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June 3, 2014

Council Minutes

Mayor Barrella called the regular meeting to order at 6:33 PM. Present were Council Members Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon and Toohey. Councilman Reid was absent. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Cortes, to enter closed session to discuss (1) Litigation – Petersen lawsuit; (2) Attorney Client – ramp at the Boardwalk extension, was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote. The Governing Body reserved its right to amend and supplement the purposes of executive session by motion at the public meeting
VOTE: Council Members Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey …..YEA

Closed Session began at 6:42 PM and ended at 7:00 PM.

Mayor Barrella called the regular meeting to order at 7:31 PM. Present were Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon and Toohey. The Municipal Clerk again read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Gordon, to approve the May 6, 2014 and May 20, 2014 Council meeting minutes, was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA

Department Head memos and correspondence were discussed with the items including the following, moved to the agenda for action: authorization for the Borough Clerk to send notice to remove building at 60 Channel Drive, resolution for PPB to join Municipal Alliance Consortium with Point Pleasant and Bay Head and replacement of fire hydrant at 196 Baltimore Avenue, which is currently out of service; 206 Randall was discussed at previous meeting and homeowner was asked to cost share 50% up to $1K, based on the assumption that the cost would be about $2K – cost came in a little more than $4.5K but homeowner is not willing to go over $500 – if fire hydrant is not moved, a space will be lost on Randall Avenue – if moved, will cost the town $4K plus the cost of the hydrant – only other option is to have homeowner revise building plans – discussion ensued about whether the hydrant was on the rehabilitation rotation and about cost share being less than 25% instead of 50% – decision was made to hold action until June 17th, in order to research and speak with homeowner; Councilman Toohey: reported that a number of requests came before Council for either double curb cuts or double-wide cuts – discussed language with Councilman Vogel, the Mayor and Borough Engineer, which would place a moratorium on two curb cuts on a property – Borough Engineer provided a draft ordinance which had language providing for double curb cuts on certain size lots and under unique circumstances – discussed with Councilman Vogel and land use board attorney Dennis Galvin, who recommended moving the ordinance into the land use code and having people apply for variances for second curb cuts and wide curb cuts – authorization for Borough Attorney to change the code citations in that draft ordinance was added to agenda; Councilman Cortes: discussed cut at 213 Randall Avenue, including the fact that it will not impact on-street parking, as brackets will go from 51' to 48' – concern about using old driveway and conforming to no parking on front lawn was also discussed; Councilman Vogel updated Council on taxi ordinance progress and Attorney Riordan reported that present ordinance raised insurance to $300K combined single limit, which is very expensive – taxi companies have asked about substituting $100K for each person with $300K for each occurrence – recommended lowering limit by amending the ordinance – was added to the agenda; BA/CFO Riehl: reported on water quality issues – met with Bay Head by the Sea representatives, who had independent testing done, which was sent to the Borough Engineer for review – came back high in iron and turbidity – almost non-existent for orthophosphate, the corrosion inhibitor – received requested proposal from Engineer for GIS mapping of the system and recommendations for infrastructure repairs, which was moved to agenda; request from Mr. Korzeniowski was discussed and authorization for Borough Attorney to draft license was added; Pepsi promotion item was postponed until June 17th at Jenkinson’s request.

BA/CFO Riehl: reported that budget amendment was for an increase in debt service for water/sewer utility; Councilman Mayer: debt service was shown as $19K instead of $64K – may reduce expected surplus with rates remaining the same; Mayor Barrella: reason revenue is being bumped to offset debt, instead of using water/sewer surplus, is because $100K of that surplus is being used as a revenue source on the municipal side; Councilman Mayer added the $44K for GIS mapping to the amendment with corresponding amendment to 2014 water/sewer utility capital budget.
Motion by Councilman Mayer, to approve the 2014 Budget Amendment, as modified, was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on June 17, 2014.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA

Motion by Councilman Mayer, to authorize the Budget to be read by title, was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA

Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing on the 2014 Municipal Budget.
Dave Cavagnaro, Point Pleasant Beach (PPB): had expressed concern about other expenses on sheet 12 that included $1K for the Non-Residents Taxpayers Committee, which was subsequently moved to a separate line item on page 15C – thanked Finance Chair and Committee.
Motion by Councilman Cortes, to close the public hearing on the 2014 Municipal Budget, was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote. The vote on adoption will be held on June 17, 2014.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Councilman Reid: authorization for execution of energy aggregation agreement is on the agenda – auction was held on May 19th – bid accepted by Howell Consortium from Tri-Eagle Energy will save PPB and its residents 8% over JCP&L rates for 16 months – cost per KWH is 0.09709 – those with other providers will have to opt-out – postcards will be sent alerting all to change and advertising hearings on same.

Councilman Cortes: doing facelift work on police substation – ATM machines up and running – couple of concerns at the Inlet brought to Council’s attention – took care of wood railings – stairs at Maryland Avenue beach look nice; Beautification is replacing barrels on Arnold Avenue.

Councilman Vogel: Recreation did an outstanding job on bonfire, which was a great family night; DPW did a fantastic job cleaning beach and getting firewood; thanked Memorial Day Bike Committee for the parade, great community event to honor those who have given their lives in defense of our nation; Police Department (PD)continues doing a great job – reminded all to call PD if having concerns with rowdy neighbors – can be done anonymously – ran ‘Click-It or Ticket’ program, paid for through grant funds, from May 19th to June 1st, issuing more than 177 summons; gave accolades to Councilman Reid for running portion of ABC License hearing meeting, wherein the Mayor was conflicted-out.

Councilman Mayer: Finance Committee met at 5:30 PM – DLGS approval of budget came in late this afternoon – continued to talk about surplus regeneration – spoke about fire truck, which moved from the 2015 to 2014 Capital Budget – got GIS Mapping of water system into 2014 Capital Budget – discussed drafted SRO agreement, which was received from the Board of Education – focusing on purchase order and voucher process – trying to get Finance Committee to investigate possibility of self-insurance versus the N J State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) – can now receive history from SHBP for analysis purposes – audit on track and will be received June 30th – had discussion regarding temporary tax bills – third quarter tax bill might be payable in late September, as need to wait for State Aid figures and then for County to set and certify the tax rate – did a temporary billing last year to have payments due on August 1st – quarterly payments make things a little easier for people – will get authorization for temporary tax bills moving at next meeting.

Councilman Gordon: met with Board of Fire Officers (BOFO) – they are grateful to Council for approval of Fire Truck Bond – have an old Crown Victoria to dispose of (should add to list for auction) spoke about town-wide rapid entry access for businesses and rental properties – many towns have adopted same with private residences opting-in, as well – Fire Committee will meet with BOFO over next couple of weeks.

Councilman Toohey: Memorial Day parade was fantastic; thanked Councilman Gordon for his service as well as other veterans in the audience and PPB; thanked DPW Superintendent Trout for power washing old trash receptacles for repurposing recycling receptacles at the Inlet – purchased 1 Ocean Avenue and made a commitment to improve that area, but it’s getting worse – spray paint has migrated – plan on meeting with BA/CFO Riehl, as steps need to be taken.

Mayor Barrella: received call from Erin O'Neill, who’s doing an article on the state of shore communities – PPB was up and running last year from a business perspective – from a housing perspective, still waiting for State to get their act together – slid under the publicity radar last year, although ready ahead of Seaside Heights and Belmar – this year, again ahead of those communities – been done quietly without a lot of fanfare – thanked BA/CFO and Borough Engineer for their efforts in getting things done; will be attending League of Municipalities Legislative meeting on Taxation and Finance.

Business Administrator/Chief Financial Officer (BA/CFO) Riehl: no report.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on First Reading)
BEGAN AT 8:31 PM.

Thomas Burckhardt, PPB: represented Bay Head By The Sea Condo Association with 72 units – water quality started deteriorating towards end of last year – developed the color of ice tea early this year – town flushing seemed to either make it worse or had no effect – tried to get filter for building, but was told it would not work – did independent testing and results showed high iron content or, in reality, rust – situation not acceptable – heard Council’s moving forward, but need a plan to do something now (BA/CFO Riehl: GIS mapping is now required by the DEP – applied to DEP for emergency permit to add chemicals, primarily corrosion inhibitor, at PPB plant and hope that it has a somewhat immediate effect – did sampling throughout town and corrosion inhibitor levels are low to non-existent).
Donna Richardson, Bay Head by the Sea: water quality was bad after ‘Sandy’ but not terrible – became really bad in January when construction started in town – seemed to be a correlation – buying bottled water to cook with – asked what they should do in the interim (BA/CFO: T&M says water is not harmful; Mr. Burkhart: our tester claimed water was not harmful for most people – not sure what that means; BA/CFO was asked to check into something like rover for laundry).
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked if residents were automatically in if they do nothing after receiving postcard about energy aggregation (yes); asked if Governing Body would be making a statement in the near future regarding closed session litigation matter – distressing to look on the ‘Patch’ and see our public employees being mentioned in a less than complimentary manner (Attorney Riordan: no, due to ongoing litigation – complaint was just filed and will not be answered until after the Joint Insurance Fund assigns an attorney for PPB – will be tried in the courts not the papers – usually takes about 2.5 to 3 years); asked how a letter to the Governing Body gets on the agenda as correspondence.
Vince Castin, PPB: asked, regarding energy aggregation, if rate would be reassessed after 16 months (could go back out to bid); Councilman Toohey had a good idea about sending driveway cuts to Zoning Board; asked if anything is being done at Loughran’s Point and about bathhouse/concession stand building; asked for clarification on Item 1/O (Police substation).
Motion by Councilman Cortes, to close public participation, was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on First Reading)
ENDED AT 8:56 PM.

Motion by Councilman Reid, to adopt resolutions listed below, was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 1:
a) ABC License Renewals (20)
b) Payment to Water Works Supply Co for butterfly valves ($2,878.49)
c) Payroll #11 ($248,505.79)
d) Payment to E-Conolight for DPW lamp fixtures ($3,524.40)
e) Appointment of Katie Tietjen as Temp P/T clerk in court office
f) Payment to Selective Insurance Co for police substation flood insurance ($4,895)
g) Payment to Riggins, Inc. for diesel fuel ($8,958.30)
h) Appointment of Jessica Williams as Temp P/T clerk in building dept
i) Payment to Denise Sweet from BOA escrow accts ($450)
j) Payment to Galvin Law Firm from BOA & Planning Bd escrow accts ($3,195)
k) Payment to Turbo Electric for DPW light fixtures ($4,300)
l) PO to All Time Auto Body for police vehicle repair (not to exceed $13,500)
m) Payment to NJ Business Systems for video security installation ($71,372.25)
n) Payment to Road Safety Systems for Inlet rail repair ($3,550)
o) PO to Hutchinson Plumbing for Boardwalk air conditioner ($3,800)
p) Authorization for BA/CFO & Clerk to sign Energy Aggregation Agreement, upon
Borough Attorney approval
q) Authorize PPB participation in Municipal Alliance Consortium which also includes Bay Head and Point Pleasant
r) Replacement of fire hydrant adjacent to 196 Baltimore Avenue
s) Authorize Borough Engineer to move forward with water main system
mapping/modeling proposal dated 6/2/14, with expectation of reimbursement through tax exempt bond or note proceeds
t) Authorize Borough Attorney to prepare license agreement for 2 Delaware Avenue
RESOLUTION 2: Computer-generated vouchers ($178,621.56)
CONSENT RESOLUTION 3:
a) PPB Recreation S/E application for bonfire on Maryland Ave beach on 7/3/14, with waiver of meter fees during the event and up until 10:30 PM
b) PPB Recreation S/E application for ‘Surf School’ from 6/23/14 through 6/27/14
c) PPB Recreation S/E application for ‘Golf Clinic’ on Saturdays in July and August
RESOLUTION 4: Authorize Municipal Clerk to send letter to owner of 60 Channel
Drive regarding demolition due to condition of building
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA

RESOLUTION 5 (Authorization for Borough Attorney to amend the code citations in draft curb-cut ordinance to include as part of land use code) was discussed and decision was made to hold for further discussion with land use boards’ attorney.

RESOLUTION 6 (Curb cut request at 206 Randall Avenue) was discussed.
Councilman Gordon: need to stand firm as a Council on these requests and remain consistent.
Motion by Councilman Gordon, to deny curb cut request at 206 Randall Avenue, died for lack of a second.
Motion by Councilman Cortes, to approve curb cut request at 206 Randall Avenue, was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Toohey….YEA
Councilman Gordon….Nay

RESOLUTION 7 (Adoption of Personnel Policies) was discussed. Needed for JIF and can amend at any time – Attorney Riordan will review further – will not be disseminated until vetted further.
Motion by Councilman Reid, to adopt Employee Handbook and Supervisory Personnel Manual, was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA

Ordinance 2014-17 (Establish $3 fee for Saturday garbage bags) was considered on second reading. The public hearing was opened by Mayor Barrella.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: confirmed that if problems should occur during the summer, the program can be stopped (yes).
Motion by Councilman Reid to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2014-17 was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA

Ordinance 2014-18 (Amend Taxi Insurance Liability Requirements) was introduced on first reading. Motion by Councilman Vogel, to approve Ordinance 2014-18, was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by the following roll call vote. Public Hearing will be held on June 17, 2014.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD WAS OPENED AT 9:10 PM.

Vince Castin, PPB: asked about action on Channel Drive property; reminded all that June 6th marks the 70th Anniversary of “D” Day.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: previously referred to letter from 210 Baltimore concerning a large container at 212 Baltimore that’s been there since the storm with little or no work being done – resolution made it a permitted use after the storm (BA/CFO: will research time frame) – blocks sightlines and it’s a safety issue; money for abandoned homes is being made available by the DCA; asked if Council is about to sign contracts on 1 Ocean Avenue; asked if anything was happening with Special Event Ordinance.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD ENDED AT 9:16 PM.

Motion by Councilman Reid to adjourn the meeting was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by consent of Council.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:17 PM.



ATTEST: ________________________________________
Maryann Ellsworth, Municipal Clerk


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