Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 03/03/11

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held March 3, 2011, at 7:30 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

Jason C. Karr

Roman Zabihach

 

Absent: Councilmember Laurie J. Fu

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that Advance has a contract to sell to Lennar Home Builders. They will need to get all approvals from the State prior to the sale. The development consists of four streets, which will be named by the Governing Body. Mayor Druetzler suggested Welsh, Underhill, Rotando and Lopez.

 

Mayor Druetzler advised that County Dispatching will be going up two percent instead of the originally anticipated four percent. Morris Township plans on being a part of the County dispatch, and they will split the cost of the number of radios for Morris Minute Men with the Borough.

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that Bob Beller, Facilities Coordinator at the Community Center, requested the Governing Body consider creating an additional guideline to only allow service dogs at the Community Center.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-39 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So ordered.

 

Councilmember Karr moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:02 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey. 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 March 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

Jason C. Karr

Roman Zabihach

 

Absent: Councilmember Laurie J. Fu

 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

 

Mayor Druetzler advised the Councilmember Fu is not present this evening as she is out-of-state.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Executive, Conference and Regular Meeting of February 17, 2011 be approved.

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

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Budget Meeting of February 25, 2011 be approved.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. 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

Animal Control, February 2011

Building Inspector, February 2011

Police Department, February 2011

Treasurer, January 2011

Fire Department, Year 2010

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-40 entitled, "BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS, COUNTY OF MORRIS, STATE OF NEW JERSEY MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-41 entitled, "TRUSTWORTHY TAXI & LIMO, LIMOUSINE OWNER LICENSE NO. L01-2011," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-42 entitled, "TRUSTWORTHY TAXI & LIMO, LIMOUSINE OWNER LICENSE NO. L02-2011," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-43 entitled, "TRUSTWORTHY TAXI & LIMO, LIMOUSINE DRIVER LICENSE NO. LD1-2011," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-44 entitled, "TRUSTWORTHY TAXI & LIMO, LIMOUSINE DRIVER LICENSE NO. LD2-2011," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-45 entitled, "TRUSTWORTHY TAXI & LIMO, TAXI OWNER LICENSE NO. TO1-2011," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-46 entitled, "TRUSTWORTHY TAXI & LIMO, TAXI DRIVER LICENSE NO. TD1-2011," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-47 entitled, "TRUSTWORTHY TAXI & LIMO, TAXI OWNER LICENSE NO. TO2-2011," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-48 entitled, "TRUSTWORTHY TAXI & LIMO, TAXI DRIVER LICENSE NO. TD2-2011," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-49 entitled,
"MORRIS PLAINS FIRE ASSOCIATION #1, RAFFLE LICENSE NO. 227-11," be adopted as attached.

 

THAT the Borough Council authorize the Borough Engineer to prepare plans and specifications for the replacement of the Johnson Road Pump Station, per the Borough Engineer’s letter dated February 28th 2011.

 

THAT the Borough Treasurer be authorized to advertise for the receipt of bids for Fireworks Display Services, with bids to be received on Tuesday, April 12th 2011, up to 10:30 A.M., in the Council Chambers.

 

THAT the Borough Treasurer be authorized to advertise for the receipt of bids for the Speedwell Avenue Improvements, with bids to be received on Tuesday, April 12th 2011 up to 10:00 A.M., in the Council Chambers.

 

THAT the Borough Treasurer be authorized to advertise for the receipt of bids for the Layer Drive, Harrison Avenue, Old Wood Road Drainage, Morris Plains Avenue Sidewalk, Watnong Drive Sidewalk, Littleton Road Sidewalk and Municipal Parking Lot # 1. Improvements, with bids to be received on Thursday, April 14th 2011, up to 10:00 A.M., in the Council Chambers.

 

THAT having received quotes for the 2011 water treatment to Community Park Pond and Watnong Pond from the following:

 

Aquatic Technologies, Inc.

Community Park Pond $1,000.00

Watnong Park Pond $ 875.00

Black Lagoon

Community Park Pond No Quote

Watnong Park Pond No Quote

 

THAT a purchase order be issued to Aquatic Technologies, Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, in the amount of $1,875.00.

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala.

 

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

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: Councilmember Fu

 

GREETING OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

Mayor Druetzler opened the meeting to the public.

Frank Mangravite, 35 Janeway Place, discussed water treatment with Mayor Druetzler.

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

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

 

Finance

Councilmember Karr stated that the first budget meeting was held on Friday, February 25, 2011 and the next one will be on Friday, March 25, 2011. The revised budget comparison, which incorporates changes decided at the meeting, was in meeting packets this evening

 

Councilmember Karr advised that the Morris Plains Library’s annual paper shredding fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Proceeds will go toward a new copy machine and the summer petting zoo.

 

Councilmember Karr congratulated June Uhrin, Borough Clerk, on her 25 years of service to the Borough.

 

Public Safety

Councilmember Cecala reported that the deer cull final count is 20 female and 11 male, and the four-year total is 207. Mayor Druetzler thanked Councilmember Cecala for heading up this program for the past four years. Councilmember Cecala in turn thanked the deer cullers.

 

Chief Scott Thompson reported on police department activities.

 

Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that the Department of Public Works report was distributed. The first brush collection has started. Efforts to minimize the amount of snow that had to be transported and piled at the Community Center parking lot are underway. Repairs are underway to some of the ceiling tiles at the Community Center as a result of leakage due to the amount of snow on the roof. Once the snow dissipated, there were some clogged drains and flashing that needed to be repaired.

 

Public Buildings & Grounds

Councilmember McCluskey stated that pool registrations have started coming in. Registration forms for out-of-town members were mailed. Residents received the form in the most recent issue of Plains Talk and are also available at the Community Center.

 

Councilmember McCluskey reported that tickets are available for the Easter Bunny Breakfast and they are $8 for adults and $4 for children. It will be catered by Ronnie’s Deli.

 

Councilmember McCluskey advised that the Recreation Commission will be holding a Volunteer of the Year recognition dinner at the VFW. Recreation Chairman, Sal Cortese, has been monitoring fields very carefully due to the amount of snow. Vo-Tech has applied for use of the fields and we used their gym for our basketball program. This has been a very successful relationship for both parties.

 

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

Councilmember Karr provided a report in Councilmember Fu’s absence. He advised that the County Freeholders have made supplemental funding available for 2011 in the amount of $2,500 for Municipal Alliance.

 

Ordinance & Public Utilities

Councilmember Zabihach advised he has responded to street light outages and has informed JCP&L.

 

Councilmember Zabihach advised that the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment will be meeting later this month, and he will report on those Boards at the next meeting.

 

Councilmember Coogan reported that the Community Garden was featured in the last issue of the Plains Talk. It was originally scheduled to open on March 15th 2011, but due to the large amount of snow, that date will be pushed back until the snow is melted. To date, 26 applications have been received. The form is on the website and is also available in the Clerk’s Office.

 

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 2-2011

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

 

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 17, 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 March 3, 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 Zabihach 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.? Mayor Druetzler advised that the ordinances on Second Reading this evening determine salaries for Public Works and Police employees, respectively.

Frank Mangravite, 35 Janeway Place, asked what the increases were and Mayor Druetzler replied that there were no increases for 2011 salaries in both contracts. Councilmember Cecala added that employees are paying one and one-half percent toward the medical benefits.

Seeing no one else, Mayor Druetzler closed the Public Hearing.

 

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 McCluskey, Cecala, Coogan, Karr & Zabihach

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: Councilmember Fu

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.

 

Councilmember Zabihach read by title the ordinance entitled:

 

ORDINANCE 3-2011

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

 

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 17, 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 March 3, 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 Zabihach 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 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 Cecala 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, Karr & Zabihach

Nays: None

Absent: None

Abstain: Councilmember Fu

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

None.

 

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:53 p.m.

 

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. So moved.

 

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk