COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - September 20, 2011

 

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:07 pm by Council Vice 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 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, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Mania, Mr. Roman, Mr. Walsh,

 

Absent: Mr. Tobey and Mr. Greenbaum

 

Also Present: Mayor David Scapicchio, Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; William Sohl, Business Administrator; John Dorsey, Township Attorney; Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk

 

Vice President Roman: We are up to the Approval of the Minutes of Previous Meetings. Colleen, could

you move that?

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

 

September 6, 2011 WS & PM (Mr. Perkins absent)

 

Mrs. Labow: Sure, thank you Mr. President, I mean Mr. Vice President. I would like to move the

approval of the Minutes for the Workshop on September 6 th as well as the Public Meeting.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll second it.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mr. Perkins abstained.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

 

  1. E-mail received September 8, 2011, from Women in Local Government regarding WIMG Leadership Award. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received September 8, 2011, from the Colasurdo Family regarding the catch basin on Ramar Street. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 9, 2011, from North Jersey RC&D regarding Fall 2011. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 12, 2011, from Rutgers regarding Time is Running Out: 4 th Annual Performance measurement Conference. PDF Correspondence

 

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCE / CORRESPONDENCE FROM OTHER TOWNS

 

  1. Public Hearing Notice received September 9, 2011, from the Township of Byram regarding the Master Plan Addendum. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Resolution received September 13, 2011, from the Borough of Lincoln Park regarding Flood Damage Prevention. PDF Correspondence
  1. Ordinance received September 16, 2011, from the Borough of Stanhope regarding Land Use. PDF Correspondence

 

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

 

  1. E-mail received September 2, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Lessons Learned from Hurricane Irene – Next Steps Moving Forward. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 2, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding State Health Department Opens Call Center for Hurricane Irene. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 2, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding JCP & L Storm Restoration Schedule. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 5, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Mayor's Newsline September 2011. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 6, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Hepatitis B Inoculations. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 6, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding September Newswire from League of Municipalities. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 6, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Fema Update for Irene. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 6, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Irene Misc Information. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 7, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding FEMA Stops Funding Projects Prior to Irene. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 8, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the Michael A. Pane Memorial Award. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 8, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Emergency Management: Utilities and Shore Communities, Date & Location Change. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 8, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Governor Christie Announces Available Funding to Help Local Governments Repair Storm-Damaged Roads and Bridges. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 9, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Three Upcoming League Seminars. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 9, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding NJ Department of Human Services Hurricane Relief Benefits. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 13, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 2011 Conference Resolutions. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 13, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the Upcoming League Seminar. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 13, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Federal Transportation / FAA Funding Developments II and Budget Issues Relating to Hurricane Irene. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 13, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding URGENT! Date & Location Change for Educational Foundation. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 13, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Hurricane Irene Public Assistance Website. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 15, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding REMINDER – Sustainable Jersey 3 rd Annual Awards Luncheon. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. E-mail received September 15, 2011, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Grants – NJDEP. PDF Correspondence

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

 

  1. Letter received September 6, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Water Allocation Permit – Modification. PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received September 9, 2011, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Public Service Electric & Gas Co. BPU Vegetation Maintenance Compliance for several Municipalities. PDF Correspondence

 

MSA / MUA

 

  1. Minutes received September 8, 2011, from the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the July 27, 2011 Meeting. PDF Correspondence

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY / MORRIS COUNTY

 

  1. E-mail received September 7, 2011 from the County of Morris regarding MCPO Annual Hispanic heritage Month Celebration – September 21, 2011.

 

  1. E-mail received September 12, 2011 from the County of Morris regarding Morris County Green Table – October 5, 2011. PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

 

  1. Fax received September 6, 2011, from First Energy regarding majority of First Energy Customers Affected by Hurricane Irene Restored by Saturday – September 2, 2011. PDF Correspondence

 

Vice President Roman: We are on to Correspondences. There are 34 pieces. Does anyone on Council wish to address any one? Seeing none, we are on to Ordinances for Public Hearing. I open the hearing to the public on:

 

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEAR ING

 

Ord.#29-2011 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Providing for the Security for and Around the Police Department Facility, Parking Lots and Equipment.

 

OPTIONAL PUBLIC PORTION

 

Vice President Roman: Anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none, Mrs. Labow, could you move that?

 

Mrs. Labow: I would to move Ord. #29-2011 for final passage. I sorta read that backwards.

 

Mr. Mania: I'll second it.

 

Vice President Roman: Anyone on Council wish to discuss? Seeing none, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: Ord. #29-2011 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.

 

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING (2 nd reading – October 4, 2011)

 

Vice President Roman: We are on to Ordinances for First Reading. Does anyone from the public want

to discuss anything for First Reading? Seeing none:

 

Ord.#30-2011 An Ordinance Supplementing Section Seven (Alcoholic Beverage Control), of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, State of New Jersey with the Addition of Chapter 78-7.1, Entitled “Possession or Consumption by Underage Persons.”

Vice President Roman: Mr. Mania, would you move that?

 

Mr. Mania: Yes, Mr. President. I move that Ord. #30-2011 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on September 20, 2011at 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.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: We are on to Consent Resolutions. Does anyone on Council wish to remove any Consent Resolutions to Non Consent? Seeing none, Mr. Perkins would you move Consent Resolutions numbers one through six?

 

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 Supporting the Turning Restriction as Recommended by NJDOT on Route 46 for Block 4100 Lots 80, 83 & 84. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of a Grant Balance. (Emergency Notification System) PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Contract with Birdsall Services Group to Perform Additional Professional Services with Regard to the Contract to Modify Treatment Works at Flanders Well No. 2. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Institution of an In-Rem Foreclosure. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Absolute Fire Protection Co., Inc. for a 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles for Fire Prevention. PDF Resolution

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Ridgewood Press for Printing Services for 2011-2012. PDF Resolution

 

Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. Vice President, I move for adoption of Consent Resolutions numbers one through six.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Anyone from the public wish to be heard on the Consent Resolutions? Seeing none, Roll Call.

 

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

 

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: We are on to Motions. Mr. Mania.

 

MOTIONS CONSENT

 

•  Approval of Raffle Application #2919 for St. Judes RC Church and Raffle Application #2420, #2421

#2422 for PTA Mt. Olive.

•  Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Mania: Mr. President, I move the Consent Motions number one and two.

 

Mrs. Labow: Second.

 

Vice President Roman: It's been moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard? Seeing none, anyone on Council? Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously

 

Vice President Roman: We are on to Administrative Reports. Mr. Mayor, you have some appointments.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

 

Mayor Scapicchio: Just an FYI for Council:

 

Mayor's appointments to the Planning Board: Dan Nelsen, Class IV expires 12/31/12

Steve Bedell – Alt I expires 12/31/11

John Ferrante - Alt II expires 12/31/12

 

Vice President Roman: Congratulations Mr. Ferrante.

 

Mrs. Labow: Congratulations.

 

Mr. Mania: Congratulations.

 

Vice President Roman: Anything else? We're on to Old Business.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Vice President Roman: Yes, Mrs. Labow.

 

Mrs. Labow: First I have a request from the Council if you would consider for the Mount Olive TNR project I would like to be appointed or designated as the liaison for that group from the Council if you are so inclined to do so and then we can just put it on there for Reports to make, then I would make them.

 

Vice President Roman: Are you requesting to have the TNR Group be added as one of our recognized…?

 

Mrs. Labow: Yes, recognized groups because you know it is a group that is in Town and they do tend to call me when there are any issues. I was talking about it at the meeting the other day that we had last week in the Board of Health office and I mentioned that I was going to ask if I could be actually designated as a liaison if no one else wants it. They were very happy. Frank, everybody said, yeah, that's a good idea so I figured I'd bring it to Council and if Council would consider it, I would be honored to take the position on.

 

Vice President Roman: Is there anything currently right now from restricting you from attending those meetings?

 

Mrs. Labow: No, there isn't. I think it's more of a feel good kind of thing that you actually have a point person even though they tend to call me most of the time and being called a liaison so if Council is so inclined to do so, think it over and let me know and we'll discuss it further. We don't have Rob and Phil here either so I'll send them an email and mentioned that that request was made. Also, we had the meeting last Wednesday, the 14 th , to discuss the resolution that we wanted to bring forward to set some policy in place as far as the surrender of the cats to the Mount Olive TNR project from Dr. Golub's office which is going to continue to save the Township funds and I do know that the Animal Control budget, Sherry can confirm this, is getting a little bit depleted right now so any help with reducing any costs is of great help. So we had a very excellent meeting. It was a really positive meeting. We all kind of left there thinking that we really had made some nice grounds, positive groundwork was laid and one of the concerns that Frank Wilpert had was that as far as the release, if the Mount Olive TNR goes and takes either the surrendered cats, if anybody wants a surrendered cat in Town that they would pick it up or if they went to Golub and the TNR group also in agreement that there should be an actual form. So we developed a form that I will share with you guys also and basically it was a really great meeting. So the Board of Health is going to review the resolution tomorrow night and then after they review it, then take their recommendations and it will come to Council at the next meeting. It was a great meeting and we got a lot of issues resolved. Unfortunately, Mr. Perkins had to work so we didn't have him available but I'm sure Frank told you about it, right? That was the gist of it, a very good meeting.

 

Vice President Roman: Is there anyone on Council who wants to discuss regarding this proposal by Mrs. Labow.

 

Mr. Mania: I would just ask that the whole Council be present.

 

Mrs. Labow: I agree.

 

Vice President Roman: Mrs. Labow, what I would recommend and request at that time either ahead of the meeting to at least outline what the benefits and/or advantages or disadvantages either way so that at least it gets us a little more prepared for the meeting.

 

Mrs. Labow: What do you think the benefits are for being liaison to any of the boards, are the fact that you are participating…

 

Vice President Roman: Since you are requesting a new entity be added on to the Agenda, I think that it behooves you to…

 

Mrs. Labow: Oh, absolutely.

 

Vice President Roman: Anyone else with any Old Business?

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Vice President Roman: Any New Business?

 

Mr. Walsh: Mr. Vice President, if I, just want to thank Colleen for all of her hard work on the TNR.

 

Mrs. Labow: Oh, thank you.

 

Mr. Walsh: And all of the members of Council because I know you've done some in the past and everything. Good job.

 

Mrs. Labow: Thank you. It's really good and the next meeting they have, hopefully you'll be able to come. Any of the Council members, when they have their meetings, they would love to have any of the Council members present. It's a very hardworking group and a wonderful volunteer group. John, what have you said in the past? Without the volunteers, volunteers are the…

 

Mr. Mania: They'd be finished.

 

Mrs. Labow: Yeah.

 

Vice President Roman: Mr. Mayor, you had something to add?

 

Mayor Scapicchio: Yes, Alex. Thank you. I just wanted to let the Council know that we had another corporation, close out corporation, a high end manufacturer remanufactured auto parts. They are taking over over 100,000 square feet in the Trade Zone. They are relocating from Hanover Township from a 70,000 square foot building. We continue to see a lot of activity there and although I missed it on my Administrative Reports I would just like to recognize the effort that all of our police, volunteers on the time and the actions they put in to place in terms of Irene, the storm. There were four or five pre-storm meetings. They were very organized down to having a plan to evacuate the animals that are in town that were in kennels. Everything was executed perfectly. There was area of the town that some folks had to be evacuated but other than that everything went as best as could be expected.

 

Vice President Roman: Mr. Mayor, I'm sure we all agree here on Council that the volunteers both the police department, the EMS and the fire department did and excellent job. I could not imagine the amount of work and effort that they took and nothing could be said on top of this day but to congratulate them and thank them for their efforts any more. Mrs. Labow.

 

Mrs. Labow: I just wanted to add on to also what Mayor Scapicchio said and even, really, our volunteers and our police and everyone and our municipal employees just really put up a great effort but also it was like really rewarding to see neighbors helping neighbors. I had a friend of mine who lives over by the lake and she's actually was on the first aid squad and she had sent out a message on Facebook that the fire department, as much as they were trying to get to everybody the one day, they were exhausted so she's going to have to wait until the next day and her basement was flooded so I was kidding around and I said, I have a bucket. So she sends me a text message, she goes, get over here with your bucket so I got my bucket and over I went to her house. I couldn't believe it. The water was just coming in, her basement was completely full but at the same time that I got there, one of her neighbors had come over in the morning. He had gone to Lowe's and had purchased four pumps and he was going around to the neighbors that the fire department couldn't get to yet and helping people pump out. So the next thing you know we had like six or seven neighbors, everybody is out, you know, just pumping out the basement and pitching in and it was just really a great feeling that not only was our Township employees, our volunteers, you also had neighbors helping neighbors. It was really a great exp…not that having flooding was a great experience but how everybody bands together and helps out was just fabulous.

 

Vice President Roman: Any Legal Matters Mr. Dorsey?

 

LEGAL MATTERS

 

Mr. Dorsey: None.

 

Vice President Roman: Any Council Reports? Mr. Walsh.

 

COUNCIL REPORTS

Recreation Liaison Report – A. Roman

Board of Health Report – R. Perkins

Planning Board Report – J. Mania

Open Space Committee Report – C. Labow

Legislative Committee Report – P. Walsh

 

Mr. Walsh: As far as the Legislative Committee goes, I just wanted to make sure that I mention to everybody in the audience and watching on TV, this November is the General Election of course and it is a pretty big one. The entire legislature, both senate and assembly, are up for election and of course here locally, you have the Mayoral race and there are three Council seats up so please make every effort to vote. Thank you very much.

 

Vice President Roman: Anybody else?

 

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

 

Vice President Roman: Seeing none, we are on to our last Public Portion. Anyone from the public wish to be heard?

 

PUBLIC PORTION

 

Nelson Russell, Budd Lake: It may have been covered. I missed the last Council meeting but I'd like to encourage the Council when it comes time to renegotiate our contract for animal control services that we utilize somebody in Town. I think we deserve to trade with the merchants in Town that pay the taxes as opposed to going out of town.

 

Mrs. Labow: Alex, can I respond to that?

 

Vice President Roman: Sherry, is that, that's an annual contract correct?

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Yes, we do that, it has to be done annually.

 

Mrs. Labow: Yeah, it's actually, we're technically, it's annually with an option to renew for one year.

 

Mrs. Maniscalco: Yes, you can have the option to renew but we still have to look at it, at a minimum look at it annually.

 

Mrs. Labow: And also, Nelson, we had, when I was Chair of the Board of Health, we had the same exact thought that we wanted to utilize an animal facility right in Town and we had, Willie had gone out and searched and all of the ones that he had contacted, they didn't have the boarding facilities. However, that doesn't mean we can't look again because there could be more options and I have also heard that we have a possibility of an Eleventh Hour Rescue facility is looking to come to Town. Have you heard about that one? So, we'll get more information but I think that's an excellent idea but we did look three years ago. We had looked and no one could…

 

Mr. Russell: Well I know we've had a new animal hospital move in to Town since then.

 

Mrs. Labow: I think they were already in Town but they just moved to a new location but definitely let's check it out, absolutely.

 

Mr. Russell: Okay, thank you.

 

Mrs. Labow: Thanks.

 

Vice President Roman: Anyone else from the public? Seeing none, I close it to the public.

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Vice President Roman: Any Council Comments? Seeing none, can I get a motion to adjourn?

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Motion to adjourn made and seconded. All in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:23 pm.

 

 

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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 October 4, 2011.

 

 

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

 

 

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