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February 6, 2007

 

 A Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was held on February 6, 2007 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey at 7:30 p.m.                     

           

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT         

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, 2007; notice was posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on January 5, 2007.

           

ROLL CALL (Present):  Councilwoman Kathy DeFillippo, Councilmen Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Martin Schmidt, Tim Smith and Mayor John Ciaramella

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Christopher Raths, Township Manager; Anthony M. Bucco, Township Attorney and Deputy Clerk Janet Rieth

 

ABSENT:  Councilman Richard Zoschak

           

PRESENTATIONS

None

           

APPROVAL OF MINUTES     

January 9, 2007 - Executive Session

 

Mr. Rilee made a motion to approve the January 9, 2007 Executive Session Minutes.  Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:

Mr. Rilee – yes            Mr. Schmidt – yes

Mrs. DeFillippo – yes    Mr. Hall – yes        

Mr. Smith  - yes       Mayor Ciaramella – yes

 

Motion carried 6 – 0

 

PUBLIC PORTION

None

           

REPORTS OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD BUSINESS

Mr. Schmidt stated  that he was very pleased with the Neighborhood Meeting.  He passed out to Council a petition he received at home from Girl Scout Troop 1670 in support of keeping the Social Services Department open.

 

Mr. Schmidt reminded everyone that the next Neighbors helping Neighbors program will be held on February 17th at 12:00 PM.  The entire dinner will be contributed by Roxbury Diner at no cost. 

 

Mrs. DeFillippo advised that the Ward 4 Neighborhood meeting was heavily attended.  The main topic of discussion was the Social Services Department.  Also Debra Ward, Recycling Coordinator gave a presentation on recycling and Chief Noll held a discussion on teenage drivers.

 

Mrs. DeFillippo advised that the Main Street Streetscape Committee will meet on February 14th.

 

Mrs. DeFillippo advised that the Economic Development Committee landowners meeting will be held on February 20th at 8:00 AM.  The Economic Development Committee will hold their regular meeting on February 22nd.

 

Mrs. DeFillippo will attend the Morris County Economic Development Committee luncheon regarding communications and marketing, on February 15th. 

 

Mrs. DeFillippo advised that the Economic Development Committee will be holding “A Taste of Roxbury”, a joint venture with the Roxbury  Chamber of Commerce.  This will be held in April.

 

Mrs. DeFillippo advised that the Water/Sewer Committee will meet next week.

 

Mrs. DeFillippo introduced Dillon, a local Boy Scout attending tonight’s meeting in preparation for his merit badge.

 

Mr. Rilee questioned when the next DPW meeting will be held.  Mr. Raths advised that it is scheduled for February 12th at 7:00 PM.

 

Mr. Rilee requested an update on the possibility of a grant writing class for the Fire Department. Mr. Raths stated that he has not followed up on this, however, Mr. Hackett may take a more active roll  pursuing this. 

 

Mr. Rilee held a meeting with the Fire Chiefs regarding the problems with the radios.  They appointed John Hayowyk to compile  a list of issues.  He will then communicate with Mr. Rilee and Mr. Raths in reference to the problems.  They hope to have something compiled later this week regarding current issues.  Mr. Rilee advised that the Council needs to decide what direction to take and he suggested that the Fire Chiefs, Chief Noll, Mr. Hall, Mr. Raths and he meet with Pinnacle to address the issues. Mr. Rilee would like this meeting to be held within the next two weeks.  Council agreed.

 

Mr. Hall requested an update on the situation with the Swim and Sport Club regarding the possible purchase of a portion of the property. Mr. Raths advised that a letter with an offer was sent, but he has not heard anything.  He will contact the Swim and Sport Club next week.

 

Mr. Hall attended the Board of Education meeting last night. The entire Board, as well as the Superintendent of Schools, gave Council praise regarding efforts for shared services. They were very interested in the Nutrition Center.  They also  mentioned joint opportunities regarding a turf field.

 

Mr. Hall advised that the Recreation Advisory Committee will meet on Saturday.

 

Mr. Hall questioned when Mr. Raths will have the information compiled regarding the Social Services Department.  Mr. Raths stated that he  is meeting with the ecumenical council on Thursday, so he will not have information until the Budget Meeting of February 27th. 

 

Mr. Hall stated that the Computer Committee will hold another meeting on Thursday to come to a conclusion regarding the online registration for recreational situations within the Township. 

 

Mr. Hall stated that Township staff did a very good job at the Neighborhood meeting. 

 

Mr. Smith stated that he thought the Neighborhood meeting was great.  It was good to see so many people attend.

 

Mr. Smith stated that he had a conversation with Mr. Wine regarding the Fire Department radio issue with Pinnacle. Mr. Wine spoke to his son, who is involved in wireless communication, and advised Mr. Smith that the gentleman who wrote the letter does not have a background in technical matters. Mr. Smith stated that although we have had a relationship with Warner Communications, we may not have the same relationship with Pinnacle.  Mr. Wine’s son advised that the Township should use an independent consultant to determine our needs.  He also suggested that we identify the areas where there is poor coverage and train emergency personnel to know where those areas are located.  Mr. Rilee stated that most people agree with the assessment that we need someone from the outside to look at the issue.

 

Mayor Ciaramella advised that he attended the Boy Scout Troop 188 Eagle Scout awards and presented plaques on behalf of the Township.

 

Mayor Ciaramella advised that he attended two meetings regarding the Lake Hopatcong Commission.  He provided Mr. Raths with letters to be placed in the next Council packets. 

 

Mayor Ciaramella advised that he attended the Senior’s meeting last week.  There was discussion regarding unregistered vehicles on Main Street, which he brought to Mr. Raths’ attention. Mayor Ciaramella also went into the fix it form on the web site and he has  requested that Mr. Raths  provide the Council with a monthly report on the fix it website showing the number of hits, the number of requests for fix it and the response time.

 

Mr. Raths advised that he attended Career Day at Roxbury High School, which was sponsored by the Rotary Club.

 

Mr. Raths advised that the Township has an opportunity to put a message on the billboard on Route 46 and he would like to put a message on it thanking the Township volunteers, with contact information for the Fire Companies.  The Township will have this opportunity two to three times a year for approximately one week each time.  Mr. Rilee suggested that a corner of the sign should thank the provider of the billboard for allowing the Township to use the billboard at no cost.

 

New Business

None

 

Old Business

Procurement Policy - Progress

           

MATTERS REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK

A.            Application for Special Permit for Social Affair (SA) from the Rotary Club of Roxbury.

B.            Request letter from Runners Race Service, Ironia, NJ for 5k Road Race.

C.            Request letter for a Block Party on Barbara Drive, Succasunna.

Mr. Rilee made a motion to approve Items A, B and C.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:

Mr. Rilee – yes            Mr. Smith – yes

Mrs. DeFillippo – yes    Mr. Hall – yes

Mr. Schmidt – yes       Mayor Ciaramella – yes

 

Motion carried 6 – 0

 

DRAFT ORDINANCES FOR DISCUSSION

None

           

INTRODUCTION OF PROPOSED ORDINANCES

01-07    An Ordinance to Amend Chapter XIII, Land Development Ordinance, Article I, General

Provisions, Section 13-1.2, Definitions, of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Roxbury, County of Morris, State of New Jersey

 

Mrs. DeFillippo made a motion to introduce Ordinance 01-07.  Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:

Mrs. DeFillippo – yes    Mr. Rilee – yes

Mrs. Hall – yes            Mr. Schmidt – yes

Mr. Smith -  yes       Mayor Ciaramella – yes

 

Motion carried 6 - 0

           

02-07    An Ordinance repealing subsection 2-11.4, Condemnation Board, of Section 2-11,

Department of Planning, Development and Inspections, in Chapter II, Administrative Code of the revised general ordinances of the Township of Roxbury

 

Mr. Schmidt made a motion to introduce Ordinance 02-07.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:

Mr. Schmidt – yes       Mr. Smith – yes

Mrs. DeFillippo – yes    Mr. Hall – yes

Mr. Rilee – yes            Mayor Ciaramella – yes

 

Motion carried 6 - 0

 

HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING    

None

           

INTRODUCTION AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS                  

07-73             A resolution incorporating by reference herein and approving the following numbered resolutions listed on the regular council meeting agenda for this date: 07-62, 07-63, 07-64, 07-65, 07-66, 07-67, 07-68, 07-69, 07-70, 07-71

 

Mr. Rilee made a motion to adopt Resolution 07-73.  Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call:

Mr. Rilee – yes            Mr. Schmidt – yes

Mrs. DeFillippo – yes (recuse on check no. 42693)

Mr. Hall – yes              Mr. Smith – yes (recuse on check no. 42874)

Mayor Ciaramella – yes (recuse on check nos. 42834 and 42835)

 

Motion carried 6 – 0 with one recusal on check nos. 42693, 42874, 42834 and 43835

 

Amend motion for change to 07-70

07-62  A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a drainage easement and maintenance agreement from George J. Szatkowski, Jr. for Lot 2, Block 11302, located on Laurie Road in the Township of Roxbury

           

07-63  A resolution authorizing refund of taxes for a Totally Disabled Veteran Exemption

           

07-64  A resolution amending the membership of the Township Fire Department

           

07-65  A resolution authorizing the release of Maintenance Bond #04-306 for Hunter’s Ridge Posted by Hunter’s Ridge Development Company, Inc. for the Mooney Rod Improvements, Block 33.1, Lot 3

           

07-66  A resolution authorizing the Acceptance of a performance Bond for Tree permit for E.J. Peters Co. Inc. for Properties location on Route 206 Block 9203, Lot 1 & 2

           

07-67  A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a performance Bond for Tree Permit for Mark Tucci for Properties located Second Street Block 2601, Lot 12

           

07-68  A resolution authorizing the Refund of a Cash Bond for Soil Moving permit for Loraine Development located on Mt. Arlington Blvd Block 12101, Lot 6

           

07-69  A resolution authorizing the acceptance of a Cash Bond for Tree Permit for Fresenius Medical Center located on Route 46, Block 4002, Lot 16

           

07-70  A resolution in support of the Restoration of the Landing Honor Roll

           

07-71    A resolution authorizing payment of bills

Council would like Check No. 42855 to be held.    

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES

Memo from Judy Riley dated January 31, 2007

 

COMMUNICATIONS        

January 26, 2007

#4 – Minutes from a Regular Meeting of the Morris County Planning Board held on December 7, 2006 – A copy will be provided to Russell Stern.

 

#8 – Correspondence from Margaret Nordstrom, Director, Morris County Board f Chosen Freeholders to Mayor Martin Schmidt , dated January 17, 2007, re: Shared Services – Mr. Raths will look into this.

 

#16 & 17 – Correspondence from Michele Franchi, to Mayor/Council, re; Social Services in Roxbury Township –  The Township will respond.  Mr. Rilee stated that no one on the Council is looking at doing away with Social Services.  The Township is just looking at options available.

 

#24 – Mayors Fax Advisory from NJLM, dated January 26, 2007, re: Appellate Court Decision of COAH Growth Share Regulations – The Appellate Division struck down the COAH rules.  All 3rd round applications will be put on hold until this issue is resolved.

 

#25 & 26 – Correspondence from NJLM, re: Lazy Bidder Law – Mr. Bucco sent a letter to Mike Kobylarz  With suggested language for the Township’s bid documents.

 

February 2, 2007

#1 – Correspondence from Christopher Raths, to Mayor/Council, dated February 2, 2007, re: Information Update – (#8) Horseshoe Lake Entrance – The Recreation Advisory Board has not looked at the revision; (#10) Trails – Council approved the resolution to submit a grant application for trails along Veterans Park and we are still waiting to hear from the DEP; (#12) – NJDOT Commerce Blvd. – the meeting has been rescheduled for February 13th, with Ptl. Prendergast and Russell Stern attending; (#18) – Sewer Superintendent – Mr. Raths will be reviewing all old applications.

 

#2 – Correspondence from Peter Risicica, NJDOT, dated January 24, 2007, re: Speed Limit, Route 46, - Mr. Hall requested an update regarding the flashing light on Route 46 by the jug handle.  Mr. Raths will contact the DOT.

 

#7 – Article from Daily Record, dated January 25, 2007, re: Salty Water a New Solution to Snow on Randolph’s Roads – The DPW is look at this.

 

#13 – Correspondence from Margaret Nordstrom, Director, Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, re: Invitation to attend a County Government Orientation on March 29, 2007 in the Public Meeting Room of the Administration and Records Building, Morristown – Mayor Ciaramella, Councilman Schmidt and Councilwoman DeFillippo will attend  

 

PUBLIC PORTION

None

           

EXECUTIVE SESSION      

 

07-72      A 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 excluded

 

Mr. Rilee made a motion to adopt Resolution 07-72 for Executive Session.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion

 

Roll Call:

Mr. Rilee – yes            Mr. Smith – yes

Mrs. DeFillippo – yes    Mr. Hall – yes

Mr. Schmidt – yes       Mayor Ciaramella – yes

 

Motion carried 6 - 0

           

ADJOURNMENT   

At 9:00 PM Mr. Rilee made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion.

 

All In Favor - yes

 

Submitted By:

 

 

 _________________________

BettyLou DeCroce

Township Clerk   

MINUTES APPROVED BY COUNCIL

DATE:                        July 10, 2007

ROLL CALL:            Mr. Rilee – yes            Mr. Schmidt – yes

                                    Mrs. DeFillippo – yes       Mr. Hall – yes        

                                    Mr. Smith – yes            Mr. Zoschak – abstain

                                    Mayor Ciaramella - yes