January 22, 2008 Township Council Public Meeting Minutes

The Regular Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:49 pm by Council Vice President Tobey with the Pledge of Allegiance.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & MOMENT OF REFLECTION for all those who have and continue to protect our freedoms and our way of life.

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: Mr. Tepper, Mr. Roman, Mr. Tobey, Mrs. Labow,
Mr. Rattner, Mr. Greenbaum

Absent: Mr. Perkins

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

Questions on Bill List?

Vice President Tobey: As noted earlier, please let the record note that Mr. Perkins is out of town on a personal matter. Does anybody have any questions on the Bill List? Has everybody had a chance to review it? Does anyone from the public have any questions with regards? Yes, sir.

Ned McDonnell, Budd Lake: Page six of the Bill List, here’s an article too, Al Fenix Leasing Company, 11 ft. steel snow plow for $14,714.00. Was that a lease or was that a purchase?

Ms. Jenkins: We purchased it.

Mr. McDonnell: Okay, I was just…

Ms. Jenkins: Tim, how many did we buy? It was two, two purchased.

Mr. McDonnell: Okay, I was just concerned when I saw Leasing Company.

Ms. Jenkins: Yes, I thought the same thing when I saw it.

Mr. McDonnell: Okay, thank you.

Ms. Jenkins: You’re welcome.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you, does anyone else have any questions? Yes, sir.

Nelson Russell, Budd Lake: Also on Page 6, received $49,400.00 for fencing. Seems awfully expensive for fencing.

Ms. Jenkins: Tim’s actually here. He can answer that.

Mr. Quinn: That was for approximately 750 feet of eight foot high reinforced fencing that’s going around the new recycling center. That was a bid item. It did go out to bid and that’s the price that we got back on it.

Mr. Russell: Page 14, I see $10,000 and change for December billing from Verizon. Can we explore looking into any of the cable, into Cablevision to take a look at their phone options?

Mr. Sohl: They don’t offer the interface to the, we have the whole PBX system in here. I mean, it would take a major undertaking.

Mrs. Labow: So they’re not compatible with our system?

Mr. Sohl: That’s my belief.

Mr. Tepper: It’s completely different.

Mr. Russell: $10,000 a month seems an awful lot.

Ms. Jenkins: That’s actually not for a month. That’s the balance of what we owed them. We’ve been negotiating with them because we were over billed for quite a while. There’s sort of a long history there. You probably remember it so that doesn’t represent one month.

Mr. Roman: What is the average month?

Ms. Jenkins: You know, I still have yet to get that because they, we have not had a normal bill from them in probably a year and a half. So I don’t have an average monthly yet.

Vice President Tobey: Sherry, maybe if you just get that and forward it to Mr. Roman, please.

Ms. Jenkins: Well, like I said, I don’t have it at this point.

Vice President Tobey: Oh, you don’t have it.

Mr. Tepper: Take the annual and divide by twelve.

Ms. Jenkins: I’m hoping, this was supposed to clear up whatever is outstanding. We have a few credits that are due and from what I understand from my staff and also Mr. Gaskill, we should be starting to have regular bills in the next few months. So I’ll be able to tell you at that point.

Mr. Rattner: If we cleaned everything up, why don’t we take the total amount paid for 2007 and divide it by twelve and you have an average month?

Mr. Sohl: We had a lot of credit.

Ms. Jenkins: There’s a lot of, yes, I mean there’s credits. I don’t know that you can do that, Steve.

Mr. Greenbaum: It’s not quite that simple, Steve.

Mr. Rattner: Credits from prior years?

Ms. Jenkins: If you want I can do that. I don’t know that that’s going to be…

Mr. Rattner: Well, if they got it all cleaned up now, because there was nothing, at least the end amount, what our telephone bill was for a year is what the annual amount is.

Ms. Jenkins: I’ll look at it but I like to see an actual couple of month’s bills with no credits, no issues, and no nothing.

Mr. Russell: On pages 15 and 16, I wonder why the difference between the Budd Lake Fire Department, the Flanders Fire Department, and respective First Aid Squads for contribution amounts.

Mr. Sohl: That’s been the historic…

Mr. Tepper: They’re different amounts.

Ms. Jenkins: Well, there are different statutory amounts that we provide to both the Fire and the Rescue Squads. Rescue Squads get a $35,000 direct contribution and the Fire Departments get $45,000. We also give them additional money on top of that as a reimbursement.

Mr. Russell: Oh, there’s reimbursement in that?

Ms. Jenkins: As a reimbursement which is why, you know, if you ever look at one of their vouchers for reimbursement, there’s probably a hundred bills or so attached. Basically we give them what they request. So, I mean, Budd Lake Rescue may request a $10,000….

Mr. Russell: Yes, First Aid got $10,000 and Flanders got $17,000.

Ms. Jenkins: Yes, we give them what they request as long as it doesn’t go over their temporary budget allotment, obviously.

Mr. Russell: Okay, thank you.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Vice President Tobey: Thank you. We are up to approval of Minutes of previous meetings of:

Jan. 8, 2008 PM & CS
All present

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

Mr. Greenbaum: I move the January 8, 2008 Public meeting and Closed Session Minutes.

Vice President Tobey: Second?

Mr. Rattner: Second.

Vice President Tobey: Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

1. Letter received January 8, 2008, from the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce regarding their January Business Meeting entitled, “Meet the Mayor.”

2. Letter received January 17, 2008, from the LaRouche Political Action Committee regarding the “Homeowners and Bank Protection Act.”

3. Letter received January 17, 2008, from Phyllis B. Shelton regarding the vacation of Gervic Street.

4. Petition received January 18, 2007, from Mount Olive Residents regarding Commercial Parking in Residential Zones.

MUA / MSA

5. Letter received January 07, 2008, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the allocations for the participating municipalities in the 4.31 MGD Water Pollution Control Plant.

6. Minutes received January 11, 2008, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding their December 5, 2007 meeting.

DOT / DEP / LOI / HIGHLANDS

7. Letter received January 4, 2008, from Betts Environmental Services Corporation regarding CEA Biennial Certification Notification – Well Search for the Mount Olive Board of Education Transportation Depot, Block 8100, Lot 22 (171 Flanders Drakestown Road) with a copy of the well search report.

8. Letter received January 07, 2008, from Medina Consultants regarding an application for a Minor Fresh Water Wetlands General Permit # 10A for the Replacement of Bartley Road Bridge.

9. Letter received January 10, 2008, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, regarding Applicant: Mark Bruinsma, Testo Inc. Block 5900, Lot 7 (35 Ironia Road.) for Authorization for Freshwater Wetlands Statewide General Permit No. 25 and Waiver of Transition Area for Access.

10. Letter received January 10, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection, regarding Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act for Block 6000, Lot 9 (80 Pleasant Hill Road).

11. Letter received January 10, 2008, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, regarding Wicklow & Laurano Landscape & Excavating Contractors, Notice of Violation. Block 6800, Lot 11 (362 Route 206).

12. Letter received January 11, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection, regarding Deo, Single Family Home Block 16 Lot 5, and Block 6900 Lot 37 (7A North Bridge Drive, Washington Township, and 38 Cherry Tree Lane).

13. Letter received January 14, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection, regarding Norrie, Single-Family Home. Agency Determination Highlands Act-Exempt, Water Quality Management Plan – Consistent for Block 1201, Lot 7 (77 Crease Road).

14. Invitation received January 14, 2008, from New Jersey Transit regarding Mount Arlington Rail Station Grand Opening.

15. Letter received January 16, 2008, from the United States Environmental Protection Agency regarding a filing of Superfund Lien on Real Property Known as Combe Fill North Landfill Superfund Site.

16. Letter received January 18, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Final Warning Letter for McGrath/Cassidy Block 1605, Lot 2 (9 Erie Trail).

17. Letter received January 18, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Proposed JCP&L Substation / Mountaintop Assembly of God Church Property, Block 8400, Lot 3 (6 Naughright Road).

18. Letter received January 18, 2008, from Larry Kron, Esq. regarding Application filed with the DEP for Muhammad & Rehana Akhtar, Premises: 15 Wilstow Road, Budd Lake in connection with Highlands Applicability and Water Quality management Plan.

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

19. Letter received January 11, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding a League Seminar, “Sexual Harassment – Your Rights.”

20. Letter received January 11, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding a League Seminar, “Survivor Skills for Supervisors.”

21. Letter received January 14, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the 92nd Annual Conference Highlights.

22. Letter received January 14, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding a COAH Update.

MORRIS COUNTY

23. Letter received January 7, 2008, from Morris County Community Development regarding Budd Lake Drainage.

24. Letter received January 18, 2008, from the County of Morris, Department of Planning, Development &
Technology regarding COAH Workshop.

Vice President Tobey: There are 24 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone wish to discuss any? None?

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Vice President Tobey: The first ordinance for first reading is Ordinance #1-2008 entitled:

Ord. #1–2008 An Ordinance to Amend and Supplement Section 196-74 of the Mount Olive Code Entitled Connection Fees to the Budd Lake Sanitary Sewer System, Subsection C.

Vice President Tobey: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard with regards to Ord. # 1-2008? No? I
would ask Mr. Tepper, to please move that…

Mr. Tepper: We do have…

Vice President Tobey: I’m sorry. Please state your name and address for the record.

Paul and Phil Dattolo, 141 Route 46, Budd Lake: We have a couple of questions about the ordinance. One, does this ordinance apply to an existing business which is already connected to the sewer system and already paid connection fees?

Mr. Dorsey: The answer to that would be no. If you co-pay your co-connection fees then this charge does not affect you.

Mr. Dattolo: Okay, so this never, under what circumstances would this ordinance apply to an existing business?

Mr. Dorsey: Someone who did not pay the connection fees that they were advised they owed but somehow got a Building Permit and a CO.

Mr. Dattolo: Does that mean you were to go back dated? Is that back dated to the original connection when the sewers…

Mr. Dorsey: They certainly owe the connection fee from the date that they got the Building permit.

Mr. Dattolo: And what does the word “assignment” mean in this ordinance?

Mr. Dorsey: The Township assigns EDU’s for connection fees.

Mr. Dattolo: Well, is that in the initial connection when the sewer system is first allocated?

Mr. Dorsey: Yes.

Mr. Dattolo: And, what does “receive an assignment” mean?

Mr. Dorsey: You receive an assignment of EDU’s when you make your application, in this instance to construct a certain facility.

Mr. Dattolo: So this is only really for new construction?

Mr. Tepper: Principally.

Mr. Dorsey: Basically, yes.

Mr. Dattolo: Okay, and does this apply to the Dattolo Properties Inc. or the Laundromat?

Mr. Dorsey: I don’t think it does.

Mr. Dattolo: Alright, thank you.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you. Anyone else from the public? I would ask Mr. Tepper to please move Ord. #1-2008.

Mr. Tepper: Yes, Mr. Chairman, I move Ord. #1-2008 for approval.

Vice President Tobey: Is there a second?

Mr. Roman: Second.

Vice President Tobey: Ord. #1-2008 has been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

Vice President Tobey: Ord. #1-2008 has passed on second reading, and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy to the Mayor and publish such in accordance with the law. The next ordinance is entitled:

Ord. #2–2008 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Establish the Position of Township Planner as an Employee or a Consultant.

Vice President Tobey: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard with regards to such? I’ll close it to the public and please ask Mr. Roman to please move Ord. #2-2008.

Mr. Roman: I make a motion that we move Ord. #2-2008.

Vice President Tobey: Second?

Mr. Rattner: Second.

Vice President Tobey: Ord. #2-2008 has been moved and seconded. Any Council comments? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

Vice President Tobey: Ord. #2-2008 has passed on second reading, and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy to the Mayor and publish such in accordance with the law. The next ordinance is entitled:

Ord. #3-2008 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Granting Municipal Consent for the Renewal & Continuation of Operation of a Cable System Within the Township of Mount Olive, New Jersey to CSC TKR, Inc. d/b/a Cablevision of Morris.

Vice President Tobey: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Yes, sir.

Nelson Russell, Budd Lake: In Section 19, the bottom of that page refers to “the Borough agrees.” Should that be Township?

Mr. Dorsey: Obviously, it’s a typo.

Mr. Russell: It’s also in Paragraph D of Section 21 it refers to Borough.

Vice President Tobey: Typo also? Thank you. I would ask Mrs. Labow to please move Ord. #3-2008. Excuse me, does anyone else from the public wish to be heard? I’ll close it to the public, Mrs. Labow?

Mrs. Labow: Can I ask a question? Did we just amend that now?

Vice President Tobey: No.

Mr. Dorsey: Just changes.

Mrs. Labow: It’s minor changes. I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #3-2008.

Vice President Tobey: Is there a second?

Mr. Rattner: Second.

Vice President Tobey: Ord. #3-2008 has been moved and seconded. Any Council comments or discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception Mr. Greenbaum and Mr. Tepper voted no.

Vice President Tobey: Ord. #3-2008 has passed on second reading, and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy to the Mayor and publish such in accordance with the law.

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – (Public Hearing February 12, 2008)

Vice President Tobey: The next ordinance is entitled:

Ord. #4-2008 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Acquisition of a Portion of Lot 114, Block 4100.

Vice President Tobey: Mr. Rattner, will you please move Ord. #4-2008?

Mr. Rattner: Thank you, Mr. Vice President, I move that Ord. #4-2008 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on February 12th, 2008 at 7:30 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.

Vice President Tobey: Second?

Mr. Roman: Second.

Vice President Tobey: Ord. #4-2008 has been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

Vice President Tobey: The next ordinance, entitled:

Ord. #5-2008 Ordinance Amending Ordinance Numbered 52-07 of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey Finally Adopted December 18, 2007 in its Entirety in Order to Amend the Sources of Funding for the Acquisition of Property.

Vice President Tobey: Mr. Roman, would you please move Ord. #5-2008?

Mr. Roman: I make a motion that we move Ord. #5-2008 on first reading, to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on February 12th, 2008 at 7:30 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.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you. Is there a second?

Mr. Tepper: Second.

Vice President Tobey: Ord. #5-2008 has been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Mr. Greenbaum?

Mr. Greenbaum: I don’t want to buy this property. I’m going to be voting no.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you. Anyone else? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception Mr. Greenbaum voted no

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 Resolving a Tax Appeal Brought by Gold Mine Partners, LLC in Connection with Lot 3, Block 4500.

2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Resolving a Tax Appeal Brought by Debeck Associates, LLC in Connection with Lot 5, Block 8200.

3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Professional Services Contracts.

4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract and Payment for Acquisition of Budd Lake Public Access, Block 2700 Lots 51 and 52.05 and Block 3204 Lot 1.

5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Grant Agreement with Morris County for the 2007 Community Development Drainage Project in Country Club Estates.

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Submittal of 2008 Community Development Application.

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of One Contract (Micro Strategies).

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Supporting the Participation in the 2008 Fair Share Assessment with the Morris County Chapter’s McARP.

Vice President Tobey: Does anyone wish to have any moved from Consent to Non Consent.

Mr. Greenbaum: Four.

Vice President Tobey: Number four. Anyone else? Mr. Greenbaum, will you please move Consent Resolutions one through three, and five through eight.

Mr. Greenbaum: So moved.

Vice President Tobey: Second?

Mr. Roman: Second.

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

Vice President Tobey: Anyone from the public?

Mrs. Murphy: Can we move number six, please?

Vice President Tobey: Number six.

Mr. Greenbaum: I’ll amend my motion.

Vice President Tobey: Alex, can you amend?

Mr. Tepper: Second.

Mr. Roman: I make a second that the Bill List be amended as indicated.

Mr. Tepper: Consent.

Mr. Roman: Consent resolutions, forgive me.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you. Anyone from the public who wishes to be heard? Roll Call please?

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS - none

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

RESOLUTIONS NON CONSENT

4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract and Payment for Acquisition of Budd Lake Public Access, Block 2700 Lots 51 and 52.05 and Block 3204 Lot 1.

Vice President Tobey: Resolution number four, Mr. Greenbaum?

Mr. Greenbaum: I move it.

Vice President Tobey: Is there a second?

Mr. Rattner: Second.

Vice President Tobey: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard with regard to Consent Resolution number four? I’ll close it to the public. Any Council comments? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception Mr. Greenbaum and Mr. Tepper voted no

9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Submittal of 2008 Community Development Application.

Vice President Tobey: We need a motion to move Non Consent Resolution number six.

Mr. Tepper: So moved.

Vice President Tobey: Second? Is there a second?

Mr. Rattner: Second.

Mrs. Murphy: Good evening, we have to have a public hearing, a discussion and a public hearing for the application to Community Development for our 2008 project this year. Budd Lake Fire is here to discuss the replacement that they need for a new roof, windows, etc. We’re going to be filing this application at the end of the week. Passage of the resolution tonight would authorize the Mayor to sign the application. We have quotes that the Fire Department has come up with. This last year, if you remember, we discussed the possibility of a couple of different applications. We’re only allowed one per year now and we basically told Budd Lake Fire last year that if they would forego their application, this year we would endorse that. That’s the recommendation of the Administration.

Vice President Tobey: Okay, any Council comments?

Mr. Tepper: No that was my question. They were the ones who deferred last year to go this year. Thank you.

Vice President Tobey: Alex, did you have a question?

Mr. Roman: No.

Mrs. Murphy: We just would like Willie to describe the project, so he…

Mr. Willie Cirone: The project is basically the same as in 2006 when we applied and graciously we were sent to the County but denied. Right now we want to replace our twenty year old three tab shingles that were installed in 1985. They’re 23 years old at this time. We have no ice or water shield in the valleys. Some of the shingles are missing, a lot more since two years ago. We have leaking valleys, no leaking flashing. Our windows are 1963 original windows. They’re 45 years old, wood, single pane, no R value. Some of the frames are rotting. Some of the windows don’t open anymore and even at bingo you can actually sometimes see the curtains move if the wind blows just right. Some siding, we have some of the old monazite siding. It’s like a pressed board or something like that from the ‘60s and that’s also original. We’re looking to basically do the same project we tried to do in 2006.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you.

Mr. Dorsey: One other thing, on resolution number four which is the contract which the Mayor assumed was subject to my review as Township Attorney, the resolution doesn’t say that. I assume everybody on the dais, after the closed session, understands that that contract will not be signed until it is reviewed by the Township Attorney, right Mayor?

Mayor Scapicchio: Yes.

Mr. Dorsey: Because I just spoke to Fred and he has never seen the contract. Urgo apparently called today but they didn’t speak so… Alright, go on.

Vice President Tobey: Does anyone else from the public wish to be heard? Thank you. Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

MOTIONS

Vice President Tobey: We re up to motions and we have two this evening. Mr. Tepper, would you please move Motion number one.

Mr. Tepper: Yes, Mr. Vice President, I move for approval of

1. Approval of Raffle Application #2237 & #2238 for the PTA Flanders.

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you, any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

Vice President Tobey: We’re up to motion number two which is the Bill List. Mr. Roman, would you please move such?

2. Bill List

Mr. Roman: I make a motion that we move the Bill List.

Vice President Tobey: Is there a second? Second?

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you. Any comments? Roll Call please?

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception Mr. Roman abstained from 07-16729 of the Bill List

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS - none

OLD BUSINESS - none

NEW BUSINESS

Mrs. Labow: This is really nice New Business. I just want to congratulate Officer Joe Abrusci and his family and other relatives here this evening. They had a baby girl this morning and I think it’s wonderful news and congratulations.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you.

LEGAL MATTERS - none

COUNCIL REPORTS

Recreation Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: Well, part of the Recreation Advisory Committee dealt with the issue with Mr. O’Connor requesting the property for Lacrosse to be used. I believe that issue has already been spoken about. Also, the issue with the Football Field over at Turkey Brook being disseminated and pretty much unusable for the spring. Other than that there was nothing else to report.

Board of Health Report

Mrs. Labow: We had our Reorganization meeting and it was a regular meeting. I’m looking forward to another fantastic year on the Board of Health.

Planning Board Report

Mr. Tepper: Two items, we had a development review on the Simoff tract where they came in with two new Mr. Tepper (Cont’d): proposals to sit down and present to Planning Board as well as with the residents who are in the area. We’ll act on that in our February meeting. The second item was a matter that was referred to Planning Board having to do with placing shields, or framework around propane tanks and/or garbage cans as to prevent unsightly exposure to neighbors. The Planning Board deemed it inappropriate for it to act, and that it could be dealt with under our Municipal Code under Lot Maintenance, and we referred it back to the Administration.

Board of Adjustment Liaison Report

Vice President Tobey: Mr. Perkins is not here.

Open Space Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: Open Space is always a great meeting. We had our reorganization meeting, status quo basically and looking forward to our several projects this year.

Legislative Committee Report

Mr. Rattner: Nothing to report.

Pride Committee Liaison Report

Vice President Tobey: Mr. Perkins is not here.

Board of Education Liaison Report

Mr. Tobey: Board of Education, I’ll be attending…

Mrs. Labow: No that’s mine, Pride Committee. I am the liaison but we have not met yet.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you, sorry about that.

Lake/Environment Issues Committee

Mr. Rattner: Nothing to report.

Safety Committee Liaison

Vice President Tobey: Mr. Perkins is not here.

Mr. Greenbaum: No, it’s mine actually. I have about an hour’s worth of material to present to Council but I know that Mr. Dorsey is past his bedtime so I have no report.

Vice President Tobey: Thank you. Finance Committee…

Mr. Dorsey: You have seen your last JIF case if that makes you happy. Be happy.

Finance Committee Report

Mr. Rattner: Nothing to report other than that we’ll probably be sitting down and be contacting the Committee to make sure that they go over the Budget and sit down with the Administration to discuss the easy things that can be resolved before we have our four more hearings.

Economic Development Committee Report

Mr. Rattner: We met last Saturday. Primarily we’re looking at figuring out the best way to market Mount Olive to try to assist in helping fill some of the real estate. It isn’t just the big companies. We’re trying to feel our way for even small companies, trying to team up with different area organizations.

Mrs. Labow: I have a question for Mr. Rattner, please.

Vice President Tobey: Yes.

Mrs. Labow: Steve, did they, they had come before the Council at one point and talked about changing our Mrs. Labow (Cont’d): logo. Is there any further movement on that? We have signs with the Open Space Committee we’d like to have done and we want to use the Township logo but we don’t want to go through the expense if it’s going to be changed.

Mr. Rattner: That didn’t come up but I’ll make sure that it’s on the Agenda for the February meeting where that stands. The Mayor may have…

Mayor Scapicchio: Steve, did Laura from the ITC Alliance… She voiced interest in serving on that Committee, w as she there Saturday?

Mr. Rattner: No.

Mayor Scapicchio: You know Laura.

Mrs. Labow: Laura Bartus.

Mr. Greenbaum: How many people did you have, four?

Mr. Rattner: Four.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: We didn’t meet. February is our next meeting.

Vice President Tobey: That’s correct.

Library Board Liaison

Mr. Tepper: The Library Board had a budget meeting on Saturday. The most relevant issue is the fact that they have determined that they had approximately $300,000 surplus. They are going to finalize their budget in the near term and probably come back and present to Council.

PUBLIC PORTION - none

COUNCIL COMMENTS - none

Vice President Tobey: At this time we’re going to go into executive session and when we come out there will be no public action. At this time, Mrs. Labow, would you please move us into executive session?

Mrs. Labow: In accordance with Sections 7 & 8 of the Open Public Meeting Act, I move for us to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters.

Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was moved into executive session at 9:17 pm.

EXECUTIVE SESSION – Personnel Matter

ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:23 pm.

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Raymond T. Perkins, Council President

I, LISA 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 February 19, 2008.

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Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk


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