Minutes: August 9, 2021

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The regular meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 7:00 p.m. on August 9, 2021 via Zoom Webinar in the Vernon Municipal Center, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey with Council President Harry Shortway presiding.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided to the public and the press on January 6, 2021 and on August 6, 2021 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

Present were Council Members John Auberger, Toni Cilli, Andrew Pitsker, Kelly Weller and Council President Harry Shortway. Also present were Mayor Howard Burrell, Business Administrator Charles Voelker, and Township Attorney Josh Zielinski.

Salute to the Flag

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

Public Comments (For Current Agenda Items Only, Limited to 3 minutes per person)

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to open the meeting to public comments.
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: John Auberger
All members present voted in favor.

Peg Distasi - Vernon Township, inquired how resolutions #21-188 and #21-185 can be on the agenda. She feels that the town is awarding the pump track bid to a company when it has never been presented to the public. Ms. Distasi also feel that money is being paid to have the lot cleaned up when we don’t know if the plan is going through yet. Ms. Distasi feels that the Baldwin property is in limbo and results have not been disclosed since the lead was taken out. Ms. Distasi asked if we have a contract or not. She feels that there is a lack of transparency and a lack of involvement and it is time that things be put up in a public meeting instead of the Zoom format where you cannot hide behind your computers. Ms. Distasi feels that Back Creek Drive will need paving. Ms. Distasi said it is time for some transparency and the Council is supposed to be working for the residents. She said the Council doesn’t care about the public, they only follow Harry Shortway’s little pet projects and walk like little indians behind him. Ms. Distasi asked if the Council was afraid of Council President Shortway because of what he did to Walter Marsico and said you should be because he is a vicious man when he wants to be.

Jessi Paladini - Vernon Township, said ditto to everything Peg Distasi said. She wanted to hear what Dan Kraus had to say so she can tell him shame on you for deceiving the public and the Economic Development Advisory Committee and telling them something totally contrary to what you actually did. Ms. Paladini asked what is the anticipated length of time for this bid because the DPW yard is being remediated to the tune of more than $100,000. Ms. Paladini asked where is the exact location of the pump track because the location changes all of the time. Ms. Paladini said that now two pump tracks are being built and asked how a bid can be awarded.

Dan Kraus - Vernon Township, told Ms. Paladini if she did a little more work, in the initial stages of his presentation, they were crystal clear in writing and on video what his proposed actions were. They were open ended as they could have been through a 501C3 or through the township.

Seeing no other members of the public wishing to speak, Council President Shortway asked for a motion to close the meeting for public comments.
MOTION: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: Kelly Weller
All members were in favor.

MINUTES

June 28, 2021 - Regular Meeting

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to approve the above minutes.
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: Toni Cilli

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN: Weller
ABSENT:
Motion carried to approve the June 28, 2021 minutes.

Resolutions

Resolution #21-184: A Resolution of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, Authorizing the Adoption of the 2021 Sussex County, New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to table resolution #21-184 until the Council receives more backup information.
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: Toni Cilli

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to table resolution #21-184

Resolution #21-185: Authorizing the Award of a Required Disclosure Contract with Excel Environmental Resources for Environmental Consulting Services at Vernon Township DPW Yard on Black Creek Drive

Council Member Pitsker asked if we had a timeline for the work.

Township Administrator Voelker spoke to Excel Environmental and they informed him that the work would be started in the middle of this month and it should take about two weeks.

Council Member Cilli asked if we were doing this work because of the fines we received.

Administrator Voelker explained that there were 16 piles that were marked on the property and pile #16 we knew was going to have to be removed.

Council President Shortway added that these piles have been there for years and we would have had to remove these piles whether we were putting a bicycle pump track there or not.

Mr. Voelker added that since 2016 we have removed 5000 tons of debris from this location and we have receipts that show that it has all been taken to the proper place to be disposed of. When the piles were tested last August by Excel Environmental, they pointed out that pile #16 was the only pile that needed complete removal.

Mayor Burrell commented that one of the reasons this removal has taken so long, Excel Environmental has been in high demand and also there has been shortages because of Covid.

Township Engineer Cory Stoner told the Council that pile #16 is not in the location that the pump track is going to be. The pump track has always been in the same location since he has been working on the project. Mr. Stoner said as for pile #16 itself, the issue is it does not meet residential improvement standards but it does meet commercial standards. The recommendation is to have pile #16 completely removed and then we will never have to worry about it again. Mr. Stoner explained that once the material is off of the property, the soil is tested underneath the pile to make sure they have gotten it all. Once they have gotten it all the property is designated clean. Mr. Stoner said that there were 14 piles on the property that cleared, one was an asphalt milling pile which was taken care of separately, and pile #16 did not pass. He said once again that pile #16 is not in the location that the pump track will be located.

Council President Shortway commended the Mayor and Administrator Voelker for cleaning up this yard. He said the Mayor and Mr. Voelker did not create this mess but they continued to clean it up and the whole community should be thankful. Council President Shortway also thanked Mr. Stoner for his work on this.

Council Member Pitsker feels that we have done our due diligence when it comes to cleanup. It did cost a lot of money but it was something that needed to be done. Council Member Pitsker asked if there is a corrective action plan in place so this does not happen again.

Administrator Voelker explain that this has all been documented with the DEP explaining that from here on in we will not leave piles. We will continue to bring material to SCUMA for disposal.

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to approve resolution #21-185
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: John Auberger

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to approve resolution #21-185

Resolution #21-185: Authorizing the Award of a Required Disclosure Contract with Excel Environmental Resources for Environmental Consulting Services at Vernon Township DPW Yard on Black Creek Drive

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon has a need for Environmental Consulting Services including County Facility Reuse coordination, pile excavation, soil loadout, transportation for reuse, reuse report and technical consultation and project management at the Vernon Township DPW Yard on Black Creek Drive with Excel Environmental Resources 111 North Center Drive, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 as a required disclosure contract pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5: and,

WHEREAS the value of the services will exceed $17,500; and,

WHEREAS, Excel Environmental Resources 111 North Center Drive, North Brunswick, NJ 08902, in the aggregate is expected to provide more than the pay to play threshold of $17,500.00: and

WHEREAS, Excel Environmental Resources 111 North Center Drive, North Brunswick, NJ 08902, has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification and a Personal Contribution Disclosure form which certifies that Excel Environmental Resources has not made any reportable contributions to a political or candidate committee in the Township of Vernon in the previous one year, and that the contract will prohibit Excel Environmental Resources from making any reportable contributions through the term of the contract, and

WHEREAS the Chief Financial Officer hereby certifies that funds NOT TO EXCEED $43,706.54 are available in Line Item: 1-01-26-290-70.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon authorizes the Business Administrator to enter into a contract with Excel Environmental Resources 111 North Center Drive, North Brunswick, NJ 08902, not to exceed $43,706.54 for Environmental Consulting Services on Black Creek Drive: and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Business Disclosure Entity Certification and Personal Contribution Disclosure form, Determination of Value be placed on file with this resolution.

Resolution #21-186: A Resolution to Amend the Structure of the Economic Development Advisory Committee

Council President Shortway asked that this Committee be a Mayoral Advisory Committee. He would like that added to the resolution.

Council President Shortway made a motion to approve this resolution as amended to a Mayoral Advisory Committee.
MOVED: Harry Shortway
SECOND: John Auberger

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to approve resolution #21-186 as amended to a Mayoral Advisory Committee.

Resolution #21-186: A Resolution to Amend the Structure of the Economic Development Advisory Committee

WHEREAS, the Council of Vernon Township ("Township Council") established the Economic Development Advisory Committee ("EDAC") via resolution 08-191 on October 9, 2008; and

WHEREAS, the Township Council expanded the membership of the EDAC via resolution 09-88 to include additional members on May 28, 2009; and

WHEREAS, the Township Council passed resolution 21-21 on January 1, 2021 to continue the EDAC; and

WHEREAS, a determination has been made that the membership of the EDAC should be further amended to increase efficiencies and to be more in line with the spheres of authority within a Faulkner Act municipality and to make it a Mayoral Advisory Committee.

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

1. The Economic Development Advisory Committee shall now be a Mayoral Advisory Committee and shall now have the following membership structure:

a. Mayor or designee;
b. Land Use Board member;
c. Township Administrator or a designee;
d. Member of the Public
e. Member of the Public
f. Member of the Public
g. Member of the Public
h. Member of the Public

2. Up to two members of the Township Council may attended meetings of the EDAC as non-members but may provide comments to the committee and status updates to the rest of the governing body.

Resolution #21-187: Resolution Accepting the Completion of Road Improvements Project to Pleasant Valley Drive

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to approve resolution #21-187
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: Kelly Weller

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to approve resolution #21-187

Resolution #21-187: Resolution Accepting the Completion of Road Improvements Project to Pleasant Valley Drive

WHEREAS, the Township awarded contracts for the Pleasant Valley Drive Improvement Project to Tilcon New York, Inc., Denville Line Painting, and Road Safety Systems, LLC, awarded by Resolution #20-186 on September 14, 2020, and

WHEREAS, the Pleasant Valley Drive Improvement Project has been completed, and inspected as per the plans and specifications; and

WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has submitted a letter dated July 26, 2021 which states that the said contracts have been completed in full and that it is recommended that the Pleasant Valley Drive Improvement Project be accepted by the Township Council.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Vernon Township Council accept this project identified as Pleasant Valley Drive Improvement Project Improvement Project as final and complete; and

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

Resolution #21-188: Resolution Awarding Bid for Proposed Town Center Bicycle Pump Track HPA No. 20-065 to Spohn Ranch Inc.

Mayor Burrell commented saying in my May 10, 2021 Mayor’s Report, I advised the public of a conclusion from the New Jersey DEP concerning a large piece of town owned property.

A small portion of the concerned property is occupied by our Department of Public Works’ Temporary Storage Facility; and, another small portion of this property is the location where the Mayor and Council plans to build a Municipal Bicycle Pump Track, an amenity which will not only present additional opportunities for families and individuals to enjoy our town, but an amenity which will also serve as a positive magnet to attract potential consumers to our Town Center area.

The conclusion from the New Jersey DEP came after a specific Vernon resident had repeatedly claimed that there was toxic solid waste buried all over this piece of town property.

And, as a result of these repeated claims, the DEP chose to dig test pits in eight distinct different locations over the entire property as part of their efforts to confirm once and for all, if there was or if there was not, toxic solid waste buried on this property.

After an analysis the results from these eight test pits, dug in eight distinct different locations over the entire property, the DEP concluded that there was no solid waste, toxic or non-toxic, buried on this property.

With this positive conclusion, I announced that the Mayor and Council would proceed with specific actions that are required to make a Municipal Bicycle Pump Track a reality.

This Resolution # 21-188, that I have asked the Council to approve tonight, is a key step towards moving the Municipal Bicycle Pump Track project forward.

The town received three responses to our request for proposals to design and build our Municipal Bicycle Pump Track.

Based on a review of these proposals and the related administrative documents submitted, we have made a recommendation that a contract be awarded to the design and build firm Spohn Ranch, Inc.

I provide the following four points about Spohn Ranch that added to my comfort level in trusting them to design and build our town’s Bicycle Pump Track:

POINT # 1: During Spohn Ranch’s 25-year design and build history, they have not had any litigation history associated with complaints about their design and build of projects, or the performance of the projects that they have built.

POINT # 2: Their design and build performance have won awards in several states, including the New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association’s Award of Excellence in Design; and the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers’ Municipal Project of the Year award for a project that they designed and built in Sea Isle City, NJ.

POINT # 3: In a recommendation from an Ocean City Council Member, he stated, "Our project was challenging, but their work was nothing short of spectacular. They met all deadlines, and delivered the project ahead of schedule and on budget." And ... POINT # 4: Before preparing their proposal, I like the fact that they visited the site where the Municipal Bicycle Pump Track will be built.

I strongly recommend that the Council approve Resolution # 21-188 to award the firm Spohn Ranch, Inc. the contract to design and build Vernon Township’s Bicycle Pump Track.

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to approve resolution #21-188
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: John Auberger

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to approve resolution #21-188

Resolution #21-188: Resolution Awarding Bid for Proposed Town Center Bicycle Pump Track HPA No. 20-065 to Spohn Ranch Inc.

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon publicly advertised and received bids HPA No. 20-065, "Bicycle Pump Track" design and build procurement on August 3, 2021, at 10:00 AM, in accord with the New Jersey Local Publics Contract Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1) and in a Fair and Open Manner (N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5 et seq.,) and

WHEREAS, the Township received three (3) bids to wit:

BID HPA No. 20-065
 Spohn Ranch Inc.Dirtsculpt LLCAmerican Ramp
Option 1Option 1 – design and base bid plus all alternates) = $150,000.00Fatal Flaw (NJSA40A:11-23.2)Base Bid $144,336.00
Option 2Option 2 – design and base bid plus all alternates) = $150,000.00Fatal Flaw (NJSA40A:11-23.2)Alternate $44,800.00

WHEREAS, Spohn Ranch, Inc. 6824 S Centinela, Los Angeles, CA 90230 has provided for the most complete proposal and is the lowest responsible bidder combining all base bids plus alternates in accord with N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et. Seq., in the amount of $150,000.00; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer certifies funding is available in the amount of $150,000.00, through:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Bid HPA 20-065 "Bicycle Pump Track" bid is hereby awarded to Spohn Ranch, Inc. 6824 S Centinela, Los Angeles, CA 90230 in the amount of $150,000.00: and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that the Mayor is hereby authorized to enter into a contract with Spohn Ranch, Inc. 6824 S Centinela, Los Angeles, CA 90230 in the amount of $150,000.00 to provide for the services as provided for in Bid HPA 20-05

Resolution #21-189: Chapter 159 Resolution Requesting Approval of Revenue and Appropriation Amending the 2021 Budget as a Revenue and Appropriation of $3,859.35

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to approve resolution #21-189
MOVED: Kelly Weller
SECOND: Toni Cilli

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to approve resolution #21-189

Resolution #21-189: Chapter 159 Resolution Requesting Approval of Revenue and Appropriation Amending the 2021 Budget as a Revenue and Appropriation of $3,859.35

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-87 provides that the Director of the Division of Local Government Services may approve the insertion of any special item of revenue in the budget of any county or municipality when such item shall have been made available by law and the amount thereof was not determined at the time of the adoption of the budget; and

WHEREAS, said Director may also approve the insertion of an item of appropriation for an equal amount; and

WHEREAS, the Township has been awarded a $3,859.35 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant; and wishes to amend its 2021 budget for the difference of the awarded amount as a revenue.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon hereby requests the Director of the Division of Local Government Services to approve the insertion of an item of revenue in the budget of the year 2021 in the sum of $3,859.35 which is now available as a revenue,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a like sum of $3,859.35 is hereby appropriated under the caption Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant.

Resolution #21-190: Refund for Totally Disabled Veteran (Block 271 Lot 10—Lunger)

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to approve resolution #21-190
MOVED: John Auberger
SECOND: Toni Cilli

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to approve resolution #21-190

Resolution #21-190: Refund for Totally Disabled Veteran (Block 271 Lot 10—Lunger)

WHEREAS, THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS awarded William Lunger a 100% permanent and totally disabled veteran: and,

WHEREAS, the law exempts said property from taxation.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of the Township of Vernon hereby authorizes the Tax Collector to refund 2nd quarter 2021 property tax in the amount of $2,418.71 to William Lunger.

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the Township Tax Collector.

Introduction/1st Reading of Proposed Ordinances

Ordinance #21-24: An Ordinance Amending, Revising and Supplementing Chapter 509 of the Vernon Township Code Titled “Taxation” Allowing for the Taxation of Sales of Cannabis and Cannabis items in the Township of Vernon

Mayor Burrell commented saying TAKING ACTION TO ENSURE THAT OUR TOWN GETS AVAILABLE ADDITIONAL CANNABIS TAX DOLLORS TO HELP HOMEOWNERS!

Mayor Burrell’s Comments at the 8.9.21 Council Meeting

Members of the Council, the adult use cannabis legislation that has been passed by the State Assembly and the State Senate, and signed into law by the Governor, offers those municipalities that have approved the establishment of one of the six types of cannabis business within its borders, the opportunity to reap the benefit of additional tax revenue above and beyond what they will gain from the normal property taxes.

Specifically, a municipality can receive tax dollars equal to 2% of the gross sales of any Cannabis Cultivator, any Cannabis Manufacturer, and any Cannabis Retailer located in its town. In addition, a municipality can receive tax dollars equal to 1% of the gross sales of any Cannabis Wholesaler located in its town.

Cannabis commercial enterprises are required to make these additional tax payments directly to the municipality, and they have the same obligation to pay these cannabis taxes as they do their property taxes.

However, these additional tax benefits are not automatic, and must be directed by a municipal ordinance.

Ordinance # 21-24, that I am asking you to introduce tonight will ensure that our township gains this additional financial benefit from any of these cannabis commercial enterprises that we are fortunate enough to attract to our town.

Any of these additional cannabis tax dollars that we are able to gain, will be welcome additions to our efforts to provide a cost effective and efficient municipal government, while at the same time stabilizing the municipal taxes that our homeowners are asked to contribute.

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to introduce Ordinance #21-24
MOVED: John Auberger
SECOND: Andrew Pitsker

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Cilli, Auberger, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to introduce Ordinance #21-24

Ordinance #21-25: Ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, Amending and Supplementing Chapter 330 Entitled “Land Development” to Permit Retail Sales of Legalized Cannabis

Council Member Pitsker made a motion to add equipment to line (13) of ordinance #21-25
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: John Auberger

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Pitsker, Shortway
NAYS: Cilli, Weller
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to add equipment to line (13) of ordinance #21-25

Council Member Pitsker made a motion to add Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Cannabis Retailers, a total of three (3) altogether to ordinance #21-25
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: John Auberger

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Pitsker, Shortway
NAYS: Cilli, Weller
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to add Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Cannabis Retailers, a total of three (3) altogether to ordinance #21-25

Council Member Cilli made a motion to change line (1) of ordinance #21-25 to no less than 2000 feet.
MOVED: Toni Cilli
SECOND: Andrew Pitsker

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to change line (1) of ordinance #21-25 to no less than 2000 feet.

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to introduce Ordinance #21-25
MOVED: John Auberger
SECOND: Andrew Pitsker

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Pitsker, Shortway
NAYS: Cilli, Weller
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to introduce Ordinance #21-25

Ordinance #21-26: Ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, Amending Chapter 484 of the Municipal Code of the Township of Vernon Entitled “Soil Fill Placement”

Council President Shortway explained that he has had some conversation with some local contractors and they said if we could just double the cubic yards to 200 it would help them greatly. They are small businesses and they are passing the cost onto people who need septic tanks, whether building them or redoing them.

Township Engineer Stoner explained that the minor permit is set at 100 cubic yards. Contractors feel this is too small number. Mr. Stoner does not have an issue with raising this to 200 cubic yards.

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to introduce Ordinance #21-26.
MOVED: John Auberger
SECOND: Toni Cilli

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Cilli, Auberger, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to introduce Ordinance #21-26.

Ordinance #21-27: Capital Ordinance providing for improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure in Town Center by the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating therefore the sum of $1,750,000.00 and providing that such sum so appropriated shall be raised from the Appropriated Reserve for the American Rescue Plan Grant

Council President Shortway explained that this is phase 3 and read the engineers report.

The perceived Benefits of Expanding the Water System to Town Center the perceived benefits of expanding the water system to Town Center are two-fold:

1. Encourage development of properties in the Town Center corridor.
2. Increase water use/revenue and subsequently sewer use/revenue.

VTMUA currently holds sewage capacity with the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) with a minimum required flow higher than the volume of sewage which is currently being conveyed to SCMUA. Council President Shortway explained that originally, we were obligated for 265,000 gallons per day, and we have allocation for 645,000. The Township Council in 2013 increased that to 461,000 gallons per day. We have only been pumping anywhere from 190,000to 215,000 gallons per day. He said we are paying for air not sewer. We need to increase that but we want to keep the rates low and the MUA increase connection fees the other night. We are trying to have water and waste water through there and most people do not realize that there are no sewer pipes on Main Street.

This results in costs which must be distributed amongst a smaller user base and subsequently causes sewer rates to be higher than if the minimum flow requirement was being met. Mountain Creek pays about 63% of the MUA deficit.

As the Town Center is zoned as such, the development potential in this area is thought to be greater than some areas which are zoned otherwise.

By having water and sewer service available in this corridor, it could make these properties more attractive for development, which could in-turn be new sources of revenue for the MUA.

A new water system in this area could result in an increase in sewage conveyance which can help shrink the deficit between VTMUA’s current daily sewage flows, and the minimum flow requirement to SCMUA. Council President Shortway said you are saving costs for a developer if you have public water.

Township Engineer Cory Stoner explained that we are limited in the town center as to how much water can come in. There is very limited capacity and all of the vacant pieces of property cannot be developed until there is water. The only way to do this is to do the upgrade or there will never be development in the area.

Council Member Auberger asked the Township Attorney if he was allowed to vote on this ordinance since he is a member since he is a member of a non-profit that is in the town center.

Township Attorney Zielinski does not see a problem with Council Member Auberger voting on this ordinance.

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to introduce Ordinance #21-27
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: Kelly Weller

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Cilli, Auberger, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion passed to introduce Ordinance #21-27

Public Hearing/2nd Reading of Ordinance

Ordinance #21-18: Ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, Approving the Redevelopment Plan for Block 404, Lot 4

Council President Shortway read by title Ordinance #21-18

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to open public hearing for Ordinance #21-18
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: John Auberger
All members were in favor.

Seeing no one wishing to come forward, Council President Shortway asked for a motion to close public hearing for Ordinance #21-18
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: John Auberger
All members were in favor.

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to adopt Ordinance #21-18
MOVED: John Auberger
SECOND: Kelly Weller

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion carried to adopt Ordinance #21-18

Ordinance #21-19: Capital Ordinance Providing for Improvements to Township Properties by the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, Appropriating Therefore the Sum of $60,000.00 and providing that such Sum so Appropriated Shall be Raised from the Capital Improvement Fund of the Township.

Council President Shortway read by title Ordinance #21-19

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to open public hearing for Ordinance #21-19
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: Kelly Weller
All members were in favor.

Seeing no one wishing to come forward, Council President Shortway asked for a motion to close public hearing for Ordinance #21-19
MOVED: Kelly Weller
SECOND: Toni Cilli
All members were in favor.

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to adopt Ordinance #21-19
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: Toni Cilli

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion carried to adopt Ordinance #21-19

Ordinance #21-22: An Ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, Creating Chapter 255 of the Municipal Code of the Township of Vernon Entitled “Filming”

Council President Shortway read by title Ordinance #21-22

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to open public hearing for Ordinance #21-22
MOVED: Andrew Pitsker
SECOND: John Auberger
All members were in favor.

Seeing no one wishing to come forward, Council President Shortway asked for a motion to close public hearing for Ordinance #21-22
MOVED: Kelly Weller
SECOND: Toni Cilli
All members were in favor.

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to adopt Ordinance #21-22
MOVED: Kelly Weller
SECOND: Toni Cilli

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Pitsker, Shortway
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion carried to adopt Ordinance #21-22

Ordinance #21-23: An Ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, Creating Chapter 350 of the Municipal Code of the Township of Vernon Entitled “Long Term Rentals”

Council President Shortway read by title Ordinance #21-23

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to open public hearing for Ordinance #21-23
MOVED: John Auberger
SECOND: Toni Cilli
All members were in favor.

Seeing no one wishing to come forward, Council President Shortway asked for a motion to close public hearing for Ordinance #21-23
MOVED: John Auberger
SECOND: Kelly Weller
All members were in favor

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to adopt Ordinance #21-23
MOVED: Kelly Weller
SECOND: Toni Cilli

A roll call vote was taken:
AYES: Auberger, Cilli, Pitsker, Weller, Shortway
NAYS:
ABSTAIN:
ABSENT:
Motion carried to adopt Ordinance #21-23

Public Comments (Limited to 3 Minutes on Any Topic)

Council President Shortway asked for a motion to open the meeting for public comments.
MOTION: John Auberger
SECOND: Andrew Pitsker
All members were in favor.

Elaine Colianni - Vernon Township, emailed saying, I Elaine Colianni, a resident of Vernon Township, would like to make a motion of "No Confidence" in the matter of Council President Harry Shortway. It is in my opinion that Mr. Shortway is incapable of serving the residents of Vernon Township and has failed at his obligations to the Taxpayers. On numerous occasions he has not addressed valid concerns related to Township residents.

Stephanie DiBrienza - Vernon Township sent an email saying, I am writing tonight to make a motion of "NO CONFIDENCE" in Council President Harry Shortway. I find it absolutely ridiculous this council is still not allowing in-person meetings. I believe you Mr. Shortway, are taking advantage of the pandemic in-order to avoid dealing with the Vernon Township residents as you are not man enough to look anyone in the eye. Instead, you continue to hide behind your computer and cut people off when you do not like what you are hearing. In addition, you clearly want nothing but this track and will go to any length to make that happen. I can assure you, many Vernon residents will go to any length to NOT have that track built! During the July 26, 2021 meeting, I was shocked to hear how rude and disrespectful Mr. Shortway was to the Vernon residents who called in, especially when Mr. Walter Marsico was speaking. You cut him off mid-sentence and then hit the mute button so not to listen to him any longer. How dare you. I find your behavior appalling and I ask that you resign as Town Council President immediately.

Shawn Mazur - Vernon Township, sent an email reading, I am a taxpayer in Vernon as well as an Army Veteran, Master Free Mason, a Nationally accredited architect and licensed contractor working in Vernon. Mr. Shortway once again; and much like the judge you faced in the RICO lawsuit, we are all astonished by your slanderous behavior, lies, deceit and poor leadership as council president. Your slanderous, defaming comments have once again caused me harm in many ways Harry Shortway. Your statement last council meeting in which you stated Shawn Mazur owes approximately nine thousand dollars is a complete lie and falsehood that you made up along with your other nonsense to destroy my professional reputation as a registered NJ architect and licensed NJ contractor working in Vernon. Furthermore, and since you keep mentioning kicks backs...Are you guilty of some sort of kickback scheme from all this trail and pump track spending? Even tonight you are misappropriating 1.75 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Grant to the MUA which you sit on and your childhood pal Mike Furrey is the Chairperson of. Why are you even here on this council when all you seem to do is lie, misappropriate funds and funnel them to your trail and track projects and then attack anyone whom questions your actions. Why don’t you focus on fixing all the pot holes or adding new sidewalks and other elements that make actual town planning sense and can be used by all citizens and not just a select few of your delusional followers? As an elected official your actions are beyond unprofessional and frankly are downright gross, as council president you have no right personally attacking me or any tax payer or citizen during a council meeting and I will remind you it is all now on record and has become very actionable. Mayor Burrel why are you so quiet about Harry Shortway’s actions? But yet so quick to pass judgment on others. Are you blinded by your own fear of Harry Shortway? I am making a motion tonight for a vote of no confidence in Harry Shortway and I hereby call for his immediate resignation on the grounds that he is a major liability to Vernon Tax Payers.

Peg Distasi - Vernon Township, is concerned that there is testimony from people on Zoom who cannot be viewed, she feels that everyone who speaks on a Zoom meeting should be able to be viewed. Ms. Distasi also feels that comments are limited to three minutes but no interaction is allowed. It is Ms. Distasi’s opinion that this is to have control by Harry Shortway and she feels that there is no confidence in his ability to run our government. Ms. Distasi asked when we are going to go back to public meetings because she feels the Council cannot hide behind their computers and not address issues. Ms. Distasi feels that Council President Shortway and Council Member Pitsker should not have voted on the Capital Ordinance because they both sit on the MUA and this must be a conflict of interest. In her opinion this should have been discussed in a public meeting.

Walter Marsico Jr. - Vernon Township, reaffirmed his motion of no confidence of Mr. Shortway since it was ignored. It has come to his attention that Mr. Shortway has learned about attacking his job by Mr. Voelker over an irrelevant Facebook post in an attempt to take the heat off of themselves. He feels that Mr. Voelker’s unsubstantiated compliant was unfounded because it held no merit. Mr. Marsico said the law is clear, retaliatory conduct is actionable if it is intended to punish the plaintive exercising his or her free speech. Mr. Marsico said his allegations are not frivolous and the law is clear, all of the false statements that are being made are being recorded. He said all he wanted to do was build a beautiful home in an upscale development that was started by his father and now he is defending himself. Mr. Marsico feels that town extorted money from him and needs to read their own ordinance.

Ann Larson - Vernon Township, feels that the $1,750,000 for the American Rescue Act, before it is allocated to the chosen few developers that will profit from it and make it less expensive and save a developer money, that money could be better used by the actual constituents of the Township. Perhaps before it is allocated to the sewers maybe it should be put out to vote and come up with a few suggestions and see what the actual taxpayers would like to use the money for. Ms. Larson feels that it does not seem a lot of residents will benefit from the town center developers saving money if it is developed.

Daniel Kraus - Vernon Township, is super excited to hear that the pump track is going through. The voices of many throughout the township are getting what they had agreed to and he is looking forward to additional updates.

Anil Sahajwall - Vernon Township sent an email that read, I as a business owner would like to submit my view point regarding the functioning of the Town office and its Council members in Vernon NJ;

A) They are clueless about their goals and mission to take forward the town and its people together.

B) Even though it’s a tourist town which brings in business due to Hotels/ Motels/ Inn’s & other activities available in our area, there is no contribution of any facility being provided to the tourists visiting our town for a small holiday for a night or two, mainly - Public Conveniences, Information Desk, Urgent Care, Main Street which is missing totally and is supposed to be the main attraction of any tourist town. I am totally disappointed with the planning and execution of the duties by the Council Members who are only talking about Bike Trails etc. and planning to spend huge summit money towards its development which I know shall never happen or will be completed... The only way to save the town and its money is that this team of Council Members should immediately resign and leave the office. Further, I have had 03 bad experiences while interacting with the staff at the Town Office for some official work and one time I was even threatened on email by one of the building inspectors... for which he apologized once I challenged him in the current Mayors Office... I as a businessman who have brought laurels to the town by winning an international award in London for being Second position as the Best Bed & Breakfast Inn in the US feel unhappy with the working of the people in the Council itself. I keep no personal enormity with anyone but have placed my genuine views about the current members in the council. I feel Mr. Harry Shortway should make way for new people from town who would be able to work for the people of this town.

Walter Marsico Sr. - Vernon Township, emailed his commented that read, I have heard the rebuttal posted by Mr. Shortway within which he directs his statements to, among other "concerned tax paying residents," Mr. Marsic "a" Sr. and Jr. I trust that in his "ignorance," or "by design," Mr. Shortway is addressing both Mr. Marsic "o" Sr. and Jr. Mr. Shortway seems to be addressing my and my son’s "valid concerns" by dismissing them as "frivolous acts" motivated by "vindictiveness, retaliation and narcissism." I assure you, Mr. Shortway, NONE of the preceding characteristics are our motivating factors. As stated in my NO CONFIDENCE motion presented at the last meeting, I am a 48-year law abiding, tax paying resident of Vernon Twp. and I have also developed a " top notch" community known as SETTLERS’ NOTCH at VERNON. This community has attracted an assemblage of discriminating buyers. Having stated this, I strenuously object to being referred to as "retaliatory" while my true motive is to "right" injustices and the dissemination of "poor" municipal government for myself, my family and my fellow residents. Mr. Shortway, in his rebuttal, states that his opponents have "willfully and knowingly engaged in unethical conduct with purpose of promoting or facilitating injury to reputation and lost wages...." Not a very upstanding and humanistic line of behavior... I trust you agree Mr. Shortway since YOU WROTE IT!!! Well, Mr. Shortway, explain to me, the Council and all Vernon residents why you, preceded by Mr. Voelker, filed unsubstantiated charges with the INTERNAL AFFAIRS DEPT. of Mr. Marsico Jr’s. employer with the sole intent of " facilitating injury to reputation and lost wages??!" Let it be known that Mr. Voelker’s charges were "tossed back in his face" by Internal Affairs. A fitting reply... wouldn’t you agree??! The foregoing having been presented and standing on their factual merit, I am, hereby, reaffirming my motion of "NO CONFIDENCE" in Harry Shortway and I am extending the No Confidence motion to include Mayor Burrell since, by your admission, Mr. Shortway, he reappointed your original appointment of Mr. Voelker.

Jordon Lehman - Vernon Township, emailed comments that read, I would like to reaffirm my motion of "No Confidence" in Mr. Harry Shortway since it was overlooked last time. At the last council meeting on August 26th Mr. Shortway stated the following; To Ms. Lehman regarding her fear of pictures have been taken in windows at night by town officials. If she believes employees of the Township have committed a crime or offense she should report the incident to the police department, prosecutor’s office or AGs office for investigation. To make the matter clear, it’s not that I do not "believe" pictures were taken at night by a township Official, however, I know beyond a reasonable doubt that pictures were taken at night, in the dark, inside a bedroom window by TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS because the township officials submitted it as evidence. It is disturbing how dismissal you are about this event. It leads me to believe that you have been well aware of this issue from the beginning. Or it could be the fact that you are a typical man in power who dismisses anything that doesn’t personally affect you or give your personal gain. Secondly, I should report the incident to the police department, prosecutor’s office or AGs office for investigation? That all has been done, Police reports filed and an investigation has been started with the NJ Attorney General. A more constructive idea would be you, as Council President do something since you are well aware of Criminal activity and Civil Rights violations. I certainly know that your knowledge of this activity and doing nothing about it should be a great concern to the students you coach and the residents of this township. Everyone in this township should be fearful of what your "Officials" are capable of. I feel that a man’s true character is shown on how they treat others that are not in their "circle." It is clear you have a difficult time being fair, supportive, and professional to ALL the taxpayers of Vernon. You are in the position to support, listen, and reason with every person in this town, not just your "friends." The clear bias is the reason you should step down from your position.

Jessi Paladini - Vernon Township, spoke to Dan Kraus saying he lied and it was all recorded. She voiced a vote of no confidence for Councilman Shortway. She feels he has demonstrated an abuse of power as he bullies, threatens and harasses anyone who does not agree with him. Ms. Paladini said there are a large volume of complaints from citizens. She said Mayor Burrell saw his wife harass her. Ms. Paladini asked mayor Burrell to call for Harry Shortway’s resignation. Ms. Paladini said the Attorney General was in her living room along with his superior officer because they contacted her to investigate Harry Shortway.

Beverly Marsico - Vernon Township, made a motion of no confidence to Harry Shortway. She asked how the investigation is going with Mr. Zielinski, Mr. Westinberger, Ms. Laroca and Mr. Black.

Seeing no other members of the public wishing to speak, Council President Shortway asked for a motion to close the meeting for public comments.
MOTION: John Auberger
SECOND: Andrew Pitsker
All members were in favor.

Mayor’s Comments

As I have previously reported to the public, one of the standard operating procedures that have been established by this Mayor and Council, is the procedure of viewing every issue from the prospective of:

1. How can we save, and stretch the use, of those taxpayer dollars that’s provided by our local taxpayers; and ...

2. How can we specifically do some of the things that we want and need to do for our town, while at the same time saving local taxpayer provided dollars.

Part of our answer has been to first, focus on Moving Vernon Forward by operating the most cost effective and efficient municipal government that we can.

Another part of our answer has been to incorporate as a standard operating procedure the actively looking and applying for as many grants as possible.

In my report tonight, I share with the public three small, but never-the-less important, successes that we have recently had in getting some grant funding.

THE FIRST SUCCESS, relates to grant funding that our town applied for and received from the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council.

Last month, I represented Vernon Township at a meeting of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council. The purpose for my attendance at this meeting was to support Vernon’s request for grant funding, that would enable us to make continuous progress towards achieving the goal of making Vernon a healthier, more resilient town that also conforms with the Highlands Regional Master Plan.

We requested three grants from the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council.

GRANT # 1, totaling 38K$, was requested to assist our town in one of its economic development initiatives. This initiative relates to moving forward our development of a Town Center Walking & Biking trail. This trail will for sure present additional opportunities for families and individuals to enjoy this outstanding place that we love and call home; however, the primary purpose of the Walking & Biking Trail is to serve as a positive magnet to attract potential consumers to our Town Center area.

GRANT # 2, totaling 28K$, is critical to the success of our efforts to develop a stormwater management plan that meets New Jersey DEP requirements. With the support of this grant, the Town plans to (1) map stormwater structures throughout the township, (2) create a stormwater mitigation plan, and (3) update our stormwater management ordinance.

GRANT # 3, totaling 15K$, will aid us in inventorying existing preserved farms, identifying potential farms for preservation, and developing a comprehensive plan for promoting farming and agricultural-based tourism in Vernon Township.

I am pleased to announce that the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council voted unanimously to award Vernon all three requested grants.

I want to thank our Municipal Planner, Ms. Jessica Caldwell, for the vital role that she played in helping our town to prepare these successful grant applications.

THE SECOND SUCCESS, relates to the receipt of a 5.3K$ grant through the Statewide Insurance Fund to cover the cost of Safety placards and electoral signage at the Pedestrian Crosswalk located between the main municipal parking lot and the entrance to the Municipal Building.

This safety signage resulted in part from the fact that I have had a sizable number of individuals who have spoken to me about some of the "close calls" that they have had while trying to get to the Municipal Center, when crossing Church Street from the main municipal parking lot.

It seems that some drivers don’t slow down and/or stop for pedestrians, or don’t slow down and/or stop soon enough.

A significant number of the comments that I have received have come from senior citizens, parents with small children, municipal employees coming to and leaving work, and visitors to our Farmers’ Markets that are held in the main municipal parking lot.

In response to these concerns, the town installed two Electrical Flashing Safety Enhancement Signs at the crosswalk in front of the Municipal Center.

These signs are environmentally positive, and the operation cost is neutral to our taxpayers since they are powered by self-contained solar panels.

THE THIRD SUCCESS, relates to the receipt of a 3.9K$ federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant to help us pay for the important life-saving bulletproof vests that are worn by our municipal law enforcement staff.

As I said, while these are small grants, the Mayor and Council takes the approach that these small grants contribute to eventual big savings, and are a key part of our efforts to MOVE VERNON FORWARD!

The ACME Supermarket, located in our Town Center, donated a truck load of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and supplies that the town will be able to use for a host of COVID and non-COVID related protection and cleaning needs.

The ACME Supermarket is a key supplier of our town’s food needs, and with this important donation of PPE supplies, they have taken a significant step towards becoming a good civic contributor and a valuable Vernon Township corporate citizen. Thank you, Acme Supermarket.

Council Comments

Vice President Auberger asked Administration where the bridge stands being replaced to Valley View across from the high school. He knows this is not our responsibility but we have emergency trucks going in and out.

Council Member Pitsker answered Ms. Distasi’s question saying as far as the $1,750,000 the MUA does not own the assets, the town does. As far as a conflict of interest, he did not see it being one because he is looking out for the benefit of the town. His vote for this was based on the revenue increases but improvements that we have so long ignored and has left us in paralysis. Council Member Pitsker said that when we talk about bringing ratables into the town, we have to flatten the taxes. This means bringing in water.

Council Member Pitsker asked the Township Administrator if we can provide receipts for the tonnage that was removed from the DPW storage facility.

Administrator Voelker said we have provided those receipts to answer OPRA requests as well as to the DEP.

Council Member Pitsker asked where the town was at with the ladder truck and if the Fire Academy has been contacted to donate the truck. He feels that this will be the best option.

Council Member Pitsker thanked all of the volunteers for the work that was put into Vernon National Night Out. It was well attended and he was amazed to see all of the different groups that helped make this event successful.

Council Member Pitsker had the opportunity to attend the Junior Police Academy graduation. He is impressed and proud of all of the graduates they worked hard all week. He saw them marching and working-out in different areas of the town. Council Member Pitsker said it was an amazing week and said hats off to the Vernon Police Department for the time, dedication and energy they bring into making the program so well organized.

Council Member Weller addressed the topic of returning to live meetings. She wanted to make the public aware that the town is working really hard to safely return while still bring the option for participants who are not comfortable coming in live to the meetings. Please think about this when you say we do not want to go back live, this is not a quick fix. Seating has to be arranged, video and speaker systems need to be arranged or added. Council Member Weller said we are not dragging out feet, we are simply making sure everyone is safe when we come back live.

Council Member Cilli had no comments.

Council President Comments

Council President Shortway explained that a lot of equipment has been installed and training is being done on a hybrid meeting system. We are hoping to this in September but we are keeping a careful eye on Covid because community safety comes first.

Council President Shortway apologized saying he was wrong in his statement and Shawn Mazur does not own $9000, he owes $4500 towards his vacant building. In addition, there is over $300,000 owed for that ordinance and he hopes people start paying, otherwise this will result in summonses. The mayor informed me that violations will be going out.

Council President Shortway attended the Highlands Technical Advisory Committee meeting and in today’s meeting, some points of interest included:

  • Demand for outdoor recreation has substantially increased. Since the onset of COVID-19, activities such as running, cycling, and hiking have grown increasingly popular. Nature focused recreation and agritourism are emerging as key opportunities in the domestic tourism market.
  • Work to support other visitation destinations.
  • Identify ways to showcase how agritourism in the region is contributing to the environmental health of the region.
  • Support the relationship between natural resources and downtowns (i.e., if you go to the area for recreation trails, make downtown a stop too).

The TAC plan is not yet complete as it involves several counties and implementation of the plan is our next challenge.

RE: resolution for ARP funds comments in part. VTMUA Engineer’s Report

Perceived Benefits of Expanding the Water System to Town Center the perceived benefits of expanding the water system to Town Center are two-fold:

1. Encourage development of properties in the Town Center corridor.

2. Increase water use/revenue and subsequently sewer use/revenue. VTMUA currently holds sewage capacity with the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) with a minimum required flow higher than the volume of sewage which is currently being conveyed to SCMUA.

This results in costs which must be distributed amongst a smaller user base and subsequently causes sewer rates to be higher than if the minimum flow requirement was being met.

As the Town Center is zoned as such, the development potential in this area is thought to be greater than some areas which are zoned otherwise.

By having water and sewer service available in this corridor, it could make these properties more attractive for development, which could in-turn be new sources of revenue for the MUA.

A new water system in this area could result in an increase in sewage conveyance which can help shrink the deficit between VTMUA’s current daily sewage flows, and the minimum flow requirement to SCMUA.

Council President Shortway wanted to thank everyone for moving forward with the pump track. Discussion and requests for a Vernon Township skate park started in 2009 that he is aware of. In 2017 a skate park became a targeted amenity for residents followed by a voter approved referendum for open space funds to help finance the project. Although a skate park is not a bike pump track, they are similar. Tonight, the passing of Resolution 21-188 is a positive move forward in our attempts to provide free activities for our residents and economic opportunities for businesses. Council President Shortway feel that this will be a great amenity for the residents of Vernon and also will be a good business opportunity for the businesses in town.

Council President Shortway explained that as far as infrastructure, that money is not being given to the MUA, it is a town asset. The MUA operates it and makes recommendations.

Adjournment

There being no further items of business to be conducted on the agenda, a motion for adjournment was made by Council Member Auberger, seconded by Council Member Pitsker with all members voting in favor.

The Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was adjourned at 8:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Marcy Gianattasio, RMC, CMR
Municipal Clerk

Minutes approved: August 23, 2021