Mount Olive Township Council Minutes
November 28, 2000
The Regular meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council
was called to Order at 7:30 pm by Councilman Ron Heymann
with the Pledge of Allegiance. I saw Mr. Sohl sneaking in
to take away my job.
According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate Notice
of this meeting has been given to the Mount Olive Chronicle
and the Morristown Daily Record. Notice has been posted at
the entrance of the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown
Road, Mt. Olive, New Jersey, and notices were sent to those
requesting the same.
ROLL CALL: Present: Mr. Heymann, Mr. Guenther, Mr. Scapicchio,
Mr. Spino, President Sohl
Absent: Mr. Rattner, Mrs. Kelly
President Sohl: For the Record, Mrs. Kelly called earlier
today and is ill, and Mr. Rattner had a family matter that
came up. I would also like to acknowledge the attendance
of the Mayor, Paul Licitra; the Business Administrator, Sandy
Kaplan; the Township Attorney, John Dorsey; Township Clerk,
Lisa Lashway. We also have with us this evening Judy Beecher,
Florham Park Borough Clerk who will swear in Lt. Beecher.
Mayor Licitra: I have a very pleasant duty tonight. Before
the Chief gets up and says a couple of words, I would like
to say a couple of words about Steve Beecher–or shall
I say Lieutenant Beecher. Steve is married to Margaret Pittaluga.
They have two sons, Zachary age 9; and Trevor age 6. Welcome,
Zachary and Trevor. And they live in Randolph. Steve’s
father, who is here tonight, is a former law enforcement
Sergeant who retired after 29 years of service. Steve’s
mother is a Township Clerk in Florham Park and will be swearing
him in this evening. You also have the pleasure of working
with one of my favorite Mayors in this whole wide world.
Steve is a tobacco farmer, and he invented the Internet,
by the way. I just told the Chief when he gave me this–“I
thought Al Gore did that.” Prior to working with the
Mt. Olive Police Department, Steve was a Social Worker for
the Division of Youth and Family Services. Steve has also
worked as a Counselor for the Morris County Youth Center.
Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social
Services from Lebanon Valley College. Steve began his service
with Mt. Olive in 1987, and in 1995 was promoted to Sergeant
and was assigned Patrol Division. In 1999, Steve was moved
to Sergeant, Administrative Division. Effective this evening,
Steve will assume the duties as Commander of Support Services
Division. Steve, before I turn this portion over to your
Chief, I would like to welcome you into the ranks of Lieutenant
in Mt. Olive. The Chief is going to say a couple of kind
words. But, I think this is nice when we do this for promotion
in front of the Council members. I think it’s important
that they see the type of quality that we have on our police
force and see it first hand. I welcome you in your new position.
I know you’ve earned it, and I will turn this over
to the Chief to give you the badge and say another couple
of nice words about you.
Chief Katona: Thank you Mayor. “Another couple of
nice words.” No–tonight is a culmination of a
rather grueling selection process. We do have an excellent
cadre of Officers. We have a very excellent group of Sergeants
from which Steve is leaving and is joining our ranks as a
Lieutenant. The process was grueling, I’m sure it was
trying on the family—was it guys? Was he really mad
at times? Very good. But, within the course of about five
days, the Officers that participated in this process were
subjected to a three hour written examination; followed two
days later by probably an hour interview before the sitting
Lieutenants, and followed two days after that by an interview
with me and another Chief. So, within about five or six days
there was a lot of pressure, a lot of stress, and all of
the candidates performed extremely well. This process, I
think, is excellent. I think it works, and it ensures that
we are going to have the leadership to bring this agency
forward in the future. And, I’m very glad and pleased
to present Steve Beecher for promotion here this evening.
Steve, thank you. Thunderous Applause.
Swearing in of Lt. Stephen Beecher - Judy Beecher, Florham
Park Borough Clerk
Mrs. Judy Beecher, Florham Park Borough Clerk: Raise your
right hand and repeat after me. I, do solemnly swear that
I will support the Constitution of the United States, and
the Constitution of the State of New Jersey. That I will
bear true faith and allegiance to same and to the Governments
established in the United States and in this State, under
the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully,
impartially and justly perform all the duties of the office
of Lieutenant of the Mt. Olive Township Police Department,
according to the best of my ability, so help me God.
Officer Beecher: I, do solemnly swear that I will support
the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution
of the State of New Jersey. That I will bear true faith and
allegiance to same and to the Governments established in
the United States and in this State, under the Authority
of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and
justly perform all the duties of the office of Lieutenant
of the Mt. Olive Township Police Department, according to
the best of my ability, so help me God.
Mrs. Beecher: Congratulations.
Lieutenant Beecher: Thank you.
President Sohl: Congratulations.
Lieutenant Beecher: Thank you very much.
Presentation - David Romanchick
Mayor Licitra: I have one other item. I received a letter
a couple of months ago and I would like to read it to you.
It’s something that I think we should be very proud
of in Mt. Olive. It’s something that David (Romanchick)
should be very proud of because it was a Countrywide Contest
that he came in Second Place on a Toastmasters Conference.
I just want to read very quickly his letter–and I have
a Certificate of Achievement for one of our Citizens in Mt.
Olive that attained this Second Place Award in Toastmasters
International. David writes to me: “Dear Mayor Licitra:
I’m writing to you to volunteer my services to the
Township and to the School System of Mt. Olive...” So,
already, we’re appreciative. Get his name. “Recently,
I was named the Second Place winner in Toastmasters International
World Championship of Public Speaking. Toastmasters International
is non-profit educational organization that teaches Public
Speaking and Communication Skills to its members to a worldwide
network of clubs. The Organization currently has approximately
175,000 members and 8700 clubs in 70 countries. Each Spring,
10,000 members begin competing for the Title World Champion
of Public Speaking. Speakers go through a process of participating
in Club Area Division, District, and Regional Contests. By
August, the 10,000 have been reduced to Nine. This year,
I was fortunate to be one of the nine competing in Miami
Beach for the Championship. As you can see, from the enclosed
speakers resume, I am experienced in speaking in front of
groups ranging from 10,000 to 1,400 people...” You
don’t have to worry about that in Mt. Olive, we don’t
have 1,400–we don’t have a place to put them,
first of all. “I have given presentations to both Toastmasters
and non-Toastmasters audiences and I have developed a one-hour
presentation Titled, ‘Does it have a Good Beat, and
is it Easy to Dance to?’ which I use to teach the fundamentals
of Public Speaking. I have given this presentation to groups
where I work, AT&T, and many people have found it beneficial
in improving their communication skills. I feel this presentation
would be especially useful for High School students who are
interested in learning the basics of Public Speaking and
Presentation skills. I have enclosed a Press Release, on
Toastmasters and the World Championships of Public Speaking.
Please feel free to call me regarding references, or further
information. Sincerely, David Romanchick.” David, I
want to present this Certificate of Achievement in honor
of Outstanding Significant Achievement at the International
World Championships of Public Speaking. This Award is presented
to yourself, on the 28th Day of November, 2000, by the Mayor
and Council of Mt. Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey.
Mr. Romanchick: I really didn’t expect this. I want
to thank you all for it, and I want to volunteer my services.
I already volunteered my services to the school, and I look
forward to hearing from you in the future. Thank you.
President Sohl: Thank you.
Mr. Dorsey: No reports this evening.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
- November 21, 2000 Closed Session (Present: Mr. Heymann,
Mr. Guenther, Mr. Scapicchio, Mr. Rattner, Mr. Sohl Absent:
Mr. Spino, Mrs. Kelly)
Mr. Heymann moved for approval of the Minutes and Mr. Guenther
seconded the Motion.
ROLL CALL: All in favor, none opposed.
Resolutions, Ordinances, Correspondence from other Towns
1. Resolution received November 20, 2000, from the Township
of Roxbury supporting A-126 Bank Surplus in the Annual Snow
2. Resolution received November 20, 2000 from the Township
of Randolph supporting A-125 Bank surplus snow removal funds.
Correspondence from Legislative Representatives
3. Letter received November 20, 2000 from Senator Donald
T. DiFrancesco RE: Township Letter of concern to Verizon
to change basic service rates.
Correspondence from Organizations/Committees/Boards
4. Letter received November 20, 2000 from NJ DCA, Office
of State Planning RE: New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment
Plan - Draft Final Plan and Public Hearings schedule.
Land Use/Development Matters
5. Letter received November 21, 2000 from Fletcher Engineering,
Inc. RE: Application for a Major Stream Encroachment Permit
B 7702; Lots 16, 26, 27 & 28. (Rose Manor Estates)
President Sohl stated we had received five pieces of correspondence
and asked Council if there were any comments on same.
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING: NONE
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING: NONE
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
which 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.
Mr. Dorsey: I would just like to point out, in connection
to Paragon Village–that’s Resolution #7, they
did agree to the language that we requested with regard to
COAH. Mr. Larry Paragano is here this evening. They have
a deadline of Thursday to get the signed Agreements.
Mayor Licitra: It’s okay with you, Mr. Dorsey?
Mr. Dorsey: It’s good once the Resolution is passed.
President Sohl: All right. We’ll leave all the Resolutions
on the Consent Agenda. I open the Meeting to the Public.
Mr. Bonte: On #2. Do we have a map that we could look at
after this meeting of what these by-passes are?
Mr. McGroarty: I have one–not with me–
Mayor Licitra: We started this process three years ago.
I don’t know if there has ever been a map given to
us other than the one we originally got when they first discussed
President Sohl: If you’re going up the hill–it
kind of goes by the A&P–
Mayor Licitra: There is one in the Municipal Building–
Mr. Bonte: I got the impression–and I’m not
passing comment on this, I’m just curious. I know there
has been talk for a long time of a by-pass from behind Peachtree
Village to by where the chicken place is. I got the impression
from this Resolution that they’re talking about another–
Mr. Guenther: Let me clarify–because of my business,
that was the original plan, behind the Peachtree Village
in that wide road they put in on the other side of the A&P
was contemplated. The problem is, Washington Township would
have to give up some farmland on the other side. Washington
Township being so into Farmland Preservation, etc., would
not approve that by-pass. That’s the way Hackettstown
originally wanted it. So, what Hackettstown had to do as
an alternative was the expansion of East Avenue–that’s
what this is. I, personally don’t see how it’s
going to work. They have to knock down some buildings, it’s
going to infringe on some of the space of Peachtree Village
and the cemetery on the other side. I don’t think it
really does the job of alleviating the problem of congestion
on Mountain Avenue.
Mr. Bonte: That’s right. I agree with you, Bernie.
A wider East Avenue will solve nothing. It still has to go
Mr. Guenther: Hackettstown had no choice because Washington
Township opposed it.
Mr. Bonte: So what is this--I guess my question is, what
is this actually for, then?
Mr. Spino: I would–having the opinion that I guess
most of my colleagues did, this was the one we saw a drawing
of in the paper a year or two ago. Rather than vote on this
tonight, I would like to see us take it off and get a map
to make sure we know what we’re talking about.
President Sohl: Is everybody in favor of taking Resolution
#2 off? All right, it’s off.
Mr. Bonte: That was not my intent–
President Sohl: I know, that’s fine.
Mr. Bonte: On #3, can we–and I don’t know that
it has to be on this Resolution, but as part of the process
of having the professional engineers look at this traffic
light, can it be specifically requested that as part of this
analysis that they look into, were this to be recommended,
and become a reality, that it be worked out that timing of
this light be coordinated with Mt. Olive Road, and–I
guess it’s Woodland–to minimize the impact on
Route 46 Traffic. Otherwise, I don’t have any opinion
on the light itself. If it’s needed, it’s needed.
And, finally, on #7–how many units to they plan on
building? Does anybody know?
Mr. Paragano: I believe the Assisted Living was in the 60
Mr. Bonte: So a total of 150 units? And approximately how
many occupants per unit?
Mr. Paragano: I believe 180.
Mr. Bonte: And what is the approximate payment per unit
to the Township?
Mr. Dorsey: It’s not payment per unit, it’s
payment after the first year or two that is based upon the
total revenues. This project is going to be financed by the
HMFA. HMFA has specific legislation which permits such units
to be exempt from normal taxation and to permit an other–“in
lieu of tax arrangement.” Paragon Village has agreed
to the maximum in terms of payments to be made under the
HMFA Legislation and regulation. It works out to about–I
think it’s 6.25% of their revenues. As their revenues
go up, and as the rates increase because of inflation and
otherwise, the Township’s take, the Township’s
in lieu of payments will increase. And, under the agreement,
for instance, there’s a certain run up period, but,
the arrangement runs for a total of 30 years. The fifth year,
it’s at least $100,000 or greater based upon the percentage,
which is 6.28% of total revenues. By the 25th year, it’s
$200,000, or the greater of 6.28% in terms of revenues.
Mr. Bonte: Will we be providing sanitation/recycling services
to this facility?
Mr. Dorsey: No. This is a commercial facility, so we do
not provide that service. They’ll have their own private
Mr. Bonte: Senior Transportation?
Mr. Dorsey: I don’t know that they’ll request
Mr. Bonte: So, basically, the services that are provided
by the Town are expected to be minimum.
Mr. Dorsey: That’s why it leads to this arrangement.
The Township alone receives the payment on the theory that
they do not contribute to the school population. That’s
why there’s this very special arrangement for this
type of facility.
Mr. Bonte: That’ $100,000 a year–is that based
on 100% occupancy.
Mr. Dorsey: You want to look at the schedule?
Mr. Bonte: No, I just wanted to ask a few questions–
Mr. Dorsey: I don’t know how to answer that–the
answer is “No.” It’s a minimum. The $100,000
on the fifth year is a minimum.
Mr. Bonte: That’s the minimum payment they’ll
make regardless of occupancy? Okay.
Mr. Dorsey: It says 6.28% project revenues, or $100,000
whichever is greater. So the $100,000 becomes the floor,
or it could be a great deal more.
Mr. Bonte: And then it’s 20 - 25 years–is that
when it runs out?
Mr. Dorsey: The answer is, every five years, approximately,
it jumps up $25,000. So it goes, $100,000; $125,000; $150,000;
Mr. Bonte: All right, that’s all I wanted to know.
President Sohl: Is there anyone else from the Public who
would like to address the Consent Resolutions?
Mayor Licitra: I just have a quick question, Mr. Paragano,
do you have a waiting list on this?
Mr. Paragano: No.
Mayor Licitra: I heard that there was already a waiting
Mr. Paragano: No.
Mayor Licitra: Okay.
1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Authorizing the Release of Performance Guarantees
Posted by Meadows at Mount Olive.
3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Authorizing the Issuance of an Extension to the
Professional Services Contract with Schoor DePalma to Specifically
Cover Traffic Analysis for the Feasibility of the Installation
of a Traffic Signal at the Intersection of Connelly Avenue
and Route 46.
4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Canceling the Previously Scheduled Public Meeting/Workshop
Session of December 12, 2000 and Establishing a Special Council
Public Meeting on Thursday, December 28, 2000, for the Purpose
of Acting on Year End Financial Matters.
5. A Resolution Authorizing a Change Order to the Contract
with Concrete Masters, Inc. for Wolfe Rd.,/Flanders-Drakestown
Rd. SideWalk Improvements.
6. A Resolution Authorizing a Change Order to the Contract
with AWT Environmental Services for Soil Remediation Services
at Turkey Brook Park.
7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Approving an Agreement for Payment in Lieu of
Taxes Between Paragon Village, LLC and the Township of Mount
Olive for 425 Route 46, Block No. 8400 Lot No. 9 on the Tax
Map of the Township of Mount Olive
8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Olympvs International
AG in the Sum of $500,571.
Mr. Guenther moved for approval of the Consent Resolutions
#1, and #3 - #8, and Mr. Heymann seconded the motion.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
1. Bill List. - ATTACHED
Mr. Scapicchio moved for approval of the Bills and Mr. Heymann
seconded the motion.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
2. Approval of Bingo Application #968 for St. Jude Church.
3. Appointment of Jim Nolan to the Open Space Committee.
Mr. Spino moved for approval of the Motions and Mr. Scapicchio
seconded the motion.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
Library Board Liaison Report
Mr. Sohl: The Library had a planning session. It was held
on a Friday or Saturday, and quite a bit of time and effort
were put in by a lot of dedicated people. One of the things
I did get was a list of the make-up of that Committee, and
I provided that to everybody in you mailbox.
Mayor Licitra: I would just like to report–the Governor
wrote a letter to myself to inform us that we’ve been
approved for allotment of Fiscal Year 2001 from the Transportation
Trust Fund, Municipal Aid Program for Cory Road resurfacing
in the amount of $175,000. So that helps out. We’re
very lucky in this list. I guess it’s because we’ve
been pestering them. It has to do with Kathy (Murphy) and
probably Chuck (McGroarty) and finding out what’s happening.
So, I’m very pleased with this.
President Sohl: Good news, indeed.
President Sohl: Is there anyone from the Public who would
like to address the Council on this matter? If not, I close
the meeting to the Public.
COUNCIL COMMENTS: NONE
President Sohl: We will adjourn this meeting and go directly
to a workshop meeting.
Motion made for adjournment. All in Favor, None Opposed.
The Meeting was adjourned 7:56pm.
William H. Sohl
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
December 19, 2000.
LISA M. LASHWAY
Mount Olive Township Clerk