Township Council Minutes
July 12 , 2005
The Regular Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 8:51 pm by Council President Greenbaum with the Pledge of Allegiance.
MOMENT OF REFLECTION for all those who are and continue to protect our freedoms.
OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT 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.
ROLL CALL Present: Mr. Buell, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Mund, Mr. Guenther, Mr. Rattner, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Greenbaum
Also Present: Sherry Jenkins, CFO; John Dorsey, Township Attorney; Mayor Richard De La Roche; Robert Casey, Interim Business Administrator; Michelle Masser, Deputy Township Clerk.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS - none
President Greenbaum: Just let the record reflect, although the rumor has gone around, I have not spoken in anyway about closing down Turkey Brook Park. Okay, there are no Minutes for approval from previous meetings. Questions on the Bill List for the administration so that they can get the answer. Mr. Rattner.
Questions on Bill List?
Mr. Rattner: I don’t have any problems with the Bills. I am going to vote for them, but two things that I need additional information on, I saw that the Public Defender is asking for reimbursement for biological, psychiatrist, psychologist, DRE review for verbal opinions. How … can he just go out and hire anybody that he’s defending because this just one case that we are talking about, a number of different experts, it appears to be a DWI case. I am just wondering how do we control that, and can he just do whatever he wants? You just approved the Bill so I guess you must have a procedure in place.
Mr. Casey: We don’t have a procedure in place. I would look to the Township Attorney to give us advice as to what options we really have relative to the judicial system.
Mr. Dorsey: Okay, I’ll check that out and we’ll see what his authority is.
Mr. Casey: We approved the Bill because the Public Defender expended the money. It was a specific case cited on there so we basically said that...
Mr. Dorsey: I mean it’s a reasonable decision by you. What I am interested in is, and I’ve never had this question arise, again, what is the latitude, what is the discretion of the Public Defender to go around and order these psychiatric exams. We’ll find out.
Mr. Rattner: And the other one should be simpler and I noticed that the Public Works Department is buying a lot of sets of clothing for different men but they’re all over the place. Some were getting fifteen shirts and five pairs of pants and other things and it was all over the place. How did we come up? Well we spent about six, seven thousand dollars on tee shirts and work clothes, that type of thing. How did we come up… is that something we do every year? Do we ask for the inventory? Do we get a report from a cleaning service? In other words, do we pay for the cleaning of their uniforms, so we know when they are worn out? Some of them were a lot. Some looked like they picked and chose what they needed.
Mr. Casey: There is a very specific provision in the labor contract stipulating the clothing purchases to be given to the individuals so that’s the max out limit and I think that when we see a lower amount, that is an individual saying that I don’t need it. So they are waiving part of their contract rights, and we do not pay for maintenance.
Mr. Rattner: Okay, could I just get a copy of that part of the contract that says what they are entitled to? Just so I can see because there was just a wide variance and when you see them all together it was just a big mass of money.
President Greenbaum: Any other questions? Mr. Buell.
Mr. Buell: Just a real quick one. I saw an offer on refund off duty balances, what was that?
Mr. Casey: They went through all the escrow accounts that people would… for instance one we saw quite a bit, when a house is closed during the winter we have an escrow for landscaping, finishing up driveways, etc. So they went through all those things and any money left is returned. So this was a lot of the small stuff that is closed out and is sent back to the people and usually it’s landscaping and driveways, water and sewer, patch repairs in the street. Things like that they just send back.
Mrs. Jenkins: No, Bob this is off duty, it’s off duty work.
Mr. Casey: There is also one in there for a lot of the landscape work.
Mrs. Jenkins: Well… do you …
Mr. Casey: Which one are you referring to the landscape work, or the…
President Greenbaum: Off duty.
Mr. Rattner: Off duty, there were a lot of them.
Mrs. Jenkins: Yes, the off duty, we have balances that were left and I told my staff to sit down with a member from the Police Department and refund whatever it is you know, projects that are completed and the money needed to be returned to the contractor. In some cases we don’t refund right away because a lot of times they come back and need more off duty work done. So it was just our process of going through and cleaning up some of that stuff.
Mr. Casey: In reference to my comment, if it’s not on this Bill List it will be on the next Bill List. There are a whole slew of small ones going back out to the escrow accounts.
President Greenbaum: Mr. Rattner would like a second bite at the apple.
Mr. Rattner: Again this is just information; I noticed that we paid for repairs to the sign by the Sand Shore School. Now I believe when we put that in, we went into an agreement with the Board of Education. I know when it was purchased that we split the cost fifty, fifty. I think we have to go back and look at the agreement and see if we were going to share the maintenance, because if it is, then we are due, I guess, a refund.
Mr. Casey: I am under the impression we hit it with a snow plow.
Ms. Jenkins: Is that what you think? Ed would know.
Mr. Rattner: We took it out of our mailbox budget?
Mr. Casey: Let me find out, I am under the impression we were responsible for taking that one out. Ed do you have anything further? I thought we took that one out.
Mr. Rattner: That’s a different story.
Mr. Katona: We took that one out.
Mr. Casey: I’ll find out the circumstances. I thought we took it out with a snow plow.
Mr. Rattner: That’s an explanation but the thing was, we put it in because they wanted a sign there and they thought it would be a good idea and we worked with them fifty/fifty and I know that was for the purchase. I would hope that it would be the maintenance of it going forward if we didn’t break it.
Mr. Casey: If we didn’t break it.
President Greenbaum: Ms. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: Thank you. Mr. Casey, on some of the, first I want to state that I don’t begrudge anybody their boots. I don’t have a foot fetish, but I want to know why, the boot allowance for some is $100 and others are $37. I’m just curious.
Mrs. Jenkins: That is just a split in the budget. For people that are in water and sewer, the boot allowance gets split between water and sewer budget, Colleen, but the total is still the hundred dollars.
Mr. Casey: No, they don’t get half a boot, Colleen.
Mr. Perkins: One boot for water, one for sewer.
Mrs. Labow: Okay, I understand.
President Greenbaum: Okay, are there any other questions on the Bill List? Seeing, none. There are twenty pieces of correspondence that we received. Does anyone have any comments, questions, concerns concerning any particular piece of correspondence? Seeing none we will move on.
RESOLUTIONS, ORDINANCES, CORRESPONDENCE FROM OTHER TOWNS
1. Resolution received June 30, 2005, from Township of Chester regarding “Goose and the Gander.”
2. Resolution received July 6, 2005, from Borough of Allentown regarding Opposing Exclusion of State from Cap Law “Goose and the Gander.”
DOT / DEP / LOI
3. Letter received June 27, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding One Year Extension of Time – Treatment Works Approval, Morris Chase WWTP
4. Letter received June 27, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding Approval County Bridge Resolution No. 9, Bridge No. 1103 Temporary Closing Manor House Road, Mount Olive Township.
5. Letter received July 6, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Green Acres Program: Bud Lake Bog, Turkey Brook Park and Mount Olive Greenway.
MUA / MSA
6. Letter received July 1, 2005, from Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding Wastewater Management Planning – Service Area Mapping in the Highlands Preservation area.
7. Letter received July 1, 2005, from Hackettstown Municipal Utilities Authority regarding 2004 Annual Water-Quality Report HMUA & Diamond Hill Water.
8. Letter received July 6, 2005, from Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding a list of allocations participating in the 3.803 MGD Water Pollution Control Plant.
9. Minutes received July 8, 2005, from Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding the June 1, 2005 meeting.
10. Letter received June 29, 2005, from New Jersey natural Gas regarding a reception for County and Municipal Officials of Morris County.
11. Letter received July 1, 2005, from Jersey Central Power and Light regarding Wetlands General Permit No. 1.
12. Letter received July 6, 2005, from Wireless Capital Partners regarding lease rent reduction.
13. Letter received July 6, 2005, from New Jersey Natural Gas regarding daily list of Residential Customers who received service.
14. Public Notice received June 24, 2005, from New Jersey Highlands Council regarding next meeting of the Highlands Council.
15. Letter received June 28, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Council on Affordable Housing regarding Motion to Extend Substantive Certification for Mount Olive Township. COAH Docket # ES-215.
16. Public Notice received June 28, 2005, from New Jersey Highlands Council regarding Amended Agenda for the upcoming June 30th meeting of the Highlands Council.
17. E-mail received June 29, 2005, from Morris County chamber of Commerce regarding Anti-Terrorism Capabilities for Protecting Facilities.
18. Letter received July 6, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Council on Affordable Housing regarding Motion to Extend Substantive Certification for Mount Olive Township COAH Docket #ES-215.
LETTERS FROM LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES
19. Letter received June 28, 2005, from Acting Governor Richard Codey regarding receipt of Resolution “Goose and the Gander.”
20. Letter received July 5, 2005, from Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders (Freeholder Director, Jack Schier) regarding New Deer Control Info Seminar for your town.
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
President Greenbaum: The first ordinance for public hearing is:
Ord. #20-2005 An Ordinance Making the Provisions of Subtitle One of Title 39 With Various Traffic Regulations Applicable to ITC Crossing (Phase I) and Regulating the Use of Said Roadways, Streets, Driveways and Parking Lots by Motor Vehicles.
President Greenbaum: At this point I would open it up to the public to any
individuals, who would wish to be heard on this particular Ordinance. Seeing none, I will
close it to the public, and I would ask that Mr. Guenther please move ordinance #20-2005.
Mr. Guenther: I hereby move for adoption final passage of Ordinance #20-2005
which President Greenbaum so eloquently read before?
Mr. Mund: Second.
President Greenbaum: The motion is seconded. Is there any Council discussion? Seeing, none, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Greenbaum: I declare ordinance #20-2005 as passed on second reading and hereby direct the clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish a notice of adoption as required by law. I now open to the public ordinance #21-2005 entitled:
Ord. #21-2005 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Repealing Certain Fees to be Charged by the Recreation Department for Programs for the Year 2005.
President Greenbaum: Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard on this Ordinance? Seeing none, I close it to the public, and I would ask I believe that it is Mr. Rattner to please move that ordinance.
Mr. Rattner: Thank you, Mr. President, I move for adoption, final passage of ordinance #21-2005.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Greenbaum: The motion has been seconded. Is there any discussion? Seeing none Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Greenbaum: Ordinance #21-2005 has passed on second reading and I herby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish a notice of adoption as required by law. The next ordinance for public hearing is Ordinance #23-2005 entitled:
Ord. #23-2005 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Amending and Supplementing Section 176-13 of Article II, Vehicles in Turkey Brook Park, Entitled “Violations and Penalties.
President Greenbaum: I open it up to the public. Anyone wish to be heard on this ordinance? Seeing none, I close it to the public and I would ask Mrs. Labow to please move ordinance #23-2005
Mrs. Labow: This is for the second reading right?
President Greenbaum: Yes it is, second reading.
Mr. Rattner: One in a half.
Mrs. Labow: Second one is… one and a half. I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #23-2005.
Mr. Mund: Second
President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded, any discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING
President Greenbaum: Ordinance # 23-2005 has passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish a notice of adoption as required by law. The next item for discussion are Ordinances for First Reading with the second to be August 9, 2005. First Ordinance # 26-2005:
Ord. # 26-2005 Bond Ordinance Providing for the Renovation and Expansion of the Old Municipal Library in and by the Township of Mount Olive, In the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $1,150,000 Therefore and Authorizing the Issuance of $1,092,500 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof.
President Greenbaum: Mr. Buell, could you please move that on first reading.
Mr. Buell: I move that Ordinance #26-2005 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on August 9th at 7:30 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, New Jersey, for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and the Clerk be directed to publish, post, and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the law.
Mr. Guenther: Second.
President Greenbaum: The movement has been seconded, any discussion? Roll Call. Oh, Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: Sorry Bob, I have a silly little question here. We all refer to it as the “Old Municipal Library” but there is no actual address here? Shouldn’t we have the actual address?
Mr. Dorsey: It is in the Ordinance itself.
Mrs. Labow: It’s in the Ordinance, okay so we don’t need it on here? Alright, thank you.
President Greenbaum: Any other discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Greenbaum: The next Ordinance for first reading is Ordinance #27-2006 entitled:
Ord. #27-2006 Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Capital Improvements of the Township of Mount Olive in the County of Morris, NJ, appropriating the aggregate amount of $1,125,960 therefore and Authorizing the Issuance of $884,162 bonds or notes of the Township to Finance part of the cost thereof.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you Mr. President, I move that Ordinance #27-2006 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on August 9th 2005, at 7:30 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, New Jersey, for public hearing, consideration of second reading, and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post, and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.
Mr. Guenther: Second.
President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
President Greenbaum: The next ordinance for first reading is Ord. #28-2005, entitled:
Ord. #28-2005 Bond Ordinance Providing for Various Water Utility County Improvements in and by the Township of Mount Olive in the of Morris, NJ, Appropriating the Aggregate Amount of $466,000 Therefore and Authorizing the Issuance of $442,700 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance the Part of the Cost Thereof.
President Greenbaum: Mr. Rattner?
Mr. Rattner: Thank you Mr. President, I move that Ordinance #28-2005 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on August 9th 2005, at 7:30 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, New Jersey, for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Greenbaum: Moved and seconded any discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:
Resolutions on the Consent Agenda List are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Township Council and will be approved by one motion (one vote). There will be no separate discussion or debate on each of these resolutions except for the possibility of brief clarifying statements that may be offered. If one or more Council member requests, any individual resolution on the Consent Agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.
1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Renewing the Plenary Retail Consumption License of VAG Corporation, License Number 1427-33-010-005.
2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Reduction in Performance Guarantees for Toll Brothers, Inc. Re: Wyndham Pointe – Section IV.
3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Re: Toll Brothers / Bonding Requirements.
4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Release of Performance Guarantees Posted by K & R Flanders, LLC (formerly ABC Child Care)
5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Confirming the Sale of Lot 17, Block 2800 to Michael and Kimberly Latta.
6. Resolution in Memoriam Reverend Kenneth Young.
7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Execution of a Developer’s Agreement between the Township and Trade Zone South Industrial Park, LLC (Formerly Morrison Senatore)
8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Extending the Management Services Agreement with Jersey Professional Management.
9. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding A Contract to Applied Water Management Inc. for Sludge Hauling for the Year 2005-2007.
10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Airpower International for (1) High Pressure Breathing System.
11. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Chapter 159 Budget Amendment for the Click it or Ticket Grant for 2005 in the Amount of $4,000.
12. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Chapter 159 Budget Amendment for the Domestic Violence Training Program for 2005 for $2,000.
13. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of Various Purchasing Contracts.
14. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services For Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2005 Municipal Budget. (Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund)
15. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Re: Acquisition of Block 3700, Lots 5 and 42.
President Greenbaum: Does any one wish to have any of the fifteen items that are on the Consent Resolutions Agenda pulled and put on the Non-Consent Resolutions Agenda? Seeing none, I would ask Mr. Buell to move the Consent Resolutions Agenda.
Mr. Buell: So moved.
Mr. Mund: Second.
PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. At this point I would open it up to the public to anyone who wishes to discuss any of the particular Consent Resolutions. Seeing none, I will close it to the public. Is there anyone on Council who wishes to speak on any of the Consent Resolutions? Roll Call.
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
RESOLUTIONS NON CONSENT
PUBLIC PORTION ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS
COUNCIL COMMENTS ON INDIVIDUAL RESOLUTIONS
President Greenbaum: We are up to Motions, page four. Mrs. Labow, can you please move the Raffle Applications?
1. Approval of Raffle Application #2090 and #2091 for Starlight Chapter #107 Order of the Eastern Star, Approval of Raffle Application #2092 for Budd Lake First Aid and Rescue Squad.
Mrs. Labow: Yes, I move for approval of Raffle Application #2090 and #2091, for Starlight Chapter #107 Order of the Eastern Star and approval of Raffle Application #2092 for Budd Lake First Aid and Rescue Squad.
Mr. Mund: Second.
President Greenbaum: It’s been moved and seconded. Any discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.
ROLL CALL Passed Unanimously
President Greenbaum: Next item is the Bill List, Mr. Mund.
2. Bill List
Mr. Mund: Motion to approve the Bill List.
President Greenbaum: Is there a second? Moved and seconded any discussion? Seconded by Mrs. Labow.
President Greenbaum: Any discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS None
OLD BUSINESS None
President Greenbaum: New Business? Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: I have two questions for Mr. Casey. I am not sure if he knows or not the answer? Mr. Casey, it is my understanding that the Budd Lake Fire Department, that the ladder truck that they have spent a considerable amount of money refurbishing, the ladder failed the stress test. Did you hear anything about that?
Mr. Casey: No, I hadn’t heard anything about that.
Mrs. Labow: Because… I don’t know how, because that is our property, I was just wondering if we… could we get an update on that, a report on that? Also I understand that one of the vehicles was involved in an accident about two weeks ago over at the Mount Olive Auto Body Shop. One of the firemen had brought it over for sort of an estimate and parked it on the road and forgot to put something underneath and it rolled and hit another resident’s vehicle. Do we have a report on that?
Mr. Casey: We have full reports on that. Actually, it rolled into a vehicle that hit a vehicle that actually ended up hitting a fireman’s vehicle.
Mrs. Labow: Oh, is that why the white truck is over at the side of the building over there? Umm…no? Yes?
Mr. Casey: I don’t know. I will get you a copy of those reports on the fire truck but you are right, essentially what happened he was there and failed either to set the brake or whatever the case is and it rolled into one vehicle and rolled into another vehicle.
Mr. Labow: So it was operator error?
Mr. Casey: Yes. Now, it appears to be operator error, I have heard no one complain it was mechanical. So, I will get you a copy of that report.
Mrs. Labow: Thank you.
President Greenbaum: Any other New Business?
Mr. Guenther: Mine’s actually Old Business.
President Greenbaum: Well, you can actually bring that up under New Business.
Mr. Guenther: Thank you.
President Greenbaum: Even though you got mad at me for a …..
Mr. Guenther: You’re a ….
Mr. Mund: A gentleman and a scholar.
Mrs. Labow: Bernie doesn’t stay mad long.
President Greenbaum: I wasn’t going to say that.
Mr. Mund: Okay.
Mr. Guenther: This is regarding, I guess you all saw the memo? The question was brought up at the last meeting regarding the Soccer Camp at Turkey Brook. I just, something struck me in the answer here, that it seemed a little bit in congress here. It says, the memo from Jill Daggon says since this is a fundraising activity, we cannot access any field fees and here we are; you know we rescinded the fees that we were going to charge because there was a human cry about that and by not charging field fees to the Soccer Club, we are… it occurs to me that we are, in fact, subsidizing their fundraising effort by not treating them the same as anybody else who is paying a field fee. It doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.
President Greenbaum: How would you like that dealt with? Or did you simply want….
Mr. Guenther: No, I just wanted to make a comment, I mean I just… does anybody who wants to have a fundraiser come in and they get waived all the fees and we have to absorb the cost of maintaining those fields as a result of those activities?
President Greenbaum: Did you want me to put that down as a workshop item?
Mr. Guenther: I would like to have further discussion on that, I think it is worth while…..
Mr. Casey: I think the reality is, if they are a sponsored, one of our sponsored programs, like baseball, soccer or something else, yes, we do allow them to do that, because it is all part of our program. I think it is legitimate grounds for your discussion as to how far the Township should go… in that respect but thus far the policy of the town, I guess for a number of years, is that part of our program, they’re raising money, it goes to the kids, etc. etc. Therefore we don’t charge.
Mr. Buell: I would like to put it on a workshop at some point and time.
President Greenbaum: So done. We will put it on for the August workshop. Can someone please notify the Soccer Club that it’s on for the workshop?
Mr. Buell: I think we should probably notify all the sports programs.
Mr. Guenther: I am not trying to single out soccer.
President Greenbaum: Yes, notify all the programs. I will have the Clerk’s office…
Mrs. Masser: Would you like a representative from each?
President Greenbaum: Yes.
Mrs. Masser: Okay.
President Greenbaum: Okay, any other New Business/Old Business?
Mr. Casey: If I might?
President Greenbaum: You had your chance.
Mr. Casey: Sherry has an announcement. We have the tax rate that we struck today. I don’t know if you want to hear it now or leave it in the mail?
Mrs. Jenkins: Actually, yes, we have a preliminary rate. It’s supposed to be certified on Tuesday but we got information from the County.
Mr. Casey: Everybody’s sitting down?
Mrs. Jenkins: The increase is thirty-tax points over all. It went from three twenty-four to three fifty-four; this is without garbage. So homes assessed at two hundred thousand dollars, which is the average, are going to go up six hundred dollars per year.
Mrs. Labow: For the….
Ms. Jenkins: For everything.
President Greenbaum: Okay that’s school. That’s everything. That is school, County.
Mr. Casey: Yes, I will give you a break down on that. The letter which is going out to explain it, for every one dollar collected on taxes sixty-nine cents go to schools, nine cents for the County, nineteen for the Town and three cents for open space. So that’s how your tax dollars breaks out. Sixty-nine percent to the schools and then you’re at nineteen and the other ones are twelve percent.
Mrs. Jenkins: We just thought we would let everyone know, because obviously it’s going…..
President Greenbaum: So, of that six hundred dollar increase, sixty-nine percent of it is school.
Mr. Casey: That is correct.
President Greenbaum: Four hundred and twenty dollars of that six hundred dollars is school taxes.
Mr. Rattner: Right.
President Greenbaum: Okay,
Ms. Jenkins: By the way, just in case anyone has any questions, we are going to probably be sending the tax bills out, if were lucky, the third week this month. Probably the fourth week we’re going to have to extend the due date because, just the delays we are having. Okay, this will be on for the last meeting of the month.
President Greenbaum: Thank you, any other New Business?
Mr. Guenther: Just a question, there was no increase in the County, right?
Ms. Jenkins: The County did go up a little bit. The County went up 6.1 percent, Bernie.
Mr. Guenther: Good.
President Greenbaum: Okay, any other New Business? Legal Matters.
Mr. Dorsey: The only thing we have is the Massachusetts Mutual tax appeal resolution. I’ve asked whether or not you want our expert Barry Krauser to come in two weeks?
Mr. Mund: We already put it on the Agenda and requested him to come.
Mr. Dorsey: Okay, great. I will have him here about 8:30 or so?
President Greenbaum: As soon as he gets here, we will put him right on. So whatever works for him?
Mrs. Masser: We usually put them on first.
President Greenbaum: Yes, Council Reports. Library Board Liaison Report, Mrs. Labow.
Library Board Liaison Report
Mrs. Labow: We meet tomorrow night and they are having a special reception from 6:00 to 8:00 o’clock. Jane Israel, who was actually very instrumental in this Township even, having a library many, many years ago, they are choosing to move out of town. They are retiring and I believe just about everybody is invited to come by between 6:00 and 8:00 to wish her well, and have a meeting afterwards.
President Greenbaum: Recreation Liaison Report, Mr. Mund.
Recreation Liaison Report
Mr. Mund: No meeting.
President Greenbaum: Board of Health Report, Mr. Guenther.
Board of Health Report
Mr. Guenther: There has been no meeting since the last meeting.
President Greenbaum: Planning Board Report, Mrs. Labow.
Planning Board Report
Mrs. Labow: No meeting.
President Greenbaum: Board of Adjustment Liaison Report, Mr. Perkins.
Board of Adjustment Report
Mr. Perkins: No meeting, Mr. President.
President Greenbaum: Open Space Committee Report, Mr. Guenther.
Open Space Committee Report
Mr. Guenther: Umm… is there a meeting?
President Greenbaum: I see Laura Szwak…..
Mr. Guenther: We have so many discussions about open space. Do we have a meeting?
Mrs. Labow: Nothing beyond what we discussed.
Mr. Guenther: It’s really… mostly it’s confidential. I mean there are some major projects in the works. It looks very positive…projects for the Town, that’s all that I can say.
President Greenbaum: I saw that there was a memo in our Correspondence that Laura Szwak is going to step down because of a conflict that she now has, in light of other obligations that she has undertaken, and I think we would all be remiss in not thanking her for her time and effort, in moving the open space agenda of Mount Olive to great heights.
Mr. Mund: Proclamation might be in order?
President Greenbaum: I think it might be.
Mr. Guenther: I think we should recognize her, I think she has done the ultimate duty. It’s a shame to lose her but being on the Highlands Council as a paid employee; I think that would bring up some questions.
President Greenbaum: Yes.
Mrs. Labow: I think we should do the same thing for Jane Israel.
President Greenbaum: I will put both Proclamations on for the next Council meeting in July. Please send an invite to both of them and it will come from both the Mayor and the Council. Okay, Legislative Committee Report, Mr. Mund.
Legislative Committee Report
Mr. Mund: Yes, I was reading about a policy that was started down in Central Jersey with regard to pedophiles not being able to live within a certain distance from the schools or recreational facilities, and I was wondering from our Attorney, how do we do something similar to that? They forbid pedophiles from living within a certain distance of schools and recreation facilities.
Mr. Dorsey: Well, if you’re telling me it’s a State Statue….
President Greenbaum: I think it is a Municipal Statute.
Mrs. Labow: Megans Law…..
Mr. Mund: No, Megan’s Law, you track them. This is something that says you cannot, certain municipalities in Central Jersey….
President Greenbaum: Yes, I think are certain municipalities, certain municipalities have a ….. I’ll have Mr. Dorsey take a look at that issue. Certain Municipalities have adopted Ordinances.
Mr. Mund: Lakewood has just done it and Lakewood has a hell of a lot of schools and recreation facilities. So I’m wondering how they even…they have one on almost on every block, a school.
President Greenbaum: It’s been in the news. Thank you, anything else, Mr. Mund?
Mr. Mund: No.
President Greenbaum: Pride committee Liaison Report, Mr. Perkins.
Pride Committee Report
Mr. Perkins: No meeting Mr. President.
President Greenbaum: Board of Education Liaison Report, Mr. Mund.
Board of Education Report
Mr. Mund: None.
Mr. Buell: None since the last…..
Mr. Mund: We know that their going to open the bids.
Mr. Buell: The 21st
Mr. Mund: I think they’re planning to have a meeting but they haven’t publicized it.
President Greenbaum: Mr. Buell and I participated in a meeting with the School Board today related to parking and there is no resolution but they are looking at various issues, which were identified, also traffic flow because it is going to be an absolute disaster on Cory Road and adjacent road ways, during the construction phase which is going to last two years. So they are working on that issue and as soon as they have some item for discussion and the administration was very gracious in having Officer Van Ness at the meeting, who obviously knows a lot more. Thank you, Mayor for allowing him to come. Mr. Guenther?
Mr. Guenther: No, it’s just that you said two year construction signed for?
President Greenbaum: Two years.
Mr. Buell: Oh…That’s news to me since at our review meeting they insisted it would be done in a year.
President Greenbaum: I always heard two years.
Mrs. Labow: I had always heard two.
Mr. Buell: With having to re-bid this, they won’t even begin this project until August.
Mr. Guenther: Jim, Jim, it’s kind of inside joke. Lee and I….
President Greenbaum: Well, it was too inside for me.
President Greenbaum: Lake and Environmental Issues Committee, Mr. Rattner.
Lake Environmental Issues Committee
Mr. Rattner: Nothing to report.
President Greenbaum: Safety Committee Liaison, Mr. Guenther.
Safety Committee Report
Mr. Guenther: Next meeting is the 20th.
President Greenbaum: Finance Committee Report, Mr. Rattner.
Finance Committee Report
Mr. Rattner: The results in our last two meetings which was to get the capital budget and capital ordinances into shape to vote on which we introduced tonight.
President Greenbaum: Economic Development Committee Report, Mr. Rattner.
Economical Development Committee Report
Mr. Rattner: We have not met since the last report.
President Greenbaum: Public Portion. Anyone that wishes to be heard on any particular issue, now is your opportunity. Seeing none, I close it to the public. Final comments, Mayor anything?
Mr. De La Roche: No
President Greenbaum: Mr. Buell?
Mr. Buell: None
President Greenbaum: Mrs. Labow?
Mrs. Labow: Yes, I just want to relate one thing that happened. A couple weeks ago, Mr. Rattner, graciously gave my phone number to a gentleman in Town, They were running a twenty- four hour field day they called it and what it was is for ham operators and they got points for having different people come and the idea was to educate the public, on if there is a major emergency, there is communication throughout the world. It was extremely interesting, I… if an elected official came, they got a hundred points and I said, well do you need any other kind of people? And they said you got a kid? I got a teenager, so I dragged my son along with me. So they got two hundred points and while we were there they showed us the whole set up. They had satellite dishes and they had wires all over the place. They had to operate the ham radio by generator only, and they also set up a station where batteries would be re-charged by solar power and while we were there my son was able to make contact with one different country and two different areas of the United States and it was extremely informative. They also had the Morse code going. So only bringing it forward to let people know that these people are out there and they do have these field days. If we had some kind of catastrophic event where we had no communication, we have plenty of people out there practicing and running events and ready to help us out.
President Greenbaum: Thank you.
Mr. Mund: No comment
Mr. Guenther: None
Mr. Rattner: I have none.
Mr. Perkins: Nothing, Mr. President.
President Greenbaum: I only wanted to say that I never discussed closing down Turkey Brook and I hope the record is clear.
Mr. Mund: Motion to adjourn?
President Greenbaum: Motion to adjourn, is there a second?
Mr. Labow: Second.
President Greenbaum: All in favor?
All were in favor and the meeting adjourned at 9:21 pm.
Robert J. Greenbaum
I, HEREBY CERTIFY the foregoing to be a true copy of a resolution adopted by the Mount Olive Township Council at a duly convened meeting held on August 9, 2005.
Lisa M. Lashway