Council Minutes from 9/24/2003
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 24, 2003.  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, Alan Jankunas, and Robert Taylor.  Councilwoman Carmela Colosimo was 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 Jankunas and carried, that the minutes of the Work Session Meeting of September 9th and the Regular Meeting of September 10, 2003 be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

HEARING ON CURB ASSESSMENTS FOR WILSHIRE DRIVE AND QUINTON AVENUE

Mayor Tripodi explained that when a Capital Improvement ordinance is approved and the project is closed, the engineer does the assessment for the curbs only, pursuant to a local ordinance.  He said a notice went out to residents and they can pay the assessment as one lump sum or over a

5 year payment plan which does not include interest.

Mayor Tripodi opened the meeting to the public for any questions or comments on the Curb Assessments for Wilshire Drive and Quinton Avenue.

Mr. Volikas, 27 Wilshire Drive, said that he looked up the word assessment in the dictionary and

this is a bill, not an assessment.

Councilman Galasso said that this was a bill for the curbs.

No one else desiring to be heard, Mayor Tripodi closed the meeting to the public.  He explained that the resolution will be approved under the Consent Agenda.

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Claim for property damage received from Frank Pugliese alleging damage to his vehicle as a result of the condition of Halsey Street. Forwarded to insurance company.
  2. Notice from Comcast of various changes to their Limited Basic Level of Service.
  3. Letter from Doreen Guenther, 210 Faitoute Avenue, asking for an update on the problem

with the tree stump and telephone pole in front of her house.

REPORTS

  1. Municipal Court Report for the month of August, 2003.

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

REPORT OF COMMITTEES

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Tripodi announced that the Octoberfest is planned for October 12th on the Boulevard between 18th and 23rd Streets.  He said there will be food and rides and he thanked the Pride in Kenilworth Committee and the Chamber of Commerce for their help and support.

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilwoman Fiamingo reported that on the agenda was an ordinance to fund the balance of the Commonwealth Road improvements and will be on the agenda for a second reading on October 8th.  Also on the Consent Agenda is the approval for the Borough of Kenilworth’s residents prescription plan which is administered by GSPOPS and will provide discounts to residents of the Borough who join the program for a fee. 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilman Jankunas reported during the weeks of September 10th through the 23rd, the men were working on grass and brush pick-up, repairing street signs, and tree maintenance.  He said 3 trees came down during hurricane Isabel and were taken care of post haste.  Bulky waste pick up was held last week and Rahway did a wonderful job, especially since they picked up 228 tons of debris. 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Galasso reminded residents that school is back in session and they need to be extra careful while driving.  He said the contractor has completed the work in the detective bureau and now are just waiting for it to cure.  In the meantime, a trailer will be parked in the driveway and act as a temporary detective bureau.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING AND ORDINANCES

Councilman David said the Planning Board is having its September  meeting tomorrow evening.

He read the following flyer into the minutes:

            Please join the Kenilworth Historical Society and the members of the Kenilworth Veterans Center for a

                Community Celebration to mark the dedication of the Nitschke House and unveil plans for the Kenilworth

                Veterans Center’s Memorial Park.  This will be held on Saturday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m. on South 21st

                Street.  Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES CONT.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman Taylor said he attended a Library Board Meeting on September 15th and they are filling a vacant position and are advertising for full and/or part time help.  The Librarian has been

contacted by the Hudson Shakespeare Company and are exploring the possibility of performing in front of Borough Hall in May.  He said he attended a Local Assistance Board Meeting on the

17th of September and reported 6 clients on the rolls.  He also announced that the Union County Senior Citizens Services are going to have an outreach program at the Senior Center on October 9th and there will be speakers regarding senior issues.  Councilman Taylor also announced that the Board of Health meeting scheduled for last week was cancelled and will be rescheduled.

BILLS

Consolidated Bill List appears on the following pages.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 through 7 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 Jankunas.

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:   Whereas, a fee has been collected for a variance on Blk 129, Lot 8 in the amount of $10.00, the list of property owners is no longer needed.

                                         Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved  that the Treasurer be authorized to issue a warrant for refund as stated below.

                        Block            Lot            Property Location                    Amount

                         129       8        727 Newark Avenue             $10.00

Make check payable to:  Patrick Cantalupo

                                        727 Newark Avenue

                                        Kenilworth, NJ  07033

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Confirming the assessments for curbs on Wilshire

                                                                        Drive)

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Confirming the assessments for curbs on Quinton

                                                                        Avenue from So. 25th Street to Michigan Ave.)

                                                                       

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Borough Clerk be authorized to issue the following Raffle License:             #781 – The CDA #17781 Court St. Theresa for an Off-Premise 50/50 to be held

on December 21, 2003 at St. Theresa’s

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Resolution authorizing the offering of a Prescription

                                                                        Savings Card Program to Kenilworth residents)

RESOLUTION NO. 7

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Governing Body voluntarily recognizes Teamsters

                                                                        Local 11 to represent Public Works Department

                                                                        employees)

RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES

Proposed Ordinance No. 2003-13 was read for a first reading as follows:  (copy attached)

                                                            2003-13

CAPITAL ORDINANCE TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $15,170.51 FOR ROAD

IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM IN, BY AND FOR THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH, IN THE COUNTY OF UNION, NEW JERSEY AND TO TRANSFER UNEXPENDED BOND ORDINANCE BALANCES AND REAPPROPRIATE SAME TO FINANCE SUCH APPROPRIATION

Mayor Tripodi explained that this is an appropriation ordinance for capital projects and road reconstruction for various streets and will cover Commonwealth Drive. 

RESOLUTION NO. 8

Introduced by Fiamingo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2003-13, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on October 8, 2003.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

No one desired to be heard.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Herb Michitsch, Monmouth Avenue, said there is debris from the storm in front of Borough

Hall and the rest of the town and it doesn’t seem like anyone is doing anything about it.

Mayor Tripodi explained that since construction is being done on the roof of Borough Hall, it will look like that until they are done and then it will be cleaned up.

Mr. Michitsch said he is concerned about the twigs and chestnuts that drop from the tree because if someone slips there will be a lawsuit.

Councilman Jankunas explained that the DPW has been short handed because last week was bulky clean up and 4 of our men were helping Rahway with the pick up.  There was a man out for 8 hours on Saturday cleaning the streets with the sweeper.  They have been very busy cleaning up after the storm.

Mr. Michitsch asked why we are helping Rahway and if Rahway reimbursed us for the labor?

Councilman Jankunas said no but if we did not help them they may still be here this week picking up.  Due to the pending storm, he said he felt it would be best to help Rahway out.

Mr. Michitsch said there is no schedule for grass pick up and he sees the trucks going up and down his street several times a day.  He said sometimes his grass sits out there for a week.

Councilman Jankunas said there is no schedule, however, he will look into this.

Mayor Tripodi explained that the new grass pickup rules came into effect due to DEP regulations and that was explained in the flyer and is posted on TV36

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.

8:23 P.M.                                                                                             Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                            Hedy Lipke, Borough Clerk



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