Mt. Olive Township Council Minutes
October 25 , 2005

7:15 p.m. Sale of Block 2912 Lot 2

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & MOMENT OF REFLECTION for all those who protect our freedoms and have died to protect our freedoms

OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT

According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting has been given to the Mount Olive Chronicle. Notice has been posted at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and notices were sent to those requesting the same.

ROLL CALL Present: Mr. Buell, Mr. Mund, Mr. Rattner, Mrs. Labow (7:52), Mr. Greenbaum

Absent: Mr. Perkins, Mr. Guenther: attending Open Space County Meeting

Also Present: John Dorsey, Township Attorney; Mayor De La Roche;
Sherry Jenkins, CFO; Robert Casey, Business Administrator;
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk

MAYOR’S PRESENTATION – Service Recognition Awards

Mayor De La Roche: I would like to call up the Bergeron’s please. This is Michael Bergeron and his mother and father. He is just recently back from Iraq where he has served in the Marine Corps as you can see. Michael Bergeron, Lance Corporal Bergeron I should say, I am sorry. I felt it important to acknowledge Lance Corporal Bergeron as well as his family since he is a life long resident of Mount Olive and I was hoping to show him part of the pride that we share in his service to his Country. I have a Proclamation here, if I might read it. Whereas, Michael Bergeron is a life long resident of Mount Olive Township. Whereas, Michael enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and completed a tour of duty in Iraq in early October of 2005. Whereas, United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Bergeron was wounded in action in Iraq and received the Purple Heart, the highest honor bestowed upon a wounded soldier. Whereas, Michael has exhibited exceptional bravery and patriotism in the service of the United States of America. Whereas, the Mayor of the Township of Mount Olive, wishes to recognize the patriotism and sacrifice of this extraordinary young man. Therefore, let it be known that I, Richard De La Roche, Mayor of Mount Olive Township, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, October 25, 2005, to be Michael Bergeron day in Mount Olive Township. Thank you very much.

President Greenbaum: At each public Council meeting, we have a moment of silent reflection to honor those like yourself who go over and protect our freedoms for us, and it really hits home when the Mayor does something like this, to honor somebody as yourself who has actually been there and has done such a great job for your small part for the entire Country. I am sure I am speaking on behalf of the entire Council, and I am sure the entire Township, that we are all very proud of you.

Michael Bergeron: Thank you very much.

Mayor De La Roche: Let me just add to that. Modesty becomes a true hero and that is what we have here, thank you.

President Greenbaum: Thank you Mayor, did you have something else?

Mayor De La Roche: Yes I do. If I could have the Chief, and the people who served in New Orleans, we have a couple of Proclamations. I would just like to read what the Proclamations say, and of course, we are going to have a party for these people because of their extraordinary service to the Township and their dedication to the American people. I will just read the Proclamation. They are similar and they will also receive individual plaques at the dinner but right now, this is for each one of their units. Office of the Mayor, Proclamation; Katrina Emergency Management Volunteers Day.
Whereas, volunteers play a critical roll in shaping their community and their world by sharing their time and talents in the care of others Whereas, the shocking and dramatic turn of events of Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States resulting in a national deployment of emergency service personnel nationwide. Whereas, these generous volunteers left the comfort of their homes and their families to go to the area of devastation to assist those who suffer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Mayor De La Roche (cont’d): Whereas, the Mayor of Mount Olive Township wishes to recognize the extraordinary efforts of the emergency services personnel deployed to Louisiana, and to praise their dedicated services for the cause of humanity. The following 12 individuals are gratefully acknowledged: Mark Ajbuszye, Flanders Fire and Rescue Squad #1; Officer Anthony Annecchiarico, Mount Olive Police Department; Officer Craig Austenberg, Mount Olive Police Department; William Cirone, Animal Control Officer, Mount Olive Health Department; Frank Nelson, Budd Lake Fire Department; Ken Nelson, Budd Lake Fire Department; Kyle Nichols, Budd Lake Fire Department; Mike Nelson, Budd Lake Fire Department; Roberto Salizar, Flanders Fire and Rescue Squad #1; Keith Stewart, Flanders Fire and Rescue Squad; Brad Smith, Flanders Fire and Rescue Squad #1; Tyler Wargo, Flanders Fire and Rescue Squad #1. Now Therefore be it Proclaimed that, I, Richard De La Roche, Mayor of Mount Olive Township do hereby proclaim Wednesday November 2, 2005, as Katrina Emergency Management Volunteers Day in Mount Olive Township and I want to thank you all again for your service. Anything you want to say Chief or any of the guys?

Chief Katona: Thank you. Everyone coming on the 2nd? I guess we will say it on the 2nd and we would like to thank everybody for this, very nice.

President Greenbaum: I am sure I speak on behalf of the entire Council that we are very proud of the daily efforts that you guys do and extremely proud of your efforts on behalf of the victims of Katrina and on behalf of our Township and I look forward to celebrating your accomplishments on the 2nd as I am sure the rest of Council does as well.

Mayor De La Roche: I want to personally add my thanks to these people and young men. They left their families to go and serve their country in another form and thank God we have people like Lance Corporal and these gentlemen to do these services, and I thank them all for that. They make Mount Olive proud, and I want to add that they make their Mayor very proud. Thank you.

President Greenbaum: Thank you Mayor, does that conclude the presentations?

Mayor De La Roche: Yes it does, thank you.

Questions on Bill List?

President Greenbaum: Okay. At this point, we are moving on to questions on the Bill List. Does anyone have any questions that they would like the Administration to review prior to actually handling the Bill List later in the meeting? Seeing none, we will move on. At this point, we are on approval of Minutes of previous meetings. Mr. Rattner can you please move the Minutes?

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Sept. 27, 2005 Present: Mr. Buell, Mrs. Labow (late 7:37 pm), Mr. Guenther, Mr. Rattner,
President Greenbaum
Absent: Mr. Perkins, Mr. Mund,

Oct. 14, 2005 CS Present: President Greenbaum, Mr. Buell, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Rattner, Mr. Guenther, Mr. Mund
Absent: Mr. Perkins

Oct. 18, 2005 CS Present: President Greenbaum, Vice President Perkins (Recused himself for Union Negotiations and Appointment of Business Administrator), Mr. Guenther, Mr. Rattner, Mr. Mund, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Buell
Absent: None

Mr. Rattner: I move the Minutes of September 27, 2005, October 14, 2005 closed session, and October 18, 2005 closed session.

Mr. Mund: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Does anyone have any comments, deletions, additions, subtractions? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously with the exception, Mr. Mund abstained on
September 27,2005

CORRESPONDENCE

RESOLUTIONS, ORDINANCES, CORRESPONDENCE FROM OTHER TOWNS

1. Notice received October 11, 2005, from Township of Roxbury Zoning Board of Adjustment regarding building a skate park.

2. Resolution received October 12, 2005, from Township of Randolph regarding Green Acres funding.

3. Resolution received October 13, 2005, from the Borough of Morris Plains regarding support of greater competition for video service.

4. Resolution received October 17, 2005, from Borough of Chatham regarding each municipality to set the amount of dog licensing fees.

5. Letter received October 19, 2005, from Township of Hanover regarding Proposed Green Acres Rules and Regulations.

6. Resolution received October 20, 2005, from Town of Boonton regarding support of greater competition for video service.

7. Resolution received October 20, 2005, from Town of Dover regarding authorizing the funding of State Homeland Security Grants to those municipalities by-passed from receiving grant funds through the Statewide Local Domestic Preparedness Equipment Program.

DOT / DEP / LOI

8. Letter received October 11, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Application for Exemption from the Transition Area Requirements for the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act File No: 1427-04-0016.1 Applicant: William Stroud Block 7000, Lot 82 (River Road).

9. Notice letter received October 13, 2005, from NJDEP regarding Highlands Applicability Determination Application for Ronetco Supermarkets.

10. Letter received October 14, 2005, from Robert Casey regarding application for an Exemption from the Highlands regulations for the potential reuse of the former Township Building site.

11. Letter received October 17, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Flanders Sunoco Service Station (Mohawk Oil Company) 236 Route 206 (Block 5300, Lot 17).

12. Letter received October 17, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Area Wide Amendments for Sewer Service Area Redesignation, Digital Sewer Service Area Mapping. All effected Water Quality Management Plans.

13. Letter received October 17, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding No further action letter and covenant not to sue, Flanders Sunoco Service Station, 236 Route 206 (Block 5300, Lot 17).

14. Letter received October 18, 2005, from Sanitary Construction Company regarding Ironia Road Drainage Improvements.

15. Letter received October 19, 2005, from Maser Consulting regarding The Morris Companies, property at 217 Waterloo Valley) Block 400, Lot 1.

16. Letter received October 20, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Modification of a recycling center general approval for a class B/C recycling center. Morris County MUA – Mount Olive Recycling Center Block 400, 401, Lot 4.

 

17. Letter received October 20, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Authorization for freshwater wetlands statewide general permit No. 10A, Withdraw of Freshwater Wetlands Statewide General Permit No. 10B. Applicant: Anthony Guidi, Block 7600, Lot 73 (80 Flanders Road).

18. Letter received October 20, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding construction permit for New Jersey American Water Company.

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

19. Mayors fax advisory received October 14, 2005, from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Joint Forum with Highlands Council.

20. E-mail received October 17, 2005, from National League of Cities regarding Increased Funding for CDBG and Public Housing.

21. Letter received October 19, 2005, from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Bus Shuttle and Overflow parking Locations for the 90th Annual League Conference.

22. Luncheon information received October 19, 2005, from Morris County League of Municipalities.

MISCELLANEOUS

23. Common Level Range and AverageRratio for 2006 received October 11, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Treasury, and Division of Taxation.

24. Certification of the Table of Equalized Valuations received October 11, 2005, from State of New Jersey, Department of Treasury regarding 2005.

25. Initiation received October 13, 2005, from the Rose House regarding Fourth Annual Dinner Dance.

26. Abstract of Ratables received October 13, 2005, from Morris County Board of Taxation regarding 2005.

27. E-mail received October 13, 2005, from Morris County Chamber of Commerce regarding Women in Business Networking Breakfast.

28. E-mail received October 17, 2005, from Morris County Chamber of Commerce regarding Young Professionals Happy Hour.

29. E-mail received October 18, 2005, from Morris County Chamber of Commerce regarding “Because We are Woman, Celebrating Possibilities.”

30. E-mail received October 19, 2005, from Morris County Chamber regarding 2005 Economic Outlook and Business Development Luncheon.

31. E-mail received October 19, 2005, from Government Connect regarding Charitable donations, Pay to Play, 2006 Budget CAP Cost of Living Adjustment, new Index Rate Increase for extensions of contracts under the Local Public Contracts Law, and Local Finance Notice.

32. Information received October 19, 2005, from New Jersey Coalition for Property Tax Reform regarding “Action Packet.”

33. E-mail received October 20, 2005, from Morris County Chamber of Commerce regarding Luncheon event “There is more in Morris County.”

LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

34. Letter received October 17, 2005, from Frank Lautenberg regarding our resolution on immunocontraception and the over population of white tailed deer.

President Greenbaum: Next items for discussion are Correspondence. I see that we have 33 pieces of Correspondence. Does anyone wish to discuss any particular piece of Correspondence at this time? Seeing none, we will move on.

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

President Greenbaum: We are at ordinances for public hearing. The first ordinance for public hearing is Ordinance #49-2005, entitled:

Ord. #49-2005 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Salaries of Certain Non-Union Personnel for the Year 2005.

President Greenbaum: At this point, I would open it up to the public for anyone who wishes to discuss Ordinance #49-2005. Seeing none, I close it to the public and I would ask Mr. Mund if you could please move Ordinance #49-2005.

Mr. Mund: Yes, Mr. President. I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #49-2005.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Buell: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded, any discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: I hereby declare Ordinance #49-2005 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. Next Ordinance for public hearing is Ordinance #50-2005 entitled:

Ord. #50-2005 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive to Amend and Supplement Ordinance Numbers 40-2005 and 43-2005.

President Greenbaum: Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard on this Ordinance? Seeing none, I close it to the public. Mr. Buell, could you please move Ordinance #50-2005?

Mr. Buell: Thank you. I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #50-2005.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded, any discussion? Seeing none Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: I hereby declare Ordinance #50-2005 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law. The next Ordinance for public hearing is Ordinance #51-2005 entitled:

Ord. #51-2005 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Amending Section 78-6 Entitled “Proximity of Licensed Premises” of the Township Code of the Township of Mt. Olive.

President Greenbaum: Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard on this particular Ordinance? Seeing none, I close it to the public and I would ask Mr. Rattner to move Ordinance #51-2005.

Mr. Rattner: I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #51-2005.

Mr. Mund: Second.

 

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded, any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: I hereby declare Ordinance #51-2005 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – (2nd reading November 22, 2005)

President Greenbaum: We are up to Ordinances for First Reading, the second reading is November 22, 2005. The first ordinance is Ordinance #35-2005 entitled:

Ord. #35-2005 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing Sex Offender Residency Provisions.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Mund could you please move that?

Mr. Mund: I move that Ordinance #35-2005 be introduced by title, and passed on first reading, and that a meeting be held on November 22, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ, for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance, and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Buell: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded, any Council discussion? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: The next Ordinance for First Reading is Ordinance #55-2005 entitled:

Ord. #55-2005 An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive Establishing and Clarifying Parking Restrictions on Various Streets Near the Mount Olive High School.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Buell could you please move that for first reading?

Mr. Buell: I move that Ordinance #55-2005 be introduced by title, and passed on first reading, and that a meeting be held on November 22, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mount Olive, NJ, for a public hearing, consideration of second reading and passage of said Ordinance, and that the Clerk be directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

Mr. Mund: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded, any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: We are up to the Consent Resolutions Agenda. There are seven resolutions on the Consent Agenda.

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 Extending an Agreement Between the Township and Consultech Relative to Infiltration into the Clover Hill Sewer System.

2. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, Morris County Reducing the Performance Guarantees Submitted by the Kaplan Companies in Connection with the Development Known as Woodfield at Mount Olive.

3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Release of performance Guarantees in Connection with the Hallihan Veterinary Facility Lot 30, Block 5300.

4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Requesting Approval from the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for Insertion of a Specific Item of Revenue into the 2005 Municipal Budget ($14,110.00 for the Implementation of the Stormwater Management Regulations)

5. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Cancel Taxes of Block 7600, Lot 88.

6. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive in Support of Greater Competition for Cable Service.

7. Offer of donation of property (not received) REMOVE*

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Supporting the Recycling Enhancement Act.*

President Greenbaum: Does any Council member wish to have any of the 7 resolutions on the Consent Resolutions Agenda removed? Seeing none, I would ask Mr. Rattner to please move, the Consent Resolutions Agenda.

Mr. Rattner: Thank you very much Mr. President. I move Consent Resolutions 1-7 on the amended Agenda.

Mr. Mund: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Is there any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

PUBLIC PORTION ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

President Greenbaum: I am sorry we didn’t open it up to the public, if there is anyone who wishes to comment, we can re-vote, if there is any discussion. No one wanted to talk on the Consent Resolutions anyway. Okay, my fault. We are up to the Non Consent Resolutions.

COUNCIL COMMENTS ON CONSENT RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTIONS NON CONSENT

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Confirming the Appointment of Rick Prill as Business Administrator for the Township.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Prill, I am going to hold number #8 because both Mr. Guenther and Mrs. Labow had indicated a desire to be here and I will hold it to the last minute so that they can participate. We are up to number #9. Mr. Buell, could you please move that?

9. Resolution of the Mayor and Township Council, Township of Mount Olive Approving a Supplementary Developer’s Agreement between the Township of Mount Olive and Ronetco Supermarkets, Inc.

Mr. Buell: I move number #9 on the Non Consent Resolution.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Mund: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard on this particular resolution? Seeing none, is there anyone on Council who wishes to be heard? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

10. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Demolish the Former Municipal Building to Lurch Contracting.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Mund, could you please move that?

Mr. Mund: Yes, Mr. President. I move for approval of Non Consent Resolution #10.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Buell: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard on this particular resolution? Seeing none, I close it to the public. Mr. Casey?

Mr. Casey: Yes sir, as the resolution indicates, we are very active bidding on the project. The low bidder Gordon Contracting had a technical failure in that they failed to provide the necessary certification for his asbestos subcontractor. Lurch Demolition had all the necessary documentation and we are recommending award. The reason we are recommending award at this point in time is so that this project can move forward before we end up with problems with weather, etc. The specifications say that the demolition will be complete within 30 days of receiving the permits. The only permit that is outstanding, that will have to be taken, is the asbestos removal permit. This is a 10 day notice, so we do not expect any problems in terms of the contract moving forward fairly promptly.

President Greenbaum: Anyone from Council have any questions or comments? Mr. Rattner.

Mr. Rattner: You know, obviously the day has come, I mean, I am disappointed but after three administrations, the time has come. The only thing we can do is clean up the area and hope to redevelop it. So while I was disappointed in the process here, I do support the action we are taking tonight.

President Greenbaum: Anyone else from Council? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

11. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Rejecting All Bids for the Construction of Two Rigid Steel Frame Buildings and Related Site Improvements.

Mr. Rattner: I move resolution, Non Consent Resolution #11.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Mund: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard on this particular resolution? Seeing none, I close it to the public. Mr. Casey.

Mr. Casey: Yes, the bid that we opened yesterday, I don’t know if you have received the details? You should have received the details. I am sorry I apologize about that. The building bid came in pretty much where we thought they were going to come in at, about $36.00/square foot. The issue that drove the pricing on us was the site grading. What we decided to do is that since there had to be some site grading done for the buildings themselves that we would extend that and basically grade off the rear of the site and put six inches of QP stone down which has to be done in order to complete the work.
Mr. Casey (cont’d): That caused wide variation in the site grading costs. That drove the bid, what we believe, about $150,000 more than it should have been based on what our estimates were. The engineer’s estimates were filed before the bids were actually opened. So at this point, we are recommending to you, or asking you to reject the bids. We will attempt to immediately...we contacted the builders to make sure there is nothing there which would cause them any real concern. We intend to re-bid the project, limiting the amount of site grading so we can get the buildings up and the site grading work will continue next spring when we know we can actually have...we already contacted several locations which can contribute the necessary fill dirt that we need to site at no cost to us. So we believe at this point we will be able to move forward in a reasonable manner and save the taxpayers money. So at this point we recommend the bid be rejected as being in excess of the engineer’s estimate and that authorization be given to us to immediately re-bid this in the manner indicated.

Mr. Dorsey: Those are all good legal reasons for rejection, Mr. Casey.

President Greenbaum: Anyone with Council comments? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: What’s that, someone request a five minute break? Well, we still have the rest of the Agenda and if we get to the end before the reports we will. At this point we are up to motions.

MOTIONS

1. Approval of Raffle Application #2106 for the Lions Club Mt. Olive.

President Greenbaum: Mrs. Labow, could you please move that?

Mrs. Labow: I move for approval of the Raffle Application.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Mund: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call.

ROLL CALL Passed Unanimously

2. Bill List.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Mund, can you please move the Bill List?

Mr. Mund: Motion to approve the Bill List.

President Greenbaum: Is there a second?

Mr. Rattner: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded.

ROLL CALL Passed Unanimously

OLD BUSINESS

President Greenbaum: Mr. Casey do you have an update on the handicapped parking at the Library?

• Handicapped Parking at Library

Mr. Casey: The last I heard is that they were out to bid. I don’t know, I believe, hopefully, they will be opening bids in a couple weeks last I heard. I haven’t seen the bids.

President Greenbaum: Colleen do you know anything?

Mrs. Labow: No, we don’t meet until...not since the last meeting. I haven’t heard a word.

President Greenbaum: Okay, we will put it back on the Agenda for the next public meeting. Does anyone else have any old business?

NEW BUSINESS

President Greenbaum: Does anyone have any New Business?

LEGAL MATTERS

President Greenbaum: Any Legal Matters?

COUNCIL REPORTS

Library Board Liaison Report

President Greenbaum: Any Council Reports? Library Board Liaison, Mrs. Labow?

Mrs. Labow: Nothing yet.

Recreation Liaison Report

President Greenbaum: Recreation Liaison Report, Mr. Mund.

Mr. Mund: Not since the last meeting.

Board of Health Report

President Greenbaum: Board of Health Report, perhaps Mr. Guenther will have something.

Planning Board Report

President Greenbaum: Planning Board Report, Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: Come back to me on that....

President Greenbaum: I will.

Board of Adjustment Liaison Report

President Greenbaum: Board of Adjustment Liaison Report. Mr. Perkins is absent this evening.

Open Space Committee Report

President Greenbaum: Open Space Committee Report.

Legislative Committee Report

President Greenbaum: Legislative Committee Report, Mr. Mund.

Mr. Mund: Letter is in drafting, we are waiting for one more review from Mr. Guenther and then it will go out.

Pride Committee Liaison Report

President Greenbaum: Pride Committee Liaison Report.

Board of Education Liaison Report

President Greenbaum: Board of Education Liaison Report, Mr. Mund or Mr. Buell. I saw a detailed letter in our package.

Mr. Mund: Right, they provided us with highlights of things in the school. One was the Katrina relief effort that was ongoing, that they raised money at the different schools and that Anne Scotland at the Middle School or the Chester M. Stephens School was involved in relocating a family to the Village Mr. Mund (cont’d): Green apartments from New Orleans and that Village Green is donating the housing for the people this year. We also received, compliments have been given to the code officials of the Township in the quick responses and the help they have been giving for the construction work being done at the High School.

Mr. Buell: The only other thing, they gave the Superintendent the authority to close the school down if the teachers don’t show up on Election Day.

President Greenbaum: I saw that the test scores have gone way up.

Mr. Mund: All the test scores are up.

President Greenbaum: That is very exciting.

Mr. Mund: A matter of fact, an interesting thing, they were talking about how well they did on the AP test.

President Greenbaum: Good.

Mr. Mund: They are moving in a positive direction.

President Greenbaum: Personally, from my perspective, Dr. Lamonte is doing an admirable job and is moving our school system forward which is to the benefit to all of the taxpayers of Mount Olive.

Mr. Rattner: Mr. President, I think what also should be said is that most of us have kids in the school now, or had kids in the school system before. Mine are out and I was extremely happy with the education that she got and watching them make the progress going forward. It is also exciting that their job is not just sitting back. They are constantly improving and that is good for people like you, which still have kids in the school.

President Greenbaum: Only two right now don’t push it.

Mr. Rattner: The other one is going to get there eventually.

President Greenbaum: Yeah, eventually.

Mr. Rattner: Your wife probably can’t wait.

Lake/Environment Issues Committee

President Greenbaum: Lake/Environment Issues Committee, Mr. Rattner.

Mr. Rattner: Nothing to report.

Safety Committee Liaison

President Greenbaum: Safety Committee Liaison, Is Mr. Guenther.

Finance Committee Report

President Greenbaum: Finance Committee Report, Mr. Rattner.

Mr. Rattner: Nothing to report.

Economic Development Committee Report

President Greenbaum: Economic Development Committee Report, Mr. Rattner.

Mr. Rattner: Meeting is this Thursday.

President Greenbaum: At this point, we are going to get back to Mr. Prill and the Non Consent Resolution because I prefer to do that before the public portion.

Mrs. Labow: Mr. Greenbaum, Planning Board?

Planning Board Report

President Greenbaum: Oh, Planning Board Report. I am sorry.

Mrs. Labow: That’s okay. I just wanted to look for this one chart which I will have Lisa to please, copy for the rest of the Council. Chuck Mc Groarty gave a presentation Thursday night. They are just about ready to submit their third round COAH totals. It is very complicated but suffice it to say we are not in as bad of shape as we thought we were. It was extremely interesting. It is three or four pages and for me to try to go through it and explain it all, it is a little bit cumbersome and I think he is still working on a few figures. So I will just say that it is good news, not really bad news, and it should work out much better than we had all anticipated. This is always a good thing.

President Greenbaum: Excellent, could you make sure that gets to Lisa for copy? I would also like to have Mr. Dorsey provided with a copy of that as well.

Mrs. Labow: Yes, I will pass it down and also, he had passed out an ordinance that one of the other Townships used in Hanover. I will pass this also to Mr. Dorsey. I think they are going to present this at some point but it is rather lengthy.

President Greenbaum: What is the nature of the ordinance?

Mrs. Labow: It is for the....

Mr. Mund: Regulation to facilitate provisions of affordable housing and the third housing cycle in conjunction with residential and non residential development.

President Greenbaum: Okay, so it is COAH related.

Mrs. Labow: Yes. It is COAH related I am sorry.

President Greenbaum: Okay, we will have Mr. Dorsey review that. You said it is out of Hanover Township?

Mrs. Labow: That one there, which was their ordinance.

President Greenbaum: So perhaps Mr. Dorsey was in involved in preparing that.

Mrs. Labow: Well, judging that it was like 20 pages long, two sided, I thought that perhaps it might be.

President Greenbaum: Anything else from the Planning Board?

Mrs. Labow: Not a whole heck of lot going on right now.

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Confirming the Appointment of Rick Prill, as Business Administrator for the Township of Mount Olive.

President Greenbaum: Okay, thank you. At this point, we are going to deal with Resolution #8. Mr.
Rattner, could you please move Resolution #8.

Mr. Rattner: My pleasure, thank you very much. I move Resolution #8.

Mr. Mund: Second.

President Greenbaum: It has been moved and seconded. Is there anyone from the public who wishes to be heard on Resolution #8? Seeing none, I close it to the public. Is there any Council comment? Seeing none, Roll Call.

ROLL CALL: Passed Unanimously

President Greenbaum: Congratulations Mr. Prill.

Mr. Rattner: Now you see what you got yourself into.

Mr. Buell: You are seeing the good side tonight. Welcome aboard.

President Greenbaum: Yes, welcome aboard.

Mayor De La Roche: Congratulations.

President Greenbaum: Okay, at this point of the meeting we will open it to the public to speak on any issue.

Mayor De La Roche: Mr. President.

President Greenbaum: Yes.

Mayor De La Roche: I just thought this would be the appropriate time to thank Mr. Casey for all the work he did and how he kept the ship afloat and all the other nice things that you could say about somebody with the extraordinary abilities that he has and “hopefully” he won’t be leaving us right away. I did want to acknowledge that he has done an exceptional job and as far as I am concerned, he is welcome back here any time.

President Greenbaum: I think a standing ovation is in order. Perhaps we can make Thursday, if the Mayor so desires, Bob Casey day?

Mr. Casey: We avoid those issues.

Mayor De La Roche: I think everyday is Bob Casey day in Mount Olive.

President Greenbaum: I think that all of us at one point or another Bob, have stood and have praised your efforts on behalf of the Township and you did a yeoman’s job under difficult circumstances and you moved the agenda forward and for that, we all thank you.

Mr. Casey: Thank you very much. I will still be here next Tuesday for your Workshop.

PUBLIC PORTION

President Greenbaum: Okay, I take back everything I said. At this point, I will open it up to the public for anyone who wishes to speak on any particular issue. Seeing none, I close it to the public and we have final comment. Mayor, anything?

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mayor De La Roche: Nothing. I just wanted to welcome Mr. Prill aboard and I am sure he will do an exceptional job to keep the ship afloat. He is well qualified and very experienced. Obviously, we went through a very long process, in part, of which the Council was involved and it shows a new sense of harmony and I hope Mr. Prill will take it that way and everybody will work cooperatively with him in order to accomplish the best things that we have for the Township of Mount Olive.

President Greenbaum: Thank you, Mr. Casey did you have anything that you wanted to say?

Mr. Casey: No sir.

President Greenbaum: Mr. Buell.

Mr. Buell: No.

President Greenbaum: Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow: Yes, I do have something to say. I want to also welcome Mr. Prill and wish him all the luck and I am sure you will do an extraordinary job and everybody enjoys a challenge. This will definitely be a challenge. I think you will be more than superb in the job. Thank you.

President Greenbaum: Thank you, Mr. Mund.

Mr. Mund: No comment.
President Greenbaum: Mr. Rattner.

Mr. Rattner: I have nothing.

President Greenbaum: I have nothing. Motion to adjourn?

Mr. Buell: So vote.

Mr. Mund: Second.

All were in favor and the meeting adjourned at 8:04 p.m.

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Robert J. Greenbaum
Council President

I, LISA M. LASHWAY, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes is a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on November 22 , 2005.

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Lisa M. Lashway
Township Clerk

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