June 9, 2010 Work Session
The work session of the Township Committee of the Township of Franklin was called to order by Mayor Dougherty
at 7:05 p.m. in the Municipal Building, Delsea Drive, Franklinville, NJ. The following Committee members were
present: Mr. Atkinson, Mr. Ciancaglini, Mr. Petsch and Mayor Dougherty. Mrs. Pfrommer was absent. Mr.
DiGiorgio, Administrator, Mr. Ziegler, Solicitor, Mrs. Carder, Treasurer, Mrs. Knobloch, Community Development
Director, Chief Howe and Mr. Nese, Public Works, were also in attendance. Mr. Ed Paul, Auditor, from Ball,
Buckley & Seher was also present.
Mayor Dougherty opened the meeting with the Statement of Notice of Meeting as per the Open Public Meetings
Law with notices having been sent to the Gloucester County Times and The Sentinel, as well as having been posted
in the Municipal Building.
Members reviewed bills as presented by the Treasurer.
Mrs. Toy, Clerk, reported we would be honoring Samuel Gorrell with a Proclamation for his years of service on the
Planning Board. Mrs. Toy advised that a Proclamation Honoring Corporal Timothy Creamer on his retirement from
the Franklin Township Police Department was presented to him at a luncheon this afternoon, and we would need to
formalize the action tonight.
Mrs. Carder asked for any questions on the bill list.
Mr. Atkinson asked about the bill for the Bug Police, and Mrs. Carder replied that there had been termites at the
Code Enforcement Building, she had gone out for quotes, and Bug Police was the low bidder, and also included a
Mrs. Carder announced the Public Hearing on the 2010 Municipal Budget would be at the regular meeting.
Mr. Ed Paul advised that we can only hold the public hearing, there is a delay at the state level in reviewing the
budgets. Mrs. Carder stated we cannot adopt the budget tonight, and Mr. Paul said we are waiting for the comment
letters from the state. Mrs. Carder said she hoped to adopt in July.
Mrs. Knobloch reported on the following:
Green Acres Application – was mailed off for review of the environmental assessment and survey. The
appraisal has been approved and the value is okay. Mrs. Knobloch advised it would be a minimum of two
months before we would get a check. The settlement on the property is the end of this month, and the
Township is going for reimbursement.
Water test for wells at Meredith Farms – one of the two wells needed additional testing, and Uni-Tech advised
the cost would be $3,000. Mrs. Knobloch stated we need to amend the contract with Uhl, Baran and Rana. She
said the funds would come out of the grant.
Mr. Ziegler said he would add Resolution R-107-10 to amend the contract with Uhl, Baron and Rana to pull and
reinstall the pump in the well at Meredith Farms, for an additional $3,000.
Mr. DiGiorgio reviewed the Engineer’s report as follows:
Weymouth Road – expected bid date will be in June 2010
Franklinville Lake Dam- preparing report for submission to NJDEP
Wastewater Plan – scheduling a meeting for next week
South Jersey Gas Transmission Main – another complaint from a resident on Flora Avenue
Chief Howe reported on the following:
K-9 Kennel – construction is to begin again on the roof and lean-to
Youth Week - June 28 to July 2, there will be a graduation
Accident with a Police car – an officer struck a deer, however, the damage can be repaired in house
Retirement Luncheon for Corporal Timothy Creamer was this afternoon. He begins his terminal leave June 9th
and his retirement date is November lst.
Mr. Nese, Public Works, reported on the following:
Omni Recycling Contract – the current contract will expire in August, the new contract has been slightly
modified, the yellow sheet prices have been lowered. They can no longer pay the $25.00 per ton, but the new
three-year contract, with a two-year option, states we would never pay for recycling. The new contract states
there would be a rebate of $14.00/ton based on the current monthly #6 yellow sheet. At $50,00/ton or greater,
Omni would rebate an additional 10%. At $45.00/ton or lower Omni rebates $0 per ton.
Mr. Nese felt this was a good deal, guaranteed not to have to pay to get rid of recycling.
Mr. Petsch asked Mr. Nese to factor the $20,000 into the $14.00 over three years. He asked how does it move the
$14.00 or do they give us the money and walk away.
Concern was expressed over the prevailing wage rate, and Mr. Petsch asked if that pertained to the Public Works
employees or the buyer.
Mr. Ziegler answered he would rewrite Page 3, letter a. in reference to prevailing wage.
Mr. Nese said there should be a separate memorandum for forgiveness of the $39,000, we are only forgiving the
2009 amount, we are not forgiving anything in 2010. Mr. Atkinson asked for an analysis.
Mr. Nese recommended making a move now, the deal will not be the same in August.
Mr. Nese further reported that he only had six automated trash cans left, advising he needed to order more, the last
price was $50 to $55 a can with a minimum order of 100 cans. Mr. Nese answered Mayor Dougherty stating they
usually go through 100 a year, a lot are lost or stolen, noting he had requested 100 cans in his capital budget.
Mayor Dougherty asked if it could be tied into the C of T. and Mr. Atkinson asked about escrow at settlement for
Mr. Ziegler advised he didn’t know if you could tie it into a C of T as sellers are required to leave the can, stating
they could resolve the issue at the settlement table.
Mrs. Knobloch advised that the C of T is a Franklin Township inspection only, required by our Ordinance, advising
they could amend the form to add this.
Mayor Dougherty asked Mrs. Knobloch to work on this.
Mr. DiGiorgio reported on the following events at the Community Center:
June 10th at 7:00 p.m. Franklin Township School Board feasibility study meeting
Senior vegetable voucher distribution – June 29th from 1-3 p.m., July 7th from 10-12 noon, for ages 60 and
Fan distribution, Tuesday, June 15th from 10 to 11 am.
Mr. Ziegler reviewed the following:
Introduction of O-15-10 to expend funds for the acquisition of the George property on Fries Mill Road, with a
50% Green Acres repayment
R-106-10 Closed Session meeting for pending tax appeals
Adding on R-107-10 amending the contract with Uhl, Baron and Rana for additional testing on a well at
Upon motion by Mr. Petsch seconded by Mr. Ciancaglini and carried Resolution R-106-10 entitled “Resolution
Authorizing A Closed Executive Meeting For The Township Committee Of The Township Of Franklin” was
Atkinson-yes Ciancaglini-yes Petsch-yes Dougherty-yes
Mr. DiGiorgio, Administrator, reported on the following:
George property – $330,000 for purchase, plus engineering and survey costs.
Mrs. Knobloch advised that there is a $6,600 cap for reimbursement for soft costs.
Mr. Ziegler advised that title insurance is $1,618, purchase price of $330,000, title clerk $75.00. Additional soft
costs at closing would be for survey, Phase I and limited Phase II.
Mrs. Knobloch advised that after closing we would certify the full number for Green Acres. She stated she already
applied for one-half of the $330,000, and the next application would be for reimbursement of the soft costs.
Mr. Ziegler noted he will attend the closing, and suggested a check for $340,000 for closing.
Mrs. Carder stated she needed to incorporate the amount of money into the Ordinance. She also said she had an
invoice from Fralinger for $9,900 and $8,250.
Mr. Ed Paul recommended getting an estimated total cost and any cost not used would return back.
Mr. Ziegler suggested paying Fralinger right from the settlement table, suggesting $350,000.
Mr. Paul advised that the Green Acres money would be applied as a refund.
Mr. DiGiorgio continued:
Municipal Court Judge appointment expires the end of the month
Tax maps – need to budget this, and the County will reimburse after we pay for this
The meeting was ordered adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
All members voted in the affirmative.