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Workshop Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was held on
April 25, 2006 at 1715 Route 46,
Ledgewood, New Jersey at 7:30 p.m.
OPEN PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT
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, 2006; notice was
posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on
January 5, 2006.
CALL: (Present) Councilwoman Kathy DeFillippo, Councilmen
John Ciaramella, Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Tim Smith, Richard Zoschak and Mayor
Raths, Township Manager; Anthony Bucco, Township Attorney and Janet Rieth,
Deputy Township Clerk
Schmidt requested a moment of silence in memory of William “Billy” Ward, Jr., a
Township employee, who passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 23rd.
OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD
Mark Noll, presented Council with an overview of the Police Department, which
includes the Patrol Division, Detective Division and Support Services Division.
Division consists of one Sergeant and five Detectives. They conduct criminal investigations,
process crime scenes/accidents, conduct background investigations and are in
charge of property/evidence. They also provide departmental IT support.
Safety Unit conducts fatal/serious motor vehicle accident investigations and
reconstruction; motor vehicle law enforcement and citizen complaint follow up;
accident report review and periodic reporting to the State and Township. It consists of one Sergeant and five
Services Unit consists of three officers and includes the DARE/School Resource
Officer Programs; Child/Elder ID Programs; Neighborhood/Business Watch
Programs; Crime Prevention Surveys/Victim Follow up; Place of Business Files;
Alarm Enforcement; Explorer Post; Community Programs (National Night
Out/Roxbury Day) and Specific Neighborhood Problems.
Services Unit conducts Medical Response to Emergencies (one full time and 19
part time EMTs); Tactical Response (13 part time SWAT operators) and Water
Rescue/Dive (10 part time technicians)
Support Unit responds to all medical emergencies and accidents with appropriate
equipment and training and supplements the Fire Department Rescue Squad response.
There is one dedicated vehicle which contains everything carried on an
ambulance, plus two sets of dive gear and a set of jaws. There have been over 20 defibrillator saves
since the unit’s inception in 1991.
stated that he feels that the Communications Units is the most important and
most neglected function in the Police Department. They are the first contact
with the public and are responsible for Officer safety when the Officer is on a
call. They provide emergency medical
dispatch and provide lifesaving instructions when someone calls 9-1-1. They are State certified for emergency
medical dispatch, how to run the NCIC terminals and how to correctly answer the
9-1-1 phones. They are responsible for
all incoming telephone, radio and computer traffic. They are responsible to dispatch the appropriate response, such
as Fire, Police, Rescue, DPW or Utility.
They are also responsible for data entry when an Officer calls in with a
contact and they are responsible for records search.
Records Units consists of 3 full time clerks who are responsible for
filing/retrieval of all reports, data entry, UCR reporting to the State Police
and Federal government, statement transcription and Court discovery.
Ciaramella stated that there was recently a letter in the Roxbury Register
regarding Ptl. Beck and the help he provided to a Landing family. Mr. Ciaramella complimented Ptl. Beck and
the Roxbury Police Department.
Hall questioned if the State cut backs will affect the Roxbury Police
Department in any way. Chief Noll
stated that there will be a filtered down affect. Some services that were
provided by other agencies, such as the FBI and State Police, are now handled
by the local departments.
Discussion ensued regarding the reasoning
for the request for Dodge Chargers versus the Crown Victorias. Chief Noll explained Warnock Ford would not
guarantee a delivery date and last year the cars were not received until
October. Chrysler does not have the
problem with delivery and, therefore, they looked at Dodge Chargers.
OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES
Mrs. DeFillippo thanked everyone for
their participation in the MS Walk on Sunday.
Even with the poor weather, there were approximately 200 walkers.
Mrs. DeFillippo stated that the Economic
Development Committee recently held a seminar for “How to Prepare Businesses
Mrs. DeFillippo advised that she and Mr.
Raths will be attending the “Downtown Revitalization” seminar in Trenton
Mrs. DeFillippo advised that Roxbury
Township will be on the Services Committee and Alternate Regional Coordinator
for the Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee for the next two years
Mrs. DeFillippo requested an update on
the railroad ties that are still on Carey Road. Mr. Raths stated that he called a couple of weeks ago for them to
be removed. He will follow up.
Mr. Hall advised that the Cable Committee
met yesterday and everything is moving along very well.
Mr. Hall attended the Board of Education
meeting last night. Dolores McCleerey
was elected Board President. The
defeated school budget was discussed.
Mr. Ciaramella advised that, on behalf of
Mayor Schmidt, he attended an Eagle Scout presentation on April 9th for Daniel Brijlall.
Mr. Ciaramella advised that there was a
DPW meeting last week. Mr. Raths
advised that the Township has two open purchase orders for engineering and
architectural work. We are now ready to
proceed to the next level.
Mr. Ciaramella advised that the Economic
Development Committee will be holding a meeting this Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Mr. Ciaramella requested an update
regarding the truck stop in the Berkshire Valley area. Mr. Raths advised that
the first call was received in February regarding a hole in the fence, slats
missing and trucks using their horns late at night. Mr. Raths contacted the State, who immediately repaired the hole. They
have not done anything with the privacy slats or the configuration for
the trucks exiting. He requested that the resident take pictures and he
has forwarded them to Mr. Ciaramella,
the DOT and Barbara Kinback of Senator Bucco’s office. Mr. Raths spoke with Scott from the DOT
yesterday and was advised that if the slats are in stock it can be done. If
not, they will have to be ordered and he does not know when that will be
done. The Roxbury Police
Department and the State Police are now
patrolling the area.
Mr. Smith requested an update on the Groh
property in Landing. Mr. Blood,
Assistant Director of Public Works, stated that the Road Department has not yet
begun its burm work in the Shore Hills area and this problem will be addressed
at that time. They will make the burm
as high as they can to allow an ambulance to pass over it. This should be
accomplished in the next week or two.
Mr. Smith advised that the Open Space
Committee is preparing for the Planning Incentive Grant (PIG) application to be
sent to the DEP and Green Acres.
Mr. Smith advised that the Water/Sewer
Committee met last Friday. With respect
to most of the water/sewer issues everything is moving along well.
Mr. Zoschak stated that the Lake
Hopatcong Commission will be holding a TMDL meeting on May 17th at the State Park.
Mr. Zoschak would like a resolution from
council to the DEP supporting full funding for the Lake Hopatcong Commission.
Mr. Zoschak advised that Jose Fernandez,
Director of Parks and Forestry, visited the Landing sea wall. There is now green construction tape
blocking off the dangerous section of
the sea wall. Mr. Fernandez will
contact the DEP to attempt to get this fixed.
Mr. Zoschak asked if there is any way the
Township can get a 319 grant for the King Road detention basin. Mr. Raths will check on this.
Mr. Zoschak requested an update on the
road striping by the car wash. Mr.
Raths stated that the DOT advised that everything will be done by Memorial
Day. Mr. Raths will contact the DOT
again to remind them.
Mr. Zoschak stated that once again the
Council meeting was not noticed in the Daily Record.
Mr. Rilee requested, for the public’s
information, an outline as to how the Township will handle the school budget.
Mr. Raths stated that all the documentation, as required by the State, has been
received. He has had several
conversations with Dennis Mack, Superintendent of Schools, who has provided
some information regarding reductions.
By the end of next week, Mr. Raths will have recommendations for
Council, which will be discussed at the May 9th meeting. Action on the amount to be reduced must be
taken by May 19th. He reminded Council that they can make
recommendations; however the School Board decides where the cuts come
from. Mr. Raths has contacted Tom
Ferry, the auditor who was used the last time, and they will be meeting on
Mayor Schmidt advised that the
Environmental Commission is working on an ordinance for the stream buffer
monitors. He gave Mr. Bucco information
for his review.
Mayor Schmidt received a letter from
Congressman Frelinghuysen regarding Medicaid information. This will be passed on to the Health
Mayor Schmidt asked which signs are
allowed in the Township, under the Sign Ordinance. Mr. Bucco stated that there is a list of exempt signs and
temporary signs in the Ordinance. The
Zoning Officer can look at the Ordinance and if the sign fits the category, it
will be allowed.
Mrs. DeFillippo reminded everyone that
the next Neighborhood Council Meeting will be held on May 16th at
the Berkshire Valley Firehouse at 7:00 PM.
Mrs. DeFillippo reminded everyone of the
Memorial Day Parade, which will be held on May 29th at 10:00
AM. There will be a ceremony and free
food following the parade.
Mr. Raths stated that he received
complaints that the Township was disposing of recyclables with the trash.
Mr. Blood met with staff and advised them that this is
Regarding a question on the Health
Department report regarding immunizations, Mr. Raths advised that there are no
immunizations required at Eisenhower Middle School.
Policy – This will be
discussed at a future meeting.
River Watershed Cabinet—2 Members, 1-year term
Rilee made a motion to appoint Tom Buglisi to the Rockaway River Watershed
Cabinet. Mr. Smith seconded the motion.
Rilee – yes Mr. Smith – yes
Ciaramella – yes Mrs. DeFillippo – yes
Hall – yes Mr. Zoschak – yes
Schmidt – yes
carried 7 - 0
Development Committee—1 Member, 3-year term – Will be discussed at a future
Highlands Compact—2 Members – Will be discussed at a future meting
Kluska 274 Emmans Road, Flanders stated that the Agenda was not on the computer
as of noon Monday. Mr. Raths advised
that the Agenda did not get posted this week until Tuesday morning.
Kluska asked if, in accordance with the Sign Ordinance that is on the Agenda
tonight, will the VFW flag on the island and the signs on the road will still
be allowed. Mr. Raths advised that the
Ordinance that is shown on the Agenda tonight has already been adopted and was
inadvertently put on the Agenda.
Regarding the flags and signs, since the VFW is non-profit, they are
exempt from the Ordinance.
Al Wagnecz, 61 Kenvil Avenue, Succasunna, spoke regarding the possibility of
attaching a portion of the Sweney property that adjoins Chesler Lake to his
property. He asked how this will be
accomplished. Mr. Bucco stated that, at
this time we are having the metes and bounds descriptions prepared for each of
the lots, then a resolution will be adopted authorizing conveyance to the
contiguous property owners. Once that
is completed, a deed will be executed by the township and recorded. The
original recorded deed will be provided to the property owner. Mr. Bucco further stated that this should be
completed within the next month or two.
REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK
advised Council that there was an additional Raffle Application (Item K) and a
Special Permit for a Social Affair Application (Item L) on the dais to be
approved this evening.
for Raffles License No. RA: 1285 by Roxbury High School Ice Hockey Booster
for Raffles License No. RA: 1286 by Roxbury High School Ice Hockey Booster
C. Application for Raffles License No.
RA: 1287 by Succasunna Lions Club
K. Application for Raffles License No.
RA1288 by Two Kids Foundation
L. Application for Special Permit for
Social Affair by Swim and Sport Club
Rilee made a motion to approve Items A, B, C, K and L. Mr. Zoschak seconded the motion.
Rilee – yes Mr. Zoschak – yes
Hall – yes Mr. Smith – yes
D. Letter from Grace, the Church on the
Mount request waiver of fee
Zoschak made a motion to approve Item D to waive the application fee only. Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.
Zoschak – yes Mr. Rilee – yes
E. Request for representative to Lake
Commission from Musconetcong Watershed Group.
Raths advised that Matt Sprung would like a representative to serve on the
Musconetcong Watershed Group. Council
would like more information.
F. Ms. Juanita Galate’s request to buy
Block 13201, Lot 10
agreed not to sell this property.
G. RJ Investors’ request to buy Block 9707,
Lot 14 Roosevelt Way, Landing
H. Mr. Peter Rochelle’s request to vacate 8th
agreed to wait until Mr. Rochelle returns to the Planning Department with a
revised site plan.
Schmidt amended the Agenda to discuss Item J.
J. Boy Scout Troop request to use
Ledgewood Basin Park
Don Dyrness, 8 Alexandria Drive, representing the Boy Scouts advised that this
organization was started to improve the cabin at Ledgewood Park to be used for
Roxbury Scout organizations for meetings, camp outs, etc. They would like to expand this to develop
campsites, lean-tos and hiking trails.
He further advised that the “Ledgewood Park Preservation Society, Inc.”
was formed in order to file for 501C3 status to be able to accept corporate
ensued regarding who will sign the agreement and how the insurance will
work. It was agreed for Mr. Bucco and
Mrs. DeCroce to work out the insurance issues and bring the information back to
Council. Council agreed for the term of
the Agreement to be 30 years. The
Scouts are requesting permission to construct lean-tos on the property. Council agreed, as long as they are not
permanent structures. It was agreed
that language prohibiting illegal drugs be placed back in the Agreement. For the initial clean up of the site, it was
agreed that the Township would provide a dumpster. The Scouts have requested that the license be amended to provide
reimbursement to them for all costs associated with any improvements made to
the property if the Township chooses to terminate the license. Council did not
agree on this item. Regarding
Paragraphs 22 and 23 of the Agreement pertaining to use of the property and the
yearly reporting requirement, Mr. Bucco advised that this is a statutory
requirement and must remain.
I. Township Dog Park
Schmidt advised that, in lieu of the Health Department handling the licensing
for the park, Pet Goods has agreed to do the tags for the Township. They are willing to provide the tags to the
people for a fee of $10.00 or $12.00, with the Township receiving the money.
Mr. Bucco advised that the Township cannot allow one business to do this
without a public bid process..
ensued as to how to proceed with the licensing and, if the Dog Park Committee
was to operate the facility, how the insurance would work. There was also
discussion on the possibility of the Dog Park Committee putting together a
business plan. Mayor Schmidt stated that, based on previous discussions with
Council, the Dog Park Committee has raised $5,500 to construct the park and at
that time the Health Department was in agreement with the park. There now seems
to be different feelings and Mayor Schmidt stated that he is disappointed with
the Council tonight. Mr. Rilee stated that his comments tonight were not
negative and it is incumbent upon the Dog Committee to come up with a
plan. Mr. Zoschak stated that this has
evolved from something different than was originally presented to Council. Originally the Dog Park Committee was going
to run the park, insurance issues have arisen and there have been discussions
on the Township running the park . Mr.
Hall stated that he is not necessarily against the park. Since this has changed
from a self-maintained scenario to a scenario that may be run by the Township,
additional information is needed. Mr.
Ciaramella stated that he will support this as long as it does not cost the
Township any money. Mr. Smith agreed that he does not want it to cost the
Township any money. Mr. Raths will provide Council with further information on
the Dog Parks in Randolph and Montville.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
11, 2006 - Executive Session
Rilee made a motion to approve the above Minutes with the revisions made by Mr.
Bucco. Mr. Ciaramella seconded the
Rilee – yes Mr. Ciaramella –
DeFillippo – yes Mr. Hall – yes
Smith – yes Mr. Zoschak – yes
carried 7 – 0
DRAFT ORDINANCES FOR DISCUSSION
INTRODUCTION OF PROPOSED ORDINANCES
ordinance amending Chapter XIII, Land Development Ordinance, of the Revised
General Ordinances of the Township of Roxbury, pertaining to illegal signs and
penalties for the violation of this chapter
Rieth stated, for the record and to advise Council and the public, that the
original letter was received on January 19, 2006, the Ordinance was introduced
on January 24, 2006, adopted on February 14, 2006 and became effective on March
9, 2006. Mr. Raths stated that he had
spoken with Council members and it was an error on his part that the Ordinance
was placed back on the Agenda.
HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING
DRAFT RESOLUTION FOR DISCUSSION
INTRODUCTION AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS
06-140 A resolution incorporating by reference
herein and approving the following numbered resolutions listed on the workshop
council meeting agenda for this date:
06-142, 06-143, 06-144, 06-145, 06-146, 06-147, 06-148, 06-149, 06-150,
06-151, 06-152, 06-153, 06-154
Rilee made a motion to adopt Resolution 06-140. Mr. Zoschak seconded the motion.
Ciaramella – yes (recuse on checks no. 39681, 39682, 39683)
DeFillippo – yes Mr. Hall – yes
Smith – yes (recuse on check no. 39687)
Schmidt - yes
carried 7 – 0 with recusal on checks no. 39681, 39682, 39683 and 39687
resolution authorizing the acceptance of a cash bond final site plan from Kazi
of NJ for property located on Route 46,
Block 6501, Lot 19
resolution was pulled as the bond has not been signed.
06-142 A resolution authorizing refund of taxes for
a total disabled veteran exemption
06-143 A resolution amending the membership of the
Township Fire Department
resolution authorizing refund of unused escrow monies previously deposited with
Township of Roxbury for development matters pursuant to Chapter
XIII (Land Use) of
the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Roxbury
06-145 A resolution authorizing the refund of taxes
resolution approving the annual report of the Health Department for the
Roxbury for the Calendar Year 2005
resolution authorizing a sanitary sewer allocation to the Boundary Motel
408 Route 46, Kenvil, Block 2608, Lot 3
resolution approving Change Order No. 3 to the Professional Engineering
Contract with Suburban Consulting
Engineers, Inc. for the Skyview Wastewater Treatment Plant Decommissioning
Project, Conkling Road Storm Sewer and Mooney Road Water Main Projects
resolution authorizing the Township of Roxbury to enter into a Memorandum of
Understanding with the County of Morris
for access to the Morris County Integrated Justice Information System (MCIJIS)
resolution authorizing the purchase of one 17,500 GVW truck chassis from
resolution authorizing the award of a contract for a bulldozer and operator for
resolution authorizing the award of a contract to supply topsoil for various
Andy Matt, Inc.
06-153 A resolution authorizing the refund of taxes
06-154 A resolution authorizing payment of bills
April 13, 2006
– Correspondence from Kris Killuri, Commissioner, NJDOT, to Mayor, dated April
7, 2006, re: NJDOT Fiscal Year 2007 Municipal Aid Program – Mr. Raths will
check with Mr. Blood to determine if there is any cost impact to the Township
for the use of super pave. The Township
has begun the process of identifying projects for next year.
– Correspondence from Laura Nash, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, dated
April 5, 2006, to Roxbury Township Mayor, Re: Election to Withdraw as Surety,
Bond No. 257387 – Mr. Raths advised that Metricom, Inc. was the company that
placed the transmitters on the light poles in the Township. Mr. Bucco is looking into this and has asked
the township Engineer if the fixtures were removed from the poles.
– Correspondence from Christopher Raths, to Mrs. Kenneth Roedel, dated April
10, 2006, re: Response to Complaint – Mr. Raths spoke to Mr. Roedel and Mr.
Potere will go out this week.
– Correspondence from Kris Marino, Morris Tomorrow, to Lucinda Taterka, dated
April 12, 2006, re: McFlower Award – This was done by Morris Tomorrow and Mr.
Petillo won the award.
– Correspondence from Boy Scout Troop 54, to Christopher Raths, dated April 9,
2006, re: Eagle Scout Awards for Andres Adams, David A. Marconi and Michael
LoVasco – The Mayor presents a plaque.
It was suggested that a certificate signed by all Council members also
– Correspondence from Christopher Raths, to Paul Chodniewicz, Deer View
Estates, dated April 12, 2006, re: Water Line on Nicholson’s property – The
letter was received and they should be negotiating with the property
owner. Mr. Raths will follow up.
– Correspondence from Morris County Community Development, to Mayor/Council,
dated April 11, 2006, re: Dell Avenue Park Time of Performance Extension – The
fence has been installed.
April 21, 2006
– Invitation from Lois Wnek, Morris County Park Commission, re: Invitation to
Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2006 – In the future date sensitive items
will be faxed or emailed to Council.
– Correspondence from William Deane, Vice President of Dewberry, to Christopher
Raths, dated April 17, 2006, re: Landing Recreation Project – This has been
sent to Dave Stierli.
#10 – Mayors
Fax Advisory from NJLM, dated April 13, 2006, re: Update on Low Speed Vehicles
(LSV’s) – The Township has no problem with these vehicles at this time. This
will be filed.
– Correspondence from Vincent Toscano, 13 Lincoln Drive to Christopher Raths,
dated April 11, 2006, re: Lincoln Drive Neighborhood Streets Deteriorating
Rapidly – Mr. Raths is following up.
ensued regarding the need to repair catch basins. Mr. Blood advised that they will not be repaired for an extensive
amount of time due to other projects that need to be completed and the lack of
manpower. It was suggested that all of
the work that has been completed by Public Works be posted on the Township web
site to show the good work that has been done.
Correspondence from Joseph Giorgio, Hanover Township Clerk to Ms. Celeste
Fasone, Office of Cable Television, dated April 18, 2006, re: Resolution of the
township Committee Opposing Cablevision’s Digital Cable Service Requirement –
If a resolution has not already been adopted, one will be prepared.
05-155 A resolution of the Township Council of
the Township of Roxbury, in the County of
New Jersey, authorizing conference of the Township Council with the public
was no Executive Session.
10:20 Mr. Ciaramella made a motion to adjourn the Workshop Meeting. Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.
in Favor - Yes
MINUTES APPROVED BY COUNCIL
DATE: June 13, 2006
CALL: Mr. Zoschak – yes Mr. Smith – yes
Mrs. DeFillippo – yes Mr.
Hall – yes
Mayor Schmidt - yes