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February 17, 2009

 

A Budget Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was held on February 17, 2009 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey at 7:30 PM.

 

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT

Adequate 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 (present):  Mayor Kathy DeFillippo, Deputy Mayor Jim Rilee, Councilmen Gary Behrens, Fred Hall, and Timothy Smith

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Christopher Raths, Township Manager and BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk

 

Absent:  Councilmen Martin Schmidt and Richard Zoschak

 

Mayor DeFillippo amended the agenda to open the meeting for Public Portion

No Comment

Mayor DeFillippo closed the Public Portion of the meeting

 

REPORTS OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND OLD BUSINESS/NEW BUSINESS

1)  2009 Capital Budget Department Review

a.  Parks and Recreation

Mr. Raths stated that Dave Stierli, Director of Parks and Recreation, will not be available for tonight’s meeting, but will attend the Budget meeting of March 3, 2009.

 

b.  Buildings and Grounds

Mr. Raths stated that Dave Stierli, Director of Parks and Recreation, will not be available for tonight’s meeting, but will attend the Budget meeting of March 3, 2009.

 

c.  Engineering

Mr. Smith asked for more information about the large dollar amount being recommended for Lake Silver Springs.  Mike Kobylarz, Township Engineer/Director of Public Works, stated that the owners of Lake Silver Springs claim that the Township’s drainage system, in that area, discharges sediments, oil and other contaminants into their lake.  The funds would be used to install a storm water inceptor to redirect the water from the lake.  The Council asked for the reasons for moving forward at this time.  Mr. Raths stated that this has been in the Capital plan for at least three to four years.  He will re-evaluate the necessity of getting this taken care of in this budget and get back to Council.

Mr. Hall asked what the starting and ending locations would be for the Berkshire Valley Road resurfacing project.  Mr. Kobylarz stated that it would begin at the Jefferson border and end at the Mill Road intersection.  Mr. Kobylarz stated that the application to the NJDOT for this project also includes a bike/pedestrian path in the stretch being resurfaced.

 

The Council discussed the plans for Shore Hills drainage and, also, the stream stabilization and dredging plans for Succasunna Lake.

 

d.  Water and Sewer

Mr. Smith asked about the costs associated with the DPW facility.  Mr. Raths stated that the sewer and water utilities have to allocate money regarding the facility.  Mr. Blood, Assistant Director of Public Works, stated that the costs associated with the Gulf Hill pump station are routine.  Mr. Kobylarz explained some of the details of the Phase I of the Water Master Plan to the Council.  Mr. Blood discussed the advantages of the automated meter reading system and the anticipated savings that it will generate.

 

Council members discussed the savings that would be associated with the advancement of the proposed window replacement project at the Municipal Building and the possibility of receiving State funds if improvements, as recommended by an Energy Audit, are completed within a certain amount of time.

 

Discussion took place regarding the purchase of computer diagnostic software for the trucks or possible sharing of the equipment with the Board of Education or surrounding municipalities.

 

2)  2009 Operating Budget Discussion

Discussion took place regarding increases in some of the line items as shown in the Operating Budget.  Council members discussed decreasing the proposed amounts allocated for staff training and travel.  The Council discussed working towards having a zero increase per line item from last year’s budget.  Mr. Raths stated that he will re-do the budget and, if an increase in any line item is needed, he will provide a reasonable explanation for the Council’s review.

 

MATTERS REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK

Mr. Hall asked Mr. Raths to reply to the Board of Education regarding their request to have us supply them with a list of “hazardous roads” and the reasons why the Council will not do that.

 

PUBLIC PORTION

Mayor DeFillippo opened the meeting for Public Portion

No Comment

 

Mayor DeFillippo closed the Public Portion of the meeting

 

DRAFT ORDINANCES FOR DISCUSSION

None

 

INTRODUCTION OF PROPOSED ORDINANCES

None

 

HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING

None

 

DRAFT RESOLUTION FOR DISCUSSION

None

 

INTRODUCTION AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS

None

 

COMMUNICATIONS

February 13, 2009

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

None

 

ADJOURNMENT

At 9:30 PM, Mr. Smith made a motion to adjourn.  Deputy Mayor Rilee seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:          All in Favor – Yes

 

Submitted By:

 

 

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BettyLou DeCroce

Township Clerk

MINUTES APPROVED BY COUNCIL

DATE:                        March 10, 2009

ROLL CALL:            Mr. Schmidt – yes        Mr. Behrens – yes

                                    Mr. Hall – yes              Mr. Smith – yes

                                    Deputy Mayor Rilee - yes