Borough of Brielle, NJ
| January 25, 2010
January 25, 2010
PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN. GARRUZZO, GORHAM, NOLAN, SCOTT, SHAAK & VISCEGLIA. ATTORNEY MONTENEGRO & ADMINISTRATOR 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 7:31 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan.
MINUTES JANUARY 25th, 2010 START: 7:32 P.M.
PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN. GARRUZZO, GORHAM, NOLAN, SCOTT SHAAK & VISCEGLIA. ATTORNEY MONTENEGRO & ADMINISTRATOR NOLAN.
Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the January 11th, 2010 Meeting and the 2009 Executive Session Minutes and the 2010 Organization Meeting, were approved on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo seconded by Coun. Nolan; all aye; no nays. Passed. (Note: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham & Visceglia abstained on the Minutes of January 11th, 2010.)
Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan introduced Resolution 10-17 for passage of the Consent Agenda.
A. To authorize the redemption of Tax Title Lien 2009-05, 648 Oceanview Road.
B. To authorize the return of a Premium for Tax Title Lien 2009-05, 648 Oceanview Road.
C. To authorize the redemption of Tax Title Lien 2009-03, 104 Ocean Avenue.
D. To accept a proposal from Birdsall Engineering, in the amount of $4,500.00, for
the provision of a required Preliminary Inspection & Site Inspection for Brielle
Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Coun. Visceglia, seconded by Coun. Shaak, introduced Resolution 10-18 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 January 25th, 2010, 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; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived a hearing and further consideration of "AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT MONMOUTH COUNTY REGIONAL HEALTH COMMISSION NO. 1'S ORDINANCE 9-01 "AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ESTABLISHING A CODE REGULATING RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS AND FIXING FEES FOR VIOLATIONS THEREOF".
The hearing was opened on a motion by Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Shaak.
The Administrator explained that the ordinance brought the Borough's fee schedule compatible with the schedule recommended by the Monmouth Regional Health Commission No. 1.
The hearing was closed on a motion by Coun. Nolan, seconded by Coun. Shaak.
Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 10-19 for passage and adoption on second and final reading. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 10-20 to authorize publication of passage and adoption 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 Court. Scott who advised the public that the maiden collection of mixed paper went well and a recent analysis showed that, compared to 2008, the overall 2009 tonnage figures indicated an increase of 80 tons or 3.5%. Unfortunately, the bulk of the increase was in leaves and that was a cost to the Borough. Leaf collection was up by 70 tons, but brush was down by 10 tons. Coun. Scott also noted that newspaper collection had increased from 144 tons in 2008 to 146 in 2009. Mixed paper was up by 10% and corrugated cardboard had increased by 20%.
Turning to scrap metal, Coun. Scott advised that the 2009 collection rate was less than 2008, but she attributed this to the fact that there was "good money" in the recycling of metal. Scavengers had been observed during clean-up week taken metal despite the fact that Borough Ordinance prohibited such activity. Coun. Scott believed that it was appropriate to increase enforcement.
Coun. Scott also advised the public that those who included recyclable material in their trash could be subject to fines. She cited the example of a hauler who, when dumping at the landfill, had been found to have recyclables in the trash. The material was traced back to the source and the homeowner was fined for failure to recycle.
In closing, Coun. Scott noted that the Shore Community Alliance had endorsed the concept of a SRO Officer for Manasquan High School, but had not taken a position on the source of funding for the position.
Coun. Garruzzo was recognized and he informed the public that in 2009 the Brielle Police Department wrote 3,939 summonses, opened 4,264 cases, of which 29 were for domestic
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violence, arrested 243 adults, of which 88 were D.W.I., 9 simple assaults, 18 drug arrests, 102 warrant arrests and 8 arrests for providing false information. There were also 69 juvenile arrests, 27 for underage possession of alcohol, 13 curfew violations, 8 drug arrests, 7 burglary arrests and 5 simple assaults.
Coun. Nolan cited the on-going computer courses being offered at the Brielle Library and the free Yoga Class that was associated with the Haiti Relief Effort. He urged the public to visit the Library Web-Site for information on up-coming programs.
Coun. Nolan noted that the Board of Recreation was once again sponsoring a build your own snowman contest and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Additional information would be made available in coming weeks.
In closing Coun. Nolan advised the public of the Cub Scouts "Pine Wood Derby" and the PTO's "Night at the Races"
Coun. Shaak advised the public that the County had milled Riverview Drive, but final paving could not take place until the Asphalt Plants re-opened in the Spring.
Coun. Shaak also noted that the Brielle Park Drainage Project that would provide relief to impacted residents on Bradley Avenue would begin as soon as the weather permitted.
Coun. Gorham had no report and Coun. Visceglia cited the fact that once again the Borough did not have to transfer funds; he attributed that fact to the effort made by the employees to be cost effect in this harsh economic climate.
Janet Hendricks, 615 Leslie Avenue, inquired about the appointment of Sean Kean as Prosecutor and John O. Bennett as Bond Counsel. She noted that the former Prosecutor, Ronald Sage, had provided the service of Prosecutor at no cost to the Borough.
The Administrator advised that Mr. Sage had requested a salary of $15,000 for 2010. Mr. Kean submitted a proposal of $14,500. Mr. Bennett had previously been the Borough Bond Counsel and brought a great deal of experience to the table. While it was true that, some years ago, as Ms. Hendricks referenced, Mr. Bennett had been subject to criticism in the press for alleged billing issues that issue had no bearing on Mr. Bennett's professional ability. The Administrator added that, when the Brielle Elementary School had added an addition, Mr. Bennett had been instrumental in securing a state grant to assist in that endeavor.
Mr. Doug Emich, 515 Magnolia Avenue, thanked the Mayor & Council for their help in resolving a drainage problem, caused by a sump-pump, in front of his residence. He also cited Code Enforcement Officer James Langenberger for his assistance in the matter.
There being no further comments, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.
Approved: February 8th, 2010. ________________________
Thomas F. Nolan Municipal Clerk