A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

April 14, 2008

December 19 2008

April 14, 2008

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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

The Work Session was adjourned at 7:32 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan.


MINUTES APRIL 14th, 2008 START: 7:33 P.M.



Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the March 24th, 2008 Meeting were approved on a motion by Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Bolger. All aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 08-46 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

A. To authorize the Administrator to adjust a water/sewer bill re: Account #1421-2, due to an error in the meter reading, and to permit the account balance of $4,584.94, to be paid in twelve monthly installments.
B. (see insertion).
C. (see insertion).


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

(Prior to the vote Coun. Bolger requested an explanation of Resolution “B”. The Administrator advised that State Senator Kean, at the behest of the South Monmouth Communities, had drafted the resolution in an effort to preserve ball fields on the property that would no longer be available for use by local youth if the property was sold. Coun. Bolger felt that Senator Kean should have provided a more detailed explanation of the request and the Council should have had a discussion prior to placing the resolution on the Consent Agenda for approval.)

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 08-47 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 14th, 2008, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Nolan & Scott; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Resolution No: 08-46-B
Date: April 14th, 2008


Whereas, the State Treasury Department has recently inquired into the value of the land in Sea Girt which is home to the State Police Training Bureau and other state facilities; and

Whereas, this inquiry has sparked concerns that the Corzine administration may have mentions of closing those facilities and selling the land; and

Whereas, the New Jersey National Guard is trained, housed and deployed from this location and the State Police has training, housing and in service seminars on the base; and

Whereas, other state departments that rely on the facility for training include the Department of’ Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Attorney General’s Office, Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, and the State Police Training and Evidence Lab; and

Whereas, there are legitimate fears in the community that the Corzine administration is seeking to generate state revenue by selling off this property to the highest bidder; and

Whereas, any such development could have a significant economic impact on Sea Girt and surrounding communities,

Therefore be it resolved, that we urge Governor Corzine to abandon any proposal to close these facilities and sell this property, and ask that he publicly commit to keep these facilities open at their current location in Sea Girt.

A certified copy of this resolution shall be sent to the Governor, the Senate President, the Assembly Speaker, the Senate Minority Leader and the Assembly Minority Leader, Senator Sean T. Kean, Senator Andrew Ciesla, Assemblyman David Rible, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, Assemblyman James Holzapfel and Assemblyman David Wolfe.

SEAL Thomas B. Nicol

Resolution No: 08-46-C
Date: April 14th, 2008

Borough of Brielle Resolution

Whereas, application has been made for the renewal of Liquor License #1308-33-001-008, and

Whereas, the application is complete and the $1,866.00 fee due to the Borough and the $200.00 fee due to the State of New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control received, and all municipal requirements have been met, and

Whereas, no objections to the renewal of this license have been received.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that the application of JP'S River House, Inc. for premises located at 1 Ocean Avenue, Brielle, New Jersey, is hereby approved and the Clerk of the Municipality is authorized to issue the license to the holder for the license year July 1st, 2008 through June 30th, 2009, subject to the following conditions:

I. Alcoholic Beverage may be sold, served, delivered or consumed on the open exterior deck of the premises from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., on Friday.

2. Live entertainment may be permitted on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 P.M. to 12:00 a.m.(Midnight). Live entertainment shall be limited to a piano player, a guitar player or a band (not to exceed a duo).
A disc-jockey shall not be permitted.

3. Controlled Background Music may be permitted in the above mentioned deck area during the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. providing that said music is in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 3, Sections 3-1.1 through 3.1-Il of the Code of the Borough of Brielle entitled “Noise Control” and is compliance with all other Ordinances of the Borough.

4. A singer shall be permitted to entertain on the deck on Friday and Saturday evenings from 9:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) and on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. provided that such activity is in compliance with the provisions of Borough Ordinances.

5. No doors or windows can remain open while any live entertainment or background music is utilized on the deck.

6. On the Sunday prior to Memorial Day & on the Sunday prior to Labor Day, the deck may remain open until 1:00 am. The deck may also remain open until 1:00 am on July 3rd. These exceptions are granted subject to the provisions of this resolution.


The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on April 14th, 2008.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 15th day of April 2008.

SEAL Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk
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Mayor Nicol then called for Committee Reports and recognized Coun. Scott who reminded the public that Saturday, April 19th was “Shredder Day” from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program would be run by a professional contractor and the disposal of all items would be confidential. A Borough Attendant would be on hand to assist residents.

Spring Leaf collection was underway and residents were asked to place leaves along the curb line and not in large piles to facilitate collection.

Coun. Scott noted that “Bulk” Pick-up would be the week of May 19th through the 23rd.

Coun. Nolan advised that Michael Keenan of Fitness Today would be at the Library on April 30th. The Brielle Book Club was back and F. Paul Wilson would be appearing on June 18th. The deadline for applications for the $500.00 Jean Wetzel Scholarship was April 15th.

Coun. Nolan cited the success of the Pee-Wee soccer registration and reminded the public that the Summer Recreation Program would begin on June 30th. The Soap Box Derby was on schedule to resume in the Fall.

Filling in for Coun. Shaak, Coun. Nolan advised that on or about May 7th, the lanes approaching the Route #70 Bridge would be configured.

Coun. Garruzzo advised that the Police Department had received a $15,000 grant from the Department of Highway Safety for aggressive driving enforcement.

Coun. Garruzzo also commended the Department for a recent narcotics investigation that led to two arrests and the seizure of a sizeable amount of heroin. Coun. Garruzzo cited Detective Sergeant James Stewart, Sergeant Thomas McWilliams, Patrolman Gary Olsen, Michael Mechler & Ronald Sofield for their work on the case, along with officers from Wall Township and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Coun. Garruzzo also asked residents with home alarm systems to update their contact information and he reminded them that the School Crossing Guards were conducting the bi-annual per licensing survey.

Inclosing he cited the following statistics, 312 Cases Opened, 15 Adult Arrests and 2 Juvenile Arrests.

Coun. Bolger thanked the Fifth Grade Class, the Manasquan High School Environmental Club and the growing number of participants in his semi-annual Borough wide “Cleanup” Day. The increased numbers enabled him to expand the scope from Brielle Park, Borough Hall & Library to include the Higgins Avenue Gateway area, the Old Bridge Road/Morningstar Road section and Fisk/Green Avenues areas.

Coun. Bolger also thanked the Algonkin Theater for the donation of tickets that were raffled off
to the participants. He added that one of the winners, Ms. Sarah Hendricks should use the tickets
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to take her mother, Janice to the movies as she had done an outstanding job that day.

Coun. Bolger then cited the Bayberry Garden Club Luncheon that had successfully raised funds for the beautification of Brielle. Carole Eggert would be meeting with Coun. Scott and Superintendent Burkhardt regarding the program which would include the planting of a Red Maple tree at the Elementary School for Arbor Day.

In closing, Coun. Bolger cited his membership on the Public Resource Committee and he asked the Committee Chairman, Coun. Nolan, if he could explain a recent comment by Board of Education Member Kevin Roddy, that appeared in the Board Minutes. The statement said that the Board of Recreation had been asked to make improvements to the Soccer Field, but the request had been rejected by the Council for “political reasons”.

Coun. Nolan had no knowledge as to why the comment was made. He offered that the goal posts had been removed so that the fields could be fertilized and reseeded, but he had no knowledge of any discussion between the Board of Education and the Board of Recreation.

Mayor Nicol then opened the meeting to the public and recognized Edith Nowels, 637 Holly Hill Drive, who voiced a concern over wrong information being disseminated to the public. Ms. Nowels cited her many years of living in the Borough where Administrations had been criticized for being stagnant and maintaining the status quo while other residents complain if changes are made. She reminded the public that there were two sides to every story.

Ms. Nowels said that we should “forget about political parties” and added that it is fortunate that we have certain members of the Governing Body interested in doing something whether you agree with them or not.

Ms. Nowels then cited the School Board Election and the different interpretations concerning the school budget. Ms. Nowels praised Coun. Bolger for being willing to investigate and research the budget and for making the information available to the public. Ms. Nowels believed that Coun. Bolger had brought information to the attention of the people and she termed his work a “healthy exchange” that was a benefit to the public.

Ms. Nowels added that, not being a Business Woman she did not understand half of the information that was in Coun. Bolger’s letter, but she felt compelled to vote “No” on the school budget.

Coun. Bolger thanked Ms. Nowels for her comments.

Concetta Alvarez, 612 Brielle Avenue, voiced her objection to the School giving out tee shirts with a “Vote Yes” logo; she felt it was inappropriate for the School to try and influence the election and added that it was up to the individual voter to make their own assessment.

Ms. Alvarez also took exception to the fact that some of the children who participated in the
Borough clean-up on Saturday had worn the same shirts.
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Coun Bolger noted that he had a similar concern during the last School Budget Election, but he did not speak out. Instead he had written a personal letter to the School Administration about the propriety of such behavior and had been assured that the School could not be involved in such “propaganda”; he noted that he was “disappointed”.

David Eareckson, 301 Old Bridge Road, said that he wore one of the shirts in support of the budget and he regretted that the facts were ignored; he termed the budget “difficult” and he believed that more residents should attend Board Meetings to gain a fuller understanding of the budget process. He asserted that if the truth was know Coun. Bolger’s statements were inaccurate.

Coun. Bolger responded that the Board had clearly stated that the budget increase was due to an 80% increase in enrollment, but when challenged they had reverted to the true number of 47%.

Mayor Nicol interjected that this “was not a Board of Education Meeting”.

Mr. Eareckson & Coun. Bolger continued their exchange which focused on what time frame was being used. Mr. Erickson offered that over a ten year period the increase had been 80%, but over an eight year period it was 47%. Coun. Bolger asked which figure was correct? Mr. Eareckson conceded that there may have been a misunderstanding.

Edith Nowels was again recognized and stated that when a member of Council did a good job and should not be unfairly attacked. She advised that she came from a family of nine children and her parents worked hard to put food on the table, but in those days you could count on your neighbors. She regretted the fact that now neighbors had become vehement adversaries simply because they disagreed on some issues. Ms. Nowels reminded the public that a healthy disagreement on an issue did not have to be adversarial.

Ms. Nowels attested to the good character of Coun. Bolger and added that his father had a school named in his honor in the Bay Shore area of Monmouth County. She added that, as an Attorney, Coun. Bolger would not jeopardize his license by putting out false information. He was not the type to do that.

Ms. Nowels praised Coun. Bolger for his efforts and stated that the only fault she found with him was that he was a democrat, but that “was a disease that we can cure”.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:12 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan.

Approved: April 28th, 2008

Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk