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Minutes: February 28, 2011

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 6:01 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2011 in the Vernon Municipal Center, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey with Mayor Sally Rinker presiding.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting had been provided to the public and the press on January 6, 2011, 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 Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, and Mayor Sally Rinker. Also present were Township Manager Jerry Giaimis and Township Attorney John Ursin. Council Member Valerie Seufert arrived at 6:30 p.m.

Resolution to Go into Executive Session

At 6:07 p.m. Mayor Sally Rinker asked for a motion to go into Executive Session. Council Member Richard Carson made a motion to close the meeting to the public and enter into executive session. Motion seconded by Council Member Harry Shortway with all members voting in favor.

The Municipal Clerk read the following resolution to go into executive session:

WHEREAS, Section 8 of 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.
  2. The general nature of the subject matters to be discussed is:
    1. Lawsuit—Vernon v. J. Thompson—Executive Session Minutes will be released upon the conclusion of this matter.
    2. ACLU matter—Executive Session Minutes will be released upon the conclusion of this matter.
    3. Contract Negotiations—IT Contract. Executive Session Minutes will be released upon the conclusion of the matter or upon the execution of a contract.
  3. It is anticipated that the above-stated subject matter will be made available upon final decision.
  4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

The Township Council entered into Executive Session at 6:07 p.m.

Council Member Valerie Seufert arrived at 6:35 p.m. and entered into Executive Session.

The meeting was reopened to the public at 7:12 p.m. Present were Council Members Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, and Mayor Sally Rinker. Also present were Township Manager Jerry Giaimis and Township Attorney John Ursin.

Salute to the Flag

The Mayor led the assemblage in the salute to the flag.

Public Comments

Mayor Rinker opened the meeting for public comment.

Phyllis MacPeek, Vernon, spoke regarding moving the Department of Public Works and recycling. Ms. MacPeek questioned if the Council is planning on moving Animal Control or shutting it down. Township Manager, Jerry Giaimis, answered that if the DPW and recycling move, Animal Control would be moving as well.

Chris Jensen, Vernon, read a prepared statement regarding moving the recently proposed fire department capital purchases to a referendum rather than a Council vote. Mr. Jensen stated he is a member of two different emergency services agencies in Vernon and he is also a homeowner in Vernon. Mr. Jensen expressed several concerns about a referendum in general, a possible negative message would impact the potential benefits to maintain services.

Greg Carter, Vernon resident for 34 years and Chief of Vernon Fire Department and served there for the past 17 years. Mr. Carter noted that the requested items by the fired departments are necessities not luxuries. Mr. Carter delineated the condition of the current vehicles. And spoke regarding the fire truck that is leaking and has continued repairs with continued breakdowns and feels bonding would be the best way to go. Mr. Carter expressed concern about the capital items going to referendum. Council Member Lynch noted the Council’s appreciation for their service and asked about the 200 gallons of water that is leaking from the fire truck daily. Mr. Carter noted the limitations placed on the department due to the problems with the vehicles.

Jeanne Jamison of the Vernon Township Association of Lake Communities, spoke regarding the plowing issues and is requesting the Council to make a decision as it has been a year since the issue was raised and payments have been stalled. They would like to receive the balance of the 2009 and the 2010 payments at the cost as it was for the rate it was for the past 12 years. Council Member Richard Carson questioned if a final report had come in from the snow plow consultant. Mr. Giaimis will follow up tomorrow on a date to expect the final report. Ms. Jamison stated the Association was never consulted as had been promised.

Council Member Richard Carson made a motion that the Township will have a full report, analysis and everything asked for in writing, no later than March 14, 2011; seconded by Mayor Rinker. All Council Members voted in favor.

Tim Davis, resident of Lake Wanda and Chief of Highland Lakes Fire Department, agreed with previous speakers on the condition of the fire trucks and requested the equipment not go to referendum. With the lakes frozen, the only way they can fight fires is with tankers that hold water and this leaking fire truck is what is being used due to no fire hydrants in the lake communities.

Bonnie Rubin, Highland Lakes, asked for an update from the Township Manager regarding web-casting the Council meetings. Mr. Giaimis answered that he had researched a few options, but some are more costly than others, from $2,000. to $10,000. Mayor Rinker stated she had spoken to the Township IT person and he is to reach out to Mr. Giaimis and seemed to feel it would not be difficult.

Mary Ellen Vichiconti, Highland Lakes, discussed the fire truck issue and stated the fire services need to be supported.

Beverly Budtz, handed out paperwork regarding the local air traffic flight patterns. Mr. Giaimis noted that he has spoken to Congressman Scott Garrett’s office; they advised they would research it and get back to him. Council Member Lynch stated he would like to be kept in the loop as well.

Jamie Rickey, Vernon, stated that he is not a fan of going into debt on bond issues, but is in agreement on emergency services; and added that sewer costs were not to be borne by the residents. Mr. Rickey spoke regarding 2 stand alone lots owned by his family that somehow got zoned as public lands, even though they are private. Mayor Rinker suggested Mr. Rickey see the Township Manager and also speak with the Tax Assessor so this could be corrected. Mr. Ursin advised Mr. Rickey to provide Mr. Giaimis with the blocks and lots and he will work with the Tax Assessor and get an answer for him.

Bernie Nagle, Highland Lakes also the Chaplain on and has been with the Highland Lakes Fire Department for 16 years. Mr. Nagle noted the residents voted the Council in to represent the Township and he has concerns about leaving capital purchases on a referendum.

Tom McClachrie, Vernon Taxpayers Association, spoke on the same topic of emergency equipment and noted that the Council was elected to make hard decisions. The firemen are looking for equipment and the Township is looking at the budget. The money that will be used for the sewers could buy a fire truck for the department every year. Mr. McClachrie added that this should be in the capital improvement budget for the fire equipment and should be 10% of the budget. Mr. McClachrie stated that the emergency equipment should be looked at in its entirety and funds should be set aside on a yearly basis. Council Member Lynch stated it is for this reason that he has discussed the Township having a 3 to 5 year budget plan, and setting aside money for these purchases is important.

Mayor Rinker made a comment that everything is not black and white and the Township Manager was asked to look for monies that were available but as yet nothing is definitive. Also Mr. Giaimis was asked to provide templates for the CFO to begin to work on the 3 to 5 year roll out. Mr. Giaimis stated he does have a template set up but there are no definitives at this time.

Russ Derby, Highland Lakes, retired after 30 years in the fire department in Fairfax, Va., spoke regarding the moral in fire departments, when the fire departments are using bad equipment, the moral goes down, and when that happens, it is hard to get volunteers. Mr. Derby asked the Council to step up to the plate and purchase the equipment that is needed.

Gary Grey, Vernon, the public has to trust the Council to make the right decisions for purchases and not to go out to bond for the equipment. Mr. Grey stated since the Council is elected, he feels they should make these decisions and not take the easy way out and put this out to the voters.

Gary Martinsen, Vernon, read a prepared speech on various issues. His concern is with hostility shown by a member of the Historical Society. And behavior of an individual being allowed to continue by the Council.

Seeing no one else from the public wishing to speak, Mayor Sally Rinker closed the public portion of the meeting.

Presentations and Special Items

2011 Preliminary Municipal Budget—Robert Benecke, Benecke Economics

Mr. Benecke advised the public that Council was finalizing the 2011 Municipal budget and hoped to have it ready for introduction on March 14, and that it would be within the 2% cap mandated by the State. He gave a breakdown of the different areas in the budget, noting that the anticipated increase was less than 1.5% (about $250,000). Mr. Benecke pointed out that there were 2 key issues to be addressed: debt service and the surplus. The debt service would be decreasing by almost $800,000 due to restructuring of the existing debt package. The surplus would be increasing by about $400,000 which will lower the tax levy to 16.6million. Mr. Benecke read from a prepared spreadsheet that was provided for the Council and the public.

He noted that there was a $400,000 loss in the tax levy, which was partly from anticipated tax appeals. The impact would be @$73.60/home based on the average home being assessed at $230,000. He concluded his report by noting that there would be an increase in the surplus, the tax levy was going down, and the Township had an AA bond rating. He added that any unused bond funds (from previously adopted bond ordinances) had already been re-programmed, but that they could be looked at again if Council desired.

Mayor Rinker asked about the traffic impact fees which had accumulated in the amount of about $250,000. Mr. Zimmerman advised that the unused funds would be discussed at the next meeting. Mr. Benecke cautioned Council that these were dedicated funds and that the fees were a large sum of money originally collected for improvements to the town center.

Mr. Benecke was thanked for his budget presentation.

Approval of Minutes

January 10, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes

Moved: Valerie Seufert
Seconded: Brian Lynch

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Abstain: Richard Carson, Harry Shortway

Township Manager’s Report

Mr. Giaimis noted the following items:

  • Capital Budget items discussed at the last meeting were being worked on at Council’s direction; the bond ordinances were being prepared. He also advised that old bond ordinances were being looked at for re-using about $400,000 to $500,000. He anticipated having a resolution on those monies at the next meeting.
  • He advised that the filing date for petitions for the May Municipal election had been changed by the State, and the correct deadline date was March 14 at 4:00 p.m. He noted the information had been advertised and posted in the building as well as on the website.
  • The Municipal building’s cosmetic work was set to begin soon. The DPW, Pat Seger, and the County program would be utilized for this project.
  • Information Technology contract was discussed in executive session. He had looked into a shared services arrangement with the school, but the availability of their person was a problem, so that idea won’t work. If he were to offer a contract to the gentleman who currently serves in this capacity, it would be allowed as a professional service as an extension for an additional year (as an exception to usual contracts).

Council Member Valerie Seufert made a motion to authorize the Manager to prepare a Resolution to extend the current contract for an additional year for Information Technology services to Wired Up, LLC, seconded by Council Member Richard Carson; with all in agreement.

Mr. Giaimis advised that there was a Wastewater Management Meeting scheduled for March 15.

Council Member Lynch inquired about the meeting that was attended between the County Health Department, the Mayor, Chief Wherry, and the Building Department. Mayor Rinker advised that the meeting had been called by Herb Yardley. Mr. Lynch felt that the Council should have been notified, and he suggested that the Manager should contact the County Health Department on the proper protocol. Mayor Rinker noted that the procedures and protocols were discussed between the Building Department and the Health Department for businesses trying to open up without much difficulty. She advised that she had attended as part of the Economic Development Commission. Mr. Lynch repeated that the Council should have been involved. Mr. Shortway felt that copying each other on meetings would be easy to do. Ms. Seufert asked why the meeting had been scheduled while the Manager had been away. The Mayor suggested that the Council members should contact Mr. Yardley for the particulars.

Mayor Rinker asked about the following items:

  • the PEOSHA report. Mr. Giaimis advised that the Township had 60 days to make the corrections.
  • the elevator bids. The Clerk advised that the bid opening was scheduled for March 24 at 10:00am.
  • the status of committee applications. The Clerk advised that no new applications had come in. The Mayor asked that a 2nd request be sent out.
  • Environmental Commission—she noted she had sent a Resolution to the Manager’s office on Sustainable Jersey. She advised that she wants this ready to go as soon as possible.

Township Attorney’s Report

Mr. Ursin advised that there were 3 sets of foreclosures pending, and that the Township had taken title on 18 properties from those listings. He felt the Real Estate Committee should review them for open space, auctions, or future plans.

Council Member Lynch asked about reimbursement of monies for vehicle maintenance (paid out of pocket). Mr. Zuckerman, Township CFO, advised that the employees are paid immediately.

Resolutions Requiring Separate Action

Note: The following amends the original minutes of the Township Council meeting of February 28, 2011 to include the actions taken on Resolutions #11-43, 11-44, 11-45 and 11-46 which were inadvertently omitted. The original minutes were approved on May 23, 2011; this amendment to the minutes was approved February 16, 2012.

Resolution #11-43: Authorizing the Approval of Bills List

BE IT RESOLVED that the following bills listed are hereby approved:

Disbursement
Journal
FundAmountMajor Vendor
#1Current$225,047.48HLCC
#2Current$1,236,325.15BOE
#3Current$872,457.63BOE
#4Current$6,000.00 
#5Grant$13,900.00 
#6Outside Services$6,250.08 
#7Recreation$716.00 
#8Recreation$4,757.00 
#9Planning & Zoning$1,110.00 
#10Other Trust$1,451.09 
#11Other Trust$500.00 
 Payroll$303,234.802nd Pay in Feb
 Total$2,671,749.23 

Moved: Valerie Seufert
Seconded: Richard Carson

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-43 was approved.

Resolution #11-44: Tax Overpayment

WHEREAS, DUPLICATE PAYMENTS was made on the First quarter 2011 taxes; and

WHEREAS, such payments created an OVERPAYMENT.

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

BlockLotNameAmountQuarterLocation
206.2526Core Logic
(Re: Matthews, Michael #06266441)
$1,291.331st120 Coon Den Rd

Moved: Valerie Seufert
Seconded: Harry Shortway

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-44 was approved.

Resolution #11-45: Adoption of 2011 Emergency Temporary Appropriations

WHEREAS, The Local Budget Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-20 et seq., provides that until the official Annual Budget for the budget year is adopted, emergency temporary appropriations may be adopted by resolution of 2/3 vote of the full governing body membership.

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-20 et seq. further provides that that emergency temporary appropriations made be made for any purposes for which appropriations may lawfully be made for the period between the beginning of the current fiscal year and the date of the adoption of the budget for said year.

WHEREAS, the Township Council desires to establish emergency temporary appropriations pursuant to the Local Budget Law.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon that the attached Schedule ‘A’ entitled “2011 Emergency Temporary Appropriations” in the amount of $126,500.00 in the Current Fund and $1,500.00 in Sewer Operating, is hereby approved.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Introduced Official Budget shall serve as the Temporary Budget pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-19.1 if the Director of the Division of Local Government Services extends the budget dates pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-5.1.

Moved: Richard Carson
Seconded: Harry Shortway

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-45 was approved.

Resolution #11-46: Authorizing a Mutual Aid Agreement with the American National Red Cross, Sussex County Chapter for the Year 2011

WHEREAS, the American National Red Cross (“Red Cross”), a not-for-profit corporation chartered by the United States Congress, provides services to individuals, families and communities when disaster strikes; and

WHEREAS, the disaster relief activities of the Red Cross are made possible by the American public, as the organization is supported by private donations and facility owners who permit their buildings to be used as a temporary refuge for disaster victims; and

WHEREAS, the mutual aid agreement, between the Red Cross and the Township of Vernon, is for the use of the Vernon Township Senior Center, 21 Church Street, Vernon, NJ 07462, to be used as temporary emergency public shelter during a disaster; and

WHEREAS, as a matter of health, safety and public welfare, it is in the best interests of the residents of Vernon Township for the Township to engage in the agreement with the American National Red Cross to offer the use of the above mentioned facility for temporary refuge for disaster victims.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute on behalf of the Township of Vernon a Mutual Aid Agreement between the Township of Vernon and the American National Red Cross, Sussex County Chapter for temporary use of the Vernon Township Senior Center during a disaster; a copy of said agreement shall be placed on file in the office of the Township Clerk upon execution thereof.

This Resolution shall take effect immediately according to law.

Moved: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Valerie Seufert

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-46 was approved.

Resolution #11-47: Authorizing Execution of a Contract with Crystal Springs Resort for the Vernon Township Senior Luncheon to be Held on May 9, 2011

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

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon desires to enter into a contract with Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg NJ, to host and cater this event; and

WHEREAS, the event is currently scheduled for May 9, 2011 at a cost not to exceed $5,000.00; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Finance Officer has certified that funds are available for this purpose subject to the adoption of the 2011 Municipal Budget.

NOW THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon that the Mayor is authorized to sign the attached Contract with Crystal Springs Resort for the purpose of hosting and catering the Senior Luncheon on May 9, 2011 at a cost not to exceed $5,000.00.

Moved: Valerie Seufert
Seconded: Richard Carson

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-47 was approved.

Resolution #11-48: Resolution Seeking State Intervention to Increase Safety and Public Awareness on State Highway Route 23

WHEREAS, State Highway Route 23 was established in 1927, running 52.63 miles from Verona New Jersey to the New York State border at Wantage, New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon has no authority to interfere with the structure, maintenance and/or design of this road which functions are within the purview of various divisions within State government; and

WHEREAS, in the 1960’s the route was planned to be upgraded which plans were cancelled in the 1970’s; and

WHEREAS, in the 1980’s certain portions of State Highway Route 23 south of the Township of Vernon and West Milford, were improved expanding certain portions to a six-lane highway; and

WHEREAS, the northern sections of Route 23 that Vernon residents daily utilize, constitute the original route designed prior to 1927 and constructed in accordance with the needs of that time & the construction standards of the day; and

WHEREAS, there is a specific section of State Highway Route 23 encompassing the US postal addresses from 1899 Route 23 to 2200 Route 23 that is of particular concern to Vernon Township and neighboring West Milford Township Officials; and

WHEREAS, that particular length of highway comprises a number of “S” turns may have contributed to higher than average incidences of motor vehicle collisions of varying severity including fatal accidents; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon is seeking State intervention to increase safety and public awareness on State Highway Route 23, a main commuter route for the residents of Vernon Township; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex and State of New Jersey to support the Township of West Milford in seeking State intervention to increase safety and public awareness on State Highway 23; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that certified copies of this resolution be forwarded to Governor Chris Christie, NJDOT Commissioner James S. Simpson, Senators Steven V. Oroho and Gary R. Chiusano, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Township of West Milford and all Sussex County municipalities seeking their endorsement and support of this request.

Moved: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Valerie Seufert

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-48 was approved.

Mr. Ursin explained that the contract approved in January was being rescinded as it was noted that the bid threshold would be exceeded in the aggregate due to two jobs for the same services. The Township will get competitive quotes for this service. Mr. Ursin did not feel that this service qualified as a professional service, when questioned by Mr. Shortway. Mr. Carson noted that rescinding the contract was no reflection against AGRA, as there were no complaints with their previous services. He added that this was just as per what the law dictates.

Resolution #11-49: Authorization to Rescind Contract Awarded to Agra Environmental and Laboratory Services Previously Approved by Resolution #11-21

WHEREAS, the governing body of the Township of Vernon adopted a Resolution awarding a contract to AGRA Environmental and Laboratory Services by Resolution #11-21 on January 24, 2011 for water sampling and testing services;

WHEREAS, it was subsequently determined that the contract award violated the Local Public Contracts Law due to this contract and a previous contract in the aggregate exceeding Vernon Township’s threshold for awarding contracts without competitive quotations.

NOW THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED by the governing body of the Township of Vernon that the contract awarded to AGRA Environmental and Laboratory Services by Resolution #11-21 on January 24, 2011 in the amount of $1,000.00 is hereby rescinded and vacated; and

NOW THEREFORE IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the Manager is directed to solicit competitive quotes for the needed service for further consideration by the governing body.

Moved: Richard Carson
Seconded: Sally Rinker

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Sally Rinker
Nays: Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway
Resolution #11-49 was approved.

Resolution #11-50: Authorizing a Contract with the Land Conservancy of New Jersey for Open Space Advisory Consultant Services in the Amount Not to Exceed $11,500.00

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

WHEREAS, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey has submitted a proposal, dated January 31, 2011, to provide the above mentioned services for Vernon Township; and

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

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

WHEREAS, the term of the agreement shall be for a twelve (12) month period commencing on March 1, 2011 and ending on February 28, 2012; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has determined and certified that the value of the contract will not exceed $17,500.00; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has certified funds in an amount not to exceed $11,500.00 subject to the adoption of the 2011 Municipal Budget; and

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

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

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

  1. A contract shall be awarded by the Township of Vernon, New Jersey for services herein specified to the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, Boonton, NJ.
  2. The cost of said agreement shall not exceed a total of $11,500.00.
  3. That a copy of the Business Disclosure Entity Certification be filed with this Resolution.

Moved: Valerie Seufert
Seconded: Sally Rinker

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Valerie Seufert, Sally Rinker
Nays: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway
Resolution #11-50 failed.

First Reading on Proposed Ordinances

Ordinance #11-02: An ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey authorizing the sale of certain property owned by the township and not required for public purposes and more commonly known as Block 142.01 Lot 1

Mayor Sally Rinker read Ordinance #11-02 by title only.

Mayor Rinker made a motion to approve Ordinance #11-02 upon introduction, seconded by Council Member Valerie Seufert.

There was no Council discussion.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-02 was approved as introduced. Public Hearing to be scheduled for March 14, 2011.

Ordinance #11-03: Ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, to modify Chapter 179 of the code of the Township of Vernon regarding campsites

Mayor Sally Rinker read Ordinance #11-03 by title only.

Council Member Valerie Seufert made a motion to approve Ordinance #11-03 upon introduction, seconded by Council Member Richard Carson.

There was no Council discussion.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-03 was approved as introduced. Public Hearing to be scheduled for March 14, 2011.

Ordinance #11-04: An ordinance of the Township of Vernon, Sussex County, State of New Jersey, to amend, revise and supplement Chapter 205 of the code of the Township of Vernon regarding construction appeals

Mayor Sally Rinker read Ordinance #11-04 by title only.

Council Member Brian Lynch made a motion to approve Ordinance #11-04 upon introduction, seconded by Council Member Valerie Seufert.

There was no Council discussion.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-04 was approved as introduced. Public Hearing to be scheduled for March 14, 2011.

Ordinance #11-05: An ordinance of the Township of Vernon, Sussex County, State of New Jersey, authorizing the execution of a contract to purchase sewer transmission assets and capital improvements from United Water Midatlantic Utilities Corporation

Mayor Sally Rinker read Ordinance #11-05 by title only.

Council Member Valerie Seufert made a motion to approve Ordinance #11-05 upon introduction, seconded by Council Member Harry Shortway.

There was no Council discussion.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-05 was approved as introduced. Public Hearing to be scheduled for March 14, 2011.

Ordinance #11-06: Ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, to modify Chapter 142 of the code of the Township of Vernon regarding alcoholic beverages

Mayor Sally Rinker read Ordinance #11-06 by title only.

Council Member Valerie Seufert made a motion to approve Ordinance #11-06 upon introduction, seconded by Council Member Brian Lynch.

There was no Council discussion.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-06 was approved as introduced. Public Hearing to be scheduled for March 14, 2011.

Second Reading, Public Hearing on Proposed Ordinances

Ordinance #11-01: Ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, to modify Chapter 142 of the code of the Township of Vernon regarding alcoholic beverages

Mayor Rinker read Ordinance #11-01 by title only. First reading was held on February 14 , 2011.

Mayor Rinker opened the meeting for Public Hearing on this ordinance.

There being no comments from the public, the Mayor closed the Public Hearing.

There was no Council discussion.

Motion: Richard Carson
Seconded: Brian Lynch

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-01 was adopted.

Public Comments—limited to 2 minutes per person

Mayor Rinker opened the meeting for public comment.

Jean Murphy, Vernon, advised the Council that on the Economic Development Advisory Commission there has been an opening for a Council Member for fourteen months since Council Member Seufert stepped down. Ms. Murphy also questioned the water contract, was the County performing this and now they could not perform the function. Mayor Rinker stated that Herb Yardley from the County mentioned at a County meeting they would no longer be performing some services that they were expected to perform in the Town. The Mayor advised that she asked if any non-services they perform could be deducted from the amount the Township pays them. Ms. Murphy further stated that our Fire Prevention Department keeps a fund from fire violations, and asked if these funds could be put to use for the fire equipment. The CFO answered that it could not, since it is a State Trust Fund dedicated only for Fire Prevention Services.

Gary Grey, Vernon, stated he came into the meeting late and asked if there was any discussion about the ACLU letter in public, and asked if there was any timeline for the response to it. Mayor Rinker stated there was no discussion about the ACLU letter in public. Mr. Grey questioned the revision of the Council meeting minutes of October 28, 2010. Mayor Rinker stated she will make sure Mr. Grey gets a response to it.

Gary Martinsen, Vernon, questioned the changes to the sign ordinance and asked if this could get to the businesses in sufficient time before it goes to the meeting. Council Member Seufert said that is what they are hoping to do.

Seeing no one else from the public wishing to speak, Mayor Sally Rinker closed the public portion of the meeting.

Council Business

Proposed Ordinance: Ordinance replacing Sections 5-8 of the code of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey regarding ordinance and resolution procedures

Adjournment

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

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

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

Minutes approved: May 23, 2011