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Montville Township Committee Regular Meeting

Tuesday, November 25, 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

Committeeman James Sandham, Jr.

                        Committeewoman Jean Bader

                        Committeeman Tim Braden

                        Chairwoman Deborah Nielson

 

Also present:            Frank Bastone, Township Administrator

Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance

Anthony Barile, Township Engineer

Martin Murphy, Township Attorney

Gertrude Atkinson, Township Clerk

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2008-CES-112508 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:  Property Acquisition – Dellechiaie; Starkey; Tipcor; and property adjacent to Metro; Litigation – Woodmont Sewers; South Salem Associates; potential civil litigation; and tax appeal – Hilltop Care Center.

 

Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Daughtry.  All in favor.  Resolution adopted.

 

At 7:00 p.m. – Closed Session.  At 8:00 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. 2008-41 TO VACATE A PORTION OF OLD BLOOMFIELD AVENUE:

 

Chairwoman Nielson opened the public hearing.  Hearing no comments, Chairwoman Nielson closed the public hearing.  Motion:  Daughtry.  Second:  Bader.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

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

 

NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-42 AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF CERTAIN PROPERTIES OWNED BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, NOT REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES PURSUANT TO NJSA 40A:12-13, ET SEQ.:  Portion of Old Bloomfield Avenue.

 

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

 

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

 

NO. 3 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-43 AMENDING CHAPTER 9.08 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:  Public intoxication.

 

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:  Daughtry.  Second:  Bader.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Ordinance adopted.

 

REPORTS:

 

NO. 1 – ADMINISTRATOR:  Frank Bastone, Township Administrator, reported on the municipal website regarding PSE&G items.  He looked at all 15 municipalities that have the PSE&G proposed line going through them.  Only one other has a reference to PSE&G, and it is only a link.  We are the only ones being very proactive. 

 

Nielson stated Dr. Bowen, Superintendent of Schools, did send out a letter about the proposed lines.  Can we link the Board of Education website to ours?  Bastone answered yes.

 

NO. 2 – ATTORNEY:  Martin Murphy, Township Attorney, stated we do have a settlement in the Woodmont sewers case.  The resolution and agreement are on the agenda this evening.

 

South Salem Associates litigation – the portion that has been reversed – the insurance company has filed a writ of certification to the NJ Supreme Court.  They can decide if they want to take it or not.

 

NO. 3 – FINANCE:  Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance, stated they have not yet received the $770,000 from the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust.  Do you want me to contact our legislators?  Nielson requested she look through the file and give them an update at next meeting as to what the holdup is.  Committeeman Daughtry offered to go to Trenton on this.

 

NO. 4 – ENGINEER:  Anthony Barile, Township Engineer, reported on the Area 18 Sewer Project – Pine Brook Road and Hook Mtn. Road.  We had the contractor do some leveling of the pavement to try to create a better riding surface for the winter months.

 

Route 202 traffic signals project has been progressing.  The new signal will probably be bagged for at least two weeks or more.

 

Changebridge/River/Horseneck Roads traffic signal modification – the County determined the turning arrows may not be necessary.  A reallocation of green time may be all that is required.    This is according to the police traffic counts.  We also ran into some other modifications that may need to be done.  We have a meeting next week with the County and the contractor to go over that.

 

Committeeman Sandham asked about the status of the Halsey Road stop sign.  Barile stated I have taken a look at it.  I have some input from the Police Department, and also input from the Township Attorney regarding the ordinance that would need to be done.  I have to pull it all together, and I will then have a recommendation.

 

Sandham inquired as to the paving job at the Old Lane sewer project.  Barile stated the contractor was supposed to make repairs, and he will check on that tomorrow.

 

Sandham inquired about Alpine Road.  Barile stated that was a sewer job – an uncompleted sewer line carried some muddy water out to Alpine Road that caused a problem in the driveway of an existing home.  That situation has been corrected and the contractor put on notice.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

 

NO. 2 – ANIMAL SHELTER:  Daughtry reported he and Committeeman Braden were co-chairs on a small subcommittee to look at an animal shelter in Montville Township.  Then we looked into it with the County – a regional approach.  About a year ago, we started looking into partnering with Pequannock for a shared animal shelter including the towns (4) we already service.  The decision is to suspend those negotiations at this time.  We are planning on going with a new animal shelter in Montville.

 

Capital expenses – all four municipalities have agreed conceptually to look at long-term contracts and share the capital expenses.

 

Braden stated the subcommittee recommends that we demolish the current structure and erect a prefab building – 2,000 to 2,500 s.f. – with an accessory storage structure in the rear.  I have talked to some contractors.  I estimate a cost of $200,000 to $225,000.  We anticipate a contribution from the other four municipalities we service. 

 

Daughtry stated we have filed applications for LOI’s for 7 Church Lane.  We need to make sure we can fit the building on that property.  We need to look at the regulations. 

 

Nielson said thank you.  This has been a long process.  As you know, Mr. Daughtry has been at the County for the last year seeking funds to help us out with a regional animal shelter.  That didn’t work out.  Now we are going ahead with this recommended route.  Do we have a timeframe?

 

Barile stated he will check with our consultant for an estimate on the turnaround time from DEP.

 

Daughtry stated if and when Pequannock has a full-time administrator in place, we would certainly want to pursue that again, but it can’t be nine months from now.  Maybe we can send a letter to them of our intentions.  Bastone will send a letter.

 

Sandham stated Montville Pet Parents want to fundraise.

 

Sue Goldblatt, Montville Pet Parents, asked how long do we wait for Pequannock.  Bastone answered we are not waiting for Pequannock.  We will proceed with this course of action.  If they, at some date, get back to us, we will evaluate it then. 

 

Goldblatt stated they have a lot of in-kind donations waiting in the wings – air conditioning, heating, and electrical.  Everyone is waiting for you to decide.

 

Daughtry stated that is great.  This is a shell, and we can have some sort of joint venture on the fit-out of the inside.

 

Sandham stated in that letter to Pequannock, we should give them a deadline for a decision from them.  Braden stated we are just telling them what we are doing.  We are not telling them to make a decision.

 

Township Committee all agreed to move forward.

 

NO. 2 – HATFIELD CREEK:  Bastone reported the consultant, Tony Barile, and himself met on October 17.  A proposal was prepared by our consultant to conduct a study of Hatfield Creek.  It will be a hydraulic analysis.  This study will give us the information to demonstrate to DEP if the full-blown project is needed.  Barile stated the study was really a requirement of DEP for them to give any further consideration to our application.  We met with them back in July, and they told us they were not prepared to approve our project without knowing the true flood prevention benefits of the project to justify the disturbance to the stream.  We look at the project as routine maintenance to a stream that was relocated by a developer many years ago.  The DEP is looking at it as a channel modification to a natural stream.  They feel a study is warranted. 

 

Fieldwork and engineering - $26,000 for the study.  We have the funds – developer’s contributions for Hatfield Creek. 

 

Braden stated should the study show that remediation is not necessary, could this serve as a baseline in the future to show that silt has filled in the streambed – if we get a difference in a future study from the original study. 

 

Barile stated the fieldwork will show the silt at the present time.  If you were going to look at it again in several years, you can look at what has accumulated.  The intent of the study is to demonstrate by removing that silt how much flood storage you would gain.  If the State doesn’t feel that number is significant enough to offset the disturbance to the ecology than the project wouldn’t be approved.

 

Nielson asked how much money do we have set aside?  Barile stated somewhere between $40,000 and $60,000. 

 

Bastone stated the DEP has also talked about the properties that abut Hatfield Creek having to make some concessions to environmental considerations.

 

Barile stated no sheds, no cutting back in the riparian zone.  If they are going to approve our application, they are definitely going to want that established.

 

Township Committee agreed – notify the neighbors of the pending study, and what the requirements may be.  Bastone and Barile will get a letter out.  Discussion item in January.

 

 

NO. 3 – ORGANIZATION FINANCIAL REPORTING:  Bastone stated a draft ordinance has been prepared.  Discussion about the wording regarding the financial reports.  Bastone and Vanderhoof will come up with correct wording and a recommended reporting form.  Introduce ordinance in January.

 

PUBLIC PORTION FOR ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA:

 

Mort Grossman, Lee Court, Montville - based on economic conditions, are we tracking arrearages as it relates to tax revenues in Montville?  Bastone stated we are keeping very close track of the tax revenues. 

 

Grossman asked if the Township is supposed to have a revaluation in 2009.  Bastone stated they are not doing the revaluation in 2009.

 

Lisa Pino, Tumbling Brook Drive, Towaco, stated the lights at Camp Dawson were on all night long a week ago Sunday.  Daughtry stated that problem has been fixed. 

 

Hearing no further comments, Chairwoman Nielson closed the public portion.  Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Daughtry.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

ORDINANCE INTRODUCTIONS:

 

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-44 AMENDING THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS FO THE PLACEMENT OF CLOTHING BINS WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP:

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for December 9, 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. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-45 AMENDING CHAPTERS 3.02 AND 12.16 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:  Fees and snow and ice removal on unaccepted roads.

 

Bastone stated this is our annual review of fees.  Nielson stated the snow and ice removal fees - I assume there have been issues with some unimproved roads.  This will allow us to charge the developer for snow removal?  Bastone answered correct.

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for December 9, 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. 3 – ORDINANCE NO. 2008-46 AMENDING CHAPTER 3.02 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND ESTABLISHING NEW SEWER RATES:

 

Nielson stated this is a proposal to increase sewer rates by usage.

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for December 9, 2008, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Daughtry.  Second:  Bader.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Motion approved.

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONSENT AGENDA NO. 2008-CA19:  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Daughtry.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM A – RESOLUTION APPROVING REFUND OF TAXES – TAX APPEAL BLOCK 2.14, LOT 22:  2007, $4,514.49; 2008, $4,676.66.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM B – RESOLUTION APPROVING REFUND OF TAXES – SENIOR CITIZEN DEDUCTION:  Block 52, Lot 33 C1061, $250.00.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM C – RESOLUTION APPROVING REFUND OF TAXES – VETERAN DEDUCTION:

Block/Lot/Qualifier              Name                                                              Amount

 

21.1/38.12                               Baczynski, John & Barbara                                   $250.00

52/33/C018A                           Masters, Michael & Nancy                          $250.00

82.7/39/C0188                        Carney, Joseph L & Ruth                            $250.00

139.11/12.03                           Feinstein, Arnold W & Fayej                           $250.00

141.4/51                                  Ridolfo, Rodney & Loise                           $250.00

130/5                                       Magsamen, Steven P & Elizabeth                  $250.00

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM D – RESOLUTION RELEASING EVANGELICAL MISSION – BLOCK 111, LOT 15, ALPINE ROAD – FROM MAINTENANCE GUARANTEE:

 

WHEREAS, Evangelical Mission, the developer of property known as Block 111, Lot 15, has, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 111:55D-53 of the Municipal Land Use Law, notified the Township Committee that certain public improvements have been completed, and has requested to be released from liability under the Maintenance 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 Maintenance 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 Maintenance Guarantee posted by Evangelical Mission in the form of Letter of Credit No. 194 issued by Atlantic Stewardship Bank in the amount of $37,753.83 shall be released.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM E – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND WOODMONT PROPERTIES:

 

            WHEREAS, on or about March 20, 2007, Woodmont Properties filed a Four Count Verified Complaint against the Township of Montville and various employees and officers in their official capacities bearing Docket No. MRS-L-797-07; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Township Committee finds that it is in the best interest of the Township to compromise and settle the dispute between Woodmont Properties and the Township by the Township making payment of $35,000.00 to Woodmont Properties in full satisfaction and settlement of any and all claims Woodmont has against the Township pertaining to the matter raised in this Complaint; and

 

            WHEREAS, terms and agreements of the settlement of this dispute are set forth in a Settlement 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 hereby authorized to execute a Settlement Agreement between the Township of Montville and Woodmont Properties in connection with the Complaint filed on March 20, 2007 in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County, under Docket No. MRS-L-797-07.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM F – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF MORRIS COUNTY OPEN SPACE TRUST FUND GRANT AGREEMENT – STARKEY PARK:

 

WHEREAS, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders created the Morris County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund; and

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville submitted an application for grant funds for Starkey Park; and

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville has been awarded Morris County Preservation Trust Fund Grant funds in the amount of $2,541,980 for Starkey Park;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville that the appropriate Township officials are herein authorized to execute grant agreements with the County of Morris for $2,541,980 in 2008 Morris County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Funds. 

 

RESOLUTIONS:

NO. 1 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF A PETITION WITH THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES AGAINST VERIZON NEW JERSEY, INC. CONCERNING THE TOWNSHIP’S REQUEST FOR FREE CABLE AND INTERNET SERVICE:

 

WHEREAS, Verizon New Jersey, Inc. is a public utility regulated by the State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; and

           

WHEREAS, Verizon New Jersey, Inc. has obtained a system wide franchise from the Office of Cable Television of the State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; and

           

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:5A-28 provides that:  “j.  With regard only to applications for a system-wide franchise, a commitment to install and retain or provide, without charge, one service outlet activated for basic service to any and all fire stations, public schools, police stations, public libraries, and other such buildings used for municipal purposes.  k. With regard only to applications for a system-wide franchise, a commitment to provide free Internet service, without charge, through one service outlet activated for basic service to any and all fire stations, public schools, police stations, public libraries, and other such buildings used for municipal purposes.”; and

           

WHEREAS, Verizon New Jersey, Inc. provides service within the Township of Montville; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville requested that Verizon New Jersey, Inc. provide service pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:5A-28 to various municipal facilities; and

           

WHEREAS, Verizon New Jersey, Inc. has declined to provide the services sought by the Township of Montville.

           

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 Attorney is hereby authorized to file with the Office of Cable Television of the State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities a Petition requesting that Verizon New Jersey, Inc. be required to service all municipal facilities within the Township of Montville.

 

Motion:  Daughtry.  Second:  Braden.  Discussion:  Daughtry stated he asked Frank Bastone if we could file this somehow as a class action appeal.  Murphy stated class action is quite an extensive process and will delay it quite a bit.  Daughtry stated I just want to let the other municipalities know about this.  We should try to do it all at once.

 

Bastone stated we will file ours and notify the others.

 

All in favor.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 2 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CHANGE ORDER AND FINAL PAYMENT TO D.L.S. CONTRACTING, INC. FOR THE HORSENECK ROAD IMPROVEMENT PHASE IV PROJECT SUBJECT TO THE RECEIPT OF MAINTENANCE BOND AND AFFIDAVIT OF RELEASE OF CLAIMS AND LIENS:

 

WHEREAS, D.L.S. Contracting, Inc. is the contractor for the Horseneck Road Improvement Phase IV Project; and

 

WHEREAS, it has been determined that changes to this Contract are necessary due to the addition of ADA sidewalk ramp delineation domes as required by NJDOT, driveway entrance not on plan, and final as-built quantities as noted on Change Order Number – DOT-1; and

 

            WHEREAS, D.L.S. Contracting, Inc. has submitted a Change Order for a reduction to the original contract amount; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has recommended the change order, that the Horseneck Road Improvement Phase IV Project be accepted by the Township, and that final payments be made; and

           

WHEREAS, D.L.S. Contracting, Inc. is required to post a Maintenance Bond and required to file an Affidavit of Release of Claims and Liens as a condition of final release.

 

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 following change order is hereby approved:

 

Amount of Original Contract                      $200,215.95               Extra                            $   5,750.00

Adjusted amount based on                                                        Supplemental             $ 12,624.70

Change Orders 1, 2, 3 & DOT-1            $171,202.52               Total Change                       $-28,995.43

Reduction                                            $ -47,370.13                    % Change in Contract                   -14.48

 

; and be it further

 

            RESOLVED that the Township of Montville accepts as final the Horseneck Road Improvement Phase IV Project and releases to D.L.S. Contracting, Inc. final payment in full; and be it further

RESOLVED that this release is conditioned upon 1) receipt of a 10% Maintenance Bond from D.L.S. Contracting, Inc. in a form approved by the Township Attorney and 2) receipt of an Affidavit from D.L.S. Contracting, Inc. as to release of all claims and liens.

 

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

 

NO. 3 – RESOLUTION GRANTING AN EXTENSION TO THE COMPLETION PERIOD IN A CONTRACT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND UNDERGROUND UTILITIES CORP.:

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville and Underground Utilities Corp. entered into a Contract for the Area 18 Sewer Project; and

           

WHEREAS, Underground Utilities Corp. has requested an extension of the completion deadline set forth in the contract as follows:

           

-  Substantial completion of all main sewers and laterals extended until December 15, 2008

-  Substantial completion of the pumping station extended until January 15, 2009; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Water and Sewer Director has recommended to the Township Committee that it modify its Contract with Underground Utilities Corp. to allow the extension conditioned upon Underground Utilities Corp. paying for all police and inspection expenses incurred after November 30, 2008 except for final paving.

           

            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 between the Township of Montville and Underground Utilities Corp. for the Area 18 Sewer Project shall be amended to grant an extension the completion date as follows:

 

-  Substantial completion of all main sewers and laterals extended until December 15, 2008

-  Substantial completion of the pumping station extended until January 15, 2009

 

This extension is conditioned upon Underground Utilities Corp. paying for all police and inspection expenses incurred after November 30, 2008 except for final paving.

 

Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Braden.  Discussion:  Bastone stated Mr. Mazzaccaro did have a conversation with Underground Utilities to inform them that they would be responsible for police traffic control and engineering inspections if they do go beyond the deadline.

 

All in favor.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 4 – RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE BID FOR THE SALE OF A 1989 FORD F-350 BUCKET TRUCK – 30 FOOT BOOM:

 

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Montville authorized the sale of a 1989 Ford F-350 Bucket Truck, on October 5, 2008 and the minimum bid amount of $2,500 was not bid; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Montville authorized the re-bid of a 1989 Ford F-350 Bucket Truck on November 13, 2008 at a minimum bid amount of $2,000.

 

            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Montville that the following bids were received by the Director of Finance on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, and the highest bidder, Weiss Electrical Contractors, Inc. 23 Upper Mountain Avenue, Montville, NJ  07045, at  $3,652.00, is accepted.

 

Bidder #1        John Corigiliano                   $2,111.00

Bidder #2        Louis Roselle                                    $2,100.05

Bidder #3        Dean Quilici Electric             $2,800.00

Bidder #4        Weiss Electrical Cont.               $3,652.00

 

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

 

NO. 5 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TRANSFER OF FUNDS:

 

WHEREAS, there appears to be insufficient funds in the following accounts (Excepting the appropriation for Contingent Expenses or Deferred Charges) to meet the demands for the balance of the year, 2008

 

                        Facilities Mgt. OE                 $12,000

                        Roads, OE                             $  5,000

                        Fleet-Vehicle Repair                        $  5,000

                        Engineering, OE                 $     500                             

                                   

            WHEREAS,    there appears to be a surplus in the following accounts, (excepting the appropriation for Contingent Expenses, Deferred Charges, Cash Deficit of Preceding Year, Reserve for Uncollected Taxes, Down Payments, Capital Improvement Fund or Interest and Debt Redemption Charges,) over and above the demand deemed to be necessary for the balance of the year, 2008

                       

                        Health Benefits, OE              $12,500

                        Solid Waste-Disposal            $10,000

                       

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, (not less than two-thirds of all members thereof affirmatively concurring) that in accordance with the provision of R. S. 40A-58, part of the surplus in the accounts heretofore mentioned be and the same is hereby transferred to the accounts, (excepting the appropriation for Contingent Expenses or Deferred Charges), mentioned as being insufficient to meet the current demands, and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Director of Finance is hereby authorized and directed to make the transfers.

 

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

 

NO. 6 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TRANSFER OF FUNDS WATER & SEWER:

 

WHEREAS, there appears to be insufficient funds in the following accounts (Excepting the appropriation for Contingent Expenses or Deferred Charges) to meet the demands for the balance of the year, 2008

 

                        WATER BUDGET                                             TO 

                        Salaries & Wages, Overtime                    $9,000.00

 

                        SEWER BUDGET

                        Social Security                                              $1,500.00

 

            WHEREAS,    there appears to be a surplus in the following accounts, (excepting the appropriation for Contingent Expenses, Deferred Charges, Cash Deficit of Preceding Year, Reserve for Uncollected Taxes, Down Payments, Capital Improvement Fund or Interest and Debt Redemption Charges,) over and above the demand deemed to be necessary for the balance of the year, 2008

 

                        WATER BUDGET                                            FROM

                        New Equipment                                         $6,000.00

                        Water Sampling                                            $3,000.00

 

                        SEWER BUDGET

                        Par-Troy Treatment                                          $1,500.00

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, (not less than two-thirds of all members thereof affirmatively concurring) that in accordance with the provision of R. S. 40A-58, part of the surplus in the accounts heretofore mentioned be and the same is hereby transferred to the accounts, (excepting the appropriation for Contingent Expenses or Deferred Charges), mentioned as being insufficient to meet the current demands, and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Director of Finance is hereby authorized and directed to make the transfers.

 

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

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Committeeman Daughtry stated at the League of Municipalities he approached the JIF/MEL folks about sleigh riding.  I have a meeting with the residents on December 3.  I would like to know about the sleigh riding from JIF.  Bastone stated there is a JIF meeting on December 4.  Daughtry will try to change his meeting.

 

Daughtry - Waughaw Road – water has been bubbling out of the road.  Showed pictures that Tony Barile took.  There is a problem there.  Barile explained how they are going to fix it, hopefully, within the next year.

 

Daughtry - Land Use – I still have an ongoing issue with enforcement; but a least the paperwork is being done.

 

Daughtry – Historic Preservation Review Commission – I know this item has been moved to the December meeting – construction issue, financial reporting, and historic list.

 

Daughtry – letter from PSE&G that identifies some Township properties that they need additional easements on.  Bastone stated he is not responding to them.

 

Committeeman Sandham stated he didn’t see a comprehensive list of those potential easements needed – PSE&G.  Are there other homeowners in town?  Can we get a list of everyone in town?  Bastone answered yes.

 

Sandham – there is a meeting on December 3 at the offices of Casha & Casha for moderate-income people who are having financial difficulties in paying their utility bills – NJ Shares.  I would like a staff member to be there – possibly Adam or Jaime.  I will leave that to Frank Bastone.

 

Sandham – letter from the Governor that they are looking to potentially allow towns to defer 50% of their pension payments in order to help with budgets.  There have also been proposals to grant more exceptions to the cap-spending limit.  I want to go on record saying that I think that is a mistake.  That is deferring the problem.  What I would propose - and I asked the State Senator last night – is that we put the other 50% in an escrow account.  At least we would get the benefit of the interest.  Vanderhoof stated they are going to charge interest if they do defer.  Sandham stated at least that is a little bit of encouragement.

 

Sandham – Open Space Committee met last week.  They asked if we have a list of monies that have been earmarked for certain properties so they know how much is left. 

 

Committeewoman Bader stated the Democratic committeeperson will be caucusing as soon as she receives the information.

 

Committeeman Braden stated he received a call from Jon Alin, Board of Education President, about the high school tennis courts.  It is proposed that we partner with the BOE to refurbish the tennis courts at the high school.  I think it is a good idea provided we can come to an agreement.  The Metro tennis courts won’t be done for a while.

 

Chairwoman Nielson – no report.

 

Bastone – Hatfield Creek – we should make note that Senator Pennacchio made the meeting happen in Trenton. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:26 p.m.  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                           

Gertrude H. Atkinson, Township Clerk

 

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