August 7, 2012 Council Public Meeting Minutes
The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:21 pm by Council President Roman.
OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
Mrs. Lashway: According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Daily Record. Notice has been posted 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. Mania, Mr. Perkins, and Mr. Roman
Absent: Mrs. Labow, Mr. Walsh
Also Present: Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Sean Canning, Business Administrator ; Michael Augello, Township Attorney; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Mayor Greenbaum
President Roman: Okay, we are on to Approval of Previous Minutes. Mr. Perkins.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS - R. Perkins
July 24, 2012 WS & PM (Mrs. Labow absent)
Mr . Perkins: Yes, Mr. President, I move for the Approval of the Minutes for July 24, 2012, Workshop, and Public Meeting.
Mr. Mania: I'll second it.
President Roman: It's been moved and seconded, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS
- E-mail received July 31, 2012, from North Jersey RCD regarding Summer Update. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received August 1, 2012, from RVE Marketing regarding Green Technology: NJ Solar Renewable Energy Programs. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received August 1, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Reminder: Submit your nominations for Downtown New Jersey Excellence Awards. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received August 2, 2012, from Rutgers regarding Conference on Public Performance Measurement. PDF Correspondence
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
- E-mail received July 23, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 2012 NJ Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards, Governor Signs Solar Legislation, US Green Building Council NJ Chapter Seeking Nominations for 10 th Anniversary Gala Awards. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 24, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding New Content on DLGS Website. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 24, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding
Sustainable Jersey's First Ever “Farm to Table” Fundraiser. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 25, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding An Important Decision regarding the Open Public Meetings Act. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 25, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the July 25 Affordable Housing, Trust Funds State begins process to seize funds. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 27, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 7/27/12 Judicial Salaries. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 27, 2012, from Morris County League of Municipalities regarding Program: “Sustainable Jersey: What it can do for your town.” PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 30, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Utilize State Museums 911 Commemorative Resources and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 31, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Federal Update. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 31, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A-323/S-2074 – Permits “Agricultural Tourism” Activities on Preserved Farmland. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received August 2, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Invitation to Join Mayor's Wellness Campaign, Verizon Personal Property Issue Appeal and Two Upcoming League Seminars. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS
- E-mail received July 23, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding the 2012 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received July 24, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding The Rockefeller Group, BL 103, Lot 2.05 (350 International Drive). PDF Correspondence
- Application received July 31, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding Freshwater Wetlands General Permit #10B and Flood Hazard Area Control Act Individual Permit for Property Located at Route 46 over the Musconetcong River, Hackettstown. PDF Correspondence
- Certified letter received August 1. 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding Freshwater Wetlands General Permit #10B and Flood Hazard Area Control Act Individual Permit for Property Located at Route 46 over the Musconetcong River, Hackettstown. -WITH ENCLOSURES - PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 23, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding GovConnect Update: July 23, 2012. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 30, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received July 31, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Waiver Rule – August 1, 2012. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received August 1, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding LFN 2012 – 15: State Aid Payment Schedule. PDF Correspondence
- Minutes received July 23, 2012, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding the May 17, 2012 Minutes. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received July 23, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control regarding Application for Annual State permit Filed on Behalf of Corporate Café, LLC. PDF Correspondence
President Roman: Okay, we're onto Correspondence. There are 25 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone have any questions, comments? Seeing none, there are no Ordinances for Public Hearing or First Reading. We will move onto the Consent Resolutions. There are 14 Resolutions.
Mrs. Lashway: Right with the one we are adding.
President Roman: The one that was just added was regarding the algae of the lake. Does anyone wish to move any to Non Consent? Okay, seeing none, Mr. Mania.
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEAR ING - none
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - none
CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:
Resolutions on the Consent Agenda List are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Township Council and will be approved by one motion (one vote). There will be no separate discussion or debate on each of these resolutions except for the possibility of brief clarifying statements 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 – J. Mania
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2012 Municipal Budget ($4,400 for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2012 Statewide Crackdown Grant).
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Vendor Service Contract on a “Non-Fair and Open” Basis Pursuant to the “Pay-to-Play” Law (Pumping Services).
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of One Purchasing Contract (Generator Joe, Inc.).
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Township to Abate Certain Nuisance Properties (375 Route 206 and 35 Lozier Road).
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Agreement with Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for the Disposal of Iron Sludge from Mount Olive Water Treatment.
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing New Jersey Department of Transportation Division of Local Aid and Economic Development Recommendation of Award State Project “Improvements to Cloverhill Drive Phase II”. PDF Resolution
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to English Paving Company, Inc. for Improvements to Cloverhill Drive Phase II Project.
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Orange Carpet for Carpet Replacement in Certain Areas in Municipal Building.
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to CFM Construction, Inc. for the Indian Spring Well House project.
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract Extension with Accuracy Electric, Inc. for New Jersey Licensed Electrician Services.
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Recognizing the Retirement of Sergeant Scott Van Ness from the Mount Olive Township Police Department.
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Recognizing the Retirement of Sergeant Michael Novak from the Mount Olive Township Police Department.
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a One Year Extension of the Existing Developers Agreement with Toll Brothers in Relation to Morris Chase Phase I, Morris Hunt Phase II and Morris Hunt Phase III.
Resolution Re: Lake Algae (added during Workshop)
Mr. Mania: Mr. President, I move for the approval of Consent Resolutions Numbers 1 through 14.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS - None
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS - None
President Roman: Okay, we are on to Consent Motions. Mr. Ferrante, the Bill List.
CONSENT MOTIONS – J. Ferrante
- Bill List. `
Mr. Ferrante: I move the Bill List.
Mr. Mania: I'll second it.
President Roman: Does anyone from the public have any questions on the Bill List? Anyone from Council? Okay, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Roman: Okay, we are on to Administrative Reports. Mr. Mayor, Mr. Canning.
Mayor Greenbaum: I'll start. First I would like to congratulate Mr. Canning who has advised me that he passed the QPA exam.
Mr. Perkins: Congratulations.
Mayor Greenbaum: Which ultimately will allow us, if the Council decides to do that, to once again, raise our bid threshold. Which I think has been very successful to date since last time we raised it. There certainly had been no abuses. It allows the Township to act much more quickly and I think much more cost effectively. In addition I know that the Recreation Department is moving forward with a bicycle event or a series of bicycle events which are going to occur in Mount Olive on September the 30 th . Including Tour de Mount Olive which is a 26 mile ride for those who are interested and there are other events as well. I'm going to introduce a… or at least need a Proclamation next week, declaring September 30th as Bicycle Day in Mount Olive and I encourage everyone to promote this day. I think it's a good event whether or not you participate formally in what the Recreation Department is doing or informally just by getting out on a bicycle on that day. I think it will both promote wellness and the spirit of what we are trying to move forward here in Mount Olive. Sean, did you have anything?
Mr. Canning: (Whispers to Mayor Greenbaum)
Mayor Greenbaum: Oh yes. As we all know, unfortunately we lost two members of the Mount Olive Community this week. We lost Janine, Colleen Szarek's daughter who died way too early. I know that most of us attended the wake and have been dealing with issues related to helping the family out and also unfortunately we lost Ray Kemmerer who was formerly in our Public Works Department and his wake was on Monday, funeral services were, I guess today. It's very sad. Hopefully we won't have to announce the loss of any other Mount Olive family members. If you have a chance you can see in the lobby; we have pictures of both Janine and Ray, as a tribute to their spirit and their contributions to Mount Olive.
President Roman: Thank you. I just want to touch on the bike event that you mentioned. The route I know is not officially up but the route was leaked and when a resident… when I mentioned it to them that it was on River Road they asked which way, uphill or downhill. It's uphill.
Mayor Greenbaum: It's both I think.
President Roman: So there's going to be much chagrining going up that hill. I for one plan to attend and I hope some of my fellow Council members will be on there.
Mayor Greenbaum: I ride up River Road all the time. It's a very difficult climb but the sense of accomplishment and the endorphins that one generates by getting up that hill are worth every single peddle step. Joe?
Mr. Nicastro: I have trouble driving it.
Mayor Greenbaum: As I said, if you can't join the tour and you can still get your bicycle out on that day and ride someplace, then you will have accomplished that which we are trying to move forward.
President Roman: I applaud the Administration for not only this event but past events and all future events that are helping to bring the community together. Anything else under Administrative? We're on to our first, Old Business. I mean our last Old Business. Nobody, okay New Business, Legal Matters?
OLD BUSINESS – None
NEW BUSINESS – None
Mr. Augello: I have nothing.
Recreation Liaison Report
President Roman: Okay, as far as Recreation, I'm sure most of us recall the $10.00 fee that we've assessed. The sports organizations that use the park, there has been a request to include some other organizations that do not use the park and there has been opposition to that, so that's going to be… the Recreation Advisory Committee will be having a meeting on that. We may see in the near future requests to add additional groups towards that fee. I'm just preparing you for when that comes across, alright. Board of Health, Mr. Perkins.
Board of Health Report
Mr. Perkins: Yes Mr. President, we held a Special Public Meeting specifically to have second reading for Ordinance BOH 1-2012 which everyone should have in their packets; on the massage parlors and somatic therapy. A lot of effort went in by all of the board members, the Police Department and the Health Department in drafting up and getting this ordinance finalized. I believe it goes a long way and changing what some have found to be…displeasurable with these places.
President Roman: Unfortunately there has been too much promulgation of those establishments. Legislative, do you have anything Mr. Perkins?
Legislative Committee Report
Mr. Perkins: Yes I have. I've gotten in touch with Senator Oroho and Assemblyman Chiusano. I'm trying to set up a meeting. Senator Oroho was on vacation, on a cruise with his mother. I'm hopeful to get together with them either the end of this week or next. I want them to follow up with the Board of Public Utilities to see how we're making out on the Affordable Housing Trust Fund issue as far as doing anything with incentisizing Homeless Solutions should that go forward as our COAH item of choice.
President Roman: While you're in that meeting, if you wouldn't mind tugging his ear regarding the DEP or I'm sorry the DOT regarding the sign on Route 46 for the CVS. You know even up to this day I'm still seeing people that make that left turn into CVS illegally instead of doing at the jug handle and unfortunately you know, according to Mr. Canning's memo we have been having a hard time getting a response from DOT. He had reached out to Senator Oroho's office so if you would be so kind to also touch base on that also.
Mr. Perkins: I would be happy to do that Mr. President. I'd also like to talk to him, I think the entire stretch of Route 46, not unlike the highways; if we look at what's now the BP station which was the Delta, I mean we had people making a left hand turn by George's Liquor to go into the Delta Station when all they had to do was go a lousy 16 th of a mile and they could of turned into the one that they were already traveling in that direction. I think we need some signage out there that kind of directs people that there is a u-turn or exit Netcong Road and to make that u-turn to come back across. It would be safer. I think we need to do this all the way along. Ironically enough traveling down Route 31 when you get in through Pennington, that entire two mile stretch there… there is absolutely no left turn after you go through Pennington before you get down to Route 295. That's a two mile stretch and its two lanes on each side. Same as Route 46 is but no left turns are permitted for that entire two mile stretch. That may be something we need to sit down with the DOT and maybe Sergeant Van Ness. I don't know if he's going to be doing anything for us, or our new traffic police officer, we really got to come up with something a little bit better for Route 46. I understand Connelly, we are going to have them go out the back through Morris Chase but that does not stop people from going in the arcade or making a left into the Deltas or the Budd Lake Diner or any other place along Route 46. Including places like your shop. They have to make a turn to get into business. Is there a better way? Should they not go down to the CVS or even Mount Olive Road or Sandshore, make the u turn to come back. Maybe that's safer. At least give the motoring public out there the signage that lets them know that there is an alternative to making the left.
President Roman: It just sounds like something that should be at least spoken about at the Safety Committee?
Mr. Perkins: Yes. I'm going to get together with Mr. Nicastro in the not too distant future.
President Roman: Alright. Mr. Walsh is not here so there is no Planning Board, no Board of Ed. Open Space, Mr. Ferrante?
Planning Board Report – None
Board of Education Liaison Report – None
Open Space Committee Report
Lake/Environment Issues Committee
Library Board Liaison
Mr. Ferrante: Nothing for Open Space. We already spoke about the Lake/Environment Issues. The Library Board is currently planning their Fall Festival and they are looking for volunteers as well as any vendors for crafts.
President Roman: Mr. Nicastro, Safety?
Safety Committee Liaison
Economic Development Committee Report
Mr. Nicastro: We had a meeting last week. It was a short meeting but they are working with the County on a new system, Everbridge Aware System which allows for communications. It's free from the County. Unlimited messaging and group lists and stuff they can set up for emergencies and stuff which is great. There is working with the radio frequencies. I have some shortening to do with the codes on there I believe. I did mention, Mr. President, your request about the Old Wolfe Road. There first concern was that it was a safety issue to do that. That they would look into it because they use that route a lot for Police and Fire to come up off of that road and that would be the biggest concern that they have but they will look into it.
President Roman: Mr. Mayor, you had something, Rob?
Mayor Greenbaum: Going back to the Board of Education, I don't know if you heard that Dr. Tracey Severns is leaving Mount Olive and going to the State.
Mr. Mania: Well, a big loss.
President Roman: I for one am not surprised. The only thing I would add is what took that so long. I was waiting to see who was going to snatch her up. It is definitely going to be a sad day for Mount Olive and especially for the Middle School. She will be sorely missed. I for one was glad that she never became the Superintendent because any budget she would have presented would have passed overwhelmingly. Anything for Economic Development?
Mr. Nicastro: No meeting yet. Mr. Mania, seniors?
Senior Citizen Liaison
Mr. Mania: None.
Pride Committee Report – None
TNR Program – None
President Roman: Mrs. Labow is not present. I forgot to mention that football season has started August 1 st . The young gentlemen were out there hitting so pretty soon football season will be in full force. Mr. Mayor?
Mayor Greenbaum: To add on to that I was at Turkey Brook playing basketball yesterday. After I played basketball I took a ride back to the back football field which is now open and available by automobile. There is a parking lot back there and it is incredible. If you go back there to see how that use of that field has expanded Turkey Brook to fold in terms of how much more land we're using of the original park that was set out. I encourage everyone when you're at or around Turkey Brook to take a ride through. You can see the progress of the turf field which is nearing completion of the sub base and the actual surface will be put down I guess relatively shortly. Within the next week or two they are going to start that process. If you take a ride back, at the top of the loop on the road which is now there, back to the football field, it is an incredible sight to see so much more of the park being utilized.
Mr. Roman: I for one did not take motorized transportation but it was, it is amazing and I look forward to when we can clear out the side to the left. On the turf field that we are building, hindsight being what it is, it would have been nicer if we had taken pictures in multiple stages to connect it because it's amazing how it's getting put together. We are onto our last Public Portion. Does anyone from the Public wish to be heard?
Ned McDonnell, Budd Lake: This is a question for the Mayor. In a previous Council Meeting you raised the issue about a new sign in front of the Municipal Building. And you stated that it would probably cost around $50,000.00. Is that still an active idea being considered?
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes it is. It's in the research stage. Thanks to Councilman John Mania who has done a lot of the leg work in terms of the installation, the concrete, the brick work, that cost will be significantly less and the comparison ultimately between what it's going to cost us to put in that type of sign and a wooden sign will be relatively close. Certainly much closer then it was before and certainly a lot less than the original estimate which included all of the other work that would have necessarily had to have been done but before that decision is made it will be discussed at a Public Meeting. It will be discussed with Council. Council will approve whatever recommendation comes out of the Mayor's office but the costs have certainly come a lot closer together in large part to the work that Councilman Mania has done to date. It's not something that one day you're going to show up at Town Hall and the sign is going to be there. In fact I'm going to ask Lisa Lashway because I know it's an important issue to you; to contact you in the event that the issue is going to be discussed at a Council meeting so that you can be here and participate.
Mr. McDonnell: Very good because I'm not opposed to the sign. I'm just opposed to the …
Mayor Greenbaum: The cost.
Mr. McDonnell: The large amount of public funds that would be needed to do it. If it can be done by donations, by some group, I think that would be great.
Mayor Greenbaum: Well we are working in that direction. I don't think we will ever get to the point where it's going to be a sign which is going to be completely paid for by donation but as I said, before this issue is addressed and the sign is installed, it will be discussed at a Public Meeting. It will be agreed upon by a majority of Council and you will be notified that it's on for that particular day. As I have said, it's not the first time you've come up here to speak about that issue and I welcome your participation and your concept.
Mr. McDonnell: Okay.
Mayor Greenbaum: Although it may be contrary to the position that I take, that's what makes the world go round.
Mr. McDonnell: Okay, thanks a lot.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes.
President Roman: Anyone else from the Public?
Mr. Mania: If I could just add to that.
President Roman: Yes.
Mr. Mania: Not only did I do leg work but Sean has been working with me and doing a lot of help.
Mr. Canning: Frank Wilpert Jr., Lisa…
President Roman: If there is no one else from the Public, we are onto Council Comments. Mr. Perkins?
Mr. Perkins: Nothing this evening.
President Roman: Mr. Mania?
Mr. Mania: Nothing
President Roman: Mr. Ferrante?
Mr. Ferrante: Nothing.
President Roman: I don't want to buck the trend. I have nothing. Can I get a Motion to Adjourn?
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:39 pm.
Alex Roman, Council President
I, Michelle Masser, Deputy Clerk of the Township 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 21, 2012.
Michelle Masser, Deputy Clerk