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December 6, 2005
A Budget/Workshop Meeting of
the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was held on December 6, 2005 at
1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, N.J. at 7:30 p.m.
Notice is hereby given that
a Special Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury will be
held on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 7:30 PM, at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New
Jersey. This meeting is being held for the purpose of discussing the
Recreation Plan and the 2006 Budget.
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 November 15,
2005; notice was posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the
Municipal Building on November 15, 2005.
CALL: (Present) Councilmen Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Tim Smith, and Mayor Richard Zoschak
Martin Schmidt arrived at 7:40 PM.
Councilwoman Sandy Urgo and Councilman John Ciaramella
PRESENT: Christopher Raths, Township
Manager; Anthony Bucco, Township Attorney and BettyLou DeCroce Township Clerk
Mayor Zoschak amended the order of business to hear
the Presentation on the Recreation
The Recreation Committee members present were Jim Gordon,
Chairman, Committee Members; Don Banta, Edward Hade, John Eschmann, Greg Somjen
and Dave Stierli, Recreation Director.
Committee gave an overview of the Recreation Master Plan. Discussion ensued
pertaining to future ball fields, turf field and the future needs of the public
in our Roxbury Township Recreation Program. The Council did agree with the
overall concept the Committee has worked on. Questions as to funding were
discussed. Council asked the Committee how much seed money was needed to
begin moving forward. The Committee stated that they would have an initial
need of approximately $20,000.00. Council would like the Recreation Committee
to meet with the Board of Education to see if some of the future needs for
recreation could be a shared service with the schools. Mr. Rilee felt that the
Plan was well thought out. Mr. Smith also applauded the efforts of the
Committee. Mr. Smith asked where the funding for the seed money would come
from. Mr. Stierli stated that they were looking into old bond ordinances that
were approved for previous recreation projects. Funds in the ordinances should
be available if the anticipated cost were less then projected. If the township
has not closed the bond ordinance out as of this date and there are funds
available they could close the bond out and the remaining funds would be placed
in the fund balance to be utilized for seed money. Mr. Hall stated that they
would continue to look for future funding. Also Mr. Hall stated that more
research on the turf field would need to take place pertaining to actual cost,
safety aspect of field turf, drainage, seed money and grants. Further Mr. Hall
requested that Bettylou DeCroce , Township Clerk work with the Committee to
help with grants etc.
closing the Committee agreed to meet with the Board of Education in an attempt
to plan for the use of the fields, as well as shared services and funding.
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.
Rilee made a motion to adopt Resolution #05-415. Mr. Smith seconded the
Roll Call: Mr. Rilee – Yes
Mr. Smith – Yes
Mr. Hall –
Yes Mr. Schmidt – Yes
Motion Carried 5 to 0
Council returned to the Special Meeting
at 9:15 PM.
OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD
q Presentation: Recreation Master Plan Previously
q Presentation: 2006 Budget Discussion
Raths presented to Council a Summary of Department Totals. Mr. Raths discussed
the FY 2005 appropriated budget for the following departments: Information
Technology, Engineering, Building and Grounds, Safety Office, Fire
Presentation, Fire Department #1, Fire Department #2, Fire Department #3,
Police, Roads, Equipment Repair, Sanitation/Recycling, Health 7 Animal Control,
Parks and Recreation, Library, Municipal Court, Minor Equipment. The FY2005
appropriated funds for the Current Fund is $1,516,145.00. The FY 2006 Original
Current Fund request is $1,417,605 and the FY2006 Revised is $1,900,180.00.
Council discussed the potential tax points for the year 2006. It was the
consensus of the Council that the 2006 Budget would need to be cut to within a
3 to 4 point increase. Because of fixed cost such as pension, medical and
contractual agreements the Council would not be able to budget the township
without an increase as it would cause a loss of services to the residents.
continued to discuss the DPW Facility to be built at the Pine Street
property. Mr. Raths advised Council that the problem was waiting for the DEP
to give a determination on the existing well or if we would need to drill a new
well. Council did have concern with the potential cost of $125,000 for a test
well at the Pine Street property. Discussion ensued pertaining to the firm
capacity needs of the township of 37,000 gallons per day and not having DEP
approval pertaining to a well on the Pine
Street site. Mr. Schmidt recommended
the township look for an alternate location for the well. Council agreed to
wait for Mr. Grau to update the projections needed for the township and this
site. Mr. Raths will get an update on the status of the DEP pertaining to the
well on the Pine Street property.
REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK.
No Public Input
AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS
December 2, 2005
Hall made a motion to file the December
2, 2005 Communications. Mr. Schmidt
seconded the motion.
Call - All In Favor – Yes
Carried – 5 to 0
took place pertaining to a review of the Township fees. The Township Clerk,
BettyLou DeCroce, advised Council that the Liquor License renewals could be
increased by 10%. Council would like an ordinance prepared for that increase.
At 10:15 PM Mr. Hall made a motion to adjourn the Special
Meeting. Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
Roll Call – All In Favor – Yes
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
DATE: February 14, 2006
ROLL CALL: Mr. Rilee – yes Mr. Smith – yes
Ciaramella – yes Mrs. DeFillippo – abstain
Hall - yes