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A Budget Meeting
was held by the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury on January 30, 2007
at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey at 7:30 p.m.
Notice is hereby
given that a Special Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury
will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 7:30 PM and Tuesday, January 30,
2007 at 7:30 PM at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey. This meeting is being held for the purpose
of discussing the 2007 Municipal Budget.
of this meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was given as
required by the Open Public Meetings Act as follows: Notice was faxed to the Daily Record, the Newark Star Ledger and the
Roxbury Register on January 5, 2007; notice was posted on the bulletin board in
the main hallway of the Municipal Building on January 5, 2007.
ROLL CALL (Present): Kathy DeFillippo, Councilmen Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, and Deputy
Mayor Tim Smith
ALSO PRESENT: Christopher Raths, Township Manager;
Lisa Palmieri, Chief Financial Officer, Michael Kobylarz, Director of
Engineering & Public Works, Janet Rieth, Deputy Township Clerk and Mary
Jane Parr, Administrative Aide
Ciaramella arrived at 8:25 pm.
Councilmen Martin Schmidt and Councilman Richard Zoschak
COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD
discussed the current accident numbers which are increasing on Route 206. Ms. DeFillippo stated that she spoke to two
councilmember’s from Mt. Olive, Steve Rattner and Colleen Labow. Mr. Raths stated he is waiting for a letter
from Gregg Prendergast of the Roxbury Police Department as to their report
pertaining to the number of accidents on Rt. 206. Ms. DeFillippo added that she had done some research on the issue
and stated that there were32 accidents in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Mt. Olive Councilman John Biondi is the
traffic liaison for the Council. Ms.
DeFillippo asked if there were any council members who would like to be on a
committee to meet with Mt. Olive. Mr.
Rilee stated that he would like to be a part of that committee.
stated that Randolph Township held a meeting with their school board members,
parents and Triple A to develop a program to educate teen drivers. Ms.
DeFillippo stated that it would be proactive if the township took the same kind
of approach. Mr. Rilee stated he liked
the idea of the police checking high school students in the parking lot as they
Tim Smith stated
there was an article in today’s paper about teenagers having a special decal on
the bumpers of their cars. Tim Smith
suggested a neon green bumper sticker with maybe a number 17 in the middle of
it. This will be looked into but it
would be difficult to enforce.
Fred Hall stated
he had another shared services meeting with the Board of Education, Dave
Stierli, Recreation Director; Mayor Ciaramella and Chris Raths, Township
Manager with regard to the use of the Nutrition Center in Berkshire Valley. The Board of Education is interested in
utilizing the building to bring special needs students back into the
district. Currently the Board of
Education is researching the legal technicalities and will get back to the
Mr. Hall stated
that the Township will continue to communicate with the Board of Education with
discussions of sharing recreation. Mr.
Hall felt that the Board of Education is receptive to trying to share services
for the betterment of the Township.
Mr. Hall stated
that he is extremely upset with the new COAH ruling. This ruling could effect the Township’s third and fourth rounds
and our RCA credits.
Mr. Rilee stated
that the impact is tremendous and the State Department of Community Affairs is
changing the rules again.
Mr. Raths spoke
about the 2006 adopted budget and the total increase is 5.02%. Mr. Raths spoke
about outstanding bonds and notes and made reference to his memo that Council
received in their packages.
After the year
2008 we start to see a decline in our debt stated Mr. Raths.
Mr. Raths spoke
about his new summary and expenditures are down by $150,000.00 by auditor’s
recommendation from reserve of tax appeals which comes out to a .3% increase
outlined the capital portion of the 2007 Engineering Budget. Mike Kobylarz outlined the funded projects:
stated that in the 2007 Budget he has hired Mr. Sudah who has 20 years
experience and he is still searching for a Construction Inspector. Council questioned the salary from $32,000
to $60,000 for the new employee. Mr.
Rilee stated that he does not understand the salary range. Mr. Kobylarz stated that the new employee
has much more experience than the former employee.
stated that some projects such as maps and drawings have been going to outside
vendors instead of doing it in-house due to lack of employees in-house. Ms. DeFillippo questioned if we are spending
more money by going outside. Mr.
Kobylarz stated that we are. Mr. Rilee
asked if it would be worthwhile to setup a contract with an outside
vendor. Mr. Kobylarz stated that you
run the risk of not having the individual available at the time when you need
them and they would have to be covered by escrow accounts. Mr. Rilee recommended that we not fill this
position at this time.
suggested that maybe we could use shared services. Mr. Kobylarz state that once the Villages project begins we will
probably need two new full-time employees.
Mr. Hall questioned why we don’t try to utilize shared services since we
know we have a big project coming up.
Mr. Kobylarz stated it is very important to have someone who is
knowledgeable and will be around that is reliable for inspections. Ms. DeFillippo questioned if there are any
delays in inspections. Mr. Kobylarz
stated that they prioritize and the current inspector has been working a lot of
overtime just to compensate for the lack of inspectors.
Mr. Raths did
advise Council that the operating budget for the Engineering Department is down
stated that the Municipal Surveyor, Mr. Secco has been used for years and he is
very knowledgeable about the town.
questioned the $3,000.00 for the Raritan Highlands Contribution Agreement. Mr. Smith suggested that we find out what we
will be getting for our contribution.
Mr. Raths will follow up.
Kathy DeFillippo questioned account #229 for advertising expenses. Mr. Kobylarz
stated that the expense was for advertising for the open positions in the Engineering Department.
At 8:55 pm
Council took a break.
At 9:10 pm
Council resumed the meeting.
questioned Chief Noll with regard to the ESU unit.
stated that the daily patrol with this unit last year responded to 721
calls. Chief Noll stated 18 Officers
drive this unit. Mayor Ciaramella asked
Chief Noll why we need to go to a box truck.
Chief Noll stated they need the room for the Jaws of Life plus scuba
equipment and all the paramedic equipment they carry.
Mr. Raths stated
that the salary in the Police Department is up 3.9% in wages.
Mr. Rilee stated
he had no issues on leaving the staffing at where it is now. By the year 2012 twenty officers may retire.
Mr. Rilee suggested working on some time lines on retirement issues. Chief Noll
stated that the PBA contract is due at the end of 2007 and they can make some
deadline into a contract. Lieutenants
and Captains are eligible for overtime; a Chief is not capable of making
overtime. Chief Noll stated we have to
take a closer look into this issue because the Lieutenants and Captains are not
going to want to take a cut in pay just to become the Chief of Police.
questioned if we could take an officer from another town. Chief Noll stated that we have done that in
the past. Further Mr. Smith questioned
if we pay when they are in the Academy.
Chief Noll stated yes, we pay the Officer when he is in the Academy at
$32,500.00 for the first year. The
Chief stated that the best way to get advance notice is to have a clause in the
Mr. Raths asked
Chief Noll to put together a synopsis on verbiage needed. Ms. DeFillippo
questioned what would happen if the two Police Officers that were suspended are
found not guilty when they go to trial.
Mr. Raths stated that if they are found not guilty they would have the
same right to their pension as any other employee of the Township.
Chief Noll did
state to Council that every three years 18 EMT’s have to be recertified.
questioned if we pay for the uniforms for the Police Explorers. Chief Noll stated that the Township
does. Mr. Rilee questioned how the
membership is doing. Chief Noll stated
that it remains high and Ptl. Silvio Valdez works with the Explorers and its
DeFillippo questioned how many cameras were purchased for $2,300.00. Captain Kennedy was present and stated that
the $2,300.00 purchased 6 cameras.
Captain Kennedy stated that the cameras are black and white and cost
between $300.00 - $400.00 each.
Mr. Hall stated
that the annual service charge versus procurement should be spelled out in the
future. Mr. Raths stated that can be
questioned the $4,000 increase for the Chief promotion. Chief Noll stated that it is a test given by
the Chief to Officers.
questioned the process of promoting from within when the Chief of Police
retires. The requirements are set by
ordinance and when the time comes guidance from the municipal attorney will be
stated the Fire Departments need their Fire Departments Radio Maintenance
with Police, EMS and Fire. Chief Noll stated that the Police Department
will handle all the Radio Maintenance. Mr. Hall questioned the $8,000
increase. Chief Noll stated that in the
future he will be adding all the additional radios and maintenance in one line
questioned Captain Kennedy as to the security of the laptops that are in the police
cruisers. Captain Kennedy stated that
they are permanently mounted in the vehicles.
DeFillippo asked Chief Noll if there is funding in their budget for digital
fingerprint machines. Chief Noll stated
that there is no funding at this time.
questioned Council on what department they would like attending the county
meeting being held by the County Administrator pertaining to Social
Services. Mr. Raths further stated that
he will be attending the February 15, 2007 meeting with the Clergy Council.
REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK
274 Emmans Road
supports Mr. Smith in his view of searching ways to save Social Services. Mr.
Kluska further questioned in the operating budget there are capital items such
as an Engineering Workstation, the Police Department attempting to purchase an
ATV and materials and supplies.
Mr. Raths stated
that any item that has a life expectancy less then 5 years would not be in the
capital budget. Mayor Ciaramella stated
that the ATV if it were approved would be in the capital budget not the
ORDINANCES FOR DISCUSSION
ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING
RESOLUTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS
January 26, 2007
– Council would like the communications of January 26, 2007 carried to next
At 10:20 PM Mr.
Smith made a motion to adjourn the Budget Meeting. Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.
All in Favor –
APPROVED BY COUNCIL:
DATE: August 28, 2007
ROLL CALL: Mr. Rilee – yes Mr.
Schmidt – yes
–yes Mayor Ciaramella - yes