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Montville Township Committee Regular Meeting

Tuesday, October 9, 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 Vice-Chairperson Deborah Nielson:  “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 Stephen Moscone

Committeeman James Sandham, Jr.

                        Committeewoman Jean Bader

                        Committeewoman Deborah Nielson

Absent:            Chairman Art Daughtry

Also present:            Frank Bastone, Township Administrator

Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance

Anthony Barile, Township Engineer

Thomas Mazzaccaro, DPW/Water & Sewer Director

Robert Oostdyk, Township Attorney

Gertrude Atkinson, Township Clerk

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-CES-100907 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:  Contract Negotiations – Condominium Associations; and Blue Collar Contract.

Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  All in favor except Daughtry - absent.  Resolution adopted.

At 7:10 p.m. – Closed Session.  At 8:15 p.m. – Public Session.

Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance led by Committeewoman Bader.

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES FOR FINAL ADOPTION:

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-40 AMENDING CHAPTER 16 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE TO PERMIT ADULT COMMUNITY HOUSING IN A NEW OB-1A ZONE:

Vice-Chairperson Nielson opened the public hearing.  Hearing no comments, Nielson closed the public hearing.  Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Moscone.  All in favor except Daughtry – absent.  Motion approved.

Robert Oostdyk, Township Attorney, stated the Planning Board has issued a memo recommending this ordinance, which also included special reasons. 

Motion to adopt ordinance:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  Discussion:  Committeeman Sandham asked if the density, lot area, etc. could be changed at some future point.  Oostdyk stated only by an ordinance back through the Township Committee.  Roll call vote – Moscone, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, absent.  Ordinance adopted.

NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-43 AMENDING CHAPTERS 9 AND 12 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:  Animals at large in the Community Park prohibited; and dogs prohibited in certain areas.

Vice-Chairperson Nielson opened the public hearing.  Hearing no comments, Nielson closed the public hearing.

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

NO. 3 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-44 OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, AUTHORIZING A CAPITAL EXPENDITURE FROM THE OPEN SPACE DEDICATED TRUST FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $53,635.88: 

Vice-Chairperson Nielson opened the public hearing.  Hearing no comments, Nielson closed the public hearing. 

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

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

NO. 2 – WOMEN’S CLUB COLLECTION BOXES:  Dolce Viera, Women’s Club President, asked if they set up permanent boxes for their collections.  We collect for the military, women, children, etc. 

Frank Bastone, Township Administrator, stated he was concerned that many people would now be requesting boxes.  His suggestion is to make a “universal box” for various collections and groups.

Township Committee directed the Administrator to handle.  Give the groups clear guidelines – first-come, first-served, etc.

NO. 1 – MANCHESTER AREA DRAINAGE:  Chairperson Nielson stated Tony Barile, Frank Bastone, Jean Bader, and myself met on site there last week. 

Bastone stated they looked at the two areas of concern on site:  1) the pipe on the street that runs down to the street; and 2) the drainage issues in the backyards.  We met a few families out there on our walk.  We just wanted to have tonight open to everyone so we can hear concerns across the board.

Nielson stated Mr. Barile has a large map that the audience can look at.

Anthony Barile, Township Engineer, stated a few years ago the Township Committee received a petition from residents in the area who were concerned about wet conditions in their backyards.  We had a meeting out there.  Barile pointed out on the map the easement that extends through the backyards (yellow).  There is also a drainage problem that occurs on Manchester in times of heavy rain and also gets in some of the front yards.  Barile stated the area in pink on the map is another easement where a pipe exists that goes between two yards - #17 and #19.  That is the only drainage structure that exists in the backyard easement complex.

A consultant was hired to look into both situations.  The study stated the pipe that extends down to the creek, which is in front of #’s 17 and 19, is undersized.  A design was developed to parallel that pipe with another pipe to alleviate the situation of lack of pipe capacity.

A permit application was filed with the DEP, and that permit was approved.  The project was not funded and has been on hold for the last few years.

Nielson stated a question was posed as to what the effect the additional pipe would have when Hatfield Creek rises.  Barile stated he does not have an answer to that question in detail.  I will be contacting the consultant and have information on that at a later date. 

Barile stated the cost of the project was around $95,000.  It is a budget request.  According to our consultant, the pipe that is undersized is drastically undersized.  We will be checking more to confirm that.  We will look into the impact of the creek backing up with an additional pipe.  He will be getting a report from the consultant.

Ray Zampino, 14 Buckingham Circle, Pine Brook, stated there was a storm drain behind my property.  The problem is all the water backs up in my backyard.  My concern is that it does rise up fairly substantially.  It is something that has to be addressed.  Being that it is the only storm drain there, it creates more problems.  I would like to see another drain on the left hand side of my property.  Two storm drains might alleviate the issue.  When Hurricane Floyd occurred, I had water in my basement.  The water came up to my patio. 

Stuart Rothman, 17 Manchester Way, Pine Brook, stated we have been in the house for almost ten years.  Manchester will flood when the creek rises.  The water rises to the bottom of the bridge.  The water coming down from Stiles Lane has nowhere to go.  It backs up from the storm drain onto our front lawn, #18, #19, and #20 Manchester.  It actually extends further down to #15 and #16 Manchester.  What we need to do is track what happens over a period of time.  It gets flooded in heavy downpours that happen all of a sudden.  Our concern is anything that adds to the water in the existing drainage system is going to create an even bigger problem because the water has nowhere to go.  If the drainage way was open all the way to the creek, it would get carried down to Hatfield Creek.  Putting another storm drain there does not make sense unless you tell the water to go somewhere else.  The water in the street is more of a town problem.  The backyard problems are the problem of the individual homeowners.  The first thing is to see if they get water in the house as opposed to just having water in the backyards.  That is the first problem that has to be taken care of – if they have water in the house.  Anything that brings more water into Manchester is not going to help the situation.  Rothman stated he does not have water in his home.

Nielson stated there are two separate issues. The street problem will be revisited by the consultant and our engineer.  The backyards have not been as extensively studied at this point. 

Barile stated correct, but I have given it quite a bit of thought since our site meeting.  After we met, I looked at the consultant’s calculations.  The existing pipe that is there now has the capacity of less than a one-year storm.  I feel confident that pipe is the cause of some of the backups.  We are going to keep an eye on it.  The backyards – I studied it today, and I consulted the Morris County Soil Survey.  It may be possible to install a groundwater recharge system without any connection to the piping system.  We would have to dig a few soil logs in the easement.

Rothman asked if the pipe from the drain into the creek is narrower.  Barile replied no, one is larger. 

Rothman asked wouldn’t the water backup more in the front of the system rather than the back of the system?  The front being Stiles Lane.  Barile answered each pipe length is designed to handle the volume of water that is reaching that pipe at the time.  The amount of water exceeds the capacity of the pipe – 18” in diameter.  The piping system is going from a gravity situation to a pressure situation. 

Rothman stated my perception is we don’t have a problem unless the creek rises. 

Nielson stated they will monitor it during these types of storms.  If you can, call us or take pictures.  We have to leave it to our technical people to tell us.

Rothman stated I appreciate you being out there and the work and effort you are putting into it.

Jory Schlenger, 25 Manchester Way, Pine Brook, stated the additional flow of water into Hatfield Creek – I am worried about what will happen.  This past year Changebridge Road flooded and was closed for a few days.  There was water in my yard.

Bastone stated what happened this year was unique.  Hatfield Creek was flowing well until the Rockaway River backed up.  The real problem was Rockaway River backing up into Hatfield Creek.

Schlenger asked how much additional water will be flowing with the addition of another pipe?  The volume may be the same, but the peak flow may not be the same.  Will the pipe be sized for the type of storms that may occur?  Storms and weather are changing.  We have to be careful what we are doing to Hatfield Creek.  We need to take into account the steady as well as the peak situations.

Barile stated the pipe work in Manchester would not increase the volume.  The rate that it gets into the creek would increase, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.  Barile stated the drainage area has a certain time attributed to it for the water to reach the creek.  The increase in rate will not have any detrimental effect.  The volume is there but not the rate.

Schlenger stated he feels the rate is important.

Nielson stated they are going to study it more.

Art Kutlow, 20 Manchester Way, Pine Brook, stated he has lived there since 1965.  I have witnessed the Rockaway River in action.  I have seen the water gushing out of the storm system when there is a heavy rain, and the creek cannot contain the capacity.  I now have water halfway up my front lawn.  It is getting worse as time goes on.

Nancy Rotham, 17 Manchester Way, Pine Brook, thanked all for coming out the other day.  I would like to address all of my neighbors and say let’s make this a community thing where nobody would have to suffer.  I have researched this extensively.  There are plants.  There are new trends in storm management.  Maybe together with pipes and planting we can solve the backyard issues.  As far as the front, my concern is when water came halfway up the lawn.

Nielson stated since my background is landscape architecture, we are aware that some roots absorb well.  We are working with the engineer on that.  

Rothman stated when I read the report – the one pipe in orange is not in the report. 

Barile stated the report did take everything into consideration.  They studied everything tributary to the catch basin in front of your house. 

Sudhir Ullal, 7 Manchester Way, Pine Brook, asked if there is a timeline.  Nielson stated there is a permit in place for the roadway work.  We have asked our engineer to look into either confirming that solution or modifying it.  It will be reviewed, and I assume we will get a report back within the next couple of months.

Ullal asked if there will be funding in 2008.  Nielson stated they need to find out if this is a correct solution first.  We will report back to you – send letters.

Anthony DiGiacomo, 11 Manchester Way, Pine Brook, stated he agrees with everyone here.  When I moved in five years ago, I came in on the dry season.  A lot of people I think have given up.  It would be nice to see results.  The backyard water – it does not drain for a good period of time. 

Geri Hodgetts, 16 Buckingham Circle, Pine Brook, stated the problem has definitely gotten worse over the years.  I am in real estate.  It really does affect the values.  I would hope that we can fix this.

NO. 3 – WATER RATES:  Bastone stated the recommendation is to increase the water rates.  It has not been done in five years.  3.5% increase for 2008.

Nielson and Sandham agreed they need more information on this.

Committeewoman Bader stated water seems to be our source of money for the budget.  Why are we going to raise the rates 3.5%?  The taxpayers’ need to be shown that this money might possibly be used to fund the budget.  Why, when not all taxpayers pay for water?

Bastone stated we take money in from the utility.  What we don’t do is take an allocation from the utility for such things as payroll and other items the utility uses.  This town does not do that.  We take a lump sum.  There are charges that are applicable. 

Committeeman Sandham stated he has already talked to Mr. Bastone about moving from a surplus methodology to a full allocation methodology going forward.  Some ratepayers are not the same as taxpayers.  We have not taken as much in previous years.  There has not been as much surplus.  Where did the 3.5% come from?

Committeeman Sandham stated they need some backup on this.

Nielson requested projected revenues for water and sewer.  What does the increase translate to the average ratepayer and to the seniors?  We did say we would look into the sewer charges.

Stuart Rothman, 17 Manchester Way, Pine Brook, stated one of the things you want to try and do is urge people to conserve.

PUBLIC PORTION FOR ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA:

Steve Samitt, 2 Ridge Drive, Montville, asked if anything has been agreed to on the condominium association agreements.  We are anxious to bring this to a close.

Nielson stated we did discuss this in closed session.

Bastone stated he will get together with him as early as tomorrow.

Sandham stated the concerns raised by the condos have been bought to our attention. 

ORDINANCE INTRODUCTIONS:

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-45 AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF CERTAIN PROPERTY OWNED BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND NOT REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES PURSUANT TO NJSA 40A:12-13, ET SEQ.:  Block 82.05, Lot 86, 70 Changebridge Road.

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for October 23, 2007, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Moscone.  Roll call vote – Moscone, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, absent.  Motion approved.

NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-46 APPROPRIATING $256,111.00 TO THE CAPITAL BUDGET FOR BEAVER BROOK TRIBUTARY DRAINAGE AREA IMPROVEMENTS:

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for October 23, 2007, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Moscone.  Roll call vote – Moscone, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, absent.  Motion approved.

NO. 3 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-47 AMENDING CHAPTER 8.08 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND RENAMING THIS CHAPTER “FALSE ALARMS”:

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for October 23, 2007, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Moscone.  Second:  Sandham.  Roll call vote – Moscone, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, absent.  Motion approved.

NO. 4 – ORDINANCE NO. 2007-48 AMENDING CHAPTER 16 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND REGULATING FENCES, WALLS AND SIGHT TRIANGLES – SECTION 16.44.200:

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for September 13, 2007, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Moscone.  Second:  Bader.  Roll call vote – Moscone, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, absent.  Motion approved.

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONSENT AGENDA NO. 2007-CA19:  Motion:  Moscone.  Second:  Sandham.  All in favor except Daughtry – absent.  Resolution adopted.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM A – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RETURN OF A CASH BOND HELD BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:  Block 125.08, Lot 2, soil stabilization $2,000.00.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM B – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF CERTAIN SURPLUS PROPERTY OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE PURSUANT TO NJSA 40A:11:36:

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Montville has determined that the following described items of surplus property of the Township of Montville, County of Morris and State of New Jersey is no longer needed for public use; and

            WHEREAS,the Township Committee of the Township of Montville has determined to provide for the sale of such property at public sale pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11:36.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville, as follows:

Sealed proposals for the sale of the vehicles and equipment described on the attached hereto shall be received at the Montville Township Municipal Building, 195 Changebridge Road, Montville, NJ 07045 on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at 11:00AM, local prevailing time.

All bidders shall comply with the Notice to Bidders and Terms and Conditions of the sale.

All sales are to be made to the highest bidder for payment in the form of certified check or cash in the amount of the bid accepted, to be paid to the Director of Finance within ten (10) working days of the day of the sale at the time of delivery from the Township to the purchaser thereof. Each vehicle or equipment shall be removed by the purchaser as provided in the Notice to Bidders, and Terms and Conditions of Sale.

The Township reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

All items shall be purchased on an “as is” basis, and the Township makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the item’s description, quality, fitness or otherwise.

Moneys received from the sale of any such property shall be paid into the General Municipal Treasury.

The Director of Finance is authorized to advertise a Notice of Sale in the Daily Record, said sale being not less than seven (7), nor more than fourteen (14) days after publication of the Notice.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM C – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHAPTER 159 APPROPRIATION:  2007 Municipal Budget:  Revenue Title:  TASE/Prevention of Smoking $120.00; Appropriation Title:  TASE/Prevention of Smoking $120.00.  Local Match-Source:  None.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM D – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHAPTER 159 APPROPRIATION:  2007 Municipal Budget:  Revenue Title:  Recycling Tonnage Grant $5,445.30; Appropriation Title:  Recycling Tonnage Grant $5,445.30; Local Match-Source:  None.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM E – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHAPTER 159 APPROPRIATION:  2007 Municipal Budget:  Revenue Title:  Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund $4,902.04; Appropriation Title:  Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund $4,902.04.  Local Match-Source:  None.

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM F – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A WAREHOUSE SALE PERMIT TO THE BASKET BLAST:  11/23/07 TO 12/23/07.  Sign approved as per signage plan dated 09/20/07 – one 4’ x 4’ sign only.

RESOLUTIONS:

NO. 1 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE RIVERSIDE DRIVE FORCE MAIN PROJECT AND FINAL PAYMENT TO MSP CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION:

WHEREAS, MSP Construction Corporation is the contractor for the Riverside Drive Force Main Project; and

           

WHEREAS, William D. Ryden, the Township Water and Sewer Engineer, has recommended that the Riverside Drive Force Main Project be accepted by the Township and that final payment be made; and

           

WHEREAS, MSP Construction Corporation has posted the required Maintenance Bond and filed the Affidavit of Release of Claims.

           

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 Township of Montville accepts as final the Riverside Drive Force Main Project and releases to MSP Construction Corporation final payment in full; and be it further

           

RESOLVED that the Township of Montville accepts Maintenance Bond No. 07-6753-MN issued by First Sealord Surety, Inc. in the amount of $29,211.88 for a one-year period.

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

NO. 2 – RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE FOR THE YEAR 2008:

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Montville has approved holidays for officials and employees of the Township of Montville; and

WHEREAS, the following Holiday Schedule is established for the year 2008;

2008 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

1.         NEW YEAR’S EVE                           MONDAY                                12/31/07

            (replaces MLK Day)

2.         NEW YEAR’S DAY                           TUESDAY                             01/01/08

3.            PRESIDENTS’ DAY                           MONDAY                                02/18/08

4.         GOOD FRIDAY                                   FRIDAY                                  03/21/08

5.            MEMORIAL DAY                                MONDAY                                05/26/08

6.         JULY 4                                     FRIDAY                                  07/04/08

7.            LABOR DAY                                     MONDAY                                09/01/08

8.            COLUMBUS DAY                              MONDAY                                10/13/08

9.            VETERANS’ DAY                             TUESDAY                             11/11/08

10.            THANKSGIVING DAY              THURSDAY                          11/27/08

11.            THANKSGIVING FRIDAY                       FRIDAY                                  11/28/08

12.            CHRISTMAS                                      THURSDAY                          12/25/08

13.       DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS               FRIDAY                                  12/26/08

            (replaces Christmas Eve)

            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 Holiday Schedule for the year 2008 be approved and adopted.

Motion:  Moscone.  Second:  Sandham.  Discussion:  Bader expressed concern about the elimination of Martin Luther King Day this year.  Bastone stated it was run by the unions.  In previous years, other holidays have been given up; such as, Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day.

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

NO. 3 – 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:  Moscone.  Roll call vote – Moscone, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Nielson, yes; Daughtry, absent.  Resolution adopted.

NO. 4 – RESOLUTION APPOINTING MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL TO ATTEND TAX SALE ON OCTOBER 10, 2007:

            WHEREAS, the Tax Sale is being held on October 10, 2007, and Block 53, Lot 33C103J, listed on the tax duplicate as 130 Revere Court, is a Mt. Laurel affordable housing unit on the tax sale list; and

            WHEREAS, it is the recommendation of the Tax Collector that the governing body authorize and direct a municipal official to attend the tax sale and bid for such parcel at such sale on behalf of the municipality in the same manner as any other bidder;

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Treasurer appropriate funds for this purchase:

            Block 52, Lot 33C103J, 103 Revere Court, $494.47

REPORTS:

NO. 1 – ADMINISTRATOR:  Bastone reported they have hired a new Deputy Court Clerk. 

The issue of the Montville Animal Shelter website is being corrected by Mr. Perkins. 

On September 27, we had a training session for the users of the new website. 

Montville Messenger – the Township Clerk’s office will handle the ads beginning in 2008.

Letter requesting sewer extension on Old Lane – we are addressing.

NO. 3 – FINANCE:  Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance, stated they are putting a big sign on the 70 Changebridge Road property advertising that it is for sale.

NO. 2 – ATTORNEY:  Oostdyk stated Land Use and Finance have come up with a way to collect escrow deficiencies.  We have received a report of the deficiencies.  A policy has been put in place that when it gets to a certain point, we will send a collection letter.  If that does not work, we will get the Township Committee’s permission to take legal action.  Township Committee agreed.

NO. 4 – ENGINEER:  Barile reported the repair on River Road was done last week. 

#114 and #116 Konner Avenue drainage situation – we have developed a plan.  The problem is one of the property owners has an illness in the family.  As soon as they are able, we will get that back to the Township Committee.

NO. 5 – COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Committeewoman Bader asked if the Konner Avenue sidewalk asphalt/curbing could be looked into for the budget.

Bastone stated this year they took a portion of the road resurfacing for improving curbs.  Hopefully we will continue to do that. 

Committeeman Moscone – no report.

Committeeman Sandham stated they did get a letter from Frank Bastone about how another town handles their sidewalks.  We need to discuss again. 

Reappointment forms – Trudy made up new forms.

Joint meeting with the Recreation Commission October 23rd.  The main item is field lighting.

Committeewoman Nielson stated we should make sure they have a specific agenda for that meeting.  Please get to me any items you may have for the agenda.

Sandham stated he would like a verbal interpretation of the attorney’s opinion about what we can and cannot do as to charging fees for field use and utilities.  I would like to see their (Recreation) prioritized list as an agenda item.  Nielson stated she will bring this back to the Recreation meeting tomorrow night.

Sandham asked about the status of the EIT money.  Vanderhoof replied we should get Price and Palmer within the next few weeks.

Oostdyk stated we have a statutory Recreation Commission.  They do have certain authority.  They don’t have the ability to make assessments.  They do have the ability to set policy for their parks and playgrounds.  We have the ability to decide if we are going to put certain things in the budget.

Nielson stated the Planning Board has been working on the GI Auto property rezoning.  They would like to have their planner come to the October 23rd meeting to discuss what has been done to date.  They would like to get this item off their docket and have it come to the Township Committee for a vote before the end of the year.  Township Committee agreed.  Notice extended service list of the meeting.

Nielson stated Camp Dawson master plan – Tony Barile sent a response.  This is moving along?  Barile answered yes.

Meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.  Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Moscone.  All in favor except Daughtry - absent.  Motion approved.

Respectfully submitted,

                                                           

Gertrude H. Atkinson, Township Clerk

 
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