Mt. Olive Township Council Minutes
December 19, 2006


The Regular Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:33 pm by Council President Greenbaum with the Pledge of Allegiance.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & MOMENT OF REFLECTION for all those who have and continue to protect our freedoms and our ways of life.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Mount Olive Chronicle. Notice has been posted at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and notices were sent to those requesting the same.

ROLL CALL Present: Mr. Tepper, Mr. Buell, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Rattner, Mr. Biondi,
Mrs. Labow, Mr. Greenbaum,

Absent: None

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

President Greenbaum: I am going to proceed with the Public Meeting because tonight we have a Conference Meeting and a Public Meeting. I think probably 99.9% of everything we are dealing with in the Conference Meeting is dealt with in the Public Meeting. So perhaps we can dispense with the Conference Meeting after we have concluded the Public Meeting. We will deal with the Public Meeting this evening in a similar fashion that we would normally handle a Conference Meeting, if that’s acceptable to everybody? Okay. So let’s start with questions on the Bill List.

Questions on Bill List?

President Greenbaum: Has everyone had an opportunity to review the Bill List that wants to review the Bill List and submit the same to the Administration? Does anyone have additional questions on the Bill List? There are a couple of additional items this evening that came up at the last minute, all of which that were discussed with me by the Administration and of which I put on. I don’t think that anyone is going to have a problem with any of them. We will deal with those items separately. Bill, why don’t you just briefly, if you will, go through the additional bill items. One of them had to do with the police department in terms of getting a bill paid.

Mr. Sohl: That is correct.

President Greenbaum: Its $25,000 or thereabout.

Mr. Sohl: It’s $25, 664.33.

President Greenbaum: Most of it relates to grant money that we have received...

Mr. Sohl: Correct, $23,000 is grant money. This goes back over a period of time. Actually, the police department was looking for a bill and it had not been received and it has been straightened out now.

President Greenbaum: Okay, so in essence, the Township is only paying the balance between the total bill and the grant money which is a very small amount of money.

Mr. Sohl: Correct.

President Greenbaum: Does anyone have a problem with that? That will be included on the Bill List. What else is on the Bill List?

Mr. Biondi: What was is it for?

Mr. Sohl: It was the 911 fund.

Mr. Biondi: Oh, 911 fund. Okay.

President Greenbaum: What else has been added to the Bill List this evening?

Mr. Sohl: That’s the only one we did. That’s it.

President Greenbaum: There were other changes to the Agenda that occurred today. One relating to the Mandlebaum property....

Mayor Scapicchio: That’s a resolution change.

President Greenbaum: Resolution which deals with the fact that the funding which we are actually getting back from the County is less than....

Mr. Sohl: Correct.

President Greenbaum: It’s a percentage allocation and its about $16,000 and change, less than what we thought we were getting.

Mr. Sohl: Correct.

President Greenbaum: We are going to make up that difference out of the Open Space Fund.

Mr. Sohl: Correct.

President Greenbaum: That will be done this evening by way of resolution.

Mr. Sohl: Correct.

President Greenbaum: What other changes were made this evening Bill?

Mr. Sohl: The one we just discussed was Resolution #26. We also have Resolution #27 which we have
added, as a result of input from Schoor DePalma. This is a change order for the resurfacing of Pleasant Hill Road Phase II. This change order is a reduction in cost. So this will close out that whole project at a reduction of approximately....I can give you the exact number, $17,534.47.

President Greenbaum: I am sure nobody has a problem with that. The last item I have here is Resolution #6 was amended.

Mr. Sohl: Right, and Sherry will correct me if I am wrong, we took one of the items that was originally going to be on the cancellation of the Capital off, from the version that they...

Mrs. Jenkins: Yes, we are just modifying it because a PO came in for a slightly different figure. So I am modifying it by 59 cents because I want to clear out the balance.

President Greenbaum: Okay, it is a non-issue then. Bill, you’re going to have to speak directly into the microphone or ...I know you’re a very soft spoken individual but we are having trouble picking you up. Okay, the only other issue I have on the Amended Agenda is the Bill List. An additional Verizon bill?

Mr. Sohl: That’s what we did.

President Greenbaum: Oh, that’s it?

Mrs. Jenkins: Yes.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

President Greenbaum: Alright. Then let’s get on with the Approval of Minutes from previous meetings. There are none this evening.

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS / ORGANIZATIONS

1. E-mail received December 14, 2006 from Robb Pearson regarding Councilman Jim Buell.

2. Letter received December 15, 2006, from the Heritage Conservancy regarding Free Low Impact Development Training Program for Municipal Officials within the Musconetcong Watershed.

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

3. Letter received December 14, 2006, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Managing Technology Treats and Risk.

UTILITIES

4. Letter received December 14, 2006, from NJ Natural Gas regarding Notice of Public Hearing.

MORRIS COUNTY

5. Minutes of the October 19, 2006, Meeting of the Morris County Planning Board received December 14, 2006.

6. E-mail received December 15, 2006, from Connected Citizens County Government News.

LETTERS FROM LEGISLATIVE REPRESENATIVES

7. E-mail received December 8, 2006, from Congressman Frelinghuysen regarding Iraq Study Group Report, Life Cycle Management, Lifespan Respite Care Act, Combating Autism, and Honor for “Monuments Men.”

DOT / DEP

8. Letter received December 12, 2006, from Equity Environmental Engineering LLC regarding Submittal of Response for 77 Crease Road Block 1201, Lot 7.
9. Letter received December 13, 2006, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding No Further Action Letter and Covenant not to sue for Swack residence 198 Route 46, Block 3309, Lot 7.

President Greenbaum: I have nine pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone wish to discuss any of those?

ORDINANCE FOR PUBLIC HEARING

President Greenbaum: The first ordinance is Ordinance #34-2006 entitled:

Ord. #34-2006 Ordinance Appropriating $418,412 for the Acquisition of the Mandelbaum Property in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey.

President Greenbaum: At the present time, I will open it up to the public for anyone who wishes to discuss this particular ordinance. Seeing none, I close it to the public. Do you want to move that, Mr. Buell?

Mr. Buell: Yes, certainly. I move Ordinance #34-2006.

Mr. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: Dave, did you have something on that?

Mayor Scapicchio: No, it’s the next one... the January 23, 2006 – 07.

Mr. Tepper: January 9th, they just amended it... I guess.

Mayor Scapicchio: Okay. So it’s 07.

President Greenbaum: Okay, so Ordinance #34-2006 has been moved and seconded. Is there any Council discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: Ordinance # 34-2006 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.

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - 2nd reading January 9, 2006

President Greenbaum: We have one ordinance for first reading with second reading to be January 9, 2007 Ordinance 37-2006 entitled:

Ord. #37-2006 An Ordinance Dealing with the Prompt Payment of Construction Related Bills.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Tepper, do you want to move that please?

Mr. Tepper: I move that Ordinance # 37-2006 be introduced by title, and passed on first reading, and that a meeting be held on January 9, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road,
Mount Olive, New Jersey , for public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance, and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

Mr. Buell: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Is there any Council discussion?

Mr. Tepper: Is it 20 days or is it 30 days?

Mr. Dorsey: Twenty.

Mr. Tepper: Okay, because I had read 30 before.

Mr. Dorsey: Twenty right?

Mrs. Jenkins: Twenty.

Mr. Dorsey: The non-lawyers agree with the Township Attorney.

Mr. Tepper: Then I will defer to the non-lawyers.

President Greenbaum: I offer no opinion on the subject. Is there any other Council discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:

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

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving Settlements of Tax Appeals for 2006 on 9 Properties Owned by Mount Olive Industrial Realty.

2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Change Order to the Contract between the Township of Mount Olive and Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc.

3. 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.

4. 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 2006 Municipal Budget ($240.00 for Tobacco Age-Of-Sale Enforcement)

5. 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.


6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of Various General Capital Ordinance Balances.

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of Various Purchasing Contracts.

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for the Transfer of 2006 Budget Appropriations in the Sewer Utility.

9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for The Transfer of 2006 Budget Appropriations in the Current Fund Budget.

10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving the Transfer of Funds from Surplus into the Reserve for Tax Appeals.

11. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2006 Appropriations into the Current Fund.

12. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2006 Appropriations in the Sanitation District.

13. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2006 Appropriations in the Sewer Utility Fund.

14. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2006 Appropriations in the Water Utility Fund.

15. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for the Transfer of 2006 Budget Appropriations in the Water Utility Budget.

16. 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 into the 2006 Municipal Budget ($1,579.72 for Donation – Lion’s Club – Police Equipment)

17. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Lease Agreement with the County of Morris for the Rental Space Formerly Known as the Nutrition Site at the Mount Olive Senior Center.

18. Resolution of the Township Council for the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Lamp Post Electric for the Re-Bid of NJ Licensed Electrician Services.

19. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract for the Acquisition of the Mandelbaum Property, Block 800, Lot 6.

20. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Acknowledging Receipt of a Check in the Amount of $198,861.00 from the Mount Olive Library Board of Trustees.

21. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving and Emergency Purchase in the Amount of $15,870.00 for a Water Pump for Well No. 3.

22. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Releasing Performance Guarantees Posted by Givaudan Fragrances.

23. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Release of Performance Guarantees in Connection with Gen III (Fox Chase) – Section I.

24. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Concurring in the Reduction of Speed Limits on Route 206 as Proposed by the NJDOT.

25. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing the Annual Reorganization Meeting for January 2, 2007.


President Greenbaum: This evening on the Amended Agenda, we have 25 Resolutions on the Consent Resolutions Agenda. Number 19 is being pulled in favor of #26 which is on the Non Consent because of the change. So we are moving #1 – 18 and 20 – 25, unless anyone on Council wishes to have any of the other Resolutions pulled. Seeing none. Mr. Rattner, do you want to move....?

Mr. Rattner: Thank you, Mr. President. I move Resolutions #1 through 18 and 20 – 25 that also includes Resolution #6 which we have amended tonight.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Anyone from the public who wishes to be heard on any of the Resolutions on the Consent Resolutions Agenda? Seeing none, I close it to the public.

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

President Greenbaum: Is there any Councilmember who wishes to provide a brief clarifying statement with respect to any of the Consent Resolutions? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

RESOLUTIONS NON CONSENT

President Greenbaum: Okay, we are up to the Non Consent Resolutions. The first Resolution on Non Consent is:

26. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Expenses for the Acquisition of the Mandelbaum Property, Block 800 Lot 6.

President Greenbaum: It’s being amended... its being further amended with respect to the last Now, Therefore clause which will now read. “Now, Therefore, the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive hereby authorizes” and this is the added sentence, “the Mayor to enter into a contract authorizing” That’s the change and it continues, “up to amount of $10,000 from the Open Space Trust towards the title insurance and an additional $16,950 related to the acquisition cost of the Mandlebaum property.” Mr. Tepper, could you move that in the amended form?

Mr. Tepper: I move Non Consent Resolution #26 as amended.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard? Seeing none, I close it the public. Any Councilmember who wishes to be heard? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: The next Resolution on the Non Consent Resolution Agenda is:

27. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Change Order #1 to the Contract for Resurfacing Pleasant Hill Road Phase II.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Buell, could you please move that?

Mr. Buell: I move Resolution #27.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mrs. Labow: Second.

PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard? Seeing none, I close it to the public. Any Councilmember who wishes to be heard? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

MOTIONS

President Greenbaum: The first Motion on the Amended Agenda is:

1. Approval of Raffle Application #2175 & 2176 for St. Michaels H.S.A.; Raffle Application #2177 for West Central Morris High School; and Raffle Applications #2178 & #2179 for St. Judes Church.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Biondi, could you move those please?

Mr. Biondi: Thank you, Mr. President. I move Motion #1 for approval.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

2. Bill List & Additional Verizon Bill

President Greenbaum: We are up to the Bill List. Mrs. Labow, do you want to move the Bill List please?

Mrs. Labow: Yes, thank you Mr. President. I would like to move the Bill List with the additional Verizon bill.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

Library Board Report

Mayor Scapicchio: There is no new Library Board report other than what we had talked about last week. The check for $198,600 has been turned over to the Municipality. The new Board is working on cleaning up and finalizing all of the outstanding issues relative to the punch list items and some disputed bills by the architect... Rob, Bill brought to my attention that we didn’t move on Resolution #19?

President Greenbaum: Nineteen was pulled.

Mayor Scapicchio: Oh it was pulled.

Mr. Dorsey: It was replaced by...

President Greenbaum: It was replaced by #26.

Mr. Sohl: That doesn’t make sense.

President Greenbaum: That’s what Kathy had advised needed to be done. Kathy?

Mr. Sohl: Your number is different from the other one then. The one I am looking at....

Mr. Tepper: You’re looking at the Non Amended. The Amended is correct.

President Greenbaum: Number 19 on the Amended Agenda was:

19. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract for the Acquisition of the Mandelbaum Property, Block 800, Lot 6.

Mr. Sohl: My error.

President Greenbaum: Okay.

Mr. Sohl: Sorry.

President Greenbaum: Actually Dave, the Library...my understanding was that the Library Board actually met and reconstituted on the 13th which was subsequent to our last Council Meeting. Our last Council Meeting was on the 12th. So the Library actually met and my understanding is that Suzanne Jeska has been elected as President.

Mayor Scapicchio: Yes, Mr. President. Suzanne Jeska has been elected President. Stephanie Sherman has been elected Vice President and Stan Miller is the Secretary of the Library Board. It was a very productive meeting. I think everybody in the audience including Rita Hilbert, the Library Board Director and Joan Young who has been a long standing member of that Library Board of Trustees now realizes and understands that we have put together a group of people that are library supporters that have a vision for the way that Library should operate and I think that moving forward you are going to see some good positive changes.

Mr. Rattner: I just wanted to add one thing. On the Bill List tonight was a check from the Township to the Library giving them all the remaining money in their budget so that the Township has funded the budget of the Library 100% as we contractually do. So I guess what the Mayor told us, and with us giving them the rest of their funding, that all the bookkeeping for 2006 is now complete and final.

Mr. Dorsey: Perhaps we should also.....

Mayor Scapicchio: Mr. President, if I could add one more thing...

President Greenbaum: Mr. Dorsey was next and then you can go.

Mr. Dorsey: I was just going to say that perhaps we should also note that the first act of the new President was to sign and deliver the check to the Township for $198,861. That as far as I can see, totally resolved the issue that has been outstanding for months and months. So I guess we are in good shape.

President Greenbaum: Mayor?

Mayor Scapicchio: Some of the positive changes that this board has already made in terms of the way the agenda is handled is they allow the public to not only speak at the beginning of the meeting but also at the end of the meeting. They have also entertained and have begun to allow the public to participate during the meeting. Those are three real good items in terms of changes that have and will make a positive difference in the way the Library now operates.

President Greenbaum: I had a telephone conversation with Suzanne Jeska today who introduced herself as
“ Hi, I am Suzanne Jeska, I ‘m on the Library Board.” I am like, “Suzanne I know who you are.” Interestingly she was questioning about the ordinance that we had introduced last week with respect to the Library and the Library terms. She had found out that there was action taken by the Council with respect to the Library Board and she was unaware that the action was actually taking place. So communication is a two way street. We need to be able to communicate to the Library when Council and/or the Administration is taking action with respect to anything having to do with the Library. As you may recall, the action we took was simply to amend the ordinance in the Township to be consistent with the State Statute in terms of appointment and terms, that was a procedural move that we took but it took some explaining to her so that she understood exactly what we had done. Perhaps we can talk about....and the thought is that in 2007, Council is going to re -appoint the liaison for the Library Board so that there is as much free flow of information between the three bodies, the Administration, the Council and the Library as can possibly be made. Did you have something Colleen?

Mrs. Labow: Yes, the other thing that they started at the meeting and it was really nice. Is the board packet that they get with the Bill List is going to be distributed to the....any public members who shows up. So if anybody from the public has any questions at least they have something to work off of. I thought that was a really nice move in the right direction.


President Greenbaum: Okay. Are there any other Administrative matters?

Mayor Scapicchio: No.

OLD BUSINESS

Library Handicapped Parking

President Greenbaum: I have Library Handicapped Parking. I assume that’s a project that the Library Board is going to undertake?

Mayor Scapicchio: They’re revisiting that. The new Library Board members are revisiting that from the beginning. It seems what turned out to be just some additional handicapped parking spaces closer to building turned into a wish list of some other things that turned into some additional costs. They are going to take a new look at that issue and hopefully get that resolved as quickly as they possibly can.

President Greenbaum: Okay, we will keep that on as a tickler item and I will put that on for the second meeting in January, the second real public meeting in January, if there is one, or the first Public Meeting in February. Is there any other Old Business?

NEW BUSINESS

President Greenbaum: Is there any New Business? Is there anything on the conference meeting agenda that we haven’t already touched upon to anyone’s liking and most of it are resolutions that we have already dealt with. I didn’t see anything on here that required further discussion. Does anyone have any other new matters?

Mrs. Labow: I read in the Daily Record, I sent you a copy of the email...

President Greenbaum: Of the stacking ordinance?

Mrs. Labow: No, the other thing. There is a company, I forget the name of the website, where they are taking information off of the municipal websites and apparently Randolph asked them not to do that. It is okay if you want to put a link and direct it but what they are doing is copying what’s on the municipal township website and then putting it on their website which enables them to possibly change information with different dates. I checked what they have for Mount Olive and they have done the same thing and I don’t know if we want to take the same position that Randolph did and send them a letter and say please, feel free to use the link but don’t copy and paste and make it appear as if it is official information because we have no control over if they are changing the information or giving out misinformation.

President Greenbaum: I suggest you bring that issue up with Bill and let Bill handle it as an administrative matter. Any other New Business?

LEGAL MATTERS

President Greenbaum: Up to legal matters, Mr. Dorsey.

Mr. Dorsey: No, no legal matters.

COUNCIL REPORTS

President Greenbaum: Any Council Reports this evening since last week? No further Council Reports? Okay, there are two, Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. The Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting of last night, most of it was business as usual. However, I wanted to bring up that 4 St. Andrews Court, which was the shed which was too close on the property lines, they wanted to maintain the shed. They had actually come in and asked to apply for a variance. They had tried to move it. It wouldn’t move. They set up to get a variance. They were summarily denied. So they will be taking down that shed.

President Greenbaum: Good. My understanding also is that last night was Nick Geiger’s last night at the Board of Adjustment. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend but my plan is to actually bring Nick in and present him with a certificate from Council for his years of service.

Mr. Perkins: Mr. President, I did read the certificate that was made out last night. It is just absent your signature as well as the Mayor’s. Nick was grateful, obviously for that and we are all grateful for his years of service.

President Greenbaum: We will bring him in. I’ve asked if he is available to come in the evening of the Reorg. Anything else? Mr. Rattner did you have something?

Mr. Rattner: Yes, the Finance Committee met tonight. We actually met for about an hour and fifteen minutes. The Mayor attended and we had a very good discussion about where we think...we actually came to an agreement of where we think the major issues are, what the town has as we move forward looking at both short term things which includes the budget which will be delivered to us next month, also looking at things that will go on past 2007 as 2007 will just be a year of trying to pick up the pieces and get everything in place and have the town running efficiently again. Thank you.

President Greenbaum: Does anyone else have any Committee Reports this evening? Mr. Tepper.

Mr. Tepper: Planning Board did review the...made comment on the Supreme Court decision that we’ll probably be drafting a letter to be forwarded to Council recommending that Council do whatever it can do to encourage the Administration to acquire the Open Space ...use Open Space eminent domain to acquire the property for ARD.

President Greenbaum: For ARD or for Morris Chase in general?

Mr. Tepper: Yes, in general.

President Greenbaum: Okay, so for both properties.

Mr. Tepper: For both properties.

PUBLIC PORTION

President Greenbaum: Any other Committee reports this evening? We are up to the Public Portion. Does anyone from the public have anything that they wish to add?

Ned McDonald, Budd Lake: Just one question on the Bill List. Page #7. There is a $618.50 charge for winter flyers for recreation. Shouldn’t that be charged to the recreation utility? How does that work and what gets charged to the recreation utility and what doesn’t?

President Greenbaum: Did you find it Sherry?

Mrs. Jenkins: Yes, I see it. I am not comfortable answering that Rob. That’s really a question for Jill.

President Greenbaum: I’m sorry?

Mrs. Jenkins: That’s really a question that Jill Daggon has to answer.

President Greenbaum: Okay, she is the one that coded it.

Mrs. Jenkins: Yes, exactly.

President Greenbaum: It was my understanding that the recreation utility was to be used in a fashion that it was a self funding program, where if a ski trip was going to occur that they would collect the money and it would go into a utility and then the expenses related to the ski trip would be taken out of the utility. And that the general recreation fund would be used for things which were not self-funding which no fees were collected and it was just coming out of the funds that the Township was actually providing. I don’t know the answer to the specific question.

Mr. McDonald: It just seems like a gray area. I would just like to get it clarified as to how these things are moved back and forth.

President Greenbaum: You know what? We will get that answer for you. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be this evening but I am going to have Sherry, to have Jill, provide the answer as to why she coded it in that fashion so that we can follow up with your concerns at some later meeting.

Mr. McDonald: Thank you.
COUNCIL COMMENTS

Executive Session – Morris Chase

President Greenbaum: Okay, thank you very much. Anyone else from the public who wishes to be heard? I close it to the public. We have one Executive Session this evening. It’s going to be a discussion related to Morris Chase and the recent Supreme Court decision in the Mount Laurel case. Before we do that, I don’t know whether or not anyone has any comments this evening. We will start at the end of the Dias. Sherry, did you have anything that you wanted to add?

Mrs. Jenkins: No.

President Greenbaum: I am sure that everyone sitting up here, since this is our last meeting, wishes you a very happy holiday and a successful New Year.

Mrs. Jenkins: Thank you.

Mr. Sohl: Yes, I would just like to echo those same comments to the members of the public, certainly all the employees that have made the Mayor and my transition here... I won’t say perfectly smooth but with a lot less bumps than could have been. Again, credit to everybody and looking forward to a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah...did I leave anything out?

President Greenbaum: Not that I can think of. I am sure you have. I am sure there is some Hindu holiday at the end of the year.

Mayor Scapicchio: I would just like to wish everyone a happy holiday no matter what holiday you celebrate and we look forward to a very successful New Year.

Mr. Tepper: Just to reiterate everybody’s wish to the employees and to the Township residents for a happy and healthy holiday.

Mr. Buell: Same Here.

Mr. Biondi: Ditto.

Mrs. Labow: Ditto.

Mr. Perkins: We are not going to get away that easy. Thank you Mr. President. I wrote it all down here.

Mrs. Labow: Oh my god, there are 50 pages.

Mr. Perkins: I know. This is the last meeting of the year and it’s obviously been a tough year. It ended quite favorably at least in my opinion. We now have a Mayor who I believe is more attuned to what’s going on from what I can gather from the personnel here in this building. They are working much more harmoniously and happier than they were before. There is more open communication with our new BA and the Mayor. The Council welcomes, obviously the new Mayor willing to work together with us and I think it is a very optimistic time now as we approach the holiday season where we can actually give thanks now, to say that yes, we are moving forward and I see nothing but good things for 2007. Thank you Mr. President.

Mr. Rattner: Thank you. One thing I just want to bring up before I wish everyone a happy holiday is that, we have to watch out for what we wish for. Some joker, I guess an Assemblyman from Mercer County has introduced a bill for shared services, requiring the DEP to develop a plan to eliminate municipal park management and establish a county based park system under the direction of the DEP. Now I don’t know where this is going and that’s why I preceded it but some of the things coming here and it under the guise of shared services and that every town taking care of their own parks is not efficient. Everybody takes care of it differently and not protecting the environment in the same way but they are looking at costs and its gives the DEP one year to come up with a proposal. Now this is not something in there...this has just been introduced but you never know what is going to come out of those...that fun house in Trenton. With that, I just want to wish everybody a happy and healthy and safe Christmas, New Year and the finishing days of Hanukkah.

Mr. Dorsey: I just wish everybody a happy holiday and I think Mr. Perkins, summed up the last two months of the year very well for the Township.

President Greenbaum: Lisa?

Mrs. Lashway: Happy Holidays.

President Greenbaum: I have nothing. We are going to go into an Executive Session at which time when we come out we will take no further public action this evening. Mr. Perkins, do you want to move us into Executive Session?

Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President. In accordance with Section 7&8 of the Open Public Meeting Act, I make a motion we move into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing Morris Chase (negotiations).

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Biondi: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded all in favor?

AYE

ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:09 pm.

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Robert J. Greenbaum, Council President


I, LISA M. LASHWAY, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes is a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on January 9, 2007.

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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk


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