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December 19, 2017

Council Meeting Minutes

Mayor Reid called the meeting to order at 7PM. Present were Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Migut and Santanello. Councilman Toohey arrived during Executive Session. 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 NJ, 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: 2 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 and carried by consent of Council.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Migut, Santanello ….YEA
Councilman Toohey…ABSENT


Mayor Reid called the meeting to order at 7:38PM. Present were Councilmen Cortes, Mayer, Toohey and Migut and Santanello. Councilman Vogel arrived at 7:39PM. 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 December 5, 2017 Council meeting minutes was seconded by Councilman Vogel and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut ….YEA
Councilman Santanello….ABSTAIN


Mayor Reid presented a proclamation to outgoing Council President William R. Mayer.


Councilman Vogel: thanked BA/CFO Riehl for working to get the park lights fixed – timer installed today – barrel slide in the park is not working; commended all for their efforts on the water main leak on Route 35S – Police rerouted traffic and coordinated getting the sign board out – Chamber was appreciative that businesses that weren’t affected could remain open – have had a few problems with water pipes leaking and breaking – there is a cost to the repair and water loss – Water/Sewer Committee will be meeting with BA/CFO Riehl and the Borough Engineer on a game plan; bid farewell and thanked Councilman Mayer – his heart is in the right place – finances in a small community are so important – PPB is in a much better position because of his hard work and efforts.

Councilman Cortes: was copied on an email regarding the No Smoking on the Boardwalk ordinance, which permits smoking at street-ends – Environmental Commission maintains 90% of the street-ends by the Boardwalk – concerned about cigarette butts in the sand and native plants – asked for provisions/stanchions; had another raccoon in the building and a water leak; reset GFI last night in front of Green Planet, so the Bay Ave. swag lights are back on after a short; two employees are leaving – Bill Dwyer from the Water Dept. was here 30 years and Joe Felita, from DPW was here 32 years – thanked them for their service and wished them well; extended well wishes to Councilman Mayer – was a pleasure campaigning and serving with him; looks forward to serving with Councilman-Elect Kanitra.

Councilman Mayer: thanked everyone – has mixed feelings – said the Mayor has done a great job – in 6 years, there has been a big change the attitude of the town and the Mayor is very responsible for it – thanked his fellow Councilmembers who have been very responsive and helpful, taking his calls at odd hours – thanked BA/CFO Riehl, a budget maven, who has put up with him endlessly and taught him a lot and he appreciates it and enjoyed it – thanked and congratulated Clerk Farrell and noted, for Council’s edification, that on reappointment tonight, she becomes PPB’s tenured Clerk, which is totally appropriate – thanked Attorney Riordan for their conversations and arguments, some during early morning hours – thanked Chief Michigan and wished him luck, as it’s a tough job, but he is the man for it and will be great; thanked Engineer Savacool, who has also been available for his early morning phone calls.

Councilman Toohey: thanked Councilman Mayer – has learned a lot from him – has known him since he was a kid, when Councilman Mayer coached Little League – has always had a mentoresque relationship with him; met with Open Space regarding the reconstruction of Loughran's Point – already in a really good place, from a consensus standpoint, with a plan to bring to Council – lucky to have a donor in town donate a playground – there more consensus for it on the Open Space Committee than not – must now get together with Engineer Savacool – is confident he can provide a recommendation from the Committee, along with Council’s wishes, and move forward – must still discuss payment options.

Councilman Migut: congratulated Mayor Reid on initiating the Christmas Light Contest – thinks there are more lights up around town this year than last; new Wendy's is open – nice addition to the Borough’s culinary offerings; thanked Councilman Mayer, his running mate 4 years ago – was a pleasure to run with him – he learned a lot over the past 3 years – wished the best of health to him in the future.

Councilman Santanello: the Recreation Committee and Chamber worked hard on the Christmas Light Contest – Chamber donated gifts for the winners – he, Mayor Reid, Recreation Committee members and Chamber members rode around and voted (1st Place: Steve & Dorothy Thedford, 412 Philadelphia Ave., 2nd Place: Joe & Karen Seickel, 201 New York Ave., 3rd Place: Sal Umek, 303 Atlantic Ave.); Chair Yoga and the Healthy Book Club start on the 4th Thursday in January; Best Day, for handicapped kids, will be held on July 7th and 8th; Basketball is up and running; Councilman-elect Kanitra attended the last meeting of the Police Committee – spoke a lot about speeding during his campaign – he is a great guy with grants, has a lot of experience and thinks he can get some money to help with speed calming devices – talked about items for next year’s budget – need video cameras with maintenance and need to fix up the server room to ensure the Department runs efficiently and things don’t go down; on Chief Michigan’s behalf, thanked the Mayor and Council for their continued support – since taking over in April, a positive change has been witnessed by the Chief and his staff regarding the relationship, communication and cooperation between one another – looks forward to this in 2018 – compiling data and statistics for a year-end to be provided in January – continuing the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign – additional officers will be patrolling and targeting those who drink and drive – on behalf of the Department, wished all a Merry Christmas and a Safe & Happy New Year; has had the distinct pleasure to work with Councilman Mayer on the Finance Committee for the last 2 years – appreciates his continued tutelage – has taught everyone to look at every penny spent and every item on the agenda – will be missed at budget time – is a great human being and wonderful family man with a great dry sense of humor – his love of the town shows through in everything he does.
Mayor Reid: PPB will be able to build the (Inlet) wall before President Trump builds his – proud and happy with all the work being done – thanked Councilman Toohey for his work with the Environmental Commission regarding Loughran’s Point – will be great down there – another piece of quality of life; lights were great – next year, the contest will be bigger and better – thanked Councilman Santanello for putting it all together; Chief Michigan did great job with communication regarding yesterday’s water main break on Route 35; ice rink is coming this Friday through the 31st, closed on Christmas, 3PM-9PM, with Santa 5PM-7PM – decided to go for a bigger rink – thanked BA/CFO Riehl for dealing with the contract on that – raised local funds – nothing out of taxpayers’ pockets – Joe Leone’s and Mona Lisa will be there – Joe Leone’s will be selling hot cocoa and hot chocolate chip cookies – described the synthetic surface – looking for people to work it; been a great year – thanked Councilman Mayer for teaching all to look at things a little bit closer – town is in better shape because of his work – hopes to continue working with him – wished the best to him and his family; very happy with the town’s response to the toy drive – parents came from all over to the Presbyterian Church to pick out toys for their kids – all should be proud.

BA/CFO Riehl: Inlet bulkhead is under construction and on track; had the pre-construction meeting for Little Silver Lake dredging – also on track (Engineer Savacool: explained the timeline – machines will be there by the second week of January).

The Municipal Clerk announced revisions & addition to the agenda.


Dave Cavagnaro, PPB: asked about items 1b, 1o, 1p, 1r & 1u; wished Councilman Mayer luck – thanked him for his service; wished all a Merry Christmas.
Vincent Castin, PPB: asked about 1s and about the bathroom hours.


Motion by Councilman Cortes to close public participation and approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote:
1a Approval of 1 W/S relief request
1c Approval of payment to Power DMS for 2017 annual fee ($7,158.25)
1d Authorization for Administrator to execute OC Road Dept 2018 Schedule C Agreement
1e Authorization to accept credit card services from TSYS
1f Approval of payment to Coded Systems for code update/supplementation (5,950)
1g Approval of payment to D. Sweet from BOA escrow accounts
1h Approval of payment of Payroll #25 ($263,565.06) & Payroll #26 ($239,900.68)
1i Approval of PO to Mail Finance for replacement postage machine ($10,672.20)
1j Approval of salary adjustment for C. Glass for passage of course leading to certification
1k Approval of payment to T&M Assoc. from BOA, Pl Bd & Developer Escrow accounts
1l Approval of payment to BTMUA for November bulk water usage ($68,141.97)
1m Approval of payment to Devo & Assoc. for monthly airtime for Sep.-Nov. ($7,389)
1n Reappointment of E. Farrell to the position of Municipal Clerk & Registrar of Vital Statistics
1o Approval of transfer resolution ($139,390)
1p Amendment of professional service contracts for Borough Attorney & Labor Counsel
1q Approval of payment to Riggins, Inc. for gas & diesel fuel for DPW ($13,196.84)
1r Authorization to condemn & take Curtis Ave property, Block 118/Lot 2.01, for drainage imp
1s Approval of PO to Milspray for sanitation truck coating ($13,672)
1t Approval of payment to the Borough of PPB for parking meter credit card fees ($50,727.93)
1u Approval of payment to Bruce Callander for water treatment plant and bath house repairs ($2,075)
1v Approval of payment to Point Pleasant for 3rdQ SLEO reimbursement for court dates ($2,967.26)
1w Approval of PO to McCarthy Cont. for W/S storage meter rm reno ($4,549) – ADDED PER BA/CFO
2a Approval of payment to ESI Equipment for rescue equipment for Ocean Fire Co No 1 ($4,250)
2b Approval of payment to Eastern Surplus & Equip for OEM/Fire truck retrofit ($30,862)
2c Approval of pymt to Plainfield Consultation Ctr for 12 pre-employment psych exams for PD ($5,605)
2d Approval of PO to Firefighter One for ice & water rescue equipment for OEM ($5,657.04)
2e Approval of payment to Motorola for radio equipment for fire chief’s car ($12,043)
2f Approval of PO to Continental Fire & Safety for bunker boots & turnout coats for the FD ($5,500)
2g Approval of payment to Witmer Assoc. for new handguns & replacement ammo for the PD ($14,452)
2h Approval of PO to Firefighter One for 2 Scott sight upgrade kits for Ocean Fire Co No 1 ($2,700)
2i Approval of payment to Brick Cardiovascular for 30 police recruit stress tests ($7,500)
2j Approval of payment of computer-generated vouchers ($339,508.56)
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel (except 1p & 2), Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut (except 2a, 2b, 2f & 2h),
Councilman Vogel (1p)….NAY
Councilmen Vogel (2), Migut (2a, 2b, 2f and 2h)….ABSTAIN
Per Borough Attorney, assume usual abstentions on item 2j with which Council has conflicts.


Ordinance 2017-30 (Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries in the Borough) was considered on second reading. Mayor Reid opened the public hearing.
The following people spoke in opposition: Eric Karsh, Pt. Pleasant, Lefty Grimes, East Hanover, Mr. King, Eatontown.
Motion by Councilman Migut to close the public hearing and adopt Ordinance 2017-30 on second reading was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA

Ordinance 2017-31 (Add Gyms, Fitness Centers, Weight Rooms, Dance Studios & Yoga Studios to Permitted Uses in the HC Zone) 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 2017-31 on second reading was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Mayer, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA


Lee Kelly, PPB: asked about 3 mailings he received regarding the energy aggregation program.
Vincent Castin, PPB: recited his annual Christmas Ode.


Motion to adjourn by Councilman Migut was seconded by Councilman Santanello and carried by consent of Council. Meeting was adjourned at 8:40PM.

Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk

Published January16, 2018 | Council Minutes | 2731

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