MTC Minutes 05-24-11 Print E-mail

Montville Township Committee Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 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.

 

Roll call Township Committee:

 

Present:          Committeeman Tim Braden

Committeeman Don Kostka

                        Committeeman Scott Gallopo

                        Committeewoman Deb Nielson

                        Chairman James Sandham, Jr.

 

Also present:   Frank Bastone, Township Administrator

Anthony Barile, Township Engineer

Robert Lowenfish, Treasurer/Director of Finance

Adam Brewer, Management Specialist

Thomas Mazzaccaro, DPW/Water & Sewer Director

Martin Murphy, Township Attorney

Gertrude Atkinson, Township Clerk

 

RESOLUTION NO. CES-052411 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:  Lotta Lettuce; Zimmerman

2.      Personnel

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Posting of the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance led by Montville Police Explorer Post #805.

 

Prayer led by Committeeman Don Kostka.

 

RECOGNITION OF PATROLMEN FRANK COONEY AND CARLO MARUCCI:  The Township Committee presented Certificates of Recognition to the Patrolmen for their life saving efforts at a cardiac first aid call on April 16, 2011.  Police Chief Richard Cook presented life saving awards to Patrolman Frank Cooney and Patrolman Carlo Marucci. 

 

PRESENTATION BY KIWANIS CLUB – AQUATIC PARK:  Chairman Sandham asked the Township Attorney his opinion on two members of the Township Committee being Kiwanis members participating in this subject matter.  Martin Murphy, Township Attorney, stated it is a better choice to disqualify yourself from participating.  Committeeman Braden and Chairman Sandham stepped down.  Sandham requested Committeeman Kostka run the meeting.

 

Ron Rauschart, Kiwanis Club President, proposed an enhancement to Community Park – an aquatic playground.  They are requesting the Township Committee’s conceptual approval.  It would be fully funded and installed by the Kiwanis Club and perhaps other organizations.  They may ask for assistance from the town for site work.  There is no lifeguard required.  They would look to the Township for the water source.  The ongoing cost for a well would be the cost of running the pump.  In additional, winterization – estimated to be four hours maximum time required.

 

Committeewoman Nielson stated the concept sounds terrific.  Do you have a site plan?  Rauschart stated the size is approximately 70’ x 70’.  Drilled well – you don’t need chlorination.

 

Committeeman Gallopo asked Mr. Mazzaccaro the viability of the well.  Thomas Mazzaccaro, Water & Sewer Director, stated it would have to be verified by the hydrologist.  Would also have to look at the regulatory issues with the DEP.  The Township Engineer will have to be very much involved also.  The Township Committee and Kiwanis should go down and look at the Lyndhurst Park.  The utilization is tremendous.

Rauschart stated we are asking you to embrace the concept.  Then Kiwanis can fine tune the details and get more information.  Bastone stated as part of the due diligence, we will look into the alternatives between the well and a potable water supply.

 

Kostka, Nielson, and Braden – ok.

 

Sandham and Braden returned to the meeting at this time.

 

2011 MUNICIPAL BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING:

 

NO. 1 – RESOLUTION WAIVER OF READING IN FULL OF 2011 MUNICIPAL BUDGET:

 

            WHEREAS, N.J.S. 40A:4-8 permits that the Budget as advertised may be read by its title providing that at least one week prior to the date of the hearing a complete copy of the approved budget shall

            a)         be posted in a public place where public notices are customarily posted and at the free public library, and

            b)         is made available to each person requesting the same during said week and during the public hearing, and

            WHEREAS, the Township of Montville has complied with the aforesaid requirements.

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Governing Body, the reading in full of the 2011 Budget be dispensed with.

 

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

 

NO. 2 – PUBLIC HEARING 2011 MUNICIPAL BUDGET:

 

Chairman Sandham opened the public hearing.

 

Frank Bastone, Township Administrator, reported we are looking at a 1.44% increase in the levy.  The full budget is available on the municipal website.  On the average assessed home of $332,800, the municipal increase is estimated at $36.00.  The total budget is going up $255,564.00.  Continue to have a levy increase less than the prior year for the fifth consecutive year. 

 

Sandham stated the spending increase is less than 1%.  The library has returned surplus of $1.4 million.  They should be commended for that.  They have been fiscally responsible.  Salaries are down as well – down $168,000 over the year in salaries.  Need to thank the employees, the department heads, and the administrator for getting to a budget that is good for the residents of Montville.

 

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

 

Committeeman Kostka stated the average salary of a Montville employee is $89,866.00.  Average employee benefits works out to $40,733.00.  Total compensation works out to be $130,599.00.  We have cutback and so we are doing a good job, but I was kind of surprised when I saw these bottom line numbers.  This includes everyone - police – from the highest paid to the lowest paid.  This includes overtime, etc.  Pension number – used what is in the budget.

 

Committeeman Gallopo stated $1.2 million for the surplus down to $437,000.

 

NO. 3 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SELF-EXAMINATION OF 2011 MUNICIPAL BUDGET:

 

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-78b has authorized the Local Finance Board to adopt rules that permit municipalities in sound fiscal condition to assume the responsibility, normally granted to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services, of conducting the annual budget examination, and

 

WHEREAS, N.J.A.C. 5:30-7 was adopted by the Local Finance Board on February 11, 1997, and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:30-7.2 thru 7.5 the Township of Montville has been declared eligible to participate in the program by the Division of Local Government Services, and the Chief Financial Officer has determined that the local government meets the necessary conditions to participate in the program for the 2011 budget year.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the governing body of the Township of Montville that in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:30-7.6a & 7.6b and based upon the Chief Financial Officer’s certification, the governing body has found the budget has met the following requirements:

 

1.         That with reference to the following items, the amounts have been calculated pursuant to law and appropriated as such in the budget.

 

            a.         Payment of interest and debt redemption charges

            b.         Deferred charges and statutory expenditures

            c.         Cash deficit of preceding year

            d.         Reserve for uncollected taxes

            e.         Other reserves and non-disbursement items

            f.          Any inclusions of amounts required for school purposes.

 

2.         That the provisions relating to limitation on increases of appropriations pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.2 and appropriations for exceptions to limits on appropriations found at 40A:4-45.3 et seq. are fully met. (Complies with the “CAP” law).

 

3.         That the budget is in such form, arrangement, and content as required by the Local Budget Law and N.J.A.C. 5:30-4 and 5:30-5.

 

4.         That pursuant to the Local Budget Law:

 

            a.         All estimates of revenue are reasonable, accurate, and correctly stated;

            b.         Items of appropriations are properly set forth

            c.         In itemization, form, arrangement, and content the budget will permit the exercise of the comptroller function within the municipality.

 

5.         The budget and associated amendments have been introduced and publicly advertised in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Local Budget Law, except that failure to meet the deadlines of N.J.S.A. 40A:4-5 shall not prevent such certification.

 

6.         That all other applicable statutory requirements have been fulfilled.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution will be forwarded to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services upon adoption.

 

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

 

NO. 4 – RESOLUTION APPROVING THE 2011 MUNICIPAL BUDGET:

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, County of Morris that the budget herein before set forth is hereby adopted and shall constitute an appropriation for the purposes stated of the sums therein set forth as appropriations, and authorization of the amount of:

 

            $16,298,751 for municipal purposes, and

           

            $1,640,440 Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund Levy.

 

Summary of Revenues

 

General Revenues

 

Surplus Anticipated

$     437,000

Miscellaneous Revenues Anticipated

8,559,836

Receipts from Delinquent Taxes

1,400,000

Amount to be raised by Taxation for Municipal Purposes

16,298,751

Amount to be raised by Taxation for Schools in Type II School Districts Only – Minimum Library Tax

 

1,722,380

Total Revenues

$   28,417,967

General Appropriations

 

Within “CAPS”

 

Operations including Contingent

$     15,693,505

Deferred Charges and Statutory Expenditures-Municipal

2,133,071

Excluded from “CAPS”

 

Operations – Total Operations Excluded from “CAPS”

2,134,476

Capital Improvements

 80,000

Municipal Debt Service

5,779,615

Deferred Charges - Municipal

122,300

Judgements

100,000

Reserve for Uncollected Taxes

2,375,000

Total Appropriations

28,417,967

 

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

 

Sandham extended thanks to the Township Committee.  They worked hard to get to the best budget for the Township residents.

 

PUBLIC HEARING ON ORDINANCE FOR FINAL ADOPTION:

 

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2011-12 AMENDING CHAPTER 300 ENTITLED “SEWERS” OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:

 

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

 

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

 

REPORTS:

 

ADMINISTRATOR:  Bastone reported they received a memo from the Board of Education with their recommendation for future consideration of the construction of sidewalks.  This will be considered when looking at future capital plans.

 

FEMA – today we received the transfer of funds from FEMA - $61,049.64 as reimbursed expenses for the 2010 blizzard.

 

ATTORNEY:  Murphy reported on the open space referendums.  First question – what is the authorization?  1989 – two cents per $100 of valuation.  1997 – added five cents per $100.  1999 – raised it another two cents.  The last referendum did have a sunset provision in it – ten years – so that authority expired in 2009.  We presently have a total of seven cents per $100 of valuation.  Can we reduce?  Right now we are at 5.9 cents.  You can reduce it by resolution.

 

FINANCE:  Robert Lowenfish, Director of Finance, reported he submitted a list of what has been accomplished in the last five months and a list of the goals for the balance of this year – not in priority order.

 

Kostka asked when you stepped in, what was the overall condition of the bank reconciliations?  Lowenfish stated they were running behind.  There was a problem that the auditors straightened out.  We are now still a month or two behind but they are catching up.  We will be caught up in a month or two.

 

Nielson asked if the Board of Education courier has been discussed.  Lowenfish stated no.  Bastone stated that is a future goal.

 

ENGINEER:  Anthony Barile, Township Engineer, reported on the stop signs at Old Lane & Old Lane Extension.  Chief Cook issued a report – since 2003 there have been no accidents at Old Lane.  Jacksonville Road/Main Road & Bellows Lane – there have been two accidents.  I contacted the County Engineer to get his opinion on the Jacksonville Road intersection.  I agree with Chief Cook – no further study is warranted unless the Township Committee would like us to do so.

 

Committeeman Braden stated we have an awkward intersection at Old Lane & Old Lane Extension.  Barile stated it was established as a three-way stop some years ago and Chief Cook was not clear on how it came to be. 

 

Braden stated he felt one of the stop signs should be removed.  Barile stated we can do a study on the intersection and make a recommendation.

 

Sandham stated the residents like it as a speed deterrent.   There is some benefit to it.

 

Braden stated I would put a stop sign at Bellows Lane as it is a dangerous intersection.  Barile stated it is under the County’s jurisdiction.  I can request it from them.  Township Committee agreed.

 

Township Committee will revisit the Old Lane/Old Lane Extension stop signs if they get more comments.

 

Lowe’s - Bastone reported he submitted a draft letter to the Township Committee for the Board of Adjustment regarding the house on Maple Avenue.  I want to make sure I have a consensus on the part of the Township Committee as to if we are going to send it to the BOA that they were going to decide if it should come down or if we were making a recommendation to the BOA that it should come down.

 

Nielson stated the BOA approval requires the house be taken down.  It was my opinion that they comply with the original approval.  If an amended site plan application is going back before the board, I guess they can reconsider it.

 

Township Committee consensus – let the Board of Adjustment review it.

 

4th of July – Braden stated apparently there is a plan that has been developed to go into the high school parking lot while school is in session.  It would not be available for the high school and middle school graduations.  It is out there that the Township Committee has endorsed this plan.  The Township Committee has not endorsed this plan.

 

Thomas Mazzaccaro, DPW Director, stated that is correct.  In August 2010 the Board of Education was approached and in agreement.  The entire parking lot would not be used.  We have laid out a parking plan on the field.  This plan went to the BOE.  It was presented by Chairman Paster before the full BOE.

 

Bastone stated they are setting up a meeting with the BOE to make sure it is coordinated.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

 

NO. 1 – OPEN SPACE DEBT ANALYSIS:  Bastone reported at last meeting they looked at two potential open space funding scenarios.  We were looking at existing debt and how we could reduce tax levies assuming that we are covering existing projects and there are no new acquisitions.  Mr. Lowenfish put together two scenarios:

 

1)  Current levy is .059.  Reduce levy .057.  2014 would bring it down to $50,642.00, and then it would continue to build.

 

2)  Multi-tiered approach.  Reduce levy to .057.  In 2016 reduce levy to .0435.  2023 reduce to .01 leaving balance of $406,000.00.

 

Original analysis done back in April showed the current levy of .059 - the funds would build, which was the basis for the discussion.

 

4th analysis new this evening:  Keeps the current levy .059 in place through 2016 and then the rate goes down to .041 and then in 2023 goes down to .01.  Variation of a theme.

 

Nielson stated if we went from .059 to .057 now there is a differential through the year 2023.  What savings would that be an average home assessed in Montville?  Bastone stated 2/10 of a tax point - $7 per year. 

 

Kostka stated if we find a piece of property we like, we can buy it.  If we cut the levy now, we can save the taxpayer $300,000 over a 5 to 6 year period.  Right now there is nothing on the plate to buy.  I like open space.  It is about how much you need in your pocket.  There is nothing before me, why do I want to take money out of your pocket?

 

Gallopo agreed with Mr. Kostka.  Kostka sated with the levy change we still have enough money coming in to pay the debt.

 

Sandham stated the voters passed referendums to acquire open space.  I asked for a scenario that keeps a relatively consistent amount.  We are down to $395,000.  We would also be sending a message to the Open Space Committee that their only function would be how to use what we have rather than look for opportunities to enhance Montville as we have in the past.

 

Gallopo stated we still have the ability to purchase open space properties by bonding.  Sandham stated but the down payment comes out of the open space fund.  Municipal bonding would affect the capital and municipal budgets. 

 

Braden stated you are right, the voters did approve the open space tax, but that was in a different time and in a different economy. 

 

Nielson stated we take money out of open space for various expenses such as litigation, hiring the Land Conservancy, etc.  I don’t know how much we have taken out for those services in the last three years.  That would be relevant to me.  Bastone stated we could do that analysis.

 

Braden stated property bought with open space funds is encumbered.  This is a challenge to Recreation. 

 

Gallopo asked at what point are we going to start to develop some of the properties and put amenities on them?  The public voted in favor of having this levy to purchase open space.  Now we have purchased quite a bit of open space property – at what point are we going to start developing it?  That is when we will be hit with bills.

 

Sandham stated the Open Space Committee is looking at trails.  To make them fully joined, we would need some small pieces of properties in between. 

 

Nielson stated there is a cost to maintain open space – maintenance.

 

Discussion ensued regarding the use of open space funds.  Our ordinance is more restrictive than the referendum.  Could we draft an ordinance to create a sinking fund for maintenance of facilities?  Township Committee will investigate further.  Bastone will submit a report on the six-year capital plan – what items are recreation maintenance - and the Township Committee will review it next meeting.  They also requested an analysis of the last three years of expenditures out of open space outside of acquisitions – legal, professional services, etc.

 

NO. 2 – EDMUNDS LITTLE HOUSE QUESTIONNAIRE:  Township Committee reviewed the questionnaire.  Sandham suggested adding the following three items:  Do they have any intentions for proposed improvements to the property?  Do they have a willingness to share the property?  If exclusive use – includes utilities.  Township Committee – all agreed.

 

PUBLIC PORTION:  Chairman Sandham opened the public portion.  Hearing no comments, Chairman Sandham closed the public portion:  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Braden.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

ORDINANCE INTRODUCTIONS:

 

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2011-13 BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $1,402,600 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,152,820 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF:

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for June 14, 2011, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Gallopo.  Roll call vote – Braden, yes; Kostka, yes; Gallopo, yes; Nielson, yes; Sandham, yes.  Motion approved.

 

NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2011-14 BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS WATER IMPROVEMENTS IN AND BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $140,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $40,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP FOR FINANCING THE COST THEREOF:

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for June 14, 2011, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Kostka.  Roll call vote – Braden, yes; Kostka, yes; Gallopo, yes; Nielson, yes; Sandham, yes.  Motion approved.

 

NO. 3 – ORDINANCE NO. 2011-15 BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS SEWER IMPROVEMENTS IN AND BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $252,500 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $177,500 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP FOR FINANCING THE COST THEREOF:

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for June 14, 2011, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Gallopo.  Second:  Nielson.  Roll call vote – Braden, yes; Kostka, yes; Gallopo, yes; Nielson, yes; Sandham, yes.  Motion approved.

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONSENT AGENDA NO. 2011-CA10:  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Kostka.  Roll call vote – all yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM A – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TAX REFUND 2011:  Overpayment.  Block 139.9, Lot 7, $2,355.01.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM B – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TAX REFUND 2010:  Tax appeal.  Block 162, Lot 2, 5 Bloomfield Avenue, $9,920.12.

 

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 109 Lot 42.2

29 Redding Place

Lien Redemption Certificate #10-00016                                             $1,166.35

To:       Moeller, Dennis

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM D – RESOLUTION ACCEPTING BIDS FOR SALE OF SURPLUS PROPERTY:

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40a:11-36 advertised for bids for the sale of surplus property; and

 

            WHEREAS, bids were received for all items placed for bid; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Township’s Director of Finance and the Director of Public Works have reviewed the high bids and have found that there is not substantive or procedural deviations and thereby recommends the sale of the surplus property to the highest bidder.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, County of Morris and State of New Jersey, that the following bids for the sale of surplus vehicles are hereby accepted:

 

1994 Ford F-350 Mason Dump VIN# 2FDKF38G6RCA83669  $2,600  John Corigliano

 

2001 Dodge Ram 3500 Utility Truck VIN# 3B6MF365X1M284146  $2,788  Jersey One Auto

 

2001 Dodge Ram 3500 Utility Truck VIN# 3B6MF36551M544503  $2,909  Jersey One Auto

 

Rotary Vehicle Lift Serial# 1202 Model# AB 1029-A  $451  5 Star Auto

 

1989 Ingersoll Rand Air Compressor Serial# 187998 Model# P 100D-W-D  $1,577 Devino Used Truck Parts

 

1988 INT. 1700 Dump with Stetco Crane VIN# 1HTLLCCFN3KH668990  $2,323 Jersey One Auto

 

1994 Ford F-350 Mason Dump VIN# 2FDKF38G2RCA83670   $1,725  RRR Auto Sales

 

1996 Jeep Cherokee VIN# 1J4FJ27S7TL246924  $575   5 Star Auto

 

2005 Crown Vic  VIN# 2FAHP71W05X112550   $1,667  Jersey One Auto

 

2005 Crown Vic VIN# 2FAFP71W65X2157502  $1,919   Jersey One Auto

 

The appropriate Township officials are hereby authorized to execute such documents as may be necessary to effectuate the transfer of the surplus vehicles upon full payment.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM E – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING NJ DCA RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES GRANT AGREEMENT:

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville desires to apply for and obtain a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, for $13,000.00 state share with $2,600.00 local share for a for a total contract of $15,600.00 in 2011 to hire personnel to continue providing recreation programs for the disabled population of Montville Township and surrounding communities.

 

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED,

 

1) that the Township of Montville does hereby authorize the application for such a grant; and

 

2) recognizes and accepts that the Department may offer a lesser or greater amount and therefore, upon receipt of the grant agreement from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, does further authorize the execution of any such grant agreement; and also, upon receipt of the fully executed agreement from the Department, does further authorize the expenditure of such funds pursuant to the terms of said agreement between the Township of Montville and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the persons whose names, titles and signatures appear below are authorized to sign the application, and that they or their successors in said titles are authorized to sign the agreement and any other documents necessary in connection therewith:  James Sandham, Jr., Mayor; and Gertrude H. Atkinson, Township Clerk.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM F – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND TOWACO CROSSING, LCC:

 

            WHEREAS, Towaco Crossing, LLC is the owner of real property known as Block 96, Lots 3 and 4 as shown on the Tax Map of the Township of Montville and also known as 8 Whitehall Road, Towaco, New Jersey; and

            WHEREAS, Towaco Crossing received development approval from the Planning Board of the Township of Montville for the construction of a mixed use development which includes residential and commercial space including a proposed restaurant and bar; and

            WHEREAS, the proposed development requires the extension of Township water and sewer service and will require the payment of water and sewer connection fees; and

WHEREAS, Towaco Crossing has objected to the preliminary calculation of connection fees based upon the existing Township Ordinance and policies; and

WHEREAS, the Township and Towaco Crossing have agreed on appropriate connection fees for this project and desire to memorialize that agreement.

            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 appropriate municipal officials are hereby authorized to execute an Agreement with the Towaco Crossing, LLC in the form attached hereto.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM G – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE APPOINTMENT OF CLAIRE TROGANI AS ACTING TOWNSHIP CLERK FROM JUNE 9, 2011 THROUGH JUNE 16, 2011:

 

            WHEREAS, Gertrude Atkinson serves as Township Clerk to the Township of Montville; and

            WHEREAS, there is no deputy clerk to handle the responsibilities of the Township Clerk during her absences for vacation or otherwise; and

            WHEREAS, Claire Trogani has agreed to serve as Acting Township Clerk during the period of June 9, 2011 through June 16, 2011 while the Township Clerk is absent from her office.

            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 Claire Trogani is hereby appointed as Acting Township Clerk and is authorized to function as Acting Township Clerk during the period of June 9, 2011 through June 16, 2011 during the absence of Township Clerk Gertrude Atkinson from her office.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM H – RESOLUTION APPROVING OPEN AND CLOSED SESSION MINUTES:  Regular meeting March 8, 2011.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM I – RESOLUTION APPROVING THE REVIEW/RELEASE OF CLOSED SESSION MINUTE ITEMS FROM VARIOUS MEETINGS OF 2008, 2009, 2010, AND 2011:

 

2008 minutes reviewed.  No items releasable at this time.

 

TOPIC

DATES DISCUSSED

DATES CES MINUTES APPROVED

DATE RELEASED

Contract Negotiations – Wildlife Preserves

04/14/09

04/28/09

07/28/09

08/11/09

05/24/11

All

Contract Negotiations - Library

11/10/09

04/13/10

05/24/11

Potential Litigation (reference library board lawsuit)

11/10/09

04/13/10

05/24/11

Contract Negotiations – revaluation

12/08/09

04/27/10

05/24/11

Contract negotiations – library maintenance contract

01/26/10

06/22/10

05/24/11

Contract negotiations – Wildlife Preserves

01/26/10

08/10/10

06/22/10

10/12/10

05/24/11

All

Contract negotiations – banking services

03/23/10

09/14/10

05/24/11

Attorney-Client Privilege – Cell tower ordinance

09/28/10

11/23/10

05/24/11

Tax Appeal - Sommer

11/23/10

01/03/11

05/24/11

Tax Appeal – Lopez

12/14/11

03/08/11

05/24/11

Tax appeal – Novak

01/11/11

04/12/11

05/24/11

Tax appeal – Azarian/Smith

01/25/11

04/12/11

05/24/11

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM J – CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION REVEREND MICHAEL MC KAY:  Montville United Methodist Church.

 

PUBLIC PORTION:  Chairman Sandham opened the public portion.

 

Michael O’Brien, Historic Preservation Review Commission Chairperson, stated they are asking the Township Committee to approve a grant application.  I believe the deadline was extended.  It is an application for a grant that I believe has already been approved by the Planning Board.  I apologize it didn’t get here until last minute.

 

Bastone stated I had an in-depth conversation with Mr. O’Brien today.  In the future documentation needs to be to the Clerk in time to get into the meeting packets.  This was not delivered in time for that.  Issues:  $4,600 match – the Governing Body needs to discuss that.  The grant talks about four neighborhoods being in a study to determine whether they should be part of a historic register.  Have the property owners been notified? 

 

Bastone stated Mr. O’Brien thought the study was done and then if the property was a viable candidate, the property owner would then be able to participate or be able to opt-out.  He is going to verify that.

 

Bastone stated the signature – it has my name for signature.  It should be signed by who is doing the application.

 

Kathy Fisher, HPRC, stated page 26 – match – she put in-kind in there and was planning on applying for two grants from the County.

 

Bastone stated he has a problem with the match because there is no way to certify the funds.   Lowenfish agreed.

 

Fisher explained to get the smaller grants you have to substantiate them by having the big grant.

 

Discussion that the match cannot be appropriated in this year’s budget, as it is already done.  Transfer cannot be done November.  There could possibly be an appropriation in next year’s budget, but that is a discussion for the 2012 budget.  Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done this year.

 

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

 

RESOLUTIONS:

NO. 1 – RESOLUTION APPROVING THE LISTING OF BILLS AND SIGNING OF CHECKS:  Motion:  Gallopo.  Second:  Kostka.  Roll call vote – all yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Committeeman Gallopo stated last Thursday at Lazar School he had the pleasure of attending the Living Lessons.  He thanked Judy Gothelf.  It was an extraordinary day.

 

Committeewoman Nielson stated Memorial Day Services are held on May 30 at 11 a.m. at the VFW.

 

Committeeman Braden reported we have a letter from the Rockaway River Watershed Cabinet requesting our $1,500 dues.  I believe that is an appropriated line item.  Please make an effort to pay early.

 

Committeeman Kostka – no report.

 

Chairman Sandham stated he would like to echo Committeewoman Neilson’s announcement on the VFW.  They do an extraordinary job on the Memorial Day services.

 

I am the liaison to the VFW.  Their membership is declining.  I asked what the Township Committee can do to help them.  We did give them a list of the taxpayers that take the Veteran’s credit so they can do a mailing to them.  They are talking about doing recognition of those who served.  I asked them to think about doing it on Veteran’s Day this year.

 

Note received today – the Supreme Court ordered the State to comply with the school funding requirements of the State statute.  The New Jersey State League of Municipalities states that they don’t anticipate an impact on funding to municipalities.  Whether or not that affects school funding is a different story.

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:05 p.m.  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Kostka.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                           

Gertrude H. Atkinson, Township Clerk

 

 

 

Approved  September 13, 2011

Montville Township Committee

 

 

                                                           

James Sandham, Jr., Mayor

 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 September 2011 )
 
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