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									BOROUGH OF HIGH BRIDGE                                  MAYOR AND BOROUGH COUNCIL
                                                        Meeting Date: January 28, 2010

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of High Bridge came to order with
Mayor Desire presiding, at 7:30 PM on the above date. “Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, notice of
this meeting was published in the Hunterdon County Democrat on January 14, 2010 and posted on the
bulletin board in Borough Hall. The meeting was held in the Fire House, 7 Maryland Ave., High Bridge, NJ.
Action may be taken.”

Mayor Desire led those present in the salute to the Flag.

MEMBERS PRESENT                      Mayor Desire
                                     Councilman Coughlin
                                     Councilman Flynn
                                     Councilwoman Murdock
                                     Councilwoman Pavan
                                     Councilman Rapp
                                     Councilman Stemple



Attorney Barry Goodman, Administrator Douglas Walker and Municipal Clerk Diane L. Seals and twenty-one
members of the public and news media were also present.

VISITORS: Councilman Rapp motioned to amend the agenda to present awards before the EDC
presentation of Redevelopment. Councilwoman Murdock seconded. 6 ayes. Motion Carried
a. AWARDS
Councilwoman Murdock presented the “2009 Volunteer of the Year Award” to Jeffrey Smith” for his loyal
dedication to the residents of High Bridge as a 27 year member of the High Bridge Fire Department. He has
served the Fire Department as Foreman (Officer), Director of Apparatus, Head of the Truck Committee,
Treasurer, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, and Chief. He first served as Chief from January 1, 1993
through December 31, 1998, thereby setting a new record as the longest consecutive years of service as
Fire Chief. He served again as Chief from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2009. Jeffrey Smith was
instrumental in establishing Mutual Aid with surrounding communities, and guiding the department towards
modernization of equipment, facilities, training and management. He also served as Head of the High
Bridge Centennial Celebration in 1998. His leadership skills are like no other.
Jeffrey Smith, born and raised in High Bridge, has displayed the unique ability to volunteer his talents to his
hometown, while balancing a career and together with his wife, Pam, raising two children.
Jeffrey Smith has not only excelled as a volunteer, but has gone above and beyond his required duties. His
loyalty and dedication have greatly benefited the residents of High Bridge and the surrounding communities.
The Mayor, Council and the residents of the Borough of High Bridge, in the County of Hunterdon and State
of New Jersey respectfully thank Jeffrey Smith for making High Bridge a better, safer community for all to
enjoy.
Mayor Desire presented the “2009 Ambassador of the Year Award” to Steve and Jackie Gronsky. “On
July 2, 1978, Steve Gronsky followed a lifelong dream of owning a small family business, converted the
cottage next to his house into a store selling milk, bread, and ice cream. On December 1, 1988, the
Gronsky’s added a restaurant to the “Milkhouse”. The restaurant became and remains the place to meet old
and new friends alike.
Steve and Jackie have worked hard for their successes, and continue to do so today, but give plenty of
support to the community that they love. The Gronsky’s have raised their three children, Sheryl, Todd and
Troy, in High Bridge. They have contributed to the High Bridge Huskies, North Hunterdon Little League,
SKIT, various town picnics and parades, and the High Bridge Fire Department, of which Steve was a
member. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts count the Gronskys as supporters and use the handmade bridges
on the restaurant’s property for their graduation ceremonies. Hunterdon State School clients are employed
at Gronsky’s Milkhouse, which also supports the Special Olympics. Gronsky’s contributes generously to
Voorhees High School including providing the prized milk can for the infamous Voorhees/North rivalry.
Gronsky’s Milkhouse in High Bridge has become a household name throughout Hunterdon County and
beyond with the iconic t-shirts having been spotted across the country, but what really makes the
“Milkhouse” such an integral part of the community are the people that founded it, Steve and Jackie
Gronsky. Together, they have provided an exceptionally special place for our community and for this the
Mayor, Council and citizens of High Bridge, in the County of Hunterdon and State of New Jersey are
grateful. Mayor Desire presented the North Hunterdon Rotary Club with the “2009 FRIENDS OF HIGH
BRIDGE AWARD”, accepted by President Richard Connors in recognition of their enthusiastically
undertaking the renovation of the Main Street Mini Park as their Volunteer Service Project. The Mayor and
Council of the Borough of High Bridge, County of Hunterdon and State of New Jersey, understand that
through their efforts, all the citizens of High Bridge benefit and are truly appreciative of Volunteers like the
North Hunterdon Rotary Club. Mr. Connors thanked the firemen, policemen and Mayor for all their help with
the project.
b. Councilwoman Pavan presented an Economic Development Committee Redevelopment Initiative. The
presentation objectives were to provide Council with an overview of the Redevelopment process, raise
Council awareness and help generate Council discussion. The Local Redevelopment and Housing Law
provides tools to fulfill the goals of rebuilding abandoned and/or underutilized properties, increasing tax
ratables, improving the local economy, and improving the appearance of the community. Growth
opportunity that is backed by state law, Borough driven, not condemnation.

MOTION TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETINGS
Councilman Rapp motioned to dispense with the reading of the Regular and Executive Session Minutes of
January 14, 2010. Councilman Stemple seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock,
abstain; Pavan, aye; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried. 5 ayes and 1 abstention.

APPROVAL OR CORRECTION OF PRIOR MEETING MINUTES



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Councilman Rapp motioned to approve the Regular and Executive Session Meeting Minutes of January 14,
2010. Councilman Coughlin stated he had corrections to the Executive Session minutes. Approval of
Executive Session Minutes will be discussed in Executive Session. Councilman Coughlin seconded for
Regular Meeting Minutes only. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, abstain; Pavan, aye;
Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried. 5 ayes and 1 abstention.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: It is the policy of the Borough Council that all public comments on an issue shall be
limited to five (5) minutes per person and no person may make more than one (1) comment per subject.
Comments may be made on any subject pertaining to Borough issues. Comments pertaining to Public
Hearings should be saved for that portion of the agenda. No debating between residents. Comments
should be addressed to Mayor and Council.
Mayor Desire reported:
1. All retesting for lead was significantly low, normal. The State wants 40 samples from buildings, homes
     and Borough property.
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2. On January 25 , rains raised the water level to 9.75 feet as measured by the monitoring system.
     Administrator Walker notified the Dam Engineer and State Agencies as per the updated procedures for
     evacuation. DPW put down temporary sand bags. OEM Joseph Trilone and the Police were present.
     Councilman Flynn stated that precast concrete blocks are being installed. Barbara Dezendorf asked
     how evacuation would be done. First there would be Fire and Rescue Truck PA announcements, then
     door to door notification, then to shelters.
3. There was an anonymous letter to the State Department of Labor regarding the Borough Hall upstairs
     apartment which caused an audit by the State. For decades, tenants would clean the Borough Hall.
     The apartment should have gone out to bid each year. There is no resolution to this issue yet. The
     Solitude apartment went out to bid.

Ron Huttemann asked when will the Golf financials be ready, why can’t Golf Committee meetings be opened
to the public at least 3 times a year, and how can the Borough Hall be built within 300 feet of the river.
Councilman Stemple stated that the Golf Committee will consider open meetings. Attorney Goodman stated
that it may be changed to 150 feet from a river, check with the EPA.

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PUBLIC HEARINGS: 2            reading.

                                ORDINANCE #2010-1
  AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 409, SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR CONDITIONAL USES,
 SECTION B, AUTOMOBILE SERVICE STATIONS OF THE LAND USE CODE, CHAPTER 145 OF THE
                            BOROUGH OF HIGH BRIDGE

Mayor Desire asked for a motion to open the Public Hearing on Ordinance #2010-1
Councilman Rapp motioned to open. Councilman Coughlin seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye;
Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan, aye; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.
Comments and questions.
Councilman Stemple stated that both Rocky and East Side Service were consulted. East Side Service
doesn’t have a back area. Councilman Rapp asked what was the definition of “long term”. Jon Valenta
stated that it may take up to 2 years for a title search just to dispose of a vehicle. Colleen Hann stated that
East Side is a corner lot having 2 front yards. Attorney Goodman recommended continuing the Public
Hearing to next meeting if amending the Ordinance to say “rear and/or to the side if no rear exists”.
Councilman Rapp motioned to carry Public Hearing to next meeting February 11, 2010. Councilman
Coughlin seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan, aye; Rapp, aye;
Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.

CONSENT AGENDA: All matters listed under the Consent Agenda are considered to be routine by the
Borough Council and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed below. There will be no separate
discussion of these items. If discussion is desired, that item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and
will be considered separately.
None at this time.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS:
1.   Letter from High Bridge Fire Department regarding Annual Clam Bake at Union Forge Field, July 31,
     2010 from 1PM to 5PM, three hundred tickets.
2.   Month/Year End Tax/Finance Reports.
3.   Letter from CDM, regarding former Exact Level and Tool, Inc Facility progress of the work.
4.   Letter from ESC (Educational Services Commission) amount saved with shared services for copy
     machine.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None at this time.
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NEW ORDINANCES: Introduction 1 Reading.


                               ORDINANCE #2010-2
 ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $50,000 FROM CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND FOR ADDITIONAL
COSTS FOR REDESIGNING OF ARCH STREET IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF HIGH BRIDGE, IN THE
                           COUNTY OF HUNTERDON, NEW


Mayor Desire asked for a motion to introduce Ordinance #2010-2.
Councilman Rapp motioned to introduce. Councilwoman Murdock seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin,
aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan, aye; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.
Ordinance #2010-2 shall be published in full in the Hunterdon County Democrat along with the Public
Hearing date.



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Mayor Desire stated that the Public Hearing will be at the meeting of February 11, 2010.


                                ORDINANCE #2010-3
               ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $12,000 FROM CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND FOR
ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR STREETSCAPE PROJECT I IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF HIGH
BRIDGE, IN THE COUNTY OF HUNTERDON, NEW JERSEY

Mayor Desire asked for a motion to introduce Ordinance #2010-3.
Councilman Rapp motioned to introduce. Councilman Coughlin seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye;
Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan, aye; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.
Ordinance #2010-3 shall be published in full in the Hunterdon County Democrat along with the Public
Hearing date.
Mayor Desire stated that the Public Hearing will be at the meeting of February 11, 2010.


NEW BUSINESS:
1.  RESOLUTION #21-2010: Councilman Rapp motioned to adopt a resolution authorizing classes and
    meetings for employees, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof these
    minutes. Councilman Coughlin seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye;
    Pavan, aye; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.
2.  RESOLUTION #22-2010: Councilman Rapp motion to adopt a resolution authorizing the Sale of
    Surplus Equipment., a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof these minutes.
    Councilwoman Murdock seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan,
    aye; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.
3.  RESOLUTION #23-2010: Councilman Rapp motioned to adopt a resolution approving of Professional
    Memberships for 2010, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof these minutes.
    Councilman Stemple seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan, aye
    and abstain on Police; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes and 1 abstention.
4.  RESOLUTION #24-2010: Councilman Rapp motioned to adopt a resolution approving the
    Redemption of Tax Sale Certificate #09-067, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part
    hereof these minutes. Councilman Coughlin seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye;
    Murdock, aye; Pavan, aye; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.
5.  RESOLUTION #25-2010: Councilman Rapp motioned to adopt a resolution approving of Transfer of
    Appropriation Reserves, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof these minutes.
    Councilman Coughlin seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan,
    aye; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried. 6 ayes.
6.  RESOLUTION #26-2010: Councilman Rapp motioned to adopt a resolution approving the
    Determining Form and Details of the $7,800,000 General Obligation Bonds, a copy of which is
    attached hereto and made a part hereof these minutes. Councilman Coughlin seconded. Roll Call
    Vote: Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan, aye; Rapp, Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6
    ayes.
7. The High Bridge School Budget and Presentation meeting will be held on April 1, 2010, at 7:00PM at
    the Fire House.

COUNCIL COMMITTEE AND SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT REPORTS:

Councilman Coughlin:            DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS & RECREATION
1. Responded to 4 NJ One mark outs.
2. Cut brush behind the office on T.I.S.CO property
3. Took down holiday decorations
4. Took part in confined spaces and blood borne pathogens at Firehouse
5. DPW has a morale issue, not using their skill sets and not being compensated, no showers, no toilet
   cleaning. Should conduct a “manpower analysis”. Councilman Flynn stated that in 2007 Council
   addressed the sub standard facility
6. The washer warranty will expire before the building is up.

Councilman Flynn:                  PLANNING & ENGINEERING
1. DPW construction is on going. We purchased a washing station to remove salt state mandated by
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    State. DEP permits have been received. Met on the January 19th and 21 with the Engineer and DPW
    to go over the plans, to finalize the electrical, plumbing and construction for the main building. Will
    advertise Bid on February 25 for March start of construction.


Councilwoman Murdock:            EMERGENCY SERVICES & EDUCATION
1. Fire, Rescue and Police Goals in February.
2. Web site updated with notice about lead in water and the Newsletter, which Colleen Hann worked on
   with Patricia Birchenough.
3. Two Girl Scouts, working for Silver Award, held a recycled Fashion Boutique, gently used children’s
   and teen’s clothing at the Fire House. It was free if you brought a donation for the Open Cupboard
   Food Pantry. Notice was on web site.
4. North Hunterdon Court Administrator Robin Manfredi sent a bill to Lebanon Borough for expenses
   incurred due to their untimely withdrawal from the court.

Councilwoman Pavan:              PUBLIC HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL, SOLID WASTE/RECYCLING,
                                 OPEN SPACE
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1.   Annual Free Rabies Clinic for dogs and cats will be held on April 17 , from 9:00AM to 11AM at the
     Rescue Squad Building.
2.   Will attend a County Board of Health orientation program next month.
3.   The large green tank at Exact Level is for test well water.
4.   Attended a Sustainable Seminar.



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5.    Electronic Recycling Event will be held on March 27 , 8:30AM to 12:30PM at Union Forge
      Park.
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6.    Environmental Commission will hold an Open to the Public Meeting on March 9 at The Rescue Squad
      Building. There will be an agenda and public comment period.
7.    Recreation Committee turned down a Lacrosse team request to use Union Forge Fields in March.
      Reviewed the 2009 Budget and working on the 2010 Budget.
8.    SWAC will hold a meeting in February and will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup Day on
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      March 13 , 9:00AM to 1:00PM.

Councilman Rapp:                INFORMATION, DEVELOPMENT, CULTURE & RECREATION
1. Look to improve the Economic Development web site.
2. Cultural and Heritage purchased a digital recorder to continue to record elderly interviews and
   plan to have an Open Meeting soon.
3. Review Codes to ascertain responsibilities as to what and what not to be doing. History is a big part of
   it.
4.  Develop a calendar for all events in the Borough, schools and churches included.
5. March deadline for “At Risk Structure” nominations.

Councilman Stemple:           FINANCE, GOLF & COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
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1. Will introduce Budget on February 25 , State Aid would be the same this year.
2. Golf Committee met to review the budget, presentation by Casper Golf not ready yet.

Mr. Douglas Walker:              ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

1.    Lake Solitude Dam Inspection performed on January 18, 2009
2.    Work on the temporary block wall on the dam has begun
3.    The Borough’s EAP was implemented on January 25, 2009.Thanks to the DPW who did a fantastic job
      with the sandbags, Joe Trilone, HBPD, HB Rescue and HBFD.
4.    DPW Project, I held a meeting with the Engineer on 1/19 and a meeting with the Engineer and DPW on
      1/21
5.    Work continues on the 2010 budget.
6.    New golf carts scheduled to arrive 2/5/10
7.    Work continues on the environmental work plan for the Lake Solitude Dam remediation.
8.    Exact Tool test well drilling began as scheduled on 1/25 at the NHLL fields.
9.    New round of water testing to begin
10.   Work continues on the Borough’s COAH Plan
11.   Work on the Highlands Plan Conformance continues.
12.   2009 Golf finals compiled and reported to Golf Chair.
13.   New lease for the upstairs tenant at the Solitude House executed.
14.   Explored a procedure which will allow the Borough to run Driver’s License abstracts. The cost of the
      program is $150 annually. I am in the process of collecting the required data from the employees and
      volunteers.
15.   Researched random drug testing issues.

Mayor Mark Desire:               EXECUTIVE SERVICES
1. Walked the Solitude Dam area with Dam Engineer Carl Montana as the Bid Specs are being prepared.
   Need to put the “inundation map” on web site as it shows the areas affected if the Dam fails. The
   Emergency Plan lists anyone who has a medical condition and would be assisted to evacuate.
2. Testing the Exact Level property and across the street has begun. Administrator Walker has been
   working on getting the buildings removed.
3. Council and Borough Hall Goals for 2010, more organized, Title of Goal, Action, Indicators of Success
   and Target Dates with updates midway.

LEGAL ISSUES:
Attorney Goodman had no legal issues to report.

BILL LIST:

Councilman Rapp motioned to approve and direct payment of all vouchers as they appear on the Bill List in
the total amount of $1,993,220.19, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof these
minutes. Councilman Coughlin seconded. Roll Call Vote: Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan,
aye and abstain on police bills; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes and 1 abstention.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: It is the policy of the Borough Council that all public comments on an issue shall be
limited to one minute (1) per person and no person may make more than one (1) comment per subject at
this second Public Comment section. Comments may be made on any subject pertaining to Borough issues.
No debating between residents. Comments should be addressed to Mayor and Council.

Ron Huttemann asked that the new golf carts be parked in the barn.
Carol Mowrey asked what will be done with open space. Mayor Desire explained that we would need
approval from the State to put in solar farm. Councilman Rapp stated that three Committees,
Environmental, Economic Development and Cultural & Heritage all met to brainstorm as to what do with
open space with rules. Councilman Flynn stated that there are rules to protect open space, some have
deed restrictions. Mrs. Mowrey asked if crops were considered. Councilwoman Pavan stated that it was
investigated and was not cost effective to harvest hay. Mayor Desire stated that the Borough received $1.8
million for open space in the last year. Councilman Rapp stated that a horse stable had been explored but
no one was willing.

Councilman Rapp motioned to amend the agenda allowing for discussion and correction of Executive
Session Minutes instead of discussion of “proper communication with outside agencies”, a copy of which is




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attached hereto and made a part hereof these minutes. Councilwoman Pavan seconded. Roll Call Vote:
Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan, aye; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: RESOLUTION #27-2010: Correction to Executive Session Minutes.
10:07PM to 10:12PM
Councilman Rapp motioned to return to Open Session. Councilwoman Murdock seconded. 6 ayes. Motion
Carried.
Mayor Desire asked for a vote to approve Executive Session Minutes content as amended. Councilman
Rapp motioned to approve the content as amended. Councilwoman Murdock seconded. Roll Call Vote:
Coughlin, aye; Flynn, aye; Murdock, aye; Pavan, aye; Rapp, aye; Stemple, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.

ADJOURNMENT: 10:12PM
Councilwoman Murdock motioned to adjourn. Councilman Coughlin seconded. Vote: 6 ayes. Motion
Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

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Diane L. Seals, Municipal Clerk, RMC




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