The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 5:05 p.m. by Council President Labow.
President Labow: We’re already onto our Public Meeting now. Abby and Max, this is where we vote on Resolutions and Ordinances. We don’t have any Ordinances, I don’t believe, this evening. It’s the end of the year…that comes more toward…two, three weeks ago we did, but not tonight. Mrs. Lashway, would you please read the Open Public Meetings Act Announcement for our Public Meeting of December 23, 2013?
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.
President Labow: Thank you. Roll Call please.
Present: Mr. Nicastro, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Staszak, Mr. Mania and Mrs. Labow
Absent: Mr. Ferrante and Mr. Roman
Also Present: Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk and Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney
President Labow: Mr. Roman and Mr. Ferrante were not able to make it to this meeting because this is earlier than normally scheduled. I was remiss by not introducing Jeff Pasek.
Mr. Pasek: Pasek.
President Labow: He’s our Township Attorney with Dorsey and Semrau Legal Firm, out of Boonton. Jeff comes and helps us out with our meetings. He makes sure if we have any legal questions, we can ask him and if he knows the answer, of course he advises us, if not, if he needs more research, he takes his notes and gets back to us on what we need to know. We’re very lucky to have him here with us and he’s part of our team. You guys are part of our team tonight, too. Always because you live in this town so you are always part of the team. Next on our Agenda, we have letters…
Mrs. Lashway: Approval of Minutes.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
December 10, 2013 WS & PM (Mr. Mania absent)
President Labow: I’m sorry approval of Minutes from previous meetings. I’m going to ask Mr. Staszak if you would please move December 10, 2013 Workshop and Public Meeting. Mr. Mania was absent.
Mr. Staszak: I move December 10, 2013 Workshop Meeting and the Public Meeting Minutes for approval.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
President Labow: Anybody have any questions or concerns? Seeing none. Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception Mr. Mania abstained
President Labow: Now we have Correspondence. We’ve got seven pieces of Correspondence this week. Anybody have anything that they would like to say about any of the Correspondence? Seeing none. We’re moving right along here. No Ordinances this evening, not for public hearing and not for first reading, second reading, nothing.
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/OTHER TOWNS
- Letter received December 9, 2013, from Allamuchy Township, Warren County Clerk’s Office regarding Ordinance #2013-16 and #2013-17 for your information. PDF Correspondence
- Email received December 12, 2013, from National League of Cities regarding Live Release Today: the 10 Critical Imperatives Facing Cities in 2014. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS
- Email received December 6, 2013, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Annual Black Bear Hunt. PDF Correspondence
4. Letter received December 11, 2013, from Wander Ecological Consultants regarding Application for Letter of Interpretation, line verification (Block 8500, Lot 19). PDF Correspondence
5. Letter received December 13, 2013, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Replacement of County Bridge 1401-107. PDF Correspondence
6. Letter received December 9, 2013, from Morris County Planning Board regarding Minutes of the Regular Meeting, October 17, 2013. PDF Correspondence
7. Letter received December 10, 2013, from Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders regarding Municipal Reorganization Meeting. PDF Correspondence
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - none
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING - 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. Nicastro
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2013 Appropriations Balances in the Current Fund. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Change Order to the Contract for the Refurbishment of Engine 53 for Budd Lake Fire Department. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Application to the 2014 Community Development Program. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Payment No. 1 in
Connection with the Cloverhill Wastewater Treatment Influent Screen Replacement Project. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authoring the Release of a Cash Performance Bond, Surety Bond, and Inspection Fees for the Site Improvements for the Property Identified as Block 102, Lot 8 – Mount Olive Veterinary Hospital. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for the Transfer of 2013 Budget Appropriations for the Current Fund Budget. PDF Res*
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Place-to-Place Transfer of Alcoholic Beverage License #1427-33-007-009 for Plaza 240 Associates LLC Trading as the Corner Pub. PDF Res*
President Labow: Our Consent Agenda, we have one through two…one and two and then four through seven. I want to verify that was added on.
Mr. Perkins: One and two and three through seven.
Mr. Staszak: Three was scratched
President Labow: Can I have Mr. Staszak...would you please move our Consent Resolutions?
Mr. Staszak: I move Consent Resolutions one, two, four, five, six, seven and eight for approval.
President Labow: Thank you.
Mr. Mania: Second.
President Labow: Any questions, concerns?
Mrs. Lashway: There was an amended Agenda. There’s no eight.
Mr. Staszak: There is?
Mr. Mania: Yes, there is no eight.
Mr. Staszak: There is none?
Mr. Mania: Seven.
President Labow: I thought you said eight.
Mr. Staszak: Okay. I amend it to four through seven.
President Labow: Okay. Thank you. Anybody from the public want to address the Council on Resolutions one and two and three through seven? Seeing none. Roll Call please.
Mrs. Lashway: I interrupted, I’m sorry, was there a second to that?
Mr. Nicastro: Second. I think John did.
Mr. Mania: I seconded.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
President Labow: Moving right along…turning the page. We have our Consent Motions. Mr. Perkins, would you please move the Bill List?
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Madam President. I move the Bill List for adoption and approval.
President Labow: Is there a second?
Mr. Staszak: Second.
Mr. Mania: Go ahead Jim.
Mr. Staszak: Second.
President Labow: Thank you. Any questions, concerns? Anybody from the public like to address the Council on the Bill List? Seeing none. Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS - none
President Labow: Unfortunately, Mr. Canning and Mayor Greenbaum are not here this evening to give us any Administrative Reports. Did they ask for us to discuss anything from Administration?
Mrs. Lashway: No.
President Labow: Okay. I will say…I’m just going to interject here for an Administrative type of thing. I noticed with our new sanitation equipment they seem to be moving along rather nicely getting adapted to the new trucks and they’re coming earlier and earlier, so they’re moving along getting used to the equipment. I thought that was great. I don’t know if anybody else has noticed that.
Mr. Staszak: They are zipping through my development, Clover Hill.
President Labow: I was like, Wow. It was the first week, they were very gingerly dropping the arm and now it’s like, whoop, whoop, whoop and they’re down the street in no time. That’s a really nice thing to see. Okay. Old Business, any Old Business? Seeing none. Any New Business? Seeing none. Mr. Staszak, you don’t have any Old Business and no New Business?
Mr. Staszak: No. Nothing for me.
President Labow: This is your finale tonight.
Mr. Staszak: I’ll save it for my Council Comments.
President Labow: Just for this year. Legal Matters, Jeff.
OLD BUSINESS - none
NEW BUSINESS - none
Mr. Pasek: Thank you, Madam President. I previously reported to Council that the litigation we instituted against Dreamland Amusements had settled. I’m happy to report that that’s finally concluded. We received a settlement check on behalf of the Township, which we forwarded to Sherry. We filed a Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice with the Court, so that matter is finally concluded.
President Labow: Yeah!
Mr. Pasek: That’s all for tonight.
Mr. Mania: We won’t be using them again.
Mr. Pasek: No.
President Labow: No. We won’t be using them again. Alrighty, that’s it for Legal Matters. Now we have Council Reports. Mr. Ferrante is not here yet. If he does come in before the last two minutes of the meeting, he can give his reports. Mr. Mania, Planning Board and Senior.
Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison - none
Lake Issues - none
Senior Citizen Liaison - none
Planning Board Report
Mr. Mania: Yes. I’m happy to announce that we just approved at our last meeting a company coming into the FTZ, an Italian company, which I am very proud of…
Mr. Nicastro: Sicilian.
Mr. Mania:…and they make Prosciutto and Salami’s. They will be building an 182,000 square foot building and it’s picked to start construction in March.
President Labow: Yeah. It means a new revenue stream, jobs.
Mr. Mania: Absolutely. They’ll hire approximately 60 to 80 people.
President Labow: I understand that they…
Mr. Mania: They have plants right now in Carlstadt and Hackensack.
President Labow: I understand they’re really happy to be in Mount Olive.
Mr. Mania: They are thrilled.
President Labow: Especially the name, Mount Olive and the location is great for them. It’s going to be wonderful to have a new business in town.
Mr. Mania: Yes.
President Labow: How’s Weis going? I saw they’re working in it, they’re not actually opened yet, are they?
Mr. Mania: What?
President Labow: Weis Supermarket.
Mr. Mania: No, they’re not open yet.
President Labow: I saw that the sign is up.
Mr. Mania: They’re pretty close.
President Labow: They’re close, yes.
Mr. Mania: Pretty close to being open.
President Labow: They’re very close. I saw that.
President Labow: That’s going to be very exciting when Weis opens up.
Mr. Perkin: They said everybody on that side of 206 has to go to Shoprite.
President Labow: Do you have anything for Senior Citizens?
Mr. Mania: No, not at this one.
President Labow: Mr. Nicastro, Open Space and Safety Committee.
Safety Committee Liaison - none
Open Space Committee Report - none
Mr. Nicastro: Nothing to report on either.
President Labow: Okay. Mr. Perkins.
Economic Development Committee Report - none
Legislative Committee Report - none
Board of Health Report
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Madam President. The only thing to report on is the Board of Health. We had our last meeting of the year. Passed a few Resolutions, one was for the approval of Peter King as the Board Attorney for another year. Approved a Resolution appointing Claudia Tomasello as the Secretary to the Board of Health and Deputy Registrar, effective January 1, 2014.
President Labow: Okay.
Mr. Perkins: That was it.
President Labow: Very good. I saw that Mr. Kana is staying on as the pharmacist.
Mr. Perkins: He would like us to reappoint him. It took us about an hour and a half of talking and cajoling and he finally agreed that yes, 19 years wasn’t enough and he wants to come on for another three years.
President Labow: That’s what I was going to say, 19 years, but thank goodness he’s continuing on.
Mr. Perkins: God Bless him. Saves us a lot of searching and other things going on. He is a definite mainstay on the Board of Health.
President Labow: Great members all the way around. I’m very happy to hear that he’s continuing. Alrighty, we have, Mr. Roman…is not here for the Recreation Report this evening. Mr. Staszak, how’s MOTV coming along?
Board of Education Liaison Report - none
Recreation Liaison Report - none
MOTV Committee Liaison - none
Mr. Staszak: We’re moving right along, continuing on and nothing to report, Madam President.
President Labow: For the TNR program, they had their Christmas party Friday night over at Frank’s Pizzeria on 206 in Flanders. They’re gearing up for another year of taking care of the cats. Their goals are hopefully, that the only apartment complex that has not signed on yet is Eagle Rock and Henson Village are the ones that are under the same management, I believe, we are hoping to get them on board because most of the reports of stray cats for neighboring homes and such came from that apartment complex as well as residents had secured some kittens and called TNR to come and get them. The idea is not to have kittens born at large and not to have them running at large, but we need permission from them for TNR to trap the cats. Many times, what we found over the years is when it’s the apartment complexes quite often the cats were recently abandoned because the family had to move. We’ve found homes for the cats more often than actually returning them, which is a wonderful thing and most important, you don’t have kittens born to the…just out running around and then becoming feral and then you have more cats. Hopefully they’ll come onboard this year, that is one of the goals. For the Boy Scouts, anytime you want to help out, Girl Scouts, you want to help out with yard sales or building shelters, just let us know, glad to have your help. A lot of times if the cat is picked up somewhere and before you put them out for adoption, you want to make sure somebody isn’t looking for the cat because sometimes your pets will get out and they’ll wander, so they put up flyers up all over the neighborhood saying we found this cat, please call this number because the goal of course is to reunite the four legged family member with the two legged family member. Our ACO, Frank Nelsen is fantastic because if there’s a description of the cat, a lot of times he’s been able to look at the licenses and see the type of cat and has been able to match some of them up. It’s very nice working in conjunction with our Animal Control Officer. Next on our Agenda, we have the Public Portion. Anybody from the public? Seeing none. Close the public portion. We don’t have a very chatty public tonight. Scott’s like, just hurry up. Council Comments. I’ll start with…how about we start with our honorary members this evening. Max, would you like to say anything?
Max Faluotico: No.
President Labow: Abby?
Abby Faluotico: No.
President Labow: No. Okay. Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: Yes. I’d just like to say it was a pleasure and a quick year, Jim.
Mr. Staszak: Yes it was.
Mr. Nicastro: I have to say it went by really fast. It was a pleasure working with you and I’m sure we will be seeing you again somewhere along the way. I just wanted wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Until next year. That’s it.
President Labow: Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Madam President. First off, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all coming up. 2013 was not a banner year by any stretch of the imagination for the residents of Mount Olive Township. We had our fair share, if not more of grief, loss of life in this Township, tragic children and adults. I can’t imagine driving home on Route 280 and all of a sudden running into the back of a tractor trailer, just prior to the holidays. The loss of my mother this year as well as others. We do have a lot to be thankful for. We have a community that came together extremely strong during 2013 and I think we’ll all be better for it. I guess it’s that unlucky number 13. I for one will be very happy to see next week come and move into the next year. Jim, it’s been a pleasure and it’s been an honor having you serve up here with us for the short duration that you were here. Madam President, thank you for your leadership during this past year. You have set the bar, you moved in there as our first female in quite some time, I guess two decades.
President Labow: Thank you.
Mr. Perkins: It was interesting to have you there. Mr. Mania, our Vice President, who I understand will be moving forward, I wish you guys the best of luck. Again, thank you Madam President for leading us through 2013.
President Labow: Thank you.
Mr. Mania: Thank you, Ray.
President Labow: Mr. Staszak, are we going to cry at this one?
Mr. Staszak: No, I’m not. We’re just going to say thank you for the opportunities that were afforded to me this year by members of the Council.
President Labow: I didn’t mean you, I meant me cry.
Mr. Staszak: Oh, no,no.
President Labow: You’re not going to make me cry, okay.
Mr. Staszak: I’ll save that for my family.
President Labow: I do that to my daughter. I’m not going to do that to you.
Mr. Staszak: Like I said, thank you for the opportunities that were afforded to me. I really enjoyed being here. I just hope that we continue to move Mount Olive in the direction that we’re heading. If Mr. Canning and the Mayor were here, I would…
Mr. Perkins: Kiss them.
Mr. Staszak: …I don’t know about kiss them. I would encourage them to continue what they’re doing. Mr. Mania, good luck next year. If you need anything, you know where I live.
Mr. Mania: Thank you, Jim.
Mr. Staszak: Stop in and say hello and if I can ever help, just let me know. I’ll be around.
Mr. Mania: It’s been a pleasure Jim.
Mr. Staszak: It was my pleasure.
Mr. Mania: I served with you on a Planning Board and here, it’s been a pleasure on both Boards.
President Labow: Mr. Mania.
Mr. Mania: Yes. First of all I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy and Healthy New Year, thank our Madam President for her leadership in the year of 2013. I’m sure that if I am elected Council President, I will work with the Administration to make Mount Olive “the place to live” and I would thank the Council.
President Labow: Jeff, would you like to say something?
Mr. Pasek: Sure. On behalf of our office, it’s been a pleasure working with everyone this year. I’d just like to extend my best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season to everybody and to the residents of Mount Olive.
President Labow: Thank you. Mrs. Lashway, would you like to make some comments?
Mrs. Lashway: Happy Holidays to everyone.
President Labow: I would just like to say that first of all, Jim, it has been an honor and a pleasure working with you.
Mr. Staszak: Thank you.
President Labow: We’ve been together on some committees in the past and it’s always wonderful working with you. I also want to say, it was wonderful working with everyone on the Council, the Administration, getting to know Jeff, it was his first year here and you helped us quite a bit and were very responsive. It was great, anytime any questions just call up, he was right there and got the information, he was fantastic. I do wish that Mayor Greenbaum and Mr. Canning were available this evening because in spite of all of the tragedies as Mr. Perkins outlined, we did go through a tremendous amount of some pretty really sad events, some pretty tough ones to get over, hurdles to get through and we still persevered and went on. We still did what we needed to do with the Township, with the operations, pulled together as a community. As a community, you just don’t get any tighter and I just think it is absolutely phenomenal. I do want to say, I want to also thank all of the staff we have for Mount Olive, just pulling together, just even the whole Face Book concept with the Mayor posting everything on Face Book, things are happening and going on, you hear every time you turn around, everybody says Thank God for the Mayors Face Book page, you find out what’s going on. The one thing that I had always wanted to see and hoped to see and am finally seeing it beyond my wildest expectations is the communication we’re having, it’s just absolutely wonderful and I have to say from my numerous friends in many other towns, they just say, God, if you want to know what is going on, you go to the Mount Olive Mayor’s Face Book page. Hopefully other towns will take a page out of that book or shall we say a wall on Face Book and do the same. Moving right along, I want to wish everybody a very Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy, Healthy New Year and thank you very much for the honor of being able to serve as Council President this year. Onto wonderful, fantastic 2014. Without further ado, may I have a motion to adjourn?
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 5:23 p.m.
Joe Nicastro, Council Vice President
I, Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on January 14, 2014.
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk