MTC Meeting Minutes 05-11-10 Print E-mail

Montville Township Committee Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 11, 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:   Frank Bastone, Township Administrator

Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance

Adam Brewer, Management Specialist

Richard Cook, Chief of Police

Martin Murphy, Township Attorney

Gertrude Atkinson, Township Clerk

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2010-CES-051110A 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: 

1.      Litigation:  First Aid Squad; Lotta Lettuce; PSE&G; Zimmerman; Tax Appeal–Sanders/Sea Breeze

2.      Attorney-Client Privilege

3.      Contract Negotiations:  Blue Collar; White Collar; PBA; SOA

4.      Personnel

 

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

 

At 7:00 p.m. – Closed Session.  At 8:05 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 Daughtry.

 

Chairman Sandham stated they are going to deviate from the agenda a tiny bit.  As you know, we have been in significant negotiations with our labor unions.  We have had concessions from all four unions.  Tonight we are going to move forward on a few of them.  The concessions have avoided layoffs.  We have two planned layoffs:  one nonunion and one part-time union.

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

NO. 1 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE MORRIS COUNCIL NO. 6, NJCSA, IFPTE, AFL-CIO:  Blue Collar Unit MOA – 2008-2011:

 

WHEREAS the Township of Montville and Morris Council No. 6, NJCSA, IFPTE, AFL-CIO have engaged in collective bargaining pursuant to N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1 et. seq.; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville desires to enter into a Collective Bargaining Agreement with Morris Council No. 6, NJCSA, IFPTE, AFL-CIO (Blue Collar Unit) for the years 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011;

           

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, County of Morris and State of New Jersey, that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to sign the Collective Bargaining Agreement with Morris Council No. 6, NJCSA, IFPTE, AFL-CIO (Blue Collar Unit) that is hereto attached.

Motion:  Daughtry.  Second:  Braden.  Discussion:  Frank Bastone, Township Administrator, stated this resolution is memorializing a memorandum of agreement that was previously drafted and then changed for a giveback of 1.5% for insurance for 2010 and it also extends the contract to 2011 at 2.5%.  We will have to work with the union to actually draft the contract.

 

Committeewoman Nielson stated I am against this motion.  I respect and admire all of our blue collar workers.  In these economic times, I cannot endorse the 2.5% raise in 2011 or a 3% raise for this year.  I do endorse the 1.5% contribution toward health care benefits.  For those reasons in these economic times, I will be voting against this resolution.

 

Committeeman Kostka stated I am also against it.  The reason is the economic times.  I think it is far too generous for this time.

 

Sandham stated we had an agreement in place.  I have said it before; I think it would speak volumes if we went back on that.

 

Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, no; Nielson, no; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 6 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A SIDEBAR AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND MORRIS COUNCIL NO. 6, NJCSA, IFPTE, AFL-CIO:  White Collar and professional unit.

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville and Morris Council No. 6, NJCSA, IFPTE, AFL-CIO have entered into a collective bargaining agreement for the period January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville and Morris Council No. 6, NJCSA, IFPTE, AFL-CIO have agreed to modify the collective bargaining agreement covering the period January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012 in the form a Sidebar Agreement;

           

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, County of Morris and State of New Jersey, that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute a Sidebar Agreement with Morris Council No. 6, NJCSA, IFPTE, AFL-CIO – White Collar and Professional Unit - in the form attached hereto.

 

Motion:  Daughtry.  Second:  Braden.  Discussion:  Bastone stated this is a white collar concession – 1.5% giveback for a full 12 months toward health insurance – calendar year 2010. 

 

Nielson stated I voted against the 3% for white collar.  I thought it was far too generous for these economic times.  I do applaud the employees for giving back to the municipality.

 

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

 

Sandham stated I do want to extend my personal gratitude for the work with the unions.  I want to be clear, based on the concessions, there are only two layoffs.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES FOR FINAL ADOPTION:

 

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2010-15 AMENDING CHAPTER 330 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND APPLYING ROAD OPENING PERMIT REQUIREMENTS TO PRIVATE ROADS OR STREETS WHICH THE TOWNSHIP HAS AGREED TO MAINTAIN:

 

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

 

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

 

NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2010-16 AMENDING CHAPTER 308 ENTITLED “SOIL MOVEMENT GENERALLY” OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:  Carry public hearing to May 25, 2010.  Motion:  Daughtry.  Second:  Braden.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

REPORTS:

 

ADMINISTRATOR:  None.

 

ATTORNEY:  Martin Murphy, Township Attorney, reported the correction of the conservation easement discussed last meeting was reviewed in Engineering and Land Use.  They are in favor of that correction.  I will proceed with that and prepare documents.

 

FINANCE:  Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance, reported the 2002 refunding has not reached its 2% achievement yet, so it has not gone through.  I will keep you posted on it.

 

ENGINEER:  No report.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Committeeman Daughtry reported the Technology Committee met today.  They had a discussion about providing remote video access services.  They would like direction from the Township or the Police Department.  They would like to conduct a trial at the library and the high school. 

 

Committeewoman Nielson reported there is going to be a seminar at the library about what residents can do to save energy at home.  It is being sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Committee.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

 

NO. 1 – 2010 MUNICIPAL BUDGET:  Bastone reported the goal this evening is to get authorization from the Township Committee to prepare a budget for introduction at the May 25, 2010, meeting.  Last meeting there was a deadlock on the 1.75% increase in the tax levy.  I have again submitted a 1.75% document this evening.  That document followed the layoff plan submitted to the State of New Jersey.  At this point that is going to change based on the decisions made this evening. 

 

Nielson stated I did not vote on the 1.75% at last meeting because there were a lot of balls in the air.  We have made a lot of progress.  Layoffs have been avoided except for two. 

 

Motion to support the 1.75% at this time.  Nielson.  Second:  Daughtry.  Discussion:  Braden stated I am comfortable with the 1.75%.  Kostka stated I would have been comfortable with 0%. 

 

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

 

Sandham stated in order to get to that 1.75% there is still a shortfall of $20,000.  From the police – two retirements; overtime from the 4th of July.  We have a proposal from the police to delete a police car.  Some of the Township Committee members have other ideas. 

 

Bastone stated the PBA/SOA concessions:  OT/comp time 4th of July; two police officers early retirement.  Right now we are $19,000 short of the goal of the PBA/SOA. 

 

Daughtry stated the Township Committee is absorbing the incentives for the retirements this year.  They will be in next year’s budget.

 

Bastone stated under normal circumstances the Township Committee would discuss this in closed session.  However, there are certain provisions under the Open Public Meetings Act that the employees have the right to discuss it in open session.  A number of the police officers have made this request.  I just wanted to make it clear why we are having this discussion at this point.

 

Sandham stated the Township Committee was looking at three potential areas:  layoffs, demotions, and the removal of a police car.

 

Daughtry stated that is what we have to work with.  Hopefully, the PBA/SOA can still do furloughs or if there is anything they want to suggest.

 

I think it is important for the public and the officers that are here to make sure that everyone grasps the table of organization.  Several years ago, the Township Committee took a look at the work groups in town.  Over time, you work toward getting to that table of organization.  As we had prior retirements, we always replaced them with a rookie.  It did not necessarily mean we replaced a Sergeant or created another Sergeant position.  The way we have handled it is that we get to that new table through attrition.  That is the way it was working.

 

Two weeks ago, we were looking at five layoffs.  At the same time, we have a table of organization that basically tells us we may have too many superior officers.  I could never in good conscience layoff a rookie knowing that we were trying to care for this overstaffing at certain levels and let it go through attrition.  Demotions were a real option and are probably the best solution from a Township standpoint.  That brings us to today and a $19,000 shortfall.    

 

Daughtry asked Mr. Bastone his opinion of the patrol car as a giveback.  Bastone stated the patrol car is not a true giveback in the sense of a personnel issue.  I have discussions with the PBA about this.

 

Daughtry stated I think we are still looking for $19,000.  I think demotions at the 11th hour are real.  Do I want them to happen?  No. 

 

Sandham stated each demotion is worth about $10,000 annual - $4,500 this year.  Personally, I have less of an issue with the patrol car because there are retirements next year.  We have commitment from the Chief that he will manage with lower staff levels.  The Township Committee believes differently, so I will open it up for a discussion on demotions.

 

Bastone stated due to civil service regulations, demotions are considered a layoff.  Any action that takes place this evening would take effect on August 1.

 

Daughtry stated if we made a decision tonight, we can rescind it if things are worked out.  Sandham stated does it follow seniority?  Bastone answered yes.  Bastone left the meeting to speak to members of the PBA/SOA.

 

NO. 2 – COAH PLAN ADOPTION SCHEDULE:  Bastone suggested the Township Committee meet as a committee at the May 27 Planning Board meeting to vote on the housing element of the master plan.  Township Committee all agreed.

 

PUBLIC PORTION FOR ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA:

 

Truscha Quatrone, 4 Majorca Road, Towaco, asked what happened at Saturday’s Board of Education budget review meeting. 

 

Sandham stated based on the consultant’s report there is an area of $3.5 million to review.  If you were going to look for cuts, it would be in these areas.  There were recommendations from members on the ad-hoc committee and input from the public.  No action taken.  There is a meeting tomorrow night at 7 p.m.  The ad-hoc committee and the Township Committee will review what their recommendations would be.  Hopefully, the Township Committee will be making some decisions.

 

Kostka stated one of the things that is most interesting is that you have to identify specific areas in the BOE budget to cut.  What you do is make the recommendations and if the BOE accepts it – they are just going to cut that amount.  It could just come from their paper budget. 

 

Sandham stated we have to come up with specific line items because we have to assess the educational impact.  Then, the BOE is basically agreeing to the amount, ultimately not the individual line items.

 

Scott Gallapo, 9 Nelson Lane, Montville, asked if the Township Committee is trying to arrive at a number to satisfy the voters.  They rejected 4.6%.  It looks like it is the responsibility of the Township Committee to feel the pulse of the voters and come to a number.  Leave it up to the BOE to find the line item numbers. 

 

Sandham stated we have to come up with specific line items because we have to assess the educational impact.  The range of dollar values to cut is a broad range.  I went through the line items and saw areas I thought could be cut without education impact.  I certainly would like the unions to come forward.  I think at a minimum the voters want it reduced by .6%.

 

Braden stated I don’t have a number in my head.  I am listening to the citizen committee and the public.  You need to look at each one of these cuts, then decide to how much to cut and if it impacts education.  We have a message from the voters to reduce the BOE budget, and we will do that.

 

Kostka stated the BOE budget – they are massaged numbers.  They transfer funds between line items.  You have to look for those items that you believe are not going to directly affect the education.  You still have to turn it over, and they are going to make the cuts the way they want to make the cuts.

Sandham stated the BOE does not have to agree with our cuts.  It then goes to the County and State for review. 

 

Gallapo stated I know we hired a consultant to go line item by line item.  Are you qualified to go line item by line item – is the expertise there to do that?  Maybe you should give the BOE the number and let them choose the line items. 

 

Sandham stated we asked the BOE if they had areas to cuts, and they said no.  Nielson stated we did solicit their cooperative input.  They said they were done with their budget, and they were going to follow the law.  They had no further recommendations. 

 

Sandham stated they attended the meeting.  We had a good dialogue. 

 

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

 

NO. 3 – SOLID WASTE BID SPECIFICATIONS:  Bastone stated we are currently working under a five-year contract that expires in January 2011.  Would like to discuss additional and alternate bids and shared services.  Parsippany has its own garbage collection.  They are interested in making a proposal to provide services to us.  I think that is a great idea for a shared service.  Lincoln Park does their own recycling.  They are interested in making a proposal to us on the recycling part of the contract. 

 

Alternates:  Once a week garbage collection.  Sandham proposed adding alternate:  1x September – April.  2x May – August.

 

Daughtry stated in our contract, we have to make sure we have the lock on fuel costs. 

 

Nielson asked when do we have to accept bids?  Bastone replied the latter part of this year.  Nielson asked are you looking for a general consensus tonight?  Bastone stated he will discuss other towns’ bidding with the Township Attorney. 

 

Township Committee agreed on alternates:  1x per week, 2x per week, and hybrid.  Bulk leaf collection – add alternate of 1x per month.

 

Recycling – proposal of a single stream option 1x per week and every other week.  This is everything picked up together.  Also, proposal for 1x per month divided recycling (like we have now). 

 

Vegetative waste alternative – alternate weeks instead of every week.  Township Committee agreed with all alternatives.

 

NO. 4 – DOT LOCAL AID GRANT:  Bastone asked the Township Committee if they want to submit a second application for paving a portion of Old Lane or for the sidewalk project by Community Park.  Township Committee all agreed – submit the River Road application and the sidewalk application.

 

NO. 5 – WOODLAND ROAD ONE-WAY:  Regarding Bornstein subdivision letter from Steve Schepis, Esq.  Two issues:  acceptance of right-of-way and one-way.  Murphy stated Mr. Schepis said he has obtained title to the ROW.  The Planning Board approval was contingent upon the road being one-way. 

 

Daughtry stated he would like the Township Engineer to review and comment.  Township Committee – ok.

 

ORDINANCE INTRODUCTIONS:

 

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2010-17 AMENDING ARTICLE III OF CHAPTER 295 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE ENTITLED “GARAGE SALES”:

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for May 25, 2010, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Daughtry.  Second:  Braden.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Motion approved.

 

NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2010-18 AMENDING CHAPTER 271 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND CLARIFYING THE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR ORGANIZATIONS DESIRING TO UTILIZE A TOWNSHIP OWNED FACILITY:

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for May 25, 2010, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Braden.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Motion approved.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2010-CES-051110B 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: 

1.      Contract Negotiations: PBA; SOA

 

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

 

At 9:20 p.m. – Closed Session.  At 8:45 p.m. – Public Session.

 

Sandham asked Mr. Bastone if there was any more discussion on the budget at this point.  Bastone answered no.  He then asked if there was any public comment on the budget discussion at this point.  None.

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONSENT AGENDA 2010-CA10:  Motion:  Braden.  Second:  Nielson.  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 BOND POSTED WITH THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:  Block 109, Lot 30.18, 9 Gunther’s View, Peter Nagle Builders, $2,300.00, driveway.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM B – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING REFUND OF TAX OVERPAYMENT – TAX APPEAL 2008:  Block 32, Lot 15.1, 54 East Indian Lane, LLC, $25,115.05.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM C – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PROCESSING OF CERTAIN TAX SALE CERTIFICATE REDEMPTIONS:

 

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 tax sale certificate redemptions be processed by the department of Finance:

 

Block 82.20 Lot 2                   

12 Changebridge Road

Premium Money                                                                      $24,100.00

Lien Redemption Certificate #08-00009                                 $17,847.59

Total Payment                                                                         $41,947.59

To:  Lien Times, L.L.C.

 

Block 51 Lot 49                      

7 River Rd

Premium Money                                                                      $10,000.00

Lien Redemption Certificate #07-00006                                 $26,465.92

Total Payment                                                                         $36,465.92

To:  Plymouth Park Tax Service LLC

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM D – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CANCELLATION OF MUNICIPAL TAX SALE CERTIFICATE:

 

WHEREAS, Certificate of Sale #09-00024 was issued to Montville Township for delinquent taxes on Block 82.20 Lot 2 (12 Changebridge Rd), at a tax sale held on December 03, 2009; and,

 

            WHEREAS, Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, on behalf of the assessed owner, Rector, Andrew, has redeemed Certificate #09-00024 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 #09-00024 for cancellation.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM E – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF CLOTHING BIN PERMIT:

 

WHEREAS, Chapter 5.18 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Montville requires that an individual or organization wishing to place a clothing bin within the Township of Montville obtain a clothing bin permit; and

           

WHEREAS, Chapter 5.18 provides for the Governing Body to authorize the issuance of a clothing bin permit upon finding that the standards and requirements of the Ordinance have been complied with; and

           

WHEREAS, Textile Recovery Services, Inc./Read Foundation, Inc. has filed an application for the placement of the following clothing bins:

 

Municipal Property, 86 River Road, Montville – 5

Home Depot, 78 Route 46, Pine Brook – 3

Bank of America, 32 Route 46, Pine Brook – 1

State of NJ Property, Commuter Parking lot, Chapin Road/Route 46, Pine Brook - 2

; and

 

            WHEREAS, the application has been reviewed by the appropriate Township departments and has been found to meet the requirements contained in the Ordinance; and

 

            WHEREAS, Read Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization and the Township Committee finds that it is appropriate to permit the locations of the bins on municipal property.

 

            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 application for a clothing bin permit for the year 2010 is hereby granted and the Township Clerk is hereby authorized to issue permits for five clothing bins as set forth in the application of Textile Recovery Services, Inc./Read Foundation, Inc.

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

NO. 2 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR THE 30” INTERCEPTOR SEWER RELINING PROJECT:

 

WHEREAS, bids were received on April 6, 2010, for the 30” interceptor sewer relining project; and

           

WHEREAS, five bids were received with the lowest responsible bid of $1,688,300 was received from En-Tech Corp.; and

           

WHEREAS, the amount bid is within the established budget for the project and the Township Water and Sewer Consulting Engineer has recommended the award to En-Tech Corp.

           

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 En-Tech Corp. shall be awarded the Contract for the 30” interceptor sewer relining project in an amount of $1,688,300.

 

Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Kostka.  Discussion:  Bastone stated this is the project we received stimulus money for – a low interest loan.  This is financed through the sewer utility.  Kostka stated he noticed the low bid almost 47.4% lower than the high bid.  You are comfortable?  Bastone answered yes. 

 

Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 3 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND COFFEY & ASSOCIATES:  Legal services Woodmont Builders/Bonnieview environmental litigation.  Not to exceed $88,883.00.

 

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

 

NO. 4 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH DYKSTRA ASSOCIATES, PC FOR SURVEY REVISION SERVICES:  Starkey acquisition, Block 59.1, Lot 5 and Block 76, Lot 15.2.  $700.00.

 

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

 

NO. 5 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING 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:  Daughtry.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Kostka, yes; Nielson, yes; Braden, yes; Sandham, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Committeeman Daughtry asked that anyone who would like to help with Project Graduation e-mail him.

 

Committeeman Kostka stated historically, I guess I have already developed a reputation for zero increases.  I look at it as you always want to provide vital services.  As harsh as it may seem, it is better to give someone no raise and they have a job than give someone a raise and layoff.  I look long-term.

 

Committeewoman Nielson reported there will be a sustainability seminar presented by ANJEC on May 15.  The cost is $220.00.  In past years, NJ Clean Communities has picked up the cost.  Due to the state of the economy, I thought I would appeal to my colleagues to find the $220.00. 

 

Motion to approve the $220.00 to underwrite the seminar:  Nielson.  No second.  Motion not approved.  Nielson stated I guess the Sustainability Committee will have to reach into their own pockets.

 

Committeeman Braden stated June 11 is the second annual Relay for Life from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Art Daughtry and I are working on the logistics out there.  It is a wonderful event.  Encourage you to attend.

 

Chairman Sandham reported on the flags placed by a citizen on Changebridge Road on the Route 80 overpass.  The NJDOT has taken down those flags in Parsippany, citing maintenance of the poles and the potential of a safety hazard.  Our citizen takes them down for the winter and is in the process of putting them up again.  He has asked if the Township will review the installation and will perform periodic maintenance checks.  The VFW is 100% behind them going up.  This is only if we get an inquiry from the County or State about taking them down.  He is asking that a periodic check be done by the DPW.

 

Nielson stated to me that would be a recommendation from the DPW and the Administrator.  Township Committee – ok to instruct the Administrator and DPW to take a look at.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:54 p.m.  Motion:  Kostka.  Second:  Braden.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                           

Gertrude H. Atkinson, Township Clerk

 

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