MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

BOROUGH OF WANAQUE

 

MINUTES

 

August 11, 2008

 

 

A Business Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Wanaque was held on Monday, August 11, 2008, at 7:05 P.M. in the Wanaque Municipal Building.

 

The Mayor called the meeting to order.

 

†† †††††††† On roll call, the following Council Members responded: Balunis, Cisco, OíConnell, Pasquariello, Pettet and Theoharous.The Mayor declared a quorum.The Borough Engineer was present.The Borough Attorney was absent.

 

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 Business Meeting to the Suburban Trends and the Herald News newspapers on January 2, 2008 stating therein that this meeting would be held on Monday, August 11, 2008 at the time of 7:00 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 January 2, 2008 and a copy is on file in the office of the Municipal Clerk.

MINUTES:

 

Business Meeting of July 14, 2008.

 

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

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

 

PROCLAMATION Ė Honoring Jan Barry Ė The Record on his retirement:

 

††††††††††† The Mayor read the following Proclamation:

 

WHEREAS, Jan Barry has been a fixture at governmental meetings in the Borough of Wanaque for many years, being a staff writer for the Bergen Record from 1987, writing news articles about the happenings in our community and our region; and

WHEREAS, Jan Barry is a recipient of several journalism awards, mainly for persistence, including the 2003 Community Service Award from the Society of the Silurians, the oldest press club in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Jan Barry is an accomplished author, poet and peace activist; and

WHEREAS, Jan Barry has treated Wanaque fairly in his reporting, making sure his facts and figures are correct, while allowing opposing views to be heard; and

WHEREAS, Jan Barry has retired from the Bergen Record to pursue a career in teaching journalism.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DANIEL MAHLER, MAYOR OF THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, do hereby issue this proclamation in recognition of the accomplishments of Jan Barry in being a journalist who reported on the Borough of Wanaque in a fair and unbiased manor, and direct that a copy of this proclamation be spread in the minutes of the Borough of Wanaque to forever record the accomplishments of Jan Barry; and

 

FURTHER, on behalf of the Borough Council, Borough Administrator, and the officials of the Borough of Wanaque, do wish you good health and success in your retirement.

 

ORDINANCES:

 

†† Public Hearing of Ord. #2-0-08:

†††† Re:Dissolution of Wanaque Valley Regional Sewerage Authority

 

††††††††††† Held.†††

 

††††††††††† On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pettet and Theoharous moved a motion to table Ordinance #2-0-08 to the September 8, 2008 meeting.

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

 

†† Public Hearing of Ord. #8-0-08:

†††† Re:Bond Ordinance Ė Purchase of US Aluminum Property

 

††††††††††† Held to after Closed Session.

 

†† Public Hearing of Ord. #16-0-08:

†††† Re:Amend Chapter 28, Personnel to Establish a Defined Contribution Program

 

††††††††††† On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Pettet moved a motion that Ordinance #16-0-08 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 28, ENTITLED ďPERSONNELĒ TO ESTABLISH ARTICLE XIII, DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

 

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.

 

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva, 108 Monroe Street, Haskell said can you explain what this is.

††††††††††† The Mayor said basically the State has a State pension system and certain new employees were hired itís a deferred contribution program similar to a 401K at certain levels they wonít be in the pension system any more.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said is it costing the Borough anything.

††††††††††† The Mayor said it will cost us less than the pension system.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said so these people were originally in the pension system and now theyíre putting it now.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said it would be for any new hires who are not in the public employees retirement system.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said so going through the list of people that qualify for this such as the Borough Administrator, the Superintendent of Public Works, the Superintendent of Water, the Municipal Attorney, the commissioners of the sewerage authority are those people currently in the retirement system.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said well we donít have a superintendent of public works or a superintendent of water right now, the sewer authority Iím not sure of, I am the Borough Attorney is not anymore I think thatís all the titles.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said is it normal for part time employees and commissioners that are appointed to the sewer authority to be part of the pension system.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said under the public employeeís retirement system anyone who earned more than fifteen hundred dollars per year whether they were part time or full time had to be enrolled in the pension system by State regulation.The State now is requiring every Municipality to adopt an Ordinance similar to what we are adopting for the titles that are listed in order to set it up for anyone new coming in who is not a member of the public employeeís retirement system that they would have to go into the DCRP program.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said so if next year I was appointed to the sewer authority I would quality for this.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said Iím not sure what the dollar numbers are I know they increased the dollar numbers to I think five thousand dollars it depends on what the minimum requirement is for membership.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said is it your understanding that this is the same Ordinance under the same titles that other towns are passing.

††††††††††† The Mayor said yes.Itís the one prescribed by the State, we modeled it after that.

††††††††††† The Administrator said yes.I believe that itís a straight five percent.I think itís five percent of salary as a match, donít quote me on it but I think that was the number that they were talking about.Again we donít have anybody going into it right now and that five percent is a lot less than what we are paying for the PERS program.††††

†††††††††† Dave DaSilva said okay thank you.

 

††††††††††† The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

 

Councilmen Balunis and Theoharous moved that,

 

BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, CHAPTER 28, ENTITLED ďPERSONNELĒ TO ESTABLISH ARTICLE XIII, DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT SYSTEM 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. #17-0-08:

†††† Re:Amend Chapter 108, Vehicles and Traffic to add a Bus Stop at Argyle Street

†††††††††††† and Ringwood Avenue

 

††††††††††† On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Theoharous and OíConnell moved a motion that Ordinance #17-0-08 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 108, ENTITLED ďVEHICLES AND TRAFFIC TO AMEND SCHEDULE X Ė BUS STOPS, TO ESTABLISH A BUS STOP AT ARGYLE STREET.

 

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.

 

††††††††††† Ken Ambruster, 6 Gardella Place, Haskell said I drove by that intersection and the sign is already up.Why are we adopting an Ordinance.

††††††††††† The Mayor said probably because they beat us to it.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said this was a request by New Jersey Transit they must be slow right now.I wish I could get them to respond to other things as quickly.

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††††††††††† The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

 

Councilmen Pasquariello and OíConnell moved that,

 

BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, CHAPTER 108, ENTITLED ďVEHICLES AND TRAFFIC TO AMEND SCHEDULE X Ė BUS STOPS, TO ESTABLISH A BUS STOP AT ARGYLE 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. #18-0-08:

†††† Re:Amend Chapter 108 Vehicles and Traffic to add Schedule XIV no turn on red

 

††††††††††† On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilman Pasquariello and Councilwoman Cisco moved a motion that Ordinance #18-0-08 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 108, VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC TO ESTABLISH SECTIONS PROHIBITING RIGHT TURN ON RED.

 

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.

 

††††††††††† William Holt, 8319 Warrenís Way, Wanaque said you were going to ask for an additional review did that take place.

††††††††††† The Mayor said yes we did.The Administrator spoke with the State DOT and what we were told was they reviewed it after the road had been widened and what their contention was when you are stopped at the white line and you look to the left you donít have a clear view.So I took a look myself and they were right.When I originally went down and looked at it I was across the crosswalk.But the State regulation is from the white line they draw before the crosswalk and when you look to the left the view is blocked by the buildings and it is required I forget how many feet it was and when I took a look they were right and they had done a review on it with the road being widened.And that was my concern was that they had been done it beforehand and this comes from the State so this is just a formality at this point.

††††††††††† William Holt said I understand.And I understand sight lines and what the actual view is of when traffic is coming there.One thing Iím wondering is whether based on the speed limit thatís currently posted there which I would like to propose consideration for lowering it for a couple of reasons but Iím wondering if the speed limit was lowered to say the same thing thatís in front of the library down to thirty miles an hour would that then bring the sight line into allowing right turns on red.

††††††††††† The Mayor said that I donít know.

††††††††††† William Holt said does the borough get to put two cents in as to what speed limit the road actually is.

††††††††††† The Mayor said itís a County road.So the County controls the speed limit.We can make a suggestion to the County and they will either take our suggestion or not.

††††††††††† William Holt said because if lowering it to thirty miles an hour puts the sight line, eliminates the restriction, the need for the restriction on the right turn then I would like to suggest that we recommend that the speed limit be reduced and it is thirty miles an hour just a few hundred yards up the road.It is thirty five right now but it is thirty when you get to the library.It changes speed.I would say that even for safety sake I donít know what analysis has been done but that ďsĒ curve through that section there after you go over the bridge going south that doesnít tolerate much more than thirty miles an hour.So I think there is good justification for lowering the speed especially if we are not going to get a street light in there.But I would like the borough to consider that.

††††††††††† The Mayor said there is a light in there.

††††††††††† William Holt said there isnít a light in the ďsĒ curve.There is one before that and after but not in the curve.Thatís a separate issue.Any way if the borough would consider maybe touching base if it is at all possible with the County.†††

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said in speaking to the person that designed it.It was strictly in the sight line speed didnít come into play.Based on my conversation with him you stop at the stop bar you look to the left the buildings are in the way thatís why there is a no turn on red.Whether it is thirty, thirty five, twenty five itís the sight line that comes into play.

††††††††††† William Holt said well the sight line is different for different speeds.I know thatís part of their justification.I know what the sight line is Tom.†† I have made the turn there a couple of times myself and I know what you can and canít see when you are sitting behind the white line waiting for the light to change.But if thatís the case, thatís the opinion, then so be it.But I just make the request that maybe we can find out if changing the speed limit would make a difference or not.Thank you.

††††††††††† The Mayor said we can ask.

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††††††††††† The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

 

Councilmen Pasquariello and OíConnell moved that,

 

BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WANAQUE, CHAPTER 108, VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC TO ESTABLISH SECTIONS PROHIBITING RIGHT TURN ON RED 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. #19-0-08:

††† Re:Appropriating $115,000 from Capital Surplus for Haskell Firehouse Addition

 

††††††††††† On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilman Theoharous and Pasquariello moved a motion that Ordinance #19-0-08 be taken from the table and read by the Clerk, by title only, for consideration of final reading.

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

 

The Clerk took from the table and read by title only as follows:AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $115,000 FROM CAPITAL SURPLUS TO FUND AN ADDITION TO THE HASKELL FIREHOUSE.

 

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.

 

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva, 108 Monroe Street, Haskell said are you sure how much this is going to cost yet did you get that worked out yet.I know last month you mentioned that there were some issues.

††††††††††† The Mayor said we put it out to bid, we rejected the bids, weíre in the process of having a different architect take a look at the specs and weíre going to put it out to bid a second time.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said have you guys already figured out how youíre going to pay for the rest of this obviously this isnít going to cover it.Do you know where the rest of the money is going to come from.

††††††††††† The Mayor said well this will be part of it and the other part will be a bond.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said okay.I just donít want half the money approved and half the money not approved.We have a truck coming and donít know where to put it.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said the bond for two hundred thousand dollars has already been approved.This is supplemental to make sure we have enough so that when we do take the bids we have enough cash to approve it right away and not have to wait for additional funds if it is necessary.†††

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said and you think this will take care of the balance.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said yes.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said okay thanks.

 

††††††††††† John Maiello, 26 Rhinesmith Avenue, Wanaque said what are the actual figures.What was it two hundred fifty thousand dollars that was appropriated on the bond.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said it was two hundred thousand dollars.

††††††††††† John Maiello said so it is three hundred fifteen thousand dollars youíre appropriating to do it and that should cover it right.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said yes.We rejected the bid for two hundred seventy thousand dollars the second bid was for around three hundred fifteen thousand dollars.The architect feels that the cost will be less than the two hundred seventy thousand dollars since heís changed the type and style of construction however I have not gotten a final construction estimate from him yet but this will make sure that we have enough funding in place so that we can award the bid immediately.

††††††††††† John Maiello said youíre not contemplating doing what they did in Riverdale on Union Avenue are you because from what I understand from several of our people to heat it was astronomical.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said no we actually had changed the construction at the architects suggestion.We are not doing cinder block.Itís going to be a wood structure which will allow us to insulate the building better.Itís not going to be the metal structure like you have in Bloomingdale.

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††††††††††† The Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

 

Councilmen Theoharous and Pasquariello moved that,

 

BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $115,000 FROM CAPITAL SURPLUS TO FUND AN ADDITION TO THE HASKELL FIREHOUSE 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, except Councilman OíConnell who abstained and the Mayor declared the motion carried.

 

†† Introduction of Ordinance #20-0-08:

†††† Re:Appropriating $21,000.00 from the Capital Improvement Fund to finance

†††††††††††† the appraisal of certain real properties for possible acquisition

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††††††††††† On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Balunis moved that Ordinance #20-0-08 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:AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $21,000.00 FROM THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND TO FINANCE THE APPRAISAL OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTIES FOR POSSIBLE ACQUISITION.

 

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

BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled:AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $21,000.00 FROM THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND TO FINANCE THE APPRAISAL OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTIES FOR POSSIBLE ACQUISITION 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 8th day of September 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.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

†† Councilman Balunis:

 

††††††††††† Councilman Balunis reported the referendum work is going on in both schools.The Recreation Commission met this week.There was no meeting in July.The Library has no meeting in July or August and they are on their summer hours.Congressman Garrettís office will be there.

 

†† Councilwoman Cisco:

 

††††††††††† Councilwoman Cisco reported the Welfare Board had no meeting yet.They will meet by September.The Board of Adjustment met Wednesday and regarding the money last month the bill will not be paid.

 

†† Councilman OíConnell:

 

††††††††††† Councilman OíConnell reported there are a couple of applications for the Planning Board.Try to fix the garbage truck that was in the accident.The needs assessment study.

 

†† Councilman Pasquariello:

 

††††††††††† Councilman Pasquariello reported the police department is quiet.The first aid squad voted on a new rig.They chose P & L.

†† Councilman Pettet:

 

††††††††††† Councilman Pettet reported the Lakeland high school field work is going on and school will be starting soon.

 

†† Councilman Theoharous:†††††††

 

††††††††††† Councilman Theoharous said reported the firehouse bids will be going out.We may have a special meeting in September to award the bid.

 

††††††††††† The Mayor thanked the Haskell AC who cleaned up the area in the woods.They did a great job.The welcome to Wanaque sign is up.The City of Paterson is suing the rest of the towns that have not be required to revaluate in the County since they got their tax bills and they went up.

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†† Engineer:

 

††††††††††† The Borough Engineer reported on two resolutions on the agenda.One is a payment for Whistler Place to John Garcia that project the original contract amount was $524,000.00 and it ended up at $571, 000.00 about two thirds of the $47,000 were items that were added after we bid the contract by the sewer authority because they wanted to do some work in the road before they reconstructed it.The rest is some minor water main items that needed to be done.This estimate closes out the project.Itís not a final estimate the reason being we are still waiting to hear from the sewer authority that they were satisfied with the work that was done.So weíre holding on to the retainer of $11,000.00.But we will do one more estimate which will be the final estimate to release the retainer.So as soon as we hear back from them that will be done.The other item is for the Lake Washington Dam itís not a final estimate either itís just a final accounting of what we were going to be doing when this job came in as proposed to what we estimated in the beginning.The original contract amount was $831,000.00 it came in for $839,000.00 we had to do a few little items out there along the way one of them was the drain line that comes out when they finally excavated it, it was in bad shape and had to be replaced.They also had to when they took the deck off the dam the discharge cylinders they were actually rounded like arches and we didnít want to leave them that way because water would seep through and eventually erode the concrete.So we filled that with concrete.And we have to do one repair to Doty Road because when they drained the lake all the water that used to migrate through the soil just dried out and they brought in heavy equipment and started vibrating the road and the machine ended up cracking the road you canít really put the blame on the contractor so weíre going to have them repair that one crack.All in all the project came in about $8,000 over which is about one percent increase in the contract.So weíll have one more estimate to close it out when he does the work on Doty Road and when he cleans up.

††††††††††† The Mayor said the amount for the additional change order is going to be billed to the sewer authority.We pay for it and bill them.

 

†† Attorney:

 

††††††††††† The Borough Attorney was absent.

†† Administrator:

 

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator reported the welcome to Wanaque sign is there temporarily until the property is acquired.Met with four property owners and agreed they wanted to be included.Passaic County Community Development Block Grant is available for faÁade improvements Ė Valentine, Kressaty, Auto Parts and Karate are eligible for grants in the Haskell business district.Went over the consent agenda.13.6 Engineer looked at it Ė use the jet vac Ė will be here tomorrow morning to work on the pipes.

††††††††††† Councilman Balunis said what about storm drains packed with debris Ė storm drains cleaned out it will let the water go out.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said use the jet vac from the County and manpower to clean it out tomorrow.

††††††††††† The Borough Engineer said itís in a flood plain and weíll try this approach before they get permits.Laura Avenue scheduled to finish by the end of August.Passed test for the water mains and do additional work for concrete and should be completed in time for the school opening.

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PUBLIC DISCUSSION:

 

††††††††††† The Mayor opened the Public Discussion.

 

††††††††††† John Maiello, 26 Rhinesmith Avenue, Wanaque said regarding the Phoenix Club is there a problem with that.Are the fields by the school in the back going to be done by the time school is open.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said they had some minor violations that have been corrected.And the sod should be in by September to be done and the field wonít be used until the Spring.

††††††††††† John Maiello said what is status of the properties for the study for the municipal building thirty units.

††††††††††† The Mayor said the property owners are interested in going in it.

††††††††††† John Maiello said there are four lots in the resolution and our lots are not in there.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said I will check into it.

 

††††††††††† Ken Ambruster, 6 Gardella Place, Haskell said some of the local towns joined in five hundred dollars each to join the suit against COAH with the third round obligations.Is this town going to join in.

††††††††††† Councilman Balunis said we already did join in.They didnít list every town that is in but we are in.

††††††††††† Ken Ambruster thanked Mr. Carroll for repairing the garbage truck right away.There was an article in the Herald News about our sewerage plant, Pompton Lakes, Wayne and Ringwood having to do something with taking out all the phosphorous with the cost of something like fifty million dollars because of the fact that the Wanaque river is a class one stream and there were complaints down at Passaic and Paterson that the Passaic river was being fouled.Are we being picked on or is everybody else in the State going to be required with this new requirement.

††††††††††† The Mayor said I think this requirement is a statewide requirement and I also think in speaking to the people at the regional they seem to say that their phosphorus levels are below what the requirement is if weíre talking about the same one that came out about a year ago.

 

††††††††††† John Maiello, 26 Rhinesmith Avenue, Wanaque said regarding resolution 14.2 the appointment of special police officer, class I why is it we appoint someone from Lincoln Park and not from our own town.

††††††††††† Chief Reno said because he is already trained there is no school available at this time between the three academies that offer it we are short specials we just lost one who worked a lot of hours for us who is now in the academy and is being hired by Clifton as a regular police officer and he is well qualified.

††††††††††† John Maiello said thank you.

 

††††††††††† William Holt, 8319 Warrenís Way, Wanaque thanked the Haskell AC for the clean up and Tom Carroll for organizing that.

 

††††††††††† Timothy King, 31 Evergreen Avenue, Haskell said regarding the US Aluminum site last month you talked about the seventy five thousand dollars for the environmental study.Are we still going forward with that.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said yes our consultant is still working with the consultant for US Aluminum theyíre continuing to review reports information and they will be on site tomorrow to see the removal of the underground storage tanks.

††††††††††† The Mayor said the seventy five thousand dollars is a maximum itís not what we spent to date.

††††††††††† Timothy King said where does that US Aluminum site rank in your order of five properties for the new municipal building.

††††††††††† The Mayor said the five properties are all located north of the current building and they are all together.

††††††††††† Timothy King said where does US Aluminum sit in the order of importance for the municipal building.

The Mayor said our intention is to purchase the five properties and put them all together and put the municipal building there.At this point thatís not a done deal so we donít want to eliminate the other property until this issue is solidified.Since there may or may not be environmental problems down there weíve initiated an environmental study we want to find out whatís there so the site can get cleaned up by the current property owner.

Timothy King said does the town have a plan for that site if that works out down

the street and now you have this US Aluminum site.

The Mayor said we have possibilities for that site.We have designated that as a

redevelopment zone so in the case that our town hall goes up this end weíll do a redevelopment and get a redeveloper in for commercial.

††††††††††† Timothy King said regarding some of the costs in involved with repairing Evergreen on the high side ten thousand for the permits and twenty thousand for the excavation and repair of everything.Thatís on the high side of everything thatís a lot less than seventy five thousand dollars.Youíre talking about coming out tomorrow to jet vac the pipes.You mentioned a camera and putting a camera down and taking a look around.I saw the pipes when the ground was torn apart for the gas line.The pipe had holes everywhere water squirting out of it as soon as they relieved some pressure.So sucking the stuff out of there isnít going to correct the problem that the pipes are rotted, decayed and need replacement.I understand weíre getting that unit free of charge from the County.It seems to me like weíre wasting more and more money to prevent fixing this problem and as you represented youíve known about it for twelve years and it has been there for over thirty years.I understand the Engineer gives recommendations and you act off of those or you donít.Are you going to continue to allow those recommendations to aid and abet the negligence of the town.This is thirty years of negligence and youíre talking itís cost effective to use the jet vac and it saves the town money but in the end itís going to cost me money because this water that pools in the road is going to make itís way into my house.††

††††††††††† The Borough Engineer said if you can jet the line out to clean it even if it has holes in it they can line the pipe with plastic liner and that can be done without any permits.If you want to start the permit road you are going to be looking at three months of waiting just for the permits to do it.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said I think as far as the process goes weíll know tomorrow whether or not we can get the jet vac in there.Thatís the simple solution.If we can get through with the County machine then we can go in and line the pipe.I think Mike is optimistic as far as three months in getting permits from the Department of Environmental Protection.It took us eight or nine months to get them for a simple encroachment permit for Addice Park.My guess is that we would be looking at a lot longer than that just from my own experience with dealing with the Department of Environmental Protection from what Iím hearing not only from Alaimo but from other Engineers.Call me tomorrow afternoon or give me a number and Iíll call you and I will let you know exactly what they find and Iíll let the Council know and then we can make a decision from there.Any work that gets done I have to come back to the Council for authorization and funding.

††††††††††† Councilman Balunis said if we can get that cleaned out and get a pipe liner in there it may or may not work.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said Mr. King if you want to leave me your cell phone number or contact number as soon as they are done tomorrow I will call you.

††††††††††† Timothy King said in terms of post brook itself I spoke with a supervisor regarding post brook the Department of Environmental Protection has no interest.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said the Department of Environmental Protection opposing the buffer and canít see them against it.

††††††††††† Timothy King said if you walk the stream youíll see pipes that dump into there and it will ultimately create a problem.Private pipes people have going into there.

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva, 108 Monroe Street, Haskell said I oppose the format of the meeting and I appreciate you going over the agenda.Passed out photographs of flooding on the street.Severe concern and a problem with the post brook you have to do something.Implore you to please look into doing something about this.People couldnít even go out to work.It started in my neighborhood and has gone to other neighborhoods.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said I will speak to the County Engineer tomorrow.The system goes to the County post brook.When Ringwood Avenue was reconstructed the County did not increase capacity on the discharge site.Saw this morning the water in the road here.Speak to the County Engineer about the capacity of discharge out to the post brook.

††††††††††† The Borough Engineer said if you have intense rainfall major flooding like that canít drain in the pipes.Flood plain gets built on and creates problem.Small pipes are by your area.The Department of Environmental Protection is hesitant to shift the water it will go somewhere else.Same problem on Evergreen Avenue pipes not big enough line pipe with plastic because they are laying flat on the ground.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said you understand the problem but there is no solution.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said for lower capacity to go out faster they would have to lower twin lakes and it will send water down to Pompton Lakes and other towns.

††††††††††† The Borough Engineer said such a hard rain even the rivers flood.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said is it the official position of the borough is to live with it.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said will speak to Mr. Edmond tomorrow and come back to the Council.Know they wonít increase capacity for the pipes.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said the borough is in the position to do something.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said had flooding on Sixth Avenue when I lived there main blockage at Arrow and goes under the building.Talk to the County and see if they will work with us.Early eighties possible flood tunnel Ė dot not allow to put pipe in for 287 and State wouldnít let it happen.Whole area is flat and wonít go.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said Reverend DeGroat was here in June asking about the sidewalks and is that taken care of.

††††††††††† The Mayor said that is being taken care of.

††††††††††† Councilwoman Cisco said how wide is the sidewalk.Thirty six inches is not adequate space between playground and the curb.Discuss it and bring it back up next month.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said I will check it tomorrow.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said regarding Valley View what is the status and the weeds are overgrown.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said they have not pulled the plug on the project.Property maintenance has issued summonses.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said regarding 815 Ringwood Avenue and the sale of the property is there any new information.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said the offer was not accepted.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said the property on Ringwood Avenue where the Pulte Sales office is who owns that.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said the County.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said regarding the abandoned US Aluminum property are you going to buy the US Aluminum property or buy additional property north of the municipal building.

††††††††††† The Mayor said we may purchase it or we may just give them our interest and keep our option open.

††††††††††† Dave DaSilva said you canít keep buying property and giving it away free andspending millions and millions of dollars and hope the Council does research for best interests of town.

 

††††††††††† Sandy Lawson, 28 Haskell Avenue, Haskell said I agree with Mr. DaSilva saying to include options and have more options included and discussed.Everyone should be involved in the decision making process.Please go over the options.

††††††††††† The Mayor said they are the Rhinesmith property, the small family house owned by Struble, the Chinese restaurant, the house owned by Post trade property for Rhinesmith.County two hundred thousand for the property.

††††††††††† Sandy Lawson said is the decision based on open space funds.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said the balance is used pretty much up.

††††††††††† Sandy Lawson said disappointed the town picnic is not happening.Hope it will be next year.

††††††††††† The Mayor said Iím disappointed too.The committee voted not to have it.Fully intend to utilize the picnic next year.

 

††††††††††† Resident, 7 Norman Court, Haskell said there is a faulty storm drain also.It got bad and is getting worse.Have complained to the road superintendent.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said again weíve been out there jetting it on private property until we can get on the property.

††††††††††† Resident said with all these problems donít you think to get a committee together and review the situation.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said weíll make a request to the property owner again and see if he will let us on the property.We need to get on the property and get in there and dig the pipe up.

 

††††††††††† Anthony Greco, Fourth Avenue, Haskell said regarding the pipe I received a phone call and got a letter to get on the property.Did not hear from any one prior to that.Dredge the piece of property next door and see if it works.

††††††††††† Councilwoman Cisco said how long have you lived there and no one has ever contacted you.

††††††††††† Anthony Greco said six years and no one has contacted me.

††††††††††† Councilwoman Cisco said thank you for clearing that up.

††††††††††† Anthony Greco said does any one have to be home when they come by.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said no.

 

††††††††††† John Maiello, 26 Rhinesmith Avenue, Wanaque said is the work and regular meeting next month.Regarding the post brook you canít go near the brook. The Department of Environmental Protection is passing the buck.Pompon Lake was never dredged in Wanaque.What happened in back of the town center to process tires.How long does the redevelopment take to be part of the process by early next year.Have no problem developing the town but the existing businesses are vacant.Worry more about people that have property that can be rented out.Find out when we developed transient town instead of industry here and development.

††††††††††† The Mayor said what area are you talking about.

††††††††††† John Maiello said the arrow property.Weíre not increasing revenues and taking care of businesses and people that are here already.Next to Quik Chek they still did not rent out the building and makes it destitute.

 

††††††††††† Sandy Lawson, 28 Haskell Avenue, Haskell said regarding the stormwater management plan, a component of that report addresses the pipe and you should look into what the people said.

††††††††††† The Mayor said there was an idea to put it in by the railroad bed.

††††††††††† Sandy Lawson said what can we look to do now.There should be some way to address the flood issue.Hope you do something about it.

 

††††††††††† Resident, 38 Wolfe Drive, Wanaque said I was told to come here tonight for a permit for a certificate of occupancy.

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said you were given the wrong information.You need to see the building department.

††

The Mayor closed Public Discussion.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

CONSENT AGENDA:

 

†† Two (2) Applications for Raffle Licenses:

†††† Re:Saint Francis of Assisi Home School Association Ė RA:692 and RA:693

††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†† Resolution #131-0-08:

†††† Re:Refund of Tax overpayment on Block 317, Lot 1.12 in the amount of $2,515.03

 

WHEREAS, there exists a tax overpayment on the property listed herein for the third quarter of 2008:

 

BLOCK††††††††††† LOT†††††††††††††† AMOUNT

317††††††††††††††††† 1.12†††††††††††††† $2515.03

 

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

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Treasurer shall refund a total of$2515.03 as per the certification of the Tax Collector.

 

†† Resolution #132-0-08:

†††† Re:Temporary Emergency Appropriation

 

WHEREAS, an emergent condition has arisen with respect to adoption of the 2008 Municipal Budget and N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-20 provides for an emergency temporary appropriation until the adoption of the 2008 Municipal Budget, and

WHEREAS, the total Temporary Budget including this resolution will total $3,466,267.82

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

A temporary appropriation be made for the 2008 Temporary Budget in the amount of $203,898.11.

 

†† Payment to County of Passaic:

†††† Re:2nd Quarter Taxes for the Year 2008 in the amount of $1,632,334.04

 

†† Payment to County of Passaic:

†††† Re:Open Space Taxes for the 2nd Quarter Year 2008 in the amount of $33,721.22

 

†† Payment to County of Passaic:

†††† Re:3rd Quarter Taxes for the Year 2008 in the amount of $1,894,190.79

 

†† Payment to County of Passaic:

†††† Re:Open Space Taxes for the 3rd Quarter Year 2008 in the amount of $37,555.41

 

 

†† Payment to Applied Landscape Technologies:

†††† Re:Addice Park/Wanaque School Field Improvements in the amount of $49,000.00

 

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

††††††††††† On roll call, all voted yes, 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 July 2008NONE.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

4.†† Municipal Court Report for July 2008

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

5.†† Welfare Report for July 2008-NONE.

 

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pettet and Theoharous 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.

 

 

 

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††††††† ††††††††Daniel Mahler

†††††††††††††† †††††††Mayor

 

COMMUNICATIONS:None.

†††††††††††

NEW BUSINESS:

 

†† Appointment of Board of Adjustment Member Ė Term expires December 31, 2008:

 

††††††††††† On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Pettet moved a motion to approve the appointment of Dominick Cortellessa, 8535 Warrenís Way, Wanaque.

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

 

†† Appraisal Proposal Ė Borough Hall Site:

†††† ††††††

†† Closed Session:

†††† Re:Litigation/Negotiation/Personnel

 

††††††††††† Held to the end of the meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

Wanaque Valley Regional Sewerage Authority Status:

 

††††††††††† Nothing new to report on.

 

†† Advertising on Haskell Water Tank:

 

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator said there is nothing new to report on.

 

†† Status of US Aluminum Investigation:

 

††††††††††† Previously discussed.

 

†† Haskell Firehouse Status:

 

††††††††††† Previously discussed.

 

†† Liquor License Hearing:

†††† Re:Phoenix Club, 1093 Ringwood Avenue, Haskell and 815 Ringwood Avenue

†††††††††††† Realty, LLC

 

††††††††††† The Borough Administrator read the violations and said they have been corrected.How did you allow this to happen, the book of account and special tax stamp not being available.

††††††††††† Jomon Kalarickal said we have been cleaning up the place for the past three years.They are not collecting the special tax stamp any more and the account book was in the back office when the inspection was done and the employee did not know where it was.

††††††††††† 815 Ringwood Avenue Realty, LLC was held.

 

†† Letter from Timothy King, 31 Evergreen Avenue, Haskell:

 

††††††††††† Previously discussed.

 

RESOLUTIONS:

 

†† Resolution #133-0-08:

†††† Re:Payment to 4 Clean Up, Inc. Ė Current Estimate No. 1 Ė Laura Avenue

†††††††††††† Improvements Ė Phase I in the amount of $218,687.98

 

††††††††††† On entertainment of the Mayor, CouncilmenTheoharous and Pettet moved that,

 

BE IT RESOLVED that payment be made to 4 Clean Up, Inc. for Current Estimate No. 1 in the amount of $218,687.98 in accordance with the Borough Engineers letter dated July 31, 2008.††††††

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

 

†† Resolution #134-0-08:

†††† Re:Appointment of Special Police Officer, Class I Ė Christopher Vnencak,

†††††††††††† 29 Rosenbrook Drive, Lincoln Park, New Jersey at $19.90 per hour

 

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

 

BE IT RESOLVED that Christopher Vnencak, 29 Rosenbrook Drive, Lincoln Park, New Jersey be and he is hereby appointed as a Special Police Officer, Class I at a rate of $19.90 per hour effective immediately.

 

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

 

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†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††$†† 2,046.00

 

CURRENT 2008†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 204,393.05

 

CURRENT PRE-PAID†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 63,094.26

 

WATER OPERATING 2008†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††31,837.14

 

WATER PREPAID†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 14,309.21

 

GENERAL CAPITAL††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 13,547.74

 

WATER CAPITAL†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1,923.00

 

ESCROW BOOKKEEPER††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 135.00

 

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††7,961.00

 

RECREATION TRUST†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 10,241.50

 

ANIMAL TRUST†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 16.80

 

UNEMPLOYMENT/DISABILITY††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††__††††† 2,787.51 ___††

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TOTAL VOUCHERS†††††††† $352,292.21

 

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

APPROVED:August 11, 2008

 

___________________________

††††††††††† ††††Daniel Mahler

†††††† †††††††††††††Mayor

 

 

Payrolls:

†††††††††††

††††††††††† Councilmen Pettet and Theoharous moved a resolution approving the following payrolls:

††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Payroll #15†††††††††††††††††† p/e 07/25/08†††††††††††††††††† $188,341.51_

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† †††††††† †††Payroll Total†††††††††††††† $188,341.51

 

††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††GRAND TOTAL††††††††††††† $540,633.72

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

APPROVED:August 11, 2008

 

________________________________

†††††††††††††††††††† Daniel Mahler

†††††††††† †††††††††††††††Mayor

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

†† Closed Session:

†††† Re:Negotiations/Personnel/Litigation

 

††††††††††† On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Theoharous 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)      Purchase of real property.

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 Pasquariello and Theoharous moved a motion to reconvene at 10:15 P.M.

††††††††††† On roll call, all were present.

†††††††††††

ORDINANCES:

 

†† Public Hearing of Ord. #8-0-08:

†††† Re:Bond Ordinance Ė Purchase of US Aluminum Property

 

††††††††††† On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello and Pettet moved a motion to table Ordinance #8-0-08.

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

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

On entertainment of the Mayor, Councilmen Pasquariello 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 10:20 P.M.

 

 

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Katherine J. Falone, RMC, CMC

Municipal Clerk