TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - FEBRUARY 16, 2010

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:27 pm by President Tobey: We will begin with the Open Publics Meeting Announcement as the Pledge of Allegiance and moment of reflection was earlier.

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: Mrs. Labow, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Greenbaum and Mr. Tobey

Absent: Mr. Mania

Also Present: David Scapicchio, Mayor; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Bill Sohl, Business Administrator; Mr. Horan, Esq., Township Attorney; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

PROCLAMATION OF THE MAYOR –

President Tobey: Mayor at this time I believe you have two proclamations.

Mayor Scapicchio: I do. The first one is honoring the 100th anniversary of scouting.

Office of the Mayor – PROCLAMATION- Honoring The 100th Anniversary of Scouting

WHEREAS, the success of Scouting for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers and Venturing depends on our community organizations; and

WHEREAS, there are 505 churches and synagogues, schools and parent-teacher associations, service and fraternal clubs and other community organizations that have been chartered organizations are performing outstanding service for 18,871 boys and young men and women; and

WHEREAS, the Patriot’s Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America and its corps of dedicated volunteer leaders are providing necessary support to the leaders in the 6,236 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Explorer Posts and Venture Crews.

NOW THEREFORE, be it proclaimed that I, David M. Scapicchio, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby proclaim, February 14-20, 2010 as Scouting Anniversary Week and urge our citizens to join with me in expressing appreciation to the community organizations and their volunteer Scouting leaders for bringing this values-based program to our young people.

Mayor Scapicchio: The next one is and I don’t know where some of these come from, but …

Office of the Mayor – PROCLAMATION - Honoring February as Dating Violence and Prevention Month

WHEREAS, the success of Scouting for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers and Venturing depends on our community organizations; and

WHEREAS, there are 505 churches and synagogues, schools and parent-teacher associations, service and fraternal clubs and other community organizations that have been chartered organizations are performing outstanding service for 18,871 boys and young men and women; and

WHEREAS, the Patriot’s Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America and its corps of dedicated volunteer leaders are providing necessary support to the leaders in the 6,236 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Explorer Posts and Venture Crews.

NOW THEREFORE, be it proclaimed that I, David M. Scapicchio, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby proclaim, February 14-20, 2010 as Scouting Anniversary Week and urge our citizens to join with me in expressing appreciation to the community organizations and their volunteer Scouting leaders for bringing this values-based program to our young people.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
President Tobey: Thank you Mayor, moving on at this time we have approval of Minutes of the previous meetings. Mrs. Labow would you please?

Mrs. Labow: Yes, thank you Mr. President. I would like to move the meetings (minutes) from:

January 19, 2010 WS – all present
February 2, 2010 WS, PM & CS (Mr. Mania – absent)

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Tobey: It’s been moved and seconded, roll call please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

CORRESPONDENCE

President Tobey: Moving on we have 46 pieces of correspondence, does anyone on council wish to discuss any? Seeing none we are up to ordinances for public hearing.

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

1. Email received February 2, 2010, from Madaline Scarfo regarding the Mount Olive Township Emergency Volunteers. PDF Correspondence

2. Email received February 6, 2010, from Richard Stanford regarding the Mount Olive Township Emergency Volunteers. PDF Correspondence

3. Email received February 9, 2010, from RVE Marketing regarding Legislative Brief regarding permit Extension Act of 2008 Extended. PDF Correspondence

DOT / DEP / LOI / HIGHLANDS

4. Letter received February 1, 2010, from the State of New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council regarding a Petition for Plan Conformance, 2009 Plan Conformance Grant: Module 7. PDF Correspondence

5. Letter received February 1, 2010, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding and Administrative Consent Order – Mount Olive Water Department – Goldmine System. PDF Correspondence

6. Letter received February 1, 2010, from Careaga Engineering, Inc. regarding Mountaintop Church, 6 Naughright Road. PDF Correspondence

7. Letter received February 1, 2010, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding 100 Waterloo Road. PDF Correspondence

8. Letter received February 4, 2010, from Transaction 2010 regarding the New Jersey State Transportation Conference & Expo. PDF Correspondence

9. Letter received February 4, 2010, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding 8 Third Street. PDF Correspondence

10. Letter received February 5, 2010, from the State of New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council regarding a Petition for Plan Conformance, 2009 Plan Conformance Grant: Module 7. PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

11. Email received January 29, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Resolution Urging the Elimination of a 4% Cap on Local Tax Levy. PDF Correspondence

12. Email received January 29, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Time of Decision, 4% Cap and NJDARM Seminar. PDF Correspondence
13. Email received January 29, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Time of Decision Alert. PDF Correspondence

14. Email received January 31, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a February 2010 Mayors Newsline. PDF Correspondence

15. Email received February 1, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Subsidizing Redevelopment with the Economic Redevelopment & Growth Grant Program, Research Just Got Easier, League Professional Development Program and NJDARM Computer Training. PDF Correspondence

16. Email received February 1, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding S-1 Affordable Housing. PDF Correspondence

17. Email received February 1, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Researching the League Website. PDF Correspondence

18. Email received February 1, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding 4 Issues. PDF Correspondence

19. Email received February 2, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Subsidizing Redevelopment & Growth Grant Program, Research Just Got Easier, League Professional Development Program, NJDARM Computer Training and New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum 2010. PDF Correspondence

20. Email received February 2, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Register Now League Development Seminar – “Health Benefits Negotiations Primer,” Upcoming NJRA RTI Redevelopment Training Institute Courses, Local Finance Notice and Sustainable Jersey Action Update. PDF Correspondence

21. Email received February 2, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Local Finance Notice, Sustainable Jersey Action Update and Save the Date 2010 Mayor’s Legislative Day – February 24, 2010. PDF Correspondence

22. Email received February 3, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a briefing by Haitian Ambassador, Honorable Raymond Alcide Joseph on Haiti’s Devastating Earthquake and Information Session for Federal Funding of Public Service Needs. PDF Correspondence

23. Email received February 4, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Support the Troops – March 25, Lawrenceville Armory, Administrator or Manager Recruitment and Selection Advisory Service and Women in Municipal Government Presents 2nd Annual Women in Municipal Government Day Diversity Leadership Strength. PDF Correspondence

24. Email received February 4, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Support the Troops, S-82 – Time of Decision Approved by Senate Committee, Administrator or Manager Recruitment and Selection Advisory Service and 2nd Annual Women in Municipal Government Day – Friday March 12, 2010. PDF Correspondence

25. Email received February 5, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding You’re Invited! Healthy Policy Event on Adherence, S-458 (Collection, assessment, health and animal control bill), and Important League Online Survey. PDF Correspondence

26. Email received February 5, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding EECBG Program Information. PDF Correspondence

27. Email received February 5, 2010, from State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding 4 Issues. PDF Correspondence

28. Email received February 8, 2010, from State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding rescheduled date. PDF Correspondence

29. Email received February 8, 2010, from State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Snow Emergency Response Update. PDF Correspondence
30. Email received February 9, 2010, from State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding rescheduled date. PDF Correspondence

31. Email received February 9, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Daily Advisory Pension and Arbitration Reform, COAH and More. PDF Correspondence

32. Email received February 9, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a League Professional Development Seminar – Foreclosures: What They Are and How They Work, League Professional Development Seminar – “Reducing Staff to Meet Statutory Obligation: How to Negotiate Furloughs, Layoffs and Contracts,” Changes to the DLG Website, and League Professional Development Seminar – Performance Measurement in the Public Sector. PDF Correspondence

33. Email received February 9, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Interest Arbitration Reform and Proposed Pension Reform Bills S-2, S-3, S-4 and SCR-1. PDF Correspondence

34. Email received February 11, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Governor Declares Fiscal Emergency. PDF Correspondence

35. Email received February 11, 2010, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Governor Freezes State Budget. PDF Correspondence

LETTER FROM LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

36. Email received January 22, 2010, from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen regarding The Week Just Past, New Jobless Claims, Increasing our National Debt…Again?, U.S. Intel Chief: Detroit Bomb Case Mishandled, Recommended Reading: Dimming our Focus on China and Encouraging Support for Haiti. PDF Correspondence

37. Email received February 1, 2010, from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen regarding The Week Just Past, The State of International Trade, Bad Idea of the Week: Companies to Disclose Climate Change Risks, New Navy R&D Facilities at the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal, Meeting with your Mayors and Rodney’s Town Hall Meeting. PDF Correspondence

38. Email received February 5, 2010, from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen regarding The Week Just Past, The President’s Budget Arrives…With a Thud, The Pricetag for Importing Guantanamo Terrorists Keeps Rising, Administration Support for Our Port Keeps Dropping, And They Want to Pass Another “Jobs Bill”??, Good Idea of the Week: Pequannock Valley School. PDF Correspondence

UTILITIES

39. Email received January 24, 2010, from Verizon regarding An Important Verizon Notice: Programming Change Information. PDF Correspondence

40. Letter received February 4, 2010, from Comcast regarding HD Addition. PDF Correspondence

DCA

41. Email received February 2, 2010, from the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding a Local Finance Notice. PDF Correspondence

42. Email received February 4, 2010, from the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding an Information Session for Federal Funding of Public Service Needs. PDF Correspondence

43. Email received February 8, 2010, from State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding GovConnect Update. PDF Correspondence

44. Email received February 9, 2010, from the State of New jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding February 2010 Snow Emergency Issues. PDF Correspondence

MSA

45. Minutes received February 4, 2010, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the January 6, 2010 Minutes. PDF Correspondence

MORRIS COUNTY

46. Letter received February 11, 2010, from the Morris County Board of Taxation regarding a Preliminary Equalization Table for the County of Morris for the Year 2010. PDF Correspondence

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING – none

President Tobey: We have two ordinances this evening for first reading, second reading is March 2, 2010.

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING

President Tobey: The next item on the agenda for first reading is:

Ord. #6-2010 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, State of New Jersey Amending and Supplementing Chapter 106, Dogs and Other Animals, of the Revised General Ordinances.

President Tobey: Mr. Walsh would you please move that?

Mr. Walsh: I move ordinance #6 and would you like me to move #7 now too?

President Tobey: No.

Mr. Walsh: Ok, I move ordinance #6.

Mrs. Lashway: You have to read the whole thing.

Mr. Walsh: Ok, I got it, I move that ordinance #6 and 7, be introduced …

Mrs. Lashway: No, you just have to do one.

President Tobey: Just #6

Mr. Walsh: I move Ord.#6-2010 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on March 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ for a public hearing consideration of said reading and passage of said ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available such ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

President Tobey: Thank you. Is there a second?

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

President Tobey: It’s been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: Are we going to change the order to put…

Mrs. Lashway: Any changes we’ll have to do at the next meeting. It’s already gone to the paper and will be in the paper as is for this Thursday.

Mrs. Labow: Okay, for the next meeting we have those things and any other changes we discussed earlier. Thank you.

President Tobey: Any other discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call please:

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Tobey: The next item on the agenda first reading is:

Ord. #7-2010 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, State of New Jersey Amending Certain Portions of Chapter 106, Dogs and Other Animals, Article IV, Cats, Section 106-25, Licensing Requirements; Fees, of the Revised General Ordinances.

President Tobey: Mr. Perkins, would you please move that?

Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President, I move that Ordinance #7-2010 be introduced by titled and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on March 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ for a public hearing consideration of said reading and passage of said ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available such ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

President Tobey: Thank you, is there a second?

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Tobey: Thank you. Any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Tobey: The next item on the Agenda are Consent Resolutions. We have 12 listed. Does anyone on Council wish to have any removed to Non Consent? Seeing none, Mr. Roman, would you please move Consent Resolutions 1 through 12.

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:

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

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Agreement Regarding the Purchase of Block 7000 Lots 64.01-64.17 and 65.

2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing as Payment Schedule for Tax Sale Certificate No. 09-00047.

3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending the 2010 Temporary Budget for the Sewer Utility and the Current Fund.

4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the 2010 Fleet Maintenance Contract with Penske Group at the 2009 Rate.

5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution of an Easement Agreement with Verizon Wireless.

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with CMX in Connection with the Water Allocation Permit Renewal.

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with CMX in Connection with the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan for Department of Public Works Facility and Cloverhill Sewerage Treatment Plant.

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Rejecting all Bids for Cleaning Services for Municipal Offices & Senior Center.

9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Aquatic Technologies for Budd Lake Herbicide-Based Weed Control Program.

10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive for Shared Services with County of Morris (PARIS Grant 2010-11).

11. Resolution of the Township Council, Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Release of Performance Guarantees Posted by Ronetco Supermarkets, Inc.

12. Resolution of the Township Council, Township of Mount Olive Endorsing Assembly Bill Number 1333.

Mr. Roman: Yes, I would like to move Consent Resolutions 1 through 12 for approval.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

President Tobey: It’s been moved and seconded. Anyone from the public, does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, Roll Call please?

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

RESOLUTIONS NON-CONSENT - None

President Tobey: We are up to motions. There are two listed. Mr. Walsh would you please move those?

MOTIONS – CONSENT

1. Approval of Raffle Application #2349 for the Rotary Club Mt. Olive; Raffle Application #2350 for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church; and Raffle Application #2351 & #2352 for the Deerpath Montessori School.
2. Bill List.

Mr. Walsh: Yes, I would like to move Motions 1 and 2.

Mrs. Labow: No, just do one…

President Tobey: You can do both.

Mr. Walsh: I can do both?

President Tobey: Yes.

Mr. Walsh: I would like to move Motions 1 and 2.

President Tobey: Thank you. I’ll second that. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard on any of the Motions including the Bill List? Yes sir.

Joe Fleischner, Karen Pl., Budd Lake: Could you elaborate what 57904 McManimon & Scotland, LLC, it says professional services. What is that for?

Mr. Greenbaum: Bond Counsel.

Mr. Fleischner: Bond Counsel. My question is also on 57917. It was $1,890.00 paid to Rutgers for Managing and Developing Management Tasks, Public Relations. What conferences were these?

Mrs. Maniscalco: These are actually courses that one of our employees is taking at Rutgers. Okay?

Mr. Fleischner: Okay, thank you.

President Tobey: Thank you. Does anyone else from the public? Yes sir.

Ned McDonnell, Budd Lake: It more of a question on the Bill List. On page 7, “Motion Picture Licensing.”
Can you explain what that might be?

Mrs. Maniscalco: In order to show movies at the Senior Center we have to pay an annual licensing fee. That is what that is for.

Mr. McConnell: Okay thank you.

President Tobey: Thank you. Anyone else from the public? Does anyone on Council have any questions? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Tobey: Administrative Reports, Mayor?

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Mayor Scapicchio: None

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

President Tobey: Thank you. Any Old Business? Any New Business? Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: Lisa sent an email out to us today that the petition had been submitted for the ballot initiative for the EMS issue and I suspect that it is going to, the certification will come up at the next Council meeting. The last time we have the EMS issue, we had people in the hallways and outside and everything else. Are we going to change the venue so we can have…

Mrs. Lashway: I am not promising in two weeks. I’m by myself on this petition so I’m not promising…I am going to have to use as much time.

Mrs. Labow: When it comes about, are we going to…

President Tobey: It’s been presented so the next step in that, I mean if it was presented today, are you saying that there should have been a large turnout tonight, I’m not certain.

Mrs. Labow: No, no…

Mrs. Lashway: Once the ordinance is…if the petition is certified, it then has to come back to Council and the Council either approves the ordinance and puts it on for second reading, because it is already deemed that first reading has been had, or you do nothing and it goes to a Special Election.

Mr. Perkins: Excuse me, we have the third option of adopting something that is substantially the same.

Mrs. Lashway: Just like we did with TNR.

Mr. Perkins:

President Tobey: Thank you.

Mrs. Labow: So my question is, are we…

Mr. Greenbaum: That is a question which you will have to address with Mr. Tobey at some point in the future when he knows the exact date and you can you can suggest to him, I guess, at that point that you think that there is going to be a large turnout and it might be in the best interest of the community to have it at some other location. That is what you are suggesting. I think Mr. Tobey and Ms. Lashway are saying at this point that they are not sure exactly when it is going to be on for.

Mrs. Labow: That brings us to my next question. Since it Lisa has 20 days, is it business days or days? Is it 20 days period for your certification?

Mrs. Lashway: I don’t know off the top of my head.

Mrs. Labow: So if it’s 20 days, our next meeting is two weeks from now. Fourteen days…

Mrs. Lashway: It is not going to be in two weeks. I can promise that.

Mrs. Labow: I understand that. My next question would be, will we have to have a Special Meeting?

Mrs. Lashway: The Statute reads, it is the next Council meeting after it is certified. It doesn’t make provision to have a Special Meeting.

Mrs. Labow: That is all I am asking because I just wasn’t sure.

Mr. Greenbaum: I would imagine that it is going to require some legal review by Mr. Dorsey’s office to first find out whether it is an appropriate ordinance, ballot initiative, whatever was submitted. I haven’t seen it. I don’t know the answer to the question and even if I had seen it, I wouldn’t know the answer to the question.

Mrs. Labow: Suffice it to say that when it gets to a point where it is going to be on the Agenda for the public, I strongly suggest that we have it at a larger venue because I don’t know how many other people had residents voice concerns that the public meeting should be in a venue large enough to hold…

President Tobey: We will take that into consideration. Thank you. Any other new business? Any legal matters?

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Horan: I have no report.

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 – P. Walsh

President Tobey: We are up to Council Reports. Does anyone on Council have any Reports they would like to offer? Seeing none, we are up to the second Public Portion. Does anyone from the Public wish to be heard? Yes, sir.

PUBLIC PORTION

Joe Fleischner, Karen Pl., Budd Lake: There really wasn’t anything good on TV tonight, that’s why you have to put up with me. I apologize. First, I would like to commend the Mayor for allowing the Town Council meetings, even though it hasn’t worked out yet, to be recorded on video. What I do find ironic is that the School Board refuses to record their meetings on video which I find quite interesting. The second thing I would like to comment on is I know, I read in the paper, I did not speak to anyone firsthand about Combe Fill North being turned in to a methane generation plant. When this actually was discussed by the Environmental Commission a number of years ago and I agree wholeheartedly. I think that would be an outstanding use. One of the things that concerns me is, we all read in the newspaper lately, I guess it was a couple of weeks ago when the natural gas plant that was under construction had an explosion and unfortunately people lost their lives and numerous people were injured. What I did find interesting was though, of the ambulances that responded and the first aiders that responded to dig deep in to the, again it is the internet so one never knows, but apparently most of the responders were all volunteers, first responder volunteers, etc., that came to the aid of those individuals and I think we need to keep that in mind considering what we are currently discussing within this township. It is just a point that I wished to make.

President Tobey: Thank you. Mr. McDonnell?

Ned McDonnell, Budd Lake: Just a question or comment about the, actually it was the meeting where there was a huge turnout and many people could not get into the area to make public comment. Does State law require that if the public can’t access to the room, that the meeting is either cancelled or must reconvened in a larger venue.

Mr. Horan: No.

Mr. McDonnell: So if you can’t get in the room, you are just out of luck. Is that…

Mr. Horan: The Council is free to choose whatever venue they want to hold the meeting. They just have to comply with the notice provisions for that meeting.

Mr. McDonnell: Okay. Thank you.

President Tobey: Thank you. Anyone else from the public?

Alex Cranmer, David Pl., Flanders: I just had a thought and maybe, I haven’t done my homework on it but I just figured maybe somebody here has the answer. Would it help at all in the discussion of volunteer ambulance squads to look at the legality and feasibility including cost effectiveness of merging the Budd Lake First Aid Squad and the Flanders Squad into Mount Olive Volunteer First Aid Squad but keep each unit, Budd Lake and Flanders. Would that save any money and who would have the answer to that? That was it.

Mayor Scapicchio: Flanders Fire and Flanders EMS are already one unit and there is a cost savings there. I think if that was to occur, the natural fit would be for Budd Lake Fire and Budd Lake EMS to get together. That would be the natural thing.

Mr. Cranmer: Not Budd Lake and Flanders?

Mayor Scapicchio: No, two separate organizations, actually it is three separate organizations.

Mr. Cranmer: Organizations all over the country merge to save money. It’s possible.

Mayor Scapicchio: I guess we could look at that in the overall picture, sure.

President Tobey: Mrs. Labow?

Mrs. Labow: A little further answer on that question, sir, I know that during some of our budget discussions of previous years, in terms of ordering supplies, they do get together and buy in bulk to save money. So that came through, the Safety Committee meetings that they had in previous years so they already save funds in that direction by not directly being merged but purchasing together as I understand it. I’m getting a nod back there, is that correct? Yes, to a degree, where they can actually is what I was told.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

President Tobey: Does anyone else from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, any Council Comments? Seeing none, I’ll accept a motion to adjourn at this time.

Mrs. Labow: So moved.

President Tobey: Is there a second?

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

President Tobey: All in favor?

AYE

ADJOURNMENT
Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm.

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Phil Tobey, 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 April 13, 2010.

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

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