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November 28, 2016

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November 28th, 2016

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MINUTES November 28th, 2016

WORK SESSION

START: 7:30 PM

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

ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GORHAM

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 advised that he had nothing to report.

The Chair then recognized Councilman Garruzzo who noted that, since 2014, the Brielle Police Department has diligently worked to achieving the status of accredited law enforcement agency through the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. Accreditation assists law enforcement in improving overall performance and is characterized by the adoption of standards that contain a clear statement of professional objectives. Participants conduct a review to determine how their current operations can be adapted to meet these standards. Once procedures are in place a team of trained assessors visit the department and verify compliance with the standards established by the program. Such a review was conducted during the period September 29th through 30th, 2016.

The on-site assessment team reviewed accreditation files, inspected the facility, interviewed employees and toured the community to ensure that the Brielle Police Department was in full compliance with all applicable standards. Brielle was approved for accredited status after two years of intense effort.

On October 13th, Chief Michael W. Palmer and Sergeant Gary Olsen appeared before the Commission in their Monmouth Juncture Office and underwent a final review session. At the conclusion of this review official Accredited Status was granted to the Department.

Councilman Garruzzo then recognized New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association’s State Accreditation Program Manager, Mr. Harry Delgado, who formally presented the Brielle Police Department with its State Accreditation Certificate.

Mr. Delgado advised Council that Brielle was now in an exclusive club. Of the 560 odd police departments in New Jersey, only 170 had attained accreditation status. He noted that the program directly benefited taxpayers in terms of insurance liability. E.P.L. Claims, Workers Compensation and Automobile Claims all decreased by 11% where departments attained accreditation. The M.M.J.I.F. also gave a discount to accredited departments.

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Beyond the obvious benefits, accreditation evidenced a level of excellence and efficiency that increased public confidence in the police department and enhanced the working relationship between the police and the community.

Mr. Delgado added that there are 105 standards that Police Departments are required to meet to obtain accreditation. The Assessment Team conducts a rigorous and comprehensive examination of the department to ensure that all these standards are in place. Historically, the Assessors have always found areas where improvement was needed. In the case of Brielle, not a single deficiency was uncovered. A perfect score was obtained during the final site inspection. This was an extraordinary achievement and a testament to the department’s exemplary level of law enforcement.

Chief Palmer was recognized and he thanked Sergeant Gary Olsen for his leadership role in obtaining accreditation and he thanked Sergeants Gerlach, Boyd and Meixsell for their contribution and input into the process.

Sergeant Olsen, as the Accreditation manager, thanked his colleagues for their assistance throughout this lengthy and difficult endeavor; he was proud of the serious approach everyone took in bringing the effort to a successful conclusion. He believed that Brielle was one of the best, if not the best, Police Department in the State of New Jersey.

He thanked the Chiefs Association and Harry Delgado for their assistance throughout the process, the Mayor and Council for their support of the effort, each member of the department who willing accepted change and made the process easier. He also thanked Mark Dietrich who, in his role as consultant, provided the expertise required to make the process a success and who served as Sergeant Olsen’s “right-hand man” throughout the two year effort to secure accreditation.

Sergeant Olsen in particular wished to thank Chief Palmer for his leadership and support made the goal of accreditation status a reality.

Mayor Nicol thanked the Department on behalf of the Council and the Community; he noted that the Police keep everybody safe every day and their efforts are appreciated. He reminded them to be “Careful & Safe” as they performed their daily tasks.

There being no further comment, work session was adjourned at 7:46 p.m. on a motion by Councilman Gianforte seconded by Councilman Nolan.


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MINUTES November 28th, 2016 START: 7:47 PM

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

ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GORHAM

Following the announcement on recording devices, a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the November 14th, 2016 Regular Meeting were approved on a motion by Councilman Gianforte seconded by Councilman Nolan; all aye; no nays. Passed. (Note: Councilman Visceglia abstained)

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan introduced Resolution 16-80 for Passage of the Consent Agenda.

Resolution:
A. To authorize the Mayor, as OEM Representative, and Councilman Shaak, as First Aid Squad Representative to execute an agreement with Monmouth County LINCS re: Designation of First Aid Building as a site for mass prophylaxis & Vaccinations.
B. (See insertion)
C. To authorize the Administrator to execute an agreement with Wall Township re: construction and maintenance of an inter-connection between their respective water supply systems

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

Councilman Visceglia, seconded by Councilman Shaak, introduced Resolution 16-81 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 November 28th, 2016, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo Gianforte, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed. (Note: Councilman Shaak was added to the Finance Committee for purposes of this meeting).

Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of ‘BOND ORDINANCE AMENDING IN PART BOND ORDINANCE NO. 1051 ADOPTED ON APRIL 25, 2016, PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS CAPITAL EQUIPMENT, IN ORDER TO EXPAND THE SCOPE OF IMPROVEMENTS TO INCLUDE RAPARATION/REPLACEMENT OF THE OLD BRIDGE ROAD WATER TANK, AUTHORIZED IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE, IN THE COUNTY OF MONMOUTH, NEW JERSEY”.

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

The Administrator advised that the amendment reallocated funds to permit the Borough to address the emergency measures required by the failure of the Old Bridge Water Storage Tank.

There were no comments from Council or the Public.

The hearing was closed on a motion by Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Garruzzo.

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Gianforte introduced Resolution 16-82 for passage on final reading of the foregoing ordinance. Vote: Councilman Garruzzo, Gianforte, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed

Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Gianforte introduced Resolution 16-83 to authorize publication in the Coast Star in accordance with Local Bond Law. Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, Gianforte, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye, no nays. Passed

Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for the introduction and passage on first reading of ‘AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 1048 “AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES & COMPENSATIONS OF THE VARIOUS OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE”

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan, introduced Resolution 16-84 for passage on introduction and first reading of the foregoing ordinance. Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, Gianforte, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye, no nays. Passed.

Councilman Nolan seconded by Councilman Garruzzo introduced Resolution 16-85 to authorize publication in the Coast Star for a hearing to be held on December 12th, 2016, at 7:30pm, at Borough Hall. Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, Gianforte, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed

Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for the introduction and passage on first reading of ‘AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER THREE OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE ENTITLED “POLICE REGULATIONS”.

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan introduced Resolution 16-86 for introduction and passage on first reading of the foregoing ordinance. Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, Gianforte, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed

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Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan, introduced Resolution 16-86 to authorize publication in the Coast Star for a hearing to be held on December 12th, 2016, at 7:30pm, at Borough Hall. Vote: Councilman Garruzzo, Gianforte, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed

Mayor Nicol then called for Committee Reports and recognized Councilman Gianforte who had no report.

Councilman Nolan reminded the public that the annual Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting would be held on Sunday, December 4th at Brielle Park.

Councilman Garruzzo cited the Accreditation Program and thanked Chief Palmer and Sergeant Olsen for their tremendous effort in securing this enviable status for the Department. They did a tremendous job and were truly an asset to the community.

Councilman Shaak reminded the public that leaf collection would continue through December 15th and he reminded the residents not to place brush at the curb during leaf collection. Brush collection would resume sometime after the first of the year.

Councilman Visceglia having no report, and the meeting was open for public comment.

James Brzozowski, 611 Bradley Avenue cited his concerns over parking on his street. Since the opening of the Brielle Ale House there had been an increase in the number of patrons who parked on Bradley and who exited the establishment in the early morning hours and made a great deal of noise with shouting, car doors slamming and other actions that created a nuisance for residents; he asked if the current parking restrictions could be extended to cover the entire block.

These comments were followed by those of Fred Walther, 609 Bradley Avenue, who cited the same concerns, adding that doors had to be locked as items were being taken from residential property. He noted that two of the standard Green Turtles that designated an area as a place where children play had been taken from his property. Debris was being left by patrons and the No Left Turn prohibition from the Ale House parking lot onto Bradley Avenue was being ignored. Given the fact that Mr. Walther had two children and their friends frequently played outside his home, and with the advent of early darkness, speeding by patrons who ignored the sign presented a problem; he also submitted a letter to the Council requesting a street light by his home.

Don Doyle, 612 Bradley Avenue echoed these sentiments as did Carmen Campanelli of 605 Harris Avenue. In addition to the noise and debris from patrons, cited by Mr. Doyle, Mr. Campanelli advised of taxis and Uber Drivers speeding and adding to the noise as they pick up patrons. He called the establishment an “Animal House” and thought that they

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should employ more bouncers for crowd control.

Colleen Acisano, 617 Bradley Avenue, informed the Council that she had been woken at 2:00am by the exiting crowds and noted that many of them were leaving the cars parked on the street sometimes returning days later. She cited one patron who was observed breathing into a breathalyzer in order to start his car.

The collective concern was clear that the quality of life of the neighbors was being adversely impacted by the fact that what had previously been a “restaurant” had now become a “bar”, with noisy crowds, low music, and all the problems attendant with an establishment that now catered to a younger crowd that thus far had shown no respect for the neighborhood.

The Council promised to review the matter and the consensus was that an increased police presence and amendments to the parking regulations, either by extending the no-parking area or the posted times or a combination of both.

Councilman Visceglia cautioned that a change in the parking regulations would impact the residents and their guests as well and might well simply relocate the problem to another nearby street.

Chief Palmer being present, he advised that Permit Parking was not an option due to NJDOT Regulations and he reminded the public that they should not hesitate to call the police when they perceived a problem. He added that he would advise the owners of the problem and urge them to take remedial action.

Mr. Walther interjected that the new owners had establishments in Asbury Park and Point Pleasant where the local residents had similar problems. In all cases the owners had promised action, but nothing happens. He himself had been given a cell phone number by the owner and told that he could text anytime he experienced a problem; he had texted, but as yet he’d had no response.

Mayor Nicol committed to have the Public safety Committee thoroughly review the matter and make a recommendation to the Council.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm on a motion by Councilman Gianforte seconded by Councilman Nolan.

Approved: December 12th, 2016


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Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk


Resolution No.: 16-80-B
Date: November 28th, 2016


Resolution of the Borough of Brielle


BE IT RESOLVED, that the Borough Administrator, Thomas F. Nolan, is hereby authorized, by the Governing Body of the Borough of Brielle, to execute a Change Order #1 for Improvements to Brielle Park, in the amount of $7,353.02.


Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, Gianforte, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed. None abstained.



CERTIFICATION

The foregoing is a true copy of a resolution approved by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on November 28th, 2016.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 29th day of November 2016.



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Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

 

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