COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - June 14, 2011

 

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:01pm by Council President Tobey.

 

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT

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

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Absent: None

 

Also Present: Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; John Dorsey Township Attorney; Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk; William Sohl; Business Administrator; Mayor David Scapicchio; Gary Higgins, Auditor

 

PUBLIC HEARING – MORRIS COUNTY OPEN SPACE APPLICATION

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Submission of a Grant Application to the County of Morris for the Purchase of Block 301 Lot 4 (BASF-Musconetcong Greenway).

 

President Tobey: The first item on tonight's Agenda is a Public Hearing on the Morris County Open Space application. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard on this? Seeing none, Kathy?

 

Mrs. Murphy: Well, I just want to explain to everybody that the Town is filing an application for the purchase of BASF, the vacant lot that they never built on. The Town was contacted by BASF and has negotiated a deal for this property. We are very pleased that this is happening and so is the owner so we want to file our application at the end of the month. Actually the 24 th and this is a required legal advertisement and opportunity for the public to speak or comment or ask questions.

 

President Tobey: Excellent, Excellent job Kathy. We appreciate it very much. Does anyone on Council have any questions for Kathy? Mrs. Labow?

 

Mrs. Labow: Thank you very much. This is a really great project and I'm glad we're moving forward and looking forward to closing on it.

 

Mrs. Murphy: I am too, thank you.

 

Mr. Perkins: Good job Kathy.

 

Mrs. Murphy: Thanks.

 

Mr. Mania: Ditto Kathy, good job.

 

Mrs. Labow: Yes, thank you.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Roman, would you please move Resolution number one?

 

Mr. Roman: I move for adoption of Resolution number one.

 

Mr. Perkins: Second.

 

President Tobey: It's been moved and seconded. Roll call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

 

May 24, 2011 (Mr. Perkins and Mr. Walsh were absent)

 

President Tobey: Moving on we have approval of the Minutes of Previous Meetings. Mr. Greenbaum would you please?

 

Mr. Greenbaum: So moved

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

President Tobey: It's been moved and seconded. Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception of Mr. Perkins and Mr. Walsh who abstained.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

 

  1. E-mail received May 24, 2011, from Downtown New Jersey regarding the April 2011 Newsletter.

 

  1. E-mail received May 25, 2011, from Dina Statuto regarding 2 nd Announcement of Program on Municipal Advisors.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the Raritan River Initiative regarding REMINDER: Sustainable Raritan River Conference, June 16, 2011.

 

  1. E-mail received May 27, 2011, from the Raritan River Collaborative regarding News May 27, 2011.

 

  1. E-mail received May 27, 2011, from the Schiff Nature Preserve regarding Join us June 3 rd or 4 th for our Third Annual Environmental Film Festival.

 

  1. E-mail received May 31, 2011, from Governing regarding Governing's Editorial Staff will explore the implications of block grants.

 

  1. E-mail received May 31, 2011, from North Jersey RC&D regarding New Contact Information for North Jersey RC&D.

 

  1. Letter received May 31, 2011, from the Musconetcong Watershed Association regarding a “Thank you” for support during the recent effort to protect the Musconetcong River from potentially damaging changes in the Lake Hopatcong Water Level management Plan.

 

  1. Letter received May 31, 2011 , from Morris Habitat for Humanity regarding Accepting Applications for a Single Family Home to be renovated on Highland Avenue, Pompton Plains, NJ. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 6, 2011, from Downtown New Jersey regarding a Special Complimentary Program.

 

  1. E-mail received June 6, 2011 , from Alfred's Auction Inc. regarding Ocean County Board of Social Services Online Auction.

 

  1. E-mail received June 7, 2011, from Downtown New Jersey regarding the Excellence Awards.

 

  1. E-mail received June 10, 2011, from GOVERNING regarding Block Grants.

 

RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS

 

  1. Resolution received May 23, 2011, from the Township of Hardyston regarding a Resolution Seeking State Intervention to Increase Safety and Public Awareness on State Highway Route 23.
  1. Resolution received May 23, 2011, from the Township of Washington regarding a Resolution in Support of a Modification of the Open Public Records Act.

 

  1. Ordinance received May 23, 2011, from the Township of Byram regarding Land Use.

 

  1. Ordinance received May 23, 2011, from the Township of Netcong regarding Land Use.

 

  1. Resolution received May 25, 2011, from the Township of Washington regarding a Resolution for Fair Distribution of State Aid for Education.

 

  1. Resolution received May 26, 2011, from the Township of Mendham regarding a Resolution in Support of the Proposed Amendment to the Open Public Records Act.

 

  1. Ordinance received June 2, 2011, from the Borough of Stanhope regarding Land Use.

 

  1. Ordinance received June 6, 2011, from the Borough of Netcong regarding Land Use.

 

  1. Resolution received June 10, 2011, from the Township of Byram regarding Highlands Byram Township Environmental Resource Inventory.

 

  1. Two Resolutions received June 10, 2011 , from the Borough of Riverdale regarding OPRA and Senate Bill No. 1351.

 

DOT / DEP / LOI / HIG HLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC

 

  1. Letter received May 26, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding an Extension of a Letter of Interpretation for BL 5800, Lot 39 (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish).

 

  1. Letter received May 27, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program – Tinc Farm – Lynnwood – Goldmine Interconnection.

 

  1. Letter received May 27, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding an Agency Determination for West Morris Central High School – Girls JV Softball Field, Block 6600, Lot 10.01.

 

  1. Permit Application Materials received May 27, 2011 , from Irrigation Consulting, Inc. regarding Flanders Valley Golf Course.

 

  1. Notice to Neighboring Landowners received May 31, 2011 , from Renee Klose-Maffei, LPGA, Morris County parks Commission, Director of Golf regarding Flanders Valley Golf Course at 81 Pleasant Hill Road, Flanders, NJ 07836.

 

  1. Letter received June 1, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding No Further Action Letter and Covenant Not to Sue for Block 2511, Lot 5 (47 Dogwood Drive).

 

  1. Letter received June 6, 2011, from Archer & Greiner, P.C regarding Givaudan Fragrances Corporation – Petition for Highlands Redevelopment Area Designation.

 

  1. Letter received June 7, 2011, from Stryker Tams & Dill LLP regarding a Verified Petition and Verification filed on behalf of Comcast in regard to a Renewal Certificate of Approval to Continue to Construct, Operate and Maintain a Cable Television System in and for the Township of Mount Olive.

 

  1. Letter received June 10, 2011, from Careaga Engineering Inc. regarding Special Activities Transition Area Waiver for Redevelopment for Robert Donnelly, Block 7000, Lot 80 (79 River Road).

 

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

 

  1. E-mail received May 20, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding GRC Hosts 5 th Annual OPRA Seminar.

 

  1. E-mail received May 20, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sample Resolution 5/20/2011.

 

  1. E-mail received May 20, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Unanticipated Revenues for Prop Tax.

  1. E-mail received May 24, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding State Emergency Preparedness Officials Focus on Hurricane Preparedness Planning.

 

  1. E-mail received May 24, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding May 24 Mayors Roundtable.

 

  1. E-mail received May 24, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Two Upcoming League Seminars.

 

  1. E-mail received May 24, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding School Funding.

 

  1. E-mail received May 25, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League Upcoming Seminar – Taking the Mystery out of Applying for Grants.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding May 26 Affordable Housing & COAH Update.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Two Issues A-3285 and S-2762.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Green Map Systems' Workshop.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding UPDATED Green Map Systems' Workshop with working first link.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding May 26 CDBG ACTION ALERT.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming Seminar SOLD OUT.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding DEP's Proposed Public Access Rules, Final Hearing.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding CORRECTION to DEP's Proposed Public Access Rules.

 

  1. E-mail received May 27, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar.

 

  1. E-mail received May 27, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Recent Interest Arbitration Award and Zero Salary Increase for Borough of Spotswood.

 

  1. E-mail received May 31, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A-3992, S-2887 Exempts certain wind turbines for local review and Implementation of c52, PL 2011 DPB Notice.

 

  1. E-mail received June 1, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.

 

  1. E-mail received June 1, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Mayor's Newsline - June 2011.

 

  1. E-mail received June 1, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 2 nd Reminder: Share NJ 5K Walk/Run.

 

  1. E-mail received June 1, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Mayor's Roundtable Information.

 

  1. E-mail received June 2, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding SCR – 107, Reduce Property Tax for Certain Preserved Open Space.

 

 

  1. E-mail received June 6, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Changes to the DLGS Website and League asks Policy Makers Deciding NJN's Future.

 

  1. E-mail received June 6, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Several Mayor's Letters.

 

  1. E-mail received June 6, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Verizon NJ 2011 “Check into Literacy” Program Grants DUE June 10, 2011.

 

  1. E-mail received June 7, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Governor Unveils New State Energy Master Plan.

 

  1. E-mail received June 8, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding S-2794 and Mayor's Roundtable, June 15, 2011.

 

  1. E-mail received June 8, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Two Upcoming League Seminars.

 

  1. E-mail received June 10, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM Magazine.

 

DCA

 

  1. E-mail received June 6, 2011, from DCA regarding Gov Connect update: June 6, 2011.

 

  1. E-mail received June 7, 2011 , from DCA regarding League Education Seminar: Month 25 of Economic

Recovery: Where are we and where are we going?

 

  1. E-mail received June 7, 2011, from DCA regarding NJ HomeKeeper Program.

 

MORRIS COUNTY

 

  1. Minutes received May 24, 2011, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding the April 21, 2011 meeting.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the County of Morris NJ, Planning and Development regarding Planning and Development News.

 

  1. E-mail received May 26, 2011, from the County of Morris regarding the 1st Annual Asian Heritage Celebration – June 7, 2011.

 

MSA

 

  1. Minutes received June 2, 2011, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the May 4, 2011 meeting.

 

UTILITIES

 

  1. E-mail received May 24, 2011, from Utility Workers Union of America regarding Federal Indictment against United Water in Indiana.

 

  1. Letter received May 26, 2011, from Cablevision regarding Deletion of Wedding Central.

  1. Letter received May 31, 2011, from New Jersey American Water regarding Public Notice of the filing of a Petition to change the levels of purchased water and purchased wastewater treatment adjustment clauses, which could result in an increase or decrease to existing water and sewer rates.

 

President Tobey: We have 73 pieces of Correspondence. Does anybody on Council wish to comment?

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. Chairman, Mr. Millus is here.

 

President Tobey: Okay, good evening. We are going to come back to… If you would kindly… if you're prepared?

 

Mr. Millus, Community Service Manager: Yes I am.

 

President Tobey: Thank you Mr. Mania. This is a discussion regarding the Community Service Manager, Mr. Millus.

 

Mr. Millus: Good evening everyone. I am Larry Millus. I'm actually a resident of Succasunna but I do most of my business and shopping in Mount Olive. I know Mr. Mania from I Love Subs and we meet every morning having coffee and some of our other Council members I've seen there. I'm also a member of the Mount Olive Lions Club. What I was talking to Mr. Mania about is, I'm currently a Community Service Director of Bernards Township, New Jersey, and I'm proud to say Bernards Township is one of the cleanest Township's in Somerset County. I run the Community Service Program. I directly supervise over 200 individuals with 7,000 hours of court appointed labor. It's free labor and I mentioned to Mr. Mania about an alternative for Mount Olive Township because I know with the budget crisis's going on throughout the State of New Jersey. What County probation departments do is they send out individuals with their probation, with their supervision who are insured under County Department of Probation so there is no insurance necessary for Mount Olive to get so it's a zero cost operation. I spoke with the head of the Morris County Probation Department this morning and what they do is they will send up six to eight individuals or however many you want to clean roadways, to do weeding projects, to do any sort of manual labor projects that the Council and the Township sees fit to keep the Town clean. Quality of life is a big issue. I'm a retired New York City Police Sergeant. I escaped Brooklyn, New York, to come out here to beautiful Mount Olive and beautiful Succassunna, New Jersey, to escape the liter, to escape the graffiti. It exists here as it does every place else but what we do in Bernards Township, I attack it immediately. If you have a littering condition or graffiti condition and it's not addressed and you leave that there, all it does is attract more litter and more graffiti and the best way I found to attack it under Mayor Giuliani was the broken windows there. He attacked the small problems and some of the bigger problems went away. One of those problems that we could attack in Mount Olive Township is litter on roadsides. What probation does is every Wednesday and… their work days are every Tuesday and Wednesday. They're willing to send out free of charge, six to eight individuals, because that's the number that I kind of came up with that would be manageable for supervision purposes. To come and clean the roads and do projects in Mount Olive Township under the supervision of probation. The cost to the Township would only be for garbage bags or loaning out traffic vests and pickup sticks. These individuals could clean a roadside that you deem, that you want done and they would leave the garbage bags there on the side of the road for pickup. Four to eight individuals could clean ten miles of road in an eight hour workday. You're talking a substantial savings to your public works department. It was just something that I spoke with John about and I wanted you guys to have further discussion about it to possibly initiate something like that and I would be happy, since I do know some of the Council members, I would be happy to be a go between to set up something for Mount Olive Township. If you would be willing and you are interested in it. John sees me all the time. He has my contact information so does your Township Manager and if you're interested, please discuss it amongst yourselves. Let me know. I will donate my time when I can to oversee, to help the beatification of Mount Olive Township. That goes for any other projects you might have. Whether it be weeding because you're a non pesticide free zone which I know a lot of Towns are up north here because we're in a watershed area, don't use pesticides and weeding the baseball field with six to eight individuals, that is a six hour project or weeding a parking lot. You could sell it to your Township people as a green program. That way you're not using pesticides, you're keeping your water clean, your keeping your community beautiful. We can even do graffiti removal projects which are a big issue. More so down by me in Bernards where there's major highways. We actually paint over the barriers and that's of no cost to the Town because I can approach any DOT agency in the State from Somerset County to Bedminster. They'll give me 15, 20, 30, gallons of paint and brushes that they have on hand so their labors don't have to go out. I know for a fact that 206 and 287 down in Somerset County; they only have 6 DOT workers for at least a hundred miles of roadway. That's why we see the filth on out roadways. They don't have the personnel. Like them, they're under budget constraints so if the Council would like to discuss it further in the future, I'm sure John will be in contact. I would deeply appreciate you guys considering it.

 

President Tobey: I see it as an opportunity and I think we should look into it further. I had one question but you answered it already and that had to do with insurance and liability but Mayor, Mr. Sohl?

 

Mr. Mania: I guess the Administration would direct what they need cleaned I would think, correct?

 

Mayor Scapicchio: We'll sit down with Tim and we'll come up with a game plan moving forward.

 

Mr. Sohl: Right.

 

Mr. Walsh: Phil, I think a lot of people would ask… who are the people exactly, who are coming?

 

Mr. Millus: They're usually low level offenders through the probation department. These aren't felons. You will get people driving on the revoked list, you'll get people…

 

Mr. Walsh: They're not…

 

Mr. Mania: They haven't robbed banks.

 

Mr. Walsh: It's not like bank robbers or anything.

 

Mr. Millus: You're not going to have what you see. I've had people from my Township say; I don't like those guys who are on the road. Well I deliberately make my guys wear green vests because the prisoners from the Sherriff's Department, who are low level felons, however they're sent to prison. They wear orange jump suits on the roadway and even the Sherriff's Departments are cutting back because that's an overtime deal and there cutting back on the overtime for the supervision for the cleaning of the highways. That's the distinction. If you see orange jumpsuits, that's the Sherriff's Department. If you saw green traffic vests that would be a community service department and there are only a few community service programs in the State. A lot

of the community service programs in this State are non for profits. Some of the County probation departments can't find enough placements for these individuals and that's where I come in as a community service director. I usually have about 20 individuals at any one time assigned by the department of probation. What I find is I have a 90% success rate with people coming to community service. It's an effective program, it's a cheap program, it's a green program and it's a great idea in this hard, difficult times we're living in so just please keep that into consideration, okay?

 

President Tobey: We thank you for your time this evening. You also Mr. Mania.

 

Mr. Mania: Larry, thank you for the presentation.

 

Mr. Millus: Your welcome John. Good to see you. See you tomorrow at coffee.

 

Mr. Mania: See you tomorrow morning. You're buying.

 

President Tobey: Moving on we have 73 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone on Council wish to discuss anything? Seeing none, we are up to Ordinances for Public Hearing. I open the hearing to the public on:

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEAR ING

 

Ord.#13-2011 Refunding Bond Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey Providing for the Current Refunding of the 2013 Maturity Due on the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Sewer Utility Bonds, Series 1993, Appropriating $700,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $700,000 Sewer Utility refunding Bonds or Sewer Utility Bond Anticipation Notes of the Township for Financing the Cost Thereof.

 

President Tobey: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, I'll close it to the public and I would ask Mrs. Labow to please move that.

 

Mrs. Labow: Thank you Mr. President. I'd like to move for adoption and final passage Ord. #13-2011.

 

Mr. Mania: Second.

 

President Tobey: Thank you it's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: Ord. #13-2011 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. Moving on I open the hearing to the public on:

 

Ord.#16-2011 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Vacating a Portion of Bridle Lane Situated Between Lot 1 Block 1102 and Lot 3 Block 1100.

 

President Tobey: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, Mr. Mania would you kindly move that?

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. President, I move for adoption and final passage Ord. #16-2011.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

 

President Tobey: Thank you, it's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: Ord. #16-2011 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. Moving on we are up to Ordinances for First Reading and the Second Reading is July 10 th , 2011.

 

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING (2 nd reading – July 10, 2011)

NOTE: July 12 th should be the correct date for second reading. See Resolution #15.

 

Ord.#17-2011 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract between the Township and United Water Environmental Service, Inc. Pursuant to NJSA 58:26-19, et seq. * RE MOVE D*

 

President Tobey: The next item on the Agenda is:

 

Ord.#18-2011 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Amending and Supplement Chapter 196 of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive Entitled Article II Self-Liquidating Systems Section 196-69 Systems Established.

 

Mr. Walsh: I move that that Ord. #18-2011 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on July 10, 2011at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

 

Mr. Perkins: Second.

 

President Tobey: It's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard on this Ordinance? Seeing none, any Council discussion? Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

 

Ord.#19-2011 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance# 8-2011 Which Established Salaries for the Mayor, Council, Department Heads, Supervisory Personnel and Employees of the Township Clerk's Office. *REMOVED*

 

President Tobey: The next item on the Agenda for First Reading is:

 

Ord.#20-2011 Bond Ordinance Amending Section 3(h) and Section 6(b) of Bond Ordinance #18-2009 of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Finally Adopted August 18, 2009 in Order to Provide for Turnout Gear, Improvements to the Police Department and an Asphalt Roller and to Revise the Average Useful Life.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: Thank you. I move that that Ord. #20-2011 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on July 10, 2011at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

President Tobey: It's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, any Council discussion? Mr. Perkins?

 

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. Just a question for the Administration and the DPW. The asphalt roller, what happened to the zipper Tim?

 

Mr. Quinn: Washington Township was… at this point, not willing to purchase our portion of the asphalt zipper out. Basically they had their budgets all completed and finalized at that point when I had the discussions with them. It actually opened up additional discussions up about Drakestown Road. Which we are going to do a joint project this summer and see what we can do to get improvements done to that road before we do our resurfacing project. We have some joint projects coming up and we will go back into this next year prior to them finalizing their budgets and see where we stand at that point.

 

Mr. Perkins: So we may still be able to get something?

 

Mr. Quinn: Well we may but what it opened up was discussion on joint roadways that we're going to work through the summer time months to get some improvements done. They have the equipment and the manpower and with our assistance we should be able to get some… hopefully some improvements done to Drakestown Road. That's what we're focusing on now.

 

Mr. Perkins: Just want to make sure my $50,000 investment is getting some use.

 

Mr. Quinn: Yes and it is garage kept and well maintained so it's going to hold its value.

 

Mr. Perkins: Thanks Tim, thank you Mr. President.

 

President Tobey: Thank you, Mr. Greenbaum?

 

Mr. Greenbaum: Two things. First of all, Drakestown Road needs some improvement. I realize that it's problematic in light of where it's situated and anything that can be done to improve the roadway surface there would be greatly needed. Secondly with respect to Ordinance #20-2011, credit should go to Colleen for bringing to our attention and the Administration's attention the priorities in terms of the funding through the Capital Ordinance with respect to the turnout gear which was brought to her attention, which was brought to the Administration's attention ultimately. The issue was resolved favorably for the Fire Department which brought to Colleen's attention the need to purchase the equipment immediately rather than waiting towards the end of the year so good job Colleen on that.

 

Mrs. Labow: Thank you. I just want to thank Tom Shields for calling me and bringing it to my attention and it was nice to be able to work with Tom and move that forward and I thank the Administration for acting so quickly on it.

 

President Tobey: Okay, any other Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: Just a minor clarification. The second reading is July 12th not July 10 th moving forward.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: Sorry, I thought I had that in my Agenda as the 10 th .

 

Mrs. Masser: It's a typo.

 

Mrs. Labow: It was a typo on the Agenda.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: Oh, okay, so it wasn't my fault.

 

Mrs. Labow: No.

 

Mr. Mania: No it wasn't.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Perkins?

 

Mr. Perkins: Just a point of clarification. If the Resolution gets approved tonight to change the meetings to July 26 th , we won't be here on July 12 th .

 

President Tobey: That's a very good point.

 

Mr. Mania: Good point.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Well then why don't we make a Motion to change all the Public hearings to the 26 th .

 

President Tobey: I'll make that motion.

 

Mr. Mania: Second.

 

Mr. Perkins: You got June 28 th but that's too early. That's two weeks from now.

 

President Tobey: No, we'll go with the ahh…

 

Mrs. Masser: The July meeting is July 26 th so it would have to be July 26 th .

 

Mr. Roman: July 26 th .

 

Mrs. Masser: So it would have to be July 26 th if the resolution passes, yes.

 

Mr. Perkins: We have the June 28 th meeting too in two weeks.

 

President Tobey: Okay.

 

Mrs. Masser: Okay.

 

President Tobey: Okay, moving on the next item on the Agenda…

 

Mr. Dorsey: Excuse me; did we take a Roll Call?

 

President Tobey: No, Roll Call please.

 

ROLLCALL – Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: Moving on the next item on the Agenda for First Reading is:

Ord.#21-2011 Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Capital Improvements of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating the Aggregate Amount of $480,290 Therefore and Authorizing the Issuance of $456,275 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof.

Mrs. Labow: What's the date that I move?

 

Mr. Mania: July 26 th .

 

Mr. Perkins: July 26 th .

 

Mrs. Masser: July 26 th .

 

Mrs. Labow: Alright, I just wanted to double check thank you. July 26 th is the date. I move that that Ord. #21-2011 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on July 26, 2011at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

 

Mr. Mania: Second.

 

President Tobey: It's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, any Council discussion? 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

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive A uthorizing the Acceptance of the 2010 Audit.

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Determining the Form and Other Details of its “Note Relating to the Interim Financing Trust Loan Program of the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust,” to be Issued in the Principal Amount of up to $382,200, and Providing for the Issuance and Sale of Such Note to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, and Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of Such Note by the Township in Favor of the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, all Pursuant to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Interim Financing 2012 Trust Loan Program.

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Declaring its Official Intent to Reimburse Expenditures for Project Costs from Proceeds of Debt Obligations in Connection with the Township's Participation in the State Fiscal Year 2012 New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program.

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2011 Municipal Budget ($4,000 for Click It or Ticket Grant).

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Chapter 159 Budget Amendment in the 2011 Budget for an Emergency Notification System for $25,000.

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract with Matthew Krauser of Integra Realty for Appraising Block 7801 Lot 13.

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Expenditure for Certain Funds from the Township's Tree Fund for the Beautification of the Detention Pond Area at Turkey Brook Park.

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Mutual Aid Agreement Between Mount Olive Township Fire Department and Picatinny Arsenal's Fire and Emergency Services.

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Mark Paving Company, Inc. for Improvements to Cloverhill Drive Project. PDF Resolution *REMOVED*

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Matina & Sons, Inc. for the Tinc Farm-Lynnwood-Goldmine Interconnection Project.

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Navka Construction Co., Inc. for Flanders Well No. 2 Upgrade Project.

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Termination of the Contract with Dearborn National for Long and Short Term Disability Insurance Effective July 1, 2011.

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Opposing the Passage of A-3285.

 

  1. Resolution of the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Regarding Summer Meeting Schedule.

 

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Renewal of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses for the 2011-2012 Licensing Period.

 

  1. Block Party Resolution (not received - REMOVED)

 

President Tobey: Moving onto Consent Resolutions we have 2 through 16 with number 10 being removed. Does anyone on Council wish to move any to Non Consent? Seeing none does anyone from the public wish to be heard on any resolutions? Mr. Perkins, would you please move the Consent Resolutions?

 

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS - None

 

Mr. Perkins: I move for adoption of Consent Resolutions numbers 2 through 9 and 11 though 16.

 

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Tobey: It's been moved and seconded. Roll Call please.

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

Mrs. Labow: Is there discussion?

 

President Tobey: Mrs. Labow?

 

Mrs. Labow: For number 17, the block party, which one… I don't understand.

 

Mr. Roman: It's going to rain.

 

Mrs. Labow: Oh is that what it is? Alright, I just wanted to make sure that it was something we should address. Thank you.

 

President Tobey: Gary?

 

Mr. Higgins: Can I make a few comments on the audit?

 

President Tobey: Absolutely.

 

Mr. Higgins: Which I believe is number one.

 

President Tobey: Please.

 

Mr. Higgins: Okay, the Township was presented with the Annual Audit for the year ending December 31, 2010. I would just like to highlight a few of the areas. First of all the Township did receive an unqualified audit opinion which basically states that the opinion reflects that the financial statements are presented in accordance with the regulatory basis of accounting promulgated by the Division of Local Government Services. Secondly we found no areas of significant or material noncompliance. There were no audit recommendations on any negative issues. There were no significant audit adjustments required to the financial records presented for audit by your Chief Financial Officer so the surplus numbers presented during the budget process have not been modified with respect to any audit adjustments. We had no disagreements with management. Nor were there any changes in the accounting policies that were applied from the 2009 audit to the 2010 audit and basically our firm maintained its independence throughout the audit process in accordance with Code 101 of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Overall the audit report was excellent and another great job done by your Chief Financial Officer and your Finance office.

 

President Tobey: Gary, thank you. Thank you to you also Sherry. Does anybody have any questions for Gary? 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: Were up to Motions, Mr. Mania would you please move the Motions one and two?

MOTIONS CONSENT – J. Mania

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. President, I move the Consent Motions number one and two.

 

•  Appointment of Brian Schaechter to the Library Board for a 5 year unexpired term to expire 12/13/15 .

•  Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

President Tobey: Thank you, I'll second that. Does anyone from the public have any questions regarding the Bill List, yes sir?

 

Nelson Russell, Budd Lake: Just a couple points of clarification that I'm wondering. On page 12 about a third of the way down under Verizon Wireless we have May MDT's.

 

Mr. Sohl: Mobile Data Terminal.

 

Mr. Russell: Mobile Data, okay. That was easy. Then we have the Borough of Netcong annual hydrant rental. We rent hydrants from Netcong?

 

Mr. Sohl: Yes Netcong.

 

Mr. Russell: Over on the next page Borough of Chester shared services agreement.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: That's for Fire Prevention.

 

Mr. Russell: Don't we have our own fire?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: We do but we have an agreement with them where we provide services for them and we actually give them back a portion of their revenue that we collect. So that's what's on the Bill List okay.

 

Mr. Russell: Okay so were not renting…

 

Mr. Sohl: No, we collect a 100% of their fire…

 

Mr. Russell: Then just the CALEA, Accreditation Recognition Fee of $650.00.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: What page are you on?

 

Mr. Russell: Huh?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: What page are you on?

 

Mr. Russell: I'm still on page 13.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Thirteen okay.

 

Mr. Russell: It's about right in the middle.

 

Mayor Scapicchio: It's for Police.

 

Mr. Russell: It's for what?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: It is for Police. That's definitely true. You're talking about the Accreditation Recognition thing?

 

Mr. Russell: Yes.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Yes it is for Police. If you want, I will look up the voucher and I'll get back to you.

 

Mr. Russell: Okay.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Okay.

 

Mr. Russell: Thank you.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Okay.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS – Appointment of Beth Blakey as the Mayor's Alternate on the Library Board with a term to expire 12/31/11.

President Tobey: We have one Administrative Report Mr. Sohl?

 

Mayor Scapicchio: Just the appointment of Beth Blakey as my alternate on the Library Board. I move Brian Schaechter up to a full term to take over for Scott Ireland who resigned based on work responsibilities.

 

President Tobey: Okay, thank you Mayor. Are they here tonight Mayor?

 

Mayor Scapicchio: No Brian I believe has already been sworn in by Lisa? He has not?

 

Mrs. Masser: He hasn't been sworn in. I thought Beth might be here tonight but she's not here right now.

 

Mayor Scapicchio: Okay.

 

Mrs. Masser: Okay.

 

President Tobey: Okay, thank you moving onto Old Business. Is there any Old Business? Any New Business? Mrs. Labow?

 

OLD BUSINESS – None

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Mrs. Labow: I just want to bring up some New Business that's going to come in a couple of weeks. I had a resident who reached out to me on… off of Sandshore Road, Forest and Elizabeth. If anybody's down there miling between the two roads and they go in both directions and I talk to Seargent VanNess about possibly making it one way and having one way go the other way and then we can have off street parking because right now the people can't park on Sandshore Road and if anyone really wants to go to the lake at all and park there, you're actually parking in the right-of-way of the road. We're going to see about a recommendation for that so I'm hoping we can look forward to moving that along in the very near future. We need to talk to Tim Quinn as well so I just wanted to…

 

President Tobey: Alright, thank you.

 

Mrs. Labow: I think everybody… and Alex is right there. John, you know the area I'm talking about. How do you feel about looking into it?

 

Mr. Mania: Yes.

 

Mrs. Labow: Good, thank you.

 

President Tobey: Thank you Mrs. Labow. Any other New Business? Any Legal Matters Mr. Dorsey?

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Mr. Dorsey: No, I think we covered all of those in the Executive Session.

 

President Tobey: Any Council Reports this evening, Mr. Mania?

 

COUNCIL REPORTS

 

Planning Board Report

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. President, the Planning Board had a meeting. The last meeting… it concerned the legislature passed a bill called a Conversion Bill which permits a developer who has an approval of an age restricted development to come back to the Planning Board to reverse the approval. We had one meeting. We have another meeting scheduled. One of my big concerns as a member of the Planning Board is how many children are going to be added to our school system. There's 215 units, 2 bedroom units so a…

 

Mr. Dorsey: That application is pending now?

 

Mr. Mania: Yes.

 

Mr. Dorsey: The Statute was passed several years ago.

 

Mr. Mania: I think it expires sometime in August if I'm… August 5 th .

 

Mr. Dorsey: Well don't approve it.

 

Mr. Mania: Thank you John.

 

Mrs. Labow: That's easy. Mr. Tobey, if I could just add onto Mr. Mania. I actually went to the meeting Thursday night because I have a huge concern because I live in that area and one of the things that really worries me is they said it was going to bring another… by lifting the age restriction it would be another 40 cars driving through the area of Netcong Woodland Avenue jug handle kind of a thing. It's not a real true jug handle as we know. These days they're huge so right now… hmmm…

 

Mr. Russell: Per hour.

 

Mrs. Labow: Per hour, yes thank you Nelson.

 

Mr. Mania: Right.

 

Mrs. Labow: Now as it is, any of us who live in that area, sometimes you're at the stop sign by Minute Mart, you've got to wait for one or two lights to go before you can even turn onto Netcong to make that little left onto Woodland so I can't imagine another 40 cars per hour. They're going to back up on the highway and the sight distance is bad so I just… it's a bit of a concern so…

 

Mr. Dorsey: The builder's lobby did a hell of a job to get that bill through because all of those developers who obtained those age restricted homes couldn't wait to get the approvals. Now they've reversed themselves economically. They better do a hell of a resolution with a lot of detail as to why it's inappropriate.

 

Mrs. Labow: I think there was a new development that was going in and the jug handle was necessary to be built. There probably would be restrictions. You just can't use and existing kind of a …thrown together.

 

Mr. Dorsey: You need a very thorough resolution.

 

Mr. Mania: You know the other thing is this developer's looking to change it and we just passed Marevaland Farms which is an age restricted community. Maybe they should have talked and this developer should have bought Marveland Farms.

 

President Tobey: Are there any other Council Reports?

 

Open Space Committee Report

 

Mrs. Labow: Well we basically talked about the Open Space. We met last night and we covered all of that in the beginning of the meeting. I also just want to say that Mount Olive TNR group had a very successful yard sale event over at The After. The owners of The After have been very generous in allowing the use of the parking lot and they raised a little over $1,100.00 on just Friday alone. They had to cancel it on Saturday. It was very well received, nice turnout and that whole program is moving along very nicely so very successful.

 

Recreation Liaison Report - None

Board of Health 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

Senior Citizen Liaison - None

Community Development Revenue Sharing - None

 

President Tobey: Thank you Mrs. Labow. Any other Council Reports? Seeing none, we're up to the second

Public Portion. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard?

 

PUBLIC PORTION

 

Shawn Collinan, United Service Workers Unions: Again, Mr. Mayor, I know one of the family members from one of the Water Department employees approached earlier. As you can see we have a number of the Mount Olive Employees who have come out this evening. Again, I do have to press a little bit. We were anticipating seeing a vote today and it was pulled back. Now we're kind of in limbo. Three of our people have received “RICE” notices. Can we get an idea of what exactly is going on here?

Mayor Scapicchio: I pulled it because I don't believe there's support from Council to pass it and we provided the “rice” notices just to make sure the employees were all notified in terms of what my intentions were. We just tried to follow the intent of the law. I don't plan on bringing it back up. I don't believe the support is here on Council and that's where it's at.

 

Shawn Collinan: If I may, so were kind of at a “wait and see” mode as of right now?

 

Mayor Scapicchio: As far as I'm concerned it's off the table.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: It's dead.

 

Mrs. Labow: It's done.

 

Mr. Greenbaum: It's dead.

 

Shawn Collinan: Thank you.

 

Mr. Dorsey: Well if this makes you feel any better, we will have exceeded the time period in which we were allotted by the BPU to obtain approval.

 

Shawn Collinan: Thank you for your time.

 

President Tobey: Thank you.

 

Mrs. Masser: Can I ask everyone to speak into the microphones please.

 

President Tobey: Does anyone else from the public wish to be heard?

 

Mrs. Labow: Mr. Tobey, I just want to clarify what Mr. Dorsey… so if were to come up again, you would have to start the whole entire process all over again, three months, so on and so forth?

 

Mr. Dorsey: I wouldn't guarantee that. I'll just tell you, you're beyond the time limits set by the BPU.

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

President Tobey: Thank you and Council Comments this evening? Seeing none, I actually have one. I would actually be remiss in my position of Council President if I did not apologize. We had a moment of silence earlier and that should have been extended to the loss that we recently suffered, Mr. Tom Shields, the Assistant Fire Chief, so I want to apologize for not bringing that into our Moment of Silence earlier this evening. At this time I will accept a Motion to adjourn.

 

Mr. Mania: So moved.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Vice President Roman: Motion moved and seconded, all in favor? The meeting is adjourned. (7:32pm)

 

 

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Alex Roman, 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 July 12, 2011.

 

 

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Michelle Masser, Township Deputy Clerk

 

 

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