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April 4, 2017

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Reid called the meeting to order at 6:37PM. Present were Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Migut and Santanello. Councilmen Vogel arrived in time for the regular meeting and left at 8:11PM. Councilman Toohey was absent. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

The Municipal Clerk read the Resolution for Executive Session.
Motion by Councilman Migut to enter Executive Session to discuss 1 Personnel matter was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by consent of Council.

CLOSED SESSION BEGAN AT 6:37PM AND ENDED AT 7:00PM

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

FLAG SALUTE & INVOCATION

Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve the March 21, 2017 Council meeting minutes was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by consent of Council.

OATH OF OFFICE:

Municipal Clerk Farrell presented the Oath of Office to Joseph A. Michigan, Chief of Police. Chief Michigan thanked his friends and family for sharing the moment with him – looks forward to leading the police department and is excited about the future.

MAYOR REID CALLED A 5-MINUTE RECESS

PROCLAMATIONS:

Mayor Reid presented a proclamation to Matthew Willbergh, Branch Manager-Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean County Library, in commemoration of National Library Week.
Mayor Reid presented a proclamation to Patricia Sullivan, Woman’s Club of Point Pleasant, in commemoration of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

DEPARTMENT HEAD MEMOS/DISCUSSION:

Councilman Cortes addressed curb cut requests at 149 Ocean (approval, with condition, added as item 2j) and 30-34 Central (approval added as item 2k) – agrees with ZO Petrillo on both.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Councilman Vogel: Shade Tree Commission offered assistance with planting trees and shrubs around Borough Hall – cherry trees planted downtown last year are starting to bloom; Chamber has updated their web site – there is an Easter Egg Hunt April 15th at downtown stores with prizes awarded.

Councilman Cortes: recognized employee anniversary for April – Chris Burger, 15 years; Beautification Committee discussed flowers for barrels – Co-chairman Mecca supplied the PPBHS Graphic Arts Department with wood and the students painted "Maintained by the Beautification Committee" signs to place at gardens around town – gazebo by the Post Office needs paint and the railings are in disrepair – Boardwalk benches also need repair (BA/CFO Riehl: needs pictures and the names on the benches to track down owners – have a certain amount of time to fix them or they will be removed; Mayor Reid there is a group in town that wants to volunteer – can have them paint the gazebo – asked Councilman Cortes to supervise); Environmental Commission ordered 2 benches that were installed at Randall and at Boston; bath house is on schedule – bids were opened last Friday – have a tenant (BA/CFO Riehl: White Caps Coastal Creamery, owned by resident Curt Leach – $20,100.00 bid – subject to Attorney review); equipment is at the Inlet – 2 consecutive nice days are needed to work on the breach (BA/CFO Riehl: will re-evaluate weather tonight, if not Wednesday & Thursday, Monday &Tuesday).

Councilman Mayer: budget hearing is April 18th – the introduced budget and user friendly version should be posted online and replaced when adopted; Refunding Bond Ordinance on the agenda for 2nd reading – should generate savings; Cap Bank Ordinance is also on; Non-resident Taxpayers Advisory Committee meeting is 9AM on Saturday (was scheduled at 10AM, but that conflicts with the Easter Egg Hunt; Mayor Reid: next one is June 10th); Chairman Sloan has requested that all members of Council attend; asked BA/CFO Riehl to talk to Mr. Leach and locate prior bath house seasonal renters list – wants him to view the business as locker rentals, along with food service – need them to be up and functioning – ordinance to allow free parking at the lot 6AM-8AM should help build the breakfast business.

Councilman Migut: reiterated Animal Welfare Committee spring fundraiser details; Planning Board meets tomorrow with an application for the Borough’s first Thai restaurant; former Councilman Jim Malone, brought to his attention that the American Legion is working with the US WW1 Centennial Commission, taking a census of and cataloging the Country’s WWI memorials in time for its 100th anniversary – they are giving out one hundred $2K grants to organizations, municipalities and individuals to restore a WW1 monument – our monument at the lake, the cannon, was erected in 1977, but the 1928 plaque, refinished in 1977, has some corrosion – asked BA/CFO Riehl to look into applying for a grant – would like to re-name the area in honor of Daniel Hennessy, an Army Veteran and 20-year serving Mayor (Mayor Reid: he is one of the best – there are a couple of other PPB war heroes to talk about also).

Councilman Santanello: Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday; Recreation Committee will have Park Program co-directors this year and eliminate an assistant; Little League fields are being reconditioned with the help of the Schools Superintendent of Grounds – lot of volunteers putting in time; police activity includes SLEO I training, with graduation on April 15th, canine training and a rifle course, arrests for DWI, underage possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana and participation in a County drunk driving campaign; two suspects who confessed to spray painting graffiti on the Inlet wall were arrested after a resident posting on the department’s Facebook page – great example of community enforcement; read a statement from Chief Michigan, thanking the Governing Body, Borough Administrator, Borough Clerk and Borough Attorney for supporting his appointment – looks forward to working with all.

Mayor Reid: read a statement regarding the $90K settlement with a previous employee, “We support all of our Borough employees. In this instance, our insurance carrier, together with Council hired by the insurance company, determined it was better to settle the lawsuit then to continue the litigation. If you look at the length of service of our employees, it is self-evident of our positive work environment.” – want to be sure everyone knows that the Governing Body supports our employees at all times; Inlet hole is getting worse – was hoping to start work tomorrow – the longer we wait, the worse it gets; the bath house is really coming along – is in line for a locker; had another Boat Race Committee meeting last week – going very well will be bigger and better than last year – racers are looking forward to it – weekend activities will start with a fundraiser at the Wharfside Patio and downtown block party on Friday, pits will be open on Saturday with a Rotary fundraiser and parade at 5PM and 2-3 races on Sunday (Councilman Vogel left the meeting at 8:11PM); received a call from the Army Band – will have a performance on Saturday, July 1st at 7PM at the band shell – band has more than 30 people – trying to work out some concession – maybe VFW can participate – asked The Ocean Star reporter for a write-up.

BA/CFO Riehl: an award of contract for Harvard Avenue Improvements is on the agenda – had a $325K DOT grant – bid came in at $273K – will be able to apply for up to 15% of engineering inspection fees to be covered by the grant; curve will be done as well, and right in front of Yale at Baltimore.

The Municipal Clerk announced additions and revisions to the agenda.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION BEGAN AT 8:15PM.

Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked about item 2a (Councilman Migut stepped out briefly).
Vince Castin, PPB: latest issue of VFW Magazine is dedicated solely to WWI – will send to Councilman Migut; asked for total cost of bath house and about item 1p.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ENDED AT 8:19PM.

Councilman Migut: Councilman Vogel had requested holding item 2e, requesting RFPs and revisiting next meeting (Attorney Riordan: advised against it – this is a specialized field – Mr. Surenian is the leading expert in the State, lives in Point Pleasant and, though he is taking no new work, has graciously agreed to do it – an excellent opportunity – he is needed right now – recently, the Appellate Division decided State v. Walsh, in favor of PPB – case argued that our parking system was unfair and the Borough should have to pay back all the money received for parking tickets for years – crucial to hire COAH Counsel as quickly as possible; Mayor Reid: been a lot of years coming – need to figure out if we are doing it right or wrong – things are happening all over the State – it's serious – takes Attorney Riordan’s recommendation as a good one; Attorney Riordan: Land Use/Zoning Board Attorney Galvin concurs with his recommendation) need a COAH specialist – if we have one of the best in the State at hand, we won’t get a better deal – has questions for him (Attorney Riordan: COAH stands for Council on Affordable Housing – Supreme Court decided in the last month that COAH obligations have not been extinguished and there was a long period when municipalities were vulnerable; Councilman Cortes: dealt with a lot of Affordable Housing at Comcast – it is very important and timely).
Councilman Cortes: asked about Attorney’s review of item 1w (Attorney Riordan: towing contracts are fine – he drafted them 3 years ago – no changes to the law or the language).
Motion by Councilman Mayer to close public participation and approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 1:
1a Authorization for Borough to request a free 63rd Army Band concert on 7/1, 7PM at band shell
1b Approval of PO for Panasonic Toughbook for police dept ($4,600)
1c Approval of St. Peter Church’s request for waiver of municipal building permit fee ($75)
1d Approval of Hackensack Meridian’s Banner Permit application for banner on Rte 35, /1-5/15
1e Appointment of K. Tighe to Planning Board to fill P. Sheehan’s unexpired term
1f Appointment of A. Gant to Planning board to fill B. Devon Rickman’s unexpired term
1g Approval of payment to Coastal Underwater Svcs for bulkhead inspection and report ($2,600)
1h Approval of payment of Pay Cert #2 to Altec Bldg Syst for bath house rehab work ($114,041.42)
1i Approval of payment to Devo & Assoc for 110 rolls of parking meter paper ($4,130)
1j Approval of payment to All Covered for IT maintenance & support, Apr.-Jun ($4,200)
1k Approval of payment to the OC Treasurer for 2nd Quarter tax levy ($2,178,039.52)
1l Approval of 2 W/S relief requests
1m Approval of PO to Downs Ford for police car parts for 2017 ($2,500)
1n Approval of PO to Eagle Point Gun for police ammunition supplies for 2017 ($20K)
1o Approval of PO to Tire Craft for police vehicle tires & parts for 2017 ($5K)
1p Approval of payment to Winner Ford for 2017 Transit Wagon for the police dept ($27,544)
1q Approval of payment to Guardian Tracking LLC for annual software subscription for PD ($2,520)
1r Approval of payment to Cliffside Body Corp for utility body for DPW truck ($4,786)
1s Appointment of E. Kokotos to the position of P/T Public Safety Telecommunicator
1t Approval of 2 taxi driver licenses for Briggs Transportation
1u Approval of payment of Payroll #6 ($243,428.75)
1v Auth for Attorney to draft ordinance amending Ch 9-12, Sched XXI (Handicapped Parking Space)
1w Approval of renewal of Borough’s Towing Agreements (3), subject to Attorney review
1x Auth for Clerk to request Entry Level Law Enf/PO Eligible/Failure Roster from Civil Svc Comm
1y Approval of payment to Aurora Environmental for DPW fuel management system ($30,800)
1z Approval of payment to Riggins for DPW gas & diesel fuel ($16,688.48)
1z Approval of PO to Taylor Communications for electronic PATS tickets for Court ($2,811.60)
CONSENT RESOLUTION 2:
2a Authorize Borough Attorney to prepare an ordinance amending the Residential Parking Pass Program to allow for two (2) passes per household
2b Approval of S/E application & S/E fee waiver for Memorial Day Bike Parade, 5/27 (rain date 5/29)
2c Approval of PO to Devo & Assoc for parking meter displays ($10,198.35)
2d Award of contract to Earle Asphalt for Improvements to Harvard Ave ($273,613.13)
2e Appointment of J. Surenian & Associates as COAH Counsel (NTE $25K)
2f Authorization for maximum number of seasonal taxi licenses to be set at 100
2g Approval of payment to State of NJ for employee & retiree health benefits ($146,339.79)
2h Approval of payment to Whirl Construction for supply and installation of bocce court ($4,570)
2i Authorization for Mayor and Borough Administrator to execute Safety Contract w/OC JIF
2j Approval of 13’ curb cut at 149 Ocean Ave, if BOA grants use variance to use lot as envisioned
– ADDED PER DH MEMOS
2k Approval of 2 repositioned 13’ curb cuts at 30-34 Central Ave – ADDED PER DH MEMOS
3a Approval of hand checks ($1,022.98)
3b Approval of Ocean Fire Co No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary’s request to charge for parking in adjacent lot on Sundays 5/28-9/4, Memorial Day, July 4th & Labor Day
3c Approval of membership for C. Petzold in Ocean Fire Company No. 1
3d Approval of computer-generated vouchers ($261,978.96)
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Migut (except 3b & 3c), Santanello….YEA
Councilman Migut (3b & 3c)….ABSTAIN
Councilmen Vogel, Toohey….ABSENT
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 3a & 3d with which Council has conflicts.
Motion by Councilman Santanello to approve the item listed below was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
RESOLUTION 4: Add to the 4/18 agenda, promotions of Matthew Duffy & Gerald Quaglia to the position of Lieutenant and Robert Kowalewski & Clinton Daniel to the position of Sergeant, effective April 18, 2017 – CLOSED SESSION ITEM
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilmen Vogel, Toohey….ABSENT

ORDINANCES:

Ordinance 2017-04 (Refunding Bond Ordinance) 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 close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2017-04 on second reading was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel, Toohey….ABSENT

Ordinance 2017-06 (Cap Bank) 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 close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2017-06 on second reading was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel, Toohey….ABSENT

Ordinance 2017-07 (Amend Ch. X – Parking Meters & Pay Machines) was introduced on first reading. Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve Ordinance 2017-07 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on April 18, 2017.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel, Toohey….ABSENT

Ordinance 2017-08 (Amend Ch. X11 - State Permit Fees) was introduced on first reading. Motion by Councilman Mayer to approve Ordinance 2017-08 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on April 18, 2017.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel, Toohey….ABSENT

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION BEGAN AT 8:29PM.

Vince Castin, PPB: asked if there has been any movement on the Coast Guard Station; asked when cell tower will be moved and if it can be moved by the Coast Guard Station.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: appreciates Mayor’s comments on the lawsuit, but has seen none in writing – dedicated workers were slandered – outrageous – asked about the settling process (Attorney Riordan: explained – press release was issued, but not published); asked about street lights that are out, vandalized flag pole at Niblick & Baltimore and who has final say on cell tower location.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ENDED AT 8:41PM.

Motion to adjourn by Councilman Mayer was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by consent of Council. Meeting was adjourned at 8:41PM.


ATTEST:__________________________________
Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk


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