Council Minutes from 2/25/2004
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH  HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 25, 2004.  MAYOR GREGG DAVID PRESIDED.

ROLL CALL

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

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

The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor David.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

The Union County Prosecutor, Ted Romankow presented Police Officers Fred Soos and Justin Marranca with a plaque in honor of their work on the U.C. Strike Force and the U.C. Prosecutors Office.  They were commended on their outstanding duty performance in helping to interdict & dismantle a major narcotics distribution ring operating in Union County.  Councilwoman Colosimo stated how extremely proud we are of these two Police Officers and our Police Department.

MINUTES

It was moved by Soos, seconded by Colosimo and carried, the Work Session Meeting of February 10 and the Regular Meeting of February 11, 2004 be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Letter from Kenilworth Little League inviting Mayor and Council to attend the Little League Opening Day Ceremony on April 17th  (rain date: April 18th) beginning at

1:00 P.M.

  1. Letter from JoAnn Dillon and Carol Westervelt requesting Mayors and Councils of the five towns involved in the railroad matter to send a letter to Cranford informing them of their Transportation Advisory Board representative’s actions.
  2. Mayor and Council have been invited to attend the D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, March 18th at 7:00 P.M. in the Harding School auditorium.

REPORTS

  1. Municipal Court Report for the month of January, 2004.
  2. Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority Meeting Minutes of January 15, 2004.
  3. Kenilworth Board of Education Meeting Minutes of January 5 and January 12, 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 stated that he met with the Board of Education who briefly discussed the school budget. Mayor David plans to set up a joint meeting with our Council and the Board of Education to further discuss this matter.

 

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilman Corvelli stated that the Finance Committee has met with the department heads to discuss trimming the budget.  They will be discussing the capital budget next week and anticipate introducing the budget on March 12th.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilman Jankunas stated a meeting is set up to discuss the union contract. The DPW has been working on potholes and sewer maintenance.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilwoman Colosimo advised the public about a free class for parents on internet safety  to be held on March 13, 2004 at the John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ. 

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES

Councilman Soos reported a pre-construction meeting for Commonwealth Road on March 1st .

The Planning Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday night and the meeting on the Verizon Tower is on March 4th .  The Borough Engineer is working on the assessment of the streets and the H.V.A.C. contract for Borough Hall.

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING AND FIRE

Councilman Taylor was absent.  Councilwoman Colosimo reported the recreation dance and program sign ups were a great success.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman Galasso was absent.  Councilman Soos announced an appointment  to replace a member on the Local Assistance Board.

BILLS

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

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 thru 8 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 Jankunas moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Council Member Soos.  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

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Refund paid Tax Sale Certificate #03-001)

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Resolution appears on the following page.  (2003 Budget Transfers)

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Emergency Temporary Appropriations in 2004

                                                                        Temporary Budget)

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Resolution appears on the following page.    (Interlocal Service Agreement with Union

                                                            Township)

RESOLUTION NO. 6

 

Resolution appears on the following page.   (Proclaiming March as “Youth Art Month”)

RESOLUTION NO. 7

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of  Nancy Halpern to the Local Assistance Board to fill the unexpired term of Alice Chess ending 12/31/05, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT)

                                   

RESOLUTION NO. 8

Resolution appears on the following page.   (Requesting the Commissioner of Education seek

                                                                        funds from the Department of Education to finance

                                                                        the costs assessed to Kenilworth as a result of the

                                                                        de-regionalization)                                                                                                                               

RESOLUTIONS & ORDINANCES  

           

Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-01 was read for a second reading as follows:  (Copy appears in  

                                                                                                minutes of  January 28, 2004)

                                                                        2004-01

ORDINANCE AMENDING LOT REQUIREMENTS FOR SINGLE FAMILY DWELLINGS – CANTILEVERS.

Mayor David explained that the set back will change from 25 feet to 23 feet.

Mayor David opened the meeting to the public for any questions or comments on Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-01.

Mr. Mancino, North 24th Street, asked if the set back includes the stoop or is it only the overhang.  Mayor David explained that the set back is only for cantilevers and stoop requirements remain the same.

 

Mayor David closed the meeting to the public.

RESOLUTION NO. 9

Introduced by Soos who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-01, be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Mayor David thanked the U.C. Prosecutor for his presentation and also Police Officers Soos and Marranca for their excellent work on the task force.

Councilwoman Colosimo asked our attorney Harvey Fruchter the status on the railroad meeting in Cranford.

Harvey Fruchter stated that most of the Cranford council members were not aware of the resolution submitted by their Transportation Advisory Board representative regarding Kenilworth and a few of the residents.  They will be setting up a meeting with their representative to discuss the proposed resolution.

Councilman Soos commended the road department on doing a very good job on our streets.  He also commended his son, Fred Soos and Justin Marranca for their service on the task force.

 

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Livio Mancino, North 24th Street, suggested that Alan Jankunas send a letter to the County regarding prompt repair of the potholes on the Boulevard especially by the Parkway.  He also advised making 24th Street a priority for this years capital budget.  Mr. Mancino recommended the contractor working on the Boulevard sidewalks submit a performance bond.  He also suggested Kenilworth join the County to have the Borough photographed from above because this will benefit the community.

ADJOURNMENT

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

8:40 P.M.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Hedy Lipke

                                                                                                Borough Clerk



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