Mayor And Council Meeting 5-21-13
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 07:48 PM EDT
It was a very busy night for the Mayor and Council. Delayed by important business in the Caucus Room, the meeting did not start until ten minutes after the scheduled time of 7:45. The meeting, officially opened by Mayor Rich LaBarbiera, started off with the Students In Government sponsored by the Paramus ELKS and overseen by Chip Morgan. After that came the swearing in of Captain Robert Guidetti of the Paramus Police Department. Then came a Presentation of New Jersey Healthy Town and Recognition of the Paramus High School Music Department including teachers and students. I've lived in Paramus for years seemed to be the main theme throughout these presentations.
We will deal with the Elks Student Council in another article.
Robert 'Rob' Guidetti has been brought up in Paramus and, in addition to the Police Department, he has given time to the Paramus Volunteer Fire Department for many years. This was brought out by Deputy Chief (acting Chief) Kenneth Ehrenberg who gave Rob accolades, all from the heart without the benefit of notes. Our Deputy Chief, also a native Paramus resident as is our our Mayor, is another Volunteer Fireman. I might add that Captain Guidetti and I went on a GPS expose a few years ago. http://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/20071211143218776 .
Mayor LaBarbiera took the time while honoring Guidetti to have the Council ratify seven acting police officer's positions to permanent ones. Our Deputy Chief was not promoted as yet because Chief Christopher Brock is not officially retired until the end of June although he is on leave. On a personal note, Kenny Ehrenberg who is also a lawyer, has a son who has been accepted into the United States Air Force Academy. We congratulate the Ehrenberg family.
There is a Police National Memorial scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 at Police Memorial Park. www.ParamusPost.com apologizes for missing it due to illness.
Health Officer Judy Migliaccio has earned Paramus the honor of Paramus being named New Jersey Healthy Town. This was shared with two other towns in New Jersey and makes us one of thirteen total to have received this accolade. After that award, the Paramus Music Department recognized teachers and students who have received many different state rewards.
For the benefit of Paramus residents, there is now a town clock sponsored primarily by the 4 Rotary Clubs in town with Paramus Sunrise Rotary being the main supporter and led by Mukesh Malkan. If you drive by at nite, you will note that the clock glows in the dark. It is located at the triangle on E. Midland Avenue and Farview Avenue across from the new digital sign.
Paramus Council introduced an Ordinance appointing a Quality of Life Officer. Former Mayor Jimmy Tedesco took the dais during the Open To The Public portion to declaim the low salary being offered and to decry that it was not enough to have Pride in Paramus. During his terms, he had two people assigned to this task and to watch for unkempt grounds and garbage left out.
The Council Chambers are undergoing much needed renovations. The side areas have been redone ceiling wise and the main ceiling showed gaps where the BX cables were being strung. The Mayor promised that Mel's chair on the aisle up front will have the cushions replaced so that the jutting spring will not interfere with one's posterior!