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September 6, 2016

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Reid called the meeting to order at 6:36PM. Present were Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey and Santanello. Councilman Vogel arrived at 7:35PM. Councilman Migut was absent. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

The Municipal Clerk read the Resolution for Executive Session.
Motion by Councilman Cortes to enter Executive Session to discuss 2 Personnel Matters – Retirement Proposal and Negotiations was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by consent of Council.

Closed Session began at 6:37PM and ended at 7:24PM

Mayor Reid called the regular meeting to order at 7:32PM. Present were Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey and Santanello. Councilman Vogel arrived at 7:35PM. Councilman Migut was absent. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Flag Salute & Invocation

Motion by Councilman Toohey to approve the August 16, 2016 Council meeting minutes was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Santanello….YEA
Councilmen Vogel and Migut….ABSENT


Councilman Cortes: discussed the curb cut request at 322 Carter Avenue, including a eliminating a curb cut on St. Louis – agrees with ZO Petrillo’s recommendation – approval was added as item 2e.

BA/CFO Riehl: discussed Ocean County’s Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan – 2016 Update has been submitted for approval – notice of it will be published, on the municipal web site and included in the tax bill mailing – currently, residents receive a 20% reduction through these efforts in flood insurance – if this is not approved, insurance will go up – approval was added as item 2f.
Request for extension of Borough Code 3-6.1 enforcement at 50 Broadway was discussed.
Roberta Burcz, Attorney for property owner Kartik Patel: owner’s receipt of the enforcement letter was delayed – she responded with a letter and has viewed the property – there is less water in the pool area – glass, including windows, has been removed – fence on south side has been repaired – client has put out a request for bids – should have response by end of week with demolition 2 weeks later – hopes to have cleared by the end of the month – asking for an extension until September 30th (Attorney Riordan: recommended a little longer; Mr. Patel: plans are currently at a stand-still due to pending lawsuits – per ZO Petrillo, property is no longer zoned for hotel – has owned the property since 2005; Mayor Reid: when people come into town it’s the first thing they see – Council would appreciate it being as cleaned up as soon as possible) – extension until October 19, 2016, for complete demolition, was added as item 2g.


Councilman Vogel: Shade Tree Commission meets next Monday; tonight’s Cruise Night was cancelled due to weather; Seafood Festival is coming up; would like to see Council approve a ban on smoking and vaping in the Boardwalk and other resort communities; received positive feedback, particularly on Lt. Michigan and the Boardwalk Officers in Charge, from Jenkinson’s Security Director after the September 4th bomb scare incident – great working relationship – everyone did a great job.

Councilman Cortes: recognized employee anniversaries for September – Chris Riehl 31 years, Tippy Cassidy 19, Frank Graziano 4, Chris Macomber 7, Bill Ippolito 21, Joe Michigan 21 and Mike Gardner 17; apologized for missing the Beautification Committee meeting; Councilman Santanello attended the Environmental Commission meeting; on September 4th, Boardwalk businesses were cleared, as a precaution, due to threat of a possible explosive device – went smoothly – incident took about 3 hours, start to finish – a joint effort with Martell’s and Jenkinson’s security, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, State Police, Homeland Security and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department – there were 7 bomb-sniffing dogs – grateful that nothing came of it – police blotter includes 18 failure-to-yield violations – many criminal and ordinance arrests, First Aid calls and motor vehicle accidents – training in ongoing – PPB PD assisted the Point Pleasant Police on a home invasion – there was an arson involving a PPB resident and an arrest of an illegal immigrant in possession of child pornography (Mayor Reid: called the Prosecutor the next day to be sure there were no children in the house and area and that all was ok from PPB's point of view – Prosecutor said there were children in the house and it’s being investigation by DYFS) – read from “Coast Star” Letters to the Editor, in which officers were recognized.

Councilman Mayer: been speaking to BA/CFO Riehl regarding a 16% YTD increase in PPB’s water usage – asked her to drill down on this for the September 20th Council meeting; BA/CFO Riehl anticipates authorization to bid the bath house on September 20th; Randall Ave fencing appropriation will bring contingency to zero; Governor Christie announced a grant of the Sandy 10% that the municipality paid – asked BA/CFO Riehl to pursue this for September 20th as well.

Councilman Toohey: recapped and followed up on his cooler ordinance proposal from last meeting – got a lot of good feedback – wants to get it right – Councilman Vogel brought up a concern of private homeowners’ coolers – the Chief is concerned about enforceability – had to cancel this weekend’s meeting with the Boardwalk entities about it due to the storm – is confident all can come to an agreement – Jay at Aqua Serve Lifeguards is in favor of it and also brought up the massive tents being brought to the beach – sees an opportunity for a package of legislation (coolers, smoking, extension of Drug Free School Zone) that attracts people to PPB – a partnership with the Boardwalk community is needed – in process – getting it tightened up – will send a message to the whole state about what matters to our community – also need to address people setting up camp on the Boardwalk instead of the beach – thinks the size of some of the things being brought to the Boardwalk represents a soft target issue (Councilman Vogel: suggested 4.5' canopies, like at the Maryland Ave Beach – can lead by example).
Councilman Santanello: heard from some Jenkinson’s and Martell’s patrons about this weekend’s situation – Police force was great – no panic – went very well – nice that the patrons noticed how professional the Police are; the Recreation Summer Park Program is $2,591.00 in the plus, thanks to Martell's donation – credits Recreation Chair Hennessy for keeping an eye on things – campers had to pay extra for some things – did much better, financially, than last year – program was opened to tuition students – higher rates didn't slow anyone down – these programs must pay for themselves; there is some dissatisfaction with current Recreation Basketball Director – will feel out some other people for that position; received a repair estimate of $15K for the Pleasure Park bocce ball court – basketball poles/ nets/backboards might need to be replaced (Mayor Reid: asked if donation can be used for that as well) – received an estimate of $7K for that – DPW Super Trout is looking for better prices; a summer resident is upset about people using tennis courts for other things – asked the Summer Park people and Chief not to allow biking, rollerblading or anything that will beat up the courts – will cost some money to cover it and fill in holes, but it needs to be done; suggested opening the Inlet restroom in November and December for fishermen and walkers, with no attendant, if DPW opens and closes it during their regular hours of 7AM-4PM (BA/CFO Riehl: DPW would have to clean and stock it – could have to pay DPW overtime on weekends to lock and unlock it; Councilman Toohey: it’s a substantial investment to let sit dormant; Chief O’Hara: is putting together quote for cameras, as it could be a target for vandalism and graffiti in the off-season) – asked for future consideration; boats are having trouble getting in and out by Cooks Lane during low tide because the area is sholed – has spoken and will continue to speak to the State about it (Mayor Reid: maybe Wills Hole dredging can be extended to this area); can’t get a call back from the State regarding the Parking Authority; the original artist has fixed the mural at the band shell and it’s is beautiful – after the Seafood Festival, DPW Super Trout will address areas that need more painting; Fire Companies are looking for Knox Boxes to enter businesses during emergencies, without having to break in (Mayor Reid: this was heard already – there is no interest from the Chamber or real estate groups) asked if it can be made voluntary, as there is interest from rental properties (Mayor Reid: surprised because there was a huge push back on residential properties – cost is substantial to landlords and business owners; BA/CFO Riehl: Fire Companies said voluntary wouldn't work for them) if there is no Council support, will not pursue (Councilman Cortes: relayed a concern about dead trees with carpenter ants at Pleasure Park).

Mayor Reid: also received a call about the professionalism of the bomb evacuation – very well done – congratulated the Chief on the complimentary letters about the Police, who are doing a great job; was an exceptional summer – everything went very well – hopes everyone uses their Shop Local cards, trolley, which ends on Sunday, and Mobile App, which Patty Kile is doing a great job updating; is looking forward to the Seafood Festival on September 17th.

BA/CFO Riehl: Chowder Festival was cancelled for lack of participation; trolley ends on Sunday; Lake of the Lillies replanting plan, with goose fencing, etc., was pushed off a week until the 12th; has a conference call tomorrow with DOT in reference to the Arnold Ave fence (Mayor Reid: he will be on that call); the September 29th CDL Loan Forgiveness meeting is being rescheduled for November.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1st Reading) BEGAN AT 8:30PM.

Vince Castin, PPB: believes Inlet bathroom should be open on weekends and holidays; commented on the tent and cooler size issue; asked about item 2b; asked about the Loughran's Point timeline.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked about item 2b and about Ordinance 2016-18.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1st Reading) ENDED AT 8:46PM.

Councilman Santanello: asked if the requests in 2c are legitimate (BA/CFO Riehl: yes – she reviews all requests prior to them being put on the agenda).
Councilman Cortes: asked about 1v (Chief O’Hara: demo Ford Explorer Police Interceptor which was ordered in June); asked about 1j and if BOE made good on the storm drains (BA/CFO Riehl: fence was damaged by a motor vehicle – will be discussing storm drains with Engineer Savacool; Mayor Reid: wants the person who damaged the Beautification planter and sign in front of Green Planet to replace it).
Councilman Mayer: asked if 2b can wait until 2017 instead of depleting the contingency account (Councilman Toohey: for a host of reasons, there is an element of immediacy) – doesn’t see the urgency – can transfer funds, but that’s not ideal budgeting – like’s Mr. Cavagnaro’s idea of landscaping the area.

Motion by Councilman Toohey to close public participation and approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Vogel and carried by roll call vote.
1a Appointment of B. Russell to the Beautification Committee
1b Approval of payment to Borough of Pt Pleasant for Court SLEO reimbursement ($3,222.02)
1c Approval of PO to Brick Cardiovascular for 10 SLEO recruit stress tests ($3K)
1d Approval of PO to Meridian Health for 10 SLEO recruit physicals ($2,750)
1e Approval of PO to This & That Uniforms for Police safety equipment & supplies ($2,796.56)
1f Approval of PO to Staples for fire resistant safes for Registrar’s office (NTE $3,500)
1g Authorization to sell vehicles & other property through public auction on govdeals.com
1h Approval of payment to the Ocean County Landfill to replenish tipping fees ($50K)
1i Approval of payment to Custom Environmental for 40 bags of Zetalyte for W/S Dept ($4,205)
1j Approval of payment to H. Kees & Sons for Maryland Ave fence & DPW fence repairs ($6,770)
1k Approval of payment to Wilmac Business Equip for Police equip service/maintenance ($3,340)
1l Approval of payment to State of NJ for employee & retiree health benefits ($130,360.39)
1m Approval of payment to Galvin Law Firm from BOA escrow accounts
1n Approval of Jenkinson’s South request to store rides in trailers on their property for the winter
1o Approval of payment to Denise Sweet from BOA escrow accounts
1p Approval of payment to Gruskin Architecture & Design for Mobile App/expenses ($3,003.44)
1q Appointment of 10 SLEOs Class II
1r Approval of release of various individual BOA & Planning Bd escrow
1s Approval of PO to Winner Ford for F350 Truck with plow ($35,585) – CORRECTED FROM 2 TRUCKS/PLOWS
1t Approval of payment of Payroll #17 ($307,193.17) & Payroll #18 ($302,640.70)
1u Approval of PO to All Covered for IT maintenance/support for Aug-Dec ($7K)
1v Approval of payment to Winner Ford for Police Interceptor ($36K)
1w Approval of payment to T&M Assoc from BOA & Developer escrow accounts
1x Approval of payment to Suplee, Clooney & Co for AFS, ADS & Budget Assistance ($2,550)
1y Authorization/Approval of agreement & PO to NJ Metronet for web services thru 8/17 ($732)
1z Approval of PPBHS Special Event application & fee waiver for homecoming parade on 10/28
2a Approval of Elks Social Affair Permit application for SCC/Charities event on 10/9
2b Approval of PO/installation of fencing on both sides of Randall Ave municipal property ($7K)
2c Approval of 8 W/S adjustments
2d Approval of payment to Pt Pleasant Bicycle for Police bike parts ($4,032.50)
2e Approval of request for curb cut at 322 Carter Ave – ADDED PER DH MEMOS
2f Approval of OC All Hazards Mitigation Plan for FEMA CRS Recert – ADDED PER DH MEMOS
2g Extension of Borough Code 3-6.1 enforcement (complete demo) at 50 Broadway until 10/19/16 - ADDED PER DH MEMOS
3a Approval of Jr. Membership for M. Mitchell in PPB Fire Company No 2
3b Approval of payment to VALIC for 2015 LOSAP awards for Fire & First Aid members ($49K)
3c Approval of payment of computer-generated vouchers ($186,128.54)
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel (except 3a & 3b), Cortes, Mayer (except 2b), Toohey, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Mayer (2b)….NAY
Councilman Vogel (3a & 3b)….ABSTAIN
Councilman Migut….ABSENT
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 3c with which Council has conflicts.


Councilman Mayer: appreciates the work on the ordinance but is disappointed that he received this at 2PM today and that there are no guidelines for ZO Petrillo (Councilman Santanello: will be handled the same as other violations – first notice, second notice, then hearing; Attorney Riordan: his recollection is that the first notice is 30 days – ordinance allows ZO Petrillo to choose the timeframe – lien could be placed on the property – maximum fine is $1,250.00; Councilman Santanello: a good portion of this ordinance was based on ZO Petrillo’s feedback.
Ordinance 2016-18 (Invasive Plants) was introduced on first reading.
Motion by Councilman Santanello to approve Ordinance 2016-18 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be on September 20, 2016.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Migut….ABSENT

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting & non-agenda items) BEGAN AT 8:57PM

Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: thanked Councilman Toohey for his work on a cooler ordinance; asked about an ordinance regarding advertising; thanked Councilman Santanello for his weekly announcements, especially with Hurricane Hermine.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting and non-agenda items) ENDED AT 8:58PM

Motion to adjourn by Councilman Vogel was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by consent of Council. Meeting was adjourned at 8:59PM.

Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk

Published September20, 2016 | Council Minutes | 2402

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