Mt. Olive Township Council Minutes
January 2, 2007 Reorganization

The Reorganization Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:31 pm by Council President Greenbaum with the Pledge of Allegiance.

MOMENT OF REFLECTION in recognition of the men and women fighting terrorism and those who have lost their lives defending the freedom we all enjoy

Open Public Meetings Law 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 of 2007 Council

Present: Mr. Tepper, Mr. Buell, Mr. Biondi, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Rattner,
Mr. Perkins, Mr. Greenbaum

Absent: None

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

President Greenbaum: Before we get to the official business, rather than to identify all of the dignitaries that are in the audience tonight and just about everybody here is a dignitary from what I can see, I just wanted to recognize that Sheriff Ed Rockford is here this evening. Thank you very much.

Election of 2007 Council President

President Greenbaum: The first item of business this evening is the election of the 2007 Council President. I will open up the floor for nominations.

Mrs. Labow: I nominate Rob Greenbaum.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Are there any other nominations? I close the nominations. Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

New Council President Takes Chair

President Greenbaum: Thank you very much, I appreciate the honor.

Election of 2007 Council Vice President

President Greenbaum: At this point, I will open up the floor for nominations for Council Vice President for the year 2007.

Mr. Biondi: I nominate Steve Rattner.

Mr. Tepper: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Are there any other nominations? Seeing none, I close the nominations. Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

New Council Vice President Takes Chair

President Greenbaum: Congratulations.

Mr. Rattner: Thank you very much.
Invocation — Pastor Robert Mitchell

President Greenbaum: It’s with great pleasure this evening that we have Father Bob Mitchell with us to do the Invocation. It’s always a great pleasure to have you here Father Bob and you are an important asset to this community. With that, if you would take the microphone up there.

Pastor Robert Mitchell: I will read to you this night a letter from Paul to the Colossians. Put on then as God’s chosen ones holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with one another, forgive one another. If one has a grievance against another, as the Lord forgives you, so you must do too and we just gather as we begin this New Year together to bring forth a spirit of God to our Council, our Mayor and all those who work hard to make this Township productive and welcoming and wholesome to all people. We pray that it is a year of growth, a year of interaction that fosters spirit of community among all people and that we always put the benefit of others and the Township ahead of our own personal benefit in all ways and we pray this to our God, Amen. Thank you.

Mayor’s State of the Township Address

President Greenbaum: It’s a great personal honor for me to ask Mayor David Scapicchio to read the State of the Township Address.

Mayor Scapicchio: Mr. President, this is actually a little bit more difficult and exciting then when I got sworn in for obvious reasons, I haven’t been here that long. Before I get started, I would just like to ask everyone to stand for another moment of silence in recognition of the passing of former President Gerald Ford. Thank you very much. Mr. Council President, members of the Council, distinguished guests and residents of Mount Olive, it is an honor to present to you the 2007 State of the Township Address. Although I have only been in office for less than two months, thanks to your help, Mount Olive is once again moving forward. With each day that passes, the pride that we all share in our Township is being restored. I would like to begin by mentioning the contributions of the Township’s employees who over the past few years endured uncertain and difficult working conditions and yet continued to undertake and complete the required day-to-day tasks of this municipality. I applaud all of the employees for their efforts as well as their excellence and commitment to the residents of Mount Olive Township. I chose not to single out any specific employee in this State of the Township address, but rather to collectively commend each and every one of them by naming all of the employees as Employees of the Year for 2006 and thank them on behalf of the Councilmembers and myself for a job well done. The employees are truly one of the reasons that Mount Olive is moving forward. It is not difficult to see the contributions of our employees. For instance, our DPW department continues to be productive in all of the areas within their control. This group of employees, who are responsible for the maintenance of our buildings, parks and grounds, road repair and repaving, snow removal, sanitation, and water and sewer services, keep Mount Olive moving forward. Our Finance department along with the Township Council has helped to raise and keep Mount Olive’s bond rating low, benefiting the Township’s ability to borrow money at a lower rate. In addition, the amount of delinquent uncollected taxes has consistently decreased due to the hard work of all of the employees in our finance department. Certainly a job well done. The Health department also continues to be productive. In fact, due to the quality and cost effective manner in which the Township’s health services are provided, both Netcong and Mount Arlington have contracted with Mount Olive to provide services for their municipalities through joint shared services agreements. Those shared services have resulted in savings to the residents of Mount Olive through the sharing of costs with those other municipalities. The Police department has continued to do a fine job also. Our police force is to be commended not only for the job they do, but also for the manner in which they do it. We have a compassionate police force that not only gets excellent results but also is concerned with the manner with which they are perceived within the community. Our community has benefited in so many ways through the efforts of the Police department. One example is the recently adopted “police in schools initiative” which continues to develop and provide benefits to the community. The employees of the Planning and Construction departments also deserve recognition. These departments have faced and will continue to face many challenges in the upcoming year. With the restrictions of the Highlands legislation and the build out of Morris Chase subdivision, these departments will be challenged to undertake all of the essential needs of the community in these areas. Our Municipal Court continues to be recognized as perhaps one of the best run Municipal Courts in Morris County. Recreation has continued to provide and increase services and programs, such as Mount Olive Community Day and the upcoming Winter Festival, both with extremely limited budgets. Thank you to the businesses and organizations that sponsor these events and help make those possible. Our employees, working with the countless volunteer committees and organizations within the Township, such as, but not limited to, the volunteer emergency services and sporting organizations, are truly what makes us proud and me proud to live in Mount Olive Township and that will continue to keep Mount Olive moving forward. That is not to say that difficult times do not lie ahead because they do. Mount Olive, like the rest of the municipalities in Morris County and generally throughout the State of New Jersey, continue to struggle with ever increasing tax burdens and state and federal governmental restrictions which make limiting tax increases an extreme challenge. Mount Olive, over the past few years, has seen a reduction in the value of Mayor Scapicchio (cont’d): ratables within the Township. This year alone we are looking at a $30 million loss in ratables the result of which will require the remainder of the Township taxpayers to bear the burden of the decrease in revenues associated with that ratable loss. That ratable loss has been further compounded by the numerous commercial tax appeals that Mount Olive has faced over the past few years. Those tax appeals have not only resulted in a decreased tax base for Mount Olive but have also required the Township to utilize significant portions of current year collected revenues to satisfy those tax appeals. After we add in all of the other mandatory costs to the budget, such as salary increases, additional pension payments, additional debt service, a down payment towards revaluation costs, additional insurance, and other statutory and operating increases, add to that the $30 million loss of ratables this year, there is no way to avoid a tax increase without substantially impairing the level of municipal services that the residents of Mount Olive expect and deserve. My Administration has been and continues to work hard on the budget to minimize the tax increase this will require, but it is going to be a very difficult budget year. We will be eliminating funding for all 2007 capital which has not been previously approved, eliminating the position of Assistant to the Mayor and Business Administrator, and not replacing an employee that has resigned. We may, however, need to add funding for some capital if it’s required for the health and safety of the residents. We are aggressively looking at initiatives, such as smart development, and every opportunity to increase ratable growth within the Township, while at the same time being mindful that growth in our student population is counterproductive to our goal of minimizing tax increases. Those incentives have included, with the expert guidance of our Township Attorney, John Dorsey, and this Council, the sale and commercial development of the Combe Fill North Landfill. Ultimately, the sale and successful development of that property will result in significant revenue of over $10 million with an ongoing commercial ratable for the Township for years to come. All will be used for the stabilization of taxes for the residents of this Township. With respect to those crippling tax appeals, the end is in sight. The Township-wide reassessment ordered by Morris County to be completed by the end of 2008 will essentially end the need to utilize current revenue to payback commercial entities for past year tax overpayments. The re-evaluation will result in a stabilization of the tax increases we as residents have faced over the past few years. At the same time, we are working with developers of other properties within the Township. We are encouraging adult active housing and other clean commercial development, all with the specific goal of reducing the property tax burden on the residents of Mount Olive Township. Tax stabilization, in addition to our focus on generating new ratable opportunities, will help defray the needs that are required within this municipality. One such need that has become a top priority of my Administration is the completion of the DPW building that was started under the prior Administration. The cost estimates for this project were never accurate the original budget of $1.9 million was for a 30,000 square foot building. We now have a 20,000 square building that needs additional funding of approximately $500,000 to complete. Without question, undertaking an incomplete project which, had been administered by another, is challenging in and of itself. This is particularly true with this project and I pledge to all of you that we will endeavor to complete that project, keeping costs as low as possible. Every dollar spent will be questioned and only those needed to complete the project will be expended. Completion of the DPW building will allow further examination of the development of the Budd Lake beach property and other commercial properties along the Route 46 corridor in Mount Olive. It is my hope that we can once again make Budd Lake a destination, not simply a town that you pass through on your way to someplace else. Revitalizing the Route 46 corridor will benefit us all and will help Mount Olive to continue moving forward. My fellow residents, a new day has dawned in Mount Olive Township. Your Administration, your Council, the Township’s employees, and countless volunteers are all committed to working together, and I am confident that together we will all keep Mount Olive moving forward. Thank you. Have a very happy New Year.

Clapping...

President Greenbaum: Thank you, Mayor. At this point I am going to move off the Agenda to honor Nick Geiger. Nick was actually honored at the last Board of Adjustment meeting. I know, Ray, you were there on behalf of the Council.

Mr. Perkins: Yes I was.

President Greenbaum: I had asked you to come back this evening because I have a signed plaque for you for your 30 years of service to the Township of Mount Olive. I know a plaque really doesn’t… it doesn’t really give the weight to the amount of service that you actually gave to Mount Olive Township. I hope by giving you this plaque when you look at it that you will know that you were appreciated and that your efforts on behalf of Mount Olive Township will be remembered always.

Clapping....

Nick Geiger: Thank you very much. It does mean a lot. Thirty years worth but it was worth it and I enjoyed working within Town wherever I could and I wish everyone a Happy New Year. I see everyone is relaxed and the strain is off of this building. Have a Happy New Year and good luck to everybody. Thank you, very much.
Clapping....

President Greenbaum: We are up to the appointment portion of the Agenda. Mayor, did you want to read the Mayor’s appointments or did you just want me to go through the list?

Mayor Scapicchio: You can go through the list, Mr. President.

Appointments:

President Greenbaum: The first appointments are to the Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee. These appointments do not require the advice and consent of Council.

a. Mayor’s Appointments

Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee, Kathy Murphy, 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee Alternate, Robert Scholtz, 1 year term expires 12/31/07

Planning Board
Howie Weiss, Member Class IV, Environ. Comm. Liaison, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Scott VanNess, Member Class II, 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Nelson Russell, Alt. II, Class IV, 2 year term expires 12/31/08

President Greenbaum: I wish you all the best of luck in your service on the Planning Board. Things are going to start to get real interesting in terms of the development matters that should be coming before the Board.

Environmental Committee
Judith Hirky, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Chris Ide. 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Howie Weiss, Planning Board Liaison Class IV Member, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Kay Serebrakian, Alt. I, 2 year term expires 12/31/08

Open Space Committee
Tracy Wadhams, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Judy Hirky, (Environmental Commission Member) 3 year term expires 12/31/09

Solid Waste Advisory Committee
Frank Wilpert, Admin. Rep., 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Tim Quinn, Admin. Rep., 1 year term expires 12/3 1/07
Hank Titone, Environ. Comm. Rep., 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Al Melvegar, 2 year term expires 12/31/08
1 Vacancy, 2 year unexpired term expires 12/31/03

b. Mayor’s Appointments with Advice & Consent of Council

Township Attorney, John Dorsey, Esq., 1 year term expires 12/31/07

President Greenbaum: I will open that up for a motion for consent.

Mr. Perkins: So moved.

Mr. Biondi: Second.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Perkins moved it. Mr. Biondi seconded it. Is there any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

Clapping...

Mr. Dorsey: Thank you, Mayor.

Prosecutor, Brian Mason, Esq., 1 year term expires 12/31/07

President Greenbaum: Do I have a motion to approve?
Mr. Tepper: So moved.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

Public Defender, Anthony Abore, Esq., 1 year term expires 12/31/07

President Greenbaum: Can I have a motion to approve?

Mr. Biondi: So moved.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: The next, we are going to do as a group unless anyone has a problem with that?

Economic Development Committee
Brian Siegelwax, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Don Hill, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Steve Rattner, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Ralph DeVito, 3 year unexpired term expires 12/31/08
Dave Jones, 3 year unexpired term expires 12/31/08
1 Vacancy - 3 year unexpired terms expiring 12/31/08

President Greenbaum: I would like someone to move the entire group please.

Mr. Biondi: Moved in total.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

Recreation Advisory Committee
Christopher Killian, 3 year unexpired term expires 12/31/07
Donald Verducci, 3 year unexpired term expires 12/31/08
Bridgette Geiger, 3 year unexpired term expires 12/31/07

President Greenbaum: I would like to get a motion to approve.

Mrs. Labow: So moved.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: These are approval of Mayor and consent of Council.

Recreation Advisory Committee with Approval of Mayor& Consent of Council
Bert Barrier, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
James Fancy, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Laura Szwak, 3 year term expires 12/31/09

President Greenbaum: I would like to get a motion to approve.
Mr. Biondi: So moved.
Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

Library Board
Stanley Miller, 5 year term to expire 12/31/11

Mr. Biondi: So moved.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

Pride Committee
Suzanne Dimonda, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Ronald Perry, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
David Yourish, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
4 Vacancies - 3 year unexpired terms expiring 12/31/08

Mr. Perkins: So moved.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Buell: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: The next areas of appointments are Council appointments. Some of these are administratively done through the Council themselves. The first is the Finance/Budget/Audit Control Committee which is an ad hoc committee created by the Council President position. This year, the people being nominated for this committee are:

c. Council Appointments

All Subcommittees of the Township Council previously created are extended through 2007:
Finance/Budget/Audit Control Committee — Jim Buell, Steve Rattner, John Sorel, Anthony McKeon, Phil Tobey, Ray Hansel, Ed Dennerlien, 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Board of Adjustment Liaison, Ray Perkins, 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Recreation Advisory Committee Liaison, John Biondi, 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Board of Education Liaison, Jim Buell, 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Safety Committee Liaison, Ray Perkins, 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Pride Committee Liaison, Ray Perkins, 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Legislative Committee, John Biondi, 1 year term expires 12/3 1/07
Committee RE: Lake/Environment Issues, Steve Rattner, 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee, Steve Rattner, 1 year term expires 12/31/07

President Greenbaum: We have reintroduced the Library Board Liaison position.

Library Board Liaison, Russ Tepper, 1 year term expires 12/31/07

Planning Board
Russ Tepper, Councilmember, Class III, 1 year term expires 12/31/07

President Greenbaum: At this point in time. I will open up the floor, for nominations for Planning Board Class III member. It’s a 1 year term.

Mr. Rattner: I nominate Russ Tepper.

Mr. Buell: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Are there any further nominations? Seeing none.
Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: We are going to take the rest of the appointments as a one vote for all of the different groups.

Crossing Guards
Theresa Petrocelli - 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Marion Widzemont - 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Donna Hickey - 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Gladys Thomson - 1 year term expires 12/31/07

Board of Adjustment
Dan Nelsen, 4 year term expires 12/31/10
Alex Roman, 4 year term expires 12/31/10
David Masukewicz, Alt. I, 2 year unexpired term expires 12/31/07
Philip Tobey, Alt. II, 2 year term expires 12/31/08

Board of Health
Steve Abrams, DMD, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Eugene Terrezza, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Dr. Anthony Miccio, 3 year term expires 12/31/09

Open Space Committee
Jill Devlin, 3 year term expires 12/31/09
Chip Woltz, 3 year term expires 12/31/09

Solid Waste Advisory Committee
Colleen Labow, Councilmember/Board of Health, 1 year term expires 12/31/07
Nelson Russell, 2 year term expires 12/31/08
Phil Tobey, 2 year term expires 12/31/08
Anthony McKeon, 2 year term expires 12/31/08
Stephen Kish, 2 year unexpired term expires 12/31/07
1 Vacancy, 2 year unexpired term expires 12/31/07

President Greenbaum: At this point, I would ask for a nomination to approve.

Mr. Perkins: So moved.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call please.

Roll Call: Passed Unanimously

ORDINANCE FOR FIRST READING

President Greenbaum: The first ordinance for first reading is Ordinance #1-2007 entitled:

Ord. 1-2007 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Salaries of Mayor, Council, Department Heads, Supervisory Personnel and Employees of time Township Clerk’s Office for the Year 2007.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Tepper, could you please move that for first reading?

Mr. Tepper: Yes, Mr. President. I move that Ordinance #1-2007 be introduced by title, and passed on first reading, and that a meeting be held on February 13, 2007 at 7:30 pm. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, New Jersey, for 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 the law.
Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: Any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

RESOLUTIONS

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.

1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Designating the Official Newspapers of the Municipality for the Purpose of Publication of Legal Notices.

2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing the Annual Schedule of Meetings and Other Requirements Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act.

3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing a Temporary Budget for 2007 for the Current, Water, Sewer and Recreation Utility as Well as the Sanitation District.

4. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Acceptance of a Cash Management Plan for the Township of Mount Olive for the Year 2007.

5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Appointing Steven Rattner as Council Representative to the Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee.

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Participation in the State of New Jersey Cooperative Purchasing Program for the Year 2007.

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Fixing the Rate of Interest to be Charged on Delinquent Taxes or Assessments.

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Purchase of Necessary Goods and Services Under Any Contract Competitively Bid by the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.

9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Tax Assessor and/or the Township Attorney to File and Tax Appeals/Rollbacks.

10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Various Change Funds for the Year 2007.

11. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Creating and Continuing the Mount Olive Municipal Alliance Committee.

12. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of Water, Sewer, Sewer Assessment and Tax Receivable Overpayments and Balances $1.00 or Less.

13. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing a Petty Cash Fund for 2007.

14. Removed – Golub Animal Contract

15. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Confirming the Appointment of William Sohl as Business Administrator for the Township.

16. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Retaining Professional Services Without Competitive Bidding.

17. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of Various Purchasing Contracts.

President Greenbaum: This evening we have 16. Although they are numbered to 17, 14 has been withdrawn for this evening. Number two and Number nine have been amended. I hope everyone has had a chance to review all of that. Mr. Buell, do you want to move the Consent Resolutions Agenda please? Actually, does anyone wish to have any of the resolutions removed from the Consent Resolutions Agenda? Seeing none, Mr. Buell, do you want to move the Consent Resolutions Agenda?

Mr. Buell: Yes, thank you. I move Resolutions #1-13 and #15-17.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Biondi: Second.

Council Comments/Statements on Consent Resolutions Agenda

Public Portion on Consent Resolutions

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard on any of the resolutions on the Consent Resolutions Agenda? Seeing none, I close it to the public. Is there any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.

Mr. Tepper: Yes on #1 through 13. I will reluctantly vote no on #15 and yes on #16 and 17.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mr. Tepper and Mr. Rattner voted No
on #15; Mr. Buell Abstained on # 15; Mr. Perkins voted No on #1

President Greenbaum: All the resolutions pass.

MOTIONS

1. Approval of Raffle Application #2180 for the Mt. Olive High School Parents Club.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Perkins, do you want to move that please?

Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President. I move for approval of Raffle Application #2180 for the Mt. Olive High School Parents Club.

Mr. Buell: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mrs. Labow abstained.

2. Bill List.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Biondi, do you want to move the Bill List please?

Mr. Biondi: I move the Bill List as submitted.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Nelson, did you have any questions on the Bill List this evening? Just making sure.

Mr. Biondi: This is one of the biggest ones we’ve had, Nelson.

President Greenbaum: Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Greenbaum: We are up to closing comments. This evening we have the honor of having our Township Auditor, Mr. Higgins. I don’t know whether or not you have any closing comments since you are sitting up here?

Mr. Higgins: It was just a joy being here this evening. Thank you.

Public Portion

Closing Council Comments

President Greenbaum: Before we get to Closing Comments, I am sorry, I skipped by the amended Agenda, the Public Portion. Does anyone from the public have anything that they wish to say this evening? That’s why I skipped by it because I knew no one had anything to say. Okay, I will close it to the public. We also have the distinction this evening of having our CFO here. Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to impart?

Mrs. Jenkins: No, I actually just lost my keys, so if anyone can find them I would appreciate it. Other than that I wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Mr. Rattner: The keys to your car or the keys to the safe?

Mrs. Jenkins: The keys to like everything, so yes.

President Greenbaum: Congratulations to Mr. Sohl on his appointment as Business Administrator for the year 2007. Mr. Sohl, do you have any comments this evening?

Mr. Sohl: Just thank you and Happy New Year to everybody. We will be, as we have been for the last six weeks, down and getting things done.

Mayor Scapicchio: No comments, thank you.

President Greenbaum: You certainly gave us five pages worth.

Mayor Scapicchio: Only eight and a half minutes.

President Greenbaum: It was riveting.

Mr. Tepper: I would just like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year for 2007.

Mr. Buell: Same comment.

Mr. Biondi: Ditto except for the fact that let’s keep up the good work that we are doing here and the atmosphere in this town has certainly changed dramatically. I just hope it stays that way.

Mrs. Labow: I just want to say Happy New Year to everyone. Happy healthy New Year and I wanted to say I am really looking forward to this year. A lot of positive energy, a lot of positive flow going through and I hope we keep that positive momentum going.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. Mayor, Council President, fellow Councilmembers, Assemblyman Gregg, Sheriff Rochford and other residents and employees, it has been a great pleasure but I offer my thoughts for 2007. I am going to keep them fairly brief as I am sure everybody is aware, I try to do. We need to remember we are no longer a sleepy quaint little lake community anymore. Actually, we have grown at an extraordinary rate but there is an end of course in sight. Highlands legislation has made that possible for us. The State regulations will continue to tighten their control over our destiny and all local officials are working toward better relief. Traffic from neighbors not directly affected by the Highlands Regulations will continue to increase through our community. The strain will be put on to our Police department to help import that traffic flow. However, we will continue to move forward facing each challenge as they arrive and working collectively with the leadership of our Mayor and Council President. Every avenue to save is being considered. Shared Services are being undertaken, capital...I am interrupting?

President Greenbaum: No, it’s just a question on your vote on the resolution for Bill Sohl, if you voted in favor of Mr. Sohl?

Mr. Perkins: Yes I did.

President Greenbaum: Okay.

Mr. Perkins: I voted no for the newspaper, yes for the Business Administrator.

President Greenbaum: Okay, thank you. Sorry.

Mr. Perkins: Every avenue to save is being considered, Shared Services are being undertaken, capital spending is being restricted and our employee staffing level is still lower than in many of the previous years. Many new members of our committees and boards are taking their turns in helping to shape the future in our wonderful municipality. I do not want anyone leaving here thinking that we will or can solve all of the problems facing Mount Olive Township. You should leave here with the confidence that your elected officials are attacking the issues head on with advice from professionals and committees as necessary. Wishing all of us the happiest and healthiest of 2007, I pray that your God blesses you all. Thank you.

Mr. Rattner: Thank you, Mr. President. This time of year people make New Year’s resolutions. You’ve heard the Mayor’s address and he keeps saying moving ahead. That’s exactly what is happening. I think there is a new tone. I think that we are all looking for the same goals. I think that includes the residents, the people that have been appointed to committees, Council and the direction of the Mayor and the Business Administrator. We will probably have different ideas of how to get there but as long as we keep our eye on what the end goal is to the benefit of the citizens of Mount Olive. I think we are going to have a great year. Thank you, very much.

Mr. Dorsey: I just want to wish everyone Happy New Year. There certainly is a different mood and flow in this Chamber from a year ago at this time and I thank everyone for their confidence and support.

President Greenbaum: It was not my intention this evening to say anything in closing. However, I note that I was remiss in not mentioning Assemblyman Guy Gregg who is here, who is a strong supporter of Mount Olive Township and from where I sit, I couldn’t actually see you. We are always honored to have you here in Mount Olive and we appreciate your efforts on our behalf at the State level. With that, I would ask for a motion to Adjourn. I am sorry. We need to do the Benediction.

Benediction — Pastor Matt Jones

Pastor Matt Jones: I took one look at that Agenda and I said, my gosh, less than an hour. That is amazing. Would you all come to my church’s annual business meeting and help me get this thing done quickly? This is great. You know I think of the book of Proverbs. It says that the end of the thing is greater than its beginning thereof. I see the great foundation that has been laid here tonight. I see the great tone that is in this room and I am excited to see what is going to happen in Mount Olive over the next few months and the next few years. So why don’t we close in prayer. Our Father and our God, we thank you so much that we can be here on this evening and Lord, we know your scripture says unless the Lord builds this house they that labor, labor in vain. We stop to acknowledge you, Lord God, our need for you and your divine guidance and your divine grace in each one of our lives. Father, as decisions have been made and deliberations have been made, Lord, it is our prayer this evening that you would guide by your grace and bless by your hand, all that has been said and all that has been done. For as we serve, Lord God, the people here in Mount Olive we are doing your will by building your kingdom here on this earth. We thank you, Lord, and I ask this in Christ’s name, Amen.

President Greenbaum: Thank you. That was Pastor Matt Jones. We appreciate you coming here this evening and your efforts on behalf of Mount Olive Township as well. Motion to Adjourn.

Mr. Biondi: So moved.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: All in favor?

AYE
Adjournment

Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, time meeting was adjourned at 8: 11 pm.

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Robert J. Greenbaum. Council President

I, LISA M. LASHWAY, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes is a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held January 23, 2007


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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk

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