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MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE

MEETING MINUTES—April 10, 2007

Montville Township Committee Regular Meeting

Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 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 Art Daughtry:  “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.”

Present:            Committeeman James Sandham, Jr.

                        Committeewoman Jean Bader

                        Committeewoman Deborah Nielson (arrival 7:17 p.m.)

                        Chairman Art Daughtry

Absent:            Committeeman Stephen Moscone

Also present:            Frank Bastone, Township Administrator

Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance

Thomas Mazzaccaro, DPW/Water & Sewer Director

Martin Murphy, Township Attorney

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-CES-041007 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 – Litigation – Tax Appeals; Woodmont Properties; Contract Negotiation – Condominium Association Agreements.

Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  All in favor except Moscone and Nielson - absent.  Resolution adopted.

At 7:10 p.m. – Closed Session.    Committeewoman Nielson arrived at 7:17 p.m.  At 8:00 p.m. – Public Session.

Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance led by Committeeman Sandham.

BID OPENING:  Plenary Retail Distribution Alcoholic Beverage License:  Two bids received.  Prequalification in order.  Chairman Daughtry opened the bids received:  EKM Liquors/Edward K. Malavarca $281,000.00.  Anthony Pio Costa $289,000.00.

RESOLUTION AWARDING A PLENARY RETAIL DISTRIBUTION ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE TO ANTHONY PIO COSTA:

            WHEREAS, the Township of Montville is empowered by N.J.S.A. 33:1-19.1 etseq. to authorize the issuance of an additional plenary retail distribution license by public sale to the highest qualified bidder based upon an increase in the population of the Township; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township advertised for bids in the Daily Record of Morris County by not les       s than two insertions which were published not less than one week apart containing all the information required pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-19.4; and

           

WHEREAS, the public sale took place on April 10, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.; and

           

WHEREAS, Anthony Pio Costa submitted the highest bid in the amount of $289,000.00.

           

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 an additional plenary retail distribution license shall be issued to Anthony Pio Costa upon payment of $289,000.00 and upon Anthony Pio Costa meeting all the qualifications for a liquor license holder established by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, N.J.S.A. 33:1-1 et seq., the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and all requirements of the Township of Montville for the issuance of a license; and be it further

           

RESOLVED that the full purchase price of this license must be paid to the Township, together with any applicable license fees, within five (5) business days of the acceptance of this bid and that such funds shall be kept in escrow until the successful bidder has submitted the liquor license application and satisfactorily completed all other requirements for the issuance of a license.

Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Nielson.  Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Resolution adopted.

RESOLUTIONS:

NO. 1 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF CORRECTIVE DEEDS FROM THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE TO RICHARD MOORE AND DALE MOORE, HIS WIFE:

WHEREAS, Richard Moore and Dale Moore are the owners of real property located in the Township of Montville known as Block 40, Lot 39.01 and Block 40, Lot 39.02; and

           

WHEREAS, these properties were the subject of a subdivision application which was approved by the Planning Board of the Township of Montville on February 24, 2000, and memorialized by Resolution of Preliminary Final Subdivision Approval dated March 27, 2000; and

           

WHEREAS, to memorialize this subdivision approval, Richard Moore and Dale Moore executed Subdivision Deeds for the purpose of perfecting the subdivision; and

           

WHEREAS, the Subdivision Deeds erroneously provided that the Township of Montville was the Grantee rather than Richard Moore and Dale Moore; and

           

WHEREAS, it is necessary to correct the erroneous grant of property to the Township of Montville; and

           

WHEREAS, Deeds have been prepared conveying Block 40, Lot 39.01 and Block 40, Lot 39.02 from the Township of Montville to Richard Moore and Dale Moore, the purpose of which is to memorialize the fact that the Township of Montville does not now nor has it ever had ownership interest in the subject 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 appropriate municipal officials are hereby authorized to execute Deeds between the Township of Montville to Richard Moore and Dale Moore for Block 40, Lot 39.01 and Block 40, Lot 39.02 correcting the erroneous conveyance to the Township.

Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Nielson.  Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Resolution adopted.

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES FOR FINAL ADOPTION:

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-12 AMENDING CHAPTER 16 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND REGULATING FENCES, WALLS AND SIGHT TRIANGLES – SECTION 16.44.200:

Chairman Daughtry opened the public hearing.  Hearing no comments, Chairman Daughtry closed the public hearing.

Motion to adopt ordinance:  Sandham.  Second:  Nielson.  Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Ordinance adopted.

NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-13 AMENDING CHAPTERS 10.20 AND 10.12 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE PERTAINING TO PARKING AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS:

Chairman Daughtry opened the public hearing.

Joseph DiDonato, 3 Rochon Court, Montville, state he is here on behalf of the homeowners on Fox Hollow Road and Rochon Court.  He previously sent an e-mail which included a petition from 95% of the homeowners.  Showed picture.  Problems include emergency response, children darting out, and some residents not getting their mail.

Michelle Braden, 12 Green Meadows Road, Montville, stated she is representing the Class of 2008.  Read statement.  This will affect future generations, current 5th graders.  There will be a lottery for 225 parking spaces for 320 seniors.  There are spaces open in the back of the high school.  I understand the residents’ concerns about the safety issues.  We could solve that by parking on one side of the street.  There are already laws about mailboxes, and I think the police officers should enforce that.  The students are being discriminated against.  The parents are allowed to park there.  I think the Board of Education made a bad decision in turning the parking lot into a practice field. 

Chairman Daughtry stated we accept your comments.  Many of the issues you have raised are very good ones.

Don Palomino, 5 Rochon Court, Montville, asked where is the principal of the high school?  Where is the superintendent?  There are more than enough spots in the lot and on Horseneck Road to accommodate.  The streets are not a parking lot.  We certainly don’t want to restrict people on holidays and celebrations.  The BOE should not have filled in that practice field.  These people should be at the BOE meeting.  We don’t want parking on one side of the street.  It will still look like a parking lot.

Sam Mendelson, 4 Peach Tree Drive, Montville, stated if you look at New York City, they have parking on both sides, and they still can get mail and fire trucks through.  There is still enough room.  The road is public.  It is free land.  Our parents pay taxes on our behalf.

Alex Bondroff, 35 Barney Road, Towaco, stated if the ordinance is passed, we are making it a problem in the future.  We are going to find a new place to park.  We will be back here passing more ordinances for no parking on more streets.  It is public land.  If we park at the Community Park, it will end up that more laws are passed for no parking there.

Michael Tsomas, 17 Bromley Court, Montville, stated a few days ago a woman came out and put a cone in front of the mailbox and told us not to park there.  We will try to be courteous and not park there.

Mary Morris, 2 Fox Hollow Road, Montville, stated I am the woman who put the cone out.  I have been getting notices from the post office that they are not delivering my mail.  I do appreciate they did monitor my cone.

Dan Denenberg, 6 Rochon Court, Montville, stated all of these people who are parking here are brand new drivers.  That is a safety consideration.

Palomino stated these children are not wrong.  They are at the wrong place.  They need to go to the BOE meeting and tell them to put back the parking lot they took away.

Sandham stated for clarification the Board of Education had to close in that parking lot when they did the addition because they needed a certain amount of permeable land for drainage, etc.  That still does not take them off the hook for finding a solution for the parking.

Vanessa Koodray, 10 Kirkbride Terrace, Towaco, stated the parking lot in the back for the teachers, there are a lot of open spaces.  Even if they can extend the parking lot in the back.  They park in the lot up front because it is more convenient.  What about the library?  There are spaces there. 

John Weisgal, 12 Rochon Court, Montville, stated I appreciate the kids.  We recognize your problem.  We will support you in finding a new spot.  Get a petition together, I will be happy to sign it. 

Bondroff asked why is the town unwilling to sell the property by the library? 

Committeeman Sandham stated the land around the library is owned by the library.

 

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Daughtry closed the public hearing.

Motion to adopt ordinance:  Sandham.  Second:  Nielson.  Discussion:  Sandham stated I understand both sides of the situation.  The library is not a good option.  There are programs there during the day.  The Youth Center – that could be a viable solution.  It is up to the BOE to solve the parking situation.  I do think there is an alternative.  That gentleman had a good idea – start a petition.  Right now, I have to support the homeowners.  They bought their homes believing that it would be a residential street.

Committeewoman Nielson stated she agrees with Mr. Sandham.  We invited the BOE here tonight, but they have a meeting elsewhere.  We have asked the BOE to come up with a solution.  I believe the Community Park is a walk of eight minutes.  No one from the BOE has contacted us about an agreement.  The residents are entitled to safety.

 

Committeewoman Bader stated once again, the BOE has shirked their responsibility and forced our hand.  I am not targeting the students.  Everyone will have to adhere to this ordinance.  Hopefully, that is stated in this ordinance.

Daughtry stated regarding the library, there is a long-term possibility that it would be an option.  The library has a drainage issue.  In the Winter the parking lot freezes.  They need to repair that soon.  I agree with a petition – take the message to the BOE.  We have a motion and a second on the original ordinance.

Amendments are recommended from the Library Board.  It is to have the ordinance state new hours for the library – to 10 a.m. and no parking only when school is in session.  Motion to carry public hearing to April 24, 2007, at 8 p.m. and amend Ordinance No. 2007-13:  Nielson.  Second:  Sandham.  Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, no; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Motion approved.

NO. 3 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-14 AMENDING CHAPTER 5.52 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE PERTAINING TO VEHICLE TOWING SERVICES:

Chairman Daughtry opened the public hearing.  Hearing no comments, Chairman Daughtry closed the public hearing.

Motion to adopt ordinance:  Sandham.  Second:  Nielson.  Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Ordinance adopted.

INTRODUCTION OF 2007 MUNICIPAL BUDGET:

Frank Bastone, Township Administrator, stated total appropriations are $26,284,428.  Increase in appropriations is 4.1%.  Increase in levy is 6.89%.

Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance, stated the owner of a home assessed at $320,000 – it is an increase of $109.00 over last year’s bill.  The local tax bill makes up 18%.

Bader asked if any money was taken from Water & Sewer.  Bastone answered yes, $700,000 from the water utility. 

Bastone stated to clarify the capital projects, we are targeting $1.2 million to spend. 

Sandham asked if we could use the liquor license money this year.  Vanderhoof answered it cannot be used until the 2008 budget.

Nielson stated capital – we have Montville Baseball/Softball here tonight.  We have improvements at Camp Dawson.  We did not yet officially commit to the match for MBSA.  The traffic light, I see that was added as a cap improvement.  I would have no problem adding $100,000 to the cap improvements.  This did not include any money for the animal shelter.  We have made pledges and representations that we are going to help these people. 

Sandham stated if we need additional funding, we can adopt a capital ordinance.

Nielson asked what is wrong with changing it to $1.3 million tonight?  Sandham stated we have a list of cap projects.  The priorities can be changed.

Bastone stated we have a down payment of $60,000.  Nielson asked can it be changed to $65,000?

Bastone answered yes, if we want to introduce the budget that way.

Bader stated the $700,000 from Water & Sewer – do we have to pay that back?  Bastone replied no.  Many municipalities have appropriated from Water & Sewer for salaries and benefits.  We don’t have that.

Motion to increase the budget request by $5,000 to allow for up to $1.3 million in capital improvements.  Second:  Bader.  Discussion:  Daughtry asked does that still keep us below 7%, which was our goal.  Bastone stated yes, I will calculate it now. 

Sandham stated I am not in favor of that.  We wanted to stick by the recommendation of the $1.2 million.  If we knew about the traffic light, we would have reprioritized.  It is not a matter of $5,000, it is a matter of $100,000.  If we have to prioritize, I would do that.  We committed to fiscal responsibility and restraint. 

Nielson stated I don’t think this is fiscally irresponsible.  We have a recommendation from the County for safety.  It doesn’t say we have to spend $1.3 million.  It is up to $1.3 million.  We need sidewalks on Changebridge Road, etc.  I do respect the Long-Term Financial Planning Committee’s recommendations, but they are advisory. 

Bader stated Deb Nielson and I have worked with MBSA and the animal shelter.  We made commitments to them.  The Montville Fire Department has waited five years. 

Sandham stated I don’t believe we made any firm commitments.  It is not about $5,000, it is about $100,000.  I am not at all happy with this budget.  I am happy we got to as low as we could.  We could prioritize, we don’t have to spend more.  This Township Committee endorsed and accepted the recommendation of the LTFPC. 

Vanderhoof stated the increase would be 6.91%.

Roll call vote on budget amendment and budget introduction:  Moscone, absent; Sandham, no; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Resolution adopted.

2007 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE

COUNTY OF MORRIS







Revenue and Appropriation Summaries







Summary of Revenues

 

 

Anticipated

Final

 

 

 

 

2007

2006 Budget

1.  Surplus

 

 

 

1,633,556

1,700,000

2.  Total Miscellaneous Revenues

 

 

7,883,847

7,735,724

3.  Receipts from Delinquent Taxes

 

 

769,000

850,000

4.   Local Tax for Municipal Purposes

 

 

16,003,025

14,972,354

                             Total General Revenues

 

26,289,428

25,258,078







Summary of Appropriations

 

 

Proposed

Final

 

 

 

 

2007 Budget

2006 Budget

1.  Operating Expenses:  Salaries & Wages

 

8,535,697

8,023,329

                                        Other Expenses

 

6,755,053

4,641,620

2.  Deferred Charges & Other Appropriations

 

3,170,928

5,043,486

3.  Capital Improvements

 

 

65,000

24,500

4.  Debt Service

 

 

 

5,637,750

5,402,643

5.  Reserve for Uncollected Taxes

 

 

2,125,000

2,125,000

                       Total General Appropriations

 

26,289,428

25,260,578

Total Number of Employees (Full-Time)

 

112

112







2007 Dedicated Water Utility Budget

Summary of Revenues

 

 

Anticipated

Final

 

 

 

 

2007

2006 Budget

1.  Surplus

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Total Miscellaneous Revenues

 

 

2,125,213

1,891,406

3.  Deficit (General Budget)

 

 

 

 

                             Total Revenues

 

 

2,125,213

1,891,406







Summary of Appropriations

 

 

Proposed

Final

 

 

 

 

2007 Budget

2006 Budget

1.  Operating Expenses:  Salaries & Wages

 

445,330

426,456

                                       Other Expenses

 

1,046,344

1,038,885

2.  Deferred Charges & Other Appropriations

 

49,060

41,424

3.  Capital Improvements

 

 

111,000

50,000

4.  Debt Service

 

 

 

473,479

334,641

5.  Surplus (General Budget)

 

 

 

 

                       Total Appropriations

 

 

2,125,213

1,891,406

 Total Number of Employees (Full-Time)

 

5

5







2007 Dedicated Sewer Utility Budget

Summary of Revenues

 

 

Anticipated

Final

 

 

 

 

2007

2006 Budget

1.  Surplus

 

 

 

100,000

200,000

2.  Total Miscellaneous Revenues

 

 

4,262,583

4,069,674

3.  Deficit (General Budget)

 

 

 

 

                             Total Revenues

 

 

4,362,583

4,269,674







Summary of Appropriations

 

 

Proposed

Final

 

 

 

 

2007 Budget

2006 Budget

1.  Operating Expenses:  Salaries & Wages

 

302,220

291,082

                                       Other Expenses

 

2,029,584

1,990,726

2.  Deferred Charges & Other Appropriations

 

38,952

29,270

3.  Capital Improvements

 

 

281,000

335,000

4.  Debt Service

 

 

 

1,710,827

1,623,596

5.  Surplus (General Budget)

 

 

 

 

                       Total Appropriations

 

 

4,362,583

4,269,674

Total Number of Employees (Full-Time)

 

6

6







Debt Information - Bonds, Notes and Loans

 

 

General

Water Utility

Sewer Utility

Utility - Other

Interest on Bonds

2,025,830

231,459

211,260

N/A

Principal on Bonds

3,155,000

242,020

772,980

 

Interest on Notes

108,090

 

268,470

 

Loan Repayments

348,830

 

458,117

 

Payment of Bond Anticipation Notes

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Balance - 12/31/06

51,876,809

4,859,692

12,272,330

 

Notice is hereby given that the budget and tax resolution was approved by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, County of Morris on April 10, 2007.

A hearing on the budget and tax resolution will be held at the Municipal Building, on May 8, 2007 at 8 p.m. at which time and place objections to the Budget and Tax Resolution for the year 2007 may be presented by taxpayers or other interested persons.

Copies of the budget are available in the office of the Township Clerk at the Municipal Building, 195 Changebridge Road, Montville, New Jersey, (973) 331-3300 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

NO. 1 – MBSA – 86 RIVER ROAD:  Bastone reported on March 26 he met with representatives of MBSA to discuss the Township Committee’s discussion on capital projects.  I discussed with them that at that time it did not provide for the funding of the animal shelter.  They understood.  Their main concern was to get their project in the first bay underway.  They have done a lot of work on this.  You have the architect’s rendering of the façade and the floor plan. 

Larry Manfra and Tom Kruger, MBSA, present.  Kruger stated hopefully you all have the document that Mr. Bastone distributed.  We have our half of the money at this point.  DPW roof repairs – we would match dollar for dollar on that as well. 

Bastone stated we are taking proposals for a repair for the animal shelter, and they are coming in very high.  It would be stupid to spend the money when it would have to be redone anyway.  That is why I discussed with MBSA about the roof project. 

Kruger stated the floor plan – the main components are a kitchen area, concession, bathroom, and meeting rooms. 

Daughtry asked if they anticipate having more money to contribute.  The cost is now $150,000 and the roof. 

Kruger stated we still have to run the league.  We anticipate a phase 2 when the animal shelter moves out.  Possibly an off-season training facility. 

Manfra stated in January we were told to proceed with the project. 

Nielson asked is $300,000 plus the roof a firm estimate at this point?  Manfra answered it is not concrete, but it is hard.

Kruger stated I think on your side I would be comfortable saying you would be comfortable with the $163,500 including the roof.

Daughtry stated $163,500 to improve this is a no-brainer, but we do need a limit.  It can’t be open-ended.  We have not found the $163,500 yet.  Bastone and Vanderhoof agreed.

Manfra stated we are the only group that is offering to split the money on your building.  No other groups have done that.

Sandham stated there are a number of organizations that are doing things around town.  It is a worthwhile project.  I am in support of this – the way it has been proposed.  I am as generous as any Township Committee member up here.  I will write you a check for $100 for the 50/50’s.

Vanderhoof stated she will take $100 out of Bader, Nielson, Daughtry, and Sandham’s pay.  Daughtry stated Steve Moscone will do it also when he hears we all did. 

Sandham stated when the capital ordinance is prepared we will earmark the money.

Vanderhoof stated June 15 the money will be available. 

Manfra stated I have a second proposal of a recommendation from the Recreation Commission that we not be charged for lights because we are the only ones that do.  We are getting bills from GPU for December, January, February.  MBSA does not use the lights then.  We are going to call GPU about this.

Manfra asked about the trailer.  Bastone stated he discussed it with the Board of Health.  Motion to approve trailer:  Sandham.  Second:  Nielson.  All in favor except Moscone – absent.  Motion approved.

Manfra stated we were promised a guardrail by Tony Barile.  The River Road project came in for less money.

Daughtry stated Mr. Bastone will handle. 

Nielson stated field lights - I was charged with asking the Township Committee if they feel each group should pay their fair share. 

Sue Bonapart, Montville Pet Parents, asked if an architect has been chosen for the animal shelter.  Bastone answered yes.  We did make the decision at the last meeting to relocate the Board of Education to 86 River Road.

Bonapart asked do we know when we will get a recommendation from the architect?  Bastone replied I am trying to get a hold of him.

PUBLIC PORTION FOR ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA:

Joe Romola, 26 Rockaway Valley Road, Montville, spoke regarding the ordinance on wood burning stoves.  I would ask that you keep an open mind.  I did have problems with it in the beginning.  One of my neighbors has been very persistent. 

Bastone stated my only interest here is that as energy prices increase, there is no doubt in my mind we are going to deal with it again.  What is proposed here are standards for wood burning furnaces.  My recommendation is to have the Township Committee recommend that the Board of Health look at this and adopt regulations.  If you are operating within the standards, you are legal. 

Romola stated there are no standards right now, and I was issued a summons by the State of NJ.

Bastone stated by adopting an ordinance, if you are operating within the parameters of the ordinance, you are ok.  If there are standards in place, it is a benefit to the residents and the Township. 

Romola stated I had a permit and proved it to the gentlemen who issued the summons.  I called the DEP, Larry Boyd, and he said there is no reason I can’t use the stove.  I told the Health Department I would move the furnace to the other side of the house.  My neighbor was out taking pictures today.  I am not burning it now so I won’t cause any problems.  I have $20,000 invested in this. 

Nielson left the meeting at this time.

NO. 4 – MUNICIPAL WEBSITE:  Bastone stated you have copies of Bob Perkins’ report.  Bob has done research on this and looked at four different providers.  He is making the recommendation to go with Roman Media.  They are the least costly over three years.  They also provide the utility we are looking for.  The actual drafting and editing would be done by the Department Heads.  The second part is bringing someone in to do the content.  I don’t think we have to make that decision tonight.  I think we can have the Department Heads update their own portion of the website.  This is in the capital portion of the budget.

Sandham stated if we do go to someone for the content, we should get a few other proposals if we are in agreement with hiring one.

Bob Perkins stated I would look to going to one consultant, instead of Department Heads initially, so it has a consistent flow to the site. 

Daughtry stated yes, get other quotes.

Bastone stated the intent is to approve Roman Media when the capital ordinance is passed.

Nielson returned to the meeting at this time.

Robert Lefkowitz, 81 Windsor Drive, Pine Brook, stated the town of Montclair is using Web Solutions.  This provides the ability to do the checking at the supervisory level as well as a consistent look across the field for different departments.  I know other towns locally have used that.  Since it is a free product, I would assume it would warrant some investigation.

Daughtry asked if they put advertising on it.

Lefkowitz answered no.  It is similar to what used to be Netscape and then became Mozilla Firefox.  That is free.  It is developed by a community of people, and it is free.  What their motivation was, I don’t know.  It is constantly being upgraded like a major software product that it is.  It is used by professional organizations, by e-commerce companies, and by municipalities.  Montclair uses it.

Perkins stated as a result of the information I got from Mr. Lefkowitz and before we talked, I looked into the package.  It is a package called Joomla.  What it does is provide a basis for a website.  It provides the consistent look and feel – the pages and the format and layout look the same across the site.  I talked to Tom Roman about it.  He has a site up that is using that.  I’ve worked with it.  It is a demo site.  It seems to meet the requirements that we have.  I think we still need some expense in setting up some of the features and things we want to put on the site.  He is willing to use that as a basis for our site.  There is a possibility that may reduce his setup charges.

Daughtry stated so expense-wise, we have a $600 per year fee.  What would that be for if we are on the other platform?

Perkins stated that fee would be the same.  What this software does is it provides the basis for the look and feel of the site, it provides the basis for controlling access to the site for editing purposes, so that we can say Tony can edit anything pertaining to the Engineering Department, Tom can edit Water & Sewer related pages or he can assign somebody else to edit if he wants to.  It wouldn’t reduce the cost of the servers.  This is still software that is going to run on the same server.  It is a server that Roman is going to be controlling.  Roman will control the day-to-day operation of the server itself, not the content of the website. 

Daughtry stated Montclair, they just deal with this open platform that is free which means that operating platform resides on other servers.

Perkins stated it resides on Unix based machines, which is what Roman would be using for the server.

Daughtry stated my question is if we went this way, why would we need Roman’s servers.

Perkins stated we need their server; we need some of the other things that he would add to it in setup like experience with using features like flash to make the site variable so that when you bring up the first page you get different pictures each time – things like that.

Lefkowitz stated I will give you two pieces of information from my experience.  My wife’s company has her businesses site up on there.  Part of the features of changing the front page each time – that’s native to it.  It’s designed for things like that.  That is nothing special.  I would also recommend that if you go with this, you should be using a hosting company who does this – who is not in saying they are going to install it for you, it’s someone who uses this for a lot of their customers and says yes, we can just open up another instance for you.  That is the complicated part of it – the hosting part.  You want somebody who does this.  I would suggest that as far as the initial setup; basically, it’s like a template.  I don’t know if any of you use Microsoft word, you probably do, you say well this is the format we are going to use for the Township – we are always going to use this header on top, this font, etc.  It is about three times as complex as that.  And in that I am saying it is pretty simple.  In today’s day where we are talking about shared services, you should contact Montclair and say you have already developed this, can we take your template.  We put our own pictures on it.

Daughtry stated, I think I am familiar with what you are talking about.  Bob, I am kind of in a hurry to get this going, but at the same time, I appreciate Robert being pretty good in the field, as you are.  Do you want to take another meeting, another two weeks and look at Montclair, or do any more on this?

Perkins answered that is fine.

Lefkowitz stated I feel strongly enough that this a relatively simple thing.  I am happy to field any questions that come up about it.

Daughtry stated when I heard free, my ears perked up.  After the discussion, I got almost the same prices that we are paying now to Roman Media.  If it is really free, that’s great.

Perkins stated the software itself is free; the cost is having somebody do the setup, whether that’s Roman Media or me spending my time doing it and taking it away from other things or somebody else doing that setup.

Daughtry stated but that in Roman Media’s costs are $4,500 and then there’s an annual hosting charge which I am presuming goes way.

Perkins stated no.

Lefkowitz stated no, you still  need – basically when somebody types in www.montvillenj.org, it still goes to some computer somewhere that is running this software.

Daughtry stated so we are not getting rid of our host – we are still going there.

Lefkowitz stated right.  I would suggest that you go to somebody who specializes in this.  When I needed to do this for myself, I did a search on Google for who specializes in Joomla.  I got a list of sites and a list of hosts.  I went to one of those.  The installation consisted of me checking a box that says I want to use Joomla on your site and that was it.  A few minutes later it was installed.  There was no initial setup.  If this person is learning it and is doing it for the first time, he is probably giving you a good deal for him installing it and going through the headache of doing that, but why pay for him to train himself?

Daughtry stated ok, you made your point there.  Three-year cost $6,300.  Is that just ongoing when we call him for changes?

Bastone stated that’s the $4,500 plus $600 for three years. 

Daughtry stated the hourly charge for site modification is $100.  If you are on this site…

Lefkowitz stated if you are on this site, this guy doesn’t need to be involved.  I can understand from his standpoint he is putting that in there because he doesn’t want you to start calling him with questions all the time and if you are, then you are going to pay for it.  It is basically, if you think about whatever website it is you go to for news, whether it’s MSN or ABC News, the people who are putting in the stories, they are not web people, they are reporters.  All they want to be able to do is click the button for I want to type in my story, which is what your heads’ of departments would do and they type it in.

Bastone asked who handles the setup of the site initially.

Lefkowitz stated the setup of putting it on the host – there are two phases here.  First is just saying we want to use Joomla.  The second thing is you need to have a template design.  My suggestion is if you like what Montclair has, you might say to them can we copy your file over?  Whether there is a cost with that, I don’t know, but I assume it is less than $4,500.  You are taking that file.  Once you’ve got that in place, you need somebody to be your administrator which you need anyway to say here are the names of the people who are allowed to do what.  I don’t know if that is Bob or someone else, but no matter what service you are using, you need somebody to define that.

Bastone stated if we didn’t want to mirror Montclair, but we wanted to change the template, is that something that is…

Lefkowitz stated that is something that is relatively easy.

Perkins stated there are also a lot of other templates available free of charge for the way other people have set up their websites.

Lefkowitz stated if you need help with that, I am happy to help.

Daughtry stated we have all these resources, we just have to corral them all in one place.  Are there any other fine points from your experience with websites that you want to offer up tonight because what I don’t want to have happen – we don’t want to do this 12 times.  If you have some other idea, now is the time to throw it out so we react to it, hopefully in a positive way, and get the best solution.

Lefkowitz stated no, we have been using this for about five months for my wife’s company.  We haven’t had any real issues with it.  I would say find somebody who specializes in this as your host.  I don’t know what your requirements are as far as bandwidth and stuff like that or getting agreements for how much availability are you going to have.  That is a smart thing to have as well.  We want a guarantee in writing you are going to be available 99% of the time or whatever it is – get it in writing – a service-level agreement basically saying we will guarantee this level of service.

Daughtry stated we appreciate it Robert.  Bob will kick it around for next meeting.

Sandham stated one point is that the annual hosting charge – so Bob knows up front - I would get into maximum increases per year – that it shows maximum increases in the contract.

Bastone stated he wants to make sure Bob Perkins is clear on what we are doing here.

Daughtry stated we are looking at Montclair, comparing Montclair to what we have here and then he still comes back and says it’s this platform with Roman Media, that’s what it is.  If he wants to go to Montclair or that platform and recommend that - and I will probably endorse either one that he says.

Perkins stated it may be a combination of both.

Daughtry stated fine, you are going to recommend to us how you want to handle it.

NO. 5 – WOOD BURNING FURNACES:  Ordinance referred to Board of Health.

NO. 6 – SALE OF PROPERTY – LAKE MONTOWAC:  Bastone reported the Township bought a piece of property on the corner of Cedar Road and Changebridge Road.  We own property adjacent to Mountain Avenue that could be used for parking for Lake Montowac, so the corner property we could sell.

Daughtry stated there is no sight distance on that corner lot.  Nielson stated it is a conforming lot – R27A.  I don’t know if there is a right-of-way dedication, etc.  I would ask that our Township Engineer look at it.  If there is enough of a building envelope with right-of-way, sight triangles, etc. 

Vanderhoof stated she tried to sell that property about ten years ago.  We never got a bid on it. 

Murphy stated we need to know what kind of funds we used to buy that property.

Dan Grant, 38 Two Bridges Road, Towaco, stated the lot next to it – the person came before us to purchase that property.  Everyone was up in arms.  I caution you to let the residents up there know. 

Township Committee agreed – Vanderhoof will check into funds used and Engineering will look at setbacks, sight triangles, and right-of-way dedications.

NO. 2 – BOARD OF EDUCATION RELOCATION:  Bastone stated they talked to architects about the feasibility of building an austere office building for the Board of Education for $1.5 million.  The answer is yes.  $200 per s.f.  If we are going to proceed with this, how are we going to handle the selection of an architect?  I personally recommend the RFP we followed for the animal shelter architect.  I talked to Tony Barile about developing an RFP.

Daughtry stated this is contingent upon an agreement between the Township Committee and the Board of Education that we are doing this. 

Nielson stated I did not commit to $1.5 million. 

Sandham stated we have to decide if we are going to commit to bonding $1.5 million. 

Nielson stated I am not convinced their square foot requirements are austere.  It was originally 5,700 s.f, then 6,500 s.f., now 7,000 s.f.  I understand we are trying to work together.  However, I am not comfortable that we are at bare bones.  I feel uncomfortable slapping down a $1.5 million number. 

Sandham stated the first question is are we willing to bond $1 million to $1.5 million for a building and then lease it to the BOE? 

Bader stated I think a representative from the BOE should be here.  I have a lot of questions.

Sandham asked about the bonding again.  Bader stated no.  Nielson stated yes for up to $1 million.  Daughtry and Sandham stated yes.

Township Committee agreed publicize so the voters know what we are doing.

Sandham stated the BOE would fund the down payment.  Township Committee directed Mr. Bastone to convey to the BOE they will endorse $1 million.  Put on next meeting agenda.

ORDINANCE INTRODUCTIONS:

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-15 ACCEPTING THE CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY FROM DANIEL VIDOVICH AND DIANE VIDOVICH – BLOCK 109, LOT 42:

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for April 24, 2007, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Sandham.  Roll call vote – Moscone - absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Motion approved.

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION NO. 2007-CA8:  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Nielson.  Roll call vote – Moscone - absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Resolution adopted.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM A – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RETURN OF CASH BOND POSTED WITH THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:

WHEREAS, certain cash bonds have been posted with the Township of Montville to secure the performance of obligations; and

           

WHEREAS, the Engineering Department has verified that the improvements, the installation of which were secured by the cash bonds, have been installed in a satisfactory manner and has recommended the release of cash bonds.

           

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 cash performance bonds shall be released:

NAME/LOCATION

TYPE OF BOND

AMOUNT TO BE

RETURNED

Glover Serafin Builders

652 Broad Street

Clifton, New Jersey  07013

(Block 102, Lot 4.10) 5 Ryan Court

Soil Stabilization

$900.00

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution shall be forwarded to the Chief Financial Officer.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM B – RESOLUTION RELEASING VINCE AND JENNIFER COLUMBO – BLOCK 40.1, LOT 11, 28 JACKSONVILLE ROAD, FROM PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE: 

WHEREAS, Vince and Jennifer Columbo, the developers of property known as Block 40.1, Lot 11 (29 Jacksonville Road) have, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53, the Municipal Land Use Law, notified the Township that certain off-tract improvements have been completed and have requested to be released from liability under a Performance Guarantee being held by the Township; and

            WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has inspected all improvements of which such notice has been given and has recommended the release of the Performance Guarantee covering such improvements; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township Committee has reviewed the recommendations of the Township Engineer.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, as follows:

1.            The Township of Montville releases Performance Bond No. 5016226 issued by Bond Safeguard Insurance Company in the amount of $24,840.00, and cash in the amount of $2,760.00.

           

2.            The Township Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to forward a certified copy of this Resolution to the Developer, the Township Finance Officer, and the Land Use Administrator.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM C – RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE CANCELLATION OF CHECKS AND TRANSFER OF MONIES FROM THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE OPERATING ACCOUNTS:

            WHEREAS, the following checks have not been cashed, and the recipient claims no money due to them;

           

CAPITAL ACCOUNT

CK # 640                  $  102.00             08/09/05

TREASURER ACCOUNT

CK # 5267                $  609.06             09/13/05

           

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville has been notified by Lakeland Bank that the checks have not been cashed, and

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the un-cashed checks in the amounts of  $102.00 Capital Account and $609.00 Treasurer Account, be transferred to the General Operating Account as of this date April 10, 2007.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM D – RESOLUTION TERMINATING THE CONTRACT FOR JANITORIAL SERVICES WITH ORIENTAL PACIFIC MAINTENANCE CO., INC. AND AUTHORIZING THE RELEASE OF PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE:

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville awarded a contract to Oriental Pacific Maintenance Co., Inc. for 2007 janitorial services; and

           

WHEREAS, it has been mutually agreed between the Township of Montville and Oriental Pacific Maintenance Co., Inc. that the contract for janitorial services to the Township of Montville will be terminated effective March 26, 2007; and

           

WHEREAS, pursuant to the agreement to terminate the contract between the Township of Montville and Oriental Pacific Maintenance Co., Inc. the Performance Guarantee posted by Merchants Bonding Company (Mutual) in connection with the contract will be released.

           

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 contract for janitorial services between the Township of Montville and Oriental Pacific Maintenance Co., Inc. is officially terminated with the consent of the Township and Oriental Pacific Maintenance Co., Inc. and the Performance Bond posted by Oriental Pacific Maintenance Co., Inc. and issued by Merchants Bonding Company (Mutual) shall be released conditioned upon the agreement by Oriental Pacific Maintenance Co., Inc. to release the Township from all contractual obligations.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM E – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A WAREHOUSE SALE PERMIT TO WESTPORT CORPORATION:  May 3 to May 13, 2007.  Signage plan dated 3/26/07 approved.  Four signs only.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM F – RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE FOURTH OF JULY COMMITTEE AND APPROVING OF FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS FROM JUNE 27, 2007 TO JUNE 30, 2007:

WHEREAS, there exists a Montville Township Fourth of July Committee; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township Committee endorses the Fourth of July Committee; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township Committee has been requested to approve of Fourth of July events from June 27 to June 30, 2007; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township Committee desires to authorize the Fourth of July events.

           

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, County of Morris and State of New Jersey, that the Township Committee hereby authorizes the Fourth of July events to be held between June 27, 2007 and June 30, 2007 on Township property.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM G – PROCLAMATION ARBOR DAY APRIL 27, 2007:

Whereas,

In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, and,

Whereas,

this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of  more than a million trees in Nebraska, and

Whereas,

Arbor Day is now observed through out the nation and the world, and

Whereas,

trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife, and

Whereas,

trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products, and

Whereas,

trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and

Whereas,

trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.

Now, Therefore, I, Art Daughtry, Mayor of the Township of Montville, do hereby proclaim April 27, as ARBOR DAY in the Township of Montville, and I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, and

Further,

I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations.

RESOLUTIONS:

NO. 2 – RESOLUTION APPROVING MUNICIPAL TOWING SERVICES 2007:

WHEREAS, pursuant to Ordinance, application is made to the Township of Montville for approval to provide towing services when called by the police; and

           

WHEREAS, applications were made and inspections were conducted by the police, criminal histories were reviewed, and insurance certificates as required were provided.

           

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, as follows:

           

Section 1.      The following applicants are approved for light duty towing services:

            1.            Mt. View Auto, 76 Mt. View Blvd., Wayne

            2.            Hiawatha Sunoco, 31 N. Beverwyck Road, Lake Hiawatha

            3.            C & L Towing, 73 Eagle Rock Avenue, East Hanover

Boonton Service Center, 240 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton

Mike’s Automotive, 19 Jackson Avenue, Pompton Plains

            Section 2.      The following applicants are approved for heavy duty towing services:

            1.            Mt. View Auto, 76 Mt. View Blvd., Wayne

            2.            Corigliano Towing, 27 Intervale Road, Boonton

Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Nielson.  Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Resolution adopted.

NO. 3 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AWARD OF CONTRACT TO LG II CO., INC. FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE VREELAND OUTKITCHEN PROJECT:

WHEREAS, bids were received on March 12, 2007 for the restoration of the Vreeland Outkitchen Project; and

           

WHEREAS, two bids were received, one of which was rejected as incomplete, and the other submitted by LG II Co., Inc.; and

           

WHEREAS, the bid submitted by LG II Co., Inc. was consequently the single low bid in the amount of $84,000.00; and

           

WHEREAS, the bid was only slightly in excess of the cost estimate for the project which was $83,700.00; and

WHEREAS, the HJGA Consulting, the consultant hired by the Township of Montville to assist it with this project, has recommended that the bid be awarded to LG II Co., Inc.

           

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 LG II Co., Inc. shall be awarded the contract for the restoration of the Vreeland Outkitchen for a contract price of $84,000.00 contingent upon the availability of funds.

Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Nielson.  Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Resolution adopted.

NO. 4 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND C & C BUILDERS, LLC FOR THE PURCHASE OF SIXTY CUBIC YARDS OF FILL CREDITS:

            WHEREAS, a requirement of the NJDEP Stream Encroachment Permit Application for the proposed Sewer Pump Station on Hook Mountain Road is to purchase "fill credits" to offset the added fill for the new structure; and

           

WHEREAS, it is estimated that approximately sixty cubic yards of fill credits are needed from the Central Passaic Basin; and

           

WHEREAS, C & C Builders, LLC of Fairfield, New Jersey, are an approved supplier of fill credits for the Central Passaic Basin and have offered to sell the Township of Montville sixty cubic yards of fill credits; and

           

WHEREAS, the purchase price for the sixty cubic yards of fill credits is $100.00 per cubic yard subject to terms and conditions set forth in an agreement attached hereto.

           

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 authorized to enter into an agreement between the Township of Montville and C & C Builders, LLC of Fairfield, New Jersey, for the purchase of sixty fill credits at a purchase price of $100.00 per cubic yard.

Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Bader.  Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Resolution adopted.

NO. 5 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND ATLANTIC ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS, INC.:

WHEREAS, there exists the need for site inspection, sampling, and analysis of presumed asbestos containing materials at the 86 River Road and 7 Church Lane municipally owned sites; and

            WHEREAS,Atlantic Environmental Solutions, Inc. has agreed to perform site inspection, sampling, and analyses of presumed asbestos containing materials and all other requirements at the 86 River Road site at a price of $2,000.00 plus laboratory analyses fees and expenses estimated to total an amount up to $2,400.00 and to perform site inspection, sampling, and analyses of presumed asbestos containing materials and all other requirements at the 7 Church Lane at a price of $1,500.00 plus laboratory analyses fees and expenses estimated to total an amount up to $1,900.00, making the total amount of the contract not to exceed $7,800.00; and

            WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq.) requires that the resolution authorizing the award of contracts for "Professional Services" without competitive bids and the contract itself must be available for public inspection.

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, in the County of Morris, and State of New Jersey, as follows:

            Section 1.      The Mayor and Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute an agreement with Atlantic Environmental Solutions, Inc. for site inspection, sampling, and analysis of presumed asbestos containing materials at the 86 River Road and 7 Church Lane municipally owned sites for a total amount not to exceed $7,800.00.

            Section 2.      This contract is awarded without competitive bidding as a "Professional Service" in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5(1)(a) of the Local Public Contracts Law because the contract is for a service performed by a person(s) authorized by law to practice a recognized profession that is regulated by law.

            Section 3.      A notice of this action shall be printed once in the legal newspaper of the Township of Montville.

Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  Discussion:  Daughtry stated he has an issue paying for asbestos removal for 86 River Road.  The Catanzaro demo contract may cover that.  Vanderhoof stated that was a quote, not a contract.  Bastone stated we would have to bid that.

Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Resolution adopted.

NO. 6 – RESOLUTION APPROVAL OF MINUTES REGULAR MEETINGS 1/9/07 AND 1/23/07:  Approval of closed session and public session minutes - regular meetings 1/9/07 and 1/23/07.  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Bader.  Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Resolution adopted.

NO. 7 – 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:  Sandham.  Second:  Nielson.  Roll call vote – Moscone, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, yes.  Resolution adopted.

NO. 8 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A RELEASE BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND THE MUNICIPAL EXCESS JOINT LIABILITY INSURANCE FUND:

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville is a party-defendant in an action entitled “Woodmont Properties v. Township of Montville, et al.” instituted in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Morris County; and

           

WHEREAS, the Municipal Excess Joint Liability Insurance Fund may have an obligation to provide the Township of Montville with a defense in connection with this matter; and

           

WHEREAS, the Municipal Excess Joint Liability Insurance Fund has offered to pay $7,000.00 in lieu of providing a defense and the Township has decided to accept this offer.

           

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 a Release between the Township of Montville and the Municipal Excess Joint Liability Insurance Fund releasing the Municipal Excess Joint Liability Insurance Fund from any obligations in connection with the matter “Woodmont Properties v. Township of Montville, et al.” instituted in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Morris County.

Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  All in favor except Moscone – absent.  Resolution adopted.

REPORTS:

NO. 1 – ADMINISTRATOR:  Bastone reported on the Camp Dawson improvements.  Engineering priority No. 9 was $90,000 for Camp Dawson – bleachers, ADA improvements, and walkways to bleachers.  The DPW would do the walkway work subsurface, Morris County Co-Op above surface.

Nielson stated we can’t do improvements there without DEP approval.  Tony told me there was $15,000 left in the 2005 ordinance. 

Vanderhoof stated she has to look it up.  It may have been spent. 

Sandham stated we could do the ADA walkway and save the bleachers for 2008. 

Township Committee agreed – if we have the $15,000 available, we are going to spend the $2,000 for the walkway. 

Nielson stated she spoke to Maryann Witty today about the playground equipment at Manchester Park.  I asked if we can at least relocate the equipment, put benches there, and do some extra clean up, and what that would cost.  I don’t think it would be very costly do that.

Bastone stated the equipment is for three playgrounds.  Manchester’s is at least in compliance where these other three are not. 

Nielson stated the $75,000 we allocated was to cover all of the playground deficiencies.  I can see that is not going to cover it.

Playground equipment discussion item for next agenda.

Bastone stated the Chamber of Commerce is seeking approval for their new Welcome to Montville signs.  Township Committee – ok.

Bastone stated we have people going down to look at FEMA trailers tomorrow.  They are a penny on the dollar – 1%.  We may be able to pick up a few of them for a song.  The police department’s mobile command center is not good in condition.

NO. 2 – ATTORNEY: None.

NO. 3 – FINANCE:  None.

NO. 4 – ENGINEER:  None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Committeeman Sandham asked if we will get a new budget.  Vanderhoof answered yes. 

Committeewoman Bader stated Sunday is the Remembrance Ceremony for the Holocaust at the Pine Brook Jewish Center.

Committeewoman Nielson stated the bubble – it usually is down by now.  I think it is still up because of the problem at Lazar.  It cost a couple thousand a month to run.  I would like to know if that is why it is still up.  Bastone stated he will find out.

Chairman Daughtry stated there was a First Aid Squad Board of Director’s meeting last night.  They are very short members right now.  Would we entertain mutual aid agreements?  Would we adopt an ordinance that would require nursing homes to contract with emergency service units rather than calling us?  Would the town be willing to help with finances?  Would we consider purchasing their next ambulance in exchange for 7 Church Lane?  Approximately $130,000. 

Township Committee agreed – fine with the first two, not the second two. 

Daughtry stated Montville Messenger – we received a letter from Tony Speciale.  We need to address that.  We need to look into using a 501C’s nonprofit permit. 

Daughtry stated 858 Route 202 – we finally have a letter from the DEP that there is no remediation plan.  They are working on an Administrative Consent Order.

Daughtry stated the Arbor Day Ceremony is April 27.  Deb Nielson will attend.

Daughtry stated there was a letter received about the animal shelter.  We will respond?  Bastone answered yes, I will talk to John Wozniak about it.

Daughtry stated they received a letter from Senator Martin about the EIT funds.  The response we got from the DEP is not correct.  We need to send another letter.  I will send it under my signature.  They lost the paperwork. 

Sandham stated we should hold off until we have the money.

Daughtry inquired about the Highlands grant.  Nielson stated the Planning Board and Linda White did the map.  Bastone stated this warrants discussion.  The grant would involve transfer of development rights.  Agenda item for next meeting.

Recreation field lights – Township Committee agreed they would like the Recreation Commission to come up with an equitable policy.  Bastone will get the data together.

Meeting adjourned at 11:40 p.m.  Motion:  Nielson.  Second:  Bader.  All in favor except Moscone - absent.  Motion approved.

Respectfully submitted,

                                                           

Gertrude H. Atkinson, Township Clerk

 
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