TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
- May 22, 2012
The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:28 pm by Council Vice President Labow.
OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
Mrs. Masser: 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: Mrs. Labow, Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Nicastro, Mr. Mania
Absent: Mr. Roman and Mr. Perkins
Also Present: Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Michael Augello, Township Attorney; Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk; Mayor Greenbaum
Vice President Labow: Once again I'd like to say that Mr. Perkins is on a business trip and Mr. Roman is
coaching his softball team this evening and before we go any further, I just want to remind everyone that in
order for the sound equipment to pick up all of our voices we have to speak into the mic so that we can be
clearly understood when everybody watches our video. Next we have on the Agenda Approval of Minutes of
Previous Meetings and Mr. Perkins is not here so I'm going to ask Mr. Nicastro. Would you please move the
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
April 24, 2012 WS & PM (Mr. Walsh and Mr. Roman absent)
May 8, 2012 WS & PM (Mr. Mania, Mr. Nicastro & Mr. Perkins absent)
Mr. Nicastro: I wasn't at the last meeting.
Mr. Walsh: I move the Minutes of the last meeting.
Vice President Labow: There's two. We have April 24, 2012, Workshop and Public Meeting and May
8, Workshop and Public meeting and what you'll do is just vote on the ones that you can vote on.
Mr. Walsh: Right, I'll move the May 8 th and April 24 th meetings.
Vice President Labow: Thank you. Do I have a second?
Mr. Mania: I'll second it.
Vice President Labow: Thank you. Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exceptions, Mr. Mania and Mr. Nicastro abstained on May 8 th and Mr. Walsh abstained on April 24 th .
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Honoring Jennifer M. Gentilucci for Dedicated Service to the Township of Mount Olive. PDF Res - J. Mania
Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Honoring Dorothy “Dee” Rygh for Dedicated Service to the Township of Mount Olive. PDF Res – J. Ferrante
Vice President Labow: Now we've already had our resolutions for our employees Jennifer Gentilucci and Dee
Rygh who are retiring this year. Of course we wish them the very best and there's been a lot of years of service
and I see Dee has seven grandchildren and Jennifer has nine. I've got a lot of catching up to do.
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS
- E-mail received May 4, 2012, from Morris Habitat for Humanity regarding Morris Habitat Happenings – May 2012. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 10, 2012, from Rutgers regarding Sustainable Raritan River Awards Due May 24. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received May 11, 2012, from the Township of Roxbury regarding Land Use. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 14, 2012, from United Way regarding Sample Trust Fund Ordinance. PDF Correspondence
ORDINANCES / RESOLUTIONS / CORRESPONDENCE FROM OTHER TOWNS
- Resolution received May 9, 2012, from the Town of Dover regarding Support of Proposed Legislation to Require Fire Districts, School Districts, and County Governments to Pay Their Fair Share of Tax Appeal Refunds and Settlements. (S-2904 and A-1503) PDF Correspondence
- Resolution received May 9, 2012, from the Town of Dover regarding Supporting the New Jersey Employer Support Guard and Reserve with Their Employment Initiative Program. PDF Correspondence
- Ordinance received May 10, 2012, from the Township of Roxbury regarding Land Use. PDF Correspondence
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
- E-mail received May 4, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Energy Receipts Restoration Bill Introduced and New User Fee Cap Bill Introduced. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 7, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Mayors Brownfield Site Remediation Roundtable Event. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 8, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding S-1914 Requires User Fees Be Included in 2% Cap. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 8, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Property Tax Funding Restoration Committee Action Scheduled and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 9, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Federal Transportation Policy Debates Continue, Webinar on US Supreme Court Cases of Interest to Local Government and Posting Public Contracts on the PERC Website. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 10, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the 14 th Annual League Baseball Appreciation Day June 19, 2012. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 10, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Peacetime Military Service and Pension Credits. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Mayor's Brownfied Site Remediation Roundtable Event and Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Property Tax Funding Restoration Committee Action Scheduled. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 15, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Historic Site Management Grant are Available from the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund and Mini Conference Offers Licensed Official a Chance to Earn 8 CEU Credits in One Day. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 15, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Supreme Court Decision in Seals v. County of Morris and User Fees. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 16, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Affordable Housing, COAH Trust Funds, A-2950 and Mayor's Brownfield Site Remediation Roundtable Event. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 17, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Funding Restoration Bill Postponed. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS
- E-mail received May 3, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding New Jersey Attracts Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic to Liberty State Park International Event Set for June 2. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received May 10, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Block 2501, Lot 2. (29 Falcon Drive, Budd Lake) PDF Correspondence
- Letter received May 14, 2012, from Kleinfelder regarding Response Action Outcome for Block 5401, Lot 17 (257 Route 206) PDF Correspondence
- Letter received May 14, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Stephens Homestead. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received May 17, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Treatment Works Approval, Mount Olive Mews. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received May 18, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding the Transportation Enhancement Program. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 7, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding GovConnect Update: May 7, 2012. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 7, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding NJSLOM Mini One Day Conference. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received May 15, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Guidance on Using National Cooperative Contracts. PDF Correspondence
Vice President Labow: So next we have on our Agenda Correspondence and we have one through thirty. Does
anybody have any questions that they would like to, or any statements about any of our Correspondence?
Seeing none, I would like to say we have our Ordinances for Public Hearing.
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEAR ING
OPTIONAL PUBLIC PORTION ON ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - (Second Reading June 12, 2012)
Vice President Labow: Second reading is going to be June 12, 2012. Our first ordinance is:
Ord.#17-2012 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance #3-2012 Which Established Salaries for the Mayor, Council, Department Heads, Supervisory Personnel and Employees of the Township Clerk's Office.
Vice President Labow: Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: Yes, I move Ord. #17-2012 to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on June 12, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. 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 the law.
Vice President Labow: Thank you.
Mr. Walsh: Second.
Vice President Labow: Any Council Comments? Anybody from the public? Seeing none, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
Vice President Labow:
Ord.#18-2012 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris and State of New Jersey, to Amend and Supplement the “Property Maintenance Code” of the Township of Mount Olive.
Vice President Labow: Mr. Walsh.
Mr. Walsh: Yes, I move that Ord. #18-2012 to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on June 12, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. 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 the law.
Vice President Labow: Thank you, can I hear a second?
Mr. Mania: Second.
Vice President Labow: Thank you. Any Council discussion, seeing none. Anybody from the public, seeing none, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
Vice President Labow: Alrighty, now we have no ordinances for…
Mrs. Masser: No, there are none on for second reading.
Vice President Labow: Okay, we have no ordinances for second reading this evening so we are moving right on to Consent Resolutions. We have three through fifteen. Mr. Walsh, would you please move those? Oh, first of all, would anybody like to have any removed to Non-Consent? Seeing none, Mr. Walsh would you please move Consent Resolutions three through fifteen.
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.
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific item of Revenue into the 2012 Municipal Budget ($105.75 for Clean Community Program). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Vendor Service Contract on a “Non-Fair and Open” Basis Pursuant to the Pay-to-Play Law (Norton Conservation Company). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Contract with Norton Conservation Company in Connection with the Site Remediation of Old Sanitation Site. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Institution of an In-Rem Tax Foreclosure. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Tax Collector to Prepare and Mail Estimated Tax Bills in Accordance with PL 1994 Chapter 72. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Limited Lifting of the Noise Ordinance for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to R&D Trucking Inc. for Sewage Sludge Pumping Services for the Years 2012-2013. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Rejecting All Bids for the Purchase of a Ladder Truck for Budd Lake Fire Department. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Golub Animal Hospital for Animal Impound Facility & Services. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Supporting the Healthy Community Development Program and Authorizing the Filing of a Grant Application. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Waive Limitation of Turkey Brook Park Hours of Operation for the Mount Olive Baseball & Softball Assn. for the Annual Memorial Day Tournament. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Adopting the Mount Olive Township Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual. ADDED 5/22/2012 PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Relative to Mount Olive Week Carnival (7/11/12-7/15/12) and Fireworks Scheduled for (7/14/12) and Rain Date (7/15/12). ADDED 5/22/2012 PDF Res
Mr. Walsh: I move Consent Resolutions numbered three through fifteen.
Mr. Mania: Second.
Vice President Labow: Thank you. Any Council members, any comments? Anybody from the public would like to address any of the resolutions? Okay, seeing none, Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
Vice President Labow: Consent Motions, Mr. Mania, would you please move our Consent Motions for this evening.
Approval of Solicitor's Permits for Ronaldo M. Florentino and Cindy E. Capavanni of Solmin Security Systems and Frank Gallo for a hotdog cart at Flanders Park.
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
Mr. Mania: Yes, I move for the approval of the Consent Motions one and two.
Vice President Labow: Thank you. Can I have a second?
Mr. Walsh: Second.
Vice President Labow: Any Council Comments? Seeing none, Roll Call please. Oh, one second. Any questions on the Bill List Mr. McDonald? Okay. Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception, Mr. Nicastro abstained on Motion Number two.
Vice President Labow: Administrative Reports, Mayor, Mr. Canning.
Mr. Canning: Just a couple of items. Auction results, we continue our progress on that. We've sold since this started over 60 items. We've received over $14,800.00 in our excess property so that is going along fine. We anticipate probably our next auction to be somewhere about September. We will be bringing a property list to Council for resolution for sale sometime in late summer. The MOU's for the Soccer Club and Football are moving along. We anticipate being able to bring something to Council by mid June and we are hoping to be able go out to bid and we are eyeing a window of late July early August for the turf the field as well as the lights. There's some items we have to work through up at Turkey Brook including specifications and the availability of three phase versus one phase power but Gene Buczynski's working on those technical specs currently. The Board of Ed, Sherry chaired a meeting last week with the Board of Education. Part of our overall fleet services approach, we have a I guess a task force or a team that Sherry, Tim Quinn, Jim Lynch, myself, as part of the fleet services we've spoke with the Board of Ed and there is a possibility we may be seeking to do a shared service of possibly taking over fleet maintenance. We'll have to see how the numbers work out and if it is a win for them and a win for us and it makes sense, we'll explore that.
Vice President Labow: Excellent.
Mr. Canning: That's all I have.
Mayor Greenbaum: I actually have four things Madam Vice President. I have, first of all…
Vice President Labow: Look at him smile when he says that.
Mayor Greenbaum: …Affordable Housing Trust Fund. We are moving forward with our attempt to purchase the property that we had discussed in Closed Session. At this point we have not heard back from the property owner which is somewhat troubling but we gave her a deadline in terms of responding so next meeting I should be able to report as to where we stand. If that deal does not move forward, what our plans are in terms of using the Affordable Trust Fund so that we don't lose the money to the State. Recently we've been working on the access to Country Oaks, the issue that we addressed during the budget hearings with respect to Morris Chase access. We are moving forward at this point to find out what is required from the State and the Highlands in terms of moving forward with that project. Ultimately, once we get our ducks in order we are going to come back to Council to get approval to spend the money to actually do the work, the engineering work and the paving on that access road. Two other matters, I'm sure you all have heard at this point that last week there was an accident at the High School involving two kids that were crossing the road from Jocynda and Patlyn to the High School entrance. They were hit by a school bus, a Mount Olive school bus and both, one of the kids was hurt worse than the other was and it involved a fractured skull and a maybe some ligament damage to her neck. The Township has gotten involved in terms of looking at that crossing to determine what needs to be done on a going forward basis to make sure that that type of accident doesn't happen again. We are looking at all different options. The most obvious are not necessarily the best. We are looking at re-routing traffic. We are looking at Crossing Guards. We are looking at striping the road. So we actually have a meeting set up with the Board of Education tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock to discuss the issues. There's only about three weeks left in the school year. I have instituted a policy for now to have a police officer stationed at the entrance of the High School. It's a quick fix. It's to show the public that we understand that there is an issue at that intersection and we are looking at the possible solutions and I will report back as to ultimately what is recommended by the Police Department in terms of the best solution. The final issue that I have relates to development matters. I've spoken to some of you personally about different things which are happening in town. One of them that we are working on very diligently right now is the subject of a protective order, a non-disclosure agreement. They are looking at a number of different sites in terms of development. I think that, in my opinion, Mount Olive is probably the number one location and if it happens, it's going to be a significant improvement in Mount Olive both in terms of job creation and in terms of tax ratable for the Township so we are very hopeful that this happens and ultimately if it does happen, it will put us in good financial state for years to come. The second one obviously is the bigger one that I've been working on, that we've all been working on for a period of time and hopefully at our next meeting I will be able to report some positive movement there. All indications that I've had with respect to that particular development matter have been positive although I haven't seen any significant show of dough related to that particular development.
Mr. Mania: Well, show the dough.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yeah, I was thinking about it on the way over here from the fourth grade concert. We're working it. If both of those development matters occur in the Township, we are going to be in really good financial shape for the long term.
Vice President Labow: Thank you Mayor Greenbaum. I'd just like to say that I was at a training seminar at my office this past week and I was fortunate enough to meet a gentleman who specializes in restaurant sales and I was telling him about Silver Springs and he was extremely interested in it so I did some research and passed the information on so he contacted his boss right away and hope, I would just love to see another restaurant go in there if at all possible.
Mayor Greenbaum: So would I but the site is somewhat difficult because of its location and the fact that there's no real way to cook the food other than by propane which makes it very difficult. It's a difficult site. If you found somebody to potentially resurrect that as a restaurant, it would really be a benefit to Mount Olive.
Vice President Labow: It would really be nice and we were talking about it like the Wallpack Inn up there by northern New Jersey area up there. What is it, Swartswood Lake?
Mrs. Masser: Lake Wallenpaupack.
Vice President Labow: Yes, Lake Wallenpaupack, oh it's before Lake Wallenpaupack.
Mrs. Masser: Oh, the Wallpack Inn. Is it by there though?
Vice President Labow: Yeah, Wallpack Inn, well it's about 20 minutes away. That's out in the middle of nowhere and it does extremely well and I think that they have the same issue. They have to go by propane.
Mayor Greenbaum: That's exactly what I'm looking for, another bar close to my house.
Vice President Labow: Yes, I guess we should re-think that.
Mayor Greenbaum: It's downhill too, it's downhill.
Vice President Labow: Anyway, so I was really excited. It's like you know, and all of us do the same thing when we keep up on all of the different issues and properties and I know Mr. Mania sees a lot of people, Mr. Ferrante and Mr. Nicastro, Mr. Walsh and we run into people wherever these things and we bring it up and let them know so we are all trying to bring more revenues in and thank God Mayor Greenbaum was right there poking and prodding and pushing this along and encouraging those endeavors.
Mayor Greenbaum: I'm the number one cheerleader if I may use that term. One other thing came to mind in terms of advising the Council. This past weekend we had the Fairy and Princess Carnival at Turkey Brook Park. I think in the past years we had about 1,000 people who participated. This year, it's my understanding that we had approximately 3,000 people who participated.
Vice President Labow: Wow.
Mayor Greenbaum: Kudos to the Recreation Department. The vendors all came back with very positive responses and really the Recreation Department has gone above and beyond this year with the amount of activities that they are producing and the level of their production is outstanding.
Vice President Labow: I just wanted, actually, I'm sorry it took more time, I didn't mean, but I was up here on Friday and Liz Meininger had gotten, all the tables were in the back of the van for the recreation event to go over to Turkey Brook Park. Somehow, some way, we had a gas leak on the van that spread all over the parking lot. So Jill Daggon's husband, Jim, came up with their van, moved all of the tables in to the back but they didn't all quite fit and I was leaving with my grandson at that time and they were like, Oh my God, how are we going to get over there because it was kinda…I said, don't worry. I'll drive behind you and I'll beep if they start to fall out. So we sorta held up traffic all the way over to Turkey Brook Park at like 3 mph but we made it.
Mayor Greenbaum: I guess kudos go to you then, Colleen, as well for the success of the event.
Vice President Labow: No, the important part is that, you know, here you have Jill's husband, you know he is not an employee of the Township yet he just stopped what he was doing and ran right up to help out and that was just amazing.
Mayor Greenbaum: He's not employed by the Township?
Vice President Labow: No, he just helps out a lot. He's great. But it was really exciting. I wish I had been able to go to that event on Saturday. Do we have any other Administrative Reports?
Mr. Mania: I just wanted to add to what Rob said. My daughter-in-law and my granddaughter went to that and they were extremely pleased. So all around then they were very happy. Just a quick question for Sean.
Vice President Labow: Sure.
Mr. Mania: If I may?
Vice President Labow: Absolutely.
Mr. Mania: How is the Turkey Brook project, our contractor with the millings?
Mr. Canning: Thank you Mr. Mania. Moving along very good. So far they are not quite completed but I had some progress there and the reports we got back so far from the lacrosse on this are very positive. The machine work that was done there from the donation, it's going to be improved for the short term but also you are really going to see it when it comes time for the carnival. They really out kicked their coverage. The contractor that offered their services did a tremendous job so far.
Vice President Labow: Very good.
Mr. Mania: Based on the cost of asphalt nowadays, it's $70/ton. I think we are doing okay.
Mr. Canning: Incredible savings were had, yes.
Vice President Labow: Using the millings is excellent because it has to be paid to be disposed of or use it. It's like, you know…
Mr. Mania: You pay to dispose of them.
Vice President Labow: Exactly, you have to pay to dispose of it, you might as well put it to use.
Mr. Mania: Unfortunately, the State of New Jersey only allows 20% to go back into the mix so these companies have tremendous piles of millings that they don't know what to do with.
Vice President Labow: I wanted to ask Mr. Greenbaum and Mr. Canning, our video equipment, are we using that at any of our events that we have going on like at Turkey Brook Park that we could…
Mr. Canning: Not yet. It's still in it's inception. I anticipate certainly for the carnival and any other events. The department heads have been notified that it is available so this is our second meeting being broadcast and I would certainly anticipate going forward most of our events being up on the web as well as the public access channel.
Vice President Labow: That would be great. Thank you. Alrighty, Old Business. Anybody have any Old Business?
Vice President Labow: Seeing none, New Business?
Vice President Labow: Seeing no New Business, Legal Matters.
Mr. Augello: I have none. I was just going to update the Council on the MOU's for Soccer and Football but Mr. Canning already did.
Vice President Labow: Excellent. Okay, what I want to do for Council Reports, I'm going to call on each Council member and whatever Committees, if you want to give your reports all at the same time. I think that might make it a little bit easier. So I'm going to start with Mr. Mania. Do you have…
Recreation Liaison Report – A. Roman
Board of Health Report – R. Perkins
Legislative Committee Report – P. Walsh & R. Perkins
Planning Board Report – P. Walsh
Board of Education Liaison Report – P. Walsh
Open Space Committee Report – J. Ferrante
Lake/Environment Issues Committee – J. Ferrante
Library Board Liaison – J. Ferrante
Safety Committee Liaison – J. Nicastro
Economic Development Committee Report – J. Nicastro
Senior Citizen Liaison – J. Mania
Pride Committee Report – C. Labow
TNR Program – C. Labow
Mr. Mania: No report.
Vice President Labow: Mr. Ferrante?
Mr. Ferrante: None.
Vice President Labow: None. Mr. Nicastro?
Mr. Nicastro: Well there's no Safety Committee yet scheduled but I missed the last Economic Development but I know they are working on, they've met with some companies in town in order to see what the needs are or anything. They are working on the website yet and they are working, creating a list of vacant space available so we can all try to find business to fill them.
Vice President Labow: Any news on anything that's going in the old A&P in Flanders yet? I had heard a rumor of Weis was thinking about it.
Mr. Nicastro: Yeah, that's about the only thing I've read about as well.
Vice President Labow: Yeah, nothing because I would really love a Whole Foods to go in over there but I don't know. They are cropping up all over the place you know.
Mr. Nicastro: It would be nice.
Vice President Labow: It would be very nice. Mr. Walsh?
Mr. Walsh: Yes, I do but Mr. Greenbaum, what happened with the kids who were walking? What were they doing? Were they walking to school or were they…do you know off the top of your head? I'm just curious. Do you know what they were doing when they got hit?
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, they were crossing the road to get to school.
Mr. Walsh: To get to school.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, it was during the timeframe that students who walk access Cory Road.
Mr. Walsh: Okay, so they were taking a bus, they were walking?
Mayor Greenbaum: Well, they live right there. They would never be bused. It's basically across the street. There are maybe five or six students that actually cross at that location. There are places to cross throughout Cory Road because there are developments as you move further, I guess it's south along Cory Road.
Mr. Walsh: But that's where all the kids who walk cross?
Mayor Greenbaum: No, it's not. There are different points along Cory Road. That's part of the problem that we are dealing with. Although it's a very difficult intersection because of the amount of traffic that is coming in and going out of that intersection, you have to recognize the fact that the school buses both come in and leave through that front entrance which is something that we are looking at in terms of how do we manage the flow of traffic better and my understanding, although I wasn't involved in the investigation, I would rather leave that to the police department, that even had there been a crossing guard at that location, the accident still might have happened based upon the circumstances. So we have to look at all solutions. I mean it wasn't a question of, it wasn't a question of if there had been a crossing guard there, the accident wouldn't have happened. I don't know that to be true.
Mr. Walsh: Okay.
Mayor Greenbaum: My understanding is that there may have been sun glare so if there had been a crossing guard there you might have had a situation where not only the kids had been hit but the crossing guard would have been hit as well. That's why you have to take…these traffic issues are much more complicated than simply putting somebody out there. It really does require somebody who has some knowledge in terms of, okay, what happens if we stop traffic flow there? Will that create the safety net that we are looking for? What happens at the other intersections? How are we protecting those kids? So there has to be an overall solution and that's why we have experts in the police department who look at this and give us guidance in terms of how we proceed. In the interim though I thought it prudent to say, look, we understand that there is a problem at this intersection based upon the fact that an accident happened. I spoke to Chief Spitzer and I said, in the short term until we come up with a solution I suggest that we have a police officer stationed at that intersection for the 20 minutes or so that that intersection becomes a path to the High School. Now having a police officer stationed there all the time is not practical and in fact, if there is an event which requires police to respond, that police officer is going to leave that intersection but in the short term we are going to stripe the road as a cross walk. We are going to look at the traffic flow so perhaps the traffic will come in through one of the entrances and out the other entrance of the High School during rush hour but again these are suggestions that we are awaiting on the police department in conjunction with the Board of Education to implement so that we have the right solution. A bandaid doesn't fix the problem.
Mr. Walsh: Thank you for, as always, your quick attention and of course, Chief Spitzer. That's all I have for today.
Mayor Greenbaum: By the way, I just want to indicate that when I found out about the accident having occurred, Alex was immediately notified of the event because it is important that all of us sitting up here are as educated on the facts as possible so that when we start to hear from the residents, we can also respond, yes, I know about it, we are on top of it, so on and so forth. I have to credit Mr. Canning in terms of immediately jumping on it and getting it to the Council's attention whether or not it was communicated from that point is something which I think probably needs to be worked on if you didn't hear about it but ultimately we did what we needed to do at our level to make sure that Alex was aware so he could communicate to the residents, to the Council members in case you have questions.
Vice President Labow: I have to be honest. I didn't hear about it. None of us heard about it.
Mayor Greenbaum: I think that we need to put a procedure in place. I don't fault Alex. It's probably something he didn't think about…
Vice President Labow: No, he probably got busy.
Mayor Greenbaum: …but we need to put a procedure in place that when there is an event of this type that we all know about it. We can all react to it. You know, and perhaps had you known about it, someone might have come up with a suggestion or gone to speak to the parents of the kids. I mean it was really very heart wrenching for me have to speak to the parents. Fortunately, I'm hopeful that they are both going to make a full recovery although obviously one was a very very serious injury and I'm not minimizing the injury to the second child as well. Both of them were 16 years old.
Vice President Labow: Mmm, wow. Mr. Walsh had something else?
Mr. Walsh: Yeah, just as another committee, just to let you know, last week Council President Roman and myself and Ray Oser, the head, the President of the Seniors, Lisa, the Mayor's assistant and a few other people met to talk about MOTV just to throw some ideas out on the table and we are going to have another meeting next Tuesday at 11 o'clock here in the conference room right here by the Clerk and this is just brainstorming ideas and the Council President, Alex, is probably going to present something to you all in the near future about having someone be a liaison and putting a committee together under the Rec Department or something like that. There's a lot of ideas flowing right now and all ideas are welcome. I'm not in charge of all of this. Nobody's in charge of it right now but Alex will probably be coming to you guys in the near future and hopefully with some sort of proposed policy.
Mr. Augello: Our office is also, we are working on the policy that we had talked about at previous meetings. I know Fred had reached out to a contact he has with Cablevision and he is gathering some documents so we are going to be working on putting that policy together as well. I'd be interested to know what you guys discussed at that meeting so if you wouldn't mind sending me like a summary or memo or give me a call after it, that might be helpful in the project that we are working on.
Mr. Walsh: Sure, sure and I'll copy everybody on whatever is discussed so that you all know.
Mrs. Labow: Actually on Tuesday I'll officially be a senior citizen.
Mr. Walsh: Oh my goodness! Congratulations!
Vice President Labow: So I get to join finally.
Mr. Walsh: And everyone is welcome to come to the next meeting too certainly.
Vice President Labow: And I think pretty soon they are going to start having their bocce on Thursdays and I think that would be really cool if we…I never learned how to play bocce ball so maybe we could...they have a tournament….
Mr. Walsh: That seems to be big over there.
Vice President Labow: It is. It's really big and they have a tournament with the police officers. Maybe we should have one with the Council and the Mayor and our Business Administrator. That would be fun. For my reports, for the Pride Committee – meets tomorrow night. TNR is having their annual, they actually do it twice a year, yard sale at the After on June 1 st and 2 nd so if anybody has, if you want to clean out your closets, your garage, you want to make any donations, it's usually one of our biggest fundraisers and everything else is going really well so we are going to open up to the public portion. Anybody have any comments? Seeing none, Council Comments? Mr. Mania.
Mr. Mania: I just want to share with the public and Council that I'm extremely proud of the organizations in town. I've just been elected the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and received communication from a resident in town who has a daughter with MS since she was two years old. She is now seven and needs a wheelchair, an automated one. Myself, I was able to get a donation from the Knights of $500.00, $250.00 from my Italian Club. The Lions came through with $700.00. The cost of the wheelchair is about $3,000.00 and it looks like with all of the donations that are going to come forth, we will be able to meet that goal of $3,000.00 and I'm just extremely proud of the organizations in town. It's a great community to live in.
Vice President Labow: Mr. Mania, the Kiwanis Club is having a gold and silver fundraiser on June 7 th at Adams. Ten percent of, say if you bought some gold and silver whatever and it's $100.00, you get the $100.00 and then $10.00 would go to Kiwanis so I can talk to Kiwanis and see if we can give part of our donations…
Mr. Mania: That would be great Colleen.
Vice President Labow: And I'll get the flier to you and then if anybody…
Mr. Mania: That would be great.
Vice President Labow: …especially if you have broken chains or a necklace, it's just a really great opportunity to get some extra money plus help out an organization so we are hoping it is going to be…it's going to start at 6 o'clock on June 7 th at Adams right on Route 46 so I'll send a flyer over and we'll pass it out and see.
Mr. Mania: I appreciate it.
Vice President Labow: Thank you that would be great.
Mr. Mania: And the nice part is too, they had a quotation from a company in Connecticut that wanted $3,000.00. I spoke to Bach's in Hackettstown and they are going to do it for $2,500.00.
Vice President Labow: Oh, excellent.
Mr. Mania: Their cost. They don't want to make any profit on it. Everybody's really come through.
Vice President Labow: That's wonderful. That's fantastic. Thank you for sharing that with us. It's wonderful. Mr. Ferrante?
Mr. Ferrante: Real quick, I know it's been discussed already, I was actually at the Pirate and Fairy Festival this past Saturday at Turkey Brook. It was a great event. There were lots of kids, lots of families. I was there with my family. I had a really good time.
Mr. Walsh: Were you a pirate or a fairy?
Vice President Labow: He has one of each.
Mr. Ferrante: I came as a resident.
Mr. Mania: You don't say that to an Italian.
Mr. Walsh: Just kidding.
Mr. Ferrante: Like the Mayor said, there was easily 3,000 people there and hopefully it's good things to come for the carnival.
Mayor Greenbaum: I was getting minute by minute updates from Mr. Ferrante.
Vice President Labow: You should have taken pictures and sent them to us.
Mr. Ferrante: We have pictures.
Vice President Labow: Oh good. I'd like to see them. That's great.
Mayor Greenbaum: One final thought, Brian Levine, the municipal judge was hospitalized this weekend and is doing better now and should make a full recovery.
Vice President Labow: Oh now. Oh good.
Mr. Mania: What happened?
Mayor Greenbaum: He was ill.
Mr. Walsh: Does someone cover for him or how does that work?
Mayor Greenbaum: Court will take care of it.
Vice President Labow: I was wondering because I thought he would have been here with Jennifer this evening.
Mayor Greenbaum: He is doing much better.
Vice President Labow: Good, thank you. Mr. Nicastro?
Mr. Nicastro: I just wanted to say that the video is fantastic. I didn't make the last meeting but it was nice to be able to go online and watch it and see what was happening and the quality is really good. So it's really good to see that and good job for getting that all done.
Mayor Greenbaum: The quality is really good even with Mr. Walsh appearing on the video?
Mr. Walsh: I'm so pretty. Make up!
Vice President Labow: We're going to have to put money into the budget for makeup and hair styles. Mr. Walsh, do you have anything?
Mr. Walsh: That's it for now, I'm speechless.
Vice President Labow: I have to mark that down in my calendar. May 22 nd at 8 o'clock Mr. Walsh was speechless and I'm going to add to it. I have nothing to add and can I have a motion to adjourn?
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:01 pm.
Alex Roman, Council President
I, Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on June 12, 2012.
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk