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January 1, 2014

Council Minutes

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach met at 1:01 PM with Mayor Barrella and Council Members Reid, Cortes, Mayer and Gordon present. The Deputy Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Deputy Municipal Clerk Farrell administered the oath of office to Councilmen-Elect Toohey and Vogel; Fire Chief Fox, Assistant Fire Chief Pasola and Deputy Fire Chief Waldman.

Councilman Toohey: thanked all involved in his campaign, his family, namely his wife Suzanne who acted as campaign manager, and Bill Ammirata; thanked Dave Cavagnaro for his service to PPB; thanked Kristine Tooker for her service to PPB – very hefty seat to fill – she has an amazing work ethic; thanked Tom Davis for the campaign he ran; campaign is over and Council has an opportunity to get work done for this town – need to make decisions that are in the best interests of the residents of PPB – PPB is a small town – Councilman Reid’s father was his Little League coach – Councilman Cortes graduated high school with his mom – went to high school with Councilman Mayer’s and Mayor Barrella’s children – Capt. Gordon was hsi father’s commanding officer – while some people don’t like living in a community like this, he loves it – it does hold us to a higher level of responsibility to do what’s right for one another - have a lot of confidence that Council can get some great work done – as a newcomer, has a lot of respect for those who currently sit on Council and look forward to a very productive 2014.

Councilman Vogel: acknowledged former Mayors Hennessy and Pasola in attendance; wished all a Happy 2014; acknowledge his family and children, who put up with a lot during his campaign – thanked all for this great opportunity as a Beach kid – nothing more humbling or more honorable than being able to serve your home community – as Councilman Toohey indicated, when you look around, you see those who have coached you in Little League, served with you in the Fire Department, or who are friends or family and are tight knit – Point Beach is a special place – it’s an honor to be able to return to the Governing Body – look forward to the work Council has to do – Governing Body has to set the bar high and need to achieve much – our community is still devastated, people are still suffering – while government can’t do everything, we can do all that’s in our power to help everyone get back up on their feet – we need to be open to new ideas, regardless of who comes up with those ideas – listen to all – be willing to do the hard work necessary, which our community is really expecting from us – look forward to being part of that team effort – it’s not just one individual, it’s all of us as a group, with the community’s feedback and input – we work for the community – that’s the work he looks forward to doing.

Motion by Councilman Reid, to appoint Councilman Mayer to the position of Council President, was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Gordon, Toohey….YEA
Councilman Mayer….Abstain

Motion by Councilman Reid, to appoint Councilwoman Cortes as Class III Planning Board Member, was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA
Councilman Cortes….Abstain


Councilman Gordon asked that Item 2/D be acted on separately and it was removed for separate consideration as Resolution 6.
Motion by Councilman Gordon, to adopt resolutions listed below, was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote. Mayoral appointments were also made to the commissions/committees listed below.
a) Borough Physician - Meridian Occupational Health
b) Police Psychologist - Plainfield Consultation Center
a) Approval of Temporary Budget for 2014
b) Appointment of Standing Council Committees for 2014
c) Establish Legal and Personnel Committees for 2014
d) Removed for separate consideration as Resolution 6
e) Establish Interest to be charged on delinquent taxes and water-sewer utility bills
f) Establish 6% penalty for Tax Delinquencies over $10,000.00
g) Authorize Council to administer ABC licenses & enforce state statutes
h) Designation of newspapers to be used for legal ads during 2014
i) Designation of depositories for municipal funds during 2014
j) Appointment of Christine Riehl as Tax Search Officer for 2014
k) Appointment of Maryann Ellsworth as Assessment Search Officer for 2014
l) Appointment of Kathryn Beno as Deputy Finance Officer for 2014
m) Appointment of Eileen Farrell as Deputy Municipal Clerk for 2014
n) Appointment of John Trout as Certified Principal Public Works Manager for 2014
o) Appointment of Eileen Farrell as Deputy Registrar for 2014
p) Appointment of Alternate Deputy Registrars for 2014
q) Appoint Clinton Daniel as Deputy Emergency Mgt Coordinator for 2014
r) Appoint Kyle Grace as Deputy Emergency Mgt Coordinator for Operations for 2014
s) Appointment of Municipal Representative (Christine Riehl) and alternate to Ocean County Community Development Block Grant Committee for 2014
t) Appointment of Christine Riehl as Public Agency Compliance Officer for 2014
u) Appoint Council Members Mayer and Toohey as Council liaisons to the Point Pleasant Beach Board of Education
v) Appoint Council Member Reid as Council liaison to the Chamber of Commerce
w) Appointment of Class I and Class II Special Police Officers, School Crossing Guards, Police Matrons, Parking Enforcement Officers, P/T Data Entry Clerk & P/T Communications Operators for 2014
x) Appointment of Tax Assessor to act as agent on Tax Appeals and Execute Settlements
y) Appointment of Kathryn Beno as Qualified Purchasing Agent and increase bid threshold for 2014
z) Approval of Application for Safe & Secure Communities Program for 2014 and appointment of Lt. Michigan as grant coordinator
a) Set fees for special DWI sessions
b) Re-establishment of Petty Cash Funds for 2014
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 personnel
g) Approval of exemption for one bulk pick-up fee per annum for volunteer fire/first aid personnel
h) Approval of exemption from water shut-off/turn-on fees for volunteer fire/first aid personnel
i) Set mileage reimbursement rate for 2014
j) Payment of annual lease fee to State of NJ for Rickover Park and open space at junction of Routes 35 and 88
k) Set clerk stipend for special Board of Adjustment meetings
l) Appointment of Christine Riehl as PERMA Fund Commissioner
m) Appointment of Christine Riehl as Insurance Fund Commissioner and Maryann Ellsworth as Insurance Fund Deputy Commissioner and Personnel Administrator
n) Appointment of Maryann Ellsworth as NJ Civil Service System Administrator
o) Appointment of Karen Mills as Board of Health Officer
p) Re-establish OPRA copy and administrative fees for 2014
q) Re-establish property tax exemption policy for disabled veterans
r) Re-authorization for CFO to issue hand written checks prior to Governing Body approval
s) Appointment of Karen Mills as Dog Warden for 2014
t) Re-establish Parking Machine Refund Policy RE: No Refunds
u) Appointment of Peter Ritchings as Dune Inspector for 2014
v) Designation of records custodians for each department
w) Re-establish part-time personnel
x) Designate Fire Chief to sign documents and act as liaison for Firefighter Certification
y) Re-establish Condo Conversion Fee Schedule for 2014
a) Authorization for Mayor and CFO to act as signatories on Borough accounts
b) Authorize participation in the volunteer tuition credit program
c) Re-establish miscellaneous water/sewer rates
d) Establish annual League of Municipalities policy
e) Authorize emergency services personnel to participate in AFLAC insurance programs
f) Authorize Municipal Clerk to sign Fire Dept applications before placing on agenda
g) Authorize Recreation Committee to accept applications for Summer Program from the parents of children who attend Antrim School, as well as from Borough employees
h) Establish notary fee at $2.50/document
i) Require Purchasing Agent to serve on Finance Committee
j) Require Elected Officials to take one instructional course each year
k) Require additional CFO duties in compliance with DLGS ‘Best Practices’
l) Authorize increase in hours worked (Blauvelt, Gardner, McAteer, McCrystal)
m) Re-Appoint James Liquori as Municipal Magistrate
n) Establish 2014 salaries for Borough employees in accordance with agreements
o) Authorize vacation/sick leave payment to Lillian DeRocker ($11,701.44)
a) Appointments to Board of Adjustment
b) Appointments to Environmental Commission and Councilman Toohey as Liaison
c) Appointment of Councilman Reid as Council Liaison to Shade Tree Commission
d) Appointments to Recreation Committee and Councilman Vogel as Liaison
e) Appointments to Beautification Committee and Councilman Cortes as Liaison
f) Appointments to Animal Welfare Committee and Council man Gordon as Liaison
g) Appoint Councilmen Mayer and Vogel as Liaisons to the Community Endowment Fund
h) Appointments to Parking Authority
i) Appointments to Open Space Advisory Committee
a) Planning Board
b) Historical Preservation Commission
c) Non-Resident Taxpayers Advisory Committee and Council Liaison
d) Tourism Committee and Council Liaison Reid
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel (all items, except 3F, 3G and 3H),
Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA
Councilman Vogel (items 3F, 3G and 3H only)….Abstain

Motion by Councilman Mayer to adopt Resolution 6 (Establish Meeting Dates for 2014) was seconded by Councilman Vogel and carried by roll call vote.
Councilman Gordon: for some reason this Council has decided to increase the number of meetings that we’ve had throughout the year – have a number of issues with that – the increased meetings really serve no purpose, create an administrative burden on our staff by having to do more agendas and minutes, and costs more money in professional fees for lawyers and others who need to attend – spoke with other mayors and council members who all say they’ve tried this and have always reverted back to the same schedule we’ve had; Councilman Mayer: been a proponent of having a regular meeting schedule – if the meetings are unnecessary, they can be cancelled.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Toohey….YEA
Councilman Gordon….NAY

Councilman Reid: looking forward to a great 2014-2013 was a tough year – worked very hard to put the residents first and will continue to do that – will be serving on the Chamber, Tourism and Shade Tree Commission – committed to more trees and that businesses and Council will have a better relationship in 2014.
Councilman Cortes: wished all a Happy New Year – first year on Council was great and enjoyed working with residents and Governing Body – looks forward to a productive 2014 – need to help our homeowners and residents get back into their houses and to rebuild – looking forward to working with all on Council.
Councilman Mayer: congratulated Councilmen Vogel and Toohey for their election victories – looks forward to working with them and the rest of the Governing Body on the many issues confronting the town – hopes this Mayor and the entire Council can work together and move the town forward; thanked the Clerk's office and BA/CFO for all their work putting together the reorganization agenda; suggested moving future date for receipt of RFP responses to an earlier time, as December 20th is late in the year, and that Council consider soliciting interest of public, next year, for services on various boards and committees; thanked all for coming and wished all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Councilman Gordon: wished all a Happy New Year; congratulated Council Members Toohey and Vogel; although a political body, hopes, during the new year, to keep politics out of the decision-0making process for this great town – if we can do that, we can indeed accomplish great things for this town.
Mayor Barrella: thanked all in attendance for coming; acknowledged former Councilmen Carey and Cavagnaro and past Mayors Hennessy and Pasola for their service and attendance; welcomed back former Mayor Vogel to service on Council; read from prepared remarks:
“I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, congratulate both Tom Vogel and Tom Toohey as they join the Governing Body, and remind everyone that as we begin 2014 we in Point Pleasant Beach have much to be thankful for.
It has been 14 months since Superstorm Sandy devastated large portions of Point Pleasant Beach. Some sectors of the Beach have made significant strides to a full recovery, while there still remains a good deal of work to do in other areas. The agreement that was reached last year with Jenkinson’s and the Storino family, whereby they agreed to assist the town in rebuilding the Boardwalk, has been finalized and we have already received the first payment under that agreement. The last section of Boardwalk is currently being repaired, with those repairs slated to be completed in early spring.
From a financial perspective the Beach is in good shape and certainly in better condition than when I took office in January 2008. While the term ‘structural deficit’ is a favorite of some, one of the principal reasons why we are not stronger from a fiscal perspective is the constant diversion of local revenues to balance the State budget. While all Governors over the past 30 or 35 years have engaged in this practice, the current administration has elevated the diversion of local energy tax that should be available to lower our property taxes, to a new art form. The legislature took action to restore a portion of those diverted funds. Unfortunately, the Governor vetoed that legislation since it would have required him to raise additional revenue at the State level to balance his budget.
Locally, we must continue those efforts calculated to restore the Beach to its pre-storm status for all affected by the storm without dramatically altering the make-up of the Beach, and I pledge that working with the Council I will continue to do so.
Last year the Governor was extremely critical of Congressional inaction on a recovery package for the shore. I do not wish to downplay the importance of hugs and public relations, for which the administration clearly has earned an A+, but substance is much more important and the administration in Trenton has in my opinion fallen far short of delivering needed assistance to those homeowners impacted by Sandy.
Our spirit in the community received not only one or two boosts in 2013, but rather three, with the Boys and Girls basketball team winning State championships in the spring and then our football team winning the State championship this fall. Move over Green Bay, and welcome to New Jersey’s version of ‘Titletown!’
Despite a brief interruption as a result of what I believe to be the erroneous interference in local governance by a Superior Court Judge sitting in Toms River, the parking plan first put into place in 2011 has proven to be an effective and vital tool in controlling the quality of life problems experienced by many of our residents.
Unfortunately, others have chosen to continue on the path of litigation, a path that can only serve to cost the taxpayers of the Beach valuable time and resources.
One of the first steps that I took when I was elected to office in 2008 was to curtail the impact of politics in making professional appointments within the Borough. I invited Councilman John Mercun, who was then in the minority on Council, to fully participate in the process. Also brought into the process for the first time was our administrator Christine Riehl and where appropriate our Court Administrator Michelle Sargent. As a member of the majority I did not have to involve the minority on Council or our employees in the process as the votes were there for those in the majority to make appointments without seeking to build consensus on those nominated to serve. I did so, however, because it was more important to pick qualified people than politically connected ones. I stand ready to work with the current Council majority to implement professional appointments based on merit, not on political connections or affiliations. If the Council majority is interested, I believe that we can do so in time for consensus appointments to be made at our January 21st meeting.
In conclusion, I want to, again, thank everyone for coming. I want to thank the Republican organization for its invitation to attend its celebration at Martell’s today, but I need to decline joining you as in my opinion it is not appropriate for members of this Governing Body to participate in a celebration hosted by an establishment which is currently engaged in substantial ongoing litigation against the Borough. Furthermore, in light of what has been represented by the Director to be an ongoing investigation by the Alcohol Beverage Commission into the tragic events of this past August, I question the wisdom and the message being sent by members of the Governing Body attending such a celebration.
I do, however, want to express my well wishes to all and again congratulate Councilman Vogel and Councilman Toohey.”

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

Meeting was adjourned at 1:33 PM.

TRANSCRIBED BY: _____________________________________
Maryann Ellsworth, Municipal Clerk

ATTEST: _______________________________________
Eileen Farrell, Deputy Municipal Clerk

Published January08, 2014 | Council Minutes | 1760

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