MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

BOROUGH OF WANAQUE

MINUTES
Reorganization Meeting
January 1, 2009

The 2009 Re-Organization Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque was held on Thursday, January 1, 2009, at 12:00 P.M. at the Wanaque Municipal Building, 579 Ringwood Avenue, Wanaque, New Jersey 07465.

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

INVOCATION:

The Invocation was delivered by Pastor Donald DeGroat, Midvale United Methodist 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 December 11, 2008 stating therein that this meeting would be held on Thursday, January 1, 2009 at the time of 12:00 P.M., in the Wanaque Municipal Building, 579 Ringwood Avenue, Wanaque, New Jersey, and a copy of this notice was posted on the bulletin board in the Wanaque Municipal Building on December 11, 2008 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, Theoharous. Also present was Anthony Fiorello, Borough Attorney.

OFFICIALS TO BE SWORN INTO OFFICE:

The Mayor asked Congressman Scott Garrett to come forward and administer the Oath of Office to Councilmen Robert Pettet and Donald Pasquariello.

MAYOR'S ADDRESS:

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

I would like to start by congratulating both Don Pasquariello on his re-election to the Council for a fourth term and Rob Pettet on his re-election to the Council for a second term. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Congressman Scott Garrett for taking time out his busy schedule to attend our meeting.
It’s hard to believe that I am at the halfway point in my term as Mayor. While we have accomplished many things during the past two years, there are still many more things to do.
One major accomplishment in 2008 was the improvements made to Addice Park and the Wanaque School fields. This is a great example of how shared services and cooperation between both Boards of Education and the Borough can benefit the entire community. I have received many compliments of how nice the fields look, especially the Wanaque School field. We have turned it from a dust bowl to a great recreational facility that will be used by Wanaque School, Lakeland Regional High School, and all of our residents through our various recreation programs. The new walking trail, which circles the facility, was being used the first week it was installed. The Municipal and local portions of this project was funded primarily through the Open Space trust fund which is outside the Municipal budget. The completion of this project along with Hagstrom Fields completed in 2007, Back Beach Park reconstructed in the 1990’s and Memorial Field, which is constantly being upgraded by the Borough, the Wanaque Coaches Association, the Wanaque Little league and various volunteer organizations, has resulted in Wanaque now having one of the best recreational facilities in our area.
During 2008, we completed the first phase of reconstructing Laura Avenue using a $250,000 State grant. The second phase which is south of Furnace Avenue, will begin in 2009, again with a $250,000 State grant offsetting the cost. We also received a $211,000 State grant for the reconstruction First Street and Second Street in 2009. These are the streets leading into and out of Wanaque School from Ringwood Avenue. Both streets intersect Laura Avenue. We hope to have this work done in the summer while school is not in session.
Prior to 2008, we had an annual road resurfacing program whereby we would re-pave a number of streets each year which did not qualify for state funding. Due to the high prices for oil in 2008, which drives the price of asphalt, we temporarily suspended this program for a year. Right now we are seeing the cost of oil at a 5 year low. If prices stay low, I would like to re-institute the road resurfacing project for 2009. There are a number of streets in town that badly need re-paving. We cannot do them all, but we need to keep up doing the worst ones when the price is right. As we found out a few years ago, it is most cost effective to re-paving three or four adjacent streets at the same time.
Construction is currently underway for the addition to the Haskell Firehouse, which should be finished in time to receive our new fire truck. There were some delays in getting this project started, and I appreciate the patience all of our volunteer firefighters have had with this project.
We are working hard to improve our community. During 2008 we designated six new re-development sites in town, four in the Haskell section and two in the Midvale section, bringing our total of redevelopment sites in the Borough to eight.. The first redevelopment project, the Haskell Town center opened in late 2007 and was fully completed in 2008. It is a welcome addition to Wanaque and it is the cornerstone of our new downtown area.
This first redevelopment project moved along very quickly. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the other projects. The current economic conditions affecting our country have had an impact on some of these projects including the Candle Factory redevelopment. While other projects such as the area across from CVS has been bogged down by new state regulations.
We will continue to push these projects forward in 2009.
Some projects expected to be completed in 2009 include the new Holiday Inn Express on Union Avenue. After a number of delays, this project is finally nearing completion and should be open by Spring. We wish the owners prosperity and success.
In 2007, the Passaic County Freeholders agreed to Phase III of the Ringwood Avenue reconstruction from Father Hayes Drive north to the Ringwood border. This is expected to begin in 2010. In conjunction with this project, the Borough has authorized the replacement of the 70 year old water main in Ringwood Avenue from Father Hayes Drive to the Ringwood border, at a cost of $2 million. These plans are ready to go to bid. However, with the billions of dollars of infrastructure money now coming from Washington in the form of an economic stimulus program., I have instructed our Borough Administrator to do everything possible to get this project funded by the Federal government and save our water utility $2 million.
Last year I spoke about the need for a new Municipal Building. The Council and I have been working hard on selecting a site for this facility. After a lengthy review, and listening to comments from our residents, we decided not to put the building at the US Aluminum property on 4th Avenue. Instead, the Council agreed to keep the Municipal Building on Ringwood Avenue, using the site of the former Rhinesmith School building and three properties to the north, up to the building housing a Chinese restaurant. Our current Municipal building is almost 100 years old. It was not designed for its current use, it has functional deficiencies and it has serious needs which would be very costly and difficult to address. All of the members sitting up here realize the cost involved and we will continue to keep that in mind as we move this project forward. My goal at this point is to have the planning and design work completed as quickly as possible and then put the project on hold until the economy improves. I want this project to be ready to go in case the Federal government expands the current economic stimulus program from roadways and related infrastructure to include municipal buildings.
While the new Municipal Building will not be located at the US Aluminum site, the Borough has maintained a purchase option on this property. We recently designated this site as in need of redevelopment and once the environmental study is concluded and any required remediation is completed by the seller, we intend to sell this option to a re-developer and recover any costs associated with this project. The developer intends to construct a new commercial ratable on this site.
We are in the midst of preparing the 2009 budget. We all know the indications from Trenton are not good. The State has not told us what to expect in State Aid this year. They are floating an idea of deferring a portion of our pension payments to future years – which got us in trouble in the first place. While it may save a few dollars now, future taxpayers will have to pay the bill. Most of our costs are driven by salaries and benefits. Health insurance alone increased over 12% this year. Right now our pension costs are up $100,000.00. With the slowdown in the real estate market, we are not seeing an increase in ratables to offset these costs. Needless to say, we are facing a tough budget year.
In concluding, 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 all dedicated to their positions. Our volunteer Firefighters, First Aid Squad members, Recreation volunteers and people who donate their time to our community all continue to 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 members of the 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 also like to thank my wife, Marie and my family for their continued support.
Thank you and God Bless America.”

COUNCIL ADDRESSES:

Councilman Pettet:

“I can't believe another year has gone by. Another 3 years for that matter. Seems like only yesterday Councilman Pasquariello and I were running for what was then my first full term on council and here we are at another term. As the Kenny Chesney song says...don't blink!
For that matter, it seems like not very long ago when Don and I made our first run, back in the early 90s...for the school board. Back I might add in the last century!
The town's people gave us continued votes of confidence and we served even back then, in trying times.
My heartfelt thanks goes out to those Republican, Democrat, and Independent voters who gave us another vote of confidence. I'm sure I speak for Don in letting you know, we enjoy serving the community and take seriously the tasks before us.
I spoke recently about this task of local government and said that I believe, at the end of the day, performing the tasks of the somewhat mechanical, and "business" of the town should always be driven by one main desire and that is a better quality of life for all of us.
While we conduct business on budgets and planning, those are not the reason we serve here.
We serve here to make sure Wanaque stays a great place to live. Budgets are cold, mechanical things, but we study and plan in order that they might translate into minimal financial burden for the taxpayer while providing the best in services. Ordinances are "rules", but they should be drafted with that same idea in mind. A better place to live.
That is the goal and that is what I would like to keep always in front of me these next 3 years and I pledge to do what I think is right for all of us.
I love that quote from Abraham Lincoln. It goes something like this. "I'll do the very best I can, the very best I know how," said Lincoln. "And I mean to keep doing so till the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Thank you and Happy New Year.”

Councilman Pasquariello:

“Good afternoon. I would like to first thank all of you for coming out this afternoon. I would like to thank everyone who voted in the last election, because whether you are for or against a particular candidate or party, it is important to vote. I am glad that the majority of our citizens agreed that this Council is doing a good job, and returned Rob and I to the Council for another three years.
We have a lot of work ahead of us. We have budget issues to deal with, we have the new municipal building project starting, and we have several redevelopment areas that need to get going. It will be another busy year, and I am confident that this Governing Body, and our Borough professionals will get the job done.
I would like to thank all of the Borough employees, Police officers, volunteer firefighters and First Aid Squad members, and the members of our volunteer Boards who work so hard for our community.
Thanks again for coming, and have a healthy and safe New Year.”

Councilman Balunis:

“I’d like to start by wishing everyone a Happy and healthy New Year and congratulate Don and Rob on their re-election. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all our Borough employees for the great job they do for our town.
It’s no secret our County is experiencing a severe economic downturn. The State of New Jersey, which seems to be in a perpetual state of budgetary crisis, is again faced with a large budget deficit that’s been exacerbated by our weakened economy. This does not bode well for Wanaque and other New Jersey towns that saw their state aid cut last year in addition to being saddled with huge pension bills and other costly state mandates.
When Governor Corzine was sworn into office in 2006, he promised us that property tax relief would be his top priority. Quite frankly, I’ve yet to see any reforms made to New Jersey’s onerous property system. Last year the Governor unveiled a property tax rebate program based not on how much property tax you paid, but instead your family’s income level, resulting in many people receiving little or no property tax rebate. However, he did raise our sales tax to 7% and tolls on the parkway and turnpike were just increased last month.
You’ll have to excuse my rant on Governor Corzine. I attended a meeting in Trenton last January in which Governor Corzine told the audience of Mayors and Council people in attendance that his plan to cut state aid to municipalities would not cause our property taxes to rise. Maybe it was my imagination, but I could have sworn his nose grew a couple of inches while making that statement. But seriously, the fact is his budget policies and mandates have virtually guaranteed increases to our property taxes, and he knows it.
As for the Wanaque Mayor and Council, we have our work cut out for us in 2009. We have to find a way to provide the same level of services while keeping municipal taxes down as much as possible. Business as usual will not get it done. We are going to have to think out of the box and make tough decisions. I hope we are up to that challenge.
Before I close I also want to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who serve our community. Whether it be on a town board, a children’s recreation program, scouting or the PTA; you are what makes Wanaque a family town. I also want to make a point of singling out our Volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Squad. They are really the unsung volunteers and heroes of our town. It’s very easy to take them for granted, but when you pick up the phone in an emergency, it’s nice to know they are there.
At this time, the Fire Department and First Aid Squad are both looking for new members. I would urge anyone contemplating getting involved in community service take a long look at joining our Fire Department or First Aid Squad. You’ll not only be doing a great service for your community, you’ll discover rewards and fulfillment of serving others.
God Bless you all and Happy New Year.”

Councilwoman Cisco:

“Good afternoon and a very Happy and healthy New Year to each and everyone. Hopefully 2009 will bring good things to each of us in our daily lives.
My address today is one that deals with 2008 as much as 2009. I would like to take the time to thank some wonderful people for all their hard work, dedication and their high level of professionalism displayed throughout 2008 to the citizens of the Borough of Wanaque.
To the members of the Wanaque Fire Department, Companies 1 and 2 thank you. Thank you for answering 164 alarms within the Borough in 2008. I wish you all good luck with the new fire truck that will be arriving within the next month or so. I am certain that this truck will long serve the Borough of Wanaque, and I certainly hope that this new truck’s bay will very soon be completed, for your piece of mind, and the protection of residents of Wanaque’s tax dollar.
Thank you for the many hours time and training each of you have spent away from your loved ones, to offer the Borough a most loyal and very dedicated group of volunteer firemen.
To the membership of the Wanaque First Aid Squad, of course anyone who knows me, knows of my love of the Squad. Eleven days ago there was an everyday medical emergency that could have changed the way I look at the Squad forever. In reality, it only deepened my respect, admiration, loyalty and thanks to the men and women who answered 679 calls for help in 2008. These volunteer members are your neighbors, your family and your friends, that get up all hours of the day and night and leave their families in a moments notice, and often times their nice warm beds, to assist someone they may not even know. On behalf of the residents of Wanaque who have called for your assistance, thank you so much, and best of luck in 2009, especially with the acquisition of the new ambulance that will be arriving in summer of 2009.
Over the years, the Wanaque police department has continued to grow and become a highly respected agency, that in today’s age is needed to maintain a virtual watch from that which was considered a normal way of life a mere 20 years ago. Through the leadership of Chief Jack Reno, down to the most junior patrolman, the authority of excellence has always prevailed. It is not just criminal justice that is the focus, but also preventive services that make the Wanaque Police Department standout in front of the others. Thank you for your service in our town.
I am still honored to have earned your trust as your Borough’s Councilwoman. Wanaque is lucky to have many of the employees that work for the town. One of many standouts is our own Borough Clerk, Katherine Falone. Kathy is a person who has shown professionalism, compassion and knowledge in every aspect of her position. I would love to see more people in our Community, both private and public, be acknowledged for the work they perform for our residents.
In terms of looking forward to 2009, I see many new opportunities and endeavors, as well as many challenges. An example of this is keeping our tax burden as low as possible. We need to maintain what we have, and not look for more than we can handle at this fiscal time in New Jersey’s and the Nation’s economy. I am hopeful that the town will not put the cart before the horse, and that we recommit ourselves to make the family way of life one worth living in Wanaque. I will continue to work for the next 2 years with my fellow Councilmen and Mayor in every way possible to maintain the wonderful community that is the Borough of Wanaque. Thank you.”

Councilman O’Connell:

“Happy New Year to all. Congratulations to Councilman Pasquarello and Pettet on their re-election. These are the toughest times we have ever been through and as I sat and thought long and hard about the past year I wanted to talk about the positive things. This year this Council has proven to go the extra mile, stand in the rain do whatever we needed to do to make the right choice. Not the Republican choice, not the Democratic choice but the Wanaque choice. All year I’ve heard what’s best for Wanaque. I will continue to make my decisions with the question of what is best for Wanaque and I know the entire Council will continue the same approach in the decision making. I would like to thank the police department, fire department and ambulance for their protection and aid for Wanaque twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. I think some of us forget these departments do not get one minute off. Thank you. To all the borough employees who seem to do more with less every year thank you. I thank the residents of Wanaque allowing me to serve them and most of all my family and friends for without their guidance and support my job as Councilman would not be possible. Thank you to all and have a Happy healthy New Year.”

Councilman Theoharous:

“It’s hard to be last all the time because most of the comments that have been made are tremendous. Our volunteer organizations the fire department, the police department, everybody, first aid squad, the volunteers that dedicate their time, these are the people that we thank because without those people we are nothing. We try to do the best we can. We try to make the right decisions. Everyone on this Council is for the people, our residents. No matter what we do we keep them in mind. Sometimes you think the people on the Council they don’t pay taxes. Believe me when those budgets come again and we have to face them its tough and especially the way the economy is going its getting rougher and rougher. But I’m very confident that the people sitting on this Council will make the right decisions. I’ve been on the Council for over twenty one years and I’ve seen a lot of ups and a lot of downs but the up side is phenomenal. I appreciate the residents of Wanaque for putting me in office for all these years. You don’t know what it means to me. Every time I see something good happen in Wanaque it makes me very proud. With the people that I work with and the people I talk to they’ve shown confidence in me and I’d like to show the confidence back to them. There’s not much more I can say. I’d like to thank all the borough employees. They’re dedicated people and I’ve know them for many years and we couldn’t have a better staff. To our fire department, the police department, these gentlemen, they put their lives on the line every time there is a call. You can’t ask for any more dedication than what these gentlemen and these women do. It’s just phenomenal. I’d like to thank everybody and have a very Happy New Year.”

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 2009:
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 Chris Vnencak

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 2009:

Chief: Lee Smith
1st Asst. Chief: Scott Bracken
2nd Asst. Chief: Mark Oliveri
Captains - Co. #1: Glenn Cisco, Jr.
Co. #2: John Powers
1st Lieutenants - Co. #1: Thomas Luciani
Co. #2: Matt Hayward
2nd Lieutenants - Co. #1: Robert Rohllf
Co. #2: George Schamble

FIRE MARSHALLS:

The Mayor presented the following names as Fire Marshalls for the year 2009:
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 2009:
Fire Official - Kevin Platt
Fire Inspectors - Dennis Dondero, William Roberto, John Roberto
Robert DeStaffen
On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Theoharous 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 Joann Dandrea and Art Koning to a Five (5) Year Term each and Councilman Thomas Balunis as Council Liaison.
Planning Board:
The Mayor appointed Gilbert Foulon and William Rucci as Class IV members to a Four (4) Year Term each and Councilman Edward O’Connell as Council Liaison.
Library Board:
The Mayor appointed Elizabeth Lynch 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:
Frank Covelli and Bruce Grygus appointed to a Four (4) Year Term each and Dominick Cortellessa to a two year term as an alternate and Councilwoman Karen Cisco as Council Liaison.
Board of Health:
Marianne Vuksanic, Laura Stiansen and Linda Shafto appointed to a Three (3) Year Term each and Councilman George Theoharous as Council Liaison.
Human Resource Board:
Claire Kressaty appointed to a Four (4) Year Term and Councilwoman Karen Cisco as Council Liaison.
Open Space:
Peter Heckler and Nancy Di Bartolo appointed to a three (3) year term each and Councilman Thomas Balunis as Council Liaison.
Wanaque Borough Sewerage Authority:
Frank Covelli appointed to a Five (5) Year Term Effective February 1, 2009 and Mayor Daniel Mahler as Council Liaison.
Wanaque Valley Regional Sewerage Authority:
Councilman Daniel Mahler as Council Liaison.
On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Theoharous and Pettet 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 – Solid Waste Advisory Council
On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Theoharous 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, 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.

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 #1-0-09:
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 #2-0-09:
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 #3-0-09:
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 #4-0-09:
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 #5-0-09:
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 #6-0-09:
Re: Tax Sale 2008


BE IT RESOLVED that the Tax Collector shall have a Tax Sale for 2008 and Prior Delinquent Municipal Charges during the calendar year of 2009.

Resolution #7-0-09:
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 #8-0-09:
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 #9-0-09:
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. The Standard Insurance Company
B. Bergen Municipal Employee Benefit Fund
C. Wanaque Board of Education
D. Lakeland Regional High School

Resolution #10-0-09:
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 #11-0-09:
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 #12-0-09:
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 #13-0-09:
Re: 2009 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 #14-0-09:
Re: Budgetary Transfers


None.

Resolution #15-0-09:
Re: Payment to Library - 1st Quarter Allotment: $115,905.00


BE IT RESOLVED that payment be made to the Wanaque Public Library for the 1st Quarter Allotment in the amount of $115,905.00.

Resolution #16-0-09:
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 #17-0-09:
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 #18-0-09:
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 #19-0-09:
Re: Award of Professional Services


WHEREAS, on December 1, 2008 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, 2008 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 2009 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 #20-0-09:
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, Councilman O’Connell and Councilwoman Cisco moved a motion to approve the aforementioned Resolutions.
On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the resolutions adopted.

Resolution #21-0-09:
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 #22-0-09:
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, Councilman O’Connell and Councilwoman Cisco moved a motion to approve the aforementioned Resolutions.
On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

Resolution #23-0-09:
Re: Temporary Budget – Current and Water Utility


On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Theoharous and Pasquariello 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 2009 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, 2009; and
WHEREAS, said total temporary appropriations are limited to one quarter of the total appropriations in the 2008 Budget exclusive of any appropriations made for debt service, capital improvements fund, or public assistance in said 2008 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.

2009 TEMPORARY BUDGET

WATER UTILITY

Total Appropriation $1,547276.00
debt service 296,776.00
capital improv 21,000.00

X26.25%
Temp Budget $322,743.00


CURRENT FUND

Total Appropriation $11,319,108.11
debt service $1,041,132.36
CIF $236,000.00
public assistance $1,550.00
deferred charges $37,000.00

X26.25%
Temp Budget $2,625,899.00
On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

Resolution #24-0-09:
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, TD Bank, Bank of America.
On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

COUNCIL COMMITTEES:

COMMITTEE COUNCIL MEMBER

COUNCIL PRESIDENT Councilman Thomas Balunis
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 Councilwoman Karen Cisco - CHAIRWO MAN
Councilman Donald Pasquariello
Councilman George Theoharous
INVESTMENTS & BONDING Councilman Robert Pettet - CHAIRMAN
Councilman Edward O'Connell
Councilwoman Karen Cisco
NEGOTIATIONS Councilman Edward O’Connell – CHAIRMAN
Councilman Robert Pettet
Councilwoman Karen Cisco
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 Cisco - 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 Donald Pasquariello - 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 Pettet moved a motion to approve the Council Committees.
On roll call, all voted yes, and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

PUBLIC DISCUSSION:

The Mayor opened the Public Discussion.


No one came forward.

The Mayor closed the Public Discussion.

ADJOURNMENT:

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen O’Connell and Balunis moved a motion to adjourn the meeting; meeting adjourned at 12:50 P.M.

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Katherine J. Falone, RMC, CMC
Municipal Clerk