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August 7, 2012

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The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach met at 6:32 PM with Mayor Barrella and Councilmen Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie and Reid present. Councilwoman Tooker was absent. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Gordon, to enter closed session to discuss 1 personnel, 1 potential litigation and 3 contractual matters, was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie and Reid….YEA

Closed Session began at 6:34 PM and ended at 7:15 PM.

Mayor Barrella called the regular meeting to order at 7:25 PM. Present were Councilmen Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie and Reid. Councilwoman Tooker was absent. The Municipal Clerk again read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Corbally, to approve the minutes of the June 26, 2012 Council Meeting, was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

CORRESPONDENCE:

Request to review previous denial of water/sewer bill relief for Washington Avenue property was discussed. Councilman Reid: our experts and plumbers don’t understand why there is such an increase in this quarter’s bill [Councilman Corbally: there is protocol for these situations; Attorney Gertner: there is also an ordinance to ensure no disparate treatment – asked about a payment plan; Administrator Riehl: 18% interest is amortized over the life of the plan; Mayor Barrella: Council acted on Administrator Riehl’s recommendation on June 12th – questioned if Council should re-consider when there is nothing new; Administrator Riehl: it’s a $730 bill – Water Department did adjustments (to a toilet).

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Councilman Reid: introduced new water bill format, which are easier to read, more explanatory with room for messages – Water Billing Clerk Petersen is looking into the cost of printing on yellow paper, so seniors can read them better – would like to go green – bills will be mailed next week (Councilman Corbally: questioned whether an e-mail bill could be considered legitimate; Mayor Barrella: there is a difference between private industry and government; Councilman Gordon: everyone should get a paper copy, unless they opt out of it – move forward into the 21st Century) a lighter paper stock, which doesn’t have to be fed into the printer would be more efficient; County Engineer found that a 4-way stop on Bay Avenue would be unwarranted – will put two speeding signs on Bay Avenue by August 13th and do the crosswalk – they proposed adding LED flashing stop signs to New Jersey Avenue, but that wasn’t the issue – the issue was speeding on Bay and cutting through on New Jersey – will talk to them or send a letter; the light is up on River Avenue – not working – electrician has to get there (Mayor Barrella: pavement on River Avenue is unsightly – asked if it is more conducive for someone to speed there now that the east lane looks bigger; Chief O’Hara: double line was put closer to the west curve and a fog line added to slow south-bound traffic coming off the highway – illusion of a narrower lane will slow people down – before the road was repaved, the double yellow line was where it is now – parking is allowed on the north-bound side and, whenever there were cars parked, people were forced over the line – now they stay in their lane – doesn’t add to speeding –ground-out, old stripe will fade over time).

Councilman Lurie: asked why the rate structure isn’t on the new water bill – would help people conserve (Councilman Reid: to be added); asked about the status of the crosswalk from the parking lot on Arnold Avenue (Chief O'Hara: per State statute, can’t park within 25 feet of a crosswalk – former Councilman Dyer brought this up a couple of years ago and County said “no” because there was a crosswalk within 500 feet, at the corner of Bay Avenue – can ask again, but will lose a couple spots, and parking there is at a premium) doesn’t want to ask again.

Councilman Corbally: Code Enforcement Officer Petrillo sent letters to Arnold Avenue tenants about pavers and trees, to see if they are willing to have them fixed or taken out – waiting for response; met with Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday about marketing concerns, which Mayor Barrella will address; met with the Non-Resident Taxpayer Committee on Friday – they shared the Chamber’s concerns; District 4 parking tickets are $48 – anyone wishing to contest must contact the Court no later than August 15th – notice was mailed on August 1st – payments can be made online, in person or via mail; determined price to complete the Little League project, to ensure we have it covered.

Councilman Mayer: had conference call with Finance Committee yesterday; he and Councilman Corbally met with Parking Authority on August 2nd – will meet with Administrator Riehl and DPW Superintendent Trout to take it further; Ms. Riehl assured him that none of our independent contractors are in the State Comptroller’s Report; reviewed audit recommendations; parking revenues are up $5K from last year, through July, and hotel/motel tax is up $11K for the year, but there is a 2 month lag on that tax (Administrator Riehl: some could be paying it late; Mayor Barrella: if someone pays 2012’s hotel/motel tax in first quarter 2013, it shows as a greater collection for next year) parking meter receipts are up $90K for the year; thanked Ms. Riehl for the spread sheet – will do one for water/sewer next month – will catch up with expenditures (Mayor Barrella: at 83.57% of anticipated parking revenues) Borough is under obligation for 2 outstanding bond issues, 2007 and 2011, and is late in filing our annual audit/financial report – asked Administrator Riehl to get a quote from Phoenix Advisors to prepare and file – 2010 needs to be filed and 2011 is due by September 30th – last year, we paid our auditor $5,500 to prepare it – received a quote to prepare and file it for $1K the first year, $500/year going forward; working on a $565K bond ordinance for 400 feet of Boardwalk south of Lucky’s North – the second FEMA award – spoke to Bond Counsel Rogut about the bond ordinance and the Special Assessment aspect – recommends a Special Assessment on the 4 commercial lots involved, equal to 50% of the net cost to the Borough – Mr. Rogut advised caution, ensuring FEMA doesn’t object to us assessing 50% of the local share – got stonewalled because he can’t get through to FEMA – we are a sub-grantee of FEMA – should now be processing the “New Jersey Avenue FEMA Grant” – asked Administrator Riehl to get that contact this week, to have the ordinance ready for the meeting on the 27th (Councilman Reid: asked how the assessment works and where money goes) ordinance appropriates $565K, with 5% down payment – would be obligated on about $530K in bonds and notes – would then do the work – once grant money was received, would assess the property owners for 50% of the difference – supposed to be a 75% grant – roughly $440,125 – less than $100K assessment, spread over 4 properties for 10 years – would be in the quarterly tax bill – goes toward Boardwalk repair – just that one capital project (Mayor Barrella: asked how much additional work is involved in Special Assessment, in terms of legal work – looking at $5K/year and setting a precedent where, if Boardwalk is repaired in front of residential housing on the north end, will be hard-pressed not to do a Special Assessment) would not carry it that far – this piece is different because it is surrounded by commercial property (Mayor Barrella: not fair to say we'll do it here and not elsewhere – doesn’t see reason to incur $25K in legal fees for $50K; Councilman Corbally: customers of Boardwalk businesses are wearing it down and benefitting from it; Mayor Barrella: that is clear – must negotiate with entities that bring people there, instead of trying to force them to pay the functional equivalent of $5K/year – might support incurring bond counsel fees if talking about $2M or $3M, rather than $50K – not addressing the issue of use across the entire length of the Boardwalk) legal cost of preparing a bond ordinance is minimal – real difference is in the Tax Assessor’s office for the actual assessment – not complicated, because a front foot assessment is allowed, based on cost – also additional costs in collector’s office for carrying assessment forward over 40 payments – do not have statutory authority to say we want $2M or $3M – do have statutory authority to individually do a local improvement, special assessment, or decide project by project, whether to do a general improvement, local improvement, or general assessment – surprised by Mayor Barrella’s view – doesn’t think Council wants to impose Special Assessment on residential properties – doesn’t know why he would raise that (Mayor Barrella: looking at this from an equity point of view; Councilman Corbally: it’s a start) correct way to do it is Special Improvement District (SID), where assessments for larger projects on commercial properties can be done (Mayor Barrella: do that through negotiation – still have to try to negotiate with the people footing the bill – could not negotiate, do the Special Assessment and come up with $5K/year but, the issue needs to be addressed on a much larger basis with those entities – have different opinion on what can be done with a SID, in terms of covering routine costs, as opposed to something like a capital improvement – to pick a fight over $50K, spread out over 10 years doesn’t make sense) asked what the grounds would be for a fight – it’s legally authorized – it’s not $50K, it’s around $70K – negotiations would be great – should get them going (Administrator Riehl: need either the draft bond ordinance or Special Improvement by next meeting) won’t get the Special Improvement that quick.

Councilman Gordon: agreed with Councilman Mayer and Mayor Barrella – need assistance in fixing the Boardwalk, but being short-sighted – strictly a reactive body – should be proactive and plan on repairing the whole Boardwalk over a very long time period – should plan for the future – would not resist moving forward – hopes Boardwalk businesses would embrace something of this nature, because it is in their best interests (Councilman Mayer: have started to move forward with capital improvement plan); don't have a complete police report for last week because the department is too busy, but have one for July 9-23 – saluted the department for prioritizing correctly – disheartened by summer trend of decrease in Borough ordinance arrests and increase in criminal arrests – ordinance arrests were down by 117 for that period, criminal arrests were up by 23 – need to pay attention and figure out, with all concerned, how to remedy this; did not attend last Recreation Committee meeting, but saluted them for successful Family Fishing Night – next one is August 25th – attended the last one and paid attention to businesses’ concerns about parking – many attendees rode bikes, and many parking spaces were available – had another successful movie night on Friday.

Attorney Gertner: he and Administrator Riehl would like to see authorization for something to be drafted regarding the Boardwalk Assessment – Council needs to make a determination at the next meeting.

Mayor Barrella: asked Chief O’Hara if Borough ordinance violations are custody scenarios (Chief O’Hara: no – summons issued – released at the scene) must take an officer off the street for 2 hours or so for a criminal arrest – could be driving down ordinance arrests (Chief O’Hara: haven’t had great weather on the weekends either – hard to pinpoint particular factor; from Memorial Day through end of July, ordinance arrests are down 24%, criminal arrests are up 52%, first aid calls are up 31% and motor vehicles accidents are up 30% – they tie up an officer for ½ hour to an hour also); appointed Greg Culp as an Open Space Committee alternate; is always intrigued by the concept of a Governing Body marketing the town, because the same people who want us to engage in marketing activities are the first to complain that we should not meddle in business – appointed an ad hoc tourism committee, consisting of 3 members of the Chamber of Commerce, 1 of whom is the Chamber’s Executive Director, and 3 residents, 2 of whom will be full-time residents and 1 of whom will be selected by the Non-resident Taxpayer Committee – Councilman Corbally has volunteered to be the liaison – asked that an advertisement for residents be put in the newspaper (Councilman Gordon: asked if there is a charter for this Committee – if they need direction) the direction is to get information and provide input from the Chamber, in conjunction with our residents – to bring the residents and the Chamber together; Attorney Gertner: requested that, as part of the charter, that committee think about trademarks/slogans, etc. – things that the municipality can own, trademark and license; (Councilman Gordon: asked if this is to promote PPB in a different) deliberately open-ended – Chamber feels it has not been consulted on a lot of things – they feel businesses have a stake in town and they should be part of the process – hopes that the Chamber selects one member from downtown business and one member from a business closer to the beach – part of it is how best to promote the beach and the other part is that it’s never a bad thing to get input from experienced business people and residents (Councilman Corbally: met with all these groups in the last couple of weeks – 3 or 4 months of this past year have been a rough time for public relations in PPB – Council, the Chamber, the Boardwalk entities and the public have all had something to do with it – all want to work together to turn that around (Councilman Gordon: asked about a Chairman; Mayor Barrella: Chair and Vice Chairs get elected by the membership; Councilman Reid: was also at that meeting and wants it on the record that he would have loved to be on that Committee) appreciates that and will find something else for him to do.

Administrator Riehl: received request from MTV to film their “Snookie/JWow” segment throughout town, August-October – asked for Council’s thoughts before providing an application (Motion by Councilman Corbally to deny request was seconded by Councilman Reid – Councilman Gordon, Mayer and Lurie agreed) she will decline (Councilman Lurie: suggested consequences if they show up; Mayor Barrella: non-profit organizations are charged to hold events, but PPB doesn’t have an ordinance requiring for-profit endeavors to pay for police, file for permits, etc. – should review; Councilman Lurie: would probably fall under Special Event; Attorney Gertner: there is debate about how comprehensive certain changes should be – Public Assembly and Special Event ordinances should be one – some municipalities include filming and entertainment venues – first draft is half finished (Councilman Corbally: confirmed that filming is not permitted without Council approval; Mayor Barrella: if filming inside a residence or business, Council can do nothing, unless maybe they brought trucks; Councilman Reid: PPB has a trademark to protect – they just can’t film at a house and advertise that they’re in PPB; Attorney Gertner: they have First Amendment rights, but it dovetails into discussion about developing a vision, trademarking, licensing and marketing it as a municipality – there are policy issues and fiscal and economic ramifications; Councilman Mayer: asked if anyone saw last month’s segment on “The Chew,” food-centered network TV program, which showed a reporter on Red’s lobster boat, who later ate with Kitty Stillufsen at Red’s Lobster Pot – delightful – great image of PPB – some filming is good – can’t restrict on private property, not that he would have wanted to).

Mayor Barrella: regarding item 1/o, asked Administrator Riehl and Clerk Ellsworth for new hires’ salaries and hiring process) both $10/hour – Confidential Secretary is 20 hours/week, Clerk’s Assistant is 25 hours/week – no benefits – roughly 65 applications received – both offices conducted their own interviews) confirmed that no one from Council participated; Councilman Mayer: having attended Open Space/Recreation Committee meeting on July 23rd, asked to consider item 1/w separately; Clerk Ellsworth added and amended agenda items.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (Non-Agenda Items and Resolutions) OPENED AT 8:28 PM

Vince Castin, Point Pleasant Beach (PPB): asked Councilman Corbally to expand on his comment about the ball fields (Councilman Corbally: quote from Engineer, working with contractor, to redo the side fields and work on Little League’s punch list came to $39K – holding close to $50K).
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: thanked DPW for work during summer and Councilman Mayer for work on Special Assessments, and complemented Council on budget – revenue anticipation was right on.
Tom Highton, PPB: thanked Mayor and Council for parking ordinance – made a tremendous difference in District 4; read that the Board of Education (BOE) is considering half tuition program for business owners’ children – asked Councilmen Mayer and Gordon, BOE liaisons, to look into it – shouldn’t subsidize non-residents (Councilman Reid: would have to own commercial property – still being worked out) BOE President asked about business owners’ grandchildren – that's a slippery slope (Councilman Gordon: Council and BOE are mutually exclusive – should address concerns to BOE – Council can, as well, but they have no sway) 43% of taxes go to schools – serious issue – understands some administrators pay no tuition, others and teachers pay half – paying 18% tax increase to BOE – PPB asks for less tuition than Pt. Pleasant – PPB school system is terrific – should market it, at full tuition, to potential students – will speak at next BOE meeting; complained that there are still no steps to the jetty at Boardwalk’s north end (Administrator Riehl: tried to put steps at the south end – involved CAFRA permitting and Boardwalk easement agreement issues; Mayor Barrella: Mr. Gagnon went through litigation to open it up – no sense if there is no access; Councilman Mayer: worth looking at).
Ben Dispoto: echoed Mr. Highton's comments on BOE – excuse is that it's extra revenue – they are attracting kids to the athletic programs – expanding to business owners is outrageous; asked about water/sewer bill change – probably 99.5% of people don't refer to the information on it (Councilman Reid: Water Department receives frequent calls for it) that why PPB has employees – it’s a service the town provides (Mayor Barrella: asked the difference in cost; Administrator Riehl: did a cost analysis – mailing would go from 33 cents to 45 cents, but paper is substantially cheaper – multiple accounts can be mailed together – would have ability to bill via e-mail, for those who chose it – more information on the bill and more cost effective – $300 less per quarter – can include messages 4 times/year, rather than just once in the tax bills) requested it be noted on the new bills that there is a 3% surcharge for paying electronically; front page “Asbury Park Press” article refers to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, in the possessive – organization is using and marketing a public street as its own (Mayor Barrella: “Boardwalk” is not protectable – goes to the issue of them funding necessary repairs; Councilman Gordon: Ad Hoc Tourism Committee can address) should correct because of the image it conveys.
Lisa Muller, PPB Animal Welfare Committee: asked about the pet shop ordinance (Mayor Barrella: will be on August 28th agenda) happy the culture is changing to that of adoption centers, rather than pet stores; some in town have started a Facebook page, "I love Point Pleasant Beach," emphasizing positive things in town – anyone is free to post; thanked Chief O’Hara – elderly resident’s cat died while Ms. Muller was away – she didn’t know what to do – police took care of it for her – she was very grateful (Chief O’Hara: Communications Officer Larrison was the dispatcher – his experience helped guide the Special Officers who responded – they took a shovel out of her shed and buried the cat in her garden – took 10 minutes – worked out well); have several kittens for adoption – most are Boardwalk rescues and include vet care.
Glenn Paesano, PPB: thanked Andy Cortes and Evan Mayer for putting together tables at Pleasure Park – park program ended on Friday – wildly successful – little, if any, problems – thanked Police Department – always an officer around; asked if Marketing Committee will be town-funded (Mayor Barrella: no); parking plan has worked well on his street – surprised that revenues are up – quite a few must like what they hear about the town because they are still coming.

Motion by Councilman Lurie to close Public Participation was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (Non-Agenda Items and Resolutions) ENDED AT 8:51 PM.

Motion by Councilman Lurie to adopt resolutions covering items listed below, was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 1:
a) Payment to Lifesavers for Defibtech AEDs (5418.34)
b) Approval of S/E app for PPB Recreation ‘Family Fishing Night’ on 8/25/12
c) Approval of S/E app for St Peter PTA ‘Fisherman’s’ 5K on 3/23/13
d) Refund dewatering bond ($400)
e) Approval of Payroll #15 ($317,072.08)
f) Payment to Denise Sweet from Board of Adjustment escrow accts ($200)
g) Authorize VFW to display boat on Boro property to advertise “Flukin’Frenzy”
h) Water/Sewer bill adjustment (1)
i) Approval of Banner permit app for St Peter PTA “Craft Festival”
j) Payment of third quarter 2012 installment to OCUA ($329,970)
k) Payment to State of NJ for employee health and Rx benefits for August ($106,454.29)
l) Approval of ABC Social Affair permit for VFW “Flukin’ Frenzy” on 8/18/12

m) Approval of S/E app for Rutgers Boardwalk canning for Embrace Kids Fdn
n) Approval of S/E app for Jersey Shore Ministerium “CROP” walk on 10/28/12
o) Appointment of P/T confidential secretary to the Administrator
p) Accept annual audit for 2011
q) Approval of corrective action plan for 2011 audit
r) Approval & award of Gowdy Avenue pipe cleaning and televising project ($3100)
s) Accept resignation of P/T Code Enforcement Office and authorize advertising for
replacement
t) Authorize increase in hours worked for Technical Assistant to the Construction Official
u) P Os to All Time Auto Body for repairs to police vehicles ($13,204.91)
v) Payment to F&C Automotive for Robinaire A/C machine ($3429)
w) CONSIDERED SEPARATELY (Authorize advertisement of bid for 3-year lease to operate
Maryland Ave. beach)
x) Authorize prepare and advertize bid for refuse scooters
y) Deny request to use Arnold Avenue ball fields for soccer practice as fields can no longer accommodate soccer play
z) Award contract for water meters to HD Supply Waterworks ($41,085)
CONSENT RESOLUTION 2:
a) Payments to the Galvin Law Firm from BOA escrow accounts ($1675)
b) P O to H Kees & Sons for fence at DPW yard ($5350)
c) Payment to Alpha Builders for park shed roof replacement ($5100)
d) Payments to T&M Assoc from BOA escrow accounts ($1032)
e) HELD FOR FURTHER REVISION (Authorize Mayor to execute revised contract for Municipal
Prosecutor services)
f) Approval of computer generated vouchers ($2,519,179.84)
g) P O to Staples Print Solutions for pats ticket rolls ($2525)
h) Authorization to sell bonds from previously approved Bond Ordinances
i) Denial of requests to use Arnold Avenue ball fields
j) Rescind approvals to use Arnold Avenue ball fields
k) Authorize preparation of contract with FSC Enterprises to serve as cellular antennae communications
consultants (Closed Session Item)
j) Progress payment to Down to Earth Landscaping for work on the ball fields ($97.018.78), with
$48,986.33 retainage (Closed Session Item)
k) Authorize a payment plan for the water/sewer bill at 108 Washington Avenue
l) Authorize CFO to sign agreement with Phoenix Advisors, subject to Attorney review
m) Authorize draft of bond ordinance for Boardwalk replacement
VOTE: Council Members Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

RESOLUTION 3: Authorize advertisement of bid for 3-year lease to operate Maryland Avenue beach was discussed.
Councilman Mayer: it’s public property, one of our assets – Aqua Serve is at the end of its second 3-year lease – Open Space and Recreation Committees question whether it should be more publicly-controlled, more of a management contract (Administrator Riehl: typically wait for lease to expire – would like RFP out while beach is in operation, so those interested get a clear picture of how things are currently run – can delay a month – prior to Aqua Serve, it was leased, with badges sold at Borough Hall – lessor bought what they wanted to sell – PPB lost money; Councilman Corbally: asked if Council could reject bids and change their minds; Attorney Gertner: yes, and can put together an alternate RFP, as opposed to a bid, to see if there are other thoughts on operating the beach – must consider demarcation of public access – suggested asking for brainstorming/proposals – that would lead to authorizing an RFP now, so something gets published in the next 10 days) doesn’t know if it should be for 1 year or 3 – there are concerns about Recreation Committee access and capital improvements – asked if there is an RFP already formed (Administrator Riehl: have bid document and current lease).
Motion by Councilman Mayer, to approve publication of RFP relating to operation of Maryland Avenue Beach, was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Ordinance 2012-27 (Establish Third Party Payroll Provider) was considered on second reading. Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing.
Ben Dispoto, PPB: asked if this means paychecks would be done by third party instead of in-house (ADP does it now – must authorize by ordinance, per auditor).
Motion by Councilman Lurie to adopt Ordinance 2012-27 was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Authorization to change size of handicap space in Ordinance 2012-28 before second
reading/public hearing, at the request of the County Engineer, in order to conform to all other handicap spaces on County roads, was considered.
Motion by Councilman Mayer, to authorize change in size of handicap parking space, from 20 feet to 22 feet, before second reading/public hearing in Ordinance 2012-28 , was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA

Ordinance 2012-28 (Establish Handicap Parking Space) was considered on second reading as changed.
Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing with no member of the public wishing to be heard. Motion by Councilman Lurie to close the public hearing was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie, Reid….YEA
Councilman Gordon: never meant to be disrespectful to requestor – opens Pandora's box for anyone with a handicap placard to ask for a designated spot in front of their property – sets dangerous precedent – need a standard we are willing to apply to everyone – need to be ready for potential landslide (Councilman Corbally: if requestor didn't have a 4-car driveway and was in an area without on-street parking due to tourism, would be more inclined – not opposed if there's a need).
Motion by Councilman Gordon to deny Ordinance 2012-28 was seconded by Councilman Corbally and defeated by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilman Gordon and Corbally….YEA
Councilmen Mayer, Lurie and Reid….NAY
Motion by Councilman Lurie to adopt ordinance 2012-28 was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Mayer, Lurie and Reid….YEA
Councilmen Gordon and Corbally….NAY
Mayor Barrella: done on an ad hoc basis – must examine how spaces are granted, and handicap parking throughout PPB, including downtown and beach areas (Attorney Gertner: asked if Council wanted inventory of what's approved) let’s look at what is needed to make PPB more accessible and friendly – can see if they are still needed (Councilman Gordon: asked if an ordinance to rescind spot would be required once granted (Attorney Gertner: yes; Councilman Mayer: this is the second meeting at which vague accusations have been made) will discuss after the meeting – would like an inventory and to see about improving access (Attorney Gertner: might be grant money available to help; Councilman Lurie: let Engineer do inventory first) add handicap spots in municipal lots to the inventory.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD OPENED AT 9:12 PM

Glenn Paesano, PPB: have had 3 bonfires on Maryland Avenue beach, with overwhelming turnout – most had no idea it was town-owned – PPB brings in $6K over 3-year period – Recreation Committee would like residents and taxpayers to have advantage of going to the beach as a community, at a seasonal rate – looked at what Aqua Serve would charge – perfectly laid out for drop-off of families and equipment (Councilman Mayer: if publicly-owned, there is an ADA requirement; Councilman Lurie: been brought up in the past – cost made it impractical; Administrator Riehl: was about $750K – State said there were other handicap access areas and they couldn’t mandate the town spend those funds to make Maryland Avenue beach handicap-accessible) should try for a year; asked if handicapped spot can be made a condition of the property deed (no); asked if bulk mailing permit is used (yes); if person pays water bill upon receipt, he acknowledges receipt of the notices in it.
Vince Castin, PPB: asked the status of Silver Lake Dredge (Administrator Riehl: received proposal late this afternoon; Councilman Mayer: preliminary proposal for cost during permitting stage) asked if it included a pump (Councilman Mayer: no – studies only – will be 2-phase); agreed with Councilman Gordon on handicap parking issue.
Ben Dispoto, PPB: agreed with Councilman Gordon about handicap parking; asked if phragmites would be cut at Lake of the Lillies (Mayor Barrella: permits were for dredging only – was a reason it was done separately – phragmites will eventually be eradicated).

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ENDED AT 9:21 PM.

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

Meeting was adjourned at 9:22 PM.


TRANSCRIBED BY: Eileen Farrell, Deputy Clerk


ATTEST: Maryann Ellsworth, Municipal Clerk


Published September21, 2012 | Council Minutes | 1448


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