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 - George Piazza Ed Post
Patricia Schriver Francis Monahan
Absent - Jay Weeks
Also Present - Attorney Eric Bernstein and Clerk Karen Sandorse
Motion by Mr. Piazza
seconded by Mr. Post and carried by favorable roll call vote the Township
Committee approved the
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded
by Mr. Post and carried by favorable roll call vote the Township Committee
Meeting minutes of the
ORDINANCES – Change in Public Hearing Date
Attorney Bernstein stated that the public hearing date, for
the below entitled Ordinance, has been changed due to a publication difficulty.
The hearing will be held on
AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY OF UNITED TELEPHONE COMPANY OF NEW JERSEY, INC., ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS TO USE THE VARIOUS PUBLIC ROADS, STREETS, OR HIGHWAYS IN THE TOWNSHIP OF
ORDINANCE NO. 2006-05
STATE OF NEW
ORDINANCE TO AMEND, REVISE AND SUPPLEMENT CHAPTER 16 OF THE LEBANON TOWNSHIP CODE, ENTITLED MOST NOTABLY SECTION 16-2.3, ENTITLED “MEMBERSHIP (PLANNING BOARD) AND SECTION 16-2.4, ENTITLED “TERMS OF OFFICE AND REMOVAL”
The Lebanon Township Planning Board and Board of Adjustment have requested that the Township Committee consider this Ordinance. Mayor Schriver stated that a member of the Lebanon Township Planning Board was also a member of the Township Board of Adjustment. The Municipal Land Use Law provides that in a case of a nine member Planning Board, one Class IV Member may also serve on the Board of Adjustment. The Township’s Planning Board consists of seven members at this time and does not meet the requirement. This Ordinance will increase the number of Class IV members from 4 to 6.
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved Ordinance No. 2006-05 on first reading.
Public hearing to be
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolution No. 29-2006.
RESOLUTION ADOPTING VOLUNTARY PLANS FOR EMPLOYEE SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE
Whereas, employees have expressed an interest in voluntary insurance plans which would qualify employees to pay into such a plan and receive benefits under appropriate circumstances; and
Whereas, in order to effectuate such
Whereas, health insurance contracts, as extraordinary unspecified services, are permitted exceptions to public bidding requirements of the Local Public Contracts Law; and
Whereas, no expenditure of
additional funds will be required from
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by
The Township CFO or Treasurer is hereby authorized and
directed to execute the documents and take the necessary steps to implement
TRC RAVIV ASSOCIATES, Inc. – Report on Fire Station No. 1
Mr. John Potenza
Mr. Potenza was in attendance at the request of the Township
Committee to provide an update as to the status of the contamination at Fire
Station No. 1. Mr. Potenza stated that there
was an underground gasoline tank located at Fire Station No. 1, which was
removed in 1994. There was leakage from
the tank that impacted the soil and ground water at the Fire Station property
and the next neighbor’s property. There
was some contamination that was unable to be removed, such as under the
building and in a location where fiberoptic telephone lines are located. The main problem is the contamination of the
ground water, the sand and gravel and the fractured bedrock, which is down
about 30ft. The Fire Station well and
the neighboring well were affected by the leakage. NJ DEP required that the Township install
monitoring wells and sample the potable well at the Fire Station and the neighboring
well. Eventually the two wells were
replaced and treatment systems were installed to filter out the ground
water. The Township was required to
sample the two wells on a quarterly basis.
The data is then sent to TRC RAVIV for review and submission to the
DEP. Mr. Monahan asked, if at this time,
the only need is for the monitoring of the wells. Mr. Potenza stated that the
NJDEP sent correspondence to the Township dated
TRC RAVIV ASSOCIATES, Inc. – Contract Approval
There was a question regarding the discount given by RAVIV. It was understood that the discount is 10% however the 2006 Agreement reads 5%. Mr. Potenza will look into this. The Contract, as submitted, should be changed from $30,000.00 to read, not to exceed $12,000.00.
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the TRC RAVIV agreement with an adjustment to the amount of $30,000.00 to read, not to exceed $12, 000.00 and authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign, on a temporary basis, to allow for the well drilling and the initial sampling, subject to certification of funds.
Mayor Schriver appointed Mr. Art Gerlich as a Class II member of the Lebanon Township Planning Board.
Mayor Schriver appointed Mr. Darryl Schmidt as Alternate #2 for the Lebanon Township Planning Board.
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee appointed Mr. George Piazza as the Lebanon Township Relocation Assistance Officer, who would assist in relocating a tenant, resident or business owner with whom the Municipality caused to leave their residence or place of business.
Motion by Mr. Monahan seconded by Mr. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee appointed Mr. Tom McCreary as Animal Control Officer for the 2006 year.
Question was raised as to the language regarding warranty and free replacement of parts.
The Clerk will request clarity.
Motion by Mr. Piazza seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the Municipal Alliance Agreement and authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign.
Mr. Post stated that he attended a meeting concerning
Mr. Monahan stated that a letter was received from
Paul Jones has sent correspondence to the Committee requesting the sale of various surplus materials.
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, authorizing the DPW Supervisor and Clerk to advertise the Sale of the Surplus Materials as listed in the request, along with minimum bids where applicable, and to authorize Mr. Piazza, on behalf of the Township Committee to make a determination as to acceptability or deniability of bids relative to such surplus items.
Indemnification of Certain Municipal Officials
Mr. Post stated that he made a request to Attorney Bernstein to review the Township Ordinance Indemnifying the Township Committee, Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, to ensure it is as comprehensive as possible, to protect the officials and board members.
Mr. Bernstein suggested that Groendyke Associates review for comments.
Farmland Status Meeting
Mr. Post stated that there is a County meeting scheduled for
Mr. Bernstein stated that the Tucker closing has taken place and the matter is now closed.
State Appointment of Former Committee Member Eileen Swan
Mayor Schriver congratulated Former Committee Member Eileen Swan on her appointment, by the Governor, to sit as Director of the Office of Smart Growth. Eileen will be working directly under the Director of Community Affairs.
PRESENTATION OF VOUCHERS
Committeemen provided a description of vouchers exceeding $1000.00.
Motion by Mr. Monahan
seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote
the Township Committee approved the
Planning Board List of 2005 Applications
Tax Collector’s 2005 Annual Report
Hunterdon County Planning and Design Awards Program - 2006
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee opened the Public Comment portion of the meeting.
Mr. Ron Milkowski asked, in regard to the monitoring of the contamination at Fire Station No. 1, if the levels have gone up, down or staying the same. The levels have not gotten worse.
Mr. Anthony Casale asked when the contamination was discovered and if it was covered by insurance. The Clerk will look into.
Mr. Mike Graziano asked the Township Committee’s position on the North Hunterdon Municipal Court Budget Resolution. The Committee adopted the Resolution at the
Motion by Mr. Monahan seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee closed the Public Comment portion of the meeting.
RESOLUTION NO. 30-2006
Motion by Mr. Monahan seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote the Township Committee approved Resolution No. 30-2006 and convened in executive session at
RESOLUTION NO. 30-2006
BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of
Public to discuss the following matters:
Motion by Mr. Monahan seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll
call vote the Committee reconvened the Regular Committee meeting at
Attorney Bernstein stated that there was discussion on farmland acquisition. Mr. Post will be attempt to be involved in a meeting that the County is holding tomorrow. Mr. Post will report back at the next meeting.
Discussion was held on the ongoing litigation with the Davara/English and Adsal. There is no action to be taken at this time.
Having no further business to come before the Committee a motion was made by Mr. Monahan seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote to adjourn the meeting at 9:10p.m..
Karen J. Sandorse, RMC/CMC
Patricia Schriver, Mayor