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July 24, 2007
Workshop Meeting was held by the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury on
June 26, 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 (Present): Kathy DeFillippo, Jim Rilee, Martin Schmidt, Tim Smith and
Mayor John Ciaramella
ALSO PRESENT: Christopher Raths,
Township Manager, Anthony Bucco, Township Attorney, BettyLou DeCroce, Township
Clerk and Mary Jane Parr, Administrative Aide
Councilman Richard Zoschak and Councilman Fred Hall
REPORTS OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD BUSINESS
Raths stated that this is a new program that a non-profit organization is
attempting to put in place within the County.
They are attempting to secure drivers and provide rides for seniors
throughout the County. Ms. Liz Accles
can be contacted by anyone who would like to volunteer.
2. Library Board Appointment un-expired term of
members have not had an opportunity to review the two names that have been
mentioned. Mayor Ciaramella will make
the appointment at the next meeting.
Policy – Mr. Bucco’s office is working
Department Presentation-Frank Grisi
be discussed later in the meeting.
this time Mayor Ciaramella amended the agenda to the Public portion.
Church, 256 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna stated that three bids were received for
Resolution 07-294 and the lowest bid was not accepted. Mr. Raths stated that
this was a clerical error and the resolution will be revised tonight.
Church also stated that the large signs being posted on the road by the police
advertising their wiffle ball tournament are a distraction, which can cause
Wine, 4 Holly Drive, Succasunna, stated that there was an article in the newspaper
on pension contribution costs, but Roxbury was not included. Mr. Raths stated that Lisa Palmieri, Chief
Financial Officer, is working on this and the Township’s payment will be up in
2008 for Police pension and in 2008 and 2009 for the Public Employees
Retirement System. Mr. Raths further
stated that it will be approximately $500,000 for the next few years.
Wine also commented on a letter from Assemblyman DeCroce asking for support on
a campaign to persuade Governor Corzine not to sell the State’s
highways. Mrs. DeCroce stated that the Township sent a
letter to the Governor’s office objecting to the selling of the Turnpike and
Seeger, 3 Little Lane, spoke about
the ATV problem in the Township and feels that the Township should have a place
where people can ride them. Mayor
Ciaramella stated that the Council is attempting to prevent the misuse of
Township owned property. Mrs. DeCroce
stated that the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund has not allowed any
municipality to do this.
Petridis, 84 Orben Drive, Landing, spoke about the funding for Lake
Musconetcong. Mr. Raths stated that the
Township paid their portion for membership of the Lake Musconetcong Regional
Petridis stated that the Police Department has requested funding of
approximately $5,000 to purchase an ATV in past years and it has been turned
down. He further stated that the
Township’s open space and walking trails cannot be accessible by anything other
than a bicycle or walking. Mr. Petridis
asked Council if anyone has approached a manufacturer to see if they would
donate an ATV to the Township or, since the vehicle would be used to help
police the open spaces the Township is purchasing, could it be purchased with
open space funding. Mr. Smith stated
that the open space money is currently used for purchasing property only. Mr. Raths stated that before anyone solicits
funds to purchase a piece of equipment to be given to the Township, the Council
first has to accept that piece of equipment.
Mr. Raths further stated that he is waiting for a report from the police
department regarding park vandalism and ATV use, which will address many of the
questions that residents have brought to Council.
Walker, 6 Kurt Drive, Ledgewood, read some statistics about injuries caused by
ATV’s. Mr. Walker stated that he would
like to donate money towards an ATV for use by the Police Department. Mayor Ciaramella stated that the Council
will reserve their decision until after they have seen the report from the
this time Mayor Ciaramella amended the Agenda to the Olde Suckasunny Day
Old Suckasunny Day
Ciaramella read the above Proclamation declaring September 8, 2007 as “Olde
Suckasunny Day” in the Township of Roxbury.
this time Mayor Ciaramella amended the Agenda to the Health Department
Health Department Presentation by Frank
Grisi spoke about emergency preparedness and showed a power point presentation
on the challenges we have to prepare for and spoke on planning ahead not only
for your family but also for your pets.
MATTERS REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL
MEMBERS MANAGER ATTORNEY CLERK
A. Proclamation- Old Suckasunny Day – Previously Discussed
B. Ledgewood Baptist Church Kiddie Parade August
C. 15 Melissa Lane Block Party September 3,2007
D. 18 Tamarack Drive Block Party September
Rilee made a motion to approve Items B, C and D. Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
Rilee – yes Mr. Schmidt – yes
DeFillippo – yes Mr. Smith – yes
Ciaramella – yes
carried 5 – 0
Raths advised Council that the Ledgewood
Baptist Church is putting on an addition and they are looking for a waiver of
the cash performance bond of $7,200 for the planting of 12 trees. Mr. Robert Stark, a member of the Building
Committee for the Ledgewood Baptist Church, assured the Council that the trees
will be planted. They are only looking
for a waiver of the performance bond.
Rilee made a motion to waive the performance bond of $7,200 for trees. Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
Rilee – yes Mr. Schmidt – yes
DeFillippo- yes Mr. Smith – yes
carried 5 - 0
this time Mayor Ciaramella amended the Agenda to Item 4
Schmidt advised that the Environmental Commission met recently and they
discussed the ATV situation. They are
waiting for the report from Chief Noll.
DeFillippo requested an update on the crime in the Township parks. Mr. Raths advised that this is all part of
the report that will be coming from Chief Noll.
DeFillippo stated that the Main Street Streetscaping Committee met last
week. They finalized plans for a
potential fundraiser for the Main Street project.
DeFillippo stated that the Economic Development Committee will meet this
DeFillippo advised that she received a call from a Mt. Olive Council person
regarding Route 206. She recommended
that a letter be sent to Mt. Olive and Chester Township to organize a meeting
to discuss ways to improve the traffic conditions on Route 206. Mr. Raths will send a letter to the Mayors
of Mt. Olive and Chester regarding this matter.
DeFillippo stated that she has seen lawn signs in Wharton Borough stating
“Thank you for Slowing Down” and Madison is also doing a campaign for safe
driving. She feels that this is a good
idea for sections of Roxbury Township.
DeFillippo stated that she has been working with the Recreation Department
pertaining to a potential Ledgewood Trail Day, which would be held to promote
the Ledgewood trail and campfire. This may be a joint effort between
Recreation, the Health Department (for lyme disease) and the Library (for the
story telling and sing along). They are
looking at a date in September.
DeFillippo discussed the information in the Communications packages regarding
Social Services. She stated that she likes the idea of knowing how many
households are utilizing Social Services and when clients are added or
dropped. Mrs. DeFillippo would like
suggestions as to what can be done with the overflow of donations. Mr. Raths will speak with Janet Wald, Social
Rilee asked if the Township has heard from the County Parks Commission or the
MCMUA regarding the bike path. Mr.
Raths stated that we have not and he will follow up.
Rilee advised that the DPW meeting was postponed again. Mr. Raths stated that the Engineer is
finishing the site plan. Mr. Blood,
Assistant DPW Director, stated that he met with the architect this morning
regarding the rough draft of the mechanicals and it will take at least two weeks
for them to get back to us. Mr. Raths
will set up a meeting of the DPW Committee.
Smith stated that there is a potential open space acquisition in the Berkshire Valley and one in Port Morris with
the Morris Canal.
Smith advised that the Roxbury Foundation for Excellence in Education has asked
if any Council members would like to attend their meetings. If anyone if
interested, they can advise Mr. Smith.
Smith stated that a front-end loader has been parked on Radcliffe Drive over
night and, since this is against the Township Ordinance, he would like the
police department to find out who it is.
Ciaramella asked Mr. Blood if he feels that the groundbreaking for the new DPW
facility will still be in September or October of this year. Mr. Blood stated that it will probably take
place take place in November/December.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
DRAFT ORDINANCES FOR DISCUSSION
INTRODUCTION OF PROPOSED ORDINANCES
17-7 AN ORDINANCE TO VACATE ANY AND ALL PUBLIC
TO A 15 FT. WIDE UTILITY EASEMENT LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF BLOCK
3604, LOT 2, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 139 ROUTE 10 EAST IN THE TOWNSHIP OF
ROXBURY, COUNTY OF MORRIS AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY
Rilee made a motion to introduce Ordinance 17-07. Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
DeFillippo – yes Mr. Smith – yes
HEARING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON
DeCroce advised that Ordinance 16-07 should have been on tonight’s Agenda for
second reading. However, there was a
problem with the Daily Record publication and, therefore, it needs to be
carried to the August 14th meeting.
16-7 An Ordinance Authorizing the Execution of
an Addendum to the Real
Lease Dated April 1, 2002 Between the Township of Roxbury and Roxbury Historic
Trust, Inc. for the King Store and King Homestead, Block 6408, Lot 1
Rilee made a motion for Ordinance 16-07 be carried to August 14, 2007. Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
DeFillippo – yes Mr. Smith -yes
Rilee asked if the Township could advertise in the Star Ledger. Mrs. DeCroce will look into the cost.
DRAFT RESOLUTION FOR DISCUSSION
INTRODUCTION AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS
7-285 A RESOLUTION INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE HERE
THE FOLLOWING NUMBERED RESOLUTIONS LISTED ON THE WORKSHOP COUNCIL MEETING
AGENDA FOR THIS DATE: 07-286, 07-288,
07-289, 07-290, 07-291, 07-292, 07-293, 07-294, 07-295, 07-296, 07-297, 07-298,
07-299, 07-300, 07-301, 07-302
Rilee made a motion to adopt Resolution 07-285. Mr. Smith seconded the motion.
Rilee – yes Mr. Smith –yes
DeFillippo – yes Mr. Schmidt – yes
Ciaramella – yes (abstain on check nos. 44882 and 44886)
carried 5 – 0 with one abstention on check nos. 44882 and 44886
7-286 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AWARD OF A FARM
TO ASHLEY FARMS OF FLANDERS, LLC FOR PROPERTY
OWNED BY THE TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY AND KNOWN AS BLOCK 9002, PART OF LOT 1.02 AND
BLOCK 8101, PART OF LOT 1 (GOTTDIENER PROPERTY)
7-287 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE OF
FOR SOIL RELOCATION ON PROPERTY OWNED BY ANIL
RANA, LOCATED ON BERKSHIRE
VALLEY ROAD BLOCK 7001, LOT 2 - PULLED
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RELEASE OF A
GUARANTEE POSTED FOR
RIGHT-OF-WAY EXCAVATION PERMIT NO.
NOV2906 39 FOX CHASE LANE, LEDGEWOOD BLOCK 9205, LOT 43
7-289 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RELEASE OF A
GUARANTEE POSTED FOR RIGHT-OF-WAY
EXCAVATION PERMIT NO. JUNE2207 4
JESSICA LANE, SUCCASUNNA BLOCK 4401, LOT 13
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT
SCHENLEY CONSTRUCTION, INC. FOR THE DRAINAGE AND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS TO EYLAND
AVENUE - PHASE V PROJECT
7-291 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE REFUND OF
PREVIOUSLY DEPOSITED WITH THE TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY FOR DEVELOPMENT MATTERS
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER XIII (LAND USE) OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE
TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY
7-292 A RESOLUTION REJECTING THE LOW BID RECEIVED
OF A BRUSH CHIPPER AND AUTHORIZING THE AWARD OF THE CONTRACT TO THE SECOND BIDDER VERMEER NORTH ATLANTIC
7-293 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AWARD OF A
TILCON NEW YORK INCORPORATED FOR MILLING AND PAVING OF VARIOUS ROADS IN THE
SHORE HILLS AREA OF THE TOWNSHIP
7-294 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF ONE
GOTHAM CITY AIR BAG KIT AND PARATECH MASTER CONTROL
7-295 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF TWO
STRYKER POWER-PRO STRETCHERS
7-296 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY AND KEY GOVERNMENT FINANCE, INC.
Lease Agreement will state “Four Police Vehicles consisting of two Crown
Victorias, one Dodge Charger and one SUV”.
7-297 A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY,
STATE OF NEW JERSEY, OPPOSING ASSEMBLY BILL A-4393 AMENDING THE LOCAL PUBLIC
7-298 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF
HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST FUND GRANT
AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY OF MORRIS FOR THE MORRIS CANAL PLANE 2 EAST, BLOCK 8501, LOT 5
07-299 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE REFUND OF
7-299 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE REFUND OF A
7-300 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWNSHIP OF
ENTER INTO AN ENTRY AND TESTING AGREEMENT
WITH NEW YORK SMSA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP TO CONDUCT TESTING ON TOWNSHIP OF
ROXBURY PROPERTY DESIGNATED ON THE TAX MAP OF THE TOWNSHIP OF ROXBURY AS BLOCK
9002, LOT 3
07-302 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PAYMENT OF
July 13, 2007
– Correspondence from Carl Peters, NJ Society of Municipal Engineers, to Mayor
Ciaramella, dated June 29, 2007, re: Invitation to participate in the 2007
Municipal Engineering Project of the Year Awards Program – Mr. Raths will
– Correspondence from Lorissa Whitaker, Cross Acceptance Coordinator, Office of
Smart Growth to Morris County Municipal Clerks, dated July 10, 2007, re: Morris
County Cross Acceptance Hearing – Mr. Raths will attend.
July 20, 2007
– Correspondence from Christopher Raths, to Mr. Albert Rigosi of Mt. Arlington,
dated July 16, 2007, re: Roxbury Township’s Police to Not Dedicate Streets or
Properties to Individuals – Mr. Raths
was commended on his letter.
– Correspondence from Nina Mitchell Wells, Secretary of the State of New
Jersey, dated July 16, 2007, re: 2008 V-Free Mini Grant Program – Mr. Raths
sent this to Chief Noll for his review.
07-303 A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE
OF ROXBURY, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING CONFERENCE OF THE
TOWNSHIP COUNCIL WITH THE PUBLIC EXCLUDED
Smith made a motion to adopt Resolution 07-303 for Executive Session. Mr. Rilee seconded the motion.
Smith – yes Mr. Rilee – yes
9:45 PM Mr. Rilee made a motion to adjourn the Workshop Meeting. Mrs. DeFillippo seconded the motion.
In Favor - yes
MINUTES APPROVED BY COUNCIL
DATE: February 19, 2008
ROLL CALL: Mr. Rilee – yes Mrs. DeFillippo – yes
Behrens – abstain Mr. Hall – abstain
Smith - yes