MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

BOROUGH OF WANAQUE

 

MINUTES

March 10, 2008

 

A Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque was held on Monday, March 10, 2008, at 8:00 P.M. in the Wanaque Municipal Building.

 

The Mayor called the meeting to order.

 

            On roll call, the following Council Members responded: Balunis, Cisco, O’Connell, Pasquariello, Pettet.  Councilman Theoharous was absent.  The Mayor declared a quorum.  The Borough Engineer was present.  The Borough Attorney was absent. 

 

The Mayor read the following Sunshine Statement: This is a Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council and adequate notice thereof has been given by advertising the dates, time and place of the Regular meetings in the Suburban Trends and the Herald News newspapers and was e-mailed to these papers on January 2, 2008, and a notice thereof has been posted on January 2, 2008 on the bulletin board in the Wanaque Municipal Building, 579 Ringwood Avenue, Wanaque, New Jersey and a copy thereof has been on file in the office of the Municipal Clerk.

 

MINUTES:

 

Regular Meeting of February 11, 2008.

 

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

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

 

ORDINANCES:

 

   Public Hearing of Ord. #2-0-08:

     Re:  Dissolution of Wanaque Valley Regional Sewerage Authority

 

            Held.

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Pettet moved a motion to advertise and hold the public hearing on April 14th.

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

 

   Public Hearing of Ord. #3-0-08:

     Re:  Appropriate $118,000 from Capital Surplus for Laura Avenue Phase II

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Balunis moved a motion that Ordinance #3-0-08 be taken from the table and read by the Clerk, by title only, for consideration of final reading.

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

 

            The Clerk took from the table and read by title only as follows:  AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $118,000 FROM CAPITAL SURPLUS FOR LAURA AVENUE PHASE II RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT.

 

This Ordinance has been duly advertised in accordance with the statutes; a copy was posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building, a copy was available for the public to read in the Clerk's office; and copies are available for the public present here this evening.

 

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

 

            John Maiello, 26 Rhinesmith Avenue, Wanaque asked what part of Laura Avenue is being done.

            The Borough Administrator said it will be from George Street to Furnace Avenue. 

 

            The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

 

Councilmen Pasquariello and O’Connell moved that,

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:  AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $118,000 FROM CAPITAL SURPLUS FOR LAURA AVENUE PHASE II RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT pass final reading and that said Ordinance be adopted as an Ordinance of the Borough of Wanaque; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Clerk be and she is hereby directed to cause said Ordinance to be published in the manner prescribed by law.

 

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

 

   Public Hearing of Ord. #4-0-08:

     Re:  Bond Ordinance - $850,000 for Haskell Tank Rehabilitation

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Balunis moved a motion that Ordinance #4-0-08 be taken from the table and read by the Clerk, by title only, for consideration of final reading.

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

 

            The Clerk took from the table and read by title only as follows:  BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE HASKELL WATER TANK IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, IN THE COUNTY OF PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $850,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $650,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH FOR FINANCING SUCH APPROPRIATION.

 

This Ordinance has been duly advertised in accordance with the statutes; a copy was posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building, a copy was available for the public to read in the Clerk's office; and copies are available for the public present here this evening.

 

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

 

Bruce Lyons, 84 Burnside Place, Haskell asked if there is any lead in the tank.

The Borough Administrator said we’ll find out when they go in and if there is will follow the guidelines.

Bruce Lyons asked if it is just the planning stage.

The Borough Administrator said yes.

 

John Maiello, 26 Rhinesmith Avenue, Wanaque asked if the tank has cell towers.

The Borough Administrator said yes.

 

            The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

 

Councilmen Pasquariello and O’Connell moved that,

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:  BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE HASKELL WATER TANK IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, IN THE COUNTY OF PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $850,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $650,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH FOR FINANCING SUCH APPROPRIATION pass final reading and that said Ordinance be adopted as an Ordinance of the Borough of Wanaque; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Clerk be and she is hereby directed to cause said Ordinance to be published in the manner prescribed by law.

 

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

 

   Public Hearing of Ord. #5-0-08:

     Re:  Bond Ordinance – Addice Park

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Balunis moved a motion that Ordinance #5-0-08 be taken from the table and read by the Clerk, by title only, for consideration of final reading.

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

 

            The Clerk took from the table and read by title only as follows:  BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT OF ATHLETIC FIELDS IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, IN THE COUNTY OF PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $1,200,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,050,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH FOR FINANCING SUCH APPROPRIATION.

 

This Ordinance has been duly advertised in accordance with the statutes; a copy was posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building, a copy was available for the public to read in the Clerk's office; and copies are available for the public present here this evening.

 

Councilman Balunis asked if the plans are final.

The Borough Administrator said it is out to bid.

Councilman Balunis asked about the path.

The Borough Administrator said it is before the Board for final approval and the gates to be put in.

 

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

 

            Grace Maiello, 26 Rhinesmith Avenue, Wanaque spoke about being happy this is being bonded.  Keeping it in the municipal budget and not take it away for the school district.  Wish it would be done solely through the municipality.  Regarding the fence the map will be the same and the track will be the same.

            The Borough Administrator said yes.

            Grace Maiello said will the fence be along the side of the school.

            The Borough Administrator said I’ll show you the plans after the meeting.

 

            The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

 

Councilmen Pasquariello and Balunis moved that,

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:  BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT OF ATHLETIC FIELDS IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, IN THE COUNTY OF PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $1,200,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,050,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH FOR FINANCING SUCH APPROPRIATION pass final reading and that said Ordinance be adopted as an Ordinance of the Borough of Wanaque; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Clerk be and she is hereby directed to cause said Ordinance to be published in the manner prescribed by law.

 

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

 

   Public Hearing of Ord. #6-0-08:

     Re:  Amend Fees – Planning Board and Board of Adjustment

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilman O’Connell and Councilwoman Cisco moved a motion that Ordinance #6-0-08 be taken from the table and read by the Clerk, by title only, for consideration of final reading.

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

 

            The Clerk took from the table and read by title only as follows:  AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, CHAPTER 114, ZONING, SECTION 82 ENTITLED “FEES”.

 

This Ordinance has been duly advertised in accordance with the statutes; a copy was posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building, a copy was available for the public to read in the Clerk's office; and copies are available for the public present here this evening.

 

 

The Mayor opened the Public Hearing.

No one came forward.

            The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

 

Councilmen O’Connell and Pasquariello moved that,

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:  AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, CHAPTER 114, ZONING, SECTION 82 ENTITLED “FEES” pass final reading and that said Ordinance be adopted as an Ordinance of the Borough of Wanaque; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Clerk be and she is hereby directed to cause said Ordinance to be published in the manner prescribed by law.

 

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

 

   Introduction of Ord. #7-0-08:

     Re:  Bond Ordinance – Improvement of the Water Supply and Distribution System –

             Ringwood Avenue Project

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilman Pasquariello and Pettet moved that Ordinance #7-0-08 be taken from the table and read by the Clerk, by title only, for consideration of first reading.

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

 

            The Clerk took from the table and read by title only as follows:  BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE WATER SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (RINGWOOD AVENUE PROJECT) IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, IN THE COUNTY OF PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $2,000,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,904,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH FOR FINANCING SUCH APPROPRIATION.

 

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

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:  BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE WATER SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (RINGWOOD AVENUE PROJECT) IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, IN THE COUNTY OF PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $2,000,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,904,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH FOR FINANCING SUCH APPROPRIATION pass first reading, and that said Ordinance be further considered for final passage and adoption at a meeting of the Borough Council to be held on the 14th day of April 2008, at the Municipal Building in the Borough of Wanaque at 8:00 P.M., and that at such time and place all persons interested be given an opportunity to be heard concerning said Ordinance; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Clerk be instructed to publish in the manner provided by law a copy of said Ordinance, together with introduction thereof and notice when same will be considered for final passage and adoption.

 

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

 

   Introduction of Ord. #8-0-08:

     Re:  Bond Ordinance – Purchase of US Aluminum property

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilman Pasquariello and Pettet moved that Ordinance #8-0-08 be taken from the table and read by the Clerk, by title only, for consideration of first reading.

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

 

            The Clerk took from the table and read by title only as follows:  BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ACQUISITION OF LANDS (US ALUMINUM SITE) IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, IN THE COUNTY OF PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $2,300,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $2,190,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH FOR FINANCING SUCH APPROPRIATION.

 

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

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:  BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ACQUISITION OF LANDS (US ALUMINUM SITE) IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, IN THE COUNTY OF PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $2,300,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $2,190,000 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH FOR FINANCING SUCH APPROPRIATION pass first reading, and that said Ordinance be further considered for final passage and adoption at a meeting of the Borough Council to be held on the 14th day of April 2008, at the Municipal Building in the Borough of Wanaque at 8:00 P.M., and that at such time and place all persons interested be given an opportunity to be heard concerning said Ordinance; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Clerk be instructed to publish in the manner provided by law a copy of said Ordinance, together with introduction thereof and notice when same will be considered for final passage and adoption.

 

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

 

   Introduction of Ord. #9-0-08:

     Re:  Index Rate Ordinance

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilman Pasquariello and Balunis moved that Ordinance #9-0-08 be taken from the table and read by the Clerk, by title only, for consideration of first reading.

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

 

            The Clerk took from the table and read by title only as follows:  CALENDAR YEAR

 2008 - ORDINANCE TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION LIMITS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP BANK (N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.14).

 

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

 

BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:  CALENDAR YEAR 2008 - ORDINANCE TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION LIMITS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP BANK (N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.14)  pass first reading, and that said Ordinance be further considered for final passage and adoption at a meeting of the Borough Council to be held on the 14th day of April 2008, at the Municipal Building in the Borough of Wanaque at 8:00 P.M., and that at such time and place all persons interested be given an opportunity to be heard concerning said Ordinance; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Clerk be instructed to publish in the manner provided by law a copy of said Ordinance, together with introduction thereof and notice when same will be considered for final passage and adoption.

 

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

 

INTRODUCTION OF 2008 CURRENT AND WATER UTILITY BUDGET:

Resolution #67-0-08 and Resolution #68-0-08 – Deferred School Taxes

 

            The Borough Administrator gave a presentation on the budget.

 

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

 

Municipal Budget of the Borough of Wanaque, County of Passaic for the Fiscal Year 2008.  It is hereby certified that the Budget and Capital Budget annexed hereto and hereby made a part hereof is a true copy of the Budget and Capital Budget approved by resolution of the Governing Body on the 10th day of March, 2008 and that public advertisement will be made in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S. 40A:4-6 and N.J.A.C. 5:30-4.4(d).  Certified by me, this 10th day of March, 2008, Katherine J. Falone, Clerk.  It is hereby certified that the approved Budget annexed hereto and hereby made a part is an exact copy of the original on file with the Clerk of the Governing Body, that all additions are correct, all statements contained herein are in proof and the total of anticipated revenues equals the total of appropriations.  Certified by me, this 10th day of March, 2008, Charles J. Ferraioli, Jr., Registered Municipal Accountant, Certified by me, this 10th day of March, 2008, Mary Ann Brindisi, Chief Financial Officer.

 

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

 

Councilmen Pasquariello and Pettet moved that,

 

Municipal Budget of the Borough of Wanaque, County of Passaic for the Fiscal Year 2008:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following statements of revenues and appropriations shall constitute the Municipal Budget for the year 2008;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that said Budget be published by summary only in the Suburban Trends in the issue of March 30, 2008;

The Governing Body of the Borough of Wanaque does hereby approve the following as the Budget for the year 2008:

 

RECORDED VOTE:   Ayes:   Balunis                     Nays:  NONE

                                                  Cisco

                                                  O’Connell                Abstained:  NONE

                                                  Pasquariello

                                                  Pettet                       Absent:  Theoharous

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Notice is hereby given that the Budget and Tax Resolution was approved by the Governing Body of the Borough of Wanaque, County of Passaic, on March 10, 2008.

A Hearing on the Budget and Tax Resolution will be held at the Municipal Building, on April 14, 2008 at 8:00 P.M. at which time and place objections to said Budget and Tax Resolution for the year 2008 may be presented by taxpayers or other interested persons.

 

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

 

PUBLIC DISCUSSION:

 

            The Mayor opened the Public Discussion.

 

            John Maiello, 26 Rhinesmith Avenue, Wanaque spoke about spending money with the Bond Ordinances.  Former Governors McGreevey and Whitman had a surplus and Governor Corzine inherited debt.  He is doubling tolls to save two to three billion dollars.  You have to cut costs and stop bonding Ordinances for millions.  Use the money for revenue.

 

            Christine Meakem, 203 Meadowbrook Avenue, Wanaque spoke about where are we tightening belts with the spending.

            Councilman Balunis said the money is coming out of open space.

            Christine Meakem said what is necessity and what is not.  Start looking at what needs to be cut.

 

The Mayor closed Public Discussion.

                                                                                            

CONSENT AGENDA:

 

   Application for Raffle License:

     Re:  Lakeland Lancer Diamond Club – RA:685

   

   Application to amend Bingo License:

     Re:  Wanaque First Aid Auxiliary – BL:183

            

   Application for License to operate Amusement Machines:

     Re:  Joseph Agostino, 18 Railroad Avenue, Wanaque (Approved

            by the Police Chief and Fire Official)

                 

   Resolution #56-0-08:

     Re:  Redemption of Tax Sale Certificate #050093 in the amount of $40,052.06

 

WHEREAS, a Tax Sale was held for 2004 delinquent Municipal charges on November 8, 2005, and

WHEREAS, Robert U. DelVecchio was the successful bidder for Block 211 Lot 15.01 for which Tax Sale Certificate #050093 was assigned, and

WHEREAS, the property owner has redeemed said certificate of which funds have been deposited into the Current Account.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Treasurer shall refund to the lien holder the amount of $40,052.06 as per the certification of the Tax Collector.

 

   Resolution #57-0-08:

     Re:  Refund of overpayments of Tax on various properties in the amount

             of  $13,608.18

 

WHEREAS, there exist tax overpayments on the properties listed herein for the first quarter of 2008:

 

BLOCK            LOT               AMOUNT

200.14                15                 $2,679.96

276                      4                  $3,992.34

306                     10                 $1,150.92

313.05             3.07                $2,090.70

313.06             1.11                $244.26

313.08             3.07                $2,009.28

410                      2                  $1,440.72

 

WHEREAS, the owners have requested a refund of said overpayment;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Treasurer shall refund a total of  $13,608.18 as per the certification of the Tax Collector.

 

   Resolution #58-0-08:

     Re: Refund of overpayment of Taxes due to a County Tax Board Judgment  in the amount

            of $312.50 for Block 200.09, Lot 9

 

WHEREAS, there exists a tax overpayment on the property listed herein due to a County Tax Board Judgment:

 

BLOCK            LOT               AMOUNT

200.09                 9                    $312.50

 

WHEREAS, the owner has requested a refund of said overpayment;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Treasurer shall refund a total of  $312.50 as per the certification of the Tax Collector.

 

   Resolution #59-0-08:

     Re:  Approve Change Orders #1 and #2 to Smeal Fire Apparatus for a total amount of

            $567.00

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that payment be approved for Change Orders #1 and #2 to Smeal Fire Apparatus in the amount of $567.00

 

   Payment to State of New Jersey:

     Re:  Pensions and Benefits – Public Employees’ Retirement System in the amount of

            $136,159.20

 

   Payment to State of New Jersey:

     Re:  Pensions and Benefits – Police and Firemen’s Retirement System in the amount of

            $434,511.00

 

   Resolution #60-0-08:

     Re:  Appoint Part-Time Communications Operator – Tim Mangano, 232 Crescent Road,

             Wanaque effective immediately

 

BE IT RESOLVED that Tim Mangano, 232 Crescent Road, Wanaque be and he is hereby appointed as a Public Safety Telecommunicator at a rate of $17.13 per hour effective immediately.

           

   Resolution #61-0-08:

     Re:  Appoint Part-Time Communications Operator – Kelly A. Smith, 66  Lakeside Avenue,

             Haskell effective immediately

 

BE IT RESOLVED that Kelly A. Smith, 66 Lakeside Avenue, Haskell be and s he is hereby appointed as a Public Safety Telecommunicator at a rate of $17.13 per hour effective immediately.

           

   Resolution #62-0-08:

     Re:  Appoint Summer Recreation Head Counselor – Kirsten Gillow – Salary $1,400.00

 

BE IT RESOLVED that Kirsten Gillow, 20 Park Street, Wanaque be and she is hereby appointed as a Summer Recreation Head Counselor at a salary of $1,400.00 effective immediately.

 

   Application for Membership for the Wanaque Volunteer Fire Department:

     Re:  Ray Kummer – Company #2 effective immediately       

 

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

            On roll call, all voted yes, except Councilwoman Cisco who abstained and the Mayor declared the motion carried.  

           

REGULAR REPORTS - PROFESSIONAL REPORTS:

 

1.   Clerk's Receipts ‑ NONE.

 

2.   Police Department Report  - NONE.

 

3.   Tax Collector's Report for February 2008    NONE.

                                                

4.   Municipal Court Report for February 2008   

                                                                                               

5.   Welfare Report for February 2008  -  NONE.

 

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Pettet moved that reports be received and filed; and that all monies be turned over to the Treasurer.

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

 

___________________________

                Daniel Mahler

                     Mayor

 

   Engineer:

 

            The Engineer reported on taking another look beyond repairing the Borough’s portion of Glen Court.  Possible next step is approach the property owner for an easement to fix everything and come up with another cost estimate for next month.  Then approach the residents and try to fix this one cul-de-sac.  Regarding the Rainbow Valley Lake dam the weather was a factor and hopefully now they will try to get the dam repaired and finished.

 

   Administrator:

 

            The Borough Administrator reported the Holiday Inn got all their permits and hope to get moving along.  This Thursday there is a meeting for all Municipalities over 10,000 in population for State Aid in Trenton which I’ll be attending.  On Thursday, March 20th requests for proposals will be received for the environmental study of the US Aluminum property and architectural plans for the new municipal building.  The letter regarding the subdivision for Venezia Lane the recommendation is to go to the Board of Adjustment.

           

   Attorney:

           

            The Borough Attorney was absent.

 

            Councilman O’Connell spoke about the Recreation Commission By-Laws.  The definition of what exactly is a travel team, club team, recreation team, all star, super star teams should be clarified.  A letter should be sent to them.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:

 

   Letter from Derek Meyer:

     Re:  Venezia Lane Subdivision

 

            Recommendation to go to the Board of Adjustment.     

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

   Two Applications for Ice Cream Vendor Licenses:

     Re:  1) Siham Selim, 19 Skyland Avenue, Haskell, 2) John DeCrocker, Jr.,

             10 Brookside Heights, Wanaque

 

            Held.

           

   Closed Session:

     Re:  Litigation/Negotiation/Personnel

 

            Held to the end of the meeting.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

   Glen Court Repairs:

 

            The Borough Engineer reported on the status.

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

   Resolution #63-0-08:

     Re:  State Contract Purchase – 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid

 

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

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that a contract for the purchase of one 2008 Ford Escape U59 4WD I4 CVT hybrid in the amount of $26,231 be awarded to Fords National Auto Mart, 900 Highway 35, Ocean, New Jersey 07712, under State Contract #A71077; and

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Financial Officer has certified that funds are available in account reserve for damage car $8383.00 and in 8-CU-142-261.

 

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

 

  Resolution #64-0-08:

     Re:  Temporary Emergency Appropriation

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and O’Connell moved that,

 

WHEREAS, an emergent condition has arisen with respect to the Capital Improvement Fund for 2008 and no adequate provision has been made in the 2008 temporary appropriations for the aforesaid purpose, and N.J.S. 40A: 4-20 provides for the creation of an emergency temporary appropriation for the purpose above mentioned, and

WHEREAS, the total emergency temporary resolutions adopted in the year 2008 pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 96, P.L. 1951 (N.J.S.  40A:4-20) including this resolution total $110,000.00;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S. 40A:4-20:

 

  1. An emergency temporary appropriation be and the same is hereby made to the Capital Improvement Fund in the amount of $110,000.00.
  2. That said emergency temporary appropriation will be provided for in the 2008 Budget under the title of:  Capital Improvement Fund.

 

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

 

  Resolution #65-0-08:

     Re:  Authorize application for Grant – Wanaque Community Visioning Project

           

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and O’Connell moved that,

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

 

   Resolution #66-0-08:

     Re:  Payment to Mike Fitzpatrick and Son, Inc. re: Emergency Booster Station

            Replacement – Current Estimate No. 4 in the amount of $72,487.42        

 

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

 

            BE IT RESOLVED that Current Estimate #4 in the amount of $72,487.42 for the Emergency Booster Station Replacement be and is hereby approved to Mike Fitzpatrick and Son, Inc.

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

 

   Resolution #69-0-08:

     Re: Click It or Ticket 

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and O’Connell moved that,

 

WHEREAS, there were 716 vehicle fatalities in New Jersey in 2007; and

            WHEREAS, a large percentage of the motor vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were not wearing a safety belt; and

            WHEREAS, use of a safety belt remains the most effective way to avoid death or serious injury in a motor vehicle crash; and

            WHEREAS, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 135,000 lives were saved by safety belt usage nationally between 1975-2000; and

            WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey will participate in the nationwide Click It or Ticket safety belt mobilization from May 19 – June 1, 2008 in an effort to raise awareness and increase safety belt usage through a combination of enforcement and education; and

            WHEREAS, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety has set a goal of increasing the safety belt usage rate in the State from the current level of 91% to 93%; and

            WHEREAS, a further increase in safety belt usage in New Jersey will save lives on our roadways;

            THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Borough of Wanaque declares it’s support for the Click It or Ticket safety belt mobilization both locally and nationally from May 19 – June 1, 2008 and pledges to increase awareness of the mobilization and the benefits of safety belt use.

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

 

   Resolution #70-0-08:

     Re:  Amend 2008 Temporary Capital Budget

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen O’Connell and Pettet moved that,

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Municipal Council of the Borough of Wanaque hereby authorize the filing of the 2008 Municipal Alliance Grant Application; and

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough of Wanaque will adhere to all conditions and obligations as sub-grantee to the State of New Jersey and the County of Passaic as set forth in the Letter of Agreement between the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and Passaic County, for the grant administration of the 2007 Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, for a grant amount of $56,400 and cash amount of $14,100; and

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and Municipal Clerk be and are hereby authorized to execute the proposed application;

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Municipal Council of the Borough of Wanaque hereby authorize that the Membership of AWARE will consist of the person’s names listed on Exhibit A, attached to this Resolution; and

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this group shall serve as the Alliance of the above said municipality for a three year term in accordance with P.L. 1989, C. 51 and the Guidelines of the Passaic County Municipal Alliance Plan Steering Subcommittee.

 

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

 

   Resolution #71-0-08:

     Re:  Approve Recreation By-Laws

 

            Held.

FINANCE REPORT:

           

Councilman Pettet said your Finance Committee respectfully reports that they have examined and approved the following and recommend that warrants be issued for their payment when the funds of the Borough of Wanaque are sufficient to meet them.

 

            Vouchers:

 

CURRENT 2007                                                                         $  15,688.32

 

CURRENT 2008                                                                           243,180.67

 

CURRENT PRE-PAID                                                              1,699,220.46

 

WATER OPERATING 2007                                                               852.57

 

WATER OPERATING 2008                                                          40,613.81

 

WATER PRE-PAID                                                                             232.12

 

GENERAL CAPITAL                                                                       1,190.00

 

WATER CAPITAL                                                                         73,424.42

 

WATER IMPROVEMENT ACCOUNT                                          1,425.35

 

ESCROW BOOKKEEPER                                                               8,357.26

 

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE                                                                  15,433.50

 

RECREATION TRUST                                                                   13,191.00

 

UNEMPLOYMENT/DISABILITY                                                         8.48

 

ANIMAL TRUST                                                                              5,829.75___  

 

                                                                  

                                                          TOTAL VOUCHERS     $2,118,647.71

 

On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the resolution adopted and forthwith approved it.

APPROVED:  March 10, 2008

 

 

___________________________

                Daniel Mahler

                      Mayor

 

 

Payrolls:

           

            Councilmen Pettet and Pasquariello moved a resolution approving the following payrolls:

                                   

                                    Payroll #04                   p/e 02/22/08                   $195,288.08

 

                                    Payroll #05                   p/e 03/07/08                   $196,472.32_

                                                                   

                                                                           Payroll Total               $391,760.40

 

                                                                     GRAND TOTAL           $2,510,408.11

 

On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the resolution adopted and forthwith approved it.

APPROVED:  March 10, 2008

 

________________________________

                     Daniel Mahler

                           Mayor

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

   Closed Session:

     Re:  Negotiations/Personnel/Litigation

 

            On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen O’Connell and Pettet moved that,

 

WHEREAS, Section 8 of the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, (N.J.S.A. 10:4-1) permits the exclusion of the public from a meeting in certain circumstances; and

WHEREAS, This public Body is of the opinion that such circumstances presently exist;

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

1.  The public shall be excluded from discussion of action upon the hereinafter specified subject matter.

2.  The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is as follows:

1)      Contract Negotiations, Personnel and Litigations.

3.      The Mayor and Council shall release and disclose to the general public the

discussion and actions taken on the subject matter of the above mentioned closed session when the reasons for discussing and acting on the matter in closed session no longer exist, but no later than one month of the Mayor and Council arriving at a final decision on the specified subject matter.

 

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

           

 

 

RECONVENEMENT:

 

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

            On roll call, all were present.

           

ADJOURNMENT:

 

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen O’Connell and Pettet moved a motion to adjourn the meeting.

On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried; meeting adjourned at 9:45 P.M.

 

 

____________________________

Katherine J. Falone, RMC, CMC

Municipal Clerk