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August 13, 2007

September 12 2007

August 13, 2007

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MINUTES AUGUST 13th, 2007 WORK SESSION START: 7:30PM

PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN. BOLGER, GARRUZZO, GORHAM, 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 asked to add a resolution to the Consent Agenda to add the new Brielle Community Library Association to the Borough’s General Liability Policy with the Monmouth JIF. Council concurred.

The work session was adjourned at 7:32 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak .

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MINUTES AUGUST 13th, 2007 START: 7:33 P.M.

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

ABSENT: NONE.

Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the July 23rd, 2007 Meeting were approved on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Nolan; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 07-83 for Passage of the Consent Agenda.

Resolution:

A. Whereas, there has been an overpayment of taxes for property known as Block 99.03, Lot 7, 922 Cole Drive, owned by Lawrence E. & Mary Wilderotter, due to a successful tax appeal, and Whereas, the payment for the 2007 3rd quarter taxes should be reimbursed back to the mortgage company that paid them, Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, that a check be drawn in the amount of $2,773.89 and refunded back to the mortgage company, Hudson City Bank, for the above tax overpayment.
B. See insertion.
C. See insertion.
D. See insertion

Motions:

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

(Note: At the request of Coun. Nolan, the Administrator advised that Resolution B resubmitted the Safe Pathways to Schools application to the Transportation Trust Fund. At the request of Lois Hanson, 634 Summit Place, the Administrator advised that the extension of coverage to the Library Trustees would not increase the current premium.)

Coun. Gorham, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo introduced Resolution 07-84 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 August 13th, 2007, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vole: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak: all aye, No nays Passed



Resolution No: 07-83-A
Date: August 13th, 2007

Borough of Brielle Resolution

WHEREAS, there has been an overpayment of taxes for property known as Block 99.03, Lot 7, 922 Cole Drive, owned by Lawrence F. & Mary Wilderotter, due to a successful tax appeal, and

WHEREAS, the payment for the 2007 3rd 1/4 taxes should be reimbursed back to the mortgage company that paid them.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that a check be drawn in the amount of $2,773.89 and refunded back to the mortgage company, Hudson City Bank, for the above tax overpayment.



Approved: August 13th, 2007

Resolution No: 07-83-B
Date: August 13th, 2007

BOROUGH OF BRIELLE RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Borough of Brielle wishes to submit an application to NJDOT, under the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority, for Sidewalk Improvements to Green Avenue, Union Lane & Legg Place. The total estimated cost is $190,549.00.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor & Clerk of the Borough of Brielle are hereby authorized to execute the Attached application on behalf of the Borough of Brielle.



CERTIFICATION


The foregoing is a true copy of a resolution approved by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on August 13th, 2007.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 14th day of August 2007.



______________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

SEAL

Resolution No: 07-83-C
Date: August 13th, 2007

BOROUGH OF BRIELLE RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Borough of Brielle wishes to submit an application to NJ DOT, under the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority, for Improvements to Holly Hill Drive. The total estimated cost is $257,370.00.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor & Clerk of the Borough of Brielle are hereby authorized to execute the Attached application on behalf of the Borough of Brielle.



CERTIFICATION


The foregoing is a true copy of a resolution approved by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on August 13th, 2007.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 14th day of August 2007.






_____________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

SEAL

Resolution No: 07-83-D
Date: August 13th, 2007

BOROUGH OF BRIELLE RESOLUTION

Whereas, the Borough of Brielle has entered into a contractual relationship with the Brielle Community Library Association, and

Whereas, the Borough of Brielle wishes to extend General Liability Coverage to the Brielle Community Library Association.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Brielle Community Library Association is hereby named as an Additional Insured on the Borough’s Policy with the Monmouth Municipal Joint Insurance Fund for those coverage parts that relate to General Liability Coverage.


CERTIFICATION

The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a Meeting held on August 13th, 2007.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 14th day of August 2007.





___________________
Thomas F. Nolan
SEAL Municipal Clerk

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Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of “An Ordinance TO AMEND CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE ENTITLED “ZONING”.

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

The Administrator explained that the Ordinance established a fee schedule for the review of zoning applications.

Coun. Nolan asked if the fees were in keeping with those charged by other South Monmouth Communities?

The Administrator said that they were.

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

Coun. Garruzzo. seconded by Coun. Scott, introduced Resolution 07-85 for passage and adoption on final reading of the foregoing ordinance. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham. Nolan. Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Scott. seconded by Coun. Nolan, then introduced Resolution 07-86 to authorize of passage and adoption in the Coast Star Newspaper according to law. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham. Nolan, Scott & Shaak: all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then called for Committee Reports and recognized Coun. Scott who clarified a number of recycling issues relative to a recent article in the Coast Star. Coun. Scott advised that mixed paper could be “bound, bagged or boxed”. Plastic boxes should not be used. Glass, aluminum and plastic could be co-mingled and glass jars were accepted. Despite the need for minor clarification, Coun. Scott praised Ms. Burzon, of the Coast Star, for excellent reporting.

Coun. Scott also cited a recent communication from JCP&L asking all municipalities to enforce their prohibition against signs on utility poles. Coun. Scott noted that the pole at the corner of Rankin Road & Riverview Drive was often the site for numerous garage sale signs. With the political campaign season about to begin in earnest, she reminded all candidates of the prohibition. Coun. Scott added that it was a matter of safety for the Utility Workers who climbed the poles. While transgressors usually removed their signs, they left the nails behind and this posed a hazard. The fine to violators was $500.00.

In conclusion Coun. Scott noted that the DPW was gearing up for Brielle Day making the Borough attractive for out-of-town visitors; she urged the public to do the same and spruce up their own areas.

Coun. Nolan advised the public that tonight was the final concert in the Summer Concert series. The annual Brielle Dash would be held on September 7th applications were available at the Borough Hall.
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The new Library Trustees had received twenty-five applications for the position of Director and the choice had been narrowed to two. Coun. Nolan anticipated announcing the new director’s name at the next meeting. He added that the Wednesday Movies would be Captain Horatio Hornblower @11:00 a.m. and To Kill A Mockingbird @2:00 p.m.

Coun. Nolan also cited the remarkable job done by Drew Cally & Bob Hart in coaching the Manasquan/Brielle Girls Softball team to the State Finals.

Coun, Nolan also reminded the public that the Boat Parade would be held on August 28th. In closing Coun. Nolan noted the Blood Drive to benefit Joseph Patrick Ramsay, held today at Curtis House, and he added that other events were being held to benefit other Brielle families such as the Condolucis, the Browns and the Tobins. While such events were occasioned by misfortune, the one positive result was the outpouring of community support

Coun. Garruzzo apologized for a misstatement made at the last meeting. Funds for painting the Rescue Boat came from OEM funds and not Fire Company Funds, the work was funded by taxpayer money. Coun. Garruzzo promised to be more accurate in the future.

Coun. Garruzzo also noted that the Police Department had changed software vendors for the mobile data units which resulted in a savings of $3,000 in annual maintenance fees. During July the Police made 23 arrests, including 6 DWI. There were 11 investigations which included 7 assaults and 4 thefts.

Coun. Shaak also made a clarification regarding the issue of the Rescue Boat; he explained that the boat was taken out of service on a recommendation by Chief Palmer who felt that the Bridle Police were duplicating the services provided by the Coast Guard and State Marine Police. The Public Safety Committee decided to keep the boat in operation, but no longer as a pro-active police boat, but a re-active Rescue Boat with a multi purpose function. The boat would now be available to the Police, the Fire Company, First Aid Squad and Office of Emergency Management.

Coun. Bolger advised the public that there was a new face at Borough Hall, Ms. Tina McDermott. He also cited the recent Newsletter Article on Ms. Karen Brisben and her outstanding term of service with the Borough. Ms. Brisben would retire at the end of September; he urged residents to stop by and welcome Tina and bid Karen adieu.

Coun. Bolger also cited the fundraisers for the benefit of afflicted children and he too believed that the downside was overshadowed by the outpouring of public support. Today’s Blood Drive for Joseph Patrick Ramsay, who has serious heart problems, showed that level of support.

Coun. Bolger advised the public that the sponsor of that event “Big Hearts To Little Hearts” would be holding a 3 mile walk-a-thon on October 20th he urged the public to support the event. He added that 50/50 tickets were also being sold for this good cause.

Mayor Nicol interjected that because of Coun. Bolger he had signed on as an organ donor when Page 116

he renewed his driver’s license.

Coun. Gorham also apologized for not picking up on the fact that the bill referenced by Coun. Garruzzo had been charged to OEM.

Mayor Nicol then opened the meeting to the public and recognized William Brannick, 805 Schoolhouse Road. Mr. Brannick asked the Mayor if someone was aware that Coun. Garruzzo misspoke at the last meeting shouldn’t they have spoken out?

The Mayor said they did the next day, and Mr. Brannick was sent a letter to that effect.

Mr. Brannick offered that Coun. Shaak had to be aware of the facts as he had signed the Purchase Requisition.

Coun. Shaak advised that he did not want to correct a colleague in a public forum. Mayor Nicol noted that Coun. Garruzzo was informed after the meeting as it was not proper decorum to correct a fellow Councilmember on the dais.

Mr. Brannick cited the letter he received, but added that it was not clear that taxpayers money was used until he spoke with the Administrator who acknowledged that the OEM appropriation was funded by tax dollars.

Mayor Nicol acknowledged that there had been a “miscommunication”. Mr. Brannick stated that Council had a “credibility” issue.

Mr. Brannick then cited the requisition and asked who Rick was? The requisition referred to “Rick” Hi-Tech Signs. Coun. Shaak acknowledged that Rick was Richard Schwarz, Jr. a member of the Fire Company who acted as the intermediary between the Borough and Hi-Tech Signs.

Jim Stenson, 810 Rathjen Road, asked Mr. Brannick if he had received a letter of clarification the next day?

Mr. Brannick noted that Mr. Stenson had not been recognized by the Chair, the Mayor recognized him and he repeated the question. Mr. Brannick acknowledged that he had.

Jack Baatz 1105 Aileen Road, referenced Coun. Bolger’s investigation of the Library and the discovery of misdirected funds; he suggested that there could be similar problems at Borough Hall. He felt the Resolution to Pay Bills was not explicit enough.

The Administrator advised that all bills were public information and Mr. Baatz or any member of the public were free to review prior to a meeting.

Mike Smith, 604 Homestead Road, the dock master at the Brielle Yacht Club said he appreciated the fact that Brielle had a Rescue Boat; he cited the boat traffic over the weekend and noted that it a “real horror story”.
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Lois Hanson, 634 Summit Place, asked how a Police boat became a Rescue boat and now a Multi-Purpose boat?

Coun. Shaak explained that the boat was available on an “as-needed” basis to any of the Boroughs Public Safety Agencies.

Ms. Hanson asked how many people were authorized to use the boat?

Coun. Shaak stated that 9 members of the Fire Company had completed the mandatory Boating Safety course and approximately 15 other members already had the certification.

“So” said Ms. Hanson there are 20 people. Coun. Shaak said that was correct. Ms. Hanson asked if there was a mileage log and a record of how much gas is used? She added that a friend of hers has a state vehicle and must keep a strict log of how many miles she travels, her destination and the amount of gas used.

Coun. Shaak advised that when the boat was employed in a training exercise a report was completed and filed at the conclusion of the exercise. He added that gas was the only expense. A member of the Fire Company was a certified marine mechanic and he would maintain the boat for free. The slip was also donated by the Ziembas.

Coun. Bolger termed the prior misstatement a “snafu” and everyone agreed on that, but the underlying transaction had been a good thing. The Police Chief saved taxpayer money by eliminating a cost that was a duplication of service. There was an opportunity to provide service through a Fire Rescue Team and the only costs incurred were for lettering and gas.

Mayor Nicol interjected that, if he were drowning he would not care if the boat was being operated by the Police, the Fire Company or the First Aid Squad; he would just want to be saved.

Mr. Brannick was recognized and he cited the Minutes of the June 25th Meeting, at which time the boat was referred to as a “Fire Rescue Boat”. When did it become a multi-task boat and why?

Coun. Shaak replied that it had simply evolved that way. Mayor Nicol added that it might have to do with the Governing Body’s credibility, but they were trying to make things better.

There being no further comment the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak.




Approved: August 27th, 2007. _____________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

 

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