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March 7, 2017

Council Meeting Minutes

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

Flag Salute & Invocation

Clerk announced revision to the February 21, 2017 Council meeting minutes.
Motion by Councilman Migut to approve the February 21, 2017 Council meeting minutes, as revised, was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel….ABSENT


Councilman Cortes: announced March employee anniversaries – Ernie Errico 17 years, John Flynn 17, Kevin Napalo 17, Bill Popp 7, Paschal Drew 13, Scott Nase 11, Kevin O’Hara 31, Ita Brown 5; bath house renovation is on schedule; 2 unused tank removals at the water plant (item 1v) are for extra space to park vehicles; removed dead brush and trees by the tracks – might put up a white vinyl fence; Beautification Committee is ordering flowers and preparing for boat parade – making sure mulch is ready for them; Environmental Commission will hold a public presentation on March 15th on Landscaping with Native Plants, with speakers from Barnegat Bay Partnership and Rutgers (Councilman Migut: was surveyed about bath house color – he votes for sand; BA/CFO Riehl: will be white, red and gunstock).

Councilman Mayer: requested 2 more quotes as qualification to item 1v – consensus to add; BA/CFO Riehl is working hard on the budget – asked if Governing Body’s wants a budget workshop – all agreed – authorization to re-notice the March 14th workshop date at 7PM was added as item 3g.

Councilman Toohey: asked that item 1u be held at request of Councilman Vogel and Shade Tree Commission – consensus to hold; former Risden’s lot generates $177.00 annually, 6AM-8AM – would like to move forward with free parking during that time – authorization for Attorney to draft an ordinance, amending the parking ordinance to allow this, was added as item 2c); Board of Fire Officers requested extending applicants’ residency requirement from contiguous municipalities to 7-mile radius (Attorney Riordan: will check statute; consensus to introduce Ordinance 2017-05 by title); Inlet bulkhead is in disrepair – authorization for Engineer to draft a letter to hasten DEP review of Borough’s plans was added as item 2e (Mayor Reid: will call tomorrow to see if Commissioner can help); clarified skate park issues – agrees and disagrees and is deeply troubled by both sides – his motivation is that kids need a safe place to explore their passions – reviewed Silver Lake lot location at length with Governing Body and Engineer – didn't pull it out of a hat – are significant environmental concerns with the area, so the first step is application to the DEP – per the Engineer, there is no storm water management issue – received information on Friday that would make fundraising for a CAFRA permit for that location irresponsible - Chief expressed concerns – agrees with Mayor Emeritus Pasola’s comments at last meeting that police are cast in a poor light – won't politicize those opinions – still thinks it’s right for the town – hot bed of talent and skill in this community has been ignored – skateboarding and surfing are not counterculture – they are in the 2020 Olympics – unhappy with the comment that the park would be a drug haven – committed from the beginning that this would not cost taxpayer dollars and that Pleasure Park is off the table – stands behind his statements and actions – anonymous threats and accusations need to stop – could have called or knocked on his door instead of casting dispersion on his character and motivations – disappointed the community has stooped to this level – have a higher moral standard in this town.

Councilman Migut: announced the Animal Welfare Committee spring fundraiser at The Ark, April 23rd, 4PM-7PM with tickets available through Community Endowment Fund Secretary Mills; asked the Mayor to contact Planning Board Clerk Mills, about a member who has missed the statutorily-mandated number of meetings for dismissal and will be replaced; read a statement in opposition to the skate park, from a Floodplain Management perspective, and referred to a plaque the Borough received from FEMA for successful participation in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System.

Councilman Santanello: police training is ongoing – Bay Head donated a surplus 2012 Chevy Tahoe with 8,000 miles to the police department, in reciprocation for letting them use our radio frequency – great example of neighbor helping neighbor – also obtaining a used Jeep Wrangler for the School Resource Officer, completely funding by donations – detective provided instruction at the Academy – canine officer Tyson, acquired this weekend, starts training with handler/partner, PO Boturla March 13th; Recreation Committee Easter Egg Hunt is April 8th – need a new Summer Park Director – Mayors trophy games are tomorrow at Antrim – read a letter from Chairman Hennessy and the Recreation Committee about the skate park – stated that he is offended by the demonizing of an entire group of people/children.

Mayor Reid: time to begin application with Congressman Smith’s office to acquire the old Coast Guard Station – will fight hard to get that.

BA/CFO Riehl: no report.

The Municipal Clerk announced revisions to the agenda.


Eileen Levis, PPB: disagrees with skate park – quaint community with no movie theaters, bowling alley or skating rink – losing identity – deteriorating summer quality of life and reputation – focus on projects that benefit the entire community – can’t see park providing economic prosperity – heard that big kids take over – creates headaches for law enforcement – can work privately on more amusement facilities.
PPB Mayor Emeritus Pasola: Borough used to have movie theaters and bowling alley; suggested a different cell tower location; respects Councilman Toohey, his conviction and what he wants to do, but there is no place in PPB for a California-style skate park – when Pleasure Park was proposed by the Recreation Committee years ago, Governing Body listened to the people – asked for confirmation that the issue is dead – believes kids are good, but all it takes is 2 or 3 from another town to cause problems – doesn't remember Council ever going against the police department.
Elia Desruisseaux, PPB: lives across from cell tower and proposed skate park – lot of comments of wanting town to be as it used to be – is new here – loves the rainbow of people – lived in Ridgewood where there was a skate park – in busy months, traffic is insane – concerned about kids skating to the park; asked that cell tower be made more attractive; suggested more garbage cans on the north side of Arnold this summer – can put one in front of her house.
Vince Castin, PPB: agrees with Mayor Emeritus Pasola – assumes skate park is off the table – complimented Councilman Toohey’s zeal – suggested a flag on the cell tower; asked about 1z and 1x.
Kristin Hennessy, PPB: is sorry the skate park opponents’ presence and comments, based on media reports, have disturbed some of the Governing Body – summarizes some anxiety on both sides – asked for confirmation that the proposal is dead and the cost of the CAFRA permit – had no idea there was an organized movement on social media to support this – read that there was to be a big meeting tonight, a vote was being taken and a private donor had come forward – best to get information from the Governing Body – hopes there are no hard feelings (Mayor Reid: Councilman Toohey did everything right – open and transparent – way too expensive – Governing Body was never going to ask residents to pay for it).
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: echoed Mayor’s praise of Councilman Toohey’s procedures and protocol – thanked Councilman Migut for his research on FEMA and the effects on town; asked about 1n.
Elaine Hennessy, PPB: confused about whether the skate park is a go; asked what’s happening with the old Coast Guard Station; asked why vegetation along the tracks was removed – vinyl fence is tacky and would block vision – suggested going to Island Beach State Park for landscaping ideas.
Mona Waivada, PPB: disturbed by perceived out-of-towner influence on Council regarding the skate park – they'd get all the benefits and no negatives – asked if residents' opinions are valued most.


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 Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps on 4/22 and 10/21
1b Approval of payment to Pitney Bowes for pre-paid postage ($3K)
1c Approval of payment to Sensus Metering Systems for water meters ($36,912)
1d Approval of payment to Galvin Law Firm from BOA & Pl Bd escrow accounts
1e Approval of payment to T&M Assoc from Developer escrow account
1f Approval of payment to D. Sweet from BOA escrow account
1g Approval of payment of Payroll #5 ($242,560.75)
1h Approval of PO to Van Wickle Auto Supply for 2017 police vehicle parts ($8K)
1i Approval of PO to McNamara Screen Print for 2017 PD uniform supplies ($15K)
1j Approval of PO to Quill Corp for 2017 police office supplies ($5K)
1k Approval of PO to Pt Pleasant Bicycle for 2017 police bike parts & repairs ($5K)
1l Approval of S/E application & S/E fee waiver for Chamber Ladies Night Out, 7/13
1m Approval of S/E app & S/E fee waiver for Chamber stand on Bdwlk, Memorial Day-Labor Day
1n Approval of S/E application & S/E fee waiver for Chamber Walk the Arts, 6/3
1o Approval of payment to State of NJ for March employee & retiree health benefits ($144,692.48)
1p Approval of PO to Meridian Health for 25 SLEO I candidate physicals ($6,875)
1q Approval of PO to Plainfield Consultation Ctr for 25 SLEO I candidate testing ($7,375)
1r Approval of payment to Eagle Point Gun for police ammunition ($6,088.74)
1s Approval of PO to Surfside Electric to upgrade electrical box for Seafood Fest ($2,617.50)
1t Authorization for Engineer to bid Reconstruction of Harvard Ave project
1v Authorization to remove 2 ground tanks at water plant, upon receipt of 2 more quotes (NTE $24K) – REVISED PER CMTE RPTS
1w Authorization to move forward with EIT funding for the W/S Metering project
1x Approval of payment of Pay Cert 1 to Altec Bldg Syst for Bath House Rehab work ($146,126.06)
1y Approval of W/S relief adjustment
1z Authorization to sign retirement agreement, upon approval of Borough Attorney – REVISED UPON ATTY’S ADVICE
2a Appointment of 13 SLEOs Class 1
2b Auth to allow Coast Guard 10 temporary parking spots on Inlet Dr, while lot is under construction
2c Auth Atty to draft amendment to parking ord to allow free parking in Risden’s lot 6AM-8AM – ADDED PER CMTE RPTS
2d Approval of PO/Pymt to All Time Auto Body for used jeep for police DARE vehicle ($15,792.28) – ADDED PER BA/CFO
2e Auth for Eng to send letter to DEP to hasten bulkhead plan review – ADDED PER CMTE RPTS
2f Auth to formally accept gift of vehicle from Bay Head to Borough (and send Thank You letter) – ADDED UPON ATTY’S ADVICE
2g Authorization to re-notice Budget Workshop on 3/14 at 7PM – ADDED PER CMTE RPTS
3a Approval of computer-generated vouchers ($112,265.43)
3b Approval of payment to Alcomm Technologies for 10 pagers for Ocean Fire Co No 1 ($4,184)
3c Approval of PO to Airpower Int’l for annual service contract for Fire Dept ($3,813)
3d Authorization to turn title of 1993 Chevy Van back to Fire Co No 2 – ADDED PER BA/CFO
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut (except 3b-3d), Santanello….YEA
Councilman Migut (3b-3d)….ABSTAIN
Councilman Vogel….ABSENT
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 3a with which Council has conflicts.


Ordinance 2017-03 (Amend Ch. VI, Section 7–Taxi License Term) 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 2017-03 on second reading was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel….ABSENT

Ordinance 2017-04 (Refunding Bond Ordinance) was introduced on first reading. Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve Ordinance 2017-04 on first reading, as well as RESOLUTION 4: Passage of ordinance and authorization for Clerk to publish notice of introduction and time & place of public hearing, was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on April 4, 2017.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel….ABSENT

Ordinance 2017-05 (Amend Ch 2-13 – Extend Fire Co Applicant Residency Radius to 7 Miles) was introduced, by title, on first reading. Motion by Councilman Toohey to approve Ordinance 2017-05 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on March 21, 2017.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel….ABSENT


Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked about notification of repaired street lights – some are still out; against free parking at the former Risden's lot.


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 March22, 2017 | Council Minutes | 2516

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