The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 8:34 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.

ROLL CALL

Present:          Mr. Amianda, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Nicastro and Mr. Mania

Absent:           Mr. Ferrante

Also Present:  Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sherry Davis(Maniscalco), CFO and Sean Canning, Business Administrator

Public Hearing on the 2014 Municipal Budget

  1. Adopting Resolution – Municipal Budget. PDF Res
  2. Adopting Resolution – Sanitation Budget. PDF Res
  1. Waiver of reading budget in full Resolution. PDF Res

 

President Mania:  Next, we have on the Agenda, Public Hearing on the 2014 Municipal Budget.  Number one, the adoption of the Resolution - Municipal Budget. 

Mrs. Lashway:  First you’re going to open up the hearing…

President Mania:  Pardon.

Mrs. Lashway:  First you’re going to open up the hearing to the public.

President Mania:  I’m going to open up this hearing to the public, anyone from the public?  If not, I’ll close it to the public.  Mr. Amianda.

Mr. Amianda:  Okay, Mr. President.  I make a motion to adopt 2014 Municipal Budget.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

 President Mania:  Next, is the Resolution for the Sanitation Budget.  Mr. Perkins, would you do that please?

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Mr. President.  I make a motion that we adopt the Resolution relative to the Sanitation Budget 2014.

Mrs. Lashway:  Can we just hold on until Mrs. Labow comes back so that we have the same votes.

Mr. Perkins:  Sure.

President Mania:  Sure.

Mrs. Lashway:  Take a two minute break.

President Mania:  Sure.  Take a two minute break.

 Mr. Perkins:  Make it five, five would be good.

 President Mania:  Well, the hour is getting late.

Mr. Canning:  Jill, you could probably go...you can probably go.

President Mania:  Poor Jill, she had to go through all of this.  Is there a second?

Mr. Roman:  Second.

President Mania:  Mr. Roman made the second.  Anyone from the public?  Hearing none.  Close it to the public. 

Mrs. Lashway:  We are taking the vote on Resolution two adopting the Sanitation Budget. 

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  Next, is the Waiver of reading budget in full.  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  One second.  I’m sorry, I had to actually excuse myself before because drinking a lot more water these days. 

Mr. Perkins:  Resolution number three.

President Mania:  A hearing like this, we should have vodka I guess.

Mrs. Labow:  Resolution, I’m sorry, I’m thinking we’re at Ordinances.  I’d like to make a motion to approve Resolution number three, Waiver of reading budget in full Resolution.

President Mania:  Is there a second?

Mr. Nicastro:  Second.

President Mania:  Mr. Nicastro seconded.  Anyone from the public wish to be heard?  If not, I’ll close it to the public.  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

March 1, 2014 Budget Hearing (Mr. Mania absent)
March 11, 2014 WS & PM (all present)

President Mania:  Next, is the approval of Minutes of previous meetings.  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Mr. President.  I move for adoption and approval of the March 4, 2014 Budget Hearing and the …

Mrs. Lashway:  March 1st.

Mr. Perkins:  …March 1, 2014 Budget Hearing and the March 11, 2014 Workshop and Public Meetings.

Mr. Roman:  Second.

President Mania:  Is there a second?

Mr. Roman:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed with the exception of Mr. Mania abstained on March 1, 2014.

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/OTHER TOWNS

  1. Email received March 21, 2014, from MCANJ IT Committee regarding Police and Fire Interest Arbitration.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received March 25, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown New Jersey – Membership Renewal Time.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received March 26, 2014, from National League of Cities regarding Big Ideas for Cities.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received March 26, 2014, from TMA Council of New Jersey regarding TMAC March Newsletter.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received March 26, 2014, from New Jersey Conference of Mayors regarding NJCM Mayors Information Bulleting:  Important Interest Arbitration Update.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received March 27, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding List Your Farm or Business in the NOFA-NJ Farm & Food Guide.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 31, 2014, from Keystone E-Sciences Group, Inc. regarding Response Action Outcome 3 Gold Mine Road (Block 9001, Lot 1).  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received March 31, 2014, from Keystone E-Sciences Group, Inc. regarding Copy of Response Action Outcome Filed with NJDEP (3 Goldmine Road).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received April 3, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received April 3, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Permaculture Design Certificate Course.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received April 4, 2014, from Housing Subcommittee of the Morris County Human Relations commission regarding April is National Fair Housing Month.  PDF Correspondence

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS

  1. Letter received March 31, 2014, from Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills regarding Resolution R2014-040.  PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. Letter received March 24, 2014, from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Legislative Bulletin March 2014.  PDF Correspondence

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

  1. Letter received March 24, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Hackettstown MUA, Limited Firm Capacity to supply future development.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 24, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Netcong Water Dept., Limited Firm Capacity to supply future development.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received March 24, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount Olive Twp W D Main, Limited Firm Capacity to supply future development.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 24, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount Olive Villages Water, Limited Firm Capacity to supply future development.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received March 24, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount Olive Twp Water Dept Tinc Farm, Limited Firm Capacity to supply future development.  PDF Correspondence

 

 

  1. Letter received March 24, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount Olive Twp Water Dept Carlton Hills, Limited Firm Capacity to supply future development.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received March 25, 2014, from Moriarty Environmental Solutions, Inc., regarding Potable Well Testing at 118 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Block 7100, Lot 72.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 25, 2014, from Moriarty Environmental Solutions, Inc., regarding Potable Well Testing at 126 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Block 7100, Lot 71.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received March 25, 2014, from Moriarty Environmental Solutions, Inc., regarding Potable Well Testing at 128 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Block 7100, Lot 70.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 25, 2014, from Moriarty Environmental Solutions, Inc., regarding Potable Well Testing at 132 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Block 7100, Lot 68.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received March 25, 2014, from Moriarty Environmental Solutions, Inc., regarding Potable Well Testing at 130 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Block 7100, Lot 69.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received March 25, 2014, from Moriarty Environmental Solutions, Inc., regarding Public Notification Outreach Letter Klejna Residence Subsurface Investigation 125 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Block 7600, Lot 20.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received March 25, 2014, from Careaga Engineering, Inc. regarding James Sweeney, Block 7600, Lot 69.06, 79 Mount Olive Road.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received March 25, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding DEP Hosts Pequest Trout Hatchery Free Open House this Weekend; Opening Day of Trout Season Just Around the Corner.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received April 3, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Christie Launches “Don’t Waste Our Space” Initiative to Combat Illegal Dumping.  PDF Correspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. Email received March 25, 2014, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received April 2, 2014, from Morris County Planning Board regarding Morris County Planning Board minutes for February 20, 2014.  PDF Correspondence

MUA / MSA

  1. Email received March 28, 2014, from Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding MSA Approved Meeting Minutes.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received April 3, 2014, from Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the allocations for the participating municipalities in the 4.31 MGD Water Pollution Control Plant.  PDF Correspondence

UTILITIES

  1. Letter received March 26, 2014, from Comcast regarding Comcast Connections, New Jersey Edition Winter 2013.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received April 2, 2014, from Cablevision regarding changes to select video service rates affecting Cablevision’s new and existing video customers.  PDF Correspondence

President Mania:  Correspondence.  We have 34 pieces of Correspondence.  Any discussion?  Okay.  Next, Ordinances for Public Hearing.  None.  Ordinances for first reading, second reading April 22, 2014.

 

 

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – 2nd reading 4/22/14

President Mania:  Ordinance number…the next item on the Agenda for first reading is Ordinance #10-2014 entitled,

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.

President Mania:  Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman:  Thank you.  I move that Ordinance # 10-2014 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on April 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, New Jersey for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

President Mania:  Is there a second?

Mr. Amianda:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  The next item on the Agenda for First Reading is Ordinance #11-2014,

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. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro:  Thank you, Mr. President.  I move Ordinance #11-2014 to be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on April 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, New Jersey for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins, did you second that?

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, sir.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  Next item on the Agenda for first reading is Ordinance #12-2014,

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. Amianda. 

Mr. Amianda:  I move that Ordinance #12-2014 Providing for Various Improvements to the Water Utility in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris…

 

Mrs. Lashway:  I’d let him finish reading it because Mr. Mania didn’t read the whole title into the record, so let Mr. Amianda finish.

Mr. Amianda:  Okay, Mr. President.  I move Ordinance #12-2014 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on April 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, New Jersey for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins seconded.

Mrs. Lashway:  We’re going to do this one over again.  Bond Ordinances are very particular in the records that we have to do.  When we say we read an Ordinance by title, we have to…

President Mania:  I have to read the whole thing.

Mrs. Lashway:  …read the whole title and he didn’t finish it, so we are going to just do this one again.

President Mania:  Let me go over that again.

Mr. Perkins:  Okay.

President Mania:  Next item on the Agenda is for first reading and the Ordinance is #12-2014,

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.

Mrs. Lashway:  Mr. Amianda.  Mr. Amianda, if you want to…

Mr. Roman:  Do it again.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, do it again.  You’re going to get good at this thing.

Mr. Amianda:  I move that Ordinance #12-2014 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on April 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, New Jersey for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins seconded.  Any discussion?  Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:
Resolutions on the Consent Agenda List are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Township Council and will be approved by one motion (one vote). There will be no separate discussion or debate on each of these resolutions except for the possibility of brief clarifying statements that may be offered. If one or more Council member requests, any individual resolution on the Consent Agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Vendor Service Contract on a ‘Non-Fair and Open’ Basis Pursuant to the ‘Pay-to-Play’ Law (Leathers & Associates – Revised). PDF Res

 

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Mount Olive Township to Enter into a Cooperative Purchasing Agreement with Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Negotiations and Award of Contract for Mount Playmore Playground Equipment. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution of a Developer’s Agreement Between the Township of Mount Olive and Kevin Dorlon. PDF Res

President Mania:  Next we’re on Consent Resolutions.  Anyone wishing to move any to Non Consent?  Hearing none.  Mr. Roman, would you move that please? 

Mr. Roman:  I move for approval of Consent Resolutions four through seven.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins seconded.  Any discussion?  Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  Anyone from the public wish to be heard on the Consent Resolutions?  Hearing none.  I close it to the public.  Council Comments on Consent Resolutions Non.  Public Portion on the Consent Motions.  Mrs. Labow.    

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Approval of a Peddler’s Permit for Cindy Capavanni
  2. Approval of a Taxi Permit for Kamal Benmalek.
  3. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mrs. Labow:  I move Consent Resolutions four through seven.

Mrs. Lashway:  No.  We’re on Consent Motions.

President Mania:  We are on Consent Motions.

Mrs. Labow:  Oh.  Oh.  Oh.

Mr. Perkins:  Bill List.

Mrs. Labow:  Bill List.  Sorry.

Mrs. Lashway:  There’s three.

President Mania:  There’s three of them.

Mrs. Labow:  There’s three of them.  I move Consent Motions one through three, Peddlers Permit for Cindy Capavanni, Approval of a Taxi Permit for Kamal Benmalek and the Bill List.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?

Mrs. Lashway:  I didn’t hear the second, was that Mr. Roman?

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

Mrs. Labow:  Mr. Perkins.

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins seconded.  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL:            Passed with the exception Mr. Roman abstained on Consent Motion one and Mr. Nicastro abstained on check #64909

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

President Mania:  Administrative Reports, Mr. Canning. 

Mr. Canning:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Just a couple of things tonight, more operational in nature.  Since April 1st and just piggybacking on what Councilman Perkins stated before, we’ve been getting the hot mix asphalt with our road crews.  We’ve been making permanent repairs to a small portion of what is certainly a herculean task this spring.  The crews have been hitting ITC South and North, Goldmine Road, Link Road, Old Ledgewood, Ringenbach, Old Budd Lake Road, Lucas Street, Flanders Netcong, as well as the daily complaints in Iworqs.  They’re on them and we’re hopefully going to make a lot of headway as spring wears on.  Sweeping, we are out doing street sweeping far earlier than we have in the past years.  Part of that, we were able to get a jump on due to the streamlining of sanitation.  Because of that we are able to allocate an extra person into the street sweepers, which is certainly welcomed and something that we…I know that I personally would like to be ahead come mid to late May as opposed to last year when we were certainly behind as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  Two other items, at the Mayor’s request I’ve started an analysis on the various brine research and the various forms that it can take.  That’s going to take about three months.  Hopefully, I am going to have a full report for Council sometime in June and a recommendation.

Mr. Roman:  In your process of looking at the brine system, is there any possibility of maybe reaching out to say Chester or some of the other municipalities and maybe we can go into a joint effort as to a way to minimize cost.

Mr. Canning:  I’m glad you asked that.  Actually, part of that is going to be a shared service component.  One of the ideas that I floated and we’re doing a committee, is do we centralize any type of brine system or do we do it north and south, where we can kind of piggyback where either one of our borders or a neighboring towns border can have a tank and we do a shared service sort to speak.  Whether that’s Long Valley or Chester or Stanhope…I do know that at least one of those neighboring communities already has brine system.  That’s something we will look at when we…we’ll probably end up presenting to Council anywhere between three and five packages, whether we do solely alone, centralized, decentralized, shared services.  Usually, I think Council knows me by now, I try to give you a smorgasbord and let you choose the best solution from there.

Mr. Roman:  Is Netcong one of the towns we are looking to…

Mr. Canning:  I haven’t gotten that far yet with the towns.  I do know Stanhope to the north has a brine system, not sure about Netcong.  I’d have to reach out to Ralph.  Right now we’re just at the systems and then I’m going to benchmark other communities, not just New Jersey, but also around the nation and find out their experience.  Then we’ll look into shared services and then hopefully produce a return on investment for you if there is any as well as anecdotal evidence perception something as well.  The Mayor has me working on that.  I’m working with Frank Wilpert, Jr., Sherry, Jim Lynch and Tim Quinn on that.  Lastly, the Sanitation Ordinance, I know I had stated to the body that we would have that for you this winter.  This winter tied us up with a few other things, so the Ordinance is still being looked at in sub-committee.  However I will say that in the meantime any complaints and requests we’ve had for second cans through for the winter, we’ve had our sanitation foreman, which again thanks to the automation we’ve allowed him to be a foreman, which is nice rather than just a glorified driver.  He’s been going out on the complaints and the lack of recycling or different various hotspots in town.  I can say that 95 percent if not higher of complaints and requests for second cans, he’s gone, documented, spoken with the homeowners, done educational component, given them flyers.  Ninety five percent of our requests for second cans have resulted in increased recycling and rescission of the request for a second can.  Once they find out the cardboard boxes and the cans and the bottles shouldn’t be in the solid waste stream and is costing you about $94.00 per ton as opposed to into the co-mingled or the fiber stream where we actually get money on the backside.  It becomes a win win and usually once the homeowner realizes that, they find their volume of garbage has dropped.  Those are the three things I currently had for Council.

Mr. Labow:  Mr. Canning, you had mentioned one time that Styrofoam can be recycled.

Mr. Canning:  Yes, in my experience Styrofoam can be recycled.  There is one of our recipients, Green Sky out of Carlstadt who will take Styrofoam.  Currently, ReCommunity who we had a contract with would not take
Styrofoam, so what I did was I provided ReCommunity a 30-day notice and broke that contract.  Currently we’re on a day by day recipient with them.  I would like to find Green Sky or another recipient who would take that Styrofoam.  As you know, they’re big…

 

Mrs. Labow:  It’s huge.

Mr. Canning:  You open up anything from Best Buy or whatever, it doesn’t matter what it is now, those big packages of Styrofoam, they take up a lot of space and they never degrade. 

Mrs. Labow:  My question for that is the Town Planner Calendar, in our information for recycling we received in the past it doesn’t address the Styrofoam.

Mr. Canning:  I think it’s a number six.  It’s either a five or six on plastics one through seven.  Currently, ReCommunity will take plastics one through five, don’t quote me and seven.  Styrofoam, I believe is a six.  It could be a five, but one of them they don’t take, but another hauler takes.

Mrs. Labow:  You say plastics, we had this debate at my house on whether Styrofoam was a plastic or not a plastic, does it get recycled, doesn’t it get recycled.  Sean says it gets recycled.

Mr. Canning:  It is a recyclable plastic and like I said, I’d like to find a hauler closer than Carlstadt that would take that Styrofoam so again it becomes a return on investment.  Do we drive there and drop that off with that extra weight or do we end up paying for it in the waste stream? 

Mrs. Labow:  Do we comingle it with the rest or should Styrofoam be put separate? 

Mr. Canning:  Good question.  As of now, I reluctantly say that it’s separate...

Mrs. Labow:  Separate.

Mr. Canning:  …in the solid waste stream.  I don’t like that answer.  I much prefer to tell you that one through seven, clear across the board goes into recycling.

Mrs. Labow:  Just put it in there.

Mr. Canning:  I’m trying to work towards that goal.

Mrs. Labow:  Okay.

Mr. Canning:  I’ve had a little frustration with that old hauler that they wouldn’t take that.

Mrs. Labow:  For now, yes, put the Styrofoam in because like you said I mean that takes up a lot of room in the garbage can and if it can be recycled it’s a much better thing to do.

Mr. Canning:  I agree with you. 

Mrs. Labow: It doesn’t weigh a lot but, it’s bulky.

Mr. Canning:  It’s bulky and it pops out to the top of your garbage.

Mrs. Labow:  It’s bulky.

Mr. Canning:  It’s a confusing area. Like I said, in the industry right now there are two haulers that are predominant haulers, one takes it, one doesn’t.  I’m trying to get the hauler that will take it to take Mount Olive’s. 

Mrs. Labow:  I think if we could get the word out to the public somehow and maybe put it on the Mayor’s page that we can do Styrofoam, on the Face Book page, maybe on the website, maybe with our tax bills that will be going out, maybe a little mention.

Mr. Canning:  Hopefully, by that time, I think the tax bills go out in August, I believe.

Mrs. Labow:  July.

Mrs. Davis:  We’re going to send estimated’s probably late June.

Mrs. Labow:  Late June.

 

Mr. Canning:  I’m hoping we have a clear cut answer by then. 

Mr. Nicastro:  Throw it on the bulletin board in the front.

Mrs. Labow:  Okay.  Thank you.

Mr. Canning:  You’re welcome.

Mrs. Labow:  Only because one more thing to recycle always makes me very happy. 

Mr. Canning:  I’m with you.

Mr. Nicastro:  Sean, one more question.  I know we discussed this and I know…

President Mania:  Mr. Nicastro, go ahead.

Mr. Nicastro:  I’m sorry, I just spoke. 

President Mania:  That’s okay.

Mr. Nicastro:  Sorry, it’s getting late.  You said there might be…we’re going to work on something at the center itself, which is a mess.

Mr. Canning:  Yes.

Mr. Nicastro:  To redo the way…because we had these discussions and I know you have a lot going on, but is there plans…

Mr. Canning:  Tim is aware of it.  The one good thing is DPW now since January, we have weekly staff meetings and we have weekly objectives and goals.  I do know that, I believe he’d spoken to you personally that the dumpster was going to be butted up closer to that and hopefully alleviate the need for that extra railing.  

Mr. Nicastro:  Right.

Mr. Canning:  I haven’t been able to get out there personally and visit that, is that still the case, is there still a problem or not?

Mr. Nicastro:  I missed it this Saturday, I usually go every Saturday.  Last time it was fine two weeks ago.

Mr. Canning:  Okay.  I know that is going to be the short term remedy.

Mr. Nicastro:  Right and then you said you are working hopefully on some bigger plan later on to fix up that whole area.

Mr. Canning:  The whole recycling center itself and that’s going to fall on the heels of our new recycling contract.  We can clean up, probably re-lay things out there, it’s not quite as efficient as we’d like it to be. 

Mr. Nicastro:  Thank you.

Mr. Canning:  You’re welcome.

President Mania:  Just a reminder, please go through the Chair.  Make is easy for Lisa.  It’s very difficult for her.

Mr. Nicastro:  Sorry.

OLD BUSINESS - None

NEW BUSINESS - None

LEGAL MATTERS

President Mania:  Okay.  Any Old Business?  New Business?  Jeff, any Legal Matters?

Mr. Pasek:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Just two items tonight, real quick.  Prior to the Council meeting tonight, we conducted a real estate closing where the Township sold an undersized lot that it owned to an adjoining property owner.  It brought a little extra revenue to the Township.  I’d like to thank Sean and Lisa for their help.  Second item, real quick is we just got some results that there were only 40 county tax court appeals filed this year.  Just to put it in perspective in prior years we’ve been in the triple digits.  Just to give you comparisons to some other towns in Morris County, Florham Park had 72 appeals, Dover had 132 and Lincoln Park, Sean close your ears, had 172.

President Mania:  Lincoln Park.

Mr. Roman:  He’s number 172.

Mr. Pasek:  To us, it was encouraging to see how the real estate market in Mount Olive has stabilized.  That’s all I have tonight.

President Mania:  Thank you.

Mr. Perkins:  Perfect. Very good.

COUNCIL REPORTS

President Mania:  Council Reports.  Board of Education, Mr. Amianda.

Board of Education Liaison Report - none
Mr. Amianda:  No report. 

President Mania:  None.  Environmental Committee, not here.  Senior Citizen, Mrs. Labow.

Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison - none
Lake Issues - none

Senior Citizen Liaison   
Economic Development Committee Report  
TNR Program
Mrs. Labow:  The only thing to report, basically they have their spring calendar functions are underway, their daytrips.  I do know that on June 6th, this is a wonderful event that the Key Club at Mount Olive High School, which Key Club is the teenage age group for the Kiwanis is once again having their annual Senior Prom.  It’s going to be a western theme and I know the seniors always look forward to that.  That’s going to be on Friday, June 6th.  Otherwise, I have nothing to report other than that.

President Mania:  Economic Development Committee.

Mrs. Labow:  We meet again on April 29th or 30th, the end of April.

President Mania:  TNR.

Mrs. Labow:  TNR, trying to get it set up for when we are going to have our spring yard sale.  We haven’t decided on an exact date just yet because one of our key members who does a lot of the collections is not available currently due to some…he can’t do any heavy lifting, so we have to wait.  I’m not sure when we are going actually be having it this year.  Just recently they are helping out with RH Farms.  They went up and trapped several cats up there that a lot of them thought were feral, but it turns out they’re not.  They’re going to get some homes for them.  I think only one or two cats are going back.  The program is still very strong and working great and getting all of the free roaming cats off the streets and finding them their “forever homes”.

President Mania:  Thank you.  Safety Committee, Mr. Perkins.

MOTV Committee Liaison
Safety Committee Liaison
Mr. Perkins:  Thank you, Mr. President.  The next scheduled meeting is for the May 21st where we are going to have a table top presentation by Mr. Cirone.  I’ll update everybody after that happens.  The MOTV, that seems to be running rather well.  I am going to be getting together with Miss Brett.  We are going to have to take a look at the Ordinance when we did the approval when Councilman Pat Walsh was here.  There are some items

that I think we ought to be addressing from a different venue.  One, I don’t think anybody here would be against the promotion of some of our businesses in town, especially those that donate to the good for the different events, places, you know the Route 46 Cheverlot, Kia, you know, Motion Kia or DTA Automotive, other areas where people are physically taking their business profits and donating them back to the community.  At this particular point in time, that is not permitted to be either aired or promoted by the Mount Olive TV by Ordinance.  I’m going to be going over that, I will probably try to meet with Miss Brett, sit down and come up with something that hopefully the rest of the Council thinks is more plausible, so that the more things that we can get onto Mount Olive Television about Mount Olive and other places, establishments that we all know that participate and contribute back to the community, I would like to see them promoted if at all possible.  That is just something I’ll be working on to get back to the Council.  Again, once I know what the safety committee, Mr. President what happens at this next tabletop, the goal was to see how the committee works, if its effective, if not then I will ask the Council to abolish the Resolution for what’s called the Public Safety Committee and we will leave that prevue entirely with the office of Emergency Management. 

President Mania:  Thank you, Mr. Perkins.  Mr. Roman, Open Space and Recreation report.

Recreation Liaison Report
Open Space Committee Report  
Mr. Roman:  Open Space meets next Monday.  On Recreation, I’d like to report that the First Annual Sports Summit was held March 26th at the Corner Pub.  It was a great turnout for the first annual event.  It was organized by our Sports Ombudsman, former Mayor Paul Licitra.  In attendance, I would have to say practically every recreational sport that engages outdoors and some indoor facilities and some of the corresponding high school coaches.  Bridgette Geiger and Dan Weiss put on a concussion presentation, some of their recommendations from there will end up being placed in policy that will probably go before the Recreational Advisory Committee.  I also would be remiss if I didn’t also thank Miss Jill Daggon for helping coordinate the event.  Thank you.

President Mania:  Thank you, Mr. Roman.  Board of Health, Mr. Nicastro and Legislative Committee.

Board of Health Report
Legislative Committee Report
Mr. Nicastro:  Board of Health meets next week on the 16th.  I have a meeting with the Legislators on April 30th, rescheduled for that date. 

Planning Board Report
President Mania:  Planning Board, our last meeting we approved Marveland Farms, which is the development across from the golf course or the old horse farm.  I believe Thursday night the agenda is the extension for ARD.  I’m sure you’re all familiar with ARD.  I will not be attending Thursday night’s meeting, I will be going to that seminar.

Mr. Nicastro:  That’s right, I’ll be there.

President Mania:  I will make sure there’s a quorum for the Planning Board.  If there’s not a quorum then I’d have to excuse myself and be at the Planning Board.  Public Portion, anyone from the public?  If not I’ll close it to the public.  Council Comments.  Mr. Amianda.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Amianda:  I was just going to share with the Council members, I attended the Mayor’s breakfast meeting held at the new Emergency Operations Center located in the Public Safety Training Academy on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany on Friday, April 4, 2014.  In directive discussion about roads, potholes, speed limitation signs, shared library services, the Freeholders were very attentive and they promise to give priorities on road potholes.  Procurement of Morris County Chamber of Commerce discussed economic development issues, water allocation, retaining jobs we have and attracting new jobs.  He urged elected officials to have great relationship with private sectors.  At the end of the meeting we were given a walking tour of the new emergency command center funded by FEMA money.  It is a very impressive building.  It is a command center for fire, public weather, medical equipment for the support of towns and communities.  I think the Mayor’s breakfast was worth attending.  Thank you.

President Mania:  Thank you, Mr. Amianda. 

Mr. Roman:  If you’d permit me, Mr. President…

 

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.  I’d like to say that I’m very disappointed in the discussion tonight with the Council members and that to go forward with this money for the plans for the Flanders Sewer Project.  Mr. Perkins kept stating and other members that it’s not a health issue.  If I remember, for years now we’ve spent a lot of money on the treatment of Budd Lake for the milfoil and curly pond weed, which is not a health issue.  It was because the boaters who use the lake, the growth was tangling up their motors.  That affected only people who use boats.  We spent repeatedly, Sherry what is it like $20 or $30 thousand dollars a year on that treatment.

Mrs. Davis:  I believe it’s about that.

Mrs. Labow:  Every year for about five or six years now.  That only affects the people who have boats and who go on the lake, there’s not a whole heck of a lot of them.  I think it was important to do because it’s our community, we want our lake to look nice.  We have Mount Playmore, which I am absolutely thrilled with this project.  We’re putting a lot of money into that project which is for our community.  There are not a lot of people who are going to be using it.  Overall, for this study to move forward with the Flanders Sewer Project, it’s not a tremendous amount of money to find out just what we need to do, but it’s for the community.  We have two churches there, we have residents, we have businesses that have asked repeatedly for a number of years to have sewers.  Like they stated, everybody around there has sewers.  For this Council to say, well it’s not a health issue, we do things for our Community to improve Mount Olive Township overall, many, many times.  We may not all be in agreement on it, but we always take, I feel, I’ve always thought that the Council has pretty much looked at overall we want to improve our community.  This was a chance for Flanders, Old Flanders, our only historic section of town to have sewers that are going to improve the overall area, improve the churches and just like when Mr. Batsch came up and said they want to build a community center at St. E’s.  In order to have that project go forward, they really need sewers, which are going to reduce the cost.  A community center at St. E’s, if we have a catastrophic event like Superstorm Sandy, to have a community center that residents on that section of town can go to would be phenomenal.  That is a benefit to the entire community, our community, our town.  I mean from now on, if we have a project come up, let’s say we are going to repave a road are you going to say, I don’t know, how many people are going to benefit from it or does it improve our community.  I think everybody is very shortsighted on this whole thing.  This is something these residents have asked for.  Sixteen hundred parishioners at Saint Elizabeth’s would have loved to have their community center.  I‘ve spoken to the parishioners at the Methodist Church, they want to build their thrift store that they have over there and in order to they have to redo the whole thing because of problems they are having.  To have sewers would be a huge benefit right there to improve…I mean Mr. Ferrante is not here tonight, but I remember him saying with their kids, they always go over to that thrift store to get products, you know different items for their children and their home.  It’s just like it’s the community, it’s overall, so I just want to say that I am extremely disappointed, I think whatever the reasoning behind it, I have never been so terribly disappointed in a group of people in my entire life.  Go ahead guys, go ahead and bash me back, it’s your turn next.

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you, Mr. President.  I’m just going to lay this on the line real quick and it’s not a bash.  The initial surveys that went out which went to all of the people down in Old Flanders.  The yes votes were 29 the no’s were 46.  Option number two, the yes votes were 29 the no’s were 47.  Subsequent to that, the committee was formed, the project was scaled down to strictly just Park Avenue and to runoff a small section of Main Street.  If it is going to benefit the community, it would have benefited the 60 or 70 some odd residents.  That would have been a benefit, not 12 or 14.  Thank you, Mr. President.

President Mania:  Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman:  Forgive me for earlier trying to interject, I wanted to jump onto Mr. Amianda’s, the Mayor’s breakfast.  I too attended it with the Freeholders and I’d like to think that it was because of that meeting that many of us there voiced our opinion to the Freeholders of the desire to improve the roads that subsequently the Freeholders sought to purchase additional hot boxes.  I’d like to congratulate…

President Mania:  Are you leaving Mrs. Labow?  We didn’t adjourn yet.

Mrs. Labow:  I’m going to the Ladies room.

President Mania:  Okay.

Mr. Roman:  I’d like to congratulate the Freeholder Board for being receptive to our area Mayors and Council people that attended.  That is all I have.

President Mania:  Thank you Mr. Roman.  Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro:  Not much from me.  I attended one of the meetings as well.  I know you were there as well and it a very informative and good meeting.

Mr. Perkins:  You guys get to go to breakfast?

Mr. Nicastro:  Nothing much more to say.

President Mania:  I too attended the meeting and something good came out of the meeting because I talked to Freeholder Scapicchio about the paving of Flanders Road that we’re going to have the 5K run there.  We don’t want people breaking their ankles and he put me in touch with the woman and they may not pave the whole road, but they are going to address the problems right now on that road and get it in shape for the 5K run.

Mr. Perkins:  A path for the runners - stay here.

President Mania:  I too was impressed with that safety building.  We took the tour, unbelievable, it really is something to talk about.  Next, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Mr. Perkins for a job well done this evening with the overview on the sewers.  I think you just did an excellent job and I thank you, Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you, Mr. President.

President Mania:  I’ve been up on Flanders Netcong Road with that project going up and I just got to say that the contractor has done his job.  He’s had a sweeper there constantly going back and forth sweeping the road.  I mean it’s a condition where you are dealing in mud and you know some mud is going to get on the road, but he’s addressed it and done the proper job.

Mr. Perkins:  They dig America.

President Mania:  That’s all I have.  Motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:17 p.m.

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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 April 22, 2014.                                                                                              

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

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