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Minutes: March 14, 2011

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 7:08 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011 in the Vernon Municipal Center, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey with Mayor Sally Rinker presiding.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting had been provided to the public and the press on January 10, 2011, and was posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6.

Roll Call of Members

Present were Council Members Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, and Mayor Sally Rinker. Council Member Valerie Seufert was in attendance by speakerphone. Also present were Township Manager Jerry Giaimis and Township Attorney John Ursin.

Salute to the Flag

The Mayor led the assemblage in the salute to the flag. Mayor Rinker requested a moment of silence be observed relative to the catastrophic events that had taken place in Japan.

Presentations and Special Items

Mary Bradley presented an Excellence in Special Events Programming award relative to Earthfest to the Vernon Township Department of Community Affairs. Ms. Bradley stated that Earthfest will be held on May 1, 2011 at Heaven Hill Farm.

All were invited to enjoy some cake during a ten-minute break in celebration of the award.

Council Member Valerie Seufert joined the meeting by speakerphone at this time.

The Vernon Township Fire Department, Chief Greg Carter, presented an overview of their services and the Fire Department’s needs to supply these services. The Vernon Fire Department’s equipment is currently far below the capacity necessary to provide crucial services to meet the needs of the town as well as safety requirements for their firefighters. It was explained how the retired Engine 404 had more usable storage space and equipment, compared to the replacement engine in current use which is 11 years old. Specifically, it cannot hold or stow ladders. Chief Carter explained how the newer motor vehicles have created unique hazards in rescue efforts (electrical systems, air bags, etc.) and the new metals which necessitate new tools to cut through them.

Confined-spaced recues were discussed relative to the new sewer systems.

Chief Tim Davis from the Highland Lakes Fire Department read a statement outlining their current limitations, needs and requests. Council Member Richard Carson asked Chief Davis to explain why the tank leaks. The Chief explained that it is the material the tank is made of.

The Chiefs thanked the Council for the opportunity to make their presentations.

Mayor Rinker thanked the Fire Department for their presentations.

Bond Ordinances

The Mayor questioned the change on the agenda for the bond ordinances from discussion only to discussion and introduction. Council Member Carson stated that he was prepared to vote on the issue, as were Council Members Shortway and Seufert.

Ordinance #11-08: Bond ordinance appropriating $2,100,000, and authorizing the issuance of $1,995,000 bonds or notes of the township, for various improvements or purposes for emergency services authorized to be undertaken by the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey

Motion: Harry Shortway
Seconded: Richard Carson

Council Member Carson asked about the navigation equipment and servers, attachments and accessories requested for those specific pieces of equipment in Bond Ordinance 11-08 by the Fire Departments.

Mayor Rinker asked if the Council would entertain the idea of a work session on these bond ordinances that the public could partake in. The Mayor was concerned with the time required to discuss the various questions being posed by the Council. Mayor Rinker further commented on the Budget subcommittee formed and asked how Council Member Shortway could be prepared to vote when she hadn’t seen him at any of the Budget subcommittee meetings. Council Member Shortway explained that prior to March 1, 2011 he was employed and the meetings were set for 2:00 pm in the afternoon when he was still teaching children. The Council Member advised that he had since retired and has his days open. He stated that he had done his own research further advised that he knew this issue was coming up regarding the protection of our people and well-being of our fire department; and was prepared to go forward tonight on the bonding issue for the fire department.

Council Member Carson questioned navigation equipment, once again. It was explained that the navigation equipment, in question, is for mobile computers inside the vehicle. It allows preloading of software which allows the firefighters to know where they are going inside a building, where the water sources and connections are, hazards that may be encountered, provides address advisories such as propane storage, gasoline storage or life hazard risks, as well as GPS capabilities.

Council Member Lynch questioned the Chiefs regarding notices received from the County Fire Marshal as to PEOSHA inspections. It was explained that PEOSHA inspected equipment, various certifications, manpower and training files. Council Member Lynch questioned the size of the tank on the new engine. The Chief advised that it would be a 1000 to 1250 gallon tank and would pump 1250 gallons per minute. Council Member Lynch commented that this seemed to be a lot of needed equipment and questioned if this was the first time the Fire Department had come before the Council with this type of request. The Chief explained that requests had been made in the past, however due to economics and personnel changes within the Manager’s office, action was never taken. As a result this equipment replacement is at a critical stage. Council Member Carson acknowledged that the Council had asked the Fire Departments to hold off year after year and to make do with what they had.

Mr. Ursin advised that Council Member Lynch would need to recuse himself from any vote on this ordinance. He asked Council Member Carson about his status on the Ambulance Corps. The Council Member noted he was not an active member but was a life member on the squad, and noted that there was no mention of Ambulance Corps equipment in the bond ordinance.

Mayor Rinker questioned if Ambulance Squad requests were in the other bond. Mr. Giaimis indicated that the Ambulance Squad was not in either bond, as he was looking at other funding sources. Mayor Rinker noted that a Senate Bill will be mandating requirements for medical service delivery and she feels rushing the current ordinance is premature. Council Member Carson noted that he is knowledgeable on this Bill and offered his input. Mr. Giaimis noted that introduction of this bond ordinance would not preclude discussing Ambulance Squad needs in the future. Council Member Shortway questioned the Chiefs about the amount of time between order and delivery date on the engines. Time lines were explained, which are quite lengthy. Mr. Giaimis requested a copy of the PEOSHA information.

Mr. Ursin explained the procedure between the introduction and adoption/public hearing on the bond ordinances.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Abstain: Brian Lynch
Ordinance #11-08 passed on first reading.

In regard to Ordinance #11-07, Mr. Giaimis noted that he would have Department Heads present for public hearing to speak to their needs. Mayor Rinker asked Attorney Ursin if it would be acceptable to first introduce these ordinances tonight and ask the Manager to schedule a Work Session. Mr. Ursin explained that that is permissible. Mayor Rinker asked the Council for a motion to have the Township Manager schedule a work session to discuss the ordinances before them.

Motion: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Sally Rinker

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

Ordinance #11-07: Bond ordinance appropriating $1,650,000, and authorizing the issuance of $1,571,000 bonds or notes of the township, for various improvements or purposes authorized to be undertaken by the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey

Introduction of Ordinance #11-07 for Bond Ordinance Appropriation. The ordinance was read by Mayor Rinker.

Moved: Valerie Seufert
Seconded: Harry Shortway

Mr. Giaimis explained that the $400,000 is grant money. Council Member Lynch questioned if the street sweeper was included in this ordinance. Council Member Lynch explained that Highland Lakes and Barry Lakes currently pay a private company to clean up streets after the winter and that this system works very well. This is a substantial savings as opposed to the purchase of a street sweeper. Council Member Carson questioned the need for so many dump trucks. Mr. Giaimis noted that Public Works Director, Dave Pullis would be present at the next Council meeting with a detailed listing of requested equipment and the reasons for them. Council Member Lynch questioned the need for Municipal Court file cabinet requests. Mr. Giaimis explained that the Municipal Court is in need of some upgrades based on requirements of the Administrative Office of the Courts. Mayor Rinker suggested Work Session attendance by Department Heads.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Valerie Seufert, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-07 was passed on first reading.

Council Member Valerie Seufert signed off of the telephone at this time.

Presentations and Special Items

A presentation of the Draft 2011 Township Budget was made by Robert Benecke. Mr. Benecke stated that the Regulatory Date to introduce the Budget was scheduled for March 28, 2011. Mr. Benecke gave an overview of the proposed budget and advised that April 28, 2011 would be the date for the Public Hearing on the Budget. Mr. Giaimis stated that he had been providing copies to the public, upon request. Council Member Lynch questioned Mr. Benecke regarding the $800,000 surplus being used to offset budget shortfalls. Mr. Benecke explained that the money would be used as a buffer for large payments such as SCMUA, pension and the rise in cost of employee health benefits. Mr. Lynch questioned capital budget requirements. Mr. Benecke explained the capital budget information, as to the Capital Improvement Program. Mr. Lynch questioned if the pension payments were current. Mr. Benecke stated that pension payments are always kept current; otherwise State Aid would be impacted. Mayor Rinker questioned Mr. Giaimis in regard to the $500,000 that was found. Mr. Giaimis reported that this was found from old bond ordinances being reallocated. Mayor Rinker questioned Mr. Ursin about the traffic impact fees. Mr. Benecke spoke to the question, noting that Mr. Zuckerman had done some research in this area. Mr. Benecke stated that traffic impact fees would be looked at as general funds, since they are not being utilized, otherwise. Mayor Rinker stated that she would like to see progress on this subject.

Public Comments

Mayor Rinker opened the meeting for public comment.

Mary Bradley, Board of Recreation, stated that the Board of Recreation is sponsoring a National Night Out on August 2, 2011 at Maple Grange Park.

Phyllis Pfeiffer, Vernon, spoke regarding the Council lack of following Municipal Code with ordinances. Ms. Pfeiffer asked Mr. Shortway if this is what residents have to look forward to if he becomes Mayor.

Scott Garsalas, Barry Lakes, & Jean Jameson, Barry Lakes, questioned if there would be a presentation of a report by the engineers in regard to the snow plow reimbursement. Mr. Giaimis stated that the report was received by the Manager’s office late this afternoon and advised that the final report would be available and Mr. Golden will present the report at an Executive Session meeting on March 28, 2011. Mayor Rinker suggested that Mr. Giaimis and Mr. Ursin meet and advise the lake communities prior to the three week timeline. Ms. Jameson questioned if the trucks requested in ordinance #11-07 were to be used for lake community snow plowing. Mr. Giaimis stated that they would not.

Robert Oliver, Sand Hill Rd., questioned Ameri-Pay. Mr. Zuckerman, Chief Finance Officer noted that it was still being carried. Mr. Oliver asked the amount of the fund balance. Mr. Zuckerman reported $1,400,000. Mr. Oliver also asked about the $600,000 amount for plowing reimbursement costs, which is based on 2009 figures.

Tom McClachrie, Vernon Taxpayer’s Assoc., stated that the Vernon Taxpayer’s Association feels that anything over $500,000 should be subject to a public vote. Mr. McClachrie spoke to the bond ordinances in regard to the purchase of a large amount of equipment and it wearing out all at the same time again. Mr. McClachrie questioned Ordinance #11-10. Mr. Ursin explained that this was one of the lots that the Municipality received title to through foreclosure and that there was interest in the property by an adjoining homeowner. Mr. McClachrie questioned how much the school was offering to share computer services. Mr. Giaimis reported that the school board reviewed all the information and decided that they could not be competitive and therefore did not offer any assistance of shared services with the Township. Mr. McClachrie also questioned repurposing unused monies regarding the traffic impact fee.

Doreen Edwards, Highland Lakes, questioned the Canistear Road grants. Mr. Giaimis explained that Vernon received grant money of approximately $200,000 from the State to repair Canistear Road. Ms. Edwards also questioned the Capital Improvement Fund and what it includes. It was explained that this was a down payment for the bond. Ms. Edwards stated that future equipment needs should be budgeted for at the present time.

Susan Gregory, Vernon, stated that she is pleased with Vernon for all of the assistance given to her with the opening of her business. Ms. Gregory also stated that she feels Vernon Township should have a Board of Health. Mayor Rinker thanked Ms. Gregory for her comments.

Ted Warnet, questioned why there was controversy over the bond for Fire Department, but not for DPW equipment. Mayor Rinker noted that she prefers to work in a particular sequence of order and felt that there should have been a work session before introduction of the ordinance.

Robert Oliver, Sand Hill Rd., commented that there was a work session that the DPW and Mayor attended. Mr. Oliver advised that Dave Pullis explained all of his needs at that meeting. Council Member Lynch noted that he was supposed to attend that meeting, as well, but was stuck in traffic and called the Mayor to explain why he would not be in attendance.

Bruce Zaretsky, Vernon, questioned the Ameri Pay amount. Mr. Zuckerman stated that Ameripay was 280,000 and the other was misdirected 90,000 by the IRS which Vernon will collect $28,000 of some time in the future. Mr. Zaretsky questioned the costs of the sewer project. Mr. Benecke explained how the numbers were calculated. Mr. Zaretsky spoke regarding the roadways in Vernon Township, especially Canistear Rd. The Council should approach the County to review their budget and see how much comes back to Vernon.

Beverly Budz, Vernon, read a prepared statement concerning the jet flight path over Vernon. Ms. Budz noted that she has not heard from the Manager since February regarding this issue. Mayor Rinker read a statement in support of Ms. Budz and suggested putting a template letter on the Township website for residents to sign and send to Ms. Budz. All Council Members agreed. Council Member Carson asked Mr. Giaimis if he had reached out to Senator Lautenberg. Mr. Giaimis stated that he had reached out to Congressman Garrett and would reach out to Senator Lautenberg.

Bonnie Rubin, Highland Lakes, stated that she is an original member to change the form of government in Vernon. Ms. Rubin noted that today was the deadline for submitting signed petitions to the Municipality to put candidate names on the ballot for the upcoming non partisan elections in May. Ms. Rubin questioned Mr. Ursin regarding the bracketing of names. Mr. Ursin explained that bracketing does not occur at the time the signatures are collected. Mr. Ursin stated that the statute speaks to petitioning the Clerk to be grouped on the ballot. Ms. Rubin made a statement addressed to Mr. Ursin and Mr. Giaimis stating that considering that both of them are affiliated with a political party and oversaw the petition count, that they should remove themselves from the verification process of the signatures. Mr. Ursin noted that he had no involvement except for advice when asked by the Township Clerk. Mr. Ursin also noted that the Clerk has the final say. Mr. Giaimis stated that he is not affiliated with any political party, but rather he is an unaffiliated voter.

Gary Martinsen, Vernon, thanked the Vernon Fire Departments for their informative presentation. Mr. Martinsen questioned if grants were looked into versus having to go out for bonding.

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

Township Manager’s Report

Mr. Giaimis advised that there is a meeting tomorrow night on the Sewer Service Agreement. Mr. Giaimis expressed disappointment that there would be no opportunity for public comment at the meeting. The Vernon Township engineer will be attending, on behalf of the Township, as well as Bob Benecke. Mr. Giaimis stated that the application to the Local Finance Board is to be file by the end of the week. Mr. Giaimis reported that this past week he attended the Governor’s Town Hall meeting in Hopatcong. The most significant issue raised was regarding increased health insurance payments by employees, as well as retiree’s benefits. Mr. Giaimis will continue to advise the Council on this issue. Mr. Giaimis spoke regarding his attendance for the Earthfest awards in Atlantic City. He thanked Rutger’s University for their support and recognition of Vernon Township on this award. Mr. Giaimis noted that the foreclosed properties should be reviewed for possible sale. Mr. Giaimis discussed garbage burning complaints and reported that there is nothing in Vernon’s Code prohibiting it, however the issue can be addressed by the County Health Department unless the Council passes an ordinance banning garbage burning. Mr. Giaimis reported that Council Member Carson reached out to him expressing concern about this area of town which is being reviewed. Mr. Giaimis advised that the Vernon Township Environmental Commission will be conducting a presentation at the next Township Council meeting regarding Sustainable New Jersey.

Council Member Lynch addressed the passing of Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of WWI who was 110 years old. President Obama asked that all flags be flown at half staff for tomorrow and asked that Vernon’s flags represent that directive. Mr. Lynch asked for a round of applause to commemorate the life of Frank Buckles. Council Member Lynch asked that a notice be placed on the Township website advising residents of the need to change smoke detector batteries in smoke alarms, now that the clocks have changed. Council Member Lynch applauded the Mayor for suggesting a moment of silence for the people of Japan and urged the citizens of Vernon to reach out with compassion for the people of Japan in their time of need.

Mayor Rinker spoke regarding unused equipment going out to auction. Pat Seger from Community Affairs stated that she is researching the value of the equipment and how much it might be sold for on Ebay. Council Member Lynch requested a list of all of this equipment.

Mayor Rinker questioned progress on the HVAC system. Mr. Giaimis stated that the project can move forward since funds were found to do so.

Mayor Rinker spoke regarding the posting of Council meetings on the website for residents to view. Pat Seger explained that our current website does not allow for that. The current website package would need to be increased. Mayor Rinker suggested changing the website. The current contract is up in June. Gary Martinsen, Vernon resident offered his assistance at the Mayor’s request to look into this issue. Council Member Lynch expressed not wanting to rush into anything, but is ok with talking to Mr. Martinsen.

Mayor Rinker questioned the PEOSHA inspection. Mr. Giaimis reported that all the projects are in progress and will be complete by the deadline.

Mayor Rinker also spoke about the Health Department, the water testing contract going out to bid. Mr. Giaimis stated that request for quotes have been sent out to multiple contractors. Mayor Rinker questioned the possibility of asking the County Health Department for reimbursement regarding the water testing services no longer provided by them. Mr. Giaimis will inquire.

Mayor Rinker asked for an update on the park lights and asked that the issue of some of the lights not coming on be addressed.

Mayor Rinker asked for an update on the possibility of moving the DPW. Mr. Giaimis reported that he spoke to the County Administrator last week and explained that he is still waiting for a formal proposal from them. Mayor Rinker requested a meeting be scheduled with the County to discuss moving the DPW property. Council Member Brian Lynch expressed interest in attending such a meeting. Mr. Giaimis will request a meeting.

Township Attorney’s Report

Attorney John Ursin spoke regarding a meeting with Mountain Creek where a broad range of issues were covered. One of the issues that the Council spoke of was the outstanding payment toward the Vernon bonds. The payment was made on Friday. There was also discussion on a broad range of redevelopment issues with one of the foremost issues being a completion timetable on the missing link. Mountain Creek assured the Council that it would be done this year and a written confirmation is pending.

Mayor Rinker questioned Mr. Giaimis regarding staffing in the Tax Assessor’s office and the Purchasing Department. Mr. Giaimis reported that he has been conducting interviews for the Purchasing Department and is doing some restructuring in the Tax Assessor’s office.

Resolutions Requiring Separate Action

Resolution #11-51: Authorizing Extension of Professional Services Contract to Wired Up, LLC for Township Computer Technician Services for 2011 in the Amount Not to Exceed $20,000.00

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon presently has a need for computer technician services within the Township of Vernon for the year of 2011; and

WHEREAS, the existing computer technician contract was previously extended to February 28, 2011 for further review of Township options; and

WHEREAS, the Township is desirous of extending the existing professional services contract to Wired Up, LLC for computer technician services within the Township of Vernon through December 31, 2011; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has certified as to the availability of funds for said award of contract in the amount not to exceed $20,000.00, subject to the adoption of the 2011 Municipal Budget.

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

  1. The Township Council hereby awards an extension of the Professional Services Contract to Wired Up, LLC to commence on March 1, 2011 and expire on December 31, 2011, based upon the same terms and conditions of the existing contract with the Township.
  2. The Mayor and Township Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute any documents necessary to effectuate said contract with Wired Up, LLC.
  3. This Resolution and any additional documents setting forth the terms and conditions of said contract shall be made available for public inspection in the office of the Municipal Clerk.

Moved: Richard Carson
Seconded: Harry Shortway

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-51 was approved.

Resolution #11-52: Authorizing the Approval of Bills List

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

Disbursement
Journal
FundAmountMajor Vendor
#1Current$1,085,442.29BOE
#2Current$1,222,197.83BOE
#3Grant$5,891.00 
#4Grant$11,084.65 
#5Capital$2,420.40 
#6Planning & Zoning$4,518.08 
#7Planning & Zoning$2,775.00 
#8Outside Services$10,488.59 
#9Other Trust$704.21 
 Payroll$287,985.291st Pay in March
 Total$2,633,507.34 

Moved: Richard Carson
Seconded: Harry Shortway

Council Member Richard Carson questioned several items that were explained by Mr. Zuckerman.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Resolution #11-52 was approved.

Resolution #11-53: Authorizing Waiver of Fire Prevention Permit Fees Required by Township Ordinance for Vernon Girls Softball 3rd Annual Fun Day on April 30, 2011

WHEREAS, Vernon Girls Softball is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for young girls in Vernon Township to learn and play the sport of softball; and

WHEREAS, Vernon Girls Softball has submitted a request to the Township Council to waive fire prevention permit fees required by Township Ordinance in relation to the Annual Fun Day in the amount of $42.00; and

WHEREAS, Vernon Girls Softball 3rd Annual Fun Day will be held this year on Saturday April 30, 2011 at Maple Grange Park.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon, Vernon Girls Softball is granted a waiver of Fire Prevention permit fees in the amount of $42.00 in relation to the 3rd Annual Vernon Girls Softball Fun Day to be held on April 30, 2011 at Maple Grange Park; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Fire Prevention Department for their records.

This Resolution will take effect immediately according to law.

Moved: Harry Shortway
Seconded: Brian Lynch

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Council Member Carson advised the public that the Fire Prevention Department wanted the softball team to get a fire permit because they would be using sterno flame heaters to heat some water.
Resolution #11-53 was approved.

First Reading on Proposed Ordinances

Ordinance #11-09: Ordinance replacing Sections 5-8 of the code of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey regarding ordinance and resolution procedures

Moved: Richard Carson
Seconded: Harry Shortway

Council Member Brian Lynch noted this ordinance seems to add a level of bureaucracy to the Code since there is always discussion when voting anyway. Mayor Rinker stated that there has already been discussion regarding moving forward with this ordinance.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Sally Rinker
Nays: Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway
Ordinance #11-09 failed as introduced.

Ordinance #11-10: An ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey authorizing the sale of certain property owned by the township and not required for public purposes and more commonly known as Block 124.17 Lot 11

Mayor Rinker asked for a motion to remove Ordinance #11-10 from the agenda until there is further discussion during the next Executive Session at the next Council meeting. Council Member Richard Carson made the motion; seconded by Council Member Brian Lynch.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-10 was removed.

Second Reading, Public Hearing on Proposed Ordinances

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

Motion: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Richard Carson

Mayor Rinker opened the meeting for public hearing on this ordinance.

There being no comments from the public, the Mayor closed the public hearing.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-02 was approved.

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

Motion: Harry Shortway
Seconded: Richard Carson

Mr. Ursin stated that this ordinance updates obsolete NJAC Administrative Code citations.

Mayor Rinker opened the meeting for public hearing on this ordinance.

A member of the public questioned if there was anything new in the ordinance. Mr. Ursin stated that there was not.

Council Member Richard Carson questioned if the ordinance should say County Health Department instead of Vernon Township. Mr. Ursin stated that if those who made the motion and second would agree, crossing out Vernon Township insert Health Officer. All were in agreeance.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-03 was approved.

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

Motion: Harry Shortway
Seconded: Richard Carson

Mr. Ursin stated that this ordinance is an update to Code Book citations.

Mayor Rinker opened the meeting for public hearing on this ordinance.

There being no comments from the public, the Mayor closed the public hearing.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-04 was approved.

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

Motion: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Harry Shortway

Mayor Rinker opened the meeting for public hearing on this ordinance.

Gary Martinsen, Vernon, stated his concern because this is almost $4 million. Mr. Martinsen expressed his feeling that this should be going to the voters for a decision. Mr. Martinsen also expressed his concern about the ability of existing businesses to afford the costs involved.

A member of the public questioned if money was already considered in the proposed budget for this ordinance. Mr. Ursin explained that this would be paid for by a separate bond issuance.

There being no comments from the public, the Mayor closed the public hearing.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-05 was approved.

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

Motion: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Harry Shortway

Mayor Rinker opened the meeting for public hearing on this ordinance.

There being no comments from the public, the Mayor closed the public hearing.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Richard Carson, Brian Lynch, Harry Shortway, Sally Rinker
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-06 was approved.

Council Business

Council Member Richard Carson had a few announcements from the MAC Committee. They are working with the center for substance prevention for grants for projects for this year. They will also be working with the board of recreation in Vernon to do a project alert for national night out on August 2, 2011.

The Township Council reviewed three Township seals and decided on the one with the bear in the middle.

Motion: Richard Carson
Seconded: Brian Lynch
All were in favor.

Mayor Rinker advised that she received a letter from Congruent Machines relative to the recent fire requesting that the Council waive the $2,000.00 bond and allow an insurance trailer, which will be removed after repairs are made.

Motion: Brian Lynch
Seconded: Sally Rinker
All were in favor.

Mayor Rinker reported that Sussex County College held a ceremony bestowing the Human Spirit Award. Three out of the four recipients were Vernon residents. Mayor Rinker requested that the Manager reach out to the three Vernon residents with a letter of appreciation.

Mayor Rinker read a resignation letter from Dennis Miranda, Chairman of the Vernon Township Environmental Commission. In the letter, Mr. Miranda urged the Council to further the goals of the Open Space Plan, the Four Season Greenway and protecting the environment.

Mayor Rinker appointed Beverly Budz to a full vacated seat on the Vernon Township Environmental Commission. Mayor Rinker appointed Jessi Paladini as Chairperson to the Vernon Township Environmental Commission.

Mayor Rinker requested that the Manager schedule the Board of Education to attend a Council meeting in April to present their Budget.

Public Comments—limited to 2 minutes per person

The Mayor opened the public portion of the meeting.

Mary Ellen Vischiconti, Vernon, spoke about televising Council meetings and thanked Gary Martinsen for offering his assistance with this effort.

Gary Martinsen, Vernon, requested the Council make a presentation informing business owners of the costs involved regarding the sewers.

There being no further comments from the public, the Mayor closed the public portion of the meeting.

Adjournment

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

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was adjourned at 11:09 p.m.

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

Minutes approved: May 23, 2011