Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 01/20/11

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held January 20, 2011, 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 2011; WHICH RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED BY THE BOROUGH COUNCIL ON JANUARY 6TH 2011, 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 Suzanne B. McCluskey

Councilmembers: Joseph Cecala, Jr.

George J. Coogan

Laurie J. Fu

Jason C. Karr

Roman Zabihach

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

Leon C. Hall, Borough Engineer

 

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DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Mayor Druetzler and Councilmembers discussed the Recycling Center lease and the surrounding properties. Mayor Druetzler discussed highlights of a meeting with State representatives to discuss an option to buy. Attorney Fraser discussed the legalities of the potential acquisition. Mayor and Council agreed to pursue discussions with the State.

 

Councilmember Karr advised that the Finance Committee would like to recommend placing the website under a subcommittee to ensure oversight.

 

Councilmember Fu stated that the Board of Health would like to obtain a membership in the New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association, which offers certifications, training, and an annual conference for an annual fee of $95.00. Mayor and Council were in agreement.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-26 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So ordered.

 

Councilmember Karr moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 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 January 20, 2011, 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 2011; WHICH RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED BY THE BOROUGH COUNCIL ON JANUARY 6TH 2011, 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 Suzanne B. McCluskey

Councilmembers: Joseph Cecala, Jr.

George J. Coogan

Laurie J. Fu

Jason C. Karr

Roman Zabihach

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

Leon C. Hall, Borough Engineer

 

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Executive, Conference & Regular Meeting of December 30, 2010 be approved.

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

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Reorganization Meeting of January 6, 2011 be approved.

Seconded by Councilmember Karr. So ordered.

 

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APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR

 

Councilmember McCluskey 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

Police Department, December 2010

Tax Collector, December 2010

Fire Prevention, December 2010

Building Inspector, December 2010

Municipal Court, December 2010

Treasurer, December 2010

Tipping Fee, November 2010

Borough Attorney, Quarterly

Borough Engineer, Quarterly

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-27 entitled, "TRANSFER OF FUNDS," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-28 entitled, "MUNICIPAL RECYCLING TONNAGE GRANT APPLICATION BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-29 entitled, "APPROVING SETTLEMENT ON APPEAL FROM ASSESSMENT BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS adv. JAMES M. WEICHERT BLOCK 171, LOT 45 – 1625 ROUTE 10, BLOCK 171, LOT 45.01 – 225 LITTLETON ROAD, DOCKET NOS. 006933-2008,011166-2009, 011167-2009, 9196-2010," be adopted as attached.

THAT the attached be hired for the 2011 Recreation "Kids Helping Kids" program at the position and salary stated, effective January 11th 2011; which mentor program is authorized through Grant and Registration [The program is self funded].

THAT Sheryl Wilkes, 8 Deepdale Drive, Randolph, be hired for the 2011 Winter Recreation Program, "Zumba" instructor at $30.00 per session, effective January 31st 2011.

 

THAT the Mayor and Clerk be and they are hereby authorized to execute a Risk Management Consultants Agreement, with Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc., for the year 2011 consulting services.

THAT the Mayor be and he is hereby authorized to execute the TWA-1 application form and the WQM-003 Statements of Consent form approved by the Borough Engineer.THAT the Borough Council approve the membership application of Donald Underhill, III, 29 Fairchild Avenue, Morris Township NJ, as a member of the Morris Plains Junior Fire Auxiliary.

Seconded by Councilmember Karr.

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that the TWA application authorizes work to be done on Route 202 for the 70 townhouses approved by the Planning Board, and it wil be sent to the DEP.

 

Mayor Druetzler acknowledged the application submitted by Donald Underhill, III to become a Junior Fireman and stated that the age has been lowered to 14. He added that the age requirement to join the Morris Minute Men is 16.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: None

 

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GREETING OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

Mayor Druetzler acknowledged Boy Scout Willie Aquayo and explained the meeting process, elections and duties of the Mayor. Councilmembers, Attorney Fraser and Engineer Hall discussed their responsibilities, and the Clerk and Chief of Police offered a brief synopsis of their duties as well. Willie stated that he had siblings, was at the Star level in Boy Scouts, has nine merit badges and hopes to be an Eagle Scout like his grandfather someday.

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

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

 

Finance

Councilmember Karr stated that the preliminary budget will be ready on February 17th 2011, which will be about a week before the first Budget Meeting on February 25th. There was a Transfer of Funds on the Consent Calendar, which was the result of overtime from the December 2010 snow storm.

 

Councilmember Karr advised that the bid threshold went from $22,000 to $17,500. More items such as fireworks will need to go out to bid instead of requesting quotes.

 

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Public Safety

Councilmember Cecala reported on the deer cull and advised that one buck and one doe were taken.

 

Chief Scott Thompson reported on police department activities.

 

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Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that the Department of Public Works report was distributed. Councilmember Coogan stated that he and Councilmember McCluskey toured the municipal buildings and prepared a list of items for the Road Department to fix or update. Some of the items have been completed while other items were put on hold due to the recent snow storms.

 

Councilmember Coogan reported a letter was received from Robert Cook of the County Maintenance Garage regarding diesel emission testing. Currently, the DPW trucks get inspected in Randolph; anything over 18,000 lbs is exempt.

 

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Public Buildings & Grounds

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Shade Tree Committee held its Reorganization Meeting and Lloyd Williams and Don Salerno were nominated as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.

 

Councilmembers McCluskey stated that the Parade Committee will meet next week to begin preparations for the 25th anniversary, which will be held May 28th 2011.

 

Councilmembers McCluskey advised that the Pool registration form will be included in the February and May issues of Plains Talk. The registration form will be mailed only to non-residents. The pool booklet will be available online.

 

Councilmembers McCluskey stated that the winter programs will be offered in January and February. The reading class held by the Kids Helping Kids Program, co-sponsored by the Municipal Alliance, was so popular another class was added.

 

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Mayor Druetzler invited Willie and his troop to march in the Parade. He added that there was an Oscar Meyer truck in our parking lot on Saturday and the driver, Sam Frowish, Hotdogger, was also invited to participate in the Parade.

Leon Hall, Borough Engineer, reported that the plans for the lighting and sidewalk project on Speedwell Avenue are approximately 98 percent complete. Plans are underway for the Capital Improvement projects and are approximately two-thirds complete. The DOT has not yet responded to our grant application. At Johnson Road and Route 10, the State had a contractor cleaning the outlets to avoid flooding.

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Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

Councilmember Fu stated that the Teen Center held their skating event in December 2010 and there were 94 participants. A video dance was scheduled for January 7, 2011, but had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. There is an 8th Grade House tomorrow evening and there will be a tie dye activity.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that the Board of Health held their reorganization Meeting and Peg Dugan will be the President and Kathy Marshall will be the Vice President for 2011. Dario Fenimore is a new Board Member. The Rabies Clinic was held by the Board of Health on Saturday, January 15, 2011 and 332 vaccines were given; 195 animals were from out-of town and 137 were from Morris Plains. Councilmember Fu thanked all of the volunteers, Councilmembers, Police Officers, Bob Heiser, and Dr. Werner who helped that day. The Madison Board of Health reported a norovirus earlier in the month that affected approximately 20 Sunrise residents. The virus had to run its course.

 

Councilmember Fu stated that the Municipal Alliance is excited about the New Jersey Theater Alliance Stages Festival "Peter and the Wolf" production that we are hosting on March 4th 2011 at Borough School. Admission is $5.00 and seniors and children are free. As mentioned previously by Councilmember McCluskey, the Kids Helping Kids program is very successful. The Mother/Daughter event is scheduled for the Fall and two high school girls will help plan that activity.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that there was trash left at the Recycling Center and DPW took care of it. She suggested "No Dumping" signage. There will be an article on changes in recycling batteries and electronics in the next newsletter. Recycling was still picked up after the last storm.

 

Mayor Druetzler inquired about the new Animal Control Officer and activity in Morris Plains. Chief Thompson advised there was one incident with a raccoon and the Animal Control Officer had to climb to retrieve it. He added that she is very knowledgeable.

 

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Ordinance & Public Utilities

Councilmember Zabihach reported that the Planning Board met on Monday night, January 17th 2011 and the 70 unit townhouse application was deemed complete. A public hearing was held on various aspects of the application; a few minor issues are being resolved. It is anticipated it will be approved at the next meeting.

 

Councilmember Zabihach referenced the complaints received about property maintenance and five of the eight issues have been resolved by the Zoning Officer. Two are still being observed to ensure there are no more violations, and one is in the process of getting rectified.

 

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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.

 

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ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING

None.

 

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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

 

Councilmember Karr moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the following vouchers for January 2011 be approved.

 

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Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

 

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: None

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:18 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