Mount Olive Township Council Minutes - April 26, 2011

 

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:48 pm by Council Vice President Roman.

 

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT

Mrs. Lashway: According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Daily Record. Notice has been posted at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and notices were sent to those requesting the same.

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present: Mr. Greenbaum, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Mania, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Roman

 

Absent: Mr. Perkins, Mr. Tobey

 

Also Present: Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; John Dorsey and Dominic DiYanni, Township Attorneys; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; William Sohl; Business Administrator; Mayor David Scapicchio

 

Vice President Roman: Let the record reflect that Mr. Perkins and Mr. Tobey are still not present.

 

PUBLIC HEARING ON 2011 BUDGET AMENDMENTS

 

Vice President Roman: At this time we will have a public hearing on the 2011 Budget Amendments. Does

anyone from the public wish to address? No, moving on to resolutions. Mr. Greenbaum, would you kindly

move Resolution #1.

 

  1. Resolution to Adopt the 2011 Amended Budget.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: I move for approval of Resolution to Adopt the 2011 Amended Budget.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

Vice President Roman: Alright, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: Miss Labow, would you be so kind on #2.

 

  1. Resolution to Adopt the 2011 Solid Waste Collection District Budget.

 

Mrs. Labow: Thank you. Resolution to Adopt the 2011 Solid Waste Collection District Budget.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll second.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been seconded. Can I get a Roll Call?

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: Mr. Mania, can I get an approval of the previous Minutes?

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

 

March 29, 2011 PM (all present)

April 12, 2011 WS, CS & PM (all present except Mr. Perkins absent from Workshop)

 

Mr. Mania: Yes you can. I make a motion that we approve the Minutes of the March 29, 2011, Public Meeting and the April 12, 2011, Workshop, Closed Session and Public Meeting.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

 

  1. Letter received April 11, 2011, from Morris Habitat for Humanity regarding Municipally Sponsored Affordable Housing Project, BL 1300, Lot 44 (24 Lozier Road). PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Special Report received April 11, 2011, from the New Jersey Alliance for Action regarding the 2011 Transportation Summit. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received April 19, 2011, from Rutgers Center for Executive Leadership in Government regarding Rutgers University Surviving a Downtown - Toolkit Seminars for Municipal Managers. PDF Correspondence

 

RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS

 

  1. Resolution received April 20, 2011, from the Borough of Netcong regarding the Proposed Amendment to the Open Public Records Law to Preserve its Original Intent. PDF Correspondence

 

DOT / DEP / LOI / HIG HLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC

 

  1. Letter received April 11, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Notice of Administrative Completeness for Goodland Country Club, Block 83, Lot 16 (50 Drakestown Road). PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received April 11, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Pre-Cancellation Letter Regarding Application for a Freshwater Wetland Statewide General Permit No. 6 and Transition Area Waiver – Averaging Plan for Mount Olive Center Associates, Block 4100 Lots 80, 84, 87, & 88 (48 Old Budd Lake Road 7 67, 73, 95 Route 46). PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Notice received April 18, 2011, from the Department of Environmental Protection regarding Exempt Recycling Activities for BL 6211 Lot 6 (11 Graydon Place). PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received April 18, 2011, from the United States, Department of Agriculture regarding Land use Determination Farm 540 Tract #186. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received April 18, 2011, from Larry Kron, Esq. regarding Stipulation of Settlement for ITC Phone Center, Block 8301, Lot 18 (400 Route 46). PDF Correspondence

  1. Letter received April 19, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council regarding Proposed Highlands Redevelopment Area Designation for Sand Shore Road Highlands Redevelopment Area Block 8300 Lots 5, 5.01, 5.02, 6, 7, 8, and 9 (11 Stephens Park Road, 424, 426, 428, 430, 432, 434 Sandshore Road.) PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received April 19, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding a traffic light to be placed at the intersection of Connelly Avenue and Route 46. (Country Oaks). PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

 

  1. E-mail received April 8, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 5 Years of creating Healthier Communities and Have You Joined the Mayors Wellness Campaign Yet? PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received April 8, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding White House Briefing on Local Impacts of Federal Shutdown. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received April 11, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJL Conference CEU Tracking System Shut Down May 1, 2011. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received April 11, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Support for NJ Involvement in the RGGI Program. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received April 11, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Support Municipal Priority Funding. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Legislative Bulletin received April 11, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Bills that were enacted as Public Laws of 2011. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received April 12, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding S-2718 Health Benefits Reform and NJ Magazine. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received April 12, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Reminder – Two Upcoming League Seminars. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received April 13, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Current Federal Fiscal Year CDBG and Budget Deal Details. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received April 13, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Energy Tax & CMPTRA and PERC Decision. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received April 15, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming NJLM Educational Foundation Program. PDF Correspondence

DCA

 

  1. E-mail received April 14, 2011, from The Department of Community Affairs regarding Pension and Benefits Information Update. PDF Correspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

 

  1. E-mail received April 19, 2011, from the County of Morris, Department of Planning and Development regarding Morris County Freight Study Open House Public Meeting. PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

 

  1. Newsletter received April 13, 2011, from Comcast regarding Spring 2011, New Jersey Edition. PDF Correspondence

 

LETTERS FROM LEGISLATORS

 

  1. Letter received April 18, 2011, from Senator Oroho, Assemblyman Chiusano and Assemblywoman McHose regarding an important traffic safety issue requesting the installation of a traffic light to be placed at the intersection of Connelly Avenue and Route 46 (Country Oaks) PDF Correspondence

 

Vice President Roman: There are 26 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone on Council wish to address them? Seeing none, we are up to Ordinances for Public Hearing. Mr. Greenbaum, would you like to take Ordinance #11-2011?

 

Mr. Greenbaum: I would be happy to do it but you should open it up to the public first.

 

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEAR ING

 

Vice President Roman: Yes, the first ordinance open to the public would be Ord.#11-2011. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard on that ordinance? Seeing none, Mr. Greenbaum.

 

Ord.#11-2011 Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey Appropriating $37,500 for the Acquisition of Property, Such Appropriation Consists of a $37,500 Green Acres Grant from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: I move Ord.#11-2011 be approved.

 

Mrs. Labow: Seconded.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded, Roll Call. I'm sorry, forgive me. Is there

anyone on Council? Any discussion? None, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: Ord. #11-2011 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to

forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.

 

OPTIONAL PUBLIC PORTION

 

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING (2 nd reading – May 10, 2011)

 

Vice President Roman: We are up to ordinances for first reading with a second reading of May 10, 2011:

 

Ord.#12-2011 Bond Ordinance Providing for the Acquisition of Property In and By the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $400,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $380,000 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance part of the Cost Thereof.

 

Vice President Roman: Mr. Walsh.

 

Mr. Walsh: I move that Ordinance #12-2011 be introduced by title and passed on first reading

and that a meeting be held on May 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown

Road, Budd Lake, NJ for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and

that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the

requirements of the law.

 

Mrs. Labow: Seconded.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll

Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: Okay:

 

Ord.#13-2011 Refunding Bond Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey Providing for the Current Refunding of the 2013 Maturity Due on the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Sewer Utility Bonds, Series 1993, Appropriating $700,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $700,000 Sewer Utility refunding Bonds or Sewer Utility Bond Anticipation Notes of the Township for Financing the Cost Thereof.

 

Vice President Roman: Mrs. Labow.

 

Mrs. Labow: Thank you Mr. Vice President. I move that Ordinance #13-2011 be introduced by title and

passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on May 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204

Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of

said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance

with the requirements of the law.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll second it.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll

Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: We are up to:

 

Ord.#14-2011 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, State of New Jersey Amending a Portion of Chapter 215, Streets and Sidewalks, Article I, Street Openings, Section 215-4, Cash Deposit; Bond; Fees, of the Revised General Ordinances.

 

Vice President Roman: Mr. Greenbaum.

 

 

Mr. Greenbaum: Thank you. I move that Ordinance #14-2011 be introduced by title and passed on first

Reading and that a meeting be held on May 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-

Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said

Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with

the requirements of the law.

 

Mr. Mania: Second.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll

Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: We are up to Consent Resolutions. Does anyone on Council wish to remove any Consent Resolutions to Non-Consent? Seeing none, Miss Labow, would you be so kind to move Consent Resolutions three through seven?

 

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.

 

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Submission of the 2010 Tonnage Grant Application to the State of New Jersey. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Adoption of the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Van Cleef Engineering Associates for Engineering Services in Connection with the Resurfacing of Clover Hill Drive (Flanders-Bartley Road to Bordeaux Drive). PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Assigning Interest to the Land Conservancy of New Jersey Regarding the Purchase Block 7000 Lot 63. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for a Reduction in the Cash and Surety Bonds Submitted by Mount Olive Veterinary Hospital. PDF Resolution

 

Mrs. Labow: Yes, thank you Mr. Vice President. I'd like to move for a vote on Resolutions numbers three through seven.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

 

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Anybody from the public? Seeing none, any Council Comments? Seeing none, Roll call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

RESOLUTIONS NON-CONSENT - none

 

Vice President Roman: Okay, we are up to Motions. Mr. Mania, would you be so kind to move Motions one and two.

 

MOTIONS CONSENT

 

•  Approval of Raffle Application #2398 for the Scandinavian American Heritage Society and Raffle Application #2399 for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

•  Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. Vice President, I move Consent Motions one and two.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Roll call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: At this time we are up to Administrative Reports. Mr. Sohl, Mr. Mayor?

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

 

Mayor Scapicchio: Just that we have a report from the tax sale today Alex. I don't know, has everybody gotten this Sherry and Bill?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Yes. It's probably in their mailbox.

 

Mayor Scapicchio: It's in their mailbox. We had 91 properties on the tax sale list. Seventy-nine liens were sold to outside lien holders. Twelve liens were struck off to the municipality. We received a little over $834,000 in proceeds with $334,000 representing delinquencies and about $500,000 representing tax sale premiums. The premiums are retained by the Township until the lien is redeemed. The Township is able to keep the interest earned on those funds and also the actual premium escheats to the Township if redemption is not made within five years. So it's good news.

 

Vice President Roman: Mr. Greenbaum.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: Sherry, how did we do compared to how you thought we were going to do?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: We did excellent. We had one property that we got a $202,000 premium on – one property. It was fabulous.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: Great. Good news.

 

Vice President Roman: Sherry, how is that reflective of any years past?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: I would say that it's a little bit higher, Alex, in terms of premiums in what we usually get.

 

Vice President Roman: Now is that an indication of any foreboding to come?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: No, I mean our collection rate, as you know, went up last year so I know there is talk about the economy and what not, but in terms of what we are seeing, I mean our collection rate was great last year and it continues to be good through the first quarter of this year.

 

Mr. Dorsey: That is very interesting because now that an outside lien holder buys this, he must continue to pay the taxes.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: No, he doesn't have to John.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Well if he doesn't, he gets foreclosed on by the Township if the Township is the next one to buy the next lien.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Yes, if we buy the next lien, yes.

 

Mr. Dorsey: If we buy the next lien.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Yes.

 

Mr. Dorsey: So the usual course that, people who buy, that pay a premium of $220,000 are pretty serious people and therefore I anticipate or you can anticipate they will continue to pay the taxes.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Which is great, exactly, that's why we were happy about it. They are going to pay up the taxes as they go.

 

Vice President Roman: Mr. Greenbaum.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: Does the added premium go towards the surplus, regeneration of the surplus or does it…

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: No, it sits in a reserve account for tax sale premiums but the benefit is that, you know, we have the available cash until the lien gets redeemed and we do get the interest on it so it's a great thing.

 

Mrs. Labow: Eighteen percent?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Colleen, I'm sorry?

 

Mrs. Labow: The interest is 18%?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: No, it is what we earn in our bank accounts which is a little over one at this point but it is something.

 

Mr. Dorsey: What was the piece of property? What was the piece of property? A house?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: No, it was a hotel.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Hotel?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: It was a hotel, yes sir. It was a hotel.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Best Western?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: No. It was not the Best Western.

 

Vice President Roman: Anybody else. Okay, we are up to Old Business.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Vice President Roman: New business. Miss Labow.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Mrs. Labow: Yes, I just want to make Council aware of a situation that is going on. The federal government, apparently, is looking to pass legislation that will prevent homeowners from deducting their mortgage interest from their income tax. It's called MID, I don't know, Pat, have you heard about this? Municipal Interest Deduction. They are trying to eliminate it so the New Jersey Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors have had a call to action and for the next Council meeting, I will get some information to Mr. Dorsey, I would like to have a resolution on and I think this is something that we really need to fight because if we are not going to be allowed to deduct our mortgage interest from our income tax, I mean that is going to be a huge hit on a lot of people. The problem is, and Pat jump in at any time, what happens is, the reason why somebody buys a home and it creates jobs all the way around for everybody. If they turn around and they don't allow you to deduct your interest from your income tax, it's sort of like takes one of the, one of the reasons why you want to buy a home. It's a big perk for you and it's very distressful. It's something that really resonating through the real estate community right now and we are trying to do everything we can to reach out to all of our legislators and let them know that this is not something that we want to see happen. It's not, I don't understand what the purpose is behind it.

 

Mr. Walsh: Yeah, it's crazy.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Well it is to pay off the national debt.

 

Mrs. Labow: Obviously but…

 

Mayor Scapicchio: You know, I don't think anybody intends or looks to purchase a home because they get to deduct the interest on their mortgage. I happens to be, at this point in time, a benefit that may go along with that but it is not a reason for one to purchase a home and take a mortgage out.

 

Mrs. Labow: It's a perk. No, it's not but if somebody has, I mean, either you rent or you buy and if you buy then definitely you are going to have that capability. It's one of the benefits of being a homeowner…

 

Vice President Roman: I don't think this is the venue to debate that even though I would throw my two cents in. I'm for eliminating because all it does is increase, it allows the borrower to extend out further because at the end he thinks he can deduct the interest.

 

Mr. Walsh: No, wait. You're right. This isn't the proper venue. I can't let that one slide. Removing the interest deduction would be devastating to the American economy and to many Americans and I think it's just even ridiculous to consider it. No offense, I work for the real estate business, I know we are a little biased but I just think it is insane to even consider it.

 

Mrs. Labow: I will get more details. I will get the pros and the cons.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Then we'll have to make it up some other way. We'll have to increase all taxes.

 

Mrs. Labow: I will get the pros and the cons for you, Alex, and I'll pass them around.

 

Vice President Roman: The conservative and libertarian in me is coming out. Is there anybody else with Old Business? Legal matters.

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Mr. Dorsey: None.

 

Vice President Roman: Seeing none, any Council Reports? Mr. Mania.

 

COUNCIL REPORTS

 

Recreation Liaison Report – A. Roman

Board of Health Report – R. Perkins

Planning Board Report – J. Mania

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. Roman, the Planning Board last week attended a meeting and a company by the name of North Jersey Development Corporation out of Mountain Lakes has taken over the Calvin Klein building and they have a tenant in there, to go in there so if you are looking for Manischewitz wine they are going in there.

 

Mrs. Labow: I have a question for the Planning Board Liaison. Mr. Mania?

 

Mr. Mania: Yes?

 

Mrs. Labow: June 9 th is a meeting for the property next to the Board building, the Simoff property, is that correct?

 

Mr. Mania: Well, he's coming in. He wants to change it from 55 and older. We're not really in favor. At least I'm not in favor of that.

 

Mrs. Labow: Okay but that's June 9 th , it's that meeting?

 

Mr. Mania: That's correct.

 

Mrs. Labow: Thank you.

 

Open Space Committee Report – C. Labow

Legislative Committee Report – P. Walsh

Pride Committee Report – C. Labow

Board of Education Liaison Report – A. Roman

Lake/Environment Issues Committee – R. Perkins

Safety Committee Liaison – R. Perkins

Economic Development Committee Report – P. Walsh

Library Board Liaison – R. Greenbaum

Senior Citizen Liaison – J. Mania

Community Development Revenue Sharing – R. Perkins

 

Vice President Roman: Any other Council Reports. I just want to add for everyone here that I'm sure are aware tomorrow is the Board of Ed elections. They are from 2 to 9 pm. I would encourage everyone to vote please and we are on to our last Public Portion. Anyone from the public? Seeing none, closing Council Comments?

 

PUBLIC PORTION

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Vice President Roman: Mr. Greenbaum.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: I've something I want to read.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Can't you just pass it around?

 

Mr. Greenbaum: No. When the desire of an elected official to seek re-election and/or higher political office results in that elected official making decisions he or she knows is the wrong choice for the community, that official is not doing the job for which he or she was originally elected. I bring this to your attention now in light of a voluminous amount of records recently requested by way of OPRA from the Township and other sources. While filing an OPRA request is wholly appropriate, there is no question that the current OPRA requests are politically motivated, directly related to the Mayoral race between myself and Mr. Perkins, and will result in significant additional expense and work for the Township, which will have a crippling affect on the ability of the clerk's office and other town departments from undertaking their normal daily activities on behalf of the residents of Mt. Olive while they comply with these requests. The OPRA requests were made by Jim Logue Consulting, a South Jersey firm with an office in Haddonfield, obviously having no direct connection to Mt. Olive. While the entity or individual that retained Mr. Logue to undertake the gathering of such information has not yet been identified, I think it is fairly obvious as to on whose behalf and/or at whose direction Jim Logue is working. The only connection that I have been able to ascertain is that Jim Logue was previously involved with our 24 th legislative elected officials at the time they ran a campaign against former State Assemblyman, Guy Gregg. State Senator Steve Oroho, when recently confronted as to the retention of Mr. Logue, denied any current involvement with him. Notwithstanding, it takes little imagination to make the connection between Mr. Logue's prior involvement in North Jersey political races and Mr. Perkins close ties to the 24 th legislative team.

It is unfortunate that it appears that negative campaigning will once again be part of Mt. Olive's political horizon. We can all agree that the residents of Mt. Olive are tired of negative campaigning and nasty politics and would prefer, perhaps require, that the candidates tell them what they are going to do to improve Mt. Olive rather than what's wrong with a particular candidate running for office. There has been far too much of that in the past in Mt. Olive, it has damaged the reputation of our community. It benefits us all to move forward with a positive message, not negative. I think we can also agree that it is imperative that the economic times dictate that we avoid negative campaigning, especially now that we are seeking to lure a large company to once again reoccupy the BASF site. Those who engage in negative campaigning to get elected cannot have the best interest of Mt. Olive at heart under these critical economic circumstances. From the OPRA requests it is clear that those who are directing Jim Logue Consulting, as well as from comments previously made by Ray Perkins to third parties, an attempt will be made to make an issue out of my law firm's representation of other municipalities and public officials, through two publically funded insurance programs, the Municipal Excess Insurance and the Morris County Joint Insurance Funds. The issue which will be created solely for political purposes is that, John Dorsey, the town attorney for Mt. Olive, is also counsel to the previously mentioned funds. Although I do not work directly for Mr. Dorsey or his firm, those who seek to distort the facts will try and raise an appearance of conflict and/or an appearance of impropriety. There is no question that my firm has and continues to do legal work for many people who live in town or have gotten to know me through my involvement on behalf of the town, and have recognized my abilities once they have gotten to know me. That is the nature of what I do as an attorney. Up until this year when all new work for the funds was transferred to an outside insurance company, I generally abstained on issues as to the appointment of Mr. Dorsey to avoid the appearance of any conflict even though no such conflict exists. By comparison, up until this year when the need to create a political issue arose, Mr. Perkins always voted in favor of the appointment of Mr. Dorsey. Further, Mr. Perkins never once questioned Mr. Dorsey's firm's legal bills which had been submitted to the town, all of which were approved unanimously by way of motion by the entire counsel as part of an overall bill list. The fact remains that John Dorsey is not nor has he ever been the cause of the issues we face in Mt. Olive, despite how people try and villainies him. To the contrary, John Dorsey, thru his legal expertise, has helped cure many of the past issues which have arisen to the benefit of all Mt. Olive residents. It is unfortunate that those opposed to my becoming Mayor have obviously chosen to make this an issue. There are many issues about Mr. Perkins that I could have raised at this time or might need to raise in the future, but instead it is my hope that we can take the higher road. Instead, Mr. Perkins, who is not here unfortunately, I offer you an olive branch. Let's stick to the issues affecting Mt. Olive and not make this personal. Let's keep the campaign on a positive note and, both together, make Mt. Olive a community which we can all be proud of. It's copied to the Clerk. I'll send a Word copy.

 

Mrs. Lashway: Thank you.

 

Vice President Roman: Thank you Mr. Greenbaum.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: You will also provide a copy to Mr. Perkins. Thank you.

 

Vice President Roman: Any other Council Comments? Seeing none, can I get a motion to adjourn?

 

Motion made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

 

 

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Alex Roman, Council Vice President

 

I, Lisa 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 May 10, 2011.

 

 

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

 

 

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