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February 2, 2010
A Budget Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of
Roxbury was held on February 2, 2010 at 1715 Route 46, Ledgewood 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 December 18, 2009; notice was
posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on
December 18, 2009.
ROLL CALL (Present):
Councilmen Gary Behrens, Deputy Mayor Fred Hall, Councilman Martin
Schmidt and Mayor Jim Rilee
ALSO PRESENT: Christopher Raths, Township Manager; BettyLou
DeCroce, Township Clerk; Lisa
Spring, Chief Financial
Councilwoman Kathy DeFillippo was absent due to a death in her
family. Councilman Smith was attending a
meeting in Trenton
and Councilman Richard Zoschak was on vacation.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
to Be Released to the Public
REPORTS OF COUNCIL LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES, COUNCIL
COMMITTEES AND NEW BUSINESS/OLD BUSINESS
Mr. Behrens stated
that he attended a Main Street Committee meeting last week.
Township Clerk, discussed the current status of the Census and stated that the
boundary and annexation map has been completed. Two areas, Stierli Court at the Mt. Arlington
border and Second Avenue
at the Mine Hill border, were incomplete on the Census Bureau end, but have
been corrected by the Township.
Mrs. DeCroce stated
that she has been conducting interviews to replace the vacancy that will be
occurring in her office due to the March retirement of the Deputy Clerk.
distributed a report showing the details for every item in the operating budget
that is over the rate of inflation.
A. New Business
B. Old Business
1. Procurement Policy
REQUESTED/REFERRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS, MANAGER, ATTORNEY OR CLERK
A. Capital Budget
attendance was Chief David Ward, Department Chief; Chief Craig Begraft, Company
#1; Chief Kirk Keyes, Company #2.
ensued pertaining to the purchase of an ambulance for Fire Company #2 replacing
ambulance 210. Council also discussed
the replacement of Fire Company #1 fire truck 103. Councilman Schmidt asked how long would it
take from order to delivery. Chief Ward
stated approximately 8 months.
attendance was David Ward, Buildings and Grounds and Dave Stierli, Recreation
ensued pertaining to the refurbishing of the Community Center in the rear of
the building. New stucco would be
applied to clean up the building.
Raths discussed the Energy Audit and advised Council that additional
information will be provided that will be in greater detail as to the cost and
savings to the township. The initial
cost of $40,000.00 will be credited back if the township acts on the
recommendations. The reimbursement will
be based on the outcome of the audit and what the township does with the
recommendations. Once the recommendations
are acted upon a percentage of the $40,000.00 will be earned back.
B. Operating Budget-Department Review
Mr. Raths discussed
with Council the current status of the operating budget.
Township Auditor is working with Lisa
Spring and Mr. Raths to
re-evaluate the budget because the revenue of collections has been down with
ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES ON SECOND READING
ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS
Mayor Rilee stated that there was an add-on resolution that
he felt was necessary to approve this evening because the legislature will be
acting on the issue before the next meeting.
The resolution involves ?Time of Decision? rule, which currently allows
municipalities to change the zoning regulations during the pendency of an
application for development. This bill
would deem as complete the ordinances in effect at the time of an application
and would govern the review of that application, and any decision made following
upon that review. The legislation would
allow developers to ?beat the clock? by filing applications and freezing the
ability of local officials to act.
10-45 RESOLUTION OPPOSING LEGISLATION
AMENDING THE TIME OF DECISION RULE
Mr. Hall made a motion to approve Resolution 10-45. Mr. Schmidt seconded the motion.
Roll Call: Mr.
Hall ? Yes Mr. Schmidt ? Yes
Behrens ? Yes Mayor Rilee ? Yes
Motion Carried 4 to 0.
January 29, 2010
Memo from Christopher Raths, Township Manager, to Mayor & Council, dated
January 29, 2010, re: Information Update.
Mr. Hall questioned
Shared Services. Mr. Raths will be
providing additional information to council.
274 Emmans Road, Flanders, NJ
Mr. Kluska questioned
the expenditures versus assets. Mr.
Raths stated that the budget is based on our worth versus our costs.
At 8:40 PM, Mr. Hall made a motion to adjourn the Budget
Meeting. Mr. Schmidt seconded the
All In Favor ? Yes
MINUTES APPROVED BY COUNCIL
DATE: February 9, 2010
ROLL CALL: Mr. Schmidt ? yes Deputy Mayor Hall ? yes
? yes Mrs. DeFillippo ? abstain
Mr. Smith ?
abstain Mayor Rilee - yes