June 26, 2012 Council Public Meeting Minutes
The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 9:13 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.
Present: Mrs. Labow, Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Nicastro, Mr. Mania, Mr. Roman and Mr. Perkins
Also Present: Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Michael Augello, Township Attorney; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Mayor Greenbaum
President Roman: Okay, we are on to approval of previous Minutes, Mr. Perkins.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
June 26, 2012 WS & PM (all present)
Mr . Perkins: Yes Mr. President, I move for approval of the June 12, 2012, Workshop, Public Meeting
and Closed Session.
Mr. Mania: I'll second it.
President Roman: It's been moved and seconded, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS
- E-mail received June 7, 2012, from Morris Habitat regarding Morris Habitat Happenings – June 2012. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 8, 2012, from Jordan Siegel regarding Corey Road. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 8, 2012, from Morris Habitat regarding Morris Habitat – Annual Appeal, Help Achieve the Dream of Home Ownership. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 11, 2012, from GovConnect regarding GovConnect Update - Update: June 11, 2012. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 12, 2012, from Government Product News regarding Please Open and Renew. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 13, 2012, from Morris Habitat regarding Morris Habitat – Somerset Patriots Baseball Fundraiser. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 19, 2012, from Morris Habitat regarding Morris Habitat – Help Morris Habitat Meet the Challenge! PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 22, 2012, from Rutgers Center for Executive Leadership in Government regarding CELG Summer News. PDF Correspondence
ORDINANCES / RESOLUTIONS / CORRESPONDENCE FROM OTHER TOWNS
- Ordinance received June 11, 2012, from the Township of Byram regarding Land use ordinance #4-2012. PDF Correspondence
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
- E-mail received June 7, 2012, from the New Jersey State, League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming Sustainable Jersey Workshop. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 7, 2012, from the New Jersey State, League of Municipalities regarding Join Our Final Push for Funding Restoration State Budget Deadline Three Weeks Away. PDF correspondence
- E-mail received June 8, 2012, from the Morris County League of Municipalities regarding the June Meeting. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 8, 2012, from the New Jersey State, League of Municipalities regarding Two Legislative Issues, COAH Extension and MLUL Exemption. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 12, 2012, from the New Jersey State, League of Municipalities regarding Affordable Housing Trust Funds Courts Denies Administration Stay, Clarification Regarding State's Statutory Obligations for Energy Tax & CMPTRA Funding and Upcoming Brownfields & Baseball Roundtable. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 13, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 15 th Annual Elected Officials Hall of Fame, Order Municipal Directory and Legislative Roster NOW, 18 th Annual Mayor's Hall of Fame and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding New Rate Structure for Classified Ads Effective July 1, 2012 and Upcoming Brownfield & Baseball Roundtable. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Amendments to the Open Public Records & Open Public Meetings Act. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 15, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding S-2011 & A-2950 COAH Trust Fund Extension and 2012 Summer Blood Drive Campaign. PDF Correspondence
19. E-mail received June 18, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Urgent Alert for Local Action: Legislators Again Seeking to Divert Municipal Energy Funds for the State Budget, Update Ethics Resources from the League and Upcoming Brownfields & Baseball Roundtable. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 18, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received June 19, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the 15 th Annual Elected Officials hall of Fame. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 19, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Educational Foundation Inc. Year 4 of Economic Recovery, League Opposes A-2405 / S-1651, Removing Statute of Limitations on Civil Actions for Sexual Abuse and Committee to Consider Property Tax Refund. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 20, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 20, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Senate Committee to Consider S-1900, Attention to Property Tax Relief Funding Restoration Growing and Federal Farm Bill Up in Senate. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 21, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Prop Tax Bills Advance. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 21, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding OPRA & OPMA Bills. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS
- Letter received June 8, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding No further Action Letter and Covenant Not to Sue for Block 3606, Lot 5. (3 Summit Avenue) PDF Correspondence
- Letter received June 11, 2012, from Boswell Engineering regarding Public Notification for NJDEP Flood Hazard Area Individual Permit – Replacement of the Charles Street Bridge, Town of Hackettstown. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received June 13, 2012, from Environ regarding a Remediation Certification for Givaudan Fragrances Corporation. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 15, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding a Resolution approving the Mount Olive Township Spending Plan. PDF Correspondence
TORT / SUMMONS
- Supplement to Tort Claim received June 11, 2012, from McHugh & Brancato regarding Danielle LaLonde v. Mt. Olive Township. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received June 15, 2012, from the County of Morris, Department of Planning & Development, Division of Planning regarding a Request for Consent Resolution, Future Wastewater Service Area Map for Morris County Proposed Amendment to the Upper Delaware, Upper Raritan and Northeast Water Quality Management Plan. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received June 20, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding MCPO Anti-Bullying Symposium. PDF Correspondence
- Fax received June 14, 2012, from Comcast regarding Channel Changes. PDF Correspondence
President Roman: Okay, we are on to Correspondence. There are 34 pieces of Correspondence. Does
anyone wish to be, make any comments, questions? Okay, seeing none, we are on to Ordinances for
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
President Roman: I open the hearing to the public on:
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: This is your second opportunity to be heard on this ordinance. Does anyone from the public
wish to be heard? Mr. Mania.
Mr. Mania: Mr. President, I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #19-2012.
President Roman: Do you still wish to be heard?
Peter Jaran, Sandshore Road: Once wasn't enough?
President Roman: You are given that second opportunity.
Mr. Jaran: My recommendation…it sounds to me like this particular opportunity to take this property and turn
it in to affordable housing needs be studied further…due diligence…inaudible. (detailed discussion at
President Roman: Thank you.
Mr. Walsh: What's the proper time for Council Comments coming up?
President Roman: It's coming right up.
Mr. Walsh: I just don't want you to pass over me.
President Roman: It's been moved…
Mr. Mania: I moved it.
President Roman: It's been moved and seconded, Council discussion…
Mrs. Lashway: Who seconded it?
Mr. Perkins: I did.
Mrs. Lashway: Thank you.
Mr. Perkins: Now you can talk.
President Roman: Okay, anyone from Council? Mr. Walsh.
Mr. Walsh: Okay. I just wanted to address as an elected official and a Township resident and someone who
feels strongly about these issues, I just think I would be remiss if I didn't. I just made a couple of quick notes
here to everyone who came to speak out against this. I hear traffic, I hear visibility, I hear undesirable tenants or
whatever the comment was. I've got to tell you, I see it as prejudice. I'm just going to come right out and tell
you and I'm going to say this as nicely as I can. I'm just going to leave it at that. I just think that, this is what is
wrong with this country. This is a good opportunity to put some good housing…I'm just going to leave it at
that. I'm ready to come out of my skin if you want to know the truth but I'm just going to leave it at that. Thank
President Roman: Mrs. Labow?
Mrs. Labow: Thank you Mr. Roman. I just want to make sure everybody understands, just because we are,
well we haven't voted on it yet but if this is approved, it doesn't mean that building is going to be built. It still
has to go through the whole entire planning process and believe me, I will be at every single one of those
meetings at the Planning Board as well. This is just a first step. Is that correct, Mr. Greenbaum and so this does
not mean this is a definite go ahead 100%. All of the issues that you've raised or identified tonight all have to be
looked at. All of those reports will be brought to the Planning Board and will be discussed at length so this does
not mean that this is, we have to get this all in place to secure this, to keep these funds in town. That's what this
is, am I correct?
Mr. Canning: Yes, this is the first step.
Mrs. Labow: This is just the first step.
Mr. Canning: If this goes forward, the whole Planning Board application process starts, the concept plans, as
well as there is another level of extras that have to jump in here including a hydrologist which has to study the
water issue which some folks had brought up and it is very important to find out capacities. It's a long, long
process and certainly the very valid concerns that were brought up here today can be expressed in more detail at
the Planning Board and I think they are in a better position to appropriately respond and insure your concerns
are taken into consideration.
Mrs. Labow: This doesn't mean that the building is going to get torn tomorrow and it's going to get started.
This is a long, long road.
President Roman: Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: It's going to get torn down Thursday. I would just, it's an uncomfortable situation personally for
myself. Obviously, I'm a veteran. Government seizing property is kind of something that you know, I lifted up a
rifle and killed people for to prevent that from happening. If it wasn't the last resort, had the negotiations gone
more smoothly then the word eminent domain wouldn't be there. Unfortunately the timeline is getting closer.
The clock is just about ready to tick and we can't get a firm answer. We made, I think, a fantastic offer based
upon assessed value. It's been appraised. We just need to get this moving forward as Mrs. Labow has said and I
think we've talked about it and even the Mayor has said at the Planning Board, I won't be there, because
Thursday nights I have places to be. It's a place to vent, to bring your discussions. Peter, obviously you know
that is where we are going to get our voices heard to make sure that everything is addressed. Hopefully if this
goes through, I don't know what inevitably could be built there. Is 20 units too much? It could be. Crown
Tower was way too much for us, you know, the for and against that. We don't know but we do know that this
particular ordinance for this particular piece of property to secure that money that we have taken into our
affordable housing trust fund, the only way to stop having to pass that on into my pocket and yours is to do this.
If the word eminent domain didn't need to be there, trust me I don't think any of us would have had a problem
not voting. I'm voting in favor and I voted in favor of the introduction. I think we need to do our due diligence.
As the Mayor said, look you guys all know me. I don't live that far away. Dave, I'll get a set of plans. I work
with these people. I'll get a concept plan and then I'll get it to you and you can distribute it off to everybody,
alright? That will make it easier instead of you guys trying to contact Homeless Solutions.
President Roman: Mr. Mania and then Mr. Mayor.
Mr. Mania: I just, when you said Crown Towers, it brings back memories.
Mr. Perkins: Oh god, yeah.
Mr. Mania: Eighteen meetings as you can attest Mr. McDonnell. So things aren't just done haphazardly. It
took 18 months to go through Crown Tower and Mr. McDonnell you were there at just about every meeting so
we don't just haphazardly do things. We do them thoroughly and if anyone has a better idea of how we can
salvage that $1.2, please share it with us. We'd be glad to hear it. Thank you.
President Roman: Mr. Mayor?
Mayor Greenbaum: Yeah, unfortunately John it's either this project or it's no project based upon the deadlines
the State has imposed on us but let me comment on a couple of things. I don't see eminent domain as the issue
here. I don't see prejudice as the issue here and I apologize. I don't think that there is one person here who came
here because of their concern over the low income housing that's going in. It's, as I see it and the only issue
which really troubles me is the impact to the existing homeowners whether it's single family multi-million
dollar houses, ten townhouses, 20, it's the impact to the neighborhood. Is there going to be flooding? What are
the traffic issues? How is it going to affect my right to enjoy my property and that is what I got out of the
discussion tonight and I tell you that it troubles me. It troubles me but sitting up here we have to make decisions
and every decision that we make unfortunately impacts somebody – a friend, a relative. Dave, you and I go way
back. Pete, you and I go way back. You know what? Years in Mount Olive Township. We don't make decisions
lightly. We try and make decisions for the right reasons and we try and make decisions based upon the
information that is given to us ultimately at the end of the day whether it comes from professionals or it comes
from the impacted residents in the Township. So I look forward to moving on with this discussion as it
progresses to refine it in a way that everyone will benefit from it and I'm hopeful that at the end of process we
are all going to end up with better neighborhood at the end of the day. You are going to get rid of an eyesore.
You are going to get rid of the ambulances that are there. You are going to have architecture which is going to
fit into the existing neighborhood. Homeless Solutions is going to hold meetings to make sure that their impact
is minimalized in the neighborhood and ultimately, at the end of the day, the Planning Board will take the steps
that are necessary to protect existing homeowners. So I am hopeful, at the end of the day, that this is going to be
an improvement rather than actually taking away from what exists there currently.
President Roman: Anyone else from Council? I'd be remiss if I didn't touch on this subject. I do not believe
that the residents that came out came out solely because of prejudice. When you have a project going on of any
significance in your neighborhood, you feel the need to speak and whether this was going to be a McMansion or
a 20 unit building, some of the same questions would have been raised regarding stormwater runoff, traffic and
such. My issue with this is the eminent domain issue. I don't necessarily have a problem with Homeless
Solutions because I know there will be subsequent meetings to make sure that the project will fit with the
neighborhood and will be the best fit for that location as it was in Washington Township. Earlier I had made a
comment that this was probably the easiest solution and I believe, Mr. Mayor, you said it was the only solution.
If this property owner had been able to maintain her business there, the nursing the facility and the building was
not in disrepair, where would we go? How would we fulfill that obligation? Would we come in and take over
their building because that was the only solution. That is the issue that I have. Yes, the building is in disrepair
and its falling apart and those are avenues that the Administration should be able to take whether the property
owner where we were going to take it over or not. My issue is solely with telling somebody that we have a
better use for their property because it is the only way to fulfill an obligation that unfortunately the State has put
a gun to our heads and has forced us to take over somebody's property. If that property owner wished to do
nothing with her property and wanted to sell it to somebody else at a loss, that is her right and her privilege so
that is why I will be voting no to taking over their property based on eminent domain. Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception, President Roman voted No.
President Roman: Ord. #19-2012 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.
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - (Second Reading July 10, 2012)
President Roman: Okay we are on to Ordinances for First Reading with a second reading of July 10, 2012:
Ord.#20-2012 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance#30-2010 of the Township of Mount Olive Entitled Salaries of Certain Non-Union Employees.
President Roman: Okay, Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: Yes, I move Ord. #20-2012 to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on July 10, 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? Seeing none, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Roman: Okay, the next item on the agenda for first reading is:
Ord.#21-2012 Bond Ordinance Providing for Upgrades to the Indian Spring Well House in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey Appropriating $95,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $90,250 Bonds or Notes of the Township for Financing the Cost Thereof.
President Roman: Mr. Walsh.
Mr. Walsh: I move Ord. #21-2012 to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on July 10, 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? Seeing none, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Roman: The next item for first reading is Ord. #24-2012.
Mrs. Lashway: I believe they were going to take the next two ordinances off.
Mrs. Labow: Yes, he skipped over.
President Roman: 22 and 23 are off. We are on to 24.
Mrs. Lashway: Okay.
Ord.#22-2012 An Ordinance Amending Section 400-95(A) of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive to Permit Seasonal Sponsorship Signs in the Township of Mount Olive's Parks. PDF Ord – C. Labow
President Roman: Entitled:
Ord.#23-2012 An Ordinance Amending Section 176-8 of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive to Permit Seasonal Sponsorship Signs in the Township of Mount Olive's Parks.
President Roman: Mr. Walsh.
Mr. Walsh: Oh, I'm sorry, I'm on.
President Roman: We are on 24.
Mrs. Labow: 22 and 23 are off.
Mr. Walsh: So it's going to be 24? Okay, thank you.
Ord.#24-2012 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Setting the Speed Limit on Corey Road at 25 Miles Per House (To be Incorporated into Chapter 245 of the Mount Olive Township Code.
Mr. Walsh: I move Ord. #24-2012 to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on July 10, 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.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
Mr. Mania: I'll second it.
President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? I want to make a, reiterate my statements from before that if this Council proceeds to lower the speed limit on this road, just make sure that it is for the sole purpose of making sure that the speed limit is enforced and it is not for a “feel good” because we had some residents in the area wanting to lower the speed limit and if that's the avenue that we wish to take then we should make sure that not to set a precedent when somebody else wants their road reduced that you should be prepared to follow the same. Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: I take exception to the suggestion that we are just doing this to feel good. I would like to have every residential street in Mount Olive 25 mph and I do very strongly and firmly believe that to have this 25 mph is the right decision for this location for numerous reasons. Absolutely at no time would I ever vote on something just so that I could feel good. I try to make all of my decisions based on what I purview is in the best interests of the residents of Mount Olive.
President Roman: Anyone else? Seeing none, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception, Mr. Perkins and President Roman voted No.
President Roman: Okay, we are on to Consent Resolutions. We have 11 resolutions. Does anyone wish to
remove any to non-consent? Okay, seeing none, Mr. Mania.
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.
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive A warding a Contract to Musco Lighting for the Sports Field Lighting Equipment for Football Fields at Turkey Brook Park. PDF Res
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive A warding a Contract to JC Landscape Construction for the Installation of Synthetic Turf Field at Turkey Brook Park. PDF Res
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive E stablishing the Adopt-A-Spot Program and Authorizing the Procurement of Concessions for Landscaping Services for Public Properties. PDF Res
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive C onsenting to the Proposed Water Quality Management (WQM) Plan Amendment Entitled: Future Wastewater Service Area Map for Morris County Proposed Amendment to the Upper Delaware, Upper Raritan and Northeast Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP). PDF Res
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive A uthorizing Payment Certificate No. 5 in Connection with the Flanders Well# 2 Process Upgrades. PDF Res
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Au thorizing and Adopting Post Issuance Compliance Policies for Tax-Exempt Obligations that have been, and will be, Issued by the Township with such Policies which are Intended to Ensure that the Requirements Imposed upon the Township Pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as Amended with Respect to Such Tax-Exempt Obligations will be Satisfied by the Township. PDF Res
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive A uthorizing the Acceptance of the 2011 Audit. PDF Res
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive R equesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2012 Municipal Budget ($809.45 Alcohol, Education & Rehabilitation). PDF Res
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive A warding a Contract to Robert H. Hoover & Sons for Roll-Off Truck for Department of Public Works. PDF Res
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Renewal of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses for the 2012-2013 Licensing Period. PDF Res
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Closing Waterloo Road Between First and Second Street on July 4, 2012, Between 4 pm and 12 am on July 5,2012, for the Purpose of Holding a Block Party. PDF Res
Mr. Mania: Mr. President, I move for the approval of the Consent Resolutions one through eleven.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Anybody, any questions, comments, anyone from the public? Seeing none, Roll Call
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
Mrs. Labow: I just want to make one really quick comment. I'm sorry. Our audit is on there also. It is one of
the resolutions and I just wanted to say that it was a very good report. Thank you very much to Sherry and the
Administration, especially Sherry. Thank you very much. I just want to make sure that people understand that
this is a very important document that we are approving by resolution and my answer is yes, my vote was yes.
Mrs. Maniscalco: Thanks for the recognition Colleen. I appreciate it.
President Roman: Okay we are to Consent Motions. Mr. Ferrante.
- Approval of a Peddler's Permit for Dawn O'Malley for Door-to-door solicitation.
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
Mr. Ferrante: I move Consent Motions Number one and two.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Anyone from the public? Any questions on the Bill List?
Nelson Russell, Budd Lake: I have a question on the Bill List on Page 10. $3,000 to Vasa Park, New Jersey Vasa Park. Why are we giving $3,000 to Vasa Park.
Mr. Canning: I can probably answer that. They have contracted with them to find a home for the swim team. That's to be in Recreation. They used to be, I believe, at the Flanders Swim Club. They don't have access to that any more. They needed another location for, I guess, the Swim Club, Swim Team, Competitive Swim Team in town. It's done through the Recreation. I believe it's offset by user fees. I'm not sure. I'll have to get back to you.
Mayor Greenbaum: It absolutely is offset. We don't fund the Rec Utility at all so it is money in and money out.
Mr. Russell: Okay, if it's for the swim team, not a problem. Thank you.
Mr. Canning: Yes.
President Roman: Anyone else? Okay, seeing none, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Roman: Okay, we are on to Administrative Reports. Mr. Canning? Mr. Mayor?
Mayor Greenbaum: I just wanted to let everyone know that the Administration is moving forward with replacing the sign that is out front. We will be getting an ordinance to amend our capital ordinance to reflect the purchase of a sign. We believe that the cost of the sign which I had indicated I wanted to install which would be an electronic sign that would be able to provide information to the residents as they drove by the building such as flu shots, whatever other important information we need to put on the board. It is going to be approximately $45,000 to $50,000. As we bring the ordinance we will let you know exactly what the cost is. Anyone who wants to participate in what we are ultimately going to purchase, get in touch with Lisa Pignataro and we will have a consensus in terms of where we are going.
President Roman: Mr. Canning?
Mr. Canning: Just echoing on that, we have to incorporate that in the bid specs and hopefully get a team consensus as to the style. The other things we are working on, I just want to package, the soccer and the field lighting are set to go. We anticipate construction on both of them will start immediately after the carnival. Hopefully, the morning after and that's it.
President Roman: Mr. Canning, on the, how is the sign coming along for that turn into CVS?
Mr. Canning: I'd update you, I checked with Mr. Buczynski. I believe the person to contact is a subcontractor of CVS. They are getting DOT approval. Again, every week we are asking where we are at. We anticipate that hopefully this week, maybe next week.
President Roman: And what happened with the property there, right on the triangle there at the CVS? There was like Morris County Hazmat units there last week.
Mr. Canning: About two weeks ago. That was a spill that had gone in to the storm drain across the highway. Mr. Wilpert had responded and at DEP's request was on it. I'm not sure, I'll have to find the details. I don't know how DEP was alerted to that fact but they responded accordingly and did the clean up.
President Roman: Now recently a saw a memo saying that we no longer had access to that property. Is that only, is that on a temporary basis? Because normally we use that property to put Township signs and I had gotten a request from the Recreation Department that since they didn't have use of that site to be able to locate a sign on my property. I didn't know if you knew anything about that.
Mr. Canning: No, I'll have to look into it and get back.
President Roman: I'm hoping that's just a temporary reason because of the work that the County was doing there. Alright, we are on to Old Business. Anybody?
President Roman: New Business.
President Roman: Legal Matters.
Mr. Augello: I've nothing. I don't have any reports tonight.
President Roman: Then you don't get paid today.
Recreation Liaison Report
President Roman: As far as Recreation, as everybody knows, the carnival is on its way. I've been getting a glimpse of some of the vendors that are going to be attending and it looks like it is going to be an exciting carnival. I think the taste in the air is palpable of the residents wanting it back especially since there is going to be a garden of sorts there. Baseball is winding down. Travel baseball is getting under way and pretty soon we'll be talking football. Board of Health
Board of Health Report
Mr. Perkins: Yes Mr. President, the only thing I want to bring the Council up to date on is we had the first introduction for the ordinance on massage parlors and that had a lot of comment from the Board members. It had to be revised. Again, that was drafted up through the police department. I'm not sure that we have issues but I think the ordinance will go strong to help protect the operations and keep it sanitary and clean so to speak.
President Roman: I believe I know the issues as to why that arised and I'm hoping that the ordinance coming out of that will address some of the issues that some of the residents have had regarding those establishments.
Mr. Perkins: It most certainly will, Mr. President.
President Roman: Legislative Committee.
Legislative Committee Report
Mr. Walsh: Nothing today.
Mr. Perkins: I had a chance to, obviously our legislators are busy with the budget down in Trenton as we well know. I do have, as I mentioned at the last meeting, Senator Oroho looking in to finding out from the Board of Public Utilities if the Affordable Housing Trust Fund can be construed to mean the same as the Smart Growth requirement under the Clean Energy Program that says if they are a funded project such as through HFMA that they are entitled to received incentives. So if Homeless Solutions does in fact build this thing and they build it to the Clean Energy Program that given the fact that…down in Hackettstown they didn't receive any program incentives because they are not in a Smart Growth area but if you use the Affordable Housing Trust Fund is that considered because if COAH is taking it, under the Council of Affordable Housing, isn't that kind of funding such as HMFA would be providing funding same as like tax credits. The think that is kind of interesting, he kind of reaching out to Lee Solomon and the President and we are going to get an answer hopefully within the next week. So I would hope by the time Homeless Solutions does begin to move out, I'm sure we won't have an issue as a Council same as we've done with Habitat for Humanity and tell them that they need to build energy efficiency into the home but this may be something that helps to sweeten their pot a little bit that says at least the cost of their upgrades or a nice percentage of it could be incensed back from the State under the Clean Energy Bill Program so I'll keep the Council up to date on how we make out.
President Roman: Thank you very much Mr. Perkins. Mr. Walsh, Planning Board.
Planning Board Report
Mr. Walsh: Nothing to report
President Roman: Board of Education.
Board of Education Liaison Report
Mr. Walsh: Nothing tonight.
President Roman: Mr. Ferrante, Open Space.
Open Space Committee Report
Mr. Ferrante: Nothing.
President Roman: And Lake/Environmental.
Lake/Environment Issues Committee
Library Board Liaison
Mr. Ferrante: Nothing there and nothing for the Library. Everyone meets at the beginning of the month.
President Roman: Thank you very much. Mr. Nicastro, Safety Committee.
Safety Committee Liaison
Mr. Nicastro: Rescheduled.
President Roman: And Economic.
Economic Development Committee Report
Mr. Nicastro: Nothing to report.
President Roman: Mr. Mania, Senior Citizen, nothing?
Senior Citizen Liaison
President Roman: And Pride Mrs. Labow.
Pride Committee Report
Mrs. Labow: We meet tomorrow night.
President Roman: And TNR.
Mrs. Labow: Nothing to report right now.
President Roman: We are on to our last public portion. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard?
Ned McDonnell, Budd Lake: Back to the old story about necessary items and things that are nice to have. $50,000 for a sign. It seems likes it's nice to have. In these economic times I don't see that as necessary and also if you feel that it's that desirable for a nice to have item, you should find some other nice to have item that you can delete because I just don't see that we really need a new sign right now even though it is nice to have. Thank you.
President Roman: Thank you very much. Anyone else from the public? Seeing none, Council Comments. Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: None.
Mr. Mania: None.
President Roman: Mr. Ferrante.
Mr. Ferrante: Just real quick. I just wanted to congratulate the High School Seniors for their graduation. I was there with a couple of Councilman and the Mayor and it was a really good time. I was pretty impressed with the numerous listing of accolades that have gone on. It sounded like it was one of their best graduating classes they've had in awhile.
President Roman: It was definitely very regretful that I could not attend. Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: No comments.
President Roman: Mr. Walsh.
Mr. Walsh: Nothing.
President Roman: Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: I just wanted to thank the Administration for everything they do and the well thought out plans. Everybody is just so incredibly thorough and I really appreciate it and the communication, just hearing everything and feeling free to ask questions because we were voting on the resolutions before and I didn't really get to really thank Sherry and I wanted the public to know that our audit, having our audit is a very important process and Sherry has been with the Town 15…
Mrs. Maniscalco: 12 years.
Mrs. Labow: 12 years and has brought us through our audit…
President Roman: And has never taken a dime.
Mrs. Maniscalco: Almost all of them.
Mrs. Labow: 100% doing a great job and it's really phenomenal and you've continued to keep our triple A rating or work towards that. You have a really great plan in place for bringing down our debt and it is just amazing what you do and I just didn't want to pass over the meeting without really thanking you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for all of the hard work that you do. It's really appreciated Sherry. Thank you.
Mrs. Maniscalco: Thanks so much Colleen.
President Roman: Mr. Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: Just before you close out, I think it would be appropriate for us as a group to offer condolences to the two families that lost their kids since the last Council meeting. It was a horrific accident and there really is nothing more we can do to really ease the pain the families are feeling.
Mrs. Labow: It's very difficult.
President Roman: Sherry, I'd like to jump in and echo Mrs. Labow's comments. Having only served on the Mount Olive Council, I always hear that we are very fiscally responsible and take those comments with a grain of salt but then having to read what other townships are having to do and what they're going through and their bond ratings, it highlights greatly how good of a job not only your staff but past Administrations and Councils have done. So, again, kudos. I'd also like…
Mr. Canning: Can I add one accolade? In my recent memory here and elsewhere, I've not seen any audits where there have been zero audit comments and it is something that Sherry does year in and year out and it is truly a credit to her because I haven't seen it elsewhere.
President Roman: I'd also like to commend the Administration. I do recognize that much effort goes in to deciding our, and in this particular instance, our COAH obligations so please don't take my remarks as any indication that you took your tasks in your job without that in mind. I do recognize how difficult it is and I'm pretty sure 102% of people in the same shoes would have probably come up with the same decision and with that I'd like to take a motion to adjourn.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:46 pm.
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 July 10, 2012.
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk