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A Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of
Roxbury was held on April 14, 2009 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey at
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
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): Councilmen Gary Behrens,
Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Martin Schmidt, Richard Zoschak and Mayor Kathy
Christopher Raths, Township Manager; Anthony Bucco, Township Attorney and
Janet Rieth, Deputy Township Clerk
Absent – Councilman Tim Smith
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Public Release - None
March 3, 2009 Budget
Mr. Rilee made a
motion to approve the Minutes of the March 3, 2009 Budget Meeting. Mr. Behrens seconded the motion.
Mr. Rilee – yes Mr. Behrens – yes
Mr. Hall – yes Mr. Schmidt – yes
Mr. Zoschak –
Mayor DeFillippo – yes
Motion carried 5 – 0
with one abstention
Dennis Wine, 4 Holly Dr.,
Succasunna, asked about the legislation to eliminate COAH. Mr. Rilee stated it is being proposed, but
not acted on. Mr. Wine asked if the
Township acted on the legislation to convert age-restricted housing. Mr. Rilee stated that we adopted a resolution
opposing this. Mr. Wine asked if the
Township accepted the Governor’s six-month pension deferment. Mayor DeFillippo stated that the Township did
Robert Kluska, Emmans Road, spoke
about the vandalism at the Veterans’ Memorial.
Mr. Raths advised that the police are checking the cameras. Mr. Kluska
discussed the fact that there is Board of Education election signs posted along
the roads with no disclaimer. Mr. Raths will have the zoning officer look at
Mr. Kluska would
like the Council to ask Dr. Rossi why he replaced the Assistant Superintendent’s
position with two people.
At this time, Mayor DeFillippo amended the Agenda for the
presentation by Dr. Michael Rossi, Superintendent of Schools.
Dr. Rossi, Superintendent of Schools and
Ruthann Quinn, Business Administrator of Roxbury Township Schools gave a
presentation of the 2009-2010 School Budget.
Dr. Rossi stated that he feels students should first be assessed and
then taught to the level they are on. The district must continue to develop
each instructor to be able to do this.
In terms of administrative costs, Dr. Rossi felt that there was a need
to have someone in charge of personnel and human relations. They have been able to save money hiring a
personnel director. According to Dr.
Rossi, by filling this position, approximately $500,000 has been saved.
The proposed budget, which will cost $137.98
per year for the average home assessed at $208,418, will provide the following:
will be no cuts to programs or staff
restoration of two 0reviously cut staff positions – one 5th grade
position and one elementary enrichment position
ü Digital Student Portfolio
ü Online Grade Books
ü Web based Lesson Planning
ü Homework Links
Support for Professional Development
Ms. Quinn advised that there would be a
presentation of the school budget on Saturday at the Lincoln/Roosevelt School.
Ms. Quinn advised that the salary
negotiations begin with a list of everyone in the bargaining unit. A base amount is agreed on and used to move
forward. The increase of 4.7% is put on the base amount, which is spread
through all of the steps. More money is
on the bottom of the guide to attract new teachers.
Mr. Hall stated that this is the first time a
Superintendent has appeared and given a presentation in the ten years he has
been on Council. He feels that there has
been a significant amount of progress in shared services with the Board of
Education. Mr. Hall noted that Board President, Terry D’Agostino and Roxbury
High School Principal, Mr. Swanson were in the audience. Mayor DeFillippo also noted that Board Member
Maureen Castriotta was in attendance.
Mr. Hall asked how Special Education would be
addressed. Dr. Rossi stated that Special
Education is something everyone is grappling with. People have become a lot
more perceptive in terms of providing early intervention that has resulted in
escalating costs. One of the things the
Township is focusing on is trying to bring a lot of the students back into the
District and creating an environment within the system that meets their needs.
Approximately $500,000 has been taken off of the Special Education budget.
Mr. Rilee asked how the Personnel Director
has saved money Dr. Rossi stated through special needs students and
Mr. Zoschak asked, regarding the teacher
contracts, why they did not put smaller raises on the front end and larger
increases on established teachers. Ms.
Quinn stated that it is better to put the money on the front end.
Mr. Schmidt asked if the teachers pay towards
their health insurance. Ms. Quinn stated
that the District still fully funds the plans, but the deductibles were
raised. The teachers pay for dental and
all non-bargaining units pay for health benefits.
Mayor DeFillippo asked if there would be a
change with the “Pre K” at risk families. Dr Rossi stated that it is an
initiative of Governor Corzine. The
State would provide universal pre-school for those who qualify (at risk). He further stated that Trenton didn’t understand what they had
approved and it then went from everyone doing it to just pilot schools.
REPORTS OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL
COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD BUSINESS
A. New Business
B. Old Business
1. Procurement Policy – No discussion
REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS,
A. Presentation- Michael A. Rossi, Roxbury
Public Schools Superintendent – Previously Discussed
B. Sustainable Jersey
Linda Lutz, member of Environmental Commission, stated that the
Environmental Commission put together a proposal to join a new certification
program, “Sustainable Jersey”, for New
Jersey municipalities to become energy efficient and
environmentally conscious. As of today
40 municipalities have joined. Once a
municipality decides to join there are steps to go through to get programs
running. One of the requirements is a
green team comprised of several people through out the Township, such as
elected officials, municipal staff, members of boards and commissions,
etc. In order to be certified, a
municipality must complete documents and actions that total 100 points. ANJEC is sponsoring a seminar at Rutgers pertaining to Sustainable Jersey and Ms. Lutz
will be attending. Mr. Rilee stated this
is a good idea. His only concern is that
it does not work as a commission that would report back to Council. Mr. Raths stated that he would appoint Mr.
Stern, the Township Planner, as the point of contact, should the Township move
forward. Mr. Raths feels there is value;
however, his concern is that this would become a layer of regulations that the
Township must abide by. Mr. Bucco will
prepare a resolution for the next meeting.
C. Appointment- Historic Advisory Committee-unexpired term of CynthiaDi
will be discussed at a future meeting.
Application for Special Permit for Social
Affair – Swim & Sport Club
Zoschak made a motion to approve the above application. Mr. Hall seconded the motion.
Zoschak – yes Mr. Hall – yes
Behrens – yes Mr. Rilee – yes
Schmidt – yes Mayor DeFillippo- yes
carried 6 – 0
Mayor DeFillippo amended the Agenda to
discuss Report of Council Liaison Representatives and Council Committees
REPORTS OF COUNCIL LIAISON
REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES
Behrens stated that he is working on various resident concerns with Mr.
Behrens discussed the debris along Howard
Boulevard. Mr. Raths stated that it has been cleaned
up and Hercules is cleaning up their side.
Rilee asked if the DPW/Engineering reorganization is strictly from a title
standpoint. He would like to look at how
it was changed several years ago and what it will save now. Mr. Raths will provide the information to
Mr. Schmidt stated that the Environmental
Commission is opening the Community
Garden on April 25th
at 11:00 AM. The barn was painted today
with individuals from the SLAP program.
Mr. Zoschak advised that the Landing sea wall
is complete. He stated that the Governor
has taken credit for this, but it was begun by a local Girl Scout troop, along
with assistance from Senator Bucco and himself.
Mr. Zoschak asked if the Court has begun
using credit cards. Mr. Raths stated
that we have proposals and, if the prices are right, there will be a Resolution
on the next meeting. Council would like
to receive a copy of the Judge’s monthly report. Mr. Raths stated that he would add it to the
quarterly Revenue/Expenditure report that Council receives.
Mr. Zoschak stated that there was an article
in the paper on how Netcong sold items on auction sites. Mr. Raths advised that the Township does
Mr. Zoschak stated that he gave Mr. Raths an
item on free or low cost field maintenance a while ago and he has not heard
anything about it. Mr. Raths will check
with Mr. Stierli
Mayor DeFillippo stated that Mayors of
municipalities surrounding Lake
Hopatcong would like to
meet with representatives of the DEP regarding the lack of water in the lake.
They feel that there should be documentation that the DEP can give to advise
how long it will take to raise the level. The DEP says that it has nothing to
do with the draw down and the reason the level is low at this time is because
there was very little rain in January and February. Mr. Zoschak advised that the Lake Hopatcong
Commission is meeting with the DEP this month.
Mr. Bucco stated that Senator Bucco’s office has been in contact with
the DEP and there are ongoing discussions regarding other ways to increase the
water level. Mayor DeFillippo will
contact the other Mayors to set up a meeting with the DEP.
DeFillippo stated that the “Every 15 Minutes” program was well received and had
a huge impact on parents and students.
DeFillippo discussed the inconsistency of trains and what track they are on at
the Mt. Arlington station.
DeFillippo stated that the SLAP people have been working on Howard Boulevard and asked if they will
be on Mooney Mountain. Mr. Raths will check on this.
DeFillippo reminded everyone of the MS Walk on Sunday, April 19th. Registration is at 9:00 AM and the walk
begins at 10:00 AM.
DeFillippo stated that the Main Street Streetscaping Committee met last
week. The clock dedication will be on
May 3rd from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Those who have donated will be given a miniature replica of the clock.
Raths advised that he would be out of town from Friday until Tuesday.
Mayor DeFillippo amended the Agenda to
introduce the 2009 Budget
09-93 MUNICIPAL BUDGET INTRODUCTION
Mr. Hall made a motion to adopt Resolution
09-93 for introduction of the 2009 Budget.
Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
Raths credited the Department Heads and Mayor/Council for all the hard work
that went into this year’s budget.
Hall stated that this is a terrific budget and he gave Mr. Raths, Staff and
Council credit for all the hard work.
Mr. Rilee thanked Staff and Council. He
stated that everyone would like it to be zero increase but this is a great budget.
Mr. Zoschak stated that Council,
Administration and Staff did a great job.
Mr. Schmidt thanked Mr. Raths, Staff and
Council. He stated that 3.3% is
phenomenal in this economy.
Mayor DeFillippo stated that schools received
an increase in State aid and municipalities received a decrease.
Zoschak – yes Mayor DeFillippo – yes
03-09 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF
ROXBURY AND REGULATING RECEPTACLES FOR DISCARDED CLOTHING AND ESTABLISHING A
FEE FOR THE PERMIT FOR SAME
Mr. Zoschak made a motion to
introduce Ordinance 03-09. Mr. Schmidt
seconded the motion.
Mr. Zoschak – yes Mr. Schmidt – yes
Mr. Behrens – yes Mr. Hall – yes
Mr. Rilee – yes Mayor DeFillippo – yes
Motion carried 6 - 0
04-09 AN ORDINANCE TO VACATE ANY AND ALL PUBLIC RIGHTS IN AND TO A 20 FOOT
WIDE DRAINAGE EASEMENT OVER A PORTION OF BLOCK 11903, LOT 9 AS SHOWN ON THE TAX
MAP OF THE TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY, COUNTY OF MORRIS AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY
Mr. Schmidt made a motion to
introduce Ordinance 04-09. Mr. Behrens
seconded the motion.
Mr. Raths advised that this does not
create additional buildable lot.
Mr. Schmidt - yes Mr. Behrens – yes
Mr. Hall – yes Mr. Rilee – yes
Mr. Zoschak – yes Mayor DeFillippo – yes
Motion carried 6 – 0
05-09 ORDINANCE TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION LIMITS AND
ESTABLISH A CAP BANK
Rilee made a motion to introduce Ordinance 05-09. Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
Rilee – yes Mr. Schmidt – yes
Behrens – yes Mr. Hall – yes
carried 6 - 0
ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING
INTRODUCTION OF BUDGET
09-93 MUNICIPAL BUDGET NOTICE
ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS
09-94 A RESOLUTION INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE HEREIN AND APPROVING THE
FOLLOWING NUMBERED RESOLUTIONS LISTED ON THE WORKSHOP COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
FOR THIS DATE: 09-95, 09-96, 09-97, 09-98, 09-99, 09-100, 09-101, 09-102,
09-103, 09-104, 09-106, 09-107, 09-108, 09-110, 09-111, 09-112, 09-113
Mr. Rilee made a motion to adopt
Resolution 09-94. Mr. Zoschak seconded
Mr. Rilee – yes Mr. Zoschak – yes
Mr. Schmidt – yes Mayor DeFillippo – yes
09-95 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE REFUND OF UNUSED ENGINEERING INSPECTION
FEES TO ANN GENTILE FOR A PROJECT KNOWN AS 210 KINGS HIGHWAY, LANDING BLOCK 10603,
09-96 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
REFUND OF UNUSED ENGINEERING INSPECTION FEES TO ROXBURY 2002 LLC FOR A PROJECT
KNOWN AS GEMINI INDUSTRIES INC. FACILITY
EXPANSION LOCATED ON ROUTE 46, LEDGEWOOD BLOCK 9501, LOT
09-97 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
ACCEPTANCE OF A PERFORMANCE SURETY BOND SUBMITTED BY ETEL REALTY, LLC TO
GUARANTEE COMPLETION OF SITE IMPROVEMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH A SITE PLAN APPROVAL
FOR BLOCK 9201, LOT 2, ROUTE 206, ROXBURY
09-98 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
RELEASE OF A CASH BOND POSTED BY ROXBURY 2002, LLC, FOR SOIL RELOCATION AT ITS
PROPERTY LOCATED ON ROUTE
46, LEDGEWOOD BLOCK 9501, LOT 9
09-99 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
RELEASE OF A CASH BOND POSTED BY ROXBURY 2002 LLC FOR ITS PROJECT LOCATED ON ROUTE 46 BLOCK 9501, LOT 9
09-100 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
RELEASE OF SURETY BONDS POSTED BY ROXBURY 2002 LLC FOR IT’S PROJECT LOCATED ON
ROUTE 46 BLOCK 9501, LOT 9
09-101 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
ACCEPTANCE OF A CASH MAINTENANCE BOND AND SUBSEQUENT RELEASE OF THE CASH
PERFORMANCE BOND NO. 05-168 POSTED BY ROXBURY 2002, LLCFOR THE REPLACEMENT OF
TREES AT THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS BLOCK
9501, LOT 9
09-102 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION AND TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL ON I-80 EB OVER BERKSHIRE VALLEY ROAD
09-103 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY TO SUBMIT A GRANT APPLICATION AND ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT
OF ALL RESPONSIBILITIES AS SET FORTH IN THE EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE
ASSISTANCE GRANT CDFA # 16.804
09-104 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AWARD
OF A CONTRACT TO BANISCH ASSOCIATES, INC. TO ASSIST THE TOWNSHIP IN THE
PREPARATION OF A HIGHLANDS COUNCIL INITIAL
ASSESSMENT GRANT REPORT
09-105 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN
APPICATION FOR AN ANJEC SMART GROWTH PLANNING GRANT FOR MUNICIPALITIES
AUTHORIZING THE TOWNSHIP TO APPLY
TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FOR THE 2008 RECYCLING
09-107 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE 2009 ROXBURY
TOWNSHIP MEMORIAL DAY PARADE COMMITTEE
09-108 A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE MEMBERSHIP OFTHE TOWNSHIP
09-110 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AWARD
OF A CONTRACT TO QUALITY ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION CO. FOR SOCCER FIELD LIGHTING
AT HORSESHOE LAKE PARK
09-111 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE
OF GIFTS FROM UNITED METAL FABRICATORS,
09-112 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE REFUND OF TAXES
09-113 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PAYMENT OF BILLS
March 27, 2009
#1 – Correspondence from Christopher Raths,
Township Manager, to Mr. Frank Pinto, Director of Planning and Development for
the County of Morris, re: Letter thanking Mr. Pinto for his presentation at the
March 24, 2009 Council meeting and outlining Roxbury’s concerns regarding the
rehabilitation of the rail line behind Horseshoe Lake – The Freeholders were
#4 – Correspondence from Alex DeCroce,
Republican Leader of the Genera Assembly of New Jersey, to Township Mayor,
dated March 2009, re: Request to consider adopting “Resolution in Opposition to
Governor Corzine’s FY 2010 State Budget” – the Clerk’s Office will check to see
if we did this. If we did not, the
resolution will be on the next Agenda.
April 3, 2009
#3 – Correspondence from Lucy Vandenberg, Executive Director
of COAH, to the Mayor, dated March 30, 2009, re: “COAH Scarce Resource
Restraint” – The Scarce Resource Restraint has been lifted for the Township.
#8 – Correspondence from Michael Koyblarz, Township
Engineer/Director of Utilities, to Thomas A. Segreto, Esq. of Scarinci
Hollenbeck, dated March 23, 2009, re: Township of Roxbury/Borough of Mt
Arlington: Parker Road Sanitary Sewer Connections (response to letter of March
5, 2009) – The Township did a survey and the residents did not want to hook
up. The line was put in anyway.
April 9, 2009
#2, #3, #4 –
Correspondence from Michael A. Rossi, Jr., Ph.D., Superintendent, Roxbury
Township Public Schools, to Officer Brian Feeny, Officer Glenn Gordon and
Officer Randy Brands, of the Roxbury Township Police Department, dated April 1,
2009, re: Thank you letter regarding the interactive program about the dangers
of drunk and distracted driving, “Every
15 Minutes” – Congratulations to Brian, Glenn and Randy for a job well done
#10 – Article from
the Star-Ledger, dated April 1, 2009, re: “Rail, road options considered for
Morris” (Freight traffic increase sparks a 2-year study) – Mayor DeFillippo
thought this article was pertinent.
Chris Rogers, Landing, discussed
various points of the school budget presentation.
Dennis Wine, 4 Holly Drive, Succasunna, commended
Council for their budget. He discussed the school budget presentation and
stated that there is a substantial dollar amount in their rate of increase.
Mr. Kluska, Emmans Road, asked Mr. Rilee if he felt
that his question to the Superintendent of Schools was answered. Mr. Rilee stated that it was not.
RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP
OF ROXBURY, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS,
NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING CONFERENCE OF THE
TOWNSHIP COUNCIL WITH THE PUBLIC
Mr. Rilee made a
motion to adopt Resolution 09-114 for Executive Session. Mr. Zoschak seconded the motion.
At 9:50 PM Council
took a short break
At 10:00 PM Council
returned to the meeting and went into Executive Session
At 11:10 PM Mr. Zoschak made a motion to adjourn the Regular
Meeting. Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.
All In Favor - yes
MINUTES APPROVED BY
DATE: April 28, 2009
ROLL CALL: Mr. Rilee – yes Mr. Hall – yes
Behrens – yes Mr. Schmidt – yes
Smith – abstain Mr. Zoschak – yes
DeFillippo - yes