Council Minutes from 10/22/2003
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 22, 2003.  MAYOR MICHAEL TRIPODI PRESIDED.

ROLL CALL

Roll Call at 8:00 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.

MINUTES

It was moved by Galasso, seconded by Fiamingo and carried, that the minutes of the Work Session Meeting of October 7th and the Regular Meeting of October 8, 2003 be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Civil Action-Notice of Lawsuit with Complaint received 10/10/03 regarding Darren Fantasia v. Borough of Kenilworth Police Department.  Fowarded to insurance company.
  2. Letter received from Frank Natiello, 13 North 9th Street, requested permission to cut down a borough tree as he will be widening his driveway to provide access to his new garage.
  3. Letter received from Wayne Zalutko, 327 Coolidge Drive, asking that the Borough cut down a tree in front of his home as the roots are infiltrating his sewer line.
  4. The Public Hearing of Year XXX Community Development Funding applications will be held at the Regular Council Meeting of November 12, 2003.

REPORTS

  1. Municipal Court Report for the month of September, 2003.
  2. Construction Department Report for the month of September, 2003.

It was moved by Fiamingo, 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 requested a moment of silence in remembrance of our former Fire Chief John Malone who passed this weekend.  The Pride in Kenilworth Committee will be judging the Halloween house decorating contest this weekend and encourages all residents to participate.  The League of Municipalities will be having their meeting on Saturday,  October 25th.  The 6th Annual Octoberfest was a complete success and he will like to thank the borough departments and volunteers for all their help.

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilwoman Fiamingo reported that next week is the Public Hearing on the Community Development Funding applications.  Our CFO, Dianne Marus and Paulette Drogon will be submitting grant applications for senior program coordinator and senior bus driver. In addition she stated that they will be reviewing & discussing with the Kenilworth Inn the possibility of  implementing the hotel tax that Municipalities are now allowed to charge. 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilman Jankunas reported that our leaf machines and snow removal equipment are in good condition & ready to go.  Leaf collection will begin on November 3rd and run through December.  Rahway DPW Superintendent, Mike Smallings is working on a three year bulky waste contract.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Galasso had nothing to report at this time.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES

Councilman David reported the appointment of  EIC Inspection Agency, Inc. as Elevator Sub-Code Official for a two (2) year contract (January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2005) at a rate of 49% of D.C.A. fees.  Councilman David read the Construction Department report for the month of September, 2003.

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, LIGHTING, FIRE AND ECOLOGY

Councilwoman Colosimo announced our annual  Halloween parade will be held this Saturday at the Harding School.  The installation of the new bathroom in the Recreation Center will begin on the 17th.  If the CFO approves the funding, repair work will commence on the wall, door and frame due to damage caused by a roof leak. The Fire Committee will be meeting soon regarding the consultant’s report on the Fire Department and at that time we will report back.  She also stated what a fine job Ron Barrett Cook did at the gang awareness program.  Councilwoman Colosimo appreciated the pro-active role taken by Paulette Drogon.  The Mayor, Councilwoman Fiamingo

REPORT OF COMMITTEES (CONT.)

and Councilwoman Colosimo participated in the 5th Annual Red Ribbon drug awareness rally which marks the start of Red Ribbon week which begins October 23rd through to Halloween.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE

Councilman Taylor reported that the Health Fair received $8050.00 in donations and had 215 attendees. The flu clinic was today at the Senior Citizen’s building.  He will request a status report on the clinic and the possibility of providing Borough employees with any extra vaccines.  Councilman Taylor also attended the Library Board meeting last week.

 

BILLS

Consolidated Bill List appears on the following pages. (Copy attached)

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 – 5 listed below are on the 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 Galasso moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Council Member David.  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:   Advances to Borough Officials attending the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City – November 17 – 21, 2003. (Copy attached)

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s Appointment of Carlo Piccininni as a permanent School Crossing Guard as of October 8, 2003, be and the same is hereby confirmed. 

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Be It Hereby Resolved:   Appointing EIC Inspection Agency, Corp. as Elevator Sub-Code Official for a two year contract (January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2005) at a rate of 49% of D.C.A. fees.

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Be It Hereby Resolved:   Taxes for Year 2003 and 2004 Preliminary Taxes be canceled for property located at 364 Franklin Avenue, as the owner qualifies for a full tax exemption as a 100% disabled veteran. (Copy Attached)

RESOLUTIONS & ORDINANCES

Proposed Ordinance No. 2003-14 was read for a first reading as follows:  (Copy attached)

                                                                                   

                                                            2003-14

ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 190-25.3 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH – PERMIT PARKING.

Mayor Tripodi explained that this Ordinance was to allow Fire Department members to park along certain areas of Washington Avenue on both sides between 19th & 20th Streets.

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Introduced by Galasso who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2003-14, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on November 12, 2003.

Seconded by David and on roll call unanimously carried.

RESOLUTIONS & ORDINANCES

Proposed Ordinance No. 2003-15 was read for a first reading as follows: (Copy attached)

                                                            2003-15

ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 190 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH – HANDICAPPED PARKING ZONES.

Mayor Tripodi stated this amendment will allow for fee schedules  to be changed without having to adjust the dollar amount of the penalty change.

RESOLUTION NO.7

Introduced by Galasso who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2003-15, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on November 12, 2003.

Seconded by David and on roll call unanimously carried.

RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES (CONT.)

Proposed Ordinance was read for a first reading as follows: (Copy attached)

                                   

                                                2003-16

ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 190 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH – FEES FOR VIOLATIONS.

Mayor Tripodi states this Ordinance amends parking & other traffic violation penalties.

RESOLUTION NO.8

Introduced by Galasso who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2003-16, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on November 12, 2003.

Seconded by David and on roll call unanimously carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Councilwoman Colosimo said she would like to question the Police Commissioner regarding an article in the paper that states we are building an $8 million complex.  She stated not being aware of such a complex and where is this information coming from? 

Councilman Galasso said he knows there is a wish list.  He also mentioned the article in the Star Ledger that stated finally after 3 ½ years they will begin working on the intersections of Roosevelt, 21st Street & Coolidge Drive in November.

 MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Fred Soos, Epping Drive, commented that it’s great that the work on the intersections will begin soon but it they do start close to the Holidays it will cause many traffic problems. Mr. Soos would like to know how a project gets picked by Community Development? 

Mayor Tripodi stated that the Federal Government puts out a map of the areas that are eligible based on the Census. We can only apply for certain streets that fall within that map which are based on the neighborhood’s income.

Mr. Soos would like to commend Michelle De Rocco for her good work and welcome Martha De Jesus to her new position.

Mr. Soos would like to find out the County’s leaf collection schedule.

The Mayor advised that they have a schedule & also a complaint line where you can call. 

Councilwoman Colosimo suggested posting that information with our local TV station. 

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.

8:27 PM

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Hedy Lipke

                                                                                                Borough Clerk



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