Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 09/01/11

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held September 1, 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

                                   Laurie J. Fu

                                   Jason C. Karr

                                   Roman Zabihach

Absent: Councilmember Joseph Cecala, Jr.

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney DISCUSSION ITEMS

Mayor Druetzler stated that Borough Engineer, Leon Hall, P.E., will be present this evening to address concerns from Valley Stream residents relative to flooding due to the hurricane. Mayor Druetzler advised that he spoke with Engineer Hall about raising the berm to protect the two homes that were affected in the future.

Mayor and Councilmembers discussed various problems in surrounding towns.Mayor Druetzler advised that Boy Scout Chris Swanson will be present this evening to earn a merit badge.

Mayor Druetzler advised that the flags are at half mass due to Dick Sturtevant’s passing. Mr. Sturtevant was a Police Officer and Fireman in town.

Councilmember Karr advised that a Safety Meeting was held and the procedure for new timesheets was addressed.

Councilmember Fu recommended requesting all the churches in town to ring their bells on September 11, 2011. Mayor Druetzler advised that there is a Resolution asking them to ring their bells at 1:00 p.m. Councilmember Fu will coordinate this undertaking with the churches.

Mayor Druetzler and Councilmembers discussed Morris United’s recommendation for a turf field. Mayor and Councilmembers agreed to entertain a proposal at a future council meeting.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-101 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So ordered.

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:29 p.m.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. 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 September 1, 2011, at 8:37 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

                                   Laurie J. Fu

                                  Jason C. Karr

                                  Roman Zabihach

Absent: Councilmember Joseph Cecala, Jr.

Also Present: Gail Fraser, Esq., Borough Attorney

Leon C. Hall, P.E., Borough Engineer (left at 9:06 p.m.)

Mayor Druetzler asked for a moment of silence in honor of Dick Sturtevant’s passing yesterday. Mr. Sturtevant was a Police Officer, Fireman, and long time resident of Morris Plains.

Mayor Druetzler advised that Councilmember Cecala is not present this evening as he is in the hospital to have a serious infection addressed.

Mayor Druetzler advised that Boy Scout Chris Swanson is present this evening to earn a merit badge.

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, July 2011

Animal Licensing, July 2011

Building Inspector, July 2011BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

THAT Resolution No. 2011-102 entitled, "BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS JOINS IN THE NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11th," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-103 entitled, "BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS, COUNTY OF MORRIS, STATE OF NEW JERSEY SUPPORT SENATE BILL 2976 TURNER AMENDING THE CURRENT OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS LAW," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-104 entitled, "GIFT OF LIFE OF NEW JERSEY, INC., RAFFLE LICENSE NO. 234-11," be adopted as attached.THAT Resolution No. 2011-105 entitled, "RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A NEW PETTY CASH FUND," be adopted as attached.THAT Scott Thompson, Police Chief be authorized to advertise for the position of Patrolman with applications being accepted at Police Headquarters.

THAT the residents of Winding Way be granted permission to hold a Block Party on Saturday, September 10th 2011, from 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., that permission to serve alcoholic beverages be granted; and that the Road Department provide the necessary barricades.THAT the residents of Glenbrook Road be granted permission to hold a Block Party on Saturday, September 10th 2011, with a rain date of Sunday, September 11th 2011, from 4:00 P.M. to Dusk, and that permission to serve alcoholic beverages be granted; and that the Road Department provide the necessary barricades.

THAT the residents of Greenwood Road be granted permission to hold a Block Party on Saturday, September 17th 2011, from 4:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M., that permission to serve alcoholic beverages be granted; and that the Road Department provide the necessary barricades.

THAT Deb Clark be granted permission to serve alcoholic beverages at a Birthday Party to be held Sunday, September 18th 2011, from 2:00 PM to 8:00 P.M. at Community Park.THAT Danielle Diorio, 46 Malapardis Road, be appointed a member of the Beautification Committee which term expires December 31, 2011.

THAT the Morristown High School Volleyball Team, be granted permission to solicit donations on Saturday, October 8th 2011, in the Merchant Block, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.THAT the attached be hired for the 2011 Fall "Kids Helping Kids" Program at the position and salary stated, effective September 1st 2011.THAT the attached Instructors be hired for the 2011 Fall Recreation Program at the position and salary stated, effective September 1st 2011.

THAT the Borough Council approve the membership application of Charles A. Wiseman, 20 Park Road, Morris Plains, NJ, as a member of the Morris Plains Fire Department.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-106 entitled, "RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT FOR EXTRAORDINARY, UNSPECIFIABLE SERVICES," be adopted as attached.

Seconded by Councilmember Coogan.

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

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: Councilmember Cecala

GREETING OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

Mayor Druetzler opened the meeting to the public.

Clorinda Landi, Littleton Road resident, discussed enforcement of ordinances as they relate to concerns in her neighborhood. Mrs. Landi, Mayor Druetzler and Councilmembers discussed the recent storms and water accumulation.

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

Mayor Druetzler, Councilmembers, Borough Attorney, Chief of Police and the Clerk discussed their roles in municipal government with Boy Scout Chris Swanson.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

Finance

Councilmember Karr advised that the budgets for 2012 will be given to department heads in October to begin their review.

Councilmember Karr said that the Morris Plains Library will shred documents on October 15, 2011. Story Time will run October 2011 through May 2012 for three to five year olds. The Regional Day School program will be starting up again.

Public Safety

Chief Thompson reported on Police Department activities.

Chief Thompson acknowledged the Department of Public Works, Fire Department, Police Department and Minutemen did a great job during the hurricane. In a 36 hour period, County dispatch fielded 2,500 911 calls and 5,500 non-emergency calls, and dispatched over 2,000 police calls, 1,000 fire calls and 100 first aid calls.

Chief Thompson advised that his department is ready for the Share the Care Run, the events for the 9-11 Memorial, and traffic control for the Block Party.

Chief Thompson advised that the Patrolman Pilipie’s last day was this week.

Chief Thompson reported that the e-ticket program is still pending the State’s approval.

Mayor Druetzler agreed that everyone pulled together during the hurricane. There were only minimal power outages and unfortunate downed trees. Mayor Druetzler thanked the Police Department, DPW, Fire Department and Minutemen for their service and team effort.

Public Works

Councilmember Coogan added that Fire Chief Michael Geary had firemen sleeping over night in the Fire Association room in order to be prepared for an emergency. He commended the Department of Public Works for their service.

Councilmember Coogan stated that the Department of Public Works report has been distributed. Through shared services, the DPW borrowed the Borough School’s hydraulic lift to replace lights in the Community Center. They have been chipping brush since Monday and have just completed one of the four sections of town. Tomorrow is a Borough Holiday, but the DPW will continue chipping brush to begin section two. They have taken five truckloads of chips to the County so far; monthly brush pickups covering all four sections of town usually result in a total of five truckloads of chips.

Councilmember Coogan stated that the garbage company has been picking everything up, regular garbage to items damaged due to water.

Mayor Druetzler stated that the Fire Department worked quickly to pump out flooded basements and in most cases it was less than a two-hour wait. Mayor Druetzler stated that the garbage that is picked up is dropped off at the Transfer Station and then shipped to Pennsylvania. The Transfer Station has extended their hours due to volume.

Public Buildings & Grounds

Councilmember McCluskey stated signups have begun for the Fall Recreation Programs and the Townwide Garage Sale.

Councilmember McCluskey stated some of our parks experienced storm damage and will reopen on Tuesday.

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the pool will close after this weekend.

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

Councilmember Fu stated that the registration deadline for the Teen Center was August 31st and 150 students registered. Registrations are still being accepted, but will incur a late fee.

Councilmember Fu advised the Board of Health will hold Wellness Day and Flu Clinic on Saturday, October 15th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A second date for flu shots is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, October 19th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. to accommodate the staff.

Councilmember Fu advised that the Board of Health has been working with the Police Department and our Animal Control Officer to put together a "frequently asked questions" flyer that is currently available on our website. It addresses such questions as the procedure to follow if your pet is lost, if a pet is found or injured, etc.

Councilmember Fu stated that the Recycling Center has experienced damage to electronic equipment, stealing and garbage dumping at the Recycling Center. With the help of the Department of Public Works, these concerns are being addressed. The Police Department will be patrolling the area. New hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tarps were given by the MUA to cover the bins during the hurricane. Permanent covers will be received sometime in the future. There is an additional container dedicated to large, rigid plastics to accommodate toys, laundry baskets, trash bins, etc.

Ordinance & Public Utilities

Councilmember Zabihach stated that the Borough is a member of the Whippany River Watershed Committee and we have asked them for assistance in dredging Thompson Pond near the Community Garden. A meeting has to be rescheduled due to the recent hurricane.

Councilmember Zabihach stated that there were not many electrical outages as a result of the hurricane, however, he will request a report from Michael Obremski of JCP&L.

Councilmember Zabihach stated that the agenda for the Board of Adjustment will include EJK with another variance request.

Councilmember Zabihach stated that the Planning Board is considering an application from American High-Tech Park, a development in Hanover Township with a portion on American Road.

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 NO. 13-2011AN ORDINANCE FOR PUBLIC CONTRACTING ("PAY-TO-PLAY") REFORM

which ordinance was introduced and passed on first reading at a meeting held on September 1, 2011.

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 held on August 18, 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 special meeting beginning at 8:30 P.M., on September 1, 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 stated that this ordinance pertains to public contracts and campaign donations. 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 McCluskey 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, Coogan, Fu, Karr & Zabihach

Nays: None

Absent: Councilmember Cecala

Abstain: None

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.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-107 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So ordered.

Moved By Councilmember Coogan:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-108 entitled, "RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT FOR EXTRAORDINARY, UNSPECIFIABLE SERVICES," be adopted as attached.

Seconded by Councilmember Karr.

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

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: Councilmember Cecala

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:29 p.m.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So moved.

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 p.m.

Seconded by Councilmember Fu. So moved.

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk