MTC Meeting Minutes 10-27-09 Print E-mail

 

Montville Township Committee Regular Meeting

Tuesday, October 27, 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.”

 

Roll call Township Committee:

 

Present:          Committeeman Art Daughtry (arrival 7:05 p.m.)

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

Adam Brewer, Management Specialist

Thomas Mazzaccaro, DPW/Water & Sewer Director

Martin Murphy, Township Attorney

Gertrude Atkinson, Township Clerk

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2009-CES-102709 PROVIDING FOR A MEETING NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE NEW JERSEY OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12:  Litigation – Stefanelli; PSE&G; Tax Appeal – Karczynski; Contract Negotiations – Joint Municipal Court; White Collar; and First Aid Squad; Property Acquisition – Van Ness; and Dellechiaie.

 

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

 

At 7:00 p.m. – Closed Session.  At 8:20 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.

 

Chairwoman Nielson announced that at the next Township Committee, November 10, there will be a presentation by our Planner, Joe Burgis, regarding the Highlands – whether we should opt-in or opt-out.  We need to schedule a public hearing for December 8.

 

November 11 is the VFW’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 11 a.m.

 

PRESENTATION BY THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:  Margaret Miller-Saunders, Chamber of Commerce President, presented the Township a framed picture of all of the Welcome to Montville signs landscaped by Township landscapers.  This project was initiated in 2008 by Tony Speciale.  It was a joint project between the Chamber of Commerce and the Township.  Tom Mazzaccaro also helped.  The picture will be displayed in the entranceway to the municipal building.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

 

NO. 1 – PERFORMANCE BOND DEFAULT – GARDENVIEW OFFICE CORP.:  Carried to November 24, 2009.

 

NO. 2 – ORDINANCE NO. 2009-28 OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY APPROPRIATING $292,440 RECEIVED AS CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE COUNTY OF MORRIS TO SUPPLEMENT THE $310,000 APPROPRIATED BY SECTIONS 3(c)(ii) AND 3(c)(iv) AND AMENDING SECTION 3(c)(iii) OF BOND ORDINANCE NO. 2008-22:

 

Chairwoman Nielson opened the public hearing.  Hearing no comments, Chairwoman Nielson closed the public hearing.  Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Sandham.  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. 2009-29 REFUNDING BOND ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY PROVIDING FOR THE ADVANCE REFUNDING OF CERTAIN OPEN SPACE BONDS, SERIES 2002, APPROPRIATING $5,240,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $5,240,000 OPEN SPACE REFUNDING BONDS OF THE TOWNSHIP FOR FINANCING THE COST THEREOF:

 

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

 

NO. 4 – ORDINANCE NO. 2009-30 REFUNDING BOND ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY PROVIDING FOR THE ADVANCE REFUNDING OF CERTAIN GENERAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS, SERIES 2002, APPROPRIATING $2,300,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $2,300,000 GENERAL IMPROVEMENT REFUNDING BONDS OF THE TOWNSHIP FOR FINANCING THE COST THEREOF:

 

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:  Sandham.  Second:  Braden.  Discussion:  Sandham stated they are refinancing bonds to take advantage of lower rates.  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 construction code activity report through September 30.  We are running about comparable to where we were last year.

 

Revaluation – there is a letter from the Morris County Board of Taxation regarding the timeline for revaluation.  Bastone will report to the Township Committee after Tom Lenhardt, Tax Assessor, meets with the County.

 

Health insurance – NJMBF – had a meeting on October 22 with the employees about the enrollment process.

 

November 10 Bastone will address the Chamber of Commerce on the Morris County Co-Op and the buy local program.

 

Received a letter from Byram regarding PSE&G requesting we mirror their position as far as utilization of escrow funds and send a letter.  Township Committee – all ok.

 

November 6 Mr. Brewer is receiving a Morris County MUA award for his recycling efforts.  Barile and Bastone will be attending.

 

NO. 2 – ATTORNEY:  No report.

 

NO. 3 – FINANCE:  Frances Vanderhoof, Director of Finance, reported the resolution and ordinances on this evening have to do with the open space and general refunding bonds for a savings of $228,000.

 

NO. 4 – ENGINEER:  Anthony Barile, Township Engineer, reports the second paving contract is in progress. 

 

Received DOT grant for the improvement of Vreeland Avenue - $150,000.

 

Nielson asked when they would be doing the Camp Dawson signage and striping.  Barile stated I believe the DPW is going to do that within the next few days.

Committeeman Braden asked about Hatfield Creek status.  Barile stated they applied for two general permits to remove silt in two difference sections of the creek.  The DEP has informed us they have again changed their regulations.  A new permit application is being put together now.

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: 

 

Committeeman Sandham stated the Montville Fire Department Pancake Breakfast is this Sunday, 11/1, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

 

NO. 1 – SIX-YEAR CAPITAL PLAN:  Bastone stated this has been submitted to the Township Committee for review.  This is a planning tool.  It will be reviewed each year.  The Township Committee is to send Mr. Bastone their comments.  Nielson asked for backup on Metro.  Bastone stated regarding the library – they did not submit.  He has been in contact with Mr. Kleiman, Interim Library Director.

 

Sandham stated he would like to know how the spending relates to the debt repayment for the next six years for the general capital, water and sewer.

 

NO. 2 – COMMUNITY PARK SNACK BAR:  Bastone reported on the letter received from the Soccer Association requesting that they be allowed to take over the snack bar at Community Park.  The Township currently receives $4,000 per year in revenue by going out to bid. 

 

Discussion regarding if the Soccer Association could bid it.  Do they have bidding qualifications, etc.  Can we just give it to them?  Murphy will research.

 

Braden stated they let hockey do this.  What are the utilities to run the snack bar?  Vanderhoof stated there is really no way to determine that.  The $4,000 does cover the costs. 

 

Braden stated maybe Soccer can do it for a nominal fee to offset utilities.  Nielson suggested they open a dialogue with Soccer to be sure they can take it on.

 

Murphy will look into the legal issues regarding bidding, etc.  He stated if there is a lease arrangement, they can run it.

 

Braden stated any money they make there is coming back to the Township.  They are raising money to light fields 5 and 6.

 

Vanderhoof stated she and Tom Mazzaccaro met with Mr. LoBasso of the Soccer Association.  They have a committee.  They did not indicate to us they would pay the Township anything.

 

NO. 3 – MUNICIPAL FEES:  Bastone reported he has done his annual memo to the Department Heads requesting their fee recommendations.  You have their recommendations.  If you approve, we will introduce the ordinance to take effect January 1.  Township Committee agreed – go forward.

 

NO. 4 – METRO PROPERTY ENVIRONMENTAL:  Bastone stated they are looking for some direction on delineation of some property at Metro that they will not use for Recreation.  Also, they don’t want to preclude any property that should be included.  Referred to maps.

 

Barile referred to maps regarding utility easements and wetlands.  Our intent is to declare everything west of the line on the map as wetlands. 

 

Nielson asked about the right-of-way.  Is it an easement or an actual R-O-W?  Barile stated it is all one tax lot.  It may be a R-O-W for them, but it is one tax lot.

 

Daughtry stated the PSE&G R-O-W – they have to get special approvals for everything.  Is there anything on this property that they could help us on?

 

Barile will review further with Frank Bastone.

 

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

 

ORDINANCE INTRODUCTIONS:

 

NO. 1 – ORDINANCE NO. 2009-AMENDING CHAPTER 3.02, SECTION 3.02.103, “WATER AND SEWER FEES” OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND ESTABLISHING REVISED WATER USAGE RATES:

 

Ordinance is offered for adoption on first reading with second reading and public hearing scheduled for November 10, 2009, at 8 p.m.  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Motion approved.

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CONSENT AGENDA NO. 2009-CA17:  Motion:  Daughtry.  Second:  Braden.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM A – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RETURN OF CASH BONDS POSTED WITH THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE:  Gill, Block 90, Lot 41.01, Driveway $1,800.00; Soil Stabilization $1,200.00.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM B – RESOLUTION RELEASING PRIMARY CARE ASSOCIATES OF NJ, LLC – BLOCK 61, LOT 1, 329 MAIN ROAD – FROM PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE:  Performance Surety Bond No. 69369108, $15,000.00, Western Surety Company released.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM C – RESOLUTION RELEASING SEGAL & MOREL FROM PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE – BLOCK 39, LOTS 1, 90, & 91, OLD LAND – FROM PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE:  Cash $3,000.00 released.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM D – RESOLUTION RELEASING TMB COBUZIO/MONTVILLE VIEWS (J. MARINARO) FROM PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE, WAIVING A MAINTENANCE GUARANTEE, AND ACCEPTING CERTAIN ROADS:

 

WHEREAS, TMB Cobuzio/Montville Views (J. Marinaro), the developers of property known as Block 82, Lots 5 and 10, has, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53, the Municipal Land Use Law, notified the Township that certain off-track improvements have been completed and has requested to be released from liability under the Performance Guarantee being held by the Township; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has inspected all improvements of which such notice has been given and has recommended that certain repairs be made prior to the release of the Performance Guarantee covering such improvements; and

 

            WHEREAS, the repairs to be made are as set forth in a memorandum dated October 1, 2009 prepared by the Engineering Department; and

 

WHEREAS, the developer has contracted with Grimal Enterprises to complete the repair items required by the Township Engineer; and

           

WHEREAS, Grimal Enterprises has agreed to complete the repairs based upon the agreement by the developer to release $18,000.00 of the money being held as a Performance Guarantee to Grimal Enterprises; and

           

WHEREAS, Joseph Marinaro, on behalf of the developer, has authorized, in writing, the Township to release $18,000.00 to Grimal Enterprises from the money being held in escrow so that the repairs required by the Township Engineer can be completed.; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has recommended waiving a Maintenance Guarantee because the project was completed a substantial time ago and because of the repairs the developer has agreed to do.

           

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

           

Section 1.      The Township of Montville releases TMB Cobuzio/Montville Views (J. Marinaro) from liability under the cash Performance Guarantee posted in conjunction with Planning Board Application No. PMSP/F88-39, Block 82, Lots 5 & 10, subject to final inspection by the Township Engineer, and the Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to release the following Performance Guarantee being held by the Township upon notification by the Township Engineer of successful completion of such repairs:

 

-           Cash in the amount of $18,000.00 to be released to Grimal Enterprises; and

            -            Cash in the amount of $8,556.73 to be released to Joseph Marinaro.

            Section 2.      The requirement for a Maintenance Guarantee is hereby waived.

 

            Section 3.      The following road is hereby accepted as a public road in conjunction with this development:

 

            -            Ashland Drive (Msgr. Ferritto Way); and

-            Ellerhausen Drive.

 

            Section 4.      The Township Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to forward a certified copy of this Resolution to the attorney for the developer, the Township Finance Officer, and the Land Use Administrator.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM E – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RETURN OF PREMIUM TO TAX SALE CERTIFICATE HOLDER – 07-00016, BLOCK 123, LOT 18:  Premium of $30,100.00 which was paid in connection with the tax sale on October 10, 2007 returned to Robert Rothman. 

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM F – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TAX REFUND – STATE TAX APPEALS 2007 AND 2008:

 

WHEREAS, The TAX COURT OF NJ has entered judgements on appeals filed by taxpayers in the Township of Montville; and

 

              WHEREAS, The judgements reduced assessments and cancelled tax creating an overpayment of taxes for the year 2007 and 2008;

 

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the treasurer be authorized to draw checks in the amount of overpayment to:

                                            

Block 149.4 Lot 6

535 Realty Corp. Etc and

The Irwin Law Firm, P.A.                                2007                $12,360.00

263 Changebridge Road                           2008                $12,764.00

                                                                                    Total:               $25,124.00

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM G – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING WAREHOUSE SALE PERMIT TO THE BASKET BLAST:  11/23 – 12/23/09.  Signage plan dated 10/08/09 approved.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM H – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING WAREHOUSE SALE PERMIT TO WESTPORT CORPORATION:  11/27 – 12/6/09; 12-8 – 12/13/09; and 12/15 – 12/23/09.  Signage plan dated 10/14/09 approved.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM I – RESOLUTION ACCEPTING RESIGNATION OF DENISE D. RULE FROM THE OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE:  With regrets.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM J – RESOLUTION APPROVING OPEN AND CLOSED SESSION MINUTES:  Regular meetings July 28, 2009 and August 11, 2009.

 

CONSENT AGENDA ITEM K – PROCLAMATION DECLARING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN MONTVILLE TOWNSHIP.

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

NO. 1 – RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE FORM AND OTHER DETAILS OF NOT TO EXCEED $7,540,00 REFUNDING BONDS, CONSISTING OF NOT TO EXCEED $2,300,000 GENERAL IMPROVEMENT REFUNDING BONDS AND NOT TO EXCEED $5,240,000 OPEN SPACE REFUNDING BONDS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE, 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:  Bader.  Second: Sandham.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 2 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AMENDED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND CAMP, DRESSER & McKEE, INC.:

 

Motion:  Bader.  Second:  Braden.  Discussion:  Bastone stated Mr. Brewer has had significant discussions with the State of New Jersey today.  We are not allowed to amend this award without significant delays in conducting the energy audit on the existing buildings.  If we want to include the First Aid Squad building, we have to submit an amended application to the State.  My recommendation is to proceed with the award we made two weeks ago.  If we want, we can submit a separate application for the FAS building.  In addition, they are giving us a problem because we don’t pay the FAS building utility bills out of the municipal budget.  Also, they made some noise about the library.  The State has already approved the contract awarded two weeks ago.  The State administers this program.

 

Township Committee agreed to withdraw the resolution for the amended agreement including the FAS.

 

NO. 3 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND JM SORGE, INC:  Environmental consulting services – preliminary assessment report – Block 59.1, Lot 5 and Block 76, Lot 15.2, Starkey property.  Not to exceed $2,250.00.

 

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

 

NO. 4 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING 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:  Daughtry.  Second:  Bader.  Roll call vote – Daughtry, yes; Sandham, yes; Bader, yes; Braden, yes; Nielson, yes.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 5 – RESOLUTION SUPPORTING P.L. 2009, C.118 – PILOT PROGRAM CONSOLIDATING MUNICIPAL TAX ASSESSING TO COUNTIES:

 

WHEREAS, P.L. 2009, C.118 was enacted by the New Jersey Legislature, and signed into law by the Governor on August 18, 2009, creating a pilot program in Gloucester County, whereby the county will take over the tax assessment and valuation duties heretofore performed by municipal tax assessors; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of Montville understand that the Legislature is considering the expansion of this pilot program statewide, consolidating the duties of every municipality’s tax assessor into those newly appointed county tax assessors; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Township believes that a review of this initiate is a positive, progressive step in the furtherance of the concept of more efficient and effective government through shared/consolidated services; and

 

            WHEREAS, in order to make local government better we need to continue to explore alternative methods of providing public service in a more efficient and effective manner and contend that it is not good enough to have the system simply maintain the status quo just because it works; and

 

            WHEREAS, the property tax structure in the State of New Jersey is broken and it is incumbent on all local government officials to explore methods to make our systems function better; this has been a basic tenet of shared/consolidated services that must continue in the tradition of success stories such as the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund and the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council; and

 

            WHEREAS, the assessing function is already subordinate to the Morris County Board of Taxation and moving the day-to-day operation of tax assessing to the county level is a natural progression of the existing process;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of Montville, County of Morris and State of New Jersey agree with and support the enactment of P.L. 2009, c.118, and also support any plan to study the expansion of the pilot program to include Morris County.

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Municipal Clerk forward copies of this resolution to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, each municipality in Morris County, New Jersey State Senator Joseph Pennacchio, New Jersey State Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, New Jersey State Assemblyman Jay Webber and the Association of Municipal Assessors of New Jersey.

 

Motion:  Daughtry.  Second:  Sandham.  Discussion:  Sandham stated obviously this is shared services, but have we really studied if it would be better to have a shared service with four or five local towns, etc.

 

Bastone stated the resolution is supporting the study of moving it to the County. 

 

Daughtry stated there is also the issue of the software and database platforms.  It is much broader.  It is not just salaries. 

 

All in favor.  Resolution adopted.

 

NO. 6 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ASSIGNMENT OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTVILLE AND OMNIPOINT COMMUNICATIONS, INC. TO T-MOBILE NORTHEAST, LLC:

 

WHEREAS, Omnipoint Communications, Inc., entered into a Lease with the Township of Montville for property located at 350 Main Road in the Township of Montville; and

           

WHEREAS, located on the leased property is a wireless telecommunication tower; and

           

WHEREAS, Omnipoint Communications, Inc. desires to assign its rights and obligations under the Lease to T-Mobile Northeast, LLC; and

           

WHEREAS, Omnipoint Communications, Inc. has requested the Township of Montville execute a letter signifying the Township's acceptance of notification concerning this assignment.

           

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 letter accepting their notification that the rights and obligations of Omnipoint Communications, Inc. have been assigned to T-Mobile Northeast, LLC.

 

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

 

NO. 7 – RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE WORK OF “WE WORK FOR HEALTH”:

 

WHEREAS, New Jersey is known as the “Medicine Chest of the World” and is responsible for creating many of the world’s life-saving medicines and devices; and

 

WHEREAS, New Jersey’s biopharmaceutical and medical technology industry is, and will continue to be, an important sector of New Jersey’s economy employing over 61,000 men and woman with an economic impact of $31 billion to the State of New Jersey; and

 

WHEREAS, the biopharmaceutical industry makes many important contributions to the Township of Montville through its philanthropic efforts, including Rx4NJ, commitment to the arts, support for K-12 education and higher education, and health care partnerships; and

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Montville is the proud home to Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals; and

 

WHEREAS, the biopharmaceutical and medical technology, local chambers of commerce, labor unions, businesses, patient advocacy organizations and life science employees have launched the We Work For Health campaign to promote innovation and a healthy New Jersey economy and citizenry; and

 

WHEREAS, the citizens of the Township of Montville understand that in order for New Jersey to maintain its standing as the leader in the life sciences, lawmakers in Washington, DC and Trenton must pursue smart policy choices that allow innovative companies to continue to do research and develop new cures;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the Mayor and Members of the Township Committee of the Township of Montville are proud to support the work of We Work For Health and resolves to create a greater awareness amongst the citizens of the Township of Montville, County of Morris, State of New Jersey and commends We Work For Health on their efforts to strengthen this vital economic engine.

 

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

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Committeeman Daughtry asked if we purchased the hardware for the Dog Park lock.  Thomas Mazzaccaro, Water & Sewer/DPW Director, stated the Health Department has the lock.  Daughtry stated he will look at it.

 

Daughtry stated he is still being assured by the Chairperson of the Historic Preservation Review Commission that Bob Oostdyk will have everything by the end of the month. 

 

Goals and objectives – I put together an outline.  Agenda for next meeting.

 

Evaluation format.  Nielson asked that it be put on the agenda for next meeting.

 

Committeewoman Bader – no report.

 

Committeeman Braden stated the Environmental Commission is going to report to the Planning Board that we should opt-in to the Highlands.

 

Paperless packets/laptops – I understand there are budget constraints, but maybe we can use our own machines.

 

Committeeman Sandham stated they received a letter from Greenbriar regarding their connection fee.  Bastone stated he met with Tom Mazzaccaro today.  Bastone will respond to the letter.

 

Sandham recommended having the reorganization meeting on Sunday so more volunteers would come out.  Also, next year’s meeting schedule – can we discuss meeting dates prior to 2010.

 

Library – if the library gives funds can we anticipate the revenue?  Bastone answered if we have a resolution from the library prior to the introduction of the budget we can anticipate the revenue, but it has to be approved by the State.

 

Chairwoman Nielson stated she and Frank Bastone met with Bayer Health Care this week.  They are our largest employer.  I have been in communication with them for the last few months.  They are very receptive to expanding their involvement in the community.  I thanked them for meeting with us.

 

Election Day is November 3.  Good luck to both of our candidates.  Reminder to everyone to get out and vote.

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.  Motion:  Sandham.  Second:  Bader.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                           

Gertrude H. Atkinson, Township Clerk

 

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