COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - JULY 8, 2008

The Regular Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:56 pm by Council President Perkins with the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Mount Olive Chronicle. Notice has been posted at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and notices were sent to those requesting the same.

ROLL CALL

Present: Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Tobey, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Tepper, Mr. Greenbaum

Absent: Mr. Rattner

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

Public Hearing on 2008 Budget

President Perkins: That takes us to the Public Hearing on the 2008 budget. The first Consent Resolution will be a resolution to amend the 2008 budget. Do we have, let’s see, that goes to public. Any comments from the public? Questions on that resolution? Seeing none, I close it to the public. Mr. Greenbaum, would you move that resolution, please?

1. Resolution to amend the 2008 Budget.

Mr. Greenbaum: I move the resolution to amend the 2008 budget.

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Perkins: Second, Council discussion? Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

2. Resolution to Adopt the 2008 Budget.

President Perkins: The second resolution on for consent is a resolution to adopt the 2008 budget. Anyone from the public wish to discuss? Come to the podium, sir.

Jim Buell, 7 Linwood Ave., Flanders: I just would like to know has anybody calculated the average cost of the budget increase in 2008?

Mr. Sohl: The cost of what?

Mr. Buell: The total cost, the average percentage cost to an average homeowner.

Mr. Sohl: Yes, it’s about $177.

Mr. Buell: What does the percentage cost?

Mr. Sohl: The percentage of what?

Mr. Buell: Between this year and last year.

Mr. Sohl: I think the increase is on the order of 8%.

Mr. Buell: 8%.

Mr. Sohl: That’s going from memory.

Mr. Buell: Going from, the average home last year $177 or whatever…

Mr. Sohl: Based on recalculated…

Mr. Higgins: A re-casted tax rate of 42.5 in ’07 for municipal. Now it’s 46.1 so you’re up 3.6 cents over the prior year of 42.5 re-casted for the revaluation.

Mr. Buell: Okay, the other question is I know we used approximately $1.5 to $1.7 million, a one time cash infusion this year in order to close this budget. I know $1.2 from Toll Brothers and $326,000 from Charter Farms selling the development rights. What is the Council and what is the Mayor doing next year in order to begin to, because obviously 2009 starts at $1.5 or $1.7 million in the hole. Is the Council and the Mayor doing anything in order to proactively reduce the taxes on a long term basis in the Town, or do we just expect another 10% or 12% next year at the beginning of the 2009 budget?

President Perkins: All I can tell you, Jim, is that the Administration I know is actively working on things like shared services and other ways to help reduce the tax burden. We have, as you know, the Mayor endorsed the U.S. Congress of Mayors Climate Protection Protocol. He’s made some changes here throughout the building to help reduce our energy costs which are on the average of $150,000 a year which probably are going to be just 1 ¾ that cost this upcoming year. There are some things down the road that we are looking for that the State will help to provide some grants for such as an energy audit which will then be able to provide us with a way to hopefully get back some shared services. Some bio fuels are being looked at for some of our vehicles.

Mr. Buell: Is any of this being discussed at the Council meetings or the Workshops?

President Perkins: It has been, Jim, yes. Mr. Greenbaum?

Mr. Greenbaum: We’ve also put other steps in motion such as, as you know, the long term outlook in terms of the sale of the landfill and hopefully the expected large amount of money that the Township will receive once that project is approved. We’ve also encouraged projects such as the adult active housing down at Marveland Farms which will generate significant tax dollars to the Township without putting additional kids into the Schools, and also fix some of the problems, as you know, down in your area of Town. The Administration has also aggressively moved to stop capital spending as best as it could in terms of buying only those things that it, giving to Council only those items that are deemed as essential. So we are taking steps. I’m not sure that your prologue to the discussion in terms of the one time capital, I thought the $1 million was in last year’s budget. This year’s budget did include a one time capital and it related to the monies that we got back from Charter’s Farm which had been laid out originally.

Mr. Buell: Was it Toll Brothers also?

Mr. Greenbaum: I thought that Toll Brothers was last year.

Mr. Buell: No, I think it was this year.

Mr. Sohl: There were two payments. One was in ’06 at the very end of the year and then there was another one in ’07.

Mr. Greenbaum: Okay.

Mr. Dorsey: So that makes it last year.

Mr. Tepper: It’s still last year.

President Perkins: Last year.

Mr. Sohl: Yes, oh, I’m sorry.

Mr. Greenbaum: You know, we’ve also toyed about looking at selling the water system, and put a moratorium on hiring in terms of new employees. I mean, we are doing everything from my perspective, doing a lot to try and control, as you know, the municipalities throughout Morris County and the State of New Jersey are all dealing with the issues that Mount Olive is dealing with in terms of tax increases. A lot of it is being pushed on us by the State. Obviously we have additional costs which are outside of our control such as medical expenses. We have certainly, I know the Administration is working hard in terms of the next contract with the union in terms of minimizing any increase. As you know having sat up here it’s a very difficult negotiation because when you try to take away you have to give back on some other side, but my understanding is that the negotiations are going very well from the Administration’s perspective and hopefully we will get to see a good new contract with our employees. So I think that there is a lot being done behind the scenes and a lot to look forward to in this Town, stuff that was put into motion while you were sitting up here which has not come to fruition at this point. Obviously, if we are successful in closing the deal with the Landfill that will go a long way in terms of controlling any additional increases. Hopefully we can see possibly a decrease in terms of taxes. From my perspective, that’s what’s being done in terms of trying to control future tax increases. In addition to the fact that as you know as you sat up here we have continually, including this year, kept the line on and/or decreased departmental spending on a yearly basis. This year I believe it was a 10% or 5% decrease.

President Perkins: 5%.

Mayor Scapicchio: Across the board.

Mr. Greenbaum: Across the board a 5% decrease in departmental spending. So there’s a lot being done. Mount Olive, I think, went through a growth spurt in terms of our educational facilities over the last couple of years with the Middle School and the High School and the work that we’ve done on our elementary Schools. Now I think our fiscal plan in terms of the educational system is superb. We have a great High School, a great Middle School and all of our elementary Schools are in great shape. I think that’s better than a lot of Towns around us. Now, obviously that doesn’t go to the tax increases on the municipal side but it does go to the overall perception of what is happening in Mount Olive, and that people are paying taxes at a higher rate than around us because we did do a lot of the work that needed to be done. Now we’re going to benefit in a lot of ways through that work whereas other Towns have yet to clear that hurdle and they will have to clear that hurdle while we’re going to be going in the other direction. I think that there has been good fiscal management. I think this Administration has come in and has done a yeoman’s job in terms of controlling what this government spends. As you know there are needs and those needs need to be filled. So when things get passed along by the State of New Jersey we have to unfortunately bear those increases and that’s where we are now.

President Perkins: Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman: Jim, I for one with the blessing of the Administration, am looking into the Fleet Maintenance because as you probably were aware we spend just on the municipal side, we’re spending almost over $700,000. The School Board spends about that same amount. I’m in communication with the Board of Education to try to see if there’s any way we can combine Fleet Maintenance and preferably see if we can save both the municipality and the Board of Education.

Mr. Buell: Talking in that vein, it’s one of the areas I thought that there was probably cost savings. If you talk to Roxbury at this point in time in terms of their Fleet Maintenance…

Mr. Roman: No, I have not gone to that step yet because before I even go to that step I need to find a first, get all, find out exactly what our cost structures and Board of Education cost structures, because they do it differently. Board of Education does it in shifts. They have significantly more employees operating their fleet and they work them in three different shifts. So I’d rather see what they’re doing and how it’s working with them and then looking over, there are some expenses in the contract that we have currently with Penske that I think are ridiculous and I’m hoping that that would end up being, when it comes time to renegotiate that contract, see if they can give some concessions that way.

Mr. Buell: I’d almost suggest you do talk to Roxbury because they have the same decision we had in terms of in-sourcing versus outsourcing their Fleet Maintenance contract and they in-sourced it. I suspect that their costs are much less than ours are.

Mr. Roman: Yes, I mean, if they wish to go on this venue, Mrs. Labow did recommend that I do also speak to Roxbury. My only concern with the knee jerk reaction of going in-house is accountability and whether right now from what I’m told Fleet Maintenance is doing a good job. I would be hasten to recommend for saving $200,000 or $300,000 to now have vehicles that are not properly maintained. They’re taking longer to get done. So those are factors that need to be taken into account. That is one of the things that I am aggressively looking in to.

President Perkins: So, Jim, I think you get the feeling here that since you’ve left nothing has been dropped. I mean, we are still pursuing, you had a nice frothy list I think a month and a half or so before you left.

Mr. Buell: Yes.

President Perkins: Believe me, all of those items are being addressed. We are making small strides. It’s kind of like Rome. It doesn’t happen in a day. Right now as a matter of fact this room now has free Wi-Fi service which I’m sure the Mayor and Business Administrator will be making a press release on that so hopefully we’ll be able to cut back on papers. As you know paper, electricity, and photocopying is a tremendous expense. Also, the Mayor and I have been discussing ways that we can incorporate that into the Planning and Zoning department to help also cut back the number of hours that are researched. So little by little the wheels are moving with the ultimate goal of trying to see a reduction obviously in a time I think that everything we’re doing is getting eaten up by the increase in cost of utilities, but still we’re doing everything possible. I know the Mayor has touched base with myself, with Rob, I think with every other Councilmember here and we continue to try to push forward, Jim. We understand that you had given us that warning when you left that 2008 and 2009 we’re not going to be fun and you were right.

Mr. Buell: Okay, alright.

Mr. Roman: And, Jim, if I may finish personally I am glad that you are bringing up these issues and I would just behoove you that instead of saying “we need to do,” I would personally like to see some recommendations from you because, with all due respect, you have way more experience than I do. So instead of pointing out the obvious that we’re already a million in the hole, you know, come up with, give me some other recommendations. I mean, personally I love hearing some of the recommendations from Russ, Rob, Colleen, there’s a plethora of experience up here, but I think you also have some experience to add. In future editorials I would love to see some more specific recommendations than just broad generalities.

President Perkins: Thank you, Jim. Anyone else from the public? Seeing none, I’ll close it to the public. Council discussion on the adoption of the budget? Seeing none, Roll Call, please.

Mr. Tepper: Would you like a motion for it?

President Perkins: Yes, please, thank you, Russ.

Mr. Tepper: I move resolution to adopt the 2008 budget.

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you. Now we’ll go for discussion. None. Roll Call, thank you, Mr. Tepper.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: That takes us to Public Hearing on:

3. Resolution to Adopt the 2008 Solid Waste Collection District Budget.

President Perkins: Anyone from the public wish to be heard on that resolution? Seeing none, I close it to the public and ask Mr. Roman if you’d make a motion.

Mr. Roman: I’d like to move the resolution to adopt the 2008 Solid Waste Collection.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Perkins: Second, Council comments, discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: That takes us to Consent Resolution #4, entitled:

4. Resolution RE: Budget Self Examination.

President Perkins: Anybody from the public wish to be heard on that Consent Resolution? Seeing none, I close it to the public and ask Mrs. Labow to please move that.

Mrs. Labow: I move for adoption of resolution regarding Budget Self Examination Resolution #4.

President Perkins: Do I have a second?

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you. Council comments, discussion? Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

Questions on Bill List?

President Perkins: That takes us to the Bill List. Does anyone have questions on the Bill List? Mr. Russell, any questions on the Bill List?

Mr. Nelson Russell: None.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

President Perkins: Thank you, sir. That takes us to the Approval of the Minutes of Previous meetings. Mr. Tobey, would you move those, please?

Mr. Tobey: I move for approval of:

June 24, 2008 WS & PM – All present

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you. Council discussion, corrections? Seeing none, Roll Call, please?

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

1. Flyer received June 23, 2008, from Rowan University regarding the Summer 2008 Wind Energy Symposium. PDF Correspondence

2. E-mail received June 22, 2008, from the National League of Cities regarding a Call for Presenters/Solutions for 2008 Congress of Cities. PDF Correspondence

3. Letter received June 24, 2008, from Tom Margetts regarding the Geiger Nursing Scholarship by Friends of Sandy Geiger. PDF Correspondence

4. Letter received June 25, 2008, from the New Jersey Libertarian Party regarding Ord. #38-2008. PDF Correspondence

5. Letter received July 3, 2008, from the New Jersey Council on Special Transportation regarding support for Legislative Bills Assembly-2046 and companion Bill Senate-1830. PDF Correspondence

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES / CORRESPONDENCE OTHER TOWNS

6. Ordinance received July 2, 2008, from the Borough of Stanhope regarding Affordable Housing and Land Development. PDF Correspondence

MUA / MSA

7. Letter received July 3, 3008, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding allocations for the participating municipalities in the 4.31 MGD Water Pollution Control Plant. PDF Correspondence

DOT / DEP / LOI / HIGHLANDS

8. Letter received June 23, 2008, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Watershed Management, Bureau of Watershed Regulation regarding a Preliminary & Final Site Plan Phase 1 & 2 Expansion for Givaudan Fragrances, 300 Waterloo Valley Road. PDF Correspondence

9. Letter received June 25, 2008, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Coastal and Land Use Compliance and Enforcement regarding a Notice of Violation for the Peter Bryn Property, 113 Lozier Road. PDF Correspondence

10. Letter received June 26, 2008, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries, regarding the Morris County YMCA Dam. PDF Correspondence

11. Letter received June 30, 2008, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Natural and Historic Resources, Office of Engineering & Construction regarding the Morris County YMCA Dam. PDF Correspondence

12. Letter received July 1, 2008, from Yannaccone, Villa & Aldrich, LLC regarding Wicklow & Laurano Properties, LLC. PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

13. E-mail received June 20, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding a Budget Vote next week, Affordable Housing, and Redevelopment Amendments Released by Committee. PDF Correspondence

14. E-mail received June 23, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Urgent Alert: Affordable Housing. PDF Correspondence


15. E-mail received June 23, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding FY ’08 Emergency Operation Center Competitive Grant Program, Federal Update for Period Ending June 20, 2008, Verizon Announces Grants to Promote Literacy in New Jersey, Business Personal Property Tax Proposal, and Appellate Division Rules Open Space Set Asides and Contributions not Authorized by MLUL. PDF Correspondence

16. E-mail received June 23, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Legislative Update: Budget Vote Next Week, Affordable Housing, and Redevelopment Amendments Released by Committee. PDF Correspondence

17. Letter received June 23, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the Appellate Divisions Rules Open Space Set Asides and Contributions Not Authorized by MLUL. PDF Correspondence

18. Letter received June 24, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding State Budget Passes in Both Houses. PDF Correspondence

19. E-mail received June 25, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Pension Reforms Advanced to the Governor. PDF Correspondence

20. E-mail received June 27, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A-500, Implementation of Commercial Development Fee. PDF Correspondence

21. Bulletin received June 30, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the 2008-2009 Legislative Session. PDF Correspondence

22. E-mail received July 1, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Governor Signs Budget. PDF Correspondence

23. E-mail received July 1, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Full Funding for the Energy Block Grant, Affordable Housing, League Challenge of COAH Regulations, Mayor’s Housing Policy Committee. PDF Correspondence

24. E-mail received July 1, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Formula Aid, 2008 Dog and Cat Licensing Fees and July Grant Page Posted. PDF Correspondence

25. E-mail received July 3, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Electric Energy Cost Containment Initiative. PDF Correspondence

26. Letter received July 3, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding a Pledge Form for Challenge of COAH Regulations. PDF Correspondence

DCA

27. E-mail received June 27, 2008, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding A-500 Non Residential Development Fee Legislation. PDF Correspondence

COAH

28. Letter received June 23, 2008, from the State of New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing regarding Upcoming Seminars on COAH’s Revised Third Round Rules. PDF Correspondence

MORRIS COUNTY

29. Minutes received June 25, 2008, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding their May 15, 2008 Meeting. PDF Correspondence

30. Letter received June 30, 2008, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding a Master Plan Public Hearing. PDF Correspondence

LETTERS FROM LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

31. E-mail received June 20, 2008, from Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen regarding Funding for Our Troops, A Major Victory for Service Members and Their Families, the House Finally Passes the Protect America Act, Frelinghuysen Visits Morris Plains Borough School and Presents Award to Madison Teen. PDF Correspondence

32. Letter received June 26, 2008, from Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano regarding the Highlands Council Attempting Backdoor Maneuver to Stop Growth in Region. PDF Correspondence

33. E-mail received June 30, 2008, from Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen regarding Opposes $61 Billion Tax Increase, Targeting Speculation in Energy Markets, Supprting Public Transportation, Restoring the Americans with Disability Act, Welcomes Passaic River Cleanup, Speaks at American Cancer Society Event in Morristown. PDF Correspondence

UTILITIES

34. Letter received June 30, 2008, from New Jersey Natural Gas regarding a reception for county and municipal public officials of Morris County. PDF Correspondence

35. Letter received July 2, 2008, from Verizon regarding the addition of new channels including several new sports networks. PDF Correspondence

President Perkins: We have 35 pieces of Correspondence. Anybody wish to discuss any of those items? We also received a letter addressed to the Mayor and Council to be read into the Minutes. Unable to attend is Mrs. Marie Ruggiero from the Senior Center which I will read and I will read quickly.

To whom it may concern:

Several months ago the weekly newspaper printed an article titled “Opening and Maintaining the Parks in 2008”. This article relayed the many improvements that enhanced the many public use areas of Mount Olive completed by the Mt. Olive Building and Grounds department. As a taxpayer, it was indeed encouraging to read about all the activity. However, as a member of the Building Committee of the Mt. Olive Senior Citizens, I could not help but notice that one public area was regrettably unmentioned. I do believe that the Mt. Olive Senior Citizen Center building and grounds have been completely overlooked and I am not alone. As a member of the Mt. Olive Senior Citizens’ Building Committee, I have been asked by the others to put our concerns into words for you to digest.

There has been a blatant and obvious lack of grounds maintenance in and around the Center itself, for example, to the landscaped area surrounding the building and the bocce courts, not to mention the bocce courts, themselves. The bushes outside of the Center have been left to grow so wildly that the windows are now hidden and the weeds on the ground are growing onto and over the walkways, thus making it difficult for some of our seniors to walk safely in or out of the center itself. This is dangerous and inexcusable.

Seven years ago, the Senior Center Building was completed and dedicated to the Township. Since it’s opening, Mt. Olive Seniors have not remained the exclusive users of this space. It has become a recreation building used by most town-sponsored organizations and the Mt. Olive Seniors do not begrudge any other groups utilizing our space. However, the Township has not put any thought into collecting fees from these other organizations. Fees that could be put aside for the cleaning and maintenance of the building; therefore, it falls to the members of the Mt. Olive Senior Citizens to deal with the inevitable areas of wear and tear that is the outcome of multiple group usage. Something must be done.

Although use of the bocce courts brings much joy to many of our seniors, seven years ago, when the building and the bocce courts were first dedicated to the Township; materials for shuffleboard courts were donated by Mr. Crimmi of County Concrete. The Building Committee expressed to the Township that the only thing necessary for the Township to donate was the manual labor needed to build them. That was seven, ladies and gentlemen, seven years ago and we still have no shuffleboard courts. The Building Committee was informed by Municipal Building personnel, that money was in the budget for court installation. However, installation would President Perkins (cont’d): have to wait until after Turkey Brook construction was complete. The seniors were patient. When that didn’t happen we were told that after The Baptist Church needs were taken care of we would have shuffleboard court installation, again we were understanding and, yet again, we got pushed to the back and told that when the DPW building was completed, then they would build the shuffleboard courts. Now seven years may not sound like a long time when you are in your 40s or 50s, but to someone in their 70s, 80s and to a few in their 90s...it is a lifetime.

Additionally, a few years back the Township gave the approval to have two horseshoe pits built by a Boy Scout troop. This was done without the knowledge or input of the Senior Citizen Building Committee Subsequently, the horseshoe pits were located adjacent to the bocce courts and have created a dangerous situation for players how forced to play bocce right next to someone throwing a horseshoe. This could have been avoided had the Senior Citizen Building Committee been approached. The original plans for the center clearly show that the horseshoe pits were to be located in the back of the building and the, as yet un-built, shuffleboard courts were to be built next to the bocce courts with a spectator seating area between them. This shows a clear lack of respect to the members of the Mt. Olive Seniors and, especially, to the Building Committee.

The Building Committee is made up of Mt Olive Seniors who are dedicated to making sure that the Senior Center and its grounds do not become one of the many municipal buildings that have gone to rot because of neglect. So, when this committee reads of the improvements to all the parks and public areas and know that our building has not had any upgrades in seven years with the exception of having its carpet cleaned only 3 times, it is unnerving. Anyone who works in an office is fully aware that public areas with carpeting should be cleaned professionally every 3 months or so. This has not happened.

The members of the Mt. Olive Senior Citizens understand budget constraints. We know forms were developed to collect fees whenever any group other than the Mt. Olive Senior Citizens used the center. Whatever happened to those forms and that procedure? What is the tally of the monies collected which were to be used to help defray the cost of cleaning and maintaining our center? The Senior Citizens Building Committee members are looking for answers to these and so many other questions that have been asked year after year without a reply.

For many years I have kept notes in a journal dedicated exclusively to information regarding the Mt. Olive Senior Center. Much of what I have stated in this letter can be verified through this documentation and we would be more than happy to meet to discuss this crisis further.

Our goal is to let this building pass on to those who will come after us. Be able to give them someplace that they can be proud of. As proud as any citizen of Mt. Olive is of Turkey Brook Park, the Department of Public Works Garage, the Flanders Tennis Courts or the Budd Lake Beach.

The Senior Citizens of Mt. Olive, the members of its Building Committee and I, personally, appreciate your allowing me to speak for all soon-to-be, long-way-off and current day Senior Citizens of Mt. Olive.

I add my name to all Senior who love calling Mt. Olive their home,

Sincerely,

Marie S. Ruggiero

President Perkins: Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman: That’s the first time I hear about those concerns of the Seniors and throughout my conversations with my customers I extol the virtues of Mount Olive that it’s great for families. We have many activities, organizations for families and young children. As we all know, when an elderly couple with no children moves out and sells their home it will be replaced by somebody with children. It impacts the School system. I think that we should make sure that the Seniors have attractive amenities in the Township so when the idea comes that they are sick and tired of paying these high property taxes, at least they can say but I have this in Mount Olive. So I think I would like to make sure that the Administration…

Mr. Sohl: I haven’t seen this letter.

Mrs. Lashway: She hand delivered it today. She intended to come to the meeting but she couldn’t make it.

Mr. Sohl: Oh, okay. I would just take issue with what I think I heard was the claim that we are collecting fees.

Mr. Greenbaum: No, we’re not collecting fees.

Mrs. Lashway: Not collecting fees.

Mr. Sohl: No, we do not?

President Perkins: Mrs. Labow?

Mrs. Labow: They were collecting a deposit and if the place wasn’t cleaned up and then…

Mr. Sohl: That’s only, we hold a deposit and use it if they don’t clean up.

Mrs. Labow: If they don’t clean up. That’s what she’s thinking of but it wasn’t actually a fee, you’re right.

Mr. Tepper: It shouldn’t.

President Perkins: Well, this letter came and I was informed by the Clerk.

Mr. Sohl: Okay, again, we’ll take a look at it.

President Perkins: In all due respect I have to give the Administration time to digest this, get a copy of it and be able to respond to Mrs. Ruggiero and to the rest of the Seniors there. Scott? Of course you can.

Scott Ireland, 6 Eric Court, Flanders: Just especially in light of the conversation we just had about the shared services and reflecting back on a School Board meeting I went to two weeks ago where they hired an inordinate amount of summer help for the Schools on the order of 25 to 30 temporary maintenance and custodial help for the Schools. In the light of shared services in order to address some of these concerns over the Senior Citizen Center, it sounds like a phone call, can you send over six of those people on any particular day, or whatever needs to be done. It doesn’t sound like you need more funds to be spent, a new expense. They’ve got lots of people over there.

President Perkins: I agree, but again in all due respect I have to give the Administration the opportunity to look into that.

Mr. Ireland: Absolutely, I’m just letting everyone know that there’s a lot of summer help that just got hired…

President Perkins: With nothing to do.

Mr. Ireland: …much to some taxpayer’s chagrin.

President Perkins: Exactly.

Mr. Tepper: Scott, did anyone ask what those 25 people are doing?

Mr. Ireland: Oh my god, I don’t, there’s a lot of issues.

Mr. Tepper: All I’ve heard is complaints about the fact that the School Board isn’t listening to any of the residents. They continue to hire. They don’t look at cost savings. They’re not willing to cooperate in terms of reducing expenses, in my opinion, from the past. They’re an autonomous entity that acts just like that. That they don’t have to be accountable. If they hired 25 people it would be nice to say can you come in and do the work over here, but one would think that they hired them to do work in the School system.

Mr. Ireland: There’s lot of reasons they hired them, all you have to do is look at the names.

Mr. Tepper: And if nepotism is the answer then it ought to be pointed out and something should be done about that.

Mr. Roman: Sounds like an article.

Mr. Tobey: You know, one quick comment, Russ, to tag onto that. I firmly believe until the School Board hires an independent auditor you’re never going to get to the bottom of that budget.

Mr. Tepper: Well, if the budget is defeated this year, I believe we should have an independent audit done of that so it can be pointed out because the School Board is obviously not prepared to bring in an auditor to do that work.

Mr. Tobey: An auditor working for them.

Mr. Tepper: I would like to have an independent audit as you point out, not an auditor for the School Board.

Mr. Roman: Where’s Gary?

Mr. Tepper: It’s about the taxpayers. It’s not about the Council or the School Board. It’s about how do you reduce costs within the Town and we don’t control that. That’s probably 75-80% of the total cost to any of the taxpayers.

President Perkins: Alright, any other comments on that? Bill, we’ll get you a copy of that letter.

Mr. Sohl: Thank you.

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

President Perkins: Alright, that moves us on to Ordinances for Public Hearing. We have ordinances, that takes us to… Alright, Mr. Tobey, would you make a motion to continue Ord. #32-2008?

Ord. #32-2008 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive to Amend and Supplement Chapter 102 Entitled “Documents, Fees For Copies of”, Section 102-5 Entitled “Photocopies (Per Page)” of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive. (continue to 7/22/08 Meeting)

Mr. Tobey: I make a motion to continue Ord. #32-2008.

Mr. Dorsey: To what date?

Mrs. Lashway: July 22nd.

Mr. Tobey: To July 22, 2008.

Mr. Tepper: Second.

President Perkins: Discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: I open the hearing to the public on Ord. #37-2008, entitled:

Ord. #37-2008 Ordinance Amending Section 3(j) of Bond Ordinance #27-2005, as Amended by Bond Ordinances #31-2006 and #51-2007 of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Finally Adopted August 9, 2005, as Amended November 21, 2006 and December 18, 2007 in Order to Amend the Description of the Project.

President Perkins: Anyone from the public wish to be heard on that ordinance? Seeing none, I close it to the public, Mrs. Labow would you move that, please?

Mrs. Labow: I’d like to move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #37-2008.

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Perkins: Second, thank you. Council discussion?

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: Ord. #37-2008 has passed on second reading, and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish a notice of adoption as required by law. Let’s see, we need a motion to table Ord. #38-2008. Mr. Roman?

Ord. #38-2008 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive to Amend and Supplement Chapter 178 Entitled “Peace and Good Order,” Section 178-4 and Section 178-19 of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive. (Table or Defeat)

Mr. Roman: I make a motion that we table Ord. #38-2008.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Perkins: Council discussion? Roll Call.

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

President Perkins: Motion to continue Ord. #39-2008 until after the Planning Board meeting. Mr. Tepper?

Ord. #39-2008 An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 400 (Land Use Ordinance) of the Ordinances of the Township of Mt. Olive to Amend the Official Zoning Map. (continue to 7/22/08 meeting/Planning Bd. meets to discuss on 7/10/08)

Mr. Tepper: I move Ord. #39-2008 for adoption and final approval.

Mrs. Lashway: No.

President Perkins: No.

Mr. Tepper: You want to move, we’re going to move to continue it?

President Perkins: Continue after the Planning Board.

Mr. Tepper: Planning Board has discussed it numerous times but we’ll discuss it once again on Thursday then. I move that it be continued to the 22nd.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Perkins: Second, thank you. Discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: I open the hearing to the public on Ord. #40-2008, entitled

Ord. #40-2008 Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Water Utility Improvements of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating the Aggregate Amount of $365,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $346,750 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof.

President Perkins: Anyone from the public wish to be heard on Ord. #40-2008? Seeing none, I close it to the public and ask Mr. Greenbaum to move that.

Mr. Greenbaum: I move it.

President Perkins: Thank you, second?

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you, Council discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

Mrs. Lashway: John, does he have to read that statement directing the Mayor to publish and post, forward to the Mayor?

Mr. Dorsey: Yes.

Mrs. Lashway: You have to read that whole statement, Rob.

Mr. Greenbaum: I don’t read that statement.

Mr. Dorsey: Read it.

President Perkins: No, that’s on Second Reading. We’re not on First Reading, yet.

Mr. Tepper: That’s first reading.

Mrs. Lashway: Second reading.

Mr. Greenbaum: Second reading, but that’s Council President…

President Perkins: He just moves for adoption and final passage.

Mr. Tepper: Adoption and final passage.

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING (2nd reading July 22, 2008)

President Perkins: Ord. #40-2008 has passed on second reading, and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish a notice of adoption as required by law. Now we move on to Ordinances for First Reading with a Second Reading of July 22nd. Ord. #41-2208, entitled:

Ord. #41-2008 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Repealing Section 178-4 Entitled “Loitering; Loud, Offensive or Indecent Language” of the Township Code.

President Perkins: Mrs. Labow, would you move that ordinance, please?

Mrs. Labow: Thank you, Mr. President. I move that Ord. #41-2008 be introduced be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on July 22nd, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ for a public hearing consideration of said reading and passage of said ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available such ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

President Perkins: Second?

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you. Council discussion? None, Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

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

5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Closing Center Street on July 19, 2008, Between 2 pm and 2 am on July 20, 2008 for the Purpose of Holding a Block Party (Rain Date – July 26, 2008). PDF Resolution

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Renewal of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses for the 2008-2009 Licensing Period. PDF Resolution

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of Sewer Billing for Block 4100, Lot 60, Sub 2. PDF Resolution

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Acceptance of the 2007 Audit. PDF Resolution

9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Accepting a Corrective Action Plan for the 2007 Municipal Audit. PDF Resolution

10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of the Year End Penalty for Block 4101 Lot 3. PDF Resolution

11. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Various Municipal Payments by Wire Transfer. PDF Resolution

12. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of a Grant Balance of $1071.92 for the Click It Or Ticket Program. PDF Resolution

13. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Institution of an In-Rem Tax Foreclosure. PDF Resolution

14. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract with Morris Land Conservancy. PDF Resolution

15. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Grant Agreement with ANJEC & Committing Matching Funds. PDF Resolution

16. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Relative to the ITCA’s Outdoor Movie Night at Turkey Brook Park. PDF Resolution

17. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Water Resource Sales & Service for Environment One Grinder Pump Sales & Services. PDF Resolution

President Perkins: Are there any items on the Consent Agenda numbers 5 though 17 that any of the Council members wishes to have put to Non Consent?

Mr. Tobey: I think we removed 10 earlier didn’t we?

President Perkins: No, 10 is just amended.

Mrs. Lashway: No, John asked us to remove it completely.

President Perkins: Oh, did he, he wants that out?

Mrs. Lashway: So 10 is off.

President Perkins: Okay, so that will be 5 though 9, and 11 through 17. Seeing none, okay. Mr. Tobey, would you move those, please?

Mr. Tobey: Yes, I move Consent Resolutions 5 through 9 and 11 through 17.

President Perkins: Thank you. Second?

Mr. Tepper: Second.

President Perkins: Any discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.

Mrs. Lashway: Mr. Greenbaum?

President Perkins: Anyone from the public, hold on Mr. Greenbaum, anyone from the public wish to be heard on any of those Consent Resolutions numbers 5 though 9 or 11 through 17? Seeing none, I close it to the public and now we can go for the Roll.

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception Mr. Greenbaum voted no on 14 and 15

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS - none

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS - none

RESOLUTIONS NON CONSENT - none

PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS - none

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS - none

MOTIONS

President Perkins: We have one additional that was added on under Motions for the Budd Lake Fire Department. It’s an amendment to Raffle License #2252. Lisa, I guess there was some date issue or something.

Mrs. Lashway: They had the tickets printed with the wrong date so they now have to amend their license to correct it rather than go out and print new tickets. So this is an amendment to Raffle License #2252 for the Budd Lake Fire Department.

2. Approval of Amendment to Raffle License #2252 for the Budd Lake Fire Department.

Mr. Tepper: So moved.

President Perkins: Thank you, Mr. Tepper. Second?

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you, Roll Call, please?

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: That takes us to the Bill List. Any questions? Still none? Mr. Tobey?

Mr. Tobey: I see some expenses with regards to the Seward Mansion stabilization materials. Is there any update that the Administration can provide with regards to either the materials or just the project in general?

Mr. Sohl: For which?

Mr. Roman: Seward Mansion.

Mr. Sohl: I don’t have anything for you tonight.

Mr. Tobey: Okay.

President Perkins: Get a note off then and, Bill, have Sherry or somebody give an update.

Mr. Tobey: Just some type of update that’s all.

President Perkins: Mrs. Labow, do you want to move the Bill List

1. Bill List.

Mrs. Labow: I move the Bill List.

President Perkins: Thank you, can I have a second?

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Perkins: No more discussion, Roll Call, please?

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception Mrs. Labow voted no

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

President Perkins: That takes us to Administrative Matters. Mr. Sohl?

Mr. Sohl: Nothing right now.

President Perkins: Thank you. Mr. Mayor?

Mayor Scapicchio: Two things, after a lot of hard work by a lot of people, some real hard work and diligence by Mr. Dorsey we believe that we have convinced the EPA to waive the $32 million windfall lien on the landfill. That was one bump in the road that we have gotten over. The next issue is the transfer of sewage. We’re working diligently with that and we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to overcome that issue. This afternoon Mr. Dorsey, the Administrative staff and myself met with Toll Brothers and Applied Water. I think it was a productive meeting and I’ll ask Mr. Dorsey if he would like to share what transpired at that meeting please, John.

Mr. Dorsey: It’s interesting the exchanges between Mr. Kolbert and myself and others over the franchise that Toll has sought. It’s going on literally for two years. I think it was fortuitous that we didn’t have this meeting until today because in the interim the situation involving the Gold Mine Water system which serves 79 customers, has been aggravated or exacerbated by the DEP issuing certain orders in terms of the Township providing appropriate storage. So we had in the meeting today with the Mayor, Gene Buczynski, Tim Quinn was there, Bill was there and they marched in with five or six, or at least five of their senior executives. The one whom we dealt with most often and with whom we can be most provocative is Mr. Alles. Mr. Alles must have calmed down today because he was not argumentative. He was very anxious to extract from me a promise that when the Township took over the water system as it would be permitted to do under the Franchise Ordinance, the Township will not say that there is no more water for Morris Chase. In response to that, I always thought that he felt that I would do such a nefarious thing, he apparently came prepared. I have to take the man at his word, to be supportive and helpful to the Township in connection with what the Township must do in terms of Mr. Dorsey (cont’d): the Gold Mine System and the water storage tank. Of course our position is the water storage tank is really part of a regional system. It was set up long before Toll came here and it some day, when we call for it, it will be turned over. He handed out a list of items and questions that they need to have the Township answer in terms of Goldmine and he even assured Gene Buczynski, he spoke mostly to Gene about these things, that he was prepared to pay for the engineer with, it’s not American Water…

Mayor Scapicchio: Applied.

Mr. Dorsey: Applied Water to do the necessary study, whatever NJDEP requires as I understand it in order for a connection to be made between Gold Mine and the water storage facility. That is extraordinarily important for Gold Mine mainly because it is now under the gun to come up with some solution within 90 days and we are in the fortunate position where Gold Mine already has water allocation. It simply doesn’t have storage. So taking Mr. Alles at his word the ordinance will be, the franchise ordinance that I have dealt with for the last two years will be slightly changed. There will be a guarantee that we will not try and take away from them water when we take over the system. There is to be an amendment to the Developer’s Agreement that essentially will guarantee to the Township their cooperation and the utilization of the tank for storage facilities, storage purposes for the Gold Mine Water system. If that all comes to fruition then I think the Township has been well served by this two year odyssey because it will achieve something at the outset that we never even knew we needed, but now clearly know that we need. The Gold Mine system will be well served. In connection with the EPA, it was really an extraordinary story about a month ago asking Bill to call and set up meetings. Bill was the first one to get an indication from a man by the name of Cosmo Servidio who is classified as a Senior Policy Advisor at EPA Region 2. The EPA was not going to push the issue. We were prepared to drop the issue that we litigated for the last six months as to whether or not they were entitled to a $32 million windfall lien. Clearly, if the hearing officer had said that the EPA was entitled to that against the Township the deal would be totally dead. The hearing officer did not do that, and although this was somewhat of an informal hearing I have to say that the Attorney for EPA Assistant Regional Counsel a guy by the name of William Tucker, hell of an attorney. He did his very best to see that we were going to pay $32 million. The hearing officer ruled in the Township’s favor, particularly in the Township’s favor, but left the Rockefeller Group in somewhat of a tenuous position because there was the indication that the EPA could file subsequent liens. Of course nobody is going to build a $200 million facility with the possibility of EPA invoking a spill fund lien somewhere down the road. Last week, and what really counts in this equation in terms of satisfying it is the Rockefeller Group. They apparently got a subsequent call from Cosmo advising that EPA was prepared to waive its prior, current and any future liens against this property so it couldn’t develop. I mean, that is about as good as it gets. That leaves open only the issue of the transfer of sewer from wherever to the Combe Fill Land facility. The meeting we had today after we were finished with Toll, Buczynski, I find I have to cross examine Buczynski in order to get these things. He knows them but he never volunteers them. He told us that last week he and Rattner, Councilman Rattner, went to a meeting at Morris County and suddenly there is produced a map that shows, produced by the County we believe but they believe it comes essentially from the State, showing Combe Fill North as a sewered area, as an area to be sewered in the Township. If that’s true and to its fullest extent that means that we have now managed to scale the second highest obstacle. I do believe we are still in need of some further confirmation from DEP but if that is true, if that map essentially has come from DEP, that means we’re to that point where we and Rockefeller are locked into the deal because after they did their due diligence which goes back to last fall when they drilled up there, and of course any time you ask, our money is gone. We spent everything on this project. The results were so satisfactory. At one point Lester Smith said that the results were better than they had ever anticipated and they obviously had a line in all of this that they were ready to go. It is possible that we may be close to their filing although I think they actually have kind of slipped behind their own time schedule because they never thought EPA would be resolved as quickly as it was, let alone the sewer problem. They should be filing a major application, I would say, within six months for what we refer to as the newest and largest employment center in North Jersey. So at the moment it’s all good news.

President Perkins: Rob?

Mr. Greenbaum: First of all, John, excellent job well done on both issues. I’m sure that the homeowners in Gold Mine Estates that have been devastated by the lack of water pressure in the area are going to be extremely satisfied when they hear that the Town is moving forward with all due haste to correct that problem. With respect to the Land Fill, from the beginning you were the shepherd. Although there have been major hurdles I think that we can all now see the forest through the trees and that we are getting some place. It sounds to me Mr. Greenbaum (cont’d): that we could have a completed application within the next year, and reap the benefits of the deal that we ultimately entered into with Rockefeller Group.

Mr. Dorsey: I do want to say that it really is the Mayor who did the number for the Gold Mine Estates customers today because he wasn’t going to leave that meeting until we achieved something. It turned out that they had been so conditioned before they ever got to the meeting that it became relatively easy. It was the Mayor who absolutely insisted…

Mr. Greenbaum: Yes, I can’t praise him though because his head is already too big. I played golf with the Mayor about a month ago. He shot a 42 on the back and everyday I call him he says, “It was a great back nine, wasn’t it?”

President Perkins: What was the front?

Mr. Greenbaum: Forget about the front. It doesn’t matter, but a job well done by the both of you.

Mr. Dorsey: Thank you.

President Perkins: Anything else, Mayor?

Mayor Scapicchio: That’s it, thanks, Ray.

OLD BUSINESS - none

NEW BUSINESS –none

LEGAL MATTERS – none

President Perkins: Legal Matters, Mr. Dorsey?

Mr. Dorsey: None.

COUNCIL REPORTS

Recreation Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: We meet tomorrow.

Board of Health Report

Mrs. Labow: The Board of Health meets next, well, actually two weeks. I’m sorry, I take that back. We don’t meet in July. We’re meeting in August, but we may just wait until September unless we have something pressing coming up.

Planning Board Report

Mr. Tepper: Meets Thursday.

Board of Adjustment Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: Meets in two weeks.

Open Space Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: We meet Monday.

Legislative Committee Report

Pride Committee Liaison Report

Mrs. Labow: We cancelled our meeting last week because we had a lot of different issues going on and we are planning on moving forward with planting flowers out here on the street side of the building for the Mount Olive sign. We had seen it was an Eagle Scout project done a few years back. It does need some work. We’re hoping that maybe over the winter months the letter forms can be refurbished. So we’re looking forward to getting that accomplished. We had SLAPpers come out. We have a contact now with the Sheriff’s department. She’s a wonderful lady and she’s been sending out all of the SLAP workers to do a lot of cleanup which has been very effective. I’ve seen the bags all over Town and they’re doing a great job. So hopefully we’ll be seeing some flowers planted soon and some more projects moving forward.

President Perkins: Excellent. Thank you. Board of Education, Mr. Tobey?

Board of Education Liaison Report

Mr. Tobey: There’s a meeting this coming Monday.

Lake/Environment Issues Committee

Safety Committee Liaison

Mr. Greenbaum: There’s a meeting scheduled for July. I don’t know the date off hand. It came across my…

Mr. Roman: It was yesterday.

Mr. Greenbaum: It was yesterday?

Mr. Roman: No, I’m just kidding.

Mr. Greenbaum: It may have been.

Mr. Sohl: The 24th.

Mr. Greenbaum: The 24th, you think?

President Perkins: Thank you.

Mrs. Labow: That was a good one, Alex.

Mr. Greenbaum: In any event, yes Alex, thank you very much. There will be hopefully a presentation by one or two of the hospital service providers in terms of ambulance services. So we’re moving forward with that issue, slowly but we are moving forward with looking at daytime pay to use service.

President Perkins: Perfect, thanks, Rob. Solid Waste, Mrs. Labow.

Finance Committee Report

Economic Development Committee Report

Solid Waste Advisory Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: We don’t meet until September.

Library Board Liaison

Mr. Tepper: Nothing on the Library but I’d like to point out that an Eagle Scout Project by Mr. Sexton was completed in front where the monument is and now it’s in the Library. It looks rather nice.

Mrs. Labow: I’d like to also, off of what Russ said, I also met with Mr. Sexton here at Town Hall for his citizenship and the community badge. A delightful young man and he’s just really moving right along with all of his work for Eagle Scout, a very impressive young man. He was so organized. I could not believe it. Nice job.

PUBLIC PORTION - none

President Perkins: That takes us to the public portion. Anyone from the public wish to be heard on any matters? Seeing none, I’ll close it to the public and take Council comments. Mr. Greenbaum?

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Greenbaum: None.

President Perkins: Mr. Tepper?

Mr. Tepper: None.

President Perkins: Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman: Surprisingly none.

President Perkins: It’s not a surprise. Mrs. Labow?

Mrs. Labow: I just had a quick comment. I missed the Old Business. Bill, when I was driving over here tonight I saw the Boathouse. I think they have the basement doors on their front porch. One of the doors was off its hinge and it looked like if anybody were to get up on that porch, walking by. I know it’s not our responsibility.

Mr. Sohl: I’ll take a look on my way home.

Mrs. Labow: Yes, they might fall right in there. It’s the one closest to the entrance. Thank you. That’s it.

President Perkins: Mr. Tobey?

Mr. Tobey: Nothing.

President Perkins: And I have just one quick comment. Mayor, excellent job I’m assuming moving forward with getting us that storage tank as quick as possible. I know that there’s been three different iterations of that from the different planning perspectives as well as what we’ve tried to negotiate. So that’s good news. So hopefully within a year or two we should be able to utilize that. Mayor, just off of a side note, you had brought up at the last public meeting about the International Trade Center with two of the lots with water allocation.

Mayor Scapicchio: Yes.

President Perkins: Has that, just as a point of interest, has that issue been addressed for the Combe Fill?

Mayor Scapicchio: You know, Ray, that has not been, the question has not been asked. So I don’t know. John? I mean, I don’t know.

President Perkins: Just might be something to look into, Mayor. With that, I have nothing else…

Mayor Scapicchio: Good point.

President Perkins: And I’ll take a motion to adjourn.


ADJOURNMENT - Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:46 pm.

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Raymond T. Perkins, Council President

I, LISA LASHWAY, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes is a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on July 22, 2008.

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk


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