residents from across the City came together to sit on the John T. Wright Arena Task Force.
Their collective efforts allowed us to reopen the Arena and restarted the process that will make it a recreational hub for all residents of our community.

On Sunday, The Record’s editorial on the reopening reminded us of the mission of the Arena Task Force and of our City in how we move forward: The Arena must offer “affordable, all-season recreational options and educational opportunities to all of Englewood’s residents.”

I look forward to working with the Council to ensure that we make good on that promise, particularly for our youth.

I know we can do it because our recent track record proves that when we come together and work together as one community there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.

In making so much progress in the past year and looking towards the coming year, I think of a hero and legend in our City, the great Councilman Jack Drakeford, after whom our new firehouse will be named.
Jack had a love for this City that is hard to replicate, but we all shared that with him and it is that dedication that will stay with us as we move forward.

I am honored that the Council chose me to serve as Council President for the past three years.
It was the first and only time the Mayor was chosen to serve in this dual role.

In doing so, the Council enabled me to lead our City in a historic way that fit the historic challenges facing our community.

I am humbled and thankful for that opportunity.

And I am now so pleased to turn the position over to my friend and colleague, Councilwoman-At-Large, Lynne Algrant.

Lynne and I joined Englewood government together in 2010 because we saw our City going in the wrong direction.

In the past 4 years, Englewood has changed course and we could not have done that without Lynne’s commitment and good judgment.

She is a champion for our youth, our children’s education, our environment, and our most vulnerable residents.

We share a vision that Englewood can be one community and I look forward to working with her as Council President and the entire Council. I wish everyone all the best for a Happy New Year.

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Above are my remarks from the reorganizational meeting of the City Council Tuesday night. It was truly a night to remember with the appointment of our new Chief of Police, Lawrence Suffern. Chief Suffern is a lifelong Englewood resident and has been Deputy Chief for some time now. The Chief is succeeding our outgoing Chief of Police Arthur O’Keefe who has served the City of Englewood with great distinction and to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. Council members Cohen and Hamer were sworn in for a new term and Lynne Algrant was sworn in as Council President.

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Dear Residents:

I was honored to present the National Council of Jewish of Women with a proclamation today at City Hall for their efforts in raising awareness in Bergen County too stop Human Trafficking.
Marcia Levy, Vice President; Elaine Pollack, Past President and Bea Podoresfsky, Chair-Human Trafficking accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Council.

The Council expressed their appreciation to Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, the author and prime sponsor of the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act whose bill was signed into law in May 2012.

NCJW Bergen County stated: “We became interested in the problem when we discovered that major sporting events such as the super bowl are associated with an increase in Human Trafficking.

We have been working in coalition with the NJ Coalition against Human Trafficking along with 70 diverse organizations since early last year to raise awareness in the Bergen County community to combat what has become the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the word.

At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced and bonded labor.

NCJW wishes to express its gratitude for the encouragement and support you have given in acting upon this request in such a timely manner. With your awareness and the awareness of other communities in Bergen County, and in the State of New Jersey and in communitities of states across the country we hope to be able to put an end to this heinous criminal activity.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in The Record dated January 7, 2014 “Englewood mayor lays out ambitious plans for city improvements in 2014″.

At the 1/7/14 City Council Meeting, which was our annual municipal reorganization meeting, I was happy and pleased to lay out the 2014 goals that will be addressed this year. There are five areas of revitalization as we continue to aggressively move forward in bringing Englewood together as a community.

Please stay tuned for updates as we continue to keep you posted.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Please click on link below:

http://www.northjersey.com/englewood/Englewood_mayor_lays_out_ambitious_plans_for_city_improvements_in_2014.html

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Dear Residents,

Yesterday we had a great event at the John T. Wright Arena where hockey and skating equipment was donated to the Arena. This will lower some of the barriers for those residents who may not have access to skating or hockey equipment.

A very special thanks to Stephen Borg and the Borg family who generously donated a large portion of the equipment. Their continued generosity and support of the Arena and the Englewood Community is something to be truly thankful of.

Take a look at some of the photos from the event.

Stay tuned for more news on the John T. Wright Arena for the rest of the Winter Season.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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Dear Residents:

I am delighted that the John T. Wright Arena’s soft opening has had such an out pouring of enthusiastic skaters!

Please see below the article in today’s 1/5/14 Record:

ICE SKATING is back in Englewood. A soft opening was held at the John T. Wright Arena just over a year after Superstorm Sandy destroyed the ice rink’s roof, adding to the aging facility’s existing woes. Mayor Frank Huttle said on his website, englewoodone.com, on Dec. 26, that he was “delighted that dozens came out” that day to the first public skating sessions. The session seemed to have a diverse crowd. After everything that transpired in the last year, that’s a good sign. Huttle formed a task force last spring to give the council a recommendation on the rink’s future. The rink is located at the edge of MacKay Park in Englewood’s largely working-class 4th Ward. Over the years, many residents have voiced displeasure that the facility only seemed to serve the more affluent residents and out-of-towners who rent ice time for hockey teams. They want improvements made to MacKay Park along with a community center. We urged the city when the task force was being formed to consider the needs of the entire community. The mayor himself said he would not support reopening the rink unless it becomes a place that welcomed all of Englewood. Huttle sent the council a memo in July saying the task force recommended that the city repair the rink, “provided the facility be used in ways that provide affordable, all-season recreational options and educational opportunities to all of Englewood’s residents, in particular our children.” The enthusiasm at the opening provides hope the facility can accomplish that. However, while the initial focus has been on getting the rink operational, concrete plans for making it a beneficial resource to all the city’s children haven’t been seen yet. Some residents created a nonprofit fundraising group called Friends of the John T. Wright Arena to help with the operational costs. The group also organized a drive for used hockey equipment and uniforms for children who can’t afford them. The rink will offer public skating sessions in the after-school hours during the week and afternoons in the weekends. The efforts of Friends of the John T. Wright Arena to make a sport like hockey more affordable are encouraging. As the city still needs to hire a permanent rink operator and make more repairs, we know officials are aware that there is work left to be done in the coming months. Reopening the rink should benefit residents with another recreational activity and local businesses with increased foot traffic. We just hope the city continues to follow through on the task force’s call for developing “affordable, all-season recreational options and educational opportunities to all of Englewood’s residents.”

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III
See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/238754241_The_Record__Skaing_again.html?page=all#sthash.NRWc4Hde.dpuf

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Dear Residents:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter storm warning from 6p Thursday 1/2 through 1p Friday 1/3. During this time, the City will be offering free parking in the Downtown Parking Garage for all rsidents until Saturday 1/4. Please note that the roof of the parking garage will be closed. We are also offering parking in the Liberty School parking lot.

During the storm, 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 Ave., Engle St., Dean St., Palisade Ave., Dana Pl., Broad Ave., Van Brunt St., W. & E. Englewood Ave., Lafayette Pl., Lafayette Ave., W. Forest Ave., E. Linden Ave., Jones Rd., Lydecker St., Booth Ave., W. Hudson Ave., Tenafly Rd., Knickerbocker Rd., Liberty Rd., Van Nostrand Ave., William St., N. & S. Woodland Ave.

We urge residents on the above streets to take advantage of the free garage parking. The Police Dept. will ensure that the Ordinance is enforced which may be subject to tickets, tows and/or fines.

The Public Works Dept. is preparing for the prolonged snow event and have begun to brine and salt major arteries and hills throughout the City. During the snow event, the department will be working to keep primary streets passable.

For more information on the storm visit the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/. Thank you.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents:

Please see the on line article in today’s Record entitled: “After 20 months, Englewood’s ice rink hold “soft reopening” with free skating

I am delighted that dozens came out today to skate at the soft reopening of the skating arena at the John T. Wright Arena, and for all of the positive comments and show of enthusiasm. This was indeed an exciting and fun filled day both for the children as well as the adults.

Stay tuned for more to come.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Please click on link below to view article in today’s Suburbanite on pg. 3 entitled: “Firehouse would have a new name: City Council agrees to name possible building after Jack Drakeford”

Dear Residents:

I am happy to announce that the City Council has unanimously voted to designate the proposed new firehouse as the Jack Drakeford Firehouse at the December 17, 2013 Council meeting.

Mr. Drakeford was the former 4th Ward Councilman and a longtime public servant.

Stay tuned for updates.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

http://www.northjersey.com/news/237268661_Englewood_would_name_proposed_firehouse_after_former_councilman.html

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Dear Residents,

It is my pleasure to announce the “soft” opening of the John T. Wright Ice Arena this Thursday, December 26th beginning at 1PM and continuing until 6PM for free public skating. (Skate rentals will be $3.00.) The Arena opening and free public skating during these hours will continue through Sunday, December 29th. Please stay tuned for an announcement regarding Arena hours following the soft opening and also for the date of the Arena’s Grand Opening.

So I invite you to come out and celebrate the reopening of the John T. Wright Arena and enjoy the ice this Thursday through Sunday! And please bring along the entire family, I look forward to seeing you all there.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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Dear Residents:

Please click on the link from today’s Suburbanite article on page 7 entitled: “Crews ready ice rink for season debut”.

I am happy to say that the clean-up work is continuing at the John T. Wright Arena. We are anticipating a mid-December soft opening of the ice rink sometime around December 20th.

Upon completion of the repairs, there will be a formal opening which we are planning in January of 2014.

Stay tuned for status updates.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

http://www.northjersey.com/recreation/235520391_Crews_ready_ice_rink_in_Englewood_for_season_debut.html

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Dear Residents:

Please see link under bergen.com which gives highlights of our fourth annual Tree Lighting ceremony.

I am delighted that so many of our residents came out to attend this festive event. The tree lighting ceremony is not only a celebration of Christmas, but offers an opportunity to bring our community together during the holidays. The performances by Chavez Ravine, Mark Trautman and the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Children’s Choir, as well as bergenPAC’s Performing Arts School Voices which was directed by Hannah Faye Zarate were superb. One of the highlights of the evening was Santa arriving on the fire truck. I was also pleased that bergenPAC again joined the City in donating 180+ tickets to school to Englewood children to see the Nutcracker.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

http://www.bergen.com/topstories/Holiday_Scene_Englewood_holds_2013_Tree_Lighting_Ceremony.html?photo=10&c=y

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Dear Residents,

On Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 6:15pm, please join me and the City Council as we present the 4th annual lighting of the Englewood City Christmas Tree. The ceremony will take place outside City Hall at 6:15pm 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 bergenPAC joins the city holiday spirit by joining us in donating tickets to Englewood school children so they may attend the Nutcracker performance that precedes the tree lighting ceremony. The Nutcracker performance will begin at bergenPAC at 4:00pm. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will provide a festive conclusion to the day’s holiday events. It will feature performances by Mark A. Trautman and the St. Paul’s Children’s Choir from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, bergenPAC’s Performing Arts School Voices, directed by teaching artist, Hannah Faye Zarate and a solo by Chavez Ravine. Santa is planning to visit and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. The Ceremony will begin at approximately 6:15pm outside of City Hall following the Nutcracker performance and will run for approximately 45 minutes.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents:

For those of you who missed the article or the great event, please see link for the article on 11/28/13 in the Suburbanite on page 5: Bringing back graduates to help yound kids

I am very grateful that an internationally recognized foundation and a leading Mercedes-Benz dealership have created a partnership to give back to the children of Englewood. The partnership with Benzel-Busch Motor Car Corp. and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has donated over $3 million to their partner Coaches Across America. I was so proud to be part of this partnership that will bring so much to Englewood.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

http://www.northjersey.com/community/233717001_Bringing_back_Englewood_graduates_to_help_young_kids.html

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Dear Residents:

Please see link for the article in the November 12, 2013
Suburbanite: “Buckley’s opens new gift boutique” – 100 years of sales, making personal connections.

Buckley’s Drug Store & Compounding center has been a cornerstone in the Englewood community for a century. It was a great pleasure to present owners, Marcia and Gil Dominquez, with a proclamation and perform the ribbon cutting ceremony at their grand re-opening on November 7, 2013. Residents gathered at this event to celebrate the newly renovated pharmacy and gift boutique.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/announcements/231854741_Buckley_s_opens_new_gift_boutique.html

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Dear Residents:

Please see article in the November 14, 2013 Suburbanite on: “City will offer free parking during holidays”

I am pleased to say that the downtown businesses are once again welcoming free holiday parking December 14, 2013 to December 28, 2013 along the Palisade business district. The City Council waived parking meter fees at the October 22, 2013 Council meeting.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

http://www.northjersey.com/news/231855531_Once_again__Englewood_will_suspend_fees_for_parking.html

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Dear Residents:

Please see link for article in the November 14, 2013 Suburbanite on Community honors local veterans – Pays tribute to those who served and died in combat zones:

Both City officials and locals came to pay tribute to those that were and are in the armed services, at the November 11, 2013 Veteran’s ceremony held at the Soldier’s Monument in Englewood. World War II veteran Frank P. Luciana, as well as myself and others spoke honoring our military. Olga Moscario helped to organize the ceremony and thanked everyone for attending.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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Please see attached link to the Suburbanite article November 7th – Not up to city’s standards? Council to pressure CSX to clean up railroad lines

Dear Residents:

Please see the attached link to the Suburbanite article from November 7th on Council to pressure CSX to clean up railroad lines. City officials plan to urge the CSX Corporation to clean up trash, tree debris and fix water drainage issues that line railroad tracks, citing concerns about flooding and aesthetics. I would like to see this push before Christmas

Please stay tuned for further updates.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

http://www.northjersey.com/news/230935851_Englewood_to_pressure_CSX_to_clean_up_grabage_along_railroad_tracks.html?

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Dear Residents:
Please see the attached link to the Suburbanite Article from October 4th on PSE&G Electrical Service Upgrades that will affect Englewood and the Bergen County Area.

New electrical transformer at PSE&G’s Bergenfield substation came in March which will improve reliability and present future blackouts.

Many residents in the area were left without electricity for a week or more and out-of-state crews were called in by Rockland Electric and PSE&G for downed lines and transformer repairs.

After Hurricane Sandy, Englewood residents met with a PSE&G representative to voice their complaints during a Town Hall meeting that was set up by the Mayor’s office.

Please stay tuned for further information on these upgrades.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle
http://www.northjersey.com/community/226511051_Utility_companies_upgrading_infrastructure_in_Northern_Valley_towns_to_restore_power_faster.html#sthash.gYwqRz2r.dpuf

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Dear Residents:

The City is proposing the forming of a light rail grassroots commission which will urge Transit to use recommendations made by the city during the light rail hearings.

This would be a joint venture between the EEDC and Mayor Frank Huttle III. This will have an impact on the economy, quality of life and the city’s growth.

The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail would be extended to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.
Please stay tuned for further updates on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and Englewood’s involvement.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

http://www.northjersey.com/news/229041261_Englewood_wants_to_form_committee_to_keep_tabs_on_light_rail.html?page=all

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Dear Residents,

At the City Council Meeting on October 22nd, Lawrence Suffern was officially appointed by the City Council to lead the Englewood Police Department.

It was a very proud moment in the City’s history with our current Chief Arthur O’Keefe handing over the reins of the Department to the Suffern, a 25 year veteran of the police force.

Congratulations are in order to our incoming Police Chief as well as thanks for our outgoing Police Chief and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

I pasted a link below to the Suburbanite Article on the City Council Meeting and the appointment for you convenience.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

http://www.northjersey.com/news/229112851_Suffern_to_replace_O_Keefe_as_Englewood_s_police_chief_in_January.html

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Dear Residents,

The time for the City of Englewood 9-11 Commemoration Ceremony has changed to 6.30PM (previously 4.30PM). The ceremony will be held at the new monument in Veterans Memorial Park (across from Bank of America and the corner of Park Place and North Dean Street) on Wednesday, September 11th 2013 at 6.30PM. In case of rain or inclement weather the location will be bergenPAC.

I would also like to invite you to a reception following the Ceremony to be held at Solaia’s at 22 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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Dear Residents,

I would like to extend an invitation to you together with the City Council to the Twelfth Anniversary of September 11th 2001 Englewood Commemoration Ceremony. I hope you will be able to join us. This year will be very special as we will be unveiling and dedicating the Englewood 9-11 Monument. This will be a truly historic moment in the life of our City and I wanted to extend an invitation for everyone to attend.  

The ceremony will be held at the new monument in Veterans Memorial Park (across from Bank of America) at 6.30PM on Wednesday, September 11th 2013. In case of rain or inclement weather the location will be moved to bergenPAC. 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.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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Dear Residents,

I have attached an invitation for you to join Congressman Bill Pascrell at his annual Summer Town Hall Meeting , Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 6.30PM to 8.00PM in the Council Chambers at the Cliffside Park Municpal Building, 525 Palisade Avenue, Cliffside Park.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle    

2013 Town Hall Flyer

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Dear Residents,

I have pasted below an OpEd of mine that was published in the Bergen Record on this past Sunday, June 16, 2013 in case you may have missed it.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Opinion: Charting a new course for Englewood arena

SUNDAY JUNE 16, 2013, 6:40 AM
BY FRANK HUTTLE
THE RECORD

Frank Huttle is mayor of Englewood.

THERE COMES a time when a community must decide whether it is ready and willing to move forward into the future or whether it would rather idle in the past. Now is the time for the City of Englewood to embrace our future by determining, once and for all, the fate of the John T. Wright Arena at Mackay Park.

When the Ice Arena opened in 1982, it was seen as an opportunity to bring our community together and give our youth a safe recreational space. Unfortunately, as The Record correctly noted, more out-of-town visitors than Englewood youth have utilized the rink due to a lack of affordable and accessible programming. I made a commitment to change this when I took office as mayor.

Plan presented

To that end, a plan was presented to the community that would have authorized a non-profit organization to operate the Ice Arena through an innovative public-private philanthropic partnership. The city would have paid for the capital improvements necessary to reopen the arena after Superstorm Sandy in exchange for increased ice time for Englewood youth and year-round recreation programs coordinated with the city’s Department of Recreation.

Three council members supported funding these improvements to pave the way for a revived arena better able to serve the youth of our city, especially those in our 4th Ward. Two, however, voted to pay primarily for the roof replacement without addressing other concerns required to open the arena, in effect choosing the status quo.

Both approaches failed and so now Englewood must decide whether we close the arena or pay to reopen it in some capacity. This decision is one that affects the entire city, particularly the 4th Ward in which the arena is located. It is therefore only right that all residents have a voice in the decision-making process.

Public forums

This process began with several public forums to engage the community, including the mayor’s Town Hall Meeting at Community Baptist Church. I recently formed the advisory task force comprised of residents from across the city to make recommendations to the council and myself. While some, such as The Record, view the discussions as contentious, I see our city coming together to create a new course for the arena.

Englewood is not divided. We are a vibrant community of well-informed and engaged residents. Democracy is at its best when we all have a stake and we all take a stand on our collective future. I am proud of Englewood’s long tradition of strong public involvement and I am pleased that residents are expressing their views on the arena.

The John T. Wright Arena at Mackay Park is not a symbol of past divisions, but a reminder of a promise Englewood made three decades ago to the youth and families of our community. It is time to take action without rehashing old fights. I look forward to hearing new, creative and inclusive solutions in the weeks and months ahead from the task force and city residents. Our children deserve nothing less.

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Dear Residents,

I have pasted below an Editorial written by The Record on the John T. Wright Ice Arena.

It was published on June 14, 2013.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

The Record: On the front burner

Friday June 14, 2013, 8:02 AM

The Record

GOVERNING a city as economically diverse as Englewood certainly has its challenges. Within the city’s approximately 5 square miles is a mix of working-, middle- and upper-class families with different concerns for their quality of life.

With officials now debating the fate of the city’s ice rink, the John T. Wright Arena, it’s important for them to consider the concerns of all residents and neighborhoods. Having an ice rink can be a great attraction for a city, but the well-being of all residents must be the priority in Englewood.

Mayor Frank Huttle wants to put together a 15-member task force to help the City Council decide the future of the rink, which has been closed since Superstorm Sandy destroyed the roof. A task force of that size can be unwieldy, but on the plus side, having 15 members can bring passionate debate and diverse opinion. We hope it also will help create a plan that can truly benefit the city.

There are a variety of opinions on the landmark’s value.

Many people in the largely working-class 4th Ward, where the rink is located, feel it serves only wealthy city residents along with out-of-towners who rent ice time for hockey teams. They want the city to focus instead on improving the facilities at MacKay Park, which surrounds the rink. Many residents would also like the city to build a community center to provide children with more things to do. Suggestions have included turning the rink property into that type of center or using a former elementary school a block away from the park that is now boarded up.

Others say the rink should be preserved and want the city to make the necessary repairs — which include more than just the roof — to get the facility operating again. But the mayor says he would not support reopening the rink unless it becomes a place that welcomed all of Englewood.

That could be a challenge, especially as the city’s budget is already limited and tentative plans are for the city to refurbish the rink by borrowing money. Still, this is an endeavor officials should embrace with genuine effort as they determine their priorities.

If the city is to spend a large sum of money, it should be on a project with broad appeal. The city needs to invest in its youth, and an ice rink alone isn’t enough. Like all cities, Englewood has issues with crime. The job of the mayor’s task force should be to focus on developing effective programs and resources for local children. That means a refurbished ice rink, but could also mean improved facilities at MacKay Park.

There aren’t many municipalities with their own ice rinks. Englewood has a valuable resource. And it should make sure it uses that resource to benefit the entire community.

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Dear Residents,

I have pasted below an Article that was published in the Bergen Record in case you may have missed it.

It was first published on June 9, 2013. 

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Ice rink is at the center of a divided Englewood

Sunday, June 9, 2013    

BY REBECCA BAKER 

STAFF WRITER

The Record

From the day it opened more than 30 years ago in the heart of Englewood’s minority neighborhood, the Mackay Park ice rink held the promise of being a symbol of inclusion, a place where the wealthiest and poorest residents could come together and have fun.

But over the years, the John T. Wright Arena has, instead, become a symbol of privilege and division, as well-off residents and out-of-town teams began claiming the rink as their own, making some residents, particularly those in the working-class 4th Ward, feel unwelcome.

“The symbol that I would use to describe what this building has become is one of an invasion — an occupation,” said Melvin Drakeford, head of the Mackay Park Legacy Committee, a community booster group.

Those grievances exposed long-standing racial and class divisions in this small city of 30,000 that, in the past, has seen protests over school segregation and street clashes over civil rights. More recently, 4th Ward residents objected last fall to outsourcing by the public school district, whose student population remains overwhelmingly black and Hispanic.

Their anger over about 100 employees losing their jobs carried over this year and contributed, officials say, to derailing the city’s plans to repair and renovate the Mackay Park arena, which now sits dormant.

The divisions are largely rooted in frustration over how, and on whom, the city spends taxpayer money. Leaders and activists in the  4th Ward say the city has made the rink a high priority while overlooking other needs, such as a community center, and allowing their neighborhood — including Mackay Park — to decline.

“The rink has not really served the whole community, especially the community in the 4th Ward,” said Shirley Smith, a former school board member who has lived in the 4th Ward for nearly 50 years.

Those resentments helped fuel opposition to the city’s plan to borrow $675,000 to fix the rink, which was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Councilman Wayne Hamer, who represents the 4th Ward, cast the deciding vote that defeated the borrowing plan, one day after scores of residents criticized it at a public meeting in a Baptist church.

“[Opponents] may have had a chip on their shoulder because of the political abuse they’ve received over the years,” said James “Sid” Jordan, a retired builder who served on the Planning Board for 30 years. “They were ignored.”

Mayor Frank Huttle wants that to change. He is asking the residents from all parts of Englewood who have been the most outspoken about the ice rink to serve on a 15-member task force that will advise the City Council on what to do with the shuttered arena. Huttle said he would not support reopening the rink unless it becomes a place that welcomed all of Englewood.

“If we’re going to have an ice arena, it’s going to be for the kids, for Englewood kids, not for kids living across the 70 towns in Bergen County,” he said,

Named after the city’s first black councilman, the ice rink opened in 1982 and initially was a source of community pride.

“When [the rink] was first built, it was exciting,” Smith said. “People came, and there was a good turnout from all the wards.”

The city paid for the rink with federal funding and a state Green Acres grant. Putting it in Mackay Park, a place of cultural significance to Englewood’s black community and which has played host to church picnics and civil rights rallies, was also a sign that times had changed — the area around the park was the scene of three days of rock-throwing, firebombing and looting during civil rights demonstrations in 1967.

But the ice rink struggled to pay for itself. After it operated in the red for two years, the city gave a 25-year contract to a private operator, Mackay Ice Arena Inc. To turn a profit, the private operator increasingly came to rely on hockey teams from communities such as Tenafly and other outside groups who could afford hundreds of dollars per hour for ice time.

“A lot of children from the 4th Ward were not able to use it, and interest went away,” Smith said.

Larry Reid, the former longtime rink operator, has said many of the figure skaters who used the rink for private lessons were from the East Hill, the city’s wealthiest neighborhood. He said he tried to involve the entire community with learn-to-skate programs and public skating hours, with mixed results.

Councilwoman-at-large Lynne Algrant said more people skated in the past few years, but the rink didn’t draw many 4th Ward residents, who had come to view it as a private club for their wealthier neighbors. “Of course people [in the 4th Ward] hated the ice arena,” she said.

When the long-term contract with Reid expired in 2009, the City Council approved a series of one-year extensions, which Algrant said included more free ice time for residents, and debated how to make the rink more accessible. Last year, the city advertised for a non-profit group to manage the rink for 10 years, with the stipulation that the new operator offer year-round programs with the profits made from skating and hockey.

Three groups offered to run the rink, and a divided council chose the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield. Huttle, as mayor, had to cast a tie-breaking vote to hire the Boys & Girls Club after the council deadlocked 2-2. Jack Drakeford, the 4th Ward councilman, had recently died and his seat was still vacant.

Councilmen Eugene Skurnick and Marc Forman were opposed, saying the organization had no experience running an ice rink; Councilman Michael Cohen, who represents the 2nd Ward, and Algrant were for it, saying they wanted a “brand name” connected to the rink and praised the club’s youth programs.

After the vote, the council agreed to invest $450,000 in the rink, removing an underground oil tank, buying a new Zamboni ice-surfacing vehicle and installing a new cooling tower, heating system and pipes. The arena was nearly ready for its grand reopening when Superstorm Sandy shredded the roof and shut it down for the first time in its history.

The tipping point for 4th Ward residents seemed to be when the city announced plans to double down on its investment and spend nearly $1 million, some of which would come from insurance and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to repair the roof and refurbish the interior. That plan galvanized opponents who said it was time to take a stand against what they saw as the city’s misplaced goals.

“It was about the rink being made a priority over any and everything that the community was thinking about,” said Melvin Drakeford, who is not related to the late councilman.

The perception of past slights has made 4th Ward residents quick to take offense, even when city officials say their actions are innocent.

In a recent flap unrelated to the rink, an outspoken community activist questioned if the city was “at war” with the 4th Ward after it removed debris and topsoil from a vacant lot that had been used as a community garden. It left a “pond” after rainstorms this spring. According to officials, the city had been waiting until the ground dried out to replenish the topsoil.

Algrant said she understands the frustration on both sides but said residents didn’t give the Boys & Girls Club, or the city’s plan to fix the rink, a chance to succeed.

“There is a wound in the community that is absolutely legitimate,” she said. “But I think a lot of things are being conflated.”

Algrant and Huttle blame Skurnick for using the 4th Ward’s sensitivities for political gain by spreading rumors that the city was trying to outsource its Recreation Department by bringing in outsiders from Garfield. Those rumors came on the heels of the Board of Education’s decision to outsource nearly 100 secretaries and classroom assistants, many of whom were black and Hispanic women with ties to the 4th Ward.

Skurnick declined to respond to the charges, and city officials said the Recreation Department was never in jeopardy. But Algrant acknowledged that some people might have been more willing to believe the rumors because of built-up resentment toward the rink.

“I understand where it comes from,” she said. “But I also have to say that the level of it was built upon and drummed up by a calculated misinformation and disinformation campaign.”

Hamer, who was appointed to fill Jack Drakeford’s unexpired term, said his opposition was based on the city’s hazy plans for the rink. He said no one explained what programs would be offered once skating season ended or how they would be funded if skating and hockey programs failed to turn a profit.

“If it could’ve been done in a clear way, I think all of that [opposition] would have been blunted,” he said.

Others saw the city’s plan as a poor substitute for a community center, something that 4th Ward residents say they’ve spent decades lobbying for, ever since the city’s former community center on Armory Street became the privately run Bergen Family Center.

“I think anything short of a community center after waiting this long of a period of time is going to meet resistance,” Melvin Drakeford said.

The city’s reluctance to pursue the idea, some community activists say, has caused long-held resentment to smolder.

“It’s really upsetting, because 4th Ward people feel like they’re being ignored,” Smith said. “That’s caused a lot of division in the whole city.”

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Dear Residents,

I have posted below for your reference the Formation Letter of the John T. Wright Ice Arena Task Force.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

FormationLetterExecuted

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Dear Residents,

As you probably have heard, the City of Englewood is updating its Master Plan for 2013 which will set objectives and the policies that will shape Englewood’s future. After a series of general public meetings and meetings with specific constituencies, the professional project team (Brown & Keener and Regional Plan Association) has been hard at work developing the vision and finer points of the Master Plan.  

On March 21, 2013, from 1PM to 8PM, the project team will host a Pop-Up Workshop to present the Englewood Vision and Master Plan to be held at 14 West Palisade Avenue (formerly Chico’s clothing store) in downtown Englewood. At the storefront, visitors will be able to stop by any time during “shop hours” and take part in hands-on exercises to weigh-in on the Plan. Materials and presentations will showcase what a future Englewood could look like under the recommendations of the Master Plan.

The Plan places particular emphasis on creating an even more lively downtown; a reimagined industrial district in South Englewood; enhanced neighborhoods whose character is preserved; improved access to community amenities; and better transportation connections throughout the city and to the region beyond. In addition to hands-on exercises, residents will be able to provide feedback in comment booklets provided on site.

The Vision and Master Plan was developed over a 9-month process through which nearly 600 Englewood residents and stakeholders participated in two public workshops to shape the recommendations found in the plan. Following the pop-up workshop, the Project Team will incorporate feedback into the Plan and present it to the city in April.

Many of you have been active participants in this process and I thank you for it. We would urge you to join us at this Pop Up Workshop as your voice should be heard. Attached below is a copy of the invitation for the Workshop (simply click on the link), please feel free to distribute it to your friends and neighbors via email.

If you should have any questions regarding the event or the Master Plan please feel free to contact me at City Hall at 201-871-6666 or by email at frankhuttle@englewoodmayor.com

I look forward to seeing you there!

 Sincerely,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents,

I wanted to share an article with you that appeared in The Bergen Record this Friday, March 1st on the progress that the Master Plan process has been making. As you know, over the course of well over a year, the City has been embarking on historic Master Plan process.

Drawing on Citywide meetings with the enitre community as well as with key stakeholder groups, the professionals have been hard at work articulating our vision. Now some of that vision is beginning to take shape and form into specific recommendations.

I would urge you to give the article a read and see some of the exciting developments taking place.

The full text of the article is pasted below for your reading convenience.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

Planners: Englewood future should center on BergenPAC
FRIDAY MARCH 1, 2013, 1:50 PM
BY REBECCA BAKER
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

ENGLEWOOD — The city can remake itself as a cultural hotspot by creating a district around BergenPAC and rezoning part of the south side so artists and entrepreneurs can live and work there, planning consultants have recommended.

The consultants, hired to overhaul the city’s Master Plan, presented an arts-centered vision for the future of Englewood to its Planning Board on Thursday night. The board will hold a public hearing on the plan, which serves a blueprint for development, on March 28.

Consultants from Brown & Keener, a Philadelphia-based urban design and planning firm, and Regional Plan Association, a nonprofit advisory group, said the city should center downtown improvement efforts around BergenPAC, which draws 250,000 people to the city each year. They suggested creating an “avenue of the arts” on North Van Brunt Street, where BergenPAC and City Hall are located, and repurposing City Hall as an arts venue.

They also suggested the city develop a public arts program and try to get landlords to turn vacant storefronts into temporary art galleries. They encouraged music venues and small theatres downtown, as well as support businesses such as art supply stores, cafes and printing shops.

“People go to the BergenPAC and go home,” Brown & Keener Planner Neil Desai told Planning Board members. “How do you get them to stay?”

Mayor Frank Huttle, who sits on the Planning Board, said the city should capitalize on the success of BergenPAC, which he described as a “major economic engine” in Englewood.

“We have many assets, and one of those assets is the arts,” he said. “I think the concept [of an arts district] is pretty exciting.”

The consultants also had a vision for south Englewood, which has two large apartment complexes, a hotel, a host of light industrial businesses and vacant buildings.

They suggested creating a “live-work district” where artists and entrepreneurs could reside in their workplaces. They also recommended the city create “business incubators,” with low-cost leases for startup firms, in a group of low-rise buildings on Dean Street between Bancker and Honeck streets.

“The proposed district on Dean Street would complement the arts by providing live-work opportunities, particularly for artists,” the consultants said in their report.

Other recommendations focused on parking. The city should double downtown meter times to two hours, hang better signs leading to the Dean Street garage and consider building a new municipal lot on the west side of Williams Street, the consultants said in their report.

Two city-owned school buildings near downtown should be preserved and reused, the consultants said. The Liberty School, on Tenafly Road, could include government offices, community and recreational activities and arts-related uses, while the boarded-up Lincoln School, on West Englewood Avenue, could be redeveloped with the fire department building next door as apartments, offices or arts space.

The city bought both buildings from the school district a decade ago for $11.5 million. The district vacated the Lincoln School in 2008. The Liberty School currently houses the city’s recreation department. The city is looking to build a new firehouse next to the Police Department.

Officials also should consider rezoning the area near the West Palisade Avenue traffic circle as a “downtown gateway” and create a “medical campus district” to support offices and industry connected to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

The recommendations were based on input from hundreds of residents who attended a series of workshops about the master plan last year. Municipalities are required to renew their master plans every 10 years. Englewood updated its plan in 2009, but Huttle called for a revision due to the economic changes in the city and region.

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Dear Residents,

I wanted to share with you a mail piece that was sent out in support of Recreation and Athletic Programs providing our children with a safe and secure place to play at the John T. Wright Arena.

The mailer is posted directly below for your convenience.

Once again I would urge you all to attend the upcoming Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:30pm at the Municipal Court, 75 South Van Brunt Street. It will be a critical meeting to decide the fate of the recreational and athletic programs at the John T. Wright Arena. I would encourage you all to attend the meeting and weigh in on this most important matter.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents,

I wanted to share my presentation from the town hall meeting on February 11th on Recreation and Athletic Programs for the City’s Youth in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club at the John T. Wright Arena. You can find it by clicking on the link directly below. For those of you who did not attend, I hope this will give you an idea of the challenges and historic opportunities we have regarding John T. Wright Arena. For those of you who did attend you may want to take a second look especially since we tried to cover a lot of ground at the meeting.

I would like to thank all of those who came out to express an opinion and make their voices heard at the town hall. I urge you all to attend the upcoming Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:30pm at the Municipal Court, 75 South Van Brunt Street. It will be a critical meeting to decide the fate of the recreational and athletic programs of the partnership with the Boys and Girls Club at the John T. Wright Arena. I urge you all to attend the meeting at the City Council Chambers and weigh in on this most important matter.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Englewood.2.11 Mayor’s Presentation

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Dear Residents,

I would like to invite you to a very important Town Hall Meeting that I will be hosting on the partnership that we have created with the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield involving youth recreational programs both during the school day, after 3 and weekends at the John T. Wright Ice Arena, MacKay Park and other City facilities, the Boys and Girls Club of Englewood.

This Town Meeting comes at an important time. The City Council in 2011 overwhelming voted to re-open the John T. Wright Ice Arena last year. I had deep concern that, should the Ice Arena re-open, it must provide substantial ice skating programs to our children and much more. My goal remains that the Arena cannot be about “Ice in Isolation” but must be a year round facility offering a variety of recreational programs for our children.

After close to two years of work, on October 1st of last year a partnership was created with the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield that would create the Boys and Girls Club of Englewood (the program name having been approved by the Boys and Girls Club of America) with a full set of school day and after 3 programs for our City’s Youth. Together with a leadership grant from Benzel- Busch Motor Car Corp., which enabled the Laureus Foundation and Coaches Across America to join the partnership and with participation by the School District, these programs will be historic in scope.

The larger vision is to create a public – non-profit – philanthropic partnership between the City, the Boys and Girls Club and other non-profits, and private individual donors. This Public/Private partnership would allow the programs to be robust and run indefinitely, benefiting our children for years to come. This is the same model that I used successfully when reinventing the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) as one of the leading performing arts and educational centers in the State. It is also important to highlight that 100% of profits made by the Boys and Girls Club will go directly to Englewood youth programs.

That vision and the programs it would bring are in jeopardy at present due to lack of full Council support of the agreement with the Boys and Girls Club that the Council previously voted on. With decades of neglect at the John T. Wright Ice Arena combined with the effects of Superstorm Sandy, the Ice Arena requires a commitment by the City. The recently introduced Bond Ordinance is that commitment, but the real issue here is not about the capital improvements it’s about the opportunity for our children.

I asked the Council and it voted to introduce the Bond Ordinance to promote an unfiltered, full and open public discussion on this Ordinance and allow each resident the opportunity to fully participate, weigh in and share their opinions on these important decisions before the Council votes upon it later this month.

The total cost of the capital improvements would be substantially covered by insurance proceeds and the rental income on the property, with little annual cost to the taxpayer. Should the Council vote to replace the roof only this month or if it refused to make the necessary improvements to assure the facility is safe, the Boys and Girls Club year round programs will be lost and the facility will continue to be an eye sore in MacKay Park.

The John T. Wright Ice Arena is just one vehicle to deliver these programs and there is opportunity to expand them to other City facilities but this is the critical first step.

I would ask that you please attend and participate in this important meeting and also make you fellow residents aware of it as well, particularly grandparents, parents and school age children. Please ask them to join us and let their voices be heard!

The meeting will be held on Monday, February 11th at 6.30 PM at Community Baptist Church. I have posted an invitation right below this post for your convenience. Please forward it via email or distribute it in any way you wish.
I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Best regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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Dear Residents,

Please see the invitation below and join me for a very important Town Hall Meeting that I will be hosting on the partnership that we have created with the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield involving youth recreational programs both during the school day, after 3 and weekends at the John T. Wright Ice Arena, MacKay Park and other City facilities, the Boys and Girls Club of Englewood. I hope that you join me there and share your thoughts during the open discussion.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

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Dear Residents,

I wanted to share my remarks from the Council Meeting on January 29th for those of you who were not able to attend.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Mayor’s Remarks
Council Meeting – January 29, 2013

Good Evening.

Tonight we have two very important capital projects that are before the Council for a vote of Introduction. Both capital projects are located in the 4th Ward and long overdue.
The first is the Restoration of the Overpeck Creek Channel Wall. Some parts of the channel wall are supported by one hundred year old concrete and are ready to fail, while other areas have already failed. What has resulted is a dangerous situation that jeopardizes the private property on William Street and greatly enhances the risk of flooding. I have worked on the project to secure funding for over three years and two County Executives and Freeholder Boards. I am pleased that Bergen County has provided the City with a Grant in the amount of $550,000 which enabled the City to really start the project moving.

The second capital project is the restoration and enhancement of MacKay Park and the John T. Wright Ice Arena.

Both of these projects come before the Council this evening as a Bond Ordinance to provide critical capital funding. I am asking the Council tonight to vote in favor of the introduction of this Bond Ordinance which will allow full and transparent government so that all residents of the community can participate in full public hearings to hear the facts on the needs of the City in an unfiltered manner. Introduction of this Ordinance will allow for a full and open public discussion, education session, and debate on the City’s need.

In particular, as to the needs of MacKay Park and the John T. Wright Ice Arena, this is all part of a larger goal, which I have had since my first days in office, to restore MacKay Park to be a showpiece of the City as well as a center of programming and activity for our children, year round, during school hours and after 3:00.

My goal in not about “Ice” in “Isolation”, rather it is about a full complement of athletic programs for our children. The John T. Wright Ice Arena must be a year round facility for our children and I do not support anything short of this.

To make sure we serve our community, we must embrace the community to hear their views, their opinions on how we best can serve our children, especially when it comes to Mackay Park. So the question is how to do it?

Number One. Tonight I ask the council to vote to introduce the Ordinance so that the residents see the needs unfiltered and can weigh the facts independently. I want to emphasize that voting for introducing does not mean any Council Member is ultimate going to support this project.

Number Two. On Monday, February 11th, at 6:30 p.m., I am pleased to announce a Town Meeting on MacKay Park, including the John T. Wright Arena, at the Community Baptist Church. I invite all to attend, participate and let your voices be heard. My special thanks goes to Reverend Taylor who once again has generously opened the doors of the Church for the Community as a whole. This Town Meeting will follow a similar format of the highly successful master plan meetings. In this case, parents, grandparents and children can share their opinions on the needs of Mackay and how best to provide programs for our children.

Number Three. On Tuesday, February 12, at 7:30PM, pending introduction tonight, this Capital Project will be on the City Council Agenda to allow the Council to fully discuss the ordinance and allow for modifications if necessary. Public participation is welcome and I urge all to attend.

Number Four. On Tuesday, February 24th at 7.30PM the Public Hearing and vote on the Ordinance will be held.

There is an old saying that from crisis comes opportunity. We have had a crisis in MacKay Park and the John T. Wright Ice Arena both from Superstorm Sandy and years of neglect, but we also have an opportunity. The opportunity is to invest and make these assets centers of programming and activity all year round, and take the first concrete step for a Community Center using our existing facilities to develop and promote programs for our kids.

In partnership with the City, the Boys and Girls Club will develop, coordinate and administer programs year round benefiting the residents of the City of Englewood. This includes most importantly Sports and Recreational Programs, Educational Programs and Programs designed to meet the specific needs of Teens and Youth of the City of Englewood.

With respect to the John T. Wright Arena, there will be much more than several months of ice for hockey teams to use from other communities. There will be a leading ice figure skating program, children’s ice program and much more during the ice season, and then 9 months more of programs for our children. When the ice season is over, the switch will be turned to new programs at the John T. Wright Arena and MacKay Park.

My further goal for Mackay Park, is to create a structure of private funding that will keep it and its programming running indefinitely. Lynne and I have started this work. And we have received the first leadership gift for our public school children – a generous donation from the Benzel-Busch Motor Car Company that has enabled the work of the Laureus Foundation and Coaches Across America.

I ask that the resident stay tuned and also weigh in as we move through this process. I again invite everyone to attend the town hall meeting on February 11th at 6.30PM at the Community Baptist Church and look forward to a lively discussion there.

Thank you.

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Dear Residents,

I wanted to share the article that appeared in the Bergen Record yesterday on the John T. Wright Ice Arena and MacKay Park in case you missed it. It is reprinted below for your convenience.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

$1.1M spending plan for Englewood’s Mackay Park arena advances
THURSDAY JANUARY 31, 2013, 3:28 PM
BY REBECCA BAKER
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

ENGLEWOOD – A plan to spend $1.1 million to repair the city’s dilapidated Mackay Park arena has moved ahead, but the future of the 35-year-old ice rink is far from certain.

The spending plan barely passed the first step, with council members voting 3-2 this week to introduce a borrowing package that combined the ice rink project with a $2 million repair of a 100-year-old retaining wall along Overpeck Creek. The city would borrow the $3.1 million total for both projects by issuing bonds.

City council members say they question how much the city really needs to spend to reopen the John T. Wright Arena in Mackay Park, where decades of neglect were exacerbated by superstorm Sandy, which tore apart the roof and left the inside exposed to the elements. Others say they want a clearer picture of how fixing the ice rink fits into the city’s overall recreation program.

“The roof makes a lot of sense, but when you go into other things, like a snack bar, I don’t see why that’s essential to the operation of the rink,” said Councilman Michael Cohen. “I mean, $45,000 for a state-of-the-art cafeteria?”

The city signed a 10-year contract last year with the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield to manage the arena, which has been closed since April when the city allowed its contract with longtime rink manager Larry Reid to expire. In preparation for its planned reopening last fall, the city spent $450,000 on rink renovations, including a new cooling tower, heating system, pipes, valves and gas lines, bought a new Zamboni and repaved the parking lot.

City administrators now want to spend another $480,000 to replace the netting, rubber flooring, dasher boards, scoreboard and sound system, among other items. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the city’s insurance are expected to cover the estimated $720,000 for the roof, which was shredded in the Oct. 29 storm.

Cohen said he wants a line-item review of ice rink spending, but joined council members Marc Forman and Lynne Algrant in voting to move the plan forward. Councilmen Eugene Skurnick and Wayne Hamer voted no.

Hamer, who represents the ward in which Mackay Park and the damaged retaining wall are located, said he was not opposed to fixing the rink. But, he said, the project should be a component of a more comprehensive plan for recreation.

“I want whatever we do to be part of a more expanded recreation solution,” he said. “I want a commitment to enhance Mackay Park and activities.”

Mayor Frank Huttle has said he wants the ice rink, used mainly by youth hockey leagues, to be a year-round “showpiece” for recreation programs. He has scheduled a town-hall style meeting on Feb. 11, to let residents weigh in about what they want done with the ice rink and Mackay Park.

“We have the opportunity to enhance Mackay Park as a shining star of Englewood,” he said.

The 28.6-acre park, the largest in the city, is in the heart of the 4th Ward. It offers basketball and tennis courts, a baseball and softball diamond, a soccer field, a kiddie pool, bike path and playgrounds, as well as a picnic area.

The meeting will take place at the Community Baptist Church on First Street, also in the 4th Ward, and a day before the council meets to discuss the rink and retaining wall spending plan. A public hearing and vote are scheduled for Feb. 26.

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Dear Residents,

I wanted to share my remarks from the City of Englewood Reorganization Meeting that was held this past Tuesday evening for those of you who could not attend. The Reorganization Meeting is one of the most important events in the life of any municipality where the continuity of our City government is demonstrated and our democratically elected officials are seated. I was sworn in for another term as your Mayor and Councilwoman Lynne Algrant was sworn in for her second term as Councilmember at Large.

All the best for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle

Mayor’s Remarks – City of Englewood Reorganization – January 8, 2013

In 2010, I came into office to lead Englewood during a difficult economic time and to turnaround city government. Over the past three years, despite financial pressures and challenges, we have made Englewood a better place to live, work, and raise our families.

We have eliminated tax increases, lowered spending, returned teachers to the classroom in the midst of a school budget debate, restructured the City Manager’s office, appointed a new Fire Chief, and expanded after school opportunities for our children by partnering with non-profit organizations.

We also created the first ever Mayor’s Budget and Finance Commission to streamline municipal budgeting, which provided a roadmap to the Council for reform.

These strides towards a more efficient Englewood were made as a team effort with the Englewood’s Council. Over the past three years, the residents of our City have elected a completely new Council, and with it has come a renewed energy in city government. This change began when Councilwoman Lynne Algrant was elected with me in 2010. Since then, we have been joined by Councilmen Michael Cohen, Marc Forman, Eugene Skurnick and Wayne Hamer.

While we have differing views from time to time, we share a common bond: a strong commitment to public service and a passion for serving the people of Englewood.

I thank each of you for a job well done.

I would also like to take a moment to thank someone who is no longer with us, but who lives on in the history and spirit of Englewood, Councilman Jack Drakeford. Tonight, for the first time in half a century, Jack is not at Englewood’s Reorganization Ceremony. We miss him but take comfort in the fact that he will always be watching down on the City he so loved.

Jack was not the only one we lost in 2012. Shirley Green and Shirley Passow who both contributed greatly to the City also passed on. I would ask that you join me in a moment of silence for all of those whom we lost in 2012.

In addition to the elected leaders of Englewood, our City is further supported by the residents who volunteer their time and expertise to serve on our Boards and Commissions. Many thanks to the service-minded individuals who sit on our Englewood Boards.

Our community runs on this volunteer spirit. I see it every day both in our residents and our dedicated city employees. Many of those individuals are in this room tonight, and I thank you for always rising to the challenge.

I would also like to give special thanks to all those who joined together in the Master Plan process. Hundreds of people attended each of the public meetings and participated in citywide focus groups, making Englewood better.

The need for future planning in the new Master Plan and other initiatives has been reinforced by the four historic storms that have hit Englewood in just three years. These storms have caused substantial electrical outages, flooding, and property damage. While Superstorm Sandy was an extraordinary event, it is clear that there is now a “new normal” when it comes to weather and emergency conditions.

Englewood came together as one community during each of these storms, especially Sandy. Friends and neighbors checked in and looked out for one another while waiting for their own electricity to be restored and their lives to return to normal.

These efforts were led by Englewood’s Office of Emergency Management and its Chief, Lawrence Suffern. I want to thank each member of this team serving our residents during our most difficult periods.

Just as Englewood came together as one during Hurricane Sandy, all aspects of our City government came together to immediately build a road to recovery in its aftermath. City Hall continuously stayed open during and after the storm’s passing, fully staffed and ready to assist residents. The Board of Education and City arranged programming at Schools so that both parents and kids could have some activity after days without electricity. These efforts were extraordinary and I thank you all for them.

I also want to thank the many centers of community we have in Englewood, including Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, the Bergen Performing Arts Center, our many houses of worship, the Englewood Public Library, Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, our downtown stores and restaurants, and the industrial businesses. They provide our community with foundation and our residents with services, cultural opportunities, and jobs that are so critical for our local economy.

I am also thankful to my wife, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, for her support of me and for her support of Englewood in the Legislature. I wish to thank my children, Alexandra and Francesca for the love and support of me.

When I was elected as Mayor a little over three years ago, we were in the midst of a unique period in our history. Government faced new and unprecedented challenges at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels. I was honored and humbled by my election then. I am even more grateful now that Englewood’s residents have given me three more years to continue the work of bringing change to our City.

We are fortunate to have a diverse and engaged community where an individual from all walks of life come together to create a strong, vibrant City.

In the coming years, I promise that I will continue to work for our families and taxpayers to stabilize our municipal finances, unite our community, and move our City forward. Thank you again for your trust.

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Dear Residents,

On Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 6PM, please join me and the City Council as we present the 3rd annual lighting of the Englewood City Christmas Tree. The ceremony will take place outside City Hall at 6:00pm in front of the City’s Official Christmas Tree immediately following a special performance of the New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker at bergenPAC. bergenPAC and I have coordinated to give away tickets to Englewood school children so they may attend the Nutcracker performance that precedes the tree lighting ceremony. The Nutcracker performance will begin at bergenPAC at 4:00pm. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will provide a festive conclusion to the day’s holiday events. The Ceremony will begin at approximately 6:00pm outside of City Hall following the Nutcracker performance and will run for approximately 45 minutes.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents,

On Wednesday, November 14th at 7PM, please join me and the Englewood City Council along with David Hollenbeck, PSE&G Regional Public Affairs Manager, Bergen County, Deputy Chief of Police Lawrence Suffern, Director of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Tim Dacey, City Manager, for a Town Hall meeting on the post storm emergency response in Englewood. Mr. Hollenbeck, a PSE&G representative will be on hand to give insight into the PSE&G restoration effort and effect of the storm on the entire power distribution network and Englewood’s residents. From the City OEM, Deputy Chief Suffern will detail the Englewood response through OEM’s operation throughout the storm and further planning. Residents are invited to attend to contribute to the self assessment and help in planning for future emergencies. The meeting will culminate in a discussion on long term planning, citizen involvement and ways in which the City can better prepare itself for large scale, citywide emergencies.

WHO: Mayor Frank Huttle III; the City Council; David Hollenbeck, PSE&G Regional Public Affairs Manager, Bergen County; Deputy Chief of Police Lawrence Suffern, Director of the Office of Emergency Management; Tim Dacey, City Manager

WHAT: Town Hall Special City Council Meeting on the Englewood Emergency Response in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

WHERE: Municipal Court, 73 S. Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ

WHEN: Wednesday, November 14th at 7PM

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Important Voting Information on Polling Locations

Dear Residents,

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has made it necessary for several polling sites in Englewood to be relocated. Briefly, the changes are as follows:

1.2 — Englewood Public Library (with 1.1). (Formerly at Quarles School)
2.1 — Congregation Ahavath Torah (with 2.2). (Formerly at SESCIL)
2.2 — Congregation Ahavath Torah (with 2.1). (Formerly at SESCIL)
3.3 — Janis E. Dismus Middle School (with 3.4) (Formerly at Dwight Morrow HS)
4.1 — Liberty School (with 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4) (Formerly at Ebenezer Baptist Church)
4.2 — Liberty School (with 4.1, 4.3 and 4.4) (Formerly at First Baptist Church)
4.3 — Liberty School (with 4.1, 4.2 and 4.4) (Formerly at Ebenezer Baptist Church)
4.4 — Liberty School (with 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) (Formerly at King Gardens)

Note that the polls for 2.3 and 2.4 will be returned to Flat Rock.

The complete Listing of Polling Locations is at: http://www.cityofenglewood.org/filestorage/1441/1468/2265/1477/PollingLocations_2012-_General_Rev_110212.pdf.

To verify the District in which you reside, refer to “Roster of Streets – by Wards and Districts” at: http://www.cityofenglewood.org/filestorage/1441/1468/2265/1477/ROSTER_OF_STREETS-_WARDS_AND_DISTRICTS-October_2012.pdf.

The Second and Fourth Wards underwent redistricting (from three to four districts each) in early 2012 and, as a result, considerable changes were made. Minor changes were made in other wards as well.

As an alternative, registered voters may go to The Bergen County Clerk’s office at One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, Room 130, today (SUN., NOV 4th)or on MON., NOV 5th, from

8:30AM to 4:30 PM. to cast their votes.

The Governor issued a Press Release yesterday, “Christie Administration Announces E-Mail and Fax Voting Available to New Jerseyans Displaced by Hurricane Sandy” at http://www.state.nj.us/governor/news/news/552012/approved/20121103d.html.

Please do not hesitate to pass this information along to others. It is important that each person exercises his/her right to vote. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Resident,

I had the opportunity to participate in a conference call with President Obama and Governor Christie. The message is clear: all local, county, state, and federal efforts are focused on getting New Jersey back up and running as soon as possible. We are all in this together. Please forward this and future updates to any City resident who may not have received this information.

Restoration of Electricity There is a city-wide power outage in Englewood. PSE&G is working to restore electricity to every neighborhood as quickly and safely as it can. It must first address outages at water treatment facilities, hospitals, and police and fire stations. PSE&G announced that it that it will take at least 5 days for electricity to return but it could take until Friday, November 9th for full power restoration. We must be patient. If you do not have power and you have not yet reported the outage, please call PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734.

Election Day Voting Every registered voter in Englewood will be able to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th. Please see below for polling locations.

School Closure Due to power outages, all Englewood schools are closed until at least Wednesday, November 7th. The Greico and McCloud Schools will host supervised recreational activities for K-8 on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. Please visit http://www.epsd.org/ for more information.

Fuel Shortage Due to difficulty transporting fuel into New Jersey, residents across the region face extensive lines and wait times at gas stations. We advise that you do not drive unless necessary. Please take the fuel shortage seriously.

Clearing City Streets The Department of Public Works cleared away most trees that are not entangled in electrical wires. PSE&G must service trees entangled in electrical wires before we can remove them from our streets. This is a critical public safety procedure. We are resuming regularly scheduled leaf pick-up.
Garbage Removal Regularly scheduled garbage removal has returned. Residents have disposed of perishable food items over the past several days and we are now clearing this out of the way.

Working Together We thank all residents for your cooperation and patience. Let us also remember how fortunate we are in Englewood, and send our thoughts and prayers for those whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. If you are in need of immediate assistance, you may call the Englewood Office of Emergency Management at 201-567-3124. To volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Andrea Katz at 201-871-6666 or frankhuttle@englewoodmayor.com.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

CITY OF ENGLEWOOD – 2012 POLLING PLACES
General Election (Tuesday, November 6, 2012) Revised 11/2/12
Polls Open 6:00am- 8:00pm Due to Hurricane Sandy

1 – 1
Englewood Public Library
Mackay Room
31 Engle Street

1 – 2
Englewood Public Library
Mackay Room
31 Engle Street

1 – 3
Grieco School
Media Room
50 Durie Avenue

1 – 4
Englewood Housing Authority
111 West Street

2 – 1
Congregation Ahavath Torah
240 Broad Avenue

2 – 2
Congregation Ahavath Torah
240 Broad Avenue

2 – 3
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center Lobby
443 Van Nostrand Avenue

2 – 4
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center Lobby
443 Van Nostrand Avenue

3 – 1
Liberty School
(Entrance on Liberty Road)
12 Tenafly Road

3 – 2
Grieco School
Media Room
50 Durie Avenue

3 – 3
Janis E. Dismus Middle School
Cafeteria
325 Tryon Avenue

3 – 4
Janis E. Dismus Middle School
Cafeteria
325 Tryon Avenue

4 – 1
Liberty School
(Entrance on Liberty Road)
12 Tenafly Road

4 – 2
Liberty School
(Entrance on Liberty Road)
12 Tenafly Road

4 – 3
Liberty School
(Entrance on Liberty Road)
12 Tenafly Road

4 – 4
Liberty School
(Entrance on Liberty Road)
12 Tenafly Road

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Dear Residents,

Hurricane Sandy has been called the storm of the century with unimaginable consequences. Now that the worst has passed, it is time for the City of Englewood to move forward and help our residents return to normal as quickly and safely as possible.

On Sunday, I declared an official State of Emergency in the City of Englewood after getting briefed on the severity of the storm over the weekend. Our Office of Emergency Management (OEM) worked in coordination with all City departments and City Hall staff around the clock throughout Sandy to make sure that Englewood residents were safe. Now, we are all working together to deal with the aftermath of the storm.

While 5,000-6,000 Englewood customers are without power, we are fortunate considering the catastrophic effects of Sandy felt across our region. All over New Jersey and New York, communities have been decimated, experiencing tragic loss of life, businesses, and property. Our thoughts and prayers should be with those whose lives have been devastated by the storm. In Englewood, our primary concerns are ensuring the continued safety of our residents and restoration of power.

PSE&G announced that it will take at least 5 days for full power restoration given that over 1.4 million customers are without power, the largest number in history. PSE&G has assembled a virtual army of over 1,550 technicians. However, power must first be restored to water treatment facilities to avoid contamination, then to hospitals, police and fire stations, and then to customers.

Until full electricity has been returned, please be mindful of conditions in our City. OEM requests that you remain at home if possible until fallen electrical wires and trees are removed from the streets.

The City of Englewood joins Governor Christie’s executive order cancelling Halloween and moving it to Monday. Please do not trick-or-treat outside today. Safety is our first priority, especially for our children.

In tough times the City of Englewood has united to help our friends and neighbors, and I know that we will do that now. In an emergency meeting held with the City Council last night, members of our community offered their assistance. We established a Volunteer Committee to communicate vital information and make sure the City is aware of anyone in need of immediate help. To volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Andrea Katz, representative of Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle’s office, at 201-871-6666 or frankhuttle@englewoodmayor.com

To report an outage, please call PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734. You may also call the Office of Emergency Management at 201-567-3124. County Executive Donovan has opened a shelter at Bergen Community College, located at 400 Paramus Road in Paramus. Please call OEM if you need transportation, which the County will provide.

Finally, we thank all residents for your cooperation and patience as City Officials and our community work to address the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Please forward this message to any City resident who may not have received this information.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Friends,

Governor Christie has declared a State of Emergency in the State due to the Hurricane Sandy. I have also declared a State of Emergency in the City of Englewood. I would urge all residents to observe voluntary restrictions and stay in their homes, do not travel or use the roads once the storm hits today. Falling trees and flooding are dangerous and with record levels of rainfall starting on Monday, everyone must exercise extreme caution.

The severity of the Hurricane Sandy cannot be underestimated. The National Hurricane Center reported that the Storm had maximum sustained winds near 75 miles per hour. On the Governor’s last conference call Sunday evening, each arm of State, County and Local governments has prepared through the State’s Office of Emergency Management for this storm, one that has never been seen before where a Hurricane collides with a Nor’easter and then is tracked to make landfall with a hard left into the Jersey Shore on Monday evening. It goes without saying, we must be extremely vigilant. The entire state and several other states will be hit by this storm. Englewood is no exception.

Remember a smaller storm last year, Hurricane Irene, and its aftermath. This storm is much different and may last up to 36 hours. In our conference call on Friday with PSEG, the Company explained that it has aggressively upgraded the work in the region in preparation of storms like this one, including the trimming of trees in Englewood, and strategically installing mobile transformers. In addition, the deployment of line / restoration crews is already underway. With this being said, an extended period of wind gusts between 40 and 60 mph is forecast by AccuWeather for two days, which will take its toll on structures, trees and power lines.

For residents who would like to park their cars off-street to avoid the risk of damage, the parking garage has been opened and will be free and open throughout the storm. Please use the Englewood Avenue entrance.

The Englewood Office of Emergency Management will be fully operational Monday morning and will work to monitor the storm and any and all events that arise as a result. The following contact information should be used to communicate with authorities.

For all storm related issues, please email storm@englewoodpd.org. This email address will be available 24 hours prior to the storm and 24 hours after the storm. The email address will be monitored by the Englewood Office of Emergency Management. It can be used at any time, but will be particularly helpful to alert authorities through your smart phone.

Additional phone contacts are:

* Emergencies: 9-1-1
* Englewood Police: (201) 568-2700
* Englewood Fire: (201) 568-6300
* Englewood Dept of Public Works: (201) 568-3401
* Englewood Health Department: (201) 568-3450
* PSE&G Customer Service: 1-800-436-PSEG
* United Water: 201-487-0011
* Verizon: 1-800-275-2355
* Optimum: (201) 262-8600

Please print out this email and keep it with the above contact information in a safe place in the event you lose power for any period of time. Please pass along this important information to your friends and neighbors and forward this email to those who live in Englewood. The City and I will send out updates. For updates, you may also check the City’s official website at www.cityofenglewood.org and I will also post updates at www.englewoodone.com. Stay home and be safe.

Best Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Friends,

As you may have heard, in late June there was an exciting meeting held with the Englewood community on the New Master Plan. With almost 300 residents in attendance, it was an unprecedented event. The Master Plan professionals have been hard at work digesting all of the feedback we received as they begin to craft the new Plan. The second citywide focus group will be held on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 7:00PM at Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood and is an event that should not be missed!

The strength of our community is its diversity; and its strength is enhanced when we join together as one community in one place to plan our City’s future. We have been overwhelmed by the response to this new community driven approach toward planning for Englewood’s future. It’s intended to inform the community where the opportunities are but also where the compromises are. The Second Public Meeting on October 22nd is the critical next step in this Englewood-wide, civic exercise based on broad participation and interactive discussion among residents.

Simply stated, this is a City wide focus group and it has worked in major cities and other government entities around the country.

Each resident is an integral part of Englewood’s one community. The Master Plan is the blueprint for our City’s future and its vision will impact every facet of the quality of life in our community. We would urge you to join us at this important public meeting as your voice should be heard.

I look forward to seeing you Monday evening. Join us, participate, be informed and let your voice be heard.

Best regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Professor Raphael Caprio of the Rutgers University Bloustein School joins Mayor Frank Huttle III to discuss the “Municipal Tsunami” facing NJ’s cities and towns

Noted Rutgers University Professor and Expert on Municipal Finance will speak at Englewood City Council meeting and outline the challenges municipalities face Statewide followed by Mayor Huttle’s Annual State of the City Address

WHO: Mayor Frank Huttle III and Professor Raphael Caprio of the Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
WHAT: Professor Caprio Presentation on the Municipal Tsunami followed Mayor’s State of the City Address
WHERE: bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 2011 at 6.30PM

(ENGLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY) – On Tuesday, October 16th please join Mayor Frank Huttle III and Professor Raphael Caprio of the Bloustein School for a presentation on the “Municipal Tsunami” facing all of New Jersey’s 566 municipalities. The presentation will take place at an Englewood City Council meeting which will begin with a presentation by Professor Caprio including a question and answer session followed by a short break, after which Council business will resume and Mayor Huttle will proceed with his State of the City presentation. Mayor Huttle will outline solutions for the problems facing Englewood that are similar to those faced by municipalities across the State. All residents, the public and press are invited to attend.

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The Boys and Girls Club of Garfield finalizes Lease to Operate Ice Skating Arena
(ENGLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY) – Mayor Frank Huttle III finalized a lease agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield for the ice skating arena. The Boys and Girls Club will operate the arena and provide programming benefiting residents of Englewood.

“I promised to expand and improve recreational programming in Englewood. With the arrival of the Boys and Girls Club, the children of Englewood will have a fun and safe skating rink along with the kinds of recreational program that build confidence and character,” Huttle said.

Under terms of the lease agreement, Englewood residents will benefit from discounted private rental times and a guaranteed discount of a $1 off charges at public skating sessions. In addition, the Boys and Girls Club will operate special skating sessions free of charge to Englewood residents and make the arena available to the Englewood School District during the week.

The Boys and Girls Club will also create a calendar that will provide the public, ice skaters and students the ability to utilize and enjoy the Ice Arena. The Club will also maintain regular skating sessions throughout the week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 2PM, and on Saturdays and Sundays for three and four hours respectively between, 11AM and 6PM.

“Englewood residents will have access to a free skating session once a month and enjoy discounted rates at all other times,” Huttle said. “This agreement provides a great opportunity for the Englewood Recreational Department to plan and organize events and also makes the arena available to our school children for athletics.”

The Boys and Girls Club’s lease of the ice skating arena compliments an earlier initiative to bring the YWCA’s community programming to the Liberty School. The combination of these non-profit programs promises a diverse array of recreational programs and activities for Englewood residents.

“With these two initiatives, we have accomplished our goals and fulfilled the promise of bringing non-profit organizations into Englewood to provide our community with an immediate platform of programming and services,” Huttle said. “Bringing both the Boys and Girls Club and the YWCA to Englewood will meet the longstanding demand for these services in our city.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Garfield will lease the John T. Wright Ice Arena from the City of Englewood. The organization, affiliated with Boys and Girls Club of America, has operated since 1959 and provided athletic, social, education and vocational programming.

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FOR RELEASE: CONTACT:
September 13, 2012 Mayor Frank Huttle III

201-906-5638

Mayor Huttle Creates Unique Partnership to Bring ‘Coaches Across America’ to the City of Englewood

Partnership is designed to greatly enhance City of Englewood Department of Sports and Recreation programs

(ENGLEWOOD) – This week, Mayor Frank Huttle III announced plans of an exciting partnership combining the public, not for profit and philanthropic sectors. These plans were part of a fulfillment of the Mayor’s promise to bring not for profits into the City to enhance programs and services for the City’s residents and youth. It follows a recent, complimentary initiative in bringing the Boys and Girl Club to the City. Taken together, these steps push the Mayor’s plan to create an immediate platform of community programming, which Englewood needs now, without waiting for the construction of a physical Community Center.

The forging of this new partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation to benefit the City of Englewood Sports and Recreation Department is truly an innovation.  The Laureus Foundation is a charitable organization that supports projects to improve the lives of youth through the power of sports. In Englewood, this initiative will train and place coaches to mentor dozens of children through Coaches Across America, the Laureus delivery partner.

The partnership with the City of Englewood, Benzel-Busch Motor Car Company, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation will fund professional coaches for children’s sports in the City of Englewood. “I’d like to thank the Agresta Family of Benzel-Busch Motor Car Company for investing in the youth of Englewood.  Englewood is fortunate to have the Benzel-Busch, one of the top five Mercedes Benz dealers in the County right here in Englewood,” said Huttle.  “It is an economic driver for the City but more importantly Benzel-Busch and the Agresta Family have made a longstanding commitment to Englewood. They have greatly contributed to Englewood in the past and through this initiative are doing so again. Their generosity is truly a blessing.”

Coaches Across America is a nonprofit and the delivery arm of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation whose mission is to inform, inspire and initiate individual, communal and societal change that will empower men and women to be their very best – personally and professionally. The Mayor concluded by saying, “The stars have truly aligned to make this partnership possible and the winners will be the children of Englewood.”

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MAYOR HUTTLE ANNOUNCES ENGLEWOOD SEPTEMBER 11th COMMEMORATION CEREMONY

Mayor Announces Annual Remembrance to take place at 5:30PM, Tuesday, September 11th at the Veterans Memorial Park

ENGLEWOOD, NJ – In commemoration of the of the 11th anniversary of the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, Mayor Frank Huttle today announced that a memorial service will be held on the 11th at 5.30PM. The memorial service will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, located at Demarest and North Dean Streets in Englewood, NJ. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to BergenPAC at 30 North Van Brunt Street.

“As the tragic events of September 11th that shaped this City and our Nation become more distant in time, it is all the more important that we pause to remember those brave individuals whose lives were cut short and ensure that their memories live on in our hearts and minds,” the Mayor remarked.

In what has become a tradition in Englewood, the program will honor the memories of the Englewood residents who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks as well as the emergency service personnel who responded.  City Council Members, members of the Fire, Police and Ambulance Corps, local clergy, Englewood residents and members of the victims’ families will come together to present the September 11th memorial tribute.

The Mayor will also update the community on the construction of the permanent monument to be located at that site using steel donated from the World Trade Center in honor of those who lost their lives that day.

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WHO: Mayor Frank Huttle III, Members of the City Council, First Responders, Clergy, Families of 9/11 victims
WHAT: Englewood 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, Demarest St. and North Dean St. (in case of rain, BergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street)
WHEN: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 5.30 PM

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Residents,

With the passing of 4th Ward Councilman Jack Drakeford, there is a vacancy on the Council.  Last week, the Englewood Municipal Democratic Committee selected three candidates.  The Mayor and Council how have to choose one of these three individuals to fill the vacant seat for the period through the November 6th general election.

Candidates’ Night has been added to the agenda for the next Council meeting, which will be held on Tuesday night, August 21st, so that the Mayor, Council and public will have an opportunity to hear from each of these candidates.  Click here to read the letter I sent to each of the three individuals: 4th Ward Candidates letter 8 15.

I urge all of you to attend this important meeting and invite your family and friends.

Sincerely,

Mayor Huttle

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Dear Residents:

When most people think about hunger, they think of a starving child in a third-world country. Or possibly they think of a line of homeless people waiting outside of a soup kitchen. The truth is that hunger in United States is a huge crisis. In a country known for its wealth and prosperity, millions struggle to find their next meal.

In order to make a difference in the City of Englewood, I am partnering with the Center for Food Action to host a food drive through the month of August. We are asking that you donate canned tuna fish (in water) and peanut butter, which were specifically requested by the Center for Food Action.

We have set up a yellow drop off bin in City Hall (located at 2-10 North Van Brunt Street), where donations can be placed. Please bring your donations during municipal building hours (Monday through Friday 9am-5pm). The last day to make your donations will be Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5pm. I look forward to your participation and cooperation. Thank you.

Warmest Regards,

Frank Huttle III
Mayor

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Dear Friends,

I am writing to invite you to the Annual Fireworks Show on Monday, July 2nd at 7:30pm. This year’s event is expected to be a spectacular show. There will be a special performance by the cast members of the bergenPAC musical Children of Eden, as well as a DJ and other musical entertainment. Vendors will be on hand serving a variety of delicious food and drinks.

Please join me and gather at Dwight Morrow High School’s front lawn in celebration of Independence Day. Join in 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 would also like to thank Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for sponsoring this year’s fireworks as well as our volunteers who made this event possible for Englewood.  I am pleased that our community has come together as one in order to make this great event happen.  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. 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

FREE Englewood Fireworks
Monday, July 2, 2012
7:30pm
Dwight Morrow High School
Front Lawn
274 Knickerbocker Road
Englewood, New Jersey 07631

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Englewood mayor hopes public hearing will help guide city’s master plan

MONDAY JUNE 25, 2012, 4:45 PM
BY REBECCA BAKER
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

ENGLEWOOD – If you live in Englewood and have ideas about what the city’s downtown and neighborhoods should look like, Mayor Frank Huttle wants to hear them.

Huttle is urging residents to attend a public hearing on Wednesday to discuss the city’s master plan, a blueprint for developing city property.

Municipalities are required to renew their master plans every six years. Englewood last renewed its master plan in 2009, but Huttle called the revision a “direct copy job” of the previous plan. He said the economic climate has changed so drastically since 2009 that a new master plan is needed.

“We’re taking a completely fresh look,” he said. “Whatever the people want, I’m OK with that.”

The public hearing, set for 7 p.m. at Community Baptist Church on First Street, will be unlike other forums, Huttle said. Rather than having residents sound off at a microphone, they will break into work groups with officials and discuss ideas in a roundtable format.

“It’s the first time we’re approaching it in this way,” he said. “We’re trying to embrace the whole community.”

The city has hired three firms to develop its master plan. Regional Plan Association, a nonprofit advisory group in the tri-state area, will help the city with its community involvement efforts, Huttle said. Brown & Keener, an urban design and planning firm in Philadelphia, will serve as planning consultants. Urban Partners, a Philadelphia consulting firm on urban projects, will analyze the economic impact of the proposals, he said.

The master plan will be a key factor in redeveloping the shuttered Lincoln School, on West EnglewoodAvenue across from Mackay Park next to the fire department. The city bought the building in 2003 and the district vacated it in 2008. Since then, it has been a target for vandals, thieves and squatters. Ideas for reusing the building have included a charter school, a community center and housing.

Email: bakerr@northjersey.com

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Englewood Residents,

The City of Englewood is updating its Master Plan for 2013 which will set objectives and the policies that will shape Englewood’s future.

The new Master Plan will allow Englewood to maximize opportunities available to it based on its location and assets while also taking a proactive approach to avoiding some of the pitfalls that other towns have experienced.  There is a webpage dedicated to the Master Plan.

You will find the most up-to-date information on the Plan on the link to the Master Plan page on the City’s website, which can be found at www.cityofenglewood.org.

Our first public hearing on the Master Plan will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00PM at the Community Baptist Church at 224 First Street in Englewood.  We need participation from a large portion of Englewood’s diverse community.  The more input received, the richer and more enduring the Master Plan will be.  Please make plans to attend this important public meeting and urge your neighbors and fellow residents to attend.

Please click here to see they flyer for the public meeting.  Please email dgallagher@cityofenglewood.org if you will be able to attend the public hearing on the 27th.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Friends,

I would like to thank everyone who participated in this past Memorial Day, the parade, ceremony and
festivities, it was one of the largest turnouts we’ve had in years. Whenever, I am able to be part of an
event where Englewood comes together as one community, it makes me proud to be the Mayor and a
resident of our great City.

We sometime think of Memorial Day as the beginning of summer and it is, especially given the warm
weather last Monday. Though the day certainly serves as this kind of marker, we must never forget that
it is a solemn day meant to mark the dedication of those who serve our Country in uniform, some of
whom have made the ultimate sacrifice.

We as a City have always made sure to honor those men and women who have served and sacrificed
for us all. In fact, an indelible part of the City is “the monument” something we see everyday. That
monument, which honors the war dead of Englewood, is an embodiment of the City’s commitment to
making sure that we never forget. We again renewed that commitment together as one community on
Memorial Day 2012, and it was a wonderful day.

I would also like to thank all of the members of the Englewood Police and Fire Departments and
Ambulance Corp. as well as uniformed service members who participated and made a special
contribution to the parade and ceremony. And, last but certainly not least, someone without whom we
could not have a Memorial Day in Englewood – Olga Mosciaro. Olga, whose father served in the First
World War, is a living embodiment of patriotism and the spirit of remembrance that underlies Memorial
Day. Not only that, she organizes the whole parade and ceremony! So thank you Olga for all you do for
the City and for our Veterans and Service Men and Women.

Please all have a safe and wonderful summer and stay tuned for some exciting updates of things
happening in the City.

Sincerely,
Frank Huttle III
Mayor
City of Englewood

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Englewood Residents,

Please join me and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle for a free screening of “Bully” at bergenPAC on Wednesday, May 30th at 6PM.

Please contact Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle’s office at aswhuttle@njleg.org to reserve tickets in advance of the screening.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

Sincerely,

Mayor Frank Huttle III (more…)

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I am pleased to announce that the City’s recodification project is finally complete.  The City will now be able to provide accurate, easy access to local government ordinances.

Codification is the process of consolidating our municipal legislation and then organizing it into a Code of Ordinances where the legislation is organized by department.  The City ordinances were last codified in 1978 when Englewood’s form of government was changed.  In 2005, the City solicited proposals for a recodification project.  The project was initially slated to take between 11 to 12 months to complete.

The City hired a new City Clerk, Lauren Vande Vaarst, in March, 2010 and she began reviewing the Manuscript Analysis.  She completed the Manuscript Analysis, and then reviewed and returned the Final Draft Analysis.  On February 22, 2012, the City received the Code Adoption Ordinance and Code Books.  On March 20th, the Code of the City of Englewood had its Introduction/1st Reading.  The 2nd Reading/Public Hearing will take place at the City Council meeting on April 24th.  The Code will go online after that date.  This will be a helpful resource for residents, elected officials and municipal employees.  As a result of this project, it will be easier to quickly locate accurate and up-to-date information.

This major project would not have been completed if not for the hard work by Lauren Vande Vaarst.  Lauren dedicated countless hours to finish the recodification.  On behalf of the City Council and the residents of Englewood, thank you, Lauren, for all of your hard work and dedication.  Congratulations on this major accomplishment.

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Happy New Year.  I am writing to invite you to the City of Englewood’s Annual Reorganization Meeting.  It will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Municipal Court, 73 South Van Brunt Street.  Our two new members of the City Council, Marc Forman and Eugene Skurnick, will be sworn into office.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

I am excited for 2012 and look forward to working together with the members of the Council for a productive year.  Please join us for this reorganization meeting.

Sincerely,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Mayor invites all Englewood residents and the general public to Christmas Tree lighting to take place on Saturday, December 3, 2011 outside City Hall and to join him at the New Jersey Ballet Nutcracker Performance at bergenPAC as his guest

In keeping with the other holiday events that have marked the season here in Englewood, Mayor Frank Huttle III is pleased to present the 2nd annual lighting of the Englewood City Christmas Tree. The ceremony will take place outside City Hall at 6:00pm on Saturday, December 3 immediately following the performance of the New Jersey Ballet Nutcracker performance at bergenPAC and will feature a performance by Mark A. Trautman and the St. Paul’s Choir from St. Paul’s Church in Englewood.

“I’m so pleased to have the honor of participating in the 2nd annual Tree lighting ceremony,” the Mayor stated. “This holiday season, I am grateful for the ability to again share this wonderful tradition with my fellow Englewood residents.”

In the spirit of giving, Mayor Frank Huttle will give away tickets to the New Jersey Ballet Nutcracker performance that precedes the tree lighting ceremony at bergenPAC at 4:00pm. The tickets will be given away just before the start of the 4:00pm show and residents interested in attending the performance are asked to RSVP in advance for tickets at frankhuttle@englewoodmayor.com.

“This tree lighting ceremony, along with the annual Menorah Lighting ceremony to be held December 20th, has become a great tradition that coincides with the holiday season. These two ceremonies stand to not only symbolize the joy and hope we all have during this time of year, but also to show the unity, diversity and greatness that is Englewood.”

The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00pm outside of City Hall and will run for approximately 45 minutes. The annual Menorah Lighting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 20th at 5:30.

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Dear Residents:
I. Update from Council Meeting held on November 15th.
At the Council Meeting last week, the City decided to have Englewood Hospital and Medical Center join forces with the Englewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps (“EVAC”) to delivery emergency medical services to all residents of Englewood. This was one of my initiatives upon taking office as Mayor and it is a win-win for all of us to have these excellent Englewood institutions working as one to deliver the highest quality of emergency care and services. This new joint healthcare delivery system will lower cost and maintain the high quality of emergency services. For more information click here for the news article on emergency services as reported in the Bergen Record.

II. Complaint filed with the Board of Public Utilities against PSEG.
On November 13th, I filed a formal complaint with the Board of Public Utilities against PSE&G for the utility company to drastically improve its protocols and communication efforts with the City’s Office of Emergency Management during the critical emergency period after a power outage and to improve its time period to timely mobilize repair crews and restore electricity. Currently, PSE&G does not provide any communications during these critical periods which has resulted in a public safety hazard. The last storm in October left over 7,500 residents without power and our Police, Fire and Public Works departments were without electricity for four days. This was the third time our residents were faced with power outages for almost a week in less than two years. It is unconscionable that in this day and age, residents, first responders and schools are without power for a week after the storm and worst yet are unable to obtain any information from PSEG to timely deal with emergency situations. Please click here for the Complaint. If PSEG does not want to do better on its own, the Board of Public Utilities must step in to provide better oversight of the state’s largest utility.

III. Council Workshops.
As Council President, I changed the way council workshops where handled by prior council leadership. I instituted a new policy of holding council workshops at least one week prior to voting sessions of the council to promote an open door policy to our residents. In the past, council workshops were held on the same night of voting sessions leaving sometimes less than minutes before the council would take official action and left little time for our residents to be informed about the important matters of the City. Now, the public has the time and information prior to voting sessions for the public to be fully informed and to effectively participates at council meetings. For more information about participating and being informed click here and go to www.englewoodone.com.

IV. Council Workshop Agenda for November 22nd.

A. 2012 Budget Discussion

On Tuesday, the City Manager and I will present to the Council the 2012 Budget Process to be implemented in the adoption of the 2012 Budget. For more information on the State of the City’s Financial Condition, click here for the full report on the Mayor’s Commission on Budget and Finance.

B. ShopRite and James Street Discussion
The ShopRite owners will discuss their revised proposed plan for the expansion of the ShopRite store to better service our community and to continue to serve as an economic anchor to the downtown. They will also present a proposed residential plan for James Street for consideration by the Council and the community. James Street runs from Palisades Ave. at the corner near the Group USA stores and the Rite Aid Pharmacy to Demarest Street where St. Celica is located.

Last year, the prior Council leadership and several council members approved an ordinance to build high density housing of approximately 120 rental apartments on this one way street which is zoned for mostly single family homes. I was against this type of high density housing that required a change in zoning by the City Council and still remain against it. Over my objection at the time, the Council submitted the ordinance to the Planning Board for consideration and review. The Planning Board, on which I am a member, rejected the Ordinance as the development plan was ill prepared and failed to address the needs of the community and recognize the fiber and character of this neighborhood.

Over the course of this year, I scheduled public meetings and held several meetings with the residents, professionals and City staff to discuss how best to improve the neighborhood. The days when developers tell the City what is good and what we should accept are long gone! It is a new day and it is the City‘s job to determine what is best for planning for today and for the future of our City.

I am pleased that the large residential development is out the door not to be seen or heard from ever again. Those who participated in all the public meetings in 2010 and 2011 witnessed the evolution from the ill fated massive James Street residential redevelopment to the soon to be presented proposed small single family home project on both sides of the street.

At the Tuesday meeting, the ShopRite owners will, in keeping with the needs and requests of our community, present a plan to develop a maximum of 6 or 8 single family homes from Palisades Avenue to Tallman Place on the East Side of James Street and to develop 3 single family homes on the West Side of James Street on the property it currently owns and zoned for single family homes. All lots will be proposed to conform to the existing zoning requirements of a minimum lot area of 6,500 feet. There will be no requests for zoning changes on the east or west side of James Street to permit multi residential housing, and more importantly, the proposed development of 3 single family homes on the West side of the street will enhance the character and integrity of this neighborhood on both sides of the street as single family residences all privately owned.

By talking to so many residents on the future of James Street I have heard their views and I urge all to attend this council workshop meeting, speak up and participate in this open discussion.  This workshop meeting is for discussion purposes and public participation only.  No official action will be taken Tuesday night.  Additional meetings will be scheduled.

Join us, be informed and participate.

Best Regards,

Frank

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11/2/2011 – Update from Mayor Frank Huttle III on Progress by PSE&G

Dear Residents,

I just received an update from PSE&G and am writing again to pass along the information.

By way of background to understand the extent of the damage, circuits from the following substations were damaged affecting outages in the City: Bergenfield, Dumont, Englewood, Leonia, Hillsdale, Hudson Terrace, New Milford, Paramus, Ridgefield, Teaneck and Waldwick.  There was extensive tree damage to primary feeds and individual services.  Wires are down throughout our City and surrounding areas due to the downed trees.  Crews were dispatched as of late Sunday.  Initial efforts focused on reevaluating the extent of the damage and repairs to restore the maximum number of residents.

To date, 3,700 Englewood PSE&G customers remain without service.  At the height of the storm over 7,500 were without power in the City.  Restoration activity has increased due to PSE&G crews now being supplemented by crews arriving from Alabama, Georgia and other states.  PSE&G expects the majority of customers to be restored by midnight on Thursday.

I will continue to keep you updated as I receive more information.

Sincerely,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

11/2/2011 – Message from Mayor Frank Huttle III; November 2, 5:30PM

Dear Residents,

As of 10:30 AM PS&G reported that less than 900 customers remain out of service in Englewood and as of 12:30 PM their customer count shows Englewood 675 customers still remain out of service. Crews continue to work to restore service with additional crews from Florida and Mississippi that arrived today to assist in the restoration efforts.

The City’s Department of Public Works continues to work on trees and picking up branches. Branches will continue to be picked up curbside through Thursday of next week. No appointment is necessary.

I will keep you advised of any updates that I receive from PSE&G.

Sincerely,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

11/1/2011 – Update from Mayor Frank Huttle III

Dear Residents:

I had a meeting this morning with executives from PSE&G regarding their response in Englewood to the weekend’s storm.

The Police Department, Fire Department, and DPW have been working diligently since Saturday night to clear roads of debris, remove fallen tree branches, keep traffic moving safely and assist Englewood residents.

I informed PSE&G that Englewood will assist them as they mobilize crews from multiple states to work to clear wires from trees.  The Police Station, Firehouse and Town Center all have had power restored since Monday night and crews are working in all four wards to restore residential power.

When I contacted the President of PSE&G I was advised that their goal is to have all power restored by Thursday.  I understand that this is a long time for residents who have not had power since Saturday or Sunday.

I have asked the PSE&G executives to work with the City, after this crisis passes, to re-establish the total system of protocols for emergency situations in the future.  A mobilization time of 48-72 hours is too long and we hope to be able to work with PSE&G to reduce this in the future.

Please note that the City cannot work in trees that have downed wires in them until PSE&G cuts out the wires.

Englewood DPW will be working on trees and picking up branches all week.  No appointment is required for branch pick-ups.

I will keep you advised of any updates that I receive from PSE&G.

Sincerely,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

10/31/2011 – Message from Mayor Huttle

Dear Residents:

This weekend’s storm was very damaging to property in the City of Englewood.

Over 7,500 homes lost power and hundreds of trees were damaged due to the weight of the snow and the winds. The most important thing that all residents should do is be concerned about safety, stop at all intersections where the traffic lights are out and do not move barricades or caution tape that has been put-up near down wires or trees.

I have written to PSE&G and have given them lists of all trees that are down or damaged and are involved in wires. I have asked PSE&G to give me an update as to when they expect to get power returned to the residents of Englewood.

The City of Englewood is actively working to recover from this past weekend’s storm. Due to the extensive damage, however, it may take several days until all roadways are completely reopened, and free of debris. There are still multiple wires and trees down throughout the City. If you encounter any down wires, immediately leave the area. Do not attempt, under any circumstances, to move any down or low hanging wires. Please remind all children and adults who may be going door to door tonight for trick or treating to stay away from all wires and damaged trees.

It is strongly recommended that those with young children, the elderly, and those with special needs, who are without power and/or heat, seek shelter at a location that has adequate temperature control and protection from the weather.

The City of Englewood Library, located at 31 Engle Street, meets these criteria, and will be open to all Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until 9:00 PM.

A regional shelter has been established at the FDU Rothman Center, 100 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack.  The regional shelter is open and available with food, beverage, and cots. People can stay overnight, if they do, should plan to bring the following items with them:

• Medications
• Identifications
• Toiletries
• Clothing and whatever else they need to be comfortable

Please remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only. To report non emergencies, the City of Englewood Police Department can be reached at (201) 568-2700.

Further updates will provided by the City of Englewood, as needed, in the upcoming days.

Thank you,
Mayor Frank Huttle III

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What: Town Meeting to Discuss Englewood’s Fiscal Health

Who: All Residents and Stakeholders of the City of Englewood

When: Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 7:00pm

Where: bergenPAC Cabaret Room, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, New Jersey

Last October, Mayor Huttle created the

Commission on Budget and Finance

to examine the municipal budget and recommend measures to improve the City’s financial condition.  In July, Mayor’s Commission released its report on the City’s budget and fiscal situation.

Mayor Huttle has decided to hold a Town Meeting on Monday, October 24, 2011 calling together all members of the Commission, residents, and stakeholders to discuss the City’s financial situation and recommendations of the Commission.

Please join Mayor Huttle to share your questions, concerns, and ideas in order to get the City back on a sound fiscal footing.

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Dear Residents,

I have just received an update from PSE&G on the electric power situation in Englewood. As of 4:30 pm, both the New Milford and the Englewood substations are back in full operation. Power has been restored to almost all PSE&G customers in Englewood. They now list on their website that less than 500 customers are without power. They have asked me to encourage residents to help reduce the demand on the electric grid by reducing power use, if possible, for the next few days. Please turn off lights when you leave a room and increase the temperature on your air conditioner to save energy and help avoid rolling blackouts for the Labor Day weekend.

If you do not have power restored by Friday morning, please call the City Manager’s office so that he can ensure that PSE&G has your address on their worksheet. His phone number is 201-871-6637. It is PSE&G’s goal to have all electric service restored in Englewood by Friday at noon.

As I receive updates, I will post the new information on the City’s website and here.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents:

Hurricane Watch Update 5:39 a.m., Friday August 26, 2011:
The National Weather Service Hurricane Watch Continues In Effect – Dangerous Hurricane Irene to Impact the Region Saturday Night into Sunday Night. For up to date information go to the National Weather Service website at http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.898981853950985&lon=-73.96957397460937&site=okx&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text

In case of emergency situations, all Englewood residents are directed to call the Englewood Police Department at 201-568-2700 or 911. The Englewood Fire Department Emergency Phone numbers are 201-568-6300 or 201-568-6301.

More information can be found on the State of New Jersey website at http://ready.nj.gov/. Below is some information on the website on how to prepare your home when a Hurricane is approaching:

  • Three days’ supply of canned, non-perishable, ready-to-eat food
  • Three days’ supply of water (a total of three gallons per family member)
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • One week’s prescription medication
  • First Aid Kit
  • Special needs items:
    • Infant care items
    • Items for elderly family members
    • Items for relatives with disabilities
  • Cash
  • Store important documents in a waterproof, safe location

More information on hurricane preparation is available at http://www.redcross.org/

Hurricane alerts will also be posted on the City of Englewood’s website at http://www.cityofenglewood.org/.

The City asks all residents to prepare in advance while the Hurricane is approaching Englewood. Please listen to weather forecast for updated information on the storm.

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Englewood Residents,

I am writing to let you know that the City is preparing for Hurricane Irene. Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency today. The Hurricane will most probably hit the City of Englewood late Saturday or Sunday with high winds and heavy rainfall. With the above average rainfall this month, the soil is already saturated and river levels higher, making it more likely that trees will be uprooted by high winds and significant flooding will occur. Residents may lose electricity.

The City’s Office of Emergency Management has been in contact with County OEM and is putting the necessary resources together to have our emergency operations center open on Saturday and Sunday. Representatives from the Fire Department, Police Department, Health Department and Department of Public Works will all be together to ensure that we properly respond to emergency situations. We will have public works employees, including members of our Tree and Sewer divisions, working on Saturday & Sunday to assist as needed.

The City is preparing emergency alert messages that will be sent out by phone and updates will be posted at the City of Englewood’s website at http://www.cityofenglewood.org/ after we have more information available about the track of the storm. Emergency preparation information and updates from the State can be found at http://ready.nj.gov/.

In case of emergency situations, all residents are directed to call the Englewood Police Department at 201-568-2700.

Sincerely,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Mayor Frank Huttle III announces that due to the extreme heat conditions, the Englewood city pools will be offering residents some “Beat the Heat” specials. Today through Friday, July 22, daily passes will cost $8.00 instead of $15.00 and for Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, a flat “Family Fun rate” of $30.00 will allow use of the pool for up to four family members.

Additionally, beginning on Monday, July 25, a “Half-Season” membership will go on sale at half of the regular membership rate.

“With temperatures soaring to nearly 100 degrees, I encourage Englewood families to take advantage of our two pools as a way to keep cool” said Mayor Huttle. The city operates two pools in the summer months. One is at MacKay Park and the other is at the Tryon Avenue Park. The MacKay pool is open from 1 PM to 8 PM daily and the Tryon pool is open from 1 PM to 6 PM daily.

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ENGLEWOOD, NJ – Mayor Frank Huttle III today released the Commission’s Report on the City’s budget and fiscal situation, stressing that the City faces the worst economic recession seen in over 70 years and urging the City Council and City Manager to make drastic changes to the way municipal government is financed in order to get Englewood back on a sound fiscal footing.

“For years, politicians have painted an unrealistically rosy picture to our residents of the City’s financial situation while kicking the can down the road, exacerbating an already bad fiscal environment,” said Mayor Huttle. “Unfortunately, we have come to the end of that road. Revenues have declined, costs have risen and state aid has become all but nonexistent.”

Mayor Huttle pointed to skyrocketing labor and healthcare costs as the main culprit in the City’s deteriorating financial situation and urged a move towards realistic compensation, shared services and long-term fiscal planning to improve conditions.

“Labor costs are crippling our City budget, diverting resources away from vital municipal services,” Mayor Huttle concluded.  “The unavoidable truth is this: the old ways of doing business are unsustainable. We now have no other option than to do things differently and responsibly, budgeting for long-term health — not just for any given year. Sound planning leads to sound policies and I am committed to restoring financial health and balance to our municipal government. I urge the City Council, City Manager, our department heads and our public employee unions to join me in preserving our sustainable future together by implementing the recommendations of this Commission.”

Please click here to access a copy of the Commission’s Report. Hard copies of the Report are available at City Hall.

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Dear Residents,

Thank you for helping to make this year’s fireworks show a success!

Thursday’s fireworks show was the best the City of Englewood has had yet – with great entertainment, food, and company all gathered together on the Dwight Morrow High School front lawn to celebrate Independence Day.

Turnout to the fireworks broke the thousands, with Englewood residents and our neighbors from adjoining towns bringing along their friends and family. The 4th of July is all about celebrating unity as one country, and additionally for us, as one City. I was pleased to have everyone join together as a community and partake in the festivities. I could not have asked for a better way to kick off the holiday weekend.

Once again, I would like to thank each of this year’s sponsors who, with my family, helped to make this year’s event possible: bergenPAC, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, 4 West Diner, Nisi, Bergen County Camera, Décor Inc., Vero Uomo, Bartolomeo, TREECO, and Staples.

Additionally, I would like to thank the Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Carlisle, and all City Employees who helped to coordinate this event and make it a success.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend!

Regards,
Mayor Frank Huttle III

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(Englewood) – Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle III presents the Annual Fireworks Show on Thursday, June 30th at 7:30pm. This year’s event is expected to be a spectacular show. There will be a special performance by two of this year’s very own Englewood Idols, as well as a DJ and other musical entertainment. Vendors will be on hand serving a variety of delicious food and drinks.

The Mayor invites the general public to gather at Dwight Morrow High School’s front lawn in celebration of Independence Day. Join in 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 Independence Day celebrations alive here in Englewood as we celebrate with our annual fireworks show,” the Mayor stated. “I would also like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible for Englewood.”

Sponsors of this year’s fireworks are graciously led by Mayor Frank Huttle III, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, 4 West Diner, bergenPAC and joined by Vero Uomo, Bartolomeo, TREECO, Bergen County Camera, Nisi, and Staples.

The Mayor went on to say, “I am pleased that our community has come together as one in order to make this great event happen. I look forward to seeing everyone there!”

FREE Englewood Fireworks
Thursday, June 30, 2011
7:30pm
Dwight Morrow High School
Front Lawn
274 Knickerbocker Road
Englewood, New Jersey 07631

Please visit www.englewoodone.com for more information about the fireworks and other City news!

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Below you will find a list of articles on the State Budget. Please come back to EnglewoodOne as the list will be frequently updated.

7.6.11 – States Biggest Issues Get Their Due LINK

7.5.11 – Christie Budget Cuts Will Make it Hard for Towns to Stabilize Property Taxes, Lobbying Group Says LINK

7.4.11 – In New Jersey, the Upshot of the Pension, Benefit Reform Plan LINK

7.1.11 Christie Trims Spending, Inks $29.7 Billion Budget LINK

7.1.11 Governor Christie Signs State Budget After Series of Deep Cuts LINK

7.1.11 Governor Pares $900M from NJ Budget, Signs into Law LINK

6.30.11 Christie Wields His Line-Item Veto Power LINK

6.30.11 Christie Signs a $29.7 Billion State Budget LINK

6.29.11 – Christie: NJ Homeowners Will See Property Tax Relief Due to Benefits Overhaul in Late 2012 LINK

6.28.11 – Chris Christie Signs Bill Requiring Unions Pay More LINK

6.28.11 – Christie’s Pension Victory May Come at the Expense of the Middle Class LINK

6.28.11 – Christie Signs NJ Employee Benefits Overhaul Bill LINK

6.28.11 – NJ Senate Approves Employee Pension and Health Benefits Reform LINK

6.28.11 – New Jersey Senate Sends Benefits Reform Bill to Governor LINK

6.28.11 – NJ Governor Signs Bill Reining in Employee Benefits LINK

6.27.11 – Braun: NJ Public Workers Aren’t the Enemy – or the Solution – in Budget Battle LINK

6.27.11 – NJ Democratic Budget Proposal Restores Funding to Medicaid, Provides $50M to Public Safety Fund LINK

6.27.11 – NJ Democrats to Introduce Budget Today that Restores Funding to Medicaid LINK

6.27.11 - NJ Senate to Vote Today on Nixing Out-of-State Treatment Health Care Restriction LINK

6.26.11 – Final Vote on NJ Benefits Bill Merely a Formality LINK

6.26.11 – Governor Christie Calls Pension Overhaul His Biggest Governmental Victory in Exclusive Interview LINK

6.26.11 – Political Wrestling Match Likely Over NJ Budget LINK

6.25.11 – Christie Slams NJ Democrats’ Budget Plan LINK

6.25.11 – Democrats’ Support of NJ Employee Pension Reform Has Unions Threatening Payback at the Ballot LINK

6.25.11 – Governor Chris Christie Rips Democrats’ Budget Proposal, Warns of More Modest Revenue Projection LINK

6.25.11 – NJ Governor Known for Confrontation Touts Compromises LINK

6.25.11 – NJ Governor Suggests Washinton Follow NJ’s Lead LINK

6.24.11 – Governor Christie Gets Big Win in New Jersey Over Public Unions LINK

6.24.11 – Landmark Bipartisan Pension and Health Benefits Reform LINK

6.24.11 – NJ Assembly Passes Bill Calling on Public Unions to Pay More for Health Care LINK

6.24.11 – NJ Cuts Union Benefits; Will Ax Fall Nationwide? LINK

6.24.11 – NJ Governor Christie Jabs Obama on Budget Talks LINK

6.23.11 – Calmer Christie Praises Bipartisan Bill on Pension Benefits Reform LINK

6.22.11 – Christie Wins on Pension, Health Benefits Reform LINK

6.22.11 – Governor Christie Arrives at Fair Lawn for Town Hall LINK

6.21.11 – Effort to Cut NJ Public Worker Benefits Advances Despite ‘Revolutionary’ Opposition LINK

6.21.11 – NJ Approves Benefits Reform LINK

6.21.11 – NJ Latest State to Push Public-Employee Pension Reform LINK

6.21.11 – NJ Lawmakers Down to Wire on State Budget Bill LINK

6.21.11 – NJ Senate President Sweeney’s Defining Move Painful for Public Unions LINK

6.20.11 – Editorial: NJ Pension, Health Benefits Reform is a Necessary First Step LINK

6.20.11 – In New Jersey, Bill Advances on Public Workers’ Benefits LINK

6.20.11 – Looming Vote Over Public Worker Benefits Highlights Rift Between NJ Democrats LINK

6.20.11 – NJ Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver Testifies in Favor of Insurance, Pension Overhaul LINK

6.20.11 – South Brunswick Teachers Union Reacts to State Proposal to Reform Benefits, Pensions LINK

6.20.11 – State Senate Passes Pension Reform Legislation LINK6.20.11 – Sweeney Will Again Try Scaling Back Worker Costs LINK

6.20.11 – Unions Take PR Hit by Attacking Reformers LINK

6.20.11 – Update: NJ Senate, Assembly Panel OK Pension, Health Benefits Overhaul LINK

6.19.11 – Stay the Course and Fix Benefits LINK

6.18.11 – Expert: Reforms Package Falls Short LINK

6.18.11 – NJ Democrats to Introduce Millionaires Tax Bill LINK

6.18.11 – Thousands of New Jersey State Workers Protest Savage Concessions LINK

6.17.11 – Democrats Fight Part of New Benefits Bill That Prevents Public Employees from Getting Treatment Outside of NJ LINK

6.17.11 – Details of NJ Public Worker Pension and Health Benefits Reform Bill LINK

6.17.11 – Moran: Real Leadership Sang Louder Than NJ Union’s Tired Refrains LINK

6.17.11 – NJ Democrats Try New Tactic to Foil Medicaid Cuts LINK

6.17.11 – NJ Senate Committee Approves Health, Pension Benefit Reform Despite Union Protests LINK

6.17.11 – NJ Senate Panel Advances Plan for Public Employees to Pay More for Benefits LINK

6.17.11 – Representative Holt Opposes Health Care and Pension Reform LINK

6.17.11 – Senate Committee Approves Bill to Change Public Worker Benefits and Pensions LINK

6.16.11 – As Protestors Call Out Bosses, Sources Admit, ‘There is Norcross-Joe D Fatigue’ in Democratic Caucus LINK

6.16.11 – Business Leaders Applaud Christie Announcement on Pension, Health Benefit Agreement LINK

6.16.11 – Codey Condemns Out-of-State Prohibitions in Pension/Benefits Reform Bill LINK

6.16.11 – Democrats Introduce Pension Reform Bill Without Health Care Component LINK

6.16.11 – For Some NJ Seniors, Social Security Can’t Stave Off the Rising Tax Ride LINK

6.16.11 – Full Text of Senator Steve Sweeney’s Testimony on Pension and Benefit Reform LINK

6.16.11 – Governor: Pension Deal to Help Build Affordable NJ LINK

6.16.11 – NJ Senate Committee Approves Benefits Bill to Impact 500K Public Employees LINK6.16.11 – Pension & Benefit Reform: Taking Sides LINK

6.16.11 – Senate Committee Approves Pension Reform Bill LINK

6.16.11 – Senate Committee Passes Pension and Benefits Legislation LINK

6.16.11 – Sweeney Defends His Landmark Pension and Benefit Reform LINK

6.16.11 – Sweeney: ‘More Than Enough’ Votes to Pass Reform in Senate LINK

6.16.11 – US Senator Menendez Speaks Out Against Deal to Overhaul Pension, Health Benefits for NJ Workers LINK

6.15.11 – NJ Pension Reform Deal Reached Between Christie and 4 Top Lawmakers in Trenton LINK

6.13.11 – Unions Respond to NJ Reforms With Hypocrisy LINK

6.12.11 – Pension Reform Deal is Within Reach LINK

6.9.11 – Chris Christie Applies Budget Chainsaw to Medicaid LINK

6.7.11 – NJ Senate Democrats Consider Budget That Would Increase School Funding by $600M, Reintroduce ‘Millionaire Tax’ LINK

6.1.11 – Christie Proposal to Slash Medicaid by $540 Million Puts NJ at Center of National Debate LINK

5.26.11 – Six Towns, Headed by Asbury Park, to Share $13M in State Aid if Governor Christie’s Budget is Approved LINK

5.24.11 – Democrat Says Christie’s Budget Philosophy ‘Born Out of a Moral Vacuum’ LINK

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Eugene Skurnick, candidate of the Democratic Committee of Bergen County and Glenn Coley, an independent Democrat, faced off in Englewood’s primary election on Tuesday, for 3rd Ward Council one of the few contested primaries in Bergen County.

Skurnick, a former Englewood Councilman (1978-1984), came out on top, defeating Coley 407 to 334 and ultimately securing the Democratic nomination for 3rd Ward Council seat. The difference of 23 votes between the veteran elected official and the newcomer was certainly an amazing feat for the latter, and we wish all the Democratic contenders the best of luck in the future.

I would like to congratulate Eugene Skurnick on his win and wish him much luck in November’s general election at which time he will face Republican Shalissa Burgess. I would also like to congratulate Glenn Coley, a Teaneck Police Officer, who opposed Mr. Skurnick. Although a newcomer to politics, Mr. Coley ran a solid campaign and I look forward to him remaining active in our community.

As a whole, Democrats did extremely well in Englewood, holding an overwhelming amount of votes over the Republican candidates on the ballot they will face in November. Not only would I like to congratulate the Democrats, but I would like to also give accolades to all those who ran in the primary election this year. It is people like you that ensure that our governmental system works as a true democracy.

To find a complete copy of the Unofficial Primary Election Results, please click here.

Unofficial Primary Election Results:

Senate:
Republican Robert S. Lebovics – 67
Democrat Loretta Weinberg – 1028

Assembly:
Republican Keith Jensen – 64
Republican Gregory John Aslanian – 61
Democrat Gordon M. Johnson – 988
Democrat Valerie Vainieri Huttle – 980

County Clerk:
Republican Elizabeth Randall – 67
Democrat John S. Hogan – 951

Surrogate:
Republican Andrew Cimiluca – 64
Democrat Michael R. Dressler – 953

Freeholders:
Republican Joel Brizzi – 66
Republican Anthony W. Rottino – 62
Democrat David Ganz – 934
Democrat Joan Voss – 936

Council Ward 1:
Republican Michael Oren Epstein - 14
Democrat Marc A. Forman - 149

Council Ward 3:
Republican: Shalissa Burges – 29
Democrat Eugene Skurnick – 407
Democrat Glenn Coley – 334

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Please join the City of Englewood as we remember those who have made the supreme sacrifice for their country’s freedom at the Memorial Day Service and Parade, Monday May 30, 2011.

Line-up starts at 9:30am and the ceremony will begin promptly at 10am at the Soldiers’ Monument (in case of rain, at bergenPAC). The parade to Veterans’ Memorial Park will commence immediately after the services.

This year’s Grand Marshals are long-time residents Bravell Nesbitt and Richard Krane. Both active members of the community, they served in the United States Army in the Korean War and received military honors.

Please find a copy of the program here, with more information about the day’s services, Grand Marshals, and Englewood’s Honor Roll.

Special thanks go out to Olga Moscario and the Englewood Commemorative Council for putting the program together.

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At Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, the Mayor and Council will designate June 19th as “Juneteenth Day” in the City of Englewood. Juneteenth was first observed over 130 years ago on June 19, 1865 when General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free. Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration of the abolition of slavery in the United States, symbolizes freedom and reminds all Americans of the significant contributions African-Americans have made to our society.

The first State to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday was Texas in 1980. In 2004, late Englewood resident and District 37 representative Senator Byron Baer sponsored Senate Bill No. 566 in the legislature designating the third Saturday in June of each year as “Juneteenth Independence Day” in New Jersey “to commemorate the emancipation of African Americans and foster respect for all cultures.”

The Jabari Society of Bergen County, in a partnership with the City of Englewood, is pleased to announce the City’s First Annual Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration and Festival, running from June 16 – 19th at Mackay Park. This celebration is a very special one for the City of Englewood as it will surely bring together the diversity of our City.

To find a complete copy of the City of Englewood’s resolution, click here, and to find a copy of the Jabari Society’s Juneteenth flyer detailing the line up of events June 16 – 19th, click here.

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Dear Residents:

At this evening’s City Council meeting, two very important issues will be addressed: first, the adoption of the 2011 City Budget and second, the appointment of a new City Manager. Click here for the full council agenda.

The 2011 Budget calls for a decrease in spending and a zero-based tax increase. This represents the first time since 1999 where Englewood’s taxpayers will not see a tax levy hike. The proposed $60,546,626.81 City Budget is nearly $41,000 less than last year’s adopted budget of $60,587,773. I thank the City Council and City Government for all their hard work. I am confident that we can now move forward together to formulate a long-term budgetary plan for the City of Englewood and begin our focus on the 2012 Budget. The road ahead will be difficult but I’m certain if we come together we will pull through.

Daniel Fitzpatrick, now former City Manager, has resigned from his position effective this past April 30th; effective May 31st, Acting City Manager Robert Gorman will be retiring. Because of the time constraints imposed by their respective resignations and retirements, the position of City Manager was immediately advertised. In addition, as Council President, I formed a search committee comprised of myself and Councilpersons Lynne Algrant and Jack Drakeford (with Councilman Michael Cohen serving as an alternate) to expeditiously review the applications submitted for the position of City Manager and to conduct interviews of qualified candidates. These qualifications required the incoming City Manager to have extensive experience in New Jersey city government administration, hold a Master’s degree, and have other skills including budgeting, labor, human resources, and general management.

After the search committee carefully screened each resume and conducted interviews, the final candidates were brought before the City Council. Timothy Dacey, one of the final candidates, stood out. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Dacey has worked at all levels of government – local, county, and state – while additionally holding positions in administration – such  as his current job as the Vice President of Administrative Services at Bergen Community College. Mr. Dacey’s hiring will also result in a savings of over $30,000 annually, with the additional, generous benefits of the prior City Manager eliminated. His appointment will become effective on or before June 1st. I wish to thank Mr. Fitzpatrick for his service to our community. I’d also like to thank the committee for all of their hard work in finding a City Manager that can help move Englewood forward to fiscal stability and to create greater efficiency and management of our City’s operations.

I encourage you all to come out, listen, and participate. I hope that I can count on seeing you tonight at 7:30pm at the Municipal Court for this very important City Council Meeting!             

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Mayor Frank Huttle III today announced that the budget introduced this Tuesday at the City Council meeting will contain zero base tax increases without a reduction in services.  The mayor also warned that it was necessary to reduce spending across all levels of government in order to get Englewood’s fiscal house in order.

“This budget does not contain any tax increases but much more work remains to be done to ensure that it becomes a reality,” said Mayor Huttle.  “I look forward to vigorous public participation and debate before it is adopted this spring and I look forward to working side by side with the city council, every department and resident in the city to produce a fiscally responsible budget.”

The Mayor’s Budget and Finance Commission held over 18 meetings on the 2011 budget starting in Nov. 2010. Additionally, the council held approximately ten meetings in council workshops to prepare the budget being introduced on Tuesday. More meetings will be held in the next several months to finalize the budget.

“While this budget does not contain painful tax increases and service cuts, I want to be very clear that Englewood’s finances are at the tipping point.  We have long over-relied on the old way of doing things, which has led to spiraling costs and dwindling revenue.  Quite simply, we need to reinvent the way our government operates. If we don’t act now, collectively as one community, residents will lose valuable city services and employees will face lost jobs, lost compensation or both in the years to come.”

Once the budget is published on March 31st, the city will hold a meeting seeking input from the public  on  April 12th.  The final budget is scheduled to be adopted on May 6th.

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Dear Residents,

As you are aware, the City Council and I are nearing the end of our budget deliberations. Our final Budget Workshop Meeting before the 2011 Budget is introduced has been scheduled. This meeting will take place tomorrow evening, March 14th, at 6:30pm in City Hall, and will be open to the public.

The following evening, March 15th, the City Manager will introduce the 2011 Budget at the City Council Meeting at 7:30pm in the Municipal Court building. Once the 2011 Budget is introduced, a public hearing will be scheduled no later than 28 days after its introduction as mandated by the State. This meeting has been scheduled for April 12, 2011.

Agendas for both of these meetings are now available and are posted on my website, Englewood One. I once again strongly encourage you join us at both the Workshop and the City Council Meeting.

Regards,
Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Residents,

As you are all aware, the 2011 budget process is underway. Over the past few weeks, the City Council has held Budget Hearings with eight of our City’s Departments. This week, there is currently one Budget Workshop Meeting scheduled that I strongly encourage you to attend:

  • On Wednesday, February 23rd, there will be a City Council Budget Workshop Meeting at 7:00pm held at City Hall in the Second Floor Conference Room, 2-10 N. Van Brunt Street. On the agenda for the evening is:
    • Administration
    • Finance
    • Non-Departmental
    • Landfill/Utilities
    • Insurance/Statutory Expenditures
    • Supplemental
    • Capital

During these fiscally challenging times, it is extremely important that you attend these meetings. Please come out, listen, and let your voice be heard. Your participation and input is advantageous to the whole budget process.

I am happy to report that resident attendance at our Budget Hearings has been steadily increasing. I am also happy to report that our residents have been posing insightful questions and suggestions to the City’s Department Heads and Council.

To briefly recap, the following Budget Hearings have already occured:

  • 2/1: Fire Department, 2/8 Police Department, 2/9 Department of Public Works, 2/9 Building and Code Enforcement, 2/15 Library, 2/15 Parks and Recreation, 2/16 Court, and 2/16 Health Department.

When additional Budget Hearings are scheduled, I will be sure to inform you. I welcome you to join us in this process. The City cannot move forward without you!

Regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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Dear Englewood Residents:

It was once said that inaction, contrary to its reputation as being a refuge, is neither safe nor comfortable. I am asking you today to guard against inaction and participate in the upcoming City budget hearings. I am writing to you not just to inform you about the process of the budget, but to additionally let you know about our upcoming Budget Workshop Hearing dates.

  • On Tuesday, February 8th, in addition to our regular Council Workshop Meeting, there will be a Budget Workshop Hearing with the Police Department.
  • On Thursday, February 10th, there will be a Budget Workshop Hearing with the Department of Public Works and with Building and Code Enforcement.
  • Both of these meetings are open to the public, will begin at 7:30pm, and will be held at City Hall in the second floor conference room.

Next week I will be scheduling additional Budget Workshop Hearing dates and I will let you know of the dates later this week. I cannot tell you how important it is that each and every one of you participate in these budget hearings and forward this invite to your neighbors and friends. I also encourage each and every one of you to voice your questions, comments, and concerns at these hearings. Letting your voices be heard at this critical time in Englewood’s revitalization is critical!

I am extremely pleased that the budget process is underway as we speak. The City Manager presented his budget to the City Council at January 18th’s Council Meeting. Since this meeting, we have all been diligently working in an expeditious yet efficient manner so that the Council can adopt the budget in a timely manner. Working concurrently, the Mayor’s Budget and Finance Commission is also hard at work to provide its report to the City Manager.

The 2010 budget was adopted in August – eight months into the calendar year. Last year showed us that we needed to enact change…and fast. 2011 was quickly approaching, and it was obvious that a new process needed to be formulated. We needed to meet most, if not all of our deadlines so that we could adopt the 2011 budget by the State’s deadline. We also needed to learn to join together and work collaboratively – not just alone as a Mayor, a City Manager, a member of the City Council, or an Englewood resident – but as one team, coming together to solve our City’s problems.

The City Manager’s presentation of the 2011 budget was the first step in this process. The second step in the process is to hold Budget Workshop Hearings with each of the City’s department heads, which we are currently doing. Our most recent Council Meeting on February 1st included a Budget Workshop with the Fire Department. Acting Chief Gerald Marion gave a presentation on the state of the Fire Department with regard to the budget. Great questions were asked by the Council and answered by the Chief. I was happy to see some of our residents in the audience sharing in this process, though there were very few. I hope that the poor weather is in part to blame for this and that more of our residents will join us at future Budget Workshops.

There are quite a few departments that the City still has to meet with in addition to the Fire Department. Since we are already ahead of the process, I am confident that we will continue to stay on track and adopt the budget sometime during mid to late March.

Adopting the budget in mid to late March means that we will be adopting our City’s budget before the State adopts its budget – and we will not know what the State numbers will be. Thus, we will have to estimate to the best of our ability and hope we are correct. If not, we will have to amend the budget to adjust for these numbers. This is only a minor task compared to what might occur if we were to wait too long to adopt our city budget.

I strongly urge each and every one of you to come out and participate at these budget hearings. For every citizen I saw participating at our recent budget hearing, I knew there were others at home who had something to contribute.

This year will be about working together as one community and as one Englewood. If we cannot work together as one, we will not achieve our City’s true potential. So let us all make 2011’s budget process a success!

Please attend the hearings, be informed and participate! Also, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or my office at 201-871-6666.

Regards,

Mayor and Council President Frank Huttle III

Upcoming Budget Workshop Meetings

  • Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 @ 7:30pm
    (City Council Workshop Meeting)
    Police Department
    City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Thursday, February 10th, 2011 @ 7:30pm
    Building and Code Enforcement
    Department of Public Works
    City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room
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Communications From The Mayor:

This year is off to a great start.

I am happy to announce that our first Council Workshop Meeting was held last Tuesday, January 11th. This workshop meeting is one of many that will now occur each Tuesday at City Hall one week before our regular Council Meetings. The purpose of these work sessions is, as the name suggests, to “work.” On these days, we will work until we are finished. These sessions will allow us to analyze, discuss, and challenge the upcoming agenda along with any other pertinent issues that arise so that we do not go into a Council Meeting blind and uninformed.

I strongly urge the public to come out to these workshop meetings and participate. It is certainly a wonderful opportunity for all of our residents as they can see their city government work right before their eyes.

I am also happy to say that we can finally say, “Let it snow!” I would like to congratulate the Department of Public Works, DPW Director Clyde Sweatt, the City Manager, and the City Council for their efforts this past year in improving our snow removal system and the great work they did during the last few storms. I can say that I have seen a significant improvement over the last year alone and have in addition heard countless comments from our residents expressing their sincere approval. As we all know, the system is not yet perfect and there are still minor defects that we will work on fixing; however, I can say we are finally on the right track.

In these difficult economic times, we must always be looking for new, innovative ways to revive our city and the heart of it: our downtown. This is why, last year, I created the Downtown Economic Growth and Stability Commission. In the near future, I will be holding a town-hall style meeting with Englewood’s merchants and stakeholders to discuss the future of downtown Englewood and what we can do to restore its vitality.

Acting Fire Chief Gerald Marion has announced that he is in the process of obtaining a commemorative steel memento from the World Trade Center for our city. As we come upon the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks this year, I believe this would certainly be an honor for our city to possess. A very special event will be held this year to honor the victims and first responders of the attacks as well as their family members and friends. The 9/11 Committee will be expanding and working more on this special event later in the year.

I also want to mention the success of Englewood Idol, which was recently held at bergenPAC. This was a wonderful show and I want to congratulate the children from both the public and private schools in Englewood for their excellent performances.

Finally, I left the most important item to discuss for last: the budget. The City Manager has presented his budget at this Council Meeting, and I am happy that he was able to prepare this presentation by the deadline of January 15th. Almost immediately, we will hold Budget Workshop Meetings which the dates have yet to be established, and I invite the public to come out to listen and participate. On the current path we are on now, the City Manager’s budget will be introduced on February 15th and the City Council will adopt it by March 15th. Because we are hopefully adopting the budget before the State does, we will need to estimate what the State numbers will be. If we are wrong, we will have to amend our budget. Amending the budget is nothing compared to the mess we will face if we wait to pass the budget like we did last year.

Resolutions:

Resolution #029-01-18-11: Amend Schedule of Holidays for 2011 to include New Year’s Day, January 2, 2012.

Resolution #030-01-18-11: Renewal of Liquor Licenses for 2010-2011.

Resolution #031-01-18-11: Authorizing Public Donor Agreement with Vincent T. Kibbs Child Development Center in the amount of $58,413 for 2011 subject to budgetary appropriations.

Resolution #032-01-18-11: Awarding Bid for Lease of Property at 136 Cedar Lane for Cellular Communications Use.

Resolution #033-01-18-11: Appoint City Solicitor, reappointing William J. Bailey, Esquire for a period of one year beginning January 1, 2011 and ending December 31, 2011.

Resolution #034-01-18-11: Appoint Municipal Auditor, services from Suplee, Clooney, and Company.

Resolution #035-01-18-11: Appoint Real Estate Appraiser, services from McNerney & Associates.

Resolution #036-01-18-11: Authorizing Appointment of Assistant City Solicitor (Prosecutor) Gerald Oratio.

Resolution #037-01-18-11: Authorizing Appointment of Public Defender Aishaah Rasul.

Resolution #038-01-18-11: Authorizing Appointment of Code Enforcement Attorney Carl Beckwith.

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“[The snow removal this year was] miraculous and we and our neighbors rub our eyes in disbelief,” claimed Ary Freilich, an Englewood resident of over twenty-five years.

It is certainly not shocking that Ary was in disbelief over Englewood’s neatly plowed streets: for decades, Englewood residents had to deal with the city’s poor system of snow removal. While hundreds of residents complained over the years, it was not until the wake of  last year’s snow storm that both residents and city officials decided that enough was enough.

During last year’s snow storm, I worked first-hand with the Department of Public Works as they made their way around Englewood “cleaning” the streets. Unfortunately, the streets were everything but clean; one resident pointed out that “The town fail[ed] to plow the streets…leaving us trapped, sometimes for days on end.” Clearly, then, this became more than just a problem: it became a safety issue for our citizens.

A new plan needed to be established before the next storm hit because it was apparent that the old plan had miserably failed.

Since the snow storm last year, the DPW, city officials, the Council and I have been working collaboratively on structuring a new system of snow removal for the city – one that will work in a more efficient and timely manner, leave the streets cleaner, and reduce the risk of hazards.

In addition to the implementing replacement plan for some of the DPW’s outdated equipment, we have also hired private contractors to supplement the work of the DPW. These private contractors have proven to be a great asset in the aftermath of the recent December and January snow storms. Resident Raphael Benaroya even noted, “Our street has never, ever been so promptly and well-plowed as after the last two storms…As I drive through the city, I am impressed.”

Ultimately, what this issue has shown is what our city can accomplish by simply working together. I would like to especially congratulate the DPW for their hard work and successes during the last two snow storms. I hope that their successes will continue in the future to avoid the mishaps we have encountered during the last few decades. In addition to the DPW, I would like to also commend all of the city officials who have participated in this process and who have helped to make this clean-up a success.

When we come together as city officials to solve a problem, we can also unite our city’s residents along with us. Richard Krane, a long time resident of Englewood for over fifty years said, “This snow removal was the best I have seen [in fifty years]. We are proud to be residents of Englewood.”

I hope our last two successes can serve as an example for all future endeavors we take on as a city.

Best regards,

Mayor Frank Huttle III

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From: The Record, Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by Melissa M. Hayes, Staff Writer

ENGLEWOOD — Mayor Frank Huttle kicked off his first workshop meeting as City Council president by pledging to improve the city.

“We need to do a better job,” Huttle told council members Tuesday. “We are not a small town. This is a city and I wholeheartedly believe the city can be managed better. The efficiencies need to be better. We need to look at cost in a totality and we need to look at service.”

Huttle is the first mayor to also serve as council president, an appointment that the council unanimously approved at the Jan. 4 reorganization meeting.

Although he is serving as president, the city charter prohibits him as mayor from voting on ordinances or resolutions. But he now has the power to set the agenda, which gives him more authority than previous mayors.

One of his first acts as council president was to hold the workshop and action meetings on separate nights.

The mayor and council members called on City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick to produce a flat budget, with hiring and salary freezes.

Council members asked that Fitzpatrick consider sharing services with the city’s school district as a way to cut spending.

Fitzpatrick said he had a hiring freeze last year and did not give raises to any non-union employees. Fitzpatrick will introduce a budget Jan. 18.

Huttle said he wants the council to adopt it by the end of March.

Huttle also called on city officials to enforce the snow removal ordinance, which requires all sidewalks to be cleared within 24 hours. He asked that the law be posted on the city’s website and said if residents don’t comply, the city should remove the snow and bill the property owner.

The mayor also asked Police Chief Arthur O’Keefe to compile a list of all street lights in the city that are out, which would be sent to the Public Service Electric and Gas Co. O’Keefe said at least 100 street lights are out across the city.

“This is a persistent issue with respect to public safety,” he said.

O’Keefe said he is also working with a company that is donating small solar-powered lights, which he plans to install in the street near Congregation Ahvath, where a resident was killed in a hit and run accident on Broad Avenue last month.

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ENGLEWOOD, NJ – At Tuesday night’s annual reorganization meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to restructure the way the city government operates. For the first time in the history of the city, a mayor was elected to dually serve as Council President.

“I am grateful for the confidence you have placed in me to take control of our city’s broken government,” said Mayor Huttle. “I look forward to working with the Council, City Manager, and residents to make Englewood the best city there is.” Sharing in the celebrations were newly elected Councilman Michael Cohen, veteran Councilman Jack Drakeford, and Councilwoman Pro Tem Lynne Algrant, all of whom were additionally sworn in last night.

As Council President, the mayor can set the agendas and preside over Council meetings; as mayor, he can still continue to vote in tie-breakers and additionally hold the power to veto ordinances. “The doors of our city government will be open wider than ever before,” Mayor Huttle remarked, stressing the idea of transparency. To make city government more accessible to the residents, the mayor also announced that Englewood’s Council meetings are set to be televised beginning sometime in early February.

The Council will also be holding workshop meetings once every other Tuesday, twice the amount of meetings that the Council typically met in prior years. The mayor noted that the Council would spend as much time as necessary on the issues affecting Englewood, with emphasis on the budget, stating, “We must first become fiscally responsible before we can address other items on the agenda. The process in which we execute tasks is vital.”

“Further,” Mayor Huttle added, “it is essential that we all work together as one Englewood, despite our differences, to solve our city’s problems. Process is the key to progress in our city, so let us work hand in hand to ensure that the process is done correctly.”

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From: The Northern Valley Suburbanite, Friday, January 7, 2011 by Mike Curley, Staff Writer

ENGLEWOOD – The city council elected Mayor Frank Huttle as the governing body’s president on Jan. 4 – a move that some political experts say could bring the two municipal offices closer together.

Huttle said he was “grateful and honored,” by the vote of confidence the council showed in him.

Englewood’s city charter, which was adopted in 1978, allows for the mayor to be elected council president. Council Attorney William Bailey said the move was fairly unique to the city.

While Huttle will preside over and set the meetings, he will still not have voting power except to break a tie.

At the meeting, Huttle said as council president he would change how the council operates, with workshop meetings to take place every other week, between the regular council meetings.

Having the mayor act as council president moves Englewood toward a borough form of government which is practiced in several other municipalities in Bergen County, said Professor Emeritus Earnest Reock of the Center for Government Services at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey.

He said while he has not heard of a mayor being elected council president in the past, the practice of combining the two positions is not unusual.

One advantage of having the mayor serve as council president, Reock said, is to bring the offices closer together, and avoid the potential for having a council and a mayor that are at odds with each other.

On the other hand, he said, it could diffuse the responsibility of the offices, and blur the lines between the executive and legislative branches of government.

Algrant said later in the meeting that the council has to take the opportunity and challenge to reorganize how the city is run.

The coming decade, she said, will redefine city government, and she invited residents to join with the city in reorganizing for the future.

Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, who was present at the meeting, commended her husband for taking on the extra responsibility that would come with the position of council president, noting he has “a lot on his plate.”

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From: The Record, Tuesday, January 4, 2011 by Giovanna Fabiano, Staff Writer

ENGLEWOOD — Mayor Frank Huttle was sworn in as City Council president at Tuesday night’s -reorganization meeting,  marking the first time in city history that an elected official has held both posts at the same time.

The council unanimously voted to nominate Huttle – who is a year into his mayoral term – before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people.

“I look forward to working with all of you, and I am honored and privileged that you have the confidence in me to take on this role and do something that has never been done before,” Huttle said after he was sworn in by his wife, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Englewood.

More than a dozen New York public officials, including state Senate Majority Leader John Sampson, attended to support Englewood’s newest councilman, Michael Cohen, Sampson’s chief of staff.

Cohen, who replaces Charlotte Bennett Schoen as the Second Ward council representative, was sworn in by New York State Supreme Court Justice Ellen Spodek.

Sampson said he should have spent Tuesday night “counting votes in Albany to see if I’m still the majority leader,” but instead, he chose to come to Englewood to speak about Cohen.

“It’s important that in the good times and bad, even when times are dark, that you have a friend you can always rely on, and Mike has been that friend,” Sampson said.

“Remember that you’re doing this not for yourself, but for the people you represent,” he said.

New York City Councilman Mathieu Eugene also spoke on Cohen’s behalf, calling him a “dedicated person who will exceed your expectations.”

Veteran Fourth Ward Councilman Jack Drakeford, who was easily reelected in November, was sworn in by the Rev. Vernon Walton of Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

Councilwoman Lynne Algrant was sworn in by Assemblyman Gordon Johnson as council president pro tem, the second in command.

Bennett Schoen, who was elected in 2005, opted not to run in November in order to participate in a global justice assignment in India for the American Jewish World Service. She was given a plaque by council members, each of whom praised her dedication to the city.

“Charlotte, I always look to you as a touchstone to do what’s right, so I’m going to really miss you,” said Councilman Ken Rosensweig.

Despite his position as council president, Huttle will not vote on ordinances or resolutions — a rule that applies to the mayor under the city charter. But he will set the agenda and lead meetings, allowing him more political power than previous Englewood mayors, who have traditionally served a more ceremonial role.

Huttle, who replaced Scott Reddin as council president, said he would make some changes, including scheduling work sessions on separate nights from council meetings and calling on experts in what will likely be a difficult economic year.

“We’re going to face some serious challenges, but we’re going to roll up our sleeves and work together,” he said.

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Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Senator Loretta Weinberg presented a resolution to Councilmember Charlotte Bennett-Schoen for her service to Englewood for the last six years. We wish her all the best of luck on her humanitarian service trip to India and in the future, and we will additionally be honoring her at January 4th’s reorganization meeting.

Communications…

The Finance and Budget Commission has been hard at work meeting with the various department heads in the city. I thank the City Manager for inviting the Commission to sit in on all of these meetings. I trust that the City Manager is preparing a budget report that will be completed and presented in the very near future. We are currently moving on the right track this year and because we are starting the process early this year, I am confident we will not run into the problems that we had last year.

December 7th’s Council Meeting was a historic moment for the City of Englewood and its residents. It was the first time that our city live-streamed a Council Meeting and brought city government into the homes of our residents in order to encourage transparency and more public participation in issues affecting our city. I hope that the City Council and residents will support me on this as we enter the New Year.

Second Reading and Public Hearing…

Ordinance #10-36 would amend Ordinance 3-10 which was an ordinance authorizing certain roadway improvements as local improvements and specially assessing the benefits derived therefrom, up to the cost thereof, upon properties specially benefitting thereby, in order to include Block 2605.

Resolutions…

#259-12-21-10: resolution accepting the accounting of the executrix of the estate of Eleanor S. Harvey.

#260-12-21-10: resolution to join New Jersey Sustainable Energy Joint Meeting in order to seek out the lowest cost of energy and to save a minimum of 10%.

#261-12-21-10: extension of liquor license to receiver of Joe II Wines & Liquor.

#262-12-21-10: award professional services contract to RBA Engineers to provide services to Flat Rock Brook Nature Center for Quarry Pond dredging.

#263-12-21-10: award professional services contract to Warren and Panzer Engineers, P.C. to provide an environmental review and remediation report.

#264-12-21-10: authorize application for local government energy audit program.

#265-12-21-10: authorize award of contract for auxiliary snow plowing and ice removal.

#266-12-21-10: authorize budget transfers for the 2010 budget. These budget transfers will take place on December 31, 2010.

I want to thank all of the residents who came out and participated at this week’s Council Meeting. Once again, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any problems or concerns. I wish everyone in the City of Englewood a happy and healthy holiday and a Happy New Year!

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