Mayor And Council Meeting 12-3-2013
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, December 05, 2013, 02:56 PM EST
As usual, the Mayor and Council meeting started one half hour late. But this time there was no start time mentioned on the printed agenda, a new rendition that included the Work Session. Highlight of the meeting was the swearing in of Deputy Police Chief Robert M. Guidetti. After that, the Mayor and Council made quick dispatch of the agenda and the meeting ended at 9:05 PM. Many of the chamber occupants were already downstairs to share in the celebratory party for our new Deputy Chief.
To a packed chamber, Deputy Chief Robert M. Guidetti was promoted from Captain to Paramus Deputy Chief of Police. His bio was given by both Mayor Rich LaBarbiera and Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg. Present were Guidetti's parents, wife, children and relatives as well as many members of the Police Department and the Police Honor Guard.
The new Deputy Chief gave an answering thank you that was eloquent, passionate and intense enough to encompass the people in his life who had had a part in his attaining this high honor. The audience was spellbound by his ability to weave everything and everybody into his talk, something rarely heard from our newest Deputy Chief or his predecessors. He made Paramus proud by acknowledging that he had stock in Paramus: he was born and bred here and has participated in many of the attributes that Paramus has to offer. Raising his family was difficult while adhering to the rigorous demands that the department makes on officers going up through the ranks. He is thoroughly imbued with all aspects of our wonderful town and Paramus is fortunate to have, as its Deputy Chief, such a man!
In other Boro business, Councilman Pat Verile announced that the Shade Tree and Parks Department is making available the sponsorship of Park benches. In a program dubbed Adopt-A-Bench, Superintendent Jay Sexton is facilitating a way to memorialize or to honor a loved one. Checks in the amount of $1,600.00 made out to Borough of Paramus - Adopt A Bench Program will start the naming process.
Councilwoman MariaElena Bellinger mentioned the Police Department Toy Drive and that anyone wanting to volunteer for a Paramus Committee will have a way to do so in about a week when it is due to appear on the Paramus Borough website.
In its second year, the tree lighting ceremony at the Boro Hall has been expanded. Taking place on Saturday, December 14th from 2 - 6 Pm, it will involve, not only tree lighting around 4:30 PM but also amusements and Santa Claus. Former Councilman Dennis Arslanian has been hard at work on this along with Mayor Rich LaBarbiera, Boro Administrator Joe D'Arco and Municipal Housing Liaison Diane Marichal. Arslanian stressed that this celebration was achieved without taxpayer dollars. Donations throughout the community including the Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club, of which he is a member, contributed to make it possible.