Mount Olive Township Council Minutes
December 18, 2001

The Regular Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:30 pm 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 the same.

ROLL CALL: Present: Mr. Guenther, Mr. Heymann, Mrs. Miller,
Mr. Scapicchio, Mr. Sohl, Mr. Spino, Mr. Rattner
Absent: None

President Rattner: I would also like to acknowledge the attendance of the Mayor, Paul Licitra; the Business Administrator, Sandy Kaplan; the Township Attorney, John Dorsey; Township Deputy Clerk, Nicole Whittle. Also I would like to acknowledge our consulting Engineer Gene Buczynski.

Presentation to John Mania - Knights of Columbus Council 6100 Man of the Year

President Rattner: Every year the Knights of Columbus have a Scholarship fund raiser and name a person who has given a lot to the Community as their man of the Year. This year they named John Mania. The celebration for dinner and the presentations were made about three weeks ago. Unfortunately the plaque was not ready at that time. I asked him to come tonight to get the plaque publicly. John, this Certificate of Achievement is presented to you for being named the Knights of Columbus Council 6100 Man of the Year on November 18, 2001. This is very well deserved. John has always taken up the call, whether it be his Country, whether it be his Community, his Church and your ethnic background, all in different organizations. To numerous to name. Every one of those organizations asked John, could you help us? John has always been there. He never said no that I know of. He is on numerous non-profit organizations; he served on the Democratic and Republican Administration. The Church has always been very important to you and The Knights of Columbus as an extension of that. Is there anything you would like to say?

John Mania: I just want to thank you ladies and gentleman of the Council. When you honor me, you honor yourselves. Thank you for permitting me to serve my Community.

Presentation to Mount Olive Pride Committee

Mayor Licitra: Steve, we are going to hold this off to next month. We have a couple of women on the Committee that would like to be here, but due the Christmas season they were not able to make this meeting. I would rather do it when I have a full Committee.

President Rattner: Also, you are naming two more people to the Information Services Committee.

Mayor Licitra: Yes we just met. I would like to make the appointment of Scott Gaskill and Tom Smillie to the ISC Committee. If you go on our website on Monday, Christmas Eve; if you have nothing to do. You will see a whole new website. Scott has done an excellent job. You will be very pleased with what he has done. I do remind each one of the Council Members as I remind everybody around the Township. Anything newsworthy will be put on the website. Well almost everything. Some people put things on the website that I would not put on. For the most part everything is newsworthy. So be their reporters. If you have a digital camera, or you know an event is happening, or a story, or whatever, get in touch with Scott. Send it over to him electronically. The website will only last if we use it. Scott can't do it alone. So Please. Thank you Mr. President.

President Rattner: Any other Administration matters?

Mayor Licitra: If you note, Heather did another outstanding job. We have our first Community calendar. It is going to be sent out to all the Residents. It has a listing of all the Community events. Of course, I hope every year that it gets larger and larger with much more Community events. This is the first copy. If you have a copy, read through it, look at it, support the merchants that advertise in the calendar. I think it is something that it is going to be bigger and better every year. Thank you.

President Rattner: Thank you, Mayor.

LEGAL MATTERS

John Dorsey: Nothing other than Resolution No. 8 dealing with the Morris Companies on the Consent Agenda is off. Their Attorney was so intrepid as to disagree with my terms.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

September 25, 2001 Present: Mr. Heymann, Mr. Sohl, Mr. Guenther, Mrs. Miller,
Mr. Spino, Mr. Scapicchio, President Rattner
Absent: None

November 20, 2001 Present: Mr. Guenther, Mr. Heymann (8:40), Mrs. Miller, Mr. Scapicchio,
Mr. Sohl (8:25), Mr. Spino, President Rattner,
Absent: None

ROLL CALL: Passes Unanimously

CORRESPONDENCE

Letters from Residents

1. Letter received December 13, 2001, from Flanders Crossing Homeowners Association regarding safe access to Flanders Park.

Resolutions, Ordinances, Correspondence from Other Municipalities

2. Ordinance received November 26, 2001, from the Township of Chester making major modifications to their Land Use Ordinance.

3. Ordinance received November 26, 2001, from Washington Township amending their Land Use Ordinance Regarding Regulated Street Openings.

4. Ordinance received November 26, 2001 from Chester Township amending their Land Use Ordinance by amending soil removal, land disturbance and landscaping requirements, and by adding a definition for land disturbance.

5. Two Ordinances received November 26, 2001, from the Township of Roxbury; to amend the Township's Land Development Ordinance to insure that the variance application fees correspond to the reasonably anticipated administrative costs involved with handling such applications; second; to provide for a more appropriate mode of service for notices of zoning violations.

6. Resolution received November 27, 2001, from the Borough of Madison requesting that the Borough of Florham Park Delay Final Adoption of Ordinance #06-01 for 60 days from December 18, 2001 to allow the Borough of Madison time to determine the impacts on the Borough of Madison and properly address same.

7. Resolution received December 7, 2001, from the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders regarding the "Day of Infamy."

8. Resolution received December 9, 2001, from the Borough of Mount Arlington authorizing a Temporary License Agreement with Verizon Wireless Services.

9. Resolution received December 9, 2001, from the Township of Chatham regarding support for Assembly Bill A-1420, limiting the duration of construction permits.

10. Resolution received December 12, 2001, from the Township of Rockaway regarding the observance of Pearl Harbor Day.

League of Municipalities

11. E-mail received November 21, 2001 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding four particular issues. (Time of Decision, Paid Leave Absence, Transportation Enhancement and Congestion Relief Act and Cap Relief)

12. Letter received November 30, 2001, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding a League Seminar on managing your Municipality in times of Crisis.

13. Letter received November 30, 2001, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Update on "The Always Remember 9-11 Fund."

14. E-mail received December 13, 2001, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Support of Clean Communities (A-2413); Opposing State Pre-emption of Local Health and Safety Controls for Quarries; and the Legislative Agenda for Thursday, December 13, 2001.

MSA/MUA

15. Authority Budget received November 21, 2001, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority.

16. Letter received November 27, 2001, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding Compliance Evaluation - Reporting Period, 3rd Quarter 2001 MSA.

DOT / NJ TRANSIT

17. Public Notice received December 9, 2001, from NJ Transit regarding 2002 Request for Financial Assistance.

DEP / Permit's / LOI's

18. Letter received December 11, 2001, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding 2000 Regular Inspection Report Morris County YMCA Dam NJDEP File No. 25-67.

19. Letter received December 12, 2001, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Area of Concern: Block 8100, Lot 43, Callaremi Pontiac-Buick-Cadillac / 385 Route 46 Budd Lake.

20. Letter received December 13, 2001 from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program regarding grants and loans.

21. Letter received December 13, 2001 from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Land Use Regulation Program Regarding a Stream Encroachment Application for Saint Elizabeth's Church.

22. Letter received December 13, 2001 from White Environmental Services, INC. regarding a Transition Area

23. Waiver for 271 Drakestown Road, 281 Drakestown Road and 417 Route 46.

Correspondence from Legislative Representatives

24. Letter received November 28, 2001, from Senator Torricelli regarding the Township's Resolution in response to the September 11th attack.

25. E-mail received November 30, 2001, from Congressman Frelinghuysen regarding Newsletter on the latest developments in the ongoing war against terrorism.

26. E-Mail received December 7, 2001, from Congressman Frelinghuysen regarding the 60th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

27. Letter received December 13, 2001, from Assemblyman Bagger regarding the Township's Resolution in support of Assembly Bill 1420, limiting the duration of construction permits.

28. Invitation received December 13, 2001 from Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders to attend their Reorganization Meeting on Friday January 4, 2001.

Cable / Utilities

29. Letter received November 28, 2001, from Comcast regarding Comcast @ Home.

30. Letter received December 7, 2001, from Comcast regarding a Municipal Breakfast.


President Rattner stated that we had 30 Items of Correspondence and asked if Council had any comments of same. Seeing none.

ORDINANCE FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Ord. #28-2001 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Acquisition of Charters Farm and Appropriating the Sum of $900,000 Therefor.

President Ratter opened the Public Hearing on Ord. No. 28-2001.

President Ratter closed the Public Hearing on Ord. No. 28-2001.

Mr. Heymann moved for Adoption and Final Passage of 28-2001 and Mr. Spino seconded that motion.

President Rattner: Any discussion?

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.

President Rattner declared Ord.# 28-2001 as Passed on Second Reading

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:

Resolutions on the Consent Agenda List are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Township Council and will be approved by one motion (one vote). There will be no separate discussion or debate on each of these resolutions except for the possibility of brief clarifying statements that may be offered. If one or more Council member requests, any individual resolution on the Consent Agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.

Motion to approve Consent Resolutions

1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract for the
Purchase of a Tract of Land Known as Charters Farm Encompassing Block 900, Lot 1; Block 8300, Lots 3 & 4 in the Township of Mount Olive for a Purchase Price of $900,000.00.

2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Memorandum of Agreement with the County of Morris (purchase of Charters Farm).

3. Resolution RE: Capital Budget Amendment for Charters Farm Purchase

4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Issuance of a Quarrying License to Tilcon New Jersey in Connection with Lot 1, Block 6000 Pursuant to Township Ordinance 15-2000.

5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting the United States Senate NOT to Reduce the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant.

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing the Annual Reorganization Meeting for January 2, 2002.

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract for Snowplowing Services.

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive RE: Morris Companies (sewer allocation).

9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Endorsing the Morris County MUA's Proposed Plan Amendment to the County's Waste Management Plan for Class (C) and Class (B) Vegetative Waste Recycling Operations.

10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Budd Lake Volunteer Fire Department to Auction an Obsolete 1988 Dodge Special Services Van and Retain the Proceeds.


11. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Accepting the Donation of Lot No. 15 in Block 3700 on the Mount Olive Township Tax Maps (Less/Vidaver) .

12. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Reducing the Allocation of EDU's for Property Known as Lot 33, BLOCK 3305. (Ron Villone, 14 Spring St.)

13. Resolution of the Township Council Authorizing the Renewal of a Lease Agreement with the County of Morris/Mount Olive Senior Center (Nutrition Site Agreement).

14. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Waiving the Requirements of the Township's Noise Ordinance at the Request of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NDOT Resurfacing Rt. 46).

15. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Automated Waste Equipment Co. in the Amount of $53,760.00 for Two 25 Cubic Yard Recycler Steel Dump Bodies.

16. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2001 Municipal Budget ($6,150.66 for Recycling Tonnage Grant)

17. Resolution of the Township Council, Township of Mount Olive Endorsing S-2713/A-3919 (CAP Relief - for Health Insurance and Terrorism Costs)

18. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2001 Current Appropriation Balances.

19. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for the Transfer of 2001 Budget Appropriations for the Current Fund.

20. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2001 Water Utility Appropriation Balances.

21. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2001 Sewer Appropriation Balances.

22. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Transfer of 2001 Water Utility Appropriation Balances.

23. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of the COPS More 95 Grant Balance.

24. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2001 Sanitation Appropriation Balances.

25. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Accepting Grant Funds from Regional Plan Association in a Cooperative Effort with Mount Olive Township Environmental Commission, Roxbury Township Environmental Commission, ANJEC and US Forest Service.

26. Resolution of Mount Olive Township Recognizing December 7, 1941, as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."

27. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Person-to-Person Transfer of Alcoholic Beverage License No. 1427-33-002- 004 from Michael J. Monaghan to Brinker New Jersey, Inc. Trading as Chili's Grill & Bar and Romano's Macaroni Grill.

28. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Person-to-Person Transfer of Alcoholic Beverage License No. 1427-33-007-003 from Flanders Bar and Liquors, Inc., Trading as Kiernan's Pub to Cryan & O'Kane, LLC, Trading as Cryan's.

Mr. Guenther moved the Adoption of Resolutions 1 through 7, and Resolutions 9 through 28, Mr. Heymann seconded that motion.


President Rattner: Anybody from the Public like to address the Council on any of the 27 Resolutions that are on the Consent Agenda?

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

Richard Bonte, Budd Lake, NJ: Item No.17, which is the cap waiver. I don't believe that the State should change the cap waiver and I don't think this Council should support that. Obviously on the issue of expenditures that Communities have incurred as a result of September 11, and so on. I believe that those calls should be an allowable waiver of the cap providing that they are true costs relating to that issue. However, regarding the waiving of health costs, I don't believe that municipalities should be given the blanket approval to have a waiver on those costs. As a business owner myself, I have experienced a 48 % increase in health premiums this year. I know of other businesses that have seen similar type rate increases. I assume the Town is probably seeing rate increases. I can't go to somebody else and get more money to meet these health cost increases. I don't believe that the Town should be afforded the opportunity to be able to pass this clause on directly to the Taxpayers, who are all being impacted by what has happened in society in the last three months as well as the increases in costs for health. We need to look at current contracts that we have with our employees. I don't have anything against our employees, they do a wonderful job. But everybody has to share some belt tightening here. I think we need to go back and look at the agreements we have with our employees, and see what we can do to mitigate the cost increases. Whether it be higher co-payments deductibles and whatever. A blanket waiver of the cap to meet escalating health costs is not in the interest of the Taxpayer whose first duty is yours. The second duty may be to the public employees, but the first duty is to the Taxpayer. Thank you.

President Rattner: Would anybody else like to address the Council on anything on the Consent Agenda? Seeing none, I will close the Public Portion. Is there any discussion from the Council?

ROLL CALL: Mr. Guenther voted yes 1-7, abstained on 9 and yes on 10-28
Mrs. Miller voted no on No. 27 & 28.
Mr. Spino voted no on No. 22.
Mr. Scapicchio voted no on No. 17.
Mr. Heymann, Mr. Sohl, and President Rattner Passed Unanimously

RESOLUTIONS - NON CONSENT

29. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Opposing Assembly Bill No. 2371 [Quarries].

President Rattner: Many of these Resolutions were put on this agenda because of work done last week. We have not had a meeting in two weeks so anything that came in after our last workshop was put on the Non Consent Agenda.

Mr. Scapicchio: I wanted to discuss Resolution No. 30.

President Rattner: Does anybody want to discuss anything else? The Resolution regarding Schoor DePalma was just put on, I don't know if everyone has had a chance to look at.

Mrs. Miller: Could I move for approval of Resolutions No. 29, and 31 through 36?

President Rattner: Sure can.

Mrs. Miller moved for approval of Resolutions No. 29, and 31 through 36. Mr. Heymann seconded that
motion.

President Rattner: Is there anyone from the Public that would like to address any of the Resolutions with the exception of No. 30? Seeing none, I will close the Public Portion, is there any discussion from the Council?

Mr. Scapicchio: Steve, could we just have Gene Buczynski just quickly explain his proposal?

President Rattner: Yes.

Mr. Scapicchio: Not only for us, but for the Public that's here.

Gene Buczynski: As you know, originally we had a proposal to do certain services back in July with an upset fee not to exceed based on time and materials for Phase I of Turkey Brook, which is the Voller's Excavating contract. At that time we also had another contract that was approved to review the Stuart Engineering Plans. Since then, of course Mr. Casey is not around. What I have done is updated it to include additional work that needs to be done with Stuart Engineering, plus some additional work we have done recently with Stuart that we were asked to do. Also to come up with an estimate with some costs for Construction Administration the Construction Inspection end of it. No. 1 on page 1 regarding construction Admin/Observation services for the work that has been done already, originally we came up with $32,000 and not to exceed that number. The prices basically came down. The costs were a lot less than that. We put in here that should have only been down to about $15,000. We spent basically $11,000 to date and it is probably 85-90% complete. Item No. 2 was regarding the Stuart plans. We originally had a price of $8,500. As I said earlier, we have done a lot of additional work because of Mr. Casey not being present. Today we spent $10,500. Between now and through the bidding stage I project additional expenses and that's when I said I thought that number should come up to $20,000. In essence those two phases which you previously had in July totaled less than what we are really asking the Council to consider right now. Originally, those two phases we came up with $40,500. Based on what we show you tonight it is only $35,000. As far as a more important issue regarding the bidding procedures and what we are doing as far as trying to take care of the concerns with Stuart Engineering, we met with some of you at the Recreational Committee. Our main concern right now with this phase for the $20,000 would be to make sure we get everything right with the re-bid and go through the review of the bids. Basically to get it ready for award of the contract by Council and then the next phase would be Part C as referred to in this letter. That is the Construction, Administration, and Observation. I tried to look at a reasonable number. I based it on a six month construction schedule, inspection being an average of four hours a day. Some days you might have a need for it, some days you might not need even four hours depending what functions you do on a site. That's how I based the number. Besides the daily inspections I based it on an average of two hours a day of Administration. You have to take into consideration that you still have a contract with Stuart which is basically not providing daily inspection on site. I believe they would have one guy in once every two weeks to go over the project. What our services would be during that construction stage would be to have a guy on site. As problems occur, we would contact the people down in North Carolina to go over any problems. They would come up every couple of weeks and basically review the status of the project. This would provide you with basically everyday onsite inspection. That's really everything to get you from this point to hopefully the end of the construction.

Mr. Scapicchio: Thanks Gene.

President Rattner: Gene, I have a question. What you are going to take on in addition to inspection is the project management? You are making sure the schedules, whether it be Olympus or Stuart or anybody else says that something is on schedule, being that you are representing the Town, making sure that it is on schedule. When documents come in, because of your professional background making sure they look like they are technically right, and that is not just limited to the bid specs or the on site inspection. Overall that it is an extra set of eyes making sure all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed. Is that to your understanding?

Mr. Buczynski: That is correct. I estimate we can do on an average of two hours of a work day. That's how we came up with the numbers. Just so you know. I think we can do that in that time period, with the inspector on site.

President Rattner: Basically the Town through the Administration is looking to you that if they need to know something you will have all the information about the schedule and everything that is going on . That you will be the one point to contact. That you will be the one to coordinate everything.

Mr. Buczynski: Correct.

President Rattner: Thank you. Any other discussion from the Council?

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

30. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Extended Award of Contract with Aqua Protech Laboratories for Lab Testing.

Mr. Sohl moved for Final Adoption of Resolution No. 30 and Mr. Heymann seconded that motion.

President Rattner: Would anybody from the Public like to address the Council on Resolution No. 30? Seeing none. I will close the Public Portion. Is there any Council discussion?


Mr. Scapicchio: Thank you. Sandy, I notice that we want to extend this contract for a six month period to give us time to prepare for formal bidding again. The question that I have is why do we have to extend it another six months. Did it just catch up to us?

Mr. Kaplan: We found that this contract had not been bid in at least a year or more. So what we want to do is put together new specifications and go out to bid this. However we need to extend it in the interim because it provides the testing services for the Health Department.

Mr. Scapicchio: If we were to give you 90-days, would that give you enough time to prepare bid specs?

Mr. Kaplan: The Health Officer would primarily be preparing the specifications and we would just be putting the boiler plate around it. I would think that we would possibly do it in the 90-days.

Mr. Scapicchio: Steve, I would suggest that we make this a 90-day period. Take out the six months. I propose a motion to Amend Resolution No. 30. Whereas the Township desires to extend the Award of the contract at the current rate for a period of 90-days to prepare for Formal Bidding. Again, based upon current regulations. So my amendment would be from six months to 90-days for the extension. Mr. Guenther Seconded that motion.

Mr. Scapicchio motion to amend Resolution No. 30. Whereas the Township desires to extend the Award of the contract at the current rate for a period of 90-days to prepare for Formal Bidding, Mr. Guenther seconded that motion.

Mr. Spino: Doesn't both the company and the Township have to accept the time and the bid cost extension?
If there was a problem and the bid comes back…

President Rattner: Mr. Kaplan, do you have any issues with going 90-days?

Mr. Kaplan: No. If I run into a problem, I will let you know and will ask for a further extension.

ROLL CALL (on the Amendment): Passed Unanimously.

President Rattner: Now we will vote which has been moved and seconded on the Resolution itself. Is there any further discussion?

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

31. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a One-Year Extension With First Vehicle Services for Fleet Maintenance.

32. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of Various Purchasing Contracts. -

33. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Extended Award of Contract with Tri-Maintenance For Cleaning Services.

34. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2001 Municipal Budget ($900.00 for Tobacco Age-of-Sale Enforcement Grant). *

35. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Eugene F. Buczynski of Schoor DePalma, Inc. for Construction Administration and Observation Services for the Turkey Brook Park Project.*

36. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Township Attorney to File an Answer in Connection with the Action Brought by Firetower, LLC. (Crown Tower Estates Ligitation)*

MOTIONS

1. Bill List.

Mr. Sohl moved for approval of the Bill List of 33 pages and Mr. Guenther seconded that motion.


President Rattner: Any discussion?

Mr. Scapicchio: I would like to have three items removed for clarification. I did speak to Sandy prior to this. I could not find any backup in the Clerk's Office. That's on page 7, "all referenced to Turkey Brook development" and I will just give you the contract reference numbers. 0001947 twice in the amount of $5,795.00, and 001947 again in the amount of $498.00.

Mr. Kaplan: I made a note, and will get you the back up.

President Rattner: So the motion is…Vote on the Amendment, or just vote on the motion?

Mr. Dorsey: You are voting now on the motion to approve the Bill List subject to the deletions referenced by Mr. Scapicchio.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.

2. Approval of Bingo Application #1017 for the Knights of Columbus Council 6100.

Mrs. Miller moved for approval of Bingo Application #1017 and Mr. Guenther seconded that motion.

President Rattner: Any Discussion?

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.

COUNCIL REPORTS

Library Board Liaison Report

Mr. Sohl: I report that the Library Board met last Wednesday. They are very pleased with the State grant that has been issued. They have issued a letter to the Town, regarding items relative to the design connectivity through services here that need to be looked at and straightened out. I know Mr. Kaplan forwarded that request to the individuals that would be responsible for answering that within the Township. I wish them well and indicated to them that Charlene was going to pick up the baton in January.

Recreation Report

Mr. Heymann: The Turkey Brook Committee met again and today we received the maps which are going to be sent to Tom Malavasi at Schoor DePalma. So we are waiting for Tom's review of those maps. We will either meet next week if at all possible or the following week. The Committee will meet again and we will get ourselves a little closer to getting ready to go out to bid.

Board of Health Report - None

Planning Board Report

Mr. Spino: Yes. Just Quickly, three items on the agenda last week. One; there was a new building approved for the business track next to the Sunoco station on Route 206. The Quarry over on Waterloo Valley Road had a meeting and will have another in January, moving towards their request for a license. The other is, a final meeting for the development of the Toll Brothers Development. They have finally agreed to hooking up an existing water system of the neighboring development in to their system. So at least we will have a loop for that area.

President Rattner: Is that the Goldmine Estates?

Mr. Spino: That's what was Goldmine Estates. Morris Chase is the name they have given to it.

Mr. Guenther: So nothing with Pershing Estates?

Mr. Spino: Not that I know of. They had agreed to do this. At least the first developers, Law Brothers, and Toll Brothers tried to really circumvent that. They finally conceded that they had to do it, and that they should do it.

President Rattner: Still I think that is something we could look at in the future because the big thing is getting a good water supply storage. We are getting that, and it is getting closer, and the whole plan of the Township over the years with the different Water and Master Plans and long range planning we've had is tying everything together. So it would have been nice to have a developer, but you have gotten some more concessions out of them. You could only expect a certain amount that they are going to pay for. Thank you Mr. Spino.

Open Space Committee Report - None

Legislative Committee Report

Mr. Guenther: Really nothing directly on the Legislative Committee, but just indirectly regarding highway safety issues. We started a petition drive at Country Oaks for the traffic light on route 46. That is first in the process. We are working with Bernie Boistess who is a resident there and also an expert in that field. Hopefully that will be complete before the holidays. I will forward a copy of it on to Guy Gregg and then we will take other procedures to re-appeal to the State and see what next steps can be taken to get that accomplished or at least something to alleviate traffic at that intersection.

Master Plan Report

Mr. Scapicchio: The Master Plan Committee has been working diligently with the Planner; Robert Michaels and Chuck McGroarty. We have a draft Master Plan Reexamination. We have another Workshop Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday January 9, 2002. I would anticipate that we would have a finished product within six months. Mayor?

Mayor Licitra: Yes Dave. I was just talking to Chuck about it today, because I was curious about one piece that we want to rezone. He told me about six months. I am very pleased with the work that this guy is doing by the way.

Mr. Scapicchio: In fact I could even give the Clerk's Office my copy and have her make the one available for the Public in case the Public wants to just review that draft for any comments prior to our meeting.

Mayor Licitra: Also their comments.

Pride Committee Report - None

PUBLIC PORTION

Clarence Brickman, Budd Lake, NJ: I was here a couple months ago complaining about the sewer usage that went up for Budd Lake. I was told that we were going to discuss it in November, but our rate went up $71.00. Flanders went up $30.00. I just can't figure out why Budd Lake went up $71.00. It is just too much. I was wondering if they can do anything about it.

President Rattner: I know the Mayor and the whole Administration right now is working on their Budget for next year which includes, water and sewer and all the departments. We have got some new personnel there. They had there own ideas and looking at what is going on, the Mayor is going to deliver his proposal to us approximately January 15, 2002. From there we will see what he is proposing, and then the Council will plan hearings and actually be discussing every department with the requests, the rates and the revenues that will be required to support them.

Clarence Brickman: Okay. Going from what was $106.00 to $177.00. That is way out of sight. Thank you.

President Rattner: Anybody else from the Public? Okay, I will close the Public Session and start with final Council comments.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mayor Licitra: I know I am not Council, but I just wanted to say so long to two former colleagues. I don't know where I would be in my Administration without the two of you. Ron and I have always had the same passion for Recreation even though we did not agree on a lot of other stuff. I know Ron is going to keep involved because I am going to make him be involved in the recreation. Bill, I say it again, I don't know what between yourself and Bob Casey what I would have done in the first year with what we inherited over here.

Mayor Licitra (cont'd): You were the perfect Council President to be in at that time. I know you are going to be involved because I have asked you where you could fit into my Administration, and you are going to let me know as soon as your time allows you. But I want to thank you very much for your cooperation. I want to thank you for disagreeing in a gentleman's manner. As we have in the past, if we had disagreements, it makes us look good and it makes the Township look good. Again, thank you very much for taking your 12 years on this Council. I know we are having a little party for you, and I hope that it will be well attended. Thank you again. Have a wonderful holiday season.

Mr. Guenther: If I may interject. It's a little more than a party. The invitation says Retirement Roast.

President Rattner: Is that all Mayor?

Mayor Licitra: That's it, do you want me to go further?

President Rattner: Well, I figured you would say some nice things about the other Council Members too.

Mayor Licitra: When you retire.

President Rattner: Okay, then we will continue with Council Comments.

Mr. Heymann: We made a little bet down here. We thought you would start at that end and make your way down. We both lost.

President Rattner: Do you want to speak last?

Mr. Heymann: Yes, why don't you start with Mr. Scapicchio and work your way down.

Mr. Scapicchio: I would just like to say that it has been an enjoyable five years for me to work with both Bill and Ron. I think they both serve the Township well. We are having a Dinner/Roast for them on January 19, 2001 at the Wyndam Garden. We are having the invitations made up as we speak. They will be in the mail right after Christmas. We look forward to that. I want to wish everybody a happy, healthy, and productive New Year.

Mr. Spino: It has been great serving with you both I am sorry you are leaving. I hope you have a terrific future and I hope to see you around.

Mrs. Miller: I am sorry to see you both go too. It has been nice working with you.

Mr. Guenther: I just want to add my comments. It was a very short time for me, but I enjoyed being on the Council with Ron and Bill very much. I am sure we will work together again. Something I just wanted to add since this is related to Open Space. The County MUA passed a Resolution approving a transfer of the Camp Pulaski Title to the property minus the composting area to the County of Morris. That was passed, and tomorrow night, if anybody wants to attend; the Freeholders will pass their Resolution of approving that as well. With those two Resolutions in hand, the contract will be signed before the end of the year. So there is another piece of property that will have been preserved for open space, and also for recreational purposes for use of our citizens.

Mr. Sohl: Thank you Mr. President. It has been an interesting 12 years. I guess that is the best way to put a positive spin on it. We have seen tremendous strides made in this Community in terms of where we were when I first took office as an Elected Official in 1988 to where we are now. Along the way we have had some bumpy roads, and disagreements here and there. The last two years has been the crowning aspect of how this Government should work. As the Mayor eluded before, yes we have had disagreements. We could honestly disagree and that is the most enjoyable aspect that I have found in the group that sits here tonight. I would hope the two members come January will continue that. There is certainly room and there will be disagreement. We could disagree on Ordinance 22, agree on the next six, disagree again somewhere else and just get on with it and still be co-workers, friends, and doing what we believe is honestly the best for the public at large. I'd love to think that I was always able to please all the people all the time. I know that certainly did not happen. Where we have disagreed, I hope that disagreement has been perceived as just an honest disagreement of opinion. If in the 12 years I sat here, and I have offended anybody in what might be viewed as a rude fashion or otherwise I apologize. I certainly don't try to make that my style. Again I hope that you all will continue with the positive road that we have embarked on here. Thank you.

Mr. Heymann: First of all, I just want to thank everybody especially my good friend Mr. Spino. As an attorney, I get an opportunity to witness lots of other Councils', Planning Boards', and Board of Adjustments. I have always told everybody wherever I go, that the people in Mount Olive. I have always been impressed by the quality of the work that this Council has done, as well as anybody else who has sat here during the 12 years I have been here. So much extra time and extra work and such a knowledgeable group of people have been remised for my two years when I was Council President. John Dorsey; who would always take my calls. The only guy I know that you could find working at 6:00 in the morning. I certainly appreciate that because it sure was beneficial when you had a question and you need him. Now when I have a legal question I still call him at six in the morning and he still answers it. I will save a lot of my comments for the Galla celebration and party. If I have offended anybody you pretty much know that I did mean do it. That would not have been me if I had not done that. Again I hope we have a good turn out so we could have a fun non-political evening on the 19th, which is what I know it is going to be. Again, I am not leaving so I don't want this to sound like a dirge. Recreation is dear to my heart as you all know, and Turkey Brook is not done. Tonight I was at the basketball game at the high school and two people actually came up to me and told me how great Flanders Crossing looks with the sod and everything. That's the first time anyone said anything great with the word Flanders Crossing. So we are heading in the right direction. Turkey Brook will be done right, and will be done at least while I am here I hope. Again, it has been a good time. I could would be like Rich Bonte now, I would come up here and talk from the other side of the room. So thanks everybody. Have a good holiday and see you soon.

Mr. Dorsey: A couple of words. As you know, I not only serve in Mt. Olive, but four or five other places and I have probably served with 100 Council people. I find it rather unusual that tonight we are essentially saying goodbye in terms of their Council service. The two people who come from very different backgrounds, have very different strengths have very different experiences. The one thing they have always shared in common was a genuine and sincere attempt to move this Town forward. I think in there 14/12 years, they have seen Mt. Olive come a long way. Their attendance I think is absolutely extraordinary if you look over those years. Their heart and their soul have always been to attempting to provide better services, better opportunities to the people that live in Mount Olive. It has been my pleasure to serve with them. I thank them for the support that they have given me over the long period of time we serve you again. Thank you very much guys.

President Rattner: Thank you Mr. Dorsey. I will just say my final words. It has been a good experience. With the ups, with the downs, with the way that we've moved the Town forward. When Mr. Heymann ran 12 years ago he had only a couple of issues that he said he was going to concentrate on. For 12 years he did. His two main issues were the Municipal Building and Recreation. Those two he never wavered from. The one thing I have to say is it has been good.


ADJOURNMENT

Motion made for adjournment. All in Favor, none Opposed. The Meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm.


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DAVID SCAPICCHIO
Council President

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 January 29, 2002.

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LISA M. LASHWAY
Mount Olive Township Clerk

 

 
 

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