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Workshop Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was held on
February 20, 2007 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey at 7:30 PM.
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, 2007; notice was posted
on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on January
Councilwoman Kathy DeFillippo, Councilmen Fred Hall, Martin Schmidt, Tim Smith, Richard Zoschak
and Mayor John Ciaramella
Also Present: Christopher Raths, Township Manager; Anthony
Bucco, Township Attorney and Janet Rieth, Deputy Township Clerk
COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD
Ciaramella amended the Agenda to discuss the Social Services Department Budget
Mayor Ciaramella read the following statement:
“It is very important that the public understand that it was never the
intent of this Council to shut down Social Services. This was simply a rumor without substance. It is very unfortunate that this incited so
many Roxbury residents and it was simply not true and, frankly, we are going to
deal with this issue right now. At this
time I would like Chris Raths to please comment on this issue.”
Mr. Raths stated that the Township takes opportunities to look at ways of
saving money. Over the last nine years the Township has eliminated 9 positions,
saved the taxpayers approximately $500,000.00, or $200.00 per year for the property owners of the Township. As he advised Council previously and after a
thorough review of the Social Services Department and meeting with the Township
Clergy Council, Department Heads, Mrs. Gruen, Frank Grisi, Council members and
citizens, Mr. Raths stated that he is
not recommending the elimination of the part time position. He does recommend that the position be
filled as soon as possible.
Mr. Hall made a motion to keep the Roxbury Social Services in tact and
immediately start the process to replace Mrs. Gruen and, where possible,
augment the Department with assistance that may be available from other
agencies or the community that would improve upon the services that the
Township is providing to those most in need in Roxbury. Mr. Zoschak seconded the motion.
Mr. Smith stated that he is in agreement. He further stated that
everything the Township has
attempted to do in cost reduction in other areas has been possible because technology has allowed the
work to be done without a human. The
Social Services Department cannot be run that way.
Mr. Zoschak stated that it is sad to see Gail retiring and we will all miss her.
Mrs. DeFillippo stated that she is in agreement that the Township never
intended for Social Services to be disbanded.
Council was just looking to see if the Township could improve on services that are already
Mr. Schmidt stated that he has worked with Gail on a number of projects
and has come to appreciate what she does for the people in the Township and he
is totally in support of retaining the Social Services Department.
Mayor Ciaramella feels that we will see improvements with Social Services
through the next few years.
Mr. Hall – yes Mr.
Zoschak – yes
Mrs. DeFillippo – yes Mr. Schmidt
Mr. Smith – yes Mayor
Ciaramella – yes
Motion carried 6 - 0
Mrs. Adams, 33 Mt. Road, Ledgewood, stated that everything that has been
said is sketchy and she questioned how long
it will it take to hire someone to fill Gail Gruen’s position. Mr. Raths stated that the Township will
advertise, take applications and hopefully be able to hire someone in 3-4
Robert Kluska, Emmans Road, stated that there was
discussion at the last meeting pertaining to an $800,000 expenditure for new field development and asked what it
is for. Mr. Hall stated that there are
1600 acres of open space in Roxbury, but only 50 acres are being utilized for
recreational purposes. The Recreational Master Plan shows that the Township is
short 8 to 10 fields for sports for the kids. Mr. Hall further stated that the
Township is trying to get fields that are basically maintenance free and we are
looking at turf options. The Township
is looking at shared services with the Board of Education for the high school
field and it would be used for all recreational purposes. Mayor Ciaramella stated that the decision
for the turf field has not been made between the Board of Education and the
Township. There is extensive financial review that must take place. Mr. Smith
stated that he has requested that Mr. Hall
look at the cost of new fields developed as grass, the possibility of
people committing to help fund the turf field, the cost of maintaining a
regular field versus a turf field and how many fewer turf fields would the
Township need than grass fields. Mr.
Hall advised that the Township will be soliciting local business to help keep
the costs down. Mr. Kluska stated that
many seniors are being forced to leave Roxbury because of the increase in taxes
and this new field would add to the increase.
Synelovski, 4 East Circuit Drive, Succasunna, asked if there is a tax discount
for seniors. Mr. Raths advised that
there is a State program for seniors who are in need. He further advised that
the Recreation Department charges fees for their programs that help cover a significant portion of the costs. Mrs. DeFillippo stated that the Township is
exploring the possibility of residents making a donation to Recreation when
they register for programs. Mr. Schmidt
stated that this system is already in place.
Tamara Brown, Randolph, stated that she is appreciative that the Township
has decided to retain the Social Services Department. She asked if the Township is
aware, environmentally, of what turf can do versus regular grass. Mr. Raths stated that we do know the
drainage system that is needed for run off. He further stated that with the
turf field there would be no need for herbicides, pesticides or
Ed Kirchgessner, 27 Honeyman Drive, Succasunna, stated that the people
who built recreation in Roxbury are the ones who could be driven out of
Frank Harold, 43 Flanders Drakestown Road, Mt.
Olive, spoke in support of Gail Gruen and the Social Services Department.
Ed Kirchgessner, 27 Honeyman Drive, Succasunna,
stated that even though Board of Education helps financially with the fields,
it still comes out of taxpayers’ pockets.
Charles Alpaugh, Eyland Avenue, Succasunna, stated the he supports the
work of Social Services.
At 8:05 PM Council took a short break.
At 8:15 Pm Council returned to the Workshop Meeting.
Mr. Raths advised that the Township has entered into shared services
contract with Mine Hill Township, with no additional personnel necessary. This has brought $44,210 of revenue to
Mr. Raths advised that there is an 8% increase in
the Health Department budget, with the bulk of this being salaries.
Account No. 205 – Health Programs
Mr. Grisi advised that the additional $1,000 is to purchase flu vaccines.
The Township does get reimbursed by Medicare Part B to offset the
expenditure. Mr. Grisi will look into
the possibility of not using the State contract for the vaccine.
Account No. 206 - Professional Dues increase
Mr. Grisi advised that there are mandated recertifications for employees
that are due this year.
Account No. 241 – Golub Contract, Cat Impound Services
Mr. Grisi advised that he met with Sheriff Rochford regarding a County
impound facility, which is part of the County shared services.
Account No. 242 – Morris Regional Public Health Partnership
The contributed amount is not mandated.
Council agreed to leave the amount at $1,000.
Mr. Bucco has prepared an Ordinance to raise the Township fees for dog
licensing. Mr. Grisi will provide Mr.
Bucco with the new amount.
Account No. 208 FICA Contribution
Council agreed to cut this account by $1,000 to $2,400.
Account No. 219 Material & Supplies
Council agreed to cut this to $2,800.
Department of Public Works and the Library budgets will be discussed at
the next Budget Meeting.
proposed Highland – Draft Master Plan
questioned if there is any way the Township could start a class action lawsuit
against the State of New Jersey for changing the COAH rules. Mr. Bucco stated that there is not. Mr.
Raths advised that the Township is drafting a letter to the Department of
Community Affairs regarding moving forward with our contributions to East
Orange and 133 Landing Road.
Stern, Township Planner, gave an overview of the Draft Master Plan and answered
questions from Council. Mr. Stern
advised that the public comment period has been extended to April 2nd. Regarding map changes, Mr. Stern stated
that, if the Council agrees, the Township should pursue the land use map
changes now. The New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection will base their permitting opinions upon the
land use capability area map, Mr. Bucco advised that there will be an
opportunity for the Township to go to the Highlands Council to have the map
changed to reflect what we had under the State plan. As a result of that, if the Township is able to get the Highlands
Council to change the map, then we will not have problems with the DEP.
will respond to the two areas (Hercules Tract and Dell Avenue area) through the
technical and parcel data reports as requested by the Highlands Councils and
draft a letter indicating that we do not believe those are the proper
designations for these two areas. A
copy of Mr. Stern’s report will be included with the letter.
stated that the Township has been approached regarding the Eden Lane
Development and this issue needs to be addressed. Mr. Raths stated that there may be an exception since they had
their permits in place at about the same time as the Highlands Council was
At this time,
Mayor Ciaramella opened the meeting to the public for their comments.
Hunsberger, Hercules, Inc., stated that, pertaining to the Hercules property,
there is PA2 and PA5. He questioned if it would make a difference to make the
whole area PA2. Mr. Stern stated that
there are ridge lines and areas that are not desirable for development. Mr. Bucco stated that we want to be
consistent with the planning that has been done in making our recommendation to
keep credibility in order to obtain the corrections that we are requesting.
At this time,
Mr. Smith left the meeting.
Social Services Department – 2007 Budget – Previously Discussed
Health Department –Previously Discussed
Policy – Mr. Bucco is working on this.
PORTION – Previously
REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK
A. Social Affair Permit request by St. Therese
Home School Association for Dinner
Party on March 31, 2007 from 5 to 11:30 pm
request from Mr. Rallo to name the Street Subdivision of Sheep Meadow Farms
Mr. Schmidt made
a motion to approve Items A & B.
Mr. Zoschak seconded the motion.
Mr. Schmidt –
yes (Abstain on Item A) Mr. Zoschak – yes
– yes Mr.
Hall – yes (Abstain on Item A)
Motion carried 5
– 0 with 2 abstentions on Item A
October 24, 2006
- Executive Session – Hold
January 9, 2007
- Regular Meeting
23, 2007 - Executive Session
January 31, 2007
- Neighborhood Meeting
Mr. Schmidt made
a motion to approve the Minutes of January 9, 2007, Regular meeting; January
23, 2007, Executive Session and January 31, 2007, Neighborhood Meeting. Mr. Hall seconded the motion.
Mr. Schmidt –
yes Mr. Hall – yes
Mr. Zoschak –
yes (abstain on January 23rd and January 31st)
Motion carried 5
– 0 with one abstention on January 23rd and January 31st
ORDINANCES FOR DISCUSSION
OF PROPOSED ORDINANCES
07-74 A resolution incorporating by reference
herein and approving the following
resolutions listed on the workshop council meeting agenda for this date: 07-75,
07-76, 07-77, 07-78, 07-79, 07-80, 07-81, 07-82, 07-83, 07-84, 07-85
Mr. Zoschak made
a motion to adopt Resolution 07-74. Mr.
Schmidt seconded the motion.
Mr. Zoschak –
yes Mr. Schmidt – yes
– yes (recuse on check #42925)
Mr. Hall – yes Mayor Ciaramella – yes
Motion carried 5
– 0 with one recusal on check #42925
07-75 A resolution authorizing the release of the
performance guarantee of Ledgewood
LLC for the preliminary site plan location on Rt. 46, 6502, Lot 1,2.
07-76 A resolution authorizing refund of unused
escrow monies previously deposited
the Township of Roxbury for development matters pursuant to Chapter XIII (land
use) of the revised general ordinances of the Township of Roxbury
resolution authorizing the execution of a right-of-entry agreement between the
W.W.R.M. Partnership and The Township of Roxbury for access to block 10101,
Lots 13 and 23 (The McNEAR Property)
07-78 A Resolution authorizing the Acceptance of a
Maintenance Agreement and
the release of the Final Payment to Pave-King, Inc., Kenvil, New Jersey for the
412 Mount Arlington Boulevard Drainage Improvement Project
07-79 A resolution authorizing the refund of Sewer
resolution supporting State Funding for Lake Musconetcong Weed Harvesting
07-81 A resolution of the Township of Roxbury
opposing A-3857 and S-2451 which, if
would eliminate RCAs as a tool to facilitate municipal compliance with Mount Laurel
resolution authorizing the refund of taxes
07-83 A Resolution authorizing the Refund of Unused
Engineering Inspection Fees to
Roxbury Associates, L.L.C. for Roxbury Commons Project
Boulevard, Block 12201, Lots 1.1 & 1.4
07-84 A resolution in support of the establishment
of the permanent source of funding
for Lake Hopatcong Commission
07-85 A resolution authorizing payment of bills
Correspondence from Christopher Raths, to Mayor/Council, dated February 16,
2007, re: Information Update – (#8) Horseshoe Lake Entrance – This will be
brought to Council at the next meeting.
#4 – Memorandum
from Ptl. Gregg Prendergast, to Christopher Raths, dated February 6, 2007, re:
Route 206 Motor Vehicle Accidents – Excellent Report. Mr. Raths will follow up with Mt. Olive Township and the DOT.
Correspondence from Pinnacle Wireless, To Roxbury Township Administrator, re:
Acquisition of Warner Communications – Mr. Raths will schedule a meeting with Pinnacle
and the Fire Department.
#6 – Resolution
from Lake Hopatcong Commission, re: Request to Include Construction for Lake
Hopatcong Commission on List of Proposed Projects Financed Through 2006 Public
Question Two – A Resolution Supporting this will be on the next Agenda.
#10 – Mayors Fax
Advisory from NJLM, dated February 9, 2007, re: I – Documentation of COAH Plan
Costs, II – Unused Sick Leave and Dual Office Holding, III – Levy Cap
Information (A-1/S-20, as passed by Legislature) – Mr. Raths will respond
regarding I – Documentation of COAH Plan Costs.
07-86 A resolution of the Township Council of the
Township of Roxbury, in the County
Morris, New Jersey, authorizing conference of the Township Council with the
Mr. Schmidt made
a motion to adopt Resolution 07-86 for Executive Session. Mrs. DeFillippo seconded the motion.
Mr. Schmidt –
yes Mrs. DeFillippo – yes
Mr. Hall – yes Mr. Zoschak – yes
Motion carried 5
At 10:00 PM Mrs.
DeFillippo made a motion to adjourn the Workshop Meeting. Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
All In Favor –
DATE: August 14, 2007
ROLL CALL: Mr. Schmidt – yes Mrs. DeFillippo – yes
Hall – yes Mr. Rilee –
Smith – yes Mayor Ciaramella -