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Minutes: May 13, 2013

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 7:30 p.m. on May 13, 2013, in the Vernon Township Municipal Building, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey, with Council President Patrick Rizzuto presiding.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting had been provided to the public and the press on January 11, 2013, and was posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6.

Roll Call of Members

Present were Council Members Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, and Council President Patrick Rizzuto. Also present were Mayor Vic Marotta, Township Attorney Kevin Kelly, CFO Bill Zuckerman, and Auditor Bud Jones. Business Administrator Jerry Giaimis arrived at 8:00 p.m.

Executive Session

Mr. Kelly advised that Council had one matter of personnel to discuss in Executive Session that was brought to their attention at noon today; and therefore there was no way to give advance notice.

Resolution to Go into Executive Session

WHEREAS, the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 permits the exclusion of the public in certain circumstances; and

WHEREAS, this public body is of the opinion that such circumstances presently exist;

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

1. The public shall be excluded from discussion of and action upon the hereinafter specified subject matter.

2. The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is:

Personnel Matter—Fire Department Application

3. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

Moved: Daniel Kadish
Second: Brian Lynch
All were in favor.

Council exited to executive chambers at 7:32 p.m.

Council returned to open session at 7:46 p.m.
Moved: Daniel Kadish
Second: Brian Lynch
All were in favor.

Salute to the Flag

The Council President led the salute to the flag.

Campaign Contribution Notice

Ms. Nelson read the following notice per Public Law 1975, Chapter 70.

“No holder of a public office or position shall demand payment or contribution from another holder of a public office or position for the campaign purposes of any candidate or for the use of any political party.”

Mayor’s Proclamation

Mayor Marotta advised that he had been in attendance when Mr. Pinand was honored by his fellow Building Officials as the 2013 State Building Inspector of the Year. He read the following proclamation:

Whereas, Thomas Pinand has been a dedicated and hard working employee for Vernon Township for over eighteen years;

Whereas, as the Construction Official, Tom enforces and administers the regulations of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (UCC) for the entire Township of Vernon;

Whereas, the construction department of Vernon Township is responsible for insuring adequate maintenance of buildings and structures throughout the town to adequately protect the health, safety and welfare of the people.

Whereas, on March 1, 2013, the Building Officials Association of New Jersey selected Tom as the 2013 State Building Inspector of the Year and presented him with an award at the annual Building Safety Conference of New Jersey;

Whereas, those who have had the pleasure of working with Tom sincerely appreciate his dedication and expertise he has displayed at Vernon Township.

Now therefore be it Proclaimed, I, Mayor Victor Marotta, hereby extend my sincerest gratitude and congratulations to Thomas Pinand for his distinguished public service to the Township and dedication to enforce the State Building Code for the safety and public welfare of the residents of Vernon.

Presented this 13th day of May, 2013
Victor J. Marotta, Mayor
Township of Vernon

Council President Rizzuto spoke on behalf of the Council in saying how proud they are of Mr. Pinand.

Mr. Pinand thanked everyone and noted that he couldn’t do it without his entire staff.

Public Comments

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to open the meeting to public comments at this time.
Moved: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel
All were in favor.

Owen Highland—noted he was a resident and a contractor with Alternative Energy. He addressed the proposed Ordinance #13-12 listed on the agenda. He pointed out what he deemed to be a defect in the ordinance (section C.15. b. (5) f.) on page 10 of the ordinance. He felt the wording appeared out of sync in dealing with time lines. The new ordinance would require a variance which he felt would be a deterrent to developers. He did not feel it was necessary to go beyond the current ordinance.

Gary Martinsen—noticed 5K signs in various towns, some of which are donating the proceeds to benefit the Veteran’s Cemetery in Sparta. He wondered if Council could make Friends of Vernon donate their proceeds to past, present, and future veterans.

Council President Rizzuto noted that the Mayor was on the committee to promote the veteran’s cemetery. He also noted that the Council has supported this as well as the Township Attorney, Kevin Kelly.

Closed to Public Comments

No one else wished to speak at this time, and Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to close the public portion of the meeting.
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel
All were in favor.

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Marotta introduced Mr. Ted Warnet of the Highland Lakes Fire Department to give an update on the fireworks issue.

Mr. Warnet advised that he had met with Mountain Creek and they were able to come to an agreement about the fireworks. Mountain Creek has withdrawn their request for a fireworks display on July 5. Mr. Warnet noted that Mr. Bill Bennion was very understanding and receptive to the Fire Department’s request. Mr. Warnet thanked Council for their support. Mayor Marotta asked Mr. Warnet to verify if he had been told that Mt. Creek would be bussing their guests to the Fire Department fireworks on July 6. Mr. Warnet advised that he had the same information. The Mayor thanked Mr. Warnet, the Fireworks Committee members and Mt. Creek for working together to resolve this issue. Mr. Warnet invited everyone to attend the fireworks event, sponsored by the Highland Lakes and Vernon Fire Departments on July 6 at Lounsberry Hollow School, and that the cost was $15.00.

Mayor Marotta reported on the following items:

  • April 27 was the rabies clinic from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. About 515 cats and dogs were vaccinated. He gave the following list of people who volunteered their time to assist with this event:
    • Warren Burgess
    • Marlene Ford
    • Christine Brands Davies
    • George Davies
    • Tammy Cutler
    • Cathy Cunningham
    • Phyllis MacPeek
    • Debbie Vandermass
    • Rich Unhock
    • Jack Stout
    • Kerrie Scott
    • JoAnn Hennecke
    • Valerie Palomba
    • Gene Osias
    • Dr. Tim Bingaman & wife Jeanne
    • Tom Maellaro (Animal Control Officer)
    • Bonita Johnson
    • Jason Vidal
    • Jim Epperly
    • Juan Cardona
  • He asked Mr. Giaimis to hand out budget printouts for Council’s monthly budget report.
  • He also asked Mr. Giaimis to hand out copies of a letter he received from the law offices of Bromberg & Newman. He explained that this letter was addressed to Mr. Kelly and the Mayor, and was relative to Police Chief Wherry’s salary. He advised that this was a confidential matter for future executive session.
  • The Township received a letter from the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) on May 1 relative to un-appropriated affordable housing funds. He asked Mr. Giaimis to hand out copies to Council. He reminded Council about the pending litigation that was put on hold last July, but which may move forward. Vernon still plans to apply the funds to the senior housing project being proposed by Theta. Mr. Kelly advised that he would have a response ready for the Mayor, and would update the Council on this matter at a future executive session, as well as a response on the Police Chief’s salary. The Mayor noted that Jessica Caldwell advised that our COAH litigation will go forward if Council wishes it to. Council President Rizzuto felt Council’s initial decision was to protect our money. He felt Council needed to decide about moving forward or not. The Mayor gave an overview of the funding issue. Mr. Kelly pointed out the expenses so far, which are less than $3,000.

Minutes

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular meeting of February 11, 2013:
Moved: Dick Wetzel
Second: Brian Lynch

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
The minutes from the Regular meeting of February 11, 2013 were approved.

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Executive Session meeting of February 11, 2013:
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
The minutes from the Executive Session meeting of February 11, 2013 were approved.

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular meeting of February 25, 2013:
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
The minutes from the Regular meeting of February 25, 2013 were approved.

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Work Session meeting of March 4, 2013:
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
The minutes from the Work Session meeting of March 4, 2013 were approved.

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular meeting of March 11, 2013:
Moved: Brian Lynch
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
The minutes from the Regular meeting of March 11, 2013 were approved.

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular meeting of March 25, 2013:
Council Member Kadish moved to table the Regular meeting minutes of March 25, 2013.
Second: Brian Lynch
All were in favor.
The minutes from the Regular meeting of March 25, 2013 were tabled.

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Executive Session meeting of March 25, 2013:
Moved: Daniel Kadish
Second: Eddie Dunn

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: Brian Lynch
The minutes from the Executive Session meeting of March 25, 2013 were approved.

Discussion

Council discussed a request to waive Township Code 330-155—requirement for taxes to be paid before granting event permit for music festival event at Rickey Farm, August 9-11.

Mayor Marotta recommended tabling this request until the applicant can be verified as still owning this property. The Mayor explained that there had been a judgment on the property the previous week, and he wanted the owner to have time to remove the judgment. He noted that this requirement is a useful tool for the Township to ensure that the taxes are paid. He advised that when this Government took office in July of 2011, he had instructed Mr. Roland, the Zoning Officer, to treat everyone equally and to adhere to the requirements.

Council Member Dunn asked if the Council wished to have Mr. Rickey speak on this matter. All were in agreement to do so.

Jamie Rickey advised that this request was not just for these dates, but he was asking for a waiver for the season. He corrected the Mayor, noting that the Sheriff’s sale was not on the festival grounds location, but only on his Mom’s house. He advised that the first date he was planning would be in June for camping.

Motion To Table

Motion was made to table this matter.
Moved: Dick Wetzel
Second: Daniel Kadish

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: Brian Lynch
The matter was tabled.

Consent Resolutions

Council President Rizzuto gave a brief description of Resolutions #13-95 through #13-102. He asked for a motion to accept Resolutions #13-95 through #13-102:
Moved: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

Council Member Dunn asked about the fireworks at Tall Timbers (#13-#13-99) being the same night as the Fire Department’s fireworks. The Mayor and Council Member Lynch advised that the fireworks at Tall Timbers would not be visible to anyone viewing the Fire Department event.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch*, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Abstain: *Brian Lynch—#13-100, #13-101, #13-102
Resolutions #13-95 through #13-102 were approved.

Resolution #13-95: Authorizing the Closing of Unclaimed Property Vernon Police Department Bank Account and Restoring Funds to Township

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has determined that the Unclaimed Property Vernon Police Department Bank Account was established in 2009 and has not had any activity since that time period, and;

WHEREAS, the balance in the account is $853.25, and;

WHEREAS, no one has claimed the funds in the account nor could the Township determine who the funds belonged to.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the above bank account be closed and the funds be restored to the Township as Miscellaneous Revenue Not Anticipated.

Resolution #13-96: Requesting Approval of the Director of the Division of Local Government Services to Establish a Dedicated Trust by Rider for Unemployment Compensation Insurance Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-39

WHEREAS, permission is required of the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for approval as a dedication by rider of revenues received by a municipality when the revenue is not subject to reasonable accurate estimate in advance; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A 40:55D-53.1 provides for receipt of Unemployment Compensation Insurance by the municipality to provide for the operating costs to administer this act; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A 40A:4-39 provides that the dedicated revenues anticipated from the Unemployment Compensation Insurance Trust Fund are hereby anticipated as revenue and are hereby appropriated for the purpose to which said revenue is dedicated by statute or other legal requirement.

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

  1. The Governing Body does hereby request permission of the Director of the Division of Local Government Services to pay expenditures of the Unemployment Compensation Insurance Trust Fund (N.J.S.A 40A:4-39).
  2. The Clerk of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex is hereby directed to forward two certified copies of this Resolution to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services.

Resolution #13-97: Requesting Approval of the Director of the Division of Local Government Services to Establish a Dedicated Trust by Rider for Pleasant Valley Lake Rehabilitation Expense Escrow Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-39

WHEREAS, permission is required of the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for approval as a dedication by rider of revenues received by a municipality when the revenue is not subject to reasonable accurate estimate in advance; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.1 provides for receipt of Pleasant Valley Lake Rehabilitation Expense Escrow by the municipality to provide for the operating costs to administer this act; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A 40A:4-39 provides that the dedicated revenues anticipated from the Pleasant Valley Lake Rehabilitation Expense Escrow are hereby anticipated as revenue and are hereby appropriated for the purpose to which said revenue is dedicated by statute or other legal requirement.

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

  1. The Governing Body does hereby request permission of the Director of the Division of Local Government Services to pay expenditures of the Pleasant Valley Rehabilitation Expense Escrow (N.J.S.A 40:55D-53.1).
  2. The Clerk of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex is hereby directed to forward two certified copies of this Resolution to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services.

Resolution #13-98: Authorizing Change Order #3 to Earth-Tec Associates for Improvements to County Road 517, Maple Grange Road and Lounsberry Hollow Road Intersections

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon awarded a contract for improvements to County Road 517, Maple Grange Road and Lounsberry Hollow Road intersections via resolution #12-133 to Earth Tec Associates for $924,819.00; and

WHEREAS, Change Order #1 in the amount of $37,783.25 was awarded via Resolution #12-192; and

WHEREAS, Change Order #2 in the amount of a $38,708.71 reduction was awarded via Resolution #13-29; and

WHEREAS, additional items, adjustments and/or quantities that were not included in the original specifications totaling $1,812.00 (asphalt price adjustment), are needed; and

WHEREAS, according to NJAC 5:30-1.3, the total amount of all change orders may not exceed 20 percent of the original contract award; and

WHEREAS, Change Order #1 plus Change Order #2 and Change Order #3 does not exceed this 20 percent threshold; and

WHEREAS, the Township Engineer recommends that Change Order #3 be approved per the attached request.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that Change Order #3 be approved; and

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

Resolution #13-99: Resolution Authorizing Fireworks to Be Displayed on July 6, 2013 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 6, 2013; 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 6, 2013 upon satisfaction of all statutory and departmental requirements.

Resolution #13-100: Resolution Authorizing Fireworks to Be Displayed on July 6, 2013, 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 and Vernon Fire Departments have submitted an application to Vernon Township to conduct a fireworks display on July 6, 2013; and

WHEREAS, the proposed fireworks display will take place at the Lounsberry Hollow Middle School grounds at dusk; and

WHEREAS, the Highland Lakes and Vernon Fire Departments have 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, performed by Garden State Fireworks, Inc. and sponsored by the Highland Lakes and Vernon Fire Departments on July 6, 2013, upon satisfaction of all statutory and departmental requirements.

Resolution #13-101: Approving Active Volunteer Fireman for Membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association

WHEREAS, the Township Council recognizes the extraordinary contributions made by volunteer firefighters to our community and seeks to encourage their full participation in professional organizations; and

WHEREAS, Michael P. Basso, an active firefighter and member of the McAfee Volunteer Fire Department, is requesting approval to submit an application for membership to the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, Sussex County, New Jersey hereby approves Michael P. Basso for membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association.

Resolution #13-102: Approving Active Volunteer Fireman for Membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association

WHEREAS, the Township Council recognizes the extraordinary contributions made by volunteer firefighters to our community and seeks to encourage their full participation in professional organizations; and

WHEREAS, Earl R. Plavier, an active firefighter and member of the Highland Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, is requesting approval to submit an application for membership to the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, Sussex County, New Jersey hereby approves Earl R. Plavier for membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association.

Resolution #13-103

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve Resolution #13-103, noting this was the matter discussed in Executive Session:
Moved: Daniel Kadish
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Abstain: Brian Lynch
Resolution #13-103 was approved.

Resolution #13-103: Approving Active Volunteer Fireman for Membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association

WHEREAS, the Township Council recognizes the extraordinary contributions made by volunteer firefighters to our community and seeks to encourage their full participation in professional organizations; and

WHEREAS, Crystal Sisco, an active firefighter and member of the Pochuck Valley Volunteer Fire Department, is requesting approval to submit an application for membership to the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, Sussex County, New Jersey hereby approves Crystal Sisco for membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association.

Ordinances—Introduction

1st Reading of Ordinance #13-09 by Title Only

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve Ordinance #13-09 on 1st reading by title only.
Motion: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Ordinance #13-09 was approved on 1st reading.

Ordinance #13-09: Capital Ordinance Providing for Various Improvements or Purposes to Be Undertaken by the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, Appropriating Therefore the Sum of $215,000.00 and Providing that Such Sum So Appropriated Shall Be Raised from the Capital Fund Balance of the Township


1st Reading of Ordinance #13-10 by Title Only

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve Ordinance #13-10 on 1st reading by title only.
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

Council Member Kadish noted his problem with the appendix, as he did not feel it belonged in the ordinance. He felt it was something better suited to the Agriculture Extension office. Council President Rizzuto explained that they were for quality of water and that they were being required by the Highlands Council. Mayor Marotta noted that the Department of Agriculture requirements are included by citation at the top of the appendix page. Council suggested having the Township Planner present for the 2nd reading.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: Brian Lynch
Ordinance #13-10 was approved on 1st reading.

Ordinance #13-10: An Ordinance Amending Chapter 330 Land Development Ordinance, to Add Article XIX Highlands Preservation Area Requirements to Update Submission Requirements for Applications for Development in the Highlands Preservation Area of the Township of Vernon


1st Reading of Ordinance #13-11 by Title Only

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve Ordinance #13-11 on 1st reading by title only.
Motion: Brian Lynch
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Ordinance #13-11 was approved on 1st reading.

Ordinance #13-11: An Ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey to Amend Chapter 330, Land Development of the Code of the Township of Vernon


1st Reading of Ordinance #13-12 by Title Only

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve Ordinance #13-12 on 1st reading by title only.

Council Member Lynch moved to table Ordinance #13-12.
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel
Nays: Patrick Rizzuto
Ordinance #13-12 was tabled.

Ordinance #13-12: An Ordinance to Amend Article XXI “Solar Zoning and Standards”, Being Sections 330-260 and 330-261 of the Code of the Township of Vernon to Revise Solar Zoning and Standards

ORDINANCES—PUBLIC HEARING/2ND HEARING

2nd Reading of Ordinance #13-05 by Title Only

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve Ordinance #13-05 on 2nd reading by title only.
Motion: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel

Council Member Kadish recused himself and stepped down from the dais. He advised that the 2nd property on the listing is for the residence only.

Open to public comments on Ordinance #13-05 only:
Motion: Dick Wetzel
Second: Brian Lynch
All were in favor.

No one wished to speak at this time.

Closed to public comments on Ordinance #13-05:
Motion: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Absent: Daniel Kadish
Ordinance #13-05 was adopted.

Ordinance #13-05: An Ordinance Granting Municipal Historic Designation to Certain Properties in the Township of Vernon


2nd Reading of Ordinance #13-07 by Title Only

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve Ordinance #13-07 on 2nd reading by title only.
Motion: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel

Open to public comments on Ordinance #13-07 only:
Motion: Dick Wetzel
Second: Brian Lynch
All were in favor.

No one wished to speak at this time.

Closed to public comments on Ordinance #13-07:
Motion: Brian Lynch
Second: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Ordinance #13-07 was adopted.

Ordinance #13-07: 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 10 Barberry Street, Block 90.05, Lot 5


2nd Reading of Ordinance #13-08 by Title Only

Council President Rizzuto asked for a motion to approve Ordinance #13-08 on 2nd reading by title only.
Motion: Dick Wetzel
Second: Brian Lynch

Open to public comments on Ordinance #13-08 only:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Brian Lynch
All were in favor.

No one wished to speak at this time.

Closed to public comments on Ordinance #13-08:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Brian Lynch

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Brian Lynch, Dick Wetzel, Patrick Rizzuto
Nays: None
Ordinance #13-08 was adopted.

Ordinance #13-08: 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 8 Clover Lane/2 Gilbert Drive, Block 83.08, Lot 2

Council President

Council President Rizzuto addressed the following items:

  • Expressed his pleasure with the Mayor’s Proclamation to our Building Inspector, Tom Pinand.
  • He noted that the Mayor had been unable to attend the last Council meeting, as he was being honored by being appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. He congratulated Mr. Marotta.
  • With the spring season, there are many youngsters on the streets. He asked everyone to keep an eye out for them when driving.
  • County Road 644 (Vernon Crossing) is now open! The stop sign at the end of Church Street is active again at that intersection.

Council Business

Council Member Wetzel spoke on behalf of the Council and the Mayor to commend the following for their rescue efforts at the recent Mountain Creek crash site:

  1. The Vernon Police Department, especially Patrolman Justin Mangano, Patrolman Charlie Reid, Detective Derrick Scudieri, and Patrolman Kenny Kuzicki (who was a former student of Mr. Wetzel)
  2. The Rescue Squads of Vernon, Glenwood, and Pochuck
  3. The Fire Departments of MacAfee and Vernon
  4. St. Clare’s medics
  5. A family friend, Mr. Tom Hayes

He was not sure if they give out a Hero of the Month Award in Franklin and Vernon, but these gentlemen (the patrolmen and detective) were first on the scene. The Rescue Squads were there and the Fire Departments. He said, “God bless the Mayor and Police Chief for recommending we buy 4-wheel vehicles. Without them and a John Deere Gator, those 3 people might not be with us today.”

Council Member Lynch had the following to report:

  • Wednesday, May 15, is Peace Officers Day and he asked the Mayor to have all flags flown at half staff.
  • Congratulations to Tom Pinand.
  • Thanked the Mayor for keeping the front of the Municipal Building looking good.
  • Was glad that Mrs. Rizzuto was feeling better.
  • Advised that he heard on the news this week that statistics for young people has shown that texting and driving deaths have surpassed those for drunk driving deaths.
    • As he drives many miles each day for work, he sees that texting and driving is becoming more and more of a problem.
    • He heard that Connecticut is coming down hard on offenders, including very stiff fines.
    • There needs to be more effort on the state level to combat this problem.
    • This is a problem that affects all age groups.

Council Member Kadish read a letter relative to the Municipal Utilities Authority. He noted that the MUA has yet to develop a hardship policy for commercial properties. He hoped that the Council would urge the MUA to do so, noting that he feels this could hurt the Town if one was not made.

Council Member Dunn congratulated Mr. Pinand for doing a great job, and that of his team, as well.

Adjournment

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

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was adjourned at 9:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan S. Nelson, RMC
Municipal Clerk

Minutes approved: May 30, 2013