REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 8, 2006. MAYOR GREGG DAVID PRESIDED.
Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present: Lawrence Clementi, Peter Corvelli, Anthony DeLuca, Jr., Fred Soos and Robert Taylor. Carmela Colosimo was absent.
Mayor David read the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act.
The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor David
It was moved by moved by Soos, seconded DeLuca and carried the minutes of the Work Session Meeting of January 24 and the Regular Council Meeting of January 25, 2006 be dispensed with and approved as submitted. (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)
COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS
1. Letter from Luz Klein, 218 No. 12th Street, enclosing a newspaper article which she states substantiates her complaint about the Union Township Gun Range
2. Mayor and Council have been invited to attend the Little League’s Opening Day Ceremony on Saturday, April 8th immediately following their Parade at 1 P.M.
3. Letter from Robert Jeans, Post Commander Kenilworth VFW, confirming the date of their 75th Anniversary Parade for Saturday, October 7, 2006.
1. Police Department Report for the month of January, 2006
2. Construction Department Report for the month of January, 2006
3. Kenilworth Board of Education Meeting Minutes for month of December 15, 2005
4. Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority Meeting Minutes of December 15, 2005.
It was moved by Clementi, seconded by Corvelli and carried that the above communications be received and filed and any money amounts indicated be spread over the minutes.
Mayor David received letter from Fire Chief Giordino advising that he received a check for $50,000.00 from Schering-Plough for a donation toward the purchase of a new ambulance. Schering-Plough is also offering a matching challenge grant if we are able to raise $25,000.00 from other sources, Schering-Plough will donate an additional $25,000.00. We are currently tracking all donations to the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Squad so that we may substantiate the amount of money received in donations. I would like to thank you and members of the governing body that were responsible for the acquisition of this donation.
If we can raise $25,000.00, Schering-Plough will match an additional $25,000.00 and at that point we will have $100,000.00 toward the purchase of a new ambulance. The cost of a new ambulance is approximately $120,000.00 so the town will come up with a little additional money for the purchase of a new ambulance which is sorely needed. I hope everyone in the community will support the effort to raise the $25,000.00.
I received a letter from Craig Griffin, former Finance Officer thanking Council members and Mayor for all their support and assistance during his employment with the Borough. He especially thanked Peter Corvelli for his backing and encouragement, Fred Soos for conveying to him his never ending passion to get the best for Kenilworth and Hedy Lipke for her guidance, wisdom and friendship. He stated it was a pleasure working with all employees and the residents of Kenilworth are fortunate to have them. Good luck to all.
Mayor stated we wish Craig the best.
At the Facilities Committee Meeting work session last night we had the Union County Improvement Authority. The Union County Improvement Authority is a means to finance and possibly oversee the construction of our Public Safety Facility. The governing body has decided it will construct a new public facility building within the community. We are considering using the Improvement Authority with our efforts. Within the next 2 weeks and at our next work session the governing body will make an official decision as to whether we will be using their services.
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Councilman Clementi reported the budget process is on-going. We are continuing to meet with the heads of the departments, hopefully by next week this will be completed. At the next work session we may have the recommendations. We filled both open positions for the Borough. Good luck to the two new employees.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Councilman DeLuca reports Dan Ryan advised the street sweeper is back in service. They received their 2006 Mason Dump Truck and Plow which will be in service next week. I would like to reiterate that the last leaf pickup was January 31, 2006. This was the last one, anyone who still has leaves will have to find an alternative means of getting rid of their leaves
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Colosimo was absent
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING AND ORDINANCES
Councilman Soos reported that the Senior Center roof has been temporarily repaired. Fred has had roofing contractors up on the roof to get some estimates so that when the weather gets nice we can get a permanent fix. Some of the electrical boxes have been repaired. Fred had a meeting with the old and new engineers about what projects are going to be continued by each of them respectively. Fred met with the new engineers on our Capital Projects for the year about which roads need to be done in 2006 and other capital improvements such as sewers and other things that need to be done throughout the town. Tonight we have an ordinance on establishing rental regulations and licensing of landlords.
DEPARTMENT OF FIRE, RECREATION, LIGHTING AND ECOLOGY
Councilman Corvelli reported that he was not able to attend Fire Meeting due to work session. For the month of December they responded to 33 calls, utilized 236 ½ man hours and traveled 57 miles. The ambulance responded to 71 calls, utilized 165 man hours and traveled 562 miles. To reciprocate to Roselle Park we will be handling their ambulance on February 26, 2006 from 6 PM until the next morning 6:00 am. The chief said it would not put a strain on our manpower, we have plenty of coverage. Recreation meeting is tomorrow at 7:00 We are going to get a list of jobs to be completed at DiMario Park. I called the County today and there is a new Grant Program coming out soon for our fields. We will aggressively pursue grants to improve our soccer fields and ball fields. I will submit the paperwork for the grant.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE
Councilman Taylor reported tomorrow is the Library Board meeting. Last Wednesday he attended a seminar with the Library Director and two members of the board on potential grants and constructions projects for libraries in municipalities.
Resolutions No 1 through No. 7 are listed under Consent Agenda and will be enacted by one motion. All items will be recorded individually, in full, in the minutes.
Councilman Taylor moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Clementi. 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 the following Raffle Licenses:
#848 Kenilworth Historical Society on March 5, 2006 at No. 22nd Street Kenilworth, NJ for an On-Premise 50/50 Raffle.
#849 Kenilworth Historical Society on April 1, 2006 at No. 22nd Street Kenilworth, NJ for an on-Premise 50/50 Raffle.
#850 Kenilworth Historical Society on May 13, 2006 at 33 So. 21st Street Kenilworth, NJ for an Off-Premise 50/50 Raffle
#851 St. Theresa’s Home School Association on March 18, 2006 at 540 Washington Avenue for an Off-Premise 50/50 Raffle.
#852 St. Theresa’s Home School Association on March 18, 2006 at 540 Washington Avenue for an On-Premise 50/50 Raffle.
#853 St. Theresa’s Home School Association on March 18, 2006 at 540 Washington Avenue for a Tricky Tray Raffle.
RESOLUTION NO. 3
Be It Hereby Resolved: That Nancy Nichols be appointed Finance Officer for a one year period, contingent up D.C.A. approval, at a salary of $35,000 per year as of January 30, 2006.
RESOLUTION NO. 4
Be It Hereby Resolved: That the following be appointed Probationary Firemen on the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department as of February 8, 2006: Alexandra Califf and Gary Steitz, Jr.
RESOLUTION NO. 5
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE UNION COUNTY COOPERATIVE PRICING AGREEMENT
WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-11(5) authorizes contracting units to enter into Cooperative Pricing Agreements: and
WHEREAS, the County of Union, hereinafter referred to as the “Lead Agency” has offered voluntary participation in a renewal of its Cooperative Pricing System for the purchase of work, materials and supplies: and
WHEREAS, the Borough of Kenilworth in the County of Union, New Jersey, desires to participate in the Union County Cooperative Pricing Agreement
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Borough Council of the Borough of Kenilworth authorizes the participation in the Union County Cooperative Pricing Agreement and hereby authorizes the Mayor and Borough Clerk to sign, seal and execute a Cooperative Pricing Agreement with the County of Union.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County of Union as Lead Agency is expected to comply with the provisions of the Local Public Contract Law (N>J>S.A 40A:11-1 et seq.) and all other provisions of the revised statutes of the State of New Jersey.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a duly certified copy of this resolution and the executed agreement will be filed in the Office of the Borough Clerk.
RESOLUTION NO. 6
Be It Hereby Resolved: That Lisa Wood be employed as Senior Clerk/Secretary in the Tax/Finance Office at a salary of $38,700 as of February 13, 2006 and with an increase of $1,500 upon a positive review after six months in the position.
RESOLUTION NO. 7
Mayors Proclamation (appears on following page)
RESOLUTION NO. 8
Introduced by Frederick Soos
Adoption by same
Seconded by Robert Taylor, Jr.
Be it Hereby Resolved: That Kathleen Moschitta be employed as Sr. Clerk Deputy in the Borough Clerks Office at a salary of $36,000.00 per year, effective February 13, 2006. Upon roll call vote was unanimous, except for Councilman Clementi who abstained.
ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS
Proposed Ordinance No 2006-01 was read for the first reading as follows: (Copy attached)
ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 42 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH – “Establishing Rental Regulations and Licensing of Landlords”.
Councilman Soos mentioned this ordinance in his report. It is a very comprehensive ordinance that deals with rental regulations and licensing of landlords. The main reason this ordinance is coming about is to address so many of the illegal apartments that we are finding throughout the Borough and also legal apartments that are over crowded. It also assists our first line responders in terms of fire and rescue calls so that we know exactly who are renting these particular apartment, homes, etc., as well as to know the makeup of the interior of the apartment so that in the event that they have to go in for fire and/or rescue squad calls it would not be a complete unknown.
RESOLUTION NO. 9
Introduced by Frederick Soos
Adopted by same
Seconded by Anthony DeLuca.
Be It Hereby Resolved: That proposed Ordinance No. 2006-01, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on March 8, 2006. Five in favor
Mayor David advised that the Kenilworth Centennial Committee will begin planning for Kenilworth’s 100th year anniversary, which is in 2007. The kickoff meeting is February 27, 2006, at 7:00 in the Senior Citizen Building. Notices are going out to those who have
volunteered. If there is anyone interested in serving you can contact me or the Borough Clerk. The chairperson is Sherry Boyden Maxwell of the Kenilworth Historical Society.
I would like to have a moment of silence for the death of long time resident Charlie Vitale. Mr. Vital was very active in the community and was currently a active member of the Kenilworth Planning Board. He will be missed.
Also the daughter of a long time Borough employee, Ellen Johns, her daughter Mrs. Tracey Paine, passed away.
MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Mr. Kevin Kalin, 732 Summit Avenue, stated he addressed the council last July advising the council of the poor condition of his block. He is very angry at the way he has been treated. He contacted the Borough several times and has not been contacted. His daughter has been hurt several times due to the poor condition of the road. He said that Fred Soos advised him that the street was not in that bad.
Councilman Soos stated he will meet with Mr. Kalin tomorrow.
Mrs. Marlene Taverick, 736 Summit Ave was told that her street was not as bad as 11th Street.
Councilman Soos advised Ms. Taverick that the streets to be repaired for 2006 have not been determined.
Bob Herbert, 365 Coolidge Avenue offered to donate his services of floor covering for any new Borough projects.
Vincent Grimaldi, 11th Street advised that a street lamp is needed at the end of 11th Street between 10th and 12th. Mr. Grimaldi advised that the DPW did a good job cleaning up debris on 12th Street.
Councilman Corvelli will petition PSE&G for street lamp.
There being no further business to come before the Council, it was moved by Taylor, seconded by Clementi 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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