Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 10/06/11

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held October 6, 2011, at 7:41 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 he attended a meeting with the State, along with Borough Attorney Gail Fraser and Traffic Chairman Ralph Rotando, to discuss adding a third lane on Route 10 for one-half mile. The State did admit that the section of Route 10 being discussed is one of the most unsafe sections in the whole State and one of the most congested. They will conduct a review and will contact us in approximately two months.Mayor Druetzler advised that Borough Engineer Leon Hall met with Johnson & Johnson, who advised that they will be meeting with the DEP shortly to discuss wetlands.

Mayor Druetzler stated that a meeting was held with Morris County, Morris Township and Hanover Township representatives to discuss West Hanover Avenue zoning changes to big box stores from Whippany Road to Speedwell Avenue. There is concern that this change will create a lot of traffic, referenced in one study to potentially cause up to a 20 second further delay east and westbound in the evening. The County will be preparing a study on East Hanover Avenue to determine feasibility and to try to apportion the cost of making improvements at the intersections to the developer. Mayor Druetzler stated that he will not entertain discussion pertaining to creating additional lanes on Hanover Avenue.

Mayor Druetzler stated that he would like to schedule the next Shared Services meeting with Councilmembers Coogan and Karr with the Board of Education on Thursday, October 27th 2011 at 6:00 p.m. Councilmember Fu said she has discussed Sustainable New Jersey and coordinating a "green team" for recycling at the school with Dr. Palestis.

Councilmember Zabihach advised that the Ordinance Committee met in August 2011 to discuss various recommendations to existing ordinances. He is researching ordinances in other towns and will discuss the Committee’s recommendations at a later time.

Councilmember Zabihach stated that he will be meeting tomorrow with the Whippany Watershed, their consultant and a Rutgers representative to discuss funding to dredge Thompson Pond.

Councilmember Fu stated that two new members of the Teen Center are on the Consent Calendar this evening, Michelle Latch and Kathy Peterson. Carolyn Gallo will be resigning as Secretary of the Municipal Alliance Commission as her husband’s job has been relocated to New York State. The Municipal Alliance will meet the third week of November instead of the second week due to scheduling conflicts.

Mayor Druetzler asked for comments relative to allowing people to enter the Recycling facility on Tabor Road to take discarded items. The consensus was that the Borough hired a company that pays for the items that are being taken and the Borough, therefore, is losing revenue.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-113 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So ordered.

Councilmember Karr moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:26p.m.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So moved.

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Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Borough Council held on October 6, 2011, at 8:32 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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

None.

APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR

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, September 2011

Police Department, September 2011

Building Inspector, August & September 2011

Tax Collector, August & September 2011

Municipal Court, August 2011

Animal Control, August 2011

Borough Attorney, Quarterly

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

THAT Resolution No. 2011-114 entitled, "ST. VIRGILIUS CHURCH, RAFFLE LICENSE NO. 235-11," be adopted as attached. THAT Resolution No. 2011-115 entitled, "FORM OF RESOLUTION REQUESTING APPROVAL OF ITEMS OF REVENUE AND APPROPRIATION NJS 40A:4-87; BUCKLE UP GRANT," be adopted as attached.

THAT Resolution No. 2011-116 entitled, "FORM OF RESOLUTION REQUESTING APPROVAL OF ITEMS OF REVENUE AND APPROPRIATION NJS 40A:4-87; CLEAN COMMUNITIES PROGRAM," be adopted as attached.

THAT the Morristown High School Boy’s Soccer Team, be granted permission to solicit donations on Saturday, October 22nd 2011, in the Merchant Block, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

THAT the Morristown High School Girl’s Tennis Team, be granted permission to solicit donations on Saturday, October 29th 2011, in the Merchant Block, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

THAT the Susan G. Komen for the Cure North Jersey Affiliate be granted permission to tie pink ribbons on the trees along Speedwell Avenue in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 2011.

THAT the residents of Hawthorne Avenue, Homer Avenue, Carlyle Avenue and Sunset Road be granted permission to hold its annual Block Party on Saturday, October 8th 2011, with a rain date of Monday, October 10th 2011, from 4:00 P.M. to Midnight and that permission to serve alcoholic beverages be granted; and that the Road Department provide the necessary barricades.

THAT the Borough Treasurer be authorized to advertise for the receipt of bids for Bulk Salt, for the year 2012/2013 winter seasons, with bids to be received on Wednesday, November 30th 2011, up to 10:00 A.M., in the Council Chambers.

THAT the Borough Treasurer be authorized to advertise for the receipt of a two (2) year bid for Cleaning and Maintenance of the Borough’s Municipal Buildings for the years 2012/2013, with bids to be received on Wednesday, November 30th 2011, up to 10:15 A.M., in the Council Chambers.

THAT Michelle Latsch, 5 Hillside Court East, be appointed a member of the Teen Center which term will expire December 31st 2011.

THAT Kathy Peterson, 19 Kathleen Place, be appointed a member of the Teen Center which term will expire December 31st 2011.

THAT St. Virgil School be granted permission to use Simons Park for Cross Country Team practices from September 8th 2011 through November 8th 2011, from 2:30P.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.

THAT the Borough Council approve the membership application of David Ernst, 9 Mayfair Road, Morris Plains NJ, as a member of the Morris Plains Junior Fire Auxiliary.

THAT Amy Connolly be hired as a part-Time Secretary to the Borough Clerk’s office, with her hours totaling 21 hours per week, to be worked Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 7 hours per day at a rate of $16.00 per hour, effective October 19, 2011.

Seconded by Councilmember Karr.

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

Nays: None

Abstain: None

Absent: Councilmember Cecala

Mayor Druetzler advised that Councilmember Cecala is not present this evening as he is still healing from a serious infection.

GREETING OF PUBLIC AND INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

Mayor Druetzler opened the meeting to the public.

Jim Braybo, Morris Township resident, asked for permission to take items from the recycling center. He repairs the items for a nominal fee to cover parts. His son occasionally takes computers and fixes them for children. Mayor Druetzler advised that the Governing Body will discuss his request further and get back to him.

Barry Imming, Valley Stream Circle resident, asked if there has been progress since the last meeting relative to the berm discussion at the Johnson & Johnson site. Mayor Druetzler stated that Borough Engineer Leon Hall has met with J&J representatives who will be meeting within the next two weeks with the DEP to discuss the scope of this project. Councilmember Zabihach advised that FEMA set up an office in Parsippany; Mr. Imming stated that he has an appointment with them this weekend.

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

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

Finance

Councilmember Karr stated that the Library will be holding a paper shredding event on October 15th from 9:00 to noon.

Councilmember Karr advised that budgets have been sent to department heads earlier this week and will need to be returned in December 2011.

Public Safety

Mayor Druetzler asked Chief Thompson to report on Councilmember Cecala’s behalf.

Chief Thompson provided a report on Public Safety and Police Department activities.

Chief Scott Thompson advised that the Police Department will be participating in a program entitled "Operation Take Back" this fall with the Prosecutor’s office and Wells Fargo Bank. Collection of unused prescriptions will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Wells Fargo in Kohl’s Shopping Center.

Chief Thompson stated that 22 deer have been culled to date, 17 does and 5 bucks. Nine deer have been fatally taken by midge bites.

Chief Thompson stated that Sergeant Koroski is doing very well in the West Point Program and received the second highest score on a recent exam. Chief Thompson is confident Sergeant Koroski will continue to do well in the program.

Chief Thompson advised that approximately 5,700 cars were detoured on Greenwood Road during construction on Route 202 recently. There may have been more vehicles that the counter could not track due to cars following so closely behind each other.

Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that John Signorelli has completed five and one-half weeks of class and he passed his mid-term exam.

Councilmember Coogan advised that the Beautification Committee met last night and they discussed the new compost bin at the Community Garden.

Councilmember Coogan stated that Councilmember Fu compiled a list of repairs needed at the Teen Center and that list has been completed by the Department of Public Works.

Councilmember Coogan added that the Department of Public Works is re-roofing the Snack Bar at the pool and should be complete by next week.

Public Buildings & Grounds

Councilmember McCluskey stated that Roberts Garden Commission met a couple weeks ago to discuss the survey prepared by Greenwood Tree. They agreed to move forward with some of the work this fall.

Councilmember McCluskey advised that the Recreation Commission held the Annual Town-Wide Garage Sale this past weekend on October 1 and 2, 2011 and there were sales at approximately 75 residences. The Recreation Commission is also sponsoring two trips to Radio City Music Hall on November 19, 2011. Tickets, busing and gratuity are included in the $52.50 fee and are available at the Community Center. Plans have been made for the annual Bon Fire on October 22, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Councilmember McCluskey stated that the Morris Plains Tree Lighting has been scheduled for Sunday December 4, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Merchant Block; in the event of snow, this event will take place at the Community Center.

Councilmember McCluskey stated the Farmer’s Market will continue for two more weeks; on October 8th, Diana Rochford will collect donations for the Denville Animal Shelter that was affected by the tropical storm and on October 15th, Mark Fignano will sing. A new vendor, Sutton Family Farm, has been added to the Market and they offer fresh cheese.

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

Councilmember Fu stated that the Teen Center is very appreciative of the voluminous work performed by the Department of Public Works, including rearranging furniture and games to accommodate the newly donated pool table. Approximately 150 students representing grades sixth through eighth attended the kick-off night at the Community Center and everyone had a great time. This Friday, October 7, 2011 a house event is scheduled for the sixth grade.

Councilmember Fu stated that Municipal Alliance will hold a mother/daughter night for girls in grades fifth and sixth on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Community Center. A Senior Brunch and Learn will be held at the Community Center on October 17, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. The theme is "Loving the Life You Live" with a presentation by our Health Educator, Christine Schlesler, on the 40 developmental assets, which is the basis of the programs sponsored by the Municipal Alliance with grant money.

Councilmember Fu advised the Board of Health will hold Wellness Day on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The flu shots will be given on Saturday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

Councilmember Fu stated that the Sustainable New Jersey Green Team met last week to discuss achieving certification. There will be a booth during Wellness Day to provide information on Sustainable New Jersey and Single Stream Recycling.

Ordinance & Public Utilities

Councilmember Zabihach stated that he and Mayor Druetzler, Traffic Chairman Ralph Rotando and Borough Engineer Leon Hall met with representatives of the County, Hanover Township and Morris Township to discuss a study the County is initiating. They discussed changes to East Hanover Avenue from Speedwell Avenue to Whippany Road in anticipation of potential development in Hanover Township by Horsehill Road.

Councilmember Zabihach stated the Ordinance Committee will be reviewing the fee schedule changes submitted by department heads and will make recommendations to the Governing Body thereafter.

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

None.

RESOLUTIONS

None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

VOUCHERS

None.

Councilmember McCluskey moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:09 p.m.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So moved.

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk