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December 12, 2016

January 27 2017

December 12th, 2016

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MINUTES December 12th, 2016

WORK SESSION

START: 7:30 PM

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

ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GIANFORTE and 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 announced the elevation of Sergeant Gary Olsen to the rank of Lieutenant. Councilman Garruzzo noted that Gary was a Wall Township native, raised by proud parents Bernard & Elizabeth Olsen, who attended Wesley College where he majored in political science and history. Gary started his career with Brielle in May 1991 as a Dispatcher and became a Class II Special in 1992. He became a patrolman in 1996 and in 1997 implemented the Borough’s first canine unit, he continued as canine handler through 2004. He also served as Drug Recognition expert, Terminal Agency Coordinator and liaison to the Domestic Violence Team.

In 2012, Gary was promoted to Sergeant. In 2014 he took over as Accreditation Manager, in which capacity, working directly under the supervision of Chief Palmer, he restructured and re-implemented all of the departments procedures, rules and regulations, training and a variety of other areas required to meet or exceed all of the stringent accreditation standards as promulgated by the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP). Later in 2014 he helped to reinstitute the canine unit.

Lieutenant Olsen is a graduate of the Monmouth Police Academy and has completed the NJSACOP, West Point Command Leadership Training regimen. Gary resides with his wife Shannon and two children, Zachary and Kristen. Gary is also a State Officer in the Ancient & Honorable Society of Free & Accepted Masons.

Chief Palmer noted that it was both an honor and a privilege to promote Mr. Olsen as he is a true asset to the community and he finished number one in the competitive exam for the position of Lieutenant. His leadership skills have been a benefit to the department.

Lieutenant Olsen thanked the Mayor & Council for the support they had given him going back to the creation of the canine division in 1997. He thanked his parents without whose help he obviously would not physically be present, but who more importantly provided him with a strong moral foundation.

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Mr. Olsen thanked Chief Palmer and the Police Department for their support and his friends and colleagues who joined him this evening. Most of all he thanked his wife Shannon who he called a “saint” for her support and tolerance. He also thanked his children and his fellow Masons for attending.

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


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MINUTES December 12th, 2016 START: 7:47 PM

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

ABSENT: COUNCILMAN GIANFORTE and 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 28th, 2016 Regular Meeting were approved on a motion by Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan; all aye; no nays. Passed.

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan introduced Resolution 16-88 for Passage of the Consent Agenda.

Resolution:
A. (See insertion)
B. (See insertion)
C. (See insertion)

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

Councilman Visceglia seconded by Councilman Shaak, introduced Resolution 16-89 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 December 12th, 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 added to the Finance Committee for purposes of this meeting).

Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived a hearing and further consideration of ‘AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINACE NO 1048 “AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES & COMPENSATIONS OF THE VARIOUS OFFICERS & EMPLOYEES OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE”.

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

The Administrator advised that the ordinance established salary ranges within which all municipal employees fell.

There were no comments from Council or the Public.

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

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan introduced Resolution 16-90 for passage on final reading of the foregoing ordinance. Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Nolan, introduced Resolution 16-91 to authorize publication of passage and adoption in the Coast Star in according to law. Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye, no nays. Passed.

Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of ‘AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER THREE OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE ENTITLED “POLICE REGULATIONS”.

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

The Administrator explained that the ordinance would more clearly delineate what constituted noise as a “nuisance” complaint.

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

Councilman Garruzzo seconded by Councilman Nolan introduced Resolution 16-92 for passage on final reading of the foregoing ordinance. Vote: Councilman Garruzzo, Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.

Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Nolan, introduced Resolution 16-93 to authorize publication of passage and adoption in the Coast Star according to law. Vote: Councilmen Garruzzo, 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 SEVEN OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE ENTITLED “VEHICLES & TRAFFIC”.

Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Nolan, introduced Resolution 16-94 for introduction and passage on first reading of the foregoing ordinance. Vote: Councilmen Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed. (Councilman Garruzzo abstained).

Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Nolan, introduced Resolution 16-95 to authorize publication in the Coast Star for a hearing to be held on December 27th, 2016, at Page 96

5:30pm, at Borough Hall. Vote: Councilmen Nolan, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed. (Councilman Garruzzo abstained).

Mayor Nicol then read his annual Christmas Resolutions (insert).

Whereas, The Borough of Brielle has been formed in accordance with applicable statutes, and
Whereas, Chapter VII of the code of the Borough of Brielle entitled “traffic” is silent on the subject of sleighs and Reindeer, and
Whereas, The necessities of the Holiday season demand clarification of this deficiency.
Now therefore be it resolved, That sleighs and Reindeer shall be permitted to land on rooftops in the Borough of Brielle during the period December 24th through December 25th (inclusive), and
Be it further resolved, that no parking citations shall be issued to operators of the aforementioned vehicles provided that they fit the following description: “Little”, “Old”’ “Lively” & “Quick” & can produce valid identification that their name is “Saint Nick”.

Whereas, the Borough of Brielle has been formed in accordance with applicable statutes, and
Whereas, the governing body of the Borough of Brielle seeks to ensure the well-being of all its residents, and
Whereas, it is in the best interests of the aforesaid Brielle residents, that there be a white Christmas.
Now therefore be it resolved, that there shall be snow in the Borough of Brielle during the period December 24th through December 25th, 2016, and
Be it further resolved, that the Borough Clerk shall forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate "implementing" agencies.

Mayor Nicol then called for Committee Reports and recognized Councilman Nolan who cited the success of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting where a good time was had by all.
Councilman Nolan also reminded the public that Christmas presents could be taken to the Library where they would be wrapped for one dollar. Proceeds went to the Association’s Light House Committee”.

Councilman Garruzzo reiterated his praise of Lieutenant who had done a fantastic job and he wished everyone a Happy, Holy and Merry Christmas.

Councilman Shaak had no report, but echoed the holiday sentiment adding a Safe, happy, Healthy New Year.

Councilman Visceglia having no report, Mayor Nicol added his voice to a praise of the

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Police Department and reminded the public of the contribution they made daily to the community; he added that Brielle was fortunate in having employees who always put the public first. The Mayor also wished all a joyous Holiday Season.

The meeting was open for public comment and James Brzozowski, 611 Bradley Avenue was recognized. Mr. Brzozowski noted an increased police presence in the area as a result of quality of life issues raised by patrons of the new Brielle Ale House and he asked the status of the amendments to the parking times on the block?

The Administrator replied that the ordinance introduced this evening would make the No Left Turn provision enforceable as it had been a Planning Board restriction and was not currently enforceable by the Police. As to the parking restrictions they were still under study as the Borough did not want to act precipitately since an ordinance was a law and once in place it was difficult to modify.

Chief Palmer added that a Class II Special had been assigned to the area to address noise and nuisance issues. He also cited his meeting with the owners who seemed willing to address the quality of life issues.

Councilman Shaak asked if the situation had improved since the last meeting. Mr. Brzozowski agreed that it had to a degree as a chain had been placed across the driveway to prevent vehicles exiting onto Bradley Avenue and making a Left-Turn and there clearly was an increased police presence.

Don Doyle, 612 Bradley Avenue said that the chain had been very helpful and once patrons realized that they could not make a Left-Turn onto Bradley the situation should improve further; he suggested that the owners use social media to educate their patrons of that fact.

Matt Gullace, one of the owners, advised that he would place such an advisory on Facebook.

The owners, Frank Gullace, Sr., Frank Jr., Chris & Matt being present they advised the Council that they were willing to work with the police and the public to address any concerns.

Chris Gullace explained that they were gratified by the unanticipated success of their business in the opening weeks and the crowds were beyond what they had expected. The owners had met with Chief Palmer and placed the chain across the driveway. As parents they were all cognizant of need for safety where children were involved and would work to control traffic exiting the premises onto Bradley Avenue.

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Regarding noise they had relocated the exterior smoking area to Route #71 where there was less impact on residents. Security was being provided and five bouncers patrolled the parking lot. Mr. Gullace added that his security people urged patrons not to be loud when exiting and patrons were not permitted to leave until their transportation arrived. However, he could not “duct-tape” their mouths closed and incident could occur.

Mr. Gullace emphasized that his family wanted the business to be a place where locals came and he was anxious to maintain good relations with the community and to keep the lines of communication open.

Fred Walther, Jr., 609 Bradley Avenue, cited an increase in the noise levels between 1:00am and 2:00am on Saturday Night, in particular he complained of the bass that he said woke up his children and his wife; he added that he saw patrons throwing cones in the parking lot and he attempted to make a video of their actions, but his cell phone battery was dead.

Matt Gullace advised that he could adjust the bass, but he found the cone throwing incident a puzzle as he had security in the parking lot at that time. However, it was pointed that Friday and Saturday nights were the only nights when bands were present and it was a vital component of the business. An effort would be made to contain the bass, but the ability to have bands was extremely important to the business.

Chris Gullace pointed out that at the time in question there were less patrons in the area where the band played, the absence of bodies, that help to contain sound, might have been a contributing cause to the noise, but that could be addressed as the owners could adjust the sound system. The Gullace family also pointed out that they had three establishments and were not always on-site in Brielle, but they could be reached by cell or text.

Chief Palmer interjected that he had a report about noise in the parking lot at 1:30am on Saturday morning, but nothing about music. Mr. Walther advised that his wife had made the call and he believed she was advising the police of both parking lot noise and noise from the band.

Mr. Walther also inquired about his request for a street light and he was informed that it was in the works.

The consensus was that the owners would continue to work with the police and the residents to ameliorate the concerns and the dialogue would be on-going.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm on a motion by Councilman Shaak seconded by Councilman Nolan.

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Approved: December 27th, 2016

________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk



Resolution No.:16-88-A
Date: December 12th, 2016

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE TO ENTER INTO A JOINT PURCHASING AGREEMENT


WHEREAS N.J.S.A. 40A:11-11(10) authorizes contracting units to establish a Joint Purchasing System and to enter into a Joint Purchasing Agreement for its administration; and

WHEREAS the Borough of Neptune City, hereinafter referred to as the "Lead Agency" has offered voluntary participation in a Joint Purchasing System for the provision and performance of goods and services; and

WHEREAS, on October 15, 2013 the governing body of the Borough of Neptune City, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey duly considered participation in a Joint Purchasing System for the provision and performance of goods for Police Department Equipment for Training Purposes, including but not limited to Simunitions Equipment.

WHEREAS, the following towns Borough of Brielle

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED as follows:

TITLE

This Resolution shall be known and may be cited as the Joint Purchasing Resolution of the Borough of Brielle

AUTHORITY

Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:11-10 the Mayor is hereby authorized to enter into a Joint Purchasing Agreement with the Lead Agency.

CONTRACTING UNIT

The Lead Agency shall be responsible for complying with the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq.) and all other provisions of the revised statutes of the State of New Jersey.

EFFECTIVE DATE

This resolution shall take effect immediately upon passage.


CERTIFICATION

The foregoing is a true copy of a resolution approved by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on December 12th, 2016.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 13th day of December 2016.



_________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk



Resolution No.: 16-88- B
Date: December 12th, 2016




Resolution of the Borough of Brielle




Whereas, Sergeant Gary Olsen has demonstrated the ability and qualifications required to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant,

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that Gary Olsen is appointed as Lieutenant for the Borough of Brielle, Department of Police, effective as of December 12th, 2016.


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


CERTIFICATION

The foregoing is a true copy of a resolution approved by the Brielle Mayor & Council at a meeting held on December 12th, 2016.

Witness my hand and seal of the Borough of Brielle this 13th day of December 2016.



SEAL


_________________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk



Resolution No: 16-88-C
Date: December 12th, 2016



Resolution of the Borough of Brielle

Whereas: on December 5th, 2016 Brielle PTO, 605 Union Lane, Brielle, NJ 08730 submitted Raffle Application No. 2016-14 ID, No. 57-5-22886 for an off-site 50/50 raffle, to be held at Brielle Fire House, 509 Longstreet Ave. Brielle NJ 08730 on February 25th, 2017 at 10:00pm .

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 December 12th, 2016.

Witness my Hand and Seal of the Borough of Brielle this 12th day of December, 2016.

______________________
Thomas F. Nolan
Municipal Clerk

 

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