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
ROLL CALL: Present: Mr. Guenther, Mr. Heymann, Mrs. Miller,
Mr. Scapicchio, Mr. Sohl, Mr. Spino, Mr. Rattner
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 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.
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,
Mr. Spino, Mr. Scapicchio, President Rattner
November 20, 2001 Present: Mr. Guenther, Mr. Heymann (8:40),
Mrs. Miller, Mr. Scapicchio,
Mr. Sohl (8:25), Mr. Spino, President Rattner,
ROLL CALL: Passes Unanimously
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
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
7. Resolution received December 7, 2001, from the Morris
County Board of Chosen Freeholders regarding the "Day
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
President Rattner: Anybody from the Public like to address
the Council on any of the 27 Resolutions that are on the Consent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
31. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
a One-Year Extension With First Vehicle Services for Fleet
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
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)*
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Motion made for adjournment. All in Favor, none Opposed.
The Meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm.
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
LISA M. LASHWAY
Mount Olive Township Clerk