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July 10, 2006

October 27 2006

July 10, 2006

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MINUTES JULY 10th, 2006 WORK SESSION START: 7:30P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Nicol, Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan & Scott. Attorney Montenegro & Administrator Nolan.

ABSENT: Coun. Shaak.

Mayor Nicol convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator who asked Council for permission to add two resolutions to the consent agenda. One would approve a change order for the Riverview Lane/Linden Lane Project and the second would authorize a refund for overpayment of taxes. Council gave their authorization.

The session was adjourned at 7:31 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo seconded by Coun. Nolan.




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MINUTES JULY 10th, 2006 MEETING START: 7:32 P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Nicol, Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan & Scott. Attorney Montenegro & Administrator Nolan.

ABSENT: Coun. Shaak.

After a moment of silent prayer, and a salute to the flag, Mayor Nicol opened the meeting in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and asked for a motion, made by Coun, Lenzen and seconded by Coun. Nolan, to accept and file the Minutes of the June 26th, 2006 Meeting. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan & Scott; all aye.

Coun. Lenzen. seconded by Coun. Garruzzo, introduced Resolution 06-93 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

RESOLUTIONS
06-93A. (see insertion).
06-93 B (see insertion).
06-93-C (see insertion).
06-93-D (see insertion).
06-93-E (see insertion).
06-93-F to authorize the renewal of the Borough of Brielle’s contract with Associated Humane Societies, Inc. for calendar 2007 at an annual cost of $9,600.00.
06-93-G to authorize the expansion of the Borough Auditor’s Professional Service Contract to include an audit of the Brielle Library Association at a cost not to exceed $1, 500.00.
06-93-H to authorize the Administrator to execute Change Order No. 1 Re: Improvements to Linden Lane/Riverview Lane, for a reduction in the amount of $181.11.
06-93-I (see insertion).

MOTIONS


Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan & Scott; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Lenzen, introduced Resolution 06-94 TO PAY BILLS: Be It Resolved, that the following bills be paid and that the Mayor or President of Council be authorized to draw orders on the Chief Municipal Finance Officer, in the amount of same, for payment of the bills of July 10th, 2006, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan & Scott; aye. No nays. Passed.




Resolution No: 06-93-A Date: July 10th, 2006


BOROUGH OF BRIELLE
RESOLUTION


Whereas, on July 3rd, 2006, Brielle Fire Company #1, 509 Longstreet & Cardeza Avenue, Brielle NJ 08730, submitted Raffle Application No. RA-2006-5, ID No. 57-9-9394 for an off-site 50/50 cash raffle to be held at the Brielle Fire House, 509 Longstreet & Cardeza Avenue, Brielle NJ 08730 on January 1st, 2007 at 1:00pm.
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Whereas, the Brielle Police Department had indicated that it has no objection to granting this License.

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Governing Body of the Borough of Brielle directs the Business Administrator to sign the Findings and Determination and the Municipal Clerk is to issue the required License on behalf of the Borough.



CERTIFICATION


The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Mayor & Council of the Borough of Brielle at a Meeting held at Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane, Brielle, New Jersey, on July 10th, 2006.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle, this 11th day of July 2006.





________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk




SEAL



Resolution No: 06-93-B Date: July 10th, 2006


BOROUGH OF BRIELLE
RESOLUTION


Whereas, on July 3rd, 2006, Brielle Fire Company #1, 509 Longstreet & Cardeza Avenue, Brielle NJ 08730, submitted Raffle Application No. RA-2006-6, ID No. 57-9-9394 for an off-site 50/50 cash raffle to be held at the Brielle Park, Union Lane, Brielle NJ 08730 on September 9th, 2006.
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Whereas, the Brielle Police Department had indicated that it has no objection to granting this License.

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Governing Body of the Borough of Brielle directs the Business Administrator to sign the Findings and Determination and the Municipal Clerk is to issue the required License on behalf of the Borough.



CERTIFICATION


The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Mayor & Council of the Borough of Brielle at a Meeting held at Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane, Brielle, New Jersey, on July 10th, 2006.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle, this 11th day of July 2006.





________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk




SEAL



Resolution No: 06-93-C Date: July 10th, 2006


BOROUGH OF BRIELLE
RESOLUTION


Whereas, on July 3rd, 2006, Monmouth Ocean Chapter College of St. Elizabeth Alumnae, 3 Surrey Lane, Neptune NJ 07753, submitted Raffle Application No. RA-2006-7, ID No. 334-5-5657 for an on-site 50/50 cash raffle to be held at the Manasquan River Golf Club. 843 Riverview Drive, Brielle NJ 08730 on August 9th, 2006.
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Whereas, the Brielle Police Department had indicated that it has no objection to granting this License.

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Governing Body of the Borough of Brielle directs the Business Administrator to sign the Findings and Determination and the Municipal Clerk is to issue the required License on behalf of the Borough.



CERTIFICATION


The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Mayor & Council of the Borough of Brielle at a Meeting held at Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane, Brielle, New Jersey, on July 10th, 2006.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle, this 11th day of July 2006.





________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk




SEAL



Resolution No: 06-93-D Date: July 10th, 2006


BOROUGH OF BRIELLE
RESOLUTION


Whereas, on July 3rd, 2006, Monmouth Ocean Chapter College of St. Elizabeth Alumnae, 3 Surrey Lane, Neptune NJ 07753, submitted Raffle Application No. RA-2006-8, ID No. 334-5-5657 for an on-site gift auction to be held at the Manasquan River Golf Club. 843 Riverview Drive, Brielle NJ 08730 on August 9th, 2006.
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Whereas, the Brielle Police Department had indicated that it has no objection to granting this License.

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Governing Body of the Borough of Brielle directs the Business Administrator to sign the Findings and Determination and the Municipal Clerk is to issue the required License on behalf of the Borough.



CERTIFICATION


The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Mayor & Council of the Borough of Brielle at a Meeting held at Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane, Brielle, New Jersey, on July 10th, 2006.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle, this 11th day of July 2006.





________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk




SEAL



Resolution No: 06-93-E Date: July 10th, 2006


BOROUGH OF BRIELLE
RESOLUTION


WHEREAS, there has been an overpayment of taxes on property known as Block 22.01, Lot 20, 605 Agnes Avenue, owned by Rene Cardenas , and

WHEREAS, this overpayment is due to the home being demolished with no adjustment in the 1st half 2006 taxes,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that a check be drawn in the amount of $82.96 and refunded back to Ms. Cardenas for reimbursement of the tax overpayment.



Approved: July 10th, 2006



Resolution No: 06-93-I Date: July 10th, 2006


BOROUGH OF BRIELLE
RESOLUTION


WHEREAS, there has been a successful tax appeal on property known as Block 99.03, Lot 8, 920 Cole Drive, owned by Dr. Ali Moosvi , and

WHEREAS, this appeal has resulted in a tax overpayment for the 1st half 2006 taxes,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that a check be drawn in the amount of $9,299.25 and refunded back to Dr. Moosvi for reimbursement of the tax overpayment.



Approved: July 10th, 2006




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Mayor Nicol noted that Coun. Shaak was absent due to a death in his family, his wife’s grandmother had passed away. Mayor Nicol then called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott who noted that the Brielle Connections had been mailed to all residents and she added that additional copies were available at Borough Hall and the recycling center. Coun. Scott also informed those assembled that the Borough Engineer was soliciting quotes for the replacement of the Higgins Avenue crosswalks and that process should begin in the near future.

Coun. Scott then advised her colleagues and the public of the recent deliberations by the Public Works Committee concerning the options available as a result of the pending retirement of a longtime employee whose duties included the provision of janitorial services at Borough Hall and the Borough’s other public buildings.

Coun. Scott explained that the department of Public Works had been down a man for a number of years and this retirement offered an opportunity to replace the retiring senior employee with an entry level new hire and at the same time to seek a janitorial service to assume the maintenance responsibilities. Given the additional responsibilities assumed by the department over the years due to the increase in population and the increased demand on resources, the committee felt that this was the prudent course to pursue.

In closing Coun. Scott noted that Coun. Bolger’s committee also had an interest in this decision and she cited a difference of opinion over how to proceed. Nevertheless, she hoped that the Council would move quickly in this matter as the department was handicapped by the shortage in manpower.

Mayor Nicol interjected that, in addition to the Borough’s business offices, the janitorial duties included Police Headquarters, Curtis House and the Library.

Coun. Bolger was recognized and he stated his belief that retirements, in any department, provided the Council with an opportunity to reduce overall cost through attrition, and he had, at first favored soliciting the services of a cleaning service and leaving the position vacant. However, after an in in-depth review of the situation, Coun. Bolger said that he could see the need for replacing the employee, but he could not agree with the recommendation to the replacement and the retaining of a janitorial service.

Turning to the First Aid Squad, Coun. Bolger informed the Council that the Squad’s recent coin-toss had raised over $4,000. Coun. Bolger noted that he appreciated what the Squad accomplished and how they operated; he added that he was impressed by the attention they paid to detail and their on-going training and educational programs which ensured that all squad members had the proper certifications for the performance of their duties.

Coun. Bolger noted that the summer recreation program had begun and he also advised the public of the Board of Recreation’s new flag football program for grades one through eight. The brainchild of Chairman Devereux, the idea had been embraced with enthusiasm by the residents.

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Coun. Bolger reminded the public that the Board of Recreation’s summer concert series had begun and while its timeslot was placed in conflict with Council Meetings, the concerts were more “entertaining”.

In closing, Coun. Bolger cited the Manasquan Inlet Exhibition at Fisherman’s Cove; he and his wife had visited the exhibition along with Union Landing Historical Society President Dave Dupre and found the video presentation provided a detailed and informative history of the creation of the inlet. Coun. Bolger urged residents to visit the exhibit.

Coun. Nolan stated that he was pleased to see that the Change Order approved on the consent agenda called for a reduction in price, which was always good news. He noted that the web site was now a proto-type for internal use only and improvements to the text were in progress.

Coun. Nolan added that the revaluation would commence on July 17th and residents would be advised in advance by letter as to when representatives of the firm would be in their area. Coun. Nolan reminded the public not to admit anyone into his or her homes without proper identification.

In closing, Coun. Nolan also cited the summer recreation program and praised the program director, Rick Trimble, for a “great job”.

Coun. Garruzzo advised the public that tax bills would be mailed by the end of the week and he added that the grace period for payment had been extended to August 20th.

Coun. Lenzen observed that both the First Aid Squad and the Fire Company did a phenomenal job and added that the Borough could not get along without them.

Coun. Lenzen noted that the Police were continuing to monitor automobile speeds throughout the Borough using the TRAK System. A survey of Fisk Avenue indicated that during the period June 26th through July 3rd, 25,008 vehicles had traveled on Fisk Avenue, 82.1% were within the speed limit, 17.8% were speeding with 56 of those vehicles traveling in the 4 point violation range (40 m.p.h.). The average speed on Fisk Avenue was found to be 24 mph. Coun. Lenzen added the 17.8% would be addressed through police enforcement.

Coun. Lenzen also provided borough-wide statistics for the same period and he cited the following:

State Highway 35 403 summonses
State Highway 71 272 summonses
State Highway 70 153 summonses
Riverview Drive 142 summonses

Coun. Lenzen added that there were fifty DWI arrests between January 1st and July 9th, five of those were on Riverview Drive. He added that there had been three motor vehicle accidents on Riverview Drive, two being minor.
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In closing Coun. Lenzen reminded the public that Riverview Drive was a County Road and that the Borough had made repeated efforts to have the speed limits lowered on that roadway, but to no avail. Chief Palmer had once again contacted Monmouth County DOT to revisit that issue and the TRAK System was being employed to gather statistical data, which would hopefully assist in that effort. Public comment would also be helpful.

Mayor Nicol then opened the meeting to the public. Kristina Ientile, 300 Lenape Trail, offered two comments. She suggested that the Borough retain a janitorial service and leave the public works position open.

Ms. Ientile also voiced a concern over the frequent closures of the recycling center that she saw as an inconvenience to the public. She cited an incident that had occurred earlier in the day when the red flag was out at 10:15 am, and the complimentary clock indicated that the yard would re-open at 3:00 p.m. Ms. Ientile had attempted to get clarification from a municipal employee, but he was unresponsive.

Coun. Scott explained that the yard was closed to protect the public during loading operations and that Monday & Friday mornings were peak times for this activity due to the collection of commercial stops on Mondays and cardboard on Fridays.

Janet Hendricks, 615 Leslie Avenue, agreed with Ms. Ientile and added that since magazines and cardboard had to be dropped off, the Borough should make an effort to accommodate those residents who were actively recycling; she added that she dumped recyclables four times a week.

Coun, Scott offered to review the matter with the Public Works Superintendent, but added that the public had a history of ignoring signage. Coun. Scott noted that, despite frequent postings, residents continue to toss plastic flowerpots and children’s toys into the plastic bins and some even dump their trash at the yard. However, she remained willing to take the matter under review.

Jim Stenson, 810 Rathjen Road, opposed the replacement of the public works employee and recommended retaining a janitorial service. He felt that it should be one or the other, but not both.

Coun. Scott reiterated her belief that it was necessary to increase the DPW’s manpower in the face of their additional responsibilities and she believed that a professional janitorial service could be more effective in providing maintenance.

Gary Pstrak, 1020 Riverview Drive, agreed with Mr. Stenson and he asked if the Borough would save any money if they replaced the employee and retained a service? Coun. Scott cited a figure of $10,000. Mr. Pstrak replied that an entry level employee’s salary and benefit package would increase over the years; he concurred with Mr. Stenson and he urged the Council to opt for a janitorial service and leave the position vacant.

Mayor Nicol interjected that a final decision had not been made.
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There being no further comments, the meeting was adjourned at 8:06 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Lenzen, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.


Approved: July 24th, 2006


___________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk





















 

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