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March 24, 2015

Council Minutes

Mayer Barrella called the meeting to order at 6:37PM. Present were Councilmen Migut, Toohey and Mayer. Councilmen Reid and Cortes were absent. Councilmen Vogel arrived during closed session at 6:56PM. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Toohey to enter closed session to discuss one Personnel matter and one Attorney-Client matter (Louis Berger) was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Migut, Toohey, Mayer…YEA

Closed Session began at 6:38PM and ended at 6:58PM

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

Moment of silence was observed for former Councilman John Mercun, who passed away.

Motion by Councilman Migut, to approve the March 3, 2015 Council meeting minutes was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Migut, Toohey, Mayer, Vogel…YEA

DEPARTMENT HEAD MEMOS/DISCUSSIONS:

Requests for curb cuts at 109 Forman Ave. and 205 Niblick St. were held for further Council review (Councilman Vogel: Ordinance 2014-21 prohibits 2 curb cuts; Attorney Riordan: language in the ordinance permits the Governing Body to exercise sound discretion; Councilman Mayer: asked that ZO Petrillo refer to relevant sections of ordinance in her memo; Councilman Toohey: did some work last year to eliminate confusion). Solicitor’s permit for Majestic Exteriors was held for Attorney review and input on the ordinance.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Councilman Migut: reiterated details of upcoming Animal Welfare Committee fundraiser at The Ark; Building Department’s capital improvement requests include $71K for electronic record keeping – a goal of both the Master Plan and Floodplain Management Plan Committees – intent is to have a database of property information for inspectors to access in the field; Floodplain Management Plan Committee organized on March 9th – future meetings have been scheduled, with the next on March 25th in Council Chambers; Planning Board met on March 4th – described the approved 3-lot subdivision on Rte. 35S and River Ave.; Master Plan Subcommittee met and continued review of Master Plan – workshop with the full Planning Board and a public meeting will be planned soon, before presentation to Council; at last meeting, the need for a fire zone, due to new Parkway subdivision, was discussed - asked Attorney to pursue ordinance amendment (authorization added to agenda); working on post-Sandy amendments to land use ordinances – will publish a public meeting on proposed changes to for April 7th at 7:00PM in the Council Chambers.
Councilman Toohey: met with T&M - considered Open Space recommendations for Loughran’s Point and Inlet area landscaping – came up with cost-effective strategies; Engineer will prepare plans to share with Opens Space and Council – will tie into larger bulkhead reconstruction; commended Councilmen Cortes, Vogel & Migut on progress with land use ordinances, etc.
Councilman Mayer: 2015 Municipal Budget is being introduced - thanked BA/CFO Riehl– hearing is April 21st; apologized, on behalf of Councilman Cortes, for absence due to knee surgery
Councilman Vogel: Recreation Committee’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at Pleasure Park is Sunday at 1PM - invited volunteers - looking for new activities, including Pickle Ball for older residents - will use Antrim gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7PM-9PM – will be free – 2-month trial period – kids’ volleyball program will be held after school in the gym (Councilman Mayer: Recreation Committee is looking to expand membership); Police Department is focusing on training and safety – ways to reduce officer fatalities and injuries – continuing work on Second Hand Dealers Ordinance – talking with businesses to get system up and running – patrols are continuing to monitor hotel occupancy records; reminded all that dogs are not permitted on the Boardwalk at any time – officers are doing a great job.
Mayor Barrella: received an e-mail from Capt. Dikun on motel safety - asked Council to look at what needs to be done to provide for fire suppression and the like - had suggested meeting with Prosecutors Office; received an e-mail from Chief O’Hara regarding a pending ABC matter - life is cheap in NJ – will have a formal comment when it becomes a matter of public record.
BA/CFO Riehl: summarized 2015 Municipal Budget - $14,274,711.00 vs. $15,087,000.00 last year – Water Sewer (W/S) Budget is $3,489,077.00 vs. $3,432,000.00 last year – anticipating $1.2M surplus vs. anticipated $1.3M last year – overall increase in amount to be raised by taxation from $7.6M to $7.7M, for a total of $186,679.60, which is less than a penny on the tax rate – around .7 - one tax point is about $195K – on an average house assessed at $455K, local increase in taxation for the year would be $19.27 (Mayor Barrella: asked if she is comfortable that the W/S Budget contains only expenses applicable to the utility) doesn’t feel what’s in it, by way of expenditures, is excessive or obscene – went under the premise of moving some expenses along with surplus – this year, W/S expenses remained the same - there is an anticipated $75K W/S surplus in the current fund budget, as opposed to $100K last year (Mayer Barrella: asked if she expects it to be fixed completely in 3 years) would expect that (Councilman Mayer: that’s the goal - reduction from W/S operating expenses was greater than $100K – good budget year because we had a good revenue year last year – parking and tax collection rate was very high – retirements, transfers and agreement with Corporal Andreyev and the PBA helped) also subject to 2% tax levy cap – coming under that by $238K, which can be banked for use in next year’s budget (Councilman Vogel: asked if there is a requirement to introduce tonight) statutory requirement is tonight (Councilman Vogel: confirmed that what’s introduced can be tweaked - continued dialogue and feedback is needed - on Capital Budget as well) amendment would require second public hearing (Mayor Barrella: public hearing could take place without approval if there is an amendment to what was introduced – at the May 7th meeting, there would be a public hearing on the amendment and everything would be adopted) adding or removing an item from the Capital Improvement Budget does not require amendment – not a spending tool, just a management plan – only authorization to spend that money would be a bond ordinance (Councilman Toohey: also not amendment if it falls under the threshold; Councilman Vogel: asked about professional expenses, which Council controls) Legal line item, which includes all Counsel, not just General Counsel, was $115K in 2014 and appropriated at $125K for 2015 - money had to be transferred to Legal in 2014 – Engineering stayed at $90K and had surplus, which was transferred to other accounts - audit stayed flat (Councilman Vogel: confirmed this would be posted online for public feedback - Budget Committee and Administrator are doing a great job and asking tougher questions – asked for more communication with other Council members; Councilman Mayer: asked that introduced budget be posted online).
The Municipal Clerk announced additions and revisions to the agenda.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1rst Reading) BEGAN AT 8:03PM.
Dave Cavagnaro, Point Pleasant Beach (PPB): asked if Antrim event is new and why it was approved - bad choice - same day as Town Wide Garage Sale - can't find event maps online – asked that this be checked - asked that Districts 3 & 4 be given a break from new events; asked about Beautification Committee budget and allotment for the Non-resident Taxpayer Association, which he considers a special interest group that should not be given taxpayer money.
Mayor Barrella: questioned whether Consent Resolution 3 could be acted upon, as only 2 of the Council members present could vote on these items due to conflicts (Attorney Riordan: all but items 3B, 3C and 3D can be acted upon) instructed the Clerk to remove items 3B, 3C and 3D and add them to a new Consent Resolution 5, which would be held.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1st Reading) ENDED AT 8:10PM.

Motion by Councilman Migut to close public participation and approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Vogel and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 1:
a) Approval of conditional extension of LOA for Employee #3307 through 4/7/15
b) Approval of increase in work hours for Borough Clerk and Administrator
c) Memorialization of appointment of B. Patton to the position of F/T Public Works Laborer
d) Memorialization of appointment of emergent Deputy Court Administrator & alternate
e) Approval of Teen Challenge S/E amendment to allow table on Boardwalk
f) Approval of PO to F&C Auto Supply for DPW vehicle parts ($5,000)
g) Approval of payment to Atlantic Salt for deicing salt ($3,663.51)
h) Approval of payment to Riggins, Inc. for diesel fuel ($4,816)
i) Approval of 2 taxi vehicle licenses & 3 taxi driver licenses for Briggs
j) Approval of PO to Hutchinson Plumbing for heating/cooling contract ($6,262.50)
k) Approval to advertise & conduct spring hydrant flushing 4/13/15 through 5/8/15
l) Approval of tax appeal refund for 310 Route 35 ($9,194.65)
m) Approval of tree bond refund for 505 Forman Ave ($350)
n Approval of payment to Mitchell Humphrey for annual software maintenance & fees ($6,528)
o) Approval of PO to M. Woszcak for water service repair at 3 locations ($6,900)
p) Approval of payment to Surfside Electric for Borough light repairs and installations ($6,215)
q) Approval of payment to State of NJ for annual pension appropriations ($907,241.97)
r) Approval of S/E fee waiver for Antrim Moms Rock run on 5/16/15
s) Approval of payment to Brick MUA for February bulk water usage ($59,087.38)
t) Approval of PO to All Covered for license renewals ($5,125)
u) Approval of payment to State for employer share of retro salary increases 2012-14 ($15,511.85)
v) Approval of payment to Denise Sweet from BOA escrow acct ($200)
w) Approval of Banner Permit Application for OC Columbus Day Parade Committee
s) Approval of Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps on 4/25/15 and 10/24/15
y) Approval of payment of Payroll #5 ($245,696.58) and Payroll #6 ($244,579.12)
z) Approval of payment from 2 Planning Board escrow accounts ($694)
CONSENT RESOLUTION 2:
a) Approval of PO to All Points for parking passes, envelopes & postage ($3,011.56)
b) Approval of (3) W/S adjustment requests & DENIAL of (1) W/S adjustment request
c) Approval of S/E Application for Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk on 5/17/15
d) Approval of S/E Application for PPB Recreation Committee Easter Egg Hunt on 3/28/15
e) Approval of S/E Application & fee waiver for PPBLL Parade on 4/18/15 (rain date: 4/25)
f) Approval of ABC Temp Storage Permit Appl for Chef’s Int’l at 62 Broadway 5/1/15-11/1/15
g) Inclusion of 128 Ocean Ave # 6 & 304 Central Ave in 2015 Tax Sale
h) Approval of payment to Oswald Enterprises for cleaning/televising storm pipes ($5,200)
i) Award of contract to Enviroscapes, Inc. for Shoreline Improvements to Lk of the Lillies
j) Approval of amended Town-wide Garage Sale date to 5/30/15 (rain date: 5/31)
k) Approval of W/S refund ($2,437.15)
l) Approval of 5 taxi vehicle licenses & 1 taxi driver license for Squan Taxi
m) DENIAL of request for mercantile license late fee refund for The Bee
n) DENIAL of request for mercantile license late fee waiver Dolls by Andrade
o) Authorization for Borough Attorney to amend the Fire Zone Ordinance – ADDED FROM COMMITTEE REPORTS
p) Approval of Antrim’s Banner Application for 5K Banner on Arnold Ave 4/16-4/30– ADDED PRIOR TO MEETING
q) Authorization for Recreation Committee to advertise and interview for the Park Program– ADDED PRIOR TO MEETING
CONSENT RESOLUTION 3:
a) Approval of payment of computer-generated vouchers ($142,352.40)
b) MOVED TO CONSENT RESOLUTION 5
c) MOVED TO CONSENT RESOLUTION 5
d) MOVED TO CONSENT RESOLUTION 5
e) Certification of recycling taxes paid to Ocean County Landfill in 2014
f) Resolution to deposit recycling tonnage monies in dedicated trust fund – ADDED PRIOR TO MEETING
VOTE: Councilmen Migut, Toohey, Mayer, Vogel…YEA
*Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 3A, with which Council has conflicts.

Motion by Councilman Migut to close public participation and approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 4:
a) Resolution to defer $5,979,327.00 school taxes
b) Introduction of 2015 Municipal Budget
VOTE: Councilmen Migut, Toohey, Mayer, Vogel*…YEA
*Councilman Vogel: with the understanding that items will be revisited.

CONSENT RESOLUTION 5 (HELD):
a) Approval of PO to ESI Equipment for fire extrication equip & truck mounts ($10,990)
b) Approval of PO to All Hands Fire Equip for Petrogen Cutting System & training ($3,516.26)
c) Memorialization of approval of (2) memberships in PPB Fire Company No. 2

ORDINANCE 2015-05 (Cap Bank) was introduced on first reading.
Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve Ordinance 2015-05 on first reading was seconded by Councilman and Migut carried by roll call vote. Public hearing will be held on April 21, 2015.
VOTE: Councilmen Migut, Toohey, Mayer, Vogel…YEA
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting & non-agenda items) BEGAN AT 8:12PM.
Ben Dispoto, PPB: no identification of the items of contention in the Budget – Council is speaking in generalities; public health and safety issue with foxes running around neighborhoods - beyond local capabilities - need Game & Wildlife involved - people and pets are at risk (Mayor Barrella: asked BA/CFO Riehl to check with Muskrat Jack as to whether it’s necessary to get a State agency involved; BA/CFO Riehl: Muskrat Jack has relayed that the foxes are not harmful to anyone - she can reach out to the County for their opinion).
Councilman Vogel: online article referenced hate group in PPB – one individual - no need for concern.
Mary Steiner, PPB: speaking for herself and neighbor, Ginnie Wilson - fox is in her neighborhood – goes to schoolyard at night - crosses tracks to Gull Island (County property) if it eluding Muskrat Jack’s traps, it might be time to go to someone with more experience.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: spoke about St Peter 5K run – newspaper article did not include route - not supposed to renew - asked what can be done; submitted request to Court for front lawn parking summonses and received a denial, citing “voluminous items of information not readily available” (Attorney Riordan: Governing Body has nothing to say about how Court handles requests – Administrative Office of the Courts is in charge); asked for update on height measurement committee (public meeting on land use changes is April 7th); asked what Council would like Districts 3 & 4 to look like in 5-10 years - need to know before voting on how to measure houses; asked about concept plan for Loughran’s Point.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting & non-agenda items) ENDED AT 8:31PM.
Motion by Councilman Migut to close public participation and adjourn was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by consent of Council.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:31PM.



ATTEST: ____________________________________
Eileen A. Farrell, Municipal Clerk


Published April22, 2015 | Council Minutes | 2079


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