Borough of Brielle, NJ
| November 14, 2011
November 14, 2011
MINUTES NOVEMBER 14th, 2011 WORK SESSION START: 7:30 PM
PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN.GARRUZZO, GORHAM, NOLAN, SCOTT, SHAAK & VISCEGLIA. ATTORNEY ELWARD & ADMINISTRATOR NOLAN.
Mayor Nicol convened the work session in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and recognized the Administrator who advised that he had no formal report.
There being no comments the work session was adjourned at 7:32 p.m. on a motion by Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Shaak.
MINUTES NOVEMBER 14TH, 2011 START: 7:33P.M.
PRESENT: MAYOR NICOL, COUN. GARRUZZO, GORHAM, NOLAN, SCOTT, SHAAK & VISCEGLIA. ATTORNEY ELWARD & ADMINISTRATOR NOLAN.
Following a moment of silent prayer, a salute to the flag and a roll call, the Minutes of the October 24th meeting were approved on a motion by Coun. Garruzzo seconded by Coun Nolan; all aye; no nays. Passed.
Coun. , Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Gorham, introduced Resolution 11-87 for passage of the Consent Agenda.
A. (see insertion).
A. To appoint Timothy A. Shaak as a Deputy Emergency management Coordinator.
Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed. (Note: Coun. Shaak abstained on motion "A".
Coun. Visceglia, seconded by Coun. Shaak, introduced Resolution 11-88 for Payment of Bills. Be It Resolved, that the following bills be paid, and that the Mayor or President of Council be authorized to draw orders on the Chief Finance Officer for payment of the bills of November 14th, 2011, as reviewed by the Finance Committee and as listed on the Resolution and the Computer Bill List amended thereto. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Mayor Nicol then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of `AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 15 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE, SECTION 15-6.2, “PROHIBITED DISCHARGES & CONNECTIONS".
The hearing was opened on a motion by Coun. Nolan, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo.
The Administrator explained that the ordinance would regulate grease traps and ensure that they were properly maintained. Coun. Nolan offered that he "liked" the concept.
The hearing was closed on a motion by Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Gorham.
Coun. Scott, seconded by Coun. Visceglia, introduced Resolution 11-89 for passage and adoption on second and final reading. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Coun. Nolan, seconded by Coun. Garruzzo, introduced Resolution 11-90 to authorize publication of passage and adoption in the Coast Star according to law. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia: all aye. No nays. Passed.
The Mayor then announced that the time had arrived for a hearing and further consideration of "AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER FOUR, SECTION 4.1, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE ENTITLED MUNICIPAL PLANNING BOARD "ALTERNATE MEMBERS".
The hearing was opened on a motion by Coun. Shaak, seconded by Coun. Nolan.
The Administrator explained that the ordinance provide two additional alternates to the board to ensure that there was always a quorum in the event of absence or the need for a member to
excuse themselves from a matter before the board.
The hearing was closed on a motion by Comm. Nolan, seconded by Coun. Gorham.
Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Gorham, introduced Resolution 11-91 for passage and adoption on second and final reading. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Shaak, Scott & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Nolan introduced Resolution 11-92 to authorize publication of passage and adoption in the Coast Star according to law. Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Mayor announces that the time has arrived for the introduction and passage on first reading "AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 1005 "AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES & COMPENSATIONS OF THE VARIOUS OFFICERS & EMPLOYEES OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE".
Coun. Nolan, seconded by Coun. Scott, introduced Resolution 11-93 for passage on introduction and first reading. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Coun. Garruzzo, seconded by Coun. Gorham, introduced Resolution 11-94 to authorize publication in the Coast Star for a hearing to be held on November 28th, 2011, at 7:30 pm, at Borough Hall. Vote: Coun. Garruzzo, Gorham, Nolan, Scott, Shaak & Visceglia; all aye. No nays. Passed.
Mayor Nicol then called for Committee Reports. Coun. Scott, Gorham & Visceglia had no reports. Coun. Nolan reported that the Library would conduct a showcase of local artists on November 19th In conjunction with the Library. The Elementary School's 8th grade students had collected over 400 lbs. of food for the local Food Bank.
Turning to Recreation, Biddy Basketball Registration was under way and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting was scheduled for December 16th.
In closing, Coun. Nolan thanked the Borough's representation to the M.R.H.C. #1, James Langenberger, for bringing to his attention the need for blood donations during the holidays, adding that one donation could translate into saving three lives. All residents were urged to donate.
Coun. Garruzzo advised the public that the Brielle Police were once again collecting coats for Madonna House. Coats could be dropped off at Police Headquarters.
Coun. Shaak advised that the issue of the alarm siren was still under discussion, but the First Aid Squad had agreed not to employ the device between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. The Fire Company still has the matter under advisement. Council had opted to let the Volunteer Organizations decide the matter.
Coun. Shaak noted that a 24 hour Re-Certificate of EMT’s had just completed. The participants that included squad member’s state troopers, and a number of volunteers from neighboring communities, were now re-certified for three years.
In closing, Coun. Shaak noted that the First Aid Squad was on a pace to respond to 500 calls in 2011. The next highest number of responses had been 220 in 1998. Volume had doubled.
Mayor Nicol then opened the meeting to the public and recognized Bruce Shapiro, the Local Government & Regulatory Affairs Coordinator for the New Jersey Association of Realtors.
Mr. Shapiro was accompanied by a number of realtors for whom he acted as spokesperson. He noted that this was a return visit, after some two years, to once again request that the Council revisit the ordinance on real estate signs that he felt severely limited the realtors from placing "Open House" signs in the Borough to attract potential purchasers to listed property.
He added that such signage was needed in Brielle due to the number of cul-de-sacs and he cited statistics that, in 2010, 63% of buyers in New Jersey acknowledged open house signs as a Page 104 14 November 2011
tool in the home purchase process (up from 56% in 2008) and that 13% of New Jersey home buyers stated that such signs assisted them in finding the homes they eventually purchased (up from 7% in 2008).
Janice Lorwey of 11 Wild Flower Court in Freehold, echoed Mr. Shapiro’s comments and added that the realtor was a public servant as their role was to assist the homeowner in the sale of their home. In this economy this was often a case of necessity, not choice. The realtors were not asking for flags or balloons, but simply the ability to employ directional signs to facilitate the sale of the home.
Mayor Nicol advised the Realtors that the Borough did not craft the ordinance in question in an arbitrary manner; it came in response to complaints and concerns voiced by Brielle Residents. He also acknowledged that enforcement was a problem as the signs were placed on weekends when most municipal employees were not working; he added that he would not instruct the police to assume enforcement as they had more important police safety matters to attend to and would not sanction any action that could impact on Brielle's low crime rate.
Upon receipt of the correspondence from Mr. Shapiro's group and others, the Mayor had intended to turn the matter over to the Community Development Committee for their review and an eventual recommendation to the Governing Body.
However, since two members of the committee held real state licenses along with a third councilman, the danger of their actions being perceived as pro-real estate and a potential conflict of interest had led him to reconsider the approach and instead he would appoint a "ad hoc" committee to consist of Councilmembers Gorham, Nolan & Scott to review the matter, and he requested that the realtors select a liaison to assist the committee in its deliberations. Mr. Shapiro volunteered for the assignment.
In closing the realtors collectively thanked the Council for consenting to revisit the issue. Mayor Nicol, in turn, reminded them that the process would take time.
Ann Lugiano, 522 Union Lane, was recognized and she thanked the Council for their efforts in providing relief from the siren. She was particularly grateful for Coun. Shaak and the First Aid Squad, but asked when a report could be expected from the Fire Department?
Coun. Shaak advised that the Fire Chief was currently gathering statistics and should have a report in a few weeks.
There being no further comment the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm on a motion by Coun. Visceglia, seconded by Coun. Nolan.
Approved: November 28th, 2011 Thomas F. Nolan
RESOLUTION NO: 11-87-A DATE: NOVEMBER 14th, 2011
RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIELLE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND MUNICIPAL CLERK
TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH MONMOUTH COUNTY FOR
COOPERATIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM PURSUANT TO THE INTERLOCAL SERVICES ACT
WHEREAS, certain Federal funds are potentially available to Monmouth County under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, commonly known as the Community Development Block Grant Program; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to establish a legal basis for the County and its people to benefit from this program; and
WHEREAS, an Agreement has been proposed under which the Borough of Brielle and the County of Monmouth in cooperation with other municipalities will establish an Interlocal Services Program pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:8B-1; and
WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the Borough of Brielle to enter into such an agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and Governing Body of the Borough of Brielle , that the agreement entitled "AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COUNTY OF MONMOUTH AND CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES LOCATED HEREIN FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COOPERATIVE MEANS OF CONDUCTING CERTAIN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES", a copy of which is attached hereto, be executed by the Mayor and Municipal Clerk in accordance with the provisions of law; and
BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that this resolution shall take effect immediately upon its enactment.