Council Minutes from 3/24/2004
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH  HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 24, 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 Robert Taylor.  Councilmen Galasso and Soos were absent.

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 March 9 and the Regular Meeting of March 10, 2004 be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Notice to Property Owners received regarding a Hearing by the Union Township Planning Board on an application from Hunan Royal, Inc. for site plan and variance approval (location: Five Points Shopping Center).  Hearing is on March 25, 2004 at

7 P.M. in the Union Township Municipal Building.

  1. Letter from Teresa D’Errico requesting permission to cut down a borough tree at 301 Lincoln Drive since it will be in the way of new construction/sewer line.
  2. A Joint Meeting of the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth and the Kenilworth Board of Education has been scheduled for April 7, 2004 at 7 P.M. in

Council Chambers.

  1. Letter from the Kenilworth Board of Health advising the Mayor and Council of a large goose population at Black Brook Park and the High School Field creating a health risk/

nuisance and asking that the Union County Freeholders remove the geese

REPORTS

  1. Municipal Court Report for the month of February, 2004.
  2. Kenilworth Board of Education Meeting Minutes of February 2 and February 9, 2004.

It was moved by Colosimo, seconded by Jankunas 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 reported receiving preliminary grant approval for the fire house elevator in the amount of $135,000. Our application for extraordinary aid is complete and will be submitted to the State.

 

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilman Corvelli reported a meeting with a new bank manager regarding banking opportunities.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilman Jankunas reported the DPW is working on potholes, street signs and catch basins.  On April 1st they will begin curbside grass pick up.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilwoman Colosimo had nothing to report.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES

Councilman Soos was absent, nothing to report.

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING AND FIRE

Councilman Taylor mentioned Lou Giordino and Ralph Tango assisted in requesting grant approval for the fire house elevator.  The Easter egg hunt is scheduled for April 3rd with a rain date of April 10th at Black Brook Park. The Fire Department reported several members attended fire training classes.  The Department also took part in a pilot training program offered by the County and is now better equipped to handle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards.  Councilman Taylor read the following letters into the minutes:

            Dear Chief Giordino,

                I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you and your members of the department who responded to our call for mutual

aid assistance at 1701 Grier Avenue on the evening of March 11, 2004. The level of cooperation and professionalism provided by the members of your department did not go unnoticed.  Thanks to all for a job well done.

Sincerely,

Arthur J. Murray

Fire Chief

Dear Chief Giordino,

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to you and the members of the department for the assistance they provided during the recent fire at 913 Baldwin Avenue in our town during the early morning hours of March 4, 2004.  The level of professionalism the members of your department showed was admirable.  It is reassuring to know that we can depend on our neighboring departments during times of need.

Sincerely,

Arthur J. Murray

Fire Chief

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES (CONT.)

Unfortunately there was a large fire at the establishment formerly known as EJ’s last week. Our thanks and appreciation go out to our Fire Department and the support from our neighboring departments of Union, Springfield , Roselle Park and Elizabeth for a job well done.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman Galasso was absent, nothing to report.

BILLS

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

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 thru 6 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 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.

RESOLUTION NO. 2

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Amending Temporary Budget)

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Budget Transfers)

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Be It Hereby Resolved:   Whereas, the following properties were granted a senior citizens/surviving spouse deduction for the tax year 2003. 

Whereas, it has been found that these properties are not eligible

for said deduction for 2003.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Collector of Taxes remove said

deduction for the following amounts.

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT.)

BLOCK            LOT                 PROPERTY LOCATION                AMT. TO BILL

25                    7                      218 No. 12th Street                                     119.18

47                    14                    137 No. 24th Street                                     118.49

129                  8                      727 Newark Avenue                                     120.55

129                  20                    704 Passaic Avenue                                                154.66

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Resolution appears on the following page. (Asking the NJDEP to monitor the installation,

      storage and disposal of creosote ties by the             

      Morristown & Erie Railway.)

RESOLUTION NO. 6

WHEREASOverlook Hospital’s Auxiliary established an Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Committee in May 1995 whose goal is to make the public aware of organ and tissue donor needs and programs, and

WHEREASin the United States there are 83,000 people waiting for organs (liver, heart, kidney, lungs, pancreas) about 2,700 of whom are from New Jersey, and

WHEREASapproximately 17 people die daily waiting for organs - the Gift of Life, and

WHEREASthose needing tissues (bones ligaments, heart valves, corneas, skin) are waiting to improve their quality of life,

NOW, THEREFORE I, Gregg David, Mayor of the Borough of Kenilworth, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2004 as:

                        ORGAN AND TISSUE DONOR AWARENESS MONTH

in the Borough of Kenilworth and encourage the citizens of the Borough of Kenilworth to sign donor cards witnessed by two persons, preferably next of kin and, because a donor card becomes a legal document, citizens are asked to share that decision with their families.

IN WITNESS THEREOF,  I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Borough of Kenilworth to be affixed this Twenty Fourth day of March, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and four.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Councilwoman Colosimo reflected on the commitment and dedication that our Fire Department, Police Department and Rescue Squad give to our community every time they respond to a call.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

No one desiring to be heard.

 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Council, it was moved by Colosimo, seconded by Jankunas 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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