March 21, 2006
A Budget Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of
Roxbury was held on March 21, 2006 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey at
OPEN PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT
Notice is hereby given that
a Special Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury will be
held on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 7:30 PM at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New
Jersey. This meeting is being held for the purpose of discussing the 2006
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 March 15,
2006; notice was posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the
Municipal Building on March 15, 2006.
CALL: Councilwoman Kathy DeFillippo,
Councilmen, Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Richard Zoschak, Tim Smith, John
Ciaramella and Mayor Martin Schmidt
PRESENT: Christopher Raths, Township
Manager and BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk; Lisa Palmieri, Chief Financial
OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD
2006 Budget Discussion
Raths handed out a memorandum submitted by Rick Blood pertaining to the Recycling Center hours.
timers ($12 & $10/hr.) or $22.00 hr
hrs/day or 16 hrs/wknd X 52 weeks = $18,304 Annual Savings: $104,946
2006 Savings: $ 60,869
Weekends and 8 Holidays
part timers @ $22/hr X 8 hrs X 8 Days = $1,408 + $18,304 = $19,712
Annual Savings: $103,538
Savings: $ 60,052
and 1 day per week (Wednesday)
Weekdays: $12 X 8 hrs X 52 wks = $4,992 + $18,304 = $23,296
Annual Savings: $ 99,954
2006 Savings: $ 57,973
ensued with regard to calling Jefferson and Mine Hill to see if they are interested in shared
services. Mr. Blood will make those calls and advise Council. Mr. Zoschak
stated that he did not have a problem with it except if it ended up a cost for
the township he would not support shared services.
agreed to the Weekends and 8 Holidays.
asked Mr. Raths to review the salaries for recycling because it seemed to be an
excessive increase from last year. Mr. Raths stated that he would look into it
and give an explanation to Council.
Recreation and Parks
Mr. Raths went over the Parks & Recreation Director
Management & Interviews
Development & Construction
10. Senior Center Schedule
11. Schedule all Recreation
12. Coordinate Recreation
Functions for Clubs and Civic Programs
13. Budget Preparation –
Recreation, Parks, Buildings & Grounds
14. Tournament Scheduling &
15. Supervises the Following Employees
& Building Maintenance – 6
16. Scheduling All Recreation
Leagues, Clinics and Clubs
17. Coordinate Challenger
18. Teen Center Operation
19. Maintenance of 15 Parks
20. Maintenance of all
21. Liaison with Athletic
Director, PTA’s and Principals
22. Develop Long-Range Goals and
23. Summer Programs
24. Works all evenings weekends
and attends all meetings.
NUMBER OF RESPONSIBILITIES
EXCEEDS EFFECTIVE CONTROL
Needs assistance of Program
Management & interviews
Recreation Functions for Clubs and Civic programs
Scheduling & Supervision
10. Supervision 90 seasonal
11. Scheduling All Recreation
Leagues, clinics and Clubs
12. Coordinate Challenger
13. Teen Center Operation
14. Develop Long-Range Goals and
15. Summer Program
16. Provide Independent decision
17. Acting Director
All Recreation Facilities
TAX DIFFERENCE ON
Discussion ensued with regard
to hiring a Program Coordinator/Assistant Director. Council felt that Mr.
Stierli is currently stretched too thin. In order for the Township to maintain
the current levels offered in our Recreational Programs and the ability to offer
more to the residents it would be necessary to fill the open position in the
Discussion took place as to the
vacant position in Park Maintenance. Mr. Stierli stated that they really need
the position filled in order to keep up the park maintenance as well as all of
the other buildings the Township owns. Council asked Mr. Raths to see if any
of the personnel that will not be needed with the new recycling schedule could
be moved to this position. Mr. Raths will look into the matter but pointed out
that the individual would have to be physically able to perform all the
Under Recreation 28-372 line
item Leisure Activities were discussed and line item 28-375 Park Maintenance.
Council felt that it was appropriated properly.
Chief Joe Lang, Chief Bob Baker and Chief Peter Braxton were present to answer
any questions pertaining to the Fire Department, EMS Department.
were raised pertaining to the $64,000.00 line item – Clothing etc. Chief Lang
stated that amount is budgeted for each volunteer, which equates to $165.00 per
volunteer for clothing, gas, cleaning etc.
made no changes to the Fire budget at this time.
Grisi, Heath Officer was present. Discussion took place pertaining to the
Morris Regional PH Partnership and its purpose. Mr. Smith brought up for
discussion the fact that Mt. Olive, Parsippany and Randolph are not members of
the Partnership. Mr. Grisi stated that they are currently trying to sign up the
remaining municipalities. Discussion ensued and Council agreed to $1,000 for
2006 membership. Mr. Grisi stated that on March 28, 2006, council meeting he
will be giving a presentation to Council on the Partnership.
Smith pointed out that the proposed amount for the Golub Contract had dropped.
Mr. Grisi stated that was correct and the needed proposed amount for the 2006
budget would be $5,000.
REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK
Discussion took place pertaining to the Water/Sewer
Payment. The proposed payment for 2006 is $101,000, which equates to a 0.46
tax increase. Mr. Smith presented the Council with a breakdown of extending
the payoff as follows:
PROPOSED PAYOFF SCHEDULE
2007 2008 2009 2010
Paid Off -- $25,000 $25,000 $25,000
-- $ 3,535 $ 2,660 1,785 910.
Smith felt that by spreading it out to 2010 would help the tax base for payout
and give some relief in the budget this year with hope that our financial
picture changes in the upcoming years.
are several projects that should be completed which would create revenue in
future budgets. Mr. Smith felt that it is a quick fix for this year and will
serve the people better with payments spread out.
discussed this in length and decided to bite the bullet and pay the payment as
scheduled for this year (2006) in the amount of $101,000.
There was no public comment at this time.
DRAFT ORDINANCES FOR DISCUSSION
ORDINANCES TO BE INTRODUCED
HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING
DRAFT RESOLUTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS
March 17, 2006
agreed to hold the March 17, 2006 Communications to be discussed at the March
28, 2006 scheduled meeting.
At 10:15 PM Mr. Smith made a
motion to adjourn the Budget Meeting. Mr. Ciaramella seconded the motion.
All In Favor – Yes
Motion Approved – 7 to 0
MINUTES APPROVED BY
DATE: April 11, 2006
ROLL CALL: Mr. Zoschak – yes Mr. Ciaramella
DeFillippo – yes Mr. Hall – yes
Rilee – yes Mayor Schmidt - yes