MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

BOROUGH OF WANAQUE

 

RE-ORGANIZATION MEETING

MINUTES

 

January 2, 2008

 

The 2008 Re-Organization Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque was held on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. at Lakeland Regional High School, 205 Conklintown Road, Wanaque, New Jersey  07465.

 

The Mayor called the meeting to order with the flag salute.

 

INVOCATION:

 

The Invocation was delivered by Reverend Lancelot Reis, Pastor, Saint Francis of Assisi Church.

 

MASSING OF COLORS AND FLAG SALUTE:   By the VFW and American Legion.

 

SUNSHINE STATEMENT:

 

The Mayor read the following Sunshine Statement:  Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by the Mayor and Council by e-mailing notice of this meeting to the Suburban Trends and the News newspapers on November 28, 2007 stating therein that this meeting would be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at the time of 7:00 P.M., in the auditorium of Lakeland Regional High School, 205 Conklintown Road, Wanaque, New Jersey, and a copy of this notice was posted on the bulletin board in the Wanaque Municipal Building on November 28, 2007 and a copy is on file in the office of the Municipal Clerk.

 

ROLL CALL:

 

On roll call, the following Council Members responded: Balunis, Cisco, O’Connell, Pasquariello, Pettet.  Councilman Theoharous was absent.  Also present was Anthony Fiorello, Borough Attorney.

 

OFFICIALS TO BE SWORN INTO OFFICE:

 

The Mayor administered the Oath of Office to Councilman Edward O’Connell.  The Mayor asked Freeholder Terry Duffy to come forward and administer the Oath of Office to Councilwoman Karen Cisco.

 

APPOINTMENT OF BOROUGH JUDGE:   Harold Cook III

  

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and O’Connell moved a motion to approve Harold Cook III to a three (3) year term expiring December 31, 2010.

            On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

MAYOR'S ADDRESS:

 

“Good evening and Happy New Year. Welcome to the annual reorganization meeting of the Wanaque Mayor and Council.

 

I would like to start by congratulating Ed O’Connell on his re-election to the Council for a third term. I would also like to congratulate Karen Cisco on her election and I would like to welcome her to the Council.  Karen brings a new perspective to municipal government and I am confident that she will work with me and the rest of the Council to do what is right for our residents.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Joe Fiorito for his efforts on the Council the past two years. Joe stepped in to fill a seat on the Council after the passing of Mayor Hagstrom and he became very involved with recreation, improving our facilities, and spearheading a review of the Borough’s zoning ordinances.  While Joe is leaving the Council, he is not stopping from serving our community.  He will continue to serve on several committees including Open Space and the Plan Endorsement Study.  I look forward to working with Joe on those committees. 

During my first year as Mayor, I feel that we have had a number of accomplishments, but there is still a lot of work to be done.  Property taxes continue to be the biggest issue facing every municipality in New Jersey. Last year at this time I promised to hold the line on municipal property taxes in 2007 and we did. Wanaque was one of a handful of towns in New Jersey who experienced a zero percent tax increase at the municipal level. Unfortunately, I cannot make the same promise in 2008.  There are many costs within our budget which are not controlled by the governing body. Many of our municipal costs are directly affected by the decisions made in Trenton on matters such as increases in pension and health benefits and additional unfunded mandates from state agencies. As is every citizen, we are also burdened with the skyrocketing costs of gasoline and energy. These rising costs coupled with our slowdown in ratable growth resulting from the current recession in the real estate market will make the 2008 budget very challenging. I promise that we will do everything within our means to keep any tax increases to a minimum.  I do want to emphasize that I am speaking about the Municipal portion of the taxes which is the only portion controlled by the Mayor and Council. This constitutes approximately 21% of your tax bill. We do not control the County or School portions of the tax bill.

In October 2006, we broke ground at the Haskell Towne Centre.  Twelve months later we dedicated the building and welcomed the building’s first tenants. The developer has rental commitments for almost 85% of the space. They are working hard on completing various tenant fit-ups and they expect most of the leased areas to be occupied with in the next four months. This redevelopment project has made an overwhelming difference to the Haskell Business District.  Now it is up to all of us to use these businesses along with all of our existing merchants to help keep them viable. 

The redevelopment of the old candle factory site is moving along nicely. Most of the site work has been completed and the developer anticipates beginning construction of the buildings this spring.

We are now looking at redeveloping the area south of Doty Road across from the CVS.  A redevelopment study report was prepared by our planning consultant and presented to the Planning Board. The Planning Board held a public hearing in December which will continue later this month.  I invite all of our residents to read the redevelopment study report which is available on the Borough’s website and to attend to the next Planning Board meeting on January 17th.  We are sensitive to the needs of the residents while looking at the overall need to improve that area.  We are looking for ideas and concepts that are practical and feasible. If the redevelopment plan is approved by the Planning Board, it will be forwarded to the Mayor and Council for review and approval in the form of an ordinance.

We are also planning a facelift for the four buildings on the east side of Ringwood Avenue across from the Haskell Town Centre.

When Ringwood Avenue Phase I started, we promised the residents of Whistler Place that the road would be reconstructed when Ringwood Avenue was completed.  Those residents lived with traffic from the detour for many months.  I am proud to say that we kept our promise. Whistler Place is now a smooth ride, with new water and sewer pipes, curbs and sidewalks.  But we are not stopping there.  Laura Avenue is the next street to be reconstructed.  Phase I from George Street to Furnace Avenue will be done this summer, using a $250,000 grant from the State.  I was just notified that the Borough is receiving another $257,000 grant for Phase II of Laura Ave from Furnace Ave to Belmont Ave.  These grants offset a significant part of the costs of these projects.

In this regard, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank retiring State Senator Henry McNamara for helping to secure these grants for Wanaque.  In the 15 years that I have served on this governing body Senator McNamara has been Wanaque’s best friend in Trenton. In addition to Laura Avenue, he also secured several million dollars of road reconstruction grants for Ringwood Avenue, Conklintown Road, Pellington Street, Bergen Avenue, Decker Road, Whistler Place and more. The traffic light at Conklintown Road and Ringwood Avenue is the result of a grant obtained by Senator McNamara. The senator was also instrumental in helping Wanaque obtain its Town Center designation from the State. One of the senator’s most significant contributions to Wanaque was his efforts in 2004 to exempt the Pulte development from the Highlands Act. Wanaque will certainly miss Senator Henry McNamara and we wish him the best in his retirement.

Last year the Passaic County Freeholders approved moving forward with Ringwood Avenue Phase III. They funded the engineering for the project which is expected to begin in 2009.  Hopefully, this project will not be affected by the current budget problems facing the County.  Prior to the beginning of the road reconstruction by the County, the Borough must replace of the 70+ year old water main.  This project is not going to be easy since the detour routes are limited.  The Borough and the County have already begun working on how to handle traffic and the timing of construction. This project is scheduled to take place over the next few years. In conjunction with this project, we will be looking towards the inclusion of some upgrades to the Midvale business district.

Another significant issue is the condition of our Municipal Building.  The building is almost 100 years old and is not in compliance with certain mandates from Trenton and Washington. As a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act, an engineering study was performed in 1999 estimating the cost to renovate the existing building at $1.7 million.  We are having the study updated, and I anticipate that the cost will be more than double the previous amount.  During 2007, a council committee looked at several sites in the Borough to possibly build a new Municipal building. The advantages and disadvantages of each site were considered. As a result, the committee reported that the most desirable site would be the former U.S. Aluminum site on Fourth Avenue.  This 5 acre site could be home to not only a new Municipal Building, but also to a Community Center and a third structure, possibly a new post office. In 2007, the Council authorized the Borough Attorney to begin negotiations with the owners of this property, which is ongoing. However, no commitments have been made.

 

Before we move ahead, I am extending an invitation to all of our residents to visit our Municipal Building and see first-hand the problems with the building.  We will have an open house on Tuesday, January 29th from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.  At 7:30 P.M., we will have a special Council meeting where we will have a presentation on all of the sites considered, including the present location.  There will be an open public discussion where all of your questions can be answered.  We will be putting a copy of the 1999 building study on the Borough’s website for you to read.

There have been some questions raised regarding possible environmental issues at this site. I would like to assure all of our residents that if we move forward to purchase the US Aluminum property, the site will be cleaned up, all tanks will be removed, and the property will be purchased free of any and all environmental contamination at the current property owner’s cost.  The Borough will hire an independent environmental consultant to test the soil and confirm that the property is clean and we will insist that environmental clearance be given by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  Additional provisions will be in the contract to absolve the Borough of any responsibility for any possible contamination found on the site subsequent to the closing. 

Another issue is the cost of this project. We anticipate that most of the funding for this project will come from the Candle factory redevelopment. If approved, we may move forward with the purchase of the property and certain preliminary site work in 2008. However, I do not anticipate beginning any actual construction until the Candle factory redevelopment project is built and substantially sold and the related tax revenues are available for use.

Whether we purchase the US Aluminum property or not, I would like to begin a redevelopment study in 2008 for the area between Second Avenue and Fourth Avenue, from Ringwood Avenue to the Boulevard.  This area lies between the two redevelopment projects currently in process and the pending redevelopment area. The redevelopment of this area would  complete the entire downtown Haskell redevelopment.

We have a lot of work to do this year. We do our best to provide great services to our residents.  Our Police Officers, Road and Water Department workers, and our Borough Hall staff are second to none.  Our volunteer Firefighters, First Aid Squad members, Recreation volunteers and people who donate their time to our community make Wanaque a great place to live. I thank all of them for their efforts.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Borough Council, our Administrator Tom Carroll, our Borough Clerk Kathy Falone, Chief Reno, our Borough Attorney Tony Fiorello and the entire staff.  I am confident that we will continue to move forward as we continue to improve our community.

I would like to conclude by thanking my wife, Marie and my family for their continued support.  Thank you and God Bless America”.

                                                                      

COUNCIL ADDRESSES:

   Councilman O’Connell:

 

“Good evening and Happy New Year.  I would like to thank my family, friends, and all the residents of Wanaque for having the trust in me to represent them on this council for another term.  I will continue to try to make Wanaque the best place to live.  Congratulations to my former teacher, Karen Cisco.  Several weeks ago there was an article in the paper from Karen thanking me and saying that I will now be her teacher.  Karen I will give you the same advice Senator McNamara told me. He said “listen to everything and do what you feel from your heart and you will do the best for Wanaque.” I hope that helps you as much as it helped me.  Good luck Karen.  Joe Fiorito to you I look forward to working with you in the future.

With every New Year comes new challenges and new goals this year is no exception.  The Mayor and Council have a lot of work this year with the growing cost of insurance, fuel, metals, and just about everything, we have some new ratables for next year or so, but there is also a decrease in grants from the state.  We need to continue to pressure our county and state politicians to spend our money wiser not just increase taxes whenever they are over budget.

For all the men and women in the police, fire, and ambulance departments I would like to say thank you for keeping Wanaque protected and safe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I would also like to thank all the Borough Employees for all of their top notch services throughout the year.  I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe New Year.  Thank you”.

 

   Councilwoman Cisco:

 

“Mayor Mahler, Members of the Council, Friends and Family, first and foremost I’d like to express my thanks to the Mayor and Council for the change of venue for the Mayor and Council’s Re-Organization meeting, from Wanaque’s municipal building to this building, a building that any resident can gain access to.  With my thanks you also get a promise that I will do everything in my power, no matter how long the present Municipal Building is used as main seat of government in the Borough, I promise that it will be made more physically accessible to every resident of our town.

I’d like to take a moment to thank my running mate, David DaSilva, for his care, compassion and commitment to our town and for all the hard work that he’s given to the residents of Wanaque.  To Republicans Ed O’Connell and Joe Fiorito for a very clean and above-board 2007 campaign and election. Specifically to Councilman O’Connell, my former student, I know it was printed in the paper awhile back, and please know I meant what I said; that I hope I now learn from you and the other members of the Mayor and Council to show that we can all listen, learn and work as one to benefit all the residents of the town we call home.

My family has been fortunate enough to be active in the volunteer and professional life of the Borough of Wanaque for over 70 years, first with my Grandmother, Margaret Cisco and then my Father, Joe, as well as other family members.  Wanaque is a wonderful municipality that has great faith, pride and has compassion for all those who live here or just passing through.  Our Borough’s Police Department is small, but has some of the finest and most dedicated police officers imaginable.  The Borough’s Fire Department is comprised of some of the most loyal members to ever go to battle against a fire, and all the residents should know how very fortunate we are to have them serving our town.  Last, but certainly not least, I must commend and congratulate each member of the Wanaque First Aid Squad for their untiring, and often unsung, devoted volunteer service to the residents of Wanaque, in this the 35th anniversary year of service to the residents and visitors of our town.

To my friends from Wanaque and from throughout Passaic County thank you for being here this evening.  To my family, especially Kaitlyn and Kelly, know that I’m taking on this job to set a positive example to you, and to continue to give back to our town what past members of our family so freely gave to our friends and neighbors.

I look forward to working with, disagreeing and agreeing with each of the members of Wanaque’s Mayor and Council over the next 3 years.  I know that each battle will be committed to giving all that is good to Wanaque’s residents.  Thank you”.

 

   Councilman Balunis:

 

“Good evening, I trust everyone enjoyed the holiday season and I hope 2008 will be a year of good health and prosperity for all.  I want to congratulate Karen Cisco on her election to the Council and Ed O’Connell on his re-election.  I look forward to working with both of them.

As I begin my eighth year on the Council, I can’t help noticing that some things never change.  A case in point is New Jersey’s ongoing fiscal crisis and the continued need for property tax reform.

In 2008, municipalities throughout NJ will again struggle in an effort to keep their property taxes down.  In most cases, they face a losing battle.  The Governor recently proposed a new school funding formula in which our schools would receive a 10% increase in state aid. This is a step in the right direction, but far more needs to be done if we are to realize any meaningful and sustainable property tax relief.  I appreciate the Governor’s concern over issues like Stem Cell research, Global Warming and the Death Penalty but we are still waiting for the property tax relief he promised when he was elected.

Thanks in part to years of state mismanagement; NJ towns are again facing huge increases to pension bills this year. Wanaque’s bill for 2008 is $570,000 which is a $220,000 increase over last year’s figure.  To put things in perspective; our pension bill for 2004 was $33,000.

We are now in the process of completing repairs on the Rainbow Lake Dam, which is a state mandate. We also must compile reports for state agencies such as the Council on Affordable Housing and the Office of Smart Growth to retain our Town Center Designation.  Although our state government places great importance on these programs, they provide us with little or no funding to implement, which results in the property taxpayers footing the bill.

In contrast to the gloomy fiscal outlook of our state, there are many positives to point to in the town of Wanaque.  For one, with all the aforementioned increases to municipal costs, which have been quite substantial over the last 4 years, Wanaque is the only town in northern NJ that has not seen a municipal tax increase since 2005.

Despite popular belief, we have accomplished this, not by any single tax ratable or factor. We in fact, have a long history of municipal tax stability that simply cannot be attributed to any overnight phenomenon.  It is the cumulative result of years of careful spending, smart budget practices and long-term planning.

This Mayor and Council have used every tool at its disposal to save our taxpayers money. For example, we have been very successful in obtaining State, County and Federal grant funding.  In the last two years alone, we have received over a ½ million dollars in grant funding to pave roads and improve infrastructure.  This is noteworthy, because this is money spent to improve our town that does not come from our property taxes. Of course it’s all taxpayer dollars, but the towns that are most successful in bringing outside funding back to their towns, are the towns that can achieve significant progress.

 

 

We have also been very successful in negotiating shared services agreements with our neighboring towns and school districts.  These agreements have enabled us to reduce our operating costs without reducing the level or quality of services the borough provides.  The goal here is not to reduce services, but rather to provide them in the most cost efficient way possible.

Another positive benchmark for our town in 2007 was the opening of the Haskell Town Center which is nearly at 100 % occupancy.  In addition, the Council is currently in the process of reviewing a redevelopment study for Ringwood Avenue, south of Doty Road.

In 2007 we added new recreation facilities at Warren Hagstrom Boulevard and there are plans for additional improvements to several of our existing facilities this year.  In conjunction with the renovations already underway in our Public Schools, I’d say our town is experiencing a major revival.

In closing, I look forward to meeting the challenges that lie ahead in  2008. I encourage all our residents to get involved in our community.  We welcome your input and we are eager to serve you.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all our borough employees for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.  Thank you and Happy New Year”.

 

   Councilman Pasquariello:

 

“I would like to thank everyone for coming out tonight, and would like to welcome Karen to the Council. We have a lot to do this year, and I am sure that with the cooperation of everyone sitting up here, we will keep Wanaque moving forward.  I want to thank Joe Fiorito for serving on the Council for the past two years.  Joe put in a lot of time and effort for our residents, and I am sure he will continue to be active in the town.

I would like to thank everyone who makes Wanaque a great place, Mayor Mahler, the rest of the Council, Tom Carroll and Kathy Falone, Tony Fiorello and Mike Cristaldi, Chief Reno and the Police Department, the volunteers in the Fire Department, and First Aid Squad, the many recreation volunteers, and our Borough employees.  These people do a great job and I am glad to support them in providing a service to our community”.

 

   Councilman Pettet:

 

“Good Evening.  I can’t believe another year has gone by and here we are at 2008.

I was instructed to write my comments down tonight since we were not at town hall where we have a different form of recording these meetings and comment.

For those of you who know my particular “style” this is quite a stretch for me not being able to jot a few thoughts down on a napkin or the back of a receipt from a local merchant, “wing it”.

Well, perhaps this is a good thing in that it’ll keep me from rambling and these thoughts are still written from the heart and it’s good to be stretched now and then it keeps you young.

First off, I’d like to thank my family for their tireless support.  My wife, Denise, my 2 daughters Ashley and Kristen, my grandson, Todd, thank you.

The year 2007 was a good one for Wanaque.  Once again, the Borough portion of our tax bill saw no increase.

 

 

The Town Center opened its doors for business which is causing quite a few positive comments from folks in our town and neighboring towns.  And even in the very basic matters such as garbage collection, we were able to improve the quality of service while keeping an eye on the best possible cost.

As you know I love this town.  I think the term “family town” is a fitting description of Wanaque. Probably the hardest thing for me to accept as a Councilman is so often having to work around State mandates and regulations.

I’m a believer in States rights and community rights and it seems like legislation from Trenton should not be imposed on this community just as legislation from Washington is imposed so often on our States.  But, this, after all, is a nation united so we must have federal law, state law, and local ordinance.  And I believe we can set local policy in such a way as to serve the municipality in a user friendly manner rather than a cold, pragmatic, manner.  Notice I said serve.  We are here to serve.  There is nothing more pleasant to a citizen than know it’s municipal government is there to serve not impose.

I remember years ago, before serving on the school board and before serving on this Council I went into town hall to pay my taxes.  Margaret Cisco was there at the window.  I felt she new my father and grandfather but really didn’t know me or much about me.  I wrote my number on my check, it was a fairy long number and she said “oh, no Mr. Pettet, we don’t need that, just your lot and block number.  I said well, Mrs. Cisco, I need to go get that, I’m not sure what it is and she replied Lot 2, Block 224 or some such number cold, right off the top of her head.  It seems she did this for everyone.  She was there to serve.  She was not government, she was your friend.

I think that spirit still lives in Wanaque today from our front office to our police department to our volunteers to our Council.  It’s so refreshing to so often hear the question, is this good for the people in committee.  Committees meet where there is no press, no fan fare, no reason to say it other than to believe it.

We welcome Margaret’s grand daughter, Karen to the Council tonight.  Welcome Karen.

Ed O’Connell, welcome back and congratulations on your re-election. A good man, Ed, a good servant.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Joe Fiorito tonight.  Now here’s a servant.  I believe this town will benefit tremendously from some work that was done, largely by Joe this past year.  I had the pleasure of serving on the committee that Joe chaired.  He showed true leadership and concern for the people of Wanaque. This would probably embarrass him but what the heck.  It’s been said that character is what you are in the dark when no one’s looking.  Joe, you have true character.  Joe mentioned to me after a committee meeting one night that he was sure come next year Wanaque would be the better for some changes we were making.  He joked “I’m up for re-election and who knows I may not make it but that’s okay.  I know we’ve made a real difference here and that is why we are here”.   Joe it’s been a real pleasure serving with you.

I look forward to 2008 and serving with this Council.  I believe the very best days of Wanaque are ahead of us.  Thank you and God Bless”.

 

ROLL CALL:

 

            On roll call the following Council Members were present:  Balunis, Cisco, O’Connell, Pasquariello and Pettet.  Councilman Theoharous was absent.

 

APPOINTMENTS:

 

The Mayor presented the following names of professionals for the year of 2008:

 

Ferraioli, Wielkotz, Cerullo & Cuva, P.A- Charles Ferraioli - Auditor

Richard A. Alaimo Associates – Michael Cristaldi - Engineer

Richard A. Alaimo, P.E./Kenneth Albert

COAH Planner – Art Bernard

Michael F. Kelly, Esq. - Public Defender

Michael Foulon – Assistant Public Defender

Ralph Fava, Esq. - Prosecutor

Scarinci & Hollenbeck, LLC - Sean Dias - Labor Counsel

Hawkins, Delafield & Wood - Bond Counsel

Polaris Galaxy, Inc. – John Serapiglia – Multi-Line – Workmen’s Comp.

UHY Advisors – Joseph Rude - Health

Robert Benecke – Economic Development Consultant

 

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Pettet moved a motion to approve the aforementioned appointments.

On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

SPECIAL POLICE OFFICERS:

 

Patricia Norton                         Wayne Rundecker

Robert Roach                            Mark Oliveri

Robert Passarella                      Lisa Robataille

Kathleen Kollmann                  Ryan Maloney

 

CHAPLAIN - FIRE DEPARTMENT:   Theodore Luciani

CHAPLAIN – POLICE DEPARTMENT:  Pastor Donald DeGroat

 

OFFICERS - FIRE DEPARTMENT:

 

            The Mayor presented the following names as Officers for the Wanaque Borough Volunteer Fire Department for the year 2008:

 

Chief:                                  Tad Skawinski

1st Asst. Chief:                    Scott Bracken

2nd Asst. Chief:                   Lee Smith

 

Captains          -         Co. #1: Glenn Cisco, Jr.

                                  Co. #2:  Mark Oliveri

            1st Lieutenants    -     Co. #1:  James Bennett

                                              Co. #2:  John Powers

             2nd Lieutenants  -     Co. #1:  John Luscher

                                              Co. #2: George Schamble

 

FIRE MARSHALLS:

 

The Mayor presented the following names as Fire Marshalls for the year 2008:

 

Pat Spadaccini                   Adolph Crescente

            Theodore Luciani              Samuel Venezia                                   

 

FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU - FIRE PREVENTION SPECIALIST:

 

The Mayor presented the following names as Fire Prevention Bureau - Fire Prevention Specialist for the year 2008:

 

Fire Official           -           Kevin Platt

Fire Inspectors      -            Dennis Dondero, William Roberto, John Roberto

                                                       Robert DeStaffen

 

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Balunis moved a motion to approve the aforementioned appointments of Officers for the Fire Department.

On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

BOROUGH PHYSICIAN & SURGEON:   N/A

 

MAYOR'S APPOINTMENTS:

 

   Recreation Commission:  

 

            The Mayor appointed Daniel Sinclair to a Five (5) Year Term and Councilman Thomas Balunis as Council Liaison.

 

   Planning Board:  

 

The Mayor appointed Eugene Verba as a Class IV member to a Four (4) Year Term and Councilman Edward O’Connell as Council Liaison.

 

   Library Board:

 

The Mayor appointed Debbie Griffin to the Library Board for a Five (5) Year Term and Councilman Thomas Balunis as Mayor’s Representative.

 

MAYOR AND COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS:

 

   Planning Board:

 

Kevin Platt appointed as a Class II One (1) Year Term and Councilman Edward O’Connell as a Class III One (1) Year Term.

   Board of Adjustment:

 

            Edward Leonard appointed to a Four (4) Year Term and Joseph D’Alessio to an unexpired term expiring December 31, 2009 and Councilwoman Karen Cisco as Council Liaison.

 

   Board of Health:

 

            Frank Riccardelli and Chris Demetriou appointed to a Three (3) Year Term each and Councilman George Theoharous as Council Liaison.

 

   Human Resource Board:

 

            Patricia Hoffman appointed to a Four (4) Year Term and Councilwoman Karen Cisco as Council Liaison.

 

   Open Space:

 

            Joseph Fiorito appointed to a three (3) year term and Councilman Thomas Balunis as Council Liaison.

 

   Plan Endorsement Committee:

 

            Joseph Fiorito and Peter Sloat appointed to the committee.

 

   Wanaque Borough Sewerage Authority:

 

            John DiMeglio appointed to a Five (5) Year Term Effective February 1, 2008 and Mayor Daniel Mahler as Council Liaison.

 

   Wanaque Valley Regional Sewerage Authority:

 

            Frank Covelli appointed to a Five (5) Year Term effective February 1, 2008 and Councilman Daniel Mahler as Council Liaison.

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilwoman Cisco and Councilman Balunis            moved a motion to approve the aforementioned appointments.

            On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

STATUTORY APPOINTMENTS:  One (1) Year Terms

1.  Susan Boyhan - Assistant Treasurer

2.  Nancy Vesce - Assessment Search Officer

3.  Nancy Vesce - Tax Search Officer

4.  Thomas Carroll - Public Agency Compliance Officer

5.  Thomas Carroll - Fund Commissioner NJIIF

6.  Thomas Carroll - Waste Advisory Council

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and O’Connell moved a motion to approve the aforementioned appointments.

            On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

EMPLOYEE BONDS:

 

1.  Tax Collector                           5.  Judge

2.  Chief Financial Officer            6.  Deputy Court Administrator

3.  Deputy Tax Collector              7.  Cashier – Water Department

4.  Court Administrator                 8.  Tax Clerk

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilman Pasquariello and Councilwoman Cisco moved a motion to approve the aforementioned appointments.

            On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

CONSENT AGENDA:   Anything placed on this agenda has been deemed to be non-

                                        controversial in a matter of routine business and will be

                                         voted on by one motion.

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

   Resolution #1-0-08:

     Re: Signature Resolution

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor, Borough Clerk and Chief Financial Officer be and are hereby authorized to sign all checks and issue payments for the Borough of Wanaque; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council President be authorized to sign in the absence of the Mayor and the Assistant Treasurer in absence of the Chief Financial Officer.

 

   Resolution #2-0-08:

     Re: Transfer Resolution       

BE IT RESOLVED that the Chief Financial Officer be authorized to issue transfer checks on her signature alone, to transfer Borough funds from one account to another, but no funds are to leave the credit of the Borough.

 

   Resolution #3-0-08:

     Re: Interest Resolution - Delinquent Taxes

 

BE IT RESOLVED that interest on delinquent taxes be 8% per annum on amounts of less than $1,500.00 and on any amounts in excess of $1,500.00 the rate shall be 18%; and

BE IT RESOLVED that a 6% penalty will be charged on delinquencies in excess of $10,000.00 at the end of the calendar year; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a grace period of ten (10) days shall be provided within which the installment of taxes may be received without charge for interest.

 

 

   Resolution #4-0-08:

     Re: Interest Resolution - Unpaid Assessments

 

BE IT RESOLVED that interest on unpaid assessments shall be at the rate of 8% per annum on amounts of less than $1,500.00 and on any amounts in excess of $1,500.00 the rate shall be 18%; and

BE IT RESOLVED that a 6% penalty will be charged on delinquencies in excess of $10,000.00 at the end of the calendar year; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a grace period of ten (10) days shall be provided within which the installment of taxes may be received without charge for interest.

 

   Resolution #5-0-08:

     Re: Cancel property Tax refunds or delinquencies of $10.00 or less

 

WHEREAS, Chapter 82, Public Law of 1987, known as N.J.S.A. 40A:5-17.1 permits authorized employees to process cancellation of property Tax refunds or delinquencies of $10.00 or less without further action of the Governing Body; and

WHEREAS, the Tax Collector is responsible for property Tax collection;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council do hereby authorize the Tax Collector to cancel property Tax refunds or delinquencies of $10.00 or less.

 

   Resolution #6-0-08:

     Re: Tax Sale 2007

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Tax Collector shall have a Tax Sale for 2007 and Prior Delinquent Municipal Charges during the calendar year of 2008.

 

   Resolution #7-0-08:

     Re: Investment Resolution

 

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the Borough of Wanaque for the uses of modern techniques of money management of excess funds in all accounts; and

WHEREAS, on such acceptable and sound technique is the use of cash flow when balances become available in secure legal investments and certificates of deposit; and

WHEREAS, it has further been determined that the Borough Auditor has recommended, due to the instability of the financial market that the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer be hereby authorized to invest current excess funds in all accounts, as she deems necessary, in order to obtain the highest interest rates;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Governing Body of the Borough of Wanaque, that the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer be and she is hereby authorized and directed to invest all excess cash funds in all accounts in Certificates of Deposit and Money Markets at the highest interest rate, as she deems necessary, when the Borough has the funds available, in those banks as legally designated by the Mayor and Council;

 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer is further authorized and directed to report, in writing, to the Governing Body at the meeting next succeeding the date when any investment is made pursuant to this Resolution and such report shall include the amount, description, interest rate, financial institution and maturity date of such investment.

 

   Resolution #8-0-08:

     Re: Change Fund Resolution

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque that a change fund be established as follows:

 

TAX COLLECTOR...............................$200.00

WATER CLERK...................................$100.00

HEALTH DEPARTMENT..................... $25.00

 

   Resolution #9-0-08:

     Re: Enumerated Claims for Payment

 

WHEREAS, all claims for payment by the Borough are required to be first submitted to the Borough Council of the Borough of Wanaque, for consideration before payment is made; and

WHEREAS, due to the nature of certain claims and timing the particular meetings involved, certain claims which are statutory and regular in nature should be paid when presented, other than for the next meeting of the Borough Council due to the nature of said bills.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Borough Council of the Borough of Wanaque, as follows:  1. This Borough Council does hereby approve of the payment between meetings of the following enumerated claims for payment, and the same are presented to the Borough Treasurer of the Borough of Wanaque:

A.  Bergen Municipal Employees Fund

B.  First Option

C.  Delta Dental of New Jersey

D.  Wanaque Board of Education

E.  Lakeland Regional High School

 

   Resolution #10-0-08:

     Re: Civil Rights Compliance Officer

 

WHEREAS, there must be a Civil Rights Compliance Officer designated to oversee the Civil Rights Act;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque, the Borough Administrator is hereby designated the Civil Rights Compliance Officer for the Borough of Wanaque to oversee Civil Rights.

 

   Resolution #11-0-08:

     Re: Affirmation Action Program for Equal Employment Opportunity

 

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM FOR EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

 

A.  DEFINITION - "An Affirmative Action Program is a set of specific and result-oriented procedures; the objective of which is to achieve equal employment opportunity, and in doing so to recognize and overcome the effects of racial, sexual and social discrimination in employment.

B.  STATEMENT OF POLICY - The Borough of Wanaque is committed to ensuring equal opportunity and participation to all of its volunteers, employees and applicants for employment.  The treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, handicap, marital status, sexual orientation or affectional preference in all employment decision, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, all other terms and conditions of employment except as provided by law.

The Borough of Wanaque intends to advocate this Affirmative Action Program to clearly reflect in increased distribution and utilization of minority group employees

C.  RESPONSIBILITY - The Executive Director of           is responsible for implementing the Affirmative Action Program.  He or she is responsible for ensuring equal opportunity for all employees and volunteers.

The Executive Director shall be responsible for reviewing the progress of the Affirmative Action Program to ensure that equal opportunity exists in fact.  The Executive Director will be responsible for all necessary actions and efforts to support the Affirmative Action Policy.

 

   Resolution #12-0-08:

     Re: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

 

            The Borough of Wanaque is sympathetic to personnel with substance and alcohol problems, but it will not tolerate situations in which drug or alcohol dependency causes unsatisfactory position performance and/or substandard behavior and where it jeopardizes the Borough's reputation and position in the community.

When drug dependency or alcoholism results in unsatisfactory position performance and/or substandard behavior, the Borough of Wanaque consider termination of employment to be a business necessity.  Unsatisfactory position performance and substandard

behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:

-  consistent and/or excessive lateness or absences.

-  inability to carry out assigned duties on at least

   an average level.

-  inability to follow instructions.

-  lack of cooperation. 

-  lack of self-sufficiency and self-control.

Management will evaluate such situations if patterns of poor work performance and/or substandard behavior occur.

Employees will also be subject to immediate dismissal if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or are in possession of or sell alcohol or illegal drugs on Borough time or property.

 

   Resolution #13-0-08:

     Re: 2008 Salary Resolution

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque, in the County of Passaic and State of New Jersey, as follows:

Payroll for the Borough of Wanaque for 2008 is provided on Schedule A.  (See attached)

 

   Resolution #14-0-08:

     Re: Budgetary Transfers

 

None.

 

   Resolution #15-0-08:    

      Re:  Payment to Library - 1st Quarter Allotment: $102,537.50

 

BE IT RESOLVED that payment be made to the Wanaque Public Library for the 1st Quarter Allotment in the amount of $102,537.50.

 

   Resolution #16-0-08:

     Re:  Mailing of Notice for the Tax Sale in place of advertising

 

WHEREAS, Chapter 99 of the Public Laws of 1997 as further codified in N.J.S.A. 54:5-26 permits a maximum fee of $25.00 for each notice by regular or certified mail sent in lieu of advertising for two of the four weeks proceeding the week of the tax sale.  

WHEREAS, the Tax Collector is to hold a tax sale yearly for delinquent Municipal charges.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council hereby authorize the Tax Collector to charge $10.00 for each set of mailings done in lieu of the advertising for the tax sale.

 

   Resolution #17-0-08:

     Re:  Approve Surety Bond – County Road Opening

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE TO ISSUE AND EXECUTE A BOND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE "PASSAIC COUNTY RIGHT OF WAY ENTRY RESOLUTION".

 

            WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque need to make certain repairs on roadways which are located within the borders of the Borough of Wanaque and are owned by the County of Passaic; and

WHEREAS, in September of 1991, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted a "Right-of-Way Entry/Opening Resolution" requiring all municipalities to comply with certain requirements before making any repairs to a County road; and

            WHEREAS, in accordance with the above requirements and prior to the Borough of Wanaque undertaking any repairs, a Bond must be posted with Passaic County to insure that the Borough of Wanaque will properly excavate and restore the surface of any County roadway; and

            WHEREAS, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders have indicated that they will accept a municipality's own Bond in lieu of a Bond issued by a Surety Bonding Company; and

            WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque desire to satisfy this requirement in order to undertake all necessary roadway repairs.

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque does hereby authorize the issuance and execution of a Bond in the amount of $30,000.00.

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and Municipal Clerk are hereby authorized to execute any and all instruments relating hereto and that a copy of this Resolution along with the Bond be forwarded to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

 

   Resolution #18-0-08:

     Re:  Adopting Tort Claim Notice

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that the attached Tort Claim Form be and is hereby approved for all Title 59 notifications.

 

   Resolution #19-0-08:

     Re:  Award of Professional Services

 

WHEREAS, on November 29, 2007 the Borough of Wanaque announced through its official Municipal Website, HTTP://www.wanaqueborough.com that it was soliciting proposals for various professional services under the “Fair and Open” provisions of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq; and

            WHEREAS, those proposals were received on December 18, 2007 by the Borough Administrator, who opened them and read them aloud; and

            WHEREAS, upon review by the Borough Council it is agreed to make certain appointments under the “Fair and Open” provisions of the law;

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following professional appointments are made for the year 2008 in accordance with N.J.S.A.40A:11-5 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq.:

 

Borough Auditor:                                  Ferraioli, Wielkotz, Cerullo & Cuva-Charles

                                                            Ferraioli

Borough Engineer:                                Richard A. Alaimo Associates-Michael Cristaldi           

Borough Planner:                                  Richard A. Alaimo, P.E./ Kenneth Albert – Benecke

                                                            Economics

Public Defender:                                   Michael Kelly, Esq.

Assistant Public Defender:                     Michael Foulon

Borough Prosecutor:                             Ralph Fava, Esq.

Borough Labor Counsel:                       Scarinci & Hollenbeck, LLC-Sean Dias, Esq.

Bond Counsel:                                      Hawkins, Delafield & Wood

Borough Insurance Broker:                   John Serapiglia-Multi-line, Workmen’s Comp.

                                                Joseph Rude, UHY Advisors-Health

Economic Development Consultant: Robert Benecke

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Financial Officer has certified that funds are available;

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution shall be published in the Suburban Trends as required by Law.

 

   Resolution #20-0-08:

     Re:  Appoint Qualified Purchasing Agent

 

BE IT RESOLVED that, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:11 – 1 et. seq., “local Public Contracts Law” that Thomas F. Carroll be and is hereby appointed as the Qualified Purchasing Agent for the Borough of Wanaque, and that the bid threshold for the Borough shall be $29,000 and the quote threshold is set at $4,350.

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Balunis and O’Connell moved a motion to approve the aforementioned Resolutions.

On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the resolutions adopted.

 

   Resolution #21-0-08:

     Re:  Borough Newspapers:

 

WHEREAS, Section 3d of the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 requires that certain notice of meetings be submitted to two (2) newspapers, one of which shall be the official newspaper; and

WHEREAS, the second newspaper designated by this body must be one which has the greatest likelihood of informing the public within the jurisdictional boundaries of this body of such meeting;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque, County of Passaic, State of New Jersey, as follows:

 

First:   The Suburban Trends is hereby designated as the official newspaper of the

                       Borough and it is to receive all notices of meetings as required under the

                       Open Public Meetings Act.

        Second:   It is the opinion of this body that the Herald & News shall be designated as

                       The second newspaper as it has the greatest likelihood of informing the

                        public within the jurisdictional area of this body of such meeting.

                        This Resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

   Resolution #22-0-08:

     Re:  Meeting Schedule:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Work and Regular Meetings of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque shall be as follows:

 

WORK MEETING: 2nd Monday of the Month - 7:00 P.M.

REGULAR MEETING: 2nd Monday of the Month - 8:00 P.M.

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Balunis moved a motion to approve the aforementioned Resolutions.

            On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

   Resolution #23-0-08:

     Re: Temporary Budget – Current and Water Utility

  

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Balunis moved that,

 

WHEREAS, N.J.S. 40A:4-19 provides that where contracts, commitments, or payment are to be made prior to final adoption of the 2008 Budget, temporary appropriations should be made for the purposes and amounts required in the manner and time therein provided; and

WHEREAS, the date of this Resolution is within the first thirty (30) days of January 1, 2008; and

WHEREAS, said total temporary appropriations are limited to one quarter of the total appropriations in the 2007 Budget exclusive of any appropriations made for debt service, capital improvements fund, or public assistance in said 2007 Budget;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque, that the following temporary appropriations be made and that a certified copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the Treasurer for his/her records.

 

 

2008 TEMPORARY

BUDGET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATER UTILITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Appropriation

$1,478,864.00

 

   debt service

($265,864.00)

 

   capital improv

($21,000.00)

 

 

$1,192,000.00

 

 

x 26.25 %

 

Temp Budget

$312,900.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT FUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Appropriation

$10,637,526.78

 

    debt service

($1,147,920.50)

 

    CIF

($125,000.00)

 

    public assistance

($1,550.00)

 

    deferred charges

($42,000.00)

 

 

$9,321,056.28

 

 

x26.25 %

 

Temp Budget

$2,446,777.27

 

            On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

                                                                                                                                                                  

   Resolution #24-0-08:

     Re:  Bank Depository:

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilman O’Connell and Councilwoman Cisco moved that,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Body of the Borough of Wanaque that the official depositories for the Year 2008 shall be Lakeland State Bank, Wachovia Bank, PNC Bank, MBIA Class New Jersey, New Jersey Cash Management Fund, Commerce Bank, Bank of America.

 

            On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT:

 

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilman O’Connell and Balunis moved a motion to appoint Councilman Donald Pasquariello as Council President.

On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

 

COMMITTEE                                  COUNCIL MEMBER

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT                    Councilman Donald Pasquariello

 

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS               Councilman Edward O'Connell  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                             Councilwoman Karen Cisco

                                                             Councilman Robert Pettet

 

EXECUTIVE                                      Mayor Daniel Mahler  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                             Councilman Thomas Balunis

                                                             Councilman Donald Pasquariello

 

FINANCE & INSURANCE                Councilman Robert Pettet  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                             Councilman Donald Pasquariello

                                                             Councilman Thomas Balunis

 

FIRE                                                     Councilman George Theoharous  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                              Councilman Thomas Balunis

                                                              Councilman Robert Pettet

 

FIRST AID                                           Councilman Donald Pasquariello  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                              Councilman Robert Pettet

                                                              Councilman George Theoharous

 

INVESTMENTS & BONDING           Councilman Robert Pettet  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                              Councilman Edward O'Connell

                                                              Councilwoman Karen Cisco

 

 

NEGOTIATIONS                                 Councilwoman Karen Cisco - CHAIRWOMAN

                                                               Councilman Thomas Balunis

                                                               Councilman George Theoharous

 

ORDINANCES, STATE PLANNING

& ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT       Councilman Robert Pettet  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                               Councilwoman Karen Cisco

                                                               Councilman George Theoharous

 

PERSONNEL                                       Councilman Thomas Balunis  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                              Councilman Robert Pettet

                                                              Councilman George Theoharous

 

POLICE                                                Councilman Donald Pasquariello  -  CHAIRMAN               

                                                              Councilman Edward O'Connell

                                                              Councilman George Theoharous

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS                        Councilwoman Karen Cisso  -  CHAIRWOMAN

                                                              Councilman Edward O'Connell

                                                              Councilman Robert Pettet

 

RECREATION                                     Councilman Thomas Balunis  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                              Councilman Edward O’Connell

                                                              Councilman Donald Pasquariello

 

ROADS                                                Councilman Edward O'Connell  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                              Councilman Donald Pasquariello

                                                              Councilman George Theoharous

 

SHARED SERVICES                          Councilman Edward O’Connell - CHAIRMAN

                                                              Councilman Thomas Balunis

                                                              Councilwoman Karen Cisco

 

VETERANS                                          Councilman Thomas Balunis  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                               Councilman Robert Pettet

                                                               Councilman George Theoharous

 

WATER                                                 Councilman George Theoharous  -  CHAIRMAN

                                                               Councilwoman Karen Cisco

                                                               Councilman Thomas Balunis

 

LIASIONS

 

WANAQUE BOARD OF EDUCATION                   Councilman Thomas Balunis

LAKELAND BOARD OF EDUCATION                   Councilman Robert Pettet

BOARD OF HEALTH                                                Councilman George Theoharous

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT                           Councilwoman Karen Cisco

LOCAL ASSISTANCE BOARD                                Councilwoman Karen Cisco

WANAQUE BOROUGH SEWER AUTHORITY    Mayor Daniel Mahler

WANAQUE VALLEY REGIONAL SEWERAGE   Mayor Daniel Mahler

AUTHORITY

LIBRARY BOARD MEMBER                                 Councilman Thomas Balunis

OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE                                   Councilman Thomas Balunis

 

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen O’Connell and Balunis moved a motion to approve the aforementioned appointments.

On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

PUBLIC DISCUSSION:

 

            The Mayor opened the Public Discussion.

           

            Elease Evans, Freeholder Director thanked the Mayor and Council and congratulated the new Council Member Karen Cisco and wished everyone a Happy New Year.

 

            Dave Silva, 108 Monroe Street, Haskell spoke about what is the Economic Development Consultant and how much pay is it.

            The Borough Administrator explained what the Economic Development Consultant is and the pay is approximately seventeen thousand a year.

            Dave DaSilva spoke about the Board of Adjustment and an appointment on the agenda for the Board of Adjustment for an unexpired term.

            The Mayor said that is a typographical error and it is not an unexpired term.

            Dave DaSilva said what is the status of videotaping meetings.

            The Mayor said it’s still being looked into.

 

            The Mayor closed the Public Discussion.

 

BENEDICTION:

 

The Mayor asked Pastor Donald DeGroat of the United Methodist Church to administer the Benediction.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen O’Connell and Balunis moved a motion to adjourn the meeting; meeting adjourned at 7:55 P.M,

 

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Katherine J. Falone, RMC, CMC

Municipal Clerk