BOROUGH OF HARRINGTON PARK NEW JERSEY

Document Sample
BOROUGH OF HARRINGTON PARK NEW JERSEY Powered By Docstoc
					               BOROUGH OF HARRINGTON PARK, NEW JERSEY
                 MINUTES OF REGULAR AGENDA MEETING
                             January 12, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT: In compliance with Chapter 231. Public Law 1975, adequate
notice of the meeting was made. It is included in the Annual Meetings posted on the
bulletin board in the Municipal Center. Copies have been mailed to the PRESS
JOURNAL, the BERGEN RECORD and the SUBURBANITE. A copy has been filed
with the Borough Clerk and copies have been mailed to individuals requesting the same.

Date: 01/12/09         Time of Meeting: 8:00pm             Location: Municipal Center

Members Present:
(M) X Mayor Hoelscher
(1) X Councilman Betancourt                 (4) X Councilwoman Ryan (8:02pm)
(2) X Councilwoman Dunlea                   (5) X Councilman Evanella
(3) X Councilman Pedersen                   (6) X Councilman Luciano

X Susan S. Nelson, Borough Clerk

Also present at the meeting: Borough Engineer Michael Neglia.

The following is a list of subjects covered, actions taken and a record of any votes.
Suspend Order of Business
Councilman Pedersen moved to suspend the order of business at this time. Upon second
by Councilman Betancourt, motion carried without dissenting vote.                    5-0

Engineering Report
Michael Neglia gave the engineering report at follows:
   1. Pondside Field – DEP approved the Flood Hazard Permit, it is valid for five years.
      Conservation easement is still in review with DEP. The BC Soil Erosion
      Sediment Control permit has had a preliminary review, and permit should be
      received in early February.
   2. Lynn & Higgins Watercourse Cleaning – DEP is still reviewing the Individual
      Flood Hazard and Wetland Permits. Technical review periods for both permits
      have elapsed.
   3. DPW Garage Drain – Three quotes were received in January and will be reviewed
      for recommendation to Council. This project must be completed by the end of
      March 2009.
   4. Martha Road – DOT funds – The DOT will be scheduling their final inspection.
      Their punch list will follow.
   5. NJ DOT Safe Streets to Schools Grant – The preliminary plans have been
      prepared, and include a walkway and drop-off area on Hackensack Ave. and Lynn
      St., as well as a widening of the Harriot Ave. access drives. The plans will be
      sent to the Borough, County, and DOT for review and comment.
   6. NJ DOT State Aid Grant - The Borough has been approved for $150,000 for
      roadway improvements on sections of Parkside Road, River Road, and Columbus
      Avenue.

Mayor Hoelscher asked Mr. Polyniak what he needs to move forward on Phase I of this
project.
A discussion followed on this subject with questions about Phase I versus Phase II.

Mr. Polyniak was thanked for his report.

Fire Department Report
Bill Blackinton introduced himself as the Acting Fire Chief. He explained that Brian
McElroy is the actual Chief but is currently deployed to Iraq. Mr. Blackinton will be
Acting Chief until Brian’s return and then will resume his Assistant Chief’s duties. He
pledged his cooperation and best efforts to the Council. He gave the Department report
for December 2008:


5ae2399f-31cb-470d-9f03-03cf066d2294.doc
Page 1 of 7
There were 9 fire alarms; 2 drills, 2 inspections, 1 regular company business meeting; 1
officers’ meeting; and 1 Interboro meeting. In December the department also assisted
with the tree lighting and sponsored the Santa’s visit, as well as 2 Santa visits to houses
(fundraiser). 2008 had a total of 114 alarms, with 1,023 man-hours.

Councilwoman Dunlea asked about re-doing the Babysitter’s seminars. Mr. Blackinton
noted he would speak to the Fire Prevention Bureau to try to reinstate the program.

Mayor Hoelscher thanked Mr. Blackinton for his kind words and noted that he was
hopeful that this budget year will be better than in the past.

Resume Regular Order of Business
Councilman Betancourt moved to resume the regular order of business. Upon second by
Councilwoman Dunlea, motion carried without dissenting vote.                 6-0

Fire Department
Councilman Betancourt noted that he had met with Acting Chief Blackinton for
preliminary budget talks. He had another meeting scheduled for that Wednesday. The
Councilman explained that the Fire Department needed to take an OSHA course for
Right to Know. He noted that the Borough does not need a Right to Know official as
long as records are kept.

Fire Department Appointment – Reeves
Councilman Betancourt introduced the following Resolution:
       SEE ADDENDUM “A”
Upon second by Councilwoman Ryan and without comment or discussion, Resolution
adopted on roll call vote with all Council members present voting in the affirmative.
                                                                                   6-0
Adopted: January 12, 2009



                                                      ___________________________
                                                            Mayor

Fire Department Appointment – Mattner
Councilman Betancourt introduced the following Resolution:
       SEE ADDENDUM “B”
Upon second by Councilwoman Ryan and without comment or discussion, Resolution
adopted on roll call vote with all Council members present voting in the affirmative.
                                                                                   6-0
Adopted: January 12, 2009



                                                      ___________________________
                                                            Mayor

Motion – Fire Marshal
Councilman Betancourt moved to accept the following appointment by the Acting Fire
Chief:
             In accordance with the requirements of the Fire Prevention Code, Section
             1. Par. B; I, William M. Blackinton, as Acting Chief of the Harrington
             Park Fire Department, do hereby re-appoint Thomas E. Simpson as Chief
             of the Fire Prevention Bureau/Fire Marshall for a term of three (3) years,
             commencing February 1, 2009, and expiring January 31, 2011.


Upon second by Councilman Pedersen, motion carried on roll call vote without
dissenting vote.                                                                     6-0




5ae2399f-31cb-470d-9f03-03cf066d2294.doc
Page 2 of 7
Community Development Representative
Councilman Betancourt introduced the following Resolution:
       SEE ADDENDUM “C”
Upon second by Councilman Luciano and without comment or discussion, Resolution
adopted on roll call vote with all Council members present voting in the affirmative.
                                                                                   6-0
Adopted: January 12, 2009



                                                    ______________________________
                                                          Mayor

Recreation Commission
Councilwoman Dunlea noted that there had been no meeting to report.

Environmental Commission
Councilwoman Dunlea reported that Peter Ardito was requesting permission to attend a
seminar. She believed there was money in the budget for this item.

Motion – Peter Ardito
Councilman Betancourt moved to allow Peter Ardito to attend an Environmental seminar.
Upon second by Councilwoman Dunlea motion carried without dissenting vote. 6-0

Councilman Pedersen noted he had 2 items for closed session on personnel and
negotiations.

Board of Education
Councilwoman Ryan reported that she attended a meeting with Dr. Fried and the Mayor
on shared services. Some of the subjects discussed were purchasing, insurance,
information technology, and cleaning services.
The cleaning service they use came out to give us a quote.
The Mayor noted that there are a number of areas that might be possible for some savings
for both parties.

Councilwoman Ryan noted that she had received complaints on poor snow removal from
the 1st storm. The Mayor advised that Councilman Evanella would speak about that in a
moment.

DPW
Councilman Evanella reported that the budget from DPW appeared to be incomplete – he
will follow up with Mark Kiernan that week.

Snow/Ice Removal Issues – Councilman Evanella advised that he had spoken with Mark
Kiernan about this problem. He noted that he had spoken with him again that morning.
The following is the explanation by Mr. Kiernan:
       The salt bin is now empty. The County has reduced the amount of salt they are
       providing the towns for county roads by more than ½ and have provided salt after
       each storm only. The Borough will have to buy about 25 tons of salt at market
       value.
The Mayor noted he had a similar conversation with Mr. Kiernan.

The Mayor advised that he would discuss this with the Bergen County Mayors group at
their meeting (tomorrow) to see if this can be reversed or how it could be addressed.

The Mayor noted that Mr. Kiernan had advised that the amount of salt provided by the
County is insufficient to do the county roads.

A discussion followed on plowing in general and outsourcing of those services. The
Mayor suggested that overtime expenses for the DPW would be more than outsourcing to
other vendors who supplement the DPW. Councilman Evanella agreed to speak to Mark
Kiernan further on this subject.

5ae2399f-31cb-470d-9f03-03cf066d2294.doc
Page 3 of 7
Municipal Consent
Councilman Pedersen introduced the following Resolution:
       SEE ADDENDUM “D”
Upon second by Councilwoman Ryan and with the following comment, Resolution was
adopted on roll call vote with Councilman Luciano the sole dissenting vote. 5-1
Adopted: January 12, 2009



                                                             ________________________
                                                                   Mayor

Councilman Evanella asked what is being allowed by the Resolution as he was unaware
of what a “municipal consent” entailed. Councilman Pedersen explained the process.

Amended Payment of Claims – Sine Die 1/4/09
Councilman Luciano introduced the following Resolution:
       SEE ADDENDUM “E”
Upon second by Councilman Betancourt and without comment or discussion, Resolution
was adopted on roll call vote with all Council members present voting in the affirmative.
                                                                                   6-0
Adopted: January 12, 2009



                                                             ________________________
                                                                   Mayor

Amended Budget Transfers – Sine Die 1/4/09
Councilman Luciano introduced the following Resolution:
       SEE ADDENDUM “F”
Upon second by Councilman Betancourt and without comment or discussion, Resolution
was adopted on roll call vote with all Council members present voting in the affirmative.
                                                                                   6-0
Adopted: January 12, 2009



                                                             ________________________
                                                                   Mayor

Councilman Luciano advised that budget discussions would begin at the next meeting.

Councilman Pedersen advised that he would be unable to attend the meeting next week.
He recommended that the Chief come to a meeting.

Councilwoman Dunlea advised that residents on Cooper Place have called with
complaints about a house being built. Councilman Betancourt explained about
requirements for lot sizes, variances, etc. A discussion followed on this subject.

Councilwoman Dunlea asked Councilman Pedersen to verify that police patrols would
continue on Highland Avenue. He agreed to do so, but felt that they would.

Councilwoman Dunlea asked about Municipal Alliance funds: what are they being used
for; and can they be used for other community projects?

The Councilwoman noted that River Vale is holding a fund raiser to benefit the town –
she will look into this further.

Mayor’s Report



5ae2399f-31cb-470d-9f03-03cf066d2294.doc
Page 4 of 7
   1. Mayor’s Task Force – they are looking at starting a food pantry. Councilman
      Betancourt asked if the churches have one (no, only food drives that collect and
      distribute to the shelters). There are some privacy issues, etc. to consider. He
      asked Council to consider using the basement at Borough Hall.
   2. Closter fuel usage – the met with Mayor Heymann and advised that the details are
      being worked out.
   3. Councilman Luciano and Borough Attorney will be working out the Old
      Tappan/Blanch Avenue issue.
   4. He has asked Ray Damiano (Tax Assessor) to monitor assessments relative to
      increasing tax appeals for land value. We may need an across-the-board
      adjustment of 15% reduction.
   5. Historic Site applications – a joint purchase of the Weiss property on Lafayette
      with other towns’ historical societies. He asked Marlene Casey to keep a lookout
      for grants up to $750,000 (not matching).
   6. Firehouse lease is in for review if needed.
   7. A group of Mayors are scheduled to go to Trenton this week.
   8. DOT Grant – would like to move ahead with Neglia for bid specs for the
      Columbus Avenue to River Road roadwork. Councilman Luciano noted that the
      engineering fees are to be $25,000. This project will be held til next week to find
      out if the engineering fees can come out of the grant monies.

Shared Services with Northvale
Councilman Betancourt noted that Northvale Council is on board with Mayor Hogan for
the shared building department with Norwood as well.

Councilman Luciano noted that the DPW budget includes capital items that were
included in the last bond ordinance. Councilman Evanella advised that he will look into
this with Mr. Kiernan.

Closed Session
Councilman Pedersen moved to go into closed session for reasons of police negotiations,
personnel, and negotiations. Upon second by Councilman Evanella and without
discussion, motion carried without dissenting vote.                             6-0
                                                                            9:20pm

Return to Open Session
Councilman Pedersen made a motion to return to open session. Upon second by
Councilman Evanella and without discussion, motion carried without dissenting vote.
                                                                               6-0
                                                                           9:38pm

Mayor Hoelscher asked all members to review the library funding resolution for possible
action next week.

All were advised that COAH elimination is being moved forward.

Adjournment
Councilman Pedersen moved for adjournment. Upon second by Councilman Evanella,
motion carried without dissenting vote.                                  6-0
                                                              Time: 9:40pm

Minutes taken by S. Nelson, Borough Clerk

                                           ADDENDUM “A”

                                            RESOLUTION

               BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
               Harrington Park that on the recommendation of the Fire Chief of the
               Harrington Park Fire Department, Joseph Reeves, 139 Hackensack
               Avenue, Harrington Park, be appointed Firefighter for the Borough of



5ae2399f-31cb-470d-9f03-03cf066d2294.doc
Page 5 of 7
               Harrington Park and that the Borough Clerk is hereby authorized to sign
               and seal said application on behalf of the governing body.
               ____________________________________________________________

                                             ADDENDUM “B”

                                              RESOLUTION

               BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
               Harrington Park that on the recommendation of the Fire Chief of the
               Harrington Park Fire Department, Thomas J. Mattner, 168 Tappan Road,
               Harrington Park, be appointed Firefighter for the Borough of Harrington
               Park and that the Borough Clerk is hereby authorized to sign and seal said
               application on behalf of the governing body.
               ____________________________________________________________


                                              ADDENDUM “C”

                                              RESOLUTION

               BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
               Harrington Park that Councilwoman Mary Dunlea be the Borough
               Council’s representative to the Bergen County Division of Community
               Development for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2008, and expiring
               June 30, 2009, in accordance with the Three Year Community
               Development Cooperative Agreement.


                                           ADDENDUM “D”

                                           RESOLUTION

               BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
               Harrington Park that it authorizes the Borough Clerk to write a letter of
               Municipal Consent for A Custom Car Service, Inc., and Always Reliable
               Car Service, Inc., 14 Elm Street, Harrington Park, NJ, Patrick McHugh,
               President, to procure Livery N.J. plates through the NJ Department of
               Motor Vehicles.

               BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the applicant has submitted the
               necessary documents and copies of current insurance to conform with the
               rules and regulations governing such vehicles in the Borough of
               Harrington Park.

               BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED this Municipal Consent covers the
               following Vehicle Identification Numbers:

                       A Custom Car Service, Inc.   Always Reliable Car Srv., Inc.
                       1LNHM81W12Y610840            1FBNE31L15HB47247
                       1LNHM85W84Y666920            1FBSS31L26DA87516
                       1LNHM81W35Y652477            1LNHM81W76Y642262
                                                    1LNHM81W47Y635822
                                                    1LNHM81W97Y639204
                                                    3GNFK16Z02G291721

               ____________________________________________________________

                                     ADDENDUM “E”

   AMENDED PAYMENT OF CLAIMS CERTIFICATION


5ae2399f-31cb-470d-9f03-03cf066d2294.doc
Page 6 of 7
I hereby certify that funds are available for the following disbursements:

           2007 Appropriation Reserve                                    $625.86
           2008 Current Fund                                             $56,245.98
           Payroll (December)                                            $186,548.28



ANNE MURPHY, CFO
(December 31, 2008)

For 01/12/09 Agenda Meeting

                                     ADDENDUM “F”

                                   RESOLUTION

BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Harrington Park that
upon the recommendation of the Chief Financial Officer, the following transfer be made
at this time between 2008 Budget Appropriation line items.

           From                                    To

Tax Title Liens                $100.00      Revenue Adm(Tax)/OE          $100.00

Municipal Clerk/OE             $1,557.55   A&E/OE                        $1,557.55

Planning Bd./S&W               $829.34     Planning Bd./OE               $3,128.95
Bd. Adjustment/S&W             $200.49
Legal Services/DEP             $800.00
Police/S&W                     $1,299.12

Police/S&W                     $1,000.00   Police/Vehicle                $1,000.00
                                             Maintenance




12/31/08




5ae2399f-31cb-470d-9f03-03cf066d2294.doc
Page 7 of 7

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:1
posted:5/27/2012
language:
pages:7