TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

The Regular Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:27 pm by Council President Perkins with the Pledge of Allegiance.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & MOMENT OF REFLECTION for all those who have and continue to protect our freedoms and our way of life.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Mount Olive Chronicle. 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. Roman, Mr. Tobey, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Tepper, Mr. Greenbaum, Mr. Rattner, Mr. Perkins

Absent: none

Also Present: Mayor David Scapicchio, Dominic DiYanni & John Dorsey, Township Attorneys; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Bill Sohl, Business Administrator;

President Perkins: The first item on the Agenda for now is Non Consent Resolution #1, Mr. Greenbaum.

RESOLUTIONS NON CONSENT

Mr. Greenbaum: I move:

1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Commending Detective Corporal Mark Smith on His Retirement from the Mount Olive Township Police Department. PDF Resolution

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Perkins: Anyone from the audience? Seeing none, I close it. Any Council comments, discussions? Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: Also, Resolution #2, Mr. Greenbaum.

Mr. Greenbaum: I move:

2. A Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Recognizing the Noble Actions of Raushan Simmons, a Citizen of Mount Olive. PDF Resolution

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Perkins: Anyone from the public wish to speak? I close it to the public. Anyone on Council, comments or questions? Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

Questions on Bill List?

President Perkins: That takes us to questions on the Bill List. Any Councilmember have any questions on the Bill List? Anyone from the audience? Seeing none, that takes us to Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings. Mr. Tepper.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Mr. Tepper: Yes, Mr. President. I move for approval of:

Sept. 16, 2008 WS, PM & CS – all present

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Perkins: Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS / ORGANIZATIONS

1. Letter received September 25, 2008, from the Environmental Joint Insurance Fund regarding program workshops dealing with Energy Management and Evaluation of Green House Emissions. PDF Correspondence

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES / CORRESPONDENCE - OTHER TOWNS

2. Letter received September 15, 2008, from the Township of Roxbury regarding “Thanks” for responding to a severe bus accident on August 22, 2008 on Route 80. PDF Correspondence

3. Letter received September 22, 2008, from the Township of Byram regarding Land Use Ordinances. PDF Correspondence

DOT / DEP / LOI / HIGHLANDS

4. Letter received September 15, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Contaminated Sites. PDF Correspondence

5. Letter received September 15, 2008, from Civil Engineering regarding Notice of Technical Incompleteness for Block 1101, Lot 2 (Cheri Lane) Demiglio Lala Single Family Home. PDF Correspondence

6. Letter received September 19, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding B&G Real Estate Associates, 6 Laurel Drive. PDF Correspondence

7. Letter received September 19, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding a No Further Action Letter and Covenant Not to Sue for 3 Karen Place. PDF Correspondence

8. Letter received September 22, 2008 from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Saum Property, 12 Parkway Drive. PDF Correspondence

9. Letter received September 22, 2008, from Kolody Engineering & Surveying regarding the Cholish property. PDF Correspondence

10. Letter received September 24, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding a No Further Action Letter and Covenant Not to Sue for 9 Budd Lake Heights Road. PDF Correspondence

11. Letter received September 25, 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council regarding the Highlands Regional Master Plan. PDF Correspondence

12. Letter received September 26 2008, from the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Litterio Property, 11 Clearwater Road. PDF Correspondence

DCA

13. E-mail received September 15, 2008, from the Department of Community Affairs regarding NJRA Redevelopment Training Institute: 2008 Fall Training Dates. PDF Correspondence

MORRIS COUNTY

14. Letter received September 19, 2008, from the Morris County Board of Taxation regarding an explanation of computed tax rates for Mount Olive Township. PDF Correspondence

15. Letter received September 22, 2008, from the Morris County Agriculture Development Board regarding a 90 Day Municipal Notification of Targeted Farms. PDF Correspondence

16. Minutes received September 25, 2008, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding the July 17, 2008 Regular Meeting. PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

17. Letter received September 12, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Important Conference Sessions – CLEAN and GREEN and NJ Clean Energy Conference SAVE the DATE. PDF Correspondence

18. Information received September 15, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the 6th Annual Award Presentation for a Local Government Professional. PDF Correspondence

19. E-mail received September 16, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Important Conference Information – All New Consulting Session, New Day, New Time, Federal Update for Period ending September 12, 2008, and “Grant Writing Workshop 101.” PDF Correspondence

20. Letter received September 17, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding a Notice of Proposed Dues Increase. PDF Correspondence

21. E-mail received September 17, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Legislative Session Day Wrap-Up, Affordable Housing COAH Litigation Update, SCI Issues Report on Procurement of Fire Trucks, League’s License Series Books Updated, and League’s Shared Services Board. PDF Correspondence

22. E-mail received September 19, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the 2008 League Conference Resolutions, and Rural Policing Local Mandate Case Update. PDF Correspondence

23. Letter received September 22, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the 93rd Annual League Conference. PDF Correspondence

24. E-mail received September 24, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Web-Based Seminar for Mayors on Children are Community: Creating Family-Friendly Cities for Young Children. PDF Correspondence

25. E-mail received September 25, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Annual League Conference Reminder at the Atlantic City Convention Center. PDF Correspondence

26. E-mail received September 25, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding the Governor’s Ethics Package. PDF Correspondence

27. E-mail received September 25, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding an Important Conference Session: Focus on Finance. PDF Correspondence
28. E-mail received September 26, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding a New Posting on Shared Services Board. PDF Correspondence

29. E-mail received September 26, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding a Public Health Issue. PDF Correspondence

30. Email received September 26, 2008, from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding a COAH Update. PDF Correspondence

UTILITIES

31. Letter received September 15, 2008, from Jersey Central Power and Light regarding Annual Proposal for Basic Generation Service. PDF Correspondence

32. Letter received September 24, 2008, from Comcast regarding Limited Basic Price Reduction. PDF Correspondence

33. Letter received September 24, 2008, from Comcast regarding Price Changes. PDF Correspondence

34. Letter received September 26, 2008, from Comcast regarding Price adjustments. PDF Correspondence

LETTERS FROM LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

35. E-mail received September 22, 2008 from Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen regarding Action on the Economy, Frelinghuysen Opposed “So Called” Energy Bill, Lackawanna Cutoff Moves Forward, Frelinghuysen Votes to Increase Transparency in the Energy Markets, New Jersey’s General Odierno Takes Over Iraq Operations, New Jersey has the Heaviest Takes Burden, ID Theft Bill Sent to the President, and Spread the E-News. PDF Correspondence

MISCELLANEOUS

36. E-mail received September 12, 2008, from the National League of Cities regarding 2008 Congress of Cities Alert. PDF Correspondence

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

President Perkins: We have 36 pieces of Correspondence. Does any Councilmember wish to discuss any individual piece of Correspondence? Seeing none, we will accept them into the record. That takes us to Ordinances for Public Hearing. I open the hearing to the public on Ord. #49-2008, entitled:

Ord. #49-2008 An Ordinance to Amend and Supplement Various Articles of Chapter 400 Entitled “Land Use” to Implement a Recommendation of the Amendment to the Land Use Plan Element of the 2003 Master Plan to Create a New Zone District to be Known as the “R-7 - Active Adult / Inclusionary Housing”

President Perkins: Anyone from the public wish to be heard on that ordinance? Seeing none, I close it to the public. Mr. Roman, would you move that, please?

Mr. Roman: I move for adoption of Ord. #49-2008.

Mr. Tepper: Second.

President Perkins: Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING (2nd reading October 14, 2008)

President Perkins: Ord. #49-2008 has passed on second reading, and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish a notice of adoption as required by law. That takes us to Ordinances for First Reading with a second reading for October 14, 2008. The Ordinance is entitled:

Ord. 50-2008 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive to Amend and Supplement Chapter 196 entitled “Sewers and Water,” Article XI, Entitled “Fees,” Section 196-67 Entitled “Exemptions for Entities Supported by the Public or Government,” of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive.

President Perkins: Mr. Greenbaum, would you move that, please?

Mr. Greenbaum: I’m sorry…

Mr. Roman: I think I affected him.

Mrs. Labow: 50-2008.

President Perkins: 50-2008.

Mr. Greenbaum: Yes, I just need the cheat sheet.

Mr. Rattner: Do you want me to do it, Mr. Perkins?

President Perkins: Do you have it, Rob?

Mr. Greenbaum: Yes.

Mr. Rattner: He’s got it.

Mr. Greenbaum: I move that Ord. #50-2008 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on October 14th, 2008 at 7:30 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, New Jersey 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.

President Perkins: Any Council discussion? Seeing no one, Roll Call, please.

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

3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Bob Edgar of Certified Valuations, Inc. in Connection with the Tax Appeal Bendeal Associates, LLC v. Mount Olive (Block 108 Lot 5). PDF Resolution

4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Endorsing a Playground Project at Turkey Brook Park by the Mount Olive Park Partners. PDF Resolution

5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Andy-Matt Inc. for Snowplowing Services for 2008-2009. PDF Resolution

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Datalux for (5) in-car computers for the Mt. Olive Police Department. PDF Resolution

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Middletown Sprinkler Company, Inc. for the Pump Station for Turkey Brook Park. PFD Resolution

President Perkins: Is there any piece of the Consent Resolutions that any Councilmember would like to have moved to Non Consent? Seeing none, thank you. Mr. Rattner, would you…?

Mr. Rattner: Thank you, Mr. President. I move Consent Resolutions 3 through 7.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you. Any comments from the public?

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

Scott Ireland, Eric Court, Flanders: Just curious. I was going through numbers 4, 5, 6, and 7. I just noticed that there was one bid on each of those contracts. To me, that doesn’t sound real comforting. Can someone just give an elaboration on why there’s only one bid for each contract?

Mr. Sohl: Not because we didn’t try.

Mr. Ireland: Okay, I mean, can we try harder? That just seems getting one bid on three consecutive contracts…

Mr. Sohl: In particular, we’re seeing more and more a lack of interest in snow plowing, for example.

Mr. Ireland: And sprinklers.

Mr. Roman: Well, the sprinkler there was…

President Perkins: That was the lowest bid. We had multiple bids on the sprinklers.

Mr. Ireland: You’re right. There was four, yes.

President Perkins: The Data Lux, I think, was because they’re the only manufacturer that makes that particular piece of equipment. So that’s why we ended up with that.

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

Mr. Roman: And if I may touch on Scott’s… Bill, for the snowplowing, is that the same company from last year that bid?

Mr. Sohl: I believe so.

Mr. Roman: Alright.

Mayor Scapicchio: I think what’s happening with snowplowing is you’re finding that the fuel, the insurance and the maintenance on those plow trucks themselves are so expensive that they can’t really…

Mr. Roman: I agree. Is it significantly higher than last year, the per hour charges?

Mr. Sohl: I don’t believe so, no.

Mayor Scapicchio: I’m saying I think that’s why we don’t get a lot of people participating in this bid process for plowing.

Mr. Roman: It’s also, for lack of a better term, a crapshoot if it doesn’t snow.

Mr. Sohl: Well, that’s true.

President Perkins: Always. Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: That’s going to take us on to Non Consent Resolution #8.

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive recognizing the Mount Olive Township Historical Society for the Tenth Anniversary of Organization and the Many Accomplishments of the Group.

President Perkins: Anybody from the public wish to be heard on that? Seeing none, I close it to the public. Council, any comments or questions? Seeing none, Roll Call, please.

Mrs. Lashway: Need somebody to move it.

President Perkins: Somebody move that.

Mr. Tepper: I’ll move it.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Perkins: Now, Roll Call.

PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS - none

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS - none

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

MOTIONS

President Perkins: That takes us to Motions, Approval of Raffle Applications, Mr. Tobey.

Mr. Tobey: I move Motion #1 as presented.

1. Approval of Raffle Applications #2270 and #2271 for the Deer Path Montessori School.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Perkins: Thank you. Comments? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Perkins: That takes us to the Bill List. Mr. Greenbaum.

Mr. Greenbaum: I’ll move it.

2. Bill List.

Mr. Tepper: Second.

President Perkins: Questions, comments? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

President Perkins: Administrative Matters, Mr. Sohl?

Mr. Sohl: Oh, I’m sorry. Yes, I just wanted to report that last night I attended the Warren/Morris Council of Governments of which Mount Olive is a member. One of the things we’ll be moving on, and I believe I shared this with you already, Ray, is that through a cooperative effort we went for some energy audit, sent out an RFP, and Metro is the lowest bidder. It will be, depending on how many potential other communities participate, a significantly lower number. We originally had, with Metro, a $15,000 number that included some pump stations. We’re not including the pump stations. We’re focusing on this building, the Senior Building, and DPW, but it looks like even if it was just us it would be $12,000. So there’s a lower number there, but it could be as low, in an ideal situation, if up to nine communities participate it could go down to something shy of $7,000.

President Perkins: That’s excellent news.

Mr. Sohl: We’re looking to move that along. We have the money in our budget so it doesn’t need a resolution, but I wanted to inform the Council.

President Perkins: Bill, I thank you for going, especially with the joint working out with the other municipalities and the Counties. It was unfortunate that the State Office of Clean Energy had proposed that there would be a municipal audit program. It was to go into effect in the fourth quarter of 2007. We are now in the fourth quarter of 2008, and it is still not there. The Mayor took a very proactive approach last year and signed on to the Mayor’s Protocol for Climate Control, and the Council also adopted a Green Resolution. The Mayor was hindered. I had recommended to him that we possibly could wait since 75% of the audit costs would be reimbursed, and then the final 25% would be reimbursed after you had successfully completed the energy improvements. The Mayor and I had spoken and now Bill has gone down and actually brought that cost down even less. Excellent job, Bill, thank you. Mr. Tepper, did you have…?

Mr. Tepper: I think you identified it. I was going to say what happened to the fact that the State had committed to coming up with money and grants to pay for these things as an incentive.

Mr. Sohl: As a reference to that in particular, it was interesting because Metro, as well as the others, made specific reference to that and in any case that it was going to potentially involve that process, their cost to the host, to the community, whatever it was, was going to be significantly higher.

President Perkins: It’s amazing dealing with the State. The price gets higher every time. Thanks, Bill. Anything else?

Mr. Sohl: Yes, just one other…

Mayor Scapicchio: Do we have authorization to go ahead with that?

Mr. Sohl: Hmm?

Mayor Scapicchio: Do we have the authorization to go ahead?

Mr. Sohl: Yes, I think, I mean I don’t think anybody is opposed to it. I think we’ve had it in the budget for this year.

President Perkins: Oh, no, it’s been approved for the Mayor to… I would suggest, Mayor, I have to…

Mr. Tepper: It’s strictly Administrative.

President Perkins: Yes, I work with the office of clean energy. I just have to apologize that for whatever reason that’s outside my scope. It just never got any wheels to it. We can’t stand around and wait. The President Perkins (cont’d): Taxpayers are paying the money for the electric and other things here. This audit hopefully will give us some ways and then we’re going to have to make a determination of what we invest in energy savings over the next two or three years.

Mr. Sohl: The only other thing I’d like to mention is if you’ve been driving around Town during the day, you might have occasionally run into a road situation because of the significant paving that’s been going on. We’re getting that done and it’s been a very good dry season, time of the year to get it.

President Perkins: Has the cost of the paving material gone up significantly, Bill?

Mr. Sohl: I can’t answer as to whether, I’m sure it’s gone up, although the price of gas is down to $3.19 at the Delta station.

Mr. Rattner: Well, what happens right now, I don’t know if we can get a real good idea of the price because Tilcon quoted the prices based on the prices they had last fall because they signed a cooperative, the way we get it. That’s a fixed cost for the entire year. So you’d have to go back and look at what was happening when they placed the bid. No matter when we did it this year, it’s the same price. Who knows what’s going to happen next year?

President Perkins: Anything else, Mr. Sohl?

Mr. Sohl: That’s it. Dave, did you have anything?

Mayor Scapicchio: No.

President Perkins: Mayor, anything else?

Mayor Scapicchio: No.

President Perkins: Thank you, sir.

Phyllis Shelton: Mr. Perkins? Am I allowed to back paddle any, or did I let it all just go by while I read what’s going on?

President Perkins: Well, you missed the first public portion but we’ve got another one coming up real soon.

Phyllis Shelton: You do?

President Perkins: Yes.

Phyllis Shelton: Okay, you mean tonight?

President Perkins: Yes, ma’am.

Mr. Tepper: Good question.

President Perkins: Phyllis, I wouldn’t tell you to come back in two weeks.

Mr. Tepper: Another public session coming up real soon, two weeks.

President Perkins: That takes us to Old Business. Is there any other Old Business? Seeing none, New Business? Legal Matters, Dominic, other than what was covered? Nothing? That takes us to Council Reports. Recreation Liaison, Mr. Roman?

OLD BUSINESS – none

NEW BUSINESS - none

LEGAL MATTERS - none

COUNCIL REPORTS

Recreation Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: Meets tomorrow.

President Perkins: Thank you. Board of Health report, Mrs. Labow?

Board of Health Report

Mrs. Labow: We had our meeting. It went well. We have another meeting next month. We had three months worth of meetings in one, and I’m really happy to report that the flu shots are ready to go. Our survey for our animal control for the summer went extremely well, and right now Willie’s working on all of the people who owe money for not licensing their animals.

President Perkins: Excellent. Planning Board report, Mr. Tepper?

Planning Board Report

Mr. Tepper: We’ll meet later in the month.

President Perkins: Thank you. Board of Adjustment, Mr. Roman?

Board of Adjustment Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: Meets next week.

President Perkins: Open Space, Mrs. Labow?

Open Space Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: Next month is the next meeting.

President Perkins: Legislative Committee Report?

Legislative Committee Report

Mr. Rattner: I don’t have a report but I believe that our legislators are in Chester tomorrow at 11:00 at their municipal building to talk about any municipal issues that anybody may have. So I guess it’s open to anybody even though they did ask for an RSVP. It wasn’t absolutely required.

President Perkins: Right.

Mr. Rattner: So it’s 11:00 at the Town Hall in Chester.

President Perkins: Are you going, Steve?

Mr. Rattner: Depends when I’m getting out of here.

From the audience: Borough or Township?

Mrs. Labow: It’s on North Road. The one that’s to the right.

Mr. Rattner: I think that’s…

Mr. Greenbaum: Township.

Mr. Rattner: Township.

President Perkins: Pride Committee, Mrs. Labow?

Pride Committee Liaison Report

Mrs. Labow: I gave the report last time. I did just want to add one little thing there. We had Boy Scout Troop 249 contact us looking for community service, and down on 206 on the berm, the Pride Committee, we had wanted to put in mulch down there. We didn’t get a chance to get to it and the Boy Scout Troop needed 50 hours of community service. Tim was able to bring down the mulch and they had, not this past weekend but the weekend before they had put in 13.5 hours on Saturday and Sunday and were able to mulch most of that berm down there on 206 Plaza Road. They’re almost finished. They also went out Wednesday last week so it worked out really well. They wanted to finish a merit badge. They called me and I happened to think of that one thing that we’ve been working on, a nice group of hours in one location. It looks good. They did a beautiful job.

Mr. Greenbaum: I saw Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts out on Flanders Road picking up debris on the weekend.

Mrs. Labow: Oh, really?

Mr. Greenbaum: Yes.

Mrs. Labow: In the rain?

Mr. Greenbaum: In the rain.

Mr. Sohl: Yes.

Mrs. Labow: Yes, there’s a lot of, it’s really great when everybody works together.

President Perkins: Board of Education, Mr. Tobey?

Board of Education Liaison Report

Mr. Tobey: There’s two items to touch base upon. There was a meeting last week, last Monday. The Superintendent search as of then is down to five candidates. Two of them are from within the School system. The process was to continue last Wednesday with some closed session second round interviews. Mr. Robinson has asked if the Council and the Administration was considering any solar power as a means to save money here at Town Hall or any other Town owned properties. It’s something that the Board is considering. I told them that we had some discussions in the past, but I’ll share the information that you provided tonight, Mr. Sohl, with them and see if maybe we could coordinate a meeting and take it a step further.

Mr. Roman: Phil, can you say the names of the two from in Town that are being considered?

Mr. Tobey: No, I’m going to hold off on that.

Mr. Sohl: That’s bad form.

President Perkins: Thank you, Mr. Tobey. Lake Environmental Issues, Mr. Rattner?

Mr. Rattner: The annual Triathlon was last Saturday which utilized the light. The weather held out. What?

President Perkins: Cleanup.

Mr. Rattner: Oh, that’s right. The semi-annual Lake cleanup is next Saturday if anybody wants to volunteer to help…

Mrs. Lashway: October 11th.

Mr. Rattner: I’m sorry, the 11th, a week from this Saturday. We meet at Mr. Macintosh… It’s not Mr. Macintosh. It’s Mr. Gerdes’ house, at 9:00 am, the one that’s on the Lake, and because of getting enough volunteers we’ve probably spent only about two hours on the cleanup. So anybody who wants to join is welcome.

President Perkins: It was quick last time. We were done really fast.

Mrs. Labow: It was really fast, except for that snake that was slithering around.

President Perkins: Well, that was by you.

Mr. Tepper: Why are you talking to Steve like that?

President Perkins: Safety Committee Liaison, Mr. Greenbaum?

Mr. Greenbaum: Yes, we met and we had a presentation from both Atlantic and St. Clare’s with regard to daytime coverage, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Both presentations were impressive. Both of them had positive and negatives in terms of the services that could be provided to the Township. Atlantic indicated that they would not take matters to collection to the extent that anyone who is provided service does not have insurance coverage or an inability to pay. St. Clare’s indicated that they have a program where a person can apply to have their services covered, charity care, in the event that they don’t have the ability to pay. St. Clare’s, obviously, has more coverage in this area than Atlantic does. Atlantic has Randolph and has the helicopter facility in Netcong. Both of them were impressive and it was left to the Rescue Squads at our next meeting, which was scheduled in short order, to come back with a recommendation as to which service the Rescue Squads felt was better for the Township in light of the presentations. One issue which did arise, which I thought was an interesting issue and something that I want to push, is that whichever service we ultimately go with, that our qualified EMTs be given the opportunity to be employed with those services and to cover the Town to the extent that we go to daytime coverage. So, in other words, if there are EMTs at the Flanders Rescue Squad and at Budd Lake Rescue Squad who are qualified in terms of what the services require of their employees, that they be given first opportunity for those jobs in Town. There are a number of reasons why that’s beneficial. Number one, they know the area. They know the frequent flyers. They know all of the issues related to services which are provided within the Town. Generally, I think that’s not something which the services are real keen on in terms of doing, but something that both of them said that they would consider if we were prepared to go forward with their service. So I think that was a way to kind of heal some of the wounds that were created. I think that it’s beneficial to the Town to have these people who have volunteered all of this time who are qualified to do the job to be given first priority in terms of jobs which may open up by our joining the service.

President Perkins: I agree. Mr. Rattner?

Mr. Rattner: You’ll probably have a line of people waiting for that because that happened the last time. One question I’ve always thought about, and I don’t know the answer, when we sign on do they provide one ambulance or do they provide whatever it takes? In other words, if we have a situation that needs three ambulances, do they provide three or do they just supply the first one then it’s the volunteers who come up with the ones after that?

Mr. Greenbaum: The coverage is based upon the number of calls which a particular Town has. Mount Olive has, my understanding is 2,000 calls which would require two ambulances to cover this Town. So both services were looking at, I’ll get to your question in a second. Both services were looking to provide two ambulances full time, Monday through Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm. Now, both services deal with the need for a third, fourth and fifth ambulance differently. Atlantic’s response to that question is if a third ambulance is needed, either because of the volume of calls or because one of the ambulances is transporting to a hospital, they will bring down their ambulance from Newton, which covers the Newton area. They also have other ambulances which are not for immediate medical care but rather transport type ambulances. St. Claire’s obviously has more ambulances in this general area staged out of Dover, St. Claire’s Dover. They will send as many ambulances as is needed to cover this particular Town, which is one of the advantages of St. Claire’s over Atlantic, but Atlantic has the helicopter facility right here. They have an ambulance which is based out of there as well. It’s a place where we could base these two ambulances at night when they’re not servicing the Town. So, as I said, there were advantages to both, but the need for the volunteer Rescue Squads is still going to be great no matter which Mr. Greenbaum (cont’d): service we go for. So I don’t really see this in immediacy as a cost savings measure for the Township because there will be certain circumstances where there’s more than two ambulances which are needed at any particular time to cover the Town. That will then fall to the volunteer ambulance squads to the extent that the paid services can’t cover it. I would assume, Steve, that if there were a situation where three ambulances were needed on a regular basis, that both services would provide a third ambulance to the Township because they are based upon the number of calls, and they make money based upon the number of calls that they make. So if we could sustain the cost of three ambulances, they would provide us with three ambulances. To answer your question, I think in certain circumstances it would be covered by the paid service, and in other circumstances based upon where all of the different ambulances are it would then fall to the volunteer Rescue Squads and/or to adjoining Towns with which we had inter local coverage agreements with.

Mr. Rattner: So it basically works the way it does now with the mutual aid.

Mr. Greenbaum: Yes, with the mutual aid.

President Perkins: Excellent, thank you, Mr. Greenbaum. Finance Committee, Mr. Rattner.

Finance Committee Report

Mr. Rattner: Nothing to report.

President Perkins: Economic Development?

Economic Development Committee Report

Mr. Rattner: Nothing to report.

President Perkins: Solid Waste, Mrs. Labow?

Solid Waste Advisory Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: I think we’re going to meet in October.

President Perkins: Okay, Library Board, Mr. Tepper.

Library Board Liaison

Mr. Tepper: Meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed until the following week.

President Perkins: Thank you. That now opens us to the last public portion. Anyone from the public that would like to be heard.

Mr. Tepper: Tonight.

President Perkins: Two weeks.

PUBLIC PORTION

Phyllis Shelton: First, I wanted to ask Colleen Labow about the flu shots. Is there a schedule for that yet?

Mrs. Labow: No, actually Frank was meeting today with the nurse and a Board member who is also a nurse. I didn’t get word yet on exactly what day it is, but they do have it in house and you can call and make an appointment to go and then they’ll have the date when they’re actually going to give them out. I’ll let you know.

Mrs. Shelton: Because they usually last about six months and so it’s not probably the best to get it in September or the beginning of October.

Mrs. Labow: This is the time to get it, October, middle of October into November is when they start giving them out. I’ll give you a call. I’ll call Frank tomorrow for you.

Mrs. Shelton: Okay, thanks.

Mr. Sohl: Yes, I think it’s $15 or free with a Medicare card.

Mrs. Labow: It’s $15 and I think Medicare is…

Mr. Rattner: Is free.

Mr. Tepper: It’s free.

Mrs. Shelton: Okay, thanks.

Mrs. Labow: But you can go up at any time and get it right at Town Hall right in the Health department.

Mrs. Shelton: Oh, is that where? Well, I’m Phyllis Shelton and I’m back again. I was just talking to the Grabowitz family. It is a done deal and I’m going for it. Why not? It’s something that’s going to happen. The only thing that I kind of wanted to insert in here and I guess you know what it is, is that when you have like 180 people to vote on something and some of them are in areas that it isn’t going to benefit at all, naturally they’re going to vote against that. I just feel that if we could go with those sewers since it’s going up to the Church at one point in a couple, or something, and go up the old historical part of the Town. We are, and I’ve said this before, such tired septic systems there, just Park Place and Main maybe. The Church, that Methodist Church on the corner there is desperate for it. We’ve been there a long time and it almost seems not fair to me to have brand new people come in with all of the facilities and we still don’t get them. I’d just love for you guys to think about the lines being pulled on up, because I guess it was one of the attorneys that was telling me that they are upgrading a lot of the facilities and that is one of them. I’m again here at your mercy just hoping that you could help us out with sewers going up Park Place. Try to preserve those two little streets. I know I’ve put part of, most of my life in it to try to make it look pretty. It’s something that people do go past and I see them even stop to take pictures here and there. It’s a sweet little part of Town and there’s no room as you know, too, in most of those places to even put a septic. You can’t do them in the back where there’s streams. The front is close to the street. It’s where you are set back like I am. My front yard is saturated with the septic system now. You couldn’t do it there because already the ground is no good, I’m sure. So if you just think about us on those two streets instead of going back to this street and over to this street. It’s never going to work that way. I don’t even know if there’s enough for that kind of thing. I would really love it and if there’s anything I can do to help you move it along, I’m here for it. That’s all I had to say. Thanks.

Mr. Tepper: Thank you.

President Perkins: Thanks, Phyllis. Anyone else from the public? Seeing none, I close it to the public. That takes us to Council Comments. Mr. Greenbaum?

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Greenbaum: None this evening.

President Perkins: Mr. Tepper?

Mr. Tepper: None, thank you.

President Perkins: Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman: None.

President Perkins: Mrs. Labow?

Mrs. Labow: Nothing.

President Perkins: Mr. Rattner?

Mr. Rattner: None.

President Perkins: Mr. Tobey?

Mr. Tobey: Nothing, thank you.

President Perkins: And I have none. I’ll take a motion to…

Mr. Greenbaum: Motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT - Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:56 pm.

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Raymond T. Perkins, Council President

I, LISA M. LASHWAY, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes is a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on October 14, 2008.

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk
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