MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER The spring season has sprung upon us with the usual beautiful sights of splendid blooms, the Baseball Opening Day Parade, the Earth Day celebration, and the Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival. This spring was also marked by the not-so-beautiful biannual Village Municipal Elections. This election unfortunately brought more showers than flowers.
Post Election Needless to say, I'm sure you are all election'd out by now so I will not rehash what transpired during the election. It was a particularly contentious one and we simply must move forward. After all, the spring season is about renewal. As a community, we have to mend the rifts and come together to collaborate on the issues. That is the only way we can move forward. We can accomplish a lot more by working together toward solutions than by being divided and focusing on our differences. I hope we can all come together and move forward, armed with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the issues at hand.
Hudson Street Garage On Wednesday, April 25, there was a discussion and presentation regarding the design and plan for the Hudson Street Garage. Residents had a chance to see a detailed presentation by Epic Management Inc. The design by Epic provides the best balance in terms of fit, value and functionality, while incorporating a design that fits within the existing lot.
255 parking spaces
3 stories with open fourth level
All parking is head in, 90 degree, with no parallel parking
Stall dimensions: 8'-6" x 18'-0"
All parking within the structure is on flat areas
The project cost is $10 million with a guaranteed maximum price of $11 million. It is worth noting that, before the negotiations, Epic had come in with quotes as high as $12.6 million for the project. I am very proud of the work Mayor Knudsen and I have done in negotiating. Vote on funding is expected to take place in six weeks.
Street Paving The paving work on our roads has begun. The County is currently paving its roads in various areas of the Village. The Village has begun to work on the manholes. We expect the concrete work will begin by mid May. The paving of Village-owned streets will begin once the concrete work has been completed. We expect to pave approximately 7.5 miles of roads over the next 12 months. In the meantime, please refer to our 2018 Ridgewood Paving List
Update on Maple Park Turf Field The Maple Field turf replacement project is underway. The old turf has been removed. According to the vendor, the production and shipping of the new turf is on schedule. In the meantime, crews will be working on the leveling of the sub base and conducting tests to ensure proper drainage. The replacement should be completed by early June.
Public WiFi Through the collaboration of the Parks Recreation & Conservation Board (PRCB) and our IT Department, the Village will now offer free WiFi at certain public locations. It will be first rolled out at Graydon Pool and The Stable in early June. We are currently working on other locations including Van Neste Square Memorial Park which is located in the heart of our Central Business District.
New Business Highlight Ridgewood welcomes its newest restaurant and bar Bareburger to our Downtown. Bareburger has officially opened its doors at the location previously occupied by Gen Sushi. The New York-based chain is committed to serving sustainable fare and offers organic burgers and locally sourced foods. Bareburger has restaurants in six states across the U.S. as well as international locations. Its other locations in NJ are in Closter, Edgewater, Hoboken, and Montclair.
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Ramon M. Hache Sr Councilman Village of Ridgewood 201-670-5500 Ext. 201
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