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Minutes: November 14, 2011

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 6:35 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2011 in the Vernon Township Municipal Building, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey, with Council President Brian Lynch presiding.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting had been provided to the public and the press on July 8, 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 Eddie Dunn, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, and Council President Brian Lynch. Also present were Mayor Vic Marotta, Business Administrator Jerry Giaimis, and Township Attorney Kevin Kelly. Council Member Daniel Kadish was absent.

Council Member Kadish entered the meeting after the roll call was taken and before going into Executive Session.

Resolution to Go into Executive Session

Council President Lynch asked for a motion to go into Executive Session. Council Member Rizzuto made a motion to close the meeting to the public and enter into executive session. Motion seconded by Council Member Dunn with all members present voting in favor.

The Deputy Municipal Clerk read the following resolution to go into executive session:

WHEREAS, Section 8 of 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:
    1. Trustee v. Vernon Township re: Ameripay
    2. Litigation/Thompson case
    3. Personnel Matters
  3. It is anticipated that the above-stated subject matter will be made available upon final decision.
  4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

The Township Council entered into Executive Session at 6:38 p.m.

Return to Open Session

Council Member Rizzuto made a motion to return to open session. Motion seconded by Council Member Dunn, with all members present voting in favor at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Kelly explained to the audience the nature of the executive session discussions and that the minutes would be released after the matters were resolved.

Salute to the Flag

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

Presentations and Special Items

Jeffrey Parrott, Sussex County Clerk, gave an overview of the program “Champions for Charity.” This program provides food for those that are in need in Sussex County. Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose presented Dr. Alfieri, Superintendent of Schools, and some members of the Board of Education with a plaque for their contribution. Dr. Alfieri credited the students and the school staff for all their efforts. The Council stated that Vernon residents always help out people in need.

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Marotta read a proclamation appointing Warren Burgess as Constable of Vernon Township for a three year term.

The Mayor reported that a lease agreement is being drawn up between the Vernon Township Board of Education and the Historical Society.

Two of the three major unions in Vernon Township have concluded their negotiations and will be bringing proposed contracts for member approval.

Mt. Creek developer’s agreement is to be concluded before the end of this year with a $1.9 million dollar letter of credit.

Mayor Marotta also discussed the MUA service contract.

Council President Lynch spoke about Canistear Road and requested that Corey Stoner, our Township Engineer, look at the rough connections on that road. Mayor Marotta stated that he and Mr. Stoner already went out and looked at the road, and advised that it would have to be milled; or, this could be taken care of with Phase II in 2012. The Mayor also reported that there have been complaints of speeding on the newly paved road and asked the public to slow down.

Public Comments

Council President Lynch opened the meeting for public comment.

Chris Bell, President of Vernon Little League, requested that registration signs for Vernon Little League be posted around town, the signs will we coming down after December 3rd. The Council was in favor of allowing the signs to be posted, and the Mayor will advise the Zoning Officer.

Roy Meyer, Taxi Service, also writes for Revered Review, just wanted to advise everyone that there will be a food drive this Friday at the Vernon A & P.

Tom McClachrie, Vernon Taxpayers Association, spoke regarding accelerated house sales and tax liens. Vernon is at 96% tax collection. Mayor Marotta advised that since July, the Council has received a synopsis of tax collection on a monthly basis.

Gary Martinsen, Vernon, questioned if a 6 million dollar overage with SCMUA got straightened out? The Mayor discussed cost overruns. Mr. Martinsen suggested the Council put auto responders on e-mails; and that the video link on the Township website was not working. He further advised that the questions and answers are not working and that the old website had more information on it.

Seeing no one else from the public wishing to speak, Council President Lynch closed the public portion of the meeting.

Approval of Minutes

October 13, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes (revised)

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Seconded: Eddie Dunn

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Abstain: None

October 13, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes (revised) were approved.

October 19, 2011 Special Work Session Minutes

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Seconded: Dick Wetzel

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel
Nays: None
Abstain: Brian Lynch

October 19, 2011 Special Work Session Minutes were approved.

October 24, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes

Moved: Eddie Dunn
Seconded: Patrick Rizzuto

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Abstain: None

October 24, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes were approved.

Resolutions Requiring Separate Action

Resolution #11-210: Authorizing the Approval of Bills List

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

Disbursement
Journal
FundAmountMajor Vendor
#1Current$420.00 
#2Current$1,220,359.74BOE
#3Current$1,029,919.82BOE
#4Current$69,747.94 
#5Current$5,870.23 
#6Current$6,000.00 
#7Current$4,117,918.36County Taxes
#8Current$828,466.98BOE
#9Recreation$170.22 
#10Grant$1,485.52 
#11Planning & Zoning$6,111.29 
#12Capital$33,418.00 
#13Capital$8,904.19 
#14Other Trust$5,175.00 
#15Sewer Operating$431.04 
#16Outside Services$5,675.36 
#17Outside Services$3,438.89 
#18Outside Services$6,185.99 
 Payroll$303,326.802nd Pay in Oct
 Payroll$421,340.111st Pay in Nov
 Total$8,074,365.48 

Resolution #11-211: Remitting of 2010 Senior Citizen Tax Deduction

WHEREAS, the Assessor/Tax Collector has remitted a Senior Citizen Deduction for the year 2010;

WHEREAS, the 2010 Senior Citizen Deduction was errorous omitted from the 2010 Tax Duplicate due to a computer glitch;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, hereby authorize the Tax Collector to remit said 2010 Senior Citizen Deduction on the following account:

BlockLotNameLocationAmount
124.202Reardon, John3 Martin Lane$250.00

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that a Certified Copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the Tax Collector.

Resolution #11-212: Appointing Lynne A. Schweighardt as Vernon Township Municipal Assessor Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:9-146 et seq.

WHEREAS, the appointment of a Municipal Tax Assessor is governed by N.J.S.A. 40A:9-146 et seq; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Township Council is the appointing authority for the Municipal Tax Assessor as per state statute; and

WHEREAS, Lynne A. Schweighardt possesses the requisite certification and qualifications for the position of Municipal Tax Assessor.

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

  1. Lynne A. Schweighardt is hereby appointed as the Township of Vernon, New Jersey, Municipal Tax Assessor commencing July 11, 2011 pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:9-146 et seq, at such compensation as shall be established by Ordinance, for a term of four years.
  2. This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon adoption according to law.

Resolution #11-213: Chapter 159 Resolution Requesting Approval of Revenue and Appropriation Amending the 2011 Budget as a Revenue and Appropriation of $200,000.00

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-87 provides that the Director of the Division of Local Government Services may approve the insertion of any special item of revenue in the budget of any county or municipality when such item shall have been made available by law and the amount thereof was not determined at the time of the adoption of the budget; and

WHEREAS, said Director may also approve the insertion of an item of appropriation for an equal amount; and

WHEREAS, the Township has been awarded $200,000.00 grant from the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation and wishes to amend its 2011 budget for this amount as a revenue.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon hereby requests the Director of the Division of Local Government Services to approve the insertion of an item of revenue in the budget of the year 2011 in the sum of $200,000.00 which is now available as a revenue from the New Jersey Department of Transportation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a like sum of $200,000.00 is hereby appropriated under the caption Canistear Road Improvements Grant.

Resolution #11-214: Resolution Amending the Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon maintains a Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual;

WHEREAS, the Township Council has the authority to amend the Manual from time to time;

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Business Administrator have recommended a modification to the policy regarding reimbursing employees for professional development and certification courses;

WHEREAS, the Township Council has reviewed the current policy set forth in Article VIII, Section 12, a copy of which is attached hereto for reference;

WHEREAS, the Township Council desires to modify this policy.

NOW THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that Article VIII, Section 12, of the Township of Vernon Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual is hereby modified as follows:

Reimbursement for Expenses

Employees who receive advance approval from their supervisor will be reimbursed for legitimate expenses.

All requests for such reimbursement must be itemized and accompanied by receipts. Purchase Orders/Vouchers must be completed and submitted to the Finance Department along with proper back up documentation (receipts) for reimbursement. Petty cash can be utilized if the total amount is less than $25.00.

Reimbursements may include but are not limited to: tolls, gas, mileage, office supplies, meals, room/board, tuition, registration fees, and/or any other related and approved expense.

An employee receiving reimbursement for classes and seminars for professional development or towards certification of any kind, must sign a form agreeing to reimburse the Township of Vernon for costs expended on courses or seminars in the event that the employee resigns or retires within one year of taking the course or seminar. This reimbursement requirement shall not apply to situations where the employee is terminated or where the employee is separated from the Township of Vernon’s employment by way of permanent workplace injury or permanent disability.

NOW THEREFORE IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon that the Clerk is directed to update the Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual and the Business Administrator is directed to circulate this modification to the Manual.

Resolution #11-215: Authorizing Contracts with Certain Approved Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council Vendors

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon may by resolution and without advertising for bids or obtaining quotations purchase any goods or services under the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council; and

WHEREAS, the Township has the need on a timely basis to purchase goods and services utilizing MCCPC contracts;

WHEREAS, the Township intends to enter into contracts with the attached referenced MCCPC vendors through this resolution which shall be applicable to all the conditions applicable to current MCCPC contracts;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, authorizes the Purchasing Agent to purchase certain goods and services from those approved MCCPC vendors on the attached list, pursuant to all conditions of the individual MCCPC contracts:

BE IT FURTHER RESOVLED, that the governing body of Vernon Township pursuant to NJAC 5:30-5.5(b), the certification of available funds, shall either certify the full maximum amount against the budget at the time the contract is awarded, or no contract amount shall be chargeable or certified until such time as the goods or services are ordered or otherwise called for prior to placing the order, and a certification of availability of funds is made by the Chief Finance Officer; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOVLED, that the duration of the contracts between the Township of Vernon and the referenced MCCPC vendors shall be from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011; and

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

Resolution #11-216: Resolution Adopting the Sussex County, New Jersey Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan of March 14, 2011

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon is vulnerable to damages from hazard events which pose a threat to public health and safety and could result in property loss and economic hardship; and

WHEREAS, a multi-jurisdictional All- Hazards Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan (the Plan) has been developed through the work of the Sussex County Hazard Mitigation Working Group, and interested parties within the Township of Vernon; and

WHEREAS, the Plan recommends hazard mitigation actions that will protect people and property affected by hazards occurring within the Township of Vernon, that will reduce future public, private, community and personal costs of disaster response and recovery; and that will reinforce the Township of Vernon’s leadership in emergency preparedness efforts; and

WHEREAS, the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-390) (DMA 2000) and associated Federal regulations published under 44 CFR Park 201 require the Township of Vernon to formally adopt a hazard Mitigation Plan subject to the approval of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be eligible for federal funds for hazard mitigation projects and activities; and

WHEREAS, public meetings were held to receive comment on the Plan as required by DMA 2000.

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

  1. The Township of Vernon hereby adopts the Sussex County, New Jersey Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan, dated March 14, 2011 as this jurisdiction’s official Hazard Mitigation Plan, and resolves to execute the actions in the Plan.
  2. The Township of Vernon officials identified in the Mitigation Action Plan (Section 6) are hereby directed to implement the recommended actions assigned to them. These officials will report quarterly on their activities, accomplishments, and progress to the Township of Vernon Office of Emergency Management and the Township Council of the Township of Vernon.
  3. The Township of Vernon Office of Emergency Management will provide annual progress reports on the status of implementation of the Plan to the township Council of the township of Vernon. This report shall be submitted to the Township Council of Vernon by December 31 of each year.
  4. The Township of Vernon Office of Emergency Management will undertake periodic updates of the Plan in concert with the Sussex county Division of Emergency Management as indicated in the Plan Maintenance Program (Section 7) but no less frequent than every five years.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Plan is hereby adopted this 14th day of November, 2011 at the meeting of the Township council of the Township of Vernon.

Resolution #11-217: Authorizing the Cancellation of Outstanding Checks over Six Months Old to Municipal Cash Balances

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has determined that the following Township checks have been outstanding for a period in excess of six months:

Court General Account

Check #AmountDate of Issue
1538$50.0011/08/2010
1564$50.0002/07/2011
1567$4.0002/07/2011
Total$104.00 

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the above outstanding checks be restored to the Township cash balances.

Resolution #11-218: Authorizing the Use of the State Contract #A78762 to Purchase Four (4) 2012 Ford Explorers 4x4

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon has a need to purchase four (4) 2012 Ford Explorers; and

WHEREAS, each of the township’s volunteer fire chiefs will be provided with one of these vehicles on the condition that the vehicles will be readily available for the township’s fire marshal to use on an as-needed basis; and

WHEREAS, this arrangement with the fire marshal will begin once the vehicles are delivered to the Township and have a duration of one (1) year; and

WHEREAS, in return, three vehicles (tentatively, two Chevy Suburbans and one Ford Expedition) will be returned to the Township and sold at auction after they are declared surplus at a future Township Council meeting; and

WHEREAS, the Township desires to use the State Cooperative which has publicly received bids for said equipment through Contract #78762; and

WHEREAS, the Purchasing Agent recommends the Township Council award a contract for the four (4) 2012 Ford Explorers 4X4 as per the attached price quote using the vendor Warnock Fleet, 175 Route 10, East Hanover, NJ 07936; and

WHEREAS, the total cost for the four (4) 2012 Ford Explorers 4X4 will be $92,980 and the Chief Financial Officer, of the Township of Vernon, has certified these funds are available in the Fire Prevention Trust Fund.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that the vendor, Warnock Fleet, be utilized to purchase four (4) 2012 Ford Explorers 4X4 through the State Cooperative, in accordance with the attached quote in the amount not to exceed $92,980.00; and

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

Council Member Rizzuto made a motion to remove Resolutions #11-214 and #11-218 from the above Resolution list; seconded by Council Member Kadish.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Dan Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Resolutions #11-214 and #11-218 were removed from the Resolution list.

Council Member Dunn made a motion to accept all other Resolutions; seconded by Council Member Rizzuto.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Dan Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None

Resolutions #11-210, 211, 212, 213, 215, 216 and 217 were approved.

First Reading on Proposed Ordinances

Council President Lynch read Ordinance #11-25 by title only.

Ordinance #11-25: An ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey regarding zoning modifying permitted uses in the mountain resort zone

Council Member Kadish stated that he doesn’t understand the need for this ordinance. Mayor Marotta explained that having an urgent care facility near the ski resort would be very convenient and accessible for emergency care. Mr. Kadish questioned if this would be considered “spot zoning.” The Council suggested giving this ordinance to the Land Use Board for their review.

Council Member Kadish made a motion to table Ordinance #11-25 upon introduction, seconded by Council Member Dunn.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Dan Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-25 was tabled.

Council President Lynch read Ordinance #11-26 by title only.

Ordinance #11-26: An ordinance granting municipal historic designation to certain property in the Township of Vernon

Council Member Kadish made a motion to approve Ordinance #11-26 upon introduction, seconded by Council Member Wetzel.

It was mentioned that there are over 40 cemeteries in Vernon Township and the Historical Preservation Society is trying to cluster these cemeteries to go before the Land Use Board and this is the first cluster.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Dan Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-26 was approved as introduced.

Second Reading, Public Hearing on Proposed Ordinances

Ordinance #11-22: Bond ordinance providing for the acquisition of sanitary sewerage collection and transmission facilities in and by the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating $4,000,000 therefor and authorizing the issuance of $3,809,000 bonds or notes of the township for financing such appropriation

Motion to adopt Ord. #11-22 on 2nd reading by title only:
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Eddie Dunn

Council President Lynch opened the meeting for public hearing on this ordinance.

Open to Public

Thomas McClachrie, Vernon Taxpayers Association, any bonding or debt incurrence over $500,000. ought to be put before the voters in the form of a referendum so they can make a decision on whether they want to indebt the Township for that specific project. Bond Anticipation Notes will get you four years; the projection for 2017 is that the Vernon Township Sewer Authority will be able to take over this debt. However, there are no reports to substantiate that.

Gary Martinsen,Vernon, quoted a Reuters report regarding the country’s economic position. Mr. Martinsen presented to Council some pictures of empty store fronts from around Town, most of which are from the Town Center area. He felt that the last thing that should be thrown on top of businesses in the area would be the EDU fees and surcharges which could be suicide for these small businesses. One EDU is $4,660. minimum, for a single residential house—for multiple dwellings or combined usage it will be multiples of that amount. Not to mention the connection fees; will these businesses be able to make up these amounts in their profits? Mr. Martinsen urged the Council to look into this further.

Doreen Edwards, Highland Lakes, also questioned the hook up fees for non-profit organizations, especially the local churches. Council President answered that the MUA sets the fees.

Jessi Paladini, Sunset Ridge, questioned the rates and asked if the MUA published the rates. Ms. Paladini spoke regarding the questions and answers that were published from the work session. Ms. Paladini reported that three people that were at the work session told her that it was mentioned at the meeting that Ms. Bates, the Deputy Clerk, and Mr. Giaimis, the Business Administrator, compiled the questions and answers. Ms. Paladini went on that when she questioned Ms. Bates she did not know what Ms. Paladini was talking about and said that she was not involved with the preparation of these questions and answers. Mayor Marotta suggested that Ms. Paladini listen to the CD recording from that work session. Ms. Paladini stated that the questions and answers were taken verbatim from Jessica Zummo’s article, and she questioned why the Township would use this news article instead of the actual verbatim questions from the work session. Council President Lynch said that these were the questions and answers from that meeting.

Robert Oliver, Sand Hill Road, Vernon, asked if the Council has looked at this from all sides. Council President Lynch answered that they had. Mr. Oliver stated that the empty properties in Town Center would be developed if the sewers were there.

There being no further comments from the public, Council President Lynch closed the public hearing.

Council Member Kadish discussed the previous bonds and stated that they should be cancelled before the new bonds go out. He had questions regarding costs of certain aspects of the sewers. He felt it was a complex issue and that he didn’t see it any clearer at this point.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: Daniel Kadish
Abstain: None
Ordinance #11-22 was adopted on 2nd reading.

Ordinance #11-23: Bond ordinance providing for the restructuring of a portion of the cost of acquisition of capacity at the sanitary sewage treatment plant of the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority by the Township of Vernon, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating $2,800,000 therefor and authorizing the issuance of $2,666,000 bonds or notes of the township for financing such appropriation

Motion to adopt Ord. #11-23 on 2nd reading by title only:
Motion: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Eddie Dunn

Council President Lynch opened the meeting for public hearing on this ordinance.

Open to Public

Gary Martinsen, referenced the photos that he handed out to the Council earlier in the meeting and mentioned, in particular, Legends Resort which looks exactly like it did years ago in those photos, but it actually looks worse now. Mr. Martinsen questioned the outcome of previous re-development zones in Vernon; one in particular is Town Center and stated that the Council has no guarantees that “if we put the sewers in, they will come.”

Thomas McClachrie, Vernon Taxpayers Association, spoke regarding the authority of the MUA, specifically that the Council cannot tell them what to do regarding the fees for the non-profits. Council Member Lynch stated that there will be service agreements with this.

Robert Oliver, Sand Hill Road, questioned the financial figures or projections from the MUA. Mayor Marotta answered that there are consultants and financial advisors that feel this plan is sound and will work. The Mayor further explained that the EDU is $700. per year and said the $4,660. amount that was mentioned earlier is for the connection fee for a single family home. The Township will see significant revenue from those hook up fees. The Mayor further stated that the taxpayers in this Township who are not involved with the sewer will not be burdened with any further cost for the sewer.

Phyllis MacPeek, Vernon, with the economy being so bad, and people losing their jobs, she doesn’t know if the businesses can afford it.

There being no further comments from the public, Council President Lynch closed the public hearing.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: Daniel Kadish
Abstain: None
Ordinance #11-23 was adopted on 2nd reading.

Ordinance #11-24: An ordinance allowing certain temporary commercial signage to be displayed by businesses located in commercial zoning districts between November 15, 2011 through January 31, 2012

Motion to adopt Ord. #11-24 on 2nd reading by title only:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Eddie Dunn

Council President Lynch opened the meeting for public hearing on this ordinance.

Open to Public

Gary Martinsen, Vernon, stated that he agrees with this ordinance.

There being no further comments from the public, Council President Lynch closed the public hearing.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-24 was adopted on 2nd reading.

Council Business

Council President Brian Lynch apologized for not being at the work session, as he was severely ill. Mr. Lynch spoke about the natural disasters that have hit our Township in the last month with devastating results. Mr. Lynch further commented on the power trucks that came in to help restore power, but also said that Vernon residents were without power for too long and he would like to see another power company in our area. Mayor Marotta mentioned that Susan Diehn, Police Chief Wherry’s secretary has started a petition to change the boundary lines for Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative to take over certain areas in Vernon instead of Jersey Central Power & Light. The Mayor invited the public to get involved.

Council Member Kadish questioned where we were at with FEMA payments. Council President Lynch stated that FEMA is not in a hurry to get the checks out, and it could be about 8 months.

Council Member Dunn wished fellow veterans a belated Happy Veterans Day.

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 Rizzuto. 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 9:19 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Andrea Bates
Deputy Municipal Clerk

Minutes approved: December 27, 2011