The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:23 p.m. by Council Vice President Nicastro.
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, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman and Mr. Nicastro
Absent: Mr. Mania
Also Present: Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Joe Bock, Township Attorney; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Sean Canning, Business Administrator and Robert Greenbaum, Mayor
Vice President Nicastro: Please note Mr. Mania is away on vacation. Right now, we’re going to have the Mayor’s State of the Township Address.
Mayor Robert Greenbaum: Thank you. You are going to have to bear with me because I’ve been sick for about a week and it’s a rather lengthy address because to be quite honest, as even I was surprised, we had such a successful year in terms of the achievements of our Departments, that I had difficulty cutting any of it out when it was presented to me. I wanted to give Council as full a picture as I could in terms of the successes that Mount Olive had in 2013 and where we’re going in 2014.
Mr. Roman: Do we have a copy?
Mrs. Labow: Do we have a copy?
Mayor Greenbaum: I’m sorry?
Mrs. Labow: Did you give us a copy?
Mayor Greenbaum: Probably not, but you can have a copy. A copy was provided to the Clerk’s Office for the record and you’re certainly entitled to a copy. You can get that from Lisa going forward.
Mr. Roman: Maybe you can e-mail it.
Mayor Greenbaum: I thought Daniel had a copy of it. Did you not?
Mr. Amianda: No.
Mayor Greenbaum: You had my copy. I do have an extra copy if anyone wants to read it. This is my State of the Township Address for 2014.
STATE OF THE TOWNSHIP ADDRESS 2014
Council President, members of the Town Council, municipal employees, friends, relatives and fellow residents of Mount Olive, I once again thank you for the opportunity to report on the State of the Township of Mount Olive this year. I am very pleased to advise that Mount Olive continues to move forward as a community in an extremely positive direction. I truly enjoy the honor of being Mayor of this incredible Town and look forward to continuing to guide our Township and instill my vision as to Mount Olive’s future.
Along with the Town Council, we have continued working and have been successful in creating a sense of community and pride in Mount Olive. I would like to thank Colleen Labow for her leadership this past year and look forward to working with John Mania, as Council President in 2014.
We have been diligent in our efforts of attracting new businesses to Mount Olive, as well as working with existing commercial establishments to grow and stabilize our ratable base. At the same time, we have conservatively managed town finances in an effort to control tax increases and those efforts are now showing dividends.
Our efforts of fiscal conservative spending practices and attracting smart ratable growth is now and will for the near future continue to provide dividends to the residents of Mount Olive. Through our efforts, I am extremely pleased that my 2014 budget contains no tax increase for municipal services. In fact, we have a three dollar decrease to the municipal residents in the budget that I have. We’ll be giving it to Council shortly. Even better, looking forward, I am hopeful that the 2015 and 2016 budgets will contain more significant tax decreases for what I anticipate even greater improved level of municipal services. Just to recap that, taxes going down, services going up. That’s what we’re all up here to do.
As an overview, some of our major administrative accomplishments during the 2013 included:
- Successful business development and outreach Siemens Corporation. Since May of 2012, representatives from the Township of Mount Olive worked side-by-side with the Governor’s office in relation to Siemens Corporation pitting Mount Olive Township, New Jersey against a community in the state of Indiana.
Through the combination of the efforts of Mount Olive personnel in providing education of the demographics and highly educated available workforce and excellence of service in schools and government combined with incentives from the state of New Jersey, Siemens made the choice to allocate their efforts and settle here in Mount Olive. Construction is currently underway and opening is expected in early 2015. At that time, we expect to see an increased tax ratable growth somewhere in the neighborhood of about $500,000.00 per year.
- Successful business development and outreach Fratelli Beretta Corporation. The Township entered into negotiations with Fratelli Beretta Corporation in the summer of 2013, who was seeking to relocate and establish their national headquarters in New Jersey. Mount Olive Township representatives were successful in arriving at a framework agreement. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 for a 200,000 square foot facility representing the national headquarters for the corporation. Again, an additional ratable growth in year 2014 or 2015 for the Township.
- Fleet Services. Early in 2012, it was recognized that there were efficiencies to be gained by examining certain larger operational methods the Township had conducted and identify a better way of conducting business. Fleet operations were analyzed and an operational concept was put into place in 2013. The result was an expected $100,000.00 in savings over the prior year’s expenses by bringing the staffing and operations in house as opposed to the outsourcing as had been conducted in the past.
We expect in house fleet operations to continue its success into the future of 2014 and beyond.
- Auto Refuse. Again in 2012, it was identified that there were better efficiencies to be achieved by examining how the operations in sanitation could be improved. The plans had been introduced and approved by Council which was to reduce the number of sanitation trucks on the road from 5 to 3 using available automated technology. The plan was implemented in late 2013 and thus far has been successful in town wide trash pick-up. The anecdotal information that I have is that the routes are being completed in a much quicker fashion than they had been previously.
Going into 2014, an effort will be identified and made to provide for an education effort to divert proper recyclables to the recycling stream and away from the solid waste stream. It is anticipated that up to $100,000.00 can be saved through a proper education campaign.
- Givaudan Braille Trail. In combination with Givaudan Corporation, the plan of establishing a hiking and biking trail with the added bonus and focus of a sensory experience for the sight impaired was initiated and successfully achieved in 2013 along the Morris Canal in the Continental Drive portion of town. The trail, which is beautiful and will see the installation of kiosks in early 2014, is the first of three phases implementing a 3-mile long Braille trail when finally completed.
- Parks, Buildings & Grounds. Some of Buildings and Grounds accomplishments this year included the installation of the new digital sign in front of the municipal building, installation of the emergency backup generator at senior center, making improvements to infields for baseball and softball fields throughout the town, installing new backboards at Turkey Brook Park, installing emergency throw rope stations around Budd Lake and Turkey Brook Pond, clearing and GPS mapping the White Trail system from Gold Mine Road to Schoolhouse Lane.
Building & Grounds accomplishments also included installing lighting on the practice football field and warm up area, as well as prepared for future lighting of baseball 4, basketball courts and soccer 4 through upgrades in our electrical infrastructure at Turkey Brook. They created a memorial at the Mount Olive Beach related to the tragic ice incident where we lost two of our youth, re-graded and
seeded the lacrosse field at Turkey Brook, began construction on two lacrosse fields at Drakes Brook Park, created a Braille trail as discussed before, installed new fencing around Dan Jordan Fields (the need for which was due to Superstorm Sandy), installed energy efficient lighting and sensors in the municipal building, created a bird watching area under the power lines at Turkey Brook Park and installed a concession stand for the lacrosse program.
- Community Beautification. Continuation of the Adopt-A-Spot Program, which included Flanders Park, Turkey Brook Park and Municipal Complex. We expect to even improve the efforts that we have done to date. A lot of this has been through community outreach to the corporations in town and the landscapers in town who have stepped up to the plate and recognize that they are part of this community as well. That’s number eight, Community Outreach.
- Community Outreach. We combined efforts with multiple Township departments, clergy, local businesses, non-profit organizations and have provided over 40 needy families with gifts and food for the holidays. We conducted community events such as the tree lighting and Hanukah celebration at the municipal complex. We participated in numerous grand openings throughout the Township incorporating the Mayor’s Office, Chamber of Commerce and EDC. We fostered the continuation of the Mayor’s “Open Door Policy” with focus on social media outlets to the public such as newspaper articles, Facebook, Twitter and improving the Township website.
- Mount Playmore. Something we will all be proud of, Mount Playmore. Design Day was a complete success this past November with the submission of over 300 drawings from our local students and over 200 people attending our Design Reveal Party. Demolition will begin in the next week to begin preparing for the construction of the new Mount Playmore. Our staff is working diligently toward clearing and preparing the grounds for the expanded footprint of the much larger playground that Mount Playmore will provide for our residents. I’m sure when it is completed, we will all be very proud of that effort. It is something which will benefit Mount Olive for years to come.
Through the extremely diligent efforts of the Finance Department, this is going to sound very repetitive because every year the Finance Department, under Sherry’s leadership is exceptional.
- We received no audit recommendations for 2012 which was our fifth year in a row.
- We had our highest tax collection rate since 2000………98.94%.
- We had $241 million in assessment under state court appeal and we settled $199 million with only a $21,000.00 refund.
- We have $588,000.00 in added assessment for 2013, which exceed our original expectations by $249,000.00.
- We had no new municipal liens created as a result of our 2013 tax sale.
- We have $60 million under county tax appeal and we settled with less than a 2% reduction.
- Our surplus increased by $1,080,000.00 or 37.47% from the beginning to end of 2013. That’s our surplus increased by $1,080,000.00.
- We maintained our debt rating and our debt level continued to slightly drop from 2012 to 2013….debt rate at 12/31/13 was .729%.
- We initiated a customer service training session for all Township employees with Kenya Rutland from KJR Consulting, which was well received.
- We had a state audit conducted on our deduction program covering the years 2008 - 2011 and we received no audit recommendations.
- We prepared the 2014 budget with no tax increase for our municipal taxpayers.
- We conducted a water/sewer study which resulted in no new rates increases and our Budd Lake assessment was completed in 2013.
- We conducted a bond anticipation note sale in 2013 for $3.3 million which resulted in an interest rate of only .64%.
- On a happy note, Jack Marchione was confirmed as Vice President of the NJ State Assessor’s Association.
- We continued to write the ADS, AFS and all supplemental debt statements in house to save money on auditing/accounting fees. Once again, kudos to our Finance Department, Sherry you have done a fantastic job and made my life extremely easy in terms of the finances of the Township.
Last year, the Planning Department was actively engaged in a number of projects beyond the typical responsibilities to assist the general public with questions concerning zoning, the enforcement of the Township’s Land Use Ordinance and the preparation of reports for the Planning Board for site plan, subdivision and variance applications. Among the highlights:
- Planning Board: Master Plan Reexamination Report. The Mount Olive Planning Board conducted a comprehensive Reexamination Report of the 2003 Master Plan and the Township’s land use regulations and adopted the formal Report in June. Among the Report’s findings and recommendations is the need to continue the implementation of Highlands Plan Conformance, modify certain zone districts, establish new Conditional Uses in certain districts for affordable accessory apartments, revise and update the Land Use Ordinance, and work with Highlands Council on a new Highlands Redevelopment Plan in Budd Lake.
2. NJ State Development & Redevelopment Plan: Planning Area Designation. The Planning Department with assistance from the Township’s engineer and planning consultants successfully instituted map changes to the State Plan Policy Map for two areas in Mount Olive Township. The State Planning Commission approved the amendments to change a portion of Flanders from Planning Area 5 (no growth area) to Planning Area 1 (growth area) facilitating expansion of the Siemens campus in Mount Olive and to modify a section of the International Trade Center/Foreign Trade Zone (including the former BASF complex) from Planning Area 5 to Planning Area 2 (modified growth area) in order to attract reinvestment in this area of the Township.
3. COAH/Affordable Housing. The Township continued in its efforts to acquire the former Cobblestone Nursing home site, to remove the abandoned buildings and redevelop the site with affordable housing consistent with the Township’s COAH requirements. Acquisition of the site and funding for an environmental evaluation and assessment of the existing well for potable water capacity for the proposed development have been financed through the Mount Olive Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
In accordance with a recommendation from the Planning Board to modify the RR-AA and RR-A residential zones to permit a limited number of “accessory apartments” within existing single-family homes to be used exclusively for affordable housing pursuant to the Township’s current “Housing Element and Fair Share Plan” and “Spending Plan”, the Township Council adopted Ordinance 25-2013 to authorize an Accessory Apartment program. A consultant, also funded through the Township’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, will serve as the Township’s Administrative Agent as required by COAH to implement and manage this effort.
4. NJ Highlands. The Planning Department, in accordance with the terms set forth in a funding grant from the Highlands Council, finalized the key requirements of “Plan Conformance” with the Highlands Regional Master Plan for the 80 percent of the Township falling within the restricted Highlands Preservation Area. This includes the Highlands Preservation Area Ordinance, a Highlands Checklist Ordinance and a Highlands Exemption Ordinance, which is designed to assist residents and property owners within the Preservation Area to secure certain exemption determinations from Highlands regulations from Planning Department staff rather than submit to the lengthy process otherwise required by NJDEP.
The Planning Department and the Township’s planning consultant secured an $85,000 grant from the Highlands Council in September to prepare a Highlands Redevelopment Plan for a section of Route 46 within the Highlands Preservation Area. The Redevelopment Area consists of some 17 properties including the five acre Municipal Beach and former Municipal Building/Public Works site as its focal point. The ultimate objective is to create a new Lake Development District to revitalize the commercial and recreational potential within this area while simultaneously introducing new standards for environmental protection of the lake environs.
In 2013, the Building Department was incredibly busy and worked diligently to provide all services required related to the issuing of permits and providing required inspection services related to fees new development and/or construction in Mount Olive, as well as projects involving homeowner remodeling. The Building
Department exceeded its expected generation by bringing in over $791,444.00 in fees and looks forward to another active year in 2014. In fact, it’s my opinion, based upon my forecasting, that the Building Department will continually see increases for the next several years in terms of inspection fees and permit fees that are coming in based upon the developments that I see being built in Mount Olive over the next three years.
During the period of January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, the building Department issued a total of 1,454 plus 310 updated permits. The department had a total of 5196 inspections: 1711 for building, 1,433 for electrical, 1,380 for plumbing and 572 for fire.
In 2013, the Municipal Court, working on behalf of both Mount Olive and Netcong residents, received over 430 criminal complaints and 6,000 motor vehicle tickets. The court generated over $300,000.00 in fees for the Township. In January 2013 the Municipal Court began using telephonic interpretation in the courtroom, in eight difference languages, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese being the most common.
The Health Department:
- Successfully re-negotiated two Interlocal Shared Services Agreements for the next 3 years with the Borough of Netcong and the Borough of Mount Arlington.
- Negotiated a Shared Services Agreement with Byram Township for Animal Control services.
- They also entered into a memorandum of agreement for animal control coverage during the day with the Borough of Hopatcong.
- They delivered 40 Thanksgiving Food Baskets.
- They delivered 40 Christmas Food Baskets and Christmas gifts to 45 needy families in Mount Olive.
- Something I am very proud of, once again, we took first place in the Morris County Mc Match Competition by generating 7,128 lbs of donated product for the needy.
The Public Health Nursing aspect of the Health Department:
- Developed an Excel data base in collaboration with Mount Olive Township Police Department identifying our at risk senior population during times of emergency and emergency preparedness.
- They developed a Health Department Facebook page with updates on timely public health announcements, health alerts and credible health promotional information of a timely nature.
- Child Health Care included 107 visits from parents/children, providing guidance on health, vaccination and available resources through the Township and the County. They provided a total of 840 influenza vaccinations including the communities that we serve.
- They also investigated 186 reported communicable disease cases, as well as provided Health Screenings in both the spring and fall.
- The Health Department also expanded senior transportation to include activities every day and not limited to delivery of meals, medicals, etc. but all senior activities and needs.
- They also expanded transportation services for the disabled individuals young or older for all activities, social, medical, meals, and shopping.
- Our Animal Control Officer, Frank Nelson, was awarded “runner-up” Emmett Brown Achievement Award from Administration for developing a “lost and found” segment for lost animals on the Township’s web page and other social media for animal control issues, lost animals, for public and animal events as well as public notices received and sent throughout the year.
- ACO Nelson also became a Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator and has been certified in “Remote Chemical Immobilization of Animals” that are difficult or dangerous to apprehend.
- Nelson was also faced with the “hoarding” of cats situation this year in Mount Olive that was successfully mitigated. All animals were adopted out with assist of Mount Olive Township TNR group.
In 2013 the Fire Marshall’s Office:
- They conducted over 1,183 inspections in Mount Olive and in Chester Borough in the year 2013. This includes all of the apartment buildings in Mt Olive. They appear in the system as one inspection, but actually involve over 300 buildings.
- The Fire Marshall’s have been called out over 30 times after hours for fire scene investigations.
- The Fire Marshall’s office successfully entered into another Shared Service Agreement with the Town of Hackettstown with projected revenue of at least $50,000.00.
Just to let you know I am on page 15 of 21, if that makes a difference to anybody.
The Recreation Department had many successes in 2013.
Recreation ran 21 special events, 10 of which were new, including but not limited to Mt Olive Week Carnival, Raiders of the Lost Park Mud Run, Fall in Love With Mt. Olive Weekend, Farmer’s Market, MOPL Fall Fest, Tour de Mt Olive and Wine Tasting event, and Strut Your Mutt event.
In addition to the events, Recreation collected $75,000.00 in sponsorships received from 129 area businesses.
New classes were offered in fitness, cooking, art, career coaching and leadership.
This year, Recreation already has tentatively planned:
- Restaurant Week in January 27-31 and October 20-24
- Mount Playmore Ribbon cutting set for April 6
- Do or Dye Fun Run/Walk on April 26
- Summer Entertainment Series – Movies in the Park (Turkey Brook) July 20, 27 and August 3
- Paddleboard 5K added to the Budd Lake Beach Regatta July 7
- Tour de Mount Olive September 28
- Bike & Hike Trail Stomp October 10 and 11.
The Public Works Department successfully maintained and improved Township owned infrastructure. They also had have had several substantial accomplishments for the 2013 year.
- 2013 saw the Township bring our fleet services back in house. This has been an outstanding decision since we’ve cut fleet budget by close to $100,000.00. We have a top notch Fleet Supervisor that continues to keep the fleet rolling, proper preventative maintenance service and scheduling, evaluation of equipment and the need for replacements. The Fleet Department has been exceptional during emergency and storm events by keeping the fleet on the roads. I can also tell you that anecdotally the Police Department has been extremely happy with our in house fleet maintenance.
- The introduction of the one arm bandit solid waste trucks and the distributing of waste cans to the residents of Mt. Olive Township. The new packers have replaced the older rear loader models. This change will be more efficient in our daily pick up operations and have a major role in the decline of work related injuries. We will be able to cut our daily manpower needs and relocate those employees to other areas of work within the Township.
- Demolition and construction of a new well house within the Indian Springs/Alcrest water system. The new structure replaced the dilapidated two separate structures to combine all treatment and controls under one roof. The new structure also includes a backup generator for power outage issues to allow continual flow of water to the residents of the Mt. Olive Sandshore system.
- Road resurfacing has included sections of Smithtown Road, Drakestown Road (nanny goat hill), Ironia Road. State grants for road resurfacing will combine 2013 and 2014 to cover International Drive South.
- Community Development Grant has allowed the Township to install storm drainage to areas of town suffering from storm water issues. Waterloo Road with Linda Ave, Woodland Ave, Lozier Road at a cost of over $50,000.00.
The Township, as we always do, has continued to improve all aspects related to Information Technology, including better security at the Municipal Building and Turkey Brook Park.
Scott was also responsible for re-negotiation of our Verizon Wireless plan saving the town $5,516.33 in 2013. He also brought on Barracuda offsite data storage saving thousands of dollars, as well as helped establish and get up and running the new Fleet garage.
In 2013, the Police Department had both a significant call load and administrative matters to handle. As we all know, on February 14, 2013; the Mount Olive Police Department was accredited by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP). This was in recognition of the Police Department having fulfilled the best practice standards established by the association for accreditation. On March 23, 2013; the Mount Olive Police Department was further accredited through the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Recognition Program. This was the culmination of two and a half year effort and a grant from the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund.
- The Police Department submitted three Township Resolutions that were sent to NJDOT for requested traffic safety improvements.
- Sidewalk improvements to Route 46 in the vicinity of #3.
- Re-striping of Route 206 in the vicinity of Benjamin Moore.
- Re-engineering of the intersection of Route 46/Smithtown-Wolfe Roads.
- A cooperative effort between the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, New Jersey Green Acres, New Jersey Water Supply Authority, Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority, the Mount Olive Department of Public Works and the Police Department has resulted in improved sight-distance at the intersection of Route 46 and Wolfe Road. This was the result of tree and brush cutback and re-grading of the roadside property.
- Two additional “Pedestrian Crossing” signs were placed on Wolfe Rd.
- The Police Department upgraded to the Enforsys Blue Computer Aided Dispatch (C.A.D.) and Records Management System (R.M.S.) to better integrate all emergency services.
- An Automatic License Plate Reader was purchased and installed with a grant obtained by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
- The Police Department has upgraded our property and evidence storage with the recent acquisition of the B.E.A.S.T. (Bar Coded-Evidence-Analysis-Statistical-Tracking). This system allows property and evidence to be tracked from collection through disposition and destruction via a computer based paperless application. This system will put us in line with other agencies that have been and is currently using a computer based evidence tracking system.
- The receiver site at Hackettstown Hospital was upgraded to improve radio communications.
- Police assisted with the install and upgrade of the Township’s new Triad Security System.
- Public and secure WiFi access was added to the Police Department.
- The Township Emergency Operations Center (E.O.C.) received structural improvements, as well as the addition of a “Smart Board”. The board allows us to link with the Morris County Emergency Operations Center in real time. New phone banks and emergency power were added to the EOC, as well.
- Givaudan donated funds for the purchase of an ice rescue sled. This is maintained at Station 21 Rescue and is available to emergency personnel.
With respect to Calls for Service/Investigations:
The Mount Olive Police Department handled 76,870 calls for service in 2013. This is a ten percent increase over calls for service handled in 2012. Calls of note during 2013 were:
- On January 7th, 2013, at approximately 6:30 p.m., police officers responded to the vicinity of Sandshore Road and Church Street for a report of persons having fallen through the ice. Despite the best efforts of responding emergency personnel, they were unable to save the victims: Clyde Shimanski and Nicholas Cianciotto, two 15 year old friends who had gone ice fishing.
- On February 18th, 2013, officers responded to 56 Main Street in the Flanders section of town. Despite the best efforts of police and emergency responders, the fire claimed the lives of 7 year old Cristiano Bonner and 52 year old Hesham Moustafa.
- On January 10th, 2013, at approximately 1 a.m., officers interrupted a burglary in progress at the Country Store on Route 46. Michael Cramer, age 42, of Budd Lake was arrested.
- On October 22nd, 2013, at 3:17 p.m., officers were called to a residence on Sandshore Road where a homeowner had come home to see someone fleeing from her residence. In less than 10 minutes officers located the offender with the stolen items still in his possession. Charged with burglary, theft and related crimes was Zachary Temple, 23 years of age, from Long Valley.
- Officers saved the lives of three persons actively engaged in ending their lives by suicide during the months of March, May and July.
- Officers saved the lives of two persons using the defibrillator in February and September.
Other call types and response numbers for 2013 were:
- Alarms: 1,250
- Ambulance Assists: 1,441
- Assaults: 43
- Burglaries: 76
- Criminal Mischief: 62
- Domestic Disputes: 176
- Domestic Violence: 88
- Harassment: 169
- Noise Complaints: 257
- Thefts/Shoplifting: 238
- Traffic Collisions: 1,037
- The Police Department was in receipt of a large number of firearms applications as well. During the course of 2013, 359 firearms applicant investigations were completed.
- Police Officers conducted 11,209 checks of businesses, 3,240 residential checks, and performed 29,737 directed patrols.
- Mount Olive Police made 875 criminal arrests in 2013. In addition, as of the beginning of December, 126 arrests were made for D.W.I. and 4,093 motor vehicle summons were issued.
What I have included in this address is only a small sampling of what our Township Departments and employees accomplished over the course of the last year. Let us not forget that they are on the front line everyday working to make Mount Olive a better safer place to live. To that end, I congratulate all of the employees in all of the successes of 2013 and look forward to greater achievements in 2014.
As we move forward into 2014 and beyond, we have many things to look forward to. We can also take pride in the MOMENTUM the Township has and continues to generate. I can’t tell you how many people stop to tell me that they love living in Mount Olive.
I would like to thank the Town Council, our Business Administrator, Sean Canning and all of our municipal employees for a job well done in 2013. May you all have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Sincerely and with great appreciation,
MAYOR, MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP
Thanks for indulging me.
Vice President Nicastro: Mayor, I just want to say I am a proud resident of Mount Olive and I am very thrilled and happy to be part of the Council as well. Just to have an Administration that is so proactive and so thinking out of the box and does so much and to be in a community where the employees that work here, it is amazing how much they care about the community that you live in. I’ve been in a few communities in my life when I moved, but it’s amazing to see the care and everything in this town and I am grateful and thankful and to have you as a Mayor and to work with Council here as well. Thank you for everything. Moving on to our Agenda, we need approval of Previous Minutes, which would be from December 23, 2013 Workshop and Public Meeting, Mr. Ferrante and Mr. Roman were absent and January 2, 2014, Mrs. Labow was absent. Mr. Amianda, would you move the Minutes, please?
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
December 23, 2013 WS & PM (Mr. Ferrante and Mr. Roman absent)
January 2, 2014 PM (Mrs. Labow absent)
Mr. Amianda: Yes. I make a motion for approval of Minutes of previous meetings on December 23, 2013, Workshop and Public Minutes and January 2, 2014, Public Minutes.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
Vice President Nicastro: Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception Mr. Ferrante, Mr. Roman and Mr. Amianda abstained for December 23, 2013 and Mrs. Labow abstained for January 2, 2014
Mrs. Labow: Can I ask a question first? Mr. Amianda was not on the Council yet, he voted yes for December.
Mrs. Lashway: Okay.
Mr. Amianda: I should have voted on January 2, 2014.
Mrs. Labow: Just abstain from the other one.
Vice President Nicastro: We have 27 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone have anything on any of the Correspondence? Seeing none.
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/OTHER TOWNS
- Email received December 16, 2013, from New Jersey Managed Districts Association regarding NJMDA News Alert – Ocean City SID Budget Moves Forward. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 27, 2013, from Arc Morris regarding Touchstone Special Issue – Fall 2013. PDF Correspondence
- Email received December 30, 2013, from Downtown New Jersey regarding NJ Downtown Revitalization and Management Institute Seminars. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 30, 2013, from The Land Conservancy of New Jersey regarding Outdoor Issues, December 2013, News from the Land Conservancy of New Jersey. PDF Correspondence
- Email received January 9, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown New Jersey – Membership Renewal Time. PDF Correspondence
RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS
- Email received December 19, 2013, from Borough of Lincoln Park regarding Resolution Endorsing the Adoption of A-193 Sponsored by Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce, urging Federal Funds for NJ Highway Maintenance and Infrastructure Improvements. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 20, 2013, from Borough of Netcong regarding Resolution 2013-114. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 29, 2013, from Township of Randolph regarding Resolution 398-13. PDF Correspondence
- Email received December 18, 2013, from Washington Township regarding Resolution R-166-13. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 24, 2013, from Township of Pohatcong regarding Resolution adopted by the Township of Pohatcong urging our Legislature to implement a water tax to fund the loss of land equity for property owners in the Highlands Region. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 24, 2013, from Township of East Hanover regarding Resolution No. 177-2013. PDF Correspondence
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
- Email received December 17, 2013, from Jefferson Township regarding Morris County League of Municipalities. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS
- Email received December 19, 2013, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Proposed Amendments to the FFY2014 Priority System, Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 19, 2013, from Keller & Kirkpatrick regarding Replacement of County Bridge No. 1401-107, Flanders-Drakestown Road over South Branch of the Raritan River. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 20, 2013, from Wander Ecological Consultants regarding Application of Letter of Interpretation, line verification (Block 4400, Lot 3, 184 Flanders-Netcong Road). PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 23, 2013, from Law Offices of Courter, Kobert & Cohen regarding Jallad – Single Family Home (Block 7100, Lot 66). PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 24, 2013, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Notice of Agricultural Water Use Application, in the matter of Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery. PDF Correspondence
- Email received December 31, 2013, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding First Day Hikes Press Release. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received January 2, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Treatment Works Approval (TWA)No. 13-0335, Waterloo Valley Road SS Extension. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received January 6, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding Bus Stops along Route 46. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received January 7, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Permit for NJ American Water Company for the installing of water main (Block 102, Lots 17 and 18). PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 17, 2013, from Morris County Engineering Department (Freshwater Wetlands Application Checklist) regarding Replacement of Morris County Bridge No. 1401-107. PDF Correspondence
- Email received December 23, 2013, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris December 23, 2013. PDF Correspondence
MUA / MSA
- Email received December 20, 2013, from Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding MSA Minutes.
- Letter received December 17, 2013, from Cablevision regarding For Your Information. PDF Correspondence
- Email received December 27, 2013, from First Energy Corporation regarding JCP&L Reliability Enhancement Projects. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received December 27, 2013, from Cablevision regarding Programming Change. PDF Correspondence
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING – none
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – (Second Reading January 28, 2014)
Vice President Nicastro: We move onto Ordinances for Public Hearing. We have four Ordinances…I’m sorry, none for public hearing. We have Ordinances for first reading, we have four readings. Ordinance #1-2014,
Ord. #1-2014 Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Park Improvements in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $236,000 Therefore and Authorizing the Issuance of $224,200 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof. PDF Ord.
Vice President Nicastro: Mr. Ferrante.
Mr. Ferrante: Sure. I move that Ordinance #1-2014 being introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on January 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. 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 law.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
Vice President Nicastro: Any discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
Vice President Nicastro: Ordinance #2-2014,
Ord. #2-2014 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, to Amend Chapter 196, Part 5, Article XIII, Section 196-74.1, Entitled “Connection Fees to Budd Lake Sanitary Sewer System” [to be incorporated into Chapter 196 of the Mount Olive Township Code]. PDF Ord.
Vice President Nicastro: Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: Thank you. I move that Ordinance #2-2014 being introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on January 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. 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 law.
Vice President Nicastro: Second? Any?
Mr. Perkins: Second.
Vice President Nicastro: Any discussion? Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
Vice President Nicastro: Ordinance #3-2014,
Ord. #3-2014 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance #31-2013 Which Established Salaries for the Mayor, Council, Department Heads, Supervisory Personnel and Employees of the Township Clerk’s Office. PDF Ord.
Vice President Nicastro: Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. Vice President. I move that Ordinance #3-2014 being introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on January 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. 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 law.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
Vice President Nicastro: Any discussion? Roll Call please.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
Vice President Nicastro: Ordinance #4-2014,
Ord. #4-2014 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance #38-2012 Entitled Fees and Rates for Off-Duty Police Officers. PDF Res
Vice President Nicastro: Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: I move that Ordinance #4-2014 being introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on January 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. 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 law.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
Vice President Nicastro: 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.
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Temporary Capital Budget for Various Park Improvements. 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 3103 Lot 4, 87 Netcong Road). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Change Order #2 to thye Contract for the Municipal Building HVAC Re-Commissioning Previously Awarded to Emcor Services New York/New Jersey. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Sale of a 1980 Mack CF-686FCA Ladder Truck Known as Budd Lake Ladder 58 to the Township of Blairstown, County of Warren, State of New Jersey. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Approving a Vendor Service Contract on a “Non-Fair and Open” Basis Pursuant to the “Pay-to-Play” Law (Edmunds & Associates). PDF Res
- A Resolution to Affirm Civil Rights Mount Olive Township’s Civil Rights Policy with Rspect to all Officials, Appointees, Employees, Prospective Employees, Volunteers, Independent Contractors, and Members of the Public that Come into Contact with Municipal Employees, Officials and Volunteers. PDF Res
- A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Providing Consent to a Project at Block 102, Lot 11, Con-4 Known as 750 Clark Drive in the Township of Mount Olive Which Requires a Treatment Works Approval Application to the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Declaring an Emergency at Mount Olive Public Library for Extensive Water Damage. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Person-to-Person Transfer of Alcoholic Beverage License #1427-33-001-005 from Lucky Garden Chinese Restaurant, Inc. to Eastern Asian Bistro and Bar, Inc. PDF Res
- A Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Authorizing the Release of Cash and Surety Bonds for the Site Improvements in Connection with Block 7702, Lots 16, 26 & 28 Subject to the Posting of a Two Year Maintenance Bond. PDF Res
- A Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive authorizing a lease agreement with County of Morris for the Rental Space known as the Nutrition Site at the Mount olive Senior Center for the year 2014.
Vice President Nicastro: Consent Resolutions, there’s 11 Consent Resolutions. Does anyone wish any to be removed? Anyone from the Public have anything on Resolutions. Yes. Please state your name and address.
Ned McDonnell: Budd Lake. Resolution number nine, the transfer of alcoholic beverage license, is that license staying at the same address?
Mrs. Lashway: Yes.
Mr. McDonnell: It is?
Mrs. Lashway: Yes, it is. It’s a new owner.
Mr. McDonnell: Thank you.
Vice President Nicastro: Thank you. Any other questions? Nothing from the public. Now where was I? Council Comments? Anything on this? No. Roll Call please.
Mrs. Lashway: You need a motion.
Vice President Nicastro: A motion, I need a motion. I’m sorry.
Mr. Perkins: So moved.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
Vice President Nicastro: Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
- Appointment of Gary La Spisa to the Economic Development Committee for a three year term to expire 12/31/16.
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
Vice President Nicastro: We have two Consent Motions, one and two.
Mrs. Lashway: Mr. Ferrante has to…
Vice President Nicastro: Mr. Ferrante, okay. Mr. Ferrante, would you move the Consent Motion?
Mr. Ferrante: Sure. I’d like to move the Consent Motions: the Bill List and the appointment of Gary La Spisa to the Economic Development Committee for a three year term to expire December 31, 2016.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
Vice President Nicastro: Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
Vice President Nicastro: Administrative Reports.
ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS - none
Mayor Greenbaum: None tonight.
OLD BUSINESS - none
NEW BUSINESS - none
Vice President Nicastro: None tonight. Have any Old Business? Seeing none. Any New Business? Seeing none. Jeff, any Legal Matters?
Mr. Pasek: Nothing specific tonight. The Administration continues to keep us busy and I’d also like to point out that Joe Bock from our office is in the audience tonight.
Mrs. Labow: Yeah.
Mr. Pasek: For those Council members who have not met him, Joe is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law, he clerked for a Judge in Morris County Superior Court for a year and he is a five year resident in Mount Olive.
Vice President Nicastro: Welcome.
Mr. Roman: My former neighbor, it’s just as important.
Vice President Nicastro: We are onto Council Reports, Mr. Ferrante, the Environmental, Lake and Library.
Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison - none
Lake Issues - none
Mr. Ferrante: Nothing. We already spoke about the Library, the condition.
Vice President Nicastro: Okay.
Mr. Roman: Is the Lake still there?
Mr. Ferrante: The Lake is still there.
Vice President Nicastro: The Lake is still there.
Mrs. Labow: It’s in the Library.
Mr. Ferrante: Stay off the Lake though. It’s not frozen.
Mrs. Labow: The Lake is in the Library right now.
Vice President Nicastro: Mrs. Labow. Anything on Senior Citizens and Economic Development and TNR?
Senior Citizen Liaison
Economic Development Committee Report
Mrs. Labow: Yes. Thank you. Senior Citizen, I called Sandy Masklee, who is the President of the Senior Citizens Club and told her that I was going to be the Council Liaison. I do have my grandson during the week, so she knows I’ll be making it to as many meetings as possible. I, unfortunately could not make it to the last one, last Tuesday. I plan to be there next Tuesday. They have a lot of really great things planned so I am looking forward to working with the seniors. The next thing on the Agenda, we had our first Economic Development Committee Meeting this past week. It was an excellent meeting. Mr. Canning gave me a cheat sheet so I could be one up on the Mayor who is ignoring me right now.
Mayor Greenbaum: I’m not ignoring, just pissed.
Mr. Roman: Not just right now.
Mrs. Labow: It was really a great meeting, we have a lot of fantastic things coming up. Talked about eyesore properties, as you all know, the one building at the top of Hackettstown Mountain came down and that’s actually for sale right now, which is interesting. We also talked about all the available rentals, office space, commercial spaces in town and we are looking to get something together where we can start helping to promote those buildings to be filled, either by rental or by sale. We came up with a really great idea, I believe Mrs. Pignitaro came up with this one, to have our eco tour idea to include a scavenger hunt showing the many
beautiful areas the Township has to offer, which I think is going to be a fantastic fun event to add to our list of many fantastic events we have throughout the year. The Mayor suggested we partner with DECA at the Mount Olive High School. We had Tim Kelly, for brainstorming meeting, working on updating our website. It was a very productive meeting, very energetic group. Mr. Nicastro was also there. Wasn’t it a great meeting?
Vice President Nicastro: Yes, it was very interesting.
Mrs. Labow: It was really fantastic. I’m really looking forward to working with the Economic Development Committee. Of course, any ideas, anybody know of anyone who wants to move their business to our area, Attorneys, Dentists, CPA’s, I mean we have lots of office space available and we’d be more than happy to give anybody a tour and let them know what’s available. TNR is moving right along. We’re looking forward to…we have the bids going out for the boarding facility and they are working with Sean Canning to work on the bid specs for that and hopefully we get a suitable facility this year and everything’s working quite nicely. That’s it.
Vice President Nicastro: Thank you. Mr. Roman, Open Space and Recreation.
Recreation Liaison Report - none
Open Space Committee Report - none
Mr. Roman: We have not met yet for Open Space and we meet tomorrow on Recreation.
Vice President Nicastro: Thank you. Mr. Perkins, Safety and MOTV.
MOTV Committee Liaison
Safety Committee Liaison
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. Vice President. I’ve reached out to Fred Deturo from OEM. I understand that duty is going to be passed over to Mr. Willie Cirone, so we are just waiting on his return and then we will try to at least get back to the quarterly meetings that we’re supposed to have by Resolution from 2007. MOTV, I have not had a chance yet to speak to Mrs. Pignitaro to coordinate so that I can meet with the folks over at the High School because I most surely would like to sit with them so that we can make sure that our Council meetings are actually up to date and any other people on the committee that may have things that we would like to see. I’d love to see the sports, I like to see the children involved, but there are organizations such as our seniors and other non-profit organizations within the community that I think would benefit by having some air time. That’s part of the plan moving forward, Mr. Vice President.
Board of Health Report
Legislative Committee Report
Vice President Nicastro: Thank you. Board of Health, my meeting will be tomorrow night, I believe is the Reorganization, so that will be the first one. Legislative Committee, I set up an appointment to go meet with the office just to get introduced and speak with them. Mr. Amianda, anything on the Board of Education.
Board of Education Liaison Report - none
Mr. Amianda: No reports.
Vice President Nicastro: No reports. Okay. We are open to the public portion. Does anyone from the public wish to be heard? Seeing none. Council Comments. Mayor.
Planning Board Report - none
Mayor Greenbaum: Sorry. I know that you were all provided with a copy of the 2014 Budget this morning. I expect that Sherry is going to give a presentation, as she always does, more detailed at the next Council Meeting on the 28th. One request that we have, as we have in the past, to help Sherry prepare for any questions on items that you may be looking at, we would request that in advance of the particular hearing where that item is going to be discussed that you e-mail Sherry so that she can have the backup information available so it can be appropriately discussed and it doesn’t come out of the blue. We’ve done that in the past and it has been very successful. Thank you.
Vice President Nicastro: Thank you. The Budgets are available for us in the back, correct?
Mrs. Lashway: In the Council Office.
Vice President Nicastro: In the Council Office. They are the big books. Mr. Amianda.
Mr. Amianda: The Mayor’s State of the Township Address was very good and to that point, the people from Mount Olive Township are very fortunate to have you as the Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: Thank you very much.
Mr. Amianda: I want to thank the Director of Public Works, Tim Quinn and his crew for keeping our roads clean, even during the snow storms. Road cleaning and snow removal have improved greatly over the last year. Thank you.
Vice President Nicastro: Thank you. Mr. Ferrante, any comments?
Mr. Ferrante: Nothing tonight.
Vice President Nicastro: Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: Just really quick, I want to thank the Mayor and the Administration and all of our employees for the fantastic job they do. As Rob was reading his 21-page Township Address, I have to say that you probably could have added another 200-pages and it might not have covered everything that was accomplished this year. It’s absolutely phenomenal and I thank you very much. It’s truly an honor and a pleasure serving in Mount Olive Township and living in Mount Olive Township. Thank you.
Mayor Greenbaum: Thank you.
Vice President Nicastro: Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. Vice President. I apologize for being late to all of my colleagues here, I was a little tied up in traffic getting back from White Plains.
Mr. Roman: You have to clean the chalk boards.
Mr. Perkins: The Tappan Zee was a little jammed up there.
Mr. Roman: Not the GW, right?
Mr. Perkins: No. No. I didn’t come that way. It’s been a great year. I applaud the Mayor and the Administration and this staff for what we are doing. Sanitation appears to be working better. It has improved over the first couple of weeks. The Roads are taking a beating now, obviously, we have the thaw that’s coming out from the freezing. A good portion of my travel today was navigating my way around some tremendous potholes, not necessarily in New Jersey, but definitely in the State of New York. I have to commend our guys for keeping on top of that. I thank the Mayor, the Administrator, the Finance Department, another great job, collection rate phenomenal. It can’t get any better than that. You can be commended on that, people just come and pay the money, I think that’s great. I look forward to a great year. Thank you.
Vice President Nicastro: Thank you. Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: I’d like to congratulate the Mayor on an excellent Township Address. When you are going through the year, you don’t see the forest through the trees, but once looking back you can see all the accomplishments that we have done. I hate doing this, but great job again Mr. Canning on your excellent leadership and I look forward to an excellent 2014. Welcome aboard, Mr. Amianda.
Vice President Nicastro: Thank you. I already said my piece before, so thank you. Can I have a motion to adjourn?
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:16 p.m.
Joe Nicastro, Council Vice President
I, Michelle Masser, Deputy 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 January 28, 2014.
Michelle Masser, Deputy Clerk