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February 5, 2009
The Township Council of the Township of Roxbury
held a Neighborhood Meeting on February 5, 2009.
PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT
Notice is hereby given that a Neighborhood
Meeting of the Township Council of the Township
of Roxbury will be held on Thursday,
February 5, 2009 at 7:00 PM at Roxbury
Succasunna, New Jersey. This meeting is being held for
the purpose of general discussion with Township residents.
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 December 17, 2008; notice was
posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on
December 17, 2008.
Roll Call: Mayor Kathy DeFillippo, Councilmen Gary Behrens,
Fred Hall and Martin Schmidt
Absent: Councilmen Timothy Smith and Richard Zoschak
Also Present: Christopher Raths, Township Manager and Amy Rhead, Administrative Aide, Clerk's Office
Mayor Jim Rilee arrived at 8:15 PM.
Opening Remarks: Mayor DeFillippo introduced the Council and
staff members in attendance
2009 Budget Message
Raths, Township Manager discussed the proposed budget and the financial
challenges that the Township is facing.
Mr. Raths reviewed some of the cost reduction possibilities that are
being explored by the Township.
expressed concern about a reduction in service if there are staff reductions.
2008 “To Do” List
Raths updated the residents on the status of the 2008 “To Do” List.
2009 Paving Projections
Raths reviewed the list of paving projects scheduled for 2009. Mr. Raths stated that the condition and
amount of use is the criteria used when determining the priority of the paving
resident asked if the plummeting asphalt prices would mean that we will get a
better price. Mr. Raths explained that
we use the County
Co-op, but we want to go
out to bid before the Stimulus Package causes the prices to increase
Nutrition Site-72 Eyland Avenue
Raths stated that the Nutrition Center was relocated from Berkshire Valley
to 72 Eyland Avenue. Yesterday was the first day at the new site
and residents expressed their approval of the new location. It was suggested that Social Services
advertise the Nutrition
Center. A resident stated that there is no phone
number available to call and sign up for future meals. Mr. Raths stated that he will find out what
the phone number is and relay it to residents.
was concern about the noise from the aerobics class being held in the room at
the same time as the Nutrition
Center was serving a
meal. Mr. Raths stated that they are
working on a resolution to that issue.
Roxbury Arts Alliance
DeFillippo reviewed the events sponsored by the Roxbury Arts Alliance,
including the upcoming “Beatle-Mania” event.
DeFillippo spoke about the LifeFone program, future Town Hall Meeting dates,
the new Recreation publication, and various fundraisers that are being
conducted within the Township.
Questions – Public
Several residents expressed their outrage over the
amount of the increase awarded in the recent teacher’s settlement with the
Roxbury Board of Education. Council
members explained that the municipality does not have control over the school
budget. They further reviewed the
Council’s extent of involvement and the recommendation process in the event of
a defeated school budget. Residents were
informed that the Roxbury Board of Education would be the appropriate forum for
discussing issues that involve teacher contracts and school budget issues.
Mr. Hall discussed the various shared service
initiatives that are being explored between the Township and the Board of
Education. A resident asked about the
status of the previous garbage/sanitation shared service idea. Mr. Raths stated that it would require a
capital outlay for the Township to purchase a trash collecting truck that would
accommodate the school district. In the
meantime, the school district sought another contract.
Mr. Raths explained how the State’s proposed pension
payment deferral idea would be detrimental to municipalities. A resident asked about the amount of
Roxbury’s pension. Mr. Raths stated that
it is approximately 1.7 million dollars.
Roxbury’s recycling & energy efficiency efforts
were discussed. A resident stated that
the Recycling Center will not take batteries, even
though the Township website states that they do. Mr. Raths stated that we accept them at Town
Hall and he will have the information on the website corrected.
A resident stated that the intersection on Emmans Road was not
complete. Mr. Raths stated that he will
look into this.
A resident asked about COAH. Mr. Hall stated that Roxbury continues to
comply with the rules even though the State keeps changing them.
A resident complained about unleashed dogs at the
park and walking path, especially on weekends.
Mr. Raths stated that he would notify patrols to make sure that dog
walkers are obeying the rules.
Residents complimented the Roxbury park
property. Mayor DeFillippo acknowledged
the contributions of local Eagle Scouts in the upkeep.
Mr. Raths responded to a question about the plaques
on Memory Lane
and stated that they are in the process of being replaced.
A resident stated that residents should be able to
display signs for Garage Sales and distributed a list of “garage sale
Chris Raths stated that he would let resident, Mr.
Kluska, know when the Library meeting would be rescheduled.
Residents asked about Open Space money and the lack
of available space. Deputy Mayor Rilee
discussed the possibility of being able to use the money for capital projects
for “improving and increasing recreation opportunities”. Mr. Raths stated that we still have debt from
earlier purchases. Residents were
informed that the Township’s insurance company has advised that the Imagination
Station playground may need to be replaced.
A resident asked about the status of the McNear
property acquisition. Mr. Raths stated
that all the parties involved have not yet signed off on it.
Mr. Hall stated that the Township should be closing
on two out of three parcels of the Swim and Sport Club property soon.
9:00 PM Mr. Behrens made a motion to close the Neighborhood Meeting. Mr. Hall seconded the motion
In Favor – Yes
MINUTES APPROVED BY
DATE: February 24, 2009
ROLL CALL: Mr. Schmidt – yes Mr. Hall – yes
– yes Mayor DeFillippo - yes