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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH
PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2005

The meeting was called to order at 8:00PM 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, June 2, 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.

Present: Alderisio, Calandrillo, DiGiulio, Kelly, Paton, Richter and Roth.

Also present were: Mayor Richard J. Martel, Business Administrator Brian Campion, Township Attorney Menelaos Toskos, Township Attorney’s Associate Nilufer DeScherer and Deputy Municipal Clerk Mary C. Ross.

ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARINGS
The Title of an Ordinance was read as follows
AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER VII OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROVIDE STOP
SIGNS AT THE INTERSECTION OF JOHNSON AVENUE AND MEADOW AVENUE
AND PROHIBITING LEFT HAND TURNS FROM RAMAPO VALLEY ROAD
NORTHBOUND ONTO BROOK STREET AND CATHERINE AVENUE.

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1514

This Ordinance was carried to the Public Meeting of June 9, 2005.

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The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING ACQUISITION OF DRAINAGE EASEMENTS ON
BLOCK 96, LOTS 21 AND 22, LOCATED ON 155 AIRMOUNT ROAD AND ON
BLOCK 96, LOTS 23, 24 AND 25, LOCATED ON 85 MALCOLM ROAD.

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

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

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Kelly, the following Resolution was passed and
adopted:

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1515

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

Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes;
Richter, yes.
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The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SCHEDULE I OF CHAPTER VII OF THE REVISED
GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH REGARDING
LIMITING THE USE OF STREETS TO CERTAIN CLASS OF VEHICLES.

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

Mr. Hank Owen of 8 Olney Road thanked the Council for all their hard work concerning Olney
Road. Mr. Owen was not too clear on what the next step would be concerning this Ordinance.
Richter stated this is an Amendment to an Ordinance that will be voted on tonight.

Mr. Owen reviewed the process the Residents of Olney Road have gone through in order to
request this Amendment. Mr. Owen asked Council to deeply consider the petitions from the
Residents prior to their vote.

Mr. Owen felt that the Residents were being accused in a way of vandalizing Police
Machinery involved in monitoring Olney Road. Roth stated no accusations were made, he
merely pointed out that the machinery was vandalized.

Mr. Bill Wilson of 22 Ramapo Valley Road asked why Ordinance #1514 was tabled until next
week. As Mr. Wilson began to comment further, Richter asked him to please hold his comments
until the Public Portion of the meeting because this Public Portion was strictly concerning
Ordinance #1515.

Mr. John Stewart of 149 Stephens Lane wanted to know why this Ordinance was introduced, and
why it is being proposed to close Olney Road. Richter gave Mr. Stewart a brief history on the
reasons for the consideration for closing Olney Road. Alderisio gave Mr. Stewart a brief history
of the traffic hazards and Emergency Service reasons leading to the historical intention for the
closing of Olney Road.

Mr. Stewart asked if there were recent accidents on record that urged the Residents to ask for this
Ordinance to be amended. Richter stated not that she was aware of; however the Residents have
made it clear that there is hazardous conditions that in their opinion will eventually lead to
accidents if this is not taken care of.

Mr. Stewart asked how the road will actually be closed. Richter stated there is no official form
yet; however, ease of access for EMS Vehicles will be taken under consideration prior to any
determination.
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Mr. Stewart did not see the necessity of closing Olney Road.

Mr. Frank Russo of 22 Olney Road stated he has lived on this road for 22 years and this road has
been unofficially closed for years. Mr. Russo stated due to the narrowness of the road, it is a
hazard to keep this road open, especially due to the School Bus Stops in the area.

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

On a motion by Kelly, seconded by Alderisio, the following Resolution was passed and adopted:

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1516

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: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes;
Richter, yes.

PUBLIC HEARING; AMENDMENT TO 2005 MUNICIPAL BUDGET
Amendment #3
On a motion by Roth, seconded by Paton, the meeting was opened to the public. All in
favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Lou Guarneri of 128 MacLeish Court voiced his appreciation to Council for their efforts to
lower the Budget Increase. Mr. Guarneri felt there was more that could be cut, and asked the
Mayor and Administrator to bring this year’s costs under the budget. Mr. Guarneri felt that
although the Budget was passed, the money does not have to be spent.

Mr. Guarneri stated the Residents of the Township could not afford another Tax-Hike next year.

Mr. Steve Tsotsoros of 600 Wyckoff Avenue asked how much Council reduced the Budget.
Richter stated $250,000.00. Mr. Tsotsoros stated it should have been more.

Mr. Tsotsoros asked why a Police Officer patrols Route 287. Richter stated Council has no
control over the day to day actions of the Police Department. Mr. Tsotsoros asked how much
Over Time a Police Patrol Officer receives. Richter stated it varies.

Mr. Frank Russo of 22 Olney Road stated the Budget needed to be cut next year, and he wanted
Council to commit to this effort. Mr. Russo stated this cut could be realized by instituting
restraint, a financial freeze, and attrition.

Mr. Allan Kidd of 111 Miller Road stated the Budget Process this year was a mess. Mr. Kidd
asserted that certain Council Members have been absent during the Budget Process, and he could
not understand how these members could intelligently vote on the Budget without having heard
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all the information pertaining to it.

Mr. Kidd accused Calandrillo of holding a “no-show” position on the Council. Calandrillo took
umbrage to the comment.

Mr. Kidd asked Council to vote no on the Budget, and to ask the Department Heads to cut their
Budgets.

Mr. Kidd stated the Township Library has been over funded for years and their funding should be
cut.

Mr. Kidd stated there are many Residents who can’t afford to stay in the Township, and this
Tax Hike will further strap these Residents financially. Mr. Kidd commended Richter, Roth, and
Paton for attempting to lower the Budget.

Mr. Albert Kidd of 851 Darlington Avenue mentioned that the Mayor and the Business
Administrator were not at last night’s Budget Meeting. Mr. Kidd felt this was wrong.

Mr. Kidd accused Council and Administration of squandering the Tax Payer’s money.

Mr. Kidd asked if the Garage Doors were the same height on the new Fire Company No. 1
Building, as they were on the old Fire Company No. 1 Building. Richter stated she did not know.

Mr. Kidd accused Administration and Council of “bankrupting the people”.

Mr. Kidd mentioned the lease on the Township Property on East Ramapo Avenue as being
ridiculously low at $150.00 per month.

Mr. Todd Scherer of 2126 Gunston Court stated he was a former Councilperson from Paramus
and suggested that Council form a Citizen’s Budget Committee to work with Council on next
year’s Budget. Mr. Scherer offered to serve on this committee if it was formed.

Mr. Scherer suggested that Council concentrate on increasing the Revenue of the Township
through Interlocal Agreements next year. Mr. Scherer offered to help with this as well.

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

RESOLUTION
Resolution; Local Municipal Budget Examination
See Resolution #133-05, attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

ORDINANCE – ADOPTION
#1510 2005 Municipal Budget

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On a motion by Alderisio, seconded by Kelly, the following Amendment was passed and
adopted:

AMENDMENT – ORDINANCE NO. 1510

Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes;
Richter, yes.

APPROVAL OF BILLS AND CLAIMS
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Roth, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $644,827.63, were approved. Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes. A List of Bills and Claims is on file in the Municipal Clerk’s Office.

APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES:
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Paton, the Special Work Session Meeting Minutes of April 20, 2005 were approved. All in favor. Motion carried.

REPORTS OF COUNCIL and MUNICIPAL CLERK
Calandrillo stated Pastor Kruger has left his position on the Local Assistance Board, taking a Pastorate in California.

Calandrillo stated there is an increased need for food at the Center for Food Action now that the children in the Township are out of school.

DiGiulio stated she attended the Eagle Scout Ceremony at the Don Bosco School. She stated it was well attended and a wonderful ceremony.

Kelly stated he attended a meeting with Senator McNamara today and he would like to redirect to Richter to offer comments on this meeting if she desired.

Paton attended the Memorial Day Parade and stated it was presented very well.

Paton attended a D.A.R.E. presentation for 5th Graders recently, and he was surprised to hear one of the Township Police Officers bring up the Township Budget during this ceremony. Paton felt it was inappropriate.

Richter mentioned a meeting she, Kelly, the Township Attorney, the Mayor and several representatives of Green Acres attended with Senator McNamara in regards to the Green Acres Diversion. The information will be forwarded to Mr. Bradley, and it will be discussed further during a Closed Session.

REPORTS OF MAYOR and BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
The Mayor mentioned the Annual Fishing Contest that was held this past Saturday, and he stated the attendance was great. The Mayor also stated the Memorial Day went well, and it was a very
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nice day for all.

MAYOR’S PROCLAMATIONS
Mayor Martel read the following Proclamations: Eagle Scout Terence M. To and Eagle Scout Adam Garvey Boe.

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

Mr. Steve Tsotsoros of 600 Wyckoff Avenue asked why Wyckoff Avenue was not cleaned by the Township. The Business Administrator stated he would check into this; however he did believe this area has been cleaned by the Township Street Sweeper.

Ms. Peg Thorton of 16 Bergen Place stated she was disappointed that the Meadow Avenue and Catherine Avenue matter has not been taken care of.

Ms. Thorton asked Council to consider not allowing “McMansions” in the Township.

Ms. Thorton asked Council to continue the Winter Parking Regulations throughout the entire year.

Richter stated she would forward Ms. Thorton’s “McMansion’s” concerns to the Zoning and Planning Board.

Mr. Allan Kidd of 111 Miller Road stated the 24% Tax hike was unfair, and many Senior’s have told him personally that they can not afford to live in the Township anymore.

Mr. Kidd alleged the Mayor threatened to shut the Township down if Council did not pass the Budget. The Mayor stated he did not. Mr. Kidd stated he would file an Access to Public Records Request to obtain a copy of the letter and he would address it at the Public Session of the next Meeting.

Mr. Kidd had a problem with the Township Department of Public Works Vehicles having Air Conditioners, and CD Players. Mr. Kidd stated the Township needed to be more frugal with their purchases.

Mr. Salif Patel of 754 Wyckoff Avenue stated he had a successful meeting with the County and thanked the Township Engineer and Administrator for their help in this matter.

Mr. Albert Kidd of 851 Darlington Avenue mentioned a letter from the Business Administrator stating there was no document found with regards to the Lease for the Township Property on East Ramapo Avenue. Mr. Kidd asked when the Public Bidding Process will begin for this property. The Township Attorney’s Associate said it is still in review. Mr. Kidd asked how the Rental Value will be determined. The Township Attorney’s Associate stated by minimum bid.
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Mr. Kidd asked about the Outdoor Sales Ordinance Amendment and when it would be completed. The Township Attorney’s Associate stated it is pending and it was still in Committee. Mr. Kidd stated this has been “in Committee” for a year, and in his opinion that was too long.

Mr. Kidd stated this was Council’s Budget, not the Mayor’s. Mr. Kidd stated it was Council’s responsibility to keep the taxes lower, and this most recent Tax Hike was an embarrassment.

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

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolutions #134-05, #136-05 through #139-05, #141-05 through #143-05 were voted on under
the Consent Agenda. Resolutions are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

Resolution #135-05 was tabled to the June 9th Public Meeting.

Resolution #140-05 was voted on separately. Resolution is attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

NEW BUSINESS
Resolutions #144-05 through #147-05 were voted on separately and are attached to and made
part of the these Meeting Minutes.

Approval of Raffle Application
On a motion by Richter, seconded by Kelly, the Raffle Application for the Mahwah High School Music Boosters Club Inc. was approved. All in favor. Motion carried.

COUNCIL COMMENTS and COMMUNICATIONS
Richter commended Ms. Nancy Steinbrook who had been with the Library for 42.5 Years on her retirement. She stated Ms. Steinbrook will be greatly missed.

Kelly stated he was happy to see the Council moving in a unified way. Kelly asked the Public to keep in mind, with regard to the comments made about the Budget, to look at the record, not the hype.

Richter stated he was pleased with the Memorial Day Celebration and she was happy with the attendance of the local Veterans. She was proud to attend.

Calandrillo recognized the loss of 85 year old Township Resident Ms. Bertha Macally who loved to dance and won many dance contests as well as being involved in the Small Town and Fancy Players, and the Center for Food Action.

REPORTS OF SUBCOMMITTEES
Roth stated the Communications Sub Committee is finalizing the installation of the cable at the

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Municipal Offices. Roth stated there will be additional costs amounting to about $2,500.00 - $3,000.00 to install the conduit. Roth stated this money should not be coming out of the Communication Subcommittee’s Budget. The Business Administrator will look into another place to fund these expenses.

Roth stated there is a Conference that Paton was willing to attend for the Communication’s Sub-Committee which would cost $10.00 for registration. Roth recommended Council funding Paton’s attendance.

Paton stated on Tuesday June 2nd the negotiations with CableVision will start. It was Paton’s wish to meet with Roth and Kelly to discuss this after the meeting tonight.

Alderisio stated the Library Board and Senior Citizen Advisory Board will meet in two weeks.

Kelly asked the Township Attorneys to give advice with regards to the meeting Paton had mentioned. Kelly had a question relating to the Faulkner form of Government, and the Mayor’s position with regards to negotiations for the Township. Kelly wanted to make sure the correct form of action was being taken with regards to the CableVision meetings.

DiGiulio stated the Beautification Committee will meet Monday June 6, 2005 and the final plans for Veteran’s Park will be discussed at this time. DiGiulio thanked the Township Engineer, the Business Administrator and Lieutenant Sinaeve for their help.

PUBLIC PORTION
On a motion by Paton, seconded by Roth, the meeting was opened to the public at 9:35PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Allan Kidd of 111 Miller Road mentioned Kelly’s allusion to “hype” with regard to the Budget Process. Mr. Kidd felt this was uncalled for, and the Budget Process and subsequent Tax-Hike was important to the Residents of the Township.

Mr. Kidd mentioned the Township Property on East Ramapo Avenue and made Council an offer of removing the Tennant for $50.00 per hour, and stated he would like to bid on the property himself.

Ms. Peg Thornton of 16 Bergen Place questioned the CableVision Cable Negotiations with regard to restrictions with signing on with Verizon. The Township Attorney’s Associate stated there would not be a problem, as it is a non-exclusive service that is being installed. Kelly asked
if an individual signed a contract for one year, could they break this and go with another server. Paton stated this is a non-exclusive agreement with competitive rates.

Ms. Monica Ullrich of 1257 Mulberry Drive asked if the Eagle Scout Project on East Ramapo Avenue is completed. Ms. Ullrich stated as it stands, it is a bit of a hazard. Ms. Ullrich also inquired about the status of the Automatic Door Opener at the Township Municipal Building.
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The Business Administrator stated the Eagle Scout Project at the Commodore Perry Field will be monitored by the Construction Department or the Foreman of Parks and Playgrounds. The Business Administrator stated the Automatic Door Opener should be installed later this year.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Roth, the meeting was closed to the public at 9:53PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Roth, the Public Meeting was adjourned at 9:54PM and Council continued to the Work Session Meeting. All in favor. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,



Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC
Municipal Clerk

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