REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 11, 2007. MAYOR GREGG DAVID PRESIDED.
Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present: Peter Corvelli, Kathi Fiamingo, Robert Taylor and Fred Pugliese. Councilman Clementi and Councilman Deluca were 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 Councilman Taylor , seconded by Councilman Corvelli, and carried that the Work Session Meeting of June 26, 2007 and the Regular Meeting of June 27, 2007 be dispensed with and approved as submitted. (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)
COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS
1. Letter from Barbara Morison, President Senior Citizens Club, thanking the Governing Body for the Picnic on June 21st and praising Paulette Drogon’s organizing of the day and the DPW for their help.
2. Letter from Minnie Leikauskas praising the Centennial Parade.
3. Letter from David Krill, President Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department announcing the dates of their Annual Carnival and asking for volunteers to sign up to help.
4. Letter from Thomas Bell, 757 Vernon Avenue, requesting permission to hold a Block Party on Vernon Avenue on Saturday, August 4, 2007.
5. A Special Meeting of the Governing Body will be held on July 25th for Hearings and Second Readings on Ordinance No. 2007-07 and Ordinance No. 2007-08
1. Police Department Report for the month of June, 2007.
2. Construction Department Report for the month of June, 2007.
3. Borough Clerk’s Report for the month of June, 2007.
It was moved by Councilwoman Fiamingo, seconded by Councilman Taylor and carried that the above communications be received and filed and any money amounts indicated be spread over the minutes.
Mayor David read excerpts from a letter from Union County Open Space Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. They advised, on behalf of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, that Kenilworth has been granted it’s request for the Greening County 2007 Matching Grant Program. Mayor David explained this grant states that when the Borough purchases trees, the County matches the amount of trees the Borough purchased. The
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Borough will be purchasing ten trees and the location for the trees has already been determined. The cost of Kenilworth’s share of the tree purchase is $987.50.
Mayor David thanked the Centennial Committee for the spectacular job they did on the parade and picnic on June 16, 2007. He also thanked everyone who helped to provide a wonderful day.
REPORT OF COMMITTEES
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Councilwoman Fiamingo reported the Borough auditors completed their audit of the Borough and we have received the audit report this evening. She had an exit meeting with the auditors last evening and there were some items that require attention and they are being addressed. There have been significant improvements since the end of December. The budget is in the process of being finalized with the numbers and we are awaiting State aid figures and hopefully within the next month we will have a final budget to present to the public. There is a Resolution on the agenda tonight to hire a CFO as a part time temporary employee. The Borough was informed that we needed someone with the appropriate certification. Our current Financial Officer is in the process of obtaining certification. The Borough has hired someone from Roselle Park with the proper certification to oversee Ms. Nichols, who does a very good job. This arrangement is expected to be extremely temporary because Ms. Nichols will have her certification by the middle of next year.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Councilman Pugliese reported the DPW has been sweeping and picking up garbage along the Boulevard. They have also been painting new stop bars and crosswalks. One of the two motor pumps at the Lafayette Pump Station is out for repair. On June 26, 2007 the Borough enlisted the services of National Water Main Cleaning Company to clean grease from seven manholes. The Board of Health will be checking on eating establishments to insure that they are properly disposing their grease.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Clementi was absent. Councilman Corvelli asked the public to keep an eye on our parks as there has been a rash of vandalism at the parks. He asked residents to call the Police Department if they see anything suspicious.
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING & ORDINANCES
Councilman Deluca was absent.
DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND FIRE
Councilman Corvelli stated the new Fire Building was recently inspected. There were a few minor problems that are being rectified. The new Fire Station passed the electrical inspection. The Volunteer Fire Department will be selling 50/50’s for the Carnival. The Super 50/50 tickets
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will also be sold at WalMart. Councilman Corvelli asked the audience to report any suspicious activity they observe because the repeater for the Fire Department was damaged by vandals on
the night of the Fire Works. The contractor put the conduit in for the scoreboard at DiMario Park. Wednesday, July 18, 2007 the Recreation Department is sponsoring Kenilworth Swim Night at the Orange Avenue Cranford Pool. The Summer Recreation Program is in full swing. We received authorization from the school to use the gym and the cafeteria.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE
Councilman Taylor had nothing to report.
Consolidated Bill List appears on the following pages. (copy attached)
Resolutions No. 1 thru 9 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 Taylor moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Councilman Pugliese. Upon roll call the vote was unanimous.
Mayor David read a resolution thanking Thomas McHale for serving 13 years on the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority and also for all his contributions to the Borough of Kenilworth. Mayor David stated that he has known Tom for a number of years and has served with him on the Board of Adjustment. The Mayor stated that Tom has always served the Borough of Kenilworth with honor, dignity and integrity and his service will be greatly missed. Thomas McHale thanked the Mayor and Council and he stated that his successor will serve equally, if not better, than he did and he wished him the best of luck.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
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 Chief Finance Officer be authorized to make payments for necessary obligations prior to the next regularly scheduled Council Meeting on August 22, 2007.
RESOLUTION NO. 3
Be It Hereby Resolved: That Jacob Davis be employed as a Part-time Municipal Court Attendant at a rate of $15.00 per hour effective as of July 16, 2007.
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RESOLUTION NO. 4
That the Borough Clerk be authorized to issue the following Raffle Licenses:
#903 Kenilworth Jets, Inc. for an Off-Premise 50/50 Raffle on October 21, 2007 at 401 Monroe Avenue, Kenilworth, NJ 07033.
#904 Kenilworth Jets, Inc. for an On-Premise 50/50 Raffle on 8/26/07, 9/16/07, 9/30/07, 10/14/07 and 10/21/07.
#905 David Brearley Middle School/High School Calendar Raffle at 401 Monroe Ave., Kenilworth, NJ on 1/3/08, 1/17/08, 1/31/08, 2/14/08, 2/28/08, 3/13/08 and 3/27/08.
RESOLUTION NO. 5
WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:5-21 authorizes the establishment of a Petty Cash Fund; and,
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Borough of Kenilworth, County of Union, that the petty cash fund for the finance department be increased from $25.00 to $50.00;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Borough of Kenilworth, County of Union hereby authorizes such action and two copies of this resolution be filed with the Division of Local Government Services, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for approval.
RESOLUTION NO. 6
Be It Hereby Resolved: That Resolution No. 14, dated June 13, 2007 regarding Recreation Summer Playground workers be amended as follows to reflect minimum wage requirements.
Tina Lynaugh Head Counselor $300.00 per week
Chris Moll Regular Counselor $7.15 per hour
Ryan Jayne Regular Counselor $7.15 per hour
Ben DeVito Regular Counselor $7.15 per hour
Andrea Iturraide Regular Counselor $7.15 per hour
Jenna Vitale Regular Counselor $7.15 per hour
Corey Stryker Regular Counselor $7.15 per hour
(Replaced Lisamarie Madonia)
RESOLUTION NO. 7
WHEREAS, the Borough Council of the Borough of Kenilworth needs to fill the position of certified Municipal Finance Officer; and
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WHEREAS, Kenneth Blum is a certified Municipal Finance Officer pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A: 9-140.1 et seq., and is authorized to serve in the capacity as a Municipal Finance Officer for the Borough of Kenilworth; and
WHEREAS, Kenneth Blum agrees to be employed by the Borough of Kenilworth in the capacity as its Municipal Finance Officer on a part time basis for a term as set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.8; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Borough Council of the Borough of Kenilworth that the Mayor be and hereby is authorized to appoint Kenneth Blum to the position of Municipal Finance Officer for the Borough of Kenilworth with a yearly salary of Five thousand dollars per year ($5,000) and a term as set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.8.
RESOLUTION NO. 8
Be It Hereby Resolved: That the Mayor be authorized to sign the acceptance of the Proposal from PMK Group for “Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Measures, Borough of Kenilworth Department of Public Works” for a total cost of $7,000.00.
RESOLUTION NO. 9
WHEREAS, Thomas McHale has served as Kenilworth’s representative on the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority since his appointment in 1994; and
WHEREAS, during his nineteen years on the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority he served one term as Chairman and was currently serving as Vice Chairman and served on numerous Committees, chairing many; and
WHEREAS, Thomas McHale worked at Schering Plough for 41 years retiring several years ago; and
WHEREAS, he has served the Borough of Kenilworth on the Borough Council, the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment; and
WHEREAS, Thomas McHale has also served on the Kenilworth Board of Education, was Little League Vice President; served on the Juvenile Conference Committee; the Recreation Committee and the Fire Department Rescue Squad; and
WHEREAS, Thomas McHale is a member of the Knights of Columbus; the Veterans of Foreign War; President of the Columbian Club and an active member of St. Theresa’s Church; and
WHEREAS, Thomas McHale has resigned from the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority as of July 1, 2007.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Kenilworth thank Thomas McHale for his 19 years of exemplary service on the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority and for his commitment to the Borough of Kenilworth.
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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council wish Thomas McHale the best of health and happiness in the future.
Proposed Ordinance No. 2007-09 was read for the first reading as follows: (Copy attached)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH AMENDING THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH TO PROHIBIT GRAFFITI
Mayor David stated the Ordinance basically prohibits graffiti within the Borough. The Governing Body felt that this Ordinance was necessary as there are a number of locations in the Borough that presently have graffiti and the property owners have not addressed the removal of the graffiti. This Ordinance is step one and the Borough will also be passing an amendment to the property maintenance ordinance that will require the property owners to remove the graffiti in a reasonable amount of time. Copies of the Ordinance are on the back table and anyone who wishes to speak on this Ordinance can do so at the second reading which will be on August 22, 2007.
Introduced by Kathi Fiamingo who also moved its adoption
Seconded by Fred Pugliese and on roll call unanimously carried.
Be It Hereby Resolved: That Proposed Ordinance No. 2007-09, be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on August 22, 2007.
Mayor David stated that he attended the Centennial Golf Outing in June and he thanked Livio Mancino and Mike Wojcio for their efforts to make the event successful.` He also stated that he thought the Fire Works Display on July 1, 2007 were spectacular and he hoped everyone enjoyed them.
Councilwoman Fiamingo stated that members of the RVSA were sad to see Mr. McHale leave. She stated Mr. McHale he has been a great asset to the RVSA and that the Mayor will do a great job for the next six months. She also stated the fireworks were a fun event and well attended. She stated she was selling items for the Knights and the Pride in Kenilworth Committee. Councilwoman Fiamingo stated that she spoke with Cranford regarding their Flood Gates and she was hoping that perhaps the Mayor would sit down with Cranford’s Mayor and discuss the flood situation. Mayor David responded that he has spoken to them in the past but he will reach out to them again to try and resolve the situation.
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MEETING OPENED TO THE PUBLIC
Jerry Ramos, 337 North 19th Street – Mr. Ramos stated that he has lived on North 19th Street for 25 years and he has never seen the street flood like it has over the past couple of months. Mr. Ramos stated that residents that live at the end of North 19th Street from Sheridan to Black Brook Park are cut off from driving out of the street after a heavy rain storm. He stated that this is a dangerous situation because not only can residents not leave their houses but should there be an emergency, fire, police or ambulances cannot enter the street. Mr. Ramos would like to bring the situation to the attention of the Mayor and Council and would like them to see if the flooding has something to do with a blockage at the Lafayette Pump Station.
Rudy Cammarota, 1 Red Maple Lane – Mr. Cammarota stated that the sanitary sewers have backed up on his street. He stated that about 20 years ago the Borough did an extensive program of trying to correct the infiltrated water from the street running into manholes that were depressed. They did a good job but over the years it has stopped and now it has started again. The problem is in the sanitary sewers, not the storm sewers. There are violators that pump their sump pumps into the sanitary sewers. He stated that most of the water from a downpour like we had today, comes in through the manholes and if you inspect the manholes on Red Maple Lane you will find that over the years the manholes have becomes depressed and the water from the street runs into the sewer and overloads it. He stated surface water and sump pump water should not be going into the sanitary sewer. He stated that he believes the Borough needs an engineering inspection to see where the problems are. He stated that when sewer water backs up into basements it is a health hazard. Mr. Cammarota stated there are ways to correct the situation and that years ago every builder that built a new home had to correct the manholes by raising them six to eight inches. Mayor David responded by stating they will take it up at the next work session. He also stated that the Borough has found grease at seven different locations throughout the Borough and they have asked the Board of Health to start increasing inspections on the many food establishments. Restaurants are suppose to catch the grease in a trap and have it carted away.
There being no further business to come before the Council, it was moved by Councilman Taylor, seconded by Councilman Corvelli and carried, that the meeting be adjourned to the call of the chair. All in favor
8:27 P.M. Respectfully submitted,
Hedy Lipke, Borough Clerk
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