Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 02/03/11

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held February 3, 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

 

Absent: Councilmember Roman Zabihach

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

 

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DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that police interviews will be conducted this evening.

 

Mayor Druetzler stated that the Morris County Freeholders would like to hold a meeting at Borough Hall on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Mayor Druetzler and Councilmembers discussed road work projects on Sun Valley and Harrison that will go out to bid.

 

Mayor Druetzler referenced the garage on Route 53 that is no longer used and recommended that it be taken down to make room for the 9-11 Memorial. Councilmembers were in agreement.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-30 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by CouncilmemberCecala. So ordered.

 

Councilmember Karr moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Coogan. 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 February 3, 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

Absent: Councilmember Roman Zabihach

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Executive, Conference and Regular Meeting of January 20, 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

Building Inspector, January 2011

Police Department, January 2011

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-31 entitled, "RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT FOR EXTRAORDINARY, UNSPECIFIABLE SERVICES," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT
Resolution No. 2011-32 entitled, "
RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO S-2664, A-3766 "MARKET COMPETITION AND CONSUMER CHOICE ACT," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT the Borough Council approve the membership application of Christopher J. Spillane, 6 Briarcliff Road, Morris Plains, NJ, as a member of the Morris Plains Fire Department.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-33 entitled, "RESOLUTION APPOINTING BRYAN PILIPIE TO THE MORRIS PLAINS POLICE DEPARTMENT," be adopted as attached.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala.

 

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

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: Councilmember Zabihach

 

Mayor Druetzler and Councilmembers congratulated Bryan Pilipie and welcomed him to the Community. Bryan expressed his gratitude.

 

GREETING OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

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

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

 

Finance

Councilmember Karr stated he did not have a report this evening.

 

Public Safety

Councilmember Cecala congratulated Bryan Pilipie, our new Police Officer.

 

Councilmember Cecala reported that the deer counts are up to 28, which includes 19 females and 9 males.

 

Chief Scott Thompson reported on police department activities.

 

Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that the Department of Public Works report was distributed. He further advised that 80 tons of salt was delivered prior to the storm and the balance of 70 tons was delivered yesterday.

 

Councilmember Coogan reported on the Shared Services Program with the school and advised that we have loaned them a trailer, and provided them with rock salt and diesel fuel. They salted the municipal parking lot.

 

Councilmember Karr advised that he saw the Road Department working in the early hours and commended them on a job well done.

 

Public Buildings & Grounds

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Recreation Commission held a meeting on January 27, 2011 and Sal Cortes was elected Chairman and Gerry Sittman was elected Vice Chairman. The date of the Easter Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt was changed to April 9, 2011 as there was a conflict with Little League’s opening day on April 16, 2011. A representative from the US Sports Institute attended and discussed offering tennis lessons in the spring for adults and children. Spring soccer is growing and they are receiving requests for field use.

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that a flyer was distributed by Officer Keane and Sergeant Koroski offering a Personal Safety Seminar on February 23, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

 

Councilmembers McCluskey stated that the Parade Committee held its first meeting to discuss the 25th anniversary of the Parade, which will be held May 28, 2011.

 

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

Councilmember Fu reported that the Teen Center held the 8th Grade House and had 29 students attend on January 21, 2011. They will hold a 7th Grade House on February 11, 2011 and the 6th Grade House had to be cancelled as there will be a talent show at the school on the same evening.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the Municipal Alliance changed their meeting this month to February 7, 2011.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the Patch wrote an article on the Coffee House at Morristown High School. This is an organization called Healthy Teens and their goal is to offer healthy activities quarterly. There are almost 100 students in attendance. The Municipal Alliance has helped with the funding for food.

 

Councilmember Coogan reported that he received an e-mail from Donnelly Heating & Air Conditioning who performed the energy audit for the $50,000 grant. The lighting should be completed between now and May. Councilmember Coogan added that he has applied for the 2011 $50,000 grant as well.

 

Ordinance & Public Utilities

In the absence of Councilmember Zabihach, Mayor Druetzler reported that the Board of Adjustment held their reorganization meeting and David Schulz is the Chairman and Roy Stewart is the Vice Chairman.

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that Christine Marion from Morris County Planning and Development informed Councilmember Zabihach that the 2010 census results are in and our population is 5,532.

 

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

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

 

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

 

ORDINANCE NO. 1 - 2011

 

CALENDAR YEAR 2011 ORDINANCE TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS LIMITS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP BANK (N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.14)

 

Councilmember Coogan seconded the motion.

 

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

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: Councilmember Zabihach

 

Thereupon, Councilmember Karr offered the following resolution:

 

WHEREAS, the above ordinance was introduced and read by title at this meeting on February 3, 2011 and passed on first reading.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at a meeting to be held on February 17, 2011 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 therefore, 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 McCluskey seconded the resolution. All in favor.

 

ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING

None.

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

None.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

None.

 

VOUCHERS

None.

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So moved.

 

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk