The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 8:23 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. Amianda, Mr. Ferrante, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Nicastro and Mr. Mania

Absent:           Mr. Roman

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

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Honoring Debbie Potter for Her Years of Service, Commitment and Dedication to the Township of Mount Olive.

 

President Mania:  Okay, we did Debbie’s.

Mrs. Lashway:  We have to take a vote on it.

President Mania:  Pardon?

Mrs. Lashway:  We have to take a vote on it.

President Mania:  A motion to adopt the Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Honoring Debbie Potter for Her Years of Service, Commitment and Dedication to the Township of Mount Olive.

Mrs. Labow:  I’m sorry.  So moved.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  All in favor?  Opposed?

All are in favor.

President Mania:  Motion carries.  Next, on the Agenda is the approval of Minutes of previous meetings, Mr. Amianda. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

June 10, 2014 WS & PM (Colleen Labow absent)

Mr. Amianda:  Mr. President, I make a motion for approval of Minutes of previous meetings.

President Mania:  Is there a second?

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Roll Call.

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

  • Email received June 11, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events.  PDF Correspondence
  • Email received June 16, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding NOFA-NJ Newsletter June 2014.  PDF Correspondence

 

  • Email received June 17, 2014, from Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network regarding Reminder: Call for Proposals and Participation – PPMRN 7th Annual Conference.  PDF Correspondence
  • Email received June 17, 2014 from No More Hate Organization regarding Website Feedback.  PDF Correspondence

 

  • Email received June 18, 2014, from New Jersey Conservation Foundation regarding Action needed to protect Highlands Landowners.  PDF Correspondence
  • Email received June 18, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events.  PDF Correspondence

 

  • Email received June 19, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Mixer.  PDF Correspondence
  • Email received June 19, 2014, from ANJEC regarding Free Subscription to the ANJEC Report.  PDF Correspondence

 

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS

  • Letter received June 18, 2014, from Washington Township regarding Ordinance Adoption, Ordinance No. RO-09-14 amending their Land Use ordinance.  PDF Correspondence

 

  • Email received June 19, 2014, from Morris Township regarding Township of Morris-Resolution #111-14 – In Support in promoting the preservation of NJ Military Facilities.  PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  • Letter received June 9, 2014 from New Jersey League of Municipalities Educational Foundation, Inc. regarding Five Years of Economic Recovery: Where are we and where are we going?  July 11, 2014.  PDF Correspondence

 

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

  • Letter received June 6, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation regarding Pavement Preservation Contract, North – 2014-2, DP 14429, FPN: NHP-080-5(104).  Route I-80 East Bound MP 12.80 to 28.10.  PDF Correspondence

 

  • Letter received June 6, 2014, from EcolSciences, Inc. regarding Application for a Letter of Interpretation-Line Verification and Transition Area Waiver (Block 102, Lot 12).  PDF Correspondence
  • Letter received June 9, 2014, from Kleinfelder regarding One 12,000-gallon unleaded gasoline (E1) Underground Storage Tank (UST) and two 10,000-gallon unleaded gasoline (E2 & E3) UST’s removed in October 2013, associated appurtenances.  Former Exxon Hackettstown (150 Route 46 & Naughright Road).  PDF Correspondence

 

  • Letter received June 11, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Approval for Alternative Lake Weed Composting Method.  PDF Correspondence
  • Email received June 11, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards.  PDF Correspondence

 

  • Letter received June 12, 2014, from Civil Engineering, Inc. regarding Mount Olive BP Gas Station 398 & 400 US Route 46 West (Block 8301, Lots 17 & 18).  PDF Correspondence
  • Letter received June 18, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Transportation regarding NJDOT cordially invites you to attend an informal Pre-Construction Public Information Center regarding the Route 46 over Musconetcong River Bridge Replacement Project in Hackettstown.  PDF Correspondence

 

  • Email received June 18, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Barnegat Bay Sweeps.  PDF Correspondence

 

MORRIS COUNTY

  • Email received June 6, 2014, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 

  • Letter received June 13, 2014, from County of Morris Department of Planning and Public Works regarding Milling and Resurfacing Main Road, North Road and Hillside Road.  PDF Correspondence
  • Email received June 18, 2014, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 

MUA / MSA

  1. Email received June 9, 2014, from Musconetcong Watershed Association regarding Please Share: MWA Hike: June 22nd Hike Press Release.  PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

  1. Email received June 9, 2014, from First Energy regarding JCP&L Topic of the Month – Summer Energy Saving Tips.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received June 9, 2014, from First Energy regarding JCP&L Open House and RDO Tour.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received June 18, 2014, from First Energy regarding JCP&L Names Raemon Mallin Manager of Emergency Preparedness.  PDF Correspondence

 

President Mania:  We have Correspondence.  We have 26 Correspondences.  Any discussion?  Hearing none.  We’re onto Ordinances for Public Hearing.

Mr. Perkins:  We have really big print.

President Mania:  Pardon?

Mr. Nicastro:  That’s what I said.

Mr. Perkins:  We have very large font.

Mrs. Lashway:  Do you like it?

Mr. Nicastro:  Yes, I do.

President Mania:  Do you like it?

Mrs. Labow:  I love it.

Mr. Nicastro:  I like it.

President Mania:  It’s for us older folk.

Mr. Nicastro:  I still need my glasses.

Mr. Perkins:  So much for cutting back on that paper.

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING - none

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – 2nd reading 7/8/14

President Mania:  Next item on the Agenda for first reading is Ordinance #14-2014 entitled,

 

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:  Mr. Ferrante.

Mr. Ferrante:  Sure.  I move that Ordinance #14-2014 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on July 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, 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 the law.

President Mania:  Is there a second?

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Council discussion.  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  The next item on the Agenda for first reading is Ordinance #15-2014,

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.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Mr. President.  I move that Ordinance #15-2014 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on July 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, 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 the law.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow seconded.  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  The next item on the Agenda for first reading is 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:  Mr. Roman.  Mr. Roman is not here.  Mr. Nicastro, would you do that?

Mr. Nicastro:  Sure.  I move that Ordinance #17-2014 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on…

President Mania:  Sixteen.

Mrs. Labow:  Sixteen.

Mr. Nicastro:  I’m sorry, what was that?

 

Mr. Perkins:  #16-2014.

Mrs. Labow:  It’s 16.

Mr. Nicastro:  It’s 16, not 17…#16-2014, and that a meeting be held on July 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, 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 the law.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins seconded.  Discussion.  Roll Call, please.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  Next item on the Agenda for first reading is 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:  Mr. Amianda.

Mr. Amianda:  Yes, Mr. President.  I move that Ordinance#17-2014 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on July 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Budd Lake, 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 the law.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

Mr. Nicastro:  Second.

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow, was she first?

Mr. Perkins:  I think Mrs. Labow got it.

Mr. Nicastro:  She got it.  She’s getting like you.

President Mania:  Any discussion?

Mrs. Lashway:  The Mayor.

President Mania:  Mayor.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Yes.  It became apparent to us that we had major problems in terms of our power supply in the Police Department.  We are looking at various options, grants that may be available to us to recoup some of these costs, but ultimately after looking at the issue, we were left with no other option than to move forward with the appropriation that we see through this Ordinance.  It’s one of those things that it just has become time that we need to replace what we currently have, which is going to fail. 

President Mania:  Thank you, Mayor.  Roll Call, please.

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.

 

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Mount Olive Township to Enter into a Cooperative Purchasing Agreement with National Joint Powers Alliance. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of a Purchasing Contract (National Joint Powers Alliance). PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Award of the Contract for Trailer Mounted Brush Chipper to Equiptech, LLC dba Bobcat of Central Jersey. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Award of the Contract for Emergency Medical Transportation Services to HRMC Emergency Medical Services. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of Open Space Trust Funds for a Professional Services Agreement with Princeton Hydro, LLC in Connection with the Remediation and Control of the Weeds in Budd Lake. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Use of a Purchasing Contract (Middlesex County Co-Op). PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Mount Olive Township to Enter in a Cooperative Purchasing Agreement with Houston Galveston Area Council. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Waiver from Uniform Construction Code Fees for The Land Conservancy at South Branch Preserve ($771.00). PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Grant Application to the Direct Install Program, Energy Efficient Block Grant and Professional Services Agreement with Donnelly Energy Solutions (Pre-Approved Contractor in the Program). PDF Res
  2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing Mount Olive Baseball Softball Association to Hold a “Coin Drop” Fundraiser on July 26, 2014 and July 27, 2014. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Renewal of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses for the 2014-2015 Licensing Period. PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Authorizing the Release of Cash and Surety Bonds for the Site Improvements in Connection with Block 4117, Lots 26 and 27 (Previously Block 4100, Lots 26 and 27) Subject to the Posting of a Two Year Maintenance Bond (Kevin Lewthwaite Home Improvements, Inc.). PDF Res

 

President Mania:  Consent Resolutions.  We have thirteen.  Anyone wish to move any to Non-Consent?  Hearing none.

Mr. Perkins:  There’s only twelve.

Mr. Nicastro:  Is there twelve?

Mr. Perkins:  We did one for…

Mr. Nicastro:  We done one, so it’s two through…

Mrs. Labow:  It’s two through thirteen.

President Mania:  I’m sorry, you’re right.

Mr. Nicastro:  I was looking for the first.

President Mania:  There’s twelve.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, sir.

President Mania:  Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro:  Yes.  I move Consent Resolutions two through thirteen.

Mr. Amianda:  Second.

President Mania:  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed unanimously

President Mania:  Anyone from the public wish to be heard on the Consent Resolutions?  Hearing none.  I’ll close it to the public.  Any Council Comments?  Next, we have Consent Motions.  We have three.  Mr. Perkins, would you?

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Approval of a Peddler’s Permit for Avshalom Gibli for mobile food vending.
  2. Approval of a Peddler’s Permit for Frank Gallo for mobile food vending.
  3. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Mr. President.  I move…

President Mania:  What’s that?  You’re going to make a comment?  Okay.

Mr. Pasek:  Just real quick with regards to the Bill List.  It was brought to our attention by Sherry Davis that for one of the bills that are on the list, materials supplier to Z-Tech Contracting, we had passed a Resolution and entered into a contract with a month or two ago, has asserted a notice of lien.  Because of that, we respectfully suggest that Council approve the Bill List including the payment to Z-Tech Contracting, but we make it subject to our Resolution for the lien issue.

Mr. Perkins:  So moved.

President Mania:  Second?

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Any further discussion?

Mrs. Labow:  I have a question.

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  I don’t know if Ray can answer this, or perhaps Mr. Nicastro or somebody, for the mobile food vending vehicles, how do the inspections go for the food?  Do they have to pass a certain requirement…but, then do they get follow up checks or do our guys go out and…

Mr. Perkins:  For sure.  The guys stop in, just like when the Mayor used to have his hot dog cart, the guys stopped by.

Mrs. Labow:  They stop by and check and make sure?

Mr. Perkins:  They stop by and check and make sure occasionally that the food and everything is fine.

Mrs. Labow:  I was just wondering how they keep up with that.  Thank you.

Mr. Perkins:  You’re welcome.

President Mania:  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:            Passed with the exception Mr. Nicastro abstained on check #68343.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

President Mania:  Administrative Reports.

Mayor Greenbaum:  I’ll start.  This Saturday, at least I and several others involved in Mount Olive Government participated in the Raiders of the Lost Park.  We increased our participation almost double from what we had the prior year.  It was a beautiful day.  It was a great event.  Buildings and Grounds went above and beyond and Recreation, above and beyond in their effort and it was a great success.  I can tell you there was not one negative comment that I heard.  Colleen was working the event, you would agree that you didn’t hear anybody…

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.  It was fantastic.

Mayor Greenbaum:  …that just didn’t say it was tremendous.  At the same time that Buildings and Grounds was, and our sponsors obviously who made it all happen, but during the same time frame that Buildings and Grounds was getting the park ready for the Raiders of the Lost Park, obviously we were completing Mount Playmore.  I can tell you, I have been up there every day from Saturday to today.  We opened on Sunday at 10:00 am, it was an unofficial opening.  My position was to the Administrative staff and Buildings and Grounds, when it’s done, open it, let’s not wait for a Grand Opening.  A lot of parents and their younger kids were just foaming at the mouth to get into the park.  It is a huge, huge success for the Township.  There have been virtually no negative comments and only praise for what we have accomplished for a segment of our population that we have long not provided for.  I think it’s a great addition to the park.  Turkey Brook really is the center of our town, we don’t have a town center, but if we did it would be Turkey Brook.  I think I share in all of the praise, with all of you, that we funded and built something which is just tremendous.  I know Ray chimed in, I’ve spoken to Colleen, anybody who’s been up there, just absolutely loves what we accomplished.  There are many people to thank and I don’t want to miss anybody, but obviously Buildings and Grounds, Leather Associates, all of our contractors, Mark Dombrowski who volunteered and who turned out to be a tremendous asset to the Township in terms of his dedication and level of skill, ultimately somebody at the end that we brought in on a part-time basis to help move the project along.  To John Ferrante’s son who was basically our inspector on a part-time basis, who earned a hard hat.  It was very funny actually because I was up there and one of my friends said what kind of parent would make their kid wear a hard hat to a playground.  I said no, it’s not that he made him wear it, it’s like a medal and when he understood he thought it was great.  I think the feedback that you’re all going to get on what we did at Mount Playmore is something we’re all going to take great pride in going forward.  You know what, it doesn’t stop there because coming in July is the Carnival, we have a new carnival company, obviously.  The fireworks are on the 12th.  It’s always a huge event, we see somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 people who attend the fireworks night and the carnival is really the major funding mechanism for our Recreation Department for a yearly basis, they cover most of their salaries, as you know we run it as a utility.  I would ask that you all try and attend as much as possible.  I am unfortunately going to be out of town for most of the Carnival.  My son’s orientation at University of Michigan is that same timeframe.  I’ll be back for the fireworks though.  The hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the carnival.  Hopefully, they won’t close early on Sunday like they did in previous years, it’s a different company as I said.  With having said that, I only have one other comment and that would be to congratulate, I know all of you join with me in congratulating our High School Graduates, Class of 2014.  It was a phenomenal graduating class, we put two kids into Yale, one into Duke, one into the University of Michigan among other schools.  I can tell you from just listening to what the School Board is saying, that the test scores that are coming back from this year is going to propel the High School much higher up on the rank of New Jersey High Schools than we already are, which was 69.  I imagine that we’ll be somewhere in the fifties come next time.  On all levels, Mount Olive is firing on all cylinders.  Township wise, we’re creating great opportunities for our residents, for our businesses, our High School facilities are phenomenal.  I was advised by Larrie Reynolds that they’re going to be putting a turf field at the Middle School this year with lights, which will create more recreational activities also for the Township and sports groups that use the Board of Education facilities.  Right now we need to take advantage of the fact that people want to move to Mount Olive, know that Mount Olive is a great place to live and know that all of us sitting up here are all working as a team to move Mount Olive forward.  Congratulations to all of us. 

President Mania:  Sean, you have anything? 

Mr. Canning:  Thank you, Mayor.  Yes, a couple of things, working very busy on a couple things.  One of them is the Transportation Alternative Grant and this is…Councilman Roman had brought this up a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve been working very closely with the Police Department and Kathy Murphy.  This would actually be the final missing piece to coincide with the Police Department’s efforts, as we have said with the walkable…with the sidewalks.  The Transportation Alternative is going to target our White Trail and linking some sidewalks, some stone dust like we have at Givaudan Trail, but basically all the way from Bennington all

the way up to Gold Mine Road.  It would make basically a walkable Mount Olive along the center of our Township here.  That’s to be submitted on June 30th.  I’ve been working with Gene closely on that.  I’ll finish writing that tomorrow and see if we can get some funding, you know, some, all, anything, but every little bit helps.  Cobblestone, we’ve been doing our due diligence meetings on that.  That is moving forward.  We had another meeting today with Fred’s office, as well as Catherine, Chuck, Gene and Homeless Solutions.  We’re evaluating some of the feedback we had in our due diligence.  Hopefully, I’ll have a very clear report on the Administrative updates for July 8th as to where we are at, we’re weighing several options.  Givaudan Trails, if you haven’t been up there the first section obviously has been done, it’s beautiful.  I meet tomorrow morning with my counterpart in Stanhope.  We’re looking to enact a National Recreation Trails Grant at the Houdaille Bridge and also improve the Plane Street Bridge and move onto Phase II, which will get us down to the MSA and then beyond that down to the Sussex Branch.  I’m going to stay off the Sussex Branch as I was there with my wife over the weekend, we saw a massive bear, I didn’t mind too much, but she sure did.

Mayor Greenbaum:  There seems to be some marital problems in the Canning house, but we’ll stay away from that.

Mr. Canning:  The monthly reports, if you had a chance to go up there, they have been updated.  I asked Lisa to put something out on the Dropbox.  Health Department’s is the latest edition, so that should give you pretty much give you real time.  Usually by the 15th of every month we have all the data in from the previous months.  It gives you a snapshot going back to 2013.  Scott Van Ness, our Zoning Officer has been very busy keeping up with property maintenance.  We’re starting it.  If you get a lot of complaints at this time of the year, it’s starting to be that time, overgrown grass and whatnot.  If you can, give them to Scott, if he’s not in that day, get them to me or to Catherine, we’ll make sure we get on it.  There was a young lady and a young gentleman in here a couple of weeks ago, a public complaint about a neighborhood problem.  We’re on that, we’ve dialogued with everybody in there, that’s moving forward.  The complainant is very happy, they’re receiving a regular comment from the Township, so that whole area is moving forward.  If there’s violations, everybody is being enforced.  Finally, to Sherry’s credit, I’m surprising this one on her, the audit just finished the preliminary results.  Yet again, zero comments.  I think she’s setting the New Jersey record for the best finance office in the State.  We’re going to have zero comments again.  I’m losing count of the years, how many years now? 

Mrs. Davis:  I don’t know.

Mr. Canning:  It’s a lot.  Again, there are going to be no comments coming out of finance again just proving we have one of the best CFO’s in the State of New Jersey.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Either that or a bad auditor, one or the other.

President Mania:  Sean, quick question.  Does the bank have to be notified when to cut the grass or should that be done automatically?

Mr. Canning:  It should be done automatically.  There’s a New Jersey State Law, when a bank takes over, they’re supposed to be providing the Clerk’s Office with a property maintenance company whose supposed to be affirmatively responsible for that property.  It’s a 50-50 proposition from my experience.

President Mania:  Because the grass was cut across the street from my house two weeks ago, it’s getting high now and I haven’t seen anybody. 

Mr. Canning:  It may get to the point that we have to make notification.  Scott gives them a reasonable amount of time, several days, a week.  If not, again Council had the foresight to enact that Ordinance, we take action and there’s a fine levy.  Again, we’re playing catch up, we are always playing catch up.  It just with the Ordinance, at least it puts us in a better position.

President Mania:  Yes.  When you’re late on your mortgage payment, they don’t give you a break.

Mr. Canning:  You’re right.

Mrs. Labow:  Mr. Mania.

President Mania:  Just a follow up on Mount Playmore, I was there yesterday and today.  I cannot believe the amount of children that were having such a great time.  I just stood there amazed.  I really was amazed, I mean, running around, having a great time.  It’s really an asset to Mount Olive.  Mrs. Labow.

Mayor Greenbaum:  I’m very proud, I really am.

Mrs. Labow:  I’m so excited.

Mayor Greenbaum:  I can’t tell you that I’ve sat out there many times and felt the amount of pride that I really do about Mount Playmore. 

Mrs. Labow:  It’s beautiful.  I just want to say, Mr. Mania, when some of the houses that are vacant and they’re not quite in foreclosure or the bank hasn’t put them on the market yet, we call them the shadow inventory.  A lot of times they will put a notice on the door that has a phone number and a name of the person to call for the property maintenance.

President Mania:  I don’t think we should have to do that. 

Mrs. Labow:  I’m just saying, that is an option that…I agree, they should be out there doing it, but they, I don’t know if was maybe from that law that recently passed, but I noticed on some of them that and it says, don’t call us about buying the house, but if there is a property issue, call us for maintenance.

President Mania:  What takes them so long to put it on the market, I mean this house has been vacant for over a year?

Mrs. Labow:  It’s a nightmare.

President Mania:  No For Sale sign, no nothing.  What is the purpose of that?

Mrs. Labow:  It would be wonderful to know the answer to that question, although I will say that part of the theory behind that is if they actually put all the houses on the market right now that they own, it would flood the market and it would bring down the value of the price of houses.  It seems to be that they are feeding them in little by little to be honest with you, just from my observation, which is a good thing for the market, you don’t want to flood it.

President Mania:  Thank you for the input.

Mayor Greenbaum:  One other thing John.  I’m having a party July 4th, 5:00 pm, my house, anyone who’s around on July 4th, no fireworks.

President Mania:  No fireworks.

Mrs. Labow:  No fireworks this time.

Mayor Greenbaum:  You’re all invited. 

President Mania:  Thank you, Mayor.  Any Old Business?  New Business?  Mrs. Labow.

OLD BUSINESS - None

NEW BUSINESS

Mrs. Labow:  I have New Business.  Just a question, I’d like to see if there is anything we can do.  I think all of us at one point or another, including Mr. Canning and the Mayor many times…the section from Mount Olive Manor to now the Weis area.  I know we’ve sent out abatement notices for the sidewalk and the condition and it’s up to the property owner to maintain it, so on and so forth, but I had an idea recently.  I don’t know what the opportunity would be if we were to contact, I think that’s a County road there…

Mr. Canning:  That’s Municipal…

Mrs. Labow:  That’s Municipal?  If there is some way because we do have a lot of residents walking that area, if we could do some kind of…like take responsibility for that sidewalk as a Township and do some sort of a
sidewalk there that we maintain so that we don’t…because we do have so many of the residents from Mount Olive Manor, not to mention from Clover Hill, the kids they want to go over to the park…I’d like to see a sidewalk with maybe some kind of bollard put up to protect people, but the sidewalk has to be wide enough for wheelchairs and a lot of them have the walkers and that.  I don’t know if there’s a possibility that we could take on something like that.  It just seems to be a constant thing we’re getting complaints on over and over and over.

 

Mr. Canning:  If you are aware of it, I would ask you to please send them down to me.  Scott Van Ness, I had all over the property owners about three months ago, as a matter of fact he violated…he sent a violation notice to one of them and forced them to do a repair.  Since that time, I’d have to pull up Iworqs, I want to say April, April, early May, I haven’t gotten any complaints.  If there are, we have Van Ness to enforce it.  It’s not a pristine sidewalk, but it is within acceptable limits.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.  Actually it wasn’t too long ago that Joe can attest to it, Mary called you, I was over at Weis that day.

Mr. Nicastro:  Yes, that’s the one that wanted me to talk to her.

Mr. Canning:  Was that a couple of months ago?

Mr. Nicastro:  Yes.

Mrs. Labow:  No, it was a month ago.

Mr. Nicastro:  A month ago, in May, the beginning of May, something like that.

Mrs. Labow: It was a month ago.  Just my thought on it is just the fact that it is just because of them with the wheelchairs.  It’s too narrow so they’re on the road and I don’t know, I was thinking if there was some way we can just make it better or an improvement because there are so many people from either Mount Olive Manor or from Clover Hill going to the park.  It just seems like it’s more of a…maybe it should be a public, a Township type of thing, but I know Rob’s getting ready…

Mayor Greenbaum:  No, I’m not going to say anything. 

Mrs. Labow:  Okay.

Mayor Greenbaum:  What I am going to say Colleen is we’ll take a look at the issue.

Mrs. Labow:  Thank you.

President Mania:  Good answer, Mayor.

Mrs. Labow:  That’s right up there when you want to insult somebody so...

President Mania:  Spoken like a real politician.

Mrs. Labow:  …with all due respect.

Mr. Perkins:  I’ll get back to you.

Mrs. Labow:  I’ll get back to you.  Don’t hold your breath.

Mayor Greenbaum:  We’ll take a look at the issue.

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

LEGAL MATTERS

Mr. Pasek:  Thank you, Council President.  Administration continues to keep us busy with Bond Bids, Resolutions, Ordinances and Agreements.  Other than that, nothing specific.  Thank you.

President Mania:  Council Reports.  Mr. Amianda, Board of Ed.

COUNCIL REPORTS

Board of Education Liaison Report
Mr. Amianda:  The 2013-2014 school year will end on Thursday, June 26, 2014.  It has been a successful year academic wise.  The Mount Olive Middle School Annual Graduation exercises will be held tomorrow, June 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm and the Mount Olive High School Graduation exercises will be held the following day on June 26, 2014.  That’s it.  Thank you.

President Mania:  Thank you, Mr. Amianda.  Mr. Ferrante.

Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison - none
Lake Issues
Mr. Ferrante:  The only thing I have is we received a survey report from the Aquatic Technologies for Budd Lake.  They observed approximately 20 acres of milfoil and curly leaf pond weed growth.  I guess at this point we are just waiting on a decision on how we’ll treat that.  That’s it.

President Mania:  Thank you.  Mrs. Labow.

Senior Citizen Liaison
Economic Development Committee Report
TNR Program
Mrs. Labow:  Thank you, Mr. President.  For the Senior Citizens, I don’t have anything to report right now.  They have a meeting on Tuesday.  Economic Development Committee isn’t meeting until, what is it, September Joe?

Mr. Nicastro:  Yes.  I believe so.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes, September.  We do have the students from DECA working on some conceptual ideas that they have for different improvements that they have in town, which is really fantastic.  Involving the students I think is a phenomenal, an excellent idea, which came from our Mayor.  I appreciate that, it was a great idea.  For the TNR, I have to say that the fundraiser at Ron’s Salon over there where Enzo’s Pizzeria is in that plaza, on that one Sunday, if you make a $10.00 donation, you get a free haircut, sort of.  Anyway, it was an unbelievable success.  Six hundred and sixty-two dollars I think is what they made on that.

Mr. Nicastro:  A lot of cutting.

Mrs. Labow:  That was like 60 some odd people were there.  It was great for the new salon in town and a great fundraiser for Mount Olive TNR.  Then we had our yard sale over at The After on 206 on Friday and Saturday, three weeks ago and we made our highest sum yet, a little over $2,200.00.  It was our best sale so far.  Every single time we have it, they get better and better, that is really fantastic.  A lot of people stopping by and they got their cats from TNR or we helped them with a vaccination or whatever, it was really great.  It was a good opportunity to talk to everybody.  That’s all that I have to report.

President Mania:  Great news.  Mr. Perkins.

MOTV Committee Liaison - none
Safety Committee Liaison - none
Mr. Perkins:  Nothing to report, Mr. President.

Recreation Liaison Report - none
Open Space Committee Report - none

President Mania:  Mr. Nicastro.

Board of Health Report
Legislative Committee Report
Mr. Nicastro:  The only thing, Board of Health meeting we had last week and there was nothing much other that the Ordinance that we’re working on for the massage parlors is on hold until the Legal Council for ours and the Board of Health because the State supersedes ours and it’s just a matter of communicating for that.  There was nothing other than normal business.  Legislative Committee, it was late, but never, we saw Mount Olive Road and 46 was fixed and done on Monday.  It was due to that sink hole, but it took long enough to figure out what it was, but it was figured out when it was done.  At least we got an answer on it, but that’s all.

Planning Board Report
President Mania:  Planning Board, we approved both the Toll Brothers project, which they intend to break ground in September…

Mayor Greenbaum:  Marveland Farms.

President Mania:  Pardon?

Mayor Greenbaum:  Marveland Farms.

President Mania:  Marveland Farms.  Although it’s not called…it’s going to be called Marveland Farms.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Yes.

Mr. Nicastro:  It was a resident of Mount Olive or something?

Mayor Greenbaum:  It was a revised site plan.

Mr. Nicastro:  Right.

President Mania:  Right.  We also had a revised plan for the Fratelli Beretta job in the Trade Zone.  That was approved, also.

Mrs. Labow:  When are they starting, John?

President Mania:  Pardon?

Mrs. Labow:  When do they start?

Mayor Greenbaum:  They are already well on their way.

President Mania:  Fratelli Beretta?

Mrs. Labow:  They already started?

President Mania:  The building in almost done.

Mrs. Labow:  Wow.  That’s great.

Mr. Nicastro:  Prosciutto for the holidays.

President Mania:  It’s all pre-cast and it’s unbelievable the progress they’re making.

Mr. Ferrante:  Where is that going to be?

Mrs. Labow:  Down in ITC.

Mr. Nicastro:  We’ll go get a tour.

President Mania:  Anyone from the public?  If not I’ll close it to the public.  Council Comments.  Mr. Amianda.

PUBLIC PORTION

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Amianda:  Yes, Mr. President, I will be on vacation for the month of July and August.

President Mania:  Good for you.  Where are you heading?

Mr. Amianda:  I’m going to…I don’t know if you knew this, in about 2004 I built a Nazareth School in a village in Africa and when I came here, we got the IRS to approve it as a non-profit school in a foreign country, but I had to sign an agreement that I have to go every year to make sure that any money collected from American public is being well spent.  I have been, for the years that I have been on the School Board, I always go during summer, which it is, so this is the time that I am going to go for two months.  I will come back towards the end of August.

President Mania:  Good for you.

Mrs. Labow:  Excellent.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Congratulations.

President Mania:  Enjoy.  Congratulations and God Bless.

Mrs. Labow:  Take lots of pictures.

Mr. Amianda:  Thank you.

Mr. Ferrante:  I have nothing.

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  Thank you, Mr. President.  I just wanted to share…it was I think two weeks ago, the Memory Park Garden opened up at Turkey Brook Park for the Become Awesome and the Novaky’s wanted me to share this little note with everyone.  It said, Our Grand Opening of the Memory Garden at Turkey Brook Park was well attended, which it was, the Mayor and I were both there.  It was excellent and very enjoyable event.  Jim Lynch and John Geiger from the DPW were very responsive to our needs and were instrumental in making the garden successful.  If you ever have a chance, it’s up by the dog park, just before…across from the basketball court.  They also put in, which I thought was really interesting, I forget the name of the plant…milkpods for the butterflies. 

Mr. Perkins:  Milkweed.

Mr. Nicastro:  Milkweed.

Mrs. Labow:  Milkweed, thank you.

Mr. Nicastro:  They’re bringing more.

Mrs. Labow:  Milkweed.  They have a little milkweed garden, one of the teachers at the Chester Stephens  Elementary School has them over there also, and it’s all for the monarch butterflies for them to…I think they go down to Mexico every year.  It was very interesting and very well attended and I’m really glad they put that park together.  Our staff is extremely…it all started, Mr. Canning and I were over there checking it out with Frank Wilpert, Jr. and Dr. Novaky and we found I think the perfect location.  I’m very happy.

Mr. Canning:  Junior suggested that spot.

Mrs. Labow:  Junior suggested that spot, absolutely.  It’s just gorgeous.

President Mania:  Super.

Mrs. Labow:  Very nice.  Thank you.

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Since we’ve all said quite a bit and it’s getting late here I’ll make this fast.  I just wanted to comment on the Habitat home.  The one on Hatakawanna Place has had a HERS score, which if anybody doesn’t know, it’s what’s considered the Home Energy Rating System.  If Toll Brothers or anybody were to walk into our Building Department today with a set of plans, the score on a code home would be 100.  Just like golf, the lower you get towards zero, they better off you are.  Ironically enough, to qualify for the program, they need to have a HERS score of 75 and the score on that home is a 58. 

Mrs. Labow:  Wow.

Mr. Perkins:  It is tremendously energy efficient for those folks that are in there.  I do know that if we get Cobblestone moving, I am associates with Homeless Solutions.  They will be pursuing the same venue especially now that there are incentives up here in Mount Olive.  With that being said, if I wake up in another three hours, I will be 61 years old.

President Mania:  Congratulations!  Happy Birthday.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.

Mr. Amianda:  Happy Birthday.

 Mr. Nicastro:  Almost.  In three hours.

Mr. Perkins:  Almost.  Three hours.

Mr. Nicastro:  I’m up.

President Mania:  Mr. Nicastro.

Mr. Nicastro:  Congratulations to Sherry because that is always good to hear keeping us in good shape.  Daniel, have a good vacation and you have a great birthday.  Mary and I, we were up at the park and saw Mrs. Novaky there on Sunday and it is a nice…

Mrs. Labow:  Isn’t it nice.

Mr. Nicastro:  …really nice and she thanked the Council and the Township for such a great job in helping them.  She has some nice plans for it and a very interesting story.  I was like, listen it was very nice.  Glad it was there, it was nice to see.

President Mania:  Just a quick comment on the project across from the golf course, the Toll Brothers project.  There will be 57 homes, middle income and they’re going to be built by a private company who will build all 57 at the same time.  That’s how they’ll get their funding.  That’ll help to meet our COAH obligation.  I guess we have next, the Executive Session, Attorney Client Matters and Public Safety.

Mrs. Lashway:  There’s an additional matter for Pending Litigation.

President Mania:  An additional matter for Pending Litigation.

Mrs. Lashway:  We need a motion to go into Executive Session.

President Mania:  Ray, you’re the best at that.

Mr. Perkins:  Maybe not the best, but I’m doing it.  According to section 7 and 8 of the Open Public Meetings Act, I make a motion that we move into Executive Session for…

President Mania:  Attorney Client Matter and Public Safety.

Mr. Perkins:  And.

Mrs. Lashway:  And Pending Litigation.

Mr. Perkins:  And Pending Litigation.

President Mania:  And Pending Litigation.

Mr. Perkins:  …and Pending Litigation and Minutes of the meeting will be available upon conclusion of the matter.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

Mr. Nicastro:  Second.  I’m going to get you last.

Mrs. Labow:  We’re like a bunch of kids.

President Mania:  We’re back into the Public Meeting guys.

Mr. Perkins:  I make a motion to adjourn.

President Mania:  All in favor?  Opposed? 

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:13 p.m.

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John Mania, Council President

I, Lisa Lashway, Township 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 8, 2014.                                                                                               

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk
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