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December 1, 2015

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Barrella called the meeting to order at 7:49PM. Present were Councilmen Reid, Migut, Mayer, Cortes and Vogel. Councilman Toohey was absent. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

A moment of silence was observed for two gentlemen who lost their lives in a boating accident at the Inlet on November 27th.

Motion by Councilman Migut to approve the November 10, 2015 Council meeting minutes was seconded by Councilman Vogel and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Migut, Mayer, Cortes, Vogel….YEA

DEPARTMENT HEAD MEMOS:

Councilman Cortes: agrees with ZO Petrillo on 13’ curb cut requests at 201 Baltimore (added as item 1s) and 301 Philadelphia (added as 1t) - 214 Princeton curb cut was approved at 20’ by the Board of Adjustment in 2010, but there was no Governing Body approval (item was tabled for further review and input, as the road is not being paved until spring).

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Councilman Reid: complimented the tree lighting ceremony downtown – great night; he and BA/CFO Riehl met with Boardwalk representatives regarding a public/private partnership on replacing District 2 bathrooms and water main and possibly adding bathrooms – would like the architect to reduce the size of the plan and provide a cost estimate, if Council chooses (Mayor Barrella: asked about upgrading the Police substation – had a comprehensive plan – advised being careful about cutting back to add bathroom stalls) nice, comprehensive plan, but too big – cutting back and adding bathrooms would be more affordable (Mayor Barrella: asked if he discussed plans with Police) no (Councilman Vogel: asked that architect meet with BA/CFO Riehl and Chief O’Hara to be sure all interests are represented; Chief O’Hara: there were 2 sets of plans – second was downsized a year or two ago – asked if proposal is to downsize again) agreed that it needs to be discussed further.

Councilman Migut: Animal Welfare Committee fundraiser on November 21st raised a lot of money and was well attended – thanked local businesses for donating gifts; Planning Board will consider a residential subdivision and 3 commercial site plans tomorrow – Master Plan revision calls for Development Ordinance changes, including corner lot setbacks, to allow a larger house – asked for authority for Attorney to confer with Engineer to draft an ordinance for next year (added as item 1u); received a call from former Councilwoman Tooker about the status of her situation – discussed with Councilman Reid – she wants to address some ‘notice’ issues with Council – she is concerned that some items picked up (on her property) by Borough employees were not garbage and there is monetary loss to her (Councilman Reid: met with Administrator Riehl – might be opportunity to reduce cost – he and Councilman Migut will talk to Ms. Tooker tomorrow) thinks its punitive to charge her for a tractor being stuck in mud on her property.

Councilman Mayer: attended a health benefits seminar at the NJLM convention – he and BA/CFO Riehl are considering potentials for savings – first step is ensuring Collective Bargaining Agreements allow for these changes – hopes that is being pursued – second step is to get an analysis – agenda includes authority to advertise for an RFP for an insurance consultant for health benefits, property and casualty; the Division of Pension released their 2016 numbers – increases combined from PFRS and PERS are more than $130K next year – 2% levy cap increases about $152K – some pension benefits are outside the levy cap, but it’s a big number (BA/Administrator Riehl: 5.8% increase in health insurance) 2013 hiring spree is coming to roost.

Councilman Cortes: he and the Beautification Committee put up wreaths downtown; acknowledged employee anniversaries for December – Ned Martin 24 years, Alan Tighe 17 years, Kyle Grace and Brian Larrison 18 years; announced PPBHS Food & Fashion Club participation in the following events: St. Mary’s by the Sea Cookie Walk & Craft Fair on December 5tth, Holiday Open House at the High School on December 9th and the Antrim Craft Fair on December 12th – will be selling homemade soup mixes, skillet dinner mixes and cookie mixes and custom-made Garnet Gull cookie cutters (Councilman Reid: thanked Mr. Cavagnaro for work on the lights on the River Ave spruce tree and the reindeer – also mentioned that 3 new trees have been planted on Arnold).

Councilman Vogel: Police Department has been busy with training – ongoing training of canine unit – administrators attended a Homeland Security seminar – an officer became a Certified Police Instructor – all are going through quarterly firearms training – officers in the radio IT unit have been trained in a new voice recording system – department participated in the capsizing incident at Inlet – reminded all that no dogs are allowed on the beaches or Boardwalk in the off-season – submitted a resolution for next Council meeting regarding the excess equipment program, in which PPB has previously participated; suggested providing videotaped Safe Transaction locations for people buying goods on eBay, etc., as other Police Departments are doing – suggested the Borough Hall lobby – would go hand-in-hand with other initiatives, like the second-hand dealer ordinance.

Mayor Barrella: received a call from Mr Betz – his survey is done – expects to have it to BA/CFO or Clerk by tomorrow – asked BA/CFO Riehl about revenue and surplus status (BA/CFO Riehl: through October, all revenues were at or exceeding that anticipated – has been a lag in construction code fees – Court revenues, parking revenues and hotel/motel tax exceeded that anticipated – surplus is roughly $1.3M after the anticipated $1.2M in this year's budget) expenses go up, but revenues have gone up also – full staffing helps PPB remain an attractive tourist destination – must contend with pension and health care costs, but the question is what’s right for PPB – currently at the right size; attended the same benefits meeting at the NJLM convention that Councilman Mayer was at – sounded like a commercial for the consultant, to move people out of the State Health Benefits Plan, but there are interesting things to look at; attended a meeting dealing with 2 bills – one proposed by Assemblyman Burzichelli, the other by Assemblyman Johnson, regarding revising ABC rules and regulations, in particular the concept of a service license for restaurants, which would entitle licensees to serve alcohol to dinner guests without a bar – believes this would be a major benefit to PPB’s downtown – spoke out in favor and raised certain points – in terms of compensation for existing licensees, asked that the nature of the license holders be considered – there is a huge difference between a mega-bar vs. restaurant with alcohol service – also expressed a need to knock down the ABC and start over – it is a dysfunctional agency and he thinks the legislators recognize this; on November 23rd, he received an e-mailed letter from Attorney Riordan – 12 days after it was promised and 27 days after the request was first made – has drafted and signed a response – Clerk will disseminate to him and the Council.

BA/CFO Riehl: asked Councilman Mayer to circulate a copy of the bathroom concept plan for 1 Ocean Avenue – prepared to break ground on Friday, to be completed by February.

Clerk announced additions/revisions to the agenda.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1st Reading) BEGAN AT 8:12PM.

Vincent Castin, Point Pleasant Beach (PPB): asked about items 1p and 1r – asked for any further information on the dune project.

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

Motion by Councilman Migut to close public participation was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by consent of Council.

BA/CFO Riehl: announced that item 1o would be held.

Motion by Councilman Migut to approve items listed below was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 1:
1a Approval of payment to Galvin Law Firm from Pl Bd & BOA escrow accounts
1b Approval of payment to All Covered for conversion to web-based e-mail ($18,335.50)
1c Approval of PO to General Sales Admin for OEM/Police vehicle emergency equip ($5,517.92)
1d Approval of payment to BTMUA for October bulk water usage ($116,775.30)
1e Approval of PO to Xtreme Diesel Performance for high water rescue equipment ($3,026.34)
1f Approval of salary adjustment for J. Johnston for passage of course leading to certification
1g Approval of payment of Payroll #23 ($242,250.81) & Payroll #24 ($271,665.74)
1h Approval of payment to Barlo & Associates for Inlet comfort station contract services ($6,500)
1i Approval of water/sewer adjustments (2)
1j Appointment of Seasonal SLEO II’s (34)
1k Approval of salary adj for E. Mathioudakis for passage of 2 courses leading to certification
1l Approval of PO to Dell Computer Corp for police computer systems ($4,728.54)
1m Approval of payment to Riggins, Inc for 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel for DPW ($4,857)
1n Authorization for Engineer to proceed w/Water Main Svc Replacement–Inlet Dr (NTE $14,500)
1o HELD
1p Authorization to advertise add’l RFPs for 2016-Insurance Consultant & Spec Projects Attorney
1q Establishment of Reorg Meeting date of 1/1/16 at noon – TIME REVISED PRIOR TO MTG
1r Authorization for Mayor to execute, as grantee, any easements granting to Point Pleasant Beach and the State of New Jersey the necessary property rights for the ACOE dune replenishment project upon approval of the form by the Borough Attorney without further action of the Council
1s Approval of 13’ curb cut at 201 Baltimore – ADDED PER DEPT HEAD MEMOS
1t Approval of 13’ curb cut at 301 Philadelphia – ADDED PER DEPT HEAD MEMOS
1u Authorization for Attorney to confer w/Engineer and draft change to Development Ordinance in 2016 addressing corner lot setbacks – ADDED PER COMMITTEE REPORTS
CONSENT RESOLUTION 2:
2a Approval of payment to OC Landfill to replenish escrow ($25K)
2b Approval of PO to Absolute Fire Protection for emergency battery repair for Fire Co No 1 ($3K)
2c Approval of PO to First Due Training for turnout gear for Fire Co No 1 ($2,914.64)
2d Approval of payment to Fireflow Services for annual fire hose/ladder/pump testing ($4,206)
2e Approval of PO to Edwards Tire Co for tires & service for Fire Co No 2 ($4,119.12)
2f Approval of payment of computer-generated vouchers ($1,257,747.30)
VOTE: Councilmen Reid (except 2a), Migut (except 2b-e), Mayer, Cortes, Vogel (except 2b-e)…YEA
Councilmen Reid (2a) Migut (2b-e) and Vogel (2b-e)….ABSTAIN
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 2f with which Council has conflicts.

ORDINANCE:

Ordinance 2015-26 (Bond Ordinance – Little Silver Lake Dredging) was considered on second reading. Mayor Barrella opened the public hearing.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked Council to reconsider decision not to dredge phragmites.
Motion by Councilman Mayer to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2015-26 was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Migut, Mayer, Cortes, Vogel…YEA

Ordinance 2015-27 (Amend Salary Ordinance - Titles) was introduced on first reading.
Motion by Councilman Migut to approved Ordinance 2015-27 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Reid and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on December 15, 2015.
VOTE: Councilmen Reid, Migut, Mayer, Cortes, Vogel….YEA

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting & non-agenda items) BEGAN AT 8:43PM.

Mayor Barrella: asked Councilman Cortes if there is another Cortes in PPB or if he is George A. Cortes.

Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: thanked BA/CFO Riehl and Councilman Reid for the tree between Rte 35 and River Ave – flooding is still occurring at the valve at Baltimore and Yale.
Vince Castin, PPB: recited an original composition about holiday games.

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

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting & non-agenda items) ENDED AT 8:27PM.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:27PM.

ATTEST:__________________________________
Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk


Published December15, 2015 | Council Minutes | 2225


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