Council Minutes from 2/11/2004
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH  HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 11, 2004.  MAYOR GREGG DAVID.

ROLL CALL

Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present:   Carmela Colosimo, Peter Corvelli, Ed Galasso, Alan Jankunas, Fred Soos and Robert Taylor. 

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

The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor David.

MINUTES

It was moved by Colosimo, seconded by Jankunas and carried, the Work Session Meeting of January 27; the Regular Meeting of January 28 and the Special Meeting of February 3, 2004 be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Copy of the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority’s approved 2004 Budget has been received.
  2. Invitation received from the KMA inviting Mayor and Council to their Annual Dinner on Thursday, February 19, 2004.
  3. Letter from Shirley Boyden Maxwell, President of the Kenilworth Historical Society, asking for a letter endorsing their upcoming grant applications for the restoration of the Nitschke House.

REPORTS

  1. Police Department Report for the month of January, 2004.
  2. Construction Department Report for the month of January, 2004.
  3. Borough Clerk’s Report for the month of January, 2004.

It was moved by Colosimo, seconded by Soos 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 David announced that effective March 9, 2004, Comcast has made the following programs full time: Discovery Channel 44, Spike TV Channel 78 and the Learning Channel 51.

 

REPORT OF COMMITTEES (CONT.)

Mayor David announced that St. Paul’s AME Church located at 369 Monroe Avenue will be hosting a country style breakfast on Saturday, February 14th from 8 am to 12 pm for a $7.00 donation.  He also added that we received a letter from The Department of Transportation  informing the Borough that we will be receiving a $130,000 grant to pave Sheridan Avenue from No. 14th to No. 7th Street.

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilman Corvelli stated that the Finance Committee will be meeting with the department heads to discuss trimming the budget.  We anticipate introducing the budget on March 12th.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilman Jankunas received a preliminary contract from Teamsters Local 11 for the DPW which will be discussed with our labor attorney.  The DPW has been working on potholes and curb improvements.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilwoman Colosimo reported that the Police Department will be using grant funding for the purchasing of a new base station for the front desk, radio repeater package, patrol car scanners, radio decoder,  portable walkie talkie radios and relocation of the base radio system.  The Chief mentioned Patrolman Justin Marranca has been assigned  to the Detective Bureau replacing Detective Mark Scuderi who requested reassignment back to the Patrol Division.   Councilwoman Colosimo congratulated Patrolman Daniel Sims who joins Sergeant Hannon on the Union County Emergency Response Team.  Patrolman Douglas Lamont & Len Lueddeke have been assigned to work with the Auto Theft Task Group.  Chief Dowd received a Humanitarian Service Award from the Union Baptist Church.  Union County continues to work on the Boulevard traffic signals.  Councilwoman Colosimo commended the Police Department for being community minded and involved.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES

Councilman Soos reported that we have an Interlocal Service agreement with Union to use their Building Inspector and Zoning Enforcement Officer to be effective March 1, 2004.  Councilman Soos read the Engineer’s report and stated that the HVAC system was inspected for future replacement.  Schoor and DePalma will submit a proposal to address the Municipal Building space restrictions and potential alternatives.  They will also be completing the first assessment map & documents for the curbs done in prior years.  A pre-construction meeting is planned for Commonwealth Road. An infrastructure assessment proposal will be submitted by February 20th. They anticipate submitting a proposal for Halsey Street by February 23rd.  Schoor and DePalma also provided the recreation restroom contractor with a punch list which will be addressed next week.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES (CONT.)

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING AND FIRE

Councilman Taylor reported the next recreation dance is scheduled for February 20th at the VFW.  The Easter Egg hunt is tentatively scheduled for April 3rd at 10 am at Black Brook Park.  Our Spring Programs sign up is scheduled for February 21st from 10 am to noon and also on the 23rd and 24th from 7 to 9 pm.  Fire Chief Giordino presented a proposal to supplement manpower during the daylight hours which would call for 3 or 4 firefighters who would be paid a stipend to be available during the day.  This proposal will be discussed by Council in conjunction with the budget.

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman Galasso announced the Kenilworth Public Library is sponsoring “Shakespeare’s Valentines” featuring The Hudson Shakespeare Company performing vignettes of Shakespeare’s most famous love scenes on February 13th, 7:30 pm at David Brearley HS cafeteria.

BILLS

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

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 thru 9 are listed on consent agenda and will be enacted by one motion is the form listed below. All items will be recorded individually in full in the minutes.

Council Member Jankunas 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 all bills be paid when properly audited and funds are available.

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT)

RESOLUTION NO. 2

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That a refund be issued for overpaid Dog License Fee to the following:

                       

                        Clara Feingold

                        627 Newark Avenue

                        Kenilworth, NJ  07033

                                                                                    Total $3.00

                        Crystal Martinez

                        15 South Michigan Avenue

                        Kenilworth, NJ  07033

                                                                                    Total  $1.00

                       

                        Carlos Gonzalez

                        354 Lincoln Drive

                        Kenilworth, NJ  07033

                                                                                    Total $1.00

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Whereas, the following property was issued a building permit, and fees were received by the Building Department;

Whereas, it has been found that he is entitled to a senior citizen reduced fee as per Borough Ordinance No. 99-5

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Treasurer be and is hereby authorized to draw a warrant to refund the following amount to:

Amount of $159.00 refunded to contractor:

            Meyer & Depew Co., Inc.

            309 Lafayette Avenue

            PO Box 257

            Kenilworth, NJ  07033

For property located owned by:        Biagis Martino

                                                            112 North Michigan Avenue

                                                            Kenilworth, NJ  07033

                                                            Block 47, Lot 25

                                                            Permit #03-0547

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Refund paid Tax Sale Certificate #03-004)

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Be It Hereby Resolved:   Whereas, an Emergency situation arose on Newark Avenue in December 2003; and

                                        Whereas, since this emergency situation affected the health and welfare of the community, Emergency Sewer work was authorized without competitive bidding.

                                         Now, Therefore Be It Resolved that the Governing Body approve the Emergency Sewer/Road work performed by J.B. Ragonese Construction Company in December, 2003.

RESOLUTION NO. 6

That the Borough Clerk be authorized to issue the following Raffle License:

           

            #791 -    Kenilworth Historical Society, Inc for an On-Premise 50/50 to be held on

                          April 10, 2004.

                       

            #792 -    Kenilworth Historical Society, Inc for an Off-Premise 50/50 to be held on             November 12, 2004.

            #793 -   Kenilworth Historical Society, Inc for an On-Premise 50/50 to be held on

                                  May 1, 2004.

RESOLUTION NO. 7

                        Whereas, payment was received from V & R Realty Co., for Street Opening Escrow for permit #96-0051, and

                        Whereas, the Borough Engineer has approved return of this escrow deposit,

                        Now, Therefore Be It Hereby Resolved that the Borough Treasurer be and is hereby authorized to draw a warrant for refund as stated below.

                                    V & R Realty Co., Inc.

                                    295 No. Michigan Ave

                                    Kenilworth, NJ  07033

                                    Amount to refund $500.00          

           

 

 

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

RESOLUTION NO. 8

             

                        Whereas, payment was received from V & R Realty Co., for Street Opening Escrow for permit #96-0052, and

                        Whereas, the Borough Engineer has approved return of this escrow deposit,

                        Now, Therefore Be It Hereby Resolved that the Borough Treasurer be and is hereby authorized to draw a warrant for refund as stated below.

                                    V & R Realty Co., Inc.

                                    295 No. Michigan Ave

                                    Kenilworth, NJ  07033

                                    Amount to refund $500.00                      

RESOLUTION NO. 9

                        Whereas, it has been found that payment of 2004 first quarter tax has been made in error on the following properties,

                        Now, Therefore Be It Hereby Resolved that the Treasurer after proper notation on the tax account records by the Collector of Taxes be and is hereby authorized to issue warrants for refund as stated below.

Block                           Lot                               Payable to:                                            Amount

16                                1                      Michael & Suzanne Krommenhoek             $1,741.66

                                                            490 Sheridan Avenue

                                                            Kenilworth, NJ  07033

RESOLUTIONS & ORDINANCES

RESOLUTION NO. 10

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Person-To-Person & Place-To-Place Liquor License

                                                                        Transfer)

Introduced by Jankunas who also moved its adoption.  Seconded by Galasso, five in favor and  one abstained.

RESOLUTIONS & ORDINANCES (CONT.)

Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-02 was read for a first reading as follows:  (Copy attached)

                                                                        2004-02

ORDINANCE AMENDING TERM DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION-ARTICLE I, SUBSECTION 41-3, PARAGRAPH B.

Mayor David explained that the Recreation Director’s term will change from a four year term to a one year term.

RESOLUTION NO. 11

Introduced by Jankunas who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-02, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on March 10, 2004.

Seconded by Taylor and on roll call unanimously carried.

Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-03 was read for a first reading as follows:  (Copy attached)

                                                                        2004-03

ORDINANCE AMENDING KENILWORTH CODE-ZONING, CHAPTER 197, ARTICLE XII, SUBSECTION 197-60 “PROHIBITED USES”.

Mayor David explained this would prohibit tattoo parlors, body piercing parlors, adult book/video stores primarily dedicated for erotic or x-rated material or massage parlors to establish in Kenilworth.

RESOLUTION NO. 12

Introduced by Jankunas who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-03, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on March 10, 2004.

Seconded by Galasso and on roll call unanimously carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Mayor David announced the passing of Sam Ciravolo, a former Borough employee and sends  condolences to his family.  Councilman Taylor stated the reason he abstained from the Person-to-Person and Place-to-Place Liquor License Transfer was due to a blood relation to one of parties in the transaction. 

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Chief Dowd mentioned including Go-Go Dancing to the Prohibited Uses Ordinance which was introduced for first reading.

Grace Brasser announced the passing of Rose LoForte, the mother of a former Councilmember Richard LoForte.

ADJOURNMENT

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

8:25 P.M.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Hedy Lipke

                                                                                                Borough Clerk



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