A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

September 12, 2011

September 30 2011

September 12, 2011

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Council President Visceglia convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator who advised that he had no formal report, but he advised Council that the "Best Practice" report had been submitted to DCA on September 1st.

As previously noted the Borough had achieved 96% compliance and had or was in the process implementing an "on-line" auction, creating a "Pay-To-Play” Ordinance and extending financial reports to include the full Council and not just the Finance Committee. Areas for further consideration were the issuance of RFPs for the hiring of professional and the creation of a "light-duty post".

Given the complexity of these issues the recommendation to which Council agreed, was to have the Law Ordinance & Personnel Committee review the compliance issue and make a recommendation to the Governing Body prior to the next submission of the report.

No member of the Council or of the Public had a comment on Best Practice.

The Administrator also addressed Resolution 11-75-A and explained that, at this juncture, he was requesting the flexibility to deal with a situation that might require offering payment schedules to impacted residents.

Put simply, it appeared that some residents, so far only those who received a credit for a successful tax appeal in 2010, were billed at an amount less than they should have. The reason for the problem has yet to be determined as computer reports indicated that the amount to be billed in support of the budget and the amount billed were equal.

However, when the Tax Collector did her monthly report she noticed that something was not right and a manual analysis of random accounts indicated a problem. The Administrator was currently working with the Collector, CFO and software vendors to determine exactly what happened and to ensure that it did not happen again.

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

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

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan, introduced Resolution 11-75 for passage of the Consent Agenda.

A. To authorize the Administrator to provide payment schedules for additional taxes
owed by certain homeowners as the result of a computer software malfunction.
B. To hire Jason S. Osborn, of Manasquan, as a part-time seasonal employee for the
Department of Public Works.

Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed. (Note: William Brannick, 805 Schoolhouse Road, asked if the part-time job had been advertised and why a resident of Brielle had not been hired? The Administrator explained that part-time "seasonal" jobs did not have to be advertised, but if and when a full-time position became available, it would be. He also pointed out that Brielle was not a civil service community so there was no residential preference. Mr. Osborn had a CDL License and was the best qualified individual among those whose resumes/applications were already on file.

Coun. Visceglia, seconded by Coun. Shaak, introduced Resolution 11-75 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 September 12th, 2011, 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.

Council-President Visceglia then called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott. Coun. Scott praised the DPW for their clean-up of debris that resulted from Hurricane Irene and their preparation for Brielle Day. Those who attended Brielle Day would have no idea that the hurricane had passed through. While there was some isolated area awaiting pick-up, overall the department had done an outstanding job.

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Coun. Scott also had kudos for Dave Dupre and his coordination of the 9/11 Memorial Observances. The event had been tastefully done and featured the appearance of Brielle's Firefighters in uniform, along with the Boy Scouts. Scout Sean Tobin had brought the event to a conclusion with a poignant playing of taps.

Coun. Nolan advised that the Library would be offering a seminar on September 26th to demonstrate how to downlow books onto the Nook, 1-Pod and other electronic devices. The Board of Recreation would be holding the annual "Coaster Derby" on October 8th, to be followed by the "Autumn Festival" on the 9th.

In closing, Coun. Nolan reminded the public that the improvements to Brielle Park had begun and caution was advised.

Coun. Garruzzo informed the public that in August there were thirteen adult arrests, including six burglary, 2 simple assaults and four warrants. There was also one domestic violence and one juvenile DWI. The Police responded to twenty-four First Aid calls, twenty-nine alarm calls and investigated twenty motor vehicle accidents. There were also One Hundred & Twelve calls during the recent hurricane:
Public Assists 10
Utilities/Wires Down 33
Trees Down 36
Transformer Fires 11
EMS Calls 5
MVA's 2
Storm Prep./Admin. 3
Traffic Related Details 4
Fuel Leak 1
Attended Deaths 1
Alarm Activations 6

Coun. Shaak informed the public that a scheduled meeting with representatives of the Brielle Motor Court (Trailer Park) had failed to come off, hence the saga continued, but the Borough was pursuing this matter and would continue to do so until all outstanding violations were ameliorated.

Coun. Shaak also noted that Reverse 911 had been successfully utilized during the hurricane, although on some one thousand homes had signed up; he urged all residents to take advantage of the new system.

Coun. Shaak further advised that the First Aid Shelter had been a success. While two individuals had been housed there, the fact that the site had its own emergency generator enabled residents to use it as a comfort station where cell phones and other electronic devices could be charged during the power outage suffered by many residents. He added that, throughout the storm, twenty volunteers had worked and responded to sixty calls, and further added his praise to the DPW for a job well done.

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In closing Coun. Shaak advised those assembled that Richard Schwarz, Jr. a member of both the Fire Company and First Aid Squad, was also a member of the Army Reserve and he had been chosen to represent that branch of the service at the 9/11 Memorial Service in New York City, where he played taps.

Coun. Gorham & Visceglia having no reports, the Chair opened the meeting to the public and recognized Janet Hendricks, 615 Leslie Avenue, who inquired as to the status of the street sweeper and the potential to use Manasquan’s?

The Administrator advised that he would be meeting later in the week to discuss that possibility with Manasquan.

There being no further comments, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.

Approved: September 12th, 2011 _______________________
Thomas F. Nolan Municipal Clerk