Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 09/16/10

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held September 16, 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

 

 

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DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that he attended a Shared Services meeting relative to the Court, and numbers are anticipated by the end of the month.

 

Mayor Druetzler announced there will be a meeting with the Board of Education to discuss the Shared Services Program.

 

Mayor Druetzler stated that Minutes of the Governing Body and Ordinances are being prepared for the Borough’s website by the webmaster and we are also moving forward with Board of Adjustment and Shade Tree Minutes as well.

 

Councilmember Karr advised that he spoke with Sheryl McNichol, Deputy Court Administrator, and Ana Thomas, Tax Collector, relative to the departments working together. They are looking forward to the opportunity.

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that she gave the Borough Council’s donation to Sheryl McNichol, representative of the Home & School Association, who expressed gratitude for the contribution.

 

Councilmember Cecala advised the Cornhole Tournament brought in close to $11,000 and the Committee is looking to do additional fundraisers. The Committee discussed putting up a banner or a flag with "Future Site of the 9-11 Memorial" and would include information as to where donations could be mailed. Councilmember Cecala polled the Councilmembers relative to moving forward with permits to commence the project and all were in agreement.

 

Councilmember Fu requested more information on the Memorandum of Understanding on the Consent Calendar. Mayor Druetzler advised that there is an annual federal grant shared among the Borough and surrounding towns for fire department equipment. This Memorandum of Understanding is signed annually among the participating towns.

 

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EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2010-104 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So ordered.

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:27 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Karr. 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 16, 2010, at 8:40 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, Esq., Borough Attorney

Leon Hall, P.E., Borough Engineer

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Councilmember Karr moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Executive, Conference & Regular Meeting of September 2, 2010 be approved.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. 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

Borough Clerk, August 2010

Dog & Cat, August 2010

Fire Prevention, August 2010

Police Department, August 2010

Tax Collector, August 2010

Building Inspector, August 2010

Treasurer, August 2010

Tipping Fees, August 2010

St. Hubert’s Giralda, August 2010

Municipal Court, August 2010

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

 

THAT Resolution No. 2010-105 entitled, "GIFT OF LIFE OF NEW JERSEY, INC., RAFFLE LICENSE NO. 225-10," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2010-106 entitled, "RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SETTLEMENT OF BUILDER’S REMEDY LITIGATION BETWEEN ACP MORRIS PLAINS, LLC AND THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT the residents of Glenbrook Road, Stiles, Central and Homer Avenues be granted permission to hold its annual Block Party on Saturday, September 25th 2010, from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with a rain date of Sunday, September 26th 2010 and that permission to serve alcoholic beverages be granted; and that the Road Department provide the necessary barricades.

 

THAT the Morristown High School Girls Soccer Team, be granted permission to solicit donations on Saturday, October 30th 2010, in the Merchant Block, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

 

THAT the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary be granted permission to hold a Bake Sale on the Fire House ramp, Saturday, October 2nd 2010 from 8:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.

 

THAT the Borough Council approve the membership application of James P. Donnelly, 74 Watnong Drive, Morris Plains, NJ, as a member of the Morris Plains Fire Department.

 

THAT the Borough Council approve the Mayor’s Proclamation declaring September 12th 2010 ~ September 18th 2010 as National Assisted Living Week – "Living Life" in the Borough of Morris Plains. THAT the Borough Council approve the membership application of Jimmy Koller, 76 Grove Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ, as a member of the Morris Plains Junior Fire Auxiliary.

 

THAT the Borough Council approve the membership application of Daniel Webster, 261 Mountain Way, Morris Plains, NJ, as a member of the Morris Plains Junior Fire Auxiliary.

 

THAT the Borough Council approve the membership application of Ryan Webster, 261 Mountain Way, Morris Plains, NJ, as a member of the Morris Plains Junior Fire Auxiliary.

 

THAT the Mayor be and he hereby is authorized to execute a Memorandum of Understanding Among the Town of Morristown, the Township of Morris, the Borough of Morris Plains, Hanover Township Fire District No. 2, Hanover Township Fire District No. 3.

 

THAT
Monica Pecoraro be hired for the Recreation program Kids Helping Kids/Reading Instructor at $50.00 per hour effective October 26th 2010; which mentor program is authorized through Grant and Registration [The program is self funded].

 

THAT Theresa Diglio be hired for the Recreation program Kids Helping Kids/Reading Instructor at $50.00 per hour effective October 26th 2010; which mentor program is authorized through Grant and Registration [The program is self funded].

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala.

 

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. 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 stated that the "Best Practices Checklist," discussed at the last meeting, will be modified to provide clarification.

 

Public Safety

 

Councilmember Cecala advised that the Cornhole Tournament took place last Saturday, September 11th 2010, and was a great success. Over $10,000 was brought in for the 9-11 Memorial and donations are still forthcoming. The Committee discussed putting up a banner or a flag with "Future Site of the 9-11 Memorial."

 

Councilmember Cecala stated that the deer cull started last Saturday, September 11th 2010 and a total of five deer were culled.

 

Chief Scott Thompson reported on police department activities.

 

Mayor Druetzler stated that the 9-11 Memorial Service on September 10th 2010 at Borough School was an outstanding ceremony. The steel was trucked down Speedwell Avenue and people marched behind the vehicle. A gigantic flag served as a backdrop for the steel. Children, teachers, and spectators stood on the lawn in front of the school facing the stage with the steel. Mayor Druetzler stated that the speakers were excellent and Sergeant Michael Rolph was exceptional. Students at St. Virgil School did not attend the service, but stood along Hanover Avenue with flags. Mayor Druetzler has received very positive feedback. Mayor Druetzler thanked all of those who participated.

 

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Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that the 2010 beautification projects along Speedwell Avenue and Extension have been completed.

 

Councilmember Coogan advised that the Road Department is in the process of re-roofing the Teen Center, which will save the Borough a large amount of money.

 

Councilmember Coogan advised that with the leaf season upon us, the leaf loader has been undergoing upgrades. The costs were very expensive, however, John Signorelli and Tom Silk welded components to do the repairs and the upgrades were completed in-house. Relative to Shared Services with the Board of Education, the DPW will be working on the girls’ softball field.

 

Councilmember Coogan stated that he is working with Councilmembers Zabihach and Fu on a grant from Jersey Central Power & Light to promote energy efficiency. An energy audit of Borough Hall will be completed next week.

 

Councilmember Coogan advised that there will be a meeting with Dave Helmer, Executive Director of the County Park Commission, a representative from Fosterfields, and the head of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum to assist in setting up a community garden at Central Avenue.

 

Engineer Hall provided a brief report on projects in town.

 

 

Public Buildings & Grounds

 

Councilmember McCluskey stated that there will be an Art & Craft Fair and music at the Farmers Market this Saturday, September 18, 2010.

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that the Recreation-sponsored Town-Wide Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3, 2010. The handouts will include coupons from local businesses which will hopefully encourage people to shop and dine in Morris Plains.

 

 

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

 

Councilmember Fu stated that the Teen Center signups are now complete. There were minor technical glitches with the online signup this year; the webmaster is working on the malfunctions. The Teen Center house is getting organized and upgrades are being completed. The Board is very happy that DPW has repaired the roof and driveway. The first event is scheduled for October 1, 2010.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that on Monday, September 27, 2010, the Municipal Alliance is promoting Eat Dinner with Your Family. Families are invited to join in this county and nation-wide effort, sponsored by the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse. Reports show the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs, and it has been proven that they do better in school.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that Brian Wilson, Counselor at Borough School, has been working on a theme entitled, Overcoming Personal Adversity, for Drug Free School Week. He would appreciate suggestions.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that since the Father-Son activity in the spring was so popular, this program will also be offered October 16, 2010. Fathers and sons will have dinner and then participate in a cooperative activity.

 

Councilmember Fu stated that the Municipal Alliance will be offering fall afterschool enrichment programs including marshal arts, legos and cooking at Mountain Way; aviation and rocketry, ceramics, wild animals and football statistics at Borough School.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that there are parents at the middle school who would like to bring back the Parent to Parent program.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that the Board of Health flyer, prepared by the Borough Clerk, was distributed. It outlines the Wellness Day sign-ups and flu shot clinics. Councilmember Fu added that she will try to arrange a timeframe for the employees to receive flu vaccinations. A representative of the Madison Board of Health was in attendance at the Board of Health meeting last night and discussed vaccinations that will be available to residents, including Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis [whooping cough]), Pneumococcal, meningitis, and HPV (human papillomavirus). Madison will prepare a Press Release.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the File for Life program, sponsored by the Morris Minute Men, has been approved and information will be made available on Wellness Day.

 

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Ordinance & Public Utilities

 

Councilmember Zabihach referenced the August 19, 2010 meeting held here at Borough Hall
among Mayors and representatives from other towns with PSE&G representatives to discuss changes to the power lines proposed by the National Park Service. George Sous of PSE&G advised that he would be available to hold another meeting over the next two weeks to describe PSE&G’s responses to the alternatives discussed during the public hearing.

 

Councilmember Zabihach advised that the Planning Board will meet on Monday, September 20, 2010 and the Board of Adjustment will meet on Monday, September 27, 2010.

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that the Park Commission will be paving the path from Route 202 past the Teen Center and VFW.

 

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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

None.

ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING

None.

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2010-107 entitled, "St. Virgil School Be Granted Permission to Use Simons Park for Cross Country Team Practices from September 1, 2010 Through November 1, 2010, from 2:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday Through Friday" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: Councilmember Karr

 

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

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NEW BUSINESS

 

None.

 

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VOUCHERS

 

Councilmember Karr moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the following vouchers for September 2010 be approved.

 

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Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

 

Seconded by Councilmember Coogan.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: None

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2010-108 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So ordered.

 

Councilmember Coogan moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:39 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