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March 26, 2007

June 01 2007

March 26, 2007

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MINUTES MARCH 26th, 2007 WORK SESSION START: 7:30PM

PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN. BOLGER, GARRUZZO, GORHAM, NOLAN, SCOTT & SHAAK. ATTORNEY MONTENEGRO & ADMINISTRATOR.

ABSENT: NONE.

Mayor Nicol convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator who advised the Council of that there was a need to go into executive session to permit the Attorney to update the Council on the status of pending litigation.

Mayor Nicol then acknowledged the presence of members of Cub Scout Pack #63. The Mayor than proceeded to swear them in as Junior Deputy Mayors. Each Scout received a badge and a hat, along with their oath of office.

The work session was adjourned at 7:35 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak.

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MINUTES MARCH 26th, 2007 REGULAR MEETING START: 7:37 P.M.

PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN. BOLGER, GARRUZZO, GORHAM, 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. Garruzzo and seconded by Coun. Nolan, to accept and file the minutes of the March 12th, 2007 meeting; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Scott, introduced Resolution 07-38 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

Resolutions:

07-43-A to accept with regret the resignation of Albert P. Ratz as Zoning Officer.
07-43-B (see insertion).
07-43-C (see insertion).
07-43-D (see insertion)
07-43-E (see insertion).
07-43-F Pulled for separate discussion and carried. See below.
07-43-G (see insertion).
07-43-H (see insertion).
07-43-I (see insertion).

Motions:
None.

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

At the request of Coun. Bolger Resolution "F" was pulled for separate discussion. Coun. Bolger noted that he supported the position of Chief Palmer as outlined in the resolution that called for a reduction to a 30 m.p.h. speed limit on Riverview Drive, but he thought that there should be more discussion as the residents had voiced concerns over the current speed limits.

Coun. Bolger recalled that the Riverview Drive Coalition had been vocal in the past, but of late they appeared to have dropped off the "radar screen". The proposed resolution called for a 30 m.p.h. limit, but Coun. Bolger recollected that the Coalition had been seeking a 25 m.p.h. limit. While Coun. Bolger supported the resolution he wondered if it was in conflict with the desire of the Coalition?

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Resolution No: 07-43-B
Date: March 26th, 2007

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE

WHEREAS, The Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act, P.L. 1987 c.102, has established a recycling fund from which tonnage grant may be made to municipalities in order to encourage local source separation and recycling programs; and

WHEREAS, It is the intent and the spirit of the Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act to use the tonnage grants to develop new municipal recycling programs and to continue and to expand existing programs; and

WHEREAS, The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy has promulgating recycling regulations to implement the Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act; and

WHEREAS, The recycling regulations impose on municipalities certain requirements as a condition for applying for tonnage grants, including but not limited to, making and keeping accurate, verifiable records of materials collected and claimed by the municipality; and

WHEREAS, A resolution authorizing the Borough of Brielle to apply for such tonnage grants for calendar year 2006 will memorialize the commitment of this municipality to recycling and to indicate the assent of the Borough of Brielle to the efforts undertaken by the municipality and the requirements contained in the Recycling Act and recycling regulations; and

WHEREAS, Such a resolution should designate the individual- authorized to ensure the application is properly completed and timely filed.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Body of the Borough of Brielle hereby endorses the submission of the recycling tonnage grant application to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy and designates William A. Burkhardt, Jr. to ensure that the application is properly filed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the monies received from the recycling tonnage grant be deposited in a dedicated recycling trust fund to-be used solely for the purposes of recycling.

Vote:

CERTIFICATION

The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on March 26th, 2007.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 27th day of March 2007.



SEAL
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk


Resolution No: 07-43-C
Date: March 26th, 2007

BOROUGH OF BRIELLE

WHEREAS, LARMA CORPORATION, INC., WITH PREMISES LOCATED AT 622 GREEN AVENUE, HAS MADE APPLICATION FOR THE RENEWAL OF SEASONAL LIQUOR LICENSE #1308-34-003-005, FOR THE LICENSE PERIOD MAY 1st, 2007 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30th, 2007 INCLUSIVE, AND

WHEREAS. [HE APPLICATION BEING COMPLETE, $1,390.00 FEE PAID TO THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE, $200.00 FEE DUE TO THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL BEING ENCLOSED AND ALL MUNICIPAL AUTHORIZATIONS BEING IN PLACE. AND

WHEREAS, THERE HAVE BEEN NO OBJECTIONS LODGED TO THE RENEWAL OF THIS LICENSE.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE MUNICIPAL CLERK IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE SAID LICENSE, AND

BE IT FL RTHER RESOLVED, THAT DELIVERIES MAY COMMENCE ON APRIL 10th, 2007, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT NO SALES CAN BE MADE PRIOR TO MAY 1st, 2007.


CERTIFICATION

THE FOREGOING IS A TRUE COPY OFA RESOLUTION, ADOPTED BY THE BRIELLE MAYOR & COUNCIL, AT A MEETING HELD ON MARCH 26TH, 2007.

WITNESS MY HAND AND THE SEAL OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE THIS 27TH DAY OF MARCH, 2007.




______________________________
THOMAS F. NOLAN
MUNICIPAL CLERK
SEAL




Resolution: No: 07-43-D
Date: March 26th, 2007


RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE

Whereas, the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation has requested that an Agreement be entered between the Borough of Brielle and the State of New Jersey, which would allocate the Jurisdictional responsibilities for highway maintenance and control between the Borough of Brielle and the State of New Jersey with reference to certain intersections of Route #70 and streets within the Borough of Brielle; and

Whereas, maps outlining the jurisdictional limits of each have been reviewed and approved by the Borough of Brielle.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, by the Mayor & Council of the Borough of Brielle that the
Mayor Thomas B. Nicol and Municipal Clerk Thomas F. Nolan are hereby authorized to execute the Agreement between the Borough of Brielle and the State of New Jersey.




_____________________
Thomas B. Nicol
Mayor
Attest:_____________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk




















Resolution No: 07-43-E
Date: March 26th, 2007


RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE

BE IT RESOLVED, that the owners of a property located at 924 Birch Drive, Block 128, Lot 5, arc hereby authorized to connect a sump pump to the Borough Catch Basin located on Birch Drive at the northwest corner of the property.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that such connection is to be employed infrequently and only during periods of seasonally high ground water,



CERTIFICATION

The foregoing is a true copy of a resolution approved by the Mayor & Council of the Borough of Brielle at a meeting held on March 26th, 2007.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 27th day of March 2007.




_______________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk
SEAL





















Resolution No: 07-43-G
Date: March 26th, 2007


RESOLUTION SUPPORTING RENEWAL OF THE
GARDEN STATE PRESERVATION TRUST

WHEREAS, continued investment in open space and farmland preservation is vitally important to the state, as it enhances New Jersey’s economy, safeguards its remaining natural, agricultural, recreational and cultural resources and preserves its character; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey continues to face incredible pressure from development, losing nearly 50 acres of open space daily to new development projects; and

WHEREAS, the Garden State Preservation Trust provides a match for open space taxes collected by all 21 counties and more than 225 municipalities; and

WHEREAS, protecting open spaces and improving urban natural areas stabilizes local property taxes and revitalizes communities; and

WHEREAS, since its creation in 1998, the Garden State Preservation Trust has enabled the State of New Jersey, its local governments, and nonprofits to acquire over 432,000 acres of parks, open space and farmland; and

WHEREAS, the Garden State Preservation Trust is essential not only to the State’s conservation programs, but also to the work of counties, municipalities and nonprofit organizations by providing grants and low interest loans to help preserve land while protecting natural resources and farmland for future generations; and

WHEREAS, even many of the places already protected - our state and local parks - are threatened by inadequate levels of funding for operation, maintenance, and stewardship; and

WHEREAS, the Garden State Preservation Trust is virtually depleted, with funds to be completely exhausted in 2007 despite the continued need for the programs it makes possible;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the governing body of the Borough of Brielle, in the county of Monmouth and State of New Jersey as follows:

1. The municipality supports the renewal and strengthening of the Garden State Preservation Trust, to provide $325 million annually for New Jersey to continue its programs to acquire open space and farmland and improve historic sites and preserved lands. This amount includes $225 million a year for acquisition and $100 million a year for capital projects, which could be provided by bonding an annual dedicated stream of approximately $150 million.
2. The municipality supports the dedication of $56 million annually to establish a stable source of funding for operation, maintenance, and stewardship for parks, recreation and natural areas.
3. The Municipal Clerk is hereby authorized to provide a copy of this Resolution to the following:

Duly authenticated copies of this Resolution shall be transmitted to:


The Honorable Jon Corzine, Office of the Governor, P0 Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625
State Senators
State Assemblypersons
Morris Land Conservancy, 19 Boonton Aye, Boonton, NJ 07005
New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Bamboo Brook, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931
The Outdoor Recreation Alliance c/o N.J. Audubon Society, 142 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Daily and Weekly Newspapers




Adopted:


Certification

The foregoing is a true copy of a resolution approved by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on March 26th, 2007.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 27th day of March 2007.




_______________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk













Resolution No: 07-43-H
Date: March 26th, 2007



BOROUGH OF BRIELLE


WHEREAS, there is a Developer Escrow Account for Brielle Shores that can be reduced as per Birdsall Engineering, Inc. report of Jan. 10th, 2007, and

WHEREAS, the Letter of Credit on file and Cash Guarantee can be lowered to cover the Major Subdivision project off Riverview Drive and the new Letter of Credit has been received,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a check be drawn in the amount of $25207.92, made payable to Brielle Shores, to refund the excess cash guarantee now on file.



Approved: March 26th, 2007



























Resolution No: 07-43-I Date: March 26th, 2007


BOROUGH OF BRIELLE
RESOLUTION


Whereas, on March 21st, 2007, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, 59 Broad Street, Eatontown NJ 07724, submitted Raffle Application No. RA-2007-5, ID No. 122-4-25554 for an off-premise raffle to be held at the Manasquan River Golf Club, 843 Riverview Drive, Brielle NJ 08730 on June 7th, 2007, from 11am to 7pm.
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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 March 26th, 2007.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle, this 27th day of March 2007.





________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk



SEAL






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Coun. Garruzzo pointed out that the resolution was non-binding as the County & NJDOT had the ultimate decision, but he had discussed this issue with Chief Palmer who had felt that 25 m.p.h. was "overly aggressive" and based on the available data, 30 m.p.h. seemed more reasonable.

Coun. Garruzzo added that the Coalition had not been vocal as they recognized that the Council was addressing other issues and they had decided to be patient.

Ms. Barbara Duska, 1023 Riverview Drive, thanked Coun. Garruzzo and noted that the Coalition had never "not been on the radar screen" they had merely been patient and had awaited a more appropriate time.

Ms. Duska asked for a copy of the proposed resolution and the Chief's correspondence. She added that the Coalition now had fifty members and they had collected two hundred & fifty signatures calling for a reduction to the speed limit. However, she respected Chief Palmer's position and offered that it might be more viable and appropriate.

Mr. Harvey Casey, 926 Riverview Drive, said that 25 m.p.h. was a reasonable speed for a residential street. Riverview Drive was not a thoroughfare and the traffic data that indicated some sixty thousand cars a week traveled the roadway was proof that the speed limit needed to be reduced.

Mr. Casey added that if the speed limit was not lowered it was incumbent on the Council to ban joggers, bikers and all pedestrian traffic from Riverview Drive as it was unsafe. Mr. Casey also took the School to task for not providing a safe walking path to the Elementary School and he asked the Mayor if he participated in the joint Mayor's meetings that focused on the unacceptable increase in traffic in the South Monmouth area?

Coun. Bolger reiterated that he only wanted the resolution to reflect the concerns of the residents and he was prepared to re-word it.

Ms. Duska interjected that Riverview Drive was 91% residential and the Coalition was ready to do whatever was necessary to see that that fact was recognized.

The consensus of Council was to refer the matter back to the Public Safety Committee who would meet with the Coalition and review the issue.

(Note: During the consideration of the consent agenda, Coun. Scott reminded the public that the Resolution "B" which authorized submission of the annual tonnage grant application was tied directly to the public's willingness to recycle and create tonnage. Ms. Lois Hanson, 634 Summit Place, asked for an explanation of resolutions "G" and "H" which were provided by the Clerk.)

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Coun. Gorham, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo, introduced Resolution 07-44 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 March 26th, 2007, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of "BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION OF $340,000 FOR MISCELLANEOUS IMPROVEMENTS FOR AND BY THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE, COUNTY OF MONMOUTH, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $323,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE FOR FINANCING PART OF THE APPROPRIATION".

The hearing was opened on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Scott.

The Administrator explained that the Bond Ordinance would permit the Borough to implement the 2007 Capital Improvement Program.

Coun. Scott interjected that the DPW was in sore need of the new dump truck.

The hearing was closed on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Gorham, introduced Resolution 07-45 for passage on final reading of the foregoing Ordinance. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo, introduced Resolution 07-46 to authorize publication of the foregoing Ordinance in the Coast Star according to Local Bond Law. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of "AN ORDINANCE TO REALLOCATE UNEXPENDED BALANCES FROM PREVIOUSLY APROVED BOND ORDINANCES AND TO REDEDICATE THESE BALANCES FOR ADDITIONAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS".

The hearing was opened on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun, Nolan.

The Administrator explained that the ordinance would permit the Borough to augment the 2007 Road & Drainage Improvement Program with unexpended funds from prior Bond Ordinances. Since the expenditures had already been incorporated into the municipal debt, there was no adverse impact on the Borough's finances.

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The hearing was closed on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Gorham, introduced Resolution 07-47 for passage on final reading of the foregoing ordinance. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 07-48 to authorize publication of the foregoing Ordinance in the Coast Star according to Local Bond Law. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor then read the following Proclamation:

BOROUGH OF BRIELLE

WHEREAS, Myasthenia Gravis is a neuromuscular disease striking children and adults, affecting control of voluntary muscles and afflicting several hundred of our fellow New Jerseyans; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of this disorder include, but are not limited to, difficulty moving, breathing, swallowing, speaking and seeing; and

WHEREAS, the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded, “to facilitate the timely diagnosis and optimal care of individuals affected by myasthenia gravis and closely related disorders, and to improve their lives through programs of patient services, public information, medical research, professional education, advocacy, and patient care”; and

WHEREAS, Myasthenia Gravis is the most common neuromuscular disorder affecting the residents of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to recognize the many physicians who demonstrate an untiring effort to treat this disease and search for a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thomas B. Nicol, Mayor of the Borough of Brielle of the State of New Jersey, do hereby proclaim

JUNE 2007
as
MYASTHENIA GRAVIS AWARENESS MONTH

in the Borough of Brielle.




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Mayor Nicol then read a prepared statement:
MAYOR'S STATEMENT ON THE LIBRARY:
THE BOROUGH & THE LIBRARY ARE IN LITIGATION OVER ISSUES THAT RELATE TO FUNDING & OPERATIONS. THOSE ISSUES WILL BE ADDRESSED DURING A JUDICIALLY ORDERED SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE ON MARCH 28TH. AS MAYOR I WANT THE PEOPLE OF BRIELLE TO REST ASSURE THAT, NO MATTER THE OUTCOME, THERE SHALL ALWAYS BE A BRIELLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. DESPITE COMMENTS MADE IN THE PRESS; IT IS NOT THE INTENTION OF ANY MEMBER OF THE GOVERNING BODY TO CLOSE THE LIBRARY. THE LIBRARY IS AN ASSET AND IT WILL REMAIN OPEN AND THERE SHALL NEVER BE ANY DIMINUTION OF THOSE SERVICES CURRENTLY BEING PROVIDED EITHER NOW OR IN THE FUTURE. HOW THOSE SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED AND AT WHAT COST IS THE ONLY ISSUE ON THE TABLE.
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Mayor Nicol then called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott who cited her attendance, along with Superintendent Burkhardt at a joint meeting of the M.C.I.A. & N.J.W.S.A. which addressed the need for a long range capital improvement project to maintain the Manasquan River Water Treatment Plant and Transmission System that provided a large amount of the water used daily by Brielle residents.

Coun. Scott advised that the Newsletter was at the printers and residents should receive it by April 1st. Coun. Scott also described her efforts, along with the Shade Tree Commission to address a deforested section of Old Bridge Road which had been left in a deplorable state after the dualization of Route #70. Since neither Wall Township or NJDOT appeared interested in remediation, Coun. Scott and the Shade Tree Commission intended to plant new trees in the area. Prior plantings had perished, but this time the DPW had installed a sprinkler system that promised better results.

In closing, Coun. Scott advised the public that recycling information was available at Borough Hall, the tonnage grant required all residents to do their part, and she lauded the Department of Public Works, both Superintendent Burkhardt & Safety Coordinator Robert McArthur, for their efforts in ensuring that, according to the M.C.J.I.F., Brielle had no lost man hours during the period 2005-2006.
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Coun. Gorham having no report, Coun. Bolger cited his attendance at a M.C.J.I.F. Seminar on Workmen Compensation and he too praised the DPW for their efforts in complying with the educational requirements of the J.I.F.

Coun. Bolger also reminded those assembled that the School Board Election was April 17th. There would be a series of informational meetings at the Brielle Fire House beginning March 31st and he urged residents to attend and to "keep an open mind" and "ask questions".
Coun. Gorham added that the information was also available on the Board of Education's web-site.
Coun. Nolan reminded the public of the annual Easter Egg Hunt and noted that information was available on the Board of Recreation web-site. The Environmental Commission was placing public access signs at locations which provided public access to the Manasquan River. NJDOT was reviewing the Borough's Safe Routes to School application and the NJDEP was doing the same regarding the Magnolia Beach application.

Coun. Shaak cited his ongoing dialogue (eighteen months) with Assemblyman Kean's Office concerning re-painting the NJDOT overpasses in Brielle and he was pleased to announce that work would commence in April and take approximately two months to complete.

Coun. Shaak announced the Fire Company had purchased a Rescue Truck from another company at a cost of $40,000, all funds were provided by the Brielle Fire Company. He added that this was part of a capital improvement program conducted by both the Fire Company & First Aid Squad which, through a combination of FEMA grants and fundraising, had provided $362,000 of improvements at no cost to the Brielle Taxpayer. The program was an indication of the pro-active role both organizations played in the Borough.

Coun. Nolan asked if the overpass work would impact traffic? Coun. Shaak thought there would be some minor inconvenience.

Coun. Scott asked if new better illuminated signage advising motorists to use their turn signal could be installed at the Route #71 overpass? Coun. Shaak promised to look into it.

Coun. Garruzzo had no report but he urged all residents to attend the Cub Scout Spaghetti Dinner at the Fire House on April 1". Joe Leone was donating the pasta, sauce and meatballs, other donations were also being made and both he and his father would be cooking.

Mayor Nicol opened the meeting to the public and recognized Janice Wurfel, 506 Green Avenue, who asked if the Cub Scouts provided "take-out" dinners? Coun. Garruzzo said "yes".

Ms. Wurfel asked Coun. Scott to clarify the recycling of cardboard. What items other than cereal boxes could now be recycled?

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Coun. Scott replied that all cartons of single layer cardboard could be recycled. In addition to corrugated cardboard almost all paper could now be recycled.

Janet Hendricks, 615 Leslie Avenue, asked about the status of proposed sidewalks from Green Avenue to Union Lane? Coun. Nolan advised that the application was pending before NJDOT.

Harvey Casey, 926 Riverview Drive, suggested that a fee be assessed at the time of purchase for computers. This fee would offset the cost of recycling which was now being born by the taxpayers. Mr. Casey advised that other states had instituted such a system and he asked if New Jersey or Monmouth County were looking into that possibility?

Coun. Scott promised to find out at her upcoming recycling meeting.

Teresa Breslin, 20 D Maple Lane, voiced a concern over bicycle safety and the fact that the rules of the road were frequently ignored posing a risk of accident. She asked if the Brielle Police had an educational program similar to one run in Stone Harbor?

Coun. Garruzzo replied that they did and the safety program was put on at the School.

Ms. Breslin noted that the Library had been using private money for the past six months. The Save the Library Coalition had seven hundred signatures in support of the Library and she urged the Council to be mindful of that fact and restore the funding.

Patricia Housen, 412 Laurel Avenue, asked about the status of the sanitation contract, and asked if a return to twice a week trash collection was being considered?

Speaking as a member of both the Finance Committee and the Public Works Committee, Coun. Garruzzo advised that a number of "options" would be included in the proposed contract and this would enable the Council to make an informed decision.

Ms. Edith Nowels, 630 Holly Hill Drive, advised that she was "upset" over the Library issue. She urged residents to remember that public officials are elected to do the people's business and reviewing the Library's funding was part of that task. Ms. Nowels offered that the Council had historically funded the Library without taking into consideration funds received from the Monmouth County Library. Now the Council was investigating the matter and some people called for a recall. "You can't have it both ways", she observed.

Ms. Nowels was disturbed by the fact the Library Liaison had been prohibited from attending three meetings due to a refusal to sign a confidentiality agreement. Ms. Nowels took this to mean that the Library had something to hide.

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She reminded the public that the Council is not seeking to take the Library's money, the Council "are us" she said, and they are not trying to destroy the Library, they are trying to ensure that our tax dollars are well spent.

Ms. Nowels cited the Borough's interlocal agreement with Monmouth County for dispatch services and thought it more prudent to share Library services rather than police services. She closed by hoping that the Council would look into "all" areas of government and not just the Library.

Mayor Nicol interjected a humorous note by asking Ms. Nowels if "she was doing anything Friday Night?" Ms. Nowels replied "Do you want me to go door to door trying to get somebody elected?"

Teresa Breslin was recognized and stated that the Library was a private organization and such organizations always required a confidentiality agreement as a formality.

Ms. Nowels replied that Greg Deppeler should make all information available and urged "let's get it settled".

Mary Lou Brandt, 24A Brandywyne, asked how much the Borough had expended on Attorney fees to date? The Council estimated $6,000, but Ms. Brandt noted that the last time she asked she had been told $7,000? Council said it would check and have an answer at the next meeting.

Patricia Housen, expressed a concern over Coun. Scott's request for the turn signal sign at the Route #71 overpass. She believed that even if the motorist employed the signal the driver stopped at the stop sign could not legally move until the other vehicle had passed, unless there was a formalized turning lane.

Attorney Montenegro advised that she was correct.

There being no further comment from the public, Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Gorham introduced Resolution 07-49.

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 May 22nd, 2006, as follows:

1. The Public shall be excluded from discussion of and action upon the hereinafter specified subject matters.
2. The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is as follows: "Litigation Brielle Library".
3. It is anticipated at this time that the above stated subject matters
will be made public when the need for confidentiality no longer exists.


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The Executive Session began at 8:35 p.m. and ended at 8:59 p.m. The session was adjourned on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.

On a motion by Coun. Nolan, seconded by Coun. Gorham, it was stated that the Council had reviewed a proposed settlement and the Council Committee along with the Borough Attorney were authorized to negotiate pursuant to discussion in the Executive Session; all aye. No nays.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan.



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Approved: April 9th, 2007. Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

 

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