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May 25, 2005

 

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 – March 9, March 23 and April 13, 2005

 

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. Old Business:

 

A.     Ordinance No. 2005-09 Amended, Public Hearing and Adoption

Amending and Supplementing Title 2, Housing Standards

                                (Tabled from May 11th meeting)

 

9. New Business:

 

B.     Resolution No. 2005-100

Authorizing Purchases Over $800 – Excavation at 3 Corners

 

C.     Resolution No. 2005-101

Emergency Temporary Appropriations

 

D.  Resolution No. 2005-102

Authorizing Payment of Borough Bills

 

E.  Resolution No. 2005-103

Authorizing Purchases Over $800 – Digital Recorder, Grammco          

 

           10. 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.

 

            11. Executive Session

 

12. Adjournment

 

Mayor Reynolds called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M.

 

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

                  Absent:       C/Gallagher

 

Also present were Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk and Lynn Tillman, Deputy Municipal Clerk.

 

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 – March 9, March 23 and April 13, 2005

 

There being no corrections, deletions, or additions, a motion to approve the Minutes of March 9, 2005 was offered by C/Simon and seconded by C/Soden.  Passed on the following roll call:

 

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

                      Nayes:    None

                     Abstain:    C/Palmieri

                    Absent:    C/Gallagher

 

There being no corrections, deletions, or additions, a motion to approve the Minutes of March 23, 2005 was offered by C/Simon and seconded by C/Soden.  Passed on the following roll call:

 

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

                      Nayes:    None

                    Abstain:    None

                     Absent:    C/Gallagher

 

There being no corrections, deletions, or additions, a motion to approve the Minutes of April 13, 2005 was offered by C/Simon and seconded by C/Soden.  Passed on the following roll call:

 

Roll Call:          Ayes:    C/Soden, C/Rucker, C/Simon, C/Palmieri

                      Nayes:    None

                    Abstain:    C/D’Agostino

                     Absent:    C/Gallagher

 

John Bennett, Borough Attorney arrives at 7:32 P.M.

 

Committee Reports

 

C/Rucker states nothing at this time.

 

Mayor Reynolds states regarding the Sanford Park restrooms, the water is now working.  The contractor has scheduled an electrical inspection for Thursday morning.  Upon approval JCP&L will schedule to hook up power and install a meter.  Restoration to the disturbed pavement and grass is scheduled to be completed next week weather permitting.  In regard to the generator, the contractor’s plumber has been delayed by the gas company, which must set a new meter.  This is scheduled for around June 1st.  A two- hour power shut down, coordinated with JCP&L is also required in order to wire the generator. 

 

C/Palmieri states we are working on the Memorial Day Parade, which will be on Monday May 30th.  It will be leaving the Post Office in Manalapan at 2:00 P.M.

 

C/Soden states nothing at this time.

 

C/D’Agostino states nothing at this time.

 

C/Simon states the police activity report from May 7th  – May 19th there were 548 calls and 109 motor vehicle stops.

 

Correspondence

 

Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk states the upcoming primary elections will be held on Tuesday, June 7th.  Polls will open here from 6:00A.M.and 8:00P.M.  Our annual free rabies clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14th between the hours of 6 – 7:30 P.M. at which time Borough residents can license their pets.

 

Public Portion – Agenda Items

 

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

 

Jayne Carr, Main Street states I had asked at the last meeting if we had paid the engineer twice for the Sanford Park bathrooms.

 

Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk responds there were new drawings drawn up.

 

Jayne Carr asks was the generator paid for with Homeland Security Funds?

 

Himanshu Shah, Borough C.F.O. responds I will look into it and get back to you.

 

Mayor Reynolds states, I will have that information for you at the next meeting.

 

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

 

Old Business

 

ORDINANCE NO.    2005-09 – Amended               Public Hearing & Adoption

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING TITLE 2,

“GENERAL LEGISLATION”, OF THE “CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF ENGLISHTOWN, NEW JERSEY”, IN ORDER TO AMEND THE BOROUGH’S HOUSING STANDARDS ORDINANCE.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE AND IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED by Borough Council of the Borough of Englishtown, in the County of Monmouth and State of New Jersey, as follows:

1.                  That Chapter 2.81, entitled “Housing Standards”, of the “Code of the Borough of Englishtown, New Jersey”, is hereby deleted in its entirety and shall be replaced with a new Chapter 2.81, to be entitled “Housing” as follows (additions are underlined):

2.81.01 Statement of purpose.

The provision of this chapter shall constitute the standards to guide the Director of Code Enforcement or his designee in determining the fitness of a building for human habitation, use or continued occupancy and to identify rental units within the Borough of Englishtown by establishing a rental property registration program.  The provisions shall apply to existing residential structures and all existing premises and shall constitute minimum requirements and standards for the premises, structures, equipment, and facilities for light, ventilation, space, heating, sanitation, and life safety.

2.81.02 Definitions.

The words, terms or phrases listed below for the purpose of this chapter shall be defined and interpreted as follows:

ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY – The Department of Code Enforcement of the Borough of Englishtown which is authorized by the adopting ordinance to administer the provision of this chapter.

AVAILABLE FOR RENT TO TENANT – Shall mean fit for habitation.

BUILDING - Any building or structure, or part thereof, used for human habitation, use or occupancy, and includes any accessory building and appurtenance belonging thereto or usually enjoyed therewith.

CERTIFICATE OF CONTINUED OCCUPANCY - The certificate issued by the Department of Code Enforcement of the Borough of Englishtown serves notice that based on a general inspection of all visible parts of the dwelling or dwelling units there is no unsafe condition found and the dwelling is approved for continued occupancy.

DWELLING - A building or structure, or part thereof, containing one (1) or more dwelling units and includes any building or structure offered for rent to one or more tenants or family units.

DWELLING UNIT – Any room or group of rooms, or any part thereof, located within a building and forming a single habitable unit with facilities, which are used or designed to be used for living, sleeping, cooking and eating.

EFFICIENCY UNIT – A dwelling unit containing only one habitable room.

GARBAGE – The animal and vegetable and other organic waste resulting from handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.

HABITABLE ROOM – A room or enclosed floor space within the dwelling unit used or designed to be used for living, sleeping, cooking or eating purposes, excluding bathrooms, water closet compartments, laundries, pantries, foyers or communicating corridors, closets and storage spaces.

INFESTATION – The presence, within or around a building, of any insects, rodents or other pests.

INDIVIDUAL CONDOMINIUM UNITS – Shall be treated as separate and individual rental properties.

LODGING HOUSE – Any building, or part of any building, containing one (1) or more lodging unit, each of which is rented by one (1) or more persons not related to the owner.

LODGING UNIT – A rented room or group of rooms, containing no cooking facilities, used for living purposes by a separate family or group of persons living together or by a person living along within a building.

MAINTENANCE – Shall mean the cleanliness and proper working order and upkeep of all areas and facilities of the unit, building and or complex used by the owner, tenants, or the public.

OCCUPANT – Any person or persons in actual possession of and living in the building or dwelling unit, including the owner.

OWNER – Shall mean any person who owns any interest in any dwelling, building or apartment complex including but not limited to outright ownership, ownership through a partnership, corporation or limited liability company.

OWNER OCCUPIED – Shall mean the primary residential living unit of the owner of the property.

PERSON – As defined in N.J.S.A. 1:12-2.

PLUMBING FIXTURES – Include all installed receptacle or devices which are supplied with water or which receive or discharge liquid waste or sewage into the drainage system with which they are directly or indirectly connected.

PUBLIC OFFICER – The Director of Code Enforcement of the Borough of Englishtown or his designee.

RENTAL PROPERTY – Shall mean any structure or building which contains one or more individual residential rental units other than owner occupied structures or buildings.

RENTAL UNIT – A dwelling unit available for lease or rental purposes for living and dwelling purposes.

RUBBISH – Includes all combustible and noncombustible waste material, except garbage.

TENANTS – Shall mean those persons who have leased the unit from the owner regardless of the type of tenancy under which they occupy the unit and includes sub-tenants.

UTILITIES – Include electric, gas, heating, water and sewerage services, and equipment therefore.

2.81.03.    Rental Property Registration.

 

A.    No person(s), corporation or business entity shall offer any residential property for rent, lease without first

registering and obtaining a registration certificate from the Borough of Englishtown.

 

B.    The owner of every rental property, with the exception of owner/occupied Properties, in the Borough of

Englishtown shall file a Rental Property Registration Application with the Department of Code Enforcement, the

form of which will be on file in the Department of Code Enforcement.

 

C.    The Rental Property Registration shall be filed on an annual basis.

 

D.    Registration Fee.

 

1. The annual registration fee shall be $200.00 per rental unit.

 

E.    The Rental Property Registration Application shall include:

 

1. the name and address of all record owners of the rental property, building, or the rental business, including

all general partners in the case of a partnership and all members in case of a Limited Liability Company and all

shareholders in case of a corporation.

 

2. the name and address of a person who is authorized to accept notices from a tenant or the Borough and to

accept service of process on behalf of the record owner.

 

3. the name and address of the managing agent, and if applicable, the name address and telephone number of

the superintendent, janitor, custodian or other persons employed to provide regular maintenance services, and

the name and address of person to contact at any time in the event of an emergency affecting the dwelling or

and dwelling unit, including such emergencies as the failure of any essential service or system, and who has the

authority to make emergency decisions concerning the building or unit, including making or repairs.

 

4. the information contained in the Rental Property Registration Application must set forth information for each

unit within the rental property and must include all tenants in each unit.

 

5. the name and gender of each and every adult tenant in each rental unit. Children shall be listed by age group.

 

6. the name of the vendor of utilities, including electric, fuel oil, gas.

 

7. the owner of property or agent shall provide a floor plan of the unit for rental, which shall depict the number,

dimension and location of each room in the unit or structure.

 

8. in the event the tenancy change during the year, the owner of property, landlord, or managing agent shall

update the property's Rental Property Registration File with the Borough of Englishtown, prior to the issuance

of the Certificate of Continued Occupancy Certificate.

 

F.    Right of Entry.

 

1. The Director of Code Enforcement or designee is authorized to enter the rental property or premises at

reasonable times to inspect subject to constitutional restrictions on unreasonable searches and seizures. If entry

is refused or not obtained, the Director of Code Enforcement or designee is authorized to issue a summons to

appear in the Court of the Borough.

 

2. The Chief of Police of the Borough of Englishtown is authorized, and may appoint police personnel to

provide assistants to the Department of Code Enforcement for the enforcement of the provisions of this section.

 

2.81.04.  Certificate of Continued Occupancy.

 

A.     No owner, of any dwelling or dwelling unit shall rent, sell, renew the lease of, or otherwise permit occupancy of same or any part thereof by any person not a member of his/her family unless he/she shall first obtain a certificate of continued occupancy from the Department of Code Enforcement of the Borough of Englishtown.  In the event of a lease, sale or other occupancy as above described without the issuance of a certificate of continued occupancy, both the owner and/or seller and the purchaser and/or lessee shall be deemed to have violated this section, and the Director of Code Enforcement or designee shall summon such person or persons before Borough Court of the Borough of Englishtown without further notice.

 

B.     An owner shall make application for a certificate of continued occupancy in reasonable time prior to

closing of title on any residential premises. A certificate of continued occupancy shall be valid ninety (90) days after date of the issuance of the certificate after which the certificate will expire.  An application for an extension may be applied for an additional ninety (90) days. A certificate of continued occupancy shall not be required when there is no change of occupancy.

 

2.81.05.    Inspection Required.

 

A.    Prior to the issuance of a certificate of continued occupancy, the Director of Code Enforcement or

designee shall conduct an inspection of the dwelling, dwelling unit, residential premises or any other building.

The inspection shall be in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Chapter.

 

B.     The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy for all dwelling units shall be $100.00. The fee for an

extension of time for a certificate of continued occupancy shall be $ 50.00.

 

2.81.06.  Rule-Making Authority and Modifications.

 

A.     The Director of Code Enforcement or designee shall have authority as necessary in the interest of public health, safety and general welfare, to adopt and promulgate rules and procedures to interpret and implement the provisions of this ordinance and code; to secure the intent thereof; and to designate requirements applicable because of local climatic or other condition.

 

Whenever there are practical difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions of this ordinance or code, the Director of Code Enforcement or designee shall have the authority to grant modifications for individual cases, provided the code official shall first find that the special individual reason makes the strict letter of this ordinance or code impractical and the modifications is in compliance with the intent and purpose of the ordinance or code and that such modifications does not lessen the health and safety requirements. The detailed action granting modifications shall be recorded and entered in the department files.

 

2.81.07.  General Requirements.

 

A.     Responsibility.

 

1.   The owner of the premises shall maintain the structure and exterior property in compliance with the requirements of this section. A person shall not occupy as owner-occupant or permit another person to occupy premises which are not in a sanitary and safe condition and which do not comply with requirements of this section. Occupants, of a dwelling, rental unit are responsible for keeping in a clean, sanitary and safe condition that part of the dwelling unit or premises which they occupy and control.

 

2.81.08.  Property.

 

A.    Exterior Property Areas.

 

1.    All exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition

 

2.      All sidewalks, walkways, stairs, driveways, parking spaces and similar areas shall be kept in proper state of repair, and maintained free from hazardous conditions.

 

3.    All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair.

 

B.    Exterior of Structure.

 

1.    All exterior surfaces, including but not limited to, doors, door and window frames, cornices, porches, trim, balconies, decks, and fences shall be maintained in good condition.

 

2.    Buildings, dwellings, rental units shall have address numbers placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting on the property. The numbers shall contrast with their background and minimum of six inches (6”) in height.

 

3.        The roof and flashing shall be sound, tight and not have defects that admit rain. Roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent dampness or deterioration in the wall or interior portion of the structure. Roof drains, gutters and downspouts shall be maintained in good repair and free from obstructions. Roof water shall not be discharged in a manner that creates a public nuisance.

 

C.    Interior of Structure.

 

1.    The interior of a structure and equipment therein shall be maintained in good repair, structurally sound and in sanitary condition.

 

2.    Every stair, ramp, landing, balcony, porch, deck or other walking surface shall be maintained in sound condition and good repair.

 

3.    Every handrail and guard shall be firmly fastened and capable of supporting normally imposed loads and shall be maintained in good condition.

 

4.    Every foundation, floor, wall, ceiling, door, window, roof or other part of a building shall be kept in good repair and capable of the use intended by design, and any exterior part or parts thereof subject to corrosion or deterioration shall be kept well painted.

 

2.81.09.    Rubbish and Garbage.

 

A.    Garbage, rubbish or other organic waste shall be stored in watertight receptacles.  Such receptacles shall

be provided with tight-fitting covers. At least one (1) garbage receptacle shall be provided for each dwelling

unit.

 

B.    All exterior property and premises, and the interior of every structure, including common areas, shall be

free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage.

 

C.     All Recycling shall comply to Chapter 2.102 of the Borough of Englishtown Ordinance.

 

2.81.10.  Lighting.

 

A.     Every habitable room shall have at least one (1) window or skylight facing directly to the outdoors.  The

minimum total window or skylight area measured between stops for every habitable room shall be eight percent

(8%) of the floor area of such room.  Whenever walls or other portions of structures face a window of any

habitable room and are located less than three (3) feet from the window and extend to a level above that of the

ceiling of the room, such a window shall not be included in calculating the requirement minimum total window

area.

 

B.     Every dwelling shall be provided with electrical service.

 

C.     Every habitable space in a dwelling shall contain at least two separate and remote electrical receptacle outlets.  Every laundry room, bathroom, and exterior electrical outlets, including outlets within six feet (6’) of the kitchen sink shall be ground fault circuit interrupter protected.  Every bathroom and laundry room shall contain at least one receptacle. All receptacles, switches and junction boxes must be properly covered.  Extension cords are not permitted.  A clear and unobstructed path to the electrical panel shall be maintained.

 

D.     Every portion of each staircase, hall, cellar basement, landing, furnace room, utility room and all similar non-habitable spaces located in a dwelling shall either natural or artificial light available at all times, with at least a sixty (60) watt standard incandescent light bulb.

 

E.      Every portions of any interior or exterior passage way or staircase common to two (2) or more families in a dwelling shall be illuminated naturally or artificially at all times, with at least a sixty (60) watt standard incandescent light bulb.  In dwellings comprising two (2) or more dwellings units, such illuminations shall not be required at all times if separate switches, convenient and readily accessible to each dwelling unit, are provided for the control of such artificial light by the occupants thereof.

 

F.  Every bathroom and water closet compartment shall have either natural or artificial light available at all times, with at least a sixty (60) watt incandescent light bulb.  Artificial lighting shall be controlled by a wall switch so located as to avoid danger of electrical hazards.

 

2.81.11.    Ventilation.

 

A.   Every habitable space shall have at least one operable window. The total operable area of the window in

every room shall be equal to at least 45 percent of the minimum glazed area.

 

B.  Every bathroom and toilet room shall comply with the ventilation requirements for habitable spaces, except

that a window shall not be required in such spaces equipped with a mechanical ventilation system. Air

exhausted by a mechanical ventilation system from a bathroom or toilet room shall discharge to the outdoors

and shall not be recirculated.

 

2.81.12.  Heating.

 

A.       Every dwelling shall have heating facilities which are properly installed, maintained in good and safe working condition, and are capable of safely and adequately heating all habitable rooms, bathrooms, and water closets compartments located therein to a temperature of at least sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit (65 F) when the outside temperature is zero degree Fahrenheit (0 F).  The temperature shall be read at a height of three (3) feet above floor level at the center of the room.  Cooking appliances shall not be used to provide space heating to meet the requirement of the section.

 

B. Every space heater, except electrical, shall be properly vented to a chimney or duct leading to the outdoors.  Un-vented portable space heaters, burning solid, liquid or gaseous fuels shall be prohibited.

 

2.81.13.  Means of Egress.

 

A.     Every dwelling, dwelling unit or lodging unit, rental unit shall have a safe and unobstructed path of ingress and egress.  Such path of ingress and egress shall not be through any other dwelling unit or part thereof and shall lead to a safe and open space at ground level accessible to a street.

 

2.81.14.  Occupancy Limitations.

 

A. Dwelling units and rental units shall be arranged to provide privacy and be separate from other adjoining spaces.

 

B.  Minimum room widths.  A habitable room, other than a kitchen, shall not be less than 7 feet (2134 mm) in any plan dimension.  Kitchens shall have a clear passageway of not less than 3 feet between counter fronts and appliances or counter fronts and walls.

 

C. Minimum ceiling heights. Habitable spaces, hallways, corridors, laundry areas, bathrooms, toilet rooms and habitable basement areas shall have a clear ceiling height of not less than 7 feet (2134 mm).

 

Exceptions:

 

1.      In one- and two-family dwellings, beams or girders spaced not less than 4 feet on center and projecting not more than 6 inches (152 mm) below the required ceiling height.

 

2.      Basement rooms in one- and two-family dwellings occupied exclusively for laundry, study or recreation purposes, having a ceiling height of not less than 6 feet 8 inches with not less than 6 feet 4 inches of clear height under beams, girders, ducts and similar obstructions.

 

3.      Rooms occupied exclusively for sleeping, study or similar purposes and having a sloped ceiling over all or part of the room, with a clear ceiling height of at least 7 feet over not less than one-third of the required minimum floor area.  In calculating the floor area of such rooms, only those portions of the floor area with a clear ceiling height of 5 feet or more shall be included.

 

D.    Area for sleeping purposes.  Every bedroom occupied by one person shall contain at least 70 square feet of floor area, and every bedroom occupied by more than one person shall contain at least 50 square feet of floor area for each occupant thereof.

 

E.     Bedrooms shall not constitute the only means of access to other bedrooms or habitable spaces and shall not serve as the only means of egress from other habitable spaces.

 

Exception:

1.    Units that contain fewer than two bedrooms.

 

F.    Water closet accessibility.  Every bedroom shall have access to at least one water closet and one lavatory without passing through another bedroom.  Every bedroom in a dwelling unit shall have access to at least one water closet and lavatory located in the same story as the bedroom or an adjacent story.

 

G.    Prohibited occupancy.  Kitchens and non-habitable spaces shall not be used for sleeping purposes.

 

H.    Overcrowding.  Dwelling units shall not be occupied by more occupants than permitted by the minimum area requirements of Table 2.81.14.

 

TABLE 2.81.14 – MINIMUM AREA IN SQUARE FEET

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPACE

1-2 occupants

 

3-5 occupants

6 or more occupants

 

 

 

 

 

Living Room

N/A

 

120

150

Dinning Room

N/A

 

80

100

Kitchen

50

 

50

60

Bedrooms

See

 

Section

D.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

I.    Efficiency units shall meet the following requirements:

 

1.   A unit occupied by not more than two occupants shall have a clear floor area of not less than 220 square feet.  A unit occupied by three occupants shall have a clear floor area of not less than 320 square feet.

 

2.    The unit shall be provided with a kitchen sink, cooking appliance and refrigeration facilities, each having a clear working space of not less than 30 inches in front. Light and ventilation conforming to this code shall be provided.

 

3.    The unit shall be provided with a separate bathroom containing a water closet, lavatory, and bathtub or shower.

 

4.    The maximum number of occupants shall be three.

 

J.    All spaces to be occupied for food preparation purposes shall contain suitable space and equipment to store, prepare and serve foods in a sanitary manner.  There shall be adequate facilities and services for the sanitary disposal of food wastes and refuse, including facilities for temporary storage.

 

2.81.15.  Fire Safety Requirements.

 

A.    Required emergency escape and rescue openings shall be operational from the inside of the room without the use of keys or tools.  Bars, grilles, grates, or similar devices are permitted to be placed over emergency escape and rescue openings provided the minimum net clear opening size complies with the International Residential Code New Jersey edition and such devices shall be releasable or removable from the inside without the use of a key, tool, or force greater than that which is required for normal operation of the escape and rescue opening.  Where such bars, grilles, grates, or similar devices are installed in existing buildings, smoke detectors shall be installed in accordance with sub-section B.

 

B.    Smoke detectors:  Residential occupancies not already provided with single-station smoke alarms shall be provided with approved single-station smoke alarms.  Approved single-station smoke alarms shall be installed in existing dwelling units, congregate residences, rental units, and lodging house guestrooms.  Type and installation of the single-station smoke detector shall be in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code.

 

C.    The required fire-resistance rating of fire-resistance-rated walls, fire stops, shaft enclosures, partitions and floors shall be maintained.  Required opening protectives shall be maintained in an operative condition.  All fire and smoke stop doors shall be maintained in operable condition.  Fire doors and smoke barrier doors shall not be blocked or obstructed or otherwise made inoperable.

 

2.81.16.    Violations and Penalties.

 

A.    Any person who violates any of the provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a

fine not exceeding One Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($1,250) or imprisonment for a period not

exceeding ninety (90) days, or both.

 

B.    The imposition of the penalties herein prescribed shall not preclude the Director of Code Enforcement or

designee of the Borough of Englishtown from instituting appropriate action to restrain, correct or abate a

violation, or to prevent illegal occupancy of a building, structure or premises, or to stop an illegal act, conduct,

or utilization of the dwelling, building, structure or premises.

 

2.81.17.  Adoption by Reference.

 

The International Property Maintenance Code of 2000, or such amendments and editions as may from time to time be adopted by the International Code Council, excluding Chapter 1 “Administration”, are hereby adopted as standards governing supplied utilities and facilities and other physical things and conditions essential to making dwellings safe, sanitary and fit for human habitation, occupancy or use, and governing the condition of dwellings.

 

A copy of the International Property Maintenance Code of 2000, as revised and updated, is on file in the Department of Code Enforcement and is made part of this section by reference. Said copy shall remain on file in the Department of Code Enforcement for the use and examination, of the public.

 

2.                 That Chapter 2.60, entitled “Certificates of Occupancy”, of the “Code of the Borough of Englishtown, New Jersey”, is hereby deleted in its entirety.

3                    That the provisions of this Ordinance shall be severable.  In the event that any portion of this Ordinance is found to be invalid for any reason by any Court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment shall be limited in its effect only to that portion of the Ordinance actually adjudged to be invalid and shall not be deemed to affect the operation of any other portion thereof, which shall remain in full force and effect.

4                    That all other Ordinances or parts of Ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistencies.

5.                  That this Ordinance shall take effect on final passage and publication in accordance with the law.

Public Hearing

 

Mayor Reynolds opened the floor to the public for questions or comments on the above titled ordinance.

 

Irene Borghaus, Fireplaces of America asks did we find out if the State supercedes us?

 

John Bennett, Borough Attorney responds yes, the State will inspect units of 3 or more but the municipality has the option if they choose to do the inspections themselves upon a request to the D.C.A.

 

Irene Borghaus asks did we find out what the $30,000.00 is covering?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds it isn’t $30,000.00.  If you look at the number of rental properties in town presently there are 62.  At a $200.00 cost that would be only $12,400.00.   The $30,000.00 was based on information given by our Code Official.  We are going to have to adjust those numbers.  The budget may have to be revised again because we are not sure if we are going to receive our extraordinary aid from the State.  Also, two weeks ago I was in Trenton for our CAP waiver, which was approved.

 

Irene Borghaus states since we don’t know when these other rentals are coming into town, we are short a lot of money.  Where is that money going to come from?

 

Himansh Shah, Borough C.F.O. responds if the Council decided to change the fee there would be another Public Hearing. 

 

Mayor Reynolds states we can’t change an Ordinance without a public hearing.

 

There being no further questions or comments, a motion to close the public hearing was offered by C/Soden and seconded by C/Simon.  Passed unanimously.

 

Adoption

 

A motion to adopt Ordinance No. 2005-09, above titled, was offered by C/Soden and seconded by C/Simon.  Passed on the following roll call:

 

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

                      Nayes:    None

                     Absent:    C/Gallagher

                    Abstain:    None

New Business

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2005-100

 

Authorization of Purchases or Services Over $800

 

            Whereas, the Borough of Englishtown Council requires that purchases and services over $800.00 or more be pre-approved by the Governing Body except in the case of imminent emergency situation; and

 

            Whereas, the following itemized request(s) were submitted to the Chief Financial Officer by the respective Committee Chairperson(s) for Council approval; and

 

            Whereas, the Chief Financial Officer certifies that appropriate funds are available for the following:

 

Excavating Materials/Labor at 3 Corners           $1,220.00

 

Purchased From:

 Brenner Drainage & Excavation

Monroe Township, NJ

 

            Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey that the above request(s) is approved for the purchase or order.

 

Offered By:                  C/Simon

 

Seconded By:               C/D’Agostino

 

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

                  Nays:         None

              Abstain:          None

               Absent:          C/Gallagher

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2005-101

 

Emergency Temporary Appropriations

 

Whereas, an emergent condition has arisen with respect to the need for various operating expenses prior to the adoption of the 2005 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 2005 pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 96, P.L.1051 (N.J.S.A.40A:4-20) including this Resolution total $1,155,527.00.

 

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/D’Agostino  

                                               

Seconded By:               C/Simon

 

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

                 Nays:          None

              Abstain:          None

               Absent:          C/Gallagher                                                                

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2005-102

 

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 $269,786.97 be and

                   the same are hereby authorized to be paid on May 25, 2005

 

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/Simon

 

Seconded by:               C/D’Agostino

 

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

                   Nays:        None

               Abstain:         None

                Absent:         C/Gallagher

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2005-103

 

Authorization of Purchases or Services Over $800

 

            Whereas, the Borough of Englishtown Council requires that purchases and services over $800.00 or more be pre-approved by the Governing Body except in the case of imminent emergency situation; and

 

            Whereas, the following itemized request(s) were submitted to the Chief Financial Officer by the respective Committee Chairperson(s) for Council approval; and

 

            Whereas, the Chief Financial Officer certifies that appropriate funds are available for the following:

 

Digital Recorder, Software, Transcribing Equipment

Including Installation and Training (Council/UPZB Meetings)     $2,665.00

 

Purchased From:

 Gramco Business Communications

Clifton, NJ

 

            Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey that the above request(s) is approved for the purchase or order.

 

Offered By:                  C/D’Agostino

 

Seconded By:               C/Simon

 

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

      Nays:         None

              Abstain:          None

               Absent:          C/Gallagher

 

Public Portion

 

Mayor Reynolds states, before I open the public portion I would like to comment on a newspaper article that was in this morning’s paper.  There was a statement from Jayne Carr that she asked Englishtown Council if there was discussion with the two governing bodies about Manalapan taking over the Englishtown Police Force or the whole town.  I have a copy from the Minutes of that evening which was April 13th.  Jayne Carr asked Mayor and Council did any of you meet with Manalapan to take over the Police Department, I replied “no”.  Jayne Carr again questioned Mayor and Council; there was no talk between Mayor and Council with Manalapan to take over Englishtown?  I again replied “no”.  This article came out on May 25th.  C/Soden and myself met with two members of Manalapan Council on May 12th.  We discussed shared service agreements including Police Dept, Court, Public Works Dept. projects, recycling and solid waste.  The State has requested that all municipalities look into shared service agreements.  This was strictly for information.  At that meeting at no time was there discussion that Manalapan would take over Englishtown.  I am reiterating, at the time Jayne Carr asked those questions at the April 13th meeting, Council members nor myself had any discussion with Manalapan.  We met on May 12th

 

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

 

Jeffrey Hanlon, Englishtown PBA Local 166 Representative states; regarding what you just said about looking into shared services, is the Police Department one of the services you are possibly looking into contracting with Manalapan? 

 

Mayor Reynolds responds, in shared services you have to look at the total package.  Will there be savings?  We have received no feedback from Manalapan since the meeting.  The meeting was for information only.  As far as looking into the Police Department as one of the shared services, yes, we were looking at all options for this municipality.

 

Jayne Carr, Main Street states I would like to ask are you stating that I didn’t reiterate my question to say “Does anyone on this council have a thought of sitting down with Manalapan to discuss the Police Department or the entire town”.  I asked each person to answer individually. 

 

Mayor Reynolds responded, I was the only one who responded.

 

Jayne Carr asks can I make a request tonight to listen to those tapes.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds, yes they are public record.

 

Jayne Carr asks do you remember a year and a half ago when I had spoke to you about setting up a meeting with Manalapan because they had a ten year plan to take over Englishtown as their Main Street?  When I came back and had a meeting set up C/Gallagher said simply speaking to Manalapan would say to them that we were interested. 

 

Mayor Reynolds responds I remember that conversation taking place.  From that time until now I have never had a discussion with Manalapan to take over this town. 

 

Jayne Carr states I feel the tape will reflect that I polled each person individually.  You were not the only person who answered me. 

 

Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk states for the record that the tapes are not verbatim. 

 

C/Soden responds I do remember the question but I did not respond.  Prior to this, in all honesty I have met with Manalapan at least four times.  On each occasion I have come back and discussed it with Chief Niziolek.  The reason I did that is because when someone from this audience asks me a question I want to give them a correct answer. 

 

Barbara Kuchinski, Hamilton Street states when does the current police contract expire?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds December 31st.

 

Barbara Kuchinski wasn’t there a referendum about the Police and what did the taxpayers say they wanted?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds yes, in November 7, 2000.  The referendum passed by a majority of 2 to 1.  Mayor Reynolds reads the referendum; Englishtown Borough Municipal Public Question: Should the police department with the Borough of Englishtown continue 24 hours a day 7 days a week operation?

 

Paula Kuchinski continues, didn’t you hear your taxpayers speak to you?  They said they wanted police coverage.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds we are not talking about doing away with police coverage in the Borough of Englishtown.  It is my responsibility as Mayor to find equitable ways to provide services to the community and keep a moderate tax rate to keep a commercial base and tax payers here.

 

Paula Kuchinski asks what other avenues have you explored to cut expenses?  What about the Water Department?  Have you ever thought about going State?  Having the State take over might be cheaper.  I feel that’s another avenue to explore.

 

Paula Kuchinski states I didn’t realize Englishtown was in such dire straits that we are looking to combine services.  What percentage of the tax dollar is directed to the Police Department?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds 43%.

 

Paula Kuchinski, asks what else was discussed at that meeting?  We as taxpayers have the right to know.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds I told you the issues that were discussed; solid waste and recycling, which we have our bid opening on June 15th.  Understand, you have more pull when you have more municipalities bidding on contracts. 

 

Paula Kuchinski states I understand that but it seems every time it comes near contract time for the police we seem to go through this.  Has Mayor and Council ever told the Police not to attend council meetings while off duty?

 

Mayor and Council respond “no”.

 

C/Soden responds for the few people we get we welcome the Police to come.

 

Paula Kuchinski asks has anyone on council ever told our Police Department not to go down Heritage Drive unless dispatched?  If this is the case are there any other streets that are “no patrol” streets?

 

C/Simon states I live on Heritage Dr. and I always see police on Heritage.  It’s a rumor.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds I can’t direct the Police Officers.  I can only attest for myself that no, that was not said.

 

Paula Kuchinski states I have repeatedly asked Mayor and Council about a 5 or 10-year plan through the years.  Do we have any? I’m talking about a 5 or 10-year plan of where our town as a whole wants to be and how we are going to get there.

 

C/Soden responds no.  This must be a concern of yours, can I ask you to get involved in helping with this. 

 

Paula Kuchinski responds I have repeatedly offered my services for whatever needed to be done.  I am the one that forced the council to set money aside for our streets knowing there would not be money for repairs.  With that in mind, my street has not been fixed again.

 

C/Soden states the engineer has been notified. 

 

Alice Settele, Sgt. Settele’s wife states it is my understanding that a financial entity was hired to do feasibility study for these shared services with Manalapan.  Is this true?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds present at the meeting was a Chief.  I don’t know if he was representing Manalapan.  Representing Englishtown at the meeting was C/Soden, our attorney John Bennett and myself.

 

C/Soden states I did not know that he would be there.  He introduced himself to us stating that he was a Chief from North Jersey who had done the consolidation of Police Departments in two other municipalities and it worked out well for everybody.  What that means and why they brought him, I have no idea.

 

Alice Settele asks was he an individual or was he part of an entity?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds he gave me his card, and he was from Blue Shield Consulting.

 

Alice Settele asks when was this meeting authorized by this council to go and meet with Manalapan?

 

C/Soden states I believe it was the last meeting that we had before we went there. The seven people on this Council agreed that we should go there and do the ADHOC study with Manalapan Township. 

 

Jayne Carr, 8 Main Street, states since the council obviously voted in Executive Session to form the ADHOC was a resolution passed to pay the attorney to be at the meeting?

 

John Bennett, Borough Attorney states there was no necessity to have a resolution to have me authorized to be paid because I am the Borough’s attorney and do as directed, I am not hired per project.                         

 

Jayne Carr states you went there to discuss shared Interlocal services.  Does the gentleman that was present have experience in success of his business for Interlocal services or is his experience successes for Interlocal services of Police Departments?

 

C/Soden responded the latter.

 

Jayne Carr asks did he discuss any other services besides the Police?

 

John Bennett responds, yes the Court.

 

Jayne Carr asks if this discussion of Interlocal Services is for the benefit of the taxpayers of Englishtown and was just a fact-finding meeting why was this done in an Executive Session instead of discussed in a public session. Why if you have a good idea do you set up a situation for this rumor mill to be created?  The secrecy is what creates the rumor.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds O.K. Thank you.

 

Michael Mac Inness, PBA Local 166 asks who initiated this meeting Manalapan or Englishtown?

 

Mayor Reynolds responded, we did.

 

Michael Mac Inness asks was employment discussed?

 

Mayor Reynolds responded no, we just met with them to discuss five shared services that we would like to discuss that might save money. 

 

C/Soden stated no person was mentioned it was just services.  I have heard a lot of rumors that have been going around town.  Jayne Carr is right; part of the reason is because of the secrecy.   It’s not my committee but I went to the meeting as Council President because I want to know about everything that goes on here.  It was asked to me after, why I don’t look into doing our own garbage.  I have been working on this for over three weeks.  I just gave our attorney a note tonight to see how long we could bond a garbage truck for.  As far as State Water I will look into that because I want an answer to that myself. 

 

Kathleen Bien, Empire Designs, 7 South Main Street states I don’t think you should consider dissolving our Police Force that the town has spent years building up to the strength that it is at this time. 

Kathleen Bien reads a speech commending The Englishtown Police Department.

 

JoAnne Damante, 19 Heritage Drive states we do have the finest Police Department, Fire Department and First Aid Squad.   I have a question for the Chief; were the officers told not to come down Heritage Drive for any reason?

 

Chief Niziolek responds there was a meeting with the Mayor, C/Soden, the Borough Attorney and myself at the Prosecutor’s Office regarding some incidents on Heritage Drive.  For a while, some officers were taking a dinner break at a particular address on Heritage Drive and the council frowned upon that.  Per the Council and the Prosecutor’s Office I was instructed to tell my officers that they were no longer allowed to take their lunch breaks at that particular address. 

 

JoAnne Damante states there lunch breaks were called in and logged and if they got a call they responded correct?

 

Chief Niziolek responds yes.

 

JoAnne Damante states they were at my house.  I support the Police Department.  If there’s a problem with that come knock on my door.  I’m 19.

 

Drew Overgard, Carriage Lane, supporter of the Police Department, states as far as the people are concerned you’re wasting your time going to Manalapan because we don’t want it.

 

Mr. Humphries, 21 LaSatta Avenue states trucks come through this town everyday using their Jake brakes.  Is there a law prohibiting them to be used.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds we will ask the Chief to look into it to see if there are any State Ordinances or Statutes that say it’s illegal for them to be used in city limits.

 

Marty Conte, PBA President, Local 166, Representative of Englishtown Police Officers, states it seems clear how the residents feel about disbanding this Police Department.  I understand you can have meetings ADHOC but you are also compelled, being an elected official, to reflect the overview of the community.  I can assure you as an officer of a large town that if you go ahead and merge with a town such as Manalapan you will no longer be Englishtown you will become a District.  You will lose the personal touch that you have now. 

 

Joyce Stipple, Irving Place, asks how much Federal or State monies will the Borough get for the Police this year?

 

Chief Niziolek responds presently for 2005 the Federal Government has allotted for us $44,000.00, which will be used for salary and benefits for the eighth officer.  We also recently received a D.W.I. Enforcement Grant for approximately $13,000.00, which will cover new Breathalyzer costs and D.W.I. patrols.

 

Joyce Stipple states could you guide us as to if there is any way to change the formula for the grammar school district.  This is where we should be putting our energy.

 

John Bennett, Borough Attorney states the litigation would cost a lot. It might be better if we could get a couple more districts to get it going to force the legislature to do it.

 

Discussion on the school district continues between Mayor Reynolds, John Bennett and Joyce Stipple. 

 

Joyce Stipple asks when you hire new employees do you do a full background check?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds yes.

 

Nick Appice, 20 Heritage Drive, asked Mayor and Council regarding the police vehicle that was totaled, is it going to be replaced?

 

Chief Niziolek responds it’s on order.

 

Lori Cooke, 12 Wood Avenue, pertaining to your discussions with Manalapan, you keep saying they haven’t gotten back to you yet.  Did you make an offer for shared services?  If they say yes is the police department still on the table?  If the people are telling you they don’t want it why are you wasting time and money to look into something we don’t want anyway?  You can’t put a price on our safety.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds Manalapan has to speak to the rest of their council.  I would look at the numbers if they showed interest.  There is no money being spent to look into this.

 

John Bennett, Borough Attorney states assuming Manalapan says they are willing to look into shared services, it would be a very long process, studies would have to be done to see what the cost factor would be to Englishtown, what the expenses would be for Manalapan, what would happen to existing personnel.  

 

Richard Settele, PBA Local 166, questions the percentage of taxes that go to the police department.

Discussion takes place between Mayor Reynolds, Himanshu Shah, Borough CFO and Richard Settele.

 

C/Soden states this Police Department has been very proactive and they do a fantastic job.

 

James Quirk from the Asbury Park Press asks Mayor and Council who were the Manalapan officials that you met with?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds that is for them to say not me.

 

Jeffrey Hanlon, Englishtown PBA Local 166 Representative, asks as my Mayor of the town that I work for, if Manalapan comes back showing interest in your negotiations would you insist that all your officers were picked up and not put out of a job?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds I can’t state that right now due to the fact that I don’t know what Manalapan’s requirements are (ex: physical, education, yrs. of service etc.)

 

John Bennett, Borough Attorney states the future of anyone currently employed by the Borough would obviously be a topic that would be of importance to the Englishtown Officials. 

 

Paula Kuchinski, Hamilton Street asks how much did the Court bring in last year?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds $180,000.00.

 

Paula Kuchinski states so the police more than covered themselves.

 

John Bennett, Borough Attorney states the cost of the Police Department is over $600,000.00 and the cost of the Court is over $136,000.00.  It’s approximately $750,000.00 for operating costs for both departments.  The money that the Court brought in to the Borough does not cover those costs.

 

Paula Kuchinski states I know C/Soden has talked to Manalapan before, I believe the last time the police contract was up.  The problem that I have is why Mr. Bennett was present.  Why this time have you chosen to bring our attorney?

 

John Bennett responds I was asked to go to make sure that Englishtown and it’s residents were protected and to see that the right questions were being asked.

 

Paula Kuchinski states if this was only a fact-finding mission why did you have to be there to see about Englishtown’s rights.  My tax dollars paid for you to be there.  Why?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds we had no idea what was going to take place at that meeting.

 

John Bennett responds I have been involved in inter-local government agreements for 20 years.

 

C/Soden responds I am probably the one most aggravated about his bills.

 

Alice Settele, I just found out that C/Simon is the police liaison.  I don’t understand why an attorney was paid to be there and a consultant that Manalapan brought was there but the police liaison and other shared services liaisons were not at this meeting.  I am having a hard time believing that the issue whether these police officers and court personnel and anyone else involved in shared services that could lose their jobs were not discussed at this meeting. 

 

Mayor Reynolds responds a lot of people on Council work in New York City and it’s hard for them to get there.  No specifics were discussed at that meeting.

 

Alice Settele states I heard you say before that you are waiting for Manalapan to get back to you.  It seems to be all in Manalapan’s hands.  It’s not in Manalapan’s hands, it’s in all of your hands, you are the elected officials of this town.  This is not a State take-over.  You have absolute control as to whether or not this happens.

 

Mayor Reynolds states you are absolutely correct.  The question we wanted to see was if they were even interested in any shared service agreements.  Until they come back and say yes, we want to enter into an agreement with you and here are the terms and conditions, I have nothing to bring to the members of this community.

 

C/Soden states when we went there we also talked about garbage; that we know now they don’t have the facility or trucks to do their own, recyclables, paving roads. 

 

C/Simon states understand our garbage fees have doubled from our last contract to the current contract.

 

Alice Settele states I understand that, but I separate that from 14 individuals that could possibly lose their jobs and there doesn’t seem to be any handle from the council as far as what direction you’re going.

 

Drew Overgard, 31 Carriage Lane when you were going over the budget I believe you mentioned that the Building Department is about 6% of the budget.  Our staff is practically the Manalapan Building Department.  Have we discussed sharing that service because to me that would be a more logical service to share being that we are already using their employees and we only get inspections twice a week? By sharing that service we could get inspections 5 days a week, which would bring you up to State standards because you have to inspect within 72 hours.  I would appreciate it if you could look into this.

 

Mayor responds says we will look into it.

 

Resident, West Dey Street (name not clear on tape) I just wanted to know if you support the police department.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds I’ve supported them since I’ve been Mayor and I supported them as a resident and when I was a council member 10 yrs. ago. 

 

Resident, West Dey Street asks is Englishtown financially in trouble?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds financially we have a low tax base and we are running out of numbers to offset the cost to the taxpayers.  We’ve sold a piece of property and used that in the budget to offset the tax rate.  We’ve used the surplus that we are statutorily allowed to use. 

 

Discussion continues between Mayor and Resident on West Dey Street.

 

Joyce Stipple, Irving Place asks, the agreement that we entered into with Plumsted Township, didn’t it cost us $6,000.00 more than it would of if we didn’t get into it?

 

Discussion takes place with Himanshu Shah, Borough CFO, Mayor Reynolds and Joyce Stipple regarding shared services of tax collector with Plumsted Township.

 

Michael Mac Inness, Englishtown PBA Local 166, we’ve been hearing from you and C/Soden all night and I was wondering if I could ask the opinion of each council member on their feelings regarding the Police Department.  How would they feel if the price was right and you were going to merge with Manalapan to take over the Police Department?

 

C/Rucker states if they were to meet the criteria that we would set, I would be in agreement with it. 

 

Paula Kuchinski, Hamilton Street states the Manalapan officers are making quite a bit more money than ours.  Do you think they’ll take the Chief?  They don’t need another Chief.  I just want to know how many of our elected officials are willing to say I will not even open this up for discussion to get rid of our Police Department. 

 

John Bennett states, that’s an unfair question.

 

Many other residents spoke out supporting the Police Department including, Arlene Humphries of LaSatta Ave., Robert Barbiero of 22 Heritage Dr., John Gabriel of 7 Weamaconk, Paul Robilotti of 51 Heritage Dr., and George Bitar of 3 Raymond Ct

 

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

 

The time being 9:28 P.M.

 

____June 22, 2005_________                                          ________________________

Approved by Governing Body                                          Clerk