Council Minutes from 10/12/2005
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH  HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 12, 2005.  MAYOR DAVID PRESIDED.

ROLL CALL

Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present:  Peter Corvelli, Carmela Colosimo, 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.

MINUTES

It was moved by Soos, seconded by Jankunas and carried, the Work Session Meeting of September 27 and the Regular Meeting of September 28, 2005  be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Notice of Public Hearing of an application before the Cranford Zoning Board for construction of an addition requiring zoning relief for side and rear yard setbacks for property located at 41 Hemlock Circle, Cranford.  Hearing date is October 17 at

8:15 P.M. in the Cranford Municipal Building.

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

REPORTS

  1. Police Department Report for the month of September, 2005.
  2. Construction Department Report for the month of September, 2005.
  3. Borough Clerk’s Report for the month of September, 2005.
  4. Fire Department Report for the month of September, 2005.

 

REPORT OF COMMITTEES

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor David announced that the Octoberfest was a success thanks to the Pride in Kenilworth Committee especially Madonna Bogus and all those who volunteered their time.  The Public Forum regarding North 14th Street helped to implement future changes to ease traffic and avoid accidents.  The Borough will receive a grant of $150,000 for improvements to North 17th Street.

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilman Corvelli stated  the Borough will transfer funds to a different bank for higher interest rates and they are in the process of closing out old capital projects.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilman Jankunas reported on the proposed roof replacement at the 9th Street park, quotes received to paint diesel tanks and the DPW did a great job cleaning up after the Octoberfest.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilwoman Colosimo thanked the two Police Officers who assisted in New Orleans and also the Police and DPW who worked the Octoberfest.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES

Councilman Soos reported the following:

·        Working on DiMario Park roof/painting estimates

·        2005 road project is on the way

·        Bids will be out for sewers and improvements to DiMario Park

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING AND FIRE

Councilman Taylor reiterated the improvements to our parks. A Recreation Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow. He noted responses by the Fire & Rescue Squad for the month of September.  The Chief has requested that the 1st responders receive the flu shot on October 19th.

 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman Galasso was absent.  Councilwoman Colosimo stated a joint committee meeting is scheduled at Borough Hall on October 18th with the Board of Education.

BILLS

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

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 thru 5 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 Debra Weiss, Part Time Clerk in the Court Administrator’s Office, receive a salary increase to $15.00 per hour retroactive to June 1, 2005, and also an increase in hours to a maximum of 30 hours per week.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of Albert Stender as Municipal Prosecutor for a term expiring 12/31/05 at a salary of $11,086.92 per year, retroactive to

October 1, 2005, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Supporting the PARIS Shared Services

                                                                                   Demonstration Grant)

           

RESOLUTION NO. 5

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

                        #843            St. Theresa’s Church & School on December 3, 2005 at 540 Washington

                        Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ  for an Off-Premise 50/50 Raffle.

#844    St. Theresa’s Church & School on December 3, 2005 at 540 Washington Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ for an On-Premise 50/50 Raffle with 4 drawing times.

RESOLUTIONS & ORDINANCES

Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-15 was read for second and final reading as follows: (Copy        

                                                                                appears in minutes of September 14, 2005)

2005-15

ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 150 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH – PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Mayor David stated this Ordinance addresses the responsibility of owner for abutting property.

Mayor David opened the meeting to the public.

No one desiring to be heard, the meeting was closed to the public.

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Introduced by Soos who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-15 , be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by Taylor and on roll call unanimously carried.

Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-16 was read for second and final reading as follows: (Copy

                                                                                    appears in the minutes of September 14, 2005)

2005-16

ORDINANCE AMENDING KENILWORTH CODE – STREETS AND SIDEWALKS CHAPTER 170, ARTICLE VI, SUBSECTION 170-25 IS AMENDED TO READ “BRUSH, WEEDS AND TRASH REMOVAL NEAR ROADWAYS”

Mayor David stated this Ordinance requires owners to maintain the public right of way.

Mayor David opened the meeting to the public.

No one desiring to be heard, the meeting was closed to the public.

RESOLUTION NO. 7

Introduced by Soos who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-16 , be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by Taylor and on roll call unanimously carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Mayor David invited residents to take part in the Four Centuries in a Weekend Heritage Festival held by the County on October 15th and 16th .

Councilman Soos reported that zoning applications specifying a 30 foot building height must be followed exactly according to plans or the roof will need to be redone. 

Councilwoman Colosimo thanked Councilman Soos & Dan Ryan for responding to a sink hole.

 

 

 

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Ms. Forte, Coolidge Drive, asked for help with the stray cat population on her street.

Mayor David stated he will consult with the Board of Health to address this issue.

Mr. Shams, North 9th Street, asked for assistance to construct a driveway on his property.

Councilman Soos advised that he would look into this matter.

Mr. Herbert, Coolidge Drive, asked what could be done regarding the Police and Fire Pension System.

Mayor David stated that the State did not require the Municipalities to contribute to the pension system and now for the next four to five years we will have to pay back into the system to cover the time period when we did not contribute.

Mr. Herbert suggested changes to the side yard setbacks.

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.

8:35 P.M.

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                        Hedy Lipke

                                                                                    Borough Clerk



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