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
Francis Monahan Ed Post
Absent Jay Weeks
Also Present - Attorney Phil George and Clerk Karen Sandorse and 7 members of the public.
Motion by Mr. Monahan, seconded by Mr. Post and carried
by unanimous favorable roll call vote,
the Township Committee approved the
Motion by Mr. Piazza, seconded by Mr. Post and carried by
unanimous favorable roll call vote,
the Township Committee approved the
Ordinance No. 2006-09 - Introduction
Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township introduced Ordinance No. 2006-09. (as entitled below)
STATE OF NEW
AN ORDINANCE TO CREATE THE POSITION OF MUNICIPAL
HOUSING LIAISON FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADMINISTERING
PURSUANT TO THE FAIR HOUSING ACT
Public Hearing to be held on
Resolution No. -72-2006 Intent to Bond for Shortfall (COAH)
Motion by Mr. Piazza, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolution No. 72-2006. (as attached)
RESOLUTION NO. 72-2006
STATE OF NEW
ITS INTENT TO BOND FOR SHORTFALL
Resolution No. 73-2006 - Morris
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolutions No. 73-2006 and authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to sign. (as written below)
RESOLUTION NO. 73-2006
FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE
COOPERATIVE PRICING COUNCIL (MCCPC)
A Resolution authorizing the Township of Lebanon to enter into a “Renewal” Cooperative Pricing Agreement with the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council, hereinafter referred to as the “Lead Agency” for the conduct of certain functions relating to the purchase of work, materials and supplies for their respective jurisdictions.
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Committee of
This Resolution shall be known and may
be cited as the “Renewal” Cooperative Pricing Council Resolution of the
Pursuant to the provision of N.J.S. 40A:11-11(5), the Township Committee is hereby authorized to enter into a “Renewal” Cooperative Pricing Agreement with the Lead Agency or any other contracting unit within the County of Morris or adjoining counties for the purpose of work, materials and supplies.
The Lead Agency entering into contracts on behalf of the Lebanon Township Committee shall be responsible for complying with the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S. 40A:11-1et seq.) and all other provisions of the revised statutes of the State of New Jersey.
All resolutions or parts thereof inconsistent with this resolution shall be and the same are hereby repealed.
This “Renewal” Cooperative Pricing
Council Resolution shall be effective
This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon final passage and publication according to law.
Resolution No. 74-2006 - Supporting NJ Legislative Bills S-1199 and A-2589
NOT ENACTED, Committee did not move to introduce.
RESOLUTION NO. 74-2006
STATE OF NEW
A Resolution in
Bills S-1199 and A-2589
Tree Care Experts
Resolution No. 75-2006 - Supporting Chamber of Commerce Shared Service Study
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolutions No. 75-2006. (as written below)
STATE OF NEW
RESOLUTION NO. 75-2006
WHEREAS, the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) is desirous of partnering with Hunterdon County’s twenty-six (26) municipalities by promoting shared services among them, and;
WHEREAS, the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce has joined together with the Hunterdon County Municipal Officers Association, Mayors, and Municipal Officials representing each of Hunterdon’s municipalities to form the Hunterdon County Business & Government Council (the Council), and;
WHEREAS, the Chamber and Council have met with the Somerset County Partnership on shared services, where Somerset County demonstrated over a thirteen million dollar ($13,000,000.) savings in 2005 through shared services, and;
WHEREAS, the Council has held four meetings since February to discuss how Hunterdon’s municipalities can benefit from shared services, and;
WHEREAS, the Chamber has put forth the idea of applying for a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for a feasibility study of the services that can be shared among municipalities and the costs and savings that will result from shared services, and;
WHEREAS, the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders participates and supports the work of the Chamber and the Council, and;
WHEREAS, the Chamber seeks the support of each municipality in Hunterdon to partake with other municipalities in exploring shared services and applying for the grant, and;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Lebanon, County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey hereby supports and endorses the work of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce to coordinate and facilitate a shared services study in an effort to assist municipalities with saving precious taxpayers dollars that can ultimately result in an reduction of property taxes.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution be sent to the Governor Jon S. Corzine, Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts, Senate President Richard Codey, Senator Robert Littell, Assemblywoman Allison McHose, Assemblyman Guy Gregg, Senator Leonard Lance, Assemblyman Michael Dougherty, Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow, and the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Schaaf Property Refund of Taxes
It has been determined,
by Attorney Bernstein’s office, that the
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the reimbursement of the taxes in the amount of One Thousand Eight Hundred Eighty Nine Dollars and Twenty-Four Cents. ($1,889.24), subject to certification of funds and authorized the Treasurer to cut the check which is to be signed by the Mayor, Clerk and Treasurer. The reimbursement is to be taken from the Open Space Trust Fund. AYES: Schriver, Post, Monahan NAYS: Piazza
Rescind Deer Carcass Removal and Disposal Contract –
Motion by Mr. Monahan seconded by Mr. Post and carried by
favorable roll call vote, the
Township Committee moved to rescind the resolution to enter into a contract
with Deer Carcass Removal and Disposal which was approved at the
Police Chief Request to Purchase Computer and Live Scan
Police Chief Schell has requested to purchase a new Dell computer and a MORPHO’s LiveScan System (ILS2)-R250.
Motion by Mr. Monahan seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the Chief’s request to purchase a computer from Dell for $1229.00. The cost is a government contract price with free shipping and handling and many free upgrades.
Motion by Mr. Monahan seconded by Mr. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the Chief’s request to purchase the Live Scan from Sagem Morpho Inc. at a State contract price of $26,995. The cost is $1500.00 over the original estimate. The additional cost will come out of the police operating budget. Sagem Morpho Inc. State Contract number is A50329.
DPW Supervisor Request to Purchase Windows for Municipal Office
Paul Jones, DPW Supervisor has requested to purchase replacement windows for the Township Office building. Quotes were received and Mr. Jones recommended awarding the bid for the windows to Markey LLC. The total cost will be $17,500.00, in which $13, 000.00 will fall under the capital budget. The remaining $4,500.00 will be taken from the Buildings and Grounds account.
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee awarded the bid to Markey LLC in the amount of $17,500.00 for the replacement windows at the municipal offices.
Mayor Schriver stated that at the Planning Board meeting the matter of the Township garage was discussed. The Sub-Committee will be reactivated and the Planner and Engineer will be working with Mr. Jones to start looking at potential properties and garage plans.
Fire Chief Request to Receive Sealed Bids for
Fire Chief Warren Gabriel is requesting to receive sealed bids for the sale of the 1979 Ford Fire Engine. The Chief stated that the new truck purchased this year will replace the Ford. The equipment from the Ford was also transferred to the new truck.
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee authorized the Fire Chief to seek sealed bids for the 1979 Ford Fire Truck.
Application for Social Affair Permit – Lebanon Township
Vol. Fire Co.
Motion by Mr. Monahan seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the Fire Company Social Affair Permit.
Freedom House Grant Advance
Mr. Post stated that in part of meeting our COAH obligations, the Township facilitated a grant with the DCA to fund renovations at Freedom House. Freedom House has met all of the criteria to move forward with construction. The DCA has implemented a fairly new automated grant program system that the Township is in process of gaining access to. This system will allow for drawdown’s on the grant funds once accessible. Mr. Post is requesting for the Committee to advance Freedom House the first drawdown in the grant schedule in the amount of $156, 278.00. It will be funded for two or three weeks until the SAGE system is accessible and the Township will request reimbursement for the drawdown.
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolution 76-2006 (as attached).
RESOLUTION NO. 76-2006
STATE OF NEW
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ADVANCEMENT OF
FUNDS FROM AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDS AND
TAKING ALL OTHER ACTION NECESSARY BY THE
TOWNSHIP TO IMPLEMENT AGREEMENTS WITH THE
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
AND WITH FREEDOM HOUSE, INC., FOR THE PROJECT
KNOWN AS “FREEDOM HOUSE”, LOCATED AT BLOCK
33, LOT 4 ON THE TAX
PRESENTATION OF VOUCHERS
Committee Members provided a description of vouchers exceeding $1000.00.
Motion by seconded Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and
carried by unanimous favorable roll
call vote the Township Committee approved the
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Request for Meeting
The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife sent a letter to the Committee stating that they will be doing improvements to the Ken Lockwood Gorge Wildlife Management Area. The work will include road upgrades, improve the drainage and the construction of parking areas. The Division would like to meet with members of the Committee to determine if the Township has any concerns prior to the start of the project. Committee members, the Police, Fire and Rescue would be included in the meeting. The Clerk will request a few options for the meeting. Mr. Monahan and Mayor Schriver are interested in attending.
I-78 Corridor Transit Study – Request for Attendance at Meeting
The Transportation Planning Authority would like to meet
with the local officials to review some of their thoughts, prior to holding
public meeting, regarding the I-78 Corridor Transit Study. A meeting has been scheduled for
Tax Collector Report for the Month of July 2006
Tax collector submitted her report for the month of July 2006.
NJ Local Boards of Health Association Notification
The NJ Local Boards of Health Association will be holding a
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote the Township Committee opened the Public Comment portion of the meeting.
No Public Comments.
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Post 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. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved Resolution No. 77-2006 and convened in executive session at
RESOLUTION NO. 77-2006
BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of
Public to discuss the following matters:
Pending Litigation and Personnel
Contract Matters of a General Matter, Not Specific to Any Individual
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee reconvened the Regular Committee meeting at
Attorney George stated that the Committee discussed pending litigation regarding the Asdal Government Records Council and a Notice of Tort Claim. Also discussed was general pension contracting issues regarding health benefits and general, without specific mention of any personnel, possible reorganization or streamlining of governmental services as it relates to organizational methodology in delivery and services.
Having no further business to come before the Committee a motion was made by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote to adjourn the meeting at
Karen J. Sandorse, RMC/CMC
Patricia Schriver, Mayor