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January 1, 2018

Council Meeting Minutes

The Municipal Clerk called the regular meeting to order at 12:01PM. Present were Mayor Reid, Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Toohey, Migut and Santanello. The Municipal Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and led the flag salute. Father Michael Lorentsen of Saint Peter Church delivered the invocation.

OATHS OF OFFICE were administered to the following individuals by the Municipal Clerk:
• Councilman Re-elect Thomas Migut
• Fire Chief Daniel Miles
• Assistant Fire Chief Robert Gronau
• 2nd Deputy Fire Chief William Wackowski
1st Deputy Fire Chief Michael Ryan was not in attendance.

OATH OF OFFICE (Ceremonial) was administered to Councilman-elect Paul M. Kanitra by Father Michael Lorentsen. The Municipal Clerk administered the official oath prior to the meeting.


Mayor Reid: congratulated all appointees; looks forward to working with Councilmen Kanitra, who is young, bright and energetic, and Migut, a great and caring Councilman; welcomed former Mayor Hennessy former Councilmembers Malone, Carey and Reid (his mother), and Point Pleasant Councilman Mike Thulen; thanked Father Mike and Father Richard from Saint Peter Church – it’s always good to have God on your side; everyone on the Governing Body was raised in or raised a family in PPB and cares about the town – every decision they make is about that; joked that PPB is building its Inlet wall before Trump’s – has a long way to go, but Councilman Toohey has been working with the Environmental Commission and Open Space Committee on reshaping Loughran’s Point – will be a beautiful place to fish and be with families – will talk about plans in the coming weeks; thanked town officials for their hard work and businesses who raised money for the ice rink – was up and running for ten days – brought back a lot of memories – a nice, small-town feeling – maybe next year it will be bigger and better, but it was a nice start; had a great 2017 – a long list of positive things have been done; referred to the publicity over Ordinance 2017-30 – Council has taken a stand on legalized marijuana – have received a lot of support from other towns’ mayors and councils – it’s the right decision for this town – have worked hard to make and keep it family-friendly; the bike share program is coming this year and the trolley will continue; excited to bring back the boat race – will be bigger and better this year; Councilman Kanitra will work with Dave Russel from the Environmental Commission on recycling – can do better – as a town surrounded by water, need to reduce and maybe ban certain plastic bags in stores – will have hearings and talk to businesses – Ocean Beach Township passed an ordinance regarding this about a year ago – will look into it in the next couple months; looking forward to a great 2018 – acknowledged the Borough professionals, as well as employee Karen Mills, who were in attendance – all do a great job; is looking forward to working with Council President Santanello.


Councilman Migut: encouraged parents of 16 and 17 year olds to have them consider joining the Fire Department – invited anyone under age 50 to stop by a firehouse on Wednesday nights to pick up an application – asked that a notice about this be put in the paper; challenged Mayor Reid to bring back Student Government Day – asked Councilman Kanitra to reach out and see if the senior class would be interested; wished all a Happy New Year.


Councilman Kanitra: thanked the Mayor and Council as well as Father Michael, Father Richard, former Councilmen Malone and Carey, former Mayor Hennessy and his family and friends for their amazing support; looks forward to serving; wished a Happy New Year to all; public service has always been a big part of his life – plans on utilizing his knowledge to keep PPB the unique, safe, family-friendly town it already is; wants to be sure all citizens have a voice and a roll in the process – looking increase communication with newsletters and an annual survey; would like to bring people together and create comradery by instituting an annual senior breakfast, bringing back the town bonfire and hosting some listening sessions for first responders and other crucial departments; his top priority is helping to expand upon the great work of the Governing Body and Police to continue to safeguard the community; looking forward to working with the Environmental Commission, as Council Liaison, to find cost-effective ways to keep the community clean, naturally beautiful and energy-efficient; has located new grant moneys to help with traffic concerns, environmental issues, etc.; plans on supplementing much of what his brings to the dais with Federal and State dollars to help keep taxes low; Councilman Mayer left some large shoes to fill – is confident he is up to the task; looks forward to working with the Governing Body to accomplish his goals, and theirs, and achieving their common vision of a strong and vibrant PPB.


Councilman Migut nominated Councilman Santanello to serve as Council President for 2018. Nomination was seconded by Councilman Vogel and carried by roll call vote.
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel, Cortes, Kanitra, Toohey, Migut, Santanello


Councilman Santanello: thanked his fellow Councilmen and Mayor Reid, promising not to let them down as Council President – he has been a flashpoint for controversy – appreciates the vote of confidence; Councilman Migut has reminded all repeatedly that PPB has the lowest tax rate of all Ocean County towns with a K-12 school system – that speaks a lot about the work of Councilman Mayer – his goals are to keep the tax rate as low as possible and to improve the quality of life in town, along with PPB’s great committees, Police, Fire Companies and First Aid; will continue to fight against dishonest and unethical people, who try to do things that aren’t in the best interest of people in this town; was at a party last night where everyone talked about how much they love the boat race, trolley, ice rink and charitable events – the difference that Mayor Reid has made in 2 years is night and day compared to the way it was before – they really appreciate it; Councilman Kanitra is young, energetic and exciting – sees him diving right in, which is fantastic – looking forward to another year.


Vincent Castin, PPB: sees diversity of views on the Council – Mayor Reid has brought a new vision – people are happy with the town – a direct reflection on the Governing Body – thanked them.


Motion by Councilman Vogel to close Public Participation and approve the items listed below was seconded by Councilman Toohey and carried by roll call vote.

1a Borough Attorney: K. Riordan / Kevin B. Riordan, Esq. LLC, Toms River
1b Special Project Attorneys: J. Surenian / Jeffrey R. Surenian & Associates, LLC, Brielle
R. Bogan / Sinn, Fitz., Cantoli, Bogan, West, Steurman, PPB
C. Dasti / Dasti, Murphy, McGuckin, Ukay, Koutsouris, Connors, FR
1c Bond Counsel: S. Rogut / Rogut McCarthy, Cranford
1d Municipal Prosecutor: S. Zabarsky / Citta, Holzapfel & Zabarsky, Toms River
1e Conflict Prosecutors: B. Peterson, Seaside Park
V. Veni / Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf, Lakewood
1f Animal House Prosecutor: B. Peterson, Seaside Park
1g Public Defender: M. Schaller, King, Kitrick, Jackson & McWeeney, Brick
1h Conflict Public Defenders: R. Bogan / Sinn, Fitz., Cantoli, Bogan, West, Steurman, PPB
B. Rumpf, Tuckerton
B. DiStefano, Bayville
1i COAH Planner: M. Sullivan / Clarke Caton Hintz, Trenton
1j Animal House Judge: B. Rumpf, Tuckerton
1k Borough Auditor: W. Korecky / Suplee, Clooney & Co, Westfield
1l Borough Engineer: R. Savacool / T&M Assoc., Toms River
1m Special Project Engineers: M. O’Donnell / O’Donnell Stanton & Assoc., Toms River
J. Priolo / Maser Consulting, Red Bank
1n Municipal Planner: R. Savacool / T&M Assoc., Toms River
1o Labor Counsel: S. Zabarsky / Citta, Holzapfel & Zabarsky Toms River
1p Tax Appeal Attorney: C. Dasti / Dasti, Murphy McGuckin, Ulaky, Koutsouris, Connors, FR
1q Emergency Electrical Svcs: G. Brown, Turbo Electric, Point Pleasant
1r Financial Advisors: D. Thomspon / Phoenix Advisors - Bordentown
1s Borough Physician: Meridian Occupational Health - Eatontown
1t Police Psychologist: M. Guller & Lewis Schlosser / Institute for Forensic Psych - Oakland
1u Alternate Prosecutors: B. Wilkie, M. Montano, R. Deligny, A. Becker, R. Greitz,
P. Granick / Citta, Holzapfel & Zabarksy - Toms River
1v Emp. Benefits Consultant: S. Davenport / Conner Strong & Buckelew - Toms River
1w Insurance Consultant: M. Avalone / Conner Strong & Buckelew - Toms River

2a Approval of Temporary Budget for 2018
2b Appointment of Standing Council Committees for 2018
2c Establish Personnel Committee for 2018
2d Establish Meeting Dates for 2018
2e Establish Interest to be charged on delinquent taxes and water-sewer utility bills
2f Establish 6% penalty for Tax Delinquencies over $10,000.00
2g Authorization for Council to administer ABC licenses & enforce state statutes
2h Designation of newspapers to be used for legal ads during 2018
2i Appointment of Christine Riehl as Tax Search Officer for 2018
2j Appointment of Eileen Farrell as Assessment Search Officer for 2018
2k Appointment of Kathryn Beno as Deputy Finance Officer for 2018
2l Appointment of Janet Mutter as Deputy Municipal Clerk for 2018
2m Appointment of John Trout as Certified Principal Public Works Manager for 2018
2n Appointment of Janet Mutter as Deputy Registrar for 2018
2o Appointment of Karen Mills as Alternate Deputy Registrar for 2018
2p Appointment of Clinton Daniel as Deputy Emergency Mgt Coordinator for 2018
2q Appointment of Municipal Representative (Christine Riehl) & Alternate (Borough Engineer) to Ocean County Community Development Block Grant Committee for 2018
2r Appointment of Christine Riehl as Public Agency Compliance Officer for 2018
2s Appointment of Council liaisons (2) to the Board of Education
2t Appointment of Council liaison to the Chamber of Commerce
2u Appointment of Class I and Class II Special Police Officers, School Crossing Guards, Police Matrons, P/T Data Entry Clerk & P/T Communications Operators for 2018
2v Appointment of Tax Assessor to act as agent on Tax Appeals and Execute Settlements
2w Appointment of Kathryn Beno as Qualified Purchasing Agent and reaffirmation of increase in bid threshold for 2018
2x Authorization to draft Application for Safe & Secure Communities Program for 2018 and appointment of Lt. Gerald Quaglia as grant coordinator
2y Establishment of fees for special DWI sessions
2z Re-establishment of Petty Cash Funds for 2018

3a Designation of CFO to act as Governing Body Secretary during Budget Workshop sessions
3b Establishment of $10 late fee for late payment of dog license fees
3c Establishment of annual Halloween curfew
3d Establishment of mileage reimbursement rate for 2018
3e Payment of annual lease fee to State of NJ for Rickover Park and open space at junction of Routes 35 and 88
3f Establishment of Clerk/BA stipends for Council meetings & special Bd of Adj meetings
3g Appointment of Christine Riehl as PERMA Fund Commissioner
3h Appointment of Christine Riehl as Insurance Fund Commissioner and Eileen Farrell as Insurance Fund Deputy Commissioner and Insurance Fund Personnel Administrator & Payment to Indian Harbor for Co-Insurance
3i Appointment of Eileen Farrell as NJ Civil Service System Administrator
3j Appointment of Karen Mills as Board of Health Officer
3k Re-establishment of OPRA copy and administrative fees for 2018
3l Re-establishment of property tax exemption policy for disabled veterans
3m Re-authorization for CFO to issue hand written checks prior to Governing Body approval
3n Appointment of Karen Mills as Dog Warden for 2018
3o Re-establishment of Parking Machine Refund Policy RE: No Refunds
3p Appointment of Peter Ritchings as Dune Inspector for 2018
3q Designation of records custodians for each department
3r Re-establishment of part-time personnel and salaries for certain employees
3s Re-establishment of Condo Conversion Fee Schedule for 2018
3t Designation of financial institution and authorization for Mayor & CFO to act as signatories on Borough accounts
3u Re-establishment of miscellaneous water/sewer rates
3v Establishment of annual League of Municipalities policy
3w Authorization for Recreation Committee to accept applications for Summer Program from the parents of children who attend Antrim School, as well as from Borough employees
3x Establishment of Notary fee at $2.50/document
3y Requirement of Purchasing Agent to serve on Finance Committee
3z Requirement of Elected Officials to take one instructional course each year

4a Requirement of additional CFO duties in compliance with DLGS ‘Best Practices’
4b Authorization for Borough to install Reserved Parking signage for Veterans & Active Duty Personnel in Silver Lake lot
4c Appointments to Local Emergency Planning Council
4d Establishment of Local Emergency Planning Council meeting dates
4e Approval of 2018 Salary Resolution
4f Reaffirmation of Borough’s Civil Rights Policy
4g Re-instatement of litter patrol during summer season
4h Re-establishment of W/S ready-to-use charge waiver
4i Authorization for the Mayor to execute, as grantee, any easements granting to PPB Beach and the State of NJ the necessary property rights for the ACOE dune replenishment project upon approval of the form by the Borough Attorney without further action of the Council
4j Re-adoption of Meeting Protocol Policy, with revised Organization Meeting time
4k Designation of depositories for municipal funds during 2018
4l Approval/re-approval of 13 Adopt-A-Spot applications
4m Reappointment of J. Bragen-Edly to the P/T position of Recycling Coordinator
4n Establishment of policy regarding Pleasure Park use during Recreation Summer Park Program
4o Appointment of J. Gluck as Alternate Municipal Magistrate

5a Approval of exemption from municipal dog/cat license fees for volunteer fire/first aid personnel
5b Approval of exemption for one bulk pick-up fee/annum for volunteer fire/first aid personnel
5c Approval of exemption from water shut-off/turn-on fees for volunteer fire/first aid personnel
5d Designation of Fire Chief to sign documents and act as liaison for Firefighter Certification
5e Authorization for participation in the volunteer tuition credit program
5f Authorization for emergency services personnel to participate in AFLAC insurance programs
5g Authorization for Municipal Clerk to sign Fire Dept applications before placing on agenda

6a Appointments to Board of Adjustment
6b Appointments to Environmental Commission and Council Liaison
6c Appointments to Recreation Committee and Council Liaison
6d Appointments to Beautification Committee and Council Liaison
6e Appointments to Animal Welfare Committee and Council Liaison
6f Appointments to Shade Tree Advisory Commission and Council Liaison
6g Appointment of Council Liaison to Parking Authority
6h Appointment to Community Endowment Fund Board of Trustees
6i Establishment of Liaison to Historic Preservation Commission position

7a Appointments to Tourism Committee and Liaison
7b Appointments to Planning Board
7c Appointments to Open Space Advisory Committee
7d Appointments to Historic Preservation Commission
7e Non-Resident Taxpayers Advisory Committee and Council Liaison
VOTE: Councilmen Vogel (except 5a), Cortes, Kanitra, Toohey, Migut, Santanello….YEA
Councilmen Vogel (5)….ABSTAIN


Councilman Vogel: congratulated Councilmen Migut, who works hard behind the scenes and loves the town, and Kanitra, an exciting and energetic new addition; acknowledged Borough boards, committees, employees and Fire and EMS volunteers – all do an outstanding job day in and day out for the community; agrees with the Mayor that 2018 is going be great; wished all a Happy New Year.

Councilman Cortes: wished all a Happy New Year; echoed Councilmen Vogel’s and Santanello’s comments; there is now healthy debate and no longer unhealthy arguing; is awesome to see things brought back from when he grew up; congratulated Councilmen Migut and Kanitra, who he looks forward to working with; noted that, with Councilman Mayer’s departure, he is the now the oldest guy on dais – 60 in a week from today.

Councilman Toohey: wished all a Happy New Year; congratulated Councilmen Kanitra and Migut; loves and is lucky to represent PPB; the Governing Body is held to a high standard – is confident they can live up to that in 2018; wished all a Happy New Year.

Mayor Reid: invited all to Martell’s.

Motion by Councilman Vogel to adjourn was seconded by Councilman Migut and carried by consent of Council.

Meeting was adjourned at 12:34PM.

ATTEST: ____________________________________
Eileen A. Farrell, RMC
Municipal Clerk

Published January16, 2018 | Council Minutes | 2732

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