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                  May 24, 2006 

 

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 8, 2006

 

5.            Presentation/Informational Video – Verizon NJ, Inc.

 

6.            Public Hearing Verizon NJ, Inc./Cable Communications System

 

7.            Committee Reports

 

8.            Correspondence

 

9.         Open Public Portion/Limited to Agenda Items Only

Limited to Five (5) Minutes per citizen to be determined at the discretion of Borough Council.  Any and all situations regarding Borough  Personnel, when names are implied or mentioned, are to be brought

                        to the full attention of the Council through an appointment and

                        subsequent disclosure through the Personnel Committee.

 

10.            Old Business:

 

A.            Ordinance No. 2006-14 – Public Hearing and Adoption

Ordinance Amending/Supplementing Chapter 2.50 of the Borough

Code Book “Schedule of Fees” - Recreation

 

11.            New Business:

 

B.            Ordinance No. 2006-15 – First Reading and Introduction

Ordinance Establishing Limits for Salaries of Borough Employees

Rabies Clinic Workers

 

 

 

C.                 Ordinance No. 2006-16 – First Reading and Introduction

Ordinance Authorizing The Abandonment of A Declaration of Taking of A Portion of Lot 12, Block 2

 

D.                 Resolution No. 2006-090

Authorizing Engineer to Apply for 2007 DOT Grants 

                                    Reconstruction – Dey Street

                                    Safe Streets to Schools – S. Main/Park/Conover/Station

                                    Centers of Place – Pedestrian Crosswalks

 

E.                  Resolution No. 2006-091

Authorization of Purchases Over $800.00 –

Brenner Drainage & Excavating, Inc.- Emergency

Water Main Break Repair – Main Street

 

F.            Resolution No. 2006-092

                                    Authorizing The Borough of Englishtown to

                                    Estimate Third Quarter Taxes

 

F.                  Resolution No. 2006-093

Authorizing the Payment of Borough Bills

 

12.            Tax Collector’s Report – April 2006

 

13.            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.

 

14.              Executive Session

 

15.            Adjournment

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Reynolds at 7:31 p.m.

 

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

                  Absent: None

 

Also present were Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk, Rhoda Overgard, Deputy Municipal Clerk, Laurie Finger, Borough Administrator and Stuart J. Moskovitz, Borough Attorney.

 

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

 

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

 

Approval of Minutes

 

There being no corrections, deletions or additions, a motion to approve the Minutes of March 8, 2006 was offered by C/Carr and seconded by C/Simon.  Passed on the following roll call:

 

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

                      Nayes:  None

                     Absent: None

                    Abstain:            None

 

Presentation/Informational Video – Verizon, N.J., Inc.

 

Mayor Reynolds opens the floor to John Selika, Director of Public Policy and Internal Affairs for Verizon, N.J. for a presentation and informational video to discuss bringing cable competition to Englishtown. 

 

Public Hearing – Verizon, N.J., Inc/Cable Communications System

 

Mayor Reynolds opened the floor to the public for questions or comments on Verizon N.J. Inc./Cable Communications Systems.

 

Borough Attorney Stuart Moskovitz swears in John Selika, Verizon, N.J., Inc.

 

Paula Kuchinski, 11 Hamilton Street asks (inaudible)

Paula Kuchinski also expresses her concern with Englishtown being so wire heavy already.

 

Harry Carros, 38 Tennent Avnue asks what types of programs are in place for part time residents?

 

Liz Canario, 17 Hamilton Street asks will the customer and mechanic end of it be through Verizon or is contracted out separately?

 

Borough Attorney Stuart Moskovitz swears in Sam Collari of Cablevision.

 

Sam Collari of Cablevision reads a statement, stating that although Cablevision has expected competition for quite some time and is not opposed to competition, this statement is a warning and to enlighten Englishtown of some of the inefficiencies with Verizon’s application.

Borough Attorney, Stuart J. Moskovitz states there are things I believe the council needs in order to determine how they want to vote on this application.  Rather than have you on your feet answer these questions I’m going to tell you what they are and if you could provide us with that information that would expedite the process for the next hearing.  First and foremost you and your application talk about the ISA the council needs to know that its not the same thing as the preliminary service area.  The ISA is all of Englishtown but you reserved the right to not hook up every single home and every single business.  That becomes a problem because if you cherry pick you could end up making it non competitive for Cablevision and they could walk away and suddenly you have homes that had Cablevision and not only do we not have competition but suddenly we have areas without any service.  We need you to address whether you are willing to say the PSA and ISA will be identical.  Right now my understanding is everyone is served and we would like that not to change.  Second I understand the concept that you are not building a system per say nonetheless the point of that in the application is to tell us when are you going to start providing us service and when are you going to be complete with providing service to everyone so if you can give us that information.  Third with respect to local channels, there is nothing in your application as to whether or not you are going to approve local origination channels, so we would like to know that as well.   How are you going to guarantee that we will have not only public access but the opportunity if the council decides they want to broadcast these meetings for example how do we do that?  In your presentation you talked about Internet but it is not really part of your rate schedule.  We need to know that when we talk about setting you up and bringing you in here whether or not you are also going to be providing internet service and whether or not that can be added to this application.  You covered very basically the concept of maintenance, mechanics and repairs but since you have gone out of your way to distinguish the FTTP system and the cable, which is really just signal we need to know whether or not for your liability you are agreeing to handle the entire FTTP system.  The rest I will just wait for the Ordinance. 

 

Mayor Reynolds asks for a motion to adjourn the public hearing until the June 14, 2006 council meeting. 

 

A motion to adjourn the public hearing until the June 14, 2006 Council Meeting was offered by C/Carr and seconded by C/Robilotti.  Passed unanimously.

 

Committee Reports

 

C/Rucker states nothing at this time.

 

C/Palmieri states nothing at this time.

 

C/Robilotti states the Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday.  We are all set up for it and the weather is supposed to hold up so we should have a good turnout.

 

C/Soden states I was given a letter today at 7:20 P.M. from some concerned employees.  I won’t read it into the record but what I will say to the employees is that after the meeting the Mayor would be happy to discuss with you your concerns.

 

C/Carr states my daughter is a freshman cadet at the Colts Neck ROTC Navy Program and she has asked me to ask you if she can march with us as the council, in full uniform.  I would like to support her in that request.

 

Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk asks C/Carr to direct the question to Lynn Strong, organizer of the Memorial Day Parade.

 

Lynn Strong states that’s fine with me.

 

C/Carr continues the Economic Development Committee is scheduled to have a meeting this Saturday, but I was thinking of postponing it until June 3rd since this is the holiday weekend.  I received a letter about the inmate labor program and it is equivalent to the Community Service Program that the Borough already uses.  We’ve got our new Delta Dental increase for the 2-year contract.  The one year contract would be a 7.5% increase and a 2 year contract would be a 4% increase.  Two officers were hurt on Sunday for anyone who doesn’t know and as a councilperson I support and thanks for their service and hope they come back soon and heal up fast.  Lastly,  I had a conversation with Mr.Elias who is a councilman in Millstone regarding whether or not they are going to be charged for State Police service.  He said yes they are.  I asked him if he would be interested in going into a mutual agreement with Englishtown, to have Englishtown cover Millstone’s Police Department and he said yes we would.  I spoke with him earlier this evening and he said this is no secret because he has spoken to the press already about this so I’m asking this council to sit down with representatives from Millstone and explore shared service where we will not be giving our police department away, we will be expanding our police department and have more revenue coming in.

 

C/Simon states the police activity report for the period of 4/23 – 5/17 there were 481 total calls, 183 motor vehicle stops and 238 routine calls for service.  I spoke to the Chief on Tuesday and he has interviewed two candidates for open positions and that is something we will be discussing in tonight’s Executive Session.

 

Correspondence

 

Julie Martin, Municipal Clerk states the primary elections will be held on Tuesday June 6th.  Polls will be open at Borough Hall from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The new Sequoia voting machines will be in operation.  They are very easy to use and the poll workers will give instruction to everybody who votes before they enter the booth. 

 

 

 

 

Old Business

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2006-14 PUBLIC HEARING & ADOPTION

 

An Ordinance Of The Borough Of Englishtown Amending/Supplementing

Chapter 2.50 of the Borough Code Book

“Schedule of Fees” 

 

            Be It Ordained by the Governing Body of the Borough of Englishtown that the following sections be amended/supplemented as follows:

 

Chapter 2.50, Schedule of Fees

Section 2.50.02 – Recreation Fees

           

Annual Fall Festival                           

            Vendor Fee:                                       $  15.00 Englishtown Resident

                                                                      $  35.00 Non Resident

 

            Food Vendor Fee:                              $55.00  Englishtown Resident  

                                                                      $110.00 Non Resident

                                                      (fee does not include Fire Code   Permit)    

                                                                                   

Festival Rides:                                    $ 1.00 ea. Ride or

                                                          7 Rides for $5.00

                                                                      or $10.00 for Unlimited Rides

 

            Festival Sand Art:                              $ 4.00 ea. Large

                                                                     or $3.00 ea. Small

 

            Festival Car Show:                              $ 5.00 for Pre-registration or     

                                                                       $10.00

                                                                       Registration day of show

 

Annual Trash to Treasure

            Vendor Fee:                                         $  5.00 Englishtown Resident

                                                                        $10.00 Non Resident  

 

Annual Halloween Party

            Entrance Fee:                                       $2.00 per person

                                                                (children 10 yrs. and under are free)

 

Annual Holiday Hayride

        Ride Fee:         $3.00 per person  (children 10 yrs. and under are free)

       This ordinance shall take effect upon final 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.

 

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

 

Adoption

 

A motion to adopt Ordinance No. 2006-14, above titled, was offered by C/Robilotti and seconded by C/Simon.  Passed on the following roll call:

 

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

                      Nayes:      C/Palmieri

                      Abstain:    None

                      Absent:     None

 

New Business

 

ORDINANCE 2006-15                                                    First Reading & Introduction

 

Ordinance Establishing Limits For Salaries

Of The Employees of the Borough of Englishtown

County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey

 

            Be It Ordained, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth and State of New Jersey as follows:

           

            Section I:  The annual salary ranges are established as follows, and the Borough Chief Financial Officer is hereby authorized to transfer such sums of money from such payroll from the time as directed by Salary Resolution of the Governing Body.

 

POSITION                                                                             SALARIES                                                                                                                             MINIMUM   MAXIMUM

 

RABIES CLINIC WORKER                                        $25.00               $90.00

 

           

Section II:  Salaries shall be set forth by Resolution of Mayor and Council within the

aforementioned salary guidelines.

Section III:  Payment of salaries shall be in equal bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly or other

 installments as the Mayor and Council may from time to time resolve.

 

            Section IV:  This ordinance shall take effect upon its passage and publication

according to law.

The First Reading and Introduction for Ordinance No. 2006-15 was offered by C/Robilotti

and seconded by C/Simon.  Passed unanimously.

           

Julie Martin, Muncipal Clerk states the public hearing and proposed adoption will take place at the June 14, 2006 Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2006-16                                            First Reading & Introduction

 

 

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ABANDONMENT OF A DECLARATION OF TAKING OF A PORTION OF LOT 12, BLOCK 2

 

            WHEREAS, on or about August 23, 1989, the Borough of Englishtown filed with the Monmouth County Clerk a Declaration of Taking commensurate with the initiation of condemnation proceedings in Monmouth County Superior Court at Docket No. L-56255-89; and

           

            WHEREAS, said Declaration of Taking was for the purpose of widening the adjacent roadways, which activity will not be performed by the Borough; and

           

            WHEREAS, in order for the County of Monmouth to proceed with road widening activities, it is necessary to abandon the Declaration of Taking; and

           

            WHEREAS, simultaneously with the filing of the Declaration of Taking and the Verified Complaint, the Borough deposited the sum of $30,400.00; and

           

            WHEREAS, the Borough now wishes to abandon the condemnation proceedings and the Declaration of Taking to permit the condemnee and the County to effectuate their agreement for road widening:

           

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

1.  The Borough of Englishtown hereby abandons its condemnation proceedings to acquire the land forming a portion of Lot 12, Block 2 for Road Widening Purposes, more particularly described in Deed Book 4954, pages 0553 and 0554 in the office of the Clerk of Monmouth County.

           

            2.  The Borough Attorney is hereby authorized to take all steps to effectuate the abandonment of the Declaration of Taking hereinabove noted.

 

3.       Said attorney shall also determine the status of the moneys deposited with the

                  Superior Court and, if they have not already been released or forfeited, to take necessary steps to recover said deposits.

 

4.      The foregoing shall be contingent on the execution of a written agreement by the condemnee not to seek damages or compensation of any kind from the Borough relating either to the condemnation proceedings or the abandonment of the Declaration of Taking.

 

5.      This Ordinance shall become effective upon adoption and publication according to Law.

 

6.      Since this ordinance is not of a legislative nature, it need not be codified in the

      Code Book of the Borough of Englishtown. 

 

The First Reading and Introduction for Ordinance No. 2006-16 was offered by C/Soden and seconded by C/Simon.  Passed unanimously.

 

Borough Attorney, Stuart Moskovitz states this is for the Knights of Columbus, Declaration of Taking.  One issue that needs to be addressed by somebody is in 1989 Englishtown put up $30,000.00 and I need to find out if anybody knows if we ever got that back.  Believe it or not the State has no clue.

 

C/Carr asks who would you get the $30,000.00 from?

 

Stuart Moskovitz responds the $30,000.00 would have went to the Monmouth County Courthouse Clerk, she then would have turned it over to one of two units.  One, in Trenton there is a trust (inaudible) that gets it or it would have gone to the Superior Court (inaudible) in Trenton, which collects it.  Neither one has record of receiving it.  There seems to be a note in one of the records that we may have gotten this money back in 1994, but they can’t really authenticate that.

 

Mayor Reynolds advises Laurie Finger, Borough Administrator/CFO to go back into the records to see when we issued or wire transferred $30,000.00 and also see any revenues or miscellaneous that came over in subsequent years to see if the State or County gave us the $30,000.00 back.

 

Stuart Moskovitz states the amount would have been $30,800.00.  I do not know whether or not it would have included interest when we got it back.

 

C/Soden states to find out who the attorney was at the time to find out, maybe he could help expedite it quicker.

 

Stuart Moskovitz states you had the same attorney for 25 years.  Do you want me to ask him? 

 

C/Soden states he may have an answer for us.

 

Julie Martin, Muncipal Clerk states the public hearing and proposed adoption will be at the June 14, 2006 Council Meeting.

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2006-090

 

Resolution Authorizing Borough Engineer to Complete FY 2007

DOT Transportation Fund Grants (Municipal Aid Applications)

 

            Whereas, the Borough of Englishtown is interested in filing three (3) FY 2007 applications to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for:

 

-                     Municipal Aid

Reconstruction of Dey Street

 

-                     Safe Streets to Schools

Curbs/Sidewalks on South Main Street, Park Avenue, Conover Street,

Station Street

 

-                     Centers of Place

Construction of Pedestrian Crosswalk Lighting System

South Main Street at Tennent Avenue and Main Street at Water Street

 

            Now Therefore Be It Resolved by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey that the Borough Engineer is hereby authorized to make applications to the Department of Transportation.

 

            Be It Further Resolved that said application fees are not to exceed a total cost of $790.00.

 

Offered by:                   C/Rucker

 

Seconded by:     C/Simon

 

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

                       Nays:  None

                       Abstain:  None

                       Absent: None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2006-091 

 

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:

           

Emergency repair to a water main break and shut off service at 48 Main Street on April 29, 2006

$1,660.00

 

Purchased From:

                                    Brenner Drainage & Excavating, Inc.

                                    205 Dey Grove Road

                                    Monroe Township, NJ  08831                                    

 

            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/Rucker        

 

Seconded By:               C/Simon

 

C/Soden states you have to bear in mind that that was a temporary repair because it is my understanding the line still has to go in the road.  I just wanted everyone to understand.

 

Mayor Reynolds states so this could be revisited in a few weeks or months?

 

C/Soden states it probably will, yes.

 

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

                Nays:           None

               Abstain:        None

               Absent:         None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2006-092

 

Resolution Authorizing the Borough of Englishtown Tax Collector

To Prepare and Mail Estimated Tax Bills in Accordance with P.L. 1994, C.72

 

            Whereas, the Borough of Englishtown has applied for Extraordinary Aid and has not been notified as yet, from the State of its award, therefore delaying the adoption of the 2006 Municipal Budget and the Monmouth County Board of Taxation is unable to certify Englishtown’s tax rate at this time and the Englishtown Tax Collector will be unable to mail the Borough’s 2006 tax bills on a timely basis; and

 

            Whereas, the Borough of Englishtown Tax Collector in consultation with the Borough’s Chief Financial Officer has computed an estimated tax levy in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:4-66.3, and they have both signed a certification showing the tax levies for the previous year, the tax rates and the range of permitted estimated fax levies; and

 

            Whereas, in accordance with Chapter 72, P.L. 1994, the Borough Council requests the Director of the Division of Local Government Services to approve the estimated tax levy exceeding 105% listed below.  Approval will enable to Borough to meet its financial obligations, maintain the tax collection rate, provide uniformity for tax payments and save the unnecessary cost of interest and borrowing.

 

            Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Englishtown, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey on this 24th day of May, 2006 as follows:

 

1.                  The Englishtown Tax Collector is hereby authorized and directed to prepare and issue estimated tax bills for the Borough for the Third Installment of 2006 taxes.  The Tax Collector shall proceed upon approval from the Director and take such actions as are permitted and required by P.L. 1994, C.72 (N.J.S.A. 54:4-66.2 and 54:4-66.3).

 

2.                  The entire estimated tax levy for 2006 is hereby set at $4,151,983.98.

 

3.                  In accordance with law, the Third Installment of 2006 taxes shall not be subject to interest until the later of August 10, 2006 or the twenty-fifth calendar day after the date the estimated tax bills were mailed.  The estimated tax bills shall contain a notice specifying the date on which interest may begin to accrue.

 

Offered by:                   C/Soden

 

Seconded by:               C/Robilotti

 

Julie Martin states the tax collector asked if I could ask council, the estimated tax bill does say estimated, but should she put an explanation on them as to why they are getting estimated tax bills?

 

Mayor Reynolds states that’s fine as long as it doesn’t cause too much of a burden.

 

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

                 Nays:        None

                 Abstain:    None

                 Absent     None

 

Borough of Englishtown

Resolution No. 2006-093

 

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 $349,239.01 be and

                   the same are hereby authorized to be paid on May 24, 2006.

 

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/Robilotti

 

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

                   Nays:                                       None

               Abstain:                                    None

                Absent:                                    None

 

Tax Collector’s Report

Month of April, 2006

 

                                                Taxes 2006                244,826.42

                                                Taxes 2005                    1,916.03

                                                Interest on Taxes                 293.06

 

                                                Total Disbursements            247,035.51

 

Public Portion

 

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

 

Pete Cooke, PBA Local 166 Reprentative states I would like to applaud C/Carr on her efforts with Millstone.  As a Representative of the PBA we fully support the services we could provide to Millstone.  Second I know you are going to be talking about the employment situation that we need, I just wanted to say a couple of things that will help your decision.  I know the Chief has asked for two officers.  We lost two this year.  I know there was discussion of only replacing one officer but as the events of last weekend have shown, we lost two officers this weekend to injuries and now we are down to four officers.  I myself have worked at the end of this week fifty hours of overtime to cover this town.  You can imagine I am very tired.  We need to get back up to our eight officers so hopefully you will consider that when you go into Executive and authorize the Chief to hire two officers so we can get back up to eight man minimum to be able to provide the services to the town that they really deserve.

 

Janet Leonardis, 17 Weamaconk Drive, states there’s no need to read word for word but I would like to know what the gist of the letter is from the employees.

 

Stuart J. Moskovitz, Borough Attorney states I hate to do this but I’m going to recommend that not be conveyed because it’s a personnel matter and the employees have the right to speak privately to the Borough Council on matters of personnel.

 

Lori Burdock, Englishtown/Manalapan First Aid, states we would like to ask the council of the possibility of looking into and taking on workmen’s compensation insurance.  Manalapan has taken over the insurance on our vehicles and as you all know we are strictly volunteer, we get no money from the State or anywhere but fundraising.  If you can look into seeing if that would be a possibility through the town.

 

C/Carr asks for a copy of their current policy where you’re covered and who’s being covered so I can research it.

 

Paula Kuchinski (speaking to Laurie Finger) states two meetings ago I asked about salaries.  I looked at you and you looked at the Mayor and asked him if you were allowed to tell me.  This is in the budget.  How dare you put things in the budget that taxpayers can’t find and why do you have to ask his permission to let me as a taxpayer know.

 

Laurie Finger responds I was just asking----

 

Paula Kuchinski - you asked Mayor if you could tell me.

 

Laurie Finger states I asked the attorney’s ------

 

Paula Kuchinski – you asked the Mayor.  I am a taxpayer.  When I pick up my budget I want to know what I’m reading.  I don’t want to have to guess.  I asked two or three council people they knew, she didn’t know anything about it.  If they don’t know I’m a taxpayer and I don’t know.  Mayor what gives you the right to do this?

 

Mayor Reynolds states excuse me first of all everybody in October except for C/Robilotti who wasn’t here had the discussion.

 

C/Carr states I’ve reviewed all the minutes since the day I came here.  I have them at home in chronological order and it’s not in there.  We haven’t had that discussion.

 

C/Soden states this was done during Executive Session.

 

Discussion regarding the budget continues between Mayor, Council, Laurie Finger, Stuart Moskovitz, Borough Attorney and resident Paula Kuchinski.

                                                                                                                                  

Christine Robbins, clerk typist I would like to know why our letter couldn’t be read into record.  There are a lot of issues in the letter regarding things the public says that we feel the council doesn’t defend and we wrote a letter to let people know our feelings.

 

Borough Attorney, Stuart Moskovitz states the answer to that is if every one of those signatories sign a waiver to have the letter read publically than the Borough Council can read it publically.  If there’s one that hasn’t given their permission then there are privacy restrictions.

 

Lynn Strong, Main Street states it’s a sad thing what is going on with the Borough employees and Police Department.  We are a beautiful little town and we don’t have any heart anymore.  You are up there to represent the people in this town not yourselves.  The people elect you.  We need our police department and they don’t have a fair salary.  I think it’s about time you took into consideration that many of them are married with families.  They protect our town.

 

Liz Canario, 17 Hamilton Street asks questions regarding the possible merger with Millstone and the Englishtown Police Department.

 

C/Carr responds.

 

There being no further questions or comments, a motion to close the public portion was offered by C/Carr and seconded by C/Rucker.   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, pending and anticipated 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/Simon, C/Palmieri, C/Carr, C/Robilotti

                   Nays:  None

                Absent:              None

               Abstain:              None

 

The time being 9:10 P.M.

 

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

 

The time being 10:26 P.M.

 

Adjournment

 

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

 

The time being 10:27 P.M.

 

 

 

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Approved by Governing Body                                          Clerk