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BULLETIN FROM PRESIDENT MARSHALL CHANDLER

 

Dear Neighbors,

 

Landmark, the developer who wants to build 165 housing units on Hayward and Daly Fields, is taking another step toward ground breaking.  On May 20th, they met with the staff who work for the Fair Lawn Borough Planning Board.  This was described as a meeting of ‘professionals’, to advise Landmark on preparing their proposal, and was not open to the public.

 

The first Work Session open to the public will occur in Room 201 at the Fair Lawn Borough Hall at 7pm on Monday June 13th.  This is the meeting at which Landmark will make its first presentation to the full Planning Board.  Unfortunately, public comment is not welcome at the Work Session , but it appears that this is immediately followed by a Regular Meeting in the Council Chambers.  If you have something to say, come to both the Work Session and the Regular Meeting.

 

Landmark has successfully sued our town, to force this development into the center of Fair Lawn.  They have been encouraged in all of this by the Radburn Association Board of Trustees.  One of the outcomes of the Landmark’s lawsuit against the citizens of Fair Lawn has been a court mandate that limits Fair Lawn’s control of the configuration of this development.  The Borough’s Planning Board is forced to approve the project, and can only negotiate the details. 

 

Likewise, for all the assurances by the Radburn Board that we will maintain architectural control, the developer has provided only the skimpiest of details about their intentions, and takes the continued enthusiasm of the trustees for granted.  These Borough planning meetings represent the best, and possibly the last chance for us to influence the outcome. 

 

Please tell your neighbors, and make sure that the Planning Board knows we care.

 

All the best,

Marshall Chandler

 

p.s.  See this link for more details:

 

http://www.fairlawn.org/boards/planning/index.htm

 


Helping Those in Need

 

The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) was founded about thirty years back for the express purpose of feeding hungry people in Long Island. The INN spends less than ten percent  on overhead and the rest goes for food and shelter. Clothing is almost all from donors which is what Radburnites have done for the past two years. It was an effort on my part to bring people from both sides of the problems that divide the community to work cooperatively. Please take a look at this informative video.

-- Ron Coll

 

 



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

 

Dear Neighbors,

 

When spring comes, do you discuss pricing with your yard service?  And when it comes time to renovate your kitchen, will you get more than one bid?  How you feel about those questions is key to an issue before the Radburn board of trustees.

 

This year, the board has twice engaged expensive services without even looking into alternatives.  We have made these decisions with minimum information, no comparison shopping, and a deep sense of loyalty to current vendors.

 

Being the greenest of trustees, I have sought insight on how we make these financial decisions.  One of my fellow trustees recommended that I read the Radburn Association By-Laws.  I read them word for word, and did not find bad or good by-laws about finances.  I found NO by-laws setting out how financial decisions are made.

 

After conversations with most of the current board members, I detected cautious interest and sympathy for bringing more structure to how we handle your money.  In hopes of winning support of the majority of the board, I developed a motion to make a tentative and timid first step towards codifying our financial decision making.  The text follows:

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Motion for a Committee to Consider and Report to Board with their Recommendations on a Competitive Bidding Process

 

The Radburn Association Board requests the creation of a Special Committee, consisting of three members nominated and chosen by the Board, to consider and report to the Board with recommendations on a competitive bidding process for vendors. 

 

The Special Committee should develop their recommendations and report them to the Board by June 30, 2011.

 

The Board will vote to adopt, modify or reject the recommendations of the Special Committee at the Voting Meeting scheduled for July 2011. 

 

I made this motion at the RA voting meeting on April 25th.  It didn’t get very far.  The President of the Board immediately moved that we “table” my motion, intending to prevent the trustees from even being able to publicly discuss or vote on my motion.  The “tabling motion” carried 5 to 4, preventing its consideration.  We convened to a private session, which was lively indeed!

 

It became evident that the board is divided on this issue, with some trustees desiring careful evolution, while others stridently oppose any change to the way things have always been.  After nearly two hours, it became clear that neither the proponents nor the opponents were backing down.  To break the stalemate, the Chairperson of our Policy Committee offered to engage her committee to consider the issue, and return to the board with recommendations.  I hope that this will produce some useful and actionable ideas that will enhance our ability to adequately oversee finances. 

 

I will continue to seek reforms that improve our stewardship of your money.  Look for updates on this, and other community business.  Have a wonderful spring season.

 

All the best, Marshall Chandler

 

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Marshall Chandler Elected RCA President for 2011-2012

The winners of the CA election on November 17, 2010:

PRESIDENT:  Marshall Chandler

VICE PRESIDENT:  Eitan Cohen

TREASURER:  Igor Yelisleyev

SECRETARY: Eric Schutz

Congratulations to these new officers, who will assume office in January. They support open and fair elections, financial transparency and keeping Daly Field green, along with a dedication to creating more great social events for Radburn residents.

Thanks to all of the candidates who volunteered to run for office, and to all residents who took the time to vote. We look forward to working together in 2011 and beyond.


Board Set to Sign New Landmark Contract

Citizens' Association President Art Murray reported on the latest Daly Field developments at the most recent Citizens' Association meeting on October 21. Following is a summary of his comments.

  • Landmark at Radburn L.L.C., the developer that wants to build 165 to 200 housing units on Radburn's Daly Field, has presented the Radburn trustees with a revised contract for the sale of the property.

  • The trustees will be voting to approve the new contract on November 8. (The Radburn Association has subsequently announced that residents may request that a trustee show them the contract, or view it at the Grange.)

  • As announced by the Radburn Association his week, residents will be allowed two "viewings" of the latest Landmark development plan (in addition to it being available at the Grange), but no formal hearings with residents will be held.

  • Landmark has not presented a detailed site plan, only a rendering, even though more than six years have passed since the original contract was signed.

  • At the October 18 trustees meeting, Murray asked that the vote on accepting the revised contract be scheduled for April 2011 so that the current and new boards would have ample time for consideration. None of the other trustees supported Murray's proposal and it was tabled.

  • Murray also asked that Radburn’s attorney, Michael Ferro, appear for a Q&A with the trustees to assure that the contract's finer points, contingencies and implications can be fully understood. (He initially encountered resistance, though a meeting ultimate took place on November 1.)

  • The trustees appear willing to sign the new contract without first receiving an analysis on Radburn's legal liability regarding carcinogens in the groundwater beneath Daly that are impossible to fully remediate. The board had commissioned the law firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman to conduct the analysis for $5,000. It is currently unclear when that analysis will be delivered to Radburn, but the vote on November 8 is scheduled to go forward regardless.

  • The new expiration date for the contract is in 2014. The trustees apprear ready and willing to stay exclusively married to Landmark until then, spurning other potential purchasers while receiving no money from the developer until it decides to execute the contract and settlement.


Board Set to Sign New Landmark Contract

Citizens' Association President Art Murray reported on the latest Daly Field developments at the most recent Citizens' Association meeting on October 21. Following is a summary of his comments.

  • Landmark at Radburn L.L.C., the developer that wants to build 165 to 200 housing units on Radburn's Daly Field, has presented the Radburn trustees with a revised contract for the sale of the property.

  • The trustees will be voting to approve the new contract on November 8. (The Radburn Association has subsequently announced that residents may request that a trustee show them the contract, or view it at the Grange.)

  • As announced by the Radburn Association his week, residents will be allowed two "viewings" of the latest Landmark development plan (in addition to it being available at the Grange), but no formal hearings with residents will be held.

  • Landmark has not presented a detailed site plan, only a rendering, even though more than six years have passed since the original contract was signed.

  • At the October 18 trustees meeting, Murray asked that the vote on accepting the revised contract be scheduled for April 2011 so that the current and new boards would have ample time for consideration. None of the other trustees supported Murray's proposal and it was tabled.

  • Murray also asked that Radburn’s attorney, Michael Ferro, appear for a Q&A with the trustees to assure that the contract's finer points, contingencies and implications can be fully understood. (He initially encountered resistance, though a meeting ultimate took place on November 1.)

  • The trustees appear willing to sign the new contract without first receiving an analysis on Radburn's legal liability regarding carcinogens in the groundwater beneath Daly that are impossible to fully remediate. The board had commissioned the law firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman to conduct the analysis for $5,000. It is currently unclear when that analysis will be delivered to Radburn, but the vote on November 8 is scheduled to go forward regardless.

  • The new expiration date for the contract is in 2014. The trustees apprear ready and willing to stay exclusively married to Landmark until then, spurning other potential purchasers while receiving no money from the developer until it decides to execute the contract and settlement.


Art Murray Elected CA President in November, 2008

The winners of the CA election on November 19, 2008:

PRESIDENT:  Art Murray

VICE PRESIDENT:  Bart Spinelli

TREASURER:  Marshall Chandler

SECRETARY: Larry Koplik

Congratulations to these new officers, who will assume office in January. They support open and fair elections, financial transparency and keeping Daly Field green, along with a dedication to creating more great social events for Radburn residents.

Thanks to all of the candidates who volunteered to run for office, and to all residents who took the time to vote. We look forward to working together in 2009 and beyond

Citizens' Neighborhood Patrol

The first meeting of the Citizens' Neighborhood Patrol took place on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at June Meyerson's house. Please feel free to call June at (201) 797-0689 if you have questions about the program.


Engineering Firm Achieves "First Cleanup" Goals for Topps Property

Environmental engineering firm Anderson Mulholland notified area residents on April 1 that it had achieved its "first cleanup" goals of meeting DEP standards for soil at the polluted former Topps dry cleaners property , with "dramatically reduced" concentrations of hazardous chemicals in the underlying groundwater. The Topps propeerty itself is now considered to be cleaned up, though contaminents still exist in groundwater south and east of the site.

The firm announced in February that it was extending vapor intrusion testing to 20 additional homes downstream from the site on Ramsey Terrace and Ramapo Terrace, and that effort continues. The firm hopes that remediation of the Topps site will ultimately lesson chemical concentrations in the groundwater downstream that has caused vapor intrusion in several homes. Please direct questions to Anderson Mulholland at 914 251 0400 ext 311 or via email at toppsinfo@amaiconsult.com.

View the Anderson Mulholland Topps April 2008 update.

View the Anderson Mulholland March 2008 information sheet on the cleanup.


Radburn Resident Shares "Dream Home" Story

Radburn resident Lisa Nicolaou's account of finding her "dream home" in Radburn appeared in The Record's North Jersey Homes section on Saturday, November 22, 2008. We've made a scan available here. Congratulations, Lisa!

View the story


Radburn Association Budget Information

On December 7, 2006 The Radburn Association raised assessments by over 36% in order to help replenish its capital reserve fund, which has been drastically depleted over the past several years by massive spending on legal/professional fees. Spending exceeding $200,000 annually started more than a year before the Daly Field sale was announced to residents, and two and a half years before the Radburn Association first received a letter from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. In all, over $295,000 in spending has gone unreported to Radburn residents since 2003.

View Radburn budget analysis: Assessments and Legal Expenses for 2001-2006

View Radburn IRS tax returns 2003-2005

View financial analysis submitted by Gary Konecky, CPA, December 2006


Covered Dish Dinner Satisfies Over 160

Over 160 people attended the Covered Dish Dinner on Sunday, March 2, 2008, resulting in a huge buffet of delicious offerings for everyone's enjoyment. In fact, we held a contest, and Joan and Steven Goldstein won for "Tastiest Dessert" and "Tastiest Entree," respectively. All we can say is that there must be some excellent meals in the Goldstein household! Congratulations to Joan and Steven, and thanks to all who came and shared the good times (and good eats) with neighbors!


Proposed Constitutional Amendment Defeated

The proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Radburn Citizens' Association proposing to limit Executive Committee members to the elected officers failed to pass in vote taken at the CA meeting on May 23, 2007. The results were 133 (46%) in favor of the amendment, and 156 (54%) opposed. Passage required a two-thirds majority in favor, which would have been 193 votes.  View the proposed amendment.

Write-In Candidates Win Trustees Election; Are Refused Seats on Board

Kathy Moore and Felice Koplic received the most votes in Radburn's Board of Trustees election in November 2005, based on votes tallied at The Grange on November 30 of that year. Moore and Koplic received significantly more votes than any of the Trustee-nominated candidates. However, the Board has decided to disqualify them on the basis that they were write-ins and not among those chosen by the Trustees to run. The next two top vote-getters, Lou Weiss and Jeff DeVries, were seated on the Board in January. Ellen Glassett and George Brouca also ran for election.

Leading vote totals: Kathy Moore -- 199; Felice Koplic -- 199; Jeff DeVries --132; Lou Weiss --120.


Residents Turned Away at Trustees Meeting

About 20 Radburn residents were refused admittance to the Radburn Board of Trustees meeting at The Grange on November 30. The New Jersey Planned Real Estate Full Disclosure Act (PREDFA) requires that communities such as Radburn allow citizens to attend any board meetings at which binding votes are to be taken. In refusing the citizens, Radburn Association President Robert Matule claimed that the meeting that night would contain no binding votes, and therefore there was no legal requirement that the community be allowed in the door. See photo.


Rothman and Gordon Write Letters Questioning Radburn Election Procedures

On November 16 Congressman Steven R. Rothman and Assemblyman Robert Gordon sent letters to both the DCA and Governor-elect Corzine communicating their serious concern over the lack of democracy in Radburn. Rothman wrote: "I am deeply concerned that democratic governance is not being practiced by the Radburn Association. In a representative democracy such as our country, we enshrine the use of free and fair elections...." Read the letters now!...


New Jersey Says That Radburn Must Conform to PREDFA Law

The New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs has sent a letter to the Radburn Association telling it that it must have democratic reforms. Read the letter.

Read The Record article reporting on New Jersey's demand that Radburn conform to state law.

Write a Letter to the Trustees!

Access suggested text for your own letter to the Radburn Trustees demanding that they NOT waste our money by fighting New Jersey state law that requires free elections and open meetings in Radburn! See the suggested text.

 

 

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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