REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 27, 2005. MAYOR DAVID PRESIDED.
Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present: Carmela Colosimo, Peter Corvelli, Alan Jankunas, Fred Soos and Robert Taylor. Ed Galasso was absent.
Mayor David read the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act.
The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor David.
HEARING ON THE 2005 MUNICIPAL BUDGET
The Borough Auditor, Bob Swisher stated that the budget was introduced on 3/1/05 in order to apply for Extraordinary Aid from the State. The Borough has received some state aid and should know by June if we qualify for Extraordinary Aid.
Councilman Corvelli said the budget will continue to be worked on making cuts if possible.
Mr. Michitsch, Monmouth Avenue, questioned the miscellaneous revenue.
Mr. Swisher stated miscellaneous revenue includes surplus, delinquent taxes and regular taxes.
The 2005 revenue is lower than the 2004 revenue because the numbers can not include anticipated aid on the current budget.
Mr. Michitsch asked what are other expenses.
Dianne Marus stated that includes pension, social security, insurance, sewer and library.
Mr. Michitsch asked who are the new employees.
Councilman Corvelli said two senior handymen, senior citizen director, public works laborer and police officer.
Mr. Mancino, No. 24th Street, asked about the new employees.
Councilman Corvelli stated only two of the new employees receive benefits.
Mr. Mancino questioned the tax increase, town ratables, assessed value and operating cost.
Mr. Swisher said the increase at this point will be 12 points and the towns assessed value is around 870 million.
BUDGET HEARING (CONT)
Dianne Marus said the ratable is close to one million and operating expenses include insurance, utilities, gas and heating.
Mr. Mancino urged the Governing Body to try their best to cut the budget.
No one desiring to be heard Mayor David closed the hearing.
It was moved by Colosimo, seconded by Soos and carried, the Special Meeting of April 5, the Work Session Meeting of April 12 and the Regular Meeting of April 13, 2005 be dispensed with and approved as submitted. (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)
COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS
REPORT OF COMMITTEES
Mayor David urged the residents to attend the Comedy Night on May 6th at the Kenilworth Veteran’s Center to benefit the Tim Carbone scholarship.
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Councilman Corvelli reiterated that the budget will continue to be worked on. Special thanks to Dianne Marus for her service to the Borough.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Councilman Jankunas reported bulky waste pick up is complete. Grass pick up will begin May 3rd on Tuesdays. Branches, twigs and leaves will be picked up by Public Works.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilwoman Colosimo mentioned the appointment of Robert L. McGillis, Jr. as Court Attendant for day court.
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES
Councilman Soos reported the following updates:
1. The HVAC project should be done by mid-May
2. The roads that were done will be touched up next week.
3. Railroad cleaning up behind Fairfield Avenue and also off the Boulevard.
DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING AND FIRE
Councilman Taylor reported progress with the new summer parks program. Memorial Services are scheduled on May 19th at 8 PM. The following letter was read into the minutes:
Dear Chief Giordino:
I am sure your aware on Saturday, April 16th Summit experienced a serious fire. I just wanted to drop you a note and say thank you for your mutual aid response. It is gratifying to know that first responders can come together in such unified manner in a time of need. Please pass on my thanks to all of those who responded on behalf of our entire community.
Mary Jordan Platt
City of Summit
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE
Councilman Galasso was absent. Councilman Soos mentioned that a flashing broke at the Library and was repaired by Westfield Sheet Metal. The leak and window repairs have been completed.
Consolidated Bill List appears on the following pages. (copy attached)
Resolutions No. 1 thru 10 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 Taylor moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Council Member Jankunas. 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
Be It Hereby Resolved: That the Borough Clerk be authorized to issue Bingo License to:
#02-05 St. Theresa’s Church to hold Bingo once a week from
May 13, 2005 to December 23, 2005 at 541 Washington Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ.
RESOLUTION NO. 3
Resolution appears on the following page. (Cross Petitions of appeal or counterclaims in
connection with certain tax appeals)
RESOLUTION NO. 4
Resolution appears on the following page. (2004 Annual Audit Review)
RESOLUTION NO. 5
Be It Hereby Resolved: That the Certified Court Administrator be and hereby authorized to draw warrants from both checking accounts for the Court to the Borough of Kenilworth in the amount of $228.00 from the Bail Account and $60.00 from the General Account as per the Auditors’ report of 2004.
RESOLUTION NO. 6
Be It Hereby Resolved: That a refund be issued for reimbursement of a white goods pick up:
341 Ashwood Avenue
Kenilworth, NJ Total $25.00
RESOLUTION NO. 7
Resolution appears on the following page. (Amendment to 2005 Temporary Budget)
RESOLUTION NO. 8
Be It Hereby Resolved: That ROBERT MCGILLIS, JR. be appointed as Court Attendant effective 5/2/05 at a rate of $13.56 per hour.
RESOLUTION NO. 9
Be It Hereby Resolved: That the Mayor’s appointment of NANCY L. NICHOLS as Part Time Tax Collector for the Borough of Kenilworth for two (2) days per week at a salary of $30,000. per year for a term consistent with New Jersey State Statute, and subject to her agreement to provide the Borough of Kenilworth with a written resignation, if requested, within the first year of employment, be and the same is hereby confirmed.
RESOLUTION NO. 10
WHEREAS, the Borough of Kenilworth received three (3) bids for the Kenilworth Fire Department on Monday, April 25, 2005 for the following:
1. Elevator for the Kenilworth Firehouse
2. Standby Diesel Generator for the Firehouse
3. HVAC Units for the Kenilworth Firehouse
WHEREAS, Borough Attorney Harvey Fruchter has determined that the specifications of all the above bids did not comply with the State Law.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth hereby reject each and every bid received and directs to the Borough Clerk to notify, within five business days, each bidder on the above three bids.
ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS
Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-07 was read for first reading as follows: (Copy attached)
AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $15,000 FROM GENERAL CAPITAL SURPLUS FOR THE ACQUISITION OF POLICE BREATH TESTING MACHINE AND UPDATE OF COMPUTER RELATED EQUIPMENT.
Mayor David mentioned this Ordinance appropriates funds for Police Equipment.
Introduced by Corvelli who also moved its adoption.
Be It Hereby Resolved: That Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-07, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on May 11, 2005.
Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.
Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-08 was read for first reading as follows: (Copy attached)
A BOND ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF AN ALL PURPOSE BODY DUMP TRUCK FOR USE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS IN, BY AND FOR THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH, IN THE COUNTY OF UNION, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING AN AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $110,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF NOT EXCEEDING $104,500 IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF BONDS OR NOTES TO FINANCE PART OF THE COST THEREOF.
Mayor David mentioned this Ordinance authorizes the purchase of a dump truck.
Introduced by Jankunas who also moved its adoption.
Be It Hereby Resolved: That Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-08, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on May 11, 2005.
Seconded by Corvelli and on roll call unanimously carried.
Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-09 was read for first reading as follows: (Copy attached)
ORDINANCE AMENDING KENILWORTH CODE – ZONING – CHAPTER 197, ARTICLE III, SUBSECTION 197-60 “PROHIBITED USES” – OUTSIDE STORAGE.
Councilman Soos stated this Ordinance will regulate outside storage.
Introduced by Soos who also moved its adoption.
Be It Hereby Resolved: That Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-09, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on May 25, 2005.
Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.
Mayor David thanked Dianne Marus for her 13 years of service to the Borough and all the best at her new position.
The Governing Body also thanked Dianne Marus for her dedication and hard work throughout the years. Good luck with her new position.
MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Mr. Michitsch, Monmouth Avenue, praised the Senior Citizen Handyman Program. He also addressed the potholes on the Boulevard.
Mayor David mentioned a meeting with the County Superintendent of Public Works addressed his concerns.
Ms. Fiamingo, Sheridan Avenue, praised Dianne Marus for all she has done for the Borough. She questioned who would replace Dianne.
MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (CONT)
Mayor David stated that Nancy Nichols would be a part time Tax Collector and the position of CFO would be determined at a later date.
Mr. Mancino, No 24th Street, addressed the following:
1. New Tax Collectors salary
2. Charging back the County and DOT for road repairs
3. The exit sign on Monroe Avenue has safety concerns
4. Designation of School Zone markings done by the County
5. Safety issues regarding traffic lights by Schering-Plough and also on the Boulevard
6. Urging zoning guidelines be set to address high rise buildings
Mr. Giacobbe, No. 20th Street, requested something be done about the large pothole in front of his home.
Councilman Soos will meet Mr. Giacobbe tomorrow at his residence.
There being no further business to come before the Council, it was moved by Soos, seconded by Corvelli and carried, that the meeting be adjourned to the call of the chair.
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