TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - REORGANIZATION - January 3, 2012

 

The Reorganization Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:00pm by Council Vice President Roman: We will begin with the Open Public Meeting Announcement, the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Reflection.

 

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 at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and notices were sent to those requesting the same.

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present: Mrs. Labow, Mr. Mania, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Roman, Mr. Tobey

 

Absent: None

 

Also Present: Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Fred Semrau , Township Attorney; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk;

 

Council Vice President Roman: At this time could Mr. Rob Greenbaum please stand up to be sworn in and I believe Mr. Levine, Judge Levine will be doing the honors.

 

Swearing in of:

Mayor Robert Greenbaum

 

Brian Levine, Esq.: Whenever you are ready place your left hand on the bible. Raise your right hand.

 

Judge Levine & Robert Greenbaum: I, Robert Greenbaum, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the office of Mayor according to the best of my ability, so help me God.

 

Vice President Roman: Colleen, you are up. Joe, you are up.

 

Swearing in of:

Councilman Joe Nicastro

 

Judge Levine: Does anybody want to hold the Bible?

 

Mr. Nicastro: My wife would like to if she can.

 

Judge Levine & Mr. Nicastro: I, Joe Nicastro, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the office of Council person according to the best of my ability so help me God. Congratulations.

 

Swearing in of:

Councilwoman Colleen Labow

 

Mrs. Labow: Lisa, would you hold the bible and Judge Levine will swear me in.

 

Judge Levine: Colleen, repeat after me.

 

Judge Levine & Mrs. Labow: I, Colleen Labow, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the office of Council person according to the best of my ability so help me God. Congratulations.

 

Swearing in of:

Councilman Alex Roman

Judge Levine & Mr. Roman: I,Alex Roman, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the office of Council person according to the best of my ability so help me God. Congratulations.

 

Council Vice President Roman: Lisa, could you do me the honors and do the Roll Call of the 2012 Mount Olive Council?

 

Roll Call of 2012 Council: All present

 

Council Vice President Roman: The first item on the Agenda here is the Election of the Council President. Can I get a nomination please?

 

Election of 2012 Council President

 

Mr. Mania: I'll make that nomination.

 

Mr. Perkins: Second.

 

Mrs. Lashway: Of who. Who are you nominating?

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. Roman.

 

Mr. Perkins: Second.

 

Council Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Is there any other nominations? Seeing none, I close the nominations. Can I get a Roll Call?

 

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

 

New Council President Takes Chair

 

Council President Roman: The next item is the Election of the Council Vice President. Can I get a nomination?

 

Election of 2012 Council Vice-President

 

Mr. Walsh: I nominate Colleen Labow.

 

Mr. Ferrante: Second.

 

Council President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Are there any other nominations? Seeing none, I close. Can I get a Roll Call?

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

New Council Vice-President Takes Chair

 

Council President Roman: At this time I'd like to call Reverend Becky Thane of Abiding Peace to perform the Invocation.

 

Invocation – Reverend Becky Thane

 

Reverend Thane: I want you to bow your heads and pray with me. Almighty God, you have graced us to live in this land of freedom and liberty. We thank you for these gifts and for entrusting to us the responsibility to elect persons of honor, dignity and good character to serve as leaders in this great land. May those who hold power understand that it is a trust from you to be used not for personal glory or profit but for the service of the people. Bless the public servants in the government of Mount Olive Township that they may do their work in a spirit of wisdom, kindness and justice. Help them to use their authority to serve faithfully and to promote the general welfare. We commend our Township to your care, that it might be kept free from social strife and decay. Give us strength of purpose and concern for others, that we may create here a community of justice and peace where your will may be done. Direct us in all of our doings with your most gracious favor and further us with you continual help that in all our works we may glorify you. Amen.

 

Council President Roman: Thank you. At this time Mr. Mayor do you have a Proclamation?

 

Mayor Greenbaum: I do, I have three Proclamations.

 

Mayor's Proclamations: Dave Scapicchio, Phil Tobey, Bill Sohl

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Dave, do you want to come up here? This evening we have three people who are technically retiring from the service on behalf of Mount Olive although each will still be participating in some fashion on behalf of the Township. When I first started my government service in or about 2001, I sat in the same seats that most of you are sitting in watching the Town Council and there was a very handsome, young, thin man who was leading the Council at that point in time who later became one of my best friends and taught me how to be a good Councilman and certainly gave me the road to be a good Mayor. So I thank you David for your friendship.

 

David Scapicchio: Thank you Rob.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: This evening I'd like to honor you with this Proclamation and it's:

 

Office of the Mayor

 

PROCLAMATION

 

Honoring Mayor David Scapicchio

 

WHEREAS , Mayor David Scapicchio began his elected service to Mount Olive Township through two consecutive terms on the Township Council, twice serving as Council President and Vice President; and

 

WHEREAS , Mayor David Scapicchio, after three prior difficult political and economic years, was sworn in by his good friend and now Governor Chris Christie on November 8, 2006, after being the successful candidate for Mayor in a 2006 Special Election; and

 

WHEREAS , Mayor David Scapicchio, you should shorten your name by the way, immediately took on the task of restoring the morale and confidence of the citizens and employees of the Township of Mount Olive; and

 

WHEREAS , Mayor David Scapicchio always made himself available to deal with tense and difficult situations as well as taking advantage of every opportunity to improve the Township's image; and

 

WHEREAS , Mayor David Scapicchio led the way in terms of developing nine shared service agreements with other towns; and

 

WHEREAS , Mayor David Scapicchio took every step to mitigate the decrease in State Aid on the taxpayers, at the same time successfully minimizing tax increases and reducing the Township's debt; and

 

WHEREAS , Mayor David Scapicchio has led the Township's effort to successfully generate revenue by rehabilitating the Combe Fill North Landfill by having it developed into a source of income from a solar energy system; and

 

WHEREAS , Mayor David Scapicchio's tenure has been one of personal achievement as Mayor and advancement for the community, which he has so honorably served.

 

NOW, THEREFORE in honor of dedication and service to Mount Olive Township I, Robert Greenbaum, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby proclaim this date of Tuesday, January 3, 2012 , by recognizing Mayor David Scapicchio for his accomplishments and wish him well in his future endeavors. Congratulations.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Phil. I remember a day a couple of years ago I got a call from Phil Tobey. I'd met him somewhere and he wanted to know all about what it was to be an elected official and he sat there for a couple of hours, at that point I guess it was the Mt. Olive Bar and Grill, and he asked me all of these very complex questions as if he'd been involved or was working for someone who was going to work against me politically and I'm like, who is this guy? Now we know who he is, Phil Tobey. I have a Proclamation for you and:

 

 

 

Office of the Mayor

 

PROCLAMATION

 

Honoring Councilman Philip Tobey

 

WHEREAS , Councilman Philip Tobey was elected to the Mount Olive Township Council in March 2007; and

 

WHEREAS , Councilman Philip Tobey brought to the Township Council his personal business approach as to how the Council should operate and handle the Township's affairs, including the view that the Township Council must recognize the realities of the difficult economic and financial circumstances facing the community and the nation; and

 

WHEREAS , Councilman Philip Tobey served two consecutive terms as Council President, one term of which required him to organize, effectuate and steadfastly support, on behalf of all the taxpayers of Mount Olive, a $2,000,000 cut in the school budget after defeat by the citizens, which subjected Philip to enormous undeserved criticism and personal attacks that he was not acting in the best interest of the students; and

 

WHEREAS , Councilman Philip Tobey also demonstrated a knack for streamlining the Township Council's meeting agenda and conducting the Township Council meetings, indeed Philip holds the record for the most expeditious Township Council meeting.

 

NOW, THEREFORE in honor of dedication and service to Mount Olive Township I, Robert Greenbaum, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby proclaim this date of Tuesday, January 3, 2012 , by thanking Councilman Philip Tobey for his years of service to the community and for the use of his many talents. Congratulations.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Again, when I first started in public service with Mount Olive Township, Bill had already been here for a long time and has served in many different roles from Councilman to Business Administrator to Parade organizer just to mention a few. Bill has dedicated a good portion of his life to making Mount Olive a better place for us all. So this evening I have a Proclamation for you Bill on your retirement from Business Administrator. It's:

 

 

Office of the Mayor

 

PROCLAMATION

 

Honoring William Sohl

 

WHEREAS , William Sohl began his career with Mount Olive Township as Councilman from January 1988 to December 1995, and again in January 1998 to December 2001; and

 

WHEREAS , William Sohl, after three prior difficult political and economic years took on the role of Business Administrator alongside Mayor David Scapicchio on November 8, 2006; and

 

WHEREAS , William Sohl was instrumental in restoring the morale of the employees and residents, while navigating through the day-to-day operations of the Township; and

 

WHEREAS , William Sohl assisted Mayor David Scapicchio with successfully generating revenue by rehabilitating the Combe Fill North Landfill by having it developed into a source of income from a solar energy system; and

 

WHEREAS , William Sohl's tenure with Mount Olive Township has been one of personal accomplishment and growth for the community, which he has so respectfully served.

 

NOW, THEREFORE in honor of dedication and service to Mount Olive Township I, Robert Greenbaum, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby proclaim this date of Tuesday, January 3, 2012 , by thanking William Sohl for his years of service and wish him well in his future endeavors. Congratulations.

 

Council President Roman: Mr. Mayor, would you please…

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Do I get to stay and talk more? I love this job already.

 

Council President Roman: Would you please let us know the State of the Township?

 

Mayor's State of the Township Address

 

Mayor Greenbaum: I'd be happy to do so Mr. Council President. This is my:

 

STATE OF THE TOWNSHIP ADDRESS 2012

 

Council President, ladies and gentleman of the Town Council, municipal employees, friends, relatives and fellow residents of Mount Olive, I thank you for the opportunity to report on the state of the Township of Mount Olive this year and for the next three years thereafter. It is truly an honor to have been chosen by the residents to guide our Township and instill my vision as to Mount Olive's future. Along with the Town Council, we are looking to build MOMENTUM in promoting Mount Olive as the first class community it is, and to encourage commercial growth to stabilize our ratable base and reduce the tax burden on our residents.

 

At the outset, I would like to thank Dave Scapicchio, Bill Sohl and Phil Tobey for their too numerous to mention past efforts on behalf of the Township. All three individuals have worked diligently on behalf of the Township and can be credited for bringing stability back to Mount Olive. Indeed, this State of the Township address is as much a report on their successes and that of the last year's Town Council, as it is a preview of my vision for Mount Olive's future.

 

At this time, as the leadership torch is being passed from Mayor Scapicchio, the prior administration and Town Council should be extremely proud of the state of our Township and commended for last year's accomplishments. As other municipalities have struggled to maintain an acceptable level of services in these extremely difficult economic times, Mount Olive has forged a path of doing more with less. Through conservative fiscal management, we have avoided the need for catastrophic reductions in municipal services. Besides our immediate past leadership, I would be remiss for not thanking and crediting the efforts of our employees for Mount Olive's successes.

 

Through the extremely diligent efforts of the Finance Department , the Township received a perfect audit for 2010, the third year in a row. In 2011, outstanding debt was reduced by almost $2,500,000.00 through continued aggressive payback of debt service. The payroll contract with ADP was renegotiated at a cost savings of 50%, saving $17,500.00. Added assessments of approximately $10,000,000.00 resulted in more than $250,000.00 in additional revenue to the Township. This was an increase of over $100,000 from 2010. At the same time, tax appeal losses from county board judgments were held to less than $15,000. The Township also completed a town wide reassessment for 2011. I am pleased to announce that the finance department achieved a tax collection rate of 98.77 which exceeded our 2010 tax collection rate of 98.71%.

 

Last year, our Planning Department did an excellent job executing and staying on top of complex state regulation and new judicial determinations which impacted development issues throughout the Township. Highlands conformance, COAH, conversion legislation and the trust for affordable housing, are all issues which had to be addressed in 2011.

In 2012, it is my hope that the planning department, in addition to its' other responsibilities, will be occupied with plan review for new and exciting business ventures which the past administration, Town Council and I have been working to make happen in Mount Olive.

 

In 2011, the Building Department collected close to $600,000.00 for permits and other fees related to new development and/or construction in Mount Olive. While some of these fees were generated through projects involving homeowner remodeling, the building department was also extremely busy doing inspections related to business improvements within the Trade Zone and elsewhere in Town. One of these projects, the installation of a roof top solar system at Toys R Us in Flanders was the second largest installation of its' type in the U.S. The Township collected approximately $120,000.00 in inspection fees related to the project. In total, last year, the building department logged well over 4,000 inspections.

 

With regard to the Municipal Court , I am pleased to report that the Township entered into a shared service agreement with the Borough of Netcong which will generate an additional $50,000 of annual revenue to the Township. In total, the Court added approximately 6,000 new cases to its' docket and disposed of almost 6,500 pending cases, collecting over $800,000.00 in fines and penalties and raising revenue for the Township of approximately $300,000.00.

 

The Health Department has successfully continued in its' effort to provide shared services with other municipalities, in the process raising approximately $160,000.00 in additional revenue for Mount Olive. The health department now serves the communities of Mount Olive, Netcong, Mount Arlington, Wharton and Dover. Among its' other accomplishments, the health department successfully raised childhood influenza vaccination rates from 57% to 94% among participating county municipalities, provided low cost vaccinations for other residents, initiated a quality improvement program targeting food establishments, distributed over 600 pounds of food for needy families in our community through our food pantry, provided and improved transportation for our senior population to gain access to grocery, shopping, medical transportation, as well as food delivery via “Meals on Wheels” to our home-bound residents.

 

Always mindful of shared service opportunities, our animal control office successfully negotiated a shared service agreement for coverage in Byram Township benefiting Mount Olive with an additional revenue source of $7,500 per year. Through the efforts of the health department, Mount Olive Animal Control has currently licensed 3,168 dogs and 1,230 cats, which is the second highest animal control program in Morris County.

 

Mount Olive's Fire Marshall's office inspected every registered business in the Township, which amounted to over 2,000 inspections in 2011. Also cognizant of the need to raise revenue for the Township, the office entered into a shared service arrangement with Chester Borough which resulted in an additional $18,147.50 in revenue to Mount Olive.

 

Due to numerous weather related disasters, the Office of Emergency Management saw activity on a historic basis for Mount Olive. The office managed several large scale disasters from a hurricane, flash flood event, and crippling October snow storm. To date, OEM has thus far helped the Township secure over $80,000 from FEMA in disaster relief and is working with FEMA on and anticipating additional Township response cost reimbursements.

 

Besides preserving several hundred of acres of property for open space for the betterment of Mount Olive, our Grant's Coordinator helped the Township obtain $125,000.00 in grants for energy efficiency upgrades in lighting and HVAC in Municipal Building, Senior Center, Municipal Garage, Library, Flanders Sewer plant, Blue Atlas Building, Flanders Fire, Budd Lake Fire and Budd Lake Rescue, as well as a $200,000.00 grant for restoration of the Mount Olive Baptist Church.

 

The Recreation Department offered 117 different recreation programs serving almost 4,100 residents throughout the year, including but not limited to 17 summer camp programs serving about 1,200 children. For 2012 the recreation department will be coordinating the Mt. Olive Community School, adding 85 instructors and over 150 more programs.

 

The Public Works Department successfully maintained and improved Township owned infrastructure despite decreased manpower and funding, as well as several natural disasters. This includes resurfacing of nearly 2 miles of roadway on Sand Shore Road and over a mile section of Drakestown Road, successfully completing the annual April residential large item cleanup, as well as providing additional significant Town wide cleanup due to flooding and snow damage.

 

The department also completed the interconnection between the Tinc water system and the Goldmine water system, received final approval to utilize Turkey Brook well #2 as a potable water well to assist the Goldmine system with quality drinking water, completed upgrades to Flanders well #2 which included a new filtration system and backup generator through approximately $1,000,000.00 in state reimbursed funding.

 

The Township also continued to improve all aspects related to Information Technology . Money spent improving information technology serves to decrease the need for certain types of manpower and increases the Township's ability to communicate with our residents. To that end, the Township increased its' internet bandwidth with fiber by switching to a new internet service provider, improved data restore/recovery capability, implemented an inventory system of all Township owned hardware and software, secured

VPN tunneling so that remote users can now securely connect to their workstations from any location, redesigned the Township website, upgraded our local area network, and improved our network security for both workstations and servers.


In 2011 the Police Department conducted over 60,000 calls for service, up significantly from last year, including over 1200 alarms, approximately 1000 motor vehicle crashes of which three were fatal, 1200 ambulance requests, and 250 domestic violence calls. To date, the police department removed over 150 drunk or impaired drivers from the streets of the Township (up from 2010), all with less officers on the road.

 

The Investigations Division also continued to see an increased caseload. In 2011, 13 cases of sexual assault were reported, as well as 28 burglaries to homes. The detective bureau solved most of the burglaries and arrested 12 separate perpetrators for those crimes.

 

The police department also took on the difficult and time consuming effort of becoming a state accredited agency, the goal and purpose of which is to assure that the police department is acting in conjunction with the “best practices” as determined by the State Accreditation Commission. Once that process is completed in 2012, it will reduce risk for the township and is intended lead to significant savings.

 

As we move forward into 2012, it is my hope that as I report next year's successes in the State of the Township address, I can take as much if not more pride in the MOMENTUM the Township has generated, as I have in reporting the accomplishments achieved in 2011. To help in that effort, I have hired Sean Canning as the next Business Administrator for Mt. Olive. Sean has worked both as Business Administrator and Chief of Police in Lincoln Park and came very highly recommended. I know that Sean will bring his management skills to Mt. Olive, both in terms of moving my agenda forward and managing the Township personnel on a daily basis. I am very excited to welcome Sean to Mt. Olive and look forward to sharing in his accomplishments.

 

I have already begun to tackle some of the issues facing the town. From a ratable perspective, it is my goal to fill every vacant store and to encourage smart growth for the viability of the Town's future. Through commercial success, we can control tax increases and maintain our infrastructure.

 

I have also given a lot of thought to creative solutions to accomplish needed infrastructure improvements involving Township manpower, flooding, drainage, athletic field usage, and traffic. I have already spoken to Sean Canning to arrange meetings with residents and Town employees most affected by each of the issues to begin finding solutions to the problems which face the Township.

 

One issue which needs to be addressed immediately relates to the October snow storm. That storm revealed various issues in terms of the town's ability to respond to a disaster. I am in the process of correcting those issues and know that we will be better able to respond in the future based upon what we learned through that storm. Communication methods will be improved and all residents will know in advance of the Town's disaster planning, what and where the town can offer such things as water and shelter, and where that assistance will be located. All of this will be known well before the loss of electricity occurs makes communication with all virtually impossible.

 

On a lighter note but equally as important is the fostering of a sense of community. Through the recreation department and the Mayor's office, we will be offering new and exciting events such as a 5K race between the High School and Turkey Brook, a bicycle event at Turkey Brook for our younger residents and the return of Mt. Olive Week, including the carnival and fireworks.

 

In 2012, the Town Council and I will endeavor to guide Mount Olive through the challenges facing us in the years ahead. Together we all can make a difference. In closing, I would like to thank Mayor Scapicchio for going out of his way to make sure that the succession of leadership was seamless. May you all have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

 

Sincerely and with great appreciation,

 

ROB GREENBAUM

MAYOR, MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP

 

Council President Roman: Mr. Mayor, I'm sure I speak for the rest of the Council that I look forward to your many initiatives and hopefully the upcoming Administration will be served well by us. We are up to your appointments. Would you like to read them?

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, can I get some water first? Okay:

 

Appointments:

 

a. Mayor's Appointments

 

Morris County Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee

Kath y Murphy, Member, 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

Richard Escobar, Alternate, 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

 

Emergency Management Coordinator

Fred Detoro, 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

 

Planning Board

Scott VanNess, Member Class II, 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

Howie Weiss, Member Class IV, 4 year term expires 12/31/2015

David Scapicchio, Member Class IV, 4 year unexpired term expires 12/31/13

Steve Bedell, Alt. Member Class IV, 2 year term expires 12/31/2013

 

Environmental Committee

Jim Smith, 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

Dave Tomb, 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

 

Open Space Committee

Laura Szwak, 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

 

Council President Roman: Thank you Mr. Mayor. We are up to the Mayoral appointments with the advice and consent of Council:

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

 

Township Attorney, Fred Semrau, Esq., 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

Prosecutor, Brian Mason, Esq., 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

Public Defender, Anthony Abore, Esq., 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

Business Administrator, Sean Canning, 4 year term expires 12/31/2015

Director of Health, Frank Wilpert, 4 year term expires 12/31/ 2015

Director of DPW, Tim Quinn, 4 year term expires 12/31/2015

Township Engineer, Eugene Buczynski, 2 year terms expires 12/31/2013

 

Economic Development Committee

Jeff Stadelman, 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

Cathy Robinson Lanza, 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

Donna Pilone, 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

 

Recreation Advisory Committee

Donald Verducci, MAC apt., 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

Aaron Allen, MAC apt., 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

Mary Gallagher, MAC apt., 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

Harry Bond, MAC apt., 3 year unexpired term expires 12/31/2012

Library Board

Tim Kelly, Mayor's Alt., 4 year term expires 12/31/2015

Beth Blakey, 5 year term expires 12/31/2016

Alvin Melveger, 5 year term expires 12/31/2016

 

Pride Committee

Kathie D eFrancesco, 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

Carol Zazeski, 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

 

Council President Roman: Can I get a Roll Call please? I need a motion.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll make that motion.

 

Mr. Walsh: Second.

 

Council President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Council President Roman: We are on to:

 

c. Council Appointments

 

All Subcommittees of the Township Council previously created are extended through 2012:

 

Library Board Liaison, John Ferrante, 1 year term expires 12/31/ 201 2

Recreation Board Liaison, Alex Roman, 1 year term expires 12/31/ 20 12

Board of Education Liaison, Pat Walsh, 1 year term expires 12/31/ 20 12

Safety Committee Liaison, Joe Nicastro , 1 year term expires 12/31/ 20 12

Pride Committee Liaison, Colleen Labow , 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

Legislative Committee, Pat Walsh & Ray Perkins, 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

Committee RE: Lake/Environment Issues, John Ferrante, 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee, Steven Rattner, 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

 

Economic Development Committee Liaison, Joe Nicastro, 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

Planning Board , Pat Walsh, Council member, Class III, 1 year term expires 12/31/ 201 2

Senior Citizen Liaison, John Mania , 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

TNR Liaison , Colleen Labow, 1 year term expires 12/31/2012

 

Auditor, Gary Higgins , 2 year term expires 12/31/2013

Deputy Township Clerk , Michelle Masser, 2 year term expires 12/31/2013

 

Board of Health

Chairman (Councilmember), Ray Perkins , 2 year term expires 12/31/2013

Charles Wallack, 3 year term expires 12/31/2014

 

Ethics Committee

Aaron Allen, 5 year term unexpired term expires 12/31/2015

 

Council President Roman: Can I get a motion?

 

Mr. Perkins: So moved.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

Council President Roman: It's been moved and seconded, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Council President Roman: At this point, I'd like to have Mr. Sean Canning sworn in.

 

Mrs. Lashway & Mr. Canning: I, Sean Canning, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the office of Business Administrator according to the best of my ability so help me God. Congratulations.

 

Council President Roman: Michelle, would you like to be sworn in please.

 

Mrs. Lashway & Mrs. Masser: I, Michelle Masser, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the office of Deputy Township Clerk according to the best of my ability so help me God. Congratulations.

 

Council President Roman: Okay, we are on to:

 

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING (Second reading 1/17/2012)

 

Ord.#1-2012 Refunding Bond Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Providing for the Refunding of all or a Portion of General Improvement Bonds, Series 2003 and General Improvement Bonds, Series 2004, Appropriating $4,200,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance by the Township of General Improvement Refunding Bonds in the Aggregate Principal Amount of Not Exceeding $4,200,00 for Financing the Cost Thereof. (previously #35-2011)

 

Council President Roman: Mr. Perkins.

 

Mr. Perkins : Yes, Mr. President, I move that Ord. #1-2012 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on January 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. 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 the law.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

Council President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Is there any Council discussion? See none,

Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Council President Roman: The next item for First Reading:

 

Ord.#2-2012 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Water and Sewer Service Rates Within the Township for All Bills Mailed After 1/1/12. (previously #36-2011) PDF Ordinance

 

Council President Roman: Mr. Walsh.

 

Mr. Walsh: I move that Ord. #2-2012 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on January 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. 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 the law.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

Council President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Mr. Perkins.

 

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President, just one question. Sherry, obviously the, under Section 4, the effective rate date would have been January 1, 2012. This is going to change that I assume since…

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: We are setting it up so that the rate date is going to be all bills that are mailed as of January 1 st because the problem is you get into the issue where you have to prorate some that may have been from one month last year, two months this year. Our system is not set up to do that. So we are setting it up that anything that gets mailed as of January 1 st is going to be on the new rate. Okay?

 

Mr. Perkins: Okay. Thank you.

 

Council President Roman: Any other Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Council President Roman: Okay, we are on to resolutions, Consent Resolutions.

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

Consent Resolutions Agenda:

 

Resolutions on 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 which may be offered. If one or more council members requests, any individual resolution on the consent agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.

 

Council President Roman: Having said that, does anyone wish to remove any one to Non-Consent? Seeing none.

 

•  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. PDF Resolution

 

•  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. PDF Resolution

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing a Temporary Budget for 2012 for the Current, Water, Sewer and Recreation Utility as well as the Sanitation District. PDF Resolution

 

•  Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Cash Management Plan for the Township of Mount Olive for the Year 2012. PDF Resolution

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Retaining Professional Services Under the Non-Fair and Open Contract in Accordance with the Pay to Play Law. PDF Resolution

 

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

 

•  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 2012. PDF Resolution

 

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

 

•  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 . PDF Resolution

 

•  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. PDF Resolution

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Various Change Funds for the Year 2012. PDF Resolution

 

•  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. PDF Resolution

 

•  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. PDF Resolution

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing a Petty Cash Fund for 2012. PDF Resolution

 

Mr. Walsh: I'll move Consent Resolutions No. 1 through 14.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

Council President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any Council Comments? Seeing none, anyone

from the public wish to be heard on the Consent Resolutions? Seeing none, Roll Call.

 

Council Comments/Statements on Consent Resolutions Agenda

 

Public Portion on Consent Resolutions

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Council President Roman: We are on to our last Public Portion. Does anyone in the public wish to be heard on anything? Seeing none, we are on to Closing Council Comments. Mr. Perkins

 

Public Portion

 

Closing Council Comments

 

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. I'd just like to thank everybody for coming this evening. I look forward to working together with our new Mayor and some of our new Council members and some of our re-elected Council members, Mr. Roman taking the chair and Colleen as his back up. You've got, I'm sure, you've got a heck of a year ahead of you. Rob is pretty ambitious. Sean, welcome aboard. I know you and I have a lot we've already discussed and we've got a lot to do. Thank you.

 

Council President Roman: Mr. Mania.

 

Mr. Mania: I too wish to thank everyone for attending this evening and I wish Mayor Greenbaum the best of luck. I certainly will work with him in any way possible and all of our incoming Council people, the best of luck and God bless. Thank.

 

Council President Roman: Mr. Ferrante.

 

Mr. Ferrante: I would just like to wish Mayor Greenbaum the best of luck and welcome Sean to the crew here and Joe as well. Best of luck everybody.

 

Council President Roman: Mr. Nicastro.

 

Mr. Nicastro: Just thank you to everyone as well and I look forward to working with the Mayor and Council and meeting up here and I'm glad to be here.

 

Council President Roman: Mr. Walsh.

 

Mr. Walsh: Yes, and happy New Year to everyone and best of luck to you Mr. Greenbaum and the new Council and everyone else. Thank you.

 

Council President Roman: Mrs. Labow.

 

Mrs. Labow: I too want to thank everyone for coming this evening and I think this is going to be a really great exciting year. I'm looking forward to it, immensely looking forward to it and I think everybody should start taking their vitamins, getting plenty of exercise because we have a lot of work to do. We've got to be in top shape so we can not only hit the ground running but surpass all of our expectations. Thank you all for being here.

 

Council President Roman: Well it goes without say that I'd like to thank everyone for showing up here. It would be nice if this is the usual turnout for most Council meetings. I look forward to working with Mr. Greenbaum. I know I've said that many a times but I am truly excited about what his initiatives and the agenda he has planned. I look forward to working with Mr. Canning and the rest, our new Council members, Mr. Ferrante and Mr. Nicastro and thank you very much for showing up. At this time, I'd like to call the Reverend Stan Baron from St. Elizabeth to do the Benediction.

 

Benediction – Rev. Stan Barron

 

Reverend Stan Barron: Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, you have revealed your glory to all nations. God of power and light, wisdom and justice, through you authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted and judgment is decreed. We pray for our Mayor and the Town Council, the Governor of the State, for the members of the Legislature, for Judges, elected civil officials and all others who are entrusted to guard our political welfare. May they be enabled by your powerful protection to discharge their duties with honesty and ability. We likewise commend to your unbounded mercy all citizens of the United States, that we may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of your only law. May we be preserved in union and that peace which the world cannot give and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal. We pray to you who are Lord and God forever and ever Amen.

 

Council President Roman: Can I get a motion to adjourn?

 

Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:48 pm.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

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Alex Roman, Council President

 

I, Lisa Lashway, Township 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 January 17, 2012.

 

 

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

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