April 2, 2013 Township Council Minutes

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:12 pm by Council President Labow. 

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 in 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. Ferrante, Mr. Nicastro, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Roman, Mr. Staszak, Mr. Perkins and Mr. Mania

Absent:           None

Also Present:  Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Mayor Robert Greenbaum, Sherry Maniscalco, CFO

President Labow:  We already did the Pledge of Allegiance during our workshop and for Approval of our Previous Minutes, Mr. Ferrante would you please move February 23, 2013 Budget Hearing?  Mr. Mania was absent.  March 5, 2013 Executive Session, March 5, 2013 Workshop and Public Meeting and March 19, 2013 Public Meeting.  Also Public Hearing on 2013…

Mrs. Lashway:  That’s going to be on next time.

President Labow:  Oh, that’s going to be on next time, sorry.  I’m busy reading.  Would you please move those Mr. Ferrante?  

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

February 23, 2013 Budget Hearing (Mr. Mania absent)
March 5, 2013 Executive Session
March 5, 2013 WS & PM
March 19, 2013 PM

Mr. Ferrante: I move for the approval of the February 23, 2013, Budget Hearing, March 5, 2013 Executive Session, March 5, 2013 Workshop and Public Meeting and March 19, 2013 Public Meeting.

Mr. Nicastro:  Second.

President Labow:  Second. Any questions, concerns?  Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed with the exceptions, Mr. Staszak and Mr. Mania abstained on February 23, 2013.

President Labow:  Alright, next we have our Public Hearing on our 2013 Budget.  It’s all yours Gary.  We have our Auditor here this evening, Mr. Gary Higgins.

Mr. Higgins:   Good evening everyone.  Your budget was subject to self exam this year, which means basically the Division of Local Government didn’t review it, but previously passed a resolution that it complies with all the various budget rules and regulations.  It is appropriate tonight to have a Public Hearing and subsequent to that pass and adopt the Budget if you wish and the same for the Solid Waste Budget. 

 President Labow:  Any questions from the Council? 

Mrs. Lashway:  You have to open it up.

President Labow:  Yes, I’m going to open it up to the public.  Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman:  Okay, can you tell us what our municipal rate is and what the average increase will be with this budget? 

Mr. Higgins:  If anyone has the budget document, the 2012 tax rate for municipal purposes only was .59 or 59 cents per $100.00 of assessed evaluation.  The estimated 2013 municipal tax rate is 60.8 cents, an increase of 1.8 cents.  In simplistic terms, for every $100,000 of assessed value, that’s an $18.00 increase, so depending on your assessed value, you can figure it out. 

Mr. Roman:  What’s the average home? 

Mr. Higgins:  Three hundred and fifteen thousand is the average home.  I think we are a little under $60.00… was the effect on an average home and that’s for municipal purposes only.

Mr. Roman:  Okay, thank you.

President Labow:  Any other Council?  I would like to open it to the public.  Anyone from the public have any questions?  Alright, seeing anybody else, no?  Seeing none…we’re going to take a vote on this?  

Mrs. Lashway:  You’re going to close it to the public. 

President Labow:  Close the Budget Hearing to the public…

Mrs. Lashway:  We’re going to vote on Resolution number four. 

President Labow:  We’re going to vote on Resolution number four. Can we do four, five and six together or do they have to be…

Mrs. Lashway:  You’ll do them separately.

President Labow:  Okay, we’re going to do them separately.  So I would like to, Mr. Perkins, would you please move Resolution four?

  • Resolution Re: Waiver of Reading in Full the 2013 Budget. 

 

Mr. Perkins:  So moved

Mr. Roman:  Second.

President Labow:  Any other questions, concerns?  Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:  Passed Unanimously

President Labow:  Mr. Staszak, would you please move Resolution number five?

  • Resolution to Adopt the 2013 Municipal Budget. 

 

Mr. Staszak: I move Resolution number five.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Labow:  Any questions?  Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:  Passed Unanimously

President Labow:  Mr. Mania, would you please move Resolution number six?

  • Resolution to Adopt the 2013 Solid Waste Collection District Budget.

 

Mr. Mania:  Madam Chair, I move Resolution number six.

Mr. Ferrante:  Second.

President Labow:  Any questions, concerns?  Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:  Passed Unanimously

President Labow:  Okay very good. Okay, we’re all set with the budget.  Mr. Higgins, you are welcome to stay if you’d like.

Mr. Mania:  No, I don’t think he is going to stay.

President Labow:  We’re all done with that part and thank you very much for being here. 

Mr. Higgins:  Always a pleasure.

Mr. Perkins:  For us too, Gary. 

President Labow:  It’s always good to see you.  The next items on our Agenda, we have fifty one pieces of Correspondence.

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/ OTHER TOWNS

  1. E-mail received March 15, 2013, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayor’s regarding Topics for the NJCM 50th Anniversary Conference are Posted.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 15, 2013, from Kathrynne Forsbrey regarding Sewers in Flanders.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 18, 2013, from Public Performance regarding Register for our Free Webinar (March 21) and access Performance measurement and Cost Savings Advice.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 18, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Sandy Aid for Businesses and Downtown Included in Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 19, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding 2013 DNJ Annual Conference.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 25, 2013, from Rev. Stanley C. Barron / St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish regarding Sewers in Flanders.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received March 25, 2013, from Keri Cifaretto regarding Sewers in Flanders.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 25, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding APA-NJ Post Sandy Planning Workshops.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 27, 2013, from Rutgers regarding Ride for the River – May 18.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 28, 2013, from NJTPA regarding NJTPA Morris – Warren Rail Study Stakeholder Working Group Invitation.  PDF Correspondence

ORDINANCES / RESOLUTIONS / CORRESPONDENCE from OTHER TOWNS

  1. E-mail received March 18, 2013, from NJ Conservation regarding Consideration of League of Municipalities Resolution Supporting Sustainable State Funding for Preservation and Stewardship of Open Space, Parks, Farmland and Historic Sites in New Jersey.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Resolution received March 19, 2013, from the Borough of Harrington Park regarding Assembly Bill 2753.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Resolution received March 21, 2013, from the Borough of Butler regarding A Resolution Opposing Assembly No. 1196 and Senate No. 1178 Which Would Place the Burden of Proof on Government Employers to Establish that an Injury or Illness was not Work Related.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 25, 2013, from the Town of Morristown regarding inviting all Morris County Local Officials to Welcome Virginia Tech Survivor, Colin Goddard to Morris Township.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Resolution received March 26, 2013, from the Township of Parsippany – Troy Hills regarding A Resolution Opposing Assembly No. 1196 and Senate No. 1178 as They Pertain to Workers’ Compensation for Public Safety Workers.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Resolution received March 27, 2013, from the Town of Hackettstown Planning Board regarding the Master Plan Reexamination Report.  PDF Correspondence 

 
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. E-mail received March 13, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding The Christie Administration’s Proposed First Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 15, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming NJLM Educational Foundation, Inc. Program and Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 15, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A-3764, Snow Removal Trust Funds, League Resolution 2012-19.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 15, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding S-2364, Early Voting Bill – Posted for Floor Vote Monday.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 15, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Invitation to Join Mayors Committee on Life Sciences.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 18, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Tax Exempt Financing Threatened – Urgent Action Needed.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 19, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Early Voting Update.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 20, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Governor Signs Law that Permits Mandatory Direct Deposit.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 21, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Various Grant Opportunities for Municipalities for Climate and Energy Initiatives and Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 22, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Appellate Division upholds DEP Waiver Rule, Strikes Some Guidance Documents.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 22, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Early Voting Bills Now on Governor’s Desk.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 25, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 25, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Emergency Watershed Protection Program Funding Available.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 26, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Northern New Jersey Sustainable Resources & Networking Forum.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 26, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Use League Resource to Calculate State Skim Impact on Your Property Taxpayers.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 27, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League Federal Updates and national Links page Changed, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Reminder – Survey on the Impact of Hurricane Sandy.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 27, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding National Donate Life Month.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 27, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 27, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding New Jersey Formally Adopts Federal Advisory Flood Elevation Maps for Rebuilding after Sandy.  PDF Correspondence

 

DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS

  1. Letter received March 15, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Unrestricted Use – No Further Action Letter and Covenant Not to Sue for Block 8800, Lot 13 (147 Stephens Park Road).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 15, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Unrestricted Use – No Further Action Letter and Covenant Not to Sue for Block 8700, Lot 26.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 18, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Christie Administration Celebrates 30 Years of Trout Production.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 21, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding the FY 2013 Annual Fee Report and Assessment of Fees (Annual Fee Report) for the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received March 26, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding No Further Action Letter for Block 7801 Lot 4 (B12 Tudor Place, Budd Lake).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Highlands Applicability Determination Application received March 26, 2013, from Sunlight General Morris LLC regarding Block 7900 Lot 18 (204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Budd Lake).  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 26, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Superstorm Sandy Administrative order Reminder.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Highlands Applicability Determination Application received March 27, 2013, from Sunlight General Morris LLC regarding Block 7100 Lot 67 (204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Budd Lake).  PDF Correspondence
  1. Highlands Applicability Determination Application received March 27, 2013, from Sunlight General Morris LLC regarding Block 900 Lot 12 (204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Budd Lake).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 27, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Important FEMA Eligibility Notice – Deadline Pending – April 1st.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received March 27, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Establishing New Elevation Standard.  PDF Correspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. E-mail received March 21, 2013, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. -mail received March 22, 2013, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding the February 21, 2013 Meeting.  PDF Correspondence

DCA

  1. E-mail received March 15, 2013, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding DCA Accepting Public Comment on CDBG Disaster Recovery Action Plan for Superstorm Sandy – 3/15/2013.  PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

  1. Letter received March 15, 2013, from Jersey Central Power & Light regarding Notice of Proposed Rate Increases and Other Adjustments with Respect to Jersey Central Power & Light Company’s Tariff Rates and Charges for Electrical Service and with Respect to Other Proposed Tariff Charges and Revisions and Notice of Public Hearings.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Fax received March 26, 2013, from Comcast regarding Digital Adapter Channels.  PDF Correspondence

President Labow:  Does anyone have any questions, concerns, comments about any of our Correspondence?  Okay, seeing none.  We are on to page five of the Agenda.  We have our Ordinances for Public Hearing.

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

President Labow:  I open the hearing to the public on:

Ord. #3-2013  Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Chapter 48, Article I, Section 48-14 of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive to Establish the Position of a Class Two Special Law Enforcement Officer.  

President Labow:  Mr. Nicastro, would you please move that?

Mr. Nicastro:  Yes, I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #3-2013.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Labow:  Second?

Mr. Perkins:  Yes.

President Labow:  Okay.

Mrs. Lashway:  Mr. Perkins seconded.

Mr. Roman:  Ray, Ray seconded it.

President Labow:  Mr. Perkins seconded it.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Ma’am.

President Labow:  Open to the public, anybody from the public have any comments, concerns?  Seeing none, anybody from Council?  Okay, seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:  Passed Unanimously

President Labow:  Ord. #3-2013 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. Alrighty, I open the
hearing to the public on:

Ord. #4-2013  Bond Ordinance Providing for Improvements to Dan Jordan Field in and By the Township of Mount Olive, In the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $36,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $34,200 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof. 

President Labow:  Mr. Perkins would you please move that?

Mr. Perkins:  Yes Madam President, I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #4-2013.

Mr. Mania:  Second.
 
President Labow:  Any discussion from the public?  Seeing none, any Council comments?  Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:  Passed Unanimously

President Labow:  Ord. #4-2013 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. Alright, we’re on to our Ordinances for First Reading, the Second Reading will be on April 16, 2013.  We have Ord. #13-2013 entitled:

OPTIONAL PUBLIC PORTION ON ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - Second Reading April 16, 2013

Ord.#13-2013 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Providing for the Installation of a Yield Sign at the Intersection of Carson Road and Delbar Drive (To be Incorporated into Chapter 245 of the Mount Olive Township Code). 

President Labow:  Mr. Roman, would you please move that?

Mr. Roman:  I move that Ord. #13-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading and that a meeting be held on April 16, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.

Mr. Mania:  Second.
President Labow:  Any Council discussion?  Seeing none, Roll call please.

ROLL CALL:  Passed Unanimously

President Labow:  Alrighty, we are onto Consent Resolutions, we have one, two, and three.  Could we have Mr. Staszak move one, two, and three please?

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

  • Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Waiver of Limitation of the Noise Ordinance in Connection with the Morris Habitat for Humanity Project.

 

  • Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution of the Sidebar Agreement between the Township of Mount Olive and the Mount Olive Township Public Employees Association.
  • Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Vasso Waste Systems, Inc. for (1) Auto Refuse Collection Truck Body.

 

Mr. Staszak:  Sure.   I move Consent Resolutions one, two, and three.

President Labow:  Thank you. Second?

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Labow:  Thank you, any discussion?

Mr. Mania:  I have a question.

President Labow:  Yes, Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania:  Mr. Canning, the contract that was awarded to the Vasso Waste Systems, Inc. for the new trucks…

Mr. Canning:  Yes.

Mr. Mania:  Is that going to be diesel or natural gas?

Mr. Canning:  It’s going to be diesel Councilman.  I looked into the natural gas at your request and Jimmy Lynch here, I had asked him to look into it.  We operate under two possible concepts, which I’ve spoken to you about.  One, do we outsource it to a private fuel depot such as Blue Diamond or do a shared service or something like that?  We looked into a personal policy but it’s kind of prohibitive because of the distance traveled to get natural gas refueling.  The other one is to get a natural gas line into the Township here where we would be able to have a natural gas depot to service our trucks.  It looks like it would be cost prohibitive.  We contacted New Jersey Natural Gas, they did not seem receptive to running a line up here unless we paid for it and it would be substantial.  In the long run, I agree with you, I would like to have a natural gas fleet; it just seems to be the infrastructure is going to be problematic.

Mr. Mania:  I was just looking for a savings with the natural gas verses the diesel. 

Mr. Canning:  I agree with you.

Mr. Mania:  Blue Diamond bought 40 or 50 trucks and they are natural gas and they saved a tremendous amount of money verses the diesel.

Mr. Canning:  Again, the problem is infrastructure.  For us it’s infrastructure.  If I had infrastructure I would go with…

Mr. Mania:  Just a thought to see if we could save some bucks.

Mr. Canning:  Philosophically I agree with you, if we get the infrastructure… that’s not to say that down the road we could look into a conversion if the infrastructure was at some point to become available, but at this point, at this location, it’s a problem. 

Mr. Mania:  Thank you.

President Labow:  Thank you, any other questions, concerns?  Can we have the Roll Call please?

ROLL CALL:  Passed Unanimously

President Labow:  Mr. Mania, would you please move the Bill List?

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Bill List.

 

Mr. Mania:  Madam Chair, I move the Bill List.

Mr. Roman:  Second.

President Labow:  Did you ever notice Mr. Mania, if you move something nobody seconds it. They don’t race to try and beat you.

Mr. Mania:  They can’t beat me, that’s why.

Mr. Perkins:  Wow, I thought he was going to second his own motion.

President Labow:  It’s like you wait and you wait and wait…

Mr. Mania:  They’re waiting to see what I’m going to do.

President Labow:  On your mark, get set, go.  Too bad you can’t introduce and second it.

Mr. Perkins:  He tried.

President Labow:  Okay, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:  Passed Unanimously

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

President Labow:  Administrative Reports, Mr. Canning.

Mr. Canning:  Surprisingly, I have nothing tonight.  I am tongue tied.

President Labow:  I’m shocked, where’s the Mayor?  I’m telling.

Mr. Mania:  He’s left.

President Labow:  He left, he deserted us.  Alrighty, Old Business, anyone have Old Business?  Seeing none, New Business? Alrighty, Legal Matters?

OLD BUSINESS - None

NEW BUSINESS - None

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Pasek:  Thank you Madam President, just one item tonight.  Earlier in the year, the Township authorized our office to file a Condemnation Action against Cobblestone Health Care Facility and I’m happy to report that last week the court entered an order granting final judgment in favor of the Township and against the defendant that the Township was authorized to, and to duly exercise its power of Eminent Domain.  The court order also appointed three Commissioners who have been given the duty of examining the land and fixing the amount of just compensation to be paid for the taking.  The Commissioners shall determine the fair market value of the subject property pursuant to the order and she’ll file the report with the Superior Court on or before July 29, 2013. 

President Labow:  Alright, good.

Mr. Mania:  That’s good, good news.

President Labow:  I happen to be on Lehigh the other day and just sort of glanced over at Cobblestone from a different angle because usually I see it from the other way.  I can’t believe how huge that place is.

Mr. Mania:  Oh, it is.

President Labow:  It’s huge, absolutely huge.

Mr. Mania:  We used to go over there for the birthdays for the residences and bring cake.

President Labow:  It seemed like…

Mr. Mania:  Yes, it’s a big place.

President Labow:  Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you Madam President, I would just like to again comment that it’s never happy, it’s never a glad moment to enforce Eminent Domain.  I know myself and I believe the entire Council was hopeful that, that was unfortunately the last resort for us to be able to secure the money so that COAH and the State did not get their greedy little hands on it.  I assume and hope that the fair market value will be at least the same.  I’m not saying I don’t want it to be more because I really don’t but as least that the owners be compensated for the fair market value of the land and that somewhere along the line the plans can be finalized by our Planning Department and we can meet part of our COAH obligation.  Thanks Jeff, thank you Madam President.

President Labow:  Any other questions, concerns?  Seeing none, any other Legal Matters?

Mr. Pasek:  That’s it for tonight Madam.

President Labow:  Thank you.  And I just want to check, how do you say your last name?

Mr Pasek:  Pasek.

President Labow:  Pasek, everybody, this is Jeff Pasek from Semrau and Dorsey’s office and he is joining us this evening and many times more I’m sure and we welcome you.

Mr. Pasek:  Thank you Madam President.

President Labow:  Thank you.  Alrighty, any other questions for Mr. Pasek?  No, alrighty we are onto Council Reports.  We are going to start with Mr. Ferrante and if you could go through and give us all your reports.  

COUNCIL REPORTS

Environmental Committee
Mr. Ferrante:   Sure.  I have nothing for Environmental Committee.

Lake Issues
Mr. Ferrante:  The Budd Lake Association met two weeks ago.  Dave Tomb has officially resigned as of March 21st and he will be retiring to the Carolina’s, actually no, to Virginia.

Mr. Perkins:  Virginia.

Mr. Ferrante:  Yes.  Joe Pointek has been named the President of the Association now and they do have May 18th scheduled for their lake cleanup. 

Library Board Liaison
Mr. Ferrante:  Library Board meets next week.  This past weekend I attended the Spring Fling and Easter Egg Hunt.  They had a nice turnout and that’s all for today.

President Labow:  Alrighty, we’re going alphabetically, Mr. Mania.

Planning Board Report
Mr. Mania:  Okay, Planning Board, I attended my meeting and there wasn’t much going on, in fact Rob and I had to leave.  We couldn’t be part of the session, but they told me that they hope in the future we are going to get busy, hopefully.

Senior Citizen Liaison
Mr. Mania:  Senior Citizen, both Sean and I attended the Senior Citizen Meeting and there was a lady there, Judy Johnson, who said they are going to have a bus trip to Washington DC for Veterans of World War II and Korea.

President Labow:  Judy works for Givaudan?

Mr. Mania:  Pardon?

President Labow:  Judy works for Givaudan?

Mr. Mania:  Yes and both Ray and I were at a meeting, a Republican Club Meeting and we agreed to be sponsors to Veterans.  We need some more details, but we are both going to sponsor a Veteran and go to Washington.  I believe it’s June 1st, it’s a Saturday, early in the morning till late at night.

President Labow:  Very nice.  You’re getting more information from Judy? 

Mr. Mania:  Well, we are waiting on more information, where we get the bus and I think both Ray and I, our concern is who we sponsor.  Whether they’re wheelchair bound or whatever, we need to kind of know these things.

President Labow:  Plan.  Very good.  Let’s see, we’re onto Mr. Nicastro.

Open Space Committee Report
Mr. Nicastro:  Yes, Open Space is meeting on the 8th.

Safety Committee Liaison
Mr. Nicastro:  Safety Committee, nothing yet, waiting on the next meeting.

President Labow:  Mr. Perkins.

Board of Health Report
Mr. Perkins:  Thank you Madam President.  The Board of Health, the previous meeting, we briefly opened up discussion asking the Board to review what now would be the Defibrillator Ordinance that Dr. Ken Ross had brought up during the 2012 calendar year.  We have… Mr. King presented all of us with a draft Ordinance, we ask that the Board Members kindly review that, comment on it, there’s just a whole cornucopia worth of things that we need to consider, who’s going to train, who’s going to administer, who’s going to supervise.  Then, ironically enough I had seen on the news just this past week that they’re having major issues because there’s really nobody inspecting these things.  They’re sitting there and a lot of times when it’s that critical moment to use it, they are finding out the battery wasn’t charged.  I believe that was on Fox or CNN, I cannot remember which channel.  I try to spread around a little bit there.  The Board will be looking into that before it gets pushed Madam President.  We’ll keep the Council well informed of how that moves.  I understand that Gold’s Gym already has one, which is to their credit.  We are really kind of looking at where do you make it a population, where is the cut off? Is it 100 people that will be in attendance, 200 people that are in attendance that you would have to have this.  We don’t want to go blatantly across in asking people to spend the money and put these things in unless it’s absolutely necessary in the use of lifesaving. 

Legislative Committee Report
Mr. Perkins:  Nothing to report on the Legislative Committee.

Economic Development Committee Report
Mr. Perkins:  Nothing on the Economic Development Committee.

President Labow:  Okay, thank you.  Mr. Roman.

Board of Education Liaison Report
Mr. Roman:  I have nothing to report on Board of Ed.

Recreation Liaison Report
Mr. Roman:  On Recreation, Opening Day for baseball/softball will be Saturday, April 13th.  The parade will be commencing at 9:30 am from CMS.  As customary we are invited back to throw out ceremonial first pitches.

Mr. Mania:  That’s at 9:30 am, Alex, you said?

Mr. Roman:  Yes, 9:30 am.

Mr. Mania:  April 13th.

Mr.  Roman:  April 13th, starting at CMS parking lot, for those of us who have not thrown in awhile I recommend practice, a little Ben Gay, some Tylenol. 

Mr. Mania:  Did you say C.C. Sabathia is going to be there?

Mr. Roman:  No, no, his cousin, Edy.

Mr. Roman:  Just a reminder, April 20th will be our 5k/10k.  I will be participating, hopefully finishing the 5k and I encourage more of my fellow Council Members to at least participate in one of the events.  There is the walking event.

President Labow:  I signed up for the Lollipop Route.

Mr. Roman:  And you said that out loud?

President Labow:  Yes I did.  I was going to try for the one mile and I decided the Lollipop was more my speed.  I don’t know, I think it’s a shorter walk and you know it sounded like a lot of fun.  You can skip along, you know.  Actually, I will probably be volunteering at one of the tables which is probably a lot of work too, but that’s okay.

Mr. Roman:  And this Saturday at the Library is the Teddy Bear Picnic.

President Labow:  Yea!

Mr. Roman:  I don’t have a teddy bear so unfortunately I cannot attend. 

Mr. Perkins:  I know where you could buy one quick.

President Labow:  Actually, I sent an email this afternoon, you guys will all be getting… can I cut in on what you’re saying?

Mr. Roman:  Yes.

President Labow:  The Kiwanis of Mount Olive, Kelly Gregory, one of our long time members, started a program last year.  Where it’s $11.00 for people to sponsor a teddy bear and so far they have donated 50 of them.  What it is, it’s like you buy the teddy bear; 50 go to St. Claire’s Hospital, 50 went to Hackettstown Hospital.  It’s for staff to give to children in times of need and when they need comfort.  Now, the next 50 is going to be going to the Mount Olive Police Department to disperse to the children and they’re seven away.  Since we have seven Council Members and the Mayor, figure and Mr. Canning, if we all divide we can finish up this last group of 50 and they will be able to donate the 50 bears to the Police Department.  Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins:  Madam President, I think it is a great idea and if you would take that out of my account, Lisa and I would appreciate it.

Mrs. Lashway:  Everybody’s in favor?

President Labow:  Everybody?  I sent an email earlier.  Thank you very much.  That way we can get them off to the Police Department.  I also invited Kiwanis…with the email I sent to Mrs. Lashway earlier today, it had the picture they had from when they went to Hackettstown and donated the teddy bears.  I invited Kiwanis, if they want to come here to a Council Meeting and donate the bears to the Police or if they might have another kind of presentation, but I thought that would be nice.  It’s a really great program that they have been doing and it’s part of the Teddy Bear Picnic.  Recreation reached out to Kiwanis and wanted them to join in with them and kind of put it all together.  It’s just a very wonderful and heartwarming thing to do and children who are not feeling good, snuggling up with a teddy bear is really nice. The funds donated are private funds from Mayor and Council and do not include tax dollars. Mr. Roman, do you have more to discuss?

Mr. Roman:  I only have one additional thing to do.  It’s technically Recreation; this Saturday is opening season for trout.  Approximately 180,000 trout are already in the waters and if past history is any indication of future success, I will catch none of them.  That is all I have.

TNR Program
President Labow:  TNR, I don’t have anything right now to report other than TNR had sent me a recommendation possibly of having our ACO go into the schools to give a humane discussion on how to deal with animals and such.  As we all know, we seem to have a lot more wildlife lately.  A bear was visiting us the other night and we had fox and it’s just good education. Then Mr. Canning, I think we are going to look into that possibly.  Mr. Nelson was interested in…

Mr. Canning:  Yes, he’s looking into it.  It also benefits us.  It’s a credit area for us in the State of New Jersey, so it helps us to maintain our certification.

President Labow:  Yes, so that will be excellent.  Now we’re onto our Public Portion.  We have Mr. Ireland.

PUBLIC PORTION
Mr. Ireland:  Thank you.  Scott Ireland, 6 Eric Court.  As I was here for the discussion at the beginning of the or at the genesis of the project for your sign out front, I’d like to report on a survey I took of all the residents and the drivers at 6 Eric Court and the consensus is that the sign is either too bright or can’t be read as you drive by it.  I was wondering what has been done or how does the Council feel about it?  Is the product what you were hoping for?  I happen drive in and test as I drove in today for the meeting and there was some sort of headline on the top, it was so blurry I couldn’t read it.  I was kind of curious as to if there is any remediation going to be done on the sign?

President Labow:  Mr. Canning, you had said it was too bright, you were going to dim it down or…

Mr. Canning:  It has been dimmed several times, we can dim more.  Again, it is a work in progress.  The sign is multi-functional.  It can actually display videos or we can go just to the plain red lettering and a black background.  Currently the Mayor has been in favor of keeping the brightness as dim as possible.  We can dim it even further.  Again, the more we dim it…it’s a fine line we’re trying to strike right now between readability and still some pleasant aesthetics as to the sign. Again it is a multi-functional sign, you can go to graphics if you like, to your local sports teams or whatever, or you can just go to plain red lettering on black. 

Mr. Ireland: As a resident, I would make a vote in favor of even like a simple black with the red lettering.  The High School sign you can read perfect every time you drive by it, sometimes simple is better. 

Mr. Canning:  Okay.

Mr. Ireland:  If the purpose is to inform people as they are driving by, I couldn’t even read whatever was written up there today. 

President Labow:  I haven’t been able to read it yet, but Mr., I agree with you.  Mr. Nicastro?

Mr. Nicastro:  Yes, that was the issue and I believe Sean, we at one time we discussed it.  I don’t know if it is a font that’s a shadow font or something, that’s the problem I think.  Looking at it, it gets blurry because…

Mr. Canning:  I’m not the expert on this, Christie is and she has been trying to hone her skills to find a font that looks nice.       

Mr. Nicastro:  It’s just like the printing, it’s same problem we have, if you put a shadow on it, you can’t read it.

President Labow:  Yes.

Mr. Nicastro:  It looks like that’s the issue, is the shadowing.  If there’s something in there you can check because that’s been a problem, is trying to see it.

President Labow:  Yes.  Do we have Mr. Perkins? And then Mr. Roman?

Mr. Perkins:  Did you have your hand up?

Mr. Roman:  Yes.

President Labow:  Yes, you both did.

Mr. Roman:  “A” before “R.”

President Labow:  Okay.

Mr. Roman:  Sean, do you remember  I had asked about maybe angling the sign, opening it up so that as you’re driving by, instead of it being perpendicular it kind of angles towards because I think that’s one of the things that makes the High School sign so visible when you are driving you are looking right at it.

President Labow:  Yes, that’s a good point.

Mr. Perkins:  I’d like to at least… if you can look into that, as far as opening it up.

Mr. Canning:  I did, I asked Mr. Wilpert about that.  It would entail structural changes into that.  My recommendation would be let’s get this complete with the topper that went on today and we want to get the blocks underneath and then we can examine into getting a welder in here about spacing it.  The next stage is to get the Belgium blocks or landscape blocks underneath and we want to be careful to make sure we get that, the aesthetics look nice and then see if we can angle it out about four inches or so.  I’m not sure it’s possible but we’ll take a look at it.

Mr. Roman:  I for one think that it’s much better to tone down the graphics and just make the message as quick and safe as possible, especially when I am driving by at 75 miles an hour, I can’t read it.

President Labow:  Mr. Perkins, oh, you’re the one who’s going 75.

Mr. Mania:  Yes, he’s the one. 

President Labow:  He’s the one.

Mr. Mania: Yeah.

Mr. Roman:  Slow it down because of me.

President Labow:  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you Madam President.  Scott, I guess the first night, if you drove home the first night that it was on there, we had deer frozen in the head lights out here.  It was tremendously bright.  A couple of things on the sign. I like the sign, I agree with you.  Putting things like green lettering for Mount Olive and different events or pink lettering or red lettering with the bright light background, I can’t read it.  I’m getting old and wearing glasses, but I still can’t read it.  I agree with you, I think red lettering with the black background for anything that needs to be an announcement and you could always interchange that with the nice color, the flag could come in, but anything that’s an announcement I think you’re right Scott.  I think it makes sense.  It’s so much easier to read the High School ones.  I did want to commend the Administration for getting the topper on, that looks phenomenal.  I’m glad I was able to help out and get that at a much reduced cost and try to keep the cost down on that.  Scott, you’re one of the first people from the audience that’s come up and said anything about the sign, thank goodness.  To me you go all the way down to zero and you start from the dullest and you bring it up.  I think we kind of worked backward.  I think we went to the top and we keep trying to bring it down. I think we ought to get to the bottom and bring it up.

Mr. Canning:  We’ll change it, Christie is our resident expert, she’s on vacation this week.  I’ll see if me and Lisa can hack our way through there and change it.  If not, it will be changed on Monday at the latest.

Mr. Perkins:  We’ll put a screen over the front of it.

President Labow:  Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania:  Sean, can’t we get the manufacturer down to kind of help us in what we are trying to accomplish with that sign? 

Mr. Canning:  They did provide training.  Their view of this is like it’s a fully capable, a very robust sign with video graphics and the whole bit and I don’t think we are quite ready for that.  We can go the other way and just do the plain lettering.

President Labow:  I thought the top looked fantastic today, seeing that up there, but unfortunately I’m going to have to say that the brightness of the bottom part of the sign took away from the beauty of the top of the sign.  You need to tone it down. 

Mr. Mania:  We’re going to plant big shrubs so that you can’t see the bottom.

President Labow:  Anybody else from the public, anything?  Nothing.  Okay, Council Comments.

COUNCIL COMMENTS
President Labow:  Anybody from the Council?  Okay, we’re going to be going into Executive Session this evening.  After Executive Session, we will not be taking any action so if anybody wants to wait outside, you are welcome to, but once we end our Executive Session we will be closing the meeting.  Mr. Perkins, would you please bring us into Executive Session?  Everybody, please drive safe and thank you for coming.

Mr. Roman:  Don’t drive like me.

EXECUTIVE SESSION – Litigation & MOTPEA Negotiations

Mr. Perkins:  Yes Madam President.  I make a motion that we move into Executive Session for discussing of Litigation and MOTPEA Negotiations. 

Mr. Mania:  I’ll second it.

President Labow:  All in favor? 

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the Executive Session commenced and reopened and was adjourned at 9:20 pm.

           
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Colleen Labow, Council President

I, Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on April 16, 2013.


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Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk

 

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