The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:16 p.m. by Council President Mania. 

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

ROLL CALL

Present:          Mr. Amianda, Mrs. Labow, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Roman, and Mr. Mania

Absent:           Mr. Ferrante and Mr. Nicastro

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

October 14, 2014, WS & PM (all present)

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

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

Mr. Roman:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed unanimously

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Email received October 15, 2014, from ANJEC regarding Open Space Stewardship & Successful Grant Writing Workshop.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received October 15, 2014, from National League of Cities regarding 5 weeks left to plan your trip!  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received October 17, 2014, from Rutgers regarding Sustainable Raritan Workshop is Next Week.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received October 20, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown New Jersey – Downtown Revitalization & Management Institute.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received October 20, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown New Jersey American Planning Association Community Planning Assistance Program – Call for Project Proposals.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received October 21, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown New Jersey – New York – Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched a challenge inviting U.S. cities to develop temporary public art projects that enhance cultural and economic activity.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received October 21, 2014, from Hanover Township regarding Hanover Township Landmark Commission Forum – MC History of Iron.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received October 22, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding Downtown New Jersey – Congratulations to the APA 2014 Great Places in New Jersey Designees!  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received October 23, 2014, from Mary O’Keefe regarding Whippany River Watershed Action Committee – River’s Journey Morris County Premier.  PDF Correspondence

 

RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS

  1. Letter received October 23, 2014, from Borough of Madison regarding Resolution opposing the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received October 23, 2014, from Borough of Kinnelon regarding Resolution urging President Obama to utilize the full powers and authorities of his office to immediately secure the release of United States Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from Mexican custody to the United States.  PDF Correspondence

LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES

  1. Letter received October 14, 2014, from New Jersey League of Municipalities regarding Legislative Bulletin September 2014.  PDF Correspondence

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

  1. Letter received October 9, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control regarding Retail License Non-Renewal Notice.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received October 10, 2014, from FEMA regarding Thank You!  (America’s PrepareAthon).  PDF Correspondence
  1. Letter received October 10, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding One 550 gallon #2 Heating Oil Underground Storage Tank System (3 Aldersgate Circle, Block 8102, Lot 1).  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received October 14, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – Deer Blue Tongue Virus.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received October 15, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding NJDEP Press Release – 2014 Recycling Leaders Awards.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received October 17, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding Press Release – Sandy Easements.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received October 21, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding 2015 Radon Action Month Package.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received October 24, 2014, from State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding One 550-gallon #2 Heating Oil Underground Storage Tank System (27 Cedar Street, Block 3400, Lot 9).  PDF Correspondence

MORRIS COUNTY

  1. Email received October 10, 2014, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Email received October 20, 2014, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris.  PDF Correspondence
  1. Email received October 21, 2014, from Morris County Planning Board regarding MCPB Minutes September 18, 2014.  PDF Correspondence

 

UTILITIES

  1. Letter received October 9, 2014, from Comcast regarding Billing Change.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received October 10, 2014, from Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority regarding Proposed FY2015 Rates Schedule Effective December 1, 2014.  PDF Correspondence

 

  1. Letter received October 23, 2014, from PSE&G regarding Notice of Upcoming Vegetation Management Work.  PDF Correspondence

 

DCA

  1. Email received October 20, 2014, from Department of Community Affairs regarding CY2015 Municipal and County Budget Cap Information.  PDF Correspondence

 

President Mania:  We have some Correspondence from Residents and Organizations.  Any discussion?  We’re moving right along rather nicely. 

Mr. Perkins:  Let’s not slow it up.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes, don’t jinx us.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Those are like five to ten of my favorite words ever.

Mr. Roman:  You’re over already.

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

President Mania:  First, on the Agenda is…I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #21-2014,

Ord.#21-2014 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Amend Chapter 245, Vehicles and Traffic, of the Township Code. PDF Ord

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins, would you kindly do that?

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Mr. President.  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #21-2014.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed unanimously

President Mania:  I declare Ordinance #21-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.  I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #22-2014,

Ord.#22-2014 An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 400 Entitled “Land Use Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive” to Implement a Comprehensive Set of Additions, Revisions, Modifications and Corrections to Article II “Definitions,” Article III “General Administration; Building Construction; Permits,” Article IV “Site Plan and Subdivision Review and Plat Details,” Article V “Design Guidelines and Technical Standards,” Article VI “Zoning,” and Article VII “Zoning District Use and Bulk Regulations” Pursuant to the Recommendations Set Forth in the Periodic Reexamination of the Master Plan and Development Regulations Report Adopted by the Mount Olive Planning Board on June 20, 2013 and in Accordance with the Recommendations Provided by the Township Planning Administrator. PDF Ord

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow. 

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.  Thank you, Mr. President.  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #22-2014.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Discussion? 

Mr. Roman:  Yes.  It should have been a longer title.

President Mania:  Thank you, Mr. Roman.  Roll Call.

 

ROLL CALL:           Passed unanimously

President Mania:  I declare Ordinance #22-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.  I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #23-2014,

Ord. #23-2014An Ordinance of the Township of Mount Olive, In the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, Amending Chapter 48, “Police Department,” Article III, “Extra-Duty Employment,” Section 24, “Contracting for Police Services.  PDF Ord

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Mr. President.  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #23-2014.

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed unanimously

President Mania:  I declare Ordinance #23-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.  I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #24-2014,

Ord.#24-2014 An Ordinance of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive, In the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, to Amend Chapter 180, “Peddling and Soliciting,” of the Code of the Township of Mount Olive to Add an Article III, Entitled “Solicitation of Contributions on Roadways”  PDF Ord

President Mania:  Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman:  Yes.  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #24-2014.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed unanimously

President Mania:  I hereby declare Ordinance #24-2014 is passed on second reading and I hereby direct the Clerk to forward a copy of the same to the Mayor and publish the notice of adoption as required by law.  I open the hearing to the public on Ordinance #25-2014,

Ord. #25-2014Bond Ordinance Amending Sections 3(d), 3(g) AND 6(b) of Bond Ordinance Numbered 11-2014 of the Township of Mount Olive, In the County of Morris, New Jersey Finally Adopted April 22, 2014 in Order to Increase and Decrease Certain Appropriations and Authorizations and to Amend the Average Useful Life.  PDF Ord

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow, would you do that please?

Mrs. Labow:  Yes, thank you, Mr. President.  I move for adoption and final passage of Ordinance #25-2014.

Mr. Perkins:  Second.

President Mania:  Discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed unanimously

President Mania:  I declare Ordinance #25-2014 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. 

 

 

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

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the use of a Purchasing Contract (Fire Fighters Equipment Company). PDF Res

 

  1. 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 the “Pay-to-Play” Law (Stryker). PDF Res
  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Transfer of Funds from the Tree Bank to the Mount Olive Board of Education to Offset Tree and Shrub Purchases. PDF Res

 

  1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Award of Contract for Phase I and Phase II of the Public Safety Simulcast Radio Infrastructure and 9-1-1 Radio Communications Upgrade to Northeast Communications, Inc. (Phase I - $3,300 & Phase II - $101,009). PDF Res
  1. A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Approving the Person-to-Person Transfer of a Retail Alcoholic Beverage License. PDF Res

 

  1. A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Authorizing the Renewal of a Retail Alcoholic Beverage License for the Period from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. PDF Res

President Mania:  We have six Consent Resolutions.  Anyone wish to move any to Non-Consent?  Hearing none.  Mr. Amianda, would you do the honors? 

Mr. Amianda:  Yes.  I make a motion to move Consent Resolutions one through six. 

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Any discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed unanimously

Mr. Perkins:  Come on Johnny, let’s go, let’s go.  Consent Motions.

CONSENT MOTIONS

  1. Bill List. PDF Bill List

 

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins, would you do the Consent Motion please?

Mr. Perkins:  Yes, Mr. President.  I move for adoption of Consent Motion number one, Bill List.   

Mrs. Labow:  Second.

President Mania:  Discussion?  Roll Call.

ROLL CALL:           Passed unanimously

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

President Mania:  Administrative Reports.

 

Mayor Greenbaum:  You can start, Sean.

Mr. Canning:  Thank you, Mr. President.  A couple of items, several weeks ago I had briefed Council on the ongoing problems and project down at Powerline Park, as we were advised by First Energy about the high powered overhead wires.  We had asked for additional time just to do our due diligence as to prices.  The initial price estimates that had been forwarded to myself and as I reported to Council was in the range of about $120,000.00 to $130,000.00.  Subsequent to that I felt that was too much and we had gone out to bid.  I am very happy to report to Council today that as of the next meeting, we’ll be recommending a bidder more than likely.  The lowest bid came in at $44,000.00, so it’s about one third the cost. 

Mrs. Labow:  Yay!

Mr. Canning:  I’m glad we took the extra due diligence steps, it’s a significant amount of money saved and again, sometimes we want to get the parks or some public project out there and get everybody…the world spinning like normal, but in this case just taking that extra deep breath and taking a step back certainly paid off.  That’s a significant amount of savings.  The next meeting I would anticipate you’ll see a Resolution for award on that.

President Mania:  Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman:  Sean, is there any thought into whatever improvements they’re going to be doing as far as bonding to the fence that any improvements to the infrastructure that could be done at the same time, would save us money in the future.  I don’t know what the scope of the actual work that needs to be done is, but was there at least a look…did we look into it and say while we’re here we can do X because…

Mr. Canning:  Yes. 

Mr. Roman:  …it’ll save us twice as much down the road.

Mr. Canning:  The only thing that would have been disturbed and thank you because the suggestion did come up…the only thing we could have possibly looked at was maybe change the fencing from basic metal to vinyl fencing, but it’s still metal posts, it still would had to be bonded none the less.  The amount of trenching and excavation and movement of material if you will is just pretty much along the base of the fence with the ditch witch, so there’s not that much disturbance, the largest amount of the cost is actually in the form of copper wire in bonding and grounding these items.

Mr. Roman:  There’s nothing planned in the far future as far as either conduits running anything electrical that would run say towards the DJ three?  I think we have electrical down by DJ one and two, but all the way down… 

Mr. Canning:  In that aspect, we can always look into it while we have a ditch witch…you know, even the conduits running, it’s something we can do in house and it’s not that big of an expense. 

Mr. Roman:  That’s relatively cheap I assume?

Mr. Canning:  Yes.  On this one, I didn’t want to do it in house, this is something we have to have a bonded, licensed electrician, but as far as excavating, we can always do that.

Mr. Roman:  I just wanted to make sure that we’re…it sounds like we did at least look at it in case there were any other improvements that we could have done at the same time, that’s all.

Mr. Canning:  We did.  We always hold general meetings especially if we…this was to the point of almost not a crisis, but a large scale thing on our radar, so we always get a lot of voices around the table and see where we can do things.

Mr.  Roman:  Okay.

Mr. Canning:  I am proud as to how we go about our business in Town Hall here, it’s always not so much a consensus, but a lot of brain storming.

Mr. Roman:  Okay.  Thank you.

President Mania:  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  I just had a quick question on procedure.  Since we didn’t know that we had to do this, this way over there, how are the guidelines, how do they…what regulations do they have to follow and what inspections have to be done, does the State come in or does the electric company…

Mr. Canning:  No.  The way it works, it’s actually a unique area when it comes to electrical bonding of playgrounds where it is even outside the scope of our own electrical inspector.  The way that the Township is covered on this is we had an electrical engineer design this and they said how is this going to be a safe playground on their design.  There is no mechanism to have our own electrical inspector, it’s beyond his scope, there is no one from the State that will come in and say yes, this is right, however we have a certified bonded electrical engineer with a sealed plan who will come in and say, yes this was bonded and grounded in accord with a certified engineers design and we’re going to retain that in our files.

Mrs. Labow:  That meets with our insurance carrier…everybody’s good, JIF?

Mr. Canning:  Yes, the JIF, if anything, the JIF is very happy that we’ve taken…at the end of the day we’ve done…we were alerted to a hazard, the Township took a proactive stance instead of ignoring it and God forbid having a tragedy and then finding out we were provided notice.  Anytime we are provided notice we have to have some type of reaction, either we close something off or we rectify it.  In this case we did the due diligence, we took the proactive measure on this case and we’ve done a reasonable accommodation to make an area safe and that’s what the JIF expects of us.

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.  I think you’re doing a great job.  I was just wondering since it was something so unique, how does it get inspected, how do we know that what they’re doing is going to solve the problem, but you answered that.

Mr. Canning:  Yes.  It’ll be the design engineer who actually comes and walks the grounds afterwards. 

Mrs. Labow:  Good.  Thank you.

Mr. Canning:  Thank you.  The second item I have is the Cobblestone site.  As we had promised to the residents if there was to be any type of further activity on this site and there will be starting about, on or about November 3rd of next week.  We have to do our due diligence in another well drill, we have to find out if we have a reliable source of potable water there.  They estimate we have to go down several hundred feet.  To that point, Fred’s office had arranged with a vendor who was there prior, we provided notice…or we will provide notice tomorrow through Ever Bridge and I believe it’s on the Mayor’s Facebook today.  We’ll be drilling at this site for about, on or about five days next week and may even go into the following week.  We are going to provide notice.  Subsequent to that we’re going to know if we have a safe, reliable water supply that will not infringe on the neighbors water supply, that will not draw down unnecessarily on other wells.  At that point, we’re going to have a go or no go discussion I would imagine within the next 30 to 60 days based upon those findings.  The big thing is the neighbors have been requesting that notice is and will be provided, so we will be there onsite for about five days next week drilling at the Cobblestone site.  The new website, if anybody has been up on it…

Mrs. Labow:  Yay!

Mr. Canning:  …it’s at the entrance to the Town Hall.  It went a little longer than we had anticipated, but you know what, our IT guy, Scott, he’s not overwhelmed, but he’s certainly burdened with stuff he has to do every day.  I know he worked on it for a real long time and it looks nice.  There are certainly some tweaks on every body’s webpage, which has to be improved to get to 100 percent, but overall I am very satisfied with the product he put up there, it’s a nice new modern website.  I think it’s easy to use and I’m very happy with the entrance to the Town Hall.  Nice job by Scott and I told him so today.  The last item I have and I’ll take any questions, is two neighboring towns were actually looking into possibly exploring Shared Services.  One of them is Chester Borough as far as sanitation.  It would be a one day a week pick up, we’re in the early stages of doing an examination analysis as to whether the return on investment is worth it for us and whether we can do it for them and make it a win-win.  I would imagine we’ll have more guidance by the November 11th meeting for Council as to whether it is promising or not.  The second is we’ve been approached by the Borough of Mine Hill in regards to Health Services, which would make sense, Wharton right next door and Dover on the other side are already our partners.  Those are two things we’re very active on and both so far are in the early stages.  Looks promising, but again, you know, I’ll run the numbers and the analysis, I’ve been working with Sherry and Timmy especially with the Chester Borough sanitation, so I would think by the end of this week internally we should have a good idea as to where we are going.  That’s all I have.

President Mania:  Mayor.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Yes, I have a couple of comments.  Monster Mash, which was Saturday night…

Mrs. Labow:  Yay!

Mayor Greenbaum:  …at about 6:00 p.m. had over 700 participants.

Mrs. Labow:  It was phenomenal.

Mr. Roman:  Awesome.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Special thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, Buildings and Grounds and Recreation Department.  If you haven’t been up to Turkey Brook lately, the Buildings and Grounds Department took it upon themselves to put in a fire pit with logs based on…built from recycled materials that we’ve used for other events such as the Mud Run and it was phenomenal success and we have through the Recreation Department made the fire pit available by permit use to other clubs and organizations in town who might be interested in using that facility.  It’s kind of near…between the garage and the lacrosse field and the closest baseball field.  Obviously, we had some concerns about its proper use, but I’ve already been contacted by a Boy Scout Organization who’s interested in holding an event up at that facility and I think it’s a great addition and kudos to the Buildings and Grounds Department for taking it upon themselves to improve Turkey Brook Park significantly without any expense to the taxpayers.  The Mount Olive Police Athletic League is hosting its 12th Annual Halloween Trick or Treat night, Friday, October 31st at the Mount Olive Middle School, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 14 years and under, Mount Olive residents only, although I thought, at least I saw something online that it was not just open to Mount Olive residents, do you know of that to be true or not true?  It’s only Mount Olive residents?

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.

Mayor Greenbaum: Okay.  I thought I saw something that it was open to others.  Lastly, the Health Department along with Mountain Top Church and other Clergy are putting together Thanksgiving baskets for those families in need.  Weis Markets has also contributed as well to the cause.  Anyone who’s interested in helping out with the effort to put together the Thanksgiving baskets, get in touch with Lisa and she’ll put you in touch with Matt Jones or whoever at the Mount Olive Clergy is ultimately putting together the baskets for the families in need.  That’s all I have.   

President Mania:  Thank you, Mayor.

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS - None

LEGAL MATTERS

President Mania:  Any Old Business?  New Business?

Mr. Perkins:  Nope.

President Mania:  Mr. Canning.

Mr. Canning:  Thank you, Mr. President.  I want to update Councilwoman Labow on one of the Old Businesses.    The trees down on Sandshore…

Mrs. Labow:  Okay.

Mr. Canning:  Gene went out there, our Engineer, Catherine our Planning Administrator and I had been there as well.  The initial report that there were about 50 trees, there was about 10 and it appears that they might have been blow down in the past from Sandy.  There was a machine on site clearing, we are investigating it.  As of now, we don’t feel that there was a violation of any type of tree trimming.  It looks like, the initial reports we had that there was a machine onsite back in June, but the deterioration of the trees appears to be far longer than June.  I don’t know if some of them were knocked down from Sandy…there was about 10 trees though, that was it between that property and the adjacent farm. 

Mrs. Labow:  Okay.

 

Mr. Canning:  We’re still looking into it, but the scope wasn’t as big as we thought it was.

Mrs. Labow:  It was less?

Mr. Canning:  It was far less.

Mrs. Labow:  Oh, good.  Thank you.

Mr. Canning:  Thank you, Mr. President.

President Mania:  Any Legal Matters?

Mr. Pasek:  Thank you, Council President.  I was just going to update Council on the Cobblestone matter, but Sean pretty adequately covered everything I was going to say.

Mr. Canning:  Sorry Jeff.

Mr. Pasek:  That’s alright. 

Mr. Roman:  Does that mean we’re getting you at a discount for tonight?

Mr. Pasek:  As Sean mentioned the drilling is tentatively scheduled to commence next Monday, November 3rd.  As soon as we know the results of the drilling, we’ll update Council.  

President Mania:  Thank you.  Council Reports.  Board of Education, Mr. Amianda.

COUNCIL REPORTS

Board of Education
Mr. Amianda:  Yes, Mr. President.  The School Board report.  The Board of Education met yesterday, October 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm in Mount Olive Middle School.  The School Board Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  There are three vacancies on the Board.  Five people are running to fill those three positions.  The Board took actions on Personnel, Curriculum and Instruction, Business Services and Administrative recommendations.  The Board approved the School Superintendent Administrative action to authorize the Mount Olive Township Police Department to conduct a canine sweep of Mount Olive High School as guided by Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.  Dr. Larrie Reynolds, the Superintendent, reported that the standard reading level for students in the district was higher than it has been in the last five years.  Parent participation at this regular Board Meeting was very high.  That’s my report.

President Mania:  Thank you, Mr. Amianda.  Mrs. Labow.

Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison - none
Lake Issues - none

Senior Citizen Liaison - none
Economic Development Committee Report - none
TNR Program
Mrs. Labow:  Thank you, Mr. President.  The only thing I have to report on tonight is for TNR, we had the yard sale over at The After.  Actually, again, had a huge turnout of people coming and made more money again than they had in the past, which helps to fund all of their grassroots effort, which is phenomenal. 

President Mania:  Thank you.  Mr. Perkins. 

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

President Mania:  Mr. Roman.

Recreation Liaison Report - none
Open Space Committee Report - none
Mr. Roman:  I too, have nothing to report.

 

Board of Health Report - none
Legislative Committee Report - none

Planning Board Report - none
President Mania:  Mr. Mania has nothing, also.   Anyone from the public wish to be heard?  If not, I’ll close it to the public.  Council Comments.  Mr. Amianda.

 

PUBLIC PORTION

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Mr. Amianda:  Yes.  I’m happy to report, Public Comment, October 28, 2014.  On Friday, October 17, 2014, at 10:30 am, I attended the 24th District New Jersey Legislative meeting held in the Hope Township Municipal Building.  Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Little McHose and Assemblyman Parker Space co-chaired the meeting.  The purpose of the meeting was to educate us to the issues confronting local government officials within the district.  It also gave our officials an opportunity to update us on current issues in the State Legislature of interest to our communities.  Among the issues discussed were New Jersey Highlands Council Law and the need to restore economic viability to Sussex, Warren and Morris Counties.  We discussed unfunded State Mandates.  We let our leaders in Trenton know that the New Jersey League of Municipalities and the New Jersey Association of Police Chiefs are concerned about the initial cost of providing cameras to cops in compliance with the law signed by the Governor on September 2, 2014.  We asked the Legislature in Trenton to fund the law.  We discussed high taxes and the cost of living in New Jersey.  We let our Legislators in Trenton know that the public would like to see the Charter School Law of 1995 revised and upgraded even if the changes would allow public school facilities money to be disbursed to charter school facilities.  We also discussed the status of the Affordable Housing Act and the need for regional master plans.  That’s my comments, Mr. President. 

President Mania:  Thank you.  Mrs. Labow.

Mrs. Labow:  I just want to say that the past two weeks…a week ago Saturday I was up at the last day for the Farmers Market and they had the Halloween costumes, a lot of participants that was really exciting.  I kind of went around town to different other events that were going on and it’s so nice, you just go up and down the streets and there’s one event here, there’s something going on here, so it’s a very active thriving community.  Saturday night was the Monster Mash and that was…there were many people there, it was just absolutely phenomenal.  Between the playground, there was tons of people in the playground, families waiting for the Monster Mash 3k to begin… I just want thank our Administration, our staff, all of our volunteers for all of the work that they do.  I must say as far as the Monster Mash, if you notice, we wouldn’t be able to have the event if we didn’t have our First Aid Squad there and our Fire Department and with all the time they put out for our community as is and then they make the time to come and volunteer for these events as well, it’s pretty phenomenal that they do all that.  Thank you.

President Mania:  Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins:  Thank you, Mr. President.  First and foremost, I’d like to wish my wife a happy birthday today.

Mrs. Labow:  Yay!

President Mania:  Happy birthday.

Mr. Perkins:  I have to make sure I get that down at 29 years old again.  Lovely lady.  You may remember a few years back that we had a snow storm on her birthday…

Mrs. Labow: I thought she was just 27.

Mr. Perkins:  …that shut the building down, 11 inches of snow for a day and a half.  Knock on wood that this has been a good one.  I’m very proud to say that my son will be getting married on November 8th and our Mayor will graciously be performing the ceremony, he will be wedding my son, so I want to thank the Mayor for that.  November 10th is the Marine Corps birthday, 239 years old, so we should all look forward to that.  November 11th is Veteran’s Day, everybody kind of remember a Marine and remember a Veteran.  Thank you, Mr. President.

President Mania:  Mr. Roman.

Mr. Roman:  Happy birthday to your wife, as well.  I have nothing.

Mayor Greenbaum:  My wife, too?

Mrs. Labow:  Yes.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Unlike his wife, my wife is turning 50.

Mrs. Labow:  Your wife doesn’t look anywhere near 50.

Mayor Greenbaum:  Okay then.

President Mania:  Just a comment, I guess maybe we should send a letter of thank you to the Freeholders, the paving done there on the County Road there.  I had spoken to them awhile back and they lived up to their promise.  Motion to adjourn.

ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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John Mania, Council President

 

I, Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on November 12, 2014.                                                                                              

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Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk
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