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November 18, 2014

Council Minutes

Council President Mayer called the meeting to order at 6:39PM. Present were Councilmen Reid, Cortes, Mayer and Gordon. Councilman Toohey arrived during Closed Session at 6:46PM. Mayor Barrella and Councilman Vogel were absent. The Deputy Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Cortes, to enter closed session to discuss 2 Attorney Client Privilege matters (update on flood & wind insurance claims and progress of State’s negotiations with private beach owners for easements necessary for ACOE project), 2 Litigation matters (Paolella and update on implementation of contract between State PBA & PPB), 1 Possible Litigation matter (119 Forman Avenue) and 1 Personnel matter (union negotiation), was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by consent of Council.

Closed Session began at 6:41PM and ended at 7:29PM.

Council President Mayer called the regular meeting to order at 7:39PM. Present were Councilmen Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon and Toohey. Mayor Barrella and Councilman Vogel were absent. The Deputy Municipal Clerk again read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Reid, to approve the October 21, 2014 Council meeting minutes, was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey…YEA

Curb cut requests were added to agenda: 9 Niblick was added as 2/e (approve 14’); 28 Niblick as 2/f (deny); 152 Baltimore as 2/g (approve 16’). Councilman Cortes: agrees with ZO Petrillo’s recommendations. Attorney Riordan: zoning ordinances permit only 16’.
Authorization to obtain appraisal on 415 North St. was added as 2/h (BA/CFO Riehl: owner of home fronting Borough-owned, non-buildable lot wants to purchase it – can do auction or sale by ordinance – recommends auction; Attorney Riordan: can always reject all bids – assessed value is not allowed into evidence – auction can be public or limited to contiguous properties).
Bench policy was held.
Councilman Gordon: gave recap on firefighter use of Knox Boxes for proposed ordinance. Fire Chief Fox and Asst. Chief Pasola distributed information and gave presentation: used by local municipalities – assures immediate entry – protects inventory, equipment & supplies from unnecessary water damage caused by delayed sprinkler shut-off – satisfies building codes and emergency access ordinances – saves time and aggravation of owner driving to building for false alarm – provides emergency coverage when building is unattended – maintains building security after fire alarm investigation – low cost investment – attack-resistant – approved by underwriters association – different mounting options – can be shared by neighboring businesses – everything is documented by police headquarters – no different than other mandated codes – proposed ordinance would make it mandatory for businesses and voluntary for residents. Attorney Riordan: there is no reason it can’t be voluntary for all. Councilman Reid: prefers a voluntary basis – asked to hear from the Chamber of Commerce. Councilman Gordon: when firefighters enter a building, they are also trying to save adjacent ones – it’s about the collective community. Ed Brannagan, Chamber: business owners feel it is being shoved down their throats – there are concerns about cost and that waiting for a key would delay firefighting – thinks voluntary basis is great. Councilman Toohey: if this is good for businesses, they will take the initiative under their own volition. Councilman Gordon: firefighters will not wait for a key to put out a fire – takes a shorter time, mostly, to get a key – this also applies to pipes bursting, etc. – aids Fire Companies in protecting businesses. Carol Vaccaro, Chamber: businesses are against it – should be put on landlords, not business owners. Councilman Reid: would like discussion with landlords. No action.


Councilman Reid: asked Chamber to discuss the tree lighting (Ms. Vaccaro: been partnering well with Recreation Committee for 2 years – tree is dead – discussed moving event to Pleasure Park, with church bells, choirs, snow machines – hometown event – got e-mails and texts from outraged businesses – Recreation bowed out and Chamber wants to go back downtown, with Ocean First donating a tree) residents want it downtown (Ms. Vaccaro: hoping to move it back with reindeer, horse & buggy rides, stilt walkers, pony rides – tree will probably be in front of Point Beach Interiors, then moved into alcove – Antrim kids made ornaments; will be free horse & buggy rides every Sunday, Thanksgiving-Christmas, noon-4PM – hopes stores will stay open).

Councilman Cortes: there are concept drawings for layout and placement of Ocean Ave. bathrooms – circulated to Open Space Committee for feedback – Engineer Savacool is working on it – parking spots, spots for emergency vehicles, etc. – Mr. Savacool is pushing Barlo to finalize assessment and move forward; DeForest started demolition of Cooks Ln. pump house – must discuss what to do with that property; wall in front of Harborhead was painted by County inmates; speaking to Mr. Savacool about Sea Coast Oil property, as DPW and OEM need space; Beautification Committee is meeting tomorrow – swag lights look good – greenery is here for barrels; apologized to Ms. Vaccaro about the angry e-mails – he discussed the tree lighting at the Beautification meeting, upon questioning; recognized employee anniversaries – Pat Petrezullo (14 yrs.), Valerie Blauvelt (1 yr., current position), Diane Scavone (25 yrs.), Mike Ormsby (25 yrs.).

Councilman Mayer: thanked Womans Club members who painted 16 benches at Pleasure Park – anyone else who wants to paint a bench should contact BA/CFO Riehl.

Councilman Gordon: No report.

Councilman Toohey: Governing Body is committed to beautifying the waterfront – contacted Engineer Savacool about landscaping and architecture at Loughran Point and the area vacated by port-o-johns – commended BA/CFO Riehl for all the free paint and work at the Inlet Wall – hopes this is the beginning of revitalization in the area, which is a gem.

BA/CFO Riehl: No Report.

Deputy Clerk Farrell announced that item 2/a was held and added items to the agenda.


Tom Highton, Point Pleasant Beach (PPB): thanked Council for Cooks Ln. project, but have spoken for 2 years about designating it as Open Space green area – there is money available – neighbors don't want trucks there – asked about doing something with the Sea Coast Oil property.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: congratulated Councilman Mayer on re-election; Knox Box is good idea – people are nervous because there is not enough information – should get more out to build consensus – non-resident property owners and real estate agents should also be consulted; when moving portable bathrooms, should consider extending parking lot to generate revenue.
Vince Castin, PPB: asked about item 1/q and 1/v, who was at the lake today and if Council received his e-mail about Oswald finding debris in catch basins – those on Forman are eroded.
John Colvin, PPB: thanked BA/CFO Riehl for having contractor and Engineer Savacool contact him – found many storm drains could not be filmed because of the water in them and part of pipe is missing, so there is constant water flow – there are multiple pipes going to the lake on Trenton – sewer main runs through one of the storm drains, so it is blocked – need to establish channels/waterways to get movement from one end of the lake to the other.

Motion by Councilman Cortes to close Public Participation was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by consent of Council.


Motion by Councilman Reid to approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
a) Amendment to Chamber’s Tree Lighting S/E application, to move event back downtown
b) Increase in hours worked for Assistant Clerk/Alternate Deputy Registrar
c) Payment to Pitney Bowes for prepaid postage ($3,000)
d) Payments (2) to All Covered for file servers & computer hot stage/install/ship ($26,183)
e) PO to NJ State Medical Examiner for 22 SLEO II urinalyses ($990)
f) PO to Brick Cardiovascular for 22 SLEO II cardio stress tests ($5,500)
g) PO to Plainfield Consultation Center for 22 SLEO II psychological exams ($7,150)
h) PO to Meridian Occupational Health 22 SLEO II physicals ($6,050)
i) Payment to L3 Mobile-Vision for backorder police car video system ($2,841.35)
j) Payment to Galvin Law Firm from Planning Bd and BOA escrow accounts ($2,292.50)
k) Payment Denise Sweet from BOA escrow accounts ($600)
l) Payment to State of NJ for November employee & retiree health benefits ($120,853.47)
m) Payment to Riggins for 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel ($8,051.70)
n) Payment to HD Supply Waterworks for 186 water meters ($30,360)
o) Water/Sewer adjustments (3)
p) Payment to Chamber for horse & buggy and annual Christmas donation ($5,975)
q) Memorialize agreement with Oswald Enterprises, approving Trenton Ave pipe cost ($3,275)
r) PO and Payment to McKeon Electrical Svcs to install & power up snowflake swags ($3,120)
s) Payrolls #22 ($255,764.92) and #23 ($246,108.02)
t) Reimbursement of drain cleaning expenses for sewer blockage at 346 River Ave ($401.25)
u) Payment for and renewal of annual web service agreement with NJ MetroNet ($732.00)
v) Award of contract to Albert Marine for Little Silver Lk dredge, under NRCS grant ($387,000)
w) Authorization for Engineer to apply for Flood Hazard Risk Reduction & Resiliency Grant
x) Chapter 159 – Post Sandy Planning Assistance Grant
y) Chapter 159 – Municipal Debt Service
z) Authorization for Attorney to draft Ordinance 2014-25 for pawn shop licensing & reporting
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA
Motion by Councilman Reid to approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.
a) T&M proposal - design/construct Loughran Pt bulkhead replacement – HELD, per BA/CFO
b) Corrective Action Plan for 2013 Audit
c) S/E application & fee waiver for St. Peter Fisherman’s 5K on 3/21/15
d) Appointment of Seasonal SLEO II’s (27)
e) Request for curb cut at 9 Niblick St – added from Dept Head Memos
f) Denial of request for curb cut at 28 Niblick St – added from Dept Head Memos
g) Request for curb cut at 152 Baltimore Ave (16’) – added from Dept Head Memos
h) Authorization for Admin to obtain appraisal on 415 North St – added from Dept Head Memos
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 Fireflow Services for hose pump testing for Fire Companies 1 & 2 ($4,311.95)
b) Payment to Defender Emergency Services for thermal imaging camera & kit ($4,125)
c) Change Order #1 to Absolute Fire Protection for custom pumper 50’ boom ($10,419)
d) PO to Fire & Safety Services for mounting tools to new truck ($8,500)
e) Payment to OCUA for 4th Quarter installment ($320,265)
f) Computer-generated vouchers ($1,385,620.12)
*Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on 3f, etc., items with which Council has conflicts.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Cortes, Mayer, Gordon, Toohey….YEA


Paul Ward, Ward Home Services (PPB): congratulated Councilman Mayer; his research has found considerable theft with Knox Boxes – principal objection – congratulated Carol Vaccaro for her hard work for the community and Chamber.
Craig Alsdorf, Ward Home Services: Borough has taken a safe stand on base flood elevation, going to 12’, but the rest has not followed – can lift a house for an extra 3.5’, but still at 35’ when building – want houses up in the air, but don’t want downstairs used as habitable space – has been to Board of Adjustment 5 times for various reasons – until Mayor and Council tells him differently, no windows are allowed in structures below the houses – his hands are tied (Attorney Riordan: will speak to ZO Petrillo); asked that Council look at increasing ceiling heights by 10%.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked if Borough will pursue Coast Guard Station, about using Reverse 911 for holidays and walks, following up on published routes and Little Silver Lake floodgate.


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

Meeting was adjourned at 9:18PM.

ATTEST: ____________________________________
Eileen Farrell, Deputy Municipal Clerk

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