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October 26, 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.         Proclamation – Commemorating Freeholder Theodore Narozanick

 

5.         Approval of Minutes, September 14, 2005

 

6.         Committee Reports

 

7.         Correspondence

 

8.         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.

 

            9.         Old Business:               

 

A.  Ordinance No. 2005-12 – Public Hearing and Adoption

Amending and Supplementing The Ordinance Establishing The Salaries of Certain Officers and Employees of The Borough Of Englishtown For The Year 2005

    

B.     Ordinance No. 2005-13 – Public Hearing and Adoption

An Ordinance Appropriating $10,000.00 Out of the Capital Improvement

Fund Balance For Improvements and Capital Purchases

 

            10.       New Business:

 

C.     Resolution No. 2005-161

Authorizing Mayor to Sign State DEP Sanitary Sewer Approval - Elon Associates

 

D.   Resolution No. 2005-162

                        Resolution Authorizing Refund of Overpayment of Taxes

                       

E.          Resolution No. 2005-163

Authorizing Application For A Grant For Determination of Feasibility of

Shared Services For Pubic Safety

 

F.         Resolution No. 2005-164

Authorizing Application For A Grant For Determination of Feasibility of

Shared Services For Municipal Court

 

G.          Resolution No. 2005-165

Payment of Borough Bills

 

                        H.      Resolution No. 2005-166

Appointment of Assistant Housing Inspector

 

11.       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.

 

12.       Executive Session

 

13.       Adjournment

 

Mayor Reynolds called the meeting to order at 7:31 P.M.

 

Roll Call:  Present:        C/Soden, C/Rucker, C/Simon, C/Palmieri, C/Carr

                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.

 

C/Gallagher arrives at 7:33 P.M.

 

John Bennett, Borough Attorney arrives at 7:33 P.M.

 

Proclamation – Commemorating Freeholder Theodore Narozanick

 

Mayor Reynolds reads into record a Proclamation proudly commemorating Freeholder Theodore Narozanick for forty years of friendship & support of the CentraState Healthcare System.

 

Approval of Minutes – September 14, 2005

 

There being no corrections, deletions, or additions, a motion to approve the Minutes of September 14, 2005 was offered by C/Soden and seconded by C/Simon.  Passed on the following roll call:

 

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

                      Nays:    None

                  Abstain:    C/Carr

                   Absent:    None

 

Committee Reports

 

C/Rucker states nothing at this time.

 

C/Palmieri states this Sunday is our annual Halloween party at the firehouse between 6–8 p.m.  All are invited to attend.

 

C/Gallagher states nothing at this time.

 

C/Soden states nothing at this time.

 

C/Carr states I was in receipt of two resolutions from Manalapan that were passed this past Wednesday, sister resolutions on our agenda tonight although they are not exactly the same.  Having received them I started doing my own research and went back through some of the minutes and also some billing from our attorney.  I have printed up a list and passed it out and I have a few questions.  Mr. Bennett started researching police department consolidation in March of 2005.  The public was also told that this would not cost the Borough a cent, when in fact this is a matching grant, with the Borough’s share being $6500.00. 

 

C/Carr questions John Bennett, Borough Attorney regarding some billing charges pertaining to shared services with Manalapan.

 

Discussion continues between Mayor, Council and John Bennett, Borough Attorney regarding shared service issues. 

 

C/Simon states the police activity report from 10/10 – 10/23, there were 392 calls and 104 motor vehicle stops.

 

Correspondence

 

Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk states no correspondence this evening.

 

Public Portion – Agenda Items

 

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

 

Paula Kuchinski, Hamilton Street asks how can Manalapan Council without input from Englishtown even think about passing two resolutions when in fact Mayor, Council and Attorney Bennett clearly stated they had no information about the resolution passed on October 12th.  You gave Manalapan council the red light to pass two resolutions on October 18th that could cost Englishtown taxpayers approximately $6500.00 plus any hidden costs.  Where will this money be taken from?  These resolutions also do not include the other services that council said were on the table.  Has anyone on council even seen the application for the feasibility study?  I am asking you to rescind what you did two meetings ago.  Did you know that this was going to cost the taxpayers money?  If you pass this resolution tonight you’ve done every taxpayer in Englishtown a disservice by the way you did it.  You have lost all control.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds at that particular time, I didn’t know it would cost the taxpayers money. 

 

Discussion continues between Paula Kuchinski and Mayor and Council.

 

John Farley, 18 Hospitality Way, states I have lost all faith in people because you are lying to us.  You didn’t say it shouldn’t cost us any money, you point blank told me it wouldn’t cost the Englishtown taxpayer a penny.  You said a grant would pay for the study.  We asked why only the Police Department was being studied, and you told us that all services were being included in the study.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds that was the meeting that we had with Manalapan and we looked into the Police and Court and also Public Works, including shared services for garbage when those contracts come up, also combining paving jobs.  These issues have not come up yet because our garbage contract isn’t up yet and there isn’t any major paving needed at this time, but when the time comes we could enter into agreements to save money. 

 

John Farley states you’re changing your answer now, you said this grant was for all shared services.  We told you the one thing we adamantly don’t want is our Police Department involved in this study.  We were open to discuss other possible shared services, and now you tell me that the only one on the table is the Police Department.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds and the Court.

 

John Farley states the whole town is against this.  I have not heard a single word in favor of this.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds as I said earlier when the numbers come back from the feasibility study this will go out to the public, and every member of this community can vote yes or no.  We are not locked into doing anything.

 

John Farley states I have one final question, my brother lives in Marlboro, is this the same Bennett that double dipped Marlboro?  I thought you were in prison.

 

Mayor Reynolds responds you’re out of order.  I’m cutting you off right now.  Please sit down.  Don’t make statements that you don’t know are accurate.

 

Paula Kuchinski, Hamilton Street asks Mayor and Council if they have seen a particular website.

 

C/Carr states I just handed Council the information.

 

Paula Kuchinski states are you familiar with this website?  This website gives you all the information you would possibly need to know about feasibility studies including the applications.

 

Janet Leonardis, 17 Weamaconk Drive states I would just like to understand what transpired and what changed from when the Resolution was voted on to do the application for shared services with Manalapan and now these two Resolutions that you have on the agenda tonight.  Why is it now split up and what happened to the rest of the shared services?

 

Mayor Reynolds states with the rest of them you don’t need to do a feasibility study because you are not dealing with personnel, you are dealing with actual contracts. 

 

Janet Leonardis states so what you’re saying then is for almost all shared services and a specific contractual agreement, at the time you will make an effort to work with Manalapan?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds these two issues are complex.  A feasibility study is someone not the Mayor and Council and not the Police Department, it’s an independent person to do an evaluation.  At the end of the feasibility study you can look at the comparisons. 

 

C/Carr states why not take over the whole buildings and grounds department, just like you’re taking over the whole police department.  Why are you not looking at it in that context of shared services?  Why are the Police only being looked at in that context?

 

Janet Leonardis states, I believe this is my turn to ask a question.

Janet Leonardis continues what is the assistant housing inspector that is on the agenda tonight about?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds that is due to the two developments that are coming on board.  We wanted to make sure that all statutes and all of our ordinances were being done and we needed additional help.  That person will be responsible for going out there and checking on the rental units and to make sure they are up to code.

 

C/Gallagher adds the rental units are being charged so this position’s salary will be offset.

 

Mayor Reynolds states we created an ordinance for all landlords to pay $200.00 per rental property excluding owner occupied. 

 

C/Gallagher states this was a proactive approach to make sure everything is in place when larger apartment complexes come in.

 

Janet Leonardis, for clarification, the $6500.00, is that for both the Court and the Police Department?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds it is $4500.00 for the Police and $2000.00 for the Court.

 

John Farley states originally Manalapan Town Council met with a Police Chief from some Consulting Firm now there is Birdsall Engineering.  What qualifies Birdsall Engineering to make decisions on the Police Department?

 

Mayor Reynolds responds Birdsall Engineering only filled out the application to apply for the grant.  We are not locked into anything.  The feasibility study is only to see if it’s cost effective for Englishtown to share services with surrounding towns.  Whatever the outcome is, the numbers will be presented to the public and they will be on a referendum and you have to vote.  It is the public’s decision on whether to do it or not.  There are hundreds of people from the community who don’t come to meetings and they should have the same right to vote yes or no.  A decision this large should not be based on supporters or non-supporters; it should be based on the numbers.

 

C/Gallagher states this could come out where we look at the figures and say we’re not going to do something like this to save $10,000.00, it makes no sense.  It would have to be a significant savings for it even to go out to referendum.  Additionally, another thing it will give us, that we can’t afford to do on our own, is a study on how many officers we need in our police department.  We have a cap problem and if we want to hire let’s say two more officers we couldn’t, the State would not let us.  The State will only let us go

3 1/2% over our budget every year, which is usually eaten up just by insurance issues and garbage issues without even dealing with personnel.  If the study comes back that it is more cost effective to leave things as they are, but we need more people, then we have an argument with the State, that they gave us a grant to do a study that says we need lets say 10 police officers, how can you say we can’t go over cap for this.  There are other reasons and it may work out differently, to get a study that we only pay $6500.00 for that we couldn’t afford to do otherwise.  Why don’t people want to know the facts?

 

John Farley states, because the facts keep changing.  We were told that everything is on the table and now it’s just the Police Department.  We were told it wouldn’t cost us a penny and now it’s going to cost $6500.00. 

 

Discussion continues between Mayor Reynolds and John Farley.

 

Paula Kuchinski, Hamilton Street, states I am asking you as a taxpayer to pull this resolution tonight, get your facts in order and then move forward.

 

Mayor Reynolds states I am not tabling the resolution tonight.

 

Paula Kuchinski asks where are you getting the $6500.00?

 

Laurie Finger, Business Administrator discusses availability of money to fund this study.

 

Discussion continues between Mayor, Council, Laurie Finger, Business Administrator, John Bennett, Borough Attorney and the public regarding shared service & feasibility study issues.

 

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

 

BOROUGH OF ENGLISHTOWN                          Public Hearing & Adoption

ORDINANCE NO. 2005-12                                    

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING

THE ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE SALARIES OF

CERTAIN OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF

THE BOROUGH OF ENGLISHTOWN FOR THE YEAR 2005.

 

            WHEREAS, the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Englishtown wish to amend and supplement the Ordinance establishing the salaries of certain officers and employees of the Borough of Englishtown for the year 2005 as provided herein.

 

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

 

            1.         That the Ordinance establishing the salaries of the officers and employees of the Borough of Englishtown for the year 2005 is hereby amended and supplemented in order to establish the following positions and salaries and the Borough Chief Financial Officer is hereby authorized to transfer such sums of money from such payroll from the time as directed by the salary resolution of the Governing Body:

 

                                Position                                                                                            Salary

                                                                                                Minimum   Maximum

                                Assistant Housing Inspector                              $4,000.00    $6,500.00           

 

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

 

            3.         That, 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 the remaining portions of this Ordinance shall be deemed severable therefrom and shall not be affected.

 

            4.         That this Ordinance shall take effect upon 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.

 

There being no questions or comments from the public, 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. 2005-12, above titled, was offered by C/Simon and seconded by C/Gallagher.  Passed on the following roll call:

 

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

                Nays:    None

            Abstain:    None

             Absent:    None

 

BOROUGH OF ENGLISHTOWN                          Public Hearing & Adoption

ORDINANCE NO. 2005-13                                    

 

AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $10,000.00

OUT OF THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND

BALANCE FOR IMPROVEMENTS AND CAPITAL

PURCHASES IN THE BOROUGH OF ENGLISHTOWN,

COUNTY OF MONMOUTH, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

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

 

            SECTION 1

There is hereby approved the expenditure of a sum not to exceed Ten Thousand ($10,000.00) for various capital improvements and purchases in the Borough of Englishtown as follows:

 

                          Purchase Computer Equipment & Software             $10,000.00

 

            SECTION 2

For the payment of the above noted purchase, it is hereby appropriated out to the General Capital Improvement Fund, the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00).

 

SECTION 3

The proposed expenditure is hereby authorized and the purpose for which the above appropriation is made is that which the municipality is authorized to make out of said General Capital Improvement Fund.

 

SECTION 4

This Ordinance shall take effect upon its passage and publication according to law.

 

Public Hearing

 

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

 

C/Carr asks what is the $10,000.00 for?

 

Laurie Finger, Business Administrator responds the $10,000.00 is to purchase approximately $4000.00 worth of hardware and the other $6000.00 would be to purchase some of the software for the finance department.

 

C/Carr states I don’t think we should be bringing water, sewer and tax collecting onto a whole new system to make it convenient at these dollar amounts under our fiscal constraints right now.  I understand you need total new service in the finance department and I will support doing that.  I just want to clarify we are just voting to pass buying you what you need. 

 

Laurie Finger responds correct.

 

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

 

Adoption

 

A motion to adopt Ordinance No. 2005-13, above titled, was offered by C/Simon and seconded by C/Gallagher.  Passed on the following roll call:

 

Roll Call: Ayes:   C/Soden, C/Rucker, C/Gallagher, C/Simon, C/Carr   

              Nays:   C/Palmieri   

           Abstain:   None

            Absent:   None

 

New Business

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2005-161

 

Authorizing the Mayor to Sign the State of New Jersey

Department of Environmental Protection Sanitary Sewer Approval

Elon Associates, LLC Block 26, Lots 1& 7

LaSatta Avenue, Borough of Englishtown

 

            Whereas, Elon Associates is required to file an application to the NJDEP for sanitary sewer approval, and the application and associated paperwork have been reviewed and approved by the Borough Engineer, Thomas J. Herits PE PP PLS; and

 

            Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, by the Governing Body, Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey that the Mayor is hereby authorized to sign the application

 

            Be It Further Resolved That, a Certified Copy of the Resolution shall be provided by the Clerk to the Borough Engineer and Borough Water Superintendent.

 

Offered By:                  C/Gallagher     

 

Seconded By:               C/Simon

 

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

                 Nays:           None

              Abstain:          None

               Absent:          None

                                     

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution Number 2005-162

 

Resolution Authorizing Refund of Overpayment

Of Taxes Paid On Property

 

            Whereas, the Borough of Englishtown Tax Collector has reported an over-payment of $2,195.07 on property Block 2/Lot 20.51 C51 that is in the Borough of Englishtown and should be refunded.

 

            Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey that in accordance with the request of the Tax Collector, authorizes $2,195.07 to be refunded to Countrywide Tax Service, Refund Unit, P.O. Box 10211-SV3-24, Van Nuys, CA  91410-0211, as they over-paid taxes on property in the Borough of Englishtown; and

 

            Be It Further Resolved that a certified true copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Borough’s Tax Collector and Chief Financial Officer.

 

Offered by:                   C/Simon

 

Seconded by:               C/Gallagher

 

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

                   Nays:        None

                Absent:         None

               Abstain:         None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2005-163

 

Resolution Authorizing Application For A Grant

For Determination of Feasibility of

Shared Services For Public Safety

 

            WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Borough Of Englishtown and the Township Committee of Manalapan agreed to apply for a Sharing Available Resources Efficiently Grant (“SHARE Grant”) through the State of New Jersey Local SHARE Program in the amount of $18,000.00;

 

            WHEREAS, the Township of Manalapan has agreed to be the lead agency in this endeavor;

 

            WHEREAS, the Township Committee of Manalapan is acknowledging and accepting the responsibility of acting as applicant for the Share Grant on behalf of itself and the Borough Of Englishtown; and

 

            WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey has made SHARE grants available to assist municipal units study, develop and implement new shared and regional services; and

 

            WHEREAS, the purpose of the SHARE grant is to promote shared services between our local units through the sharing of public safety obligations that would be beneficial to both municipalities;

 

            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough Of Englishtown that the Borough Of Englishtown does hereby join with Manalapan in applying for a SHARE grant for the purpose of a feasibility study for sharing public safety obligations; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED  that the Borough Of Englishtown agrees to provide its agreed share of the required $9,000.00 local match in the amount of $4,500.00; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED  that the Township of Manalapan has passed a similar resolution authorizing the foregoing and agreeing to participate as set forth herein including the payment off its $4,500.00 contribution towards the study’s costs at its Township Committee Meeting of October 19, 2005;

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution is contingent on the following:

 

1.      That the Borough of Englishtown may meet its agreed $4,500.00 share of the local match through the value of services provided in accordance with the feasibility study.

 

2.      That the Borough of Englishtown is not committed to undertake any feasibility study or otherwise proceed in accordance with this resolution in the absence of receipt of the SHARE grant that is the subject of this Resolution.

 

 Offered By:                  C/Simon

 

Seconded By:              C/Gallagher

 

Roll Call: Ayes:            C/Gallagher, C/Simon,

                 Nays:          C/Soden, C/Rucker, C/Palmieri, C/Carr

             Abstain:          None

              Absent:          None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2005-164

 

Resolution Authorizing Application For A Grant

For Determination of Feasibility of

Shared Services For Municipal Court

 

            WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Borough Of Englishtown and the Township Committee of Manalapan agreed to apply for a Sharing Available Resources Efficiently Grant (“SHARE Grant”) through the State of New Jersey Local SHARE Program in the amount of $8,000.00;

 

            WHEREAS, the Township of Manalapan has agreed to be the lead agency in this endeavor;

 

            WHEREAS, the Township Committee of Manalapan is acknowledging and accepting the responsibility of acting as applicant for the Share Grant on behalf of itself and the Borough Of Englishtown; and

 

            WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey has made SHARE grants available to assist municipal bodies study, develop and implement new shared and regional services; and

 

            WHEREAS, the purpose of the SHARE grant is to promote shared services between our local units through the sharing of municipal court facilities that would be beneficial to both municipalities;

 

            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough Of Englishtown that the Borough Of Englishtown does hereby join with Manalapan in applying for a SHARE grant for the purpose of a feasibility study for sharing municipal court facilities; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Of Englishtown agrees to provide its agreed share of the required $4,000.00 local match in the amount of $2,000.00; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED  that the Township of Manalapan has passed a similar resolution authorizing the foregoing and agreeing to participate as set forth herein including the payment off its $2,000.00 contribution towards the study’s costs at its Township Committee Meeting of October 19, 2005;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution is contingent on the following:

 

1.      That the Borough of Englishtown may meet its agreed $2,000.00 share of the local match through the value of services provided in accordance with the feasibility study.

 

2.      That the Borough of Englishtown is not committed to undertake any feasibility study or otherwise proceed in accordance with this resolution in the absence of receipt of the SHARE grant that is the subject of this Resolution.

 

Offered By:                  C/Rucker

 

Seconded By:               C/Simon

 

Roll Call:   Ayes:          C/Gallagher, C/Simon

                 Nays:          C/Soden, C/Rucker, C/Palmieri, C/Carr

             Abstain:           None

              Absent:           None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2005-165

 

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 $252,881.64 be and        the same are hereby authorized to be paid on October 26, 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/Carr

 

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

                   Nays:        C/Gallagher

               Abstain:         None

                Absent:         None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2005-166

 

Appointment of

 Assistant Housing Inspector

 

            Whereas, there is a vacancy within the Borough of Englishtown for the position of Assistant Housing Inspector; and

 

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

 

            Whereas, it is the recommendation of the Administration/Finance/Personnel and Public Safety/Code Enforcement Committees to appoint Heather Dettra, Howell, 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 Heather Dettra is hereby appointed as Assistant Housing Inspector for the Borough of Englishtown, from November 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005.

 

2.        That said positions shall be part-time, with an annual salary of $5,460.00   

 payable bi-weekly per the salary ordinance.

 

            Be It Further Resolved that a certified true copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Borough's Chief Financial Officer, the Borough’s Business Administrator, Municipal Clerk, Richard W. Hogan and Heather Dettra.

 

Offered By:            C/Simon

 

Seconded by:         C/Gallagher

 

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

                Nays:    C/Carr

             Abstain:    None

              Absent:    None

                       

Public Portion

 

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

 

Janet Leonardis states I would like to thank C/Gallagher and C/Simon for having the foresight to understand that we need to look into different ways to try and control our tax rate.  The bottom line is our taxes here are higher than those in Manalapan and we don’t have the same level of services.  Englishtown can’t stay in a place and time; it is going to change whether we do it reasonably or whether it happens to us. 

 

C/Gallagher states ironically I was convinced to go down this path by someone who voted no tonight.

 

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

 

Executive Session

 

Mayor Reynolds stated pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10 4-12B be it resolved by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey as follows whereas N.J.S.A. 10 4-12B of the Open Public Meetings Act of the State of New Jersey permits exclusion of the public from those portions of the meetings in which matters authorized to be discussed in Executive Session under the cited statute will be reviewed and discussed; and

 

            Whereas, the Governing Body concludes that the public must be excluded from the discussion of the following matters of personnel, negotiations and potential litigation; and

 

            Therefore, be it resolved by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey, as follows, 1) Hereby authorizes Executive Session for the purpose of discussing above matters with N.J.S.A. 10 4-12B, 2) Anticipated at this time that the matters to be discussed in Executive Session will be discussed in Public not earlier than the next regular meeting of the Governing Body, 3) It is anticipated that the Executive Session last not longer than one-half hour,  4) There exists the possibility that action may be taken upon conclusion of the Executive Session when the meeting returns to open.

 

Offered By:                  C/Simon

 

Seconded By:               C/Carr

 

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

                   Nays:        None

                Absent:         None

               Abstain:         None

 

The time being 9:35 P.M.

 

There being no further business in Executive Session, a motion to return to open session was offered by C/Simon and seconded by C/Carr. Passed unanimously.

 

The time being 10:35 P.M.

 

Adjournment

 

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

 

The time being 10:36 P.M.

 

December 19, 2005                                                         ________________________

Approved by Governing Body                                          Clerk