Council Minutes from 10/13/2004
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH  HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 13, 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 Galasso and carried, the Work Session Meeting of September 21 and the Regular Meeting of September 22, 2004 be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

PRESENTATIONS

Mayor David presented Joanne Fields and Frank Plummer with a resolution and small token of appreciation on their retirement.  The Mayor thanked them for their dedication and years of service to the Borough.

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Letter from Elizabeth Brody, East Coast Greenway, thanking the Governing Body for adopting a resolution endorsing the East Coast Greenway.
  2. Request from John Howe, 339 No. 16th Street, to have PSE&G install a street light at the corner of No. 16th and Lafayette Avenue citing a dangerous condition.
  3. Letter from Shirley Boyden Maxwell, President of the Kenilworth Historical Society, inviting the Governing Body to join them at the Nitschke House this weekend to celebrate Union County’s “Four Centuries in a Weekend”.
  4. Letter from Lynn Carbone resigning as a member of the Recreation Committee.

It was moved by Soos, 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.      Municipal Court Report for the month of September, 2004.

2.      Police Department Report for the month of September, 2004.

3.      Construction Department Report for the month of September, 2004.

4.      Borough Clerk’s Report for the month of September, 2004.

5.      Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority Meeting Minutes of August 1, 2004.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor David mentioned that the Octoberfest was a great success.  He thanked the volunteers who assisted and gave special thanks to the Pride in Kenilworth Committee and to Madonna Bogus for all her hard work.  The proceeds will help fund future events.

 

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilman Corvelli had nothing to report.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilman Jankunas mentioned that the bulky waste cleanup went well.  The Lafayette Station is still being pumped until repairs begin.  Leaf season will begin on November 1st and the Department of Public Works recommends raking the leaves to the curb for easier pickup. DPW did a good job cleaning up after the Octoberfest.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilwoman Colosimo read the Police Department Report.  The ordinance regarding park closing and the request for Police presence at the school during the election are being reviewed.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES

Councilman Soos reported the curbs were completed on Sherwood Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue, 24th  Street, and 21st Street.  Repairs will begin on Halsey Street and Sheridan Avenue tomorrow.

 DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING AND FIRE

Councilman Taylor reported a letter was received requesting an additional street light at Lafayette Avenue near Black Brook Park.  A recreation meeting is scheduled for tomorrow.  Councilman Taylor thanked Lynn Carbone for her service to the Borough on the Recreation Committee and she will be replaced by Susan Laudati.  The sign up for winter programs were successful and thanks to Joe Lafferty for coordinating the programs with Scott Pentz. The recreation dances have all had a  good turnout.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman Galasso mentioned that due to the shortage on flu shots only those in a high risk category can get the shot.  The clinic run by the Board of Health has been cancelled.  The State will distribute the available shots as they see fit.

BILLS

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

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 thru 13 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 Corvelli 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

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

            WHEREAS, it has been found that she 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 $113.00 refunded to:

                                    Flostina Tuozzolo

                                    10 Boyd Terrace

                                    Kenilworth, NJ  07033

                                   

Permit #04-0372

                                    Block 19, Lot 9

 

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Borough Clerk be authorized to amend the following Bingo License: 

            #5-04  St. Theresa’s Father’s Guild Bingo to be held on every Saturday from May 8, 2004

            to April 30, 2005 at 541 Washington Avenue.  (eliminating 1 game)

                         

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Emergency Appropriation for Sewer-Pump Station

                                                                                                      Repairs - $15,000.00.)

RESOLUTIONS (CONT)

RESOLUTION NO. 5

           

            WHEREAS,  October 23 through October 31, 2004 has been designated Red Ribbon Week, and

            WHEREAS,  Red Ribbon Week started in 1985 with a group of parents wearing red satin badges as a memorial to Enrique Camarena, a Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was killed while on duty, and

            WHEREAS,  as a result, in 1989 the red ribbon became a united symbol of commitment to create a drug-free America, showing a nation’s intolerance to alcohol and drug abuse, and

            WHEREAS,  the Municipal Alliance of the Borough of Kenilworth, whose mandate includes spreading the message of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, has coordinated city and school participation by sponsoring Red Ribbon Week, and

            WHEREAS,  the Borough of Kenilworth though the efforts of the Municipal Alliance and the Kenilworth Public Schools, will proudly join the nation’s celebration of Red Ribbon Week by displaying red ribbons throughout the Borough - at Borough Hall, in the business district, at schools, and at places of worship.

            THEREFORE, I, Gregg David, Mayor of the Borough of Kenilworth do hereby proclaim October 23 through October 31, 2004 as

                                                     RED RIBBON WEEK

In the Borough of Kenilworth and ask all residents to join in a personal commitment to a drug-free America by wearing and displaying red ribbons during Red Ribbon Week.

            In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the Borough of Kenilworth to be affixed this 13th day of October in the year of our Lord, two thousand and four.

                                               

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Resolutions appears on the following page.  (Congratulating the NJ Society of Municipal Engineers                                                                                  on their 75th Anniversary)

RESOLUTION NO.7

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Proclaiming October 2004 as National Arts &

                        Humanities Month and October 16 & 17th as “Visit Four Centuries in a Weekend”.)

RESOLUTION NO.8

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Commending Joanne Fields on her retirement)

                                   

RESOLUTIONS (CONT)

 

RESOLUTION NO.9

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Congratulating Frank Plummer upon his retirement)

RESOLUTION NO.10

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That ROBERT TURNER be employed as a Driver/Laborer in the Department of Public Works at a rate of $14 per hour as of October 18, 2004 and subject to the customary 90 day probationary period.

RESOLUTION NO.11

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That SUSAN LAUDATI be appointed as a Regular member of the Recreation Committee to fill the unexpired term of Lynn Carbone ending 12/31/05.

RESOLUTION NO.12

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Borough Engineer be authorized to proceed with the Stafford Property NJDEP Application process at a cost of $3,000.00 covered under the Schering Agreement for structural improvements along Branch 10-24 of the Rahway River dated 9/29/98.

RESOLUTION NO. 13

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Change Order for Sheridan Ave. Improvement Project)                                                                     

ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS

Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-18 was read for second reading as follows:  (Copy appears in

                                                                                                minutes of September 22, 2004)

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 mentioned that this Ordinance adds the position of Emergency Management Coordinator to the duties of the Police Chief.

Mayor David opened the meeting to the public for any questions or comments on Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-18.

Mr. Mancino, No. 24th Street, inquired if the position will be compensated.

Mayor David stated that there is a stipend included with the position.

No one else desiring to be heard Mayor David closed the meeting to the public

RESOLUTIONS NO.14

Introduced by Colosimo who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-18, be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by Galasso and on roll call unanimously carried.

Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-19 was read for second reading as follows:  (Copy appears in the

                                                                                                       minutes of September 22, 2004)

2004-19

ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2003-11 PROVIDING FOR COMPENSATION FOR BOROUGH EMPLOYEES OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH.

Mayor David stated that this Ordinance is to establish the ranges for 2004 salary adjustments.

Mayor David opened the meeting to the public for any questions or comments on Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-19.

No one desiring to be heard Mayor David closed the meeting to the public.

RESOLUTIONS NO.15

Introduced by Corvelli who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-19, be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by Galasso and on roll call unanimously carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Councilwoman Colosimo congratulated Joanne Fields and Frank Plummer on their retirement.

Colosimo invited all to attend the Red Ribbon Rally.  The Beautification Committee has planted mums along the Boulevard and near the Nitschke House.  The Borough of Kenilworth will now join the County in the “Four Centuries in a Weekend”.

Mayor David announced the Halloween Parade is scheduled for October 23rd at the Recreation Center.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Mr. Mancino, No. 24th Street, suggested someone address the contractors working on the Boulevard for using public parking to store their equipment.

Mr. Mancino suggested grass labels be distributed to residents.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (CONT)

Mr. Mancino disagreed with the article in the paper about the Borough’s Chief Financial Officer and has requested more information on the newly found funds.

Mr. Mancino thinks that the utility companies should inspect their equipment prior to local street improvements.

Mr. Grimaldi, No. 14th Street, expressed his concerns regarding the dangerous parking situation on 14th Street.  He suggested police enforcement and permit parking only.  He also mentioned an incident with a school bus which Mr. Mancino will address at the next Board of Education meeting.

Mr. Grimaldi would like to know when the County will be planting trees.

Councilwoman Colosimo said the trees will be planted in the fall during the month of October.

Mr. Vince Grimaldi, No. 14th Street, also expressed his concerns regarding accidents due to the parking conditions on 14th Street. Mr. Grimaldi mentioned the deteriorating conditions on 11th Street and the need for barriers along the commercial businesses.

Councilwoman Colosimo will address the issues with the Police Chief.

ADJOURNMENT

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

8:45 P.M.

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                Hedy Lipke

                                                                                                Borough Clerk



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