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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH
PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 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 12, 2002 stating this meeting would be held in the Municipal Offices, 300B Route 17 South, Mahwah, New Jersey on Thursday, September 12, 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 DaPuzzo; DiGiulio at 8:03PM; Kelly; Paton at 8:03PM; Richter and Spiech
Absent: Councilwoman Calandrillo.

Also present were Mayor Richard J. Martel, Township Attorney Menelaos Toskos, Business Administrator Brian Campion at 8:05PM and Municipal Clerk Kathrine Coletta.

PRESENTATION TO RETIRED DETECTIVE CAPTAIN RAYMOND R. McGILL
Council President Spiech presented a plaque to Retired Detective Captain Raymond R. McGill from the Township of Mahwah for his 30 years of service with the Mahwah Police Department.

Mayor Martel extended his appreciation to Retired Detective Captain McGill for his service to the Township and wished him and his family the best.

APPROVAL OF BILLS AND CLAIMS
On a motion by Kelly, seconded by DaPuzzo, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $3,633,119.18, 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 DaPuzzo, seconded by Richter, the Work Session Meeting Minutes of July 25, 2002, Amended Closed Session Meeting Minutes of July 25, 2002, Amended Public Meeting Minutes of July 25, 2002, Work Session Meeting Minutes of August 8, 2002, Public Meeting Minutes of August 8, 2002, Closed Session Meeting Minutes of August 8, 2002, Public Meeting Minutes of August 22, 2002, Closed Session Meeting Minutes of August 22, 2002, Work Session Meeting Minutes of September 5, 2002 and Closed Session Meeting Minutes of September 5, 2002 were approved.

Kelly requested the Work Session Meeting Minutes of August 8, 2002 be amended on page 2 to state “The Township Engineer stated they are not waiting for any further direction from the Township.”


Kelly further requested the Work Session Meeting Minutes of September 5, 2002 be amended on page 5 under 2f. with regard to Sewer Installation that when residents should change their location of the sewer hook-up, additional charges should be borne to the residents and not to the Township.

Roll call vote: Calandrillo, absent; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Richter, abstained on Work Session Meeting Minutes of July 25, 2002, Amended Closed Session Meeting Minutes of July 25, 2002 and Amended Public Meeting Minutes of July 25, 2002 and yes to remaining; Spiech, yes. Motion carried.

REPORT OF TOWNSHIP COUNCIL AND MUNICIPAL CLERK
DaPuzzo attended the Tree of Life Ceremony last evening. He commented the ceremony was tastefully done and expressed his thanks to DiGiulio.

DiGiulio thanked the Council, Fire Department, Ambulance Corps., Department of Public Works and the High School Band for their participation at the Ceremony last evening. Also DiGiulio thanked M.J. Drago of the Historic Preservation Commission for her help, Lee Vold for taking pictures and everyone for their cooperation.

Kelly commended DiGiulio and the Tree of Life Committee. This event was supported by the entire Township and is something Mahwah can be proud of.

Kelly attended a Transportation Sub-Committee Meeting. Kelly received the name of a resident who is willing to work on the Sub-Committee. In addition, there are two more individuals who have shown their interest.

Paton requested the Mayor and Council send thank you letters to the Organizations that participated in the Tree of Life Ceremony.

Richter stated she contacted the Board of Education on the Joint Meeting for either late October or early November. Spiech said once a date has been established with the Board of Education, the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment will be notified.

Spiech attended the Memorial Ceremony at the Police and Fire Academy yesterday. Last night, he attended the Tree of Life Ceremony and thanked DiGiulio.

Spiech attended the Senior Citizen Luncheon and received complaints about the street paving on the west side of the Township. Spiech stated residents should be notified of paving in their area. The Business Administrator said notice will be included in the Newsletter and said the Department of Public Works has been doing interim repair work on the streets.

Municipal Clerk reported Assembly Bill #332 was adopted on September 5, 2002 which requires every meeting held by the Township Council, either Work Session or Public Meeting, there will be a Public Portion. Spiech stated 30 minutes will be reserved for Public Comment at Work Session Meetings.



REPORT OF MAYOR AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
Mayor Martel attended the Board of Education Meeting. Mayor Martel reminded the Board of Education a Joint Meeting with the Township Council, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board has been in the past. Mayor Martel congratulated the Board of Education on the opening of the new school.

Mayor Martel commended DiGiulio for her tremendous effort in organizing the Tree of Life Ceremony. He further thanked Mr. Baumgardt, the Fire Department, Honor Guard and everyone involved.

The Business Administrator reported Mr. Santini presented, at a Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, the plans for the addition at Firehouse #1. The Historic Preservation Commission was pleased with the proposal submitted by Ecoplan. Ecoplan will proceed and will bring the final design to the Council for approval.

The Business Administrator stated the Water Main Replacement Project done by Montana has been completed.

The Business Administrator reported on the Stage IV Sanitary Project at Mohawk Trail and Mohigan Way the lines are in the ground and the laterals need to be hooked up.

The Business Administrator said Wyckoff Avenue has been repaved and repaving of other Township roads should be completed before the cold weather.

GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION
On a motion by DiGiulio, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:37PM. All in favor. Motion carried.


Mrs. Irmgard Santaiti of 243 Airmont Avenue spoke of an article which appeared in The Record this past Sunday. The Township of Wayne purchased Green Acres property for a possible soccer field. The Mayor of Wayne sent letters to those individuals living in the area who would be directly affected by the proposed athletic field and asked for their opinion. Twenty-five residents attended the meeting and objected to the idea. The proposal was then dropped. Mrs. Santaiti asked if the Mayor and Council sent letters to homeowners asking their opinions. Spiech stated the Focus Group of the Recreation Facilities Sub-Committee sent letters to all that were directly affected. Mrs. Santaiti stated she never received a letter and was present at all the meetings. She questioned if Mr. DaPuzzo had a conflict of interest, since he was a coach. DaPuzzo answered no. Township Attorney answered DaPuzzo was on the Sub-Committee to report back to Council. Therefore, no conflict of interest exists. Mayor Martel stated he attempted to meet with Mrs. Santaiti and she refused to meet with him. Mrs. Santaiti stated she never received any mail from the Mayor or Township Council during the two and one half years. Spiech stated a meeting could be arranged to go over the plans with Mrs. Santaiti. Spiech continued saying this is a referendum issue and will be voted on in November. Mrs. Santaiti feels this is not fair, not a lot of residents want the recreation field. Mrs. Santaiti asked why the Mayor and Council purchased the property when there was standing room only and the residents were against this. Spiech stated Council voted on this property for all the residents of the Township of Mahwah. Mrs. Santaiti questioned why the Council is making so many residents unhappy. Spiech answered the matter will be voted on in November.

Mrs. Kathy Murray of 88 Bridle Path Lane stated a friend visited her this weekend and asked if Patrick Brems Road will be kept in the Township. Spiech said yes.

Mrs. Murray wrote a letter to the Council last week regarding the Lighting Ordinance. Spiech answered the Council will continue with the existing Lighting Ordinance until such time as the lights installed. The existing Ordinance states the lights can be on one half hour after sunset, except for scheduled events. Mrs. Murray requested clarification as she is concerned about scheduled events, the lights could remain on until 10PM or 11PM. Spiech answered there are four late nights this year for football games where the lights may be on late. DaPuzzo stated there are four home games starting at 6PM and ending approximately 9:30PM. Mrs. Murray asked if the Council is going along with the old ordinance and if they are committed with four or five events that they ensure the games are over at a reasonable time. Council concurred.

DaPuzzo recommended the Recreation Committee install small speakers in the bleachers and set the volume at normal instead of using a speaker system.

Mrs. Murray asked Mr. Boswell about the public address system. She feels the residents will be adversely impacted more from the sound than the site. Mrs. Murray asked the approximate disturbance figure as the figure was suppose to be under 20% and now it is way over 20%. Spiech asked the Business Administrator to contact the Township Engineer.

Mrs. Murray requested an explanation of the Ordinance process. The Township Attorney explained. Mrs. Murray feels there should be a better way of communication. Spiech pointed out at the next Work Session Meeting there will be a Public Portion on the Agenda. Recent Legislation requires a Public Portion at all the meetings of the Township Council.

Mrs. Murray expressed concern over the percentage of disturbance at the Route 202 Recreation site.

Mrs. Gretchen Heaney of 282 Airmont Avenue questioned the number of children in football and soccer. DaPuzzo answered 792 children are in Recreation Soccer, 320 children are in Softball Program, 1150 children are in Baseball, 275 children are in Football, 182 children are Cheerleaders, 68 children in Girls Volley Ball. Also, there are children registered in Basketball.

Mrs. Heaney asked how many children are registered in the Mahwah Schools. DaPuzzo replied 3,600 children. Mrs. Heaney asked how many children are in private schools. DaPuzzo does not know. Mrs. Heaney asked if a fee is collected for the Industrial Leagues. Administration answered there is a registration fee paid to the Township.

Mrs. Mary Ann Mamola of 239 Airmont Avenue questioned if the funding for Airmont Avenue is voted down in November, will this be the end of Airmont Avenue Field. Spiech stated he does not know as there will be no funding for the field. Mrs. Mamola stated it is terrible how the field is being built right next to her neighbor. She said if there isn’t any room, don’t put the field there.

On a motion by Kelly, seconded by DiGiulio, the meeting was closed to the public at 9:23PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES - INTRODUCTIONS
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1330 AND PROVIDING FOR THE ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT OF LAND AT BLOCK 19, LOT 6 ON RAMAPO VALLEY ROAD, MAHWAH, NEW JERSEY.

RESOLUTION - ORDINANCE NO. 1426

Introduced by DaPuzzo, seconded by DiGiulio.

RESOLVED that the Ordinance be passed and adopted on first reading.

FURTHER RESOLVED that said Ordinance be considered for final passage at a meeting to be held September 26, 2002 at the Municipal Offices, 300B Route 17 South, Mahwah, New Jersey at 8:00PM.

FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk shall publish said Ordinance with notice of introduction, passage and time and place where said Ordinance will be considered for final passage.

Roll call vote: Calandrillo, absent; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Richter, yes; Spiech, yes.

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The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1362.

RESOLUTION - ORDINANCE NO. 1427

Introduced by Richter, seconded by DiGiulio.

RESOLVED that the Ordinance be passed and adopted on first reading.

FURTHER RESOLVED that said Ordinance be considered for final passage at a meeting to be held September 26, 2002 at the Municipal Offices, 300B Route 17 South, Mahwah, New Jersey at 8:00PM.

FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk shall publish said Ordinance with notice of introduction, passage and time and place where said Ordinance will be considered for final passage.

Roll call vote: Calandrillo, absent; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Richter, yes; Spiech, yes.


CONSENT AGENDA
Resolutions #095-02A, #097-02A through #100-02A, #102-02A through #107-02A were voted on under the Consent Agenda and are attached to and made part of these minutes.

Resolutions #096-02A and #101-02A were voted on separately and are attached to and made part of these minutes.

RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions #108-02A through #113-02A were voted on separately and are attached to and made part of these minutes.

GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION
On a motion by DiGiulio, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public at 9:43PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mrs. Kathy Murray of 88 Bridle Path Lane questioned the Ordinances introduced this evening and asked if they are on the Web Page. The Business Administrator stated the Ordinances will be on the Web Page tomorrow morning. Once the Ordinance is introduced, the Ordinance with the full title of the Ordinance will be in the newspaper, it is posted in the Municipal Building and the full title of the Ordinance will be on the Public Meeting Agenda.

Mrs. Irma Santaiti of 243 Airmont Avenue asked what type of environmental study was done for the Airmont Avenue Sports Complex. The Business Administrator answered an Environmental Assessment was done. The EAS was performed in order to obtain Green Acres funding and is different than the EIS. An Environmental Assessment Statement is required to purchase Green Acres before funding for acquisition is provided. Since the property was Green Acres funded, an EAS was done. An Environmental Impact Study was not done. Mrs. Santaiti questioned why not. The Business Administrator answered it was not required. A Wetlands Assessment and a Letter of Approval with the Department of Environmental Protection was done. Mrs. Santaiti stated this has been a nightmare for the last two and one half to three years and it appears it is not going away. She ended by saying she is not against ballfields, if they were put in the right place. This field will be used by people from the State or County and they will be able to use the field anytime.

Mrs. Carol Greene of 57 Youngs Road was present on behalf of the Ramapo Reformed Church. The Church is applying for a grant from Bergen County in the amount of $25,000. for repairs to the steeple on the Church. A resolution of support is required from the Council. Spiech asked when the steeple is fixed will the weather vane go back. Mrs. Greene answered yes the Church included $2,000 in the grant to restore the weather vane. Item will be placed on the next Work Session Agenda for a Resolution of Support.

On a motion by Richter, seconded by DiGiulio, to close the meeting to the public at 10:03PM.
All in favor. Motion carried.

REPORT OF SUBCOMMITTEES

DaPuzzo spoke with Councilman Jeff Heller from Ramsey regarding the Intergovernmental Meeting between Ramsey/Mahwah. Councilman Heller will contact DaPuzzo with further details.

Paton requested the Cable Sub-Committee Report be placed on the next Work Session Meeting. He also is working on setting up a meeting with Cablevision personnel on Saturday, September 28, 2002. Details will be forthcoming.

DiGiulio is waiting for a plan from Boswell Engineering to be sent to the County.

DiGiulio received information from the Fire Chief regarding October 12th Emergency Services Day at the Police and Fire Academy. DiGiulio recommended this item be placed on the web site and bulletin board to let the residents know.

COUNCIL COMMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS
Richter mentioned there is a yellow line going down Ridge Road. Administration shall contact the Department of Public Works.

DiGiulio spoke with the Property Maintenance Officer regarding residents placing rocks where the paving ends on Airmont Avenue.

Spiech said three children from Mahwah attended the Junior Olympics and one came in 8th place. Spiech requested these children receive recognition at the Public Meeting of September 26th.

DaPuzzo invited the Council to help with Pony Rides and Kiddie Rides at Mahwah Day. Anyone interested, please let him know.

On a motion by Kelly, seconded by Paton, the meeting was adjourned at 10:13PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,



Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC
Municipal Clerk




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