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August 15, 2017

Council Meeting Minutes

Council President Mayer called the meeting to order at 7:02PM. Present were Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut and Santanello. Mayor Reid and Councilmen Vogel 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 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: one personnel matter. It is anticipated that the subject matter discussed may be made public upon its conclusion or final disposition.” The Governing Body reserves its right to amend and supplement the purposes of executive session by motion at the public meeting.
Motion by Councilman Migut to enter Executive Session was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello ….YEA
Mayor Reid & Councilman Vogel….ABSENT

CLOSED SESSION BEGAN AT 7:04PM AND ENDED AT APPROXIMATELY 7:25PM

Council President Mayer called the regular meeting to order at 7:31PM. Present were Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut and Santanello. Mayor Reid 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 August 1, 2017 Council meeting minutes was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Mayor Reid….ABSENT

OATH OF OFFICE:

Oath was administered to Matthew Duffy, Provisional Police Captain, by Clerk Farrell. Chief Michigan: an outstanding Police Officer – was a young patrolman when he (Chief) started in 1995 – couldn’t have picked a better person to lead the Department – appreciates the support for Police hires and promotions – Police are very proud of PPB and the work they do and are proud to have Matt as a Captain.

Council President Mayer called for a 2-minute recess.

DEPARTMENT HEAD MEMO:

Councilman Cortes: addressed the curb cut request at 1301 Oceanfront – ZO Petrillo says it's a yellow curb but it’s not – will be swapping parking spaces – existing curb cut is adjacent to the 1300 Ocean Ave – the new one will be more in the middle of the property – approval added as item 1v.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Councilman Vogel: August 28th is National Bow Tie Day; Shade Tree Commission is working with grants and forfeited funds to plant trees on the north side of the 200 block of Washington – continuing to water new trees downtown, especially on Arnold; the Thursday Night Concert Series continues – this week is Third Wave, a local band, 7PM-9PM – Ocean County Music instructors and students will perform the following 2 weeks – all free – bring beach chairs; received positive feedback on the crossing guard at Maryland Ave; DOT bridge work has been moved to nights because of complaints they received – positive outcome from our follow-up.

Councilman Cortes: Sea Coast Oil building electrical work is complete – poles on the property by Jaeger Lumber can be removed; last Thursday, he took a picture and video of about 300 bikes bikes chained at the end of Broadway – was going to suggest more bike racks, but found out there was a lifeguard tournament, which would account for the unusual number of bikes – asked Chief for feedback (Chief Michigan: is sure the tournament had a lot to do with it); Environmental Commission submitted planting plan for Municipal Way and would like 2 sets of quotes – 1 for the labor to plant and 1 for their suggested trees and bushes (BA/CFO Riehl: can reach out to Ann Lightburn); upon e-mail exchanges between he, BA/CFO Riehl and Engineer Savacool, at the end of the season, will look to shift the parking stalls and relocate the yellow walkway by Maryland Ave and Beacon Ln and put in an ADA depression; attended the Parking Authority meeting on the 3rd – their auditor is willing to drop his price by $700 - Attorney Bogan will look into eliminating 2 meetings – will see if monthly bills can be paid bi-monthly – spoke to BA/CFO Riehl about getting the Ocean County inmates to weed and pick up garbage at some of the lots; he, BA/CFO Riehl and Dep. Finance Officer Beno met with Rob Clifton from Comcast last week – not too much wiggle room on what can be negotiated (BA/CFO Riehl: 2% of gross revenues, basic cable only, is set by BPU – Comcast does not have the ability to offer free internet – asked them to figure the Borough’s revenue based on 10-, 12- and 15-year terms – grants are based on the lengths of the contracts – they took a spreadsheet of the Borough’s current bills and will see if they can lower them by bundling) he asked more technical questions dealing with download and upload speed, line of sight cameras and running a secure line from Borough Hall to District II – Mr. Clifton will get back to him (Councilman Toohey: asked if other providers have expressed interest in PPB; BA/CFO Riehl: no one else has expressed interest – to get Comcast out, would have to prove they can't or didn’t live up to the terms of their contract; Councilman Toohey: that’s like a non-compete clause, asked how Borough can be bound to a contract that’s expired; Attorney Riordan: it’s statutory) if a second cable operator came in, they would have to run an entire new system on every pole, on every street – becomes too expensive for, possibly, only 50% of the customers – it virtually never happens (Councilman Toohey: must happen somewhere because other cable providers are expanding throughout the country; Councilman Mayer: asked Attorney Riordan if the 2% is by statute or a BPU rule and, if a BPU rule, if he can feel them out for a change (Attorney Riordan: would have to look into it) Mr. Clifton made it clear that this is a cable TV franchise renewal, not telephone or internet – if a company really wanted an area, they would either buy a company outright or swap areas of demographics (Attorney Riordan: communications law is extraordinarily Byzantine).

Councilman Toohey: there have been 2 public meetings on updating the Open Space & Recreation Plan – Open Space has sent the plans to the Planning Board for review and, if adopted, they’ll be sent to Council – looking to get this done by the end of the year – T&M is the consulting firm on the project; the next Board of Fire Officers meeting is August 23rd – the ordinance waiving demo fees for houses used in fire training has gone through – ZO Petrillo will communicate that when people come in for permits.

Councilman Migut: the Planning Board heard application for a subdivision of 2residential lots in the bungalow area – was carried to next month’s meeting, to allow plans to be updated with stairs to accommodate the raising of the houses – applicant has agreed to preserve easements to allow landward properties access to the Boardwalk, showing that community spirit is still alive; had created a Fire Zone on Parkway – need signage in order for it to be enforceable as a Tow-away Zone (BA/CFO Riehl: will work on it); received an e-mail from a resident about being forced to remove bamboo from her property (Councilman Vogel: we have an invasive plant ordinance; Councilman Santanello: it’s a problem at that property – bamboo is 40-ft.-high – neighbors spent $10K to stop the bamboo from coming through to their property – he discussed this with ZO Petrillo – she doesn’t have to remove it from her own property, but must stop it from spreading to others and must find an expert to determine if the problem is remediated, or the Borough will find one); will be in Disney during next meeting.

Councilman Santanello: Recreation Committee didn't meet last month; recent police activity includes SWAT and Active Shooter training, criminal offense arrests and Borough ordinance violations, DWI patrols and traffic enforcement details – gearing up for State’s annual drunk driving crackdown – will be checkpoints and patrols – law enforcement agencies advise anyone who plans to drink to have a designated driver, take mass transit, ask a sober friend to drive, spend the night where the activity is held, and always wear seatbelts – if someone is intoxicated while on foot, should take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive him home – Police Department is planning added patrols from the NJ State Police, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and NJ Department of Homeland Security over Labor Day weekend – on behalf of Chief Michigan, thanked the Mayor & Council, Borough Administrator, Clerk and Attorney for their support of Capt. Duffy’s promotion.

Councilman Mayer: CFO has 4 major steps throughout the year – Annual Debt Statement, Annual Financial Statement, Budget and Audit – Audit is full of information – dealing with an $18M-19M budget (Current Fund + Water/Sewer) for the past 5 years, have been focusing on surplus – in 2016, surplus dropped by 4.5% – will be hard to regenerate surplus with the levy cap, but BA/CFO Riehl is focused on it – Community Disaster Loan is still out there ($800K in Current Fund and $100K in Utility Fund) – asked for a 5-year repayment period, which hasn’t been granted yet so, theoretically, that could all come due next year – Water/Sewer is doing well – are self-liquidating and should stay so for a while – there was a $335K appropriation in 2016 for the water main break – must have been a spike in water – hopes to be able to monitor that with the new meter system – there are no comments or corrective action plan in the Audit – nothing to correct – very good – thanked BA/CFO Riehl.

BA/CFO Riehl: tennis court resurfacing is planned to begin tomorrow – at the Mayor’s request, the contractor will also stripe for Pickle Ball courts, at no charge, since the Borough was patient with their timeline; 10 additional rocking chairs were installed on the Boardwalk this morning and there are 12 more on the way; the Borough’s commercial will run for another 3 weeks, starting Monday, on premium networks – will include a blurb for the Seafood Festival, paid for by the Chamber of Commerce – same price will be honored if the Borough wishes to advertise again later in the year; DOT wants to start work on crossing resurfacing – suggested Forman Ave in September and Arnold Ave in October – Chief is in agreement – waiting to hear back; met with FEMA on 1 Ocean Ave documents last Thursday – were eligible for $184K in reimbursements – they took $162K away for NFIP deficiencies – told them we acquired the property because of the location and the change in ABFE and tried to convince them to cover the entire cost of $981K instead of just $28K – they were receptive and asked for backup – agreed that we put ourselves in a better position to not need FEMA money in the future because of how and where it was built – stand a good shot to get at least $½M; (Councilman Toohey: asked about acquisition of the easement at the bulkhead) Engineer Savacool does not anticipate any issues from the property owner on the easements – if doing the bulkhead the end of this year, should start planning a dedication next spring or fall – looking at completion around November – talked about a large dedication with each name on the plaques (Councilman Toohey: will work with Open Space on it).

The Municipal Clerk announced revisions to the agenda.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION BEGAN AT 8:09PM.

Vince Castin, PPB: talked about missing street signs on Sanborn and Boston for 2 months.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked about item 1p and the timeframe for paving; asked about item 1r.

Motion by Councilman Migut to close public participation was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello ….YEA
Mayor Reid….ABSENT

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ENDED AT 8:13PM.

Motion by Councilman Toohey to approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Vogel and carried by roll call vote.
CONSENT RESOLUTION 1:
1a Approval of payment of Pay Cert 2 to Earle Asphalt for Imp to Harvard Ave ($131,645.08)
1b Approval of release of performance guarantee & inspection fees for 119 Central Ave
1c Approval of September Blues band concert at Band Shell, 7PM-9PM on 8/24
1d Approval of Breaking Silence band concert at the Band Shell, 7PM-9PM on 8/31
1e Authorization to draft an ordinance for a handicap parking space in front of 514 Delaware Ave
1f Approval of payment to M. Woszczak for NJ Ave water main break repair ($7,500)
1g Designation of BANs, issued on 8/4/17 & on payable 8/3/18 as Qualified Tax-Exempt Obligations
1h Approval of payment to State of NJ for employee & retiree health benefits ($148,070.62)
1i Approval of release of tree bond for Masonic Lodge
1j Approval of payment to All Covered for Microsoft 365 license renewals ($5,555.20)
1k Approval of payment to the PPB Parking Authority for annual contribution ($10K)
1l Approval of payment of Payroll #16 ($307,456.12)
1m Approval of payment to T&M Associates from Pl Bd, BOA & Developer escrow accounts
1n Approval of payment to Precision Door Svc for DPW replacement bay doors ($7,020)
1o Authorization for T&M to commence work on CDBG-Sidewalk Extension (NTE $6,980)
1p Authorization for T&M to commence work on Parkway Reconstruction Phase I & II (NTE $107,700)
1q Acceptance of annual audit for 2016
1r Approval of payment of Pay Cert #5 to Enviroscapes for Lk of the Lillies Improvements ($5,258)
1s Approval of Change Order #1 to Earle Asphalt for Imp to Harvard Ave (-$12,388.54)
1t Approval of Elks ABC Social Affair Permit Application for Tailgate event on 10/8, 12PM-4PM
1u Approval of pymt of Pay Cert 3 to Journey Contr for Municipal Window & Roof Repair ($7,436.56)
1v Approval of 16’ curb cut at 1301 Oceanfront – ADDED PER D.H. MEMOS
CONSENT RESOLUTION 2:
2a Approval of pymt to Wilmac Bus Equip for software maint/support for PD radio recorder ($3,445)
2b Approval of PO to Eastern Surplus & Equip for OEM/Fire truck, engine & body work ($30,862)
2c Approval of payment to Hutchinson Plumbing for replacement A/C in Police IT room ($5,750)
2d Approval of payment of computer-generated vouchers ($1,303,420.60)
2e Support for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2017 Statewide Crackdown
2f Approval of payment to Motorola for communications service monitor for PD ($44,620.01)
2g Approval of PO to Beyer Ford for 2017 Fire Chief’s car ($25,050)
2h Approval of membership for C. Garrison in PPB Fire Company No 2 – ADDED BY CLERK
2i Authorization to appoint Thomas Hayes to the position of Police Officer, effective 9/5/17 and for Clerk to dispose of Civil Service list – CLOSED SESSION ITEM
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel (1a-1v), Cortes, Mayer (except 1k), Toohey, Migut (except 2b, 2g 2h), Santanello (except 1k) ….YEA
Councilmen Mayer (1k), Santanello (1k)….NAY
Councilmen Vogel (2a-2i), Migut (2b, 2g, 2h)….ABSTAIN
Mayor Reid….ABSENT
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 2d with which Council has conflicts.

ORDINANCES:

Ordinance 2017-21 (Amend Salary Ordinance) 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 2017-21 on second reading was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Mayor Reid….ABSENT

Attorney Riordan: received a call from Mayor Reid, who discussed this Ordinance 2017-22 with merchants – wants to change the 15-minute parking on Arnold from 5AM-3PM to 8AM-5PM (not 6PM as was requested) would require tabling Ordinance 2017-22 and reintroducing an ordinance (Ordinance 2017-22A) which includes this revision.
Ordinance 2017-22 (Eliminate 2 15-minute parking spots on Broadway/Add 2 on Arnold) was considered on second reading. Council President Mayer opened the public hearing.
Paul An, Nobles Smoke Shop, PPB: running a clean business – doing everything by the book, paying taxes – beachgoers are parking in front of his building all day and another smoke shop opened 75 feet away (Attorney Riordan: shouldn't suggest that Governing Body take sides between businesses – want to suggest that 15-minute spaces would be good for all the merchants in town) his neighbor, a chiropractor, is all for it, as his customers don't stay for 15 minutes (Councilman Santanello: spoke to neighboring businesses – most are in favor – one wants to see the front of Nobles’ building neater) he is working on that (Councilman Vogel: there are 3 parking spots – is concerned about confusion with enforcement – all 3 stand-alone spots should be consistent – prefers ½-hour parking; Councilman Santanello: none of the other businesses had a real problem with it – is ambivalent on the 3rd spot; Chief Michigan: if there is not 15-minute parking at all 3 spots, would need signage indicating where it is).
Motion by Councilman Migut to close the public hearing and TABLE Ordinance 2017-22 was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel….NAY
Mayor Reid….ABSENT

Ordinance 2017-22A (Eliminate 2 15-minute parking spots on Broadway/Add 2 on Arnold) was introduced on first reading. Motion by Councilman Migut to approve Ordinance 2017-22A on first reading was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on September 5, 2017.
VOTE: Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilman Vogel….NAY
Mayor Reid….ABSENT

Ordinance 2017-24 (Replace Reference to BOCA Code with ICC) was considered on second reading. Council President Mayer 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 2017-24 was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Mayor Reid….ABSENT

Bond Ordinance 2017-25 (For Improvements to Parkway Phase I & II) was introduced on first reading. Motion by Councilman Cortes to approve Ordinance 2017-25 on first reading (and to approve RESOLUTION 3: Passage of Ordinance 2017-25 on 1st Reading and Provision for Public Hearing) was seconding by Councilman Migut and carried by roll call vote. The public hearing will be held on September 5, 2017.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Mayor Reid….ABSENT

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION BEGAN AT 8:32PM

Vince Castin, PPB: a few weeks ago, 2-3 bus loads of young women came to Pleasure Park from out of town – not good for this to happen if an event is going on – Brick just introduced an ordinance requiring a permit for 15 or more people to use their facilities – thinks this is a good idea.
Judy Shaw, PPB: asked about property maintenance ordinance – appalled at some conditions near her – been a dumpster there for a year and several houses within a 2-block radius are a disgrace.
Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: the geese population has grown dramatically – droppings in the lots and Band Shell area – asked if still addling eggs; thanked BA/CFO Riehl and Patty Kile for getting lights fixed – 3 on Parkway went out a week ago – the same ones that were out 2 months ago.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ENDED AT 8:43PM

Motion to adjourn by Councilman Migut was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by consent of Council. Meeting was adjourned at 8:43PM.



ATTEST:__________________________________
Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk


Published September06, 2017 | Council Minutes | 2641


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