The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:36 p.m. by Council President Mania.
OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
Mrs. Lashway: According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Daily Record. Notice has been posted in the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and notices were sent to those requesting the same.
Present: Mr. Amianda, Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Nicastro and Mr. Mania
Absent: Mrs. Labow
Also Present: Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Robert Greenbaum, Mayor
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
April 8, 2014 PM (Mr. Ferrante absent)
President Mania: Approval of Minutes of previous meetings. Mr. Amianda, please.
Mr. Amianda: Yes, Mr. President. I make a motion for approval of Minutes of previous meetings…
President Mania: Hold on one second.
Mrs. Lashway: We only have the Public Meeting for you to approve, the Workshop has not been completed. You are only approving…
President Mania: You are only going to be approving the Public Meeting, not the Workshop.
Mr. Amianda: Okay.
Mayor Greenbaum: That’s Daniel’s motion.
Mr. Roman: Second.
Mr. Perkins: It’s good. Did you make that motion?
Mr. Amianda: Yes.
President Mania: Who seconded?
Mr. Nicastro: Alex.
President Mania: Alex seconded.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception of Mr. Ferrante abstained.
Morris County Budget Presentation – Freehold Hank Lyons (presented at the Workshop)
President Mania: That’s already done, right?
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/ OTHER TOWNS
- Email received April 4, 2014, from NJHCQI regarding You’re Invited: NJACCHO Conference. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 9, 2014, from Courage to Connect NJ regarding School Regionalization Seminar – An Option for tax savings and sustainability. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 9, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 10, 2014, from Bloustein School News regarding NEWS from the Raritan River Initiative – April 2014. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 16, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events. PDF Correspondence
RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS
- Letter received April 17, 2014, from Township of Franklin regarding a Resolution adopted by Franklin Township, Warren County, NJ at their April 7th, 2014 Township Committee Meeting urging our Legislature to implement a water tax to fund the loss of land equity for property owners in the Highlands Region. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS
- Email received April 10, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP – Fenimore Landfill Status Update. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 10, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Freshwater Wetlands Letter of Interpretation: Line Verification (Kevin Dorlon). PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 14, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding One 550 gallon #2 Heating Oil Underground Storage Tank System 43 Woodbine Ave (Block 3803, Lot 4). PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 15, 2014, from EcolSciences, Inc. regarding Application for a Statewide General Permit Number 6 (Block 102, Lot 11). PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 16, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council regarding a second round of training sessions for the Highlands Area Delegated Exemption Certification Program. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 10, 2014, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris. PDF Correspondence
Mrs. Lashway: Correspondence.
President Mania: We’ve got Letters of Correspondence. We’ve got I believe eleven.
Mrs. Lashway: Twelve.
Mr. Perkins: Twelve.
Mrs. Lashway: Twelve.
President Mania: Twelve. I’m sorry. Twelve. Morris County. Any comments, questions? Hearing none. We’ll go to Ordinances for Public Hearing. I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #10-2014 entitled,
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
Ord.#10-2014An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Recreation Fees for Various Township-Sponsored Recreational Activities. PDF Ord.
Mrs. Lashway: Anyone from the public?
President Mania: Anyone from the public? Close it to the public. A motion…
Mrs. Lashway: Mr. Ferrante. Ask Mr. Ferrante.
President Mania: Mr. Ferrante, would you make that motion please?
Mr. Ferrante: Sure. I‘d like to move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #10-2014.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
President Mania: Any discussion? Madam, would you please poll?
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
President Mania: Ordinance #10-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. Next, is Ordinance #11-2014. I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #11-2014 entitled,
Ord.#11-2014Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Capital Improvements in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $4,463,600 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $3,956,116 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof. PDF Ord.
President Mania: Mr. Perkins would you…
Mrs. Lashway: Anyone from the public.
President Mania: Pardon.
Mrs. Lashway: Anyone from the public.
President Mania: Anyone from the public wish to be heard? If not, I’ll close it to the public. Mr. Perkins, would you introduce that please?
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #11-2014.
Mr. Amianda: Second.
President Mania: Any discussion. Roll Call, please.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
President Mania: Ordinance #11-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #12-2014 entitled,
Ord.#12-2014 Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Improvement to the Water Utility in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $650,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $617,500 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof. PDF Ord.
President Mania: Mr. Perkins, I’m going to call you again. I open to the public. Anyone from the public wish to be heard? If not, I’ll close it to the public. Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you again, Mr. President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #12-2014.
Mr. Roman: Second.
President Mania: Any Council discussion? Roll Call, please.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
President Mania: Okay, were on Ordinance…Ordinance #12-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. Just an announcement that #13-2014 has been removed from the Agenda.
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – 2nd reading 5/6/14
Ord.#13-2014 Bond Ordinance Providing for the Acquisition of Various Equipment in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $125,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $118,750 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof. PDF Ord. *Removed 4/22/14
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 – J. Nicastro
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Supporting the Enhancement of the All Veterans Memorial in the Addition of The Bill of Rights Seating and Independence Walkway. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving the FOP and FOP Superiors Contract between the Township and FOP#122. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from Director of DLGS for Insertion of Specific Item of Revenue into the 2014 Municipal Budget ($2,000 donation from Cablevision). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Award of Contract to Leathers Associates for Mount Playmore Playground Equipment. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Change Order to the Contract with Bedford Technology for the Lumber for Mount Playmore Playground. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving an Emergency Purchase Not to Exceed $21,635 for Concrete for Mount Playmore Playground. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Golub Animal Hospital for Animal Impound Facility & Services. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Rejecting Both Bids for the Contract for a Rear Loading Refuse Collection Truck. PDF Res
- Resolution authorizing a change order to the contract for the refurbishment of Budd Lake Fire Department Unit 53 previously awarded to Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Sale of Certain Land and Property Which is no Longer Needed for Public Use by the Township (Block 4118 Lot 45, 13 East Forest Road). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending and Updating the Employee Handbook & Policies and Procedures Manual of the Township of Mount Olive. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Shared Service Agreement with the Borough of Chester for Fire Inspection Services. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Extending the Hours that Turkey Brook Park is Open on May 25, 2014 to Allow the Boys Scouts to Stay Overnight in Turkey Brook Park the Night Before the Memorial Day Parade. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Grant Application Submission to the Morris County Preservation Trust (Seward Mansion). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of a Purchasing Contract (The Home Depot). PDF Res *added 4/22/14
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Business Administrator to Execute a Grant Application for Click it or Ticket 2014 Mobilization. PDF Res *added 4/22/14
President Mania: We have 16 Resolutions. Anyone wish to move to Non-Consent?
Mr. Roman: Just a little clarification, number 16, I don’t know if it matters, but it says Click it of Ticket. It should be “or” I assume.
Mrs. Lashway: Yes.
President Mania: Any others wish to be moved to Non-Consent? Anyone from the public on the Consent Resolutions? Any Council Comments? Roll Call.
Mrs. Lashway: You need somebody make a motion.
President Mania: Make a motion. Need a motion.
Mr. Nicastro: Motion.
Mr. Roman: I make a motion to approve Consent Resolutions one through sixteen.
President Mania: Is there a second?
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Mania: Any further discussion? Hearing none. Roll Call.
ROLL CALL Passed with the exception Mr. Roman voted no on number sixteen.
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
Mrs. Lashway: We’re up to Consent Motions.
President Mania: Mr. Amianda, would you move the Consent Motions?
Mr. Amianda: Yes, Mr. President. I make a motion for approval of Bill List PDF Bill List.
President Mania: Is there a second?
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Mania: Any discussion?
President Mania: Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
President Mania: Administrative Reports.
Mayor Greenbaum: I’ll start if you don’t mind, Council President. First and foremost, we’d like to wish Sherry a speedy recovery as I said at the beginning of the meeting. This Saturday is a very busy day in Mount Olive. At, I think at about 9:00 am, the Do or Dye 5K is taking place up at Turkey Brook. We’re expecting probably close to 1,000 participants when all is said and done. You can compare that to the first 5K that we ran two years ago where we ended up with about 300 to 400 participants. Currently, we have 660 participants who are scheduled and the weather looks very promising. Last I saw, it was weather in the 70’s and partly sunny for the morning. We are really, really excited about that. There will be onsite registration. We wanted to thank all of the sponsors who have made the event possible. Also this Saturday, later in the day starting at about 4:30 pm, but called for 5:00pm is Mount Olive Baseball/Softball Opening Day. I expect to see most of you up there
if available for the activities. As you know, we get to throw out the first pitch and I could say that nobody can be more embarrassed than I was last year as I bounced one in the dirt. Such is life. Something very near and dear to my own heart is that Team 11 and Team 193 from Mount Olive High School Robotics, which is the varsity team MORT11 and the Beta Team, MORT193, both qualified for and are currently in transit to the National Competition in St. Louis. We wish them well over the rest of this week in that competition. If anyone has an interest they can contact me and I can give them the site where the tournament is actually streamed live. It’s very exciting to watch. Please get in touch with me if you have an interest in watching it streamed over the internet. Monday, April 28, 2014, that’s this coming Monday is also a very busy day. We will be starting the build for Mount Playmore in the morning. I don’t know if any of you have been up to Turkey Brook, I know John has been up there, but the concrete has been poured and I guess it is now hardened and we’re ready to start actually building the tot lot. We’re really excited about that. There will be a number of different contractors, how many contractors are we expecting?
Mr. Canning: Two, but we’re supplementing with a lot of Mount Olive volunteers and workers and it’s going to be busy.
Mayor Greenbaum: The one thing that I would say to all of the elected officials, that you may receive some feedback from some of the athletic groups in terms of some of the minor field maintenance that we normally do because our resources are going to be allocated to the build, some of the things like the trimming along the fence lines and the light will take a secondary role during the 10 days or so that we’re actually building the park. I would ask that all of us be ambassadors for the Township and if someone criticizes the condition of our fields, I’m talking about in a minor way that you help to explain what our employees are doing over the next 10 days. Also, on Monday, April 28th …first I would also like to recognize the Lion’s Club for being recognized at the next school board meeting on Monday, April 28th for their dedication and service to the community and children of Mount Olive. Many of you probably know that the Lion’s Club provides eye screenings for the different elementary schools and also one of their other charitable events is to provide the first bullet proof vest for our police officers when they come online in addition to all of the different activities that the Lion’s Club does on behalf of the visually impaired. Monday, April 28th is also the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Morris Canal Greenway Braille Trail, Givaudan Braille Trail. That’s scheduled for 2:00 pm, sponsored by Givaudan in conjunction with Mount Olive Township. Special thanks to Sean Canning, John Geiger, Frank Wilpert, Jr. Radar and Jim Lynch for their continued dedication to the project and also Lisa Pignitaro-Brett, sorry, Lisa Brett. I should know out of anybody. Also this week coming up Thursday, May 1st we’ll begin our power wheel series. Thank you to 46 Chevrolet and DTA Automotive for being the presenting sponsors of this event. Not only are we so appreciative of our top sponsors, but also recognize those who are continuously donating and sponsoring events and programs, for example, Dorsey and Semrau, the Keller Group; Colleen Labow, Mount Olive News; Joe Nicastro for helping us get the word out online as well as in print. We’ve got a very, very busy week coming up in Mount Olive Township with many wonderful activities and long lasting improvement to the Township. I would just finish by saying if you have the opportunity to drive around town you can see the improvements that are occurring in town, both from a Township perspective and from a business development perspective. Siemens is motoring along and is looking to speed up their actual coming online with their building from what they had originally anticipated as December, they’re now looking at September. It’s important to the Township because we don’t start collecting additional taxes from Siemens until they get the CO to occupy that building, which is tremendous. Also, throughout the town if you have a chance, go look at the old Blue Atlas property, Drakes Brook Park, which Petillo has successfully re-graded and they’re at the point now that they are going to seed the fields and because of other work that happened in town at the same time that Petillo was involved with, not only are we getting two Lacrosse fields at Blue Atlas, they were able to use top soil from the Flanders Swim Club site and create a third field which will benefit all of the different sporting organizations throughout the town. Again, going to the Swim Club site you can see that they are ready to start actually installing the turf field and the bubble will be next, which will be a huge benefit. Mount Playmore, Fratelli Beretta, Marveland is moving forward. The Township is really moving in a very positive direction, especially in light of many of the environmental restrictions that were placed on the Township by way of the Highlands. We have really maximized what is going on in town and we will continue to look for further development at the BASF site and the 57 acres that the Township owns adjacent to that site as the next area for development, commercial development. I’m also in the process right now of looking at the possibility of actually creating in a building in town on Sandshore Road and Stephens State Park Road, an indoor recreational facility that would be operated by Mount Olive Township and a profit type operation which would benefit the Township greatly. We have many projects in the fire right now and we have plans for many other opportunities.
President Mania: Mr. Canning.
Mr. Canning: Thank you, Mr. President. I have a couple of things on the operational side. The next meeting, the Land Conservancy would like to come and just address Council and tell them all the good things they’ve
been doing. I know tomorrow they have a minor meeting and ceremony at the community garden and they’re pretty much filled up and booked up down there, so that’s been a success. They have been a great part of the Township. We had a Safety Committee Meeting today with the JIF, like we normally do our quarterly safety meetings and the one thing that really jumped out and I briefed the Mayor on this before and I’m hoping to have a formal memo to Council later in the spring. The worker’s comp, knock on wood, since we’ve gone to automation, the vast majority, over 95 percent of our worker’s comp injuries have been lifting related and primarily out of the sanitation. We were the third worst in Morris County and when we say worker’s comp, it’s kind of a nebulous as worker’s comp. Well, it comes out of our budget. Sixty days and 70 percent of our salary and wage come out of our budget, so whenever we get a worker injured, the first 60 days, 70 percent of that employees salary and wages come right out of our budget, so we’re losing that work for those two months. Sometimes we have to replace with temps, but that salary is paid right out of what we raise in our yearly budget. It’s important we identify this, we’ve been making proactive steps and again, knock on wood, I hate to speak ahead of time, but since we’ve gone to automation with the one armed bandits, we haven’t had one lifting related injury, not one. Last year we had seven and those days, we counted them up today and they were well in excess of 200 labor days, so it’s significant. We’re finishing up the tipping on the back of some of the other trucks that were used for recycling and grass and some heavy items. That transition is well underway. We’re hoping to be fully automated when it comes to our lifting, not just our trash, but our recycling, leaves, grass, metals by July 1st. We’re hoping to make these workers comp injuries a thing of the past or at least minimize them. A gentleman was here two weeks ago about the property on the bottom of Johnson Ave and Route 46. I am pleased to tell Council we are meeting with that property owner tomorrow at 2:30 pm and we’re going to have some encouraging news for him and also for that concerned resident and Council. With a Highlands Redevelopment Zone there are avenues for this property owner to take that property down and still keep their impervious coverage and get rid of that eyesore. We’re hoping tomorrow’s meeting will be productive. Open Space Committee has been working closely with our PB&G personnel, we actually assigned one of our newer employees, he’s a big trails advocate, he’s going to be the liaison with the Open Space Committee. He’s been working specifically with Dolores Wack and the trails. What they did was they walked together through the Orange Trail, we have a lot of blow downs since, believe it or not, since Hurricane Sandy. We’re identifying how we are going to improve that trail post Mount Playmore and that’ll link up to the white trail all throughout Turkey Brook. We’ve kind of teamed up and joined forces with our volunteer committees. Two other things, we are exploring transition to single stream recycling. Currently, we run comingled recycling. We think it may be more beneficial for the Township to finally go to single stream. What that’s going to do is that’s going to benefit the utility even more. We’re already seeing a downward trend in our tipping fees with the one armed bandits, our tipping fees that are going to the MUA in terms of garbage. We have Mike Szarek, our foreman, going out there and basically educating people that are complaining one on one, hey this should not be in your waste stream, this should be in your recycling stream. Our tipping numbers have been going down over the winter. They’re down from what they were in 2013 and what they were in 2012. If we get to the point that we can go single stream, you are going to see those tipping numbers go down. It’s $96.00 a ton thereabout that we run up to the MUA for tipping fees. On the backside, we get paid for that, so it’s addition by subtraction. You’re going to see a benefit on that. I hope to have Tim Quinn here before Council within the next month or two to further that and we’re kind of eyeing up maybe mid-summer, if not the fall. That’s all I have on the day to day.
Mr. Ferrante: What does that mean single stream?
Mr. Canning: Everything together. Right now we separate fiber from our plastics one through seven, cans and metals, we think we have the ability, we are negotiating with a vendor now that’ll take everything single stream. We don’t get the return on fiber like we would normally by separating, but the $96 a ton or thereabout that we save for taking it to the transfer station, it’s a huge savings in utility. It makes recycling even more easy. If everybody can just go boom and it’s fiber, cans, plastics, metals and it goes in one can and they don’t have to separate, it makes it that much easier and it just takes away the habit of throwing it in the garbage can, throw it in the other can.
Mrs. Lashway: Ray wants to speak.
President Mania: Ray.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. Sean, would we be looking at containers almost identical to what we have for the green, for regular trash to have the recycling?
Mr. Canning: Yes, I like those. I was briefing the Mayor to that over dinner tonight. The original plan was to wait two years once we got down the one arm bandit, but if we see savings sooner, we could certainly cross that bridge. I know it would make it easier and I’d really like to do that. I’m kind of reluctant financially to do that this year. We have to take a look in 2015 if we can financially go there. It would make it easier and I think
you’d get a return on it, but again I don’t know the numbers and I’d have to see an analysis to say yes, that’s sound.
Mr. Perkins: One of the hardest things that I’ve experienced over the years is I don’t put my paper out most of the time because, obviously because it’s raining or it’s snowing. Something about Monday’s, which is my collection day, it always rains, so I don’t want to put the bags with all the recycling paper and cardboard out there because it just gets wet and it falls apart and it’s all over the roadway. Having them in a container would definitely be beneficial if we could, especially if we put things in. I noticed too on some of the Facebook things that Ziploc or Glad bags are talking about recycling. If your sandwich bags or freezer bags, as long as they’re clean, there are certain drop off places around where you can drop them off for recycling. Is there a dollar benefit in there that you can take a look at?
Mr. Canning: The plastic market is so low, the biggest benefit is taking the plastics out of the solid waste stream if you can get that, but the market on the comingled right now, it’s maybe $3.00 a ton. The big benefit we have is not paying the $96.00 a ton on that.
Mr. Perkins: Exactly.
Mr. Canning: That’s where we really reap the rewards on that.
Mr. Perkins: Excellent.
Mayor Greenbaum: I think our effort really needs to be to get more of the fiber product into the recycling stream.
Mr. Perkins: Paper plates and all that.
Mayor Greenbaum: Paper, everything we can. We get a double benefit from it in terms of not having to pay tipping fees and also getting some financial benefit from it.
Mr. Perkins: Financial benefit. Thanks, Sean.
Mr. Canning: Thank you.
President Mania: Any other questions? Any Old Business? New Business? Any Legal Matters, Jeff?
OLD BUSINESS - None
NEW BUSINESS - None
Mr. Pasek: Thank you, Mr. President. Nothing specific tonight. The Administration continues to keep us busy with Bids, Resolutions and various research issues and projects. Thank you, Sean.
Mr. Canning: You’re welcome.
Mr. Pasek: All good work. Nothing else to report.
President Mania: Thank you, Jeff.
Mayor Greenbaum: I actually direct Sean to send all that stuff to your office.
Mr. Pasek: Thank you, Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: Just let Fred know.
President Mania: Council Reports. Daniel, Board of Ed.
Board of Education Liaison Report
Mr. Amianda: Yes, Mr. President. The next Board meeting is on Monday, April 28th. On that day the Board will hold a public hearing on 2014-2015 School District Budget on Monday, which is April 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Mount Olive Middle School, 160 Wolfe Road, Budd Lake. Funding of programs, services and Core Curriculum content standards will be discussed. That’s what the budget is all about. Information on the budget, programs and services that the district provides is available from the local district office. You are all welcome to come to the public hearing for your input in the school budget. Thank you.
Mayor Greenbaum: I saw online that someone had posted that Larry Reynolds was applying for a job in Fayetteville, did you see that?
Mr. Amianda: Yes, I saw that and it’s not official yet, but Mount Olive Chronicle had a headline that he is applying for a job in a different district. His response, they asked him and he said that he was not sure he’s getting it, so we have to wait until we hear an official word from him.
Mr. Nicastro: He’s not sure he’ll be getting it.
Mayor Greenbaum: Thank you.
Mr. Amianda: In other words, Mr. Mayor, it is true, he’s applying.
Mayor Greenbaum: Just like any other type of job like that where you benefit from continued…you do your years, you make your mark and then you parlay into the next job and hope that there’s…I assume he’s doing it either for salary increase or there’s some benefit in terms of what he would be able to accomplish in that school district, personally.
Mr. Amianda: Right.
President Mania: Mr. Ferrante, Environmental Committee, Lake Issue and Library Board.
Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison
Mr. Ferrante: The Lake has scheduled their spring cleanup. It will be on Saturday, May 17th from 9:00 am to about 11:00 am. They will be cleaning from the boathouse all the way up to the beach on the 46 shoreline. The Library meets next month.
Senior Citizen Liaison - none
Economic Development Committee Report - none
TNR Program -none
President Mania: Mr. Perkins, Safety Committee, MOTV.
MOTV Committee Liaison
Safety Committee Liaison
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. Safety Committee meets next month. We’ll have a tabletop display by Mr. Cirone. That will be our second meeting so far. Mount Olive Television Committee, we are trying to get the committee together to actually have a formal meeting. Once we have that meeting, I will be reviewing the Ordinance with the committee members that are present. We will come back with any recommendations to the Council for things that we feel may or actually need to be changed to make the committee a little more viable. I don’t think there are that many members of the committee. If recollection serves me right, it was set up for nine members with various degrees of involvement and I think I’ve seen responses from correct me if I’m wrong, three. It’s not a very large committee, I kind of venture to say Mr. President, that it’s like when we started the Mount Olive Pride Committee, we started out with fifteen people and it dwindled down to three of us. We’ll have to get back to everybody after we have our first meeting. I do want to try to coordinate, I know Miss Brett has been doing a nice job of coordinating with Scott Gaskill, our IT. We are getting the meetings, our Council Meetings put up within one or two days onto the Township website. They are also being pushed through on the MOTV, the Mayor’s page and the Township Facebook. What we need to do is be able to coordinate to get it actually onto the television a little bit quicker for the residents. Most of the time we’ve got just about a one month lag. The whole idea for the TV was to have these things a little more timely and that may be a matter of when we do meet to try and coordinate with the programming officials from Cablevision to try to pick an appropriate time. I’m watching this thing at 8:00 at night, I’m getting older and I’m getting tired at 8:00 pm and I know some of these seniors would probably
rather be watching this thing some time during the day to see what’s happening with their Township Officials and how we are running their Township for them. It’s a work in progress, Mr. President.
President Mania: Thank you, Mr. Perkins.
Mayor Greenbaum: Can I ask Mr. Perkins a question?
Mr. Perkins: Of course.
Mayor Greenbaum: Has your life come down to the fact now that you stay up to watch the Council Meetings?
Mr. Perkins: Sad to say, Mr. Mayor, it’s getting about there.
Mayor Greenbaum: How do you look, you look good?
Mr. Perkins: I don’t know. I don’t particularly watch the whole thing. You know, you flip it on at 8:00 pm and there’s the Council Meeting. You go, okay.
Mr. Roman: More importantly, how do I look?
Mr. Perkins: You look marvelous.
President Mania: Mr. Roman, Open Space and Recreation.
Recreation Liaison Report
Open Space Committee Report
Mr. Roman: Open Space met last week and at that meeting we were discussing the White Trail and that they were going to be GPSing it on the 17th with the Land Conservancy. I’m pleased to hear that it has been accomplished. Open Space now has a Facebook page. I invite all those interested to “Like” us. The Open Space Committee, they would like to ask the Administration to see if they could make a policy that when new developments or other acquisitions are brought up that they would consider the Open Space, when almost any issue comes up even if just to keep them in the loop. On April 15th, I attended my first Musconetcong Watershed Association Meeting. I found it extremely informative. It’s a very involved group from all facets. There’s a member there of the forestry service and also I was informed that the MUA property that was for sale with the dams that fell through, there are now five potential new buyers that are well aware that there are dams on there and they would have to mitigate them. Hopefully, that property will be sold. Possibly in 2015, any Townships within the Watershed that maybe having storm water related problems can seek matching grants. As more information becomes available, I will pass that along to the Administration. Last week, not to jump ahead, but there was a Planning Board meeting in which I attended and we discussed the possibility of the boardwalk in the redevelopment zone along Route 46. I was pleased with the progress and we’re hopefully looking that the zone will be redeveloped and bring about new ratable in that area. On Recreation, the only thing of note, the Mayor already mentioned is this Saturday is Opening Day. I plan not to commit the error that the Mayor did last year. That’s all I have.
President Mania: Mr. Nicastro, Board of Health and Legislative Committee.
Board of Health Report
Legislative Committee Report
Mr. Nicastro: Yes. Board of Health was cancelled this month as I mentioned. We have a meeting scheduled in May. Legislative Committee, I do have a meeting with the Legislators on Wednesday in Sparta. If anyone has any questions, concerns or issues, if you’d like to email me before Wednesday I will bring it with when I see them on Wednesday.
President Mania: The meeting is in Sparta at their office?
Mr. Nicastro: Yes.
President Mania: I’m right around the corner from there where I work, so I may stop in.
Mr. Nicastro: There you go.
Mr. Perkins: There you go.
Mr. Roman: You got a date.
Planning Board Report
President Mania: Planning Board, Alex already made that report for me, God Bless him. We both attended that same meeting. Just a point of information, the Fratelli Beretta job has already started construction. Vollers is up there doing the site work already, so things are progressing rather well. If I may, I don’t know if anybody is familiar with the 11 year old that just passed away in town. The Rocco family, they lived directly across from Sandshore School. She passed away from a neurological disease of which her little brother also has and he will probably succumb to the same disease. It’s unfortunate, but both parents are carriers. The Knights of Columbus made a contribution. They’re going to get a wheel chair for this little guy to run a race. The Knights made a donation and as President of the Italian Club, we made a substantial donation. All I ask is keep the family in your prayers, it has to be tough losing a child and know that another child is about the same problem.
Mayor Greenbaum: Lisa and I attended the wake, very sad.
President Mania: Yes.
Mayor Greenbaum: Fortunately, the third child does not have the same medical issue.
President Mania: I guess no one knows what it is to lose a child unless you go through it. It has to be devasting. Anyway, keep them in your prayers. Anyone from the public wish to be heard? If not, I’ll close it to the public. Any other Council Comments. Mr. Amianda.
Mr. Amianda: No.
President Mania: Mr. Ferrante.
Mr. Ferrante: No.
President Mania: Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. Just to briefly recognize that today was Earth Day. Hopefully everyone takes into consideration our planet, its life sustaining gifts that it gives to us, whether you believe in global warming and greenhouse gas effect and carbon footprints, it really doesn’t matter. As a human being, I’ve been in the energy conservation field now for quite some years and my job is energy efficiency and mostly I look at that as a cost savings. As a benefit if it has a byproduct where it’s reducing gases and supposedly stopping global warming, then all the better. I want to caution people as we continue. You begin to look at the population of the earth and you look at the amount of fossil fuels that are available, which are not a renewable source that we keep depleting and taking from the ground and taking and taking. We have more and more and more population, which means they have to utilize the natural resources that are there, the water that we’re running out of, the clean air that we’re running out of, the fossil fuels that we’re running out of. One would well imagine that those are things that on Earth Day you want to be considering, is what part are we doing. I’m proud to say here in Mount Olive Township, with the support of our Mayor, some of our past Mayors and Council members, we have done, along with Mrs. Lashway…I know back in 2008 where we started to reduce paper and do things more electronically, we’re doing our part and I would ask that everybody do your part to preserve, conserve and enjoy this planet that God has put us on. Thank you, Mr. President.
President Mania: Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: I have nothing.
President Mania: Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: Nothing.
President Mania: I have nothing. Motion to adjourn.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
John Mania, Council President
I, Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on May 6, 2014.
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk