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October 20, 2009




Pledge of Allegiance


Open Public Meeting Statement


Notice is hereby given that a Special Neighborhood Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury will be held on October 20, 2009 at 7:00 PM at Company No. 2 Annex, Shippenport Road.  This meeting is being held for the purpose of general discussion with Township residents.


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:  Councilman Gary Behrens, Richard Zoschak, Tim Smith, Fred Hall and Deputy Mayor Jim Rilee.


Absent:   Mayor Kathy DeFillippo, who was attending the Roxbury Woman's Club 50th Anniversary meeting & Councilman Martin Schmidt


Also Present:  Christopher Raths, Township Manager; BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk; Rick Blood, DPW Director.


Deputy Mayor Rilee gave an introduction to the public as to the format of the meeting.


Deputy Mayor Rilee and the Governing Body recognized fire and emergency squad personnel at the Town Hall Meeting.  Company #1 Fire ? Kyle Filipow; EMS- Susan Cunningham ? Company #2 Fire-Robert Rossi; EMS Jonathon Romeo ? Fire Company #3 Fire ? Carol Little; EMS ? Kathy Zeek-Voelker.  They were honored for outstanding attributes that they provide as Volunteers to the Township of Roxbury.


  • Outstanding participation in drills, calls and work around the firehouse.
  • Volunteer effortless time to our community I order to assure the safety of Roxbury Residents
  • Committed to providing the very best safety services to the communities they serve


Mr. Raths Township Manager went over the current ?To Do List? in the township of projects already completed for 2009 and projects anticipated for 2009.  Mr. Raths further discussed the firehouse annex extension of several bays, with an office. The Port Morris Annex will be weather tight.


Mr. Raths discussed the McNear site ? eastside Landing Road and further discussed that the township negotiated with the county for a grant in the amount of $450,000.


Rick Blood, Assistant DPW Director went over the paving projects that are on the schedule for completion this year.


Councilman Zoschak discussed the current status on Lake Hopatcong and the fees being discussed by the commission.  Councilman Zoschak does not support the fee structure. 


Councilman Smith gave a detailed history on the canal in Landing and the importance of the grant monies to purchase this final piece.


Deputy Mayor Rilee discussed in detail COAH and the current status of the township with the state.  Mr. Rilee stated that Roxbury has been one of the top towns in the state to be proactive and addressing our requirement with COAH.



Public Portion


Public discussed with council all issues brought up and added their input.


At 9:20 PM Mr. Hall made a motion to adjourn the Neighborhood Meeting.  Mr. Zoschak seconded the motion.


Roll Call:  All In Favor ? Yes


Motion Carried 5 to 0


Submitted By:




BettyLou DeCroce

Township Clerk


DATE:                        January 26, 2010

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

                                    Mr. Behrens ? yes        Mrs. DeFillippo ? yes

                                    Deputy Mayor Hall ? yes          Mayor Rilee - yes