Message from your Mayor and Council

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco announces that the County of Bergen has opened several emergency cooling centers throughout the county to help residents stay cool during the current heat wave with temperatures are expected to climb over 90 degrees.

Bergen County has established 4 regional cooling centers. The following will be open which will be open tomorrow, Thursday, July 11th  through Wednesday, July 17th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

County Administration Building

One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, 1st Floor                           (201) 336-7300

 Garfield Senior Activity Center                                                      (973) 478-0502

480 Midland Avenue, Garfield   

Northwest Bergen Senior Activity Center

46-50 Center Street, Midland Park, NJ                                               (201) 445-5690    

Southwest Bergen Senior Activity Center

147 Hackensack Street, East Rutherford, NJ                                       (201) 935-8920         

In addition, several municipalities are designating public spaces such as public libraries, shopping centers, recreation, and senior centers as cooling centers. Residents should consider visiting municipal cooling centers before travelling to the County facility to help avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Residents requiring a ride to a County emergency cooling center may call 201-394-2882 during between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Emergency requests may be arranged after hours by dialing 201-707-1082.

It is recommended that residents stay indoors if possible from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest and burns and heat strokes are more likely to occur.  All age groups are at risk for heat stroke so please take necessary precautions if you have to be outdoors, including wearing sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and staying properly hydrated.

It is NOT okay to leave a child or pet in a locked vehicle even for a moment as temperatures can rise quite quickly.  It is also imperative to lock all parked vehicles so children cannot accidentally lock themselves inside while playing games like hide and seek. 

 

New Tree Ordinance in Effect:

On June 4, 2024, the Borough of Haworth adopted an ordinance that would manage the removal and replacement of all trees within the Borough, public and private property alike. The ordinance is required by a mandate from the state for any municipality who applies for a Tier A Municipal Stormwater General Permit which authorizes the way in which small municipalities manage their stormwater to minimize discharging pollutants.

A permitting process will be required for any resident looking to remove trees from their property. If the trees are determined to be dead or a hazard, they can be removed without a fee. If not, trees that are permitted to be removed will also require a replacement to be made.

All details are outlined in the ordinance, which you can find at this link:

https://www.haworthnj.org/vertical/sites/%7B3226EF68-541C-456F-8644-AC724E9AC52C%7D/uploads/6.4_FINAL_TREE_ORDINANCE.pdf

There is an ongoing need for enhanced stormwater management strategies, specifically ones that will aid in reducing flooding throughout the State. Trees play a critical, but often overlooked, role in the water cycle and in the mitigation of stormwater runoff issues such as soil erosion, pollutant reduction, and infiltration. This ordinance was introduced as an effort to ensure that these undervalued assets are considered throughout the State.

We feel that by implementing these new regulations, we are enacting crucial remedies to help not only reduce flooding in the state but also to help ensure our stormwater discharge will not harm the environment. Maintaining a healthy tree canopy in Haworth is paramount to making this happen. While this ordinance came at the state’s direction, Haworth values our natural environment and considers it an asset. We know this could take some getting used to for homeowners, and we hope the extra consideration will benefit us all long term. Your diligence and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

 

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