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April 9, 2007

June 01 2007

April 9, 2007

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MINUTES APRIL 9th, 2007 WORK SESSION START: 7:30PM

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

ABSENT: COUN. NOLAN.
Mayor Nicol convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator who advised the Council 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 winners of the March 31st, 2007 Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Present was Ms. Eliza McKinley, a six year old winner who advised Mayor Nicol that she was in kindergarten. When asked how many eggs she had collected, Ms. McKinley advised “I forgot!”
The work session was adjourned at 7:31 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak.

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MINUTES APRIL 9th, 2007 START: 7:32 P.M.

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

ABSENT: COUN. NOLAN.

Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the March 26th, 2007 meeting were approved on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Scott; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak, introduced Resolution 07-50 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

Resolutions:

07-50-A (see insertion). 07-50-B (see insertion). 07-50-C (see insertion).


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

Mayor Nicol appointed Coun. Bolger to the Finance Committee for purposes of this meeting.
Coun. Gorham, seconded by Coun. Shaak introduced Resolution 07-51 for Payment of 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 for payment of the bills of April 9th, 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, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then read two Proclamations. (Preceding pages)

Mayor Nicol then called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott who regretted that Mr. Harvey Casey was not present as she had the answer to the question he posed at the last meeting regarding recycling electronic equipment.
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WHEREAS, all children deserve to he nurtured, protected and free of physical or emotional harm; and
WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect is a significant social problem that damages the lives of children physically, mentally and emotionally and inflicts immeasurable harm to our society as a whole; and
WHEREAS, the Borough of Brielle is committed to building a continuum of child abuse Prevention and intervention programs that are culturally competent, strength-based and family-centered, with a strong emphasis on primary child abuse prevention; and
WHEREAS, the Borough of Brielle promotes and supports community-based programs designed to prevent injury, abuse or neglect of children, achieve positive outcomes for parenting behavior and family functioning and relationships, and empower and increase safety for domestic violence victims and their children: and
WHEREAS, all sectors of the community, including law enforcement, medical professionals, schools, courts, the media and private and public agencies have joined forces to promote public awareness and community involvement in prevention during the month of April and throughout the year;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thomas B. Nicol, Mayor of the Borough of Brielle, do hereby proclaim
APRIL 2007
AS
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
In the Borough of Brielle, and urge all my fellow residents to become involved in efforts aimed at preventing our children from being abused and neglected.

GIVEN, under my hand and the authority of the Borough of Brielle, this 9th day of April in the year two thousand seven, the two hundred and thirty-first year of the Independence of the United States.











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NATIONAL SAFE KIDS WEEK

WHEREAS, each year, more than 5,000 children 14 and under die from unintentional injuries; and

WHEREAS, emergency rooms experience nearly 2.4 million visits from children 14 and under each summer; and

WHEREAS, 90 percent of these injuries and deaths are preventable; and

WHEREAS, 41 percent of these deaths occur during "trauma season," the months of May, June, July and August; and

WHEREAS, the risk areas that show the greatest seasonal surge in deaths and injuries between May and August compared to the rest of the year are biking, drowning, pedestrian, motor vehicle occupants and falls; and

WHEREAS, Safe Kids Worldwide and Safe Kids New Jersey, led by the New Jersey State Safety Council promote childhood injury prevention by uniting diverse groups into local and state coalitions developing innovative educational tools and strategies, initiating public policy changes, promoting new technology and raising awareness through the media; and

WHEREAS, Safe Kids Worldwide, with the support of founding sponsor Johnson & Johnson, launches Safe Kids Week 2007, "Make it a Safe Kids Summer," which focuses on five of the deadliest warm-weather risk areas of motor vehicles, drowning, pedestrian, biking and falls; and

WHEREAS, Safe Kids New Jersey has planned special childhood injury prevention activities and Community-based events for Safe Kids Week 2007 in an effort to educate families about summer safety.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thomas B. Nicol, Mayor of the Borough of Brielle do hereby proclaim April 28 - May 6, 2007,

NATIONAL SAFE KIDS WEEK

In New Jersey and call upon all the resident of this Borough to join with me in supporting the efforts and activities of Safe Kid New Jersey to prevent childhood injury.
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Mayor Nicol then called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott who regretted that Mr. Harvey Casey was not present as she had the answer to the question he posed at the last meeting regarding recycling electronic equipment.
Resolution No: 07-50A
Date April 9th, 2007

Borough of Brielle Resolution


WHEREAS, there exists a Tax Title Lin on property located in Mariner’s Bend, owned by Dawn Contracting and known as Block 120, Lot 9.06 C0006, 6 Mariner’s Bend, and

WHEREAS, this lien has been redeemed by the property owner,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that a check be drawn in the amount of $11,114.78 made payable to Crusader Servicing Corp. for redemption of this lien.



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








Resolution No: 07-50-B Date: April 9th, 2007

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE

Whereas, there exists a Tax Title Lien on property located in Mariner’s Bend, owned
by Dawn Contracting and known as Block 120, Lot 9.06, C0006, 6 Mariner’s Bend, and

Whereas, County Route 48, Riverview Drive, is bounded on both sides by Property that is almost exclusively residential, and

Whereas, County Route 48, Riverview Drive, is heavily utilized by pedestrians, bicycle riders and joggers, and their safety is at risk due to motor vehicles traveling at high speed along this route.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Mayor & Council of the Borough of Brielle do hereby request that the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders instruct the Monmouth County Engineer to give serious consideration to a reduction of the speed limits currently posted on County Route 48, Riverview Drive to a uniform speed of 25 m.p.h. along the entire length of this roadway.

Moved By: Seconded By:

Vote:

CERTIFICATION

The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on April 9th, 2007.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 10th day of April 2007.

_____________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk
Resolution No: 07-50-C
Date: April 9th, 2007

Borough of Brielle Resolution

WHEREAS, there has been an overpayment of taxes for property known as Block 26.01, Lot 5, 607 Cardeza Avenue, and

WHEREAS, this has resulted in the 2nd 1/4 2007 taxes being paid before they are due,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that a check be drawn in the amount of $1,169.90 and refunded back to the property owner, Michelle Bullard, for the tax overpayment as per her letter dated 3/27/07.

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




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Coun. Scott advised that she had attended a seminar on recycling and learned that two bills were pending in the State Legislature. In the Senate, Senator Smith has proposed legislation that requires an advance recycling fee, while in the Assembly, Assemblyman McKeon's proposal would make the manufacturer responsible for any fees. Since neither side could reach consensus the matter has been turned over to NJDEP to formulate a compromise bill. The good news is that, regardless of the final composition of the legislation, by December 31st, 2007, municipalities will no longer have to bear the costs associated with the disposal of electronics.
Coun. Scott also cited a power point presentation made at the same seminar that indicated that the paper market was healthy as recovered paper was now a global commodity. 70% of the U.S.A.'s mixed paper was exported to China where new mills were rapidly being constructed. That 70% represents 40% of China's total paper imports. This demand should continue in the future.
Coun. Scott added that Brielle now receives $100 a ton for corrugated paper and $45 for newspaper and mixed paper. The Councilwoman reminded the public that the paper trailers at the DPW Yard are dropped off and picked up at no cost to the Borough. Coun. Scott reminded the public that 50% of the material that enters the landfill is paper. Recycling can change that.
In closing Coun. Scott said that the Newsletter had received a number of positive responses, and she added that, in conjunction with Technical Officer Buckle, she anticipated being able to provide Organizations with access to the Web Calendar. The web could act as a clearinghouse for information on scheduled events and enable Organizations to know what else was planned on the dates they had in mind.

Coun. Gorham had no report, but he reminded the public that the School Election would be held on April 17th and the Board of Education would be presenting two more information sessions on Friday at the Fire House, at 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday at Due Amici's at 2:00 p.m.
Coun. Bolger seconded Coun. Gorham's advisory and reminded the public that the school budget was a significant part of their tax burden; he urged the public to attend and keep an open mind.
Coun. Bolger also congratulated the Riverview Drive Coalition on their work to reduce speed limits on Riverview Drive. They had done an impressive amount of work and had gathered some amazing statistics that supported a need for a reduction in the speed limit.

Coun. Bolger added that the County viewed Riverview Drive as a connecting route between Highway #70 and #71, but he had conducted his own experiment and found that motorists could take the alternate route, Highway #35 to Higgins Avenue, and the total added distance was 1/10th of a mile.

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In conclusion Coun. Bolger cited his attendance at two special events, the Easter Egg Hunt which was truly “fun for all”, and the Habitat for Humanity's honoring of the “Volunteer of the Year”, Susan Stenson. Coun. Bolger added that during the ceremony a medical emergency occurred which was addressed by Mrs. Stenson's children, one a doctor and one a nurse, who stabilized the patient while awaiting the arrival of the First Aid Squad.

Coun. Scott interjected that Brielle was blessed to have such individuals.

Coun. Shaak advised that traffic would be re-routed to the new Route #70 Bridge with lane changes taking place on Tuesday morning. Demolition of the existing span would soon begin and the project was on schedule.

Coun. Shaak added that the Route #35 Bridge project was also on schedule, but the Superintendent had left the job and this was a cause of concern relative to potential delays.
Coun. Garruzzo cited his meeting with the Riverview Drive Coalition and stated the Governing Body would support their efforts to reduce the speed limit. Copies of the resolution passed earlier this evening would be disseminated to Senator Palaia and Assemblymen Corodemus & Kean.

Coun. Garruzzo also cited Police Chief Palmer for his efforts in this matter and noted that it was a “first step” in the process, and promised to “share” all information with the Coalition.
In closing Coun. Garruzzo noted that the Cub Scout's Spaghetti Dinner had been a great success.
Prior to opening the meeting to the public, Mayor Nicol advised that the Council would be going into Executive Session to discuss the Library Litigation and therefore any comments on that issue would be limited, but he cited the attendance of Mary Lou Brandt in the audience and, in response to her inquiry made at the last meeting, he informed her that as of February 28th $4,185.50 had been expended on the litigation and he anticipated the final cost to be in the area of $8,000 to $9,000.
Daniel Fallon, 1004 Forrest Road, was recognized and he made an inquiry as to why tax money received as a result of the added assessments made in November could not be used to offset the increase in the school tax rate as the school represented 54% of the tax dollar. Could 54% of the added assessments be turned over to the school? The Council was unsure and the Administrator advised that the question should be directed to the Borough Auditor. As he was unsure of the exact nature of the question he asked Mr. Fallon to put it in writing to ensure that the reply was on point. Mr. Fallon agreed. Mr. Fallon also noted that since the value of property in Brielle had tripled due to the revaluation, why the Council used the figure of $1.03 per $100 of assessed value as the new rate, by his calculations that number was closer to $.95?
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The Administrator explained that a revaluation was not an across the board increase. Some properties went up marginally since they were new construction and already being taxed at close to market value. The calculation for commercial property was also different than residential. Until the new rate is struck in June it is impossible to be exact, but the $1.03 number had been provided by the Revaluation Company and appeared to be valid. The Administrator added that he hoped Mr. Fallon's figure was correct, but it could also end up at $1.04, no one knew for certain at this point.

Bill Brannick, 805 Schoolhouse Road, asked why a political sign endorsing passage of the School Budget was in Brielle Park, he thought that political signs were banned on public property?
The Administrator replied that he was correct and the sign would be removed. Ms. Jennifer Hendricks, 615 Leslie Avenue, stated that there was also a sign in the Green Avenue Park. Council advised that the DPW would remove the signs in the morning.

Mary Lou Bolger, 2 Water's Edge, asked for clarification of the time for the Board of Education presentation at Due Amici? Colin. Gorham replied 2:00 p.m.

Ms. Bolger also inquired if the Council ever considered offering Brielle Flags for sale. She had seen such flags displayed on private homes in Bay Head and thought they might be a viable fund raising item?

The Administrator advised that he did not believe the Council could sell them directly, but they could certainly license the use of the Borough's Emblem for fund raising by a Borough Organization. Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Scott, introduced Resolution 07-52t o authorize an Executive Session. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham, 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 April 9th, 2007, as follows: The Public shall be excluded from discussion of and action upon the hereinafter specified subject matters.

1. The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is as follows: "Litigation/Brielle Library".

2. 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 8:05 p.m. and ended at 9:00 p.m. The session was adjourned on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.
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Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo introduced Resolution 07-53 to authorize the Borough Attorney to precede with the settlement negotiations as discussed and outlined in the Executive Session. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:03p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Gorham.




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Approved: June 12th, 2006 Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

 

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