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March 6, 2007
Special Meeting was held by the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury on
March 6, 207 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey at 7:30 PM
is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Township Council of the Township
of Roxbury will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 1715 Route #46, Ledgewood,
New Jersey. This meeting is being held
for the purpose of discussing the 2007 Municipal Budget
notice 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 February 28, 2007; notice was posted
on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on February
CALL (Present): Councilwoman
Kathy DeFillippo, Councilmen Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Martin Schmidt, Tim Smith,
Richard Zoschak and Mayor John Ciaramella
Present: Christopher Raths, Township
Attorney; Lisa Palmieri, Chief Financial Officer and BettyLou DeCroce, Township
REPORTS OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW
did an overview of all the line items in the Water Utility:
# 203 – Water Testing
ensued with regard to the water quality analysis for primary and secondary
I.O.C.s microbiological, V.O.C.’s, lead and copper, nitrate/nitrite, asbestos,
radiological, parameters as require by NJDEP, Bureau of Safe Drinking
Water/U.S.E.P.A. Council questioned the
increase in amount. Mr. Raths stated
that due to increased testing of the Evergreen Facility.
206 – Line Maintenance
questioned this line item. Mr. Blood
stated that this line is for repair and replacement supplies for wells and
pumps, electrical controls, water mains, control valves, fire hydrants and
supply lines. Also, all contracted
labor, materials and equipment to respond to water main breaks and any
subsequent road restoration.
#213 – State Fees/Permits
questioned the budget amount of $17,000.
Mr. Blood stated that it was for Highland Permit, NJ System Fee and
Public Water Tax.
went back to Account #211 – Contracted services and asked Mr. Raths to provide
additional information pertaining to the Engineering review of the water
system. Also would like to have
additional information with regard to the general consulting and engineering
services contract for the water master plan.
Council agreed to keep the recommended amount there and verification
from the Manager as to the specifics.
Raths advised Council that an update analysis the sewer utility would be
provided in a couple of weeks.
#205 – Chemicals
questioned the $147,500.00 requested and recommended amount.
based on DEP requirement to reduce phosphate emissions broken down as
$105,000.00 Aluminum Chloride based on 260 gal/day @avg. @ $1.10 gallons.
ash $22,500.00 based on 5 bulk loads per year @ $4,500.00 load.
Dioxide $20,000.00 80 chlorine and 100
sulfur cylinders/year. Mr. Blood will
review provide additional information.
#206 Sludge Hauling
to Two Bridges $31.00/100 gals. Approximately 3.6 miles, gallons/year $112,000.00.
to Passaic Valley $33.90/1,000 gallons
Approximately 1.4 miles, gallons/year $47, 600.00.
Sludge transportation expense
#207 Sludge Disposal
Bridges disposal fee $50/l, 000 gal 3.6
#235 Consulting Service
would like this put on hold until the cost is verified.
discussed the operating budget for Streets and Roads – 26-290. Proposed budget was looked at in detail and
at this time the Governing Body feels is appropriate.
discussed the current recycling schedule and requested that it be boldly
published in the quarterly newsletter as well as on the website.
following line items were discussed:
– Township Council - Council agreed to
leave the salary line item as is with no increase this year.
Processing - No Change.
20-145 Tax Collector – No Change.
Assessor – No Change.
Services – Council requested an update on cost prior to approving the budgeted
amount. It was agreed that Line Item
206 Litigation be reduced by $5,000.00.
– No Change
Society – No Change.
Board – Council requested a breakdown of Line Item 241. Further discussions will need to take place
prior to approval.
Space Committee – No Change.
Board – No Change.
Uniform Construction Code – No Change.
Aid Company – No Change.
Office – No Change.
Prevention – No Change.
Services Agreement – No Change
Commission – Recommended $4,00.00.
Council reduced to $3,000.00
Regional Planning Board – No Change.
Board - Council would like Mr. Raths look into the capital expenditure
Charge - Council discussed Line Item
203 – Gasoline and reduced it to 82,825.00.
Court – No Change. Council asked Mr.
Raths if there were a interpreter available for courts. Mr. Raths stated there is.
43-496 Length of Service Award (LOSAP) – No Change.
Principle – No Change
Interest – No Change
ERI Pension Loan – Council discussed the current situation with the pension
payback. Mr. Raths stated that it is
what it is because of the state allowing some years as no payment.
Repayment – No Change.
Reserve for Uncollected Taxes – Mr. Raths stated
that it needs to be increased to $1,483,700.00.
asked Council if we could change the April 10, 2007 scheduled meeting to April
3, 2007 because the schools are closed for spring break and several council
members will be away. Council directed
the Clerk to re-advertise the date and time for the changed meeting.
stated that the MS Walk would be held on April 22, 2007. If any Council members need information
pertaining to the walk to give her a call.
Ms. DeFillippo noted that on April 16, 2007 is dress down day for town
hall. All monies collected for that day
will go to the MS Walk.
would like recognition for Alyssa WeicKert from Roxbury Township who is 13
years all has done an exceptional job in raising funds for the Salazar family
for their youngest child who has cancer.
On March 27, 2007 the Council will recognize Alyssa at the scheduled
meeting. Also there is a fundraiser for
the Salazar family at the Black River Barn on March 14, 2007.
Mr. Raths stated
that the new complaint program has had responses and he will give an update to
Council on March 13, 2007.
stated that the Board of Education and the Township of Roxbury have been trying
to work out concerns regarding funding of the turf field. This will be addressed next year.
Mr. Rilee stated
that the trails extension at Horseshoe Lake is still being worked on with the
MUA, County and the township.
Mr. Kluska asked
if the township was responsible for all streetlights to JCP&L. Council stated that the township roadways
are municipal funded. Streetlights on
County or State roadways are the financial responsible of those agencies.
MATTERS REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK
ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING
At 10:00 PM Mr.
Rilee made a motion to adjourn the Budget Meeting. Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
All in Favor -
APPROVED BY COUNCIL
DATE: October 10, 2007
CALL: Mr. Zoschak – yes Mr. Schmidt – yes
Mrs. DeFillippo – yes Mr.
Hall – yes
Deputy Mayor Smith - yes