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Roll Call
Roll Call

Present                                            Absent

                  Mr. Hardy                                             Arrived at 6:43 p.m.

                  Mrs. Merz

                  Mr. Sanchelli                                       Arrived at 6:37 p.m.

Vice Pres. Birmingham

President Yocum

                        Lydia Magnotti, Township Clerk


            Mrs. Magnotti said, “Let the record show that Mayor Felter will not be here this evening, however, Administrator Leach is present.  Also present is Bill Eagen, Chief Financial Officer and Patricia Dale, Deputy Clerk.


Salute to the Flag

Council President Yocum asked everyone to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.


Notice of Presiding Officer

President Yocum said, “This Budget meeting for February 22, 2005, commencing at 6:00 p.m. has been properly noticed in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act by notice to the official newspapers of the Township on February 10, 2005.”


2005 Municipal Budget Overview

            Yocum advised that the main goal of the meeting this evening is to run through the salary and wage portion of the 2005 Municipal Budget and tomorrow they will go through the Capital Budget.  Leach went over the salary and wage budget and the following changes were made:


Assessment                Part time employee                 $5,200 cut to $2,700

Utilities                         Name Recksiek Collector of Utilities and pay her $5,000

Tax Office                   New hire, Shepherd                $26,000

DPW                           One salary, Lopes                  $27,300

Prosecutor                  LaSala drop from $12,480 to $12,000

Police (Civilian)           Michele Hausmann returning to part time since Sandra Guerin is returning from maternity leave.


            Leach explained that they have to take a portion of the police budget and budget it as an estimate for Homeland Security.  So Siebel’s salary and some of the new hires have been put on a separate sheet for this purpose.


Pielich                         480 hours, $23,817, owed deferred until after the 1st of the year

Segond                        Retired - $76,638.04 removed

New Hire/Step 3          $59,633.76 removed


            Sanchelli arrived at 6:37 p.m.


Construction Code      New hire reduced from $10,000 to $5,000

DPW                           Clerk typist to be replaced $26,000

DPW engineer                        Salary of $32,837 removed

DPW new hire                        Laborer is reduced from $32,837 to $16,500

Snow OT                     As of 2/22/05 - $57,300 spent (Proposed Budget $96,000)


            Hardy arrived at 6:43 p.m.


Health Dept.                Babli has Vital Statistics License and recommended for title change to Principal Clerk Typist midway through 2005.  Will receive 5% raise with promotion or an additional $1,437.


Recreation Dept.         Kenyon going to full time with a salary increase to $27,000;

                                    Hendricksen title change to Recreation Aide/Senior Citizen and she will be running the Senior Center and her salary will be $32,989;

                                    Arsenault has been part time and he will go full time in Recreation as of 4/1/05 at a salary of $43,700;

                                    remove the New Hire at $17,500;

                                    Park Attendants part time temp/on-call (5) $77,000 reduced to $50,000 to patrol and check on the town parks and run the geese harassment program.


            The Council discussed the summer camp.  Eagen explained that the delinquencies have decreased and they have a system in place for 2005 wherein the fee for camp must be paid in full prior to the beginning of the program.  They will also be accepting credit card payments this year.  Eagen stated that if they do implement a payment plan, Cohen had suggested obtaining a credit card authorization in the event of a delinquent payment.  Hardy asked if the Camp saw a profit and Leach said that it broke even when the payroll taxes are counted.


            Leach explained that the part time park attendants are necessary because of the growing facilities.  These employees would go to the different parks and check on equipment and lock/unlock bathrooms.  They would also be a part of the geese harassment program.  The park attendants may also curtail vandalism that has been a problem in some parks.  Yocum agreed that if the town is going to invest in improvements at the recreation facilities, this falls within the same category as maintenance.  The people need to be put there to make sure the facilities operate as they should.  In many instances, hundreds of people use these facilities and there are no representatives of the township present.  Sanchelli commented that the Township of Parsippany has park attendants and when the weather turns bad, they test the fields and put up signs closing fields when they are un-playable.  Leach agreed that they would like to accomplish a system like that with the park attendants.  There was a discussion about how to keep people off the fields when they have been deemed unplayable.  Yocum asked if there is currently a penalty for using a field that has been closed?  Leach stated that he believes there is an Ordinance that enables the director of the parks to establish rules.  If someone is told to leave and they do not, then they are trespassing.  Hardy suggested going over this issue with the Recreation Department.  Leach added that the park attendants would be able to monitor the fields and call the police if necessary.


Dial-A-Ride                  Increase budget by $5,000, hire 1 full-time, 1 part-time


Salary Adjustment Account                Reduced from $92,000 to $85,000


            Merz asked if all the employees that are due for title changes and step changes are already worked into the budget?  Babli is the only title change and Leach stated that this is the only one he knows about at this time.  Sparling mentioned one of his employees but he has not done anything about it to date.  Yocum asked if everyone is in agreement with the $5,000 increase with the Dial-A-Ride.  Merz stated that it is actually more when you take into consideration the increase in benefits.  Hardy agreed, Birmingham agreed and began recapping the hires and part time to full time positions.  Leach stated that the Police Department will stay with the three new hires and Pielich retiring.


            Yocum reviewed the changes to the Salary and Wage Budget:


Page 5             Part time Employee                $5,200 changed to $2,500

Page 6             Recksiek – Utility Collector     $5,000 increase

Page 6             New hire                                  $25,000 up to $26,000

Page 11           Prosecutor’s Salary                $12,480 to $12,000

Page 14           Segond’s Salary                      $76,638.04 to 0

Page 15           New hire Step 3                      $59,633.76 to 0

Page 15           New hire Academy Step (3)    $35,823.67 to $57,750

Page 16           Construction Code/New Hire  $10,000 to $5,000

Page 20           New Hire/Engineer                  $32,837 to 0

Page 20           New Hire/Laborer                    $32,837 to $16,500

Page 21           Babli Title Change                   $28,739 increase of $1,437

Page 23           Kenyon to Full-Time                $15,067 to $27,000

Page 23           Arsenault to Full-Time             0 to $43,700

Page 23           Seasonal                                 $77,000 to $50,000

Page 23           No New Hire                            $17,500 to 0

Page 24           Dial-A-Ride increase               $5,000

Page 26           Salary Adjustment Account    $92,000 to $85,000


            Leach asked the Council if they were in agreement regarding the decision to appoint Beth Recksiek as Collector for the Utility.  Sanchelli agreed.  Merz stated that she is happy with the arrangement.  She asked if Recksiek has agreed to do the extra work and is satisfied with the amount.  Leach stated that she has agreed.  Leach explained that they will be training an employee to work at the DPW and to also fill in at the Utility Department.


            Yocum asked the Council if they are in agreement with Kenyon going from part-time to full-time.  Leach stated that this is being done at the suggestion of Rhinesmith.  Hardy stated that he is okay with the move.  Sanchelli stated that he has no vote.  Merz stated that if the supervisor feels that the employee is capable, she will defer to her opinion.  Birmingham stated that the Recreation Department has probably tripled in the amount of people it is serving over the past 8 years.  He stated that he feels they need to take a break and replace people through attrition and he feels it is a good move.


            Yocum commented that with regard to tomorrow night’s meeting he would like the Council to address the plans for library expansion and the expansion of the municipal building.  He stated that prior to any other discussion, he would like to address these two major issues first.


            Leach asked if the Council received the amortization sheet and he distributed copies to everyone.  He explained that this pertains to a $2.5 million library addition.


Miscellaneous/Public Portion

            Yocum opened the meeting up to the public and asked if there were any members of the audience who would like to come forward with a question or comment and seeing no one, he closed the public portion of the meeting.


            Leach informed the Council that he will provide them with an exact figure for the amount needed for police car leases that go through the Capital Budget tomorrow.  This must be taken care of at the next Regular meeting because those vehicles go quickly.  Yocum asked that this be put on the March 2 agenda.


Adjournment at 7:55 p.m.

Motion: Sanchelli, second Hardy

                        Mr. Hardy                                 Aye

                  Mr. Sanchelli                           Aye

                        Mrs. Merz                                Aye

                  Vice Pres. Birmingham           Aye

                        President Yocum                    Aye


Dated:  February 22, 2005


Attested:                                                         Approved:





_________________________                ___________________________________

Lydia Magnotti, Township Clerk                  Richard W. Yocum, Council President


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