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May 26, 2009

 

A Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was held on May 26, 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): Councilmen Gary Behrens, Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Martin Schmidt, Tim Smith, Richard Zoschak and Mayor Kathy DeFillippo

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Christopher Raths, Township Manager; Christopher Woods, Esq. for Township Attorney Anthony Bucco, BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk.

 

Absent:  Anthony Bucco, Esq.

 

Mayor Kathy DeFillippo amended the order of business to present the two proclamations and plaque.

 

Proclamation - Louis A. Bizarri Jr. for his 60 years of service as a volunteer fire and emergency services for the Township of Roxbury.

 

Proclamation - Arthur F. Volpe Sr., for his 60 years of service as a volunteer fire and emergency services for the Township of Roxbury.

 

Presentation was given to Joseph Perfetti Sr. for his 50 years of service on the Roxbury Recreation Committee.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

None

 

PUBLIC PORTION

Christine Bassani

42 Laurie Road, Landing

Ms. Bassani stated that she was disappointed in the township?s position with regard to the joint meeting with the Board of Education.  Her feelings were that there should be a more transparent relationship during the budget process with the public.  Also, the township should try and communicate with the Board of Education on the school budget prior to it being voted on.  Included in her discussions was the desire to see the township budget on line during the budget process.  Ms. Bassani stated that its difficult for everyone to attend meetings because of working and therefore the only way to communicate easily is through the Internet.

 

Councilman Smith stated that the township meetings are public meetings and advertised for the public to attend and participate.  Further, the Budget Meeting minutes are on the internet for the public to have available to them at their convenience.  Mr. Smith also stated that the governing body spends a lot of time on the budget as well as the administration to bring in the lowest increase they can without hurting services.  Council agreed with Mr. Smith and stated that there is a lot of transparency on the part of the township making available to the public any and all information pertaining to the budget and the financial concerns of the residents.  Also, Council stated that there are liaisons from the council to the Board of Education and the line of communication has been productive.

 

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

A.  New Business

Mr. Zoschak brought up for discussion the States intention to divert funds from the EMT Training Fund to the general treasury.  Council agreed that a resolution should be prepared.

 

Mr. Zoschak made a motion to prepare a resolution opposing the diversion of funds.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:          Mr. Zoschak ? Yes                  Mr. Smith ? Yes

                        Mr. Behrens ? Yes                   Mr. Hall ? Yes

                        Mr. Rilee ? Yes                        Mr. Schmidt ? Yes

                        Mayor DeFillippo ? Yes

 

Motion Carried 7 to 0.

 

Mr. Raths will prepare the resolution for the next agenda.

 

B.  Old Business

1.  Procurement Policy

                         

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

A.  Presentation- Joe Perfetti-50 years of service

      Read in the beginning of the meeting.

 

B.  Proclamation- Louis A. Bizarri Jr. 60 years of service

      Read in the beginning of the meeting.

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C.  Proclamation- Arthur F. Volpe Sr. 60 years of service

      Read in the beginning of the meeting.

 

D.  Fee Waiver for Tax Exempt Roxbury Reform Temple

 

Mr. Zoschak made a motion to accept the waiver.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:          Mr. Zoschak ? Yes                  Mr. Smith ? Yes

                        Mr. Behrens ? Yes                   Mr. Hall ? Yes

                        Mr. Rilee ? Yes                        Mr. Schmidt -  Yes

                        Mayor DeFillippo ? Yes

 

Motion Carried 7 to 0.

 

The Mayor amended the order to hear new business at this time.

 

DRAFT ORDINANCES FOR DISCUSSION

None

 

INTRODUCTION OF PROPOSED ORDINANCES

11-09               AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT CHAPTER II, ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, SECTION 2-17, OFFICERS AND

EMPLOYEES GENERALLY, OF THE REVISED GENERAL

ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY, COUNTY

OF MORRIS, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

Mr. Rilee made a motion to introduce Ordinance 11-09.  Mr. Zoschak seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:          Mr. Rilee ? Yes                        Mr. Zoschak ? Yes

                        Mr. Behrens ? Yes                   Mr. Hall ? Yes

                        Mr. Schmidt ? Yes                   Mr. Smith ? Yes

                        Mayor DeFillippo ? Yes

 

Motion Carried 7 to 0.

 

 

HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING

None

 

DRAFT RESOLUTION FOR DISCUSSION

None

 

INTRODUCTION AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS

09-148             RESOLUTION INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE HEREIN AND APPROVING THE FOLLOWING NUMBERED RESOLUTIONS LISTED ON THE WORKSHOP COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA FOR THIS DATE:  09-149, 09-150, 09-151, 09-152, 09-153, 09-155,, 09-158, 09-159, 09-160, 09-162

 

Mr. Schmidt made a motion to approve the incorporating resolution with 09-154, 09-156, and 09-157 pulled.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:          Mr. Schmidt ? Yes                   Mr. Smith ? Yes

                        Mr. Behrens ? Yes                   Mr. Hall ? Yes

                        Mr. Rilee ? Yes                        Mr. Zoschak ? Yes

                        Mayor DeFillippo ? Yes

 

Motion Carried 7 to 0.

 

09-149             A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RELEASE OF A PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE POSTED FOR RIGHT-OF-WAY EXCAVATION PERMIT NO. RO-04-09-034 42 TAMARACK DRIVE ? SUCCASUNNA BLOCK 4402, LOT 14

 

09-150             A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE MAINTENANCE BOND AND APPROVING THE RELEASE OF THE PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE AND FINAL PAYMENT TO REIVAX CONTRACTING CORPORATION FOR THE INLET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

 

09-151             A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DESIGNATION OF BANKING INSTITUTIONS AND CUSTODIAN OF FUNDS/SIGNATORIES

 

09-152             2009 EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG) PROGRAM RESOLUTION FOR GRANT ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

 

09-153             A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT FOR A NEW AIR CONDITIONER FOR THE COMPUTER SERVER ROOM AT THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING

 

09-154             A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN APPLICATION FOR A

NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS GRANT  - PULL

 

09-155             A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT

FOR EXTRAORDINARY, UNSPECIFIABLE SERVICES WITH

THE LAND CONSERVANCY OF NEW JERSEY

 

09-156             A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY TO ENTER INTO A SHARED SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH THE TOWNSHIP OF RANDOLPH FOR THE PURCHASE AND USE OF WATER METER READING EQUIPMENT - PULL

 

09-157             A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY SUPPORTING THE INSTALLATION OF A TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT THE INTERSECTION OF ROUTE 206 & MOUNTAIN ROAD/OLD LEDGEWOOD ROAD - PULL

 

09-158             A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE REFUND OF SEWER UTILITY OVERPAYMENT

 

09-159             A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE REFUND OF TAXES

 

09-160             A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PAYMENT OF BILLS

 

Add on Resolution:

 

09-161                          A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE

TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT

  

PERSONNEL CHANGES

Memo from Judy Riley dated May 18, 2009

 

COMMUNICATIONS

May 15, 2009

#6  Correspondence from Succasunna resident Margery Gordon to Mayor DeFillippo, received May 15, 2009, re: request to take the ?Healthy Schools, Healthy Towns?? pledge to adopt a Pesticide and Green Cleaning Policy, Diesel Reduction Resolution and No-Idling Pledge.  Would like Mr. Raths to respond.

 

#7  Correspondence from Dale A. Kramer, Chief Deputy Superintendent of Elections, Morris County, to BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk, dated May 12, 2009, re:  2009 Annual School Board Election ? Damaged Voting Machines .  Ms. DeCroce stated that the county would be pursuing it.

 

#10 Correspondence from Martin Cormeier, Group Logistics Manager, Ryder Logistics & Transportation Solutions Worldwide, t Mayor DeFillippo, dated May 13, 2009, re:  Federal and New Jersey WARN Notice: termination of 50 Ryder employees as a result of its customer, ?Philips?, re-structuring and re-locating to facilities outside of NJ.  Council questioned Mr. Raths if this was the remaining employees at Philips.  Mr. Raths believed that it was.  It was noted that this is another company moving out of the State of New Jersey.

 

May 22, 2009

#3  Correspondence from Russell Stern, Roxbury Township Director of Planning , to Eileen Swan, Executive Director of the NJ Highlands Council, dated May 14, 2009, re:  Meeting Follow-Up and Preliminary Comments on the Draft Highlands Master Plan Element.  Several Council members questioned the verbiage used by the Township Planner.  Mr. Raths will discuss this with Mr. Stern.

 

PUBLIC PORTION

Charlie Alpaugh

177 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna

Mr. Alpaugh discussed the railroad and Kuiken Brothers property where the dirt road and the rail line to Rt#10 is and suggested that it be opened for better access from the lake for the public.  Council stated that they were aware of the dirt road but it had been closed.

 

Christine Bassani

42 Laurie Road, Landing

Ms. Bassani questioned the ?Y? with the third lane.  Council stated that the ?Y? at Rt. #46 where the old circle use to be was designed by the NJDOT.  Further, the purpose of the ?Y? third lane is to allow a turning ratio when a vehicle is in the eastbound lane and wants to make a u-turn to Rt. #46 West and also allows stacking prior to the light changing. 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

09-161             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

 

At 9:30 PM, Mr. Rilee made a motion to adopt Resolution 09-161 for Executive Session.  Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:  All In Favor ? Yes

 

Motion Carried 7 to 0.

 

At 11:00 PM, the Council exited Executive Session and returned to Open Session.

ADJOURNMENT

At 11:00 PM, Mr. Smith made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:  All In Favor ? Yes

 

Motion carried 7 to 0.

 

Submitted By:

 

 

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BettyLou DeCroce

Township Clerk

 

 

MINUTES APPROVED BY COUNCIL:

DATE:                        July 14, 2009

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

                                    Mr. Behrens ? yes        Mr. Hall ? yes

                                    Mr. Zoschak ? yes       Mayor DeFillippo - yes