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Minutes: June 25, 2012

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 7:30 p.m. on June 25, 2012, 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 January 9, 2012, and was posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6.

Roll Call of Members

Present were Council Members Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel and Council President Brian Lynch. Also present were Mayor Vic Marotta, Business Administrator Jerry Giaimis, and Township Attorney Kevin Kelly.

Salute to the Flag

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

Council Recognitions and Certificates of Appreciation

Council President Lynch thanked everyone for coming and spoke of the Council’s one year anniversary and stated that there are many people who need to be recognized. Mr. Lynch named various Township department heads and employees and recognized them for their hard work. Mr. Lynch asked any Employees of the Month to stand up and be recognized. Also the Council called upon boards and commissions to come forward and receive Certificates of Appreciation for their volunteerism. The Council also thanked the Chamber of Commerce for their service to the community.

The Council President called for a 15 minute recess for the public to partake in cake and coffee in celebration of the Council’s one year anniversary in office and for the volunteers on boards and commissions and Township employees.

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel
All were in favor.

Council President Lynch called for the meeting to reconvene at 8:12 p.m.
Moved: Dick Wetzel
Second: Dan Kadish
All were in favor.

Public Comments

The Council President opened the meeting to public comments at this time.

Gary Martinsen thanked the Council for recognizing all the people.

Closed to Public Comments

No one else wished to speak at this time, and the Council President asked for a motion to close the public portion of the meeting.
Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Eddie Dunn
All members present were in favor.

Mayor’s Report

As mentioned at the June 11, 2012 Council meeting, a proposal was received for a 30 unit senior affordable housing project in the Vernon Town Center and said there was a time line on the project. The Mayor asked the Council, since they have had time to review the proposal, to direct him to enter into negotiations with the principals, so that we can move to the next step.

Council President Lynch called for a motion to accept the proposal submitted and to move forward with the senior affordable housing project. A motion was made by Council Member Patrick Ruzzuto; seconded by Eddie Dunn.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: Dan Kadish
The motion was approved.

Consent Agenda

Council President Lynch stated that certain resolutions will be voted on separately, because they are part of the same project.

The Council President asked for a motion to adopt Resolution #12-134
Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dan Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch*
Nays: None
Abstain: *
* Resolution #12-134 was approved. Council President Lynch voted with an “Aye”; however he abstained from two entries 1646 and 1653 due to their being Fire Department issues.

Resolution #12-134: Authorizing the Approval of Bills List

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

Disbursement
Journal
FundAmountMajor Vendor
#1CURRENT$907,340.58Bd of Ed
#2CURRENT$ 256,839.20Horizon BCBS
#3CURRENT$19,452.70MUA
#4CURRENT$879,919.82Bd of Ed
#5CAPITAL$63,234.06Jet Vac
#6RECREATION$260.00 
#7RECREATION$675.00 
#8OTHER TRUST$2,175.95 
#9OTHER TRUST$450.00 
#10OUTSIDE SERVICES$4,356.51 
#11OUTSIDE SERVICES$573.23 
#12P & Z$19,279.06 
#132ND PAY-JUNE$333,718.81 
  $2,488,274.92 

Council President Lynch gave a brief explanation of all resolutions. The Council President then asked for a motion to approve Resolutions #12-135 through #12-139.
Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

Council President Lynch clarified that Canistear Road Phase I must be completed before Canistear Road Phase II. Mayor Marotta explained that there is $50,000.00 of the $200,000.00 in grant money which is part of Phase I, which the Township needs to receive before the DOT deadline.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolutions #12-135 through #12-139 were approved.

Resolution #12-135: Resolution Accepting the Completion of a Contract, under the Phase I Improvements to Canistear Road Project, by Reclamation, LLC

WHEREAS, the Township awarded a contract to Reclamation, LLC to pave a portion of Canistear Road via resolution 11-168, awarded on August 22,2011; and

WHEREAS, this contract was awarded under the Improvements to Canistear Road—Phase I project; and

WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has stated that this contract is complete and recommends that Reclamation’s portion of this project be accepted by the Township Council; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Vernon Township Council accept Reclamation, LLC’s portion of this project per the attached letter from the Township Engineer; and

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

Resolution #12-136: Resolution Accepting the Completion of a Contract, under the Phase I Improvements to Canistear Road Project, by Denville Line Painting, Inc.

WHEREAS, the Township awarded a contract to Denville Line Painting, Inc. to paint traffic stripes on Canistear Road via resolution #11-176 (which amended resolution 11-164), awarded on September 22, 2011; and

WHEREAS, this contract was awarded under the Improvements to Canistear Road—Phase I project; and

WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has stated that this contract is complete and recommends that Denville’s portion of this project be accepted by the Township Council.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Vernon Township Council accept Denville Line Painting, Inc.’s portion of this project per the attached letter from the Township Engineer; and

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

Resolution #12-137: Resolution Accepting the Completion of a Contract, under the Phase I Improvements to Canistear Road Project, by M.L. Ruberton Construction Company

WHEREAS, the Township awarded a contract to M.L. Ruberton Construction Company to install beam guide rails and tangent guide rail terminals on Canistear Road via resolution 11-176 (which amended resolution 11-164), awarded on September 22, 2011; and

WHEREAS, this contract was awarded under the Improvements to Canistear Road—Phase I project; and

WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has stated that this contract is complete and recommends that Ruberton’s portion of this project be accepted by the Township Council; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Vernon Township Council accept M.L. Ruberton Construction Company’s portion of this project per the attached letter from the Township Engineer; and

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

Resolution #12-138: Resolution Accepting the Completion of a Contract (with a Contingency), under the Phase I Improvements to Canistear Road Project, with Tilcon, Inc. and to Accept the Entire Project as Complete

WHEREAS, the Township awarded a contract to Tilcon, Inc. to mill and superpave Canistear Road via resolution 11-176 (which amended resolution 11-164), awarded on September 22, 2011; and

WHEREAS, this contract was awarded under the Improvements to Canistear Road—Phase I project; and

WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has stated that this contract is complete with the exception of minor improvements and recommends that Tilcon’s portion of this project be accepted by the Township Council; and

WHEREAS, Tilcon’s final payment will not be made until these minor improvements are completed.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Vernon Township Council accept Tilcon, Inc.’s portion of this project with a contingency, per the attached letter from the Township Engineer; and

BE IT FURTHUR RESOLVED, that the project identified as Phase I Improvements to Canistear Road be accepted; and

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

Resolution #12-139: Resolution Authorizing the Use of the Morris County Co-Op for Proposed Improvements to Canistear Road Phase Ii

WHEREAS, there is a need to improve Canistear Road; and

WHEREAS, the Township Council approved Resolution #11-176 on September 22, 2011 authorizing the use of the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council for Proposed Improvements to Canistear Road Phase I; and

WHEREAS, there continues to be a need to improve Canistear Road; and

WHEREAS, the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council has competitively bid for the vendors needed for additional improvements to Canistear Road (Phase II); and

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has certified that funds are available for this project in account #

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council be utilized per the following contracts:

Tilcon, New York, Inc. Contract #6
Total$327,719.00
Denville Line Painting, Inc. Contract #36
Traffic Stripes 
Total$11,544.40
M.L. Ruberton Contract #26
Beam Guide Rail 
Tangent Guide Rail Terminals 
Additional contracted items 
Total$67,437.52
Grand Total$406,700.92

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

The Council President asked for a motion to approve Resolution #12-140.
Moved: Eddie Dunn
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #12-140 was approved.

Resolution #12-140: Resolution of the Governing Body of the Township of Vernon Regarding the Wire Transfer for Purchase of United Water Sanitary Sewer System

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon is a party to a contract with United Water for the purchase of United Water’s sanitary sewer system assets located in the Township of Vernon;

WHEREAS, the purchase price for the system was $3,750,000.00;

WHEREAS, the municipality is entitled to a $75,000.00 credit under the terms of the contract;

NOW THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that the Chief Financial Officer is authorized to wire the net proceeds to United Water in the amount of $3,675,000.00 on the closing date, which is currently scheduled for June 26, 2012, upon confirmation from Vernon Township’s Special Counsel for this transaction that all of the documents related to the closing are complete, accurate and have been delivered.

The Council President asked for a motion to approve Resolution #12-141.
Moved: Eddie Dunn
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #12-141 was approved.

Resolution #12-141: Resolution of the Governing Body of the Township of Vernon Approving Generator Upgrades Related to the United Water Sewer Purchase

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon is the contract-purchaser for the United Water Sanitary Sewer System;

WHEREAS, the closing for the transaction is scheduled for June 26, 2012;

WHEREAS, United Water is required to deliver the components of the sanitary sewer system in good working order;

WHEREAS, the stand-by generator needed to be replaced at the Pump Station No. 1 located off of Sand Hill Road;

WHEREAS, Vernon Township’s Municipal Sewer Engineer has recommended that the generator be upgraded to accommodate Vernon Township’s future needs;

WHEREAS, United Water has agreed to install the upgraded generator as recommended by Vernon Township’s Municipal Sewer Engineer provided that Vernon Township pay the cost of the difference in the two generators;

WHEREAS, a breakdown of the difference in the costs of the two generators is attached hereto and has been reviewed by the Municipal Sewer Engineer and recommended;

NOW THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that the Mayor and Clerk are authorized to enter into an agreement with United Water related to the purchase of United Water’s sanitary sewer system to pay for an upgraded standby generator at the Pump Station No. 1 located off of Sand Hill Road with the total cost to Vernon Township to be $23,699.61.

The Council President then asked for a motion to approve Resolutions #12-142 through #12-145.
Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolutions #12-142 through #12-145 were approved.

Resolution #12-142: Establishing a New Petty Cash Fund

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

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex to establish such a fund for the Department of Public Works in the amount of $100.00;

WHEREAS, the custodian for this fund is, David Pullis, who is covered under a blanket employee crime insurance coverage in the amount of $1,000,000; such custodian shall maintain records for this fund in a manner conducive to proper accounting and auditing procedures.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex hereby authorizes such action and two copies of this resolution be filed with the Division of Local Government Services, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for approval.

Resolution #12-143: Change in Custodian of Petty Cash Fund

WHEREAS, Monica Goscicki was custodian of the Finance Petty Cash Fund, and

WHEREAS, in accordance with N.J.S.A 40:5-21, the Township of Vernon is changing custodians to William Zuckerman; and

WHEREAS, William Zuckerman is bonded in the amount of $1,000,000 by virtue of a blanket employee crime insurance coverage.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon hereby authorizes such action and two copies of this resolution be filed with the Division of Local Government Services, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for approval.

Resolution #12-144: Change in Custodian of Petty Cash Fund

WHEREAS, Patricia Seger was custodian of the Recreation Petty Cash Fund, and

WHEREAS, in accordance with N.J.S.A 40:5-21, the Township of Vernon is changing custodians to Melissa Wiedbrauk; and

WHEREAS, Melissa Wiedbrauk is bonded in the amount of $1,000,000 by virtue of a blanket employee crime insurance coverage.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon hereby authorizes such action and two copies of this resolution be filed with the Division of Local Government Services, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for approval.

Resolution #12-145: Change in Monetary Amount of Petty Cash Fund

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A 40A;5-21 authorizes the establishment of a Petty Cash Fund, and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex that the petty cash fund for the Finance Petty Cash Fund be decreased from $400 to $300.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex hereby authorizes such action and two copies of this resolution be filed with the Division of Local Government Services, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for approval.

The Council President asked for a motion to approve Resolution #12-147.
Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #12-147 was approved.

Resolution #12-147: Renewal of Liquor Licenses for Vernon Township for the 2012-2013 Licensing Term

WHEREAS, all licenses to dispose alcoholic beverages must be renewed and reissued no later than July 1, 2012; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to R.S. 33:1, the Vernon Township Police Department has made the necessary inspections and reported same to the Township Clerk; and

WHEREAS, all of the licenses have complied with all of the regulations as set forth by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission of the State of New Jersey;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon that the following licenses shall be reissued for the 2012-2013 licensing period effective as of July 1, 2012.

PLENARY RETAIL CONSUMPTION
Mountain Creek Beverages Corp.1922-33-007-013
Drew’s Tavern Inc. (Lamp Post Inn)1922-33-001-002
HOTEL EXCEPTION
Appalachian Liquors Corp.1922-36-014-002
PLENARY RETAIL DISTRIBUTION
Mac & Lindy’s LLC1922-44-012-001

The Council President asked for a motion to approve Resolution #12-146.
Moved: Dan Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

Council Member Kadish had several questions regarding this resolution; Mr. Giaimis stated the Township auditor will be attending a Council meeting in July to answer any questions.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolution #12-146 was approved.

Resolution #12-146: 2011 Annual Audit

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:5-4 requires the governing body of every local unit to have made an annual audit of its books, accounts and financial transactions, and

WHEREAS, the Annual Report of Audit for the year 2011 has been filed by a Registered Municipal Accountant with the Municipal Clerk pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:5-6, and a copy has been received by each member of the governing body; and

WHEREAS, R.S. 52:27BB-34 authorizes the Local Finance Board of the State of New Jersey to prescribe reports pertaining to the local fiscal affairs; and

WHEREAS, the Local Finance Board has promulgated N.J.A.C. 5:30-6.5, a regulation requiring that the governing body of each municipality shall, by resolution, certify to the Local Finance Board of the State of New Jersey that all members of the governing body have reviewed, as a minimum, the sections of the annual audit entitled “Comments and Recommendations”; and

WHEREAS, the members of the governing body have personally reviewed, as a minimum, the Annual Report of Audit, and specifically the sections of the Annual Audit entitled “Comments and Recommendations,” as evidenced by the group affidavit form of the governing body attached hereto; and

WHEREAS, such resolution of certification shall be adopted by the Governing Body no later than forty-five days after the receipt of the annual audit, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:30-6.5; and

WHEREAS, all members of the governing body have received and have familiarized themselves with, at least, the minimum requirements of the Local Finance Board of the State of New Jersey, as stated aforesaid and have subscribed to the affidavit, as provided by the Local Finance Board; and

WHEREAS, failure to comply with the regulations of the Local Finance Board of the State of New Jersey may subject the members of the local governing body to the penalty provisions of R.S. 52:27BB-52, to wit:

R.S. 52:27BB-52: A local officer or member of a local governing body who, after date fixed for compliance, fails or refuses to obey an order of the director (Director of Local Government Services), under the provisions of this Article, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, may be fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both, in addition shall forfeit his office.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, hereby states that is has complied with N.J.A.C. 5:30-6.5 and does hereby submit a certified copy of this resolution and the required affidavit to said Board to show evidence of said compliance.

Ordinances

2nd Reading/Public Hearing on Ordinance #12-10 by Title Only

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Eddie Dunn

Open to Public Comment on Ordinance #12-10 Only

The Council President asked if anyone wished to comment on Ordinance #12-12, there was no interest. There being no one from the public wishing to comment, Council President Lynch asked for a motion to close the meeting to the public.

Closed to Public Comment

Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel
All members present were in favor.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: Daniel Kadish
Abstain: None
Ordinance #12-10 was adopted.

Ordinance #12-10: An ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, regarding the fiscal year of the Vernon Township Municipal Sewer Utility Authority


2nd Reading/Public Hearing on Ordinance #12-11 by Title Only

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Brian Lynch

Open to Public Comment on Ordinance #12-11 Only

Motion: Dick Wetzel
Second: Patrick Rizzuto
All members present were in favor.

Gary Martinsin, stated the neighbors around the property should have been notified and given a chance to discuss their concerns regarding the community garden.

Deborah Carosella, stated she is a neighbor of the dog park and community garden property and doesn’t understand how the Council would pass an ordinance without the town knowing about it. Ms. Carosella said she has been to meetings many times and has not gotten any answers. She questioned how the public could get this information. Jerry Giaimis said there has been a lot of public information regarding this; the ordinance had been posted on the township website, and on agendas and school board meetings. Council President Lynch stated that she should go to the clerk’s office to get the information.

Robert Oliver, said that a good job had been done with the dog park; and also the community garden is mapped out, you can see clearly where it is going to be by the stakes in the ground.

Sean Clark, is a resident of Vernon for 16 years and this is his first time attending a Council meeting. Questioned why the information is not on our website.

Sandy Ooms, 665 Route 517, made six attempts since January to get information from the Council or the Mayor’s office. Ms. Ooms stated that either the front line people are not given the message that the citizen wants to speak to them or the officers don’t want to discuss the questions with them. Ms. Ooms stated there is no information on the website regarding the community garden.

Shirley Baldwin, questioned the senior housing, Council President Lynch stated this time is for public comments on this ordinance only, and she can speak to someone after the meeting about the senior housing.

Mary Ellen Vichiconti, Nutley Avenue, stated she is on the Board of Recreation, and commented that the growing season is almost over, and she suggested the Council not vote on this tonight and should talk about it more with the community.

Tom McClachrie, Vernon Taxpayers Association, stated former Councils have made promises to residents that these neighbors would be contacted and informed of any changes in use of the dog park. Mr. McClachrie questioned how the Councils in the future know what decisions were made by the current Council.

Closed to Public Comment

Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Eddie Dunn
All members present were in favor.

Council Member Daniel Kadish stated that ordinances of this type previously go through the Land Use Board and at that point neighbors get contacted by mail allowing them to come in and have public input. Questioned why, pro forma, this did not go through a Land Use Board procedure. Mr. Kadish commented that he can’t protest too strongly against this project because originally that property was supposed to be a school. Since there are two community gardens going already in nearby vicinity, why is the township competing against these commercial enterprises. Mr. Kadish questioned the water source and suggested the Council think about it before they move forward.

Council President Lynch commented about the lack of information on the project. He did not see any problem with tabling this ordinance until we get a more definitive answer on the information and having it disseminated to the public.

Council President asked for a motion to table the adoption of Ordinance #12-11.
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Eddie Dunn

Mayor Marotta asked the Township Attorney if it is required for township projects to go before the Land Use Board. Since it is public property, Mr. Kelly answered “No.” The Mayor asked the Council what information is it that you would like to have gleaned so that we can bring this back to the Council. Council President Lynch asked for the following: if people were contacted, since some residents said they didn’t know anything about it, even though Mr. Oliver stated it is plainly marked. Mr. Lynch was concerned with people saying they weren’t notified, if they should have been. Mr. Giaimis commented that this ordinance was handled no different than any other ordinance that was put before the Council.

A roll call vote was taken to table Ordinance #12-11:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Ordinance #12-11 was tabled.

The Council agreed that it was too late in the season for planting and this should be considered for next year. Council Member Rizzuto questioned if it is the policy of Vernon Township to notify residents in the area of a particular ordinance taking place, or is it the responsibility of the resident to access the various means available to them to find out information about the ordinance. Township Attorney Kelly responded that it depends on what it is, if it is a zoning ordinance, there are specific notice provisions in the ordinance, and that an ordinance of this nature does not require notification. Council Member Rizzuto stated he wanted that clarified for future ordinances of this nature. The noticing in the paper was done correctly with this ordinance to inform the public.

Ordinance #12-11: An ordinance authorizing execution of an amendment to the lease and sublease between the Vernon Township Board of Education, the Township of Vernon, and the dog owners gathering society of Vernon Township, Inc., for certain unimproved real property identified on the Township of Vernon tax map as Block 133 Lot 2


Council Comments

Council President Lynch wanted to thank everyone who ate the cake, as he did not get a chance to have any, and wanted to advise his wife of that. The Council President spoke about the disturbing trend of people texting and talking on the cell phone while driving. With his vantage point as a truck driver, he counted 67 people going by texting while driving—one man was driving with his knees while texting, the truck in front of him stopped, and he almost ran into him, then he almost hit another truck as he went into the other lane. Mr. Lynch gave fatality statistics regarding distracted driving—these are 100% preventable. Mr. Lynch asked the Mayor to convey to the Police Department that the Vernon Township Council is serious about upholding the law on cell phone use while driving. Mr. Lynch received a poster from our insurance carrier and asked that it be placed in a prominent position in the vestibule for the public; he wants to start a campaign against texting and cell phone use while driving, all the Council Members were in agreement.

Council Member Dick Wetzel thanked the Mayor and Digger (Craig Leidig, DPW employee) for turning the air conditioning on. Mr. Wetzel also thanked all the volunteers and Township employees in different departments that are making the wheels turn in Vernon Township.

Council Member Patrick Rizzuto also thanked all who devoted time and effort to their service in the community. Mr. Rizzuto further thanked the Mayor for his leadership this past year and in the future.

Council Member Eddie Dunn commented about Digger, at the Christmas tree lighting, how he worked so hard at getting the lights working for that special occasion. It is a compliment to the leadership of the Mayor’s office and all the department heads, and he is proud to serve on this Council and is proud of the Mayor’s daily work and is looking forward to more.

Council Member Daniel Kadish stated he would like to make a motion to adjourn.

Adjournment

There being no further items of business to be conducted at the Regular Meeting, a motion for Adjournment was made by Council Member Kadish. Motion seconded by Council President Lynch, with all members present voting in favor.

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Andrea Bates
Deputy Municipal Clerk

Minutes approved: July 23, 2012