Mount Olive Township Council Minutes
April 24, 2001
The Special Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council
was called to order at 7:30pm by Council President Rattner
with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate Notice
of this Meeting has been given to the Mt. Olive Chronicle
and the Morristown Daily Record. Notice has been posted at
in the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road,
Mt. Olive, New Jersey, and notices were sent to those requesting
ROLL CALL: Present: Mr. Heymann, Mr.Guenther, Mr. Sohl,
Mrs. Kelly, Mr. Scapicchio,
Absent: Mr. Spino
President Rattner: Mr. Spino called and asked to be excused
tonight. I would also like to acknowledge the attendance
of our Projects Coordinator, Bob Casey, and Township Clerk,
Lisa Lashway. We have a Public Meeting just to address three
items that are basically carry-overs from past Public Meetings
that we want to address tonight. It shouldn’t take
more than a couple of minutes, and then we’ll go into
our work session to discuss the situation with the School
Budget going down with the Referendum last week. And, I’ll
introduce the School Board Members who are in attendance
at that time. All right, Mr. Casey, any Administrative Matters?
Mr. Casey: No, sir. I am prepared to comment on each of
the Resolutions before you to give you some background, etc.
and we’ll go from that point.
President Rattner: Okay. Mr. Casey, why don’t you
explain—and then we can take questions and then we’ll
open it up to the Public—then we’ll act on the
Mr. Casey: The first Resolution is the removal of soil from
three spots from Turkeybrook that were determined to have
residual components of certain chemicals relating to the
farming operation. We had prepared, and had approved by DEP
a Soil Remediation Plan. If you remember, we removed some
of the soils earlier last year, and this completes the site.
With the work, the site will be totally free and meet DEP
Standards relative to Residential Site Standards for use.
So, we recommend to you that we authorize that Contract.
We want that work done prior to the grating work, which we’re
hoping to start in the middle of May.
President Rattner: Mr. Casey, a question came up at our
last Public Meeting—was this additional remedial work
being done because of the change in the Master Plan after
negotiating with the Green Acres and the DEP, or is this
just an existing plan that needs a little bit more work.
Mr. Casey: These three sites under the prior Master Plan
for the park, which was done by Kinsey Associates—these
three sites were under “parking lots” at that
point in time. With the new plan, that area is no longer
within a parking lot. In addition, since we are now regrading
the entire site—we felt we had to remove all of it,
so we didn’t want to have any of the soil anywhere
on site co-mingled with other soil which could cause DEP
to take further restrictive actions. So, this final phase
of work cleans the entire site.
President Rattner: Okay—but this is—the parking
lot we’re going to cap, some of that was the remedial
action, so we’re not doing that—
Mr. Casey: We were going to cap it originally, that’s
correct—and we weren’t going to change the grade
as much as we are now.
President Rattner: Right. Then the last question comes up—have
we actually got sign-off from the State Agencies accepting
the plan as we’ve negotiated with them—and that’s
really what it was—we had to negotiate on how much
development of the park.
Mr. Casey: As far as the soil remediation plan, we have
approval dated March 8. So, the work that’s being done
here was approved by DEP on March 8. We do have the sign-off.
President Rattner: Okay.
Mr. Casey: Do you want to vote on these one at a time or
do you want me to continue?
President Rattner: Well, we’re going to do them all
together, so you might as well continue.
Mr. Casey: All right. The second item is for the purchase
of a truck mounted vacuum street sweeper with a broom assist.
An Elgin, very similar to what we have now. You’ll
notice we only have a single bid on this. I have with me
Tim Quinn, the Foreman in the Road Division. What has occurred
is, we basically brought in three vehicles that perform this
work. Tim devised a test, which he’d be happy to explain
to you. We ran all three vehicles through this test and the
specifications were based upon the vehicle which the Road
Division felt was the most suitable, and picked up the most
quantity of material in a reasonable manner. Based upon that
specification we bid it, and we got one bid in, so, in reality,
the specs were based upon the vehicle we wanted, and that
was the vehicle that bid it. I’d be happy to have Tim
explain what he did. He actually set up a test site—put
debris on the road, ran the vehicles over it, and monitored
A) Noise, and B) the amount of the pick up.
President Rattner: Okay. Tim, since you came, do you want
to give us a three minute summary.
Mr. Quinn: Sure. You want it that long? What we did, we
set up an area. We used different materials on the roadway
that we tested—storm washout type materials, which
is a gravel-type material. And also the type of materials
that we use for sanding. We found that the Elgin picked up
materials far superior than the other two sweepers that we
did check out. Also, the Elgin, the noise level for the residents
in the community was much lower than the other two. Everything
we checked out was far superior than the other two.
Mr. Casey: The Elgin that we’re recommending to you
is the predominant piece of equipment out there. We have
a list of vendors, we contacted other municipalities. I would
say, it’s three to one. The number of communities which
have the Elgin versus the Johnson—even though the Johnson
is less expensive, the Elgin has proven to be the workhorse
of the industry. Just for your information, the one we have
now is 14 years old. So, they do last.
President Rattner: What is the price differential?
Mr. Casey: We believe that the Johnson probably was, about
12%-15% less. Their discussions with us when they’re
here, they say, “Well, this is our ballpark, this is
their ballpark.” Their ballparks were about 12% - 15%
President Rattner: If the majority of the machines are out
there—there are probably more than one vendor selling
them how come we only got one bid.
Mr. Casey: There is only one vendor that sells Elgin in
New Jersey. He’s got the franchise in New Jersey.
President Rattner: He doesn’t have a State Contract?
Mr. Casey: No. Not on a power sweep—there is a State
Contract, it’s a three-wheels, not a power sweep-it’s
a three wheeled broom.
Mr. Quinn: We also checked into at least a dozen other municipalities
throughout the State of New Jersey with different types of
sweepers they have and, 90% of them recommended the Elgin
even the municipalities with the Johnson. The Elgin is much
easier to service, and they just said it was far better than
the Johnson. I’ve heard a lot of problems with the
Johnson with electrical systems, things such as that.
President Rattner: Just out of curiosity, how much money
do we have in the Budget?
Mr. Casey: There’s enough. This is what we budgeted
President Rattner: Simply amazing, huh?
Mr. Casey: The third Bid relates to additional work for
the ITC Road South. This is pre-cast manholes, storm inlets,
etc. These specifications were mailed to three pre-cast firms
that service our area. Only one responded. We’ve talked
to the other two in the past, and the reality is, they are
so backed up and busy with work right now that they just
passed on the opportunity to Bid it. So, this is work pursuant
to that State EDA Grant for the Head-walls and everything
else that’s being done on the road.
President Rattner: This is no cost to Mt. Olive.
Mr. Casey: This is State Funds passed through.
President Rattner: This is doing the bidding.
Mr. Casey: Correct, we’re doing all of the Bidding.
And, for your information, there’s one more major bid
that will be received next Monday, we’ll report on
next Tuesday night for that Road Program, which is a Wetlands
Restoration Bid, which is a large ticket item which we’ll
report on next week to you, and we’re basically through
the Bidding processes.
President Rattner: Okay, thank you. Mr. Sohl, will you move
1. A Resolution Awarding Contracts for Soil Remediation
at Turkey Brook Park.
2. A Resolution to Award a Contract for the Purchase of
One Truck Mounted Vacuum Street Sweeper with Broom Assist.
3. A Resolution to Award Contract s for the Purchase of
Various Concrete Headwall Structures and Concrete Stormwater
Structures for the ITC South Connector Road.
Mr. Sohl moved for approval of the Consent Resolutions and
Mr. Heymann seconded the Motion.
President Rattner: Okay, I now open the meeting to the Public.
Is there anyone who would like to address the Consent Resolutions?
Mr. Bonte: Steve, I’m not sure that your question
was answered. I think the question that you asked was regarding
this Soil Remediation Contract, if the State Green Acres
people had signed off on all the approvals regarding the
new design at Turkeybrook Park—not just has the DEP
signed off on this remediation. Was I correct in what I heard?
President Rattner: That’s the question I asked. But
I think what Mr. Casey answered was that, we’re doing
a complete remediation now. We’re cleaning up the spots
that weren’t because now they’re uncovered and
we did get to sign off on the DEP. Now the whole site is
cleaned up. We don’t have any more of these issues
where we have hot spots that are covered by asphalt?
Mr. Casey: If we did not remove the contaminated sites,
then the Offices of Green Acres would become involved in
the development of the park. But the moment we get these
cleaned up, approved by Site Remediation Section of DEP,
the Green Acres is no longer concerned about soil contamination
on site. So, this portion of DEP operates independent of
Green Acres, but Green Acres looks to them in order to advise
them as to whether there are any hazardous chemicals on site.
So the Site Remediation Section is the one that controls
this type of work, and they have signed off on it. If they
hadn’t, you would have problems with Green Acres.
President Rattner: I guess what it is—if there’s
any more changes, we don’t have any more hot spots
that are covered by asphalt that we may have to come back
a third time.
Mr. Casey: We have removed all of the hot spots identified
in your original ’97 testing.
President Rattner: Okay, so now we’ve done a complete
clean-up rather than just cover it over.
Mr. Casey: That’s correct, the entire site is now
Mr. Bonte: Correct me if I’m wrong. I’ve heard
that the reason we had to make changes to the park design
at the request of Green Acres because of the amount of development
that we’re doing there. And that necessitated this.
Is that correct?
President Rattner: That was my opinion—and Mr. Casey
wasn’t here at our last Public Meeting and why we held
it off is because we couldn’t get the questions answered.
Mr. Casey: The requirement for this is not relating to the
current discussion in Green Acres over the site development.
It’s relating to the change in the original Master
Plan that was prepared by Kinsey, versus the new Master Plan
that has been prepared by Olympvs. In the original Master
Plan prepared by Kinsey, there were certain areas which were
going to be paved over—which are not being paved over
under the new Master Plan. So, this is a result of the fact
that we changed the Master Plan for the Park—apart
from any Green Acres consideration.
Mr. Bonte: Okay. So am I correct in assuming from what Mr.
Casey has told me that any of the changes that Green Acres
may have, and their negotiations with the Township regarding
the Park will not raise any more soil contamination issues.
Is that correct?
Mr. Casey: That’s correct.
Mr. Bonte: Okay. A couple of questions on the street cleaner.
First of all, this thing will pick things up on the street?
I mean, a lot of times these things go through and the street
looks worse after it’s gone through than it did before.
But, my other question—did we make any attempts to
go out of State for Bidding on this?
Mr. Casey: We notified the supplier of the three primary
vehicles which do this work—Johnson, Bear, and the
Elgin. These three vendors—three different companies
hold the franchise in New Jersey for this equipment. If you
go out of State, a Pennsylvania person couldn’t Bid
against a New Jersey Firm because that’s part of Elgin’s
Mr. Bonte: Is that true, Mr. Dorsey? We couldn’t,
as a Municipality, go out on the Internet and seek Bids from
anybody in the Country on this item?
Mr. Dorsey: I didn’t say that, and that’s not
what Mr. Casey said.
Mr. Bonte: Okay, well, I guess that’s what I’m
asking though. Could we seek Bids?
Mr. Dorsey: Did we put an advertisement in the Star Ledger?
Mr. Casey: They were advertised in The Star Ledger, The
Daily Record. What I’m saying is that in the industry,
they have territories. And that’s the reality.
Mr. Bonte: But that doesn’t preclude us from buying
out of State?
Mr. Casey: It doesn’t preclude us, but, it doesn’t
assume you’re going to get a Bid, is what I’m
Mr. Bonte: Okay. About two years ago, we went through this,
and it was resolved by the Council that on purchases of over
a certain dollar amount, we would make every attempt—and
this came out of computer purchases a number of years ago—we
were going to make every attempt we could to bid nationally
on these big items to see if we could get the best possible
price. I have some concern that—first of all we narrow
this down to one specific brand rather than put out a performance
spec on the street that bidders would then have to bring
their equipment in to show us. But, then we find ourselves
in a position of having only one vendor we can go to.
Mr. Guenther: But usually in a franchise, if somebody from
out of the area would try and sell there, they stand a chance
of losing the franchise in their territory if they’re
going to compete. That’s the whole idea of the franchises.
It’s not that we can’t buy, but that particular
supplier has a franchise system that they won’t circumvent.
That’s the business world, Rich. That’s the way
Mr. Dorsey: That doesn’t have anything to do with
us. We don’t control that. We do control the extent
to which we advertise. I remember two years ago—and
I thought the statement was we would advertise in the Star
Ledger on a purchase of any size so that at least it went
throughout the State. At that time, the only place we were
advertising for certain purchases were in the Daily Record,
a local newspaper, and maybe a Trade Journal.
Mr. Bonte: Well, yes, I remember those discussions and I
think we did say at that time we would put these Bids into
national-type publications where municipalities look for
equipment. And I know there are publications like that. I
just find it hard to believe that we narrowed this down to
a particular brand machine, and then we find ourselves in
a position of only one vendor bidding on this. So, I was
just curious if, and why we didn’t go out nationally
on this item.
President Rattner: I’ll take that up with the Administrator.
I believe that there was—on certain bids you could
go to Bid-Net or something to that effect where it went national.
And we’ll see why we’re not doing it—whether
it really didn’t pay off, maybe we never got a response.
Mr. Bonte: Okay.
President Rattner: Okay. Is there anyone else from the Public
who would like to address these Resolutions? Seeing none,
I close the meeting to the Public. Council comments? None?
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Rattner: I now open the meeting to the Public.
Is there anyone who would like to address the Council on
any issue? Seeing none, I close the meeting to the Public.
Mr. Guenther: Regarding the situation with the Trade Zone—A.I.G.
Baker specifically. I was a little bit—I choose my
words carefully—“put out” should I say,
to read about this in the paper.
President Rattner: Which situation? Because there’s
a few of them.
Mr. Guenther: Well, we all know the situation—where
they had a Stop Work Order issued by Joe Dunn of the Morris
County Soil Conservation District and it happened several
days before it was even published in the paper. The reason
I bring it up is, I think something of import like this,
where we as Council Members might get approached by members
of the Public about it, I think there’s got to be some
kind of information system between Administration and Council
Members to let us know when something of this magnitude happens
President Rattner: I agree. I’ve talked to the Administrator
on it, I’ve also talked to Gene Buczynski, and on any
major issue—or situation—because a lot of times
it will take Council action, he will give me a call. And
that’s why, last week when the Stop Work Order was
lifted, that I immediately contacted the Clerk who put a
message in everybody’s mailbox so at least, if you
came and picked up your mail, and hopefully on that we’ll
get the information directly, and we’ll get the information
Mr. Heymann: That was the County. To be quite frank, I don’t
really consider that to be such a crisis to whether or not
there was a Stop Work Order, or it’s soil erosion.
Don’t wake me at night on that one, is what I want
to say. I don’t find that to be overly important.
Mr. Guenther: That brings up an additional issue. Why was
it—and—what I’ve been told—and I
don’t know if I’ve been told the whole story—but,
supposedly, the original red flag was thrown up by Gene Buczynski,
and he brought the County into it. Why weren’t there
procedures? How were these people permitted to do all this
construction, and permit the run-off without constructing
the seven basins that they have to construct? Somebody was
not watching it.
Mr. Casey: Being involved in that project, let me respond
to that slightly. There was a series of meetings between
the Township, Soil Conservation District, AIG Baker, Vollers
Construction relative to the progress of this work, or the
lack thereof. Mr. Dunn had, on several occasions advised
AIG Baker he wanted “This done, this done, this done.” And
Vollers had assurances that it was going to be done. It was
only after they failed to do that that he turned around and
threw a major Stop Work Order on it. So this is not something
which occurred over night. This is something which evolved
over at least six weeks as they progressed—as they
came out of winter and they kept on working on a project,
and they started having soil problems. So, there was an issue,
there was a series of issues. Gene Buczynski and the Inspector
we have on site were in all those meetings. Soil Conservation
was very pro-active in terms of what they wanted done, and
it’s when the promises that were made were not complied
with that they finally came in and said, “That’s
it. We stop all work.” And shut the job down. So, it
wasn’t something which happened over night. This has
been an ongoing construction management problem with the
whole ITC Road South project.
Mr. Guenther: What I’d also like to emphasize. I think
it’s been well publicized that they have a very rigid
completion schedule on this—meaning they have to get
the first pad delivered before Christmas. I would like to
urge everybody that’s involved with this to be very
vigilante of any other possible transgressions they have.
I understand they’ve also worked on weekends without
permission and I guess that’s come to a halt. Right,
Mr. Scapicchio: I don’t know—we’re going
to talk about it.
Mr. Casey: That will be on your Agenda for next week.
President Rattner: So they can make an application. And
I’m sure the police are going to be ready, that if
they see any movement on Sunday, they’re going to shut
them down immediately.
Mr. Scapicchio: Does that mean this Sunday?
President Rattner: This Sunday.
Mr. Scapicchio: Okay.
President Rattner: Mr. Sohl?
Mr. Sohl: Yes, three quick things. One, I’m going
to Second Bernie’s request, and let’s put it
on a positive spin. When something of that scope—and
it is a pretty significant scope happens, I think we’re
owed a phone call. I think the Clerk’s Office is owed
a note—whether it’s from Dolan’s Office,
or whoever, that gets involved with that stuff—so we
have some degree of understanding or knowledge of what’s
going on. We get questions from the Public, we get questions
from the Press. Ultimately, we ought to know—and we
ought to know when it happens within a reasonable amount
of time. I don’t want to be woken up at 2:00am either—
Mr. Heymann: There you go.
Mr. Sohl: I’m not looking for that. But we all have
pretty extensive communications abilities here, and let’s
use them and keep ourselves properly informed. Secondly,
I do want to thank all the people that helped out on Earth
Day. There was a lot of work put out there, a lot of road
side clean up. Just another case where people are willing
to put time and effort, and take time out of their day which
could have been utilized for other purposes to help the community,
and make it that much better. Lastly, I know we’re
going to schedule discussion of this AIG Baker working whatever.
I would simply preface my thoughts when we get to that point
with, I don’t care what kind of aggressive schedule
somebody else has. Somebody else’s aggressive schedule,
or somebody else’s planning problems are not my problems
just because they have made commitments. So, with that in
mind, I think the Public is in general, owed at least one
day of peace and quiet. I’m also a little bit “confused” I’ll
use that word as to a statement in the AIG letter that I
saw that indicated, they appreciated the ability—somebody
gave them some kind of approvals before, and I don’t
know who that was. It was conveniently left out of that letter.
President Rattner: They said—you try working, you’re
working at your risk, and if—you’re going to
get closed down—
Mr. Sohl: If that’s it, that’s not getting approval,
than that’s a miscommunication on their part, and that’s
less than honest—
President Rattner: In fact, when that came in, the Clerk
sent it right back out to them, exactly what we expected
of them, and when we’re scheduling it.
Mr. Sohl: Well, I’m glad to hear that that’s
Mr. Dorsey: Why don’t you have Buczynski file—Buczynski
is the Municipal Official, as the Township Engineer who is
really in charge from the Township’s standpoint. Why
don’t you have him file a report every week as to the
status, what’s been accomplished, and what the issues
Mr. Sohl: I’d love to see that.
President Rattner: But that’s an Administrative function.
We’ll ask the Administration. Bob, could you bring
that back and give that to Sandy?
Mr. Casey: This is a monster project. I’d love to
spend some time talking to you in terms of this whole issue.
What do you want? I spent three hours today on this one subject.
What do you want?
President Rattner: I think what the Council wants is on
a weekly basis, what changed, what happened. They’re
moving, they’re having a problem—just something
so at least we can keep aware, and if there are questions—when
you think it’s time to have a workshop session where
you could explain that in more detail, that would be fine
too. But we don’t want that every week. It’s
the Administration with the Professionals to manage the project.
We just don’t want to be surprised with it. Anybody
else have any Comments?
Mrs. Kelly: I do. This Sunday there were some motorized
bikes and quads at the parks and I called the Police and
they did go up and talk to them. But we still don’t
have any kinds of signs or anything to notify the Public
that these motorized vehicles are not allowed at Turkeybrook
Park. I believe I brought this up at a last Town Council
Meeting, and I asked Administration what they were going
to do about it. Obviously, there aren’t any signs up
because people are still unaware that they’re prohibited.
President Rattner: Bob, could you bring that back to Sandy.
Mr. Casey: Yes.
President Rattner: Okay, Mr. Scapicchio?
Mr. Scapicchio: I have nothing.
President Rattner: And I have nothing. So, we’ll move
the discussion right along to the School Budget. Mr. Casey,
if you want to leave.
Mrs. Kelly: Mr. Rattner, since I’m an employee of
the School Board, I would like to step down from any discussion
on the School Budget, because I will not vote on it.
President Rattner: You got an early night, too.
Mrs. Kelly: I’m going home, too. Thank you.
President Rattner: Good night. Okay, first thing I want
to do is introduce the new Board President, Mr. Mania. Rob,
why don’t you come up and introduce the members of
the Board who came tonight.
Mr. Mania: I do have members of the Board of Education here
tonight. Mr. Strillocci, Mr. Bott, Mr. Amianda, Mr. Abbott.
I would also like to introduce two former Board Members here—I
think it’s appropriate that I introduce them. Mr. Nick
Geiger, and Mr. Bob Mehr—oh, and Hank Titone is here—I
didn’t see him come in. First, let me start out by
thanking—if I can have the opportunity to have two
minutes of your time. Thank you for scheduling this meeting
so promptly to start this process. The Board is thankful
for that. Last night I appointed a Subcommittee which, Bruce
Bott is the Chair, Mr. Strillocci, and myself, Dr. Mongon,
Superintendent; and Sue Decker, the Business Administrator.
That’s the Subcommittee that was available to meet
with you, get you documents, whatever you need We’re
very respectful of this process. We’re respectful of
your position in this process, and we’re available
to meet with you and to help assist you in any way, shape
or form that we can. So, I just wanted to add that before
you start your discussion.
President Rattner: Thank you, Rob. Did you want to say something,
Mr. Heymann: Yes. I see John Dorsey got food. I haven’t
President Rattner: Okay, I’m going to be—(INAUDIBLE)—stop
rustling the wrapper. Stop.
Mr. Heymann: I’m paying attention.
President Rattner: Okay. We’re going to set up a Committee.
And, we understand this puts also the Council in a very difficult.
Situation. We understand that the Board of Education has
worked on their Budget—worked on it continuously during
the year, come up with a proposal, go out to Referendum,
and this time it was turned down by the Public. Now, it is
up to the Council to come up with a recommendation and make
a decision on the Budget, and we get approximately three
weeks to do that. And it’s going to be a difficult
task just going through the numbers and trying to quickly
get an understanding. One of the things—and I’ve
talked this over with some of the members that are going
to be on the Subcommittee that I don’t want to get
into, is getting into the classroom. We know there are certain
areas that we don’t want to try to make a decision
on the actual instruction about the class size. We understand
that the class size had been increasing. We know that there
have been no new teachers that have been added, and we have
a growing population, so that cuts out a good portion of
the Budget I think they’re going to be spending their
time on. However, that’s going to be the responsibility
of the Chairman of the Subcommittee working with the Board
Subcommittee looking at where they think the different areas
that may be relevant to look at. From the Council, Dave Scapicchio
is going to be the Chair; Earl Spino, who is a former teacher
and a retiree, so he has the time; Ron Heymann, who has one
person in the school system—I should mention, the Chairman
of the Subcommittee has four daughters in this school system,
who are all doing very well, and high potential, and so,
I’m sure that they have the best interest for the education
of our children. And that is really what the bottom line
is. We have to see—we have to make sure it’s
what we can afford, we have to satisfy the Public, but we
understand education is the bottom line. From the Public
to assist us in the Budget, is former Board of Education
Members, Hank Titone, who also helped this Council five years
ago, and Nick Geiger. That rounds out so we have an even
number of five that the School Board has also appointed—and
I’ve gone one further and asked Scott Ireland to be
an Alternate, because we know everybody is busy, to make
sure we always have a full contingent and enough people to
separate the duties or the reviews of what we’re doing
because we understand it’s going to be a very big task.
Now I’ll ask Mr. Scapicchio as Chair, do you have any
Mr. Scapicchio: Just briefly. The Clerk had forwarded over
to me some guidelines provided to her from the New Jersey
Department of Education. There are some specific guidelines
as to what this Governing Body needs to do. Our decision
needs to be specific, and it needs to be in the form of a
Resolution, and that Resolution needs to be delivered to
the Board of Education and the County Superintendent by Monday,
May 21. We’ll be utilizing the services of our Auditor,
Mr. Gary Higgins to help us out in this task. He’s
on vacation, returning Thursday. Thursday, I will speak with
Mr. Higgins, we’ll come up with a game plan, and I’ll
contact the members of the Council Committee, and that will
begin the process. And, in the mean time, I will request
that the Clerk make a copy of this document from the State
of New Jersey Department of Education available to all the
members on the Committee—I’m sure the Board of
Education is probably aware of this document and probably
doesn’t need it copied from us. And just make sure
we have the names and phone numbers of all the people on
the Committee, and I’ll be contacting them after Thursday.
Mrs. Lashway: Okay.
President Rattner: Any other members of the Council have
any comments? None. Okay, Mr. Mania, do you have any other
comments, or anyone from your Board like to say something?
Mr. Mania: No. I believe we’re just ready to move
forward and assist you and work with you in any way we can.
President Rattner: Okay.
Mr. Strillocci: Dave—what I would like to suggest—I’ve
been through this as you have before—those three weeks
go very quickly, and this is not going to be done in one
meeting because there’s volumes of information that
we have to go over. I certainly would suggest that somewhere
towards the end of next week, we do have our first meeting.
And probably we will need a meeting a week to go back and
forth with information you may have requested of us and information
we may request of you. It will be time consuming. So, I would
certainly recommend that if you are available, we start this
process next week some time.
Mr. Scapicchio: We will. Thank you.
Mr. Geiger: If it would be possible, I thought we could
have a copy of the Budget before our meeting it may help
so we can start going through it.
Mr. Scapicchio: Sure.
President Rattner: All the requests—especially from
the Council Subcommittee side, everything go through Dave
(Scapicchio) this way Dave can then relay the information
to the Clerk and so there’s only one point of contact
so that everybody isn’t running around duplicating
a lot of work. Any other comments?
Motion made for adjournment. All in Favor, none Opposed.
The Meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm.
Steven W. Rattner
I, LISA M LASHWAY, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount
Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes is a true
and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened
meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on
July 24, 2001.
LISA M. LASHWAY
Mount Olive Township Clerk