Minutes: April 9, 2012*

Township Council Special Work Session

The Special Work Session of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 6:34 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2012, in the Vernon Municipal Center, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey. The purpose of this Work Session was to discuss capital improvements for roads.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting had been provided to the public and the press on March 30, 2012, 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.

Salute to the Flag

The Council President suggested that the salute to the flag be held for the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Roll Call of Members

Present were Council Members Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Pat Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, and Council President Brian Lynch. Also present were: Mayor Marotta, Gerald Giaimis, and DPW Director Dave Pullis. Township Attorney Kevin Kelly arrived at 6:40 p.m.

Open to Public Comments

There was no one who wished to be heard.

Closed to Public Comments

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

Discussion on Capital Improvements for Roads

Council President Lynch asked the Mayor to explain the nature of this work session. Mayor Marotta noted that his first priority would be the completion of improvements to Canistear Road. He advised that the DOT grant for $200,000 was not approved to complete this project. There is additional work required to complete the current project.

The Mayor noted that there was $400,000 in the operating budget for Canistear (320,000) and Lake Conway Dam (80,000).

Mr. Kelly arrived at this time. He noted that he was in discussions with the State and that the issues should be resolved this year.

Mayor Marotta noted that of the many items discussed at a previous work session for DPW projects, there was an item of high priority that Mr. Pullis had requested—a large grass mower.

Dave Pullis noted this was 3rd on his list. He felt that Canistear Road was the 1st priority. The Mayor advised that Cory Stoner, Engineer, had estimated $520,000 for the project, but that he would figure on $550,000 at this time. A discussion on options for the additional funding ensued. Mr. Pullis pointed out that the original figures for Canistear were based on DOT funding and, therefore, DOT regulations. Now that the DOT is not funding the rest of the project, we are not obligated to follow their regulations which could be a significant savings, such as with paving. The DOT was requiring the reclamation process, but we could just pave over the top layer.

Council Member Dunn asked Mr. Pullis to explain the current condition of the mower. Mr. Pullis advised why he had asked for a new mower, noting the problems with the current one, especially the flail arm.

A discussion followed on the priority items and funding options.


A motion was made to have Cory Stoner draw up and estimate for Canistear Road without DOT funding, and to have Bill Zimmerman look for funding options with existing funds, as well to have Dave Pullis get an estimate for a replacement flail arm for the current large mower.

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

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

Council Member Kadish asked if we were to go ahead without DOT requirements, would we have trouble getting a DOT grant in the future. It was not believed to be a problem.

Council President Lynch asked about a work session on April 23 at 6:30 p.m., before the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. All were in agreement. The matters to be discussed will be the JCP&L matter, and an ordinance for a foreclosed property registration program (to make owners responsible for upkeep of their properties).

Council Member Kadish asked Dave Pullis about the Lake Wallkill paving project—can it be put off for a few years. Mr. Pullis advised that it hadn’t been paved since 1993. The cost would be @$125,000, with some milling and re-surfacing of the 3 miles of roadway.

Council Member Rizzuto noted that he had a sample ordinance on the foreclosure issue and would have the Clerk distribute a copy to each member and Mr. Kelly.

Mayor Marotta thanked Mr. Lynch for holding these work sessions, and suggested holding more of them—perhaps before each regular meeting.

Council President Lynch noted that when an Executive Session is needed, it can be substituted for the work session or held after the regular meeting.


Council Member Patrick Rizzuto moved to adjourn the Special Work Session of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon. Council Member Eddie Dunn made the second; all were in agreement. The work session was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan S. Nelson, RMC, CMR
Municipal Clerk

Minutes approved: April 23, 2012