May 14, 2013 Township Council Minutes
The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:18 p.m. by Council President Labow.
OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
Mrs. Lashway: According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Daily Record. Notice has been posted in the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and notices were sent to those requesting the same.
Present: Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Nicastro, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Staszak, Mr. Perkins and Mr. Mania
Absent: Mr. Roman
Also Present: Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Mayor Robert Greenbaum
- Honoring Budd Lake Fire Department Volunteer Recruitment Week
- Honoring Mount Olive T.N.R. Project
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Recognizing Mount Olive TNR Project. PDF Res
President Labow: Let the record reflect that Mr. Roman is on vacation this evening and will not be in attendance. I have a question for Jeff Pasek, our Attorney. We had the Land Conservancy Update in the Workshop, we also have it on the Public Agenda, and do we want to have that information transferred over to the Public Meeting? Skip that, we just had it on the workshop, sorry. I was on the wrong page. The first thing we have, we were going to do our Resolution first, but the TNR group isn’t here yet because they are going to come at 7:30, so we are going to move onto the next part and then we’ll backtrack to that. We have approval of Minutes of our previous meeting, Mr. Nicastro.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
April 30, 2013 WS & PM (Mr. Roman Absent)
Mr. Nicastro: I move to approve the April 30, 2013 Workshop and Public Meeting.
Mr. Mania: Second.
President Labow: Very good, any questions, concerns? Seeing none, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
President Labow: Alright…
Mayor Greenbaum: We do have a Proclamation, different than TNR.
President Labow: Do you want to do that Proclamation now?
Mayor Greenbaum: Sure.
President Labow: Now we have some of our members from TNR arriving.
Mayor Greenbaum: We can do the second one after.
President Labow: The Mayor is going to read one Proclamation and then we’ll move onto the next.
Mayor Greenbaum: This is a Proclamation honoring the Budd Lake Fire Department Volunteer Recruitment Week.
WHEREAS, the Budd Lake Fire Department is a vital public service to Mount Olive Township and surrounding communities; and
WHEREAS, the volunteers of the Budd Lake Fire Department are ready to provide lifesaving service to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and
WHEREAS, volunteers are the lifeblood of our community, their compassion is a testament to the generosity of the American spirit; and
WHEREAS, volunteers of the Budd Lake Fire Department are provided specialized training and continued education to enhance their lifesaving skills; and
WHEREAS, it is important to know that every one of us has the opportunity to become an everyday hero.
NOW THEREFORE, be it proclaimed that I, Robert Greenbaum, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby proclaim, May 24th through May 31, 2013 as Budd Lake Fire Department Volunteer Recruitment Week in Mount Olive Township.
Robert Greenbaum, Mayor
President Labow: Thank you Mayor. We’re going to just continue because I think there are a couple more members of TNR coming. One, maybe? Just a couple of minutes. We have 67 pieces of Correspondence this evening. Does anybody have any questions, concerns, comments? Seeing none. I’m sorry. Jump, jump up and down. Yes, Mr. Perkins?
Mr. Perkins: You missed me at the Workshop so I’m not here theoretically. I’m trying to find where it is listed Madam President, it’s the letter that we received from the State referencing COAH, where they are coming and taking our funding from the Affordable Housing Trust. Do we have an update on that, Sean?
Mayor Greenbaum: There was an injunction issued today by the Appellate Division stopping the State from taking any funds, plus, in addition we are we believe far enough along in the process in terms of Cobblestone to avoid any forfeiture of the funds. As of now, there is no state action that can be taken in light of the court ruling.
Mr. Perkins: Perfect, thank you Mayor.
President Labow: Thank you, that’s really good news to here.
Mr. Perkins: You’re not kidding.
President Labow: Any other questions on any other correspondence? Seeing none.
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/ OTHER TOWNS
1. Email received April 25, 2013, from School of Administrative Science regarding Hurricane Sandy Symposium – Fairleigh Dickinson University. PDF Correspondence
2. Email received April 26, 2013, from TransOptions regarding the Bike to Work Challenge Returns, Junior Solar Sprints, and More! PDF Correspondence
3. Email received April 26, 2013, from National League of Cities regarding Action Needed for Senate Passage of Marketplace Fairness Act. PDF Correspondence
4. Email received April 30, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding A Need to Think Differently About Disaster Preparedness. PDF Correspondence
5. Email received April 30, 2013, from Morris Habitat regarding Morris Habitat – Help Us Build a House in Two Days. PDF Correspondence
6. Email received May 1, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Post Sandy Business Recovery Grants Available. PDF Correspondence
7. Email received May 2, 2013, from Morris Habitat ReStore regarding MORRIS HABITAT ReStore – 6th Anniversary Celebration and Sale Event. PDF Correspondence
8. Email received May 2, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Positions Available. PDF Correspondence
9. Letter received May 2, 2013 from New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association, Inc. regarding the Contractors Registration Act. PDF Correspondence
10. Email received May 3, 2013, from Sustainable Raritan River Initiative regarding June 11 – Sustainable Raritan River conference at Rutgers. PDF Correspondence
11. Email received May 3, 2013, from Sustainable Raritan River Initiative regarding Join us for Connecting Communities and Classrooms: May 22, 2013. PDF Correspondence
12. Email received May 3, 2013, from National League of Cities regarding Show your Support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. PDF Correspondence
13. Email received May 3, 2013, from North Jersey RC&D regarding May 4 – ForkRaising Event Reminder in Basking Ridge. PDF Correspondence
14. Email received May 3, 2013, from School of Administrative Science regarding Hurricance Sandy Symposium – Fairleigh Dickinson University. PDF Correspondence
15. Email received May 6, 2013, from Sustainable Raritan River Initiative regarding OOPS, corrected date!!! Join us for Connecting Communities and Classrooms: May 22, 2013. PDF Correspondence
16. Email received May 6, 2013, from National League of Cities regarding Senate Approves Marketplace Fairness Act. PDF Correspondence
17. Email received May 7, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding DNJ Conference updated to include latest on the Stronger New Jersey Business Grant Program. PDF Correspondence
18. Email received May 7, 2013, from Morris Habitat regarding Morris Habitat – Last Chance to Register, Build a House in 2 days. PDF Correspondence
19. Email received May 8, 2013, from Rutgers regarding Important Resources for Flood Mitigation. PDF Correspondence
20. Email received May 8, 2013, from Rutgers regarding Annual Conference – Limited number of reduced municipal rate registrations – Reply by May 17! PDF Correspondence
21. Email received May 9, 2013, from New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding NJCM Mayors Information Bulletin: Important Municipal Bond Information. PDF Correspondence
RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS
22. Letter received May 6, 2013, from Washington Township regarding Ordinance RO-10-13. PDF Correspondence
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
23. Email received April 25, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A-2756 up for a vote in full Assembly on Monday, April 29. PDF Correspondence
24. Email received April 25, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding An Open Invitation: Jersey City Sixth Annual sustainable cities Conference. PDF Correspondence
25. Email received April 26, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Fifth Round of Funding from TIGER Grant Program. PDF Correspondence
26. Email received April 26, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League Professional Development Seminar. PDF Correspondence
27. Email received April 26, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Seminar Postponed. PDF Correspondence
28. Email received April 26, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding COAH Board Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 2013. PDF Correspondence
29. Email received April 26, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding FEMA Deadline Looms. PDF Correspondence
30. Email received April 29, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding The Mini One Day Conference and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
31. Email received April 30, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming NJLM Educational Foundation Seminar. PDF Correspondence
32. Email received April 30, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
33. Email received May 1, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding COAH meets and authorizes the taking of municipal housing trust funds. PDF Correspondence
34. Email received May 1, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding May Grant Page Posted II. Eastern Region Community Media Conference Provides Critical Update on FirstNet III. New Jersey Digital Government Summit. PDF Correspondence
35. Email received May 2, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
36. Email received May 2, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding New Member Benefit – Follow NJLM on Social Media. PDF Correspondence
37. Email received May 2, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Uncover Your Revolutionary Spirit. Discover Revolutionary New Jersey. PDF Correspondence
38. Email received May 3, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
39. Email received May 3, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Action Needed on Major Public Utility Reforms. PDF Correspondence
40. Email received May 6, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
41. Email received May 6, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming Sustainable Jersey Events and Trainings. II. Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
42. Email received May 6, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Affordable Housing, COAH, Trust Fund Dollars. PDF Correspondence
43. Email received May 7, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Marketplace Fairness Act Passes Senate: Thanks to Mayors Who Voiced Support for Main Street Retailers. PDF Correspondence
44. Email received May 7, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM Mayor’s Newsline – May 2013. PDF Correspondence
45. Email received May 8, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Eastern Region Community Media Conference Provides Critical Update on FirstNet. PDF Correspondence
46. Email received May 8, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Pending Court Case Impact on Dune Construction. PDF Correspondence
47. Email received May 8, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Program Postponed. PDF Correspondence
48. Email received May 9, 2013, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM Educational Foundations, Inc. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS / COAH
49. Letter received April 26, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Pre-Cancellation Letter Regarding Application for a Transition Area Waiver – Averaging Plan, Special Activity Transition Area Waiver for Stormwater Management, Freshwater Wetlands Statewide General Permits No. 2 and No. 11 for Block: 6000; Lots: 5 & 6 (70 and 90 Pleasant Hill Road). PDF Correspondence
50. Email received April 29, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Air Quality Awareness Week. PDF Correspondence
51. Email received April 29, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Corrected Link for Air Quality Awareness Week. PDF Correspondence
52. Letter received April 30, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Area of Concern: One 550 gallon #2 heating Oil Underground Storage Tank System for Block 1103, Lot 1(1 Michael Drive). PDF Correspondence
53. Letter received May 1, 2013, from JM Sorge Inc. regarding Agilent Technologies, Block 102, Lot 13 (550 Clark Drive). PDF Correspondence
54. Letter received May 1, 2013, from JM Sorge Inc. regarding SKC Powertech, Block 102, Lot 16 (850 Clark Drive). PDF Correspondence
55. Letter received May 1, 2013, from JM Sorge Inc. regarding L3 Communications, Block 102, Lot 12 (450 Clark Drive). PDF Correspondence
56. Letter received May 1, 2013, from JM Sorge Inc. regarding BASF, Block 102, Lot 12 (450 Clark Drive). PDF Correspondence
57. Letter received May 2, 2013, from State of New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing regarding Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund Current Balance. PDF Correspondence
58. Letter received May 2, 2013, from State of New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing regarding Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund Current Balance - Revised. PDF Correspondence
59. Letter received May 6, 2013, from Eastern States Environmental Associates, Inc. regarding Legal Notification, Block 7100, Lot 67 (Tinc Road School, 24 Tinc Road). PDF Correspondence
60. Email received May 7, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Administrative Order – Extension of the Waiver of Permitting Requirements for Authorized Activities. PDF Correspondence
61. Email received May 7, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Christie Administration Urges the Removal of Standing Water. PDF Correspondence
62. Letter received May 9, 2013, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount Olive High School, Block: 7600, Lot: 86 (18 Corey Rd.). PDF Correspondence
63. Email received April 30, 2013, from the County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris. PDF Correspondence
MUA / MSA
64. Minutes received April 29, 2013, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the March 28, 2013 meeting. PDF Correspondence
65. Fax received April 26, 2013, from Cablevision regarding Launch of DVR Plus Service. PDF Correspondence
66. Email received May 7, 2013, from Extel Communications regarding NJ State Contracts #A80801 & #A80807 for Telephone Equipment and Services. PDF Correspondence
67. Email received May 7, 2013, from First Energy regarding JCP&L Open House and RDO Tour. PDF Correspondence
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING – None
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - Second Reading May 28, 2013
President Labow: We have no Ordinances for Public Hearing this evening, however, we have two for Introduction, First Reading. Moving right along to that, the next item on the Agenda for first reading:
Ord.#15-2013 Ordinance Appropriating $15,000 on Reserve in the General Capital Fund for Parks and Trails for Improvements to the Trail System in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey. PDF Ord.
President Labow: Mr. Perkins, would you please move that?
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Madam President. I move that Ordinance #15-2013 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on May 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, New Jersey for a public hearing, consideration of second reading, and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
President Labow: Thank you, any Council discussion? Seeing none. Would anyone from the public like to speak on this Ordinance? Seeing none, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
President Labow: Next item on the Agenda for First Reading is:
Ord.#16-2013 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, to Amend Chapter 400, Land Use, Article V, Design Guidelines and Technical Standards, Section 75, Tree Removal, Replanting and Forestry Management Plans. PDF Ord.
President Labow: Mr. Staszak, would you please move that for us?
Mr. Staszak: Thank you. I move that Ordinance #16-2013 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on May 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, New Jersey for a public hearing, consideration of second reading, and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.
Mr. Mania: Second.
President Labow: Thank you. Any Council discussion? Mr. Mayor?
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, I received an email today from Judy Johnson who is my alternate on the Planning Board. She had indicated that the Planning Board had some concerns about the Ordinance, so I assume what
happens as is the usual course is that once we introduce it, it will go to Planning Board for whatever they have to say on it and it will come back to the Council prior to adoption.
President Labow: They didn’t specify…
Mayor Greenbaum: No, but I am sure…what this Ordinance is supposed to do is to make it quicker so that the tree bank can be utilized by the Administration pursuant to Council Approval. What we have now is a delay in terms of the Planning Board and most of these things are not in association with Planning Board applications. It seemed to me that that was the appropriate course to take to just let the Council look at what the use was going to be. I don’t know what Planning Boards objection is other than that we’re taking it away from them.
Mr. Mania: That’s the objection, Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: I understand and I don’t know that’s necessarily a valid objection. The people sitting up here are in a better position to evaluate the use of what I’m going to describe as a Township asset, which is what the Tree Bank is. We generally tend to use them around the park, around the Municipal Building those types of things. There is no reason whatsoever that the Planning Board needs to be involved. When I had spoken to the Chairman, Mr. Weiss, he agreed at that time, but I know that the Planning Board has an interest in everything that is going on in town, I applaud the fact that they most likely want to keep it within their control, but I don’t see why that needs to be. Let’s see what they come back and say.
President Labow: We are still going to move it for First Reading and we’ll have it resolved within the next two weeks? Mr. Mania, when does the Planning Board meet, this Thursday?
Mr. Mania: We have another meeting this Thursday. I don’t know if that is going to be on the Agenda though.
Mr. Perkins: Bring it up under Old Business.
Mayor Greenbaum: You’re not sitting tomorrow night, correct?
Mr. Mania: Pardon?
Mayor Greenbaum: You have to….
Mr. Mania: I have to recuse myself because it is a D variance.
Mayor Greenbaum: It’s a D variance.
Mr. Mania: So does Judy.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, I know.
President Labow: Hopefully we’ll get this resolved within the next two weeks or we might have to put it off for a month?
Mayor Greenbaum: It doesn’t matter.
President Labow: You’ll let us know?
Mayor Greenbaum: There is no real rush to push it through.
President Labow: We’ll just wait to hear from you.
Mayor Greenbaum: I will refer it to Planning Board for action either at their next meeting or the meeting after. That way, they’re just not sitting on it, recognizing that this meeting may be tied up with the Siemens application.
President Labow: We’re going to go forward we’ll have the First Reading this evening, the introduction and then we’ll just put it …
Mayor Greenbaum: I would put in on for Public Hearing at whatever date and carry it if we haven’t heard back from them.
President Labow: Carry it at that point, okay.
Mr. Mania: Right.
President Labow: We don’t want to carry it tonight, we want to introduce and then carry later?
Mayor Greenbaum: I think that’s the appropriate thing to do.
President Labow: Sounds good. Everybody okay with that? Any comments or concerns from the public? Seeing none. Any other Council comments? 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 – J. Mania
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Shared Services Agreement with the Town of Dover for the Provision of Local Public Health Services Pursuant to the Interlocal Services Act (N.J.S.A. 26:38A 2-1 et seq.). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Sean Canning, Business Administrator, to Execute a TWA Application for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc. (62 Flanders-Bartley Road, Block 5400 Lot 25 & 26). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Modification of Expenditure Related to the 2012 Community Development Grant for Budd Lake Drainage Improvements. (revised) PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Revising Grant Expenses for the National Recreation and Trails Program. (revised) PDF Res
- A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris and State of New Jersey Authorizing the Award of a Professional Services Contract Without Competitive Bidding to the Louis Berger Group, Inc. for Professional Services Associated with the Cobblestone Health Care Facility, 20-23 Stonewald Court Drive, Budd Lake, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, Block 3203 Lots 21 and 28. (new) PDF Res
President Labow: Alrighty, we are going to go over the first Resolution of this evening. I know Ms. Lerner was hoping to make it here, but she knows it was going to be 7:30 when we were going to do this so I’ll just give a little introduction. Back in March, I received an email from Girl ScoutTroop 374 and they have been volunteering with the Mount Olive TNR Project for several months now. They had some fundraisers, they had a movie event where a portion of the ticket sales proceeds were contributed to the Mount Olive TNR. They have been helping at various functions, Adoption Days I believe they’ve been coming. They sent me an email in March and they had said, which I thought was a lovely email that they sent to me. I just want to read it very quickly for the record. They said, “We were wondering if you could recognize Mount Olive TNR’s volunteers. We think you should recognize the TNR volunteers because they set up adoptions almost every single week, they also trap the feral cats, they forester the cats, and they buy supplies for the cats, take the cats to the vet so they can be neutered and much more. It is amazing that the TNR volunteers just do this to help out the community. Please contact us and let us know what you think.” I responded and had suggested that the girls could write the Resolution if they want, this is all part of their Bronze Award. They actually did some research, found out what the difference was between a Resolution and an Ordinance and they actually wrote the Resolution themselves. Without further ado, Mrs. Lynch, would you like to stand up and bring the girls over to the podium, and what we are going tonight is the girls are going to read into the record the Resolution. Each one is going to have their own Whereas to read and then the Mayor has a Proclamation after that. Tonight we have with us, the members of the TNR group here, several of the members. We also have our Animal Control Officer and Mr. Nelson is in the back, he’s working very closely with the TNR group as well. It’s all yours Mrs. Lynch.
Mrs. Lynch: Thank you Mrs. Labow. Thank you to Council, Councilwoman Labow, as well as Mayor Greenbaum and Mr. Canning for having us here this evening, not only allowing this learning opportunity as Scouts of Mount Olive, but also for helping support our efforts along the way. Mayor Greenbaum, you were
kind enough to advertise our event, our movie event, which did draw a number of community members and in lieu of purchasing a ticket, they brought with them a variety of donations for TNR. This has been an exciting journey, I think a journey that we have as a troop learned a tremendous amount about not only TNR, but about ourselves as a team. It is very interesting watching our troop operate within our meetings. They are amazingly respectful of one another, they appreciate each others’ thoughts and ideas and what is really amazing to see is how they grow an idea and that is what has brought us here tonight. Without further ado, I am here, Danielle Lynch of 11 Manor House Road with Kelly Magnotta, 40 St. John’s Road in Budd Lake, along with all of our Scouts of 374. They are Mackenzie Lynch, Caitlyn Magnotta, Rachel Mandell, Sydney Mullin, Alyssa Ouimet, Megan Perry, and Emily Smith.
WHEREAS, Mount Olive T.N.R. Project is fortunate to have a host of volunteers leading its grassroots effort to manage the feral cat population in Mount Olive through Trap-Neuter-Return, a humane and effective solution to the feral cat overpopulation; and
WHEREAS, since August 2009, the volunteers of Mount Olive’s T.N.R. Project have been working hard at reducing the feral cat population in Mount Olive as shown by these numbers: they have been able to reduce impoundments by 81%, reduce euthanasia by 100%, and reduce the overall number of cats in feral colonies by 65%; and
WHEREAS, during 2012, the volunteers of Mount Olive’s TNR Project have also helped to adopt out 39 cats, reunite 3 cats with their families, transfer 38 cats to no-kill organizations, which adopt out, and continue foster care for 6 cats who have yet to be adopted; and
WHEREAS, the Mount Olive TNR Project volunteers look to raise money to provide the cats with the opportunity to visit a Veterinarian to get spayed or neutered, as well as to get their rabies shots, other necessary shots, microchip inserted and to conduct any necessary medical tests that ensure good health; and
WHEREAS, in just 2012, the volunteers of Mount Olive TNR Project have spent countless hours organizing and hosting pet adoptions, posting available cats on PetFinder and Facebook, taking the cats to the Veterinarian for necessary medical treatments, trapping cats, fostering cats, naming cats, maintaining a website, educating the community, and transferring cats to other no-kill adoption agencies; and
WHEREAS, the Township is appreciative and recognizes the support and encouragement from various volunteer groups such as Girl Scout Troop 374 who authored this Resolution, except for this section.
WHEREAS, based upon these countless hours of community service it is evident that the Mount Olive TNR Project’s volunteers care tremendously for these animals and that they have made many sacrifices of their own time for the community and their love of animals and such dedication has made a significant difference in overall well being of feral cats in the Township of Mount Olive.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris and State of New Jersey that they recognize Mount Olive TNR Project’s volunteers for their generosity and countless hours of community service, as well as their dedication and determination toward controlling Mount Olive’s feral cat population and helping many cats find forever homes.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution shall take effect immediately.
President Labow: Excellent. Any Council Comments? Seeing none. Anybody from the public like to make any comments? Seeing none, Roll Call...I’m sorry. Michelle, you have to go to the podium.
Michelle Payea DiAlfonso, 57 Scandia Rd, Hackettstown, NJ: I just want to say to these girls, I am so unbelievably proud of them. They have worked so hard and it has been 100% pleasure and I am very excited about tonight. That’s it.
President Labow: Thank you. They are doing a really great job. Mr. Nicastro?
Mr. Nicastro: No.
President Labow: You faked me out there. Can I have Roll Call please? I’m sorry, Mr. Ferrante, could you please move the Resolution?
Mr. Ferrante: I would like to move Resolution number one.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Labow: Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Labow: Mayor Greenbaum has a Proclamation this evening, also for the TNR.
Mayor Greenbaum: Thank you. First to Troop 374, what a great job, in all aspects, in your participation with TNR, in your participation with local government, and in the job you did here tonight representing Mount Olive Township recognizing a group of volunteers that have done a tremendous job with something that we didn’t even recognize before they came that we actually needed and which has worked so well to the benefit of all of Mount Olive Township. Hopefully, tonight will be the beginning of your participation as a citizen in Mount Olive Township and hopefully we’ll see you back on other projects in the future because its people like you that really make a difference in our community. Now, speaking to the members of TNR, I really can’t read it any better than the girls did and my Proclamation is almost identical to the Resolution so without reading the whole thing again, I will just read the Now Therefore clause of the Proclamation which is:
NOW, THEREFORE be it proclaimed that I, Robert Greenbaum, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby proclaim, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 as Mount Olive T.N.R. Project Day and recognize Mount Olive T.N.R. Project volunteers for their dedication and determination toward controlling Mount Olive Township’s feral cat population.
Thank you very much for everything that you do and I am sure that you’ll get this…
President Labow: Thank you Mayor, any Council comments, anyone? Mr. Perkins?
Mr. Perkins: Thank you Madam President. For those that aren’t aware, the TNR Project, we started that I guess August 2009 and as the sitting Chair of the Board of Health, we went through, I know there are 25 pages of Minutes, it was a rather lengthy presentation by the group to all of us on the Board. The original proposal was for a pilot program to be done up at the Oakwood Village Apartments. Numerous concerns with the Board turned out that the Board was not in favor of going forward with the pilot program. Subsequently, the group came before us here on the Council, the Council initially had turned it down. Then by a good gentleman I have known for many years, Mr. Tom Tarn, who kind of pulled us all together and said guys, sit down at a table and let’s hash this out, which we did until some late hours came to pass. I have to commend the group as I said in the Minutes, if it worked, I would be ecstatic. I was not quite on the fence at that particular point though I did finally vote in favor of it. This group has worked tremendously hard over the course of the years. To give you some example of their savings, the statistics that have been placed into the Resolution are nice from a percentile, but let’s look at it from dollars. In the year 2008, prior to the start of the TNR Program, the Health Department was being charged $18,065.00 per year and that included impoundment, euthanasia, and cremation and that’s just for cats. In 2009, we had gotten to $18,292.00, and of course, again, they had just come to us in August, so by the time they got this thing moving out… To be noted is the first year of TNR, which is the year 2010, we had impoundment and euthanasia, there was no cremation then, down to $4,884.00. They had saved the Township over $14,000.00 in fees. Likewise in the year 2011, it was $6,073.00, just happened to be one of those years I guess the cat population was moving a little quicker, and last year in the year 2012 we were actually at $4,576.00 with no cats being euthanized in this Township. There were no animals that had to be put down, that is to be commended. You guys have done a great job. Miss. Lerner, who came before us at the Board of Health meeting I believe a few months before our budget hearings, I think back in January, had requested that the Board consider a stipend of some sort to help offset the costing of the TNR Project. I subsequently spoke with Madam President, the Council agreed during Budget Hearings to help assist the Mount Olive TNR Program with a $5,000.00 fee that is set up in the Animal Control Trust Fund and I’m sure at least some of the bills were put through and approved all ready. We felt that we were somehow obligated to help this group who had saved so much of your taxpayer and cat licensing fee dollars to somehow help them offset their cost to continue to maintain and run their program. You guys brought me over the fence Michelle, so thank you very much guys.
President Labow: Thank you Mr. Perkins, anyone else? I’d also like to see if our Animal Control Officer, Mr. Nelson, would you like to come up and say a few words? No. I have to say that Frank has been truly a
godsend. I just want to give an example of some of the extra effort he puts in. Somebody had called, reported, I think TNR had found a cat that was missing and Frank went near the street and he checked the records and he found a license on the street and the cat was reunited with the family. It is just phenomenal how everybody works together and everything is working out really well. We even had with Dr. Golub, at Golubs office, we actually, I used to go once in awhile and help pick up cats, but I’m not allowed to do that anymore because I
brought home a stray that had some issues. Dr. Golub personally asked me, could we help out and then Michelle DiAlfonso went over and she fell in love with Boo as well. He became our poster cat and he now has his forever home. It’s been really sweet, it’s a great group of people, we do a lot of fundraising. Mr. Canning would like to say a few words.
Mr. Canning: I just want to add what a wonderful group they are to work hand in hand with. Since taking over this position, they have been tremendous and we’ve gotten through some issues together and everything seems to be smooth sailing. It’s just a wonderful group of people and it’s a pleasure to work with you.
President Labow: I want to thank Troop 374 for bringing this to the Council and making this recommendation. You made my day, that was absolutely fantastic and thank you for putting together the Resolution. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you very much. We’re going to move right along here. We have Resolutions two through six. Anybody like to have any removed? Seeing none, Mr. Mania would you move two through six?
Mr. Mania: Yes, Madam President. I move for approval of Consent Resolutions two through six.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
President Labow: Any discussion? Seeing none. Anybody from our audience like to..? No one has any discussion for those, can I have Roll Call please?
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Labow: Next we have our Consent Motions. Mr. Ferrante, would you please move the Bill List?
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
Mr. Ferrante: I move the Bill List.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Labow: Any questions, concerns? Anybody from the public? Seeing none, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Labow: We have Administrative Reports.
Mayor Greenbaum: I’ll start. A couple of things, first of all I wanted to thank Storm Shawl for the painting he did up at Turkey Brook on the baseball tower. Looks tremendous, saved the town a lot of money and it’s just one example of the kind effort that Lisa Pignitaro has brought to the Township in terms of improvements without spending tax dollars. The second thing I would like to bring to everyone’s attention as a reminder is that the Habitat for Humanity Build Out, I believe is this Saturday…
President Labow: Saturday and Sunday.
Mayor Greenbaum: Saturday and Sunday, so if you are around... I will not be here, but if you are around you should try and stop by and certainly everyone can say they’re there on behalf of the Mayor if you go. I have one other thing.
Mr. Canning: Fairy and Pirate Festival.
Mayor Greenbaum: Oh, yes. This Saturday, very exciting, if you haven’t been to it already, I’m sure John Ferrante has been there, it’s the Fairy and Pirate Festival on Saturday and it’s supposed to be nice weather and I know it always gets a giggle, but I can tell you that for the group of Mount Olive citizens that enjoy that kind of thing and most of them fortunately are under the age 21, it’s a wonderful event and you should try and attend that as well.
President Labow: Sounds good. I’d also like to point out Mayor that Storm Shawl not only did he volunteer to do the paint job, he is also on our Flanders Fire Department too. He just keeps on giving which is very nice, he does great work. Mr. Canning?
Mayor Greenbaum: Did you have something Sean?
Mr. Canning: Yes, just two brief things. Spring projects from the Capital Improvement Budget are moving along. The bids are either going out or have gone out, there have been some awards. So far, knock on wood, we have come in under what we have budgeted, so we’re keeping a close eye on that and our bidding and project management. Second, touching upon the Adopt-A-Spot at the ITC is starting to come into full bloom as well. That’s another one of our Adopt-a-Spot efforts, I believe that’s Dicambio Landscaping and it’s in ITC’s South Mall.
President Labow: They did a great job.
Mr. Canning: One other thing, I’m not sure if Council is aware of this or not, the Municipal Aid Grant by the State of New Jersey was rejected for the first time in anyone’s memory for Mount Olive Township. We’ve enlisted the aid of Senator Oroho. We were in touch with New Jersey DOT. It appears that there has been some sort of reconsideration that we are now encouraged to apply for a Discretionary Grant. While we don’t anticipate that it will be the same award as the Municipal Aid Grant, it’s still something. The feedback we are getting from the DOT seems to be one more of, not on the merits of our grant, but more…we can’t pin down why we didn’t get the award, but the grant itself they said was rock solid, it’s just a matter of the other towns won out where we didn’t. The first time in anyone’s memory, we are not happy and we expressed that.
President Labow: Mr. Perkins?
Mr. Perkins: We had to complain about the paving on 206, right?
President Labow: Is that what it is?
Mayor Greenbaum: 46?
President Labow: We weren’t the only town that complained.
Mr. Perkins: I think everybody over there complained. Along Route 46, I think every town that got paved has a complaint.
President Labow: I do believe so.
Mr. Canning: That’s all I have.
OLD BUSINESS - None
NEW BUSINESS - None
President Labow: Legal Matters.
Mr. Pasek: Just one of them tonight, Madam President. Since 2009, the Township has been involved in a lawsuit entitled Rao versus Blue Bird Inn. We recently provided a legal update to the Business Administrator. We were in court recently on this matter and the court is allowing Blue Bird Inn’s claims against the Township to go forward, to continue on, however we believe there is no merit to his claims and we will continue to aggressively defend the Township in this matter.
President Labow: Thank you very much. We have Council Reports, Mr. Ferrante would you give your reports please?
Environmental Committee – none
Mr. Ferrante: Just one today, the Budd Lake Association is meeting on Saturday at 9 am for their annual lake cleanup. They’ll be meeting between Sandshore and Spring Roads, 9 am, could use the volunteers.
Library Board Liaison - none
President Labow: Very Good, Mr. Mania.
Planning Board Report
Mr. Mania: Planning Board, I’ll just give you highlights because if I had to read everything here, we’d be here until midnight.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you.
Mr. Mania: We discussed the draft 2013 Master Plan Re-Examination Report and the highlights are to rezone a portion of R-6 zone to commercial use, which is along Route 46, modification of service station conditional standards, accessory apartments in the RR-AA and RR-A zone districts, small wind and solar energy ordinance, continuing care as a conditional use in the R6 zone. This is a big one, Electronic Message Boards, it consists of about five pages, so those are the highlights. Thank you Madam President.
Senior Citizen Liaison – none
President Labow: Anything for Senior Citizens?
Mr. Mania: No.
President Labow: Are we going to have the Bocce Ball Tournament again this year?
Mr. Mania: I hope so.
President Labow: We’ll have to check that out. We have to practice guys before they have it, they blew us...
Mayor Greenbaum: Which team did John Mania play on?
President Labow: He played on, what were you on, Mrs.?
Mr. Mania: Yes, I think we were.
President Labow: I believe so, it was Lisa...
Mr. Mania: Why did you ask, is there a reason behind this question? We lost.
Mayor Greenbaum: I just know that you have a lot of friends that are members of the senior group. Why, what did you think I was saying?
Mr. Mania: I thought you were going to criticize my Bocce Ball game.
Mayor Greenbaum: I bet your Bocce Ball game is as good as anybody else’s sitting up here.
Mr. Mania: Well thank you very much Mr. Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: Except perhaps, Mr. Staszak, I haven’t seen his game at this point.
President Labow: We’re going to have to practice because we have to win this time, we lost last year. It was a lot of fun, a lot of fun.
Mayor Greenbaum: I wasn’t there and I don’t like to lose so…
President Labow: So you’re going…
Mr. Mania: How about you are present this year?
President Labow: Yes, we have to work on that.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes.
President Labow: We have Mr. Nicastro.
Open Space Committee Report
Mr. Nicastro: Just the Open Space Report. There were three trail dates to date which the White Trail at Turkey Brook is fully marked and cleared. There was a, thanks to Frank Wilpert and his team who have been extremely helpful in clearing the downed trees on the trail, there’s four to five more areas that require Frank, he promises he is going to go do that as well. Most of the Greenway Spurs and White Trails finally have been GPS’d. The GPS has been given to Scott to overlay on the Mount Olive map and they will be added to the Open Space site as well. There are several groups of volunteers. One project they’re working on is to provide a six foot wide bridge by Meier’s Pond down there. Bob and Kathy attended an Intertown Open Space Meeting in Stanhope and they discussed the enhancements of trails and the benefits to connecting trails between the towns.
President Labow: I saw on the Mayor’s Facebook page someone was talking about the White Trail and they were all excited that some people didn’t know and they were telling exactly where you go and how the trail goes through this area and that area. I thought that was really great to see community involvement actually talking about the trails. That’s a great thing there. Now we have Mr. Perkins.
Safety Committee Liaison - none
Board of Health Report
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Madam President. Board of Health is tomorrow evening. Nothing on Legislative and nothing on Economic Development.
Economic Development Committee Report - none
Legislative Committee Report - none
Board of Education Liaison Report - none
Recreation Liaison Report - none
President Labow: Mr. Roman is not here. Mr. Staszak, MOTV.
MOTV Committee Liaison
Mr. Staszak: Yes, the MOTV Committee. We met last night. We discussed the Council meetings are going to be aired in a more timely fashion, a little quicker. They will have things taken care of. Myself, I’m speaking with the school. We are reaching out to the sporting organizations, baseball, lacrosse, basketball, football, soccer to see if we can get them to start taping their events and putting them on. What else, the Fairies and Pirates Festival is coming up and I am sure that will be on and we had a good meeting last night.
President Labow: I would like to make a suggestion, since TNR is here let’s see how they feel about it. Maybe MOTV, when we have one of those Adoption Days, they could go over and video tape it?
Mr. Staszak: We could work with them, we are working with the Historical Society, they want to do a little slide presentation, similar to a then and now type presentation.
President Labow: Excellent.
Mr. Staszak: And air that. The Library events and I’m sure TNR, if they are having an event we would be more than happy to have that on there.
President Labow: That’s on channel 22 on Cablevision?
Mr. Perkins: 21 and something on FIOS.
Mr. Nicastro: 33 or something
President Labow: For TNR that’s the Cablevision MOTV and Mr. Staszak is our Council Liaison for that. Maybe they will come and video tape Adoption Day. Michelle is going to get her hair done professionally. I don’t have anything further than what we have already talked about with Mount Olive TNR, except to say it’s an honor working with all of you, the Girl Scouts, thank you very much. It has been a pleasure. Public portion.
President Labow: Would anybody from our Public like to come up and make any comments? Seeing none and closing to the public. We have Council comments, any Council comments? Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Nicastro, Mr. Perkins?
Mr. Perkins: Thank your Madam President. I just want to bring back to everyone’s attention again, the 9/11 Memorial here for Mount Olive Township. We are seeking desperate donations, any bit of money always works, a check is nice if we could get those mailed into the Township to the attention of Miss. Lisa Pignitaro, so we can continue to march forward. Hopefully, everyone knows what that memorial looks like. It has been in the newpapers, if not we can get you a flyer so at least know what that is. It’s about time we recognize those that really gave the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. They all went to work, they same as we did and unfortunately they’re not with us any longer. Thank you Madam President.
President Labow: Thank you. Mr. Staszak, any comments?
Mr. Staszak: Just a couple of comments from the MOTV. Just want to make sure everyone knows that MOTV does have a Facebook and we are on the Township website too. Thank you.
President Labow: I didn’t know that MOTV has a Facebook page.
Mr. Staszak: Yes, it’s MOTV, Mount Olive Television.
President Labow: Alright, good. I’ll have to go home and “Like” that tonight. It sounds good. Mr. Mania?
Mr. Mania: None at this point. Thank you.
President Labow: Alrighty, I have nothing. I would like a motion to Adjourn.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:57 pm.
Colleen Labow, Council President
I, Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk 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 May 28, 2013.
Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk