Council Minutes from 1/7/2010
 

ORGANIZATION MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 7, 2009.  MAYOR KATHI FIAMINGO PRESIDED.

Sal Candarella, Scott Klinder and Kevin Leary, Jr. were sworn in by Borough Clerk, Hedy Lipke.

Mayor Fiamingo asked the Borough Clerk if all the newly elected members of the Borough Council duly qualify by taking their Oath of Office?  The Clerk responded yes.

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

ROLL CALL

Roll Call at 7:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present:  Sal Candarella, Brian Joho, Scott Klinder, Kevin Leary, Fred Pugliese and Toni Sosnosky. 

The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor Fiamingo.

INVOCATION

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

PRESENTATIONS

Mayor Fiamingo presented Planning Board Secretary, John Beninati with a plaque for Volunteer of the Year.  The Mayor advised that Mr. Beninati has been on the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment since 1998 and is currently the Secretary for the Board.  She stated that John has volunteered his time in this position, which has customarily been a paid position. She said it is a difficult job and John has volunteered his services out of the goodness of his heart. She said he coordinated all the applications, spoke to the attorneys and made sure everything ran smoothly.  She said he will be sorely missed and she thanked him for all his donated time.  She presented the award with a small token of the Borough’s appreciation.  Mr. Beninati said he was proud to be from a town with so many volunteers. He said he is honored the Mayor has kept him on so long….without a check.

Mayor Fiamingo presented Ellen Johns, Administrative Assistant for the Building Department with a plaque for Employee of the Year.  The Mayor stated that anyone who has visited the Building Department would recognize Ellen for her beautiful smile.  She said Ellen is one of the most pleasant people anyone could ever meet and always has a smile on her face.  The Mayor said Ellen started in the Building Department as a part time employee more than a couple of decades ago and she soon became a full time employee. The Mayor thanked Ellen and said the Borough is very grateful to have her. The Mayor presented Ellen with the plaque and a small token of the Council’s appreciation. Ellen thanked the Mayor.

 

 

 

 

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MAYOR’S ADDRESS

Good evening and welcome to the 2009 Reorganization meeting of the Kenilworth Borough Council 

            I would first like to wish everyone a healthy, happy and successful New Year.  Although the economic forecast remains dour, I am confident that our great country will once again find its way back to prosperity.  I am just as confident that the people of this great Borough will band together to help one another through the rough spots.

            I want to congratulate Councilmen Leary, Klinder and Candarella on their election.  We have a great deal of hard work ahead of us and I look forward to working with them and the rest of council.

            2008 was an exciting year for me as your Mayor.  It was certainly challenging, financially.  The State, with its ever increasing need for more funds attempted to balance its budget on the backs of the municipalities and ultimately the tax payers.

            Kenilworth was one of the municipalities targeted for one of the more severe penalties because of our small size.  When it was all said and done, the State reduced our aid by $253,000.00 or almost three tax points.

            Combined with the reduction in State Aid, increases in pension contributions, contractual salary obligations, RVSA fees, and health insurance premiums reached close to a million dollars – almost 11 tax points - before we even looked at our local departments and services.  Despite this, the Council’s finance committee working with our Finance Officer, Nancy Nichols and our department heads cut operating expenses in order to minimize the tax increase to the residents. 

            In the coming year we have even more difficult financial issues to face.  The scheduled increase in sewer fees to the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority alone is approximately one half million dollars and the Governor has announced that municipal aid will again be cut.  I am sorry to report that this will translate into another difficult year for the Borough financially. 

            In 2008, several projects which were stalled for years were jump started and hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money which were almost lost were saved through my efforts.  One of those projects is the Library Elevator, which should be up and running within the next couple of months. 

            An architect for the public safety building has been hired and has started the process of discussing the Borough needs for the building in order to begin the design phase.  When a

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proposal for the building is completed, we will present it at a meeting so that the public is kept informed on what is being proposed as well as the cost of the proposal.

            A grant for the public safety building in the amount of $190,000.00 was slated to expire on December 31, 2008.  When I was advised that it would not be renewed due to the lack of action on the project by the prior administration, I contacted Senator Lesniak and Assemblyman Cryan and as a result the grant has been extended through the end of 2009.

            In 2008 I promised to hire qualified local professionals to better help our residents.    Our new building inspector and zoning enforcement officer are both local residents who go above and beyond in performing their duties.  Our Borough Attorney’s law office is within walking distance of Boro Hall and he is always available to provide his advise.  Today I am appointing another local attorney to the position of Municipal Court Judge.  I am making good on the promises I made to our residents

            Our new Borough Engineer has been a tremendous asset.  He has sought and found solutions to problems that we have experienced for years and is a welcome addition to our Borough family.  Through his recommendation, I reached out to the Townships of Cranford and Clark to obtain their assistance for our DPW at no cost to the Borough.  We can look forward to more of these types of shared services in the future.

            I would also like to commend and thank our department heads,  Chief Dowd, Superintendent Ryan, Chief Giordino, Finance Officer Nancy Nichols and of course, our Clerk Hedy Lipke and all of the Borough employees for their hard work and help over this past year, as well as the many volunteers who devote their time and effort for the betterment of our community. 

            Finally, I would like everyone to remember our men and women in the armed forces and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  I know we all hope that they stay safe and thank them for keeping us secure at home.

            May God bless you all and the Borough of Kenilworth and may God Bless America.

Copy appears on the following pages.

ELECTION OF COUNCIL PRESIDENT

Councilman Joho made a motion, seconded by Councilman Leary, that Councilman Fred Pugliese be nominated for the office of Council President for the year 2009. 

Motion was made by Councilman Candarella, seconded by Councilman Klinder to close the nomination for Council President for 2009. Vote affirming Fred Pugliese as Council President was unanimously all in favor.

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CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 through 48 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 Joho moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Councilwoman Sosnosky.  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 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 2

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the following be appointed to the Board of Health:

JEANINE PENTZ as a regular member for a 3 year term; SUSAN RYAN as a regular member for a 3 year term and TRUDY NEUHAUSER as a regular member for a 1 yr. unexpired term.

RESOLUTION NO. 3

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Fair and Open Process Rule advertisements for proposals were published in the Cranford Chronicle and the Local Source and posted on the Borough of Kenilworth’s Web Site and proposals were received and reviewed for the following Professional Service for the Year 2009 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 NOWELL AMOROSO KLEIN BIERMAN, PA as  BOND COUNSEL for the Year 2009 at various hourly rates as in proposal, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 4

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Fair and Open Process Rule advertisements for proposals were published in the Cranford Chronicle and the Local Source and posted on the Borough of Kenilworth’s Web Site and proposals were received and reviewed for the following Professional Service for the Year 2009 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 HARVEY FRUCHTER as BOROUGH ATTORNEY for the Year 2009 at $20,000 per annum and $120.00 per hour be and the same is hereby confirmed.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Fair and Open Process Rule advertisements for proposals were published in the Cranford Chronicle and the Local Source and posted on the Borough of Kenilworth’s Web Site and proposals were received and reviewed for the following Professional Service for the Year 2009 which anticipated cost will be over $17,500 per year:

                       

                                                BOROUGH LABOR ATTORNEY

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED after review of said proposals, the Mayor’s nomination of McELROY, DEUTSCH, MULVANEY & CARPENTER, LLP as BOROUGH LABOR ATTORNEY for the Year 2009 at $120. per hour, be  and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 6

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Fair and Open Process Rule advertisements for proposals were published in the Cranford Chronicle and the Local Source and posted on the Borough of Kenilworth’s Web Site and proposals were received and reviewed for the following Professional Service for the Year 2009 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  FERRAIOLI, WIELKOTZ, CERULLO & CUVA as BOROUGH AUDITOR for the Year 2009 at $27,675 per year, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 7

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Fair and Open Process Rule advertisements for proposals were published in the Cranford Chronicle and the Local Source and posted on the Borough of Kenilworth’s Web Site and proposals were received and reviewed for the following Professional Service for the Year 2009 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 GROTTO ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES as  BOROUGH ENGINEER  for the Year 2009 at $60,000  per annum, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 8

That the Mayor’s Appointment of TOM VITALE, ESQ. as Borough Judge for a 3 year term an annual salary of $25,000.00, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

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RESOLUTION NO. 9

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 2009, be and

the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 10

           

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of TONCIA SOSNOSKY. and KATHI FIAMINGO as Kenilworth’s representatives to the Union County Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee be appointed for a 1 yr. term for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 11

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of DEBRA WEISS as Deputy Court Administrator for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 12

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of KATHLEEN MOSCHITTA as

Deputy Borough Clerk for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 13

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of KELLY CLEMENTI as Dog Warden for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 14

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That ROBERT WALCK & RANDY LEVCHUCK, ANGELO RUGIERO AND JOSEPH GIORGIO be and are hereby appointed Fire Prevention Inspectors for the year 2009.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 15

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 for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 16

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

 

 

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RESOLUTION NO. 17

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of SHIRLEY BOYDEN MAXWELL as a member of the Local Assistance Board for a 4 year term, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 18

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the Mayor’s appointment of JOHN ZIMMERMAN  as

Municipal Drug Alliance Committee Chairman for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby

confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 19

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

Municipal Drug Alliance Coordinator for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 20

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of JOHN HENRY, ESQ. as Municipal Prosecutor for the year 2009 at an annual salary of $11,500.00 per annum, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 21

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

Burner Inspector for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 22

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That Councilman Candarella, a member of the Governing Body, be and is appointed an elected official on the Planning Board for the year 2009.

RESOLUTION NO. 23

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of MAURA LYNCH as Police Matron for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 24

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 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

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RESOLUTION NO. 25

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of TRACI ZALINSKI as Public Defender for the year 2009 for a salary of $4,140 per annum, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 26

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of DANIEL BEVERE as Assistant Public Defender for the year 2009 , be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 27

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the appointment of JOHN FERRAIOLI as Public Health

Officer for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 28

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That HEDY LIPKE, be and she is hereby appointed Purchasing

Agent for the year 2009.

RESOLUTION NO. 29

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of JUDY RELOVSKY as a regular member of the Recreation Department for a 3 year term and ANGELA SANDULL and SUE DOGHERTY as alternates for a 2 year term.

RESOLUTION NO. 30

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of SCOTT PENTZ as Recreation Director for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 31

Be It Hereby Resolved:

                                            That the Mayor’s appointment of ARNOLD BAGNALL,

JOHN DEVITO,  MARIANTONIA DAVANZO, DONNA LAYDEN,  KIMBERLY MONTIERO, CHRISTINE MACMILLIAN,  PATRICIA SISNETSKY, RONALD SMITH, and MARYANN STILES, LOUIS TRAMER, SARA WEBER, WILLIAM ZORICK, JOHN CARR (Alternate), JOHN MARTINS (Alternate), AGNES ANDRIOLA (Alternate), CHRISTOPHER MEADE (Alternate) as School Crossing Guards for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

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RESOLUTION NO.32

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

ROBERT WALCK as Smoke Detector Inspectors for the year 2009, be and the same

is hereby confirmed.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 33

Be It Hereby Resolved: That ROBERT E. RENAUD, ESQ. b e appointed Tax Appeal Counsel for the year 2009 at a rate of $130.00 per hour.

RESOLUTION NO. 34

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

Tax Search Officer for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 35

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of NANCY NICHOLS  as Treasurer of the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 36

 

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of ROBERT HERBERT as Zoning Enforcement Officer for the year 2009, for a salary of 6,000 per annum, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 37

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of ROBERT BEINER, to the Union County Air Traffic Noise Advisory Board for a 2 year term, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 38

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s appointment of CAROL WESTERVELT as Union County Transportation Advisory Board Representative for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 39

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Mayor’s designation of the CRANFORD CHRONICLE,

THE LOCAL SOURCE, and the STAR LEDGER as the Official Newspapers of

the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2009, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

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RESOLUTION NO. 40

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

N.J. CASH MANAGEMENT FUND, TD BANK, PNC BANK and VALLEY NATIONAL

BANK, as Official Depositories for the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2009, be and the

same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 41

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the following be designated as Official Insurance Agent/Risk Manager for the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2009:  AMALGAMATED GENERAL AGENCIES (AGA)  115 Grove Street, PO Box 2670, Westfield, NJ  07091

RESOLUTION NO. 42

WHEREAS, the Borough Clerk has prepared a schedule of meetings of the Governing

Body of the Borough of Kenilworth for the year 2009, 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 7, 2009, mail true copies of

this Resolution, including aforesaid schedule, to the Cranford Chronicle, New Providence, New Jersey; the Local Source, 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.

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. 43

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the annexed By-Laws shall constitute the By-Laws of the

Governing Body for the year 2009 or until amended.

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RESOLUTION NO. 44

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the following AD HOC COMMITTEES be continued for 2009:

            Beautification  Committee

            Creek Funding Commiottee

            Drug Alliance Committee

            Smart Growth Planning Committee  

            Local Cable Access Committee

            Parks Revitalization Committee

            Pride in Kenilworth Committee

            Technology Committee

  Facilities Committee

RESOLUTION NO. 45

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

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 $1,500.00 of the delinquency and at the rate of 18% on any amount in excess of $1,500.00, 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.

                                               

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RESOLUTION NO. 46

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 200 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 2009:

                                                Police Department                              Total Fund

                                                William Dowd, Police Chief                 $150.00

                                                Tax & Finance                        

                                                Lisa Woods Tax & Finance                    $50.00

RESOLUTION NO. 47

               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 2009; and

               WHEREAS, the total temporary budget set forth below does not in amount exceed one-fourth of the total appropriations in the 2009 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                                                                             42,815.

                           Other Expenses                                                                                11,097. 

0703.   Mayor & Council

                            Salaries & Wages                                                                                984.

                            Other Expenses                                                                                               709.

0705.      Tax & Finance                                                           

                           Salaries & Wages                                                                             44,625.

                           Other Expenses                                                                                  6,608.                

0710.    Assessment of Taxes

             Salaries & Wages                                                                                            6,992.

                           Other Expenses                                                                                 1,647.

 0712.     Legal Svcs & Costs

             Salaries & Wages                                                                                              4,988.

                           Other Expenses                                                                                 15,750.

0715.      Engineering

                                    Salaries & Wages                                                                     11,025.

Other Expenses                                                                        28,586.                 

0720.      Planning Board

                             Other Expenses                                                                                 2,979.

0721.   Zoning Enforcement Officer

              Other Expenses                                                                                                1,496.

0725.   Construction Official

              Salaries & Wages                                                                                             5,700.

              Other Expenses                                                                                                 1,339.

0726                Building Department

                                    Other Expenses                                                                                 0.

0727.     Plumbing Inspector

               Salaries & Wages                                                                                             3,675.

                                    Other Expenses                                                                                53.

0728.     Electrical Inspector

                        Salaries & Wages                                                                                     3,413.

                                    Other Expenses                                                                                 53.

0729.     Fire Sub Code Official

               Salaries & Wages                                                                                               3,675.

                                    Other Expenses                                                                                  53.

0730.       Other Insurance Premiums

                            Other Expenses                                                                                    88,811.

0733.       Group insurance - Employees                       

                           Other Expenses                                                                                    368,471.

0745.    Police Department

                            Salaries & Wages                                                                                745,605.

                            Other Expenses                                                                                                  36,627.

0746.       Police - Traffic & Crossing Guards                                      

                            Salaries & Wages                                                                                   48,965.

                            Other Expenses                                                                                        7,737.

0747.    Emergency Management Services

                            Other Expenses                                                                                          788.

0749.       Fire Department

                            Salaries & Wages                                                                                     1,969.

                            Other Expenses                                                                                      86,224.

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0753.       Fire Prevention

                            Salaries & Wages                                                                                10,833.

                            Other Expenses                                                                                                    207.

 0761.    Senior Citizen Transportation

               Salaries & Wages                                                                                                5,250.

               Other Expenses                                                                                                      263.

0762.     Senior Citizen Director        

                                    Salaries & Wages                                                                           1,575.

                                    Other Expenses                                                                              1,654.

0765.       Dept. of Public Works - Roads

                            Salaries & Wages                                                                                 199,500.

                            Other Expenses                                                                                      17,660.

                            Snow Removal                                                                                         2,625.

0767.               Parks                                                                                                  

Other Expenses                                                                               1,418.

0770.       Garbage & Trash Removal

                            Salaries & Wages                                                                                   51,188.

              Other Expenses                                                                                                      8,666.

0772.    Buildings & Grounds                        

               Salaries & Wages                                                                                                 15,658.

               Other Expenses                                                                                                    14,766.

0773.   Sewers

               Other Expenses                                                                                                      5,250.

0775.     Recycling - Contractual

               Other Expenses                                                                                                    50,300.

0776.     Shade Trees

               Other Expenses                                                                                                     5,434.

0777.     Fire Hydrant Service

               Other Expenses                                                                                                    32,813.

0785                Board of Health

                                    Salaries & Wages                                                                            21,039.                            Other Expenses                                                                                             6,190.   

0788.     Dog Regulation

               Other Expenses                                                                                                      2,888.

0790.   Administration of Public Assistance

                        Salaries & Wages                                                                                          3,675.                                 Other Expenses                                                                                                748.

0795.        Playgrounds & Recreation

                        Salaries & Wages                                                                                           5,250.

                             Other Expenses                                                                                          9,424.

0796.               Celebration of Public Events

                                    Other Expenses                                                                                  2,835.

0802.               Beautification

                                    Other Expenses                                                                                      591.

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0430.     Utilities

               Other Expenses                                                                                                 73,365.

0821.     Street Lighting

               Other Expenses                                                                                                 27,038.

0827.     Solid Waste Disposal

                Other Expenses                                                                                                78,750.

0757.     Prosecutor

                 Salaries & Wages                                                                                              3,019.

0833.   Municipal Court

                        Salaries & Wages                                                                                     30,945.

                             Other Expenses                                                                                     3,296.

0834.               Unemployment Compensation                                                                              7,875.

Subtotal General Appropriations – Within "CAPS"     2,285,447.

 

STATUTORY EXPENDITURES

0837.               Contribution to Social Security

                                    Other Expenses                                                                            57,750.

Subtotal general Approp. - within "CAPS"

                  Statutory expenditures                                                                                            57,750.

       TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS - WITHIN "CAPS"                                       2,343,197.

General Appropriations - excluded from "CAPS"

0265.               LOSAP                                                                                                     13,913.

0774.               RVSA                                                                                                      295,829.

0800.               Maintenance of Free Public Library

                                                P.l. 1985, ch> 82-541                                                       165,876.      

Sub Total                                                                                                                         475,618.                                                     

0850    Principal on Bonds                                                                                                 165,375.

0852    Interest on Bonds                                                                                                     69,766.

Sub Total                                                                                                                            235,141.

Public & Private Programs - excluded from "CAPS"

320           Municipal Alliance-U.C. Grant                                          .

362           U.C. Municipal Alliance -

                 Matching Funds                                                                 .

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TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS - EXCLUDED FROM "CAPS"                                       710,759.

GRAND TOTAL 2009 TEMPORARY APPROPRIATIONS -                           3,053,956.

RESOLUTION NO. 48

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That the official signers for the Borough of Kenilworth for banking purposes for 2009 are: KATHI FIAMINGO, FINANCE OFFICER NANCY NICHOLS, BOROUGH CLERK HEDY LIPKE and ASSISTANT TREASURER KATHLEEN SWITEK.

Hedy Lipke read a letter addressed to herself from Mayor Fiamingo.  The letter stated the Mayor made the following Planning Board appointments.  The appointments are as follows: 

Anthony Pugliese, Class IV  Member - 4 yr. term

Marty Sica , Class IV Member – 4 yr. term

Madonna Bogus, Class IV Member – 1 yr. unexpired term

Robert Laurie, Alternate #1 – 1 yr. unexpired term

Richard Picerna, Alternate #2 – 2 yr. term

Rudy Cammarota, Mayor’s Designee – 1 yr. term 

DESIGNATION OF COMMITTEES

The following Council Committees were designated:

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Chairperson Brian Joho, Sal Candarella, Fred Pugliese.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Chairperson Toni Sosnosky, Scott Klinder, Kevin Leary, Jr.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Chairperson Fred Pugliese, Toni Sosnosky, Scott Klinder

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING & ORDINANCES

Chairperson Sal Candarella, Brian Joho, Fred Pugliese.

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, & FIRE

Chairperson Kevin Leary, Jr., Sal Candarella, Toni Sosnosky.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE

Chairperson Scott Klinder, Brian Joho, Kevin Leary, Jr.

Mayor Fiamingo administered the Oath of Office to the Borough Attorney Harvey Fruchter, Esq.  

MEETING OPENED TO THE PUBLIC

Motion was made by Councilman Joho, seconded by Councilwoman Sosnosky to open the meeting to the public.  All in favor.

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The Mayor asked if anyone wished to speak to please step forward, state their name and address for the record.  Seeing no one, motion was made by Councilwoman Sosnosky, seconded by Councilman Joho to close the meeting to the public. All in favor.

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilman Joho wished everyone a Happy New Year. He welcomed and congratulated Kevin, Scott and Sal to the Council. He said although the Borough enters 2009 on sound financial footing, the prolonged and historic economical crisis will continue to challenge municipal, state and federal budgets. Councilman Joho said, if anyone has read the papers lately, they obviously know the word coming from Trenton is not good. He said Trenton is going to be a major influence on the Borough’s budget as they start the process for 2009. The State is currently reporting a 2.1 billion budget shortfall in their current budget year and that budget year does not end until June 30th.  Governor Corzine is reportedly considering a number of measures to make up the shortfall, including a reduction in municipal aid with the number being mentioned as 15 million as well as a 75 million reduction in public school aid.  As the Borough begins reviewing the departmental budgets, which have all been submitted and we start those meeting next week, we will be cognizant of the State’s actions and fiscal condition as well as the overall health of the economy.  We will continue to monitor the municipality’s financial health, measuring it against our own historic trends as well.  Our goal, as it was last year as we approached the budget, is to minimize the tax burden where possible while maintaining quality municipal services and infrastructure.  Councilman Joho said 2009 promises to be a challenging one financially but residents should be assured they will continue to keep you informed as we work through our budget process.

Councilman Leary thanked everyone for coming out tonight, especially considering the weather. He thanked his family who without their help and support he would not be sitting here tonight. He thanked everyone who helped and supported him during the campaign. He said without their help and support there would be no campaign to speak of, especially not a successful one. He thanked Councilman DeLuca and Councilman Clementi for their years of service and he wished them the best of luck in their future endeavors. He thanked the citizens of Kenilworth for putting their faith and trust in him. He promised to always do what is in the best interest of the Borough and he looks forward working with his fellow council people as well as Chief Giordino and Director Pentz during the coming year.

Councilman Pugliese congratulated Scott Klinder, Kevin Leary, Jr. and Sal Candarella on being elected Councilman.  He said he has known Sal for 5 or 6 years from sitting on the Planning Board along with Mr. Beninati and Judge Vitale’s father.  He also said he has known Scott Klinder and Kevin Leary, Jr. for about 2 or 3 years and all three of them will make very good councilman.  The reason he feels that way is because they are very good people and in his opinion that is the number one qualification in order to become a good councilman. He said that having known these men for a few years, in his opinion they are good people and they will be good councilman. He looks forward to working with them in the upcoming year.  He congratulated Tom Vitale on being appointed Kenilworth’s new judge and he welcomed him back to the spot he once held.  He has no doubt that he will administer justice fairly and impartially and his appointment is in keeping with Mayor Fiamingo’s promise to the people when she and I first got elected, that they put Kenilworth people back in Kenilworth positions. He said Tom Vitale was a good appointment.  The Mayor agreed with Councilman Pugliese.

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Councilman Candarella said that last January he was honored when the Mayor and Council appointed him to a council seat.  This year he was greatly honored to have been elected by the voters as their representative on the council.  He thanked everyone who came out and voted and supported his team. Last year was very fulfilling personally, with the guidance of the Mayor and input from the Council along with our professionals we had a very successful year in reaching many of our goals.  We still have a lot of work to do with the ever changing economical climate in which we live.  He quoted a sentence from his last year’s speech “I will make all my decisions based on what I believe is right for the residents and the future of this Borough”.  In my heart I know I fulfilled that promise to myself, my family and most important to the residents of Kenilworth.  Another sentence he used last year was “To enhance the lifestyle of our community”.  He said last year the Mayor and Council made great strides in improving the lifestyle of our community and he is certain this group will work hard to continue to make Kenilworth a great place to raise a family and grow old together. As his term begins he would like all the residents know that every time he voices his opinion or casts his vote, he will be representing the people of Kenilworth in what he feels is the right choice for all of us. He thanked his wife Darlene for making sure their son Marc Anthony’s homework is done and for staying abreast of all the school and other activities while he dedicates some time to being a good councilman. He thanked everyone and wished them a healthy and safe New Year.

Councilman Klinder joked that he hoped Councilman Candarella went after him so that he could read part of his speech. He said he is both honored and humbled that the citizens of Kenilworth have given him the opportunity to make a difference. He thanked all the people who helped him in the campaign and also those who walked with him. He said it was a great learning experience.  He thanked his sister and his mother for their support. He thanked God and he prays for his guidance and wisdom in the coming years.

Councilwoman Sosnosky wished everyone a Happy New Year and she hopes the coming year will bring good health and prosperity.  It has been a year since she took the oath of office. She said it has been a long year, a short year, it’s been successful at times, very stressful at times and it has been very rewarding at times but it has never been dull at no time.  She said through it all she gained the knowledge of the importance in the involvement of the community and service to the public.  She said now as she sits on the dais, she looks at some new faces, Councilman Klinder and Councilman Leary. She welcomed them and congratulated them to being elected to the council. She said now the journey begins.

Mayor Fiamingo announced that everyone is invited to her home at 468 Sheridan Avenue, which is on the corner of North 19th Street and Sheridan.  She said someone is leaving right now to open up her house.

Mayor Fiamingo congratulated the Borough’s prosecutor, Jon Henry Barr who had a baby girl on New Year’s Day.  She thanked our new Municipal Judge, Tom Vitale and she has great confidence in his abilities and she is looking forward to the next three years.  She said Police Chief Dowd is always here for everyone.

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ADJOURNMENT

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

Mayor Fiamingo said the next meeting will be on January 14th at 8:00 pm.

7:45 P.M.                                                                   

            Respectfully submitted,

                       

                                                                                                Hedy Lipke, Borough Clerk



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