The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:14 p.m. by Council President Mania. 

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
Mrs. Lashway:  According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Daily Record. Notice has been posted in the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and notices were sent to those requesting the same.

ROLL CALL

Present:          Mr. Ferrante, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Nicastro and Mr. Mania

Absent:           Mr. Amianda

Also Present:  Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Fred Semrau, Township Attorney; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sherry Davis, CFO and Sean Canning, Business Administrator

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

June 24, 2014, WS, PM & CS (Mr. Roman absent)

President Mania:  First, on the Agenda is the approval of Minutes of previous meetings.  Mr. Ferrante, would you do the honors?

Mr. Ferrante:  Sure.  I move to approve the June 24, 2014 Workshop, Public Meeting and Closed Session Minutes.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed with the exception Mr. Roman abstained
CORRESPONDENCE
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/ OTHER TOWNS

  1. Letter received June 23, 2014, from Environmental Molding Concepts, LLC regarding Notice of the Delivery of Labor or Materials and Bond Notice to Contractor.  PDF Correspondence
  2. Email received June 24, 2014, from FEMA regarding IGA Advisory: FEMA Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Continuing Training Grant Funding.  PDF Correspondence
  3. Email received June 25, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events.  PDF Correspondence
  4. Email received June 24, 2014, from National League of Cities regarding Want your expenses covered for the 2014 NLC University Leadership Summit?  PDF Correspondence
  5. Email received June 27, 2014, from National League of Cities regarding Tour Google at the 2014 NLC University Summit.  PDF Correspondence
  6. Email received July 2, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events.  PDF Correspondence
  7. Email received July 2, 2014, from National League of Cities regarding NLC just launched our new conference website!  PDF Correspondence

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS

  1. Letter received June 23, 2014, from Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills regarding Resolution – R2014-104: Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received June 30, 2014, from Township of Chester regarding Notice of Pending Ordinance, Ordinance No. 2014-10, an Ordinance Amending Chaper 113 of the Code of the Township of Chester.  PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. Letter received June 30, 2014, from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding 17th Annual Elected Officials Hall of Fame.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received July 7, 2014, from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Legislative Bulletin 2013-2014 Legislative Session.  PDF Correspondence

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

  1. Letter received June 24, 2014, from Careaga Engineering, Inc. regarding Riley Septic Repair, 75 Lozier Road (Block 2801, Lot 16).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received June 24, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding DEP Press Release: DEP Offers Tips on Reducing Conflicts and Encounters with Black Bears in New Jersey.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received June 25, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – 2015 Americorps Watershed Ambassadors.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received June 27, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Illegal Dumping In State Parks.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received June 30, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Notice of Violation, Waterloo Road, Mount Olive Township.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received July 1, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Christie Administration Announces Applications for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Are Available.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received July 2, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding Route 46, Sandshore Road / Naughright Road to Old Wolfe Road (EB and WB).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received July 7, 2014, from North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority regarding June 30 Morris Canal Working Group Agenda.  PDF Correspondence

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. Email received June 23, 2014, from Morris County Planning Board regarding MCPB Minutes.  PDF Correspondence

 

MUA / MSA

  1. Email received June 27, 2014, from Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding MSA May 22, 2014 Meeting Minutes.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received July 2, 2014, from Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding allocations for the participating municipalities in the 4.31 MGD Water Pollution Control Plant.  PDF Correspondence

UTILITIES

  1. Email received June 23, 2014, from First Energy Corp regarding JCP&L Annual Vegetation Mgt. Aerial Patrol Notification 6/23-6/27.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received June 30, 2014, from HMUA regarding 2013 Annual Water-Quality Report.  PDF Correspondence

 

 

  1. Letter received June 30, 2014, from Scarinci Hollenbeck, Attorneys at Law regarding Petition filed with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities seeking approval of the merger of Time Warner Cable into a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received July 1, 2014, from Comcast regarding Channel Changes.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received July 2, 2014, from Comcast regarding Programming Changes.  PDF Correspondence

President Mania:  We have Correspondence.  We have 25 pieces of Correspondence.  Any discussion? 

Mrs. Labow:  We have twenty-seven.

Mr. Ferrante:  Twenty-seven.

President Mania:  Twenty-seven, I see. 

Mr. Nicastro:  Twenty-seven.

President Mania:  Why?  Do you see more than that?

Mrs. Labow:  No.  I thought you said twenty-five.

President Mania:  No.  I said twenty-seven.

Mrs. Labow:  Okay.

President Mania:  Thank you.  Any further discussion on that?  Hearing none.  Next, on the Agenda is the Ordinances for public hearing.  I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #14-2014,

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Ord.#14-2014 Ordinance Amending Sections 3(g) and 6(b) of the Bond Ordinance #11-2014 of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Finally Adopted April 22, 2014, in Order to Include Additional Projects, to Amend the Useful Life of Projects and to Amend the Average Useful Life. PDF Ord

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  Thank you, Mr. President.  I move for adoption and final passage…

President Mania:  I’m sorry, wait a minute, let me open it to the public.  Anyone from the public?  Close it to the public.  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  Thank you, Mr. President.  I move for final adoption and passage…I’m sorry…for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #14-2014.

Mr. Nicastro:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  Ordinance #14-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.  Next, is Ordinance #15-2014.  I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #15-2015 entitled,

Ord.#15-2014 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Providing for the Establishment of a No Parking Zone on the Western Side of Cloverhill Drive from the Northern Intersection of Rehobeth Road Running Southbound to the Southern Intersection of Rehobeth Road Between the Hours of 8 am and 9 am, Monday Through Friday Except for the Months of July and August; to be Incorporated into Chapter 245 of the Mount Olive Township Code. PDF Ord

 

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins.  I’m sorry.  Open it to the public.  Anyone from the public?  Close it to the public.  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Mr. President.  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #15-2014.

President Mania:  Is there a second?

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Discussion.  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  Ordinance #15-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.  I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #16-2014,

Ord.#16-2014 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Providing for the Establishment of a No Parking Zone on Chamberlain Lane from the Intersection with Route 46 East Running Southbound on the Western Side of Chamberlain Lane for Approximately 500 Linear Feet to the Residential Area; to be Incorporated into Chapter 245 of the Mount Olive Township Code. PDF Ord

President Mania:  Anyone from the public wish to be heard?  If not, I’ll close it to the public.  Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman:  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #16-2014.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Roll Call.  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  Ordinance #16-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. 

Mr. Roman:  Mr. President, number 17, where it’s up for public hearing.  I’m looking at last meeting’s Agenda and I don’t see it as a first reading.  Was there an amended Agenda?  Is 17 up for first reading or was it read for first reading last meeting?

Mrs. Lashway:  Yes.

Mr. Roman:  Okay.

President Mania:  She said yes.

Mr. Roman:  I’m looking at last meeting’s Agenda and it does not have 17 on the copy that was left in my mailbox, so I just want to make sure.  Does anybody…

Mrs. Lashway:  Sherry.

Mr. Canning:  I apologize.  It was added on.

Mrs. Lashway:  It was on for first reading.

Mrs. Davis:  Sean asked to add it last minute Lisa, so I believe it was on.

Mr. Canning:  Yes.  It was an add-on at the last minute.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.

Mr. Roman:  Okay.  I’m just making sure.

 

Mr. Canning:  It was on.

Mr. Roman:  Alright, good.  That’s all.  Thank you.

President Mania:  I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #17-2014,

Ord.#17-2014 Bond Ordinance Providing for the Acquisition of an Uninterruptible Power Supply for the Police Communications in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $96,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $91,200 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof. PDF Ord

President Mania:  Anyone from the public wish to be heard?  If not, I’ll close it to the public.  Entertain a motion.  

Mrs. Labow:  So moved. 

Mr. Perkins:  Go ahead, read it.

President Mania:  Mr. Nicastro.

Mrs. Labow:  Mr. Nicastro, sorry.

Mr. Nicastro:  Thank you.  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #17-2014.

President Mania:  Is there a second?

Mr. Ferrante:  Second.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Mr. Ferrante seconded.  Any discussion?  Ordinance #17-2014…

Mrs. Lashway:  You have to vote.

Mr. Perkins:  You have to vote.

President Mania:  What’s that?

Mrs. Lashway:  You have to do a Roll Call.

President Mania:  I’m sorry.  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  Ordinance #17-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. 

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – none

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:
Resolutions on the Consent Agenda List are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Township Council and will be approved by one motion (one vote). There will be no separate discussion or debate on each of these resolutions except for the possibility of brief clarifying statements that may be offered. If one or more Council member requests, any individual resolution on the Consent Agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Acceptance of the 2013 Audit. PDF Res

 

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Vendor Service Contract on a “Fair and Open” Basis Pursuant to the “Pay-to-Play” Law (Clear Security Systems). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of a Purchasing Contract (Mobilevision). PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Settlement on Behalf of the Township in Connection with the Claim for Refund of Quarterly Sewer Payments Made by Abiding Peace Lutheran Church. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Rejecting the Bid from First Priority Emergency Vehicles Inc. for the Contract for Type III Emergency Medical Vehicles for Flanders Rescue. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of a Purchasing Contract (Houston-Galveston Area Council). PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Award of the Contract for single Axle Dump Body for DPW to Robert Hoover & Sons, Inc. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Award of the Contract for Plow, Dump Body & Sander for DPW to Tony Sanchez, Ltd. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Mayor to Execute a Professional Services Agreement with FCR Morris, LLC for Recycling Materials Marketing. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Expenditure of Funds from the Township’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund for the Extension of a Sanitary Sewer Line to Properties to be Developed for Two Affordable Single Family Dwellings. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Extending a Contract with Aquatic Technologies, Inc. for Contact Herbicide Application for Budd Lake. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Authorizing the Execution of a Developer’s Agreement Between the Township of Mount Olive and Jack Levkovitz. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution authorizing a Capital Budget Amendment for an uninterruptable Power Source for the Police for $96,000.00.

President Mania:  Next, on the Agenda is the Consent Resolutions.  We have 12.

Mr. Roman:  Thirteen.

Mr. Perkins:  Thirteen.

President Mania:  Anyone wish to move…

Mrs. Lashway:  Thirteen.

President Mania:  Thirteen.  That’s right.  We have…

Mrs. Lashway:  Capital Budget Amendments.

President Mania:  Capital Budget Amendments has been added to the Resolutions.

Mr. Nicastro:  I move Resolutions one through thirteen.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

 

Mrs. Lashway:  Ray and Colleen.

President Mania:  I’m sorry.  Ray.

Mr. Perkins:  John. 

President Mania:  You told me to hurry the meeting up and I’m trying to do that.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Very brief, just for the Resolution for the Affordable Housing Trust, number ten, for anyone that wasn’t here at the last meeting to know that Habitat for Humanity did provide to our Business Administrator both of the certificates for these homes that have been built, the previous ones here in Mount Olive Township on Hatakawanna Way and I believe Lozier Road and both of those homes are energy star qualified, so this expenditure to have Habitat for Humanity build another energy star set of homes up there, which will afford these people cheaper, let’s say less cost on their monthly energy bills.  They will be more energy efficient, which means our money is being put to good use.  That’s it, Mr. President.

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.  Actually, this is sort of in line with what Ray put up with Resolution 10, but I have a question actually for the Administration because we have so many bank owned properties in town right now and they’re just sitting there vacant and we’ve already discussed how we’re going to put liens on them to keep up the properties and that.  Is there any way that we can possibly contact the banks and see if we could, I don’t know, buy them out of the trust fund thing to make them COAH units, affordable housing, since there is just so many right now vacant.  I know some towns are doing that, they’re identifying…

Mr. Canning:  Fred or Jeff can correct me if I’m wrong.  I think, currently under the current COAH rules, we can do that, however, I believe in the upcoming rules…what’s the term for that Fred, when you buy into foreclosures, it’s basically in lieu of with the COAH occupancies.  As soon as you mention the term, I’ll know it, but the upcoming rules, I’ve been informed in November they’re not going to allow that.

Mrs. Labow:  Oh, they’re not.

Mr. Canning:  However, I don’t know if there’s a window of opportunity now or not.  Fred, it has to do with buying a foreclosed home with the developer’s fees…

Mr. Semrau:  Right.

Mr. Canning:  …and basically making that your affordable units.

Mr. Semrau:  Right.

Mr. Canning:  You spoke about it and for the life of me, I cannot remember.

Mr. Semrau:  A deed in lieu of foreclosure.

Mr. Canning:  Bank owned homes.

Mr. Semrau:  Okay.

Mr. Labow:  Now, he’s saying in November they’re going to change the law where you can’t use your affordable housing money to purchase the bank owned properties to make them COAH…to fulfill COAH obligations.

Mr. Semrau:  That’s one of the considerations.  There’s a lot that’s going to happen before these rules are final.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.

Mr. Semrau:  It is.  It would be unfortunate in a sense because it’s been a great way for some…it’s an opportunity to actually invest in your own economy and to rehabilitate these homes and have them affordable.  They’re existing…

Mrs. Labow:  Yes, they are already there.

 

Mr. Semrau:  Then again, I think…I know Buzak has been the lead for this for the League of Municipalities, but I think there’s going to be a lot before we really have to say it’s time to really expect something to happen.  They’ve already been challenged, the rules.

Mrs. Labow:  In the meantime, if we do identify, I mean John, you have a house right on your street and I can tell you probably five of them off the top of my head that are just sitting there vacant and the banks, you know, they’re just not moving, if we could possibly do something like that where we could…

Mr. Canning:  It all depends I believe on the spending plan, again, Jeff and Fred will have to correct me, it has to do with COAH approved spending plan…

Mr. Semrau:  Yes.  You would have to amend the spending plan to do that.

Mr. Canning:  …between, we’re going to be in August, I hate to say it, in three weeks and they’re going to adopt the new rules tentatively in November.  I’m not sure, we can ask Mr. Buzak to look at it, I’m not sure if COAH would move that fast and again, we still have our spending plan having to do with Cobblestone where we’re in the middle of that due diligence.  There may come a point when we’re in our due diligence that we make some decision that we have to amend our spending plan.  Hopefully, if this option is still there, it might be viable.  I’m not optimistic that in the next three months though that we’d be able to move that.

Mrs. Labow:  If we could just put it on the table for the future.

Mr. Canning:  I like the idea.  I was kind of dismayed to hear from Catherine, we were speaking about this about a month or two ago, that under the new rules that there was no longer going to be a 20 percent set aside, but a 10 percent set aside in new development to put this other option that we were going to have that might be taken off the table by the State.

Mrs. Labow:  Just in case, I think we should really think about…we could solve our own problem that we have with the properties not being taken care of.  I’ve been in a lot of these houses and believe me, they’re full of mold and they just really need total rehab and if we could benefit from it, it would be great in terms of satisfying our COAH.  Thank you.

Mr. Semrau:  Well, if there’s an opportunity to be heard on that, I think at some point the League will solicit comments and that’s certainly one that I think a lot of towns would agree on.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.

Mr. Semrau:  You really don’t like to see ways to get affordable housing on an efficient basis taken away and this is really a way…

Mrs. Labow:  These houses are already owned by the bank, so…

Mr. Semrau:  They’re owned and it would be…it’s a benefit.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.

President Mania:  Any other discussion?  Anyone from the public wish to be heard on the Consent Resolutions?  If not I’ll close it to the public.  Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Approval of Peddler’s Permits for Angel Ramirez, Andrew Cardenas and Emmanual Ezeigbo for door-to- door solicitation for Slomins.
  2. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

President Mania:  Next, is Consent Motions.  We have two.  Entertain a motion.

Mrs. Labow:  So moved.

President Mania:  Is there a second?

 

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

Mrs. Lashway:  Just for the record, could you just say what you’re moving.

Mrs. Labow:  Okay.  I’m moving the Consent Motions one and two.

President Mania:  Do you have to spell it out?

Mrs. Lashway:  Peddler’s Permit…

Mrs. Labow:  Peddler’s Permit and the Bill List.

Mrs. Lashway:  It’s a Peddler’s Permit for three different people and the Bill List.

President Mania:  Why don’t you just read it right out, please.

Mrs. Labow:  I move Consent Motions one, approval of Peddler’s Permits for Angel Ramirez, Andrew Cardenas…how do you say that?

Mr. Roman:  Cardenas.

Mrs. Labow:  Cardenas and Emmanual Ezeigbo.

Mr. Roman:  I can’t help you there.

Mrs. Labow:  Ezeigbo.

President Mania:  Say that one.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes. 

President Mania:  Say that last one.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes, really.  Alex can’t help me with that one.  E-z-e-i-g-b-o for door-to- door solicitation for Slomins.

Mr. Roman:  Just call him Smith.

Mrs. Labow:  Two is the Bill List.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed with the exception Mr. Roman, Mr. Nicastro and Mr. Mania voted no on Consent Motion one

Mrs. Labow:  That’s tied, it goes down. 

Mrs. Lashway:  It’s denied, it goes down.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.  It’s tied, it goes down.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes.  No Peddler’s Permit.

Mrs. Labow:  Can I ask a question about that first, before we get to this point Mrs. Lashway, they’ve already gone through the police background check and the fingerprints for all three of them.

Mrs. Lashway:  They’ve paid their application fees, they’ve gone through the fingerprinting process and they’ve been recommended for approval by the Police Department.  I think we probably need to put on the record why we’re denying it.

Mrs. Labow:  Because they’ve laid out…it’s a long process because I lived through it myself and it’s expensive…

President Mania:  I’m going to change my vote, let’s not make this a big thing.

Mr. Semrau:  Okay, but then if that’s what’s going to happen, since you voted no…someone who voted no has to make a motion to basically reconsider this.  You would need to make the motion, Council President. 

President Mania:  I’ll make the motion to reconsider our vote.

Mrs. Labow:  Second. 

Mr. Semrau:  Any discussion.

President Mania:  Any discussion? 

Mr. Perkins:  Roll Call

ROLL CALL:            Passed with the exception Mr. Roman and Mr. Nicastro voted no on Consent Motion one

Mr. Semrau:  Now the permits for the record do carry and are approved, correct?

Mrs. Lashway:  Yes.

President Mania:  Thank you, Mr. Semrau.  Administrative Reports. 

Mr. Canning:  Thank you, Mr. President.

President Mania:  I’m sorry.

Mrs. Labow:  Excuse me, one second Mr. Canning.  I just want to ask a question.  I know the procedure for permits is that they go through the process and spend the money, but perhaps we should change the procedure a little bit and let them know if we’re inclined to approve it before they go through the expenditure, I mean I don’t know if we can legally do that.

Mrs. Lashway:  I don’t know if you can legally deny it if the Police Department has recommended it. 

Mr. Semrau:  Right.  If there is a record made and there’s a recommendation that they’ve completed whatever checks and processes that are involved and as Lisa said, that’s the Police Department doing that, then I would say I think you did the right thing this evening.  If you don’t like something or you don’t like the process you could always revisit that, change the qualifications or what’s necessary, but if they complete their qualifications and all is in order, I think that’s the way they’re presented on the Agenda, so I think you did the right thing to revisit.

Mrs. Labow:  I’m uncomfortable voting yes to begin with because I really don’t like anymore people coming door-to-door and peddling.

Mrs. Lashway:  Then you should consider amending the Ordinance.

Mrs. Labow:  That’s exactly my point.  I think were tending to go with that thought process and I would feel better if we didn’t have door-to-door peddling.  We get people coming and they don’t have their Peddler’s Permit because I ask them all the time and they usually take off really fast.  Maybe we might want to think about not allowing door-to-door peddling.

President Mania:  That would be on a future workshop.

Mrs. Labow:  Okay.  If we could put that on.

President Mania:  Sure.

Mrs. Labow:  I just want to bring it up right now because I think that’s where a lot of us are leaning.

 

President Mania:  Not a problem. 

Mr. Nicastro:  I’m not a fan.

President Mania:  Administrative Reports.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Mr. Canning:  Thank you, Mr. President.  I want to thank Council tonight.  One of the things we had in the backup was entering into a contract for our recycle material with FCR of Morris, also known as ReCommunity.  As part of the backup, I’ve done a brief analysis and from the benchmark we’d seen, once we go to single stream recycling and I know Councilman Nicastro has been one of my biggest supporters through this whole thing and Councilman Perkins as well, conservatively we’d really like to set the goal for next year of a 10 percent reduction in solid waste and that’s certainly attainable.  With the prices being what they are at the County MUA, they have not been lower than $89.00 in almost the last decade, they’re up in the mid-nineties now, so we certainly could save in our sanitation utility anywhere between $70,000.00 and $150,000.00 if we are really able to get the single stream up and going.  A lot of questions here from this body in the past and I finally have the definitive answers for you, plastics one, two, four, five and seven, which means no Styrofoam.  I really tried, I would love to have the Styrofoam, it’s big, it’s bulky, unfortunately they can’t take it.  The nearest competitor that we were trying to get to take the Styrofoam isn’t willing to come out this far, they are based in Carlstadt.  We’ve been spending months trying to get number six Styrofoam into the recycling stream.  Regardless, it’s most of your plastics, except for threes and sixes.  Any volunteers, I already have one very earnest volunteer, anybody else from Council who wants to be on our You Tube Channel and local cable access, we’re going to…I’ve directed Tim Quinn to film something for You Tube and also for our cable and we’re going to start airing the public service campaigns on Facebook, You Tube and local cable starting August 1st.

Mrs. Labow:  Absolutely.

Mr. Canning:  Just a brief quick hitter, we’ll talk about the script and what have you.

Mrs. Labow:  Can I just interject because I was thinking about this.  I’m sorry Mr. Mania, can I ask a question?  I was thinking about this the other day, when school starts up in September because we talked about how we just have to get people to recycle more and I was wondering if we could engage our elementary age students and we start really educating them and they almost…they go home and they say Mom, Dad you can’t do that…

Mr. Canning:  It’ll be part of it.

Mrs. Labow  …and maybe have some kind of a contest.

Mr. Canning:  It’ll be part of the Recommunity contract.  Anytime you get a recycler that comes in and takes your material, they almost always include an educational component.  In my interviews with this company, they had promised that, as well.  They have certified teachers going into the school districts and you’re right, it starts at home.  Single stream makes it so much easier.  Currently, we don’t make it easy for people to recycle.  Especially, you have to tie up your bundles of paper, you have to do this and you have to do that.  Anything that’s single stream now, if it’s not in one of our big green cans that the one arm bandits take, it’s recycle.  As you go down the road you should see more cans and hodgepodge as opposed to…I drive through now and I see way too much garbage and just a little bit of recycling.  Come Labor Day, we’re hoping to reverse that trend. 

Mrs. Labow:  Good.

Mr. Canning:  Property auction.  If you didn’t see it before, 6:30 pm today we auctioned off a parcel formerly owned by the Township on East Forest Road for $15,000.00.  It is not on the ROSI, I want to commend Council for giving us the go ahead a couple of months ago on that Resolution.  I want to thank Jeff and Fred, they did a lot of work on that and we’re in the middle of the conveyance of title now. 

President Mania:  Alex. 

Mr. Roman:  How many bidders were there?

Mr. Canning:  Just one.  We’ve done this before in another location in the Township.  It always goes to the immediate property owners first.  If there are no bidders, but I have never encountered where we don’t…usually that’s the initiative, we’ll get approached by somebody who is the immediate property owner, it’s not on the

 

ROSI, it’s a good business decision on our part.  We take a non-productive piece of property and make it productive for the tax roles.  Property maintenance, as you all know the property along Route 46 and Johnson Ave, which has been there for years and has been on my radar for two and a half years, were finally served with an unsafe structure notice.  We’ll been moving forward on that within the next three weeks.  We’ve given that owner every bit of opportunity to correct that situation, so we’re going to unilaterally move ahead as we can within the law.  We’re moving ahead on that now.  Carnival this week.  If you have been up to Turkey Brook, they’re ramping up.  That’s going to get going tomorrow night, fireworks on Saturday.  I’m very excited.  That’s Recreation’s biggest event of the year.  Baptist Church, our Historical Grants that we were approved for in 2013, the bids are going out for the exterior restoration.  That’ll be going out probably within the next week or two.  Expect to see some commencement of activity probably September, October, probably before winter sets in.  Two other things.  We received a positive indicator from the County of Morris as to grants on the Seward House.  That will be coming up at the next Council Meeting, so we’re going to have over $80,000.00 in grants on that, which that is a good thing.  That’s more assuring up you’re not going to see real progress on that for several years where it’s really shining.  Last, but not least, I know that Council was at least copied in part, if not whole, there was a concern on Drakestown Road and in other parts of the Township about garbage pickup last week and it had to do with the July 4th holiday.  July 3rd sanitation being off and it was a long gap between the previous pickup and then getting to this week.  DPW did everything that we’ve always done traditionally.  We put it on the website, they put it on Facebook, but after looking at it, we feel it’s not enough.  I spoke to the Mayor, I spoke with Tim and Tim stepped up.  We brought in some extra crews to help with the garbage concerns, but I have directed Mr. Quinn that for now on, anytime we have a holiday, a week or week and a half before we are going to use the Everbridge system, so we really want to start pushing that to get people the texts and now there’s no excuse at all that you don’t know when garbage is coming.  We are going to try and be a little more proactive and use every communication at our disposal.  That is my long winded report. 

President Mania:  I received a few calls on that subject.

Mr. Canning:  They put it in the calendar, they put it on the website and sometimes that’s just not enough, so we’re going to try to use the Everbridge, it goes right to your cell phone.  Just like anything else, we’re going to try and put it right in the palm of your hand.

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you.  Sean, I want to speak to you privately on that. 

Mr. Canning:  Okay.

Mr. Perkins:  When you get a chance.

Mr. Canning:  Yes.  Absolutely.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you.

President Mania:  Any other questions?  Any Old Business?  New Business?  Legal Matters?

OLD BUSINESS - None

NEW BUSINESS - None

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Pasek:  Thank you, Council President.

President Mania:  We have two attorneys here, tonight, I just want to let you know that.

Mr. Pasek:  Two quick items tonight, Council President.  First, with regards to the Cobblestone matter, there was a meeting with the experts, we should have an update for the Council at the next meeting.  Second, just to echo Sean’s sentiments, he kind of stole my thunder there about the property sale.  It was a great, unexpected source of revenue for the Township with the sale tonight and it also puts the property back on the tax role.  We were very pleased to help out and be a part of it. 

Mr. Semrau:  Also, Council President, we spoke to you at the last meeting regarding the Paragon Village proposal and I’m pleased to tell you based on the direction that we received, that we moved it a little bit further, about from 4.5 to 4.65, so more basis points, which is actually another $200,000.00 of the life of the proposed

term and the good news is, I know Sean, the Administration mentioned they were looking for $86,000.00, we got up to the $86,000.00 for the 2014 year.

Mr. Canning:  I’m very happy.

Mr. Semrau:  We should have that for the next meeting once the State goes back and gets the potential bidder to sign onto this, we’ll come back to that and present that to you for approval.  That’s my report.

Mr. Canning:  Thank you.

President Mania:  Thank you.  Council Reports.  Mr. Ferrante.

COUNCIL REPORTS

Board of Education Liaison Report - none

Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison
Lake Issues
Mr. Ferrante:  The Lake, the Aquatic Technologies was out yesterday morning and they treated the lake, 23 acres for milfoil and curly leaf pond weed.  Library Board, they continue to have summer programs, so check out their website.  They have programs for adults and children throughout the summer.  That’s it.

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow.

Senior Citizen Liaison
Economic Development Committee Report
TNR Program
Mrs. Labow:  Thank you, Mr. President.  I made it to a Senior Citizen meeting last week on Tuesday.  It was excellent.  The only thing, of course, Mr. Canning was right on it, they had a microphone that’s wireless and every time they would start to talk, it would just go out.  I mean when it was working, it was great, it was really nice and loud, but it kept going, it kept banging and banging and then trying to shout.  We had 96 people there, it was wonderful.  I actually signed up as a member, I am officially a senior citizen member now.

President Mania:  Wonderful.  Congratulations.

Mr. Nicastro:  Congratulations.

Mrs. Labow:  Thank you.  I was so excited.  They’re having the picnic.  It’s a week from Thursday over at the Senior Center for the Senior Picnic, the 17th.  If anybody wants to come and help out with that, that would be wonderful.  The Economic Development Committee, we don’t meet again until September, however we did get an email this week from our Chairperson, Mr. Stadelman that over at Sutton Plaza, it is now being managed by Cushman and Wakefield.  They’re actually taking care of it, they cleaned up a lot of the debris that was around the playground, they are filling in the potholes and sprucing that up quite a bit so that’s all good news over there.  It’s going to start to perk up a little bit over there.  Last, but not least, TNR is doing fantastic and just moving right along and it’s absolutely wonderful with our Animal Control Officer, Frank Nelson, there’s just really a nice harmony going on between them taking care of any issues of stray cats.  That’s it.

President Mania:  Would you be so kind to check with the senior’s to see if we can have a challenge for the bocce game like we did a few years ago.

Mrs. Labow:  We were supposed to…I asked that several times.  Last year, it was with the police and they’re planning on doing it with us this year.  I will let you know the date.

President Mania:  See what you can see.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.  I keep…

President Mania:  I enjoyed that.

Mrs. Labow:  That’s the first thing I do every time.   I ask, I say when are we going to play bocce?

Mr. Roman:  We’re not taking it easy this time.

Mrs. Labow:  We have a lot of fun.  We have a blast.  That was a lot of fun.

President Mania:  Yes, we did.

Mrs. Labow:  I will double check and see if we can firm up a date and get moving with that.

President Mania:  I appreciate that.  Mr. Perkins.

MOTV Committee Liaison
Safety Committee Liaison
Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Mr. President.  Lisa, would you be kind enough to remove the Safety Committee Liaison from the Agenda from here on out.  As I mentioned to Council last meeting, the Public Safety Committee as we had formed it in 2008 is no longer a functioning committee.  That has been taken over by OEM who answers directly to the Administration, it’s not really a legislative function, so we’re backing out of that.  The Mount Olive TV, Miss Brett and I will be meeting…we’ve got a meeting set up with the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Larrie Reynolds.  We want to review the previous guidelines and policies that were in effect which kind of were a little restrictive for some of the things that I think we’ve discussed here where we want to promote some of the businesses within the Township.  I want to review some of those changes with the Superintendent first just to make sure there’s no issues.  Once I have his “blessing” or any concerns, I will put it all into a memo form, send it to Lisa who can distribute it to the Council as well as to our attorneys for review and then we should look to abolish the Ordinance that is presently in effect.  We have maybe three people that have stepped up to be members.  Anybody that reads the Ordinance, when you go through it, the restriction on who can be a member and what has to happen, you know you pretty much give up your first and second child before you can be on this committee.  Of course were not making it easy, kind of like recycling.  If we want to make it easy for people to be able to present things to the Township to where we could promote events and businesses within the Township, we have to make it easier for people to participate.  I should, as I promised you guys, I’m in the middle of that right now, it’s in July and I should hopefully finish up by the end of this month to get it to Council by August.  That’s it, Mr. President.

President Mania:  Thank you, Mr. Perkins.  Mr. Roman.

Recreation Liaison Report
Open Space Committee Report – none
Mr. Roman:  Nothing to report on Open Space and Recreation, we’ve got the Carnival tomorrow.  That’s it.

President Mania:  Thank you. 

Mr. Roman:  You’re welcome.

President Mania:  Mr. Nicastro.

Board of Health Report
Legislative Committee Report - none
Mr. Nicastro:  No Board of Health meeting this month.  Next one is August 20th and nothing on Legislative.   

Planning Board Report
President Mania:  Planning Board was supposed to have a meeting this Thursday, it’s been cancelled.  We have our next meeting on the 17th of next week.

Mrs. Labow:  Mr. Mania.

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  I just have a question for Mr. Perkins on the Safety Committee.  Did we form that Council Liaison by Ordinance or Resolution? 

Mr. Perkins:  Resolution.

Mrs. Labow:  Do we have to take any formal action to…?

Mr. Perkins:  No. 

Mrs. Labow:  No.

Mr. Perkins:  Same as we did with the Pride Committee when we abolished that, it was by Resolution.

Mrs. Labow:  Okay.  I just wanted to make sure we don’t have to…thank you.  I know some of them are a little more…

Mr. Perkins:  Some of them are done by Ordinance.

Mr. Semrau:  This isn’t one that is in the Township Code.

Mrs. Labow:  Right.

President Mania:  Open the meeting to the Public, anyone from the public wish to be heard.  If not, I’ll close it the Public.  Council Comments, Mr. Ferrante.

PUBLIC PORTION

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Ferrante:  Nothing tonight.

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  I just want to say that Monday at 2:00 pm we’re expecting our granddaughter to arrive. 

President Mania:  Wow.

Mrs. Labow:  I’m so excited. 

President Mania:  How precise, 2:00 pm.

Mr. Roman:  Not bad, 2:00 pm.

Mrs. Labow:  2:00 pm.  So, at 2:00 pm , you guys know I’ll be pacing the hospital halls waiting…no, she has a scheduled c-section, unless Alexis decides to make her appearance before that…

President Mania:  You have a name for her?

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.  They want to name her Alexis…

Mr. Roman:  Not after me. 

President Mania:  No.

Mrs. Labow:  She’s scheduled on Monday.  I’m really excited.  My grandson…so I’m going to have two little bambinos with me running around.

President Mania:  Wonderful.

Mr. Nicastro:  Congratulations.

President Mania:  Congratulations.

Mrs. Labow:  Thank you. 

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you, Mr. President.  This past Saturday at Sam’s Club, the award was presented in honor of Veteran’s, the military, active military and all of the emergency services personnel within the Township of Mount Olive by Sam’s Club.  The Mayor was there, Miss Brett was there, Mr. Nicastro, Mr. Roman, his lovely other half, I was there, I got to stand next to two Marines and as I posted on my Facebook, I’m not as lean, I’m
not as mean, but I’m still a Marine.  It was kind of surprising, I think I stood over these kids by about 18 inches, but of course they had on nice black tight t-shirts and I had a very baggy jacket on, which was appropriate for

 

the time.  It was a wonderful event, they had an excellent thing.  People from Flanders were there, Budd Lake, the Police Department, it was a wonderful showing by Sam’s Club who’s donated so much to this Town over the past couple of years in support of our Emergency Personnel.  Anybody who couldn’t make it there, it was just fantastic.

President Mania:  I couldn’t make it, I was in the Hamptons.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes.  I found that out, that’s okay.  Other than that, get to the Carnival this week. 

President Mania:  Mr. Roman,

Mr. Roman:  I have nothing.

President Mania:  Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro:  Nothing. 

President Mania:  Nothing.  Just a comment from me.  Periodically, I ride up to Turkey Brook and Mount Playmore.  I’m just amazed at the amount of kids taking advantage of this thing. 

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.

President Mania:  In speaking with some of the parents, they’re ever so happy.  I think we did a great thing with Mount Playmore.  Thanks to the Administration and the Council.  That’s all I have.  Motion to adjourn.

 

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

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John Mania, Council President

I, Michelle Masser, Deputy Clerk of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on July 22, 2014.                                                                                              

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Michelle Masser, Deputy Clerk
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