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April 19, 2016

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Reid called the meeting to order at 7:34PM. Present were Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut and Santanello. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Motion by Councilman Migut to approve the April 5, 2016 Council meeting minutes, as revised, was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut ….YEA
Councilman Santanello….ABSTAIN

PROCLAMATION: Autism Family Services

On behalf of Mayor Reid, Councilmen Vogel, Toohey and Santanello presented a proclamation to Bret Vaks, Exec Dir and Jacqueline Moskowitz of Autism Family Services. Mr. Vaks thanked the Governing Body and spoke about the need for this type of government support. Ms. Moskowitz encouraged all to attend and volunteer at the upcoming Beach Bash, September 11th in Belmar.

DISCUSSION: Proposed plan for homeowner-installed pavers on a municipal alley next to 1505 Oceanfront was discussed.

Attorney Riordan: provided the Governing Body with a memo addressing issues with the plan – recommended entering into a licensing agreement, holding the Borough harmless – there are maintenance and liability concerns – also, the homeowner is asking for an 18' curb cut (Mayor Reid: asked Attorney Riordan to continue discussion with the homeowner's attorney and asked for a consensus with regard to the liability issues) license should provide that, if pavers must be moved to access utilities, homeowner must pay to have them moved and put back (Councilman Vogel: suggested a revised final plot plan, with a 16' curb cut, etc.) Borough will have no responsibility for maintenance or injuries related to maintenance. No action was taken.


Councilman Vogel: Shade Tree Commission is pruning and planting around town; potholes are being repaired – asked that the one on the south corner of Yale Ave be patched.

Councilman Cortes: Beautification Committee has been working diligently on gardens and barrels, getting ready for the powerboat race; Environmental Commission meets tomorrow night; Police Officers participated in a National Highway Safety program on distracted driving – Special Officers will have firearms training next week – applications have been submitted for the Click It or Ticket and State/Federal Bulletproof Vest grants – in the process of training all new Special, Parking Enforcement and Communications officers – all officers will be recertified in CPR by the First Aid Squad.

Councilman Mayer: the public hearing on the budget will be held on May 3rd – he and Councilman Cortes met with the Little League President – waiting for their budget; Open Space met this week and recommends pursuing reconstruction of the Risden’s bathhouse luncheonette.

Councilman Toohey: there are plans to redo the bulkhead at Loughran’s Point in late winter or early spring of next year – should get reimbursed for the work – bulkheads have degraded at the west end of Inlet – if equipment is being mobilized to do the bulkhead, should look to improve that area, which was neglected after Sandy – Open Space Committee has provided input and raised questions regarding the nature and scope of the work – was passed on to Engineer Savacool.

Councilman Migut: met with Code Enforcement, Police and Borough Attorney about possible changes to the noise ordinance; Planning Board approved the Spano’s expansion and held a hearing on proposed Ordinances 2016-05 (Additional Ocean Ave Parking) and 2016-08 (Paid Parking at Inlet Drive Commercial Lots), with testimony from Board Engineer Savacool and residents – he recommended returning Ordinance 2016-05 to Council with the recommendation that it be amended to a parking-only zone – that motion failed to pass – the subsequent motion on Ordinance 2016-08 also failed to pass.
Motion by Councilman Migut to table Ordinances 2016-05 and 2016-08, refer them to an ad hoc committee consisting of the Inspection/Code Enforcement Committee (himself, Councilmen Vogel and Santanello), a member of the Inspection Department, Planning Board Chairman Ammirata and Borough Attorney Riordan, who will consider public comment to-date and return to Council with revised ordinances, was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA

Councilman Santanello: attended Little League Opening Day ceremonies – about 100 kids, firetrucks, etc., – one of his favorite days; Recreation Committee held a special meeting regarding summer camp – rehiring last years’ directors – an ad for Counselors was in last week’s “Ocean Star” – lot of great ideas; Councilman Mayer asked him to look at single head parking meters – wants to look into using credit cards, as is done in a lot of cities – he and BA/CFO Riehl met with 4 companies – Devo can provide them at a competitive price – will work with our Parkfolio system with no additional software needed – will cost about $395/meter – 72 meters can be switched – conservatively, can lead to $34K in increased revenue – about $25K extra in the first year – requested authorization for the Borough Attorney to amend the parking meter ordinance, including changing meters by the New Jersey Ave bathhouse to pay-by-space, at no cost – added to the agenda as item 2d (Councilman Toohey: asked BA/CFO Riehl to reposition the parking sign at the Inlet that is blocking spots) also looked at parking apps, through which meter time can be added via smart phones, at no cost to the Borough.

Mayor Reid: during the first week in May, the Great American Trolley Company is coming to PPB to offer rides to business owners and the Chamber; improvements continue at the band shell, with Pastor John and Jersey Shore Calvary Chapel – Councilmen Santanello and Cortes, PPHS Key Club and Interact Club and the Rotary Club were there last week – invited volunteers to paint at 8:30AM on Saturday; showed the boat race poster, which will be displayed throughout town – there is a race committee of about 12 people, who are excited about returning to PPB – reiterated the boat race and Rotary events – it’s going to be great.

Administrator Riehl: had prepared a bathhouse report for the Governing Body – at the last meeting, all bids were rejected as over budget – met with the engineer and architect to review for cost savings and extended time frame – by eliminating some items, can reduce the cost by $50-70K – budgeted estimate was $385K, based on FEMA’s May 2013 replacement and repair costs – in July 2015, the project was broken out and reductions taken, leaving a reimbursements of about $142K must decide how to proceed – consensus to get input from Buildings and Grounds and Open Space (Councilman Mayer: need to talk to Barlo and Engineer Savacool; Councilman Toohey: this is a funding issue – will email Open Space, Engineer Savacool and Barlo to see about using Open Space money).

The Municipal Clerk announced additions to the agenda.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1st Reading) BEGAN AT 8:18PM.

Anne Lightburn, PPB: thanked the Governing body for considering New Jersey Ave pay-by-space parking – suggested Engineer Savacool look into how much revenue each meter generates, in order to eliminate some from purchase (already done).

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

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1st Reading) ENDED AT 8:22PM.

Councilman Mayer: Spoke about the Chamber’s Special Event application for the Festival of the Sea (1q) – requested adding a condition that the Chamber reach an agreement with BA/CFO on reimbursement of the Borough’s costs (all agreed).

Motion by Councilman Toohey to adopt the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by roll call vote.
1a Approval of payment of Payroll #8 ($235,870.11)
1b Approval of payment to BTMUA for March bulk water usage ($89,020.74)
1c Authorization for Mayor to execute NJEDA HDSRF grant for Sea Coast Oil investigation/report
1d Approval of 4 W/S relief requests
1e Approval of payment to NJ DCA for State Training Fees, based on new construction ($4,278)
1f Approval of payment to M Woszczak for emergency hydrant repair ($5,525)
1g Approval of payment to Identifix for annual contract for police & DPW ($1,308)
1h Approval of payment to Ben Montenegro from BOA escrow account
1i Approval of PO to All Points for parking passes and postage ($2,742.30)
1j Approval of payment to Denise Sweet from BOA escrow accounts
1k Approval of payment to The Galvin Law Firm from BOA & Pl Bd escrow accounts
1l Approval of S/E application for PPB Farmers Market in Borden’s lot 6/5-9/25
1m Approval of payment to the OC Treasurer for 2nd Quarter tax levy ($2,143,528.92)
1n Memorialization of authorization to advertise for Rec Park Program Asst Dirs & Counselors
1o Approval of payment to Pitney Bowes for prepaid postage ($3K)
1p Approval of payment of Pay Cert 5 to Gavan Cont for Ocean Ave Comfort Station ($110,436.44)
1q Approval of Chamber’s S/E application/fee waiver for Festival of the Sea, 9/17 – Contingent upon Chamber reaching an agreement with BA/CFO on reimbursement of Borough’s costs
1r Approval of Chamber request for donation for Holiday Decorations & Festivities ($5K)
1s Memorialization of authorization to solicit bids for lease of municipal properties for communications equipment, antennas & carriers
1t Authorization for Mayor to execute Safe & Secure Continuation Funding subgrant award/contract
1u Authorization to advertise & conduct spring hydrant flushing 4/25/16 through 5/13/16
1v Approval of PO to Cummins Power Systems for garbage truck repairs (NTE $5K)
1w Approval of payment to Specialty Graphics for DPW & W/S uniforms ($5,025)
1x Approval of PO to All Covered for IT maintenance & support, Jan-June ($8,400)
1y Approval of payment to Devo & Assoc for parking meter displays/cancel buttons ($6,154.68)
1z Support for the OCMA’s resolution proclaiming April as Autism Awareness Month
2a Approval of payment of computer-generated vouchers ($1,298,847.41)
2b Approval of payment of Jan-Apr hand checks ($1,718,242.75)
2c Approval of junior memberships in PPB Fire Co No 2 for R. Rupp & J. Ricciardi
2d Authorization for Atty to amend parking meter ord, including changing meters by NJ Ave bath house to pay-by-space
2e Approval of PO to Turbo Electric to repair electricity at parking lot (NTE $3,500)
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel (except 2c), Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut (except 2c), Santanello….YEA
Councilmen Vogel (2c), Migut (2c)….ABSTAIN
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 2a & 2b with which Council has conflicts.


Ordinance 2016-09 (Bond Ordinance – Little Silver Lake Drainage) was introduced on first reading. Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve Ordinance 2017-09 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Vogel and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on May 3, 2016.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA

Ordinance 2016-06 (Cap Bank) was considered on second reading. Mayor Reid opened the public hearing, with no member of the public wishing to be heard. Motion by Councilman Mayer to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2016-06 was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA

Ordinance 2016-07 (Towing Fees) was considered on second reading. Mayor Reid opened the public hearing with no member of the public wishing to be heard.
Attorney Riordan: spoke about insurance requirements – ordinarily an underwriter will fix a premium that’s commensurate with the risk – this is the type of coverage these companies will get and can afford – umbrella is not a particularly expensive coverage – initial premium costs the most.
Motion by Councilman Toohey to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2016-07 was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA

Councilman Toohey stepped out briefly at 8:29PM.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting & non-agenda items) BEGAN AT 8:29PM

Burt Esrig, Point Pleasant Beach (PPB): an owner of Bradshaw's Beach – opposes Ordinance 2016-05 – don’t want to commercialize the residential part of town (Attorney Riordan: the word “commercial” was never intended to include hotels and motels – that definition must be tightened up).
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: suggested eliminating bathhouses and maintaining just the restaurant; opposes to Ordinance 2016-05, which was based on discussions with the Boardwalk – asked that residents be included on the ad hoc committee – nothing in the Master Plan includes moving the RC Zone west of Ocean Ave – creating lots on Parkway and Central will increase traffic in the residential area and increase Police surveillance cost – zoning change would circumvent the Planning Board’s and Courts’ restrictions on parking spaces – not financially beneficial to the Borough – the majority of people are not looking to park in private lots – slanted too much towards Boardwalk – will do irreparable harm to residents.
Vince Castin, PPB: asked about Ordinance 2016-09; agrees with Mr. Cavagnaro’s comments on Ordinance 2016-05 – cannot help the residential aspect of the town – will create more traffic.
Bob Maloney, PPB: opposes Ordinance 2016-05 – once zone is changed to commercial, it will be opened up to other uses in the future – people might knock down houses and convert to parking lots.
Bill Mango, PPB: he and his neighbors oppose Ordinance 2016-05 – people will circle for free spots before going to a parking lot.
Nancy Licinski, PPB: opposes Ordinance 2016-05 – town will become one big parking lot – if zoning changes to commercial, anything can be put there – people will look for free parking before going to lots – a different quality of people are coming to town – a great town, but not like it used to be.
Barbara Parker, PPB: representing Shore Point Beach Condo Association – opposes Ordinance 2016-05 – asked if she can get a permit to park cars in the back of her insured lot, if zoned Commercial.
Anne Lightburn, PPB: opposes Ordinance 2016-05 – shouldn't be just tightened up, but scrapped and abandoned – will lose parking revenue in Little Silver lot and will lose ratables – bad for quality of life – opening a door that doesn’t need to be opened – don’t need more tourists – likes the idea of a trolley, which might enable people to park at the train station.
Aleta Weinstein, PPB: was shocked that people were not notified of the Planning Board meeting, which she was at – her family opposes Ordinance 2016-05 – may be starting a very dangerous precedent – a domino effect – PPB is not Seaside Heights – not good, financially, for people building beautiful, expensive homes – afraid for emergency service access if there is a bottleneck because of people pulling into lots – will become like a New York City street – ordinance should be scrapped.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting and non-agenda items) ENDED AT 8:56PM

Motion to adjourn by Councilman Cortes was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by consent of Council. Meeting was adjourned at 8:56PM.

Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk

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