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September 19, 2017

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Reid called the 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: “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.”

Flag Salute & Invocation

Motion by Councilman Migut to approve the September 5, 2017 Council meeting minutes was seconded by Councilman Mayer and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Migut….YEA
Councilman Santanello….ABSTAIN
Councilman Toohey….ABSENT


BA/CFO Riehl: DCA Best Practices Worksheet is required to be filed and reviewed by Council annually – if municipality does not respond ‘yes’ to 21-25 questions, there is a State aid penalty – PPB responded ‘no’ to only 3 questions about outside employment notification, audit filing time and overtime payments – qualified for full State aid allotment of $571,362.00 – certification of review was added as item 1u (Councilman Mayer: there is a question about BANs – PPB’s bonded debt drops off in 2021 – have discussed a plan to keep doing notes until then – asked BA/CFO Riehl and the financial advisors to look into whether PPB should go out to bond sooner next year, because current the market is very good).


Councilman Vogel: all went well with the Seafood Festival last weekend – no issues – positive feedback; there are still signs advertising an outside soccer program littering Pleasure Park – asked that the soccer group be told to take them down.

Councilman Cortes: Environmental Commission raffled off a composter at the Seafood Festival – had posters and recycling handout – a Commission member is going for her Master Composter license.

Councilman Mayer: asked if Attorney Riordan looked into the term and procurement of the Electricity Sales Agreement/item 1q (Attorney Riordan: was asked to see if there was any prohibition for this in the Borough’s energy aggregation agreement – there is not) not sure why they are doing competitive contracting and, while attracted to the savings, doesn’t understand it – asked that it be held for attorney review (Mayor Reid: they look at the market – electricity is a commodity – asked what PPB’s consultant has said) they’ve done audits on the Borough’s telephone bills and provided great savings (Mayor Reid: under the energy aggregation agreement, residents never lose – this agreement doesn’t guarantee a lower rate than JCPL’s and the Borough could get stuck with a higher one – wants a provision built in; BA/CFO Riehl: will withdraw the item from the agenda); asked that opposition to bills regarding OPMA & OPRA/item 1n, be held for review by the Borough Attorney; complimented Chief Michigan on police presence and security at the Seafood Festival – people said they felt very safe – great job and great event.

Councilman Migut: asked BA/CFO Riehl to remind DPW Super. Trout about the Fire Zone sign on Parkway Ln for tow-away next season; requested authorization for the engineer and attorney to obtain the easement, as per the Planning Board Resolution of Approval for the Parkway Ave subdivision, to decide upon scope, to get a survey, record it and supply a copy to the fire inspector – was added as item 1v; was just in Florida and ran into a lot of people who are familiar with PBB, for good reasons.

Councilman Santanello: have the final numbers for the Recreation Park Program – lost $1385.59, but the Director was new and did a great job – she will unavailable next year – Committee is working on finding a replacement; asked who came up with the No Smoking on the Beach ordinance and if there is interest in extending it to the Boardwalk (Councilman Vogel: goes back a long time – covers public property, including the beach; Attorney Riordan: was discussion about it – was concluded that the present ordinance and State statutes already prohibit smoking on the Boardwalk; Chief Michigan: is unaware of any prohibition on smoking on the Boardwalk; Councilman Migut: vendors would like smoking permissible areas; Mayor Reid: Seaside Mayor said they have it, but it is hard to police; Councilman Vogel: thinks Ocean City or Wildwood has such a prohibition) asked Attorney Riordan to research; a Veteran mentioned the terrible condition of the flags on downtown poles – it’s disrespectful (Mayor Reid: Beautification puts them up annually – they must be getting old; Councilman Cortes: removal usually coincides with putting up the wreaths – will take them down if he can get the bucket truck and a qualified driver); he, Councilman Vogel, Chief Michigan and CEO Petrillo are discussing summer weekend code enforcement – can hire SLEOs trained in code enforcement, or a part-time code enforcement official and 1 or 2 SLEOs – CEO Petrillo will research; he and BA/CFO Riehl discussed pursuing a State OEM grant to make properties stronger for storms (BA/CFO Riehl: received $210K– had originally inquired about a different purpose – Engineer Savacool will revise the inquiry); recent Police activity includes Electronic Submission of Evidence, Police Chief Executive Secretary, Canine and SWAT training courses; read a statement by Chief Michigan: Police observed families returning to PPB this year – hoping trend continues – Seafood Festival was a success with OC Sherriff’s Dept, Prosecutor’s Office and Road Dept, NJ State Police and Dept of Homeland Security, Police from Point Pleasant, Brielle, Bay Head and Mantoloking, PPB DPW and Police – all deserve praise and thanks, especially Capt. Duffy and Lt. Quaglia, who he commended for their many hours behind the scenes planning and coordinating safety measures; Alzheimer's Walk is this Saturday – canine officers, SLEOs and OC Sheriff’s Dept will assist with security; Attorney Riordan sent him a nice picture, which was also posted on Facebook, of SLEO Pinto, recently assigned as the Antrim School Officer, changing a flat tire for a young student; Sgt. Grace will be sworn in at the next meeting; rejects the idea that PPB is a zoo in the summer – spoke to a NY State fireman at the Seafood Festival, who said PPB is a great family town – noticed this himself – spent the summer on Brunswick Pl – all families – can’t go 5 feet on a Friday night without seeing a Police Officer – disagrees with what negative people say, it's a false narrative – business people also do a great job.

Mayor Reid: complimented the Chamber on the Seafood Festival – people told him they like seeing trucks at the street ends – never had a problem here, but the Police presence and strategy was second to none – complimented the Chief and his staff; tennis courts, with pickle ball, look fantastic; spoke about sending a letter to St. Peter’s about contributing to the cost of mulch at Pleasure Park, as they use it most; spoke about the hole in the wall at the Inlet – signed agreements and worked very hard with the DEP Commissioner, who is working on permits and an RFP – taking longer than he would like – also working out an issue with a residential lot owner there – when complete, will have a steel wall, Loughran's Point with plaques for fallen fishermen, gazebo, picnic benches and fenced-in playground – lots of plans by next year – windmill will be gone; finally have a contract for the Bike Share program – will be great for PPB – park once and travel all over, like with the trolley – with advertising, will cost the Borough nothing – wants bike racks in Borden's lot, the lot across from 709, at Boardwalk area street-ends, the Inlet area, etc.– maybe in Bay Head as well – 5-10 bikes at each location – can have a year-long membership, pay by app or credit card (Councilman Vogel: suggested the contract indicate that, if program ceases, stanchions must be removed) the company that is hired will set the bikes up for the day; in discussions with a company that rents out ice rinks – would like it 2 weekends before and 2 weekends after Christmas at the Little Silver Lake parking lot with lights – is speaking to the Chamber about a Christmas Village around the rink with Santa and Mrs. Claus – looking for people to sponsor it.

BA/CFO Riehl: met with NJ Transit – they changed the Arnold Ave crossing construction period to Oct 26-Nov 2 – can’t go any further into the fall/winter because of the material they are using – will maintain a gravel pedestrian walkway on the north side (Mayor Reid: that's Halloween time – asked when Homecoming is) School Super. Smith is fine with it (Chief Michigan: will start after school starts at 8:30AM – will have officer on duty) cars and pedestrians will be detoured to Forman and Atlantic.

The Municipal Clerk announced additions and revisions to the agenda.


Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked about items 1o and 1p.


Motion by Councilman Vogel to close public participation and approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Cortes and carried by roll call vote.
1a Approval of payment to T&M Assoc from Pl Bd & BOA escrow accounts
1b Approval of Banner Permit Application for St Peter PTA Craft Fair banner on Arnold, 10/28-11/12
1c Approval of payment to Galvin Law Firm from Pl Bd & BOA escrow accounts
1d Approval of PPBHS PTO request to hold annual fall Town-wide Garage Sale, 10/7 (rain date 10/8)
1e Memorialization of revisions to Res 2017-0905/1G (auction of surplus vehicles on Municibid)
1f Approval of payment to Halecon for resurfacing of tennis courts at Pleasure Park ($30K)
1g Approval of payment to BTMUA for August bulk water usage ($119,100.75)
1h Approval of payment to Riggins, for gasoline & diesel fuel for DPW ($17,059.06)
1i Approval of payment of Payroll #19 ($306,928.18)
1j Approval of payment to Gruskin Architecture for My Downtown Mobile App support ($3,900)
1k Auth for Mayor to execute Teamsters contract, under certain conditions, eff. 1/1/15-12/31/18
1l Authorization to advertise for a DPW Laborer
1m Appointment of K. Thompson to the P/T position of W/S Operator, effective 9/19/17
1o Approval of PO to PSD Tree & Landscape for application of Fibar at Pleasure Park ($3,400)
1p Approval of PO to Sports & Golf Solutions for Fibar for Pleasure Park ($5,150)
1r Approval of S/E application and S/E & parking fee waiver for Chamber Food Truck & Chowder Fest and Wine Tasting in Borden’s lot, 10/28-10/29, with use of municipal lot on Arnold for vendor & winery personnel parking
1s Approval of waiver of interest on W/S account
1t Approval of ABC S/A Permit appl for Chamber Food Truck & Chowder Fest, 10/28 – 10/29
1u Certification that Gov Body read & reviewed Best Practices Worksheet – ADDED PER DH MEMO
1v Auth Eng & Atty to obtain easement per Pl Bd Res of Approval for Parkway subdivision, to decide upon scope, get/record survey & supply copy of survey to Fire Insp – ADDED PER CMTE RPTS
2a Approval of payment of computer-generated vouchers ($1,237,942.05)
2b Authorization for Administrator to execute and send letter to the PBA, under certain condition
2c Authorization for Mayor to execute the PBA contract, under certain condition, eff. 1/1/15-12/31/17
2d Approval of purchase order to Motorola for APX mobile/portable police radios ($74,885.75)
2e Resolution urging State Legislature to Extend 2% Cap on Police & Fire Arbitration Contract Awards
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel (1 only), Cortes, Mayer, Migut (except 2e), Santanello ….YEA
Councilmen Vogel (2), Migut (2e)….ABSTAIN
Councilman Toohey….ABSENT
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 2a with which Council has conflicts.


Ordinance 2017-26 (Create Handicap Parking Space in front of 514 Delaware) was considered on second reading. Mayor Reid opened the public hearing with no member of the public wishing to be heard. Motion by Councilman Vogel to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2017-26 was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilmen Toohey….ABSENT


Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked for the date of JCPL work on Broadway, as their signs are blocking DPW from mowing the lawn, the cost of the Borough’s TV commercial, the sign at Risden’s advertising live music and BYOB and the rent payment there.


Motion to adjourn by Councilman Migut was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by consent of Council. Meeting was adjourned at 8:44PM.

Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk

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