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May 4, 2009


A Special Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was held on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 1715 Rt. #46, Ledgewood, New Jersey.


Open Public Meeting Statement      

Notice is hereby given that Special Meetings of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury will be held on Monday, May 4, 2009 and Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey.  The meeting of May 4th will be held for the purpose of discussing the 2009/2010 School Budget with our professionals.  The Township Council will meet jointly with the Board of Education at the meeting of May 13, 2009.


Adequate notice of these meetings 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 April 29, 2009; notice was posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on April 29, 2009.


Roll Call: Councilmen Gary Behrens, Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Martin Schmidt, Tim Smith, Richard Zoschak and Kathy DeFillippo.


Also Present:  Christopher Raths, Township Manager; James Bryce, Esq. for Township Attorney Anthony Bucco, Esq. and BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk.


Reports of Council Liaison Representatives, Council Committees and New Business/Old Business


New Business: None


Old Business:  None


Public Portion


Tom Shuman

616 East Vail Road



Mr. Shuman discussed the 20% increase in salaries and the Assistant Superintendent positions.


Larry Millus

8 Cornell Drive


Mr. Millus agreed with the previous comments of the Assistant Superintendent positions and also felt that a cost benefit analysis is needed.


Matters Requested/Referred by Council Members, Manager, Attorney or Clerk

Review of 2009 School Operating Budget


In attendance was Thomas Ferry, Auditor hired by the Township to review the Roxbury Township Board of Education defeated budget.


Mr. Ferry and Mr. Raths discussed the negotiated contract approved by the Board of Education authorizing 20% increase for a 4 years contract for the administration and teachers with an 18% increase over 4 years.


Also, discussed with the newly hired Assistant Superintendents with annual incomes of $140,000.00 each.  Council felt that administratively the salaries are high and administrative positions should be looked at.  Mr. Raths stated that he and Mr. Ferry were looking at each line item in the budget to decide which areas could be reduced without hurting the curriculum for the students.


Council stressed their desire not to affect the students and the ability for the school to operate at a level that they should.  Further, Council stated that they have reservations with all the positions in the administration and would like Mr. Raths and Mr. Ferry to take a good hard look at that.


Mr. Ferry reminded the Council that we could make recommendations as to cuts but the Board of Education can make their own choice where the monies will be reduced.


Mr. Raths and Mr. Ferry will work on the budget cuts and be ready for the joint meeting on May 13, 2009.


Approval of Minutes (Clerk?s)



Draft Ordinances for Discussion



Introduction of Proposed Ordinances



Hearing and Adoption of Ordinances on Second Reading



Draft Resolution for Discussion



Introduction and Adoption of Resolutions



Personnel Changes





May 1, 2009


#8 Correspondence from Government Strategy Group dated March 2009, re: Feasibility Study for Shared Service Maintenance Services between Roxbury Township and the Roxbury Board of Education.  This will be placed on the Workshop Agenda for discussion.


Executive Session

09-131            A 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 EXCLUDED


Mr. Zoschak made a motion to go into Executive Session.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion.


Roll Call:  All In Favor ? Yes


Motion Carried 7 to 0


Council went into Executive Session at 9:30 PM.


Council returned to the Special Meeting at 10:30 PM




Mr. Zoschak made a motion to adjourn the Special Meeting.  Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.


All In Favor ? Yes


Motion Carried 7 to 0


Council adjourned at 10:30 PM.


Submitted By:




BettyLou DeCroce

Township Clerk


DATE:                        June 23, 2009

ROLL CALL: Mr. Schmidt ? yes        Mr. Zoschak ? yes

                                    Mr. Hall ? yes              Mr. Rilee ? yes

                                    Mr. Smith ? yes            Mayor DeFillippo ? yes