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Minutes: April 14, 2014

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The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014 in the Vernon Municipal Center, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey with Council President Brian Lynch presiding.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting had been provided to the public and the press on January 8, 2014, and was posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-7.

Roll Call of Members

Present were Council Members Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, and Council President Brian Lynch. Also present were Mayor Vic Marotta, Township Business Administrator William Zuckerman, Chief Financial Officer Elke Yetter, Township Auditor Bud Jones and Township Attorney Kevin Kelly.

There was no Executive Session.

Salute to the Flag

Council President Lynch led the assemblage in the salute to the flag.

Public Comments

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to open the meeting for public comments.
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel
All members were in favor.

Jessi Paladini noted that the Vernon Historical Society had had an event over the weekend which included a silent auction and featured 119 different photos of the Township. Ms. Paladini thanked the members of the Council who had attended the event. Ms. Paladini stated it was a feel good event and she hoped it would become something that was done annually. Council Member Rizzuto commented on how impressed he was with the photos that were displayed.

Ted Warnet, (Highland Lakes) commented that all he ever hears were negative things about the Township in the press. However at the same time the Township has lowered taxes three (3) years in a row. Mr. Warnet credited the Mayor for lowering the taxes. Mr. Warnet stated he felt the Council should set the Mayor’s salary and questioned having a special vote for such an item. Mr. Warnet commented that the Mayor takes on the position of the Township Manager who is paid significantly more. Mr. Warnet stated he felt this was a negative attack on the Mayor.

John Swank commented on an event at the Middle School where a student who was carrying a pencil was believed to be carrying a gun and was searched. Mr. Swank expressed his displeasure with how the school handled this issue. Council President Lynch stated his comments would be noted for the Board of Education liaison meeting but encouraged Mr. Swank to address this issue directly with the School Board.

Bonnie Rubin commented that tonight was the first night of Passover and she was disappointed that the Township had a meeting scheduled.

Closed to Public Comments

Seeing no one else from the public wishing to speak, Council President Lynch asked for a motion to close the public portion of the meeting.
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel
All members were in favor.

Proclamations

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Council Member Kadish read the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological movement disorder of the central nervous system, which has a unique impact on each patient; and

WHEREAS, according to the Parkinson’s Action Network, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the National Parkinson Foundation, the American Parkinson Disease Association and the National Institutes of Health, there are over one million Americans diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease; and

WHEREAS, symptoms include slowness, tremor, difficulty with balance and speaking, rigidity, cognitive and memory problems; and

WHEREAS, although new medicines and therapies may enhance life for some time for people with Parkinson’s, more work is needed for a cure; and

WHEREAS, increased education and research are needed to help find more effective treatments with fewer side effects and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s disease; and

WHEREAS, a multidisciplinary approach to Parkinson’s disease care includes local wellness, support, and caregiver groups; and

WHEREAS, April has been proclaimed as World Wide Parkinson’s Awareness Month for all to recognize the need for more research and help in dealing with the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon, do hereby proclaim April 2014 as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in Vernon Township.

Given under my hand in these free United States in the Township of Vernon, on this 14th day of two thousand fourteen, and to which I have caused the Seal of the Township of Vernon to be affixed and have made this proclamation public.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Council President Lynch read the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, the maltreatment, abuse, and neglect of children is a significant social problem that damages children physically, mentally, and emotionally, and inflicts immeasurable harm on society as a whole, and all children deserve to be nurtured, protected and free from physical or emotional harm; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon, as well as the State of New Jersey and the Department of Children and Families, believes that strong, healthy families are the best place to raise children; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon, as well as the State of New Jersey, are committed to building a continuum of community-based child abuse prevention and intervention programs that are culturally competent, strength-based and family-centered, and that achieve positive outcomes for parenting and family relationships as well as the empowerment of domestic violence victims and their children; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon, as well as the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, embraces the Standards for Prevention Programs developed by the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect; and

WHEREAS, all sectors of the community, including law enforcement, medical professionals, schools, courts, and media outlets, as well as numerous public and private agencies, have joined forces to promote public awareness and community involvement in strengthening families during the month of April and continuing throughout the year.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon, do hereby proclaim April 2014 as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in Vernon Township, and urge our residents to become involved in efforts aimed at strengthening families and communities and preventing our children from being abused and neglected.

Given under my hand in these free United States in the Township of Vernon, on this 14th day of 2014, and to which I have caused the Seal of the Township of Vernon to be affixed and have made this proclamation public.

Township Mayor’s Report

Mayor Marotta commented about Mr. Swank’s issue with the Board of Education. Mayor Marotta noted that the Board of Education is a separately elected autonomous government authority. Mayor Marotta encouraged residents to become involved in the Board of Education and let them know about their concerns.

Mayor Marotta noted that United Water would be coming to town tomorrow to give a presentation about where water lines will be placed. Mayor Marotta stated he hoped he would have additional information by the April 28th meeting.

Mayor Marotta commented that earlier today he had gone to Trenton to stand with the Governor and Mayors of other municipalities to tell the Speaker that he needs to put the interest arbitration cap bill on to the floor for a vote.

Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded as noted below to approve the following minutes:

December 9, 2013 Executive Session Meeting Minutes

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Brian Lynch

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Abstain: Jean Murphy

Motion carried to approve minutes for December 9, 2013.

January 23, 2014 Work Session Meeting Minutes

Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel
Nays: None
Abstain: Brian Lynch

Motion carried to approve minutes for January 23, 2014.

January 27, 2014 Regular Meeting Minutes

Moved: Jean Murphy
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto w/comment, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Abstain: None

Motion carried to approve minutes for January 27, 2014.

Council Member Rizzuto stated that a portion of his comments were incorrect in the minutes. Council Member Rizzuto requested a correction.

January 31, 2014 Executive Work Session Minutes

Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Abstain: None

Motion carried to approve minutes for January 31, 2014.

February 10, 2014 Work Session Minutes

Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Abstain: None

Motion carried to approve minutes for February 10, 2014.

March 10, 2014 Regular Meeting Minutes

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy w/comment, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Abstain: None

Motion carried to approve minutes for March 10, 2014.

Council Member Murphy noted she had asked the clerk to make a correction in the minutes.

Consent Agenda

Council President Lynch gave a brief explanation of Resolutions #14-53 - #14-61.

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to adopt Resolutions #14-53 - #14-61.

Council Member Murphy questioned the open space property purchases. Mayor Marotta discussed the Land Conservancy Program.

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None

Resolutions #14-53 - #14-61 were adopted.

Resolution #14-53: A Resolution to Read the 2014 Municipal Budget by Title Only

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-8 provides that the budget may be read by title only at the time of the public hearing if a resolution is passed by not less than a majority of the full governing body, providing that at least one week prior to the date of hearing, a complete copy of the budget has been made available for public inspection in the free public library, if any, located within the municipality and in the free county or regional library located within the municipality; and

WHEREAS, if there is no county or regional library located within the municipality, then it must be provided to the county or regional library of the county where the municipality is located; and

WHEREAS, the public officer delegated the responsibility for delivering copies to said libraries has completed a certification and forwarded same to the governing body attesting that such copies and deliveries were made and that copies have been made available by the Clerk to each person requesting same; and

WHEREAS, the conditions required by N.J.S.A. 40A:4-8 have been satisfied for the 2014 Municipal Budget by Township Officials.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of Vernon, New Jersey that the 2014 Municipal Budget shall be read by title only at the Public Hearing on April 14, 2014.

This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon adoption according to law.

Resolution #14-54: Authorizing Execution of a Contract with Minerals Hotel for the Vernon Township Senior Luncheon to Be Held on May 8, 2014

WHEREAS, the Vernon Township Department of Community Affairs sponsors an annual Senior Luncheon; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon desires to enter into a contract with Minerals Hotel, Vernon, NJ, to host and cater this event; and

WHEREAS, the event is currently scheduled for May 8, 2014 at a cost not to exceed $5,000.00; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Finance Officer has certified that funds are available for this purpose subject to the adoption of the 2014Municipal Budget.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon that the Mayor is authorized to sign the attached Contract with Minerals Hotel for the purpose of hosting and catering the Senior Luncheon on May 8, 2014, at a cost not to exceed $5,000.00.

Resolution #14-55: Authorizing Contract with Microsystems-NJ, LLC, for the Year 2014 in the Amount Not to Exceed $3,000.00

WHEREAS, there exists a need for Computer services for the Township of Vernon for the Tax Assessment Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal System (CAMA); and

WHEREAS, the Municipal Assessor has determined that Microsystems-NJ, LLC, the Township’s current contractor providing Computer services for Tax Assessment/CAMA is qualified and authorized by the State of New Jersey to continue providing the Township with such services; and

WHEREAS, Vernon desires to appoint Microsystems-NJ, LLC, pursuant to a contract under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5(1) (dd), which states computer software services are an exception to public bidding; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has certified that funds are available for this purpose in the 2014 Municipal budget and the value of the contract will not exceed $3,000.00.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex and State of New Jersey as follows:

  1. The Township of Vernon is authorized to engage Microsystems-NJ, LLC, for the purpose of Computer Services for Tax Assessment; and
  2. The Mayor and Township Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute a Professional Services Contract with Microsystems-NJ, LLC

This Professional Services Contract is authorized to engage Microsystems-NJ, LLC, without competitive bidding for the provision of performance of goods or services for the support or maintenance of proprietary computer hardware and software.

Resolution #14-56: Authorizing Tax Sale Premiums to Escheat to the Township Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54-5-33

WHEREAS, The 2008 Tax Sale took place on December 8, 2008; and

WHEREAS, the Tax Sale Law requires that after five years if a redemption has not occurred, that the Premium be escheated to the Treasurer of the municipality.

Tax Sale Certificate #08/023, issued 12/8/08 on Block 269.03 Lot 13 & 74-75 Premium in the amount of $5,100.00.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex and State of New Jersey, that all premiums remaining on Tax Title Liens sold at or prior to the 2008 Tax Sale be hereby Escheated to the Township of Vernon Treasurer, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:5-33.

Resolution #14-57: Authorizing an Agreement with Gold Type Business Machine, Inc. for End User Hardware, Setup and Support for Info-Cop E-Ticketing Turnkey System

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon Police Department has a need for Info-Cop E-Ticketing System for eight Police Vehicles; and

WHEREAS, Gold Type Business Machine, Inc.(GTBM) through the agreement will provide eight E-Ticketing Concurrent Licenses, installation of software and hardware for eight fully equipped police vehicles which also includes docking mount, printer and annual daily support; and

WHEREAS, the Chief of Police recommends that the Township Council award a contract for the agreement to Gold Type Business Machine, Inc., 351 Paterson Avenue, East Rutherford, NJ, 07073: and

WHEREAS, the cost for this agreement is $20,000.00 and the Chief Financial Officer of the Township of Vernon, has certified these funds are available in Account#3095400, adopted by Ordinance#14-02 on February 24, 2014.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that the Vendor, Gold Type Business Machine, Inc., be awarded a contract for the E-Ticketing Software and Hardware for eight(8) Police Vehicles per the attached agreement for an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution shall take effect immediately upon adoption according to law.

Resolution #14-58: Authorizing a Contract with the Land Conservancy of New Jersey for Open Space Advisory Consultant Services in the Amount Not to Exceed $13,000.00

WHEREAS, there is a need by Vernon Township to retain a Consultant to provide Open Space Advisory Services; and

WHEREAS, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey has submitted a proposal, dated March 19, 2014, to provide the above mentioned services for Vernon Township; and

WHEREAS, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect open space for natural, historic, agricultural and recreational purposes and to assist municipalities in the stewardship of open space lands; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of this agreement is to assist the Township Council and the Environmental Commission with a variety of open space services, including (but not limited to) landowner negotiations and the preparation of grant applications as may be required with regard to the possible acquisition of open space and farmland; and

WHEREAS, the term of the agreement shall be for a twelve (12) month period commencing on April 11, 2014 through April 10, 2015; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has certified funds in an amount not to exceed $13,000.00 subject to the adoption of the 2014 Municipal Budget; and

WHEREAS, Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq) requires that a Resolution authorizing the award of a contract without competitive bids must be publicly advertised; and

WHEREAS, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, has submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification in compliance with the law.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF VERNON, COUNTY OF SUSSEX AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY AS FOLLOWS:

  1. A contract shall be awarded by the Township of Vernon, New Jersey for services herein specified to the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, Boonton, NJ.
  2. The cost of said agreement shall not exceed a total of $13,000.00.
  3. That a copy of the Business Disclosure Entity Certification be filed with this Resolution.

Resolution #14-59: Self-Examination of 2014 Municipal Budget [as required by DCA]

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-78b has authorized the Local Finance Board to adopt rules that permit municipalities in sound fiscal condition to assume the responsibility, normally granted to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services, of conducting the annual budget examination; and

WHEREAS, N.J.A.C. 5:30-7 was adopted by the Local Finance Board on February 11, 1997; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:30-7.2 through 7.5, the Township of Vernon has been declared eligible to participate in the program by the Division of Local Government Services, and the Chief Financial officer has determined that the local government meets the necessary conditions to participate in the program for the 2014 budget year.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the governing body of the Township of Vernon that in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:30-7.6a & 7.6b and based upon the Chief Financial Officer’s certification, the governing body has found the budget has met the following requirements:

  1. That with reference to the following items, the amounts have been calculated pursuant to law and appropriated as such in the budget:
    1. Payment of interest and debt redemption charges
    2. Deferred charges and statutory expenditures
    3. Cash deficit of preceding year
    4. Reserve for uncollected taxes
    5. Other reserves and non-disbursement items
    6. Any inclusions of amounts required for school purposes.
  2. That the provisions relating to limitation on increases of appropriations pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.2 and appropriations for exceptions to limits on appropriations found at N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.3 et seq., are fully met (complies with CAP law).
  3. That the budget is in such form, arrangement, and content as required by the Local Budget Law and N.J.A.C. 5:30-4 and 5:30-5.
  4. That pursuant to the Local Budget Law:
    1. All estimates of revenue are reasonable, accurate and correctly stated,
    2. Items of appropriation are properly set forth
    3. In itemization, form, arrangement and content, the budget will permit the exercise of the comptroller function within the municipality.
  5. The budget and associated amendments have been introduced and publicly advertised in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Local Budget Law, except that failure to meet the deadlines of N.J.S.A. 40A:4-5 shall not prevent such certification.
  6. That all other applicable statutory requirements have been fulfilled.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution will be forwarded to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services upon adoption.

Resolution #14-60: Resolution Authorizing the Mayor of Vernon Township to Sign a Letter Urging the United States Congress to Support and Fully Fund the Mandatory Federal Payment in Lieu of Tax Program (Pilt) for Local Governments

WHEREAS, the Federal government owns approximately 640 million acres of land, including over 6,000 acres of land in Montague, Sandyston and Walpack, along with significant holdings in Hardyston, Wantage and Vernon; and

WHEREAS, properties owned by the Federal government are exempt from local taxes; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILT) program provides payments to local governments to offset losses in tax revenues due to the presence of substantial acreage of tax exempt Federal land in their jurisdictions; and

WHEREAS, current PILT funding through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-1410 expired in 2013; and

WHEREAS, without further action by Congress the PILT program will revert to a discretionary annual appropriation of the United States government placing current funding to the six affected Sussex County municipalities in jeopardy; and

WHEREAS, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has undertaken a nationwide campaign to restore the PILT program as a mandatory program to offset tax losses in local jurisdictions in which the Federal government owns significant amounts of land; and

WHEREAS, the Vernon Township Mayor and Council supports NACo’s efforts to restore mandatory PILT funding.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon that the Mayor is hereby authorized to sign the attached letter urging Congressional action to restore mandatory PILT funding and thereby secure long term Federal funds to the Sussex County municipalities of Sandyston, Montague, Walpack, Hardyston, Vernon and Wantage; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution and the attached letter be forwarded to the Honorable Robert Menendez, United States Senator; One Gateway Center, Suite 1100, Newark, NJ 07101; the Honorable Corey Booker, United States Senator, Gateway One, 11-43 Raymond Plaza Wet, Suite 2300, Newark, NJ 07102; the Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen, United States Congressman - 11th Congressional District, 30 Schuyler Plaza, 2nd Floor, Morristown, NJ 07960; the Honorable E. Scott Garrett, United States Congressman - 5th Congressional District, 83 Spring Street, Suite 302A, Newton, NJ 07860; The Montague Township Committee, Montague Township Municipal Building, 277 Clove Road, Montague, NJ 07827; Sandyston Township 133 Route 645 Sandyston, NJ 07826; the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860; The Walpack Township Committee, Walpack Township Municipal Building, 9 Main Street, Walpack, NJ 07881; the Hardyston Township Council, the Hardyston Township Municipal Building, 149 Wheatsworth Road, Suite A, Hardyston, NJ 07419 and the Wantage Township Committee, Wantage Township Municipal Building, 888 Route 23 South, Wantage, NJ 07461.

Resolution #14-61: Authorizing the Award of Contract for Professional Services

WHEREAS, there is a need for Professional Services to the Township of Vernon for Computer Technician Services for the term April 14, 2014 through December 31, 2014; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5 specifically exempts professional services from provisions of public bidding as provided in the Local Public Contracts Law; and

WHEREAS, said specified professional services are to be rendered or performed by a person or persons authorized by law to practice a recognized profession, and whose practice is regulated by law within the meaning of N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq., as amended; and

WHEREAS, the performance of said professional services requires knowledge of an advanced field of learning acquired by a prolonged formal course of specialized training and study as distinguished from general academic instruction or apprenticeship and training; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon is desirous to enter into an agreement with DRCO Service, LLC, 6 Mountain View drive, Wantage, NJ 07461, as a fair and open contract pursuant to the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq., as amended; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Finance Officer has certified in writing that the value of this contract is available for these purposes subject to the adoption of the 2014 Municipal Budget; and

WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq., as amended, requires that this Resolution be publicly advertised.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon that they hereby authorize and approve the award of contract to with DRCO Service, LLC for the term April 14, 2014 through December 31, 2014 pursuant to a non-fair and open contract pursuant to the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A.-1 et seq. to provide Computer Technician Services per the attached contract for Professional Services.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the award of contract shall be contingent upon the completion and receipt of the following:

  1. A fully-executed professional services contract detailing the scope of services, established fees for said professional services, mandatory Equal Opportunity Language and Affirmative Action Certificate; and
  2. Receipt of all statutorily mandated “pay to play” political contribution forms pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq.; and
  3. New Jersey Business Registration Certificate; and
  4. Upon the aforementioned professional being a member in good standing in his respective profession.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mayor and Municipal Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute, seal and deliver the attached Contract for Professional Services on behalf of and in the name of the Township of Vernon and that the Municipal Clerk shall publish the award of contract as required by law with ten (10) days of passage of this Resolution.

Auditior Presentation of 2013 Municipal Audit

Mr. Jones made a presentation of the Township’s Annual Audit indicating that the Township’s finances had improved. Further, Mr. Jones stated the Township had only one recommendation for improvement this year.

Township of Vernon Summary or Synopsis of Audit Report for Publication

Attention is directed to the fact that a Summary or Synopsis of the Audit Report together with the recommendations is the minimum required to be published pursuant to N.J.S. 40A:5-7. Summary or Synopsis 2013 Audit report of the Township of Vernon as required by N.J.S. 40A:5-7.

COMBINED COMPARATIVE BALANCE SHEET
 December 31,
ASSETS20132012
Cash and Cash Equivalents$10,429,046.90$11,669,504.41
Investments617,540.96615,508.66
Taxes, Assessments, Utility, and Liens Receivable6,098,504.895,765,221.28
Property Acquired for Taxes Assessed Valuation2,764,600.002,224,300.00
Accounts and Grants Receivable1,163,695.031,124,303.26
Deferred Charges to Future Taxation30,891,815.1032,317,515.10
Deferred Charges638,063.00801,600.00
Fixed Assets21,106,020.9519,611,759.97
TOTAL ASSETS$73,709,286.83$74,129,712.68
 
LIABILITIES, RESERVES AND FUND BALANCE
Bonds, Loans and Notes Payable$30,665,730.83$32,045,052.56
Improvement Authorizations2,182,665.952,922,198.82
Other Liabilities and Special Funds6,729,144.748,074,362.40
Reserve for Certain Assets Receivable9,373,114.018,367,265.92
Reserve for Fixed Assets21,106,020.95 19,611,759.97
Deferred Reserve for Amortization
Fund Balances3,652,610.353,109,073.01
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES, RESERVES AND FUND BALANCE$73,709,286.83$74,129,712.68
 
Comparative Schedule of Operations and Change in Fund Balance - Current Fund
 
 Year Ended December 31,
 20132012
Revenue and Other Income Realized
Fund Balance Utilized$943,000.00$575,000.00
Miscellaneous Revenue Anticipated 5,354,066.285,922,438.01
Receipts from:
Delinquent Taxes1,653,825.111,750,172.22
Current Taxes68,401,826.2569,371,623.69
Nonbudget Revenue396,936.12620,007.80
Other Credits to Income:
Unexpended Balance of Appropriation Reserves 492,007.00 429,984.57
Cancellation of Accounts Payable 476.00 
Cancellation of Appropriated Grant Reserves2,518.35 63,666.56
Cancellation of Reserve for Public Assistance  28,156.85
Reserve for Tax Appeals300,000.00 
Prior Year Senior Citizens' Deductions Disallowed  250.00
Interfunds and Other Receivables Returned1,461.38 588,813.76
Total Income77,546,116.4979,350,113.46
 
Expenditures
Budget Appropriations20,737,440.50 21,262,317.40
County Taxes13,138,160.573,116,660.42
Local School District Taxes42,251,468.00 42,737,346.00
Prior Year Taxes Applied to Prepaid Taxes 1,968.11
Prior Year Taxes Applied to Current Year Taxes1,881.50 178,911.47
Refund of Prior Year Taxes2,452.01 123,976.40
Cancellation of Federal and State Grant Fund Receivables2,518.3516.15
Cancellation of Prior Year Interfund Due From Sewer Operating Fund  385,119.75
To set up Receivable Fully Offset by Reserves:
Due from Mountain Creek4,300.00531.25
Due from Vernon Township MUA 190,166.68
Due from PVL Dam Association12,164.06 
Total Expenditures76,150,384.9977,997,013.63
Excess/(Deficit) in Revenue1,395,731.501,353,099.83
Adjustments before Fund Balance:
Expenditures Included Above Which are by Statute
Deferred Charges to Budget of Succeeding Year 38,063.00 
Statutory Excess to Fund Balance 1,433,794.501,353,099.83
Fund Balance
Balance January 1 2,861,972.102,083,872.27
 4,295,766.603,436,972.10
Decreased by:
Utilized as Anticipated Revenue943,000.00 575,000.00
Balance December 31$3,352,766.60$2,861,972.10

Recommendations

It is recommended that:

1. Adequate segregation of duties be maintained with respect to the recording and treasury functions.

A Corrective Action Plan, which outlines actions the Township of Vernon will take to correct the findings listed above, will be prepared in accordance with federal and state requirements. A copy of it will be placed on file and made available for public inspection in the office of the Municipal Clerk in the Township of Vernon within 45 days of this notice. The above summary or synopsis was prepared from the Report of Audit of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, for the calendar year 2013. This Report of Audit, submitted by Francis Jones, Registered Municipal Accountant, of Nisivoccia LLP, is on file at the Township Clerk’s office and may be inspected by any interested person.

Township Administrator William Zuckerman questioned if any funds from debt service were used towards operating funds.

The Township Auditor, Bud Jones, indicated that they were not. The Township Auditor noted that in 2011, the Township had 22 recommendations and now it only had 1.

Council President Lynch requested a motion to adopt resolution 14-62.

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None

Motion carried to adopt Resolution #14-62.

Resolution #14-62: 2013 Annual Audit

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:5-4 requires the governing body of every local unit to have made an annual audit of its books, accounts and financial transactions, and

WHEREAS, the Annual Report of Audit for the year 2013 has been filed by a Registered Municipal Accountant with the Municipal Clerk pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:5-6, and a copy has been received by each member of the governing body; and

WHEREAS, R.S. 52:27BB-34 authorizes the Local Finance Board of the State of New Jersey to prescribe reports pertaining to the local fiscal affairs; and

WHEREAS, the Local Finance Board has promulgated N.J.A.C. 5:30-6.5, a regulation requiring that the governing body of each municipality shall, by resolution, certify to the Local Finance Board of the State of New Jersey that all members of the governing body have reviewed, as a minimum, the sections of the annual audit entitled “Comments and Recommendations”; and

WHEREAS, the members of the governing body have personally reviewed, as a minimum, the Annual Report of Audit, and specifically the sections of the Annual Audit entitled “Comments and Recommendations,” as evidenced by the group affidavit form of the governing body attached hereto; and

WHEREAS, such resolution of certification shall be adopted by the Governing Body no later than forty-five days after the receipt of the annual audit, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:30-6.5; and

WHEREAS, all members of the governing body have received and have familiarized themselves with, at least, the minimum requirements of the Local Finance Board of the State of New Jersey, as stated aforesaid and have subscribed to the affidavit, as provided by the Local Finance Board; and

WHEREAS, failure to comply with the regulations of the Local Finance Board of the State of New Jersey may subject the members of the local governing body to the penalty provisions of R.S. 52:27BB-52, to wit:

R.S. 52:27BB-52: A local officer or member of a local governing body who, after date fixed for compliance, fails or refuses to obey an order of the director (Director of Local Government Services), under the provisions of this Article, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, may be fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both, in addition shall forfeit his office.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, hereby states that is has complied with N.J.A.C. 5:30-6.5 and does hereby submit a certified copy of this resolution and the required affidavit to said Board to show evidence of said compliance.

Public Hearing/2nd Reading of Ordinance on Cap Bank

Ordinance #14-03: Calendar Year 2014 Ordinance to Exceed the Municipal Budget Appropriation Limits and to Establish a Cap Bank (N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.14)

Council President Lynch read Ordinance #14-03 by title only.

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to open the public hearing on Ordinance #14-03.
Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to close the public hearing and adopt ordinance 14-03.
Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None

Motion carried to pass the Ordinance 14-03.

Public Hearing of 2014 Municipal Budget

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to open the public hearing on the 2014 Municipal Budget.
Moved: Jean Murphy
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

There were no public comments.

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to close the public hearing:
Moved: Dick Wetzel
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None

Motion carried to close the public hearing on the 2014 budget.

Adoption of 2014 Municipal Budget

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to adopt the 2014 Municipal Budget:
Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

Council Member Kadish commented that before the budget was passed the following should be considered: the cost of the use of a new drug (Narcan) to bring back persons who had overdosed on Heroin. Council Member Kadish stated he would like to see this item included in the budget. Council Member Kadish discussed that he would like to see a budget item for the historic preservation commission to care for small abandoned local cemeteries in the Township. Council Member Kadish stated he did not approve the band shell item in the budget or the funds for litigation. Council Member Kadish stated that the bonus awards program should also be listed as an item in the budget before it is passed.

Council Member Wetzel stated that the historic preservation commission has done research on the local cemeteries.

Council Member Rizzuto commented that there had been multiple budget meetings and there was no previous request to consider any of the items just mentioned. Council Member Rizzuto commented these requests may have to be carried over to next year. Council Member Rizzuto noted that the training for Narcan would most likely be in the normal training for EMTs.

Council Member Wetzel stated that the band shell was a step forward for culture in the Township. Council Member Rizzuto stated he concurred with Council Member Wetzel. Council Member Rizzuto noted that the proposed location for the band shell was ideal because it was away from ambient traffic noise and was well sited.

Council Member Murphy questioned that if something was in the capital budget that it still had to be voted on. Council President Lynch confirmed same.

Mayor Marotta noted that the EMT and fire-fighter training is funded in part through the Township.

Council Member Murphy questioned if by voting yes on the budget she was giving authority to give employee performance awards. Mayor Marotta indicated he believed she was but that issue was before the Judge. Council Member Murphy questioned the Township Attorney about the issue. Council President Lynch cautioned about discussing pending litigation.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: Dan Kadish

Motion carried to adopt the 2014 Budget.

Introduction 1st Reading of Proposed Ordinances

Ordinance #14-04: Ordinance Amending the Salary Ordinance for “Non Union” Employees

Council President Lynch read Ordinance #14-04 by title only.

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to Introduce Ordinance #14-04 with a public hearing to be held on April 28, 2014.
Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None

Motion carried to introduce ordinance 14-04 with a public hearing to be held on April 28, 2014.

Public Hearing/2nd Reading of Ordinances

Ordinance #14-06: An Ordinance to Repeal Township Ordinance 14-01

Council President Lynch read Ordinance #14-06 by title only.

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to open the public hearing on Ordinance #14-06.
Moved: Dick Wetzel
Second: Dan Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None

Steve Vichiconti, John Allen and Bob Gerry read a prepared statement indicating that they disagreed with Ordinance 14-06. Mr. Vichiconti discussed the time line and indicated they had wished that ordinance 14-01 be repealed immediately; the time for a repeal had expired. Mr. Visconti discussed ordinance 12-01. Mr. Vichiconti claimed that the committee of petitioners expected that the Council would act immediately. Mr. Vichiconti reiterated the committee of petitioners’ objects to the introduction of ordinance 14-06 as the time has expired. Mr. Vichiconti claimed that the Township Attorney advised in 2012 that Vernon Township Council does not have the authority to act on the petition. Mr. Vichiconti stated the voters should have the right to vote on the issue and the question should be placed on the ballot. Mr. Vichiconti claimed the Township could not act on the ordinance at this time. Mr. Vichiconti distributed his prepared statement.

Bernie Nagle, Highland Lakes, questioned the cost of an election. Council Member Murphy stated she had checked with the County and there was no extra charge for the question. Mr. Nagle stated he believed that Mayor Marotta deserved his raise.

Clerk Kirkman noted for the record that the statement distributed by Mr. Vichiconti was addressed to the Clerk’s office and dated April 1, 2014, however, said letter was not received by the Clerk’s office or sent to the office prior to this meeting.

Jesse Paladini questioned whether the referendum question should go to November. Ms. Paladini stated it was clear in the Faulkner Act that it should go to special election and it would have a substantial cost. Ms. Paladini questioned if a governing body could rescind an ordinance at any time. The Township Attorney advised the Council could rescind the Ordinance. The Township Attorney noted that there was no comparison between 14-01 and 12-01. Ms. Paladini stated it appeared some persons were acting out of spite and were dividing the community. Ms. Paladini noted that the petition that was circulated stated rescind the salary ordinance and now the committee of petitioners are asking the Township not to rescind the ordinance. Ms. Paladini noted that the auditor came up to the podium tonight with only 1 recommendation, the best so far. Ms. Paladini noted the town was being run, finally. Ms. Paladini indicated that the committee of petitioners had won and the town should not be further divided. Ms. Paladini urged the Council to vote right instead of spite.

Paul Sublovic, Highland Lakes, commented that he had read about the issue and the Township should follow the law.

Bonnie Rubin, Highland Lakes, stated the Township had 20 days to rescind the ordinance but it didn’t. Ms. Rubin compared ordinance 14-01 to 12-01 and commented on the Township Attorney’s previous advice that 12-01 could not be rescinded. The Township Attorney stated that 12-01 requested raises for 45 different individuals who wanted to continue to pursue their raise; this ordinance had 1 individual and that 1 individual said I do not wish to pursue the raise any longer. Ms. Rubin disagreed with the Township Attorney. Ms. Rubin expressed displeasure with the Township’s action in introducing this ordinance. Ms. Rubin asked that the question be sent to the voters.

Robert Oliver noted that ordinance 12-01 had three parts, this ordinance does not. Mr. Oliver stated as the parties requesting the repeal and the subject of the ordinance are in agreement to repeal the ordinance, it should be done. Mr. Oliver stated he believed however, that the Mayor should receive his raise.

Alan Zuerwitch of the committee of petitioners said he has sent this information to the Township as courtesy; his relationship was with the County Clerk. Council Member Rizzuto asked if the County Clerk had any standing in this matter. The Township Attorney advised he did not have any standing.

Christa Gerry stated she would like to see justice. Ms. Gerry asked that prejudices be set aside for justice to be achieved.

Ted Warnet, Highland Lakes, stated in his opinion that he believed this was a vendetta against the Mayor by the people he had beat in the election. Mr. Warnet noted the Township hired consultants and employees and salaries were put in place with no complaint. However, Mr. Warnet noted, when the Mayor was given a raise there was an objection. Mr. Warnet noted the voters had voted in the election and those who lost should move forward.

Sandra Ooms, Vernon, stated that she believed that because the petition was signed, the question had to go on the ballot. Ms. Ooms claimed she spoke to an expert on the Faulkner Act and they agreed with her that there is no opportunity to rescind the ordinance. Ms. Ooms stated she did not see the difference between the 2012 ordinance and the present ordinance. Ms. Ooms questioned the difference between 2012 and now. The Township Attorney again explained that ordinance 12-01 had 45 persons whose salaries were included in the ordinance; those persons wanted their raise to go to a vote. The Township Attorney noted this ordinance only had one person. Further, the Township Attorney noted the petitioners had asked for the ordinances repeal and then the Mayor, the only person affected by ordinance 14-01 asked for the repeal, therefore there was no longer a controversy. The Township Attorney stated if the parties were no longer in dispute, the case ends. Ms. Ooms stated in her opinion it was unlawful to rescind the ordinance.

Mary Bradley, Vernon, noted that an ordinance was passed to give the Mayor a raise and it was approved by the Council. Ms. Bradley stated that the petitioners had gotten the signatures to repeal the ordinance. Ms. Bradley indicated that the Mayor then requested to repeal the ordinance. Ms. Bradley questioned what is left to go to a vote for, as each party had gotten what they requested. Ms. Bradley stated nothing is being taken from anyone, there is no issue. Ms. Bradley stated it is the Council’s job to make the decision. Ms. Bradley indicated there is no discussion and stated she did not understand the problem. Ms. Bradley questioned if the ordinance went on the ballot and the Mayor was given his raise, would there be another lawsuit.

Steven Honeywell, Highland Lakes, questioned if the petition stated to repeal the ordinance. Mayor Marotta indicated it did and showed him a copy of the petition indicating it asked for the repeal of ordinance 14-01. Mr. Honeywell questioned if it asked for it to be repealed on the ballot. Council President Lynch indicated that 14-01 affixed the Mayor’s salary, then the Township received the petition asking for repealing the ordinance. Mr. Honeywell stated if the petition did not say it was to take it to the ballot then perhaps it should not go to ballot.

Gary Martinsen, commented on the public interest law and then indicated that the ordinance was for a salary not just for this Mayor but for all township Mayors. Mr. Martinsen indicated that he believed the Township had ample opportunity to rescind the ordinance. Mr. Martinsen stated he felt that this ordinance should have a public vote.

John Murphy, Vernon, questioned if the Mayor had a job description; he also questioned the concept of a strong or weak Mayor. Mr. Murphy commented on the status of the Mayor as full or part time. Mr. Murphy stated he felt people were confused by the position. Council Member Rizzuto noted that a job description is included in the administrative code.

Bernie Nagle, Highland Lakes, stated Mayor Marotta is a full time Mayor who works overtime. Mr. Nagle commented that the residents of Vernon had the opportunity to vote on the position and chose this form of government.

Teresa Vihti stated she was frustrated that possibly putting this item on the ballot was being considered. Ms. Vihti stated that Mayor Marotta has done a wonderful job for the residents of Vernon in the best interests of all. Ms. Vihti stated paying a person for what they are worth and for the job they are doing is worthwhile. Ms. Vihti noted the taxes in Vernon were reduced for the third year in a row. Ms. Vihti stated if the Mayor felt it was in his best interest to rescind this ordinance we should agree. Ms. Vihti expressed confusion because the petitioners now seem to be unhappy about getting what they wanted. Ms. Vihti noted if two parties agree it is a moot point. Ms. Vihti thanked the Mayor for his great job on the budget.

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to close the public hearing:
Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch Nays: None

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to adopt ordinance 14-06.
Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

Council Member Kadish stated that the Township should have had a charter study before changing the form of government. Council Member Kadish stated it is difficult to define the Mayor’s job as full time or part time because he is an elected official and when he gets a call in the middle of the night he has to respond regardless of the time. Council Member Kadish cautioned against trying to define the job as full time or part time. Council Member Kadish noted this Mayor is in charge of operations and the Township should be cognizant of those demands. Council Member Kadish stated that he felt there are some weaknesses in rescinding the ordinance. Council Member Kadish commented on the Faulkner Act and indicated his hope that this question would have gone before a judge so there was a determination. Council Member Kadish stated the salary should have been figured out prior to the change of government. Council Member Kadish indicated he believed the Township was beyond the benchmark of the deadlines.

Council Member Murphy stated that she believed the Herald had put out a suggestion that perhaps a committee could be made to determine the salary of the Mayor. Council Member Murphy noted that each year a change in the salary could be introduced; there was nothing to prevent that from happening. Council Member Murphy stated she had been accused of vendettas but she is voting her conscious. Council Member Murphy indicated that if the Council voted to give Mayor Marotta the salary of $70,000, it is not what the Mayor wants now, but what the Council wanted to vote for him at the time of the salary increase. Council Member Murphy indicated it could go to a vote in November and the Mayor could get his raise. Council Member Murphy stated the residents did sign the petition; for those who want the Mayor to get his raise they can go to the polls in November and vote for it. Council President Lynch indicated that for those residents who feel strong enough, under this form of Faulkner can go out and start their own petition. Council President Lynch stated those persons who do not get to vote on the ordinance are not disenfranchised. Council Member Murphy stated the town should leave the question on the ballot.

Council President Lynch noted that as mentioned in the March 31, 2014 meeting the cover letter submitted by the petitioners specifically said this is a formal demand of the direct power of the voters under the Faulkner Act to repeal ordinance 14-01. Council President Lynch commented that the petitioners went on to say in their letter “please consider this a formal demand to the Council to repeal ordinance 14-01.” Council President Lynch pointed out that on the top of each and every signed petition was written “a petition to oppose and repeal Township of Vernon Ordinance 14-01.” Council President Lynch indicated that the petition was signed by the committee of petitioners. Council President Lynch stated that now some of the petitioners are now saying they want the question on the ballot; however that does not appear to be consistent with the wishes they expressed when the petition was signed. Council President Lynch agreed with Mayor Marotta when he stated that the Township had a lot of work to do. Council President Lynch indicated to not do as the petitioners initially requested and Mayor asked would be a disservice to the community.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Patrick Rizzuto w/comment, Dick Wetzel w/comment, Brian Lynch
Nays: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy

Motion carried to pass the Ordinance 14-06.

Council Member Rizzuto commented it is the responsibility of the Council to set the salary of the Mayor. Council Member Rizzuto indicated that Council had tried to set the Mayor’s salary twice now. Council Member Rizzuto indicated the salary of the Mayor was to be a stepped process because of the concerns of the financial condition of the Township. Council Member Rizzuto stated the salary was initially set lower than what was originally indicated for the position with the intention of it being increased. Council Member Rizzuto indicated the salary figure was not unreasonable. Council Member Rizzuto stated he did not believe the Faulkner Act was designed to stop this type of action, were the Council to be raising the salary to $500,000 that would be a different story. Council Member Rizzuto stated the council had talked about the salary increase and counted on the good will of the people as the town moves forward.

Council Member Wetzel stated he did not understand the purpose of the petitioners. Council Member Wetzel observed that the petitioners appeared to be attempting to please the people who signed the petition and the people who did not.

Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees

Mayor Marotta asked for the approval of appointments Alyssa Portaro and Doreen Edwards to the Environmental Commission for an unexpired term which would expire on 12/31/2016.

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to approve appointing Alyssa Portaro and Doreen Edwards to the Environmental Commission for an unexpired term which would expire on 12/31/2016.

Moved: Jean Murphy
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None

Motion carried to appoint the members to the Environmental Commission.

Mayor Marotta encouraged residents to apply for the openings on various boards and commissions in the Township.

Mayor Marotta asked for the approval of the appointment of William Shapiro to the Board of Recreation for an unexpired term which would expire on 12/31/2015.

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to approve appointing William Shapiro to the Board of Recreation for an unexpired term which would expire on 12/31/2015.

Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Dan Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None

Motion carried to appoint the member to the Board of Recreation.

Council Comments

Council Member Murphy stated she had no comments.

Council Member Kadish stated that a permit is needed for fireworks again this year. Council Member Kadish indicated that in December 1995 and February 1996 ordinances were introduced that would give the fire departments the advantage in the permitting process to receive firework permits to raise funds over outside private entities.

Council Member Rizzuto stated he had no comments.

Council Member Wetzel complimented the Mayor on the appointment of Dave Ragnetti to Computer IT person. Council Member Wetzel thanked the Mayor for moving the potty for the dog park. Council Member Wetzel noted a historical fact that 4-1-14 would not occur again for 1000 years. Council Member Wetzel wished everyone happy Easter.

Council President Lynch stated to everyone tomorrow is tax day but in his home it is his anniversary and he thanked his wife for 25 wonderful years.

Adjournment

There being no further items of business to be conducted on the Regular Meeting agenda, a motion for Adjournment was made by Council Member Rizzuto, seconded by Council Member Wetzel with all members voting in favor.

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was adjourned at 9:43 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Lauren E. Kirkman, RMC
Municipal Clerk