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June 27, 2006
A Workshop Meeting of the Township Council of the Township
of Roxbury was held on June 27, 2006 at 1715 Route #46, Ledgewood, New Jersey
at 7:30 PM.
OPEN PUBLIC MEETING
Adequate 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.
Councilwoman DeFillippo, Councilmen Jim Rilee, Richard Zoschak and Mayor
Christopher Raths, Township Manager; Tony Bucco, Township Attorney;
BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk
Hall and Mr. Smith.
Mr. Ciaramella will be arriving shortly.
Mayor Schmidt read a Proclamation recognizing September 9,
2006 as Olde Suckasunny Day. Mary
Romance, Librarian for the Township was at the meeting to accept the
Mayor Schmidt amended the order of business to allow the
Presentation of the Construction Department
Russ Brown, Construction Official was present to go over his
department operations and current status of permits issued. Mr. Brown outlined his department as
follows: Uniform Construction Code
(UCC), Operations, Permits, Cost Recovery and Inspections. Council discussed the current collections of
revenue and permitting in the future with several projects that will be
At 7:45 PM Mr. Ciaramella arrived at the meeting.
Mayor Schmidt amended the order of business to allow Item 6C
– Letter of support 319 Grant Lake Musconetcong. Mr. Doug Zellman was present to discuss the need for the township
to support this grant. Mr. Zellman
discussed the current conditions of Lake Musconetcong and the need to harvest
the lake and also dredge in certain areas that are in desperate need. Council did agree with Mr. Zellman on the
importance of maintaining the lake and looking towards the future to protect
this natural resource.
Mr. Zoschak made a motion for the Township Manager to
prepare a letter supporting the grant for Lake Musconetcong. Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr. Zoschak – Yes Mr.
Rilee – Yes
Mr. Ciaramella – Yes Ms.
DeFillippo – Yes
Mayor Schmidt – Yes
Motion Carried 5 to 0
At this time Mayor Schmidt amended the order of business
to the Public Portion.
Caroline Moeller, Roxbury Township Library Board Trustee, addressed
the Council with regarding funding for the Library by the Township. Ms. Moeller thanked the Council for their
support. Ms. Moeller discussed the
March 31, 2006 correspondence, emphasizing the responsibility of the Board of
Trustees of the Library. The capital
request for $23,400 was discussed and she was advised that it was denied. Ms. Moeller stated that on May 11, 2006 the budget account status of the audit trail
reflected that the funding of $23,400 was there. It was confusing for the Board
of Trustees because after that the township withdrew the $23,400 from the
budget. Mr. Bucco stated that as long
as Mr. Raths and Ms. Palmieri follow the attorney’s recommendation, the
Trustees concerns should be addressed.
Marilyn Davis, Trustee addressed the Council and expressed
her dismay with regard to the whole situation.
Ms. Davis stated that they met with Mr. Raths and Ms. Palmieri and
thought everything was agreed upon only to find out that something else was
done. Ms. Davis felt that all the truths
where not being presented properly to the Council and that is why she was at
the meeting this evening.
Mary Romance, Librarian and Pat Jacke, Trustee addressed the
Council with the same concern.
Ms. Cullen as a member of the Parent for Exceptional
Children thanked the Council for their support for the grant that was received
to allow the program to continue.
256 Eyland Avenue
Mr. Church discussed the current problem with new
legislation requiring the removal of underground oil tanks and the cost to
residents. Mayor Schmidt stated that
because of his job with a gas company he is aware that there is funding that will be coming
out around August/September to help property owners pay for the removal.
At this time Mayor Schmidt amended the order to business to
REPORTS OF COUNCIL
LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD BUSINESS:
Watershed Cabinet- 1 Member, 1-Year Term
Development Committee – 1 Member, 3-year Term
iii. Raritan Highland Compact – 2 Members
iv. Sussex County 208 Water Quality PAC
Committee – 1 Member
Mr. Raths stated
that he thought a resignation was submitted to his office for the Planning
Board and he will check with his staff to verify that.
Council would like
these appointments to remain on the agenda.
If a Councilmember has someone they
would like to be considered for an appointment to one of these
positions, they should send a resume to each Council member.
Councilman Zoschak discussed the current activity for the
weed harvesters working in Lake Hopatcong.
Mr. Zoschak continued to advise Council that the water levels have been
low even with the rain we have had. The
water table level clearly causes the weeds to grow and spread in the lake. Mr. Zoschak continued to advise that the
Lake Hopatcong Commission is up on this and will continue their efforts of
eliminating as much of the weeds as they can.
Councilman Rilee stated that he spoke to Jack Schrier,
Freeholder with regard to the MUA property by HorseShoe Lake and the Bike
Trail. Mr. Rilee stated that the MUA is
not against opening the fenced area to make the Trail continuous. Mr. Rilee stated that it would be opened
Councilman Rilee discussed the COAH List and discussed the
fact that the Council will need to sign off on the list as soon as it’s
available. Mr. Raths stated that Mr.
Stern, Township Planner is working on it now.
Councilman Rilee stated that he would like Mr. Raths to
provide to Council with a list of
problem sites within the township with a checklist as to the current condition
or activity by township inspectors. Mr.
Rilee stated that it only needed to be done every 6 months.
Councilman Rilee requested that the Clerk’s office request
from surrounding municipalities their requirements for garage sale permits.
Councilwoman Kathy DeFillippo stated that with regard to
garage sale permits the township and residents should be neighbor friendly.
Councilwoman DeFillippo also advised Council that the
Economic Development Committee will be holding neighborhood meetings.
Councilwoman DeFillippo discussed the dedication of the
Councilwoman DeFillippo stated that the Economic Development
Committee will be meeting on June 29th.
Councilwoman DeFillippo stated that the Roxbury High School
graduation was well attended well and she was very proud to be there.
Councilwoman DeFillippo discussed the railroad ties on Carey
Road and stated that Gerry Roser from the County stated that they would be
removed within a couple of weeks. Ms.
DeFillippo cautioned the Council on the timetable since the County gave the
same promise last year and they are still there.
Councilman John Ciaramella requested an update on the bid
package for the removal of asbestos at the DPW site. Mr. Blood was present and stated that the bid package was out and
the asbestos would be removed tomorrow.
Councilman Ciaramella stated that the Rotary Club is working on the 911 Memorial and has
completed the design of the plaque and the $5,000 donation has been approved to
Mayor Schmidt discussed the Morris Canal dedication and concurred with Councilwoman DeFillippo
that it was nice.
Mayor Schmidt discussed the Roxbury Township Girls Track
Team success and would like a Plaque /Proclamation and would like that on the
July 11th Council Meeting.
Councilman Zoschak stated that he did have two more items he
would like to discuss. Mr. Zoschak stated
that he was advised the seawall at the State Park is being addressed by the
state and that there are plans for correcting the situation. Mr. Zoschak stated that he will keep Council
up to date on the progress.
Councilman Zoschak reminded Mr. Raths to look into the striping by the Roxbury Car Wash with the
Department of Transportation.
Mr. Raths stated that he will be on vacation next week and
Mike Kobylarz will be acting Manager.
REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCILMEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK
Mr. Rilee made a motion to approve A & B. Mr. Zoschak seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr.
Rilee – Yes Mr. Zoschak – Yes
Mr. Ciaramella – Yes Ms. DeFillippo _ Yes
Motion Carried: 5 to
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
April 11, 2006 – Regular Council Meeting
Mr. Zoschak made a motion to approve the April 11, 2006
Regular Council meeting minutes. Mr.
Rilee seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr.
Zoschak – Yes Mr. Rilee – Yes
M. Ciaramella – Yes Ms. DeFillippo – Yes
DRAFT ORDINANCE FOR
HEARING AND ADOPTION
OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING
DRAFT RESOLUTION FOR
ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION
A resolution incorporating by reference herein and approving
the following numbered resolutions listed on the workshop council meeting
agenda for this date: 06-233, 06-234, 06-235, 06-236, 06-237, 06-238, 06-239,
06-241, 06-242, 06-243, 06-244, 06-245, 06-246.
Councilman Rilee made a motion to discuss and approve 06-232. Councilman Zoschak seconded the motion.
Mr. Ciaramella – Yes (w 4 recusals,
Chks #40397, 40400, 40401, 40402
Ms. DeFillippo – Yes Mayor Schmidt – Yes
A resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Roxbury petitioning the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders to expedite
the replacement of the Carey Road Bridge
A resolution authorizing an application for a New Jersey
Department of Community Affairs Grant.
Councilwoman DeFillippo questioned the 20% match for the Challenger
A resolution authorizing refund of zoning permit fee monies
previously deposited with the Township of Roxbury for development matters
pursuant to Chapter XII (Land Use) of the Revised General Ordinances of the
Township of Roxbury.
A resolution authorizing the release of performance
guarantee posted for Right-of-way Excavation Permit No. May 0806, Majorie
Drayton, 48 Mountain Road, Ledgewood, Block 7501, Lot 1.
A resolution authorizing the release of a performance
guarantee posted for Right-of-way Excavation Permit No. May 1906, Cathy L.
Magnusson, 22 Carey Road, Succasunna, Block 4403, Lot 54
A resolution authorizing the insertion of an item of revenue
in the 2006 Budget for additional funding for Morris Tomorrow Community
A resolution rejecting the bids for 412 Mount Arlington
Boulevard drainage improvements.
Councilman Ciaramella questioned why the bid was higher. Mr. Bucco stated that he spoke to Mike
Kobylarz and pursuant to statute the
bid may be rejected and the township can attempt to negotiate a contract for a
A resolution approving change order No. 2 (final) to the
contract with Iron Hills Construction Company Inc. for the Evergreen Acres
Water System Improvements, Production Well No. 14, Mettle Lane, Berkshire
A resolution authorizing the purchase and installation of
communication equipment and accessories from Spectrum communication. Councilwoman DeFillippo questioned if this
was within the budget. Mr. Raths stated
that it is.
A resolution authorizing the award of a contract for sludge
waste hauling. Councilman Rilee
questioned that the contract was up 20%. Mr. Blood, Assistant DPW Director was present and stated because
it is 2 times per day.
A resolution authorizing the award of a contract for vehicle
paint and lettering for fire truck 205.
Councilwoman DeFillippo questioned if the cost were covered within the
current budget. Mr. Raths stated that
A resolution authorizing the award of a contract for the
removal of asbestos roofing material from the concrete block manufacturing
A resolution authorizing payment of bills.
Councilman Rilee questioned check #40361 stated that it was
a large amount. Mr. Raths will check
Mayor Schmidt asked for a motion on 06-240.
Councilman Zoschak made a motion to approve resolution
06-240. Mr. Ciaramella seconded the
A resolution requested an extension of the project limits
for the revised Eyland Avenue resurfacing project phase IV pursuant to the
NJDOT agreement for state aid to municipality’s fiscal year 2005.
Roll Call: Mr.
Zoschak – Yes Mr. Ciaramella – Yes
Ms. DeFillippo – Yes Mr. Rilee – Abstain
Motion Carried 4 to 1 abstention
June 16, 2006
June 23, 2006
#2 Correspondence from Richard Becker, Plant Manager of
Tilcon New York Inc. and Joyce Watson, Public Relations Director of Tilcon New
York Inc. to:
Richard Burnett Douglas
Ethel Fentzlaff Mike Petrillo
Ernest Gefert J. Mederos
Blanca Inestroza Alfredo
Cory Ireland Mary & E. Rivera
Ben Lato Rebecca Steuss
Dated June 15, 2006 RE:
Information on concerns the have been raised by the above-mentioned
group about the NcNear/Tilcon Facility.
Council stated that they will speak to the individuals.
A resolution of the Township Council of the Township of
Roxbury, in the County of Morris, New Jersey, and authorizing conference of the
Township Council with the public excluded.
Mr. Ciaramella made a motion to approve resolution
06-247. Mr. Zoschak seconded the
Roll Call: Mr.
Ciaramella – Yes Mr. Zoschak – Yes
Ms. DeFillippo – Yes Mr.
Rilee – Yes
AT 9:25 PM Council went into Executive Session
At 10:00 PM
Councilman Rilee made a motion to adjourn the Workshop Meeting. Councilman Zoschak seconded the motion.
Roll Call – All in Favor – Yes
MINUTES APPROVED BY
DATE: September 12, 2006
ROLL CALL: Mr. Ciaramella – yes Mrs.
DeFillippo – yes
Mr. Hall – abstain Mayor
Schmidt - yes