March 5, 2013 Township Council Minutes

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:05 pm by Council President Labow. 

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT

President Labow: We are into the public portion for this evening. Now we were going to start out with the
Council candidate nominations but Mayor Greenbaum needs to be here in case there’s a tie because he is the
tiebreaker. His son is being inducted into the National Honor Society today. He anticipates being here about
7:30 so we are going to move on to the rest of the meeting and then come back to the candidates when Mayor
Greenbaum arrives. So we are going to start with Mr. Ferrante. Could you please…Open Public Meetings
announcement please Mrs. Lashway.

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.

President Labow: Sorry about that. Seemed like only a few minutes ago we heard that. Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent:          None

Also Present:  Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Fred Semrau and Jeff Pasek, Township Attorneys; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Mayor Greenbaum (7:11pm)

*Added - Appointment of Council Candidate from County Committee: Mr. Scarfo, Ms. Kehrley, Mr. Staszak

President Labow: Mr. Ferrante, could you please move the approval for the Minutes of February 5, 2013, Workshop and Public Meeting. Mr. Walsh and Mr. Mania were absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Feb. 5, 2013 WS & PM (P. Walsh and J. Mania absent)

Mr. Ferrante: Sure, I move to approve the Minutes of February 15th…

President Labow: Fifth.

Mr. Ferrante: February 5, 2013. Sorry.

Mr. Nicastro:  Second.

President Labow: Any questions, concerns, comments? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously, Mr. Perkins and Mr. Mania abstained

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

  1. E-mail received February 15, 2013, from Alfred’s Auction Inc. regarding LIST UPDATE – State of NJ Vehicle Sale 2/16/2013.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 15, 2013, from the Land Conservancy of New Jersey regarding Outdoor Issues.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 27, 2013, from the Raritan Collaborative regarding News from the Raritan River Collaborative – February / March 2013.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 27, 2013, from Adobe Government at Carahsoft regarding Modernizing and Mobile-izing Legacy Applications Seminar for New Jersey Government.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 28, 2013, from the National League of Cities regarding Cabinet Secretaries, Elected Officials Join Conference Line up.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Information received March 1, 2013, from the New Jersey Transportation Conference & Expo regarding Program Updates & Registration Confirmation.  PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. E-mail received February 14, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Revised Health Commissioner Asks Mayors to Help Promote Cleanup Precautions Mold & Asbestos Dangers Can be Minimized.  PDF Correspondence 

 

  1. E-mail received February 15, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Free Webinar Thursday, February 21 – Preview the GrantStation Website.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 15, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM Educational Foundation, Inc. Crisis Communications.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 18, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Register NOW! Executive Leadership Training for Mayor’s & Council Presidents.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 19, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding User Friendly Budget Proposed Rules.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 19, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Executive Leadership Training for Mayor’s & Council Presidents and League Publication 2012-13 Legislative Roster Still Available.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 20, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Still Time to Register – Free Tour of the GrantStation Website.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 20, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 20, 2013, from the National League of Cities regarding Less Than 3 Weeks left to Register for the 2013 Congressional City Conference.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 20, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Hurricane Sandy:  Recover, Restore and Rebuild.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 21, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League Withdraws Opposition to “Texting While Driving,”  Fine Bills and Economic Development Program Scheduled for Local Officials and Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 22, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding DEP Wants to Address Your Rebuilding & Recover Issues.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 22, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding New “Property Tax Dollar”, Social Security Announces New Online Services and NJLM Education Foundation Seminar.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 26, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Prepare Before Clean-up and Repair.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 26, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Governor Introduces State FY 2014 Budget.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 27, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding S-2114/A-3317 Prohibits Municipal Registration of Multi-Family Dwellings.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 27, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding SOLD OUT Ethics Seminar and Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 27, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Corrected Copy Appellate Court Decision in Keyport v. IUOE Local 68, Governor Introduces State FY 2014 Budget and Lt. Governor Guadagno Offers Economic Development Tools.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 27, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Lt. Governor Guadagno Offers Economic Development Tools.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 28, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Women in Municipal Government Day and Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 28, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Governor Signs Executive Order for Seasonal Liquor Licenses.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 28, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding State FY 2014 Budget Proposal Analysis Update.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Registration information received March 1, 2013, from the New Jersey State league of Municipalities regarding Crisis Communications – Techniques for Communicating with Constituents, the Media, and Service Providers.  PDF Correspondence

 

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

  1. Receptor Evaluation Form received February 20, 2013, from Environ regarding Givaudan Fragrances Corporation, 400 International Drive, Mount Olive.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Highlands Applicant Information received February 22, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount Olive High School.  PDF Correspondence

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. Preliminary Equalization Table for the County of Morris received February 15, 2013, for the Year 2013.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Equalization Table for the County of Morris received February 25, 2013, for the Year 2013.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Minutes received February 25, 2013, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding the January 17, 2013 meeting.  PDF Correspondence

 

DCA

  1. E-mail received February 22, 2013, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding 44th Annual Public Purchasing Educational Forum.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 25, 2013, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Gov Connect Update:  February 25, 2013.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 27, 2013, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding CY2013/SFY2014 Certification of State Aid.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 28, 2013, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Expiration of $26,000 Bid Threshold.  PDF Correspondence

UTILITIES

  1. E-mail received February 22, 2013, from First Energy Corp. regarding JCP&L Submits Rate Filing for Hurricane Sandy Restoration Costs.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received February 22, 2013, from Cablevision regarding Launch of a Premier South Asian Package and a La Carte Channels.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received February 27, 2013, from First Energy Corp. regarding JCP&L Open House and RDO Tour.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received February 28, 2013, from Kevin Watsey regarding 2013 New Jersey American Water Environmental Grant Program.  PDF Correspondence

 

President Labow: This evening we have a total of 42 pieces of Correspondence. Anybody like to address any of the Correspondence? Seeing none, Ordinance for Public Hearing, Ord. #3-2013:

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Ord. #3-2013  Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Chapter 48, Article I, Section 48-14 of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive to Establish the Position of a Class Two Special Law Enforcement Officer.

President Labow: Mr. Nicastro, would you please introduce that…this is for second, I’m sorry, second
reading.

Mr. Nicastro: Second reading yes, I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #3-2013.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Labow: Thank you. Any discussion? Anybody from the public like to discuss this ordinance? Seeing
none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Ord. #3-2013 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. Next on the Agenda we have
Ord. #4-2013:

Ord. #4-2013  Bond Ordinance Providing for Improvements to Dan Jordan Field in and By the Township of Mount Olive, In the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $36,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $34,200 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof.

President Labow: Mr. Perkins, would you please move.

Mr. Perkins: Yes Madam President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #4-2013.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Labow: Thank you. Anyone have any questions, concerns, comments? None, anybody from the
public like to address this ordinance? Okay, seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Ord. #4-2013 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. They are just discussing if it is
possible to move them on second reading all in one but sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. Oh, on
First Reading. Okay:

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - second reading March 19, 2013

Ord. #5-2013  Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Capital Improvements of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating the Aggregate Amount of $2,421,025 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $2,086,220 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof.

President Labow: Mr. Roman, would you please move that. Second Reading is on March 19, 2013.

Mr. Roman: I move that Ord. #5-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading and that a meeting be held on March 19, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.

Mr. Mania: Second.
President Labow: Thank you. Any comment from the Council? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Alrighty, next one on the Agenda is:

Ord. #6-2013  Bond Ordinance Amending Section 3(h) of Bond Ordinance# 13-2012, as Amended by Bond Ordinance#25-2012 and Bond Ordinance# 33-2012, of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Finally Adopted April 24, 2012, as amended July 24, 2012, and October 16, 2012 in Order to Provide for the 3 Phase Power at Turkey Brook Park Project.

President Labow: Mr. Ferrante, would you please move that ordinance for us?

Mr. Ferrante: I move that Ord. #6-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading and that a meeting be held on March 19, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.

Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Labow: Any discussion from Council? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Seeing that our Mayor has arrived we are going to take a break from the ordinances and will resume with Ord. #7-2013 and I’d like the nominees if you could come up and sit down here at the desk and we are going to ask to give us a little introduction and why you feel you would be the choice for the Council seat. We’ll start to the left and what we are going to do, each one will have up to five minutes. You can take less, you don’t have to take the full five and then after each give your qualifications and then the Council will have time to ask each one of you questions. Okay? Mr. Staszak.

Appointment of Council Candidate from County Committee: Mr. Scarfo, Ms. Kehrley, Mr. Staszak

James Staszak: Good evening everyone. Thank you for this opportunity to be considered for this position. My name is James Staszak, 56 years old. I’ve lived in Mount Olive for 16 plus years with my wife Sharon, my daughter Ashley and my son Alec. Just to give you a brief background about me, I’m a master mason from Acadia Lodge in Dover. I’m presently employed by the Mount Olive Board of Education as a security officer in the Mount Olive Middle School. My duties and responsibilities include providing training and procedures for security within the Middle School. I coached soccer in the Mount Olive Soccer Club for five years. I served four years on the Planning Board, oh I’m sorry, on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. I’ve been four years on the Planning Board and I’m presently the Vice Chairman and I’ve served in that position for the last year and two months. I also served on the Ordinance Committee for the Planning Board. I was involved in the Recall Committee. I’m a retired police captain from the Rockaway Township police. I was the operations officer which included being in charge of the budget. I’m very familiar with the municipal budget process, municipal financing and personnel matters. During my tenure at Rockaway Township and as the operations officer and the budget officer, I was required to make some difficult decisions concerning the budget and the allocation of funds. I made personnel matters and budget decisions based upon what was in the best interest of the department and the community as a whole and I will continue to do that if I’m appointed to this position. I’m a graduate of the County College of Morris with a degree in Criminal Justice. I attended and completed the West Point Military Academy Leadership and Command course, the FBI’s Academy for Law Enforcement Executives and Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School. My goal should I be appointed is to support and complete the work that the Mayor started in moving Mount Olive in a positive direction to make our community attractive to new businesses and new residents and to keep us going in that positive direction for as long as we can. Thank you.

President Labow: We are going to ask questions after they are done. Mr. Scarfo.

Mr. Scarfo: Ladies and gentleman, thank you for having me up here today. I’ll start with a brief introduction of myself. I’m Matthew Anthony Scarfo. I’ve lived in Mount Olive for 27 years, almost 28 years. Married for three years, have a one year old daughter and son on the way. I currently own the only 24 fitness center in Morristown so it is the second business that I’ve owned. I own a house in Mount Olive, pay property taxes for five years. I’ve been appointed to, elected Mount Olive Republican Committee Trustee. I’m a personal trainer by trade so by my very nature I’m concerned with the well being and quality of life of those around me. I’ve worked as general manager and managing partner of a local fitness center. I was a managing partner there for three years. I directed a primary staff of seven people – seven department heads and an employee base of 70 employees and a membership base of around 2,000 members. I helped foster effective communication between all of the parties, reached consensus among the staff to accommodate the fair interests and reasonable concerns of the 2,000 unique personalities. I managed the company budget. The budget was about $2 million year over year and I helped resolve conflicts, prided progress and inclined fresh ideas from those that were either afraid to be heard or afraid of condescension. Growing up in town I attend Tinc Road Elementary School, Mount Olive Middle School and Mount Olive High School. I’ve seen the community grow and change over the last 30 years, witnessed firsthand the resolve, passion, cohesiveness of the community through many tragedies that this town has gone through. I’ve seen this town in many opportunities shine and shoulder the heads of the neighbors affected by these horrors. I also have the full support of my wife, my family, my daughter, I’m sure. I want to represent the community, my neighbors and my family. I want to honor my creator by voting my conscience and fighting the good fight. I want to help build the bridge between the citizens of Mount Olive and the Administration that represents them, nurture small businesses in town, create opportunity and help make the types of decisions that have allowed this town to grow as it has over the last 30 years giving it its special identity. That’s it. Thank you.

President Labow: Thank you. Mrs. Kehrley.

Mrs. Kehrley: Good evening. My name is Noelle Kehrley. I’ve been a resident of Mount Olive for 14 years. I own my own home and business in town. My business is marketing advertising and I’ve been in the field for 20 years. Over the years I’ve managed both local teams and remote teams to put together some trade shows, marketing materials, and…sorry…other supportive materials that have helped bring in a lot of new business for the clients that I work for. I have met a lot of people in town and through that I’ve been able to share both their heartache and joy. I’ve heard a lot of things that they’d like to see happen and I’d like to be a part of that. I’d like to support that effort. I agree with everything that the Mayor has done to put the town in a positive direction and I think he’s done a phenomenal job with communication, reaching out to the community and furthering that gap. I’d like to support that and be a part of it. Thank you.

President Labow: Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: Mr. Staszak, rumor has it that if you are appointed, it could be a conflict because of your employment by the Board of Ed. Could you address that please?

Mr. Staszak: I believe you are referring to the Hatch Act which I researched prior to coming here. The Hatch Act provisions do not apply to individuals employed by educational or research institutions establishments or agencies which are supported in part or whole by State or political subdivisions thereof and recognized religious and philanthropic or cultural organizations. So as an employee of the Board of Ed, the Hatch Act does not apply to me.

Mr. Mania: That puts that rumor to rest.

Mr. Staszak: Thank you.

President Labow: Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman: Mr. Staszak, this is the first I’ve heard about the conflict but if we were to have an opinion rendered by counsel that there is a conflict of interest, will you be willing to resign from your position on the Board of Ed?

Mr. Staszak: It depends on when that happens, I’d have to…

Mr. Roman: I’m just saying, if it is ruled by the Township Counsel, I mean by our Counsel…

Mr. Staszak: Probably not sir.

President Labow: Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Madam President. First off I want to congratulate you three on being there. It’s kind of a double edged sword. I guess I’m sitting up here looking at three people that are hopeful to unseat me in June. It’s interesting to ask you guys questions. I’m impressed with all of you. Noelle, I guess I quasi run into you a little bit with the Kiwanis. I’ve been a member of that, I guess, for about 14 years now. Matt, unfortunately in the 28 years that I’ve been here I’ve never seen you but I have a couple of times and Jim, you and I know each other awhile back. The legislative leg of the government as you guys are well, I hope know, we work under the Faulkner Act. It is a strong Mayor/strong Council. So while I can applaud the momentum and the movement and the great things that our Mayor is doing, and I for one support what he is doing, unfortunately if you are sitting up here you are not always a supporter of what the Administration is going to do because your bottom line is you legislate and you investigate and you control the purse strings. So while we do have a great working relationship with our Mayor, that’s not a goal that I’m necessarily waiting for somebody to give. I don’t want an impediment. Obviously I don’t want somebody up here that’s a constant no every time, you know, the Mayor and the Administration wants to do something but I’m looking for somebody that comes up here a, with some experience, b, some understanding of where Mount Olive Township has come from and where we are going and while I have a huge respect for you three for what you are going through, regardless of who is nominated to fill the seat that’s been vacated, I would hope that you guys continue on through the Primary this year and if you are unsuccessful that there will be three seats open in two years that you should also be anticipating and regardless of the outcome now and in June, don’t give up your goal of wanting to sit up here. On that note, Matt, let me just ask you, your businesses, I think you have two…

Mr. Scarfo: No, I have one right now. I’ve been partners in one business before this one that I’ve owned.

Mr. Perkins: Okay and 28 years you’ve been here I think.

Mr. Scarfo: Twenty-eight years.

Mr. Perkins: Have you been involved in any community activities outside of regular work?

Mr. Scarfo: Not specifically within the town. No, with my business in Morristown I’ve, with Hurricane Sandy I’ve helped out families being a shelter for those people to come in and shower and things like that but formally within the town, no I have not.

Mr. Perkins: Noelle, I guess Kiwanis?

Mrs. Kehrley: Yes, I’ve been a volunteer for the Mount Olive Kiwanis since 2004 and I also volunteered with the Mount Olive Football Association and I was recently appointed to the Recreation Advisory Board.

Mr. Perkins: Perfect and Jim, you already…

Mr. Staszak: Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and Soccer.

Mr. Perkins: You’ve been around.

Mr. Staszak: Yes.

Mr. Perkins: Alright, thank you Madam President.

President Labow: Thank you. Any other questions? Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman: This question is actually for all three of you but we’ll start off with you Matt. When did you start thinking about running for Council and what preparations have you made in order to be a Council person?

Mr. Scarfo: I originally began thinking about this two or three years ago. I’ve been following politics for quite some time, wanted to get involved. Lived here for 28 years, wanted to get involved in the processes that make this town what it is. As far as preparations go, the first thing I had to do was obviously run it by my wife and make sure that it was going to be reasonable for us and our growing family. Certain personal adjustments, certain business adjustments making sure that I’ve got the time to invest in this. Understanding that it is not two hours every other Tuesday night but there would be other opportunities to volunteer in and around town, be part of different things that go on, the worry dolls at the Library, those are all things that I’d like to be involved in and make my family part of. So making sure that my wife understood the time commitment that was required for this position and making sure that my employees understand the time commitment for this position enabling me to spend whatever time I could, as much time as I could, in serving the community, serving the town and serving on the Board, on the Council, excuse me.

Mr. Roman: Noelle, same question.

Mrs. Kehrley: I started thinking about it a couple of years ago. I really wanted to get more involved. I found the volunteer work that I had already done very rewarding and I wanted to be a bigger part of what was happening. I am very concerned with increasing the ratable in town and I think I have some good ideas and possibly help some of the current efforts to make that happen.

Mr. Roman: Jim?

Mr. Staszak: I started to get involved at the time of the recall. That’s where I met some of the gentlemen up here, Mr. Perkins and Miss Labow, Mr. Mania. I got involved then and some of the Council members who were up sitting where you guys are sitting now encouraged me to go the Zoning Board of Adjustment and from there I sat next to one of you and you and I discussed our political lives and you moved on first to the Council and I moved on to the Planning Board. I think the moves that I made from the Recall Committee to the Zoning Board to the Planning Board have prepared me for the next step which would be Council.

Mr. Roman: I have nothing further.

President Labow: Mr. Ferrante?

Mr. Ferrante: This question is for all three of you. Have you guys had a chance to review the Mayor’s introduced budget at all?

Mr. Staszak: I haven’t. No, not yet.

Mr. Scarfo: I’ve looked at it but not in detail.

President Labow: Anybody else? Alrighty. I’m going to have…

Mr. Semrau: Can I just make one comment just so there is no cloud of any concerns. The information Mr. Staszak gave regarding the Hatch Act, I concur with what he was saying about it not being an issue. I mean I don’t have a formal opinion but I just don’t want that to get in the way of the decision you make tonight. Thank you.

Mr. Mania: That’s the reason why we brought it up so we could dispense with that.

President Labow: Alright, I’m going to have, Mr. Semrau is going to, Semrau, I want to make sure I am saying it right all this time, I usually call you Fred, is going to explain the process on how the voting will go and when he is finished I’ll ask for a motion to nominate the first person we will be voting on.

Mr. Semrau: Thank you Council President. The way this works and this is something that has actually been in the courts in Hoboken for the last four months but the same type of scenario with a vacancy and the number of votes and I concur with what the court is saying. You need four affirmative votes and the process should work where the Council President asks for a nomination, if there is a second, then that person would be considered, after the nominations are closed, for a vote. You go in the order of the nominations as they are presented. So the first person that’s nominated, that’s the first person you, as a governing body, would vote on. Once there’s four affirmative votes, that’s the end of the process. So if the first person receives four affirmative votes, it’s over with. If the first person does not, it has no bearing on how you vote for the second person. You could vote for the first person and the second candidate as well. One vote has nothing to do with the next. The Mayor has the right to vote if he so chooses if there is a tie. All abstentions count as no votes so if you abstain, let’s say there is three yeses and three abstentions, then it would be considered a three-three tie and the Mayor could elect to render his right to break the tie.

President Labow: First we nominate the order and then we do the voting or do we nominate…

Mr. Semrau: You would open the floor for nominations and then at the conclusion of that process, you close the nominations, there would be a motion to close the nominations and then you would vote in the order that the nominations were made and seconded.

President Labow: Okay, good. And so, without further ado, I’d like a motion from the Council. Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman: I nominate Matt Scarfo.

President Labow: Do I hear a second? I’ll second it. Do I hear another nomination?

Mr. Mania: I nominate Jim Staszak.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Labow: Second. Do I hear a third nomination? Is there a motion to close the nomination?

Mr. Perkins: So moved.

President Labow: Is there a second?

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Labow: Second. Alrighty, so at this…all in favor to close the nominations?

AYES – all

President Labow: So at this point we will first vote on Mr. Scarfo and we are going to do…Mrs. Lashway?

ROLL CALL:           Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Nicastro, Mr. Perkins and Mr. Mania voted No
                                    Mr. Roman and Mrs. Labow voted Yes
                                   
President Labow: So that’s, that motion fails and we will move on to Mr. Staszak and I was going to say Jim but nah, I screwed up.

Mr. Staszak: It’s okay.

President Labow: Mrs. Lashway.

ROLL CALL:           Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Nicastro, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Mania voted Yes
                                    Mr. Roman abstained
                                    Mrs. Labow voted No

Mrs. Lashway: That’s four yeses.

President Labow: That one carries. Alrighty. You get sworn in now! Congratulations!

Mr. Staszak: Thank you.

Mr. Perkins: I’d like to thank you guys for being there…

Mr. Scarfo: Thank you for the opportunity.

Mr. Perkins: I don’t look forward to seeing you guys in June but I look forward to seeing you guys. Keep up all of the good work guys.

Mr. Scarfo: Thank you.

Mrs. Kehrley: Thank you.

President Labow: Mayor?

Mayor Greenbaum: I’d like to congratulate all three of you as well. I do believe that the procedural aspect requires Mr. Staszak to resign his seat on the Planning Board before he can take the oath of office as a Councilman otherwise we would technically have two Councilman on the Planning Board.

President Labow: That’s true. Good point.

Mr. Staszak: Do you want me to write out a resignation?

President Labow: Should he write that out, the resignation, right now?

Mayor Greenbaum: Yes.

Mr. Semrau: I mean at this point if he represents he’s resigned…

Mrs. Lashway: He can do it verbally.

President Labow: You can do it verbally.

Mr. Staszak: I hereby resign from the Mount Olive Planning Board effective today.

President Labow: There you go. Thank you and I also want to congratulate all three of you and look forward to your campaigns in June, continue forward and June is only a couple of months away. Thank you very much. Does anybody else have…

Mr. Mania: I, too, would like to congratulate all three of you for coming before us and I wish you all the best and keep up the good work.

President Labow: Thank you very much. Mr. Staszak, would you please come over here so we can swear you in to office?

Mrs. Lashway: Raise your right hand and repeat after me:

Mr. Staszak: I, James Staszak, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the governments established in the United States and in this State under the authority of the people and that I will faithfully, impartially, and justly perform all the duties of the office of Councilman according to the best of my ability, so help me God.

Mrs. Lashway: Congratulations.

President Labow: Congratulations. Just for the record everybody to understand that this, because Mr. Walsh resigned after the first of September, 2012, this seat for Mr. Staszak will expire on December 31, 2013, and if he chooses to run for office and is elected then we will continue on. If not, then it will go on to whoever wins in November. So here we go. Moving, Mr. Staszak, do you have your packet there?

Mr. Staszak: Yes ma’am I do.

President Labow: What we are going to do is we are on to Ord. #7-2013:

Ord. #7-2013  Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Improvements to the Water Utility in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $340,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $323,000 Bonds or Notes of the Township for Financing the Cost Thereof.

President Labow: Mr. Staszak, would you like to move your first ordinance or do, we’ll put you to work right
away.

Mr. Staszak: I move that Ord. #7-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading and that a meeting be held on March 19, 2013.

President Labow: Thank you. Anybody have any questions, concerns…

Mr. Nicastro: Keep reading.

Mr. Staszak: At 7:00 pm 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 law.

President Labow: Thank you. Any comments, questions? Seeing none…

Mr. Roman: Is there a second?

President Labow: I’m sorry, second?

Mr. Ferrante: Second.

President Labow: Thank you.

Mayor Greenbaum: That was mean to have Mr. Staszak have to read that. He just got up here.

Mr. Mania: Poor guy.

President Labow: I thought it was nice. He can start right away.

Mayor Greenbaum: He hasn’t even opened up his packet yet.

President Labow: I asked him if he had everything and he said yes.

Mr. Perkins: Put him right on the spot.

President Labow: Mr. Staszak, you did a fine job. Don’t listen to them.

Mr. Mania: Madam Chair, if you need me to read one of these because these guys are doing it two or three times already.

President Labow: Okay. No problem. Any questions, concerns, seeing none, can I have a Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Alrighty, moving on to Ord. #8-2013:
Ord. #8-2013  Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Improvements to the Sewer Utility in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $285,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $270,750 Bonds or Notes of the Township for Financing the Cost Thereof.

President Labow: Mr. Mania, would you please move that?

Mr. Mania: Thank you Madam Chairman. I move that Ord. #8-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First
Reading and that a meeting be held on March 19, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Labow: Thank you. Any questions, concerns? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously
President Labow: Alrighty, now we are moving right along to Ord. #10-2013…oh, I was moving along a little
too fast! Ord. #9-2013:

Ord. #9-2013  An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance #36-2012 Which Established Salaries for the Mayor, Council, Department Heads, Supervisory Personnel and Employees of the Township Clerk’s Office.

President Labow: It’s amended with the corrected salary. Mr. Roman, would you please move that?

Mr. Roman: I move that Ord. #9-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading and that a meeting be
held on March 19, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.

 

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Labow: Thank you, any questions, concerns? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Alrighty, Ord. #10-2013:

Ord.#10-2013 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Repealing Section 4-41.5 of Article IX and Adding Section 4-31.3 Article VII of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive to Transfer the Division of Buildings, Grounds and Parks to the Department of Administration.

President Labow: Mr. Ferrante.

Mr. Ferrante: I move that Ord. #10-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading and that a meeting
be held on March 19, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Labow: Any questions, concerns? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Alrighty, Ord. #11-2013:

Ord.#11-2013 An  Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Vacating Certain Roadways in the Morris Chase Subdivision Erroneously Conveyed to the Township, Authorizing the Conveyance of the Said Roadways by the Township to Morris Chase Homeowners Association, Inc., and Authorizing the Acceptance by the Township of an Easement in Said Roadways From Morris Chase Homeowners Association, Inc.

President Labow: Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro: Thank you. I move that Ord. #11-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading and
that a meeting be held on March 19, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Labow: Thank you. Does anybody have any questions? I have a question Mr. Canning. Does this
ordinance, is this for the road that connects to Goldmine that we’ll be able to use – access?

Mr. Canning: No, unfortunately it is not. It’s one of the discussion myself and Mr. Semrau had. We were
hoping to link this in one big package and not that the negotiations are not going forward, they are just not
proceeding as fast as we liked. So that is why this in front of us first and hopefully in the near future we will be
bringing that solution to the table.

President Labow: Will that be a separate ordinance Mr. Semrau or can be join it with this one?

Mr. Canning: No, when the time comes it will be a separate action. Yes.

President Labow: Okay, thank you. Roll Call please?

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Mr. Staszak, are you ready for your next one?

Mr. Staszak: I believe so.

President Labow: There you go. Ord. #12-2013:

Ord.#12-2013 Township of Mount Olive Morris County, New Jersey Calendar Year 2013 Ordinance to Exceed the Municipal Cost of Living Allowance and to Establish a CAP Bank (N.J.S.A. 40A-4-45.14).

Mr. Staszak: I move that Ord. #12-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First Reading
and that a meeting be held on March 13, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.

President Labow: Thank you.

Mr. Roman: Point of order, it’s March 19th.

Mr. Staszak: Oh, March 19th. I’m sorry.

President Labow: 2013. Do I hear a second?

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Labow: Any comments, concerns? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Alrighty, we are going to be reintroducing Ord. #2-2013 for some errors that were in the
previous ordinance. That is why we have this on here again and it is:

Ord. #2-2013  An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Setting the Speed Limit on Stephens State Park Road at 25 Miles Per Hour from Smithtown Road to Sandshore Road (to be incorporated into Chapter 245 of the Mount Olive Township Code). *Reintroduced due to adoption errors

President Labow: Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Yes Madam President, I move that Ord. #2-2013 be introduced by title and passed on First
Reading and that a meeting be held on March 19, 2013, at 7:00 pm 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 law.

Mr. Nicastro: Second.

President Labow: Any discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed with the exception, Mr. Roman voted No

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 – R. Perkins (remove #2)

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Disposal of Surplus Property (Various Public Items). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Funds for Trail Implementation from Open Space Funds. PDF Res *removed
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Township of Mount Olive and the Mount Olive Baseball Softball Association for the Development of a Restroom Facility at Dan Jordan Field. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a One (1) Year Contract Extension with Dreamland Amusements Inc. for Carnival Services. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Business Administrator to Execute a Grant Application for Click It or Ticket 2013 Mobilization. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending the 2013 Temporary Budget for All Funds. PDF Res
  1. Resolution RE: Temporary Capital Budget. PDF Res

 

President Labow: We are on to our Consent Resolutions. We are removing No. 2. Would anybody like to have
any others removed?

Mr. Roman: We are moving to Non Consent.

Mrs. Lashway: Two is removed completely.

President Labow: That is just what I was going to say. It’s removed completely.

Mrs. Lashway: Sean, Mr. Canning asked for it to be removed.

President Labow: Is that coming back or do you have to…

Mr. Canning: It’s not needed at this time. This has to do with the Givaudan trails project up at the Morris
Canal site and in pursue of possible easements, perpetual easements that cross a couple of other properties that
are not owned by the Township. We originally thought that there might be a need for a survey and a plan
affixed over the top of that but we discovered some other paperwork which we think satisfies our needs and we
can save this expenditure.

President Labow: Sounds good. Thank you. Does anybody like to have any of the resolutions removed and
placed on Non Consent. Okay, seeing none, Mr. Perkins can you please move one and three through seven?

Mr. Perkins: Yes Madam President. I move Consent Resolutions numbers one and three through seven.

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Labow: Would anybody discuss any of them? Anybody from the public like to discuss any of the
resolutions? Seeing none, hi Mr. Pack. Can I have a Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

RESOLUTIONS NON CONSENT

  1. Resolution to Introduce the 2013 Municipal Budget. *added  PDF Res – A. Roman

 

President Labow: Resolution Non Consent, we have three this evening. Mr. Roman, could you please move number eight.

Mr. Roman: I move Non Consent Resolution number eight.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Labow: Any discussion? This is for our budget. Is everybody good? I would like to congratulate the Mayor and our Business Administrator and our CFO for doing a great job with the budget as well as the Council put a lot of thought and time in to this and I think we’ve got a fantastic budget this year. Thank you very much everyone for all of your hard work.

Mr. Perkins: We are only introducing. We have time.

President Labow: I know. We are only introducing it but still it’s a good time to say it. Anybody from the public like to have any comments for Resolution number eight? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

  1. Resolution to Introduce the 2013 Solid Waste Collection District Budget.

 

President Labow: Resolution number nine, Mr. Nicastro, would you please move that?

Mr. Nicastro: Yes, I move Non Consent number nine.

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Labow: Any discussion? Seeing none, anybody from the public? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

Mrs. Lashway: I heard a yes.

Mr. Perkins: I had my hand up. Comment period but that’s okay.

President Labow: Oh, did you want…

Mr. Perkins: That’s okay.

President Labow: We can stop and you can comment.

Mr. Perkins: We’ll get it at the adoption.

Mrs. Lashway: That was a yes?

Mr. Perkins: Yes ma’am.

President Labow: Thank you. Resolution number ten, Mr. Ferrante.

  1. Resolution RE: Self Examination.

 

Mr. Ferrante: I move Non Consent resolution number ten.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Labow: Any discussion Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins: No thank you Madam President.

President Labow: Just in case. I don’t want to miss you. Anybody else? Get a whistle and just blow it. Anybody from the public have any comments? Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Labow: Consent Motions, Mr. Roman, would you please move our Bill List.

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Roman: I make a motion that we adopt the Bill List.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Labow: Any discussion, questions, concerns? Anybody from the public have any questions on the Bill List? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:           Passed with the exception, Mr. Nicastro abstained on Ck. No. 62905

President Labow: Administrative Reports, Mayor.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Mayor Greenbaum: Several items. First since Freeholder Director Dave Scapicchio is here this evening I would like to thank him for the help that the County provided to us this week in terms of significant brush pickup from Sandy. We really do appreciate that and we have seen a noticeable increase in terms of County involvement in Mount Olive since you were voted on to the Board and we really do appreciate the County stepping up and helping us with our needs. Secondly, at this point in time I would like to appoint Brian Schaechter who has been sitting as the Mayor’s alternate on the Planning Board to fill the vacancy that Mr. Staszak just created as he became a Councilman so that Mr. Schaechter will complete the remainder of Mr. Staszak’s term on the Planning Board.

President Labow: Very good, thank you.

Mr. Canning: The only thing I have just the meeting with Mr. Quinn and Mr. Lynch. We finally look like we have an end date when we can finish up curb side chipping and brush. Originally, we thought being optimistic that it might be this Friday but we are anticipating mid to late next week when we can finally call this round quits and then we will start our Spring brush clean up several weeks late.

President Labow: Thank you. Anything else?

Mr. Canning: I’d like to commend the DPW. This was a larger debris field then what we had with the October snow storm of 2011. We have several workers comp injuries through this. We had the County help, Washington Township helped. We diverted people from other departments in to help and check with the pickup. It was a monumental task and the public was tremendous with their patience and it’s just a big task and Timmy and his crew really did a bang up job.

President Labow: Mr. Mayor?

Mayor Greenbaum: Understanding, speaking to the DPW workers, it wasn’t simply going to pick up the brush. The brush because of the way that most of it was piled was intertwined with other brush. So it wasn’t simply taking the brush and throwing it in the back of a chipper but it was actually getting the brush lose from the pile. It was very very time consuming and obviously everyone knows the amount of brush that was ultimately had to be removed. I’m a little pessimistic in terms of being completed by the end of next week based upon what I’m seeing on the Mayor’s webpage, Facebook page, but we will continue at it until it’s completed.

Mrs. Labow: How are you keeping track of where they have to go next. Are our sanitation crews alerting you where there are piles of brush because I know I go down one street and there was none because they picked it up and then another pile appeared because people finally got a chance to clear some of it out.

Mayor Greenbaum: We’ve gone through the town pretty much once already and anecdotally I think we are finding areas that need to have additional brush pick up done. For instance, across from the High School on Victoria, Eric Court, that general area, Theresa, I know needs pick up and I know that there are areas around Budd Lake near High Street that need additional pickup so we will get to it. We are being alerted to where there are additional needs and as we complete the first round, we will move our equipment accordingly based upon higher density areas that still need brush pick up.

President Labow: Very good. So how are you being alerted? From the residents or the police or sanitation?

Mayor Greenbaum: Residents mostly.

President Labow: I was just thinking that it would be a good idea if the sanitation, if they noticed, they would just take note of it just so…

Mr. Canning: I’m sure they do. Timmy meets with his foreman every day. Actually Mr. Szarek and Tim speak every day and I usually speak with Mr. Szarek at least once a week.

President Labow: Okay, great!

Mr. Mania: I had some calls on brush and I passed it on to Mr. Canning. He addressed it and has taken care of it..

President Labow: Very good, thank you. Anybody have any questions for the Mayor and Business Administrator? Seeing none, we are up to Old Business. Anybody have any Old Business? Seeing none, Mr. Perkins? No. He was giving me the eyebrows over there so I wasn’t really sure.

OLD BUSINESS

President Labow: Does anybody have any New Business? Seeing none, Legal Matters Mr. Semrau.

NEW BUSINESS

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Semrau: Yes, just briefly, you may recall last summer the Governing Body made a decision to go forward to acquire the property known as the Cobblestone site. This Friday we have a return date in court to determine if in fact, the Township has appropriately moved for this action to acquire the property so I’ll report back after Friday before Judge Weisenbeck as to the outcome but we are hopeful that we will be able to continue on and proceed with this project. Secondly, the solar project, I indicated at this meeting I’d have an update. Some of the terms, the contract, modifications were just flat out not acceptable from a legal standpoint so they’ve gone back, they meaning the firm that won the bid and the award, they’ve gone back and they are going to provide us with yet another update or version to the agreement. They want the Township to take title to the property before they complete their due diligence and we’re not in a position to do that. It wouldn’t be prudent for the Township to complete the acquisition of and the responsibility of the property unless we knew for sure what in fact in this case Syncarphia has…we need them to commit to actually going forward with this project so I’ll wait until we have a revision to their contract back to you but right now as far as I’m concerned, they are still on the clock to complete their due diligence period. The only other item I have is for executive session this evening. It’s under pending litigation and Mr. Pack is here who is also involved in that case and I would ask for him to participate in the executive session this evening. I don’t anticipate that there would be action after the executive session.

President Labow: Thank you. Council Reports, Mr. Ferrante, can you go through the committees that you are on.

COUNCIL REPORTS
Library Board Liaison – J. Ferrante
Lake Issues – J. Ferrante
Environment Committee – J. Ferrante

Mr. Ferrante: The Library meets next week. Nothing for Environmental. I’ll be meeting with the Lake Committee in two weeks as well.

President Labow: Thank you. Mr. Nicastro.

Open Space Committee Report – J. Nicastro
Safety Committee Liaison – J. Nicastro

Mr. Nicastro: Nothing on safety and the Open Space is next week. I have to find out.

President Labow: Are you going to be there for the 11th?

Mr. Nicastro: That’s right. I’ll be in New York. I might be back but I’m not sure.

President Labow: And then you’ll actually, officially start. Well I’ll cover that one and then you start in April.

Mr. Nicastro: Thank you.

President Labow: Alrighty, Mr. Perkins.

Board of Health Report – R. Perkins
Legislative Committee Report – R. Perkins
Economic Development Committee Report – R. Perkins

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Madam President. The Board of Health meets next week. The Legislative Committee got in touch with the 24th Legislative District. I’ve asked them, which they have, to send me copies of the email correspondence which I had previously sent to them to be forwarded down to the Board of Public Utilities. Freeholder Deputy Director Scapicchio has graciously accepted the fact that I will be sending that to the Freeholder Board since it does affect a good majority of Morris County – any place that is not in Smart Growth as far as meeting their COAH obligation and utilizing the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. So that will be, again, moving forward. Last night John Mania, Mr. Paul Licitra and myself attended Sheriff Rochford’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party. I did get a little chance to talk to Director Gene Feyl as well as Deputy Director Margaret Nordstrom on the Highlands Commission. I was just, again, thanking them for whatever they can do to make sure that when we do have something pressing such as the Planning Area change from 5 to 2 that we just recently had done, that they are in support and they did at least, and they hadn’t been drinking yet, so that was good. They did say that yes, they will be looking out for Mount Olive’s best interests. Unfortunately I was sick during the Economic Development Committee so I have no report for that Madam President.

President Labow: Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: Yes, thank you Madam Chairman. The Planning Board meets next week and I will be at my first meeting next week. I attended the Senior meeting today. Both myself and our Business Administrator, thanks to Sandy back there, the President of the Seniors, it was a nice presentation of the World War II Monument where veterans can be buzzed down, I believe, June 1st was it Sandy?

Sandy Masklee, President of Mt. Olive Seniors: Yes.

Mr. Mania: June 1st, free ride to visit the monument. The presentation was just…it brought tears to your eyes to see these veterans of World War II so happy to be able to go down there and look at that monument. Thank you Sandy.

President Labow: Very nice. Mr. Roman. I was saving the best for last.

Recreation Liaison Report – A. Roman
Board of Education Liaison Report – A. Roman

Mr. Roman: I wouldn’t go that far but thank you very much.

Mr. Perkins: Ohhhh, hanging out for the TNR.

Mr. Roman: On the Board of Ed the only thing really of note to report is that the busing, the Board, last night, voted to extend the bid process. So it’s just going to be spread out a little more. On Recreation, baseball will be starting soon. You are going to have to put a dollar in the jar.

Mr. Mania: Where’s that jar? That dollar jar?

Mr. Roman: And that is all I have to report.

President Labow: Alrighty, Mr. Mayor?

Mayor Greenbaum: If you wanted me to give a report on the Economic Development Committee since Mr. Perkins was sick that day and I did attend.

President Labow: Oh, that would be great.

Mayor Greenbaum: There are currently two events that the EDC is working on and moving forward. The first is a Restaurant Week in Mount Olive which is going to be open to all of the restaurants in town and it’s going to be a situation where each restaurant is going to look at what they want to offer and we are going to promote it and we are also obviously looking at outdoor seating during that week, where appropriate, recognizing that there are issues that need to be addressed in a timely fashion to the extent that alcohol is involved and/or people want to have outdoor seating during that timeframe. The second event is an Eco Tourism event and the Restaurant Week I believe is going to be scheduled for the second week in August. So we are going to skip that first week which is a big vacation week. There is an Eco Tourism event which we are looking at also sponsoring in light of the fact that we have trails that nobody knows about. There is vast beauty in Mount Olive. We want to showcase it. It’s all in the planning stages right now so it is very early on but I think we are looking at some time in September. Both of those projects are moving forward. They are both intended to bring business in to Mount Olive and I’m sure that after the next meeting we’ll have more to report on that.

President Labow: Do you want to talk about Pi Day coming up with the restaurants?

Mayor Greenbaum: That’s through the Rec Department.

President Labow: That’s next week, March 14th. So we have some restaurants that are on board with that and I guess some of the menu items are going to be $3.14 and it sounds like a really great event. So it’s a good one. Mt. Olive TNR actually has a program, a girl scout troop working on their Bronze Award is holding a fundraiser at Clearview Cinema in Mansfield on March 23rd, I believe it was, Monday morning at 9:30 and I sent a flyer. Mr. Nicastro is going to and Mr. Mayor put it on his Facebook page. I appreciate it so hopefully we’ll have a nice turnout and that’s about it that is going on with the TNR right now. I’d like to open the meeting to the public. Anybody from the public have anything they would like to say tonight? Okay, seeing none, Council Comments, Mr. Staszak.

PUBLIC PORTION

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Staszak: I’d just like to thank everyone on the Council for their support. This is a good opportunity for me and I’m going to try and do my best and continue the good work the Council, the Mayor and the Administration have started. It’s made Mount Olive a great place to live, work and play.

President Labow: Mr. Ferrante.

Mr. Ferrante: I’d just like to welcome Mr.Staszak to the Council and to Matt and Noelle, please don’t be discouraged by today’s outcome. There is a lot of opportunity. We have a lot of organizations, a lot of boards and committees that we have availability for so please get involved and I look forward to, I enjoyed meeting both of you and I look forward to seeing you guys again.

President Labow: Thank you. Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro: Just to welcome Mr. Staszak as well and I’m sure we’ll be seeing you two around, I’m sure, involved and I’m sure I’ll be seeing you both anyway somewhere along the way as well but thank you.

President Labow: Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Madam President. Jim, welcome aboard. I look forward to working with everybody as we continue on through this year. To Matt and to Noelle, again, thank you for the interest and I wish you guys well moving forward and I anticipate we are going to see you at the Mount Olive Republican Club meetings anyway so we’ll keep in touch from there. It’s been, so far, an interesting event as we move forward through this past month. Unfortunately, Madam President, I had not been feeling very well. I don’t know where I picked up what was a norovirus which, of course, all of us on the Board of Health were discussing how this was a terrible stomach flu that is going around and when it hit, it really hits. It kind of knocked me out of commission for awhile but I look forward to getting together with Mr. Scapicchio, Freeholder, and let’s see if we can’t get this thing pushed down. It will help tremendously. I did speak to one of the senior principals from Homeless Solutions. I was at a party last week and him and I attended and we did discuss what I’m trying to do that will help to obviously sweeten their pot and I think it will go a long way for a lot of the municipalities to able to meet their COAH obligation and utilize the trust fund money the State told us we had to put aside for it. I’ll keep you guys abreast.

President Labow: Thank you. Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman: I, too, would like to welcome Jim aboard. This would not be the first time him and I sit together on a dais so I look forward to many sidebars in the months to come. Also, I’d like to definitely encourage Matt and Noelle to continue their political endeavors and also to anybody else that might be in attendance or viewing online, being up here is an honor to serve and you know while you might be watching this and wondering how do you get aboard up here? Just start and I encourage, I started out much like Jim and I think many of us also started on numerous boards so start out there, volunteer and  being on the local boards and you know, pretty soon we’ll be calling somebody else Council person. That’s it.

President Labow: Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: Thank you Madam Chair. I, too, would like to welcome Jim. I had the pleasure of serving with Jim on the Planning Board and I know he’ll do a great job. I’d also, again, repeat, encourage Matt and Noelle to become involved and there’s a position for everyone. I’ve spent probably 30 some years on the Planning Board before I even thought about running for Council. Don’t get discouraged. We welcome Freeholder Director Scapicchio. I want to just recognize our Planning Board Chairman Howie Weiss and Richard Kamin, former legislator.

Mayor Greenbaum: There must be nothing good on TV.

Mr. Mania: I’m happy to be back even though I went from 86º weather to 40, I was quite saddened with the tragedies that happened in Mount Olive and I pray for the families. Thank you.

President Labow: Thank you Mr. Mania. I, too, want to thank Matt Scarfo and Noelle Kehrley for throwing your hat in the ring and I know that neither one of you are going to be discouraged because you are going to be campaigning and we’re going to have a good time out there door-to-door addressing the issues and seeing what the public is, questions they may or may not have. Also, Mrs. Lashway is going to send both of a form that you would fill out and you mention boards that you may be interested in and things of that nature so that when we have openings come up that we have that information available. That will be coming out this week. I’d just like to say that my husband and my son are in Florida right now, Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: They are? Whereabouts?

President Labow: They are down in Lake Worth area with my mother-in-law. You know my father-in-law passed away in November and it was 80 º last week. They got down there and it’s like 45 and 50. They couldn’t believe it.

Mr. Mania: When I left on Friday morning, it was 40 º.

President Labow: Yeah, so they were like, oh…and I said, hey, it’s still 60 º. It’s twice as warm down there as it is up here. Anyway, that’s all I have. We are going to be going into Executive Session. We are not going to be making any public decisions afterwards so we are going to have our Executive Session here and Mr. Mayor?

Mayor Greenbaum: Before you go into Executive Session to discuss litigation, I’ve been discussing the matter with counsel and I am going to not participate in the discussion based upon my position with the Municipal Excess Liability Insurance Company.

President Labow: Okay, so can I have Mr. Perkins move us into Executive Session.

Motion made and seconded the Executive Session commenced.

EXECUTIVE SESSION - Litigation

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:33 pm.

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Colleen Labow, Council President

I, Lisa Lashway, 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 2, 2013.


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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk
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