PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2002
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 21, 2001 stating this meeting would be held in the Municipal Offices, 300B Route 17 South, Mahwah, New Jersey on Thursday, March 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.
Salute to the Flag.
Present: Councilmembers Calandrillo, DaPuzzo, Donigian, Omsberg and Spiech.
Absent: Councilmembers DiGiulio and Richter.
Also present were Mayor Richard J. Martel, Business Administrator Brian Campion, Municipal Attorney Menelaos Toskos and Municipal Clerk Kathrine Coletta.
PRESENTATION BY MAHWAH YOUTH SPORTS BOOSTERS
Mr. Craig Arnoldi, President of the Mahwah Youth Sports Boosters, presented the Township with a check in the amount of $45,000. Mr. Arnoldi explained the money is a token of the Mahwah Youth Sports Boosters appreciation to the Township and is intended to be used towards the Route 202 Recreation Facility. Council President Spiech thanked the Mahwah Youth Sports Boosters for the donation. The Mayor and Council made individual comments to the Mahwah Youth Sports Boosters thanking them for the donation.
APPROVAL OF BILLS AND CLAIMS
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $3,548,158.14, were approved. Roll call vote: Calandrillo, yes; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, absent; Donigian, yes; Omsberg, yes; Richter, absent; Spiech, yes. A list of Bills and Claims is on file in the Municipal Clerk’s Office.
REPORT OF TOWNSHIP COUNCIL AND MUNICIPAL CLERK
Calandrillo reported the Municipal Building is progressing nicely.
DaPuzzo attended the Board of Education Meeting. He distributed to the Council a handout on the preliminary budget figures showing an 8.81% increase to the School Budget. The Board of Education is anticipating reducing the increase to 8.5% on the overall School Budget.
Donigian reported the Recreation Subcommittee Subchairs met with the Township Engineer on the Airmont Avenue Recreation Area. Minor adjustments to accommodate the residents were made. Due to the drought, artificial turf is being considered. The Township Engineer will provide the
Subcommittee with cost estimates.
Omsberg reported she attended the Planning Board Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2002. She updated Council on the various actions taken by the Planning Board.
Calandrillo reported she attended the Housing Meeting this past Tuesday. The seniors are upset over the 6.3% rent increase.
Spiech attended the Senior Citizens Luncheon. The seniors took a trip to the Norwood Inn for their St. Patrick’s Day lunch.
Spiech briefly discussed the situation with Potake Lake. He informed Council a resolution will be proposed at the March 21, 2002 Work Session/Public Meeting against the draining of the Lake.
Spiech informed Council Ambulance Co. #4 has received their new ambulance. Photographs will be taken with the new ambulance on June 30, 2002 at 2:00PM. Council will receive additional information closer to the date.
REPORT OF MAYOR AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
Mayor Martel pointed out that the Municipal Budget will be introduced this evening. The Mayor thanked the Council of their diligent work. The Mayor reported the tax rate in the Township for 12 straight years has been either been decreased or maintained.
Last Friday, the Mayor attended a Mayors’ Meeting. The Governor addressed the Mayors and assured everyone there will be no decrease in State Aid this year. The Governor further said he could not commit on what will happen with State Aid next year.
The Mayor attended the New Jersey Transit Meeting with the Business Administrator. The reason for attending the meeting was back in December 2001 New Jersey Transit granted, by request from Ramsey, a 90 day extension on a decision to be made on where the Parking Garage/Train Station will be located whether it be Ramsey or Mahwah. The reason for the 90 day extension was that Ramsey was to meet with Mahwah and reach a decision or comprise as to the location the Train Station/Parking Garage. The Township expressed to the Borough of Ramsey and Representatives of New Jersey Transit how the Township felt about the site being considered in Mahwah. The Township has not said the site belongs in Ramsey nor in Mahwah. It was calculated that the 90 day extension would expire on Wednesday. Once at the meeting of New Jersey Transit, it was noticed the item was not listed on the Agenda. The Mayor addressed the Commissioner and the Board and questioned the item not being listed on the agenda. The explanation given was the Mayor of Ramsey approached New Jersey Transit and asked for another extension because New Jersey Transit was in the process of getting a new Commissioner. Another extension for 30 days was granted. After the Public Session, the Mayor spoke with the Commissioner and offered to meet to discuss the matter further. The Commissioner agreed to meet with the Mayor within the next week to 10 days. Mayor Martel did make it known to the Commissioner that the 30 day extension was granted by request of the Borough of Ramsey with no notification given to the Township of Mahwah by either the Commissioner nor the Board. An apology was given to the Mayor. The Commissioner is anticipating within the next 30 days a decision on this matter will be reached.
The Business Administrator reported the steel for the new Municipal Building has arrived.
GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:27PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Mr. John Kelly of 238 Miller Road asked a question on the proposed Charter School. Spiech responded this matter is before the Planning Board. Spiech further went onto say if the matter is appealed, it will be brought before the Township Council and it is not advisable for the Council to comment on the matter. Mr. Kelly further went onto question how the property was issued a Certificate of Occupancy if the soil is contaminated. His concern is the children being in the area of the contaminated soil. Spiech answered the Building Department issues the Certificates of Occupancy. Spiech went on further to say whether or not soil is contaminated does not determine whether or not the Certificate of Occupancy is issued. Donigian interjected the DEP requires the property owner supply proper information to the Planning Board for health related issues. Donigian further stated documentation is available in the Clerk’s Office for review as it is part of the Developer’s Agreement.
Mr. Mike DeLuca questioned the procedure on the Municipal Budget. Spiech explained the Budget will be introduced tonight and the Public Hearing will be on April 25, 2002.
Mr. DeLuca questioned whether the Municipal Building will be completed on time and on budget. The Business Administrator answered yes to both questions.
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Omsberg, the meeting was closed to the public at 8:40PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
ORDINANCE - INTRODUCTION
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
2002 MUNICIPAL BUDGET
RESOLUTION - ORDINANCE NO. 1411
Introduced by DaPuzzo, seconded by Calandrillo.
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 25, 2002 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, yes; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, absent; Donigian, yes; Omsberg, yes; Richter, absent; Spiech, yes.
Resolutions #069-02 and #074-02 were removed from the Consent Agenda. Both resolutions were carried to the March 21, 2002 Work Session/Public Meeting.
Resolutions #068-02, #070-02 through #073-02, #075-02 through #077-02 were voted on under the Consent Agenda. Resolutions are attached to and made part of these meeting minutes.
Resolution #078-02 was voted on and is attached to and made part of these meeting minutes.
Resolution #079-02 was removed from the Agenda.
GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION
On a motion by DaPuzzo, seconded by Calandrillo, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:50PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Being no comments were made from the public, on a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Omsberg, the meeting was closed to the public at 8:51PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Spiech attended the Senior Citizen Advisory Board Meeting. A question was asked about when the pot holes on State Street, Meadow Avenue and First Street will be repaired. The Business Administrator will contact the Director of Public Works.
Calandrillo asked for a Stop sign to be placed on MacArthur Boulevard in the area of the left hand turn into Corporate Drive. The Business Administrator shall contact the Police Department.
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Omsberg, the meeting was adjourned at 8:53PM. All in favor. Motion carried.
Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC