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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH
PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2005

The meeting was called to order at 8:01PM by Council President Richter who read the Open Public Meetings Act Statement as prescribed by law. Notice was advertised in The Record on July 6, 2004 and August 16, 2004 stating this meeting would be held in the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey on Thursday, March 31, 2005 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

Councilmembers Alderisio, Calandrillo, DiGiulio, Kelly, Paton, Richter and Roth.

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 Kelly, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $958,650.46, 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 Paton, seconded by Alderisio, the Budget Work Session Minutes of February 1, 2005, Budget Work Session Minutes of February 8, 2005 and Budget Work Session Meeting Minutes of March 1, 2005 were approved. All in favor. Motion carried.

REPORT OF TOWNSHIP COUNCIL and MUNICIPAL CLERK
Calandrillo mentioned the Housing Commission will be coming before the Council shortly to discuss the spending plan for the Trust Fund.

DiGiulio stated $75,000.00 was received for Handicapped Access to the bathrooms for the proposed Police Addition Project.

Paton stated he visited Company No. 4 Firehouse and saw the new Water Truck and he was happy to see it had arrived.

Roth stated Verizon Fiber Optic Cable will be introduced and installed throughout the Township over a period of time. The Fiber Optic Cable will be available for Residents to use, making Telephone and Internet Services and subsequently Television Service competitive; however it is not mandatory that the Resident’s use it. Pricing is yet to be announced. More information will be available in the next few weeks.

REPORT OF MAYOR and BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
The Mayor stated he attended the Valor Awards Function as hosted by the 200 Club. Township
Public Meeting Minutes
March 31, 2005
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Detective Sergeant Timothy O’Donahue was one of the Police Officers being honored at this function with regards to the Seized Funds. The Mayor offered his thanks for Detective Sergeant Timothy O’Donahue’s efforts on behalf of the Township.

PUBLIC PORTION
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Kelly, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:10PM.
All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Dan Rosenthal of the Meadow Ridge Homeowners Association requested Council reconsider the zoning for 1400 MacArthur Boulevard.

Ms. Ellen Stein, President of CAM, spoke about a letter from Mr. Peter Cassostis. She found the letter to be very disturbing. Ms. Stein clarified several statements made by Mr. Cassotis. Ms. Stein requested an apology to CAM from Mr. Cassotis.

Mr. Peter Cassotis of 107 South Mahwah Road responded to Ms. Stein’s comments. He clarified that the letter was sent to five people. Mr. Cassotis pointed out the fees for sports will be increased this fall.

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

ORDINANCE – INTRODUCTION
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AN INCREASE IN THE PURCHASE PRICE FOR THE ACQUISITION OF BLOCK 8, LOTS 7, 8 AND 9.

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1508

Introduced by Calandrillo, seconded by Paton.

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 April 14, 2005 at the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey at 8:00PM.

FURTHER RESOLVED that the Municipal 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: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.


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March 31, 2005
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CONSENT AGENDA
Resolutions #069-05 through #075-05, #077-05 and the Raffle Applications for the Immaculate
Conception Church were voted on under the Consent Agenda.

Resolutions #067-05, #068-05, #076-05 and #078-05 were removed from the Consent Agenda
and voted on separately.

Resolutions are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

NEW BUSINESS
Resolutions #079-05 through #082-05 and the Raffle Applications for Ramapough Mountain Indians Inc., Ramapo College of New Jersey Alumni Association and HSO Mahwah Lenape Meadows were all voted on together. Resolutions are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

COUNCIL COMMENTS and COMMUNICATIONS
Roth stated the installation of Cable Equipment and training is being finished up at Town Hall.
Roth asked with regard to the Budget that $7,500.00 would be needed to be included to complete this Cable System Installation.

Roth stated with regard to the Business Planning and Financial Committee that the Chief Financial Officer had reviewed and recommended Banking Services for the Township. There will be a change in Banking Services that will be beneficial for the Township in the near future.

Alderisio stated the Budget Rates have increased due to the growth and size of the Township. Alderisio was not in favor of a reduction in services; he felt the Township is admired for its services.

Calandrillo stated she supported the Mayor’s Budget knowing full well the cuts that were already made to it.

Calandrillo acknowledged Ms. Doris Perez, the former Municipal Clerk’s, presence.

Kelly concurred with Alderisio and Calandrillo with regard to the Budget. Kelly stated he was upset with the comments from residents about Council and their efforts with regard to the Budget. Kelly stated his vote counts for the best interest of the Township.

DiGiulio stated the Township is a desirable place to live due to the services the Township has to offer, and the people who work hard to make the Township a desirable place to live. DiGiulio stated if the Budget goes up due to Township Services, it is best for the Township.

Richter stated although Council may be divided in opinion about the Budget, all Councilmembers are doing their best to represent the residents who voted them in office. Richter stressed revenue is important to keep taxes lower. Richter stressed the need to look for new revenue for the Township.
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March 31, 2005
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REPORTS OF SUBCOMMITTEES
Richter stated there will be an Open Space Public Meeting on Monday, April 4, 2005 at the Bergen County Freeholders at 7:30PM.

Richter stated on April 20, 2005 there will be a Phase 4 Sewer Assessment Public Hearing at 8:00PM.

Paton stated the Mahwah High School and Ramapo Ridge Middle School will be dedicated on April 13, 2005.

PUBLIC PORTION
On a motion by Roth, seconded by Calandrillo, the meeting was opened to the public at 9:03PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Douglas Leva of 7 Green Court asked for a copy of the Budget. Richter stated as soon as is published he could see the Municipal Clerk for a copy. Richter stated 28 days after publication there will be a Public Hearing on the Budget.

Mr. Albert Kidd of 851 Darlington Avenue stated the Township Police Department is desirable. Mr. Kidd stated there is a lot of wasteful spending in the Township by means of large building projects.

Mr. Kidd asked Richter how much rent the Township was collecting for the Township property on East Ramapo Avenue. Richter said she would look into it.

Mr. Kidd was concerned with the filling in of Wet Lands in the Township.

Mr. Bob Helm of 22 Green Way represented Kids of Our Community and stated he sought Council’s support for programs such as this in the 2005 Budget.

On a motion by Kelly, seconded by Roth, the meeting was closed to the public at 9:10PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Kelly, the meeting was adjourned at 9:11PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,



Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC
Municipal Clerk

KGC/mcr




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