A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

October 10, 2016

January 27 2017

October 10th, 2016

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MINUTES October 10th, 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 then opened the Work Session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator who had nothing to report.

Mayor then read the following Proclamation:

WHEREAS, Across the nation, traffic crashes caused approximately 35,092 fatalities in 2015, and are the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 34; and,
WHEREAS, In New Jersey, 562 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2015; and,
WHEREAS, Alcohol-related crashes accounted for 28 percent of the State's traffic fatalities, while 26 percent of all fatal crashes involved traveling at unsafe speeds; and,
WHEREAS, Motorcyclists, bicycle riders and pedestrians face increased risks on New Jersey's roadways, as people opt for alternative modes of transportation; and,
WHEREAS, 50 motorcyclists, 17 bicyclists and 173 pedestrians were killed in New Jersey in traffic-related crashes in 2015; 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 while riding a motorcycle or bicycle; and, focusing solely on driving by avoiding distractions, can dramatically reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths;
Now, therefore, I, Mayor Thomas Nicol of the Borough of Brielle do hereby proclaim October 10, 2016, Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day®, and call upon everyone to put these lifesaving behaviors into practice to improve safety on the roadways in our community and throughout the State.

There being no further comment, work session was adjourned at 7:35 p.m. on a motion by Councilman Garruzzo, seconded by Councilman Gorham.

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MINUTES October 10th, 2016 START: 7:36 PM



Following the announcement on recording devices, a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the September 26th, 2016 Regular Meeting were approved on a motion by Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan; all aye; no nays. Passed (Note: Councilmen Gianforte, Shaak & Visceglia abstained).

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan introduced Resolution 16-72 for Passage of the Consent Agenda.

A. To appoint James J. MacClearie to the Brielle Planning Board
B. (See insertion)

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

Councilman Visceglia seconded by Councilman Gorham introduced Resolution 16-73 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 10th, 2016, 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

Mayor Nicol then called for Committee Reports and recognized Councilman Gianforte who had no formal report, but congratulated Councilman Nolan and the Library for their “Bake-Off” event. He had attended with his son and the food was great, the atmosphere convivial and all those involved should be commended.

Councilman Nolan cited his surprise that only two Gianforte had attended, but looked forward to seeing more at the annual “Chili Cook-Off” on Sunday, October 16th.

Councilman Nolan also noted that the tennis and basketball courts were being furbished and the parking lot at Brielle Park was being repaved. The contractor was doing an excellent job and he anticipated the work being completed before the Halloween hay ride.

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Councilman Garruzzo advised the public that, on September 29th & 30th, the Brielle Police Department successfully completed, after a two year labor intensive process, On-Site Assessment by the New Jersey Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The accreditation files were reviewed, headquarters inspected, employees interviewed, and the community was toured to determine compliance with all applicable standards required for accreditation. The Brielle Police received accredited status.

On October 13th Chief Michael Palmer and Sergeant Gary Olsen, the Police Department’s Accreditation Manager, will appear before the Commission in Monmouth Junction where the final review session will take place and the Accredited Status will become official.

Councilman Garruzzo added that the Department now complied with the highest standards of law enforcement in New Jersey and the Police Department should be congratulated on this achievement.

Mayor Nicol cited his attendance at both sessions and noted that the assessors both experienced and in one case currently serving, law enforcement professionals who were impressed by the refrigeration units in the Evidence Room. He stated that the Department had done a tremendous job.

Councilman Visceglia and Gorham having no reports, Councilman Shaak cited the improvements to the Borough Hall and Elementary School parking lots and thought that the contractor and the professional staff had done an excellent job on bringing to fruition a long overdue project. He added that the recent heavy rains demonstrated the efficacy of the improvements. Councilman Shaak also reminded the public that Leaf Collection would begin on October 15th. Brush could no longer be left at the curb and he anticipated the full cooperation of residents.

The meeting was opened for public comment and the Chair recognized James J. MacClearie 631Valley Road, who thanked the Council for his appointment. He offered that his family had a long history of governmental involvement and he had a knowledge of Land Use that he hoped would benefit the community; he looked forward to joining the Board.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm on a motion by Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Gianforte.

Approved: October 26th, 2016
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

Resolution No: 16-72-B Date: October 10th, 2016

Resolution of the Borough of Brielle

Whereas: on October 4th, 2016 Brielle Education Foundation, PO Box 162, Brielle, NJ 08730 submitted Raffle Application No. 2016-13 ID, No. 57-5-37135 for an off-site 50/50 Raffle, to be held at Manasquan River Golf Club, 843 Riverview Drive Brielle, NJ 08730 on November 3rd, 2016 at 6:30 to 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.


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 October 10th. 2016.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle this 11th day of October 2016.

Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk