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October 6, 2009

 

A Budget Special Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was held on October 6, 2009 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey at 7:30                             

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT

Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 7:30 PM at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey.  This meeting is being held for the purpose of discussing goals and objectives for 2010.

 

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 September 21, 2009; notice was posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on September 21, 2009.

 

ROLL CALL:  Councilman Gary Behrens, Fred Hall, Martin Schmidt, Tim Smith and Richard Zoschak.

 

Absent:  Mayor Kathy DeFillippo and Deputy Mayor Jim Rilee attending meetings on behalf of the Township.

 

The Clerk asked for a motion to appoint an acting Mayor due to the absence of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

 

Mr. Zoschak made a motion to appoint Councilman Tim Smith as Acting Mayor for the meeting.  Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.

 

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

                        Mr. Behrens ? Yes                   Mr. Hall ? Yes

                        Mr. Smith ? Yes

 

Motion Carried 5 to 0

 

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

  • Trend Analysis Projections

 

Mr. Raths, Township Manager; Lisa Spring, Chief Financial Officer provided a power point program on the trend analysis projections for the township. 

 

Mayor DeFillippo arrived at 8:05 PM.

 

  • Mayor and Council 2010 Goals and Objectives

 

Council discussed various issues of the budget.  Council would like Mr. Raths to check on the PERS amount to make sure we are in place with our obligation.  Also, they wanted Mr. Raths to look at the legal costs to see if we could save money in the New Year. 

 

Council directed Mr. Raths to take a good look at the sewer utility as to the debt and revenue for the year 2010 and moving forward with a five-year plan.

 

Mr. Zoschak felt that the legal costs should not be as large this year because as of this date there is not a lot going on. 

 

Mr. Schmidt stated that it should be the goal of the council to keep the budget as low as possible because the public is already struggling and they do not need a large tax increase from the township.

Mr. Hall discussed the fixed cost with contractual obligations, cost of PERS and health coverage.  Mr. Hall felt that the township does well with the NJHIF but stated it still is an increase no matter what. 

 

Mr. Behrens stated that it is important to reduce through attrition.  Further, Mr. Behrens questioned the expenditures for fire.  Mr. Raths stated that any of the equipment would be in the capital budget.

 

Mr. Smith stated that the budget should not be more than the rate of inflation.  He also felt that it was important to reduce the police force through attrition.  Mr. Smith felt that it is important to try and use Shared Services whenever possible whether it is with another municipality or the county.  He also discussed the township joining with the county on bidding in bulk for bonding.

 

Mayor DeFillippo agreed with her fellow council members and supports the reduction of work force though attrition.

 

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

A.  2010 Calendar-Neighborhood Meeting Dates

 

The dates set for the Neighborhood Meetings are:

 

Starting at 7:00 PM:

 

March 16, 2010 ? Performing Arts Center, 72 Eyland Avenue

May 18, 2010 ? Berkshire Valley Firehouse

September 21, 2010 ? Company #1 Firehouse, Main Street, Succasunna

October 19, 2010 ? Company #2 Firehouse Annex, Shippenport Road

 

Mayor DeFillippo stated that she would like to see yellow paper used for each meeting so it is easily identified.

 

PUBLIC PORTION

None

 

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

October 2, 2008 ? No questions.

 

The September 25, 2009 Communications was not on the agenda but will be placed on the next meeting agenda for review.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

At 9:30 PM, Mr. Schmidt made a motion to adjourn the Budget Meeting.  Mr. Zoschak seconded the motion.

 

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

                                    Mr. Behrens ? Yes                   Mr. Hall ? Yes

                                    Mr. Smith ? Yes                       Mayor DeFillippo ? Yes

 

Motion Carried 6 to 0

 

 

Submitted By:

 

 

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BettyLou DeCroce

Township Clerk

MINUTES APPROVED BY COUNCIL

DATE:                        February 23, 2010

ROLL CALL:            Mr. Schmidt ? yes        Mrs. DeFillippo ? yes

                                    Mr. Behrens ? yes        Deputy Mayor Hall ? yes

                                    Mr. Smith ? yes            Mayor Rilee - yes