Borough of Brielle, NJ
| February 9, 2009
February 9, 2009
MINUTES FEBRUARY 9th, 2009 WORK SESSION START: 7:30 P.M.
PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN. GARRUZZO, GORHAM, SCOTT, SHAAK & VISCEGLIA, 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 that he had nothing to report.
There being no further comments the work session was adjourned at 7:34 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak.
MINUTES FEBRUARY 9th, 2009 START: 7:35 P.M.
PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN. GARRUZZO, GORHAM, SCOTT, SHAAK & VISCEGLIA. 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 January 26th, 2009, Meeting were approved on a motion by Coun. Scott seconded by Coun. Garruzzo; all aye; no nays. Passed.
Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Gorham introduced Resolution 09-22 for passage of the Consent Agenda.
A. (see insertion).
B. (see insertion).
C. (see insertion).
D. To waive the Food License Fees for the Brielle Elementary School & Brielle Fire
Company No. I.
Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed. (Note: Coun. Shaak abstained on resolutions A & D due to his membership in the Fire Company.)
Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Gorham, introduced Resolution 09-23 TO TRANSFER FUNDS. (see insertion). Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.
At this juncture Coun. Gorham was appointed to the Finance Committee for purposes of this meeting.
Coun. Visceglia, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo, introduced Resolution 09-24 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 February 9th, 2009, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Resolution of the Borough of Brielle
Whereas: on January 30th, 2009, the Brielle Fire Company submitted Raffle Application No. 2009-03, ID No. 57-9-9394 for an off-site 50/50 Raffle, to be held at the Brielle Park, Union Lane, Brielle, NJ 08730 on Saturday, September 12th, 2009 at 5pm.
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 February 9th, 2009.
Witness my hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle this 10th day of February 2009.
Thomas F. Nolan
RESOLUTION NO: 09-22-B DATE: FEBRUARY 9th, 2009
RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE
WHEREAS, an overpayment of taxes, in the amount of $3,442.75 has occurred re: Block 9.01, Lot 19, and $3,253.25 re: Block 9.01, Lot 4.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that a refund be made in the amount of $3,442.75 to the owner of Block 9.01, Lot 19, and a refund in the amount of $3,253.25, be made to the owner of Block 9.01, Lot 4.
Thomas F. Nolan
Resolution No: 09-22-C
Date: February 9th, 2009
Resolution Designating the Month of March as "Women's History
Whereas, New Jersey women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our State in countless recorded and unrecorded ways;
Whereas, New Jersey women have played and continue to play a critical economic, cultural, and sock role in every sphere of the life of the State by constituting a significant portion of the labor :force working inside and outside of the home;
Whereas, New Jersey women have played a unique role throughout the history of the State by providing the majority of the volunteer labor force of the State;
Whereas, New Jersey women were particularly important in the establishment of early charitable,
Whereas, New Jersey women of every race, class, and ethnic background served as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement;
Whereas, New Jersey women have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement, and other movements, especially the peace movement, which create a more fair and just society for all; and
Whereas, despite these contributions, the role of women in history has been consistently overlooked and undervalued, in the literature, teaching and study of American history
Whereas, the Department of Community Affairs, specifically the Division on Women's goals are to remember and celebrate New Jersey women and to:
· ensure that NJ women are offered equal opportunities in education, the workforce and healthcare regardless of age, sexual orientation, income, ethnicity, race or religion.
· identify, implement, measure and coordinate programs that address the needs of NJ women.
· engage in continuous study and research on issues affecting NJ women and their families, develop policy papers and legislative recommendations
Now, Therefore, be it resolved by the Governing Body in the of the Borough of Brielle, State of New Jersey, that March 2009 is designated as "Women's History Month" under the National Women History Project's 2009 theme: Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet.
Thomas F. Nolan
RESOLUTION NO: 09-23
DATE: FEBRUARY 9th, 2009
RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE
WHEREAS, NJSA:40A58 PROVIDES FOR MAKING TRANSFERS BETWEEN 2008 BUDGET APPROPRIATION ACCOUNTS DURING THE MONTHS OF JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH
WHEREAS, IT HAS BECOME NECESSARY AT THIS TIME TO EXPEND FUNDS IN EXCESS OF THE SUMS APROPRIATED FOR THE PURPOSES SPECIFIED IN THE 2008 BUDGET, AND
WHEREAS, THE GOVERNING BODY MAY, BY RESOLUTION, TRANSFER EXISTING EXCESS TO AN APPROPRIATION DEEMED INSUFFICIENT.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, (NO LESS THAN 2/3 OF THE FULL MEMBERSHIP OF THE GOVERNING BODY AFFIRMATIVELY CONFIRMING), THAT THE FOLLOWING TRANSFERS BE MADE BETWEEN APPROPRIATION ACCOUNTS IN THE 2008 BUDGET:
FROM: ENGINEERING O/E $1,000.00
TO: LEGAL O/E $1,000.00 WATER/SEWER UTILITY
Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE FEE SCHEDULE FOR THE PROVISION OF CERTIFIED COPIES OF VITAL RECORDS".
The Administrator advised that the hearing had to be carried to February 23rd as the ordinance had not been published as required by law. The hearing was then opened on a motion by Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Gorham and then carried to the February 23rd date. The Administrator added that the hearing would take place at 7:30 p.m. and no further notice would be given.
Mayor Nicol then read a proclamation:
WHEREAS, the citizens of the Borough of Brielle stand firmly committed to the promoting reading as the catalyst for our students' future academic success, their preparation for America's jobs of the future, and their ability to compete in a global economy; and
WHEREAS, Brielle Board of Education has provided significant leadership in the area of community involvement in the education of our youth, grounded in the principal that educational investment is the key to the community's well-being and long-term quality of life; and
WHEREAS, NEA's Read Across America, a national celebration of reading, will be conducted on March 2nd, 2009, which would have been the 105th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss; and
WHEREAS, Read Across America NJ is being conducted statewide by the New Jersey Education Association, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the New Jersey Library Association, Saturn-UAW, and their local affiliates across the state to promote reading and adult involvement in the education of our community's students:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor & Council calls on the citizens of the Borough of Brielle. To assure that every child is in a safe place reading together with a caring adult on March 2nd, 2009;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this body enthusiastically endorses NEA'S Read Across America and Read Across America-NJ, and recommits our community to engage in programs and activities to make America's children the best readers in the world.
Thomas B. Nicol Mayor
NJLM njea New Jersey State League of Municipalities
Mayor Nicol then called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott who noted that all was well with the Department of Public Works and Superintendent Burkhardt was playing "catch-up" on the odds and ends, such as patching the roadways, that had been neglected during leaf season.
Coun. Scott also asked the public not to lose their enthusiasm for recycling despite the recent decline in the price for recyclable materials. The market would eventually turn around and an active recycling program continued to be a long-term goal for the Borough.
Citing the Riverview Seniors screening of the HBO series "John Adams" as part of their on-going film series at 1:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month; Coun. Scott noted that, while "Read Across America" was deemed worthy of a Proclamation, "Woman's History Month" was consigned to a resolution on the consent agenda. Coun. Scott reminded those assembled that John Adams's wife, Abigail, advised him not to forget the role that women played in society.
In closing Coun. Scott informed the public of Boy Scout Sunday, and the subsequent Boy Scout Week that began with a service at the Church in Brielle and attendance by both the Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops.
Coun. Garruzzo provided the January Police Statistical Report citing 256 Open Cases, 335 Summons issued, 17 adult arrests and 9 D.W.I. There were also a total of 18 juvenile arrests.
Since neither Coun. Shaak, Gorham or Visceglia had reports, the Chair opened the meeting to the public and recognized Janet Hendricks, 615 Leslie Avenue, who asked if Attorney Montenegro had completed his research relative to the Borough providing public funds to a project being considered by the First Aid Squad?
The Attorney replied that he had and the Borough could make a voluntary contribution to such activity whether by the First Aid Squad or Fire Company.
William Brannick, 805 School House Road, asked Coun. Visceglia the status of the 2009 Municipal Budget?
The Administrator advised that the statutory date for introduction was February, so in a normal budget cycle the budget would have been introduced this evening, but due to the current economic climate the process had been delayed. The Administrator anticipated having the surplus numbers from the Annual Financial Statement by the end of the week, but added that the State Aid Number (if any) would not be known for at least 48 hours after the Governor's Budget Message on March 10th. The Administrator anticipated that the budget would be introduced at the March 23rd meeting.
Mr. Brannick also asked if, in light of the budget constraints, that the Council was considering a donation of $125,000 to the First Aid Squad?
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Coun. Visceglia advised that his committee had yet to consider the request as of this juncture, there had been preliminary discussions within the Public Safety Committee, but the Finance Committee had yet to review the matter.
There being no further discussion the meeting was adjourned at 7:48 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.
Approved: February 23rd, 2009
Thomas F. Nolan Municipal Clerk