Mrs. Merz Mr.
Vice President Birmingham
Vex, Township Attorney
Magnotti, Township Clerk
Mrs. Magnotti said, “Let the record
show that Mayor Felter will not be attending this evening, however,
Administrator Leach is present.
President Yocum asked that everyone rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Yocum said, “This
Workshop Council meeting for June 8, 2005, commencing at 7:30 p.m. has been
properly noticed in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act by notice to
the official newspapers of the Township on June 2, 2005.”
TelVue Virtual Television Network – Jefferson
Television Programming (105-A)
Shank explained that his company TelVue works with the Township to provide
start-up and ongoing cable access services.
There is no cost to the Township for the program. Shank narrated a PowerPoint
presentation. The typical public access
channel consists of static message boards.
TelVue has added public service messages, music, voice, actors and
graphics that will be customized for the town.
Shank detailed the features of the program. Shank explained that if the town decided to use TelVue’s
services, they would set up a production meeting to create 60 professional
audio announcements and 60 photographs for the template background
library. Kelly informed the Council
that this presentation was given to the Cable Television Committee and they
still have many questions. The
Committee is trying to ascertain all the ways this can be used by the
municipality and by the High School.
They will be meeting with the school again in the Fall and after that,
they would like to meet with Shank again.
Yocum stated that if the Council agrees, they will defer a decision
until they hear back from the Cable Television Committee.
Request to Vacate a
Portion of Lorna Lane for Galloping Farms
invited Michael Moratto to come forward.
The Council has a memo from Elam stating that he received Moratto’s
request to start the procedure to vacate the southwesterly section of Lorna
Lane. Elam recommends that the Township
move forward on this Ordinance as proposed.
The parcel will be split down the center. Yocum asked if any Council members have any questions. Tom Zarazecki came forward and stated that
his property abuts Lorna Lane and he is requesting half of the vacated
property. Leach commented that the town
will maintain the utility easement.
Yocum asked if anyone else in the audience has any questions or comments
on this issue. Leach advised that the
Township Attorney will draw up the Ordinance and it will be introduced. There will be a public hearing within two
weeks of the introduction, which will be advertised. Magnotti stated that the Ordinance will be sent to the County and
then the tax map will be changed.
Magnotti told Moratto that she does not have the legal description yet
and he told her that he has it and will forward it to her.
Release of Performance
Bond – Galloping Farms
stated that there is a list of items that the Town must verify have been
completed. There is also a question of
the sidewalk waiver and the fee of $10,953.00.
The developer, Michael Moratto, told the Council that he was never
advised or present when the meeting was held to abandon the sidewalks. He explained that if he were to install the
sidewalks himself, the price for the concrete and labor for the sidewalks would
be considerably less. Yocum suggested
that Moratto have his attorney contact the Township Attorney, Cohen, prior to
the meeting. Yocum explained that the
Council was approached by a group of residents and the matter was sent to the
Planning Board. The Planning Board
recommended that the sidewalks be waived.
Coe gave the engineer’s estimation based upon two different lengths of
sidewalk in two different areas. Copies
of any documentation can be obtained in the Clerk’s Office.
explained that there are several employees with private accounts with AFLAC and
they asked for a payroll deduction program so part of their pay can be invested
into these accounts. There would be no
cost to the town but it would require a Resolution from the Council for
authorization. Merz asked if this would
open the door for other investment programs and is there a limit to the number
of payroll deductions we can handle.
Leach stated that when any investment companies approach him, he puts
them in contact with the union. This
request is coming from the PBA. Hardy
asked if this would cause other companies to request the same service. Leach said if they are faced with too many
companies, they will have to look at the limits of the payroll system. Yocum told Leach the Council will look at
the proposed Resolution.
advised that a letter was received from Cohen.
Cohen has met with Coe and it does not appear that the Conservation
Easement Ordinance is necessary with the restrictions of the Highlands and our
current restrictions. Yocum asked the
Council if they agreed to take this matter off the Agenda and consider the
matter complete. Magnotti stated that
she will notify the Environmental Commission and the Planning Board.
Township Property Sale
advised the Council that he obtained a print out of municipally owned
properties in the Township. After going
through the list and inspecting properties, he has identified those with no
municipal purpose, which by statute are supposed to be sold and returned to the
tax rolls. With three exceptions, they
are all non-conforming properties that will be sold to the adjoining property
owner to be joined with their existing property. There is one 4-1/2 acre piece that borders Route 15 South on
Bowling Green Parkway with an estimated value of $300,000. The town has been working with Habitat for
Humanity on some small lots in the East Shore area and a lot on the corner of
Route 181. Those two lots can be sold
to them without going to public auction and the town will get COAH credits for
those houses. There is also another
property in the Woodport area, which will be offered to the adjoining property
owners. Leach said he will be going
over each property with Elam on Friday morning so they can come up with the
final list. The sale will take place in
Property Tax Reform
explained that there was a request and a sample Resolution for Property Tax
Reform. He asked the Council what they
wished to do. Merz stated that it has
merit and she feels the Council should move forward. Hardy agreed that the Council should move forward. Birmingham stated that they have taken this
type of action in the past and seen no results. Yocum said that the Council will move forward with the
reported that over the past two weekends, there has been very heavy water
use. To conserve water for the long
term, under Ordinance 8-80, water restrictions will be imposed with the
odd/even lawn watering only and no filling of swimming pools over 2500
gallons. Yocum added that he spoke with
the Mayor earlier and the only difference these restrictions make is that you
cannot water your lawn with a sprinkler every day.
stated that he and Eagen had a meeting with the Morris County Improvement
Authority about financing. They are
looking at Public Safety purchases of two fire trucks, two ambulances and
possibly two first responder fire vehicles.
Leach told the Council that they would like to do a non-binding
Resolution and it will indicate that in the future the town may want to finance
additions to this building through them.
Leach explained that they may finance the vehicles for the immediate
purchase with a lease through the improvement authority. Yocum asked if all Council members were in
agreement to go forward with the Resolution and everyone agreed.
#05-65: Authorize Passage of
Yocum advised that there is not a Certification of
Availability of Funds for the Ford Escape and the vote would be contingent upon
Eagen obtaining that. Birmingham
commented that the bond on this vehicle will be paid for 10 years. Leach stated that normally they do bond
anticipation notes that last for 12 years, however, within that note part of
the debt is paid down each year because there are items that will not last the
entire life of the note.
Motion: Merz, second Hardy
President Birmingham Aye
asked if there were any members of the public that would like to come forward
with a question or comment and Glen Smith of 1102 Weldon Road came
forward. He stated that on April 23rd
he sent a letter to the Mayor, the Director of the Water Utility and the Fire
Official asking for assistance with his son’s Eagle Scout project. They have not received a reply yet. Leach told Smith that this was just
discussed last week and they are moving ahead with the project. Smith stated that his son needs written
verification that he is working on this project that he can send to the Boy
Scout Council. Leach said he will
arrange a meeting with Finnegan and he asked Smith to call him on Friday. Smith asked about the funding and Leach
stated that Finnegan looked at the flags which are $14 per hydrant and they
will be using a $3 clamp. The town will
help with the funding and also advise Smith where to go for supplies.
asked if there were any other member of the audience with questions or comments
and seeing no one come forward, he closed the public portion of the meeting.
stated that he will probably not be at next week’s Council meeting. He also advised that he attended Jefferson
Fire Company No. 1’s Wet Down last weekend.
It was a tremendous family night out and it was extremely well run and
Adjournment at 8:48
Motion: Birmingham, second Merz
President Birmingham Aye
Dated: June 8, 2005
Lydia Magnotti, Township Clerk Richard
W. Yocum, Council President