Borough of Brielle, NJ
| October 22, 2007
October 22, 2007
MINUTES OCTOBER 22nd, 2007 WORK SESSION START: 7:30PM
PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN BOLGER, GORHAM, NOLAN, SCOTT & SHAAK. ATTORNEY MONTENEGRO & ADMINISTRATOR NOLAN.
ABSENT: COUN. GARRUZZO
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 reminded them that, due to the Veteran’s Day Holiday, both the Council & Planning Board will be meeting on Tuesday, November 13th; he suggested that the Council Meeting be moved up to 6:30 p.m. Council concurred.
The work session adjourned at 7:31 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Nolan.
MINUTES OCTOBER 22nd, 2007 START: 7:32 P.M.
PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN. BOLGER, GORHAM, NOLAN, SCOTT & SHAAK. ATTORNEY MONTENEGRO & ADMINISTRATOR NOLAN.
ABSENT: COUN. GARRUZZO
Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the October 8th, 2007 meeting were approved on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Nolan; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 07-101 for Passage of the Consent Agenda.
A. (see insertion).
B. To authorize the Mayor & Clerk to execute the 2008 Food Shopping Agreement with Monmouth County.
C. (see insertion).
D. To authorize the Mayor & Clerk to execute an Agreement with Associated Humane Societies for animal control services in calendar year 2008.
Vote: Coun. Bolger, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Coun. Gorham seconded by Coun. Shaak introduced Resolution 07-102 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 October 22nd, 2007, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.
(Note: Coun. Shaak was appointed to the Finance Committee for purposes of this meeting.)
Resolution No: 07-101-A
Date: October 22nd, 2007
Borough of Brielle Resolution
WHEREAS, there exists a Tax Title Lien on property located 608 Agnes Avenue, owned by the Estate of Doris Foster and known as Block 21.01 Lot 33, 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 $7,500.03, made payable to Joseph Grogan for redemption of this lien.
Date: October 22nd, 2007
Resolution of the Borough of Brielle
Whereas: on October 16th, 2007, Georgian Court University, Raffle Application No. 2007-13, ID No. 243-05-15755 for an off-premise Raffle, to be held at the Manasquan River Golf Club, 843 Riverview Drive, Brielle NJ 08730 on Monday, April 21st, 2008 at 7:30pm.
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 October 22nd, 2007.
Witness my hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle this 23rd day of October 2007.
Thomas F. Nolan
Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND BOND ORDINANCE 965 “BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION OF $125,000 FOR MISCELLANEOUS IMPROVEMENTS FOR AND BY THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE, COUNTY OF MONMOUTH, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE FOR FINANCING PART OF THE APPROPRIATION”.
The hearing opened on a motion by Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Nolan.
The Administrator explained that the Ordinance Amendment would provide funding for an upgrade of the Business Office Computer System without incurring any additional debt.
The hearing was closed on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Gorham.
Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 07-103 for passage and adoption on final reading of the foregoing ordinance. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Nolan, then introduced Resolution 07-104 to authorize or passage and adoption in the Coast Star Newspaper according to Local Bond Law. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Mayor Nicol then called for Committee Reports and recognized Coun. Scott who reminded the public that Leaf Season had begun and brush would no longer be collected curbside; it should be retained on the property until leaf season was concluded. Yard Waste would be collected, but had to be kept separate from the leaves. During the transition period between leaf and brush collection the DPW might be able to pick-up some of the remaining brush, but there was no set schedule and no guarantee.
Coun. Scott advised that she and Mr. Burkhardt had attended a Recycling Symposium where she was surprised to find a connection between recycling and global warming. Every ton of recycled material reduces carbon emissions by one ton. Coun. Scott added that global warming is a reality and the problem of green house gases must be addressed, recycling is one way to do it.
Coun. Scott closed by noting that the symposium had “invigorated” her and she had been exposed to some new innovative programs being practiced in other communities which she hoped to introduce to Brielle.
Coun. Nolan cited the Biddy Basketball sign-up on November 12th, the Haunted Hayrides, October 26th & 27th, and his attendance at the Build Your Own Scarecrow Program, which was well attended.
Coun. Nolan also cited Sunday’s Halloween Parade and the new Library Hours, Monday,
Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday & Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Coun. Nolan added that the New Association at a web-site @www.briellepubliclibrary.org.
In closing Coun. Nolan noted that he had attended and thoroughly enjoyed the Library’s recent presentation on Ghost Research.
Coun. Shaak noted that the Route #35 Bridge was well underway and construction would be moving to the west side in the near future, so he advised the public to be mindful of changes in traffic patterns.
Coun Shaak reported that nine members of the Fire Company had attended an eighteen hour certification program in water rescue that took place in the Manasquan River and in the Atlantic Surf ; he thanked the members for their participation.
Coun. Shaak also referenced the Haunted Hay Ride and noted that it was an outgrowth, a program the Fire Company had started twenty years ago; it had since grown to the size that 1,000 reservations were expected this year. He added that given the volume the participation of the Board of Recreation was much appreciated.
As OEM Director, Coun. Shaak advised the public that Sergeant Thomas McWilliams had been named as CERT Coordinator and he was planning a Reorganization Meeting for November 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Borough Hall.
Coun. Bolger noted that he had been so taken with Coun. Scott’s commitment to recycling that he would now recycle his committee report from the last meeting; he expressed his gratification at the large turn-out for his town-wide Clean-up Project, and added that, if he knew so many young people would respond he could have made better use of his manpower. Coun. Bolger anticipated another event in the Spring.
As Representative to the MRHC#1, Coun. Bolger cited their good work and the November 9th Flu Clinic at Curtis House between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Flu Shots were $23.00 and Pneumonia Shots were $28.00. There is no charge for Seniors.
Coun. Bolger also cited his attendance at the Union Landing Historical Societies Harvest Home Supper and lauded Borough Historian John Belding for his efforts. He noted that this was the type of activity that was so unique to a small town like Brielle.
Coun. Bolger then turned to the on-going issue of the former Brielle Library Association, which he had been advised to refrain from due to continuing litigation, but given the appearance of a recent article in the Coast Star, he felt a comment was in order.
Coun. Bolger explained that, as a result of a court order, the prior Association had to vacate the Borough’s building by July 1st and turn over all of its assets to the Borough. While the building Page 141
and books had been secured the funds had not been turned over by the mandated court date.
The Borough Attorney had been authorized to take the appropriate steps to secure the funds even if it meant incurring additional legal fees. On October 18th the Municipal Clerk received a check for approximately $13,000 and so-called endowment funds that had been donated by Duncan Thecker and Bruce Wetzel.
The former had not provided a final accounting, again mandated by the Court Association Officers and Coun. Bolger felt that they had exhibited “bad faith” and he was disgusted by their conduct.
Coun. Bolger also reminded the public that there had never been an “endowment fund”. This was a euphemism used by the former Director to solicit funds and that had been made clear during the court hearing.
Coun. Bolger cautioned those members of the public would might have made contributions to this alleged fund, or provided bequests through their wills to this fund, to review any documents they might have signed to be sure that any donations would be put to the purpose they intended.
Coun. Gorham having no report, the Chair recognized David Dupre, 1016, Riverview Drive, who introduced James Mulligan to the Council. Mr. Mulligan was the youngest of three brothers, who had moved to Brielle, but had continued their membership in the Howell Boy Scout Program. Jim’s older brother Andrew had earned the rank of Eagle Scout, through his 9/11 Memorial Improvement Project, the eldest brother Glen, had earned his Eagle Rank, while the family still resided in Howell. Now Jim wished to emulate Andrew and earn his badge by a project aimed to further improve the 9/11 site.
Mr. Mulligan proposed to put seventy five to one hundred feet of split rail fence around the flag pole proclamation sign area of the Memorial, along with suitable plantings. Additional plantings, possibly rose bushes, would discourage children from playing in the area and damaging the memorial. Additional signage would be placed at the far end of the area to indicate that the entire area is a part of the Memorial.
Council thought that the plan had merit and the matter was referred to the Community Development Committee for a recommendation and action at the November 13th Meeting.
Coun. Scott interjected that she was always delighted to see an Eagle Scout Candidate embark on a project that will leave the community better off.
The Chair then recognized Mary Lou Brandt, 24A Brandywyne, who thanked the Brielle Police, Coun. Shaak and his wife Cheryl, and the entire First Aid Squad, for their assistance to Ms. Brandt during a recent first aid call. She was pleased to have recovered, but felt that she would not be standing here this evening without their efforts on her behalf.
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Ms. Brandt then went on to take the Council to task for their treatment of the former Library Association. She alleged that the Prosecutor’s letter had “exonerated” the Association and made it clear that no crime had been committed nor any money taken despite innuendo to the contrary. She asked why these facts had not been known before?
Ms. Brandt felt that the Council could have handled the matter better, they should have been more competent and not divisive, their actions had “upset a lot of lives”. She urged the Council to put the matter to rest.
Coun. Bolger attempted to respond, but Mayor Nicol called for a motion, made by Coun. Shaak and seconded by Coun. Nolan to adjourn the meeting.
Approved: November 13th, 2007 ______________________
Thomas F. Nolan