Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paramus Seeks Study of Proposed Access Road for DPW Site

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paramus Seeks Study of Proposed Access Road for DPW Site

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PARAMUS -- The Borough Council hired a traffic engineer to analyze a yet-to-be-constructed access road to the county's new consolidated Department of Public Works facility near Farview Avenue and Pascack Road.

The measure to hire Louis Luglio to prepare the report for a maximum of $5,000 by the first week of September passed Tuesday with one dissenting vote from Councilman Stephen Sullivan, who said he did not think Paramus should pick up the tab for the report.

The facility was proposed by the county about three years ago, and construction should be completed by the end of the year. But the borough and some residents who live near the site have since raised numerous concerns, including that the county has proposed constructing an entry road to the facility parallel to Jerome Avenue.

While the county maintains it is building the road this fall to take DPW truck traffic off Jerome Avenue and away from the homes there, borough officials believe there are safer existing access points that could be used instead.

Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera in July sent a letter to Joseph Crifasi, director of the county's DPW, that expressed the municipality's concerns related to the proposed entry route. The letter also relayed concerns that the new landscaping surrounding the site was inadequate and did not fully block the facility from view of the residents on Arthur Terrace.

LaBarbiera said he did not understand why the county is not using nearby Sorbello Road, a municipal roadway, to access the facility, as it stems from an existing intersection.

Crifasi last week sent a letter to the Freeholder Board asking them to approve an ordinance and a resolution that are the next steps in constructing the Jerome Avenue access road.

According to Crifasi's letter, those measures were tabled in July because of Paramus' concerns. But Crifasi wrote that Paramus has been aware of the plans since the county presented the project to the borough Planning Board in 2012. …

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