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A Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of
Roxbury was held on January 11, 2005 at 7:30 PM at 1715 Route 46 Ledgewood, New
OPEN PUBLIC MEETING
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.
CALL: (Present) Councilwoman Sandy
Urgo, Councilmen John Ciaramella, Fred Hall, Martin Schmidt, Jim Rilee, Tim
Smith and Mayor Richard Zoschak
PRESENT: Christopher Raths, Township
Manager; Anthony Bucco, Township Attorney; and BettyLou DeCroce,
Capital Budget (separate cover)
Raths gave a presentation on the 2005 to 2010 Capital Budget. Ms. Palmieri,
Chief Financial Officer, was unable to attend the meeting as she was ill.
Raths outlined the Capital Budget as follows:
CAPITAL BUDGETS: FOUR OBJECTIVES
Meet the capital needs of the
2. Minimize debt while meeting the
Total Capital Value of Township
Annual Capital Investment
3. Current R1.1 Million cap creates inability to
fund larger capital
projects now or later e.g. Fire Truck.
Capital needs stabilized at $1.5M
Following graphs detail impact at
$1.5M.(Graphs were attached)
1. Continue Vehicle replacement/rotation.
Revised to cycle light trucks
through sewer/water departments
On a five (5) year basis.
Vehicle Cycle Program – Police
Vehicle Cycle Program – Utilities
1. Close out old ordinances.
Not expended in 3+ years
Closed out of Capital Fund $10,000
1. Fiscal prudence.
Reflects $1,200,000 reduction from
Requests excluding water and sewer
Total estimates debt issued
reduced by $430,000 from
previous year’s request
Amount financed $1,101,362.
Does not include fire apparatus.
Mr. Raths discussions he provided summary costs of the objectives. Also Mr.
Raths outlined the objectives in Information Technology, Engineering (2004
Completed projects), Eyland Avenue-Phase III, Emmans Road-Phases 2A & 2B,
Resurfacing of Emmans Road Sections 2A & 2B extended and worst sections,
Shore Hills Phase I (Williams Road, Bernard Road, Day Road, Rebecca Court),
Previous years’ projects still pending include; DPW Facility, Eyland Place
(drainage and road improvements), Mooney Road improvements, Canal Street, Port
Morris-drainage and road improvements, Main Street, Port Morris-drainage and
Raths outlined the Engineering 2005 Project, which include completion of Main
Street, Port Morris drainage, Ezra Place & Steffani Place(roadways,
sidewalk and accessible ramp improvements in Shore Hills area Phase II)
Additional 2005 Projects include, continue Eyland Avenue Phase III & Phase
IV projects, Eyland Place/Railroad Avenue resurfacing, Conkling Road drainage
and resurface, Reger Road reconstruction, Mooney Road widening and resurfacing.
Raths outlined projects for Building and Grounds, Replace Town Hall
trellis, replace 20-year old AC unit in Court Room, new carpeting for Police
Department, improve entrance to Horseshoe Lake Recreation Facility. Additional
2005 Project for Building & Grounds included, Community Center Traffic
and Fire Prevention, Fire Dog Robot/House request is contingent upon grant
award. Request for safety trailer is contingent upon grant award, request for
vehicle replacement 2005 - $50,000 and request for vehicle replacement 2006 -
Aid Department, Replace Engine 102, 1986 E-One 1500 GPM Pumper, average annual
maintenance cost past 7 years - $1,351, estimated replacement cost for
transmission = $13,000 to $15,000, 2004 Calls annualized = 296. Unable to fund
within $1.1 M objective.
Department reasons for replacement with Rescue/Pumper, enclosed cab needed to
meet NFPA Safety standards, transmission problems lead to loss of water at
scene, pump panel relocated for safer operation, LED lighting increases
visibility and lower maintenance costs, integrated foam cell, increased cabinet
space to accommodate equipment, combination of 2 vehicles into one: rescue and
pumper, six-man enclosed cab for required firefighting 12-in/2-out, lower hose
bed and new ladder rack. All equipment from existing engines will be placed on
the new engine. (Engines 102 and 105 will be traded for estimated value of
Department, breathalyzer for $5,000.
Road Department was discussed with replacement of vehicles and a rotation
schedule. Also, the Road Department will continue universal roadway
maintenance, drainage, Meadow Avenue, Third Street, Ballentine
Street, Sidewalk Maintenance, slab
jacking & replacements according to hazard, Line Striping, cross walks,
stop bars, legends, center lines. Supplement other improvements not provided
by the Road O/E budget such as section repair of certain roadways. Road
Department – target for replacement, replace one 12-year old 6-yard dump truck,
70,000 miles, replace 1995 P/U with a mason dump to more efficiently mange road
target for replacement is 1994 25 yd. Packer with 63,500 miles. Included in
this presentation was the sanitation recycling rotation to the year 2010.
& Animal Control vehicle rotation schedule was included in the
rotation schedule was reviewed. Recreation 2005 – Pending projects included to
continue programs to improve all park facilities over the next several years.
Parks Master Plan Committee is finalizing report, which will include capital
expenditures in 2006 for Council Review, turf mower will enhance conditioning
of 18 athletic fields by grooming and preparing for games.
Library replacement schedule to 2010 was presented and discussed.
Court replacement schedule was discussed and also the necessity to replace the
Raths continued to discuss minor capital equipment in various departments.
Utility capital purchases through 2010 were discussed. Sewer Utility target
for replacement is the 98 Utility Truck with 46,400 miles. This vehicle will
be transferred to the E&R Department as a service truck for on road repairs
and will be further equipped with tools and an air compressor. Sewer Utility –
facility Improvements, paving Ajax Driveway, improving appearance of pump
Utility ten-year replacement and capital items were discussed. The Water
Utility Roads- 1998 Backhoe, Water Department 1988 Ford Road Department,1991
Case 680 5,287 hrs., 98 Utility Truck 77,500 miles.
Raths summarized the Capital Budget for 2005.
Urgo stated that she would like to see these items discussed at a future
Smith questioned the 1.1 million a year and whether that is enough funding. Out
of a $35,000,000 plant, 3.1% suggests that the average life of what we are
spending is approximately 33 years. Mr. Smith further questioned if we have
anything that is really a 33-year replacement life. Mr. Raths responded, this
building and 72 Eyland Avenue, but none of the equipment. The sewer and water
system along with roads may exceed a 20-year life expectancy. In theory what
should be the rate that we would be paying down and replace items in an
appropriate cycle. Mr. Raths stated that he can do a re-capitalization program
based on the life expectancy for vehicles and equipment, the life expectancy on
roads is a little difficult. Mr. Raths stated that he would look at other
communities as well pertaining to the life expectancy. Mr. Smith stated he
would like to know what other communities are doing.
Councilman Fred Hall stated
that last year we had a Traffic Committee and there were a number of
recommendations that were put forth. Mr. Hall asked Mr. Raths if any of the
funding for the high targeted areas are included in this budget. Mr. Raths
stated that he would refer this question to Mr. Blood and get back to Mr. Hall.
Hall also stated that he agrees with the replacement policy. Mr. Hall would
like a more detailed IT replacement list showing exactly what we are
replacing. Also he would like to see a detailed list of every single item
being replaced and the need. Mr. Raths stated that he believes the report from
Mr. Kunken included the age of the PC’s. Mr. Hall stated that it does reflect
the age but, he would like to know the exact PC’s that are being replaced.
Hall questioned the guardrail on Berkshire Valley Road. Mr. Raths stated that
it has already been replaced.
Hall also questioned the fact that there is a large hole in the wall at the
Recreation Building. Mr. Raths stated Mr. Stierli is already taking action on
that repair. Further Mr. Raths stated that the entire exterior of the building
needs to be re-stuccoed and in the near future you will be hearing about the
cost to complete.
Hall also stated that he knows Rotary is doing a wonderful job and will be
putting up a building on our behalf, which he believed would be taking place in
the year 2005. Mayor Zoschak responded that they should be starting on the
building in March. Mr. Hall questioned if they need any funding or help? Mr.
Raths stated that the township has met with them on several occasions and they
are ready to go.
Ciaramella had no comments at this time pertaining to the Capital Budget. He
will defer questions when the budget is discussed.
Schmidt had no comments at this time pertaining to the Capital Budget. He will
defer questions when the budget is discussed.
Smith stated, with respect to the fire truck, that he would like to get a sense
for how much it would cost yearly, because we are going to purchase it at some
point and he would like to know what the marginal cost would be to add to this
year. Mr. Raths questioned if he would like an inflationary cost as well as
the monthly cost. Mr. Smith stated yes, that we would need the down payment
and what would the annual payments cost for the remaining years. Mr. Smith
stated that he would want to hear from Chief Hayowyk regarding the safety issue
as he sees it for the firefighters. Chief Hayowyk was present and stated that
they would be prepared to provide that information.
Urgo had concerns with the Water Department budget. Ms. Urgo stated that the
Water Committee has not had any discussion on many of these items. Ms. Urgo
stated that almost every year the water committee talks about the need to
increase the water rates and every other year we actually bring it to Council
to review for an increase. Council does not want to increase the rates and the
cost keeps going up. Water rates are in a worse situation then the tax rate.
Ms. Urgo stated that she was not certain if the water department needs to spend
$40,000 on a backhoe. Ms. Urgo stated that she would like to discuss it further
in the future. Mr. Raths stated that the Water Committee is having a meeting
on Friday, January 21, 2005 and this could be discussed further. Ms. Urgo
stated that the sewer department can probably afford the recycling of vehicles,
but she is not sure the Water Department can afford this cost at this time.
Rilee stated that the rotation of vehicles is going to eventually cost the
Township money, so we should be cognitive of the situation when deciding to
move a used vehicle to another department.
7, 2004 Regular Meeting - HOLD
7, 2004 Executive Session - APPROVE
28, 2004 Executive Session - APPROVE
12, 2004 Executive Session, Res 04-348 - APPROVE
12, 2004 Executive Session, Res 04-354 – HOLD
12, 2004 Regular Meeting – HOLD
6, 2004 Regular Meeting - APPROVE
6, 2004 Executive Session - APPROVE
14, 2004 Executive Session - APPROVE
14, 2004 Workshop Meeting - NEXT AGENDA
Urgo questioned the date of the Hercules explosion as in the minutes it
reflects September 12, 1940 and the communication package with regard to the
plaque stated September 11, 1940.
Reed was in the audience and confirmed it was September 12, 1940. Mr. Raths
stated that the plaque is wrong and he will make sure the correct date is
provided for changes.
Urgo made a motion to approve the minutes. Mr. Smith seconded the motion.
Urgo questioned the September 28, 2004, Executive Session. Mayor Zoschak
stated they were revised already. Ms. Urgo wanted it to reflect what the
majority felt. Mr. Bucco stated that on the October 12, 2004, Executive
Session Resolution 04-354 - third paragraph, fifth line down, after 20%, it
should state set aside for low and moderate income housing and 80% market
units. Ms. Urgo stated continuing on that sentence, it should state, a
majority of Council. Discussion ensued pertaining to specific changes on some
of the minutes. Mr. Smith stated on those specific minutes Mr. Bucco and Mr.
Germinario gave opinions in respect to the matter and those opinions are not
reflected in the minutes. Ms. DeCroce and Mr. Bucco stated that the minutes
are not done verbatim. Mayor Zoschak stated that minutes are not verbatim and
are not meant to be. Mr. Bucco stated that it is very difficult to put into
Executive minutes the opinion and it is hard to put it in distinctly because in
the course of delivering their opinions they touched on a number of different
items to build up to that opinion. In order to get to that you would need to
prepare verbatim minutes. Mr. Smith stated we could put, “based on the
Counsel’s opinion”. Mr. Hall agreed with Mr. Smith. Mr. Bucco stated that we
could change it to reflect as follows: “A majority of the Council based on the
attorneys findings and opinions would like …..”
ensued pertaining to minor changes in the minutes.
Urgo stated on the October 12, 2004, Mr. Wine made strong comments that he was
urging the Council to fight it.
Urgo agreed to remove her original motion and Mr. Smith withdrew his motion.
Urgo stated that she had additional corrections on the minutes.
Zoschak stated that in the future as discussed many times, changes have to be
given on any minutes prior to the meeting. If they are not and the majority
approves the minutes as prepared then they will be voted on.
Urgo stated that on the December 6, 2004, minutes, page 4 (regular) the
resolution was corrected and handed out that evening with corrected title, it
does state that Mr. Raths will provide the changes to the Clerk’s office. The
title should be changed to the resolution that was adopted 04-19. Page 5 list
of eligible - #26 communications - should say list of eligible projects instead
of properties. Mayor Zoschak asked Mr. Raths if that is correct, because that
it is his correspondence. Mr. Raths responded yes.
Urgo made a motion to approve September 7, 2004, Executive Session, September
28, 2004 Executive Session, October 12, 2004, Executive Session Resolution
04-348, December 6, 2004 Regular, December 6, 2004 Executive Session, December
14, 2004 Executive Session. Mr. Smith seconded the motion.
7, 2004 Regular – Hold
12, 2004 Executive, Resolution 04-354 - Hold
12, 2004 Regular – Hold
14, 2004 Workshop Hold next meeting
CALL: Ms. Urgo – Yes Mr. Smith – Yes
Ciaramella – Yes Mr. Hall – Yes
Rilee – Yes, Abstain on 9/7/04 Mr. Schmidt – Yes
Zoschak – Yes
carried 7 to 0 w/1 abstention on 9/7/04 Executive Session
Reed stated that he appreciates all the work the Township is doing and is proud
to live here. Mr. Reed also complimented the work the Township is doing to
place a memorial for the Hercules explosion in the 1940’s.
Mayor Zoschak asked Mr. Raths to confirm the actual
date because he felt that the plaque is incorrect.
Hefferen stated that he would be willing to help in anyway he can with the
OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD
Procurement Policy – Mr. Bucco
stated that it is being worked on to present to Council.
Hercules Monument - Discussion
ensued pertaining to the placement of the monument. Mr. Raths will check the
spelling and date on the plaque. Council felt that the date was incorrect.
2005 Appointments - Mayor
Zoschak stated that there is a position on the Planning Board open as of this
date. Mayor Zoschak appointed Michael Shadiack as the Class 2 member of the
Planning Board for a term from 1/1/05-12/31/05. Councilwoman Urgo objected to
the appointment as she felt it unwise due to ongoing litigation with the law
firm by which he is employed . Mayor Zoschak stated that the Township Attorney
and the legal firm that Mr. Shadiack works for agreed that the potential for a
conflict is not of a disqualifying nature prohibiting him from serving on the
Planning Board. Mr. Shadiack can recuse himself on a case by case basis. Ms.
Urgo wanted her objection noted. The Clerk will send an oath of office to Mr.
Shadiack and advise the Planning Board.
Smith stated that there will be an Open Space meeting next week. Mr. Smith
further stated that the Polizzi Property has closed. The Sweney Property is
moving towards a closing shortly. Mr. Smith asked the Township Attorney, Tony
Bucco if the Gottdiener Property would close by the end of the month. Mr.
Bucco stated that it might not close by the end of the month, but possibly
within the first quarter of this year. Mr. Smith also advised Council that the
Chopra property did not receive County funding. We are still looking at the
Chopra property to identify access. Mr. Smith stated that they are working on
the pedestrian easement on the AT&T property. Mr. Raths stated that a
letter is being sent by 2/15/05 and maps are being prepared. Also Mr. Raths
stated that the ROSI list would be completed by the first meeting in February.
Urgo stated that they need volunteers to help on the trails. Mr. Tom Edmunds
should be contacted if anyone has volunteered to help. Mr. Raths and Ms.
DeCroce will keep track of volunteers at Town Hall and forward them to Mr.
Edmonds immediately when received. Ms. Urgo also advised Council that several
thousand dollars has been donated by an individual for Trail construction.
Urgo also asked Mr. Raths as to the stop sign on Chesler Square. Mr. Raths
will look into and advise.
Urgo asked Mr. Raths for a copy of the Lease Agreement between the County and
Urgo also questioned communication with the County regarding the truck to
trains transfer. Mr. Raths stated that it did go out in the Communication
package, but he will provide another copy to Ms. Urgo.
Urgo also questioned the response on the current cross acceptance report. Mr.
Raths stated that he will copy e-mails to Council and Mr. Sterns notes.
Councilman Rilee stated that the audio system has
improved, but still needs some improvements.
Mr. Rilee stated that as liaison to the Fire Department
he attended a meeting last night. Mr. Rilee further stated that there are some
audio problems with the radio system. Mr. Raths stated that it is currently
being worked on.
Rilee stated that there is a problem with the radioing for an ambulance
response. Evidently a private carrier is overriding our calls and arriving on
scene prior to our ambulance and is transporting the patient to their
facility. This has created a problem not only for our EMS, but also the
patient. After they transport the patient they bill them for the service even
though they were not called out. If our EMS transports a patient from Roxbury
there is no fee. Mr. Raths stated that Chief Noll is looking into this matter.
Ms. Urgo stated that she spoke with a very upset resident
that did receive a bill and was not even transported to the hospital. Ms. Urgo
felt that it was a situation that needs to be addressed rather quickly. Mr.
Raths stated that he would follow up. Ms. Urgo questioned as to which hospital
is involved and Mr. Raths stated it is St.Clare’s
Chief Joe Lang was present and stated that it has been
happening with many of the calls. Our unit arrives within 4 minutes of the
call and St. Clare’s EMS shows up at the scene and transports the patient.
Chief Lang stated that a letter should be sent to St. Clare’s advising them
that they do not need to respond to a scene unless they are specifically
dispatched from Roxbury. Further, it needs to be clear to St. Clare’s that our
volunteers are on call and ready at all times. Chief Lang felt that this is
being done to try and eliminate the volunteers. Mr. Raths will follow up with
Chief Noll and prepare a letter.
Councilman Ciaramella stated that the 911 Memorial is
moving forward. Mr. Ciaramella stated that the design is being completed. Mr.
Ciaramella advised that as soon as the design is ready a meeting of the
committee would be scheduled. Mr. Ciaramella stated that Councilwoman Urgo and
Councilman Rilee are on the committee.
Mr. Ciaramella stated that there would be an Economic
Development Committee meeting on January 27, 2005.
Mr. Ciaramella stated that the DPW Committee met only
twice last year and he would like an update status on the project.
Blood, Assistant DPW Director, was present and stated that he is waiting for
the architect to meet with him and also they are working on a cost analysis.
Mr. Blood further stated that the facility should start construction in the
fall of 2005.
Councilman Hall stated that there is still an appointment
to the Recreation Committee and he would like it placed on the next meeting
Hall also stated that PEC (Parents of Exceptional Children) would like to make
a donation towards the Teen Center. Council appreciates any contribution to
help the community and appreciated the efforts of the PEC.
Mr. Hall stated that recently a temporary Certificate of
Occupancy was issued in town. Mr. Raths stated that there is a memorandum
pertaining to that issue of the dais this evening.
Urgo stated that Commerce Bank should be ashamed for their behavior in opening
a facility prior to final site plan approval. Mr. Rilee felt that this issue
should be followed up on. Mr. Raths will keep Council advised. Mr. Bucco did
send a letter to the Department of Community Affairs.
Hall stated that he was at the Board of Education meeting and there is an issue
that is very important. The issue involves legislation S1701 – which limits
the amount a school can increase their budget 2.5% CAP on the previous years
budget. Mrs. DeCroce, Township Clerk will obtain a copy of the legislation and
provide it in the packet to council. Mr. Hall stated that he would like to see
this bill repealed.
Councilman Schmidt stated that the Environmental
Committee meets on Thursday, January 13, 2005. Mr. Schmidt questioned as to
the drainage extension on Eyland Avenue. Mr. Blood, Assistant DPW Director was
present and stated that this week the pipe will be completed and depending on
the weather the paving would take place.
Mayor Zoschak stated that the Lake Hopatcong Commission
met and they are working on the King Cove Dredging. Mayor Zoschak further
stated that the seawall is being addressed for repairs and the Governor’s
office is working with them to help expedite the repairs and cost.
Mayor Zoschak also stated that the Lake Hopatcong
Commission web site is up and running and you can reach it at
Also Mayor Zoschak stated that on Friday, January 14,
2005 there is a meeting with the State pertaining to storm water rules, Mike
Kobylarz, DPW/Engineer and the Mayor will be attending the meeting.
Raths, Township Manager did not have anything additional at this time to
Bucco, Township Attorney did not have anything additional at this time to
DeCroce, Township Clerk did not have anything to discuss at this time.
OF PROPOSED ORDINANCES
01-05 An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 24-03
authorizing the acquisition of certain real property known as Block 2001, Lot
2, One Main Street, Succasunna, in the Township of Roxbury, County of Morris
and State of New Jersey.
Councilwoman Urgo and Councilman Ciaramella stepped down
from the dais due to a potential conflict of interest.
Councilman Rilee moved Ordinance 01-05 for introduction.
Mr. Smith seconded the motion.
Roll Call : Mr. Rilee – Yes Mr.
Smith – Yes
Mr. Hall – Yes Mr.
Schmidt – Yes
Mayor Zoschak – Yes
Motion Carried 5 to 0
Councilwoman Urgo and Councilman Ciaramella returned to
INTRODUCTION AND ADOPTION
A resolution incorporating by
reference herein and approving the following numbered resolutions listed on the
regular council meeting agenda for this date: 05-17, 05-18, 05-20, 05-21,
05-22, 05-23, 05-24, 05-25, 05-26, 05-27, 05-28, 05-29, 05-31, 05-32, 05-33,
05-34, 05-35, 05-36, 05-37.
Resolution 05-38 was removed from the agenda as it was
a duplicate to 05-18.
Resolution 05-24 has been corrected to authorize a
release of a Cash Bond.
Mr. Bucco had changes on 05-30.
Mr. Rilee made a motion to adopt Resolution 05-16.
Mr. Smith seconded the motion.
Mr. Rilee – Yes Mr.
Smith – Yes
Mr. Ciaramella – Yes
Mr. Hall – Yes
Mr. Schmidt – Yes Ms.
Urgo – Yes
Motion Carried : 7 to 0
05-17 A resolution authorizing
refund of taxes for a totally disabled veteran exemption.
05-18 A resolution authorizing refund of application
fee 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.
resolution authorizing the acceptance of a Cash Bond for Soil Moving Permit for
Deerview Estates located on Hillside Avenue, Block 4201, Lot 11.
Mr. Rilee made a motion to
adopt Resolution 05-19. Ms. Urgo seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr. Rilee – Yes Ms.
Urgo – Yes
Ciaramella – Yes Mr. Hall – Yes
– Yes Mr. Smith – Abstain
Zoschak – Yes
Motion Carried 6 to 0 w/one abstention
05-20 A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a
Cash Bond in connection with the approval of a Tree Permit for Site Plan for
Towne Toyota located on Route 46, Block 8602, Lot 12, 49 & 50.
05-21 A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a
Cash Bond for Soil Moving Permit for Center Street Holding located on Center
Street, Block 10901, Lot 3.
05-22 A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a
Performance Bond in connection with the approval of a Final Site Plan for Etel
Associates, located on Route 10/Main Street, Block 6305, Lot 4 & 5.
05-23 A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a
Cash Bond for road improvements for Robert Kocoski located on 5 DeHart, Block
6502, Lot 1 & 2.
05-24 A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a
Cash Bond in connection with the approval of a Site Plan for Cracker Barrel Old
Country Store, Inc. located on Howard Blvd., Block 12201, Lot 1.0101.
05-25 A resolution authorizing the
acceptance of a Restoration Bond for Villages at Roxbury located on Shippenport
road, Block 11201, Lot 1, 2 & 3.
05-26 A resolution authorizing the
acceptance of a Cash Bond for Soil Relocation for Villages at Roxbury located
on Shippenport road, Block 11201, Lot 1, 2 & 3.
05-27 A resolution amending the
membership of the Township Fire Department.
A resolution authorizing the Municipal Assessor and Municipal Attorney to
answer, defend, initiate and settle certain local property tax appeals before
the Morris County Board of Taxation and the Tax Court of the State of New
Jersey for the 2005 Tax Year.
05-29 A resolution of the Township
of Roxbury opposing A-2121/S-911, which would expand local responsibilities
under the Condo Services Act.
resolution authorizing the Township Manager to enter into a contract with
Morris Land Conservancy (MLC) for services in connection with creating a map of
Urgo stepped down for discussion on this resolution due to a conflict of
Rilee made a motion to approve Resolution 05-30. Mr. Schmidt seconded the
Roll Call: Mr. Rilee – Yes Mr.
Schmidt – Yes
Mr. Smith – Yes Mayor
Zoschak – Yes
Motion Carried 6 to 0
Ms. Urgo returned to the dais.
05-31 A resolution authorizing the refund of taxes.
05-32 A resolution approving a
person to person transfer of liquor license #1436-33-004-002 from Luigi’s Pizza
& Restaurant, Inc., t/a Luigi’s Restaurant, to Bensi of Roxbury, L.L.C.,
resolution approving payment to Roxbury Water Company for the Township’s
contribution toward a water main extension at the Hillside Avenue (Morris
county Route 619) Righter Road Intersection.
Councilman Hall stated that it is imperative that they
do not shut off the water to the dialysis center. Mr. Raths stated that the
work has already been completed with no disruptions. Mr. Raths stated he will
draw up a letter to reaffirm this to the Dialysis Center.
05-34 A resolution authorizing the award of a
contract for insulation and sheetrock to Takacs Construction.
resolution authorizing the reduction of the Performance Bond for Willow Walk
resolution authorizing the acceptance of a deed of sidewalk and right-of-way
dedication from Commerce Bank/North across Block 5201, Lots 4, 5, 10 and 11,
Route 10 and Main Street in the Township of Roxbury.
resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury opposing the
provisions of New Jersey State Assembly Bill A-2360.
05-38 A resolution authorizing refund
of application fee 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 – This resolution was removed as it
was a duplicate of 05-18.
December 17, 2004
#2 Correspondence from Christopher Raths, Township
Manager to Mr. Millard E. Wetzel, Jr. of 9 Salmon Lane, Ledgewood dated
December 13, 2004 re: Car Accident on 11/26/04. Council questioned the
status. Mr. Raths stated it has been taken care of.
#6 Correspondence from Christopher Raths, Township
Manager to Ms. Sophie DeHaas of 17 North Second Avenue, Kenvil dated December
13, 2004 re: Naming the Park on Dell Avenue. Council would like to see and
past policy of the Township pertaining to naming recreational areas.
December 23, 2004
Mr. Rilee made a motion to file the communications for
this date. Mr. Hall seconded the motion.
Roll Call: All In Favor – Yes
Motion Carried 7 to 0
December 30, 2004
#2 Mayor Fax Advisory from William G. Dressel, Jr.,
Executive Director of NJLM dated December 21, 2004 re: Property Tax Convention
Task Forces Issues Recommendations. Mayor Zoschak questioned if the County of
Morris was represented at this convention. Ms. DeCroce stated that we were.
#4 Mayors Fax Advisory from William G. Dressel, Executive
Director of NJLM dated December 29, 2004 re: Pension Offset Legislation
(A3529). Mr. Raths will prepare a resolution for the next agenda.
#5 Correspondence from Carol Isemann, Deputy Clerk of
Chester Township dated December 22, 2004 re: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 133
“LAND USE”, ARTICLE 35, “SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS” OF THE CODE OF CHESTER
TOWNSHIP BY ADDING A NEW SECTION, SECTION 242.2, “WELL HEAD PROTECTION”.
Council asked Mr. Raths to see what is on our books and also forward this to
Mr. Stern in Planning.
#9 Correspondence from Renee Reiss to Mayor of Roxbury
township dated December 13, 2004 re: Motion to Extend Substantive
Certification for Roxbury Township – COAH Docket #ES-108. Council asked Mr.
Raths what the status is for Roxbury’s submission. Mr. Raths stated that it
has been sent. Mr. Bucco stated that we probably will not get a response until
September or October.
#24 Correspondence from John Scarmozza, MCMUA, to
Christopher Raths, dated December 20, 2004, re: MUA Water Transmission Main
At this time Councilman John Ciaramella stepped down
due to a potential conflict of interest.
Discussion ensued pertaining to information and a set of
plans to illustrate the exact route the line is going to be installed. Ms.
Urgo stated that the line is proposed through the Horseshoe Lake property. Mr.
Raths will obtain the map, information and timetable on this project.
Councilman John Ciaramella returned to the dais.
January 7, 2005
#3 Correspondence from Christopher Raths, Township
Manager to Ms. Shelagh Reilly, Director of Site Acquisition Services of Malick
& Scherer, P.C. dated January 3, 2005 re: Lease Agreement &
Co-location Agreement – Mooney Road Ledgewood, NJ. Ms. Urgo stated that the
lease agreement should have been done and authorized by the Mayor and Council.
#5 Registration for a Free Program for Municipal
Officials from the Housing Partnership for Morris County re: Third Round COAH
Rules to be held on Thursday, January 27, from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Denville
Municipal Building, 1 St. Mary’s Place, Denville. Councilmen Fred Hall, Tim
Smith , Jim Rilee, John Ciaramella and Councilwoman Sandy Urgo will be
#8 Interoffice Memo from Christopher Raths, Township
Manager to Mayor & Council dated January 5, 2005 re: 2005 Community
Development Grants (CBDG). Council had several recommendations, Port Morris
Firehouse, Rescue Boat. Mr. Raths stated that he will have a resolution for
the next meeting.
#9 Correspondence from BettyLou DeCroce, township Clerk
to Mr. Thomas J. Prettyman, Supervisor of Traffic Investigations/Regulations –
State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation dated January 6, 2005 re: AN
ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT CHAPTER VII, TRAFFIC, OF THE REVISED GENERAL
ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY, COUNTY OF MORRIS, STATE OF NEW JERSEY.
Council agreed to the memo and as soon as the DOT sends a response the
ordinance should be placed on the agenda for approval.
#12 Correspondence from Lisa M. Lashway, Mt. Olive,
Township Clerk dated December 29, 2004 re: Ordinance No. 49-2004 – AN ORDINANCE
OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MT. OLIVE AUTHORIZING A REVISION TO THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP
OF MT. OLIVE LAND USE PROCEDURES, CHAPTER 400-LAND USE: ARTICLE V – DESIGN
GUIDELINES AND TECHNICAL STANDARDS, SECTION400-74 SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT.
Ms. Urgo stated that we should provide this to Mr. Kobylarz and Mr. Stern and
place it on the agenda in one month. (Storm Water Regulations to Businesses)
Mr. Raths will forward to both department heads.
#18 Interoffice Memo from Ptl. Gregg Prendergast to
Christopher Raths, Township Manager dated January 7, 2003 re: St. Mary’s
Drive: Council would like Mr. Raths to follow up and advise.
#20 Correspondence from Local 311 President Thomas
Gaboda to Township Manager Christopher Raths dated December 29, 2004 re:
Company #2 Firehouse. Mr. Raths stated that it is currently being worked on
and he will bring to council when he has completed the evaluation/cost and
#23 Mayors Fax Advisory from William G. Dressel, Jr.,
Executive Director of NJLM dated January 3, 2005 re: A-3829, Disability Pension
Enhancement – A resolution will be prepared for the next Agenda.
#24 Mayors Fax Advisory from William G. Dressel, Jr.,
Executive Director of NJLM dated January 4, 2005 re: DEP invites Municipalities
to Apply for Open Space Preservation Funds. Send to Recreation Committee
(Recreational Development Loan Mr. Raths will put on the agenda for January 25,
#25 Mayors Fax Advisory from William G. Dressel, Jr.,
Executive Director of NJLM dated January 5, 2005 re: Share Grant Applications
Deadline. Council would like Mr. Raths to try and apply for a grant.
Church asked for an update on the Tridata study. Mr. Raths stated that they had
some difficulty retrieving some of the data they needed. Currently they are
working with the Police Department and Rob Kuncken, IT Director so the report
should be available in a couple of weeks.
Mr. Church further asked if they would be talking to
other personnel. Mr. Raths stated that they would talk to any individual
needed to complete the report. Once the report is completed the public will be
given a chance to give their input.
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
At 10:00 PM Mr. Rilee made a
motion to approve resolution 05-39. Ms. Urgo seconded the motion.
At 11:05 PM Ms. Urgo made a motion to adjourn the Regular
Meeting. Mr. Smith seconded the motion.
DATE: February 22, 2005
ROLL CALL: Mr. Rilee – yes Ms.
Urgo – yes
Mr. Hall – yes Mr.
Schmidt – yes
Mr. Smith – yes Mayor
Zoschak - yes