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        December 13, 2005                           

 

 

A Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was held on December 13, 2005 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood at 7:30 p.m. 

                                                                                                                                      

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 January 5, 2005; notice was posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on January 5, 2005.

 

Roll Call (Present): Councilmen John Ciaramella, Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Tim Smith, Martin Schmidt and Mayor Richard Zoschak

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Christopher Raths, Township Manager; Anthony Bucco, Township Attorney; BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk

 

ABSENT:  Councilwoman Sandy Urgo – Mayor Zoschak stated that Ms. Urgo’s daughter was in the hospital today having a medical procedure done and we should keep her in our prayers.

 

PRESENTATIONS

A.      Recognition—Brandon Phillips for service on the Lake Hopatcong Commission and the Lake Musconetcong Regional Planning Board.  Mayor Zoschak and Mayor Arthur Ondish from Mt. Arlington each gave a plaque to Mr. Phillips.

B.     Recognition—Acceptance of boat (Resolution 05-434)

C.     Recognition—Volunteer for Katrina Relief by VFW and Council. Commander Howard Dalrymple of the VFW presented plaques to Robert Baker and Matt Roncinske, both of Fire Company #2 in Landing and also presented plaques to Chief Mark Noll and Detective Sam Zarro of the Roxbury Police Department.  Also presenting plaques to the above-mentioned individuals was Mayor Richard Zoschak, on behalf of the Roxbury Township Council.

D.     Presentation—Township Entryway Signs – Mike Shadiack, Chairman of Economic Committee along with Peter Catelli, Sign Maker talked about entry way signs to Roxbury Township.  Peter Catelli spoke of the signs and showed an oil painting with the exact paint, which would be used on the Township signs.  Mr. Cateli stated the signs would be 42”H x 42” W and all will be made out of solid mahogany and hand carved with a message on the bottom for sponsors and that there will be no charge to the town (the Sponsors will pay to have their business/message advertised for a total of $1685 each + tax).  Mr. Catelli stated that the locations are picked by Roxbury Township.  Mr. Catelli stated that so far 10 signs have been requested.  Mr. Catelli stated that a month to five weeks in advance to the signs being erected the Township should advertise so that all willing Sponsors will have an opportunity to advertise on a sign if they wish.  Mr. Catelli stated that he picks on a first come first serve basis for people who want to advertise on the signs.  Mr. Catelli stated that the Roxbury D.P.W.  will install the signs.  Mr. Catelli also stated that who ever sponsors the sign, their name will be up there for the life of the sign.  If any of the signs get vandalized or stolen, one sign will be replaced free of charge, once in the first two years.  Once Mr. Catelli has three sponsors it will take about 6 weeks to complete and he would like to have all 10 locations before he begins.  Mr. Shadiack stated all the colors should be kept consistent throughout the whole town. Council stated that they would like to show which section of town on the sign drivers are entering.  Mr. Shadiack stated they have picked out 10 locations tentatively.

 

Mr. Rilee made a motion to approve the 10 entry signs  at a price of $1,685.00 each and allow Mr. Catelli to solicit businesses in Roxbury Township.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion.
 
ROLL CALL:           Mr. Rilee – Yes                         Mr. Smith – Yes

                                Mr. Ciaramella – Yes              Mr. Hall – Yes

                                Mr. Schmidt – Yes                  Mayor Zoschak - Yes        

                                                                                                                                                               
Motion Carried 6 – 0

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

November 14, 2005     Executive Session

            November 14, 2005    Workshop Meeting

 

Mr. Rilee made a motion to approve November 14, 2005 Executive Session Minutes and November 14, 2005 Workshop Minutes.  Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.

 

ROLL CALL:           Mr. Rilee – Yes                         Mr. Schmidt – Yes

                                Mr. Smith – Yes                       Mr. Ciaramella – Yes

                                Mr. Hall – Yes                           Mayor Zoschak - Yes        

                                                                                                                                                               
Motion Carried 6 – 0

 

Mr. Ed Kirchgessner

Honeyman Drive, Succasunna

 

Mr. Kirchgessner stated that the Route 80 sign for exit #30 should not just say Mt. Arlington, but also Roxbury Township.

 

Robert Kluska

Emmans Road, Succasunna

 

Mr. Kluska questioned Mr. Catelli on the price of each sign.   Mr. Catelli stated $1685.00 per sign.

 

PUBLIC PORTION

 

Mike Shadiack

33 Fox Chase Lane, Ledgewood

 

Mr. Shadiack stated that he has a Certificate of Appreciation Award to give to Petillo Enterprises, for their contribution to the Community and showed Council a black & white sample copy.  Mr. Shadiack questioned Council if the words business & residents may appear on the certificate.  Mr. Bucco stated that he does not see a problem with the certificate.  Mr. Smith stated he had some reservations of the committee speaking on behalf the residents and the Business Owners of the Township. Mr. Shadiack then stated that with the Council’s approval the language Business Owners & Residents will be printed on the plaques.

 

Mr. Smith made a motion to approve the language on the plaques.  Mr. Ciaramella seconded the motion.

 

ROLL CALL:           Mr. Smith – Yes                       Mr. Ciaramella – Yes

                                Mr. Hall – Yes                          Mr. Rilee – Yes

                                Mr. Schmidt – Yes                  Mayor Zoschak - Yes        

                                                                                                                                                               
Motion Carried 6 – 0

 

Mr. Raths stated he received an e-mail from Chief Noll regarding hiring two officers and would like the Council to approve  same since two officers will be retiring in 2006.

 

Mr. Ciaramella questioned Chief Noll on the number of overtime hours. Chief Noll stated they have been short 2 officers as of April 2005.  Chief Noll stated that they are also short two dispatchers so in reality the Police have been short four Officers.  Chief Noll stated these two individuals would have to start within the next two weeks in order for them to start the Police Academy on time.

 

Chief Noll stated that the two new Officers would be starting out at a lower rate (in comparison to the two Police Officers that were suspended earlier in the year).  Chief Noll stated they have already interviewed and picked the two officers they would like to hire.

 

Mr. Rilee made a motion to let the Chief hire two new Officers.  Mr. Ciaramella seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Smith stated that, since the new officers would be at $80,000 per year less than current, those savings were adequate to approve the officers.

 

ROLL CALL:           Mr. Rilee – Yes                        Mr. Ciaramella – Yes

                                Mr. Hall – Yes                          Mr. Schmidt – Yes

                                Mr. Smith – Yes                       Mayor Zoschak - Yes        

                                                                                                                                                               
Motion Carried 6 – 0

 

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

Old Business

A.      Procurement Policy

B.     Appointments

                                   i.      Lake Musconetcong Regional Planning Board: 1 Member, 4-year Term (Mayor Appointment)

                                 ii.      Rockaway River Watershed Cabinet - 1 Member, 1-year term and un-expired term of Tricia Fragale (1/1/05 > 12/31/05).

                                iii.      Open Space Acquisition Advisory Committee: 1 Member, un-expired term of Mena Schultz (1/1/04 > 12/31/06).

 

Councilman Fred Hall made a Statement at this point in regards to Councilwoman Urgo, which is attached to the Minutes.

 

New Business

A.      Lease agreement between County of Morris and Township of Roxbury for the operation of the Nutrition Project.

 

The County is willing to move the nutrition site to 72 Eyland Avenue.  Mr. Smith stated he would like to see the figures on maintaining the Nutrition building in Berkshire Valley.  Mr. Raths will follow up and place this agreement on a future agenda.

 

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

A.      Application for Raffles License No. RA: 1265 by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

B.     Application for Raffles License No. RA: 1266 by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

      C.  Application for Raffles License No. RA:  1267 by Roxbury Rotary Club.

 

Councilman Rilee made a motion to approve Raffle Licenses #1265, #1266 & #1267.  Councilman Schmidt seconded the motion.

 

ROLL CALL:           Mr. Rilee – Yes                        Mr. Schmidt – Yes

                                Mr. Smith – Yes                     Mr. Ciaramella – Yes, abstain on C

                                Mr. Hall – Yes, abstain           Mayor Zoschak – Yes, abstain on C     

On A & B                                                                                                                    
 
Motion Carried 6 – 0, with 1 Abstention on A, 1 Abstention on B and 2 Abstentions on C

 

INTRODUCTION OF PROPOSED ORDINANCES                                                 

None

 

HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING

None

 

INTRODUCTION AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS                                        

05-416  A resolution incorporating by reference herein and approving the following numbered resolutions listed on the regular council meeting agenda for this date:  05-172, 05-397, 05-417, 05-418, 05-419, 05-420, 05-421, 05-422, 05-423, 05-424, 05-425, 05-426, 05-427, 05-428, 05-429, 05-430, 05-431, 05-432, 05-433, 05-434, 05-435, 05-436, 05-437, 05-438, 05-439 05-440

 

Councilman Rilee made a motion to adopt Resolution 05-416.  Councilman Hall seconded the motion.
 
ROLL CALL:           Mr. Rilee – Yes                     Mr. Hall – Yes

                                Mr. Schmidt – Yes              Mr. Smith – Yes & recuse on Ck #38160

                                Mr.Ciaramella - Yes            Mayor Zoschak – Yes           

                                                                                                                                    
 
Motion Carried 6 – 0, with 1 recusal on Check # 38160

 

05-172  A resolution authorizing the refund of unused Engineering Inspection Fees to Legends Harley-Davidson, L.L.C., 1895 Route 46 West, Block 9501, Lot 13.

 

05-385  (PULLED) - A resolution authorizing the purchase of police evidence tracking equipment and software from Porter Lee Corporation.

 

05-397  A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a dedication deed from Hunter's Ridge Development Company, Inc. for Lot 4.25 in Block 9202 in the Township of Roxbury (detention basin lot).

 

05-417  A resolution amending the membership of the Township Fire Department.

 

05-418  A resolution extending the current moratorium on new connections to the Township’s water system.

 

05-419  A resolution establishing a policy for the continuation of medical, dental and prescription drug insurance coverage for municipal employees that are suspended with or without pay pending final disciplinary action by the Township.

 

05-420  A resolution authorizing Roxbury Township to enter into a contract with St. Clare’s Hospital for male cancer screening.

 

05-421  A resolution authorizing the award of a contract to Garden State Laboratories, Inc. for public health laboratory services for CY 2006.

 

05-422  A resolution authorizing the Mayor and Township Clerk to enter into an agreement with Golub Animal Hospital. (dogs)

 

05-423  A resolution authorizing the Mayor and Township Clerk to enter into an agreement with Golub Animal Hospital. (cats)

 

05-424  A resolution authorizing refund of unused escrow monies previously deposited with the Township of Roxbury for development matters pursuant to Chapter XIII (Land Use) of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Roxbury.

 

05-425  A resolution authorizing the award of a contract to the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills for sludge disposal from the Ajax Sewerage Treatment Plant.

 

05-426  A resolution approving a change order to the contract with Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. for a rear pumper fire apparatus.

 

05-427  A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a conservation easement from Rajindar Paul Chopra and Azora R. Chopra to the Township of Roxbury.

 

05-428  A resolution approving Change Order #3 and Change Order #4 (final) to the contract with Z&Z Contracting, Inc. for the Contract “C” Conkling Road Storm Sewer and Mooney Road Water Main Project.

 

05-429  A resolution authorizing the acceptance of the Maintenance bond and approving the release of the Performance Guarantee and final payment to Z&Z Contracting, Inc., Belleville, N.J. for the Contract “C” Conkling Road Storm Sewer and Mooney Road Water Main Project.

 

05-430  A resolution authorizing settlement of the 2003, 2004 and 2005 tax appeals involving Block 3706, Lot 1.

 

05-431  A resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury, fixing the rate of interest to be charged on delinquent taxes or assessments.

 

05-432  A resolution authorizing the refund of taxes.

 

05-433  A resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury, fixing the rate of interest to be charged on delinquent taxes or assessments.

 

05-434  A resolution authorizing the acceptance of gifts.

 

05-435  A resolution authorizing the award of a contract to Covino & Sons Construction Company, Inc. for the “Dell Avenue Sidewalk Construction—Contract “A”.

 

05-436  A resolution authorizing the award of a contract to Tony’s Concrete Construction Co., Inc., the second low bidder for the “Ezra Place, Steffanie Place & Jeffrey Road Sidewalk Reconstruction – Contract “B.

 

05-437  A resolution authorizing the award of a contract to Diamond Construction for the “Succasunna Area Sidewalk Reconstruction—Contract “C”.

 

05-438  A resolution rejecting all bids for the “Concrete Pad Construction—Roxbury Township Recycling Center—Contract “D”.

 

05-439  A resolution authorizing the transfer of funds.

 

05-440  A resolution authorizing payment of bills.

 

 PERSONNEL CHANGES

Memo from Judy Riley dated December 8, 2005.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

December 9, 2005

 

Mr. Rilee made a motion to file December 9, 2005 Communications.  Mr. Hall seconded the motion.

 

ROLL CALL:           Mr. Rilee – Yes                     Mr. Hall – Yes

                                Mr. Schmidt – Yes              Mr. Smith – Yes

                                Mr. Ciaramella - Yes         Mayor Zoschak –  Abstention          

 
Motion Carried 6 – 0, with 1 Abstention

 

PUBLIC PORTION

 

Robert Kluska

Emmans Road, Succasunna

 

Mr. Kluska questioned Council on the transfer of monies regarding account #195 for $900.00 for seniors being transferred.  Mr. Raths stated he would check into it.   

 

Mr. Kluska also questioned Council on uniforms for employees and why each department is getting approximately $800.00.  Mr. Raths stated they all have to wear their uniforms or else they are sent home.  Green Uniforms are for the garage.  Mr. Kluska stated $30,000.00 is a lot of money to give out for uniforms.

 

Mr. Kluska also stated that The Senior Center at Horseshoe Lake was given money from the State and nothing was ever put into writing.  Originally nothing was to be stored in the Senior Center.  Social Services has taken over a room and little by little the Senior Center is being taken away.  Mr. Hall asked it they are getting bumped due to other activities.  Mr. Kluska stated it has not come to that yet – just portions shifted due to other activities.

 

Robert Church

256 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna

 

Mr. Church questioned Item #9 on the December 9, 2005 Communications regarding “Intervention Requested to Ensure That The Roxbury Township Fire Department Participates in this Very Important Fire Incident Reporting System to Receive an AED (Records Indicate That Roxbury Fire Department has Failed to Satisfy the Reporting Program Requirements).  Mr. Raths stated he would look into this matter and get back to Mr. Church.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

05-441  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.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Smith to adopt Resolution 05-441.  Mr. Hall seconded the motion.

 

ROLL CALL:          Mr. Smith – Yes                     Mr. Hall – Yes

                                Mr. Rilee – Yes         Mr. Schmidt – Yes

                                Mr. Ciaramella - Yes         Mayor Zoschak – Yes 

                                                                                                                                    
Motion Carried 6 – 0

 

At 9:50 p.m. Council returned to the Regular Meeting.

 

05-442     Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, authorizing a Resolution Approving Settlement of Tax Appeal

 

Mr. Bucco read the entire resolution publicly.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Rilee to adopt Resolution 05-442.  Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.

 

ROLL CALL:         Mr. Rilee – Yes                      Mr. Schmidt – Yes

                               Mr. Ciaramella – Yes          Mr. Hall  – Yes

                               Mr. Smith - Yes                    Mayor Zoschak – Yes

                                                                                                                                    
Motion Carried 6 – 0

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

At 10:15 p.m. a motion was made by Mr. Smith to adjourn the Regular Meeting.  Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.

 

All In Favor - Yes

 

 

Submitted By:

 

 

 

BettyLou DeCroce

Township Clerk

MINUTES APPROVED BY COUNCIL:

DATE:                         January 10, 2006

ROLL CALL:              Mr. Rilee – yes            Mr. Zoschak – yes

                                    Mr. Ciaramella – yes   Mrs. DeFillippo – abstain

                                    Mr. Hall – yes              Mr. Smith – yes

                                    Mayor Schmidt - yes