A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

September 11, 2006

October 27 2006

September 11, 2006

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Mayor Nicol opened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator who advised that he had nothing to report, but he asked that the Council permit him to add a resolution “D’ to the consent agenda to refund an overpayment of taxes. Council gave their authorization.

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

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

ABSENT: Coun. Shaak

Mayor Nicol convened the meeting in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and he requested that those assembled remember the victims of 9/11 during the moment of silent prayer. The Mayor said “Let us remember this day that changed America and the World forever. Also remember all American Service men and women, past and present who protect our freedom and way of life. Remember all the firefighters, police and emergency medical workers who labored to save as many lives as possible, and that all of us must remember to be ever more vigilant”.

Mayor Nicol then asked for a motion, made by Coun. Scott and seconded by Coun. Lenzen to accept and file the minutes of the August 28th, 2006 meeting; all aye.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Lenzen, introduced Resolution 06-114 for passage of the Consent Agenda.


06-114-A to reject a hid submitted by Cypreco Industries, Inc., P.O. Box 822, Neptune, New Jersey, for the construction of a garage at the Department of Public Works.
06-114-B (see insertion).
06-114-C to authorize the Administrator to execute a “Suspension of Municipal Consent Application” with Verizon, New Jersey, Inc.
06-114-D (see insertion).



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

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Lenzen, introduced Resolution 06-115 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 Finance Officer, in the amount of same, for payment of the bills of September 11th, 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; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Resolution No: 06-114-B Date: September 11th, 2006


Whereas, on September 6th, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch NJ 07740, submitted Raffle Application No. RA-2006-14, ID No. 266-4-31486 for an on-site 50/50 raffle to be held at the Manasquan River Golf Club, 843 Riverview Drive, Brielle NJ 08730 on October 2nd, 2006 from 7:45pm to 10pm.
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.


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 September 11th, 2006.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle, this 12th day of September 2006.

Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk


Resolution No: 06-114-D
Date: Sept. 11th, 2006

Borough of Brielle Resolution

WHEREAS, there exists an overpayment on 12 Mariner’s Bend for 2006 3rd quarter taxes, and

WHEREAS, this overpayment should be refunded back to the property owner for reimbursement,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a check be drawn in the amount of $739.50 and refunded back to Yanini Zabrodina for overpayment of taxes for 12 Mariner’s Bend, Block 120, Lot 9.12 C0012.

Approved: September 11th, 2006

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Mayor Nicol then read a proclamation to honor former Mayor Robert J. Collinson;

Whereas, the Borough of Brielle has been formed in compliance with the applicable statutes, and

Whereas, it is fitting and proper for a municipal corporation to recognize the achievements of its residents, and

Whereas, the fact that an individual is a former Mayor should not prevent such acknowledgement, and

Whereas, for almost thirty-five years the residents of Brielle along with numerous visitors have gathered in Brielle Park on the first Saturday after Labor Day to celebrate their community, its volunteers and organizations, ifs spirit and its uniqueness in an event we now called Brielle Day, and

Whereas, the very first Brielle Day was a joint effort by many groups and dedicated individuals, but one man brought it all together and can truly be called the Father of Brielle Day, and

Whereas, such an achievement is indeed worthy of commemoration

Now Therefore Be it Proclaimed, that September 12th, 2006 be designated as Mayor Robert J. Collinson Day in the Borough of Brielle.

Mayor Thomas B. Nicol

Mayor Collinson thanked the Governing Body, especially Mayor Nicol; he also noted that the idea for Brielle Day grew out of a discussion he had with the late Connie Dzenis who had informed him that the PTA Fair would no longer be held and that a new event should replace it.

The new idea was for a community oriented event that would enable volunteer organizations, from the first aid and fire companies to the rotary, to fundraise at one event. Mayor Collinson also felt that it should be held after Labor Day so that the emphasis would be on community and not tourism.

Mayor Collinson observed that on the first Brielle Day he recognized most of the 3,000 attendees by their first name; on Saturday he knew about twenty-five people as the event had grown and the population changed. He added that former Councilman Robert Wainwright had been instrumental in introducing the 10-K Race, and the late Borough Historian, Carol Clarke and instituted the craft fair.

Mayor Collinson added that he was proud to know that one day his grandchildren and great grandchildren will be able to say that he started Brielle Day. On a sad note, Mayor Collinson
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advised the Council that former Mayor Victor DeMarco had entered hospice and he asked that he be remembered in their prayers.

Mayor Nicol then called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott who praised the Department of Public Works for their dual effort in preparing for Brielle Day while simultaneously dealing with the debris left by tropical storm Ernesto. Coun. Scott stated that she was proud of Superintendent Burkhardt and all the workers she affectionately called “my boys”.

Coun. Scott also thanked the public for their patience and stated that all remaining debris from the storm would be picked up. Coun. Scott added that while leaves were mixed with storm debris, once it was cleared; leaves and brush had to be segregated. All material had to be placed at the curb at least ten feet from any storm drains, and once leaf collection commenced all brush had to be held until leaf season ended on December 15th.

In other news, Coun. Scott reminded the public that Clean-up Week would be October 2nd through Oct. 6th on the regular collection day, and she asked that materials not be put out before the weekend. Coun. Scott also cited the repaving of Schoolhouse Road and the installation of a new storm drain and two fire hydrants. Unfortunately, she noted the NJDOT had not participated in the project and Brielle was not permitted to pave their bridge.

Coun. Scott also cited the Senior Programs at the Curtis House and added that there was no minimum age for participation. She noted that every second Monday was a Movie Matinee and today’s feature had been the 1936 MGM production of San Francisco. The film centered on the April 1906 earthquake and starred Clark Gable, Jeanette McDonald and Spencer Tracey, with a featured performance by Jack Holt.

In closing, Coun. Scott thanked Mayor Collinson for remembering the role Connie Dzenis had played in the creation of Brielle Day.

Coun. Lenzen asked if the seniors would be conducting a defensive driving course this year? Coun. Scott advised that one had been held in the Spring and added that it was good for three years, anyone over fifty-five was eligible, and it reduced automobile insurance premiums by 5%.

Coun. Bolger congratulated Mayor Nicol and the participating organizations for another great Brielle Day; he added that during the course of the day numerous visitors had stopped by his organ donation both and was surprised that people came from all over the state. Brielle Day, he observed, had grown into quite an affair.

Coun. Nolan advised that he had met with NJDOT resident engineer, Dave Wallis and the contractor would be adhering to the 7:00 a.m. start time for the Route #70 Bridge Project. He added that the scheduled completion date for the noise wall was now eight weeks rather than the ten originally thought. Pile driving would end next week and due to seasonal restrictions would not be resumed until July 2007. Coun. Nolan added that he planned to meet with NJDOT every second Friday and keep the public advised of any schedule changes.

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In closing, Coun. Nolan noted that Schoolhouse Road looked great and he complimented the Board of Recreation and the Fire Company for another great “Fun Run”.

Coun. Garruzzo complimented the Brielle Day participants for another day that “gets better every year. He also cited all the preparation that takes place before the event in particular the work done by the Fire Company.

Coun. Lenzen advised that Brielle had been one of nineteen municipalities that had received a grant, in the amount of $3,000, from the State Division of Highway Traffic Safety to participate in the “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” program. Between August 18th and September 4th, a D.W.I. checkpoint in the municipal parking lot netted one individual while five roving patrols made two arrests and issued forty-three summonses.

Coun. Lenzen noted that Kay Burkhardt had been involved in the first Brielle Day and she had assigned spots to the various organizations that are still employed today; he added that he was proud that there had never been an incident of fighting at Brielle Day, and he too praised the DPW for a job well done. Coun. Lenzen noted that on Sunday morning you would never know that the event took place in the park.

Coun. Nolan asked if the fact that there had never been a fight on Brielle Day would be another precedent such as “it never rains on Brielle Day”.

Coon. Lenzen explained that just before the second Brielle Day, it had rained all night and there was talk of postponing the event, given the problems associated with food preparation, it was decided to go forward, the sky cleared by 10:00 a.m. and it has never rained since.

Mayor Nicol opened the meeting to the public. Janice Wurfel, 506 Green Avenue, wished to personally thank DPW Worker Tim Fitzmaurice for his assistance on Brielle Day and then cited a problem with feral cats on Green Avenue. The Administrator was directed to refer the matter to the MRHC #1.

Edith T. Nowels, 637 Holly Hill Road, cited two incidents where she felt the Monmouth County Regional Dispatch had not been responsive. The first concerned her inquiry as to the status of her home during a recent fire on Holly Hill Drive. The second was when she had an appointment in Red Bank during Ernesto and wished to ascertain road conditions. On both occasions she felt that the dispatcher had been unresponsive and she urged the Council to maintain home rule and not become involved in the Belmar plan for regionalization. In closing Ms. Nowels advised that she had retired and was available for volunteer work.

Christine DeWitt & Dennis Parker, 649 Holly Hill Drive, advised Council of an on-going traffic problem at the corner of Holly Hill Drive and Old Bridge Road. When Route #70 was dualized NJDOT had closed off the terminus of Old Bridge Road and this had created a blind curve. Many motorists from out of the area do not realize that the road ends and they have to turn onto Holly Hill Drive. Frequently the drivers hit the curb and bounce over the embankment. Ms. DeWitt Page 125 11th September 2006

cited four to five such accidents. Mr. Parker stated that he had come to the rescue of one young lady who was screaming for help; he also noted that the area itself was littered with debris and an eyesore.

Coun. Scott replied that efforts had been made to place planting at the location, but due to the abundance of utility lines at that spot the plantings died. The location was actually a mix of State, County and Wall Township property, but Coun. Scott thought that the Shade Tree Commission could try and reach out to the State & County and see if some improvements could be made.

Coun. Lenzen promised to have the traffic safety officer reviewed the situation as it appeared to be a line of sight issue.

Coun. Bolger thanked Ms. DeWitt & Mr. Parker for bringing the matter to the Council’s attention and he noted that, based on his personal observation, he felt from day one that the intersection was “an accident waiting to happen”. The roadway created the optical illusion that it continued onto Route #70 and Coun. Bolger felt that the matter should be taken seriously; he did add that it was sometimes difficult to deal with the State and the County but he too gave his assurance that the matter would be pursued.

Edith Nowels was again recognized and added her voice to the issue noting that motorists driving south on Old Bridge Road were blinded by headlights shining from Route #70. This distraction added to the problem. Ms. Nowels also said that the intersection was slippery due to run-off from the embankment and during the winter she had hit an icy patch and slid into the corner street sign.

Bill Brannick, 805 Schoolhouse Road, said that his friend lived near the intersection and the concerns voiced this evening were real. Mr. Brannick also called attention to errors on the web page. By way of example, Coun. Nolan was listed as Chair of Public Resources, which was Coun. Bolger’s committee. Coun. Scott stated that she was aware of the problem and it would be corrected.

There being no further comment the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Nolan, seconded by Coun. Lenzen.

Approved: September 25th, 2006 _________________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk