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January 1, 2012


The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach met at 1:07 PM with Mayor-Elect Barrella and Council Members Tooker, Corbally, Lurie and Reid present. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Melissa Barrella, Esq., administered the oath of office to her father, Mayor-Elect Vincent Barrella.

Municipal Clerk Ellsworth administered the oath of office to Councilmen-Elect William Mayer and Bret Gordon, and to Fire Chief Joseph Michigan, Assistant Fire Chief Francis Finn and Deputy Fire Chief John Pasola.

Councilman Mayer: “I want to thank all the voter of Point Pleasant Beach for giving me this opportunity to serve the town. I will try to do my best and try to be a positive influence in moving this Governing Body forward. I met a lot of wonderful people during the campaign, who love this town and who are very happy with their life, and they welcomed us into their homes. I want to thank them and the many people who were supportive and helped during the campaign. I especially want to thank my family, especially my kind, compassionate and beautiful wife, Denise for her support and patience, under what (at) times were somewhat trying (circumstances). Congratulations, again, to Mayor Barrella and Councilman Gordon on their victories. I look forward to working with them and with Kris and Mike and Stephen, and with Chris Riehl and Maryann. We have a lot of work to do and I have a lot to learn. Later in this meeting, six Council standing committees will be appointed. Each Council member will chair one of those committees. I believe it is very important that these committees become active and involved in overseeing the $15.5 million per year that this Council raises, appropriates and spends. The 2012 budget is again going to be very difficult. The long-term plan cannot be that we continue to balance the budget by furlough days for some of our employees. I ask that the Mayor, the Council committee chairs, and all department heads focus over the next several weeks and months on how to make the budget work, not only for their individual departments, but for the taxpayers and residents of Point Pleasant Beach, and not only for 2012, but for future years. I again thank the voters of Point Pleasant Beach for giving me the opportunity to try to help and to serve our community. And I wish everyone a Healthy and Happy 2012. Thank you.”

Councilman Gordon: “Happy New Year, everybody. I would first like to start off by thanking, first and foremost, the Mayor for finding something within me that he found worthy as a running mate. I’d also like to thank the team of people that worked behind the scenes to make my election happen, to the voters, as well, who saw fit that I am worthy to serve in this great position. And I would mostly like to thank my bride, Beth, who, without her, I would not have wanted to do this; so, her support has meant a lot to me. When I was campaigning, probably the biggest question was, ‘Why? Why do you want to do that? Why do you want to serve on this Council?’ And my basic answer was, I thought I could make a difference. And then, after getting elected, the question became, ‘So, what are you going to do now that you’re elected?’ And I really thought long and hard about that; and I kind of finally decided to equate that to what I used to tell my sailors at Lakehurst. Every sailor that reported aboard that base, sat in front of my desk, as the Commanding Officer, and I talked to them. And I had the right to basically tell them to do anything I wanted them to do. But that’s not the way I operate. But what I did tell them, I said, ‘There’s only thing I want you to do in your service, while you’re on board this base and, frankly, throughout your entire career, and that is to serve honorably. And if you serve honorably, then everything else will fall into place.’ Now, the Navy operates under three core values, and that’s Honor, Courage, and Commitment. And I promise to honor the pledge that I made as I was campaigning. I promise to be committed to this town, and to making all the right decisions. And I promise, first and foremost, to have the courage to make the right decisions when they will not be politically expedient. So, without running this further in the ground, I am honored to sit up here on this dais. I look forward to working with each individual up here, and let’s have a great 2012. Thank you.”

Motion by Councilwoman Tooker, to appoint Councilman Corbally as Council President, was seconded by Councilman Gordon and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Motion by Councilwoman Tooker, to appoint Councilman Corbally as a Class III Planning Board Member, was seconded by Councilman Gordon and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Mayor Barrella: Councilman Mayer asked that I hold off on making recommendations on items g, h and i – spoke with Court Administrator and need to get commitment from the firm we’ve had in place, Citta, Holzapfel and Zabarsky, that they will treat Point Pleasant Beach as their most important client, along with all of the their other most important clients – will sit with Mr. Zabarsky and go over what needs to be fixed, and in what direction we need to go; Council members requested that items a and c be considered separately; (Councilman Lurie: asked Mayor to explain the process by which he came to recommend Sean Gertner for Borough Attorney) RFP process – fulfilled the responsibility he has as Mayor to recommend the person he thinks is best for the job – sought input from Council and people in the Borough – nomination is his – choice is Council’s to confirm – familiar with many of the law firms that applied – all Council members were furnished with information that would have allowed them to contact every professional who submitted an RFP.
Motion by Councilwoman Tooker to appoint Sean Gertner, Esq. (Gertner Mandel & Peslak) as Borough Attorney for 2012 was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Reid….YEA
Councilman Lurie….NAY

Motion by Councilman Mayer to appoint Steve Rogut from Rogut McCarthy as Bond Counsel for 2012 was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA
Mayor Barrella: Warren Korecky, our Borough Auditor had nothing but good things to say about Mr. Rogut.

Motion by Councilman Gordon, to approve professional appointments listed below, was seconded by Councilwoman Tooker and carried by roll call vote.
a) HELD for separate consideration (Appointment of Borough Attorney)
b) Special Projects Attorneys - Hiering, Gannon and McKenna; Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle
and Sacks, LLC; Sinn, Fitzsimmons, Cantoli, Bogan & West; Eric Bernstein; Starkey, Kelly,
Bauer and Kenneally
c) HELD for separate consideration (Appointment of Bond Counsel)
d) Borough Engineer – Raymond Savacool (T & M Associates)
e) Special Projects Engineers - Birdsall Services Group; O'Donnell Stanton & Associates;
Professional Design Services; Chester, Ploussas, Lisowsky; Maser Consulting
f) Borough Auditor - Warren Korecky (Supplee, Clooney & Co)
g) HELD (Appointment of Municipal Prosecutor)
h) HELD (Appointment of Alternate Prosecutors)
i) HELD [(Appointment of Conflict Prosecutor(s)]
j) Public Defender – Bianca Sangiovanni
k) Alternate Public Defender – Greg Hock (D'arcy, Johnson & Day)
l) Borough Physician - Meridian Occupational Health
m) Police Psychologist - Plainfield Consultation Center
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Clerk Ellsworth amended item1x to reflect the dual appointment status of five current Class I Special Officers, who are being appointed as Class II Special Officers in order to go through the Academy, but will continue to work in the Class I category until they graduate.
Motion by Councilwoman Tooker to approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
a) Establish Meeting Dates for 2012
b) Approval of Temporary Budget for 2012
c) Appointment of Standing Council Committees for 2012
d) Establishment of Interest to be charged on delinquent taxes and water-sewer utility bills
e) Establishment of 6% penalty for Tax Delinquencies over $10,000.00
f) Authorize Council to administer ABC licenses & enforce state statutes
g) Appointment of Tax Assessor to act as agent on Tax Appeals and Execute Settlements
h) Designation of newspapers to be used for legal ads during 2012
i) Designation of depositories for municipal funds during 2012
j) Appointment of Christine Riehl as Tax Search Officer for 2012
k) Appointment of Maryann Ellsworth as Assessment Search Officer for 2012
l) Appointment of Kathryn Beno as Deputy Finance Officer for 2012
m) Appointment of Eileen Farrell as Deputy Municipal Clerk for 2012
n) Appointment of John Trout as Principal Public Works Manager
o) Appointment of Kathryn Beno as Qualified Purchasing Agent for 2012
p) Approval of Application for Safe & Secure Communities Program for 2012 and appointment of
Sgt. Ippolito as grant coordinator
q) Appointment of Eileen Farrell as Deputy Registrar for 2012
r) Appointment of Karen Mills as Alternate Deputy Registrar for 2012
s) Appointment of Clinton Daniel as Deputy Emergency Mgt Coordinator for 2012
t) Appointment of Kyle Grace as Deputy Emergency Mgt Coordinator for Operations for 2012
u) Appointment of Municipal Representative (Christine Riehl) and Alternate (Borough Engineer) to
Ocean County Community Development Block Grant Committee for 2012
v) Appointment of Christine Riehl as Public Agency Compliance Officer for 2012
w) Appointment of School Crossing Guards, Police Matrons, Parking Enforcement Officers and
part-time Communications Operators for 2012
x) Appointment of Class I and Class II Special Police Officers for 2012
z) Appointment of Councilman Gordon and Mayer to act as council liaisons to the Point Pleasant
Beach Board of Education
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Motion by Councilwoman Tooker to approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
a) Set fees for special DWI sessions
b) Re-establishment of Petty Cash Funds for 2012
c) Designation of CFO to act as Governing Body Secretary during Budget Workshop sessions
d) Establish $10 late fee for late payment of dog license fees
e) Establish annual Halloween curfew
f) Approval of exemption from municipal portion of dog/cat license fees for volunteer fire/first aid
g) Approval of exemption for one bulk pick-up fee per annum for volunteer fire/first aid personnel
h) Set mileage reimbursement rate for 2012
i) Payment of annual lease fee to State of NJ for Rickover Park and open space at junction of
Routes 35 and 88
j) Set clerk stipend for special Board of Adjustment meetings
k) Appointment of Christine Riehl as PERMA Fund Commissioner
l) Appointment of Christine Riehl as Insurance Fund Commissioner and Maryann Ellsworth as
Insurance Fund Deputy Commissioner and Personnel Administrator
m) Appointment of Maryann Ellsworth as NJ Civil Service System Administrator
n) Appointment of Karen Mills as Board of Health Officer
o) Re-establish OPRA administrative fees for 2012
p) Re-establish property tax exemption policy for disabled veterans
q) Designate Fire Chief to sign documents and act as liaison for Firefighter Certification
r) Re-establish Condo Conversion Fee Schedule for 2012
s) Re-authorization for CFO to issue hand written checks prior to Governing Body approval
t) Appointment of Karen Mills as Dog Warden for 2012
u) Re-establish Parking Machine Refund RE No Refunds
v) Designation of records custodians for each department
w) Appointment of Peter Ritchings as Dune Inspector
x) Establish Recreation Basketball Program salaries
y) Re-establish part-time personnel and/or salaries
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Mayor Barrella: asked that item 3/J be considered separately. Councilman Lurie asked that item 3/H be considered separately as well.
Motion by Councilman Gordon to approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
a) Establish notary fee at $2.50/document
b) Re-establish miscellaneous water/sewer rates
c) Re-establish OPRA copy fees
d) Approval of Payroll #26 ($229,252.54)
e) Establish W/S bill payment plan as authorized on 10/25/11
f) P O to HD Supply Waterworks for water meters ($13,100)
g) Payment to State Health Benefits for employee health benefits ($119,836.42)
h) HELD for separate consideration
i) Authorization for Mayor and CFO to act as signatories on Borough accounts
j) HELD for separate consideration
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Councilman Lurie: regarding item 3/H, been going to NJLM convention for years and pay for it – ok with registration fee, but Borough can’t afford to pay $300 for lodging and meals – Atlantic City is close enough to come home (Councilwoman Tooker: every year, she attends the JIF seminar, which gives borough a $250 credit on insurance, and when she goes to the convention, her reimbursement is usually less than $150 – she takes 2 days of her personal time to go to the convention and it’s very enlightening – there are seminars all day – reimbursement is appropriate – mileage and the cheapest hotel room possible; Councilman Gordon: doesn’t believe we should be doing anything to dissuade Council members from attending these very important functions that he attended on his own dime this year).
Motion by Councilwoman Tooker, to approve the annual League of Municipalities policy capping individual reimbursement at $300, including registration fee, and total reimbursement at $1,500, was seconded by Councilman Gordon.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally….YEA
Councilmen Lurie and Reid…NAY

Councilman Lurie: asked for a copy of the proposed changes to the meeting protocol.
Motion by Councilman Corbally to suspend the application of meeting protocol, pending the conduct of a review was seconded by Councilman Gordon and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Mayor Barrella: asked Clerk Ellsworth to make some changes to Consent Resolution 4 – Bryn Rickman has asked not be reappointed to the Environmental Commission, Beth Gordon would like to be removed from the Recreation Committee, need to add Vince Cicalese to the Recreation Committee.
Motion by Councilwoman Tooker to approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
a) Appointments to Board of Adjustment
b) Appointment to Parking Authority
c) Appointments to Environmental Commission – Council Liaison Kristine Tooker
d) Appointments to Historical Preservation Commission
e) Appointments to Shade Tree Commission – Council Liaison Michael Corbally
f) Appointments to Recreation Committee – Council Liaison Bret Gordon
g) Appointments to Beautification Committee – Council Liaison Tim Lurie
h) Appointments to Animal Welfare Committee – Council Liaison Kristine Tooker
j) Appointments to Open Space Advisory Committee - Council Liaisons Bret Gordon and
William Mayer
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Mayor Barrella: Tom Migut will take the unexpired term of Tom Davis on the Planning Board, and Glenn Paesano is being appointed to a two-year term as an alternate (Councilman Lurie: asked what happened to Bill Ammirata, who has been the chairman for 15 years, and if he was being reappointed) nothing has happened to him – he is not being reappointed at this time, nor is Tom Neumaier – time to make a change and get some people involved who want to get involved – Tom has been vice-chair and deserves an opportunity to move up to chair – has known Bill’s family for 16 years – called him yesterday and explained his position (Councilman Lurie: he was very disappointed – done a great job for the last 15 years, it’s a shame to lose him) still one open position on the Planning Board – will take care of that on the 24th after further conversation with Tom Neumaier – the process by which Planning Board appointments are made by the Mayor, without Council approval, is the same process in every borough in the state of NJ, and has been for the last 80 years or so.

Mayor Barrella: “I want to thank everybody for being here and appreciate you all taking the time from your schedules to participate. It’s never a good idea to name names, as you are always apt to forget somebody; but I do want to especially acknowledge former Councilmen Loder, Carey and Helm and former Councilwoman Barbara Reid.
Now, if someone were to ask me 4 years ago, or 4 months ago, if I expected to be here today, the truth is, I would have said, "I don’t know;” but, thanks to a great team and the people of the Beach, along with my running mates during this election cycle, here I am, with the privilege of serving the people of Pt. Pleasant Beach for another 4 years. I recognize that, despite the unprecedented outcome of this past election, the numbers indicate that it was a close one. I also recognize that my opponent, who, like myself, is a registered Republican, is on Council; and I look forward to working with Stephen, as well as Bret and Bill, and, of course, returning members Council President Corbally, Councilwoman Tooker and Councilman Lurie, as we continue to face the challenges of providing for the Borough in these difficult economic times.
Each member of the Council, whether a life-long resident, or someone who has chosen to live here because of the great people and quality of life we have and should enjoy for ourselves and our families, brings a unique perspective to addressing the fiscal structure of the Borough. Ideas should be on the table and our goal should be to bring those ideas to the public, thoroughly debated, with as much consensus from the Governing Body as possible.
I do not look for, nor do I enjoy controversy, but I will not turn away from it, if that is what is required to serve the people of Point Pleasant Beach. I have outlined my perspective and articulated a point of view – that view being that, because this State is so heavily reliant upon regressive property taxes to fund local government services, our property owners, particularly our residents subsidize some of the activities sponsored by ‘Boardwalk businesses.’
Believing that our citizens should have the same opportunities to lower taxes as those afforded to citizens of Wildwood, Cape May and Newark does not seem to me to be controversial; and I believe our Governing Body should advocate this position and take the steps necessary to secure these fundamental rights for our property taxpayers. Toward that end, Lake Como Mayor, Mike Ryan, and I successfully sponsored a League of Municipalities resolution, this past November, calling for legislation that would allow municipalities to impose impact fees to defray the cost of services provided to those who visit Point Beach and other shore communities.
That being said, even if such an opportunity arose, we must continue to look for ways to function more efficiently and effectively without stressing our property owners. All of this is important so that we may develop reasoned plans to provide efficient and effective services while maintaining our integrity as an independent municipality. And make no mistake maintaining our independence must be the principal goal of this Governing Body, because, if we fail at this task, little else will matter.
Be assured that our independence is being challenged by some in the Legislative and Executive branches of State government who believe that bigger is better and the way to cope with the general economic conditions in our Country and State is to eliminate our small towns and home rule. Under the populist banners of ‘shared services’ and ‘civil service reform,’ legislation has been proposed that would take the decision away from this Governing Body and, more importantly, away from the residents of the Beach. This legislation, if enacted, will allow a committee of Trenton bureaucrats to determine the future of Point Beach.
Particularly insidious is that part of the bill that gives our residents a vote, but imposes substantial financial penalties upon us if the vote does not go the way the bureaucrats want. These financial penalties would decimate our ability to provide vital services and, hence, our ability to survive as an independent municipality.
It is common knowledge that, in the past, our local Legislators have done little, if anything, to help Point Pleasant Beach. That is the past. On this and related issues, they must now stand with us. They must oppose Senate Bill 2794 and become advocates in the Legislature for League Conference Resolution 2011-07, which would give us and other Ocean County towns the tools we need to maintain our status as independent municipalities. This is not a Republican issue, nor is it a Democratic issue. It is a question of survival. Their support or lack of support will speak volumes.
Locally, we must take steps to preserve our quality of life. I will ask this Council to explore whether creating a Special Improvement District for our Boardwalk area is a viable option. Such a structure may better permit those businesses to provide for themselves, which may also serve to alleviate some of the summertime burden those businesses place on the fiscal resources of the Borough. Other options include examining our current ordinance, with respect to the sale of alcoholic beverages, the renewal of those licenses, the manner in which we define and charge for special events and the mixed results of last year's parking referendum.
The summer of 2012 will quickly be upon us; and this Council cannot delay in addressing quality of life issues and the costs associated with insuring that we do not witness a repeat of last summer. This process has begun. Together with Chris Riehl and Tom Gannon, who I anticipate will continue to have a role in this process, we have initiated discussions with our business interests on these issues. What I hope comes from these discussions is an agreement that will enable the Beach to continue to provide the services our visitors and residents require. What we cannot afford to do is embrace false solutions that would produce little beyond a quick public relations victory. I look forward to positive dialogue; because I/we believe that our goals are united – to insure that Point Pleasant Beach is the jewel of the Jersey Shore.
Once again, as our nation continues to suffer from economic downturn, our local government resources are stretched thin. Decisions have consequences – which is why dialogue and discussion, absent political motive among your elective representatives, is essential as we face these problems. I pledge to work with you and with members of the Council; because I believe each of them will work with me and each other. My goal is to present legislation, when appropriate, that garners a clear majority consensus.
I will work hard to build that consensus. I look forward to working with everyone up here. Thank you. Thank you for coming. And may God Bless the United States of America and the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach.”
Invited all to Fire House No. 1 for celebration of Reorganization Day.

Councilman Mayer: invited all to Martell’s at 2PM.

Upon motion by Councilman Corbally, with second by Councilman Mayer, meeting was adjourned at 1:51 PM by consent of Council.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Eileen Farrell, Deputy Clerk

ATTEST: Maryann Ellsworth, Municipal Clerk

Published February07, 2012 | Council Minutes | 1305

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