Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 02/04/10

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held February 4, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Borough Hall, 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Mayor Druetzler called the meeting to order and read the following notice:

I HEREBY ANNOUNCE AND STATE THAT ADEQUATE NOTICE OF THIS MEETING WAS PROVIDED BY VIRTUE OF A RESOLUTION SCHEDULING THE TIME, DATE, AND PLACE OF MEETINGS OF THE BOROUGH COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS FOR THE YEAR 2010; WHICH RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED BY THE BOROUGH COUNCIL ON JANUARY 8TH 2010, AND WAS PUBLISHED IN THE MORRIS NEWSBEE AND IN THE DAILY RECORD AND BY THE FORWARDING OF SUCH RESOLUTION TO ALL PERSONS ON THE REQUEST LIST; BY THE POSTING OF SUCH RESOLUTION ON THE BULLETIN BOARD IN THE BOROUGH HALL; ALL OF THE ABOVE ACTIONS BEING IN ACCORDANCE WITH N.J.S.A. 10:4-6, ET SEQ.

 

Present on Roll Call: Mayor Frank J. Druetzler

Council President Jason C. Karr

Councilmembers: Joseph Cecala, Jr.

Laurie J. Fu

Suzanne B. McCluskey

Ray Zabihach

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Borough Attorney

 

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ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that the Boy Scouts will be attending the next meeting on February 18th 2010 in celebration of their 100th Anniversary.

 

Mayor Druetzler stated that pursuant to the CAP Law, we will prepare an ordinance to raise the CAP from two and one-half percent (2½%) to three and one-half percent (3½%)

 

Councilmember Karr reported that DPW supervisors inspected the garbage dumpsters in town and the new garbage contractor will be making the necessary repairs. There have been two instances within the past month where the garbage is not getting picked up. Mayor and Council discussed reporting procedures.

 

Councilmember Karr stated that there will be a meeting next week with Councilmembers Coogan and McCluskey to review personnel policies and procedures.

 

Councilmember Cecala advised that Chief Thompson had Sergeant D’Ambola perform a 10 day study on the crossing guards from January 18th through January 28th 2010. The survey calculated the number of children requiring crossing guards over a 10 day period.

 

Councilmember Cecala stated that the Police Department is considering purchasing cell phones to be used by the Chief and Sergeants when on duty. The Borough’s practice has been to reimburse the Chief and Sergeants $20.00 per month for each of their cell phones. After researching options, it was recommended to purchase a cell phone as an add-on to an existing contract the Department of Public Works has with Verizon. The additional cost will be $32.50 per month. The phone will stay with the Sergeant on duty and will not have any extras such as texting, pictures, long distance, etc. Mayor and Council were in agreement.

 

Councilmember Cecala addressed concerns from a resident on Hanover Avenue relative to traffic.

 

Councilwoman McCluskey advised that the Recreation Commission will be posting "No Smoking" signs at the pool this season.

 

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Traffic Committee

 

Councilmember Coogan commended Ralph R. Rotando for his efforts to improve the Borough’s telephone system. Mayor and Council presented Mr. Rotando with a "Golden Telephone Award."

 

Traffic Committee Chairman, Ralph R. Rotando, asked the Mayor and Council to consider a modification to parking restrictions on Glenbrook Road. Mr. Rotando explained that there is "no parking" in one area on the north side. At the Fire Department’s request, the Traffic Committee recommends extending the "no parking" on the north side of Glenbrook heading west. Mr. Rotando addressed comments and concerns presented by the Mayor and Council. Mayor Druetzler recommended that Councilmembers observe Glenbrook Road over the next few days, and informed Mr. Rotando that this topic would be revisited.

 

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EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2010-34 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey. So ordered.

 

Councilmember Coogan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So moved.

 

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Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Borough Council held on February 4, 2010, at 8:39 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Borough Hall, 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, New Jersey.

 

Pledge of Allegiance and Prayer.

 

Mayor Druetzler called the meeting to order and read the following notice:

I HEREBY ANNOUNCE AND STATE THAT ADEQUATE NOTICE OF THIS MEETING WAS PROVIDED BY VIRTUE OF A RESOLUTION SCHEDULING THE TIME, DATE, AND PLACE OF MEETINGS OF THE BOROUGH COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS FOR THE YEAR 2010; WHICH RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED BY THE BOROUGH COUNCIL ON JANUARY 8TH 2010, AND WAS PUBLISHED IN THE MORRIS NEWSBEE AND IN THE DAILY RECORD AND BY THE FORWARDING OF SUCH RESOLUTION TO ALL PERSONS ON THE REQUEST LIST; BY THE POSTING OF SUCH RESOLUTION ON THE BULLETIN BOARD IN THE BOROUGH HALL; ALL OF THE ABOVE ACTIONS BEING IN ACCORDANCE WITH N.J.S.A. 10:4-6, ET SEQ.

 

Present on Roll Call: Mayor Frank J. Druetzler

Council President Jason C. Karr

Councilmembers: Joseph Cecala, Jr.

George J. Coogan

Laurie J. Fu

Suzanne McCluskey

Ray Zabihach

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Borough Attorney

Leon Hall, Borough Engineer

 

 

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APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR

 

Councilmember Karr moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Morris Plains, that the attached reports be accepted and that said reports be kept on file in the Clerk’s Office:

 

REPORTS

None

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

THAT Resolution No. 2010-35 entitled, "RESOLUTION CONSENTING TO THE APPLICATION OF DAVID AND MARY E. LOHUIS FOR AN EXTENSION OF FACILITIES OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT OF THE SOUTHEAST MORRIS COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2010-36 entitled, "RESOLUTION APPOINTING SCOTT A. THOMPSON AS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR FOR THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2010-37 entitled, "MUNICIPAL RECYCLING TONNAGE GRANT APPLICATION BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Ana Gaston, 10 W. Union Turnpike, Wharton, be hired for the 2010 Winter Recreation Program, "Zumba" instructor at $40.00 per session, effective February 17th 2010.

 

THAT the resignation of Michael Leahey, Teen Center Coordinator, be accepted effective June 30th 2010.

 

THAT the Borough Treasurer be authorized to advertise for the receipt of bids for the Central Avenue Paving Project, with bids to be received on Wednesday, April 7th 2010, up to 10:00 A.M., in the Council Chambers.

 

THAT the Borough Treasurer be authorized to advertise for the receipt of bids for the Speedwell Avenue Improvement Project, with bids to be received on Wednesday, April 14th 2010, up to 10:00 A.M., in the Council Chambers.

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey.

 

Yeas: Councilmembers Karr, Cecala, Coogan, Fu, McCluskey & Zabihach

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: None

 

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Councilmember Karr moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Executive, Conference & Regular Meetings of January 21st 2010 be approved.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So ordered.

 

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GREETINGS OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

 

Mayor Druetzler opened the meeting to the public.

 

Ed Fletcher, Dogwood Road resident, discussed the number of deer in his backyard. He also discussed the release of patients at Greystone Hospital.

 

Kevin Rongo, Academy Road resident and DPW employee, discussed the sewers at Community Center.

 

Mayor Druetzler closed the public portion of the meeting.

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

 

Finance

Councilmember Karr reported that the budget is being worked on at this time.

 

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Public Safety

 

Councilmember Cecala provided a report on the deer cull and advised that 10 bucks and 28 does, for a total of 38 deer, were taken last month.

 

Councilmember Cecala advised that the Police Department held their own "click it or ticket" program today. In a two-hour period, approximately 25 summonses were issued.

 

Chief Thompson provided a report on the Police Department’s activities.

 

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Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that the superintendent’s report was distributed and the Public Works personnel are still working on the list of improvements recommended by him and Councilwoman McCluskey.

 

Councilmember Coogan advised that the DPW has been trimming branches on the Glenbrook side of the playing field as part of the Shared Services between the Borough and the Board of Education.

 

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Public Buildings & Grounds

 

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Shade Tree Commission held their Reorganization Meeting yesterday, February 3rd 2010: Lloyd Williams was nominated Chairperson, Don Salerno was nominated Vice Chairperson, and Larry Travaglia was nominated Arbor Day Chairman.

 

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Recreation Commission held their Reorganization Meeting last week, January 28th 2010: Sal Cortese was nominated Chairperson and Gerry Sittmann was nominated as Vice Chairperson.

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that Trinity Lutheran Church is organizing a community project for Haiti relief. It is in the planning stages right now and will hopefully be held at the end of March 2010.

 

Councilmember McCluskey reminded that last year a letter was received from Ian McCleary, a local high school student, requesting permission to hold a concert to raise awareness for autism. Councilmember McCluskey met with Ian, a few of his friends, and his mother last week. They would like to hold the concert at Roberts Garden on Saturday, June 5th 2010. Donations will be requested; half will go to the national organization and the other half will go to the mentoring program.

 

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Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

 

Councilmember Fu stated that the Teen Center Committee met on Tuesday, February 2nd 2010. Michael Leahey, Teen Center Coordinator, has turned in his resignation effective June 30th 2010. This position has been posted. Bowling night is tomorrow, February 5th 2010 and has approximately 64 students signed up. An ice skating event will be held March 5th 2010. Fundraising activities are being planned, including one at Lovey’s Pizza on February 25th 2010 and a yard sale on April 24th 2010. Plans for Step Up Night are underway on June 11th 2010 to welcome the graduating 5th graders. A parent meeting will be held May 18th 2010.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that the Board of Health and Municipal Alliance will be meeting next week.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that the Recycling Committee sent out a letter this week to our business owners relative to meeting our recycling requirements. Councilmember Fu stated that there was an article in the newspaper on the give-away of CFL light bulbs to encourage saving energy.

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Ordinance & Public Utilities

 

Councilmember Zabihach advised that the Planning Board meeting scheduled for February 8th 2010 has been canceled.

 

Councilmember Zabihach stated that the Board of Adjustment held their Reorganization Meeting on January 25th 2010: David Schulz was nominated at Chairperson and Roy Stewart was nominated as Vice Chair.

 

Mayor Druetzler advised Council that Plains Talk is at the printer and will hopefully be out at the beginning of next week.

 

Mayor Druetzler stated that the County has gone out to bid for our traffic light at Stiles and West Hanover Avenues. The new light will offer left-hand turn signals and this project should be completed before the end of the year.

 

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PRESENTATION OF COMMUNICATION, PETITIONS, ETC.

 

Mayor Druetzler opened the meeting to the public. Hearing no one, Mayor Druetzler closed the public portion.

 

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INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

 

Councilmember Zabihach introduced the following ordinance and read the same by title and moved that it be passed on first reading.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 1 - 2010

 

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE AMENDMENT AND SUPPLEMENTATION OF SECTION 22-11 "PARKING PROHIBITED AT CERTAIN TIMES" IN CHAPTER 22, "TRAFFIC AND PARKING," OF THE "REVISED ORDINANCES OF THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS, NEW JERSEY, 1972" TO ESTABLISH A NEW SECTION (C)PROHIBITING OVERNIGHT PARKING OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES, TRAILERS, SEMITRAILERS AND POLE TRAILERS.

 

Councilmember Cecala seconded the motion.

 

Yeas: Councilmembers Karr, Cecala, Coogan, Fu, McCluskey & Zabihach

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: None

 

Thereupon, Councilmember Zabihach offered the following resolution:

 

WHEREAS, the above ordinance was introduced and read by title at this meeting on February 4th 2010 and passed on first reading.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at a meeting to be held on February 18th 2010 at 8:30 P.M. prevailing time in the Municipal Building in the said Borough, this Council will further consider for second reading and final passage of said ordinance.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of this Borough be and she is hereby directed to publish the proper notice therefore, including the ordinance, post the ordinance on the Bulletin Board in the Municipal Building and make copies available to members of the general public.

 

Councilmember Coogan seconded the resolution. All in favor.

 

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ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING

 

None.

 

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RESOLUTIONS

 

None.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

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NEW BUSINESS

 

None.

 

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VOUCHERS

 

None.

 

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EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2010-38 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So ordered.

 

Councilmember Coogan moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:15 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So moved.

 

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Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk

 

Councilmember Cecala moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:15 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Coogan. So moved.

 

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Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

 

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk