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									                             BOROUGH OF PITMAN
                           COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
                                  May 23, 2011
                                   8:00 P.M.


Call to Order
Time: 8:11 p.m.

Salute to the Flag/Invocation
Councilman Swindell

Open Public Meetings Act Statement - Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, I hereby
announce that adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by adopting a schedule of
regular meetings for 2011, which was posted on the Borough Hall bulletin board, sent to the
"GLOUCESTER COUNTY TIMES" and "THE SENTINEL", and filed with the Municipal Clerk
on January 2, 2011.

Roll Call
Councilwoman Higbee: Present                         Council President Johnson: Present
Councilwoman Kelley: Present                         Councilman Razze: Present
Councilman Sanders: Present                          Councilman Swindell: Present
Mayor Batten: Present                                Borough Solicitor Duffield: Present
Borough CFO Steven Considine: Present
David Rollison, Registered Municipal Accountant, Bowman & Company: Present
Municipal Clerk O’Donnell: Present

Unfinished Business

Ordinance No. 9, 2011 – An Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Pitman,
County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey To Exceed the Municipal Budget Appropriation
Limits and to Establish a CAP Bank for the Calendar Year 2011 (N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.14)
Second Reading – Public Hearing
Motion: Higbee                                      Second: Johnson

Motion to Open to the Public: Razze                  Second: Sanders
Time: 8:15 p.m.

Mr. Kreutzberg, 511 Ardmore Avenue – Mr. Kreutzberg asked if the Borough presently has a
surplus. Mayor Batten answered yes, and David Rollison explained further.

Motion to Close Public Portion: Razze                Second: Kelley
Time: 8:17 p.m.

Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                             Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                             Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                              Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________




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2011 Municipal Budget Hearing
Final Adoption and Public Hearing (Higbee)
Notice is hereby given that the Budget and Tax Resolution of the Borough of Pitman for the year
2011 was approved by the Borough Council on April 25, 2011, and published in the
“GLOUCESTER COUNTY TIMES” in the issue of May 9, 2011.

Motion to Adopt 2011 Municipal Budget: Higbee             Second: Johnson
Motion to Open to the Public: Razze                       Second: Higbee
Time: 8:19 p.m.

No public comment.

Motion to Close Public Portion: Razze                     Second: Sanders
Time: 8:19 p.m.
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                                  Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                                  Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                                   Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Acceptance of Minutes
Work, Formal & Closed Session Minutes of May 9, 2011
Motion: Johnson                                          Second: Kelley
Councilman Swindell abstains from voting to approve all sets of Minutes.
All other members of Council vote to approve all sets of Minutes.

Committee Reports

Councilman Swindell – No report

Council President Johnson – Council President Johnson reported that the Fire Safety Office
performed fifty-one home inspections and forty-five smoke detector inspections during the month
of May. He also reported the April statistics for the Police Department, and stated that on May
13, 2011, the department issued notices to merchants regarding the consumption of alcohol on
their outside tables. Borough ordinance states that alcohol must be consumed inside of the
establishment.

Council President Johnson stated that the Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce had a successful
Spring Craft Show, despite the rain that fell in the afternoon, and he urged residents to attend the
first Chamber sponsored Fourth Friday of the year, which will be held on May 27.

Council President Johnson informed those in attendance that the Economic Development
Committee has submitted a design plan to Council for the installation of a sign at the municipal
parking lot located at Broadway and W. Holly Avenue. This will be discussed in more detail at
the meeting of Mayor and Council scheduled for June 13, 2011.

Councilman Razze – Councilman Razze reported that registration for Summer Playground will be
held tomorrow night at Memorial School, and will begin the week of June 22nd. Also, registration
for Summer Tennis will be Tuesday, May 24, in Borough Hall.

He also reported that repairs are underway at the Holly Dell Field on the vandalized lighting


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equipment located there.

This year’s Earth Day celebration was a great success, being held at the same time as the Spring
Craft Show. Pitman resident Jay Todd will be appointed as Shade Tree Commissioner for the
Borough at the next Environmental Commission meeting on June 2, 2011.

Councilman Razze stated that preparations continue for the Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks.
Applicants must register to participate in the parade by June 15, 2011, and nominations for
Parade Grand Marshal must be received by the committee by May 28, 2011.

Councilman Sanders – Councilman Sanders reported that trash collection in the Borough for the
time period between May 9 through May 20, totaled nineteen loads of trash weighing a total of
168.09 tons, twenty loads of recyclables weighing 40.92 tons, twenty loads of leaves, forty-eight
loads of brush, and two loads of bulk pick up. Councilman Sanders reminded residents of the
Borough regulations pertaining to the disposal of grass clippings, and urged residents to consult
Public Works, or refer to the 2011 VFW phone book where the information is listed on page 14.

Councilwoman Higbee – Councilwoman Higbee thanked CFO Steve Considine and Borough
Auditor Dave Rollison for attending this meeting tonight to answer questions, for their help in
drafting the 2011 budget.

Councilwoman Higbee invited residents to come out to the Pitman Museum on this month’s 4th
Friday Event for a tour that will be provided by Mrs. Ho’s third grade class from W.C.K. Walls
School.

Councilwoman Kelley – Councilwoman Kelley reported that the Historic Commission met on
May 12, where four applications were reviewed, and were recommended to the Planning &
Zoning Board for their approval. The next meeting of the Historic Commission will be on June
9th at 7:00 p.m.

The Combined Planning and Zoning Board met on May 16, where all submitted applications
were given Certificates of Appropriateness.

Fees collected in the Construction Office in the month of April totaled $3,661.00.

Councilman Swindell – Councilman Swindell reminded residents of the Memorial Day
observances scheduled throughout the Borough. Breakfast will be served at the VFW Hall,
located on Oakcrest Avenue, beginning at 8:00 a.m., followed by a prayer service at the Grove
Auditorium at 11:00 a.m., and concluding with a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial
located in Ballard Park. He invited all residents to come and pay tribute to our veterans, past and
present.

New Business

Ordinance No. 10, 2011 – An Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey Providing for Mandatory Water
Connections to the Borough of Pitman’s Water Utility Infrastructure and Amending
Chapter VII Entitled “Utilities” of the Code of the Borough of Pitman to Include a New
Chapter VII, Section 4.1A (Sanders)
First Reading
Motion: Sanders                                       Second: Johnson


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Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                            Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                            Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                             Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Ordinance No. 11, 2011 – An Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey Amending Chapter XV Entitled
“Zoning” of the Code of the Borough of Pitman (Kelley)
First Reading
Motion: Kelley                                      Second: Higbee
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                            Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                            Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                             Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No 81, 2011 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Pitman,
County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, Authorizing the Submission of the Tax
Reimbursement Certification of the Solid Waste Recycling Tax (Sanders)
Motion: Sanders                                      Second: Higbee
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                             Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                             Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                              Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 82, 2011 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Pitman,
County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, Awarding Contract to Schaefer Pyrotechnics,
Inc. for Fourth of July Fireworks Display (Razze)
Motion: Razze                                       Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                            Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                            Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                             Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 83, 2011 – (Removed from agenda)

Resolution No. 84, 2011 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Pitman,
County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, Awarding Grass Disposal Contract to Smith
Orchards/Peach Country Tractors (Sanders)
Motion: Sanders                                     Second: Higbee
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                            Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                            Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                             Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 85, 2011 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Pitman,
County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, Appointing Shade Tree Commissioner for the


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Borough of Pitman (Razze)
Motion: Razze                                                         Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                                              Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                                              Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                                               Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Payment of Bills (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                                                        Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                                              Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                                              Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                                               Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Event Permits (Johnson)

Event: Pitman UMC Church Service
Organization: Pitman United Methodist Church
Date/Time: Sundays, June 26 – Sept. 4, 2011 (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
Contact Person: Robert Walker
Location: Grove Auditorium
Motion: Johnson                                       Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                              Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                              Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                               Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

This event was approved contingent upon the submission of a Certificate of Insurance naming the Borough of Pitman as
additional insured.

Event: 2nd Annual Brian Ballard Memorial Duathlon
Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 2011 (9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.)
Contact Person: Lisa Campbell & Ed Ritter
Location: Cedar & W. Holly Avenues, and Alcyon Park
Motion: Johnson                                       Second: Kelley
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                              Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                              Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                               Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Event: Kindle School Second Grade Class Picnic
Date/Time: June 9, 2011 (11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.)
        Rain date: June 10, 2011
Contact Person: Mrs. Rodi – Kindle teacher
Location: Ballard Park
Motion: Johnson                                                       Second: Higbee



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Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                                  Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                                  Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                                   Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Event: Zumba Fitness Class
Date/Time: June 18, 2011 (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
Contact Person: Kathy Streck
Location: Sunset Auditorium
Motion: Johnson                                           Second: Higbee
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                                  Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                                  Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                                   Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Public Portion
Motion to Open to the Public: Razze                       Second: Johnson
Time: 8:50 p.m.

Nancy Shriver, 116 E. Holly Avenue – Ms. Shriver mentioned that the signage on Esplanade
Avenue, in the vicinity of the Pitman Middle School, is very misleading, and that some of the
signs are missing altogether. Council reviewed photos provided by Ms. Shriver and agreed that
the matter would be brought to the attention of Traffic Control Officer, Lt. Dan McAteer.

Jim Fortney, 502 Carew Avenue – Mr. Fortney asked if the ordinance regulating outside seating
at eating establishments is being enforced by the police department. He also inquired of the
status of getting someone to repair the sprinklers at Ballard Park and the library. Mr. Fortney also
noted that the grass at Holly Dell Field was not mowed well. He added that recent soccer games
were played with high grass that hindered the movement of the ball.

Mr. Kreutzberg, 511 Ardmore Avenue – Mr. Kreutzberg stated that his mother’s home on
Ardmore Avenue has a large pile of yard debris piled along the curb line. He stated that it was
not removed by the Public Works Department, and that he was not satisfied with the answers his
mother received from that department as well as from Borough Hall when she called to inquire
the reason for it not being removed.

Jim Pierpont, 23 Crafton Avenue – Mr. Pierpont inquired as to what type of businesses are
permitted to have outside seating in front of their properties He also asked if the basement of
Borough Hall is compliant with the requirements set by the Office of Fire Safety.

Brett Walker, 411 Lake Avenue – Mr. Walker, who, at a previous meeting of the Mayor and
Council, offered to organize a group of volunteers to help with repairs to the Grove Auditorium,
stated that he has spoken to the pastor of the Pitman United Methodist Church, and has been
given permission to seek volunteers from within the congregation. He wondered if the Borough
has an estimate on the price of the repairs to be done.

Howard Hausman, 57 Colonial Avenue – Mr. Hausman stated that he is presently working on
his second book, “Wall of Honor” about servicemen from the Borough of Pitman who have died
in the line of duty.


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Ed Campbell, 524 Pitman Avenue – Mr. Campbell, who organizes the Memorial Day
Observance annually, stated the times of the various events, and invited all residents to attend.

Motion to Close the Public Portion: Razze                          Second: Johnson
Time: 9:15 p.m.

Adjournment
Motion: Kelley                                                     Second: Razze
Time: 9:15 p.m.



Respectfully Submitted,


Judith O’Donnell
Municipal Clerk




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