A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

October 28, 2013

February 03 2014

October 28th, 2013

MINUTES October 28th, 2013 WORK SESSION START: 7:38 PM



Mayor Nicol convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator who had nothing to report.

Mayor Nicol then present the “Step-up To the Plate” Awards to honor those who assisted the community during “Hurricane Sandy” by, as indicated by the shape of the plaque, stepping-up to the plate.

The honorees were: Lionel Neals, the Earle Family, George Harms Construction and Falkinburg Tree Expert Company.

The Mayor thanked the recipients for “stepping-up” to the plate during last year’s Sandy Storm and assisting the Borough in meeting the challenge. Both Harms Construction & Earle Asphalt had provided containers for debris removal as well as heavy equipment the Borough lacked. Falkinburg tree service had cleared the fallen trees and also removed those in danger of falling onto homes. This work helped to keep the Borough Streets open for emergency services. Mr. Neals was the un-sung hero who, despite the odds kept on delivering the daily paper. At a time when the absence of electrical power shut down television, radio and internet communication for many residents, Mr. Neals provided their sole source of information. The Mayor added that Mr. Neals’s dedication was legendary and he marveled how, in the middle of a blizzard, he made his deliveries down streets that appeared to be impassable.

Council and the Public joined the Mayor in applauding these individuals and their true sense of community.

The work session adjourned at 7:45 p.m. on a motion by Councilman Nolan and seconded by Councilman Garruzzo.

MINUTES October 28th, 2013 START: 7:46P.M.



Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the October 14th, 2013 meeting were approved on a motion by Councilwoman Scott seconded by Councilman Nolan; all aye; no nays. Passed

The Mayor then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing on the Borough’s Application for an Open Space Grant.

The hearing was opened on a motion by Councilman Shaak, seconded by Councilman Nolan.

The Borough Engineer advised the Council that the application, previously submitted to the County had been deemed to be defective as it had not contained a street address. The regulations required a re-advertisement for a new hearing that was now being held. The scope of the application had not changed. The Park had suffered damage relative to the surface of the parking lot and curbing. The area where brush had been stored after the Sandy Hurricane would also be replanted along with sections of damaged fence. In the event any member of Council or the Public had a question the Engineer would be pleased to address the issue.

There being no comments, the hearing was closed on a motion by Councilman Garruzzo, seconded by Councilman Nolan.

Councilman Garruzzo, seconded by Councilman Nolan, introduced Resolution 13-80 (see insertion)

Vote: Council Members Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Shaak; all aye. No nays. Passed. Absent: Councilman Visceglia.

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan, introduced Resolution 13-81 For Passage of the Consent Agenda.

A. (see insertion)

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

Councilman Garruzzo, seconded by Councilman Nolan introduced Resolution 13-82 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 28th, 2013, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Council members Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott & Page 77

Shaak: all aye. No nays. Passed

Mayor Nicol then called for committee reports and recognized Councilwoman Scott who advised the public that leaf season had begun and brush was no longer being collected. Hydrant flushing had been held at night to minimize inconvenience and was now concluded. The County was clearing remaining from Old Bridge Road and residents were reminded that, with the arrival of cold weather there was always a potential for snow. In the event of a snow storm, residents were asked to keep their cars off of the street to facilitate plowing.

Councilman Scott cited her attendance at Elementary School’s Red Ribbon Week where the focus was on drug and alcohol misuse. Five Hundred Seventy-Two students toke the pledge to abstain. The Seventh Grade took part in a competition wherein some five hundred students competed to produce the best Public Service Announcement demonstrating the perils of drug and alcohol abuse. Members of the Academic Team brought home the price and their P.S.A. would soon be featured in the media.

The South Monmouth Alliance held a forum for parents. The theme was early intervention to avoid abuse problems down the road; the form was entitled “Those Who Wait Lose the Most”.

Councilwoman Scott noted that the Sandy Relief Program, manned by volunteers, had transferred their mission to MOVE, a nationwide organization with greater outreach and resources.

The Volunteers, operating out of Manasquan’s Methodist Church, had served twenty-two thousand meals to Sandy Survivors and last week a re-union between the volunteers and the recipients had been held at the Church.

On November 14th, the Manasquan Elks will sponsor an informational session on what residents should know before elevating their homes. A structural engineer will be present to answer questions.

The local “Light-Up New Jersey” ceremony will take place this week at the Manasquan Gazebo and will be followed by a ministerial of all local Churches.

In closing, Councilman Scott advised that the Manasquan High School Music Director had produced a film on Sandy that will air on Sunday on Cablevision @ 7:00pm and on next Tuesday @ 8:00 pm on FIOS.

Councilman Nolan advised that the Library would conduct an amnesty on all fines through Thanksgiving for patrons who bring in food donations for the Brielle Elementary School’s IC Hope Food Drive. All food shall be donated to the Monmouth County Food Bank.

Councilman Nolan also observed that the Harvest Festival “Chili Cook-Off” had been a great success. The winner was John Tesa and the event raised $800.00 for the Big Blue Association. Councilman Nolan also praised Councilman Garruzzo’s chili.

Councilman Garruzzo had no report, but agreed that he made excellent chili. Since neither
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Councilman Shaak nor Gorham had reports, the meeting was opened to the public.

Janice Hendricks, 615 Leslie Avenue, inquired as to whether or not the group of young people, unloaded from a van with New York license plates that solicited throughout the Borough over the weekend, had permission.

The Administrator advised that they had permission. They were a bona-fide organization, and under the constitution, could not be denied the right to solicit. However, they had to have proper identification and to register at Police Headquarters. They had been conducting their fund drive annually over the years, knew our requirements, and had always been cooperative.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55pm on a motion by Councilman Shaak, seconded by Councilman Garruzzo.

Approved: November 12th, 2013

Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

Resolution No: 13-80-A Date: October 28th, 2013

Resolution of the Borough of Brielle

Whereas: on October 10th, 2013 Big Hearts to Little Hearts, 1103 Shore Drive, Brielle, NJ 08730 submitted Raffle Application No. 2013-27 ID No. 143-4-35787 for an off-site 50/50 raffle, to be held at Union Landing 622 Green Ave. Brielle NJ 08730 on Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 7pm.

Whereas: the Brielle Police Department had indicated that it has no objection to granting this License.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved: that the Governing Body of the Borough of Brielle directs the Business Administrator to sign the Findings and Determination and the Municipal Clerk is to issue the required License on behalf of the Borough.


The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Mayor & Council of the Borough of Brielle at a meeting held at Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane, Brielle, New Jersey, on Monday, October 28th, 2013.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle this 29th day of October 2013.

Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk