TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
- March 2, 2010
The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called
to Order at 8:00 pm by President Tobey: We will begin with the
Open Publics Meeting Announcement as the Pledge of Allegiance and
moment of reflection was earlier.
OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this
meeting has been given to the Mount Olive Chronicle. Notice has
been posted at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown
Road, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and notices were sent
to those requesting the same.
Present: Mrs. Labow, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Mania
and Mr. Tobey
Absent: Mr. Greenbaum
Also Present: David Scapicchio, Mayor; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO;
Bill Sohl, Business Administrator; John Dorsey and Dominic DiYanni,
Esqs., Township Attorneys; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS – None
RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES / CORRESPONDENCE OTHER TOWNS
1. Resolution of the Township of Branchburg received February
16, 2010, to establish municipal Housing Fees for College Students.
2. Notice of Public Hearing, Township of Washington, Morris County,
in the matter of Black Oak Golf Club, LLC. PDF Correspondence
DOT / DEP / LOI / HIGHLANDS
3. Letter received February 18, 2010, from Maser Consulting, P.A.,
regarding a Freshwater Wetlands and Flood Hazard Area Application.
4. Letter received February 19, 2010, from Maser Consulting, P.A.,
regarding an application for a Flood Hazard Area Individual Permit,
Freshwater Wetlands General Permit, and Transition Area Waivers.
5. Letter received February 22, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection regarding 27 Bennington
Drive. PDF Correspondence
6. Letter received February 24, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mine Hill Reservoir
Dam. PDF Correspondence
7. Letter received March 1, 2010, from Schommer Engineering, Inc.,
regarding an application for a modification to Individual Permit
and Stream Encroachment Permit, Deerfield Estates (a.k.a Rezamir
Estates). PDF Correspondence
8. Letter received March 1, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection regarding Child Care Facility
Approval Letter. PDF Correspondence
9. Letter received March 1, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection regarding 28 Harris Lane.
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
10. Email received February 12, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Governor’s intergovernmental
affairs team. PDF Correspondence
11. Email received February 15, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Snow Emergency. PDF Correspondence
12. Email received February 15, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding NJLM Media Event. PDF Correspondence
13. Email received February 16, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Mayor’s Letter OPRA Fees.
14. Email received February 16, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Mayor’s Letter Revised
OPRA. PDF Correspondence
15. Email received February 16, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Mayor’s Letter COAH Exec
Order. PDF Correspondence
16. Email received February 16, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Mayor’s Letter League
Staff on PERS. PDF Correspondence
17. Email received February 17, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming Seminar. PDF Correspondence
18. Email received February 17, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding NJLM New Jersey Alliance Program.
19. Email received February 18, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Three Issues. PDF Correspondence
20. Email received February 19, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Two Issues. PDF Correspondence
21. Email received February 22, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Several Issues. PDF Correspondence
22. Email received February 23, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Redevelopment Training. PDF
23. Email received February 24, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Community Energy Outreach Trainings.
24. Email received February 25, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Two Issues. PDF Correspondence
25. Email received February 25, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding Mayors Letter. PDF Correspondence
26. Email received February 28, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
League of Municipalities regarding March 2010 Mayors Newsline.
LETTER FROM LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES
27. Email received February 20, 2010, from Congressman Rodney
Frelinghuysen regarding e-Newsletter. PDF Correspondence
28. Email received February 26, 2010, from Congressman Rodney
Frelinghuysen regarding e-Newsletter. PDF Correspondence
29. Letter received February 22, 2010, from Comcast of Northwest
New Jersey, LLC, regarding channel changes. PDF Correspondence
30. Email received February 26, 2010, from Verizon regarding FIOS
TV Programming. PDF Correspondence
31. Letter received March 1, 2010 from Comcast of Northwest New
Jersey, LLC, regarding price adjustments. PDF Correspondence
32. Email received February 17, 2010, from the State of New Jersey
Department of Community Affairs regarding Fiscal and Related Laws
Passed at the end of 2009 Legislative Session. PDF Correspondence
33. Email received March 1, 2010, from the State of new Jersey
Department of Community Affairs regarding GovConnect Update. PDF
34. Minutes received from the Morris County Planning Board regarding
the January 21, 2010 Minutes. PDF Correspondence
35. Email received February 26, 2010, from the United Nations
Conference regarding an Invitation to Conference March 16-19, 2010.
President Tobey: We are up to Correspondence. We have 35 pieces.
Does anyone on Council wish to discuss any? Seeing none, we are
up to ordinances for public hearing. We have two ordinances this
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
President Tobey: I open the hearing to the public on:
Ord. #6-2010 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, County
of Morris, State of New Jersey Amending and Supplementing Chapter
106, Dogs and Other Animals, of the Revised General Ordinances.
President Tobey: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard?
Seeing none, Mr. Walsh, would you please move that?
Mr. Walsh: Sure, I would like to move Ordinance #6-2010.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
President Tobey: Thank you. It has been moved and seconded. Any
Council discussion? Seeing none, roll call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Tobey: Ordinance #6-2010 is passed on second reading,
and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the
Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. I
open the hearing to the public on Ord. #7-2010, entitled:
Ord. #7-2010 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, County
of Morris, State of New Jersey Amending Certain Portions of Chapter
106, Dogs and Other Animals, Article IV, Cats, Section 106-25,
Licensing Requirements; Fees, of the Revised General Ordinances.
Nelson Russell, Budd Lake: The way this ordinance is written,
my understanding is if a cat arrived on my
doorstep without its neutering papers, I have 239 months worth
of penalty to pay because the stretch of time in
this section is April 1990.
Mrs. Lashway: That is when the ordinance was first adopted that
established the licensing of cats in Mount
Mr. Russell: Let’s see, within the specified time period
and the only specified time period is April 1990.
Mr. Perkins: Nelson, I think what you need to read is that it
says, during the month of April 1990 and shall
thereafter, during the month of April, annually, apply for and
procure from the Clerk of the municipality or
other designated government officer, etc., etc.
Mr. Russell: The other question I have is virtually anything else
that we have to register or license be it a car,
be it software, be it whatever, you obtain it, you license it.
Mr. Perkins: That’s right.
Mr. Russell: Why do we restrict this to April?
Mr. Perkins: We don’t. That’s when the licensing starts
Mr. Russell: If you don’t do it in April, you have to pay
Mr. Perkins: If you have an animal in your house, in your possession
that you have failed to register during the
month of April, then yes, you would have a penalty. If you don’t
have an animal and you don’t procure an
animal until the month of June, then you go in and obtain a license
during the month of June.
Mr. Dorsey: Excuse me. Is your objection that it says April 1990?
Mr. Russell: Yes.
Mr. Roman: That was his first objection.
Mr. Dorsey: You can take 1990 out. You can just strike that out.
Mr. Perkins: Does that help you out Nelson?
Mr. Russell: That is very helpful.
Mr. Perkins: So we’ll just have during the month of April.
Mr. Dorsey: Just make a motion to amend the ordinance to take
Mr. Russell: I’m just wondering why we can’t do it
on a continuing basis, when you acquire a cat you license
it. In 1990 we didn’t have the computers we have now. We
could put it all on a spreadsheet. You could sort it
by date. You could sort it by address. You could sort it by person.
Does it make any difference whether I
register a cat today? Because if I have to wait until April to
license a cat…
Mr. Perkins: You don’t. I think I tried to explain it to
you Nelson. Any time you purchase or adopt an animal,
it is your responsibility to have the inoculation papers and license
that pet. Whether that is in April, May, June,
July, August all the way through up until the subsequent March,
it is your responsibility. The licensing of
animals, begins for cats in April. They begin to send out the notices
and start submitting the license applications
Mr. Russell: Then what is the time period specified.
Mrs. Labow: Dogs are January.
Mr. Perkins: Where are you reading the time period specified?
Mr. Russell: In paragraph G, subsection G.
Mr. Perkins: After the payment of the fee, persons who fail to
obtain a license within the time period specified
in this section will be subject to…so if you haven’t
gotten, and it says annually, apply for a license.
Mr. Russell: What is the time period specified in the section?
Mr. Perkins: Any time during your licensing time. If you license
your animal, they are going to send you a
renewal notice. You have a certain amount of time to renew. So
typically now, every April when they send you
that notification, it’s now your responsibility to send in
the money and get the license done. It’s kind of like
your car. You know when it used to be the registration and the
inspection all used to happen at the same time,
now they don’t. So if you buy a cat now…
Mr. Russell: Nobody buys a cat. Cats find you.
Mr. Perkins: No one buys a cat?
Mr. Sohl: You obtain a cat.
Mr. Dorsey: We agree that 1990 is taken out. Once you take 1990
out, it makes perfect sense. April is the
renewal year, I mean renewal month.
Mr. Perkins: If you bought it in March, guess what happens in
April. You renew it.
Mrs. Labow: Dogs are January. It’s the same thing with dogs,
Nelson. It’s the same exact thing.
Mr. Russell: Okay, I’m just wondering why…
Mr. Perkins: Don’t get a puppy at Christmas.
Mr. Nelson: Okay.
Mrs. Labow: The reason why, Mr. Tobey may I? The reason why we
have it in January and April is because
there are a couple thousand pets in this town. It’s just
too much for the Health Department to take cat and dog
licenses in January so when they instituted the cat licensing,
they decided to bring it out a couple of months and
make it April annually instead of January just they are not bombarded
so they can handle the processing of the
Mr. Roman: Are you saying that cats are second class citizens?
Is that why they got pushed back?
Mrs. Labow: You could think that April comes first and January
comes the following year. That’s why they picked a couple
of months later because it just was too much.
Mr. Russell: Why not spread it over 12 months as opposed to…
Mrs. Labow: And have a different month? That would be too cumbersome
to keep tract of.
Mr. Russell: That’s the way you do your car.
Mrs. Labow: Well you do, but you have to be efficient too in government.
You can’t be having everybody’s licenses come due at
a different time.
Mr. Russell: Why not?
Mrs. Labow: It’s not efficient. It’s too much to keep
Mr. Russell: Get an excel spreadsheet. Here are the people in
March, here are the people in April, and here are the people in
Mrs. Labow: It’s not an efficient way to send out notices.
I don’t believe so. Don’t you agree?
Mr. Sohl: I agree with you.
President Tobey: Mr. Russell, thank you. Anyone else from the
public? I am going to make a motion to amend
Ordinance #7-2010 and take out 1990. Can I get a second?
Mr. Mania: I’ll second it.
President Tobey: Mr. Perkins, would you please move Ordinance
#7-2010 as amended?
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President. I move for adoption and final
passage #7-2010 as amended.
Mr. Roman: Second.
President Tobey: Thank you. It has been moved and seconded. Any
other Council discussion? Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: I just want to clarify because at the last meeting
when I had asked a question about the feral cat
Ordinance, Mr. Dorsey did send his opinion on that and this ordinance
deals strictly with domestic cats. The
feral cat ordinance deals with feral cats and this does not trump
or supersede the feral cat ordinance. I just
wanted to say that we did get the final determination. Thank you.
President Tobey: Thank you. Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Tobey: Ordinance #7-2010 is passed on second reading,
and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a
copy of same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as
required by law.
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - none
President Tobey: Moving on, we are up to Consent Resolutions.
We have seven listed. Does anyone on Council wish to move any to
Non Consent? Seeing none, Mrs. Labow would you please move them?
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
CONSENT RESOLUTIONS – C. Labow
1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount
Olive Revising the Resolution “Establishing a Policy for
Waiver of Employee Coverage Under the Health Benefits Program” Previously
Adopted On February 2, 2010. PDF Resolution
2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount
Olive Amending the 2010 Temporary Budget for the Current Fund (Street & Roads – Other
Expenses). PDF Resolution
3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount
Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of a General Capital Ordinance
Balance. PDF Resolution
4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount
Olive Authorizing the Extension of a Contract with Golub Animal
Hospital for Animal Control Services for the Year 2010-2011. PDF
5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount
Olive Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Professional Services Contracts.
6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount
Olive Authorizing a Settlement in Connection with the Tax Appeal
Entitled Enterprise Park, Inc. v. Mount Olive Township. PDF Resolution
7. Resolution of the Township Council, Township of Mount Olive
Endorsing Senate Bill S838. PDF Resolution
Mrs. Labow: Thank you Mr. President. I move Consent Resolutions
one through seven.
Mr. Roman: Second.
PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
President Tobey: It has been moved and seconded. Is there anyone
one from the public who wishes to be heard?
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
President Tobey: Seeing none, any Council comments? Roll Call
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
RESOLUTIONS NON-CONSENT -none
PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS - none
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS - none
MOTIONS – CONSENT – P. Walsh
1. Appointment of Brian Levine, Esq. to a 3 year unexpired term
to expire 12/31/2012.
President Tobey: Moving on, we are up to Motions. The first motion
is the appointment of Mr. Brian Levine to a three year unexpired
term to expire 12/31/2012. Mr. Walsh, would you please move motion
Mrs. Lashway: I just want to add, that’s a correction. We
appointed him at the last meeting to a two year term and it’s
really a three year term.
President Tobey: Thank you, Mr. Walsh.
Mr. Walsh: I’d like to move motion number one.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
President Tobey: It’s been moved and seconded. Roll Call,
ROLL CALL - Passed Unanimously
2. Bill List. PDF Bill List
President Tobey: Mr. Walsh, would you please move the Bill List?
Mr. Walsh: Yes, I’d like to move motion number two.
President Tobey: Thank you, I’ll second that. Does anyone
from the public have any questions on the Bill List? Any Council
members, have any questions? Roll Call, please.
ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously
President Tobey: Administrative reports, Mr. Sohl, Mayor?
Mayor Scapicchio: No reports.
President Tobey: Thank you, any Old Business, New Business?
Mrs. Labow: I just have a New Business. Before the meeting I had
sent an email earlier today requesting the cost for the apartment
or headquarters that was set up over at Drake Brook Park for our
paid EMS service. Sherry said, Bill, you’re working on that?
Mayor Scapicchio: We’re working on getting you the answers.
Mrs. Labow: Okay, thank you.
President Tobey: Any Legal Matters, Mr. Dorsey?
Mr. Dorsey: No.
President Tobey: Any Council Reports? Does any Council member
have any reports this evening? Mr. Roman?
Mr. Roman: Since our last meeting, there were actually two Board
of Education meetings. At the first one, the School Design Committee
report was presented and approved by the Board of Education. Ms.
Gadelha was one of the spearheads of that committee. Last night
a Budget Committee meeting was held to discuss the operating budget.
A couple of the items that were on the table were custodial staff,
maintenance of the buildings and fleet maintenance. The only item
that was discussed at length that could possibly see some kind
of savings was on the fleet maintenance. Dr. Reynolds presented
his preliminary figures on the budget. Some of the items that he
made a note on are; he anticipates State Aid would be reduced by
$2.1 million. Equalization Aid would be reduced by approximately
$2 million. That is on the downside of revenue. On increases he
anticipates health insurance rates to go up 27%. That is mostly
due to usage. They have a usage rate of approximately 94%. So I
guess as the saying goes, if you get it for free, you use it a
President Tobey: Mr. Roman, are you saying that they are losing
a total of $4 million?
Mr. Roman: Potentially they can see a reduction in State Aid of
approximately $4.1 million. Equalization Aid is an aid that depending
on where you are on the table; whether you are a rich district
or a poor district, we happen to land kind of in the middle, we
get about $2 million for that. If you’re a poor district,
you get more. He anticipates the budget that he’ll be introducing
which will be introduced tentatively on Friday and will be placed
on the web site; the actual operating dollar amount will be the
same or less than last year. Much like we are doing, but because
of the decrease in revenue or contribution from the State, obviously
taxes will go up. For 2009 they did realize an operating surplus
of $2 million. So based on performances that happened during the
2009 year, they were able to streamline certain procedures. They
were able to realize a savings of $2 million. One of the participants
in last night’s meeting made a statement that this Council
should have cut their budget by another $2 million because they
had it to cut. If the number comes out the way they do, and if
he’s required to balance the budget and stay under CAP; he
is not even aware whether CAP will be at 3% or 4%. It might be
the possibility that they might need to reduce 40 teaching units.
That is the worst case scenario. The other thing I had mentioned,
not at last night’s meeting but the previous one was to request
that all previous Bill Lists be available on the website and be
archivalable. I’m hoping that at the minimum going forward,
all Bill Lists would be on the server and available for anybody
who wishes. At the most I would like to see at lease last year
or maybe even two years worth of Bill Lists are readily available.
That is all I have for the Board of Education.
President Tobey: Thank you, Mrs. Labow?
Mrs. Labow: I have a question for Mr. Roman. When they said that
they were able to realize a $2 million surplus by streamlining,
did they specify anything in particular that they’ve streamlined?
Are there any procedures that they did?
Mr. Roman: Some of the items that I recall that were a savings
were actually consolidation of routes. Spreading stops a little
bit farther out.
Mrs. Labow: Oh, for the busing?
Mr. Roman: For the busing I think they reduced…
Mrs. Labow: So they really didn’t know what kind of savings
they would have until they actually tried it?
Mr. Roman: No, and I think if I recall some of the savings might
have happened in the Magellan program that they were doing. I didn’t
take copious notes on that as to where they realized the $2 million
savings. Needless to say, going forward I don’t think they
anticipate realizing that many more savings. At least the $2 million
savings that was realized last year can be used to offset the reduction
in State Aid that is anticipated to be arriving.
Mrs. Labow: That’s great, very good news. So it’s
a little bit here and a little bit there and it adds up.
Mr. Roman: Yes.
Recreation Liaison Report – none
Board of Health Report – none
Planning Board Report – none
Open Space Committee Report – none
Legislative Committee Report – none
Pride Committee Report – none
Board of Education Liaison Report
Lake/Environment Issues Committee – none
Safety Committee Liaison – none
Economic Development Committee Report – none
Library Board Liaison – none
Senior Citizen Liaison – none
Community Development Revenue Sharing – none
President Tobey: Any other Council Reports? Seeing none, were
up to the second Public Portion. Does anyone from the public wish
to be heard? Yes, sir?
Ned McDonnell, Budd Lake: This is a question on the Bill List.
Actually two questions. First one is page four near the bottom
of the page. A smart key for a 2001 Audi and a remote control for
a 2001 Audi. Could somebody explain what that may be?
Mrs. Maniscalco: I know this was related to a car that they obtained,
it was a forfeited car that they obtained. I have to actually look
at the purchase order to get the specifics. So you’re going
to have to give me a minute on that one.
Mr. McDonald: Do we have a 2001 Audi?
Mrs. Maniscalco: No, it’s forfeited property. It was forfeited
property that we acquired.
Mr. McDonald: So we do have it?
Mrs. Maniscalco: We have it, yes.
Mr. McDonald: From the Police Department?
Mrs. Maniscalco: Exactly, I am not a car person, so I knew this
was probably going to come up. I wrote it down on the PO. There
is an issue with the key I guess. It’s keyed by the specific
Audi manufacturer. This is related to what they needed to do. Alex….
Mrs. Labow: I can also explain it too. I have a smart key also
in my car. What it is, it is a special key that you don’t
need to put a key in the ignition and it’s programmed. It’s
like a hundred dollars for this key. They actually have to program
it in order for them to get it to work.
Mr. McDonald: I am not concerned with the specifics of why a smart
key is needed but what are we doing with a 2001 Audi?
Mrs. Labow: It was surrendered. It was in a bust or whatever…
Mr. Sohl: We didn’t buy it.
President Tobey: The question is Sherry, what happens from here
with the vehicle?
Mr. Maniscalco: Let me just be clear. This money is coming from
there state law enforcement account. It’s money that is accumulated
as a result of activities that they do. It’s really grant
money; it’s not general taxation money, okay? What are they
going to do with it from here? I don’t really know. I can’t
speak about that.
Mr. McDonald: Who makes that determination? What will be done
with the car?
Mrs. Maniscalco: The Police Chief is going to make that determination.
Mayor Scapicchio: We can find out specifically what the Chief
has in mind. Usually they use these vehicles for undercover.
Mr. McDonald: Okay, good enough.
Mrs. Maniscalco: Thanks Colleen.
Mr. McDonald: Another question, page eight. I think I’ve
asked this before in previous year. Coffee machine supplies, $703.00.
Where is this coffee machine, who uses it and why are we paying
Mrs. Maniscalco: We have a coffee machine that’s located
in the cafeteria. We do pay for supplies, but we also charge for
coffee. I think its twenty five cents?
Mrs. Labow: I think it fifty cents now. It used to be twenty five.
Mr. McDonald: So this isn’t just free coffee for the employees?
Mrs. Maniscalco: No, we do charge for it. There’s hot chocolate,
there’s coffee I believe is what it is.
Mr. Sohl: If you have your own tea bags, there is free hot water.
Mrs. Maniscalco: There ya go.
Mr. McDonald: Okay, so it’s just sort of partial…
Mrs. Maniscalco: Your only seeing the expense side of it Ned.
You’re not seeing the revenue that we take in from it. Is
it a wash? No, but we do recover something.
President Tobey: You know what, just going back to the car, Mayor
and Mr. Sohl, in lieu of keeping it, do we have an option to sell
it and bring the money in?
Mayor Scapicchio: We’ll find out from the Chief and report
Mr. Roman: If I may interject, that expense for getting that key
and all that, it is lower than I would have expected.
President Tobey: Does anyone else from the public wish to be heard?
Amy Ingrassia, Indian Spring Road, Budd Lake: I’m not up
to date on what’s going on with EMS Squads in Flanders and
Budd Lake. I’d like to know a little bit more about that.
I understand that you want to go with Mid-Atlantic and I also understand
that the Fire Department got an 18% increase. So I would like to
know why our EMS is in jeopardy.
President Tobey: The Status with the EMS is we are trying to coordinate
another meeting to sit down with the appropriate parties to find
a resolution, to find some common ground if you will. We are hoping
to have that meeting next week actually. With regard to the Fire
Department, I don’t believe that’s accurate. Is that
Mrs. Ingrassia: I understand that they got an 18% increase and
I also understand that Mid-Atlantic wants out of their contract?
President Tobey: Well, I don’t believe that’s the
case. Mr. Sohl, do you know anything about that?
Mrs. Ingrassia: Well, I got that right from the First Aid Squad.
Mayor Scapicchio: The First Aid Squad is not being accurate or
honest with you. We have received no notification. In fact, Mr.
Sohl actually inquired based on some rumor that was floating around.
Atlantic Health who is the present provider Monday through Friday,
from 5:00am to 5:00pm intends to honor the contract which expires
sometime in June. At that time we will go out to rebid.
Mr. Sohl: Or sooner.
Mr. Roman: We’ll do it before hand right?
Mayor Scapicchio: Right.
Mrs. Ingrassia: So there’s going to be another meeting next
President Tobey: In two weeks.
Mrs. Ingrassia: In two weeks?
President Tobey: Yes, you know one of the things I want to state
which is really the truth and accurate, we’re not looking
to do away with the EMS. What we’re looking to do is, we’ve
identified a concern and we’ve also identified a hybrid model
that’s a benefit for the Municipality and the volunteers
are still there. I have heard that a number of times, people say
you want to do away with them. Nothing could be further from the
truth. That is not accurate, that statement.
Mrs. Ingrassia: So one of their rigs was not taken away already?
President Tobey: No.
Mrs. Ingrassia: Okay, so they’re in full possession of their
President Tobey: I will defer to the Mayor.
Mayor Scapicchio: They are in full possession of their equipment.
Mr. Sohl: No one from the Administration has seized anything.
Mrs. Ingrassia: Okay, like I said, I wasn’t completely up
to date. I was out of State for part of January so I kind of missed
out on what was going on.
President Tobey: Yes.
Mrs. Ingrassia: Okay, thank you.
President Tobey: Thank you very much. Does anyone else from the
public wish to be heard? Seeing none, any closing comments? Mr.
Mr. Roman: I thought we were going to go down the line.
Mr. Perkins: We don’t do that anymore.
Mr. Roman: Actually the young lady who was just making that statement;
that is precisely why we got to make sure that our meetings get
televised. Not only on TV but be placed on our website because
unfortunately the stuff that gets discussed here; by the time it
gets disseminated and passed around in the public it, if a resident
wants to be informed, unfortunately right now the information where
they can get it from is either going to be third party hearsay
information or a particular point of view that might only be placed
in a newspaper article that they might not even go out and purchase
it. At least if we make our meetings available on the website,
achievable, at their own time, at their own leisure, they can download
it, view it, pod cast, or whatever they want to do but at least
that way there is no excuse for anybody not to be informed on any
President Tobey: Thank you Mr. Roman. Are there any other Council
comments, Mr. Perkins?
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. I would just like to echo
what Councilman Roman has said. If you go to our Township website,
you know you can view the Minutes and view the Agendas and you
can open up all the Resolutions and the Ordinances. They are all
in PDF. Obviously avail yourself to that. I know the press has
utilized that much to their advantage. It’s a much quicker
way to be able to find out, I cannot guarantee you. I don’t
know how this television thing is going to go. I can tell you with
a 100% certainty that by tomorrow, if they were here, successfully
videotaping it today, it would be on channel 21 tomorrow morning
for your viewing pleasure. I can’t tell you that within two
weeks once the Minutes are approved they will be posted on the
website and you’ll be able to hear word for word exactly
what each and every one of us had to say about any specific issue.
President Tobey: Thank you, and for the record it should be noted
that the Safety Committee actually approved the hybrid plan. And
the Safety Committee is made up of representatives… excuse
Mrs. Labow: They didn’t actually approve it. They agreed
to work with the RFP to go out.
President Tobey: They…
Mrs. Labow: I don’t want to get into it.
President Tobey: We’re not going to debate it. I was at
the meeting, and they approved it.
Mrs. Labow: We’re not going to debate it but I understand
they did not approve the hybrid.
President Tobey: Mayor, do you want to come in and join me with
this because you were at the meeting? The Safety Committee approved
to move forward with the hybrid plan.
Mrs. Labow: I think we should have the discussion when the members
are here and they can also state what they wanted.
Mayor Scapicchio: They voted yes with the exception of Budd Lake
Fire who abstained. They all voted yes.
Mrs. Labow: They voted to go out, to help with the RFP.
Mayor Scapicchio: You weren’t at the meeting Colleen, you’re
Mrs. Labow: I’m not necessarily wrong.
Mayor Scapicchio: The Police Chief, Budd Lake Rescue, Flanders
Fire, Flanders Rescue, all supported it.
Mrs. Labow: Well, we’ll see.
President Tobey: Okay, thank you. We’ll continue, we’ll
continue. Is there any other Council comments? Seeing none, at
this time I will accept a motion to adjourn.
Mr. Mania: So moved.
Mr. Walsh: Second.
Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the
meeting was adjourned at 8:25pm.
Phil Tobey, Council President
I, Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive
do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes is a true and correct
copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the
Mount Olive Township Council duly held on April 13, 2010.
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk