Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 10/21/10

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held October 21, 2010, at 7:32 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

Roman Zabihach

 

Absent: Councilmember George J. Coogan

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Mayor Druetzler and Councilmembers discussed the Tax Collector and Tax Assessor’s 2011 office hours.

 

Mayor Druetzler recommended nominating Rosemary Lopez as the Representative and Donald F. Underhill as the Alternate for the CDRS Committee appointments at the regular meeting. Councilmembers were in agreement.

 

Mayor Druetzler and Councilmembers discussed the Borough Engineer’s proposal for improvements in the center of town for 2011.

 

Councilmember Cecala stated that there will be a Traffic Committee meeting next week and signage is on their agenda. They propose restricted parking signage from Glenbrook Road to Keenan Place. The consensus of the Governing Body was not to change parking prior to ordinance introduction. Discussion included allowing parking on one side of Glenbook Road from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. upon notification to residents.

 

Councilmember Fu stated that the Recycling Contract for metal collection is up for renewal. The Recycling Committee and the Chief Financial Officer recommend the contract be renewed.

 

Mayor Druetzler stated that the student council will be making a Red Ribbon Week presentation at the regular meeting.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Cecala:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2010-119 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So ordered.

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Fu. 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 October 21, 2010, at 8:30 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.

Laurie J. Fu

Suzanne B. McCluskey

Roman Zabihach

 

Absent: Councilmember George J. Coogan

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

Leon Hall, P.E., Borough Engineer

 

 

Mayor Druetzler announced that Councilmember Coogan will not be present at this evening’s meeting. As Vice President and acting member of the Morris County Open Space Committee, he will be attending the open space meeting.

 

MAYOR’S APPOINTMENTS

Mayor Druetzler appointed the following persons to the offices stated and the terms specified:

 

Office Name Term

 

Community Development Rosemary Lopez, Representative 1 year

Donald Underhill, Alternate 1 year

 

Mayor Druetzler announced that a national convention for Emergency Medical Technicians was recently held and the Morris Minute Men were designated "The Volunteer EMT Organization in the Nation." In addition, Captain Mark Wintle was designated "EMT of the Year" in the country. At no time in history have both awards gone to the same organization. Mayor Druetzler emphasized how fortunate the Borough of Morris Plains is to having such committed volunteers.

 

Councilmember Karr added that the Morris Minute Men were also nominated for "The Outstanding Volunteer Agency in the State of New Jersey." Winners will be announced on November 12th 2010.

GREETING OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

Borough School Students – Red Ribbon Week

Eileen Bodnar, Municipal Alliance representative, thanked the Governing Body for their support. Colin Crosby, President of the Student Council, introduced his mother and grandfather. He discussed the school’s plans for Red Ribbon Week, themed "Overcoming Adversity and Setting Goals." Anastasia Bergeron, Secretary of the Student Council, discussed the themes for each day of the week. Brian Honicky, First Vice President of the Student Council, introduced his mother and brothers. Brian discussed the assemblies scheduled during the week. Shannon Keller, Second Vice President of the Student Council, introduced her mother and younger brother, Jack. Shannon provided a description of topics to be covered by speakers. Dana Demnitz, Treasurer of the Student Council, introduced her mother. Dana provided information on the speaker from Morris Plains who will be addressing the 5th and 6th graders, and she provided information on the annual Halloween Parade.

Mayor Druetzler and Councilmember Fu read the Red Ribbon Week Proclamation. Mayor Druetzler gave Friendly’s gift certificates to the Student Council.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Councilmember Karr moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Executive, Conference & Regular Meeting of October 7, 2010 be approved as amended.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. 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

Tax Collector, September 2010

Treasurer, September 2010

Borough Clerk, September 2010

Dog & Cat Licensing, September 2010

Tipping Fees, September 2010

Municipal Court, September 2010

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

THAT the Borough Council approve the Mayor’s Proclamation declaring October 25th 2010 – October 29th 2010 in recognition of "RED RIBBON WEEK" in the Borough of Morris Plains.

 

THAT the Borough Council approve the Mayor’s Proclamation declaring the month of November as "PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH" in the Borough of Morris Plains.

 

THAT the Municipal Alliance and the Morris Plains School District be granted permission to tie a red ribbon on the trees along Speedwell Avenue in celebration of Drug Free School Week 2010.

 

THAT the Borough Council authorize the Borough Engineer to prepare plans and specifications for the Lighting and Sidewalk improvement project along Speedwell Avenue from Morris Plains Avenue to Academy Road, and the Railroad Station Driveway to GPS Plumbing.

 

THAT the Borough Council appoint Suzanne B. McCluskey, Representative to the Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee for the 2011 program year.

 

THAT the Mayor and Clerk be and they are hereby authorized to execute a Settlement Agreement between ACP Morris Plains, LLC and the Borough of Morris Plains and the Morris Plains Planning Board in the form approved by the Borough Attorney.

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Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: Councilmember Coogan

Abstain: None

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

 

Finance

Councilmember Karr stated he did not have any reports.

 

Public Safety

 

Councilmember Cecala stated that 15 deer have been culled. A bear has been cited and appears to be about one and one-half years old. Councilmember Cecala urged caution when driving and referenced a serious accident involving one deer and two vehicles on Friday, October 15th 2010.

 

Councilmember Cecala advised that there was a 9-11 Memorial Committee meeting last week and fundraising continues. Cups bearing the logo created by Councilmember Fu will be given to children to seek donations. Thank-You notes are being sent out as money is received by the Finance Office. The Memorial’s design is still in progress.

 

Chief Scott Thompson reported on police department activities.

 

Public Works

In Councilmember Coogan’s absence, Mayor Druetzler reported that George Ross of the Beautification Committee will make a presentation on the Community Garden at the next meeting in November.

 

Engineer Hall reported that the Speedwell Avenue improvements have been completed.

 

Public Buildings & Grounds

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that the Bon Fire will be this Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the Community Center. The Department of Public Works has been piling wood. There will be a family scavenger hunt, hayrides, games, and a magic show. Boy Scouts will be preparing the food.

 

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Halloween Parade is on Sunday, October 31st 2010 beginning at Roberts Garden.

 

Councilmember McCluskey reported that Watnong Field has been seeded.

 

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Farmers Market has concluded for the year and all of the vendors indicated they would like to return next year.

 

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Community Center is active nearly every day through evening hours with programs for all ages. Programs are offered for tots to seniors, and from book clubs to exercise boot camp. We are fortunate to have volunteers teaching English as a second language, and students participating in the mentoring program, as well as many more scheduled activities and events.

 

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

 

Councilmember Fu stated that the Recycling Committee’s fall meeting will be held on Monday, October 25, 2010. The Department of Public Works will be making repairs to two railings and placing entrance and exit signage at the Recycling Center.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that Annette Wolff has been elected as the new Chair of the Municipal Alliance Committee, replacing Audra Tonero who has stepped down. Red Ribbons will be put on the trees tomorrow, Friday, October 22nd 2010. Red Ribbon Week placemats will be used at local restaurants. The Municipal Alliance will be sponsoring a Brunch and Learn at the Presbyterian Church on November 10th 2010 entitled "Power of Parenting," and Stage Fund will be presenting two shows at Mountain Way School on Friday, October 22nd and will feature a book called "Spookly the Square Pumpkin." The Father and Son event had 30 participants, which included 5th and 6th grade students and their fathers, who had dinner together and participated in a cake decorating contest.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that the Teen Center’s had 8th Grade Night was attended by 45 kids last Friday; 7th Graders will have an event tomorrow night. They had a successful fundraiser at the Farmer’s Market.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the Board of Health’s Wellness Day was held on Saturday, October 16th which was attended by 52 adults participating in the screenings. The Rotary Club assisted with the event. Minute Men distributed File of Life to interested attendees. They are collecting voluntary donations to keep the program going. The Board of Health gave 103 flu vaccines; eight pneumococcal vaccines; and 15 Tdap vaccines. The next Flu Clinic will be on October 23, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Community Center.

 

Ordinance & Public Utilities

 

Councilmember Zabihach discussed a follow-up meeting that took place today with various Mayors and municipal officials from neighboring towns to discuss PSE&G’s plans to raise high tension lines. This plan was previously recommended by the National Park Service and approved by the BPU and Pennsylvania. Councilmember Zabihach provided a brief overview of the initial meeting. An environmental study proposed seven alternatives, which may delay the process for two more years and may raise the cost by several hundred million dollars. The current alignment goes through PSE&G’s existing right-of-ways, which minimizes environmental impacts. The Mayors and municipal officials will 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. Another meeting will be scheduled at a later time.

 

Mayor Druetzler added that the existing power lines are over 80 years old and have reached their capacity. It is also a matter of providing sufficient electricity or suffer from brown-outs.

 

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

None.

ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING

Councilmember Zabihach read by title the ordinance entitled:

 

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

 

which ordinance was introduced and passed on first reading at a meeting held on September 2, 2010.

Mayor Druetzler announced that the meeting was open for a public hearing on October 7th 2010 on the ordinance and stated that it was open to the public at that time. There was no public comment and Mayor Druetzler closed the Public Hearing. Adoption was tabled to this meeting by a unanimous vote.

 

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 Karr 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: Councilmember Coogan

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.

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

None.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

None.

 

VOUCHERS

 

Councilmember Karr moved:

 

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

 

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

 

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: Councilmember Coogan

Abstain: None

 

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Councilmember Cecala moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:08 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Karr. So moved.

 

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk