Council Minutes from 3/13/2002
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 13, 2002. MAYOR MICHAEL TRIPODI PRESIDED.

ROLL CALL

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

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 Fiamingo, seconded by Galasso and carried, that the minutes of the Work Session Meeting of February 26th, Closed Session Meeting of February 27th and the Regular Meeting of February 27, 2002 be dispensed with and approved as submitted. (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Notice received from the Kenilworth Board of Education of a Public Hearing on their 2002-2003 School Budget on Monday, March 25, 2002 at 8:00 P.M. in the Board of Education Conference Room at Brearley.
  2. Invitation from the Kenilworth Little League to Mayor and Council to attend the Opening
  3. Day Ceremony on April 13, 2002 at 1 P.M. after the parade.

  4. Letter from the Kenilworth Police Department inviting Mayor and Council to attend the
  5. D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony for St. Theresa’s and Harding School 5th Graders on

    Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 7 P.M. in the St. Theresa’s Gym.

  6. Letter from Shirley Boyden Maxwell, on behalf of the Kenilworth Historical Society,

thanking the Governing Body for the assistance given in the "Save the House Campaign"

over the past year.

REPORTS

  1. Police Department Report for the month of February, 2002.
  2. Construction Department Report for the month of February, 2002.
  3. Borough Clerk’s Report for the month of February, 2002.
  4. Rahway Valley sewerage Authority Meeting Minutes of January 17, 2002.

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

SPECIAL PRESENTATION- PROCLAIMING APRIL AS ORGAN DONOR MONTH

Mayor Tripodi deviated from the agenda at this point and presented a representative from Overlook Hospital with a proclamation that designates April as "Organ Donor Month" in the Borough of Kenilworth. Mrs. Bruder thanked the Mayor and Council for the proclamation and also for granting permission to tie green ribbons to Borough trees to bring awareness to their cause.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Tripodi said he will cover his report as well as Councilwoman Colosimo’s report in her absence. He read an advisory from the Elizabethtown Water Company regarding an executive order issued by the Governor about the water restrictions. He highlighted the following:

    • Prohibition of watering lawns, with the exception of the central region, which includes Kenilworth
    • No watering of pavements
    • No washing of vehicles other than fire engines and haz-mat vehicles, unless performed by a commercial enterprise
    • No water served in restaurants except when requested by customers
    • No use of outside fountains that do not use recycled water

Mayor Tripodi suggested that residents log onto www.etownwater.com for more information or visit the Kenilworth web site where he will ask our web master to post this information.

Mayor Tripodi also noted that we will not be sending the street sweeper out until these restrictions are lifted.

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilwoman Fiamingo announced that they will be introducing the proposed 2002 budget this evening. She said the hearing is currently scheduled for April 10th, however, it is likely that it will be postponed until we hear back from the state on the extraordinary aid application which was mailed out by Federal Express today.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Galasso read the following highlights from the Chief’s report for the month of February: Off. Matt Devlin completed CPR instructive training; Off. Cox and Leudekke attended accident investigation school; Offs. Obiezinski, Marranca, and Smith attended identitiy theft training, and Sgt. Hannon attended UCERT Swat training. Councilman Galasso noted that on this evening’s Consent Agenda they will be introducing a resolution to amend the "Table of Organization" within the Police Department, saying that it basically adds a patrolman in the detective bureau and the school resource officer.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES (CONT.)

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING AND ORDINANCE

Councilman David reported that he was in receipt of the Zoning Officer’s report for the month of February and said that the total number of complaints were 11, approvals were 7, denials were 0, and there were 3 pieces of correspondence. He also announced that he was in receipt of the Construction Department’s report for the month of February and said that the total receipts for the month were $34,782. which included $29,709. in Building Fees, $1,392. in Trust Fees, $1, 201. in Elevator Fees, $2,400. in Trailer Fees, and $80. in Smoke Detector fees. Councilman David also announced that he attended last week’s Planning Board Work Session

and the Board heard one case which was a request by Schering Plough to construct a retaining wall and sign. He said it was unanimously approved.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION

Councilman Taylor said that the inspection and education on the grease trap issue is in its second week and he will report on that at the next meeting, as well as reports from the Library Board, the Local Assistance Board and Board of Health.

BILLS

Consolidated Bill List appears on the following pages.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 through No. 12 are listed under Consent Agenda 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 David moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Council Member Fiamingo. 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

Be It Hereby Resolved: That a reimbursement check in the amount of $101.99 was received from TIG Insurance Company on March 4, 2002 against a claim which was filed on June 5, 2001 for personal equipment lost in a police vehicle due to water damage by Officer Timothy Dowd, and

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Treasurer be and is hereby authorized to draw a warrant to reimburse $101.00 to: Timothy Dowd

Kenilworth Police Department

Kenilworth, NJ 07033

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Resolution appears on the following page. (Introduction of 2002 Municipal Budget)

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Resolution appears on the following page. (Authorizing Increase in Deferred School Taxes)

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Resolution appears on the following page. (Temporary Budget Appropriations)

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Be It Hereby Resolved: That the Borough of Kenilworth enter into a one year Agreement with Rapid Pump & Meter Service Company, Paterson, NJ, for the bi-monthly inspection and maintenance of the sewerage Pump Stations on 14th Street and on Lafayette Place at a cost of $385 for each bi-monthly inspection.

RESOLUTION NO. 7

Be It Hereby Resolved: That the Police Department Table of Orgaization, as attached, be amended to include the addition of one detective position and a School Resource Officer position.

RESOLUTION NO. 8

Be It Hereby Resolved: That the Borough Clerk be authorized to issue the following Raffle Licenses:

#748 - To St. Theresa’s Home School Association for an On-Premise 50/50 to be held

on April 11, 2002

#749 - To St. Theresa’s Home School Association for an On-Premise 50/50 to be held

on April 13, 2002

#750 - To the Kenilworth Historical Society for an On-Premise 50/50 to be held on

April 6, 2002

RESOLUTION NO. 9

Resolution appears on the following page. (Extending the contract with Great Northern

Recycling, Inc. for the Collection and Marketing

Services for Recyclables until December 31, 2002 at the present rate)

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

RESOLUTION NO. 10

Resolution appears on the following page. (Appealing to Governor McGreevey not to cut State

Aid to Municipalities and/or School Districts)

PROCLAMATION NO. 11

Proclamation appears on the following page. (Proclaming the month of April, 2002 as Organ

and tissue Donor Awareness Month)

PROCLAMATION NO. 12

Proclamation appears on the following page. (Proclaming the month of April, 2002 as Autism

Awareness Month)

GENERAL BUSINESS

Mayor Tripodi said that he has been informed that our Planning Board Chairman, George Schlenker, was rushed to the hospital over the weekend and he wished to send his thoughts and prayers to George and his family to get well soon.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

No one from the public desired to be heard.

ADJOURNMENT

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

8:12 P.M. Respectfully submitted,

Hedy Lipke

Borough Clerk



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