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Minutes: September 26, 2011

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was convened at 7:31 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 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, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, and Council President Brian Lynch. Also present were Mayor Vic Marotta, Business Administrator Jerry Giaimis, and Township Attorney Kevin Kelly.

Salute to the Flag

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

Proclamations

Council President Lynch read the following Proclamations on Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness:

Proclamation: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Breast Cancer is a serious threat to women’s health across New Jersey and the nation, and

WHEREAS, increased public awareness of this disease, its risk factors, and its symptoms may save lives as women across New Jersey learn to recognize the warning signs of Breast Cancer; and

WHEREAS, Breast Cancer is treatable when detected early and prompt treatment can significantly reduce the suffering and deaths caused by this disease; and

WHEREAS, the Sussex County Cancer Coalition and Project Self Sufficiency are organizations partnering to promote Breast Cancer awareness during the Month of October through the Susan G. Komen’s Annual Tie a Pink Ribbon Campaign; and

WHEREAS, Pink Ribbons have become an increasingly recognized sign of courage, support and hope for a cure.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon that the MONTH OF OCTOBER shall be proclaimed BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in the Township of Vernon and the displaying of Pink Ribbons during the Month of October is a wonderful way to encourage citizens to stand together against this disease.

Proclamation: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Whereas, violence in the home is a problem that encompasses all racial, religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups; and

Whereas, during the month of October, local, state and national domestic violence agencies will sponsor events to promote the awareness of domestic violence; and

Whereas, community based organizations such as DASI (Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services) work diligently to bring attention to the issues surrounding violence in the home as well as other forms of interpersonal violence; and

Whereas, local domestic violence advocates promote education, understanding, safety and demonstrate a lack of tolerance toward domestic violence; and

Whereas, DASI is requesting the Township of Vernon to join the campaign to end interpersonal violence by placing purple ribbons in Vernon Township during the month of October.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon that the MONTH OF OCTOBER shall be observed as DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH in the Township of Vernon and the displaying of Purple Ribbons during the Month of October is whole-heartedly supported to bring awareness to the issues surrounding violence in the home.

Public Comments

Tacia Raftopoulos-Johnson—Noted that she was a candidate for County Clerk. Council President Lynch cautioned her that she could not engage in electioneering. Ms. Raftopoulos-Johnson advised the audience of what the County Clerk’s office does, as well as her experiences working for the County in the Board of Elections.

Cedric Kubrick—thanked the new Mayor and Council, noting that despite old issues, the economy, and an initial negative atmosphere, he felt they were going in the right direction.

Tom McClachrie—referred to Resolution #11-188 for a 3-year note spread over 3 years—he felt it was stated incorrectly as in the cap instead of outside of the cap. He had other concerns as well.

Helen Gladsen—Baldwin Drive resident—noted she was there with neighbors on the flooding and mudslides, etc. that they had experienced. Mayor Marotta noted he would be addressing this issue in his Mayor’s report in a few minutes.

Gary Martinsen—had a concern about the work session, noting that the open public comment segment had been moved to the end of the meeting. He felt that this did not allow the public to comment on items prior to action being taken by the Council.

Closed to Public Comments

Council President Lynch closed the public portion of the meeting at this time.

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Marotta reported on the following items:

Noted that the elevator repairs had been completed. He advised that the fines for not having a working elevator from the DCA had been waived.

Hurricane Irene and subsequent storms—response of volunteers: the 4 Fire Companies received 206 calls—105 fire and rescue calls, and 121 calls for residential pump outs. He applauded their professionalism. He added that the EMS people, and especially Mike Emmerick, should also be recognized.

Bulky Waste Clean Up day is Saturday, October 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the DPW property. The fee is $20 per vehicle.

He attended a meeting in Morristown on September 23 with the people from BPU and Jersey Central Power & Light. The sponsors of the meeting were the BPU and the NJ League of Municipalities. JCP&L gave a report on their infrastructure, but added there were serious community problems still to be addressed. The Mayor added that there would be a repeat of this meeting for the public on the same topics on September 27 at the Morris County Safety Academy. JCP&L noted that customers need to call in when their power goes out. It would be difficult for them to know where all power outages are considering the scope of their service areas.

DPW had provided a tentative schedule for storm repairs: Breakneck Road—our areas of responsibility will be completed this week, the County’s responsible issues (paving) should be completed this week as well.

The goal for completion by this weekend—Barrett Road, Tompkins Court, Butternut, #5 Mott Drive, all catch basins will be opened and inspected by a 2-man team.

The goal for completion by October 3—Basswood, Nimbus Drive, Meadow Lane, Stratfordshire Drive, County work on Wallkill Road.

Panorama Drive—almost finished with erosion issues, and then will be paved.

Glenwood Mountain Road and Sleepy Hollow Road—late in October.

Baldwin & Mott—the subdivision was approved in 1965, and it did not require or include easements of mountain stream properties (especially the O’Brien property). After consulting with the Engineer, the DPW, and the Board of Adjustment, the easement will be delineated. Survey crews will go out on 9/27, an underground 48" conduit will be installed from the edge of State property with a headwall to connect with the drainage basin on Route 94. This work will go through the bidding process as it is more than just emergency repairs.

A resident asked about deflecting or impeding water that comes right down the driveways. Mr. Stoner explained what they would be looking at doing to prevent further drainage issues.

Mr. Oliver asked what the estimated cost for the conduit work would be. Mayor Marotta advised that the amount was $150,000 to $200,000.

More residents expressed their concerns for their properties in this area. Council President Lynch noted that the August 27 storms were relentless with water problems everywhere. The Mayor advised that these people had experienced problems from the heavy rains the week before the Hurricane and Storms.

Mayor Marotta noted that Senator Oroho and others would be introducing legislation to make it easier for towns to get in and repair problems of this nature in waterways, waiving or reducing DEP regulations. He advised that he would be speaking before the Legislature on this subject, noting that there must be a balance between EPA concerns and resident concerns relative to health and welfare.

Approval of Minutes

September 12, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Eddie Dunn

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

Resolutions #11-178—#11-188

Council President Lynch noted he would be abstaining from #11-183. It was pulled.

Council Member Kadish asked about check #2342. Mr. Giaimis responded that he believed it was for a printer cable.

Motion to approve Resolution #11-178, 11-179, 11-180, 11-181, 11-182, 11-184, 11-185, 11-186, 11-187, and 11-188:
Moved: Daniel Kadish
Second: Eddie Dunn

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Abstain:
Resolutions #11-178 through 11-182, and 11-184 through 11-188 were adopted.

Resolution #11-178: Authorizing the Execution of Agreement to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for the 2011 Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities Grant

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon has made application and obtained a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, for $8,000.00 State share with $1,600.00 local share for a total contract of $9,600.00 for 2011 to provide therapeutic horse back riding recreational opportunities for people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, the funds for this purpose have been certified by the Chief Finance Officer subject to the approval of the 2011 Municipal Budget.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Township of Vernon does hereby authorize the execution of the agreement; and also, upon receipt of the fully executed agreement from the Department, does further authorize the expenditure of such funds pursuant to the terms of said Agreement between the Township of Vernon and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mayor and Clerk whose names, titles and signatures appear below are authorized to sign any documents necessary in connection therewith.

Resolution #11-179: Authorizing the Approval of Bills List

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

Disbursement
Journal
FundAmountMajor Vendor
#1Current$2,774,458.21INT ON BONDS
#2Current$879,919.82BOE
#3Grant$350.00 
#4Capital$11,566.70 
#5P & Z$300.00 
#6Other Trust$171.77 
#7Outside Services$6,707.61 
#8Recreation$20.00 
#9Recreation$327.02 
 Payroll$341,177.262nd Pay-Sept
 Total$4,014,998.39 

Resolution #11-180: Tax Overpayment

WHEREAS, A DUPLICATE PAYMENTS was made on the Third quarter 2011 taxes

WHEREAS, such payments created an OVERPAYMENT

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 Township Treasurer to issue check for said overpayments and the Tax Collector refund said overpayment of taxes on the following account:

Tax Foreclosure List
BlockLotNameAmountQuarterLocation
130.0113Core Logic
(Re: Matthews, Roseann #06859986)
$1,918.763rd6 Silver Fox Ln
132.036Core Logic
(Re: Dugan, Thomas F & Carol A #11712561)
$1,081.963rd37 Lakeshore Dr NW

Resolution #11-181: Total Disabled Veteran

WHEREAS THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS on December 23, 2010 awarded Martin, Owen C. a 100% permanent and total disabled veteran: and,

WHEREAS, as of said date the law exempts said property from taxation,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Vernon authorizes the Tax Collector to refund the Homestead Benefit payment for the year 2011 in the amount of $229.56 to Martin, Owen C. Re: Block 155.04 Lot 42 Location 22 Shomokin Road

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the Township Treasurer and Tax Collector.

Resolution #11-182: Township Owned Properties

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A.54:5-104.29 et seq. IN-REM FORECLOSURE allowed the Township of Vernon to foreclose Tax Certificates which pertain to properties within Vernon Township and the Township of Vernon has acquired Final Judgment In Rem Docket #F055162-10 on August 9, 2011 and Docket #F019211-06 on January 21, 2011 to become tax exempt, and,

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon has acquired the annexed Tax Foreclosure List on August 9 and January 21, 2011, and,

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon is claiming effective for the 2011 taxes, tax exempt,

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 cancel the 2011 taxes in the amount set forth in the annexed Tax Foreclosure List as deem necessary.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that a certified copy of the Resolution be forwarded to the Tax Collector and Township Auditor.

Resolution #11-184: Authorizing the Award of a Contract for Container Service at the Township’s Public Works and Animal Control Facilities

WHEREAS, there is a need to haul and dispose of solid waste (type 10) containers at the Township’s public works and animal control facilities; and

WHEREAS, the Township has received three quotations for providing this service;

WHEREAS, three quotations were received and reviewed by the Qualified Purchasing Agent; and

WHEREAS, the QPA recommends awarding a contract to the lowest quote received from Waste Management of New Jersey, 107 Silvia Street, Ewing NJ, for a per month cost of $1,108.00 and an annual cost of $13,296.00; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Finance Officer has certified funds available for this purpose in account #10577237 subject to the adoption of the 2012 Municipal Budget.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Vernon Township Mayor and Council, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey to award a contract to Waste Management of NJ for container service for a period of one year from October 16, 2011 through October 15, 2012, with an option to renew for an additional year.

This Resolution shall take effect immediately according to law.

Resolution #11-185: Authorizing the Award of Bid for Automotive and Light Duty Truck Aftermarket Parts

WHEREAS, there is a need to purchase automotive and light duty truck aftermarket parts for the Township’s fleet; and

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

WHEREAS, the Township received and opened two bids for the above mentioned items on September 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Vernon Township Municipal Building; and

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

WHEREAS, the QPA recommends awarding a contract to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder, H&H Auto Parts of Vernon, 287 Route 94, Vernon NJ 07462 for the items and prices described on the attached list.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Vernon Township Mayor and Council, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey to award a bid to H&H Auto Parts of Vernon, for the purchase of automotive and light duty truck aftermarket parts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Vernon Township Mayor and Council, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:30-5.5 (b), the certification of available funds, shall not 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 financial officer; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the duration of the contract between the Township of Vernon and H&H Auto Parts of Vernon, will be for one (1) year with an option to renew for an additional one (1) year.

This Resolution shall take effect immediately according to law.

Resolution #11-186: Authorizing the Award of Bid for Automotive and Light Duty Truck Aftermarket Parts

WHEREAS, there is a need to purchase auto and light duty truck aftermarket parts for the Township’s fleet; and

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

WHEREAS, the Township of received and opened two bids for the above mentioned items on September 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Vernon Township Municipal Building; and

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

WHEREAS, the QPA recommends awarding a contract to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder, Winters Auto Parts, 84 Main Street, Sussex, NJ 07461 for the items and prices described on the attached list.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Vernon Township Mayor and Council, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey to award a bid to Winters Auto Parts, for the purchase of automotive and light duty truck aftermarket parts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Vernon Township Mayor and Council, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:30-5.5 (b), the certification of available funds, shall not 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 financial officer; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the duration of the contract between the Township of Vernon and Winters Auto Parts, will be for one (1) year with an option to renew for an additional one (1) year.

This Resolution shall take effect immediately according to law.

Resolution #11-187: Authorizing the Use of the State Contract #69719 to Repair a Vactor Unit for Township’s Department of Public Works

WHEREAS, the Township’s Department of Public Works has a need to repair its Vactor unit; and

WHEREAS, the Township desires to use the State Contract which has publicly received bids for repairing Vactor units through Contract #69719; and

WHEREAS, the Township additionally desires to paint the Vactor unit as part of this repair, which is not covered under the State Contract; and

WHEREAS, the Qualified Purchasing Agent recommends that the Township Council award a contract to repair and paint its Vactor unit to Jet Vac Inc. 15 Taylor Road, Wharton NJ 07885; and

WHEREAS, the total cost for this service will be $63,195.46 and the Chief Financial Officer, of the Township of Vernon, has certified these funds are available in account #TBD.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that the vendor, Jet Vac Inc, be utilized to repair through the State Contract and paint the Township’s Vactor unit, in accordance with the attached proposal in the amount not to exceed $63,195.46; and

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

Resolution #11-188: Resolution Requiring Approval of the Director of the Division of Local Government Services - N.J.S.A. 40:4-49

WHEREAS, an emergency has arisen with respect to public safety as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee and, no adequate provision was made in the 2011 budget for the aforesaid purpose, and N.J.S.A. 40A:4-46 provides for the creation of an emergency appropriation for the purpose mentioned above, and

WHEREAS, the total amount of the emergency appropriations created, including the appropriation to be created by this Resolution is $1,000,000 and three percent (3%) of the total operating appropriations in the budget for 2011 is $508,758.13; and

WHEREAS, the foregoing appropriation together with prior appropriations exceeds three percent (3%) of the total operating appropriations (including utility operation appropriations) in the budget for 2011.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF VERNON that in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:4-49, petition be made to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for permission to exceed the statutory limitation of three percent (3%) for the creation of an appropriation for the purpose set forth in the preamble in accordance with the following:

  1. An emergency appropriation is hereby made for Salaries and Wages and other Expenses related to the Damages from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in the amount of $1,000,000.
  2. That said emergency appropriation shall be provided for in full in the 2012 budget, within CAPS, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-53.3c(1).
  3. That an Emergency Note not in excess of the above amount be authorized pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-51.
  4. That such Note shall be executed by William I. Zuckerman, Chief Financial Officer and by Victor J. Marotta, Mayor.
  5. That such Note shall be dated September 14, 2011, may be renewed from time to time, and such Note and any renewals shall be payable on or before September 21, 2012.
  6. That the statement required by the Local Finance Board has been filed with the Clerk and copies transmitted to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services.
  7. That two (2) certified copies of this Resolution be filed with the Director of the Division of Local Government Services.

Motion to approve Resolution #11-183:
Moved: Daniel Kadish
Second: Eddie Dunn

Council Member Kadish thought that they had approved a resolution at the last meeting for other radios. Mayor Marotta advised that this purchase had been included as part of the bond ordinance #11-08. Mr. Lynch advised that the last one was for handheld radios, where this one was for the radios in the trucks. The Mayor agreed.

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel
Nays: None
Abstain: Brian Lynch
Resolution #11-183 was adopted.

Resolution #11-183: Authorizing the Use of the Morris County Co-Op Contract #41 and State Contract #53764 and #53769 to Purchase and Install Brand New Radio Equipment for McAfee Fire Department

WHEREAS, the McAfee Fire Department has a need to purchase certain radio equipment for its fire tanker, fire ladder and fire engine vehicles; and

WHEREAS, the Township desires to use the Morris County Cooperative Council which has publicly received bids for David Clark equipment through Contract #41; and

WHEREAS, the Township additionally desires to use the New Jersey State Cooperative which has publicly received bids for Kenwood and Antennex Equipment through Contract #53764 and #53769 for labor rates necessary to install this equipment; and

WHEREAS, the Township additionally desires to purchase two (2) Impact 6 multi unit battery chargers and two (2) mounting brackets, not covered under either contract; and

WHEREAS, the Purchasing Agent recommends the Township Council award a contract to provide and install this equipment to Atlantic Communications, 664 Route 15 South, Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey 07849; and

WHEREAS, the total cost for the equipment (including installation) will be $10,385.46 and the Chief Financial Officer, of the Township of Vernon, has certified these funds are available in accounts #3094301.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, that the vendor, Atlantic Communications, be utilized to purchase and install radio equipment through the Morris County and State Cooperatives, and the battery chargers not covered under either contract, in accordance with the attached quote in the amount not to exceed $10,385.46; and

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

Ordinances—2nd Reading by Title Only—Adoption

Ordinance #11-21: An ordinance of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, amending the code of the Township of Vernon: supplementing Chapter 1 “General Provisions”; replacing Chapter 5 “Administration of Township Government”; changing the municipal election from May to November each year; supplementing Chapter 500 regarding roads; replacing Chapter 413 regarding parks and recreation; supplementing Chapter 89 regarding retirement benefits; and deleting Chapter 244

Motion to adopt Ord. #11-21 on 2nd reading by title only:
Motion: Daniel Kadish
Second: Patrick Rizzuto

Public Comments on Ordinance #11-21 Only

The meeting was open to public comments on Ordinance #11-21 at this time.

Tom McClachrie—had a question about Open Space. He wondered if not having an Open Space program with no new funds would be affected by grants requiring matching funds for Open Space/Farmlands. Mr. Kadish asked if farmers would no longer be eligible for farmland preservation if the Township program was no longer here. It was noted that the soil quality is not very good in Vernon.

Jessi Paladini—felt that the new code was an abomination. She felt there were no segregation of duties, the open space issue, Historic Preservation Commission segment changes, etc. She noted that the Environmental Commission would then take over open space responsibility. She felt the old code had been well thought out and carefully formulated, and now it was being changed to the detriment of Vernon.

Gary Martinsen—was equally concerned about the Open Space issue; Historic Preservation Commission concerns on destruction of historical artifacts (Mr. Kelly advised where those sections were located in the new code); 5-36 was moved from Administration to the Finance Department (Mayor Marotta advised that it had originally been under Finance and incorrectly moved to Administration, which was not its correct location); he felt there was a perception of protocol in intentionally not sending the ordinance back for introduction to the public rather than making it correct.

Mr. Kelly advised that after the September 22 work session on the ordinance, the typos and numbers that were corrected were not substantive in nature and therefore did not require re-introduction.

Robert Oliver—felt that the Council had worked very hard on this ordinance.

Closed to Public Comments on Ordinance #11-21

A roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: Eddie Dunn, Daniel Kadish, Patrick Rizzuto, Dick Wetzel, Brian Lynch
Nays: None
Ordinance #11-21 was adopted on 2nd reading.

Appointments

Board of Recreation

Mayor Marotta offered the name of Don Sledgeski as Alternate 2 to serve on the Board of Recreation for a 5-year term.

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Dick Wetzel

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

Mayor Marotta appointed Justin Annunziata to the Board of Recreation as a student representative and an ad-hoc member for a 1-year term ending with the school year in June of 2012.

Historic Preservation Commission

Mayor Marotta offered the name of Theodore Laabs to a 4-year term to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Moved: Dick Wetzel
Second: Daniel Kadish

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

Economic Development Advisory Commission

Mayor Marotta offered the name of RoseAnn Brennan to a 1-year term on the Economic Development Advisory Commission. He questioned the term ending on December 31, 2011, but was advised that the Commission would have new appointments in January where terms could be extended.

Moved: Eddie Dunn
Second: Dick Wetzel

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

Municipal Utility Authority

Mayor Marotta offered the name of Doug Dobrzynski to a 5-year term as Alternate #1 to the Municipal Utility Authority.

Moved: Patrick Rizzuto
Second: Daniel Kadish

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

Council President

Council President Lynch advised that he had a few of items of note:

He related a story from the hurricane—the Highland Lakes fire department started receiving calls @5:30am, the rain was so strong that from inside the firehouse they could see what appeared to be someone in a boat in Lake Wanda fishing. They notified the Chief of Police but were told that it was not illegal. A few hours later they noticed that the fisherman was still out there, and they were concerned that it might turn into a rescue situation. As it turned out, there was no one in the boat at all—the rain had distorted things so much that it looked like there was!

He was proud of the efforts made by all—everyone worked non-stop. The repairs to roadways, etc. have been on-going and are continuing. The community pulled together to assist each other.

Council Business

Council Member Dunn echoed Mr. Lynch about the efforts of all involved during the storms. He added “hats off” to the employees.

Council Member Kadish felt it was necessary to pass the ordinance, however he still had some concerns about the removal of the Open Space Commission. He understands that the administrative code is a living document that can be amended as needed.

Council Member Rizzuto echoed the comments of his fellow Council members on the efforts of the DPW and Police in all the road closures/repairs. They were all very courteous, and he was glad for the Police Dept. Facebook notices. Mr. Rizzuto also noted that he was very happy with the appointment of Justin Annunziata to the Board of Recreation, as he has a very strong working knowledge of recreation issues.

Council Member Wetzel noted that he was very happy to see the numbers of people volunteering for Boards/Commissions. He was also glad to see the Township’s youth getting involved—it is greatly needed and welcomed. He thanked the public, the volunteers, and everyone who rallied during the storms.

Adjournment

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

The Regular Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Vernon was adjourned at 9:02 p.m.

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

Minutes approved: October 13, 2011