November 13, 2012 Council Public Meeting Minutes
The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:24 pm by Council President Roman.
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. Mania, Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Nicastro, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Roman, Mr. Perkins and Mr. Walsh
Also Present: Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Fred Semrau, Township Attorney; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Mayor Greenbaum
President Roman: We are on to Proclamations and I’d like to enter into the record the Mayor’s Pancreatic
Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation and the Budd Lake Fire Department Volunteer Recruitment Week
- Honoring November as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month”
- Honoring November 3-11, 2012 as “Budd Lake Fire Department Volunteer Recruitment Week”
President Roman: Okay we are on to Approval of Minutes, Mr. Perkins.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
October 16, 2012 WS & PM (R. Perkins & P. Walsh absent)
Mr. Perkins: I move for the approval of the October 14, 2012, Workshop and Public Meeting. Both
Councilman Walsh and myself were absent.
Mr. Mania: Second.
President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception, Mr. Walsh and Mr. Perkins abstained.
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS
- Certification of the Table of Equalized Valuations received October 18, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Treasury regarding the 2012 Tax Year. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 20, 2012, from Morristown Community Soup Kitchen & Outreach Center regarding Hunger Walk – Tomorrow – Sunday, October 21st. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 24, 2012, from North Jersey RC&D regarding Tree Pruning Workshop & NJRC&D Pie Sale. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 24, 2012, from Bergen County’s United Way regarding Bergen County’s United Way Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 25, 2012, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Reminder from Downtown New Jersey. PDF Correspondence
ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS & CORRESPONDENCE OTHER TOWNS
- Ordinance received October 24, 2012, from the Borough of Netcong regarding Ordinance 17-2012, Amending the Code of the Borough of Netcong and Establishing Regulations on Excessive Noise. PDF Correspondence
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
- E-mail received October 12, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A-2006, Allows Contracting for Construction Code Services, COAH 3rd Round Rules Challenge Scheduled for NJ Supreme Court Oral Argument and Important Conference Sessions Sustainable Jersey. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 15, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Important Conference Sessions Land Use & Affordable Housing. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 16, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 16, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NLC Webinar Scheduled for October 30 The 2011 Federal Budget Control Act (Debt Ceiling Deal). PDF Correspondence
- Legislative Bulletin received October 16, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Bills that were Enacted as Public Laws of 2012. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 17, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A-3393, Would Clarify Telecommunications Tax Law Correct Court Decision in Verizon v. Hopewell and Update on S-1451 & S-1452 Amendments to OPRA & APMA. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 17, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A-2586 & S-1534 Exempts Private Institutions of Higher Education from MLUL Requirements. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 17, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding User Friendly Budget Proposed Reporting Platform Update. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 22, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Important Conference Sessions: Vendor Solutions and Upcoming League Seminars. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 23, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Corrected Dates for Important Conference Sessions: Environmental Protections. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 24, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Assembly Action Update for October 18, 2012. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 24, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 97th Annual League Conference, Nov. 13-15, 2012: Program Posted on the Internet. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 25, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Follow-up Regarding Admin Order 2012-09 NJDEP Websites, Major Storm and Labor Situation at Trop & Revel in AC During NJLM Conference. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 25, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sample Resolution in Support of A-3393, Clarifies Verizon’s Responsibility to Remit Business Personal Property Taxes. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS
- E-mail received October 12, 2012, from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Motorists Urged to be Cautious for Deer on Roads This Fall. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 12, 2012, from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Revised Grant and Loan Website. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received October 17, 2012, from Environ regarding Givaudan Fragrances Corporation – Amended General Information Notice. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received October 17, 2012, from Civil Dynamics, Inc. regarding Application for a Statewide General Permit No. 18, Rehabilitation of Morris County YMCA Dam (NJDEP File No. 22-55) Mount Olive Township, Morris County. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 19, 2012, from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Unrestricted Use – No Further Action Letter and Covenant Not to Sue, Block 5800, Lot 55 (91 Main Street) PDF Correspondence
- Letter received October 19, 2012, from Brach Eichler regarding Objection to Highlands Applicability Determination, Application of Mazouz & Tomasa Jallad Pursuant to Public Notice Published August 1, 2012. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received October 22, 2012, from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Treatment Works Approval No. 12-0208, ITC Active Adult Community. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 22, 2012, from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Christie Administration Awards $13.1 Million in Grants to Bolster Local Recycling Efforts. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received October 23, 2012, from Civil Engineering, Inc. regarding Items Referenced in the Notice of Technical Incompleteness Review Letter for Jallad-Single Family Home, Block 7100 Lot 66 (134 Flanders Drakestown Road). PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 24, 2012, from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Follow Up Regarding Administrative Order 2012-09 DEP Websites. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 24, 2012, from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJ Clean Water Council – Notice of 2012 Public Hearing. PDF Correspondence
- Initial Receptor Evaluation received October 25, 2012, from Brockerhoff Environmental Services LLC regarding BMT Gas Co. BL 7704, Lot 44 (341 Route 46). PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 16, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding GovConnect Update: October 16, 2012. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 16, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs regarding NJ Clean Water Council Public Hearing. PDF Correspondence
MSA / MUA
- Notice received October 24, 2012, from the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority regarding a Public Hearing of the Authority’s Proposed Rate Schedule for Fiscal Year 2013. PDF Correspondence
- Minutes received October 23, 2012, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding the September 20, 2012 meeting. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 25, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding MCPO Inaugural Polish Heritage Month Celebration 11-19-12. PDF Correspondence
- Fax received October 24, 2012, from Comcast regarding beIN Sport Addition. PDF Correspondence
- Notice received October 25, 2012, from Elizabethtown Gas regarding Public Hearings. PDF Correspondence
- E-mail received October 26, 2012, from First Energy Corp. regarding Hurricane Sandy Preparations. PDF Correspondence
President Roman: Okay, we are on to Correspondence. There are 40 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone have any questions? Okay, seeing none, we are on to Ordinances for Public Hearing. I hereby open the hearing to the public on:
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
Ord.#35-2012 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Amend Section 400-95 Entitled “Signs” of the Township Code in Order to Establish Standards for the CR-3, Commercial Residential Zone District, the PB-Professional Business Zone District, the Professional Commercial-2 Zone District and the Active Recreation Zone District and to Eliminate Sign Regulations for the Professional/Business Zone District and Provided in Subsection’I’ of Section 400-101 to Achieve Consistency with the Revised Standards Established Herein.
President Roman: Mr. Mania.
Mr. Mania: Thank you Mr. President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #35-2012.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard?
Seeing none, any Council discussion? Okay, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Roman: Ord. #35-2012 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward
a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. There are no
Ordinances for First Reading so we are on to Consent Resolutions. There are 18 Consent Resolutions.
Does anyone wish to move any to Non-Consent? Seeing none, does anyone from the public wish to be
heard on the Consent Resolutions? Any Council comments? Okay, Roll Call.
Mrs. Lashway: No, we need a motion.
President Roman: I’m sorry.
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 Authorizing the use of a Purchasing Contract (SHI Corporation). 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 the “Pay-to-Play” Law (William Stothoff Co., Inc.). 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 the “Pay-to-Play” Law (Kronos Incorporated & SHI International Corp.) PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Disposal of Surplus Property (Various Public Items). PDF Res
- 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 ($2,112.50 for Bulletproof Vest Grant). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving an Emergency Purchase not to Exceed $12,500 for Well Pump Failure at the Sandshore/Indian Spring System. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Business Administrator to Execute a Grant Application for the 2012 Year End Statewide Crackdown Grant. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Mount Olive Child Care & Learning Center to Place Storage Shed on Property Located at 150 Wolfe Road in Mount Olive Township. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing the Adopt-A-Spot Program and Authorizing the Procurement of Concessions for Landscaping, Maintenance Services, and Beautification of Township-Owned Properties. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Salmon Bros., Andy-Matt Inc., and MD Savage, LLC for Snowplowing Services. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to the Liberty Store for DPW & Dispatcher Uniforms & Accessories. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution or Acknowledgement and Delivery of Certain Agreements and Certain Other Actions to be Taken all in Connection with the Morris County Improvement Authority’s County of Morris Guaranteed Renewal Energy Program Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2011 (Federally Taxable) PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive in connection with the Morris County Improvement Authority’s County of Morris Guaranteed Renewable Energy Program Lease Revenue Bonds Series 2011 (Federally Taxable) in an Aggregate Principal Amount not to Exceed $50,000,000 and the Participant Project Financed Thereby. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving an Emergency Purchase Not to Exceed $20,000 for Vehicle Fuel. PDF Res *added
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving an Emergency Purchase Not to Exceed $30,000 for Tree Chipping. PDF Res *added
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving an Emergency Purchase Not to Exceed $30,000 for Vehicle Fuel. PDF Res *added
- 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. ($70,031.76 For a Recycling Tonnage Grant). PDF Res *added
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Extending the Grace Period for Payment of the November 2012 Quarterly Tax Bills. PDF Res *added
Mr. Ferrante: I move Consent Resolutions 1 through 18.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Roman: Okay, we are on to Consent Motions. Mr. Nicastro.
- Appointment of Teri Messina to the Pride Committee for a 3 year term to expire 12/31/2015
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
Mr. Nicastro: I’m sorry. I move Consent Resolutions one and two.
Mrs. Lashway: Motions.
Mr. Nicastro: Motions, I’m sorry.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Roman: Okay, it’s been moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public that wishes to be heard on the Consent Motions? Any questions on the Bill List from the public? Okay, seeing none, any Council questions? Okay. Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception, Mr. Nicastro abstained on Check #6243 on the Bill List.
President Roman: Okay, we are on to Administrative Reports, Mr. Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, I’d like to first thank everybody sitting here as well as all of the municipal employees for their response to the events of the last two weeks. I saw just about everybody go above and beyond what was expected of them, taking on new roles in terms of responsibility. We had people in different departments actually going out and checking on residents in the Township. We had municipal employees manning the warming station on a regular basis. During the middle of the storm the DPW department went far beyond what could be expected putting their own health and lives in harm’s way. There are just so many success stories that occurred during this two week time frame and I really am very appreciative of everyone’s efforts. We also had numerous volunteers from the community who stepped up and many more who volunteered but we just didn’t have other volunteer opportunities for them but just about the entire community came together to deal with the two week loss of power and the destruction of property that occurred in the Town. We are faced with a lot of problems that no one could have foreseen. Our generator which we had ordered at the beginning of the year, which was being built, obviously we don’t have it and Jim Lynch and Frank Wilpert, Jr. made sure that, in advance of the storm, that we had a substitute generator. When the power went down in the middle of the storm, that generator was being hooked up to the Senior Center which gave us the ability to run our government and provide shelter for our residents. The challenges were many. At one point we didn’t know where we were going to get fuel. Like every other municipality we struggled with, no matter how we had planned for the storm, fuel became an issue. I don’t think anybody foresaw that the municipality would have difficulty getting diesel and gasoline fuel but through the efforts of, again, of Jim and Frank Jr. we were able to secure gasoline and diesel fuel which made our response less of a concern because if we had run out of gasoline we would have had to have gone to a different option such as actually taking over a gas station in town if that had been required. So everyone did a yeoman’s job. Everyone’s efforts were appreciated and, you know, what we are going to do is two-fold related to the storm. Number one, we are going to have a special Council meeting at some point, a special meeting, that it is my intent to invite the residents to come talk about their concerns or some of the things that they went through so that we can better improve our response and secondly, we are going to set up a meeting for our residents in terms of what’s available through FEMA as we move past this storm. I know that there have been a number of people who have come up to me and asked when the storm damage, the trees that have been cut down and placed on people’s front yards, will be picked up. As you know, it’s a lengthy process and probably will take the better part of the year before we get around to all of the properties that have the debris.
President Roman: Anything else?
Mr. Canning: Council was copied on a memo today. We have an after action review on the municipal operations on Thursday. Everybody’s welcome.
President Roman: At 9 am correct?
Mr. Canning: Yes.
President Roman: Mr. Mayor and Mr. Canning, I’d like to be the first and definitely not the only one to commend the Administration for their efforts and also, most importantly, I think the communication. I mean, I think we probably set the bar for area towns on how we were able to communicate with our residents. I mean, throughout this whole event, not only did I hear it from our residents but also surrounding residents who were getting information for their township through our facebook pages and as such. So I think we definitely set the bar there and many people were appreciative so that is definitely one area where I believe we strived above the norm. Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: I just want to thank Mayor Greenbaum and Mr. Canning for all of the efforts that you put forth. I know that it was remarkable, everything that happened and anything that was needed. Everybody was really calm, say okay, we’ll take care of it. We’ll get this done, we’ll get that done but I do have to say that the very first night at the warming center I had a feeling that we were going to be in for one heck of a ride when about 9 o’clock when this gentleman walked in. It’s actually hysterical now, it wasn’t so funny at the time. This guy walks in carrying a three foot sword above his head in its sheath and Lisa Pignataro and Betty Cutter was there. Their backs were to him and I was facing him and he walks in and I’m just looking and I’m thinking, no this can’t possibly be happening. I had this room full of kids, all of these people and a guy walks in with a sword. So I just very calmly, I said I’m sorry sir, you can’t bring that sword in here and he was like, what, what? And I finally convinced him that he needed to bring it outside. Meanwhile Lisa Pignataro is texting over to the police, get over here and the guy came back in and he ended up being okay and he had some coffee and then he spent the next two and a half hours riding around the parking lot going from spot to spot beeping his horn and the police officers did take note that there was a three foot sword in the back seat of the car so I’m thinking, okay, this is going to be very very interesting but it was a really funny story to tell. You don’t expect somebody walking in with a antique sword waving it in the air like that but it made for a very interesting start to a very long two weeks but I will say that every time somebody came, especially in the beginning, they were commenting. They were very thankful and wanted to help out and then within a day or two the same people would be back bringing supplies, bringing snacks. One lady, she was really cute, she decided that a lot of people had lost a lot of items and she cleaned out her basement and attic and thought she’d bring some holiday decorations and clothes in case anybody had lost them so everybody was very thankful that they had a place to go and be warm and then they went home and looked for ways to come back and give back and I just thought that was absolutely, absolutely fantastic so I’m sure a lot of you saw it time and time again from everybody. Thank you very much for everything you did, everyone.
President Roman: Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: I was going to reiterate the thanks for the employees as well and the volunteers that went over and above but also almost what Colleen was saying, I was going to say it was great to see, number one it was comforting to know that we had a place for our residents to come and see the people there and be comfortable and warm and be able to do things but it was really heartwarming to see that a call went out for clothing and food, it was amazing how much was gathered at the warming station. The amount of food that came in and these were all people that were out themselves without electric and without any kind of the comforts we have and they still went out of their way to help the rest of the community which was very very good to see and it is great to see a community that came together…
Mrs. Labow: Very heartwarming.
Mr. Nicastro: In their time of trouble.
President Roman: Mr. Mania.
Mr. Mania: I just want to reiterate what the Mayor said, what an outstanding job our employees did and you know a lot of good came out of this storm. Neighbor helping neighbor. A company from Virginia donated 2,700 sandwiches. I mean all boxed with a sub sandwich, a package of chips, a drink, a pickle and a slice of tomato.
Mrs. Labow: Yeah, it’s amazing.
Mr. Mania: Really amazing coming from out of state. I’m just amazed the way things were handled. The Administration did a fantastic job. I go around town and all I hear are praises for our Administration for a wonderful job done and I thank you.
Mrs. Labow: One last thing too?
President Roman: Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: Also, at the warming center, what I thought was really, if anybody stopped by and saw it, you know, a bunch of us were bringing up games because I’m thinking we’ve got to have something to do and the one night when I walked in there was a whole family sitting at a table playing Monopoly and they were playing Checkers and Connect Four and all of these games that, in case anybody doesn’t know what they are, they are the board games from back when most of us were children and people had a really great time playing it. I mean they were having a lot of fun. You look at the positives and yeah, it was really rough and everybody went home and you were cold and you didn’t have food, you didn’t have a lot of things. You were worried about even having gas to get to the warming center but then when people were there, they were kicking back and relaxing and seeing friends they hadn’t seen for awhile and so it actually it was a very warm place to be at the warming center.
President Roman: Alright, we are on to our last Old Business. Anything?
President Roman: New Business?
President Roman: Okay, Legal Matters.
Mr. Semrau: No report.
President Roman: Okay, we are on to Council Reports.
Recreation Liaison Report
President Roman: For Recreation unfortunately due to the hurricane and subsequent loss of power and damage to the fields, the last football games of the Recreational football were not able to be played. Fortunately the High School was able to play. Unfortunately they did not get to move on further into the playoffs but such is football. Board of Health, Mr. Perkins.
Mayor Greenbaum: Wait, football High School?
President Roman: Yes.
Mayor Greenbaum: The football High School has their State playoff game on Saturday, I think Friday night or Saturday at Roxbury, the first round of the playoffs. We ended up seven in our group and we are playing number two Roxbury and I think it’s Friday night. I’m almost positive it is Friday night at Roxbury High School.
President Roman: Oh, we are playing them again?
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, we are playing them again. It just worked out that way.
President Roman: Then my notes here are incorrect then. Good, we get one more shot at the apple. Mr. Perkins.
Board of Health Report
Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. At the last meeting we had one item on the Agenda before us which was the pool with the setback septic that I had brought up back in September. The resident came back, had a professional engineer do the calculations for the seepage field that would be moved to the front yard thereby permitting them to put a pool in the back. So everything was fine. They did meet the State standard and the Board decided to go ahead and approve it.
President Roman: Excellent. Anything for legislative? Mr. Perkins or Mr. Walsh.
Legislative Committee Report
Mr. Walsh: Nothing from me this time.
Mr. Perkins: Alex, I’ve spoken to Assemblywoman Allison McHose. I’ve text off Senator Oroho as well as Assemblyman Gary Chuisano. I’ve asked them to support Assemblywoman Bettylou DeCroce’s legislation to mandate generators on all gas stations and other public access buildings such as hospitals, daycare centers. They are going to obviously look into that. I’ve read most of the legislation that she’s put together. Some of it is, probably could be tweaked. In the legislation she is really looking at either natural gas or propane. I don’t think a gas station that has all of the gas underground is going to be hard pressed to find gasoline to power a generator so there is some verbiage that needs to be kicked around but I will keep everybody abreast on that. Hopefully that should be going into Committee shortly.
President Roman: Mr. Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: I would just like to also point out that during the storm and before we had contact with all of our legislators. In particular, I received several phone calls from Rodney Frelinghuysen who remains our Congressman up through the end of the year. Also, Steve Oroho, our State Senator was instrumental in terms of getting us information from JCP&L and checked in on Mount Olive on a regular basis. I just wanted to give a shout out and our Freeholders also helped us with specific issues at the County level.
President Roman: That is great news. It is great to know that our legislators remembers us even when it is not election time.
Mr. Perkins: And a big cheer for Mount Olive for the Christmas tree coming out of Flanders for Rockefeller Center.
Mrs. Labow: Yay.
Mr. Mania: Alex, if I may?
President Roman: Mr. Mania.
Mr. Mania: I, too, placed a call to Senator Oroho on the same subject of the generators.
Mrs. Labow: On the legislative end, I know the first night of the storm Fred Detoro needed to find shelter for some of the residents down at the Mount Olive Manor. They had lost a third of their roof and I reached out to Freeholder Ann Grassi and she was able to make sure that those residents were found shelter at the Mennan Arena. So that was like really fantastic. It was like within 15 minutes, we had it taken care of so that was wonderful knowing that we could reach out to people on the next step up and they were right there for us.
President Roman: Okay, Planning Board, Mr. Walsh.
Planning Board Report
Board of Education Liaison Report
Mr. Walsh: The Planning Board meeting was cancelled this past time and as far as Board of Education, I’ve nothing this time.
President Roman: Okay, Mr. Ferrante, Open Space.
Open Space Committee Report
Mr. Ferrante: They cancelled yesterday.
President Roman: Library.
Library Board Liaison
Mr. Ferrante: The Library reopens today. They were relocated actually to right here and they had some power issues at the Library but everything was taken care of and they were open today.
President Roman: Are you aware of any damage that happened to the Library?
Mr. Ferrante: Not yet.
President Roman: Safety Committee, Mr. Nicastro.
Safety Committee Liaison
Mr. Nicastro: No meeting yet but I’m sure we will have one shortly.
President Roman: And Economic Development.
Economic Development Committee Report
Mr. Nicastro: Continues. That’s it.
President Roman: Senior Citizen, Mr. Mania.
Senior Citizen Liaison
Mr. Mania: I was just amazed that we had our Council meeting during the storm at the Senior Center because I’ve never saw so many people attend a Council meeting. I’m really amazed.
President Roman: What I found most hilarious about that one meeting is when I started opening up the meeting, this one gentleman yelled out, “Who are you?” Mr. Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, I just wanted to answer your question about damage to the Library. As you know, part of our responsibility was to assess all public properties and buildings for submittal claims to the JIF and the Library sustained very minor superficial damage so there wasn’t anything major that happened to the Library.
President Roman: And Pride Committee, Mrs. Labow.
Pride Committee Report
Mrs. Labow: We are having a meeting next week.
President Roman: And TNR.
Mrs. Labow: TNR, I have a little bit of an announcement for TNR. I’m just going to read it to you because it’s easier so I don’t mess it up. Mount Olive TNR project, we are hosting $9.00 for Nine Lives adoption day this Sunday at Tractor Supply, Route 206 in Flanders from 11 – 2. Adoption fees for the cats nine months and older will only be $9.00. This includes spaying, neuter, vaccinations, testing and microchip. Our regular screening procedures still apply. Adoption fees for kittens under six months is still going to be $110 because that is a little bit more involved with the kittens. Hopefully everyone can stop by and see the lovely little felines and maybe bring one home.
President Roman: Thank you. Alright, we are on to our last public portion. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Okay, seeing none, Council Comments. Oh, I’m sorry. Couldn’t see you out of the bad eye, sorry.
Mary Eckel, 492 Drakestown Rd.: Mayor, I just want you to know that I work at Siemens in Flanders and a lot of my counter workers were giving you all kinds of praises even though they don’t live in town. They said that you were on TV, you were telling everyone what was going on. I want to thank you. I did thank our police department on the record and I thought I should thank you as well and just so you know, I also have a friend that her family is still on Drakestown Road with us but she is out in California and she was updating me with info that you were giving her.
Mayor Greenbaum: Thank you. We did reach a lot of people and just to let you know in terms of Drakestown, on Sunday I was actually up there and as they were coming to start to do the work and I blocked off the road. I had the road blocked off on both sides. I also received a message from an individual on Drakestown Road with regard to the road condition and I spoke to Tim Quinn, DPW Director, today to give me an update in terms of what can be done to improve the road condition up there. As you know, it’s a difficult road for a number of different reasons but we are going to do everything we can to make it more livable for the people, our residents that live in that area.
Ms. Eckel: Well we appreciate it and Tim Quinn has done a lot of work and he has given my family updates when he could. Our sanitation department is great too. Just so you know, they do a wonderful job there and just so you also know, part of the issue that we do have, we have contacted Washington Township as well and they won’t listen to us because we are on this side of the street. I’ve tried to talk to some of the residents that are on the Washington side and they are just as frustrated because they say, “When we call Mount Olive, they don’t help us either.” Maybe between our Council and Washington Council, if you all could get together, that would be wonderful but I did want to thank you on the record too because I did get a lot of kudos from my coworkers and from somebody out in California that was keeping me up to date with what was going on. Thank you.
Mayor Greenbaum: Thank you.
President Roman: Thank you. Is there anyone else from the public who wishes to be heard? Okay, seeing none, Council Comments, Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. I have two comments, two things that I wanted to address this evening. One would be, obviously, our reaction to the storm and keeping the residents updated. I think our Administration, our Mayor, Office of Emergency Management, Mr. Muccione himself, great keeping the public informed. I mean, for the minimum amount, not to belittle the amount of people that are Facebook friends but we got the word out to a tremendous amount of people. We probably need to critique as we go through on this next thing. I had three senior citizens over my time at the warming center that were actually crying because they had absolutely no means of communication. They had no telephone, no television, no radio, no way to even know that there was a warming center. On the last night, it was a little tough but I finally managed to get the woman to eat a sandwich, you know, one of the sandwiches that was donated. She was extremely distraught so there’s always room for improvement. I think we did a yeoman’s job preparing for it. I think we were as prepared as anyone could be. At the last Council meeting I made the statement, having run a business in the Virgin Islands for three years, I’ve seen my share of hurricanes and been without power for many many weeks. A lot longer than we were here. Of course it is a lot warmer there than it is here but I think as a community and as a municipality, a local government, that everyone pulled together. I would like to give special thanks while I’m here to Miss Lisa Pignataro. That woman is tireless. She is motivated. She will get it done. I take it if there is anything I ever need to get finished, I’m going to have to bring it to her and see what she charges because she really does a great job. Other than that, I think that on the critique that we will have with the Business Administrator, I think would be the time when everybody can strategize for how we improve and move forward but everybody did a fantastic job. The second item that I would like to address is, all of us that are on Facebook and whatnot and even New Jersey News Channel 12, we seem to have a peaceful petition that is going across the State. It is to peacefully grant the State of New Jersey to withdraw from the United States of America to create its own new government. I’ve had a chance to speak to our Township Attorney, Fred Semrau, on this and there are a couple of issues. One, I have a personal issue…
Mrs. Labow: I haven’t seen it.
Mr. Perkins: Okay. You will see it. It’s on the news. Twenty-four States are doing it. It’s brand new. Anyway when this comes up, there’s a couple of issues. One, as a veteran and we’ve just gone through Veteran’s Day, if someone is going to petition to remove, to secede from the United States of America, if they are that hypocritical that they are going to stand up and salute the American flag for the Pledge, a, that bothers me as one who fought for this country and watched people die next to me defending this country, I take exception to that. I also take exception to the fact that any elected or appointed official who has taken an Oath of Office to defend the Constitution of the United States and the Republic and the laws that govern them, that if they sign that petition, than I think ethically and probably professionally, they need to recuse themselves from that position. So I would ask that everyone who knows, again if you are a private individual and you sign it as a private individual, we all took an oath, all of us that are up here, the majority of us, we took an oath. We said that we would support the Constitution of United States, we would bear true faith allegiance to the same. You go signing the petition to secede from the United States, then you have violated the trust and the oath that you took for this office. I would just caution everybody as they see this thing going down the road, that as elected officials that we need to…I don’t like Obamacare any more than anybody else does. I surely didn’t vote for him. I’m disappointed Mr. Romney is not there but none of this was surfacing until after the election. It is strictly politically motivated and I think we all need to be careful with how we address this only as elected officials. Thank you.
President Roman: Mr. Perkins, I couldn’t agree with you more wholeheartedly on that issue. I think that is, seems like sour grapes to me and I, myself, am greatly disappointed at the turnout. I do not agree with that in the least. Mr. Mania.
Mr. Mania: I, too, would be remiss if I didn’t thank Lisa Pignataro for an outstanding job and I also have to thank Joe Nicastro’s wife. She came with him and I and his daughter and we went around giving out bottles of water to people off of Sandshore Road. Thank Joe’s wife and his daughter.
President Roman: Mr. Ferrante.
Mr. Ferrante: I’ll just piggyback on everything else. I just want to thank the Administration and all of the volunteers and the workers of the Township who just did an outstanding job. The communication to the residents via the radio stations, TV, Facebook, the interaction from the Mayor with the residents, I think, gave a sense of comfort to a lot of people and I know we can play Monday morning quarterback over this but we’ll learn from the experience and hope to do an even better job next time.
President Roman: Well as long as I’m quarterbacking like Mr. Sanchez we’ll be okay. Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: Nothing more than what I said earlier giving thanks to everyone.
President Roman: Mr. Walsh.
Mr. Walsh: Yeah, you know what? There were so many random acts of kindness. I just want to give one example. Everybody did such a great job but I went over to the Senior Center I noticed an elderly lady. She was in her 80s and lives in one of the apartment buildings here and she was handicapped and she couldn’t get around. The electricity went out. She’s an upper unit. She actually has one of those stair lifters to get her up and down. We dispatched an ambulance to go pick her up, bring her to the Senior Center. She was fed. Paragon Village took her in for free. Very nice facility over there and just another local goodness. Our town employees went above and beyond making sure she had a place to stay and it was just one example of many. I could sit here all night long and give examples. So Mount Olive is just such a great town. We are all so lucky to live here and have everybody who is working here for us. That’s it. Thank you.
President Roman: Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: Thank you Mr. Roman. I heard of another resident that Paragon Village helped them out as well which was really unbelievable that they stepped up and helped anyone who had specific medical needs that they could help out with and it was phenomenal that they did that. Peter King, the director over there, he’s just a really a great guy and very community oriented and the other thing I wanted to thank the police officers. It was really good because I was in danger of going by it. I started thinking about different seniors and people around town that I knew of and I was really worried and I couldn’t get to them because a lot of times the roads were blocked off and we were all, a lot of us had problems limited for gas in our car and I would call up and I’d call and I couldn’t get through because we didn’t get power yet and officers would stop by and check on them so and it was just really nice and they were so pleasant. I’d just say I don’t believe it to be an emergent issue/situation but when you guys are on patrol, could just ask somebody to stop by…like not a problem, we’ll check it out and they did time and time again so I think everybody just came together and you thought of people that you knew who would need help, we knew that we had our fantastic Mayor and Business Administrator, the rest of our staff who was right there you know, knowing that we were all trying to reach out to people that we were very concerned about. I think it was a wonderful situation. Everybody came together and I agree with my colleagues. We live in a really fantastic town. We are extremely fortunate and I, too, have heard from tons of people from other towns, saying “Wow, your Mayor was something else. I wish our, you know, but I think after awhile some of the other elected officials were getting on the same page, their Facebook page and started posting stuff as well and we all realize that social media is a great way. People can, I don’t know how to do it on my phone yet, but you can pick it up on your cell phone and keep in touch that way. Someday I will learn how to do that. I don’t quite know who to do that yet. Thank you.
President Roman: This hurricane and this power shortage should serve to all of us as a humbling event. I mean, it allowed us to have time to reflect upon what’s really important. I’m pretty sure after the first two days of not having power or a connection to the entertainment world, we were probably ready to pull our hairs out but I think that some of us that had to go through extended periods of no power, it allowed us to reconnect back with family and allow us to see what is more important so hopefully we are able to take away even a minute from that event and carry forward with the rest of our lives. I also wanted to thank Miss Lisa Pignataro also. If it was at all possible to either bottle her or clone her, I think we would be able to accomplish a lot of things and with that said, I’d like to take a…
Mr. Mania: Alex, if I could just one more, I forgot something. I got a call one night, as you all know I’m a member of the Knights of Columbus, and I got a call from a gentleman who is a brother Knight in State College, PA, and said, “My mom is a resident of Paragon Village and I’ve seen what’s happened to Mount Olive and we want to help.” He said, “I’m going to talk to the Grand Knight and see what we can do for you.” He said, “What are your needs?” So I gave him a list of what our needs were and he called me Saturday night and said, “We’ve decided instead of giving you food or clothing, we are going to send you a check. So once I receive that check, I will turn it over to the town but here’s somebody out of State again right there to help.
Mr. Walsh: Amazing.
President Roman: Thank you very much and I hope we take that into consideration also when we find other States that are in need, that we rise up to the occasion.
Mr. Mania: We reciprocate absolutely.
President Roman: Definitely and with that I’d like to take a motion to adjourn.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:59 pm.
Alex Roman, Council President
I, Lisa Lashway, Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on December 4, 2012.
Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk