December 4, 2012 Council Public Meeting Minutes

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:14 pm by Council President Roman. 

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT

Mrs. Masser: 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. Ferrante, Mr. Nicastro, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Roman and Mr. Perkins

Absent:           Mr. Walsh

Also Present:  Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Fred Semrau, Township Attorney; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO, Mayor Greenbaum

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Approval of Previous Minutes, Mrs. Labow.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

November 13, 2012, PM
November 20, 2012, WS & PM

Mrs. Labow: Yes, thank you. I’d like to, oops, hold on. I was busy thinking about my father-in-law. Sorry. Okay, which one is it?

President Roman: November 13th…

Mrs. Labow: Oh here we go. I would like to make a motion to approve the Minutes from, the public
meeting Minutes from November 13th and from November 20th, the workshop and the public meeting.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Correspondence. There are 42 pieces of Correspondence. Does
anyone have any questions or comments?

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

  1. E-mail received November 16, 2012, from RVE Marketing regarding Comprehensive Energy Plan Saves Middle Township Thousands.  PDF Correspondence  

 

  1. E-mail received November 20, 2012, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding Mayors, Important Announcement! NJCM Postponing Fall Executive Summit.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 21, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey Inc. regarding Attend the Downtown New Jersey Excellence Awards December 6th.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 21, 2012, from New Jersey Future regarding Conference on December 7: Rebuilding a Resilient New Jersey Shore.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 21, 2012, from Sustainable Jersey regarding Sustainable Jersey News & Upcoming Events.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 26, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey Inc. regarding Honorees Announced – Attend the Downtown New Jersey Excellence Awards December 6th.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 26, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey Inc. regarding Corrected – Honorees Announced – Attend the Downtown New Jersey Excellence Awards December 6th.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 26, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey Inc. regarding Rebuilding a Resilient New Jersey Shore – NJ Future Conference.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 27, 2012, from EcoMatters regarding Meet the EcoMatters Consulting Team.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 28, 2012, from Sustainable Jersey regarding Sustainable Jersey News & Upcoming Events.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 29, 2012, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding Mayors, Important Announcement! Senate Hearing on Hurricane Sandy Monday, December 3rd.  PDF Correspondence

 

 

  1. E-mail received November 29, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey Inc. regarding Purchase your Downtown New Jersey Excellence Awards Tickets Today!  PDF Correspondence

ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS & CORRESPONDENCE OTHER TOWNS

  1. Resolution received November 20, 2012, from the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders regarding Flags Being Flown at half-staff Over Buildings Under its Jurisdiction in Honor of all Those Americans who served our nation at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  PDF Correspondence

 

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. E-mail received November 15, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Free Webinar Addresses Safety Issues Related to Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up Efforts.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 16, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding DARE NJ Curricula, Assistance in Contacting Municipal Vendors and SAVE THE DATE! NJ Infrastructure: What is Needed & How to Fund It.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 16, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Important Seminar Announcement – Hurricane Sandy Response & Recovery and Appellate Division Release Decision Regarding Attorney’s Fees Under the Common Law Right of Access to Public Records.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Legislative Bulletin received November 19, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Bill Summary.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 19, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sandy Update: Administration Continues Insurance Outreach Effort TOMORROW and Letter from FEMA is the Starting Point.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 19, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Newly Elected Officials, Upcoming League Seminars and Municipal Personnel Policies Selected Provisions.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 19, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding S-2 Amended by Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 20, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Register Now 21st  Annual Mayor’s Legislative Day: February 6, 2013 and Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 21, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Housing & Urban Development Listening Sessions.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 26, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding S-2 Shared Services Bill Threatens to Penalize Taxpayers, Recent Amendments Weaken Management Reforms.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 27, 2012, from Swagit regarding the NJLM Conference Attendees – Free Meeting Management Webinars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 27, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding SOLD OUT!! 2012 Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Program.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 28, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding The League’s Website offers a New, Expanded Classified Ads Section.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 28, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Save the Date – December 12, 2012.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 29, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 29, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Hurricane Sandy Response & Recovery Seminar News.  PDF Correspondence

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

  1. Letter received November 16, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Withdrawal of an Application for Highlands Preservation Area Approval.  Applicant:  Hackettstown Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness BL 8300, Lot 5.01 (11 Stephens Park Road, Hackettstown).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 21, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJ Clean Water Council – Notice of 2012 Public hearing – POSTPONED.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 23, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding DEP Release: Hurricane Sandy, Debris Management.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 26, 2012, from Branch Eichler LLC regarding Jallad, Mazouz & Tomasa, Block 7100 Lot 66 (134 Flanders Drakestown Road).  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received November 26, 2012, from Thomas Testa regarding General Permit Authorization for Block 7000 Lot 89 (15 River Road).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 29, 2012, from Courter, Kobert & Cohen regarding Jallad – Single Family Home, Block 7100, Lot 66 (134 Flanders-Drakestown Road).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 30, 2012, from EG&R Environmental Services regarding Budd Lake Gas Supply Inc., Block 108 Lot 4 (18 Route 46 West).  PDF Correspondence

DCA

  1. E-mail received November 20, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Housing Help for Hurricane Survivors Available through NJ Housing Resource Center.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 21, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Safety Standards and Practices for Hurricane Sandy Recovery Workers.  PDF Correspondence

MSA / MUA

  1. Minutes received November 20, 2012, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the October 2, 2012 Special Budget Meeting.  PDF Correspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. E-mail received November 21, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

  1. Fax received November 20, 2012, from Comcast regarding Programming Contract Renewals.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Fax received November 29, 2012, from Comcast regarding Service Center Hours and New Toll-Free Number.  PDF Correspondence

President Roman: Okay, there are no Ordinances for Public Hearing.

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

OPTIONAL PUBLIC PORTION ON ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - Second Reading December 18, 2012

President Roman: So we are on to Ordinances for First Reading with a Second Reading of December 18, 2012. On the Agenda for First Reading is:

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. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. I move that Ord. #36-2012 to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on December 18, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ, for a 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. Mania: Second.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Anyone from Council, any questions? Anyone from the public wish to be heard? Okay, seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Okay, Mr. Semrau, could you please introduce…

Mr. Semrau: Yes, I’d like to ask a motion to introduce an ordinance by title. It’s an Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Amending the Administrative Code to Establish the Position of Assistance Director of Public Works and also the position of Fleet Manager.

Mr. Nicastro: So moved.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Roman: It’s been seconded. Any questions, comments?

Mrs. Lashway: We are going to number this ordinance #37-2012.

Mr. Semrau: And it would be consider for second reading if approved this evening on December 18th.

President Roman: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, Roll Call. Mrs. Labow, could you read the…

Mrs. Labow: Sure, what was the number that you assigned?

President Roman: Thirty-seven.

Mrs. Labow: Thirty-seven two thousand twelve? I move that Ord. #37-2012 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on December 18, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ, for a 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. Mania: Second.

President Roman: It’s been seconded again, any Council discussion? Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President. One thing with the Township Attorney, if we could also set up the division of Fleet Maintenance under the Department of Public Works the same as Sanitation and Water and Sewer and the other divisions that are set up.

Mr. Semrau: Yes, we would have to do that in the new year but yes, we will follow with that, sure.

President Roman: Thank you. Anybody else? Okay, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Consent Resolutions. There are 19. Does anyone wish to move any to Non-Consent? I’d like to move number two to Non-Consent. Mr. Nicastro, can you please move the Consent 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 the Transfer of Grant Funds to The Land Conservancy of New Jersey in Connection with the Community Garden Well. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Memorializing an Agreement with Mt. Olive Quasi-Entity Sports Associations to Provide Supplemental Funding for Park, Field and Facility Maintenance with Staff and/or Supplies for the Township’s Parks, Buildings & Ground Division. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Payment Certificate No. 2 (Final), Correction of Change Order #1 and Approval of Change Order No. 2 (Final) in Connection with the Improvements to Cloverhill Drive Phase 2 Project. Revised 12/3/2012 PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2012 Municipal Budget ($500.00 for donation – BASF). PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2012 Municipal Budget ($4,400 For Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Year-End 2012 DWI Crackdown Grant). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2012 Municipal Budget ($30,000 for donation – Braille Trail). PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of Various Open Space Balances. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of One Purchasing Contract (Celebrity of Ford, LLC). Revised 11/3/2012 PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of One Purchasing Contract (Hetrich Fleet Services). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Expenditures Related to the 2012 Community Development Grant for Budd Lake Drainage Improvements. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of Various Ordinance Balances. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of Two Water Capital Ordinance Balances. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2012 appropriations in the Sewer Utility Fund. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of a Sewer Ordinance Balance. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancelation of 2012 Appropriations in the Sanitation Utility Fund. PDF Res

 

  1. 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 (MD Savage, LLC). PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing the Date for the 2013 Council Reorganization Meeting. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution of a Developer’s Agreement with Kevin Lewthwaite Home Improvements. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of 2012 Appropriations in the Water Utility Fund.  Added 12/3/2012 PDF Res

 

Mr. Nicastro: Remove number two you said?

President Roman: Yes, we are moving number two to Non Consent.

Mr. Nicastro: Okay, so I move Consent Resolutions numbered one and three through nineteen.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public that wishes to be heard? Seeing none, Council discussion? Okay, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Okay, Mr. Mania, would you move the Non Consent Resolution number two?

RESOLUTIONS NON-CONSENT

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Memorializing an Agreement with Mt. Olive Quasi-Entity Sports Associations to Provide Supplemental Funding for Park, Field and Facility Maintenance with Staff and/or Supplies for the Township’s Parks, Buildings & Ground Division. PDF Res

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. President, I move the Non Consent Resolution number two.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS

President Roman: It has been moved and seconded. Anyone from the public wish to be heard? Any Council comments or discussions? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed with the exception, President Roman voted No.

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Consent Motions, the Bill List. Mr. Ferrante.

 

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Ferrante: I move the Bill List.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public have any questions on the Bill List? Okay, seeing none, any Council questions? Okay, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Administrative Reports, Mr. Canning.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Mr. Canning: Sure, thank you Mr. President. I have two things. First, as we spoke about at the last Council meeting, I want to thank Mr. Semrau’s office for some excellent legal advice. We’ve been conferring with Rabbi Rudin and Pastor Jones as well as the following the pre-ceps given to us by Mr. Semrau’s office. We had a meeting with both of the clergy and following upon the advice, we reached out to every clergy association within the Township and beyond Mount Olive as part of Mount Olive Interfaith Association. We also had several follow up meetings so I’m very happy to report that Rabbi Rudin as well as some of the other clergy will be hosting a Menorah lighting on Monday, December 10th at 6:30 pm out front here and Pastor Jones, another Interfaith gathering will be having a tree lighting on December 14th at 7:00 pm out front. Now this Friday, they’ve already report to us what they plan on bringing in as far as displays. We are also supplying several secular items to make sure we are all in accord with the US Supreme Court edicts and we are very excited about this. We feel we are fully compliant with case laws that have been set down. It’s been very interdenominational. It’s been completely transparent and we’ve reached out to our diverseness through our community and we’ve got the banners made so we’re moving ahead and it’s going to a great thing for the community so that is set down for December 10th and December 14th. The only other item I have is just an update on the debris pickup. As we’ve said, it’s quite extensive. We are trying to put it out on Facebook and Twitter as we can but the latest report as of this afternoon, we have several crews out there. One of them has just finished First through Third Streets, along Netcong Road and they are moving into Country Club and the Outlook Park sections. The other crews we have have just finished up a rather massive debris field in the Carlton and Drakesdale area. They are winding up there and they are heading into Pershing Estates so that’s where we are currently at. We get a lot of calls from residents around the Town. Once we go through, will we come back? Yes, we will be back. We are going to try and do one big sweep and then start all over again and hopefully it is lesser the second time. Again, we hope to have this wrapped up, originally it was  hopefully by the holidays but it seems to be, maybe, January.

President Roman: Is there any possibility that we can put like an interactive map on the website. I know we are already telling people we are at this street but maybe a map showing, highlighting where we’ve been, where we intend to go…

Mr. Canning: I can look into it with Scott, nothing is impossible.

President Roman: And that is always something that we can later on use because I envision it in the future, god forbid we have another event such as this that we can, again, to highlight area outages or…

Mrs. Labow: Snowplowing.

President Roman: Anything like that of importance. So you know it is something that we can utilize for the future.

Mr. Canning: I think with Google maps and some of the other apps and technology out there, we may be able to do that. I’ll check with Scott Gaskill tomorrow morning. Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: Even with snow storms we’ve talked about doing that also. I just have a really, I’ve spoken about this to you before Sean. What I’m concerned about is the different trees that are leaning in different areas. I know coming to town hall if you take Mt. Olive Road and you branch off, if you go to the left it is Flanders Road and right there at the beginning of Pershing Estates there’s this one property and I see this great big evergreen and it is leaning and I know with the next storm it is going to go.

Mr. Canning: That one I haven’t been alerted to yet. I know that there are several that the police…Chief Spitzer has done a good job of getting some information to myself and Timmy Quinn and Frank Wilpert, Jr. We’ve been notifying private property owners of something that is in danger so we’ve got it but that’s t he first time I’ve heard that one.

Mrs. Labow: That one is the first lot when you, you know when you go left you are on Flanders Road, if you go right it’s Mt. Olive Road and it is that very first property. There’s this huge evergreen that is leaning. It just caught my eye when I was going by the other day and I just keep thinking if it goes, it would be horrible if it fell on a person or a car or something and that’s my fears.

Mr. Canning: We’ll get on it.

Mrs. Labow: What I want to know is so for the homeowners so are we giving them like an abatement notice or letting them know we’ve identified this tree as at risk.

Mr. Canning: We’ve been letting them know that it is potentially at risk. Obviously we don’t have the expertise as an arborist whether a tree is sick, diseased and in danger of falling but it is something we’ve identified as a concern. We’ve notified those homeowners that they should take the appropriate action. We document that we sent those notices to these residents and it is incumbent upon them to, I know if I’m the homeowner, I want make sure I reduce my own liability and make sure I check it out.

Mrs. Labow: Yeah, absolutely.

Mr. Mania: Poor Don Rutledge. He took a hit.

Mrs. Labow: I know, I hate to be so, it’s just that sometimes you see these trees and I just, I’d rather be proactive than reactive or sorry later that we didn’t do something so if we notice it we’ll just get the location because all of us are out and about and we can’t just assume that you already know about it because this has been going on for some time…

Mr. Canning: Yeah, please don’t and if you know people, the general population out there is very accustom to the Iworqs so are are getting regularly reports through that.

Mrs. Labow: I know a few years ago I was telling Mr. Quinn about this one tree on Sandshore that I was concerned about that was leaning and then we had that weird snow storm in the Fall and there were leaves on the trees and I happened to go by and said to a buddy of mine, “Never mind about that tree.” It was one of the ones that came down. It came down in the road so it’s always good to keep an eye on that type of thing.

President Roman: Mr. Mayor.

Mayor Greenbaum: I’d just like to thank Fred Semrau and Dorsey and Semrau for their very generous donation to the Candy Land event that we are running this Sunday and also to Sam’s Club for the generous donation of flowers in the building…holiday flowers.

President Roman: Thank you. Alright we are on to our last Old Business. Anyone have any Old Business?

OLD BUSINESS

President Roman: Any New Business?

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Mania: Yeah, I’d just like to make an announcement that I will be presenting a $600 check to the Mount Olive Food Bank as a result of the Knights of Columbus in State College, PA. I will present that check next week and I’ve thanked them. I’ve asked them to come out and part of the presentation but again, State College is four hours away one way and it is an eight hour trip. They’re just not going to make it. The other thing, I would like to thank Sean and the Chief of Police. I had gotten an email from Mr. Clowers who said there were some wires down on his street and he had called looking for cones and he said he didn’t get any response. Sean checked into it and talked to the Chief and the Chief responded. I personally went to the resident’s home and presented the response from the Chief. We were out of cones. It’s as simple as that and they were quite satisfied with the response knowing what had happened and again, I thank both the Chief and Sean.

President Roman: Excellent. While we are on the matter of the food bank, Mr. Canning, what is the status of our food bank? Do you know.

Mr. Canning: I haven’t any recent updates from Mr. Wilpert. I do know, in my past conversations with him, the generosity of the town is through the years usually very well but since the hurricane it has been well received and well stocked. The last time I talked to Frank was about a week/week and a half ago. I defer to Councilman Perkins if they’ve spoken about it at the Board of Health but I do know, unfortunately they are very busy but they seem to be pretty well provisioned.

President Roman: Okay, I just want to make sure in the event that it is we are either below par we are proactive in seeking donations. Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: We did get the email today with the update for the Candy Land trick or trunk. Is that how it says, trick for this Sunday.

Mr. Perkins: Trunk or treat.

Mrs. Labow: Trunk or treat, yeah and anyway they has said that some of the things that, we are getting reimbursed for some of the items, perishable foods, some of the things that they don’t pay for with FEMA and that we went through would be like items like diapers, baby food, hair products, personal hygiene products. So they are looking for donations for that on Sunday. So that’s thing, as I understand it, those usually are the types of items that we need more of…shampoo, anything, things like that.

President Roman: Anybody else with any New Business? Okay, Legal Matters.

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Semrau: My report was in Executive Session this evening so I’ve nothing further. Thank you.

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

COUNCIL REPORTS

Recreation Liaison Report

President Roman: On Recreation I just want to point out that last weekend there was a benefit flag football event to raise funds for a child of the Mt. Olive Jr. Marauders that was stricken and for an event that was organized within one week, there were over 250 people that attended and there were approximately 12 teams that played and on a side note, I was not injured and that’s it. Board of Health, Mr. Perkins.

Board of Health Report

Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report Mr. President.

President Roman: Okay, Legislative. Nothing there?

Legislative Committee Report

Mr. Perkins: Nothing.

Planning Board Report – P. Walsh
Board of Education Liaison Report – P. Walsh

President Roman: Okay, Open Space, Mr. Ferrante.

Open Space Committee Report

Mr. Ferrante: Nothing.

President Roman: Lake/Environmental.

Lake/Environment Issues Committee

Mr. Ferrante: Nope.

President Roman: And Library.

Library Board Liaison

Mr. Ferrante: Nothing today.

President Roman: Safety Committee, Mr. Nicastro.

Safety Committee Liaison

Mr. Nicastro: We have a meeting schedule for tomorrow evening.

President Roman: And Economic Development.

Economic Development Committee Report

Mr. Nicastro: Nothing more on that yet.

President Roman: Okay. Senior Citizen, Mr. Mania.

Senior Citizen Liaison

Mr. Mania: Tomorrow is their Christmas party, the Senior party. It starts at 11 am and ends at 3 pm. I plan on attending. I don’t know if anyone else.

President Roman: Thank you. Pride, Mrs. Labow.

Pride Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: Nothing to report on Pride right now.

TNR Program

Mrs. Labow: TNR is having another adoption day this Saturday at Tractor Supply and I’m very happy to say that while we had the situation where several cats had been impounded from a farm in town, we were at an all time high of 43 cats a couple of months ago. We down to, I think, 21 so it’s a remarkable group that takes really good care of the cats and they find homes for them. Very nice.

PUBLIC PORTION

President Roman: Excellent. Okay, we are on to our last Public Portion. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Okay seeing none, Mr. Perkins.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Perkins: Nothing Mr. President.

President Roman: Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: Nothing.

President Roman: Mr. Ferrante.

Mr. Ferrante: No, nothing today.

President Roman: Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro: Nothing.

President Roman: Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: Thank you. I just want to say this has been a very rough year for my family. In July we lost my nephew, Jason Benton. He was a sergeant in the Army. He had PTSD and was honorably discharged from the Army. He was career. He joined the Army right out of high school in 1999 and at the age of 32 in July he chose to take his own life and as a lot of us have probably read a lot of articles right now we have more of our military personnel choosing suicide then what we actually have killed in combat and if any of you have an opportunity to contribute to any Wounded Warriors, any of those agencies that are out there, there are plenty of them. You can choose and help out and also just know that it is a growing problem and we do need to be mindful of it and then today we lost my father-in-law, Leonard Labow who also served in the Army many many years ago, many many years ago in World War II and so tonight when I was saying the Pledge of Allegiance and we had a moment of silence, I was thinking of my nephew and my father-in-law and I am very thankful that we always take that moment to thank all of our military who are out there and I think every single one of us could talk about family members that we have and members we have here on the Council and I just wanted to say tonight because I didn’t want to bring this up just before the holidays. Thank you.

President Roman: My deepest condolences for your loss Mrs. Labow. Okay, I’d like to take a motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:33 pm.

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Alex Roman, 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 December 18, 2012.


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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk
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Mailing Address:
Mount Olive Township
Post Office Box 450
Budd Lake, NJ 07828

Physical Address:
Mount Olive Township
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
Budd Lake, N.J. 07828

Telephone:
Main (973) 691-0900, Fax (973) 691-1326

Business Hours:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Monday thru Friday)


 

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