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September 20, 2016

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Reid called the meeting to order at 7:44PM. Present were Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut and Santanello. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Flag Salute & Invocation

The Clerk and Councilman Mayer announced typos on the September 6th Council minutes.
Motion by Councilman Vogel to approve the September 6, 2016 Council meeting minutes, as revised, was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Migut….ABSTAIN

PROCLAMATION: Mayor Reid presented a proclamation in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to Monica Vermeulen, Founder/CEO of The Ashley Lauren Foundation.


Councilman Cortes discussed curb cut requests at 30 Parkway (16’) and 77 Channel Dr (30’ for tractor trailer) – agrees with ZO Petrillo’s recommendations to approve – added as item 1u.
Discussion regarding water/sewer relief at 109 Central Ave was held until the October 4th meeting per, BA/CFO Riehl at owner’s request, as owner could not attend the meeting.


Councilman Vogel: Shade Tree training is coming up on October (BA/CFO Riehl: Patty Kile will attend as municipal representative; Councilman Toohey: asked that Shade Tree come to his house to identify what kind of trees are in his backyard); Chamber appreciates Police support, resources and communication during the Seafood Festival cancellation – will not be rescheduled – looking to do a different smaller-scale event, probably the last weekend in October; per discussion with a resident, would like consideration of future roadwork on Trenton Ave, by the High School, in addition to curbing; he and Mayor Reid met with Jeff Jennings, Dream Peace Entertainment about revitalizing the Thursday Night Free Concert Series – Jeff, a professional concert promoter, came up with some ideas, based on programs in other communities – would like the Community Endowment Fund and, possibly, the Chamber involved – would be a different mix of community-oriented music – could get volunteers and donations to support this, as was done at the band shell – would be a give-back to residents and visitors – is a strong tradition in town (Mayor Reid: after the concerts, could turn your chair around and see the beautiful fireworks).

Councilman Cortes: Environmental Commission meets tomorrow, Beautification next Tuesday – will report on both at the next Council meeting; Police Dept continues monthly SWAT and canine training; 10 SLEOII recruits began training this week at the Police Academy, to graduate in May and be ready for next summer – Officer Drew and Canine Officer Loki participated in an educational event in Allenhurst; on September 13th, a bomb threat was called into Borough Hall – investigation is ongoing – Police Substation and Court office were also checked; Seaside Park event which, thankfully wasn’t tragic, prompted the Seafood Festival cancellation – kudos to Chief O’Hara, PPB and surrounding Police Depts, Ocean County, State Police and Homeland Security – no panic – supports the Mayor's call to cancel it.

Councilman Mayer: asked that item 1h be held and that BA/CFO Riehl speaks to Mayor Reid about the scope he envisions – maybe design can be revised; spoke to Engineer Savacool about 1k – suggested it be re-worded due to Executive Order to stop construction (Councilman Vogel: money for project is coming from Transportation Trust Fund) should get resolved between the election and January; announced that resolution 1l should be revised to come out of current fund; had asked BA/CFO Riehl for YTD comparison for BTMUA – gallons used have increased by 19.37% and billings by 7.4% – asked her to drill down further; addressed a DLGS notice regarding Financial Disclosure Statement follow up; reminded BA/CFO Riehl that the “Storm Sandy Non-Federal Cost Share Program” application is due on October 18th; addressed YTD revenue report (BA/CFO Riehl: not where she’d like it to be; Councilman Toohey: suggested it doesn’t paint a full picture and some revenues are realized as fall progresses) asked BA/CFO Riehl for the latest expense report – expended and encumbered.

Councilman Toohey: No report.

Councilman Migut: Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) fall fundraiser is November 12th at Urban Kitchen, 6PM-10PM, with buffet and gift auction supplied by local merchants – can see Karen Mills at Borough Hall for tickets; there is no October Planning Board meeting – that makes 3 months without one, which is highly unusual, but positive as businesses are healthy (Councilman Cortes: also saving on attorney and engineering fees) some development ordinances have been on the back burner – will schedule a meeting of the Inspections Committee on October 5th, the cancelled Planning Board date.
Councilman Santanello: asked Councilman Migut for AWC fundraiser information for his weekly e-mail; received ridiculous $30K bid for tennis court – need others – DPW Super Trout got a second bid of $4,500 for bocce court, as opposed to the first bid of $15K – will look into when and how to fund that; will be riding in his friend’s convertible in the October 9th Columbus Day Parade – chairman indicated they do not intend to cancel it – invited Mayor Reid and other Italian-American Councilmembers; got enough donations to cover most exterior repairs on the Little League building – Little League will kick in the rest, so there will be no cost to taxpayers – Little League Executive Board will meet to decide on paint color and which window to replace – will discuss Basketball at the Recreation Committee meeting on Monday – asked BA/CFO Riehl to discuss the bathrooms (BA/CFO Riehl: was vandalism in the bathroom this morning during unmanned period of 7AM-8:50AM – was cleaned up and is being repaired by DPW – sent the Governing Body a cost analysis and scenario for keeping it open past October – sill working on getting a camera there – took pictures for insurance) DPW Super Trout asked attendants if they'd be interested in working weekends – one said yes – would be $8/hour, about ten times less than a callout, so is in favor of this – must decide whether to keep it open later in the year on weekends and pay $8/hour or callout and, if and when there is no attendant, if it will be locked (Mayor Reid: per Councilman Toohey, people blackfish until December 6th – must take that into account; Councilman Vogel: asked the cost of a handicapped porta potty; BA/CFO Riehl: roughly $300; Mayor Reid: asked for a "bathroom" sign there; Councilman Mayer: asked if there is a police report of the vandalism; Chief O’Hara: there should be).

Mayor Reid: spoke about the meeting with Jeff Jennings and the Thursday Night Concert Series – Mr. Jennings, a professional, does this all over the country – brings in great bands – works with the town on its vision – band shell needs more fixing and Council needs to come up with an idea of promoting the town – Councilman Vogel suggested Mr. Jennings and he is top-notch (Councilman Vogel: he is volunteering to organize everything, so there is no cost to taxpayers) need to raise money privately – there are foundations we can go to for grants – good opportunity to expand PPB and do great things – excited to work on this – Mr. Jennings can get professional companies for sound, etc.– that’s where the money comes in; can't go into detail about the Seafood Festival cancellation – was the easiest hardest decision he ever made – thanked Chief O’Hara for great communication – thanked Homeland Security – no one is better than PPB Police – OEM was great – DPW was really professional in getting people out without problems – had a plan and everything worked out well – all were safe – was something that had to be done and it was done right – will take more precautions moving forward, but Police are ready and it’s going to be fine – this is a very safe town because of the Police and the plans we have – PPB will always be a safe place; thanked BA/Admin Riehl for 9-1-1, Facebook and web communications.

BA/CFO Riehl: next year’s Seafood Festival is the 40th anniversary – hopes are for a spectacular one; trying to finalize bath house bid specs – finished except for one point – asked if Council wants lockers areas to be separate for men and women or family-style – they are currently separate with different entrances – plan was to make it family-style – Barlo, checked with the Jenkinson’s and Risden’s bath houses and they are both separate (Councilman Toohey: asked what’s more cost effective) if separate, can’t accommodate the walk-in refrigerator – family-style would have separate men’s and women’s restrooms – just the locker area would be open; Councilman Cortes: prefers family-style – knows what it’s like to be a father with 3 daughters – refrigerator is more important than lockers; Councilman Vogel: recommends family-style – consensus that family-style is the direction).

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1st Reading) BEGAN AT 8:26PM.

Peggy Buccino, PPB: thanked Governing Body and BA/CFO Riehl for fixing the lake – plantings are wonderful and bloomed all summer but there are too many trees in one place – asked that some be moved from in front of her house – willow trees don't last and there are dead trees – people who decide to put trees there don't live there – brought pictures of plantings – no one came to check on them and they died, as residents were told not to touch them – no sprinkler system – Committee doesn't see consequences of what they do (Mayor Reid: will talk to Shade Tree Commission and contractor).
Councilman Mayer: stepped out briefly at about at 8:25PM.
Vince Castin, PPB: asked about bomb threat at Borough Hall (Chief O’Hara: non-specific threat to the Borough – ongoing investigation – can’t say much else); asked about 1i and 1t.
John Vitollo, PPB: spoke about his land assessment – after subdivision, he is paying more than prior to it – biggest component of assessment is prejudicial against smaller property owners who are subsidizing bigger properties – may file a lawsuit or tax appeal.
Councilman Toohey: stepped out at about 8:40PM-8:42PM.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Agenda Items & Ordinances on 1st Reading) ENDED AT 8:52PM.

Municipal Clerk announced additions/revisions to agenda.
Councilman Mayer: 1s is Fire Dept not Police Dept.*
Motion by Councilman Toohey to close public participation and approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by roll call vote.
1a Approval of payment to Spiotti & Esposito for 2 tax appeal refunds ($7,589.38)
1b Approval of release of tree bond to N. Scott for 404 Washington Ave
1c Approval of release of de-watering bond to T. Taylor for 313 New York Ave
1d Approval of payment to Ben Montenegro from BOA escrow accounts
1e Approval of payment to T&M Assoc from BOA escrow accounts
1f Approval of S/E application and fee waiver for Antrim on the Run 5K & mile run, 5/20/17
1g Approval of payment of Payroll #19 ($289,419.26)
1h Approval of PO to Aquatecture Assoc for architectural svcs ($14,200) – HELD PER CMTE RPTS
1i Authorization to cancel 2016 and 2017 taxes for Block 112/Lot 32, which was subdivided
1j Authorization for Mayor to execute CDBG Subrecipient Agreement/Certs for Maryland Ave area sidewalk improvements
1k Authorization for T&M to proceed forward with specifications for Harvard Avenue reconstruction project – REWORDED PER CMTE RPTS
1l Authorization for T&M to survey Curtis Ave for drainage Improvements ($4,800) RESOLUTION REVISED PER CMTE RPTS TO COME OUT OF CURRENT FUND
1m Approval of release of maintenance bond & escrow funds to TD Bank
1n Authorization for the Mayor and Administrator to apply for NJ DCA Sandy 10% grant
1o Approval of W/S relief request
1p Approval of payment to BTMUA for August bulk water usage ($162,140.43)
1q Approval of payment to Gruskin Architecture for mobile app support ($3,900)
1r Approval of payment to All Covered for Aug & Sept maintenance and support ($2,800)
1s Approval of pymt to Eastern Surplus & Equip for service/repair/retro-fit/delivery of truck ($30K)
1t Award of contract to Hudson County Motors for sanitation truck ($231,938.00)
1u Approval of 16’ curb cut at 30 Pkwy and 30’ curb cut at 77 Channel Dr – ADDED PER DH MEMOS
2a Approval of payment to Witmer Assoc for Forcible Training Device ($6,150)
2b Approval of payment to Firefighter One for carbon fiber bottles for PPB Fire Co No 2 ($23,860)
2c Approval of payment to Fire & Safety Service for PPB Fire Co No 2 equip repair ($4,811.26)
2d Approval of payment of computer-generated vouchers ($1,256,283.40)
Approval of Proj Grad Town-Wide Garage Sale/fee waiver 10/22 (rain 10/23) – ADDED AT MTG
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel (except 1s, 2a-c), Cortes, Mayer Toohey, Migut (except 1s, 2a-c),
Councilmen Vogel & Migut (1s & 2a-c)….ABSTAIN
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 2d with which Council has conflicts.


Ordinance 2016-18 (Invasive Plants) was considered on second reading. Mayor Reid opened and closed the public hearing, with no member of the public wishing to be heard.
Motion by Councilman Migut to adopt Ordinance 2016-18 on second reading was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA

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

Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked for assistance hanging Christmas swag lights; asked about parking revenue and if Risden’s quotes are in; suggested Broadway as a better Seafood Festival location.
*Councilman Vogel: vehicle in 1s is OEM, not FD or PD as invoice says (Chief O’Hara: error on invoice).
Vince Castin, PPB: asked if Little Silver Lake dredging is still on schedule,
Lee Kelly, PPB: Washington/St Louis intersection – floods every time it rains – concerned about Zika virus – residents doing all they can (Mayor Reid: asked BA/CFO Riehl to talk to Engineer Savacool).

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PERIOD (meeting and non-agenda items) ENDED AT 8:54PM

Motion to adjourn by Councilman Migut was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by consent of Council. Meeting was adjourned at 8:55PM.

Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk

Published October04, 2016 | Council Minutes | 2405

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