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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH
PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2003

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, February 27, 2003 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, Kelly, Paton, Richter and Spiech.
Absent: Councilwoman Calandrillo.

Also present were Mayor Richard J. Martel, Business Administrator Brian Campion, Township Attorney’s Representative Donna Tamayne and Municipal Clerk Kathrine Coletta.


RESOLUTION #069-03
Council President Spiech requested Council move Resolution #069-03 to the beginning of the meeting as the Superintendent of Schools had to leave for another meeting. Council concurred.

Resolution #069-03 is attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

Superintendent of Schools Murray Blueglass, on behalf of the Board of Education, parents and students, thanked the Township Council for the adoption of the Resolution. Mr. Blueglass reminded all of the Special School Election on March 11, 2003 from 3:00PM to 9:00PM.

APPROVAL OF BILLS AND CLAIMS
On a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Paton, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $589,120.03, were approved. Roll call vote: Calandrillo, absent; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Richter, yes; Spiech, yes. A list of Bills and Claims is on file in the Municipal Clerk’s Office.

APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
On a motion by Paton, seconded by DaPuzzo, the Closed Session Meeting Minutes of January 23, 2003, Budget Work Session Meeting Minutes of January 30, 2003 and the Work Session Meeting Minutes of February 20, 2003 were approved. Roll call vote: Calandrillo, absent; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Richter, yes; Spiech, yes.

REPORT OF TOWNSHIP COUNCIL AND MUNICIPAL CLERK

DaPuzzo attended the Planning Board Meeting on February 24, 2003. He advised Council of the various applications and actions taken by the Planning Board.

DaPuzzo attended the Bergen County Freeholders Meeting last night on the DOT Weigh Station.

DiGiulio attended the Community Development Grant Meeting. The Township received $60,000 for the elevator at Fire Company #1 and $45,000 for equipment at the new Senior Citizens Center.

DiGiulio reported West Bergen Mental Healthcare has taken over the old Homestead in Ramsey. They are looking for help to raise money.

Kelly attended the Bergen County Freeholders Meeting.

Kelly attended the Senior Citizen’s Luncheon.

Richter reported the Superintendent of Schools and Principal of George Washington School were on Channel 4 news today at 5:00PM talking about the impact of the snow on the school calendar.

Spiech attended the Bergen County Freeholders Meeting.

Spiech attended the Senior Citizen’s Luncheon.

REPORT OF MAYOR AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
Mayor Martel attended the Bergen County Freeholders Meeting last night.

Mayor Martel attended the ceremony recently held at the high school for veterans who did not receive their diplomas because they were called to war.

The Business Administrator reported the Township is doing well with the grant applications for this cycle. Notification was received that the Township will received $53,000 on the Open Space Grant for the Stag Hill Playground.

MAYOR’S PROCLAMATIONS
Mayor Martel read the Proclamation entitled “Read Across America Day” - March 3, 2003.

Mayor Martel read the Proclamation entitled “YMCA Awareness Month” - March 2003. Mayor Martel and Council President Spiech presented the Proclamation to Ms. Wendy Jones from the YMCA.

PUBLIC PORTION
On a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Paton, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:23PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Ron Krupinski of 45 Devine Drive complained about the poor condition of the road at the top of Devine Drive. The Business Administrator answered he will be meeting with the Township Engineer to compile a list of streets to be paved.

On a motion by Kelly, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was closed to the public at 8:27PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES - INTRODUCTIONS
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
2003 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

RESOLUTION - ORDINANCE NO. 1436

Introduced by DaPuzzo, seconded by Kelly.

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 March 27, 2003 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.

* * *
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE PURCHASE OF A DIGITAL ARCHIVING SYSTEM IN AND BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $350,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $332,500 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF.

RESOLUTION - ORDINANCE NO. 1437

Introduced by DaPuzzo, seconded by Kelly.

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 on March 13, 2003 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.

ORDINANCES - PUBLIC HEARINGS
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 24 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH TO REZONE LOT 1 IN BLOCK 57 FROM PUBLIC EDUCATION DISTRICT (PED) TO LIMITED OFFICE DISTRICT (LOD).

On a motion by Paton, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Michael Senchak of 51 East Ramapo Avenue questioned the allowable uses for the property. Spiech responded this will be determined by the Planning Board. Mr. Senchak urged the Council not to use the bidding process of the sale of the property. He feels a 15% non-refundable deposit deters possible buyers.

Mr. Steven Brown of 50 Devine Drive feels changing the zoning to an office zone is a mistake. He feels this is a residential neighborhood not a business neighborhood. He feels single family homes should be built on the property.

Mr. Ron Krupinski of 45 Devine Drive feels that the highest bidder should not be the most important issue but rather what will cause the lowest impact to the neighborhood.

Mrs. Shawna Brown of 50 Devine Drive asked that parameters be instituted on the property as far as style, coloration, etc. to protect the values of the homes in the area.

Pastor Bill Groub of the Ramapo Reformed Church, 114 Island Road asked the Township to remember the many memories the Commodore Perry School has given the Township residents.

On a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Paton, the meeting was closed to the public. All in favor. Motion carried.

On a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Kelly, the following resolution was passed and adopted:

RESOLUTION - ORDINANCE NO. 1430

RESOLVED that the Ordinance be passed and adopted on second reading and the Clerk is authorized to advertise by title only as having been finally adopted, as required by law.

Roll call vote: Calandrillo, absent; DaPuzzo, no; DiGiulio, no; Kelly, no; Paton, no; Richter, no; Spiech, no. Ordinance fails.

* * *
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE NOTICE REQUIREMENTS UNDER CHAPTER 21 ENTITLED “LAND USE PROCEDURES”.

On a motion by Kelly, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public. All in favor. Motion carried.

Being no comments were made by the public, on a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Paton, the meeting was closed to the public. All in favor. Motion carried.

On a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Kelly, the following resolution was passed and adopted:

RESOLUTION - ORDINANCE NO. 1434

RESOLVED that the Ordinance be passed and adopted on second reading and the Clerk is authorized to advertise by title only as having been finally adopted as required by law.

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

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolution #055-03 was removed from the Agenda and shall be voted on at a future meeting.

Resolutions #053-03, #054-03, #056-03 through #064-03 were voted on under the Consent Agenda. Resolutions are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions #065-03, #067-03, #068-03 were voted on individually and are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

Resolution #066-03 shall be voted on after Closed Session.

Resolution #069-03 was voted on in the beginning of the meeting.

GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION
On a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Kelly, the meeting was opened to the public at 9:37PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Being no comments were made from the public, on a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Paton, the meeting was closed to the public. All in favor. Motion carried.

REPORT OF SUBCOMMITTEES
Paton reported the second Cable Advisory Committee Meeting was held.

COUNCIL COMMENTS
DiGiulio referred to an article in The Record on Stormwater Management. She feels the Senators and Assemblymen should be contacted for money.

DiGiulio suggested to the Council resolutions be given to the young adults who participated in the Thrive Program at the school. Also, she suggested Resolutions be given to the coaches.

Kelly suggested the Township employees who received their diplomas also be recognized.

DaPuzzo questioned if Council was interested in sponsoring Earth Day on May 3, 2003. Council concurred. Area to be cleaned up will be Stag Hill.

DaPuzzo reminded everyone the Volunteer Picnic is the last Sunday in July.

DaPuzzo forwarded to the Business Administrator an E-mail received from Field Turf to the Vice President of the Youth Sports Boosters.

Spiech reminded everyone the Watershed Management Area 3 will be planting about 300 trees in the Ramapo Reservation. They are looking for volunteers.

Spiech reported Trout Unlimited will be sponsoring a program for the middle school students at the Ramapo Reservation. Spiech will provided more information once available.

Spiech reported he distributed to Council the information on the grant for the HazMat Team.

Spiech expressed concern over the $60,000 grant being received from the County for the elevator at Company #1 Firehouse. He requested the Township Attorney’s Representative research whether or not the Township will be obligated to allow anyone to use the building.

Richter reported she met with Mr. Gallione on grants. Mr. Gallione is interested in attending a Council Meeting to make a presentation if the Council is interested.

Spiech requested a memorandum be mailed to all Department Heads to ask if they know of any grants which are available in their area.

Kelly reported he distributed Assembly Bill #343 to the Council.

CLOSED SESSION
On a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by DiGiulio, Council went into closed session at 10:05PM for the express purpose of discussing contract negotiations. All in favor. Motion carried.

On a motion by Richter, seconded by Paton, Council returned to open session at 11:03PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

RESOLUTION
Resolution #066-03 is attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.


Administration shall contact the architect tomorrow and advise him of Council’s decision. If the present architect is no longer interested in continuing, Council directed Administration to look for a new architect.

On a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Richter, the meeting was adjourned at 11:04PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,



Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC
Municipal Clerk



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