February 19, 2013 Township Council Minutes

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:43 pm by Council President Labow. 

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.

ROLL CALL

Present:          Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Nicastro, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Roman  

Absent:           Mr. Walsh, Mr. Perkins and Mr. Mania

Also Present:  Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sean Canning, Business Administrator

President Labow: Again, Mr. Mania is on vacation. Mr. Walsh and Mr. Perkins are out of town on business this evening and before I’m going to just, I have an announcement to read. So I’m going to read it now at the beginning of this meeting from Mr. Walsh. Mr. Walsh was given an opportunity to take another job which has brought him out of town quite a bit and he was trying to make it to a meeting in order make this announcement personally and it just hasn’t been able to happen and this like a really critical time of year for us. There are times when our CFO needs to have us approve temporary funds for the budget and we need a super majority of five votes in order to do that and if anyone should get sick or with Mr. Mania on vacation, we just really need to have as many of our members as possible so without further ado, I’d like to read this letter from Councilman Pat Walsh dated February 19, 2013. He writes: “Dear Council President Labow, Members of Council, Mayor and all the Citizens of Mount Olive.  I have spent the last three and a half years on the Mount Olive Town Council and it has been an amazing experience. I first got involved in politics, because of the overbearing Property Taxes in New Jersey.  I started by studying property taxes in both New Jersey and other states. 
I am proud to say that with the help of many members of Council, The Mount Olive School Board, compromises and sacrifices by township employees, and many Citizens of Mount Olive, together, we were able to halt property tax increases in their tracks.  After years of Property Tax increases averaging 8% per year we have been able to limit property tax increases to between 1 and 2% per year for the last 4 years.  We started limiting Property Tax increases even before the state put a 2% cap on Property Tax increases.  Mt Olive has led the way on limiting property tax increases and it has been recognized throughout New Jersey all the way to Trenton for doing so. Lastly, over the last 4 years, while for the first time in the history of the United States the credit rating of the entire country was downgraded, the credit rating of Mount Olive Township has INCREASED. After all of this, I unfortunately am not going to be able to finish the last year of my 4 year term.  I have taken a new job that requires me to travel very often and I am just not able to devote the appropriate amount of time to the Town Council. So, as of today, February 19, 2013, I must resign my position as Councilman in Mount Olive, New Jersey. I’d like to thank all the people that have voted for, and supported me, over the past four years.  I have worked very hard to make you proud and do what is right at all times.  I make this decision with a heavy heart but also knowing that we have accomplished great feats over the past 4 years.  I look forward to the continued MO-mentum in Mt. Olive!!  J Thank you again, and may God bless you all, and my God bless the Township of Mount Olive.  VERY Sincerely, Patrick Walsh.” We are very sad to see that he has decided to resign but we certainly understand family does come first and he is very committed to his responsibilities and knows that resigning at this time is the appropriate action to take. Any questions or concerns, any comments at this time? Alright, seeing none, Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings, we have none tonight. Oh, we do. Hold on, sorry I was reading this verbatim. We do have some. February 5, 2013, Closed Session. Absent was Pat Walsh and John Mania. Mr. Ferrante, would you please move the Closed Session Minutes?

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Feb. 5 2013 CS (P. Walsh & J. Mania absent)*added

Mr. Ferrante: I move to approve the February 5, 2013, Closed Session Minutes.

Mr. Nicastro: Second.

President Labow: Thank you. Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

  1. E-mail received February 1, 2013, from the National League of Cities regarding Register Today for the 2013 Congressional City Conference.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 5, 2013 from the Morris County Clerk’s Association of New Jersey regarding Sample Resolution Opposing OPMA Amendments.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 5, 2013, from the National League of Cities regarding Sequestration Webinar:  What Happened (or didn’t) and What’s Next for Local Governments.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 5, 2013, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding Registration Still Open: NJCM Mayors Workshop, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, Mayor’s Primer, Managing Scarce Resources.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 8, 2013, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding Agenda for NJCM Mayors Workshop – Friday, February 15th, Mayors Primer and Managing Scarce Resources.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 8, 2013, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding NJLM News Bulletin:  Message from OSHA.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received February 10, 2013, from Mount Olive Manor Tenants Association regarding COMPLAINT.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 11, 2013, from Millennium Strategies regarding the February Newsletter.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received February 12, 2013, from various residents regarding the consideration of installing sewers in Old Flanders.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 12, 2013, from RVE Marketing regarding FUNDING ALERT: NJEIFP Loans Still Available.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 12, 2013, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding NJCM Information Bulletin:  NJ Recovery Fund Releases General Guidelines for Grant Awards.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 12, 2013, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding FINAL REMINDER:  NJCM Mayors Primer Workshop, This Friday, February 15, 2013.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 13, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Digital Downtown – the February NJDRMI Program.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 13, 2013, from the Morris County regarding School Safety Summit – February 26, 2013.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 14, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Sandy Recovery Positions Available.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 14, 2013, from Alfred’s Auction Inc. regarding Auction Updates.  Happy Valentine’s Day from Alfred’s.  PDF Correspondence

 

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. E-mail received February 1, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A MUNICIPAL PRIMER – Our Eighth Edition 2013/14.  PDF Correspondence 

 

  1. E-mail received February 1, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 5, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding February Grant Page Posted and Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 5, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Funding Opportunities Available through the New Jersey Recovery Fund February 25 Deadline.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 5, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Jersey Shore Campaign.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 6, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Important Finance Notice Issued, Municipalities Could Qualify for Federal Ratable Base/Revenue Loss Assistance and Filing Deadline Extended to Feb 15th.  PDF Correspondence

  

  1. E-mail received February 6, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Clean Energy Rebate Program Expansion.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 6, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding URGENT Senate Voting on OPRA & OPMA Legislation S-2511 & S-2512 and 2013 NJ Travel Guide.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 6, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming Workshops & Webinars from Sustainable Jersey.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 7, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Two Matters:  Information on Winter Storm Watch/Weather Advisory and National Black HIV/Aids Awareness Day.  PDF Correspondence
  2. E-mail received February 7, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Executive Leadership Training for Mayors & Council Presidents.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 7, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League Analysis on Line:  State Government & Your Local Property Taxes.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 7, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sandy Reminder.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Registration information received February 8, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Women in Municipal Government Day.  PDF Correspondence  
  1. E-mail received February 8, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding OPRA – OPMA.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 11, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Mayors Training.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 13, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sustainable State Funding Source for Open Space & Farmland Preservation and Request for FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Extended and Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 13, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming Seminar SOLD OUT!  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 14, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Only 5 Seats Left for Executive Leadership Training Program.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 14, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Health Commissioner Asks Mayors to Help Promote Cleanup Precautions Molds & Asbestos Danger can be Minimized and 5th Annual WIMG Day.  PDF Correspondence

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

  1. E-mail received February 1, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Christie Administration Announces Recreational Trail Grant Awards.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Freshwater Wetlands Application Checklist received February 4, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Applicant: Takashi Blakey for BL 7600, Lot 66 (101 Mount Olive Road).  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 6, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Advisory – Flood Elevation Standards.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 6, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Anti Idling Grants.  PDF Correspondence
  2. E-mail received February 6, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJ Media Advisory – Rebuild after Sandy.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received February 8, 2013, from Kleinfelder regarding Response Action Outcome for Block 5401 Lot 17 (257 Route 206, Former Exxon Facility).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received February 11, 2013, from Reza Hashemi regarding Highlands Applicability Determination for Block 2700 Lot 52.05 (97 Sandshore Road, Budd Lake).  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received February 11, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Jallad – Single Family Home Block 7100, Lot 66 (134 Flanders-Drakestown Road).  PDF Correspondence

 
MORRIS COUNTY

  1. E-mail received February 7, 2013, from the County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 

DCA

  1. E-mail received February 6, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding Gov Connect Update:  February 6, 2013.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 13, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding State Fiscal year Municipalities – Best Practices Checklist.  PDF Correspondence

MUA / MSA

  1. Memo received February 13, 2013, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding Proposed Amendment to the Sussex County Water Quality Management Plan, Sussex County Future Sewer Service Area Map.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 7, 2013, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding the 2012 Table of Equalized Valuations as Amended by Tax Court.  PDF Correspondence

 
President Labow: We have 49 pieces of Correspondence. Would anyone like to address any of the
Correspondence we received? Seeing none, first ordinance for public hearing is Ord. #2-2013. I open the
hearing to the public on Ord. 2-2013 entitled:

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Ord. #2-2013  An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Setting the Speed Limit on Stephens State Park Road at 25 Miles Per Hour from Smithtown Road to Sandshore Road [to be incorporated into Chapter 245 of the Mount Olive Township Code].

President Labow: Mr. Ferrante, would you please move that?

Mr. Ferrante: I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #2-2013.

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Labow: Anybody from the public? Seeing none, any Council comments? Okay, seeing none, Roll
Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed unanimously, Mr. Roman with reservations

President Labow: Ord. #2-2013 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 First Reading,
Second Reading will be on March 5, 2013. Ord. #3-3013 entitled:

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - second reading March 5, 2013

Ord. #3-2013  Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Chapter 48, Article I, Section 48-14 of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive to Establish the Position of a Class Two Special Law Enforcement Officer.

President Labow: Mr. Nicastro, would you please move that ordinance.

Mr. Nicastro: Yes, thank you Madam President, I move that Ord. #3-3013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading and that a meeting be held on March 5, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.
Mr. Roman: Second.

President Labow: Thank you. Any Council discussion? Anyone from the public? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Alrighty, moving right along here. Ord. #4-2013:

Ord. #4-2013  Bond Ordinance Providing for Improvements to Dan Jordan Field in and By the Township of Mount Olive, In the County of Morris, New jersey, Appropriating $36,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $34,200 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof. 

President Labow: Mr. Perkins is not here so Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman: I move that Ord. #4-3013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading and that a meeting be held on March 5, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.

President Labow: Thank you, do I have a second?

Mr. Ferrante: Second
President Labow: Thank you. Any Council discussion? Seeing none, anybody from the public? Seeing none,
moving right along. We have our Consent, oh, I’m sorry, I was moving a little too fast. Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Resolutions, we have ten resolutions on for this evening. Would anybody like to have any Consent Resolutions moved to Non Consent? Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman: I’d like to move Number four.

President Labow: Number four. Any others? Seeing none, Mr. Roman would you please move Resolutions one through three and five through ten.

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 Funds for Well Permits and Testing of Block 7801 Lot 13 for Open Space Purposes.  PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of the Open Space Funds for Clearance of Open Space Hiking Trail. (White Trail)  PDF Correspondence
  1. Resolution Supporting a Letter of Intent to Morris County Office of Emergency Management for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant.  PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Opposing A-1196 Entitled “First Responders” Worker’s Compensation Presumption” PDF Resolution
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Agreement Between Mount Olive Township and Saint Clare’s Hospital for Community Health Services for 2013.  PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending the 2013 Temporary Budget for the Current Fund.  PDF Resolution
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Temporary Capital Budget Amendment for Dan Jordan Field Improvements.  PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Dedication by Rider for Donations – Tot Lot at Turkey Brook Park.  PDF Resolution *Revised
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Return of One EDU Assigned to Block 3514 Lot 24 Thereby Canceling the Remaining Sewer Assessments Balance and Reducing Sewer Quarterly User Fees.  PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Dedication by Rider for Donations – 911 Memorial at Turkey Brook Park.  PDF Resolution *New

Mr. Roman: I make a motion that we approve Consent Resolutions 1 through three and five through ten.

Mr. Nicastro: Second.

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

President Labow: Any discussion? Anyone from the public on the resolutions? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Thank you. Mr. Roman, would you please moved Non Consent Resolution number four.

Mr. Roman: Before I do that I just want to at least highlight as to the reason for moving number four to Non Consent. This is by no means, does this resolution think that our first responders are not, should not be properly  covered by Worker’s Compensation and it is merely a resolution to control the possible cost to the municipalities

RESOLUTIONS NON-CONSENT

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Opposing A-1196 Entitled “First Responders” Worker’s Compensation Presumption” PDF Resolution

 

Mr. Roman: I moved for approval of Non Consent Resolution number four.

President Labow: Second?

Mr. Ferrante: Second.

President Labow: Thank you. Anybody else have any comments or discussion? Anybody from the public? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Alrighty and we have another Non Consent, number 11. Mr. Ferrante, would you please move Non Consent Resolution number 11 for us please.

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Update of the Recreation and Open Space Inventory and Certification to NJDEP Green Acres Program.

 

Mr. Ferrante: I move Non Consent Resolution number 11.

Mr. Nicastro: Second.

President Labow: Thank you. Mrs. Murphy is going to come up and will have discussion for us. Retired Mrs. Murphy.

PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS

Mrs. Murphy: Periodically we are required to update our Recreation and Open Space Inventory and I have given you a list of the properties. It’s actually six that we are adding. This year we are required to do that whenever we receive Green Acres funds for a purchase and we have a purchase coming up with Mrs. Rausa. If you want, I can show you exactly where these are going to be. Three of them, three of the lots are in the Morris Hunt development. One lot is down in Cloverhill. The three lots in Morris Hunt have two large lots that we required as open space. They’ve been dedicated to a homeowners association so on the ROSI list, we list it as dedicated open space but we also make a notation that there is not general public access. It belongs to a homeowners association. There’s one other small lot in Morris Hunt that was acquired by the town. Down in Cloverhill there is actually one lot. It is next to Power Lines Park which should have been donated many years ago from Cloverhill and it was foreclosed on. It’s under water and it is landlocked but we do have access through Power Lines Park and the other two lots are small acquisitions. The town used Township Open Space funds to acquire. He is paying off a tax lien and that’s the Erhgott properties. So those six small properties need to go on the list and then we can close on the Rausa property and we are good to go. Does anyone have any questions on that?

President Labow: Does anyone have any questions? Do you, Kathy, by any chance know the total acreage of open space we have now?

Mrs. Murphy: We have just topped 2,300 acres.

President Labow: Thank you. I knew you would know that.

Mrs. Murphy: I have to do that as part of the ROSI. You have to give them a total. You have to give them the list. I have the list. I have to give them a map so I’ll take the open space map that we had updated by the Land Conservancy a few years ago. I’ll have them add these six on and then that map will get shipped down to Green Acres.

President Labow: Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman: First off, Kathy, let me first congratulate you on your retirement and your many years of service to the Township. What percentage of our Township property is in open space?

Mrs. Murphy: I don’t know the exact, I’m going to say it’s probably about a third. When you add in what the State has preserved and the County, other open space trusts and the Township. It’s probably almost a third and that includes the lake and the bog, etc.

Mr. Roman: Thank you.

President Labow: Any other questions? Seeing none.

Mrs. Murphy: Thank you.

President Labow: Thank you Mrs. Murphy and could we have a Roll Call please? Anyone from the public? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Alrighty, Consent Motions, Mr. Ferrante, would you please move the Bill List and we are also appointing Mr. Nicastro to the, it’s a misprint here, it’s the Open Space Committee because he’s already on the Economic Development Committee.

Mr. Nicastro: No, I’m not on there.

Mayor Greenbaum: You are mistaken.

Mr. Nicastro: That’s correct.

President Labow: What?

Mr. Nicastro: Economic Development.

Mayor Greenbaum: Economic Development.

President Labow: I thought you were already on…

Mr. Nicastro: No, I was a liaison, now I’m on the Committee.

President Labow: Oh, you are going to be actually on the Committee. Didn’t you also agree…

Mr. Nicastro: Yes I did but I didn’t see it on here so I wasn’t sure.

Mrs. Lashway: We can do both.

Mr. Nicastro: We can do both. That’s fine.

President Labow: We can do both. Okay so you are the liaison for Economic and you’re just…

Mr. Nicastro: No…

President Labow: And you are appointed as a member but we don’t need to have a Council liaison because he can wear both hats.

Mayor Greenbaum: No, there is a Council liaison. It’s Ray Perkins.

President Labow: Ray is the, okay, so we are going to have…

Mayor Greenbaum: There’s an opening on the Economic Development Committee. Joe has indicated desire to resit on that Committee. It’s been run through counsel that it’s not an issue in terms of appointing. Joe is a local businessman and I’m not even sure that there is a requirement that you live in town to be appointed to the Economic Development Committee.

President Labow: I agree.

Mayor Greenbaum: Notwithstanding…

President Labow: Excellent.

Mrs. Lashway: Just for clarification, he will be a member of the Economic Development but he is liaison to the Open Space.

Mr. Nicastro: Correct.

Mrs. Lashway: Alright, okay.

President Labow: So that is what we are voting on in the Motions. Mr. Ferrante would you move the Motions as described a few Minutes ago?

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Bill List. PDF Bill List
  2. Appointment of Joe Nicastro to the Economic Development Committee (Mayors Appointment w/ Advice and Consent of Council) 3 year unexpired term ending 12/31/13.  

 

Mr. Ferrante: I move the Bill List and I move the appointment of Joe Nicastro to the Economic Development Committee and also as liaison to the Open Space Committee.

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Labow: Any discussion? Seeing none, any discussion from the public? Any questions on the Bill List? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Administrative Reports, Mayor, Mr. Canning.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Mayor Greenbaum: We have a couple, you can go first.

Mr. Canning: He outranks me so he gets the choice of the pecking order. I just have two things. We are amidst of our auctions of our surplus property. So far the first week has been done. Nine of our vehicles, some the surplus vehicles, high mileage vehicles have gone off on auction. We’re approaching $10,000.00 in miscellaneous revenue not anticipated coming in. So it’s been a success. We are slowly catching up with our fleet vehicles that have been replaced. We anticipate in March another round after that. I will provide Council with a complete breakdown of the 2013 auction but the first round was very favorable. We had another one sell today for $1,400.00 for a 2003 Crown Victoria. Very high mileage, 144,000 miles on it and some minor mechanical issues which is understandable after that amount of mileage. We have computers on there this week that will be ending this week. Some electronic gear. Again, over the years surplus has built up around here. We are slowly trying just to whittle it down and you know, try to make some useful revenue out of property that has just been sitting there in excess.

President Labow: Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman: Mr. Canning, is the auction site, is that available to the public?

Mr. Canning: Yes, we advertised it. As a matter of fact, it’s on our website. We go out to public advertisement, under New Jersey law we put out a public ad. It’s not less than 7 no more than 14 days in advance of the auction and our dealer is Govdeals.com which is a New Jersey approved auction site so that’s what we always use.

Mr. Roman: I congratulate you on going forward and getting rid of our surplus and getting money for it. I’m just somewhat dismayed that nine vehicles for $10,000.00, about $1,000.00 a piece its neither here nor there.

Mr. Canning: Considering the shape they were in, I’m ecstatic.

Mr. Roman: Unfortunately, the market place now that vehicles such as those generally go for more but…

Mr. Canning: I will disagree but… so that’s it for our auction. We feel it is going very well. The second part is the white trails. We’ve had some initial success getting some trail markers up. We went on expedition the other day to identify the northern leg and how much damage and debris we had across those trails from Hurricane Sandy. We are intent on cleaning that up and our initial goal is to have a substantial portion of this cleared by Friday and hopefully advertised for at least the white trail which is the main trunk for hiking. It’s about a three mile stretch that way. We hope to have it clear and available for recreational use. Every week, we’ve a lot of projects going on, we are going to try and get as much done as we can by Spring so the public can use these and have GPS markers on them and get them up on the web even more for publication.

Mr. Roman: I actually was leading to that question. When do you anticipate that those trails will available via a more interactive manner on the website.

Mr. Canning: If we can GPS the white trail, maybe by the end of this week but we are going to try and make steady progress before mid March to late March when the weather breaks and we are really hoping to make this an integral part this Spring with Mount Olive Township.

Mr. Roman: Thank you.

President Labow: Mr. Roman, did you know that Open Space has on the website the complete Trail Master Plan and maps of all of them. I’m not sure if everybody is aware of that.

Mr. Roman: I think that is something we definitely should highlight a little bit more because it takes a little bit of doing just to get on that part of the site.

President Labow: Actually, that’s a good point. If we could have that a little easier to get to because we are talking a lot about the trails and it would be nice if we had an icon right on the front page that you can just click instead of having to sift through.

Mr. Canning: I think that’s a good idea. We can take a crack there. We can get that on there.

President Labow: It’s really great information that people should have more readily available.

Mr. Canning: I want to thank Kathy Murphy who did tireless work over the years in trying to obtain easements and access to these trails and worked with the various committees. This is the final stage so we get to crow about it a little bit now because of a lot of leg work that went in trying to create this entire trail system.

President Labow: Excellent.

Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, we have a couple of events that I want to highlight that are coming up. That’s Amoré
Thursday night at Enzo’s Pizzeria and Restaurant right here on Route 46, Cabin Fever Reliever Saturday at the Senior Center from 10 to 1 pm showcasing many programs we offer through the Rec Department. Also, I understand this week there will be a Morris County Championship Basketball team Saturday night, 7 pm at County College of Morris where Mount Olive Men’s Basketball team had made it to the finals for the second year in a row and that’s at 7 pm and I understand that Hockey, the Mount Olive Hockey team is playing for the Haas Cup Thursday night. I believe that is probably at Mennan Arena. I don’t know the time. It’s been a very successful year for our high school sports, the winter season, all of the sports teams seem to have done very well and just finally, although I don’t want to dwell on it, condolences to the family with the loss yesterday and the heroic efforts of our Police Department and our volunteer ambulance and rescue squads. We will address all of the issues related to the fire at some point down the road after we’ve had a chance to digest both the positives and the negatives in terms of what we can do to better protect the residents of Mount Olive.

President Labow: Thank you.

Mayor Greenbaum: My understanding is that the Hockey is Wednesday night, not Thursday night.

OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
LEGAL MATTERS

President Labow: Okay. Now we are up to Old Business. Seeing none, New Business? Seeing none, Legal Matters, Jeff?

Mr. Pasek: Just two quick items. Jeff Pasek of Dorsey and Semrau. First off, with respect to the solar project at the former landfill site, we’ve an agreement to lease the site for our solar project. We are awaiting the developer to complete their due diligence and they have since proposed an amendment to the contract. The second quick item was just to echo the thoughts of Alex. Our entire office wants to congratulate Kathy Murphy on her retirement. We’ve worked on countless closings and land acquisitions and her enthusiasm is something we will also remember and thank her and wish her well in her future endeavors.

Mr. Roman: Jeff, what are the changes to the contract?

Mr. Pasek: From my understanding the developer wants additional time to complete due diligence.

Mr. Roman: And how much time is he requesting?

Mr. Pasek: At this point I’m not positive but we can report back at the next Council meeting.

Mr. Roman: Do you foresee that this project is going to be going forward?

Mr. Pasek: As far as we know, yes.

Mr. Roman: Thank you.

President Labow: Mayor, do you have any information?

Mayor Greenbaum: I think the original due diligence period was supposed to end this June. During their initial due diligence period there were some issue identified with respect to the landfill cap that needed further analysis and further work in terms of who was going to take responsibility for the current environmental issues at the site should they go forward. There’ve been negotiations or at least discussions with the DEP and ultimately those issues remain unresolved which required the additional period in terms of everyone moving forward very cautiously to avoid to any potential long term liability at the site.

President Labow: That certainly is reasonable. Council Reports. Mr. Ferrante, would you give your reports for all of your Committees?

COUNCIL REPORTS
Open Space Committee Report
Lake Issues
Environment Committee
Library Board Liaison

Mr. Ferrante: Lake, we actually have a meeting next month and just for the Library, they’ve been having some difficulties with their telephones lately. Right now I think they are working off of a fax number as a telephone and they are hoping to get everything resolved soon.

President Labow: Do they know what is causing it? Is it weather related?

Mr. Ferrante: No, I think it was just faulty equipment from Verizon.

President Labow: For the Lake Committee, do you know what we are doing with the lake this year for treatment?

Mr. Ferrante: I don’t know right now. As you know Dave has resigned so we’re are still looking for a replacement for him. I think that is going to be discussed at the next meeting.

Mayor Greenbaum: We can give you an update. Sean?

Mr. Canning: There is a RFQ. Dave had worked closely with us about updating the RFQ. We are getting quotes. The treatment level we anticipate to be about $13,000.00, significantly lower than it had been in the past and what we have right now is a quote going out to three companies one of which had the contract last year and two others. We are awaiting them. As soon as I get them in, I’ll share them with the Lake Committee and Councilman Ferrante.

President Labow: And is that still the treatment for the curly pond leaf and what’s the other one called?

Mr. Canning: Berry root or something.

President Labow:  Milfoil, milfoil and curly pond leaf. I knew I’d think of it eventually. Will they be able to tell us how much of a decrease we’ve had so far because it was massively invaded before.

Mr. Canning: Our consultant does actively inspect. As a matter of fact, when we had a significant problem, I believe in July, they were right on top of it. There was some white type of algae or something that was popping up in July. Within 48 hours they had it treated with proper spot on advisement. It’s significantly less than it was a couple of years ago. Our consultant is active on that lake. I don’t know if we can get any metrics as to what it was three years ago compared to now but if it is reflective of the price, it’s far better.

Mayor Greenbaum: Definitely moving in the right direction.

President Labow: As I understand it, the price has a lot to do with how much treatment. Alrighty, we have Mr. Nicastro.

Safety Committee Liaison

Mr. Nicastro: Nothing to report.

Board of Health Report – R. Perkins
Legislative Committee Report – R. Perkins
Economic Development Committee Report – R. Perkins

President Labow: And Mr. Roman?

Recreation Liaison Report
Board of Education Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: I have nothing to report on Recreation or Board of Ed.

Planning Board Report – J. Mania
Senior Citizen Liaison – J. Mania

TNR Program

President Labow: Alright and for TNR, we are having a fundraiser Thursday night at the Vasa Park Club House. It starts at 5 pm and goes on to 8 pm and before you go to, what’s it called? Mi Amoré at Dino’s, no Enzo’s, I’m sorry.

Mayor Greenbaum: You got the curly root right but you can’t get…

President Labow: I can’t get the right pizzeria. So you can go over to the Club House at Vasa Park and go right down the street to Enzo’s and enjoy a nice meal. I open the meeting to our public. Anybody from the public like to come up and speak this evening? No, nothing, nobody?

PUBLIC PORTION

President Labow: Okay, I close the meeting to the public and Council Comments? Mr. Ferrante.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Ferrante: I would just like to extend my condolences to the families involved in the tragedy yesterday. I’d also like to wish, although he’s not here today, Mr. Walsh luck in his new endeavors. He will be missed. He was instrumental to me. I’m going to miss my conversations and his guidance and I just wish he and his family good luck. That’s it.

President Labow: Thank you.

Mr. Nicastro: Yes, I’d also like to wish, send my condolences and prayers out to the family. I knew one of the people directly/indirectly through the family members like a lot of people did. My prayers are with them. I’d also like to thank Kathy as well. I know she is retiring somewhat but she’s still here and all the work she has done for the Township as well as Pat Walsh. He was a good friend and I’m sure we will be in touch with him and I wish him well with his new adventure.

President Labow: Absolutely. Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman: It is needless to say my deepest condolences to the families that perished in the fire in Flanders. Hopefully this is the end to the current spate of bad news that has befallen our Township. I’m also, congratulations again to Miss Murphy. It’s going to be definitely hard to replace her and the efforts she’s done in acquiring and maintaining some of our open space. As she said, a third of our Township is dedicated to open space and it’s much a credit to not only her work but previous Administrations and Councils. To Mr. Walsh, probably the person on this Council that I’ve disagreed with the most but he has definitely contributed in his tenure here not only through deeds and words but also through actions and I wish him nothing but the best of luck in the rest of his life work wise and hopefully he will pick back up politics wherever he plants his new roots. Thank you.

President Labow: I, too, would like to send out my condolences to the family of the traumatic loss and certainly I know the little girl, she has a long road ahead of her and I certainly hope that she is going to, she’ll have a lot of love and support and hopefully she will have a very speedy recovery as well as the family – emotionally try to make sense of what happen and not only that, the whole entire community over there. It’s a very close knit community in old Flanders there and it is just absolutely devastating for everybody involved and it’s just remarkable. There was a lot of heroic efforts yesterday including the stepfather who was already out of the house and ran back in to save the children and lost his own life. He was a wonderful man. Many  of us know him from Dunkin’ Donuts – always friendly, smiling, happy and it’s just a very tragic loss for our entire town and I would also like to thank Mrs. Murphy for a wonderful job and I know that she is still going to be there helping out and taking care of our open space wherever she can and enjoying her grandson which is going to be absolutely fantastic and for Mr. Walsh?  You know he is a dear friend. I absolutely adore Pat and to Mr. Roman’s comment, I think it’s really good that we don’t all agree and we all have different points of view and I have found that when we do have a disagreement, we will respectfully debate back and forth. That’s a very good thing. We shouldn’t always agree all the time. This evening Mr. Roman chose to vote for the speed limit reduction ordinance because at the next meeting it is going to be passed any way, why belabor the point and I think we can all agree, at one point or another when we might not be totally in agreement with something, sometimes you save further arguments for something that has a lot more impact and sometimes we just have to do that. You have to pick and choose but as Mr. McDonnell said, sometimes it’s not always good to have to pick and choose but sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture. Without further ado, I would like have a motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.

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Colleen Labow, 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 March 19, 2013.


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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk
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