TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - MAY 12, 2009

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:51 pm by Vice President Labow with the Pledge of Allegiance.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & MOMENT OF REFLECTION

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.

ROLL CALL

Present: Mr. Roman, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Greenbaum, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Tobey

Absent: Mr. Tepper, Mr. Rattner

Also Present: Mayor David Scapicchio; John Dorsey, Township Attorney; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Bill Sohl, Business Administrator; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO

Questions on Bill List? – None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Vice President Labow: Just for the record, Mr. Rattner is at a convention going over energy saving measures and Mr. Tepper was detained at work. Does anybody in the audience have questions on the Bill List? Mr. Russell, anything? Okay, anybody from the Council? Seeing none, Approval of Minutes from the Previous Meetings, for:

April 28, 2009 CS, WS & PM

Vice President Labow: Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman: I make a motion that we approve the April 28, 2009 Closed Session, Workshop and Public Meeting.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

Vice President Labow: Thank you. Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception Mr. Tobey abstained

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

1. Letter received April 28, 2009, from Morris Habitat for Humanity regarding an Affordable Housing Proposal, Wallman Way Parcels located at Block 2203, Lots 2 & 3 (10 & 20 Wallman Way). PDF Correspondence

2. Letter received April 28, 2009, from Alley Cat Allies regarding Trap Neuter and Return. PDF Correspondence

3. Letter received April 30, 2009, from the Church of Mount Grace regarding a National Day of Prayer. PDF Correspondence

4. Letter received April 30, 2009, from the ADPPBBL, Inc. regarding the Spring Clean Up. PDF Correspondence

5. E-mail received May 7, 2009, from Suzanne Roman Griffin regarding the TNR Decision. PDF Correspondence

6. E-mail received May 7, 2009, from Rutgers University regarding the ICMA Program. PDF Correspondence

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES / CORRESPONDENCE OTHER TOWNS

7. Resolution received May 1, 2009, from Rockaway Township regarding Support of Assembly Bill A-3570, Proposing the Abolition of the Council on Affordable Housing. PDF Correspondence

DOT/ /DEP / LOI / HIGHLANDS

8. Letter received April 27, 2009, from Cozen & O’Connor regarding a Petition of Applied Wastewater Management, Inc. for Approval of Municipal Consent Granted by the Township of Mount Olive, Morris County; and Extension of its Existing Wastewater Tariff to the New Service Area. PDF Correspondence

9. Letter received April 27, 2009, from Birdsall Services Group, Engineers & Consultants, regarding an Environmental Alert: Municipal Stormwater General Permit Renewed with NJDEP Changes. PDF Correspondence

10. Letter received April 30, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Goldmine-Morris Chase Interconnection, Dyrham Road and Woodbine Avenue. PDF Correspondence

11. Letter received May 4, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding 17c Tudor Place. PDF Correspondence

12. Letter received May 4, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding 10 Indian Lane. PDF Correspondence

13. Letter received May 4, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Wicklow & Laurano, 362 Route 206. PDF Correspondence

14. Letter received May 4, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding CVS Pharmacy, NJSH 46 and Woodsedge Avenue. PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

15. E-mail received April 27, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Census 2010 Update – Address Canvassing Begins. PDF Correspondence

16. E-mail received April 27, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Background Check Seminar. PDF Correspondence

17. E-mail received April 28, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Census 2010 Dorms and Residence Halls, and NJDEP Beach Access Regulations Will Not Become Law. PDF Correspondence

18. E-mail received April 29, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding the Latest Information on How You Can Protect Our Children from Sexual Predators! PDF Correspondence

19. E-mail received May 1, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Proposed Diversion of EMT Training Funds. PDF Correspondence

20. E-mail received May 1, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding New Jersey Workplace Blood Drive Coalition Survey Request, Major Briefing on Federal Stimulus Opportunities, COAH Briefings, and May Grant Page Posted. PDF Correspondence

21. E-mail received May 4, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Conference on Human Trafficking in New Jersey, New York Governor Makes Mandates Relief a Major Priority, and Purchase Your 2009 Legislative CD Roster Now. PDF Correspondence

22. E-mail received May 5, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Legislative Alert, S-2577/A3772 – Governor Issues Conditional Veto of Age Restricted Conversion legislation. PDF Correspondence

23. E-mail received May 5, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding 2009 Municipal Directory Now Available on CD Disk, and Stimulus Funding News Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grants Available from US HUD. PDF Correspondence

24. E-mail received May 6, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Civil Service Emergency Rule, NJN Open House: Getting Your Message out in New Jersey’s “New” Media Environment, and Economic Recovery Update: Community Development Block Grant. PDF Correspondence

25. E-mail received May 7, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Seminar on Creating an Ethical Culture. PDF Correspondence

26. E-mail received May 7, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding an Important Briefing on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, NJ Supreme Court Affirms Invalidation of Sex Offender Residency Ordinances, and “Unsung Hero” Honoree. PDF Correspondence

27. E-mail received May 8, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Records Retention Training with NJDARM. PDF Correspondence

UTILITIES

28. Letter received May 1, 2009, from the State of New Jersey, Department of the Public Advocate regarding I/M/O Petition Comcast Communications LLC, on Behalf of subsidiaries and affiliates. Petition for Determination of Effective Competition in 107 Franchise Areas in New Jersey. PDF Correspondence

29. E-mail received May 7, 2009, from Verizon regarding Verizon Channel Notification Information. PDF Correspondence

DCA

30. E-mail received April 27, 2009, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding a Gov Connect Update for April 27th 2009. PDF Correspondence

MSA

31. E-mail received May 7, 2009, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding Minutes. PDF Correspondence

LETTER FROM LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

32. E-mail received April 24, 2009, from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen regarding The Week Just Past, The Bad Idea of the Week, “Stop Loss” is Stopped for Deploying Soldiers, This Week in Washington, Town Meetings Tomorrow, Spread the E-News, and Contact Congressman Frelinghuysen. PDF Correspondence

33. E-mail received May 1, 2009, from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen regarding Monitoring and Working to Contain Swine Flu, The Week Just Past, Opposes Expensive Pelosi Budget, GM=Government Motors?, Treasury Should Allow Taxpayers to get TARP Funds Back, the Bad Idea of the Week, Women’s Health Summit Success, Town Meetings, and Spread the eNews. PDF Correspondence

CENSUS

34. Letter received April 27, 2009, from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau regarding canvassing information. PDF Correspondence

35. Letter received May 5, 2009, from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau regarding a letter of appreciation for the donation of testing space. PDF Correspondence

TORT

36. Letter received April 28, 2009, from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware regarding American Home Mortgage Holdings, Inc. PDF Correspondence

Vice President Labow: Okay, we have 36 pieces of Correspondence. Would anybody like to talk about any of the Correspondence? Seeing none…

Mr. Roman: I just want to make a note that letter number five is no relation to me.

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING – None

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING (second reading/public hearing June 9, 2009)

Vice President Labow: Alright, next on the Agenda we have Ordinances for Public Hearing. We have an Ordinance for First Reading with a second reading June 9th. Okay, Ord.#9-2009, entitled:

Ord. #9-2009 Township of Mount Olive Morris County, New Jersey Calendar Year 2009 Ordinance to Exceed the Municipal Budget Cost of Living Allowance and to Establish a CAP Bank (N.J.S.A. 40A-4-45.14).

Vice President Labow: Mr. Greenbaum, would you move that for First Reading?

Mr. Greenbaum: I’d be happy to. I move that Ord.#9-2009 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on June 9th, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ for a public hearing consideration of said reading and passage of said ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available such ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

Vice President Labow: Thank you, Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:

Resolutions on the Consent Agenda List are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Township Council and will be approved by one motion (one vote). There will be no separate discussion or debate on each of these resolutions except for the possibility of brief clarifying statements that may be offered. If one or more Council member requests, any individual resolution on the Consent Agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive in Opposition to a Proposed Diversion of Funds from the Emergency Medical Technician Training Fund.

2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Release of Performance Guarantees in Connection with Armstrong Sutton Plaza.

3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Institution of an In Rem Tax Reforeclosure on Block 2905, Lot 1; Block 2906, Lot 1; Block 2904, Lot 1; Block 2903, Lot 2; Block 2900, Lot 3; Block 2901, Lot 1; Block 2902, Lot 1 and Block 2802, Lot 19.

Vice President Labow: Next on the Agenda are Consent Resolutions. We have resolutions one through three. Mr. Tobey, would you please move those?

Mr. Tobey: I move Consent Resolutions one through three.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

Vice President Labow: Roll Call, please? I’m sorry. I open the Consent Resolutions to the public. Would anybody from the public like to address Council? Seeing none, any Council comments? Seeing none, vote please.

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS – None

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS – None

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

RESOLUTIONS NON CONSENT

Vice President Labow: Next on the Agenda are Resolutions for Non Consent. Mr. Perkins, would you please move Resolution number four for me?

Mr. Dorsey: I better read it for you.

Mrs. Lashway: There is an amended Agenda. Resolution number 4 is to introduce the municipal budget.

Mr. Dorsey: Oh, I’m sorry.

Vice President Labow: Oh, where did my amended Agenda go?

Mr. Perkins: We got amended Agendas?

Vice President Labow: Alright number 4, Mr. Perkins, a Resolution to introduce the 2009 municipal budget.

Mr. Perkins: So moved.

4. Resolution to Introduce the 2009 Municipal Budget.

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

Vice President Labow: I’m going to open Resolution number 4 to the public. Does anybody have any concerns? Seeing none, Mr. Tobey?

Mr. Tobey: Which budget is this?

Vice President Labow: Municipal budget, 2009 municipal budget. Any Council comments? Seeing none, Roll Call, please?

ROLL CALL – Mr. Greenbaum, Mr. Roman, and Mrs. Labow voted yes and Mr. Tobey and Mr. Perkins voted no

Vice President Labow: Okay, number five, entitled:

5. Resolution to Introduce the 2009 Solid Waste Collection District Budget.

Vice President Labow: That was supposed to be me, but I’m going to ask Mr. Roman to please move that for me?

Mr. Roman: Yes, I make a motion to approve Resolution number five.

Vice President Labow: Do I hear a second?

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

Vice President Labow: Thank you. Anybody from the public have any comments? Seeing none, Council members, any…?

Mr. Tobey: I’m sorry, which one is this now again? I don’t have the revised…

Vice President Labow: The solid waste.

Mr. Tobey: I’m sorry, thank you.

Vice President Labow: No, that’s okay. Anybody on the Council have any questions or comments? Seeing none, Roll Call, please?

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

Vice President Labow: Okay, six is the one that Mr. Dorsey is going to read for us.

6. Resolution RE: Mount Olive Township School District Budget.

Mr. Dorsey: Resolution six, a Certification and Tax Levy for the Board of Education Budget.

WHEREAS, the district tax levy for the General Fund portion of the 2009/10 budget of the Board of Education of the Township of Mount Olive in the amount of $56,650,064 was defeated by the voters of the Township of Mount Olive at the annual school election held on April 21, 2009, and

WHEREAS, pursuant to N.JS.A. 18A:22-37, the Municipal Council did receive the proposed school budget and an appointed Ad Hoc School Budget Review Committee consulted with the local Board of Education on May 6, 2009 to discuss the proposed 2009/10 school budget, and

WHEREAS, the Municipal Council did review said 2009/10 budget with the recommendations and justifications for the reduction in the amount of $550,645 in the General Fund budget tax levy for 2009/10 as per Attachment A.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Municipal Council of the Township of Mount Olive does hereby certify to the Morris County Board of Taxation, that the amount necessary to be levied for the General Fund budget to provide a thorough and efficient education for the Township of Mount Olive School District for the school year 2009/10 is $56,099,419.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the amount to be levied for debt service certified to the Morris County Board of Taxation shall be $4,478,743 for the school year 2009/10.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution shall be forwarded forthwith to the Morris County Board of Taxation, the Morris County Superintendent of Schools, the Mount Olive Board of Education and the Tax Assessor of the Township of Mount Olive.

Mr. Tobey: So moved.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

Vice President Labow: Thank you. Would anybody from the public like to address the Council on this resolution? Seeing none, Council members, anybody have any comments? Okay, Mrs. Lashway is going to read the Roll Call.

PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS – none

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS – none

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

MOTIONS

Vice President Labow: We have Motions this evening. We have Motion number one:

1. Appointment of Dr. Kenneth Ross to the Board of Health for a three year unexpired term to expire 12/31/09.

Vice President Labow: Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Madam Vice President. Ladies and gentleman, we had the distinction of having Dr. Ross sit in on our last meeting. He sat up there basically to review and kind of get a feel of what it feels like to sit up here. It was a rather lengthy meeting which most of the Board of Health meetings are not that intense. The Board has already met with Dr. Ross. He was interviewed by our Health Officer as well as the Secretary, and the recommendation was forwarded to myself and Mr. Sohl. Unfortunately, as I had mentioned at the last prior meeting, it wasn’t sent to our Clerk to be included on the Agenda. So this is now to follow up for Dr. Kenneth Ross who is here this evening. He’s the guy with the nice tan in the audience. He picked up a little sun and the recommendation of the Board is that his appointment for an unexpired term be approved.

Vice President Labow: Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman: I just want to clarify that the term is going to expire…

Vice President Labow: Yes, Eugene Terrezza was on and he had to resign due to work related…

Mr. Roman: I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a typo.

Vice President Labow: Okay, so you’re making that motion, Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins: Yes.

Mr. Roman: Second.

Vice President Labow: Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

Mr. Perkins: Congratulations. Thank you for volunteering. We appreciate it.

Vice President Labow: Congratulations.

Dr. Ross: It will be my pleasure, thank you.

Mr. Perkins: Oh, you don’t know yet.

Vice President Labow: Bill List. Okay, approval of application to amend Raffle License #2306 for the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet. Mr. Greenbaum, could you move that for us, please?

2. Approval of an Application to Amend Raffle License #2306 for the New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet.*

Mr. Greenbaum: So moved.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

Vice President Labow: Thank you. Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

3. Bill List.

Vice President Labow: Bill List. Mr. Greenbaum…?

Mr. Greenbaum: I’ll move the Bill List.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

Vice President Labow: Thank you. Any questions or concerns? Anybody from the public? Seeing none, Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

Vice President Labow: Administrative Matters, Mr. Sohl?

Mr. Sohl: I just have to mention since Memorial Day is before the next meeting, I’d like to see all of your shiny faces out there for the Memorial Day Parade.

Vice President Labow: Oh, for the Memorial Day Parade, very good.

Mr. Roman: Where could you get a white suit like Steve has?

Mayor Scapicchio: Ask Steve.

Mr. Sohl: Ask Steve.

Mr. Tobey: The Good Humor Man

Mrs. Lashway: Newark.

Vice President Labow: Newark, down at the, you can find a white suit anywhere there, Alex. Okay, Mayor Scapicchio, would you like to add anything? David, would you like to add anything?

Mayor Scapicchio: Nothing, no.

OLD BUSINESS – none

NEW BUSINESS – none

LEGAL MATTERS – none

Vice President Labow: Old Business? Seeing none, New Business? Seeing none, Legal Matters, Mr. Dorsey?

Mr. Dorsey: None.

Vice President Labow: Seeing none, Council Reports, Recreation Liaison Report, Mr. Roman?

COUNCIL REPORTS

Recreation Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: Nothing of note to report.

Vice President Labow: Okay, thank you. Board of Health Report, Mr. Perkins?

Board of Health Report

Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Madam Vice Chairman. We had finished up our meeting on May 5th of 2009. The first half of the meeting was taken up with a proposal for the Trap, Neuter and Release Program, TNR. That was summarily denied by the Board. They were seeking relief from the ordinance for the licensing. The Board is not inclined to amend the ordinance to permit that. So that motion died on a 5 to 1 voting basis. A report was sent from our Health Officer from the Board of Health to all of the Board of Health members. I believe that the Council has also been copied on it. We run down what the impacts were, what the Board of Health issues were, what we had discussed, and what the final outcomes were. We still feel that the most effective way is education and enforcement of the State statute. We are in full compliance with that statute that is N.J.S.A 4:19. Secondly, I was presented with a slight disappointment but it’s probably some good news. Our Public Heath Nurse is going to be retiring at the end of this year. So she handed in her paperwork and that will be in the process. So that is all from the Board of Health, Madam Chair.

Vice President Labow: Thank you, Mr. Perkins. Planning Board Report, Mr. Greenbaum?

Planning Board Report

Mr. Greenbaum: Meets Thursday.

Vice President Labow: Mr. Greenbaum, do you know what’s going in on Route 46 next to the Comfort Suites by Kennedy’s Pub?

Mr. Greenbaum: No.

Vice President Labow: Mr. Sohl, do you know?

Mr. Sohl: Is that the Animal Hospital?

Mr. Perkins: Yes it is.

Vice President Labow: It is the Animal Hospital? Okay, good, thank you. Next we have Board of Adjustment, Mr. Greenbaum.

Board of Adjustment Liaison Report

Mr. Greenbaum: No report.

Open Space Committee Report

Vice President Labow: Open Space Committee. I have a report. Open Space Committee met last night and we are very excited to tell everyone that our maps are done for the trails we have going on. There’s going to be four different phases I believe it is. There are a few minor changes that have to be made and after that we will be having our meeting on June 10th at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers. We’re going to discuss all of the maps that will be available at that time, and further discussions that will involve seeking volunteers to implement the trail building. The accepted plan can be linked at that point to our website for the future. The Mayor and Council will be receiving invitations shortly as well as members from the public. We’re doing the calculations for it and a third of the Township is open space, a third of the Township is developed and a third of the Township is undeveloped. A nice even breakdown there. I think that’s it. That’s it for my report. Next on the report list we have Legislative.

Legislative Committee Report

Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report.

Pride Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: Pride Committee, we meet next week or two weeks from now. Board of Education, Mr. Roman. Would you like to add anything else?

Board of Education Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: Yes, the Board of Education meeting was held last night. The new meeting hours started at 6:30.

Mr. Dorsey: You want me to tell him?

Mr. Roman: It is a half hour earlier than last year’s meetings. Two questions. One, when I saw the list of personnel I noticed that they have six mechanics and only one was listed as being ASC certified. I asked Ms. Decker as to whether that was true, that only one mechanic was ASC certified. She informed me that that was more than likely a typo and that all mechanics are ASC certified, but only one has enough certifications to receive a stipend. I will be following up to make sure the Board fleet is at least being, you know, maintained by certified mechanics. Also, a question that I have had for a little while is the Board of Education has a bill list of sorts that is not available to the public. I inquired as to whether that list can be made available to the public, especially in online form. They informed that some of the bills on there may be sensitive in nature, and that their Business Committee will be meeting to formulate the possibility to have a list where confidentiality isn’t breached. I look forward to seeing the recommendation because, one, it would be an asset to the public to see exactly where every single payment is made.

Vice President Labow: Thank you. Should I make the announcement now or when we’re done? Mr. Dorsey, do you want me to make the announcement now or when we’re done with Council Reports?

Mr. Dorsey: I’ll do it now. If Gary were here he would have corrected this, but Lisa brought this to our…

Mrs. Lashway: No, Sherry and Ralph brought it to our attention.

Mr. Dorsey: Alright, we introduced the budget resolution. Although it’s referred to as a resolution it actually is an ordinance, and it is required that it be introduced and adopted by a vote of not less than a majority of the full Board. You only have five here. Although a majority voted to introduce it, three is not a majority of the full Board. So the budget at this point is not introduced.

Vice President Labow: Unless if anybody who voted no wants to reconsider we can take another vote.

Mr. Dorsey: Yes, if you’d like to change your vote this would be the time.

Vice President Labow: Okay, seeing none, we will have to bring it back at the next Council meeting on the 26th.

Mr. Dorsey: The budget is not introduced at this point.

Mrs. Maniscalco: Lisa, we’re sure that its introduction as well, right?

Vice President Labow: I’m sorry, what?

Mrs. Maniscalco: We’re sure that its introduction as well, right…

Mr. Dorsey: We can’t hear you.

Mrs. Maniscalco: …because the statute that I found refers to adoption.

Vice President Labow: Yes, it said introduction and approval. It has to be a majority of the Board.

Mrs. Lashway: It has not been introduced.

Mrs. Maniscalco: I just want to make sure. That’s what we thought.

Mr. Dorsey: Probably long passed.

Vice President Labow: Yes, we’re passed, no, I think it was April or March. Okay, so we have not introduced.

Mrs. Maniscalco: It was March. We’re fine.

Vice President Labow: Okay, so we have not introduced the budget. Make sure our public, the media is aware of that.

Mrs. Lashway: I have a question for clarification. What about the Solid Waste? That’s moot if the budget’s not introduced, correct?

Mrs. Maniscalco: No, I think Solid Waste is a separate issue so we had enough votes for that.

Mr. Dorsey: It’s its own budget and it passed by five.

Mr. Sohl: That was unanimous.

Mr. Dorsey: Everybody voted for the Solid Waste.

Vice President Labow: Okay, Solid Waste went through and our budget is not introduced so we will have to bring it back on the May 26th. Mr. Greenbaum?

Mr. Greenbaum: Does it have to be done by way of ordinance? We did it by way of resolution. That’s sufficient for introduction?

Mr. Dorsey: No, you’re not listening. The budget is referred to as a budget resolution but it is treated under the statute the same as if it was an ordinance. So there are actually two readings, two adoptions, each by a majority of the entire membership.

Mr. Greenbaum: Got it.

Mrs. Maniscalco: Ralph’s here. We’ll make sure that we get the revised changes to the sheets and the hearing date and whatnot for the main budget for the next meeting.

Vice President Labow: May 26th.

Mrs. Maniscalco: You following me?

Vice President Labow: She’s going to, you’re not going to change what John did. You’re going to just…

Mr. Dorsey: You’re not talking about the School Board budget?

Mrs. Maniscalco: No, I’m talking about the current fund budget. There’s a section that talks about when we’re introducing and the hearing dates that we’re having. So they’re going to make those changes and give them to Lisa for the budget.

Mrs. Lashway: It’s going to be advertised in this week’s paper that it was already introduced because of budget deadlines.

Mrs. Maniscalco: That’s fine.

Mrs. Lashway: Is there direction that you’re going to give to Sherry so that we can introduce at the next meeting?

Vice President Labow: I don’t know that there is any, the reasons for, was there something that Mr. Tobey and Mr. Perkins…?

Mr. Tobey: I’ll make a statement. It’s approximately 6.9%. Is that correct?

Vice President Labow: 6.84%.

Mrs. Maniscalco: The increase, Phil, is 6.72%.

Mr. Tobey: I’ll go on the record and say approximately 6.8%, too much surplus and I don’t believe we’ve really made any difficult decisions. I’m not in favor of the budget and I’ll leave it at that.

Mrs. Lashway: Alright, so we are probably not going to be able to introduce on the 26th. There’s going to have to be another meeting to discuss what budget…

Mr. Greenbaum: It depends on how Russ and Steve would vote. If Russ and Steve were to vote in favor of the budget as is then we could call them and find out what their opinion is, and then you have enough votes to introduce. It doesn’t sound like anyone really wants to change their mind.

Mr. Dorsey: Well, wait a minute. How many votes are there for Mr. Tobey’s suggestion as to the budget?

Vice President Labow: It was Mr. Perkins and Mr. Tobey that voted no.

Mr. Dorsey: Just two. Anybody want to join in their position? Don’t shake your head, Ray. Somebody might want to join in.

Mr. Tobey: I have no problem with having another budget meeting and taking it a little further, quite frankly, because to me 6.7% is just not acceptable, and going into the surplus is irresponsible. That’s my position.

Mr. Greenbaum: I certainly would look at whatever cuts Mr. Tobey suggests and consider them at this point. So if Mr. Tobey wants to circulate a memo as to additional budget cuts, I’ll consider that and consider changing my position.

Mr. Dorsey: And then maybe if you change your mind you can get back to Lisa so she’ll know how to proceed.

Mr. Greenbaum: Certainly.

Vice President Labow: Alright, Lisa will get back to Sherry and determine if it’s going to be an introduction or if it’s going to be a budget hearing looking for more cuts on the 26th.

Mrs. Maniscalco: Alright, just an FYI, I’m going to be away next week. So if you’re not going to decide this week and you’re going to make changes next week, just let Gary know so he can incorporate what you need.

Mr. Dorsey: Send Colleen in, send Colleen in.

Mrs. Lashway: There’s no meeting.

Mrs. Maniscalco: Do what?

Mr. Dorsey: Send Colleen.

Mrs. Maniscalco: Colleen isn’t certified. You’re out of luck.

Vice President Labow: There’s no meeting next week, Sherry.

Mr. Dorsey: Send Colleen and I’ll wrap it up.

Mrs. Lashway: The next meeting isn’t until May 26th. There’s no meeting next week.

Mrs. Maniscalco: No, I know that but if you’re going to need to make changes and they are going to occur next week, to get ready for the Tuesday meeting, Lisa, because I’m not going to be back until the day of that meeting is what I’m saying. So you’re going to need to talk to Gary and have him incorporate the changes if there’s a decision before then.

Mr. Dorsey: Sherry, you lost your sense of humor.

Mrs. Maniscalco: It’s still here I’m just tired.

Vice President Labow: Very good, thank you.

Mr. Roman: She’s married now, that’s why.

Vice President Labow: Alright, we’re going to move on with the Council Reports, please. Lake Environmental Issues Committee. Mr. Rattner is not here. Safety Committee Liaison, Mr. Perkins.

Lake/Environment Issues Committee

Safety Committee Liaison

Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Madam Chair. I’ll just take a back step on the Lake Environmental Issues and just remind everybody that the Lake cleanup is this weekend on Saturday. So everybody bring out a pair… I think we give gloves, Lisa, if I’m not mistaken. So we should be able to go ahead and get that done for Mr. Rattner. Safety Committee Liaison, there has not been a meeting so nothing to report Madam Chair.

Vice President Labow: Thank you very much. Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman: When is the next scheduled meeting of the Safety Committee?

Mr. Perkins: Technically they are once a quarter. I don’t have a date yet from the coordinator.

Mr. Roman: Because I noticed we’re making an access road within the Turkey Brook Park, you know, the center parking lot. The purpose of which is during the carnival when the busses are circulating that they can exit through that access road. From what I understand it’s only going to be used for that purpose. I guess this question can also be addressed to Administration.

Mr. Sohl: I spoke to Tim about it. Tim has no problem with it being used all the time. So we’ll have to see where it’s going to go.

Mr. Roman: Yes, because I mean I think it would alleviate, especially on the weekends when use is increased, that if somebody wishes to proceed further into the back they could, but if they want to exit they can just quickly exit through there.

Mr. Sohl: I understand.

Mr. Roman: So I would at least like to have that looked into and preferably used as such.

Mr. Sohl: Yes, I asked Tim to check with Sergeant VanNess to find out what the opposition is.

Vice President Labow: Thank you, Mr. Roman. Next, of course I lost my notes again. Economic Development Committee Report for Mr. Rattner. He is not here. Solid Waste Advisory Committee Report, Mr. Perkins?

Economic Development Committee Report – none

Solid Waste Advisory Committee Report

Mr. Perkins: No report but the budget was introduced.

Vice President Labow: Library Liaison Report.

Library Board Liaison

Mr. Tobey: Nothing to report.

Senior Citizen Liaison

Vice President Labow: Thank you. Senior Citizen, I gave my report last time. With that, I’m going to open up the meeting to the public. Is there anybody from the public who would like to address the Council this evening? Mr. Semrau? Seeing none, I close the meeting to the public. Council Comments, Mr. Greenbaum?

PUBLIC PORTION – none

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Greenbaum: None.

Vice President Labow: Mr. Tobey?

Mr. Tobey: No further comments.

Vice President Labow: Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins: Nothing.

Vice President Labow: Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman: Nothing.

Vice President Labow: And I have no comments this evening. Can I have a motion to adjourn, please?

Mr. Perkins: So moved.

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

Vice President Labow: Roll Call, please.

Mr. Roman: All in favor.

Vice President Labow: Oh, yes, all in favor?

AYE
ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:16 pm.

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Russell J. Tepper, 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 May 26, 2009.

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

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