Mt. Olive Township Council Minutes
January 2, 2002

The Reorganization Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:30 pm by Council President Rattner with the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Mount Olive Chronicle and the Morristown Daily Record. Notice has been posted at the entrance of the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mt. Olive, New Jersey, and notices were sent to those requesting the same.

President Rattner: The first thing we have on the agenda is the swearing in of the new Council Members for 2002.

Swearing in Ceremony: Councilman Robert Greenbaum - Brian Levine, Esq.
Raymond Perkins - Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk
Bernhard Guenther - Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk
Steve Rattner - Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

Brian Levine: Mr. Greenbaum, repeat after me:

Mr. Greenbaum: I, Robert Greenbaum, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the Office of Mt. Olive Township Councilman according to the best of my ability. So help me god.

Brian Levine: Congratulations.

Mrs. Lashway: Mr. Perkins, repeat after me.

Ray Perkins: I, Ray Perkins, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the Office of Mt. Olive Township Councilman according to the best of my ability. So help me god.

Mrs. Lashway: Congratulations

Mr. Perkins: Thank you.

Mrs. Lashway: Mr. Guenther, repeat after me.

Mr. Guenther: I, Bernard Guenther, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the Office of Mt. Olive Township Councilman according to the best of my ability. So help me god.

Mrs. Lashway: Congratulations

Mr. Guenther: Thank you.

Mrs. Lashway: Mr. Rattner, repeat after me.

Steven Rattner: I, Steven Rattner, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the Office of Mt. Olive Township Councilman according to the best of my ability. So help me god.

Mrs. Lashway: Congratulations

Steven Rattner: Thank you.

ROLL CALL: Present: Mr. Rattner, Mr. Greenbaum, Mr. Perkins, Mrs. Miller, Mr. Spino, Mr. Guenther, Mr. Scapicchio
Absent: None

President Rattner: I would also like to acknowledge the attendance of the Mayor, Paul Licitra; the Business Administrator, Sandy Kaplan; the Township Attorney, John Dorsey; and Township Clerk, Lisa Lashway. Also in attendance, is Gary Higgins our Township Auditor. I would also like to acknowledge Al Wiener who is on our ADA Committee, Howie Weiss, on our Planning Board; Judy Hirky from our Environmental Commission; Jane Israel from the Library, Dan Nelson from the Board of Adjustment, Ray Kemmerer from our Road Department, Heather Stewart our Special Events Coordinator, Daniel Amianda representing the Board of Education, Norma Licitra from the Board of Adjustment, Catherine Natafalusy from the Planning Board. Just recently, former-Councilman Bill Sohl. Also I see what we call the loyal opposition Lew Candura; Chairman of the Democratic Party. Hank Titone who is our former Board of Education member. A late entry and former Councilman and retired director of Motor Vehicles, Dick Kamin.

Election of 2002 Council President

President Rattner: I will open the floor for nominations for Council President

Mr. Guenther nominated David Scapicchio for Council President.

Mr. Perkins: Seconded.

President Rattner: Are there any other nominations? Seeing none, I'll close the floor.

All in favor, none opposed.

ALL: Congratulations.

New Council President Takes Chair

Mr. Scapicchio: Thank you.

Election of 2002 Council Vice-President

President Scapicchio: I now open the floor for nomination s for Council Vice President.

Mrs. Miller: I nominate Bernie Guenther for Council Vice President.

Robert Greenbaum: Seconded.

President Scapicchio: Any other nominations from the floor? Seeing none, we will close the nominations.

All in favor, none opposed.

President Scapicchio: Bernie, Congratulations. You are our new Vice President.

Mr. Guenther: Thank you.

New Council Vice-President Takes Chair

Invocation

Reverend William E. Linn Fisher: First of all I would like to say thank you for this special invitation. Congratulations to each and every one of you. Especially to my friend Rob Greenbaum, a special prayer for him tonight. Not because he is in a newly elected position, but because he beats me up on a basketball court every Monday and Thursday. Thanks Rob for inviting me here tonight. Let us pray. Oh mighty and heavenly Lord, we thank you for the dawning of this New Year and your awesome presence among us here tonight. May this ceremony be a time of much thanks, and praise. Continue to bless our Nation during these troubled and anxious times. We ask your blessings upon those who have faithfully and generously served this community. And we give thanks for those who are being installed here tonight as leaders of Mount Olive Township. Lift them up Lord God and grant to them a spirit of your truth, spirit, wisdom,

Reverend Fisher (cont'd): kindness and justice. Keep all those who serve this community under your care. Give them strength and purpose and concern for all others whom they serve. That we may create here, a Community of Justice and Peace, or your may be done. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful, and in troubled times, do not our trust in you ever fail. All this we pray and your most holy and gracious name, Amen.

Appointments:

a. Mayor's Appointments with Advice & Consent of Council

Township Attorney, John Dorsey, 2 year term expires 12/31/03
Public Defender, Anthony Arbore, 1 year term expires 12/31/02

Morris County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund Committee
Earl Spino, 2 year term expires 12/31/03

Tax Collector
Joan Conway, 4 year term expires 12/31/05

Library Board
Jane Israel, 5 year term expires, 12/31/06

Recreation Advisory Committee
Harvey Kessler, 3 year term, expires 12/31/04
Liz Ouimet, 3 year term, expires12/31/04
Buddy Shakespeare, 3 year term, expires 12/31/04

Economic Development Committee
Glenn Pellet, 3 year term, expires 12/31/04
Bob Correale, 3 year term, expires 12/31/04
Mike VanCleve, 3 year term, expires 12/31/04

President Scapicchio moved for approval of the Mayor's Appointments with Advice and Consent of the Council and Mr. Guenther seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

b. Council Appointments

All Subcommittees of the Township Council previously created are extended through 2002:

Budget/Audit Control Committee - Steve Rattner, Chairman, Bernie Guenther
Protocol (Transfer St./Host Benefits) - Earl Spino, David Scapicchio
Library Board Liaison, Charlene Miller, 1 year term expires 12/31/02
Recreation Board Liaison, Bernie Guenther & Ron Heymann, 1 year term expires 12/31/02
Board of Education Liaison, Steve Rattner, 1 year term expires 12/31/02
Safety Committee Liaison, Ray Perkins,1 year term expires 12/31/02

Auditor, Gary Higgins, 2 year term, expires 12/31/03
Court Administrator - Jennifer Gentilucci , 2 year term, expires 12/31/03
Planning Board, Rob Greenbaum, Councilmember, Class III, 1 year term expires 12/31/02
Board of Health Chairman, Ray Perkins, 2 year term expires 12/31/03

Crossing Guards
Theresa Petrocelli - 1 year term expires 12/31/01
Cathi Wallwork - 1 year term expires 12/31/01
Lisa Jopp - 1 year term expires 12/31/01
Melissa Bucuk - 1 year term expires 12/31/01

Board of Adjustment
Alan Abels, Alternate I, 2 year term expires 12/31/03
Russell Tepper, Alternate II, 2 year unexpired term expires 12/31/02


Board of Health
Anita Cooper, 3 year term, expires 12/31/04
Mark Kana, 3 year term, expires 12/31/04

Open Space Committee

Chuck Spangler, 3 year term expires 12/31/04

Mr. Guenther moved for approval for the Council Appointments and Mrs. Miller seconded that motion.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:

Resolutions on 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 which may be offered. If one or more council members requests, any individual resolution on the consent agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.

1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Designating the Official
newspaper of the Municipality for the Purpose of Publication of Legal Notices.

2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing the Annual Schedule of Meetings and Other Requirements Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act.

3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing a Temporary Budget for 2002 for the Current, Water, Sewer and Sanitation Budgets.

4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing a Petty Cash Fund for 2001.

5. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Acceptance of a Cash Management Plan as Prepared by the Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer.

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Retaining Professional Services Without Competitive Bidding.

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Appointing Charles Spangler as Council Representative to the Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee.

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Participation in the State of New Jersey Cooperative Purchasing Program for the Year 2001.

9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Fixing the Rate of Interest to be Charged on Delinquent Taxes or Assessments.

10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Purchase of
necessary Goods and Services Under Any Contract Competitively Bid by the Morris County cooperative Pricing Council.

11. Resolution Authorizing the Tax Assessor and the Township Attorney to file, Defend, Prosecute and Settle 2000 Tax Appeals Filed with the Morris County Board of Taxation and New Jersey Tax Court and Where Applicable File Cross Claims and Counter Claims.

12. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Various Change Funds for the Year 2002.

13. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Appointing the Municipal Prosecutor and Alternates.


14. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Creating and Continuing the Mount Olive Municipal Alliance Committee.

15. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Contract Between the Township and Morristown Memorial Hospital for Public Health Nursing Supervisor and Community Health Educator for the Year 2002.

Mr. Rattner moved for approval of the Consent Resolutions and Mrs. Miller seconded that motion.

President Scapicchio: Any Public Comment on the Consent Resolution Agenda? Seeing none, we will close the Public Portion. Any Council Comments? One comment on Resolution No. 6. Mayor, I see there was an addition for an alternate labor attorney of Rick Danser. Could I just request that we put this off until the next meeting. For some reason we have not seen the proposal or a resume, although Mr. Dorsey has assured me that it is a qualified Councel. Okay.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously on No. 1 through 5 and 7 through 15.

Mr. Guenther moved Resolution No. 6 removing the Alternate Labor Attorney and Mr. Greenbaum seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.

Mayor's Appointments

Comm. Dev. Revenue Sharing Committee
1 year term expires 12/31/02 Kathy Murphy
Alt., 1 year term expires 12/31/02 Bobby Scholtz

Environmental Commission
Hank Titone, 3 year term expires 12/31/04
John Greco, 3 year unexpired term expires 12/31/04

Planning Board
John Mania, (Class IV) 4 year term expires 12/31/05
Henry Fastert, (Class IV) 4 year term expires 12/31/05
Howie Weiss, (Alt. I, Class IV) 2 year term expires 12/31/03
Catherine Natafalusy, (Class II) 1 year term expires 12/31/02
Nelson Russell, (Alt. II, Class IV) 2 year unexpired term expires 12/31/02

Mayor Licitra's State of the Township Address

Good evening and thank you. It is quite an honor for me to be here as I begin my third year serving as the Mayor of Mount Olive Township. I must express to you that my enthusiasm is just as great now as it was when I first took office in January of 2000. I have realized that as my interactions with you become more personal and intense, I more humbly accept the responsibility and trust that you place in me as your Mayor.

I wish to remind you of the open and accessible government we share here in Mount Olive Township. As you know, our government does not exist in a vacuum; it is the work of literally hundreds of people, both paid employees and volunteers, who are dedicated to one common goal - get the job done and do it well. I wish to thank all of my staff at Town Hall, all of our department and division heads and all the employees of the Township.

To my colleagues and friends currently serving on the Mount Olive Township Council, and to those individuals who recently completed their service (Ron Heymann and Bill Sohl), I wish to extend my deepest appreciation on not only this day, but every day throughout the year, for your hard work and long hours on behalf of all the residents of our community. I look forward to working with our two newly elected Council members, Ray Perkins and Robert Greenbaum, in 2002 and the returning members of the Council. I know we will continue the standard set by previous Council's and this administration one of mutual respect, hard work, compassion and concern.

I would also like to extend my thanks to the individuals that make up our entire community who make it so unique and special: our residents, our Township Boards, our educational and health institutions, our clergy and their congregations, our civic, fraternal and volunteer organizations. And finally, I would like to thank

Mayor Licitra (cont'd): my wife and my children for their continued support and love as I do my part to serve for one of the best Townships in Morris County.

This past year, more than any other in our recent history, our people, our county, our state and our Township were faced with quite a number of choices to make and decisions to be mindful of. Indeed, the year 2001, the first full year of the new millennium, awakened us to the choices we as Americans, New Jerseyans and members of our Mount Olive community have and how important those choices can be.

Specifically, the tragic events of September 11, 2001, changed forever American's outlook on our basic rights, freedoms and securities in our great country.

To all of the people who lost their lives in this horrific terrorist man-made catastrophe, our hearts and prayers go out to them, their families, their children, friends and loved ones. We will continue to remember them next year as we did in 2001 at another community wide Candle Lighting Ceremony in September of 2002. I invite all to attend.

Like all of you, I have spent the last 3 or so months wiping my eyes and grinding my teeth and wondering why. I have drawn strength to continue from my faith in God, the clergy in Mount Olive, my family and friends and you the people of Mount Olive.

Let us together ask the almighty God to watch over our nation, our town and our homes and grant us patience and resolve in all that is yet to come. We pray that he will comfort those who now walk in sorrow. May God bless the souls of the departed and may he comfort our own souls.

Even though the events of September 11th are still fresh in our minds and on reflection have left a dark cloud over the year, we must take a moment to look back on some of the accomplishments that have occurred in 2001 that make Mount Olive Township a better community to live and work in. Tonight, I will discuss three of the most significant accomplishments: the remarkable financial position of our Township, the enhanced public safety and health for our residents, and the exciting evolution of Parks and Recreation in our community.

First I would like to focus on the remarkable financial position of our Township. This past year was an excellent year for the Township financially. First and foremost we started the year as promised with no tax increase in my 2001 budget. This was accomplished as a result of our community's continued innovative financial controls that insure and monitor budget and spending stability.

My Administration has been actively seeking and aggressively pursuing sources of funding from various governmental and private organizations to assist the Township in stabilizing taxes, maintaining existing programs and providing new projects based on resident's needs and their requests. More than $3 Million Dollars has been awarded this year in grant funding. Let me list just a few: $75,000 for the Flanders Fire House Expansion, $150,000 to renovate our new Teen Center, $100,000 for the Budd Lake Beach Improvements. $750,000 from Green Acres to purchase open space and $1 Million from Morris County Open Space Trust to purchase Silver Spring Manor and $960,000 for the construction of our new Library. The year 2001 saw Mount Olive gain as much grant funding as possible to provide tax relief to our citizens. This makes a total of $3,035,000.
The strong financial and economic growth of the Township continues to flourish since I took office 2 years ago. In 2001, we added over $75 million dollars of new construction to our ratable base. Major corporation construction has begun and/or has been completed at the Mount Olive Industrial Building, Comfort Suites, DPC Cirrus, Toys R Us, and the Mall at Wild Geese. In 2002 our Township will be home to it's first large Shopping Center Complex which is located at International Trade Center South which will include: Lowes, Sams Club, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Michael's, Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart among others. The management of this facility is in negotiation with the Macaroni Grill and Chili's Restaurants as well as other retail establishments.

One very exciting accomplishment in 2001 was that that Mount Olive Township won the five-year legal battle between the nine builders in Mount Olive Complex and the Township. The five-acre zoning was challenged in 1995 by the Mount Olive Complex, which claimed its rights were violated. Basically, the

Mayor Licitra (cont'd): ruling means the Township's zoning scheme will stand and Mount Olive Complex will not build any more garden apartments. This case went to the Supreme Court and is now upheld as law. I want to personally thank John Dorsey for his tireless work, his innovative work that he has done on this. He saved Mt. Olive Township 2,000 units. I still say to this day John Dorsey is probably the best Township Attorney I have ever seen. In addition, the Planning Department is working very hard to revise the Master Plan to sharpen development criteria and standards within the Township. Finally, the Housing Trust Fund will offer a spending plan for affordable housing in Mount Olive Township residential developers pay a ½ % fee and non-residential developers pay a 1% fee based on the full value of the building.

This year, we will continue to maintain existing programs and provide new projects based on the needs of the community while seeking alternative funding to continue to stabilize taxes. I am committed to do everything in my power during the budget process, barring any unforeseen local emergencies or possible cuts in State Aid, to submit a 2002 municipal budget to the Township Council with little or no tax increase. It is my intention that we limit and control future development of growth and expansion in an orderly fashion to lessen the possibility of any future tax increases as well as preserve and protect our environment and maintain open space wherever and whenever possible throughout our community. This will insure that Mount Olive remains a prosperous, safe, healthy and pristine municipality for years to come.

Public Safety and Health priorities for 2001 resulted in numerous actions and programs that were initiated and funded to insure and guarantee the residents of Mount Olive with the finest and safest services including: Police Protection, Fire Prevention, Emergency Rescue, Response and Emergency Management Services, Public Health Protection, the identification of Community Health needs and the Clean Community agenda.

Mount Olive's finest our Police Department has been made finer. In 2001 we had four promotions in the Police Department and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mark Spitzer on his promotion to Captain, Donald Gardner who was promoted to Lieutenant and Michael Spitzer and Michael Novak who were promoted to Sergeant. In addition, I am pleased to announce that we hired one replacement officer this year to serve on the force. I am very proud of our Police Department. In 2001, our officers earned a total of 52 Awards for their Exceptional Duty and Meritorious Service, as well as their Life Saving and Honorable Service. In addition, Officer Scott VaNess was voted DARE Officer of the Year and Mount Olive Township sent four police officers to Ground Zero.

Our police officers responded to over 30,000 separate requests from the community in 2001. Fortunately, with the purchase of two (2) new 4x4 vehicles and four (4) patrol cars, they were able to respond to the needs of the community safely and efficiently. In addition, the Department successfully implemented a Bicycle Patrol Program in 2001. I would like to express my special thanks to BMW for the donations of two (2) bikes, Alan Typinsky (owner of Cherokee Trading Post) for the donation of equipment for the bikes, and to Toys R Us who have committed to outfit 2 additional bikes.

In 2002, our police officers will be more visible in our neighborhoods with the expanded use of our bicycle patrols. This added presence will allow our children to become more familiar with our police officers and provide an added security in our community at a time when we need it most.

Our goals for next year, in light of the tragic events of September 11th , are to improve communications and records, upgrade our current radio system, and address security issues with the building/grounds and water/sewer departments to improve security at municipal locations. It is also our goal to secure a school Resource Officer. We look forward to the support and cooperation from the Mount Olive Board of Education to help sustain this program for the long-term needs of our children.

In 2001, we took a major step to insure that our residents continue to obtain the proper response from our Fire and First Aid Squads. I am proud to say that due to our hiring of Mount Olive residents with First Aid or Fire Fighting qualifications, many lives have been saved. Not only has this provided our citizens with a shortened response time and better coverage, it benefits our Township to hire local residents who have a vested interest in our community. Public Safety is a crucial component for our residents to feel safe and secure while living in Mount Olive Township. Public Health is another crucial component for our community.

The Mount Olive Health Department is committed to providing effective and responsive public health protection, identification of community health needs, maintain a resource inventory and mobility in the ever-changing public health area, and foster a continued improvement to the health of Mount Olive residents. Not only did the Health Department respond quickly with education materials for the public


Mayor Licitra (cont'd): regarding the anthrax scare but they demanded our workers take extensive safety precautions to prevent illness should our community become a target. The Township continues to provide Public Health Programs to keep our residents safe which include: inspections, personal health services, SMAC 23 Blood Tests, Flu Shots, etc.

The Health Department interfaces with the private and public sector to address health related issues. In 2001 the Public Health Priority Funding Grant of $10,000 was awarded to Mount Olive to help subsidize the cost of Public Health issues in Mount Olive in conjunction with Netcong. In addition, Director Frank Wilpert serves as the Chair of the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Mount Olive to educate and raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease and stroke for families and business in our community. In continuing to keep our residents healthy and safe, it is very important to keep our sites on the Clean Communities agenda.

As you may already know, in 2001, my administration re-instituted the Large Item Pick Up to the delight and benefit of all our residents. Moving into 2002, a Spring Large Item Pick-Up will also be scheduled town-wide. The cost of this special bulk time collection has once again been included in the 2002 Operating Budget. There will be no special fees or costs required to participate in this program. This will provide an opportunity for all of us to clean out our garages, attics and basements of clutter and debris, once again.

In order to assist the hard working Public Works personnel in accomplishing their goals and objectives, the Administration with the cooperation of the Governing Body has purchased 3 new sanitation trucks. They have also modified existing recycling vehicles to make them easier to operate and more efficient. This was done in an effort to complement our decision back in October to modify our recycling program from a source-separated system to a co-mingling system for the ease and benefit of our residents.

Starting in October of 2001 Mount Olive Township has provided residents with a new, easy way to recycle in Mount Olive Township - Co-mingle Recycling. In the past, Mount Olive Township required residents to put recycling products into separate bins. Now, with the new Co-mingle Recycling residents can place all Plastic Bottles, Glass Food & Beverage Containers and Steel/Tin & Aluminum Containers into one Container. In an effort to keep Mount Olive Township clean and raise funds for Turkey Brook Park, the Mount Olive Junior Baseball/Softball Association (MOJBSA) is selling co-mingling recycling containers to our residents. If you wish to purchase containers and help support Turkey Brook Park, please call MOJBSA on the Mount Olive Township Recreation Information Hotline. It has been my goal to make your life a little easier while living in Mount Olive Township - hopefully Commingle Recycling will help.

Other Public Work's related purchases in 2001 was the acquisition of one new backhoe for the Water and Sewer Department, one new large dump truck for the Road Department as well as a new street sweeper.

My Administration will continue our aggressive campaign to resurface and upgrade the Township's road and drainage system in 2002, by funding monies in the capital budget for these projects.

Also for 2002, we have requested that monies be appropriated in the capital budget to construct a large multi-purpose garage and public works facility at the new municipal complex to house and service all of our equipment and provide a modern clean area and efficient facilities for our Department of Public Works manpower under one roof.

This Administration has worked wonders to insure that you had the finest and safest Public Safety and Health programs last year. In 2002, our Police will continue to protect you, our Emergency Rescue workers will continue to respond to emergencies quickly and efficiently, our Health Officers will continue to identify and respond to your health needs and our Department of Public Works will continue to keep our streets safe and clean. In the interest of public safety and health, we must also remember the importance of recreation in our community.

For many years the youth of our community, together with their coaches and supporters, have had the use of facilities that are sometimes less than adequate in condition and definitely less than adequate in number. Our community is one of the fastest growing Townships in Morris County and so it is fact that our existing facilities have become overburdened. What was once a dream has now become a reality. On May 5, 2001, we held the official Ground Breaking Ceremony for Turkey Brook Park.

Now, the 267 acre Turkey Brook Park Project is under way. Of the total 270 acres, 180 Acres will be used for passive recreation such as fishing, kite flying, hiking and bird watching. Right now we have several


Mayor Licitra (cont'd): trails that have been established and are maintained through a grant that was awarded Township for a grant that was awarded the Township for $10,000. The remaining 90 acres will be developed for active recreation facilities which include four soccer fields, three baseball fields, one football field, related access roads, parking, bathroom facilities and maintenance facilities. To date, all the grading has been completed for Phase I Construction of the park. We look forward to most of the fields being completed by fall of 2002 but we must allow the grass to grow and stabilize so the fields are playable by spring of 2003.

To see the park to final completion without raising taxes, the Turkey Brook Park Fundraising Committee was formed to seek additional funding from our neighbors and business community. I would like to publicly thank The Rockefeller Development Corporation for their donation of $400,000 over the next three years. In addition, I would like to thank Toys R Us for their $200,000 contribution toward this project. And finally, I would like to thank the Mount Olive Soccer Club for their $200,000 donation toward the project. Our goal is to continue to involve corporate partners so to help us subsidize the overall cost of the park ($13 Million). Partnerships range from $100.00 to over $400,000.

Flanders Park has been completed. The improvement project at Flanders Park includes a concession building and bathrooms facilities, an irrigation system, a walking track around the soccer/football field and a new sidewalk connecting the park with the existing sidewalk on Flanders Bartley Road. In addition, the construction of the Rev. Robert Cotter Playground Facility, a handicapped accessible playground for use by area youth has been completed.

For at least 20 years, the Budd Lake Beach has hosted the Memorial Day Parade, Knights of Columbus Fishing Contest and Beach Parties. New in 2001, the Budd Lake Beach hosted: a Luau, a Boat Decorating Regatta, a Fair Sailing Day, Canoe Clinics, a Water Carnival, Teen events, Concerts on the Beach, Family Movie Nights and Late Night Swims.

The Budd Lake Municipal Beach dredging project was completed in April. A new floating dock and swim platform were installed in June. The expanded beach and swim areas accommodated over 10,000 visitors this year. In addition we look forward to a new sewer line, which will enable us to install new bathrooms and changing areas.
Our Recreation happenings we can all be proud of which help to bring our community together include: the Earth Day Celebration; the Doo Wop Concert which raised $35,000 for Mount Olive Volunteer Fire & First Aid Services; March of Dimes Walk which raised over $100,000 for healthy babies; and The International Trade Center Triathlon which raised $10,000 for New Jersey Special Olympics. In response to the tragic events of September 11th, Mount Olive Township also hosted the Candlelight Vigil, American Gathering with New Jersey Pops performance and a Patriotic Party with a Tree Lighting Ceremony.

I could go on and on to touch on many more small and significant accomplishments that were successfully achieved or started in 2001, but my time is limited. Therefore, in summary, based on all of the above referenced achievements in the past year and our ability to work together as a team, I still recognize that we as a community have a long way to go and a lot still has to be accomplished. My commitment to the future continues to stand firm to the following goals and objectives for our Township:

1. Tax stabilization
2. Construction of a new library that will not only meet the needs of our expanding community, but also fall within the means of our fiscal capabilities.
3. Renovate outdoor grounds for recreation facilities and begin planning for inside renovation of the old library for our new Teen Center.
4. Continue to acquire as much open space as possible in order to better control our current and future growth.
5. Continue to limit unrestricted growth within our township
6. Continue to enhance Public Safety & Health for our residents
7. Continue Bulk Clean Up for Residents in the Spring
8. Complete Phase I of the Turkey Brook Park Project and raise more funds
9. Continue to be responsible to the public and be open minded to your needs, ideas, concerns.
10. Continue to bring respect to Mount Olive and Pride to our community.
11. Continue to respect and improve your quality of life.
12. Continue to work together with the Township Council to bring a feeling of unity and mutual respect to our Township Government.

Mayor Licitra (cont'd): In closing, please be reminded that Mount Olive is and continues to be the Township of choice in Morris County for many people and for many reasons. We plan to keep offering these solid choices that make good sense for our residents, our businesses, our seniors, our school parents and their children. Indeed, it is our many impressive services, programming, options and opportunities that set us apart and make our Township the finest community in Morris County.

And finally, I want to extend our support and confidence in our current endeavor to eradicate terrorism by voicing our best wishes, success and a safe and speedy return to all of our armed forces fighting in Afghanistan and other remote places in the world. Thank you. To the children, parents, spouses, families and friends of the people who lost their lives on September 11th, we the people of Mount Olive offer our deepest sympathy. And I assure you; you are not alone. Best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy New Year. May God Bless America and Mount Olive.

President Scapicchio: Thank you Mayor. That brings us to the Public Portion of this meeting. Would anyone from the Public like to address the Public Portion of this Council?

PUBLIC PORTION

Colleen Labow, Budd Lake, NJ: I would like to congratulate everyone. This is going to be exciting. I have one question I would like to ask. In the beginning of the program, where you said the Township Attorney is a two year term. I was under the impression the Township Attorney was a one year term.

John Dorsey: In accordance with Mount Olive's Charter, it is a 2 year term.

Mrs. Labow: I thought it was a State Requirement.

Mr. Dorsey: There is a Statute that is one year. Charter has traditionally provided for two years. They will remove me when they want to get rid of me. Don't worry.

Mrs. Labow: Could we have documentation on why that's okay to have the Charter vs. going against what the State requires.

Mr. Dorsey: I will be happy to send it to you.

Mrs. Labow: Okay. Thank you very much. That is all I needed to ask.

President Scapicchio: Anyone else from the Public wish to address the Council or the Mayor? Seeing none, we will close the Public Portion of this meeting. Mayor any closing comments?

Mayor Licitra: No. Thank you very much Mr. President.

CLOSING COUNCIL COMMENTS

President Scapicchio: That brings us to Council Comments

Mr. Rattner: Thank you very much Mr. President. Usually at reorganization meetings, we talk about what we are going to do for the year, give accolades to our peers. I do welcome our two new Council Members. For me it is going to feel different now that I am the person with the second longest tenure. We lost Mr. Sohl to retirement and Mr. Heymann who both put in 12 years. Things will be a lot different. Although we have the energy and the ideas of some new blood coming up, so I know it is going to be a real good year. We are going to come up with a lot of new ways of doing things. I just want to say that you're here because you enjoy living in Mt. Olive, and most of you contribute in more ways than just paying your taxes. You are on committees, you volunteer for things. Your are involved with the different activities. But the one thing that really made us proud this year is when New Jersey Magazine named Mount Olive as one of the most desirable areas in New Jersey to live. We only want to get better. It is not just because of the people you elect that work for the Town or the buildings, or fields. It is because of the people of the Town. The one thing I saw in the paper today. A person by the name of Erma Stark. I don't know if anybody knows who she is, or remembers here. I kind of doubt it. She is one of the oldest living people is this country. This article was in the New York Post today it talked about how she had such a good memory of what was going on. She could remember skyscrapers being built, the first one in New York in 1902. I get to the end of the article and it says, born in Flanders, NJ when Benjamin Harrison was President. What that says is, regardless of common belief, our water is good, we raise strong people. This is a person who is 109 years old and still has all her faculties. In fact I will forward this to our Historical Committee because if she is

Mr. Rattner (cont'd): that sharp and she is giving a living history about what she has seen, could you imagine what she could tell us about Flanders when she was a little girl in the 1800's? With that I just thank everybody for coming. I thank my family and I wish our new members the best of luck, and wait until you see what you have gotten yourselves into. Thank you very much.

Mr. Greenbaum: I just wanted to thank everyone for coming tonight, especially my family and friends, also Sydney and Jack. I hope that I can uphold the trust that everyone has put in me by sticking me up here every Tuesday night. I look forward to tackling the obstacles and the good things that his position bestows upon me. Thank you.

Mr. Perkins: I want to say thank you to my family, my father and mother who traveled up form South Carolina to witness this. I thank my son and my wife for putting up with me for all this time. Sitting here I know I have some big shoes to fill, and the faith and the confidence that the Public put in me. We will have differences. I can guarantee you of that. I will always try to listen. I will try to be objective, and I will keep trying to smile, and always carry pride in Mt. Olive. Thank you very much.

Mrs. Miller: This past year has had a great many changes, I think one of the nicest changes that I have experiences is that whenever I asked the Administration for any kind of information, if has been received very efficiently and which is not what happened in the past. I really really appreciate that. I noticed that we have a $80,000 grant for sidewalks on Route 46. That is one of the things that I really wanted to see when I was running for Council. "I really wanted to see sidewalks along 46 because there are so many of our residents that walk between the Village Green and the older homes where I live. I am really proud that we have gotten another grant. That is one of the things that I wanted to accomplish in my term. I am happy to see that happen. One of the other things is that I was always very instrumental in is Open Space. We formed an Open Space Committee, about four years ago. It is a fairly new committee. In that time frame
they have rally preserved over 1000 acres within Mt. Olive. I think that is something to really brag about. So those are two things that I was very interested in promoting in Mt. Olive and I am very pleased at our progress. I have enjoyed working with our past Councilmen that have just resigned, and I am looking forward to working with our new Councilmen. I would like to see more women in Politics though. We don't have a woman on the schoolboard. I would like to see a woman on the schoolboard. I would like to see more women get involved in the Community. But I am grateful for this past year and I am looking forward to an even more productive New Year. Thank you.

Mayor Licitra: I would like thank Steve. I think we surprised each other somewhat this year. I think we expected it to be a little different than the way we got along and the way we, Mt. Olive Township, run. Steve, it has been my pleasure working with you this year. I know we both work for the betterment of Mt. Olive. I know it will continue with Dave. Thank you.

Mr. Guenther: First of all for the second year in a row, I want to thank the Public for its confidence in me and electing me again. The good news is you won't see me for the third year in a row, knocking on your doors campaigning. You are stuck with me for four years. Also, I want to welcome our new members. I think it is going to be a pleasure working with them. I got to know Rob and Ray very well during the campaign. I believe they are outstanding additions to our Council, and we will make a positive impact. At the risk of sounding like the grinch that stole Christmas. I want to hit upon two points that the Mayor made in his address. No. 1, Mt. Olive is in a remarkable financial condition. No. 2, this is the sort of ying & yang. This is the Yang. That we have to live within our means. We are, maybe we don't feel it here, we are in the shadow of New York to an extent, but picking up somewhat on the theme of what Michael Bloomburg said yesterday at his inaugural. They are difficult times, and uncertain. I think it is incumbent upon Public Officials to take a hard look to see that we spend the Public's money wisely. I made a campaign pledge that there would be no tax increase. I hereby reiterate that vow. With that, that is all I have to say, and I just hope to do the best for Mt. Olive. Same as Ray said, I am open, I want to listen to everybody. I think everybody has something to contribute to the Town. We welcome all people no matter what the comment is. To come here, and make their contribution, and I will make sure we will listen intently. Thank you.

President Scapicchio: I would like to acknowledge the attendance of our Assemblyman Guy Gregg who walked in during the meeting. Guy, Happy New Year. I have just a few comments to make. Some of the goals that I have and I know that the other Council Members share with me for 2002 are as follows: I would like to award the contract for the construction of Phase II of Turkey Brook: I would like to continue to pursue and purchase open space; I would like to see the new bid documents for the library completed, and put out to bid, and award for contract this year. Jane Isreal, of the Library Board told me this evening that
the architect will take about six months for final plans and I guess bid documents, so I hope that comes true. I would like to adopt a new Master Plan which is currently in Master Plan Committee, and should be Mayor

President Scapicchio (cont'd): presented to the Council within six months. Again, scrutinize and hold the line on Taxes. One of my last goals, and these were not in any particular order is I would like to establish a Blue Ribbon Panel on shared services with the Board of Education to specifically address the shared use of recreational fields. I would like to see that proposed Committee be made up of two Council members, two Board members, and several members of the Community. We will have a change in format of our Council meetings moving forward in the year 2002. These were my recommendations that were agreed to by all Council members at our caucus and they are as follows:

1. There will be a standing invitation for Senior Citizens to address the Council on
any issue at the beginning of the first Workshop every month.

2. We will allow the Public to comment at the end of every workshop. The Public
has not been allowed to comment during or after Workshops. They will now be
allowed too.

3. We are going to add a Public Comment Section to the beginning of every Public
Meeting and Continue the Public Comment Period at the end of those Public
Meetings has been the case.

4. I am going to go back to enforcing the Friday deadline on Agenda being
submitted to the Clerks' Office, to be listed on Tuesday's Agenda.

5. We will begin to salute the Flag at all workshops. I never understood why
we saluted the Flag at only Public Meetings. We will now begin do that
during workshop sessions.

6. After the Roll Call, we will begin all Public Meetings with a quiet moment of
Reflection, in recognition of the men and women fighting terrorism and defending
the freedom that we all enjoy.

President Scapicchio: With that I would like to welcome our two new members, wish everybody a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. After the Meeting is adjourned we will have some coffee and cookies over in the senior center and everyone here is invited.

BENEDICTION

Father Bob Mitchell: My congratulations to you all for the work you bring to the Community. Unlike the lady who was mentioned who is 109, I have only been here four years. I've appreciated the sincerity that has come out of these meetings any time I have been here, representing my church, or just coming for a prayer. That is always a nice side to see from my end of all of you. So I thank you for that. Let us pray. Oh God of new beginnings, oh God of wonderful surprises. Thank you for the gift of this New Year. May this year be a time of grace, a time that this Community of Mt. Olive continues to grow in faith and love. A time whereby we renew our commitments to this Town. May it be a year of blessing for each of its residents. A time by where we cherish family and friends. A time whereby we renew our efforts. A time whereby we embrace the God we love more fully. May that god walk with each of its residents every day, every hour of this year. And the light of God, may shine through each of us in spite of our weaknesses and failings. Above all, may we remember this year through the work we do knowing that we are pilgrims on this sacred path to God and may each of us be blessed and the God who shines through us, as the God who saves us, who redeems us, and who nurtures us each day. Amen.

Motion made for adjournment. All in favor, none opposed. The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm.


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David M. Scapicchio
Council President

I, LISA M LASHWAY, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes is a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on February 12, 2002.

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Lisa M. Lashway
Mount Olive Township Clerk

 

 

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