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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH
PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2005

The meeting was called to order at 8:07PM by Council President Richter who read the Open Public Meetings Act Statement as prescribed by law. Notice was advertised in The Record on July 6, 2004 and August 16, 2004 stating this meting would be held in the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey on Thursday, July 23, 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, Calandrillo, DiGiulio, Kelly, Paton, Richter, and Roth.

Also present were Mayor Richard J. Martel, Business Administrator Brian Campion, Township Attorney’s Associate Nilufer DeScherer and Municipal Clerk Kathrine Coletta.

APPROVAL OF BILLS AND CLAIMS
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Kelly, the Bills and Claims, previously signed, totaling $438,302.67, were approved. Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes. A list of Bills and Claims is on file in the Municipal Clerk’s Office.

APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
On a motion by Kelly, seconded by Paton, the Closed Session Meeting Minutes of February 3, 2005, Work Session Meeting Minutes of May 5, 2005 and Public Meeting Minutes of January 13, 2005 were approved. All in favor. Motion carried.

On a motion by Paton, seconded by Kelly, the Closed Session Meeting Minutes of June 24, 2004 were approved. Roll call vote: Alderisio, abstain; Calandrillo, abstain; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, abstain; Richter, yes.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Paton, the Closed Session Meeting Minutes of January 27, 2005 were approved. Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes Kelly, abstain; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Paton, the Closed Session Meeting Minutes of March 17, 2005 were approved. Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, abstain; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.

On a motion by Kelly, seconded by Roth, the Closed Session Meeting Minutes of April 14, 2005 were approved. Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, abstain; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.

On a motion by Roth, seconded by Kelly, the Special Work Session Meeting Minutes of May 20, 2005 were approved. Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, abstain; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly,
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yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Alderisio, the Closed Session Meeting Minutes of January 27, 2005 and the Public Meeting Minutes of January 27, 2005 were approved. Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, abstain; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Kelly, the Closed Session Meeting Minutes of July 8, 2004 were approved. Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, abstain.

REPORT OF TOWNSHIP COUNCIL and MUNICIPAL CLERK
Kelly attended the Army Corps of Engineers Meeting in Suffern last Wednesday. The cost figure has not yet been determined. It is about 12 to 18 months from the figure being released. The purpose of the Meeting was discuss Suffern and United Water and the use of the quarry as a potential source of water supply.

Paton attended the Graduation at the High School.

Paton attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Mahwah Wine and Liquors.

Roth attended the High School Graduation.

Richter attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Mahwah Wines and Liquors.

Richter attended the Ramapo Ridge graduation and the High School Graduation.

REPORT OF MAYOR and BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
The Mayor attended the High School Graduation, the Highlands Commission Meeting at Ramapo College and the Army Corps of Engineers Meeting.

Mayor Martel report last night, the Freeholders approved the purchase of 3 farmland properties in the Township.

PUBLIC PORTION
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Alderisio, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:21PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Albert Kidd of 851 Darlington Avenue complained that the lights on the Commodore Perry Field were on at 9:30PM last night. The Mayor answered that the games were cancelled because of the rain. The Mayor will be sure the Police Department has the keys to shut off the lights.

Mr. Kidd questioned the rental of Township property of 25 East Ramapo Avenue for $200. The Township Attorney’s Associate responded the Township will be going out to bid. The current Tenant will be receiving a Notice to Vacate.
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Mr. Kidd asked the status of the Outside Sales Ordinance. The Township Attorney’s Associate answered the item is scheduled for the July 14, 2005 Council Agenda.

On a motion by Kelly, seconded by DiGiulio, the meeting was closed to the public at 8:25PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTIONS
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $1,746,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,658,700. BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DiGiulio, the following Resolution was passed and adopted:

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1518

BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Mahwah that the Ordinance entitled BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $1,746,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,658,700. BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF be passed and adopted on first reading.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said Ordinance be further considered for final passage at a meeting to be held on July 28, 2005 at the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey at 8:00PM or as soon thereafter as the matter can be reached and at such time and place all persons interested be given the opportunity to be heard concerning this Ordinance.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to take all necessary actions pursuant to NJSA 40A:2-17 and to publish said Ordinance according to law with a notice of its introduction and passage on first reading, and of the time and place where such Ordinance will be further considered for final passage.

Roll Call Vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.

* * *
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS WATER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF
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$2,270,000. THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $2,156,000. BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF.

On a motion by Alderisio, seconded by Calandrillo, the following Resolution was passed and adopted:

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1519

BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Mahwah that the Ordinance entitled BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS WATER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $2,270,000. THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $2,156,000. BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF be passed and adopted on first reading.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said Ordinance be further considered for final passage at a meeting to be held on July 28, 2005 at the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey at 8:00PM or as soon thereafter as the matter can be reached and at such time and place all persons interested be given the opportunity to be heard concerning this Ordinance.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to take all necessary actions pursuant to NJSA 40A:2-17 and to publish said Ordinance according to law with a notice of its introduction and passage on first reading, and will be further considered for final passage.

Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, recused; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.

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The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 10 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE ENTITLED “BUILDING AND HOUSING” TO IMPLEMENT MUNICIPAL OBLIGATIONS PURSUANT TO THE SENIOR CITIZEN AND DISABLED PROTECTED TENANCY ACT AND TO PROVIDE FOR A CONDOMINIUM CONVERSION FEE.

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1520

Introduced by Calandrillo, seconded by Paton.

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 July 14, 2005 at the Municipal Offices, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, New Jersey at 8:00PM.
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FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk 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, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.

ORDINANCE; CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION
Amendment #1; Bond Ordinance #1507
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR STAGE V OF THE SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM IN AND BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH, IN THE COUNTY OF BERGEN, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $5,000,000. THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $5,000,000. BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP FOR FINANCING THE COST THEREOF AND PROVIDING FOR A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT OF THE COST THEREOF ON THE PROPERTIES BENEFITTED BY SUCH IMPROVEMENT.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by DiGiulio, the meeting was opened to the public at 8:33PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. John O’Connor of 222 East Crescent Avenue stated prior to May 18th his neighbors who are more than 300 ft. south of Masonicus Road were told that they would not be in the Phase 5 Sewer Project. Mr. O’Connor asked why he was not also changed.

Mr. Wayne Hollm of 46 Nilsen Avenue urged the Council not to sewer Nilsen Avenue.

Mrs. Lucy Sulikowski of 45 Nilsen Avenue asked Council not to sewer Nilsen Avenue. She feels costs are on the rise and people are losing their jobs every day.

Mr. Basil Kayal of 599 Wyckoff Avenue urged Council to install sewers on his street. He has a serious problem with the odor of sewage.

Mrs. Blanche Cordero of 81 Deerfield Terrace has a severe problem and is desperate for sewers.

Mr. Fred Heistebussel of 26 Nilsen Avenue asked why his street was not included in the prior phases. He also asked why residents are being given a choice to be sewered.

Ms. Gloria Edlin of 49 Nilsen Avenue feels Council should follow the majority of the residents.

Mrs. Mary Tsotsoros of 600 Wyckoff Avenue asked for a separate vote on all of the service areas.

Mr. Wayne Hollm of 46 Nilsen Avenue asked for sewers not to be put on Nilsen Avenue.

On a motion by Kelly, seconded by Calandrillo, the meeting was closed to the public at 8:17PM.
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All in favor. Motion carried.

Paton asked the Business Administrator to summarize when the Township would break ground for the project, when assessments would be issued, etc. Mr. Campion stated the general timeline, if the Ordinance is acted upon tonight, is the Ordinance will be effective the end of July. The Engineering Contract would be awarded and start work in Spring of 2006. The projected construction time the job should be done by is the end of 2006. The Sewer Assessment Committee could be formed. The Sewer Assessment Committee could complete their work by the middle of 2007. Property owners would be notified of their assessment. Property Owners could pay their assessment over 10 years or in a lump sum. The Property Owners have 1 year to hook up. There is a provision of waiver to hook up in certain situations. However, the waiver is not to not pay the assessment.

Alderisio commented he was in Phase 1 and was not given a choice.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Alderisio, the following Resolution, as amended, was passed and adopted:

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1507

RESOLVED that the Ordinance be passed and adopted on send reading and the Clerk is authorized and directed to advertise in full as having been finally adopted as required by law.

Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, no; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.

ORDINANCE – PUBLIC HEARING
The title of an Ordinance was read as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AN INCREASE IN THE PURCHASE PRICE FOR THE ACQUISITION OF BLOCK 8, LOTS 7, 8 AND 9.

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

Mr. Steve Tsotsoros of 600 Wyckoff Avenue asked why the Township was purchasing these properties and where they are located. The Township Attorney’s Associate stated the properties are on Silver Lake, and it is part of the Green Acres Open Space Acquisition. Mr. Tsotsoros asked if this was the last property on the lake the Township needed to acquire. The Township Attorney’s Associate said yes.

Mr. Albert Kidd of 851 Darlington Avenue voiced concern over the fact that the Township Assessor told him that 60% of the Township was Tax-Exempt.

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

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On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Kelly, the following resolution as passed and adopted:

RESOLUTION – ORDINANCE NO. 1517

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

Roll call vote: Alderisio, yes; Calandrillo, yes; DiGiulio, yes; Kelly, yes; Paton, yes; Roth, yes; Richter, yes.

CONSENT AGENDA
Resolutions #152-05 through #157-05 and #159-05 and the Raffle Application for the Volunteer
Center of Bergen County Inc. were approved under the Consent Agenda. Resolutions are
attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

RESOLUTION
Resolution #158-05 was removed from the Agenda. Resolution #160-05 was voted on separately and is attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

NEW BUSINESS
Resolutions #161-05 through #163-05 were voted on separately and are attached to and made part of these Meeting Minutes.

Approval of Raffle Application
Junior League of Bergen County Inc. (Off-Premise, 50/50)
On a motion by DiGiulio, seconded by Roth, the Raffle Application for the Junior League of Bergen County Inc. was approved. All in favor. Motion carried.

COUNCIL COMMENTS and COMMUNICATIONS
Kelly stated he attended the Middle School Graduation Ceremony and the High School Graduation Ceremony. Kelly stated it was moving to attend these ceremonies, and the Township has a lot to be proud of. Richter added that the Township’s Graduating Class has achieved over $1.3 Million dollars in awards and scholarships.

REPORT OF SUBCOMMITTEES
Roth stated a report was sent out to the Council President by the Communications Sub Committee and this report will be distributed shortly to the remainder of the Council.

PUBLIC PORTION
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Paton, the meeting was opened to the public at 9:39PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

Mr. Steve Tsotsoros of 600 Wyckoff Avenue asked what the Closed Session Minutes contained, and if they could be released to the Public. The Township Attorney’s Associate stated if they did
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not contain Pending Litigation a request could be filed for these records at the
Township Clerk’s Office.

Mr. Tsotsoros agreed with the Airmont Property; however, he objected to the Ridge Road Purchase for the Green Acres Open Space Acquisition. Mr. Tsotsoros felt this was a waste of Township dollars. Richter stated if the acquisition does not go through, the Township will have no choice but to put the Ridge Road Property up for sale.

Mr. Albert Kidd of 851 Darlington Avenue concurred with Mr. Tsotsoros. Mr. Kidd felt there were properties being purchased by the Township that were unnecessary and a waste of Township dollars.

Mr. Kidd also felt the sewers being installed in the Township were wasteful, and stated there was nothing wrong with having properly functioning septic systems in the Township.

Mr. Wayne Hollm of 46 Nilsen Avenue was confused concerning the Amendment and Bond Ordinance that was voted on this evening with regards to Amendment #1; Bond Ordinance #1507. Kelly stated the vote was on the Bond Ordinance as Amended.

Mr. Hollm was concerned over the lack of mentioning the concerns of the residents on Nilsen Avenue. Kelly stated this is why he voted no. Mr. Hollm stated he did not feel the majority vote was fair.

Ms. Lucy Sulkowski of 45 Nilsen Avenue asked Council to reconsider the vote.

Ms. Christine Hollm of 46 Nilsen Avenue asked why Nilsen Avenue was not included in Phase 3. Ms. Hollm felt the vote was unfair, and that the cost to the residents on Nilsen Avenue was unfair because they should have been included in Phase 3.

On a motion by DiGiulio, seconded by Roth, the meeting was closed to the public at 9:47PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

CLOSED SESSION
On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Roth, Council went into closed session at 9:48PM for the express purposes of discussing Potential Litigation; Green Acres Diversion Application,
Contract Negotiations; New York Thruway Antennas and Legal Issues. All in favor. Motion carried.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Roth, Council returned to open session at 11:43PM. All in favor. Motion carried.

On a motion by Calandrillo, seconded by Paton, the meeting was adjourned at 11:44PM. All in favor. Motion carried.


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Respectfully submitted,



Kathrine G. Coletta,. RMC/CMC
Municipal Clerk

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