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September 1, 2009


The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach met at 6:34PM with Mayor Barrella and Council Members Mercun, Tooker, Cervino, and Rizzo present. Councilman Hennessy was absent and Councilman Dixon arrived at 6:39 PM. The Deputy Clerk read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

Department head memos and correspondence were discussed with those and other items moved to the agenda for action.

Motion by Councilman Mercun, to enter Closed Session to discuss one contract and two litigation matters, was seconded by Councilman Cervino and carried by the following roll call
VOTE: Council Members Mercun, Tooker, Cervino, Rizzo….YEA

Closed Session started at 6:38 P.M. and ended at 7:21 P.M.

Mayor Barrella called the regular meeting to order at 7:31 P.M. Present were Council Members Mercun, Tooker, Cervino, Dixon and Rizzo. Councilman Hennessy was absent. The Deputy Clerk again read the notice indicating compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.
Mayor Barrella expressed gratitude that no one was injured in recent fire.

Deputy Clerk Farrell added several items to consent resolution; Dave Cavagnaro, Parkway: asked if some animal colonies would not be collected and caged for observation; Ben Dispoto, Parkway: asked if the $10,560 ACO expense is part of $26,000 in item ‘s’; Kristin Hennessy, New Jersey Ave: asked about payment to Ocean County Health Department, on 8/25/09 bill list for 10 animal disposals.
Motion by Councilman Mercun, seconded by Councilwoman Tooker, resolutions covering items listed below were carried by the following roll call vote:
a) Approval of Payroll #18 ($270,228.30)
b) PO to Fire & Safety Services for repairs to vehicle ($3,261.49)
c) PO To GranTurk Equipment for public works vehicle equipment and labor ($4,105.35)
d) Payment to Anthony Massaro from Bd. of Adjustment escrow account ($400)
e) Payment to Hertrich Fleet Services for 2009 Silverado work truck ($15,073)
f) Payment of first installment to NJ Shellfish Habitat Mitigation Fund ($7,000)
g) Payment to Pitney Bowes for postage ($4,880.47)
h) Payment of 3rd Quarter Open Space Allocation ($63,888.30)
i) Payment to Seneca Survey for Green Acres Survey ($2,250)
j) Payment to Passport Health for pre-rabies exposure series ($900)
k) Payment to Walter Rudnick for professional services 6/6/09-7/15/09 ($875)
l) Approval to submit grant application and execute grant agreement with NJ DOT for improvements to Hawthorne Ave.
m) Approval to submit grant application and execute grant agreement with NJ Dot for improvements to Niblick St.
n) Award of contract for Lake Louise dredging to Wickberg Marine Contracting ($526,500)
o) Approval Chapter 159 – Beautification Donations
p) Water/Sewer bill adjustments (4 accts)
q) Approval of health insurance opt-out for Jul-Aug 2009 for Sharon Cadalzo ($1344.64)
r) Approval of computer generated vouchers ($187,580.65)
s) Emergency Appropriation for Bd of Health, Animal Control & other expenses ($26,000)
t) Approval of curb cut request at 56 Harvard Ave.
u) Approval of balloon arch at Hearth Walk on 10/05/2009
v) Authorization for Borough Administrator to enter bidding process for ambulance
w) Appointment of Amy Mercuro as alternate to Board of Adjustment
x) Approval and authorization for Mayor to execute Shared Services Agreement with Borough of Point Pleasant for Animal Control Officer, currently John Neary, at annual fee of $10,560.00, relating to a total of 520 hours (CLOSED SESSION ITEM)
VOTE: Council Members Mercun, Tooker (Items ‘a – v’ and ‘x’), Cervino, Dixon,
Councilwoman Tooker (Item ‘w’)….ABSTAIN


Council Members Mercun, Tooker, Cervino and Dixon: No Report

Councilman Rizzo: met with Construction Official regarding property behind hotel on Ocean and Lake Avenues – notified DEP and EPA – Mrs. Sampson has been in touch with authorities to reference reports and reference the Planning Board – questions on how this could be approved without anyone having looked at the property – found partially covered asphalt at site – bothered by the way Mrs. Sampson is treated, not brought up to date on anything – perturbing thing about Map Filing Law is that the Borough, its officers, agents and Borough Engineer assume no responsibility for damage resulting from grading, drainage or development of this property – doesn't understand how house can be raised in a flood zone – no fence to protect from dumping and no sign saying ‘No Trespassing’ – damage to road on Lake Street that’s being undermined – supposed to be getting more information from DEP – asphalt is going into Lake of Lillies – no one is taking charge of the dumping – no enforcement from the Building Department or other departments.

Mayor Barrella: appointed Ben Dispoto and Bill Knapp to serve as alternate members on the Planning Board; Lake Louise took too long, but moved quickly since 2008, as has Lake of the Lillies – bonded over $800,000 for Lake Louise, but dredging project came in at $526,000, consistent with what engineers said about advantageous bids, due to bad economy – imperative to move on Lake of Lillies to take advantage of current economic climate.


Dave Cavagnaro, Parkway: thanked DPW Supervisor Russell for cleaning up vandalized barrel; thanked Mr. Bassinder and Mr. Storino for donations to Beautification Committee; spoke about noise from group rentals - suggested ordinance requiring permit for live bands in residential areas; spoke about problems with Teen Night.
Ben Dispoto, Parkway: asked about status of Master Plan and if there was a 60-day time limitation for the owner of the fire-ravaged building on Arnold Avenue to demolish or start reconstruction work.
Viola Salvato, Ralphs Ices: employee was issued 2 tickets on cart, which is just an advertising mechanism for business, and was issued letter from Code Enforcement, saying that revocation of license would be recommended if cart got another ticket – asked if legal to use cart on private property.
Pat Knight, West Street: asked where cat colonies are, so she could avoid them.
Bill Knapp, Harvard Ave: asked if DPW is responsible for picking up garbage from concession stands on Boardwalk; complained that Little Macs gets cleaned with high pressure cleaner and sprays garbage onto Boardwalk; spoke about advertising signs on telephone poles and impact fees.
Kristin Hennessy, New Jersey Ave: spoke about Teen Night and clarifying identity of Point Pleasant Beach – keeping family atmosphere; asked about being appointed to Environmental Commission, as about to embark on project registering Point Pleasant Beach for certification in Sustainable New Jersey Program.
Jeff Dyer, New Jersey Ave: gave history of recent Master Plan review, started in 2002 – asked Council to review entire plan before making changes.
Max Gagnon, Parkway: spoke about abandoned house on Chicago Avenue.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 P.M.

Published January20, 2010 | Council Minutes | 940

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