A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

February 14, 2011

March 10 2011

February 14, 2011





Council-President John Visceglia 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 noted that the date for the receipt of bids on the emergency generator had been moved back to February 25th, 2011 due to the need for an addendum.

William Brannick, 805 Schoolhouse Road, asked about the location of the generator. The Administrator replied that it would provide emergency power to the Water Plant and the Public Safety Communication system mounted on the water tanks.

There being no further comments the work session was adjourned at 7:32 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak.

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MINUTES FEBRUARY 14th, 2011 START: 7:33 P.M.



Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the January 24th Meeting were approved on a motion by Coun. Scott seconded by Coun Garruzzo; all aye; no nays. Passed.

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak, introduced Resolution 11-17 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

A. To approve the use of Brett Nielsen as a DPW Recycling Laborer for the purpose of delivering recycling containers.
B. To endorse the Brielle Elementary School's participation in the New Jersey Clean Energy Program.
C. To approve a service agreement with Emergency Communications, Inc. for the provision of reversed 911 services.


A. To appoint Robert Houseal & Catherine Oliver to the Brielle Environmental Commission for terms to run January 1st, 2011 through December 31st, 2013.
B. To approve VFW Post #1838's request to conduct their annual "Buddy Poppy"
Drive in Brielle, May 2011.

Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed. (Note: William Brannick, 805 Schoolhouse Road inquired as to Resolution "A". The Administrator advised that Mr. Nielsen had been hired as a temporary part-time employee for the sole purpose of distributing the recycling containers.)

Coun. Visceglia, seconded by Coun. Shaak, introduced Resolution 11-18 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 February 14th, 2011, 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.

On behalf of Mayor Nicol the Administrator then read two Proclamations (see insertions).

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Coun. Scott was recognized and she advised the public that the Arbor Day Proclamation was a requirement of the application process for the designation as "Tree City". Hence the need for action, well in advance of the April 29th dates.

Coun. Scott also cited two letters and numerous phone calls that praised the DPW and Assistant Superintendant McArthur for their work during the recent snow events. Supe0rintendent Burkhardt had also praised the department for their selfless dedication and willingness to take on extra work without complaint.
Coun. Scott also cited the success of the Shore Community Alliance's "Babes Programs", recently completed at the Brielle Elementary School that targeted the lower grades and challenged them to make good choices.
In closing, Coun. Scott advised those assembled that February was "Wild Bird Month". When Coun. Visceglia interjected that he had not known that, Coun. Scott apologized for ruffling his feathers. The Councilwoman concluded by pointing out that a bird does not sing because it has an answer, but because it has a song.
Coun. Garruzzo & Shaak both praised the Reverse 911 Program and saw it as a positive for the residents. Coun. Garruzzo looked forward to the system being utilized in future weather events and Coun. Shaak added that the system permitted the Borough to alert residents to situations such as the recent blizzard or changes to the trash collection schedule within ten to fifteen minutes of obtaining the information. The system was currently utilized by Wall Township, Spring Lake and Monmouth County. Chief Palmer had interacted with these agencies to help in his evaluation and consensus was that the system would be a positive.
Coun. Shaak added that the use of the system would be restricted to emergency use.
Coun. Shaak was pleased to note that the renovations to the First Aid Building, along with the new addition were 90% complete. The new emergency generator had been installed last Thursday. Coun. Shaak also thanked Karen and the Coast Star for their coverage of Legow Management's donation of a new cupola to honor a fallen Brielle Soldier.
Coun. Scott added a postscript to her report and extended her appreciation to the Coast Star for the coverage of the distribution of the new recycling containers. The Councilwoman added that the public was pleased with the new items.

Turning to the public, Karen of the Coast Star asked if the Reverse 911 was also known as RED? Coun. Shaak replied that it was.

William Brannick asked why Robert McArthur's pick-up truck did not feature a plow? The Administrator noted that the vehicle had been used to salt and sand and he assumed it had a plow attachment, but he would check.

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Ed Burke, 409 Union Lane, asked why the Borough had expended $250,000 for new sidewalks along Union Lane and made no effort to enforce the ordinance that required snow removal? He stated that if the Borough did not intend to enforce the ordinance it should be removed from the code.

Mr. Burke also voiced his concern over the absence of a flag on the flag pole at the old Brielle Furniture site. Coun. Visceglia & Planning Board James Langenberger explained that the flag had been redesigned; it would now be twenty-five feet lower and that would prevent it from wrapping around the pole and better control illumination. The changes required zoning approval and that approval had just been granted. Installation was scheduled to begin as soon the weather permitted.

Finally, Mr. Burke asked the status of the new Street Sweeper. He was advised that it was under consideration in the capital budget.

There being no further comments, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak.
Approved: February 28th, 2011 ______________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk