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Minutes: July 1, 2011

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 11:05 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2011 in the Vernon Township High School Auditorium, 1832 Route 565, Vernon, New Jersey with Deputy Mayor Harry Shortway presiding.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting had been provided to the public and the press on June 22, 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, and Harry Shortway. Also present were Township Manager Jerry Giaimis and Township Attorney John Ursin. Council Member Valerie Seufert and Mayor Rinker were absent.

Salute to the Flag

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

Mayor Rinker arrived at 11:08 a.m.

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened again at 11:09 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 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 June 22, 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, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, and Mayor Sally Rinker. Also present were Township Manager Jerry Giaimis and Township Attorney John Ursin. Council Member Valerie Seufert was absent.

Public Comments

Mayor Rinker opened the meeting for public comment.

Robert Oliver—Noted that the tent city was down on Rte. 94 at Mountain Creek. He felt this was a great step and praised the Council for their diligence. Mr. Ursin advised that there was a scheduled construction meeting later this month with Mountain Creek on the sewer pipe issue.

Eva Ferlauto—Asked to address the new Mayor on his appointments listed in the agenda. Mr. Ursin advised that the 12:00 p.m. meeting would be the appropriate place for that question after Mr. Marotta was sworn in. Ms. Ferlauto felt that past work should be credited and considered in the new era.

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

Approval of Minutes

April 28, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes and May 12, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes

Moved: Sally Rinker
Seconded: Harry Shortway

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Abstain: Carson
Absent: Seufert
Minutes were approved.

May 23, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes and June 9, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes

Moved: Harry Shortway
Seconded: Brian Lynch

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

Resolutions Requiring Separate Action

Resolution #11-110: Authorizing the Approval of Bills List

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

Disbursement
Journal
FundAmountMajor Vendor
#1Current$883,993.88BOE
#2Current$961,593.09BOE
#3Current$476.00 
#4Current$864,691.84BOE
#5Capital$46,781.06BOND COUNCIL
#6Capital$27,231.86ENVIROCON
#7Grant$1,250.00 
#8P & Z$630.00 
#9P & Z$6,287.25 
#11Recreation$12,734.88 
#12Recreation$500.00 
#13Outside Services$4,202.06 
#14Outside Services$2,083.36 
#15Other Trust$176.66 
#16Sewer Op$511.80 
#17PVL Dam Rehab$8,789.76 
#18PVL Dam Rehab$70,817.16ST of NJ-Prin & Int
 Payroll$322,482.04 1st Pay-June
 Payroll$294,644.422nd Pay-June
 Total$3,509,877.12 

Moved: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Harry Shortway

Council Member Carson asked about Check #1494 for $159.00. He was advised that this was a bill for the pump.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-110 was approved.

Resolution #11-111: Resolution Authorizing Fireworks to be Displayed on July 2, 2011 within the Township of Vernon

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

WHEREAS, Highland Lakes Fire Department has submitted an application to Vernon Township to conduct a fireworks display on July 2, 2011; and

WHEREAS, the proposed fireworks display will take place at 30 Sammis Road on property owned by the Vernon Township Board of Education; and

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

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex, hereby authorizes the fireworks display with special effects, performed by Garden State Fireworks, Inc. and sponsored by the Highland Lakes Fire Department on July 2, 2011 upon satisfaction of all statutory and departmental requirements.

Moved: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Harry Shortway

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Abstain: Brian Lynch
Resolution #11-111 was approved.

Resolution #11-112: Resolution Authorizing Fireworks to be Displayed on July 2, 2011 within the Township of Vernon

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

WHEREAS, Tall Timbers Property Owners Association has submitted an application to Vernon Township to conduct a fireworks display on July 2, 2011; and

WHEREAS, the proposed fireworks display will take place at Tall Timbers Oak Boat Launch / Lake Area on property owned by Tall Timbers Property Owners Association; and

WHEREAS, Tall Timbers Property Owners Association has engaged in a contract with Garden State Fireworks, Inc., to perform the public fireworks and special effects display and has provided the required certificate of liability insurance.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex, hereby authorizes the fireworks display with special effects, performed by Garden State Fireworks, Inc. and sponsored by the Tall Timbers Property Owners Association on July 2, 2011 upon satisfaction of all statutory and departmental requirements.

Moved: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Harry Shortway

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-112 was approved.

Resolution #11-113: Authorizing the Award of Bid for Purchase of Up to Six (6) 2011 Brand New Ford F-550 Trucks to be Used by the Department of Public Works

WHEREAS, there is a need to purchase up to six (6) brand new 2011 Ford F-550 Trucks to be used by the Department of Public Works for Vernon Township Road Maintenance; and

WHEREAS, the Township has issued specifications and contract documents soliciting formal bids for the necessary work;

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon received and opened one bid for the above mentioned purchase on June 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Vernon Township Municipal Building; and

WHEREAS, the bid was received and reviewed by the Qualified Purchasing Agent and the Vernon Township Municipal Clerk for the specified bid requirements; and

WHEREAS, the QPA and Director of Public Works recommends awarding the contract to the only bidder, DFFLM, LLC t/a Ditschman/Flemington Ford, LLC, 215 Routes 202/31, Flemington, NJ 08822 at the unit price of $32,781.00 up to the maximum amount of $196,686.00.

WHEREAS, the Chief Finance Officer has certified funds available for this purpose in Ordinance #11-07 ion Account #3094204

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Vernon Township Mayor and Council, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey to award the bid to DFFLM, LLC t/a Ditschman/Flemington Ford, LLC, 215 Routes 202/31, Flemington, NJ 08822 for the purchase up to six (6) Brand new 2011 Ford F-550 Trucks

This Resolution shall take effect immediately according to law.

Moved: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Harry Shortway

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-113 was approved.

Resolution #11-114: Authorizing the Use of Morris County Co-Op Contract #15C to Purchase Two (2) 2012 International Model 7400 SFA 4x2 Trucks for the Department of Public Works

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon has a need to purchase two (2) 2012 International Model 7400 SFA 4 x 2 Trucks to be used by the Department of Public Works; and

WHEREAS, Vernon Township desires to use the Morris County Cooperative Council which has publicly received bids for said equipment through Contract #15C Item #13; and

WHEREAS, the Purchasing Agent recommends the Township Council award the contract for the two (2) 2012 International Model 7400 SFA 4 x 2 Trucks with extended maintenance and certain upgrades as per the attached price quote using the vendor Deluxe International Trucks, Inc., 600 South River Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601; and

WHEREAS, the total cost for the purchase two (2) 2012 International Model 7400 SFA 4 x 2 Trucks with an extended maintenance contract and certain upgrades will be $157,650.32 and the Chief Financial Officer, of the Township of Vernon, has certified these funds are available per Ordinance #11-07.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that the vendor, Deluxe International Trucks, Inc., be utilized to purchase two (2) 2012 International Model 7400 SFA 4 x 2 Trucks with extended maintenance contract and certain upgrades through the Morris County Co-Op, in accordance with the attached estimates in the amount not to exceed $157,650.32; and

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

Moved: Richard Carson
Seconded: Brian Lynch

It was noted that this was part of the bond ordinance adopted by the Council.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-114 was approved.

Council Business

Council Member/Deputy Mayor Harry Shortway spoke about his experiences on the Council. He advised that he had appreciated the support he received. He thanked Mr. Giaimis and Mr. Ursin, as well as his family and wife Cherie. He noted the support he received from his son Matt in Afghanistan. To the new Council he advised that they should put politics aside, and wished them all the best of luck.

Council Member Richard Carson noted the historical importance of this day. He wished the best of luck to the outgoing Council, and wished the incoming Council the best of luck as well. He advised that it had been an honor to serve the town. He thanked his family for their support and understanding.

Mayor Sally Rinker advised that she appreciated the opportunity to serve the residents and communities of Vernon Township. She noted that she was encouraged by the new steps taken at Mountain Creek. She felt she had been part of great accomplishments. The Mayor wished the outgoing Council all the best of luck, and wished the new Council well.

Adjournment

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

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was adjourned at 11:25 a.m.

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

Minutes approved: July 25, 2011