The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:49 p.m. by Council Vice President Nicastro. 

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
Miss. Masser:  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, Mr. Ferrante, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman and Mr. Nicastro

Absent:           Mr. Mania

Also Present:  Michelle Masser, Deputy Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Sean Canning, Business Administrator and Robert Greenbaum, Mayor
 
Vice President Nicastro:  Please note Mr. Mania is away on vacation.  Also, note that the CFO, Sherry is here, Sean the Business Administrator, the Mayor and Jeff Pasek, the Attorney.  Mrs. Labow, you have a presentation…a Resolution to read, I believe.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.

Vice President Nicastro:  Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Honoring Carole Gernant for Her Years of Service, Commitment and Dedication of the Township of Mount Olive. 

Mrs. Labow:  I just want to ask Carol, would you like to come up to the podium? 

Carol Gernant:  Of course.

Mrs. Labow:  It’s funny because I always knew Carol as Carol, I didn’t recognize your last name and I can’t believe you are retiring on us already. 

RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT
OLIVE HONORING carol gernant FOR Her YEARS OF SERVICE, commitment AND DEDICATION TO THE TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT OLIVE
WHEREAS, Carol Gernant has served the Township of Mount Olive since April 1988; and
WHEREAS, Carol Gernant began her employment as a part time Clerk Typist in the Health Department; and
WHEREAS, while working in the Health Department, Carol Gernant assisted in the flu and rabies clinics; and
WHEREAS, Carol Gernant went to full time status as Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics in February 1997; and
WHEREAS, Carol Gernant then transferred to the Construction Code office in July 2008; and
WHEREAS, while serving the Township of Mount Olive, Carol Gernant was always a very capable, thoughtful and caring employee, not only to her co-workers but also to the residents of Mount Olive and other members of the public that she dealt with every day; and
WHEREAS, aside from her great work ethic, organizational skills and efficiency, Carol Gernant always had a wonderful sense of humor on the job; and
WHEREAS, Carol Gernant has retired from employment with the Township of Mount Olive on December 4, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Carol Gernant and her service will certainly be missed by the residents of Mount Olive Township; and
WHEREAS, during her over twenty-five (25) years of service to the Township of Mount Olive Carol Gernant earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues for her public service and dedication to the residents of the Township of Mount Olive; and
WHEREAS, the Township of Mount Olive wishes Carol Gernant the best of luck on her retirement.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris and State of New Jersey that Carol Gernant is hereby recognized and honored for her dedication, service and commitment to the residents of the Township of Mount Olive in appreciation of her career and contributions to the Township of Mount Olive.

I apologize Mayor, you should have been over here.

Mayor Greenbaum:  What’s that?

 

Mrs. Labow:  I should have had you come over here as well, I apologize.  Congratulations.

Mrs. Gernant:  Thank you very much.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Are you doing anything special for your retirement?

Mrs. Gernant:  I’m going to Bermuda to see my new grandson.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Very nice.  Congratulations.  If you need a traveling partner, let me know.

Mrs. Gernant:  It would be good to go right now.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Yes.

Mrs. Gernant:  Yes.  They’re on the beach, so…

Mrs. Labow:  We have a lovely plaque for you.

Mrs. Gernant:  Thank you, it’s beautiful.  Thank you.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Congratulations.

Mrs. Gernant:  Thank you very much.

Mrs. Labow:  How old is your grandson.

Mrs. Gernant:  Two months.

Mrs. Labow:  Two months, yeah!  Thank you, Carol.

Mrs. Gernant:  Thank you.

Vice President Nicastro:  Thank you, Carol.  On behalf of the Council and myself, thank you for all your work and enjoy your retirement.  Hopefully you’ll go someplace where it’s warm.  Enjoy.  We need approval of Minutes for the Workshop, Closed Session and Public Meeting for January 14, 2014, Mr. Amianda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

January 14, 2014 WS, CS & PM (Mr. Mania absent)

Mr. Amianda:  Yes.  I make a motion for approval of Minutes of previous…

Vice President Nicastro:  One second, I’m sorry.

Miss Masser:  Are we going to take a Roll Call on the Resolution or do you want to do them all at the same time?  I know we’re kind of out of order, but…

Mr. Roman:  I’d like to make a motion to approve the Resolution for the retirement of Miss Carol Gernant.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

Vice President Nicastro:  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

Vice President Nicastro:  Now we can have a motion to accept the Minutes.  Mr. Amianda.

Mr. Amianda:  I make a motion for approval of Minutes of previous meetings, Public Workshop and Public Meetings held on January 14, 2014.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

Vice President Nicastro:  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/OTHER TOWNS

  1. Email received January 15, 2014, from National League of Cities regarding Register Today for the Congressional City Conference.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received January 16, 2014, from National League of Cities regarding 2014 City Cultural Diversity Awards Application Available.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received January 23, 2014, from Concord Engineering regarding RE3 Conference, Philadelphia, January 27-29, 2014.  PDF Correspondence

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

  1. Letter received January 14, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Highlands Preservation Area Resource Area Determination – Boundary Verification (700 Bartley Chester Road, Block 6800, Lot 10).  PDF Correspondence
  2. Letter received January 17, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount Olive Township W D Main, Program Interest ID #1427005 Compliance Inspection.  PDF Correspondence
  3. Letter received January 17, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount Olive Township W D Village, Program Interest ID #1427007 Compliance Inspection.  PDF Correspondence
  4. Letter received January 17, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount olive Township W D Pinecrest, Program Interest ID #1427008 Compliance Inspection.  PDF Correspondence

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. Email received January 10, 2014, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris, January 10, 2014.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received January 16, 2014, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris, January 16, 2014.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received January 21, 2014, from Morris County Planning Board regarding MCPB Meeting December 5, 2013.  PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

  1. Email received January 10, 2014, from First Energy regarding You are Invited to a Tour of JCP&L’s Northern Dispatch Office.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received January 13, 2014, from Comcast regarding Limited Basic Channels Encryption.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received January 23, 2013, from Comcast regarding Channel and Price Changes.  PDF Correspondence

 

Vice President Nicastro:  We have 13 pieces of Correspondence.  Does anyone have any questions on those?  If not, we have four Ordinances for second reading. 

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Vice President Nicastro:  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’d like to move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #1-2014.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

Vice President Nicastro:  Roll call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

Vice President Nicastro:  Ordinance #1-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.  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, Mr. Vice President.  I hope it’s not a sneeze, I’m sorry.  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #2-2014. 

Mr. Ferrante:  Second.

Vice President Nicastro:  Roll Call please…I’m sorry…I have to go back here first.

Miss Masser:  Okay, go ahead.

Vice President Nicastro:  I’m going to back to this one.  On Ordinance #2-2014, I open that one to the public, did anyone from the public wish to be heard on Ordinance #2-2014?  If not, close to the public and Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

Mr. Perkins:  Now go back to number one.

Miss Masser:  Yes.

Vice President Nicastro:  I’m going to go back to number one now.

Miss Masser:  Yes.

Vice President Nicastro:  On Ordinance #1-2014, I bypassed…anyone from the public wish to be heard on Ordinance #1-2014?  If not, close to the public.

Mr. Perkins:  No one.

Vice President Nicastro:  Thank you, Mr. Perkins.  Ordinance #3-2014…I’m sorry.

Miss Masser:  You want to say, I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance…

Vice President Nicastro:  I open the hearing to the public on 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:  I opened it to the public, anyone wish to be heard?  If not, close the public.  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you, Mr. Vice President.  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #3-2014. 

Mr. Ferrante:  Second.

Mr. Perkins:  Roll call.

Mrs. Labow:  Just one question Joe, did you say #32-2013 or #31 because I thought you said…I don’t know if we need to…

Vice President Nicastro:  Its #31-2013, just in case.

Mrs. Labow:  Just in case because it’s verbatim.   Yes. 

Vice President Nicastro:  Thank you.

Mrs. Labow:  Thank you.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

Vice President Nicastro:  I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #....I’m sorry.  Ordinance #3-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.  Thank you.  I open the hearing to the public on 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:  Does anyone wish to be heard?  No one from the public.  Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman:  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #4-2014.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

Vice President Nicastro:  Roll Call please.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

Vice President Nicastro:  Ordinance #4-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.  We have no Ordinances for first reading. 

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.

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Sean Canning as the Qualified Purchasing Agent with a Bid Threshold of $36,000. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Designating Sean Canning, Business Administrator as the Public Agency Compliance Officer “PACO.” PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Agreement with Careaga Engineering Inc. for Engineering Services in Connection with the Mount Playmore Project. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Institution of an In-Rem Tax Foreclosure. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Mayor to Execute a Professional Services Agreement with Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects for Phase II & Phase III: Restoration of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Various 2014 Professional Services Agreements. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Amending the 2014 Temporary Budget for the Current Fund. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Brown’s Hunterdon Mack SLS & Service, Inc. for (3) Auto Refuse Collection Bodies and (7,500) Refuse Containers. *Revised PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Settlement in Connection with the Tax Appeal Entitled Righter Equitities, LLC v. Mount Olive Township. PDF Res

 

Vice President Nicastro:  There are ten Resolutions, does anyone wish to have any moved to Non-Consent.  If not, Mr. Ferrante, would you move the Resolutions please.

Mr. Ferrante:  Sure.  I’d like to move Consent Resolutions two through ten.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

Vice President Nicastro:  Anyone from the public?  Roll call…no…

Miss. Masser:  Council Comments.

Vice President Nicastro:  Council Comments or anything on those.  Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

CONSENT MOTIONS  

  1. Appointment of Gary La Spisa to the Economic Development Committee for a three year term to expire 12/31/16.
  2. Bill List. PDF Bill List

Vice President Nicastro:  We’re on to Consent Motions, Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Mr. Vice President.  I move for approval of the Peddler’s Permit for Martin Osborne and for the Bill List.   

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

Vice President Nicastro:  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously with the exception Mr. Nicastro abstained on check #64496

Vice President Nicastro:  Administrative Reports.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Mr. Canning:  Thank you, Mr. Vice President.  Just one item tonight.  Early today I circulated a memo regarding where we’re at in our snow response for this year.  As we know, it has been a rather harsh winter.  Before you I have provided the numbers going into 2014.  It seems much worse than it really is.  The December storms were part of the 2013 budget, it certainly incorporated some extra spending, especially in terms of overtime, as well as salt.  It hasn’t had the impact on 2014 like when we first requested the numbers from Sherry and finance.  I expected them to be a little bit worse, but realizing we’re still very early in the New Year. 

We have two more months of hopefully not this.  I just wanted to give some information to Council to show them exactly where we’re at.  We feel we’re still within our budgetary targets for the year as to what we have submitted.  It’s been a rough winter so far, but we feel that we’re managing it.  We should stay within budget even with storms the way they have been.  One other item, we implemented the new snow response in late December, after our initial four A’s and the response so far…we have weekly staff meetings every Monday, DPW, all of the foremen and on up, we meet every week and we’ve been going over the post mortems on the snowstorms.  I’m very satisfied with the way they’ve done it, they’re very happy with the delegation of powers.  I speak to Tim every day, Tim is extremely happy with the structure and the guys have been doing a great job and so has Timmy and the other commanders.  So far the response we have gotten from the citizens has been overwhelmingly good.  There’s obviously…every snowstorm there are some naysayers and areas that just aren’t perfect, but overall I think we are a lot better than we were last year.

Vice President Nicastro:  Thank you.  I was going to say that, I see it’s been going very well.  It’s been a tough year because the way the snow is coming down.  It seems we keep getting these half inches and inches, it’s a crazy thing, it just keeps packing down and it makes it so difficult for them.

Mr. Canning:  It happens on weekends, which impacts the budget.

Vice President Nicastro:  On the weekends which makes it very difficult.   They have been doing a really great job.  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  I just want to also say that the first storm that we implemented the new system, it was…I tend to get a lot of calls from residents when there are different issues.  It was the first time, it was great, when I reached out to Tim, he knew exactly...he said they are two streets over, they’ll be there in ten minutes.  I called the guy and said they’ll be there in ten minutes and they sent me a text and said “oh my God, they were just here”.  It was really cool, they kind of like really knew where everybody was at each step.  I have to say this last episode, this last storm, I didn’t get one single call, I didn’t get any e-mails, I got nothing from anybody.  It was phenomenal to go through a storm and not have any complaints or where are they, when are they going to get here.  It was the first time in ten years that it happened, so that was fantastic.  Good plan, thank you.

Mr. Canning:  Thank you.

Vice President Nicastro:  Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman:  Sean, is there any thought into bringing GPS into plow trucks and then being able to live monitor where they’ve gone.

Mr. Canning:  I would love to.  I put out a RFQ in fall 2012, just for that fact, that we can have snow…it leaves our OEM room if it’s a bad storm down at Police Headquarters and we could track and the big thing is you can get back to residents who are saying there hasn’t been a plow here all night, well it’s been there a few times.

Mr. Roman:  Right.  My thought would have been not only for us to have it, but then we could simultaneously put so when somebody…we could get feedback from residents and as far as if they’re not home they can see live, oh yeah, they took care of my street…

Mr. Canning:  I had sticker shock when I put out the RFQ.  It was just under $40,000.00…

Mrs. Labow:  I remember that.

Mr. Canning:  …for the cost on it.  That was November 2012.  My recommendation at the time to the Mayor was not to go with it.  I would love to have the technology, but the wireless carrying cost was what really bumps up the cost on it. 

Mrs. Labow:  That’s what did it.

Mr. Roman:  Thank you.

Vice President Nicastro:  Mr. Mayor.

Mayor Greenbaum:  You also have to be careful in terms of the type of information you put out during a snow storm because snow removal is a science based upon a number of different factors including the temperature, the type of event that we’re having, whether it’s snow, wet snow, light snow, ice and the removal is somewhat

systematic in terms of how they’re going to deal with the town.  We’re always looking at different options in terms of our snowfall response and to be quite honest with you, I’m not terribly happy with where we’re at right now.  I’ve directed Sean to take a look at the Brine system.  Our DPW Director is not a big fan of brine, I seem to anecdotally favor brine and I have asked Sean to take a look at it and report back as to what other towns feel is appropriate in terms of pre-storm preparation and in terms of what we are putting down on the roads.  We’re going to continue to fine tune our snow response, as I said, I’m not particularly happy with where we’re at right now.  I’m not going to say I’m unhappy, especially in a year where we’ve had so many snowfalls, but I think we can still do things better and we’ll continue to hone it.  I would say overall, the response, other than, every storm I get Smithtown Road, every storm Smithtown Road and I’m directing you to let DPW know that I don’t want to get anymore reports out of Smithtown Road.  If any road is going to be clear, Smithtown Road is going to be clear.  We’ll continue to hone it, we’ll get better at it.  The cost of the salt, obviously, is extremely expensive currently.  I don’t think our snow response is any worse than anybody else’s, I think there’s room for improvement and like I said, we’ll continue to work on it. 

Vice President Nicastro:  Thank you.  Anything else?

Mr. Canning:  Mr. Vice President, Jill Daggon from Recreation had been approached by a vendor in regard to a possible revenue source involving Budd Lake and she would like to brief Council on it tonight and get some feedback.

Jill Daggon:  Okay, great.  We always have a request out for program ideas and instructors and such and one of the proposals we received was for offering water skiing lessons on Budd Lake this summer, obviously not now when it is frozen.  In order to do that, this particular vendor has asked if he could secure his dock to our existing dock when it’s time to have it in the water.  He would provide us with all the usual insurances and waivers and hold harmless agreements that have been run past the risk manager and he’d comply with all those kinds of requests.  He would have all the equipment.  There would be a pre-skill swim test for the participants, they would have life jackets, etc.  The lifeguards cannot respond because they can’t get to the middle of the lake or the far side of the lake, but they will follow all the boating safety regulations, having the red flag on the back of the boat, for the tow line he’ll have a spotter, they’ll all be trained in first aid and CPR, obviously be able to contact dispatch for any emergencies that need to be addressed.  I’m just going to give you a heads up they were looking at doing this water skiing lesson program for this summer at the beach.  Something new, different and exciting for the beach.  Any questions?

Mr. Roman:  Are we going to ask for any kind of restrictions as far as whether he’ll have the right of way during instructions or is it going to be a certain part of the lake?

Mrs. Daggon:  His dock will be on the side that we don’t use for swimming, obviously.  He’ll be restricted to the times on the lake that boats are allowed to be on the lake, which are basically daylight hours.  He can have his lessons happening beyond the point that we have the beach open because the beach right now is on a restricted season, it’s about 10 weeks long and five or six hours a day.  It’s available to do water skiing beyond those parameters.  Of course there will be money coming back to the Recreation Department for doing these lessons. 

Mr. Roman:  How much do we anticipate?

Mrs. Daggon:  I haven’t finished negotiating that.  I wanted to get approval that we can go ahead and move forward and then the next step is figuring out what that compensation would be.

Vice President Nicastro:  Mr. Mayor.

Mayor Greenbaum:  I’m in favor of the proposal, not because of the revenue which is going to be generated, but because it has always been my position that Budd Lake is a natural resource that the town has underutilized for years.  I’ve always wanted to draw additional usage of the lake.  I’m not so much concerned about other boaters being out there because there are boat rules in terms of where you need to be.  Accidents can happen, hopefully none will, but safety has to be used at all times.  My bigger concern, although as I said I am in favor of it, is the noise that will be generated through the program and there are people who obviously live around the lake.  I think that the benefit to the community outweighs the noise that would occur and I really don’t know other than on weekend hours how much usage there would be.  I guess there will be some, but I think it’s worth trying, seeing how it works out, seeing what type of complaints that we have in terms of traffic and noise as a result of the program. 

Vice President Nicastro:  Mr. Roman.

 

Mr. Roman:  Just to piggyback on the Mayor’s concern, I think one thing we should definitely ask is what kind of boat because there are certain boats that are a little bit louder than others.

Mrs. Daggon:  As far as I know, we don’t have any restrictions as to what size or loudness of a boat that can be on Budd Lake.  The only Ordinance that I see on the books is that there is a restriction for jet skis on weekends and holidays.  That was the only restriction that we had.  If you could get into the shallow water that we have for access to Budd Lake, then you can operate the boat.  I haven’t seen any other kind of restrictions.  As a matter of fact, boating on Budd Lake has decrease dramatically in the last 10 years or so.  There are maybe two boats and a couple of sail boats on a given day on the lake.  It is not significant.  It is not Lake Hopatcong.  It is a very small amount of usage of anybody’s boats on the lake.  We don’t have any maximum capacity of boats on the water that I am aware of.

Mayor Greenbaum:  I think in furtherance of Mr. Roman’s comments there, I think you should get some feedback from the contractor in terms of what he’s prepared to put out on the lake, what type of decibel level the boat will produce so that Council can analyze the information going forward. 

Mrs. Daggon:  Sure.

Vice President Nicastro:  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you, Mr. Vice President.  I can tell you I agree with you Jill, there’s not a lot of people, it may be the largest natural lake in the State of New Jersey, but it surely isn’t a long ride from one end to the other if you are being pulled on a ski.  One of the most beautiful sights I have seen in the 28 years that I’ve been here is right around sunset during the summer and there’s actually someone out there waterskiing.  It’s a beautiful sight.  I’m in full support of anything you can bring that will utilize the lake and understanding fuel and spills and I’m sure that all the safety precautions are taken care of.  The more utilization we can get out of this lake, the happier I think the residents are going to be and it’s just going to make summer life a lot more enjoyable for the residents here. 

Vice President Nicastro:  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  I just have one question, Jill, he’s planning on docking his boat there and he’s not going to be in and out, in and out.

Mrs. Daggon:  Correct.

Mrs. Labow:  I was just concerned if he took it out and brought it to another lake and brought it back.

Mrs. Daggon:  It’s going to stay attached to our dock for the season.  Again, I have not negotiated with him what the season is, if he is talking Memorial Day through Labor Day, which is a little longer than what our beach season is.  Many boats start going in the water May 1st, so I want to get a feel from the Council of what your input was and then I’ll go back to him and say okay, let’s flush out what the proposal is.

Mrs. Labow:  I know it might sound like a strange question, is the boat going to come in and out, but if it is coming in and out, depending on where it goes and it comes back we’d have to make sure they wash it because they might be bringing milfoil or curly pond weed back into our lake.

Mrs. Daggon:  Right.

Mrs. Labow:  That’s why I asked that question.  I know it sounds strange.

Vice President Nicastro:  Anyone else?

Mr. Roman:  While you’re at it, put parasailing in.

Vice President Nicastro:  Right.  I think it’s a great idea.  The more people on that beach just to show activity, it would be so nice to see things happening all the time.

Mrs. Labow:  Mr. Roman wants to be the first parasailor.

Vice President Nicastro:  Parasailing, you can end up right on your building.

Mayor Greenbaum:  I could just see the headline right now.

Mrs. Labow:  Alex wants to go from his apartment in Oakwood Village and just parasail across over the mountain and land on the lake.

Vice President Nicastro:  Thank you, Miss Daggon.  Anything else?

Mrs. Labow:  Thank you Jill, that’s a great program.

Vice President Nicastro:  Good idea.

Mrs. Labow:  That’s excellent. 

Vice President Nicastro:  Old Business.  No Old Business.  Do we see any New Business?  Any New Business?  Legal Matters, Jeff.

OLD BUSINESS - none

NEW BUSINESS - none

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Pasek: Just one item tonight.  Just an update on the Cobblestone Property.  Our office recently had a meeting with the Louis Burger Group and Boswell Engineering along with several Township officials and professionals to discuss the property and our ability to develop it for affordable housing units.  We just wanted to let Council know that for the next meeting, we’ll have on the Agenda two proposals from both Louis Burger Group and Boswell Engineering for Council’s review for additional work that needs to be performed on the property as we continue the process of ensuring that the property is suitable for affordable housing units.

Vice President Nicastro:  Very good.  Thank you.  Council Reports.  If we put them in order here, Mr. Amianda, Board of Education, anything?

COUNCIL REPORTS

Board of Education Liaison Report
Mr. Amianda:  Yes.  Board of Education met yesterday, January 27th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Olive Middle School.  Dr. Reynolds, Superintendant of Schools, gave a report about Pathways to Excellence at his schools.  It is a six year academic plan that sets high expectations of students.  At the end of the plan and when graduating, students will be expected to read and enter colleges.  That, actually, is a mandatory educational program which is linked to producing, I guess, from the New Jersey Department of Education.  Also at that meeting, the Board approved a plan to authorize the Mount Olive Township Police Department to conduct a canine sweep of the Mount Olive Township High School as guided by the Morris County Prosecutor’s directives.  The Police Department will be getting a memo from the Board of Education about that.  The other small point with the other small discussion was about the Board approved a solution to fill a vacancy on the Board and there was also a discussion about a reduction in work force, but no decision was made about it because the Board had brought up an idea of reducing the school aides because of the economy and because of the insurance benefits.  The Board was thinking about cutting the hours so that most of the aides don’t qualify for the benefit program, but because the Board has to negotiate it with EMU, the union, they couldn’t move this, so they put it off and will let discussion of it come up somewhere at the end of June or something like that.  That is it. 

Vice President Nicastro:  Thank you.  Mr. Ferrante, Environmental, Lake and Library.

Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison - none
Lake Issues - none
Mr. Ferrante:  I don’t have anything.

Vice President Nicastro:  Nothing.  Okay.  Mrs. Labow, Seniors and Economic and TNR.

Senior Citizen Liaison
Economic Development Committee Report
TNR Program
Mrs. Labow:  Economic Development Committee meets in two weeks.  We already talked about TNR.  I didn’t make it to the senior night meeting this past week, but I’m planning on going to the next one. 

Vice President Nicastro:  Thank you.  Mr. Perkins, Safety and MOTV.

MOTV Committee Liaison
Safety Committee Liaison
Mr. Perkins:  Thank you, Mr. Vice President.  No Safety Committee meeting yet.  I did speak to Fred Detoro, from OEM.  Right now they’re waiting on Mr. Willie Cirone to come back from vacation.  My understanding is that Willie may end up as the Chair, the non-voting member.  We’ll still have to get the committee together and see.  I’ll report back to the Council.  We actually started this committee going back when we talked about the issues we were having with the volunteer EMS folks, specifically Budd Lake.  I’m not sure the Safety Committee is viable, nor continues to be necessary as most of the OEM functions are handled through the office of Administration and the Office of the Mayor.  Once we do have our meeting and we get together with those folks, I’ll report back to the Council on what the groups feeling is and then the Council can make a determination.  The Council set up the committee, the Council can always abolish it.  The MOTV Committee Liaison, I managed to speak to Mrs. Pignitaro briefly, as well as Scott Gaskill from our IT.  Still a little disappointed, I’m watching Channel 21 on Cablevision, which is the one that I have.  I talked to Chris Palma, I guess his name is from the school.  Chris had just received the November taping and we had originally been all watching the pre September 11th, which if I am going to be watching pre September 11th in December, I may as well have the Yule log on because the idea was to have this thing and have it updated.  Scott was going to ensure that he had made appropriate copies of disc in digital format, got them back to Lisa Pignitaro and then we need to schedule a meeting with the school as well as, I’m assuming, Gary Shaw from Cablevision.  Now we’re watching Morristown has had their Council meetings on.  This was supposed to be specifically Mount Olive’s television station.  It was dedicated to us on the basis of granting the 15 year franchise, so we definitely have to meet with Cablevision to find out what’s going on.  The plan is that once we have a tape, such as tonight, the next day the tape would be presented to IT, IT would get it digitally up to U Tube, make a disc and get back to our Special Projects Coordinator.  That should then go over to the school and hopefully by the weekend, I would hope no later than the weekend our residents ought to be able to see what we did that week.  We’re trying to work through that Mr. Vice President. 

Vice President Nicastro:  Thank you.  Mr. Roman, Open Space and Recreation.

Recreation Liaison Report
Open Space Committee Report - none
Mr. Roman:  Nothing to report on Open Space.  On Recreation, the existing structure has been removed from the site to make way for Mount Playmore.  Unfortunately, donations have not come in to the level as expected.  Hopefully, they’ll start picking up.  Restaurant week is in full effect.  It started yesterday and it runs to the 31st.  Restaurants that are participating include Enzo’s, Branda’s, Applebees and Corner Pub.  On a somewhat recreational note, pay close attention to this week’s Superbowl, especially around halftime, it is my understanding that the Mount Olive High School band will be performing in the halftime show.  That’s going to be exciting to watch.  On a side note on that, my high school band will be playing at the pregame, I might actually tune in before kickoff.  That is all I have.

Board of Health Report
Legislative Committee Report
Vice President Nicastro:  Thank you.  My Board of Health and Legislative.  Board of Health, we have the reorganization meeting, I believe it was on the 15th, I believe.  It was just my first meeting and introduction to it, so I don’t have much to say right now on that, but I will as I go along.  Legislative meeting, I do have one scheduled to meet with the Legislative people and get together, so I will follow up with that.  Mr. Mania is not here. 

Planning Board Report - none

PUBLIC PORTION

Vice President Nicastro:  Public portion, does anyone from the public wish to be heard?  Seeing none.  Any Council Comments?  Mr. Mayor.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mayor Greenbaum:  Sorry.  I know its Council Comments period, but I didn’t speak during the Administrative portion.  Just wanted to alert everyone that February 16th, Weiss Supermarkets is opening, March 1st, Robertet will be opening their doors.  Robertet is a large fragrance and flavor manufacturer, similar to Givaudan.  They are opening in the Trade Zone.  I’d like to thank the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce and Longhorn for

 

hosting the Mayor’s breakfast, which was a huge success.  I have 52 seconds left, 62-55, Mount Olive over Sparta. 

Mrs. Labow:  There you go.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Mount Olive, as I said, got the number one seat in the Morris County tournament.  I’m very excited about that.  

Vice President Nicastro:  Good for them.  Thank you.  Any Council Comments, Mr. Amianda?

Mr. Amianda:  I thank Sherry, an excellent presentation of the Mayor’s 2014 Budget presentation.  That was excellent.

Mrs. Maniscalco:  Thank you very much.

Mrs. Labow:  I agree with Mr. Amianda, Sherry, excellent presentation.  Mayor, did you notice over at Sam’s Club, Staples Section, the Dollar Store, their signs went up and the Marital Arts?

Mayor Greenbaum:  No.  I did know that they had filled a number of those spaces. 

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.  They filled three spaces and yesterday they put up the signs and the signs on the front of the building for the Martial Arts and the Dollar Tree is up.  I forget what the other…there’s another store going in there.

Mayor Greenbaum:  I would think that now Mount Olive has every dollar store that….

Vice President Nicastro:  You go to three of them and you can spend three dollars.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes, every dollar store.  But, it’s really exciting because I think there were five vacancies there, so there’s only going to be two left.  That’s really great news to have that in there.

Mayor Greenbaum:  It is.  Get them all filled up.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes, get it all filled up.

Vice President Nicastro:  It’ll look nice.

Mrs. Labow:  Get it all filled up and more people come in shopping.  That’s all I wanted to say.

Vice President Nicastro:  Anyone else, Council Comments?  If not…Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman:  Not really a comment, but if we could have Sherry’s presentation e-mailed to us and I also request that it be made available on the Towns website. 

Mrs. Maniscalco:  I already took care of it on the website, Alex.  If you’d like I can e-mail it to you, too.

Mr. Roman:  Yes, please.

Mrs. Labow:  We should have it on MOTV, Mr. Perkins.

Vice President Nicastro:  Motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

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Joe Nicastro, Council Vice 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 February 11, 2014.                                                                                              

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

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