Council Minutes from 1/2/2003
 

ORGANIZATION MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 2, 2003.  MAYOR MICHAEL TRIPODI PRESIDED.

Councilman Edward Galasso and Councilman Alan Jankunas took their Oath of Office and were sworn in by Borough Clerk Hedy Lipke.

ROLL CALL

Roll Call at 7:30 P.M. showed the following Council Members present:  Carmela Colosimo, Gregg David, Kathi Fiamingo, Ed Galasso, Alan Jankunas, and Robert Taylor.

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

The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor Tripodi.

INVOCATION

The invocation was given by Rev. Joseph Bejgrowicz of St. Theresa’s Church.  He was assisted by Rev. Jose Lito Ebron and Rev. Al Kowalski.

MAYOR’S ADDRESS

Copy appears on the following pages.

ELECTION OF COUNCIL PRESIDENT

Councilman Galasso made a motion, seconded by Jankunas, that Councilwoman Kathi Fiamingo be nominated for the office of Council President for the year 2003.  On roll call the vote was unanimous.

Councilwoman Fiamingo thanked everyone for their vote and said it would be an honor to serve as Council President.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 through 32 are listed on 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 Fiamingo moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Council Member Colosimo.  Upon roll call the vote was unanimous.

RESOLUTION NO. 1

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of HEDY LIPKE as ADA Coordinator for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

RESOLUTION NO. 2

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That JUDY DeSCISCIO and DIANNE CORRAGIO be appointed as members of the Board of Health for 3 years terms and ALBERT TESTA as Alternate No. 2 for a 2 year term.

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of WOLFF AND SAMSON as Bond Counsel for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of FERRAIOLI, WIELKOTZ, CERULLO, & CUVA, P.A. as Borough Auditor for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of HEDY LIPKE as Certifying Agent, Personnel Supervisor and Local Improvement Search Officer for the year 2003, be and the same is herby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That JOANNE SZELINGIEWICZ, be and she is hereby appointed Municipal Court Administrator for the year 2003.

RESOLUTION NO. 7

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That BARBARA GRABOWSKI, be and she is hereby appointed Deputy Court Administrator for the year 2003.

RESOLUTION NO. 8

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of MICHELLE DeROCCO as Deputy Borough Clerk for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 9

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of DANIELLE BUTTELL as Dog Warden for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

RESOLUTION NO. 10

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That ROBERT WALCK be appointed as Fire Prevention Inspector for the year 2003.

RESOLUTION NO. 11

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of ANNETTE SOOS, MARYELLEN HARRIS, and BARBARA MORISON as members of the Library Board of Trustees for a

5 year term be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 12

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of DONNA URBAN as a member of

the Local Assistance Board for a 4 year term, be and the same is herby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 13

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of JEFFREY CORCIONE as Municipal

Drug Alliance Committee Chairman for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 14

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of ALBERT STENDER, ESQ.  as

Municipal Prosecutor for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 15

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of ROBERT WALCK as Oil Burner Inspector for the year 2003, be and the same is confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 16

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That GREGG DAVID, a member of the Governing Body, be and is

appointed a member of the Planning Board for the year 2003.

RESOLUTION NO. 17

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of DAVID MILLER as Plumbing Sub Code Official for a 4 year term, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

 

RESOLUTION NO. 18

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of LISA WOOD and MAURA LYNCH

as Police Matrons for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 19

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the appointment of HEDY LIPKE, Borough Clerk, as Public Agency Compliance Officer (P.A.C.O.) for the New Jersey Affirmative Action Office for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 20

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That HEDY LIPKE, be and she is hereby appointed Purchasing Agent for the year 2003.

RESOLUTION NO. 21

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of ARNOLD BAGNALL, RICH BRADY, JOHN CARR, MARIANTONIA DAVANZO, MARK KRAUS, ANTHONY LOPEZ, KIMBERLY McGEEHAN, CHRISTINE McMILLIAN, WILLIAM PAPA, PATRICIA SISNETSKY, MARYANN STILES, and RONALD SMITH; KAREN DeFABIO (Alternate), JANE FLANAGAN (Alternate), ED KEYASKO (Alternate), CARLO PICCININNI (Alternate), and MICHAEL RINGLER (Alternate) as School Crossing Guards for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 22

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of LEWIS GIORDINO and ROBERT WALCK as Smoke Detector Inspectors for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 23

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of DANIEL RYAN as Superintendent of Public Works for the year 2003, be and is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 24

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of PATRICIA HOWARTH as Tax Search Officer for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

 

RESOLUTION NO. 25

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of DIANNE MARUS as Treasurer of the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 26

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s designation of the CRANFORD CHRONICLE, the

KENILWORTH LEADER, and the STAR LEDGER as the Official Newspapers of the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 27

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Resolution on the Open Public Meetings Act.  2003

                                                                        Schedule of Meetings)

RESOLUTION NO. 28

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the annexed By-Laws shall constitute the By-Laws of the Governing Body for the year 2003 or until amended.

RESOLUTION NO. 29

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the following AD HOC COMMITTEES be continued for the year 2003:               1.              Beautification Committee

2.                  Contract Negotiation Committee

3.                  Creek Funding Committee

4.                  Drug Alliance Committee

5.                  Local Cable Access Committee

6.                  Local Emergency Management Committee

7.                  Parking Committee

8.                  Parks Revitalization Committee

9.                  Pride in Kenilworth Committee

10.              Smart Growth Planning Committee

11.              Space Utilization Committee

12.              Technology Committee

Be It Further Resolved  that Committees may be added and/or deleted as the need arises.

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

RESOLUTION NO. 30

Be It Hereby Resolved:   Whereas,  the approval of the Petty Cash funds listed below has been given by the Division of Local Government Services, and

                                         Whereas,  these funds for 2002 have been returned to the Chief Finance Officer according to R.S. 40A5-21;

                                          Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved  by the Municipal Council of the Borough of Kenilworth that the Treasurer be authorized to draw and deliver said warrants to the following Petty Cash Custodians for the year 2003:

                        Police Department                              Total Fund

                        William Dowd, Police Chief                 $150.00

                        Tax & Finance

                        Patricia Howarth, Asst. Treasurer             $25.00

RESOLUTION NO. 31

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

RESOLUTION NO. 32

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the following be designated as official Insurance Agents for the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2003:

            BGIA, BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENTAL INSURANCE AGENCY, Lead Agency

                        Plaza Nine 900 Route 9 North, Suite 503, Woodbridge, NJ; and

            AGA, AMALGAMATED GENERAL AGENCIES

                        115 Grove Street, East, Westfield, NJ

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 33

Introduced by Fiamingo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of HARVEY FRUCHTER, ESQ. as

Borough Attorney for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.  Salary to be

$12,000 per annum; $100 per hour retainer.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.

 

RESOLUTIONS (CONT.)

 

RESOLUTION NO. 34

Introduced by Fiamingo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of MICHAEL D. DISKO as Engineer for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call the vote was as follows:  Colosimo, David, Taylor, “NO”;

Fiamingo, Galasso, and Jankunas, “YES”; Mayor Tripodi voted “YES” to break the tie.

RESOLUTION NO. 35

Introduced by Fiamingo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of RUDERMAN & GLICKMAN, P.C.

as Borough Labor Attorney for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call the vote was as follows:  Colosimo, David, Taylor, “NO”;

Fiamingo, Galasso, and Jankunas, “YES”; Mayor Tripodi voted “YES” to break the tie.

RESOLUTION NO. 36

Introduced by Fiamingo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of THOMAS A. VITALE, ESQ. as

Borough Magistrate at a salary of $18,290.00 per annum, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.

RESOLUTION NO. 37

Introduced by Fiamingo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of MICHAEL DISKO and FRANK MANTO as Kenilworth’s representatives to the Union County Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.

RESOLUTIONS (CONT.)

 

RESOLUTION NO. 38

Introduced by Fiamingo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of JOSEPH DEPA, JR. as Public Defender for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.

RESOLUTION NO. 39

Introduced by Fiamingo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of TRACI ZALINSKI and THOMAS BUTLER as Assistant Public Defenders for 1 year terms, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.

Mrs. Lipke, Borough Clerk, read the following letter from Mayor Tripodi regarding PLANNING

BOARD appointments:

            Dear Mrs. Lipke:

            I am herewith making the following appointments to the Planning Board:

                        Charles Vitale, Class IV Member, 4 year term

                                Frank Rica, Class II Member, 2 year term

                                Fred Pugliese, Alternate No. 3, 2 year term

                                Sal Candarella, Alternate No. 4, 2 year term

                                                                                Yours truly,

                                                                                Michael A. Tripodi

                                                                                Mayor

RESOLUTION NO. 40

Introduced by Colosimo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of SCOTT PENTZ, MADONNA BOGUS, and LYNN CARBONE as members of the Recreation Committee for 3 year terms, and KELLY CLEMENTI as Alternate #1 for a one year unexpired term expiring 12/31/2003, be and is hereby confirmed.

Seconded by Taylor and on roll call unanimously carried.

RESOLUTIONS (CONT.)

RESOLUTION NO. 41

Introduced by Fiamingo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of FRANK RICA as Zoning

Enforcement Officer for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call the vote was as follows:  Colosimo, David, Taylor, “NO”;

Fiamingo, Galasso, Jankunas, “YES”; Mayor Tripodi voted “YES” to break the tie.

RESOLUTION NO. 42

Introduced by Fiamingo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s designation of the FIRST UNION BANK, N.J. CASH MANAGEMENT FUND, FLEET BANK, COMMERCE BANK, S & I BANK AND TRUST,

ENTERPRISE BANK and  UNITED TRUST BANK  as Official Depositories for the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call the vote was as follows:  Colosimo, Fiamingo, Galasso, Jankunas, and Taylor, “YES”; David, “Abstain”.

DESIGNATION OF COMMITTEES

The following Council Committees were designated:

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Chairperson Fiamingo, Galasso, Taylor

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Chairperson Jankunas, Colosimo, David

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Chairperson Galasso, Fiamingo, Jankunas

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING & ORDINANCES

Chairperson David, Galasso, Jankunas

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING & FIRE

Chairperson Colosimo, Fiamingo, Taylor

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE

Chairperson Taylor, Colosimo, David

­ORGANIZATION MEETING (CONT.)

­At this time, Mayor Tripodi administered the Oath of Office to Borough Attorney Harvey Fruchter.

Mayor Tripodi called forward former Judge Aldan Markson and presented him a certificate of appreciation for his 30 years of service to the Borough. 

Judge Markson thanked the four Mayors he has served under, Mayor Mancino, Mayor Benintente, Mayor Rego and Mayor Tripodi for appointing him.  He thanked his staff,

Court Administrator Mrs. Szelingiewicz, Mrs. Grabowski, and Mrs. Weiss along with the prosecutor and public defender without whom he would not have been able to do the job over the years.  He said that he has served as judge in other communities and can honestly say that 

that the Kenilworth Police Department is second to none.  He recognized former Mayor Mancino and thanked him for serving as mediator, working without compensation, and his work resulted in settlements of many neighborhood grievances which made his job easier.  He thanked everyone in the Borough of Kenilworth.

Mayor Tripodi called forward to introduce the new Borough Magistrate Thomas Vitale, who he has worked with as the Borough Attorney for the past ten years.  (Thomas Vitale will be sworn in by the Superior Court Judge on January 3, 2003, pending the passing of Resolution No. 35.)

Mayor Tripodi said he is confident that the governing body has appointed a great Judge, who comes from a great family and he should be congratulated.

Thomas Vitale thanked the Mayor for his confidence in appointing him to the position, and the full council for confirming the resolution.  He thanked his family, his children, his parents and most of all, his wife Karen to whom he will be married 30 years in June.  He said he can honestly say that she raised their 3 children single-handedly because of the hours he had to put in as an attorney.  He said without her he would not be where he is today and he truly loves her.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Councilwoman Fiamingo wished everyone a happy New Year and congratulated all of the new officials who were appointed this evening, especially Mr. Vitale whom she has worked closely with and gotten to know very well.  She also welcomed Harvey and said his it was nice to see many residents here this evening and hoped they would come back for other meetings.

Councilwoman Colosimo wished everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and congratulated Councilmen Galasso and Jankunas, Harvey Fruchter and Tom Vitale.  She said she is sure they will all do a fantastic job.

Councilman Jankunas wished everyone a happy New Year and said he was looking forward to working with everyone, especially the new appointments which were made tonight.  He said he feels confident that there will be a good working relationship in the New Year.

GENERAL BUSINESS (CONT.)

Councilman Taylor welcomed Alan Jankunas saying that he was in that seat last year at this time and can say that it is worthy task that he will be up to.  He thanked the new appointees and congratulated the old ones and said he is looking forward a great year in the Borough.

Councilman Galasso echoed everyone’s sentiments and wished everybody a happy New Year.  He congratulated Alan, welcomed Harvey and said goodbye to Judge Markson.  He said he

knows newly appointed Judge Vitale will do a great job.

Councilman David congratulated Al and Ed, all of the new appointments, and wished everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Councilwoman Colosimo said she also wanted to thank Judge Markson for all his years of service, on behalf of the Borough.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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

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.

8:15 P.M.                                                                                 Respectfully submitted,

                       

                                                                                                Hedy Lipke, Borough Clerk

 



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