Montville Township Committee Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 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 Chairwoman 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 Art Daughtry (arrival 7:14 p.m.)
Committeeman James Sandham, Jr. (arrival 7:15 p.m.)
Committeewoman Jean Bader
Committeeman Tim Braden
Chairwoman Deborah Nielson
Also present: Frank Bastone, Township Administrator
Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance
Anthony Barile, Township Engineer
Thomas Mazzaccaro, Director of Water & Sewer/DPW
Martin Murphy, Township Attorney
Gertrude Atkinson, Township Clerk
RESOLUTION NO. 2008-CES-021208 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: Attorney-Client Privilege – Local public contract law exemptions; and Labor counsel-terminal leave issues; Potential Litigation – billboards/sign code; Property Acquisition – Changebridge Road extension; Personnel – nonunion employees.
Motion: Bader. Second: Braden. All in favor except Daughtry and Sandham - absent. Resolution adopted.
At 7:05 p.m. – Closed Session. At 8:10 p.m. – Public Session.
Chairwoman Nielson read the Statement of Open Public Meetings Act Compliance again for the record.
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance led by Committeeman Sandham.
PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES FOR FINAL ADOPTION:
NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-03 AMENDING THE ZONING MAP OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE TO INCLUDE BLOCK 32, LOT 17 IN CWR CRITICAL WATER DISTRICT:
Motion to withdraw ordinance: Sandham. Second: Bader. All in favor. Ordinance withdrawn. Ordinance NOT adopted.
NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-04 OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, AUTHORIZING A CAPITAL EXPENDITURE FROM THE OPEN SPACE DEDICATED TRUST FUND IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,500:
Chairwoman Nielson opened the public hearing. Hearing no comments, Chairwoman Nielson closed the public hearing. Motion: Sandham. Second: Daughtry. All in favor. Motion approved.
Motion to adopt ordinance: Sandham. Second: Daughtry. Roll call vote – Sandham, yes; Daughtry, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes. Ordinance adopted.
NO. 4 – BOND ORDINANCE NO. 2008-05 PROVIDING A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION OF $530,000 PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEWER PROJECT IN AND BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $504,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP FOR FINANCING PART OF THE APPROPRIATION: Area 18 sewer project.
Chairwoman Nielson opened the public hearing. Hearing no comments, Chairwoman Nielson closed the public hearing. Motion: Bader. Second: Braden. All in favor. Motion approved.
Motion to adopt ordinance: Bader. Second: Braden. Roll call vote – Sandham, yes; Daughtry, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes. Ordinance adopted.
NO. 1 – ADMINISTRATOR: Frank Bastone, Township Administrator, reported there is a resolution on to retain new legal counsel for the Lotta Lettuce litigation.
NO. 2 – ATTORNEY: No report.
NO. 3 – FINANCE: Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance, reported that Township debt has been reduced over the past two years. She distributed report. As of 12/31/05 the debt was $75 million. As of today it is $64 million.
NO. 4 – ENGINEER: Anthony Barile, Township Engineer, reported on Rathbun Road. We had a meeting with the residents – the Mayor, developer, Planning Board Engineer, and Planning Board Chairman. The developer feels he can modify the chamber so it will be below grade now. That should be memorialized at the Planning Board meeting this Thursday night.
Barile stated they took bids on Hatfield Creek on Friday, and there is a resolution on the agenda tonight to award the contract.
Committeeman Sandham stated he had sent an e-mail to the Administrator and Engineer asking if we would consider paving Rathbun Road when the project is done, as the road is a mess. All I had asked is if we would consider it. I understand one of the residents is saying it is a done deal.
Barile stated it is temporary pavement now. I am sure in the Spring it will settle.
NO. 1 – JERSEY CITY BULK WATER CONTRACT: Bastone stated they have the ten-year renewal of the contract. We have been working on negotiating the terms. This encompasses a 25% rate increase from them. We were able to address the issues of triple jeopardy and exceeding the maximums.
Committeeman Daughtry asked about Passaic Valley water.
Thomas Mazzaccaro, Water & Sewer Director, stated we did look into that. I was also trying to wheel it in through Parsippany.
Sandham stated the range from the minimum to the maximum – that range is narrower. Mazzaccaro stated yes, I think we are ok with that.
Sandham stated he would like the “notice to” section of the contract edited to include two people’s names – the Administrator and the Water & Sewer Director. Mazzaccaro stated ok.
NO. 2 – WATER RATES: Bastone stated they have a proposed water rate model prepared by Tom Mazzaccaro and reviewed by me. We talked about a tiered rate leaving the lowest tier at $3.25. That was our goal until we ran into the 25% increase came from Jersey City. Based on that, we thought it was necessary to increase the first tier from $3.25 to $3.40/gallon/quarter. For an average senior citizen (10,000 gallons) that would be approximately a $6 increase in their bill. Fees have been increased in the last five years 9%. It is good to have a surplus in the water utility. We would like you to entertain an annual 2% increase over, say, the next five years.
Tim Braden, Committeeman, asked what the recommended surplus is. Bastone answered he does not think there is a finite number. My concern is we have a diminishing surplus here. We utilized $700,000 for the general budget last year.
Braden stated he would be more comfortable having a number for the surplus.
Sandham stated Frank Bastone is working on the allocation number for water and sewer. Right now that money is not allocated in the budget.
Nielson stated she is not sure about the 2% annual increase.
Bastone stated if you look at the model – the differential in the multi-tier rate structure is approximately $533,000.
Sandham stated he likes the tier structure because it charges the higher users more, and it may make them use less. However, to be honest, then you would lose revenue. I like it the way it is now with the 2% for 3 or 5 years.
Mazzaccaro stated this is a model. If there is a drought again the revenues go down. Also, we have a decreased amount of connection fees.
Township Committee consensus: Tiered system. 3-year cap on the 2% yearly increase. Rates would go into effect April 1st. Prepare ordinance.
NO. 3 – BUDGET MEETINGS: Bastone stated by Friday they will have some surplus numbers. We need to proceed at this point with discussing the budget. You have all of the budget requests and my recommendations. As you know we are dealing with a new levy cap law. If we are going to proceed with the master plan as an outside the cap item, as a deferred charge, we have to apply for a waiver with the Local Finance Board. This is a new procedure.
Budget meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at 7 p.m. Closed session will be held at 6 p.m.
NO. 4 – RECYCLING ORDINANCE: Bastone stated the Morris County MUA submitted a revised solid waste master plan to the DEP for approval. This mandates municipalities to make specific changes to their recycling ordinances. Adam Brewer, Management Specialist, has reviewed the existing ordinance and made the revisions.
Nielson asked if they need to refer this to the Planning Board. Bastone answered there is one item in the ordinance that is land use related – specific requirements for new developments – Section 8.60.070. Linda White has been involved in it.
Daughtry left the meeting at this time – 8:55 p.m.
Township Committee agreed, except Daughtry – absent, introduce ordinance at next meeting.
NO. 5 – MORRIS LAND CONSERVANCY GARAGE: Bastone reported last year the Morris Land Conservancy approached us to convert the garage to office use. The Township Committee had approved that. They have been working on it, and they find that the structure is not conducive to modifications. They are looking to demolish the building and then build a new, larger one. Also, it would have two floors of offices.
Discussion as to how to treat this: As a new lease? As a revised lease? Who takes care of the structure down the road? Is there enough parking? Septic? Also, there are concerns about the services from MLC.
Bastone stated he will discuss this with Mr. Epstein – look at the lease, etc.
Braden requested a map of the property so he knows where it is.
NO. 6 – PERSONNEL MANUAL REVISIONS: Bastone stated per the Joint Insurance Fund we are required to update our personnel manual every two years.
Daughtry returned at this time – 9 p.m.
Bastone stated this reduces our assessments and our deductibles for claims, etc.
Martin Murphy, Township Attorney, stated this is done by resolution. All the employees will need to signoff on it. Township Committee agreed on the update – resolution on next agenda.
NO. 7 – BOND COUNSEL: Bastone reported you have a February 1, 2008, memo from the Long-Term Financial Planning Committee recommending make a change in bond counsel.
Sandham stated there were five proposals. Our current bond counsel joined a new firm. McManimon & Scotland had low rates and it seemed like the service was better. They are out of Newark. Vanderhoof stated the LTFPC felt that McManimon & Scotland was the most economical for the Township. Township Committee – ok.
PUBLIC PORTION FOR ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA:
Truscha Quatrone, 4 Majorca Road, Towaco, read a statement:
Many concerned residents of Towaco would like to ask to be put onto the agenda for February 26th. We would like to have opened discussion regarding the Towaco re-development center addendum.
Many residents of Towaco sent in questions to the land use department prior to the planning boards meeting with Joseph Burgis on January 24th to respond to and for the township committee members for review. I have a list of all of these questions to give to all of the committee members tonight.
Towaco residents are here to express concerns of several governmental rules that were over looked by the planning board before taking the final vote for approval of the master plan addendum re-development.
I have a copy of a federal EPA ruling for the Township Committee to review. This ruling specifically states that any building on a prime aquifer that is a sole source of water of more than 50% is not allowed. The plan put forth by Burgis associates does recommend that 2.3 acres of the prime aquifer be used for a building and a 250 space public parking lot. I believe that the planning board has over looked this very important ruling.
Additionally, the concerned residents of Towaco and other parts of Montville have grave concerns about building on any part of the prime aquifer that supplies drinking water for Montville Township. We need to be assured that the township committee is also concerned about protecting our water.
I have personally spoken with Barbara Hirst, regional director of Morris County GIS land use land coverage for the DEP. I explained to Ms Hirst that Montville’s planning board had just voted to approve the master plan for a re-development plan without having first doing water, environmental, and habitat study. Ms. Hirst expressed that it is not recommended to proceed this way for any township. The DEP should first approve development of all plans to make sure the water; environment and land are not being endangered. The planning board has approved a master plan without first doing a study of the area in question.
The concerned residents of Towaco would like to be on the agenda for the next township committee meeting to discuss concerns and offer suggestions that can hopefully resolve the issues that are present today. We wish not to take an adversarial position but rather one of willingness to work with the township to help develop a solution for all concerned with this project. We genuinely do not wish or desire to look at legal options for resolution of this issue, but will reserve that option if need be.
We have asked several times to know who the developers are that have approached the township to work on the re- development of the Towaco train station area. We have been informed that the decision of a single developer has not been selected. Burgis Associates makes references to developers that have approached or expressed interest in developing the Towaco train station area. The concerned residents of Towaco have rights as a matter of public knowledge to know the names of the developers that have approached the Township for this project. We are requesting again to know which developers have approached the township about the development and re-development of the Towaco area.
Quatrone also submitted the list of questions referenced above.
Robert Lefkowitz, 81 Windsor Drive, Pine Brook, asked if he is correct that it is the policy of the town and the Township Committee with regard to the minutes of the closed meetings that those minutes are not made public unless a specific request is made for those minutes and at that time it is then reviewed by the Township Committee and if approved, it can be released. I would like to know what the policy is regarding closed minutes.
Close public portion. Motion: Bader. Second: Daughtry. All in favor. Motion approved.
Nielson stated the master plan and the ordinance sections are planning tools, and they are currently not before the Township Committee. They are before the Planning Board. The Planning Board will be getting an update from their Planner on February 14th. The public discussion is tentatively scheduled for February 28th. If the Planning Board recommends ordinance adoptions, then it comes to the Township Committee for review and public comment at that time. The correct board at this time is still the Planning Board. Discussions are ongoing. It has not been resolved. We have heard the concerns of all facets of the community. We will confer and get back to you regarding the February 26th Township Committee meeting.
Murphy spoke about the closed session meeting policy. We really don’t have a policy. We are working on one at the present time. My firm is presently involved in litigation in another municipality over just these types of issues. We are coming up with some very strong recommendations for all of the municipalities we represent. As far as I know, there is no real policy. The law requires certain things, and we are going to be in accordance with the law. We have not been doing it correctly, so we are going to establish a policy wherein we are in accordance with the law. We are working with the Clerk on it.
Murphy stated the master plan referenced above is strictly a Planning Board function. Any ordinances come to the Township Committee. You are the only ones that can adopt an ordinance. You may send ordinances back to the Planning Board with recommendations.
NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-06 ACCEPTING THE CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY FROM ROBERT WERKO AND JOHN R. WERKO – BLOCK 3, LOT 47.17: Conservation easement.
Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for February 26, 2008, at 8 p.m. Motion: Sandham. Second: Bader. Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes. Motion approved.
NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-07 AMENDING CHAPTER 2.72, “HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEW COMMISSION,” OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:
Murphy stated this ordinance is bringing the terms section of the ordinance in accordance with the State statute.
Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for February 26, 2008, at 8 p.m. Motion: Bader. Second: Sandham. Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes. Motion approved.
NO. 3 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-08 GRANTING MUNICIPAL CONSENT FOR THE OPERATION OF AN CABLE SYSTEM WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, NEW JERSEY TO CABLEVISION OF OAKLAND, LLC:
Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for March 11, 2008, at 8 p.m. Motion: Daughtry. Second: Bader. Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes. Motion approved.
NO. 4 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-09 GRANTING MUNICIPAL CONSENT FOR THE OPERATION OF A CABLE SYSTEM WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, NEW JERSEY TO CSC TKR, INC. d/b/a CABLEVISION OF MORRIS:
Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for March 11, 2008, at 8 p.m. Motion: Daughtry. Second: Bader.
Discussion: Nielson asked if this includes the library, etc. Bastone answered yes.
Mazzaccaro stated he just wanted to comment on the fine work Mr. Daughtry did on this. Daughtry extended kudos to Mr. Mazzaccaro also.
Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes. Motion approved.
NO. 1 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING LIMOUSINE OWNER AND DRIVER’S LICENSES TO ACCARIA LIMO, INC. FOR THE YEAR 2008: Owner: Accaria Limousine, Inc., 4 Craig Court, Montville – Anthony Accaria. Five vehicles. Drivers: Anthony Accaria, Regina Accaria, and Anthony Savoca.
Motion: Daughtry. Second: Bader. All in favor. Resolution adopted.
NO. 2 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING LIMOUSINE OWNER AND DRIVER LICENSE TO JOSEPH LASPINO FOR THE YEAR 2008 PENDING RECEIPT OF INSURANCE CERTIFICATE: Owner: Joseph Laspino, 34 Ridge Drive, Montville. One vehicle. Driver: Joseph Laspino.
Motion: Daughtry. Second: Bader. All in favor. Resolution adopted.
NO. 3 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT FOR BULK WATER PURCHASE FROM THE CITY OF JERSEY CITY MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY:
WHEREAS, the Township of Montville operates a water supply system to service residents; and
WHEREAS, the City of Jersey City and the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority have offered to sell and deliver water from the City water system to the Township of Montville for water supply; and
WHEREAS, the parties desire to enter into an Agreement as authorized pursuant to the Municipal Utilities Law, as amended (N.J.S.A. 40:14B-1 et. seq.).
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 for the purchase of bulk water between the Township of Montville and the City of Jersey City and the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority in the form attached hereto.
Motion: Sandham. Second: Bader. Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes. Resolution adopted.
NO. 4 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT WITH JCP & L FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES:
WHEREAS, the Township of Montville requires an electric connection to the Lincoln Park Pumping Station, Route 202/Main Road, Montville, New Jersey; and
WHEREAS, Jersey Central Power & Light Company has agreed to extend the facilities based on terms and conditions set forth in a “Agreement for Installation of Electric Distribution Facilities Utilizing a ‘Minimum Charge Contract Demand’ to Enable the Minimum Up-Front Customer Contribution.”
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 for Installation of Electric Distribution Facilities Utilizing a ‘Minimum Charge Contract Demand’ to Enable the Minimum Up-Front Customer Contribution” between the Township of Montville and Jersey Central Power & Light Company in the form attached hereto.
Motion: Bader. Second: Sandham. All in favor. Resolution adopted.
NO. 5 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH LADDEY, CLARK & RYAN: Legal services – Lotta Lettuce litigation. Hourly rate of $150 not to exceed $10,000.00.
Motion: Sandham. Second: Braden. All in favor except Bader – abstain. Resolution adopted.
NO. 6 – RESOLUTION REAUTHORIZING THE ADVERTISING OF BIDS FOR THE AREA 18 SEWER PROJECT:
WHEREAS, the Township Committee has determined that it is appropriate to solicit bids for the Area 18 Sanitary Sewer Project, the design of which has been reviewed and approved; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to advertise for the solicitation of bids; and
WHEREAS, the solicitation of bids should await the receipt of all necessary permits.
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 advertise and otherwise solicit bids from qualified contractors for the Area 18 Sanitary Sewer Project subject to receipt of all necessary permits.
Motion: Bader. Second: Sandham. All in favor. Resolution adopted.
NO. 7 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR THE HATFIELD CREEK GABION CHANNEL IMPROVEMENTS:
WHEREAS, eight (8) bids were received for the Hatfield Creek Gabion Channel improvements; and
WHEREAS, the lowest responsible bid of $62,648.00 was received from C & F Masonry, Inc. t/a C & F Builders; and
WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has recommended the award to C & F Masonry, Inc. t/a C & F Builders.
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 C & F Masonry, Inc. t/a C & F Builders shall be awarded the Contract for the Hatfield Creek Gabion Channel improvements.
Motion: Bader. Second: Braden. Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes. Resolution adopted.
NO. 8 – RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE CANCELLATION OF CHECKS AND TRANSFER OF MONIES TO THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE GENERAL FUND FROM THE MUNICIPAL COURT:
WHEREAS, the following checks have not been cashed, and the recipients claim no monies due:
Check #2254, dated 9/7/06, $89.00
Check #2280, dated 10/4/06, $12.00
WHEREAS, the Township of Montville has been notified by the bank, Lakeland, that the checks were not cashed;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that these monies, $101.00, be transferred to the Montville Township General Fund as of this date.
Motion: Sandham. Second: Bader. All in favor. Resolution adopted.
NO. 9 – RESOLUTION APPROVING THE RELEASE OF CERTAIN ITEMS FROM CLOSED SESSION MINUTES 01/10/06: Release of closed session meeting minutes January 10, 2006: The Township Committee determined that the need for confidentiality continues to justify the redaction of minutes concerning the following subject matters: Lotta Lettuce litigation; property acquisition.
The Township Committee determined that the minutes concerning the following subject matters may be released: Tax appeals; litigation – Oak/Bogert Reconstruction Project; Personnel.
Motion: Sandham. Second: Bader. All in favor except Braden – abstain. Resolution adopted.
NO. 10 – RESOLUTION APPROVING CLOSED SESSION AND PUBLIC SESSION MINUTES – SPECIAL MEETING 11/1/07; REGULAR MEETINGS 11/5/07; AND 01/22/08:
Special meeting 11/1/07 and regular meeting 11/5/07. Motion: Bader. Second: Daughtry. All in favor except Braden – abstain. Resolution adopted.
Regular meeting 01/22/08. Motion: Bader. Second: Daughtry. All in favor. Resolution adopted.
NO. 11 – RESOLUTION APPROVING LISTING OF BILLS AND SIGNING OF CHECKS: Listing of bills approved; and the Mayor and Township Clerk are authorized to sign the checks. Motion: Daughtry. Second: Bader. Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes. Resolution adopted.
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND McMANIMON & SCOTLAND, LLC: Bond counsel March 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008, not to exceed $65,000.00.
Motion: Sandham. Second: Bader. Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes. Resolution adopted.
Committeewoman Bader reported she attended the Board of Health meeting last evening. This was the reorganization meeting. Charles Perry is the chairperson and Eve Lefkowitz is the vice-chairperson. There is a new sanitarian on board.
Committeeman Sandham reported he asked the Open Space Committee to put together a priority list. There was also discussion on the Morris Land Conservancy proposal regarding services.
Sandham reported the Residents’ with Disabilities Advisory Committee met last evening. They wanted to thank the Township Committee for approving the grant application for town hall access improvements. They have some problems with the ADA at the museum. They will be working with Brian Laird on that.
Committeeman Braden asked about the Environmental Commission secretary status. Bastone answered they will discuss their request for a secretary during the budget.
Sandham stated in the water report the aquifer dropped six feet from last January. Do we know why? The rainfall didn’t look to be that far off. Mazzaccaro stated he noticed that as well. We are taking less water now from Jersey City, so we are pumping a lot more.
Committeeman Daughtry reported he had a discussion with Rick Cieri, Recreation chairman, regarding grant funds. He felt that we weren’t getting all the grant funds we are entitled to. Bastone stated Adam Brewer did have discussions with a number of people.
Daughtry stated Recreation meets tomorrow night. Can we let Maryann Witty know the status for this year and what the other opportunities are?
Daughtry stated we are definitely the number one frontrunner for a regional animal shelter. It appears at the moment we are going to double in size from what we are today. The County is finishing up their phase I.
Chairperson Nielson stated they had talked about a bypass road behind Schroth’s. We need to have some type of closure on that. Barile stated I have been attempting to set up a meeting with JCP & L and us.
Nielson stated in 2004, the Township Committee gave the Montville Fire Department permission to use and expand their current facility at 86 River Road. They have been waiting six years. They would like to move forward. We need to resolve this and let them know.
Nielson stated Lou Schettini requested that we honor a long-time resident of Montville Township – Fred Eckhardt. He would like us to name a building in honor of him.
Daughtry stated the Montville Fire Department issue has gone on way too long. We need to get closure on this in the next few months.
Meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m. Motion: Daughtry. Second: Bader. All in favor. Motion approved.
Gertrude H. Atkinson, Township Clerk