December 18, 2012 Council Public Meeting Minutes

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:49 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.

ROLL CALL

Present:          Mr. Mania, Mr. Nicastro, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Roman and Mr. Perkins

Absent:           Mr. Walsh and Mr. Ferrante

Also Present:  Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; John Dorsey and Michael Augello, Township Attorneys; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO

President Roman: Let the record reflect that Mr. Ferrante has an excellent reason for not being here today. He is the proud new father of a baby boy. Alright we are on to Approval of Previous Minutes, Mr. Perkins.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

December 4, 2012, WS, PM and CS

Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President, I move for the approval of the December 4, 2012, Workshop, Public
Meeting and Closed Session.

Mr. Mania: I’ll second it.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Does anybody have any questions, comments? Roll
Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

  1. E-mail received November 30, 2012, from TransOptions regarding H2 Challenge, Distracted Driving Hits Home and More!  Go Smart with TransOptions.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 2, 2012, from FEMA regarding FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs Update – Disaster Recovery Centers.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 3, 2012, from Alfred’s Auction Inc. regarding Exciting Offer from Alfred’s Auction Inc.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 3, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey, Inc. regarding Last Chance – Don’t Miss the Downtown New Jersey Excellence Awards – Buy Your Tickets Today.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 3, 2012, from FEMA Regarding FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs Update.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 4, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey, Inc. regarding AN Important Conference: Rebuilding a Resilient New Jersey Shore – NJ Future Conference.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Publication received December 10, 2012, from Arc Morris regarding Weathering the Storm.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 13, 2012, from FEMA regarding Hurricane Sandy Recovery Bulletin.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 13, 2012, from Rebuilding a Resilient New Jersey Shore – Conference Overview.  PDF Correspondence

 
ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS & CORRESPONDENCE OTHER TOWNS

  1. Resolution received December 11, 2012, from the Borough of Butler regarding support of Assembly Bill No. 3393, Legislation to Protect Residential Property Taxpayers from the Loss of Telecommunications Tax Support.  PDF Correspondence

 

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. E-mail received November 30, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Senate Voting Record on S-2 Concerning Shared Services and Opposition to Concurrence with Governor’s Conditional Veto of A-3096.  PDF Correspondence
  2. E-mail received November 30, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Senate Budget Committee Meeting in East Rutherford, Monday, December 3, 2012.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 3, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding December Grant Page Posted.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 3, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Update on Cancellation of 97th Annual League Conference.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 4, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding SAVE THE DATE – December 12, 2012 NJ’s Infrastructure: What is Needed & How to Fund It.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 4, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 4, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Assistance in Contacting Municipal Vendors and A-3317 & S-2114 Prohibits Municipal Registration of Multi-Family Dwellings (3 or more).  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 4, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Office Suites Available with the League in Trenton.  PDF correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 5, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 5, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Reserve Your New 2012-13 Police and Fire labor Contract Data Service.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 5, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League Publications of Interest to Newly Elected and Appointed Officials.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 5, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League Professional Development Program.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 6, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League Presents the 2013 Calendar and Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 6, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A-2753, Would Direct payment of Energy Taxes Directly to Municipal Government.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 7, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 7, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 11, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Mayor’s December Newsline – Corrected Executive Board.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 11, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Part Two – Utility Response, Tax Assessment, Purchasing, the Environmental Impact & Rebuilding.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 11, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League Approves 17 Resolutions.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 12, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 12, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sandy Update from FEMA & NJOEM.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received December 13, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A Fiscal Cliff “Solution” that Could Threaten Property Taxpayers Oppose Elimination of Federal Income Tax Exemption for Municipal Bonds.  PDF Correspondence

 

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

  1. Letter received December 3, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Area of Concern: One 550 Gallon #2 Heating Oil Underground Storage Tank System Unrestricted Use – No Further Action Letter and Covenant Not to Sue for Block 3607, Lot 5 (9 Carson Road, Budd Lake).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Permit received December 3, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Permittee: Hackettstown Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness, Block 8300, Lot 5.01 (196 Parkway Drive, Hackettstown).  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter of Interpretation received December 12, 2012, from VS LAND DATA regarding Block 7600 Lot 86 (18 Corey Road – Board of Education).  PDF Correspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. E-mail received December 3, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding News from the County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 13, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 
UTILITIES

  1. Letter received December 3, 2012, from New Jersey Natural Gas regarding Notice of Public Hearings.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Notice received December 11, 2012, from Elizabeth Gas regarding Public Hearings regarding Proposed Gas Base Rate Increases and Other Rate and Tariff Changes.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received December 11, 2012, from Cablevision regarding Launch of Disney Family Movies on Demand and FUNimation on Demand.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Fax received December 11, 2012, from Comcast regarding Price Changes.  PDF Correspondence

President Roman: Okay, we have 41 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone have any questions,
comments, concerns? Seeing none, we are on Ordinances for Public Hearing. I open the hearing to the
public on:

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Ord.#36-2012 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance #3-2012 Which Established Salaries for the Mayor, Council, Department Heads, Supervisory Personnel and Employees of the Township Clerk’s Office.

President Roman: Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: Thank you Mr. President. I move adoption and final passage of Ord. #36-2012.

President Roman: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard?

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Roman: Okay, it’s been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: I open the  hearing to the public on…I’m sorry. Ord. #36-2012 is passed on second reading
and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as
required by law. I now open the hearing to the public on:

Ord.#37-2012 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Section4-29 and 4-41.4 of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive to Establish the Positions of Assistant Director of Public Works and Fleet Manager.

President Roman: Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro: Yes, I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #37-2012.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Roman: Is there anyone from the public that wishes to be heard? Okay, it’s been moved and
seconded. Any Council discussion? Okay, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Ord. #37-2012 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy
of same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. Okay, we are on to Ordinances for First Reading with a second reading of January 8, 2013I now open the hearing to the public on:

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – 2nd reading January 8, 2013

Ord.#38-2012 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance #27-2011 Entitled Fees and Rates for Off-Duty Police Officers.

President Roman: Mr. Nicastro again.

Mr. Nicastro: Thank you Mr. President. I move Ord. #38-2012 to be introduced by title and passed on First
Reading and that the meeting be held on January 8, 2013, at 7 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders
Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ, for a public hearing, consideration of second reading, passage of said
ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said ordinance in accordance with
the requirements of the law.

Mr. Mania: I’ll second it.

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

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Consent Resolutions. There are 15 Consent Resolutions. Does anyone
wish to move any to Non Consent? Okay, seeing none, Mrs. Labow would you please move those.

Mrs. Labow: I have a question Alex. Are we going read the one for Gene and Mark, is that what you are saying
for Number 15?

President Roman: Fifteen was for Hydro, Princeton Hydro.

Mrs. Labow: Oh, the Hydro Princeton, okay. So are we going to do the other one that they need for the Green
Acres that they were here earlier.

President Roman: Michael, do you want to read that into the…

Mrs. Labow: John can do it.

President Roman: Yeah, let’s do that, Number 16.

Mr. Dorsey: Resolution Number 16, Marveland Farms has for a considerable period of time been proposing
and conducting studies relative to the development of a tract boundered by Flanders Bartley Road Road, Ironia
Road and Pleasant Hill Road; and Whereas, for that development to proceed there is a significant amount of
road construction, widening of the road, etc., at the intersection of Flanders Bartley and Ironia Road which must
be undertaken; and Whereas in order to make those improvements as shown on a plan prepared by Maser
Associates, it will be necessary to utilize a portion of what is referred to Flanders Park which was purchased
with Green Acres funds; and Whereas such land is not normally permitted to be diverted for development
purposes but under the circumstances the Township Council believes that the proposed road improvements are
significant and are necessary for the proper conveyance of traffic in this area. Now, therefore, be it resolved by
the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive that it endorses the concept of widening Pleasant Hill
Road at the intersection with Flanders Bartley Road and that it is prepared to execute any and all necessary
documents required by the DEP to commit the area of something less than .2 acres be diverted from the Green
Acres designation which it currently carries with it for the purposes of permitting significant road improvements
at that intersection.

President Roman: Mr. Dorsey, if I could just correct, at the beginning you had mentioned Flanders Bartley
Road and Ironia Road, just to correct for the record, it’s Flanders Bartley Road and Pleasant Hill Road.

Mr. Dorsey: Okay.

President Roman: Thank you very much. Alright, Mrs. Labow, can you move those 16 resolutions.

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:
Resolutions on the Consent Agenda List are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Township Council and will be approved by one motion (one vote). There will be no separate discussion or debate on each of these resolutions except for the possibility of brief clarifying statements that may be offered. If one or more Council member requests, any individual resolution on the Consent Agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Application to the 2013 Community Development Program.  PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Purchase of the Historic Bell for the Restoration of the Old Baptist Church.  PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving the FOP and FOP Superior Officers Contracts between the Township and FOP Lodge #122.  PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving an Emergency Purchase not to exceed $22,000 for Power Failure.  PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2012 Appropriations in the Recreation Utility Fund.  PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Transfer of Unexpended Storm Control Appropriations to the Accumulated Snow Trust Fund.  PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for the Transfer of 2012 Budget Appropriations for the Current Fund.  PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for the Transfer of 2012 Appropriations for the Sanitation District.  PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2012 Appropriation Balances in the Current Fund.  PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Interlocal Health Services Agreement with the Borough of Wharton for the Provision of Health Services for 2013-2015 Pursuant to the Interlocal Services Act (NJSA 26:38 A2-1 et seq.).  PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Appointing Piazza & Associates to Serve as Administrator Agent for the Township’s Accessory Apartment Program.  PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Recognizing the Retirement of Captain Donald Gardner from the Mount Olive Police Department.  PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Bond Reduction for No. 1 for VCEA Project No. 5190.126, Trade Zone South Industrial Park (Morrison & Senatore)  PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving the Mount Olive Township Public Employees Association (MOTPEA) Contracts and Memorandum of Agreement with the Township of Mount Olive.  PDF Res – added 12/17/2012

Mrs. Labow: Yes, thank you Mr. President. I move Resolutions 1 through 16 for passage.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Mr. Perkins.

Kathy Murphy, Grant Coordinator: I just wanted to comment that on the Community Development Resolution it is supposed to be discussed at a public meeting. Our application this year will be, again, some more drainage. We had looked at some issues for Flanders Fire House. We decided not to go with that. We will be filing for some drainage in the Budd Lake area again and we don’t have all of those details firmed up but the application is due in the beginning of January. That’s our intent.

President Roman: Thank you very much.

Mrs. Murphy: Thank you.

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

President Roman: Okay is there anyone from the public that wants to comment on that resolution? Okay, seeing none, any Council discussion on that? Any discussion on any of the other 15 resolutions? Okay, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Consent Motions. We have the Bill List. Just to make sure everybody is aware, there is a revised bill for McManimon and Associates.

Mrs. Lashway: McManimon and Scotland is our Bond Counsel. The Bill List was just changed. There was a reduction in their bill, $3,000.00

President Roman: Is there anyone from the public have any questions on the Bill List? Okay, Mrs. Labow, could you move that?

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mrs. Labow: Yes, thank you. I move the Bill List.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Any Council questions, comments? No, thank you. Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Administrative Reports. Mr. Canning, do you have anything?

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Mr. Canning: Yes. I spoke to the Mayor earlier. He apologized for not being here tonight. There’s a couple of things he wanted to point out over the past couple of weeks. The holiday displays, both the menorah lighting and the tree lighting went off very well. It seemed to be very well received by the community. They rallied around that. It was very diverse. It was open. It was everything we intended and we viewed it as a success. It was a pleasure working with the clergy and we’re hoping to do it again next year. I wanted to thank the unions, the FOP, the SOA, and MOTPEA. The negotiation process, it was negotiations but it was overall a very smooth process. There was a spirit of cooperation. We want to thank the unions on record for keeping the Township’s best interests in their mind. It was good sessions and it was a pleasure to work in partnership with the unions and come out with a outcome that was amicable for everybody.

President Roman: If I may interject on that. I’d like to applaud the Administration and yourself for and your staff for the negotiations. I believe this, having served on Council for a short period of time, this is probably one of the most quickest contracts with the least amount of grife, if I may say and it is a pleasure to see that both sides were able to come to an agreement that is pleasing to all of…normally negotiations…both sides are unhappy you consider it a win but I think in this aspect both sides were happy.

Mr. Canning: On Sunday the Mayor and several of the Council were present at the Senior Center. With the tragedy that happened in Newtown, CT, the community really came out. I believe the Girl Scouts and some other groups, they created over 1,000 worry dolls for the tragedy up in Newtown especially for the surviving children of the horrible incident which happened up in Newtown. The Mayor wanted to call attention to that and lastly, he wanted to thank the Long Horn Steakhouse. They came through. They provided gifts for 30 underprivileged families in town so that those kids could have a Christmas and be helped out. So he wanted to draw attention Long Horn really came through.

President Roman: I’d just like to point out, your last two points there clearly demonstrates how great this community is. The thing with the worry doll, that was arranged in what, less than 12 hours.

Mrs. Labow: It was that afternoon.

President Roman: It is amazing how you put the word out asking for the community to come together and they rallied. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I believe Councilman Nicastro and Councilwoman Labow were in presence. So thank you very much for being there and volunteering your time to that effect. Okay, is there anything else?

Mr. Canning: No.

President Roman: Okay, we are on to our last Old Business. Does anyone have any Old Business?

OLD BUSINESS

President Roman: Okay, New Business?

NEW BUSINESS

President Roman: Okay, Legal Matters.

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Augello: Nothing this evening.

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Council Reports.

COUNCIL REPORTS
Recreation Liaison Report

President Roman: I have nothing for Recreation. Mr. Perkins, do you have anything for Board of Health?

Board of Health Report

Mr. Perkins: Just thank everybody for signing off on the resolution for the interlocal service agreement with Wharton. That is for another three year contract. That’s moving and tomorrow evening we have our last meeting of the year followed by a holiday party.

President Roman: And do you have anything for Legislative?

Legislative Committee Report

Mr. Perkins: As a matter of fact, I had the chance, just a fast update for the Council, the BPU has still not gotten back surprisingly enough on the COAH where we talked about the use of the affordable housing trust funds to help support our obligations whereby inclusion in the New Jersey Clean Energy Program would entitle them to program incentives. The person, as I said, from the State from the attorney’s office that sent me back, her response was that new construction was not permitted which of course is false so I sent back my replies through the 24th legislative district that it supposedly was to go to the Board. I did have a chance to speak with Freeholder-elect Scapicchio, our former Mayor and Councilmember here and sent him a detailed email today and he will be jumping on, hopefully with the rest of the Freeholders because it not only effects us here in Mount Olive, it effects anybody that’s not getting State funding so let’s see if that puts a little fire under it Mr. President.

President Roman: Alright, thank you. Okay, Mr. Walsh is not here for Board of Ed or Planning Board.

Planning Board Report
Board of Education Liaison Report

President Roman:  And no Mr. Ferrante.

Open Space Committee Report
Lake/Environment Issues Committee
Library Board Liaison

President Roman: Mr. Nicastro, do you have anything for Safety?

Safety Committee Liaison
Economic Development Committee Report

Mr. Nicastro: No, no reports on either.

President Roman: Okay, and Mr. Mania.

Senior Citizen Liaison

Mr. Mania: Yes. Myself and Mr. Canning attended the Senior Center. At the Senior Center they had a Christmas party. We both wished them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and Mr. Canning was able to supply them with hot numbers in the event of the occurrence of another hurricane. Some of them don’t have emails and they were grateful to have these numbers. Thank you Mr. Canning.

Mr. Canning: Council, that is part of the after action report we had come up with that we were going to have a recorded line so that’s set up and ready to go God forbid we have to use it again but the seniors were provided today with the extension to call and should we be in that realm again, we’ll have a recorded message updated every two to three hours or as necessary.

President Roman: And if I recall from the after action report one of the items on there was to reach out to the big box stores in order to kind of ask them nicely if they could put a display in their entrance. Have we reached out to them yet on that?

Mr. Canning: Yes, we sent them letters as well as, the last couple of days, the majority apartments and condominium associations, that letter had gone out a week and a half ago. We’ve already started receiving feedback from them so that is all in the works.

President Roman: Excellent.

Mr. Canning: Our goal if for January 1st to have all the stuff up and running.

President Roman: Thank you. Mrs. Labow.

Pride Committee Report
TNR Program

Mrs. Labow: Nothing to report.

President Roman: Okay, we are on to our last public portion. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Phyllis, would you like to speak?

PUBLIC PORTION

Phyllis Shelton, Park Pl.: I was just talking to Elizabeth, my neighbor outside until it got so cold I decided to come in because I had just sort of missed what I came for which was, again, to talk about sewers for Old Flanders which is our very last chance to do it. This is it and because there is no place, and I think I’ve mentioned this before, to put any more septics, everything is saturated around and water is everywhere around me for sure. We should have the two blocks at least, Park Place and Main Street which are the historical places out of that whole little town. I know I’ve worked half my life trying to make Park Place look kinda cute and the houses aren’t going to be worth anything without septics or sewers and to me, I’m thinking if the older people say, oh well we don’t want to do that. If something goes wrong with septic, the septic would have to be paid up right away. The sewer you could do like the water when we got that. I don’t know whether it was 10 or 15 years payout. Then it sounds like not such a bad idea to people and they would all be for it. Being in real estate as many years as I have, I know that the value of a home is worth more with sewers than it is with septics and these septics are old. No one, and I’m about to list two of those houses both on Main Street in the Spring, they will probably both be asked to have a new septic because they are old, not because cesspools are out. I mean now you can’t do that. You have to have a new septic but instead of that to have the sewers in that town and that town is to me that little street should be historic forever and they don’t build houses like that anymore. I’d like to see someone try to do my stone house with four feet thick walls. I don’t think that would happen and I would like to preserve the town. I’ll do all I can to help and it’s going to mean for me to have to go out and borrow money. It’s more than one house I’ll have to come up with the money with but I think it is worth every penny of it because it will preserve those little streets. I have people go through my driveway just to tell me how pretty the street is and that is our history and we don’t want to take that away so that’s all what I want to say. I’m really anxious so much and I’ll do anything I can to help to try to get the sewers. Thanks

Mr. Mania: Thank you.

Mrs. Shelton: Merry Christmas.

Mr. Mania: Merry Christmas to you.

President Roman: Is there anyone else from the public that wishes to be heard? Okay, seeing none, we are on to Closing Council Comments. Mr. Perkins. (8:06:01)

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. I’d just like to thank you, Mr. President, for leading us through 2012. It’s been an exciting year. A new Administrator has been with us, our new Mayor, we’ve had a real sense of bringing the community a lot closer together which I know was a goal of all of ours and it’s nice to see some of what has transpired. We have brought back some of the personnel that, in my humble opinion, never should have been let go to begin with but that’s water under the bridge. We are now back under, I believe, close to fully staffed and I do notice and I hear from a lot of the residents that they are a lot happier with the way things are being done. Moving forward I look forward our new President coming on board. I don’t know what title. We’ll have to think whether it is Mrs. President or Madam or whatever she would prefer but…

Mr. Mania: Would you prefer Madam President?

Mr. Perkins: Madam President, that’s going to be kinda historic. I know in the 11 years I’ve been up here we’ve never had and even before that, I don’t think I can remember either Barbara or Charlene ever sitting.

Mr. Mania: Barbara sat as President.

Mr. Perkins: But that had to be quite some time ago. It’s going to be interesting. As we move forward, thank you to all of my fellow Councilmembers. One of the great things about being one of seven up here is that there are differences of opinion. We all bring a lot to the table. We are in touch with our constituents out there on a daily basis and what we do is we compromise and that’s always been something that I look forward to is us coming up with a consensus. It only takes four but there is always some good discussion so I look forward to moving forward. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everybody. See you guys next year.

President Roman: Thank you. Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: I, too, want to thank Alex for his role as Council President and his leadership qualities. I think he did a fantastic job. I, too, want to welcome our new President, our incoming President and I guess Madam President would be the appropriate way to address you and I know she’ll do a good job.

Mrs. Labow: Thank you.

Mr. Mania: And I’m looking forward to working with her and just a little thought on the hurricane that went through here, how it brought people together and even though there was a lot of destruction people just helped people and it’s so nice to see that and the sadness of what happened in Connecticut on Friday I pray will never happen again and that this country does something about automatic weapons. I’ll take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

President Roman: Thank you. Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro: I thank you Mr. President as well. I welcome the new President coming in and finishing my first year as Council I’ve learned a lot and it was a great experience. I was very happy this year. It was exciting all of the things that happened from bringing things back, seeing the hundreds or thousands of people participating in all of the events around town. As John had mentioned, from the storm seeing people come together and the religious celebrations we just went through the last three weeks and even Sunday with the families getting together like that and it was just interesting. Even in my community in Wyndham Pointe, there were pies that were made. There’s a woman that comes up from Iowa. She drove her RV over to our neighborhood and they enlisted two homes and a lot of people from our neighborhood and they made 240 apple pies from fresh apples and each pie had an initial for the children that were killed and they were brought up to Connecticut this morning I believe it was to give out to families. It’s a charity that she has that she does feeling to communicate through people through pies and bring a lot of joy to people and let them talk. It just reminded me growing up in my old community. When you come back here, it’s just fantastic. This year seemed more than ever just seemed to be everybody came together for a lot of different events and it was a privilege to be up here and I thank everyone for a great year and I look forward to an even better 2013. Merry Christmas to all.

President Roman: Thank you. Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: I, too, would like to thank Council President Roman for an excellent year and I think we had a stellar year. Everything that my colleagues have mentioned I agree 100%. Sunday night we got together at the Senior Center to make the worry dolls for the children in Newtown, CT. Worry dolls are, just in case anybody doesn’t know, it’s a little doll made out of a clothespin and if they are worried about something, they tell the doll what the worry is and they put it under the pillow so they can get a peaceful night’s sleep. It’s a Guatemalan ritual, I don’t want to say ritual but it is a tradition. Thank you. Joe and I were putting the faces on these little clothespins and we were worried about giving the kids nightmares but after they got, hair was put on and the clothes were put on, they actually were really adorable but I have to say, three and a half hours, that place, the Senior Center was packed with people, children, adults and in three and a half hours we actually did 1,000. We started out with, we just couldn’t believe it, they were just multiplying all over the place so that was a nice way to kind of wrap up the volunteer thing. It was very healing for all of us there I believe and it’s just been a fabulous fantastic year. I have to say this is the end of my ninth year on Council and it has been, by far, the best year ever and I really appreciate all, Mr. Canning, your work, our Mayor and the staff and Mayor Greenbaum and the rest of the staff has just done an unbelievably fantastic job. Thank you very much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and 2013 is going to be even better. We are going to get sewers in Old Flanders. There we go. Thank you.

President Roman: Thank you very much for the kind words. It is warm and heartening to know that my eulogy will sound just as good. I just want to remind everybody, January 4th Freehold Scapicchio will be sworn in and I would ask that you join me in swearing in our former Mayor as the new Freeholder. 2012 was a great year. Having this being my fifth year serving on Council and having lived in Mount Olive for over 20 years, I can’t remember a greater time where it felt more like the community was coming together and even though the population has grown tremendously in the time since I first started, it seems to have gotten a little bit closer together so I applaud the Mayor and his efforts and his Administration for allowing that to happen. I’d like to thank all the rest of you for making that even happen and chipping in wherever we were needed. I think I serve up here with an excellent group of fellow Council persons. We all come in with different areas of expertise and inputs and having seen how politics behaves on the levels above us I think we can show them a great example on  how we can communicate together and work together and I look forward to 2013 and to continuing the momentum. Mr. Canning.

Mr. Canning: If it wouldn’t be inappropriate, I want to thank you Mr. President and the rest of the Council. I do want to say that this is my 28th year, 29th year of public service and I have to compliment this Council as probably the best Council I’ve seen any year in all of my years of service. The level of debate, thought, and sometimes challenging, which is very welcome, that you put in to the issues is really refreshing and it is a pleasure to work along side of you and help you accomplish those goals. I’m very proud to sit up here with you.

President Roman: Thank you very much for those kind words and in closing I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and with that can I get a motion to adjourn?

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:17 pm.

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Colleen Labow, Council President

I, Lisa Lashway, 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 February 5, 2013.


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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk
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