Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 09/02/10

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held September 2, 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.

George J. Coogan

Laurie J. Fu

Suzanne B. McCluskey

Roman Zabihach

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Borough Attorney

 

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Mayor Druetzler announced that Patrolman Louis Damiano will be celebrating his 25th year of service. Cake and coffee will be served at 10:00 a.m. on September 15th 2010.

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that the State issued "Best Practices" that includes a checklist of 88 items municipalities should be practicing. There will be a meeting to provide clarification to some of the items that appear to be conflicting.

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that Ron Nicola, the Borough’s Public Defender, will come back to work on or about September 20th 2010.

 

Mayor Druetzler informed the Councilmembers that the steel for the 9-11 Monument was delivered today. It was transported from John F. Kennedy Airport. The 9-11 Ceremony will be held at the Borough School on Friday, September 10th 2010.

 

Mayor Druetzler and Councilmember Zabihach met with representatives of the Economic Development Authority with representatives of Senator Pennacchio, Assemblyman Jay Webber and Assemblyman Alex DeCroce. Rentals on Route 53 were discussed.

 

Mayor Druetzler acknowledged an Ordinance on the agenda for a zone reclassification. Mayor and Councilmembers discussed the changes that will be introduced this evening.

 

Councilmember McCluskey acknowledged receipt of a request for donations from the Morris Plains Home and School Association. Mayor and Council will donate $25 each.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that the Board of Health’s proposed agreement with Denville relative to animal control services was distributed.

 

Councilmember Karr inquired if anyone had any questions relating to the revised Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual. It was agreed by all to discuss comments and recommendations at the next meeting.

 

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EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2010-99 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey. So ordered.

 

Councilmember Zabihach moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 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

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Borough Council held on September 2, 2010, at 8:38 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.

 

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Present on Roll Call: Mayor Frank J. Druetzler

Council President Jason C. Karr

Councilmembers: Joseph Cecala, Jr.

George J. Coogan

Laurie J. Fu

Suzanne B. McCluskey

Roman Zabihach

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Borough Attorney

 

 

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Councilmember Karr moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Executive, Conference & Regular Meeting of August 19, 2010 be approved.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. Councilmember Cecala abstained. So ordered.

 

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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

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

 

THAT Resolution No. 2010-100 entitled, "RESOLUTION OF CONCURRENCE BY THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS DESIGNATING BUS STOPS ON RT. 53," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2010-101 entitled, "HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION RAFFLE LICENSE NO. 224-10," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2010-102 entitled, "RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT FOR EXTRAORDINARY, UNSPECIFIABLE SERVICES," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Family Leave previously granted to Vincent Tavaglione, Patrolman, be terminated effective September 2nd 2010.

 

THAT Steve Donnelly be authorized to conduct the Borough’s bi-annual dog and cat census at an hourly rate of $15.50, not to exceed 90 hours.

 

THAT Tom Quirk be authorized to conduct the Borough’s bi-annual dog and cat census at an hourly rate of $15.50, not to exceed 90 hours.

 

THAT the Mayor and Borough Clerk be and they are hereby authorized to execute a Cash Maintenance Guarantee Agreement with Aires Jewelers in the form approved by the Borough Attorney.

 

THAT the residents of Janeway Place and Bryce Way be granted permission to hold a Block Party on Saturday, September 18th 2010, with a rain date of Sunday, September 19th 2010, from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM and that permission to serve alcoholic beverages be granted; and that the Road Department provide the necessary barricades.

 

THAT the Morristown High School Volleyball Team, be granted permission to solicit donations on Saturday, October 9th 2010, in the Merchant Block, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

THAT the residents of Greenwood, Wyndwood, Briarcliff and Lealand Roads be granted permission to hold a Block Party on Saturday, September 25th 2010 from 4:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., and that permission to serve alcoholic beverages be granted; and that the Road Department provide the necessary barricades.

 

THAT the residents of Maple Avenue and Florin Avenue be granted permission to hold a Block Party on Saturday, September 11th 2010, from 4:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M., and that permission to serve alcoholic beverages be granted; and that the Road Department provide the necessary barricades.

 

THAT Libby Brooks-Shesler, 55 Greenwood Avenue, Madison, NJ, be hired as Teen Center Supervisor at an hourly rate of $21.40, effective October 1st 2010.

 

THAT John Sittman, hired at the May 6th 2010 Council Meeting, for the 2010 Summer Pool season at $9.25 per hour, effective June 1st 2010; be amended to the hourly rate of $9.50 per hour, effective June 1st 2010.

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: None

 

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GREETINGS OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

 

Mayor Druetzler opened the meeting to the public.

 

Ed Fletcher, Dogwood Drive resident, expressed concern over a permanent structure within a right-of-way on Kosakowski Drive. Attorney Fraser advised that permission should have been sought from Mayor and Councilmembers. Attorney Fraser will prepare a letter to be sent to the resident.

 

Seeing no one, Mayor Druetzler closed the public portion of the meeting.

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

 

Finance

Councilmember Karr did not have anything to report.

 

Public Safety

 

Councilmember Cecala stated that a deer cull meeting was held last Wednesday at the Community Center and was attended by 16 hunters. Discussion items included the new 150’ rule recently signed by the Governor, but hunters were asked to maintain the 450’ rule. Opening Day is September 11, 2010 and signs will be posted on Monday, Labor Day, September 6, 2010.

 

Councilmember Cecala reported that the piece of steel, approximately 20’ long and 10’ wide, for the 9-11 Memorial was picked up this morning at JFK Airport. He was very pleased with the procession beginning with an escort from the New York police to being greeted by our Police Department. He thanked the County for allowing the trailer to be parked at the County.

 

Councilmember Cecala advised that the Cornhole event will take place on September 11, 2010 at 4:00 and Community Park.

 

Chief Scott Thompson reported on police department activities.

 

Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that the report from the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works has been distributed. As previously reported last month, Councilmember Coogan stated that the half poles found in Watnong Park had actually done damage to the dam, which resulted in a broken concrete cap. The dam was repaired by the Department of Public Works; leaks are being repaired on an on-going basis.

 

Councilmember Coogan further advised that the Department of Public Works is continuing landscaping projects at the schools and will have them ready for the beginning of the school year.

 

Councilmember Coogan advised that the Beautification Committee put in pavers at Mountain Way School and the lighting project is progressing. Flower pots and trash barrels will be shipped directly to DPW.

 

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Public Buildings & Grounds

 

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Sheriff’s SLAP Program will be working at Roberts Garden in the near future.

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that park improvements on Speedwell Avenue Extension include new pavers under the bench and grass has been seeded. Improvements are progressing nicely at Watnong Park which are funded through private donations, sporting organizations contributions, and the Borough.

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that the Farmers Market continues and offered music last week from Marc Trignano, a Morristown High School Senior, who performed with some of his friends. Sergeant Koroski supplied information to residents on neighborhood watch programs.

 

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Census Bureau offered a very nice plaque for allowing them to hand out information at the Farmers Market. It will be on display at the Community Center.

 

 

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

 

Councilmember Fu stated that a report is not available for the Municipal Alliance as they have not met since the last meeting.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the Board of Health meeting will be held on the third Wednesday this month, September 15, 2010.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that the Teen Center’s first event, which is sponsored by the Municipal Alliance, will be held on October 1, 2010 at Community Park and will have a boardwalk theme. Registration is open through September 10, 2010. Efforts are being made to get the Teen Center house in order as well.

 

Councilmember Fu stated that the Recycling Committee is working on an insert for the next issue of Plains Talk.

 

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Ordinance & Public Utilities

 

Councilmember Zabihach advised that JCP&L and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) have authorized an incentive program to subsidize the costs of performing an energy audit on municipal buildings and schools in New Jersey. Councilmember Coogan added that we can apply for a $20,000 grant to cover the costs for installation of energy efficient appliances/machinery, including boilers, air conditioners, etc. Lighting is a large facet of the audit for JCP&L and can raise the grant to $50,000. A company based in Parsippany has been pre-certified by the State to prepare the audit, which is paid for by BPU, and they will also do the improvements. Councilmembers Zabihach, Coogan and Fu will meet with a representative of the company and report back to Mayor and Councilmembers.

 

Councilmember Zabihach reported that he met with Michael Obremski of JCP&L to discuss the light poles on Route 53 at Route 10. There are some new poles in some areas due to the road work done by the DOT; and there may be some poles that were not replaced. Mr. Obremski is going to review the financials to ensure that the correct number of poles are reflected in the billing and, if necessary, make the appropriate adjustments. Councilmember Coogan added that the traffic light on our side of Route 10 has been on for a while; the light on the other side will be activated and will go into effect on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. Councilmember Cecala added that the traffic light at Stiles and Burnham at West Hanover Avenue should have been operational yesterday, but the lights are still covered in plastic.

 

Councilmember Zabihach advised that New Jersey Natural Gas is still digging up the roadway to put pipes underneath the road. The construction is making it difficult to get around, but they have progressed to Whippany Road.

 

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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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ORDINANCES OF FIRST READING

 

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

 

ORDINANCE NO. 12-2010

AN ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE PARTIAL AMENDMENT, SUPPLEMENTATION AND REPEAL OF "CHAPTER 13, 2000 BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE" WITH THE RECLASSIFICATION OF THE EXISTING R-6 RESIDENCE ZONE FROM AGE-RESTRICTED CONDOMINIUM/TOWNHOUSE DWELLING UNITS TO A NEW R-6 RESIDENCE ZONE PERMITTING MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DWELLING UNITS.

 

Councilmember McCluskey seconded the motion.

Mayor Druetzler advised that this Land Development Ordinance makes changes from age-restricted to interlocking townhouses. A presentation was made and thereafter there were changes to the Master Plan by the Planning Board. This Ordinance effectuates that change.

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: None

Thereupon Councilmember Zabihach offered the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the above ordinance was introduced and read by title at this meeting on September 2, 2010 and passed on first reading.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at a meeting to be held on October 7, 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 therefor, 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

Councilmember Zabihach read by title the ordinance entitled:

 

ORDINANCE NO. 10-2010

 

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE AMENDMENT AND SUPPLEMENTATION OF CHAPTER 18C, "MUNICIPAL STORMWATER MANAGEMENT AND STORM SEWER SYSTEMS," OF THE "REVISED ORDINANCES OF THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS, NEW JERSEY, 1972" WITH THE ADDITION OF A NEW ARTICLE 6, ENTITLED "OUTDOOR APPLICATION OF FERTILIZER."

 

which ordinance was introduced and passed on first reading at a meeting held on August 19, 2010.

The Clerk read the following notice:?

Notice is hereby given that the following ordinance was submitted in writing at a regular meeting of the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Morris Plains, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey held on August 19, 2010, introduced and read by title and passed on first reading, and that the said Governing Body will further consider the same for second reading and final passage thereof at a regular meeting beginning at 8:30 P.M., on September 2, 2010 at the Borough Hall, 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, New Jersey, in said Borough at which time and place a public hearing will be held thereon by the Governing Body and all parties in interest and citizens and all persons shall have an opportunity to be heard concerning said ordinance.

 

Councilmember Zabihach read the following notice and ordinance by title and stated that the Notice and Ordinance had been published as required by law that the ordinance had been posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building and that copies had been made available to members of the general public.

 

Mayor Druetzler announced that the meeting was open for a public hearing on the ordinance and stated that any taxpayer of the Borough of Morris Plains and all parties and persons in interest and citizens may be heard.? Mayor Druetzler advised that this is a mandated stormwater ordinance required under the State’s DEP regulations. Seeing no one, Mayor Druetzler closed the Public Hearing.

 

Thereupon Councilmember Zabihach offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLVED, That the above ordinance as read by title on Second Reading, at this meeting, be adopted and finally passed.

 

Councilmember McCluskey seconded the motion.

 

Mayor Druetzler ordered the Clerk to call the roll on the passage thereof and the vote was as follows:

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: Councilmember Coogan

Mayor Druetzler declared the ordinance adopted and finally passed, approved the same and ordered the Clerk to publish the proper notice thereof in the newspaper and to record the ordinance in the proper place.

 

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Councilmember Zabihach read by title the ordinance entitled:

 

ORDINANCE NO. 11-2010

 

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE PARTIAL AMENDMENT, SUPPLEMENTATION AND REVISION OF CHAPTER 10, "FIRE DEPARTMENT," OF THE "REVISED ORDINANCES OF THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS, NEW JERSEY, 1972" WITH THE REVISION OF THE MINIMUM AGE FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP SET FORTH IN SECTION 10-28 OF ARTICLE 7, "JUNIOR FIREMEN’S AUXILIARY."

 

which ordinance was introduced and passed on first reading at a meeting held on August 19, 2010.

The Clerk read the following notice:?

Notice is hereby given that the following ordinance was submitted in writing at a regular meeting of the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Morris Plains, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey held on August 19, 2010, introduced and read by title and passed on first reading, and that the said Governing Body will further consider the same for second reading and final passage thereof at a regular meeting beginning at 8:30 P.M., on September 2, 2010 at the Borough Hall, 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, New Jersey, in said Borough at which time and place a public hearing will be held thereon by the Governing Body and all parties in interest and citizens and all persons shall have an opportunity to be heard concerning said ordinance.

 

Councilmember Zabihach read the following notice and ordinance by title and stated that the Notice and Ordinance had been published as required by law that the ordinance had been posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building and that copies had been made available to members of the general public.

 

Mayor Druetzler announced that the meeting was open for a public hearing on the ordinance and stated that any taxpayer of the Borough of Morris Plains and all parties and persons in interest and citizens may be heard.? Mayor Druetzler advised that this Ordinance reduces the age from 16 to 14 years of age to join the Junior Firemen’s Auxiliary. Mayor Druetzler added that he is aware of four individuals who will be joining as soon as this ordinance goes into effect. Seeing no one, Mayor Druetzler closed the Public Hearing.

 

Thereupon Councilmember Zabihach offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLVED, That the above ordinance as read by title on Second Reading, at this meeting, be adopted and finally passed.

 

Councilmember Fu seconded the motion.

 

Mayor Druetzler ordered the Clerk to call the roll on the passage thereof and the vote was as follows:

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: None

Mayor Druetzler declared the ordinance adopted and finally passed, approved the same and ordered the Clerk to publish the proper notice thereof in the newspaper and to record the ordinance in the proper place.

 

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RESOLUTIONS

 

None.

 

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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. 2010-103 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey. So ordered.

 

Councilmember Zabihach moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:12 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