MTC Meeting Minutes 01-13-09 Print E-mail

 

Montville Township Committee Regular Meeting

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 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 James Sandham, Jr.

                        Committeewoman Jean Bader

                        Committeeman Tim Braden

                        Chairwoman Deborah Nielson

 

Absent:            Committeeman Art Daughtry

 

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. 2009-CES011309 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 – Tipcor; Dellechiaie; Litigation – Stefanelli; South Salem Associates; Contract negotiations – Board of Education lease; PBA contract; Attorney-client privilege – request for easement Miller’s Lane.

 

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

 

At 7:00 p.m. – Closed Session.  At 8:05 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 Braden.

 

PUBLIC HEARING:

 

NO. 1 – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION – LONGVIEW LOW/MOD HEAT PUMP CONVERSIONS:

 

Frank Bastone, Township Administrator, described the heat pump conversion project for the Longview townhouse complex low/mod units.  The units are on Revere Court.  They have electric heat pumps.  It was suggested that these could be converted to gas to save the residents money.  The cost would be approximately $6,000 to do the conversion.  The problem is that many of the residents are coming back to us and showing us heating bills that are not significantly higher than the gas units.  Many of them agree that there is not a significant cost benefit.  Many of them feel more efficient windows would be more beneficial.  The applications are due before our next meeting.  $100,000 is maximum amount you can apply for in this category.  It would be a phased project.

 

Chairwoman Nielson stated for the record, I do live in Longview, and I have asked the Township Attorney if I can participate in this process.  I do not live on Revere Court. 

 

Martin Murphy, Township Attorney, stated there is no problem with Mayor Nielson participating.  She is not directly benefiting from this.

 

Nielson asked if the pump conversion would take over other space.  Bastone answered no.

 

Committeeman Sandham asked if windows aren’t eligible, and we believe there are no real savings on the conversion, what would be our options for other projects?

 

Bastone stated we did have three other projects:  Greenbriar waterline, handicapped parking at town hall (we were turned down on this for the past two years), and purchase of a new senior citizen bus.

 

Nielson stated the library is working on handicap access enhancements at the library.  They are 90% complete with the plans.  I don’t know if this falls into that purview.  Bastone stated I think it would be eligible.

 

Chairwoman Nielson opened the public hearing.

 

Jean Moffet, 62 Revere Court, Montville, stated gas heat kind of scares me.  It is not as safe as electric.  There are no fire escapes.  The cold air blasts in for at least 8 to 10 minutes and then the heat kicks in.  That is a lot of time wasted.  I live alone.  My electric bill was $295 last month.  I have my windows corked and sealed.  To me the windows would be the best.  Also, please check the original plans.  Why are there no fire escapes?  Thank you for taking the time.

 

Joan Pickel, 75 Revere Court, Montville, stated this is my first winter here.  I do know that in the summer the windows are so bad I have to put weather stripping around the screen.  On the other hand, the heat is not the greatest either.  The windows are really not good.

 

Braden asked if an individual can change their own windows.  Bastone stated the resident is responsible for the windows.  They do have to get approval from the association for what they want to put in. 

 

Braden stated perhaps the association can indicate what windows they can retrofit that will be more energy efficient. 

 

Nielson stated what they did do was replace some skylights.  Has anyone been to the Board of Directors meeting to look into this?

 

Braden stated also, energy companies come out and do energy audits. 

 

Moffit stated she had an energy audit – Home Energy.  He caulked my windows.  He put insulation on the entrance to the attic.  He tried to insulate the pipes.  He is the one who suggested the energy-saving light bulbs.  I still received a $295 electric bill.  I would say windows are the priority.

 

Bastone stated he had everyone here from Longview sign in with their name and phone numbers.

 

Michele Haldy stated my daughter lives on Revere Court.  The windows are as bad as they say.  I paid to replace the windows.

 

Hearing no further comments, Nielson closed the public hearing.  Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Braden.  All in favor except Daughtry – absent.  Motion approved.

 

Sandham stated I would like to see us go for the windows if that is eligible.  Braden stated he agreed, and then on to the library handicap access.

 

Nielson asked is it the overall consensus of all the residents that heat pumps are not going forward?

 

Bastone stated I can’t speak for all of the residents, but the indication we have received from the residents here and the residents Adam Brewer have spoken to is that they would rather see the windows go forward.

 

Bader asked if the natural gas bill would generate another bill.  Bastone answered yes.

 

REPORTS:

 

NO. 1 – ADMINISTRATOR:  Bastone reported on Hatfield Creek.  We sent out a letter in December to the residents along Hatfield Creek concerning some of the DEP requirements if we want to continue with the project – 71 letters.  We received 12 communications on this.  The majority of them are not in favor of proceeding with the project.

 

Public hearing scheduled for February 10th.   Residents will be notified.

 

NO. 2 – ATTORNEY:  Murphy reported PSE&G has filed their petition with BPU.  According to the municipal land use law, they are allowed to do this.  I don’t know if one municipality is going to take the lead and file an appearance.  No public hearing date has been set yet.  We can certainly file for an appearance. 

 

Nielson stated we should go on record.  Bastone stated we do have the coalition of municipalities.  Do we want to do this in mass or individually?  Or both?

 

Nielson stated I would like to know if the other municipalities have discussed hiring an attorney or using the public advocate.

 

Murphy stated the Public Advocate will be involved.

 

Nielson requested Frank Bastone reach out to Mr. Olson – East Hanover – to see if they have discussed.

 

NO. 3 – FINANCE:  Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance, reported Montville Township has retained its triple A bond rating.  We are selling bonds tomorrow.  As of tomorrow, there will be a 4.76% savings.  It should save about $100,000 each year.

 

NO. 4 – ENGINEER:  Anthony Barile, Township Engineer, reported that he received supporting documentation on the Ptaszek soil movement application. 

 

Stefanelli soil movement – received the application.  A public hearing will need to be set up.

 

Route 202/Whitehall Road traffic signals – they should be activated in about a week.

 

Changebridge Road/River Road/Horseneck Road traffic signal improvements – we have worked out the scope of work we are recommending, and we had a meeting this morning with the County and the vendor.  The total cost estimate is $77,178:  County $42,400 and Township $34,700.  We would also be paying for the cost of the officers for the traffic control. 

 

Braden asked if they are going to re-time the signals.  Barile stated they couldn’t do that with the existing equipment.  He described what the improvements would be.  There would be no turning arrows at this time, but the option is there if they want to add them in the future.

 

Nielson asked if there are any other malfunctioning traffic lights in town.  Barile stated I understand there is an issue with the Bloomfield Avenue/Changebridge Road signal.  Mr. Mazzaccaro arranged for the repair of that.

 

Stefanelli – Sandham asked if we ever received a soil movement application for when the soil was moved in there.  Barile answered we are working on getting the source of the soil from the developer.  He is trying to get us that information.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

 

NO. 1 – RENEWABLE ENERGY PRESENTATION:  Rescheduled to February 10.

 

NO. 2 – T-MOBILE CO-LOCATION – PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING CELL TOWER:  Aaron Myl, Omnipoint, T-Mobile, 4 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, presented.  This is the tower at 350 Route 202.  What we are looking to do is expand the area in order to co-locate.  180 s.f. ground space.  We have a preliminary plan.  Same height as what is there now.  Color is gray.  Additional antennas consistent with what is on the tower now.  Not interfering with ingress and egress of the parking lot.

 

Bader asked do you see any proposed problems with your cell tower and the proposed PSE&G line?  Myl answered I don’t believe there is a problem.

 

Barile asked if the cables extending up the tower will be internal.  Myl stated they would be in the tower itself.

 

Bastone stated I am going to schedule this for closed session because there is the issue of  the negotiation of dollars. 

 

Sandham stated he would like a diagram of it in relation to the total footprint of the property.  Myl stated he will pull something together.

 

Scheduled for closed session February 27.

PUBLIC PORTION FOR ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA:

 

Jori Schlenger, 25 Manchester Way, Pine Brook, stated he is responding to the Hatfield Creek letter.  Will the overall action prevent flooding?  Even with a study there would not be assurance. 

Riparian zone – what does it do for us as a Township?  It would involve the confiscation of property.

 

Nielson stated I think the state was talking about some vegetation, etc.  Nielson stated this has been an ongoing issue for years.  $100,000’s spent and potentially more.  We are trying to ascertain the best course of action.

 

Schlenger stated I have not seen a large public outcry for this.  The riparian area would be an ugly, uninhabited area.  The fence would probably have to come down.

 

Nielson stated perhaps Mr. Barile should give an overview at the public hearing of the history on this.  These things are not necessarily a given.  They are potential.

 

Schlenger stated you are going to have a large breeding ground for mosquitoes.  The rosebushes were put in 1965 as a result of a child drowning in the creek.  Then a fence was put up.  If that is going to be taken down, that is not a good idea.  Expenditure of public funds – study for $35,000 to $40,000 and then $100,000 to do the job.  This is a large amount of public funds.  It could be used for something else that would guarantee the public good.  The project itself I don’t think is worthwhile.  There is certainly a loss in property value.  I would put forth my opinion at least as opposed to this motion to move forward  either with the study or with the program.  I hope you will consider that in your discussions.

 

Nielson thanked Mr. Schlenger and stated the public hearing will be on February 10.  You will receive notice.

 

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

 

NO. 3 – AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT:  Bastone stated he has had discussions with the Board of Education on this.  It has been approved by the Board of Education.  Events are being planned throughout the night.  We want to make sure there are no issues.  It will be held at the high school.  The condos are next door.

 

Nielson stated she met with Sylvana Dalia and Debbie Hasbrouck – the coordinators.  I did reach out to the Campagna president and Carol Ann of the Chamber of Commerce, who lives there.  They will be meeting.  I am waiting to hear back from them.

 

Braden stated Art Daughtry and I are involved and handling the logistics of the event.  All groups and sports groups are invited to participate.  There are going to be at least 1,000 people.  I encourage everyone to get involved.  After the kickoff meeting, Art will probably have more information. 

 

Nielson stated we can discuss this further when we know more.  Also, can have Campagna out.

 

Sandham stated we have to be sensitive to the people at Campagna. 

 

NO. 4 – 2009 BUDGET:  Bastone stated he previously gave the Township Committee Exhibits 1 and 2.  He is also submitting a comparative analysis of the overall budget and a compilation of the capital requests.  He is in the process of putting together the revenue report.  You will be receiving your budget binders within the next week.

 

Vanderhoof stated they should have the revenues by next week.

 

Bader stated I think we need to start thinking about possibly suspending Montville Day for this year.

 

Nielson stated I think it is premature.  Montville Day doesn’t have to be the same way it has been in the past years.  It could take another avenue.  Bader stated we need to think hard about our fiscal responsibility.

 

Nielson stated we will be looking at every line item.

 

 

NO. 5 – BOARD OF EDUCATION – TENNIS COURTS:  Rehabilitation of the tennis courts.  Bastone stated the BOE has proposals by their architect.  I know we have talked about tennis courts in conjunction with the Metro skate park. 

 

Bader stated we don’t know if we will be getting state aid.  We have talked about the Metro property down the line getting tennis courts.  We are also currently in negotiations with the BOE for a lease agreement.

 

Braden – no comment.

 

Sandham stated I applaud the BOE for their spirit of cooperation that they are expressing here.  I will ask them for the same spirit of cooperation. 

 

Motion:  Send a letter to the Board of Education asking them if they will participate in the funding for the resurfacing of the turf fields at Camp Dawson and at Community Park and the maintenance of the natural turf fields. 

 

Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Braden.  All in favor – Sandham, Bader, Braden.  Abstain – Nielson.  Absent – Daughtry.  Motion approved.

 

Nielson stated I will speak to Mr. Alin and some of the other board members personally. 

 

NO. 6 – MORRIS COUNTY WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN:  Scheduled for next meeting.

 

NO. 7 – YOUTH CENTER RENTAL FEE:  Bastone referred to Jaime Wild’s memo containing youth center rental fee recommendations.  The fee would apply to non-Montville outside organizations.  Two-hour increments.  Nielson stated limit to one group per day.  Bastone stated he supports Ms. Wild’s recommendation.

 

NO. 8 – MUNICIPAL FIELD LIGHTING:  Bastone recommends doing the agreement with Montville Baseball/Softball, go out to bid, and get the job done.  MBSA has signed the agreement.  Mr. Barile is working on the bid package and almost ready to go.

 

Sandham asked when we get the money back from MBSA, does it go back into capital?  Vanderhoof answered yes, to pay the debt service.  We will anticipate it as a revenue in the budget.

 

ORDINANCE INTRODUCTIONS:

 

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2009-01 CALENDAR YEAR 2009 ORDINANCE TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION LIMITS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP BANK (NJSA 40A:4-45.14):

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for January 27, 2009, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Sandham.  Discussion:  Sandham stated we are set by law to allow 2.5% increases.  With the economics out there, are we sending the wrong message by doing this already?  This is going to be a tough year.  I am not sure what the budget increase will be.  We are already giving indication that it might be 3.5% instead of 2.5%.

 

Bastone stated there is no obligation to go to 3.5%.  That is a threshold that we have done in the past.  If you go back to the budget sheets that I gave to you, we have historically passed this and historically stayed way under the cap.  If you look at the cap banks we have accumulated and the cap allowance we have, the budget that I have presented to you is $800,000 under the cap as it is.

 

Roll call vote – Daughtry, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Motion approved.

 

NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2009-02 AMENDING CHAPTER 12.16 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND PROHIBITING THE DUMPING OR PLACING OF SNOW ON STREETS OR ROADWAYS:

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for January 27, 2009, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Sandham. 

 

Roll call vote – Daughtry - absent, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Motion approved.

 

NO. 3 – BOND ORDINANCE NO. 2009-03 PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $230,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $218,500 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF:  Muni baseball field lights and animal shelter steel building.

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for January 27, 2009, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  Discussion:  Braden stated he would like to make it known I spoke with Marty Murphy on this issue.  I am a board member of MBSA.  I have been advised by Mr. Murphy that I do not have a conflict of interest in voting on this ordinance.  The town is improving the field lighting at this facility lighting and receiving reimbursement from an outside organization.

 

Murphy stated I discussed this with Mr. Braden, and I asked him if he had any financial interest in this.  He said no.  I do not see a conflict of interest.

 

Sandham stated this is appropriating $30,000 for the animal shelter building, but it is going to cost much more.

 

Bastone stated the estimated total is $250,000.  Sandham asked is that before or after the contribution by Montville Pet Parents?  Bastone stated we don’t have that breakdown right now. 

 

Braden stated I would say with any contribution, we are coming in under budget.  Is this an opportune time to discuss the project?

 

Nielson stated I need to be assured this is a complete project.  I have not seen a site plan.  Bastone stated we don’t have a detailed site plan.  This is a building we are going to lose if we don’t act on it. 

 

Nielson asked can we fast track a site plan?  Braden asked can we get some breakdown of numbers for the next meeting?

 

Bastone stated possibly we can get a proposal from the architect. 

 

Murphy suggested they can introduce the ordinance.  You can carry the public hearing.

 

Bastone will contact the architect.

 

Roll call vote – Daughtry, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Motion approved.

 

Bastone stated we have been attempting to come up with a solution for the animal shelter that is cost effective, but still addresses our needs.  We have become aware of a 40’ x 55’ building that we think we could fully outfit for $250,000.  We have asked animal control and the health department to come up with a floor plan.  Steel modular building – 7 Church Lane.

 

Braden stated we have a preliminary floor plan here.  We have a pledge from MPP for $40,000 so far.  Can we anticipate capital contributions from some of the other towns?

 

Bastone stated he will get the proposal from the architect and discuss it with the other towns.  All of them have agreed conceptually that they will continue their contracts and made a capital contribution.

 

Braden stated I will reach out to an architect to get a cost estimate.  I will connect him with Tony Barile. 

 

Sue Goldblatt, MPP, in attendance, was given a copy of the conceptual drawing.  She will mark it draft.

 

NO. 4 – ORDINANCE NO. 2009-04 AMENDING CHAPTER 12.40 OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND ESTABLISHING A FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR ORGANIZATIONS DESIRING TO UTILIZE TOWNSHIP OWNED PROPERTY:

 

Discussion regarding wording of section 12.40.020, requirement for financial reporting.

 

Murphy stated we are looking to Mr. Sandham for guidance on the wording of that.  Sandham stated there is a form 990 that organizations need to file with the IRS.  Bastone stated not all organizations file that form.  Sandham stated they can use it as a template. 

 

Braden stated perhaps the Township could design a form.

 

Township Committee agreed:  section to read:

 

12.40.020 Requirement for financial reporting.

 

     Every organization utilizing Township owned property or being scheduled to use Township property must submit to the Township Chief Financial Officer on or before April 30, a complete set of financial statements as prescribed by the Township.

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for January 27, 2009, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Motion approved.

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONSENT AGENDA NO. 2009-CA2:  Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Braden.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, absent; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM A – RESOLUTION ACCEPTING PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE – GPF, LLC – BLOCK 100.1, LOT 8 – APPLE CREEK:  Cash $1,000.00.  4 Berlin Lane.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM B – RESOLUTION ACCEPTING PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE – CYNTHIA LACHNICHT – BLOCK 51.02, LOT 5, 10 MONTVILLE AVENUE:  Cash $1,000.00.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM C – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RETURN OF CASH PERFORMANCE BONDS POSTED WITH THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:  FHN Cuisine (Montville Inn) Block 51, Lots 43 and 47.  Cash performance bonds:  $23,520.00 and $10,000.00.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM D – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE LEASE OF THE SENIOR HOUSE TO MORRIS COUNTY FOR USE AS A NUTRITION PROJECT SITE YEAR 2009:

 

WHEREAS, the Local Lands and Buildings Law N.J.S.A. 40A:12-14(b) et seq. authorizes the lease by municipality of any real property not needed for public use to a public body; and

           

WHEREAS, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders has requested the use of the Senior House owned by the Township of Montville for the purposes of the Human Services Department Nutrition Project for site operations; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township Committee has determined that a public purpose will be served by the use of the Senior House by the Nutrition Project site operations; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township Committee has determined that numerous citizens of the Township of Montville and neighboring municipalities will be benefited by services proposed by the Nutrition Project site operations.

           

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 Township officials are hereby authorized to execute the lease attached hereto for the Senior House to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

NO. 1 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF FIELD LIGHTING EXPENDITURES BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND THE MONTVILLE BASEBALL/SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION:

 

Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Sandham.  Discussion:  Sandham asked when is the second $50,000 due?  Clarify with MBSA.

 

Motion to table:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  All in favor except Daughtry – absent.  Motion approved.

 

NO. 2 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SUBMITTAL OF 2009 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION TO THE COUNTY OF MORRIS:

 

WHEREAS, 2009 Community Development Block Grant funds are available through the County of Morris; and

 

            Whereas, a public meeting was held on January 13, 2009 to discuss applications for such funds.

 

            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 officials are hereby authorized to execute and submit a 2009 Community Development Public Facility Application for the Public Library Handicap Accessibility – Automatic Doors for $38,000.00.

 

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

 

NO. 3 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ADVERTISING FOR BIDS FOR THE SALT STORAGE BUILDING:  Joint project with the County.

 

Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Sandham.  Discussion:  Sandham stated in attending the League of Municipalities, I have seen where they have nonpermanent structures at a significantly reduced cost.  I would like to know that we have looked into that – costs, etc.  Do we have to go with a permanent structure?

 

Barile stated we would have to get the County to go along with something other than a permanent structure.

 

Braden stated why wouldn’t you go with a permanent structure – it is not going to stop snowing and icing.

 

Sandham stated you may save money over the lifetime of the structures.  We already have a permanent structure over there – the County.  Barile stated that is not providing for the County’s needs – that is why they are going in jointly with us on this. 

 

Sandham stated we are spending $250,000 on a salt dome – in these economic times if we can find a way to do it for $50,000 or $100,000, we save money for the Township.

 

Barile stated he will talk to the County tomorrow.

 

Braden stated maybe we put off the salt building for a year or two.  Nielson stated this has been a project that has been delayed.  I am concerned about the County.  The funding may never come back.  It is worth a phone call to explore.  I don’t want to lose the County funding.

 

Sandham stated we can authorize the bids.  In the interim we should look at viable alternatives.  He will get the information from the League of Municipalities to Tony Barile.

 

Table resolution to next meeting.  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

NO. 5 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND THE COUNTY OF MORRIS PROVIDING FOR JOINT FUNDING FOR SIGNAL UPGRADES AT THE INTERSECTION OF CHANGEBRIDGE ROAD (CR 621) AND HORSENECK ROAD/RIVER ROAD:

 

WHEREAS, there is a need for signal upgrades at the Intersection of Changebridge Road (CR 621) and Horseneck/River Road within the Township of Montville; and

           

WHEREAS, Changebridge Road (CR 621) is under the jurisdiction of the County of Morris and Horseneck Road and River Road are under the jurisdiction of the Township of Montville; and

           

WHEREAS, the Municipality and the County have agreed that the signal upgrades are necessary for public safety; and

 

WHEREAS, the Municipality and the County have agreed to equally contribute towards the cost of the project, less the cost of a battery back-up power system for the signal, which the County will fully fund.

 

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 between the Township of Montville and the County of Morris providing for joint funding for the signal upgrades in the form attached hereto.

 

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

 

NO. 4 – RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE FORM AND OTHER DETAILS OF NOT TO EXCEED $14,950,000 OF REFUNDING BONDS, CONSISTING OF NOT TO EXCEED $11,100,000 GENERAL IMPROVEMENT REFUNDING BONDS, NOT TO EXCEED $1,600,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS AND NOT TO EXCEED $2,250,000 OPEN SPACE REFUNDING BONDS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY OR SUCH OTHER AMOUNT AS DETERMINED BY THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER TO ACCOMPLISH THE REFUNDING ON THE TERMS APPROVED BY THE LOCAL FINANCE BOARD CONSISTENT WITH THE REFUNDING PROVISIONS OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE AND PROVIDING FOR THE SALE AND THE DELIVERY OF SUCH BONDS TO RBC CAPITAL MARKETS:

 

Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  Discussion:  Sandham stated the life of the bond is about seven years.  It averages the existing bonds.  We haven’t extended our debt payments at all.  All we have done is kept our same debt payment schedule but got a much better interest rate – saving $650,000.

 

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

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS:

 

Committeewoman Bader reported the Board of Health met last night.  They are very pleased with the job of the sanitarian.  They are going to put on the website their ratings of the food establishment inspections.  They are going to see how it goes.

 

Committeeman Braden reported he and Jim Sandham attended the Long Term Financial Planning Committee meeting last night regarding sewer rates.  I am confident when we get a recommendation from this group that we are getting a good plan.

 

Port-O-John’s – pickup/drop off – where and when we need them.  Ask the Recreation Commission to look into.

 

Committeeman Sandham stated LTFPC did have a meeting on the sewer rates.  We worked on the models.  There is another meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, so we can hopefully come up with a final suggestion.  LTFPC has agreed to move their meetings to the first Thursday of the month.

 

Congratulations to Frank Bastone and Fran Vanderhoof on the bond triple A rating.  I know a lot of work went into that.

 

Agenda for next meeting – summer schedule.

 

Route 202/Montville Inn – turning onto River Road from Route 202 – can we put a left-turn must yield sign there?  Barile stated he will talk to the County.

 

Sandham stated I will not rest until we get the money from the State.  Can we please check on that?

 

Tim Braden and I would propose that our Mayor go to bat with our County and State Legislators.  Contact them again.  Find out most recent status.

 

Chairwoman Nielson reported the sidewalk was installed on Pine Brook Road, and we received the check from the resident.  Thank the resident – that was very generous.

 

Received a letter for Town Talk from our legislators.  I believe it is January 28.  We should put it on our website.

 

Chamber of Commerce requested that two representatives present the sewer rates at one of their Board of Director’s meetings. 

Sandham stated a Chamber member did attend the LTFPC meeting last night.  Just so the Township Committee knows – he asked that anytime we do anything that involves the businesses, that we let them know sooner. 

 

Nielson stated she would like to come up with a list of goals and objectives for 2009. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:40 p.m.  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                           

Gertrude H. Atkinson, Township Clerk

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 May 2009 )
 
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