Council Public Meeting Minutes - April 22, 2008
 

The Regular Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:48 pm by Council President Perkins with the Pledge of Allegiance.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & MOMENT OF REFLECTION for all those who have and continue to protect our freedoms and our way of life.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Mount Olive Chronicle. 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. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Tobey,
Mr. Rattner, Mr. Tepper, Mr. Greenbaum

Absent: Mrs. Labow

Also Present: David Scapicchio, Mayor; Bill Sohl, Business Administrator; Sherry Jenkins, CFO; John Dorsey, Township Attorney; Dominic DiYanni, Township Attorney; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

President Perkins: The first item on the Agenda is a resolution, entitled:

1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Commending the Mount Olive Senior Citizens Association for its Contributions and efforts on Behalf of our Troops in Iraq.

President Perkins: Mr. Greenbaum, would you move that, please?

Mr. Greenbaum: So moved.

President Perkins: Do I have a second?

Mr. Tobey: Second.

President Perkins: Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: Good evening, the other week Bill Sohl and myself had the honor of attending the presentation of the fine work that the Mount Olive Seniors had done supporting our troops in Iraq. It was a touching moment for myself and I’m sure for Bill, both of us are veterans. It’s a great thing. As I said at the last meeting, when people ask what do you do when you’re a senior you say you support those that come up from behind us. You guys really need to be applauded for what you’ve done. So we have a resolution:

RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT OLIVE COMMENDING THE MOUNT OLIVE SENIOR CITIZENS ASSOCIATION FOR ITS CONTRIBUTIONS AND EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ

WHEREAS, the Mount Olive Senior Citizens Association has been very active in providing assistance to our troops in Iraq in the form of toiletries and DVDs; and

WHEREAS, the soldiers have expressed their gratitude for the efforts of the senior citizens and their donations and, as a result, a plaque was presented to the Mount Olive Township Senior Citizens Association by Joyce Ike representing Military Base FOB Falcon, Iraq, commemorating the Senior Citizens Associations’ efforts; and

WHEREAS, the Township is proud of its Senior Citizens Association and wishes to commend them for their outstanding efforts.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that it does hereby commend the Senior Citizens Association for their efforts in connection with the troops in Iraq.

Signed by myself, Township Council President, and this is really from the entire Council and I’m sure the Mayor and Administration share in the congratulations.

Don Cartwright: I’d just like to say thank you to everyone here, Bill Sohl, Lisa Lashway, for helping us to get off of the ground and get this going. Joyce Ike and Steve Ike are in the back over there and their daughter had started this with the soldiers in Iraq, and from there on we have steamrolled from DVDs to toiletries to sunburn lotion. We are still collecting. We have monies coming in, so there’s no stopping this. We’re going to roll but I just want to thank the Council and thank everybody for helping us. We’re almost 250 in paid membership right now. We have grown and we need your help sometimes to help us. So I just want to thank you, and Ray, and the Mayor and everybody for supporting us in your own way because we’ll help you. We’re here for you. Steve and Joyce Ike, they’re the ones behind everything. Thank you so much and I’m just proud to be here to accept this for our Seniors. Thank you.

President Perkins: I’d just like to make a comment that the CMX Corporation has generously made a $200 donation for the purchase of Red Bull to the VFW post, so, on behalf of Mr. Gene Buczynski, thank you. Jerzy’s Best is off so that takes us, any questions on the Bill List? Anybody on the Council? Anybody from the audience? Questions on the Bill List? Seeing none, that moves us down to the Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings. Mr. Tepper, can you move those?

Jerzy’s Best All Starz Presentation REMOVED and rescheduled for 5/6/08

Questions on Bill List? - none

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Mr. Tepper: Yes, Mr. President, I move for approval of:

April 8, 2008 PM – all present

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Perkins: Lisa, Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

1. Invitation received April 7, 2008 from New Jersey Alliance for Action, Inc. regarding the Morris County Alliance for Action Chapter Meeting on April 25th. PDF Correspondence

2. E-mail received April 7, 2008 from Steven Duarte regarding the Mayor’s support for Plan B of the MEWS Project. PDF Correspondence

3. Letter received April 9, 2008 from Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy regarding Municipal Elected Officials Training Programs. PDF Correspondence

4. Invitation received April 10, 2008 from the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce regarding their April Business Meeting entitled, “Consumer Fraud” with guest speaker Bob Scirocco. PDF Correspondence

5. Letter received April 14, 2008 from Tax Collector’s Association of New Jersey NJ regarding opposition to Senate Bill 1455, Consolidation Proposals from Senator Bob Smith. PDF Correspondence

6. Letter received April 14, 2008 from the Association Dedicated to the Preservation and Protection of Beautiful Budd Lake regarding placement of a large dumpster in the old Municipal building parking lot for spring cleanup day, May 24th, with a rain date of May 25th. PDF Correspondence

7. Article received April 16, 2008 from the Courier-Post Staff regarding Corzine May Trim Aid Cuts for Towns. PDF Correspondence

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES / CORRESPONDENCE OTHER TOWNS

8. Resolutions received April 8, 2008 from Boonton Township Supporting Assembly Bill A1105 Authorizing on-Line Publication of Municipal Legal Notices, and a Resolution Urging the Governor and Legislature to Implement a Stay on the Further Implementation of Third Round Proposals and Fair Housing Act. PDF Correspondence

9. Resolution received April 11, 2008 from Rockaway Township requesting New State Regulations to Permit Local Police to Enforce New Trucking Regulations and the Creation of Financial Incentives to Off-Set the Impact of New Toll Hikes. PDF Correspondence

10. Resolutions received April 11, 2008 from the Township of Roxbury Opposing Assembly Bill No. A-1880 Requiring a Public Referendum Prior to the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds by Municipalities, a Resolution opposing Assembly Bill No. A-816 which would Require the State Attorney General to Establish Maximum Workloads and Minimum Funding and Staffing for the Municipal Prosecutors office, and a Resolution Supporting an Amendment to the Binding Interest Arbitration laws. PDF Correspondence

11. Resolution received April 15, 2008, from Richard Pompelio regarding support of the Work of the Victims Advocacy Units of the 21 County Prosecutors’ Offices and Opposing the Reduction in Federal Grant Funding to them by the Office of the State Attorney General. PDF Correspondence

NJ MOTOR VEHICLE

12. Notice received April 11, 2008 from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission regarding an Issuance of Ex Parte Emergency Authority to Raz Transportation, LLC. PDF Correspondence

MUA / MSA

13. Minutes received April 8, 2008 from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority for the March 5, 2008 Regular Meeting. PDF Correspondence

DOT / DEP / LOI / HIGHLANDS

14. Letter received April 8, 2008 from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Coastal and Land Use Compliance and Enforcement regarding Mountaintop Assembly of God Church and a Draft Consent Order. PDF Correspondence

15. Noticed received April 11, 2008 from the State of New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council amending the Council’s meeting schedule. PDF Correspondence

16. Letter received April 14, 2008 from Lucas & Gaus notifying the Township that the firm has been retained to represent the Mountaintop Assembly of God Church to review an Administrative Consent Order regarding Douglas and Susan Tack, Ronald and Marie Trinneer, and the Mountaintop Assembly of God Church Draft Administrative Consent Order, Block 8400, Lots 2, 3 and 7. (4 Naughright, 6 Naughright Road, and 417 Route 46). PDF Correspondence

17. Letter received April 14, 2008 from Lucas & Gaus regarding Douglas and Susan Tack, Ronald and Marie Trinneer, and the Mountaintop Assembly of God Church Draft Administrative Consent Order, Block 8400, Lots 2, 3 and 7. (4 Naughright, 6 Naughright Road, and 417 Route 46). PDF Correspondence

18. Letter received April 14, 2008 from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Coastal and Land Use Compliance and Enforcement, Highlands Office regarding Case Closeout Correspondence for Morris Hunt – Phase I. PDF Correspondence

19. Letter received April 14, 2008 from the State of New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council regarding Initial Assessment Grants. PDF Correspondence

20. Letter received April 16, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Shell Service Station (285 Route 206 & Flanders Road), Notice of Approval of Extension Request. PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

21. Legislative Bulletin received April 9, 2008 from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the 2008-2009 Legislative Session. PDF Correspondence

22. Letter received April 14, 2008 from the Morris County League of Municipalities regarding proposed affordable housing regulations. PDF Correspondence

23. Mayor’s Fax Advisory received April 14, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Update on League and NJCTA Show on Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis. PDF Correspondence

24. Letter received April 14, 2008 from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Important Publications, Which Mayor is the Healthiest Cook in Morris County, and Update- League and NJCTA Show on Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis. PDF Correspondence

25. E-mail received April 16, 2008 from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Federal Updates for Period Ending April 11, 2008, Type II School Budget Elections (What Happened Yesterday and What Happens Next,) and Sustainable Design Planning Assistance Program Request for Proposals. PDF Correspondence

26. E-mail received April 16, 2008 from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Volunteer Background Checks. PDF Correspondence

27. E-mail received April 16, 2008 from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding REVISED – Mayors Healthy Cook-Off, “Understanding and Implementing the New Jersey School Funding Formula” Seminar. PDF Correspondence

28. E-mail received April 17, 2008 from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Implementing Chapter 92 of 2007 and the Affect on Chapter 103, and are you in Compliance with the Pay to Play and Ethics Regulations. PDF Correspondence

LETTERS FROM LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

29. E-mail received April 7, 2008 from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen regarding Frelinghuysen in Columbia for trade and law enforcement talks, Update on FISA, Frelinghuysen brings Army Secretary Geren to Picatinny, Frelinghuysen Appropriations Subcommittee, Frelinghuysen hears from FBI Director, Frelinghuysen welcomes NJ expert witnesses, Frelinghuysen hosts Titanic explorer to NJ, and Spread the e-News! PDF Correspondence

30. E-mail received April 14, 2008 from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen regarding Frelinghuysen takes aim at oil trading abuse, Frelinghuysen travels to Columbia, stresses importance of free trade pact, Another week without a renewed FISA, Message to President Carter: Don’t mess with Hamas leader, Frelinghuysen subcommittee hears from NOAA, Tax rebate deadline approaches, Federal law enforcement agency expands New Jersey presence, Frelinghuysen is speaker at Women’s Health Fair and Summit, NASA leader will land in New Jersey, and Spread the e-News! PDF Correspondence

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

President Perkins: That takes us to Correspondence of which we have 30 pieces of Correspondence. Would anyone like to comment or discuss any individual piece of Correspondence? Seeing none, that moves us away President Perkins (cont’d): from Correspondence, those will be accepted. That moves us on to Ordinances for Public Hearing. I open the hearing to the public on Ord. #19-2008, entitled:

Ord. #19–2008 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Relating to the Issuance of a Demolition Permit (Amending and Supplementing Section 400-10C of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive).

President Perkins: Mr. Tepper.

Mr. Tepper: Yes, I move for adoption and final approval of Ord. #19-2008.

Mr. Tobey: Second.

President Perkins: Anyone from the public wish to be heard on Ord. #19-2008. Seeing none, are there any Council comments or discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: Ord. #19-2008 has passed on second reading, and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish a notice of adoption as required by law. I open the hearing to the public on ordinance #20-2008, entitled:

Ord. #20-2008 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Recreation Fees for Various Township Sponsored Recreational Activities.

President Perkins: Anyone from the public wish to be heard on Ord. #20-2008? Seeing none, I close it to the public. Mr. Roman, would you move that, please?

Mr. Roman: Yes, Mr. President, I move Ord. #20-2008 for adoption and final passage.

President Perkins: Do I have a second?

Mr. Tepper: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you. Discussion of Council? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: Ord. #20-2008 has passed on second reading, and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish a notice of adoption as required by law. I open the hearing to the public on ordinance #22-2008, entitled:

Ord.#22-2008 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Relative to 2008 Salaries for Department Heads, Supervisors and Employees of the Township Clerk’s Office.

President Perkins: Anyone from the public wish to be heard on that ordinance? Mr. Rattner, would you move, please?

Mr. Rattner: Gee, thanks, I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #22-2008.

President Perkins: Do I have a second?

Mr. Tobey: Second.

President Perkins: Mr. Rattner.

Mr. Rattner: I’d like to take a motion to continue this ordinance until after we have our budget meeting on Saturday to make sure that the funds for it remain in the budget.

President Perkins: Okay.

Mr. Rattner: So I make that motion to continue the ordinance, or the public session, whatever we call it.

President Perkins: Alright, do we have a second on that motion?

Mr. Tepper: Second.

Mrs. Lashway: So you’re going to continue it to the May 6th meeting.

Mr. Rattner: Yes.

President Perkins: Continue to May 6. Second, alright, so we should take a Roll Call on the amended, right?

Mrs. Lashway: Well, on the motion to carry.

President Perkins: On the motion to carry. Would you Call the Roll then on a motion to carry?

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: I open the hearing to the public on Ord. #23-2008, entitled:

Ord.#23-2008 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Salaries of Mayor, Council, Department Heads, Supervisory Personnel and Employees of the Township Clerk’s Office for the Year 2008.

President Perkins: Anyone from the audience wish to be heard on that ordinance? Seeing none, I close it to them and I would ask Mr. Tobey.

Mr. Tobey: I move Ord. #23-2008.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Perkins: Council discussion? Roll Call, please?

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – (Public Hearing May 6, 2008)

President Perkins: Ord. #23-2008 has passed on second reading, and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish a notice of adoption as required by law. That moves us into Ordinances for First Reading, with a public hearing date of May 6, 2008. The next item on the Agenda for First Reading is Ord. #24-2008, entitled:

Ord.#24-2008 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Making the Provisions of Title 39 Applicable to the Budd Lake First Aid & Rescue Squad Parking Lot.

President Perkins: Mr. Greenbaum.

Mr. Greenbaum: Thank you, I move that Ord. #24-2008 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on May 6, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ for a public hearing consideration of said reading and passage of said ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available such ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

President Perkins: Do I have a second?

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Perkins: Discussions? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: The next item on the Agenda is Ord. #25-2008, entitled:

Ord. #25-2008 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive to Amend and Supplement Ordinance No. 9-2008 Entitled “Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Re: Sewer Service Charge for the Budd Lake Sanitary Sewer System.”

President Perkins: Mr. Tepper, would you introduce that, please?

Mr. Tepper: Yes, Mr. President, I move that Ord. #25-2008 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on May 6, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ for a public hearing consideration of said reading and passage of said ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available such ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

President Perkins: Do I have a second?

Mr. Tobey: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you. Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

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

2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Opposing Assembly Bill A-575. PDF Resolution

3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Transfer of Alcoholic Beverage License No. 1427-33-003-005 from Kennedy’s Pub, Inc. to Kennedy’s Bar and Grille, Inc. PDF Resolution

4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution of a Developer’s Agreement Based on Final Site Plan Approval Between the Township of Mount Olive and Mount Olive Veterinary Hospital. - PDF Resolution

5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution of a Developer’s Agreement Based on Final Site Plan Approval Between the Township of Mount Olive and Picatinny Federal Credit Union. - PDF Resolution

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Supporting Assembly Bill A-1105 Authorizing On-Line Publication of Municipal Legal Notices. PDF Resolution

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Urging the Governor and Legislature to Implement a Stay on the Further Implementation of the COAH Third Round Proposals and the Fair Housing Act. PDF Resolution

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract Between the Township and the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection (Flanders Well No. 2). PDF Resolution

9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Assignment of an Agreement for the Sale of Lot 10, Block 4100 to Joint Venture Comprised of Kimco Developers, Inc. and the Rockefeller Group Development. PDF Resolution

10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Various Municipal Payments by Wire Transfer. PDF Resolution

11. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Cancel the Year-end Penalty for Block 3109 Lot 9. PDF Resolution

12. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Filing of a 2008 Grant Application to NJDOT Safe Routes to Schools Program. PDF Resolution

13. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with CMX for Engineering Services in Connection with the Resurfacing of Flanders-Bartley Road Phase I. PDF Resolution

14. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Additional Engineering Services with CMX in connection with the Mount Olive Water System Interconnection Phase 1A & 1B Tinc Farm, Goldmine and Lynwood Water Systems. PDF Resolution

President Perkins: That moves us on to the Consent Resolutions Agenda. Do I have any Consent Resolutions that a Councilperson would like moved to Non Consent? Seeing none, I would ask Mr. Roman, and it looks like, what are we doing? One through 7…

Mrs. Lashway: We’re removing 8 and 13, so if you just read what I have there…

Mr. Roman: Now, where’s Consent #1.

Mrs. Lashway: That was the one for the Senior Citizens, for Iraq.

Mr. Roman: Alright, I move Consent Resolutions 1 through 7, 9 through 12, and 14.

President Perkins: Can I have a second, please?

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you. Discussions? Brief clarifying statements? Seeing none, Roll Call.

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS - none

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS - none

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

RESOLUTIONS NON CONSENT

PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS - none

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS - none

President Perkins: That moves us to the Bill List. Mr. Rattner.

Mr. Rattner: Thank you, Mr. President. I move the Bill List with one item to be removed, Check #1013 for the Mount Olive Historic Society, on Page 7.

1. Bill List.

President Perkins: Okay.

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

President Perkins: Any other Council discussions, or questions? Seeing none, Roll Call, please.

Mrs. Lashway: Did we do the Raffles, or you missed the raffle? Do you want to do that and go back to that?

President Perkins: Where is the Raffle?

Mrs. Lashway: I don’t know why it’s not there. Okay, we’ll go back to it.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: I’ve been informed that my electronic version was not as good as the hard copy print.

Mr. Rattner: I’m sorry.

MOTIONS

President Perkins: Thank you, Mr. Rattner, for enjoying that. That moves us on to Motions. We have a motion for approval of Raffle Application #2249 for the Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey Inc.

Mr. Rattner: I move:

2. Approval of Raffle Application #2249 for the Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey Inc.

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

President Perkins: Second. Any discussion? Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: We’re getting there. Okay, that takes us to Administrative Matters. Mr. Sohl, anything?

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

Mayor Scapicchio: Just one item, Mr. President, and that is, and Bill has one also, the online payment system that the Administration has been working on is up and running. The public can now pay their taxes, water bill and sewer bill via online payment system.

President Perkins: I think it’s wonderful, Mayor. I think the steps that we’ve taken between now having online accessibility, credit cards, ATM, we’ve made it a lot easier and hopefully people pay a lot quicker.

Mr. Sohl: And it is already being used, right?

Ms. Jenkins: Yes, on the first day we actually had people making payments, so I’m surprised that it’s going so well so early.

President Perkins: Excellent.

Ms. Jenkins: So I think people are really, I think it’s going to be a big hit.

Mr. Rattner: How were people notified to know about it on the first day?

Ms. Jenkins: Within the first day? We actually put an article in the Chronicle. I guess it was right before we actually had it up and running, Steve. That’s why I think it occurred.

Mr. Rattner: So what you’re saying is people read the newspaper?

Ms. Jenkins: Yes, we were ready to go that week and unfortunately we had a glitch, so it had come out and it took us a few days to actually get the glitch worked out. I think that’s why.

Mr. Rattner: Well, congratulations.

Ms. Jenkins: Thank you.

President Perkins: That’s great. Sure, Bill.

Mr. Sohl: I’d just like to add that I guess it was about mid-year or mid to late summer that we received information leading up to getting us prepared for the 2010 Census. One of the tasks involved insuring, or providing our Township input to the process such that it specifically, new properties that had not previously been surveyed before in terms of census that were typically built in the last eight or nine years, are in fact incorporated in that. It’s an arduous, painful process in terms of just the minutia of going through this detail by detail. We quite luckily came across Anthony White who some of you may be familiar with who had an opportunity to do an internship, and in fact had to do an internship so he could graduate this year. It was a perfect fit. Anthony spent the better part of the last several weeks, every Wednesday diligently going over the records and we have submitted our information to the LUCA. The “C” stands for census. I don’t remember what the rest of it is. So that’s a job done and it did not cost us anything.

President Perkins: Wonderful.

Mr. Rattner: Good.

President Perkins: Bill, on a separate note, have we be receiving many of the responses back from Flanders, Old Flanders?

Mr. Sohl: No, I have to send that out, yet.

President Perkins: Oh, okay.

Mr. Sohl: Now I have information I think, key information that we’ve got now from CMX would be significant.

President Perkins: Significant? Okay, thank you, Bill. Any other Administrative Matters? Seeing none, that moves us on to Old Business. Anybody have any Old Business to discuss?

Mr. Roman: Actually, yes.

President Perkins: Mr. Roman.

OLD BUSINESS

Mr. Roman: I’d like to congratulate or at least thank the Administration. I noticed the Police patrols have been going around the Dunkin Donuts.

Mr. Sohl: Good. They were already aware of it by the way.

Mr. Roman: Okay, well then kudos none the same, but I think many of the residents will probably be extremely appreciative that they can now go, now that the spring and summer months are coming along, that they can go to public establishments without the feeling of maybe being uncomfortable.

NEW BUSINESS – Mayor’s appointment of Richard Escobar as Alt. I to the Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee

President Perkins: Perfect, thank you. That takes us to New Business, Mayor?

Mayor Scapicchio: Yes, I want to just make an appointment of Richard Escobar, who is sitting in the back, as an Alt. I to the Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee.

President Perkins: Wonderful. Excellent, I think you’ve made an excellent choice, Mayor, and I’m sure Mr. Escobar will be an asset to that Committee.

Mayor Scapicchio: Thank you.

President Perkins: Mr. Escobar?

Richard Escobar, Budd Lake: Mr. Mayor, thank you, I’m honored. And sir, you bet, I’ll be one of the best people you can manage. Thank you.

President Perkins: Excellent, thank you, Rich.

Mayor Scapicchio: Thank you, Rich.

LEGAL MATTERS

President Perkins: That takes us to Legal Matters. Dominic, anything else Mr. Dorsey had for you?

Mr. DiYanni: No, nothing.

COUNCIL REPORTS

Recreation Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: I’d just like to say that the opening day ceremonies at Turkey Brook Park, I believe, were an extreme success. Many of the residents that I spoke to kind of liked the new, you know, the new path. One of the first things that stood out was that they didn’t have to walk as long, but I really appreciate and I enjoyed that Turkey Brook Park is being utilized as much as possible. It’s a beautiful Park. Unfortunately Mrs. Labow is not here today but I would want to congratulate her on an excellent pitch. That is it.

President Perkins: Excellent. Thank you, Mr. Roman. That was a wonderful day out at the field. Rob, we’re sorry we missed you. You’re pitch probably would have gone down a little better than mine or the Mayor’s did. We’ll have to dispense with the Board of Health. That moves us to the Planning Board report, Mr. Tepper.

Board of Health Report

Planning Board Report

Mr. Tepper: Mr. President, I did not attend the meeting on Thursday and will provide a report next week unless the Mayor, who was also present, would like to provide one at this time.

Mayor Scapicchio: I can add some insight, yes. We dealt with what I’ll call the Simoff tract which is the age restricted housing unit proposed for behind the Board of Education Administration building. They were granted preliminary site plan approval without some variances that may be needed, but that process continues to move forward. I’m sure the Planning Board will, in the near future, deal with that and bring that to finality.

President Perkins: Mayor, do you have any update on what their water supply source is going to be? Have they addressed that in their application, yet?

Mayor Scapicchio: They haven’t, but approvals would be contingent on that. Gene, do you know something that I don’t know about the water?

Gene Buczynski: It’s not a subdivision. It’s a site plan. It’s only preliminary approval so they can’t start any construction so a lot the items have to be worked out before final. There’s going to be conditions. There are two alternatives. We’re still pushing for them to look into connecting into Village Green and putting in new wells so the Town gets some benefit, but the other alternative is to extend the line and tie into NJ American Water. They’re investigating both alternatives. I think as one of the conditions we will tell them that the Town prefers that they contact Siegel and look into tying into Village Green.

President Perkins: That’s something we can discuss a little bit more later on, Gene. Thank you.

Mr. Buczynski: Okay.

President Perkins: Thank you, Mayor. That takes us to the Board of Adjustment. Mr. Roman?

Board of Adjustment Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: Well, two things, nothing to report on, new things to report. I do want to report on the JCP&L substation that’s going up by Naughtright Road. Construction has clearly been underway. I would also request that the Administration make sure that they keep up with planting the shrubbery because, as of right now, I understand spring just barely started but as of right now that is extremely visible. I took a tour today and I did not see that any new plantings are going in. I don’t know what order that stuff starts happening. I guess Gene has something though.

Mr. Buczynski: I talked to them last week. It’s in the process of getting the planting done because they want to get up their barns because they told me everything was complete. I said, no, it’s not complete because the planting is not there and also there’s like 20 trees across the street, those two logs of ten trees each. They’re not put in yet. So I would think within the next two weeks that should be done.

Mr. Roman: Yes, I really hope so because as somebody who…

Mr. Buczynski: It’s planting season now.

Mr. Roman: Yes, as somebody who sat on that Board of Adjustment meeting when that was being approved, I definitely want to see that many of the neighbor’s fears do not come to fruition.

President Perkins: Alright, thank you, Mr. Roman. That moves us on to Legislative Committee Report. Mr. Rattner?

Open Space Committee Report

Legislative Committee Report

Mr. Rattner: Nothing to report.

Pride Committee Liaison Report

Board of Education Liaison Report

Mr. Tobey: Nothing to report.

Lake/Environment Issues Committee

Mr. Rattner: The only thing I have is, I believe it’s the 24th of May, is the schedule for the semiannual Lake cleanup. So anybody who wants to volunteer to help do the cleanup from the old Boat House to the Municipal building, let me know and I’ll give you all of the particulars.

President Perkins: Thank you. Mr. Sohl?

Mr. Sohl: Also, under the general category of Lake the Allied Biological people have been out. They were out for a second time today. So you will see some activity. I know Lisa was going to provide that information to the ABC Lake Committee. I never can get that acronym straight.

President Perkins: Are they making application out there, yet?

Mr. Sohl: At this point in time?

President Perkins: Yes.

Mr. Sohl: They were going out initially to see where stuff was. It may well be that they were out treating now.

President Perkins: Because I see people fishing in there. Is that still a suggested pastime?

Mr. Sohl: That’s not supposed to be problematic.

Mr. Tepper: My understanding based on what was presented was that you weren’t supposed to do it within “x” number of immediate hours, but within 48 hours after application the water was supposedly safe for people to go and swim, etc.

President Perkins: I just question why I see people fishing there. I’m not sure that they know what day is a good day to go in.

Mrs. Lashway: I don’t believe anybody eats the fish that they catch in the Lake.

Mr. Tepper: I’d disagree.

Mr. Roman: Yes, not that I do it.

Mr. Tepper: So if we were going to spray something down I think we should possibly put signs up on the telephone poles or whatever saying, “Don’t eat the fish today.”

Mr. Roman: Especially near the more prominent fishing sights.

Mr. Tepper: There are a lot of people on Route 46.

Mrs. Lashway: I’ll check with Kathy.

Mr. Sohl: We’ll look into it. We’ll check on it.

President Perkins: Yes, just check with the Board of Health, please. Safety Committee, Mr. Greenbaum.

Safety Committee Liaison

Mr. Greenbaum: Have not met, waiting for Budd Lake Rescue.

President Perkins: Are we still having issues with them, Mr. Greenbaum?

Mr. Greenbaum: The issues are Town wide and are being explored. We were waiting for data from Budd Lake Rescue in terms of various options for daytime coverage.

President Perkins: Right.

Mr. Greenbaum: They have not come back with the data up until this point and I guess the Committee, which is chaired by Freddy DeToro, is likely to meet in the very near future irrespective of whether Budd Lake provides the information that’s been requested. I expect the Committee as a whole will make a recommendation to this Council in terms of their feelings with regard to the problems of daytime coverage, and also to the extent that they do feel that there is a problem, a solution to that problem.

President Perkins: Thank you. Finance Committee Report, Mr. Rattner.

Finance Committee Report

Mr. Rattner: The only thing to report and everybody knows is that we hope to finalize and finish up all of the work on the budget this Saturday.

Mayor Scapicchio: Mr. President?

President Perkins: Yes, Mr. Mayor.

Mayor Scapicchio: Just some guidance in terms of who the Council would like us to have at the Saturday meeting. I know that there was a list of what I’ll call proposed discussion topics that came out of the Finance Committee meeting and if you could just let Bill know, you know, in the next day or so who from Administration you would like there on Saturday morning.

President Perkins: Yes, I’m finalizing recommendations from each one of the Council members. Once I have a majority of those items that I know are supported then I will finalize a list. I anticipate meeting with Mr. Sohl at the end of the business day tomorrow. Bill, I think we have a 1:00 so it will be right after that.

Mayor Scapicchio: Thank you, Ray.

President Perkins: Yes, Mr. Greenbaum.

Mr. Greenbaum: In that I’m not going to be at the meeting on Saturday because of a preplanned event out of State prior to the scheduling of that meeting, and I have submitted a detailed list of discussion items, I want the record to be clear that although I submitted a number of items, I am not in favor cutting any of the items that I put on the list for discussion purposes. I believe that cutting any of the items that I have set forth on that list will decrease the services that the Township provides to the residents in a significant fashion. The savings to the individual resident through cutting anyone of those particular services is de minimis. The impact is substantial whether we’re talking about cutting employees or cutting actual programs. I will not be there. I did submit a list in an effort to just generate items for discussion. Thank you.

President Perkins: Yes, Mr. Greenbaum, I do appreciate that. I’m anticipating for the Council’s purview that we will be missing actually two Councilmembers this Saturday, so we will be discussing with those applicable Department Heads what the majority of the Council has made the recommendations for. More than likely we will have one more budget hearing with all Council members available to ask any final questions of the Administration, because once we tell them where we would like them to go, we have to give them the opportunity to come back and tell us how that’s either going to benefit or hurt. We’ll have seven Council members here on that final day. Yes, Mr. Greenbaum.

Mr. Greenbaum: Just for purposes of the meeting, I’m going to give my proxy because we’re not taking any official action.

President Perkins: Right.

Mr. Greenbaum: And my position is consistent with that of the Mayor in terms of the budget that he has presented, where I believe that he has cut expenses to the level that is required to run the government at a sufficient level. For purposes of Saturday’s meeting, I would give my proxy to the Mayor to vote my position which is consistent with his so that to the extent that the Mayor believes that a particular item can be cut out of the budget, I would support that. To the extent that the Mayor believes that a particular item can’t be cut out of the budget, I would support that as well. I will follow, when the appropriate time comes to actually take official action at a public meeting on the budget, I will follow the positions that the Mayor has taken with respect to the discussions that occur on Saturday.

President Perkins: Duly noted. Thank you.

Mr. Roman: Mr. President, I will be arriving late to that meeting.

President Perkins: Okay, you mean on Saturday morning?

Mr. Roman: Saturday morning, yes.

President Perkins: So we can’t count on your for the coffee, right?

Mr. Roman: No.

President Perkins: Thank you.

Mr. Roman: At the risk of sounding vain, I’m having my picture taken.

Mrs. Lashway: What are you having done?

Mr. Rattner: Probably baseball.

Mr. Tepper: Who is getting the bagels? You got the lox, didn’t you?

Mr. Roman: For softball.

President Perkins: …with the baseball. Excellent. Alright, that takes us down to the Economic Development Report, Mr. Rattner.

Economic Development Committee Report

Mr. Rattner: We met last week and the main focus is trying to put together a marketing piece to send out highlighting the benefits of doing business in Mount Olive.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee Report

President Perkins: Perfect. Library Board, Mr. Tepper?

Library Board Liaison

Mr. Tepper: Of relevance to this Committee in having to do with the budget was that we had requested the Library Board to consider assisting the Town in reducing its budget issue by donating back a portion of their surplus. They have come back and basically stated that at this time it would not be possible because of the newest legal requirements for returning a surplus, of having to have a three year capital plan in place, etc. So I would not anticipate that we would receive any funds this year. I could initiate their capital planning and have something in place should this reoccur in the future, but we should not plan on seeing $200,000 back from the Library Board.

President Perkins: I don’t know if thank you is the appropriate word, but thank you.

Mr. Tepper: You’re welcome.

PUBLIC PORTION

President Perkins: That moves us on to our last public portion. Anybody from the public wish to comment, or question? Seeing none, I close it to the public. That takes us to Council Comments. Mr. Greenbaum?

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Greenbaum: No comment.

President Perkins: Mr. Tepper?

Mr. Tepper: No comment.

President Perkins: Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman: I apologize, I should have brought this up under New Business, but when I was up at Turkey Brook I noticed that the railings were starting to come undone. I passed that message along to Mr. Sohl to make sure that our Publics (Parks) and Grounds department was aware of it. I got a quick response saying that they were aware of it. They are on top of it. It appears that it’s being caused by skateboarders. I would like to ask the Administration to maybe start thinking of adding a skate park or something like that that would be more amiable to skateboarders. I have been in communication with a couple of juvenile skateboarders that are very avid about it, and I asked them to start formulating what they would consider appealing. I will be hopefully shortly maybe forwarding that on to Administration. Alright.

Mayor Scapicchio: Alex, that’s a great idea, in fact, Phil and I talked about that over the weekend when we walked there and we saw some kids on the railings and the benches with skateboards. I think what you need to do though is, and I’m in favor of that, bring that in front of the Recreation Committee and let them come back with a recommendation. Hopefully, it’s a positive recommendation that the Administration can then act upon.

Mr. Roman: Right, and I think it’s also, it should be something that should not be seen so much as an expenditure but also a savings because if we have to start constantly repairing equipment that, unless we’re going to have Police there constantly yelling at skateboarders for being on bleachers and all that stuff, so, that’s it for me.

President Perkins: Mr. Greenbaum?

Mr. Greenbaum: This is something that we’ve talked about for years and years and years about putting in a skateboard park, and I think that everybody has always thought that it was a great idea because anytime that you attract and put in activities for people who aren’t already involved in organized activities you’ve hit a segment of the population that needs the help from the Town. Many years ago we went to Randolph which does have a skateboard park and took a look at their facility. We explored the insurance issues and the insurance issues were de minimis in the scheme of putting in the park. I know I have spoken to the Mayor as well about his desire to put in a skateboard park, and I think we should stop talking about it and actually get moving on it. You know, it was interesting in Randolph because at the time they put in the skateboard park they also opened a teen center. The teen center is closed. The skateboard park is used on a regular basis. The vandalism to the skateboard park area is very small because you find that the kids take responsibility for that part of the park. We need to move on it. It would resolve a lot of issues in Town. It would resolve issues around the Dunkin Donuts, and the Bank of America in Flanders where you often have skateboarders and would provide a needed activity.

Mr. Roman: And I’m sure that many of the businesses in Town would probably be willing to donate if it would get them off the property, so I’ve been in contact with an Eagle Scout that is probably thinking about making this one of his projects. I will definitely pass this along to the Recreation department and also make sure that it does not wane.

President Perkins: Thank you, Mr. Roman. Mr. Rattner?

Mr. Rattner: Two items, one, this week is our annual big item pickup and we see a lot of stuff out there, and on Sunday for the people on Monday going through one neighborhood my wife saw two things and made me go back on Monday to see how they handled it. One was a house that had the whole front yard filled with carpeting, you know, cut up. I guess they took a certain amount because that house, and this is interesting that I see in the garage half of the carpeting is in there. So they took a certain amount because, you know, there’s only a certain amount you’re supposed to do and I told her only three things is all I can put out, you know, as we were cleaning out the attic. The other was that somebody put out a basketball pole and hoop with the concrete still on the bottom. In other words it was a permanent one. So we wanted to go by and see how they handled it. We went by the next day and the concrete was on the front yard and the pole was gone. I don’t know if this guy was told just knock it off or if, who did it, but they didn’t take it because they’re not supposed to take construction material like that. The concrete was laying on his front yard, and the pole was gone. Anyway, they’re doing a great job. I saw them out there, you know, you see all the stuff and the next day you go by it doesn’t look like anything was there. So they’re doing a great job.

Mr. Sohl: Creative employees.

Mr. Rattner: I don’t know how it happened. I’m just saying you got the end result. It was interesting. The other is that I’ve gotten some complaints over in the Goldmine Estates area that they don’t have any water on the weekends. I don’t know if the water buffalo is out or if it’s not enough, but we do have to address it because it’s unfair for people not to have water. I’ve already been asked, do we get a discount if we don’t have water because you’re not giving us service.

Mr. Greenbaum: I know that the bathrooms at Turkey Brook have been closed and they’re using the port-a-johns because of…

Mr. Rattner: Yes, so I don’t know I’m just saying that there’s water…

Mr. Greenbaum: And it relates to the DEP issue on the well which is out of service.

Mr. Rattner: What they had, what they normally would do is they left the bathrooms open and then when they heard that there’s a complaint about the water then they lock it up.

Mr. Sohl: That’s exactly what we did last weekend.

Mr. Rattner: Yes, no, I know that but I’ve gotten a couple of, you know, I’ve gotten a couple of comments. I guess the way you’re nodding the Mayor got that too, but we do have to address it because we have to make sure that the people have water, especially on the weekends.

Mayor Scapicchio: Steve, just for information, Gene got the checks last week that he needed. He understands that this is a priority that we have given him and he is on top of it.

Mr. Buczynski: All of the applications have been submitted as of today so we’ll be in touch with the DEP to try and get a status.

Mr. Rattner: Yes, but I’m just talking about the immediate, I understood that and I saw that we’re moving with that but this is just today. We have to face the people and say I don’t have water, and that’s where they point to Turkey Brook whether the bathrooms are open or not.

Mr. Sohl: But as the Mayor pointed out they’re closed now.

Mr. Rattner: I know.

Mr. Roman: Were they closed?

Mr. Sohl: No they were not closed last weekend.

Mr. Rattner: Well, the issue is that we’re right on the edge there. When you use more water come this season, it’s going to cause problems with the higher elevations. Okay, that’s all I have. Thank you.

President Perkins: Okay, thank you, Mr. Rattner. Mr. Tobey?

Mr. Tobey: Nothing.

President Perkins: And I have nothing. I’ll take a motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:28 pm.

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Raymond T. Perkins, Council 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 6, 2008.

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk
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