January 8, 2013 Council Public Meeting Minutes

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:08 pm by Council President Labow. 

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT

Mrs. Lashway: According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Daily Record. Notice has been posted in the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and notices were sent to those requesting the same.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent:           Mr. Walsh and Mr. Mania

Also Present:  Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Michael Augello, Township Attorneys; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Mayor Robert Greenbaum

President Labow: Also let the record reflect that Mr. Mania is on vacation and Mr. Walsh is out of town on business. The first item on the Agenda is approval of Minutes of previous meetings of December 18, 2012, Workshop and Closed Session. Mr. Ferrante would you please move the Minutes?
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:
December 18, 2012, WS and CS
Mr. Ferrante: I move to approve the Minutes of December 18, 2012, Workshop and Closed Session.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
President Labow: Second, thank you. Any discussion? No discussion, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously
CORRESPONDENCE
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Letter received December 17, 2012, from Elizabeth Bancroft, Esq. regarding Sewer Hookup for Park Place in Flanders.  PDF Correspondence
  2. Letter received December 18, 2012, from the New Jersey Crime Victim’s Center regarding the New Jersey Human Rights Coalition.  PDF Correspondence
  3. E-mail received December 21, 2012, from North Jersey RC&D regarding Holiday Greetings from NJRC&D.  PDF Correspondence
  4. E-mail received December 21, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Labor regarding News Release.  PDF Correspondence
  5. E-mail received December 27, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Smart Growth Awards Deadline – January 11.  PDF Correspondence
  6. E-mail received December 28, 2012, from Morris Habitat for Humanity regarding Special Invite to View the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Going to Morris Habitat.  PDF Correspondence
  7. E-mail received January 2, 2013, from Morris Habitat regarding Save the Date:  February 23, 2013 for the 8th Annual Hearts and Hammers Gala.  PDF Correspondence
  8. E-mail received January 2, 2013, from Morris Habitat regarding Save the Corrected Date:  February 23, 2013 for the 8th Annual Hearts and Hammers Gala.  PDF Correspondence
  9. E-mail received January 4, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding DNJ Bulletin.  PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. E-mail received December 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  2. E-mail received December 17, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  3. E-mail received December 18, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sample Resolution Supporting Direct Payment of Energy Taxes to Municipal Governments Available, 21st Annual Mayor’s Legislative Day and Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence
  4. E-mail received December 18, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Register for Disaster Assistance Extended to January 30, 2013.  PDF Correspondence
  5. E-mail received December 18, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Urge your State Senator to Vote “NO” on Amended OPRA & OPMA Bills on Thursday.  PDF Correspondence
  6. E-mail received December 19, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Save the Date – 21st Annual Mayor’s Legislative Day, Upcoming League Seminars and Sustainable Jersey Upcoming Events.  PDF Correspondence
  7.  E-mail received December 21, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding OPMA – OPRA Bills.  PDF Correspondence
  8. E-mail received December 21, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sustainable Jersey Events.  PDF Correspondence
  9. E-mail received December 21, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding DLGS New Content.  PDF Correspondence
  10. E-mail received December 21, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Update on the Cancellation of the 97th Annual Conference.  PDF Correspondence
  11. E-mail received December 26, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  12. E-mail received December 27, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  13. E-mail received December 28, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence
  14. E-mail received January 2, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Campaign Contribution Notice and January Grant Page Posted.  PDF Correspondence
  15. E-mail received January 2, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding “Fiscal Cliff” Deal Postpones Funding Cut Decisions, Preserves Tax Exemption for Municipal Bonds, Extends Unemployment Benefits & Most Bush-Era Tax Cuts and House Adjournment Threatens “Sandy” Reli.  PDF Correspondence
  16. E-mail received January 3, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

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

  1. Letter received December 26, 2012, from McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLC regarding In the Matter of the Verified petition of Jersey Central Power & Light Company for Review and Approval of Increases in and Other Adjustments to Its Rates and Charges for Electric Service and for the Approval of other Proposed Tariff Revisions in Connection Therewith.  PDF Correspondence
  2. E-mail received December 31, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding DEP Release: DEP Reminds Residents to Recycle TV’s. Computers and Monitors as Required by Electronic Waste management Act.  PDF Correspondence

MUA / MSA

  1. Minutes received December 21, 2012, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the October 25, 2012 Meeting.  PDF Correspondence

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. Executive order received December 21, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding Moment of Silence Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:30am.  PDF Correspondence
  2. E-mail received December 21, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence
  3. E-mail received December 28, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

DCA
32. E-mail received December 20, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding GovConnect Update: December 20, 2012.  PDF Correspondence

33. E-mail received December 21, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Rule Proposal – User Friendly Budget for Municipalities.  PDF Correspondence
34. E-mail received December 21, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Sand Sifting / Processing Services: Ashbritt Debris management Contract.  PDF Correspondence
UTILITIES
35. E-mail received December 18, 2012, from NJ Utility Preparedness regarding Improving the Preparedness of our Utilities – together.  PDF Correspondence
President Labow: Correspondence, we have a total of 35 pieces of Correspondence. Would anyone like to discuss any of the Correspondence for this evening’s meeting? Seeing none. We have an ordinance for public hearing.
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
President Labow: I open the hearing to the public on:
Ord.#38-2012 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance #27-2011 Entitled Fees and Rates for Off-Duty Police Officers.
President Labow: Mr. Ferrante
Mr. Ferrante: Thank you Madam President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #38-2012.
Mr. Perkins:  Second.
President Labow: Any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously
President Labow: I see the Mayor is down there laughing tonight. Next on our Agenda we have no
Ordinances for First Reading.
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – None
CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:
Resolutions on the Consent Agenda List are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Township Council and will be approved by one motion (one vote). There will be no separate discussion or debate on each of these resolutions except for the possibility of brief clarifying statements that may be offered. If one or more Council member requests, any individual resolution on the Consent Agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.
CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Change Order Related to the Restoration of the Old Baptist Church. PDF Resolution
  1. Resolution Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of that Certain Amendment and Consent no. 1 by the Participating Series 2011A Local Unit in Connection with Tranche II of the Morris County Improvement Authority’s Renewable Energy Program. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Issuance of a Duplicate Tax Sale Certificate Pursuant to Chapter 99 of the Public Laws of 1997. PDF Resolution
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Disposal of Surplus Property (Pedal Boats from Recreation Department). PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Place-to-Place Transfer of Alcoholic Beverage License #1427-31-025-001 owned by the Mount Olive Columbian Club (St. Judes K of C from demolished “little church” to Parish Center). PDF Resolution

President Labow: Consent Resolutions one through five. Would anyone like to discuss? Would anyone like to move any of them to Non-Consent? Seeing none, anybody from the public like to discuss resolutions one through five? Seeing none, can I get a motion to move the resolutions please?
PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
Mr. Nicastro: I move motions one through five. I mean resolutions one through five.
Mr. Ferrante:  Second.
President Labow: No discussion? Can I have a Roll Call please?
ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously
President Labow: Mr. Perkins, can I have, Mr. Perkins would you please move the Bill List and the appointment of Chuck McGroarty as Township Planner?
CONSENT MOTIONS 

  1. Bill List. PDF Bill List
  2. *Appointment of Chuck McGroarty as Township Planner for a 4 year term (running with Mayor’s term) to expire 12/31/15.

Mr. Perkins: Yes Madam President I make a motion that we approve the Bill List as submitted and the appointment of Mr. Chuck McGroarty as Township Planner for a 4 year term running with the Mayor’s term to expire 12/31/15.
Mr. Ferrante: Second.
President Labow: Any discussion? Seeing none, can I have a Roll Call please?
ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously
President Labow: Administrative Reports, Mr. Canning, Mr. Mayor anything to report?
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
Mayor Greenbaum: I’ll start. I know Sean has a bunch of stuff. Obviously everyone up here is aware of the events of the last day and a half effecting everyone in Mount Olive. Fortunately, or unfortunately, we did recover one of the two youths that fell through the ice yesterday. One still remains, we believe, under the ice of Budd Lake. Notwithstanding the terrible outcome I wanted to extend my gratitude to the Mount Olive Police Department, Fire, EMS, State Police, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, all other emergency responders and Township residents who stepped up to the plate during this tragedy. Truly, Mount Olive is a community that has pulled together over the last year and a half through tremendous tragedies, this just being another one and I’m sure that everyone up here joins me in offering condolences to the two families and their loved ones and friends. It really is heartbreaking. Finally, I would just like to thank, in this particular instance, the members and pastor at the Budd Lake Chapel who stepped up to the plate here and did what was required for the community in terms of providing guidance, counseling, warmth, shelter for everyone that was involved.
President Labow: Thank you. Mr. Canning.
Mr. Canning: I wanted to discuss my condolences too. It’s been yet another terrible tragedy in what has been all too common in the last twelve months and a little bit beyond that in Mount Olive. In examining this issue today we’ve been in touch with Mr. Semrau’s office and Mike Augello and we’ve been getting some guidance from them. We are examining the issues and there are numerous questions pertaining to the tragedy itself as well as conditions, access and any other accompanying responsibility issues on and around the Lake. Administration has initiated beginnings of a fact finding as to the numerous, there are legal and property issues surrounding not just this event but the broader Lake itself. As the investigation is still in its infancy with the County, State and local authorities, it’s my advice and recommendation to Council and to the Mayor in accord with the Township Attorney that we wait until the final facts and conclusions in this matter are brought to bear. From those lessons we then, as Administration, will examine the policies surrounding Budd Lake itself and come to the appropriate conclusion but it is our recommendation to not delve into those policy issues at this forum. It’s still too early in the matter and again at this time I recommend that we attend to the family’s needs and the heartache that has befallen this community. In the days and weeks, Administration will be looking into broader policy issues that have to be answered. We’ve a couple of other things under Administration. The digital sign topper is in. It looks terrific. I wanted to thank Councilman Perkins. He had, very appropriately, recommended Peter Catelli who had done our signs around our Township, the wonderful welcome signs as you get into Mount Olive and I have to say his craftsmanship in the sign topper was every bit as impressive, beautiful. The digital sign itself, with the weather coming this week it looks very fortuitous that we are going to be able to start the ordering and the pouring of the concrete maybe late this week, early next week. If the weather doesn’t look like it is going to hold out until Monday or Tuesday of next week, we are going to push it up toward the end of this week but we are finishing some electrical conduit that has to be put in but that really is going to get moving. The steel is in so you are going to start seeing some progress very soon in that regard. As you know chipping has been proceeding down through Cloverhill. We are coming up out of there and finishing up the rest of the Township. We transferred some people from public Buildings and Grounds as well as Water and Sewer over to Roads. By doing that, in the short term we wanted to really get a jump on accomplishing the storm cleanup that massive but we are trying to give it a jump start so we can get to the final stages. One of the side benefits of that and part of the plan that we could start accomplishing the Community Development Block Grant which is the Budd Lake dry wells up through the Budd Lake section and as Councilman Perkins can attest, we were up there today and yesterday and we are starting get a handle on that so we have to get moving on that project as well. There’s more work than there is time right now but we are juggling our personnel to get it accomplished.
President Labow: Thank you very much. Excellent job.
Mr. Canning: Thank you.
President Labow: Alrighty, Old Business. Anybody have any Old Business?  
OLD BUSINESS
President Labow: Seeing none…I’m sorry. Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: I think I had skipped over on the last Old Business section but, Sean, do you, any update on the where we are, are we sending out the polling question for the sewer questionnaire for old triangle?
Mr. Canning: The plan for that right now is right now we are in the due diligence stage and again, getting through the feasibility study. I’ve been in contact last week and this week with Mr. Buczynski, Catherine and the Highlands Commission because there’s a Highlands question that has to be resolved on that. Once we get all of the facts straight as we know them we are going to certified mail every one of those residents. We are hoping to have an information session in here on February 8th or February 22nd. My guess is February 22nd which is the second Council meeting. Subsequent to that if it is the Council’s wish we are going to go out with a survey. My guess is, from what I know, there will be two parts to that survey because of the homes that are in the Highlands Preservation Area so it impacts the estimated cost whether everybody is included or just a portion. So there are some issues we still have to get through but we are on it.
Mr. Roman: Thank you very much.
Mr. Canning: I guess that was a long winded Yes.
President Labow: It was an informative Yes. Any New Business:
NEW BUSINESS
President Labow: Seeing none, Legal Matters.
LEGAL MATTERS
Mr. Augello: Nothing to report Madam President
President Labow: Council Reports. Recreation, Mr. Roman.
COUNCIL REPORTS
Recreation Liaison Report
Mr. Roman: I have nothing to report on Recreation.
President Labow: Mr. Perkins, Board of Health
Board of Health Report
Mr. Perkins: Later this month Madam President.
President Labow: Legislative, Mr. Perkins?
Legislative Committee Report
Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report. I would ask that we, Mr. Walsh should ask to remove his name from the listing.
President Labow: Yes, we removed that last week but I was going to tell Lisa… Mr. Mania is not here for Planning Board. Mayor, do you have anything for Planning Board?
Planning Board Report
Mayor Greenbaum: I actually don’t sit on the Planning Board. I have Brian Schaechter has been appointed as my alternate.
President Labow: Okay, very good. While Mr. Mania is away do you think Mr. Schaechter would be willing to give us an update.
Mayor Greenbaum: I will endeavor to get an update from Mr. Schaechter to be able to provide it to Council.
President Labow: Okay, thank you. I appreciate that. Board of Education, Mr. Roman.
Board of Education Liaison Report
Mr. Roman: This past Monday the Board of Ed met and they had their Reorganization meeting and they re-elected President Anthony Giordano and for Vice President, Liz Ouimet. Also among the various appointments they approved Dr. Reynolds’ contract to end through June 30th of 2018 and that is all I have for Board of Ed.
President Labow: Mr. Ferrante, Open Space.
Open Space Committee Report
Mr. Ferrante: Nothing
President Labow: Lake/Environment? Library?
Lake/Environment Issues Committee
Library Board Liaison
President Labow: Mr. Nicastro, Safety Committee.
Safety Committee Liaison
Mr. Nicastro: Nothing yet.
President Labow: Alrighty, Mr. Perkins, Economic Development Committee.
Economic Development Committee Report
Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report.
President Labow: And Mr. Mania is not here for Senior Citizens.
Senior Citizen Liaison
TNR Program
President Labow: And for TNR, I’d like to say that Sunday we met here at Town Hall and we started going through and organizing our paperwork. It turns out one of the gentleman who is no longer a member of the group for some reason had done everything in triplicate. So I want to thank very much Mr. Sean Canning and Mrs. Lashway for, we had the tables all set up here. We had everything spread out. We actually sorted everything through. We began the scanning process. We were hoping to complete it however we will be back this Sunday which I had reserved both days but it was really nice to actually get through and start to have organization and decide how we want to have a procedure because what has happened with while TNR, as most of you know, was originally started, we had you trap the cats and you would return them to a colony with a caregiver. In Mount Olive we’ve been very fortunate that we have not had to return very many cats. More than a couple hundred at this point have been adopted out so while you don’t really, and also when they brought some cats in for the second boostering, they became socialized so they didn’t go back out. They were actually adopted. So we’ve decide to set up binders for each colony and be able to keep track because it is an ongoing process of  re-boostering the animals and keeping track of exactly where they go. It was really nice. We were here from 10 to 4 o’clock. We were very very busy so this Sunday we should be able to wrap it up but, you know we all go through that. You get a lot of paperwork. You keep thinking you are going to set up some sort of a system and the next thing you know the pile just keeps growing and growing and then you’re just like…so, why is Sean looking at you Sherry?
Mr. Canning: Looks like my desk.
President Labow: Yeah, mine too! It was very nice and also, the other thing, it’s something that we are going through, they we saying, “Oh my God! Look at all of these cats.” These cats that they have, they’ve trapped them, they’ve cared for them, they’ve fostered them. They adopted them out or brought them back and have been caring for them. It was hundreds and you don’t realize how many you’ve actually been doing until you actually look at it in one great big…you know…it was all spread out all over the table. That was very very warming. We also had a 12 days of Christmas adoption. They adopted a couple of more cats out. So that was also excellent. We are moving right along with all of that. It was a very rewarding Sunday. Public Portion, anybody from the public like to address the Council this evening?
PUBLIC PORTION
President Labow: Seeing none, I’ll close the Council meeting to the public and we are up to Council Comments. Mr. Ferrante.
COUNCIL COMMENTS
Mr. Ferrante: I would just like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of the two teens from the tragic event of yesterday and extend my gratitude to those involved in the rescue and recovery efforts that is continuing.
President Labow: Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: The same as John. I want to send my condolence and sympathies to the families and the friends of those two teens.
President Labow: Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you Madam President. I’d be remiss not to ask everybody to remember those families in their prayers – a special prayer for the souls of those young children who are now up with their maker. It was interesting and I thank our Mayor for being out there last evening as well as I know all day today. I spent quite a few hours at the beach, the Lake, myself as did Council President Labow. It is not easy. The folks probably should be saying an extra prayer for those divers who actually recovered the body of the young man and I don’t think there is anything worse than having to do that job. Thank you Madam President.

President Labow: Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: I join the rest of my fellow colleagues here expressing my deepest condolences of all on the loss of another youth, and unfortunately in this case, two, of our community. Many a time we praise how our community of Mount Olive comes together joyous occasions and by the presence of last night, we are also there when tragedy befalls us. No parent should ever have to bury their child and all of us that have children I’m sure can feel what it must be like and the only light that I can possibly see coming out of this event is that it will send a message out that the dangers of walking on the ice. The tragedy of this type will maybe save hopefully another life or prevent something else, not maybe not just in Mount Olive but somewhere out in another part of the country because unfortunately it has been broadcast broadly in the news. I’ve always been taught that when a tragedy befalls us to try to at least take something away from it. Thank you.
President Labow: I, too, express my condolences to the families and a very deep debt of gratitude to all of our firemen, our first aid, our police officers, the State police and all of the divers that came in. As all of us know, last night, it was a constant endless sirens and all of the, from all surrounding towns coming out to help us and it was wonderful and even talking to some of our emergency crews today, it was very hard. A lot of people wanted to just get out there and try and help but you have to make sure you have all of your safety equipment and just the amount of training that everyone has and they understand that you have to follow procedures and do what needs to be done. Even just today everybody waiting for the news and talking with the families, spent a lot of time keeping the press away from the families which is in itself quite a task. I do want to thank Mayor Greenbaum. I heard from numerous people today they were very thankful that the Mayor, we have a man that cares so greatly for the public and he was there and they talked about him being there last night and they’d seen Mr. Perkins there, myself there and it just really means a lot to our staff and our volunteers and the public so I do thank you very much. With that I’d like to ask for a motion to adjourn.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:28 pm.

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Colleen Labow, Council President

I, Lisa Lashway, Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on February 5, 2013.


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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk
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