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Borough of Brielle, NJ


November 27, 2006

December 29 2006

November 27, 2006

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MINUTES NOVEMBER 27th, 2006 WORK SESSION START: 7:30PM

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

ABSENT: None.

Mayor Nicol convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator who advised the Council that he had nothing to report, but he did request that a resolution be added to the Consent Agenda and noted that there would be a need for an executive session to update the Council on the status of contract negotiations.

Mayor Nicol then read the following Proclamation and presented it to Mr. Thomas Hurst.

BOROUGH OF BRIELLE

Whereas, In recognition of the conspicuous gallantry demonstrated on October 22nd, 2006 when, without thought of his own safety nor the safety of his property, Mr. Thomas Hurst acted in an heroic manner to assist Brielle Volunteer Firefighters to extinguish a potentially dangerous boat fire by pulling the burning boat away from the docks thereby ensuring that the fire was contained and the damage limited to the burning craft, and

Whereas, Without Mr. Hurst’s efforts this tragic incident could have been far worse and for this we honor him, and

Now, Therefore, Be It Proclaimed that Monday, November 27th, 2006 be observed as Thomas Hurst Day in the Borough of Brielle, and

Be It Further Proclaimed, that all residents of Brielle are urged to Honor Mr. Hurst on this day.

__________________________
Thomas B. Nicol
Mayor

In his capacity as Fire Chief, Coun. Shaak also thanked Mr. Hurst crewman, Pete Reales for his work in containing the fire. If not for the effort by Mr. Hurst and his crew, the fire would have been much worse.

The work session was adjourned at 7:33 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan.

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MINUTES NOVEMBER 27th, 2006 REGULAR MEETING START: 7:34 P.M.

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

ABSENT: None.

Mayor Nicol convened the meeting in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and asked for a motion, made by Coun. Scott and seconded by Coun. Nolan, to accept and file the minutes of the November 13th, 2006 meeting; all aye.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 06-130 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

Resolutions:

06-131-A (see insertion).

Motions:

None.

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

Coun. Lenzen, seconded by Coun. Nolan introduced Resolution 06-132-TO TRANSFER FUNDS (see insertion). Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Lenzen, introduced Resolution 06-133 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 November 27th, 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 & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Resolution No: 06-131-A Date: November 27th, 2006


BOROUGH OF BRIELLE RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, there has been a change of ownership of property known as Block 60, Lot 13, 17 Crescent Drive, and

WHEREAS, this resulted in the 4th 1/4 2006 taxes being paid twice in error which has resulted in a tax overpayment in the amount of $2,043.98,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that a check be drawn in the amount of $2,043.98 and refunded back to the former owner, Bart E. Dennin, for reimbursement of the tax overpayment as per Mr. Dennin’s letter of 11/17/06.

Approved: November 27th, 2006


BOROUGH OF BRIELLE

RESOLUTION NO.

WHEREAS, 40A-58 provides for making transfers between Budget Appropriations Accounts during the months of November and December, and

WHEREAS, it has become necessary during the last two months of the fiscal year to expend funds in excess of the sums appropriated for the purposes specified in the 2006 Budget, and

WHEREAS, the Governing Body may, by Resolution, transfer an existing excess to an appropriation deemed insufficient,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED (no less than 2/3 of the full membership of the Governing Body affirmatively confirming), that the following transfers be and the same are hereby made between the appropriation accounts in the 2005 Budget:


FROM:
Police, O/E $10,000.00

TO:
Engineering, O/E $10,000.00

FROM:

W/S Capital Outlay $3,000.00

TO:
W/S O/E $3,000.00


APPROVED: November 27, 2006

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Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for the introduction and passage on first reading of “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT ORDINANCE NO. 971 “AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES & COMPENSATION OF THE VARIOUS OFFICERS & EMPLOYEES OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE”.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Lenzen, introduced Resolution 06-134 for passage of first reading. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 06-135 to authorize publication in the Coast Star for a hearing to be held at 7:30 p.m., on December 11th, 2006, at Borough Hall. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott who once again reminded the public to keep brush and leaves separate. There should be no brush in the street at this time as it impeded the Borough’s ability to employ its leaf machines in collecting leaves. The DPW had experienced “down time” due to brush being sucked into the machines. Coun. Scott said simply that “if there was brush mixed in with the leaves they would not be collected”.

In closing, Coun. Scott cited a current exhibit at the Brielle Library on the Brielle Art Colony. The exhibit celebrated Brielle’s role in the art movement and ran through December 1st. Coun. Scott urged residents to attend this worthwhile exhibit.

Coun. Bolger stated that his report was for executive session only.

Coun. Nolan advised that the MRHC #1 had initiated their budget process and, with the addition of two new member towns, there was an opportunity for cost savings. Coun. Nolan also noted that the web site was up and running and he looked forward to comments or suggestions from the public. Coun. Nolan also commented on the recent great weather and the resulting high usage of Brielle Park by local children; he called it “phenomenal”.

Coun. Shaak, Garruzzo and Lenzen having no report, Mayor Nicol opened the meeting to the public and recognized Kathleen Tully-Vergia, 608 Locust Road, who asked for an update on the status of the Borough’s negotiations with the Brielle Library.

Coun. Bolger asked Ms. Tully-Vergia if she was an employee of the Library? She responded in the affirmative and said “yes @ $10.35 an hour”.

Coun. Garruzzo interjected that a meeting had taken place, but he was not at liberty to go into detail as it was a negotiation process. However, he felt that in general things went well.

Ms. Tully-Vergia then asked when the Fourth Quarter disbursement would be made and if after the Executive Session the Borough would issue a press release to inform the public as to what is being done.

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Coun, Garruzzo stated that there would not be a press release, but when the matter was resolved he believed that the local press would cover the matter as newsworthy.

Finally, Ms. Tully-Vergia asked if funds were withheld would they go into surplus?

Coun. Garruzzo said that they would and that would help reduce the tax rate.

The Chair recognized Alyson Honrath, 701 Howell Drive, and she thanked Coun. Shaak for the fine job the Borough had done in resolving a drainage problem on Borrie Avenue.

Ms. Honrath then thanked Coun. Scott for her attendance at the Library’s Art Exhibit and commented that no other Councilmembers had been in attendance. She then asked why Coun. Scott and not the Library Liaison, Coun. Bolger, had reported on the art exhibit at the Library.

Coun. Bolger asked Ms. Honrath if she was a Trustee of the Library Association? She replied, for the record, that she was a resident and a taxpayer.

There being no further public comment, Mayor Nicol recognized Coun. Lenzen who read the following letter.

Len Lenzen
3 Berkeley Square
Brielle, NJ 08730
732 528-8575

November 17, 2006


Mr. Thomas Nolan, Borough Clerk
Borough of Brielle
601Union Lane
Brielle NJ 08730

Dear Tom,

An old mariner’s saving says, “When the winds of change blow, adjust your sails.”

As you know, the Good Lord has begun blowing my “winds of change” with increasing ferocity. It’s time for me to adjust my sails and chart a new direction to my life.

I am tendering my resignation as a Brielle Borough Councilman, effective Thursday, November 30th, 2006.

I have truly enjoyed representing the residents of our beautiful town for the last twenty-four

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years. I have served under three mayors, starting with the late Vic Demarco, then Frank Wesolowski and now Tucker Nicol.

I owe a great deal of thanks to my colleagues on the various councils for their help and support in my endeavors. Every councilman and mayor with whom I have served has always taken their responsibility to serve the public very seriously. They have always placed the community welfare ahead of their own personal feelings. Our community is extremely fortunate.

I am also greatly indebted to you for your help, guidance and support, along with the staff, employees and our professionals.

Thank you all for making my tenure so enjoyable. I am comfortable in the knowledge that I am leaving our borough in better shape now than the way I found it.

I wish you all continued success in the management of our wonderful town.


Sincerely.
Len Lenzen
_______________________________________________________________

Mayor Nicol commented that he had been on Council for twenty-two years and all that time had to sit next to Coun. Lenzen. Had he known that in advance he would have recommended the hiring of a municipal psychiatrist.

The Mayor added that Coun. Lenzen would be missed and compared him to deceased Councilman Wes Olsen. The Mayor observed that when confronted with a problem he often looked to heaven and would ask himself what Wes would do in that situation. Now he would do the same with Coun. Lenzen although he wouldn’t be looking to heaven, just Delaware. The Mayor thanked Coun. Lenzen for all his years of service.

Coun. Lenzen, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo, introduced Resolution 06-136 to authorize an Executive Session. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Whereas, the Open Public Meetings Act permits the exclusion of the Public from a meeting in certain circumstances; and Whereas, the Borough Council of the Borough of Brielle is of the opinion that such circumstances currently exist. Now Therefore Be It Resolved, by the Borough Council of the Borough of Brielle, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey, on November 27th, 2006, as follows:

I The Public shall be excluded from discussion of and action upon the hereinafter specified subject matters.

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2. The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is as follows:
“Contract Negotiations”.

3. It is anticipated at this time that the above stated subject matters will be made public in the near future.

The Executive Session began at 7:50 p.m. and ended at 9:10 p.m. The session was adjourned on a motion by Coun. Lenzen, seconded by Coun. Shaak.

On a motion by Coun. Nolan, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo, the meeting was reconvened.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 06-137 to authorize the Mayor & Clerk to execute a three year collective bargaining agreement between the Borough of Brielle and Teamsters Local #97. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan, Scott & Shaak: all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Lenzen, introduced Resolution 06-138 to permit Verizon to post a Performance Guarantee in the amount of $10,000 to cover street openings during the installation of cable service in the Borough. The bond would be reduced as the work proceeded, but a two year maintenance bond would be required at the time of the completion of the work. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan, Scott & Shaak: all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Lenzen, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo, introduced Resolution 06-139 to authorize the Municipal Clerk to conduct an auction of surplus Borough property, and to further declare a Norcia Recycling Trailer and a outdoor display sign as scrap. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Lenzen, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Prior to adjourning the meeting, Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, made a motion to affirm that the contract negotiations discussed in relation to the Brielle Library Association had not formulated a conclusion and would remain confidential, but would be made public once a conclusion had been reached; all aye.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:13p.m. on a motion by Coun. Lenzen, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.



Approved: December 11th, 2006 ________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk





 

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