Township Council Minutes
January 7, 2003
The Reorganization Meeting of the Meeting of the Mount
Olive Township Council was called to Order at
7:30 pm by Council President Scapicchio with the Pledge
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
According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice
of this meeting has been given to the Mt. Olive Chronicle
and the Daily Record. 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
Roll Call of 2003 Council
Present: Mr. Rattner, Mr. Greenbaum, Mr. Perkins, Mrs.
Miller, Mr. Spino, Mr. Guenther, Mr. Scapicchio
Election of 2003 Council President
President Scapicchio: I now open the Floor for nomination
for Council president for the year 2003.
Mr. Spino: I nominate Bernie Guenther
Mrs. Miller: Second.
President Scapicchio: Any other nominations?
President Scapicchio: Seeing none, nominations are closed.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
New Council President Takes Chair
Bernie Guenther: Thank you.
Election of 2003 Council Vice-President
Mrs. Miller: I nominate Ray Perkins for Vice President.
Mr. Scapicchio: Second.
President Guenther: Are there any other nominations? If
not I move that nominations be closed.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
New Council Vice-President Takes Chair
President Guenther: Congratulations Mr. Perkins.
Invocation - Reverend Koncsol (Budd Lake Union Chapel)
Reverend Koncsol: I would like to say that I do count this
opportunity as a great privilege and responsibility. I do
not take it lightly, and with prayer and great earnest I
wrote the invocation and I have it for posterity sake and
if the Council would allow, I would leave that upon my exit.
I would sincerely like to stay, but I have a previous engagement
at the Church which demands my presence. Please, lets bow
our heads. Oh most holy and oh mighty god for whom the angels
prostrate themselves and covered their faces in awe and
adoration of you, we would not dare to presume upon your
presence as we are sinners both by our fallen nature and
our deliberate choice. However as profound as your holiness
is, so too is your mercy. You have made one way for us to
stand before you, so we do not call upon you Lord through
our own merit which you tell us is worthless but rather
through the person and work of the one whom you sent to
redeem us. It is in his name and through the perfection
of his sacrifice as the lamb of god without blemish or spot
that we can look to you and find your
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Reverend Koncsol (cont'd): arms wide open beckoning us to
come. Through the eternal marks of those male scarred hands,
we see the infinite costs that purchase us back from the
corruption and guilt of our sins in order to make us your
treasured possessions. I ask you now Lord to pour your spirit
upon us so that we could come before you through your word,
rather than our own imaginations. Your word tells us that
apart from your grace, none can stand before you. Your word
tells us that all authority in Heaven and Earth belongs
to you. That you appoint and depose rulers. That it is you
who rules supreme, not us. And that each of us must give
an account to you and to whom much is given, much shall
be required. Oh lord grant these men and women whom you
have called and equipped to rule in the important matters
of Mount Olive and it's citizenry through faith so that
they could rule through you rather than rule apart from
you, which indeed is tantamount to rebellion against you.
Grant each one of them Lord your wisdom, your righteousness,
your love mercy and compassion along with every gift they
need in order to think your thoughts in submission to you,
joyfully knowing and obeying your word as they do oh lord
may all their attitudes, decisions, and efforts not only
effect the temporal for good, but the eternal as well. I'd
pray oh Lord God oh mighty, creator, sustainer and redeemer
that you would grant us all, especially this Council whom
you have called to reflect the unity, goodness and glory
of the god , grant them your very heart and mind so that
they can rule as you would have them rule and establish
righteousness and peace here in Mount Olive and first of
all in our hearts. Amen, god bless you all.
President Guenther: I just want to take a minute before
we get into the appointments. I just want to read a short
statement, I want to thank my colleagues for their confidence
in electing me Council President for 2003. It is an honor
and privilege to serve the Mount Olive Community in another
capacity to continue to make our Town an even better place
to live. I am determined to let neither you or the public
down. Our goal for 2003 is an ever better quality of life
for all of Mount Olive Citizens. Mount Olive as a result
of being the most rapidly growing community in Morris County
is now third in population and will most likely overtake
Randolph as number 2 in the next few years. Increased respect
to the County level as evidence by record amounts of Open
Space Preservation Funds being allocated to us by the County
Freeholders. Since much of this growth is not what any of
us up here or out there wanted, some of our 2003 objectives
outlined below reflect our desire to reign in this growth.
Mount Olive has done it's fair share providing housing in
Morris County. Secondly, in these tough economic times we
take very seriously, our fiscal role making sure that our
tax dollars are spent prudently. Here is what we intend
to achieve in 2003. Oversee the construction of the new
library to make sure it is completed on time and on Budget.
Aggressively continue to pursue acquisition and or dedication
of Open Space to all governmental and private funding sources
at our disposal. Vigorously review the Budget to minimize
any possible tax increase. Adopt a new Master Plan to control
congestion by further reducing the growth rate. Continue
to work with the Board of Education through the shared services
committee to make more efficient use of our facilities.
Start the planning process of phase II of Turkey Brook Park
with a view towards serving an ever wider spectrum of our
population. Spread recreation facilities more widely around
the town by planning the development of Township owned land
in other sectors. To work with State Legislators to help
improve our quality of life especially regarding the speed
limits in and road and intersection improvements along Route
46 and Route 206. Procedurally there will be no changes
to what was done in the prior Council, the main objective
as was by my predecessor is to involve the public as much
as possible. We will have as many open public comment periods
as we had before as long as it does not interfere with our
ability to conduct the business for the Public. We appreciate
public comment, they have been good in the past for many
members of the audience, and as some of them know we have
taken their suggestions and acted on them. So we welcome
that and we will continue to welcome that in the year ahead.
I also want to take a moment to acknowledge the County Freeholder
Cecilia Laureys from our neighboring Town of Netcong. Library
Board Chair womon, Jane Isreal; and Vice President Jerry
Sheard from the Library Board. Also, the Corresponding Secretary
of the Historical Society, Thea Dunkle and Dave Tomb from
the Budd Lake Beautification Committee and most important
of all, my wife for being present. She is the one that provides
me the moral support for being a member of the Council.
If I did not have her support, I would not be here. Thank
you. I also want to recognize the attendance of our Mayor
Paul Licitra, Administrator, Cynthia Spencer, and our Chief
Financial Officer Sherry Jenkins. I know the Mayor is a
little under the weather, so I greatly appreciate him being
a. Mayor's Appointments with Advice & Consent of Council
Mayor Licitra announced the following appointments:
Public Defender, Anthony Arbore, 1 year term expires 12/31/03
Township Attorney, John Dorsey, 1 year term expires 12/31/03
Township Consulting Engineer, Eugene Buczynski, 1 year term
appointment expires 12/31/03
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Municipal Court Judge, Philip Maenza, 3 year term expires
Joan Young, 5 year term expires, 12/31/07. Joan has been
very instrumental in bringing us to where we are with the
Library. She is a very hard worker.
Recreation Advisory Committee
Geri Reda, 3 year term, expires12/31/05
Jim Drury, 3 year term, expires 12/31/05
Greg Sanchez, 3 year term, expires 12/31/05 is involved
in many sports actives in the Town as well as Gregg and
they just make a great addition to the Recreation Advisory
Committee. So Mr. President, I submit these names with the
consent and advise of the Council.
Mr. Rattner moved for approval of the Mayor's Appointments
and Mr. Greenbaum seconded the motion.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
Economic Development Committee - Inactive
Local Solid Waste Advisory Committee - Inactive
Water & Sewer Advisory Committee - Inactive
b. Council Appointments
President Guenther stated and announced the following appointments.
All Subcommittees of the Township Council previously created
are extended through 2003.
Budget/Audit Control Committee - Steve Rattner, Chairman,
Library Board Liaison, David Scapicchio, 1 year term expires
Recreation Board Liaison, Bernie Guenther, 1 year term expires
Board of Education Liaisons, Steve Rattner & David Scapicchio,
1 year term expires 12/31/03
Safety Committee Liaison, Ray Perkins,1 year term expires
Planning Board, Rob Greenbaum, Councilmember, Class III,
1 year term expires 12/31/03
Pride Committee Liaison, Ray Perkins, 1 year term expires
Legislative Committee, Steve Rattner, Rob Greenbaum, Earl
Committee RE: Lake/Environment Issues, Charlene Miller
Prosecutor, Brian Mason, 1 year term expires 12/31/03
Theresa Petrocelli - 1 year term expires 12/31/03
Cathy Wallwork - 1 year term expires 12/31/03
Lisa Jopp - 1 year term expires 12/31/03
Diane Walinski - 1 year term expires 12/31/03
Donna Hickey - 1 year term expires 12/31/03
Board of Adjustment
Nick Geiger, 4 year term expires 12/31/06
Dan Nelsen, 4 year term expires 12/31/06
Russ Tepper, Alt. I, 2 year unexpired term expires 12/31/03
Christopher Westrick, Alt. II, 2 year term expires 12/31/04
Board of Health
Art Meyers will be leaving sometime during the year but
he has agreed to stayed on temporarily until we find a permanent
replacement; for the record he is being reappointed for
a 3 year term which expires 12/31/05
Open Space Committee
Chuck Spangler, 3 year term expires 12/31/05.
Mr.Rattner moved for approval of Council Appointments,
Mr. Perkins seconded the motion.
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ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
Comm. Dev. Revenue Sharing Committee
1 year term expires 12/31/03, Kathy Murphy
Alt., 1 year term expires 12/31/03 Bobby Scholtz
Emergency Management Coordinator, Fred Detoro Jr., 3 yr
Open Space Committee
John Mania, Planning Board Liaison, term runs with Planning
Board Term 12/31/05
Laura Szwak, 3 year term expires 12/31/05
Ed Caparucci, 3 year unexpired term expires 12/31/03
Dave Tomb, 3 year term expires 12/31/05
Charlotte Wilson, 3 year term expires 12/31/05
Kay Serebrakian, Alt. I, 2 year term expires 12/31/04
Sal Salafia, Alt. II, 2 year unexpired term expires 12/31/03
Catherine Natafalusy, (Class II) 1 year term expires 12/31/03
Dennis Lynch, Alt II Member, Class IV, 2 year term expires
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 Designating the Official Newspapers of the Municipality
for the Purpose of Publication of Legal Notices. 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 2003 for
the Current, Water, Sewer and Sanitation Budgets.
4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Establishing A Petty Cash Fund for 2003.
5. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing
Acceptance of a Cash Management Plan as Prepared by the
Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer.
6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Retaining Professional Services Without Competitive
7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Appointing Charles Spangler as Council Representative
to the Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee.
8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Authorizing Participation in the State of New
Jersey Cooperative Purchasing Program for the Year 2003.
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9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Mount Olive Fixing the Rate of Interest to be Charged on
Delinquent Taxes or Assessments.
10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township
of Mount Olive Authorizing the Purchase of Necessary Goods
and Services Under Any Contract Competitively Bid by the
Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council.
11. Resolution 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.
12. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township
of Mount Olive Establishing Various Change Funds for the
13. 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.
14. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township
of Mount Olive Approving a Contract Between the Township
and Morristown Memorial Hospital for Public Health Nursing
Supervisor and Community Health Educator for the Year 2003.
15. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township
of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract with Golub Animal
Hospital for Animal Control Purposes for 2003.
16. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township
of Mount Olive Reappointing Michael Pucilowski as a Member
of the Musconetcong Sewerage Authority.
President Guenther: Council comments / statements on the
Consent Resolutions Agenda.
Lisa Lashway: On the resolution for the MOMAC, there is
an amended membership list, it's correct on the table and
posted and you have it in front of you. That was a last
minute change and then on the Resolution establishing the
meeting dates, Cindy brought to our attention that I listed
Sunday's, so the dates need to be changed under the Budget
Hearing dates to February 15, 2003 & February 22, 2003.
Also, March 1st 8th and 15th which are Saturdays, you will
be voting on those amendments.
Mr. Scapicchio made a motion to move Resolutions 1 through
16 as amended. Mr. Greenbaum seconded the motion.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously.
Public Portion - No comments
Closing Mayoral Comments
Mayor Licitra: Welcome aboard Bernie. I plan to have my
State of the Township message by next Tuesday. It is very
exciting to write it. Mt. Olive has really come a long way,
not just by my efforts, it has been a team effort along
with the Council and the Employees of this Township. So
I am very excited about writing this. If you have twenty
minutes that you can spare, it is worth listening to because
I think it shows a very good picture of Mt. Olive. Again,
as I'll say in my State of the Township message, I am excited
to work with this Council; I think we brought dignity to
Mt. Olive Township. We work very well together and I look
forward to another year of working with you. All the appointees
and people that I have appointed and the Council has appointed,
you are the lifeblood of Mt. Olive. We have probably tripled
our committees in Town over the last couple of years and
that is one of the reasons why Mt. Olive is probably the
best community to live in Morris County and it's because
of people like you and people who volunteer time and their
services. Again, I look forward to working with this Council
and I will have my State of the Township message. Thank
you very much.
Closing Council Comments
Mr. Scapicchio: Thank you Mr. President. I would like to
thank the Council for their help and guidance for the year
of 2002. I think we had a productive year. The Administration
and I work well together and I look
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Mr. Scapicchio (cont'd): forward to my responsibilities
for 2003 as a Committee Member to the Budget, Library Liaison
and the Board of Education Liaison. Thank you.
Mr. Rattner: Thank you Mr. President. I just want to tell
Mr. Scapicchio that the Council got a lot done last year
and a lot of it was because of his directorship of this
Council. The Council President has to make sure that everything
is in place the meetings are going to run according to what
we expect and make sure that we get the information when
it's need. That and working with the Mayor, we have gotten
a lot of things done. The newspapers print a lot of the
disagreements we have. What the newspaper doesn't put in
is that 80% of the items go through and get passed with
really very little discussion although we are in complete
agreement. The other 20%, 10%, there are probably little
differences and really aren't important. The other 10% is
because we have a lot of personalities, people with different
backgrounds and they set priorities different. But I think
all in all you can see a lot of the things done in the town
have really been progressing. That is not saying that things
are going to get easier. We know about the financial difficulties,
we have in the Town, just like every other Town in Morris
County, the County and the State and the Federal Government.
So we are going to have to start making some very hard choices
this year. I am sure that is going to have a lot of lively
discussions between the Mayor who has to run the Town, and
do the day to day operations and the Council that is looking
at the priorities that we've set to try to make them mend.
We have done it before and we will do it again, and I think
if we look at the past years, we have been very successful
and I have no doubt that going to the future that 2003 will
be just as successful. Thank you.
Mr. Greenbaum: I also wanted to thank Dave for many things
including his candor, his integrity and his friendship through
the past year. I think those three elements embody what
Dave is all about. I learned a lot from Dave and I appreciate
him sitting up in the first chair. For as much as I look
forward to working with you Bernie, I am going to miss Dave
sitting up there and handling the meetings. Hopefully I
will say the same thing about you next year Bernie. I really
look forward to getting on to Turkey Brook this year with
my kids and starting to use that facility and I know that
most of the Town shares that with me. I look forward to
getting a library project going this year. I look forward
to finally doing something with the old Municipal Building
site. I, if anything that I plan to accomplish this year
is doing something with that building, whatever is ultimately
going to happen. I think we have had it on the back burner
long enough and I hope that we can be productive and move
it forward. I temper all those statements with what Steve
raised. That we have to be fiscally proven and this is a
difficult time not just for Mt. Olive but for the entire
State and the Country and it is going to be difficult to
really accomplish a lot where money has to be spent. I hope
that we do the best that we can with the limited amount
of money that we are going to have. Despite that I think
it is going to be a very good year for Mt. Olive.
Mrs. Miller: Gosh it seems like 2002 went by awfully quickly.
I would like to put a plug in for the Environmental Commission
and the Open Space Committees, I know that they have dedicated
people and they never cease to amaze me with their continuous
efforts to protect our environment and to preserve Open
Space in our Community and last year I was also on the Library
Board and they too are very committed people and dedicated
to bringing us a new library and they have had some difficult
decisions to make. They've had to downsize plans and I think
that they made their decisions very wisely and I hope that
Dave helps guide them along the way and I still don't want
to lose the basement. I want to keep that basement. Don't
take the basement away from them Dave. Okay?
Mr. Scapicchio: Don't look at me. We really truly have
dedicated people in our community and I just wanted to thank
all of them too.
Mrs. Miller: I hope our meeting doesn't go past 10:00 pm
in the year 2003 because we had an awful lot of late meetings
President Guenther: Thank you Charlene.
Mr. Spino: I would like to first of all congratulate Dave
on a job well done for the past year. Late meeting didn't
matter to me personally. To the Mayor also, the Administration
and all of the Township employees and committee members
did outstanding work this year. It was a very difficult
year and I agree with Steve, next year might even be more
difficult, and I know we will get results with the people
that we have. I would like to congratulate Bernie and assure
him of my support through the year for his job and wish
everybody a happy new year.
Mr. Perkins: First off I would like to welcome everyone
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Mr. Perkins (cont'd): prosperous one and a healthy one.
If I had to look back on the year, I think that some of
the things that we dealt with albeit may not have been the
decision that some people may have picked, ultimately proved
to be the right decision both fiscally and morally I think
we are obligated to that. I would like to thank some people
like Richard Bonte and others for their dogged tenacity
on things like Turkey Brook. I had the fortune to be on
the Planning Board during portions of those hearings and
the amount of support that the public showed toward the
Township quite frankly was over whelming. It more reinforces
my involvement in the Township. The Historical Society I
know has made some great strides; we did not have one before.
The History of Mt. Olive was kind of dying and now we actually
have one. We have a Pride Committee that was installed and
through the Mayor's initiative back in 1998 and I think
everybody could see the actual output from what those people
have done with very small groups. They have made some very
significant changes throughout the Township. Our Open Space
Committee continues to look for ways for us to gather some
open space which is greatly needed to help ease some of
the development. Our Budd Lake Beautification Committee,
their involvement and concerns with things like sewer spills
and what not into the lake has lead to the formation of
another sub-committee which the administration is working
with. Anytime there is any type of a pollutant discharge
that heads towards the Lake there is a notification procedure
that is actually being worked out. Let alone that you and
your children will be a lot safer swimming in that facility
should be a little more heart warming. I want to thank Dave
for his leadership last year. The Mayor for his support
and for bringing us through hopefully a successful year.
I would like to thank all my fellow Council Members, for
all of their support, especially when I didn't know what
I was doing I my first year, and I want to give my support
to our incoming president Bernie, and I will be their to
support him. I want to thank my wife and my son who without
their support and the many hours that I do not spend at
home that I am involved, I want to thank you two the most
of all. Thank you Bernie.
President Guenther: Thank you Mr. Perkins. I made most
of my comments already, but I just want to add that Dave
Scapicchio is going to be a hard act to follow; of course
he had a little practice that was his second term around,
but I will take my cues from him. I think I learned a lot,
I was watching him all the time. What he does and how he
does it. I certainly hope that I could adequately fill his
shoes. I sort of have mixed feelings about. Mrs. Miller's
comments vs. Mr. Spino's comments about the length of the
meetings. I kind of agree with Mr. Spino that it is important
to deal with the affairs of the public, whatever time it
takes; on the other hand I do sympathize with Mrs. Miller
who has to get up at 5:00 am to drive a school bus. I will
try to work that out in-between somehow. Again, thank you.
Let's go on to the next item on the menu here.
Benediction - Bishop Richard Hathaway (Church of the Later
Bishop Richard Hathaway: Our father in Heaven we humbly
bow our heads before the in Prayer this night and express
our gratitude to onto the for the many blessings that we
receive we are grateful father for the opportunity that
we have to live in this beautiful country and in this beautiful
area. We are grateful for the leaders of our Country, for
our President, for the Congress for the time and effort
that they spend on our behalf. We are especially thankful
this night father for our Local Leaders, for the many tireless
hours that they spend making decisions and making a difference
for ourselves and our families. Father we are grateful for
those that live in this area. Our friends, our neighbors,
we ask that you bless each and every one of them and that
they will have thy spirit to be with them throughout this
year, that it will be a prosperous and a joyful year for
them. Again we are grateful for the opportunity we have
to live in this beautiful area, and say these things humbly
in the name of the beloved son Jesus Christ, Amen.
President Guenther: Before we adjourn, I just have a special
word of thanks to our Attorney Peter King, he'll know what
I mean. It's a joke between us. I'll entertain a motion
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Motion made for adjournment. All in Favor, none opposed.
The Meeting was Adjourned at 8:07 pm.
BERNHARD D. GUENTHER
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 March 11, 2003.
LISA M. LASHWAY