Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Regular Council Meeting Minutes 10/20/11

Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Borough Council held October 20, 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 six students and a priest from Ireland will attend the December 1, 2011 Council Meeting.

Mayor Druetzler inquired about the Board of Health report that indicated there was a septic tank installed. Councilmember Fu understood there was a recent tank filled in, but she will check with the Health Sanitarian.

Mayor Druetzler stated that Borough School students will be making a presentation for Red Ribbon Week this evening. He requested that Councilmembers and professionals provide a brief summation of their municipal duties.

Councilmember Karr advised that Sheryl McNichol began tax collection courses at the Police Academy.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Moved by Councilmember Coogan:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Resolution No. 2011-117 entitled, "Executive Session" be adopted.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach. So ordered.

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

Mayor Druetzler welcomed the students and Ms. Diaz from Borough School.

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Councilmember McCluskey moved:

BE IT RESOLVED that the minutes of the Executive, Conference and Regular Meeting of September 15, 2011 be approved.

Seconded by Councilmember Coogan. All in favor.

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

Borough Clerk, September 2011

Animal Licensing, September 2011

Tipping Fees, September 2011

Municipal Court, September 2011

Treasurer, August & September 2011

Borough Engineer, Quarterly

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

THAT Resolution No. 2011-118 entitled, "REFUND OF OVERPAYMENT," be adopted as attached. THAT Resolution No. 2011-119 entitled, "RESOLUTION OF CONCURRENCE BY THE BOROUGH OF MORRIS PLAINS, MORRIS COUNTY DESIGNATING BUS STOPS ON WEST HANOVER AVENUE," be adopted as attached.

THAT the resignation of Carolyn Gallo, Municipal Alliance member be accepted, effective October 31st 2011.THAT

the Borough Council approve the Mayor’s Proclamation declaring October 24th 2011 – October 28th 2011` in recognition of "RED RIBBON WEEK" in the Borough of Morris Plains. THAT the Municipal Alliance and the Morris Plains School District be granted permission to tie a red ribbon on the trees along Speedwell Avenue in celebration of Drug Free School Week 2011.

THAT the Borough Council approve the Mayor’s Proclamation declaring the month of November as "PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH" in the Borough of Morris Plains.

THAT having received quotes for 2011-2012 Hydro-Rake to Watnong Pond for aquatic vegetation and unconsolidated organics from the following:

2011 2012

Princeton Hydro $3,780.00

Aquatic Technologies, Inc. $4,955.00

Aquatic Environment Consultants $7,345.00

THAT a purchase order be issued to Princeton Hydro, Ringoes, New Jersey, in the amount of $3,780.00 for 2011.

THAT the Borough Council authorize the release and return of the cash performance guarantees and engineering inspection fees for Street Opening Permits #709, #723 and #738 in the amount of $21,881.00 to TRC Environmental Corporation, in accordance with the Borough Engineer’s correspondence dated September 23, 2011.

THAT the Mayor and Clerk be and they hereby are authorized to execute the Separation Agreement with Vincent J. Tavaglione, III in the form approved by the Borough Attorney.

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach.

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. Borough School Students – Red Ribbon Week

Mayor Druetzler acknowledged the Borough School students and Ms. Diaz and explained the meeting process, elections and duties of the Mayor. Councilmembers, Attorney Gail Fraser, Borough Clerk June Uhrin, Borough Engineer Leon Hall, and Chief of Police Scott Thompson discussed their responsibilities. Mayor Druetzler discussed our volunteer organizations, the Fire Department and the Morris Minutemen, and encouraged the youth in attendance to join one of these organizations when they are old enough.

Ms. Diaz introduced herself, she is the Student Council Advisor and Spanish teacher. Members of the student council officers shared some of the events Mr. Wilson has planned for Red Ribbon Week.

Ian Johnson, President of the Student Council, introduced his father, Kevin Johnson. He discussed the school’s plans for Red Ribbon Week from October 24 to 29, 2011, and stated that Mr. Wilson has arranged for different speakers to discuss personal goals and making good choices that do not involve alcohol or drugs for Borough School and Mountain Way School students. There will be daily themes to remind students to lead a drug free life. Mary Albin attended the meeting with her mother. She discussed the themes for each day of the week. Tara Delgadio, Second Vice President of the Student Council, introduced her mother, brother and sister. She discussed the assemblies scheduled during the week. Nile Birch introduced his dad, Garth. Nile provided a description of topics to be covered by speakers. Anastasia Bergeron of the Student Council was filling in for Megan Crowley who could not attend this evening. Anastasia stated that booklets were prepared to help people stay drug and alcohol free. Mr. Wilson prepared a school-wide activity that will combine awareness of Red Ribbon Week and the new harassment, intimidation and anti-bullying law.

Mayor Druetzler read the Red Ribbon Week Proclamation. Mayor Druetzler gave Friendly’s gift certificates to the Student Council.

Mayor and Councilmembers took a short recess. The meeting reopened at 9:18 p.m.

James Braybo, Morris Township resident, attended this evening’s meeting as a follow up to him comments on recycling at the October 6, 2011 meeting. Mr. Braybo provided pictures of items he repairs that were discarded as recycling. Mayor and Councilmembers agreed to allow Mr. Braybo access to the recycling center on a trial basis on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and noon. Councilmember Fu will work out details with Mr. Braybo.

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

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS

Finance

Councilmember Karr stated that the new secretary, Amy Connolly, started this week. As previously reported, Sheryl McNichol is attending tax collector courses.

Councilmember Karr stated that the shredding event at the library went very well.

Public Safety

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 in conjunction with Wells Fargo Bank. Collection of unwanted 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 there will be extra traffic detail in the coming weeks concentrating on areas where speeding, cell phone use, running red lights, etc. have caused concern.

Chief Thompson reported on recent arrests; three Denville residents broke into the Easter Seals building to steal copper piping; and two Morris Plains Police Officers were attacked during an arrest causing one officer to seek medical attention. He added that the Police Department had interaction with a gang from Florida who travel the country stealing checkbooks and identifications. The identifications are sold to individuals bailed out of Florida jails.

Chief Thompson stated that a Police Officer was killed this weekend in Mount Arlington by a drunk driver. Sergeant Koroski volunteered to stand guard over the officer’s body during the overnight hours.

Chief Thompson said interviews for the police officer position will begin next week.

Public Works

Councilmember Coogan stated that the Department of Public Works started leaf collection this week. Sixteen loads of leaves have been brought to the County compost area on Hanover Avenue.

Councilmember Coogan stated that the Community Garden will be closing on November 15, 2011. George Ross of the Beautification Committee will be contacting the gardeners to see if they still want their plots next year or if they want a larger or smaller plot.

Councilmember Coogan stated that the Department of Public Works installed a new roof on the pool house and snack bar.

Borough Engineer Hall reported that the Department of Transportation approved our request to modify the scope of the project on Sun Valley Way to include 490’ of Laurel Street.

Borough Engineer Hall stated that Lennar Builders has to remove a pile of dirt from the site on Littleton Road. They will be appearing before the Planning Board to amend their permit approval.

Public Buildings & Grounds

Councilmember McCluskey stated that Roberts Garden Commission met to approve some Spring tree planting.

Councilmember McCluskey advised that the Recreation Commission is sponsoring the bonfire on Saturday, October 22, 2011 and the Halloween Parade on October 31, 2011.

Public Welfare, Sanitation & Sewers

Councilmember Fu stated that Municipal Alliance hosted the Senior Brunch and Learn at the Community Center on October 17, 2011 and there were 64 in attendance. Stage Fun has begun at Mountain Way School, and there were a total of 30 students registered in two classes. Drug Free School Week was covered earlier in the students’ presentation. Red ribbons will be tied on the trees along Speedwell Avenue tomorrow. DARE started Monday, October 17, 2011 and approximately 80 students in the fifth grade are participating. Last Saturday, October 15, 2011 approximately 46 students participated in Mother/Daughter night. Race to Nowhere is being shown at Borough School with approximately 200 people registered to attend.

Councilmember Fu stated that the Teen Center has a house event scheduled for the seventh grade tomorrow evening and a skating event at Mennen Arena on November 4, 2011

Councilmember Fu advised the Board of Health held Wellness Day on Saturday, October 15, 2011 and there were approximately 60 attendees who had blood and cancer screening. Approximately 130 flu shots were given on Saturday, October 15, 2011 and a second clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. She thanked the Department of Public Works for setting up in preparation of the clinics, and she thanked the Rotary for their assistance on Wellness Day. Councilmember Fu also appreciated the representatives of Morristown Memorial Hospital who were also available on Wellness Day and volunteered their time to do the screenings.

Ordinance & Public Utilities

Councilmember Zabihach stated a request for fee schedule changes was sent to department heads. The Ordinance Committee will review the suggestions and will make recommendations to the Governing Body thereafter.

Councilmember Zabihach stated that the Planning Board met last Monday, October 17, 2011 and passed a Resolution on the Cortese minor subdivision on Malapardis and School View Drive. The Planning Board received a third application from Waterview at Hanover, previously known as American High Tech. Since the access is from American Road, the Borough of Morris Plains has jurisdiction on the traffic aspect of the application.

Councilmember Zabihach advised that the Governor’s Strategic Plan has been released and will supersede the State planning documents. The cross-acceptance process created a few years ago is not inclusive in this new plan. Each State department will review this new plan to ensure economic development and environmental protection.

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

Councilmember Karr moved:

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

Seconded by Councilmember Zabihach.

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

Nays: None

Absent: Councilmember Cecala

Abstain: None

Councilmember Karr moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:22 p.m.

Seconded by Councilmember McCluskey. So moved.

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor

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June R. Uhrin, Borough Clerk