BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH
Kenilworth, N. J. 07033
PLANNING BOARD RE-ORGANIZATION MEETING
JANUARY 4, 2007
Mr. Cirillo started the meeting with an affirmation of the Open Public Meeting Act and the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll Call: Mr. Soos, Mr. Michitsch, Mr. Beninati, Mr. DeLuca, Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Corcione, Mr. O’Malley, Mr.Pantina, Mr. Schielke, Mr. Dick, and Mr. Mancino. Absent: Mr. David and Mr. Peters. A motion was made to approve the Recording Secretary’s’ fee. All in favor.
The meeting was turned over to Councilman Anthony DeLuca, Jr.
VOTING FOR BOARD OFFICIALS:
NOTE: Only Regular members are permitted to vote, unless an Alternate is needed to replace an absent Regular member.
In absence of the mayor, Mr. DeLuca, Councilman, officiated over the nominations of the Board Officials. Mr. Cirillo nominated Mr. Soos as Board Chairman, who declined. Mr. Soos then nominated Mr. Cirillo as Board Chairman, 2nd by Mr. Corcione. All in favor. Mr. Cirillo abstained.
Mr. Soos made a motion to nominate Mr. Michitsch as Vice-Chairman, 2nd by Mr. Cirillo. All in favor.
Mr. Michitsch made a motion to nominate Mr. Beninati as Board Secretary, 2nd by Mr. Corcione. All in favor. Mr. Beninati abstained.
SWEARING IN OF NEW MEMBERS: OATH OF PUBLIC OFFICE
Mr. DeLuca, Jr. presided. The following officials were sworn in: Mr. Curtis Dick (#3 Alternate), Mr. Livio Mancino (Mayors’ Designee), and Mr. Fred Soos, (#4 Regular member). All were congratulated. Mr. DeLuca turned the meeting over to Mr. Cirillo, Chairman.
Mr. Michitsch nominated Mrs. Murphy as Recording Secretary, 2nd by Mr. Beninati. All in favor.
Mr. Soos suggested the vote for Board Attorney be held at a future meeting, since there are some issues that must be resolved. A motion to hold this vote over was made by Mr. Soos, 2nd by Mr. Beninati. All in favor: Mr. Michitsch was made chairman of a committee to select a Board Attorney, since Mr. Fraser submitted his resignation. Mr. Fraser, however, commented at the December 14, 2006 meeting he would remain until at least the January, 2007 meeting, and longer, if needed. Mr. Beninati reported that the Budget requests for this year have not yet been approved. Until the requests for increased amounts have been acted upon, no changes to the salary levels of the Recording Secretary and the Board Attorney would be allowed. A vote was taken to approve the proposed calendar dates, prepared by Mrs. Murphy, with the exception of the December regular meeting. This was moved to December 13, 2007. All in favor.
COMMENTS: Mr. Soos said a committee was formed (a few months ago) to update the Code book. Mr. Pantina spoke to T & M to price the cost of analyzing our Ordinances / Master Plan. Mr. Pantina will speak to Mr. O’Brien, Planner, (who is familiar with our Master Plan and Ordinances) about his fees. The Ordinances should be consistent with the Master Plan. The Ordinances could be re-written on a level the Master Plan is presently, or re-write the Master Plan first, and then address the Ordinances. The cost could be “deferred”, with the first suggestion, using the present Master Plan (from 1996).
Mr. Beninati suggested a few, but not necessarily all, the Ordinances should be revised at one time; that would be a desirable, but a major project. The Board has been addressing individual problems as they come up as is evidenced by Mr. Michitsch’ work on the Air Conditioning Ordinance. Mr. Pantina said, if the element does not exist in the Master Plan, an update to a particular Ordinance could be limited. Both should be consistent. Mr. Soos stated the Board needs a price to submit to the Mayor and Council for approval. Mr. DeLuca said he would help Mr. Pantina in obtaining these quotes.
Mr. Michitsch made some comments about changing ordinances, revising the Application forms, etc. The present Application is not sufficient and needs revision. Mr. Peters had offered to look into this task. Mr. Michitsch is willing to work with committees. He and Mr. Peters discussed the air-conditioning ordinance, and it is being revised. Mr. Cirillo suggested Mr. Peters address the issue of updating the Application at the next Work Session.
Mr. Michitsch questioned the Boards’ By-Laws. Mr. Beninati commented that we have been following the NJ Planning Officials “Guide to Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment” and the “ Municipal Land Use Law”, which are available as the members attend the required training seminars. He also stated that Class 4 members of the Board are required to attend the Planning Boards/Board of Adjustment training classes. He will distribute a notification of new training sessions, as they become available, this spring. In addition, Mr. Beninati had given out copies of the NJPO booklets (the States’ procedural laws), and he will make additional copies to re-distribute them. Presently, we use the guide lines of the Planning Board Association. Mr. Mancino said no Board can operate without by-laws. He will not serve on the Board without them. He recommended the Attorney be consulted. He also suggested the Borough Clerk research this (our by-laws and that of other towns). Mr. Beninati said the State Planning Board Association Procedural Laws, for the present time, should be officially adopted. The Attorney could then give an opinion if any changes should be made. Mr. Mancino objected to not having a vote on the elections, Mr. Soos replied Mayors’ Designee does not vote at the re-organization meeting. Mr. Mancino said the Master Plan must be re-visited within five years, with an extension of up to ten years. He suggests, at the next meeting, a proposal be made to draw up a resolution (to be presented to the Mayor and Council) requesting their approval of this issue.
A motion to adjourn at 8:15 p.m. was made by Mr. Soos, 2nd by Mr. .Michitsch. All in favor.
Janet M. Murphy,
Planning Board Recording Secretary
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