PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2002
The meeting was called to order at 8:02PM by Council President Spiech who read the Open Public Meetings Act Statement as prescribed by law. Notice was advertised in The Record on July 20, 2001 stating this meeting would be held in the Municipal Offices at 300B Route 17 South, Mahwah, New Jersey on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 8:00PM.
Notice of this meeting is posted on the Municipal Bulletin Board. The minutes of this meeting shall be available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office.
Salute to the Flag.
Present: Councilmembers Calandrillo, DaPuzzo, Donigian, Omsberg, Richter and Spiech.
Absent: Councilwoman DiGiulio.
Also present were Mayor Richard J. Martel, Business Administrator Brian Campion, Township Attorney Meneloas Toskos and Municipal Clerk Kathrine Coletta.
APPROVAL OF BILLS AND CLAIMS
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Omsberg, the Bills and Claims, previously submitted, totaling $2,592,272.80, were approved. Roll call vote: Calandrillo, yes; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, absent; Donigian, yes; Omsberg, yes; Richter, yes; Spiech, yes. A list of Bills and Claims is on file in the Municipal Clerk’s Office.
REPORT OF TOWNSHIP COUNCIL AND MUNICIPAL CLERK
Calandrillo thanked the Council for their kind words of sympathy on the passing of her grandmother.
DaPuzzo reported the Board of Education has determined Lenape Meadows will be the name of the new school.
Donigian reported the bid specifications for Contract #1 of the Route 202 Recreation Facility are available. To date, 11 bidders have responded.
Donigian advised Council as a follow up to the Council Resolution adopted on February 14, 2002 rejecting the proposal of Ramsey on the train station being located in Mahwah, he attended the Ramsey Council Meeting. He attended the meeting in an effort to answer any questions on the Resolution. Members of the Ramsey Council did not make Donigian feel welcome nor were they cordial. Donigian did requested, as a courtesy, any correspondence dealing with the train station issue be forwarded to the Township of Mahwah.
Omsberg reported she attended the Planning Board Meeting of February 25, 2002. She advised Council on the applications before the Planning Board and actions taken by the Planning Board.
Omsberg reported at the Planning Board Meeting a discussion was held on the new Zoning Ordinance. A Special Meeting is scheduled for March 18, 2002 at 7:30PM to discuss the Ordinance further.
Richter announced the Beautification Subcommittee Meeting will be held on Monday, March 4, 2002 at 7:30PM. Anyone is welcomed to attend. A video tape on ways to beautify the Township will be shown.
Spiech reported he and the Mayor attended a meeting in Rockland County on the remediation of the flooding along the Mahwah River. The meeting was held with residents impacted by the project.
Spiech attended the Senior Citizens Luncheon.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
Mayor Martel thanked Council President Spiech for the report on the meeting in Rockland County on the flooding. The Mayor agrees that if Rockland County does not support the taking of properties in their town, the Township of Mahwah will not have any properties in our town taken.
Mayor Martel thanked Donigian for attending the meeting in Ramsey.
The Mayor spoke about the proposed 2002 Municipal Budget. At the last meeting, the Budget was to be increased by 2 to 2 ½ points. Administration was asked by the Council to review the Budget in an effort to reduce the Budget to a no tax increase. Administration has reviewed the Budget and made reductions within the Budget and eliminations within the Capital Budget. The B-Med Assessment will be taken from surplus. Council has been provided with recommendations by Administration which equates to approximately $300,000 in reductions. The proposed reductions result in no tax increase.
Business Administrator attended a meeting in the Town of Ramapo where the New York DEC had a proceeding on a request by United Water New York to utilize the waters of Potake Lake to offset the supply of the Ramapo River during periods of low flow. Concern about the notice of the meeting was discussed and it was determined the hearing would be continued to April 13, 2002. A representative from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was present at the meeting and stated the State of New Jersey is opposed to the proposal from United Water to amend their New York permits. Township Sanitarian, Stu Ostrow, also attended the meeting. Before the Township takes a formal position, the impact the proposal will have on the river flow will be reviewed and what impact the proposal will have on our aquifer will be considered. Council will be kept up to date on the situation.
Mayor Martel read a Proclamation entitled “Read Across America Day - March 1, 2002".
GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:37PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Ms. Donna Piverto of 3 Marion Drive complained about littering and traffic problems she is encountering. She requested a “No Parking” sign be erected in front of her home. The Business Administrator shall refer the matter to the Police Department.
Mr. John Kelly of 238 Miller Road questioned when the sidewalk under the train trestle will be repaired and a light installed. The Business Administrator responded this will be the first sidewalk repaired in the Township’s Program to begin in April 2002. The issue on the light has been referred to the Township Engineer who has been in contact with New Jersey Transit.
Mr. George Wagner of 26 Bartholf Lane thanked the Council for making repairs to the Winter Park area.
Mr. Wagner requested the Township Agendas and Minutes be available for residents on the Web Site. The Business Administrator answered the Township was sharing a Web Site with the Chamber of Commerce. The Township has now determined to have their own Web Site which will be up shortly. The address will be www.mahwahtp.org.
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Omsberg, the meeting was closed to the public at 8:45PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Resolutions #053-02, #054-02 and #056-02 through #063-02 and the two Raffle Applications for the Mahwah Ice Hockey Association Inc. were voted on under the Consent Agenda. Resolutions #055-02, #064-02, #065-02 and #066-02 were voted on individually. Mentioned Resolutions are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.
Resolution #067-02 was voted on and is attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.
GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION (Continued)
On a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Omsberg, the meeting was opened to the public. All in favor. Motion carried.
Being no comments were made from the public, on a motion by Omsberg, seconded by Calandrillo, the meeting was closed to the public at 8:53PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Calandrillo commented the letter the Mayor wrote on the train station was very well said.
Omsberg asked that in light of the drought conditions, a Fact Finding Committee be established to notify residents to conserve water. Spiech answered in the upcoming Newsletter and at the next Work Session Meeting a Water Conservation Ordinance will be discussed.
Spiech reminded everyone on April 6, 2002 the Watershed Management Area 3 will be having their clean up of the County Park.
Richter asked the status of Torne Valley. Spiech answered one power plant has withdrawn their application.
On a motion by Omsberg, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was adjourned at 9:05PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC
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