MTC Meeting Minutes 02-09-10 Print E-mail

Montville Township Committee Regular Meeting

Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Montville Township Municipal Building, 195 Changebridge Road, Montville, New Jersey

 

7:00 p.m. – Statement of Open Public Meetings Act Compliance read by Chairman James Sandham, Jr.:  “As required by the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate Notice of this meeting has been provided which Notice specified the time and place of the meeting to the extent known at that time. The Notice was posted on the bulletin board at the Municipal Building, mailed to The Daily Record, The Star Ledger, and The Citizen as well as other newspapers and it was placed on file in the Township Clerk’s office. This meeting has been properly noticed to the public in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.”

 

Roll call Township Committee:

 

Present:          Committeeman Art Daughtry

Committeeman Don Kostka

                        Committeewoman Deborah Nielson

                        Committeeman Tim Braden

                        Chairman James Sandham, Jr.

 

Also present:   Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance

Anthony Barile, Township Engineer

Adam Brewer, Management Specialist & Acting Township          Administrator

Martin Murphy, Township Attorney

Gertrude Atkinson, Township Clerk

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2010-CES-020910 PROVIDING FOR A MEETING NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE NEW JERSEY OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12:  Property acquisition – Changebridge Road extension.  Litigation – Ptaszek; First Aid Squad; Democratic Club; Tax Appeal – Barot.  Attorney-client privilege – municipal court; Grawehr.  Contract negotiations – white collar.

 

Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Daughtry.  All in favor.  Resolution adopted.

 

At 7:00 p.m. – Closed Session.  At 8:10 p.m. – Public Session.

 

Chairman Sandham read the Statement of Open Public Meetings Act Compliance again for the record.

 

Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance led by Committeeman Kostka.

 

Chairman Sandham welcomed Adam Brewer, who is Acting Administrator while Frank Bastone is on vacation.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES FOR FINAL ADOPTION:

 

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2010-05 AMENDING THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND ESTABLISHING A POLICY SETTING AN ABSENTEE THRESHOLD FOR TOWNSHIP BOARDS, COMMITTEES, OR COMMISSIONS:

 

Chairman Sandham opened the public hearing.  Hearing no comments, Chairman Sandham closed the public hearing.  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Daughtry.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

Motion to adopt ordinance:  Nielson.  Second:  Kostka.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Ordinance adopted.

 

NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2010-06 AMENDING THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND ESTABLISHING THE LONG TERM FINANCIAL PLANNING COMMITTEE AND THE OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, ELIMINATING THE LOCAL ASSISTANCE BOARD, AND AMENDING PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION AND THE RESIDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

 

Chairman Sandham opened the public hearing.  Hearing no comments, Chairman Sandham closed the public hearing.  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Daughtry.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

Sandham suggested amending the ordinance to one Township Committee member and one Township Committee alternate member for the Long Term Financial Planning Committee and the Open Space Advisory Committee.  Motion to amend:  Daughtry.  Second:  Nielson.  Discussion:  Martin Murphy, Township Committee, stated the amendment is not significant enough to have to re-advertise.  Roll call vote on amendment – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes; Sandham, yes.  Motion approved.

 

Motion to adopt ordinance as amended:  Daughtry.  Second:  Kostka.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Ordinance adopted.

 

NO. 3 – ORDINANCE NO. 2010-07 OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, AUTHORIZING THE AMOUNT OF $30,000 BE APPROPRIATED AND DISBURSED VIA RESOLUTION FROM THE OPEN SPACE DEDICATED TRUST FUND FOR APPRAISALS, SURVEYS, ENVIRONMENTALS, AND OTHER DUE DILIGENCE ON OPEN SPACE PROPERTIES AND POTENTIAL OPEN SPACE PROPERTIES:

 

Chairman Sandham opened the public hearing.

 

Truscha Quatrone, 4 Majorca Road, Towaco, asked if we use our own environmental people to do this work – i.e, members of the Environmental Commission.

 

Adam Brewer, Acting Township Administrator, stated we contract out – there are DEP requirements.

 

Quatrone stated she knows some of the Environmental Commission members and some are certified professionals.

 

Martin Murphy, Township Attorney, stated much of the work is Phase I and Phase II environmentals which are very technical.

 

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Sandham closed the public hearing.  Motion:  Braden.  Second:  Daughtry.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

Motion to adopt ordinance:  Nielson.  Second:  Kostka.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Ordinance adopted.

 

REPORTS:

 

NO. 1 – ADMINISTRATOR:  No report.

 

NO. 2 – ATTORNEY:  No report.  Committeeman Braden stated he would like input as to if the Township Committee was going to look into on how to dissolve the library board.  Murphy stated the library was created by referendum.  The statute is silent on dissolving.  Would need a referendum to disband.  To get this on the ballot – would need a petition or the Township Committee can adopt an ordinance.  This has been contested in some towns.  I will bring further information on that.

 

Sandham stated this is not taking the library down, but how it functions as a municipal organization.

 

NO. 3 – FINANCE:  Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance, reported since there may be a storm, and if we have to close offices due to a state of emergency, we were notified by the State that we have to extend tax collection by one day.

 

NO. 4 – ENGINEER:  No Report.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Sandham stated a resident brought forward to me a letter from PSE&G.  She thought it was full of legal ease.  The letter is for them to get permission to go on property to look at wetlands, etc. 

 

Committeewoman Nielson stated the resident is from Chase and their Board of Directors has taken a position on this.  She should contact them.

 

Sandham asked if they want to put an interpretation on our website.  Nielson stated she would like to hear from our Administrator and Attorney on that.

 

Murphy stated the letter states that the DEP person may go on the property.  This is a normal DEP procedure for wetlands, permits, etc.

 

Consensus of Township Committee – handle on a one-on-one basis. 

 

DISCUSSION:

 

NO. 1 – 2010 MUNICIPAL BUDGET:  Brewer referred to Frank Bastone’s report dated 02/04/10 regarding the questions from last meeting:

 

Furloughs:  Based on five-day work week excluding the police.  No half-day furloughs.  2½- month notice process.

 

Layoffs:  Brewer stated Mr. Bastone provided an analysis of potential layoffs.  Minimum three-month process notice process.

 

Outsourcing:  Still investigating the outsourcing of fleet maintenance and investigating police vehicle maintenance with Lincoln Park.

 

Sandham stated it would behoove us to wait on the furloughs and layoffs until Mr. Bastone is back.

 

Insurance:  Based on loss history and analysis Township Committee all agreed – take item off table.

 

Committeeman Kostka stated regarding outsourcing, it doesn’t go far enough.  I think we can get more creative.  He will tell Mr. Bastone what direction he is looking in.  Nielson stated embrace the potential of outsourcing on a broader scale.

 

Brewer stated Mr. Bastone also met with the four collective bargaining units to see if there would be any voluntary concessions.  I don’t know the outcome of that meeting yet.

 

Recreation – self-liquidating function:  Brewer stated Mr. Bastone provided two different approaches – cover the costs of Recreation and the other – cover the costs of DPW & Recreation.

 

Kostka stated at some point in time $1.2 million will be needed to redo the fields at Camp Dawson.  Do we come up with a method to raise fees to create a sinking fund?  Braden stated we have currently instituted a fee on all Recreation programs to cover the turf and field lighting.  Kostka stated we need about $220,000 per year.  This is one of the areas the Long-Term Financial Planning Committee is looking into.

 

Nielson stated the turf fields do need to be re-skinned.  One of the benefits is that our DPW doesn’t have to maintain the turf fields so there are savings internally in the interim.  I don’t necessarily subscribe philosophically that we need to raise roughly $220,000 per year in Recreational fees.

 

Sandham stated for the budget discussion next meeting include turf fields, etc.

 

Braden stated I want to know how we target recreation.  Kostka stated Recreation was not only targeted.  Things that were looked at were changes in the garbage pickup and outsourcing.  Recreation came up in the pecking order.

 

Nielson sated LTFPC is an advisory board and Recreation is an advisory board – there will be differing opinions.

 

Sandham stated do we want to discuss this at next meeting or have a separate budget meeting, etc?

 

Township Committee poll – investigate Recreation becoming a self-sustaining department:  Daughtry – no, on the right track with the user fee.  Kostka – yes, everything is on the table.  Nielson – no, but everything should be evaluated.  Braden – no, but can look at the user fee number.  Sandham – no, but nothing should be off the table.  Some increase might be warranted.  Sandham stated consensus – not fully self-sustaining, but possible increase in revenues.

 

NO. 2 – HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEW COMMISSION ORDINANCE:  Murphy stated Bob Oostdyk has written an opinion letter.  We believe the HPRC is an advisory board.  However, with some of the grants we have signed off that we are a commission; when in fact we are not.  There are some conflicts with our ordinance that could be cleaned up. 

 

Sandham asked if we could lose anything.  Murphy answered he does not know – we could. 

 

Nielson stated she would like an opinion before next meeting.  She does not oppose it being an advisory committee. 

 

Daughtry stated we may want to table until we know about the grants.  He would like to know the pros and cons of a committee versus a commission. 

 

Sandham asked Mr. Murphy if this can be resolved if any of the issues get resolved with the passage of time. 

 

Murphy stated the opinion letter stated that a commission makes recommendations to the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.

 

Mr. Murphy will answer the questions and then the Township Committee will take it up again.

 

NO. 3 – OPEN SPACE TAX LEVY:  Brewer reported on Mr. Bastone’s memo.  Mr. Bastone’s recommendation is that it would be inconsistent to consider an increase in the open space tax levy when they are considering layoffs, furloughs, and outsourcing.

 

Maritza Byrne, Open Space Committee Chairperson, present.  She urged the Township Committee to consider retaining all or a portion of the Morris County Open Space Tax levy for municipal purposes.  No Township interest I s more important than Open Space.  Open Space tax was created with three separate referendums by the citizens of the Township of Montville.  Montville has been recognized nationally for its open space.  This Township Committee needs to decide if it will continue to be a leader and promote smart growth.  Keeping the dollars here locally would allow the Township Committee to ensure that current open space debt is properly funded in the future and that acquisitions can continue to be made as needed.

 

I respectfully request that the Township Committee consider retaining all of the Morris County open space tax proceeds for municipal open space tax purposes.

 

Sandham stated the County has proposed a cut of one cent, which equates to 1.3 or 1.4 cents for us.  Do we want to entertain the review of the open space trust fund so we can make a decision, or do we want to agree to increase or decrease according to what the County does?

 

Vanderhoof stated it has been a year since we did an analysis of the open space trust fund.  I think it is time we did another one before we make a decision on that. 

 

Township Committee agreed – do the analysis.

 

NO. 4 – CAMP DAWSON CONCESSION STAND:  Brewer reported on Frank Bastone’s memo.  The concession stand continues to be an issue.  The concession stand either needs to be leased to a nonprofit sports group or put out for public bid.

 

Braden recommended that the stand only be used by the sports organizations to raise money by volunteers for their programs.  Not to be leased to a vendor. 

 

Sandham stated and that doesn’t give them the right to lease the property as only the Township Committee has that right.  Braden stated correct, and the problem there is that different organizations are in different seasons so if you have leases - apparently it is a can of worms to have short term leases and there are different organizations which have concurrent field time there.   

 

Nielson asked if this has been before the Recreation Commission.  Braden stated it has, and they defer to the Township Committee for guidance.

 

Motion made by Braden that any activity at the Camp Dawson concession stand be subject to volunteer status for the generation of funds to support the athletic organizations and that a third party vendor should not be allowed to lease the stand.  Second:  Daughtry.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

NO. 5 – COMMUNITY PARK STORAGE SHED:  Montville Soccer Association has requested to put a storage shed at Community Park.  This has been endorsed by the Recreation Commission.  Tom Mazzaccaro has approved the location. 

 

Frank Maggiore, 22 Morris Avenue, Montville, described the shed – 10’ x 14’.  The style is ok with Tom Mazzaccaro and Maryann Witty. 

Braden thanked Mr. Maggiore for coming before the Township Committee and seeking permission.

 

Motion to approve 10’ x 14’ shed as per the description submitted and as per the approvals of Recreation and DPW:  Daughtry.  Second:  Nielson.  All in favor.  Motion approved. 

 

NO. 6 – LOWE’S PA1:  Brewer reported on Frank Bastone’s memo.  Morris County Planning and Development have determined that a PA1 Planning Area designation is more appropriate than PA2 .  Murphy stated this also involves the Kevah Konner and Home Depot site. 

 

Township Committee agreed – resolution next meeting.  Need explanation of PA1 and PA2.

 

NO. 7 – EVERY DROP COUNTS:  Hold to next agenda.  Nielson stated she would like the documents in advance.

 

NO. 8 – G.I. AUTO:  Brewer reported on Frank Bastone’s memo.  Letter received from G.I. Auto as to the continued use while the site is being cleaned up.  Murphy stated the junkyard is a nonconforming use.  They want to make sure they preserve their rights of the nonconforming use.  Recommend entering into an agreement.  Township Committee all agreed.  Resolution next meeting.

 

PUBLIC PORTION FOR ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA:  Chairman Sandham opened the public portion.  Hearing no comments, Chairman Sandham closed the public portion.  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Braden.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONSENT AGENDA 2010-CA4:  Motion:  Braden.  Second:  Kostka.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM A – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RETURN OF CASH BONDS WITH THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:  Block 160.2, Lot 10, 57 Stiles Lane, Hoff Custom Landscaping, two road openings at $550.00 each.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM B – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TAX REFUND 2010:  Block 17, Lot 1, $2,166.22, duplicate payment.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM C – RESOLUTION APPROVING REQUEST FROM TAX COLLECTOR FOR REFUND OF OVERPAYMENT 2009:  Tax appeal Tax Court of NJ.  Block 21.1, Lot 42.26, $1,978.77.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM D – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PROCESSING OF CERTAIN TAX SALE CERTIFICATE REDEMPTIONS:  Block 100, Lot 9, $2,988.14, Lien Redemption Certificate #09-00027.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM E – RESOLUTION OPPOSING LEGISLATION AMENDING THE TIME OF DECISION RULE:

 

WHEREAS, S-82 and A-437 are intended to modify the “time of decision’ rule, which currently allows municipalities to change the zoning regulations during the pendency of an application for development; and

           

WHEREAS, the bills would deem as complete the ordinances in effect at the time of an application and shall govern the review of that application, and any decision made following upon that review; and

           

WHEREAS, “the time of decision rule” is a judicially recognized principal that decisions are to be made on the basis of laws, ordinances and regulations in effect at the time of the decision is rendered not upon application; and

           

WHEREAS, courts have applied the “time of decision rule” to correct errors in zoning ordinances, thus giving local legislators the opportunity to correct legislative policy that had been found to be imperfectly expressed; and

           

WHEREAS, the “time of decision rule” has permitted a municipality to give additional legislative consideration to serious and substantial land use planning concerns that, for whatever reason, had not been previously addressed in the ordinance; and

           

WHEREAS, application and zoning changes require public discussion and hearings, and S-82/A-437 would permit developers to “beat the clock” by filing applications and freezing the ability of local officials to act.

           

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, hereby urges our State Legislators to oppose A-4 and S-82, and any legislation which would eliminate the “time of decision” rule at the local level; and

           

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the members of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee, the New Jersey League of Municipalities and the Office of the Governor.

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

NO. 1 – RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING THE RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE FORM AND OTHER DETAILS OF NOT TO EXCEED $7,540,000 REFUNDING BONDS, CONSISTING OF NOT TO EXCEED $2,300,000 GENERAL IMPROVEMENT REFUNDING BONDS AND NOT TO EXCEED $5,240,000 OPEN SPACE REFUNDING BONDS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY ADOPTED ON OCTOBER 27, 2009:

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY (not less than two‑thirds of all members thereof affirmatively concurring) AS FOLLOWS:

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville, in the County of Morris, New Jersey (the “Township”) adopted a resolution entitled “Resolution Determining the Form and Other Details of Not to Exceed $7,540,000 Refunding Bonds, Consisting of Not to Exceed $2,300,000 General Improvement Refunding Bonds and Not to Exceed $5,240,000 Open Space Refunding Bonds of the Township of Montville, in the County of Morris, New Jersey or Such Other Amount as Determined by the Chief Financial Officer to Accomplish the Refunding on the Terms Approved by the Local Finance Board Consistent with the Refunding Provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and Providing for the Sale and the Delivery of Such Bonds to RBC Capital Markets” on October 27, 2009 (the “Form and Sale Resolution”).

           

            WHEREAS,  the refunding bond ordinances referred to in the Form and Sale Resolution entitled, “Refunding Bond Ordinance of the Township of Montville, in the County of Morris, New Jersey Providing for the Advance Refunding of Certain General Improvement Bonds, Series 2002, Appropriating $2,300,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $2,300,000 General Improvement Refunding Bonds of the Township for Financing the Cost Thereof” and “Refunding Bond Ordinance of the Township of Montville, in the County of Morris, New Jersey Providing for the Advance Refunding of Certain Open Space Bonds, Series 2002, Appropriating $5,240,000 Therefor and Authorizing the Issuance of $5,240,000 Open Space Refunding Bonds of the Township for Financing the Cost Thereof” (the “Refunding Bond Ordinances”) were not valid at the time the Form and Sale Resolution was adopted.

 

WHEREAS, the Refunding Bond Ordinances were re-introduced and re-adopted on January 12, 2010 and January 26, 2010, respectively.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, STATE OF NEW JERSEY as follows:

 

Section 1.   The Form and Sale Resolution is hereby revised to reflect that the adoption date of the refunding bond ordinances is January 26, 2010.

 

Section 2.  All other determinations of the Form and Sale Resolution shall remain in full force and effect.

 

Section 3.   This resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Daughtry.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 2 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TRANSFER OF FUNDS:

 

WHEREAS, various 2009 bills have been presented for payment this year, which bills were not covered and/or recorded at the time of transfers between the Budget Appropriations in the last two months of 2009; and

 

            WHEREAS, N. J. S. 40A-4-49 provides that all unexpended balances carried forward after the close of the succeeding year, to meet specific claims, commitments or contracts incurred during the preceding fiscal year and allow transfers to be made from unexpended balances which are expected to be insufficient during the first three months of the succeeding year.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville that the transfer in the amount of $10,000 be made between the 2009 Budget Appropriation Reserves as follows:

 

                                                                        FROM                              TO

 

Solid Waste Disposal                         $10,000

 

Roads, Snow & Ice                                                                 $10,000

(12/20, 12/21 & 12/31/09 Snowstorms)

 

Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Daughtry.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 3 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHANGE ORDER AND FINAL PAYMENT TO MSP CONSTRUCTION FOR THE PINE BROOK WATER PROJECT SUBJECT TO THE RECEIPT OF MAINTENANCE BOND AND AFFIDAVIT OF RELEASE OF CLAIMS AND LIENS:

 

WHEREAS, MSP Construction is the contractor for the Pine Brook Water Project; and

 

WHEREAS, it has been determined that changes to this Contract are necessary; and

           

WHEREAS, MSP Construction has submitted a Change Order for an increase to the original contract amount of $7,061.11 which is a summary/recapitulation of the variations in the quantities of the contract line items as actually encountered and completed; and

           

WHEREAS,  the Township Engineer has recommended the change order, that the Pine Brook Water Project be accepted by the Township, and that final payments be made; and

           

WHEREAS, MSP Construction is required to post a Maintenance Bond and required to file an Affidavit of Release of Claims and Liens as a condition of final release.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, that the following change order is hereby approved:

                                    Original Contract:                    $84,021.00

                        Change Order #1:                       7,061.11

                        Adjusted Contract Amount:     $91,082.11

                        Increase on the Contract:                 8.4%

                                                                                                            ; and be it further

 

            RESOLVED that the Township of Montville accepts as final the Pine Brook Water Project and releases to MSP Construction final payment in full; and be it further

 

RESOLVED that this release is conditioned upon 1) receipt of a 10% Maintenance Bond from MSP Construction in a form approved by the Township Attorney and 2) receipt of an Affidavit from MSP Construction as to release of all claims and liens.

 

Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Daughtry.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 4 – RESOLUTION APPROVING OPEN AND CLOSED SESSION MINUTES – REGULAR MEETING SEPTEMBER 22, 2009.  Motion:  Braden.  Second:  Nielson.  All in favor except Kostka – abstained.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 5 – RESOLUTION APPROVING THE LISTING OF BILLS AND SIGNING OF CHECKS:  Listing of bills approved; and the Mayor and Township Clerk are authorized to sign the checks.  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Braden.  Discussion:  Sandham asked about the $15,000 financial software maintenance and police radio maintenance $25,000.  Would like Mr. Bastone to look at reducing these in the next budget process.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Resolution adopted.

NO. 6 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CANCELLATION OF MUNICIPAL TAX SALE CERTIFICATE:

 

WHEREAS, Certificate of Sale #09-00001 was issued to Montville Township for delinquent taxes on Block 2 Lot 3 (60 Boonton Ave), at a tax sale held on December 03, 2009; and

 

            WHEREAS, the assessed owner, Blagoja & Loiza Gruevski have redeemed Certificate #09-00001 by paying the full amount of the delinquency.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor and Municipal Clerk of Montville Township are hereby authorized to endorse Certificate of Sale #09-00001 for cancellation.

 

Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Braden.  All in favor.  Resolution adopted.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Committeeman Braden attended the Library Board meeting.  Issue – they have four groups that meet at the library that do not fit into categories.  Liability – they do not have insurance.  They are not organizations with any status.  I spoke to Mrs. Witty and asked if they could be included in Recreation.  Township Committee – all in favor.  Adam Brewer will contact Howard Chesler to discuss orchestrating this.

 

Braden suggested boards such as Recreation use the recording system in the conference room.  Requested that Mr. Bastone direct staff that the system is available to them.

 

Committeewoman Nielson reported she received a request from Agnes Woo of the North American Taiwanese Women’s Association regarding their book collection.  They collect children’s books.  They are looking for space to store them until they go out.  It is a once-a-month project.  She asked me to bring that up.  I know the basement is used by Kiwanis, etc. for their book collection.  Would like a recommendation from our Administrator.

 

The sustainability committee met.  They are an enthusiastic group.  The energy audit is complete.  Brewer stated the consultant is waiting for the State to approve the audit.

 

Nielson stated the Planning Board subcommittee met today with the town planner.  He would like to make a presentation to the Township Committee on February 23 regarding the Highlands draft housing element.

 

New six-lot subdivision on Old Lane.  There are gates, pillars, and landscaping.  This is not a closed gate community.  How does this happen?  Would like an explanation as to how the road got paved.  The gates, etc. were not on the site plan.  Sandham requested Mr. Brewer bring this back to Mr. Bastone.  Other ongoing issues – George’s and Kanouse Lane – would like to get resolved. 

 

Nielson reported she has compiled Mr. Bastone’s evaluation and will distribute to each committee member.  March 9 agenda.

 

Committeeman Kostka received a call from a resident that they were out of fuel oil.  He called Able Oil and cannot get through to them.  They are in financial difficulty.  This resident was on a prepaid delivery schedule.  Just want to let people know.

 

Long-Term Financial Planning Committee is looking for direction:  1)  Investigate trash collection – 1x per week, 1x per week winter, 1x per week summer – go out to other towns.  2)  Athletic fields’ sustainability.  3)  Explore different areas of outsourcing.  Looking for the Township Committee’s blessing to explore options.  Township Committee – ok.

 

Brewer stated regarding the trash collection, we are in the final year of a five-year contract.  We are investigation options and redoing the bid specs.  Sandham requested asking Mr. Bastone to have a representative to explain it at the next LTFPC meeting.

 

Committeeman Daughtry asked Mr. Murphy if there is a BPU date.  He would like a copy of the letter sent over.

Letter from Town of Boonton asking our support of their water allocation.  Sandham stated he has a memo from Tom Mazzaccaro dated February 8, 2010.  He is recommending that we don’t do that.  Our contracts are firm with Jersey City and it could put us under scrutiny with the NJDEP.  He will get copies of the memo to everyone. 

 

Chairman Sandham stated we received funding for the Vreeland Avenue paving project for $150,000. 

 

Board of Education – he met with the BOE President about how we can work together.  They would like to have a joint meeting in May.

 

Relay for Life – letters of concern from Campagna.  Sandham will mediate. 

 

Oscar Doyle is getting an award from Hope House.  We did a proclamation. 

 

Daughtry and Sandham attended an Eagle Scout ceremony for five Eagle Scouts.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.  Motion:  Daughtry.  Second:  Kostka.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                           

Gertrude H. Atkinson, Township Clerk

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