Council Minutes from 9/8/2004
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH  HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 8, 2004.  MAYOR GREGG DAVID PRESIDED.

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 August 24 and the Regular Meeting of August 25, 2004 be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Notice of Claim received on 8/30/04 on behalf of Joyce Santoriello alleging she fell at 505 Boulevard on June 24, 2004 suffering injuries.  Fowarded to our insurance company.
  2. Letter from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation requesting permission to tie pink ribbons to downtown trees.
  3. Letter from NJDOT inviting Mayor and Council members to a meeting concerning “US Route 22 Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project” to be held at the Union Township Municipal Building on September 9th at 2:30 P.M.
  4. Invitation to Mayor and Council to attend the Columbus Parade Association of Union County’s Annual Christopher Columbus Celebration at the Peterstown Community Center, 408 Palmer Street, Elizabeth, on Sunday, October 10, 2004.

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

REPORTS

           

1.      Construction Department Report for the month of August, 2004.

2.      Borough Clerk’s Report for the month of August, 2004.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor David had nothing to report.

 

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilman Corvelli reported that the Borough has received the grant funding to implement the Senior Citizen Handyman and Senior Citizen Director Programs.

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilman Jankunas reported the DPW has finished the work on the gazebo at DiMario Park. Some trees were removed to help with the water problem.  The wood chipper is inoperable and needs to be replaced.  The leaf machines are almost ready for leaf season.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilwoman Colosimo had nothing to report.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES

Councilman Soos reported the road project will begin at Sherwood Avenue this week.  The Library leak repair will begin once the contract is drawn by the Borough Attorney.  NJDEP has granted a 90 day extension on the repairs to the Lafayette Pump Station.  A projected schedule for the HVAC replacement project has been submitted.  Commonwealth Road is complete.  The Boulevard Streetscape is almost complete.  Permits are needed to begin the Stafford property brook problem.

 DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING AND FIRE

Councilman Taylor reported a recreation meeting scheduled for September 9, 2004.  A letter was sent to PSE&G  requesting an additional light at North 16th Street and Lafayette Avenue.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman Galasso invited all to attend the Michael L.Vitale Healthfair at Schering-Plough on October 18, 2004 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. 

BILLS

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

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 thru 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 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

WHEREAS, it has been determined that real estate taxes for the year 2004 have been reduced due to a Union County Board of Taxation Judgement,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Collector of Taxes be and is hereby authorized to adjust the tax billed as provided by Judgement dated July 27, 2004, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, said reduction be applied as follows:

Block               Lot            Prop. Location                       Amount

75                    1            300 Boulevard                     $629.75 (4th qtr adjustment)

RESOLUTION NO. 3

            Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Borough Clerk be authorized to issue the following Raffle Licenses:

                        #801 – Knights of Columbus Council 4186 for an Off-Premise 50/50 to be held

                                    on December 9, 2004.

                        #802 – David Brearley High School P.T.O. for weekly Off-Premise 50/50 Raffles

                                    starting January 7, 2005 through April 1, 2005.

                        #803 – St. Theresa’s Home School Association for weekly Off-Premise 50/50

                                    Raffles starting October 18, 2004 through January 10, 2005.

                        #804 – Knights of Columbus Council 4186 for Games of Amusement on

                                    October 10, 2004.

                         

RESOLUTION NO. 4

                        WHEREAS, the following property was issued an electrical permit, and fees were received by the Building Department;

                        WHEREAS, it has been determined that the work will not be done. 

                       

                        NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Treasurer be and is hereby authorized to draw a warrant to refund the following amount to the contractor:

                        Amount of $76.80 refunded to contractor:

                                    Charles H. Schutz, Jr.

                                    CHS Electric, LLC

                                    423 Arch Lane

                                    Brick, NJ  08723

                       

                        For property located at:            600 Swenson Drive

                                                                        Kenilworth, NJ  07033

                                                                        Block 180, Lot 9

                                                                        Permit #04-0048

CONSENT AGENDA (CONT)

RESOLUTION NO. 5

                        WHEREAS, the Assessor of Taxes has determined that Edward Gross who owns property located at 30 No. 18th Street and known as Block 54, Lot 11 in the Borough of Kenilworth, County of Union, NJ  qualifies for full tax exemption as a 100% disabled veteran, and

                        WHEREAS, this property was billed for Final 2004 taxes prior to this determination,

                        NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that taxes in the amount of $2,291.50 billed for the year 2004 2nd half tax be and hereby cancelled, and

                        The Collector of Taxes made said adjustment on the tax record of Block 54, Lot 11 for the 2004 taxes billed.

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That PAULETTE DROGON be appointed Senior Citizen

Program Director effective as of October 1, 2004 at an annual salary of $10,000 as provided by a Year Thirty Community Development Grant.

RESOLUTION NO.7

WHEREAS,  the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Kenilworth is aware that

Friday, September 17, 2004 has been declared as “POW/MIA Remembrance Day”; and

            WHEREAS,  all Americans everywhere owe a special debt of gratitude and a responsibility for remembering and honoring those who have given so much to make all of us free and secure in this, our national homeland, and a recognition day is a fitting testament and remembrance for all of us, for the sacrifices of our POW/MIA Veterans; and

            WHEREAS,  in honor of this special day, a ceremony will be held in front of Kenilworth Borough Hall at 7:00 P.M.:

            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Kenilworth that it hereby declares, Friday, September 17th, 2004 as:

                                    “POW/MIA REMEMBRANCE DAY”

in the Borough of Kenilworth and urges all citizens of the Borough to make a special effort to give thanks and to remember the sacrifices rendered to us by all those noble sons and daughters of America; and

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Resolution be forwarded to all Union County Veterans Post, Union County Legislators and Union County Mayors. 

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS (CONT)

 

Mayor David read in full the declaration of a POW/MIA Remembrance Day on September 17th.

Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-18 was read for first reading as follows:  (Copy attached)

2004-18

ORDINANCE AMENDING KENILWORTH CODE, CHAPTER 39, “POLICE DEPARTMENT” SUBSECTION 39-18, “DUTIES OF CHIEF OF POLICE” AND SUBSECTION 39-14.1, “SALARIES” AND CHAPTER 5, ARTICLE X, “LOCAL DEFENSE COUNCIL”.

Mayor David stated that this Ordinance will include Emergency Management Coordinator as a duty of the Chief of Police.

RESOLUTION NO. 8

Introduced by Colosimo also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-18, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on October 13, 2004.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Councilwoman Colosimo determined the Board of Education meeting be scheduled on October 11th.   A PBA meeting has also been scheduled for September 10th at 7 P.M.

Councilman Soos requested a moment of silence for those lives lost on September 11th.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Jerry Ramos, North 19th Street, would like the Borough to recognize the victims of September 11th.  He suggested the flags should fly at half mass.

Councilman Galasso stated that only the Governor can order flags to fly at half mass.

Mayor David stated that the bunting will be put out and a wreath will be placed by the memorial in front of Borough Hall.

Councilwoman Colosimo made a motion, seconded by Councilman Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried that a wreath be purchased for the September 11th memorial.

Carol Westervelt, Faitoute Avenue, questioned if the Route 22 Pedestrian Safety Meeting was open to the public and if “The Coalition to Stop the Train” would receive written approval to hold a rally.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (CONT)

Mayor David believes the meeting is open to the public.  Councilwoman Colosimo stated that they had permission from the Borough to close the Boulevard at the intersection of Boulevard and

Market Street to hold a rally.  Borough Attorney Harvey Fruchter mentioned that the Borough can not insure the Coalition under the Borough insurance plan.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion to go into Closed Session made by Colosimo and seconded by Jankunas.

Returned to Open Session.

Mayor David stated matters of litigation were discussed in Closed Session, a decision was made that attorneys on both sides of the matter will meet with Police Committee and Police Chief, but only if meeting takes place before the Borough is served.

Motion was made by Taylor to add a resolution to tonight’s business as follows:

RESOLUTION NO. 9

Introduced by Taylor who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Kenilworth approve the request of “The Coalition to Stop The Train” to close the Boulevard at the intersection of Boulevard and Market Street for a four (4) minute period at 12:30 P.M. on Saturday October 2, 2004 to hold a rally.

            Be It Further Resolved that the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Kenilworth request the approval of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders for the above street closing.

Seconded by Corvelli and on roll call unanimously carried.

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

9:00 P.M.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Hedy Lipke

                                                                                                Borough Clerk



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