PLANNING BOARD RE-ORGANIZATION MEETING
Mr. Lepore started the meeting with an affirmation of the Open Public Meeting Act and the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll Call: Mr. Lepore, Ms. Fiamingo, Mr. Candarella, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Pantina, and Mr. Pugliese.
The meeting was turned over to Mayor Kathi Fiamingo.
SWEARING IN OF NEW MEMBERS: OATH OF PUBLIC OFFICE
Ms. Fiamingo presided. The following officials were sworn in: Madonna Bogus (#4), (appointed to the unexpired term of Mr. O’Malley for a one year period), Marty Sica (#4) (appointed for a four-year term), Anthony Pugliese (#4) (appointed for a four-year term), Robert Laurie (Alt #1) (appointed to the unexpired term of Mr. Leary for a one year period), and Richard Picerna (Alt. #2) (appointed for a two-year term), and Rudy Cammarota, (mayors’ designee) (appointed for a one-year term).
VOTING FOR BOARD OFFICIALS
Only class 4 members are eligible to run as Officers.
Mr. Pantina made a motion to nominate Mr. Lepore as Board Chairman, 2nd by
Mr. Cirillo. All in favor. Mr. Lepore, as Chairman, will now preside over the meeting.
Mr. Lepore made a motion to nominate Mr. Pantina as Vice-Chairman, 2nd by Mr. Cirillo. All in favor.
Mayor Fiamingo made a motion to nominate Ms. Bogus as Secretary, 2nd by Mr. Cirillo. All in favor. Ms. Bogus will work with Ellen Johns, who will do the clerical part of this position.
Vote for Board Attorney
Mr. Herbert made a motion to nominate Mr. Michael Tripodi as Board Attorney, 2nd by Ms. Bogus. All in favor.
Vote for Recording Secretary
Ms. Fiamingo made a motion to nominate Mrs. Janet Murphy as Recording Secretary, 2nd by Mr. Herbert. All in favor. A vote was taken to pay the recording secretary.
Vote for the Board Engineer
Councilman Candarella made a motion to nominate Mr. Richard O’Connor of Grotto Engineering Associates as Board Engineer, 2nd by Mr. Pantina. All in favor.
Vote for Town Planner
Councilman Candarella made a motion to nominate Mr. Kevin O’Brien as Town Planner, 2nd by Mayor Fiamingo. All in favor.
Approval was given for the 2009 Workshop and Regular Meetings Calendar
Comments for the Good of the Board
and all of the members are looking forward to a productive year. They
will discuss a change of fees and work on the Master Plan. Mayor Fiamingo
welcomed all the members of the Board, as well as Richard O’Connor, Engineer,
and Michael Tripodi, Board Attorney. He has similar Attorney experience
Mr. Cirillo also welcomed the new members and paid special attention to John Beninati. He worked with Mr. Beninati for several years; John preformed an outstanding job.
Mr. Pantina thanked John for his advice and he also welcomed the new members.
Ms. Bogus thanked the mayor and board members for her nomination.
Mr. Herbert welcomed all of the members. He thanked John Beninati for all of his years of service, advice, and for responding to his phone calls quickly.
Mr. Candarella and mayor Fiamingo thanked John and welcomed all the members.
mentioned Application #13-08 and Application #03-08 are scheduled for
Mayor Fiamingo encouraged the members to attend the work sessions and meetings.
Mr. Candarella advised the members to preview the applications. The information will be in individual mailboxes in the courtroom. He suggested they read the applications and visit the sites prior to the meetings.
said all members must attend Planning Board training sessions within the
first year of their appointment. He informed the Board there are seminars
in February and March on Saturdays in
Mr. Cirillo said there is a fee for the seminars that will be paid for by the Borough.
Comments by the Public No comments.
Adjournment The meeting adjourned at
Janet M. Murphy, Planning Board Recording Secretary
A “post script” from the Recording Secretary:
I am deeply grateful to have had the experience of working with John Beninati. He has been an inspiration to me; he has shown me how a true professional deals with everyone. He has touched my life with his calm demeanor, he has corrected errors without being abrasive—a talent I hope to reflect on my co-workers as well.
“people skills” were extraordinary: he has taken the time to explain procedures
to me, to applicants, and to board members. He was always available for
advice. John has unselfishly devoted his time and expertise to the position
of Planning Board Secretary, as his father did before him.
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