TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES - AUGUST 4, 2009

The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:03 pm by President Rattner with the Pledge of Allegiance.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & MOMENT OF REFLECTION

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. Tobey, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Rattner, Mr. Roman, Mr. Greenbaum, Mr. Perkins

Absent: None

Also Present: David Scapicchio, Mayor; Bill Sohl, Business Administrator; Dominic DiYanni, Township Attorney; Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO

Appointment of the Replacement of Councilman Russell Tepper for an unexpired term to expire 12/31/09:

• John Mania
• Pat Walsh
• Joe Fleischner

President Rattner: Okay, the first item we have on the Agenda is the appointment of a new Councilman for the replacement of Mr. Tepper for an unexpired term to expire on 12/31/2009. As required under statute, the Republican County Committee of Mount Olive met and provided three names to the Council for consideration. The three names are all people that have been involved in the community and we will choose the person tonight. The names that were provided to the Clerk from the Municipal Chairman are John Mania, Pat Walsh and Joe Fleischner. As I said, all good people. The way the process will work is that we will take a nomination, and after a second, vote on it. The first person to get a majority vote will be the new Council member. So after the first nomination is made and seconded we’ll vote on it. If he gets enough votes it stops there, obviously, because the person has been selected. If it doesn’t we’ll move to the next name. So I’ll open it for nominations. Mr. Tobey?

Mr. Tobey: I’d like to nominate Mr. John Mania.

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

President Rattner: Okay, it was moved by Mr. Tobey and seconded by…

Mr. Perkins: Mr. Greenbaum.

President Rattner: …by Mr. Greenbaum. Actually, it sounded like a tie.

Mr. Perkins: …wear those tonight.

President Rattner: With that, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception Mrs. Labow abstained

Anthony Sposaro, Esq. gave the oath of office to John Mania.

John Mania: I, John Mania, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the office of Council Member according to the best of my ability, so help me God.


President Rattner: Do you want to say a couple of words Mr. Mania?

Mr. Mania: If I may, please, Mr. Chairman.

President Rattner: You want to do it over there?

Mr. Mania: Yes, I want to do it over there.

Mr. Perkins: Nice tie.

Mr. Mania: I will be brief.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you.

President Rattner: He said less than 100 words.

Mr. Mania: To the Mayor, Council members and most importantly, members of the public, it is indeed an honor to be selected by you to serve on the Mount Olive Township Council. Thank you for the confidence and trust you have shown. I believe I am uniquely equipped to serve on this Council having lived in Mount Olive for the last 45 years, and further having been involved in various forms of public service over the past 30 years. Government of all levels whether it is the Municipal, State or Federal are all competing for limited resources. These are very difficult times. The challenges we face are formidable. Our success in large measure will depend upon our ability to work together to compromise and to make what is in the public interest our first priority, not partisan politics. For the public to trust its elected officials, government must be transparent. The public must be able to see what government does and why, and your elected officials must be accessible. I hope that you will reach out for me to express your views just as I reached out for your support during the primary. Together we can make Mount Olive our chosen home and even better place to live. Thank you.

President Rattner: John, come this way.

Mr. Perkins: Walk this way.

Mr. Mania: There’s a way to come in?

Mr. Perkins: Special, ceremoniously all get up. It’s either that or a slap in the back of the head…

Mr. Mania: Thank you.

President Rattner: There was a reason I wanted him to walk around this way.

Mr. Perkins: You wanted to shake his hand before everybody else with the germs got him.

Mr. Dorsey: Mr. President, before we begin I want to say that although Mr. Mania is the freshman, he is a full fledged member of the Board and may vote on every issue that comes up tonight.

Mrs. Labow: Mr. Rattner, I have a question for Mr. Dorsey. Mr. Mania is also on the Planning Board. So does he have to resign from the Planning Board at this point?

Mr. Dorsey: I have to check that because… Yes, if he’s a citizen, he must be a citizen member of the Planning Board. He will now resign and the Mayor will appoint a replacement.

Proclamation - Senior Citizens’ Day

President Rattner: Okay, moving right along we have a Proclamation, Mayor?

Mayor Scapicchio: We do although it’s a bit dated. I’ll read it into the record and this is a Proclamation for Senior Citizen’s Day. I understand their picnic, although I was unable to attend because of business commitments, it was a huge success. Ray, I understand that you and Frank and the staff did a great job over there. That’s all the comments I got back from the seniors and everybody else. It was a great day.

Office of the Mayor

PROCLAMATION

SENIOR CITIZENS’ DAY

WHEREAS, Mount Olive Township respects and values its Senior Citizens; and

WHEREAS, Mount Olive Township wishes to observe the 34th Anniversary of this special day; and

WHEREAS, Mount Olive Township wishes to provide a day of festivities, entertainment, lunch and prizes; and

WHEREAS, Mount Olive Township is able to provide transportation for the convenience of all Seniors.

NOW THEREFORE, be it proclaimed that I, David Scapicchio, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby proclaim Thursday, July 23, 2009 Senior Citizens’ Day in the Township of Mount Olive.

Questions on Bill List?

President Rattner: Thank you, Mayor. Okay, anyone have any questions for the Administration from the Bill List? Anybody from the public have any questions? Mr. McDonnell, you’ll stand in for Mr. Russell.

Mr. Perkins: He’ll stand on his own.

Ned McDonnell, Budd Lake: On page 18 and following up on page 21 I see that there is a bill for lettering in a new utility trailer. That shows up three times. Are there three trailers?

Mrs. Maniscalco: If the trailer is used for more than one area. For example, Water, Sewer, Sanitation, then it will get charged to this particular area.

Mr. Sohl: It’s broken down.

Mrs. Maniscalco: You have to keep in mind that when you look at the Bill List, the Bill List is broken out by fund.

Mr. McDonnell: So it’s about $600 or $700 to letter the trailer then in total? One trailer?

Mrs. Maniscalco: One trailer, you got it.

Mr. McDonnell: Okay, thank you.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

President Rattner: A lot of letters, though. Okay, seeing no other questions on the Bill List, we’ll move along to the Approval of the Minutes. Mr. Greenbaum, would you do the honors?

Mr. Greenbaum: I move the Minutes of:

July 21, 2009 WS & PM – all present

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Rattner: Any discussion or corrections? All in favor?

AYE

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

1. Email received July 20, 2009, from Michelle Lerner regarding a Response to Peter King’s letter regarding the TNR Ordinance.

2. Email received July 20, 2009, from Michelle Lerner regarding a State Health Agency Phone number.

3. Email received July 20, 2009, from Michelle Lerner regarding the Mount Olive Board of Health and Trap, Neuter and Return.

4. Email received July 22, 2009, from Michelle Lerner regarding a Meeting on the TNR Ordinance.


5. Email received July 22, 2009, from Michelle Lerner regarding the TNR Ordinance.

6. Email received July 23, 2009, from Anthony Lombardozzi regarding Feral Cats.

7. Letter received July 23, 2009, from Peter King, Esq. regarding the Proposed Cat Ordinance.

8. Letter received July 28, 2009, from Morgan Properties regarding trash removal at Oakwood Village.

9. Letter received July 30, 2009, from the Housing Partnership United Way Agency regarding a Housing Workshop: What is the State of Your Housing Plan?

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES / CORRESPONDENCE OTHER TOWNS

10. Email received July 21, 2009, from Boonton Township regarding a Resolution Supporting an Amendment to the Open Public Records Act.

11. Ordinance received July 24, 2009, from Washington Township regarding Automobile Repair and Service Station.

12. Email received July 24, 2009, from the Borough of Riverdale regarding an OPRA Resolution.

13. Resolution received July 31, 2009, from the Township of Pequannock regarding the Open Public Records Act.

DOT/ /DEP / LOI / HIGHLANDS

14. Letter received July 20, 2009, from Nusbaum, Stein, Goldstein, Bronstein & Kron regarding Ciel West Lake Properties, LLC.

15. Letter received July 22, 2009, from Nusbaum, Stein, Goldstein, Bronstein & Kron regarding Lot 3, Block 4500 (147 Gold Mine Road).

16. Letter received July 24, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Highlands Council regarding a Reminder for the Pilot Grant Program for the Highlands.

17. Letter received July 27, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding an NJDEP Child Care Facility Approval letter, the Goddard School, 244 Route 206 South.

18. Letter received July 27, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding a Notice of Violation for Kevin and Nina Dorlon.

19. Letter received July 30, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Former Budd Lake Citgo, 14 Route 46.

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

20. Email received July 17, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Multifamily Energy Program Announcement, Choose Your Cover Event, Save the Dates: COAH Regional Briefings, and Complete Count Committee for the 2010 Census.

21. Email received July 17, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Sustainable Jersey Announcement.

22. Email received July 20, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding the New Jersey Mayor’s Book Club Initiative, Public Assistance Regional Workshops and Information Regarding Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants – Direct and Via the State.

23. Email received July 20, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Important New Information from the Division of Local Government Services.

24. Email received July 21, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Change in League Legislative Team, and 2010 Pension Obligations.

25. Email received July 21, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a COAH Briefing and 2010 Pension Obligations.

26. Email received July 22, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a State Health Benefits Plan Premium Increase Approved.

27. Email received July 22, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding COAH Briefings.

28. Email received July 22, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Five Ways to Spread the Word about the Census.

29. Email received July 24, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a State Fiscal Year 2010 Municipal Budget Cap Cost of Living Adjustment.

30. Letter received July 27, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding a Legislative Bulletin.

31. Email received July 27, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009.

32. Email received July 28, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding an Update on PT-10 Forms and Telecommunications Taxes and Economic Stimulus & 2.5% Non-Residential Fee Moratorium.

33. Email received July 29, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Ethics Training Available from NJLM.

34. Email received July 30, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding NJ Mayors Urge Congressional Action on Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Provisions (EECBG) and an Emergency Response Guidebook.

35. Email received July 30, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding an Emergency Response Guidebook.

36. Email received July 31, 2009, from the State of New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Actions Relative to Loss of Business - Personal Property Tax Revenue.

UTILITIES

37. Letter received July 20, 2009, from New Jersey Natural Gas regarding the Uniform Fire Code.

38. Letter received July 24, 2009, from New Jersey Natural Gas regarding an Annual Review of its Societal Benefits Clause (SBC) Factors.

39. Letter received July 28, 2009, from Comcast regarding Channel Additions.

40. Letter received July 30, 2009, from Elizabethtown Gas regarding a Notice of Public Hearings.

41. Letter received July 31, 2009, from Jersey Central Power and Light regarding an Annual Universal Service Fund Compliance Filing.

42. Email received July 31, 2009, from Verizon regarding a Notice of Rate Change.

DCA

43. Email received July 17, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Programs.

44. Email received July 20, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding an Upcoming Downtown Revitalization & Management Institute Session.

45. Email received July 20, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding a GovConnect Update for July 20, 2009.

46. Email received July 21, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding Important Information from the NJ Division of Codes and Standards.

47. Email received July 24, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding the LFN 2009-16: SFY2010 Budget Cap Guidance.

48. Email received July 28, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding a Non Residential Development Fee Act.

49. Email received July 29, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs regarding an OPRA Seminar for the Public.

LETTER FROM LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

50. Email received July 17, 2009, from Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen regarding The Week Just Past, Summary of the House Leadership Health Package, The President’s “Apology Tour” continued, Bad Idea of the Week: Stiffing the Taxpayer, National Debt Watch: Rising Tide of Red, Our Energy Future, The House Endorses the Port, Spread the eNews, and Contract Rep. Frelinghuysen.

51. Email received July 24, 2009, from Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen regarding The Week Just Past, Speaker Pelosi’s Health Care “Reform:” By the Numbers, Hiding from the Ugly Budget Truth, Closing Gitmo: “These are hard, consequential decisions,” Accepting a Nuclear Armed Iran?, Bad Idea of the Week: Nationalizing student Loans, Taking Aim at Air Noise, Spread the eNews, and Contact Rep. Frelinghuysen.

MORRIS COUNTY

52. Minutes received July 20, 2009, from the Morris County Planning Board regarding a June 18, 2009 Regular Meeting.

COAH

53. Letter received July 31, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing regarding a Development Fee Ordinance Amendment.

AGRICULTURE

54. Letter received July 20, 2009, from the State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture regarding Gypsy moths.

NLC

55. Email received July 24, 2009, from the National League of Cities regarding a DHS Training Program.

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

President Rattner: Okay, moving right along, we’ll go on to Ordinances for Public Hearing. I open the hearing to the public on Ord.#16-2009, entitled:

Ord.#16-2009 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Permit the Managed Care of Feral Cats.

President Rattner: Would anybody from the public like to address the Council at this time? Seeing nobody, I will close the public hearing and I’ll ask Mr. Tobey to move it.

Mr. Tobey: I move Ord.#16-2009.

Mr. Greenbaum: I’ll second it.

Mr. Mania: Mr. Chairman?

President Rattner: Mr. Perkins? Okay.

Mr. Mania: I’ve read the Minutes and I’ve attended the meetings so I feel I can vote on this.

Mr. Dorsey: You can vote on everything tonight unless you see fit to disqualify yourself. Otherwise, you’re required to vote.

Mr. Perkins: Do you have a comment on it?

Mrs. Labow: Do you have to open it to the public?

Mr. Mania: I’m used to the Planning Board so pardon me.

Mr. Perkins: It’s alright. It’s nice to…

Mr. Mania: You’re in the big leagues now, John.

President Rattner: Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins: Do you want to recognize Mr. Roman first? I think he has a…

President Rattner: I’ll recognize Mr. Roman first.

Mr. Roman: I’m just pleased that this ordinance is presented. It addresses some of the issues that were brought up at the last meeting, and this is just an example of when two sides that appear to be at an extreme divide are able to come together and pass something that I believe is palatable and acceptable to both and at the same time serve the public.

President Rattner: Thank you. Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins: That was it? That was quick. Thank you, Mr. President. At the request of Council and the Mayor we did have a two hour meeting which took place between some of the members from the TNR group. Mr. Wilpert, our Health Officer, myself and the Mayor were in attendance for the Township side. We had some back and forth. What I can tell you is a few things. One, personally, I’m pleased to some degree that the issues that the Board of Health, who this Council has appointed over the years and many of us have sat on as Chair, that some of their issues and concerns were taken into consideration during the revision of this proposed ordinance. While not 100% in agreement with everything that’s there, and no one can ever be, as I’ve reiterated both in an email and in person is that I see no ill effect and hope that this program works. As Mr. Tarn, who I hold in high esteem and know back from the Crown Tower days, again, I believe that the inclusion of the licensing and again for the TNR group, for Project TNR, you can expect a personal check from me for $25 for the first colony as I had promised I would do. Our Animal Control Officer has secured 100 microchips which he is willing to donate to the group. I would trust that as we move forward whether we are, ladies and gentleman, in violation and I am not an attorney. I have two of them sitting up here. There’s at least one other one in the room who would probably go on ad nauseam about what laws are being broken or not being broken. I think that we’ve all gone down the road. We’ve all seen tons and tons of emails. If somewhere down the road this doesn’t work, it won’t work because all of us didn’t want it to work, and for no other reason other than that. The monitoring of these cats and the protection of the public health, in my humble opinion, has been adequately addressed. I have a responsibility. I took an oath to defend the laws of this State, the Constitution of the United States and to serve the people. I don’t mean to sound sarcastic and please don’t take it out of context, but again, as a military man and anybody who is military, we’ve all taken the same oath. I understand your goal. I
Mr. Perkins (cont’d): understand your mission and your compassion. However, there has never been any constitution or law or oath ever written that said we had to protect animal’s rights. Please understand that. Whether you like that statement or not is actually very irrelevant. What we are looking to do is to try to contain what I saw in 2005 as an increase in the amount of cats within Mount Olive Township. That is a matter of public record as I sat as the Board of Health Chair. Over the next three years we saw an increase in the number of cats. Obviously, throughout the United States trapping and euthanizing after a seven day holding period, unless you send out masses of people to do this, is never going to be effective. Whether it’s humane or not to leave an animal outside, again my opinion and PETA’s and others, is that it’s not humane. Tens of thousands of other people believe it is humane. Our goal is to reduce the number of feral cats in cooperation with the Animal Control Officer and with Ms. Lerner, and as we sat and discussed the licensing will be there. The rabies will be taken care of. The cats will be tracked and it is my wish that this ordinance not necessarily be a model, but at least a good starting point going forward from Mount Olive to control these feral cat colonies. Thank you, Mr. President.

President Rattner: Thank you.

Mr. Dorsey: Could I just say one thing, Mr. Rattner? My office represents no less than eight municipalities. What I see here tonight I sincerely believe is a fine achievement by this governing body and the Mayor. We started out, as Mr. Roman referenced, with two parties with irreconcilable differences. The Mayor stuck with it instead of running from it and called a meeting and had the participants participate and they participated as very mature and responsible individuals. So it is a real achievement that we resolve this tonight and we resolve it in a most politically correct and rational manner. Often times these things just degenerate into terrible debates. So as somebody that observes the workings of eight governing bodies, I wish to congratulate you because it doesn’t often end this way.

Mrs. Labow: Steve? I want to say something, too. Thank you.

President Rattner: Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: I just want to congratulate Michelle Lerner and the rest of the TNR Committee for their hard work and dedication to bringing this to fruition and certainly as I’ve told many of you before, if you need help with anything I will be there 100% and congratulations to everyone.

Mr. Dorsey: Alright, Roll Call.

President Rattner: Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Rattner: Ord.#16-2009 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.

Mr. Dorsey: Steve, I just want to interject before you go to the first reading on the bond ordinances. You do not need five affirmative votes to introduce a bond ordinance. You do need, based upon your institutional knowledge, five votes to adopt it.

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING (second reading/public hearing August 18, 2009)

President Rattner: Next item on the Agenda for First Reading is Ord.#17-2009, entitled:

Ord.#17-2009 Bond Ordinance Providing a Supplemental Appropriation of $382,200 for Improvements to the Water Utility in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey and Authorizing the Issuance of $382,200 Bonds or Notes of the Township for Financing Part of the Appropriation.

President Rattner: Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President, I move that Ord.#17-2009 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on August 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ for a public hearing consideration of said reading and passage of said ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available such ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

President Rattner: Any discussion?

Mr. Perkins: Do you have a second?

President Rattner: Roll Call

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception Mr. Mania abstained

President Rattner: I think it’s perfectly understandable that if Mr…

Mr. Dorsey: No, John, you can vote on everything. You heard me say that.

Mr. Mania: Yes, I heard you say that.

Mr. Dorsey: If you seek to abstain that’s your right too.

President Rattner: If he feels that he wants a little more time that’s his right and a responsible thing to do.

Mr. Perkins: That’s right.

President Rattner: It’s going to take you a while to come up to speed and the public will give you that allowance.

Mr. Perkins: Don’t’ believe it.

President Rattner: Remember what I told you, Alex? Didn’t it work that way?

Mr. Roman: I just need a clarification. Was there a second on that motion?

Mr. Perkins: I didn’t hear it.

Mr. Dorsey: Let’s go again.

Mr. Greenbaum: I seconded it.

Mr. Perkins: Did you?

Mr. Greenbaum: Yes.

Mrs. Labow: Yes, he did.

Mr. Mania: I heard it.

Mr. Greenbaum: And if I didn’t I’d do it now.

President Rattner: Okay, next item for first reading is Ord.#18-2009, entitled:

Ord.#18-2009 Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Capital Improvements of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating the Aggregate Amount of $717,743 Therefore and Authorizing the Issuance of $534,606 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof.

President Rattner: Mr. Roman?

Mr. Roman: I move that Ord.#18-2009 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on August 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ for a public hearing consideration of said reading and passage of said ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available such ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Rattner: Okay, moved by Mr. Roman, seconded by Mr. Perkins. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception of Mr. Tobey, Mrs. Labow and Mr. Rattner who voted no

President Rattner: Okay, the next item we have for first reading is Ord.#19-2009, entitled:

Ord.#19-2009 Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Improvements to the Water Utility in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $225,000 Therefore and Authorizing the Issuance of $213,750 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance the Cost Thereof.

President Rattner: Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: I move that Ord.#19-2009 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on August 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ for a public hearing consideration of said reading and passage of said ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available such ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

President Rattner: Can I get a second?

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Rattner: Moved by Mrs. Labow and seconded by Mr. Roman. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception of Mr. Rattner who voted no.

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 a Place-to-Place Transfer of Alcoholic Beverage License No. 1427-33-002-006 Owned by Brinker New Jersey, Inc.

2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Person-to-Person and Place-to-Place Transfer of Alcoholic Beverage License No. 1427-33-006-006 (Pocket) Owned by 96 Sandshore Road Liquor, LLC to Mac Acquisition, LLC.

3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Reduction in the Performance Guarantees Submitted by Paramount Plaza, LLC.

4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Renewal of an Alcoholic Beverage License for the 2009-2010 Licensing Period.

5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Settlement in Connection with the Tax Appeal Entitled Kings Village v. Mount Olive Township.

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting the Morris County Clerk to Place a Municipal Question on the General Election Ballot.

7. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Making Application to the Local Finance Board Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:2-26(e) and N.J.S.A. 58:11B-9(a).

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of a Grant Balance (Planning Assistance Grant).

9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2009 Municipal Budget ($14,296.50 for the Clean Energy Program).

10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2009 Municipal Budget ($4,000 for the Obey the Signs Pay the Fines Grant).

11. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2009 Municipal Budget ($1,717.15 Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation).

12. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2009 Municipal Budget ($6,000 Over the Limit Under Arrest Grant).

13. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Acceptance of the Local Government Energy Audit Program Grant and Award of a contract to Steven Winter Associates. Revised 8/3/09

14. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Lease of Commercial Antenna Space on Township Owned Water Tanks.

15. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Andrews & Company for Cleaning Services of the Municipal Building and Senior Center.

16. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval From the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2009 Municipal Budget. ($2500 Pandemic Flu Planning) Received 8/3/09

17. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Granting an Extension of time to Toll Brothers in Connection with a Series of Developer’s Agreements Previously Executed by Toll Brothers and the Township. Received 8/3/09

President Rattner: Okay, now we move to the Consent Resolutions.

Mrs. Labow: Can we take off number six, Steve, please?

President Rattner: What?

Mrs. Labow: Take off number six.

President Rattner: Take off number six. Anybody else? Mr. Greenbaum, would you move the remainder of the Consent Resolutions?

Mr. Greenbaum: So moved.

Mr. Roman: Second.

President Rattner: Anybody from the public who would like to address the Council on the Consent Resolutions? Seeing none, I’ll close it to the public. Roll Call.

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS – none

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS – none

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

RESOLUTIONS NON CONSENT

President Rattner: Mrs. Labow, would you move Resolution Number six?

Mrs. Labow: I move Resolution Number six.

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting the Morris County Clerk to Place a Municipal Question on the General Election Ballot.

President Rattner: Is there a second?

Mr. Greenbaum: Second.

President Rattner: Anybody from the public who would like to address this resolution? Any Council comments on this resolution? Mr. Roman?

PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS – none

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS

Mr. Roman: As someone who has sat on the Board of Adjustment, I know intimately the work that is done on that Board, and I think it would be a disservice to the Township and the residents to combine the two Boards together because I fear that the applications would not get the due diligence that each applicant should be afforded. So I would propose that this resolution not be passed.

President Rattner: Mrs. Labow?

Mrs. Labow: The reason why I asked for it to be removed and voted on separately is pretty much the same as what Alex said. Also, Mr. Kamin has some really great points. The fact that it is like an “oops” Board and it is an Adjustment Board where people need to go to have their issues heard before a separate Board than the Planning Board. I think it’s really important for us to keep the Boards separate. If we were going to be saving a tremendous amount of money then I might think differently but all in all I think it’s better to have the two separate Boards for our citizens.

President Rattner: Thank you. Okay, somebody else had their hand up? Mayor?

Mayor Scapicchio: If all Council members are done, hey look…

President Rattner: I didn’t speak.

Mayor Scapicchio: You know, the Land Use Board is used in many, many other municipalities in the State of New Jersey. It works fine. The cost of government is out of control. You can watch the news everyday and the taxpayers are screaming, “Reduce the size of government, save money, we’re paying too much in property taxes.” This is a perfect example of where government has an opportunity to save some money. $30,000 may not be a lot of money to some people, but it’s the nickels and dimes that add up to dollars, five dollars and ten dollars. I would urge the Council to support this. It goes to the voters who will make the ultimate decision. I have confidence in the members that are on the Planning Board that they will completely understand the two separate roles that they have in terms of Land Use and the Board of Adjustment responsibilities. I would encourage you folks to please support this.

President Rattner: I just want to say that I agree with my two peers who spoke and Mr. Kamin. I asked a couple weeks ago for the cost justification. I also talked to the Planning Officials and said that I was going to be bringing it up, and even tonight we’re told we don’t have those numbers. Without the workload changing I don’t believe it’s going to be that much of a cost savings. If I really thought it was a cost savings, I’d be the first person up there as long as it didn’t outweigh, and it would have to be something very big to outweigh the convenience to the public because we’re here to serve the public, not just look at nickels and dimes. Sometimes you can be a dollar wise and a pound foolish and that doesn’t make any sense. Okay, anybody else? Mr. Greenbaum and then Mr. Tobey.

Mr. Greenbaum: Yes, I can tell you that I’ve actually practiced before Boards of Adjustment, Planning Boards and Land Use Boards. I can tell you that a Land Use Board on applications dealing with Board of Adjustment issues acts like a Board of Adjustment, as does the Planning Board when it gets, and John will attest to this, any time we get a lot line adjustment which is similar to issues that are generally dealt with by a Board of Adjustment, it’s dealt with in the type of atmosphere that you would expect from the Board of Adjustment. So I see a lot of the negatives that have been brought up as simply red herrings, and I’m willing to give it a chance. They’ve told me that they can basically eliminate half of a position. I’m going to be looking for that Mr. Greenbaum (cont’d): elimination in next year’s budget and I’m going to be looking for an elimination in terms of salary line, or at least expense line for the attorney. So I’m willing to give it a chance. I agree wholeheartedly with the Mayor that we need to start looking outside the box. There are times when we have to eliminate certain programs that benefit the residents. This is one that can be eliminated at a minor inconvenience to the residents. We have to start some place. This is a good place to start. Let’s give it a try and vote in favor.

President Rattner: Mr. Tobey?

Mr. Tobey: We just got through the budget session. It was a difficult time. There’s a savings to be recognized. I agree with Mr. Greenbaum. It’s a step in the right direction and I say we give it a shot.

President Rattner: Okay, anybody else? Mr. Mania.

Mr. Mania: Just a concern that when this economy gets better and the Planning Board gets busier, hopefully it will get busier, I just want to make sure that these people coming with their backyard problems, they can get on the Agenda and address their variances. That’s the concern I have.

Mr. Dorsey: There’s no question that they’ll get on the Agenda.

Mr. Mania: When, though?

Mr. Dorsey: Well it will be an internal working of the Land Use Board as to what series of applications they hear first. Generally, they do take the easy ones first.

President Rattner: Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. Since everyone else had a chance I figured I might as well chime in here. A couple of issues and, John, I appreciate your statement. I think we need to understand where we are. We’re in Mount Olive Township and 86% of my Township is in the Preservation Area of the Highlands. There’s not going to be a whole lot of new building and other things that need to be planned out in this Township other than the Master Plan being redone. So I don’t see a whole lot of Board, I mean, the Board, John, you’ve been sitting there and over the past few months you can’t tell me that you have a lot of stuff on your Agenda.

Mr. Mania: We had to cancel a lot of meetings.

Mr. Perkins: We’ve cancelled a lot at the Zoning level. I have an unfair advantage to know what happens in the Planning and Zoning department. I do see that there is a lack of work to substantiate the one and a half positions that are in there. That half of a position is being shared by Finance and maybe Finance needs that person full time over there, because Finance always seems to be the place where people need to go because there’s a lot of work there. That may just be a transfer over. I know, Mayor, I can’t speak much about what else may be coming down the road with that. I too have sat on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. I’ve also sat on the Planning Board. I understand what it’s like. The grassroots, Dick, as you know, it’s the people that are coming in for the hardships, for the variances, for the pools, the sheds, the decks, the fences. Those are the people that we deal with on a day to day basis on the Zoning Board. I have to put my faith and trust in my Mayor that the appointees that he would put on this Municipal Land Use Board, should it be adopted by the voters in November, would be a good comparative mix of the people that presently exist on both of those Boards, and that they would treat the residents with the same kindness and compassion that the Zoning Board has done over all those years. So for that reason, Mr. President, I will be voting yes.

Mr. Dorsey: I just want to say from a legal perspective that Mr. Perkins makes a very good point. The major decrease in applications to both the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment is not, in Mount Olive, is not the economic downturn. It was the adoption of the Highlands Legislation three years ago. That is what has essentially accelerated the lack of, decelerated the lack of meetings and concerns. So while there may be, hopefully there will be an upturn in the economy. I don’t think it has a dramatic effect on the number of applications because of the Highlands Legislation.

President Rattner: I think everybody has said something except for the Business Administrator. Is there anything he’d like to say? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed with the exception of Mrs. Labow, Mr. Roman and Mr. Rattner who voted no.

Mr. Dorsey: It passed.

MOTIONS

President Rattner: So it will be on the ballot in November and the public will be able to decide. Mr. Greenbaum.

Mr. Greenbaum: Let me get there. I apologize. I’d like to move for approval of:

1. Approval of Raffle Application #2314 & #2315 for the Mt Olive Jr Baseball Softball Assn., Raffle Application #2316 & #2317 for the Mt. Olive High School Parents Club, Application to Amend Raffle License #2309 for the Rotary Club of Mt. Olive and Raffle Application #2318 & #2319 for St. James Episcopal Church.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Rattner: Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

President Rattner: Mr. Tobey, would you move the Bill List?

Mr. Tobey: Yes, I move the Bill List as presented.

2. Bill List.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Rattner: Moved and seconded. Roll Call.

ROLL CALL – Passed Unanimously

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

President Rattner: Administrative Matters?

Mayor Scapicchio: None.

President Rattner: Any Old Business? Any New Business? Legal Matters?

OLD BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS – None

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Dorsey: I would just, I have reported to you by correspondence that we were victorious in a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Marilyn Ryan. It’s my understanding that an appeal has been filed. I think the appeal will simply proceed and if there’s anything to discuss we can do that. We would not do it now but at a later date.

President Rattner: So we don’t need a closed session tonight.

Mr. Dorsey: No.

President Rattner: Thank you, Mr. Dorsey. We’ll go down to Council Reports. Recreation Liaison, Mr. Roman?

COUNCIL REPORTS

Recreation Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: The only thing to report is that Football season has started.

President Rattner: Board of Health Report, Mr. Perkins?

Board of Health Report

Mr. Perkins: Meeting in two weeks, Mr. President.

President Rattner: Planning Board Report, Mr. Greenbaum?

Planning Board Report

Mr. Greenbaum: None.

President Rattner: Board of Adjustment Liaison Report, Mr. Greenbaum?

Board of Adjustment Liaison Report

Mr. Greenbaum: None.

President Rattner: Open Space Committee Report, Mrs. Labow?

Open Space Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: We don’t meet this month.

President Rattner: Legislative Committee Report, Mr. Perkins?

Legislative Committee Report

Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report, Mr. President.

President Rattner: Pride Committee Report, Mrs. Labow?

Pride Committee Report

Mrs. Labow: We did not have a meeting due to scheduling for the summer so I’ll let you know when we do.

President Rattner: Board of Education Liaison Report, Mr. Roman?

Board of Education Liaison Report

Mr. Roman: No meeting this month.

Lake/Environment Issues Committee

President Rattner: I have no report on Lake Environmental Issues. Safety Committee Liaison, Mr. Perkins?

Safety Committee Liaison

Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. First off I’d like to give the Council… The Mayor and Mr. Sohl were at the meeting. The Atlantic Ambulance service is working phenomenally well. According to both of the squad Captains from Budd Lake and from Flanders, even the members get along swimmingly with everyone. It’s supposedly as if they’ve been working together for over 20 years. So that was encouraging to know and we all figured there would be a couple, with any new project that moves forward, there’s always some stumbling blocks and everything doesn’t always work like greased lightning. It was refreshing to hear that from both of the squads. It was a nice feeling. The Police are getting along well with them. Everybody seems to be well. The representative from Atlantic is in attendance at our Public Safety meetings. Mr. Wilpert gave a very in depth Power Point presentation on the H1N1 Virus and the seminars that he has attended. It is a pandemic. We are looking at when the vaccine might be available. They are getting ready for the “pods” which are the points of distribution. He does have a meeting set up with the Board of Education on August 25th. Obviously, one of Mr. Perkins (cont’d): the best places to administer would be in the Schools. Children, obviously, are going to be the first that ends up with that. The one issue that we talked about is shared services. I know that our Chief, for some various reasons we cannot hook in with the County’s dispatch service. There may be an issue that I’m sure Mr. Sohl, who has been speaking with other people on the lack of communication, that we are cut out of their channel. So literally when something is taking place because Netcong belongs to that, that we don’t have any tones on the radio traffic for anybody that’s in with the County. So if they’re responding we have no way to know. So there’s going to have to be some communication issues worked out because I understand that the tack channels cannot be accessed by our folks, and that’s going to have to be coordinated with the County. If we have a waiting list of anywhere from five to ten years before the County can accept Mount Olive, and they are doing municipalities around us our responders, especially our first responders and all of our volunteers need to have access to that communication channel. Let’s see, was there anything else? Trailers. Our MCI trailer has been on loan for the Sussex County Fair. So that’s been working out good. There are no extra calls. They have had a slow amount of calls to Atlantic. They are reviewing those numbers with both of the squad Captains, not sure if it’s just a slow season. People hopefully, thank god, aren’t getting hurt as much but there hasn’t been the volume of calls that were originally anticipated in the contract. Obviously, looking at August and September and then into October to see if those numbers begin to increase as people now come back away from vacation and back into the municipality. That’s it, Mr. President.

Mrs. Labow: I have a question.

President Rattner: Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: I want to ask Mr. Perkins, what does it mean if we don’t meet the numbers in the contract?

Mr. Perkins: There was never a guarantee of any numbers. Those were numbers based upon previous year callouts, and the Atlantic squad Captain feels that it’s just a slow down during the summer months and also from a lack of people that have, a lot of people just aren’t employed.

Mrs. Labow: So we won’t have a financial obligation then?

Mr. Perkins: Right.

Mrs. Labow: Thank you.

Economic Development Committee Report

President Rattner: Thank you, Mr. Perkins. I don’t have anything to report on the Economic Development Committee. Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Mr. Perkins?

Solid Waste Advisory Committee Report

Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report, Mr. President.

President Rattner: Library Board Liaison, Mr. Tobey?

Library Board Liaison

Mr. Tobey: Nothing.

President Rattner: Senior Citizen liaison, Mrs. Labow?

Senior Citizen Liaison

Mrs. Labow: We already talked about the Picnic and everything else. That’s it.

President Rattner: Now we come to the Public Portion. Does anybody have anything they would like to address the Council on? Mr. McDonnell? This is your last chance if you want to speak to us tonight.

PUBLIC PORTION

Ned McDonnell, Budd Lake: A couple of months ago I commented about the cardboard signs that are placed all around Route 46 and the intersections. There was some discussion that maybe the Zoning Officer would Mr. McDonnell (cont’d): take that under advisement and come up with a solution. Just coming up here tonight I passed a whole bunch of signs for a healer, cash for gold, jazz in July, and there’s one soliciting legal questions. Are we going to be doing anything about these? It just doesn’t look nice to have all these cheesy cardboard signs tacked all over the place.

Mr. Sohl: Ned, I couldn’t agree more and I’ve picked some up myself. It’s a never ending battle but it’s always a battle we’re fighting. I mean, is it going to be perfect at some point? I doubt it.

Mr. McDonnell: No, I know it’s…

Mr. Sohl: We have 35 square miles of territory to cover.

Mr. McDonnell: I just wanted to raise the awareness of these things.

Mr. Sohl: We are readily, fully aware of that. Mr. Wilpert, Jr. is on vacation this week so it might not be getting quite the attention…

Mr. Dorsey: You know if you find these signs, and I think I know where Mr. McDonnell speaks of when you come up 46. You know they are on public property. They’re not on private property. You can send anybody down. Just take them up. I don’t even think…

Mr. Sohl: That’s what we’ve been doing.

Mr. Dorsey: Okay, then that’s what you should do. I don’t think you have to wait to get the Zoning Enforcement Officer to write summonses or anything else. They obviously are on public property and you have jurisdiction over that property.

President Rattner: Mrs. Labow?

Mrs. Labow: There is a procedure for signs. If somebody wants to put up signs they have to go to the Zoning department and get the application. They have to write down which corners and which locations the signs are going to be out and they can have them out for two weeks. So although I think it’s a good idea to remove the signs, the whole thing is that if somebody has permission to have the signs there, you’ll see a lot of it during tricky tray season. I know other groups know to go and register where they are putting their signs.

Mr. McDonnell: Well, I’m not so much concerned about the community organizations. It’s these commercial organizations.

President Rattner: Mr. Sohl wants to say something. He may have an answer to this.

Mr. Sohl: You’re exactly right, Colleen. We even, relative to the Community Days, go through and do the sign process, but the ones that are pitching money for gold and $50,000 job offers and stuff like that…

Mrs. Labow: Can they get permits for that, Bill?

Mr. Sohl: No, they don’t.

Mrs. Labow: No, okay, so those will be safe to take down.

President Rattner: …public property, you need the landowner’s permission.

Mrs. Labow: You can’t even have it on private property either.

President Rattner: Yes, you can if you…

Mrs. Labow: Remember Vivian? She had to take her sign down.

President Rattner: Non-profits can.

Mrs. Labow: Yes, non-profits can.

Mr. McDonnell: Well, anyway, I just wanted to raise awareness a bit on it. Thank you.

President Rattner: Thank you. Anybody else? Mr. Tarn.

Tom Tarn, Budd Lake: I drew the short straw. I want to congratulate everybody on the Board for the TNR Ordinance and all of the hard work that went into making that happen. I think at the end of the day, Dave and Ray will agree with me, what we found was that we just had some miscommunications. The opportunity to get everybody in one room and sit down and flush them out didn’t prove to be that big of a problem. The compromised solution was workable to get to an ordinance that we all know will be a big positive for the community. As I went outside real quick and everybody was leaving, I congratulated them and basically said that I hope you know that the easy part is done now. The hard part is making it work within the language of the ordinance and within our Health department officials, and to the betterment of the community. So again, thank you very much for that. The second thing is I want to congratulate John on his appointment.

Mr. Mania: Thank you, Tom.

Mr. Tarn: I always enjoyed John at the Planning Board and after 19 meetings in two and a half years with Crown Tower, it was fun. I know he’ll do a good job up there. I have a lot of faith in that. The third is about the Land Use Board. I think any time you run into that situation the voters should have the opportunity to make the choice as to whether we need that, or do we realize an opportunity to save some money. I agree with everything the Mayor said. Money is tight. Taxes are up. Everybody is looking for things and if we aren’t smart enough to vote to do it, to save it, shame on us, but we should have the right to do that. The last thing was on the first reading for Ord.#17-2009 and Ord.#19-2009. Are all the costs for these being born by the utility and not the regular taxpayers? None of that goes to…

Mr. Sohl: That’s correct.

Mrs. Maniscalco: Yes, it goes through the utility.

Mr. Tarn: Thank you very much.

Mrs. Labow: Thank you.

President Rattner: Mr. Tarn, just as a follow up on that, what’s required and is done by the Finance department in coordination with our Auditor, we get a report as of November 1st of every year showing that, showing the condition. So we have enough time to raise rates for the succeeding year if it looks like we’re going into the surplus, but both utilities are very, very strong. There’s an Auditor Report on that every year. That’s available if you want to look at it.

Mr. Tarn: Okay, I’ll look for that but every once in a while I have to just ask the question just to find out.

Mayor Scapicchio: Just to make sure.

Mr. Tarn: Yes, thank you.

President Rattner: We went back 20 years on that one so…

Mr. Tarn: A long time.

Mr. Perkins: …fire hydrants we’re all paying for.

President Rattner: Okay, anybody else from the public? Seeing nobody else from the public, I’ll close the public portion and go for final Council Comments. We’ll start from down at the end. John? No, you’re the end. Council Comments?

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Mania: Again, I want to thank the Council for their vote of confidence and I will work together to make Mount Olive a better place to live.

President Rattner: Thank you. Mr. Greenbaum?

Mr. Greenbaum: Yes, I just want to congratulate John. I guess that’s the second time that you’ve served on Council.

Mr. Mania: Yes, it is.

Mr. Greenbaum: So I won’t say it’s a culmination of all the hard work. It’s just simply an addition to your resume and your stick-to-it-ness, and I’m sure you’re going to do an excellent job because more than anything else, I know in your heart of hearts that you simply care deeply about Mount Olive.

Mr. Mania: I do.

Mr. Greenbaum: Best of luck to you.

Mr. Mania: Thank you, Rob.

President Rattner: Mr. Tobey?

Mr. Tobey: Congratulations, John.

President Rattner: Mr. Perkins?

Mr. Perkins: That’s it?

Mr. Tobey: That’s it.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. I, too, John, would like to welcome you to sit up here. As I told Mr. Mania before he came to the meeting, he has big shoes to fill because past Councilman John Biondi wore very nice ties. So John has got to wear a nice tie at every meeting. I look forward to you, John. I’ve known you now 24 years and I’ve admired some of the ways you’ve handled the Planning Board. I was on the Board as you remember for a short time as an Alternate when we were doing Crown Towers. The dedication and time that your folks and yourself put into projects like that, you’re out for the betterment of the people. I look forward to working with you for the rest of this year. Thank you, Mr. President.

Mr. Mania: Thank you, Ray.

President Rattner: Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman: John, I’d like to congratulate you also and I hope that becomes a permanent seat. I’d also like to congratulate my colleague Mr. Perkins on the work that he did on this TNR issue. If it was not for him I think we would not have had an ordinance that looks the way it does now. While I’m on congratulations, I’d like to congratulate the Mount Olive Police department for the arrest of two youths that were responsible for the rash of vandalism that has occurred in the last two weeks, especially that home that was near construction. If I recall the expense was near $100,000. So excellent work by them and the Detective’s Division.

President Rattner: Mr. Sohl, you wanted to say something about that?

Mr. Sohl: In fact, we had W-ABC News here today. They interviewed the Police department and it’s on the six o’clock news on channel 7 tonight.

Mr. Roman: That’s what they were doing…

President Rattner: Mrs. Labow?

Mrs. Labow: I have nothing.

President Rattner: And I just want to congratulate you, John. Maybe this time your tenure will be longer but other than that, even tonight your vote was a deciding factor in a number of different votes. So every vote counts. Just like every vote counts in an election, every vote counts up here too. So welcome aboard.

Mr. Mania: Thank you.

President Rattner: I’ll move for adjournment.

Mrs. Labow: So moved.

President Rattner: All in favor?

AYE

ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:52 pm.


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Steven W. Rattner, 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 August 18, 2009.
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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

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