PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2005
The meeting was called to order at 8:03PM by Council President Kelly who read the Open Public Meetings Act as prescribed by law. Notice was advertised in The Record on July 29, 2005 stating this meeting would be held in the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey on Thursday, September 15, 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: Councilmembers Alderisio, DiGiulio, Kelly, Paton and Roth.
Absent: Councilmembers Calandrillo and Richter.
Also present were Mayor Richard J. Martel, Business Administrator Brian Campion, Township Attorney Nilufer DeScherer and Deputy Municipal Clerk Mary Charest.
APPROVAL OF BILLS AND CLAIMS
On a motion by Alderisio, seconded by Roth, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $4,899,762.47, 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 Roth, seconded by Paton, the Work Session Meeting Minutes of April 7, and June 2, 2005; Public Meeting Minutes of June 2, 2005 and June 9, 2005; Combined Work Session and Public Meeting Minutes of July 28, 2005 and the Closed Session Meeting Minutes of August 11, 2005 #1 and #2 were approved. All in favor. Motion carried.
REPORTS OF TOWNSHIP COUNCIL and MUNICIPAL CLERK
DiGiulio complimented Council President Kelly on doing a great job at the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony.
Paton pointed out he had seen in the newspaper the Beautification Committee is looking for new members. He questioned the protocol for putting this type of notice in the newspaper.
Paton attended the Board of Education Meeting last night.
Paton questioned where the Township stands with the letter from Fire Company #1. He suggested this item be placed on a future Work Session Agenda for discussion. The Business Administrator responded the Township has contracted with subcontractors to address the items referred to in the letter. The items are scheduled to be worked on the week of the 19th. On the item of the handicapped bathroom pipe, the Business
Administrator answered the item has been addressed. The Business Administrator shall send a letter to Fire Company #1 in response to their letter.
Paton questioned if the electrical items and the elevator items have been resolved. The Business Administrator answered the elevator has been checked and it is operating. The Elevator Company will be coming back to repair one item. Most of the electrical items have been addressed. Other miscellaneous items will be checked when the contractor is at the site.
Paton questioned what measures are being taken within the Township with the employees to conserve gasoline and utilities. The Business Administrator explained the set up of the heating system within the Municipal Building. The Business Administrator pointed out the Police Building is older and as part of the renovation certain items are scheduled to be replaced. With automobiles, some of the vehicles will be replaced. Also, Inspectors scheduled their inspections in bunches either in the morning or the afternoon. Measures are being taken for vehicles to be shut off when they are not in use.
Alderisio attended the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony and complimented Council President Kelly for doing a fine job.
Roth was confused by the letter from the Fire Department. He wants to be sure a letter is sent to the Fire Department to clarify the issues. The Business Administrator answered he is sending a letter to the Fire Company. Contractors are scheduled to be at the site to do the incomplete work. Minors items are still outstanding and will be cleared up within 60 days.
Roth questioned the gas budget.
Kelly informed Council he has had discussions with the Business Administrator about Fire Company #1 and the use of energy in the building. Kelly feels that everything is carefully being monitored.
Kelly thanked the council for their support at the 9/11 Remembrance.
REPORTS OF MAYOR and BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
TOWNSHIP COUNCIL: COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS and REPORTS OF SUBCOMMITTEES
On a motion by Roth, seconded by Paton, the meeting was opened to the public. All in favor. Motion carried.
Mr. Ken DeFerrari of 69 Maysenger Road invited the Council to attended the Veteran’s Day Ceremony. This year, in an effort to involve the school children, the Ceremony will be held on the 9th.
Mr. Albert Kidd of 851 Darlington Avenue would like the Council to listen to what the taxpayers say.
Mr. Kidd spoke about a garbage truck that was left running.
Mr. Kidd spoke about the salt piles that are left uncovered and as a result are killing the wildlife in the streams.
Mr. Kidd has difficulty understanding why there are so many outstanding items on Company #1 Firehouse when the Township has paid the contractor so much money.
Mr. Allan Kidd of 111 Miller Road pointed out two Councilmembers are absent tonight. He questioned whether or not they are being paid for not being here.
Mr. Kidd questioned why the Township water smells like chlorine.
Mr. Kidd spoke about Fire House #1 and cannot understand why it has taken two years to finish.
Mr. Kidd questioned if it is necessary to have a Police Officer present at the Council Meetings and what is the cost. He also questioned if the Council voted on this. Kelly answered this is a past practice of the Council to have a Police Officer present. Kelly does not recollect if a vote was taken.
On a motion by Roth, seconded by Alderisio, the meeting was closed to the public at 8:45PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
ORDINANCE – INTRODUCTION
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE LEASING OF 25 EAST RAMAPO AVENUE AND THE ADVERTISING OF AN INVITIATION TO BID.
RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1524
Introduced by Alderisio, Seconded by Roth.
RESOLVED that the Ordinance be passed and adopted on first reading.
FURTHER RESOLVED that said Ordinance shall be considered for final passage at a meeting to be held on September 29, 2005 at the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, 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: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, absent; DiGiulio, yes; Paton, yes; Richter, absent; Roth, yes; Kelly, yes.
Resolutions #077-05A through #082-05A were approved under the Consent Agenda.
On a motion by Alderisio, seconded by Roth, the Raffle Application for Betsy Ross Home and School Organization Inc., Special Olympics, Mahwah DARE Alliance and HSO Joyce Kilmer were approved. All in favor. Motion carried.
Resolutions #083-05A through #085-05A were voted on individually and are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.
On a motion by Alderisio, seconded by DiGiulio, Council went into closed session at 8:53PM for the purpose of discussing Contract Negotiations – Ridge Road. All in favor. Motion carried.
On a motion by Alderisio, seconded by Roth, Council returned to open session at 10:22PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
On a motion by Alderisio, seconded by Roth, the Meeting was adjourned at 10:23PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC
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