at 6:43 p.m.
at 6:37 p.m.
Vice Pres. Birmingham
Lydia Magnotti, Township
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.
Council President Yocum asked everyone to rise for the Pledge of
Notice of Presiding
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
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
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
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
arrived at 6:37 p.m.
Construction Code New hire reduced from $10,000 to $5,000
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
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;
title change to Recreation Aide/Senior Citizen and she will be running the
Senior Center and her salary will be $32,989;
has been part time and he will go full time in Recreation as of 4/1/05 at a
salary of $43,700;
the New Hire at $17,500;
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.
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.
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
Salary Adjustment Account Reduced from $92,000 to $85,000
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.
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
Page 14 Segond’s Salary $76,638.04
Page 15 New hire Step 3 $59,633.76
Page 15 New hire Academy Step (3) $35,823.67
Page 16 Construction Code/New Hire $10,000
Page 20 New Hire/Engineer $32,837
Page 20 New Hire/Laborer $32,837
Page 21 Babli Title Change $28,739
increase of $1,437
Page 23 Kenyon to Full-Time $15,067
Page 23 Arsenault to Full-Time 0
Page 23 Seasonal $77,000
Page 23 No New Hire $17,500
Page 24 Dial-A-Ride increase $5,000
Page 26 Salary Adjustment Account $92,000
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Adjournment at 7:55
Mr. Hardy Aye
Mr. Sanchelli Aye
Mrs. Merz Aye
Vice Pres. Birmingham Aye
President Yocum Aye
Dated: February 22, 2005
Lydia Magnotti, Township Clerk Richard W. Yocum, Council