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JULY 11, 2006
A Regular Meeting was held by the
Township Council of the Township of Roxbury on July 11, 2006 at 1715 Route 46,
Ledgewood, New Jersey at 7:30 PM.
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.
Roll Call: (Present)
Councilwoman Kathy DeFillippo, Councilmen Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Tim Smith,
Richard Zoschak and Mayor Martin Schmidt.
Absent: Councilman John Ciaramella was absent as he
Also Present: Christopher Raths, Township Manager; Anthony
Bucco, Township Attorney; and BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk.
At this time Mayor Schmidt
amended the order of business to adopt Resolution 06-262 for an Executive
Councilman Rilee made a motion to
approve Resolution 06-262. Mr. Smith
seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr. Rilee
– Yes Mr. Smith – Yes
Ms. DeFillippo – Yes Mr. Hall – Yes
Mr. Zoschak – Yes Mayor Schmidt – Yes
Motion Carried 6 to 0
Council went into Executive
Session at this time.
Council returned to the Regular
Meeting at 8:00 PM.
256 Eyland Avenue
Mr. Church questioned an
expenditure out of the operating budget
on 6/30/06 & 7/11/06 to Camelback Skiing Resort. Mr. Raths stated that it was for Recreation and fees collected
for the programs offset the cost.
Mr. Reed thanked the Council for
the sidewalks on Dell Avenue and also for the Hercules Plaque dedication.
1 Riggs Road
Mr. Gefert handed out pictures to the Council pertaining
to Kings Highway involving the operations of the McNear property. Mr. Raths will follow up.
Mr. DePinhu stated that he was a
member Boy Scout Troop 188 and his Eagle Scout project was at Horseshoe Lake
and he planted flowers and re-stained all the benches around Memory Lane. Council thanked Mr. DePinhu and appreciated
his contribution to the Community.
RESPORTS OF COUNCIL LIAISON
REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD BUSINESS:
Council discussed forming a
sub-committee on traffic. It was agreed that it would be beneficial to
re-activate the committee to explore traffic issues within the Township.
Mr. Smith made a motion to reactivate the sub-committee on
traffic. Mr. Zoschak seconded the
Roll Call: Mr. Smith
– Yes Mr. Zoschak – Yes
Ms. DeFillippo – Yes Mr. Rilee – Yes
Mr. Hall – Yes Mayor
Schmidt – Yes
Councilman Smith advised Council
that the County Grant for Open Space would be held in two weeks.
Councilman Smith discussed the
drainage problem on West Maple Avenue.
Mr. Raths will look into it and keep Council advised.
Councilman Smith discussed the
intersection of Mooney Road and Route #206.
Mr. Smith stated that it is overgrown and needs to be cut back. Mr. Smith suggested tht this be trimmed as
soon as possible. Mr. Raths will look
into the matter.
Councilman Richard Zoschak stated
that he attended the Senior Meeting and there were complaints about potholes on
Hillside Avenue, Succasunna and Little Lane in Berkshire Valley. Mr. Raths will look into.
Councilman Zoschak questioned Mr.
Bucco, Township Attorney as to soil movement on the McNear site. Mr. Zoschak
asked if the site can accept soil from in town but not from out of
town. Mr. Bucco stated that was correct
and if McNear wanted to receive soil from out of town they would be required to
come before Council for approval by resolution.
Councilman Zoschak stated that
the 9/11 Memorial is still in need of funds to complete the memorial. Mr. Zoschak stated that they need up to
$4,500.00 of additional funding to finish the project. Mr. Zoschak also had documents from Morris
County Engraving and will provide them to Mr. Raths for the preparation of a
resolution at the next meeting.
Councilman Zoschak also advised
Council that for this year the Lake Hopatcong Commission has removed more weeds
from the lake then last year.
Councilman Jim Rilee discussed
the Bike Path at Horseshoe Lake and the dedication will be on August 2, 2006 at
Councilman Rilee advised that the Villages Project has been approved by the Planning Board and
pointed out that this is the result of a
Councilman Rilee discussed the fact that there are five
communities within Roxbury Township and it is confusing to the public. Mr. Rilee would like to see one zip code for
the Township, which would show equal representation of the communities within the
Township. He suggested a survey, possibly in the Roxbury Image. Ms. DeCroce will contact Congressman
Frelinghuysen and ask his staff to work on this. Ms. DeCroce did advise Council that she had worked on a zip code
for Mine Hill Township when she was an elected official there and it took over
15 years to obtain. Council would like
to see if it is possible without causing confusion with the different post
offices in town.
Councilman Rilee also stated that there is Federal
Funding available out of the Federal Transportation Authority. Mr. Rilee further stated that he read in the
Daily Record today that there is proposed funding being allocated for State
Highway Rt. #10. Mr. Rilee would like
Mr. Raths to look into this.
Councilwoman Kathy DeFillippo stated
that the Economic Development Committee had a public meeting and Gary Dreschel
was the guest speaker.
Councilwoman DeFillippo stated
that there are dates being set for the Main Street Streetscaping Committee to
visit Madison and Morristown to see there historic areas.
Councilwoman DeFillippo stated that the first concert at Horseshoe Lake will be
held on Thursday at 7:00 PM..
Councilwoman DeFillippo stated
that she was advised that the County would be removing the railroad ties on
Carey Road the first part of next week.
Councilman Fred Hall made a
motion to appoint Terese DeVincentis to the Recreation Committee. Mr. Smith seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr.
Hall – Yes Mr. Smith – Yes
Ms. DeVincentis appointment will
run from 7/11/06 – 12/31/08. The
Clerk’s office will send an oath of office to her.
advised the Council that
$43,513.00 had been appropriated for the Horseshoe Lake Improvements in which
$16,000 was spent for soccer field
leaving a balance of $27,513.00. Mr.
Hall asked if it would be possible to
use the balance of funds for fencing
around the softball fields. Mr. Raths
will look into this.
Councilman Hall stated that Mine
Hill and Wharton have combined a lot of services. He would like to see if the Township of Roxbury could try shared
services with Mt. Arlington. Mr. Hall
asked if any Councilmember has suggestions to please e-mail him.
Councilman Hall asked Mr. Raths
if the Township has looked into the Mayor’s Wellness Program, which provides a
grant for $4,000 to $5,000 for senior citizens and/or recreation. Mr. Raths stated that he believed Mr. Grisi,
Health Officer and Mayor Zoschak had discussed this last year, however, the Township did not move forward at that
time. Mr. Raths will advise.
Mayor Schmidt updated the Council
on the current status of the Dog Park and will keep Council advised. Also a report compiled by the Roxbury Dog
Park Committee, Inc. was handed out to Council for review.
Mayor Schmidt stated that this
Thursday night at 7:30 PM the Environmental Commission would be holding a
Mayor Schmidt stated that he has
seen signs referring to a mattress sale throughout the Township. Mr. Raths will look into.
MATTERS REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER,
ATTORNEY OR CLERK
Application for Raffles License No. RA: 1292 by St. Therese’s
Application for Raffles License No. RA: 1293 by Roxbury Fire
Company #1 Ladies Auxiliary.
Application for Raffles License No. RA: 1294 by Roxbury Fire
Company #1 Ladies Auxiliary.
Application for Raffles License No. RA: 1295 by Lakeland
Animal Haven, Inc.
Application for Raffles License No. RA: 1296 Lakeland Animal
Application for Special Permit for Social Affair by Roxbury
Letter from Paul R. Nusbaum regarding Merry Heart Health Care
Campus Assisted Living Facility. Mr.
Bucco will respond with regard to the requirements of Township Zoning
Ordinances Section 13-7.829 for a Development/Mount Laurel fee.
Mr. Zoschak made a motion to approve A, B, C, D, E & F.
Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr. Zoschak – Yes Mr. Rilee – Yes
Ms. DeFillippo – Yes Mr. Smith - Yes
06-248 A resolution
incorporating by reference herein and approving the following numbered
resolutions listed on the regular council meeting agenda for this date: 06-249, 06-250m 06-251, 06-252, 06-253,
06-254, 06-255, 06-256, 06-257, 06-258, 06-259, 06-260, 06-261
Mr. Rilee made a motion to approve 06-248. Mr. Smith seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr. Rilee – Yes Mr. Smith – Yes
06-249 A Resolution authorizing the refund of
06-250 A resolution authorizing the release of a
Performance Guarantee posted by Right-of-Way Excavation Permit No. DEC0204,
Budd Street, Kenvil, Block 2606, Lot 7.02.
06-251 A resolution
authorizing the release of Performance Guarantee posted for Right-of-Way
Excavation Permit No.Jul0505, 8 Railroad Avenue, Kenvil, Block 2704, Lot 3.
06-252 A resolution
authorizing the release of a Performance Guarantee posted for Right-of-Way
Excavation Permit No.NOV2305, 17 Alexandra Road Landing, Block 11705,Lot 10.
06-253 A resolution
approving Change Order No. 1 (final) to the contract with Tony’s Concrete
Construction Co., Inc. for the Ezra Place, Steffanie Place & Jeffrey Road
Sidewalk Reconstruction Project – Contract B.
06-254 A resolution
approving Change Order No. 2 to the contract with Covino & Sons
Construction Company, Inc. for the Dell Avenue Sidewalk Construction Project
06-255 A resolution
authorizing the release of the Performance Bond for Outstanding Site Items at
17 Alexandra Road, Landing, Block 11705, Lot 10.
06-256 A resolution
authorizing the release of Cash bond No. 2001-394 in connection with a Major
Soil Relocation Permit for Crack Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.,Block 12201,
06-257 A resolution
authorizing refund of unused escrow 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.
06-258 A resolution
authorizing a person-to-person transfer of Liquor License #1435-33019-010 from
Chi-Chi’s, inc. to Os Realty, Inc.
06-259 A resolution
approving Change Order No. 2 to the contract with PM Construction Corporation
for the Skyview Wastewater Treatment Plant Decommissioning Project NJEIT No
S340381-06. Mr. Zoschak questioned why
this was not put into place with the original contract. Mr. Raths stated that delays were the
06-260 A resolution
authorizing the release of a Performance Guarantee Posted for Right-of-Way
Excavation Permit No. SEP1505, Richard Liddy, 20 Unneberg Avenue, Block 3103.
06-261 A resolution
authorizing payment of bills.
Memo from Judy Riley dated July 6, 2006
#5 Mayors Fax Advisory from William G. Dressel, Jr.,
Executive Director of NJLM dated June 23, 2006 RE: 1. Prompt Payment of
Construction Contracts on A-3174. Council
would like Township Clerk BettyLou DeCroce to send a letter objecting to prompt
#11 Memo from Judith I. Silver, Parsippany Township Clerk
RE: Resolution of the Township Council of the township of Parsippany Troy Hills
Opposing the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Airspace
Redesign as Proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration. A resolution will be on the next meeting
#Correspondence from Joseph A. Giorgio, RMC, Business
Administrator/Township Clerk RE:
Resolution Urging A Cut In State Spending And Taxes In Order To Reduce
Property Taxes In The Fiscal Year 2007 State Budget. A resolution will be on the next meeting agenda supporting.
#8 Correspondence from Nancy Grant & Family, Resident of
Succasunna to Ms. DeCroce, Township Clerk dated July 5, 2006 RE: Garage Sale
Signs. Council directed Ms. DeCroce
to send a letter to Ms. Grant stating that the Council is directing the
Township Attorney to prepare an ordinance that will give better guidance and
less restriction on homeowners having garage sales.
06-262 Resolution of
the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury, in the County of Morris, New
Jersey, authorizing conference of the Township Council with the public
Mr. Hall made a motion to approve 06-262 for an Executive
Session. Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr. Hall – Yes Mr.
Rilee – Yes
Ms. DeFillippo – Yes
Smith – Yes
At 9:35 PM Council went into Executive Session.
At 10:00 PM Council returned to the Regular Meeting.
Mr. Hall made a motion to approve a Raffle for the Roxbury
Rotary. Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.
Ms. DeFillippo – Yes Mr. Smith – Yes
At 10:10 PM Mr. Smith made a motion to adjourn the Regular
Meeting. Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.
Roll Call: All In
Favor – Yes
DATE: October 24, 2006
ROLL CALL: Mr.
Rilee – yes Mr. Smith – yes
Mr. Ciaramella – yes Mrs. DeFillippo – yes
Mr. Hall – yes Mr.
Zoschak – yes
Mayor Schmidt – yes