A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

May 27, 2008

December 19 2008

May 27, 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 7:31p.m. on a motion by Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Nolan.


MINUTES MAY 27th, 2008 START: 7:32P.M.



Following a moment of silent prayer, the passing of former Brielle Mayor Harold L. Dietrichson, 1970-1971 was announced by Mayor Nicol. In continuum a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the May 12th, 2008 meeting were approved on a motion by Coun. Shaak seconded by Coun. Nolan; all aye; no nays. Passed.

Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Shaak, introduced Resolution 08-62 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

A. To appoint Ryan Meixsell as a Probationary Police Officer.
B. To appoint Kevin Williams as a Special Police Officer.
C. (see insertion).
D. To renew the Employee Assistance Program with Mark White PH.D. for the period June 1st, 2008 through May 31st, 2009.
E. To authorize participation in the “Click It or Ticket” Program.


Vote: Coun. Bolger, Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed. (Note Coun. Bolger abstained on Resolution “C”.)

Officers Meixsell & Williams then took their oath of office. Prior to the swearing in ceremony, as Chairman of Personnel, Coun. Bolger welcomed Officer Meixsell and his parents. He cited his record of achievement at Manasquan High School and Farleigh Dickson University: he cited the touchdowns scored and the home runs hit, but added that he was now about to play on the best team ever and he was happy to have him on board. Coun. Bolger offered his congratulations to both officers.

Coun. Garruzzo noted that Mr. Meixsell graduated Manasquan High School in 1998 where he played football, basketball and baseball. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Farleigh Dickinson University in 2002. He played four years of baseball there. Ryan graduated from the Cape May Police Academy and received his Class II certification in 2004. Ryan started as a Class II in Spring Lake in 2004 and joined the Brielle Department in 2005. Ryan has proven to be a hard-working, dedicated police officer and Coun. Garruzzo was proud to have him join the Department.

Resolution No: 08-62-C
Date: May 27th, 2008


WHEREAS, the above entity has been formed pursuant to the applicable New Jersey Statutes; and

WHEREAS, in order to fulfill its statutory duties it is necessary that the Borough of Brielle retain the services of a Valuation & Consulting Company; and

WHEREAS, the Borough of Brielle has retained the services of BRB Valuation & Consulting Services inasmuch as he is competent to fulfill the needs of the Borough of Brielle: and

WHEREAS, the Borough of Brielle wishes to establish the rate of compensation for and to be paid to said professional:

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that as of this 27th day of May 2008, that;

1. BRB Valuation & Consulting Services, is hereby retained by the Borough of Brielle to provide services relative to the defense of tax appeals and to perform to the terms of the Agreement between the BRB Valuation & Consulting Services and the Borough of Brielle.

2. This Contract is awarded without competitive bidding as a “Professional Service” in accordance with N.JS.A. 40A:I I-5(1)(a) of the Local Public Contracts Law because same involves the retaining of professional services.

3. The Chief Administrative Officer has made a determination that, in accordance with the provisions of the non-fair and open process the value of this contract is determined not to exceed the $17,500.00 threshold.

4. This contract is not subject to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5

5. Funds for payment of this contract have been provided for and shall be included in the
2008 Municipal Budget.

6. The Borough of Brielle Clerk shall cause the attached Notice to be published in the Coast Star.

SEAL Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk
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Coun. Garruzzo added that Kevin Williams would be joining the Department as a Class II Special; he was currently enrolled in Ocean County College having graduated from Point Pleasant High School in 2002. Kevin has been a Class II Special in Point Pleasant since August 2006.

Mayor Nicol offered his congratulations and agreed that Mr. Meixsell and Mr. Williams were now to play on the best team ever.

Chief Palmer added that Mr. Meixsell, like many of the younger officers, had entered the Police Academy on the alternate route program at no cost to the taxpayers; he would officially begin duty on June 11th.

Coun. Shaak. seconded by Coun. Garruzzo, introduced Resolution 08-63 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 May 27th. 2008, 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 called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott who noted that there had been a few problems with the bulk pick-up, but they would be corrected in time for the Fall clean-up week. There had been some confusion over what items could be placed at the curb and this issue would clarify via the Newsletter.

Coun. Scott cited her attendance at the Union Landing Historical Society’s Decoration Day Observance and noted that she was impressed by the high level of participation. She recognized all the hard work that went into the program and, despite the failure of Colonel Morgan, a Pennsylvania Bald Eagle, to appear the release of the white doves to honor freedom and peace had been impressive. Coun. Scott also cited Doug Moore presentation and added that she was proud to have participated in the event.

Coun. Nolan cited the Board of Recreation’s Summer Program that will run from June 30th through August 31st, and added that sign-ups would be held on June 1st & 7th. Coun. Nolan also cited the appearance of local chiropractor Mary Tumas at the Library on May 28th and the appearance of Ira Jacobson on June 13th.

Coun. Nolan also praised the Decoration Day celebration and termed it a day of “remembrance” and “learning” and added that his children had benefited from the event.

Coun. Garruzzo advised that the Police would be meeting with NJDOT to review the status of the Euclid Avenue off-ramp the week of June 9th; he also noted that the County had finally provided a written report on the status of the Borough’s request to lower speed limits on Riverview Drive. The data did not support the request and no action would be taken. However, the Police Department would continue to patrol the roadway and existing speed limits would be enforced.
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Coun. Shaak echoed his colleagues sentiments on the Decoration Day event and advised that, until recently, no observance had taken place and he thanked the Historical Society for their efforts; he also thanked Jim Stenson of Brielle Fire Company No. 1 for the placement of a wreath at the War Memorial in front of Borough Hall to honor those who sacrificed for their country.

Coun. Bolger cited the two year effort of impacted property owners to reduce the speed limit on Riverview Drive and he believed that the request was “well founded”. He added that if Brielle was a golf course, Riverview Drive would be the “signature hole”.

Coun. Bolger noted that, in addition to the members of “Coalition” the speed limits impacted on bicycle riders, pedestrians and all those who utilized the road. He did not know if the Coalition was fully informed as to the County’s decision, but he stated that he would personally investigate the next step and he would not simply accept the County Engineer’s position that it was a “safe road”.

Mayor Nicol then opened the meeting to the public and recognized Janice Wurfel, 506 Green Avenue, who took exception to the placement of “nasty signs” near the 9/11 memorial. She felt that the signs “bastardized” the community and should there be a next time for such signs she would personally remove them.

Ted Vitale, 1107 Shore Drive, speaking as President of the Board of Education, thanked the Council for their discretion in restoring the cuts made to the school budget; he added that he knew that it took a long-time to complete the fact-finding and that the Council had made a great effort to that end, taking time off from family and business, but he remained grateful.

Fred Fastiggi, 648 Valley Road, took the opposite view asserting that the school was “not run right”. He believed that the voters had rejected the budget and that should have sent a message to the Board of Education. While he did not believe that a half-million dollar cut was in order, he did think that at least $100,000 could have been cut. Mr. Fastiggi offered that many residents were unhappy with the Council decision and saw their action as a “missed opportunity” to send a message to the Board of Education.

While he did not seek to make this a political issue he did ask what criteria the Council employed in reaching their decision?

Jim Stenson, 810 Rathjen Road, said that he agreed with Mr. Fastggi and was embarrassed by the Council’s vote. He said that the Council had “left Coun. Bolger out to dry”, and he added that everyone knew that at least two teachers were retiring. This should have resulted in a savings. Mr. Stenson said he was “disgusted”.

Janice Hendricks, 615 Leslie Avenue, echoed Mrs. Wurfels concern over the signs and noted that if people don’t “get their way” the response is “hate mail” she too was “disgusted”.

Nancy Riordan, 634 Holly Hill Drive, stated that being on the Board of Education was a “lonely Page 71 27th May 2008

place”. She urged residents to attend Board of Education meetings if they really wanted to know the facts about the budget.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan.

Approved: June 9th, 2008. Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk