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January 1, 2017

Council Meeting Minutes

The Municipal Clerk called the regular meeting to order at 12:00PM. Present were Mayor Reid, Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut and Santanello. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and led the flag salute. Father Michael Lorentsen of Saint Peter Church delivered the invocation.

OATHS OF OFFICE were administered to the following individuals by the Municipal Clerk:
• Councilman Re-elect Thomas Vogel
• Councilman-Re-elect Thomas Toohey
• Fire Chief Ira Waldman
• Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Miles
• 1st Deputy Fire Chief Robert Gronau
• 2nd Deputy Fire Chief Michael Ryan


Mayor Reid: spoke about 2016 accomplishments and what he would like to see happen in 2017 – thanked the Council, particularly Councilman Vogel for his leadership as Council President – looks forward to working with Councilman Mayer in the coming year – thanked Police, Fire, EMS, employees and volunteers – governing body appreciates the great job they do – they make this town what it is – congratulated re-elected Councilmen Vogel and Toohey – last year’s Mayor’s walks and bike rides and his office gave him the opportunity to talk with residents – wellness program is working out well – the trolley was a success – hopes to make it bigger and better through new technology on the mobile app – Shop Local program has been a success and will be better – boat race was fantastic – will be bigger and better next year – worked hard to add trees downtown – will continue to plant and beautify the town – downtown looks better than he can remember – wants to add more lights during Christmastime – Inlet bathroom is fantastic – have a better relationship with the schools – have worked on the band shell and, with Councilman Vogel’s leadership, will have summer concerts on Thursday, after which you can turn your chairs around and watch the fireworks – anonymous donations have included $5K for the park, $10K for Little League snack stand, $5K for trees and benches – must continue Little Silver Lake dredging – should be getting approval to move forward with the west side of the Inlet, where Councilman Toohey has been working with the Environmental Commission on a plan for a new bulkhead – will work with Congress and the Federal Government on the Coast Guard Station – when they move out, he wants the town to move in – doesn’t know what it will be - will take some years to come up with a plan – has a piece of property in mind for a dog park to enhance the quality of life – is in talks with mayors of towns with an ice rink – would like an ice rink and village at Little Silver Lake lot – Community Endowment Fund has received donations – would like to use them for Adirondack chairs or side-to-side benches and a parent-child swing to enhance the quality of the town – next year, would like to bring back a Christmas light competition – announced that Investor’s Bank Foundation will be granting the Little Red Library $75K of the $100k needed for a new roof, siding, etc. – will figure out where the rest will come from – has many goals for 2017 that he will need Council’s help to accomplish – wished all a Happy New Year.


Councilman Vogel: honored to be back, along with Councilman Toohey – the past 3 years have been challenging – last year has been a pleasant change – been working hard, growing and learning as a group – might not get it right every time, but the focus is on what’s best for PPB residents, businesses, community groups – the change this last year has been positive and reflective of the mindset, attitude and leadership in the Mayor’s seat – looking forward to, as his son says, making PPB great – it’s about accountability, professionalism, holding people responsible – sometimes make tough decisions that aren’t always popular – sometimes bring up ideas that warrant debate – healthy dialogue is important – governing body doesn’t agree on everything, but they talk and work through it – there are some things coming up that will require debate, dialogue and insight from different points of view – a healthy community can have discussion like that – looks forward to working with everyone to rebound, rebuild and make PPB even better than it was before, tackling the issues and challenges since Sandy and the dynamics, shifts and impact of seasonal tourists – thanked the volunteers, his family and the governing body – appreciates everyone’s support and love – wished all a Happy & Safe New Year.

Councilman Toohey: loves PPB – all share the same sentiment – thanked Mayor Reid, who has done a great job of embodying that – coming into his second term, he realizes how long it takes to get things done, especially when dealing with the State and Federal governments – is glad to be here again – unfinished business includes the west side of the Inlet and the Inlet as a whole – have an opportunity to revitalize it as a premier destination – appreciates the support of professionals, members of the public services and particularly, his wife and children – looks forward to 3 more good years – thanked everyone.


Motion by Councilman Migut to appoint Councilman Mayer as the Council President for the year 2017 was seconded by Councilman Vogel and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello

The Municipal Clerk clarified that the election of the Class III Planning Board Member is included in Consent Resolution 7.


Motion by Councilman Mayer to close Public Participation and approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
1a Appointment of Borough Attorney: Kevin Riordan - Toms River
1b Appointment of Special Project Attys: T. Gannon/Hiering, Gannon, McKenna – Toms River
R. Bogan/Sinn, Fitz., Cantoli, Bogan, West, Steurman – PPB
Victoria Veni/Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf - Lakewood
1c Appointment of Bond Counsel: Steven Rogut/Rogut McCarthy - Cranford
1d Appointment of Municipal Prosec: S. Zabarsky/Citta, Holzapfel & Zabarsky – Toms River
1e Appointment of Conflict Prosecutors: Bonnie Peterson - Seaside Park
Victoria Veni/Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf - Lakewood
1f Appointment of Animal House Prosecutor: Bonnie Peterson - Seaside Park
1g Appointment of Public Defender: M. Schaller, King, Kitrick, Jackson & McWeeney - Brick
1h Appointment of Conf Public Defenders: R. Bogan/Sinn, Fitz., Cantoli, Bogan, West, Steurman – PPB Brian Rumpf – Tuckerton, Brian DiStefano - Bayville
1i Appointment of Conflict Judge: Robert LePore - Brick
1j Appointment of Animal House Judge: Brian Rumpf - Tuckerton
1k Appointment of Borough Auditor: Warren Korecky/Suplee, Clooney & Co - Westfield
1l Appointment of Borough Engineer: Raymond Savacool / T&M Assoc. - Toms River
1m Appointment of Special Proj Eng: M. O’Donnell/O’Donnell Stanton & Assoc – Toms River Edward Vernick/Remington, Vernick, Vena – Toms River
James Priolo/Maser Consulting - Red Bank
1n Appointment of Municipal Planner: Raymond Savacool/T&M Assoc. - Toms River
1o Appointment of Labor Counsel: Armando Riccio - Medford
1p Appointment of Tax Appeal Attorney: Christopher Dasti/Dasti, Murphy McGuckin, Ulaky,
Koutsouris, Connors – Forked River
1q Appointment of Emerg. Electrical Svcs: Glen Brown, Turbo Electric - Point Pleasant
1r Appointment of Financial Advisors: David Thomspon/Phoenix Advisors - Bordentown
1s Appointment of Borough Physician: Meridian Occupational Health - Eatontown
1t Appointment of Police Psychologist: John Aylward/Plainfield Consultation Ctr. - Watchung
1u Appointment of Alternate Prosecutors: Eugene Racz, Morgan Montano, Ronald Deligny, Alexander, Becker/Citta, Holzapfel & Zabarksy - Toms River
1w Appointment of Municipal Magistrate: James Liguori - Toms River
2a Approval of Temporary Budget for 2017
2b Appointment of Standing Council Committees for 2017
2c Establish Personnel Committee for 2017
2d Establish Meeting Dates for 2017
2e Establish Interest to be charged on delinquent taxes and water-sewer utility bills
2f Establish 6% penalty for Tax Delinquencies over $10,000.00
2g Authorization for Council to administer ABC licenses & enforce state statutes
2h Designation of newspapers to be used for legal ads during 2017
2i Appointment of Christine Riehl as Tax Search Officer for 2017
2j Appointment of Eileen Farrell as Assessment Search Officer for 2017
2k Appointment of Kathryn Beno as Deputy Finance Officer for 2017
2l Appointment of Janet Mutter as Deputy Municipal Clerk for 2017
2m Appointment of John Trout as Certified Principal Public Works Manager for 2017
2n Appointment of Janet Mutter as Deputy Registrar for 2017
2o Appointment of Karen Mills as Alternate Deputy Registrar for 2017
2p Appointment of Clinton Daniel as Deputy Emergency Mgt Coordinator for 2017
2q Appointment of Municipal Representative (Christine Riehl) & Alternate (Borough Engineer) to Ocean County Community Development Block Grant Committee for 2017
2r Appointment of Christine Riehl as Public Agency Compliance Officer for 2017
2s Appointment of Council liaisons (2) to the Board of Education
2t Appointment of Council liaison to the Chamber of Commerce
2u Appointment of Class I & Class II Special Police Officers, School Crossing Guards, Police Matrons, Parking Enf Officers, P/T Data Entry Clerk & P/T Communications Operators 2017
2v Appointment of Tax Assessor to act as agent on Tax Appeals and Execute Settlements
2w Appointment of Kathryn Beno as Qualified Purchasing Agent and reaffirmation of increase in bid threshold for 2017
2x Authorization to draft Application for Safe & Secure Communities Program for 2017 and appointment of Joseph Michigan as grant coordinator
2y Establishment of fees for special DWI sessions
2z Re-establishment of Petty Cash Funds for 2017
3a Designation of CFO to act as Governing Body Secretary during Budget Workshop sessions
3b Establishment of $10 late fee for late payment of dog license fees
3c Establishment of annual Halloween curfew
3d Establishment of mileage reimbursement rate for 2017
3e Pymt of annual lease fee to State for Rickover Park & open space at junction of Rtes 35 & 88
3f Establishment of Clerk/BA stipends for Council meetings & special Bd of Adj meetings
3g Appointment of Christine Riehl as PERMA Fund Commissioner
3h Appointment of Christine Riehl as Insurance Fund Commissioner and Eileen Farrell as Insurance Fund Deputy Commissioner and Insurance Fund Personnel Administrator
3i Appointment of Eileen Farrell as NJ Civil Service System Administrator
3j Appointment of Karen Mills as Board of Health Officer
3k Re-establishment of OPRA copy and administrative fees for 2017
3l Re-establishment of property tax exemption policy for disabled veterans
3m Re-authorization for CFO to issue hand written checks prior to Governing Body approval
3n Appointment of Karen Mills as Dog Warden for 2017
3o Re-establishment of Parking Machine Refund Policy RE: No Refunds
3p Appointment of Peter Ritchings as Dune Inspector for 2017
3q Designation of records custodians for each department
3r Re-establishment of part-time personnel and salaries for certain employees
3s Re-establishment of Condo Conversion Fee Schedule for 2017
3t Designation of financial institution/auth for Mayor & CFO to act as signatories on Borough accts
3u Re-establishment of miscellaneous water/sewer rates
3v Establishment of annual League of Municipalities policy
3w Authorization for Recreation Committee to accept applications for Summer Program from the parents of children who attend Antrim School, as well as from Borough employees
3x Establishment of Notary fee at $2.50/document
3y Requirement of Purchasing Agent to serve on Finance Committee
3z Requirement of Elected Officials to take one instructional course each year
4a Requirement of additional CFO duties in compliance with DLGS ‘Best Practices’
4b Payment of accrued sick time to M. Ellsworth
4c Appointments to Local Emergency Planning Council
4d Establishment of Local Emergency Planning Council meeting dates
4e Approval of 2017 Salary Resolution
4f Reaffirmation of Borough’s Civil Rights Policy
4g Re-instatement of litter patrol during summer season
4h Re-establishment of W/S ready-to-use charge waiver
4i Auth for the Mayor to execute, as grantee, any easements granting to PPB & 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
4j Re-adoption of Meeting Protocol Policy, with revised Organization Meeting time
4k Designation of depositories for municipal funds during 2017
4l Re-approval of 11 Adopt-A-Spot applications
4m Appointment of J. Bragen-Edly to the P/T position of Recycling Coordinator
4n Approval of PO to Mid-Atlantic Truck Center for Mechanic Diagnostic software ($6,650)
4o Approval of PO to Cherry Valley Tractor Sales for DPW tink claw ($11,999)
5a Approval of exemption from mun. dog/cat license fees for volunteer fire/1st aid personnel
5b Approval of exemption for one bulk pick-up fee/annum for volunteer fire/first aid personnel
5c Approval of exemption from water shut-off/turn-on fees for volunteer fire/first aid personnel
5d Designation of Fire Chief to sign documents and act as liaison for Firefighter Certification
5e Authorization for participation in the volunteer tuition credit program
5f Authorization for emergency services personnel to participate in AFLAC insurance programs
5g Authorization for Municipal Clerk to sign Fire Dept applications before placing on agenda
6a Appointments to Board of Adjustment
6b Appointments to Environmental Commission and Council Liaison
6c Appointments to Recreation Committee and Council Liaison
6d Appointments to Beautification Committee and Council Liaison
6e Appointments to Animal Welfare Committee and Council Liaison
6f Appointments to Shade Tree Advisory Commissions
6g Appointments to Open Space Advisory Committee
6h Appointment of Council Liaison to the Shade Tree Advisory Commission
6i Appointment to Parking Authority
7a Tourism Committee and Council Liaison
7b Planning Board
7c Non-Resident Taxpayers Advisory Committee and Council Liaison
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel (except1o & 5a-g), Cortes (except 1e), Mayer, Toohey,
Migut (except 5a-g), Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel (1o)….NAY
Councilmen Vogel and Migut (5a-g)….ABSTAIN
Councilman Cortes (1e)….RECUSE


Councilman Cortes: wished all a Happy New Year – been great this past year – made up for the previous 3, with healthy discussions instead of unhealthy arguing – congratulated Councilmen Vogel and Toohey – looks forward to having them back – it’s a great team on the dais – did a lot of good things in 2016 – looks forward to a very good 2017 – Council President Mayer will do a great job – congratulated the Fire Department and everyone who was sworn in today.

Councilman Mayer: wished all a Happy New Year – congratulated Councilmen Toohey and Vogel and Mayor Reid on a very successful turnaround – looks forward to a very progressive 2017 – thanked BA/CFO Riehl for all of her help during the year – let’s have a great 2017.

Councilman Migut: congratulated Councilmen Vogel and Toohey on their re-election – if there were an award for the most effective elected official in the State, he would nominate Mayor Reid – congratulated the newly-appointed fire officers – wished them a Happy & Safe New Year, with a lot of new members – wished all Happy New Year and blessings.

Councilman Santanello: been great to get to know the town employees – a great group of hard-working folks, who do a fantastic job with little public notice – congratulated the firemen, particularly the newly-appointed officers – enjoyed getting to know them last year – looks forward to continuing to work with them – congratulated Councilmen Vogel and Toohey, a sharp guy whom he got to know over the past year – Councilman Vogel’s leadership has been fantastic – thanked him for often pointing him in the right direction – there is no greater cheerleader for PPB than Mayor Reid, the perfect Mayor for PPB – his conversation with the governing body has always been focused on what is best for PPB – very little politics but a lot of policy – is honored to work with all of them – thanked and wished all a Happy New Year.

Mayor Reid: invited all to Martell’s after the meeting.

Motion by Councilman Vogel to adjourn was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by consent of Council.

Meeting was adjourned at 12:31PM.

ATTEST: ____________________________________
Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk

Published January18, 2017 | Council Minutes | 2475

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