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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 20, 2001 stating this meeting would be held in the Municipal Offices, 300B Route 17 South, Mahwah, New Jersey on Thursday, February 14, 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.

Present: Councilmembers Calandrillo, DaPuzzo, DiGiulio at 8:04PM, Donigian, Omsberg, Richter and Spiech.

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

APPROVAL OF BILLS AND CLAIMS
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Omsberg, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $3,669,345.60, 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 Omsberg, seconded by Calandrillo, the Closed Session Minutes of January 3, 2002, Public Meeting Minutes of January 10, 2002, Special Work Session Minutes of January 17, 2002, Work Session Minutes of January 17, 2002, Closed Session Minutes of January 17, 2002, Budget Work Session Minutes of January 19, 2002, Budget Work Session Minutes of January 23, 2002, Public Meeting Minutes of January 24, 2002 and Budget Work Session Minutes of January 26, 2002 were approved. Roll call vote: Calandrillo, yes; DaPuzzo, abstained on the Work Session Minutes of January 17, 2002, Special Work Session Minutes of January 17, 2002, Closed Session Minutes of January 17, 2002 and Work Session Minutes of January 23, 2002, yes to remaining; DiGiulio, yes; Donigian, yes as he has reviewed the tapes of the meetings; Omsberg, abstained on the Budget Work Session Minutes on January 19, 2002 and yes to remaining; Richter, abstained; Spiech, yes. Motion carried.

REPORT OF COUNCIL AND MUNICIPAL CLERK
Calandrillo welcomed back Councilwoman Richter and hopes she is feeling better.

Calandrillo wished everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.

DaPuzzo welcomed back Councilwoman Richter.

DaPuzzo attended the Board of Education Meeting. The Board is presently interviewing applicants for the Board Member position.

DaPuzzo attended the Youth Sports Boosters Meeting. The Boosters voted to allocate $45,000 towards the Route 202 Recreational Facility for wherever the money is needed.

DiGiulio reported the Beautification Sub-Committee will be meeting on Monday, March 4, 2002.
Donigian attended the Planning Board Meeting on February 11, 2002 with the Township Engineer and the Township Attorney. Conceptual Plan for the Route 202 Recreation Facility was presented. Resolution approving the design was passed.

Donigian reported bids for the site work on the Route 202 Recreation Facility will be available on February 18, 2002. The bids will be broken down into the following areas: fields, lighting and structures and bridges.

Omsberg attended the Planning Board Meeting on February 11, 2002. The Planner, Mr. Kasler, gave an update on the Zoning Ordinance Book. Members of the Board were asked to review the update. Omsberg reported the Plans for the Route 202 Recreation Facility were reviewed.

Omsberg reported she attended the February 12, 2002 Library Board Meeting. At the next Meeting, the Slate of Officers will be presented. The Police Chief has forwarded a letter on compact disc theft to the library.

Richter said she is happy to be back. She thanked everyone for their calls and concerns.

Spiech wished everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Spiech attended the Planning Board Meeting.

Spiech attended the Senior Citizen’s Luncheon.

REPORT OF MAYOR AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
Business Administrator Campion reported ongoing water and sewer projects are proceeding well.

The Business Administrator reported the Municipal Building is progressing nicely. It is possible the additional concrete may be poured on Monday.

GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION (30 MINUTES)
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:17PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Gary Paton of 83 Fisher Road complimented the Council and Department Heads for their participation on the proposed 2002 Municipal Budget. He feels the process is fair, open and honest.

Mayor Piccoli and Councilman Leo McGuire of Oakland spoke to Council about the 10 acres of property at the Ramapo Reserve which was donated to Oakland by the Baker Development Company. Mayor Piccoli advised Council that Oakland is considering erecting a salt shed on the 10 acres parcel. The salt in the shed would be stored for the north end of Oakland. In the summer months, sanders would be stored in the shed. It will not be necessary for Oakland to use Glen Gray Road in Mahwah. Oakland has offered to salt and sand Glen Gray Road as well as share the salt and/or salt shed with Mahwah.

Mayor Piccoli distributed to Council a handout.

Mayor Piccoli pointed out the salt shed could be located on the item labeled rock retaining wall of the handout.

Donigian pointed out the property is in a conservation zone. Donigian said he is concerned about the residents in the area and environmental issues. Donigian asked the Mayor what the alternative for Oakland is. Mayor Piccoli answered Oakland does not have an alternate site. Presently, 20 tons of salt are being stored on the street. Donigian said he is opposed to the proposal.

Omsberg questioned how much of the property will be occupied by the salt shed. Mayor Piccoli answered less than one acre not including the road.

Omsberg questioned the capacity of the salt shed. Mayor Piccoli answered he is uncertain.

Omsberg questioned whether there will be any blasting. Mayor Piccoli answered no.

Councilman McGuire pointed out the salt shed would not be the primary salt shed for the Township. Oakland’s main salt shed in the center of town and holds 40 to 50 tons of salt.

Richter does not feel the Association will give permission for this effort to move forward. She is against the proposal.

DaPuzzo thanked the Mayor and Councilman for coming to the meeting. DaPuzzo feels it is unjust to erect the structure in the proposed area.

Spiech invited Oakland to see the salt container the Township moved to the Fardale area of town.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Omsberg, the meeting was closed to the public at 9:05PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolutions #028-02, #033-02, #034-02 and #048-02 were removed from the Consent Agenda, voted on separately and are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

Resolutions #029-02 through #032-02, #035-02 through #047-02, #049-02 and the Raffle Application for Ramapo College of New Jersey Alumni Association were voted on under the Consent Agenda. Resolutions are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

NEW BUSINESS
Resolutions #050-02 and #051-02 were voted on individually and are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public at 9:30PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Being no comments were made by the public, on a motion by Omsberg, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was closed to the public at 9:31PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

COUNCIL COMMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS
Omsberg requested Deer signs be installed in the vicinity of Seminary Road and Darlington Avenue.

Richter questioned the double stop sign on Seminary Road. The Business Administrator will have a Traffic Officer observe the situation and provide a report.

Spiech informed Council at the next Work Session Meeting the Council will be reviewing the proposed Budget. All Councilmembers were asked to make recommendations to the Business Administrator on areas to be reduced before the Work Session Meeting.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Richter, the meeting was adjourned at 9:40PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC
Municipal Clerk



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