A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

March 8, 2010

March 24 2010

March 8, 2010




Mayor Nicol convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator who advised that he had attended the SEM Meeting on Friday, March 5th, and the group would be going out to bid on electricity sometime between May 4th & 13th depending on the markets.

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 MARCH 8th, 2010 START: 7:32 P.M.



Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the February 22nd, 2010 Meeting & February 22nd Executive Session were approved on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo seconded by Coun. Nolan; all aye; no nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Scott, introduced Resolution 10-28 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

A. To declare an emergency re: replacement of communications antennae at the Cedar Lane Pump Station.
B. (see insertion).
C. To authorize the renewal of Food Establishment Licenses for Brielle Fire Company #1 and the Brielle Elementary School and to waive the fees.
D. To authorize a refund, in the amount of $300.00, re: overpayment of Food License Fee for JP's River House.

Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed. (Note: Coun. Shaak & Visceglia abstained on "C" due to membership in the Fire Company.)

Coun. Visceglia, seconded by Coun. Shaak, introduced Resolution 10-29 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 March 8th, 2010, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott who advised the public that the DPW was working vigorously to clear-up the post storm tree debris. Coun. Scott noted that the bulk of the debris was from evergreens that held the snow and took the brunt of the damage. She lamented the loss of so many trees.

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Coun. Scott also cited her attendance at a meeting of the Office on Aging on March 1st where the issue of the County’s Wellness Discount Programs includes hearing aids, eye-care and prescriptions. Coun. Scott noted that there was no age requirement for participation. Brochures that explained the program were available at Borough Hall and the program also included pets. The Councilwoman mused that, at the meeting, the program had been praised by a Councilmember from Belmar, but a Councilmember from Rumson did not have same response. Coun. Scott felt that the program was beneficial and she urged residents to review the brochures.

Coun. Scott reminded the public that the 2010 census was underway and that forms would be available during the next two weeks. Forms should be filled out and returned promptly. Failure to respond would result in a second notice and a second lack of response would result in a visit from a census taker. Coun. Scott reminded the public that census data determined Congressional Representation and under-counting of population impacted on the allocation of some $400 billion dollars in federal aid to states and communities.

The Councilwoman added that the form had been simplified and reduced from sixty to ten questions, all of which are of a demographic nature and the information is not shared with any other agency. County Freeholder Amy Mallet was taking the lead for the county in this endeavor.

Coun. Scott also reminded the public that flu shots were still available and the number to call was 732-431-7456 and that the County and the Red Cross were partners for the distribution of medical equipment and the results had been satisfying.

In closing, Coun. Scott cited the "Spring Swing" program for seniors sixty and above to be held on Tuesday, May 4th at the Monmouth University Gym between the hours of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The program was limited to the first five hundred responders and it was RSVP.

Coun. Nolan advised that the Board of Recreation's "Hot Shots" Program had been postponed until Saturday, March 13th @ 3:30 pm. "T" Ball & "Pee-Wee" Soccer sign-ups would be held on March 14th and the annual Easter Egg Hunt would be Saturday, March 27th. Coun. Nolan added that the Board of Recreation would be meeting to discuss the $250,000 grant for improvements to Brielle Park in the near future.

Turning to the Library, Coun. Nolan cited the "School-House Rock" program on March 9th @ 3:30 pm and the "Classic Broadway" program @ 2:00 pm on March 22nd. The Library was also in the process of updating its web-site.

In closing, Coun. Nolan lauded Coun. Scott and the County for reminding the public of the importance of the census.

Coun. Garruzzo had no report and Coun. Shaak reminded the public that the First Aid Squad would have an "Open House" on Wednesday, March 10th between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

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Coun. Visceglia advised the public that Governor Christie would be giving his budget address on March 16th. Thereafter state aid figures would be available and it was anticipated that the budget could be introduced on March 22nd. The budget synopsis would be published in the Coast Star and the full text of the budget would be posted on the Borough Web-Site.

Assuming that the budget will be introduced on March 22nd, the public hearing would be held on April 26th, 2010.
Mayor Nicol then opened the meeting to the public and recognized William Brannick, 805 Schoolhouse Road, who cited the absence of Coun. Gorham for the second consecutive meeting and asked if his annual council salary of $4,000 was reduced as a result of his absence? The Mayor replied "no".

Mr. Brannick also asked how many meetings a councilmember could miss and the Borough Attorney advised that the statue referenced an eight week absence.

Janet Hendricks, 615 Leslie Avenue, cited a concern voiced by the Governing Body during former Councilman Bolger's absence due to health reasons and she asked if there were a number of consecutive absences that would trigger termination?

Attorney Montenegro reiterated that the standard was eight weeks and that would equate to four meetings, but the statute did provide for an "exception" and the Council could excuse an absence regardless of the number of meetings missed.

There being no further comment, the meeting was adjourned at 7:58 pm on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.

Approved: March 22nd, 2010. Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

Resolution No: 10-28-A
Date: March 8th, 2010

Resolution Designating the Month of March as "Women's History Month"
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, philanthropic, and cultural institutions in our state;

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 is 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 2010 is designated as "Women's History Month" under the National Women History Project's 2010 theme: Writing Women Back Into History.

Thomas F. Nolan Municipal Clerk