The Zoning Board/Board of Adjustment welcomed a new member as Robert Ferullo was sworn in as an alternate, joining James D'Andrea. Alberto Cabrera was re-appointed as the chairman, with Rene Racli earning another term as a member. The members received new four-year terms, with the alternates getting two-year terms.
The Planning Board welcomed back Ellen Gaulkin, John Charlesworth and Carol Kravitz, with all three receiving new four-year terms. Gaulkin has been a member of the Weehawken Planning Board for 24 years, with Charlesworth beginning his fifth term.
The Weehawken Free Public Library Board welcomed back Lee Ann Kennedy, Susan Jennings and Patricia Pope. All three receive new five-year terms on the library board.
Joe Ehret was re-appointed as Weehawken's representative to the Hudson Regional Health Commission. It is a one-year term.
Victor Vangelakos was re-appointed as the township's fire official. It is also a one-year term and it's a salaried part-time position.
Theresa Greco received a one-year term as the Public Compliance Officer for the township, to insure that the township is doing everything possible in terms of its equal opportunity hiring practices.
Greco, who works in the township clerk's office, was also designated as the town's registrar for vital statistics, with Esther Figueroa as the deputy registrar.
The Handicapped Parking Committee re-appointed Dr. Leonard Balacco and Thomas Venino, Jr. to one-year terms.
Meets affordable housing requirements
Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner also announced that the township had received its affordable housing designation from the state Department of Community Affairs. It means that the township meets the requirements established by the state for affordable housing. It also means that if Weehawken wants to create more affordable housing, it can receive money from towns that don't use their allotted federal affordable housing funds from the federal Housing and Urban Development. Some towns, particularly those in wealthy or dense areas, choose not to build affordable housing, instead paying a fee to have it built somewhere else.
"We're able to accept funds from other municipalities in order to rehab or rebuild existing buildings and turn them into affordable housing," Turner said.
Last year, Weehawken received funding from the borough of Wyckoff in Bergen County in order to rehabilitate and refurbish an apartment complex on Pleasant Avenue, turning those units into affordable housing.
The Town Council also approved the refund to several property owners for overpayment of taxes, totaling $12,000.
Gaulkin has been a member of the Weehawken Planning Board for 24 years.