Beautiful Houses, Budget Adopted, Captain Headed to Court Top Fair Lawn News
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Internal Police Investigation
Following an internal affairs investigation, the borough has brought administrative charges against Capt. Joseph Cook, his attorney said.
In November, the attorney for a police lieutenant who brought suit against Captain Joseph Cook had alleged that Cook and an administrative assistant were destroying documents related to the lawsuit. Cook has been cleared of any wrongdoing, his attorney confirmed.
Council adopted a $46.4 million budget Tuesday that calls for a 4-percent tax increase on the average assessed home and includes no employee furloughs or layoffs.
Before they spoke out against council's decision last year to deliver a zero percent tax increase and deplete the town's surplus, the mayor and deputy mayor supported it.
The borough manager is confident that the original budget shortfall for next year has been closed, but that doesn't mean the town won't be facing other financial obstacles.
The Cost of Doing Business
Are Fair Lawn's taxes specific to the municipality or a symptom of high taxes across the board in New Jersey? Council members discuss and Patch analyzes.
Ed Trawinski said the borough can no longer afford to finance a fireworks display. This year's display cost over $20,000, not including the estimated $10,000 for employee overtime costs.
Overtime costs in the Fair Lawn Police Department are up 65 percent since 2007.
The Fair Lawn Community Garden, where residents can purchase a plot of land to grow organic crops, celebrated its second season on Sunday with a gathering of gardeners, Garden Committee members and borough council members.
Voting on an expertly selected list of Fair Lawn's 10 Most Beautiful Houses was undertaken this week. The winners: 510 Lambert Road (1st), 360 Owen Avenue (2nd) and 134 Lyncrest Avenue (3rd)