A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

October 8th, 2012

November 08 2012

October 8th, 2012




Mayor Nicol convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings and recognized the Administrator who advised that he had nothing to report, but noted that consent agenda resolution 12-85-B had been carried, at the applicant’s request to October 22nd, 2012.

There being no comments the work session was adjourned at 7:32pm on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Nolan.

MINUTES OCTOBER 8th, 2012 START: 7:33 P.M.



Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of September 24th, 2012 were approved on a motion by Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Gorham; all aye; no nays. Passed.
Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan introduced Resolution 12-85 For Passage of the Consent Agenda.

A. (see insertion)
B.To authorize a refund for overpayment of a water bill, Account #702-0, in the amount of $116.48.
C.To authorize the renewal of the animal control contract with Associated Humane Societies through 2013.

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

Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Shaak, introduced Resolution 12-86 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 October 8th, 2012, 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. (Note: Councilman Shaak was appointed to the Finance Committee for purposes of this meeting.)

Mayor Nicol then called for committee reports and recognized Coun. Scott who advised that hydrant flushing would begin on Sunday, October 21st and continue until October 25th from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Councilwoman Scott was also pleased at how well clean-up week was progressing and noticed the reduction in the amount of material at the curb. She added that the sixteen advertised yard sales over the weekend might have contributed to the reduced amount and she hoped that all the clothing and children's toys that were not sold, would be donated and put to good use.

In closing, the Councilwoman cited the issue of bamboo, a fast growing tree, and some species can grow three feet in a day. While it made excellent screening; it was all but impossible to remove and could adversely impact neighbors.

Having had an opportunity to discuss this matter with the Shade Tree Commission she urged Council to seek model ordinances from other Monmouth County communities and to fashion an ordinance for Brielle.

Councilwoman Scott also asked for clarification of the Peanut Butter & Jelly Collection and was advised that it would now continue throughout October.
Coun. Nolan advised that the Library would host "Turning Today's Retirement Assets into Income for Life" presented by the Creative Financial Group on October 9th from 11:00am to 12:00pm. On October 23rd, "Spooky Halloween with Fun on a String" will be at 3:30 pm.
Turning to Recreation, Councilman Nolan noted the success of the recent Coaster Derby, with 35 cars entering, and the annual two evening Flag Football event at Brielle Park from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on October 12th & 13th, with lights furnished courtesy of George Harms.

Councilman Nolan also reminded the public of the Annual Fall Festival starting at noon on Sunday, October 21st.

Councilman Garruzzo cited the final September Statistics for the Police Department and noted 10 Adult arrests that included one aggravated assault on a police officer, one aggravated assault, one simple assault, five DWI, one disorderly conduct and one warrant arrest. There were also fourteen motor vehicle incident investigations.

Councilman Garruzzo reminded the public of the Halloween Curfew. Any minor under eighteen, unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, or adult having custody or care of such minor, either on foot or in a motor vehicle, within the confines of Brielle was subject to a curfew from 7:30 pm to 6:00 am during the period October 20th through November 1st. The sole exception is October 30th "Mischief Night" when the curfew would be in effect from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Councilman Shaak advised that he and Councilwoman Scott would be meeting with NJDOT on October 9th to review the plans for the plantings along Route #35.

Councilman Shaak also asked the public to notify JCP&L during power outages and not to assume that someone else had done so. The Utility went on storm mode in these situations and their response was tied to the number of calls they received. The more calls, the quicker the response.
Councilman Gorham having no report and there being no questions from the public the meeting was adjourned at 7:51 pm on a motion by councilman Shaak, seconded by Councilman Garruzzo.

Approved: October 22nd, 2012

Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

Resolution No.: 12-85-A
Date: October 8th, 2012

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day
October 10, 2012

October 10, 2012, has been declared Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day by the Brielle Police Department
WHEREAS, Across the nation, traffic crashes caused 32,310 fatalities in 2011, and are the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 34; and,

WHEREAS, In New Jersey, 627 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2011; and,

WHEREAS, Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 24 percent of the State's traffic fatalities, while speed related fatalities for 2011 climbed to 174 from 61 recorded in 2007.

WHEREAS, Motorcyclists, bicycle riders and pedestrians face increased risks on New Jersey's roadways, as people opt for alternative modes of transportation; and,

WHEREAS, 92 motorcyclists, 17 bicyclists and 143 pedestrians were killed in New Jersey in traffic-related crashes in 2011; and,

WHEREAS, Safer driving behaviors such as buckling up, every ride; obeying posted speed limits; stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks and using crosswalks when walking; avoiding aggressive driving behaviors; never driving impaired; wearing proper safety gear when riding a motorcycle or bicycle; and, focusing solely on driving by avoiding distractions, can dramatically reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Borough of Brielle declares October 10th, 2012, Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day, and calls upon everyone to put these lifesaving behaviors into practice to improve safety on the roadways in our community and throughout the State.