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Minutes: April 8, 2013

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 6:30 p.m. on April 8, 2013, in the Vernon Township Municipal Building, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey, with Council President Patrick Rizzuto presiding.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting had been provided to the public and the press on January 11, 2013, and was posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6.

Roll Call of Members

Present were Council Members Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, and Council President Patrick Rizzuto. Also present were Mayor Vic Marotta, Township Attorney Kevin Kelly, CFO Bill Zuckerman, and Auditor Bud Jones. Business Administrator Jerry Giaimis arrived during Executive Session.

Resolution to Go into Executive Session

WHEREAS, the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 permits the exclusion of the public in certain circumstances; and

WHEREAS, this public body is of the opinion that such circumstances presently exist;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon as follows:

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

Litigation—OPRA Issue
November 2012 Election Ballot Issue

3. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

Moved: Brian Lynch Second: Dick Wetzel All were in favor.

Council exited to Executive Chambers at 6:33 p.m

Council returned to open session at 7:30 p.m.
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Eddie Dunn
All were in favor.

Salute to the Flag

The Council President led the salute to the flag

Mr. Kelly advised that the second item of litigation was not discussed in Executive Session.

Public Comments

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to open the meeting to public comments at this time.
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Daniel Kadish
All were in favor.

Krista Gherry—addressed the OPRA lawsuit, defending the parties in the suit.

Gary Martinsen—noted that the Township website had been named the best in Sussex County. He addressed the Town Center Ordinance, noting that with the elimination of some of the redevelopment zones the Township will have lost the ability to apply for grants to assist residents with sewers and sidewalks. He felt the Council’s decision to provide 5 years of LifeLock protection was excessive. He asked for the resignation of the Township Attorney.

Council President Rizzuto addressed the lawsuit issue, and asked Mr. Kelly to give a report on this issue to clarify the situation, rather than to ignore mis-information. Mr. Kelly did so, giving a step-by-step account of what happened and in what timeframe.

Ted Warnet—spoke on behalf of the Highland Lakes Fire Department relative to the fireworks request from Mt. Creek on this meeting’s agenda that is being planned for the 4th of July weekend. He advised about the long-standing understanding between the Fire Dept. and the former owner of Mt. Creek relative to not scheduling fireworks at the same time of year. He noted that the Fire Dept. event has been scheduled for the 4th of July holiday for a long time, and is funded through donations. He asked Council to table or deny Mt. Creek’s request. He advised that he had been trying to get a hold of Mt. Creek, but had been unsuccessful so far.

Motion

Council President Rizzuto suggested tabling Resolution #13-84 to the next meeting to take the time for the two parties to work this issue out.

Moved: Dick Wetzel
Second: Eddie Dunn

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Motion carried. Resolution #13-84 was tabled at this time.

Resolution #13-84: Resolution Authorizing Fireworks to Be Displayed on July 5, 2013, within the Township of Vernon

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A.21:3-1et seq. Explosive and Fireworks, provides that a Municipal Governing Body must authorize the display of fireworks within its boundaries as a pre-condition to such display in accordance with the New Jersey Fire Prevention Code; and

WHEREAS, Minerals Resort and Spa has submitted an application to Vernon Township to conduct a fireworks display on July 5, 2013; and

WHEREAS, the proposed fireworks display will take place at Rail 4 at Great Gorge Golf Course at 9:30 p.m.; and

WHEREAS, the Minerals Resort and Spa has engaged in a contract with Garden State Fireworks, Inc., to perform the public fireworks and special effects display and has provided the required certificate of liability insurance.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex, hereby authorizes the fireworks display, performed by Garden State Fireworks, Inc. and sponsored by the Minerals Resort and Spa on July 5, 2013, upon satisfaction of all statutory and departmental requirements.

Council Member Kadish advised that when he was previously on Council, they had passed an ordinance on the books to protect the Fire Department from scheduling conflicts by other people for fireworks requests.

Mr. Warnet advised that he would go to Mt. Creek in person this week to discuss the matter.

Bonnie Rubin—spoke about the OPRA litigation issue, asking if all the information in the Herald was correct, as it included mention of damages and a monetary award.

Mr. Kelly advised that it was not for damages. He explained that the original filing did include a monetary award, but not the formal motion before Judge Gannon (which did not).

Robert Oliver—noted that in his experience with social security numbers and other significant information going where they shouldn’t, people had received LifeLock protection for 7 years.

Closed to Public Comments

No one else wished to speak at this time, and Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to close the public portion of the meeting.
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel
All were in favor.

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Marotta noted the following items:

  • The website ranking as 1st in Sussex County, including that we were in the top 20% for the entire state. He is very proud of that.
  • Advised the Council that 2 resolutions had been distributed to all. He explained that Resolution #12-153 for a Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant had been passed in July of 2012, but the State had notified us that it was non-conforming. He asked for cancellation of #12-153 in Resolution #13-90, and passing a new Resolution #13-91 for the grant.

Resolutions #13-90 and #13-91

Council President asked for a motion to approve Resolutions #13-90 and #13-91.
Moved: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

Council Member Dunn asked what the error was. Mayor Marotta advised that it was the title of the resolution that the state objected to.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Abstain: Brian Lynch

Resolution #13-90: Cancellation of Resolution #12-153

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon authorized application and execution for the 2011-2012 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant from the State of New Jersey in Resolution #12-153, dated July 9, 2012; and

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey noted a clerical error in the language of that resolution making it non-conforming.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Township of Vernon, hereby cancels Resolution #12-153 of July 9, 2012.

Resolution #13-91: Township of Vernon and the State of New Jersey by and for the Department of Environmental Protection

Grant Identifier: Governing Body Resolution

WHEREAS, the governing body of the Township of Vernon desires to further the public interest by obtaining a grant from the State of New Jersey in the amount of approximately $10,000.00 to fund the following project: Firefighter Equipment for the Township Fire Departments.

NOW THEREFORE THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE TOWNSHIP OF VERNON, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, RESOLVES that Mayor Victor J. Marotta, or the successor to the office of Mayor, is authorized as follows:

  1. to make application for such a grant,
  2. if awarded, to execute a grant agreement with the State for a grant in an amount not less than $0.00 and not more than $10,000.00, and
  3. to execute any amendments thereto which do not increase the Grantee’s obligations.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Grantee agrees to comply with all applicable federal, state, and municipal laws, rules, and regulations in its performance pursuant to the agreement.

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

The Mayor’s report continued:

  • Advised that he had received a letter from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control relative to an application they received for a new liquor license for Ballic Winery. He read the letter to Council. The wine would be sold at Heaven Hill Farm. The State was asking for any comments from the governing body.
  • Advised that he was pleased to have representatives from our auditing firm in attendance this evening relative to the 2013 Budget Public Hearing. He was also pleased to have the CFO present. He felt everyone had done some hard work on the budget, resulting in the 2nd year in a row for a drop in municipal taxes.

2nd Reading of Ordinance #13-03 by Title Only

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve Ordinance #13-03 on 2nd reading by title only.
Motion: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel

Open to public comments on Ordinance #13-03 only:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Eddie Dunn
All were in favor.

No one wished to speak at this time.

Closed to public comments on Ordinance #13-03:
Motion: Brian Lynch
Second: Eddie Dunn

Mayor Marotta explained that this was a paper transaction and not a monetary one. Council Member Lynch thanked the Mayor and CFO Zuckerman for their hard work. Mr. Zuckerman noted that the Council would have 2 years to use the cap dollars as a rolling cap.

A roll call vote was taken on Ordinance #13-03:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: Daniel Kadish
Ordinance #13-03 was adopted.

Ordinance #13-03: Calendar Year 2013 Ordinance to Exceed the Municipal Budget Appropriation Limits and to Establish a Cap Bank (N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.14)

Public Hearing on the 2013 Municipal Budget

Council President Rizzuto advised that Mr. Zuckerman and Mr. Jones were available for questions.

Mr. Zuckerman noted that there would be a reduction of $.01 in property taxes. He advised that the State had asked us to amend the introduced budget by a small amount.

Mr. Jones advised that he had offered technical expertise to the CFO and Mayor, but that the Township had done most of the work.

The Council President asked Mr. Jones’ opinion of the budget for the last 2 years. Mr. Jones advised that it is always good when you can lower taxes; that he feels the fiscal situation of the Township is healthy at this time; and it was a very good effort in getting unpaid properties off the tax rolls and getting the revenue back.

Mr. Rizzuto asked about a sinking fund, which the Mayor had recommended for $150,000. Mr. Jones noted that he had worked with another town that paid off their debt early and saved a significant amount in interest. Council Member Lynch felt it was a great idea. Council Member Wetzel noted that since Council was working on a 5-year plan for the future, the sinking fund would fit right in with that plan.

Public Comments—2013 Budget

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to open the meeting to public comments on the 2013 Municipal Budget.
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Daniel Kadish
All were in favor.

Gary Martinsen—asked if $500,000 for re-doing the roof was part of the budget. Mayor Marotta noted that it was part of the capital budget. Mr. Martinsen felt it should be investigated. The Mayor advised that it had been, and that an architect had been brought in for input and a cost estimate. Mr. Martinsen felt it should be done by referendum. Council President Rizzuto pointed out that no one had appeared to oppose removing the $42Million Board of Education budget from taxpayers’ hands.

Robert Oliver—noted what appeared to be a mathematical error on sheet 3C relative to Police Department value of compensated absences. Mr. Zuckerman advised that the figures were from payroll records. Mr. Oliver did not feel it was correct and asked Mr. Zuckerman to review it further. Mr. Zuckerman advised that he would.

Closed to Public Comments

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to close the meeting to public comments on the 2013 Budget.
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Motion carried.

2013 Budget Resolutions

Resolution #13-80: To Amend 2013 Municipal Budget

Council President Rizzuto explained that this was to amend the introduced budget to pay down the emergency loan for Hurricane Irene which we received in excess of $200,000; $600 from phones; $20,000 into uniform safety—which are all accounting adjustments. He also noted the $20,000 LifeLock increase. The total net change is $25,866.

The Council President asked for a motion to approve Resolution #13-80:
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Resolution #13-80 was adopted.

Resolution #13-80 » 

Resolution #13-81: The Council President advised that this would allow the Council to act on the budget without reading each page into the record.

The Council President asked for a motion to approve Resolution #13-81:
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Resolution #13-81 was adopted.

Resolution #13-81: A Resolution to Read the 2013 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 2013 Municipal Budget by Township Officials.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of Vernon, New Jersey that the 2013 Municipal Budget shall be read by title only at the Public Hearing on April 8, 2013.

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

Resolution #13-82: Adoption of 2013 Municipal Budget

The Council President asked for a motion to approve Resolution #13-82:
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Eddie Dunn

Council Member Lynch advised that most steps of the budget were done under the scrutiny of the Mayor and Mr. Zuckerman. He noted that any questions he had were quickly answered, and he felt everything was being done the way it should be done.

Council President Rizzuto thought the budget was a great accomplishment, noting that a few towns last year in the State were able to reduce their budgets, but we were able to do it for a second year in a row. He added that while the Board of Education and the Township were showing reductions in their 2013 budgets, people were still complaining that we are spending too much. He complimented the Mayor, noting that he would be asking for a hat trick next year! He felt the staff was to be commended for their efforts to continue efficiencies without cutting services, despite also addressing road repairs again this year.

Mr. Lynch felt that the paying down of debt is phenomenal. He and the Council President advised that in their opinion Township debt was being handled effectively.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: Daniel Kadish
Resolution #13-82 was adopted.

Resolution #13-82 » 

Consent Resolutions

Council President Rizzuto explained Resolutions #13-83, and #13-85 through #13-89.

He asked for a motion to approve these consent resolutions:
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Resolutions #13-83, and #13-85 through #13-89 were adopted.

Resolution #13-83: Limousine License for Glenwood Mountain Limousine

WHEREAS, Lee Widdicombe, 31 Raymond Lane, Sussex, NJ 07461 d/b/a Glenwood Mountain Limousine, has made application for a Limousine Operator’s License in the Township of Vernon and has submitted the required fee for said application; and

WHEREAS, the Vernon Township Police Department has certified that the limousine was inspected and passed all inspection requirements; and

WHEREAS, the Township Clerk has verified that all documentation and insurance information has been found to be in good order and in full compliance of state laws.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon that a Limousine Operator’s License for Lee Widdicombe, 31 Raymond Lane, Sussex, NJ 07461 d/b/a Glenwood Mountain Limousine is hereby approved; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk is hereby authorized to issue a Limousine Operator’s License to Lee Widdicombe, 31 Raymond Lane, Sussex, NJ 07461 d/b/a Glenwood Mountain Limousine in accordance with N.J.S.A. 48:16-13 et al.

Resolution #13-85: Authorizing a Contract with Technology, Inc. for the Police Department’s Think GIS Client Support for 2013

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon has a need for client support for its Police Department’s Think GIS software program; and

WHEREAS, WTH Technology, Inc. supplied the original Think GIS software to the Township and has the expertise to offer client support for said program; and

WHEREAS, the Qualified Purchasing Agent and Chief Financial Officer recommend that the Township Council award a contract for client support for the Police Department’s Think GIS software to WTH Technology, Inc., 3665 Washington Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46205; and

WHEREAS, the total cost for this annual contract is $670.50 and the Chief Financial Officer of the Township of Vernon, has certified these funds are available in account #10574591.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that the vendor, WTH Technology, Inc., be awarded a contract to offer Client Support for the Township Police Department’s Think GIS software in an amount not to exceed $670.50; and

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

Resolution #13-86: Amendment to the Interlocal Service Agreement between the Township of Vernon and the Borough of Sussex for Municipal Finance Services for 2013

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon and the Borough of Sussex entered into an Interlocal agreement for Municipal Finance Services for the year 2013 in Resolution #12-232; and

WHEREAS, the Borough of Sussex wishes to amended that agreement relative to Article II; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon wishes to amend the selection of employee to perform Municipal Finance Services; and

WHEREAS, the Business Administrator of the Township of Vernon has reviewed the proposed amendment and recommends approval of said amendment.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon of the County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, that the Mayor is authorized to execute the amended Interlocal Service Agreement between the Township of Vernon and the Borough of Sussex for Municipal Finance Services for the year 2013 as per the attached Interlocal Service Agreement; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution shall be forwarded to the Mayor and Clerk of the Borough of Sussex and to the Vernon Township Finance Department.

Resolution #13-87: Tax Court Judgment—2010 Tax Year

WHEREAS, a Tax Court Judgment has been favorably awarded for the year 2010; and

WHEREAS, such judgment has resulted in an overpayment of the 2010 taxes.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, that it hereby authorizes the Township Treasurer to issue a check for said overpayment and the Tax Collector refund said overpayment of taxes on the following account:

BLOCKLOTNAMEAMOUNTLOCATION
260.1810D’Onofrio, Raymond & Christine
Adam R. Jones, Esq.
$1,199.909 Stonewall Dr

Resolution #13-88: Tax Court Judgment—2011 Tax Year

WHEREAS, a Tax Court Judgment has been favorably awarded for the year 2011; and

WHEREAS, such judgment has resulted in an overpayment of the 2011 taxes.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, that it hereby authorizes the Township Treasurer to issue a check for said overpayment and the Tax Collector refund said overpayment of taxes on the following account:

BLOCKLOTNAMEAMOUNTLOCATION
260.1810D’Onofrio, Raymond & Christine$1,252.119 Stonewall Dr

Resolution #13-89: Authorizing Contract with Microsystems-NJ, LLC, for the Year 2013 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 2013 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.

Council President

Council President Rizzuto asked for the following to be read into the minutes:

The budget that the council approved this evening as submitted by Mayor Marotta for 2013 will once again result in a decrease in municipal taxes and for the first time in over 15 years the Vernon taxpayer will see a decrease in local property taxes. The combined reduction in the municipal and school tax rate was more than enough to offset the very slight increase in the county tax rate thus allowing this reduction in taxes. Mayor Marotta, his staff and the employees of Vernon Township, are to be commended for their excellent work in bringing to us a financial plan for this coming year that meets the needs of the community with no loss of services, and yet provides us with a reduction in our taxes.

A successful financial plan such as this is not possible without a very disciplined approach to spending in all departments and close attention to structuring payment of long-term debt. Clearly the Township has demonstrated its financial stability in earning and maintaining a double A rating. To those who might say that this administration, that this council, have not kept faith with the people of Vernon I would offer the following:

  • Lowered taxes 2012.
  • Lowered taxes 2013.
  • Kelly bill payments to lake communities up to date.
  • Payments to SCUMA up to date.
  • Fund surplus of less than $900,000 when we assumed office in 2011, is now almost $2 million dollars.
  • Sound financial planning allowed contribution of $943,000 from Fund Surplus to be applied to 2013 budget as revenue.
  • Establishment of $150,000 to a bond sinking fund in anticipation of higher debt service costs on higher interest bonds.
  • Shared services agreements generating over $142,000 in revenues for the Township.
  • Agreement with Main Street Associates for settlement of illegal taking of land by the Township and avoiding long expensive legal battle.

Mr. Rizzuto thanked Council Member Lynch for joining him at the Board of Education to discuss possibilities to reduce their budget as the Township has done. While they offered no promises, they did indeed lower the taxes.

He thanked Kevin Kelly for representing the Township and for his efforts with the recent legal issues.

Council Business

Council Member Wetzel advised that he felt Mr. Kelly did an admirable job, and he was proud to have him as our attorney. He noted that he was proud of the 2013 budget, and also proud of our Mayor.

Mr. Wetzel corrected an earlier statement—he did not teach at Walnut Ridge but instead at Rolling Hills.

He enjoyed the Historical Society’s presentation the day before on the Fire Department history.

Council Member Lynch thanked Mr. Kelly, noting that Judge Gannon felt the Township had done the right thing to protect our employees, and that the court was the appropriate place to resolve the issue. He thanked the Aim and the Advertiser newspapers for reporting the issues fairly without editorializing.

Council Member Kadish explained why he voted no on the budget:

  • The bills list is no longer being required for Council approval.
  • The Council never approved going forward with the legal case relative to the OPRA requests.
  • The information for those OPRA requests should already be on the website.
  • There was a $300.00 charge for an overnight stay for an employee without Council approval.
  • Vehicles being asked for by employees without Council involvement.
  • Part of the lawsuit OPRA request for gross income was not provided as the document does not exist—this is something Council should know about.

Council Member Dunn praised the Mayor and Business Administrator for their outstanding work on the budget, as well as Mr. Zuckerman. He advised that there is an Economic Development Advisory Committee work session scheduled for this Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Flying Monkey Cafe. The public is welcome to attend.

Council President Rizzuto read a section of the Township Administrative Code:

ARTICLE II Mayor and Council

§5-3. Office of the Mayor.

  1. Executive power. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:69A-39, the executive power of the Township shall be exercised by the Mayor, subject to the procedures set forth in the Mayor-Council Plan of government.
  2. General powers and duties. The powers and duties of the Mayor shall be to:
    1. Enforce the charter and ordinances of the municipality and all general laws applicable thereto;
    2. Report annually to the council and to the public on the state of the municipality, and the work of the previous year; the Mayor shall also recommend to the council whatever action or programs the Mayor deems necessary for the improvement of the municipality and the welfare of its residents. The Mayor may from time to time recommend any action or programs the Mayor deems necessary or desirable for the municipality to undertake;
    3. Supervise, direct and control all departments of the Township government and shall require each department to make an annual and such other reports of its work as the Mayor may deem desirable;
    4. Require such reports and examine such accounts, records and operations of any board, commission or other agency of municipal government, as the Mayor deems necessary;
    5. Prepare and submit to the council for its consideration and adoption an annual operating budget and a capital budget, establish the schedules and procedures to be followed by all municipal departments, offices and agencies in connection therewith, and supervise and administer all phases of the budgetary process;
    6. Supervise the care and custody of all municipal property, institutions and agencies, and make recommendations concerning the nature and location of municipal improvements and execute improvements determined by the Council;
    7. Sign all contracts, bonds or other instruments requiring the consent of the Township;
    8. Review, analyze and forecast trends of municipal services and finances and programs of all boards, commissions, agencies and other municipal bodies, and report and recommend thereon to the Council;
    9. Supervise the development, installation and maintenance of centralized budgeting, personnel and purchasing procedures as may be authorized by ordinance;
    10. Negotiate contracts for the Township, subject to Council approval;
    11. Assure that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the Township or its inhabitants in any statute, franchise or other contract are faithfully kept and performed;
    12. Serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member of all appointive bodies in Township government of which the Mayor is not an official voting member.

Mr. Rizzuto noted that based on this code, the Mayor has the power to protect the employees, even looking ahead to what might occur. He pointed out that the Judge commended the Township for moving so quickly to do so.

Adjournment

There being no further items of business to be conducted at the Regular Meeting, a motion for Adjournment was made by Council Member Dunn. Motion 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 8:14 p.m

Respectfully submitted,
Susan S. Nelson, RMC
Municipal Clerk

Amended minutes approved: June 24, 2013