At the March 4 meeting, held at the Centro Guadalupe on 35th Street, city commissioners and Mayor Brian Stack passed an ordinance that would prohibit trucks driving through the city on certain streets.
According to the mayor, trucks are prohibited to drive on Central Avenue between 4th and 18th streets, claiming that trucks "carelessly hit islands" constructed to beautify the city.
An ordinance that would assist the city's Health Department was also passed. The ordinance would alter fumigation standards when addressing the issue of bugs and rodents.
"What's been happening is when the bed bugs come ... [officials] exterminate one unit and then the others," said Mayor Stack. "The new ordinance allows the Health Department to fumigate the entire building and get it done in one shot."
According to Director of Inspectors of the Health Department, Dennis DeClemente, the practice has been common for many years. DeClemente explained that with rodents and roaches if only one unit is fumigated, pests will escape to another unit in the building. By fumigating the entire building, they can eliminate this problem.
"For a general extermination service - any one involving roaches and rodents - the procedure is to fumigate once a month for every six months," said DeClemente.
Any residents who suspect they may be suffering from infestation of bugs, rodents, mice (or any other health related issues) can contact the city's Health Department by calling (201) 348-5608.
Actor and writer Steve Luker, together with North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue's (NHRFR) Batallion Chief Michael Cranwell were also present at the meeting to present an award to the mayor for his efforts to expand fire safety awareness in the schools.
Luker penned written educational material for the city promoting fire safety for children, literature that eventually reached all Union City schools via a show that was made possible by Superintendent of Schools Stanley Sanger.
Mayor Stack addressed NHRFR officials and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), a subsidiary of the police department, who were also present at the meeting.
"I'm always [at the fires], and I see firsthand what great job the fire department does," said Stack, adding, "Thank you, and thanks to the Office of Emergency Management."
The city awarded plaques to more than 10 service members in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the OEM.
The mayor, together with OEM Deputy Coordinator Mario Bardon and UCPD Detective Jose Martinez, extended his thanks, honoring the volunteers for their time and contributions made by CERT members.
Those awarded included Manuel Sosa, Kathy Garretson, Carmela Daletto, Destiny Escobales, William Rogers, Porfirio Perez, Charles Palumbo, Ed Rausher, Washington Borgono, Carlos Iza, and Frey Ruiz.
Also, in an effort to expand the accessibility of the meetings to residents, more than half of the bimonthly meetings are held at venues other than City Hall.
The next meeting will be held on March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Iglesia Evangelica Pentecostal, 4903 Broadway, in Union City.
Nicolas Millan can be reached at NMillan@hudsonreporter.com.