The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:42 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, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Nicastro and Mr. Mania
Absent: Mrs. Labow
Also Present: Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sean Canning, Business Administrator; Robert Greenbaum, Mayor
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
April 8, 2014 WS (Mr. Ferrante absent)
April 22, 2014 WS, PM & CS (Mrs. Labow absent)
President Mania: First, on the Agenda is Approval of Minutes of previous meetings. Mr. Amianda.
Mr. Amianda: Yes, Mr. President. I make a motion to approve Minutes of previous meetings.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Mania: Mr. Perkins seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception of Mr. Ferrante abstained from the April 8, 2014 Workshop.
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/ OTHER TOWNS
- Email received April 17, 2104, from FEMA regarding Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 21, 2014, from Center for Regenerative Community Solutions regarding Not Too Late to Save Greystone from the Wrecking Ball. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 22, 2014, from National League of Cities regarding Survey: Climate Adaptation at the Local Level. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 22, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Permaculture Design Certificate Course. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 23, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown New Jersey – New Jersey Alliance Program. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 23, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 24, 2014, from The Salvation Army regarding Culinary Corps – Food Tasting @ Skylands, Randolph. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 24, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown New Jersey – New Jersey Alliance Program. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 24, 2014, from MCANJ IT Committee regarding Supporting FOP Awareness. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received from April 24, 2014, from Superior Court of New Jersey regarding Summons, Danielle LaLaone (Plaintiff) verses Mount Olive Police Department (Defendant). PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 28, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown New Jersey – New Jersey Alliance Program. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 29, 2014, from Rutgers regarding PPMRN 7th Annual Conference – Call for Proposal and Participation. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 29, 2014, from Rutgers regarding Sustainable Raritan River Awards – Nominate Now. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 30, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 30, 2014, from Jack Li regarding Important Issues: Waste Water Service Charge in Morris Chase Community. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received May 1, 2014, from Advancing Opportunities regarding Newsletter of Advancing Opportunities, March 2014. PDF Correspondence
- Email received May 2, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding NOFA-NJ May 2014 Newsletter. PDF Correspondence
RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS
- Letter received April 28, 2014, from Washington Township regarding Ordinance RO-09-14. PDF Correspondence
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
- Letter received April 30, 2014, from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Legislative Bulletin April 2014. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS
- Email received April 22, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP – Earth Day Message. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 21, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Unrestricted Use Area of concern 290/300 gallon UST, 1 Pershing Ave (Block 3601, Lot 2). PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 21, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Remedial Action Report Approval, 1 Pershing Ave. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 21, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding 4th Monitoring Plan Report (RAPR) Approval and Recommendations, 21 South Hillside Ave. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 23, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding One 550-gallon #2 Heating Oil underground Storage Tank System, 168 Smithtown Road (Block 900, Lot 51). PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 23, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding One 275 gallon #2 Heating Oil Aboveground Storage Tank System, 38 Netcong road (Block 3102, Lot 9). PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 23, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Recreational Trails Grant. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 23, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Proper Handling of Fertilizers and Pesticides. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 25, 2014, from Brockerhoff Environmental Services, LLC regarding Groundwater Classification Exception area Notification, 341 Route 46 (Block 7704, Lot 44. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 25, 2014, from FEMA regarding FEMA Preparathon. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 28, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General regarding Application for a Special Permit for a Golf Facility Filed on Behalf of Berkshire BCG, LLC. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 28, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Air Quality Awareness Week. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 28, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding the DEP has under review a proposal to provide for the minor corrections of four various treatment plants. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 28, 2014, from Brockerhoff Environmental Services, LLC regarding Updated Receptor Evaluation Submittal, 341 Route 46 (Block 7704, Lot 44). PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 28, 2014, from Brockerhoff Environmental Services, LLC regarding Public Notification and Outreach, 341 Route 46 (Block 7704, Lot 44). PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 29, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Braille Trail Along Morris Canal. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 30, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Tips to Reduce Encounters with Black Bears. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received May 1, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Freshwater Wetlands Latter of Interpretation: Line Verification. Block: 4400, Lot 3. PDF Correspondence
- Email received April 21, 2014, from Morris County Planning Board regarding MCPB Minutes of March 20, 2014. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received April 29, 2014, from Morris County League of Municipalities regarding Family Style Dinner on June 4, 2014 at the Club at Picatinny Arsenal. PDF Correspondence
MUA / MSA
- Email received April 28, 2014, from Musconetcong Sewerage Authority regarding MSA Approved Meeting Minutes March 27th. PDF Correspondence
President Mania: We have some Correspondence.
Mr. Nicastro: A lot of Correspondence.
President Mania: Actually 40 pieces of Correspondence. Any discussion?
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – 2nd reading 5/20/14
President Mania: Next, on the Agenda is the Ordinance for Public Hearing. An Ordinance for first reading. Mr. Ferrante. Councilmen, next on the Agenda for First Reading is Ordinance #13-2014, entitled,
Ord.#13-2014 Bond Ordinance Providing for the Acquisition of Various Equipment in and by the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, Appropriating $125,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $118,750 Bonds or Notes of the Township to Finance Part of the Cost Thereof. PDF Ord.
Mrs. Lashway: Mr. Ferrante.
President Mania: Mr. Ferrante.
Mr. Ferrante: Sure. I move that Ordinance #13-2014 be introduced by title and passed on first reading and that a meeting be held on May 20, 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. Amianda: Second.
President Mania: Mr. Amianda seconded. Any discussion? 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.
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Award of the Contract for Sports Field Lighting for Soccer Field No. 4 and Overflow Lighting for Soccer Field No. 3 and Special Events Area at Turkey Brook Park with Musco Sports Lighting, LLC. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Leathers & Associates Inc. for Tot Lot Design Consultant at Turkey Brook Park. *Revised* PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Relative to Mount Olive Week Carnival (7/9/14-7/13/14) and Fireworks Scheduled for (7/12/14) and Rain Date (7/13/14). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Submission of a Tonnage Grant Application to the State of New Jersey for Calendar Year 2013. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Expenditure of Certain Funds from the Township’s Tree Bank Fund for the Beautification of Mount Playmore, All Veterans Memorial and Other Municipal Sites. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Sale of 2001 Western Packer Star XS5 to the Township of Cinnaminson. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Vendor Service Contract on a “Non-Fair and Open” Basis Pursuant to Pay-to-Play Law (Edmunds & Associates). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing a One Year Extension of a Contract with Garden State Laboratories, Inc. for Water & Sewer Testing Services. PDF
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Recognizing Municipal Clerk’s Week, May 4-10, 2014. PDF Res
President Mania: Next, we have…the number one Resolution has been taken off. We have eight Resolutions of Consent. Is there any that wish to be moved to Non-Consent? Hearing none. A motion for the Consent Resolutions, Mr. Roman, would you do that please?
Mr. Roman: I make a motion to move for approval the Consent Resolutions two through nine.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Mania: Any discussion? Roll Call.
Mrs. Lashway: Public Comment.
President Mania: Public Portion on the Consent Resolutions. No one out there. Close it to the public. Council Comments. Hearing none. Roll Call, please.
ROLL CALL Passed unanimously
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
President Mania: Next is Consent Motions, Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Amianda: Yes, Mr. President. I move for adoption and passage of the Bill List.
Mr. Amianda: Second.
President Mania: Any discussion? Roll Call, please.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
President Mania: Any Administrative Reports, Mr. Canning?
Mayor Greenbaum: I’ve got a bunch, I’ll start. Do or Dye Fun Run had over 1,000 participants. It was a great day. A bunch of upcoming Recreation Department events. Power Wheel series beginning this Thursday, May 8th. Special thanks to 46 Chevrolet and DTA for being the presenting sponsors and Dorsey and Semrau for sponsoring two of the courses. The Farmers Market will start this Saturday, May 10th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot here at Town Hall. One of the most popular events that we put on, the Fairy and Pirate Festival is Saturday, May 17th at Turkey Brook Park. I urge you all to attend that event. The Cherokee Expo at Vasa Park is Saturday, May 17th, as well. I had the pleasure and the honor of attending the Valor Awards for the 200 Club a couple of weeks ago and Mount Olive dominated those awards, I think taking over a third of the awards that were presented. It was really very humbling and very thrilling at the same time to be representing Mount Olive Township at those awards. I’m very, very pleased to announce that I was advised today that the Marveland Farms contract between the current property owner and Toll Brothers has been finalized. They are now in the process of finalizing the Developer’s Agreement and Marveland Farms, which is about 250 some odd units down in the Flanders area adjacent to the golf course will be moving forward. It is going to be a huge tax benefit to the Township, huge, beyond Siemans and beyond anything else we’ve seen recently. I’m also very pleased to announce that it’s my understanding that the Simoff property, which is behind the Old Budd Lake Administration Building is also being finalized in terms of contract and we should see some development there which is also going to be a huge boom to the Township in terms of taxable growth. Did you have something, Alex?
Mr. Roman: Yes. Do you know what’s going to happen with the baseball field?
Mayor Greenbaum: The last word that I had because I had Sean reach out is that they have no current suitors with respect to that property, so as we currently stand that baseball field is not in play in terms of development growth. We do have some contingency plans in terms of Turkey Brook in the event, ultimately, that the property does come into play. The last thing is obviously, most of you have been up to Mount Playmore, which is in the works. It should be completed relatively shortly. That’s all I have. Anything from you, Sean?
Mr. Canning: Sure. Thank you, Mayor. Thank you, Mr. Council President. I have a few things. The Budd Lake Ambulance, as we all know that has been a JIF submittal and a MEL submittal. I’m very happy to report that both the MEL and the JIF are going to cover almost the entire cost of replacement, including equipment. It’s another reason why it’s a benefit that we belong to the Morris JIF, it’s just excellent insurance. Our premiums are lower than we would be able to get out in the open market and our coverage’s are greater. I am very happy to report we expect those checks to be approved next week. Hopefully, they’ll be in soon and we’ll be able to either look for a new bid or we may even start exploring a national co-op, just expedite the process as long as it’s in accord with New Jersey Local Public Contracts Law. Course and drive update. Council will
recall that we talked about this last fall and the target date was for May. Well, we’re at May now and as soon as we are done with the Mount Playmore efforts this week…I’m very happy to report, Mr. Quinn has instituted every Monday, DPW staff meetings and that has been going on since January. They’re very productive, it’s good for moral and we’ve been very much on the same page. This is one of the topics on our Agenda on Monday. As a matter of fact, Mr. Mania has been in usually on Monday’s and it’s a pretty well attended staff meeting. Thirty minutes, as we talk about anything longer than 30 minutes, you’re wasting your breath. We’re done within 30 and it focuses them all week. This is a topic for this Monday. I anticipate our engineer will be reviewing the Carson Road speed bump locations, probably next week and with an eye towards…you’re talking at that point, May 18th or right after Memorial Day getting them in up at Carson Road. I know that’s looked forward to by most of the residents. Yesterday, I went down to Trenton with the engineer as well as Mike Lata for DEP firm capacity issues. Again, Council hopefully will recall last summer into fall we had some severe firm capacity issues mostly resulting because and it’s not just local to Mount Olive, water infrastructure throughout New Jersey. The average is about a 20 percent water loss and we were averaging above that and it raised the attention of the DEP. They were very concerned, especially in light of the Marveland development and the Siemans development that we were exceeding firm capacity. We weren’t. We put in a lot of proactive measures including software, asset management program, we’ve gotten in touch with RCAP, the Rural Community Asset Protection plan for community water systems and I’m very happy to say the six to eight million gallons we were losing per month has so far been recaptured, we’re back to where we should be. DEP is very happy, they took us off double secret probation yesterday and we seem to be moving on. Last, but not least, there was a resident here last meeting or two meetings ago on the Johnson Ave area and it has to do with the Grabowski buildings, the two brown buildings across from Budd Lake at the corner of Johnson Ave and Route 46. Again, we’ve been waiting for two years on that to try to get Highlands to say okay and wait for the Highlands Redevelopment. We didn’t want to lose those buildings and lose the impervious coverage and never see a building go there again. Again, it’s a loss of taxable ratables, but if it becomes in the aggregate, it hurts all the residents. We’ve been in touch with that resident, they’ve made a commitment to get the permits to knock them down within 45 days. They’re on notice. We have the new Ordinance in place and we have room in the budget that if they don’t comply within 45, we will take them down, we will not lose the impervious surface problems and we’ll get rid of an eyesore along Route 46. That’s all I have.
Mr. Roman: Sean.
President Mania: Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: Are we doing anything to clean up the property on the corner of Route 46 and Sandshore, the one where the building got torn down.
Mr. Canning: Yes. That property owner has been sent a letter. If they don’t comply within 14 days then we’ll enact our Ordinance to the lien and at our expense, but we’ll recoup those damages. He’s worked with us in the past, sometimes a little slower than I want to see, but yes, we have to clean up the rubble. Like that resident pointed out, it’s still there and it’s still an eyesore.
Mr. Roman: The only other property is the one off of…right next to Route 46, that abandoned barn across from I think it’s Harrison…
Mr. Canning: Harris Lane, 3 Harris Lane. That’s the adjacent property there, they’ve been on notice. It’s part of a broader problem than just not that barn. The details, I can look it up in Iworqs, I know Mr. Van Ness has been back and forth. I think he’s on some type of rehabilitation plan including that barn. I can’t give you the details beyond that right now…
Mr. Roman: Okay.
Mr. Canning: …but, I’ll email you subsequent to this meeting.
Mr. Roman: I just want to make sure it’s on our radar because at one point this past weekend I was driving by and I saw some kids, not necessarily going in the barn, but they were pretty darn close and I…
Mr. Canning: It’s an attractive nuisance.
Mr. Roman: I know for one, if I was in that age bracket, I’d have made my way in.
Mr. Canning: Okay. I’ll email Council with an update probably tomorrow or the day after.
Mr. Roman: Thank you.
Mr. Canning: You’re welcome.
President Mania: Just a quick comment. Our property maintenance Ordinance that we passed, it really works because I have a house that was abandoned across the street from me. The leaves have piled up all year long, the grass was never cut. Every time I cleaned my leaves, they blew over from across the street. I informed the Administration and informed Sean, he got right on it, called the bank and they sent somebody, the bank. The guy cleaned a little circle in the center of the lawn and left all the other leaves there and took a picture of it, the cleaned part. Probably sent it to the bank and hopefully got paid for it. He hoped that he got paid for it. Unfortunately, I took pictures too of the leaves that were still there, showed them to Sean and Sean had the town go in, clean the leaves and sent the bank a bill. It really works.
Mr. Canning: Yes.
Mr. Perkins: Bill the bank.
President Mania: Thank you, Sean.
Mr. Canning: You’re welcome.
Mr. Perkins: Bill the bank. That’s what I like, billing the bank.
Mr. Roman: Don’t bill my bank, they’ll raise my fees.
President Mania: Any Old Business? New Business. Legal Matters.
OLD BUSINESS - None
NEW BUSINESS - None
Mr. Pasek: Thank you, Mr. President. Just one item tonight. In the last week or so, new COAH regulations came down. Chuck McGroarty is currently reviewing them to ascertain what the impact is for Mount Olive. Our office plans on conferring with Chuck and we can advise Council as to any significant developments.
President Mania: That’s it?
Mr. Pasek: That’s it.
President Mania: Thank you.
Mr. Roman: If I may interject on bringing up COAH, what’s the status with the Cobblestone property?
Mr. Pasek: I will check with Tracy Wang from my office who is handling that.
Mr. Roman: So, basically nothing really new is happening?
Mr. Pasek: Not that I’ve heard.
Mayor Greenbaum: They did some water testing to see if the property could sustain the type of project that we’re looking to put in there. That was most recent.
Mr. Roman: Okay.
Mayor Greenbaum: We haven’t gotten the results back as far as I know. There were some complaints from adjoining property owners that they were not notified that we had gone in because we had talked about the fact that we would notify people, but we weren’t really doing anything on the site.
Mr. Roman: Right.
Mayor Greenbaum: My understanding is that the work actually disturbed the rodent population which has become a problem on the site, which is another reason why the project from my perspective is appropriate at that site because the property is not being properly maintained. I was able to speak to the property owner and
certainly did come to an understanding that any time we’re going to be on site we would let that particular property owner know, whether we are doing anything of the disturbance nature or not. Certainly anything that we’re going to do to disturb the property, we’re going to let the general population surrounding the Cobblestone property know that we’re onsite doing whatever it is. I expect to have the water results back shortly to find out whether or not there is sufficient capacity on the property.
Mr. Roman: If you’ve got a rodent problem, just tell TNR about it.
President Mania: Sean, you had…?
Mr. Canning: No. The Mayor answered it better than I could.
President Mania: Jeff, I have a legal question.
Mr. Pasek: Sure.
President Mania: If a developer’s been given an approval and when he got his approval the COAH obligation was whatever it was, has that been reduced now?
Mr. Pasek: The COAH obligation?
President Mania: Yes. For the developer’s. It has been reduced?
Mr. Pasek: I believe so. I can double check that and…
President Mania: Right. If that’s that case, that it has been reduced, when he got his approval, he still has to abide by the old regulation for COAH? That’s my legal question.
Mr. Pasek: I can look…
Mayor Greenbaum: I would imagine the answer is yes without knowing the actual answer.
President Mania: I figured the answer was yes.
Mayor Greenbaum: When you get your approval you are subject to the Resolution which is adopted.
President Mania: What I’m alluding to is the Simoff property. Okay?
Mayor Greenbaum: Yes.
President Mania: Council Reports. Board of Education, Mr. Amianda.
Board of Education Liaison Report
Mr. Amianda: Yes, Mr. President. The Board of Education met on April 28, 2014 at Mount Olive Middle School. The Board took the following actions:
- The Board recognized Mount Olive Lion’s Club for their community service.
- The Board recognized the middle school science and technology team.
- The Board held 2013-2014 winter sports awards ceremony.
- The Board approved the retirement of Mrs. Gayle Dierks, principal of Chester M. Stephens School effective August 1, 2014, after thirteen years of service to Mount Olive Township School District.
- The Board held public meeting on 2014-2015 School District Budget. The Board approved the school budget in the amount of $86,838,565.00 to be submitted to New Jersey Department of Education for final approval. The budget will result in General Fund tax levy of $60,863,620.00 and a Debt Service levy of $4,582,826.00. There will be no increase in property tax in 2014-2015 school year.
- Responding to a question from the floor, the Board assured the staff and the public that no final decision had been made about outsourcing of Cafeteria staff and food services.
That’s the end of my report.
President Mania: Mr. Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: Somewhat of a controversial discussion topic at the Board of Education in terms of the outsourcing. Anytime that the Board of Education looks to outsource, whether it be janitorial, transportation, food services, we generally get a lot of feedback in my office from people who want us to take a position on what the Board of Education is doing or not doing. I can tell you that my general position is that I don’t get involved in school board issues. They’re a lot more knowledgeable in terms of the reasons for or the reasons against taking certain actions that involve the Board of Education, but I can tell you that I have had a lot of feedback on the last point that Daniel made on the outsourcing issue. You may all hear about it at some point in time. I would ask that you follow my line and say look, the Board of Education is the one who is tasked with making those decisions and ultimately has much more information than we will ever have in terms of that decision making process.
President Mania: Thank you, Mayor.
President Mania: Environmental Committee, Lake Issue and Library Board, Mr. Ferrante.
Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison - none
Mr. Ferrante: I have nothing for Environmental. The Budd Lake Association is doing their spring cleanup on Saturday morning, May 17th from 9:00 am to noon. They will be working the shoreline coast of Sandshore to the beach. Nothing for the Library.
Senior Citizen Liaison - none
Economic Development Committee Report - none
TNR Program -none
President Mania: Mr. Perkins, Safety Committee, MOTV.
MOTV Committee Liaison - none
Safety Committee Liaison - none
Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report, Mr. President.
President Mania: Mr. Roman, Open Space and Recreation.
Recreation Liaison Report
Open Space Committee Report
Mr. Roman: Open Space meets next week. On Recreation, I just want to add that last night the Mount Olive High School Varsity Softball Team beat Hanover Park 5-4 in extra innings. I would like to particularly congratulate one of my former players, Alyssa Mathura, she brought in the winning run in 11 innings.
President Mania: Wow!
Mayor Greenbaum: Was that part of the Morris County tournament or was it…?
Mr. Roman: No. The regular softball season.
Mayor Greenbaum: How’s the team doing this year?
Mr. Roman: Not as well as we’d like, but definitely progressing as the season goes on. That’s all I have.
President Mania: Board of Health and Legislative Committee, Mr. Nicastro.
Board of Health Report
Legislative Committee Report
Mr. Nicastro: Board of Health will be meeting, I believe next week. Legislative Committee, I had a meeting scheduled that was rescheduled, but I was at, along with you Mr. Mania, the American for Prosperities Luncheon on Friday, which honored Assemblywoman McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space and Senator Oroho. They were given awards for…basically they’re the top three, I believe in voting down taxes…
President Mania: Conservative. Very conservative.
Mr. Nicastro: …conservative in the nineties percentage. It’s amazing when you look at the numbers there. They are doing a great job. That’s all I have.
Planning Board Report
President Mania: Planning Board, Mr. Mania. Both Alex and I attended the last meeting and it was talked about, Boardwalks along the lake, which I was quite happy about because if any of you remember, Frank Ruggiero, our former Mayor, that was his vision to have boardwalks around the lake. It was an interesting meeting and we also have…I have a meeting this coming Thursday for Planning Board. Public Portion. Anyone from the public wish to be heard? Mr. Lata, please step up to the mic and state your name and address for the record.
Walter Lata, 34 Budd Lake Heights Road. I have a few concerns that I’d like to bring to the Council’s attention. One is about this past winter. I realize we had a lot of snow, storm after storm, but I feel that roads weren’t that well kept up. I had brought it to the Administrator’s attention about a few roads that were not widened or intersections that weren’t widened and he said that he was going to send someone out to check it. I went through there the following day and it was never touched again. I take care of Sandshore Road to number 38 Budd Lake Heights Road as far as plowing and you can get two cars through there and the main reason why I do it is because we have some elderly people that live on my street, in case an ambulance has to get there or a fire truck has to get there. The other concern I have is they’re doing a, I guess it’s a kids park up at Turkey Brook and I understand that employees are getting paid overtime to complete this project within a two week time frame and I was just wondering why the town can spend overtime money for that when there’s catch basins that are falling apart, potholes and they can’t spend the overtime to take care of those problems. I had brought some of these concerns to the Administrator and he said they were on the list to get done, but I still don’t understand why overtime is being paid…
Mr. Pasek: Mr. Lata, can I just interrupt you for one second? I just want to remind you that this is a public meeting and there will be a permanent record made of everything you’re saying.
Mr. Lata: I do.
Mr. Pasek: I also understand, just hear me out, that there’s a pending court matter between yourself and the Business Administrator and I just want to caution Council and advise Council not to respond to any of your comments because of that.
Mr. Lata: Also, as far as the type of people that the town hires for positions that have to respond in a timely matter to emergencies like ice control, plowing, trees down, flooding, that nature, I find it hard to believe that the town can hire someone that lives over an hour away and expect them to respond in a timely manner and that’s on a good day. If it’s snowing, it’s going to take longer than an hour to get here or if it’s a storm. Also in regards to the people who get hired for these positions, I had asked the Administrator if they were going to be taking management courses, safety courses as far as confined space, trench rescue. He said that they would be asked to take these classes in a certain period after they’re hired, which I haven’t seen anything that anybody is going to any of these types of classes. Along with the employees, it bothers me that this person can bring charges up against another employee for discrimination when his vocabulary consists of the “n” word, no disrespect to you and also if I could pass this around because it is too disgusting to say out loud that this individual refers to our children in this town. Can I bring it up so you can see it?
President Mania: Is it okay?
Mr. Pasek: I feel that’s highly inappropriate, but its public portion so if you want to pass a note around…
President Mania: Are you okay with it, Jeff?
Mr. Pasek: I’m okay with it.
President Mania: Okay.
Mr. Roman: Hand it to the Clerk.
Mr. Lata: Now, when you read that, that could have been any one of your daughters.
Mayor Greenbaum: Can we get an identification as to who Mr. Lata is referring to?
Mr. Pasek: Based on what I’m reading there is no identification as to who wrote this or where it came from…
Mayor Greenbaum: Who is it that you are referring to, made that comment?
Mr. Lata: Jay Summers?
Mayor Greenbaum: Okay. We’ll take a look at the issue.
Mr. Lata: The last thing I would like to mention is last week I had a very disturbing conversation with the Administrator up at Turkey Brook. I took a ride up there to see what they were doing and I noticed that there were some safety procedures that were not being followed, which when the Administrator took his position I had spoken to him, and he told me that safety was one of his main priorities, which made me question if he came to the jobsite and saw that the employees were not wearing the proper safety equipment, he should have said something. If not the Administrator, then the foreman of the Road Department or anybody else that was there that was higher than the foreman should had mentioned… When I saw this, I called the Administrator’s office and Christie said, well you can talk to the boss yourself, he’s there, he’s wearing a blue vest. I said okay. I walked down to the area where they were working and around the area is a snow fence and I had asked a young lady that was there if the Administrator was there and she turned and said yes, there he is. The Administrator started walking toward me and asked me if I was there to volunteer. I said no, I’m here to complain about something. I had mentioned that the employees and the volunteers from the town, the residents, were not wearing safety hats when they were using the front end loader to lift 6X6 beams to put them in place that were over individuals heads. He told me that when they were around the piece of equipment lifting these beams, that they would be wearing hard hats. I turned around and said, well, it’s over his head and that employee is standing right there and there’s no hard hat. He said he would address the issue. Then all of a sudden, he lost it, he started yelling at me, telling me that I had to leave his worksite. Well, first I wasn’t on his worksite, I was on the other side of the snow fence. I had stated that, I said this is a public park, I’m a resident, I’m a taxpayer, I can be here. Oh no you can’t, I want you off my worksite. I said, I’m not moving and he said, I’ll physically remove you. Then he walked around the fence and I thought he was actually going to physically touch me to remove me. He came walking up and he goes, come here my friend. I replied we were friends at one time, but now I consider you a hostile employee. Hostile employee? I said yes. We walked up to the road and he said you can take as many pictures as you want, if you have a safety issue, call OSHA. Then he calls out to whoever was there, call the police. I’m like, what’s he calling the police for, I’m not doing nothing, I just brought a safety issue up. He’s the one who’s blowing his top, not me. He then said, I’ll see you at a Council Meeting next week. So, I said okay, I walked to my truck, the police came. I don’t know what they discussed because they were on the other side. I figured they would have to speak to me afterwards. They just came around the loop, passed me and left. Then all of a sudden, you saw hard hats. If it wasn’t a big issue, then why all of a sudden is everybody wearing a hard hat. I think it’s pretty bad that an Administrator would tell a resident to call OSHA on the town to turn him in for possible violations of safety and possibly get fined. I don’t like the way I was talked to by the Administrator. It was uncalled for to call the police because there was no violence, there was no cursing, threatening or anything like that. I was up there simply to address a safety issue. When the Administrator took his position, I had met with him and I told him about some concerns. He appreciated me coming in. I thought he was a very nice guy, he told me how he stood on things. I said, wow, maybe things are going to get done finally. Well, I think I met with him maybe another four or five times and then after that I don’t know what happened, but he didn’t want to meet with me no more. He says I waste his time. Every time I went to him, I went with a legitimate concern and most of the concerns he took action on. It just bothered me the way he talked to me and treated me that day in Turkey Brook Park, speaking to a resident like that and saying that you should call OSHA if you have safety concerns. One other thing as far as the Administrator, my father-in-law owns a piece of property down in Flanders, 31 Hillery Drive. The town had to come in and replace the water shutoff in the driveway apron and they damaged the curb. I asked if it could be replaced. I told him if the town would pay for the material, I would replace the curb and not charge the town, I would just do it, free labor, they would just have to pay for the material so that I know it got done right. Unfortunately, it wasn’t done right by the now foreman of the Road Department. The engineer went down there and confirmed that it wasn’t done right. The Administrator did say that if it broke that the town would come back and redo it, which to me is a waste of time and money. Why do things twice when if you do it the right way the first time, you don’t have to go back. When I had asked if I could do it, I was told that the town doesn’t do that, but now it’s okay for the town to ask for volunteers to help at this park. They are just supplying their labor and the town is supplying the material, so it’s okay to do it now, but when I asked to do, I was told that the town can’t do it. I feel after living in this town for 53 years, working for the town for 18 years, that changes need to be made in the areas of the Road Department. I didn’t like the way it was run when I worked there. I brought up safety issues and concerns and it just got pushed to the side. That’s why when I met the Administrator when he first took his position and like I said he seemed like he was the type of guy that would get things done, but now it’s like, basically he told me any concerns I bring to his office, he’s not going to listen to them. If I can’t go to the Administration with my concerns, I guess I have to come to the Council to try and get things resolved. It’s pretty bad that you can’t work with your Town Administrator on issues. I was never
disrespectful to the man, I don’t know what I did, but again, I just don’t like the way he spoke to me and treated me that day. That’s all.
President Mania: Don’t go away, Mr. Lata. There’s two sides to every story.
Mr. Lata: I know.
President Mania: We’ve only heard one side. I don’t know if you want to let Sean speak on his behalf.
Mayor Greenbaum: No. I’ve actually asked Sean not to respond to any of the comments.
President Mania: Okay.
Mayor Greenbaum: I think that’s the general direction from Council.
President Mania: But again, I just wanted to make that statement. We only heard one side of the story. Mr. Lata, let me ask you a question. When you worked for the town, did you resign or were you terminated?
Mr. Lata: I quit.
President Mania: You resigned.
Mr. Lata: They offered me a position that I didn’t want to accept and I quit.
Mayor Greenbaum: John, the bottom line is that I’ve heard everything that Mr. Lata has to say. I’m considering all of the positions that he said forth on the record today and I will address them with Sean as appropriate.
President Mania: Just a quick comment I have to make. I’ve interacted with our Business Administrator many, many times and I’ve never had a problem. Everything that I’ve addressed with him, he’s done diligently, in a timely manner. Just a comment that I wanted to make.
Mr. Lata: In the future, can I come and pay a visit to you and tell you my concerns so you can tell him.
President Mania: Be my guest. If you want to speak to me, I don’t have a problem.
Mr. Lata: Okay.
President Mania: You’re a citizen…
Mr. Lata: My grandfather never had a problem speaking to you.
President Mania: …of Mount Olive and I’m an elected official and I need to listen to you.
Mr. Lata: Thank you.
President Mania: You’re welcome.
Mr. Lata: That it?
President Mania: That’s it.
Mrs. Lashway: Anybody else from the public?
President Mania: Anybody else from the public wish to be heard? Mr. Weiss?
Mr. Weiss: No, I’m good tonight Mr. Mania.
President Mania: Council Comments. Mr. Amianda.
Mr. Amianda: No.
President Mania: Mr. Ferrante.
Mr. Ferrante: None tonight.
President Mania: Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. Just to bring to everyone’s attention that last weekend and the weekend before we were out in force with the Knights of Columbus for our Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities Fundraiser, as well as the Lion’s Club White Cane Event. I was lucky enough to be stationed at Sam’s Club, which has an overhang on it, which worked out really well this year. I’m always thankful for the people regardless of how much money they put into the bucket to help the less fortunate than ourselves. This is just a small story and it happened on this past Saturday when I was up at the Sam’s Club. I had the 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm shift and a young gentleman came out and of course I had my Marine Corp shirt on. He walked up and he was looking through his bill fold and he said, “I don’t have any small bills.” I said to him, well that’s okay, we accept twenties. He laughed and said you were in the Marines and I said yes. He said, well so was I. I said of course, Semper Fi. I said where were you? He said in Kuwait. I said great and he asked me. I said Vietnam. He said his Dad was in Vietnam. We got to talking for about two or three minutes, the young man pulled a twenty dollar bill out and threw it into the bucket. It touches me that people reach deep down into their hearts to help those that really need it. It’s always a sense of pride for me to be out there. It’s a two hour stint and I love doing it every year. I just thought it was important that the Township Council, as well as the Mayor and Administration know that there are people out there, not just because he was a Marine, I’m sure if he was in the Navy…well, maybe not. Thank you, Mr. President.
President Mania: Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: I have nothing.
President Mania: Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: Nothing.
President Mania: I too was out there collecting on Saturday and I don’t know if it would be proper to mention the business that I was standing in front of that chased me, told me I couldn’t be there. I’m not sure it would be proper...
Mayor Greenbaum: Probably not a good idea.
Mr. Perkins: No.
President Mania: I won’t mention the business. I went over to Adam’s and within an hour’s time, I collected over $100.00. He welcomed me with open arms, gave me a coffee and a bagel and I went outside and collected $100.00.
Mayor Greenbaum: You have to understand that certain businesses get complaints from people. As people, what we look at as a good thing there are other people who feel they’re bothered by people collecting money and so certain businesses for business purposes… Those that allow us and the volunteers to stand there in front, God Bless them and those who don’t, they have their reasons too. Hopefully, they give in different ways. It’s probably better that you don’t mention…
President Mania: I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t a happy camper.
Mayor Greenbaum: I understand.
President Mania: I just said to the individual, I know a lot of people. You did the wrong thing just now.
Mayor Greenbaum: By the same token, that business may give back to the Township and to organizations in a different way other than through canning.
President Mania: No further comments. Motion to adjourn.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:28 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 May 20, 2014.
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk