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A Budget/Workshop Meeting of the Township Council of the
Township of Roxbury was held on March 1, 2008 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood, New
Jersey 07852 at 9:00 a.m.
Notice is hereby
given that a Special Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury
will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 9:00 AM at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood,
New Jersey. This meeting is being held
for the purpose of discussing the 2008 Budget.
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 February 20, 2008; notice was
posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on
February 20, 2008.
ROLL CALL (Present): Councilman Gary Behrens, Councilwoman Kathy
DeFillippo, Councilmen Fred Hall, Martin Schmidt, Jim Rilee and Mayor Tim Smith
ALSO PRESENT: Christopher Raths, Township Manager; Mike
Kobylarz, Director of Engineering/Public Works; Rick Blood, Assistant Director
of Public Works and BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk
REPORTS OF COUNCIL LIAISON
REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD BUSINESS.
Mr. Rilee made a motion to
appoint Mr. Rattay to the Economic Development Committee for the remainder of
the unexpired term. Ms. DeFillippo
seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr.
Rilee – Yes Ms. DeFillippo – Yes
Behrens _ Yes Mr. Hall – Yes
Schmidt – Yes Mayor Smith – Yes
Motion Carried 6 to 0
Capital Budget Discussion
Dave Ward, Fire Department
Second Assistant Chief
Refurbish tanker 302 for
Company #3. At this time there is not an
exact amount other then the $200,000 that has been budgeted. Chief Ward
believes that amount should cover the cost.
The cab and chassis is in
perfect condition to go another 15 years and therefore it would be beneficial
to just replace the tank. Currently the
existing tank is leaking. The purchase
of a new fire truck would be around $500,000.
Operating Budget – Third Assistant Chief Craig Begraft
First Aid – Company #3
Line Item -305 – Education
/Training: Training cost has been picked up by the State.
Line Item -306 – Oxygen
Refills: Council asked why the oxygen request is so high. Mr. Ward stated that it depends on the
need. It will be taken out of materials.
Line Item 303- Radio
Maintenance/Purchase: Pagers – The funds are there for the new volunteers.
25-267 Fire Company #3
Line Item 302- Equipment
Maintenance: Council asked why it was so low.
Mr. Raths stated that it spikes in some years.
Line Item 306 – Buildings
& Grounds: Council asked why there is an increase. Mr. Raths stated that since we have our own
custodian he is using more supplies in taking care of the building.
25-267 Fire Company #1
Line Item 104 – Radio
Maintenance: New batteries.
Line Item 102 – Equipment
Maintenance: Council felt that the
contract amount seems high. The amount
is based on the size of the compressor.
Line Item 109 – Building
Cost: Ms. Palmieri will look into this
and get back to the Council
25-260 First Aid – Company #1 – Capital
Line Item Hurst Extraction Tool - Lighter more
efficient piece of equipment
25-260 First Aid Company #2 Operating
Same as last year there is
no increase only in oxygen because of the volume of calls.
25-267 – Fire – Company #2
Line Item 203 – Additional
Equipment: Why increased? The Chief stated that new ladders are needed
to be replaced.
Line Item 208 – Payment to
Volunteers: Council asked why the Chief’s expense account was more for Company
#2 then the other companies. The amount is based on half from the First Aid and
FIRE COMPANY – Chief Dave Ward was present.
Line item 413 – Pumper
Maintenance Inspections: Ms. Palmieri
will look into the current amount that was spent.
Line item 417- SCBA flood
test: Why has it increased? Equipment being recertified.
Department of Public Works
Capital – Move Righter Road resurface from Righter Road to Randolph border to 2009
because of water lines being installed.
Mary Louise will not be resurfaced until Dellamo is completed.
Line Item 203 - Rockaway
River Coalition and
Raritan Highland Agreement Council does not want to fund these. Mr. Schmidt objected to this as a member of
the Environmental Commission.
Contracted Services -
Traffic engineering – local signalization approvals are for improvement of
costs for signals that the state no longer is funding. Mr. Schmidt discussed the timing of Eyland Avenue/Righter Road
light as poor timing. Mr. Raths will
Line Item 222 – Travel - Mr. Raths advised Council that it would be beneficial to
the township to broaden the knowledge of our professionals.
Streets & Roads
Line Item 214 - Mr. Blood
stated that the new storm water regulations require street sweeping disposal to
be handled differently.
Line Item 205 – Tree
removal. Ms. DeFilllippo questioned the
reduced request. Mr. Blood stated that
the township removes trees according to priority. Ms. DeCroce explained to Council that it is
important for the township to be proactive rather then reactive. Ms. DeCroce pointed to the incident in Mt. Lakes
when an old branch that was hanging and not removed killed a visitor on the
walking path. Mr. Blood will look into
aerial work of removal of trees with the fire department.
Snow & Ice
Salt cost has
increased. It is being recommended about
a $100,000 increase in this budget. Mr.
Raths will sit down and go over with Mr. Blood.
26-300 Public Works
26-307 Sanitation & Recycling
There is an increase tax on
recycling from the state on tipping fees.
The change will be $35,400.00. We
will save 20% because it becomes effective in April.
Line Item 271 – Compost Disposal – Mayor Smith questioned why we do not keep it for
use by the public in the spring. There
was an analysis done in the past that proved to be too costly for the township. There was a discussion as to how to dispose
of compost. Council felt that the public
should be made aware as to the cost of disposal and possibly dispose of it
Amend the order of business to discuss Horseshoe Lake
Mr. Schmidt stated that he
has been working on Veteran
Park for the last several
years. The previous work was completed
with donated materials by different companies and installed by others. The Hercules Memorial will be moved closer to
the war memorial to allow it to be tied together so you can walk from one
memorial to the other. Mr. Rilee stated
that one of the companies that has agreed to donate to the memorial, Mountain
Landscape, is before the Zoning Board with an application and this concerns
him. Mr. Rilee said that Mountain
Landscape allegedly made inappropriate statements at the Zoning Board
meeting. Mrs. DeCroce stated for the
record that was not accurate and the circumstances surrounding the statements
were never discussed. Council agreed
that the application process must be completed prior to any work being donated.
Mr. Rilee left the meeting
at this time.
Council returned to the
Roads – Sidewalk extensions: Mr. Raths brought this up for
discussion. In particular Carey Road. The idea would be to take the four wards and
as developers come in and feel sidewalks are not needed then funding would be
utilized for areas that are needed.
Mr. Raths stated that he
would have an ordinance change to allow this in the future. Mr. Schmidt stated that he would like to see
the ordinance defined in detail as to the responsibility of the homeowner with
regard to the trees and sidewalks.
Capital – Road Department
Purchases as outlined were
BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK.
Hall stated that a Shared Services meeting would be held with regard to Phase I
of the Recreation Plan with the Board of Education.
Hall commented on the concert held at the high school to help raise money to
send students out of state for competition.
Hall has concerns with the new COAH Regulations and the third round
DeFillippo asked Mr. Raths to please keep COAH, DEP and the Highlands
regulation as important issues and keep Council up to date.
DeFillippo discussed the Main Street Streetscape meeting. We need to update the order form and where to
send the check. Ms. DeFilllippo would
like a bigger effort made to the public about the project. Please also advise when the PD will be
meeting with the DOT on 206
Smith discussed in general the water department issues.
Smith stated that the Economic Development Committee meeting was held the other
night. The Economic Development
Committee would like to participate in the township ordinance process so they
can offer input.
Smith advised that there is an opening on the Economic Development Committee
and he would like to re-appoint Tom Rattay.
Raths stated that the Cable property on Rt. #46 and Dell Avenue in Kenvil is vacant and Wawu
has expressed an interest in possibly locating on that site. The 24-hour operating ordinance does cause a
problem with operations. This is a
discussion that the township needs to address in the future.
INTRODUCTION AND ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS
Mr. Hall made a motion to
adjourn the budget meeting at 12:15 PM.
Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
Roll Call: All In Favor – Yes
MINUTES APPROVED BY COUNCIL
DATE: March 25, 2008
ROLL CALL: Mr. Schmidt – yes Mr.
Rilee – yes
Mr. Behrens – yes Mrs. DeFillippo – yes
Mr. Hall – yes Mr. Zoschak – recuse
Mayor Smith -yes