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Borough of Brielle, NJ


August 25, 2014

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August 25th, 2014

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MINUTES AUGUST 25th, 2014 WORK SESSION START: 7:30 PM

PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUNCILMEN GARRUZZO, GIANFORTE, GORHAM, NOLAN, SHAAK, & VISCEGLIA, ATTORNEY MONTENEGRO & ADMINISTRATOR NOLAN.

ABSENT: NONE

Mayor Nicol convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator, who advised Council of the need to add a resolution to the consent agenda to authorize a Change Order #2 to the water tower project, due to an emergent matter relative to the relocation of the electrical system. Council gave their authorization.

Engineer Alan P. Hilla, then addressed the Governing Body regarding the status of the Monmouth County Flood Mitigation Plan. The plan was put in place between 2007 and 2009 and required review every five years.

The current update was county-wide and required all Monmouth County municipalities to itemize essential infrastructure that was vital for flood mitigation such as bulkheads at the terminus of municipal streets, known hazardous conditions that could impact commercial, residential or municipal property, etc. Placing these items on the inventory was not a guarantee of funding for mitigation, but failure to place them on the list would prohibit funding should it become available.

The plan was scheduled for adoption in the fall of 2014 and Mr. Hilla would be updating the Council on the plan throughout the coming weeks. Information would be distributed to the public on Brielle Day and had been posted on the web and all public bulletin boards. Mr. Hilla noted that, prior to Sandy, in 2011 New Jersey ranked fifth in the nation in the number of flood insurance claims now it was number three, right behind Texas and Louisiana.

The work session was now opened for questions on the foregoing topics, but Emily Bilotti, 211 Brielle Avenue, was permitted to ask the Engineer about the status of Brielle Beach. Ms. Bilotti thought that Mr. Hilla was the flood plain official and asked how, based on a conversation she had with FEMA, he could permit the placement of a berm and mulch/debris storage area in a flood plain?

Mr. Hilla explained that Albert Ratz was the Flood Plain Manager, and that question should be directed to him. Mr. Hilla had been charged by the Governing Body to respond to a notice of violation from NJDEP regarding the property in question and he had done so; he was awaiting NJDEP’s response.

Ms. Bilotti reiterated her concerns over the material in the berm, sand, concrete and mulch that would wash throughout the neighborhood in a flood.

Taylor LaTourette, 336 Fisk Avenue, stated that he had read the submission made by the Borough PAGE 69

to NJDEP and voiced a concern over the language that indicated that the Borough planned to maintain the recycling facility.

Mayor Nicol offered that the Borough intended to maintain the area for use in the event of an “emergency”.

A number of Manasquan Residents from the Perrin Boulevard, across the Glimmer Glass from Brielle Beach, attended the meeting in support of the East Magnolia residents. Susan Miner was critical of the berm, the odor from the mulch, the threat the mulch posed to the Glimmer Glass and the adverse impact on property values.

“Bob” 416 Perrin Boulevard, cited a flyer placed in his mailbox by an unknown source, and asked how the Council planned to address the concerns raised in the missive.

Mayor Nicol stated that the Council did not reply to anonymous letters. Bob then asked the Administrator if he had had a conversation with Manasquan Mayor George Dempsey that morning in which he told the Mayor that the mulch operation had ceased at the Brielle Beach location. The Administrator replied that he had. Bob asked if the operation would be resumed. Mr. Nolan replied it could be used for storage of brush in an emergency.

Rebecca Porter-Gorham, 504 Fisk Avenue, asked if the berm was absolutely necessary. The Mayor said that he was awaiting the NJDEP’s ruling on that issue.

Nick Bilotti, 211 Brielle Avenue, stated his belief that, if the area received the four feet of water as occurred during Sandy, the berm would be swept into the basement of his house. Mayor Nicol replied that, that was his opinion. Engineer Hilla was asked his opinion, but he demurred as he had no direct knowledge of the materials used to erect the berm.

Richard Curry, 324 Magnolia Avenue, supported Mr. Bilotti’s contention and on two occasions asked, as Ms. Porter had suggested, the berm could not simply be removed. The Mayor had told Ms. Porter-Gorham that it acted as protection to contain any brush that had to be placed there and prevented debris from being blown by the wind. Mr. Curry suggested that, since brush would only be placed at the location in an emergency, that a new containment berm could be erected when needed, in particular, since, as Mr. Bilotti had suggested, the existing berm would be washed away prior to the emergency being declared.

“John” from Manasquan asked if any other sites had been considered. The Mayor said the DPW Yard had been, but it could not be used during the construction of a new water storage tank, and the demolition of the existing tank.

A resident of 513 Magnolia Avenue addressed the mulch issue and pointed out that, after Sandy, she had two feet of mulch from adjacent properties in her backyard, as a result of flooding. She also requested that the berm be removed.

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There being no further comment, work session was adjourned at 8:02 p.m. on a motion by Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Nolan.



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MINUTES AUGUST 25th, 2014 START: 7:45 P.M.

PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUNCILMEN GARRUZZO, GIANFORTE, GORHAM, NOLAN, SHAAK, & VISCEGLIA, ATTORNEY MONTENEGRO & ADMINISTRATOR NOLAN.

ABSENT: NONE

Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the August 11th, 2014 Regular meeting were approved on a motion by Councilman Gianforte seconded by Councilman Gorham; all aye; no nays. Passed

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Visceglia, introduced Resolution 14-81 for Passage of the Consent Agenda.

Resolution:
A. (see insertion)
B. (see insertion)
C. (see insertion)
D. To declare an emergency as per N.J.S.A. 19:44a-20.12 re: replacement of air conditioning unit
E. To approve Change Order No. 2 to approve the placement of an underground electrical service from the existing pole to the pump station and garage at the Brielle Public Works Yard at a cost of $18,428.00.

Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, Gianforte, Gorham, Nolan, Shaak and Visceglia; all aye, No nays. Passed

(Note: A number of residents thanked the Council for taking a position on the bridge and asked if the resolution called for a larger structure. Mayor Nicol replied that the design was being left to the County, but the resolution did request that it be large enough to accommodate public safety vehicles and to provide for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Bob from Manasquan thanked the Council for the resolution, but suggested that the County be petitioned to dredge the channel to facilitate boat traffic during the construction. Another resident urged a strict timetable for the reconstruction given the fact that the temporary repairs would leave the bridge closed for a minimum of ten months. Mayor Nicol reminded the public that weather conditions would be a factor.)

Councilman Visceglia seconded by Councilman Gorham, introduced Resolution 14-82 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 August 25th, 2014, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, Gianforte, Gorham, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed

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Councilman Gianforte had no report. Councilman Nolan advised that the deadline for registration for the Brielle Dash was 6:00 pm on Friday, August 29th. The feature film “Cars” would be screened outdoors on September 9th and the Coaster Derby would be held on September 27th. The Library would resume Saturday hours, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, on September 13th and hold the Brielle Day Book Fair starting Thursday September 4th through Brielle Day.

Councilman Garruzzo announced that Patrolmen Kevin Williams and Dylan Lovgren had both received awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Chief Palmer cited the high praise received from the County Prosecutor’s Office for Sergeant Stephen Boyd and Patrolman Williams for their investigation of a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on February 5th of this year.

Patrolman Ronald Sofield was cited for his prompt action that facilitated the investigation of a smashed window at a commercial property and Detective Ryan Meixsell was praised for his resolution of several crimes including burglaries and thefts from local businesses and the Manasquan River Golf Club Gift Shop and the recovery of a stolen trailer.

In July the Police made twelve adult arrests, four juvenile arrests and investigated fifteen motor vehicle accidents.

Councilman Shaak announced that the DPW was busy preparing for Brielle Day and in repainting yellow lines preparatory to the re-opening of school. He also noted that the regular brush schedule was be resumed until October Leaf Season began to permit the Borough more time to disseminate the new schedule to the public.

Councilman Gorham and Visceglia having no reports and there being no public comment the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm on a motion by Councilman Shaak, seconded by Councilman Visceglia.



Approved: September 8th, 2014



__________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk



Resolution No: 14-81-A Date: August 25th, 2014

Whereas, the Glimmer Glass Bridge is a primary arterial that is utilized for the Conveyance of public safety apparatus (fire trucks/ambulances), and

Whereas, the current weight limit for the bridge is three tons, the lowest allowable weight limit for a bridge, and

Whereas, the three ton weight limit makes it impossible for emergency vehicles to traverse the bridge thereby posing a real and present danger to lives and property, and

Whereas, the Glimmer Glass Bridge is currently closed to all vehicular traffic for a Minimum of ten months and alternate conceptual plans concerning the replacement of the bridge are under consideration.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Governing Body of the Borough of Brielle that the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders be petitioned to take appropriate steps to ensure the following:

a. The bridge should be replaced as expeditiously as possible,
b. Public Safety should take precedence over any their considerations.
c. The bridge should provide for two-way traffic.
d. The bridge should provide safe passage for pedestrians and bicyclists.
e. The bridge should be capable of bearing a weight load to facilitate use by emergency vehicles.
f. The historical significance of the bridge should be memorialized by an appropriate plaque.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Manasquan.

Certification

The foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Brielle at a meeting held at Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane, Brielle, New Jersey, on August 25th, 2014.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle this 26th day of August 2014.

_____________________
Thomas Nolan
Municipal Clerk


Resolution No: 14-81-B
Date: August 25th, 2014



Resolution of the Borough of Brielle

Whereas: on August 18th, 2014 Brielle Education Foundation, PO Box 162, Brielle, NJ 08730 submitted Raffle Application No. 2014-16 ID, No. 57-5-37135 for an on-site 50/50 Raffle, to be held at Manasquan River Golf Club, 843 Riverview Drive Brielle, NJ 08730 on November 13th, 2014 at 10pm.

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.

Certification

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 August 25th, 2014.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle this 26th day of August 2014.


______________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk




Resolution No: 14-81-C Date: August 25th, 2014



Resolution of the Borough of Brielle

Whereas: on August 18th, 2014 Brielle PTO, 605 Union Lane, Brielle, NJ 08730 submitted Raffle Application No. 2014-17 ID, No. 57-5-22886 for an off-site 50/50 raffle, to be held at Brielle Elementary School, 605 Union Lane Brielle NJ 08730 on October 31st, 2014 at 3:00pm .

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.

Certification

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 August 25th, 2014.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle this 26th day of August 2014.

______________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk












 

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