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June 9, 2009 Regular Meeting Minutes

Date: June 9, 2009
Time: 8:30 PM

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF

THE TEANECK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009

 

Mayor Feit called the Regular Meeting of the Teaneck Township Council to order at 8:30 p.m. and asked all those present to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present:           C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Also Present:   W. Rupp - Ferrara, Turitz, Harraka, & Goldberg, Esqs.; W. Broughton, Municipal Manager;                                  L. Aportela-Hernandez, Municipal Clerk; J. L. Evelina, Senior Clerk.

 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by adoption of Resolution #342-08, setting the 2009 meeting dates, sending a copy to THE RECORD, THE SUBURBANITE, THE BERGEN NEWS/SUN BULLETIN, THE CONNECTION, THE JEWISH STANDARD, THE COUNTY SEAT and THE COURIER TIMES, filing a copy in the Township Clerk’s Office and posting it on the Municipal Building bulletin board, and the Mayor hereby directs that this statement be included in the minutes.

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

1.         Youth Advisory Board

Jenika Parson

Nick Hoffman

Tzvi Solomon

Janiene Thiong

Jahrell Thompson

Julie Williams

Adam Kornmehl

 

Mayor Feit and DM. Parker presented the Certificates to the recipients present; expressed gratitude for their community service; and wished the students well in their collegiate pursuits.

 

2.         TVAC - CPR Save

Adam Baer

Michelle Idler

 

Mayor Feit and Councilman Katz presented the Certificates to the recipients.  Angela Wilkerson spoke in honor of the members and informed the public of the events that transpired that earned the members recognition.

 

3.         Website - Presentation by Patrick McGilloway from Qualis Group

 

Mr. McGilloway presented the proposed website from Qualis Group; informed the proposed home page includes: panoramic images of the Township, a search engine box, and sections for residents, businesses and visitors; spoke about "find an event"; informed of the ability to link from one website to another, ie. from Township to Board of Education website; informed of the ability to guide through various application processes; the department heads are "plugged into" the website; at this time, the website is ready to be launched and waiting for approval from the Municipal Manager; the website offers reservation capability for parks; the site could be orchestrated to be bilingual; and each department has its own identity insofar as sub menus and panoramic pictures.

 

C. Gussen questioned functionality such as alert system.

 

Mr. McGilloway confirmed that an emergency notification alert system is incorporated.

 

C. Gussen questioned if the residents could pick and choose which newsletters they receive.

Council suggested a web master, and Mr. Broughton informed that at this time, there is no web master, and Department Heads will be responsible for maintaining their respective sections of the website.

 

C. Hameeduddin questioned if the site would be available in other formats for cellular phone accessibility, and Mr. McGilloway confirmed that the alternate formats could be arranged.

 

Council expressed satisfaction with the website and is looking forward to the launch.

 

GOOD AND WELFARE (9:00 p.m.)

 

Mike Hunter, FMBA - spoke on behalf of the Deputy Chiefs and in opposition of the layoff plan and the actions of Mr. Fehrenbach.

 

David Weinberg - Winthrop Road - suggested the services of an auditor to reassess the Board of Education Budget; and provided the Clerk with a proposed resolution for circulation to Council.

 

Glenn Smith, President of Firefighters' Union - urged Council to have Mr. Fehrenbach communicate with the unions, as June 25, 2009 is the effective date for proposed layoff plan.

 

Jack Demczuk - 1190 Pershing Circle - informed that he was hired with the Township making only $40,000 per year; he is the sole provider for his family, as his wife is unemployed and just had twins; can only move up in pay by way of promotions or pay increases; and now, as of June 25, 2009 he will be out of a job as a result of the Township's actions.

 

Toni Nayowitz - 493 Forest Avenue - spoke about street cleaners and water from fire hydrants; and spoke about traffic flow affecting business.

 

Sandra Margulies - read an article into the record with respect to Mr. Fehrenbach wherein he claimed financial crises in Edison when later, surplus was found.

 

Mildred Tucker - Shepard Avenue - congratulated Mr. Broughton; suggested that firefighters negotiate in private and not public; spoke on behalf of Shepard Avenue Block Association and requested that something be done about the noise ordinance; and spoke about CSX located behind 1802 Palisade Avenue.

 

James Kinloch - 73 Shepard Avenue - read an article into the record regarding noise ordinances.

 

Resident (no name provided) 311 Queen Anne Road - urged the Council not to eliminate the Good Morning Program

 

Eddie Hahn, PBA 215 President - read a statement into the record; indicated that his department recently lost two police officers, as one was involved in an accident and one member suffered a stroke; stated that members were  wrongfully listed on layoff plan by Mr. Fehrenbach; and informed that, to date, there has been no communication from Council or Township Manager Broughton.

 

Robert O'Neill - 292 Hemlock Terrace - stated that he served the Township for four decades and was just recently forced to retire by the Township while employed as the Deputy Fire Chief when his plan was to retire on January 31, 2010; questioned why Dr. Pruitt and Pat Battle were allowed to speak in excess of three minutes but Mike Hunter was interrupted by the Council when he spoke on behalf of the Union; stated that Mr. Fehrenbach is a carpet bagger; and informed the Council that the Township is sitting on approximately $134,000,000 of vacant and unused land and suggested that the Council start there to repair financial damages instead of utilizing Mr. Fehrenbach's layoff plan.

 

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - Council is dysfunctional; the Council has hired a hatchet man to keep the Council "clean"; and stated the Council's real goal is to shrink government.

 

Ron Costello - 229 Shepard Avenue - spoke about resurfacing Shepard Avenue and the existing flooding problem; and urged Council to make same a priority.

 

Helen Harrison - 1802 Palisade Avenue - spoke about the MH Zone and; questioned what type of testing, waste and medical services exist; and informed that there exists no barrier between her home and the building in the proposed zone.

 

April Serfas - 909 River Road - spoke on behalf of the River Road Condominium Association and the existing parking problem on her residential street as a result of Fairleigh Dickinson University students.

Tzvi Solomon - 553 Maitland Avenue - thanked the Deputy Mayor and the members of the Youth Advisory Board; and wished the Council the best of luck.

 

Howard Rose - 575 Northumberland Road - spoke about issues at hand having a personal impact; hopes that accommodations can be made by the Council to settle both sides; and expressed opposition to minutes and videos not recently available on the Township website.

 

Tim Jungerman - 96 Cedar Lane - spoke is support of the firefighters; the Council fired the previous manager only to hire an interim manager for the purposes of cutting personnel; and the unions have initiated all meetings, negotiated in good faith and have proved there exists a surplus.

 

C. Katz made a motion to close the Good and Welfare portion of the meeting to the public.  Seconded by           C. Gussen and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Mr. Broughton stated that he will review the existing noise ordinance however, same must be consistent with New Jersey Statutes.

 

Mayor Feit responded that he has no knowledge about the activity on Windsor Road; stated that the new zone is geared for medical offices; the Council is trying to figure out what should occupy the area, and Township wishes to keep the location on the tax rolls; non-profit organizations are interested in the property; the repaving of Shepard Avenue is listed under hearings of Ordinances; and expressed interest in discussing the establishment of subcommittees to report matters at public meetings.

 

Mr. Broughton informed Council that he spoke with the Fairleigh Dickinson University liaison and requested that the student handbook be amended with respect to parking on public streets however, the liaison advised that the college is reluctant to make any changes.  C. Gussen responded to Ms. Serfas' concern about parking and urged the Council to get involved in an effort to remedy the problem.  Mr. Broughton stated that parking issues are Townwide and not just as a result of Fairleigh Dickinson University; and  suggested that Council permit him to explore a Townwide parking decal program.  Council decided to list the matter of parking on the upcoming Workshop Meeting for discussion.

 

Mayor Feit thanked the Youth Advisory Board; in response to Mr. Rose's concerns about agendas, minutes and videos not being posted on the website, he ensured that same will be posted in a timely fashion upon the launch of the new website; and assured the public that the services of Mr. Fehrenbach was not paid for and/or planned but came as a result that the first candidate interviewed was not available.

 

Mr. Broughton stated that Mr. Fehrenbach's serves as the negotiator at this time, and if anyone should feel that a lack of information, he will provide same.

 

C. Toffler stated that Council is prohibited from negotiating; expressed support for an audit but cannot force one; spoke about a Subcommittee between Council and the Board of Education to assess the budget; expressed frustration about firefighters and the economy; and stated that she was angry that the firefighters refused to take a pay deduction.

 

DM. Parker recognized the Deputy Fire Chiefs' decision to retire; hopes that on June 22, 2009 a deal can be made and the retirements can be rescinded; and she plans to meet with Michael Hunter, as a concerned citizen.

 

HEARINGS ON ORDINANCES

 

Ordinance #4130

 

First reading by title only on April 28, 2009, advertised May 1, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

 

Mayor Feit declared the hearing on Ordinance #4130 open, asking if anyone wished to comment on this Ordinance.

 

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - spoke about the overlay zone concept and expressed opposition to the Ordinance.

C. Gussen made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4130 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by C. Hameeduddin and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            DM. Parker (at time of vote).

 

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

 

ORDINANCE #4130 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 33-22 AND 33-24 IN ARTICLE V, "ZONING ORDINANCE" OF CHAPTER 33 "DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS" OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK ESTABLISHING THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH FACILITY (MH) OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICT.

 

Mr. Rupp advised that the Planning Board did not provide recommendations in a timely fashion, and as a result, this Ordinance will be scheduled for adoption at a future meeting and upon receipt of the recommendations.

 

Ordinance #4131

 

First reading by title only on April 28, 2009, advertised May 1, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

 

Mayor Feit declared the hearing on Ordinance #4131 open, asking if anyone wished to comment on this ordinance.

 

No one came forward.

 

C. Hameeduddin made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4131 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by C. Toffler and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            C. Katz (at time of vote).

 

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

 

ORDINANCE #4131 - AN ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF EAST OAKDENE AVENUE, DEDICATING A PORTION THEREOF TO BE ADDED TO THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF FRANK W. BURR BOULEVARD IN THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK AND RELEASING WHATEVER RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST THE TOWNSHIP MAY HAVE IN THE VACATED PORTION OF EAST OAKDENE AVENUE.

 

Mr. Rupp advised that the Planning Board did not provide recommendations in a timely fashion, and as a result, this Ordinance will be scheduled for adoption at a future meeting and upon receipt of the recommendations.

 

Ordinance #4132

 

First reading by title only on April 28, 2009, advertised May 1, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

 

Mayor Feit declared the hearing on Ordinance #4132 open, asking if anyone wished to comment on this ordinance.

 

No one came forward.

 

DM. Parker made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4132 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by C. Hameeduddin and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

 

ORDINANCE #4132 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 33-22 IN ARTICLE V, "ZONING ORDINANCE," OF CHAPTER 33 "DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS" OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK TO REZONE LOTS 11 AND 12 IN BLOCK 3604 (TOGETHER WITH THE VACATED PORTION OF EAST OAKDENE AVENUE ADJACENT TO LOTS 11 AND 12 IN BLOCK 3604) FROM R-S TO RC-2.

 

Mr. Rupp advised that the Planning Board did not provide recommendations in a timely fashion, and as a result, this Ordinance will be scheduled for adoption at a future meeting and upon receipt of the recommendations.

 

Ordinance #4134

 

First reading by title only on May 19, 2009, advertised May 22, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

 

Mayor Feit declared the hearing on Ordinance #4134 open, asking if anyone wished to comment on this ordinance.

 

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - thanked Cable representative for his patience; questioned why Council Meetings cannot have a repeat broadcast.

 

Howard Rose - 575 Northumberland Road - expressed interest in alternative services.

 

C. Honis made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4134 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

 

C. Gussen advised Ms. Davis that Cablevision has no obligation to come before the Governing Body, and the Township can be circumvented and opt for statewide franchise.

 

Mr. Rupp advised that the cable broadcast transmission is a highly-regulated area, primarily under the preview of the State BPU.

 

DM. Parker requested that the repeat broadcasting of Council Meetings could be listed for discussion on a future Workshop Meeting Agenda.

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

 

ORDINANCE #4134 - AN ORDINANCE GRANTING MUNICIPAL CONSENT FOR THE OPERATION OF A CABLE TELEVISION SYSTEM WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK, NEW JERSEY TO CABLEVISION OF OAKLAND, LLC.

 

C. Honis made a motion that Ordinance #4134 be passed on second and final reading and adopted subject to the approval of Cablevision.  Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

 

 

 

Ordinance #4136

 

First reading by title only on May 19, 2009, advertised May 22, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

 

Mayor Feit declared the hearing on Ordinance #4136 open, asking if anyone wished to comment on this ordinance.

 

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - cannot believe that Council can approve layoffs.

 

Alan Sohn - 752 Cottage Place - spoke about the municipal budget.

 

C. Katz made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4136 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by DM. Parker and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

 

ORDINANCE #4136 - AN ORDINANCE TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION LIMITS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP BANK.

 

Mayor Feit informed that this Ordinance has nothing to do with the tax levy cap but with the revenue portion of the budget; and structural changes have been and are still being made.

 

C. Katz made a motion that Ordinance #4136 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.  Seconded by C. Honis and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Ordinance #4137

 

First reading by title only on May 19, 2009, advertised May 22, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board.

 

Mayor Feit declared the hearing on Ordinance #4137 open, asking if anyone wished to comment on this ordinance.

 

Mildred Tucker - Shepard Avenue - expressed gratitude for the Ordinance.

 

Ronn Costello - Shepard Avenue - expressed gratitude for the Ordinance.

 

James Kinloch - 73 Shepard Avenue - suggested that pavers check gutters during the project.

 

Alan Sohn - 752 Cottage Place - endorsed the Ordinance.

 

Howard Rose - 575 Northumberland Avenue - endorsed the Ordinance.

 

C. Toffler made a motion that the hearing on Ordinance #4137 be closed and that it proceed to second and final reading by title only.  Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

ORDINANCE #4137 - AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $117,000.00 AS A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FOR THE RESURFACING OF A PORTION OF SHEPARD AVENUE AND ARDSLEY COURT, PROJECT TO BE FINANCED ENTIRELY FROM COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS.

 

C. Toffler made a motion that Ordinance #4137 be passed on second and final reading and adopted.  Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE

 

C. Gussen introduced the following Ordinance and setting June 23, 2009 at 8:00 PM, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be reached as the date and time and Municipal Building Council Chambers as the place for a hearing on said Ordinance.  Seconded by C. Katz.

 

The Clerk read the title of the following Ordinance into the record:

 

ORDINANCE #4138 - AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $70,000 FROM THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TEANECK AND APPROPRIATING $70,000 AS A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FOR THE TENNIS AND BASKETBALL COURTS, UPGRADE OF POOL AREA, AND SOFTBALL FIELD IMPROVEMENTS AT TERHUNE PARK, HAWTHORNE PARK, AND HERRICK PARK FUNDED FROM THE BERGEN COUNTY OPEN SPACE, RECREATION, FARMLAND AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST FUND.

 

Carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

PUBLIC INPUT ON RESOLUTIONS ON THIS AGENDA

 

Joan Davis - 976 Alpine Drive - spoke about Resolution #172-09 and overhead sign; questioned why Resolution #173-09 incorporates a spokesperson from Paramus; and expressed opposition to Resolutions #175-09 and #176-09 for engineering consultants.

 

Alan Sohn -752 Cottage Place - spoke about Resolution #183-09; the suffering from the absence at meetings of members; and expressed opposition to the requirements that include only attendance and no participation.

 

Ronn Costello - 229 Shepard Avenue - questioned why The Forum was not incorporated with Resolutions.

 

Mildred Tucker - Shepard Avenue - questioned tax appeals; spoke about block grants; seconded Mr. Rose's sentiments with respect to financing an auditor; requested an explanation of the Civilian Complaint Review Board; and requested that Council elaborate on Resolution #196-09.

 

C. Honis made a motion to close Public Input on Resolutions on this agenda.  Seconded by C. Gussen and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

C. Honis advised that The Forum is appointed by the Board of Education, and members do not have expiring appointments; and the Council liaison appointments are the only appointments that are made.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 

All matters listed below are considered to be routine in nature by Council and will be enacted by one motion.  There will be no separate discussion of these items.  If any discussion is desired by Council, that particular item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and will be considered separately.       

 

DM. Parker made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda and to dispense with the reading of same inasmuch as it has been posted on the bulletin board all day.  Seconded by C. Katz.

RAFFLES

 

All subject to approval and conditions applicable with the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission and pursuant to State Statute.

 

RA #1252 - Ability School - 50/50 Raffle - $20.00.

 

MINUTES

 

April 28, 2009 - Closed Session Meeting - Approved for Content Only.

April 28, 2009 - Regular Meeting.

May 5, 2009 - Closed Session Meeting - Approved for Content Only.

May 5, 2009 - Regular Meeting.

May 12, 2009 - Workshop Meeting (C. Hameeduddin, Absent).

May 19, 2009 - Closed Session Meeting (C. Hameeduddin, Absent) - Approved for Content Only.

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

A.        Authorize Encroachment Into Public Right-of-Way - 454 Cedar Lane.

B.        Authorize Execution of Inter-Local Division of Grant Funds Agreement - The "JAG".

C.        Authorize Person-to-Person Transfer - Plenary Retail Distribution License No. 0260-44-006-003.

D.        Appropriate Funds - Capital Improvement Fund - 2009 Community Development Block Grant -                          Recovery Project.

E.         Award Professional Services Contract - Schwanewede/Hals Engineering - 2009 Community                                 Development Block Grant.

F.         Authorize Refund of Tax Overpayments - Various.

G.        Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Affirmative Action Advisory Board.

H.        Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Board of Adjustment.

I.          Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Advisory Board on Cable TV Franchise Renewal.

J.          Authorize Reappointment of Member of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

K.        Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Advisory Board on Community Relations.

L.         Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Advisory Board on Finance.

M.        Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Preserve Teaneck Greenbelt Committee.

N.        Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board.

O.        Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Municipal Open Space Recreation and Historic                                Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Board.

P.         Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Parks, Playground, and Recreation Advisory Board.

Q.        Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Patriotic Observance Advisory Board.

R.        Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Youth Advisory Board.

S.         Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Planning Board.

T.         Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Senior Citizens Advisory Board.

U.        Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Site Plan Review Advisory Board.

V.        Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Social Services Advisory Board.

W.       Authorize Reappointment of Members of the Shade Tree Advisory Board.

X.        Approve Carnival Application - Ability School 75 - June 10, 2009 - June 14, 2009.

Y.        Authorize Issuance of Purchase Order to SkyLogix - Wireless Remote Control System - Park Lighting.

 

Carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

Mayor Feit informed that some discussion will be had with the Financial Advisory Board.

 

BILL LIST

 

C. Honis made a motion that the reading of the bill list be dispensed with inasmuch as it has been posted on the bulletin board all day and that it be authorized paid in the amount of $3,484,444.18 when properly approved, sworn to and the money is available.  Seconded by C. Katz and carried by the following vote:

 

In Favor:         C. Gussen, C. Hameeduddin, DM. Parker, C. Honis, C. Katz, C. Toffler, Mayor Feit.

 

Opposed:         None.

 

Absent:            None.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

DM. Parker spoke about the anticipated stimulus funding for youth employment.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

With respect to the CHRP Grant, C. Hameeduddin requested that Mr. Broughton contact Senator Lautenberg.

 

DM. Parker informed that stimulus funding is available, and Charles Gonzales is the contact for same.

 

Mr. Broughton informed Council that he spoke with Nick Campestre of The Forum, and he plans to work with the youth to secure jobs.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.         Council Liaisons.

 

DM. Parker requested that a press release be added to the website seeking members for the Youth Advisory Board for the end of July and  August for placement in September.

 

Mayor Feit requested that Financial Advisory Board members be invited to attend the July Workshop Meeting; and requested attendance language be incorporated into appointment correspondence.

 

Mr. Rupp advised Council that any ordinance establishing bodies includes criteria which can be imposed; and any statutory board is bound by State regulations.

 

DM. Parker suggested that a Board Of Education Council Liaison be appointed, and C. Toffler volunteered for such position.

 

The Clerk will draft a Resolution for approval at the June 23, 2009 Regular Meeting.

 

2.         2010 Meeting Schedule.

 

Council discussed this matter; with respect to the scheduling of budget hearings, the Council expressed interest in scheduling 2010 matters for discussion in the preceding year; and the Clerk was directed to circulate proposed dates to the Governing Body.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

None.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS - COUNCIL LIAISONS

 

On behalf of the Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation Advisory Board, C. Gussen advised Council that with respect to the lightning detection system, the vendor has a County Contract; and the Township does not have to go out to bid, as we can go with the County Contract.

 

 

 

TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT

 

1.         Protocol for Relocating Council Meetings.

 

Mr. Broughton informed Council that he is in process of developing protocol; there is a meeting scheduled next week with high school officials; the normal location as an alternate location is the Richard Rodda Community Center; and wants to set something up at the high school in the event of a large crowd.

 

2.         Status - River Road Parking.

 

Mr. Broughton stated that this matter was previously discussed.

 

3.         Elm Avenue - Two-Way Street.

 

Mr. Broughton informed Council that he sent a letter to the County asking to upgrade the traffic signal, and he is waiting for a response.

 

4.         Shopper Parking Signs.

 

Mr. Broughton informed Council that a survey will be conducted; he is in the process of putting together different signage; and he is working with Karel Littman on this matter.

 

5.         Report - Audible Signal - Cedar Lane & Garrison Avenue

 

Mr. Broughton informed Council met with an advocacy group at the county and was able to have same lowered; feels that is it better and/or more acceptable for everyone in that area.

 

C. Gussen questioned why only this location and if there are alternate solutions; and questioned is this the least evasive solution that gets the job done.

 

Mr. Broughton stated that this was the County's decision.

 

C. Toffler - referenced Ms. Nayowitz's comments.

 

Mr. Broughton stated that the County has been cooperative; County officials met with Mr. Broughton; and he  suggested that Council wait a couple of weeks in order to give the County a chance.

 

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT

 

1.         June 23rd Meeting Location.

 

Mr. Broughton informed Council that the meeting location has been changed to the high school, and if this is not possible, the meeting will be scheduled at the Richard Rodda Community Center.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

On a motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 11:15 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Jaime L. Evelina, Senior Clerk

Municipal Clerk's Office

 

 

 

 

 

_______________________________          ___________________________________

MAYOR MICHAEL KEVIE FEIT              DM. LIZETTE P. PARKER

 

_______________________________          ___________________________________

ADAM GUSSEN                                           MOHAMMED HAMEEDUDDIN

 

_______________________________          ___________________________________

MONICA HONIS                                          ELIE Y. KATZ

 

_______________________________

BARBARA LEY TOFFLER

 

 

ATTEST:

 

___________________________________________________

LISSETTE APORTELA-HERNANDEZ, MPA, RMC

MUNICIPAL CLERK