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January 17, 2017

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Reid called the caucus to order at 6:32PM. Present were Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Migut and Santanello. Councilmen Vogel was absent. Councilman Toohey arrived at 6:35PM. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Flag Salute & Invocation

CAUCUS: Requests from communications companies for consent to locate and operate in municipal right-of-ways were explained, with no Council action taken.

• Bill Flanagan, Tilson Technology Management: gave handouts – statewide project for Verizon to upgrade wireless service (Councilman Toohey arrived at 6:35PM) – required by statute to obtain consent – project entails installing 2- to 3-foot-high network nodes – antennae, mounted to the top of wooden utility poles, would be interconnected by fiber optic cable back to an existing cell tower – designed to augment the tower – would improve service and enhance data transmission – additional infrastructure is needed to accommodate demand and forthcoming 5G networks – Verizon's engineers would design a system – don't yet know how many antennae are needed – would use existing or new structures – have pole attachment agreement with JCP&L – in NJ, they have the right to operate in public right-of-way without paying recurring fee – would pay one-time upfront engineering and legal fees – utility companies typically have a pole placement agreement – their draft resolution states that everything is subject to local, State and Federal permits and laws – prefer open-ended agreements – shortest term is about 10 years – have worked in northern NJ, now in Monmouth County and southern NJ – Long Branch, Deal, Asbury Park, Sayreville and Bound Brook have poles – typical poles with nodes are just under 40 feet – prefer to locate on existing poles, taking power from existing sources – they would pay for their 110V/20 amp electricity – would be a utility cabinet and electric meter on the pole, with cabinet about 10-20 feet off the ground – upon consent, would return with plans – would provide required traffic control devices.
• Mary Devlin & Greg DeStefano, Network Building & Consulting (NB&C): gave handouts – hired by Verizon Wireless to reach out to municipalities for any required real estate leasing and permitting – different scope of work than Tilson’s – been assigned 2 search rings in PPB – around Little Silver Lake and Lake Louise – trying to find sites for small cell antennae, a.k.a. polygons, about 24-inches-tall – on top of existing phone, light, utility or traffic poles – equipment boxes are on poles, off the ground – have agreements in Scranton & Wilkes Barre, PA – goal is 9-10 nodes, depending where coverage is needed – in PPB, would place about every 2-3 blocks – want to pursue agreement with PPB, not JCP&L, paying annual rent – could replace silver light poles and put antennae on top (Bell Atlantic, Verizon or JCP&L owns them) – would pay for new pole, give it to PPB and do all the work – would be 18-19 poles – anticipate revenue of $26K/year for nodes over initial 5-year lease, which would auto-renew 4 times – could be $660K over 25 years with 2% escalation/year – would meet EMF standards (can get engineer studies) – 3-feet-high x 2-feet-wide control box at every node – located on grass between sidewalk and street (Mayor Reid: has problem with boxes in residential areas) – would consider Base Flood Elevation (Engineer Savacool: at Little Silver Lake, lowest point in town, would be at least 7 feet to bottom of electrical cabinet) – would bring engineers, construction manager and radio frequency engineer to the sight and send lease exhibit plan for review after design visit – would enhance wireless coverage for customers, visitors, emergency services and police – Verizon is at the forefront – will see this from other carriers – believes other carriers would use different nodes, as there is only one antenna/node.
• Shea Sennett, Mobilitie, LLC: distributed packets with propriety information (returned to her after the meeting) – doing same thing as Verizon but, as a product company, they serve all cell phone companies, except Verizon – installing transport and small cell sites – using a hybrid backhaul system – transports are connected to a backhaul fiber – small cell systems are not – transports speak to the small cells via UE relay and microwave – enables services and connectivity in places where fiber can’t be placed – much lower cost, as not boring fiber – looking to install 4 sites in PPB – three 35- to 75-foot small cell sites and one 120-foot transport tower – this is Phase 1 of 3 – lower probability of a large number of sites – majority of sites were released upfront – deploying more than 70,000 sites across the U.S. – serve more than one carrier on their towers at once – use much higher frequency than current cell towers, allowing for a much stronger signal and much better connectivity – prepping for 5G and for apps like Pokιmon GO that overload the system – want to exceed current needs and meet future needs – could co-locate PPBs emergency systems on their towers or build additional ones – would install while their trucks are there – would put street lights and video cameras on poles – will consider all suggestions – not boring into the streets – would maintain their poles – would move pole at no cost, if necessary, for road widening, etc. – do not service the end user, so could not offer the money that NB&C can – could do a franchise agreement for a certain amount per pole plus administrative costs, application fees, etc. – willing to work with the town on lower poles heights, etc. – are regulated by the Board of Public Utilities.
Caucus ended at 7:10PM

Mayor Reid called the regular meeting to order at 7:30PM. Present were Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut and Santanello. Councilman Vogel arrived at 7:58PM. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Flag Salute

Motion by Councilman Migut to approve the December 20, 2016 and January 1, 2017 Council meeting minutes was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel….ABSENT


Mayor Reid presented a proclamation to Peter Renner upon his Board of Adjustment resignation, after which, Mr. Renner said a few words.



Sixth, Seventh and Eighth graders from Antrim Elementary School Gifted & Talented/Enrichment Program presented their service projects – iMovies and literature regarding what to do “Before, During and After the Storm,” for use on the PPB Mobile App and web site. (Councilman Vogel arrived at 7:58PM)

Mayor Reid called for a 5-minute break.

Councilman Toohey gave a presentation and led a discussion on a proposed skate park – skating is an extension of surfing and PPB is a surfing community – would provide a safe environment and reduce illicit behavior and damage to public property – capital outlay would equal the amount spent to resurface the tennis courts, necessitated by kids skating on them – skating provides physical and mental health benefits and human interaction – it is an inherently unsupervised activity – would bring positive economic value, as skaters would patronize local business – concrete parks are quieter than pre-fab and outlast them, resulting in pride of ownership – are thousands nationwide – no longer a novelty – they are like landscape architecture and complement the community with a core group of community members taking care of them – proposed location is 7,800 sq. ft. at the east end of Little Silver Lake, one of the town’s most buffered areas – fits into the character of that area – has discussed it extensively with the Borough Engineer – would have to be graded – when driving by, would see undulating landscaped moguls – a Federally-funded study found relatively low incidents of injury compared to ball sports – study recommended building a park if there are a lot of skaters, otherwise they come in contact with automobiles – study had significant public policy impacts – spoke to the Joint Insurance Fund (JIF) – would present no increase to PPB’s liability insurance premium – there is greater liability for municipalities without a park – JIF would want to be involved with the design, rules and regulations – not inexpensive – estimates are $400-500K – does not intend to pass that entire total onto PPB – don’t have the tax base – alternate funding streams, such as corporate partnerships, fundraisers, private sponsorship and donations have been used all over the country – hurdles, that can be designed around, include wetlands, buffering and drainage issues – must abide by the Floodplain Management Plan – Borough Engineer thinks DEP site plan approval, needed to go after funding, can be obtained – last night, there was a meeting with the Open Space and Recreation Committees – it was a split decision – proposes taking initial $30K from Open Space funds to design the park and have DEP approval in hand (Councilman Migut: asked if other locations, like the northern corner of the railroad lot, are being considered) no – most support has been for Little Silver Lake lot (Councilman Migut: asked if he would pose the possibility to Engineer Savacool) there was a vetting process – Little Silver Lake lot location is the most advisable.

The following PPB residents spoke in favor of a skate park:

Daniel Mercuro, PPB: grew up in PPB – been skating for 33 years in 20 states – park can beautify the town – lot of people quit skating because they were tired of driving to a park – skating is a good, healthy activity – brings generations together – if a crummy park is built, everybody loses – when people are involved from the beginning, they won't let others ruin it.
Ken Montalbano, PPB: 15 years ago, there was a different perspective on skating and surfing – PPB is a surfing town and skating is becoming a big thing – people who are old-school don’t understand skating – skaters are high-level athletes, similar to football and baseball players – should give kids more opportunities to pursue dreams other than mainstream sports.
Tyler Spader, PPB: grew up in PPB – less concerned with skate park noise than sewage station odor – lake is too shallow for boat ramps – 100% for it – he and his 7-year old daughter would use it.
Dan Murray, PPB: good idea – investment in kids – where they connect with friends in healthy sport – had an unfair rap 25 years ago, but is now mainstream – lot of private sector backing.
Brendan Tighe, PPB: grew up in PPB – skater and surfer – runs surf camp – when waves are small, tells kids skateboarding should be their best friend – would be nice to have a place for kids to practice.
Abe Toohey, PPB: should make the skate park – it's a good idea.

The following non-residents spoke in favor of a skate park:

Aidan Danza, Pt. Pleasant: would be great – no vandalism in Ocean City skate park – people who vandalize don't want to wear pads and helmets – those who do are good people, who mean well.
Rebecca Colclough, Spring Lake: worked at Surf Taco for 10 years – doesn't skate, but friends and employees do – when kids have to find places to skate, they get in trouble – she and her friends don't go out in PPB anymore – they go to Asbury Park – Surf Taco has been thinking about ways to make money and get kids involved – skating teaches responsibility – kids and adults need a safe, clean place to skate.
TR Devaney, Brielle: a parent who spent his life skating – children following in his footsteps – skate park fits the town – has a California flavor – finding money privately won't be an issue – will get kids off iPads and in open space – not enough outdoor activity for kids – culture is growing and is not going to die – would get police more engaged in the community with kids and vice versa.
James (unknown address): asked if there will be bikes/scooter kids who wreck the ramps and fight.
(Name inaudible), Pt. Pleasant: need police to open the Boro park everyday – they are busy – sometimes it doesn’t open due to weather – in Long Branch, kids under 17 must wear helmets – would like a good, close environment – won’t be destroyed if skaters are proud of it – lots of kids take lessons.

The following residents spoke in opposition to a skate park:

Vince Castin, PPB: as a taxpayer and resident, he places more scrutiny on it – can't compare towns – $500K is a ridiculous amount of money and will attract people from other areas – fails to see economic value – will have negative effect on property value – will have to be patrolled.
Kristin Hennessy, PPB: a teacher and child advocate – admires kids’ civic participation, but must think about who will pay for this – 15 years ago, overwhelming opposition to one in Pleasure Park divided the town – 5-6 years ago, children played on people's emotions and Council voted to spend $3/4 Million on Little League field renovations – now it's a mess – $30K is a lot of money – could be persuaded if it could be built without impacting residences – belongs in an industrial complex in Lakewood or Neptune or maybe behind DPW next to the tracks – not environmentally-compatible with Little Silver Lake – Open Space members don’t support it – PPB Boro officials wish they could get rid of their skate park – can't even get kids to wear bicycle helmets here – concerned about maintenance costs and burden on police – resident kids will be overtaken by big kids or adults from other places – can’t guarantee an age minimum that would warrant a parent on site – should be a private venture and those in favor should explore the property for sale behind Good Year Tire Craft – Open Space money should be used on maintaining current investments or buying property – tonight is not representative of the public – recommended putting this out to referendum in November, which is often done when talking about Open Space money.

Mayor Reid called for a 5-minute break.


Councilman Cortes: agrees with ZO Petrillo on the curb cut request at 108 Niblick Street – approval at 13’ was added as item 3n.


Councilman Vogel: spoke about Shade Tree activities and highlights from their 2016 annual report – committee does an outstanding job with dedicated volunteers – almost 1,100 volunteer hours were spent; there is a new positive mindset at the Chamber – they want to be an active part of the community; spoke about the possibility of a food truck at the Inlet rest area to offset tax loss at the property – could put out an RFP, with parameters on it so it does not impact other businesses – can discuss with the Open Space Committee and Planning Board.

Councilman Cortes: recognized employee anniversaries for January – Eileen Farrell 13 years, Robert Dikun, 28 years, Derek O’Neill, 18 years.

Councilman Mayer: Non-resident Taxpayers Advisory Committee (NRTAC) met on Saturday – their 4th annual meeting is at Antrim on June 10th – asked Councilman Vogel to encourage Chamber participation; BA/CFO Riehl has closed the books and rolled over to the new year – Annual Debt Statement is due January 31st and Annual Financial Statement February 10th – didn't regenerate surplus – asked if BA/CFO Riehl to provide him information on Open Space debt; BA/CFO Riehl is making progress on State reimbursement for the dunes (Attorney Riordan: is making progress with the Deputy Attorney General); spoke about 2v – asked BA/CFO Riehl for an explanation of how County Health levy is applied; asked that item 3j be held until February (Engineer Savacool: number of changes necessitated new plans and extension of funds on base bid) asked Engineer Savacool to see if there is any leeway; asked Councilman Vogel if he is comfortable with item 3l (Councilman Vogel: yes – it was bonded for).

Councilman Toohey: no report

Councilman Migut: dog license renewals are due in January with $10 penalty after that; Planning Board approved a new business on Route 35S – curb cuts will be taken out and 2 parking spaces added.

Councilman Santanello: met with Chief O’Hara and Lt. Michigan this morning about disturbed individual who barricaded himself in his house yesterday, threatening officers with guns – officers did a fantastic job securing the scene – Bay Head and Pt. Pleasant police and SWAT team were brought in – Chief kept in touch and let him know what was going on – apologized for not getting all information out to the rest of Council – police are to be commended – has been recent police training on incident response to terrorist bombing, special needs mental health and regional SWAT – recent activity includes a drug overdose at a motel, leading to arrests and confiscation of controlled dangerous substances and 2 simple assault reports – department has been looking for second canine to sniff bombs – there is a grant for $35K for canine vehicle – Chief believes we can get the dog for free; Recreation Committee meets next week.

Mayor Reid: NRTAC group is great – great suggestions and open dialogue at the meeting; Shop Local program will be partnering with the Boro, with more people shopping locally; boat race activities will be May 18th-21st with race on Sunday, the 21st – been in discussions with Offshore Powerboat Association – another race in Cocoa Beach, FL is the same day, but Miss Geico and the big boats will be coming to PPB – Miss Geico will match whatever money is raised – will work with Jersey Mike’s, the sponsor – Atlantic City race will not be taking place, so money that would go to Atlantic City will now go to PPB; Chamber dinner was well attended – they had a good year.

BA/CFO Riehl: Altec, the contractor, is requesting a start time of 7AM to work on the New Jersey Avenue bath house rehabilitation – authorization was added as 3o.

The Clerk announced additions/revisions to the agenda.


Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: spoke about the caucus presentations – when on Council, he was approached by Verizon employees about fiber optics to eliminate copper lines – lot of issues – medical equipment can’t attach to it – suspicious that what is currently being requested could be a prelude to that.
Vince Castin, PPB: asked if any headway on moving cell tower; asked about 2y & 1q; questioned some appointments from the January 1st meeting; opposes 3o.


Motion by Councilman Toohey to close public participation and approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
1a Appointment of newly-appointed 1st Aid Capt Schliep to LEPC to replace former Capt. Meaney
1b Approval of Banner Permit Application for Chamber Sidewalk Sales, 5/1-22 & 7/21-8/14
1c Approval of amendments to Resolutions 2017-0101 1B, 2Z, 6G and 7A
1d Approval and authorization for Mayor to sign the Shade Tree 2016 Annual Report
1e Approval of payment of Payroll #26 ($244,043.68) and #1 ($268,710.33)
1f Approval of Social Affair Permit Application for PPB Public Education Fdn event on 2/3/17
1g Approval of bulk pick-up dates for 2017
1h Approval of Banner Permit Application for OC Columbus Day Parade Cmte, 9/15-30/17
1i Authorization to cancel Verizon credit and transfer to MRNA ($2,728.16)
1j Approval of payment to Denise Sweet from BOA escrow accounts ($200)
1k Approval of payment to State of NJ for employee & retiree health benefits ($142,096.20)
1l Approval of payment to Galvin Law Firm from BOA & Pl Bd escrow accounts ($227.50)
1m Approval of taxi vehicle licenses for Briggs Transportation (13)
1n Cancellation of 1st and 2nd Quarter 2017 taxes for Block 32/Lot 1
1o Release of performance bond, letter of credit & inspection fees for Block 72/Lot 13
1p Approval of PO to Eagle Point Gun for police ammunition ($6,088.74)
1q Authorization to execute Schedule C agreement
1r Approval of Change Order #1 to M. Woszczak for Inlet Dr Water Sewer Replacement ($3,974)
1s Approval of employee insurance opt-outs for July-Dec 2016 ($23,098.86)
1t Release of de-watering bond from developer escrow account for 501 Maryland Ave
1u Award of 3-year contract to Muskrat Jack for animal control services
1v Approval of Water/Sewer adjustments
1w Approval of PO to Van Wickle Auto Supply for yearly auto parts for DPW ($3,107.33)
1x Approval of PO to Coastal Cleaning for floor cleaning for 2017 ($5,400)
1y Approval of PO to Cherry Valley Tractor for 2017 DPW tractor parts ($3K)
1z Approval of PO to Atlantic Salt for 2017 DPW de-icing material ($5K)
2a Approval of payment to BTMUA for December bulk water usage ($47,631.92)
2b Approval of payment to Service Tire Truck Center for DPW truck tires ($4,612.60)
2c Approval of PO to RN DeMaio for 2017 DPW janitorial supplies ($6K)
2d Approval of PO to Point Hardware for 2017 DPW repair parts & paint ($4K)
2e Approval of PO to the OC Landfill for 2017 tipping fee escrow ($60K)
2f Approval of PO to Newark Brush Company for 2017 sweeper brooms ($6K)
2g Approval of PO to Hutchinson Plumbing & Heating for 2017 plumbing & heating services ($6K)
2h Approval of PO to Glenco for 2017 DPW sign material ($3,500)
2i Approval of PO to Federal Elevator for elevator services for 2017 ($3K)
2j Approval of PO to Fastenal for 2017 DPW shop equipment ($2,500)
2k Approval of PO to F&C Automotive for 2017 DPW auto parts ($6K)
2l Approval of PO to Edwards Tire for 2017 DPW tires & repairs ($2,500)
2m Approval of PO to Winzer Corp for 2017 DPW shop supplies ($3K)
2n Approval of PO to Van Wickle Auto Supply for 2017 DPW auto parts ($6k)
2o Approval of PO to Turbo Electric for 2017 electrical work ($2,500)
2p Approval of PO to Tennant Company for 2017 DPW sweeper parts & service ($3K)
2q Approval of PO to Solitude Lake Management for 2017 lake treatments ($3,500)
2r Approval of PO to Service Tire & Truck for 2017 DPW rims, tires & repairs ($6K)
2s Approval of PO to Riggins for 2017 DPW fuel ($60K)
2t Approval of payment to the PPB Bd of Ed for February allocation ($1,002,113)
2u Approval of payment to the PPB Bd of Ed for January allocation & debt service ($1,453,690.50)
2v Approval of pymt to OC for 1st Q tax levy ($2,178,039.53)–AMT REVISED PRIOR TO MTG
2w Approval of pymt to Edmunds & Assoc-software/hardware maint ($12,646)–NAME FIXED AT MTG
2x Approval of payment to Diamond Dave Auto Glass for window repair on Borough truck ($295)
2y Authorization to advertise RFP for concession stand/bath house lease/operation
2z Approval of Change Order # 1/Final to Allstate Power Vac- Emergency Sewer project (-$4,453.70)
3a Approval of pymt to Allstate Power Vac-Hot Water Cured In Place Emerg Sewer project ($6,666.52)
3b Approval of payment to Ronald Sutton for OC tax appeal judgement – 301 Philadelphia ($895.36)
3c Approval of payment to TREC for processing & mailing of tax assessment notices ($1,494.45)
3d Approval of payment to Mitchell Humphrey for annual FastTracGov software fees ($4,680)
3e Approval of payment to County of Ocean for added & omitted assessments ($45,109.32)
3f Approval of payment to NJDCA State training fees ($6,667)
3g Approval of payment to NJ Treasurer for Marriage/Civil Union License fees ($250)
3h Approval of payment to NJ Treasurer for Domestic Partnership License fees ($25)
3i Approval of payment to DMC Assoc for Randall Ave land surveying services ($800)
3k Approval of payment to F&C Auto Supply for December DPW auto parts ($6,560.85)
3l Approval of PO to Sensus Metering Syst - water meters ($36,912)–AMT REV. PRIOR TO MTG
3m Authorization to apply for NJ DOT FY 2017 State Aid for Parkway, from Baltimore to Ocean Aves
3n Approval of curt cut request at 108 Niblick St (13’) – PER DH MEMOS
3o Authorization for Altec to start work on Bath House at 7AM instead of 8AM – PER DH MEMOS
4a Approval of computer-generated vouchers ($83,258.42)
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel (except 1f), Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello (except 3o)….YEA
Councilman Vogel (2f)….ABSTAIN
Councilman Santanello (3o)….NAY
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 4a with which Council has conflicts.


Ordinance 2017-01 (Amend Chapter XIX - Definitions & Encroachments) was introduced on first reading. Motion by Councilman Vogel to approve Ordinance 2017-01 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on February 7, 2017.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA

Ordinance 2017-02 (Amend Chapter XIX – Definitions, Provisions Applicable for all Zoning Districts, Fences, Walls & Sight Triangles, Driveways & Yards) was introduced on first reading. Motion by Councilman Migut to approve Ordinance 2017-02 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on February 7, 2017.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA


Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked about street lights that are out; and when the vandalism at the flag pole at Niblick and Boston will be repaired.


Motion to adjourn by Councilman Toohey was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by consent of Council. Meeting was adjourned at 9:56PM.

Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk

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