September 18, 2012 Council Public Meeting Minutes

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:50 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.

ROLL CALL

Present:          Mr. Nicastro, Mr. Mania, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Walsh and Mr. Roman

Absent:           Mr. Ferrante and Mrs. Labow

Also Present:  Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Fred Semrau, Township Attorney; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Mayor Greenbaum

President Roman: Okay, we’re on to Approval of Previous Meetings. Mr. Perkins.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

August 21, 2012 WS & PM (Mr. Ferrante Absent)
September 4, 2012 WS & PM (Mr. Walsh Absent)

Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President, I move for approval of the August 21, 2012, Workshop and Public Meetings, Mr. Ferrante was absent, as well as the September 4, 2012, Workshop and Public Meeting. Mr. Walsh was absent.

Mr. Mania: I’ll second it.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed with the exception, Mr. Walsh abstained on September 4, 2012.

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

  1. E-mail received September 4, 2012, from Richard Gonzalez regarding Crossing Guard on Wolfe Road and Aldersgate Circle.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 5, 2012 from TransOptions regarding Public Policy Special Edition.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received September 5, 2012 from Morris Habitat regarding Morris Habitat – Share the Care 5K Fun Run.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 10, 2012 from Community Soup Kitchen & Outreach Center / Morristown regarding Hunger Walk October 21, 2012.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received September 12, 2012 from the national League of Cities regarding 2012 Women in Municipal Government Leadership Award Nomination packets Now Available.  PDF Correspondence

 

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. E-mail received August 31, 2012, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Mayors Newsline.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 4, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received September 5, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 5, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Hepatitis, Inoculation and Two Issues.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received September 5, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding A Shore & Simple Glimpse at Property Tax in NJ and Your Input on an Exclusive Line of League Merchandise.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 5, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding BPU Issues Report & Recommendations to Prevent Inordinate Utility Service Disruptions Due to Natural Disasters.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received September 5, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the Women in Government Breakfast.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received September 5, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the League Delegates Luncheon.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received September 6, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Affordable Housing Trust Funds Update.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received September 6, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received September 7, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Visit the League’s Grants Resource Center.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received September 7, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding DCA Develops new Budget Reporting Toll.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received September 7, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding National Preparedness Month.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 10, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding West Nile Virus.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received September 11, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 12, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminars.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received September 13, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Upcoming League Seminar.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 13, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Fall League Legislative and Litigation Update.  PDF Correspondence
  1. E-mail received September 13, 2012 from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NLC Webinar on New Facebook Policies.  PDF Correspondence

 

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

  1. Press Release received September 4, 2012, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Safeguards against Mosquito / West Nile Virus Outbreaks.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received September 5, 2012, from Branch Eichler regarding Objection to Highlands Applicability Determination Application of Mazouz & Tomasa Jallad Pursuant to Public Notice Published August 1, 2012.  FOR Block 7100 Lot 66 (136 Flanders Drakestown Road, Flanders). PDF Correspondence

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. E-mail received September 5, 2012, from the County of Morris regarding Morris County Green Table.  PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

  1. Letter received September 4, 2012, from New Jersey American Water regarding I/M/O the petition of New Jersey American Water Company, Inc. to Change the Levels of its Purchased Water Adjustment Clause and Purchased Wastewater (Sewerage) Treatment Adjustment Clause.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received September 11, 2012, from New Jersey American Water regarding I/M/O the petition of New Jersey American Water Company, Inc. for Authorization to Implement a Tariff Supplement Establishing a Distribution BPU Docket No. WR12070669.  PDF Correspondence

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Correspondence. We have 29 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone
have any questions or comments? Seeing none, we are on to Ordinances for Public Hearing. I open the hearing
to the public on Ord. #23-2012.

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Ord.#23-2012 An Ordinance Amending Section 176-8 of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive to Permit Seasonal Sponsorship Signs in the Township of Mount Olive’s Parks.

President Roman: Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: Thank you Mr. President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #23-2012.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Roman: Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard? Seeing none, any Council
discussion? Okay, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Ord. #23-2012 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. I now open the
hearing to the public on Ord. #29-2012:

Ord.#29-2012 Bond ordinance Providing for General Municipal Building Improvements in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $40,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $38,000 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof. 

President Roman: Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro: I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #29-2012.

Mr. Mania: I’ll second it.

President Roman: Anyone from the public? Seeing none, any Council discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Ord. #29-2012 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. I now open the
hearing to the public on Ord. #30-2012:

Ord.#30-2012 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, and State of New Jersey Establishing the Policies and Procedures of the Educational and Governmental Television Station. 

President Roman: Mr. Walsh.

Mr. Walsh: I move for adoption and final passage of Ord. #30-2012.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Roman: Anyone from the public? Any Council discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Ord. #30-2012 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. Okay, we’re on
to Ordinances for First Reading with a Second Reading of October 2, 2012. The first ordinance on the
Agenda for First Reading is:

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - second reading October 2, 2012

Ord.#31-2012 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Amending Township Code Chapter 7 and Chapter 196 Section 43 to Provide for a Service Charge of Thirty Dollars ($30.00) When a Check or Automated Clearing House Online Payment Submitted to the Township is Returned.

President Roman: Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President. I move Ord. #31-2012 to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on October 2, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ, for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Mr. Walsh.

Mr. Walsh: Thank you Mr. President. Do we have any idea how many returned checks we get in a quarter or a year? Anybody? Do you know the answer off the top of your head?

Mr. Canning: No, I apologize. I don’t have that answer. Sherry would have the full information but unfortunately she’s sick.

Mr. Walsh: Normally Sherry would have that. Yeah, she’s not here. Okay. I’m probably going to vote against this.

President Roman: Does anybody else have any other questions, comments? Okay, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed with the exception, Mr. Walsh voted No.

President Roman: Okay, we’re on to…

Mr. Walsh: Could I just say, could you get that information from Sherry for me when you get a chance?

Mr. Canning: Absolutely.

Mr. Walsh: Thank you.

President Roman: I believe we had a couple of questions regarding this ordinance and I’m sure we will have it available for the next time when it’s on for public hearing. Okay, the next item on the Agenda for First Reading is:

Ord.#32-2012 Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey Appropriating $57,500 for Budd Lake Drainage Improvements to be Funded by a Community Development Block Grant.

President Roman: Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. Mr. President. I move Ord. #32-2012 to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on October 2, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, NJ, for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion?

Mr. Perkins: Get the shovel in the ground.

President Roman: We are trying to get this thing going that’s why. Okay, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

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 Use of One Purchasing Contract (Firefighter One). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Funds for the Acquisition of Block 8100 Lots 50, 58 & 60 and Portions of Block 7000 Lots 53 & 70 and to Create a Community Garden on Block 8100 Lot 61. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Payment Certificate No. 2 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 the Cancellation of Outstanding Taxes on Block 301 Lot 4 Otherwise Known as 3100 Continental Drive. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Capital Budget Amendment for Drainage Improvements to Budd Lake.  PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Removal of Block 500 Lot 6 from Tax Sale. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Cancel Taxes on Block 8800 Lot 5 for Disabled Veteran Declared 100% Totally & Permanently Disabled by the Tax Assessor. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive  Revising Grant Expenses for the National Recreation and Trails Program. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing an Agreement for Snow Removal Services with Mt. Olive Child Care & Learning Center. PDF Res

 

President Roman: Okay we are on to Consent Resolutions. There are nine. Does anyone wish to move any to Non Consent? Is there anyone from the public that wishes to speak on the Consent Resolutions? Okay, seeing none, Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: Mr. President, I move that we approve Consent Resolution numbers one through nine.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded, okay, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

President Roman: Okay, we are on to Consent Motions. We have two. Mr. Nicastro.

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Appointment of Meghan Tava to the Library Board for a five year unexpired term to expire 12/31/16.
  2. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Nicastro: I moved Consent Motions one and two.

Mr. Mania: Second.

President Roman: It’s been moved and seconded. Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed Unanimously

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

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Mr. Canning: Lots of stuff tonight. I just want to draw your attention and special thanks to Amish Mike’s. If anybody’s noticed, the last week or so we have two very nice benches out in front of the municipal building along the sidewalk area. That is a donation from Amish Mike’s on Route 46. We are very grateful for that. We are going to try and get a little plaque or something made on to them acknowledging their gift to the people of the Township. Early today, I want to thank Councilman Mania. Myself and John had gone over to the Seniors Meeting today and we started the first of many meetings and outreaches around the town. This has to do with the automated garbage collection that we are anticipating for October of 2013. We brought a couple sample garbage cans today, the 96 gallon variety and the 65 gallon variety, gave some handouts, fielded a couple of questions. Most everybody seemed very happy with the direction that the Township was going in but we are going to try and stop over at the Senior Center and other community groups as we ramp this up, especially in to winter and look to implement next Fall. Turkey Brook bathrooms, we’ve been experiencing some vandalism of late – a lot of damage. Initial estimates of over $4,000.00 worth of damage. Shingles torn off some of the buildings, sharpie markers, breakage within the bathrooms themselves. Port of johns have been defaced. The Police Department and Jim Lynch are working together on a longer term security solution. In the meantime, we are covered by the JIF on this less our deductible. So reports are being submitted to the JIF but it is still it’s going to be $1,250.00 out of our pocket on the deductible. It’s a problem and the Chief and Jim Lynch; I know they met earlier today and are looking at everything including short term deer cameras to longer term circuit cameras, whatever would help. I know the police department has stepped up the directed patrols but even with that there is only so much they can do short of stationing somebody.

President Roman: Since I first sat on this Board I remember hearing about this and we had… I think in my first year I mentioned about putting in cameras.  At that time you know, cost was a factor that was mentioned.  I think cost has definitely gone down for wireless, internet addressable cameras.  Technology has gotten to the point where the resolution is much better but this is an issue that even though it may not be costing us that much other than their deductible going forward, we’re are going one day be facing serious vandalism.  I think it’s high time that we made some proactive measures to install some kind of surveillance equipment.  We might not be able to deter it but at least we can catch the individuals that are committing, and defacing our town property.

Mr. Canning:  I met with Jim earlier in the week and I’m very confident. Not only those cameras, the short term cameras, even if we have to do it on the cheap for short term until the longer term IP cameras are available.  There will be some signage posted around as well indicating that any potential actors will be caught on camera.

Mayor Greenbaum:  I’m already on top of it and I’m committed to fixing that problem.

President Roman:  Thank you.

Mr. Canning:  One last item.  Very good news, I want to draw attention to Frank Wilpert especially on this.  Our HVAC problem down in the Court, looks like we are moving the Court function back into their proper offices tomorrow and the JIF covered us for $26,700.00 out of our costs.  We were very grateful that the JIF took this on appeal.  We were confident in our position and it seems that they have come through for most of it and again, less our deductible.   We have had several people in to look at it.  We’re most optimistic about a Trane trained Engineer coming in on Thursday and hopefully providing us with a solution that we can fix this long term and not have to revisit this issue.

President Roman:  Okay, Mr. Walsh?

Mr. Walsh:  Thank you Mr. President.  I’m sorry I didn’t get the one question in.  On the cameras, do we have any cameras out there now?  Whether either in parks or on roads?  I think we have some on roads but do we have any now that we’re using anywhere for parks?  I’m just curious.

Mr. Canning:  I wouldn’t be at liberty to disclose it if it were but I do know some of the locations that were discussing here.  We have a tough time with availability of Wi-fi and IP for certain types of cameras.  Not to say that we have or have not had cameras on site already.

Mr. Walsh:  What do you mean, not allowed to disclose?  I’m sorry.

Mr. Canning:  I’m very reluctant to disclose specific locations in town…

Mr. Walsh:  Wouldn’t that be public knowledge though?

Mr. Canning:  Well the purchase of it would be.

Mr. Walsh:  Well ya, it would have to be public knowledge.  If the Township buys cameras, puts them out there to spy on people, I would think it would be the public’s right to know where they are. 

Mr. Canning:  Unless it’s under the Police Department.

Mr. Semrau:  It’s balanced by the interest of public safety too.  There are… it is a privilege of the Township if it’s in the interest of public safety not to disclose that.  If there was a disclosure that the Administrator wanted to make to you in private as an elected official, he could answer that question.

Mr. Walsh:  Okay.

Mr. Semrau:  But there may be reasons under certain circumstances where you really don’t want to disclose that.

Mr. Walsh:  Okay, so you’re saying in Townships, on like public property we could put cameras up and not disclose to the public where they are?

Mayor Greenbaum:  Of course we’d disclose that.  There’s no reason, part of the deterrent is to let people know that the cameras are there and they are going to be caught on camera.  We’re talking about situations where perhaps…

Mr. Walsh:  I’m just trying to find out financially; have we done this, how much did it… do we have any samples?

Mayor Greenbaum:  No, we haven’t done it in any of our public locations but perhaps; let me give you an example.

Mr. Walsh:  I know there’s one where the A&P used to be on the light there, right?

President Roman:  Not ours, the State.

Mr. Walsh:  Oh the State, I got ya.

Mayor Greenbaum:  There might be a situation when the Police Department is running some kind of surveillance.

Mr. Walsh:  Right.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Where it wouldn’t be public knowledge it would be part of the public safety aspect and therefore wouldn’t be disclosed.  None that I’m personally aware of and I’m not personally aware of anything in town which would answer your question in the affirmative that we have.  We have not done it in the parks.  We will be doing it in the parks. 

Mr. Walsh:  Sounds good.

Mayor Greenbaum:  And we will be letting them know that the place is under surveillance because we want them to know that the place is under surveillance because the last thing that we want to do is to catch somebody breaking… well the last thing we want to do is not catch somebody but we want to prevent it before it happens rather than catch somebody.  We will let people know that the park is under surveillance and if they commit vandalism they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law because we want to prevent vandalism.  Not necessarily catch somebody after they’ve done it.

Mr. Walsh:  Thank you Mayor for your straight forward candid answer.

Mayor Greenbaum:  And we have no interest in spying on anybody. 

Mr. Walsh:  Absolutely, I’m sure.

Mayor Greenbaum:  From a public perspective, leaving aside the Police Department, if we put out signs, we will alert people that the area is under surveillance.

President Roman:  Pat, just to give you a little background, a few years ago we were asked by the Police Department to install the red light cameras and this body, we summarily turned them down.

Mr. Walsh:  Great, thank you.

President Roman:  Anything else Mr. Canning?

Mayor Greenbaum:  By the way, I believe that the cameras that you’re talking about on Route 206 are not to catch people, but rather to… it’s a traffic control device to monitor the green light, red light cadence so that when it backs up to a certain point it changes the lights or at a different time of night.  They are not running tickets off of those cameras. Alright?

Mr. Walsh:  Right, okay.  I appreciate those answers.

Mayor Greenbaum:  The last thing we want to be is “Big Brother.”

Mr. Walsh:  Right.

Mayor Greenbaum:  But we also don’t want our property destroyed.

Mr. Walsh:  Right, I’m not against the concept of any camera anywhere but the red light cameras I’m glad we did not do because I disagree with that completely, thank you.

President Roman:  Okay, we are on to Council Reports.      

COUNCIL REPORTS
Recreation Liaison Report – A. Roman

President Roman:  I understand that the mud run is going as planned?

Mr. Canning:  Yes it is.  From what I understand they are well along on it and we’re looking forward to it.  It’s generating a lot of enthusiasm. 

President Roman:  I think we just got a major sponsor of Sam’s Club, awesome.  Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins:  Mr. President, I apologize.  Did we blow past the appointment and the Bill List?

Mr. Mania:  It was a Consent Motion.  It was passed.

President Roman:  We did Consent Motions, yep. 

Mr. Nicastro:  We didn’t do the Legal Matters or…

President Roman:  Actually you know what; I did blow by our last Old Business.  Does anyone have and last Old Business, last New Business, Legal Matters?

OLD BUSINESS - None

NEW BUSINESS - None

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Semrau:  Thank you, I know we have a camera right in here.  The only thing I want to report is in the effort for the Township to make sure, unlike many communities, to expend its Affordable Housing Trust Funds.  We’ve been authorized to make every effort to acquire the property at Stonewald Court known as the former Cobblestone facility.  We have not had any success, notwithstanding offers to acquire it based on the fair market value of the property, so in the next week or so we will probably have to try to move ahead to take whatever steps are necessary to begin the process to acquire the property.  Again it would be for the fair market value of the property and that would involve a court action.  That’s my update.  We’ve made the Administration and our office, have made every effort to provide whatever information necessary to try and negotiate a purchase price for the property.  Notwithstanding, the current status of the property, there hasn’t been any real formidable type of response so that’s… we’re going to have to take that step over the next week or two.

President Roman:  Mr. Mayor?

Mayor Greenbaum:  Two other questions.  BASF closed?

Mr. Semrau:  Closed, yes.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Fifty seven acres is closed?

Mr. Semrau:  That’s correct Mayor.

Mayor Greenbaum:  I got a phone call today from somebody about settlement of a law suit involving Mount Olive Township, a car accident in 2005 or 2006 involving a police officer in a rear end hit.  I didn’t know anything about it.  I was quite surprised to learn that the case had settled.  The word I’m getting is that there’s no participation.  It’s under the old policy and that Mount Olive doesn’t need to do anything.

Mr. Semrau:  Yes, that’s not a case that our office handled but I’m familiar with it by way of the Joint Insurance Fund and that’s correct.  There isn’t any participation from the Township but with that being said, I would certainly want the settling parties to apprise the governing body of the terms and conditions and the facts surrounding that case.  I will see to it that, that gets done.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Yeah, I was surprised.  It was in the law journal today and someone called me and said, what’s the deal with this and I didn’t know anything about it.

Mr. Semrau:  Again, it involves an auto accident and it is covered under the terms of your policy in full but with that being said, I think it’s still critical that you be apprised of it.  Not only when it settles but when the case has been filed.  I’ll make sure that the information is disseminated to the Governing Body regarding that case.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Thank you.          

President Roman:  Anything else, we’re done with Legal?

Mr. Semrau:  Yes, thank you.

President Roman:  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you Mr. President.  Fred, just a quickie, with COAH on the Cobblestone.

Mr. Semrau:  Yes.

Mr. Perkins:  Is there… I mean explain to me really quick, how long do we have?  I know we’ve pretty well exhausted or we have exhausted every venue minus condemnation which none of us wants to do.  Eminent domain, we don’t want to do that.  How long do we have?  Is there a deadline that says okay, you can keep going back but when we reach this final date, that’s it, we’ve exhausted it and the only remedy left is condemnation.

Mr. Semrau:  We’re really at that point because July 17th the funds were supposed to be committed.  They were committed to this project and as part of that commitment what we represented was we would continue along the way and make every effort to continue to negotiate in good faith.  Once we get to the point where we’re at an impasse or we don’t get any type of formidable response, under our commitment to affordable housing we would have to take that next step and acquire it by way of eminent domain.  I mean that’s really where we are at so barring any type of immediate response from the property owner or willingness to negotiate, that’s where we would be or else if we get stagnant in the process, that’s where we run the risk to lose those funds.

Mr. Perkins:  We would run the risk of losing the money?

Mr. Semrau:  Yes.

Mr. Perkins:  So I’m assuming... have you made the last ditch effort and say okay…

Mr. Semrau:  Yes, yes, we’re at that point now.

Mr. Perkins:  They’re well aware now that we’re heading into condemnation? 

Mr. Semrau:  Yes, they will continue to get notice as we take these steps going forward.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you Fred, I appreciate it.

Mr. Mania:  I got my question answered too.

Mr. Semrau:  Sure and at any time we can resolve the matter too.

Mr. Perkins:  We can drop anytime.

Mr. Semrau:  We can’t just wait any longer because of the fact that those funds are dedicated to this purpose.

Mr. Perkins:  The States just looking to grab whatever they can.

Mr. Mania:  Yeah, there looking for a good reason.

Mr. Perkins:  To balance the budget.

President Roman:  Mr. Mania?

Mr. Mania:  My question was answered.  Thank you Mr. President.

President Roman:  Okay, we’re on to Board of Health, Mr. Perkins?

Board of Health Report

Mr. Perkins:  Meeting tomorrow Mr. President.

President Roman:  Legislative?
 
Legislative Committee Report

Mr. Walsh:  Yes, we actually… the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce is still, is just ramping up wonderfully, doing a lot of great things.  Today they had a lunch with Congressman Leonard Lance, Senator Oroho, Assemblyman Chiusano, Morris County Sheriff Ed Rockford, and I believe Sean Canning was here and Joe was here and…

Mr. Nicastro:  Lisa was here and Alison McHose.

Mr. Walsh:  Alison was there, okay great.  Its’ just wonderful that they came to our Town and a lot of people were notified of it and it just… Sean and Joe, how’d it go?  Was it good?

Mr. Nicastro:  It was very good.

Mr. Walsh:  Very good.

Mr. Nicastro:  It was interesting?  They brought up a lot of things that they were doing in the State level, it was very informative.

Mr. Walsh:  Okay, great, great.  So that’s all I have for today.

President Roman:  Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins:  I was in New York today, I couldn’t make it.

President Roman:  Planning Board, Mr. Walsh?

Planning Board Report
Board of Education Liaison Report

Mr. Walsh:  Nothing on Planning Board but Board of Education I have great news and a lot of you probably already have heard but wanted to say it in the meeting.  Mount Olive just moved up the High School to 69th in the State out of 325.  We went from 110th or to like 104 to 90 something and this year we are now; the High School is ranked by New Jersey Monthly Magazine at 69th.  It’s not the end all be all but it is one of the biggest ratings people look at and certainly from a real estate perspective I know personally that when people are buying homes, they look very closely at that list.  It’s a big factor, it’s a big plus.  At the School Board meeting they actually gave a plaque to the Principal at the High School for all the work he’s done but it has a lot to do with the Town.  It’s grown; just so many great things are going on.

President Roman:  Excellent, excellent.  Okay Safety Committee, Mr. Nicastro?

Safety Committee Liaison

Mr. Nicastro:  No meeting yet, no report.

President Roman:  Economic Development?

Economic Development Committee Report

Mr. Nicastro:  Same, no meeting yet, nothing.

President Roman:  Senior Citizen, Mr. Mania?

Senior Citizen Liaison

Mr. Mania:  As Mr. Canning indicated we both attended the meeting today and I intend to go every month with Sean if he’ll have me to the senior meeting.

President Roman:  Okay, alright and for Mrs. Labow, wanted me to make an announcement that the Open Space now has their own e-mail account.  They can be reached at openspace@mtolivetwp.org and that TRN will be having an adoption day at Tractor Supply this Saturday from 11 to 3.  Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you Mr. President.  I just want to, in our packets this evening we have the official resignation from the Environmental Commission, Mr. David Tomb.  David’s been with us on the Environmental Committee for God, I can’t even remember how many years.  So effective… him and his wife are actually packing up and moving out, building a new house out of State.  He’ll be with us to the end of the year but we will be obviously looking for a new person to fill that.

President Roman:  His services will definitely be sorely missed.  He’s been serving the Township since way before I became a resident.

Mr. Perkins:  Probably before you were born.

President Roman:  Probably, I think he was here for the conception of the lake.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes.

Open Space Committee Report – J. Ferrante
Lake/Environment Issues Committee – J. Ferrante
Library Board Liaison – J. Ferrante
Pride Committee Report – C. Labow
TNR Program – C. Labow

PUBLIC PORTION

COUNCIL COMMENTS

President Roman:  Okay, we’re onto our last Public Portion.  Does anyone from the Public wish to be heard?  Okay, seeing none, Council Comments, Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins:  Nothing Mr. President

President Roman:  Okay, Mr. Mania?

Mr. Mania:  I don’t know who I should thank but I see there’s plantings on Continental Drive South and I believe the Mayor or the Administration had something to do with that but they really look nice and it makes a difference riding up Continental Drive.  Thank you.

President Roman:  Okay, Mr. Nicastro?

Mr. Nicastro:  Nothing.

President Roman:  Mr. Walsh?

Mr. Walsh:  God bless America.

President Roman:  I’d like to jump in.  I believe it was Decampio from Flanders Landscaping that did the… they donated their services and materials.  It was amazing how quickly they did the work, which was one day.  It definitely beautified… I mean a lot of people noticed it and complimented.  I had one person ask me, “how much did that cost?”  It was with great pleasure that I told them that it cost us nothing.  With that I would like to take a Motion to Adjourn.                 

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 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 October 16, 2012.


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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk
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