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November 1, 2016

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Reid called the meeting to order at 7:32PM. 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 announced revisions to the October 18, 2016 Council meeting minutes. Councilman Mayer: requested that Councilman Santanello provide a resolution about the Parking Authority for the next Council meeting; asked about the strong letter to the DEP, which was referenced in the October 18th minutes (BA/CFO Riehl: e-mailed her reimbursement contact - waiting to hear back).

Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve the October 18, 2016 Council meeting minutes, as revised, was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by consent of Council.


Councilman Vogel: Water/Sewer committee reviewed the Sensus metering project – similar project is underway in Manasquan – will be a follow up meeting tomorrow – was well worth talking to them in terms of understanding technology, water meter problems, real-time diagnostics, importance of saving water, benefits to ratepayers and the Borough as a whole – have had ongoing water problems – will be discussing the water main break, which caused the sink hole on Lake Ave; 4 downtown trees were replaced by the Shade Tree Commission – required stump grinding and fixing of pavers - thanked all involved including the Administrator and Mayor – received positive feedback from businesses; 4 people attended a Shade Tree conference last week, availing the Borough of additional funding.

Councilman Cortes: recent Police Dept training included DMT Recertification, Instant Command and SWAT – 1 Officer continued instruction at the Police Academy - Canine Officer conducted a building search after an alarm activation – there were only 6 incidents on the Police blotter; Beautification Committee is coordinating the holiday decorations – on November 14th, he will be in the Borough’s bucket truck, hanging 3 of the 4 holiday swags; Environmental Commission would like to move ahead with a bench and landscaping on Randall Ave – will coordinate with Tom Curcio, County Road Dept, who can answer questions for the County and Fire Dept as to where they shouldn’t plant in order to allow fire vehicle access; November employee anniversaries include Mike Ormsby 17 years and Jennifer Coyne 11.

Councilman Mayer: attended the Non-resident Taxpayer Advisory Committee meeting on Saturday – discussed Shop Local, possible monthly e-mail to citizens and GPS on the trolley, accessible via the App, so people know what time the trolley is coming (Mayor Reid: great idea – spoke to Gruskin about it in August – there is a cost to it – can have further discussion) asked BA/CFO Riehl about the cost of the water main break and appropriation (BA/CFO Riehl: has not received a bill – maximum appropriation is $14K – have excavated, found and repaired 2 leaks – will charge to water/sewer budget).

Councilman Toohey: discussed with Attorney Riordan a possible commercial vehicle ordinance in relation to Carter Ave – Chief had explained that a vehicle’s weight is determined via its registration – planning introduction for next meeting – will possibly be modeled on Spring Lake’s ordinance, which allows one 3/4-ton commercial vehicle parked at owner’s home without permission and defines a commercial vehicle (Mayor Reid: reiterated, from previous Council meetings, the issues involved; Councilman Vogel: this person is parking in front of someone else's house; Attorney Riordan: Spring Lake’s ordinance permits the truck parking in the driveway, as far back as possible – Council permission would be required if there is no driveway; Councilman Cortes: the owner’s address could be traced via the registration; Attorney Riordan: use of the vehicle in the business is also an interesting concept to think about – Beach Mechanical’s owner was ticketed for running an unregistered business out of his home and was convicted in Municipal Court, which was upheld on appeal to Superior Court – he paid a $500 fine –has not registered for this year – could fine him $4,000/day; Mayor Reid: there are 3 houses for sale on that street because of all this – need to get tougher – won’t put up with it) if Code Enf Officer Petrillo feels that this is still going on, need to keep dinging him – it’s a quality of life issue (Attorney Riordan: recommended that Police have probable cause in order to get a conviction).

Councilman Migut: Floodplain Management Plan Committee met last week and voted to reaffirm the Floodplain Management Plan – as a result of the efforts of the Committee and CO Gardner, PPB has gone from FEMA Class 8 town to a Class 6 town, resulting in another 20% reduction in flood insurance premiums for residents (Councilman Toohey: kudos to CO Gardner – in 2012, PPB was proud of its Class 9 rating and he has gotten it down to a 6); Inspection Committee met with Code Enf Officer Petrillo regarding ordinances for drafting by Attorney Riordan, including siding height on houses, concrete apron on stone driveways, side yard fencing and increased mercantile license costs for private parking lots from $6 to $10/space and from $35 to $50/day – asked for authorization for Attorney to draft (Councilman Vogel: only the parking lot rate ordinance is ready for drafting); reiterated the details of the Animal Welfare Committee fundraiser on November 12th; November Planning Board meeting is cancelled – application will heard in December.
Councilman Santanello: thanked the Police for a great job in reviewing lights around town – 47 are out – Secretary Kile transmitted the list to JCP&L – most on Broadway and southern Ocean Ave; addressed Cooks Creek shoaling – State has indicated that, when the bulkhead-to-bulkhead survey is done in 2 weeks, they’ll see what can be done to make it easier to get boats out; he met with the Recreation Basketball Director, cut his pay and increased his responsibilities – restricted Referee pay to $35/game and insisted that someone be on the clock and book at all 5th-8th grade boys and girls games – looking for more participation with South Monmouth Basketball League – basketball signups are tonight through Friday, 7PM-9PM; Little League is ready to go ahead with building repairs – waiting to hear if they want red siding with white trim or white siding with red trim.

Mayor Reid: he, BA/CFO Riehl and Secretary Kile met with The Gruskin Group regarding the upgrading and future of the App – will put together list of magazines and other advertising opportunities – Boardwalk does a great job – it's time the Borough starts advertising for the whole town – need to start thinking about how to market PPB better – if Gruskin can’t add the GPS tracking, will find someone else.

BA/CFO Riehl: no report

Clerk announced agenda revision/addition. Mayor Reid invited consolidated public participation.


Vince Castin, PPB: asked about the FEMA class rating for flood insurance, moving the cell tower, why the Silver Lake dredging schedule has been held up and a possible refund of VFW Building Permit fees; invited all to the Veterans Day ceremony at the VFW Post on November 11th at 11AM.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: suggested cell tower at the Police Substation; asked if anything can be done about the dune removal at Risden’s; complained that, while the First Aid Monster Dash route was correct on the Borough web site, it was insufficient in the newspaper and on the App.

Councilman Migut: asked the Clerk to call Tom Curcio, President of Fire Company No. 2 regarding construction, electrical service and porta-johns at the firehouse/polling place on Election Day.

Motion by Councilman Toohey to close public participation and approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
1a Approval of payment of Pay Cert #3 to Enviroscapes for Lk of Lillies shoreline Imp ($38,371.56)
1b Approval of 2 POs to Earth Tones for paver repair, tree planting, tree replacement ($6,400)
1c Approval of payment to Ocean County Landfill to replenish tipping fee escrow ($40K)
1d Approval of payment to Galvin Law Firm from BOA escrow accounts
1e Approval of payment of Payroll #22 ($252,659.07)
1f Approval of salary adjustment for J. Johnston for passage of course leading to certification
1g Approval of payment to the OC Treasurer for 4thQ tax levy ($2,212,550.11)
1h Authorization to advertise/sale of vehicles & other property through public auction on govdeals.com
1i Approval of payment to Sensus Metering Systems for 6 meters ($2,920.98)
1j Approval of payment to Paradise Pools for release of dewatering bond for 50 Sanborn ($270)
1k Appointment of 31 SLEO II’S – ADDED PER BA/CFO AT MEETING
1l Appointment of PPB Recreation basketball director & referees and establishment of pay rates
1m Authorization to advertise for a recycling coordinator
1n Authorization for Borough Attorney to draft an ordinance regarding mercantile licenses for parking lots – ADDED PER CMTE RPTS
2a Approval of payment to Stryker EMS Equipment for Power-Pro stretcher for First Aid ($13,640)
2b Approval of payment of computer-generated vouchers ($3,335,881.77)
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel (except 2a), Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilmen Vogel (2a)….ABSTAIN
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 2b with which Council has conflicts.

Motion to adjourn by Councilman Toohey was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by consent of Council. Meeting was adjourned at 8:15PM.

Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk

Published December07, 2016 | Council Minutes | 2442

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