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June 9, 2015

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Barrella called the regular meeting to order at 7:36PM. Present were Councilmen Reid, Migut, Mayer, Cortes and Vogel. Councilman Toohey arrived at approximately 8:05PM during Mayor Barrella’s report. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Migut to approve the May 19, 2015 Council meeting minutes was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Migut, Mayer, Cortes, Vogel…YEA

Mayor Barrella invited resident Vincent Castin to present an account of the D-Day operation and to call for a moment of silence, in commemoration of its 71st anniversary.


Curb cut request at 205 Princeton was added to the agenda as item 2l and at 114 Randall as item 2m. Councilman Cortes: concerned about request at 101 Central, as it will eliminate a parking spot – request is for 16’ – ZO Petrillo recommends 13’ on Boston – he recommends with this change) added to agenda as item 2n, as amended.
Councilman Migut discussed a Dog Tethering Ordinance, which is making its way around the State in response to a number of dog fatalities during the harsh winter – fills a gap in the criminal code, where leaving a dog tethered outside without proper food or shelter is not an animal cruelty violation – it would be under this ordinance – Animal Welfare Committee will review tomorrow night – hopes to introduce next meeting. No action taken.


Councilman Reid: is a member of the NJ League of Municipalities committee regarding Assemblyman Burzichelli’s bill, which would create new a liquor license – municipalities must opt-in by passing an ordinance, so it won't affect PPB; spoke about a review committee which other towns have, which would provide guidance to Board of Adjustment & Planning Board applicants, eliminating the need for them to hire attorneys, architects and engineers, and would get them into their homes sooner – should look into it (he would work with Councilman Migut, Attorney Galvin and Attorney Riordan on it).

Councilman Migut: Planning Board approved a 2-lot subdivision on Long Point Lane and began its review of the Master Plan Review Report and Floodplain Management Report – will conclude reviews at July meeting and then those items will come to Council – the Board voted 5-3 in favor of the height ordinance and 3-5 in opposition to the 85% ordinance; Animal Welfare Committee is holding a fundraiser on July 18th, 6PM-10PM, at 1311 Oceanfront – $50 donation includes a hot buffet barbecue, live music, complimentary wine and beer and door prizes.

Councilman Mayer: No Report

Councilman Cortes: recognized employee anniversaries for June: Christine Riehl 30 years, Jack Johnston 10 years, Joe Pizza 35 years, Brian Spader 15 years, Elaine Petrillo 28 years; there is a handicap ramp placement issue at 1 Ocean Avenue – building is being shifted 5-6 feet back to accommodate it – hopes to have something for the web site and distribution at next meeting; sand has been removed at the Risden’s building parking lot and moved to Mantoloking for free – kudos to DPW Super. Trout for coordinating with the County on this – lot was repainted and striped – picked up 7 new spots – Barlo inspected – only 2 or 3 pilings are questionable – the rest of the building is stable; broken bench at the Little Silver Lake lot has been removed – overgrown weeds by one of the doggy bag stations has been cleaned up – the new Lake Louise valve at Randall Ave is on hold due to neighbor raising his house; item 2g is to reinstate foreclosure of Seacoast Oil property – moving forward with Engineer on updated soil test; uptown business wanted pedestrian crossing signs – already ordered and out; Beautification Committee cleaned up gazebo area, took care of gardens around town, planted flowers in barrels – thanked Councilman Reid for getting half-dead tree at River Ave and Rte 35S removed; Environmental Commission cleaned the rain garden at Little Silver Lake with former Councilwoman Tooker & PPB High School students; congratulated employee Mike Ormsby for passing the Wastewater Licensing certification course; Valve Exercise Program began with 220 valves, which were corrected, mapped, etc. – 288 additional valves were found and done – 21 were found to be inoperable and were fixed – maps will provide for easier maintenance; the company that supplies benches for the Buy-A-Bench program now uses Trex-type material, which requires a third concrete support, instead of two – benches will now be brown – ordinance says they need to be painted green (Attorney Riordan: it’s a policy, not an ordinance – easier to change); cross streets to Rte 35 in Lavallette have informational arrows to prevent drivers from going the wrong way, as happens in PPB on Rte 35 – had Engineer provide a cost – about $100/arrow to paint – looking at Laurel, Forman, Trenton and New Jersey Aves – don't need DOT permission, as on our right-of-way – informational, not restrictive – will have Engineer Savacool look into having State do it, as it has in Lavallette.

Councilman Vogel: there was a resident concern about pedestrian crossing at Maryland Ave and Rte 35 – can continue to ask the State to improve that; thanked BA/CFO Riehl for having bushes trimmed having additional bike racks placed; commended the Memorial Day Parade Committee and VFW for their wonderful job commemorating those who have given their lives in service; appreciates follow-up on the bathroom issue at the Police Department; police officers continue to be busy – have cut back on training, as starting the summer season; toured the Historical Society – great information there about PPB, the Boro, Bay Head and the area – records from everyone who served in World War I and World War II, correspondence – very interesting – great memorabilia – commended those involved – they need more space – they have a trailer full of resources that they can’t get out – great resource for local history – officially open every third Thursday, but are generally there every Thursday – can also call for an appointment.

Mayor Barrella: Governor Christie was in PPB on May 29th for a political photo op – met with Storino family first, before meeting with him – voiced his displeasure to the Governor; met with DAG Apy yesterday and had a nice conversation – will not say more, because of the pending dune litigation – Mr. Apy said he would speak to AG Hoffman about his concerns – Division of ABC Director Halfacre has resigned as of July 1st – hopes things will improve – the agency has no transparency – will speak to AG about it; hopes weather stays good, revenues stay up, everyone behaves and police officers stay safe.

Councilman Toohey: Open Space meeting is Wednesday, the 17th – he has the Inlet plans – has invited Councilman Reid and Engineer Savacool.

Administrator Riehl: No report.

The Municipal Clerk added & revised agenda items.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1st Reading) BEGAN AT 8:09PM.

Dave Cavagnaro, Point Pleasant Beach (PPB): asked if curb cuts at Princeton and Randall would eliminate parking spaces; asked why dog tethering ordinance doesn't include cats.
Vince Castin, PPB: asked about item 2k.
Cindy Brodeur, PPB Employee: happy about items 1w and 1x – no reason for item 2a – concerned about revolving door – asked for same consideration for all employees at the same salary; appreciates Councilman Cortes acknowledging employee anniversaries – asked that he also acknowledge the individuals through e-mails, notes, etc.
Councilman Mayer: asked that item 2a be held and deferred to the Personnel Committee, as all personnel items should be vetted through them (Mayor Barrella: concerned that this item refers to the Confidential Secretary to the Administrator; Attorney Riordan: not the usual/right procedure to vet a Confidential Secretary to the Personnel Committee – some things go to the Finance Committee but not the Personnel Committee; Mayor Barrella: directed that item 2a be carved out and considered as Resolution 4).

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1st Reading) ENDED AT 8:17PM.

Motion by Councilman Reid to close public participation and approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.
1a Accept annual audit for 2014
1b Reappoint G. Dempsey to the position of Emergency Management Coord, 06/16/15 to 06/15/18
1c Reappoint F. Millman to the position of Tax Assessor, 07/01/15 to 06/30/19
1d Approval of Payroll #11-2015 ($246,172.74)
1e Authorization to submit application & execute grant contract for NJ DOT Municipal Aid Road Program – Harvard Ave Improvements
1f Appointment of co-directors (2) and counselors (12) for the 2015 Summer Park Program
1g Approval of payment to McNamara Screen Print & Embroidery for police uniforms ($10,773)
1h Approval of payment to Winner Ford for 2 replacement police vehicles ($56,918)
1i Approval of payment to This & That Uniforms for police uniforms ($7,407)
1j Approval of payment to Coded Systems Corp for code book updates ($4,680)
1k Approval of payment to Riggins, Inc for gasoline & diesel fuel ($22,942.23)
1l Approval of payment to the State of NJ for employee & retiree health benefits ($127,692.90)
1m Approval of payment to M. Woszczak for utility repairs & installation ($7,500)
1n Approval of progress payment #1 to M. Woszczak for Valve Exercising ($54,333.65)
1o Approval of payment to the PPB Bd of Ed for July-Dec allocation & debt service ($11,910,851)
1p Approval of payment to Mid-State Abstract Co for titles for USACE NJ Dunes Project ($31,652)
1q Approval of payment to Galvin Law Firm from Pl Bd & BOA escrow accounts ($3,545)
1r Approval of payment to Denise Sweet from BOA escrow account ($200)
1s Approval of payment to Devo & Assoc for parking meter paper and airtime ($11,064)
1t Approval of Taxi Driver License application (1)
1u Approval of payment to Selective Flood Insurance for the police substation policy ($5,545)
1v Approval of Water/Sewer adjustments (9)
1w Approval of salary adjustment for M. Ormsby for passage of course leading to certification
1x Approval of salary adjustment for T. McCrystal for obtaining Municipal Court Admin certification
1y Approval of PO & payment to Office Business Systems for FTR maintenance renewal ($1,660.36)
1z Appointment of Phoenix Advisors as Continuing Disclosure Agent & Auth to execute agreement
2b Approval of quarterly tax refunds for Block 10/Lot 13
2c Approval of quarterly tax cancellation for Block 10/Lot 13
2d Authorization to sell vehicles & other property through public auction on govdeals.com
2e Approval of VFW S/E application to sell poppies on Boardwalk in June & July
2f Change Order #1/Valve Exercising Proj & Auth for Eng to bid to replace inoperable valves ($15K)
2g Authorization for Borough Attorney to reinstate foreclosure proceedings at Block 105, Lots 1,2, Seacoast Oil Property
2h Approval of PPB Rec Committee S/E application for Summer Park Program, 6/29-8/7
2i Approval of PPB Rec Committee S/E application for surf camp at Maryland Ave Beach, 6/22-6/26
2j PO to All Covered for conversion to web based e-mail (NTE $15K)
2k Support for use of No Passing Zone on Route 35, as recommended by NJDOT – ADDED PRIOR TO MEETING
2l Approval of curb cut request at 205 Princeton Ave – ADDED FROM DEPT HEAD MEMOS
2m Approval of curb cut request at 114 Randall Ave – ADDED FROM DEPT HEAD MEMOS
2n Approval of curb cut request at 101 Central Ave, as amended – ADDED FROM DEPT HEAD MEMOS
3a Approval of PO to Fire & Safety Services for ladder truck repairs ($2,500)
3b Memorialization of membership approvals (2) in Ocean Fire Co No 1
3c Approval of payment to Defender Emerg Svcs for tools & equip for PPB Fire Co No 2 ($4,100)
3d Approval of payment to ESI Equip to replace extrication tools for PPB Fire Co No 2 ($10,990)
3e Approval of payment of computer-generated vouchers ($382,615.88)
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Migut (except item 3), Toohey, Mayer, Cortes, Vogel (except 3a & 3d)
Councilmen Migut (item 3), Vogel (items 3a and 3d)
*Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on items 3e with which Council has conflicts.

RESOLUTION 4: Approval of salary adjustment for P. Kile
Motion by Councilman Mayer to defer vote on Resolution 4 until the June 23, 2015 Council Meeting, pending review of the Personnel Committee, was seconded by Councilman Vogel and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Mayer, Cortes, Vogel….YEA
Councilmen Reid, Migut, Toohey, Mayor Barrella….NAY
Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve Resolution 4 was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Migut, Toohey, Mayer, Cortes, Vogel….YEA


Ordinance 2015-09 (Shop Local) was considered on second reading. Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing.
Vince Castin, PPB: relayed that the hardware store is in favor of this.
Motion by Councilman Reid to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2015-09 was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Migut, Toohey, Mayer, Cortes, Vogel

Ordinance 2015-10 (Loading/Unloading Parking Spaces on Forman) was considered on second reading. Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing, with no member of the public wishing to be heard.
Motion by Councilman Reid to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2015-10 was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Migut, Mayer, Cortes, Vogel….YEA
Councilman Toohey…..ABSTAIN

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting & non-agenda items) BEGAN AT 8:24PM.

Greg Mazzatta, PPB: spoke about the costly variance process and described/recommended the review committee that Councilman Reid spoke about.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: about 20-25 years ago, there were informal meetings before the Planning Board, where applicants could receive guidance.
Cindy Brodeur, PPB Employee: asked why Personnel Committee is not involved in union negotiations (Attorney Riordan: counseled all not to discuss negotiations in public).

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting & non-agenda items) ENDED AT 8:30PM.

Motion by Councilman Reid to close public participation and adjourn was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by consent of Council.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30PM.

Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk

Published June25, 2015 | Council Minutes | 2123

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