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April 27, 2009

June 05 2009

April 27, 2009

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MINUTES APRIL 27th, 2009 WORK SESSION START: 7:30 P.M.

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

ABSENT: GORHAM.

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, but he asked permission to add a resolution to the consent agenda to permit the American Diabetes Association to conduct their annual "Tour de Cure" recycling fundraiser in Brielle on May 30th. Council gave their authorization.

The Mayor then read the following Proclamation:

Whereas, the Borough of Brielle has been formed in compliance with the applicable statutes, and

Whereas, it is fitting and proper for a municipal corporation to recognize the achievements of those members of the community who excel, and

Whereas, Julia Clayton & Rosemary Vandernet distinguished themselves by winning the Annual Snowman Contest, and

Whereas, such an achievement is indeed worthy of commemoration

Now Therefore Be lt Proclaimed, that April 27th, 2009 be designated as Snowman Contest Winners Day in the Borough of Brielle and all residents are urged to recognize these gallant winners.
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Both recipients received framed copies of the Proclamation. Board of Recreation Commissioner Stephen Speicher noted that the winners had emerged from a field that included twenty-nine entries and sixty-five participants. He added that the contest had even been cited in a national publication. Council complimented Mr. Speicher on a job "well done".

There being no further comments the work session was adjourned at 7:40 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Nolan.

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MINUTES APRIL 27th, 2009 START: 7:41 P.M.

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

ABSENT: GORHAM.

Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the April 13th, 2009 Meeting were approved on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo seconded by Coun. Shaak; all aye; no nays. Passed. (Note: Coun. Nolan & Visceglia abstained).

Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing on the 2009 Municipal Budget.

The hearing was opened on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo. (Note: Borough Auditor Robert Hulsart, Jr. was present at the hearing.) The Administrator advised that the budget could not be adopted pending the Local Finance Board's approval of the Borough's Application to defer pension payments.

The Chair recognized Finance Committee Chairman Visceglia who read the following statement.

BUDGET MESSAGE

This evening we are holding a public hearing on the 2009 Municipal Budget. The budget calls for an increase of two cents ($250,776.57) over the 2008 municipal tax rate.

This increase will enable the Borough to continue to provide the same level of service that residents received in 2008. The Governing Body believes that these municipal services are vital to ensuring the quality of life that Brielle Residents have come to expect.

The obvious question is why do we need a tax increase? Taxpayers should be mindful that there are two components to the budget. The actual municipal budget and the amount to be raised by taxation to support that budget.

The 2009 municipal budget is $7,150,172.97. This represents an increase of $109,926.51 over the total 2008 figure of $7,040,246.46. Again why two cent increase when $109,926.51 is less than a penny in the municipal rate? The answer is that, in addition to a reduction in state aid the Borough has experienced a decline in surplus.

The public should also be mindful that, due to the State imposed 4% Cap on the tax levy; the Borough has been compelled to defer $200,000 in pension payments. This was not done by choice, but by necessity. The $200,000 would represent an additional penny and a half in the municipal tax rate, bringing the total increase to three and a half cents. The Governing Body feels that this would have been a manageable increase and would not adversely impact on our
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residents. The State has taken away that option and Brielle can no longer decide how to manage its own fiscal policy. We find this to be regrettable.

In closing I would simply remind the public that the Borough continues to represent twenty-five cents of your tax dollar and for that amount you receive all the public services that make Brielle a desirable place to live and to raise a family. The Governing Body is committed to the proposition that Bridle is a special place and its residents are entitled to the continuation of that high level of municipal service.
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There being no comments from Council, the meeting was opened to the public and the Chair recognized William Brannick, 805 School House Road, who voiced a concern over the proposed deferral of $200,000 in pension costs; Mr. Brannick felt that the Council should seek to reduce the budget by that amount to avoid deferring the debt. He suggested foregoing the purchase of a Police Vehicle as one means of reducing cost.

The Administrator explained that the $55,000 appropriation for Police Cars included the lease payments due on vehicles now in service; he added that the Borough might defer the purchase of a new vehicle and in that event the funds would go into surplus.

Mr. Brannick referred to budget sheet 40b and questioned the $25,000 appropriation for the First Aid Building; he asked if it were a onetime contribution? The Administrator advised that it was intended to be an annual allocation for the next five years or $125,000.

Mr. Brannick asked why, when the Squad obviously had revenue from a recent sale of property, they needed public money from the Borough? Mr. Brannick added that he thought it was a double standard insofar as Brielle Library Association had had a reserve of some $90,000 and they had been compelled to spend those funds prior to receiving money from the Borough.

Mayor Nicol offered that supporting the First Aid Squad was a matter of public safety and the circumstances were different.
Mr. Brannick reiterated that he was not being critical of the Squad, but they had financial resources. His goal was to urge the Borough to find $200,000 in cuts that would avoid the need for the pension deferral.

Citing State Statue, Mr. Brannick also questioned the contribution made to the First Aid Squad in the past for toward the purchase of an ambulance. According to his reading of the statute the title to that ambulance should have been conveyed to the Borough; he asked if it had been?

The Administrator replied "no" insofar has the Squad had contributed $100,00 and the Borough only $25,000, but he deferred the question to the Borough Attorney who offered to research it and report back at the next meeting well in advance of the scheduled adoption date for the budget.
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Mayor Nicol thanked Mr. Brannick for his comments. There being no further comments, the hearing was closed on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Scott.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan introduced Resolution 09-48 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

Resolution:
A. (see insertion).
B. (see insertion).
C. To authorize the American Diabetes Association to conduct their annual "Tour de Cure" cycling fundraiser in Brielle on May 30th.

Motions:

Vote: Conn. Garruzzo, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Visceglia, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo, introduced Resolution 09-49 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 27th, 2009, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Scott & Shank; all aye. No nays. Passed.


Resolution No: 09-48-A
Date: April 27th, 2009

Resolution of the Borough of Brielle

Whereas: on April 20th, 2009, Yoga & U Foundation, 1101 Richmond Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, submitted Raffle Application No. 2009-07, ID No. 54-4-37572 for an on-site Merchandise Raffle, to be held on the River Belle, on the Manasquan River, on Friday, June 12th, 2009 from 7pm to 10:30pm.

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.

Certification

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 April 27th, 2009.

Witness my hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle this 27th day of April 2009.



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Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk







Resolution No: 09-48-B
Date: April 27th, 2009

Resolution of the Borough of Brielle

Whereas: on April 20th, 2009, Yoga & U Foundation, 1101 Richmond Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, submitted Raffle Application No. 2009-08, ID No. 54-4-37572 for an on-site 50/50 Raffle, to be held on the River Belle, on the Manasquan River, on Friday, June 12th, 2009 from 7pm to 10:30pm.

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.

Certification

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 April 27th, 2009.

Witness my hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle this 27th day of April 2009.



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Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk





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Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for the passage and introduction on first reading of an "BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION OF $410,000.00 FOR MISCELLANEOUS IMPROVEMENTS FOR AND BY THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MONMOUTH, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $389,500.00 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE FOR FINANCING PART OF THE APPROPRIATION".

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 09-50 for passage on introduction and first reading of the foregoing ordinance. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 09-51 to authorize publication in the Coast Star for a hearing to be held at 7:30 pm, on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009, at Borough Hall, according to Municipal Bond law. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then called for Committee Reports and recognized Coun. Scott who noted that the prior week had been a good one for Mother Earth, Wednesday was Earth Day and on Thursday, a day before the traditional date, the Shade Tree Commission had celebrated Arbor Day with the Fourth Graders of the Brielle Elementary School. These students had conducted a study of Earth Day and offered a special Arbor Day program during the tree planting ceremony. This year an Alaskan Cedar had been planted on the school grounds.

The Shade Tree Commission is offering trees to Brielle Residents. The selections include flowering plum, river birch, weeping cherry and lilacs. Trees must be planted on the municipal right-of-way and planting on private property is not an option. The program is funded by the Borough with tax dollars.

On Saturday, April 25th, Clean Ocean Action had cleaned Brielle Beaches, including Glimmer Glass and Debbie's Creek, and the program had been extended to Brielle's various parks.

Bulk Pick-up began today and runs through Friday on the resident's regular day of collection. In addition to discarded household items, construction materials from homeowner projects are accepted. Materials not accepted include cement, tires and recyclables. Hazardous materials should be taken the County's Hazardous Waste facility.

Coun. Scott added that she is often contacted by residents who ask why the Borough cannot accept hazardous waste material. The reason is simple if the Borough accepted this material and then undertook to transport it to the County Facility, the Borough would have to obtain the necessary and expensive permits and assume the insurance liability for the operation. The Borough DPW simply cannot meet the standards for such an intensive operation.

In closing, Coun. Scott cited the Union Landing Historical Society's 8th annual Antiques
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Road Show and noted that the Society President, John Belding, had proclaimed it a success. Coun. Scott added that Mr. Belding had recently been a speaker at the Riverview Senior's monthly luncheon where those in attendance marveled at his wealth of knowledge of local

history. One attendee remarked that she could listen to him for hours. Coun. Scott replied that she should "be careful what she wished for".

Coun. Scott ended her report with a cryptic comment that she intended to begin waging war on volcanoes and she would update the public at the next meeting.

Coun. Nolan commented that this was the first time a Councilmember had ended a report with a "teaser". Coun. Garruzzo urged him not to erupt. Coun. Nolan proceeded with his report and advised that the Library Spring Book Sale would be held on May 1st & 2nd. The Library also continued to offer a wide range of classes in both yoga and in computer technology.

The Board of Recreation soccer program and new biddy "Tee" Ball program has received a positive response. Board Chairman John Devereux being present, he cited 175 children enrolled in soccer and 60 in "Tee" Ball. Coun. Nolan added that every Saturday at Brielle Park it was edifying to see the number of children actively involved in these programs.

In closing Coun. Nolan reminded the public that it was bicycle season and he reminded cyclists to ride single file when on busy roads such as Riverview Drive and he also reminded motorists to be cautious.

Coun. Garruzzo having no report, Coun. Shank informed the public that Fire Company's Annual Fund Drive was being conducted through the mail. Should residents receive phone solicitations they should be mindful that those originate with paid fire companies from North Jersey and none of the money pledged by phone is shared with the local volunteers.

Coun. Shaak also noted that the First Aid Squad's Annual Blood Drive would be held on May 19th.

In closing, Coun. Shaak cited correspondence received concerning drainage on Morgan Parkway & Legg Place. The Borough was addressing the problem, but it remained a "work in progress" New storm-water management regulations prohibited discharge into an existing storm drain until all other methods of mitigation had been tried. He asked residents to be patient while the Borough worked through the process.

Coun. Visceglia having no report and there being no public comment, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak.


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Approved: May 11th, 2009 Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

 

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