Township Council Minutes
December 17, 2002
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Regular Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council
was called to order at 8:10 pm by Council President Scapicchio
with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
MOMENT OF REFLECTION in recognition of the men and women
fighting terrorism and defending the freedom we all enjoy
OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate Notice
of this Meeting has been given to the Mt. Olive Chronicle
and the Morristown Daily Record. Notice has been posted
at in the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road,
Mt. Olive, New Jersey, and notices were sent to those requesting
ROLL CALL: Present: Mr. Rattner, Mrs. Miller (left at 10
pm), Mr. Perkins,
Mr. Spino, President Scapicchio
Absent: Mr. Guenther, Mr. Greenbaum
Also in attendance: Mayor Licitra, Cynthia Spencer, Business
Administrator; Sherry Jenkins, CFO; John Dorsey, Township
Attorney; Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Daniel Amianda, School Board Liaison: I just want to thank
the Mayor and the Council for the support and contribution
you made towards our Football Team championship in Section
III Division II. The Board really appreciates all the contributions.
The Mayor and the Council were behind us and the whole Township
was really in support of what the Board is doing. The Board
seems to think that is the way we should be working and
we would be appreciating all the contributions that we can
get from you. The Board met yesterday and the main item
on the agenda was honoring the Mt. Olive Football team.
The Mayor and a good number of the Council Members were
present. In regard to honoring the Football Team, there
is a suggestion by Remax Realty, they want to sponsor a
dinner for the football team. The majority of the Board
is in support of that idea of honoring the Football Team.
We are looking forward to that. Also, yesterday we discussed
the parking space issue at the high school. In response
to the Town's concern, the majority of the Board seems to
not have an answer to the Council and they have no idea
what is to be done. At last nights' meeting, the Board seems
not to have an answer with the idea; or the solution to
the problem is that they want to discourage the students
from driving to the High School. They want the students
to use the public transportation. They are unwilling to
set aside any money towards creating parking spaces at the
High School. Also, yesterday the Board passed a resolution
in regard to the need of flashing lights at Sandshore school.
There has been a concern about the safety of the kids when
the buses are leaving the school. The Superintendent/ Administration
was recommending the red light. According to the resolution,
they want the Town to do a traffic study and then come up
with a recommendation. The original motion by the Board
was that they were to share the costs of putting a red light
there. That motion was not passed it was amended to ask
the Council to do the study. Those are my comments unless
somebody has a question.
President Scapicchio: Any questions for Daniel?
Mr. Perkins: Correct me if I am wrong Daniel, the Board
wants the Township to expend the funds to do a traffic study
and they don't want to contribute at all to that?
Mr. Amianda: As I said, the Administration's recommendation
was that the Board was to share the costs, but that motion
was defeated, but it was amended to ask the Town to do the
study before the installing of the light in which the Board
will have to bear some of the expenses.
Mr. Perkins: So then I am correct. You want the Township
to expend the funds, and the Board is not sure whether they
would expend any later on down the road based upon the outcome
of this traffic study based on the sole expense of the base
of the taxpayers, correct?
Mr. Amianda: No. That is not correct the Board will spend
some funds after the study has been done.
Mr. Rattner: Mr. Perkins, what that resolution was on the
Board last night was that they were requesting that a blinking
light be put up at the Sandshore School which they would
share. They said they know that we have problems and they
were willing to spend half the money to put it up. The resolution
got defeated because a couple Board Members said why are
we paying to put up a light if we don't know it is appropriate
without having the
Mr. Rattner (cont'd): proper review done. The resolution
that was passed was asking the Police Department for their
recommendation, whatever they do if it would help the situation.
If they say it is appropriate, then we pass another resolution
saying that they would pay half the costs.
Mr. Perkins: I misunderstood. I thought you were looking
for a full blown traffic study by a certified traffic engineer.
You are not looking for that; you are looking for the Township's
Police Department to make a recommendation.
Mr. Amianda: I think the Police Department would work with
the traffic person to come up here.
Mr. Perkins: I misunderstood Daniel, I thought you wanted
us to go out and hire a consultant and have him come out
and do a professional traffic analysis for you.
Mr. Amianda: No, it is not that way.
Mr. Rattner: We already spent the money on the traffic
study looking at the football field, because we noticed
those nice lines that you have every 10 yards, and we figured
we can make them into parking spaces. When you don't have
football games we could use that for overflow parking.
President Scapicchio: Thanks Steve.
Mrs. Miller: I was concerned about that red blinking light
at Sandshore. Is that going to be like a school crossing
President Scapicchio: Charlene at this point we don't know
what it is, they have a problem with the traffic flow and
what brought this to the attention to the School Board last
night, it is my understanding, correct me if I am wrong
Daniel, that over the past several weeks or the past month
or so, there has been almost two mishaps that have brought
this to the attention of the Board, and they are now requesting
that the Police Department look at it to give an opinion
as to what needs to be done to improve the traffic flow.
Mr. Miller: I am not aware of any traffic signals like
traffic lights that are any place other than Route 206 and
Route 46. If it is a school blinking light warning motorists
that there are students crossing the road, that I could
understand; a traffic light I cannot understand.
President Scapicchio: At this point there is no proposal
of any kind of a light. The proposal is to have the Police
Department evaluate the situation and make a recommendation.
Is that correct Daniel?
Mr. Amianda: Yes, that is correct.
President Scapicchio: Then we will take the next step.
Mr. Amianda: Also, yesterday was the Superintendent's last
day as an official with the School Board. Starting January
6th, the new Superintendent Mrs. Rosalie La Monte will be
representing the District. Thank you.
President Scapicchio: Thank you, Daniel. Anyone else from
Richard Bonte, Budd Lake: Normally I would not bring up
something at the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Amianda was
just here, I was wondering if anybody was going to ask him
about Mountain View School, the parking spots. That has
not been discussed yet.
President Scapicchio: I thought the comments were that
the recommendation was a good recommendation. Isn't that
what you said Steve?
Mr. Rattner: I don't remember that.
President Scapicchio: Daniel, you got our latest recommendation
for eliminating those parking spaces on Linwood Ave. and
the comments last night were that it was an appropriate
Mr. Amianda: Yes.
President Scapicchio: Thank you. Anyone else from the Public?
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS - None
TURKEY BROOK PARK PROJECT STATUS
President Scapicchio: I guess there is no other additional
Turkey Brook Park status report.
Mrs. Spencer: No other than the fact that the football
goal posts have been installed other than that no other
Mr. Dorsey: Just that I think right after the first of
the year, we have to decide and discuss what we are going
to do with Smith Farm, I sent you a letter on that today.
We have to have serious discussion.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:
November 26, 2002 Present: President Scapicchio, Mr. Guenther,
Mr. Spino, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Greenbaum, Mr. Rattner
Absent: Mrs. Miller
Mr. Rattner moved for approval of the minutes; Mr. Perkins
seconded that motion.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception of Mrs.
Resolutions, Ordinances, Correspondence from Other Municipalities
1. Ordinance received December 12, 2002, from the Hackettstown
Attorney's office regarding Active Adult - Conditional Use
2. Resolution received December 13, 2002, from Rockaway
Township regarding Resolution 02-239 Hotel Occupancy Tax.
League of Municipalities
3. Email received November 27, 2002, from the New Jersey
State League of Municipalities regarding Senate version
of Nonconforming uses bill, S-2106, (Formerly S-1734) scheduled
for Senate Hearing - Thursday, December 5, 2002.
4. Email received December 9, 2002, from the New Jersey
State League of Municipalities regarding Nonconforming uses
up for vote in Assembly and Senate Committee on Thursday,
December 12, 2002.
5. Letter received December 10, 2002, from the New Jersey
State League of Municipalities regarding the 87th Annual
6. Letter received December 9, 2002, from Comcast regarding
Upgrade of Cable Plan Completed, Live Demos at Hackettstown
Mall, Holiday Traditions, and Merger with AT&T Completed.
7. Letter received December 11, 2002, from Elizabeth Gas
regarding rate increase and tariff changes.
8. Minutes received December 11, 2002, from the Musconetcong
Sewerage Authority regarding the November 6th meeting.
9. Letter received December 11, 2002, from the Morris County
Board of Chosen Freeholders regarding Municipal Reorganization
10. Letter received December 12, 2002, from Morris County
Board of Chosen Freeholders regarding the Sun Valley Brook
President Scapicchio Stated that we had 13 pieces of correspondence
on the Agenda and asked Council for comments on same.
Mr. Rattner: Just one on the Budget resolution, you'll
notice that there is a credit from the Musconetcong Sewage
Authority for $136,000. That was due to two decreases that
we had during the year.
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
Ord. #52-2002 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive
Authorizing Certain Stop Intersections.
President Scapicchio opened the Public Hearing on Ordinance
Maryanne Berry, 191 Flanders-Netcong Road: My name is Maryanne
Berry I live at 191 Flanders-Netcong Road where there is
a proposed stop sign at the corner of Flanders-Netcong and
Drakesdale. The question is not so much about that sign,
but about what agency within our local government is managing
or overseeing the reconstruction of that intersection, that
stop sign is just one part of it. I have been in touch with
Mr. Buczynski and I think the matter may be a little complicated
because of County Roads being involved where County approval
is needed, so I just want to stay on top of the situation
so that myself and my neighbors can see the plans before
they are finally approved.
President Scapicchio: Cindy, do you have an update for
us and Mrs. Berry?
Mrs. Spencer: I do not but I will make sure that she gets
reports as the work progresses.
Mayor Licitra: We have three separate plans that have been
proposed for that corner. Each one of them are good. Some
are better than the others. We are in the process now of
reviewing them and finding out which one we feel is the
best. Of course we are going to get some outside help, we
have help from the County on it, but they are already signed
off on all three of them because they feel any one of them
can work but your suggestion is a good one and before we
go any further, I have asked Mr. Spino since he first of
all lives over there, he lives on Flanders-Netcong Road
and also he has been on the Planning Board, so I have asked
him to review them because he takes that road everyday like
yourself. So we should be somewhere around two or three
weeks away after we get it. We will follow up with you,
we have your name. What I would like you to do is get in
touch with your neighbors and before we go any further after
we look at which one we feel will make it, which one we
feel is correct, we will get in touch with you and with
your people. Okay?
Mrs. Berry: Thank you very much.
President Scapicchio: Anyone else from the Public on this
Ordinance? Seeing none we will close the Public Hearing.
Mr. Perkins moved for adoption and final passage of Ordinance
#52-2002. Mrs. Miller seconded the motion.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
President Scapicchio declared Ordinance #52-2002 as passed
on second reading and hereby directed the Clerk to forward
a copy of same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption
as required by law.
Ord. #53-2002 Refunding Bond Ordinance of the Township
of Mount Olive, In the County of Morris, New Jersey Providing
for the Refunding of Certain Unfunded Pension Liabilities
of the Township Appropriating $650,000 Therefore and Authorizing
the Issuance of $650,000 Refunding Bonds of the Township
for Financing the Cost Thereof.
President Scapicchio opened the Public Hearing on Ordinance
President Scapicchio closed the Public Hearing on Ordinance
Mr. Spino moved for adoption and final passage of Ordinance
#53-2002. Mrs. Miller seconded the motion.
President Scapicchio Council Discussion? Seeing none.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
President Scapicchio declared Ordinance #53-2002 as passed
on second reading and directed the Clerk to forward a copy
of same to the Mayor and Publish the Notice of Adoption
as required by law.
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING - None
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.
1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive to Confirm Russ Brown's Appointment of Construction
2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of $100,000.00
in the Reserve for Tax Appeals.
3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Authorizing the Renewal of a Lease Agreement
with the County of Morris/Mount Olive Senior Center.
4. 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 2002 Municipal Budget
($780.00 for Tobacco Age-of-Sale Enforcement Grant).
5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive RE: Telephone Equipment and Wiring Upgrade.
6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Authorizing a Continuation of a Contract with
D2L Associates, Inc.
7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive RE: Baptist Church Property.
8. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Providing
for the Transfer of 2002 Budget Appropriations for the Current
Fund Budget for Salary and Wages.
9. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Providing
for the Transfer of Excess Storm Control Funds of $35,000
into the Accumulated Snow Control Trust Fund.
10. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
the Cancellation of 2002 Current Appropriation Balances.
11. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
a Change of Amount in 2002 Current Fund Budget Appropriations
in Accordance with NJS 40A:4-85.
12. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
the Transfer of 2002 Budget Appropriations for Salaries
13. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
the Cancellation of 2002 Sanitation District Budget Balances.
14. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
the Cancellation of 2002 Appropriations in the Sewer Utility
15. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
the Cancellation of 2002 Appropriations in the Water Utility
16. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
the Cancellation of the DEP Resource Recovery Grant of $5,000.00.
17. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
the Cancellation of Sewer Capital Improvement Authorization
18. A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Canceling
Taxes on Block 2801 Lot 48 & 49 Previously Owned by
Victor and Cynthia Holmkvist and Acquired by the State of
New Jersey Department of
19. Environmental Protection (Green Acres) on November
20. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
the Cancellation of any Overpayment or Delinquent Taxes
21. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
the Approval of the purchase of the GovExcel Municipal Software
Product for Construction Program Services and Interdepartmental
22. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township
of Mount Olive Establishing the Annual Reorganization Meeting
for January 7, 2003.
23. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township
of Mount Olive Authorizing Gen III Builders to Dedicate
Open Space to the Township.
24. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township
of Mount Olive Reducing the Performance Guarantees of the
Kaplan Companies - RE: Oak Hill Section III.
MOTION TO APPROVE CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA
Mr. Perkins moved for approval of Consent Resolutions 1
through 24. Mrs. Miller seconded the motion.
Mrs. Miller: I have a question. That resolution that we
just omitted Section II on the upgraded wiring, I can't
find it in here but that should be noted that it has been
President Scapicchio: That was resolution No. 5, and the
last paragraph of that resolution has been amended and the
Administration has acknowledged that they will get back
to us before any contracts are awarded.
PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
President Scapicchio: Anyone from the Public wish to address
the Council on this Consent Resolution Agenda? Seeing none.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
1. Bill List.
Mr. Rattner moved Bill List as submitted to be approved.
Mr. Perkins seconded that motion.
President Scapicchio: Any discussion Council?
Mr. Spino: Just that one bill we talked about, Kyle Conte.
Mrs. Spencer: I could not find the memo, I will ask Gene
Buczynski to resend it, but I know that he wrote it and
he stated that he felt that the funds that were remaining
were about $350,000 are sufficient to cover any erosion
or anything that occurs over the Winter and to complete
the project. I will have him resubmit that.
President Scapicchio: Council, do we want to leave this
on the list and pay it or do we want to see that letter?
Mr. Rattner: I would like to see it removed until we get
the back up.
President Scapicchio: The other question that we had also
was, were we going to ask Kyle Conte to give us a letter
or a document or affidavit to the effect that
Mr. Dorsey: The standard AIA contract called upon him to
give him an affidavit that all materials and sub-contractors
have been paid in full. That certification or affidavit
should be obtained before these payments are made. Cindy?
Mrs. Spencer: Absolutely. I sent him a letter to that effect
last Wednesday morning and I have not received the affidavit
back from him.
President Scapicchio: Okay so we are going to remove this
now from the Bill List and it will go back on the Bill List
once we receive Mr. Buczynski's letter and if that is of
satisfactory condition, and also the affidavit from Kyle
Conte certifying that infact the materials and vendors have
been paid. Council, is that okay with everybody?
Mr. Perkins: Mr. Dorsey, the release of liens, that's pretty
much what we are talking about in the AIA document. Is that
on the final payment or is that for any future payment.
Mr. Dorsey: In the first place we are not talking about
liens. This is a certification. You have a $5 million project.
He essentially has paid everyone. Sometimes depending on
the shakiness of the contractor they require it with every
payment. So long as it is a perfectly good payment.
President Scapicchio: Great. Okay, so we are going to have
an amended Bill List that is going to remove from page one,
the payment of $108,325 payable to Kyle Conte Construction
and it is listed here as payment number nine. Is that correct
Mrs. Lashway: yes.
Mr. Spino moved for approval the amended Bill List, Mrs.
Miller seconded the motion.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
2. Approval of an Application to Amend Raffle License #1049
for the Budd Lake First Aid & Rescue Squad; Raffle Application
#1054 and Raffle Application #1055 for K of C #6100 Fr.
Joseph A. Cassidy Council.
Mr. Perkins moved for Approval of an Application to Amend
Raffle License #1049 for the Budd Lake First Aid & Rescue
Squad; Raffle Application #1054 and Raffle Application #1055
for K of C #6100 Fr. Joseph A. Cassidy Council. Mr. Rattner
seconded that motion
Mrs. Miller: Are we amending all of those?
Mrs. Lashway: No we are amending the raffle license for
#1049 which was previously approved by rejected by the State.
Mrs. Miller: Okay so we are amending one of them, but we
are approving the others.
Mrs. Lashway: Yes.
Mrs. Miller: Okay that is what I wanted to clarify.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
Library Board Liaison Report
Mrs. Miller: I didn't bring by notes with me, basically
I guess everything is waiting for the bids to go out. There
was some discussion about the Council issuing funding to
build the addition on to the garage instead of
Mrs. Miller (cont'd): giving them the money to add to the
basement but I also reminded them that their construction
will probably not be completed for a year and the construction
of the building for the Township records, maybe I didn't
clarify that; you look puzzled, could be done in a much
shorter time frame
President Scapicchio: I looked puzzled Charlene because
what should have been brought to their attention was the
fact that this storage space is costing us about 80,000,
it's actually under $100,000. I think the Budget was $60,000-80,000.
Mrs. Miller: Well they felt that they could get a lot more
President Scapicchio: Just for the record, that is not
the proposal that Jane Israel or the Library made to this
Council through the architects budget numbers. The recommendation
that they made was that in round numbers 4,500 square feet
would cost us about $575,000 and 12,000-13,000 square feet
was in excess of $1million. That was the reason why we opted
for this option and not for the storage at the library.
Mrs. Miller: Plus, it was the time element, that's what
I reminded them of. We had a six month grace period that
the Foreign Trade Zone gave it storage space, and there
was no way that the new library was going to be built in
President Scapicchio: I think time was a consideration
it was dollars.
Mrs. Miller: Okay well, anyways I am sorry that I did forget
Mrs. Miller: There is no recreation report, Mr. Guenther
is not here.
Board of Health Report
Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President. There was no meeting
this month. All the business was taken care of in November
and we look to reorganize in January.
Planning Board Report
President Scapicchio: Mr. Greenbaum is not here.
Open Space Committee Report
Mrs. Miller: Everything is pretty much the same. I know
that the Smithtown track was discussed, but Mr. Dorsey said
that we will be talking about that in January.
Legislative Committee Report
President Scapicchio: Mr. Guenther is not here.
Pride Committee Report
Mr. Perkins: Pride Committee had not meeting this month.
They will be looking at getting back together some time
in January. I just wanted to update everybody on the new
Welcome to Mt. Olive sign. Through the efforts of the Pride
Committee there are four sponsors for the entering of Mt.
Olive, the one up by the Gathering Place, coming up from
Hackettstown was taken by Stroud Excavating. Bill Stroud
has been a resident in the Town for quite a while and one
more leaving Mt. Olive sign was taken by George's Liquors
that hosts for the Kiwanis where the Santa house is, and
that will be the leaving Mt. Olive sign which should be
going down somewhere around the pumphouse. That only leaves
two leaving Mt. Olive Signs left to go. I think the signs
are nice, the Eagle Scout, Mr. Herbs who did the decoration
around the one by the ITC, I think he did an excellent job.
Looking at some of the other Township's around, we went
to the DOT and actually got their permission, so that is
why you don't see any of those block walls around hours.
We were pretty much given the criteria which to follow and
we did. Nothing else to report on them.
President Scapicchio: What is the cost of those leaving
Mt. Olive signs?
Mr. Perkins: With tax, approximately $1, 543. Pretty much
as I have made the presentations to the Chamber of Mr. Perkins
(cont'd): Commerce and some of the other folks that have
gone in, if they advertised that over 10 years, it costs
a $154.00 a year for advertising because it has their company
name on it.
President Scapicchio: Do you have a picture of that sign
Mr. Perkins: We originally had it on in a frame I am going
to ask Mr. Catelli to bring that back up to us here so that
we can hang that someplace. We do have photos I could send
you through email.
President Scapicchio: What locations Ray did you say were
Mr. Perkins: There are still two leavings; one would be
Northbound on Route 206 which would be diagonally across
from the Exxon Station. The other one would be leaving Mt.
Olive as you go in to Netcong on Route 46 heading east.
If you would like information Dave, I would be more than
happy to have the gentleman get in touch with you.
President Scapicchio: I think I may have one sold for you.
Mrs. Miller: Can I maybe make a recommendation to the Pride
Committee because I don't know where else to bring this
up. I noticed we don't have any welcome to New Jersey signs
on any of our bridges. Any other state that you go to you
see welcome to whatever state it is, maybe the Pride Committee
could write a letter to the Governor asking him to get some
"Welcome to New Jersey" signs. There are none
on the Delaware Water Gap Bridge. I haven't seen one as
you come in from New York City either. New Jersey doesn't
welcome anybody and we always have to pay tolls to get out
of the State.
Mr. Perkins: Well that is the only time they do welcome
you; the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike
where they collect tolls. That is true.
Mrs. Miller: Maybe that is something the Pride Committee
could look into. I know that is kind of out of our jurisdiction
but I thought maybe could start a letter writing campaign.
Status of Committee RE: Lake/Environment Issues
Mr. Perkins: Okay, no problem. Then Dave, moving on for
the Lake and Environmental issues, Cindy informed me today
that she had sent me a memo via email, unfortunately I have
yet to have time to stop at my house today, so with that
I will defer to Mrs. Spencer to bring you up to date on
Mrs. Spencer: We had an in-house meeting just to go through
the maps that the ADPPBBL had provided and essentially they
had indicated all of the stream inlets and the major out
flows, and engineering has been working for the last month
to identify where those outflows are connected so they are
in the process of identifying all the detention basins and
it is a very manpower intensive activity in that they need
to walk all of the pipelines to determine all the flows.
In so doing they are using a hand held GPS unit which can
then be translated on to the County GIS maps since we don't
own a mapping system here so that we will eventually end
up with a full network, all of the piping and the drains
and what goes into the Lake. I have asked the Health Department,
OEM and Engineering Department to put together their Standard
Operating Procedures so that we will have in writing the
process of who is notified by ADPPBBL whenever there is
a spill. We have determined that there needs to be a different
system for a product spill vs. a water and sewer spill because
the method of containment is different as it is for remediation.
There were some recommendations made and to make a long
story short, the recommendation is that the full committee
get back together in February and there are a couple of
items that we would be asking the committee to come back
to be prepared to talk about at that point too so hopefully
at that meeting we could agree upon an early warning system
that will be in use and identify all of the major players
so that should anything occur, everyone who needs to know
would be in the know.
Mr. Perkins: Cindy, I know you and I have spoken on this.
I see as this winds down and we get a little handle on the
emergency response plan, do you envision this as a quarterly
meeting, a semiannual meeting that may need to take place
between the Township and the Budd Lake people.
Mrs. Spencer: I think it would be a wise idea to have a
quarterly meeting just to make sure that everyone still
feels comfortable should the situation change in any way,
or even just to review incidents to make sure that everybody
to be notified or if we have incidents where postings are
required that the Lake Association is doing them since they
volunteered that they would do that even though we are going
to provide the placards and the lays to make it happen.
I think it would be a wise idea to keep open lines of communication.
President Scapicchio: That brings us to the last and final
Public Portion of this Council Meeting? Seeing none.
Mr. Rattner: I have a couple comments. First I noticed
the spilt rail fence coming in. Sometimes little things
can make such a big difference in the esthetics. I mean
it really looked good, the Administration should be congratulated
for that. I know that is relatively inexpensive, but it
just sets everything off really nice, it keeps people off
the grass too. The second thing; we keep talking about what
we could do to increase safety on Route 46. You have heard
everything. The Police Department wants to put Jersey barriers
on and everything else. I witnessed a situation on Sunday
which is the most ridiculous thing that you just can't legislate
sanity. There were a couple different emergency calls on
Route 46. First I think a woman fell down not too far from
Spring Street in her driveway, right at the road. There
were four police cars. There were a couple Emergency Vehicles.
Police Cars parked in the fast lane going west. The Emergency
Management vehicle, the Fire Marshall's Vehicle is parked
almost on the side of the road and there are flares all
around. Now it's four police cars, there is a fire truck,
there's all these flares. A guy in a new Chrysler comes
down, goes around the police car, in-between the Flare and
rear ends the truck we just replaced for Freddy Detoro.
Now there was not much damage on the truck but the car had
to be towed. The police asked what he was trying to accomplish,
he said I was trying to get around everything. He had to
go around the Police car in-between, I don't even know how
he did it. You know when you talk about trying to make things
safer. It wasn't Freddy Detoro, it was his assistant, he
was all broken up because he was covering for Freddy, and
he didn't know how to tell Freddy his truck got hit. But
it was the most unbelievable thing. And then there was another
accident and they had to leave, where they had to roll over
to a serious one down across from the plumbing. But, what
are these people thinking?
Mayor Licitra: We had conversation last week; remember
what we said that people will find other ways around the
trap? Well that is a perfect example.
Mr. Rattner: But this was the most
I don't even know
how you are going to draw a diagram. Because no one is going
to believe it. The other thing I just want to say is that
this is our last meeting before the holidays; I would just
like to wish everybody a healthy and prosperous holiday
season and New Year and lets pray for a limited amount of
Mr. Perkins: I just wanted to comment. It has been a exciting
first year being up here. It has been an experience, I have
tried to listen to as much as the residents concerns, I
already knew how I felt about an issue before I came up
here, so I always tried to find out what the opposite side
was thinking before I cast a vote. I share a tremendous
concern for Route 46, my wife unfortunately was in an accident
a few years ago on Route 46, I have witnessed quite a few
accidents on Route 46, I am not convinced that the best
solution isn't a Jersey barrier with negotiated cloverleaf
someplace so that you have traffic lights that control people
that are making left hand turns across the traffic. School;
I was fortunate enough to be able to sit and review the
Budgets for that and to have some input. I do look very
disparagingly upon the parking situations and the safety
concerns that keep popping up. Sandshore now becomes another
problem and I remember asking the question would we be done
at Mountain View. Were there problems at any other schools
and the answer came back no and surprise now there is a
problem perceived at least up at Sandshore School. I think
working closely with the School Board, and our Administrative
staff and the Mayor I know have been very instrumental and
David has been there, our Council President on our behalf
and some of the other Council Members that have been there.
We have major concerns with parking around all of the school
facilities and I would like to discourage students from
not driving their cars, I would like to discourage them
from dressing the way they do and listening to some of the
music they do, but that doesn't work. So I think we really
need to stop trying to discourage them and really look at
the root of what's happening there. The fact and the reality
is it's 2002 going into 2003 and we need to address it.
We have serious parking issues around that are affecting
the other residents within the area. Other than that I thank
everybody for their patience with my performance or lack
of this past year and hope you all have a happy healthy
Mrs. Miller: Those were such nice reflections. I have a
question for Cindy, this morning I saw the pump station
by the First Aid Squad on Route 46. The sirens were going
and the lights were flashing and I did call it in. I was
driving by on my school bus, I had to wait until I got to
the school, and then I called in and the police officer
that answered said that they were responding to it. Can
you fill me in? Do you know anything about it.
Mrs. Spencer: I do not.
Mrs. Miller: We didn't have any electrical failures anywhere
in Town, did we?
Mrs. Spencer: There was nothing major otherwise I would
have received a call.
Mayor Licitra: We will email you tomorrow Charlene, we'll
Mrs. Miller: Okay, I was just curious, I am not demanding
information or anything, I was just curious because I did
call it in and apparently somebody else had already beat
me to it. I too would like to wish everybody a happy safe
Mr. Spino: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
President Scapicchio: I would just like to wish everyone
a very happy and safe holiday season.
Motion was made at 8:50 pm to go into executive session
t to conduct three six month employee reviews and contract
negotiation/litigation in reference to Turkey Brook Park.
Immediately following the executive session the Public Meeting
reconvened and adjourned at 10:45 pm
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 February 11, 2003.
LISA M. LASHWAY
Mount Olive Township Clerk