Council Minutes from 11/7/2001
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 7, 2001. MAYOR MICHAEL TRIPODI PRESIDED.

ROLL CALL

Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present: Carmela Colosimo, Gregg David, Richard Falcetano, Kathi Fiamingo, Ed Galasso, and Richard LoForte.

Mayor Tripodi read the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act.

The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor Tripodi.

MINUTES

It was moved by Colosimo, seconded by Falcetano and carried, that the minutes of the Work Session Meeting of October 23rd and the Regular Meeting of October 24, 2001 be dispensed with and approved as submitted. (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Letter from Susan Kotch regarding an update on the "unofficial" town website and requesting support for some continuing improvements she is proposing.
  2. Letter from Lenore & Leonard Achor asking that a tree be removed at 101 North 13th

Street stating that it is diseased and hazardous.

REPORTS

  1. Police Department Report for the month of October, 2001.
  2. Construction Department Report for the month of October, 2001.

It was moved by Fiamingo, seconded by Falcetano and carried, that the above communications be received and filed and any money amounts indicated be spread throughout the minutes.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Tripodi reported that letters will be going out in support of the two "Field of Dreams" applications we received, one is for the Kenilworth Little League who are hoping to get grant money in the amount of $25,000 to pay for the lights they will be installing on their field and the other is from the Kenilworth Board of Education who are requesting grant money in the amount of $75,000 to do various improvements to the grounds. He announced that the annual tree lighting ceremony will take place on December 1st and more details will follow. Mayor Tripodi also announced that he will be attending the League of Municipalities convention next week and also that Michigan Avenue is in the process of being paved, causing a temporary inconvenience

REPORT OF COMMITTEES (CONT.)

MAYOR’S REPORT (CONT.)

to travelers. Mayor Tripodi also congratulated Gregg David and Bob Taylor on their election day victories.

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilwoman Fiamingo reported that there is a resolution on the agenda tonight for some transfers and earlier this evening, at the work session meeting, she provided Councilmen David,

Falcetano and Galasso with some information from the Board of Education relative to a new ID

system and requested feedback from the Recreation, Library and Police & Fire Departments as far as their utilization. She said she thinks the Board is looking for some shared services arrangements relative to this.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilwoman Colosimo said that Superintendent Ryan has written specs for bulky waste and general household waste pick up and it is being reviewed by our Attorney at this time.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Galasso said that he was in receipt of the Chief’s report for the month of October and noted that various members of the department attended the following seminars: Bias Training, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Street Spanish and UCERT Training. Detective Zimmerman attended a specialized computer course in West Virginia which was paid for by the County and this is preparation for his eventual, mandatory, temporary assignment with the Union County High Tech Task Force. Councilman Galasso noted the appointment of Ronald Smith on the consent agenda as an alternate school crossing guard to replace Debra Graham who resigned.

In reference to the requested study of traffic on Quinton Avenue, Sgt. Grady has not

recommended the 4-way stop and/or change of the direction of the stop sign as requested by the residents, however, he did recommend the installation of rumble strips, installation of additional signs, and radar enforcement. Sgt. Grady has also investigated the need for cross walks on North

14th Street by the Little League field and has consulted the Borough Engineer. They both believe that cross walks would not be appropriate for this location. Councilman Galasso read the results of the traffic study on Springfield Road and said the increase of traffic has not yet presented any major problems, however, there does appear to be an increase in the flow coming from 14th Street and making a left onto the Boulevard and this will be monitored.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING AND ORDINANCES

Councilman LoForte reported that the additional inspections being made by the sub-code officials in the Building Department are going very smoothly. He added that the total receipts for the Building Department for the month of October were $26,900.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES (CONT.)

DEPARTMENT OF FIRE, RECREATION LIGHTING AND ECOLOGY

Councilman Falcetano said he had nothing to report.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman David said he attended the Welfare Board meeting earlier this evening and announced that the Welfare Director is looking for families who may need a Thanksgiving food basket or children who may need a gift at Christmas time and asked if anyone knew of someone in need to contact Paulette Drogon. He also reported that Paulette is looking for volunteers to

donate an hour of their time to "ring the bell" in front of the A&P for the Salvation Army. He noted that 90% of the monies collected get to stay here in the Borough for our own needy

families.

BILLS

Consolidated Bill List appears on the following pages.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 through 7 are listed under Consent Agenda attached and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed below. All items will be recorded individually in full in the minutes.

Council Member Falcetano moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Council Member Galasso. Upon roll call the vote was unanimous.

RESOLUTION NO. 1

Be It Hereby Resolved: That all bills be paid when properly audited and funds are available.

RESOLUTION NO. 2

Resolution appears on the following page. (Copy attached)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Be It Hereby Resolved: WHEREAS, payment was received from Premier Office Supply by the Fire Prevention Bureau and deposited as a Fire Inspection Fee, and

WHEREAS, it has been found that this fee was received and deposited

in error,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Borough Treasurer be and is hereby authorized to draw a warrant for refund as stated below.

Premier Office Supply

326 N. 14th Street

Kenilworth, NJ 07033

Amount to refund - $117.66

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Be It Hereby Resolved: That Trudy Neuhauser be appointed as Alternate No. 1 on the Kenilworth Board of Health replacing Patricia Kotch for an unexpired term which ends 12/31/01.

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Be It Hereby Resolved: That the Mayor’s appointment of Ronald Smith as an Alternate School

Crossing Guard for the Year 2001, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Resolution appears on the following page. (Awarding bid for Library ADA Circulation

Desk/Alarm System to Alarm and Communications

Technologies (Fire Alarm System) =

$19,822.00 and to Library Interiors, Inc. (Circulation Desk) = $5,032.00)

RESOLUTION NO. 7

Resolution appears on the following page. (Awarding bid for Crack Sealing on Various Streets

to J.B. Ragonese Construction Company - $6,237.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORDINANCES

Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-19 was read for a second reading as follows: (Copy appears in

the minutes of October 24, 2001)

ORDINANCE NO. 2001-19

ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 190-37 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH TO ELIMINATE ANGLE PARKING AT DESIGNATED LOCATIONS

Mayor Tripodi explained that this is one of two ordinances tonight which will establish a school drop off zone in front of Harding School. This ordinance will eliminate the angle parking to allow for the new drop off zone configuration.

Mayor Tripodi opened the meeting to the public for any questions or comments on Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-19.

Fred Soos, Epping Drive, commended the Mayor and Council for this ordinance saying that it was a long time coming and it is a great thing. He said he sees first hand how smoothly this is operating and it is a good situation. He said some of the moms are still parking across the street

from the school and crossing in the middle of the Boulevard instead of walking to the crossing guard and maybe if they were slapped with a summons they would be made aware of what a

dangerous situation they are in.

RESOLUTION NO. 8

Introduced by Galasso who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved: That Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-19, be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by Falcetano and on roll call unanimously carried.

Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-20 was read for a second reading as follows: (copy appears in the

minutes of October 24, 2001)

ORDINANCE NO. 2001-20

ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 190 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH – SCHOOL CHILDREN SAFE DROP OFF ZONE

Mayor Tripodi explained that this is the companion ordinance for 2001-19 and this will establish the school drop off zone, the intent, the purposes and procedures to insure a safe ingress and egress for the children from the automobiles. He added that this ordinance has been endorsed by

the PTO.

 

 

 

 

ORDINANCES (CONT.)

HEARING ON PROPOSED ORDINANCE NO. 2001-20 (CONT.)

Mayor Tripodi opened the meeting to the public for any questions or comments on Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-20.

No one desiring to be heard, Mayor Tripodi closed the meeting to the public.

RESOLUTION NO. 9

Introduced by LoForte who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved: That Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-20, be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by Fiamingo and on roll call unanimously carried.

Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-21 was read for a second reading as follows: (Copy appears in

the minutes of October 24, 2001)

ORDINANCE NO. 2001-21

ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 190 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH – BUS STOP

Mayor Tripodi explained that by recommendation from the police department this ordinance will amend the schedule and add a new bus stop location.

Mayor Tripodi opened the meeting to the public for any questions or comments on Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-21.

No one desiring to be heard, Mayor Tripodi closed the meeting to the public.

RESOLUTION NO. 10

Introduced by Galasso who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved: That Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-21 be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by LoForte and on roll call unanimously carried.

 

 

 

 

 

ORDINANCES (CONT.)

Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-22 was read for a second reading as follows: (Copy appears in

minutes of October 24, 2001)

ORDINANCE NO. 2001-22

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH, COUNTY OF UNION AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY PERTAINING TO THE JOINT ENFORCEMENT OF CERTAIN TRAFFIC LAWS WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP OF UNION, COUNTY OF UNION AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY, BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH

Mayor Tripodi explained that as a part of the Borough’s litigation and settlement, the Township of Union has agreed to a joint enforcement of the area around the Walmart Shopping Mall which will give the Kenilworth Police Department jurisdiction to enforce traffic laws.

Mayor Tripodi opened the meeting to the public for any questions or comments on Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-22.

Fred Soos, Epping Drive, said that this Ordinance was not clear to him and asked if we have similar agreements with Roselle Park and Cranford? He said it sounds like we are doing Union’s work for them.

Councilman Galasso explained that this will enable us to hear the case in the Borough and get the compensation for it.

Councilman David said it is meant specifically to enforce the traffic area coming out of Wal-Mart’s parking lot and without this ordinance, our hands are tied and we cannot enforce anything.

Mr. Soos asked if someone from Union gets stopped and tries to plea bargain their case here, how will that be handled?

Attorney Vitale explained that this is a reciprocal ordinance and we cannot enforce violations there unless we are given the authority by Union. This will tell Union that they cannot rescind our authority without our written consent.

No one else desiring to be heard, Mayor Tripodi closed the meeting to the public.

RESOLUTION NO. 11

Introduced by Galasso who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved: That Proposed Ordinance No. 2001-22, be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by LoForte and on roll call unanimously carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Councilman LoForte said he would like to congratulate Gregg David and Bob Taylor, Jr. on their

election and wished them the best of luck.

Councilwoman Colosimo said she also would like to congratulate Gregg and Bob and commended all 4 candidates for running an outstanding campaign. She said it was truly an above board campaign without a lot of negativity.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Fred Soos, Epping Drive, said all of the candidates ran a very nice campaign and most of the literature really seemed to stick to the issues. He also congratulated Gregg and Bob Taylor adding that it would be nice to see the candidates at some of the meetings. In regards to the Field of Dreams grant applications, Mr. Soos asked Mayor Tripodi why we are getting involved with the Little League?

Mayor Tripodi explained that we still own the land, they are our tenants and since they are reconfiguring the field for lights, they asked for our support and approval.

Mr. Soos said that someone should investigate how much money this Little League actually has because it is in their by-laws that they are not supposed to have a lot of money. Since the town is getting involved, someone should be looking into the fact that they are not spending their own money.

Mayor Tripodi explained that they had to get a bank loan to pay for the matching part of the grant.

Mr. Soos asked Councilman David if the ADA improvements on the agenda include an alarm system?

Councilman David said as far as he knows, it is the fire alarm. The Library Board did discuss the security alarm, however, they will have to wait to address in next year’s budget.

Mr. Soos asked why there is no discussion or resolutions tonight pertaining to police promotions or security within the police department?

Councilman Galasso said they are still working on and discussing the promotion ordinance and will be returning to the Work Session Meeting when this meeting is over.

Mr. Soos suggested to the Mayor that a committee be formed to look into the renovations to the Police Department.

Mayor Tripodi explained that there already is a Space Utilization Committee in existence, however, it was chaired by Don Rica when he was a councilman.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (CONT.)

Councilman David said there is a need to look at the list of members on this committee as in the 6 years that he has served, the Space Utilization Committee has never made a recommendation.

Mr. Soos said he would be glad to sit on the committee.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Council, it was moved by David, seconded by Colosimo and carried, that the meeting be adjourned to the call of the chair.

8:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Hedy Lipke

Borough Clerk

 



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