The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:14 p.m. 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.
Present: Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Nicastro, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Staszak, and Mrs. Labow
Absent: Mr. Mania
Also Present: Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Mayor Robert Greenbaum
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
July 23, 2013 WS, PM & CS (Mr. Perkins absent)
President Labow: Let the record reflect that Mr. Mania is home recuperating and we wish him a very speedy recovery. We already had our Pledge of Allegiance at the Workshop and we have our Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings. Mr. Ferrante, would you please move those?
Mr. Ferrante: Sure, I move the July 23, 2013 Workshop, Public Meeting and Closed Session Meetings.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
President Labow: Second. Any questions, concerns, comments? Seeing none, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception of Mr. Perkins abstained.
President Labow: We have 15 pieces of Correspondence on the Agenda tonight. Would anybody like to address any of our Correspondence? Seeing None.
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS
- Email received July 22, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding nominations open for 2013 Downtown New Jersey Excellence Awards. PDF Correspondence
- Email received July 26, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery and Matchmaking. PDF Correspondence
- Email received July 31, 2013, from Center for Community Progress regarding Early Bird registration ends tomorrow – save $100 on Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. PDF Correspondence
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
- Letter received July 30, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM Legislative Bulletin June 2013. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS / COAH
- Email received July 19, 2013, from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Americorp Watershed Ambassadors Needed. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received July 22, 2013, from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Centercourt at Mount Olive. PDF Correspondence
- Email received July 24, 2013, from Rutgers - Raritan River Initiative regarding NEWS from the Raritan River Initiative – July 2013. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received July 29, 2013, from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Letter of Interpretation Determination: Three Footprints of Disturbance. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received July 29, 2013, from The RBA Group, Inc. regarding Application submitted by New Jersey Department of Transportation. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received July 29, 2013, from Hammer Land Engineering regarding Mount Olive Municipal Complex – Highlands Exemption. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received August 2, 2013, from Anthony M. Gruppuso, Brach/Eichler, LLC regarding Highlands Applicability Determination Application of Mazouz & Tomasa Jallad filed July 17, 2012. PDF Correspondence
- Email received July 19, 2013, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris. PDF Correspondence
- Email received July 23, 2013, from County of Morris regarding MCPB Minutes. PDF Correspondence
MUA / MSA
- Email received July 26, 2013, from Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding MSA Approve Meeting Minutes. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received July 26, 2013, from Jersey Central Power & Light regarding Annual Universal Service Fund Compliance Filing. PDF Correspondence
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Honoring Colleen Mickelsen for Dedicated Service to the Township of Mount Olive. PDF Res
President Labow: Our next item, we are going to just deviate a little bit, we have a special Resolution because we have our latest retiree here.
Mayor Greenbaum: I can’t believe people are now able to retire at 25, it’s unbelievable.
President Labow: I know, I’m looking at Colleen and thinking “Oh My God”, you are too young. I’m going to ask Mr. Perkins, would you please move the Resolution on the Non-Consent?
Mr. Perkins: Yes. I move for adoption of Resolution honoring Colleen Mickelsen, Deputy Clerk Administrator.
President Labow: Do I have a second?
Mr. Staszak: Second.
President Labow: I would like to read this for you:
RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT OLIVE
HONORING COLLEEN MICKELSEN FOR DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT OLIVE
WHEREAS, Colleen Mickelsen has been employed by the Township of Mount Olive since September 7, 1988; and
WHEREAS, since that time Colleen Mickelsen has provided dedicated services to the people of the Township of Mount Olive in the capacity of Violations Clerk and Deputy Court Administrator; and
WHEREAS, during her career Colleen Mickelsen has provided outstanding and dedicated service, friendship and camaraderie to the other departments, fellow employees and Mayors and Governing body of the Township of Mount Olive; and
WHEREAS, Colleen Mickelsen has been described as an excellent, professional and caring coworker; and
WHEREAS, Colleen Mickelsens’ last day of service to the Township of Mount Olive was July 31, 2013.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the township council of the Township of Mount Olive, Morris County, State if New Jersey as follows: That the Mayor and Council hereby honor Colleen Mickelsen for her inspiring and dedicated services to the Township of Mount Olive, the citizens, and coworkers; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED. That the Township thanks her for the dedicated, spirited and caring service that she has provided throughout her career, and wishes her well during her well deserved and earned retirement from the Township and in all future endeavors.
Roll Call Please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
Mayor Greenbaum: You’re just going to have to let me know if you’re ever renting out the RV because I can use it for one of my Penn State…
Colleen Mickelsen: We were waiting for tonight so we can leave.
President Labow: I’m just going to say, they’re going to have a road trip and we’re all invited to join them on the RV and we’re going to go across the country.
Colleen Mickelsen: You’ll probably all fit.
President Labow: I know on my bucket list for when I turn 60, I want to travel across the United States from here all the way to California, so just let me know which days you’re available four years from now.
Mayor Greenbaum: Didn’t you already miss that milestone Colleen?
President Labow: Ouch. Rob has been picking on me all day today. Thank you very much and good luck to you. I know I’m going to miss you. Every time I would come to Town Hall I would always see you and wave.
Colleen Mickelsen: Thank you everyone.
President Labow: Thank you very much. I know the Department is going to miss you terribly. I just wanted to make sure in case you guys wanted to take off, but you are welcome to stay.
Mayor Greenbaum: Can’t we get a picture with Colleen?
President Labow: Yes.
Mayor Greenbaum: To put up on the website.
Mr. Perkins: That would be nice.
President Labow: Absolutely. Get everyone together.
Mayor Greenbaum: Come on Colleen, let’s go.
Mr. Perkins: Everybody file up to the center…us guys, we can stand right back here.
Mr. Roman: That’s the only way I can actually be seen in the picture.
Mr. Perkins: You should go down to the bottom. Naturally, I’m behind the tall guy.
Mayor Greenbaum: You got everybody?
President Labow: You got all the guys?
Mrs. Pignitaro: Alex, can you move over?
Mayor Greenbaum: Hope you’re not going to want overtime for that filming too.
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
President Labow: All set here. The next thing here…Goodnight everybody. Thank you. I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance # 20-2013.
Ord.#20-2013 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, to Amend Chapter 400, Land Use, Article V, Design Guidelines and Technical Standards, Section 75, Tree Removal, Replanting and Forestry Management Plans. PDF Ord. - J. Nicastro
President Labow: Mr. Nicastro, would you please move that?
Mr. Nicastro: Thank you. I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance # 20-2013.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Labow: Seeing no one from the public, anybody from the Council have any questions, concerns, comments? Seeing none. Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
President Labow: Ordinance #20-2013 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. I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #21-2013.
Ord.#21-2013 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance #20-2012 Entitled Salaries of Certain Non-Union Personnel as Previously Amended by Ordinance #17-2013 and Ordinance #19-2013. PDF Ord. – R. Perkins
President Labow: Mr. Perkins, would you please move that for us?
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Madam President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance # 21-2013.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
President Labow: Seeing no one from the public. Any questions, anybody from Council? Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: What is it that we’re amending?
Mr. Canning: There were several salaries in the original one that was adopted that were incorrect. Off the top of my head, I can’t recite them for you, but I know there were some typos that needed correction from back in the Spring.
Mr. Roman: Nothing of much substance?
Mr. Canning: No
President Labow: No. Any other questions? Seeing none. Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
President Labow: Ordinance #21-2013 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.
Ord.#22-2013 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Providing for the Establishment of a No Parking Zone on Glendale Road and
Certain Sections of Hillery Drive; to be Incorporated into Chapter 245 of the Mount Olive Township Code. PDF Ord – A. Roman
Mayor Greenbaum: Colleen, can I speak on 22-2013, even though we’re not hearing it this evening?
President Labow: Yes.
Mayor Greenbaum: I asked that this be put on. Perennially we’ve had a problem with parking on Glendale and on...what’s the other street…?
Mr. Canning: Hillery.
Mayor Greenbaum: …when there are tournaments. It’s not just complaints from the neighbors, it really is a safety concern because if you have people parking on both sides of the street, you’re not going to be able to get fire trucks down the middle of the road. What we’re asking for is an Ordinance, ultimately, that’s going to run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and its going to have parking on one side of the street. We’re trying to inconvenience the residents as little as possible, but achieve what the residents in the area really want. Ultimately, when it is completed and ready to go, we’ll bring it back, but that’s the gist of the Ordinance.
President Labow: Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: Have we looked into what...since it’s here to address the issue of parking from tournaments and if we eliminate parking on the street, where do we think that parking is going to get pushed on to?
Mayor Greenbaum: It will go further down the road on the one side of the road. It’s not to eliminate parking, it’s to eliminate a safety concern that’s occurred. You’ll just push people, they’ll have to walk another block.
President Labow: Cloverhill, there’s parking on both sides, but that road is wider, so it’s not an issue there.
Mayor Greenbaum: It’s not an issue.
President Labow: I would just like to request if the parking on one side of the road could be on the field side because my concern would be that if it’s on the tennis court side, I’d be afraid little kids would be running across the street. I’d rather have the parking stay on the side where they are going to be accessing it. Do you know what I mean?
Mayor Greenbaum: I certainly don’t have a problem with that, it really is a police…it would be a police recommendation. It sounds reasonable to me, but I don’t know what the limitations of the roadways are. We certainly…the initial impetuous went to the Police Department first to draft the Ordinance because they’re the ones with the expertise in terms of parking.
Mr. Nicastro: That’s what they did when they put the emergency parking lot in, it was on the tennis court side. It worked well.
Mayor Greenbaum: It worked well.
Mr. Nicastro: Yes, it did.
Mayor Greenbaum: We’ve had to scramble every time that there’s a tournament. If it’s just local games, I think that our onsite parking really does do the trick, with parking on the street for a limited distance, its fine. It’s really to address…every year we have this issue.
President Labow: Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: I think in order to maximize the parking at Dan Jordan, we should line it because unfortunately right now, it’s more like park where you think there’s parking. I think that whole middle area is extremely underutilized.
Mayor Greenbaum: We’ll bring that up with Buildings and Grounds. It’s a good suggestion.
President Labow: One last thing, I was going to ask you at the tennis courts across the street, is there parking there? There’s no parking there anymore, right?
Mr. Nicastro: No, it’s on the street.
President Labow: It’s only on the street because there’s a large area there, but I don’t if there’s no parking because it’s wet.
Mr. Nicastro: It’s not paved.
President Labow: No, it’s not paved, its grass, but I don’t know if it might behoove us to put some road millings there just to add additional parking since there is a lot of area right there. No. Mr. Staszak.
Mr. Staszak: I don’t know if there’s enough room for it.
President Labow: The tennis courts are quite a distance from the road. We might be able to get 10-15 spots…I don’t know, just something to check out, just in case.
Mayor Greenbaum: We’ll look at it.
President Labow: Just in case. Thank you very much. The Ordinance does actually state the Dan Jordan side.
Mayor Greenbaum: Good.
President Labow: Our Attorney and our Clerk pointed it out to me. Thank you. We are moving right along here, we already did our Non-Consent. We have our other Resolutions, one through fourteen. I am going to ask Mr. Staszak to please move Consent Resolutions one through fourteen.
CONSENT RESOLUTIONS – J. Staszak
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Business Administrator to Submit a Sustainable Jersey Grant Application. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Service Agreement with Van Cleef Engineering Associates for Engineering Services in Connection with Resurfacing of International Drive South Phase I. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Sean Canning, Business Administrator to Execute a TWA Application for Pleasant Hill Road/Marveland Estates. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Supports the State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture Gypsy Moth Treatment with the Township. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Cancel Taxes on Block 4600 Lot 2 – 123 Route 206. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Cancel Taxes on Block 5000 Lot 11 – 158 Route 206. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Cancel Taxes on Block 7801 Lot 13 191 Flanders-Drakestown Rd. PDF Res
- A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Authorizing the Award of the Contract for N.J. Licensed Electrician Services Accuracy Electric. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Mayor to Sign the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Grant Agreement – Former Baptist Church. PDF Res (amended)*
- Resolution Supporting the State House Commission Pre-Application to the NJDEP Green Acres Program for a Minor Diversion of Parkland from Flanders Park Block 6000 Lot 12 Township of Mount Olive, Morris County, New Jersey. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, Morris County, New Jersey Authorizing the Township to Abate Certain Nuisance Properties Located at Block 1701 Lot 7, Block 1800 Lot 5, Block 3203 Lot 20. PDF Res (amended)*
- Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Morris County, New Jersey Authorizing Renewal of Membership on the Morris County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Naming Sustainable Jersey “Green Team” Members for 2013. PDF Res
- A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Rejecting all Bids for the Contract for the Design Consultant for Tot Lot at Turkey Brook Park. PDF Res
Mr. Staszak: I move Consent Resolutions one through fourteen for approval.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Labow: Thank you. Any questions, concerns other than what we already talked about? Seeing none. No one from the public wants to address these? Can I have a Roll Call please?
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
President Labow: We did our Non-consent Resolution number 15 already. Now we have our Consent Motions. I am going to ask Mr. Nicastro, if you would please move our three Consent Motions?
- Approval of a Solicitor’s Permit for Andreas Tsoukalas Mobil Food Vending and Nicholas Randazzo and Richard Cerpa for door-to-door solicitation for Power Remodeling Group.
- Approval of a Solicitor’s Permit for Ronald Talmadge for Ice Cream Vending. (added)*
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
Mr. Nicastro: I move Consent Motions one and two.
President Labow: One, two and three. We have an amended Agenda.
Mr. Nicastro: One, two and three. I’m looking at the wrong one, I apologize.
President Labow: Yes, a Solicitors Permit was added on for Ronald Talmadge.
Mr. Nicastro: Okay, one, two and three.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Labow: Any questions? Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: This is for Council. Is it solely the discretion of approving the Solicitors Permit…is it solely up to our discretion and are we legally bound to approve them if they meet all of the legal criteria?
Mr. Pasek: I’m going to have to look into that issue and report back to Council.
President Labow: It’s a lengthy process to get a Solicitors Permit. You get fingerprinted, you have a background check, it goes through the Police Department first. It takes a couple of months.
Mr. Roman: Would we be set up for any legal liability if it would be denied solely on the purpose and the reason that…
President Labow: On the purpose for what…
Mr. Roman: ...that I don’t approve of what they’re doing?
Mrs. Lashway: No, you can’t deny it for that reason.
Mr. Roman: Then my question has been answered.
Mrs. Lashway: You could always modify the Solicitors Ordinance if you wanted to prohibit certain types of activity.
Mr. Roman: Thank you.
President Labow: Mr. Perkins? No. Any other questions? Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception of Mr. Roman abstained on one.
President Labow: Administrative Reports, Mr. Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: I’ll start. Givaudan Brail Trails. There is additional work that is going to be done there. The Township, with volunteers from Givaudan, I believe that there are over 100 volunteers that are already signed on to start to put the bollards in next week. Phase II is moving forward and hopefully that will extend the trails significantly. Hopefully that will be in place for next month.
Mr. Canning: The permit will be next month and Phase II will be next spring.
Mayor Greenbaum: Next spring? That project is moving forward and thanks to Givaudan for taking on that project, it is a big undertaking. As you all know, Restaurant Week is August 11 – 18 in Mount Olive. Many of the eating establishments, in fact most of the eating establishments are participating. It’s being done through the Economic Development Committee. There was no cost associated with participation by the restaurants and most of the restaurants are offering specials. We are asking that the residents take advantage of the eating establishments that we have in town and support this program for everyone’s benefit.
President Labow: Rob, if I could just…
Mayor Greenbaum: Everything that we can do as elected officials to help advertise Restaurant Week would be greatly appreciated and I think certainly within the scope of what we’re all up here to do, which is in part to help our businesses succeed. Yes?
President Labow: I saw today on your Facebook that somebody had questioned which restaurants.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes.
President Labow: Do we have a list?
Mayor Greenbaum: We will make a list available, if it’s not already available.
Presidnet Labow: Good. I looked on our website and I didn’t see anything so I going to check on that.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, in fact, my Special Projects Coordinator will be all over that tomorrow.
President Labow: Good. Sounds good. We’ll all look for it and post it on our Facebook pages.
Mayor Greenbaum: September 21st is Fall in Love with Mount Olive.
President Labow: Yea!!
Mayor Greenbaum: September 22nd is the Second Tour de Mount Olive. I rode it this weekend again, it’s quite difficult, but quite exhilarating when completed. It’s a 28 mile ride around most of Mount Olive including the backwoods of the Budd Lake area up near Budd Lake Heights Road…
President Labow: Crease Road.
Mayor Greenbaum: …Crease Road. It goes all the way back by through the Oak Hills section and then comes back into Flanders. This year for the first time, we have a slew of businesses that are sponsoring the miles, you know mile one, mile two, mile three, including, I understand that you Colleen have a mile marker.
President Labow: Yes, I do.
Mayor Greenbaum: A $50.00 mile marker, which is pretty cool. In addition to the 28 mile ride, there are other rides that are available, less strenuous for family type rides, all starting at Flanders Park. This week I was fortunate to participate in another Grand Opening, Ultimate Car Wash and Detail Services is officially open. It’s the old Budd Lake Car Wash. Met with Scott Carpel, the owner, he’s very excited and looking to do great business there. He’s very happy with the amount of vehicles that are coming in everyday. He said, “I can’t believe how busy Route 46 is.” I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate the 12U Girls today, although they lost in the semi-finals, Mr. Ferrante was telling me they were actually winning in the 6th inning by several runs, I think it was five to two, you said. They gave up four runs in the sixth inning and lost the game, it’s unfortunate, but what a great run for the girls.
President Labow: Absolutely.
Mayor Greenbaum: We’ll have to bring them in at some point and certainly recognize their achievement. We still have Momentum shirts. If anyone is interested in purchasing them, they can contact Lisa Pignitaro. I don’t know if any of you have been up to Turkey Brook this past week, but we finally got the new glass backboards up. It has made a huge difference in terms of the ability to play up there. The old backboards were for the most part cracked or not properly installed in the first instance. It’s reinvigorated the amount of playing that is occurring up there, you should stop up and see what it looks like. Sean and I met with Senator Oroho and Paul Licitra last week, I think the 31st of July and Steve Oroho was interested in how the State and his office could be more helpful to us. We’ve decided that on a weekly basis we’re going to report to him on issues which involve the State and his office is going to spearhead our effort at the State level. Finally, I’m pleased to report that we have finally resolved the issue with water allocation with respect to the Siemens expansion. I’d like to thank everyone that was involved in that very strenuous project to provide the information to the DEP. Ultimately, it required help from the governor’s office to get the hierarchs at DEP involved in terms of making that decision happen. As part of the approval, they are requiring the town to take additional steps in terms of the way we manage our flow and record our flow, which is going to work to the benefit of Mount Olive. We’ll be able to identify leaks, basically on a daily basis rather than have to wait months at times to figure out that our flow is not appropriate for usage. All in all, things are moving forward in Mount Olive. The momentum is continuing to go forward. What do you have Sean?
President Labow: Excellent.
Mr. Canning: Just piggy backing on the DEP requirements. I want to thank Debbie Bonanno from Sherry’s office. We spent the better part of last week implementing one of the DEP requirements. What we found is…Water and Sewer captured the data, but there was never any true analysis. There was never any early warning system through nobody’s fault, it was just never implemented. Debbie and I are both kind of Excel geeks, for lack of a better term, it took us about a week. We wrote an early warning system, which daily the Water and Sewer people put in their water meter readings, the differences, the tank heights, gallons per meter. Eventually, when we get some feedback today, we’ll be able to identify what pumps are going at different pumping stations, we’ll know ahead of time for capital budgeting purposes, but more importantly, instantaneously in Excel, there is a lot of mechanisms that will flag when over set percentage, a calculated deviation shows up. We should know within one to three business days just by looking at it, where we may have a problem. There won’t be the instance of we have a water leak and it doesn’t bubble to the surface, it could be flowing conceivably for a month, two months, three months and that was one of the things that DEP seized upon to our determent. These are early warning systems, we’re going have them in there and they will be monitored not only by the Water and Sewer people, but by Mr. Quinn, as well as myself, to be up on the cloud, up in drop box.
President Labow: I think that’s excellent. They’re going to do it right from their smart phones?
Mr. Canning: They can enter right from smart phones or from the iPads. That’s what our main concept is, trying to keep people in the field and clear calls from there instead of bringing stuff back to their desks. The only other item I have is the County of Morris is contracted with Keller and Kirkpatrick, who will be holding a public hearing here…or a public meeting, an informative meeting on August 20th from 5 – 7p.m. and it has to do with the Flanders-Drakestown Bridge by River Road. It’s long been up for a….is the train coming through?
President Labow: I think it’s raining. I think it’s pouring.
Mr. Canning: The bridge will be replaced next summer, but plans are starting now. They are starting to notify the people. It’s going to be about a three month process, so we’re looking forward to that. The first informative session will be on August 20th.
Mayor Greenbaum: Is it raining?
President Labow: Maybe it’s the air conditioner, I’m sorry. Execllent.
Mr. Canning: That project, by the way is in the middle of the summer, they have not yet finished the balancing as we tell and there is another four to five weeks left in this project.
President Labow: Is that our air conditioner that’s making…
Mr. Canning: That’s part of the HVAC reconditioning. The balancing is the final portion and as we can all tell, that has not been balanced yet. Through no fault but their own, they’re just not at that stage yet.
Mayor Greenbaum: One other issue that I thought of, as everyone has seen, they’re repaving Flanders-Bartley Road, which is really needed, but the unfortunate thing is that the turn underneath the railroad trestle as you come back to 206 is really State, so I have directed Sean to get on the State right now to make sure that portion is going to be repaved because it is County that is doing the rest of Flanders-Bartley. We’re going to look at the worst case scenario.
Mr. Canning: Worst case scenario, we’ll pave it and send them a bill. It has to get done.
Mayor Greenbaum: It has to get fixed.
President Labow: That’s in bad shape there.
Mayor Greenbaum: It’s really bad.
President Labow: It’s really bad. Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: Just one question I have. I apologize if I missed it, but I had people ask me the last few weeks, was there any update on the Carnival situation because the Facebook posting…wasn’t sure…they’re asking me if there was any update on it. I don’t know if I missed it.
Mayor Greenbaum: The only update that I can give you is that I have asked Dorsey and Semrau to pursue an action. Nothing has been done at this point in time, but I need to speak to Fred about moving it forward. Do you have something Jeff?
Mr. Pasek: I actually am going to address that in my report tonight.
Mayor Greenbaum: Okay. My thought was to put in a Special Civil Part, which is a limited…Jeff….I don’t want to spend a lot of money litigating, but I think we can serve the purpose by…that’s my thought.
President Labow: Jeff, do you want to address it now?
Mr. Pasek: Absolutely. We filed an action since the last Council Meeting in Special Civil Part in Morris County Superior Court to echo the Mayor’s sentiments. We thought that was the best venue because it kind of streamlines the litigation process. There’s less discovery and you get to a resolution quicker that way.
Mayor Greenbaum: You get a trial within three months. There’s no discovery, it won’t cost the Town anything to pursue, but it…I don’t like people to trample on us and then to lie about it, so I thought it was necessary to pursue it. If we spend $1,500.00 or $2,000.00 in the process, it’s still worth it, even if we’re not successful.
Mr. Nicastro: I agree, thank you.
Mayor Greenbaum: Good to hear, thanks Jeff.
President Labow: Mr. Ferrante.
Mr. Ferrante: Yes. Do we have any updates on the traffic lights at the Village Green and Trade Zone?
President Labow: Yes, we do. I was going to bring that up too. That was good.
Mr. Canning: Eric Anthony, from the Police Department was able to get in touch with the engineers in the North Region. I’m not so sure whether they’ve responded. From the last email, I’m not sure.
President Labow: Yes, they did.
Mr. Canning: Did they respond?
President Labow: They had somebody out today at the Village Green. They called Eric right away and there was a Detective, you were copied on it too…
Mr. Canning: That’s right, yes.
President Labow: They had to adjust and they also said they’re waiting for new software that is going to also help to correct that issue. There was also some kind of detector for the vehicles that they adjusted at the Village Green light, so hopefully that…
Mayor Greenbaum: It’s not fixed yet. I was there. On the way here I drove from the Trade Zone, up Route 46 and it’s a nightmare. We’ll be back on it tomorrow.
President Labow: Yes. It’s really bad because in my emails since July 22nd, was the first time I noticed it and the traffic was backed up onto Route 80, which is really dangerous.
Mayor Greenbaum: It’s really bad and we’re going to get an email tomorrow from Sean as to his actions to reflect the fact that whatever they did hasn’t fixed the problem and we want to know what they’re….
President Labow: Eric had also said that the State, they promised to let him know from a supervisor, to call him when the software came in that was supposed to further fix that problem, but how long can you wait for the software. You can’t have cars backing up on Route 80.
Mr. Canning: You know what it is? Part of the problem with DOT too, I think they were kind of limited in what they’re response was going to be and they recommended notifying the Commissioner’s office, which we did last week. The letter went out…one of the bigger problems in DOT is that they are too centralized and rigid. We’ll contact both Commissioner’s office and the Region office again tomorrow.
Mayor Greenbaum: Also, Senator Oroho.
President Labow: Right. It’s all of a sudden and it’s way too serious.
Mayor Greenbaum: It’s something that can be fixed easily.
President Labow: Absolutely.
Mr. Perkins: Yes.
Mayor Greenbaum: It just needs somebody to fix it.
President Labow: That’s right. I know you are the man for the job Rob.
Mayor Greenbaum: It’s not even a money thing.
President Labow: No, it’s not. It’s an adjustment.
Mr. Perkins: It’s an adjustment.
Mayor Greenbaum: It just needs to be fixed. We’re going to be all over that tomorrow. Sean, do you hear that?
Mr. Canning: I got it. It’s in my notes. Let’s take it away.
President Labow: I want to thank Mr. Yourish, Dave Yourish, who had sent an email to the Mayor and the Mayor immediately asked Mr. Canning to address it. Mr. Canning got our Police Department on it, so within two weeks everybody is working as quickly as they can to resolve that issue. I think that is absolutely wonderful, we have a very responsive government, we are very fortunate. Thank you very much. It’s great. Any other
Administrative Reports. Seeing none. Old Business, anybody have any Old Business? Seeing none. Any New Business? Seeing none.
OLD BUSINESS - none
NEW BUSINESS - none
President Labow: Legal Matters. Do you have any other Legal Matters?
Mr. Pasek: No. Nothing else to report, Madam.
President Labow: We have Council Reports. Mr. Ferrante, would you please give your reports.
Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison
Mr. Ferrante: The only reports, the Library meets next week and we got the report on the lake treatments. It’s the usual suspects, the Milfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed. It has been treated. That’s all.
Senior Citizen Liaison - none
Planning Board Report - none
President Labow: The usual suspects. They keep going. Mr. Mania is not here this evening. We’re going to ask Mr. Nicastro for your reports.
Open Space Committee Report - none
Safety Committee Liaison - none
Mr. Nicastro: Nothing to report yet.
Mr. Perkins: All quiet.
President Labow: Mr. Perkins.
Board of Health Report - none
Economic Development Committee Report - none
Legislative Committee Report - none
Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report, Madam President.
President Labow: Mr. Roman.
Board of Education Liaison Report - none
Recreation Liaison Report
Mr. Roman: MOJMFA has officially started their Rec Football season. Practice started August 1st. Fall must be around the corner. Just to jump back onto what the Mayor said about the Mount Olive 12U. They were actually going into the sixth inning leading five to three. Unfortunately, in that level of play, you are limited by time, you can’t start a new inning after an hour and forty five minutes. In the sixth inning, they gave up three runs and time had run out in order to start a new inning. They are ranked third in the country. If they would have won this, they would’ve been in the World Series. Even though it was a tough loss, you have to give it to those girls to make it all the way down there.
President Labow: Excellent.
Mr. Roman: That is all I have.
President Labow: Excellent. Mr. Staszak, MOTV.
MOTV Committee Liaison
Mr. Staszak: Yes. Alex, if they have any videos from the softball games, could you give it to Lisa.
Mr. Roman: Yes. I had requested from Mr. Borozan, one of the coaches there, that if anybody had any video from any of the games, to get it to us as soon as possible. We would love to highlight them.
Mr. Staszak: Moving forward, our next meeting is in September.
President Labow: I want to say, the MOTV Facebook page, they keep putting pictures up. Who does that or do you know or you can’t say?
Mr. Staszak: Jamie Galdi.
President Labow: It’s really cool because…
Mr. Staszak: She’s very creative with that.
President Labow: You try and figure out where…there was a couple...I saw some sections the other day that I wanted to take pictures of, but I wasn’t sure who to send it to. I actually got two right the other day. I got more wrong than I got right, but it’s a lot of fun to try and figure out where these little intersections are. Actually, the one I was so frustrated on that I couldn’t figure out, the hint was that she left Town Hall and had gone towards Tinc Road and it was on this section here. I actually had to come over here and drive up and down until I found the spot because it was driving me crazy, like, where is it. I think it’s really interesting, I think it helps people to really take a little bit more notice of our town and get some history in there. It’s excellent.
President Labow: My next report is for TNR, I would like to say that the hoarding case that the TNR and our Animal Control Officer have been working on is almost completed and we are just about finished with that. I think there’s one more or two more cats, at the end there was 30. There was one that was removed this weekend and because the house is in such bad shape, the cat was so infested with fleas, it was actually anemic because of all the fleas. I do want to thank the Black River Veterinary Hospital who has been really great helping us out with all of this. We are almost at the end. It has been a very trying situation. Also, TNR is running their Strut your Mutt Fundraiser and I have mine posted on Facebook. If anybody wants to make any donations to help us with all of the work that we do, trying to help out with all of the cats. It’s not just the feral free roaming cats, they help residents who need vaccinations and spaying and neutering, so it’s a complete overall effort. Mr. Canning and Mr. Nelson are working on Eagle Rock Village, trying to get them on board. We’re having some issues with cats from there, so hopefully we’ll bring them on.
Mr. Canning: I’m hoping Mr. Nelson has better…I’ve met with them twice personally over the last year and a half, so I am hoping Mr. Nelson has better success. As charming as I am, I don’t seem to be breaking through.
President Labow: It is the only apartment complex in town that has not allowed TNR onto their premises to do the TNR and correct the situation. TNR repeatedly get calls from residents of kittens being born, kittens under the buildings and for whatever reason the management has not been cooperative. It’s crazy because what happens is, it’s costing all of us a lot of money because our Animal Control Officer has to answer calls, the TNR group has to go out and trap and then the cats have to get, you know the ones that…the residents will collect the kittens and call TNR and they to take them and then they have to go and have them spayed or neutered. Then you have to adopt them out and all this can be eliminated if they would just allow the TNR process on their property. It would save all of us a lot of money. It’s really frustrating all the way around for everyone because every call we get costs us money too. That’s all I have to say with TNR this evening. I’m going to open it now to our Public Portion. Anybody from the public have anything? None. Close the Public Portion. Council Comments. Mr. Ferrante.
PUBLIC PORTION - none
Mr. Ferrante: Nothing.
President Labow: Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: Nothing.
President Labow: Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Nothing.
President Labow: Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: Nothing.
President Labow: Mr. Staszak.
Mr. Staszak: Nothing.
President Labow: I just want to say, I think for all of Council and the Administration and the Mayor and the Township employees, we wish Mr. Mania well and a very speedy recovery. With that, may I have a motion to adjourn?
Mr. Roman: So moved.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:49pm.
Colleen Labow, Council President
I, Lisa Lashway, 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 August 20, 2013.
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk