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August 23, 2011

COUNCIL MINUTES

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach met at 6:34PM with Mayor Barrella and Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, and Dyer present. Council Members Tooker, Rizzo and Lurie were absent. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Paul Bonsper, Point Pleasant Beach (PPB) Parking Authority Chairman: asked about future of Authority – 5-year contract expired December 2010 – last money received was in 2008 and 2009, which was $110,000 – have not received budget for last two years and been operating on savings – have enough to get through winter – concerned about spring and being able to pay bills – typical bills are for meter supplies ($630), meter repair payroll ($15,322, which was taken over 2 years ago), snow removal in 6 lots downtown (last winter cost more than $16,000), landscaping in 6 lots, corner of Arnold and Ocean Avenues, and at the Inlet ($21,860), electric bills in lots and Richmond Avenue ($13,232), audit ($10,000 – will look into using town’s auditor to save money), secretary ($4,800), attorney ($2,200), and engineer ($2,200) – totals $86,300/year, minimum – will not be able to run next year, as will be out of money – one benefit of having an Authority is the Parking Authority Traffic System (PATS), hand-held units for writing tickets, which saves police officers’ (and court personnel’s) time, as tickets go automatically into computer system – need to go out to bid for snow plow contract for this year – asked Mayor and Council to put together a contract for the Authority (Mayor Barrella: asked which parking lots the Authority handles) Borden’s lot, railroad lot, lot between the Post Office and Fire Company, lot on Laurel and Bay Avenues, Cramer Avenue lot and the lot behind Valentine House (Councilman Corbally: asked what constitutes a Parking Authority) handles collecting of money from meters – took on two years ago to alleviate budget issues – could also take on the restroom maintenance at the Inlet (Mayor Barrella: it’s all a cap issue; brief discussion between Mayor, Councilman Corbally and Mr. Bonsper about feasibility of DPW or Beautification taking over some matters; Councilman Dyer: snow removal cost is not bad for what was done last year – pricing audit is good idea – asked if attorney and/or engineer is needed at every meeting – asked what is absolutely needed to float the Authority, which is needed because so much money is saved on the hand held units – need to look at what DPW can do, not for snow removal though; Mayor Barrella: asked Mr. Bonsper if he’s spoken to Administrator Riehl – PATS provides for more accurate tickets, reducing the likelihood that they will be thrown out, and they provide considerable more efficiency for the court – PATS makes the Authority’s existence important; Councilman Dyer: suggested looking into alternate electric companies to save as much as 20% on those costs and offered to provide information on same).

Motion by Councilman Dyer, to enter closed session to discuss PBA negotiations, court shared services, personnel and two contract matters, was seconded by Councilman Hennessy and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, Dyer….YEA

Closed session began at 6:49 PM and ended at 7:37 PM.

Mayor Barrella called the regular meeting to order at 7:45 PM. Present were Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, and Dyer. Council Members Tooker, Rizzo and Lurie were absent. The Municipal Clerk again read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.
Clerk Ellsworth clarified that there were two contract items discussed in closed session as she was unsure that she had stated the number before entering closed session; holding approval of August 2nd minutes for clarification.

Motion by Councilman Dyer, to approve July 19, 2011 Council meeting minutes, was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, Dyer….YEA
Administrator Riehl: provided updated list of roads (rated by Borough Engineer, as to condition, ten years ago) along with four roads that the Borough Engineer is recommending for NJ DOT funding.
Motion by Councilman Dyer, to authorize T&M Associates to prepare and submit NJ Department of Transportation funding application for roadway rehabilitation on Boston Avenue, from Arnold Avenue to Lake Louise, was seconded by Councilman Hennessy and carried by the following vote.
VOTE: Council Members Hennessy Dyer, Corbally….YEA

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (Non-Agenda Items,
First Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions) OPENED AT 7:51PM

Tom Highton, PPB: asked about issue with August 2nd minutes
Ann Lightburn, PPB: spoke about Open Space Trust Fund and open space issues – gave charts to Council regarding Fund’s finances – thanked Administrator/CFO Riehl and folks who did bonding – got in just under the wire and procured a favorable rate – have sent out a letter on the proposal to restore the Little League field – asked Council to remain cognizant of Open Space Fund’s current obligations when deliberating whether to use Fund as a possible financing source for this and other projects – Fund revenue will decline, as much as 25%, with revaluation – current bond obligation will be approximately $150,000/year – and $500,000 from BAN, if expected $450,000 grant comes through later in the year – Fund has about $500,000 in reserve – is concerned that it not be depleted, especially with BAN debt coming up, and the unknown factor of when grant will come through – take in about $252,000 now and $189,000 if revaluation at 25% – broke down 2011 obligations – $100,000 for maintenance, bond interest, other expenses and small reserve that remains in the Fund balance – in 2012, picture changes drastically, because will be paying $150,000/year to pay down debt – reserve may go to zero with revaluation – concerned with leaving money in the Fund to cover the $500,000 debt – Open Space Committee’s primary mission is property acquisition and paying down current debt – would like to keep at least $400,000 in reserve if property, particularly Risden’s beach, became available for acquisition – reminded all that ‘Right of first Refusal’ on Risden’s property terminates in December – Committee would like someone in an official capacity to ask for an extension (Administrator, with Borough Attorney if needed, was asked to look into same).
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked if the suggestion was to take the full cost of Little League project out of Open Space – asked if it would be on the Agenda before Council made a decision; asked about Court Shared Services Agreement; commended Police for their response with Boardwalk issue; regarding use of phones, public should be able to see Council members who are voting; asked for update from July 19th Council meeting, if committees had been formed, and if any meetings had been held.
Len Ludovico, PPB: Ocean County resident since 1957 and PPB resident for 24 years – in the last 3 years, clientele seemed to precipitously drop – asked if businesses were advertising in different areas or appealing to an urban crowd – PPB has historically had a suburban, middle-class, family-oriented clientele – shifted to urban, 20-25 age group – don’t know if ‘Jersey Shore’ has had an impact – tough to sit out on front porch, two blocks from the ocean, and not hear the “F” bomb being constantly dropped – is glad to have confronted people who’ve done – willing to fight for the town – silence is a tacit approval – need to get message out that those who act inappropriately will not be welcome; asked about Neighborhood Watch; asked when bars closed.
Max Gagnon, PPB: never thought he’d have to accuse Council of discrimination – asked how Council could legally, in good conscience, put aside what they had planned because special people from Boardwalk talked to them – give school bill for police at football games – 2 years ago, Chamber came here about police charges for special event, but Council charged them – these are businesses in town and some of them live here – go flat as a pancake when it comes time to charge those on the oceanfront – if they aren’t paying their bills, they should be closed.
Stan Angeloni, PPB: commended Police Department for doing a great job – wants to fight for community too, but should call the police – jeopardizing your family by saying something to these people, especially in front of your home – don’t know if these people are carrying weapons, what they might do if you’re not at home or late at night – if there are enough documented calls to the police, then maybe Council will see they have to hire more.
John Szafranski, PPB: talked about special event ordinance, special event definition and approval sheet – have billed them and they have not paid – should shut them down.
Marilyn Burke, PPB: in concert with serving one drink at last call – when skiing in other states, you can only get one drink for yourself, cannot get multiple drinks or drinks for other members in your party – asked about putting same as a condition on ABC licenses at renewal; asked about what's happening with employee who’s taking car home to Toms River; complained that man on beach stripped down to his briefs and put on his bathing suit; asked what resolution 4/g included – asked if Standard & Poor’s lowering of national rating, affected our sale.
Nick Mazzola, PPB: asked why midnight isn't the cut off for ABC sales – have ‘Jersey Shore’ types coming down here and boozing through 2AM.
Vince Castin, PPB: was thanked by Mayor for serving on 911 Committee; asked about $9K payment to Standard & Poor’s to just get a rating (Bill Mayer, Bond Counsel: rating agencies have somewhat of a monopoly – ratings are expensive and advertising fees are expensive but will save money in the long run) asked about 2/x and if this was the same Fire Companies for which town paid engineering costs for installation of generators; asked about status of camera project (on traffic lights); asked about payments to Hungry Puppy for performance food.
Tom Perry, non resident taxpayer from New York: seen a lot over the last 10 years – 15-20 years ago, there was no advertising for PPB in New York – big ad campaign now, on WPLJ and in the NY POST, which reach the inner cities – early bar closings would best – used to be all gone by 2:30AM – Joey Tomatoes stays open until after 3AM, so not leaving until 3:30AM; used to be a lull – some went up at 9PM – now they’re getting drunk before going to the bars – can't afford $10/drink – drunk going up and they are still letting them in; Boardwalk Bar and Grill is getting a little later every year as well; alcohol in town is really growing; Jenkinsons doesn't allow bottles on beach – walking from Tiki Bar all day long and can no longer control bottles on that beach; spoke about help from State Police, circling Rte. 35 – asked if they can pull all cars into a parking lot, like they did in the 80’s – asked if we could do our own; asked who owned pointpleasantbeach.com website and complained about affiliation with Seaside website (was asked by Mayor to serve on Non-resident Homeowner Committee along with Seth Sloane).
Tom Highton, PPB: commended Mayor for his “Star Ledger” article; gentlemen from Homestead expressed his sentiments – doesn't think much will change – Council can address these issues by placing reasonable restrictions on ABC licenses – ideas of limiting drinks to 1/person and having all patrons out by 2AM are good – 10 years ago, had committee to address these issues – recommendation, made by Boardwalk, was to close east end of Parkway and make it part of the parking lot – another was to created additional parking lots near Boardwalk by buying bungalows – focus was on creating more parking for more people to come into town – doesn’t make sense – no one has the gumption to say enough is enough – need balance between community and businesses people – when he bought his home, the Boardwalk closed at 12AM, except for Hoffman House – it was a different community – asked who was on the committees – ludicrous that they have a rock festival at 7AM – asked how they can promote something without alerting Police Department – have heard these arguments from 3 other Mayors – 30 years ago, had to listen to why Council could not spend $1.5M to buy the beach – neighbors in District 4 feel we should work to get ‘No Parking’ at night – asked why residents near Ark can get ‘No Parking’ at night in their neighborhood and the 4th District cannot – 68% of all police summonses are written in the District 4 – more than Seaside Heights on the weekend; asked if there were any comments on arrest of ‘Blood’ gang members.

Motion by Councilman Corbally, to close public participation, was seconded by Councilman Hennessy and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, Dyer….YEA

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (Non-Agenda Items,
First Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions) ENDED AT 9:06 PM.
RESOLUTION 1: Clarification of resolution banning attendance at meetings via
teleconferencing was considered.
Councilman Corbally: confused because Council voted not to allow teleconferencing on April 19th, but allowed it on July 12th because a super majority vote was needed, and it was an emergency – however, can get through tonight's bond without it – last meeting, Councilman Rizzo called in via phone – did not bring it up due to hot issue and did not want to be political, but it was not an emergency – looking for clarification; Councilman Dyer: doesn't think it should be allowed, unless 4 votes are needed; Councilman Corbally: concerned – gave example of shoulder surgery and taking OxyContin – no one would know his condition and who was with him – going down a bad road and all sorts of problems could arise – would like Council to go back to April 19th resolution; Councilman Dyer: only emergency would be because it’s a vote that requires a super majority; Councilman Hennessy: setting bad precedent – should not do it.
Motion by Councilman Corbally, to amend meeting protocol to prohibit voting by means of telecommunication by any member, with no exceptions, was seconded by Councilman Dyer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, Dyer….YEA

Clerk Ellsworth added item from closed session to resolutions listed below, clarified that item 4/h should read “subject to attorney review” and apprized Council of request from ESPN Radio to place two jeeps on Boardwalk during “Michael Kay Beach Bash” at Martell’s on August 26th – will respond that, as per Council policy, applications for new events (jeeps on Boardwalk) are no longer being accepted.
Motion by Councilman Hennessy, to adopt resolutions listed below, was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 2:
a) Payment to Devo & Assoc for parking kiosks ($42,840)
b) Payment of third quarter 2011 installment to OCUA ($325,125)
c) Approve date change for Grace Tabernacle Church S/E App
d) Approve date change for Ocean County Fire Co #1 Ladies Aux S/E app
e) Approval of Payroll #16 ($309,916.83)
f) Payments to Galvin Law Firm from Planning Board accts ($382.50)
g) Authorize application for EIT principal forgiveness loan
h) Oppose S-2795/A-3835 requiring state inspection of and prohibiting registration fees for
multiple dwelling units
i) Support A-4126 changing deadline for municipal review of defeated school budgets when
the date of school budget election is changed
j) Oppose S-2950/A-4128 allowing modifications to land use approvals without the normal
review of development applications
k) Payments to T&M Assoc from Planning Board escrow accts ($2730)
l) Payment to Brick Utilities for July bulk water usage ($155,876)
m) Refund dumpster bond – 314 Elizabeth Ave ($250)
n) Approval of contract with Municipal Prosecutor
o) Payment of annual contribution to Ocean Fire Company #1 ($14,000)
p) Memorialize approval of VFW request to advertise fishing tournament on Borough
property – certificate of insurance was received
q) Refund dewatering bond – 202 Parkway ($150)
r) Payment to MEL JIF for retention & coinsurance reimbursement – Hull ($8551.72)
s) Approve date change for Disabled American Vets S/E App
t) Approve curb cut request for 211 Trenton Avenue
u) Auth emergency service personnel to charge to park in RR lot during Seafood Festival
v) Auth Ocean Fire Co #1 to charge to park in lot adjacent to their bldg during Seafood
Fest
w) Auth pre-existing curb cut to remain at 400 Niblick Street
x) Payment of annual contribution to PPB Fire Co #2 ($14,000)
CONSENT RESOLUTION 3:
a) Progress Payt #3 to Earle Asphalt-road improvements to Channel Dr ($8449.19)
b) Payment to Dell for DPW desktop computers ($2476.44)
c) Payment to Suplee, Clooney for professional services on refund bond ($5350)
d) Scheduled payment to PPB Board of Education ($877,547)
e) Banner Permit Application for St Peter School PTA
f) Payment to Game Time for fiber ground cover at Pleasure Park ($5422)
g) Payment of annual contribution to First Aid Squad ($38,500)
h) Payment to Suplee Clooney for annual audit ($21,000)
i) HELD until passage of 2011-22 [Payment to NJ DOT - highway occupancy permit for
sewer main work ($175)]
j) P O to F&C Auto for auto supplies ($2500)
k) Payment to Verizon Wireless for handheld devices for parking enforcement ($4321.31)
l) P O to Atlantic Tactical for police ammo & weapons parts (not to exceed $5,000)
m) Appt of seasonal court clerk to be paid through POAA funds
n) P O and Payments to Ocean County Landfill for tipping fees ($60.000)
o) Release unexpended BOA escrow funds ($2033.25)
p) P O to Edwards Tire Co for tires and repairs ($2800)
q) Approve mutual release agreement with Birdsall for Lake Louise project
r) Waive municipal portion of raffle application fees for Library Association
s) Payments to the Galvin Law Firm from Board of Adjustment Accts ($1325)
t) Refund unexpended BOA escrow account ($105.96)
u) Payments to Pedroni Fuel for diesel fuel & gasoline ($26,455.50)
v) Payment to SAR Automotive Equipment for rotary in-ground lift ($10,355)
CONSENT RESOLUTION 4:
a) Approve PPB Public Education Fdn app for ABC Social Affair permit - 11/26/11
b) W/S bill adjustment (5 accts)
c) Approval of computer generated vouchers ($3,680,604.47)
d) Payment to Source Media for bond sale legal ad ($1089)
e) Payment to McElwee & Quinn for Bond Sale official statement printing ($750)
f) Memorialize denial of Wine Point, LLC ABC license transfer
g) Payment to Standard & Poors for bond sale analytical services ($9000)
h) Approval of court shared services agreement, subject to attorney review
i) Reject all bids from land sale auction – CLOSED SESSION ITEM
VOTE: Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, Dyer….YEA

Ordinance 2011-20 (Smoke Detector inspection fees) was considered on second reading. Public hearing was opened and held with no member of the public wishing to be heard.
Motion by Councilman Hennessy, to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2011-20, was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, Dyer….YEA

Ordinance 2011-21 (Seasonal Rentals) was considered on second reading. Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing.
Tom Highton, PPB: asked about the Ordinance’s purpose (Mayor Barrella: strengthen and tighten current ordinance to give Police and Code Enforcement more tools to enable them with renters who are misbehaving; Councilman Dyer: raised bonds in case of problems; Attorney Gannon: also, changed number of citations necessary before action can be taken and clarified that ordinance would be in effect year-round).
Stan Angeloni, PPB: asked if seasonal rental permit states how many people can occupy a rental and who checks on occupancy – sees many that are over occupied (Code Enforcement) asked how many people are in that department (1.5) need more (Mayor Barrella: Councilwoman Tooker has been talking for months about the need for a Code Enforcement task force).
Tom Perry, PPB: big issue, as lives next door to 21 Central – suggested getting help from rental agents – could check on their rentals periodically (Mayor: hopefully, committees will address – anyone with ideas should funnel them through to the Borough Administrator).
Motion by Councilman Dyer, to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2011-21, was seconded by Councilman Hennessy and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, Dyer….YEA

Ordinance 2011-22 (Sanitary Sewer Rehab Bond) was considered on second reading. Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing.
Marilyn Burke, PPB: engineer proposed it could be done in sections – shouldn’t bond– doing too many bonds and putting town in jeopardy – Councilman Lurie wasn’t happy with this either (Mayor Barrella: this is phase one of 4-step analysis; Administrator Riehl: overall project was over $2M; Mayor: suggested doing $500,000/year over next couple of years, but Councilman Dyer felt we should prioritize – he and Councilman Corbally met with the engineering firm to set priorities – when we did the first phase, there were sections under Arnold Avenue that were ready to collapse – that’s how bad the pipes were – question is, “Do you want to consistently kick fixing infrastructure down the road because you’ve got the idea that all bonding is bad?” – system is not set up to fix these things on a cash and carry basis – nothing will get done when improvements have a 20-50 year life – eventually the town’s infrastructure will crumble; Councilman Corbally: felt same way Ms. Burke at first – didn’t want to fix anything until it was ready to break – was against it until the last couple of meetings, which included Water/Sewer Department Supervisor – our pipes are in bad shape – going to stick liners into them that basically make them like new – doesn't make sense when bidding the project out and crew is mobilizing – our children will have to pay for this, but they will reap the benefit of it – they’re saying this is a 50-year fix) asked if this was in addition to $6M bond sale (yes) – going to raise taxes 1.7 cents more based on that bond – can’t take care of everything at once – overburdening residents.
Motion by Councilman Corbally, to close public hearing and carry vote to the September 13, 2011 Council meeting, was seconded by Councilman Hennessy and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, Dyer….YEA

Ordinance 2011-23 (Police Regulations – Public defecation/disrobing and tailgating) was considered on second reading. Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: thanked Council for ordinance and being proactive – thanked Chief for suggesting it – it is commentary on the changing conditions in town that we need this kind of ordinance to protect our quality of life.
John Szafranski, PPB: surprised that this is a new ordinance (clarification of current ordinance) lot more things going on than what’s in the ordinance – asked how it’s enforced (police) – need more officers (Mayor Barrella: police have recommended additional funding to train additional Special Officers – will be considered on September 13th) Jenkinson’s beach has showers on sand and disrobing right next to showers – they should be responsible too – don't have signs about disrobing – doing it right on the Boardwalk – town's just deteriorating (Attorney Gannon: ordinance is pretty thorough – satisfied that ordinance is specific enough to tailgating, but gives some leeway).
Len Ludovico, PPB: asked if Ms. Burke’s complaint about disrobing to underwear would be a violation if it took place on the street under ‘lewd dress’.
Councilman Dyer: read that either a CA or FL town enacted an ordinance that lowering of pants was not allowed – asked about addressing disrobing to underwear in this ordinance (Attorney Gannon: if you’re not wearing your clothes in a traditional way, that would provide for indecent exposure, that ordinance might pass constitutional muster – if you’re regulating dress or style of dress, there are those who would argue it’s unconstitutional or beyond the scope of police power – can look into it).
Motion by Councilman Hennessy, to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2011-23, was seconded by Councilman Dyer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Hennessy, Corbally, Dyer….YEA

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Councilman Hennessy: questioned signs on Boardwalk – ‘A’ frame signs are blocking pedestrian access – safety issue (Borough Attorney will investigate); asked if parking lot behind Valentine House belonged to the town and, if so, why there are signs designating parking for certain establishments (Mayor Barrella: front is privately owned and we have an easement to get back into the back lot; Councilman Corbally: last few weekends, there is a gentleman sitting in a chair in the front lot telling all that parking is for Esplanade shops only; Mayor Barrella asked the Chief and Administrator to address with the owners).

Councilman Corbally: gave police stats for Councilwoman Tooker – there were 96 Borough Ordinance violations during week of August 8-15, up from 51 last year; criminal offenses were down 2 from 2009; Borough Ordinance violations were 109 last week as compared to 32 in 2010; criminal arrest were down from 30 last year to 21 this year.

Councilman Dyer: met with Council Members Corbally and Hennessy and Administrator to discuss trash ordinance – discussed whether to pick-up bags, numbering of cans and lids – consensus was more people are using cans – if we're going to continue with ordinance, have to setup a drop-off on weekends, which will be an added expense to the town – recommendation was to continue to suspend enforcement while committee continues to review – will sit down with DPW Superintendent Trout in September (Mayor Barrella: having been using executive powers of Mayor to suspend enforcement due to health concerns with warm weather – at some point, will not be able to continue to supersede ordinance – urged Council to come to some sort of compromise resolution that takes non-resident taxpayers into account) Mayor should extend and have one more meeting with DPW Superintendent (Mayor Barrella: will continue through September 20th); expresses concern over condition of some of the engraved Boardwalk benches – asked that letter be sent out.

Mayor Barrella: asked Seth Sloane to convene Non-resident Taxpayer Committee – lot of taxpayers who are part-time residents are being affected by quality of life issues too; around 4AM on Thursday, had a brawl of sorts and Police confirmed members of ‘Bloods’ Newark faction were having at it with ‘Bloods’ Paterson faction – Lakewood Police came to speak with teachers in Point Boro – asked if Chief could organize an information session for parents about gangs – asked Administrator to look into getting Antrim auditorium for venue; going to Trenton next week, with Administrator – received letter from Christie administration regarding meeting and sent out a response last Friday – meeting would have threefold purpose – 1)Local Revenue Initiatives, 2) Administration wants to share with us some ideas for doing things better, and 3) asked them to consider (also asked County) reimbursing us for the $95,000 and potential $60,000 that we are appropriating to deal with the problems we've been having – will have to vote at next meeting on whether to appropriate that $60,000 for Special Officer training – major achievement and major step – been to Trenton – talked to DCA, under Corzine administration – met with Tom Keane, Jr., Assembly Budget Chair O’Scanlon and others – been an ongoing process since 2008 – at League of Municipalities conference, gave State Treasurer a copy of my testimony before State budget committee – subsequently met with him, his Deputy for Tax Policy and his Chief of Staff for about 1.5 hours – administration felt we could be more efficient and share more services – asked if we should be having to furlough people 17 days, freeze police salaries and raise taxes 6% with $1.6M under spending cap on table – problem is we are two towns – have a revenue problem and an infrastructure problem that caters to the summer part of the town – expressed those concerns in June and July letters, asking some hard questions of the Governor – as a Republican always thought you pay for what you use – those tourists who are visiting PPB and burdening our services are not paying for what they use – job is to represent the people of PPB and not worry about whether it’s a Democratic or Republican Governor; asked Borough Attorney about posting the letters he exchanged with the Treasurer on website (not a problem, as long as it indicated that it’s the Mayor’s work product); reminded Council that it needs to make a decision on Police request at next Council meeting.

Administrator Riehl: No Report.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD OPENED AT 10:06 PM

Vince Castin, PPB: in spring, contentious discussion about what we say at the beginning of each Council meeting – been a lack of civility at times but thought this meeting went quite well – read a dissertation that relates to same called “A Baseball Story.”
Tom Highton, PPB: police were called at 3:57AM due to brawl at Jenkinsons – asked what happened between 2AM and 3:57AM – understands they were hanging on beach – asked if anything was said to those folks about hanging out there – asked what their security were doing; Mayor is having committee of summer residents – would like to see a committee of District 4 residents to see how we are being impacted on a daily basis; jetty is supposed to be open to public, but there are no stairs to get there from the Boardwalk; have been committees in the past – can’t wait ten years – want to be part of the solution.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: spoke about vehicle being used by DPW employee – should be apprized that this employee does meters and pretty much any job that is performed by DPW, available 7 days a week – been using vehicle for over 15 years – considering he’s in a supervisory capacity, it’s admirable – can cover all DPW jobs when he comes into PPB.
Tom Highton, PPB: asked what went on from 2AM to 4AM (ongoing investigation).
Mike Ramos, PPB: spoke about Open Space Fund at Recreation Committee meeting – asked Council to keep an open mind – Trust Fund is not just for the acquisition of new properties, but to take care of parks and open areas.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD ENDED AT 10:18PM

Upon motion by Councilman Dyer, with second by Councilman Hennessy, the meeting was adjourned at 10:19PM by consent of Council.


Attest: Maryann Ellsworth, Municipal Clerk


Published September14, 2011 | Council Minutes | 1258


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