PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2002
The meeting was called to order at 8:00PM 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, 300B Route 17 South, Mahwah, New Jersey on Thursday, May 9, 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, DiGiulio, Donigian at 8:05PM, Omsberg and Spiech.
Absent: Councilwoman Richter.
Also present were Mayor Richard J. Martel, Township Attorney Meneloas Toskos and Municipal Clerk Kathrine Coletta.
Spiech welcomed members of Den 10 of Cub Scout Pack #197. Each member of the Pack was presented with a Township pin.
Omsberg was presented with a bouquet of flowers from the Pack.
APPROVAL OF BILLS AND CLAIMS
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Omsberg, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $3,981,789.90, were approved. All in favor. Motion carried. A list of Bills and Claims is on file in the Municipal Clerk=s Office.
APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
On a motion by Omsberg, seconded by Calandrillo, the Public Meeting Minutes of March 21, 2002 were approved. All in favor. Motion carried.
REPORT OF COUNCIL AND MUNICIPAL CLERK
Calandrillo reported the new Town Hall and Senior Center is taking shape.
Calandrillo reminded everyone Tuesday, May 14th is Election Day.
DaPuzzo attended the Recreation SubCommittee Meeting.
DaPuzzo attended the Intergovernmental Meeting with Ramsey.
DaPuzzo congratulated the Municipal Clerk on obtaining her Master Municipal Clerk – Level 1 Certification.
DaPuzzo reported the Township’s Second Annual Earth Day was held on May 4th. About 85 people attended. Five 40 yard dumpsters were filled.
DaPuzzo attended the Board of Education Meeting. The new Board Members were sworn in.
DiGiulio attended the Little League Parade on Saturday.
DiGiulio attended Earth Day. She thanked DaPuzzo and Donigian for their efforts.
DiGiulio wished all of the candidates good luck in the Municipal Election on Tuesday, May 14th.
Donigian reported the Recreation SubCommittee met to discuss the development of the Airmont Avenue Recreation property on April 29th. Another meeting is scheduled in 2 weeks.
Donigian attended the Ramsey/Mahwah Intergovernmental Meeting. The Westervelt Lift Station and the Vaughn Drive connection were among the topics discussed.
Donigian attended the Little League Parade. Donigian complimented the Recreation Commission for their efforts.
Donigian reported Earth Day was held on May 4th . He thanked Fire Companies #1 and #5, the Department of Public Works and the Police Department for their help. Thanks was also given to Trout Unlimited.
Donigian met on April 25th with the Board of Directors of the Apple Ridge Homeowners Association. On May 16th, the Lighting Consultant will make a presentation on the lighting package for the Airmont Avenue and Route 202 Recreation fields.
Donigian clarified comments made in a recent article in The Suburban News which stated that the Airmont Avenue Recreation Facility would have a public address system. Donigian clarified that, as discussed in past Public Meetings, no public address system will be on the Airmont Avenue Recreation Field. Donigian reiterated that it was stated at many Council Meetings that no public address system would be in the design of the Airmont Avenue Recreation Facility.
Donigian reminded everyone Tuesday, May 14th is Election Day.
Omsberg reported the Library Board is gearing up for the summer program. Omsberg further reported the Library Board is very concerned about the HVAC System at the Library.
Omsberg reminded everyone the Library will be closed on May 25th, 26th and 27th.
Omsberg reported the Planning Board met this past Monday. The review of the Master Plan continues. The next meeting is scheduled for May 13th.
Omsberg reminded everyone the Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic for cats will be on May 11th at the Department of Public Works Garage on North Railroad Avenue.
Omsberg encouraged everyone to vote on May 14th. Omsberg wished all of the candidates good luck.
Spiech attended the Little League Parade.
Spiech attended Earth Day.
Spiech attended the Senior Citizens Meeting. The seniors are anxious to move into the new building.
Spiech reminded everyone May 14th is Election Day.
REPORT OF MAYOR AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
Mayor Martel attended the Inauguration for Dr. Rodney Smith at Ramapo College.
Mayor Martel commended everyone involved in Earth Day.
Mayor Martel attended the Little League Parade.
Mayor Martel informed everyone the Northwest Bergen Mayors Meeting will be held in the Township on May 11th. Members of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment will also be in attendance.
Mayor Martel attended the Senior Citizens Luncheon.
Mayor Martel encouraged everyone to vote on May 14th.
GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION
On a motion by Omsberg, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:23PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Mr. Keith Schlanger of 159 Fisher Road expressed concern about the lights at the Airmont Avenue Recreation Field. Mr. Schlanger is also concerned about the noise which may effect the quality of life of those in the area.
Mrs. Irmgard Santaiti of 243 Airmont Avenue expressed her concern over the Airmont Avenue Recreation Field.
Mr. Carter Morris, President of Darlington Ridge, questioned whether the one way on Mulberry Drive is enforceable. The Township Attorney responded this matter is in the process of being reviewed. Mr. Morris requested the Police be contacted to patrol the area several times throughout the day. Mayor Martel assured Mr. Morris the Police will be contacted.
Mr. Noel Lamster of Darlington Ridge presented photographs to the Council showing the area of Mulberry Drive which is the point of discussion.
Mr. Phil Omsberg of 5 Halifax Road pointed out he served on the Recreation Facilities SubCommittee. While on the SubCommittee, he was against the lights. Mr. Omsberg pointed out the Township does not have an Ordinance in place on recreation facilities.
Mr. Paul Dennis of 101 Halifax Road feels an Ordinance should be adopted to regulate recreational lighting.
Mr. Vincent Santaiti of 243 Airmont Avenue questioned why another field is being built on Airmont Avenue when the Township has a field across from Secor Farms.
Mr. Santaiti questioned personnel on Township property in orange suits cleaning it up. Mayor Martel answered these are people who are doing community service.
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was closed to the public at 9:07PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
ORDINANCE - PUBLIC HEARING
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 16-34 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH ENTITLED “WATER RESTRICTIONS”.
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, 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 DaPuzzo, the meeting was closed to the public. All in favor. Motion carried.
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the following resolution was passed and adopted:
RESOLUTION - ORDINANCE NO. 1416
RESOLVED that the Ordinance be passed and adopted on second reading and the Clerk is authorized to advertise the Ordinance by title only as having been finally adopted, as required by law.
Roll call vote: Calandrillo, yes; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Donigian, yes; Omsberg, yes; Richter, absent; Spiech, yes.
Resolutions # 127-02 through #129-02 and #131-02 through #134-02 were voted on under the Consent Agenda. Resolution #130-02 (Professional Services Contract; Malcolm Pirnie Inc.; Stage 4 Sanitary Sewer Project) was removed from the Consent Agenda. Resolutions are attached to and made part of these meeting minutes.
Resolution #130-02 was voted on individually and is attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.
Resolutions #135-02 and #136-02 were voted on separately and are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.
Approval of Raffle Applications
On a motion by Spiech, seconded by Calandrillo, the Raffle Applications for the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Scandinavian American Heritage Society were approved. All in favor. Motion carried.
On a motion by Omsberg, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public at 9:12PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Being no comments were made from the public, on a motion by Omsberg, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was closed to the public at 9:13PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
On a motion by Omsberg, seconded by Calandrillo, Council went into closed session at 9:15PM for the express purposes of discussing pending litigation and contract negotiations. All in favor. Motion carried.
On a motion by Omsberg, seconded by Calandrillo, Council returned to open session at 9:33PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Spiech suggested flowering trees be planted at Winters Park in the area opposite the parking lot.
Calandrillo reported Barbara Shanley is monitoring the growth of the tree planted by the Tricentennial Committee. It is uncertain whether the tree is a late bloomer or whether the tree has died.
DiGiulio reported the Beautification SubCommittee will be meeting the 1st Monday in June.
DaPuzzo requested a review be made of the Soil Movement Permit. Item shall be placed on the May 16, 2002 Work Session Meeting.
DaPuzzo requested the Water Restrictions Ordinance be reviewed to include athletic fields.
On a motion by Omsberg, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was adjourned at 9:45PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC
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