The Public Meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to order at 7:28 p.m. by Council President Mania.
OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT ANNOUNCEMENT
Miss Masser: 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. Perkins, Mr. Roman, Mr. Nicastro and Mr. Mania
Absent: Mr. Ferrante and Mrs. Labow
Also Present: Michelle Masser, Deputy Clerk; Jeff Pasek, Township Attorney; Sean Canning, Business Administrator and Robert Greenbaum, Mayor
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS
August 19, 2014, WS & PM (Mr. Amianda and Mr. Roman absent)
President Mania: Next, we have the approval of Minutes of the previous meetings. Mr. Amianda, would you please?
Mr. Amianda: Yes, I move for approval of Minutes of previous meetings.
Mr. Perkins: Second.
President Mania: Any discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed with the exception Mr. Amianda and Mr. Roman abstained
LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS/ OTHER TOWNS
- Email received August 16, 2014, from National League of Cities regarding What’s so great about Austin? PDF Correspondence
- Email received August 17, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding You’re invited to Downtown New Jersey – 2014 Annual Conference (Sept 12, 2014). PDF Correspondence
- Email received August 19, 2014, from Boonton Township regarding Go Gold Month. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received August 21, 2014, from ARC Morris regarding ARC Morris Summer 2014, Issue 21. PDF Correspondence
- Email received August 21, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding NOFA-NJ Newsletter August 2014. PDF Correspondence
- Email received August 25, 2014, from Downtown New Jersey regarding You’re invited to Downtown New Jersey – 2014 Annual Conference (Sept 12, 2014). PDF Correspondence
- Email received August 25, 2014, from TMA Council of NJ regarding TMAC August 2014 Newsletter. PDF Correspondence
- Email received August 27, 2014, from NOFA-NJ regarding Upcoming NOFA-NJ Events. PDF Correspondence
- Email received August 27, 2014, from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority regarding Morris Canal Working Group Updates / Approaching Deadlines. PDF Correspondence
RESOLUTIONS / ORDINANCES OTHER TOWNS
- Letter received August 21, 2014, from Washington Township regarding Adoption of Ordinance RO-12-14 and Adoption of Ordinance RO-13-14. PDF Correspondence
LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES
- Letter received August 18, 2014, from New Jersey State League of Municipalities regarding Make Plans to Attend the Annual Business Meeting, Thursday, November 20, 2014. PDF Correspondence
DEP / DOT / LOI / HIGHLANDS / EPA / DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE / ABC / BIDS
- Email received August 18, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding Musconetcong Sewerage Authority. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received August 21, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding One 550 gallon #2 Heating Oil Underground Storage Tank System, 131 Lozier Road (Block 2802, Lot 1). PDF Correspondence
- Email received August 28, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received August 28, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding One - Year Extension of Time, Treatment Works Approval No. 12-0106. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received August 28, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding One - Year Extension of Time, Treatment Works Approval No. 12-0104. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received August 28, 2014, from State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection regarding One - Year Extension of Time, Treatment Works Approval No. 12-0208. PDF Correspondence
- Public Notice received August 29, 2014 regarding BP Gas Station, Block 4100, Lot 70. PDF Correspondence
- Email received August 18, 2014, from County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris. PDF Correspondence
- Email received August 26, 2014, from the County of Morris regarding News from County of Morris. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received August 27, 2014, from Morris County, Economic Development Corporation regarding Quarterly Meetings with Morris County Municipalities. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received August 19, 2014, from Comcast regarding Channel Changes. PDF Correspondence
- Letter received August 29, 2014, from Jersey Central Power and Light regarding In the Matter of the Provision of Basic Generation Service for the Period beginning June 1, 2015. BPU Docket No. ER14040370. PDF Correspondence
President Mania: Next, we have Correspondence. We have 23 pieces of Correspondence. Any discussion? Hearing none. Move onto the Ordinances for Public Hearing. None. Ordinances of first reading. None.
ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING - none
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST READING – none
CONSENT RESOLUTIONS AGENDA:
Resolutions on the Consent Agenda List are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Township Council and will be approved by one motion (one vote). There will be no separate discussion or debate on each of these resolutions except for the possibility of brief clarifying statements that may be
offered. If one or more Council member requests, any individual resolution on the Consent Agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Finding and Determining that the Proposed Project Sponsored by Community Investment Strategies, Inc. to Construct a 57 Unit Affordable Housing Project on a Portion of the Site Currently Known as Block 6000 Lots 5 and 6 and to be Described as Block 6000 Lot 5.92 Meets or Will Meet an Existing Housing Need. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Township to Enter into an Agreement for Payments in Lieu of Taxes for the Proposed Project Sponsored by Community Investment Strategies, Inc. on a Portion of the Site Currently Known as Block 6000, Lots 5 and 6 and to be Described as Block 6000, Lot 5.92. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving an Emergency Purchase for Pinecrest Repairs. PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Vendor Service Contract on ‘Non-Fair and Open’ Basis Pursuant to the ‘Pay-to-Play’ Law (American Dream Business). PDF Res
- 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 2014 Municipal Budget ($2,736.62 for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant). PDF Res
- Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving a Vendor Service Contract on ‘Non-Fair and Open’ Basis Pursuant to the ‘Pay-to-Play’ Law (Metro Group of NJ LLC, dba Cross Country Power Sports). PDF Res
- Resolution the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Award of Purchase for Off-Road Rescue Transport for Budd Lake Rescue Squad. PDF Res
- Resolution the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive to Cancel Taxes on Block 4117 Lot 26 for Disabled Veteran Declared 100% Totally & Permanently Disabled by the Tax Assessor. PDF Res
- 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 2014 Municipal Budget ($1,100.00 for Benjamin Moore Donation). PDF Res
- Resolution the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Award of the Contract for Sewage Sludge Pumping Service to R&D Trucking, Inc. PDF Res
- A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Authorizing the Execution of a Developer’s Agreement with Toll JN XII, LP (Regency at Flanders, a/k/a Marveland Farms). PDF Res
- A Resolution of the Township of Mount Olive, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, Authorizing the Execution of a Developer’s Agreement with Hackettstown Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness. PDF Res
President Mania: Consent Resolutions. Mr. Perkins, would you move the Consent Resolutions?
Mr. Perkins: Any Non-Consent?
President Mania: Yes. Any wish to be moved to Non-Consent? Okay Mr. Perkins, would you move that please?
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President. I move for adoption of Consent Resolutions one through twelve.
President Mania: Is there a second?
Mr. Roman: Second.
President Mania: Any discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
- Bill List. PDF Bill List
President Mania: Mr. Perkins, would you do the Consent Motions?
Mr. Perkins: Yes, Mr. President. I move for adoption of the Bill List.
Mr. Nicastro: Second.
President Mania: Mr. Nicastro seconded. Any discussion? Roll Call.
ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously
President Mania: Administrative Reports.
Mayor Greenbaum: I’ll start if I may, Council President. If you look at my webpage, you’ll see that there is some discussion regarding the school system and the rankings that just came out for 2014. As you may or may not know, in 2012 the Mount Olive School System was ranked as 69th best in the state. This year, through New Jersey Monthly, we have dropped to 97. I had some specific concerns, especially knowing how well our school system is doing as to why that negative change occurred. If I may educate you, if you don’t know, after doing some research, it appears that the factors that they considered in terms of their rankings have changed since 2012. The most significant change involves the school systems having what’s called an IB program, which is beyond AP, which is what Mount Olive offers. Mount Olive has found that we don’t have the number of kids who would normally participate in an IB program that would make it cost effective. From that perspective, using that factor which was not included in 2012 is the main reason that we have negatively moved about 30 places. It’s not inconsistence with a lot of other similarly situated communities. The additional research showed that using pretty much the same factors that we had used in our 2012 analysis where we were ranked 69, we went from 84 to 60 in a positive way and that would be on a site called Schooldigger.com. It just comes down to not necessarily how well our school system is doing, but rather the analysis and the factors that are considered in the analysis and that’s the reason, so if someone should come up to you and say well look at our school system, it’s gone from 69 to 97, you can say we’ll that’s not really accurate because the analysis changed and the factors that they considered changed. If you look at the same…compare apples to apples, we’ve actually improved significantly. I can tell you anecdotally that the senior class this year, we put two kids into Yale, we got a kid in Duke. The top probably 30 or 40 kids all had basically 4.0 or better GPA’s, so the school is doing really well.
President Mania: Wow.
Mayor Greenbaum: It’s unfortunate that we have to explain this negative number, but there is a justification for it. Moving onto Municipal matters, we have a very busy weekend coming up in Mount Olive. On Saturday, September 6th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, the Boy’s Soccer Team will be hosting their car wash at Sutton Plaza; from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the Farmer’s Market at Town Hall, go Green Day; 10:00 am, Corn Hole Tournament at Vasa Park will be benefiting the Police Unity Tour; from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 6th is the Wetdown, which is the dedication of the new Aerial Ladder 58 and refurbishment of our Engine 53 of the Budd Lake Fire Department and again that will be held from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. I believe that’s in the Trade Zone. Thursday, September 11th at Turkey Brook Park at 8:30 am, we will have our 9/11 Memorial Dedication. Thank you, Councilman Perkins for spearheading and doing a lot of the leg work in terms of making sure that project is being done properly and on time. We really appreciate that. I have taken notice of your very detailed involvement in the project in making sure it’s getting done properly. The Tour de Mount Olive is Sunday, September 28, 2014. It involves numerous different activities from a fun family ride to a very vigorous 40-mile trek up and down the hills of Mount Olive. Recreation is selling garbage cans as per our approval for single stream recycling as a fundraiser. I currently have one of those cans and I have found it to be very beneficial in
terms of the amount of garbage that I’m actually throwing out as compared to what I’m now recycling. The community should know that pickets for Mount Playmore are still available for sale, a lot of people ask can I still get one. The answer is yes, contact Recreation. Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize that school begins tomorrow. I’d like to wish everyone a successful and healthy and safe year.
President Mania: Mr. Canning.
Mr. Canning: I just have one thing. Gov Deals starts tomorrow, our online auction. We’re going to be putting it up on the Mayor’s Facebook, the Township DPW Facebook page and that’s going to run from tomorrow through September 10th. A lot of vehicles on there, a lot of electronics, a lot of old computers, everything that you’ve seen prior on Resolutions. It’s a rather large auction and as in the past, we’ve been very successful and even more so after Councilman Roman had suggested about getting them on Facebook and I think that extra exposure seemed to help out. We’re going to advertise tomorrow and be going for a week. That’s it.
President Mania: Thank you. Any Old Business? New Business? Legal Matters.
OLD BUSINESS - None
NEW BUSINESS - None
Mr. Pasek: Thank you, Council President. In addition to our negotiation of the Pilot Agreement since the last meeting, our office is kept busy with various projects from the Administration including two Developer’s Agreements that are on the Agenda tonight. Other than that I have nothing specific.
President Mania: Thank you, Jeff. Council Reports. Mr. Amianda.
Board of Education Liaison Report
Mr. Amianda: Yes. As the Mayor said, the schools are opening tomorrow. Today was orientation for the teachers and the staff. The September Meeting dates of the Mount Olive Township Board of Education have been changed as follows, original meeting date for September 8, 2014 has been moved to September 15, 2014, 6:30 pm in the Administration Building and the September 22, 2014 meeting has been moved to September 29, 2014, 6:30 pm at Mount Olive Middle School. That’s all I have to report on that.
President Mania: Thank you, Mr. Amianda. Mr. Perkins.
Environmental Committee - none
Library Board Liaison - none
Lake Issues - none
Senior Citizen Liaison - none
Economic Development Committee Report - none
TNR Program - none
MOTV Committee Liaison
Mr. Perkins: Nothing to report, Mr. President.
President Mania: Mr. Roman.
Recreation Liaison Report
Open Space Committee Report
Mr. Roman: On Open Space, we meet next week. Recreation, the only thing I’d like to add is on August 23rd, the Babe Ruth Boy’s 14U Team was welcomed home with great fanfare and a police escort after coming in third at the Babe Ruth World Series. Present there with me were Councilman Perkins and Councilwoman Labow. Recreation meets Thursday. That’s all I have.
President Mania: Thank you. Mr. Nicastro.
Board of Health Report
Legislative Committee Report - none
Mr. Nicastro: The only thing I have is the Board of Health will be meeting September 17th. Our August meeting was cancelled until September 17th.
Planning Board Report
President Mania: We had a Planning Board meeting last Thursday at which the Board of Education came before us about the turf field at the Middle School. They came to us after they put the turf field in and after they installed the lights. There were a lot of, quite a few neighbors that were upset about the lights, they hadn’t been notified, they were told after the lights were put in. In speaking with Mr. Falleni, he was asked if the Board of Education had any policy concerning the time that the lights go on and off. He said there was no Board policy, they go on at 6:00 pm and they go off at 10:00 pm. The problem the Board had was that in the event that Mr. Falleni took a position elsewhere and someone replaced him, they could arbitrarily set whatever time they want without any Board policy. We asked the representative from the Board of Education to go back to the Board and try to establish some policy so that in the event that something like this transpires we have a set time. I don’t think they were very happy. I guess I was quite vocal, so was the Chairman and so was Scott Van Ness. Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: Is there any possibility that we can set an Ordinance that wouldn’t require them to set their own policy? Would we be able to have jurisdiction over telling them to turn the lights off because even though it’s on their property, it affects…
President Mania: Residents.
Mr. Roman: Right. I would assume it would be under our normal…
President Mania: I don’t think we want to go there.
Mayor Greenbaum: I’m not sure that you can anyway because just like…the School Board…the town really has little to no ability to over a school board property. Short of making them come in and have a hearing, they can basically do whatever they want to do on their property. That’s the way that the law is set up. I don’t think we could pass an Ordinance that would affect the way that they use their property.
President Mania: I agree, Mayor.
Mayor Greenbaum: It was actually interesting because after the meeting, the School Board was actually quite upset that we as a Township put up lights at Turkey Brook Park without actually coming before the Planning Board, which we never do. I kind of agree with them that as we are municipal entities and our hearings are generally at our meetings, whether be it a Council Meeting or a Board of Education Meeting, it is really a courtesy review when the School Board comes before the Planning Board without any real power of the Planning Board to do anything other than to perhaps give suggestions.
President Mania: That’s all it was for.
Mayor Greenbaum: Well, I am certain that the School Board will use their common sense in terms of the matter in which they use their property. First of all, school events generally don’t go that late. Mount Olive Recreation events go later than school events do generally because we run multiple events on the same fields. The school generally will run one or two events after school and they’ll be done by a reasonable time and I would imagine that if it’s on later than perhaps the freshman game, 6th/7th grade game that it will be Mount Olive Recreation who is actually utilizing the field, so that we will set the policy that our recreation events will not go past 10:00 pm. I can certainly as I sit here, recognize that the School Board will have the lights off at 10:00 pm because we are all good neighbors. I do recognize that residents get frustrated with when the municipal entities do improvements that affect their properties, but ultimately we have a responsibility for the greater good of the community and it’s not necessarily just the houses that are affected. Whether it be approving Siemens coming in, putting the lights on at Flanders Park, putting the lights on in Turkey Brook or lighting a field at one of our school facilities. We have to just use our common sense and I can guarantee the School Board will do what’s right in terms of minimizing the impact to the residents that surround the fields.
President Mania: I don’t disagree with you Mayor, but two wrongs don’t make it right.
Mayor Greenbaum: It’s just a question of what the law allows and what the law requires.
President Mania: Okay, anyone from the public wish to be heard? If not, I’ll close it to the public. Council Comments. Mr. Amianda.
Mr. Amianda: I’m glad to be back after…
President Mania: We’re glad to have you back.
Mr. Amianda: …after a long vacation. I missed meetings with each one of you. Thank you.
President Mania: We were going to do something via satellite for you in our meetings, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.
Mayor Greenbaum: I didn’t even realize Daniel was gone.
President Mania: Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: Thank you, Mr. President. I’d like to take a few minutes and just give everybody an update on the 9/11 Memorial. If all runs as planned, we should be getting the main monument, the granite base and the eight plaques delivered on the 4th, which would mean that hopefully the majority of that work will be completed. Board and Batton will then come back in and put the caps on top of the retaining walls and will be filling the voided area with white crushed marble and then Mr. Lynch with the rest of Parks, Buildings and Grounds will scurry around to try to do some quick landscaping before the ceremony. Again, I’d like to thank the Council for supporting this, Mayor, always appreciate the fact that you saw fit to put this into the budget for this year. Some thirteen years later, so maybe thirteen is a really good lucky number. I look forward to seeing all the Council members there once this is done, remembering that we did have one of our own, Miss Hilda Marcin, who went down on flight 93. While other communities that are close by…we’ve all had friends and we’ve had those we lost during that tragic event one way or another in any of the places, we have a direct tying into one of our residents and I think it’s only fitting that we honor her as well as the rest of the over 4,000 people who gave their lives that day. Thank you, Mr. President and again thank you, Council and Mayor for seeing fit to help fund this.
Mayor Greenbaum: We actually have several ties to the community. I’ve asked Sean to look into getting someone…I want to keep it simple this year and I’ve asked Sean to find somebody who can play Taps at the event. I just want to meet at 8:30 am, recognize the day, commemorate the day, and then have everyone move on with whatever business they have that day. If someone has something that they wanted to add to the program, I suggest they contact Sean keeping in mind that my concept is to keep it as short and as appropriate as possible.
President Mania: Thank you, Mayor. Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins: I’ll speak to you more on that. I think the Fire Department and all want to do a different dedication on a different day.
Mayor Greenbaum: I’m okay with that too.
President Mania: Mr. Roman.
Mr. Roman: I have nothing.
President Mania: Mr. Nicastro.
Mr. Nicastro: Nothing.
President Mania: Mr. Mania. Nothing.
Mr. Perkins. Hallelujah.
President Mania: Motion to adjourn.
ADJOURNMENT - Motion made and seconded. All in favor, none opposed, the meeting was adjourned at 7:46 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 September 16, 2014.
Lisa Lashway, Township Clerk