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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH
PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2002

The meeting was called to order at 10:13PM by Council President Spiech and immediately followed the Work Session Meeting.

Present: Councilmembers Calandrillo, DaPuzzo at 10:20PM, DiGiulio, Kelly, Paton, Richter and Spiech.

Also present were 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 DiGiulio, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $6,242,254.89, were approved. Roll call vote: Calandrillo, yes; DaPuzzo, absent; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Richter, yes; Spiech, yes. A list of Bills and Claims is on file in the Municipal Clerk’s Office.

REPORT OF TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
Calandrillo congratulated the Volunteer Recognition Picnic SubCommittee for a job well done.

Calandrillo informed all since no meetings are held during the summer months for the Local Assistance Board and the Housing Commission she has no reports for the two Boards.

DaPuzzo said approximately 275 people attended the Volunteer Recognition Picnic on Sunday, July 28th. The picnic went very well.

DaPuzzo attended the Junior Police Academy held at the Mahwah High School. The program is ran by Mahwah Police Officers for children entering the 6th grade in the fall. This year 50 children participated.

DaPuzzo attended the Planning Board Meeting. The Board is in the process of updating and making changes to the Zoning Book. Recommendations will be made to the Council within six months of the review.

DiGiulio commended Spiech, DaPuzzo and Dawn DaPuzzo for the well organized Volunteer Recognition Picnic.

DiGiulio suggested a tree be planted at Winters Park or Fire Company #1 and a plaque placed beside the tree honoring those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. It was the concensus of the Council to go forward with the planting of the tree either at the Commodore Perry Field or Winters Park. Spiech requested Administration place a notice on the web site indicating a Tree Planting will take place on September 11, 2002 at 6:30PM. The Business Administrator will meet with the Director of Public Works and Recreation Director and report back to the Council with exact location the tree will be planted. Spiech suggested the newspapers be notified. DiGiulio responded she will talk with the reporter from the Suburban News on Friday.

Kelly congratulated the Volunteer Recognition Picnic SubCommittee for the wonderful job they did on the picnic.

Paton congratulated the Volunteer Recognition Picnic SubCommittee for doing a great job.

Paton toured Fire Companies #1 and #2 with the Fire Chief. He also met various Department Heads.

Paton recommended amending the Property Maintenance Ordinance with regard to the height of grass.

Paton recently did a survey of the Township parks. Only two parks have swings for children. Paton suggested the Recreation SubCommittee visit this subject. The Business Administrator answered as part of the Grant Application with Bergen County Open Space playground equipment for children will be placed at the Stag Hill playground.

Paton stated he will be reviewing the Cable Contract and discussing it with the Communications SubCommittee.

Speich attended the Volunteer Recognition Picnic and commended DaPuzzo for a job well done. Spiech also thanked Mrs. DaPuzzo for all of her help.

Spiech attended the Junior Police Academy.

Spiech attended the Senior Picnic at the Elk’s Club today. The next picnic will be at the Town Pool.

Spiech received a complaint from a resident on State Street that Public Service Electric and Gas Company blocked one end of the street and the other end was blocked by the Water Department. The Business Administrator answered three projects were going on at one time.

Spiech stated the grass has grown tall on the east side of Franklin Turnpike near Norfolk Village towards the old Shortline building. He asked that it be attended to.

REPORT OF THE MUNICIPAL CLERK
The Municipal Clerk stated that a petition was received from the Ad-Hoc Committee concerning the Airmont Avenue Recreation Property on July 24, 2002. The petition contained 1,934 signatures and protested the adoption of Ordinance #1422. The Municipal Clerk reported of the 1,934 signatures received 1,626 signatures were valid, 284 signatures were invalid and 24 signatures were amendable. She further stated the petition was insufficient because it lacked the required number of signatures.

The Township Attorney explained the Ad-Hoc Committee has 10 days to report back to the Municipal Clerk with the additional signatures. The Municipal Clerk has 5 days to review the signatures.

Calandrillo thanked the Municipal Clerk for the countless hours she spent checking the petitions. Calandrillo stated that Mrs. Coletta spent nearly 75 hours on the project.

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

Mrs. Mary Memola of 239 Airmont Avenue questioned who is widening Airmont Avenue. The Business Administrator answered the County of Bergen is working on improvements to Hilltop Road and Airmont Avenue. Mrs. Memola stated she is concerned about parking on the street. The Business Administrator responded the street is being widened but it is not intended to have parking on the street.

Mrs. Merrie Ed Omsberg of 5 Halifax Road questioned if the expansion of Fire Company #1 will be large enough for equipment fit in the bays.

Mrs. Omsberg informed Council aside from the problem with the HVAC System at the Library a problem also exists with the air conditioning in the men’s bathroom. Administration shall contact the Township Engineer.

Mrs. Omsberg reported 2 swings at the Stag Hill playground are in need of repair. Also the grass need to be trimmed on the field. Administration shall contact the Department of Public Works.

Mrs. Omsberg spoke about cutting of brush done along Stag Hill Road and left along the side of the road. Administration shall contact the Department of Public Works.

Mrs. Omsberg said she is disappointed the Council is not taking a stand on the Lighting Ordinance.

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

ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARINGS
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 16-34 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH ENTITLED “WATER RESTRICTIONS”.

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

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

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the following Ordinance was passed and adopted:

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1424

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

Roll call vote: Calandrillo, yes; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Richter, yes; Spiech, yes.

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The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 2-26 OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE ENTITLED FEES FOR COPIES OF DOCUMENTS.

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

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

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the following Ordinance was passed and adopted:

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1425

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

Roll call vote: Calandrillo, yes; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Richter, yes; Spiech, yes.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolutions #061-02A through #068-02A and Raffle Applications for the Betsy Ross Home and School Organization Inc. (On Premise and On-Premise, 50/50) were voted on. Resolutions are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.
RESOLUTIONS
Resolution #069-02A was removed from the Agenda.

Resolutions #070-02A and #071-02A were voted on individually and are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was opened to the public at 11:15PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Being no comments were made from the public, on a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was closed to the public at 11:16PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

COUNCIL COMMENTS
Calandrillo requested businesses in town be made aware of the water restrictions.

DiGiulio asked when the Joint Meeting with the Boards will be. Spiech answered sometime in October.

DiGiulio asked what is happening with the Recycling Center. The Business Administrator answered the cleanup has been completed and we are waiting for the no further action letter from the DEP. Once the letter is received from the DEP, the closing on the property will be sometime in October.

Richter asked how many summonses were issued for violating the water restrictions.

CLOSED SESSION
On a motion by Kelly, seconded by Calandrillo, Council went into closed session at 11:20PM for the express purpose of discussing litigation on Viola Contracting Company. All in favor. Motion carried.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DiGiulio, Council went out of closed session and returned to open session at 12:05AM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Paton referred to the copy of the letter and petition stating that the petition does not represent the Apple Ridge development. Spiech responded Paton needs to make a decision whether or not to participate in discussions concerning the petition.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was adjourned. All in favor. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC
Municipal Clerk



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