TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - November 22, 2011

 

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:03 pm by Council President Tobey.

 

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 at 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. Perkins, Mr. Tobey, Mr. Mania, Mr. Roman, Mr. Walsh, Mrs. Labow

 

Absent: None

 

Also Present: Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; William Sohl, Business Administrator; John Horan, Township Attorney; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

 

Appointment to fill Robert Greenbaum, Mayor-Elect, Council seat:

  • John Ferrante
  • Gerald Sheard
  • Ed Tourek

 

President Tobey: We are going to come back to the vacant Council seat. Right now we are up to Approval of

Minutes of the Previous Meetings. Mrs. Labow, would you be so kind?

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS – C. Labow

 

Mrs. Labow: Yes, thank you Mr. President. I'd like to make a motion to approve:

 

Oct. 4, 2011 PM (Mr. Walsh & Mr. Roman absent)

Oct. 18, 2011 WS, CS & PM (Mrs. Labow absent)

Nov. 1, 2011 WS & PM (all present)

 

Mr. Mania: Second.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. It's been moved and seconded. Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed with the exceptions, Mr. Walsh and Mr. Roman abstained from the October 4, 2011 PM and Mrs. Labow abstained from the October 18, 2011, WS, CS & PM.

 

President Tobey: We have 34 pieces of Correspondence. Any discussion at this time? Mr. Perkins.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

  1. E-mail received October 28, 2011, from TransOptions regarding the TransOptions Special Edition Newsletter – Halloween. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 3, 2011, from New Jersey Future regarding New Jersey Future Honors Brendan Byrne. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 4, 2011, from Rutgers Center for Executive Leadership in Government regarding Invitation to CELG Event November 15 th in Atlantic City. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 8, 2011, from TransOptions regarding Public Service Announcement for the First Ever nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 11, 2011, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Support Small Business Saturday. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 11, 2011, from Downtown New Jersey regarding League of Municipalities reminders and other valuable information. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 15, 2011, from Warren Morris Council of Governments Regarding Registration information for Preparation of Current Fund and Grant Fund Financial Statements. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 17, 2011, from NJ Future Facts regarding Compact Downtown Development Offers Property Tax Benefits. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 18, 2011, from TransOptions regarding TranOptions Monthly Newsletter. PDF Correspondence

 

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCE / CORRESPONDENCE FROM OTHER TOWNS

  1. Ordinance received November 7, 2011, from the Borough of Stanhope regarding Land Use Ordinance. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Resolution received November 17, 2011, from the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders regarding Resolution #24 (Flying Flags at Half Staff in Honor of all those Americans who served out Nation at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.) PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. E-mail received October 28, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Action Needed to Protect Fed Trans Enhancement Prog and NJ 2011 Holiday Blood Campaign. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 8, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJMDA Reception: 2011 League Session: Taking Care of Business. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 9, 2011, from Energy for Less regarding Invitation to meet at the League of Municipalities. PDF Correspondence

 

DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS / MUSCONETCONG RIVER MGMT PLAN

  1. Letter received October 28, 2011, from Gene Buczynski on behalf of the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Tinc Farm – Lynwood – Goldmine Interconnection. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 1, 2011, from Naik Group regarding NJDOT General Engineering Services for Route 46 East of Forrest Road to West of Flanders Road, Resurfacing. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Public Hearing notice received November 1, 2011, from NJ Transit regarding gathering information pertaining to the Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Act. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Highlands Applicability Determination Application received November 3, 2011, from Morris Habitat for Humanity regarding BL 1300 Lot 44 (24 Lozier Road.) PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 7, 2011, from Concerned Residents regarding the Laferrara property – BL 5800, Lot 17.

 

  1. Letter received November 4, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding Transportation Enhancement ARRA Program. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Two Letters received November 10, 2011, from The State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Lozier Estates BL 2801 Lots 14 & 11. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 17, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding BL 8301 Lot 46 (480 Route 46.) PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 17, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Treatment Works Approval for Clover Hill WWTP. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 17, 2011, from the State of new Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Public Hearing Notice / 2011 CWC hearing Agenda. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 18, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Construction Permit for Indian Springs Well 1 and 2. PDF Correspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. Letter received November 17, 2011, from the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders regarding the BASF Musconetcong Greenway Project. PDF Correspondence

 

MSA / MUA

  1. Meeting Schedule received November 14, 2011, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding 2012. PDF Correspondence

 

DCA

  1. E-mail received November 4, 2011, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

  1. Fax received November 3, 2011, from Comcast regarding Important Information – Price Adjustments. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Fax received November 3, 2011, from Comcast regarding National EAS test. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 7, 2011, from Comcast regarding Municipal Benchmarking Efforts. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received November 7, from Verizon regarding a Message Center Notice / EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM: IMPORTANT INFORMATION. PDF Correspondence

  1. Fax received November 10, 2011, from Comcast regarding Programmer Negotiations. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received November 18, 2011, from New Jersey American Water regarding Petition for Approval of Increased Tariff Rates. PDF Correspondence

 

Mr. Perkins: Yes, thank you Mr. President. Item number 34 under Utilities, we had received the letter of November 18 th regarding New Jersey American Water Company's Petition for Approval for Increased Tariff Rates. I would ask that Mr. Dorsey's office draft a letter of, I would guess, I'm not sure what the proper word is, that we are not pleasedwith that and that we would petition the Board not to approve that. I believe the rate increase, although the meter service standby charge remains constant, I believe that their rate for the usage of water goes up approximately 25% which means that during these hard economic times that is a hardship on the residents of our Township.

 

President Tobey: Thank you Mr. Perkins. Well, well, well, okay, before we move on we have the appointment to fill Mr. Greenbaum's Council seat as he is the Mayor Elect effective 1/1/12. At this time I'll accept nominations.

 

Mrs. Labow: I'd like to nominate John Ferrante.

 

Mr. Walsh: I'll second that.

 

President Tobey: It's been moved and seconded. Any other nominations? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: Congratulations John. John, if you want to step up here, we need you to sign off and sign in.

 

Mr. Greenbaum from the audience: Are you going to have him resign his Planning Board seat first?

 

Mr. Ferrante: I hearby resign my Planning Board seat.

 

Oath of Office administered by Mrs. Lashway to John Ferrante: I, John Ferrante, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the governments established in the United States and in this State, under the authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all of the duties of the office of Mount Olive Township Council person according to the best of my ability, so help me God.

Congratulations and applause

 

Mr. Greenbaum from the audience: Now you get to run every year for the next two years.

 

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEAR ING

 

President Tobey: Okay, moving on. Ordinances for Public Hearing. I open the hearing to the public on:

 

Ord. #33-2011 Bond ordinance providing for various capital improvements of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, appropriating the aggregate amount of $802,966 therefore and authorizing the issuance of $762,816 bonds or notes of the Township to finance part of the cost thereof.

 

President Tobey: Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, Mr. Mania would you

please move that?

 

Mr. Mania: Thank you Mr. President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #33-2011.

 

Mr. Perkins: Second.

 

President Tobey: Moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Roll call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: The next item on the Agenda for First Reading.

 

Mr. Perkins: You have to read your last statement.

 

President Tobey: Oh, I'm sorry. Thank you. Ordinance #33-2011 is passed on second reading and I

hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as

required by law. Thank you. Excuse me.

 

OPTIONAL PUBLIC PORTION

 

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING (2 nd reading – December 6, 2011)

 

President Tobey: The next item on the Agenda for First Reading is:

 

Ord.#32-2011 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for Change to Water Charges Pursuant to Section 196-28 of the Mount Olive Township Code.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Perkins.

 

Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President. I move that Ord. #32-2011 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on December 6, 2011, 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.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll second it.

 

President Tobey: It's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Any Council discussion? Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: The next item on the Agenda for First Reading is:

 

Ord.#34-2011 Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey Appropriating $90,000 for the Acquisition of Property to be Funded by a Green Acres Grant.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Walsh, would you be so kind?

 

Mr. Walsh: Yes, I move that Ord. #34-2011 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on December 6, 2011, 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.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll second it.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. It's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Any Council discussion? Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: The next ordinance will have a December 20, 2011, second reading. The next item on the Agenda for First Reading is:

 

Ord.#35-2011 Refunding Bond Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Providing for the Refunding of all or a Portion of General Improvement Bonds, Series 2003 and General Improvement Bonds, Series 2004, Appropriating $4,200,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance by the Township of General Improvement Refunding Bonds in the Aggregate Principal Amount of Not Exceeding $4,200,00 for Financing the Cost Thereof.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Roman, would you be so kind?

 

Mr. Roman: Yes, I move that Ord. #35-2011 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on December 20, 2011, 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.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. It's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Any Council discussion? Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: The next item on the Agenda for First Reading is:

 

Ord.#36-2011 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Water and Sewer Service Rates Within the Township for All Services Rendered After January 1, 2012.

 

President Tobey: Mrs. Labow, would you please move that?

 

Mrs. Labow: Mr. President, I'd like to pass it to Mr. Ferrante so he can introduce his first ordinance on his first

night.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Ferrante.

 

Mr. Ferrante: I move that Ord. #36-2011 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on December 6, 2011, 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.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. It's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Any Council discussion? Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: We are up to Consent Resolutions. We have ten identified this evening. Does anyone wish to move any to Non Consent? Seeing none, Mr. Perkins would you kindly move Consent Resolutions one through ten.

 

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

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Making Application to the Local Finance Board Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:2-51. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract for the Purchase of Block 7801 Lot 13 for Open Space Purposes. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of a General Capital Ordinance Balance. PDF Resolution

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Chapter 159 Budget Amendment in the 2011 Budget for the Body Armor Replacement Fund for $4,589.96. PDF Resolution

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Extension of a Contract with Aristocrat Limousine & Bus Co. for Bus (Motor Coach) Transportation. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Professional Services for the Environmental Assessment of Vacant Lot, Block 7801 Lot 13. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Endorsing the Acquisition of Development Rights for the Purpose of Farmland Preservation for Block 6801 Lots 10, 10.01 and 10.02. PDF Resolution

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Various Vendors for Materials for a Lacrosse Field at Turkey Brook Park. PDF Resolution

 

•  Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Change Order No. 1 and Payment Certificate No. 1 in Connection with the Contract with Mark Paving Company in Connection with Improvements to Clover Hill Drive. PDF Resolution

 

•  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 2011 Municipal Budget ($16,761.15 for Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund) PDF Correspondence

 

Mr. Perkins: Yes, I move for adoption of Consents Resolutions numbers one through ten.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll second it

 

President Tobey: It's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Kathy.

 

Mrs. Kathy Murphy: Resolution number six, just remove BASF from that title. This is the Rausa property which is 7801 Lot 13 down the street, the old Presbyterian church. The block and lot is correct, it's just BASF.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception, Mr. Tobey abstained on number nine

 

President Tobey: We are up to Consent Motions. We have two listed. Mr. Mania, would you please move them as presented.

 

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Approval of Raffle Application #2425 for Budd Lake First Aid & Rescue and Raffle Application #2426 for OES #107 Starlight Chapter.
  2. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Mania: I move for the approval of both consent motions.

 

Mr. Perkins: Second.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. It's been moved and seconded. Does anyone from the public have any questions regarding the Bill List? Seeing none, Roll Call please.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

President Tobey: Administrative Reports?

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

 

Mr. Sohl: The Mayor and I wish everybody a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

 

President Tobey: Thank you Mr. Sohl. Any Old Business?

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Mrs. Labow: Basically this is New Business. Mr. Greenbaum has resigned for now and he was our Library Board liaison. Are we going to make that change tonight or wait until January? I think they only have one more meeting before the end of the year.

 

President Tobey: I would just wait until the new year. Thank you for bringing that up. Any other Old Business or New Business?

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

President Tobey: Seeing none, any Legal Matters this evening.

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Mr. Horan: Council President, I have no formal report this evening other than to wish everybody a happy and healthy Thanksgiving as well.

 

President Tobey: Thank you very much. Any Council Reports? Mr. Roman.

 

COUNCIL REPORTS

 

Recreation Liaison Report – A. Roman

 

Mr. Roman: Yes, I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Mt. Olive Jr. Marauders Super Pee Wee team on their first 10-0 record. It is their recollection and that of the Morris County Football League that they are the only Super Pee Wee team to ever achieve that season.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Perkins and then Mr. Mania.

 

Board of Health Report – R. Perkins

 

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. We had our Board of Health meeting last month. Council had received individually in each one of their envelopes a letter which was sent off from Dover to Mr. Chedwiggen for the Board of Chosen Freeholders. I just wanted to bring to everyone's attention again that the Food Handler's course was done completely in Spanish. It was then done a second time in English. That is the first time in probably the County's history and maybe if not the State's history where a course of that nature for certification of Food Handlers has been presented in Spanish. So I just wanted to give kudos out our Health Department, our Health Nurse as well as Director Frank Wilpert for undertaking that and working collectively with our new partners in Dover on that.

 

President Tobey: Thank you very much Mr. Perkins. Mr. Mania.

 

Planning Board Report – J. Mania

Open Space Committee Report – C. Labow

Legislative Committee Report – P. Walsh

Pride Committee Report – C. Labow

Board of Education Liaison Report – A. Roman

Lake/Environment Issues Committee – R. Perkins

Safety Committee Liaison – R. Perkins

Economic Development Committee Report – P. Walsh

Library Board Liaison – R. Greenbaum

Senior Citizen Liaison – J. Mania

Community Development Revenue Sharing – R. Perkins

 

Mr. Mania: I just attended the coffee thing on Monday morning to be introduced to our incoming business administrator and I want to thank our Mayor-Elect Rob Greenbaum and his committee in their choice. I think he is going to make a fine business administrator and I wish him the best of luck.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. Mrs. Labow.

 

TNR Liaison – C. Labow

 

Mrs. Labow: Thank you. I just want to update you on the TNR Program. I had asked for permission to be the

liaison. I had a meeting with Mr. Wilpert, Officer Cirone and members of the TNR group and I've actually gone over to speak to Dr. Golub and we have a really great working relationship and very much to my surprise two days after the meeting with Dr. Golub he actually called me up and asked if the Mount Olive TNR group could help them save a kitten that had come from another town that had been severely injured. We did not have the funds to be able to pay for medical treatment it was going to need and Michelle Lerner's parents actually have supplied the funds up to about $3,000.00 now for the medical. But the nice part is now Dr. Golub's office has been calling us and giving…they named him, Dr. Golub's staff named him Boo Boo since he had so many injuries so they call and we get updates and the kitten is doing absolutely fantastic so I just that it was, you know things have been kind of contentious for so long and then you go over there and you talk and the next thing you know we are working on a joint venture together to help somebody out and that meant a lot to Dr. Golub and his staff. So I just thought in the time, with Thanksgiving coming up, two days and there is a lot to be thankful for and I just want to wish everybody a very happy Thanksgiving and safe holiday.

 

President Tobey: Thank you Mrs. Labow. Any other Council Reports? Seeing none, we are up our second Public Portion. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Yes sir.

 

PUBLIC PORTION

 

Ned McDonnell, Budd Lake: This is concerning various ordinances and resolutions that are identified by block and lot. The agreement or consensus was that there would be an identification of the block and lot somehow so the public could know where these areas are either by a street address or some kind of a location and I'd like to see that put back into effect because it is kind of vague when you see a resolution with a block and lot and you have to go and search out to find where it is and I just think it would be a help to the public to be aware of where these locations are.

 

President Tobey: I actually think that is a good point and I don't see why we couldn't do that moving forward, right?

 

Mrs. Lashway: Yes.

 

President Tobey: Thank you.

 

Mr. McDonnell: Thank you. One other thing, this is more to the Administration. I'm just wondering what the plan or status is for removing the various tree and bush and brush areas around the Township roads. I know some of the roads, the brush is actually encroaching on the road, specifically near the corner of Woodland and Netcong is one that I'm aware of but I've seen many others where the brush encroaches on the road, causes cars to swerve into the middle even though there may be clearance. It's a safety condition with the way the brush is on the edges.

 

Mr. Sohl: We are doing our best to get it cleared as soon as possible. As you might know, just by looking around the streets, there is tons of this stuff still out there.

 

Mr. McDonnell: I realize that yes. I'm just hoping that we are keeping up on it as fast as possible.

 

Mr. Sohl: Every day we are out there.

 

Mr. McDonnell: Very good. Thank you very much.

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. McDonnell, also on that intersection, Woodland and Netcong is a site distance problem. When you come out of First Street, you can't see anything coming down the road.

 

Mr. McDonnell: Exactly.

 

Mrs. Labow: I actually spoke with Mr. Quinn yesterday about that specifically and gave him some of the locations. I had the same experience you are talking about but like on Old Wolfe Road, you literally have to go, there's no shoulder there at all so you have to go like three feet over where some of them are sticking out that far. So he is very much aware of it and he said, as Mr. Sohl said, they are sending out the trucks every single day chipping. They are working their way across the town and trying to get to them. I also asked him, because a resident asked me, are they supposed to be cutting and bundling and he said, no, absolutely not. Just leave them on the side of the road. They don't want them bundled. They are just chipping away.

 

Mr. McDonnell: Great, thank you very much.

 

President Tobey: And if there is a location that's been identified that is a safety concern, that would be given precedence I assume.

 

Mrs. Labow: Yes.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Walsh.

 

Mr. Walsh: Thank you Mr. President. Colleen or John, did you happen to mention to Mr. Quinn that particular intersection, the one on Woodland so he knows about it? The exact one.

 

Mr. Mania: He is aware of it.

 

Mrs. Labow: I told him about that one.

 

Mr. Walsh: Okay, that might be one to hit sooner. Okay, great.

 

Mrs. Labow: I also told him that I noticed, I was at the traffic light on Route 46 by Home Goods and I just happened to see something move above and I looked and a branch from a tree is actually hanging on the wires there and I was concerned that it might fall into the highway and cause an accident. He was going to call the State and make sure they get out to change that. So definitely if we see, he said, help him out, stuff like that. They don't have eyes and ears on every single street and they look for our help.

 

Mr. Mania: And I'm sure they are doing the best they can.

 

Mrs. Labow: Oh yeah, they are really working hard at it.

 

Mr. McDonnell: Okay.

 

Mr. Perkins: I guess my dragging those things out in the street really became a problem for you, didn't it?

 

Mr. McDonnell: Thank you very much. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

 

Mr. Mania & Mrs. Labow: Thank you. You too.

 

President Tobey: Does anyone else from the public wish to be heard? Yes sir.

 

Doug Cohen, Budd Lake: I just have a question. Is there any kind of a plan in place to be a little bit more proactive in the future? I know roads like River Road and certain other roads that are heavily wooded on both sides. It seems like every storm there's branches that come down and take down power lines, knock people's power out. Is there anything we can do, the town and work with the power company to be a little proactive and take these trees that look like they are about to fall over if the wind blows?

 

President Tobey: Mr. Sohl, I would say either yourself or…

 

Mr. Sohl: I could not hear the gentleman speaking.

 

President Tobey: It concerned with reaching out to the utility company to be maybe be proactive in trimming back the trees to try and prevent future, or as best we can, power outages and I guess a phone call in and a request is certainly possible. Mr. Perkins.

 

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. I can tell you that, and Rob you will remember, we had JCP&L in here quite a few years ago and basically read them the riot act. I would venture to tell you that a good portion of Mount Olive sustained a lot less damage than some of our neighbors did. A couple of things to remember is where you look at most of the trees where the power lines run through? They are within the public right of way. They always cut them so they look really nice so that the power lines…you're going back 75-80 years when that was the technology, was to run above ground wiring. So the trees that are there, typically they are trimmed back. When those branches fall down, if the entire tree goes down, there's not much that can happen. One of the other problems is obviously the residents, the residents who don't maintain a lot of the trees on their own property, a lot of those trees are the ones that you see that fall into the street, that fall into the utility lines that then rip them down. So it's really an ongoing thing. I know that JCP&L was out here. I think they had Asplundh Tree Service again this year. I saw them going around.

 

Mrs. Labow: They were all over.

 

Mr. Perkins: They do do a good job. You are always going to get that 10% that no one knows that that's the tree that is going to fall down for any particular reason but I can tell you quite frankly, our municipality faired out much better than a lot of our neighbors did and it is only because all of us that were on Council at that time, including the Mayor and the Administration, we literally had JCP&L standing right where you are reading them the riot act and we had threatened to go to the Board of Public Utilities and release their tariff. We have been on top of them. We think they are provide a genuinely good service. Storms that come through like that are, look I've flooded out three times and I've heard that this is like once in a hundred years. I'm living history. We have, we have done everything we can sir.

 

Mr. Cohen: Okay, obviously when things die down a bit and they are not working around the clock, if there is any way that we can get somebody to kind of look at some of these heavily wooded roads. I mean, even if there is some kind of plan where you share the cost across the utility company and the owner. I have underground utilities but I still lost power because…

 

Mr. Perkins: Some place else got knocked out.

 

Mr. Cohen: Yes.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. Does anyone else from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, any Council Comments? Mr. Perkins.

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. Real short and sweet. I just want to wish everybody, my fellow, the Administration, Council, our attorney's office, everybody that's here this evening, a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your families. At the end of the day, that's all that really matters is giving thanks for what we have. Thank you Mr. President.

 

President Tobey: Thank you. Mr. Mania.

 

Mr. Mania: I just want to, what Ray said, I say, thank you.

 

Mrs. Labow: I agree.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Walsh.

 

Mr. Walsh: Of course, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and once again, congratulations to Mr. Ferrante, Councilman Ferrante for your first night tonight and I look forward to working with everyone in the next year and congratulations also to Mr. Nicastro.

 

President Tobey: Mr. Roman.

 

Mr. Roman: I'd like to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope the, I look forward to an exciting new year with our new Mayor Elect over here. I think we will have some very interesting Council meetings.

 

President Tobey: I'd like to wish everyone a happy and most importantly, a safe Thanksgiving. I'll accept a motion to adjourn.

 

Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:28 pm.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

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Phil Tobey, 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 December 6, 2011.

 

 

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

 

 

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