TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - December 6, 2011

 

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:54 pm by Council President Tobey.

 

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 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. Perkins, Mr. Tobey, Mr. Mania, Mr. Roman

 

Absent: Mr. Walsh, Mrs. Labow

 

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

 

President Tobey: We are up to Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meetings. Mr. Ferrante would you

kindly move them as presented.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS –

 

Nov. 22, 2011, WS & PM (all present)

 

Mr. Ferrante: I move for approval of the Minutes of November 22, 2011.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll second it.

 

President Tobey: Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

 

  1. E-mail received November 22, 2011, from Downtown New Jersey, Inc. regarding Important News from Downtown New Jersey. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 30, 2011, from Downtown New Jersey, Inc. regarding Downtown New Jersey Annual Excellence Awards Reception. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 1, 2011, from NJ Future Facts regarding Census Data Show Population Growth Has Slowed Across New Jersey. PDF Correspondence

 

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

 

  1. Legislative Bulletin received November 21, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Bills that were enacted as the Public Laws of 2011. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 21, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Three Issues Mayors Letter and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 22, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Legislative Recap for November 21. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 22, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Federal Issue: Impact of Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction on Local Programs. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 22, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding New Content from the DLGS and November 30 Joint Hearing on Maintenance of Water Supply & Wastewater Utilities. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 22, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding REVISED WITH CORRECTED LINKS, New Content from the DLGS and November 30 Joint Hearing on Maintenance of Water Supply and Wastewater Utilities. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 23, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Urban Waters Small Grants & 20112 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Seminar Information received November 23, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Executive leadership Training for Mayor's and Council Presidents. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 29, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Transitional Aid. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 29, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sustainable Jersey Webinars, Cost Est. in Bid Advertisement Bill, Senate Environment Committee Dec 1, DLGS v. Upcoming League Seminar and Publications. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 1, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding December Grant page Posted, newly Elected Re-Elected Experienced, Invitation to 20 th Annual Mayor's Legislative Day and Executive leadership Training. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received December 2, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM Mayor's Newsline. PDF Correspondence

 

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

 

  1. Letter received November 21, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Kevil Chevrolet, Block 8200, Lot 9. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 22, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release: Parks Capital Website. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 21, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Applicant: Satyendra Chaudhari, Block 54 Lot 8.01 – Washington Township. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 21, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Application for Veolia ES Technical Solutions. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 28, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Oakwood Village Tenant Fitness Center, BL 4600 Lot 1 (185 Route 206.) PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 28, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Oakwood Village Tenant Fitness Center, BL 4600 Lot 1 (185 Route 206.) ADOPTED REVISION PDF Correspondence

  1. Letter received November 28, 2011, from Menlo Engineering Associates regarding Flood hazard Area Permit Application – Lion Gate at Musconetcong River. Block 125, Lot 9.01, Hackettstown. PDF Correspondence

  1. E-mail received November 22, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – STATE APPEALS COURT DISMISSES CHALLENGE TO DEPS BEAR POLICY. PDF Correspondence

 

 

DCA

 

  1. E-mail received November 21, 2011, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding GovConnect Update: November 21, 2011. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 23, 2011, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Revised Keys to Pension and Health Benefit Reforms Supplemental Guidance docs. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 28, 2011, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Guidance on Use of National Cooperative Purchasing Contracts. PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

 

  1. Fax received November 18, 2011, from Comcast regarding Channel Changes. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Fax received November 21, 2011, from Comcast regarding Revised Price Changes & Bill Description. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Fax received November 22, 2011, from Comcast regarding Channel Changes. PDF Correspondence

 

President Tobey: With regards to Correspondence, are there any questions? Seeing none, moving on to ordinances.

 

ORDINANCE FOR SECOND READING AND FINAL ADOPTION (public hearing previously held)

 

President Tobey: I open the hearing to the public on Ord. #12-2011 entitled:

 

Ord.#12-2011 Bond Ordinance Providing for the Acquisition of Property in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $400,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $380,000 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Roman, would you be so kind.

 

Mr. Roman: I move that Ord. #32-2011…

 

Mrs. Lashway: No, no, 12.

 

President Tobey: Excuse me; does anyone from the public wish to be heard?

 

Mrs. Lashway: This ordinance is part of a Bond Sale that's coming up. It was adopted back in the summer but

it was published before the Mayor signed it so we have to republish it. This is just readoption.

 

Mr. Roman: I moved that Ord. #12-2011 be introduced and…

 

Mrs. Lashway: Second reading.

 

Mr. Roman: Where are we, second reading.

 

President Tobey: Second reading.

 

Mr. Roman: You would think this is my first day doing this. I move for adoption and final passage of Ord.

#12-2011.

 

President Tobey: I'll second that. Any discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: Ord. #12-2011 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of

the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.

 

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEAR ING

 

President Tobey: We have four ordinances which are going to be continued to 12/20/2011 due to publication issues:

 

Ord.#32-2011 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for Change to Water Charges Pursuant to Section 196-28 of the Mount Olive Township Code.

Ord.#34-2011 Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey Appropriating $90,000 for the Acquisition of Property to be Funded by a Green Acres Grant.

Ord.#35-2011 Refunding Bond Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Providing for the Refunding of all or a Portion of General Improvement Bonds, Series 2003 and General Improvement Bonds, Series 2004, Appropriating $4,200,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance by the Township of General Improvement Refunding Bonds in the Aggregate Principal Amount of Not Exceeding $4,200,000 for Financing the Cost Thereof.

 

Ord.#36-2011 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Water and Sewer Service Rates Within the Township for All Services Rendered After January 1, 2012.

 

President Tobey: I'll make the motion to continue to 12/20. Is there a second?

 

Mr. Perkins: Second.

 

President Tobey: Roll call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously

 

OPTIONAL PUBLIC HEARING

 

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - none

 

President Tobey: We have 11 Consent Resolutions. One has been added. Does anyone wish to move any to Non-Consent?

 

Mrs. Lashway: There is now going to be 12.

 

President Tobey: Twelve in total.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Is number 12, Lisa, the resolution dealing with Highland Energy?

 

Mrs. Lashway: Yes.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Okay. I want to make one change to that. It should say, I'll do it tomorrow, be it further resolved the CFO is authorized to wire funds to the trust account of Dorsey & Semrau to complete the transaction. Will that be sufficient?

 

President Tobey: And number five has been removed for the record. So, Mr. Roman, would you please move one through four and six through twelve?

 

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 – P. Roman

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Grant Contract with the Morris County Preservation Trust in the Amount of $250,000 for the Open Space Acquisition of BASF – Block 301 Lot 4. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Regarding the Acceptance of a Donation of Property from Angen, LLC – Block 4600 Lot 2. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Margaret Noon for the Purchase of Property Commonly Known as Charters Farm. PDF Resolution (*amended resolution)

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Extension of the Lease of Charters Farm to Margaret Noon. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Mayor to Execute a Ground Lease Agreement with Syncarpha for Solar Power at Combe Fill North (not included in packet). PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Regarding Shared Services for the Fire Inspections with Chester Borough for the Year 2012. PDF Resolution (*amended resolution)

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Capital Budget Amendment of $90,000 for the Acquisition of Property. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Extending the Fleet Maintenance Contract with First Vehicle Services for the Year 2012. PDF Resolution (*amended resolution)

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of a Grant Balance. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing the Date for the 2012 Reorganization Meeting. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive. (Rausa) PDF Resolution (*added)

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive 57 Acres.

 

Mr. Roman: I move for adoption of Consent Resolutions one through four and six through twelve.

 

President Tobey: I'll second that. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

 

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: We are up to Consent Motions. We have three listed. Mr. Mania, would you please move them as presented?

 

CONSENT MOTIONS

 

  1. Approval of Raffle Application #2427 for the Lions Club Mt. Olive.
  2. Approval of a Peddler's Permit for Nicholas Denton for door-to-door solicitation for financial planning.
  3. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Mania: Thank you Mr. President. I move the adoption of the Consent Motions one through three.

 

Mr. Perkins: Second

 

President Tobey: Thank you. It's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public have any questions regarding the Bill List? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: Any Administrative Reports? Mayor, Mr. Sohl?

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

 

Mayor Scapicchio: I have none.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. Any Old Business? Mr. Perkins.

OLD BUSINESS

 

Mr. Perkins: Okay, thank you Mr. President. Mr. Dorsey, at our last Council meeting we had discussed the rate case filing and petition by NJ American for rate increases for throughout their service territory and I had asked that your office prepare the standard letter to the Board of Public Utilities that now is not the time to be hitting with a 15 and 19% rate increase upon the water. I'm not sure. It was our last meeting so I'm not sure, you were not here. So I just wanted to make sure…

 

Mr. Dorsey: Oh, I probably shouldn't do it.

 

Mr. Perkins: I know sometimes it is ironic. We raise the rates but the rate structure is phenomenal.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Okay.

 

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. Dorsey.

 

President Tobey: Okay, thank you. Is there any other Old Business? Mr. Mania.

 

Mr. Mania: I'd just like an update on what's happening with the bridge off of River Road there.

 

Mr. Sohl: The Mill Road situation?

 

Mr. Mania: Right.

 

Mr. Sohl: I wasn't able to get a full update from Kathy because she wasn't here today. She left early. She wasn't feeling good.

 

Mr. Mania: Okay, thank you.

 

President Tobey: Any other Old Business?

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

President Tobey: Any New Business? Seeing none, any Legal Matters Mr. Dorsey?

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Mr. Dorsey: I think I covered those.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. Any Council Reports?

 

COUNCIL REPORTS

 

Recreation Liaison Report – A. Roman

Board of Health Report – R. Perkins

Planning Board Report – J. Mania

Open Space Committee Report – C. Labow

Legislative Committee Report – P. Walsh

Pride Committee Report – C. Labow

Board of Education Liaison Report – A. Roman

Lake/Environment Issues Committee – R. Perkins

Safety Committee Liaison – R. Perkins

Economic Development Committee Report – P. Walsh

Library Board Liaison – R. Greenbaum

Senior Citizen Liaison – J. Mania

Community Development Revenue Sharing – R. Perkins

TNR Program – C. Labow

 

President Tobey: Seeing none, we are up to the second Public Portion. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard?

 

PUBLIC PORTION

 

Robert Greenbaum, Flanders: I just wanted to bring the Council up to date on something that happened at our last Council meeting because, Phil, you've become so proficient at getting through these meetings so quickly. There was a resident that was here who wanted to voice her concerns about the manner in which the Township responded to the most recent snow storm. Obviously, we got hit really hard and I have certainly had no complaints about the way that the Township responded in light of the emergency but I think it brought us some lessons in terms of things that we need to look at in the future and one of the things that we are going to be doing moving forward is we are going to be looking to purchase a generator because we didn't have the ability to have the facility to house those who didn't have heat. We did go to the High School which was a good secondary option. It wasn't utilized because I don't think that a lot of people knew that it was available to them and I just think that it is important for the Township as we move forward to make sure that we have significant power to fire up the Senior Center in case of any type of emergency that we have. In addition with that, I think we need to be proactive in terms of making sure that the residents know in advance what services the Township is going to provide in the event that there is an emergency of the type that we just had. We are going to provide water. We will provide shelter. We will provide this, that and the other thing and this is how we are going to communicate moving forward. We are going to try and be proactive in terms of making sure that the residents know exactly what the Township is going to do in an emergency situation. It's easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. I think we need to learn from what happened in this particular storm and make sure that it doesn't happen again. Thank you.

 

President Tobey: Excellent. Thank you. Does anyone else from the public wish to be heard? Any Council Comments?

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

President Tobey: Seeing none, I'll accept a motion to adjourn.

 

Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:03 pm.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

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Phil Tobey, Council President

 

I, Lisa Lashway, Township 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 20, 2011.

 

 

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

 

 

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