Mt. Olive Township Council Minutes
January 3, 2006

The Regular Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:30 pm by Council President Greenbaum with the Pledge of Allegiance. MOMENT OF REFLECTION in recognition of the men and women fighting terrorism and those who have lost their lives defending the freedom we all enjoy

Open Public Meetings Law Announcement

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

Swearing In Ceremony by Phil Maenza, Esq.: Councilman Robert Greenbaum
Councilman Raymond Perkins
Councilman Russell Tepper
Councilman Steven Rattner

President Greenbaum: At this point in time, we are going to swear in those members of Council who were recently elected in November. I would like to call up our Municipal Court Judge Phil Maenza to do the swearing in. Can we do it individually?

Mrs. Lashway: Whatever you want to do.

President Greenbaum: Okay, so why don’t we start then with our new Councilman,
Mr. Tepper.

Russell Tepper: I, Russell Tepper, 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 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 Councilman according to the best of my ability.

President Greenbaum: Now we are going to go from our newest Councilman to our Councilman who has served the longest period of time and that would be Mr. Steven Rattner.

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 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 Councilman according to the best of my ability.

President Greenbaum: At this point, I would like to call up Councilman Mr. Ray Perkins, who was the highest vote getter at the last election.

Raymond Perkins: I, Raymond 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 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 Councilman according to the best of my ability.

Robert 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 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 Councilman according to the best of my ability.

President Greenbaum: I don’t know at this point if any of the Councilman who were just sworn in, if they have any comments?

Mr. Tepper: No thank you.

Mr. Rattner: You are going to ask me if I want to comment. Thank you. This is my fifth oath of office. First, I wish to thank my wife and daughter for their support. They had to come for the ride that they did not ask for. What I really wanted to acknowledge tonight is, we have been very fortunate in having superb professionals who have made the Township very proud. Today I want to recognize our Judge who Mr. Rattner (Cont’d): just swore in all the newly elected officials. We asked the Judge to perform this function because we may most likely be losing him to the New Jersey Superior Court. Judge Maenza and the staff have made our Municipal Court a model for the State. His court is recognized as one of the most efficient. I am sorry to see him go but he will make a great Superior Court Judge. Originally nominated by Governor Whitman on the recommendation of Morris County Democratic Chairmen Hanley, he has had the support of succeeding Governors McGreevy and Codey and Democratic chairs, Bangiola and Zelante. All these individuals, and our own Mayors, Democrat, Republican and Independent have recognized his knowledge of law and his exceptional judicial temperament. It is with that ability that these people recognize because as a Judge he has never made a political contribution. Judge, thank you for making Mount Olive proud.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President, I will reserve that for Council Comments at the end.

President Greenbaum: I would only second the comments made by Mr. Rattner. Judge, I know both practitioners and individuals who come before you in our Municipal Court of Appeals feel when they leave, that they have been fairly treated with the appropriate judicial temperament and it is not just an opinion that I hold but it is an opinion that is held widely throughout Morris County and all of the courts that you see. You were the first thought in the terms of the person that I would most like to have swear me in this evening and as soon as I mentioned it to everybody else that was being sworn in, there was not a hesitation among any of us to have you do it. We really do appreciate the job and we wish you the best as you get elevated to the Superior Court and I am sure it is going to happen for you very soon. I am very hopeful. At this point, the next item on the Agenda is the Roll Call of 2006 Council. Mayor did you have something?

Mayor De La Roche: I just wanted to reiterate the comments that have been made by the Council people regarding Judge Maenza and he is definitely a credit to our community and we appreciate all his hard work and his expertise and wish him well. Thank you.

President Greenbaum: Thank you. Roll Call of 2006 Council.

Roll Call of 2006 Council

Present: Mr. Tepper, Mr. Buell, Mr. Biondi, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Rattner,
Mr. Perkins, Mr. Greenbaum
Absent: None

Election of 2006 Council President

President Greenbaum: The next item for discussion is the Election of the 2006 Council President. I will open the floor for nominations.

Mrs. Labow: I would like to nominate Mr. Robert Greenbaum for our Council President.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded, are there any other nominations? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, President Greenbaum Abstained

New Council President Takes Chair

President Greenbaum: Thank you very much for the honor.

Election of 2006 Council Vice President

President Greenbaum: I will now open up the floor for Election of 2006 Council Vice President. Are there any nominations?

Mr. Biondi: I would like to nominate Councilman Mr. Steve Rattner as Vice President.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded, are there any other nominations? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

New Council Vice-President Takes Chair

Mr. Rattner: Thank you.

President Greenbaum: At this point in time I would like to invite Reverend Robert Mitchell to do the Invocation.

Invocation

Reverend Robert Mitchell: I read from the book of Mica. “You have been told old man what is good and what the Lord requires of you only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humble with your God. As we begin this New Year, may we who lead our town do so in a humble and loving way. May we who are the citizens of the town give support to our leadership. May we work hard to make Mount Olive an ongoing prosperous and loveable community. May we, who educate in the town, see this as a year where we bring forth our own example of virtues and character and values to those who we teach and may we who are volunteering our time to the town, see this as a year where we render good service in all the efforts we bring forth and may we as a town have a good year filled with joy and love that God brings to all and we pray through Christ our Lord, Amen. Thank you, you all look very happy. I am happy to see that in each of you tonight.

President Greenbaum: Thank you. I don’t know if all of you know that last year Reverend Robert Mitchell was named Man of the Year by our local Knights of Columbus chapter, and we are all very proud to have you in our Community.

Appointments:

a. Mayor’s Appointments

Fred Detoro, Jr., Emergency Management Coordinator, 3 year term expires 12/31/08
Kathy Murphy, Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Robert Scholtz, Alt. Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee, 1 year term expires 12/31/06

President Greenbaum: We are up to the part of the Agenda with regard to the Mayor’s appointments. The Mayor also has choices with respect to the Planning Board. Those are non advice and consent positions.

Planning Board
Joe Fleischner, Member Class IV, 4 year term expires 12/31/09
Ron De La Roche, Member Class IV, 4 year term expires 12/31/09
Scott VanNess, Member Class II, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Linda Rosa, Alt. I Class IV, 2 year term expires 12/31/06

Mr. Perkins: Point of order, Mr. President?

President Greenbaum: Yes, Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Mr. President, in light of the Appellate Court decision rendered with respect to a Councilwomen voting in support of her husband for a position on the Planning Board involving a potential conflict of interest with the code of ethics, I would request that the Mayor withdraw that nomination and seek the advice of our local Ethics Committee to ensure that there is no conflict of interest involved with that as it is a family member.

President Greenbaum: Mayor, a request has been made to withdraw your son’s nomination. Is that something that you are prepared to do?

Mayor De La Roche: No.

President Greenbaum: Do you have a citation and the name of the case, Mr. Perkins?

 

Mr. Perkins: It was Kathleen D. Shapiro, a member of the Township Council of the Township of Moorestown, Plaintiff v. Michael Mertz, John Gibson and the Ethics Board of the Township of Moorestown were Defendants 368 N.J. Super. 46, 845 A.2d 186.

President Greenbaum: Okay, do you have a copy of that appeal?

Mr. Perkins: Yes.

President Greenbaum: Okay, we will refer the matter to the Ethics Board for review. Thank you. The Mayor has appointed:

Environmental Committee
Jim Smith, 3 year term expires 12/31/08
Dave Tomb, 3 year term expires 12/31/08

Open Space Committee
Lew Candura, 3 year term expires 12/31/08

Solid Waste Advisory Committee
Bob Stahlhut, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Tim Quinn, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Hank Titone, 1 year term expires 12/31/06

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

Prosecutor, 1 year term expires 12/31/06

President Greenbaum: The Mayor, at the last meeting of December, appointed Bill Ruggierio as Municipal Prosecutor. At this point in time, is there any Council member who wishes to make a motion to confirm Mr. Ruggierio as Municipal Prosecutor?

Mayor De La Roche: Point of order, no confirmation is needed by Council.

President Greenbaum: We have a legal opinion to the contrary.

Mayor De La Roche: I disagree with the legal opinion and of course will litigate it.

President Greenbaum: I understand that Mayor. It is certainly set forth in your letter. Is there any Council member who wishes to move for confirmation? Seeing none, the appointment of Bill Ruggierio as Municipal Prosecutor fails for lack of confirmation and our current Prosecutor Brian Mason will remain as a holdover in that position until a new a Prosecutor is appointed and confirmed by Council.

Economic Development Committee
Paul Dattolo, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Ted Adams, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Lou Terrezza, 1 year term expires 12/31/06

President Greenbaum: Does any Council member wish to make a motion to confirm Mr. Dattolo for the Economic Development Committee? Seeing none, Mr. Dattolo’s nomination dies for lack of confirmation. Is there any Council member who wishes to make a motion to confirm Mr. Adams?

Mrs. Labow: I make a motion to confirm Mr. Adams to the Economic Development Committee.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Is there any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: The appointment of Mr. Adams is confirmed by Council. Mr. Adams will take on the one year term expiring 12/31/06. The Mayor has nominated Lou Terrezza for a 1 year term on the Economic Development Committee, his term to expire 12/31/06. Is there anyone who wishes to make a motion?

Mr. Perkins: I make a motion to accept Lou Terrezza for one year term starting 12/31/06 to the Economic Development Committee.

Mr. Biondi: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: Mr. Terrezza’s is confirmed by the Council. He shall take a 1 year term, expiring 12/31/06 on the Economic Development Committee.

Recreation Advisory Committee
Lisa Pignataro, 3 year term expires 12/31/08 (RAC recommendation)
Bert Barrier, 3 year term expires 12/31/08 (Mayor’s recommendation)
Don Cartwright, 3 year term expires 12/31/08 (Mayor’s recommendation)
(vacant) 3 year unexpired term expires 12/31/07 (Mayor’s recommendation)
(vacant) 3 year unexpired term expires 12/31/06 (Mayor’s recommendation)

President Greenbaum: The next Mayoral appointment with advice and consent is on the Recreation Advisory Committee, Lisa Pignataro, a 3 year term expiring 12/31/08. Do I have a motion to confirm?

Mr. Biondi: I will move that.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: Mrs. Lisa Pignataro appointment is confirmed by Council, and she shall take on a 3 year term expiring 12/31/08. The next appointment of the Recreation Advisory Committee made by the Mayor for confirmation is Bert Barrier a 3 year term expiring 12/31/08. Is there a motion to confirm?

Mr. Rattner: I will make the motion.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved by Mr. Rattner. Is there a second?

Mr. Biondi: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Any discussion?

Mrs. Labow: I am a little bit confused because Mr. Barrier had a term that has not expired yet, and I wanted to know the legal procedure. Does he need to resign from the term that he didn’t expire from before he can be put in the new term?

Mr. Dorsey: His term has not expired?

Mrs. Labow: No, his term has not expired. It does not expire until December 31, 2006. We confirmed him last year and now...

Mr. Dorsey: Then I would not think this appointment is in order unless he has resigned.

Mrs. Labow: So he would have to resign his current position before he can assume a new position?

Mr. Dorsey: He can’t be appointed to the same position twice.

President Greenbaum: Mayor, are you willing to withdraw Mr. Barrier’s nomination at this point?

Mayor De La Roche: Well, the point is that Mr. Barrier has done such an excellent job I am trying to extend his period of time and that is the purpose of it.

Mr. Dorsey: Well, then you first have to have him resign from his current position.

Mayor De La Roche: Well, I don’t want him to resign until he is confirmed. If he is confirmed for a 3 year appointment, I will certainly ask him to resign from his 1 year appointment.

Mr. Biondi: It doesn’t work that way.

President Greenbaum: Is Mr. Barrier here?

Mrs. Labow: No.

President Greenbaum: He is not here. There is a motion on the floor to confirm with a second so we are going to...is there any other discussion?

Mr. Rattner: Well, based on the item Mrs. Labow brought up, I will withdraw my motion until we get the proper order. I do not have a problem with Mr. Barrier. I know he has been in town for a long time; however, we have to get it right.

President Greenbaum: Okay, does anyone else wish to make a motion with respect to Mr. Barrier now that Mr. Rattner has withdrawn his motion? Seeing none, it fails. The next appointment for the Recreation Advisory Committee is Don Cartwright, a 3 year term expiring 12/31/08. Is there anyone that wishes to make a motion to approve Mr. Cartwright? I will make the motion. Is there a second?

Mrs. Labow: I am going to say second, just for discussion.

President Greenbaum: Okay, it has been moved and seconded. Is there any discussion?

Mrs. Labow: I never heard of this gentleman before? Never met him but I understand after calling around today and found out that he is the president of the Senior Citizens Club which is fantastic. He wants to be on the Recreation Committee. We have pretty much set precedence in the past that we want to see a resume, and I haven’t seen his resume so I would like to table this appointment until we receive a resume.

President Greenbaum: You make your motion to table? Is there a second on the motion to table?

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. A vote on the motion to table please?

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, President Greenbaum voted No

President Greenbaum: Motion to table carries. There are two vacancies on the Recreation Advisory Committee at which point the Mayor has not made a recommendation to fill those positions currently.

Library Board
Jerry Sheard, 5 year unexpired term expires 12/31/06
Joe Fleischner, 5 year term expires 12/31/10
Cathleen Sullivan, 5 year unexpired term expires 12/31/09

President Greenbaum: The next items for discussion are the Library Board. The first nomination by the Mayor with respect to the Library Board is Jerry Sheard, a 5 year unexpired term expiring 12/31/06. Is there a motion from Council to confirm Jerry Sheard on the Library Board? Seeing none, the nomination fails for lack of a motion to confirm.

Mr. Dorsey: I think that is a 1 year appointment.

President Greenbaum: It is, it is a 5 year unexpired term.

Mr. Dorsey: Oh, okay.

President Greenbaum: This would be a 1 year appointment. The next appointment is Joe Fleischner for the Library Board, a 5 year term expiring 12/31/10. Is there a motion to confirm? Seeing none, the nomination fails for lack of a motion to confirm. The next nomination is Cathleen Sullivan; a 5 year unexpired term expiring 12/31/09. Is there a motion to confirm? Seeing none the nomination fails for lack of a motion to confirm.

Mayor De La Roche: Point of order.

President Greenbaum: Yes.

Mayor De La Roche: She’ll continue as a holdover.

President Greenbaum: Okay.

Pride Committee
Ruth Spae, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
David Yourish, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Marilyn Ryan, Administrative Liaison, 1 year term expires 12/31/06

President Greenbaum: The next item is Pride Committee. The first nomination is Ruth Spae, a 1 year term expiring 12/31/06. Is there a motion to confirm?

Mr. Biondi: I will move that.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved by Mr. Biondi and seconded by Mr. Perkins. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: Ruth Spae will assume a 1 year term expiring, 12/31/06 on the Pride Committee. The next appointment is David Yourish; a 1 year term expiring 12/31/06 is there a motion to confirm? It has been moved by Mr. Perkins. Is there a second?

Mr. Biondi: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been seconded by Mr. Biondi. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: Mr. Yourish will assume the position on the Pride Committee of a 1 year term expiring 12/31/06. The next nomination by the Mayor is Marilyn Ryan, for the Pride Committee Administrative Liaison, 1 year term expires 12/31/06. Is there a motion to confirm?

Mr. Rattner: I will make the motion.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved by Mr. Rattner and seconded by Mr. Perkins. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: Marilyn Ryan will assume the Administrative Liaison position, a 1 year term expiring 12/31/06 on the Pride Committee.

c. Council Appointments

All Subcommittees of the Township Council previously created are extended through 2006:

Finance/Budget/Audit Control Committee – Jim Buell, Steve Rattner, John Sorel, Anthony McKeon, Phil Tobey, Ray Hansel, Ed Dennerlien, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Board of Adjustment Liaison, Ray Perkins, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Recreation Board Liaison, John Biondi, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Board of Education Liaison, Jim Buell, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Safety Committee Liaison, Ray Perkins, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Planning Board, Russ Tepper, Councilmember, Class III, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Pride Committee Liaison, Ray Perkins, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Legislative Committee, John Biondi, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Committee RE: Lake/Environment Issues, Steve Rattner, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee, Steve Rattner, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Economic Development Committee Liaison, Steve Rattner, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Russ Tepper, 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Open Space Committee, Colleen Labow, 4 year unexpired term expires 12/31/07
Deputy Township Clerk, Michelle Masser, 2 year term expires 12/31/07
Auditor, Gary Higgins, RMA, 2 year term expires 12/31/07

President Greenbaum: At this point in time, the Planning Board Council position I will open for nomination.

Mrs. Labow: I would like to nominate Russ Tepper.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Is there any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mr. Tepper Abstained

President Greenbaum: Congratulations, Mr. Tepper.

Mrs. Labow: Congratulations.

President Greenbaum: Open Space Committee, it is actually a member of the Committee and I would ask for nominations.

Mr. Buell: I nominate.

President Greenbaum: You nominate who?

Mr. Buell: Colleen.

Mr. Rattner: Second for Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: Thank you.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mrs. Labow Abstained

President Greenbaum: Congratulations.

Mrs. Labow: Thank you.

President Greenbaum: At this point in time I will open it up to Council for nomination of Deputy Township Clerk.

Mr. Biondi: I would like to nominate Michelle Masser as Deputy Township Clerk.

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: At this point in time I will open it up to the floor for Township Auditor nominations.

Mr. Perkins: I nominate Gary Higgins for a 2 year term expiring 12/31/07.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded any discussions? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: Congratulations Mr. Higgins, wherever you are out there.

Crossing Guards
Theresa Petrocelli - 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Cathy Wallwork - 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Marion Widzemok - 1 year term expires 12/31/06
Donna Hickey - 1 year term expires 12/31/06

President Greenbaum: At this point in time, the next items for discussion are Crossing Guards, I would like to deal with them in mass, and I would like to get a nomination for the Crossing Guards.

Mr. Biondi: So moved.

President Greenbaum: All four?

Mr. Biondi: In mass.

Mr. Tepper: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

Board of Adjustment
James Staszak, 4 year term unexpired term expires 12/31/08
Anthony McKeon, 4 year term unexpired term expires 12/31/07
Alex Roman, Alt. I, 2 year term expires 12/31/07
Dave Masukewicz, Alt. II, 2 year term unexpired term expires 12/31/06

President Greenbaum: As has been our past practice with respect to the Board of Adjustment, we have consistently, where the individuals have wanted to move up to regular voting members taken our alternates and moved them. We are fortunate this evening to have both Jim Staszak and Anthony McKeon here this evening, and I guess you guys are going to have to resign your positions as alternates to move up. If you would just come up to the podium and state your name, address, and indicate that you are resigning your position as alternate, so that we can move you forward.

James Staszak: Good evening. I, James Staszak, hereby resign my position as Alternate with the Zoning Board. Thank you.

Anthony McKeon: I, Anthony McKeon, resign as Alternate 2 on the Zoning Board of Adjustment as of today.

President Greenbaum: Thank you. At this point in time I would open up for nomination for Board of Adjustment for a 4 year term unexpired term expiring on 12/31/08.

Mr. Biondi: I move James Staszak for that appointment.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: Congratulations Mr. Staszak. At this point in time I will open it up for nomination for 4 year term unexpired term expiring 12/31/07.

Mr. Perkins: I move for the appointment of Anthony McKeon for a 4 year term.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: The next position on the Board of Adjustments is to fill the Alternate #1 and the Alternate #2 spots. I will take a nomination for Alternate #1, a 2 year term expiring 12/31/07.

Mr. Rattner: I nominate Alex Roman.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Biondi: Second.

President Greenbaum: Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: The next position is Alternate #2, a 2 year term unexpired term, expiring 12/31/06. I will open up the floor for nominations.

Mr. Perkins: Yes, I nominate Dave Masukewicz as Alternate #2.

Mr. Biondi: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. It is Dave Masukewicz. Any discussion?

Dave Masukewicz: I believe that is a 1 year term?

Mrs. Labow: A 1 year term.

President Greenbaum: It is a 1 year term it is a 2 year term. It is a 1 year unexpired.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

Mrs. Labow: Are they here? Aren’t you going to congratulate them?

President Greenbaum: Dave is here.

Mr. Biondi: Dave Masukewicz is here.

President Greenbaum: They are here. Congratulations.

Mr. Biondi: Congratulations.

Mrs. Labow: Congratulations.

Dave Masukewicz: Thank you.

Board of Health
Colleen Labow - Chairman, 2 year term expires 12/31/07
Charles Wallack, 3 year term expires 12/31/08

President Greenbaum: At this point in time I will open it to the Council for nomination to Chairmen of the Board of Health.

Mr. Biondi: I will nominate Councilwoman Colleen Labow to Chair.

Mr. Buell: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded, anymore nominations? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mrs. Labow Abstained

President Greenbaum: One other position on the Board of Health was a position which Charles Wallack held and seeks reappointment to a 3 year term expiring 12/31/08. I will open it up to Council for nomination.

Mr. Perkins: Yes, I nominate Doctor Charles Wallack for 3 year term.

Mrs. Labow: Second.

President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

Ethics Committee
Scott Ireland, 5 year term expires 12/31/10
Christopher Kenny, 5 year term expires 12/31/10

President Greenbaum: The next Item for discussion is the Ethics Committee, a 5 year term expiring 12/31/10. Yes, Mayor, do you have something?

Mayor De La Roche: Yes, I just want it noted on the record that I consider this meeting to be a violation to the Open Public Meetings Act and I just want it noted on the record.

President Greenbaum: Oh, thank you. Ethics Committee, the position is a 5 year term expiring on 12/31/10. Does anyone have a nomination for that position?

Mr. Biondi: I nominate Scott Ireland.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Perkins: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Any discussion, any further nominations? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: The next position is a 5 year term expiring 12/31/10 and I will open it up to Council for nominations. Mr. Buell.

Mr. Buell: Mr. Chris Kenny.

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Any discussion, any further nominations? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

RESOLUTIONS

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 Newspapers 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 2006 for the Current, Water, Sewer and Sanitation Budgets.

4. 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.

5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Appointing Steven Rattner as Council Representative to the Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee.

6. 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 2006.

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

8. 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.

9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Tax Assessor and/or the Township Attorney to File and Tax Appeals/Rollbacks.

10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Various Change Funds for the Year 2006.

11. 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.

12. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Cancellation of Water, Sewer, Sewer Assessment and Tax Receivable Overpayments and Balances $1.00 or Less.

13. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing a Petty Cash Fund for 2006.

14. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Professional Services Contract with Golub Animal Hospital for Animal Control Purposes for 2006. (amended with Pay to Play wording)

15. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of Various Purchasing Contracts.

President Greenbaum: Is there any Resolution on the Consent Resolutions Agenda that any Council member would like to have removed and placed on the Non-Consent Agenda? Seeing none, I would ask Mr. Tepper to move the Consent Resolutions Agenda please.

Mr. Tepper: I move the Consent Resolutions Agenda as presented in its entirety from items
#1-16.

President Greenbaum: There are only 15 on the Amended Agenda. You were doing so well up until that point.

Mr. Tepper: Well, I have 16 in front of me and I apologize. I will take #1-15.

Mr. Biondi: I will second his motion.

Public Portion on Consent Resolutions

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public who wishes to address any item on the Consent Resolutions Agenda? Seeing none, I close it to the public.

Council Comments/Statements on Consent Resolutions Agenda

President Greenbaum: Are there any Council comments, brief clarifying comments with respect to Consent Resolutions Agenda? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mr. Perkins voted No on #1

President Greenbaum: At this point in time I would like to ask the Mayor to present the State of the Township Address.

Mayor De La Roche: Thank you, Mr. Council President, and congratulations to all the new Council people.

Mayor’s State of the Township Address

Mayor De La Roche: I would like to begin by wishing everyone a Happy New Year! This second year of my administration has been one of challenges as well as successes. I would like to share some of the accomplishments which we achieved in 2005 and focus on those things that I think we need to do in the coming year. Before I begin, I want to take this opportunity to thank the many Township employees who have worked hard this year in the best interests of the Township. I would like to acknowledge our Emergency Services Personnel and Police for their continuing efforts to make Mount Olive a safe place to live. We are fortunate to have the finest public safety personnel and programs through our Police, Fire, Emergency Rescue, and Emergency Management teams. You are the best in the County. Special thanks to those Emergency Services Personnel who traveled to New Orleans to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. We ended the year 2005, having settled a fair Labor Contract with the Mount Olive Police Department. And after a long and arduous search, we hired a new Business Administrator, Rick Prill.

This year was good in terms of new development in the Township. Over $50 million in added assessments went on the books in 2005. There were 105 new residences built in 2005, and the following new commercial businesses opened: Staples, Marriott Residence Inn, Wachovia Bank and DPC Cirrus. In addition, State Farm Insurance built a new building on Route 46 and a Best Western will open in 2006. In all, the Township Building Department issued 1,397 new permits in 2005, amounting to a grand total of $469,952 in revenue collected by the department. The total value of all construction in 2005 is $77,638,490.

The Old Municipal Building has been a subject of discussion in the Township for many years prior to my administration.
• After consulting with several professional experts, who evaluated the condition of the building, the Administration and Council came to consensus that the condition of the building made it cost prohibitive to repair and re-use.

• THE ADMINISTRATION PRESENT TO THE COUNCIL AND THE COUNCIL ACCEPTED A RE-USE PLAN FOR THE SITE EMPHASIZING THE DEMOLITION OF THE OLD BUILDING AND THE ADAPTIVE RE-USE OF EXISTING DPW FACILITIES WHEN THE NEW DPW CENTER IS COMPLETED

• THE NECESSARY APPROVALS WERE OBTAINED FROM VARIOUS AGENCIES AND THE DEMOLITION IS NOW IN PROGRESS.

New DPW Facility construction to begin – Early Spring 2006:
A significant accomplishment in 2005 is the commencement of the much-needed DPW facility, which has been “on-hold” for several years. The facility will include two large garages for storage of equipment and an area for Township employees to meet and change during inclement weather, specifically during the snow season. We have a significant investment in Township vehicles and equipment, which we must protect from the elements.

• The new DPW facility concept plan was presented to the Taxpayers via non-binding referendum in November, 2004 and received overwhelming public support.
• Suburban Consulting (with the assistance of the Township DPW Department) provided the design and layout of the new facility.

• Because of the new Highlands legislation, the Township applied to NJDEP and received approval to proceed with the project in the fall of 2005, at which time we went out to bid and selected a contractor to begin construction of the DPW facility, which will be located behind the new Municipal Building on Flanders Drakestown Road. A $1.3 million dollar contract was awarded to: APS in Paterson for the construction project.
• The project is scheduled for the Planning Board approval at their January 16, 2006 meeting
• Construction will begin in the early spring of 2006.

Use of the Former Library Building on Wolfe Road:
• The use of the old library building has been the subject of much speculation over the last year. The Administration and Council negotiated what we believe to be a win-win solution by leasing the building to the Mount Olive Child Care & Learning Center, at no expense to the Taxpayers of Mount Olive. This solution preserves the Township’s options for possible future use should the need arise, while leasing to an organization that provides a valuable service to the community.

THIS WORK IS NOW OUT TO BID AND IS SCHEDULED FOR BID OPENING ON JANUARY 19, 2006.
New Senior Housing in Flanders:
• Lutheran Social Ministries has been working with the Township over the past year to provide additional Senior Housing for Mount Olive Township senior citizens. The new complex, located in Flanders will provide 50 additional apartments.

Other Engineering Projects:

Capital projects that were constructed and managed by Mount Olive during the year resulted in a total construction cost of $799,000. These projects included:
• The Reconstruction of Sunset Drive, which was funded with a grant of $140,000 from the NJ Transportation Fund Municipal Aid Program;
• Improvements to Turkey Brook Park Phase III, which included the addition of Tennis and Basketball Courts; and handicap accessibility improvements

• The Clover Hill Pump Station refurbishing project for the Water & Sewer Department.

The following grants funding was received for these additional construction projects:

• A total of $169,000 in grants have been received under the Fiscal Year 2005 New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Municipal Aid and Safe Sidewalks and Streets Programs for the Resurfacing of Pleasant Hill Road and Route 46 Sidewalks Phase II.
• Design plans for the widening of Naughright Road were completed and re-bid in December. The NJ Transportation Trust Fund Municipal Aid Program FY 2005 provided a grant in the amount of $100,000 to fund this project.
• A contract was awarded for the Drainage Improvements to Ironia Road and this will go into construction in the spring of 2006. The project was funded by a grant of $116,000 from the NJ Transportation Trust Fund (which includes $30,000 in discretionary funds obtained from the NJ Department of Transportation in 2005).

• In addition, Mount Olive Township and the Township Consulting Engineer and Planner, completed an updated Storm water Master Plan to satisfy the requirements of a Tier A Storm water NJPDES General Permit.

Open Space continues to be a priority in Mount Olive Township:
• Planned acquisitions in 2006 include the Mandelbaum property (107 acres) and Blue Atlas (32 acres). A $400,000 grant was received to preserve the Mandelbaum tract which borders Allamuchy State park and Smithtown Road. A $900,000 grant was received to preserve the 32 acre Blue Atlas parcel off Flanders-Netcong Road. Funding from Morris Land Conservancy, has enabled the Township to acquire several parcels of land which will be used for active and passive recreation in the future. Some of the recent acquisitions in 2005 included the Silver Spring Farm (173 acres) and the Bruun Property (3 acres).
Township Clean Up:
• The DPW Department successfully coordinated the Township Clean-Up Program with funds from the Clean Communities Grant Program for 2006.
• A new street sweeper in 2005 enabled the department to manage the street cleaning schedule more efficiently.
• The DPW Department and Mount Olive Pride Committee scheduled spring and fall cleanups by the Morris County Sheriff’s Labor and Assistance Program (SLAP), which resulted in removal of debris from Route 206, Route 46 and other county roads in Mount Olive at no cost to taxpayers.
• In addition, Pride continues to coordinate efforts with DPW to beautify various intersections in the Township by planting flowers and shrubs in the spring and fall.

Road Maintenance:
• Keeping Township roads in good condition is a priority, and the following roads were resurfaced in 2005: Sandshore Road, Highfield Road, Stephens Mill Road, Indian Lane, and Nicholas Lane in 2005. Additional storm drainage was installed on Deerpath Drive in Flanders, Stephen State Park Road, Goldmine Road, and Drakestown Road. Ironia Road in Flanders will is a project for 2006.

Mount Olive Township’s Police Department received several grants in 2005, which will help defray the cost of the services they provide to our residents. These grants included funds for:
• The “Click-it or Ticket” program which educates the public on the mandatory seat belt laws $4,000
• Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund $35,349.
• Donation from Sam’s Club: $1,000
• Donation from Benjamin Moore: $2,000
• The DARE Program continues to receive funding to work in the schools, with a high success rate for communicating with our youth.
• Through a 2005 $250,000 Grant from the State, the Mount Olive Police were able to hire two additional officers to work directly in the Township schools, beginning in 2006.
THE COPS IN SCHOOL PROGRAM WAS AUTHORIZED BY JOINT ACTION BY THE TOWNSHIP AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Also received in 2005:
• A grant for Body Armor was received for $9,398
• A child passenger safety grant amounted to $3,986
• “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” Grant for $4,000

2006 GOALS
Looking forward to 2006, there are several challenges that the Township will face in terms of ratables, NJDEP proposed regulations, and preparing a budget that encompasses both the short term needs of the municipality and the long term requirements of the municipal operation of the Town.

• An issue that the Administration and Council will continue to focus on and prioritize are the traffic and safety concerns which have been identified along Route 46 and 206 in the Township. We will continue to work together to develop an acceptable plan to address and remediate these issues.

• We will continue to prioritize the Proposed New Planning Designation for the International Trade Center North, particularly the BASF Tract. I would like to share what has been done by the Administration in 2005:

1. The administration set up a meeting with the Township Planner and representatives from BASF and Cushman & Wakefield and the Director of New Jersey Economic Development, Caren Franzini, to discuss the criteria necessary to qualify for Business Incentive Grant funds to attract a prospective buyer for BASF. To take advantage of the bonus credits provided in the grant, the planning designation for BASF needs to be changed to a Planning Area 2 or Town Center.

2. Subsequent letters were sent to the Governor and to the Office of Smart Growth indicating our intention to pursue Initial Plan endorsement, and a pre-petition meeting was held with the Office of Smart Growth in July as the first step in the Plan Endorsement Process. The foundation for the Township’s position was documented in the Cross Acceptance report to the County, as part of the required process for the State Development and Redevelopment Plan.

3. Following our pre-petition meeting Mount Olive formed a Plan Endorsement committee and meeting was held with Mayor Pompillio of Netcong and their Business Administrator, Marvin Joss.

4. We are moving ahead to meet all the requirements for Plan Endorsement, including the request to change the PA designation in this part of the Township. While the Township is moving ahead, a final decision by the State Planning Commission may not be made until the Highlands Master Plan is adopted in June, 2006.

The Administration and Council will continue to pursue all available resources to bring this issue to satisfactory closure in 2006.
Finally, we will remain strongly opposed to the proposed NJDEP Sewer Regulations announced in November:

• The Administration and Council have aggressively opposed the proposed NJDEP Sewer Regulations, which would adversely affect Mount Olive Township’s ratable base, if passed.

 

• Letters of opposition were sent to State legislators, the Governor’s Office, and NJDEP to advise them that the proposed legislation is not acceptable and in essence, seeks to usurp the local municipalities rights to make decisions based on the needs of their individual communities. A press conference was held with neighboring Mayors and other legislators and we will continue to strongly oppose this proposed legislation.

• We will continue to beautify our community using grant funding, county cleanup programs and clean communities funds.

• We will continue to acquire open space for future recreational use by our residents and our children’s children

• We will continue to improve the quality of life for our residents by continuing to provide the quality services they have come to expect, such as recreation programs, health programs, top notch parks and recreational facilities

• The most important component of working toward these challenges is to solidify the relationship between the council and the administration and work together for the benefit of the residents that we serve. I am fully committed to working with the council on these important issues. Government works best when the two branches of government have mutual respect and a spirit of cooperation.

May God continue to bless and protect the United States of America; our brave military who are defending our freedom our community and our residents. As always, I would like to leave you with a quote from one of our great leaders, Benjamin Franklin, for the New Year: “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.” Have a happy, healthy, and safe New Year. Thank you and good night.

Public Portion

President Greenbaum: Thank you, Mayor. At this point in time I will open the meeting to anyone in the public who wishes to be heard on any particular issue. Yes sir, you have to come up to the podium and state your name and address for the record.

Joseph Fleischner, 34 Karen Place, Budd Lake: Ladies and gentlemen I wasn’t going to stand up here tonight to say anything. I came here to listen and to learn. What I have seen is kind of a throw back to when I first came to this community which was in the early 70’s. Mr. Kamin, I believe you were on the Town Council at that time? It was basically a Democratic controlled Town Council. Blaine Rowland was Mayor, Herb Vogel was the attorney and anything the Democrats wanted the Democrats got and they closed the town to the Republicans. Back then I was an Independent and some of you may remember, I think John Biondi might remember, we formed an Independent Party and we ran for political office. Although we did not win, we effected a change in government and the Democrats were thrown out of office and the Republicans basically came in to power. I then ran as a Democrat and did not get elected and thank God that I didn’t because I had time to do basketball and little league and all the things I think that parents want to do. Over the years, what I have seen is a town that has become divided and when I look at what has taken place in the last two years, after Mayor De La Roche was elected, I found it very, very disturbing. I, today, am a registered Republican. My oldest son ran for the State Assembly as a Republican in one of the toughest districts, Camden County, and only lost by 4% which is amazing because he ran against Lou Greenwald. I am a Republican. I have been a Democrat and an Independent but above all, I am a citizen of Mount Olive Township and I think the time has come for each and every member of this Council to do something that my wife, who passed away in the 90’s, her grandmother gave us advise and said never go to bed angry. If you have to stay up all night, fight it out but in the morning you need to hug and kiss each other and life goes on and work it out, I think, to the benefit this Township. I think this Council needs to work out its differences with the Mayor and in a Closed session, I don’t care how you do it, but for the Township and the citizens of Mount Olive. The next two years need to be an important two years, and they need to be a two years where you all work together. No animosity, none of this political, excuse my language, crap because it doesn’t work. Right now in the public what we have is the right hates the far left. We see what’s going on in Washington and we see what’s going on in the State in of New Jersey. Mount Olive needs to be an oasis of peace and good relationships. I charge all you members of the Council and you, also Mayor, to work out your differences and make this Township the best Township in the County. Thank you.

President Greenbaum: Congratulations on your appointment onto the Planning Board this evening. Anyone else from the public? Yes sir, Mr. Bonte that is your name still, is it not? Good to see you back. Please state your name and address.
Richard Bonte, Budd Lake: I have two things. First, Mr. President, I was wondering if you could ask the Mayor why this meeting is in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act.

President Greenbaum: You can ask him yourself.

Mr. Bonte: With your permission?

President Greenbaum: Yes.

Mr. Bonte: Mr. Mayor, could you explain to this audience why this meeting is in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act?

Mayor De La Roche: Well, in my opinion all of these discussions, if you look at the agenda, you will see all the names were chosen long before we got here. I don’t recall any meeting where there was a discussion of all the candidates and I think that since it was chosen long before we got here and it is printed, I am not aware of any meeting that was held to discuss these appointments so they were already determined before anybody got here. I consider that to be in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act. You had a majority and you saw everyone here voted in lockstep on every, every appointment.

Mr. Bonte: Mr. Dorsey, could you explain to us what constitutes a violation of an Open Public Meeting Act? Are there a number of people that have to be together at one time?

Mr. Dorsey: I do not believe that this Organization Meeting or that any other Organization Meetings held in Mount Olive has ever been in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act. The most important part of the Open Public Meetings Act is that proper notice is given of the meeting and Mrs. Lashway does that very appropriately, very promptly before the meeting. She also distributes the agenda and all of the resolutions and you have heard and seen all the votes taken here tonight. Resolutions made, nominations made, nominations accepted, nominations rejected. It has all been done in public with everyone having the opportunity to comment.

Mr. Bonte: What is the number of members of the elected body that can be together at any one time and not violate the Open Public Meeting Act?

Mr. Dorsey: Three, if they are there for the purpose of discussing public business.

Mr. Bonte: Okay, so it appears that the Mayor is basically stating that he believes that more than three members of this body have met at any one time prior to this meeting to discuss business that took place this evening. Is that correct, Mr. Mayor?

Mayor De La Roche: Well the main reason I raised the objection is I don’t want to participate in a violation of the Open Public Meetings Act. In order to keep myself aloof from it, I have to notify the Council at the time of the meeting that I consider it to be a violation.

Mr. Bonte: I am a little confused here as to what the actual charges are? Is anyone on this body aware of, that four or more people met together to discuss business that took place this evening?

Mrs. Labow: I just want to say something first. I was confused when the Mayor made his announcement earlier. I don’t know if anyone read the paper this week? If you see Morristown, and several of the other communities on the weekend, listed who all of their upcoming appointments were going to be, published it in the paper. Obviously that was the direction they chose to go. This is no different. We had our announcement the other day. We passed out the agendas. We all had a chance to review who the nominations were going to be and tonight we voted on them. As far as any type of violations goes, there is such a thing as a political caucus where as long as the chair of the.... either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party is present you can discuss political matters.

Mr. Bonte: I think some serious charges have been made this evening....

Mayor De La Roche: I think they were just admitted to also.

Mr. Bonte: I don’t understand. If the Mayor didn’t want to participate in the meeting that he believed was in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act, he continued to give a State of the Township message at a meeting that he believes is in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act. I think somebody should look closer at this and it should be investigated as to whether or not the Mayor’s allegations are true and this issue be put to bed one way or the other because I think now that it is out on the floor, that needs to happen.
Mr. Rattner: Mr. Bonte, our Code lists exactly how our meetings are to be run and it conforms to the State model for an open public meeting. He said this meeting was in violation. This meeting, if you look at the Agenda, go onto our Code, which you can do on the internet you can go onto the State, all the requirements for an Open Public Meeting has been met. The advertising, the issuance of the Agenda at a time prior to the meeting and everything was at a public vote. I don’t know. His charge was this meeting was in violation, which to me I cannot figure out what this meeting, where we somehow missed something? In fact, our Agenda for all practical purposes is the same Agenda because it is in our Code to how the Agenda is set up.

Mr. Bonte: Just some additional comments. I had not planned on saying anything this evening regarding this matter but since Mr. Fleischner made some comments, I would just like to address the Council and the Mayor for a moment if I may? You know, Mr. Mayor, I am a registered Republican although I consider myself an Independent and I voted for you two years ago and was not overly thrilled with what took place the first year. However, I did not believe, and expressed to many people and to you also, that I was not in favor of the Recall because I didn’t feel there was any criminal or legal reasons why you should be recalled. At the time the Recall failed, I thought there was a golden opportunity for you, at that point in time, that you had a tremendous amount of what they call political capital and that we would see some really good things happen. Some of what I have seen happen over the summer and the fall having withdrawn from these proceedings for about six or eight months because I wanted to see what the world looked like from the outside, without the knowledge of what went on here. Even from the outside, it didn’t look good, what’s been going on and there has been a wholesale attempt to dismantle a lot of our people who have a tremendous amount of value to contribute to the Town. I saw some of the issues that have come up over the last year and what has taken place this evening, including your remarks about this meeting being in violation to the Open Public Meetings Act. I want to echo what Mr. Fleischner has said, that we really need to get our act together here. There is a lot that Mount Olive needs, there is a lot that needs to be accomplished and we can’t accomplishment it if we are arguing over a lot of little petty things. We need to look at the big issue. We need to look at people that can contribute tremendously to the value of this Town and where it is going regardless of the political affiliation, who they may be supporting at the moment, or whatever. I have seen, and I guess most of you are aware of basically the wholesale dismantling of the Planning Board to the point of where we have nobody on the board with more than three years experience in a Town that is still even with all of the rules, still considerably ripe for development and the institutional knowledge is now gone. This is not good for Mount Olive and we need to put aside some of the differences that we have and move forward. I would like to ask you to reconsider what you stated earlier regarding this meeting being in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act and if you don’t, then I think it needs to be determined by an independent body as to whether or not this meeting is in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act so that everybody in this room will know whether or not you have found the red herring or not? Thank you.

Mayor De La Roche: Well, let me just say this. This meeting itself obviously was conducted properly but all these determinations were made before we got here. Those are the meetings that violate the Open Public Meetings Act.

Mr. Bonte: All I can say is that if you have evidence to support that then you should bring it forth...

Mayor De La Roche: I have had Council people admit to me that there are meetings that are held in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act. I just felt that this meeting was so blatant that it should be brought to the public as a clear example of what you are talking about. You heard Mr. Fleischner. You seem to have forgotten that he was just turned down for the Library Board because apparently he is not qualified. He is a Republican. They voted him down today because I don’t know what the reason is and you will see that my appointments are across the board Republicans, Democrats, Independents. They are universally voted down and yet everybody says, well the Mayor is not cooperating but I don’t think that can be verified either. I think that we should take a really close look at what’s going on. It takes two to tango. I can’t do it alone. Most of these accomplishments have been, and I read quite a few of them and you have to admit, and even you would have to admit that the Municipal Building has been deteriorating for years, that the new DPW building was necessary. All of these things were done in spite of the cooperation of Council. So I don’t make any apologies for the fact I am trying to do what I consider to be in the best interest of Mount Olive. I have made appointments, clearly both Democratic and Republican. Mr. Smith is another appointment I made who’s a Republican. Many Republicans are appointed. I really don’t care as long as the people, in my opinion, are well qualified for the job. I think that you are saying of the fact, that the Planning Board has been dismantled, I think is grossly unfair. I think you will find that the Planning Board now is probably one of the best Planning Boards in the entire County if not the State. The prior Planning Board cost the Town $150,000.00 in settlement of a multi-million dollar case. No more of those members are still on the Planning Board. Everyone on the Planning Board has an expertise to bring to the Planning Board as Republicans or Democrats. I could care less. Everyone, go down the list, and you will see every one of them has some expertise to bring to the community to help Mayor De La Roche (Cont’d): them with what is going on in this State. Now we both know that the Highlands has created tremendous problems, the new DEP rules are causing more problems but these people, including Scott Van Ness, I mean you go right down the list. Every one of them has some expertise to bring and I think even the least objective of people would have to admit that these people are more than qualified for the appointments that I made.

Mr. Bonte: I don’t intend to use this time to debate the Mayor. That was not the purpose of my comments.

President Greenbaum: I have decided not to debate the Mayor anymore about anything. Is there anyone else from the public? Yes, please state your name and address for the record.

Charlie Uhrmann, 12 Jennies Lane, Mount Olive: Congratulations on everybody’s victory. I hope you can bring peace and unity to Mount Olive. Lord knows we need it. We need it more than you could ever fathom and I hope you feel these words in your heart. We have a Township that is really torn up, we need some unity, and it is no joke. My question, Mr. President, may I please address Councilman Perkins?

President Greenbaum: Certainly.

Mrs. Uhrmann: Councilman Perkins, you had questioned the legitimacy of the Mayor’s...I am not on anyone’s side here. If you guys have not figured anything out yet, it is all about the issues with the Uhrmanns. We have no friends here. We have issues. You had mentioned you brought up the issue about the appellate court ruling pertaining to conflict of interests. My question to you is, did you research this case all yourself or did you have help?

Mr. Perkins: Well, obviously I had help.

Mrs. Uhrmann: May I ask who please, who gave you that legal opinion.

Mr. Perkins: The Municipal Attorney.

Mrs. Uhrmann: That would be Mr. Dorsey.

Mr. Perkins: Yes it would.

Mrs. Uhrmann: Okay. Did he also give you information whether or not....did you actually seek this question yourself, or were you asked to, or were you acting on behalf of somebody else?

Mr. Perkins: I seeked the answer to the question because it appeared to me to violate the ethics code of the Township as well as the ethics code of the State. Therefore, I asked a legal opinion and I brought that forward tonight because if there is anything that the public needs it is to have trust in everybody that we appoint. I, personally, as I believe that you are aware, when my wife was promoted to the Zoning Board Secretary, I resigned from the Zoning Board of Adjustment just because I did not want the public to perceive a conflict of interest with my being on the same Board as my wife. When it comes time as a Councilmember to discuss the union negotiations, I step down and recuse myself and completely leave the building as I do with the FOP since I am also an associate member of the FOP. I personally feel the public has to look at us as officials. There can’t be any nepotism or favoritism or any appearance of a conflict, not that there is any dishonesty going on and I think this gentleman... I think Ron may make a fine Planning Board member. I think the avenue after researching and discussing with Mr. Dorsey that in my opinion, the best bet would should have been done, was to have gone for an informal hearing through our local Ethics Committee to see if there was a potential conflict of interest before that name appeared on an appointed list.

Mrs. Uhrmann: And you are respected for doing so. Let the record show it would have been nice for Mr. Rattner to recuse himself this evening. However, that is another issue. Do you know by chance if that decision is pending in a higher court?

Mr. Perkins: It is in the middle stage. It is in the Appellate Court, the Appellate has ruled in favor.

Mrs. Uhrmann: Correct, but there is a higher court?

Mr. Perkins: Yes.

Mrs. Uhrmann: Are you under the understanding as a Councilman, has this been concluded, have they sought for a higher court?
Mr. Perkins: I am not aware that they have pursued it any further. That case, at this particular junction, is only brought up as a reference. I am more concerned with Mount Olive than I am with Moorestown right now. A Councilwoman voting in favor of her husband for the Planning Board, I am more concerned with the fact that the Mayor would make an appointment for his child to be on the Planning Board, and if it is completely ethical and there is no conflict of interest, then I welcome the young man to be there. If there is a perception that there could be a conflict of interest, then I think the Mayor would respectively remove that.

Mrs. Uhrmann: And I am certain, that hopefully that will happen. You know, I appreciate that. Do you have any understanding of any other underlining case law that would pertain to that, that was used for this appeal decision?

Mr. Perkins: There were case laws that were referenced in the flyer that I had received. You know in the paper work that I had downloaded and all that I got, and it made reference to other cases that were there. There has to be five or ten of them that are listed there.

Mrs. Uhrmann: Would we have access to that, which you downloaded, that you base your opinion on?

Mr. Perkins: I don’t see why you wouldn’t?

Mrs. Uhrmann: Okay, that’s great.

President Greenbaum: Did you want a copy of the opinion? You’re more than welcome to have it.

Mrs. Uhrmann: I would just like a copy. I am just kind of curious how this kind of....

President Greenbaum: We are not making a decision. We are simply referring it to a Board for further review. We didn’t do anything with respect to the appointment of Ron De La Roche except we are sending it off to the Ethics Board in light of this opinion.

Mrs. Uhrmann: Rob you have to understand, I am really coming here because my son needs to fulfill a Scout requirement and I was just curious if there is, if they have appealed this decision to a higher court or....

Mr. Dorsey: You know I don’t believe they have because it was a 2004 decision. We didn’t find it in the opinion book.

President Greenbaum: It is an Appellate division decision, and to the best of our knowledge as we sit here right now, there is no Supreme Court decision. So whether or not they appealed it to the Supreme Court or not, this is the law with respect to this particular issue. Unless there are other cases out there, which in some way conflict with this case, in which case the Ethics Committee, the Ethics Committee has access to an attorney who can look at the issue, look at the case and say, yes, in fact, it is going to go to the Supreme Court. You may want to wait to make a decision until after the Supreme Court or this was the final case in the spring and that was that. So that the record is clear, there was a particular request of Mr. Dorsey as to whether or not the appointment of the Mayor’s son to the Planning Board was appropriate. Let me give it to you in a hypothetical kind of way. Let’s assume that the Mayor during his three year term appointed every single spot to a family member, an immediate family member. At that point, in time it might jump out to you and say wow! Not that the Mayor has done that but hypothetically one might say there might be something wrong with putting immediate family members on the Board that you sit on that makes important decisions.

Mrs. Uhrmann: Would you consider a wife, immediately family? Did Mayor Licitra ever nominate a wife or family member to any Board?

President Greenbaum: His wife did sit on the Board of Adjustment. It was not his appointment.

Mrs. Labow: It was Council.

President Greenbaum: I don’t know when that appointment took place. To the extent that if he participated in that decision, then it would have been inappropriate if this was the law at the time that that decision was made.

Mrs. Labow: Hers was the deciding vote. I don’t think that was the case with Licitra.

Mrs. Uhrmann: Councilman Perkins, I do appreciate an honest answer. Thank you, Council President.
President Greenbaum: We will make sure you get a copy of this decision.

Mrs. Uhrmann: I just want to have a really good understanding because you know that this is a New Year. Let’s start fresh and I really hope that we can all get together and try to make Mount Olive the place that really it has the potential, this town has potential for such positive growth. I lived in several areas and this has it, it is all going to depend on you guys. We need to bring this community together whether we are Democrats, Republicans, Independents, or Catholics, Jewish, it doesn’t really matter. We need to come together as people, we really do, and I pray to god that we can do this. Find it in your hearts guys, we all need to stop fighting within ourselves. We are doing that in Iraq and we are losing kids for that. We are supposed to be a civilized nation and furthermore we are even supposed to be more civilized in a Township based area. We are supposed to care about one another and we are supposed to care about one another’s children and the future of the Township because that directly impacts our children. I really implore upon you guys, let’s just do the right thing. Let’s just do it. Thank you for your time.

President Greenbaum: Thank you. Anyone else from the public who wishes to be heard?

Mayor De La Roche: May I ask you a question? Can you tell me when you got this decision? When did my alleged attorney give it to you? Why wasn’t I given a copy?

Mr. Dorsey: Excuse me, I am not your alleged attorney I am the Township.....

President Greenbaum: We are not going down that road. I will respond to that, if I recall when I got the decision, in a memo to you. Is there anyone else from the public?

Mayor De La Roche: Can I know if it was before today?

Mrs. Labow: Yes it was.

Dick Kamin: Good evening, Happy New Year. Just let me take a different take on maybe how this entire meeting is going this evening. I commend the Council and Mayor for the way in which this first meeting in 2006 was, in fact, discussed and handled and issues resolved. There was no attack on personalities. There was nothing in the review of the Mayor’s appointment. It was all on process and that is how decisions are made and those disagreements are part of our constitutional rights, part of democracy and part of the Faulkner Act Plan E, and that is why tonight’s meeting is a good start for 2006. As you come together, with probably the most difficult task this year, will be pulling together a budget. That’s the document that we are all going to care about because that is going to be the direction we go for 2006 and if the revenues are there and the ratable base is re-energized and rejuvenated and that the Council, as a team of seven, works with the Administration with that regard. I wish you well and, as Mr. Fleischman mentioned, there were those times when there were disagreement in the 70’s but they were resolved because the process was used. When the Mayor, at that time, refused to come to the meetings, when he refused to send representatives from the Administration, we changed the rules on how the bills were paid, and it required instead of a free rein at $10,000 we reduced it to $1,000. That meant he had to come and appear in public to do the public business. There is always a way to do it and that is what the Faulkner Act is all about. It is give and take, done in a professional way, not an attack on personalities. You have an obligation to make decisions and if it doesn’t always go your way because you don’t have the votes, move on. Good Luck in 2006.

President Greenbaum: Thank you. Anyone else from the public? Please state your name and address for the record.

Robb Pearson, Budd Lake: In spite of my opposition to most of you during the campaign, congratulations. Please make us proud. I actually have a letter that I am going to submit to the Council but I am going to read it so it is on record. To my elected representatives: The vast majority of you on the Township Council are certainly aware of the NJ.COM Mount Olive Internet forum and that it frequently serves as a center of often heated political debate. I am contacting you to express a grievance and seek redress in regards to abusive communications made by a member of the Council. Allow me to add that it is also a well-known fact that I occasionally speak very openly and unapologetically in opposition to certain political figures in our community, as is my right as an American citizen. However, regardless of my political opinions and methods of expressing those opinions, it is entirely unwarranted that I should be abusively treated by my elected representatives. While private citizens have a very broad margin for free expression, our elected representatives serve with a unique public expectation of proceeding according to much higher standards and tighter margins and are held accountable when they abrogate those standards and breach those margins. Recently on the aforementioned NJ.COM Internet forum there was an individual using the anonymous screen name of “Centarchidae” who spoke abusively of and toward several members of this community, including me. On December 21, 2005, Councilman Jim Robb Pearson (Cont’d): Buell revealed himself as the owner of this anonymous screen name. Councilman Buell, while cowardly hiding behind his screen name, hurled abusive and insulting words toward me personally as well as spoke abusively of me. For example, he sarcastically regarded me with such colorful (and usually misspelled) terms as “Sanctimonus Dweep,” sometimes just plain “Dweep,” and frequently spoke abusively of me as being the “savior of the Dems” alleging that I thought of myself as “God, the judge of values,” and “the arbitrator of what is right and wrong.” The sarcastic flavor of his words was clear and upon learning that it was one of my own elected officials who was communicating in this abusive fashion, I was appalled. Whether any of you agree with Councilman Buell’s sentiments or not, surely you agree that private residents should not have to endure being spoken to abusively or be treated abusively by their elected representatives, no matter the content and form of such residents’ political dissents. As a result of the abusive treatment I have publicly received, I am requesting a likewise public apology from Councilman Jim Buell, preceded only by his acknowledgment that his words were egregious and reprehensible. Furthermore, I am requesting that you, the members of the Mount Olive Council, in upholding a standard of civility, propriety, and respect toward the citizens, it is sworn to faithfully represent compel Councilman Jim Buell to offer this public apology to me. Thank you. Respectfully, Robb Pearson

President Greenbaum: Jim, do you care to respond?

Mr. Buell: No.

President Greenbaum: Does anyone wish to respond to that? Thank you. Is there anyone else from the public who wishes to be heard this evening? Seeing none, I close it to the public. This brings us to Closing Council Comments to be followed by Benediction and then motion to adjourn. Mayor did you have anything you wanted to add?

Closing Council Comments

Mayor De La Roche: Again, I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and congratulations to the Council members who have recently won election and hopefully we have cleared some of the air this evening, that remains to be seen, and hopefully if we work together we can accomplish much more. That has always been my goal regardless of what everybody thinks. I happened to be a Democrat but that is not a curse, that is a choice of political parties and I don’t think I have exercised it in a way that it is a breach of all courtesies to Republicans. I have appointed, almost 50% of my appointments have probably been Republicans, so I never really put that much stock in the local Democratic or Republican committees and, hopefully, the Republicans would probably begin to start to do the same and actually do things for the Township of Mount Olive. We can certainly accomplish a lot more with cooperation then with constant opposition. Thank you.

President Greenbaum: Thank you. Mr. Prill, do you have anything you want to add this evening?

Mr. Prill: The only item that I wanted to bring up was one of the Resolutions that was adopted by Council tonight appointing and designating the official newspapers for the Township, did not include language which my understanding of the pay to play law should have been included in the Resolution. I would just ask that that matter be reviewed further and if necessary, indeed, some additional language is required and that Council takes action at a later date to add that.

President Greenbaum: Certainly, we will look at that issue and address it at the first Workshop.

Mr. Tepper: Thank you, Mr. President. First of all, I would like to take the opportunity to thank my family for their patience and support throughout the election period. I would also like to thank those residents who voted for me for their confidence. I look forward to supporting all of the residents of Mount Olive during my time on Council. I look forward to working with members on this Council, the various Administrators, and the different Department Heads. I would also like to congratulate those that were appointed to the different Boards and finally I would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year in 2006. Thank you.

Mr. Buell: None tonight.

Mr. Biondi: Nothing this evening.

President Greenbaum: Mrs. Labow, I bet you have some comments?

Mrs. Labow: Yes, I do.

Mr. Biondi: Of course she does.

Mrs. Labow: Of course I do. Sometimes I pass. Today I spent some time writing a little something I would like to read tonight and it is not intended as a negative, it is meant to be a positive. I am just going to read through it very quickly. Recently a friend of mine and a well-respected leader in our community sent me an article written by John Armor who is a first amendment attorney and author residing in North Carolina. As I read this article, I could not help but think of our community and the “hardball” politics that Mayor De La Roche has publicly and proudly declared that he plays well. In this article entitled, “Football, Warfare, and Public Policy” Mr. Armor compares football and political strategies. He states that one of the differences between football and politics is that in football, “every play is designed to defeat the plans of the opponent.” In politics the goal is not to win every possible confrontation. It is to win in the end regardless of how many small defeats are inflicted along the way. The analogy here is that Mayor De La Roche has been so proud to play his “hardball” politics for the past two years. He has proven to me, and I suspect to the majority of the public, that he enjoys creating confrontations. The Council’s goal has been to work for the betterment of our community. He does not appear to share that goal. He seems to plan to defeat our goals. He has not won any of his confrontations that he has inflicted upon our community and therefore no one is winning in the end, especially us, the residents of Mount Olive. Chris Kenny, former chair of the Democratic Committee in Mount Olive, wrote a letter to the editor of the Chronicle last week. He stated that, “There’s an old saying when it comes to teamwork: either we’re pulling together or we’re pulling apart.” Only one year ago, he and John Mania supported and stood with the Mayor. They wanted the Mayor to have an opportunity to show the community that he could lead. Mr. Kenny stated in the letter that now, one year later, it is painfully clear to him that Mr. De La Roche is not up to the job of being Mayor. Mr. Kenny stated that he has witnessed firsthand as the Chair of the Mount Olive Democratic Committee that De La Roche can’t work with Democrats and he doesn’t seem to have a clear understanding of teamwork. The only role that he had observed of the Mayor was of being an “obstructionist.” Mr. Kenny also stated the following regarding Mayor De La Roche, “He continues to work alone and in isolation, not communicating or working with either Democrats or Republicans, the Board of Education or the general public. His concern is not for the people of Mount Olive but for his own political survival. This Administration has been a total failure.” I agree with Mr. Kenny’s assessment. This Council has had to spend countless hours debating issues with him where he would offer no logical basis for where his arguments were stemming from. After hundreds of wasted hours, we were finally able to have some important community projects move forward. Although he did not support nor embrace these projects in the beginning, he wasted no time taking credit for them once he realized the public was in favor of them. In reading the paper this past week regarding reorganization meetings in various towns, it was very clear that other Mayor’s had communicated with the Council members and their reorganization meetings were very well organized. Tonight we saw once again, that De La Roche seems to plan every move or appointment to create controversy. The concept behind advice and consent means that the Mayor should be communicating with the council why he feels that the people he is proposing for various positions are qualified to fill those seats. He has not done that. There are several examples that I could list, however the question is, who truly benefits from these political games? The answer is that no one benefits at the end of the day and our community suffers. With all of this said, I would like to respectfully request that the Mayor stop playing his political games and put the community first. We, the people of this community, definitely do not benefit from this nonsense.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Perkins, I am sorry I heard some comments from the audience and I would appreciate that those comments stop during Council comments. If you have something to add, you have a public portion to say it. At this point, I find it extremely rude to interrupt. As Mr. Pierson said, it is decorum that is important. It is important at this meeting, I am sure Mr. Pierson would agree, I see him shaking his head back there. It is completely inappropriate. There are many times that things are said up here that I completely disagree with and I see them completely opposite from the way the person has said them and implies meaning to them but yet I sit here and let the person speak without interruption, without snide comment from the audience. Again, I hope I don’t have to say that again this year but when someone is speaking, let them finish. You have your time to speak. We have our time to speak. Let’s move on in a fashion that befits harmony. Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you here this evening for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend this Reorganization Meeting. It was truly rewarding to represent the people of Mount Olive Township for the last 4 years. I eagerly embrace the upcoming term in office to work towards making this Township an even better place to live and raise a family. I want to thank my wife and son for their devotion and encouragement during this last term and throughout my campaign for reelection that was overshadowed with my diagnosis with liver cancer and subsequent liver transplant. We face the New Year with declining ratables and the need for all us elected and appointed officials to work harmoniously towards finding solutions and containing spiraling taxes. We need to recognize the dedicated and hardworking people on all of our committees and Mr. Perkins (Cont’d): boards who have nothing but the betterment of our Township at heart. We must find ways to attract businesses into our community which impact the least on the quality of life here in Mount Olive. We must work together to ensure Mount Olive receives the greatest amount of grants and funds from both Federal and State programs without regard to pork belly politics. You all have my vow to continue to work towards the greater goals of all the people of Mount Olive and not to become involved in petty arguments and snide remarks. As the highest vote getter during this last election, I know the people of the Township respect what I stand for and support my decisions as a Council person. I represent each and every one of you regardless of your political affiliation or whether or not you decided to vote for me. I thank God for giving me the strength to continue to serve, my family for giving me support and love, my colleagues and friends for giving me help and advice and I thank the people of Mount Olive for giving me the second opportunity to serve them. Thank you.

President Greenbaum: Thank you.

Mr. Rattner: Thank you, Mr. President. It’s no doubt that we have some very hard decisions and very hard times going forward with the external forces, from the State mandates to some of the recent State legislation, the higher energy cost, the insurance and everything else that goes with it. With that, I just want to thank everybody who is willing to serve on the different on the different boards which will assist this government in making the right decisions, doing the research, and coming up with the correct answer. One thing, I figure since how I voted comes up, I better just come clean on November 6th. I also voted for myself then too. Also, just before the election I happened to be at Mr. Greenbaum’s house, he gave me a diet coke a couple cookies and then I took a piece of candy from his young daughter. I ended up paying him for it but after that I also went to the polls on the 6th and I voted for Mr. Greenbaum too. I just figured since it came up I better just come clean, make sure that it is all out here and now I don’t have anything to hide. With that, I wish everybody a happy and prosperous New Year and, again, thank you everybody who is going to assist this Township in whatever capacity it is because we need all the volunteers and the expertise that you all have, Thank you.

President Greenbaum: You know Steve, we are still looking for that piece of candy. I thought Mr. Buell took it. Seriously, I don’t really have any comments, only to address perhaps Mr. Fleischner who I don’t know. I don’t think we ever met before and I appreciate your comments but every time I sit here and I hear someone get up and talk about harmony and bringing government back together, I say great. What a great idea. I really wish that that’s the way we were able to move forward. When I was out on the campaign trail and we hit a lot of houses, I would say we probably covered 80 to 85% of the Town, except for possibly the main roads which were just too difficult to get to, there were a certain percentage of the houses which said, you know you really have to find a way to work with the Mayor. I said, I know because when we argue with the Mayor we all look like idiots, the Town looks like idiots. I know that. I don’t want to argue with the Mayor. That is the last thing I want to do and when the Mayor brings something which I think is worthy, a proposal, and I am not speaking for myself but the entire Board, we work with the Mayor. A lot of the accomplishments that the Mayor went through tonight in the State of the Township Address, and I am sure the Mayor would agree, was a combined effort. I have been pushing to rip down the old municipal building for four years since I have been on Council and using the old library for Mount Olive Child Care, I was one of the main proponents in terms of doing that and ultimately it happened and it is good for the Town, and you know what? People say, you guys find nothing is getting done in town that is not true. Everything is getting done in town. You know what, we are moving forward on projects. Your garbage is getting picked up, the snow is being removed, and you come to the Planning Office. There are issues are getting addressed by our Boards and things are getting done. Part of the problem is that we don’t have the money at this point to do a lot of the things that we want to do and now because of our ratables situation, we are going to have less money and what does that mean? Either your taxes are going to go up, which they will, or they are going to go up a lot. Which we hope will not happen and how do we stop them from going up a lot? This year what we can do is, we are going to have to cut services and what will happen then, people will start screaming. This is what I pay taxes for. How could you eliminate the mowing on the side of the road? The town looks like crud. How could you do that? I am paying these really high taxes. Well, you know what, we had to make some really hard decisions, and some people end up not liking the decisions that we make but we sit up here and have seven members and we make decisions based on a majority vote. I guess the final comment that I have is I can’t stand when people get up here and say I appointed a Republican, I appointed a Democrat, bla bla bla, who cares whether you are a Democrat or a Republican. You know what, if you have something to offer and you are the right person for the job or you are in the job you should stay. Phil Maenza who is a Democrat, who is the Judge, who cares? Who cares? We have the best run court. Brian Mason our prosecutor, who cares? John Dorsey, our Township Attorney, just won us $500,000.00. Who cares whether he is a Republican or a Democrat? The bottom line is that the guy can do the job. Brian Mason can do the job and there is no reason to make wholesale changes. So some of the things that we do, it makes it looks like we are just standing in the way of the Mayor but we don’t intentionally stand in the way of the Mayor. Let me give you an example as to why I didn’t vote for you for the Library Board and President Greenbaum (Cont’d): I will certainly reconsider, I want to give you an example because we didn’t discuss it this evening. I don’t know anything about you and perhaps you are the right guy for the Board. I was never given the opportunity to say oh, this is what Mr. Fleischner’s credentials are, this is who he is, and this is what he can do. I would like the opportunity in the future to sit down and discuss with you your concept, in terms of oversight of the Library operations because as I sit here right now, I am not happy with the oversight of the Library operations. I am not going to put anybody on that Board unless I know that they conform with my view of what the Library operation should be, somebody who is independent in thought, who is going to make decisions, follow the financials and be able to justify his decisions rather than, just rubber stamp which is my perception of what happens there now. So you know what? I welcome the opportunity to sit down, discuss with you what your thoughts are and would be more than happy to reconsider your appointment to that Board at some future point after we have had that discussion and I assume the rest of the Board would like that opportunity as well. Having said that, at this point, I would ask for, first of all let me welcome Reverend Stanley Barron who I guess is the Pastor now at St. Elizabeth’s. He took over for Father Jack and I would call you up for the Benediction at this point in time and while you are walking up I would also like to acknowledge that we are once again honored to have Assemblyman Guy Gregg here this evening and we appreciate you coming and know you have keen interest in what happens in Mount Olive Township.

Benediction

Reverend Stanley Barron: Let us pray. Almighty internal God you have revealed your glory to all Nations. God of power and might, wisdom and justice, through you authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted and judgment is decreed. We pray for our Mayor, Richard De La Roche, for the members of the Mount Olive Town Council and for all others that are entrusted to guard our political welfare. May they be enabled by your powerful protection to discharge their duties with honesty and ability. We likewise commend to your unbounded mercy to all the citizens of the United States, especially those who live here in Mount Olive, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of your holy law. May we be preserved in union and that peace which the world cannot give and after enjoying the blessings of this life be admitted to those which are eternal. We pray to you our Lord and God forever and ever, Amen.

President Greenbaum: At this point, I would request a motion to adjourn.

Adjournment

Motion was made and seconded, all in favor and none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:21 pm.

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Robert J. Greenbaum, 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 14,2006.

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Lisa M. Lashway, Township Clerk

 

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