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August 14, 2007
A Regular Meeting was held by the Township Council of the
Township of Roxbury on August 14, 2007 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New Jersey
at 7:30 p.m.
OPEN 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 5, 2007.
ROLL CALL: Councilwoman Kathy DeFillippo,
Councilman Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Martin Schmidt, Tim Smith and Mayor John
Christopher Raths, Township Manager; Anthony Bucco, Township Attorney
and Janet Rieth, Deputy Township Clerk
ABSENT: Councilman Richard Zoschak was on
Approval of Minutes
February 20, 2007
June 26, 2007
Mr. Schmidt made a motion to approve the above Minutes. Mrs. DeFillippo seconded the motion.
Mr. Schmidt – yes Mrs.
DeFillippo – yes
Mr. Hall – yes Mr. Rilee – yes (abstain February
Mr. Smith – yes (abstain June 26, 2007)
Mayor Ciaramella – yes (abstain June 26, 2007)
Motion carried 6 – 0 with one abstention on February 20,
2007 and two abstentions on June 26, 2007
Dennis Wine, 4 Holly Drive,
Succasunna, stated that the Township
is looking very nice.
He stated that he read
an article in the paper pertaining to the State giving away $17.8 million in
special aid and no towns in Morris County received any money. He questioned if it was because the County
has done a good job with their finances and does not have to rely on State
money. He feels that it is a good show
for Morris County in general and the Township in particular.
Eyland Avenue, Succasunna, stated that trees on the right of way should be
trimmed higher so that people can walk under them. Mr. Raths will check into this.
Mr. Alpaugh discussed the stream behind his house, which is washing away
part of his property. Mr. Raths stated
that there have also been wash outs in other areas due to the significant rain
we have had lately. Mr. Raths will have
Mr. Blood contact Mr. Alpaugh.
Regarding the maintenance of Township trees, Mr. Raths
advised that the inventory of street trees has been completed and a maintenance
plan is being put together.
Robert Kluska, Emmans
Road, discussed Ordinance 18-07, which is on the Agenda for introduction and
stated that he does not agree that a permit should be necessary every time a
resident requests a POD at their property.
Council discussed the possibility of changing the Ordinance to allow a
POD to remain on a property for a certain period of time without a permit. The majority of Council agreed for the
Ordinance to remain as written.
Anthony Petridis, 84
Orben Drive, Landing, stated that the State DOT will be performing a rock
mitigation process beginning next Spring on Route 80 Westbound before Exit 28.
It has been stated that the NJDEP is responsible for using the money in the
host community’s tree plantings programs.
He questioned if the municipality has a say in where the DEP funding for
trees can go in the Township. Mr. Bucco stated that the State may give the
Township a contribution to the Township’s tree fund and then we would have a
say in where the trees would go. Mr. Raths stated that he will check into
Regarding the ATV issue Mr. Petridis
questioned if the Township is supporting Assembly Bill No. A-4172. Mayor Ciaramella stated that the Township
sent a letter of support.
Mr. Petridis questioned if Mr.
Raths has received Chief Noll’s report.
Mr. Raths advised that the Chief is reviewing the report with his staff
and it will be on the next Agenda.
Impagliazzo, 92 Pleasant Hill Road, discussed a problem he had recently with
the five pail garbage limit. He does
not feel that there should be a limit to the amount of garbage a resident can
place at the curb. Mr. Raths stated
that if infrequently a resident goes over five receptacles, it will be picked
up. The Township only places stickers
at residences where it is a continual problem.
Mr. Raths further stated that the Sanitation employees felt that the
trash was placed too far up the driveway.
Mr. Impagliazzo stated that he does not have a curb where he can put the
cans. Mr. Raths stated that he has
spoken with Sanitation and Mr. Impagliazzo and
the issues have been settled.
Mr. Impagliazzo questioned when his road will be
repaved. Mr. Raths will have Mr. Blood
contact Mr. Impagliazzo to advise him when his road will be paved.
REPORTS OF COUNCIL
LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD BUSINESS
A. Letter from Laura Szwak concerning potential
open space partnership with the Canal Society of New Jersey
Laura Szwak, Trustee of The Canal
Society, introduced Brian Morel, President of the Canal Society. Mr. Morel gave a brief overview of the
property, which is located in the Port Morris section of Roxbury Township and
is part of the Morris Canal. This is
part of a proposed greenway across Morris County and across the State. It has been recognized by the State of New
Jersey in the form of considerable Green Acres funding and also by the Morris
County Freeholders and the Morris County Park Commission. It is the head of one of the incline planes
of the Morris Canal, Plane No. 1 West.
Ms. Szwak stated that
the property is for sale and the Canal Society has an allocation of green acres
monies to cover 50% of the purchase price.
They have applied to the Morris County Trust Fund for the remaining 50%
to match and would like the Township to complete the municipal review portion
of the application. This lets the County know that the Township is aware that a
non-profit organization is purchasing land for open space in the Township. Ms. Szwak further stated that the Canal
Society has no up front money to pay for the due diligence cost that is
required and they are asking the
Township to pay for some of the cost up front.
Mr. Hall stated that he supports this project as it is an open space
opportunity for an area in the Township that needs it, in addition to the
historical aspects. Ms. Szwak stated that the Canal Society is also asking for
the Township to accept ownership and management of the property. Mr. Smith stated that the Open Space
Committee supports this project, as does he.
Mr. Bucco advised
that there will need to be a contract between the Canal Society and the
Township indicating that once the transaction is complete it will be conveyed
to the Township and we will have the same issues in terms of title and
environmental phase I, wetlands, etc., which must all be addressed prior to the
Township accepting Title to the property.
Mr. Smith made a motion to support the project, accept
ownership and pay soft costs. Mr. Hall
seconded the motion.
Mr. Smith – yes Mr.
Hall – yes
Mrs. DeFillippo – yes Mr.
Rilee – yes
Mr. Schmidt – yes Mayor
Ciaramella – yes
Motion carried 6 - 0
Procurement Policy – Mr. Bucco’s office is working on this.
Mr. Schmidt requested an update
on the Horseshoe Lake sign. Mr. Raths
stated that it has been received and needs to be installed. Mr. Raths will
speak with Mr. Stierli and have the sign installed by the end of the week.
Mr. Schmidt advised that the
weeds are growing extensively along the picnic grove area at Horseshoe
Lake. Mr. Raths will have this area
Mrs. DeFillippo would like the
Main Street Streetscaping brochure updated for Olde Succasunny Day. Mr. Raths stated it is in the process of
Mrs. DeFillippo reminded everyone
of the Neighborhood Meeting which will be held tomorrow night in the Council
room at 7:00 PM.
Mr. Rilee advised that the DPW Committee will be meeting
Hall congratulated the Police Department on the wiffle ball tournament, which
raised money for Children with Cancer.
Hall stated that all Council members received notification regardi