Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 03/17/11

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held March 17, 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                                     Laurie J. FuJason C. Karr Roman Zabihach 
Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney 
DISCUSSION ITEMS
Mayor Druetzler advised that he and Councilmember Zabihach met with Lennar Home Builders, the third largest home building company in the country, to discuss their anticipated purchase of the Route 202 property from Advance.   It is anticipated that the property will be sold in May 2011, providing approvals are received from the State.  Mayor and Council discussed street names and agreed upon Underhill Drive, Welsh Place, Lopez Lane and Rotando Way.   
Mayor Druetzler asked if there any comments relative to items on the Consent Calendar, and referenced two ordinances to be introduced.  The first ordinance is based on a recommendation from the Recreation Commission to add the position of “Recreation Coordinator.”  The second ordinance relates to property that the Borough purchased last year that allows us to vacate the paper street and to combine a number of lots that the Borough owns. 
Mayor, Council and Attorney Fraser discussed a resolution to adopt Police Rules and Regulations Manual.   
On behalf of the Municipal Alliance, Councilmember Fu inquired about parking at the 9-11 Memorial site.  Councilmember Cecala advised that there will be eight spaces in close proximity to the site and additional parking at the Teen Center and VFW.  
Another concern expressed by the Municipal Alliance is the Summer Recreation Program will be utilizing the Teen Center while the 9-11 Memorial is under construction.  Councilmember Cecala advised that there will be adequate fencing. 
Councilmember Cecala advised that Nixle, the Police Department electronic alert system, is contemplating charging the Borough for their services, which, up until now, has been free of charge.   Chief Scott Thompson will be researching this change in the agreement with the County as well as other alternatives.   

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:              
BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-50 entitled, “Executive Session” be adopted.   
Seconded by Councilmember Cecala.  So ordered.   
Councilmember Cecala moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 p.m. 
Seconded by Councilmember Coogan.   So moved.    
                                                                                                                                                            Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor
_____________________________June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk


 

 

 

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Borough Council held on March 17, 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.  

Present on Roll Call:                         Mayor Frank J. Druetzler                            Council President Suzanne B. McCluskeyCouncilmembers:           Joseph Cecala, Jr.George J. Coogan Laurie J. Fu                                    Jason C. Karr Roman Zabihach 

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney                        Leon C. Hall, P.E., Borough Engineer                                    

APPROVAL OF MINUTES 

Councilmember McCluskey moved: 

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Executive, Conference and Regular Meeting of March 3, 2011 be approved. Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach.  Councilmember Fu abstained.  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 Municipal Court, February 2011Tax Collector, February 2011Fire Prevention, February 2011Borough Clerk, December 2010 Borough Clerk, January & February 2011Animal Licensing, December 2010Animal Licensing, January & February 2011Tipping Fees, January & February 2011Police Department, Year 2010   

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED 

THAT Resolution No. 2011-51 entitled, “RESOLUTION REPEALING THE “MORRIS PLAINS POLICE DEPARTMENT MANUAL OF RULES AND REGULATIONS,” ADOPTED DECEMBER 15, 1994, AND REPLACING SAID MANUAL IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS, WHICH SHALL BE KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS “MORRIS PLAINS POLICE DEPARTMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS,” DATED MARCH 17, 2011,” be adopted as attached. 

THAT the Borough School Athletic Department be granted permission to use Simons Park for Track & Field week day practices during the months of March through May 2011 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

THAT the MHS Girls Softball Team be granted permission to solicit donations on Saturday, April 2nd 2011, in the Merchant Block, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

THAT the Mayor be and he hereby is authorized to execute the Municipal Alliance’s MC Board of Chosen Freeholders Application for 2011 Supplemental Funding and Letter of Agreement. 

THAT the Borough Council authorize the release and return of the Street Opening Permit Bond, Aires Jewelers., in the amount of $3,932.50, per the Borough Engineer’s correspondence dated March 15th 2011. 

THAT the Borough Council authorize the release and return of the Performance Guarantee, Nader Homes, Inc, in the amount of $805.00, per the Borough Engineer’s correspondence dated March 14th 2011.

THAT the Borough Council approve the membership application of Sean Huth, 6 Dogwood Road, Morris Plains NJ, as a member of the Morris Plains Junior Fire Auxiliary. 

THAT the Borough Clerk be and she hereby is authorized to advertise for an Auction to be held on Saturday, April 16th 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at the Department of Public works, 10 Borough Terrace, for the purpose of disposing the following pieces of property at the suggested minimum bid:                                                                                                                                                             Minimum Bid

One (1) 2000 Silver Ford Crown Vic, Serial #2FAFP71WXYX205300
113,000          miles                                                                                          $2,000.00
One (1) 1999 Mobile Traffic Monitor Trailer,
1P9141015XG301184                                                                        $   500.00

 Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. 

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

Nays:     None

Abstain:         None

Absent: None  

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 that School Board Elections will be on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Councilmember Karr advised that the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Borough budgets are on the Borough website now.  

Public Safety

Chief Scott Thompson reported that the Nixle Program announced that they will be charging $2,000 yearly for their premium service.   If we sign up by the end of April 2011, it will cost $1,500.  Chief Thompson is working with local Morris County municipalities to appeal to Nixle in an effort to keep the $1,500 locked in for a few years with the agreement to keep a certain number of municipalities in the program.   Chief Scott Thompson advised that they will be participating in a program entitled “Operation Take Back New Jersey,” designed to rid excess prescription drugs in the home.   Collection of unused prescriptions will take place on April 30th here at Borough Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.      

Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that the Department of Public Works report was distributed.   Most of the equipment has held up this winter season, with the exception of one of the dump trucks.   Salt has corroded through some fuel and air lines, and started to corrode the paint on the fuel tanks.  John Signorelli will be replacing the lines and repainting the tanks, in addition to front and back brakes.  All repairs are being done in-house. Councilmember Coogan reported on the Community Garden and advised that 14 large plots and 22 small plots have been assigned.  The Road Department built the water pit and they are ready to connect the water to the Garden.   It is anticipated the parcel will get tilled one more time and then the individual plots will be layed out.  SLAP will be scheduled to come in and remove the rocks.   George Ross sent out e-mails to all applicants and notified them that they had received the plot they had requested, and the opening is postponed to April 15, 2011.   Borough Engineer Hall advised that the contracts for the 2011 Capital Improvements are done and the bid opening date will be April 14, 2011.    

Public Buildings & Grounds

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Recreation Commission held its Volunteer Recognition event at the VFW and Pete Demnitz of Morris Plains Little League was chosen as the Volunteer of the Year. Councilmember McCluskey extended thanks to the Public Works Department as there is no more snow at Community Park. Councilmember McCluskey advised that the Morris Minutemen have asked to borrow a staircase for training members to use a new device that will assist them with transporting patients up and down stairs.  They will be using stairs at the Community Center.    

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

Councilmember Fu advised that the Municipal Alliance held its Peter and the Wolf program on March 4, 2011.  Approximately 220 people attended.  This event was provided by the New Jersey Theater Alliance free of charge.  The Alliance raised $440 that will be put towards other programs.  The Alliance also accepted the application for supplemental funding and they will be applying for the full $2,500 that is available to the community.  As previously mentioned by Chief Thompson, the Alliance will be assisting the Police Department with promoting “Operation Take Back” through their website and any other way available.   Councilmember Fu reported that the Board of Health advised that the blood bank had 68 donors recently, which is the highest number of donors in the past five years.   Councilmember Fu advised that the Teen Center Board has not met yet this month.  However, there was a dance held at the Teen Center last Friday night, March 11, 2011.  The teens wore white clothes and danced with black lights, and their outfits became fluorescent.  There were 121 teens who participated in this event.  

Ordinance & Public Utilities

Councilmember Zabihach passed out a legislative summary to Mayor and Councilmembers regarding proposed legislations.  NJDEP is proposing to do a Common Sense Waiver Rule which addresses conflicting rules.    A public hearing will be held on April 14, 2011.  Additional information is available at www.nj.gov/dep/rules/notices.html. Councilmember Zabihach also reported on COAH.   Councilmember Zabihach advised that the Planning Board will be meeting on Monday, March 21, 2011 and JP Morgan Chase Bank is on the agenda.  They are proposing to knock down the two buildings and construct a new bank.  More information needs to be supplied in order for their application to be deemed complete.   ACP at Morris Plains will now officially be Coventry Park at Morris Plains.  It is anticipated that the new owners will be Lennar Builders. Councilmember Coogan added that Johnson & Johnson donated ten SCBA Air Packs to the Fire Department, valued in the area of $20,000.00.   

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 Zabihach introduced the following ordinance and read the same by title and moved that it be passed on first reading. ORDINANCE NO. 4 – 2011 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 14-2010 CONCERNING COMPENSATION FOR RECREATION COORDINATOR Councilmember McCluskey seconded the motion. 

Mayor Druetzler stated that this will change the title of the Recreation Director to Recreation Coordinator.

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

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Absent:          None

Thereupon, Councilmember Zabihach offered the following resolution:             WHEREAS, the above ordinance was introduced and read by title at this meeting on March 17, 2011 and passed on first reading.            

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at a meeting to be held on April 7, 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 Zabihach introduced the following ordinance and read the same by title and moved that it be passed on first reading. 

ORDINANCE NO. 5 – 2011 AN ORDINANCE TO VACATE, RELEASE AND EXTINGUISH ANY AND ALL PUBLIC RIGHTS IN AND TO A PORTION OF MOUNTAIN AVENUE FOR PUBLIC STREET OR RIGHT-OF-WAY PURPOSES; AND AUTHORIZING THE MERGER OF BLOCK 912, LOTS 1, 5, 11, 26 & 32, AND BLOCK 913, LOT 1 INTO A NEW LOT TO BE KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS BLOCK 912, LOT 1 TOGETHER WITH THE ELIMINATION OF BLOCK 913 AND THE BLOCK LIMIT LINE BETWEEN BLOCK 912 AND BLOCK 913. Councilmember McCluskey seconded the motion. 

Mayor Druetzler stated that allows us to vacate a paper street and to consolidate the properties that the Borough owns. 

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

Nays:              None

Abstain:         None

Absent:          None 

Thereupon, Councilmember Zabihach offered the following resolution:             WHEREAS, the above ordinance was introduced and read by title at this meeting on March 17, 2011 and passed on first reading.            

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at a meeting to be held on April 7, 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 Coogan seconded the resolution.  All in favor.   

ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING None.

RESOLUTIONSNone.  

UNFINISHED BUSINESSNone.  

NEW BUSINESSNone.  

VOUCHERS Councilmember Karr moved:            

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

                                                                                                                                  Seconded by Councilmember Cecala.    

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

Nays:        None

Absent:    None

Abstain:   None   

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:              

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-52 entitled, “Executive Session” be adopted.   

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala.  So ordered.  

Councilmember Cecala moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:55 p.m. 

Seconded by Councilmember Coogan.   So moved.    

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

 

 

 

 

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk