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									BOROUGH of GARWOOD Regular MINUTES of the COUNCIL MEETING
April 22, 2008

The Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council was held in Council Chambers and called to order at 7:35 p.m. by Mayor McCarthy. He asked all present to participate in a moment of silence, followed by a salute to the flag. Adequate notice of this meeting was provided to the Star Ledger, advertised on January 7, 2008 and the Cranford Chronicle, advertised on January 11, 2008 and prominently posted on the municipal public bulletin board and filed in the office of the municipal clerk informing the Public of the time and place according to the Provisions of the Open Public Meeting Law (Chapter 231, P.L. 1975).

ROLL CALL:
Acting Municipal Clerk Kathleen Wierzbniski administered Roll Call. Present were: The Members

Mayor McCarthy Council President Villaggio Councilman Napolitano Councilman Schadewald

Councilman Sluka Councilman Sytko Councilman Tucker

Also Present: Borough Acting Municipal Clerk Kathleen J. Wierzbinski and Borough Attorney Robert Renaud. Municipal Clerk Christina Ariemma was not present.

MINUTES:
Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council held on April 11, 2008. Executive Session of the Mayor and Council held on April 11, 2008. Workshop Session of the Mayor and Council held on April 11, 2008. The foregoing minutes were approved as submitted by motion of Council President Villaggio, seconded by Councilman Napolitano. All Ayes.

COMMUNICATIONS:
1) NEW JERSEY STATE LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES – a. Mayor’s Fax Advisory – i. 04/07/08, RE: Important New Information from the Division of Local Government Services. ii. 04/08/08, RE: Flood Prevention Resources. iii. 04/08/08, RE: Property Tax Relief Funding Cut Update. iv. 04/08/08, RE: Senate Voting Session of April 7, 2008. v. 04/09/08, RE: League Partners with NJCTA to Highlight Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis. vi. 04/10/08, RE: S-1455/County Assumption Referendum Mandate. vii. 04/14/08, RE: UPDATE/League and NJCTA - Show on Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis. viii. 04/15/08, RE: Volunteer Background Checks. RECEIVED AND FILED.

ORDINANCES:
INTRODUCTION: Acting Municipal Clerk Kathleen Wierzbinski read by title only:
ORDINANCE NO. 08-10 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND §134-15 (INDUSTRIAL SEWER CHARGE) IN ARTICLE V (INDUSTRIAL WASTE AND FEES) IN CHAPTER 134

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(SEWERS) OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF GARWOOD TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF “INDUSTRIAL USER.”

Motion to adopt Ordinance 08-10 was made by Council President Villaggio, seconded by Councilman Napolitano, whereas McCarthy directed Roll Call, Council President Villaggio-Aye, Councilman Napolitano-Aye, Councilman Schadewald-Aye, Councilman Sluka-Aye, Councilman Sytko-Aye, Councilman Tucker-Aye. All Ayes, Ordinance 08-10 was adopted.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY: Councilman Tucker, Chr. Thanked Police Chief Legg for a job well done concerning the apprehension of a member of the Latin King Gang residing in Garwood. Councilman Tucker read the following: Twenty members and associates of the notorious Latin Kings street gang are in custody today as a result of pre-dawn raids that took place on Sunday and continued until early today in Elizabeth, Garwood, Newark, Whitehouse Station and Neshanic Station. The raids followed a nine month investigation into gang activities. Seven others are still being sought. Report received and spread across the minutes by motion of Council President Villaggio, seconded by Councilman Sluka. All Ayes STREETS AND ROADS/ECOLOGY: Councilman Schadewald, Chr. Sewer-No sewer blockages have been reported so far this month. Road MaintenanceScheduled basin inspections have been completed for section one. Pothole repairs are also being done, as needed, through out the Borough. Miscellaneous-The D.P.W. has begun its various yearly grounds maintenance duties, beginning last week, throughout the Borough. Bulk waste collection for the South side is scheduled for this Thursday, April 24th. Also I will talk to Mr. Corbitt concerning more signs at the Little League and the street sweeper. Report received and spread across the minutes by motion of Council President Villaggio, seconded by Councilman Tucker. All Ayes FIRE: Councilman Sluka, Chr. NO REPORT FINANCE: Council President Villaggio, Chr. NO REPORT BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS: Councilman Sytko, Chr. NO REPORT LAWS AND LICENSES: Councilman Sluka, Chr. NO REPORT RECREATION: Councilman Napolitano, Chr. NO REPORT COMMITTEE ON AGING: Councilman Napolitano, Chr. NO REPORT LIBRARY, MAYOR’S REPRESENTATIVE: Councilman Tucker
The Garwood Public Library celebrated Earth Day, today, by having the school students in the district decorate brown grocery bags to remind everyone to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The grocery bags were generously donated by the ShopRite of Garwood. We delivered about 300 decorated bags to the store for distribution today to shoppers who prefer paper over plastic. For further information about this national project you can check out www.earthdaybags.org to see what other students across the country are doing to help save our resources. Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 PM, the library will present a program from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, specifically the Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick. MaryAnne McMillan will present a slide show on the Gardens and answer questions related to home flower and vegetable gardening, both planting and maintaining. Please call the library to register for this event. Thursday, May 15th, at 7:00 PM, Jennifer Widder, New Jersey resident and Season 5 participant on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”

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will be at the Garwood Library to describe her incredible journey, her experiences on “The Ranch”, and her ongoing road to better health. Registration for this event is required as space is limited. Please call the library to save your space. 908-789-1670. Monday, May 19, the Garwood Library Book Discussion Group, led by Mrs. Shirley Piekarski, will meet at 1:00PM to discuss Belva Plain’s “Sight of the Stars”. If you would like to join the group or get a copy of this book, please contact the library. Saturday, May 31st, the Garwood Public Library will celebrate 75 years of service to the Borough of Garwood, with a Birthday Brunch, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. All are invited to come by to see how we’ve changed. Begun as a project of the PTA back in 1933, the Library has been maintained by the Borough since 1939, serving both the residents and school children. Now in its new facility at the corner of Walnut Street and Third Avenue, the Library is flourishing with more space, and more programs. One of the initiatives for this year is developing a DVD and Audiobook collection. Many of the DVDs are new releases as well as some old favorites and classics. Our Audiobook collection also contains new releases, classics, and many selections for children. You can access the on line catalog by logging on to the Library’s new website at you www.youseemore.com/garwood . In addition, you can find information about the ongoing programs, our new acquisitions, check best seller lists, and access on-line databases.

Report received and spread across the minutes by motion of Council President Villaggio, seconded by Councilman Schadewald. All Ayes SCHOOL BOARD LIAISON: Council President Villaggio NO REPORT TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE: Councilman Sytko NO REPORT CELEBRATION OF PUBLIC EVENTS AND HOLIDAYS LIAISON: Councilman Sluka On Memorial Day, May 26th at 12:00 noon. There will be a Memorial Service at the Knights of Columbus. Alexis Popola has won the essay contest this year, “what Freedom Means To Me”. It will be read at the service. Report received and spread across the minutes by motion of Council President Villaggio, seconded by Councilman Napolitano. All Ayes UNION COUNTY AIR TRAFFIC NOISE ADVISORY BOARD REPRESENTATIVE: Councilman Sytko The next meeting is on Monday. I will have an update on the lawsuit concerning the Elizabeth project. Report received and spread across the minutes by motion of Council President Villaggio, seconded by Councilman Sluka. All Ayes ATHLETIC FIELD COMPLEX PROJECT COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE: Councilman Napolitano NO REPORT

OFFICER’S REPORTS:
Chief of Police William Legg Summons Report for March 2008. Municipal Court Administrator Martha Marino monthly report for March 2008. The foregoing reports were adopted as submitted by motion of Council President Villaggio, seconded by Councilman Sluka. All Ayes.

HEARING OF CITIZENS WHO WISH TO ADDRESS THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL:

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Council Meeting Minutes/April 22, 2008 Bruce Paterson, 325 Willow Avenue asked why was the Municipal Alliance Committee taken off the agenda and replaced with the Athletic Field Committee. Mayor McCarthy responded it was just dropped. Mr. Paterson expressed his feelings on having the borough’s tax rate re-assessed. There was discussion. Council President Villaggio and Mr. Renaud explained the cost involved and what it would entail to re-assess. Mr. Renaud explained at length.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA (Adoption upon Roll Call)
RESOLUTION NO. 08-199 WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Garwood, County of Union, State of New Jersey hereby award the following; FOR: ROOF AND GUTTER REPAIRS TO THE FIREHOUSE BUILDING IN ACCORDANCE WITH ATTACHED QUOTE COST: NOT TO EXCEED $9,925.00 VENDOR: FANIA ROOFING COMPANY 271 EAST BLACKWELL STREET DOVER, NJ 07801 NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Garwood, County of Union, State of New Jersey that upon recommendation of the Buildings and Grounds Committee hereby award the above to FANIA Roofing Company for $9,925.00. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the award of this quote is subject to the Borough Treasurer executing the appropriate Certification of Funds. RESOLUTION NO. 08-200 BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Garwood, County of Union, State of New Jersey, hereby awards the following: Maintenance for four Savin Copiers ID #D9258 Court Administrator/Serial #J0121801962 ID #C4125 Police Department/Serial #K9365202066 ID #C4994 Department of Public Works/Serial #8A57090089 ID #D3841 Municipal Clerk’s Office/Serial #K0350200201 TERM: 5-01-2008 to 06-30-2009 13 months Covers 192,000 copies annually COST: Not to exceed $2,175.00 INCLUDES: labor, parts, drums, cleaning, and supplies, including toner for black & white and color copies. Preventive maintenance visits and all service calls. Color copies billed at .11 cents per copy VENDOR: Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office 200 Broadacres Drive Bloomfield, NJ 07003 RESOLUTION NO. 08-201 BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Garwood, County of Union, State of New Jersey, hereby awards the following: Maintenance for 1 Savin Copier 2518 Fire Department/Prevention TERM: 05-01-2008 to 06-30-2009 13 months COST: Not to Exceed $531.00 Covers 12,000 copies annually INCLUDES: Labor, Parts, Drums, Cleaning and supplies, including toner. Preventive maintenance visits and all service calls. VENDOR: Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office 200 Broadacres Drive Bloomfield, NJ 07003

A motion to adopt Consent Agenda was made by Council President Villaggio, seconded by Councilman Sytko, whereupon Mayor McCarthy directed Roll Call, Council President Villaggio-Aye, Councilman Napolitano-Aye, Councilman Schadewald-Aye, Councilman Sluka-Aye, Councilman Sytko-Aye, Councilman Tucker-Aye. Consent Agenda Adopted.

RESOLUTIONS DELETED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA:
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None.

NEW BUSINESS:
Any new business the Mayor and Council may have: PROCLAMATIONS: National Safe Kids Week: April 26 – May 4, 2008 Loyalty Day – May 1, 2008 National Day of Prayer – May 1, 2008 National Police Week May 11 – May 17, 2008/Peace Office’s Memorial Day May 15, 2008. Garwood First Aid Squad Awareness Month – May 2008 Older Americans Month – May 2008 Mayor McCarthy reminded everyone that DARE Graduation is April 30th and the Memorial Day Parade in Cranford is May 26th.

PAYMENT OF CLAIMS
A motion by Council President Villaggio to introduce the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the following claims as approved be and the same are hereby ordered paid when properly signed and verified; and the payment of payrolls as listed is hereby confirmed and ratified. Dog Tax Acct: $3.00 Capital Acct: $13.77 Current Acct: $689,292.93

Motion duly seconded by Councilman Sytko, whereupon Mayor McCarthy directed Roll Call, Council President Villaggio-Aye, Councilman Napolitano-Aye, Councilman Schadewald-Aye, Councilman Sluka-Aye, Councilman Sytko-Aye, Councilman TuckerAye. All Ayes.

ADJOURNMENT
Mayor McCarthy announced the Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council will be held on TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008, in Council Chambers at 7:15 p.m. Workshop Session to start at 7:00 p.m. THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC HEARING IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS, ON ORDINANCE NO. 08-10 ON TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008, AT 7:15 P.M. OR SOON THERE AFTER. REMINDER: THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING ON MAY 13TH, IS STUDENT’S IN GOVERNMENT DAY. GARWOOD STUDENT’S WILL ACT AS MEMBERS OF COUNCIL FOR THE MEETING. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. At 7:59 p.m., a motion to adjourn was made by Council President Villaggio, seconded by Councilman Sytko. All Ayes.

KATHLEEN J. WIERZBINSKI, Acting Municipal Clerk Borough of Garwood 5


								
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