October 17, 2007
Mayor Edward Post 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 Post asked everyone to stand for the flag salute.
Present - Ed Post Jay Weeks
George Piazza Francis Monahan
Absent - Patricia Schriver
Also Present - Attorney Eric Bernstein and Clerk Karen Sandorse and 6 members of the public.
Motion by Mr. Monahan, seconded by Ms. Schriver and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the October 3, 2007 regular meeting minutes.
Motion by Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the October 3, 2007 executive session minutes.
Ordinance No. 2007-13 – Introduction
STATE OF NEW
AN ORDINANCE TO
REVISE, AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT
THE CODE OF THE
SECTION 17-7.4, ENTITLED “IMPROVEMENTS”
Mr. Piazza stated that he attended the Township Planning Board meeting the previous night and the Chairman, Gary MacQueen and the Planner, Mike Bolan, would like to review the ordinance prior to
adoption. Attorney Bernstein stated that ordinances come from the Township Committee, go to the Planning Board for review and comment, then back to the Township Committee for final adoption. Mr.
Bernstein stated that the Planning Board has already reviewed the recommendations from the Fire Department and have sent their recommendations in writing to the Township Committee. The recommendations were considered at the time the present ordinance was drafted; however, not all comments were incorporated, as they effectively submarined the ordinance. The Committee will forward the ordinance onto the Planning Board after tonight’s introduction and push back the adoption till December 5, 2007. Attorney Bernstein did note that if there are substantial changes, the ordinance may not be adopted until after the close of the 2007 year.
Motion by Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township introduced Ordinance No. 2007-13. (as entitled below)
Public Hearing to be held on December 5, 2007.
Resolution No. 69-2007 – Award Contracts for 2008 Road Materials
Motion by Mr. Piazza , seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolution No. 69-2007. (as written below)
STATE OF NEW
RESOLUTION NO. 69-2007
RESOLUTION AWARDING A CONTRACT FOR
2008 ROAD MATERIALS
WHEREAS, bids were received on October 16, 2007 for 2008 Road Materials, and
WHEREAS, the Township Committee has reviewed the recommendations made by the Township Superintendent of Public Works on said bids.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by
the Township Committee of the
Concrete Base Course Mix I-1 43.00 ton
Type A Catch Basin 303.00 each
Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe – 15” 5.49 L.F.
Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe – 18” 8.79 L.F
Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe – 24” 13.55 L.F.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and Township Clerk are herby authorized and directed to execute the contracts for same.
Motion by Mr. Monahan, seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolutions No. 70-2007. (as written below)
RESOLUTION NO. 70-2007
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
BUREAU OF LOCAL AID
RECOMMENDATION OF AWARD
STATE AID PROJECT
BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Lebanon, Hunterdon County, New Jersey hereby recommends to the New Jersey Department of Transportation that the contract for
TILCON NEW YORK, INC.
the lowest bidder of 3 bids received by the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council (MCCPC) for the period January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007 under Contract #6: Road Resurfacing, Category A: Superpave Hot Mix Asphalt, subject to the approval of the Department.
That the presiding officer of this body be and is hereby directed to sign for and on its behalf authorize the execution of the overlay work described in the Application/Agreement for Fiscal Year 2007 Municipal Aid Program in accordance with the MCCPC contract in the prescribed form for said construction.
Private Road Ordinance
Mr. Piazza stated that at the Planning Board he brought up the request that was made earlier in the year by the Board of Adjustment to adopt an ordinance regarding zoning matters on private roads. Mr. Piazza was informed by the Board that you cannot enforce something on preexisting road and since there will be no more private roads in the Township, it is a moot point.
Mr. Piazza stated
that he asked the Township Engineer, Steve Risse if he had been to
Mr. Piazza stated that he attended the school board meeting and reported that there was no teacher’s contract agreement to date. The Administrator, Ruth Fanjoy informed Mr. Piazza that they are thinking about placing solar panels on the school buildings. She inquired as to if the Township would assist in the project costs.
Mr. Piazza stated
that he spoke to the North Hunterdon Court Administrator Robin Horne and was
informed that all is going well with the Court.
The landlord of the building has agreed to lower the rent and all of the
members will remain the same with the exception of
Mayor Post stated that the municipality fronted the money on behalf of the County for the Nagie farm preservation project. The closing on the project is scheduled for October 25, 2007 and the Township will then be reimbursed over $500,000.00 for the outlay.
Mayor Post stated that a few months ago the Committee made the decision to switch away from AT & T and Sprint to Cooperative Communications. The phone bills in January and February were approximately $2000.00 - $2,500.00 a month. The bills have since gone down to approximately $1,000.00 per month.
Cancellation of Committee Meeting
Motion by seconded Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote the Township Committee canceled the November 21, 2007 Township meeting.
PRESENTATION OF VOUCHERS
Committee Members provided a description of vouchers exceeding $1000.00.
Motion by seconded Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote the Township Committee approved the October 17, 2007 bill list in the amount of $2,681,002.31.
Tax Collector’s Report for the Month of September 2007
Mayor Post stated that he has received correspondence from NJEITF stating that they did some refinancing on the Township’s 2004 Loan and we will be saving $51,614.00 over the life of the loan.
Fire Company Ordinance
Attorney Bernstein stated that he has drafted a proposed ordinance relating to background checks for new members. A copy was provided to the Fire Chief for Fire Company review. Introduction will hopefully take place on November 7, 2006 with adoption in December.
Motion by Mr. Monahan, seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee opened the Public Comment portion of the meeting.
No comments were made.
Motion by Mr. Piazza, 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 Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved Resolution No. 71-2007 and convened in executive session.
RESOLUTION NO. 71-2007
BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of
Public to discuss the following matters:
Contract Negotiations – PBA
Motion by Mr. Piazza, seconded by Mr. Weeks and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee reconvened the Regular Committee meeting at 8:03pm.
stated that all members of the Governing Body present at the commencement of
the executive session were present at the recommencement of the open session as
well as the Township Clerk and the Township Attorney. There was a brief
discussion relative to ongoing negotiations involving the North Hunterdon
Regional Municipal Court. There was a
discussion of the possible commencement of negotiations with the PBA Local 188
for a new collective bargaining agreement. The Committee Liaison has been
instructed to confer with the PBA President relative to the next step in the
process. Discussion was held as to an upcoming ordinance under Attorney Client
Privilege relative to the Lebanon Township Volunteer Fire Department. There was
also discussion relative to the issue brought up the Township Construction
Official relative to
Having no further business to come before the Committee, a motion was made by Mr. Monahan, seconded by Ms. Schriver and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote to adjourn the meeting at 8:04 p.m.
Karen J. Sandorse, RMC/CMC
Edward L. Post III, Mayor