Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 11/11/10

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held November 11, 2010, at 7:35 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

 

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Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

 

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DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Mayor Druetzler and Councilmembers discussed items on the Consent Calendar including the tax sale bid on Elizabeth Court and 2011 capital improvement projects.

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that three young men from Ireland will be attending a December council meeting.

 

Councilmember Fu reported on the Government Efficiency meeting she attended. The group has been studying different areas in an effort to improve the delivery of municipal services. They are reviewing technology, tax assessing, tax collecting, health and police department services. The next three areas they will be looking at are public works, planning and development, and buildings and grounds. Consideration is being given to regionalize some of these services. Councilmember Fu will forward information for the governing body to review and determine if there is anything they wish to pursue. Councilmember Zabihach added that the decision to make COAH and storm water management part of shared services has been postponed due to pending new legislation.

 

Councilmember Zabihach advised that Zoning Officer, Don Salerno, has addressed the litter at Vornado and an amicable agreement has been reached to place six-foot fencing in the designated area.

 

Councilmember Zabihach reported that the State Planning Commission is moving. The Office of Smart Growth will be changing its name to the Office of Planning Advocates, and it will be moving from the Department of Community Affairs to the Department of State.

 

Councilmember Cecala stated that the traffic light on Hanover Avenue at Stiles Avenue has been working since Friday. Handicap curbing is in progress.

Councilmember Cecala received a request from Chief Scott Thompson to attend a grant writing seminar in January 2011.

Councilmember Cecala stated Chief Thompson requested approval for Special Patrolmen to be called in to work in the event a regular police officer declines overtime duty. The union delegate is in agreement. Attorney Fraser added that the Special Patrolmen are Class II Specials who are authorized to carry firearms and exercise all duties and responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.

Councilmember Cecala advised that he attended the Traffic Committee meeting last week. The Committee would like to know how to proceed with signage and notification to residents on Glenbrook Road. It was agreed that upon notification to residents, Attorney Fraser can draft an Ordinance to allow limited parking on one side of the road.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2010-120 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So ordered.

 

Councilmember Coogan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:31 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So moved.

 

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Borough Council held on November 11, 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: George J. Coogan

Joseph Cecala, Jr.

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 October 21, 2010 be approved.

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey. Councilmember Coogan abstained. So ordered.

 

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, October 2010

Dog & Cat Licensing, October 2010

Fire Prevention, October 2010

Tax Collector, October 2010

Police Department, October 2010

Building Inspector, October 2010

Treasurer, October 2010

St. Hubert’s Giralda, September & October 2010

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

 

THAT Resolution No. 2010-121 entitled, "DESIGNATION OF THE NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) AS THE BASIS FOR ALL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT IN THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS, COUNTY OF MORRIS, STATE OF NEW JERSEY," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2010-122 entitled, "DEDICATED TRUST BY RIDER UNDER N.J.S.A. 40A 5-29 DONATIONS FOR PARK IMPROVEMENTS," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2010-123 entitled, "RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TAX SALE BID ON BLOCK 191, LOT 6.02," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Maureen Kennedy be hired for the Recreation program "Kids Helping Kids"/Holiday Craft Class Instructor at $30.00 per hour effective December 4th 2010; which mentor program is authorized through Grant and Registration [The program is self funded].

 

THAT Beth Shepard be hired for the Recreation program "Kids Helping Kids"/Holiday Craft Class Instructor at $30.00 per hour effective November 29th 2010; which mentor program is authorized through Grant and Registration [The program is self funded].

 

THAT the Borough Council authorize the release and return of $6,500.00, cash bond to Ronald Ceglia, 1799 Route 10 East, per the Borough Engineer’s correspondence dated November 9th 2010.

THAT the Borough Council approve the membership application of Alexander J. Moglia, 21 Burch Drive, Morris Plains, NJ, as a member of the Morris Plains Junior Fire Auxiliary.

 

THAT Claudia Holt, 24 Academy Road, be appointed a member of the Beautification Committee which term expires December 31, 2010.

 

THAT Joanne Pascarella, 6 Wyndwood Drive, be appointed a member of the Beautification Committee which term expires December 31, 2010.

 

THAT the Borough Council authorize the Borough Engineer to prepare plans and specifications for improvements to Layer Drive, Harrison Avenue, Old Wood Road Drainage, Morris Plains Avenue Sidewalk, Watnong Drive Sidewalk, Littleton Road Sidewalk with an Option for paving a portion of the Municipal Parking Lot # 1.

 

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Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: None

 

Mayor Druetzler added that AJ Moglia is the eighth Junior Fireman to join our Fire Department within the last two months. He added that this a true testament to our volunteer spirit in the community and certainly bodes well to the future of our volunteer Fire Department. Many other towns have to advertise to recruit volunteers and we are fortunate to have people knocking on our doors to join.

 

Mayor Druetzler added that the Morris Minute Men are the recipients of our Country’s 2010 Volunteer Service Award and Mark Wintle is the recipient of our Country’s 2010 Emergency Medical Technician Award. In addition, the Morris Minute Men have been nominated for the Best Squad in 2010 in the State of New Jersey; the winner will be announced tomorrow, November 12, 2010. Congratulations to the Morris Minute Men!

 

GREETING OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION
Mayor Druetzler opened the meeting to the public.Community Garden – George Ross, Beautification

George Ross prepared a presentation on the Community Garden project to be located at 51 Central Avenue. The Department of Public Works cleared brush and SLAP removed rocks and debris.

The Beautification Committee is proposing 46 garden plots, which will include 20 smaller plots for children and senior citizens, 25 larger plots for families, and one plot will be reserved for demonstrations. The garden plots will be assigned through a lottery in late February, and grand-fathering of the garden plots will be allowed. The Beautification Committee will be in charge of managing the Community Garden and will prepare Rules and Regulations. Mr. Ross proposed a $25 fee for the small plot and $50 fee for family plot. Water and mulch will be supplied. The Garden would be in operation from March 15th through November 15th. An article will be published in the February 2011 Plains Talk and will include an application. Information will be on the sign at Speedwell Extension and online as well. The final touches will be completed in early March 2011. Fencing estimates have been requested, water lines need to be connected, and approvals are needed on the proposed Rules and Regulations, lottery and fees to be charged.

Councilmember Coogan added that Mr. Ross has been the leading force behind this project and praised Mr. Ross’ efforts.

Mayor Druetzler asked Attorney Fraser to prepare a Resolution approving the Community Garden for the next meeting on December 2nd 2010. He added that the fencing quotes are subject to approval this evening. A subcommittee consisting of Councilmembers McCluskey, Coogan and Cecala will assist the Beautification Committee with the remaining items to be completed. Mayor Druetzler thanked Mr. Ross and the Beautification Committee on behalf of the community for all the time and effort they have put in on this project.

Councilmember Coogan stated that Dave Helmer from the County has been instrumental in providing farm equipment and assistance from the farmer from Fosterfields and the County’s chief horticulturist.

 

Mayor Druetzler closed the public hearing.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

 

Finance

Councilmember Karr stated that the fee schedule is being reviewed.

 

Councilmember Karr stated that department heads are reviewing the changes to the Personnel Policies & Procedures and comments will be given to the Borough Clerk by November 22nd 2010.

 

Councilmember Karr reported that Election Day went well this year. A few issues arose between representatives in the town and the County personnel; they will meet over the next few months to address concerns.

 

Public Safety

 

Councilmember Cecala stated that 21 deer have been culled to date.

 

Councilmember Cecala advised that he and Mayor Druetzler accompanied the 9-11 Committee to Ground Zero tour. Mayor Druetzler added that this is a large 16 acre site, the Memorial rests on eight of those acres. The bedrock is a construction site about 10 stories below the surface and filled with machines and workers. You can see the two 200 x 200 squares which were the original Trade Center sites and they will be the reflecting pools with water cascading on the side. Tower One will be the tallest building in North America. Mayor Druetzler and Councilmember Cecala said that it was a very memorable experience.

 

Councilmember Cecala stated that the traffic light on Hanover Avenue at Stiles Avenue and Burnham has been completed.

 

Councilmember Cecala received a call from a resident relative to a car accident on Mountain Way. Radar will be enforced in that area and consideration is being given to using a speed sensory radar detector. The accident was a result of young adults racing.

 

Chief Scott Thompson reported on police department activities.

 

Public Works

Councilmember Coogan reported that the Department of Public Works report was distributed. Leaf collection started in mid-October and they are now on their third round. Over 200 box truck loads of leaves have been taken to the compost site on Hanover Avenue. Damage was done to one of the dumpsters at the Recycling Center; signs were removed by Tilcon when work on Route 53 was done. Public Works performed the repairs.

 

Councilmember Cecala stated that the resident he spoke to relative to the car accident informed him how helpful the Department of Public Works had been in helping her remove the debris from the accident so she could have access to her driveway.

 

Engineer Hall reported that plans have been started for Speedwell Avenue between Morris Plains Avenue and Academy. Engineer Hall will contact the Tilcon representative relative to plantings at the Recycling Center.

 

Public Buildings & Grounds

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that the Bon Fire and Halloween Parade were very successful. There was a magician and hay rides at the Bon Fire.

 

Councilmember McCluskey reported that the Youth Basketball Program began this week and there are about 260 students registered. Games and practices are held at Borough School, Mountain Way School, Trinity Lutheran, the Community Center and time at Vo-Tech. Opening Day ceremonies are December 4th 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Borough School.

 

Councilmember McCluskey stated that a Summer Youth Basketball League was a new program introduced this summer. They used the courts at the Community Park and Simons Park and had over 60 children registered from Morris Plains and surrounding communities.

 

Councilmember McCluskey stated that another successful recreation program entitled Circuit Bootcamp started and offers a strenuous exercise program on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Yoga is offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The Recreation Commission is looking for a beginning bridge instructor. The Holiday House Decorating Contest will be held through December 19th 2010. Residents can also send a picture of their decorated homes. The New Jersey Goldfinch Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters meet at the Community Center. They open their room to anyone in the Borough who would like to learn decorative painting. The Kids Helping Kids Program will offer a Gingerbread House Class this year.

 

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

 

Councilmember Fu advised that the Municipal Alliance completed Drug Free Schools Week, which included four student assemblies at both schools and two adult workshops that had 50 parents in attendance. A Senior Lunch and Learn on changes in Medicare will be held in December, the date will be announced. There was a drug resistance education activity for 7th graders that was well received by the students. Stage Fund had 37 participants in grades K-2 and it will start in Borough School in December. The American Medicine Chest Challenge, a national program to promote the proper disposal of medicines, is being held this Saturday, November 13th 2010 at several locations throughout the nation. Locally it will be held at the Police Academy from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that the Teen Center will hold a bowling event tomorrow night at Hanover Lanes. The 8th graders will swim at the YMCA next week and the 6th graders will hold their health event at the Teen Center House.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the Board of Health will talk with the webmaster to create a link to the Madison Board of Health website, as they offer information on immunizations and health clinics that would be useful to our residents. The President of the Board of Health, Bob Heiser, will be contacting the Chief of Police about traffic and parking concerns at the upcoming rabies clinic in January. The Sanitarian has commended Acme for making their facility cleaner and advised that they will be putting in a sushi bar.

 

Councilmember Fu stated that the County Recycling Awards Banquet was held last Friday, November 5, 2010. The County is moving toward single stream recycling, which would allow all recyclables in one bin which will avoid the need to separate them. Household alkaline batteries are now considered regular garbage and do not need to be recycled any longer.

 

Ordinance & Public Utilities

 

Councilmember Zabihach discussed recently held meetings with municipalities relative to PSE&G’s plans to raise high tension lines. At the last meeting held one month ago, the Mayors and municipal officials agreed to reach out to legislative leaders and the Governor’s Office and request their support to encourage the National Park Service to move this project along as quickly as possible. Mayor Trina Ruane Mittsch, Deputy Mayor of Randolph Township, was able to contact Wayne Hasenblag, the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Planning. He will attend the next meeting scheduled for November 30, 2010 at the Randolph Municipal Building.

 

Councilmember Zabihach advised that Zoning Officer, Don Salerno, has reached an agreement with Vornado to place six-foot fencing and a large dumpster in the designated area. The changes will offer a more aesthetic appearance for the shopping center and will eliminate trash.

 

PRESENTATION OF COMMUNICATION, PETITIONS, ETC.

 

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

 

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. 13-2010

AN ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE PARTIAL AMENDMENT, SUPPLEMENTATION, AND REPEAL OF PORTIONS OF SUBSECTION C, ENTITLED "SIGNS IN THE B-1, B-2, B-4 AND C-1 ZONES" AS SET FORTH IN SECTION 13-5.8 OF "CHAPTER 13, 2000 BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE," SPECIFICALLY THE REVISION OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS RELATING TO WALL SIGNS IN THE C-1 ZONE DISTRICT.

 

Councilmember McCluskey seconded the motion.

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 November 11, 2010 and passed on first reading.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at a meeting to be held on December 16, 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 Cecala seconded the resolution. All in favor.

Mayor Druetzler advised that this ordinance has been introduced by the recommendation of the Zoning officer, who has requested we address concerns with signs on Route 10 in the C-1 District.

ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING

None.

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

THAT Resolution No. 2010-124 entitled, "Authorizing Community Gardens Fencing Purchase" be adopted as attached.

 

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: None

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Councilmember Cecala thanked all the veterans on behalf of Veterans Day. Mayor Druetzler added that there was a very nice assembly at the VFW and many people turned out to giver their thanks as well.

 

VOUCHERS

 

Councilmember Karr moved:

 

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

 

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

 

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: None

 

Councilmember Cecala moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:38 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey. So moved.

 

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk