TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
- July 27, 2010
The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:06 President Tobey: We will begin with the Open Public Meeting Announcement as the Pledge of Allegiance and moment of reflection was earlier.
OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
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.
Present: Mrs. Labow, Mr. Mania, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Greenbaum, Mr. Tobey
Absent: Mr. Roman, Mr. Walsh
Also Present: Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Mr. Sohl, Business Administrator; David Scapicchio, Mayor; John Dorsey, Township Attorney; Dominic DiYanni, Township Attorney; Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
President Tobey: As noted earlier, Mr. Walsh and Mr. Roman have contacted me. They could not make it this evening. We're up to Approval of Minutes of the Previous Meetings. Mrs. Labow, would you please?
Mrs. Labow: I'd like to move:
May 18, 2010 Special PM – all present
June 29, 2010 PM – Mr. Greenbaum absent
July 13, 2010 WS & PM – all present
President Tobey: Thank you, I'll second that. Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception of Mr. Greenbaum who abstained on the June 29, 2010 PM.
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS
1. Letter received July 9, 2010, from Lemon Aid regarding donation to the Township.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS – FROM OTHER TOWNS
2. Resolution received July 16, 2010, from Stanhope Borough regarding a Resolution of Memorialization regarding the adoption of the Trails and Greenway Plan.
3. Ordinance received July 22, 2010, from Washington Township regarding Land Use.
DOT / DEP / LOI / HIG HLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE
4. Letter received July 19, 2010, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Agriculture regarding gypsy moth defoliation.
5. Letter received July 21, 2010, from the State of New Jersey, Department Environmental Protection regarding Notice of Administrative Completeness for 5 Gail Drive.
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
6. E-mail received July 9, 2010, from the New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Beautiful New Jersey.
7. E-mail received July 12, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Assembly Passes 2% CAP.
8. E-mail received July 12, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Assembly Approves Cap.
9. E-mail received July 12, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Unfinished Agenda.
10. E-mail received July 13, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Affordable Housing and COA H Reform.
11. E-mail received July 14, 2010 , from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Governor Signs S- 29. PDF Correspondence
12. E-mail received July 15, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding SHBP costs climb to 11.7%.
13. E-mail received July 15, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Revised Resolutions and New CEU Procedure.
14. E-mail received July 20, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Three Upcoming League Seminars.
15. E-mail received July 20, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Three Mayors Letters.
16. E-mail received July 20, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Water Conservation Education Workshop.
17. E-mail received July 22, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Two Mayors Letters and Shuttle Bus Accessibility form info 2010 League Conference.
18. E-mail received July 22, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Speaker Oliver Appoints Assemblyman John McKeon to Lead Mandates Relief Effort.
19. E-mail received July 22, 2010, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding revised link.
20. Minutes received July 19, 2010, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding the June 17, 2010 meeting.
21. Letter received July 15, 2010 , from Marshall L. Gates law Offices regarding Jacquelyn Trainor and Edward Trainor v. Township of Mount Olive.
22. E-mail received July 8, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority (Martha Soccio) regarding a Bond Resolution.
23. Notice received July 12, 2010, from Elizabeth Gas regarding Public Hearings.
24. Message Center notice received July 19, 2010, from Verizon regarding Package Changes.
25. Letter received July 23, 2010, from Cozen O'Connor regarding the matter of the Petition of New Jersey American Water Company, Inc., for approval of increased tariff rates and charges for water and wastewater service and other tariff revisions.
26. Letter received July 23, 2010, from New Jersey Natural Gas regarding Notice of Filing and Public Hearing.
President Tobey: There's 26 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone on Council wish to discuss anyting? Mr. Perkins…
Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. Under “Utilities,” I would ask that Mr. Dorsey send the usual letter first off to New Jersey American Water Company. Again, reiterating as we have in the past, that especially in today's economy, when people are finding it tough, that any proposed rate increase in their tariff will be a hardship on the residents of Mount Olive Township, presently serviced by that utility. I would find that they should streamline their operations to find that money. Also, #26 which would be from New Jersey Natural Gas, there filing of a Public Hearing for the Universal Service Lifeline Fund which is a component of the Societal Benefits fee which goes to the benefits of quite a few New Jerseians but mostly in the small group area. I find that this also is not an appropriate time to be raising any fees, especially to the detriment of the tax payers of Mount Olive Township. Thank you, Mr. President.
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEAR ING - None
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 – P. Walsh
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Waiver from Certain Local Ordinances Related to the Restoration of Block 7000 Lots 63.01-63.17 and Lot 65. PDF Resolution
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of a Professional Services Contract with Thomas Hitchins, Architect. PDF Resolution
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Contract with Connolly and Hickey, Architects. PDF Resolution
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Closing a Portion of Tamarack Road on August 8, 2010 between 1:00PM and 10:00PM for the Purpose of Holding Block Party. PDF Resolution
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from Director of DLGS for Insertion of Revenue into 2010 Municipal Budget ($1,508.19 Alcohol, Education and Rehabilitation) PDF Resolution
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from Director of DLGS for insertion of revenue into 2010 municipal budget ($144.81 for donation to Flanders Park). PDF Resolution
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Submission of an Application for the Mount Olive Municipal Alliance Grant for Calendar Year 2011. PDF Resolution
President Tobey: Moving on, we're up to Consent Resolutions. Mr. Mania would you please…does anyone wish to move any to Non Consent, any of the seven listed? Seeing none, Mr. Mania, would you please move one through seven?
Mr. Mania: I move the Consent Resolutions.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS - none
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS - none
President Tobey: Thank you, it's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the Public wish to comment on any Resolutions? Seeing none, any Council Comments or discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously
RESOLUTIONS NON-CONSENT - none
PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS - none
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS – none
President Tobey: Moving on, we're up to the Bill List. Mr. Mania, would you please move that?
Bill List. PDF Bill List
Mr. Mania: I move the approval of the Bill List.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Tobey: Thank you, it's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the Public have any questions regarding the Bill List? Seeing none, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously
President Tobey: Administrative Reports, Mayor, Mr. Sohl… anything?
Mr. Sohl: I would just like to mention that, most of you are aware that Radar, one of our key employees unfortunately was hospitalized early last week. He is home from the hospital.
Mrs. Labow: Oh, good.
President Tobey: Okay, thank you and please keep us updated on his progress.
Mr. Sohl: He's a tough one to tie down.
OLD BUSINESS - none
NEW BUSINESS - none
President Tobey: Any Old Business, any New Business? Any Legal Matters, Mr. Dorsey?
Mr. Dorsey: No.
President Tobey: Council Reports, does anyone have any Reports?
Mrs. Labow: I do.
President Tobey: Mrs. Labow?
Mrs. Labow: I just want to say that the Food Drive went really fantastic this past weekend. We had… well we only did it at the A&P in Budd Lake and we actually had a full schedule of volunteers. We even had the Flanders First Aid Squad come up on Sunday to help out. I made four trips on Saturday with the back of my car packed and Richie Moore from Kiwanis had the back of his car packed and on Sunday the same thing. Two of the volunteers, one of the boys from the Key Club was there and another member from Kiwanis on Saturday… we counted up all the bags, with 77 bags all total, we just lined the hall, the Health Department hall and then I came up yesterday, we started separating all the food. The whole entire nurse's office was just packed so I just Mrs. Labow (cont'd): want to say it was an unbelievable support from the community, not just in Mount Olive. We had residents from Independence that came by, Hackettstown, and Washington. We had the collection drive, we actually were able to purchase 16, $25.00 gift cards with the monetary donations along with all the other food and it was just a phenomenal success. It was a great feeling, a great project and sorry for all the confusing e-mails because first we were going to be in one location then the next… so I guess you guys got all those changing locations. I guess the next one's going to be in September. Also August 15 th at the beach, I do believe it's 4:00 pm we're going to have the concert and all you have to do for admission is bring in two items of… food items and admission to the beach concert is free.
President Tobey: Thank you, any other Council Reports?
Senior Citizen Liaison
Mr. Mania: I attended the Senior Picnic and it really went off well and I'll concede to my colleague Mr. Perkins who was very instrumental in working that picnic for the seniors. Mr. Perkins…
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. Mania. I do a good job of cleaning up the tables I guess. It was a great event. We had a lot of volunteers. We had donations from a lot of the local organizations, the A&P included. There was about, I believe, 160 seniors that showed up for the picnic. We actually gave them what we believe was at least as good as, or not better than what they had experienced last year. Especially in light of having lost their Senior Services Director. All of the staff in the Health Department as well as other Departments here, throughout the building, thank you Mayor and Mr. Sohl for permitting those employees to assist. They did a wonderful job and we had some very satisfied seniors, Mr. President.
President Tobey: Thank you very much.
Mr. Mania: Good job Ray.
Recreation Liaison Report – none
Board of Health Report – none
Planning Board Report – none
Open Space Committee Report – none
Legislative Committee Report – none
Pride Committee Report – none
Board of Education Liaison Report – none
Lake/Environment Issues Committee – none
Safety Committee Liaison – none
Economic Development Committee Report – none
Library Board Liaison – none
Community Development Revenue Sharing – none
President Tobey: We're up to the second Public Portion. Does anyone from the Public wish to be heard? Seeing none, any Council Comments, Mayor?
Mayor Scapicchio: Ahh ya, you know Colleen this is the second or third time that you've made an accusation that I'm under investigation.
Mrs. Labow: Uh hum.
Mayor Scapicchio: I would suggest that if you can't provide any proof to that, that you cease and desist from ever saying that again.
Mrs. Labow: There is proof.
Mayor Scapicchio: Well, let me see it.
Mrs. Labow: Oh, okay, you got it, you got the letters.
Mayor Scapicchio: Alright, so I would suggest you refrain from ever saying that again because if I hear it come out of your mouth again, I will take some action.
Mrs. Labow: Go ahead and take the action. They haven't finished our investigation, they will.
Mayor Scapicchio: Okay.
President Tobey: Okay, any other Council comments?
Mr. Mania: I agree with the Mayor.
President Tobey: Thank you, I'm just going to say, Mrs. Labow, that question that you posed to Mr. Uhrmann was simply out of line. At this time I will accept a Motion to adjourn.
Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:14pm.
Rob Greenbaum, Council Vice President
I, Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes is a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on August 10, 2010.
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk