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July 18, 2017

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Reid called the meeting to order at 6:32PM. Present were Councilmen Cortes, Migut and Santanello. Councilmen Vogel, Mayer and Toohey were absent. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act: “Adequate notice of the time and place of this meeting was given under the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act and was posted and sent to the officially designated newspapers in compliance with the law.” The Governing Body reserves its right to amend and supplement the purposes of executive session by motion at the public meeting.

The Municipal Clerk read the Resolution for Executive Session: “Whereas, Section 8 of the Open Public Meetings Act permits the exclusion of the public from a meeting in certain circumstances; and whereas, this governing body is of the opinion that such circumstances presently exist. now, therefore, be it resolved by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach, County of Ocean and State of New Jersey, as follows: the public shall be excluded from discussions concerning the hereinafter specified subject matter; the general nature of the subject matter discussed is as follows: four contractual matters. It is anticipated that the subject matter discussed may be made public upon its conclusion or final disposition.”
Motion by Councilman Migut to enter Executive Session was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Migut, Santanello ….YEA
Councilman Vogel, Mayer, Toohey….ABSENT

CLOSED SESSION BEGAN AT 6:33PM AND ENDED AT 7:22PM

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

Motion by Councilman Migut to approve the June 20, 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

DISCUSSIONS/DEPARTMENT HEAD MEMOS:

Councilman Mayer recused himself from the following and left the room at 7:35PM, as his firm is doing work for the DEP:
a Representatives of the State & Federal Government RE: Dune Replenishment
1 Agreement between State and Borough for bulkhead project by DEP
2 Agreement between Federal Government and Borough for State to use Federal funds to reimburse Borough for cost of dune project
3 Agreement between State & Borough for reimbursement to Borough for cost of dune Project
4 Agreement between State, Borough and Jenkinson’s settling Jenkinson’s lawsuit and
providing for alternate project by Jenkinson’s
All items moved to agenda as CONSENT RESOLUTION 4A-D

Attorney Riordan: four separate agreements, all having to do with the dune project that the State and Federal Government have been working on since Sandy: (1) State has agreed to provide funding for bulkhead repair and do the work, which will expedite it immensely; (2) allows the Federal Government to spend money, through the State, to reimburse the Borough for costs associated with the acquisition of property for the dune project (BA/CFO Riehl: were reimbursed $420K); (3) governs how future reimbursements and obligations between the State and Borough will be handled; (4) settles the lawsuit that Jenkinson’s brought against the State – Borough is also a signatory to that agreement/defendant because it acquires property rights in the project.
Dave Rosenblatt, DEP Asst. Commissioner of Engineering & Construction: looking at a comprehensive approach to firming up the northern end of the Ocean County project, which started in Ortley Beach and will resume in the fall – bulkhead and beach projects are 2 related components – unique situation – have the money and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE).
Bill Dixon, DEP Dir. of the Div. of Coastal Engineering (local sponsor, along with the ACOE, of the beach fill project and funder of the bulkhead project): the Inlet bulkhead agreement is for the State to fund 75% of construction and do all bidding and construction management for the replacement bulkhead, which has been designed by the Municipal Engineer – currently obtaining permits – once they have the permits and executed agreement, they can move forward with advertising and bidding – Municipality will be funding 25% of construction - State has committed $½M (BA/CFO Riehl: Borough has $168K) as long as the bids are less than or equal to that amount, can move forward – based on the Engineer’s estimate, the project should come in at or under budget (Councilman Toohey: asked for a timeline) must resolve the tie-in with the adjacent private property owner and determine if easement is needed – if so, his office will assist PPB in speaking with the property owner – it is in the best interest of the private property owner, the Borough and State, to have a proper tie-in, though it doesn’t affect his property – when the real estate issue is resolved and the agreement signed, can go out to bid – will advertise bid for 21 days – will take 30-60 days to award the contract – once awarded, will issue a notice to proceed – expect the contractor on-site within 10 days; partnering with ACOE on the beach project – State is funding 35% of construction – PPB is an option on that contract – once real estate is obtained, will request that ACOE award an option – there are currently 2 options – one is Bay Head to the southern limit of Jenkinson’s property – the other is from the southern limit of Jenkinson’s property to the Inlet jetty – the project consists of a dune with a beach berm in front of it – there will be dune crossovers at every public access point with regular pedestrian access, vehicle access, where it currently exists, and ADA access – have coordinated with the Borough on access point locations – dune grass will be planted and sand fencing placed – partnered with Ocean County to extend the current force main outfall, so there won't be any direct discharge on the beach – Jenkinson’s, as part of their lawsuit settlement, is proposing to build a project, at their expense, to provide the same level of protection that the Federal Project would have provided – it consists of a steel sheet pile bulkhead that they are designing – his office, the ACOE and Borough have reviewed it and feel that what they have proposed will provide the same level of protection as the Federal Project – if they come to an agreement with Jenkinson’s, and they are comfortable that they will, Jenkinson’s will be allowed to build that structure in lieu of the dune and berm project.
Christine Roy, Special Council to the Borough (representing PPB in the lawsuit by Jenkinson’s): Jenkinson’s litigation was filed in December 2014 – litigation is still being monitored by the Federal District Court in Trenton – extensive settlement agreement requires Jenkinson’s to construct their replacement project, deemed as good or better protection – once an option is exercised, they have to build it within 12 months – have worked in tandem, having the Borough review the agreement – Borough’s obligations are fairly minimal – closure at certain public access openings must be ensured during a significant weather event – terms of the agreement are confidential until fully executed.
Daren Eppley, Dept. of the Attorney General: asked about cost savings to Borough.
Mr. Dixon: overall cost of the Federal Project, without the Jenkinson’s piece, is $5.8M for sand – outfall with Ocean County is $3M – $8.8M of work will be done at no cost to the Borough – in addition to $500K for the Inlet bulkhead – Jenkinson’s would have cost $800K.

Mayor Reid opened Public Participation on Dune Replenishment.

Tom Heighton, PPB: asked about public access (Attorney Roy: status quo).
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked about plans for dunes or a wall around Jenkinson’s and Martell’s main buildings (Mr. Dixon: main buildings were considered pier-like structures by ACOE – original design had a dune extending from the south and the north, following the Boardwalk and ending at those structures – same design as in Seaside Heights – Jenkinson’s proposal includes steel sheet piling vs. a dune going up to those structures) sides and front of the building that face the ocean will still be open to water.
Bob Rinaolo, PPB: oceanfront property owner – asked about dune crossover structures (Mr. Dixon: will put down a substance called i-5, a compactible earthen material that consists of sand, clay and pea gravel – geotextile fabric will be placed on it – will be a hard-packed surface, on an angle that is not too steep, so it can be traversed up one side of the dune and down the other – the ADA access will be at a much gentler slope to meet ADA standards – not building any wooden structures in NJ) asked how oceanfront property owners will access beach (Mr. Dixon: private access over a dune is not regulated, as long as it does not lower the level of protection of the dune – owner can put in different types of access ways up and over the dunes without a permit – options include elevated timber structures and Mobi-Mat® – Jenkinson’s will have sheet pile placed at Boardwalk elevation at the access points – will still be able to access the beach from the Boardwalk, without going up and over the bulkhead – the compromise was that, in case of a storm, they would put in place removable timber or metal structures to ensure a continuous wall – Jenkinson’s must provide operations and maintenance plans for approval) asked how the public would access other beach areas (Mr. Dixon: no change at Jenkinson’s – obtaining real estate rights to open the beach to the public, up to the dune, from Jenkinson’s to Bay Head – must currently allow public access to the wet sand portions of their property – easements will allow public access to all the beach, up to the dune – beach operators can charge a fee to allow the public on their property – public can enter through existing public access points and traverse up and down – they don’t have to traverse at the wet sand – if lifeguards are on duty and there is a fee to get on the beach, they have to pay; Attorney Riordan: public will access the same way they do now) private properties aren’t private any more – owners will be worse off than the general public because they have to pay taxes and insurance and the public does not – suggested he would stop paying his beach taxes and let the Borough take over the property.
Burt Esrig, PPB: lives on Bradshaw’s Beach – asked for a list of acceptable materials to be used for crossovers and asked if structures can be created over or through the project’s fences (Mr. Dixon: can provide a copy of the regulations, specifying what is exempt – at-grade structures are allowed – this project will build a fence, at the seaward and landward sides of the dune, and at public crossovers – private owner will be allowed to make an opening in that fence for access on both ends; BA/CFO Riehl: have a booklet on walkover structures) asked how the public can access the current plans (Mr. Dixon: have been provided to the Borough and are on the ACOE web site).
Vince Castin, PPB: asked the height of the bulkhead (+18' above sea level – same height as the dunes that the ACOE was going to build; Councilman Toohey: will waiver, as Boardwalk elevation changes; Attorney Riordan: a dune or a bulkhead would be at the same elevation; Mr. Dixon: on average, it will be about 3.5' above Boardwalk elevation; Jenkinson’s is proposing some façade, so it doesn’t look like steel).
Barbara Dixon, PPB: has not raised her house – can see the ocean and beach from her front porch – won’t be able to with the bulkhead – pays $6-7K in taxes for an ocean view (Mayor Reid: has been told it won’t go over the fence and could be lower) since the chain link fence was put up, the beach has gotten higher – sand builds up in the poles – beach will get up to the height of the bulkhead and water will go over it – doesn't see that it will help – had very little damage to her house during Sandy because the sand has built up – disabled visitors won't be able to see the ocean anymore (Mayor Reid: things will be different; Mr. Dixon: Jenkinson’s will be allowed to maintain the beach at the designed berm elevation and remove sand from over the bulkhead if it is too high).
Stephanie Gurgo, PPB: oceanfront resident – asked if Jenkinson’s has to sign an easement (Mr. Dixon: no – Federal Government requires easements for private property – they will not put public money on private property – Jenkinson’s is funding their own project) asked about assessments and taxes on beach property – she pays $1,400 in taxes for her beach property that is being taken from her – her property is assessed at $100K – suggested the Borough pay her the $100K and take it – asked about liability insurance – will have people all over her property, leaving debris – if someone breaks a leg, he will sue her – asked who will clean up the mess (Mr. Rosenblatt: there are provisions in the State statute regarding liability of a private owner; Mr. Eppley: will have certain defenses) have to pay more in insurance to cover liability – been there since 1956 – being faced with a land grab – not being reimbursed – will be a ramp to her property – will be no dry sand for her family, as it is consumed by patrons – they are not selling badges – she and others have worked very hard to protect their properties with new dune grass and fencing.
John Longfield, PPB: asked if the deal is done (Mr. Dixon – contract has been awarded – some work has begun – option to do the southern portion of PPB has not yet been awarded – hope to have all real estate by October) won’t have replenishment for 2017 season (Mr. Dixon: correct).
Motion by Councilman Migut to close the Public Participation on Dune Replenishment was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by consent of Council.

Mayor Reid called a 5-minutes recess.

Motion by Councilman Toohey to approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 4
4a Approval of agreement between State and Borough for bulkhead project by DEP
4b Approval of agreement between Federal Government and Borough for State to use Federal funds to reimburse Borough for cost of dune project
4c Approval of agreement between State and Borough for reimbursement to Borough for cost of dune project
4d Approval of agreement between State, Borough and Jenkinson’s settling Jenkinson’s lawsuit and providing for alternate project by Jenkinson’s
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Toohey, Migut, Santanello ….YEA
Councilman Vogel….ABSENT
Councilman Mayer….RECUSED
Councilman Mayer returned at 8:43PM.

b Engineer Savacool’s memo regarding Removal of Water Tank System was discussed: BA/CFO Riehl: asked for an estimate to remove tanks not being used – costs exceed appropriation – nothing can be moved forward now (Councilman Cortes: don't have money for this; Councilman Santanello: would have to bond separately or next year – been discussing removal so OEM has a place to store equipment and trucks; Councilman Mayer: asked about appropriation) W/S Operating (Councilman Cortes: must remove concrete base as well as tanks; Councilman Santanello: part of a long term plan – Police Dept. needs more room – talking about moving the Historical Society to a trailer by Cooks Ln.; Councilman Mayer: there is no solid number – a lot going on already; Councilman Santanello: thinking next year's budget) – NO ACTION TAKEN.

c Councilman Cortes: discussed request for a curb cut at 1810 Beacon Ln.: corner property with yellow curbing – will lose one parking spot – can move the handicap spot north – asking for 13' – Verizon pole will have to be moved by homeowner (Councilman Santanello: will still have 2 handicap spots) – ADDED AS ITEM 2U; Councilman Mayer: curb cut requests are coming after the houses are built – authorization for Attorney to draft an ordinance requiring simultaneous application for curb cut & construction was ADDED AS ITEM 2V.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Councilman Cortes: recognized employee anniversaries for July – Terry O’Connor 12 years, Brian Patton 3; Beautification barrels and gardens look great; there are two new Environmental Commission volunteers on the agenda – Commission submitted a vegetation plan for area along the tracks and Borough Hall driveway – BA/CFO will look it over and get a cost (Mayor Reid: all should look at it) they meet tomorrow night; Coastal Café at the Bath House is doing well; electrician is looking at telephone poles by Sea Coast Oil property – once electrical phase is changed, will have JCPL remove them – can then move the Historical Society near to Antrim School; just had Harvard Ave. repaved – water drains good, curbing is done – Yale/Baltimore intersection will be done (BA/CFO Riehl: hopes to award next meeting) contact him for free dune grass, as he has too much on his property.

Councilman Mayer: asked for cost estimate/appropriation for plantings; on July 12th, the Local Finance Board (LFN) acted on approving ordinances for dissolution of the Parking Authority; asked for an explanation of 1a (required by State when a contract deals with retiree health benefits) PPB pays higher premiums than most for retiree benefits – would like to understand that (BA/CFO Riehl: premiums for retirees are always higher than for active employees – have different rate for medical and Rx – until Chapter 78 was put in place, there was no retiree contribution – Borough no longer offers health benefits to retirees; Attorney Riordan: has been stepped back in most recent contracts); asked for cap on Bath House flood insurance (BA/CFO Riehl: depends on deductible).

Councilman Toohey: Ordinance 2017-20, modeled from Brielle ordinance, will waive demolition fees for residents who want to let the Fire Dept. practice in their homes – it's great real-world practice.

Councilman Migut: Animal Welfare Committee summer BBQ fundraiser is Saturday at an oceanfront residence – can buy tickets from Karen Mills; Planning Board met and approved a lobster store on Channel Dr – an expansion of a lobster boat business; requested authority for the Attorney to draft an ordinance concerning BOCA code – it's antiquated – ADDED AS ITEM 2X; people are driving up Vetrini Ln. and speeding back down (Chief Michigan: there are patrols back there).

Councilman Santanello: Summer Park Program is going well – Antrim has been unavailable in inclement weather, so Father Bob provided a key to park personnel; asked Chief to speak about the Safe Spots in front of the Municipal Building (Chief Michigan: designated parking for people engaging in internet sale transactions – DPW put up signs up and designated 2 monitored spots in the Municipal lot – information will be on the Police Dept. Facebook page) has asked the Ocean Star to publicize; Police training since the last Council meeting includes SWAT, Explosive Detection, Narcotics & Patrol and Class A Police Officer Certification – Police coverage on the Boardwalk has been phenomenal – noted arrests and offenses, officers have conducted DWI patrols and targeted underage drinking, Dept. is committed to community policing and showcasing positive interaction between residents and visitors on their Facebook page – train station & Boardwalk areas continue to be patrolled for safety and security – have received a lot of positive feedback on deployment of the canine unit – on behalf of Chief Michigan, thanked and commended Boardwalk Supervisors Frank Finn, Scott Nase, Gary Siculietano and Joseph Gippetti for their dedication and professionalism – Officer Benites welcomed a baby boy on June 12th.

Mayor Reid: Jeager lumber is finished with arborvitae planting – really looks nice; 10 rocking chairs have been ordered and will be on the Boardwalk shortly, with plaques; trolleys are running well; invited all to watch the Ruckus band at the Band Shell on Thursday night – bring chairs and watch the fireworks afterwards – other nights and bands are planned; the Band Shell got new electric and lights and DPW painted it red and white – it really looks sharp – thanked DPW and Superintendent Trout.

BA/CFO Riehl: 2017 tax rate was certified at 1.511%, down from 1.518%; requested authority to go out to bid for Maryland Ave. Beach lease, which expires this year – ADDED AS ITEM 2W; is meeting with Enviroscape about Lake of the Lillies – removed fencing – need to discuss vegetation and aeration devices – a homeowner on the lake is interested in funding the aeration – meeting with him the following week (Mayor Reid: asked if the fence that was taken down is going back) no – the plants look great.

Councilman Toohey: questioned the bid selection process for the Maryland Ave. Beach lease (BA/CFO Riehl: must select highest bidder, unless they are proven irresponsible).

The Municipal Clerk announced additions/revisions to the agenda.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION BEGAN AT 9:20PM.

Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: commented on Ordinance 2017-20.
Vince Castin, PPB: asked about Loughran Point bulkhead replacement, noted a dead tree by the Beach Diner, asked about items 1d and 1j.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ENDED AT 9:25PM.

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.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 1:
1a Approval of updated State Health Benefits Plan Resolution & Addendum
1b Approval of payment of Payrolls #13 ($299,203.59) and #14 ($304,112.52)
1c Approval of payment to NJ DCA for second quarter State training fees ($3,139)
1d Authorization to send letter of support for NJ DOT application to dredge Cooks Creek
1e Approval of payment to T&M Assoc from Pl Bd, BOA & developer escrow accounts
1f Approval of payment to Devo & Assoc for solar parking meter installation & training ($4,845)
1g Approval of payment to Pitney Bowes for prepaid postage for 2017 ($3K)
1h Approval of payment to Solitude Lake Mgmt for algaecide treatment & weed control ($6,935)
1i Approval of payment to the OC Landfill for tipping fee escrow fees ($50K)
1j Authorization for Tax Assessor to be paid for inspections in absence of field inspector
1k Approval of payment to the State of NJ for July employee & retiree health benefits ($148,070.62)
1l Approval of payment of Pay Cert #1 to Earle Asphalt for Harvard Ave improvements ($106,142.89)
1m Approval of payment to Summertime Surf for 2017 surf camp, from camper fees paid ($3,795)
1n Approval of payment to BTMUA for May bulk water usage ($71,523.30)
1o Approval of payment to Custom Environmental Tech for ZetaLyte for the W/S dept ($4,293)
1p Appointment of R. Kelly and D. Russell to the Environmental Commission
1q DENIAL of S/E Application for performance artist J. Santa Maria on Bdwlk, Thurs & Fri, Jul-Sep
1r Approval of payment to Galvin Law Firm from Pl Bd & BOA escrow accounts
1s Approval of Change Order #1 & Final to Altec Bldg Systems for NJ Bathhouse work (-$3,308)
1t Authorization to hold a Tax Sale on 11/17/17 at 10AM
1u Authorization for T&M to proceed w/scope of work for NJ EIT Little Siler Lake Dredging project
1v HELD – PER BA/CFO
1w Auth for Atty to draft an ordinance to eliminate two 15-minute parking spots on Bdwy & add two 15-minute spots on Arnold, in front of Nobles – REVISED PER MAYOR REID
1x Approval of ABC S/A Permit application for Chamber Seafood Festival Wine Garden, 9/16
1y Approval of S/E Application for Green Party of OC Voter Reg Drive & Speakers on Bdwlk, 8/12
1z Approval of the Third Wave band concert at the Band Shell on 8/17
CONSENT RESOLUTION 2:
2a Approval of payment of employee insurance opt outs for January-June 2017 ($21,110.25)
2b Authorization for Maser Eng. to proceed with Imp to Seymour Ave, per scope & budget provided
2c Approval of amendment to Res 2017-0502/1X, adding 7/21 rain date for ARC NJ table on Bdwlk
2d Authorization to apply for Bathhouse flood insurance & pay premium
2e Approval of S/E Application for PPB BOE Jazz Concert at Band Shell, 7/25
2f Approval of payment to Riggins for diesel fuel and gasoline for DPW ($20,370.20)
2g Approval of pymt to Lasting Line Painting for line painting throughout the Borough (NTE $19,975)
2h Approval of PO to Riggins for fuel for DPW for Jul-Dec ($68K)
2i Approval of PO to F&C Auto Supply for DPW auto parts for Jul-Dec ($7K)
2j Approval of PO to Devo & Assoc for bill acceptors, displays & printers ($5,500.59)
2k DENIAL of S/E Application for Hotels Unlimited promotional tables/banners on Bdwk, 8/26
2l Approval of salary increase for J. Johnston for passage of certification exam
2m Approval of payment to Game Time for expression swings ($4,653.44)
2n Approval of payment to D. Sweet from Pl Bd escrow account
2o Authorization to waive municipal building permit fees for St. Mary’s Church ($1,070)
2p Approval of Low Tide Film application to film in residential areas, 1PM-12AM, 7/27 & 7/28
2q Approval of PO to Precision Door Svc for replacement bay doors (NTE $10K)
2r Authorization for M. Woszczak to repair water main break (NTE $14K)
2s Approval of payment to Devo & Assoc for bill acceptors, printers & cancel boards ($12,855.34)
2t Approval of taxi licenses (seasonal, vehicle & driver) for All Day Ocean Taxi
2u Approval of 13’ curb cut at 1810 Beacon Ln per ZO’s recommendations – ADDED PER DH MEMOS
2v Authorization for attorney to draft an ordinance requiring simultaneous application for curb cut & construction – ADDED PER DH MEMOS
2w Authorization to re-bid the Maryland Avenue Beach lease – ADDED PER BA/CFO
2x Auth for attorney to draft an ordinance concerning BOCA Code – ADDED PER CMTE RPTS
CONSENT RESOLUTION 3:
3a Approval of payment to Edwards Tire for 6 replacement firetruck tires ($3,582.20)
3b Approval of payment of hand checks for April-June 2017 ($105,647.18)
3c Acceptance of Cops in Shops funding
3d Approval of computer-generated vouchers ($1,461,068.15)
3e Approval of PO to L3 Mobile-Vision, Inc. for license plate recognition system for PD ($37,576.57)
3f Approval of PO to Motorola for a communications service monitor for the PD ($44,620.01)
3g Approval of PO to Atlantic Tactical for 6 vests with carrier for the PD ($6,267.90)
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut (except 3a), Santanello ….YEA
Councilmen Migut (3a)….ABSTAIN
Councilman Vogel….ABSENT
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 3d with which Council has conflicts.

ORDINANCES:

Mayor Reid re-opened the public hearings on Ordinance 2017-13 (Dissolution of Parking Authority) and Ordinance 2017-14 (Creation of Parking Services Agency).
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked if 2017-14 requires a new paid employee (BA/CFO Riehl: seasonal).
Paul Bonsper, Parking Authority Chair & PPB resident: in reference to Ordinance 2017-14 the Authority doesn't understand how money will be saved and they don't approve of it – concerned about maintenance of the lots downtown and whether DPW can handle it [Councilmen Mayer: Parking Services Agency would have a Parking Advisory Committee, staffed by volunteers, without an Attorney, Engineer, Audit and Clerk – in 2016, they cost $23K – statute creating Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) said they can’t be in the Police Dept. – must ignore that or put them somewhere else and provide supervision – asked why an Advisory Committee couldn’t work in the same fashion, saving administrative costs; Councilman Cortes: disputed the savings; Councilman Toohey: there is a level of operational control now; Councilman Mayer: they have no budget – an Advisory Committee could be helpful in creating a 5-year capital budget for the Borough to maintain the lots – Authority has done a great job – suggested they volunteer for the Committee; Councilman Cortes: if Authority is dissolved, the Borough Attorney, Engineer and Auditor will have billable hours – DPW will have to hire another person at 40 hours/week, $7K/season, to cut and maintain grass – Best Practices requires researching the Authority, not necessarily dissolving it – it’s hard to find committed volunteers – not good politics – they’ve been doing a good job without a budget; Councilman Mayer: if it’s cheaper to hire a landscaper, can do so; Councilman Cortes: appreciates the research by Councilmen Mayer and Santanello but he has been doing research as well – all voted to spend $7K on a bocce ball court – doesn’t think anyone plays bocce ball, but all use the parking lots; Councilman Mayer: there is a big push in the State toward shared services – this is another layer of government that no longer has a function and could be performed cheaper; Councilman Cortes: they pay their bills with declining funds – would treat PEOs the same: Attorney Riordan: don’t have to dissolve the Parking Authority in order to move the PEOs – BA/CFO Riehl would supervise them and Chief Michigan would train them, which is pretty much the current situation; Councilman Mayer: Chief Michigan supervises; Attorney Riordan: it depends on what you mean by supervision].
Vince Castin: Parking Authority has existed as long as he can remember – if not broke, don't fix it.
Tom Curcio, Parking Authority member & PPB resident: members have a vested interest in the lots – they are there every day and deal with problems – no one will keep an eye on them as they do – they do a very good job for free – their hearts are in it – things that the lawyer and engineer do are minimal and will have to be done anyway – it’s a tiny, streamlined authority – doesn't see how that much will be saved.
Councilman Santanello: these guys have done a great job but the LFN unanimously approved of it – State Court System reviewed the new ordinance for a Parking Agency and said it’s a fantastic idea – it’s Best Practices – it’s good government – would want the Authority members to be on the Advisory Committee – agrees with Councilman Mayer that savings are there – audit alone is $5K – bills can be paid by Dep. Finance Officer Beno with the rest of the bills, instead of paying someone extra – Parking Agency Supervisor would also take work off of the Administrator, so that would provide a substantial savings).
Motion by Councilman Cortes to close the public hearings on Ordinance 2017-13 and Ordinance 2017-14 and carry the votes to the August 1, 2017 Council Meeting, so there will be a full complement of Council members, was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Mayer, Toohey, Santanello….YEA
Councilmen Cortes, Migut….NAY
Councilman Vogel….ABSENT

Ordinance 2017-18 (Amending Ch. III to Add Unmanned Aircraft Regs) was considered on second reading. Mayor Reid opened 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 2017-18 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 2017-19 (Establishing a Fire Lane on Parkway, pursuant to BOA Approval) was considered on second reading. Mayor Reid opened 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 2017-19 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 2017-20 (Amending Ch. XII to Waive Demo Fees for Fire Training) was introduced on first reading. Motion by Councilman Migut to approve Ordinance 2017-20 on first reading was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote. Public hearing will be August 1, 2017.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel….ABSENT

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION BEGAN & ENDED AT 9:51PM
WITH NO MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO BE HEARD

Motion to adjourn by Councilman Toohey was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by consent of Council. Meeting was adjourned at 9:51PM.



ATTEST:__________________________________
Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk


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