REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 12, 2011. MAYOR KATHI FIAMINGO PRESIDED.
Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present: Sal Candarella, Peter Corvelli, Brian Joho, Scott Klinder, Kevin Leary and Fred Pugliese.
Mayor Fiamingo read the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act.
The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor Fiamingo.
It was moved by Councilman Candarella, seconded by Councilman Joho, and carried that the minutes of the Work Session Meeting of December 7, 2010 and the Regular Council Meeting of December 8, 2010 be dispensed with and approved as submitted. (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)
COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS:
1. Letter from the County of Union announcing a Shared Service for Printing and Signage Services.
2. Letter from residents of Richfield Avenue complaining about Tri Star Flooring Industries, 141 Market Street, Citing violations of noise ordinance and also the poor condition of the property.
3. Letter from Roslyn Dreydoppel, 10 Pembrook Drive, complaining about the “snow mound” at the intersection of North 6th Street and the Boulevard.
4. Invitation to Mayor and Council to attend “Relay for Life Kenilworth 2011 Kick Off Celebration” on Wednesday, January 26th at Boulevard Five 72.
1. Police Department Report the month of December, 2010.
2. Construction Department Report for the month of December, 2010.
3. Borough Clerk’s Report for the month of December, 2010.
4. Fire Department/Rescue Squad Report for the month of December, 2010.
It was moved by Councilman Candarella, seconded by Councilman Joho, 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 there are a number of residents on Fairfield Avenue who are legitimately and appropriately concerned about the potential erection of the cell tower on the Parkway which would be within a short distance of their homes. She has been in contact with the Turnpike Authority as well as the Department of Transportation and the Governor’s office and anyone else she could find to talk about it and she is working to propose alternate sites. She hoped to be able to announce something concrete by the next meeting.
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She also mentioned there was an Energy Grant mentioned in the newspaper and that a lot of municipalities had not applied for the grant. The Mayor wants everyone to know that Kenilworth has applied for the grant and they have started the audit process to determine if they would qualify for the grant.
Mayor Fiamingo reported that Martin Luther King Day is on Monday, January 17th and Union Baptist Church will have their annual commemorative ceremony at 11:00.
The Mayor will be attending a Shared Services Summit sponsored by Union County on February 2, 2011.
There is a proposal for Relay for Life to be held in the school in May or June. The kickoff meeting will be January 26th which unfortunately will be the same evening as our council meeting but she said the relay meeting starts about an hour before the council meeting and she hopes to attend it for a little while and show some support for the project and get some of the information. Relay for Life is a fundraiser for cancer survivors and is a good project that we should all be involved with.
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
The Finance Committee has received the 2011 Budget Books and will be meeting with the Borough’s Department Heads over the next few weeks to discuss their proposed budgets.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Councilman Corvelli said as we all know we were hit by two major snow storms within the last two weeks in which we received as much snow as we would have for the whole season. He said the Department of Public Works did an outstanding job and it is very hard to move 31 inches of snow one day and another ten inches a few days later. He said minor problems exist and those will be addressed. He spoke with the County today about the situation on Pembrook Drive and he said it was impossible to take care of the problem on 6th Street today but it will addressed tomorrow. Curbside brush pick up will start again and they will fill potholes when the ice is gone. He commended the men for doing a good job with the snow.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Pugliese reported he received the report from the Chief of Police as well as the Detective Bureau and everything appears to be in order.
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING & ORDINANCES
Councilman Candarella reported the Construction Report is in order. The Planning Board had their Re-Organization Meeting and they welcomed some new members. He said about two weeks ago they had an open public meeting for the Master Plan and many residents attended and had some good things to say. The Planning Board listened and understood and they did not adopt the Master Plan and the Master Plan Committee has had a meeting since that meeting and reviewed a lot of the points brought out the public and they are doing a new draft with some suggested changes. He will update everyone at the next meeting and hopefully in February
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they will be having another open public meeting but that date is yet to be determined but we will let everyone know.
Mayor Fiamingo asked if that was going to be at the February 24th meeting? Councilman Candarella said he was hoping it is going to be then but he did not want to say it because they have a lot of steps to go through before that. The Mayor said at the Planning Board Meeting that was the date and unless there is specific information to the contrary it is expected that the second meeting will be on February 24th at the Planning Board Meeting.
DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND FIRE
Councilman Leary reported the Recreation Committee is meeting this Thursday and will have their Re-Organization Meeting in February.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE
Councilman Klinder reported the Kenilworth Public Library Winter Reading Program has begun and also there will be a meeting on January 27th with one of the writing groups.
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 Joho moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Councilman Candarella. 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.
RESOLUTION NO. 2
WHEREAS, it has been determined that real estate taxes for the year 2009 have been overpaid due to a New Jersey State Tax Court Judgement;
WHEREAS, the attorney representing the owner “National Tool & Manufacturing Co.” has requested that the overpayment be refunded to them;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the treasurer be and is hereby authorized to draw a warrant payable as described below in the amount following the respective names and property locations and further deliver said warrants to the Collector of Taxes for proper notation on tax accounts.
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Block Lot Name/Prop. Loc. Amount
59 1 NTM Properties, Inc. $ 11,555.57
109 North 10th Street
59 2 NTM Properties, Inc. $ 1,258.71
TOTAL $ 12,814.28
Payable to: Lum, Drasco & Positan LLC
Attn: Steven J. Eisenstein, Esq.
103 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07068-1049
RESOLUTION NO. 3
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED: That the Borough of Kenilworth enter into a Shared Services Agreement with the County of Union for “Printing and Signage Services.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Mayor be authorized to sign said Agreement.
RESOLUTION NO. 4
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED: That the following be appointed as Probationary Fire Fighter/EMT’S on the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department:
Michael Laganga – Probationary Fire Fighter/EMT
James Hannon, Jr. - Probationary Fire Fighter/EMT
RESOLUTION NO. 5
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED: That the employee Dental Policy with Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey be renewed for a two (2) year period from February 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013 with rates attached.
RESOLUTION NO. 6
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED: That the Borough of Kenilworth enter into a contract with CHAPMAN, INC., P.O. Box 608, 25 W. Highland Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716-0608, for C-2 Licensed Operator Services (Collection System Operator) as of January 1, 2011 for the year 2011 at a cost of $575 per month.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Mayor be authorized to singn said contract.
Certification of Funds
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RESOLUTION NO. 7
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED: That ART MASTERS PRODUCTIONS, 401 Scott Mobus Place, Harrison, NJ 07029, be contracted to videotape Borough of Kenilworth Council Meetings for the year 2011 at a cost not to exceed $5,000 for the year.
RESOLUTION NO. 8
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED: That Borough Engineer Grotto Associates be authorized to advertise for “2011 On-Call Services – Roadway Assistance”
RESOLUTION NO. 9
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED: That the Borough of Kenilworth enter into a five (5) year Shared Service Agreement with the County of Union for use of their fuel facilities, gasoline and diesel, in emergency situations.
Be It Further Resolved: That the Mayor be authorized to sign said agreement.
MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Motion was made by Councilman Pugliese, seconded by Councilman Klinder to open the meeting to the public.
Mayor Fiamingo pointed out to everyone that the microphone is at the side of the court room in order to address the concerns of the public who would like to see people who are speaking.
John Bury, 417 North 15th Street – Mr. Bury had a question on Resolution #3 which was Shared Services with the County of Union for printing and signage services. He said Union County does not have a print shop anymore. Mayor Fiamingo said they have reopened their print shop. He asked if the Borough will use them for whatever signs they need even if it’s cheaper somewhere else? The Mayor said they would look into whatever was the cheapest but at least they have the Shared Services Agreement to see whatever is cheaper. She said we have always used them for the traffic signs and the printing is just being added to the shared services mix. His second question is for Resolution No. 9 – Shared Service Agreement with County of Union for use of their fuel services in an emergency situation…is that so they can gas up? The Mayor replied yes. She said we have a pump by the DPW yard and unfortunately during this kind of weather it goes down so this will allow us to use their facility on 31st Street.
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