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February 25, 2004

 

7:30 P.M.

 

Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, 15 Main Street, Englishtown, New Jersey 07726.

 

1.                  Meeting Called to Order and Roll Call

 

2.                  Statement of Compliance with Sunshine Law

 

3.                  Moment of Silence and Salute to the Flag

 

4.                  Approval of Minutes - January 14, 2004 and January 28, 2004

 

5.         Committee Reports

 

6.         Correspondence

 

7.         Open Public Portion/Limited to Agenda Items Only

                        Limited to Five (5) Minutes per citizen to be determined at Borough

                        Council's discretion.  Any and all situations regarding Borough

                        Personnel, when names are implied or mentioned, are to be brought

                        to the full attention of the Council through an appointment and

                        subsequent disclosure through the Personnel Committee.

 

8.         New Business

                       

A.     Resolution Number 2004-054

Accepting Resignation of Theresa Feinberg, Deputy Municipal Clerk

 

B.     Resolution Number 2004-055

Appointment of Deputy Municipal Clerk, Lynn Tillman

 

C.     Resolution Number 2004-056

Emergency Temporary Appropriations

 

D.     Resolution Number 2004-057

Payment of Borough Bills

 

9.         Public Portion

Limited to Five (5) Minutes per citizen to be determined at Borough

Council's discretion.  Any and all situations regarding Borough

Personnel, when names are implied or mentioned, are to be brought

to the full attention of the Council through an appointment and

subsequent disclosure through the Personnel Committee.

 

10.                 Executive Session

 

11.                 Adjournment

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Reynolds at 7:30 P.M.

 

Roll Call:   Present:            C/Soden, C/Gallagher, C/D’Agostino, C/Palmieri

                  Absent:           C/Rucker, C/Simon

 

Also present were Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk and John O. Bennett, Borough Attorney.

 

Mayor Reynolds stated pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10 4-6 notification of this meeting has been (1) Published in the Asbury Park Press and Home News and the News Transcript the Official Newspapers of the Borough, (2) Posted to the Public at Borough Hall, (3) Copy has been filed with the Municipal Clerk, (4) Copy of this agenda and the Sunshine Statement has been filed with the Mayor and Council. Thus this meeting tonight is deemed in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

 

There was a moment of silence and salute to the flag.

 

Approval of Minutes – January 14, 2004 and January 28, 2004

 

There being no corrections, deletions, or additions, a motion to approve the Minutes of January 14, 2004 and January 28, 2004 was offered by C/Soden, seconded by C/Gallagher.  Passed on the following roll call:

 

Roll Call:  Ayes:    C/Soden, C/Gallagher, C/D’Agostino, C/Palmieri

                Nays:    None

              Abstain:   None

               Absent:  C/Rucker, C/Simon

 

C/Simon arrives at 7:36 P.M.

 

Committee Reports                      

 

C/Palmieri stated The Englishtown Recreation Committee has scheduled the Easter Egg Hunt for Saturday, April 10, 2004.  The Business Association will be assisting with this event.

 

C/Gallagher stated we received a letter of resignation from Terry Feinberg.  Her last day was on Wednesday February 18, 2004.  Resolution 2004-055 is appointing Lynn Tillman as the new Deputy Municipal Clerk.  Lastly, I am still working on the Personnel Policy.  Items in the policy must be adopted and some are optional. I will finish this by the end of the week.  It needs to be signed off by the Borough Attorney by April 1, 2004, in order for us to receive discounts on our insurance deductibles.  If anyone has ideas of items they want or do not want in the policy let me know by Friday.

 

C/Soden stated the police activity report from February 9th – February 22nd , there was a total of 474 calls, 135 motor vehicle stops and 198 tickets issued.  We are waiting for the budget to be passed before we do the light bar on the new police car.

 

C/D’Agostino stated Gina Frangipane, Water/Sewer Clerk, is still working on delinquent accounts.  We still have a resident who has no water.  The Monmouth County Health Department is working with them to get the water turned back on.

 

C/Simon stated I have a meeting set up for Wednesday, March 3rd with our insurance agent, Danskin Agency, to look at different ways to enhance and modify our coverage.  Also, on this day I have a meeting with Tom Bace of our Attorney’s office regarding the Cablevision contract.

 

Correspondence

 

Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk, stated we had the second bid opening for the restrooms in Sanford Park.  There were two bids.  The first bid came in at  $123,437.00 and the second bid came in at $78,300.00.  The grant from Community Development is $61,904.00.  Tom Herits, Borough Engineer is going to CDBG to see if there is any way they can offer any further assistance before a decision is made.  On another note, we are planning to hold the March 24, 2004 Council Meeting at the Village Inn.  Details will be given at the next meeting and will be posted and noticed to the paper.  Himanshu Shah, CFO, is here to talk about the refinancing of the bonds.

 

Mayor Reynolds opens the floor to Himanshu Shah, CFO.

 

Himanshu Shah, CFO, discussed the refinancing of the bonds for the Borough.  There will be an overall savings of approximately $400,000.00.

 

Discussion continues between Himanshu, John Bennett, Borough Attorney, Mayor and Council

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C/Soden thanked Himanshu Shah.  John Bennett explains that Himanshu Shah went through his own contacts to get this Cost Benefit Analysis done at no cost to the Borough.

 

Mayor Reynolds states here is an update on the Planning Board Meeting last night.

 

Quick Checks representatives were present on the request for the Use Variance.  They went over traffic study again.  There was an hour of testimony from the traffic engineer.  The attorney asked the Planning Board Chairperson if he could prepare a resolution in favor or not in favor of granting the variance.  A motion went out, and then was seconded.  Roll call was taken, 6 – 3 in favor of the variance.  Secondly, regarding the 133 units being built on LaSatta Avenue, a study was taken to find that there is more land and less wetlands then thought.  Preliminary plans feature 10 buildings, 2 stories high.  There will be 50 feet between each building.  Features also include a community pool and clubhouse.  Thirty four of these units will be Mount Laurel Housing.

 

C/Gallagher asks how can we be sure that people in our community are getting these low income homes before people from out of state.

 

C/Soden asks John Bennett, Borough Attorney, to look into what is going to come into our municipality and look into ways to protect it.

 

John Bennett states the first offer for these homes would be to people who live or work in the Borough, the second would be to people who live in the region and the third offer is open.  Affordable housing units can be run by either the Municipality, or you can opt to have the DCA run them.  When it gets closer, see which way you want to go.

 

Open Public Portion

 

The Mayor opened the floor to the public for discussion limited to agenda items only.

 

There being no questions or comments from the public, a motion to close the public portion was offered by C/Soden, seconded by C/Simon.  Passes unanimously.

 

New Business

 

Borough of Englishtown
Resolution No. 2004-054

 

Resolution Accepting the Resignation of Theresa Feinberg,

Deputy Municipal Clerk of the Borough of Englishtown

 

            Whereas, Theresa Feinberg served as Deputy Municipal Clerk in the Borough of Englishtown; and

 

            Whereas, Theresa Feinberg did tender her resignation to the Englishtown Borough Council from that position and from all employment with the Borough of Englishtown on February 12, 2004 giving two weeks notice.

                       

            Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that:

 

1.      The resignation of Theresa Feinberg is accepted, with regret, by the Englishtown Borough Council.

           

2.      That a certified copy of this Resolution be delivered to the Chief Financial

Officer.

 

 Offered By:        C/Gallagher

 

Seconded By:      C/Simon

 

Roll Call:  Ayes:   C/Soden, C/Gallagher, C/Simon, C/D’Agostino, C/Palmieri

                  Nays: None

               Absent: C/Rucker

              Abstain: None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2004-055

 

Appointment of Deputy Municipal Clerk

 

            Whereas, there is a vacancy within the Borough of Englishtown for the position of Deputy Municipal Clerk; and

 

            Whereas, it is the wishes of the Governing Body to fill said position; and

 

            Whereas, it is the recommendation of the Administration, Finance and Personnel Committee to appoint Lynn Tillman of Millstone, New Jersey.

 

            Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey as follows:

 

            1.     That Lynn Tillman is hereby appointed as Deputy Municipal Clerk/Deputy Registrar

                    for the Borough of Englishtown, effective March 1, 2004 until December 31, 2004.

 

2.          That said position shall be full-time, paid $23,000.00, payable

        bi-weekly per the salary ordinance with a ninety (90) day probationary period.

 

            3.    Shall be under the direction of the Municipal Clerk.

 

Be It Further Resolved that a certified true copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Borough's Chief Financial Officer, Municipal Clerk and Lynn Tillman

 

Offered by:             C/Soden                                              

 

Seconded by:         C/Gallagher

 

Roll Call:     Ayes:  C/Soden, C/Gallagher, C/Simon, C/D’Agostino, C/Palmieri

                  Nays:   None

               Absent:   C/Rucker

              Abstain:   None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2004-056

 

Emergency Temporary Appropriations

 

Whereas, an emergent condition has arisen with respect to the need for various operating expenses prior to the adoption of the 2004 Budget and N.J.S.A.40A: 4-2 provides for the creation of an emergency temporary appropriation for the purpose above mentioned; and

 

Whereas, the total emergency temporary Resolutions adopted in the year 2004 pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 96, P.L.1051 (N.J.S.A.40A: 4-20) including this Resolution total $593,288.00.

 

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Governing Body of the Borough of Englishtown that an emergency temporary appropriation be and the same is hereby made for the attached indicated appropriations.

 

Offered By:          C/Soden                                                         

                                               

Seconded By:       C/Simon

 

Roll Call:  Ayes:    C/Soden, C/Gallagher, C/Simon, C/D’Agostino, C/Palmieri

                 Nays:   None

               Absent:  C/Rucker

              Abstain:  None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2004-057

 

Resolution of the Borough of Englishtown,

County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey

Authorizing the Payment of Borough Bills

 

            Whereas, the Mayor and Council have carefully examined all vouchers presented to the Borough for the payment of claims; and

 

            Whereas, after due consideration of the said vouchers, the Mayor and Council have approved payment of same.

 

            Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, as follows:

 

            1.   The said approved vouchers amounting to the sum of $291,737.31 be and

                   the same are hereby authorized to be paid on February 25, 2004.

 

2.        The Borough Clerk be and is hereby directed to list on the page in the

Minutes Book following the minutes of this meeting all of the said vouchers hereby authorized to be paid.

 

Offered  by:           C/D’Agostino

 

Seconded by:         C/Simon

 

Roll Call:   Ayes:     C/Soden, C/Gallagher, C/Simon, C/D’Agostino, C/Palmieri

                   Nays:   None

                Absent:   C/Rucker        

               Abstain:   None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2004-058

 

Amendment to Salary

Water/Sewer Clerk

 

            Whereas, there is currently the position of Water/Sewer Clerk within the Borough of Englishtown; and

 

            Whereas, the duties of said position have expanded to assist the Finance Department; and

 

            Whereas, said position is currently filled by Regina Frangipane; and

 

            Whereas, it is the recommendation of the Public Utilities and the Administration/Finance/Personnel Committees to increase the salary for the position of Water/Sewer Clerk.

 

            Now, Therefore Be It Resolved by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey that:

 

1.                  Regina Frangipane’s salary as Water/Sewer Clerk shall be amended effective January 1, 2004 to the sum of $25,000.00.

 

2.                  Said sum shall remain in effect for the entire calendar year 2004 and shall            

not be changed by any additional raises that may be given to Borough

employees.

 

Be It Further Resolved, that a true, certified copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Borough Chief Financial Officer and Regina Frangipane.

 

Offered By:                      C/D’Agostino

 

Seconded By:                  C/Soden

 

Roll Call:            Ayes:     C/Soden, C/Gallagher, C/Simon, C/D’Agostino, C/Palmieri

                        Nays:       None

                     Absent:       C/Rucker

                    Abstain:       None

 

Public Portion

 

Mayor Reynolds opened the floor to the public for anything they wish to bring to the attention of the governing body.

 

Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk states I do have something that I would like to bring to John Bennett, Borough Attorney’s attention.  Tom Herits, Borough Engineer called today regarding The Master Plan Reexamination done in the summer of 2003.  Tom Herits said we should do a resolution adopting the Reexamination Plan as amended and authorizing all the changes to the zoning ordinances. 

 

John Bennett advises council regarding adopting The Master Plan Reexamination.

 

Mayor and Council request Tom Herits to attend the next Council Meeting to discuss Maser Plan.

 

C/Simon states the Fire Department celebrated their 100th Anniversary this past weekend.  I was thinking we could do something to recognize them.

 

There being no further questions or comments from the public, a motion to close the public portion was offered by C/Soden, seconded by C/D’Agostino.  Passed unanimously.

           

Executive Session

 

There is no executive session this evening.

 

Adjournment

 

There being no further business a motion to adjourn was offered by C/Simon, seconded by C/Soden. Passed unanimously.

 

The time being 8:47 P.M.

 

 

____April 28, 2004 ________                                          ________________________

Approved by Governing Body                                          Clerk