Council Minutes from 3/27/2002
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 27, 2002. 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 Robert Taylor.

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 Falcetano, seconded by Fiamingo and carried that the minutes of the Work Session Meeting of March 12th and the Regular Meeting of March 13, 2002 be dispensed with and approved as submitted. (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Letter from Thomas Giacobbe, 119 North 20th Street, complaining about the condition of the street in front of his home and asking that something be done.
  2. Notice from Comcast regarding various additions and deletions to their programming.
  3. Summons and Complaint received regarding Thomaso Pugliese v. Borough of Kenilworth and the Kenilworth Board of Adjustment. Forwarded to our insurance company.

REPORTS

  1. Tax Collector’s Annual Report for the Year 2001.
  2. Municipal Court Report for the month of February 2002.
  3. Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority Meeting Minutes of February 21 and March 4, 2002.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION – APPOINTMENT OF KENNETH P. GRADY AS

PROBATIONARY OFFICER

Mayor Tripodi deviated from the agenda and called forward Chief Dowd to assist with the appointment of Kenneth P. Grady to the Police Department. Mayor Tripodi read the following resolution into the minutes:

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Introduced by Galasso who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved: That the appointment of KENNETH P. GRADY, JR. as a Probationary Patrolman of the Borough of Kenilworth for a probationary period of one year effective as of

April 8, 2002, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Seconded by Fiamingo and on roll call unanimously carried.

Mayor Tripodi explained that when the SRO Officer was hired, it created a vacancy within the Department. He said that the Governing Body interviewed 3 very good alternate route candidates and Kenneth Grady Jr. came very highly recommended by the academy and added that we are proud to have him aboard. He comes from a tradition of law enforcement in his family, his father Sgt. Ken Grady and Officer Jim Grady who do a wonderful job for the borough. Chief Dowd welcomed Ken Grady Jr. and said not only in Kenilworth is his family

represented, but there are Grady’s in the Elizabeth Police Department and in the Sheriff’s office.

Chief Dowd said he is sure he will make a wonderful addition to the department.

Kenneth Grady Jr. said he would like to thank everyone for the opportunity and he feels very proud to be a part of this fine police department.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Tripodi reported that he attended a League of Municipalities meeting last Saturday and they discussed issues that were pending in the state. He also reported that he attended a Pride in Kenilworth Committee meeting and announced the date for the Octoberfest Street Fair will be

on October 20th and said they are looking to do an anniversary celebration ceremony on Thursday, June 13th along with the Historical Society. Mayor Tripodi reported that he met with the Cable Advisory Committee and they are working on getting the cable station working by the end of this year.

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilwoman Fiamingo said she had nothing to report.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES (CONT.)

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilwoman Colosimo reported that today we had a bulky waste pickup and Waste Management did a very good job. She said there were some complaints by residents that their garbage was missed and this was due to the fact that they put their garbage out after the trucks had already passed. She reminded residents that since the garbage is picked up so early, it must

be put out the night before. Councilwoman Colosimo said although the next pickup is scheduled for September, she will be recommending that we do one more in June and will be discussing this with the Council at the next meeting. She also reported that although there is a water shortage, the sweeper has been out, however, it has not been using water. Councilwoman Colosimo said that new flags have been ordered for DiMario Park and will be put up shortly.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Galasso said that the Public Safety Committee has been negotiating with PBA Local 135 since October to get a new collective bargaining agreement and said he was happy to report that all negotiable issues have been resolved and they will be signing a memorandum of understanding this evening after the meeting and are waiting for the final documents from the respective attorneys for the Mayor’s signature. He also welcomed Ken Grady Jr. to the department and congratulated his dad for getting another "Grady" on the force.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING AND ORDINANCES

Councilman David announced that there will be a regular meeting of the Planning Board tomorrow evening and he will be attending.

DEPARTMENT OF FIRE, RECREATION, LIGHTING AND ECOLOGY

Councilman Falcetano reported that the Recreation Director attended last night’s work session meeting and discussed possible projects and improvements for DiMario Park, which would come out of the Project Pocket Parks grant. He said they have instructed him to get more information and to clear everything through the CFO. Councilman Falcetano said he hopes that we will be moving forward shortly with some nice improvements to the park.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman Taylor said he attended the Local Assistance Board meeting and also the Board of Health meeting and was provided with an update on the problems with the grease traps and the local restaurants. He said he personally contacted the DPW Superintendent who cleaned the sewer line during the week and he stated that there was a lower level of grease in the sewer. Councilman Taylor explained that this meant to him that the program "Inspection and Education" that has been in place now for 3 weeks is improving the lines. Further testing and inspection will decide if the program is a success without any further action from the Borough.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES (CONT.)

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE (CONT.)

He said that the Board of Health has brought to his attention a problem with parking on the side of the building. He has alerted the Council and has requested better signage which is necessary for reserving these spaces for municipal use. Councilman Taylor said there are 3 people currently on Welfare and there is a breakfast scheduled on April 10th to thank the participants who volunteered their time for the Salvation Army program which raised about $2000.00.

BILLS

Consolidated Bill List appears on the following pages.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 through No. 5 are listed under Consent Agenda and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed below.

Council Member Fiamingo 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

Be It Hereby Resolved: That the appointment of MARYANN STILES as a regular School Crossing Guard for the Year 2002 effective as of 3/18/02, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Resolution appears on the following page. (Emergency Temporary Appropriation)

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Be It Hereby Resolved: That the Borough Clerk be authorized to issue the following Raffle License: #753 – to the Kenilworth Historical Society for an Off-Premise 50/50 to be held on November 15, 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Be It Hereby Resolved: That Thomas A. Vitale, Esq. is hereby appointed as special counsel to represent the Borough in defense of the matter entitled Pugliese, et al.v. Robert E. Jeans, Jr., et als, Docket No. UNN-L-1203-01, Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County, in accordance with the Reservation of Rights letter dated 3/14/02 received from North American Risk Services.

ORDINANCES

Proposed Ordinances No. 2002-03 was read for a first reading as follows: (Copy attached)

ORDINANCE NO. 2002-03

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 91-4 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF

KENILWORTH – FEES FOR OFF DUTY POLICE SERVICES

Mayor Tripodi explained that this ordinance will amend the Fees and Licenses chapter of the Borough Code and this particular element amends the security detail, construction and traffic and executive protection, as agreed during the collective bargaining.

Councilwoman Fiamingo called for a point of order, noting that the administration fee was incorrectly written in the proposed ordinance. Councilman Galasso moved that the administrative fee be changed to read $5.00, it was seconded by Councilman David and upon roll call unanimously carried.

RESOLUTION NO. 7

Introduced by Galasso who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved: That the Proposed Ordinance No. 2002-03, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on April 10, 2002.

Seconded by Fiamingo and on roll call unanimously carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Councilman Galasso announced that on Monday evening, he and Chief Dowd, Chief Giordino, and Councilwoman Fiamingo attended a Union County Chamber of Commerce dinner where Mayor Tripodi was named Mayor of the Year for "2002". He congratulated Mayor Tripodi for receiving this honor.

Mayor Tripodi thanked Councilman Galasso.

Councilwoman Fiamingo said she also was in attendance and congratulated Mayor Tripodi adding that it was a very nice event. She also congratulated Ken Grady Jr. and welcomed him to the force, saying that his father must be very proud of him.

GENERAL BUSINESS (CONT.)

Councilwoman Colosimo congratulated Mayor Tripodi. She also congratulated Ken Grady and

said she is sure he will be an outstanding officer.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Anthony Peters, Monroe Avenue, said that he is the Fire Sub-Code Official in the Borough of Kenilworth and has been for 25 years. He said he is very annoyed to have to read his name in the newspaper the way it has been used. He said he is referring to an editorial written by Sheila Spinoso which was printed in last week’s Cranford Chronicle. He said the article states that the Puglieses are not being allowed to finish work on their house because he (Anthony Peters) does not want the driveway to go where the Puglieses want it. Mr. Peters stated that his objections are only towards the plans which were submitted for his review which he deems were incomplete.

The Department of Community Affairs was called in to investigate the delay and found the plans to also be incomplete. Mr. Peters stated that he finds the accusations very insulting.

Mayor Tripodi advised Mr. Peters that there is a law suit pending regarding this situation and

he will refrain from commenting as it is now in the Superior Court.

Anthony Peters said that anyone who feels that they have not been treated properly by the Construction Department has a right to go to the Union County Board of Appeals, and in his 25 years of service he has never been called to the appeals board. There are other options people have besides writing letters to the newspapers and defaming people’s names.

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 call of the chair.

8:35 P.M. Respectfully submitted,

 

Hedy Lipke

Borough Clerk

 



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