North Bergen ordinance would create ‘green committee’ from inactive board

The new committee would address 'green energy' and other such issues in the township

The board met for the first time in person since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Photo by Art Schwartz
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The board met for the first time in person since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Photo by Art Schwartz

The North Bergen Board of Commissioners has introduced an ordinance that would restructure the Senior Citizen and Disabled Persons Condominium Cooperative Conversion Protection Board.

Township Counsel Tom Kobin said the board typically deals with issues with rental units between condominiums or co-ops. The changes are being made due to an absence of anything brought before the board.

“There haven’t been any issues pending before the board for some time,” Kobin said.

As a result, Kobin said the board would no longer meet each month: “The [old] ordinance requires monthly meetings. This ordinance essentially converts it so that it would only meet when there’s an issue.”

Since the board is transitioning from regular meetings to meeting only when necessary, the township is looking to repurpose the personnel on the board.

“The people that are on this board, because they’re not really meeting, we’re going to form a Green Committee or a Green Board to deal with some of these energy issues and things like that,” Kobin said “These people will be put on that board.”

Changing the fee structure?

Mayor Nicholas Sacco also said that the township was looking to adjust the fee structure.

“We’re also talking about changing the fee structure on the board so that when people attend meeting, they get paid,” Sacco said. “If they don’t attend the meetings, they don’t get paid. And maybe to increase the amount a little bit to make it worthwhile.”

Kobin said that would be included in another ordinance introduced at the next Board of Commissioners meeting, but would not take effect until January of next year.

“I think it’s the right way to go,” Sacco said. “You have some people who don’t attend meetings but they get paid anyway for being on the board. And to get attendance at the meetings is not easy. There are times where we didn’t have a quorum. This way, they’ll be paid more for their time and we’re hoping to make it worthwhile to attend.”

The board voted unanimously to introduce the ordinance. A public hearing will be held at the next North Bergen Board of Commissioners meeting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 20 at Town Hall at 423 Kennedy Blvd. For more information, go to northbergen.org.

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