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November 6, 2012

COUNCIL MINUTES

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach met at 9:02 AM with Mayor Barrella and Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally and Lurie present. Councilman Reid arrived at approximately 9:14 AM. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Clerk Ellsworth added items i and j to Consent Resolution 1.

Mayor Barrella: announced that Committee Reports would be dispensed with.

Kyle Grace, Office of Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator (OEMDC): Sandy came ashore in Cape May City @6:11 PM Monday, October 29th – did 3 evacuation routings and door-to-door notice – very successful, although some stayed behind – Police and Fire Departments did some dramatic rescues – no reports of injuries – ongoing recovery – FEMA representatives and DPW Superintendent Trout are here – DPW is removing debris around the clock – Ocean County Road Department has been tremendous in getting sand off Ocean Avenue – town hired a private contractor, which is working non-stop – worked hard with JCP&L to get power restored – awaiting decisions on how they will handle the rest of town, for fear of fire and other situations on the east side – have seen tremendous things from residents and volunteers – more than 300 Fire calls and 100 First Aid calls in the last couple days – canteen is set up in firehouse to feed emergency service workers and residents – have served about 7,000 meals – in direct daily communication with Ocean County Sheriff’s Department OEM – in contact with FEMA – doing everything possible to restore this great town.
Guy Dempsey: Office of Emergency Management Coordinator (OEMC): thanked public, businesses and Governing Body for cooperation – people have lot of damage and some don’t have homes anymore – trying to get as much of the town back to normal as soon as possible – worked hard to get schools running – they will open tomorrow – JCP&L is feverishly working on infrastructure, aided from many states – still working under proclamation of disaster – will continue through nor’easter – modified curfew still in effect (10 PM - 6 AM) – plan to modify ban on alcohol sales after 10 PM or eliminate it after the next storm – almost all Council members have volunteered time at the emergency workers’ kitchen.
Mayor Barrella: acknowledged OEMDC Grace and OEMC Dempsey, here round-the-clock, Detectives Daniel and Petruzziello, Lt. Dikun and Chief O’Hara, volunteer firefighters who have been sitting in a cold, dark firehouse without electricity, in case they were needed, and First Aid – responders have included firefighters from Jacksonville, North Carolina, Virginia – people from Lancaster came on Saturday and helped him with his house – former Lt. DiCorcia has organized volunteers – remarkable community response to devastating situation – everyone has done a wonderful job – DPW is picking up heavy debris – owe them a debt of gratitude – proud to know them all.
Chief O’Hara: quelled rumors about widespread looting and break-ins – has not happened in PPB – have done well to curtail it – at the height of the storm, had @60 officers round-the-clock, including regulars and seasonal specials – Ocean County Sheriff’s Department assisted after 48 - 72 hours with 10 officers for a couple of days – since their assistance stopped because of other duties, State Police have been patrolling day and night – scheduled to get out-of-state troopers as additional manpower – safety is the utmost concern – using cones, barricades, yellow tape stretched across certain areas – asked for public’s assistance in putting them back if people move them – patrol is circling perimeter to keep barricades in place – moving forward, downsizing and adjusting manpower requirements – hoping to get back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible – must take it step-by-step, day-by-day – appreciates public’s cooperation and assistance – invited their calls – will do their best to address all concerns.
Mayor Barrella: Congressman Smith came to town yesterday – drove around with him and his aide for @2½ hours – met with OEM, stopped at firehouse and First Aid – he is there for what we need and will do his best to get it for us – was impressed by effort put out – ahead of other communities.
Tom Davies, FEMA: Jersey boy, has worked 50 disasters around the country – requested a private meeting with Council after this to address concerns – significant event – very large disaster which has impacted this county tremendously – barrier islands are destroyed in some places – advised all to call 1(800) 621-FEMA to register, to contact insurance companies right away, and not to assume they won’t be covered – if not primary residence, will likely not be eligible for FEMA – there is a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Brick where FEMA representative walk people through the process – asked for a mobile DRC in the area – they are bringing in assets from Defense Department and civilian contractors – will provide public assistance, but may not have all answers – have done preliminary damage assessment – will meet with DPW and start inspections (Mayor Barrella: Councilman Corbally, liaison, will also avail himself), take pictures and document – if doing protective emergency measures on the public side, such as purchasing a generator, it’s eligible for 100% FEMA assistance until November 9 – prioritize and keep accurate records to get every penny available from the Federal Government.
Rick Farrington, FEMA Community Relations Specialist: have 22 teams in Ocean County – stacking shelters and recovery centers – going door-to-door to homes, businesses and schools – reaching out to citizens and explaining FEMA programs – register by phone or online at disasterassistance.gov – he and his partner will be available after the meeting to answer questions.
Administrator Riehl: restoration, recovery and response expense falls outside budgeted appropriations – emergency appropriation is required to fund it – preliminary figures have been more solidified – item 1/j will just get us to where we think we will be in a good position (Mayor Barrella: will be reimbursable from FEMA, at a minimum 75% – 100% reimbursement for things like Police overtime and hiring special officers) perhaps vehicles and equipment are at 100% also (Councilman Lurie: asked, if that is not enough, if another appropriation would be done) yes – will have to talk about actual cash for funding the emergency – town was hit hard – asked all to be patient – going to take a long time to clean-up and get back to semi-normal – asked for cooperation, rather than criticism – employees and staff are putting in great effort for residents.
Councilman Gordon: recognized individuals who have gone above and beyond the call – Chief O’Hara, Lieutenants Dikun and Michigan and their Sergeants and Officers, Fire Departments, First Aid Squad, Emergency Management personnel, Department of Public Works, Building Department, Code Enforcement and all volunteers, without whom this town would have been more sorely crippled – have experienced far less issues than our neighboring towns because of preparation prior to the hurricane – asked that the public thank these individuals when they see them – all are hurting – some more than others – have never seen such a situation and, hopefully, never will again – mind-boggling as to how these people have done it – been here 24/7 and have asked only for cooperation – they have a job to do and have done it without complaint – thanked them individually and as a group – this town is remarkably fortunate to have them in its employ and at our beck and call (Mayor Barrella: two people never get mentioned because we take them for granted – Clerk Ellsworth and Administrator Riehl – would be lost without them; Councilman Corbally: they are there on weekends and at night – doing a fantastic job coordinating with everyone; OEMDC Grace: thanked them as well).

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (Non-Agenda Items, First Reading of
Ordinances and Resolutions) OPENED AT 9:36 AM

Paula Watzich, PPB: asked how many debris removals would take place (Mayor Barrella: ongoing; Councilman Gordon: have Waste Management involved also); concerned about rebuild permits, etc. (Councilwoman Tooker: spoke with CO Gardner and CEO Petrillo – emphasized importance of permits to ensure things are done properly, with licensed contractors, and to provide paper trail for insurance – necessary for subsequent problems – shorthanded, but doing everything to expedite permits) worried about power for contractors and fires, since meters were under water (OEMDC Grace: met with JCP&L representatives throughout the storm – fearful about throwing the switch where there has been water – they did it in Belmar the other night and 3 houses burned – they are trying to formulate a plan to handle this – Fire Department checked the 300 and 400 blocks of Chicago Avenue, to the west of the railroad tracks and gave JCP&L permission to go to those houses where there was no water in the basements, or water was not up to the meter – also told them to inform us where power is being turned on, so fire truck can be standing by - contacted JCP&L, reviewed circuit maps, trying to expedite things – has never seen such hard work over there, with power companies from New Mexico, California, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio and New Mexico – but they have to figure out how to work around this snag; Councilwoman Tooker: asked for a timeline; OEMDC Grace: north Jersey supervisor said they are going to start running lines – checking what is up, what needs to be replaced – but there is still the problem of water in basements and uninhabitable houses – fortunate that all PPB circuits are handled under one substation, which is right here – per the Emergency Management meeting that Lt. Dikun and OEMC Dempsey attended, power on the mainland should be restored by tomorrow; CO Gardner: electrical inspector sought DCA guidance on re-energizing houses – wiring, switches, outlets and equipment inundated with contaminated water must be replaced – just received guidelines for handling water damaged electrical equipment – must speak with OEMDC Grace and JCP&L to find out exactly what they mean and how to get the power on expeditiously; OEMDC Grace: Congressman Smith was at the meeting – must get him involved).
Lisa McGrath, PPB: her street did not get much sand, but muck from the pumping station is under their crawl spaces – been trying to reach Ocean County to test it – asked for assistance in getting someone here (OEMDC Grace: have experienced this before with thunder and lightning storms – believes muck was found to be non-hazardous in the past –will put it on his list to deal with) asked about guidelines for dune restructuring (Engineer Savacool: need beach maintenance permit to alter the beachfront; Mayor Barrella: Cindy Randazzo, Deputy Commissioner, called and said to put the sand back on the beach – normally, you’d need a permit and sand would have to be tested; OEMDC Grace: asked for her number; Councilman Lurie: go on the DEP web site too).
Sharon Cadalzo, PPB: asked how long it would take to get a response as to whether she can re-build the half of her house that was under water, or if she must rebuild to code – adjuster is coming next week and needs guidance – house assessment isn’t worth what it will cost to re-build the bottom, and it still won’t be up to code, and the next time it floods, she will be in the same boat – asked if she needs a letter from town for the insurance company – will get nothing from insurance because it was a flood – will get only what FEMA gives her – has a pet and elderly parent – doesn’t want to overstay her welcome at friend’s house – need answers (CO Gardner: depends on scope of work – if it exceeds 50% of the structure’s value before the damage, would have to raise it to the FEMA-required height of 11’).
Dan Friendly, PPB: asked about plan for the nor’easter coming on Wednesday or Thursday (OEMDC Grace: got a 6 AM update – most maps agree the storm is drifting out to sea, further reducing the amount of coastal flooding we could see – winds are diminished also – chance for rain to slushy snow here and mild to moderate coastal flooding – but with the diminished beach and dunes, it is something we will have to monitor; DPW Superintendent Trout: met with Ed Wood from Caruso this morning – will leave machines at the beach up until the close of business today and get as much as possible bermed up, for that scenario) certainly not the first time NJ has had flooding – asked how towns that have been under water have gotten power back quickly everywhere else (OEMDC Grace: only town he knows that they’ve tried to get up and running is Belmar, and they had 3 houses burn down – not a JCP&L spokesperson, but they are worried about turning power back on at the Ocean Avenue side of town – there are towns up north with no power – amazing we have the power we do; Councilman Reid: asked the process of getting electric turned on; CO Gardner: JCP&L wants every house inspected – don’t have manpower – trying to formulate certification for licensed electricians to evaluate properties to ensure that, if there was water damage, it is fixed – he and electrical inspector need to meet with OEMDC Grace and JCP&L on Wednesday or Friday) asked about Ocean Avenue and areas that were not under water – his and the surrounding houses were not (OEMDC Grace: has circuit maps – can tell you where things run – would be too time consuming to do isolation work – they won’t; Councilman Reid: asked if homeowners should hire their own inspectors or if the town has inspectors to do it; CO Gardner: homeowners and businesses east of the tracks must hire their own licensed electrical contractor; Councilman Reid: asked if there is a way to get the word out to people; OEMDC Grace: this is not finalized by us, but JCP&L; Detective Daniel, part of Emergency Management: PPB is at the forefront – Congressman was here yesterday – rest of the state and county, doesn’t have electric – trying to change the way JCP&L is doing it, because they are afraid to turn things on – whatever PPB sets up will probably be seen all over the state – this question is not even being discussed anywhere else yet; Mayor Barrella: asked about the procedure for those who have already gotten a licensed contractor or are in the process of getting one; OEMDC Grace: those in a section with no power should turn their main breaker off – this does not fall on the town – JCP&L has to figure out how to do it; Mayor Barrella: asked if those who have already hired a licensed electrician should present the bill with the scope of work; CO Gardner: must get with JCP&L; Ira Waldman, Fire Captain: please call Police headquarters when turning off power/flipping main breakers – will make things easier when going door-to-door; Councilman Gordon: making piecemeal decisions – there is a process to be ironed out – must address important issues with professionals and JCP&L and get the word out, so citizens can do things right the first time – doesn’t know who will chair this issue, but needs to get done over the next day or so; OEMDC Grace: would leave it to CO Gardner, as he has no experience in electrical work; Councilman Gordon: OEMDC Grace’s JCP&L contact can provide input; Councilwoman Tooker: reminded all to register for Swift 911 – updates given at least daily – town radio station 1630 AM has the same information – St. Mary’s has been serving hot meals 2 PM – 6 PM daily and will deliver – shelters are still open – people should reach out if they need help with pets – workers at the Masonic Lodge have been amazingly helpful in cleaning out houses, stripping sheet rock, etc. – advised all to take advantage of their help, because they are happy to do it – Red Cross was here yesterday passing out blankets, food and water – DPW has asked all to separate refuse as much as possible – make separate piles for electronics, metal, household garbage, recycling and household furniture – the more that’s separated, the less it will cost taxpayers to dispose of it – asked all to be judicious about what they put in the landfill – lot of resources are available – OEMDC Grace has been great about putting out information and Clerk Ellsworth can sign people up for Swift 911 (Clerk Ellsworth: for those without computer or radio access, have been photocopying OEM’s press releases and putting them on tables downstairs – can see her to sign up for Swift 911 – doesn’t want access to people’s personal information, but will set them up on the computer to input it themselves; OEMDC Grace: 1630AM was the only thing operational during the storm; Councilman Mayer: echoed Councilman Gordon’s comments – first responders and town have been fabulous – lot of good volunteers – tragic, but brought us closer – Masonic Lodge group has done 100 homes already – another 15 on the list today – those who need help and those who can volunteer should put their names on the lists – lot of heavy stuff to be cleaned out – tough work; Mayor Barrella: thanked Fire Chief AJ Fox, on whom responsibility fell, since Chiefs Michigan and Finn are also Policemen – has done a magnificent job).
Mr. Sine, PPB: got a “Condemned” sign on his front door – house didn’t get a drop of water, but there is a sink hole in front – hired a contractor, who said the foundation doesn’t seem compromised –had the main water line repaired when he bought the house – now, he is hearing that he has to tear his house down – asked what he should do (Mayor Barrella: speak to CO Gardner).
Al Varosi, PPB: volunteers cleaned parts of his house – cut 6 trees – nothing was separated – asked if that is a problem (Mayor Barrella: unreasonable for people to go back and move stuff around; Councilman Gordon: asking people, starting now, to try and separate what they put to the curb; Councilman Corbally: DPW is carrying on with normal garbage and recycling pick up – from now on, they need to be separated; Councilwoman Tooker: St. Mary’s and Presbyterian Church can shelter a couple people overnight, if they need a warm night’s sleep and hot shower; OEMDC Grace: Ocean County is sending people to Pinelands Regional Middle School in Little Egg Harbor – only one with space) asked if there is a policy for those collecting scrap metal (Councilman Lurie: they are blocking traffic and spending hours in people’s yards; Mayor Barrella: they can’t be in anyone’s yard – once stuff is put on the street, it’s abandoned property; Councilman Lurie: they are going through people’s devastation – it’s horrible – not allowed in Bay Head; OEMDC Grace: OEM met with Police and DPW – will allow anything that will lessen the amount of debris for DPW – too time consuming for Police to start registering people – shouldn’t be blocking the roadway –call the Police with complaints – anything that needs to be kept for insurance purposes should be put at the side of house; Chief O’Hara: and debris should be at the curb line – piling debris in the street creates more issues, especially since it’s so dark at night with no power – trying to keep on top of scrappers blocking the road, but, in the long run, it’s better to get as much out as quickly as possible; Councilwoman Tooker: concerned about how dark it is at night with no power; Chief O’Hara: no one should be out past curfew – patrols are out there – doing the best we can) tenant has no electricity or space heater – asked if that is his responsibility as a landlord, and if FEMA is providing generators or space heaters, or if tenants need to go to a shelter (Councilman Corbally: not landlord’s responsibility – should probably go to a shelter; Attorney Gertner: Ocean County Special Response deals with displaced tenants) suggested, in future emergencies, town be patrolled at the bridges (Councilman Gordon: good point, but would take manpower off the streets – Police are stretched as thin as possible: Mayer Barrella: during Hurricane Irene, things were identified to be changed and they were – this time, maybe we can do the same) would like Council to do something about the dunes – people are reluctant to have dunes on their property because of CAFRA regulations.
Marc Palazzolo, Alex’s Bait & Tackle: commended Mayor and Council and Police for great job – Inlet has taken a bad hit (Mayor Barrella: one of the conversations with Congressman Smith was bulk-heading and the like) there are many places west with no power – some of PPB’s was back before anyone else’s (Councilman Gordon: thanked him for positive feedback).
Glen Paesano, PPB: scrappers are putting undue stress on residents – some will put damaged appliances on Craig’s List – he’s traveling over an hour away – worried they’re walking on his property at night (Chief O’Hara: impossible to man the posts and keep everyone out – don’t have manpower – occasionally, scrappers block traffic and when Police get called, we address it and move them along – can’t live in fear of “what if” –patrols are out there round-the-clock – no incidents of that taking place – irresponsible to put fear in people’s minds – doing the best we can with what we have – scrappers aren’t hurting anyone at this point, but helping to alleviate the pile of junk – if someone gets damaged items from Craig’s List, that’s their problem – stands by what they are doing – if people cooperate, everything will run smoothly and get back to normal) he’s not spreading fear, he is fearful –rumor that town would be evacuated due to sand in the waste sewers (Mayor Barrella: untrue – rumors will continue to grow; Lt. Dikun: lot of residents are commuters – bus service is sporadic – might run on a semi-regular basis in the next few days – those who use the train should plan alternate transportation for a while, due to damage along our line – met with NJ Transit – they will work from Long Branch first – PPB will be last to be repaired – Jersey Coast Line is not running – miles of rail are missing or bent – our railroad bridge was heavily damaged, electronically – will take time).
Sharon Cadalzo, PPB: Police are doing an excellent job ensuring people are not where they aren’t supposed to be after curfew.
Ms. McGrath, PPB: town has done an excellent job, considering the circumstances.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (Non-Agenda Items, First Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions) WAS CLOSED AT 10:36 AM.

Councilman Mayer: emergency appropriation (item 1/j) authorizes emergency notes for expenses related to response, recovery, and restoration, in connection with Sandy (Mayor Barrella: will need another at the next Council Meeting).
Motion by Corbally to approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Lurie and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie and Reid….YEA.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 1:
a) Approval of Payroll #21 ($233,708.77)
b) Payment of 4th quarter tax levy to the County of Ocean ($2,091,473.48)
c) Progress payment (#3) to Insituform for Hot Water Cured in Place Sewer Main Lining ($13,328.03)
d) Change Order #1 to JAK Construction for Boardwalk repairs (-$3757.60)
e) Progress payment to JAK Construction Corporation for Boardwalk repairs ($6,841.40)
f) Payment to Pierce Eagle Equipment for sewer cleaner truck ($334,822)
g) Payment of computer-generated vouchers ($3,536,721.44)
h) P O to Trinity Solar for generator installation at PPB Fire Co #2 ($10,000)
i) Approval of Special Event application for Pt. Pleasant Beach High School Homecoming Parade
on 11/21/12
j) Emergency Appropriation ($915,000.00)
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie and Reid….YEA.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD opened and closed at 10:38 AM

Mayor Barrella: invited donations to the Community Endowment Fund; advised those who have not yet voted to go to Point Pleasant Borough Hall.

Motion by Councilman Gordon to enter closed session to discuss 1) matters in which the release of information could impair a right to receive funds from the U.S. Government, and 2) tactics and techniques utilized in protecting the safety and property of Point Pleasant Beach, was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie and Reid….YEA.

Closed Session began at 10:39AM and ended at 11:24AM.

Motion by Councilman Lurie to close executive session and resume the public portion was seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie and Reid….YEA.

Administrator Riehl asked for authorization to extend the 10-day grace period for tax payments until November 30th.
Motion by Councilman Lurie to extend the 10-grace period for tax payments until November 30th was seconded by Councilman Gordon and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Tooker, Gordon, Mayer, Corbally, Lurie and Reid….YEA.

Motion by Councilman Lurie to adjourn was seconded by Councilman Gordon and carried by consent of Council.

Meeting was adjourned at 11:26AM.


TRANSCRIBED BY: Eileen Farrell, Deputy Clerk

ATTEST: Maryann Ellsworth, Municipal Clerk


Published January12, 2013 | Council Minutes | 1499


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