Bus stop made permanent

Commissioners also pass agreement with Guttenberg for truck

From left to right: Commissioner Allen Pascual, Commissioner Frank Gargiulo, Mayor Nicholas Sacco, and Commissioner Julio Marenco at the Jan. 11 Board of Commissioners meeting.
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From left to right: Commissioner Allen Pascual, Commissioner Frank Gargiulo, Mayor Nicholas Sacco, and Commissioner Julio Marenco at the Jan. 11 Board of Commissioners meeting.

North Bergen’s Board of Commissioners passed a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday to turn a “courtesy” bus stop at Bergen Turnpike and 37th Street into an official one. That means it will get a permanent sign and a shelter.
Residents had given the township a petition requesting the stop back in November during a meeting with the North Bergen Police Department at Town Hall. NJ Transit buses sometimes stopped there out of courtesy because it had been a stop in the past, but until recently, there was no sign.
At their Jan. 11 meeting, the commissioners also approved a shared services agreement between Guttenberg and North Bergen. The two year agreement, lasting from Jan 1, 2017 to Jan 1, 2019, will see North Bergen receive title ownership of a Van-Con Vacuum Jetter Pipe Cleaning Truck from Guttenberg, valued at $25,000. In turn, the township will permit Guttenberg to store some of their DPW (Department of Public Works) or OEM (Office of Emergency Management) vehicles in a property at 4400 West Side Ave. for just $100/month.
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North Bergen will help tiny Guttenberg store its salt for snowstorms.
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Even though North Bergen already has a Jetter truck, Guttenberg’s version is much smaller and better suited to the township’s terrain, Pianese claims.
“Based on the hills and the topography of North Bergen, sometimes we can’t get our bigger truck into certain areas,” Pianese said. “So we have no use for this truck. So we got together [with Guttenberg] and talked about it.”
The agreement will also see North Bergen supply and load salt onto Guttenberg’s trucks for snowstorms, at a rate of $75 per ton of salt provided. This will prove useful, as Guttenberg, only four blocks wide, is unable to store much salt.
An ordinance to establish a restricted, handicapped parking space at 1210 Sixth St. was formally adopted by the commissioners. Additional ordinances to establish parking spaces for other handicapped residents were introduced to move towards adoption at a future meeting.
The commissioners also approved a resolution to purchase new software from Edmunds & Associates that will streamline the township’s finance, tax, business licensing and construction code information. Township Administrator Chris Pianese said, “Right now, we have a finance package, a construction code package, business licensing package—all different, so they don’t speak to each other. This [new] system is integrated, so I can pull up ‘123 Liberty Avenue,’ and not only do I know if their taxes are paid, I’ll know if they did work on their house, if there’s an outstanding lien. Everything will be within one package.”

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