The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 9:29 pm by Council President Roman.

 

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT

 

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

 

ROLL CALL

 

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

 

Absent: None

 

Also Present: Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Fred Semrau, Township Attorney; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Mayor Greenbaum

 

President Roman: We are on to approval of previous Minutes, Mr. Perkins.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

 

May 22, 2012 WS & PM (Mr. Perkins and Mr. Roman absent)

 

Mr . Perkins: Yes, I move for the approval of the May 22, 2012, Workshop and Public Meeting.

 

Mr. Walsh: Second.

 

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

 

ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception Mr. Perkins and Mr. Roman abstained.

 

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Proclamation from the Mayor, Mr. Mayor.

 

PROCLAMATION - Jazz in July in Mount Olive

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Thank you. From the:

Office of the Mayor

 

PROCLAMATION

 

Honoring “Jazz in July” in Mount Olive

 

WHEREAS , Jazz in July was initiated in July 2003 with four concerts featuring such jazz legends as alto saxophonist Phil Woods and trombonist Urbie Green which is now in its 9 th year; and

 

WHEREAS , Jazz in July has featured such jazz greats as Bucky Pizzarelli, David “Fathead” Newman, Houston Person, Jay Leonhardt and many other great jazz players; and

 

WHEREAS , Jazz in July features a wide variety of jazz from Dixieland to Swing to Bebop along with Mainstream and Latin Jazz consisting of trios of 20 piece Big Bands as well as exceptional Jazz Vocalists; and

 

WHEREAS , Jazz in July will hold four jazz concerts at the Mount Olive Middle School Theatre in Budd Lake, New Jersey during the month of July; and

 

WHEREAS , over the last three years the concerts have been successful and the audience has gotten larger with fans coming from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

 

NOW, THEREFORE be it proclaimed that I, Robert Greenbaum, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby recognize jazz is Americas musical treasure and the amazing talent of the jazz musicians and welcome them and the audiences that attend these concerts each year.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that I, Robert Greenbaum, proclaim the month of July as “ Jazz in July ” in the Township of Mount Olive and look forward to many more concerts in the years to come. Robert Greenbaum, Mayor.

 

President Roman: Thank you very much Mr. Mayor. Never thought I'd hear you say the words Fathead and Bebop. Okay, we are on to Correspondence.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

 

  1. E-mail received May 21, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey, Inc. regarding Two Important Downtown Topics in one program. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 23, 2012, from Morris Habitat regarding Morris Habitat – Bike & Hike 2012, June 2 nd , have You Signed Up? PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 30, 2012, from Trans Options regarding Junior Solar Sprints, Bike to Work Challenge and More. Go Smart! With Trans Options. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 31, 2012, from Morris Habitat regarding Morris Habitat – Bike & Hike 2012, June 2 nd , Hey… that's this Saturday. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 31, 2012, from New Jersey Future regarding Seven Exemplary Projects, Plans Earn Smart Growth Awards for 2012. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 1, 2012, from North Jersey RC&D regarding New Ways to Support North Jersey RC&D. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 4, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey, Inc. regarding Two Important Downtown Topics in One Program. PDF Correspondence

ORDINANCES / RESOLUTIONS / CORRESPONDENCE FROM OTHER TOWNS

 

  1. Resolution received May 25, 2012, from the Township of Washington regarding a Resolution Supporting Proposed Legislation to Require Fire Districts, School Districts and County Governments to Pay Their Fair Share of Tax Appeal Refunds and Settlements (S-2904 and A-1503). PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Resolution received May 25, 2012, from the Township of Roxbury regarding a Resolution Supporting Proposed Legislation to Require Fire Districts, School Districts and County Governments to Pay Their Fair Share of Tax Appeal Refunds and Settlements (S-2904 and A-1503). PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Ordinance received May 25, 2012, from the Borough of Stanhope regarding Land Use. PDF Correspondence

 

MUA / MSA

 

  1. Minutes received May 25, 2012, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the April 26, 2012 meeting. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Minutes received May 25, 2012, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the May 10, 2012 meeting. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. 2011 Audit received May 29, 2012 from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority. PDF Correspondence

 

 

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

 

  1. E-mail received May 18, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Urgent Action Alert-Contact your State Senator & Assembly Representatives USER FEE BILL released from Committee Heading to the Senate Floor. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 21, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding CDC Proposes Hepatitis Testing Guidelines for Bomers and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 21, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the 14 th Annual League Baseball Appreciation Day – June 19, 2012. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 22, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM Mini One Day Conference. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 23, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sustainable Jersey Free Financing Advice & Media Info, ACR-37, Overturning, ACR-37, Overturning the DEP Waiver Rule and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 24, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM Educational Foundation Upcoming Program. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 25, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sustainable Jersey Workshops. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 25, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJ Hall of Fame's 5 th Annual Induction Ceremony & Gala. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 25, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Employee Health Benefits Contribution Set to Increase in July, State Revenue Est Down as Budget Deadline Looms, NJ Municipalities Magazine and Mini Conference Offers Licensed Officials Chance. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 29, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding URGENT Legislative Alert, Thursdays Senate Vote on User Fee Legislation and Affordable Housing, COAH Trust Funds, Senate Bill Introduced. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 29, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Mayor's Brownfield Site Remediation Roundtable Event, Mini Conference Offers Licensed Officials a chance to earn 8 CEU Credits in one day and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 30, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Senate Voting Session and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 30, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2012. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 31, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding BPU Supports Sustainable Jersey Programs. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Legislative Bulletin received June 1, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Bills that were Enacted as the Public Laws of 2012. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 1, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Legislative Alert Three Issues. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 4, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Federal Relations Resource News: The Making of Nation's Laws reprinted League Federal Relations Webpage Updated, Legislative Alert: COAH Trust Fund Extension Up in Both Houses and Brownfileds.

 

  1. E-mail received June 4, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 2011 Laws of Interest. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 4, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Mayor's Newsline – June 2012. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Legislative Bulletin received June 5, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Bills That Were Enacted as Public Laws of 2012. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 5, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Educational Foundation Inc: Year 4 of Economic Recovery – New Municipal Realities to Come and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 5, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Transportation Funding Conference Committee Headed for Roadblock. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 6, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding S-1534 / A-2586, Equalizes Standing of Private & Public Colleges before Land Use Agencies, Publication and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence

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

 

  1. Public Hearing Notice received May 24, 2012, from NJ Transit regarding Discontinuance or Service Reduction and Proposed Enhancement or Expansion. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 31, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding State Commissioners Urge Homeowners to Review their Insurance Policies and Protect their Homes from Wildfires. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received June 1, 2012, from Price, Meese, Shulman & D'Arminio regarding Application for Site Plan Approval, Nextel of New York, Inc. and Jersey Central Power & Light Co., Washington Township, NJ. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received June 1, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding Clover Hill Drive Phase II, FY 2012 Municipal Aid Program. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received June 4, 2012, from Applied Service Corp. regarding Documentation of Public Notification for Block 4301, Lot 16 (147 Goldmine Road). PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 4, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Free Workshop on Municipal Sustainability – June 7 th . PDF Correspondence

 

DCA

 

  1. E-mail received May 25, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding GovConnect Update: May 25, 2012. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 25, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding NJLM Educational Foundation. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received May 31, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Grill Safety this Summer Season. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received June 5, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding NJ Associations of Counties Conference: HMFA Exhibit. PDF Correspondence

 

TORT / SUMMONS

 

  1. Summons received May 22, 2012, regarding Carl J. Soranno and Elizabeth Soranno vs. The Township of Mount Olive (various). PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Summons received May 22, 2012, regarding Intercounty Paving Assoc. LLC vs. the Planning Board of the Township of Mount Olive. PDF Correspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

 

  1. Minutes received May 22, 2012, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding the April 19, 2012 meeting. PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

 

  1. Fax received May 21, 2012, from Comcast regarding 3D Technology Fee. PDF Correspondence

 

President Roman: There are 50 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone have any questions, comments? Seeing none, we are on to Ordinances for Public Hearing.

 

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

 

President Roman: I open the hearing to the public on:

 

Ord.#17-2012 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance #3-2012 Which Established Salaries for the Mayor, Council, Department Heads, Supervisory Personnel and Employees of the Township Clerk's Office.

 

President Roman: Mr. Mania.

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. President, I move Ord. #17-2012 for adoption and final passage.

 

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

 

Mr. Perkins: Second.

 

President Roman: Seeing none, it's been moved and seconded. Does anyone, Council have any questions or

discussions? Seeing none, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Roman: Ord. #17-2012 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. I open the

hearing to the public on:

 

Ord.#18-2012 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris and State of New Jersey, to Amend and Supplement the “Property Maintenance Code” of the Township of Mount Olive.

 

President Roman: Mr. Ferrante.

 

Mr. Ferrante: I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #18-2012.

 

Mr. Perkins: Second.

 

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

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Roman: Ord. #18-2012 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. Okay, we are on to

ordinances for first reading with a second reading of June 26, 2012.

 

OPTIONAL PUBLIC PORTION ON ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING

 

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - (Second Reading June 26, 2012)

 

President Roman:

 

Ord.#19-2012 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, and State of New Jersey Authorizing the Acquisition of Certain Property Known as 20-23 Stonewald Court Drive, Budd Lake, NJ, Also Known as Block 3203, Lots 21 & 28, and if Necessary, Authorizing the Institution of Eminent Domain Proceedings.

 

President Roman: Mr. Nicastro.

 

Mr. Nicastro: Yes, I move that Ord. #19-2012 to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on June 26, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ, for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll second it.

 

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

 

Mr. Perkins: Just a brief comment Mr. President. I have to commend the Administration for chasing after this piece. Like some of our previous, we are now quasi forced into doing what I don't think any person sitting in government really wants to do and that is an eminent domain issue. We are hopeful that it does not get to that but we have to protect the interests of the Township and again, I'd like to thank the Administration and the Mayor's office for pursuing this. That's it Mr. President.

 

President Roman: Anyone else from Council wish to be heard? I'd just like to put my two cents in. The word eminent domain obviously should cower almost any public official when it's time comes to use it and always of the belief that a property owner always knows what is in his best interest and what to do with his property and it grinds me to no end that we are being forced by the State and COAH to engage in activity that most of us would never think of doing were it not for the hand of big brother, the State. So that is my two cents on that. Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception of Mr. Roman who abstained.

 

Mr. Walsh: Two cents, this project will help 20 both deserving and needy families.

 

President Roman: Okay, Ord. #19-2012…I apologize. We are on now to Consent Resolutions. Does anyone on Council want to remove any of the 19 Consent Resolutions to Non-Consent? Okay, seeing none, Mr. Walsh.

 

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

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Honoring Jennifer M. Gentilucci for Dedicated Service to the Township of Mount Olive. PDF Res

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Honoring Dorothy “Dee” Rygh for Dedicated Service to the Township of Mount Olive. PDF Res

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Honoring Linda Reinschmidt for 32 Years of Dedicated Service to the Township of Mount Olive. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution of a Developer's Agreement Between the Township and Homeless Solutions. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Township of Mount Olive and the Mount Olive Junior Marauder Football Association for the Installation of Lights at Turkey Brook Park's Football “Game Field and Practice Field.” PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Van Cleef Engineering Associates for Engineering Services in Connection with the Sports Lighting for the Game and Practice Football Fields at Turkey Brook Park Project. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving the Memorandum of Understanding between the Township of Mount Olive and the Mount Olive Soccer Club, Inc. for the Development of a Soccer Complex at Turkey Brook Park. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Van Cleef Engineering Associates for Engineering Services in Connection with the Turkey Brook Park Synthetic Turf Soccer Field Project. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Van Cleef Engineering Associates for Engineering Services in Connection with the Resurfacing of Cloverhill Drive Phase II (Route 206 to Bordeaux Drive). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Rejecting All Bids for the Indian Spring Well House Project. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Matching Funds for Morris County Historic Trust 2012 Grants. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Submission of a Grant Application for the National Resource Conservation Area Grant for 75 Stephens Mill Road, Block 7100 Lot 39. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Township to Abate Certain Nuisance Properties. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of One Purchasing Contract (BSN Sports). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Vendor Service Contract on a “Non-Fair and Open” Basis Pursuant to the “Pay-to-Play” Law (Orange Carpet and Wood Gallery). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution of A Developer's Agreement Between the Township of Mount Olive and Goldmine Partners LLC. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Two-Year Extension of the Existing Developer's Agreement with Marfon Business Park (Manuel Fonesca). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Two-Year Extension of the Current Developer's Agreement with KMN Development (Dan Nelsen). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Closing Rehoboth Road Between Normandy and Overlook on June 23, 2012, Between 1 pm and 8 pm for the Purpose of Holding a Block Party. PDF Res

 

Mr. Walsh: I move Consent Resolutions 1 through … there's 19? I only have 18 here. Is that a revision?

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, a new one.

 

Mr. Walsh: Oh, I see 19, okay. I move resolutions 1 through 19.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll second it.

 

President Roman: It's been moved and seconded.

 

Mr. Semrau: Council President, can that be with the amendment to Resolution No. 4 that would authorize the Administrator to make any non-substantial changes to the agreement.

 

President Roman: Yes, does anyone have any opposition to that? Okay, it's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard on the Consent Resolutions? Seeing none, any Council comments? Roll Call.

 

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Consent Motions. Mrs. Labow.

 

CONSENT MOTIONS

 

  1. Appointment of Michelle Armbrecht as Court Administrator for a one year term to expire 5/31/13.
  2. Bill List. PDF Bill List

Mrs. Labow: Thank you Mr. President. I move Consent Motions number one and number two.

 

President Roman: It's been moved and seconded.

 

Mr. Walsh: Second.

 

President Roman: Now it's been moved and seconded. Sean, I just got a quick question. Michelle Armbrecht, is she a current employee?

 

Mrs. Labow: Yes.

 

Mr. Canning: Yes she is. She has been the Deputy Court Administrator within the court and Jennifer's assistant for some time now.

 

Mr. Mania: Many years.

 

Mrs. Labow: Many, many years.

 

Mr. Canning: She's been vetted through the County Superior Court and they approved of her background and her abilities.

 

President Roman: I'm glad to see that we are promoting from within and that the court will proceed with minimal interruptions. Okay, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Roman: Any Administrative Reports?

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

 

Mr. Canning: Yes one bit of very potentially exciting news. I've already shared it with those of you I've run into. I got a very pleasant call from the County Administrator, John Bonanni. As we all know, in the past Morris County has engaged in solar projects about various pilot locations around the County. When this letter came out, and I'm sure Council got a copy, about two months ago it only indicated that it would not fulfill our goals. One of our goals is to get a solar array parking overhang in the back lot here. We think that would be very fruitful. The initial program didn't allow for that. In speaking with Mr. Bonanni last week he indicated that the program was amended. They reached out to Mount Olive feeling that our location here is very suitable. So it looks like we are going to be getting a call and proceeding down the road at no cost to the Township and they are not only looking at our back lot, array roof, as well as possibly the High School. Our Superintendent Reynolds was notified as well. I thanked Mr. Bonanni rather profusely and we are looking forward to seeing how this unfolds.

 

Mrs. Labow: That's great, great news.

 

Mr. Mania: And if they don't do it they are going to have to pay penalties. Am I correct? If the County doesn't do what has been proposed to do?

 

Mr. Canning: I don't have anything in writing yet. I'm looking forward to the proposal at no cost and us getting energy savings. It would be ours after 50 years and we'd reap all of the benefit of the SREC market for what it may be at that point which hopefully is better than today.

 

President Roman: We are on to the last Old Business, anybody?

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

President Roman: New Business?

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

President Roman: Legal Matters.

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Mr. Semrau: The only thing I would report is we had the closing on Charters farm and we reconciled all the closing costs. There was a credit that you authorized before the closing and today we received a check from the County. They agreed with all of the adjustments so we received a check for just over $5,000.00 that I'll send back to the CFO. That wraps it up. There are no loose ends and we have an active farm. That's my report. Thank you.

 

President Roman: Alright we are on to Council Reports.

 

COUNCIL REPORTS

Recreation Liaison Report – A. Roman

 

President Roman: I'll start off with Recreation. Baseball is obviously winding down. Most Rec teams have started playing their playoffs. I, myself, have mine to play in a couple of days and it's amazing how when you go through other townships or when people come into town that compliment us on the plethora of recreational programs that we have to offer and of the new ones we keep expanding and I'd also like to compliment the Administration for putting up the signs over at Turkey Brook. I'm assuming we will be having the rest of the signs up in the other parks shortly and for those of you that are not aware of what signs I'm referring to, they are basically signs that remind parents and spectators that the children at play are just that, children, and to make sure that when making any comments that are purely encouraging in nature. It's surprising all the years that I've coached at how often you hear negative comments coming from adults. You would think that it would be children, you know, saying disparaging remarks but it's not. It's, unfortunately, it's adults and I'm hoping that the signs that are throughout and by all means if you are ever at Turkey Brook, head on down by the fields and just take a ponder and read the signs there. Yes Mrs. Labow.

 

Mrs. Labow: If I could just make a comment for the recreation. On May 31 st the Recreation Department had the Grand Prix up at Turkey Brook Park and I had my grandson and we went up there. We were a little bit early and I just want to share that it was really a wonderful experience. Going up there, we started out, we walked over, saw what was going on. They were setting up. We walked over to the playground and right before our eyes we basically saw Turkey Brook Park come alive for the evening events and at first it was kind of quiet. There wasn't a whole bunch of people. Then one family came with their three children playing on the playground and they had their dinner. They brought their dinner with them and then some more families came, some more kids were playing. Soccer coaches started showing up bringing their equipment on the field and all of a sudden all around you all of this activity just blossomed and the Grand Prix was really really fantastic and the big monster truck came and, oh I mean the Mayor came, oh wait, that was the monster truck and of course the Mayor was there which was really nice and I don't mean to be melodramatic but I was just was kind of like looking around thinking how incredibly lucky we are and to just watch all of this activity come to life around us and so I just wanted to kind of share that because I think that our staff, our Recreation, our Buildings and Grounds, everybody…none of this would not happen if everybody wasn't working together to make it happen and have this wonderful facility for our residents. Yes.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: On that front, I wasn't here for the Administrative Matters but I wanted to recognize two efforts among other efforts on behalf of the Administration. One is Jim Lynch. The baseball tournament this year, Jim had to put in an extraordinary effort under difficult circumstances to get the fields into what were described to me as perfect shape and there was a lot of effort by Jim and his staff to make that happen in a very short timeframe. I also wanted to just recognize Gene Buczynski's effort in terms of putting together the agreements with both soccer and football which he did under extreme time deadline and Mount Olive, all of Mount Olive will benefit through Gene's efforts in that regard.

 

President Roman: Thank you very much. Board of Health, Mr. Perkins.

Board of Health Report

 

Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report.

 

President Roman: Legislative Committee?

 

Legislative Committee Report

 

Mr. Walsh: Yes, did you have something?

 

Mr. Perkins: Help yourself.

 

Mr. Walsh: Well thank you sir. I just wanted to note thanks to Governor Christie leading the charge for income tax reductions which I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt here, thanks to pressure from people all over the State of New Jersey including but not limited to myself, the Star Ledger, New Jersey Senate President Sweeney, the New Jersey Assembly and many others pressuring him to look into property tax reductions. He is considering supporting it. The Senate has put forth a bill and the Assembly is also looking at it. They are looking at between 10% and up to 20% property tax reductions with a CAP of either $1,000.00 or $2,000.00 all across the State. As I said before, as you all well know, I am much more in favor of property tax decreases in front of income tax decreases. If you are going to increase one, I would prefer it be property tax. I won't go in to the million reasons why. So there is progress being made but nothing is final yet. To the public, to everybody up here I would say please keep the pressure on because we deserve property tax relief. Thank you.

 

President Roman: Mr. Perkins, anything?

 

Mr. Perkins: Just briefly Mr. President, two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the New Jersey Apartment Association meeting in Atlantic City and Senator Oroho, our Senator from the 24 th Legislative District, was provided an award for his continuing efforts on affordable housing. I know that comes at a key point since that was one of our discussion items this evening. I do have the Senator's ear on occasion and a few of the Assembly folks and I'm still trying to get the Board of Public Utilities to remove the Smart Growth requirement out of the Clean Energy Fund so that if we do end up with Homeless Solutions, things will be provided that they build an energy efficient home that they should be able to share in those incentives that are paid for through the societal benefits charge. He is leading some of the legislation on that so with any luck in 2013 we'll be able to see something moving that way.

 

President Roman: Thank you very much. Planning Board, Mr. Walsh?

Planning Board Report

 

Mr. Walsh: The last meeting was cancelled. The next meeting is not going to be this Thursday but the following. That's all I have there.

 

Board of Education Liaison Report

 

Mr. Walsh: Board of Education, I'll have a report at the next meeting.

 

President Roman: Open Space, Mr. Ferrante

 

Open Space Committee Report

 

Mr. Ferrante: Nothing in particular, just a service announcement that the Open Space Committee is always looking for anyone interested in maintaining and cleaning the trails. They can reach out to Kathy Murphy, Bob Delpizzo or myself.

 

President Roman: Anything on Lake/Environmental?

Lake/Environment Issues Committee

 

Mr . Ferrante: No.

 

President Roman: No Library?

 

Library Board Liaison

 

Mr. Ferrante: Another announcement. The Library has got a lot of events going on throughout the summer for both children and adults and they are also starting their Fall Fest planning. So if anybody out there is interested, please reach out to Scott Davan or myself.

 

President Roman: Safety Committee, Mr. Nicastro.

 

Safety Committee Liaison

 

Economic Development Committee Report

 

Mr. Nicastro: Nothing to report on either Safety or Economic Development.

 

President Roman: Mr. Nicastro, if I could just, on the Safety Committee, I was wondering if the next time you have a meeting, if you could address the issue of possibly of the Old Wolfe Road, looking into the possibility whether they have an opinion on turning that into a one-way out.

 

Mr. Nicastro: One way out.

 

President Roman: Just because that intersection seeing as I see that directly across from me. It is somewhat dangerous.

 

Mr. Nicastro: Because of the highway there, yeah.

 

President Roman: And Senior Citizen, Mr. Mania

 

Senior Citizen Liaison

 

Mr. Mania: Nothing.

 

President Roman: Pride Committee, Mrs. Labow.

 

Pride Committee Report

 

Mrs. Labow: Nothing

 

President Roman: And TNR.

 

TNR Program

 

Mrs. Labow: TNR had their yard sale, the annual spring yard sale at The After on 206 last weekend, and even though the donations were less than what they had been in the past because a lot of people basically are having a lot of yard sales trying to meet their financial obligations, we ended up actually making $100 more than our last sale and we had a lot of people stop by and tell us that they are really happy with the job that we are doing and it was really a great time. I do thank the public for supporting our efforts and visiting our sale and also The After for being fantastic. They let use the bottom half of their parking lot and I know that the Boy Scouts from Troop 312 used it for their flower sale this past Easter and did really well. So I think it's wonderful that the businesses help with our service organizations to raise funds as well.

 

PUBLIC PORTION

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

President Roman: Thank you very much. We are on to our last Public Portion. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, Council Comments. Mr. Perkins

 

Mr. Perkins: None.

 

President Roman: Mr. Mania.

 

Mr. Mania: None.

 

President Roman: Mr. Ferrante.

 

Mr. Ferrante: None.

 

President Roman: Mr. Nicastro.

 

Mr. Nicastro: Yes. I just wanted to say a couple of things that I wanted to, for those who weren't at the First Gala, there was a few of us there. It was a fantastic event put together. We had a good turnout there for the first one. Hopefully that is going to grow. Also wanted to, last night I was at the Girls Scout Awards night at the Middle School which was just a phenomenal turnout. I was just amazed, I've never been to one of these, how many there are in the volunteers and then over at the High School, I was over there to watch the scholarship awards and it just amazed me that the amount of individuals, families and businesses that get together and donate these scholarships. The amount of money that they do in this community is just amazing with that and lastly I wanted to congratulate our former Mayor Scapicchio on his Primary win for Freeholder and wish him luck.

 

President Roman: Mr. Walsh.

 

Mr. Walsh: I just want to reiterate what Councilwoman Labow was saying, we are really lucky to live in Mount Olive. Thank you.

 

President Roman: Mrs. Labow.

 

Mrs. Labow: Yes, I wanted to say that last night my grandson decided to be adventuresome and fell out of his crib head first on to the floor and it was, of course anyone who's had children or been around children, they have these falls, it is absolutely devastating and as you all know a couple years ago we had a situation where we were in possible jeopardy of losing our volunteers. A lot of people mentioned that the one thing that they really, the residents came and they spoke and they said that when you have an emergency, you want, you know you see somebody with a familiar face and it is very reassuring. We called the doctor and I had already called for an ambulance and I have to say, as panicked and worried as we were and my grandson screaming, he had a big egg on his head and I saw our Budd Lake volunteers drive down the street and the first one was Barry Seifert who is the captain and he has twin babies and I have to tell you, the feeling of relief that just really came over me just because it was familiar faces, people I trusted. It wasn't some stranger coming down the street, while a stranger is also qualified, it was just so unbelievably reassuring and they were there in four minutes. It was incredible. They got the baby to the hospital. He's fine. We had him to the doctor for a checkup today. He is doing fantastic. We're all exhausted and hopefully we don't ever have to go through that again but I do want to thank our volunteers very much. Our police department was there and it was, thankfully, a situation that could have been very devastating, ended up being okay.

 

President Roman: Thank you very much and I have nothing. Can I get a motion to adjourn?

 

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:54 pm.

 

 

 

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Alex Roman, Council President

 

I, Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on June 26, 2012.

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

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