February 5, 2013 Township Council Minutes

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:28 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 and Mr. Perkins

Absent:           Mr. Walsh and Mr. Mania

Also Present:  Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Michael Augello, Township Attorney; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Sean Canning, Business Administrator

President Labow: Also, let the record reflect that Mr. Mania is on vacation on Mr. Walsh is out of the state on
business. For Correspondence, we have…Approval of the Minutes, Mr. Ferrante could you please approve,
make a motion to approve the Minutes of January 22, 2013, Workshop and Public Meeting. Mr. Perkins and
Mr. Mania were absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

January 22, 2013 WS & PM – Mr. Perkins & Mr. Mania absent

Mr. Ferrante: Yes, I make a motion to move the Workshop and Public Meeting Minutes of January 22,
2013.

President Labow: Thank you.

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Labow: Any discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mr. Perkins abstained.

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

  1. E-mail received January 18, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Sandy Recovery Needs & Priorities.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 19, 2013, from Susan Zellman regarding Friends of Waterloo Village – Annual Meeting Invitation.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 25, 2013, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding NJCM Mayors Information Bulletin.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 25, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Reminder - Sandy Recovery Needs & Priorities Meeting.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 25, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding New Sandy Recover Information.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Invitation received January 28, 2013, from Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb regarding “A MODERATED PANEL DISCUSSION.”  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 28, 2013, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding NJCM Mayors Workshop, Friday, February 15, 2013, Mayors Primer and Managing Scarce Resources.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 29, 2013, from the State of New Jersey regarding OSC Guidance on Sandy Related Contracts.  PDF Correspondence

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES / CORRESPONDENCE from OTHER TOWNS

  1. Resolution received January 28, 2013, from MCANJ via Web Committee regarding a Resolution Supporting Expansion of Medicaid Program.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Invitation received January 31, 2013, from the Township of Jefferson regarding MCLOM February Meeting at the Birchwood Manor.  PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. E-mail received January 18, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 18, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 18, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Federal Aid Available for Local Governments Community Disaster Loan Program.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 22, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Women in Municipal Government Presents 5th Annual WIMG Day.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 23, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 24, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Invitation to Attend the 21st Annual Mayor’s Legislative Day!  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 24, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding SOLD OUT! Jan 26 Orientation for Newly Elected, Re-Elected & Experienced Officials and Special Municipal Rate at NJ Future Program.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 24, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding BPU Order Mandates Timetable for Specific Utility Reforms.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 25, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sandy Funding Update, Urgent: A-1196 Public Safety Workers Compensation Scheduled for Assembly Floor Vote January 28 and Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 25, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding PSE&G Super Storm Sandy Emergency Response Meeting.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 28, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Enhanced Clean Energy Program Incentives to Assist Hurricane Sandy Flood Victims.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 28, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding SOLD OUT SEMINAR! and Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 28, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Affordable Housing, Governors Order to Abolish COAH and Municipal Housing Trust Fund.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 29, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A-1196 Workers Comp.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 29, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sandy Funding Bill Passed.  PDF Correspondence 

 

  1. E-mail received January 30, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 30, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM Educational Foundation, Inc. Upcoming Program and 2012 Guide to Unfunded Mandates.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 31, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Leadership for a Better America Program.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 31, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding SOLD OUT! 21st Annual Mayors Legislative Day.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 31, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Important Conference Cancellation Information.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 31, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM February 2013 Mayor’s Newsline.  PDF Correspondence

 

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

  1. Receptor Evaluation Form received January 28, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Klejna Residence located at 125 Flanders Drakestown Road.  PDF Correspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. E-mail received January 25, 2013, from the County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Minutes received January 31, 2013, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding the December 6, 2013 meeting.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Minutes received January 31, 2013, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding the October 18, 2013 meeting.  PDF Correspondence

 

DCA

  1. Letter received January 18, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding Construction Officials.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 18, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding Advisory Memo to Construction Officials.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 18, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding Community Disaster Loan Program.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 22, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding Gov Connect Update:  January 22, 2013.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received January 29, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding Help us insure NJ gets its fair share of federal Sandy aid.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received January 29, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding Correction – Proposed NJAC 5:30-8.6.  PDF Correspondence

UTILITIES

  1. Letter received January 28, 2013, from New Jersey American Water regarding a Public Notice of the filing of a Petition to change the levels of Purchased Water and Purchased Wastewater.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received January 28, 2013, from Cablevision regarding Launch of Optimum Economy Package.  PDF Correspondence

President Labow: Okay, we have 43 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone have any questions,
concerns? Seeing none, moving on to Ordinance for Public Hearing. I open the hearing to the public on:

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Ord. #1-2013  Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Capital Improvements of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating the Aggregate Amount of $1,318,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $1,252,100 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof.

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

Mr. Nicastro: Yes, thank you Madam President, I move Ord. #1-2013 to be introduced by title and passed on…

President Labow: No, adopted. This is second reading.

Mr. Nicastro: Oh, I’m sorry. Second reading, I’m sorry. I was reading the wrong one there. I move to adopt
and final passage of Ord. #1-2013.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

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

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Ord. #1-2013 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. Next on the Agenda we have
Ordinances for First Reading, second reading to be February 19, 2013:

OPTIONAL PUBLIC PORTION ON ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - second reading February 19, 2013

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. Perkins, would you please move that?

Mr. Perkins: Yes Madam President, I move that Ord. #2-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading and that a meeting be held on February 19, 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. Nicastro: Second.

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

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

President Labow: Alrighty, Consent Resolution Agenda, Mr. Roman. First of all, would anybody like to have any of the resolutions removed to Non Consent? We are going to take the one off for number eleven and number twelve. I’m sorry, take them off of Consent and put them on Non Consent so we can read them last, the two retirements. I think we should read them individually and so could you please move…anybody else want any moved to Non Consent? Mr. Roman, would you please move one through ten and thirteen and fourteen.

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 Disposal of Surplus Property (Various Public Items). PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Settlement and General Release with Respect to the Settlement of Potential Litigation Discussed at the February 5, 2013 Executive Session of the Mount Olive Township Council. PDF Resolution
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Adopting the List of Eligible LOSAP Emergency Service Volunteers for 2012. 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
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Regarding Shared Services for Fire Inspections with Chester Borough for the Year 2013. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement Under Non-fair and Open Contracts in Accordance with the Pay-to-Play Law for 2013. PDF Resolution
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Skylands Risk Management, Inc. as the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund Risk Management Consultant for Mount Olive Township. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the 2013 Temporary Capital Budget. PDF Resolution
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of One Purchasing Contract (CDW Government). PDF Resolution

 

  1. A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, State of New Jersey Authorizing the Release of a Cash Performance Bond for the Site Improvements Project on Property Identified as Block 104 Lot 4 (Mt. Olive Industrial Realty Co.) PDF Resolution
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Recognizing the Retirement of Police Officer Ricky Lindner from the Township of Mount Olive. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Recognizing the Retirement of Grant Coordinator Kathy Murphy from the Township of Mount Olive. 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  ADDED 2/5/2013*

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a New 911 Memorial at Turkey Brook Park. PDF Resolution ADDED 2/5/13*

Mr. Roman: I make a motion that we approve Consent Resolutions one through ten and thirteen and fourteen.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

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

ROLL CALL:           Passed with the exception, Mr. Roman Abstained on 4 and 14.

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
ROLL CALL

President Labow: Mr. Nicastro, would you please move Non Consent Resolution Number 11.

RESOLUTIONS NONCONSENT

11.       Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Recognizing the Retirement of Police Officer Ricky Lindner from the Township of Mount Olive.

Mr. Nicastro: I move Number 11.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Labow: This one is the retirement of Officer Ricky Lindner from our Police Department. Would you
like to read it Mr. Nicastro:

Mr. Nicastro: I’m sorry.

President Labow: The resolution.

Mr. Nicastro: If I have it here, if not if someone else has it handy you can have them read it.

President Labow: I’m sorry, I should have asked you ahead of time. I just think it is important to read these
because they’ve spent all of these years on staff. Mrs. Lashway is going to read it for us. Thank you. The next
one is going to be Kathy Murphy. Mr. Perkins would you read it for Kathy for us?

Mr. Perkins: Sure, I look forward to it.

President Labow: Thank you.

Mrs. Lashway: RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT OLIVE RECOGNIZING THE RETIREMENT OF POLICE OFFICER RICKY LINDNER FROM THE TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT OLIVE

WHEREAS, On January 31, 2013, Officer Ricky Lindner completed his required years of service with the Mount Olive Township Police Department and as such retired on that day; and
WHEREAS, Officer Ricky Lindner; after having received an Associates of Science Degree from the County College of Morris, and having graduated from the Morris County Police Academy in June of 1988, began working as a Patrolman for the Township of Mount Olive; and has unselfishly served the citizens of Mount Olive and the State of New Jersey in a manner that is beyond reproach for the last 25 years; and
WHEREAS, Officer Ricky Lindner served various roles in the Mount Olive Police Department, which included the Patrol Division where he served as a Patrolman and D.A.R.E Officer; and
WHEREAS, during his tenure , Officer Ricky Lindner served as a PR-24 and Baton Instructor, BLS AND CPR Instructor; Occupant Protector Usage and Enforcement Instructor; and Mount Olive Police Department bugler; and
WHEREAS, Officer Ricky Lindner received advanced training in Accident Investigation from the Institute of Police Technology and Management from the University of North Florida and High Intensity Drug Traffic Awareness training from the Regional Training Center in New York City; and
WHEREAS, Officer Ricky Lindner was instrumental in running the fund raiser golf outings for the Mount Olive Police Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #122 for the past 18+ years; and
WHEREAS, He is a caring compassionate man who has saved more lives than we will ever know through his genuine concern for people in trouble and his ability to see the good in all; and
WHEREAS, above and beyond dedicated service he received many awards which include the Meritorious Service Award, Life Saving Awards, Exceptional Duty Awards, Grand Cordon  Awards, an Honorable Service Award, an Educational Achievement Award; and Letters of Commendation; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of Mount Olive Township and the members of the Mount Olive Township Police have been fortunate to have such a dedicated man serve them for so long.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive that they do hereby congratulate Officer Ricky Lindner on his retirement and wish him, health, happiness and fortune in his future endeavors.

President Labow: Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously
President Labow: Mr. Perkins, would you please move Resolution Number 12?

12.       Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Recognizing the Retirement of Grant Coordinator Kathy Murphy from the Township of Mount Olive. PDF Resolution

Mr. Perkins: Yes, I move Non Consent Resolution Number 12.

President Labow: Thank you. Do I hear a second?

Mr. Nicastro: Second.

President Labow: Mr. Perkins, would you read Non Consent Resolution Number 12 on the retirement of Mrs. Murphy?

Mr. Perkins: Yes Madam President. RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT OLIVE RECOGNIZING THE RETIREMENT OF GRANT COORDINATOR KATHY MURPHY FROM THE TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT OLIVE

            WHEREAS, Grant Coordinator Kathy Murphy has been a resident of the Township of Mount Olive since 1986 and started volunteering on the Township Environmental Commission beginning in 1988; and
WHEREAS, in the early 1990s, Mrs. Murphy headed an ad hoc residents group that advocated for Turkey Brook Park and assisted the Township in pursuing funding for the acquisition in which the Township was able to secure funds from Green Acres and Morris County in the first round of the Open Space Preservation Trust; and
WHEREAS, as a result of her diligent efforts and experience from this process she was offered the position of Grant Coordinator with the Township; and
WHEREAS, in her role as Grant Coordinator, Mrs. Murphy attracted public and private grant funding that resulted in the preservation of over 2,000 acres of open space and farmland that will remain a part of Mt. Olive’s landscape forever; and
WHEREAS, the Council commends Mrs. Murphy for her continuous volunteer service on the Mt. Olive Environmental Commission and Open Space Committee;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris and State of New Jersey that they recognize Grant Coordinator Murphy for her many years of service as the Grant Coordinator in the Township of Mount Olive with appreciation for her dedication and commitment to the residents of the Township.

President Labow: Thank you Mr. Perkins. Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Alrighty, Consent Motions, the Bill List, Mr. Walsh is not here. Mr. Ferrante, would you please move our Bill List for us?

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Ferrante: I move the Bill List.

President Labow: Thank you.

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Labow: Any comments or discussion? Anybody from the public? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed with the exception, Mr. Nicastro abstained from Check No. 62753.

President Labow: Mr. Canning, Administrative Reports please.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Mr. Canning: Thank you Madam President. Just three things. Tomorrow starts the first day of the week long auction on GovDeals for many of the surplus vehicles that we moved last Fall. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy put everything off including our auction so we are catching up. Tomorrow is the first day of the vehicle auctions on GovDeals. It’s up online and next February 13th starts the portion of our electronic equipment and we are hoping to catch up on some of our surplus vehicles and equipment and again in March we will have another auction - probably March or April and we should be caught up by then.

Mr. Roman: Mr. Canning, excuse me Madam President, when the auction goes through, if you wouldn’t mind sending us a list of the items that sold and the amount that we got for them.

Mr. Canning: Yes, absolutely.

Mr. Roman: Thank you.

Mr. Canning: I take a lot of pride. I look forward to that. It’s been long overdue so I have to apologize for the delay. If you didn’t notice on the way in, the very bright sign out front is…it needs a little bit of tweaking, it’s burning retinas up and down Flanders Drakestown Road but we are going to hone it a little bit but I just want to recognize four people that really put a lot of work into this: Jim Lynch, Frank Wilpert, Jr., John Geiger and Radar Grignon really were incredible in getting this done especially John and Radar. One of the days last week, it was bitter cold and those guys were out there getting all the labor work done. It’s not fully complete yet. I wish Councilman Mania was here. He was very helpful in getting some donated concrete and some other items that we needed to get this off the ground so we are looking forward to final completion probably within a week or two. We’ll have the topper and Councilman Perkins was instrumental at that point with steering me towards Mr. Catelli who has done our sign. Now it’s beautiful so when this is done its really going to be something to be proud of but we are almost there but at least we had a big first step today and that’s all we have.

President Labow: Also, for Administrative, I just want to thank you very much for sending out the letter to all of the Flanders residents and the work that you did to get that all put together and mailed out is greatly appreciated. Thank you. It was probably one of the most detailed reports I’ve ever seen which is very much appreciated. I told everybody that I spoke to in Flanders, I said just don’t just read it once. You need to read it two or three times and write down your questions because there is a lot to digest there all the way around. We are on to Old Business. Any other Old Business this evening?

OLD BUSINESS

President Labow: New Business?

NEW BUSINESS

President Labow: Seeing none, Legal Matters?

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr.Augello: Nothing legal technically Madam President but on behalf of our firm, Fred wanted me to report that we are very pleased with the 911 memorial that is going to be going in and that our firm is going to be donating $1,000.00 to the construction of that.

President Labow: Thank you very much. On Legal Matters for the 19th, I know you mentioned that you weren’t going to be able to be here. Is Fred going to be here?

Mr. Augello: I believe Fred will be here, yes. There definitely will be someone from our office and I believe it will be Fred.

President Labow: Okay, great. Thank you. I just want to make sure we have legal representation. Council Reports, if you could just, we are going to start with Mr. Ferrante, if you could just go through and do all of your reports for what you are assigned to and then we’ll go on to Mr. Nicastro and work it that way just to speed it up a little bit and move this along. You can say what you need to say just all at one time.

COUNCIL REPORTS
Open Space Committee Report

Mr. Ferrante: So for Open Space Committee, Governor Christie has released $2.2 million in trail grants, which we received $24,000. The Open Space Committee will be using that to improve some of the trails that are connecting with Stanhope. They will be improving those walking bridges that needed to be improved in that area and some connections to the Netcong Train Station.

 

Lake Issues
Environment Committee
Library Board Liaison

Mr. Ferrante: Nothing for Lake or Environmental and the Library Board meets next week.

President Labow: Next week, okay. Mr. Nicastro.

Safety Committee Liaison

Mr. Nicastro: We had a Safety Committee meeting last week. It was a short meeting. Basically they were finishing up on the new radio installations and all going over that process. Some house cleaning items to make sure that the storm things were put in properly. That was about it.

President Labow: Okay, and that’s the only one that you have. Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: How did you only end up with one Committee?

Mr. Nicastro: I don’t know.

Board of Health Report
Legislative Committee Report
Economic Development Committee Report

Mr. Perkins: Madam President, I apologize for missing the last meeting. I was away on business. I would have reported that the Board of Health reorganized. We reappointed Dr. Abrams, Dr. Ross and Dr. Miccio. They were all sworn in appropriately by the Board attorney. We will be moving forward this year, I will have the Board attorney begin to draft the ordinance for the defibrillators in gymnasiums. As I understand it, Gold’s Gym already has one and somebody that’s been trained and qualified to utilize that so we would be looking at that. Once that is in motion, we get that through to the Council for a final look see.

President Labow: One question, Mr. Perkins, are they going to be the newest or is this going to be any…

Mr. Perkins: It’s not going to be any. It will be the most up-to-date, the most…

President Labow: Pediatric…

Mr. Perkins: Pediatric…

President Labow: Thank you. You read my mind. You knew.

Mr. Perkins: Legislative Committee, I spoke to Mr. Licitra today. I’ve had a couple of text messages back and forth from no longer Assemblyman, I guess he’s still Assemblyman Gary Chiusano who as you know the Governor has appointed and I believe the Senate approved for him to be the Sussex County Surrogate. That leaves the Primary coming forward and right now my best understanding is that Parker Space is more than likely, I believe, running uncontested as part of a team with Mrs. McHose as well as Senator Oroho. I will be reaching out to them to request to see if we can’t have them, at least one of them, attend on the 19th so they can hear some of the issues of the people in Old Flanders for the sewer system and maybe they can offer us a little support down at the State level.

President Labow: Thank you.

Mr. Perkins: The Economic Development Committee, we did have a meeting, it was a rather productive meeting. We had blended in with the Pride Committee - very energetic. The Mayor has some great things that he is looking at us working on as we move into the future and some other things that at this point in time we are sworn to strict confidence. We are risking our life and limb to not let it be out so I will respect the Mayor’s wishes on that. Other than that, the Committee seems energized. There are some nice things and I think it is going to work well with Pride and Economic Development kind of working together.

President Labow: Mr. Perkins, for the Economic Development Committee, how do they find out which properties are vacant commercial or retail space? Do they have a list because I could provide that.

Mr. Perkins: Jeff Stadelman has quite a good list of what properties are vacant. We’ve gone back to try and get the corridor along Budd Lake, maybe have a restaurant. Things that we’ve looked at over the years that maybe now, I think they should be optimistic. The ITC area designation by BASF changed from Planning Area 5 to 2 is monumental.

President Labow: It’s huge for us.

Mr. Perkins: So it may be, the Highlands Commission will look at things and some of the development along Route 46 just up to Callaremi, he’s up in a quandary what to do with pieces of property. I think if we now have a friend in the Governor who has kind of got people, you know, Gene Feyl heading up the Highlands Commission, maybe there is a good chance that things might be able to loosen up a little bit. We may be able to actually entice people to come in. There are some smaller businesses that the Mayor has let us know that he is looking at, that he is still talking to, one or two big ones that I again I’m kind of sworn. I can’t go any further.

President Labow: Thank you. Alrighty, Mr. Mania is not here. Did Mr. Greenbaum…I’m sorry…

Recreation Liaison Report
Board of Education Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: Board of Education, the January 28th meeting was cancelled, postponed due to inclement weather. It is going to be rescheduled for this Thursday. As expected there will be discussion there on outsourcing busing.

President Labow: Can I say something first on that? Is it the busing that is being outsourced or is it the drivers and we are keeping our equipment? That question keeps coming back up.

Mr. Roman: Last I heard the Board of Ed is expecting to retain the buses but as far as what the deal is whether the bidding company will use our buses, that I’m not aware of and Mr. Halbur is present so I mean he is more than capable of commenting as to the particulars of that issue.

Tim Halbur, Saunders La, Board of Representative: Yes, the bid that was let out for bid was for the drivers, administration and transportation department, secretaries and mechanics for their personnel. It was to drive the buses, the Mount Olive School Board would retain possession of the buses and the facilities so the bus garage and back, all of that is still part of Mount Olive School Board property. It is just the personnel if you will.

President Labow: Just one question I had. I was speaking to Mr. Robinson a couple of months ago, two months ago. He was saying that one of the problems that the Board of Ed was having was a lot of the bus drivers were calling out and they were having to call in substitute drivers constantly and that was one of the reasons that led to this effort.

Mr. Halbur: The reason this was done was a financial reason. It was to take a look and evaluate whether or not it made sense from a financial perspective to outsource, if you will, the bus driving and mechanics and administrative to see if it makes sense financially to do so. That’s all this was. At the same time I know there have been a number of articles in the paper and stuff like that talking about how it was because of the calling in sick, it was because of the union contract wasn’t approved, stuff like that. It’s strictly financial. This was actually done, I believe, six years ago. At the same time, it’s a three year contract that we negotiate. Six years ago this was done, the same thing. Their wasn’t the human cry at that time but it was for the same purpose, to evaluate whether or not it makes sense financially. What will then happen, it goes into the Business Committee and then it goes to the full Board for discussion as Mr. Roman stated. It’s coming up for discussion with the full Board on Thursday. If it made sense financially at that point in time, then we will take a look at the next steps.

President Labow: Good, thank you for explaining that. I appreciate that. Thank you.

Mr. Roman: I, for one, would like to applaud the Board of Ed for it, looking into the matter especially in light of trying to save the residents significant tax dollars. I neither endorse or the opposite of endorse, oppose, there we go, I ran out of coffee, opposed their plan but I at least applaud them in looking into it because I think it would be serving a disservice to the residents if they did not at least look at it. On Recreation, the last Recreation meeting, one of the items discussed was the tot lot. The equipment there is going on ten years old and they will be looking at replacing and/or expanding the items affordable and they will do it in different stages, items for ages two to six, five to twelve, and then some minor things for adults and that is all I’ve got.

President Labow: I think they have a sponsor for those improvements. Alright, Planning Board, Mr. Mania is not here. Did Mr. Greenbaum give any paperwork or anything for the Planning Board?

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

Mr. Canning: Not that I’m aware of.

President Labow: And senior citizens again, Mr. Mania is not here.

TNR Program

President Labow: TNR Program, I just want to say that Michelle Di Alfonso and Michelle Lerner had a meeting with Mr. Canning, Mr. Wilpert, Sr. and our new ACO, Mr. Nelson, about two weeks ago. It was a very successful meeting and I just heard a report today that Mrs. Lerner provided for Willie kind of recounting everything that TNR has done in the past twelve months which will be forwarded to the Administration. It’s really impressive, the amount of money that they’ve saved the Township and working together, they are extremely happy. The communication right now is phenomenal so they really greatly appreciate that and also they are looking for anybody who wants to be a foster parent. They are always looking for new foster homes and February 21st they are going to be having a fundraiser over at Vasa Park Club House. It will be jewelry and candles and a couple of other things raising funds to continue their efforts. So that will be Thursday, February 21st from 5 to 8 and that’s all I have. I’d like to open the meeting to the public. Anybody from the public have anything to discuss? Seeing none, Council Comments.

PUBLIC PORTION
COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Nicastro: None tonight.

President Labow: Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Madam President. I will be brief as I think everybody wants to go home. First off I’d like to thank the firm of Dorsey and Semrau for their generous offer toward the 911 Memorial. I guess they are our first donor. So I take it you guys will get top billing. When you write your check, just don’t put any decimal points and we’ll take care of that. We appreciate that. It was an interesting evening. There’s a lot for the Council to have considered. Obviously speed limits and the safety of our residents has been brought up. We have water quality and sewerage issues which we are going to be addressing here in two weeks. On a personal note, I didn’t necessarily take the Mayor’s challenge at the beginning of January because my wife and I have undertaken an exercise program and I’m proud to say that I did lose ten pounds.

President Labow: I found it!

Mr. Perkins: You found it.

President Labow: Oh good, only seven.

Mr. Perkins: You know what they always say, I dropped 10 pounds and it went from my belly to my bottom. On that note, thank you Madam President.

President Labow: Thank you Mr. Perkins. Mr. Roman, are you still spinning?

Mr. Roman: I’m assuming you alluding to the spinning class I did with the Mayor. I have to say it was my first time doing a spinning class and the first ten to fifteen minutes I found it extremely annoying having some guys yell at me telling me to get up and down. I thought I was in church but after it was good and I will definitely be doing it again and I applaud the Administration, Mrs. Pignataro for sponsoring that event and I look forward to seeing how much they raised for the food pantry.

President Labow: I know, you looked really surprised when you were waiting to go in and you saw me coming – you saw me staggering out.

Mr. Roman: I applaud you for doing it and I think everybody should do some kind of exercise even if they think they can’t. You’d be surprised what happens when will takes over.

President Labow: Mr. Nicastro was also there that evening and it was absolutely, he was in the far back corner and I was right in front of the Mayor and it was really funny because the two of them were heckling each other back and forth but I will say that when I got in there and I looked at those seats and I wanted to know if they had any wide body seats and then after I got done for an hour I thought they were going to have to send out a search for the seat because I was sore let me tell you. It was a lot of fun. It really was. Earlier in the day I was trying to find a way, a really good excuse why I probably shouldn’t go and I sent the Mayor a message and said that I broke my left leg and and he said, yeah right, see you at 6:30.

Mr. Roman: And if I may add, this just in, we raised over $1,000.00

President Labow: Yay, that was great. It was a lot of fun. I think we should do it more often and I do applaud, I’m sorry Mr. Roman, I cut into your comments here. If there was something else that you wanted.

Mr. Roman: No, no, nothing pertinent.

President Labow: I just want to say, I think it is wonderful that Mr. Perkins said this earlier in our Workshop meeting that the Mayor has been very much been promoting, and the staff, Mrs. Pignataro, Mr. Canning, everyone else on staff promoting community involvement and events. You just hear it everywhere you go how people are really coming together and working for the greater good of the entire Township and I think that is phenomenal and just having spinning with the Mayor on Thursday last week, it was a lot of fun. It was truly a lot of fun. I probably would never have just in a million years gone and done that but to raise money for the food bank, it was great. So I look forward to many many more events. We do have a teddy bear picnic coming up at the Library soon. I forget the date for that.

Mr. Ferrante: April 7th maybe or April 6th or 7th.

President Labow: April 6th, you’re right. That’s actually in conjunction with Kiwanis. Kiwanis sells those little bears that they donate. They donated over 100 bears so far to area hospitals so when children are in distress for various reasons, the hospital staff has a little teddy bear they can give them and I believe they are going to be donating the next batch of 50 will go to the Police Department and I think into the First Aid Squad. So that was really nice that the Recreation Department invited Kiwanis to join in on the teddy bear picnic. A lot of great functions coming up. Everyone should check the Recreation website and Facebook and watch the Mayor’s page on Facebook for all of our great upcoming events and without further ado, I’d like to have a motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 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 5, 2013.


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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk
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