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September 16, 2014

Council Minutes

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach met at 6:34PM. Present were Mayor Barrella and Council Members Reid, Cortes, Gordon and Toohey. Councilmen Vogel and Mayer arrived at 6:35PM. The Deputy Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Attorney Riordan added 1 personnel and 1 litigation matter to the closed session agenda. Motion by Councilman Cortes, to enter closed session to discuss 1 potential litigation matter (10 Harvard Avenue), 2 litigation matters (arbitration of dispute on Proof of Loss for flood claim and State v. Walsh) and 2 personnel matters (possible retirement and Municipal Court issue) was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote. The Governing Body reserves its right to amend and supplement the purposes of executive session by motion at the public meeting.
VOTE: Council Members Reid, Cortes, Vogel, Mayer, Gordon and Toohey…..YEA

Closed Session began at 6:36PM and ended at 7:20PM.

Mayor Barrella called the regular meeting to order at 7:32PM. Present were Councilmen Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon and Toohey. Councilman Vogel left at 7:00PM and was absent for the regular meeting. The Deputy Municipal Clerk again read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Reid, to approve the September 02, 2014 Council meeting minutes, was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey…YEA
Councilman Gordon…ABSTAIN

Department Head memos (requests for curb cuts) were discussed and added to the agenda – 311 New York Avenue as item 1/l, 165 Baltimore Avenue as 1/m and 124 Randall Avenue as 1/n.


Councilman Reid: Received an e-mail from a woman on Yale Avenue about flooding – had Engineer Savacool out today – met with neighbors who lost cars – in places where you never think there would be flooding – DPW Super. Trout was out there last week checking the basins, which are clear, but there might be a pipe blockage – hopeful it will eliminate flooding next to the school if that can be taken care of – was nice to get out and meet the neighbors and hear their concerns – hopes to have Engineer Savacool get camera down there – will have to discuss next step if there is no blockage; invited all to the Seafood Festival on Saturday.

Councilman Cortes: Nothing new from last meeting on Public Buildings and Grounds.

Councilman Mayer: Finance Committee met tonight – there are quite a few issues going on – all got their final tax bills this week, with an approximate 11% County increase – have gone through a good process with the estimated bills, which spreads the payment out – 3rd and 4th quarters are markedly different because of the late notice and large County increase – apologized for that, but you can’t just take the 4th quarter and multiply it by 4; overall revenues are down a bit from last year, but the big number is the collection rate (BA/CFO Riehl: right now, it is 68.10) that’s out of 100, so the 4th quarter is the big one.

Councilman Gordon: No report.

Councilman Toohey: discussed regulation of new dune property from the Army Corps. project at the last meeting – there a number of existing state and municipal statutes to regulate this stretch of beach.

Mayor Barrella: Doesn’t know if hours and regulation of alcohol and smoking are prohibited by state statute – thinks it's left to individual municipalities – would like to have something in place because AAG Apy indicated something should be done – can say it’s not necessary, but when it comes to public safety, quality of life and people traipsing on other peoples’ property, a belt and suspenders approach is best (Councilman Toohey: will talk about it).

BA/CFO Riehl: No Report.


Dave Cavagnaro, Point Pleasant Beach (PPB): asked for an explanation of item 1/d (BA/CFO Riehl: addresses water quality issues – this is for the Engineer to put together a scope and model for a valve exercising program throughout town – have done the GIS mapping – he will hire a contractor to exercise every valve – this will also start the infrastructure repair phase).

Eric Seaberg, PPB: asked why he is still paying for water & sewer when he is not yet in his home after 2½ years (BA/CFO Riehl: ordinance reads that ready-to-use charge will be paid until house is demoed; Attorney Riordan: as soon as the house is demoed, will stop billing; BA/CFO Riehl: on the next quarterly bill).

Vince Castin, PPB: asked about item 1/k (Attorney Riordan: dispute between insurance company and PPB as to what is covered and what is not – refers to Sandy flood & wind damage); asked about 1/f and 1/g (BA/CFO Riehl: $12k is progress payment #2 and the change order is to reduce the overall contract by $16K); confirmed that dunes are in the works.

Motion by Councilman Cortes to close Public Participation was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey…YEA


Motion by Councilman Toohey to approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
a) Payment to Pitney Bowes for pre-paid postage ($3,500)
b) S/E Application – Lions Club Craft Show on 9/21/14
c) Payroll #18 ($314,768.64)
d) Authorization for Engineer to obtain contract services to implement a Valve Exercising Program & Water Distribution System Force Account
e) Sewer bill adjustments (3)
f) Change Order #1 (Final) to Earle Asphalt for Boston Ave Improvements (-$16,610.59)
g) Progress payment #2 to Earle Asphalt for Boston Ave Improvements ($12,956.76)
h) Extension of fire registration deadline to the end of September (Added per BA/CFO)
i) Appointment of Catherine Bradley to Temp P/T position in the court office (Closed Session)
j) Authorization for Borough Attorney to draft license agreement - 10 Harvard Ave (Closed Session)
k) Authorization for Borough Attorney to arbitrate dispute with Zurich (Closed Session)
l) Approval of curb cut at 311 New York Avenue (Moved from Dept. Head Memos)
m) Approval of curb cut at 165 Baltimore Avenue (Moved from Dept. Head Memos)
n) Approval of curb cut at 124 Randall Avenue (Moved from Dept. Head Memos)
a) PO to Fire & Safety Services for future Pierce truck repairs ($6,089.81)
b) Payment to Fire & Safety Services for service to Pierce truck ($3,477)
c) Computer-generated vouchers ($10,555.75)
d) PO to Absolute Fire Protection for custom pumper 50” boom ($712,617)
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey (all except items in 2/c, with which they have conflicts)...YEA
Councilmen Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey (only items in 2/c, with which they have conflicts)...ABSTAIN
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions.


Sal Capriglione, PPB: his house value decreased since Sandy – asked why his taxes are so high.

Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked about valve at Yale & Baltimore, that County supposedly replaced – still water on the street – either the equipment or installation is faulty or something is closed; explained that all pay their share of the budget – assessment determines each share.

Vince Castin, PPB: asked when the lake project, for which PPB is getting $350K, will begin.


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

Meeting was adjourned at 7:53PM.

ATTEST: ____________________________________
Eileen Farrell, Deputy Municipal Clerk

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