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What Changes Would You Like in Hasbrouck Heights in 2014?

What's on your wish list for Hasbrouck Heights in the coming year?

Schools in Hasbrouck Heights (file photo)
Schools in Hasbrouck Heights (file photo)
If you could change anything in Hasbrouck Heights, what would it be? 

Do you love your schools? How is business in town? Is your government responsive? How do you feel about taxes, government services? 

Which changes in town are your favorites? Which ones are you not so happy with? What do you think is being neglected?

Please post and tell what's on your wish list for Hasbrouck Heights this year.
Allie January 01, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Lower taxes
khhillerman January 01, 2014 at 10:45 AM
I would like to see a revitalization and investment in our downtown. We have the ability for a downtown that rivals Maywood and Rutherford. This would easily drive up home prices and our town's attractiveness to new home buyers. The city should be working with our store owners to offer tax incentives to improve appearances of the store fronts through renovations. We should be encouraging more restaurant development; Sofia's and the Risotto House are just the start. These types of businesses create a draw, increase resident desire to shop local and raise overall property value. Let's get some innovation in 2014!
Allie January 01, 2014 at 10:58 AM
That sounds expensive which will really raise taxes and could draw crime to this town as well as shoppers, by the way where will everyone park we already don't have enough parking for the businesses we have now.
Lauren Hrablook January 01, 2014 at 01:52 PM
have you ever toured the elementary schools they are in a dire need of upgrading - classrooms are freezing in winter and sweltering in summer - invest in education instead of a bond to fix the fields
John Menne January 01, 2014 at 05:38 PM
I agree with khhillerman on pushing for more revitalization of the boulevard. More accessibility to services, restaurants and shopping are great ways to improve our quality of life and increase the values of our homes. This should not come with a fear of crime and I don't know anyone that would be against a more vibrant Boulevard full of shoppers supporting our small businesses and eateries. For most of us the boulevard is within walking distance, but our boulevard businesses do need better parking and we could use more public space. And how about a real train station where Franklin intersects 17? There is plenty of space to make this happen with ample parking.
Deborah Bell (Editor) January 01, 2014 at 06:34 PM
Wow, you guys have some excellent ideas here! Please post more - I promise I'll talk to the powers that be and find out how feasible some of these ideas are (if you have complaints or compliments, post - I want to hear them.)
Sara January 01, 2014 at 10:30 PM
Honestly, I would like to see a great revival back to Christ, all else is secondary and will follow. Not just in HH but in our entire country. Only He can turn our economy around, make businesses prosper and provide great schools and education. He can do anything!
Stephen January 02, 2014 at 09:37 AM
In order to revitalize the boulevard, we need to address some basic issues like parking. Where are people supposed to park if spaces are taken up all day? Right now all one can do is walk, but that doesn't help if you're from out of town. We need to look at some sort of modern parking metering system.
Allie January 02, 2014 at 10:24 AM
If you are trying to fix the parking on the Boulevard someone should really take into consideration the handicapped, it is unbelievable that there is one handicapped spot in the business section and one all the way down in front of a house what good is this spot doing the shoppers! There are a lot of events in town throughout the year that you can walk to if you can walk otherwise you stay home and cannot participate. I wish the town would consider everyone.
Matthew Maginley January 02, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Some of these issues fall under the auspices of the council and the one about fixing the field should be under the auspices of the school board and a public referendum to bond debt. Metered parking is a good idea, as are parking permits for residents and an accessible train station. Maybe not one at Franklin, but to get the one open at Williams Ave that we can see but can't access. In terms of financing projects, the town can apply for development grants for revitalization. Small and midsized business can also find resources from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. NJEDA. Residents as a free an informed population are the "powers that be" and are encouraged to speak directly to their elected representatives at open and public council meetings, school board meetings, and chamber of commerce meetings, which represent private sector business interests. See you at those meetings and looking forward to discussing ideas. Keep it going and keep it positive.
rsteeg January 02, 2014 at 11:41 AM
I would like to have a dog park built somewhere in town. This is a very small expense and it would allow dog owners a place to exercise their pets without having to go out of town
Ed grooberman January 02, 2014 at 01:31 PM
I agree, a viable business district would be ideal. And it is coming along, especially in the areas that have been recently renovated. The business owners have been doing their parts. But parking remains an issue. Unfortunately the biggest obstacle to the parking situation is the Mayor and Council in town. The business community has presented numerous options to the council to help alleviate the parking situation (Parking meters, Purchasing the Pioneer club and turning it into a parking lot when it was for sale, Permitting parking on both sides of all side streets, Purchasing the parking lot behind the post office which is currently for sale, Purchasing the old boro-garage which was recently for sale, Angled parking, Enforcing the 2 hour parking limit - for real, Creating 20 minute parking zones, etc...) But the council has ignored all of the suggestions. They are more interested in votes, and unfortunately most business owners are from out of town and therefore don't vote in town. Many of the parking solutions suggested would directly affect the residents who live nearest the boulevard, and therefore affect the votes cast. Its all politics. Until the council realizes that a booming business district is good for all, we will never see a downtown as vibrant as Ridgewood or Ramsey or Hoboken or Englewood or Teaneck etc... sad. but true. I'm glad to see the positive posts here, all wishing that a change would be made. Perhaps this is the very encouragement that the council needs to see. Perhaps 2014 will be the year the elected officials take action? Perhaps 2014 should be the year we demand that they do!
Matthew Maginley January 02, 2014 at 02:05 PM
We are trying to get the business owners, and land owners who pay hefty taxes, to get organized as a group within the chamber of commerce ( has nothing to do with government) to have strength in numbers and impact the lawmaking body with respect to parking. We have momentum coming off of "Holiday Fest 2013" , continuing with the Superbowl. One of the things I've noticed in walking through the town and meeting with business owners, is that we have more than one business district, each one has different needs. We need to come together around some common ground to have any strength. Parking is an issue for some, taxes an issue for other. I think everyone wants more customers and more revenue.
Allie January 04, 2014 at 12:01 PM
I'd like to see an Agenda for the council meetings before it happens.
tmdbbkw January 07, 2014 at 10:16 AM
I wish Kevin would stop recking families.
tmdbbkw January 07, 2014 at 10:16 AM
she is my wife
Matthew Maginley January 07, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Sometimes council agendas are given to the press ahead of time. But any of these issues can be brought forward from the floor at a council meeting by a concerned citizen.

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