The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:03 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.
Present: Mr. Amianda, Mr. Ferrante, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Nicastro and Mr. Mania
Also Present: Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sherry Maniscalco, CFO; Sean Canning, Business Administrator and Robert Greenbaum, Mayor
President Mania: Daniel, will you do the honor of approving the Minutes of the previous meetings, please?
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
March 1, 2014 Budget Hearing (Mr. Mania absent)
March 11, 2014 WS & PM (all present)
Mr. Amianda: Yes. I make a motion to approve Minutes of previous Meetings.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
President Mania: Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception of Mr. Mania abstained on March 1, 2014.
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/OTHER TOWNS
- Email received March 10, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown NJ March Board Meeting and Program. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 11, 2014, from Judy Shaw regarding Raritan River Initiative Update. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received March 11, 2014, from JM Sorge, Inc. regarding Response Action Outcome, 46 Waterloo Valley Road (Block 701, Lot 5). PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 12, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding NOFA-NJ March 2014 Newsletter. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 12, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 12, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown New Jersey – Membership Renewal Time. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received March 14, 2014, from Borough of Franklin regarding Resolution #2014-19 Urging the Legislature to Implement a Water Usage Tax. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received March 14, 2014, from Township of Union regarding Resolution #2014-44 Support of a Water Tax to Fund the Loss of Land Equity for Property Owners in the Highlands Region. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 17, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding 2014 NOFA-NJ Annual Meeting. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 19, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown NJ March Board Meeting and Program. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 19, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 20, 2014, from Fred Profeta regarding Please help Save Our Reservation stop the proposed dam across the southern section of the South Mountain Reservation in Essex County. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC
- Letter received March 10, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Permit Block 6000, Lots 5 and 6 (Mt. Olive MC, LLC). PDF Correspondence
- Letter received March 12, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Transportation regarding Transportation Alternatives Program Request for Applications. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received March 12, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Transportation regarding Safe Routes to School Request for Applications. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received March 12, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Transportation regarding One 550-gallon #2 Heating Oil Underground Storage Tank System. 6 Stanley Place (Block 3606, Lot 10) PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 14, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Request for public input on the draft Interim Specific Ground Water Quality Criterion and Practical Quantitation Level for Perflourononanoic acid. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received March 17, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount Olive Twp W D Goldmine System, PWSID No. NJ1427002, Inadequate Water Supply. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received March 17, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Mount Olive Twp W D Village System, PWSID No. NJ1427007, Inadequate Water Supply. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 20, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDPE Press Release NJDEP Moves to Address disease at Pequest Trout Hatchery. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 11, 2014, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 10, 2014, from Department of Community Affairs regarding GovConnect Update: March 10, 2014. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received March 11, 2014, from Comcast regarding On Demand content change. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 11, 2014, from First Energy Corporation regarding JCP&L’s 2014 Tree Trimming Program Underway. PDF Correspondence
- Email received March 17, 2014, from First Energy regarding JCP&L RDO Tour. PDF Correspondence
President Mania: We have a bunch of Correspondence. We have 25 pieces of Correspondence. Is there any discussion? Hearing none. We are on to our Ordinances.
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
President Mania: First Ordinance would be seven…I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #7-2014 entitled,
Ord. #7-2014 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Ordinance #31-2013 Which Established Salaries for the Mayor, Council, Department Heads, Supervisory Personnel and Employees of the Township Clerk’s Office. PDF Ord
President Mania: Mr. Ferrante, would you do us the honor?
Mr. Ferrante: Sure, I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #7-2014.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Mania: Close the hearing to the public. Is there a second?
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Mania: Mr. Perkins seconded. Council discussion. Roll Call, please.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception of Mrs. Labow.
President Mania: I declare Ordinance # 7-2014 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 Ordinance is…I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #8-2014 entitled,
Ord. #8-2014 Township of Mount Olive Morris County, New Jersey Calendar Year 2014 Ordinance to Exceed the Municipal Budget Cost of Living Allowance and to Establish a CAP Bank (N.J.S.A. 40A-4-45.14). PDF Ord
President Mania: Anyone from the public wish to be heard? I close it to the public. Mrs. Labow, would you kindly do the honors?
Mrs. Labow: Yes, thank you, Mr. President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance # 8-2014.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
President Mania: Council discussion. Hearing none. Roll Call, please.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
President Mania: Ordinance #8-2014 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, I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #9-2014 entitled,
Ord. #9-2014 Bond Ordinance Amending Sections 3(a)(1), 3(1)(1) and 6(b) of Bond Ordinance #5-2013 of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Finally Adopted March 19, 2013, as Amended September 6, 2013, Respectively, in Order to Increase the Appropriation and Authorization Amounts for the Projects Described in Section 3(a)(1), to Delete Section 3(1)(1) and to Amend Section 6(b). PDF Ord.
President Mania: Mr. Perkins, would you do us the honor? I’m sorry, I open it to the public. Anyone from the public? Seeing none. Close it to the public. Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #9-2014.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
President Mania: Any discussion? Roll Call. Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: I just have a question for Sean. Mr. Canning, how is the…is the three phase power all installed now at Turkey Brook Park?
Mr. Canning: Yes. The three phase power is part of last year’s capital project. The only thing that remains to be done is when we put the lights in, it’s a short run from the, I guess the transformer pads that are on site. The entire park is all three phase caliber right now.
Mrs. Labow: That’s great. Thank you.
Mr. Canning: Thank you.
President Mania: Any further discussion? Roll Call, please.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
President Mania: Ordinance #9-2014 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.
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Rejecting all Bids for the Contract for a Rear Loading Refuse Collection Truck. PDF Res
- Joint Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive and the Borough of Stanhope in Support of the Restoration of the Plane Street Bridge as Part of the Morris Canal/Givaudan Braille Trail Project. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to McCafferty Enterprises for Food Vendor Services for Mt. Olive Carnival & Community Week. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to McCafferty Enterprises for Beer Vendor Services for Mt. Olive Carnival & Community Week. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to the Budd Lake Fire Department for Mt. Olive Carnival & Community Week Parking Service. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a Contract with Maaco Collision Repairs for Vehicle Collision Repair Services. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Adopting Prequalification Regulations in Connection with Bids for the Phase II: Exterior Restoration of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. PDF Res
- A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Authorizing the Award of the Contract for Lumber for Mount Playmore Playground to Bedford Technology. PDF Res
- A 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 Flanders Road Partners, LLC. PDF Res added*
President Mania: Next, on the Agenda is Consent Resolutions. We have nine of them. Is there anyone that wishes to move any to Non Consent? Anyone from the public? Council comments on Consent Resolutions. Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: I just have one question, its sanitation related. I’m going to ask it now instead of Old Business, Mr. Canning. Two residents so far have asked me, with the one armed bandit when it comes to their house and…because the way some streets are situated they can’t go down and come back the other way so they have to use the back loader. They’re trying to figure out why there is always garbage left in their can and it turns out they were watching the guys, they pull the bags out and don’t actually lift it up and dump it.
Mr. Canning: Okay.
Mrs. Labow: I don’t know…
Mr. Canning: That’s defeating the purpose.
Mrs. Labow: Yes, exactly.
Mr. Canning: If you can, off the record, send me the street name, I’ll find out who the driver is and we’ll address it internally.
Mrs. Labow: The other question, I know we discussed it before when the one arm bandit dumps the garbage sometimes a bag doesn’t come out. What was the reason for that?
Mr. Canning: That will be sometimes, it’s just driver training. The claw, the grasper actually creates a pinching in the middle sometimes if they do it too much and it keeps the bag in the bottom from coming out of the can. It’s just a matter of getting better at it and who the driver is. I would be interested to find out what street it is because we can track who the driver is. We only have four drivers on these trucks, so if it is a training need, we can certainly address it. Again, we track our complaints.
Mrs. Labow: The concern was brought to my attention, for the winter time it’s not really a big deal, but you don’t want a bag left over for a week because it’s going to get hot and it’s going to smell.
Mr. Canning: Will you let me know the street addresses?
Mrs. Labow: I will.
Mr. Canning: I’ll address it internally.
Mrs. Labow: Okay, great. I know we’re sort of on top of it, but a good time to ask the question. Thank you.
President Mania: Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: I just want to bring to everyone’s attention, Resolution nine dealing with the Developer’s Agreement for Flanders Road Partners. Just so that we’re all on the same page as this goes forward, that relates to the bubble which is being put up on the Flanders Athletic Club property…the Tennis and Swim Club property. Ultimately, they are looking to move forward with the project. The Developer’s Agreement was not done at this point. They are authorizing me to sign the Developer’s Agreement once we get the check off from Gene and Chuck that we’re all on the same page and it’s prepared to move forward. I don’t think that anybody really pays real close attention on Council in terms of, not to be criticism, but generally our attorney handles it and our professionals sign off on it and it’s been approved by the Planning Board. That’s where we’re going with that. They’re looking to actually move forward with this as quickly as possible. They want to start with this project before we can meet again, so you are actually authorizing me to sign off on once Chuck and Gene indicate and the attorney indicates that we’re ready to go.
President Mania: Thank you, Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: John had a question.
President Mania: Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: No, John.
President Mania: I’m sorry.
Mr. Ferrante: Where on the property is the bubble going?
Mayor Greenbaum: It’s somewhere in the neighborhood of where the tennis courts are. It’s close to the Vaccaro Road side. The objectors for the project were primarily on Vaccaro Road or that section or whatever it is, Flanders Netcong.
Mr. Ferrante: Right.
President Mania: Any further discussion? Roll Call.
Mr. Nicastro: Mr. Roman has…
Mr. Roman: I never approved the Resolutions so I move for approval of Resolutions one through nine.
Mrs. Labow: Second.
President Mania: Any discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
- Approval of a Taxi Permit for Sohail Anjum.
- Appointment of Alex Roman to the Musconetcong River Management Council.
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
President Mania: Next, we have Consent Motions. Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: Yes. I move Consent Motions for approval for Taxi Permit for Sohail Anjum and appointment of Alex Roman to the Musconetcong River Management Council and the Bill List.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Mania: Is there a second? Mr. Perkins seconded. Any discussion?
Mr. Roman: Yes. I just wanted to be on the River Management Council because I heard you get to fish there for free.
President Mania: Colleen.
Mrs. Labow: I just have a question about the Taxi License. Mrs. Lashway, how many taxi licenses do we have operating in Mount Olive right now?
Mrs. Lashway: Right now, just one.
Mrs. Labow: Just one.
Mrs. Lashway: Budd Lake Car Service, that’s this one here. Budd Lake Taxi.
Mrs. Labow: I thought we had two, only one ever?
Mrs. Lashway: There have been others in the past. Right now we currently have one.
Mrs. Labow: I know we really can’t promote one business over another, but it would be nice for residents to know that there is a taxi available. I don’t know how we can really, kind of get that word out without really…not like a favoritism kind of thing. Sometimes kids get stranded at school and parents aren’t home yet, they need a taxi to call. I don’t know how we kind of get the work out that there is a taxi. I’ve had people say, oh, we have a taxi company in town.
Mrs. Lashway: I can tell them to go leave cards up at the school, at the high school.
President Mania: Colleen, this is a good business for you to start. Give them some competition.
Mr. Nicastro: You can advertise.
Mrs. Labow: I’m very busy selling real estate right now.
Mayor Greenbaum: The reasons that Colleen identified are the very reasons that we’re looking to put in a mini transit system into Mount Olive, so that all of those issues can be addressed in a regular schedule bus pick up.
Mrs. Labow: Yes. People are really looking forward to that because I do tell them that we’re working on it.
Mayor Greenbaum: Hopefully it will come to fruition. Mr. Canning presented to the Community Block Grant committee. If we’re successful, it will be the start of our program. If not we will look at funding it some way in next year’s budget.
President Mania: Any further discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
President Mania: Administrative Reports.
Mayor Greenbaum: I’ll start and then Sean has some, as well. This Wednesday night, March 26th, is the Sports Summit, the First Annual Sports Summit that our sports ombudsman, former Mayor Paul Licitra has organized. It’s at the Corner Pub at 7:30 pm. I expect a good attendance from our sports organizations to address many of the issues that the sports clubs have from inter sports relationships to intra sports relationships between coaches and their participants. It might be interesting if any of you have the time to attend. Again, that’s 7:30 pm at the Corner Pub. Russ Bonagura will be performing at the Corner Pub Saturday night. This is a fundraiser for the baseball team and the softball team. He’s a local musician. I understand he’s big in the wedding genre and it should be a good time. Mount Olive travel softball is hosting a Texas Holdem tournament at the Budd Lake Firehouse April 4th. Kiwanis is having an Easter Bunny breakfast at Applebees Saturday, April 12th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Thursday, April 24th is the travel baseball 8U pasta dinner at Café Margherita, which is in the same shopping center with Home Goods. If you’ve never been there, it’s a pretty good restaurant. Saturday, April 26th, which is going to be a wildly popular event, if you haven’t signed up already you should, great family event, which is the Do or Dye Color Run. I can tell you that the sign up already is larger than we had for the first 5K which was a very popular event two years ago. That was as of the day of the event, we’re already way ahead of our signups for that. Let me just see if there is anything else here in my pile of stuff. Oh yes, Steve Schiller, April 19th, 2014 is hosting a ride-a-thon at Gold’s Gym in Flanders. Its two 90-minute sessions, one from 9:30 am to 11:00 am and one from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. That’s to raise money for the police unity tour which obviously is a very good cause if you are into spinning. I think the cost to rent the bike is $20.00 per rider, per class. That’s all I have. One other thing, sorry. This Friday and Saturday and there was one other day, I know several of us have signed up, Breakfast with the Mayors through the County Freeholders. Joe, you’re going Friday and I know Alex is going on Saturday on behalf of Mount Olive Township. I am going on Friday as well. It’s an opportunity to meet with the Freeholders and to discuss any issues that we may have that the County could address on our behalf. To the extent that any of you are not going, but have some ideas in terms of things the County might be able to address on Mount Olive’s behalf, I suggest you contact either me or Joe or Alex, so that we can raise the issue with the County Freeholders to the extent that you’re not going. If you are going to go, I suggest you contact Lisa who will make the arrangements for your participation in the event.
Mrs. Lashway: This Lisa.
President Mania: Thank you, Mayor.
Mr. Canning: A couple of things on the Administrative side. Mount Playmore, we finally, finally broke ground after this rough winter this past Monday. We meet weekly. It’s been a lot of planning, a lot of, as you know from the Ordinances and the Resolutions that have come before you, a lot of planning, a lot of purchasing, just a lot of coordination. The vendor is in there, they’ve broken ground. We anticipate the concrete pour later this week and through next week. We anticipate construction starting late April. It’s really going to be something the Township is going to be very proud of.
Mr. Roman: Sean is it possible we can have pictures of the progress along the way and then that way have it put it on the website.
Mr. Canning: Sure. I believe…I want to confirm with Lisa, if John Geiger has been tasked with that already. If not, I will make sure that’s done.
Mr. Roman: I think it’ll build enthusiasm.
Mr. Canning: We have weekly meetings, we have another one tomorrow, just progress meetings and I know that’s come up in the past. Apparently, it is being taken care of. Capital project bids, again the budget has just been introduced and that’ll be formalized shortly. After that the capital bids come out. In the meantime, we are trying to get ahead of it like we did last year with our major projects. We are meeting with the Fire Department, the Rescue Squads, any major bids we want to have in place by late May just an internal housekeeping thing, but we want to be ahead of the capital projects this year. That’s ongoing. Monthly reports has everybody…I guess I have to poll Council. The drop box, has it been assessable, has it been user friendly, is it not user friendly?
Mr. Roman: I can’t access it through my Ipad.
Mr. Canning: It’s Excel based, so it’s not going to come through an Apple product.
Mr. Roman: That’s the only issue I have.
Mr. Canning: I can look at maybe…I know there is another app on the Apple side which doesn’t quite work, it’s not quite Excel, it’s Excel light. Maybe I’ll look into that. For the most part, I am trying to get it up there so it’s real time for Council and deliver more analysis. If there’s improvements please let me know. Paperless meetings, Lisa, Scott and myself have been going back and forth in email and I’d imagine we’re going to meet probably tomorrow Lisa or early next week. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be that heavy of a lift. Hopefully, we’ll meet once or twice, come up with a general prototype and plan and bring it to Council and find out what direction Council will desire to go on that. Lastly, April 8th, for the next meeting, just a heads up, the Park Place project will be coming up, that will be slated for discussion that night. Just as a reminder, we’ve spoken about it last fall and also during the budget hearings, so that will be at the next meeting. Thank you, Mr. President.
OLD BUSINESS - None
NEW BUSINESS - None
President Mania: Okay. Old Business. New Business. Legal Matters, Jeff.
Mr. Pasek: Just one item. Just to follow up on what the Mayor said about the Developer’s Agreement for Flanders Park. We’ll have that over to Chuck and Gene for their review tomorrow and we’ll go from there. Other than that, Sean has been keeping us very busy. Nothing else to report.
President Mania: Thank you, Jeff. Council Reports. Board of Education, Daniel.
Board of Education Liaison Report
Mr. Amianda: I don’t have any reports.
President Mania: Environmental Committee, Mr. Ferrante.
Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison
Lake Issues - none
Mr. Ferrante: Nothing for Environmental.
President Mania: Lake Issues?
Mr. Ferrante: Nothing for lake right now.
Mr. Roman: Is it melted?
Mr. Perkins: Not yet.
Mayor Greenbaum: Not yet. I wouldn’t suggest walking on it though.
Mr. Roman: Did you say you want me to walk on it, I didn’t hear what you said.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes. That’s exactly what I said.
Mr. Perkins: Test it out.
President Mania: Library Board.
Mr. Ferrante: Library, the adult wing is re-opened. They had the water damage a couple of months ago and they have finally been able to re-open this past week.
President Mania: Thank you. Senior Citizen, Mrs. Labow.
Senior Citizen Liaison - none
Economic Development Committee Report
TNR Program - none
Mrs. Labow: Nothing to report.
President Mania: Economic Development Committee.
Mrs. Labow: We meet again on April 30th.
President Mania: TNR.
Mrs. Labow: Nothing to report.
President Mania: Safety Committee, Mr. Perkins.
MOTV Committee Liaison
Safety Committee Liaison
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. We held our re-organization meeting. Mr. Willie Cirone is the Chair who sits on top. Still not sure exactly where it’s going to go, we’re going to give it a couple of meetings. I’ll probably have to make…either I’m going to make some minor tweaks to the Resolution that we had adopted in 2008, bring it back to Council to review or ultimately in three months if we are not making any real headway, we will abandon the Committee. Some good people on it, it may begin to move, but without officers of the respective branches of the EMS and Fire, it’s not going to work. If you don’t have somebody there who is in an authoritative position on one of those organizations that’s going to be able to vote, then really all we are doing is having lip service, we are talking to each other about things we would like to see, but they don’t have any teeth behind it. They would still have to go back to their officers. It’s still in the infancy state as it stands now, Mr. President.
President Mania: MOTV.
Mr. Perkins: MOTV is going well. We reviewed a…I’m not sure if I said it at the last meeting, we reviewed a senior Christmas party video and that should be getting posted…they’re updating the Council meetings onto the website with the viewer frequency now. I believe there is a meeting, a formal meeting is going to be set up next month for them to get together. Next week they start their first formal meetings and then it moves on to a monthly meeting hopefully. Again, we may need to look at the way the Council had put together the Committee criteria and that may need to be tweaked a little bit only to find out who the right membership that needs to be on here. We kind of dove into that rather deeply two years ago when Mr. Walsh was still with us. I think we need to review that to find out exactly how we want to continue this committee. That’s it, Mr. President.
Mayor Greenbaum: Was the Christmas Party held at DTA Automotive by chance?
Mr. Roman: Just a clarification, Mr. Walsh is still with us.
Mayor Greenbaum: He is.
Mr. Nicastro: Just not at this meeting.
Mr. Roman: Just not here.
Mr. Perkins: He’s not physically here.
President Mania: Open space Committee, Mr. Roman.
Recreation Liaison Report
Open Space Committee Report - none
Mr. Roman: Nothing new to report as of last meeting. Nothing new on Recreation other than to reiterate that tomorrow we have the first Sports Summit.
President Mania: Board of Health, Mr. Nicastro.
Board of Health Report
Legislative Committee Report - none
Mr. Nicastro: We had a meeting last week. Nothing…that was good, right? Nothing major, just basic stuff. Nothing on Legislative Committee.
Planning Board Report
President Mania: Planning Board, we had a meeting last week. Marveland Farms got its final approval. As you well know from Jeff’s last report, ARD, the judge remanded back to the Planning Board. We will be hearing that April 10th.
Mrs. Labow: Mr. Mania. Mr. Mania.
Mr. Roman: Mr. President.
Mrs. Labow: Do you remember how many units are going to be built at Marveland Farms 55 and over.
President Mania: There’s 227 single family and I believe 57 COAH units.
Mrs. Labow: Fifty seven, wow. Two hundred and twenty seven families. The COAH units, are they going to be built closer to the Chester border line off of Pleasant Hill?
President Mania: No.
Mayor Greenbaum: I think that was part of the plan originally, that they were thinking of, but ultimately, John, correct me if I’m wrong, they are disbursed within the entire…
President Mania: You’re right.
Mayor Greenbaum: I think that’s the way it ultimately came down.
Mrs. Labow: Then the COAH, are they going to be 55 and older also?
President Mania: No.
Mayor Greenbaum: Can’t do that.
President Mania: I don’t believe we could restrict COAH, right Jeff, restrict COAH to 55?
Mayor Greenbaum: No.
President Mania: I believe so.
Mrs. Labow: Then I’m confused, if it’s supposed to be a 55 and older development and the whole idea is 55 and older want to be with 55 and older, how do you have COAH weaved in and out?
President Mania: COAH is another ball game. Right, Mayor?
Mayor Greenbaum: Absolutely true.
Mrs. Labow: I’m just thinking one contradicts the other. The one contradicts…
Mayor Greenbaum: It doesn’t really because the entirety of the development is going to have a 55 and older feeling. I’m not sure that you can restrict even all of the over 55 and older units to people over, there has to be a certain percentage which are available…
Mrs. Labow: Eighty percent.
Mayor Greenbaum: Overall, the project is no different than any other over 55 and over project.
Mrs. Labow: Okay, great. Just wanted clarification because I know the question is going to come up.
Mayor Greenbaum: What’s really interesting is that in this era where over 55 and older was built out and there was glut on the market that we have this new project which obviously is very attractive for a number of different reasons. Number one, it’s location in Mount Olive Township, Morris County, number two, its proximity to 36 holes of public golf right across the street, a country feel, shopping which is relatively close to supermarkets and yet it’s almost feeling like it is still in the country.
Mrs. Labow: Exactly.
Mayor Greenbaum: I believe that there a number of different parties that are interested in actually purchasing it from the developer, one in particular. There was some question in terms of buildings which are currently on the property and whether the Township had an interest in maintaining those buildings or whether or not they were going to knock those buildings down, which had to get resolved. What we did is we got our professionals out on it, Tim Quinn, Frank Wilpert, Jr., Gary Lindsay and made the determination that there are some out buildings which could be used by the Township in terms of storage and the likes of those buildings are going to be maintained while other buildings were either determined not to be in the interest of Mount Olive to maintain and are going to be knocked down by whoever is developing that project ultimately. You are going to see improvements in terms of the intersection where Flanders Bartley Road intersects with Main Street which has always been kind of a nightmare. If you are not familiar with that intersection, it’s kind of hard to figure out who’s got the right of way. You are going to see improvements in terms of offsite drainage because they’re going to be putting in a second drainage area that’s going to take away water flow from the Rosewood ditch, including whatever outlet is currently going into the Rosewood ditch from Flanders Crossing is now going to be diverted into this new ditch. It’s going to solve a lot of problems not to mention a ratable to the Township without putting any additional real stress on our school system. Win, win, win for the Township, ultimately. It’s going to create a new group of people who are going to be shopping in the stores in Flanders, obviously with the new Weis Market that’s in and the shopping center that’s now coming back to life there. That, plus the Siemans expansion are really great successes that we should all take pride in terms of what we’ve accomplished here.
Mrs. Labow: Excellent.
Mr. Nicastro: Is there a timeframe on this at all for building, any idea? I know they have to sell it.
President Mania: I think I can answer that. I believe Toll Brothers is interested in the project. They have asked for 30 days to make their decision. What I’m told is that when they do sign a contract, they immediately want to start work.
Mayor Greenbaum: Probably looking at occupancy somewhere in 2015 I would imagine, which is consistent with what’s going to happen over at Siemans as well. We also had the pre-construction meeting with Fratelli Beretta, right. They’re starting immediately and they said they expect to actually be in if everything goes according to plan…
President Mania: Actually, Vollers have put an excavator on the site already.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes.
President Mania: I understand from Sean tonight that they hit some rock there.
Mayor Greenbaum: What a surprise.
President Mania: There’s going to be some discussion with Vollers and Fratelli Beretta.
Mayor Greenbaum: They were actually thinking that they could be in by late 2014 is what they discussed at the pre construction meeting.
President Mania: They are anxious to get going.
Mayor Greenbaum: We have a lot of things happening in Mount Olive right now. You have Siemans, which is completing, you have Marveland Farms, you have the Sports Complex where the Flanders Valley Swim Club is, you have Fratelli Baretta coming in, you possibly have something happening at Simoff and one thing I didn’t mention during the Administrative Report, Thursday we are having a meeting up at BASF. Wells Fargo has brought in a company to basically come up with some additional concepts in terms of how to use that building and they’re meeting with a number of different professionals, elected officials, appointed volunteer members of Mount Olive including the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Committee, myself, Chuck, Gene and other marketing type people to find the highest and best use for the old BASF property. Ultimately, as we all know, if BASF gets developed, it’s likely that the 57 acres that we purchased for future development will go along with the development project or if not go along with it, will make it much more attractive in terms of future development for some other company. When we talked about where we are going in the future in terms of our financial projections, I think we sit very solidly in terms of the ratables that are going to come in and obviously our conservative approach to expenses puts us in a very good position moving forward.
President Mania: Mrs. Labow.
Mrs. Labow: Thank you, Mr. President. Mayor, I noticed last week that Silver Spring Farm was in attorney review.
Mayor Greenbaum: There was some discussion, there were a number of different discussions. Originally, there was a group of interested people, Knights Of Columbus had an interest looking at the building. I understand that perhaps, the latest group may be a landscaping company.
Mrs. Labow: I’m waiting till the status changes to under contract to call the agent and see if I can find out what’s going on. I was really encouraged to see attorney review…
Mayor Greenbaum: I have to tell you, I had someone call me with interest in the Old Mill Property.
Mrs. Labow: Oh, really.
Mayor Greenbaum: On Route 206. A really interesting concept, I don’t know where it’s going at this point, but Mount Olive is in play. I think…we just had an email of someone looking for approximately 150 square foot office, warehouse type of distribution, which may fit the old Sportcraft Building or some other property in Mount Olive. We don’t have that many properties left in town that are available, but people want to move here. I think it’s not just Mount Olive, I think from what I am hearing the economy is picking up. We’re certainly holding our own in terms of where people are looking to move. Again, a lot of it goes back to we have a very stable government, we all work together, we don’t have strife, if someone says Mount Olive, they say it’s a great place to be right now. That’s important in terms of marketing the Township. I really do appreciate all of the effort that all of you have given the Administration in terms of doing our job to make Mount Olive where you want to live.
President Mania: I’ll tell you Mayor, in talking with people, everybody’s very happy with you. They think, they believe you’ve turned Mount Olive around.
Mayor Greenbaum: I appreciate that. I can honestly say it is a joint effort on behalf of all of us sitting up here that we don’t step on each other, we may have disagreements on things, but it’s not personal.
President Mania: That’s healthy.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes, it’s healthy. It’s not personal and no one looks to get any edge over somebody for political reasons. I have a great staff. I have…obviously the information we are putting out on our Face Book page has just really turned the corner in terms of what people think of Mount Olive. People know what’s going on. People don’t complain about I didn’t know about it. If you didn’t know about it, it’s your own fault because we are putting it out there. Obviously, Sean’s effort in terms of running the day to day, we’ve corrected a lot of issues in the building in a very positive way and everything is moving forward. I can tell you,
I was in the building the other day. I sat in on six meetings, one in Health, one in Planning, three in the Administration office, all things that are moving forward at the same time. We are cranking in terms of what people expect Mount Olive government to be doing on their behalf. Although, there are some people who are not happy with a particular project because it affects them in a negative way, ultimately all the projects that we’ve gotten behind are in the best interest of the majority of residents in Mount Olive. People understand that at the end of the day you can’t do it by yourself, it’s a joint effort on everything.
President Mania: Thank you, Mayor. I’ll tell you, I was quite concerned at the Planning Board meeting on the vote on Marveland Farms only because a few years ago they had asked Dr. Keller to look into making fish ponds out of the retention ponds. Of course, the applicant, Mazer, when they made their application to DEP, they didn’t mention the fish ponds. They got an approval for a regular retention pond. The Board was quite upset with the applicant and in fact two of the board members voted no on the application. My concern was that if it went down, that the board would get sued and I’m not sure that it could have been defended. Jeff, you might be able to shed some light on that. If DEP approved the retention ponds under their spec and they didn’t put fish ponds instead of retention ponds, could that application have been turned down and could we have prevailed in court?
Mr. Pasek: It’s possible because it could have been challenged.
Mayor Greenbaum: Do you want my opinion on it?
President Mania: Yes.
Mayor Greenbaum: I think if it was inconsistent with the Planning Board approval, it can be defended and they could have forced the developer. What’s great is that it was an issue which was debated, ultimately, I’m sure there were people who were upset…
President Mania: Very upset.
Mayor Greenbaum: …that is was not consistent with the Planning Board approval. Yet, the Planning Board took the view that okay let’s look at the overall project, the impact to Mount Olive, the benefit to Mount Olive and the deficit that occurred as a result of them not following through and what the impact would be if they had to go back to get the appropriate approval. I think it probably could have been defended because you need to really follow the nature of the resolution…
President Mania: Of the application, yes.
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes. Ultimately, whether it’s the Planning Board or this Council, we have to look at our role in terms of being business friendly, creating ratables, creating a business friendly environment, but also protecting the rights of the residents because as we sit here, whether you are a business owner or a resident, that’s what our obligation is, to protect them, to do what’s best for them at the end of the day. I think that the Planning Board really acted like Solomon at the end of the day and said okay, you know what, we are going to forego this in light of where we are. We are not happy about it, but this is the right thing.
President Mania: Okay. Anyone from the public?
Mr. Perkins: John.
President Mania: Ray, I’m sorry. I didn’t see you.
Mr. Perkins: That’s alright, Mr. President. That’s alright. I just had an overall question on the Planning Board. Are we pushing or encouraging these applicants to build energy efficiency and participate in the clean energy programs where the State offers incentives, which also helps our sustainable Jersey rating or is nobody mentioning that on the Planning Board?
President Mania: I don’t believe that was mentioned, but now that you bring it up I will certainly bring it to the attention of the Chairman.
Mr. Perkins: I think it’s important for all the tracks, Marveland Farms, the Simoff property, we went through some pains having our Assembly and our Senators push for the Board of Public Utilities to remove the old smart growth requirement. Some of the projects, Toll Brothers included with Morris Chase originally were participating in the program, but there was no incentive money back from the state. Now they are complying with the IECC Code, the International Energy Conservation Code 2009 edition, but they’re not building above
the code and if we can get energy efficiency, which is only going to help the 55 and older as well as the COAH people to save money on their energy uses, plus we can use that as a credit when we go back to continue our certification of Sustainable Jersey. I think it’s important that either somebody from the Environmental Commission or whatever get some input into the Planning Board meetings.
President Mania: I certainly will bring it to the attention of the Chair.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President.
President Mania: Any other Council Comments? Hearing none, motion to adjourn.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:43 p.m.
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 April 8, 2014.
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk