November 1, 2012 Council Public Meeting Minutes
The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 12:00 pm by Council President Roman. (Oct. 30th meeting cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy – meeting rescheduled for Nov. 13, 2012 – this meeting for Bill List only)
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 (12:25), Mrs. Labow, Mr. Walsh and Mr. Roman
Absent: Mrs. Labow
Also Present: Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Mayor Greenbaum
CONSENT MOTIONS – J. Nicastro
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
Mayor Greenbaum updated the Council on the storm, the gas crisis, the warming center, Flanders Fire House showers. He thanked the police department, department of public works and the municipal employees for all of their hard work and dedication.
President Roman thanked the Mayor and the employees.
Mr. Canning said that he is trying to contact JCP&L. OEM has done a fantastic job. He feels that we are operating well under the circumstances. After the crisis we will have a self-assessment to see what we can do better.
Mr. Walsh thanked everyone for all of their efforts.
President Roman: Reassured everyone that the polls will be open next week for the Election. Tax payments are being taken. If you use your phone we are providing updates on the Township website, Facebook and Twitter.
Susan Lewandowski, St. James Rd.: Spoke about uprooted trees on Township land which are adjacent to her house. She wanted to know what the status of that is.
Mayor Greenbaum: Said that he would make sure someone was out there today to assess it.
Don Horvath, 16 Woodland Ave.: Spoke about the lack of JCP&L crews out.
President Roman: Said that JCP&L is out and around and explained the cut and run procedure.
Mayor Greenbaum: Said that everyone is doing the best they can. We can’t go anywhere where there are live lines until JCP&L comes out. He is trying to provide updates as soon as he gets them.
Mr. Canning: JCP&L’s response is that their first priority are the transmission lines and then the substations. He is hopeful that they will light those substations in the next day or two and then they can define the scope of the project.
Mr. Mania: Said that he did see four trucks on Route 46 today.
Mayor Greenbaum: Said that we are also sending out reverse 911 calls for those who do not have the internet.
Kathy Conlon, 8 Rehoboth Rd.: Thanked everyone for doing the best they can. Clearly hospitals and other places like that should be a priority.
President Roman: Added that we are also updating on WRNJ radio.
Mr. Perkins: Thanked the employees and all for their work. He spoke about the gas shortage encouraging people to carpool and work together.
Don Cartright, Stedwick Village: Thanked everyone for all of their hard work. Mount Olive has a good team.
Mr. Walsh: Said that Assemblyman Chuisano was looking into the complaints about JCP&L.
Dennis Sullivan, 3 Carson Rd.: Asked where residents could get water.
Mayor Greenbaum: Said that there was a hose out back with potable water for residents to help themselves.
Stan Miller, 29 Deerpath Dr.: Asked if there were any extra generators in town that could go to the gas stations to open them up.
Mr. Canning: Said that there are no extra generators anywhere. We have them at the water and sewer systems and for the fuel station. We actually don’t have enough generators.
Mayor Greenbaum: Said that it is not only the power but it is the lack of supply of gas.
Mr. Mania: Thanked the Mount Olive staff for a job well done.
Mr. Ferrante: Thanked the staff and all of the volunteers. He asked the public to try to be patient.
Mr. Nicastro: Thanked everyone.
Mr. Walsh: Thanked everyone.
President Roman: Thanked everyone and asked for suggestions if people think there is something we can be doing better.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 12:30 pm.
Alex Roman, Council President
I, Michelle Masser, Deputy 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 November 20, 2012.
Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk