Council Minutes from 12/14/2005
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH  HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 14, 2005.  MAYOR 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 and Regular Council Meeting of November 9, 2005 be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

PRESENTATION

Mayor David read the resolution appointing Joseph Balwierczak as a Probationary Patrolman in the Kenilworth Police Department as of December 12, 2005.  Chief William Dowd said a few words followed by the Oath of Office administered by the Borough Clerk, Hedy Lipke.

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

  1. Notice of Proposed Tariff & Rate Revisions received from Union County Utilities Authority regarding increase in solid waste disposal rates for commercial haulers.
  2. Letter from Library Director Dale Spindel asking to reschedule the Hudson Shakespeare Company’s performance of “A Few Good Men” to Friday, March 31, 2006 in the Courtroom.
  3. Letter from Robert Ring, President, Meyer & DePew, requesting vacation of the paper portion of North 11th Street adjacent to their property.
  4. Letter from Gertrude Woods, Arthur Vitale & Ann Vitale, requesting the status of the Gas Pressure Regulating Structure on their property on North 19th Street.

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 months October and November, 2005.
  2. Police Department Report for the month of November, 2005.
  3. Construction Department Report for the month of November, 2005.
  4. Borough Clerk’s Report for the month of November, 2005.
  5. Fire Department Report of calls for the month of November, 2005.

REPORT OF COMMITTEES

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor David mentioned the County is implementing a Countywide School Radio Project which offers each school direct assess to their local police department.  The Facilities Committee has made their recommendation to erect a new public safety building to the Governing Body.

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilman Corvelli stated  the Finance Officer has completed transfers and is working on preliminary budget figures for next year.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilman Jankunas reported that the snow has impeded progress with the leaf collection and the DPW did a good job cleaning up the snow.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilwoman Colosimo congratulated Joseph Balwierczak and read the police report for the month of November.  Chief Dowd wishes everyone a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season. The following letter was read into the minutes:

Dear Chief Dowd:

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and the officers under your command for a job well done.  If it wasn’t for your officers professionalism and dedication to the people of the community my trauma may have resulted in much worse consequences.  On Thursday, November 3,  2005 at approximately 7:20 am while on the corner of the Boulevard and North 19th Street I became ill.  I called the police and the desk officer dispatched an officer to my location.  Officer Mike Scanielo arrived at my location within minutes.  He had already called the EMT’s while on route to me.  The EMT’s arrived five minutes later after Officer Scanielo.  From the time I called the police to the time I was being treated in the emergency room only 15 to 20 minutes had passed.  I am very grateful to the Kenilworth Police Department, the Kenilworth EMT’s and especially thankful to Officer Scanielo.  I believe that I am here today and able to write this letter because of his quick response to my situation. To protect and serve is a motto that your department surely has done for me.  Thank you very much and keep up the good work.  God Bless.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Andriola

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES

Councilman Soos reported the following:

·        Working on heating system at Borough Hall

·        New roof needed at the Senior Citizens Building

·        Electrical upgrades are complete

·        Gas regulator will be moved in the Spring

·        Jenicar correcting road work at Roosevelt Lane

·        Streetscape project was finalized

·        2005 road project in progress

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING AND FIRE

Councilman Taylor attended the Recreation meeting last week.  The ice skating event had a good turnout. The Pride and Kenilworth and Recreation Committee did a great job with the holiday extravaganza and tree lighting.  Councilman Taylor read the Fire Department report for the month of November.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

Councilman Galasso complemented the Library event last week. The Shakespeare performance of “A Few Good Men “ was rescheduled for March 31, 2006.

BILLS

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

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 thru 14 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 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

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Municipal Finance Officer be authorized to pay necessary bills prior to the next regularly scheduled Council Meeting on January 11, 2006.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the attached list of Retirees be reimbursed for their payments for Medicare coverage from July 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005 inclusive, in accordance with Chapter 231, P.L. 1970 State of New Jersey.

RESOLUTION NO. 4

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

#02-06    St. Theresa’s Church to hold Bingo once a week on Fridays from

January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006 at 541 Washington Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ.

#03-06    St. Theresa’s Rosary Society to hold Bingo once a week on Sundays from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006 at 541 Washington Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ.

#05-06    St. Theresa’s Father’s Guild to hold Bingo once a week on Saturdays from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006 at 541 Washington Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ.

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the contract for Traffic Signal Maintenance be awarded to Jenelectric, Inc., 631 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ for a one (1) year period from

December 14, 2005 to December 14, 2006 at a cost of $1,050.00 per intersection – total cost $7,350.00.

RESOLUTION NO. 6

 

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Supporting PARIS Grants)

RESOLUTION NO. 7

Resolution appears on the following page. (4th Quarter Taxes Refunded)

        

 

RESOLUTION NO. 8

           

Resolution appears on the following page. (Refund Taxes for Senior Citizen, Veteran                              

           & Disabled Persons)

                                               

RESOLUTION NO. 9

Resolution appears on the following page. (Budget Appropriation Transfers)

RESOLUTION NO. 10

Resolution appears on the following page. (Processing PFRS Retirement)

RESOLUTION NO. 11

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of LOUISE TRAMER as an Alternate School Crossing Guard, effective as of December 14, 2005, be and the same is hereby resolved.

RESOLUTION NO. 12

Resolution appears on the following page.  (Rejecting Lafayette Pump Station Upgrade Bids)

RESOLUTION NO. 13

                                               

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Police Officer BRIAN PICKTON, having completed his one year probationary period and upon the recommendation of Police Chief William Dowd, be appointed as a permanent Patrolman in the Kenilworth Police Department as of December 14, 2005.

RESOLUTION NO. 14

                                                           

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the appointment of JOSEPH BALWIERCZAK as a Probationary

Patrolman of the Borough of Kenilworth for a probationary period of one year effective December 12, 2005, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTIONS & ORDINANCES

Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-17 was read for second and final reading as follows.

                                                   (Copy appears in the minutes of October 26, 2005)

2005-17

ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 91 – FEES & LICENSES ESTABLISHING A NEW ARTICLE FOR TECHNICAL REVIEW AND INSPECTION FEES

Mayor David stated that this Ordinance establishes Engineer review and fees.

Mayor David opened the meeting to the public.

Mr. Mancino, 24th Street, questioned whether the fees increase current reviews or is it establishing new reviews.  He suggested new reviews should be advertised to make the public aware.

Mayor David closed the meeting to the public.

RESOLUTION NO. 15

Introduced by Soos who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-17 , be and the same is hereby passed on second reading and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by Corvelli and on roll call unanimously carried.

Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-18 was read for second and final reading as follows: 

                                                (Copy appears on the minutes of  October 26, 2005)

2005-18

ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 190, SECTION 48 OF THE BOROUGH CODE – LEFT TURNS PROHIBITED FROM NO. 14TH STREET ONTO BOULEVARD FROM 7 A.M. TO 7 P.M.

Mayor David stated this Ordinance prohibits left turns from North 14th Street onto the Boulevard.

Mayor David opened the meeting to the public.

Mr. Mancino, North 24th Street, stated concerns regarding diverting traffic to Monroe Avenue

and questioned the State’s approval for said change.

Attorney Fruchter advised that the State has thirty days after the ordinance passes to rule on the change.

Chief Dowd reassured Mr. Mancino that the situation will be monitored.

Mr. Grimaldi, 11th Street, stated his concerns regarding traffic diversion to other streets and the enforcement of truck traffic on 14th Street.

Mayor David closed the meeting to the public.

RESOLUTION NO. 16

Introduced by Galasso who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-18 , be and the same is hereby passed on second and final reading and ordered published according to law.

Seconded by Jankunas and on roll call unanimously carried.

Councilwoman Colosimo thanked Councilmen Galasso and Jankunas for their years of service, wished everyone a Happy Holiday and excused herself from the meeting at 8:40 PM.

Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-19 was read for second and final reading as follows:

                                                           (Copy appears in the minutes of October 26, 2005)

2005-19

ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 190, SECTION 41 OF THE BOROUGH CODE – ESTABLISHING FRANKLIN AVENUE AS ONE-WAY EASTBOUND FROM NO. 13TH STREET TO NO. 14TH STREET

Mayor David stated this Ordinance works in conjunction with proposed Ordinance 2005-18 to prevent traffic issues.

 

Mayor David opened the meeting to the public.

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

 

RESOLUTION NO. 17

Introduced by Corvelli who also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-19, 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.

Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-20 was read for second and final reading as follows: 

                                                  (Copy appears in the minutes of November 9, 2005)

                                                                                               

2005-20

ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $27,762.77 FROM GENERAL CAPITAL SURPLUS FOR THE ACQUISITION AND IMPROVEMENTS OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ELECTRICAL WIRING; FURNISH AND INSTALL TWO NEW WINDOWS AND REMOVE AND DISPOSE OF EXISTING WINDOWS; RETROFITTING OF LIGHTING FIXTURES AND REPLACE TWO BOILERS.

Mayor David mentioned that this Ordinance appropriates funding for minor projects. 

Mayor David opened the meeting to the public.

Mr. Mancino, North 24th Street, questioned how much surplus was available now and if it was accruing interest.

Councilman Corvelli stated approximately $130,000 with a higher interest rate of 4.5%.

Mayor David closed the meeting to the public.

RESOLUTION NO. 18

Introduced by Corvelli also moved its adoption.

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Proposed Ordinance No. 2005-20, 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 thanked the Pride in Kenilworth Committee, Recreation Committee and Madonna Bogus for a successful Holiday Celebration.  The Mayor commended Councilmen Jankunas and Galasso for their years of dedicated service to the Borough.  Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all.

GENERAL BUSINESS (CONT)

Councilman Corvelli thanked Councilmen Jankunas and Galasso for their assistance.  Happy Holidays to all.

Councilman Jankunas stated he enjoyed serving the community and wishes everyone a Happy Holiday.

Councilman Taylor thanked Councilmen Jankunas and Galasso and wished them the best of luck.

Councilman Galasso mentioned his great respect for those in public service and thanked all the employees at Borough Hall for all their assistance and hard work, the Borough is fortunate to have such a workforce.

Councilman Soos thanked the Fire Department for distributing gifts to the children.  Special thanks to Councilmen Jankunas and Galasso.

Mayor David introduced Councilmen elect Anthony DeLuca and Larry Clementi.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Mrs. Rehberger, North 9th Street, requested a borough tree be removed by her home.

Attorney Fruchter advised to contact him tomorrow to resolve the situation.

Mr. Mancino, North 24th Street, addressed the following:

           

·        Thanked the Borough for the holiday decorations

·        Commended Councilmen Jankunas and Galasso

·        Parking problems around Borough Hall

·        Notifying utility company and the County regarding unsatisfactory road work

·        Suggest white strips on streets by the school to slow down traffic

·        Commended the Council for a good year for Kenilworth

           

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Council, it was moved by Galasso,

seconded by Taylor and carried, that the meeting be adjourned to the call of the chair.

9:05 P.M.

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                        Hedy Lipke

                                                                                    Borough Clerk



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