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November 23, 2009

January 08 2010

November 23, 2009

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MINUTES NOVEMBER 23rd, 2009 WORK SESSION START: 7:30 P.M.

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

ABSENT: NONE.

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 advised that there would be a need for an Executive Session to discuss contract negotiations.

There being no further comments the work session was adjourned at 7:31 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Nolan.

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MINUTES NOVEMBER 23rd, 2009 START: 7:32 P.M.

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

ABSENT: NONE.

Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the November 9th, 2009 Meeting were approved on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo seconded by Coun. Shaak; all aye; no nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan introduced Resolution 09-107 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

Resolution:
A. To approve Change Order No. 1 Re: Sidewalk Improvements, in the amount of $3,321.62.

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

Coun. Visceglia, seconded by Coun. Shaak, introduced Resolution 09-108 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 November 23rd, 2009, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak, & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of "An Ordinance to Amend Various Chapters of the Code of the Borough of Brielle relating to Fees".

The hearing was opened on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan.

The Administrator advised that the ordinance increased certain fees to keep them in line with the rates charged in other municipalities. However, he added that the section Chapter IV, Article II Garage Sales would have to be deleted as the research was flawed and a re-canvass of adjacent communities indicated that the $5.00 fee was correct.

William Brannick, 805 Schoolhouse Road, was recognized and he suggested that the Council eliminated any fee for garage sale permits. Mayor Nicol countered that the fee was modest and it permitted the Governing Body to track and regulate such sales.

The hearing was closed on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.

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Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 09-109 for passage on final reading as amended. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 09-110 to authorize publication in the Coast Star according to law. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of "An Ordinance to Amend Ordinance No. 991 "An Ordinance Fixing the Salaries & Compensations of the various Officers & Employees of the Borough of Brielle".

The hearing was opened on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo. The Administrator advised that the ordinance established salary ranges for 2010. The hearing was closed on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 09-111 for passage on final reading. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 09-112 to authorize publication in the Coast Star according to law. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then called for Committee Reports and recognized Coun. Scott who reminded the public that leaf season was in full swing until December 15th, and she again requested that residents refrain from mixing brush in with their leaves.

Coun. Scott also cited her attendance at the meetings of the South Monmouth Community Alliance and she praised the anti-alcohol and drug programs the group presented at Manasquan High School and their effort to deal with the recent tragedies of teen suicides.

The Councilwoman also noted a recent program held for 7th & 8th graders in Sea Girt and Brielle Elementary School participation in conjunction with parents on how to better communicate with their children on topics such as drug and alcohol abuse. The Alliance also offered programs for 3rd & 4thgrade students that focused on helping children to make good choices both behavioral and in choosing companions. The Alliance provided a valuable service to the sending districts of Brielle, Manasquan, Sea Girt & Spring Lake Heights.

Coun. Nolan advised that 350 children had signed up for Biddy Basketball and the program was a great success. He also reminded the public that the annual Christmas Tree Lighting would take place on Sunday, December 6th @ 6:00 pm at the new tree site adjacent to the Library.

In conjunction with the Library, the Board of Recreation would be hosting Mr. & Mrs. Claus
as part of the festivities on December 6th.
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Coun. Nolan advised that the Library had two new trustees and that utilization of the Library and its resources continued to grow. The Library would be collecting canned goods along with packaged pasta and rice for the Monmouth County Food Bank through December 11th. A book sale would be held on December 4th.
Coun. Garruzzo advised the public that on November 19th, the Police arrested Jason M. Pascale, 29, of Point Pleasant Beach. Mr. Pascale was charged with three counts of burglary, three of theft and three of criminal mischief His arrest resulted from on-going investigations into three separate burglaries that took place on Aldrin Lane & Riverview Drive on July 17th, November 10th & November 14th of this year. Forensic evidence obtained at the scene resulted in Mr. Pascale's arrest. The investigation was led by Detective James Stewart. Mr. Pascale was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Coun. Garruzzo then reviewed a "Burglary Prevention" checklist provided by the Brielle Police.
BURGLARY PREVENTION

- Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
- Lock all windows and doors before you leave the house or go to bed.
- Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going away for a length of time, connect automatic timers to turn lights on in the evening and off during the day. Complete Closed Home Report at Brielle Police Headquarters or online.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked.
- Don't allow daily mail or newspapers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail or have a friend/neighbor take them regularly.
- Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
- Check the locks on your doors and windows and replace them as necessary.
- Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security. Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards. Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.

IF YOUR HOME IS BROKEN INTO:
- Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
- Use a neighbor's phone to call police.
- Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence. Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
- Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

OTHER PRECAUTIONS YOU SHOULD TAKE:
- Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes, etc. - burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
- Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place
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away from home. This is a good precaution in case of fires or other disaster. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide information in making and keeping your inventory.
- BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. IF YOU NOTICE ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO IS CALL THE POLICE TO REPORT A CRIME OR ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. YOU CAN BE THE EYES OF YOUR
NEIGHBORHOOD AND CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS!
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The Councilman also cited the success of the Medication Disposal Day and offered that a second event was being planned. In closing he wished those assembled a Happy Thanksgiving.

Coun. Shaak advised the public that Fire Company Jim Stenson was planning the One Hundredth Anniversary of Brielle Fire Company No. 1. To that end he was seeking to record the names of all past members and the public's assistance in that endeavor would be appreciated.
The First Aid Squad would conduct a second blood drive on December 16th and Coun. Shaak was pleased to announce that three squad members had been selected for the statewide E.M.S. Task Force. Coun. Shaak added that the Squad planned an "Open House" to showcase the renovations to the facility for January l0th, 2010.

Coun. Gorham & Visceglia having no reports the Chair opened the meeting to the public and recognized Doug & Christine Emich who voiced a concern over a sump pump located at 526 Magnolia Avenue.

The pump ran continuously and the run-off was undermining pavers in the Emich's driveway along with creating a large pool of water in the street. With winter approaching, Ms. Emich was concerned that the water would freeze and create a hazard in the street.

Coun. Garruzzo, a former resident of Magnolia Avenue, cited his familiarity with the situation and noted that the water table in the area was high and that the only storm drain was at the end of the block.

Mr. Emich stated that he had approached the new owner of the residence to advise him of the problem, but was told to "deal with it". Hence, he was looking to the Council for guidance in this matter.

The consensus was to have the Borough Engineer and the Department of Public Works look into the situation.
There being no further public comments, Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 09-113.


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Whereas, the Open Public Meetings Act permits the exclusion of the Public from a meeting in certain circumstances; and Whereas, the Borough Council of the Borough of Brielle is of the opinion that such circumstances currently exist. Now Therefore Be It Resolved, by the Borough Council of the Borough of Brielle, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey, on November 23rd, 2009, as follows:

1. The Public shall be excluded from discussion of and action upon the hereinafter specified subject matters.

2. The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is as follows: "Contract Negotiations".

3. It is anticipated at this time that the above stated subject matters
will be made public when the need for confidentiality no longer
exists.

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

The Executive Session began at 8:03p.m. and ended at 8:15 p.m.. The session was adjourned on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.

Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Gorham, introduced Resolution 09-114 (see insertion). Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak.


Approved: December 14th, 2009.

___________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk


Resolution No: 09-114
Date: November 23rd, 2009

Resolution of The Borough of Brielle

Whereas, on November 20th, 2009, the Borough of Brielle held an auction of municipal property in compliance with the provisions of NJSA40A:12-13(b)(5), and

Whereas, the highest bidder for the property in question, being Block 31.01, Lot 34, was Jeffery Petrulla, 547 Woodland Avenue, Brielle, New Jersey, with a bid of $87,000.00.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Governing Body hereby accepts the bid submitted by Mr. Jeffrey Petrulla, 547 Woodland Avenue, Brielle, New Jersey, in the amount of $87,000.00 subject to his compliance with the provisions of the bid notice. Mr. Petrulla shall provide a down-payment in the amount of $8,700.00, along with an Administrative Fee of $50.00 and a separate fee, in the amount of $500.00 to underwrite the legal costs associated with recording the transfer of the property. The balance of $78,300.00 shall be due and payable within sixty days of the date of this resolution.

Certification

The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution approved by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on November 23rd, 2009.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 24th day of November 2009.



SEAL ___________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE

WHEREAS, the Borough of Brielle did award a bid to Sea View General Contracting, Inc. for Sidewalk Improvements to Green Avenue, Union Lane, and Legg Place, and

WHEREAS, the original bid price of $115,357.51 has been increased by Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $3,321.62 to cover the cost of additional work, and

WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law requires that, when such additional work becomes necessary, a Change Order is required.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $3,321.62, which increases the contract from $115,357.51 to $118,679.13.
CERTIFICATION

The foregoing is a true copy of a resolution passed by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on November 23rd, 2009.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 24th day of November 2009.


______________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

 

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