Council Minutes from 6/22/2010
 

REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON TUESDAY EVENING, JUNE 22, 2010.  MAYOR KATHI FIAMINGO PRESIDED.

ROLL CALL

Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present:  Sal Candarella, Brian Joho, Scott Klinder, Kevin Leary, Fred Pugliese and Toni Sosnosky. 

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

The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor Fiamingo.

MINUTES

It was moved by Councilwoman Sosnosky, seconded by Councilman Joho, and carried that the minutes of the Work Session Meeting of June 7, 2010 and the Regular Council Meeting of June 9, 2010 be dispensed with and approved as submitted.  (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS:

1.    Notice to Property Owners from Union Township Board of Adjustments regarding an application of T-Mobile Northeast for site plan and bulk variances for approval to place telecommunications panel antennas on a new monopole at 1350 Galloping Hill Road.  Hearing to be held on June 23, 2010.

2.    Request for a Family Picnic from Carmine Merlucci, 513 Quinton Avenue, on Sunday, July 4th and to block off the road.

3.    Request for a Block Party from Barbara Bell, 425 North 15th Street on Saturday, July 17th and to block off the road.

REPORTS

1.     Municipal Court Report for the month of May, 2010.

2.     Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority Meeting Minutes of April 15 and May 20, 2010.

It was moved by Councilman Candarella, seconded by Councilman Klinder and carried that the above communications be received and filed and any money amounts indicated be spread over the minutes.

 

REPORT OF COMMITTEES

Mayor Fiamingo reported the Fire Works Celebration will be held on July 3rd at David Brearley High School.

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Councilman Joho reported the Finance Committee continues to investigate the Capitol Projects for 2010 and he will have more to report in the coming weeks.

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Councilwoman Sosnosky reported the Department of Public Works crew has been working on filling potholes throughout the Borough, landscaping the parks and line stripping on the south side of town.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Pugliese reported that as part of the Borough’s continuing efforts to maximize pedestrian safety, the Kenilworth Police Department conducted an undercover “Pedestrian in Crosswalk Operation” last week which included the use of an undercover officer who walks in the crosswalk in an attempt to ascertain whether or not the driver of the motor vehicle will stop.  He said the officer who walks in the cross walk should be commended for his bravery.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING & ORDINANCES

Councilman Candarella said he had a meeting with the New Jersey Planner regarding the Master Plan and all went very positive and he is looking forward to getting the first draft in 4 to 6 weeks.

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND FIRE

Councilman Leary had nothing to report.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE

 

Councilman Klinder reported the Kenilworth Library will kickoff it’s Summer Reading Club on June 30th   and will feature live animals.  Bard on the Boulevard’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is scheduled for July 15th

 

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

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Resolutions No. 1 thru 16 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 Pugliese moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Councilman Joho.  Upon roll call the vote was unanimous.

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 1

Be It Hereby Resolved:   That all bills be paid when properly audited and funds are available

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RESOLUTION NO. 2

WHEREAS, it is anticipated that the Borough of Kenilworth may not be able to issue tax bills for the year 2010 in advance of third quarter taxes due August 1, 2010; and

WHEREAS, the Borough of Kenilworth has determined that there may be insufficient cash flow to support operations in late July 2010 unless third quarter revenue is received on time;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth as follows:

  1. The Tax Collector be and is hereby directed to take all required steps, should he deem it necessary, to send out estimated bills for the third quarter 2010 in accordance with the provisions of NJSA 54:4-66.2 et seq.
  1. That the Tax Collector/Chief Financial Officer has reviewed the permissible tax levy range for estimated billing purposes and determined the range should be set at 105% of the previous year’s tax levy. ($34,552,356.46 or a tax rate of $3.912)
  1. That the Tax Collector takes any and all additional steps to implement the substance of this resolution.

RESOLUTION NO. 3

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the attached list of Retirees be reimbursed for their payments for Medicare coverage from January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010 inclusive, in accordance with Chapter 231, P.L. 1970 State of New Jersey.

   

RESOLUTION NO. 4

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the contract for “Towing Services for the Borough of Kenilworth” be awarded to L&J Towing Services for a one year period from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011.

RESOLUTION NO. 5

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED:  That Tank Solutions (T. Slack Environmental Services) be authorized to perform “Site Remediation” related to the Underground Oil Tank Removal at the OEM Building at a cost not to exceed $10,000.00.                                                                

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RESOLUTION NO. 6

Be It Hereby Resolved:   By the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth that:

WHEREAS, BUTTERNUT CAFÉ, LLC, t/a BOULEVARD FIVE 72 applied for renewal of its Plenary Retail Consumption License No. 2008-33-013-011 for a one year period commencing July 1, 2010; and

WHEREAS, said applicant has tendered the proper license fees to the Borough Clerk and proof has been received that the applicant has paid the proper filing fee to the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control; and

WHEREAS, the Chief of Police and the Kenilworth Board of Health has reviewed the application and approved of the same; and

WHEREAS, special conditions were annexed to the applicant’s license as of this renewal period.

           

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth that Plenary Retail Consumption License No. 2008-33-013-011 of  572 Holding Company t/a Tosca be renewed for a one year period commencing July 1, 2010, subject however to the following condition:

            “That the sidewalk Café Area be closed at 11:00 P.M. Sunday through Thursday and 12:00 A.M. on Friday and Saturday.”

RESOLUTION NO. 7

WHEREAS, Galmayo, Inc. t/a Blackthorn applied for renewal of its Plenary Retail Consumption License No. 2008-33-006-007, for a one year period commencing July 1, 2010; and

WHEREAS,  said applicant has tendered the proper license fees to the Borough Clerk and proof has been received that the applicant has paid the proper filing fee to the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control; and

WHEREAS, the Chief of Police and the Kenilworth Board of Health have reviewed the application and approved of the same; and

WHEREAS, special conditions were annexed to the applicant’s license when Expanded

            Premise was granted on July 2, 2001; and

WHEREAS, the facts which led this Governing Body to impose such special conditions have continued;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth that Plenary Retail Consumption License No. 2008-33-006-007 of  Galmayo, Inc. t/a Blackthorn, be renewed for a one year period commencing July 1, 2010, subject however to the following conditions on the licensed premises:

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1.            Occupancy on the deck area shall not exceed 145 persons.

2.            No permanent or portable service bars shall be allowed on the deck area.  All                  alcoholic beverages shall be served by waiters or waitresses.

3.            The deck area must be closed to patrons by 12:30 A.M., except on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings when said closing shall be at 1:00 A.M., at which time the consumption of alcohol on the deck area shall be prohibited.

4.            No music or other form of entertainment may be played, broadcast or conducted on or over the deck area after 12:30 A.M.

5.            Operating months for the deck area shall be from April 15th through October 15th.

6.            Deck area allowed to be open March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day).

RESOLUTION NO. 8

Be It Hereby Resolved:  By the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth that:

WHEREAS,  ROSS BROTHERS II, LLC, t/a ROSS BROTHERS BAR AND LIQUORS, applied for renewal of its Plenary Retail Consumption License No. 2008-33-003-008, for the one year period commencing July 1, 2010; and

WHEREAS, said applicant has tendered the proper license fees to the Borough Clerk and proof has been received that the applicant has paid the proper filing fee to the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control;

WHEREAS, the Chief of Police and the Kenilworth Board of Health have reviewed the application and approved of the same; and

WHEREAS,  special conditions were annexed to the applicant’s license when it was last renewed for a one year period commencing July 1, 2010; and

WHEREAS, the facts which led this Governing Body to impose such special conditions have continued; and

WHEREAS,  by reason of the nature of the applicant’s business and its clientele, patrons leaving the licensed premises have continued to create a nuisance on neighboring streets and properties by reason of loud and raucous noise and litter substantially interfering with the peace, quiet, and rights of those residing in the neighborhood and adjoining property owners; and

WHEREAS,  said situation will continue to exist unless certain special conditions are maintained upon the applicant; and

WHEREAS,  the Governing Body has heretofore notified the applicant of its intention to impose this additional condition and afforded the applicant an opportunity to be heard concerning the same;

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NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED  by the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth that Plenary Retail Consumption License No. 2008-33-003-008 of Ross Brothers II, LLC, t/a Ross Brothers Bar and Liquors, be renewed for a one year period commencing

July 1, 2010, subject, however, to the following conditions:

1.  That the licensee provide an employee to police the area in the neighborhood of the licensed premises on both sides of North 10th Street (including privately owned properties whose owners file written consents with the Borough Clerk), and remove all bottles, cans, cartons and similar debris associated with the operation of a Plenary Retail Consumption business, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning;         

2.  That the licensee continue to employ personnel to maintain peace, quiet and good order within the licensed premises every  Friday and Saturday from 10:00 o’clock P.M. to closing;

3.  That the licensee employ other personnel to monitor and assist in maintaining peace, quiet and good order in its parking lot and street within such area as the Chief of Police shall direct,  every Friday and Saturday from 10:00 o’clock P.M. to closing, provide that the duties of such special police officers shall be limited to seeing that the patrons of “Ross Brothers Bar and Liquors” act peaceably, quietly and in good order as they arrive and leave the licensed premises, provided, however, that the Chief of Police, for good cause, may waive the requirement set forth in this paragraph for such periods of time when he deems its application unnecessary;

4.  That the licensee maintain an accurate count of all persons entering and leaving the licensed premises on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and provide such count, upon request, to the Mayor, Fire Chief, Police Chief, Fire Commissioner or their authorized representatives;

5.    That the licensee continue to maintain and utilize a “bull-horn” to announce the license numbers of motor vehicles illegally parked so that the owners may remove the same promptly;

            6.  That no packaged goods be sold after 9:00 o’clock P.M.;

7.  That the licensee meet with the Mayor and /or Governing Body periodically upon request in order to discuss problems that may arise in connection with the operation of the licensed premises.

In the event that any conditions or portion thereof be held invalid or unenforceable, the invalidity or unenforceability of such condition or portion thereof shall in no way effect any other condition or portion thereof. 

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RESOLUTION NO 9

Be It Hereby Resolved:   By the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth that:

WHEREAS, The Michigan Pub of Kenilworth, Inc. t/a The Michigan Pub applied for renewal of its Plenary Retail Consumption License No. 2008-33-005-007 for a one year period commencing July 1, 2010; and

WHEREAS, said applicant has tendered the proper license fees to the Borough Clerk and proof has been received that the applicant has paid the proper filing fee to the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control; and

WHEREAS, the Chief of Police and the Kenilworth Board of Health has reviewed the application and approved of the same; and

WHEREAS, special conditions were annexed to the applicant’s license when a Person to Person Transfer was granted on February 12, 2003; and

           

WHEREAS, the facts which led this Governing Body to impose such special conditions have continued;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth that Plenary Retail Consumption License No. 2008-33-005-007 of The Michigan Pub of Kenilworth, Inc. t/a The Michigan Pub be renewed for a one year period commencing

July 1, 2010, subject however to the following condition:

            “That live entertainment is prohibited at this location, 303 South Michigan Avenue.”

                                                                       

RESOLUTION NO. 10

WHEREAS, applications for renewal of Plenary Retail Consumption and Distributors and Club Licenses have been filed with the Borough Clerk with their proper fees, Police Chief William Dowd having approved the renewal of said licenses;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Plenary Retail Consumption Licenses, Distributors and Club Licenses be renewed and granted for the license year 2010-2011:

2008-33-001-004          CJMK, Inc., t/a La Griglia

2008-36-004-007          Northstar Kenilworth, LLC, t/a Kenilworth Inn

2008-33-008-006          Casa DePesce, Inc., t/a Umberto’s Clam Bar & Continental Restaurant

2008-44-012-004          PA & SA, Inc., t/a Parkway Liquors

2008-31-015-001          American Legion Post No. 470 Kenilworth,

                                      t/a American Legion Kenilworth 470

2008-31-016-001          Columbian Club of Kenilworth, t/a/ Columbian Club           

2008-31-017-001           Kenilworth Veterans Center

2008-33-010-005          Joseph Neri (Special Ruling)

2008-33-007-008          C.Q.D.S. Inc., t/a Taormina Ristorante

2008-44-009-004           Lehar Liquor Corp.

2008-33-011-001           Lucky G, Inc.

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All of the above premises have been inspected by the Kenilworth Board of Health; proof has been received that all applicants have paid the $200 filing fee to the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

RESOLUTION NO. 11

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED:  That the Mayors appointment of Police Lt. William Hannon as Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator for a three year term effective July 1, 2010 and expiring June 30, 2013 at a salary of $4,000 annually, be and the same is hereby confirmed.

RESOLUTION NO. 12

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That ROBERT WALCK be appointed as a Fire Prevention Inspector for

the Year 2010 with compensation from Fire Prevention Inspection fees as per Ordinance.

RESOLTUION NO. 13

WHEREAS, the voters of Union County overwhelmingly voted in favor of the Union County Open Space, Recreation & Historic Preservation Trust Fund in November 2000; and

WHEREAS, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders established the Trust Fund creating local funding opportunities in previous years; and

WHEREAS, the 2010 Chairman’s Initiatives called for another “Greening Union County” grant program, a tree planting program that seeks to plant new trees throughout Union County; and

WHEREAS, through “Greening Union County”, every tree purchased by the Borough of Kenilworth will be matched by Union County, tree for tree and dollar for dollar; and

WHEREAS, through “Greening Union County”, a forestry professional will provide the installation and a one-year maintenance guarantee for every tree purchased; and

WHEREAS, the Borough of Kenilworth wishes to apply to the Union County Trust Fund through the “Greening Union County” grant program for the purchase and installation of 10 trees (total) to be planted throughout Kenilworth; and

WHEREAS, the Borough of Kenilworth will match the “Greening Union County” grant program dollars in the amount of $920.00; and

WHEREAS, the Borough of Kenilworth will use the Trust Fund dollars in accordance with such rules and regulations governing the grant program.

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NOW, THEREFORE, the Governing Body resolves that Mayor Kathi Fiamingo or the successor to the office of Mayor is hereby authorized to:

(a)  Make application for the grant

(b)  Provide additional application information and furnish such documents as may be required

(c)  Act as the authorized correspondent of the above named applicant

RESOLUTION NO. 14

WHEREAS,  the Union County Cooperative Pricing System received and awarded the bid for the purchase and planting of trees; and

WHEREAS, a Greening Union County 2010 Grant provides for municipalities to purchase and plant trees, on a tree for tree matching basis, with the contract for planting trees awarded to Louis Barbato Landscaping, Inc., 1600 Railroad Avenue, Holbrook, NY  11740; and

WHEREAS, the Borough of Kenilworth wishes to participate in this program.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council of the borough of Kenilworth award the contract for the planting of 10 trees in the Borough to Louis Barbato Landscaping, Inc. at a cost of $1840.00 with 50% to be reimbursed by the County.

RESOLUTION NO. 15

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth ratify the Agreement with Police Chief Kenneth Grady for a period of July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011 at a base salary of $133,267.00 and that the Mayor and the Borough Clerk be authorized to sign said Agreement.

RESOLUTION NO. 16

WHEREAS,  William Dowd is retiring as Kenilworth Chief of Police on

June 30, 2010; and

WHEREAS, William Dowd was appointed a Patrolman on January 29, 1971;

Corporal on January 1, 1983; Sergeant on January 29, 1987; Lieutenant on June 14,

1988 and Captain on February 27, 1990; and

WHEREAS, William Dowd was appointed Kenilworth Chief of Police on April

12, 2000; and

WHEREAS, William Dowd was elected President of the Union County Police Chief’s

Association for 2007 – the first Kenilworth Police Chief to hold this position; and

WHEREAS, William Dowd has served as Kenilworth Emergency Management

Coordinator since January 3, 2004; and

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WHEREAS,  William Dowd has been a community leader and very active in the

community and at community events; and

WHEREAS,  William Dowd is friendly, personable and accessible and as Chief of

Police has represented the Police Department and the Borough with distinction.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council thank Chief William

Dowd for his 39 ½ years of dedicated and illustrious service to the Borough and wish him

many years of health and happiness in his retirement.

                                                                                   

                                                                                               

Proposed Ordinance No. 2010-09 was read for a first reading as follows:  (Copy attached)

ORDINANCE NO. 2010-09

ORDINANCE PROVIDING THAT $15,467.77 ORIGINALLY APPROPRIATED FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS ARE NO LONGER NEEDED FOR SUCH PURPOSES AND REAPPROPRIATING SUCH PROCEEDS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FOR THE REMOVAL OF AN UNDERGROUND OIL TANK AND RELATED SITE REMEDIATION IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH, IN THE COUNTY OF UNION, NEW JERSEY.

Mayor Fiamingo stated this is a first reading on an ordinance that re-appropriates

certain monies for a tank removal.  The second reading will be held on July 14th at

which time the public will be asked for their comments.

RESOLUTION NO. 17

Introduced by Brian Joho, adoption moved by same

Seconded by Sal Candarella

Be It Hereby Resolved:  That Proposed Ordinance No. 2010-09 be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on July 14, 2010.

Roll Call:  All in favor.

Mayor Fiamingo read Resolution No. 16 honoring Police Chief William Dowd for all his

years of service to the Borough of Kenilworth.

Police Chief Dowd thanked everyone and said it has been a pleasure serving as a

Kenilworth Police Officer for almost 40 years and the last ten as Chief.  He said the

community has always supported not only himself but the entire Police Department and

he thanked them for that support. 

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SWEARING IN OF KENNETH GRADY AS KENILWORTH CHIEF OF POLICE

Lt. Kenneth Grady, Sr. was sworn in by Mayor Fiamingo. Susan Grady pinned a

Police Chief badge onto the new Kenilworth Police Chief.

Police Chief Grady thanked the Mayor and Council Members for their support and

the confidence they expressed in him.  He thanked his beautiful family in the front

row and his friends who came out tonight in the rain to support him.  He said to his

officers that he commits himself to do all that he can to see that they are properly

trained, equipped, supervised and supported.  He said what he expects in return from

them is integrity, courage, confidence, compassion, strength and respect for their

Department, themselves, each other and their community.  He said this Department

can successfully draw on their energy, their commitment  and their ideas and with that

we will accomplish great things.   He said he will praise effort but reward only results. 

He said a wise person learns from his mistakes and a wiser one learns from others

mistakes but the wisest person of all learns from others successes.  He said today he

stands on the shoulders of Chief William Dowd whose successes have been of great

value and knowledge to his career.  He said that the Chief would delegate many things

but the one thing that the Chief could never let go of was final responsibility.

Motion was made by Councilman Pugliese, seconded by Councilwoman Sosnosky to open the meeting to the public.

MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

No one wished to speak

Motion was made by Councilman Candarella, seconded by Councilman Leary to close the meeting to the public.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Councilman Pugliese said that as the past few years he has acted as Police Commissioner

and was in constant communication with Chief Dowd from his e-mails at 7:00 in the morning

to his late night text messages.  He said they always worked together regarding the

Police Department and other issues in Town.  He said there are a lot of things to be said about Billy Dowd but one thing you can say for sure is that he always put the Borough’s interests first.  He congratulated Chief Dowd on his retirement and commended him  on

40 years of dedicated service to the people of Kenilworth.  He said that anyone who knows Billy, knows that his dedication to Kenilworth is genuine and that he did more than simply run one of the best departments in the State.  More importantly he was always a constant visible fixture in our Community and like Waldo, if you look hard enough no matter what the event in the Borough, he can be seen, like talking to residents at the Octoberfest while listening to their concerns, helping a lady on and off the Santa Breakfast Carriage or visiting the Block Parties throughout town on National Night Out or simply talking to our kids at the Fireman’s Carnival.  Through his 40 years of service, Chief Dowd certainly did put Kenilworth First and it is time for him to stop putting Kenilworth first and put rest, relaxation, family and fishing first because he has certainly earned it.

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Councilman Pugliese said to Chief Grady that he has very big shoes to fill.  He said many people thought that the New York Yankees first baseman Wally Pip was also irreplaceable until one day he had a sore back and then a little known individual by the name of Lou Gehrig started in his place one Sunday afternoon.  He said Chief Grady has also put many years of dedicated service into our Community and as a result he has truly earned the title of Chief which he now holds. His promotion is a testament to the notion that if you work hard enough with pride and dedication you will be rewarded for your efforts many times over.  He said he has nothing but full confidence that Chief Grady will perform admirably, not only as head of the Police Department but also as a Community leader with respect, dignity and integrity.

Councilman Joho said that on behalf of all the Council Members he wished the Best of Luck

to Chief Dowd and congratulations to Chief Grady.


Councilman Leary thanked Chief Dowd for his years of service to our community and that it has been an honor for him to serve on Council while he was chief.  He also thanked Chief Grady and said he knows he will do a great job and be a great Chief.

Councilman Candarella thanked the old Chief and the new Chief.

Mayor Fiamingo congratulated Chief Dowd and wished him well in the future.  She said Chief Grady has all the support of herself and the Council and they are very proud to

have him lead the department.  She said he has a great bunch of guys and she knows that

He will lead them well for the next several years.

ADJOURNMENT

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

8:20 P.M.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                     Hedy Lipke, Borough Clerk  



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