Mayor Patricia Schriver called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and stated that in compliance with the “Open Public Meeting Act” this is a Regular Meeting of the Township Committee as published in the Hunterdon Review, the agenda has been posted at the Municipal Building and distributed to the Hunterdon Review, Courier News, the Express Times, the Hunterdon County Democrat and the Star Ledger.
Mayor Schriver asked everyone to stand for the flag salute.
Present - Patricia Schriver, George Piazza
Jay Weeks, Ed Post, Francis Monahan
Also Present - Attorney Eric Bernstein and Clerk Karen Sandorse and 7 members of the public.
Motion by Mr. Piazza, seconded by Mr. Weeks and carried
by favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the
Motion by Mr. Weeks, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried
by favorable roll call vote, the
Township Committee approved the
Resolution No. 38-2006
Carried to Executive Session
Appointment of Township Treasurer
Carried to Executive Session
Doug Diehl – Warren Newman – LT Environmental Commission Members Present.
Shelia McShane and Ken LaPensee attended the meeting to introduce themselves to the Committee and offered their assistance in sitting on the Environmental Commission. Mayor Schriver stated that in the next couple of weeks the Committee will be formulating a plan and moving forward with the Environmental Commission.
Commissioner Doug Diehl stated that one of the priorities of the Commission is to complete the recommendations on the Tree Ordinance which the Planning Board is anxiously awaiting the Commissions comments. Mr. Diehl stated that the list of additions, deletions and modifications should be complete in two meetings or so. Also, Mr. Diehl would like to reestablish the monitory budget for the Commission so he can apply for memberships with ANJEC. The water testing program, sponsored by the Commission, offers free water testing for residents. Commissioner Nancy Lawler oversees the project. Mr. Diehl requested sending out an announcement, in the Tax Bill, to notify all residents.
Warren Newman stated that they are very happy that the Committee is considering maintaining the Commission. Mr. Newman stated that he also thinks that public outreach items are very important to the Township and residents. There are environmental issues that impact the Township on an environmental health standpoint as well as from an economic point of view. There are many developments in which it would be good for the Commission to monitor.
Mayor Schriver thanked those present and stated that in the next few weeks they will be formulating a final mission statement.
Cooperative Communication Phone Service
Mr. Post stated that he spoke to Scott Koenig regarding CCPS. He said that the Township could cut the cost considerably for local long distance and long distance. Mr. Post is concerned with levels of service and commitment. Mr. Koenig informed Mr. Post that there are negligible charges to switch to the new carrier and if unsatisfied, the cost to change back would be nominal per line. Mr. Post is anticipating a letter from Mr. Koenig stating this information in writing as well as a copy of a written contract from the company, if there is one.
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee moved to switch phone service over to CCPS for local long distance and long distance service pending the receipt of confirmation from Mr. Koenig as to contract, commitments, costs for switching and references.
Mr. Weeks stated that he has not heard from the Township Planner Mike Bolan to look at land for the new Township Garage. Sub-Committee consists of Mr. Monahan, Ken Swan and Art Gerlich, along with Mr. Weeks.
Recreation Open Space Inventory Approval
Request to Replace Hoist on 7900 International Dump Truck
DPW Supervisor has requested to replace the hoist on the 7900 International Dump Truck at a cost of $2100.00.
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Weeks and carried by favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the request for repairs, subject to certification of funds.
Approve Raffle License Happy
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by
favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the raffle
Mr. Piazza stated that he attended a
local school meeting regarding
The local school will be having a budget
meeting on the 28th of March. The School Board Election/Budget is on
Mr. Piazza stated the he attended a
North Hunterdon Municipal Court meeting.
Hunterdon County Housing Corporation – Low and Moderate Income Housing Administrator
Mayor Schriver stated that she received a notification from Hunterdon County Housing Corporation stating that the Township needs an Administrative Agent to oversee our low and moderate income housing in the Township. HCHC will provide the service at a charge of $600.00 per unit. Attorney Bernstein stated that the Township will be required, at some time, to decide who will be the
Township’s Administrative Agent. The Township is in the review stage from COAH, relative to the 3rd Round. As soon as the review is complete, the Committee will have to address the Administrative Agent matter, but not at this time.
Mr. Piazza questioned who will be working on obtaining the money from the County for the Open Space reimbursement. Mr. Post stated that he would be.
PRESENTATION OF VOUCHERS
Committee Members provided a description of vouchers exceeding $1000.00.
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by
unanimous favorable roll call vote,
the Township Committee approved the
The Tax Collector submitted her Report for the Month of February 2006.
Motion by Mr. Weeks seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee opened the Public Comment portion of the meeting.
Jeff Tampier of Hampton
Emergency Squad submitted the Squad’s financial statement to the Committee. Mr. Tampier gave an overview of the calls responded
Mr. Vin Tedesci stated that he lives in
Ms. Sandra Rauschenberger stated that she has submitted handouts
relative to action the
Ms. Rauschenberger stated that the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Committee have asked the Township Historians to do an architectural survey of the Township. Ms. Rauschenberger will be overseeing the project and will be conducting an inventory of Historic structures in the Township
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee closed the Public Comment portion of the meeting.
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved Resolution No. 39-2006 and convened in executive session.
RESOLUTION NO. 39-2006
BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of Lebanon, that in compliance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-12, this meeting will be closed to the Public to discuss the following matters:
Negotiations other than Collective Bargaining- Green Acres
Combe Fill Litigation
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee reconvened the Regular Committee meeting.
Attorney Bernstein stated that discussion was held on the ongoing issues with Green Acres Acquisition. Mr. Post will speak with Green Acres and discuss information received with Mr. Bernstein.
The status of the Combe Fill Lawsuit was discussed and Attorney Bernstein informed the Committee that he will keep them up to date with any new developments.
Correspondence was received from the NJ State Attorney General regarding problems the Asdal property.
Attorney Bernstein provided the Committee with a legal opinion of the correspondence and how it relates to the Township.
The Committee reviewed the final draft of the Treasurers Personnel Agreement.
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the Personnel Agreement for the Municipal Treasurer, Julia Gambert, with appointment being made upon execution of agreement by Mayor and Treasurer.
Having no further business to come before the Committee, a motion was made by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Weeks and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote to adjourn the meeting at
Karen J. Sandorse, RMC/CMC
Patricia Schriver, Mayor