Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 02/17/11

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held February 17, 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

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Mayor Druetzler referenced some items on the Consent Calendar, including accepting Joyce Schlosser’s resignation, executing a DOT Discretionary Aid Application, and authorizing the Donjon Recycling Contract.

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that Leon Hall, Borough Engineer, is preparing a request to expand Route 10 to include a third lane at Route 202 to be presented to the State due to the large number of accidents.

 

Mayor Druetzler referenced a Resolution for Morris County Adaptive Recreational Program, and explained that it is to help fund recreational programs for the youngsters with special needs.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that the Municipal Alliance discussed changing their evening meetings to daytime, possibly one per quarter.

 

Councilmember Cecala advised that representatives of the 9-11 Memorial Committee will be making a presentation this evening.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-34 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So ordered.

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Karr. 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 17, 2011, at 8:34 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.?

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 February 3, 2011 be approved.

Seconded by Councilmember Karr. So ordered.

 

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

Fire Prevention, January 2011

Tax Collector, January 2011

Twp of Denville Animal Control, January 2011

Borough Clerk, December 2010

Tipping Fees, December 2010

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-35 entitled, "TRANSFER OF FUNDS," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-36 entitled, "REDEMPTION RESOLUTION, BLOCK NO. 91, LOT NO. 8, REDEEM 3RD PARTY TAX LIEN," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-37 entitled, "BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS, MORRIS COUNTY ADAPTIVE RECREATIONAL PROGRAM," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT the Borough Council approve the Mayor’s February 10th 2011, execution of the New Jersey Department of Transportation Discretionary Aid Application Form SA-96, Sun Valley Way, as approved by the Borough Engineer.

 

THAT the Memorial Day Parade Committee be granted permission to hold its 25th Annual Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 28th 2011.

THAT the Mayor and Clerk be and they hereby are authorized to execute a metals and e-scrap recycling contract with Donjon Recycling, a Division of Donjon Marine Co., Inc., for the period January 1st 2011through December 31st 2011 in the form approved by the Borough Attorney which contract amount is less than the threshold amount requiring public bidding, or the solicitation of quotes.

THAT the resignation of Joyce Schlosser, Recreation Commission Director be accepted effective March 15th 2011.

THAT the Mayor and Clerk be and they are hereby authorized to execute a Labor Agreement between the Borough of Morris Plains and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 469, for the period January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.

THAT the Mayor and Clerk be and they are hereby authorized to execute the Agreement between the Borough of Morris Plains and the P.B.A. Local #254, January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.?

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala.

 

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

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: Councilmember Zabihach

 

PRESENTATION

 

9-11 Memorial Committee

 

Michael Bozza and Bob Webster appeared on behalf of the 9-11 Memorial Committee to provide a status update. The Memorial will be located at the Corner of Route 53 and Route 202. The design, landscaping and placement of the Memorial were discussed in great detail. The Fire Association has made a pledge of $10,000 to cover the costs of the flag poles. The Committee will be seeking a pledge for nine benches, which will be designed with plaques indicating the name of the individual or group who donate the funds for this purpose. The cost of the benches is approximately $2,800.00.

 

The interior of the Memorial will be dedicated solely to the attack sites with special recognition for Ms. Eileen Greenstein
and public safety personnel.

 

Aside from the $10,000 pledge from the Fire Association, approximately $17,000 has been received through donations and the Cornhole Fundraiser. It is the Committee’s hope to hold another Cornhole Fundraiser this spring. The Committee continues to sell T-shirts. It is anticipated that the work will begin in April or May and will be a three-month process.

 

Mayor Druetzler thanked Bob Webster for spearheading this project and all the volunteers for their time and effort. Councilmember McCluskey offered the Farmers Market site as an option for a fundraising location. Councilmember Cecala suggested putting the picture of the Memorial site at the Community Center to collect additional donations. Mayor Druetzler and Attorney Fraser commented on a Resolution to be adopted that the proposed design of the 9-11 Memorial be approved.

 

The Committee wanted to acknowledge their appreciation to Dave and Michelle Schulz for the time and dedication in designing the Memorial site.

 

Mayor and Council took a short recess.

 

GREETING OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

Mayor Druetzler opened the meeting to the public.

Dan Kantor, 26 Sun Valley Way, stated that he was happy Sun Valley Way was scheduled for repaving. Mayor Druetzler advised that that project is pending receipt of a grant, which application was on the Consent Calendar this evening.

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

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

 

Finance

Councilmember Karr stated that the 2011 proposed budget was distributed by the Finance Office. The first budget meeting will be held on Friday, February 25, 2011.

 

Councilmember Karr advised that the e-scrap container will be picked up at no cost to the Borough.

 

Councilmember Karr reported that the Policies and Procedures Manual is being reviewed by Attorney Fraser.

 

Public Safety

Councilmember Cecala reported that the deer cull will come to an end this Saturday, February 19, 2011 and the count is still at 28. The deer are not moving as a result of the snow since December 2010.

 

Chief Scott Thompson reported on police department activities.

 

Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that the Department of Public Works report was distributed. The Public Works employees completed the facility tour checklist items prepared by himself and Councilmember McCluskey. They completed all of the interior work in Town Hall, the Annex, the Community Center and the Library. Completion was slightly delayed due to all of the snow storms. Snow removal efforts have continued to eliminate the piles of snow out of parking lots and near curbs, and the storm drains have been cleaned out as well.

 

Councilmember Coogan reported that he attended an energy program at the County that was done through the Morris County Improvement Authority, which is different from the Direct Install Program Grant received for 2010. Copies of the slide presentation are available. The County program appears to be geared toward school districts’ major capital improvements and would not apply to the Borough.

 

Councilmember Coogan advised that relative to the Direct Install Program, he provided a tour of the building to Ron Kelly from the State’s Smart Grant Office, who was here to perform an audit on Donnelly Heating & Air Conditioning’s energy assessment of the building. Donnelly is anticipating the completion of their work in May 2011, and we are waiting for their project manager to write up the specifications and to order the parts.

 

Councilmember Coogan advised that an item missing from the Department of Public Works report was the installation of parking signage placed on Glenbrook Road down from the Funeral Home, and pedestrian signage along the underpass on Speedwell Avenue.

 

Engineer Hall advised that the plans and specs for the Speedwell Avenue sidewalk and lighting project are completed and copies will be delivered to the Borough Clerk next week. The plans and specs for the project that includes other roads and sidewalks will be done next week and they will be delivered shortly thereafter. Both of these projects will go out to bid the week of April 12, 2011 and will be under construction in June 2011.

 

Public Buildings & Grounds

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Morristown High School musicians are planning another concert to raise money for autism. A tentative date of June 4, 2011 will be confirmed at a later time.

 

Councilmember McCluskey brought everyone’s attention to the Museum sign that has been on the Community Board in the center of town. They now have additional activities since the sign was put up.

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that three retired teachers approached the Community Center Secretary, Karleen Leahey, and requested to make repairs to the huge quilt in the Multi-Purpose Room. These teachers were present when the quilt was originally made. Councilmember McCluskey commented that it is very generous of them to make the repairs to a piece of our history.

 

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

Councilmember Fu reported that the Municipal Alliance is happy to have received word that they will receive supplemental funding from the County. They were concerned the funding would have been effected by budget cuts. The new County Coordinator, Steven Nebesni, attended the meeting this month. They are hopeful they will receive the full $2,500.00.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the play "Peter and the Wolf," which is being put on by the Community Theater Alliance on March 4, 2011 has sold more than 100 tickets so far.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the Municipal Alliance is scheduling some parent programs and book clubs. One of the books, "Saying Yes To Saying No" is being reviewed by the Moms Club. Caroline Gallo will be running a Book Club on the book "Get Out of My Life But First Can You Drive Me and Sheryl to the Mall?"

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the DARE Officers will be attending a three day conference in Atlantic City.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the Teen Center needed to reschedule many activities this month due to conflicts with events at the school and organizations, and inclement weather forced many cancellations as well. The next event, a Blackout Dance, will be on March 11, 2011, featuring a black light and the kids will dress in white to stand out. The Teen Center will be reviewing their registration materials and they will be signing up the 5th Graders shortly for Step Up Night.

 

Councilmember Fu reported that the first Animal Control Officer report was received from Denville and two incidents were reported. The Rabies Clinic had 332 animals vaccinated. Morris Plains pets consisted of 137 and there were193 from 36 other towns. The Board discussed suggestions for making next year’s clinic flow better.

 

Councilmember Fu advised that Councilmember Karr addressed the electronics contract being zeroed out. We save $425 per dump. Attorney Fraser added that they recommended increasing the size from 20 cubic yards to 30 cubic yards. In addition, comingling of the recycling will not take effect until later in the year.

 

Ordinance & Public Utilities

In the absence of Councilmember Zabihach, Mayor Druetzler reported that the Planning Board met and approved the townhouses on Route 202.

 

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

 

ORDINANCE 2-2011

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING PAY GRADES AND FIXING SALARIES AND BENEFITS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS OF THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS

 

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 17, 2011 and passed on first reading.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at a meeting to be held on March 3, 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.

 

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

 

ORDINANCE 3-2011

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING PAY GRADES AND FIXING

SALARIES AND BENEFITS FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THE

BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS

 

Councilmember Cecala 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 17, 2011 and passed on first reading.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at a meeting to be held on March 3, 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 Cecala seconded the resolution. All in favor.

 

ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING

Councilmember Karr read by title the ordinance entitled:

 

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)

 

The Clerk read the following notice:?

Notice is hereby given that the following ordinance was submitted in writing at a meeting of the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Morris Plains on February 3, 2011, introduced and read by title and passed on first reading, and that the said Governing Body will further consider the same for second reading and final passage thereof at a regular meeting beginning at 8:30 P.M., on February 17, 2011 at the Borough Hall, 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, New Jersey, in said Borough at which time and place a public hearing will be held thereon by the Governing Body and all parties in interest and citizens and all persons shall have an opportunity to be heard concerning said ordinance.

 

Councilmember Karr read the following notice and ordinance by title and stated that the Notice and Ordinance had been published as required by law that the ordinance had been posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building and that copies had been made available to members of the general public.

 

Mayor Druetzler announced that the meeting was open for a public hearing on the ordinance and stated that any taxpayer of the Borough of Morris Plains and all parties and persons in interest and citizens may be heard.? Seeing no one, Mayor Druetzler closed the Public Hearing.

 

Thereupon Councilmember Karr 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 McCluskey, Cecala, Coogan, Fu & Karr

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: Councilmember Zabihach

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

 

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-38 entitled, "Resolution Approving 9-11 Memorial Design" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So ordered.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

None.

 

VOUCHERS

 

Councilmember Karr moved:

 

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

 

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

 

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey.

 

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

Nays: None

Absent: Councilmember Zabihach

Abstain: None

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So moved.

 

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk