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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH
PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2003

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 of this meeting was advertised in The Record on July 14, 2003 stating this meeting would be held in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey on Thursday, September 25, 2003 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, DiGiulio, Kelly, Paton, 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 Paton, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $965,380.10, were approved. Roll call vote: Calandrillo, yes; DaPuzzo, yes; 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 AND MUNICIPAL CLERK
Calandrillo reported the Local Assistance Board will be meeting next week. The Center for Food Action will be feeding many clients this Thanksgiving. They are looking for donations.

DaPuzzo gave a Planning Board Report. The new member, Mr. Peter Rudolph was sworn in. The Board is presently reviewing the Soil Movement Ordinance revision.

DiGiulio attended the Cable Advisory Committee Meeting last night. The presentation will be given next week to the Council. Congratulated Paton on the job he has done.

DiGiulio attended Mahwah Day. She thanked everyone who participated.

Kelly attended the Cable Advisory Committee Meeting. He thanked Paton and the Committee for the job they have done.

Paton attended the Senior Citizens Round Table Discussion. Senior housing was discussed. Assemblyman Garrett was present.

Spiech attended the Open Space Meeting.

Spiech attended Mahwah Day. He pointed out many residents attended.

Spiech attended the Army Corps. of Engineers Meeting at the Ramapo Town Hall.

Spiech attended the Senior Citizens Luncheon. The turnout was good.

Richter attended Mahwah Day. She thanked all who participated.

REPORT OF MAYOR AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
Mayor Martel extended his gratitude to everyone who was involved in Mahwah Day.

Mayor Martel informed Council today was the Second Senior Citizens Luncheon. Many residents attended.

Mayor Martel met with the Administration of Ramapo College concerning the traffic on Route 202. While at the meeting, the Mayor expressed his displeasure with the College's acquisition through condemnation of the farm on Route 202. The College has informed the Mayor that every effort is being made to acquire the farm property through the owners without condemnation. However, if the property could not be obtained with the cooperation of the owners, the College would proceed with condemnation.

The Business Administrator attended a symposium on Open Space sponsored by Bergen County.

PUBLIC PORTION
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Kelly, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:16PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mrs. Dorothy Schell of 1201 Norfolk Road referred to a Resolution adopted by the Council in March 2003 regarding the housing increase. She has been informed the proper agency did not receive the Resolution. She expressed her disappointment that the Resolution was not forwarded to the HMFA.

Mr. Mark Lahr of 34 Maysenger Road complained about the severe flooding problems he is having on his property. He is requesting the Council consider installing storm drains. The Business Administrator shall contact the Township Engineer.

Mrs. Lisa Ann Kessler of 132 McIntosh Drive presented the Municipal Clerk with a petition requesting speed humps be installed on McIntosh Drive. She complained about those traveling at high speeds on McIntosh Drive. The residents in the area are concerned about the safety of the children.

Mrs. Lynda Zaccone of 143 McIntosh Drive referred to a petition which she submitted about three years ago. At that time, she was told three studies would be done. She never heard anymore.

Calandrillo suggested the foliage be trimmed on McIntosh Drive.

Richter asked the Business Administrator investigate the matter and respond back to the residents.

DiGiulio suggested a "No Trough Traffic" sign or "Local Traffic Only" sign be installed.

Mr. Steve Tsotsoros of 600 Wyckoff Avenue questioned how long it takes for a correction to be made to the Tax Maps. The Business Administrator informed Mr. Tsotsoros the Township Engineer was notified and the Tax Maps are in the process of being updated. The Business Administrator expects completion by early 2004.

Mr. Jim Murphy of 169 Island Road and President of the Saddle River Lions asked permission for his organization to place a plaque on a bench in the park. Mr. Murphy shall contact the Business Administrator with more information.

Mrs. Audrey Artusio Gold supports Mahrapo Farms. She thanked the Council for the resolution. She mentioned a petition is being circulated which will be presented to Council shortly.

Mr. Frank Russo of 22 Olney Road is against losing open space.

Mr. Nelson Kransky of McIntosh Drive asked the protocol for response to the installation of the speed humps on McIntosh Drive. Richter explained the Council will get back to him through the Municipal Clerk.

Mr. James Dator of 350 Ramapo Valley Road and one of the Owners of Mahrapo Farms thanked the Council for their support.

Mrs. Christine Fava of 10 Mary Court feels it would be a sin for Mahrapo Farms not to be part of the Township.

Mr. Ward Donigian of 172 Stephens Lane spoke on Resolution #135-03A, the Resolution to rescinding the DEP Permits on the Airmont Avenue property. Mr. Donigian referred to the referendum which did not say the Township would abandon the property. Mr. Donigian feels the permits are valuable. Mr. Donigian suggested Council revisit the plans and not pass the Resolution.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Kelly, the meeting was closed to the public at 9:10PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES - INTRODUCTIONS
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1445 OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH ENTITLED "SALARY ORDINANCE 2003".

RESOLUTION - ORDINANCE NO. 1462

Introduced by Calandrillo, seconded by Kelly.

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 at the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey on October 9, 2003 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, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Spiech, yes; Richter, yes.

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The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CAPITAL BOND ORDINANCE #1325 AND PROVIDING FOR UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK REMOVAL AT FIRE COMPANY #4.

RESOLUTION - ORDINANCE NO. 1463

Introduced by Kelly, seconded by Calandrillo.

RESOLVED that the Ordinance be passed and adopted on first reading.

FURTHER RESOLVED that said Ordinance will be considered for final passage at a meeting to be held on October 9, 2003 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: Calandrillo, yes; DaPuzzo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Spiech, yes; Richter, yes.

ORDINANCE - PUBLIC HEARING
Ord. #1461: Authorization to Enter into Lease Agreement with The Center For Food Action
On a motion by Paton, seconded by DiGiulio, the public hearing on Ordinance #1461 shall be carried to the October 9, 2003 Public Meeting. All in favor. Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolutions #115-03A and #116-03A were carried to the October 2, 2003 Work Session Meeting.

Resolutions #117-03A, #119-03A through #123-03A, #125-03A through #129-03A, #130(b)-03A, #132-03A, #134-03A and the Raffle Application for HSO George Washington School (On-Premise, 50/50), HSO George Washington School (On Premise), Lenape Meadows HSO Inc. (On-Premise), Lenape Meadows HSO Inc. (On-Premise, 50/50), and The Oasis Haven Foundation (Off-Premise) were approved under the Consent Agenda. Resolutions are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

Resolution #118-03A, #124-03A, #130(a)-03A, #131-03A and #133-03A were removed from the Consent Agenda and voted in individually. Resolutions are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.
RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions #135-03A and #136(a)-03A through #136(e)-03A were voted on individually and are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

NEW BUSINESS
Resolutions #137-03A through #139-03A were voted on individually. Resolutions are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

COUNCIL COMMENTS/COMMUNICATIONS
Calandrillo thanked everyone involved in Mahwah Day.

Calandrillo questioned what happened to the lights which were illuminating the flags at the Municipal Building. The Business Administrator shall check.

Spiech thanked the Business Administrator for cleaning up the corner of Corporate Drive and Route 17. Spiech questioned who did the clean up. The Business Administrator shall check with the Property Maintenance Officer.

Spiech questioned the status of the fence at the end of the cul-de-sac on Maple Avenue. The Business Administrator answered he is checking.

DaPuzzo reported the Mahwah Schools Foundation raised $38,000 at the Mahwah Run.

Paton commented Mahwah Day was outstanding.

Paton mentioned residents are complaining about high weeds in the area of the new sidewalks on Route 202. The Business Administrator answered the Township Engineer has already contacted the homeowner.

Paton is concerned about the College. He feels they are being irresponsible. He feels information should be coming from the college on their Plan. The Business Administrator pointed out their 5 year plan was given to the Township. Richter requested the College's 5 year plan be copied for the Council.

Paton requested Ramapo College come before the Township once a year to discuss their plans. The Business Administrator shall invite the College to a meeting.

Kelly referred to a letter to the Editor in the Home in Store News entitled Exactly Who Does the Council Represent. Kelly answered the Council answers to very resident in Mahwah.

REPORTS OF SUBCOMMITTEES
Paton reminded Council a presentation will be made by the Cable Survey Committee.

DaPuzzo reported the Building Usage SubCommittee will be meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at the Municipal Offices.


DaPuzzo met with the Athletic Director at the high school regarding the usage of field and synthetic turf. Memo of the meeting will be given to Council.

Spiech informed Council the Army Corps. of Engineers will be meeting to discuss the Flood Control Project at 10:30AM on October 30, 2003 at the Suffern town Hall.

DiGiulio reported the Beautification SubCommittee will be meeting on October 20th.

Kelly reported the Transportation SubCommittee will be meeting on October 6th.

PUBLIC PORTION
On a motion by Spiech, seconded by Calandrillo, the meeting was opened to the public at 10:13PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Steve Tsotsoros of 600 Wyckoff Avenue complained the street sweeper never sweeping on Wyckoff Avenue. Kelly questioned the reason the street sweeper never sweeps Wyckoff Avenue. The Business Administrator shall contact the DPW for the schedule.

Mrs. Ellen Stein, President of CAM provided Council with a letter stating the feelings of CAM on the Township's possible acquisition of the property on Ridge Road.

Mr. Ward Donigian of 172 Stephens Lane suggested the Recreation SubCommittee prepare a 5 year plan. He suggested the SubCommittee be formed and include a member of the Council. Council suggested Mr. Donigian give his thoughts to the Recreation Director who shall forward them to the Council.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Paton, the meeting was closed to the public at 10:40PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

On a motion by Spiech, seconded by DaPuzzo, the meeting was adjourned at 10:41PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,



Kathrine G. Coletta, RMC/CMC
Municipal Clerk



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