November 20, 2012 Council Public Meeting Minutes

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:31 pm by Council President Roman. 

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.

ROLL CALL

Present:          Mr. Mania, Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Nicastro, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Roman and Mr. Perkins

Absent:           Mr. Walsh

Also Present:  Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk; Michael Augello, Township Attorney; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Approval of Previous Minutes, Mr. Perkins.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Nov. 1, 2012, Special PM (C. Labow absent)
Nov. 13, 2012, Special WS, CS & PM (all present)

Mr. Perkins: Yes, I move for the approval of the November 1, 2012, Special Public Meeting. Mrs.
Labow was absent and November 13, 2012 Special Workshop, Closed Session and Public Meeting. All
present.

Mr. Mania: I’ll second it.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Any questions, comments? Okay, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed with the exception, Mrs. Labow abstained from November 1, 2012.

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

  • E-mail received November 1, 2012, from TransOptions regarding Huge Bike Rodeo in Chatham, Fall Driving Safety and More.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 1, 2012, from TransOptions regarding Post Hurricane Special Edition.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 7, 2012, from Sustainable Jersey regarding Sustainable Jersey News & Upcoming Events.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 8, 2012, from NJ Planning Officials regarding NJSLOM Atlantic City Conference – Cancelled.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 8, 2012, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding Press Release from the Governor’s Office.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 8, 2012, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding NJCM Mayors Information Bulletin: Storm Restoration Update for Municipal Officials from Comcast.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 14, 2012, from Sustainable Jersey regarding Sustainable Jersey News & Upcoming Events.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 14, 2012, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding Mayors, Important Information from the NJCM to Aid Recovery Efforts.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 14, 2012, from the New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding Mayors, Important News Bulletin from the Governor’s Office.  PDF Correspondence

 

ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS & CORRESPONDENCE OTHER TOWNS

  1. Two Resolutions received November 6, 2012, from the Town of Boonton Regarding Legislation to Amend Megan’s Law and Legislation to Protect Residential Property Taxpayers from the Loss of Telecommunications Tax Support.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received October 31, 2012, from the Stanhope Environmental Commission regarding ANJEC Road Show.  PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. E-mail received October 26, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding October 26th Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received October 31, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 97th Annual League Conference in Atlantic City - Status.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 1, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Update on Hurricane Sandy Recovery.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 2, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding November Grant Page Posted.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 5, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sandy Recovery #3.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 6, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League 97th Annual Conference Cancelled Information.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 6, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding “Sandy” Response & Recovery Update & Nor’easter Planning Preparation.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 7, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding November 7 Invitation to Intergovernmental Conference Call Hurricane Sandy Response & Recovery.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 7, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJ State Contract – Debris Removal & Cleanup.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 7, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Disaster Assistance from the Small Business Administration and Christie Administration Conference Call on Small Business Assistance.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 8, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 8, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding League Publications & Order Form and League’s Website offers a Classified Ad Section.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 8, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding CANCELLED FEMA Intergovernmental Friday Conference Call, GRC Issues OPRA Guidance, National Guard Personnel Activated Storm Response May Qualify Assistance and DLGS Credit Renewal Announcement.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 9, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Executive Order Extends 4th Quarter Property Tax Payment.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 9, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 9, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding State Can Provide Temp. Inspectors, Waiving Construction Inspection Fees and DLGS Provides Info on Protecting Access to Financial Markets for Cash Flow Stability & Rebuilding.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 9, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Congress Meets Next Week Urge Action on Compromise.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 9, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Part One Seminar.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 9, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJLM November 2012 Mayors Newsline.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 13, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Nov 13 Sustainable Jersey Upcoming Events – Dec 2012 & Jan 2013.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 13, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Holiday Displays, Upcoming League Seminar and Action Required to Continue to Receive League Correspondence.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 13, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Holiday Displays.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Sandy Recovery Updates.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding FEMA Announces Transitional Sheltering Assistance Availability Inform Your Residents & Hotel/Motel Operators.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 14, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding FINAL REVISED VERSION: FEMA Announces Transitional Sheltering Assistance Availability Inform Your Residents & Hotel/Motel Operators and Depart of Banking & Insurance Schedules Community Outreach.  PDF Correspondence 

 

  1. E-mail received November 15, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the December 5th Business Meeting.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 15, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding New Jersey / FEMA Operations Overview.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 15, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding REMINDER:  Send Photos & Write Up on Hurricane Recovery Efforts.  PDF Correspondence

DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS

  1. E-mail received November 7, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Illegal Dumping of Solid Waste.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 9, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding DEP Release: Christie Administration Working with Storm-Affected Counties and Municipalities to Ensure Safe and Environmentally Responsible Debris Removal.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 9, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding DEP Release: Hurricane Sandy, Shellfish.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 13, 2012, from JM Sorge, Inc. regarding Public Notification and Outreach Form, Mount Hope Rock Products – Site: 46 Waterloo Valley Road, Mount Olive, NJ.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received November 14. 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding a Construction Permit for Water Main Extension to Serve Marveland Farms, BL 6000 Lot 5 & 6 (Pleasant Hill Road).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Permit received November 14, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding replacement of the Existing Route 46 Bridge over the Musconetcong River.  PDF Correspondence  

DCA

  1. Local Finance Notice received November 8, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Calendar Year 2013 Municipal and County Budget Cap Information.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 14, 2012, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Conference: Hurricane Sandy Aftermath.  PDF Correspondence

MSA / MUA

  1. Minutes received November 1, 2012, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the September 27, 2012 meeting.  PDF Correspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

  • E-mail received October 26, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 

  • E-mail received November 14, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding REMINDER: MCPO Inaugural Polish Heritage Month Celebration.  PDF Correspondence

UTILITIES

  1. E-mail received October 26, 2012, from New Jersey American Water regarding New Jersey American Water Storm Preparedness Update.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Fax received November 6, 2012, from Comcast regarding Storm Restoration Update for Municipal Officials.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received November 7, 2012, from First Energy Corp regarding Restoration Efforts Complete for More Than 2.1 Million First Energy Customers Affected by Hurricane Sandy.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 8, 2012, from First Energy Corp regarding Tips for Customers Requesting Service Reconnections.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received November 13, 2012, from Cablevision regarding Sundance Channel Tier and Package Change.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 14, 2012, from Cablevision regarding Launch of One World Sports and New Japanese Package.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Fax received November 14, 2012, from Comcast regarding Price Changes.  PDF Correspondence

 

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Correspondence. There are 57 pieces of Correspondence. Does
anyone have any questions, comments? Okay, seeing none, we are on Consent Resolutions.

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - second reading December 4, 2012

Ord.#36-2012 Ordinance vacating certain roadways in the Morris Chase subdivision erroneously conveyed to the Township, authorizing the conveyance of said roadways by the Township to Morris Chase Homeowners Association Inc., and authorizing the acceptance by the Township of an easement in said roadways from Morris Chase Homeowners Association, Inc. PDF Ord. – J. Mania
REMOVED AT WORKSHOP

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

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Transfer of Grant Funds for the Community Garden Well.  AMENDED 11/20/2012 PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Payment of Permit Review Related to Charters Farm. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for theTransfer of 2012 Budget Appropriations for the Current Fund and Sanitation Budget. PDF Res
  2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Chapter 159 Budget Amendment in the 2012 budget for the Body Armor Replacement Fund for $4,703.16. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Payment Certificate No. 3 – Final in Connection with the Installation of Synthetic Field at Turkey Brook Park Project. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Release of the Performance Bonds Posted by New Jersey Foreign Trade Zone for Block 103 Lots 2.04 and 2.05. PDF Res

President Roman: Does anyone wish to remove any to Non-Consent and just bear in mind that Resolution number one is being removed. So, for the record it would be Resolutions two through six. Does anyone wish to move any to Non-Consent? Seeing none, Mr. Ferrante.

Mr. Ferrante: I move Consent Resolutions two through six.

Mr. Mania: I’ll second it.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Any questions, comments? Does anyone from the public wish to be heard on the Resolutions? None? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Consent Motions, the Bill List. Does anyone have any questions on the Bill List? Seeing none, anybody from the public? Mr. Nicastro, could you move that please?

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Nicastro: Sure, I move Consent Motions.

Mr. Mania: I’ll second it.

President Roman: Okay, it’s been moved and seconded, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed Unaniomously

President Roman: Alright, we are on to Administrative Reports. Mr. Canning.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Mr. Canning: Yes, the Mayor apologizes for not being able to attend tonight. He had a family commitment for his son and a graduation. The only thing we have is we are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. It is going to take us a little bit of time. On the FEMA front, the submittals have been given to Mr. Detoro. We are 95% complete with our FEMA submittals. We are hoping to get the reimbursements. We are hoping to be the first in the County so we will know tomorrow whether we are number one or not. Fred is going to run down to the County and get the submittals back not just for us but also for the Budd Lake Fire and Rescue and Flanders Fire and Rescue. He had done for them as well and the costs to reimburse our operations, we are eligible even with straight time, our equipment costs for pulling the debris off the road, as long as it takes us and we are hoping sometime before Christmas we are going to be pretty much caught up or done but all of those equipment costs we are going to capture so we are staying on top of that. As far as DPW, Timmy Quinn and the Iworqs, we get a lot of requests now, when are you going pick the brush up. We are counseling people, please be patient. The devastation was quite massive as anybody can attest and again, I think our initial goal right now is to some time before late December to have this done. That’s all I have. That’s pretty much it from Administration.

President Roman: Mr. Canning, have any of the sports organizations chimed in on any damage they might have received that was not in your assessment?

Mr. Canning: The only one I heard from was Dan Jordan but we were in substantial agreement with the damage there. As a matter of fact, those have all been submitted to the JIF so we have a claim going with that and hopefully they will be ready to restore them back or better than what they were.

President Roman: Okay, excellent. Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: I just have a question about, going around town you know obviously there’s some trees that look like they are leaning and it looks a little scary. What are the plans? I know we had talked last week and you said that the officers are kind of like taking note.

Mr. Canning: I’m still waiting to hear the report back from the Chief on that. I anticipate that shortly. What Councilwoman Labow is referring to is the Chief is taken it upon his officers on the midnight shift and I commend him for it since they are out there, to note the trees that look like they are in danger of coming down. We are going to try and identify the property owners. If it is ours, if it is something that has to be taken down at our expense or if it is private residents at least alert them to the fact that there may be a tree in danger of taking down lines and if we have to. If it’s a branch and the tree itself isn’t in danger of dying we can call JCP&L and they have program to trim back those branches. So I expect that back shortly from the Chief.

Mrs. Labow: Thank you.

President Roman: Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: I rode down Sandshore Road today and I see trees that are laying on wires yet. JCP&L is going to be responsible for that?

Mr. Canning: If it’s on a power line, they will be. Now the trick here is it depends on what kind of wire. If it is a Verizon wire, we ran into this problem over on Manor House and it cost us quite a bit of agita. Verizon will not touch them or take them down until the lines come down. So we rectified the one on Manor House. It was in our right of way. We took the tree down and it was on Verizon wires.

Mr. Mania: They are saying they won’t touch the tree until the wire comes down?

Mr. Canning: It makes no sense. That is the response we get and their crisis management storm response. Apparently I guess the prior…

Mr. Mania: Who are you talking to on the phone, two year olds?

Mr. Canning: I don’t want to cast dispersions but that is the current line that is coming out of the crisis management team. I guess they are prioritizing triage and things.

Mr. Mania: You know, the other portion is safety too Sean. When that tree is hanging over that wire…supposing it just happens to break that wire and somebody is driving their car past…

Mr. Canning: This exact thing happened to me at my house. We took it down over the weekend and we ended up taking it down at our own expense and our own personnel. It’s frustrating.

Mr. Perkins: We have a lot of piles on my car. Where is that tree?

President Roman: Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: Just going on the tree thing, one other and I could just be really nervous about this but if you go up River Road and you figure you have the side of the mountain and over the years there’s been more and more trees look like they are losing a lot of the soil around their root structure. It really scares me half to death thinking that at any time those trees will come down and I don’t know if we can do some kind of…I know some of it is not our property, some of it is residential property. I wonder if we could work out some kind of a plan where we offer some kind of a joint venture of taking down some of the trees that are close to the roadway that look like they are in danger of coming down with the next storm.

Mr. Canning: I would advise you that maybe you can notify owners. It is an expensive venture. We have a lot of trees in this Township. Taking down one tree sometimes can cost several thousand dollars and it is an expensive path going down that way.

Mrs. Labow: I know. It’s just so scary. There’s not too much we can do.

President Roman: I think it goes down, it’s more along if it’s personal property, it’s your responsibility.

Mr. Canning: We can certainly alert homeowners that they have a hazard possibly.

President Roman: I cannot imagine a homeowner that does not see their own tree every day does not think that hmmmmmm.

Mrs. Labow: I don’t know. Sometimes you just, I’m glad I had a tree taken down two years ago at my house because this last storm, it would have been on the house and the garage and it was, the gentleman who took it down, he advised me. He goes, “It is very dangerous.” So we would like to help people do it rather than lose your life or your home.

Mr. Mania: Look at poor Don Rutledge. He had two trees landed on his house. That poor guy.

Mrs. Labow: He can’t catch a break.

President Roman: Mr. Canning, earlier this evening we had FEMA representatives here. How did, can you expound on how that went?

Mr. Canning: Yes, FEMA gave a rather robust response. They had a lot of personnel come up here. It was short notice. We tried to advertise as best we could. There were, I recognized at least one or two business owners and some residents were here. What we ended up doing, we videotaped. They gave a presentation and our intent is to get that up on the website as soon as possible. We advertised. It was on the website and Mr. Gaskill will get in touch with his counterpart over at MOTV and we will try and get that up on there as well. They were very informative. They gave about a 25 minute presentation on camera so we have it captured. We are going to try and get the message out any way that we can.

President Roman: Excellent, excellent. Okay, we are on to our last Old Business.

OLD BUSINESS

President Roman: New Business.

NEW BUSINESS

President Roman: Okay, Legal Matters.

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Augello: Nothing this evening.

President Roman: Council Reports.

COUNCIL REPORTS

Recreation Liaison Report

President Roman: A last minute, at least from what I was told, a flag football event will be happening this Friday after Thanksgiving. It’s going to be to a benefit a family that had a child afflicted with cancer. I will be participating as best as I can so if you, if anybody else wants to either volunteer or see myself get embarrassed, hit, I’m pretty sure the Mayor is going to try to attend and if you want to at least venture out and maybe give me a hit or two.

Mr. Perkins: It’s flag, come on, it’s flag.

President Roman: Oh, no, trust me, it’s flag, it gets brutal. So again, that will be at Turkey Brook at 9:00 am registration starts. Okay, Board of Health, Mr. Perkins.

Board of Health Report

Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report Mr. President.

President Roman: And Legislative?

Legislative Committee Report

Mr. Perkins: Nothing.

Planning Board Report – P. Walsh
Board of Education Liaison Report – P. Walsh

President Roman: Okay, Mr. Walsh is not here so anything on Open Space?

Open Space Committee Report

Mr. Ferrante: Nope.

President Roman: And Lake?

Lake/Environment Issues Committee

Mr. Ferrante: Nothing.

President Roman: And Library.

Library Board Liaison

Mr. Ferrante: Library was meeting today. They just wanted to extend their gratitude to the Mayor and Sean for assisting in getting the Library up and running in their temporary location.

President Roman: Safety, Mr. Nicastro.

Safety Committee Liaison

Mr. Nicastro: Nothing.

President Roman: And Economic nothing right?

Economic Development Committee Report

Mr. Nicastro: Nothing.

President Roman: Senior Citizens, Mr. Mania.

Senior Citizen Liaison

Mr. Mania: Nothing.

President Roman: Pride Committee, Mrs. Labow.

Pride Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: Pride met last night and we are talking about re-energizing the, not so much the adopt-a-spot but the welcome to Mount Olive and exiting Mount Olive signs and possibly finding some new locations for more signage of that nature, you know the really nice decorative signs and the snowflakes should be going up in a couple of days and that was about it, right Mr. Ferrante who was there as well.

President Roman: Alright and TNR?

TNR Program

Mrs. Labow: TNR is having another adoption day, Friday at Tractor Supply for anybody who needs a cat or would like a cat come on by.

President Roman: And that for the record, people are always trying to give away cats, not dogs.

Mrs. Labow: We have dog rescues too. There’s dog rescues. I just wanted, if I could, that Kiwanis is having their Santa breakfast on Sunday at 10:00 am at the Budd Lake Fire House and we are looking for volunteers. Set up is at 7:00 am.

President Roman: I’ve lost weight so I can’t.

Mrs. Labow: You can help set up and then also we are looking for volunteers for the Santa House on Saturdays and Sundays through the month of December. Anybody interested in being Santa or an Elf we’d be glad to have you 100%. If you want to donate  candy canes or toys for the children, that’s of course always welcome as well.

President Roman: And I’m sure we’ll advertise it in our normal routes through the Township’s twitter and facebooks.

Mrs. Labow: We lost two weeks because of Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy, whatever you want to call it so it is a scramble right now trying to pull it off and get it going.

President Roman: Okay, we are on to our last Public Portion. Anyone from the public?

PUBLIC PORTION

President Roman: Okay, seeing none. Council Comments, Mr. Perkins.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. Just really quick. I don’t know where the Mount Olive TV Committee is going but the last three times I’ve tuned to Channel 21 because I have Cablevision, there are advertisements for places in Bergen County, restaurants, all sorts of stuff on there that has absolutely nothing to do with Mount Olive Township. That was supposed to be our television station. Somebody…something is going wrong there. Sean can you take a look and give, I don’t know if you’ve got to give Cablevision or who is taking this stuff on? I mean we have restaurants and Tricky Trays and all kinds of things from Passaic and Bergen…you’re watching Mount Olive Television. No you are not.

Mr. Canning: I’ll look into it.

Mr. Perkins: I don’t know what happened with the Committee but it’s not even us any more.

Mr. Mania: Yeah.

President Roman: Is that something that you just witnessed in the last…

Mr. Perkins: Last couple of weeks.

President Roman: Okay because there was an issue that was brought up to my attention that somebody had a program that was rather offensive on there and it was political in nature and such and it turns out that because of the storm outage, Cablevision, when they went to go reboot their system, they got a whole bunch of different programming coming through and that it is supposed to be fixed. So I don’t know what you are referring to. If it was before, then that is a different story.

Mr. Perkins: This has been going on now for the better part of at least a month.

President Roman: And as far as the MOTV Committee, I think the biggest problem is that nobody is volunteering to start up that Committee and do it and I commend Councilman Walsh for at least pushing this forward and getting involved and at least getting that off the ground but it’s, without having the participation from the public, it is going to have to be deferred to the Board of Ed, I guess, with past practices until we get something up and running.

Mr. Perkins: However that is run, Mr. President, is fine with me. I just want to see things about, if I do tune into it and I’m not an avid viewer but when I tune into it I would like to see things from Mount Olive Township. I mean, that was part of our granting them a 15 year franchise – the money that we got for all of the equipment plus we would have our own and that should be used as a PEG channel so that we have if we have a public emergency should have been and there was nothing. I know you guys said, “We’re reaching out.” I think you said you reached out to the school to try to get them to do something. I never saw anything about the storm before my power went out. I don’t know what’s going on over there at the school but we need take a grab and find out what’s going on.

Mr. Canning: Without elaborating, agreed.

President Roman: Alright, Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: Yes, St. Jude Church had a patriotic mass on Saturday evening and after mass there were some refreshments and I guess maybe 150 people there and everybody I spoke to there had nothing but praise for the municipality in the way it handled the storm. We can be proud of ourselves in the way that things were handled in our town and I just wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t eat turkey macaroni. Thank you.

Mr. Perkins: Turkey parmesan.

President Roman: Mr. Ferrante.

Mr. Ferrante: Nothing, just to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving.

President Roman: Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro: Yes, I just wanted to thank Mr. Canning for the follow up, I assume, on the manholes on 46. They worked on them last Friday.

Mr. Canning: I give credit to Mr. Buczynski.

Mr. Nicastro: They fixed most of them. I saw them working on them last Friday and it was good not to have to jump out of the way on some of those and Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy the day.

Mr. Mania: Alex, I just, I forgot something. We also, the Knights of Columbus, I had a guy, a brother knight from State College, PA, who called me during the storm and asked if he could help in any way and I’ve gotten a donation from him from his Council, a $500.00 check and he personally gave me a check for $100.00 of which I will be turning over to the Food Pantry and I called him and asked if maybe him and his Grand Knight could attend when I present those checks because I want to make sure that they get the recognition that they deserve but it goes to show out of this storm how people help people and it’s very heartwarming.

President Roman: Excellent. Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you for recognizing me Mr. President. I just want to comment on Councilmember Nicastro’s comment about the State highway. I can’t wait until we get until the Spring time because I want to see how the, when the water gets in there and it expands with the ice and it begins to crack it, I want to know how they are going to address their mistake then. Thank you Mr. President.

Mr. Mania: They are going to mill it out and repave it. That’s what they are going to do.

President Roman: Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: Thank you. I just want to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We have a lot to be thankful for and I, too, like Mr. Mania was saying, anywhere you go in town, people are just really applauding the effort that the Mayor and the Administration made to communicate with the residents during Hurricane Sandy and I think that they say, lead by example and I think that our Mayor and our Administration certainly set the bar for everybody to follow suit and I hope if there is ever another emergency like that, that people understand that the residents really appreciate being notified and the attempt is made. It was just wonderful so thank you very much and Happy Thanksgiving to all and eat lots and lots of turkey and pasta.

Mr. Mania: And pasta, thank you Colleen.

President Roman: I feel bad that the Mayor wasn’t here to hear any more kudos thrown his way. I’m sure he’ll be sad to hear about that.

Mrs. Labow: Just don’t let him go out and try and move tree in the next storm. I mean when he said he was doing, excuse me, I’m sorry Mr. Roman. When he was out there with his jeep trying to move the trees, my heart, my blood runs cold. That shows how much he cares. He really does care and is very focused on trying to beat the storm before it beat up the town. You kind of get like wrapped up into those things and thank god somebody told him to stop doing that.

President Roman: When you have a jeep, that’s required of you.

Mrs. Labow: Oh, is that what it is? I guess I’m not buying a jeep.

President Roman: I’d also like to reiterate and wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving. I think this is definitely one Thanksgiving that we should definitely be thankful for especially those of us that passed the storm relatively unscathed, myself being one of them and with that I’d like to ask for a motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:53 pm.

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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.


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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk
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Mailing Address:
Mount Olive Township
Post Office Box 450
Budd Lake, NJ 07828

Physical Address:
Mount Olive Township
204 Flanders-Drakestown Road
Budd Lake, N.J. 07828

Telephone:
Main (973) 691-0900, Fax (973) 691-1326

Business Hours:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Monday thru Friday)


 

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