TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - March 27, 2012

 

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 9:48 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 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. Nicastro, Mr. Roman, Mr. Walsh, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Mania, Mr. Perkins

 

Absent: None

 

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

 

President Roman: Our first item is the Proclamation supporting the Mayor's Wellness Campaign. Mr. Mayor,

would you like to read that into the record?

 

  • Proclamation – Supporting the Mayor's Wellness Campaign

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Thank you, Office of the Mayor, PROCLAMATION Supporting the Mayor's Wellness Campaign

 

WHEREAS , Fifty-five percent of New Jersey residents are obese or overweight; and

 

WHEREAS , medical expenses for treating problems related to obesity in our state total billions annually; and

 

WHEREAS , New Jersey has reported the highest incidence in the nation in obesity among low-income children aged 2-5 years; and

WHEREAS , the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents; and

WHEREAS , the Mayor's Wellness Campaign supports Mayors as champions of their community health; and

WHEREAS, the goal of the campaign is to improve health, reduce health care costs related to obesity, and make New Jersey a national leader in community-based health interventions; and

 

WHEREAS , the Mayor's Wellness Campaign seeks to foster active living and health lifestyles by providing communities the structure and resources to implement health community initiatives; and

 

WHEREAS , the Mayor's Wellness Campaign will work to implement a comprehensive program of outreach, education and technical assistance to combat obesity and inactivity issues for Mount Olive Township.

 

NOW, THEREFORE be it Proclaimed that I, Robert Greenbaum, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby proclaim my support of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign in Mount Olive Township. Let the record so reflect.

 

President Roman: Thank you very much Mr. Mayor. We are on to Approval of Previous Minutes. Mr. Perkins.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

 

Feb. 18, 2012, Budget Hearing (Mr. Mania absent)

Mar. 13, 2012, WS & PM (all present)

 

Mr . Perkins: Yes, Mr. President, I move for the approval of the February 18, 2012, Budget Hearings as

well as the March 13, 2012, Workshop and Public Meeting.

 

President Roman: Can I get a second?

 

Mr. Walsh: Second.

 

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

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mr. Mania abstained.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

 

  1. E-mail received March 9, 2012, from North Jersey RC&D regarding NJ RC&D Upcoming Events. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 12, 2012, from TransOptions regarding Save the Date – TransOptions Website launch. PDF Correspondence.

 

  1. Letter received March 12, 2012, via e-mail from AARP regarding the upcoming 2012 Complete Streets Workshop. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 12, 2012, from Margaret Faust regarding water complaint on Smithtown Road. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 14, 2012, from Housing Partnership regarding the 20 th Annual Home Buyers Expo. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 20, 2012, from Shenoa Scullin regarding Donation. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 21, 2012, from William Eames regarding the New Jersey State Development Plan – Briefing Invitation – March 28, 2012. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 21, 2012, from North Jersey RC & D regarding North Jersey RC&D Open House. PDF Correspondence

 

ORDINANCES / RESOLUTIONS / CORRESPONDENCE FROM OTHER TOWNS

 

  1. Resolution received March 12, 2012, from the Township of Roxbury regarding support of the Employment Initiative program (EIP) of the New Jersey Employer Support Guard and Reserves (ESGR). PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Ordinance received March 13, 2012, from the Borough of Netcong regarding Land Use. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Notice received March 15, 2012, from the Town of Hackettstown regarding Planning Board Public hearing on Highlands Environmental Resource Inventory and a master Plan Reexamination Report. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Resolution received March 20, 2012, from the Town of Boonton regarding a Resolution Calling for the Restoration of Energy Taxes to Municipalities. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Resolution received March 20, 2012, from the Town of Boonton regarding a Resolution in Memory of Assemblyman Alex Decroce and to Support the “Alex DeCroce Crime Victim's Bill of Rights.” PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Resolution received March 21, 2012, from the Borough of Mount Arlington regarding Opposing the New Jersey Water Supply Fluoridation Act. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Resolution received March 22, 2012, from the Borough of Butler regarding a Resolution Calling for the Restoration of Energy Taxes to Municipalities. PDF Correspondence

 

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

 

  1. E-mail received March 5, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding CEU Tracking System for League Conference Sessions. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 9, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 3-9-12 DEP Waiver. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 12, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Senate Energy Tax Restoration Follow up Needed and Senate Assembly Voting Sessions on Thursday. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Scholarship Competition Reminder and Upcoming League Seminars. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 15, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding To New Rule Comments by the League and Updated – Revised Version on Upcoming Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 16, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Permit Extension Bill Held and Results of the Senate & Assembly Voting Sessions. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 19, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 19, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League President Tells Assembly Budget Committee to Restore Lost Property Tax Relief. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 19, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Affordable Housing / Municipal Trust Fund Dollars, Recent Study Lists NJ as Least Corrupt State in Nation and Upcoming Continuing Education: Partnering with Municipalities for Economic Development. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 21, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Email Lists and the Open Public Records Act. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received March 22, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Energy Tax Funding Gaps, Funding Cuts & the State Skim and Last Chance to Register for League Upcoming Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

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

 

  1. Letter received March 14, 2012, from C & H Environmental Regarding Response Action Outcome for Deer Path Montessori, Block 8301 Lot 7. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 14, 2012, from C & H Environmental Regarding Withdrawal of Response Action Outcome for Deer Path Montessori, Block 8301 Lot 7. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 21, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding One Year Extension of Time, Treatment Works Approval No. 11- 0107, 650 International Drive, Mount Olive. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Receptor Evaluation Form received March 21, 2012, from Birdsall Services Group regarding Public Notification and Description of Contamination for Flanders Well Site #2. PDF Correspondence
  1. Public Notification received March 22, 2012, from Engineering & Land Planning Associates, Inc. regarding NJDEP Land Use Regulation Permits for Block 4600, Lot 5 (131 Route 206). PDF Correrspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

 

  1. Minutes received March 19, 2012, from Morris County Planning Board regarding the February 16, 2012 Meeting Minutes. PDF Correspondence

 

MSA

 

  1. Minutes received March 23, 2012, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the March 7, 2012, meeting minutes. PDF Correspondence

DCA

 

  1. E-mail received March 12, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding GovConnect Update: March 12, 2012. PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

 

  1. Fax received March 16, 2012, from Comcast regarding New HD Channel; Billing Change. PDF Correspondence

 

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Correspondence. There are 36 pieces of Correspondence. Does

anybody have any questions, comments? Okay, seeing none, we are on to Ordinances for Public

Hearing. I open the hearing to the public on:

 

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

 

Ord. #9-2012 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending the Land Use Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive to Amend the Submission Requirements for Applications for Development Within the Highlands Preservation Area of Mount Olive Township.

 

President Roman: Mr. Mania. Forgive me, I apologize. Is there anyone from the public that wishes to

be heard? Seeing none, Mr. Mania.

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. President, I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #9-2012.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Roman: Ord. #9-2012 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.#10-2012 Township of Mount Olive, Morris County, New Jersey Calendar Year 2012 Ordinance to Exceed the Municipal Budget Cost of Living Allowance and to Establish a Cap Bank (N.J.S.A. 40A-4-45.14).

 

President Roman: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, Mr. Ferrante.

 

Mr. Ferrante: I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #10-2012.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Roman: Ord. #10-2012 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 - None

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

 

President Roman: There are no Ordinances for First Reading. We are on to Consent Resolutions. We

have 15 Consent Resolutions. Does anyone wish to remove any to Non Consent? Seeing none, does

anyone have any questions, comments? Mr. Perkins

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 Revising a Portion of Funding to Morris County regarding the Sale of Charters Farm, Block 8300 Lots 3 & 4 and Block 900 Lot 1. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Payment of Professional Services with Coldwell Banker in Connection with the Auction of Charters Farm Block 8300 Lots 3&4 and Block 900 Lot 1. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Grant Application to the Morris County Historic Trust for a Historic Preservation Plan and Stabilization Drawings for the Seward House at Turkey Brook Park. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Grant Application to the Morris County Historic Trust for 2012. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Grant Application to the Morris County Historic Trust for 2012 – Interior Restoration, Non-Construction of the Baptist Church. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Township to Enter into a Cooperative Pricing Agreement with “The Cooperative Purchasing Network” for the Conduct of Certain Functions Relating to the Purchasing of Work Materials and Supplies for their Respective Jurisdictions. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of a Purchasing Contract (Automatic Data Processing Inc.). PDF Resolution

 

  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 (Enforsys). PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract Award to Enforsys for Computer Aided Dispatch, Records Management, and Mobile Edition Software Upgrade. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Calling for the Restoration of Energy Taxes to Municipalities. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Filing of a Grant Application to COPS Hiring & Re-Hiring Program for 2012. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Sean Canning, Business Administrator to Execute a New (Renewal) TWA Application for International Trade Center West. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Sean Canning, Business Administrator to Execute a New (Renewal) TWA Application for International Trade Center Active Adult Community. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Honoring Michael Patchunka for His Years of Service, Commitment and Dedication to the Township of Mount Olive Police Department. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Settlement of a

Tax Appeal (A&P). PDF Resolution *added

 

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. Resolution No. 10 where we are looking at taxes back to municipalities, I'm assuming that is gross receipts and franchise taxes. Sherry, do you know off the back approximately what we get in gross receipts and franchise taxes? Roughly?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: I want to say, Ray, probably about $1.7 to $1.9 million a year is what I would guess.

 

Mr. Perkins: So it's not that we are not getting that money back from the State. Like anything else with the State, I think if we look at this resolution, I like it. I think that the State ought to be letting us collect the money and not them and taking their portion off the top so to speak, their finder's fee. I think we ought to have a resolution also where we look at the societal benefits fee that is charged to the electric and gas utilities as part of the clean energy funding in the State that the legislature and the Governor have taken a couple hundred million dollars from for the past two years to balance out the budget and maybe some of that ought to be sent our way also. Just as a point of interest.

 

President Roman: Okay, does anybody else have any comments or questions? Okay, seeing none, we are on to…anyone from the public wish to be heard on Consent Resolutions? None, Roll Call.

 

Mrs. Lashway: No, someone has to move it.

 

Mr. Nicastro: I move Consent Resolutions one through fifteen.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

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

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

ROLL CALL

 

RESOLUTIONS NON-CONSENT

 

PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

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

 

CONSENT MOTIONS

 

  1. Appointment of Doug Fenichel to the Economic Development Committee for a 3 year unexpired term to expire 12/31/2014.
  2. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Walsh: I moved Consent Motions one and two.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any questions on the Bill List? Seeing none, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mr. Nicastro abstained on No. 2.

 

 

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Administrative Reports.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

 

Mr. Canning: I just have three things. Two of them I am going to address and the other one Sherry's got. The auction is still proceeding. We have cleared over $13,000.00 on everything we put up on GovDeals. We did very well.

 

Mrs. Labow: Wow.

 

Mr. Canning: We are starting to clear out the lot and a lot of our equipment. We will find out within the next week. Just an update on the Flanders ambulance, if you weren't aware, there was a motor vehicle accident a week ago Sunday I believe with the Flanders ambulance in Roxbury Township. Budd Lake was able to transfer one ambulance down for coverage to Flanders Rescue Squad and currently the JIF is working on, the adjuster has been out there, to examine the ambulance. So are just waiting for that report to come back so we can move the repair along if that's the case.

 

President Roman: On the $13,000.00 on GovDeals, what percentage of our auction materials does that comprise? Is that half of, did we auction everything off already?

 

Mr. Canning: The only items I put up there to keep up there were some smaller items, APC power backups, some electronics that are just kind of obsolete. Out of the $13,000.00, most of that was motor vehicles.

 

President Roman: Do we still have stuff remaining to be auctioned off or are we done?

 

Mr. Canning: It enables you to re-auction. Legally I can keep it back up there so if the seven day period had gone by, you can immediately keep it right back up there up on the GovDeals site. Some of the electronics are still up there. They will be closing this Friday. It's the second go around.

 

President Roman: Thank you. Sherry?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: We have another good news story. We actually renegotiated our copier maintenance contracts which came at a great time because we needed actually to replace two copiers, one in the Health Department and one in the Planning/Recreation/DPW area. We are still actually winding up with a savings despite the fact that we had to set up two new agreements. It was great. Our next project is actually going to be the, one of the next ones is going to be the cell phone bills which I know some of you have mentioned.

 

Mrs. Labow: I have a question.

 

President Roman: Mr. Mayor.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: We have a couple of things. Sean is going to start working on the fleet maintenance shortly in terms of the same kind of presentation that we just got on the sanitation. Also we are going to be starting our preparation for the next round of negotiations with our unions. A couple of things that have come up, we are meeting with the owner of the Cobblestone site on Thursday. It was supposed to be today but she was ill. It got put off to Thursday. I was also contacted by Reza Hashemi today with regard to the Boat House and I don't have any further information other than he is interested in doing something with that property.

 

President Roman: Mrs. Labow.

 

Mrs. Labow: I wanted to know, thank you, what copiers are we moving to Sherry? What brand?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: The Kyoceras.

 

Mrs. Labow: Did we check into Ricoh?

 

Mr. Canning: They weren't on the State contract. Kyocera, at least from our research, Kyocera has better performance.

 

Mrs. Labow: Oh does it. Okay.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: We have a number of them already, Colleen, and we've had really great luck with them.

 

Mrs. Labow: Okay, I just wanted to make sure. Just checking. Thanks.

 

President Roman: Luckily they are not a public company. Alright we are on to Old Business.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

President Roman: New Business.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

President Roman: Legal matters.

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Mr. Augello: Just a few things. Fred wanted me to let you guys know about a case that he and Mr. Dorsey were handling. It was a tax matter. I'm not sure how familiar you guys are with it but the name of the case was Mount Olive versus Jung. In May of 2010 Rose became aware of the fact that two out of the three residential structures at the location which is Block 4117 and Lot 33, even though they had been connected to the Budd Lake Sanitary Sewer System in 1999, they had not been reported to Rose for billing purposes so to that end, Mr. Dorsey filed a lawsuit against the Jungs for the outstanding bills that they had no paid for the thirteen years and we are pleased to announce that the case has reached a settlement. The individuals are going to be paying $28,000 back to the Town and that represents all of the money that they owed. The only thing they are not going to be paying is interest. We feel it is a good win for the Town. This will avoid any necessary litigation expenses going forward. I know we spoke tonight about Turkey Brook at length on a number of different issues but we just wanted to let you know that we have drafted the MOA with the soccer club and it has been circulated to all parties for comment. We are in the process now of putting together one for the football team and the lights that the Mayor has spoken about earlier.

 

President Roman: If I may interject, on all parties interested on that soccer, are you including the Recreation Advisory Committee?

 

Mr. Augello: I'd have to ask Mr. Canning because he is the one that circulated, Sean, did you, if you could repeat that for Sean.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: MOA to go to the Rec Advisory Committee, did it?

 

Mr. Canning: Yes, I'm sorry. I was trying to pinpoint which one. Yes, that has gone out.

 

President Roman: How long ago did that…because I have yet to receive a copy.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Two weeks ago.

 

President Roman: Okay, I'll follow up because…

 

Mayor Greenbaum: You were probably too busy on TV.

 

Mrs. Labow: Should I be recognized before I make a comment? I have a question.

 

President Roman: I'm sorry. Mrs. Labow.

 

Mrs. Labow: I have a question for Mike. The liquor…two weeks ago.

 

Mr. Augello: That was the next item on my…the last thing I was going to say is actually what Mrs. Labow just brought up in that Fred wanted me to let you guys know that he is going to have the changes to alcohol beverage ordinance for the next meeting.

 

President Roman: Thank you. Mr. Mania.

 

Mr. Mania: Why aren't they paying the interest on that $28 Gs?

 

Mr. Augello: To be honest with you Councilman, I'm not 100% sure because I've not handled the case but I would imagine that it is something that was part of the settlement and…

 

Mayor Greenbaum: I can answer that question. I had a discussion with Fred and the Judge kinda waffled on whether or not we would be entitled to the interest so in discussing the matter with Fred, we both came to the same determination that we would spending additional legal fees probably greater than…

 

Mr. Mania: What the interest would be.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: What the interest would be and maybe not getting the interest at the end of the day. So to simply terminate the litigation, collect what was owed to us in fees, it was a business decision and that's how we arrived at it.

 

Mr. Mania: Makes sense. All I needed was an answer.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: I understand.

 

President Roman: Mrs. Labow.

 

Mrs. Labow: On that subject I actually have a question. I'm really concerned that it was all of these years and it's just been recognized that they were not being billed for their sewer so we've had issues in the past with Mr. Dattolo, those lawsuits and he brought out other ones that weren't being properly billed and I just don't want to see this happen again. I don't know if there is anything we can put into place to start checking properties to make sure everybody is on board. That's a long time and a lot of money to go through and I don't know Sean…

 

Mayor Greenbaum: That you can answer.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Thank you! I think we did do some inspecting of the properties, Colleen, back when we were…remember when the whole Budd Lake Sewer issue came about. Tim actually went out and did some investigation of the, you know, commercial properties in the Budd Lake area so I know we have done some of that. Obviously there would be staff and a lot of money involved in that and we are actually towards the end of the whole assessment process because it is going to be paid off in 2013. We only have a year left at this point.

 

Mrs. Labow: Even just talking for the people who are all of a sudden hit with a $28,000 bill on top of it.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: I agree. I agree.

 

Mrs. Labow: I know Rose, I'm sorry, just one, I know Rose does a really good job in matching that stuff up by just, it's just…

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: The issue is, we will according to the original assessment confirmation report that came out years ago and so what we are billing is what was confirmed at the time. The problem is, if changes came along, you know, after the fact and we are not out there actually inspecting the properties, we may or may not know about it.

 

Mrs. Labow: That's true. I know, it's really rough. Thank you.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Sure.

 

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Council Reports.

 

COUNCIL REPORTS

 

Recreation Liaison Report

 

President Roman: I just want to inform everyone that baseball has started practicing so all of the fields are open. We started the first week with some excellent beautiful weather and this week not as much. I'm pretty sure by now we have all gotten the invitation for opening day so there is no excuse as to why the arm will not be ready to throw the ball. Just bear in mind, don't throw your arm out because the week after that we have the 5K. I have yet to confirm that there is other than myself has signed up to do that 5K walk/run and the Mayor.

 

Mrs. Labow: I'm doing the walk, the one mile.

 

President Roman: Great, good so Mrs. Labow will be, now you can pressure the other ones.

 

Mrs. Labow: I have a question. Is the 5K the same course as the 1K, right like the people are going to be walking and the other ones are going to be running?

 

President Roman: No, because the 5K would 3.2 miles and 1K would be less. It's a different path. You get to start walking it and you start walking it 20 minutes after, 15 to 20 minutes after the 5K takes off.

 

Mrs. Labow: Jill sent me the course. She sent me the one mile course and I wanted to check so I could go practice. I just wondered, if you guys were going to be running…

 

President Roman: There is no excuse for those that are not there. Walking one mile is not that difficult so I hear.

 

Mrs. Labow: Except at my age.

 

President Roman: Okay, Board of Health, Mr. Perkins.

 

Board of Health Report

 

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. During the meeting we handed out a certificate of good citizenship for Ms. Jamie Burkel from the Budd Lake Diner. She saw a patron choking, administered the Heimlich maneuver and saved the woman's life. I know that Mr. Greenbaum is going to be putting together a nice piece for her. Mr. President, I would suggest that from the Council you work together with the Mayor and let's get Ms. Burkel here and make a presentation. Nice to see somebody saving somebody's life.

 

President Roman: I agree, Mr. Perkins. That is definitely something that we should recognize in as many forms as possible. As long as there is not opposition and I don't see why there would be to at least recognize her with something.

 

Mr. Perkins: We gave her a certificate from the Health Department. We can do something from the Mayor's office and from the Council, I thank you. It goes a long way. It's not often that somebody is that astute to jump up and do that especially as a waitress there. She did a great job.

 

President Roman: Excellent.

 

Mr. Perkins: The Board has asked me to question the Council where you guys are planning on moving forward with the abolishment of the Board and whether that is still something that the Council is entertaining, to revert them into an advisory committee or not. They would like to know obviously so they can react to what is going on. I said that I would bring that to the Council's attention so I'm hopeful that that can get resolved in the not too distant future.

 

President Roman: Mike, has there been an ordinance drafted yet to make the changes?

 

Mr. Augello: I'm not sure. I'd have to find out for you. For what, the…

 

President Roman: To turn it from an autonomous entity to an advisory…there has to be at least a change, an ordinance drafted in order to do that.

 

Mr. Augello: To do that, right. Had you asked our office to do that?

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Actually there is, if I may, there is a legal issue which has to be determined first and the legal issue is whether or not under our form of government, and I've been told that in fact it's true although I don't know it to be true, that we are not allowed to have an autonomous Board of Health under our form of government and I don't know the answer to the question. I've asked Mr. Semrau to look at that question.

 

President Roman: So it is a possibility that we've been operating all of these years contrary to our Charter?

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Correct. I don't know the answer to that question so that's the first question that needs to be answered and once that question is answered whether or not this Council is going to need an ordinance or not need an ordinance will be up to the Council at that point in time but obviously if…

 

President Roman: I would prefer that if Counsel determines that we have been operating, for lack of a better word, illegally that we at least come up with a proper ordinance to just to codify how the Board's existence should be instead of just be left ad hoc.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: I don't disagree with you. I just need an answer to that question.

 

President Roman: Anything else from the Board of Health Mr. Perkins?

 

Mr. Perkins: No Mr. President.

 

President Roman: Legislative, Mr. Walsh or Mr. Perkins?

 

Legislative Committee Report – P. Walsh & R. Perkins

 

Mr. Walsh: Not unless anybody's heard that the Governor is going to lower property taxes in lieu of lowering income taxes, no I don't have anything.

 

President Roman: Okay, Planning.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: That was two letters back, wasn't it? Sorry Pat.

 

President Roman: Planning Board, Mr. Walsh.

 

Planning Board Report

 

Mr. Walsh: I've already talked about Planning Board.

 

Board of Education Liaison Report

 

Mr. Walsh: Board of Education, just so everybody knows I did go to the meeting last night. They are talking about drug testing at the High School so I just wanted to make sure you are all aware of that and they are getting pretty serious about it.

 

President Roman: Is that drug testing going to be random?

 

Mr. Walsh: Random drug testing…

 

President Roman: Do you know if they will be utilizing the dogs?

 

Mr. Walsh: At the High School only at this point.

 

President Roman: Are they going to be utilizing the Morris County dogs?

 

Mr. Walsh: I do not know.

 

President Roman: Mr. Mayor?

 

Mayor Greenbaum: There was a really interesting application before the Planning Board that neither Mr. Walsh or myself could sit on because I think it was a “D” variance and it was, I think it was a “D”, I may be wrong. Maybe it wasn't. Did you sit on that application involving the barn which is right on Flanders Drakestown?

 

Mr. Mania: Howie told me about it today. It lasted like six hours?

 

Mayor Greenbaum: It went over a couple of nights. Did you sit on that one?

 

Mr. Walsh: hmmm.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Oh, you did.

 

Mr. Walsh: Yeah, yeah that are looking at, it was, it used to be an old store and the barn there and the guy who lived next door was hoping that some day they would be eliminated and apparently he was not happy when he found out that they were talking about putting a single family home there.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: It was very very heated.

 

Mr. Walsh: Yeah, it was.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Very heated. Right over there by Tinc Road School.

 

Mr. Walsh: He is going to, the people who purchased the property are going to be able to build a single family home there and the barn is going to stay. They are going to build the single family home on top of where the red brick building is. That used to be, I guess, a store of some sort or something, general store years ago.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, it was a nursery school. The barn was a general store.

 

Mr. Walsh: The barn is going to stay put and the brick building is going to be a house.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: It was really interesting because the Historical Society got involved in it. It was very heated. Very rarely do you get an objector on an application like that who's got his own attorney and presents his own case and brought in a historical architect and, you know, felt that that barn should just be razed.

 

Mr. Mania: Who was giving planning testimony I heard.

 

Mayor Greenbaum: Yeah, it was what it was.

 

Mrs. Labow: I just want to ask the exact location. Where is it?

 

Mr. Walsh: Right across from…

 

Mayor Greenbaum: You pass it a gazillion times. Right next to Tinc School.

 

Mr. Walsh: Right next to Tinc Road School. Right on the corner there.

 

Mrs. Labow: I got it.

 

President Roman: Okay, anything else on Board of Education?

 

Mr. Walsh: That's it for now.

 

Mrs. Labow: I just want to interject with the Board of Education and our students in our school with Kiwanis we had, last Saturday, we did our egg stuffing for the Easter Egg Hunt and also we had our Easter Egg Hunt and I just want to stay that the High School really came through. They provided about 50 students for both events and it was really impressive to have that many students coming forward to do community service work so I just say kudos to our school system and our children are helping out at a very early age. I was very pleased.

 

President Roman: Open Space Mr. Ferrante.

 

Open Space Committee Report

 

Mr. Ferrante: Yeah, we finalized the plans for Earth Day in coordination with the Pride Committee. You will see it is listed on the website now, on the Town website. It's been in Facebook and the Recreation Weekly Newsletter. Basically on Earth Day we will be doing an introduction to the trails and a cleanup so we'd love to have everybody around.

 

President Roman: Lake/Environmental?

 

Lake/Environment Issues Committee

 

Mr. Ferrante : Nothing.

 

President Roman: Library Board?

 

Library Board Liaison

 

Mr. Ferrante: This Sunday the Library will be hosting a Spring Fling and Easter Egg Hunt. I think it's about 1 in the afternoon til about 3:30, Easter Egg Hunt, arts and crafts, a good time for little kids.

 

President Roman: Okay, Safety Committee.

 

Safety Committee Liaison

 

Mr. Nicastro: We've had no meetings yet for that or Economic.

 

Economic Development Committee Report

 

President Roman: Okay, Senior Citizen, Mr. Mania.

 

Senior Citizen Liaison

 

Mr. Mania: They had a wonderful corned beef dinner. Unfortunately I couldn't attend and I missed a good dinner. That's all I've got to report.

 

President Roman: Pride Committee, Mrs. Labow.

 

Pride Committee Report

 

Mrs. Labow: We meet tomorrow night and Mr. Ferrante pretty much updated us on what is going with Earth Day. Thank you.

 

President Roman: TNR?

 

TNR Program

 

Mrs. Labow: TNR is moving along nicely and planning our annual yard sale for the weekend of June 1 st and 2 nd . That's about it.

 

President Roman: Okay, we are on to our last public portion. Anyone from the public? You know if you are going to be here, you have to say something.

 

PUBLIC PORTION

 

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Council Comments.

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

President Roman: Mr. Perkins.

 

Mr. Perkins: Nothing Mr. President.

 

President Roman: Mr. Mania.

 

Mr. Mania: Nothing.

 

President Roman: Mr. Ferrante.

 

Mr. Ferrante: Nothing.

 

President Roman: Mr. Nicastro.

 

Mr. Nicastro: Nothing.

 

President Roman: Mr. Walsh.

 

Mr. Walsh: We are gaining Momentum!

 

President Roman: Mrs. Labow.

 

Mrs. Labow: Nothing.

 

President Roman: Okay 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 10:15 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 April 10, 2012.

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

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