Council Minutes from 1/3/2007
 

ORGANIZATION MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 3, 2007.  MAYOR GREGG DAVID PRESIDED.

Councilman Fred Pugliese and Councilwoman Kathi Fiamingo took their Oath of Office and were sworn in by Borough Clerk Hedy Lipke.

Mayor David read the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act.

ROLL CALL

Roll Call at 7:30 P.M. showed the following Council Members present:  Lawrence Clementi, , Peter Corvelli, Anthony DeLuca,  Robert Taylor, Fred Pugliese and Kathi Fiamingo. 

The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor David.

INVOCATION

The invocation was given by Rev. Lito of St. Theresa’s Church.

MAYOR’S ADDRESS

Mayor David thanked the outgoing Council members Carmela Colosimo and Fred Soos for their years of service to the Borough. Mayor David read the State of the Borough Address. Copy appears on the following pages.

ELECTION OF COUNCIL PRESIDENT

Councilman Clementi made a motion, seconded by Councilman Corvelli, that Councilman Robert Taylor be nominated for the office of Council President for the year 2007.  On roll call the vote was unanimous.

The Borough Clerk stated that Resolution 1 through 41 are on Consent Agenda with the exception of Resolution No. 8 which is for the appointment of  the Dog Warden.  The reason for the exception was a conflict of interest with a Councilperson.

RESOLUTION NO. 8

Introduced by Peter Corvelli, adopted by same

Seconded by Anthony Deluca

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of KELLY CLEMENTI as Dog Warden for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Councilman Clementi abstained, five in favor

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Councilman  moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Council Member Corvelli.  Upon roll call the vote was unanimous.

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 through 41 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.

Councilman  moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Council Member Corvelli.  Upon roll call the vote was unanimous.

RESOLUTION NO. 1

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That Mayor’s appointment of HEDY LIPKE as ADA Coordinator for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 2

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That DR. JEROME FORMAN, CARLA GABRIEL AND SUE KOTCH be appointed as members of the Board of Health for 3 year terms and MARIE CONDO as ALTERNATE #1 for a 2 year term.

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of HEDY LIPKE as Certifying

Agent, Personnel  Supervisor and Local Improvement Search Officer for the year 2007, be and

the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That JOANNE SZELINGIEWICZ, be and she is hereby appointed Municipal Court Administrator for the year 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 5

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That BARBARA GRABOWSKI, be and she is hereby appointed Deputy Court Administrator for the year 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 6

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That DEBRA WEISS, be and she is herby appointed Deputy  Court Administrator for the year 2007.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That KATHLEEN MOSCHITTA, be and she is hereby appointed Deputy Borough Clerk for the year 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 9

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That ROBERT WALCK & RANDY LEVCHUCK, be and he is hereby appointed Fire Prevention Inspector for the year 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 10

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of HEDY LIPKE as Garden State

Municipal Joint Insurance Fund Commissioner and WILLIAM DOWD as Alternate, be and

the same is hereby confirmed for the year 2007.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 11

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of SALLY SCHEURER as member of the Library Board of Trustees for a 5 year term, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 12

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of  DIANE RAMOS as a member of

the Local Assistance Board for a 4 year term,  be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 13

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of  FRAN CORCIONE  AS

Municipal Drug Alliance Committee Chairman for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby

confirmed.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 14

           

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of PAULETTE DROGON as

Municipal Drug Alliance Coordinator for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

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RESOLUTION NO. 15

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of CHIEF WILLIAM DOWD as Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator for a 3 year term, at a salary of $3,105.00 annually, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 16

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of ROBERT WALCK as Oil Burner

Inspector for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 17

 

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That ANTHONY DELUCA, JR., a member of the Governing Body, be and is appointed an elected official of the Planning Board for the year 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 18

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of DAVID MILLER as Plumbing Sub Code Official for a 4 year term, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 19

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of LISA WOOD and MAURA LYNCH as Police Matrons for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 20

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of DANIEL BEVERE as Public Defender for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 21

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of TRACI ZALINSKI as Assistant Public Defender for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 22

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the appointment of HEDY LIPKE, Borough Clerk, as Public

Agency Compliance Officer (P.A.C.O.) for the New Jersey Affirmative Action Office for

the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

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RESOLUTION NO. 23

 

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the appointment of  JOHN FERRAIOLI as Public Health Officer for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 24

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That HEDY LIPKE, be and she is hereby appointed Purchasing Agent for the year 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 25

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of EMILY VIDAL AND PAT BOYLE as members of the Recreation Committee for 3 year terms; JOE DAGRADO as alternate #1 for a 1 year term, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 26

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of SCOTT PENTZ as Recreation Director for the year 2007,  be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 27

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of ARNOLD BAGNALL,

JOHN CARR, MARIANTONIA DAVANZO, MARIE CONKLIN,  KIMBERLY MONTIERO, CHRISTINE MACMILLIAN,  PATRICIA SISNETSKY, RONALD SMITH, and MARYANN STILES, LOUIS TRAMER, SARA WEBER, WILLIAM ZORICK, DONNA LAYDEN (Alternate), DANIELLE LADATO (Alternate), JOHN DEVITO (Alternate), LOUIS DIURO (Alternate) and WILLIAM PAPA as School Crossing Guards for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 28

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of LEWIS GIORDINO and

ROBERT WALCK  as Smoke Detector Inspectors for the year 2007, be and the same  is hereby confirmed.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 29

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of NANCY NICHOLS as

Tax Search Officer for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 30

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of NANCY NICHOLS  as Treasurer of the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

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RESOLUTION NO. 31

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of ROBERT BEINER as Union County Transportation Advisory Board Representative for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 32

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s designation of the CRANFORD CHRONICLE, the UNION LEADER, and the STAR LEDGER as the Official Newspapers of the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 33

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s designation of the WACHOVIA BANK,

N.J. CASH MANAGEMENT FUND, BANK OF AMERICA, COMMERCE BANK,

INDEPENDENCE COMMERCE BANK, ENTERPRISE BANK,  PNC BANK, VALLEY NATIONAL BANK, HUDSON UNITED BANK as Official Depositories for the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 34

Be It Hereby Resolved: 

WHEREAS, the Borough Clerk has prepared a schedule of meetings of the Governing Body  of the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2007, a true copy of which is annexed hereto and made a part hereof in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act being Chapter 231, Public Law 1975.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth that the Borough Clerk on or before January  9, 2007, mail true copies of this Resolution, including aforesaid schedule, to the Cranford Chronicle, North Jersey Newspapers, Somerville, New Jersey; the Union Leader, Union, New Jersey; and the Star Ledger, Newark, New Jersey, said newspapers being designated because they have the greatest likelihood of informing the public as to the time and place of meetings set forth in the aforesaid schedule.

FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Clerk, acting for the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth, furnish a true copy of the aforesaid schedule and any revisions thereof and any advance written notice required by Sub-section 3 (d) of the Open Public Meetings Act or any regular, special or rescheduled meetings of the Governing Body  of the Borough of Kenilworth to any persons who request same upon prepayment of such persons to the Borough of Kenilworth for the sum of $10.00 being a reasonable sum to cover the cost of providing the aforesaid notice.

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Work Session to start, unless otherwise noted, at 7:30 P.M. at the Right Hand Meeting Room, Second Floor, Borough Hall; and Regular Meetings to start at 8:00 P.M. at the Council Chambers, Borough Hall, Boulevard, Kenilworth, New Jersey.

RESOLUTION NO. 35

 

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the annexed By-Laws shall constitute the By-Laws of the Governing Body for the year 2007  or until amended.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 36

 

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the following AD HOC COMMITTEES be continued for the

year 2007:

            Beautification  Committee

            Creek Funding Committee

            Drug Alliance Committee

            Smart Growth Planning Committee       

            Local Cable Access Committee

            Parking Committee

            Parks Revitalization Committee

            Pride in Kenilworth Committee

            Technology Committee

  Facilities Committee

        

Be It Further Resolved  that Committees may be added and/or deleted as the need arises.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 37

Be It Hereby Resolved: 

                       

WHEREAS,  Chapter 75 of the Public Laws of 1991 of the State of New Jersey authorizes the governing body of each municipality by resolution to fix the rate of interest to be charged for nonpayment of taxes or assessments on or before the date when they would become delinquent, and

WHEREAS,  the provisions of said statute provides that the rate of interest to

be so charged may be fixed at a rate not to exceed 8% per annum on the first $1,500. of delinquency and a rate of 18% per annum on any amount in excess of $1,500., and

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WHEREAS,  the statute further provides that the governing body may provide that no interest shall be charged if payment is made within the tenth calendar day following the date which the same became payable, and

WHEREAS,  (N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 AS AMENDED) also provides that the governing body may fix a penalty to be charged to a taxpayer with a delinquency in excess of $10,000, who fails to pay that delinquency prior to the end of the (calendar) fiscal year which shall not exceed (6%) six percent; and

WHEREAS,  the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth deems that implementation of Chapter 75 of the P.L. of 1991 (N.J.S.A. 54:4-67) the same is desirable and appropriate.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth that pursuant to the authority granted to it by N.J.S.A. 54:4-67, AS AMENDED that the rate of interest be set in the amount of 8% on the first 1,500. of the delinquency and at the rate of 18% on any amount in excess of $1,500. provided payment is not made within the grace period of ten days from the date payable and that the penalty on amounts due in excess of $10,000. at the close of the (calendar) fiscal year be set at 6% of the amount of the delinquency.

RESOLUTION NO. 38

Be It Hereby Resolved: 

WHEREAS,  the approval of the Petty Cash funds listed below has

been given by the Division of Local Government Services, and

WHEREAS,  these funds for 2006 have been returned to the Finance Officer according to R.S. 40A5-21;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED  by the Municipal Council of the Borough of Kenilworth that the Treasurer be authorized to draw and deliver said

warrants to the following Petty Cash Custodians for the year 2007:

                                                Police Department                            Total Fund

                                                William Dowd, Police Chief               $150.00

                                                Tax & Finance                                  

                                                Lisa Woods Tax & Finance                 $25.00

 

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 39

Be It Hereby Resolved: 

WHEREAS, N.J.S. 40A:4-19 of the Local Budget Act provides that (where any contracts, commitments or payments are to be made prior to the final adoption of the Budget), temporary appropriations should be made for the purposes and amounts required in the manner and time therein provided; and

WHEREAS, the date of this resolution is within the first thirty days of January 2007; and

WHEREAS, the total temporary budget set forth below does not in amount exceed one-fourth of the total appropriations in the 2007 Budget (exclusive of any appropriations made for Debt Service, Capital Improvement Fund and Public Assistance (Relief); now therefore,

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the following appropriations be made and a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Chief Finance Officer for her records.

General Appropriations - within "CAPS"

ACCT. NO.                             ACCOUNT NAME                                                    AMOUNT

0701.      Administrative & Executive                                       

                           Salaries & Wages                                                                              39,585.

                           Other Expenses                                                                                 11,839.  

0703.   Mayor & Council

                            Salaries & Wages                                                                             1,024.

                Other Expenses                                                                                    893.

0705.      Tax & Finance                                                            

                           Salaries & Wages                                                                              40,404.

                           Other Expenses                                                                                   5,309.                

0710.    Assessment of Taxes

             Salaries & Wages                                                                                            6,433.

                           Other Expenses                                                                                1,050.

0712.      Legal Svcs & Costs

               Salaries & Wages                                                                                            4,238.

                           Other Expenses                                                                                 18,375.

0715.      Engineering

                           Other Expenses                                                                                 11,739.                   

0720.      Planning Board

               Salaries & Wages                                                                                          1,523.

                    Other Expenses                                                                                            971.

0721.   Zoning Enforcement Officer

              Other Expenses                                                                                                131.

           

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0725.   Construction Official

              Salaries & Wages                                                                                            16,222.

              Other Expenses                                                                                                  1,746.

0726    Building Department

            Other Expenses                                                                                                  8,925.

0727.     Plumbing Inspector

               Salaries & Wages                                                                                            3,584.

            Other Expenses                                                                                                       53.

0728 Electrical Inspector

             Salaries & Wages                                                                                              3,306.

            Other Expenses                                                                                                      53.

0729.     Fire Sub Code Official

               Salaries & Wages                                                                                            3,287.

              Other Expenses                                                                                                     53.

0730.   Other Insurance Premiums

             Other Expenses                                                                                               94,743.

0733.   Group insurance - Employees                

             Other Expenses                                                                                              331,084.

0745.    Police Department

            Salaries & Wages                                                                                            668,416.

            Other Expenses                                                                                                             36,593.

0746.   Police - Traffic Ctl & Crossing Guards                            

            Salaries & Wages                                                                                              45,045.

            Other Expenses                                                                                                   4,712.

0747.    Emergency Management Services

             Other Expenses                                                                                                    788.

0749.   Fire Department

             Salaries & Wages                                                                                              1,638.

            Other Expenses                                                                                                75,897.

0753.   Fire Prevention

            Salaries & Wages                                                                                             11,274.

              Other Expenses                                                                                                   525.

 0761.    Senior Citizen Transportation

               Salaries & Wages                                                                                              4,606.

               Other Expenses                                                                                                    263.

0765.   Dept. of Public Works - Roads

            Salaries & Wages                                                                                                         198,245.

            Other Expenses                                                                                                  18,939.

            Snow Removal                                                                                                     1,838.

0770.   Garbage & Trash Removal

            Salaries & Wages                                                                                               45,045.

            Other Expenses                                                                                                   26,736.

0772.    Buildings & Grounds                        

               Salaries & Wages                                                                                            13,077.

               Other Expenses                                                                                               13,781.

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0773.   Sewers

            Other Expenses                                                                                                              5,250.

0775.    Recycling - Contractual

             Other Expenses                                                                                                15,356.

0776.    Shade Trees

             Other Expenses                                                                                                  6,038.

0777.    Fire Hydrant Service

             Other Expenses                                                                                                32,025.

0785    Board of Health

            Salaries & Wages                                                                                              18,660.

            Other Expenses                                                                                                    5,293.

0788.   Dog Regulation

            Other Expenses                                                                                                   2,949.

0790.   Administration of Public Assistance

Salaries & Wages                                                                                                  3,372.                   Other Expenses                                                                                                                709.

0795.   Playgrounds & Recreation

            Salaries & Wages                                                                                               4,655.

            Other Expenses                                                                                                   6,773.

0430.  Utilities

           Other Expenses                                                                                                               64,969.

0821.     Street Lighting

               Other Expenses                                                                                               28,088.

0827.     Solid Waste Disposal

              Other Expenses                                                                                                66,938.

0757.     Prosecutor

              Salaries & Wages                                                                                               2,625.

0833.   Municipal Court

             Salaries & Wages                                                                                                36,515.

            Other Expenses                                                                                                     4,384.

           

   

Subtotal General Appropriations – Within "CAPS"     2,078,578.

           

STATUTORY EXPENDITURES

0837.               Contribution to Social Security

                                    Other Expenses                                                                            52,416.

Subtotal general Approp. - within "CAPS"

                  Statutory expenditures                 52,416.

       TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS - WITHIN "CAPS"           2,130,994.

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2007 Temporary Budget

ACCT. NO.                    ACCOUNT NAME                                                        AMOUNT

General Appropriations - excluded from "CAPS"

0800.   Maintenance of Free Public Library

            P.l. 1985, ch> 82-541                                                                                    134,583.             

Sub Total Library                                                                                                     134,583.                                     

0850    Principal on Bonds                                                                                          173,250.

0852    Interest on Bonds                                                                                             58,406.

0855    Union County Imp. Authority

             Share of Costs                                                                                                22,559.

Sub Total                                                                                                                  254,215.           

Public & Private Programs - excluded from "CAPS"

320           Municipal Alliance-U.C. Grant                                             .

341           Cops in School                                                                                .

362           U.C. Municipal Alliance -

                  Matching Funds                                                                  .

TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS - EXCLUDED FROM "CAPS"                         388,798.

GRAND TOTAl 2007 TEMPORARY APPROPRIATIONS -                         2,519,792.

RESOLUTION NO. 40

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the following be designated as official Insurance Agent for the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2007:

BGIA, BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENTAL INSURANCE AGENCY, Lead Agency Plaza Nine 900 Route 9 North, Suite 503, Woodbridge, NJ,

RESOLUTION NO. 41

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the official signers for the Borough of Kenilworth for banking purposes for 2007 are:   MAYOR GREGG DAVID, FINANCE OFFICER NANCY NICHOLS, BOROUGH CLERK HEDY LIPKE and ASSISTANT TREASURER KATHLEEN SWITEK.

Mayor David nominates Wolff & Samson as Bond Council for a one year term.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 42

Introduced by Anthony Deluca, adopted by same

Seconded by Robert Taylor

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WHEREAS, pursuant to the Fair and Open Process Rule advertisements for proposals were published in the Cranford Chronicle and the Union Leader and posted on the Borough of Kenilworth’s Web Site and proposals were received and reviewed for the following Professional Service for the Year 2007 which anticipated cost will be over $17,500 per year

                                                BOND COUNSEL

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED after review of said proposals, the Mayor’s nomination of   Wolff & Samson  as  Bond Counsel   for the Year 2007 at various hourly rates as in proposal, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Upon roll call the vote was Clementi, Corvelli, DeLuca, Taylor, Fiamingo and Pugliese all in favor.

Mayor David nominated Daniel McCarthy, Esq. for a one year term as Borough Attorney

RESOLUTION  NO. 43

Introduced by Anthony DeLuca, adoption by same

Seconded by Robert Taylor

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Fair and Open Process Rule advertisements for proposals were published in the Cranford Chronicle and the Union Leader and posted on the Borough of Kenilworth’s Web Site and proposals were received and reviewed for the following Professional Service for the Year 2007 which anticipated cost will be over $17,500 per year;

                                                BOROUGH ATTORNEY

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED after review of said proposals, the Mayor’s nomination of Daniel McCarthy as Borough Attorney for the Year 2007 at a rate of $120 per hour, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Upon Roll Call, Clementi, Corvelli, DeLuca, Taylor voted yes. Fiamingo, Pugliese voted no.

Mayor David nominated Suplee Clooney Company as Borough Auditor for a one year term.

RESOLUTION NO. 44

Introduced by Anthony DeLuca, adoption by same

Seconded by Robert Taylor, Jr.

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Fair and Open Process Rule advertisements for proposals were published in the Cranford Chronicle and the Union Leader and posted on the Borough of

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Kenilworth’s Web Site and proposals were received and reviewed for the following Professional Service for the Year 2007 which anticipated cost will be over $17,500 per year

                                               

BOROUGH AUDITOR

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED after review of said proposals, the Mayor’s nomination of SUPLEE CLOONEY COMPANY as BOROUGH AUDITOR for the Year 2007 at a rate of $27,000 per year, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

                                               

Upon Roll Call, Clementi, Corvelli, DeLuca, Taylor voted yes. Fiamingo and Pugliese voted no.

Mayor David nominated PMK Group as Borough Engineer for a one year term.

RESOLUTION NO. 45

Introduced by Anthony DeLuca, adoption by same

Seconded by Robert Taylor, Jr.

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Fair and Open Process Rule advertisements for proposals were published in the Cranford Chronicle and the Union Leader and posted on the Borough of Kenilworth’s Web Site and proposals were received and reviewed for the following Professional Service for the Year 2007 which anticipated cost will be over $17,500 per year

                                                            BOROUGH ENGINEER

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED after review of said proposals, the Mayor’s nomination of PMK GROUP as BOROUGH ENGINEER for the Year 2007 at a salary of $36,000 per year, plus $9,700 per year Sanitary Sewer Collection fee, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Upon Roll Call all in favor.

Mayor David nominated Robert Taylor, Sr. and Gerald Ramos as Kenilworth’s representative to the Union County Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee for a one year term.

RESOLUTION NO. 46

Introduced by Anthony DeLuca, adoption by same

Seconded by Lawrence Clementi                                                         

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of  ROBERT TAYLOR, SR. and GERALD RAMOS as Kenilworth’s representatives to the Union County Community

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Development Revenue Sharing Committee be appointed for a one year term for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Upon Roll call, Clement, Corvelli, Deluca voted yes. Fiamingo and Pugliese voted no. Councilman Taylor abstained.

Mayor David nominated the continuation of Shared Services Agreement with Union Township as Building Inspector/Construction Sub-Code for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 47

Introduced by Anthony Deluca, adoption by same

Seconded by Lawrence Clementi

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment for the Continuation of Shared Services Agreement with UNION TOWNSHIP as Building Inspector/Construction Sub- Code for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Upon Roll call, Clementi, Corvelli, Deluca and Taylor voted yes.  Fiamingo, Pugliese voted no.

Mayor David nominated the Continuation of Shared Services Agreement with UNION TOWNSHIP as Zoning Enforcement Officer for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 48

Introduced by Anthony DeLuca, adoption by same

Seconded by Lawrence Clementi

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment for the Continuation of Shared Services Agreement with UNION TOWNSHIP as Zoning Enforcement Officer for the year 2007, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Upon Roll Call, Clementi, Corvelli, DeLuca and Taylor voted yes.  Fiamingo and Pugliese voted no.

Mayor David nominated Jeffrey Cohen as Municipal Prosecutor for the year 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 49

Introduced by  Anthony Deluca, adoption by same

Seconded by Lawrence Clementi

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Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of JEFFREY COHEN, ESQ. as Municipal Prosecutor for the year 2007 at an annual salary of $11,500.00, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

Upon Roll Call, Clementi, Corvelli, DeLuca and Taylor voted yes.  Fiamingo and Pugliese voted no.

Hedy Lipke read a letter addressed to her from Mayor David making the following appointments to the Planning Board.

Frederick Soos – Class IV Member, 4 year term to 12/31/210

Robert Schielke – Alternate #2, 2 year term ending 12/31/08

Curtis Dick – Alternate #3, 1 year unexpired term of Anthony Laudati, ending 12/31/07

Livio Mancino – Mayor’s Designee, 1 year term ending 12/31/07

Mayor David designated the following Council Committees:

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Chairperson Kathi Fiamingo, Lawrence Clementi, Peter Corvelli

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Chairperson Fred Pugliese, Anthony DeLuca, Jr., Robert Taylor, Jr.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Chairperson Lawrence Clementi, Fred Pugliese, Robert Taylor, Jr.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING & ORDINANCES

Chairperson Anthony DeLuca, Jr., Lawrence Clementi, Fred Pugliese

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING & FIRE

Chairperson Peter Corvelli, Anthony DeLuca, Jr., Kathi Fiamingo

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE

Chairperson Robert Taylor, Jr., Peter Corvelli, Kathi Fiamingo

Mayor David administered the Oath of Office to the Borough Attorney,  Daniel McCarthy.

Mayor David introduced Congressman Mike Ferguson.  Congressman Ferguson congratulated the new Council Members and wished everyone a Happy New Year.  He also stated he is proud to represent Kenilworth in Washington and he is looking forward to working with the Mayor and Council.

Councilwoman Fiamingo thanked the audience for coming to the meeting. She asked the residents to come to future meetings and let her know about their concerns and interests.  Councilwoman Fiamingo stated her door is always open and her phone is listed and if there is anything anyone would like to discuss, she is available. Councilwoman Fiamingo stated she is looking forward to working with the Finance Officer, Nancy Nichols along with Councilman Clementi and Corvelli.  She  stated she has some difficult challenges ahead of us this year and she is hopefull that the Governor will dictate to the State Legislature to work on property tax  reform. Councilwoman Fiamingo thanked her family and friends for their support during the year.  She also wished everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year and she invited everyone to her house at 468 Sheridan Avenue for cake and coffee after tonight’s  meeting.

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Councilman Pugliese also thanked everyone who helped Kathi and himself over the past six months in their election bid. He appreciated their support on November 6th as well as January 3, 2007.  He stated he will do his best not to disappoint the citizens of Kenilworth and to make sure Kenilworth proceeds in the right direction and to make sure Kenilworth remains the best place to live and raise a family.  Councilwoman Fiamingo and he  ran a platform to return Kenilworth to the people and his greatest ally in this quest is to keep the citizens informed.  He stated knowledge is power and he needs residents to stay informed on what is going on in Kenilworth and he and Kathi  will do their best to keep residents informed. If you feel that Kathi and I are wrong on a certain topic, let us know.  It is only through this exchange of ideas that we can come up with the best resolution on what is best for the people of  Kenilworth.  I hope we can put politics behind us and proceed to the ultimate goal, which should be everyone’s goal, which is what is best for the people and merchants of Kenilworth. I am grateful to the people of Kenilworth for electing myself to this position and may the New Year bring prosperity, wisdom and health to you all. 

Councilman Pugliese touched on another topic of the Mayors appointments.  He noted again this year that there was a proposal submitted by a Kenilworth Attorney for the position of Borough Attorney and also one by the gentleman that was ultimately appointed by the Mayor and Council whom he was provided  with one page of his submission.  According to the newest legislation, and according to what is on the Kenilworth Web Site, the factors that are to be considered are, relevance,  extent of qualification, experience, reputation, knowledge of the Borough of Kenilworth and relevance and compliance of the standard requirements of technical qualifications. Councilman Pugliese stated he has never met Mr. McCarthy and he does not know of his qualifications but looking at these prior qualifications, when you have an attorney that has been in Town for years and has been involved with the VFW and has devoted time to other local efforts and who also appears, although not being able to quantify the actual figures,  with all do respect to Mr. Mayor, when you quantify the figures, Mr. McCarthy’s hourly rate of $120.00 is a little bit more than $116.00 an hour that Harvey Fruchter would be charging.  Also it appears that Mr. McCarthy also does not have a retainer agreement which would cover the Council Meetings.  Councilman Pugliese stated he does not know if that will end up costing the Town more or less. He thinks that given that one of the qualifications is knowledge of the Borough, and  he doesen’t know Mr. McCarthy or his qualifications and I presume he is qualified, but I think that if all other things are equal, we should go with a Kenilworth  attorney.

Mayor David responded that as Councilman Pugliese is well aware, Attorney Fruchter was previously employed by the Borough and there is a reason why he was not appointed which I am not going to go into at this time. 

 

MEETING OPENED TO THE PUBLIC

Mary Michitsch, 725 Monmouth Ave. – Mrs. Michitsch thanked the outgoing Council Members, Carmela Colosimo for twelve very hard years and Fred Soos for getting a lot done for the Town. 

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ADJOURNMENT

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

8:15 P.M.                                                                    

            Respectfully submitted,

                       

                                                                                                Hedy Lipke, Borough Clerk

              

           

                       

           

           

                       

2007 State of the Borough Address

Good evening everyone and welcome to the borough’s annual reorganization meeting. On behalf of the entire governing body I would like to wish all of our residents a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Also on behalf of the governing body I would like to thank outgoing council members Carmela Colosimo and Fred Soos for their years of service to the borough.

The year 2007 marks Kenilworth's 100th Anniversary. Accordingly, a good deal of our efforts will be focused on celebrating the borough’s Centennial and rich history. For the past year the Centennial Committee led by Shirley Maxwell has been working diligently to offer at least one event in each month, commencing with the 100-Year Celebration Dinner on January 20th, and ending with the Annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting ceremony on December 8th. Throughout the year many other events have been scheduled, highlighted by the Grand Centennial Parade and Community Picnic on June 16th. I strongly encourage everyone to participate in celebrating Kenilworth’s Centennial.

From an administration perspective we will focus on obtaining stability rather than change. Never the less, there are some changes to be made commencing this evening with my appointments to municipal prosecutor and to borough attorney. In addition, we will strive to ensure that changes and policies to be implemented in the upcoming year are handled more prudently and with more input from the public. 

Last year was another difficult one from a budgetary perspective. The 2006 municipal budget was introduced in March with a 13-tax point increase. At the time of adoption in September we were able to reduce the increase by 4 points. The 4-point reduction was the result of receiving $100,000 in Extraordinary Aid from the State, cutting some line items, and using additional surplus. For those unaware, the governing body reduced the tax increase from the defeated school budget by $250,000 at a special meeting in May of last year. It is important to note that this reduction did not affect any educational programs or the overall quality of education. Given the amount of increases in essential services along with contractual and state mandated obligations, we anticipate that this will be another difficult budget year. Despite the significant challenges ahead, we will continue our efforts to contain taxes.

            As an elected official, I believe that that our greatest responsibility is ensuring public safety. During 2006, significant progress was made on the new addition to our firehouse, we permanently implemented an on call program to insure fire coverage during daytime hours, and we applied for and received significant grant funding for public safety issues. The Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad is expecting delivery of a new ambulance thanks to $50,000 donation and another $50,000 matching donation from Schering Plough Corporation. On behalf of the governing body I would like to thank Schering Plough Corporation as well as all the other contributors who made it possible to purchase the much needed ambulance. In 2007 ensuring public safety will continue as one of our highest priorities.

            In the upcoming year we will continue our efforts to address the borough’s deteriorating streets, sewers and municipal properties, as well as our over crowded municipal building. The current municipal building was built in the 1960’s and has not been expanded in forty years. Since that time the municipal staff including the police department has more than doubled. Perhaps the best examples of the current overcrowded conditions that exist are the Welfare Director’s office, which is basically a closet and the Detective Bureau, which is housed in a trailer. The previous administration recognized the problem but failed to address it, ultimately costing the taxpayers more to correct it today. It is important that everyone recognize that correcting this problem is not a luxury but a necessity and failure to act now delays the inevitable and costs us all more. The Facilities Committee, which I established in 2004 to address the problem, made its recommendation to the governing body in December 2005 to construct a new Public Safety Building. At that meeting, the bi-partisan council unanimously approved the committee’s recommendation and chartered them to proceed to the planning and architectural phase. Last year the borough contracted with the Union County Improvement to oversee and finance the project. The decision to contract construction of the new facility with the UCIA will safeguard the borough's credit rating, will provide us with better financing terms as well as better oversight and management of the project while allowing the borough final approval on all decision making. Given that the site and building plans have not been established, the actual cost of the project has not been determined. In an effort to minimize the financial impact of the project to the taxpayers, this administration intends to sell some existing borough owned properties and to finance the remaining debt over the longest allowable term. In the upcoming year we will make every effort to keep the public informed and engaged in the development of this project.

            In 2007 we will continue to aggressively enforce our zoning laws especially for illegal apartments. These illegal apartments continue to drain the borough’s services, diminish property values, create parking problems, and force the honest taxpayers to pay for it. To that end, I am asking the newly elected council members to work with the majority towards implementing a landlord ordinance that will be fair to the borough and its residents, as well as to landlords and tenants.

            At the beginning of last year we committed to keeping recreation a priority. During the year, the Recreation Committee and the Governing Body made a concerted effort to meet that commitment. The Summer Parks Program was once again held at Harding School and had good participation. Also, significant improvements to Di Mario Park partially funded through a $50,000 matching grant from Union County were started and are nearly complete. Improving recreation for all ages will remain a priority in 2007. In the upcoming year we hope to have an agreement with the Board of Education that will allow us to use Harding School on rainy days for our Summer Parks Program. Additionally we will be making significant improvements to Sixteenth Street Park, thanks again to a $25,000 matching grant from Union County.           

Kenilworth’s strong sense of pride and spirit as evidenced by borough sponsored public celebrations and programs continued in 2006. The annual 4th of July Fireworks, the Oktoberfest and the Holiday and Tree Lighting Celebration were quite successful. The success of these events allows us to continue to offer them at little or no cost to our residents. I would like to publicly thank the Pride in Kenilworth Committee along with the many businesses that sponsor these events. I would like to give a special thanks to Madonna Bogus for chairing the committee the past three years. The success of these events, are due in large part to her efforts. I would also like to acknowledge the Beautification Committee for the great job they did keeping the gateway signs along with planters throughout the business district beautifully decorated throughout the year. On behalf of the Governing Body I would like to congratulate our Brearley Bears football team for winning the State Championship. During 2007 we will continue to encourage and assist other groups in promoting their respective public events.

            As we celebrate her Centennial, Kenilworth remains a great place to live and raise a family. With our K-12 school district, one of the lowest tax rates in Union County, our town pride and spirit, our high property values, and with our 64th ranking in “New Jersey Monthly’s” Top Towns, Kenilworth is one of the most attractive communities in Union County as well as the entire State. We remain committed to improve that position. 

            In closing, I would like to thank our dedicated borough employees and volunteers for all of their hard work during the past year, especially the Centennial, the Pride in Kenilworth, the Beautification and the Facilities Committees. I would like to thank my colleagues on the dais for helping me make it through another year as mayor and for their dedicated service to the borough. A lot was accomplished the past year but there is always more to do. In 2007, we will continue working together in an effort to make Kenilworth a better place to live and work for all of our constituents.

            Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank the men and women of our armed services who are currently risking their lives in Afghanistan, in Iraq and around the world, our thoughts and prayers go out to them as well as their families. Thank you and may God Bless America and the Borough of Kenilworth.

Mayor Gregg David

 
 


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