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April 23, 2013

COUNCIL MINUTES

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach met at 6:38 PM with Council Members Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon and Tooker present. Councilman Corbally was absent. Councilwoman Tooker left the room at 6:38 PM and returned at 6:41 PM. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Mayer, to enter closed session to discuss 2 contractual and 3 litigation matters was seconded by Councilman Gordon and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon….YEA

Closed Session began at 6:39 PM and ended at 7:15 PM.

Mayor Barrella called the regular meeting to order at 7:33 PM. Present were Council Members Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon and Tooker. Councilman Corbally was absent. The Municipal Clerk again read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Gordon, to approve the minutes of the March 28, 2013 and April 9, 2013 Council Meetings, was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Tooker….YEA

Correspondence and Department Head memos were discussed, with items moved to agenda. Attorney Gertner: Sand Castle Fund Raiser permits were issued – no need for Council discussion (Clerk Ellsworth: copies of the permit for temporary structure were distributed).
Revisions to Ordinance 2013-16 were discussed. Councilwoman Tooker: Engineer Savacool had distributed drawings of 2 different ways to figure “yard,” and a definition of “yard” – she sent the Governing Body the “2004 NJ Best Practices Manual,” which was reiterated in the Governor’s Ten Point Plan – it suggests ordinances for maximum and minimum yard size, use of vegetation as filters for storm water runoff, and trees – must put Ordinance 2013-16 back on the agenda for first reading (Councilman Gordon: opposes big government – per Councilwoman Tooker, 99% of PPB homes are in compliance – generating an ordinance for 1% of homes is overkill) will be more because of all the rebuilding – would support grandfathering/exempting existing homes (Attorney Gertner: ensuring that properties drain properly will save the municipality money) State passed a comprehensive fertilizer ordinance last year and Phase III is being implemented now – asked Clerk Ellsworth to post this to the Borough’s web site, with a link to the Governor’s Ten Point Plan – have spent millions on our lakes – all coastal towns need to make a paradigm shift in how we things are done – vegetative matter helps filter water – mandate is to have green space on property – there are other things we should allow because they would be helpful to PPB’s environment, the Barnegat Bay watershed, and our lakes – this is coming from the Environmental Commission – Engineer Savacool and Attorney Gertner helped as well – it’s good land use – was passed on first reading in 2010 and the Planning Board didn’t pass it because there were only 5 people at that meeting, Planning Board attorney wasn’t present, and it wasn’t explained – this is important – lot of new houses along the lake are being built with pavers only and no greenery (Councilman Mayer: ordinance covers 3 things, one is that 10% of yard area shall be plantings – there are objections to mandating what people do on their properties – doesn’t like Engineer Savacool’s definition of yard area, nor the way the ordinance is laid out – doesn’t think this will clean up the lakes – also, without grandfathering, the ordinance creates non-conforming uses – Section 2 changes are not clear – doesn’t understand how planting between the curb and sidewalk doesn’t impede parking; Attorney Gertner: suggested he work with Clerk Ellsworth to get this ordinance in a form for next Council Meeting; Councilman Gordon: this mandates too much, it’s taking away freedom; Councilman Cortes: agreed with Councilman Gordon – an educational seminar on plantings would be better than trying to force and then enforce this; Councilman Reid: agreed – not comfortable mandating how people build around their houses – asking the Borough Engineer and Attorney to review this will just cost more money – doesn’t think the votes are there; Mayor Barrella: suggested someone make a motion authorizing Engineer Savacool and Attorney Gertner to correct the problems that have been identified – and if Councilman Mayer wants a different ordinance, let him bring that back; Attorney Gertner: suggested drafting an ordinance to deal with the permissive issues, not the mandated ones) have done nothing as a town to deal with anything the Governor has put forth – it’s pathetic.

COMMITTE REPORTS:

Councilman Reid: No report.

Councilman Cortes: generator is in place at Fire Company No 2, on a concrete pad, with electrical; attended Recreation Committee meeting – representative from Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield is implementing a lot of senior activities – one is a town vs. town boardwalk walking challenge – will run May through September – they have asked to use 4 parking spaces, 9AM-12PM, the Friday before Memorial Day to hand out pedometers – also discussed renting the Woman’s Club for a Wii bowling tournament for seniors – Summer Recreation Program is July 1st - August 9th – there are 12 counselor applicants – signups are May 11th, 18th and 25th, 9AM-12PM, at the park – have contacted other towns to see how they run their basketball programs – other towns use volunteers or student athletes – asked about a Bingo License (Clerk Ellsworth: they can use the Community Endowment Fund license); he filled in for Councilman Reid on a water issue at the Shore Point Motel on Broadway – meter was sent out for testing – they ran 100 gallons through it and it read 178 gallons – meter and reader were mated wrong at the factory – that will be corrected and motel owner will file to be credited.

Councilman Mayer: Finance Committee’s major concern is cash flow – have gotten nothing from FEMA – there is a resolution on the agenda for a Bond Anticipation Note – thanked Ocean First for agreeing to purchase it – .95% one-year note, for $785K – asked that item 1/a be held, as our records are not in line – been talking with the bond counsel and auditor about the $9.5M in bond ordinances on the agenda – BA/CFO Riehl distributed a breakdown – there are also resolutions authorizing Local Finance Board applications – Community Disaster Loan is still under review – BA/CFO Riehl did an analysis on the proposed salary increases, visa vie the 2% cap, and started working on a draft surplus regeneration – difficult to project, but a good exercise – FEMA has approved 75% of up to $226K to repair the ‘Surf Taco’ building – there is a request from Open Space that they be authorized to solicit quotations from an architect – spoke with Engineer Savacool – part of this is architectural and part is engineering – Mr. Savacool would like to work with an architect on specs for those quotes – there is no cost for this (Mayor Barrella directed that this be added to the agenda; Councilwoman Tooker: asked about the bond ordinance amount of $350K) it’s got some extras in it – not committed to anything at this point; Councilman Gordon: asked if they are being given a ceiling, under which to operate – they need parameters) just wants to get a feel for it and get it moving; last week’s Education Foundation dinner was excellent.

Councilman Gordon: gave police activity report for April 8th-22nd – 7 arrests for offenses included theft of movable property, defiant trespassing, disorderly conduct, DWI and criminal mischief – also 6 arrests on outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions – responded to 8 motor vehicle accidents, 19 First Aid calls and 9 theft complaints – at last meeting, he had asked police department to put together data on the heroin trend in the area – hopes to have something for next meeting – Operation Take Back is April 27th 10AM-2PM – this US DEA-sponsored program offers the public a secure method by which to dispose of old prescription medications – drop off is in the police department lobby – Chief O’Hara provided information for the web site; will be voting on a Special Event request for Parade of Champions, an opportunity for the town to pay tribute to the PPB school district, which has had a remarkable year in the sports and academic arenas – asking all athletes and alumni to participate – proclamations will be made – will be held May 17th 4PM-5PM from the train station to the PPB High School gym – asked Council to designate May 17th as “Red and White Day,” in conjunction with the parade – Chamber will also be holding sidewalk sales (Mayor Barrella: directed that this be added to the agenda).

Councilwoman Tooker: thanked County for doing the storm sewers – they missed the one on Bay Avenue, in front of Point Interiors, which is packed; spoke with Engineer Savacool and received an e-mail from Attorney Galvin about Floor Area Ratio (FAR) – sees no need for a Council committee – it’s complex and not for a lay person – seeking input from CO Gardner and CEO/ZO Petrillo – Attorney Galvin would like Council’s opinion on architecturally-favorable houses – good idea to see what they like and make it fit – must decide on reasonable maximum square footage – Attorney Galvin can put together a simple ordinance with this input – Planning and Board of Adjustment (BOA) professionals have always talked about this – the time is now, especially with the height elevations (Attorney Gertner: purpose is so the draft will have some basis of what the Governing Body would like to see – the goal is more uniformity in housing design, without massive box structures) doesn’t want to look back in a few years and think we should’ve given this more thought and planning

Mayor Barrella: Silver Lake parking lot was milled yesterday and paved today (BA/CFO Riehl: will be striped by Friday, along with the Inlet lot); sand has been sifted and put back – understands FEMA has agreed to write the project, so PPB will get either 75% or 90% reimbursement; attended an Ocean County Mayors Meeting today – Commissioner Martin spoke – a lot going on at the State – met with homeowners regarding easements last Thursday – been assured by Commissioner Martin that the Governor is serious about this and will take whatever steps necessary to ensure easements are secured – Governor won’t tolerate anyone not signing easements to allow for dune projects that will protect the town – hopefully, in PPB that won’t be an issue – for the most part, those who sign the easements won’t lose anything because of the replenishment project, which will make the beach bigger – we have issues with the easements because PPB is unique in that we don’t own the beach – Attorney Gertner is working with DEP to get this worked out; has heard that Route 35 rebuilding will begin further down into Bay Head – hopes this will make a difference.

Administrator Riehl: parking passes are almost complete – will be mailed to District 4 and affected District 3 residents before the deadline – other passes will be available for purchase – they cover every parking program in PPB – one pass will go on the dashboard, making enforcement easier; sand sifting is complete; Delaware Avenue bulkhead will be started within the next 2 weeks; Boardwalk is framed through Surf Taco and is ready to be decked – the north section is complete through 400’ south of Broadway – all piles are driven to Broadway – the contractor is driving piles north of Broadway now – finished the T yesterday – had some problems with the jetty rock (Mayor Barrella: per Engineer Savacool, 4,000’ of the approximate 5,200’ of Boardwalk will be open to the public by Friday – hopes it will be in a “NY Times” article, because he received a call from a reporter today about it – the reporter asked if PPB would be up and running by Memorial Day and he said “absolutely;” Councilman Cortes: asked that Engineer Savacool look at the Boardwalk by the District 2 ATM machine, as some stringers are broken underneath – machine is solid, but rusty; Mayor Barrella: ATM operator needs to maintain the machines – spending a lot of money to fix the Boardwalk – can’t have the machines all rusted out).

Clerk Ellsworth announced items to be added to and held from the agenda.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Non-Agenda Items, First Reading of
Ordinances and Resolutions) BEGAN AT 8:28 PM

Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked for an answer to his request at last meeting for donation for holiday decorations (Mayor Barrella: asked that he e-mail the Governing Body, from the Beautification Committee, so that it is on the next agenda – hopes to have a finalized non-Sandy budget by next Council meeting); addressed Resolution 5 – protocol is that Adopt A Spot applications go through the Beautification Committee for recommendation – asked that it be held until after the Committee’s meeting next Tuesday (Mayor Barrella: directed that this be held, and that BA/CFO Riehl contact St. Peter’s School, in case they would like someone to attend the Beautification meeting); every row in the bungalow area should have access from Ocean Avenue to the Boardwalk for emergency vehicles – also, the BOA Chairman said Council’s guidance is needed on building height in that area – asked that Council draft an ordinance, raising building height in the bungalow area to 30’ so 2-storey houses can comply with FEMA’s height requirements – BOA is restricted by the Master Plan that limits height to 22’ (Mayor Barrella: that is not the case – BOA has the ability to grant that variance when warranted – he is perplexed that the BOA Chairman is looking for guidance – Council made it clear that height limitations in certain situations were increased to make it easier for people to raise their homes, and that new construction height should not be raised beyond 35’ or 22’ in the bungalow community – that is not to be construed that the BOA should not grant variances – it was just a means of deferring to the appropriate body, the BOA – doesn’t know the particular situation, and understands the desire for something definitive and finite, but, when you start raising heights on very small lots, you almost encourage buildings to look like silos – asked Attorney Gertner for his suggestion; Attorney Gertner: further guidance is counterintuitive to the BOA’s purpose, because the less guidance you give, the less reason to go to the BOA – if Council has spoken globally about what they’d like to see over the next 2 years, in terms of rebuilding, that’s their guidance – beyond that, every application is taken on its merits) BOA has commented that to jump to 29’ from 22’ is extreme, but because of the curb height, it’s not – communication between the BOA and Council isn’t there (Councilman Gordon: asked why a BOA member isn’t asking Council, rather than a messenger who took it on his own initiative; Mayor Barrella: it would be appropriate for the BOA Chairman to place his concerns in writing, so Council can evaluate them in conjunction with the BOA and professionals – BOA must make decisions on a case-by-case basis; Attorney Gertner: as he sees it, it’s more of a concern of the BOA Chairman about zoning by variance, which you don’t want to happen; Councilwoman Tooker: normally, the BOA Attorney will address his concerns – but she sees him often and this has never come up.
Peter Sandomeno, PPB: thanked Councilman Cortes for help with the water meter and asked about the next step (Mayor Barrella: advised him to put together a packet with a dollar figure and documentation) will call BA/CFO Riehl’s office tomorrow).
Ann D’Agostino, PPB: asked about the easement letter (Attorney Gertner: is working to get approval on the side agreement between the property owners and the Borough, further defining the rights and responsibilities of the two parties, so the letters can be sent out; Mayor Barrella: Army Corps is to begin work in late 2013 – the quicker that everyone signs the agreement, after the side agreement is finalized, the quicker it will enable the Governor to put pressure on those who have not signed – peer pressure will exist as well – people’s legitimate concerns are far outweighed by the overriding need of the community to protect itself from events like Sandy – spoke to NJ DEP’s Cindy Randazzo today, and she will avail herself to any homeowners’ associations that wish to speak to her – asked BA/CFO Riehl to inform the associations).
Mayor Barrella left the room for a few moments at 8:55 PM.
Vince Castin, PPB: asked if there are any other defective water meters out there; thanked BA/CFO Riehl and Councilwoman Tooker for work at the catch basin; thanked Councilman Gordon for the flag by the gazebo – must get the light working there; asked for an update on the lake dredging (no update).
Anne Lightburn, PPB: thanked Council for item 3/f (Councilman Mayer: hopes she can get the word out on the RFQ – maybe she can do the interviewing); Boardwalk stringers are up in front of the bath house – boards will be going up – hopes the building will be secured, so as not to encourage wanderers (Councilman Mayer: needs to speak with Attorney Gertner about volunteers to clean out the sand and secure the plywood; Attorney Gertner: it’s a policy decision – having volunteers come into a potentially dangerous situation; Councilman Mayer: PPB is asking Shore to Recover to indemnify and defend, but they are just an intermediary for the volunteers, not their employers – they are not-for-profit, and will not defend us; Attorney Gertner: he asked for anything they would agree to – Council can determine what risk they want to take; Mayor Barrella: volunteers are holding Shore to Recover harmless, and we are asking them to do the same for the Borough, in order to move forward; Councilman Mayer: volunteers are willing to indemnify/defend/release the Borough, but Shore to Recover is not; Mayor Barrella: everything in Shore to Recover’s form and waiver, must be in the Borough’s; Attorney Gertner: volunteers become quasi-employees – they can make workman’s comp claims if they get hurt; Mayor Barrella: suggested authorizing the Borough Attorney to get an acceptable form worked out, and to authorize the Borough Administrator to get the volunteers working once those forms are obtained – the middlemen at the organization are the stumbling block at this point – need to take them off the hook – no reason to wait until May 7th to move this forward); sand excavation will be much more difficult because sand has now been put almost level to the Boardwalk – will have to excavate under the new Boardwalk in order to get under the building – will probably need DPW equipment, because it’s beyond shoveling – also, the roof needs to be done; there are 2 new pear trees by the Bagelry – the Bagelry and the Mexican grocery store shared the cost of the trees; supports Councilwoman Tooker – the earth can’t advocate for itself –sometimes we have to pass legislation to protect it – it’s beyond education; wished all a Happy Earth Day.
Ben Dispoto, PPB: asked if there will be a dune structure from New Jersey Avenue, north (Mayor Barrella: won’t comment on who has or has not returned easements – is confident that the Governor’s office will take every necessary step to ensure that PPB, along with the entire barrier island, will be protected with an Army Corps of Engineers beach project – dunes are designed to be 22’ from Island Beach State Park to the Manasquan Inlet, except in Seaside Heights and PPB, where the height is 18’ – entails the construction of dunes and the widening and deepening of the beach, which is important, so waves don’t break on the dunes; being penny wise and dollar foolish at the ‘Surf Taco’ building, with the potential for someone to get hurt – there are companies that vacuum sand out of buildings, without creating potential liability of people getting hurt going underneath a building that might be compromised (Councilman Mayer: have been assured by the Borough Engineer that the building is not compromised) sand might be holding up some of the structure (Councilman Gordon: valid point; Mayor Barrella: asked BA/CFO Riehl to see if Ceres could do this; Councilwoman Tooker: questioned why we would have volunteers do something that is reimbursable by FEMA; Mayor Barrella: asked BA/CFO Riehl to look into this and e-mail Council, so they have a sense of what to do – Administrator doesn’t need Council’s approval).
John Bezerra, PPB Chamber of Commerce: followed up on his request from last meeting for a $16,500 contribution to the Chamber’s “We Are Open” marketing campaign – have tweaked it a little – going through News 12, which covers the whole state, and Comcast – received an added value on their $10K buy-in, which comes to roughly $22K – gave plan to Council and explained the markets – if Council decides to contribute, he will bring additional zones to be covered back to Council for approval (Councilman Reid: commercial is top notch, fantastic – target area of Middlesex, Union and the Princeton area is not really what we want – we want to reach up higher – there is not enough money here for that – asked Mayor Barrella, who is attending a meeting with the Lt. Governor, to tell the Governor’s office we want $100K for major NY metro stations, around things like sporting events; Mayor Barrella: must ensure some of the money they are spending is devoted to local needs; Councilman Mayer: saw a FEMA-sponsored ad, which didn’t mention PPB; Mayor Barrella: that’s because FEMA hasn’t given PPB any money) welcomed suggestions (Councilman Reid: need Cablevision, which is up north, and radio; Councilman Gordon: suggested that Councilman Reid work with Mr. Bezerra, instead of just critiquing what he has done – should be using both areas of expertise; Mayor Barrella: asked Councilman Reid to work with Mr. Bezerra and Carol Vaccaro, of the Chamber, to determine what would be sufficient to make an impact, for these dollars to be well-spent; Councilwoman Tooker: something is better than nothing; Councilman Reid: we just don’t have the money; Mayor Barrella: if this would make an impact, it would be silly not to find that money, as it could ultimately pay for itself – but doesn’t want to throw out good money – the State has to help out a little) the Chamber’s $10K buy-in starts on May 6th (Councilwoman Tooker: thought there were County tourism grants).

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Non-Agenda Items, First Reading of
Ordinances and Resolutions) ENDED AT 9:28 PM

Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 1:
a) HELD (Approval for continued participation in Green Acres Program and authorization for Mayor
to execute documents)
b) Payment to Jaeger Lumber for lumber for Boardwalk reconstruction ($3,009.96)
c) Payments to Denise Sweet & Assoc from BOA escrow ($600)
d) Refund of road opening bond – 800 Walnut Ave ($1,000)
e) P O to Taylor Flooring for police & administrative offices carpeting ($10,392.13)
f) Payments to Ronan Agency for recreation and fire dept accident policies renewals ($6201.50)
g) Approval of Payroll #8 ($232,087.56)
h) Progress payment #3 to Albert Marine for Boardwalk reconstruction ($218,622.22)
i) Progress payment #2 to Bird Construction for Boardwalk reconstruction – Contract A ($234,890.32)
j) Progress payment #1 to Bird Construction for Boardwalk reconstruction – Contract B ($92,482.60)
k) Payment to Garden St Hwy Products for parking posts, signs, caps & decals ($5938)
l) Payment to Ocean County Landfill for tipping fees ($50K)
m) Payment to Harter Equipment for two utility scooters ($64,210)
n) P O to Plainfield Consultation Center for police recruits psychological evals ($6825)
o) Payment to M&M Assessment for consultant services ($2575)
p) Payment of second quarter 2013 tax levy to the County of Ocean ($2,025,840.38)
q) Scheduled payment of district taxes to the PPB Board of Education ($896,186)
r) Clarification of misc w/s fees
s) Approval of ABC social affairs permit for Elks Lodge #1698 on 7/26/13 & 7/27/13
t) Payments to T&M Associates from escrow accounts ($6033.44)
u) Approval of cooperative purchasing agreement with HGACBuy
v) Authorization for O'Donnell Stanton to prepare specs and bid repairs to water sewer mains damaged
by Hurricane Sandy
w) Approval of computer-generated vouchers ($3,559,200.94)
x) Payments to Denise Sweet from BOA escrow accounts
y) Payment to Caruso Excavating for Maryland Ave drainage repairs (51,633.80)
z) Proclaim the week of May 5 – 11 as Municipal Clerks’ Week
CONSENT RESOLUTION 2:
a) Authorize agreement with Brick Twp for donation of travel trailer
b) Approval of Temporary Capital Budget
c) Approval of Local Finance Board application – Refunding Bond 2013-18
d) Approval of Local Finance Board application – Multi-Purpose Bond 2013-19
e) Memorialization of Wine Point Place-to-Place transfer of ABC license
CONSENT RESOLUTION 3:
a) Establish ‘Tax-Exempt’ obligation status of $785K Bond Anticipation Note
b) Appointment of Rose Frey as temporary P/T clerk in Finance Dept.
c) Appointment of Nichol Larsen as seasonal P/T clerk in Court
d) Approval of PPB HS S/E Application for parade on 5/17/2013
e) Approval of Civil Service Commission title reclassification from Sr. Data Entry Machine
Operator to Administrative Secretary
f) Authorize RFQ’s for architect to work on and design the Surf Taco building
g) Proclaim May 17th as “Red & White Day” in Point Pleasant Beach
h) Authorize Borough Attorney to draft volunteer indemnification certificate
VOTE: Council Members Reid (1/a-k, 1/m-z, 2 and 3), Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Tooker….YEA
Councilman Reid (1/l only)….Abstain

RESOLUTION 4: HELD (Approval of Chamber of Commerce request for donation towards “We Are Open” marketing campaign)

RESOLUTION 5: HELD (Approval of Adopt A Spot banner for St Peter School at Loughran Point)

Clerk Ellsworth announced that the second reading/public hearing of Ordinance 2013-09
(Salaries for New Hires), scheduled for April 9, 2013, will be held on May 7, 2013. (First reading was March 5, 2013.)

Ordinance 2013-15 (Amendment to 2012-32/Boardwalk Reconstruction) was considered on second reading. Public hearing was opened and held with no member of the public wishing to be heard.
Motion by Councilman Mayer to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2013-15 was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Tooker….YEA

Ordinance 2013-17 (Appeals to Board of Adjustment) was considered on second reading. Public hearing was opened and held with no member of the public wishing to be heard.
Motion by Councilman Mayer to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2013-17 was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Tooker….YEA

Ordinance 2013-18 (Refunding Bond) was introduced on first reading.
Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve Ordinance 2013-18 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote. Public hearing will be held on May 28, 2013.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Tooker….YEA

Ordinance 2013-19 (Multi-Purpose Bond) was introduced on first reading.
Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve Ordinance 2013-19 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote. Public hearing will be held on May 28, 2013.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Tooker….YEA

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION BEGAN AT 9:35 PM.

Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: explained that what’s on the 2013 tax assessment cards is not the true numbers for the 2013 assessment – number that was taken off for Sandy-related damage will go back on by the end of the year and people will be angry (Councilman Mayer: in Ocean County, the form just has the net number – the system is set up so that it goes back on automatically on the October 1st cutoff for January 1, 2014 – part of the process is for the Assessor’s office to monitor the COs) it’s not in the tax department’s computer system yet and the public doesn’t know this has happened – this is going to throw people for a loop and the tax department will take the brunt of the abuse (BA/CFO Riehl: will have the Assessor prepare a notice; Councilwoman Tooker: clarified that the May taxes are the same – it’s the August taxes that will be different).
Vince Castin, PPB: regarding the Chamber’s request for contribution, must be careful with marketing to a metropolitan area – have had issues with a marketing plan between Jenkinsons and NJ Transit – should target inland, west, as opposed to north and the metropolitan area.
Ben Dispoto, PPB: asked how much of the $5.3M bond is expected back from FEMA (Mayor Barrella: rule of thumb is 75%) asked for projection on when PPB would start to receive money (Mayor Barrella: must follow up with FEMA; BA/CFO Riehl: they said 7 to 10 weeks – could be longer; Mayor Barrella: just about every other municipality has received money already; BA/CFO Riehl: has about $6M in project worksheets – subject to at least 50% of the 75% right away; Mayor Barrella: so, off the top, we should be getting $2.25M – that pressure must come from Federal authorities) understands Seaside and Belmar have already gotten substantial amounts (Mayor Barrella: to be fair, think they did their project worksheets differently – Council decided to hire a consultant, who was meticulous in her approach to getting the worksheet done – she would not let FEMA do it – she wanted to, in order to maximize our recovery – so far, we haven’t gotten anything) Mayor should pressure the State at the meeting with the Lt. Governor (Mayor Barrella: will call Congressman Smith’s office – asked BA/CFO to give him the details of when everything was submitted).

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ENDED AT 9:43 PM.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:44 PM by consent of Council.


TRANSCRIBED BY: Eileen Farrell, Deputy Municipal Clerk


ATTEST: Maryann Ellsworth, Municipal Clerk


Published May10, 2013 | Council Minutes | 1597


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