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Minutes: January 1, 2014 (R)

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The Reorganization Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, in the Vernon Township Municipal Building, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting had been provided to the public and the press on December 9, 2013, and was posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-7.

Salute to the Flag

Municipal Clerk Susan S. Nelson led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Oaths of Office

Mayor Marotta administered the oath of office to the newly elected Council Members in alphabetical order and presented them with their respective County Certificates as duly elected members of the governing body of Vernon Township: Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, and Dick Wetzel.

Mayor Marotta also administered the oath of office to the newly promoted police officers: Captain Stephen Moran; and Lieutenant Daniel B. Young.

The Mayor announced that he had hired a new police officer to start on January 10, 2014. The officer is Miranda Meador who will hold the position of patrolwoman.

Roll Call of Members

Present were Council Members Dan Kadish, Brian Lynch, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, and Dick Wetzel. Also present were Mayor Vic Marotta, Business Administrator Bill Zuckerman, and Township Attorney Kevin Kelly.

Council President

Council Member Patrick Rizzuto moved to nominate Brian Lynch as Council President. The motion was seconded by Council Member Daniel Kadish.

Mr. Rizzuto spoke highly of Mr. Lynch.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Brian Lynch, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel
Nays: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy
Brian Lynch was approved as Council President.

Council President Lynch spoke about the Council’s past accomplishments and his hopes for projects in 2014:

  • The water park/hotel at Mountain Creek was proposed
  • The United Water contract for Town Center
  • Digitalization of tax maps
  • Information Technology software enhancements for the DPW
  • Enhancements to Police Dept. equipment, as well as staffing levels for the full protection of Vernon Township
  • Updates for the Emergency Management Plan

The Council President introduced his guests, Freeholder George Graham and Freeholder Phillip Crabb.

Public Comments

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

Sally Rinker—congratulated Jean Murphy for her election win. Ms. Rinker read a prepared statement with her observations of the previous year and her suggestions for changes in 2014.

Gary Martinsen—wished everyone a Happy New Year. He congratulated the new and re-appointed Council members.

Jessi Paladini—spoke on the changes with the new government that she helped bring about. She thanked the new government for all their hard work.

Closed to Public Comments

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

Consent Agenda

Council President Lynch explained Resolutions #14-01 through #14-10.

Council Member Kadish moved to remove Resolutions #14-03, #14-09, and #14-10 for separate action. Motion was seconded by Council Member Murphy. All members were in favor. Council Member Murphy asked that Resolution #14-02 also be pulled for separate action. All members agreed.

Motion to adopt Resolutions #14-01, and #14-04 through #14-08 from the Consent Agenda.
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Consent Agenda items #14-01, and #14-04 through #14-08 were adopted.

Resolution #14-01: Designation of Official Newspaper for 2014

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40:53-1 et al. of the Open Public Meetings Act requires that the governing body of every municipality designate an official newspaper or newspapers for the publication of all advertisements and notices required by law to the published by the municipality; and

WHEREAS, the second newspaper designated by this body must be one which has the greatest likelihood of informing the public within the jurisdictional boundaries of this body of such meetings; and

WHEREAS, The New Jersey Herald/Sunday Herald is hereby designated to receive all notices of meetings as required under the Open Public Meetings Act and The Advertiser News and the Vernon Aim will be designated as the alternate newspapers; and

WHEREAS, It is the opinion of this public body that The New Jersey Herald/Sunday Herald, have the greatest likelihood of informing the public within the jurisdictional area of this public body of such meetings.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey that The New Jersey Herald/ Sunday Herald is hereby designated as the official newspaper for the 2014 Calendar Year and will receive all Notices of meetings of the Township Council as required by the Open Public Meetings Act, and The Advertiser News and the Vernon Aim will be designated as alternate newspapers of the Township of Vernon.

This resolution shall take effect immediately.

Resolution #14-04: Reauthorizing Petty Cash Funds for Calendar Year 2014

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:5-21 authorizes the establishment of a Petty Cash Fund in municipalities by application and resolution; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Township of Vernon to establish the following Petty Cash Funds for calendar year 2014 as follows:

DepartmentCustodianAmount Authorized
DPWDave Pullis$100.00
FinanceElke Yetter$300.00
RecreationMelissa Wiedbrauk$600.00
PoliceArthur R. Mills$500.00

NOW, THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Township of Vernon hereby authorizes such action and that the Township Clerk file two copies of this resolution with the Division of Local Government Services, State of New Jersey.

Resolution #14-05: Establishing Interest Rates for Delinquent Property Taxes and Assessments

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 permits the governing body of each municipality to fix the rate of interest to be charged for nonpayment of taxes or assessments subject to any abatement or discount for the late payment of taxes as provided by law; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 has been amended to provide an additional penalty of up to six percent (6%) on delinquent taxes and all municipal charges in excess of $10,000.00 that are not paid prior to the end of the fiscal year; and

WHEREAS, this resolution is necessary for efficient and uninterrupted operations of the business of the Tax Collector.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon that:

  1. The Tax Collector of Vernon Township is authorized to cancel all payments of taxes of $10.00 or less.
  2. That no interest shall be charged if payment of any installment is made within ten (10) days after date upon which the same became payable.
  3. That the rate of interest to be charged for nonpayment of taxes on or before they would become delinquent shall be 8% per annum on the first $1,500.00 of the delinquency and 18% per annum, on any amount in excess of $1,500.00, and;
  4. Interest at the rate of 8% per annum on the unpaid balance of assessment is charged with each installment on due date. Any installment not paid on or before due date is subject to 8% interest, 18% interest over $1,500.00.
  5. That the Chief Financial Officer of the Township of Vernon is hereby authorized to make investments for the Township of Vernon.

Resolution #14-06: Authorizing the Municipal Tax Assessor and the Special Municipal Attorney to Defend the Township before the Sussex County Board of Taxation for Tax Appeals

WHEREAS, the County Tax Board requires the governing body of each municipality to pass a resolution authorizing the Assessor and special municipal attorney of the municipality to file and prosecute any and all tax appeals, farmland rollback complaints, and any added and omitted assessment complaints before the Sussex County Tax Board.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the governing body of the Township of Vernon that the Assessor and special municipal attorney are hereby authorized to file, prosecute, defend, stipulate, and/or agree upon all contested appeals before the Sussex County Board of Taxation and Tax Court of the State of New Jersey, and to initiate municipal appeals to correct the Township of Vernon tax list, including but not limited to, rollback complaints, added and omitted assessment complaints, and such other appeals as are necessary to correct property assessments for the Township of Vernon; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Assessor and the municipal attorney are hereby designated as the agents of the Township of Vernon for the purpose of signing settlements of the foregoing matters by stipulation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Municipal Clerk is directed to forward a certified copy of this Resolution to the Sussex County Tax Board.

Resolution #14-07: A Resolution Appointing Health Insurance Broker

WHEREAS, there exists a need for the services of a Health Insurance Broker for the Township of Vernon; and

WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1, et seq., particularly N.J.S.A. 40A11-5(1)(m) specifically provides that insurance, including insurance consulting services, is not subject to the requirements of public bidding; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon wishes to appoint RHM Benefits as the Township’s Broker of Record for all health insurance coverages; and

WHEREAS, the Health Insurance Broker of Record will be the sole representative for the Township of Vernon.

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

  1. The Township of Vernon hereby appoints RHM Benefits as its Health Insurance Broker of Record.
  2. The Mayor of the Township of Vernon and Health Insurance Broker are hereby authorized to execute Broker of Record Designation Letters to each of the Health Insurance Carriers, (Horizon, Delta Dental, Vision Service Plan and The Standard).
  3. This appointment shall remain in effect until a successor is hereby appointed.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this Resolution be forwarded to RHM Benefits.

Resolution #14-08: Resolution Appointing Fund Commissioner

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon (hereinafter “Local Unit”) is a member of the Statewide Insurance Fund (hereinafter “Fund”), a joint insurance fund as defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:10-36 et seq.; and

WHEREAS, the Fund’s Bylaws require participating members to appoint a Fund Commissioner.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the governing body of the Township of Vernon that William Zuckerman is hereby appointed as the Fund Commissioner for the Local Unit for the calendar year 2014; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Elke Yetter is hereby appointed as the Alternate Fund Commissioner for the Local Unit for the calendar year 2014; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Local Unit’s Fund Commissioner is authorized and directed to execute all such documents as required by the Fund.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-02:
Motion: Jean Murphy
Second: Daniel Kadish

Council Member Murphy asked to have the work session of January 6 start at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution was amended for time change to 6:30 p.m. on January 6, 2014.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-02 as amended:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-02 was adopted as amended.

Resolution #14-02: Designating Meeting Dates and Work Session Dates of the Township Council for the 2014 Calendar Year

BE IT RESOLVED, in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-1 et. seq., the Regular Meetings of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon shall convene on the Second and Fourth Mondays of each Month (except as noted with * in schedule below) at 6:30 p.m. (if there is an Executive Session), or at 7:30 p.m. (if there is no Executive Session) at the Vernon Municipal Center, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey for the following:

Meeting Dates
January 1*, 13 and 27
February 10 and 24
March 10 and 24
April 14 and 28
May 12 and 29*
June 9 and 23
July 14 and 28
August 11 and 25
September 8 and 22
October 16* and 27
November 10 and 24
December 8 and 22

Work Session Dates
January 6 (6:30 p.m.)
February 3
March 3 and 17
April 7 and 21
May 5 and 19
June 16 and 30
July 7 and 21
August 4 and 18
September 15 and 29
October 6 and 20
November 17
December 1, 15 and 29

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if there is to be an Executive Session, the Township Council shall immediately convene into Executive Session after opening their Regular Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in order to discuss those matters in executive session from which the public shall be excluded and at 7:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter, the public portion of the meeting will recommence. Formal action may be taken at any Regular Council Meeting or Work Session.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all meetings shall be opened to the public and public participation will be entertained at all meetings but limited to five (5) minutes for each speaker to provide the Governing Body sufficient time to complete its work.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all Notices required by the Open Public Meetings Act shall be published in The New Jersey Herald/Sunday Herald and if needed as alternate newspapers, The Advertiser News and The Vernon Aim, and shall be posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-03:
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

Council Member Kadish noted that he had an objection to one of the listed banks.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: Daniel Kadish
Resolution #14-03 was adopted.

Resolution #14-03: Resolution to Adopt a Cash Management Plan

BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, that for the year 2014, the following shall serve as the cash management plan of the Township of Vernon.

1. Cash Management and Investment Objectives

The Township of Vernon has the following objectives.

  1. Preservation of capital.
  2. Adequate safekeeping of assets.
  3. Maintenance of liquidity to meet operating needs.
  4. Investment of assets in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.
  5. Maximize yield.

2. Designation of Official Depositories

The following Government Unit Protection Act approved banks are authorized depositories for deposit of funds:

  • Sussex Bank
  • Valley National Bank
  • Highlands State Bank
  • Lakeland Bank
  • PNC Bank

3. Cash Management

  1. All funds shall be deposited within 48 hours of receipt in accordance with N.J.S.A.40A:5-15
  2. The Chief Financial Officer shall minimize the possibility of idle cash accumulating in accounts by assuring that any excess amounts not needed to cover expenses or in excess of negotiated compensating balances are kept in interest bearing accounts or promptly swept into the investment portfolio.
  3. Investment decisions shall be guided by the cash flow projections prepared by the Chief Financial Officer.

4. Permissible Investments

  1. Certificates of Deposits
  2. Savings and Loan Associations and Saving Bank Accounts
  3. New Jersey Cash Management Plan
  4. MBIA Municipal Investors Service Corporation CLASS

5. Authority for Investment Management

The Chief Financial Officer is authorized and directed to make investments on behalf of the Township. All investment decisions shall be consistent with this plan and all appropriate regulatory constraints.

6. Reporting

The Chief Financial Officer shall report to the Township Council investments in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:5-15.2.

7. Audit

The Cash Management Plan shall be subject to annual audit conducted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:5-14.

8. Disposition of Abandoned Property

The Chief Financial Officer shall escheat to the State of New Jersey checks which remain outstanding for more than twelve months after the date of issuance.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-09:
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

Council Member Kadish felt there might be a conflict of interest with this resolution.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: Daniel Kadish
Resolution #14-09 was adopted.

Resolution #14-09: Resolution Appointing Risk Management Consultant

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon (hereinafter “Local Unit”) has joined the Statewide Insurance Fund (hereinafter “Fund”), a joint insurance fund as defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:10-36 et seq.; and

WHEREAS, the Bylaws require participating members to appoint a Risk Management Consultant, as those positions are defined in the Bylaws, if requested to do so by the “Fund”; and

WHEREAS, the Local Unit has complied with relevant law with regard to the appointment of a Risk Management Consultant; and

WHEREAS, the “Fund” has requested its members to appoint individuals or entities to that position.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the governing body of “Local Unit”, in the County of Sussex and State of New Jersey, as follows:

  1. The Township of Vernon hereby appoints Skylands Risk Management, Inc./ Wayne F. Dietz as its local Risk Management Consultant.
  2. The Mayor of the Township of Vernon and Risk Management Consultant are hereby authorized to execute the Risk Management Consultant’s Agreement for the year 2014 in the form attached hereto.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-10:
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

Council Member Kadish felt it was a conflict of interest for the Clerk to sign checks.

Mayor Marotta asked the Township Attorney if a conflict existed. Mr. Kelly replied, “no.”

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: Daniel Kadish
Resolution #14-10 was adopted.

Resolution #14-10: Authorizing Signatures on Township Checks Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:5-16

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon that the following Township Officials are hereby authorized to sign checks, withdrawal slips or other bank related items with two out of the four below listed principal signatures being required:

Mayor
Business Administrator
Chief Financial Officer
Municipal Clerk

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that signature cards with the signatures of the persons authorized to sign be on file at all banks that presently have Township accounts.

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

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-11:
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-11 was adopted.

Resolution #14-11: Adoption of 2014 Temporary Municipal Budget

WHEREAS, The Local Budget Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-1 et seq., provides that until the official Annual Budget for the budget year is adopted, a temporary budget not exceeding 26.25% of the total of all appropriations including appropriations for debt service, capital improvement fund, and public assistance must be adopted covering the first quarter of the fiscal year; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-1 et seq. further provides that the governing body of a municipality must adopt by resolution within the first thirty (30) days of the budget, by affirmative vote of the full membership of the governing body, a temporary budget; and

WHEREAS, the Township Council desires to establish temporary appropriations pursuant to the Local Budget Law; and

WHEREAS, total appropriations for the 2013 Annual Budget, exclusive of any appropriations for debt service, capital improvements, public assistance, and pension benefits was $18,580,604.00; and

WHEREAS, 26.25% of total appropriations for the 2013 Annual Budget, exclusive of any appropriations for debt service, capital improvements, public assistance, and pension benefits is $4,173,827.00 for a total of $8,506,913.00.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon that the attached Schedule ’A’ entitled “2014 Temporary Appropriations” 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.

Temporary Budget for 2014—Schedule A
Appropriations within “CAPS”   26.25%
   Annual 2013
 Salaries/WagesO/ESalaries/WagesO/E
Gen’l Admin.75,66731,056288,255.00118,310.00
Mayor & Council12,0751,83846,000.007,000.00
Municipal Clerk33,46911,734127,500.0044,700.00
Financial Admin.51,3853,696195,754.0014,080.00
Audit010,763-41,000.00
Technology010,238-39,000.00
Revenue Admin.41,91011,813159,658.0045,000.00
Tax Assessment44,5936,215169,878.0023,675.00
Legal Services066,938-255,000.00
Engineering06,956-26,500.00
Historic Preservation0525-2,000.00
Historic Society01,313-5,000.00
Economic Development0788-3,000.00
Land Use34,27831,605130,583.00120,400.00
Insurance0967,9493,687,425.00
Police908,45042,8453,460,762.00163,220.00
Radio Comm.108,752919414,292.003,500.00
Volunteer Emerg.070,875270,000.00
Fire Safety6,9471,13726,464.004,330.00
Prosecutor07,08827,000.00
Streets & Roads326,326104,1471,243,148.00396,750.00
Recycling6,5631,31325,000.005,000.00
Building & Grounds7,21926,59127,500.00101,300.00
Fleet Maintenance67,08947,381255,578.00180,500.00
Municipal Services0129,938495,000.00
Environmental04201,600.00
Animal Control24,4922,99593,304.0011,408.00
Recreation18,6052,94070,875.0011,200.00
Senior Citizens8,38416,75331,940.0063,820.00
Park Maintenance31,2016,563118,862.0025,000.00
Municipal Court47,0831,667179,365.006,350.00
Construction Official106,0682,625404,068.0010,000.00
Utility Expense0134,059510,700.00
Sub Total1,960,5561,763,6837,468,786.006,718,768.00
 14,187,554.00
Appropriations outside “CAPS”
PERS*468,691436,591
PFRS*798,840748,068
Social Security0154,272587,703
Defined Contribution01,5756,000
Health Insurance (O/S CAP)036,538139,191
Sussex County MUA**0206,924771,009
911 Comm.19,9502,36376,0009,000
Animal Control Services2,36409,004 
Financial Services12,915049,200 
Administrative Services12,687048,333 
   Grants115,543
   Res. for Uncoll.2,380,467
   Deferred Charges201,600
     
Capital Improvement 300,000 400,000
Debt   
Bond Principal 1,425,750 1,365,000
BANS 217,597 88,000
Interest on Bonds 819,423 868,197
Interest on Notes 68,337 98,108
PVL Prin. & Int.–(Jan Pmt) 70,818 15,313
Interest on Emergency Notes2,940 8,400
Bond Sinking Fund 150,000 150,000
Capital Lease Payments 10,690 10,690
Total Debt 2,765,555 2,603,708
 2,008,4726,498,441 22,768,971
Total Temporary Appropriations 8,506,913  
Less:  Less: 
Capital Improv. -300,000Capital Improv.-400,000
Debt -2,765,555Debt-2,603,708
Pension -1,267,531Pension-1,184,659
  4,173,827 18,580,604
*PERS & PFRS are 2014 Actual Amounts
** 1st Qtr SCMUA Bill 2014 Rates 

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-12:
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Daniel Kadish

Council Member Murphy had questions relative to the appointment of the Special Township Attorney, specifically how many tax appeals he handled for the Township in 2013.

Council Member Kadish felt it was a conflict of interest for Mr. Ursin to also serve as the Attorney for the MUA.

Motion was made to table the Resolution.
Motion: Jean Murphy
Second: Daniel Kadish

Motion was made to amend the Resolution to remove the appointment of Special Township Attorney:
Motion: Jean Murphy
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Dick Wetzel
Nays: Patrick Rizzuto, Brian Lynch
Resolution #14-12 was amended to remove the appointment of Special Township Attorney.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-12 as amended:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-12 was adopted as amended.

Resolution #14-12: Authorizing the Award of Contract for Professional Services

WHEREAS, there is a need for Professional Services to the Township of Vernon for Attorney, Auditor, Bond Counsel, Prosecutor, Public Defender, Engineer, Planner, Water Operator, and Computer Technician; and

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

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

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

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon is desirous to enter into an agreement with these professionals as a fair and open contract pursuant to the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq., as amended; and

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

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

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon that they hereby authorize and approve the award of contracts of a Professional Service Contract pursuant to the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:20-1 et seq. to provide Services in accordance with the attached Contracts for Professional Services pursuant to a non-fair and open contract to the following:

  1. Township Attorney—Kevin D. Kelly, Esq. of Kelly & Ward, LLC
  2. Township Labor Attorney—Richard W. Wenner, Esq. of Courter, Kobert & Cohen
  3. Township Auditor—Francis “Bud” Jones of the firm Nisivoccia & Company, LLP
  4. Township Bond Counsel—Robert Beinfield, Esq. of the firm Hawkins Delafield & Wood, LLP
  5. Municipal Prosecutor—Michael J. Hanifan, Sr., Esq.
  6. Public Defender—Eric A. Wood, Esq.
  7. Township Engineer—Cory Stoner of Harold E. Pellow & Associates
  8. Township Planner—Jessica C. Caldwell of J. Caldwell & Associates LLC
  9. Township Water Operator—Agra Environmental and Laboratory Services
  10. Township Computer Technician—Wired Up LLC

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

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

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

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-13:
Motion: Dick Wetzel
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-13 was adopted.

Resolution #14-13: Authorizing A Memorandum of Agreement with Valtech Research for “Inquiry Only” Access to Certain Tax Collectors Tax and/or Utility Records Via Vital Communications

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon received a request from Valtech Research seeking electronic “look only” inquiry access to the public tax records administered by the tax collector; and

WHEREAS, Vernon Township’s tax records are currently maintained in an electronic format by Vital Communications Inc. of Trenton, New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, upon authorization, Valtech Research, agrees to use this information for the sole purpose of providing tax search information to the title industry; and

WHEREAS, Valtech Research also agrees to protect the information obtained and to not re-sell or re-distribute this same information or make available to a third party except as needed for the purpose of providing information for tax searches to the title industry.

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

  1. Vernon Township will authorize Vital Communications, Inc. to provide look up information access to Valtech Research for Vernon Township property tax and/or utility records.
  2. Valtech Research shall be subject to Vital Communications, Inc.’s policies and procedures.
  3. Valtech Research waives any claim that it may have against Vernon Township in connection with Vital Communications, Inc.’s policies and procedures.
  4. Valtech Research, agrees to use this information for the sole purpose of providing tax search information to the title industry, agrees to protect the information obtained and to not re-sell or re-distribute this same information or make available to a third party except as needed for the purpose of providing information for tax searches to the title industry.
  5. The Township of Vernon shall not incur any charges for providing this access or means of information exchange to Valtech Research.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-14:
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-14 was adopted.

Resolution #14-14: Authorizing a Memorandum of Agreement with Signature Information Solutions for “Inquiry Only” Access to Certain Tax Collectors Tax and/or Utility Records Via Vital Communications

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon received a request from Signature Information Solutions seeking electronic “look only” inquiry access to the public tax records administered by the tax collector; and

WHEREAS, Vernon Township’s tax records are currently maintained in an electronic format by Vital Communications Inc. of Trenton, New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, upon authorization, Signature Information Solutions, agrees to use this information for the sole purpose of providing tax search information to the title industry; and

WHEREAS, Signature Information Solutions also agrees to protect the information obtained and to not re-sell or re-distribute this same information or make available to a third party except as needed for the purpose of providing information for tax searches to the title industry.

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

  1. Vernon Township will authorize Vital Communications, Inc. to provide look up information access to Signature Information Solutions for Vernon Township property tax and/or utility records.
  2. Signature Information Solutions shall be subject to Vital Communications, Inc.’s policies and procedures.
  3. Signature Information Solutions waives any claim that it may have against Vernon Township in connection with Vital Communications, Inc.’s policies and procedures.
  4. Signature Information Solutions, agrees to use this information for the sole purpose of providing tax search information to the title industry, agrees to protect the information obtained and to not re-sell or re-distribute this same information or make available to a third party except as needed for the purpose of providing information for tax searches to the title industry.
  5. The Township of Vernon shall not incur any charges for providing this access or means of information exchange to Signature Information Solutions.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-15:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-15 was adopted.

Resolution #14-15: Authorizing a Memorandum of Agreement with Priority Search Services, LLC for “Inquiry Only” Access to Certain Tax Collectors Tax and/or Utility Records Via Vital Communications

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon received a request from Priority Search Services, LLC seeking electronic “look only” inquiry access to the public tax records administered by the tax collector; and

WHEREAS, Vernon Township’s tax records are currently maintained in an electronic format by Vital Communications Inc. of Trenton, New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, upon authorization, Priority Search Services, LLC, agrees to use this information for the sole purpose of providing tax search information to the title industry; and

WHEREAS, Priority Search Services, LLC also agrees to protect the information obtained and to not re-sell or re-distribute this same information or make available to a third party except as needed for the purpose of providing information for tax searches to the title industry.

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

  1. Vernon Township will authorize Vital Communications, Inc. to provide look up information access to Priority Search Services, LLC, for Vernon Township property tax and/or utility records.
  2. Priority Search Services, LLC shall be subject to Vital Communications, Inc.’s policies and procedures.
  3. Priority Search Services, LLC waives any claim that it may have against Vernon Township in connection with Vital Communications, Inc.’s policies and procedures.
  4. Priority Search Services, LLC, agrees to use this information for the sole purpose of providing tax search information to the title industry, agrees to protect the information obtained and to not re-sell or re-distribute this same information or make available to a third party except as needed for the purpose of providing information for tax searches to the title industry.
  5. The Township of Vernon shall not incur any charges for providing this access or means of information exchange to Priority Search Services, LLC.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-16:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-16 was adopted.

Resolution #14-16: Authorizing a Memorandum of Agreement with Accurate Abstracts for “Inquiry Only” Access to Certain Tax Collectors Tax and/or Utility Records Via Vital Communications

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon received a request from Accurate Abstracts seeking electronic “look only” inquiry access to the public tax records administered by the tax collector; and

WHEREAS, Vernon Township’s tax records are currently maintained in an electronic format by Vital Communications Inc. of Trenton, New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, upon authorization, Accurate Abstracts, agrees to use this information for the sole purpose of providing tax search information to the title industry; and

WHEREAS, Accurate Abstracts also agrees to protect the information obtained and to not re-sell or re-distribute this same information or make available to a third party except as needed for the purpose of providing information for tax searches to the title industry.

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

  1. Vernon Township will authorize Vital Communications, Inc. to provide look up information access to Accurate Abstracts, for Vernon Township property tax and/or utility records.
  2. Accurate Abstracts shall be subject to Vital Communications, Inc.’s policies and procedures.
  3. Accurate Abstracts waives any claim that it may have against Vernon Township in connection with Vital Communications, Inc.’s policies and procedures.
  4. Accurate Abstracts, agrees to use this information for the sole purpose of providing tax search information to the title industry, agrees to protect the information obtained and to not re-sell or re-distribute this same information or make available to a third party except as needed for the purpose of providing information for tax searches to the title industry.
  5. The Township of Vernon shall not incur any charges for providing this access or means of information exchange to Accurate Abstracts.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-17:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-17 was adopted.

Resolution #14-17: Decrease in the Public Bidding Threshold

WHEREAS, the Township utilized a Qualified Purchasing Agent pursuant to NJSA 40A:11-9(b); and

WHEREAS, the Township currently has a vacancy in the position of Qualified Purchasing Agent; and

WHEREAS, a municipality that does not have a Qualified Purchasing Agent has a bid threshold of $17,500.00.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that its bid threshold be decreased to $17,500.00; and

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

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-18:
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Daniel Kadish

Council Member Murphy asked if Mr. Zuckerman was considered a full-time employee.

Mayor Marotta responded, “yes.”

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-18 was adopted.

Resolution #14-18: Appointment of Business Administrator

WHEREAS, the Council of the Township of Vernon appointed William Zuckerman as Interim Business Administrator through December 31, 2013, at the Council meeting of July 22, 2013; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Zuckerman has been offered the position of Business Administrator through the remainder of the Mayor’s term in office; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Zuckerman has accepted this position for this term.

NOW THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon that William Zuckerman is hereby appointed Business Administrator for the Township of Vernon effective January 1, 2014; and

NOW THEREFORE IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute a contract for Mr. Zuckerman.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-19:
Motion: Dick Wetzel
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-19 was adopted.

Resolution #14-19: Appointing Township Business Administrator as Ada Coordinator

WHEREAS, every municipality is required to designate an ADA Coordinator; and

WHEREAS, the ADA Coordinator’s role is to ensure the Township’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon that the Township Business Administrator is hereby appointed as the ADA Coordinator for Vernon Township.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-20:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-20 was adopted.

Resolution #14-20: Appointment of Public Agency Compliance Officer

WHEREAS pursuant to the provisions of N.J.A.C. 17:27-1 the Township of Vernon is required to designate a Public Agency Compliance Officer on an annual basis; and

WHEREAS said Public Agency Compliance Officer shall act as the official liaison for all equal opportunity employment matters in the administration of public contracts; and

WHEREAS the Township designates the Township Business Administrator as the Public Agency Compliance Officer for calendar year 2014;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon that it hereby designates the Township Business Administrator as the Township’s Public Agency Compliance Officer for calendar year 2014; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Municipal Clerk shall forward a certified copy of this Resolution to the New Jersey Department of the Treasury Affirmative Action Office as required.

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-21:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-21 was adopted.

Resolution #14-21: Authorizing the Renewal Contract for 2014 Recording Secretary for the Historic Preservation Commission and the Land Use Board in the Amount Not to Exceed $2,500.00

WHEREAS, there exists a need for a Recording Secretary for the Historic Preservation Commission and the Township’s Land Use Board for the year 2014; and

WHEREAS, Cynthia Davis is the Township’s current independent contractor for these services and desires to continue in this capacity; and

WHEREAS, Vernon Township desires to renew the existing contracts with Cynthia Davis for the term of the contract renewal will be from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, with a total contract price not to exceed $2,500.00; and

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

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

  1. The Township of Vernon is authorized to renew the existing contract with Cynthia Davis for 2014 Recording Secretary for the Historic Preservation Commission and the Township’s Land Use Board.
  2. The Mayor and Municipal Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute the attached Contract with Cynthia Davis.

A copy of this Resolution shall be published in the New Jersey Herald by the Municipal Clerk as required by law and a true copy of same and the Contract shall be available for inspection in the office of the Municipal Clerk.

Exhibit A
Historic Preservation Commission
1. Prepare sgendas
2. Setup recording system on meeting room computer
3. Attend historic preservation commission meetings
4. Prepare meeting minutes

Exhibit B
Land Use Board
1. Setup recording system on meeting room computer
2. Attend land use board meetings
3. Prepare meeting minutes

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-22:
Motion: Dick Wetzel
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-22 was adopted.

Resolution #14-22: Authorizing the Contract for 2014 Recording Secretary for the Environmental Commission in the Amount Not to Exceed $1,000.00

WHEREAS, there exists a need for a Recording Secretary for the Environmental Commission for the year 2014; and

WHEREAS, Vernon Township desires to enter into a contract with Jessi Paladini for the term January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014 with a contract price not to exceed $1,000.00; and

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

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

  1. The Township of Vernon is authorized to enter into a contract with Jessi Paladini for 2014 Recording Secretary for the Environmental Commission.
  2. The Mayor and Township Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute the attached contract with Jessi Paladini.

A copy of this Resolution shall be published in the New Jersey Herald by the Township Clerk as required by law and a true copy of same and the Contract shall be available for inspection in the office of the Township Clerk.

Exhibit A
Environmental Commission
1. Setup recording system on meeting room computer
2. Attend environmental commission meetings
3. Prepare and distribute meeting minutes

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-23:
Motion: Dick Wetzel
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-23 was adopted.

Resolution #14-23: Authorizing a Contract with Municipal Software, Inc. to Maintain the Township’s Accounting Software for 2014

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon has a need to maintain it’s accounting software; and

WHEREAS, Municipal Software, Inc. supplied the original accounting software to the Township and has the expertise to maintain said program; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer recommends that the Township Council award a contract to maintain the Township’s accounting software to Municipal Software, Inc., 9 South Dartmouth, Building #3, 2nd Floor, Marshalls Creek, PA 18335; and

WHEREAS, the total cost for this annual maintenance contract is $7,086.00 and the Chief Financial Officer of the Township of Vernon, has certified these funds are available in account #10570522.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that the vendor, Municipal Software, Inc., be awarded a contract to maintain the Township’s accounting software in an amount not to exceed $7,086.00; and

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

Motion to adopt Resolution #14-24:
Motion: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #14-24 was adopted.

Resolution #14-24: Authorizing the Execution of an Interlocal Service Agreement between the Township of Vernon and the Borough of Sussex for Municipal Finance Services for 2014

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon and the Borough of Sussex wish to enter into an Interlocal agreement for Municipal Finance Services for the year 2014; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon agrees to provide a certified Chief Financial Officer pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140-1 et seq. and those Finance services as per the attached Interlocal Service Agreement; and

WHEREAS, the term of the agreement will be from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon will provide services over the 12 month period and the Borough of Sussex agrees to compensate the Township of Vernon at a monthly rate of $1,630.00 payable on the last day of each month.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Vernon of the County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, that the Mayor is authorized to execute the Interlocal agreement between the Township of Vernon and the Borough of Sussex for Municipal Finance Services for the year 2014 as per the attached Interlocal Agreement; and

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

Appointments to Boards, Commissions, and Committees

Land Use Board

Motion to appoint:
Patrick Rizzuto to a Class III, 1-year term expiring 12/31/2014
Diane Wexler to a Class II, 3-year term expiring 12/31/2016

Motion: Dick Wetzel
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

Motion to separate the two appointments:
Motion: Jean Murphy
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy
Nays: Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Motion failed.

Motion to approve both appointments together:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: Jean Murphy
Land Use appointments were approved.

Environmental Commission

Motion to appoint for 3-year terms expiring 12/31/2016:
Diane Wexler
Michael Cheski
Beverly Budz, Chairperson
Heloise Ruskin

Council Member Rizzuto complimented Ms. Budz on the excellent job she has been doing, and endorsed her selection as Chairperson.

Motion to separate each appointment:
Motion: Jean Murphy
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy
Nays: Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Motion failed.

Motion to approve all appointments together:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: Jean Murphy
Appointments were approved.

Council Member Kadish noted an article that appeared in the NJ Herald on the problem with chestnut trees.

Council Member Murphy noted that she felt Ms. Budz was doing a fabulous job and asked her not to take her vote personally.

Mayor Marotta advised that the agenda included the name of Gloria Frato-Gallo for the Economic Development Advisory Committee, but that she had advised him that she did not wish to serve at this time due to time constraints.

Economic Development Advisory Committee

Motion to appoint for 1-year terms expiring 12/31/2014:
Teresa Vihti
Arthur Alviene
George Nikanorov
Elmer Platz
Antonios Avramidis

Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Appointments were approved.

Senior Citizens Committee

Motion to appoint for 3-year terms expiring 12/31/2016:
Layton Bergman
Gloria Frato
Marilyn Turansky
Arthur Maggio
Shirley Baldwin

Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Appointments were approved.

Mayor’s Appointments

Mayor Marotta appointed and administered the oath of office (for those present) to the following positions:

Fire Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs

  1. Vernon Fire Department
    • Chief Joe Byra
    • Deputy Chief Mike Taylor
  2. McAfee Fire Department
    • Chief Dan Gros
    • Deputy Chief Ken Clark
  3. Highland Lakes Fire Department
    • Chief Scott Semchesyn
    • Deputy Chief Ken Kiefer
  4. Pochuck Valley Fire Department
    • Chief Marc Cosh
    • Deputy Chief Tom VanLeuven

Special Police Officers

Michael Burns
Larry Kacmarcik
Larry Pettigano
Kurt Reinhardt
Michael Sauer
Roger Titus
James Vette
Douglas Vince
Roy Wherry

Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Appointments were approved.

Emergency Management Coordinator

Roy Wherry
Brian Lynch, Deputy Coordinator

Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

Council Member Kadish questioned if it was a conflict of interest for Mr. Lynch to serve as Deputy Coordinator.

Council President Lynch advised that rather than cause a problem he would resign as Deputy Coordinator.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Daniel Kadish, Jean Murphy, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Appointment of the Coordinator was approved.

Council Business

Council Member Murphy asked if the Clerk interviews would be held soon. She asked the Township Attorney if Council should be notified about OPRA violations ahead of time. Mr. Kelly advised that he notified Council of any violations, including periodic memos on their progress. Legal fees for these lawsuits were discussed.

Council Member Kadish wished everyone a Happy New Year.

Council Member Rizzuto wished all a Happy New Year. He noted that he had great appreciation for the taxpayers and their money. He advised that many issues had been resolved by this Council that had been in place from the prior Council: ie. Main Street Associates; personnel lawsuit relative to race, etc. He noted the leadership of the Mayor over the past 2-1/2 years.

Council Member Wetzel advised that he was looking forward to an exciting and fruitful next 4 years. He wished everyone health and prosperity for 2014.

Council President Lynch wished all a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.

Adjournment

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

The Reorganization Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan S. Nelson, RMC
Municipal Clerk

Minutes approved: January 27, 2014