Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 07/21/11

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held July 21, 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: George J. Coogan

Joseph Cecala, Jr.

Laurie J. Fu

Jason C. Karr

Roman Zabihach

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Mayor Druetzler asked if there were any comments or questions relative to the Consent Calendar. Councilmember Fu stated that Single Stream Recycling went into effect on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, which allows all recyclables to be placed in one container. The Recycling Center no longer has a newspaper bin as newspaper and cardboard can now be combined with other recyclables. Michael Laudati, Recycling Coordinator, is inviting the public to the Recycling Center, located in Mine Hill, on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 to see how the center operates.

Councilmember McCluskey advised that the Community Center will be closed from August 15 – 19, 2011, except for previously scheduled events.

Councilmember Cecala requested information relative to bids for the school’s backstop, and Mayor Druetzler stated that the lease agreement requires the Borough to make certain renovations.

Mayor Druetzler advised that the Deer Culling Program will include a location between Mountain Avenue and Laurel Street.

Councilmember Karr advised that a part time job was recently posted; a second part time opening will be posted in a couple of days.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-90 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So ordered.

Councilmember Coogan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

Seconded by Councilmember Fu. 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 July 21, 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. McCluskey

Councilmembers: George J. Coogan

Joseph Cecala, Jr.

Laurie J. Fu

Jason C. Karr

Roman Zabihach

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

Leon C. Hall, P.E., Borough Engineer

PRESENTATION

Boy Scout – Eagle Project

Ryan Burn from Troop 39 made a presentation to the Mayor and Council on his Eagle Scout Project. Ryan has been working with Councilmember Coogan on plan preparation for a project entitled "Missing Link Trail" that will connect other paths at Court Road Park. The work will begin in October 2011.

PUBLIC HEARING

Sunset Road Curbing Assessment

Mayor Druetzler opened the Public Hearing and stated that all parties in interest and citizens and all persons shall have an opportunity to be heard. Seeing no one, Mayor Druetzler closed the public hearing.

Councilmember Coogan moved:

Resolution No. 2011-91 entitled, "Authorizing the Apportionment of Costs for Sunset Road Curbing Assessment," be adopted as attached.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach.

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

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Councilmember McCluskey moved:

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Executive, Conference and Regular Meeting of June 16, 2011 be approved.

Seconded by Councilmember Cecala. 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

Borough Clerk, June11

Animal Licensing, June11

Building Inspector, June 2011

Tax Collector, June 2011

Police Department, June 2011

Animal Control, June 2011

Treasurer, June 2011

Tipping Fees, June 2011

Municipal Court, June 2011

Fire Prevention, June 2011

Borough Attorney, Quarterly
Borough Engineer, Quarterly

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

THAT Resolution No. 2011-92 entitled, "P.L. 1994 CHAPTER 72, STATE OF NEW JERSEY," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-93 entitled, "RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING 2011-2012 CONTROLLED DEER CULLING PROGRAM," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-94 entitled, "RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLANS AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN THE COUNTYWIDE CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS (COOP) AND CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT (COG) PLANNING," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-95 entitled, "THE WILLOW TREE CENTER, RAFFLE LICENSE NO. 233-11," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-96 entitled, "MORRIS PLAINS HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION, RAFFLE LICENSE NO. 232-11," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-97 entitled, "RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FROM THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS GOVERNING BODY AUTHORIZING THE APPLICATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE JERSEYä GRANT FUNDED BY WAL-MART," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-98 entitled, "RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT FOR CURBSIDE COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLE MATERIALS," be adopted as attached.

THAT the 911 Memorial Fund Committee be granted permission to hold a Corn Hole Tournament and to serve alcoholic beverages on Saturday, September 10th 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

THAT Katherine Bezold, be hired as Recreation Coordinator, at an annual salary of $6,000.00, pro rated, effective July 1st 2011.

THAT Knights of Columbus, Bishop McLaughlin Council, No. 3495 be granted permission to serve alcoholic beverages at a Picnic to be held Tuesday, August 16th 2011, from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., at Community Park.

THAT the resignation of Claudia Botto, Clerk’s Office Secretary be accepted effective July 29th 2011.

THAT the National Multiple Sclerosis Society be granted permission to bicycle through a portion of the Borough on September 24th and September 25th 2011 as part of its benefit and that the Police Department provide the necessary support.

THAT Wing-Yee Pavlosky, 71 Littleton Road, be appointed a member of the Beautification Committee which term expires December 31, 2011.

THAT having polled the Council on June 27th 2011, that Kyle Davidson was granted permission to serve alcoholic beverages at a July 4th Picnic held Sunday, July 3rd 2011, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 P.M. at Community Park. THAT the residents of Janeway Place and Bryce Way be granted permission to hold a Block Party on Saturday, September 17th 2011, with a rain date of Sunday, September 18th 2011, from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM and that permission to serve alcoholic beverages be granted; and that the Road Department provide the necessary barricades.

THAT the residents of Hillside Court East be granted permission to hold a Block Party on Saturday, September 10th 2011, from 2:00 P.M. to 12:00 Midnight, that permission to serve alcoholic beverages be granted; and that the Road Department provide the necessary barricades

THAT having received quotes for the purchase and installation of a backstop at Borough School from the following:

GM Fence $6,866.00

York Fence Company $8,975.00

Troy Fence No Quote

THAT a purchase order be issued to GM Fence, East Hanover, NJ, in the amount of $6,866.00.

THAT the Borough Council grant permission to the Warner-Lambert/Pfizer Retirees Travel Club to park at the Simons Park Parking Lot from August 4th through August 6th 2011.

THAT the Borough Council grant permission to the Warner-Lambert/Pfizer Retirees Travel Club to park at the Simons Park Parking Lot from September 11th through September 25th 2011.

THAT the resignation of Traci Denhardt, Teen Center member, be accepted effective June 30th 2011.

THAT the resignation of Melissa Brophy, Teen Center member, be accepted effective June 30th 2011.

THAT the Morris Plains Block Dance Committee in conjunction with the Borough of Morris Plains be granted permission to hold a Block Dance at the Speedwell Avenue extension on Saturday, September 3rd 2011, from 6:15 P.M. to 9:30 P.M., with a rain date of Sunday, September 4th 2011, and that permission be granted to serve alcoholic beverages and that barricades be provided. THAT the Council confirm the Mayor’s July 12th 2011 execution of the Municipal Alliance’s 2012 Application for Funding Municipal Alliances Agreement.

THAT the Morris Minute Men be granted permission to serve alcoholic beverages at the Annual Picnic held Saturday, August 6th 2011, from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Community Park.

THAT Grady Carroll, Old Wood Road, be hired as a substitute Crossing Guard for the Police Department effective July 25th 2011, at a daily rate of $70.00.

THAT Grady Carroll, Old Wood Road, be hired as a matron for the Police Department effective July 25th 2011, at an hourly rate of $32.68.

Seconded by Councilmember karr.

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

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: None

GREETING OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

Mayor Druetzler opened the meeting to the public.

Seeing no one, Mayor Druetzler closed the public hearing.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

Finance

Councilmember Karr stated that the Pension and Healthcare Reform Bill was signed earlier this month and changes will begin in October 2011.

Councilmember Karr stated the new Tax Assessor started.

Councilmember Karr stated that the tax bills will be going out around August 1st 2011.

Councilmember Karr advised that the Finance Office is completing the Best Practices Questionnaire and it will be complete by the August meeting; a Resolution must accompany the questionnaire when returned to the Department of Community Affairs.

Councilmember Karr advised that the employee attendance board has been put up. It will record seminars, vacation and personal time.

Public Safety

Councilmember Cecala reported that everything went well on Family Day on June 25th 2011. The fireworks were fantastic. There was some debris and the Public Works Department cleaned up.

Councilmember Cecala advised that the 9-11 memorial steel was put up at the site on July 17th 2011.

Councilmember Cecala advised that Assistant Fire Chief Donald Geary was recently in the hospital, and is recovering nicely now.

Councilmember Cecala advised that the Fire Department will be offering a Corn Hole Tournament on September 10th 2011 from noon until 8:00 p.m.

Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that the Department of Public Works report has been distributed. Joe Signorelli and Ben Signorelli have obtained all the required certification CEU’s. The road into the Community Garden was milled and widened. All six districts were street swept twice since July. Tom Silk cut new steel to repair the Fire Department exterior staircase.

Councilmember Coogan reported that the 2010 lighting grant work was successfully completed and included new controls on the boilers and air condition. The Road Department building is next on the list to be updated.

Councilmember Cecala added to his report, stating that he met with Dave Helmer and Mark Holster from Morris County. Councilmember Fu designed a two-sided sign with a logo that will be made from recycled plastic. It will be located on Route 53 and Route 202 at the 9-11 Memorial site. Councilmember Fu added that brochures will be printed and will include a history of the 9-11 Memorial, how the steel was obtained, and a story timeline.

Leon Hall, Borough Engineer, advised that DLS has completed the capital improvements for this summer with the exception of the punch list. A Maintenance Bond will be submitted to the Borough Attorney for her review and approval, as well as submission of certified payrolls. They were deemed substantially complete the past week.

Engineer Hall advised that he spoke with JoMed Contracting and they will begin Speedwell Avenue brick pavers and lighting improvements next week.

Engineer Hall reported on Madison Avenue, stating that the Borough vacated a portion of Madison Avenue that intersects with Granniss Avenue in 2006. The Master Plan called for a cul-de-sac. Rand Homes is interested in developing the property and included a cul-de-sac on their plans; however, it would prevent the adjoining property owners from subdividing their lot down the line. Rand Homes is requesting guidance from Mayor and Council on how to proceed. The second issue is the construction of the road, which cost may be divided amongst the five new potential property owners. Mayor and Council discussed options.

Mayor Druetzler stated that Mark Ewert celebrated his 25th anniversary as a police officer today.

Public Buildings & Grounds

Councilmember McCluskey reported that the Recreation Commission sponsored a pool party last Saturday, July 16th 2011 for over 150 adults and children. It was an overwhelming success.

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Senior Picnic was held indoors today at the Community Center and was delightful. Councilmember McCluskey thanked the Mayor and Councilmembers Fu, Coogan and Zabihach for serving the food and cleaning up.

Councilwoman McCluskey reported Summer Concerts continue for the next three weeks on Sundays at Roberts Garden from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Councilmember McCluskey stated baseball and softball tournaments are continuing.

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Summer Recreation Program will conclude next Friday, July 29th 2011. The Super Kids Camp had 220 registered children and the Teen Camp had over 100 registered teens. The Summer Theater production will be God Spell will be held on July 28th and July 29th 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Borough School. The tickets will be $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.

Councilmember McCluskey advised that the Farmers Market continues and fresh picked corn is available by Ort Farms. There will be a Children’s Arts and Crafts Show on July 30th 2011 and the Museum will be there on August 6th 2011.

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

Councilmember Fu advised that the contract was signed this evening with the MUA and Single Stream Recycling will begin immediately. Councilmember Fu stated that all recycles can be put in one container, including plastic, tin, newspaper, cardboard, etc. We are no longer allowed to tie the newspaper and cardboard, but may continue to be stacked in brown paper bags or one box. The price of the contract has already produced an eight percent savings and they conservatively estimate a 15 percent increase in recycling tonnage. Milk cartons and some plastics previously not permitted will be recyclable now. Notices will be mailed with the tax bills and there will be information in the next issue of Plains Talk. Also, 250 new recycling containers have been ordered and will be available in August.

Councilmember Fu reported that the resolution on the Consent Calendar for a Wal-Mart grant for sustainable jersey was passed for $1,000. Once we are certified, the grants will be available for up to $50,000.

Councilmember Fu reported that the new Health Officer attended the Board of Health meeting. He will attend a few meetings throughout the year.

Ordinance & Public Utilities

Councilmember Zabihach stated that the Planning Board met this past Monday, July 18th 2011. Several members had to recuse themselves, however, the Planning Board did approve the application.

Councilmember Zabihach stated that the Board of Adjustment has cancelled their meeting.

Mayor Druetzler advised that Ronnie’s Deli will be demolished at the end of August. The Fire Department will be notified so they can have drills.

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. 12-2011

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE PARTIAL AMENDMENT AND SUPPLEMENTATION OF CHAPTER 14, "MISCELLANEOUS OFFENSES," OF THE "REVISED ORDINANCES OF THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS, NEW JERSEY, 1972" WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW SECTION 14-8.1 ENTITLED "INTERFERENCE WITH RETAIL OR WHOLESALE BUSINESS PRACTICES."

Councilmember Cecala seconded the motion.

Mayor Druetzler stated that this ordinance will lessen the punishment for first offenses.

Yeas: Councilmembers McCluskey, Coogan, Cecala, 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 July 21, 2011 and passed on first reading.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at a meeting to be held on August 18, 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

None.

RESOLUTIONS

None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

VOUCHERS

Councilmember Karr moved:

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

Seconded by Councilmember Coogan.

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

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: None

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:29 p.m.

Seconded by Councilmember Coogan. So moved.

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk