A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

August 8, 2016

August 24 2016

August 8th, 2016

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MINUTES August 8th, 2016 WORK SESSION START: 7:30 PM



Mayor Nicol announced that any member of the public wishing to audio or video record a Council Meeting must give notice to the Borough Clerk prior to the meeting being recorded.

Mayor Nicol convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator, who had advised Council that he had nothing to report, but he asked permission to add a resolution “C” to the consent agenda to authorize an Interlocal Agreement with Wall Township, as lead agency, for the provision of certain services related to public works. Council gave their authorization.
The Administrator also noted the presence of Eagle Scout Candidate, Alex Danish who wished to discuss his project with the Council and another candidate who wished to report on his recently completed project.

The Mayor then read two Proclamations. The first honored the Morgan Family on the 50th Anniversary of their family picnic and the second declared “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 Statewide Crackdown” for the period August 19th through September 5th, 2016.

Whereas, Jasper Morgan was the first African-American to settle in the Brielle area in 1886. He married Mattie Harvey in 1900 and they built their home on South Street, Brielle where they raised their five children Jasper Jr., Mable, Edward, William and Magnolia; and
Whereas, seeing the need for a place of worship, Jasper and Mattie raised funds to build a church. Mattie Harvey-Morgan initiated many fundraisers such as tea parties, necktie parties, apron parties, concerts and she also wrote and directed plays. All of their hard work paid off enabling them to purchase land and build Shiloh Baptist Church, Manasquan in 1913; and
Whereas, in 1967 Morgan Parkway, Brielle was named in honor of Jasper Morgan for his work as a contractor in laying out and cutting the streets of the Harris tract, as well as other streets in the town. The Men’s Club of Brielle was instrumental in bestowing this honor because of Jasper’s good name, reputation and many contributions to the community; and
Whereas, after becoming adults, many of the children, their grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren remained in Brielle and the Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey area; and

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Whereas, the Morgan family will hold its 50th Morgan Family Reunion on Saturday, August 20, 2016 on Morgan Parkway at Brielle Park, Brielle; and
Now Therefore Be Proclaimed, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the Town of Brielle, on behalf of the Brielle Council and all the citizens hereof, I, Thomas B. Nicol, hereby proclaim today Saturday, August 20, 2016, and every third Saturday in the month of August as: “Morgan Family Reunion Day”

The Chair recognized Alex Danish who advised Council that he was seeking to re-roof and re-side the Board of Recreation storage shed in Brielle Park.

Council thought it was an excellent public service project. Councilman Nolan asked what materials would be employed and Mr. Danish replied that he would use duns board siding as opposed to vinyl and standard roofing shingles. Councilman Nolan was impressed with the choice of siding as the shed was frequently hit by balls from the playing fields that dented the vinyl siding whereas the duns board was more like concrete and would wear better and longer.

Mason Pierciey advised that he had completed his project, re-painting the Maltese Crosses that delineated the presence of fire hydrants and he had further provided a map of the locations. Mr. Pierciey added that he had begun the project in September 2015, but completion had taken time as the paint required a temperature of 50 degrees and the surface had to be dry. Both weather and school obligations had worked against him.

Councilman Shaak praised Mr. Pierciey endeavor and noted that he had been Fire Chief eighteen years ago when the crosses, that featured the Maltese Cross, the universal symbol for hydrant locations; he offered that it was an excellent idea then and an excellent idea now, in particular due to landscaping that frequently concealed the hydrants. The delineation of the hydrants was critical in situations where time was of the essence. He added that Mr. Pierciey had had the foresight to paint the crosses closer to the center of the road, rather than the travel lanes which would contribute to their longevity.

Councilman Garruzzo asked how many crosses had been painted and he was told one hundred fifty. Councilman Nolan, as an engineer, added that he frequently had need to goggle hydrant locations and the crosses were an effective means of identification.

Councilman Shaak cited Mason’s membership as a Junior Member in both the Fire Company & Volunteer First Aid squad.

The Chair recognized Jim Stetson, President of Brielle Fire Company #1 who noted that both Alex Danish and Mason Pierciey had joined the company as Junior Members.

There being no further comment, work session was adjourned at 7:52 p.m. on a motion by Councilman Shaak, seconded by Councilman Nolan.

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MINUTES August 8th, 2016 START: 7:53 P.M.



Following the announcement on recording devices, a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the July 25th Regular Meeting were approved on a motion by Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Nolan; all aye; no nays. Passed (Note: Councilman Nolan abstained).

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan introduced Resolution 16-64 for Passage of the Consent Agenda.

A. To authorize the Mayor & Clerk to execute a memorandum of agreement with the Brielle P.B.A.
B. To appoint Thomas F. Nolan as Acting C.M.F.O. for the period August 1st through December 31st, 2016.
C. (See insertion)

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

Councilman Visceglia seconded by Councilman Shaak introduced Resolution 16-65 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 8th, 2016, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia: all aye. No nays. Passed (Note: Councilman Shaak was appointed to the Finance Committee for purposes of this meeting).

Mayor Nicol called for Committee reports. Councilman Nolan cited the success of the “National Night Out” and observed that it appeared that the number of people in attendance appeared to have doubled.

Turning to the Library, he noted that 85 people had attended the Harry Potter midnight event and plans for the annual Joe Leone event, scheduled for early October, were underway.

Councilman Garruzzo observed that the annual “National Night Out” hosted by the Police Department & Board of Recreation, had been a great success. The addition of a “dunk

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tank” had entertained attendees of all ages. Chief Palmer wished to extend his appreciation to the Officers, along with the Fire & First Aid Volunteers who were also in attendance.

The Department was currently fine tuning their preparations for Brielle day.

Councilman Shaak advised that the joint parking lot project, the cost of which was being born jointly by the Borough and the Board of Education would, in addition to repaving, see new curbing and drainage improvements. While residents might experience some temporary inconvenience, the project was on schedule and would be completed before the opening of the school year.

There being no public comment, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm on a motion by Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Visceglia.

Approved August 22nd, 2016

Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

Resolution No.: 16-64-C
Date: August 8th, 2016


WHEREAS, The Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act, N.J.S.A. 40A:65-1 et seq., authorizes local units as defined in said Act to enter into joint agreements for the provision of government services; and

WHEREAS, The Borough of Brielle desires to enter into a shared services agreement for the Department of Public Works with the Township of Wall, The Boroughs of Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Belmar, Lake Como, and Manasquan (the “Boroughs”); and

WHEREAS, the shared services agreement for the Department of Public Works will include, but not be limited to labor, equipment, material, and purchasing of material, equipment, and services for Wall Township and the Boroughs.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Brielle, County of Monmouth, New Jersey that the Borough of Brielle are authorized to enter into a contract as described above with the aforementioned Township and Boroughs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all Borough officials including, but not limited to the Mayor, the Administrator and the Municipal Clerk, are hereby authorized and directed to take such ministerial actions as are necessary to effectuate the provisions of this resolution.


The foregoing is a true copy of a resolution approved by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on August 8th, 2016.
Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 9th day of August, 2016.

Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk