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									The Minutes of the Official Meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, County of Union, State of New Jersey on December 23, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.
THIS MEETING IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE “OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT” AS ADEQUATE NOTICE OF THIS MEETING HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY MAILING THE ANNUAL SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS TO THE CRANFORD CHRONICLE, UNION COUNTY LOCAL SOURCE, AND THE STAR LEDGER, BY POSTING SUCH ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULE ON A BULLETIN BOARD IN THE TOWN HALL RESERVED FOR SUCH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND THE FILING OF SAID NOTICE WITH THE TOWNSHIP CLERK OF CRANFORD. FORMAL ACTION MAY BE TAKEN AT THIS MEETING.

Present:

Absent:

Mayor Robert I. Puhak Deputy Mayor David W. Robinson Commissioner Martha Garcia Commissioner Michael A. Plick Commissioner Mark C. Smith None

There were sixty (60) members of the public present. Leslie Murray represented the Cranford Chronicle and Paul Greulich represented the Union County Local Source. INVOCATION AND FLAG SALUTE The invocation was led by Deputy Mayor Robinson, followed by the flag salute led by Daisy Girl Scout Troop No. 229. PAYMENT OF BILLS On motion of Deputy Mayor Robinson, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the bills were approved for payment by recorded vote. Said bills, totaling $310,840.72 are on file in the Office of the Township Clerk. Recorded Vote: Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith Nay: None Abstained: None Absent: None MINUTE APPROVAL On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Commissioner Smith and passed, the Special Meeting of February 5, 2008, the Workshop Meeting of December 8, 2008, and the Conference and Official Meetings of December 9, 2008, were approved by the indicated vote of the Township Committee: Recorded vote: Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia Plick and Smith Nay: None Abstained: None Absent: None MAYORAL ANNOUNCEMENT Made an announcement concerning increased aviation noise in Union County municipalities. FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the following resolution was adopted by roll call vote: Resolution No. 2008-343: BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held December 23, 2008 that Matthew Lubin be, and hereby is, appointed as a Firefighter within the Cranford Fire Department, effective December 31, 2008. Recorded vote: Aye: Mayor Puhak, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith Nay: Deputy Mayor Robinson Abstained: None Absent: None POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the following resolution was adopted by roll call vote:

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Resolution No. 2008-344: BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held December 23, 2008 that Kelly M. Sretenovic be, and hereby is, appointed as Probationary Patrolman in the Cranford Police Department effective December 31, 2008. Recorded vote: Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith Nay: None Abstained: None Absent: None FIVE-MINUTE RECESS INFORMAL MEETING Mayor Puhak opened the informal meeting portion of the meeting and asked if there were any questions or comments. Hearing no comments, Mayor Puhak closed the informal meeting portion of the meeting. ORDINANCES – Final Reading and Public Hearing Ordinance No. 2008-47: The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-47 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING MINIMUM OCCUPANCY STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL USES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD.” Said ordinance having been advertised and posted in accordance with law, Commissioner Smith opened the public hearing. Hearing no comments, Commissioner Smith closed the public hearing. On motion of Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Plick and passed, said ordinance was adopted by the indicated vote of the Township Committee. Recorded Vote: Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith Nay: None Abstained: None Absent: None Ordinance No. 2008-48: The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-48 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD, COUNTY OF UNION, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, ESTABLISHING CERTAIN IN-HOUSE PROFESSIONAL HOURLY SALARY RATES FOR CHAPTER 136, LAND DEVELOPMENT, OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE.” Said ordinance having been advertised and posted in accordance with law, Deputy Mayor Robinson opened the public hearing. Hearing no further comments, Deputy Mayor Robinson closed the public hearing. On motion of Deputy Mayor Robinson, seconded by Commissioner Smith and passed, said ordinance was adopted by the indicated vote of the Township Committee. Recorded Vote: Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith Nay: None Abstained: None Absent: None Ordinance No. 2008-49: The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-49 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD, COUNTY OF UNION, STATE OF NEW JERSEY ADOPTING A DEVELOPMENT FEE ORDINANCE FOR THE TOWNSHIP.” Said ordinance having been advertised and posted in accordance with law, Deputy Mayor Robinson opened the public hearing. Hearing no comments, Deputy Mayor Robinson closed the public hearing. On motion of Deputy Mayor Robinson, seconded by Commissioner Smith and passed, said ordinance was TABLED by the indicated vote of the Township Committee. Recorded Vote: Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith Nay: None Abstained: None Absent: None Ordinance No. 2008-50: The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-50 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD IN THE COUNTY OF UNION, NEW JERSEY APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE RIVERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT AREA PURSUANT TO THE NEW JERSEY LOCAL REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING LAW (N.J.S.A. 40A: 12A-1 ET SEQ.).”

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Said ordinance having been advertised and posted in accordance with law, Commissioner Smith opened the public hearing. Hearing no comments, Commissioner Smith closed the public hearing. On motion of Commissioner Smith, seconded by Deputy Mayor Robinson and passed, said ordinance was adopted by the indicated vote of the Township Committee. Recorded Vote: Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith Nay: None Abstained: None Absent: None RESOLUTIONS – By Consent Agenda On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the following resolutions were adopted by consent agenda: Resolution No. 2008-345: BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held December 23, 2008, that Stephen P. Robertazzi, be and hereby is, appointed as Recreation and Parks Director, effective December 31, 2008. Resolution No. 2008-346: WHEREAS, the Township of Cranford wishes to purchase desktop computers for the Police Department from an authorized vendor under the State of New Jersey Cooperative Purchasing Program; and, WHEREAS, the purchase of goods and services by local contracting units is authorized by the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A.. 40A:11-12; and, WHEREAS, Dell Marketing L.P., One Dell Way, Round Rock, Texas 78682 has been awarded New Jersey State Contract Number A70256 for Desktop Computers for the period October 17, 2007 to August 31, 2009; and, WHEREAS, the purchase of Desktop Computers totals a cost of $23,774.72; and, WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and the Finance Director have certified to the availability of funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held on this 23rd day of December 2008, does hereby approve that Dell Marketing L.P., One Dell Way Round Rock, Texas 78682 is hereby awarded the contract via the issuance of a Purchase Order for the purchase of Desktop Computers for the Cranford Police Department at a cost of $23,774.72 under State Contract #A70256. Resolution No. 2008-347: WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and the Finance Director has certified to the availability of funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk; and WHEREAS, on September 4, 2008 one (1) bid was received for the provision of in car digital video systems for the Township of Cranford Police Department; and WHEREAS, ICOP Digital, Inc., 16801 West 116th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219 was awarded the bid for the Cranford Police Cooperative Pricing System Identifier 47-CPCPS by Cranford Township Resolution 2008-268 and is the lowest responsible bidder for this contract at a low bid price of $41,825.71 for the purchase of in car digital video systems and related accessories. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, on this 23rd day of December 2008, that ICOP Digital Inc., be, and hereby is, awarded a contract via the issuance of a Purchase Order for the provision of in car digital video systems; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and Township Clerk be and are hereby authorized and directed to enter into a Master Contract agreement with the Successful Bidder in the form approved by the Township Attorney. Resolution No. 2008-348: WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has certified to the availability of funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk; and WHEREAS, on September 4, 2008 one (1) bid was received for the provision of ruggedized laptops for the Township of Cranford Police Department; and WHEREAS, Quality Communications, 1985 Swarthmore Avenue, Suite 4, Lakewood, NJ 08701 was awarded the bid for the Cranford Police Cooperative Pricing System Identifier 47-CPCPS by Cranford Township Resolution 2008-269 and is the lowest responsible bidder for this contract at a low bid price of $34,095.00 for the purchase of ruggedized laptops, mounts, and related equipment. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, on this 23rd day of December 2008, that Quality Communications, 1985 Swarthmore Avenue, Suite 4, Lakewood, NJ 08701 be, and hereby is, awarded a contract via the issuance of a Purchase Order for the provision of ruggedized laptops; and

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and Township Clerk be and are hereby authorized and directed to enter into a Master Contract agreement with the Successful Bidder in the form approved by the Township Attorney. Resolution No. 2008-349: WHEREAS, the bid threshold of the Township of Cranford (the “Township”) is $29,000.00, and said threshold enables the Township’s Qualified Purchasing Agent to solicit quotations to purchase goods and services; and WHEREAS, an award of a contract between $17,500.00 and $29,000.00 must be approved by a resolution of the governing body since it is a non-fair and open contract pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5; and WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and Qualified Purchasing Agent have determined and certified in writing that the value of the goods or services may exceed $17,500.00; and WHEREAS, on November 13, 2008 the Police Department issued a Request for Quotes and three (3) quotations to provide Cranford Emergency Medical Ambulance Transportation Billing Services for the Cranford Police Department Emergency Medical Service were received; and WHEREAS, in its December 15, 2008 proposal Ambulance Reimbursement Systems (ARS), Inc., Township professionals (Police Department, Township Attorney and Township Treasurer) have determined said vendor is the most responsible and has met all conditions set forth in the Cranford Police Department specification, price and other things considered; and WHEREAS, ARS, Inc., carries certification as a third party biller in accordance with N.J.S.A. 17B:27B-1 and the documents provided to the Police Department comply with the Township’s guidelines and requirements; and WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and the Finance Director have certified as to the availability of funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk; and WHEREAS, ARS, Inc., has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification which certifies that ARS, Inc., has not made any reportable contributions to a political or candidate committee in the Township of Cranford in the previous one year and that the contract will prohibit ARS, Inc., from making any reportable contributions through the term of the contract, and WHEREAS, ARS, Inc., has completed and submitted a Business Entity Contribution Disclosure Certification which certifies that ARS, Inc., has not made any reportable contributions during the past twelve (12) month period, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 et seq.; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, New Jersey as follows: 1. The Mayor and Township Clerk of the Township of Cranford be and are hereby authorized and directed to execute a contract with Ambulance Reimbursement Systems, Inc., 5925 West Tilghman Street, Suite 1000, Allentown, PA 18104 for providing said services to the Cranford Police Department Emergency Medical Service. 2. A copy of this resolution shall be published as required by law within twenty (20) days of its adoption. Resolution No. 2008-350: WHEREAS, at a meeting held October 21, 2008, the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford approved Resolution No, 2008-304 for receipt of sealed proposals through the competitive contracting process for the Operation, Management and/or Administration of Certain Recreation and Program Offerings Presently Provided by the Recreation and Parks Department at the Cranford Community Center; and WHEREAS, the purchasing agent qualified pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-9 and the administrator of the Township of Cranford has administered the competitive contracting process pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:114.3(b) for said system and; WHEREAS, the Westfield Area Y is the only proposer that submitted a proposal and a committee has evaluated its proposal based on management, technical and cost criteria; and WHEREAS, the Committee has determined that the Westfield Area Y has demonstrated it is a responsible responsive proposer, and possesses the required resources necessary to operate, manage and/or administer a Child Care Program and Teen/Family Wellness Program (the Programs) for Township of Cranford residents only; and WHEREAS, the Westfield Area Y in its proposal will not charge the Township of Cranford a management fee; and WHEREAS, the Westfield Area Y will absorb staff cost associated with the transition period; and WHEREAS, the Westfield Area Y will be entitled to be compensated $25,000.00 of all gross revenue generated to cover its costs from the period January 1, 2009 to August 31, 2009 and $130,000.00 of gross revenue generated for the period September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010; and the remaining two year period will include a 3% increase per year; and WHEREAS, all net revenue generated from the Programs in excess of the agreed upon Westfield Area Y base costs will be equally shared (50/50 split) between the Westfield Area Y and the Township of Cranford. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Westfield Area Y, 220 Clark Street, Westfield, New Jersey 07090 be and hereby is awarded a contract for said services; and

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mayor and Township Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to sign a contract with the Westfield Area Y. Resolution No. 2008-351: WHEREAS, at a meeting held May 9, 2007, the Township Committee approved Resolution No. 2007235 authorizing an award of a contract for redevelopment legal services in connection with the Cranford Crossing Redevelopment Project to McManimon & Scotland, LLC, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Fourth Floor Newark, New Jersey 07102-5408 at a fee not to exceed $50,000; and WHEREAS, at a meeting held June 10, 2008, the Township Committee approved Resolution No. 2008198 authorizing an amendment to said contract at a fee not to exceed $25,000.00; and WHEREAS, McManimon & Scotland, L.L.C. has had to expand the scope of services and has estimated an additional sum of $25,000.00 to continue representing the Township of Cranford; and WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director have certified to the availability of funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk; and WHEREAS, the Township of Cranford issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Redevelopment Legal Services through a fair and open process in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq., and WHEREAS, at a meeting held February 12, 2008, the Township Committee approved Resolution No. 2008-118 designating McManimon & Scotland to provide legal redevelopment services. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, New Jersey, as follows: 1. The contract awarded to McManimon & Scotland, LLC, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Fourth Floor, Newark, New Jersey 07102-5408 be and hereby is amended for additional fee not to exceed $25,000.00 and 2. Said contract is to be amended by issuance of a Purchase Order. Resolution No. 2008-352: BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, New Jersey be and hereby does authorize renewal of the following insurance policies effective 12:01 AM January 1, 2009 through 12:00 AM January 1, 2010: Policy Carrier POLICY PACKAGE STATEWIDE INSURANCE FUND Business Auto Statewide Insurance Fund Public Official Liability Statewide Insurance Fund Police Professional Liability Statewide Insurance Fund Workers’ Compensation Statewide Insurance Fund Umbrella Liability Statewide Insurance Fund Pollution Legal Liability Statewide Insurance Fund Accident Coverage - Volunteers Life Insurance Co. of NA Accident Coverage – Law Enforcement Life Insurance Co. of NA Accident Coverage – Recreation Department Life Insurance Co. of NA Accident Coverage – Call Men National Union Fire Ins. Co. Public Official Bonds Selective/CNA Resolution No. 2008-353: WHEREAS, the Township Clerk advertised for bids for the Safe Routes to School 2008 Program; and WHEREAS, the Township received bids on November 26, 2008; and WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has recommended that the bids be rejected because the low bid has been withdrawn due to a substantial error in the calculation of the bid price and the remaining bids substantially exceed the budgeted amount for the project. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford that all bids for the Safe Routes to School 2008 Program, received on November 26, 2008, be and are hereby rejected; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk be and is hereby authorized to notify all bidders and to return all bid bonds, and to re-advertise for bids. Resolution No. 2008-354: WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-58 permits the transfer of appropriations during the final two (2) months of any fiscal year. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held December 23, 2008 that the following transfers of 2008 appropriations are hereby ratified, affirmed and approved:

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CURRENT FUND FROM $ 700.00 TO $ $ 3,000.00 $ $ 100.00 $ $ 400.00 $ $ 1,010.00 $ 1,010.00 $ 310.00 $ $ 200.00 $ $ 100.00 $ $10,000.00 $ 10,000.00 CURRENT FUND FROM Police S/W Electricity O/E Fire S/W Gasoline O/E Streets and Roads S/W FICA O/E $ 48,000.00 $ 48,000.00 $ 13,000.00 $ 13,000.00 $ 1,200.00 __________ TO 100.00 200.00 310.00 400.00 100.00 3,000.00 700.00

Plumbing Inspector S/W Planning BD/SW Plumbing Inspector S/W Zoning S/W Streets and Roads S/W Conservation Center S/W Zoning O/E Planning BD O/E Natural Gas O/E Water O/E Workers Comp O/E Liability Insurance O/E Elections O/E SUI O/E Elections O/E Consolidated Pension O/E Elections O/E Gasoline O/E

$

1,200.00

TOTAL CURRENT FUND TRANSFERS $ 78,020.00

$ 78,020.00

SWIM POOL FUND Salaries and Wages Other Expenses
TOTAL SWIM POOL TRANSFERS

$ 50,000.00 _________ $ 50,000.00 $128,020.00

$ 50,000.00 $ 50,000.00 $128,020.00

TOTAL ALL TRANSFERS

Resolution No. 2008-355: BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford on the 23rd day of December 2008 that the Tax Collector be and hereby is authorized to expunge the following 2008/2009 real estate taxes for reasons noted and to refund overpayments if warranted: Overpayments Block 113 lot 3 Bracke, Derik & Ginette 11 Chipewa Way Block 138 lot 64 Church of God of Prophecy 417 Brookside Pl. $ 2,548.23

$ 4,569.45

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Block 153 lot 2 Murphy, Elizabeth Ann 719 Springfield Ave. Block 208 lot 18 Besnecker, Erik & Susan 12 Summit Rd. Block 265 lot 2 C143B Ward, Misti 217 Prospect Ave. #14-3B Block 272 lot 3 Whitty, Thomas & Julie 209 Manor Ave.

$ 1,992.72

$ 3,308.91

$ 1,169.72

$ 2,459.09

Block 320 lot 61 $ 1,524.26 Baranowski, David & Lionore 215 Sailer St. Block 475 lot 1 Socha, Ted & Helene 11 South Ave. W. Block 534 lot 12.01 De Nicola, Patricia & Charles 2 Hale St. Block 586 lot 15 Sommers, Peter & Kelly Ann 108 Mohawk Dr. $ 90.90

$

976.80

$ 1,727.72

Resolution No. 2008-356: WHEREAS, the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A: 12A-1, et seq., as amended and supplemented (the “Act”), provides a process for municipalities to participate in the redevelopment and improvement of areas in need of redevelopment; and WHEREAS, the Township has designated its Township Committee as the redevelopment entity of the Township pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A: 12A-3; and WHEREAS, the Township desires that certain lands known as the Riverfront Redevelopment Area (the “Project Site”) be redeveloped in accordance with the Riverfront Redevelopment Plan (the “Riverfront Plan”); and WHEREAS, the Township by Resolution No. 2008-280 designated Garden Homes Realty Corporation, mistakenly referred to as Garden Homes, Inc., as the Redeveloper of the Project Site; and WHEREAS, the Township has been requested by Garden Homes Realty Corporation to redesignate the Redeveloper as a new entity, Riverfront Developers, LLC, a New Jersey Limited Liability Company, that is affiliated with Garden Homes Realty Corporation. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Cranford hereby designates Riverfront Developers, LLC, a New Jersey Limited Liability Company, as the Redeveloper of the Project Site, and Riverfront Developers, LLC hereby assumes the obligations of Garden Homes Realty Corporation under the interim cost agreement between the Township and Garden Homes Realty Corporation, all in anticipation of entering into a mutually acceptable redevelopment agreement between the Township of Cranford and Riverfront Developers, LLC to redevelop the Project Site substantially in accordance with the requirements of the Riverfront Plan. Resolution No. 2008-357: WHEREAS, the Director of Finance has certified to the availability of funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, this 23rd day of December, 2008, that the contract with Underground Utilities Corp., 711 Commerce Road, Linden, NJ 07036, for Contract No. 2A: Northeast Quadrant Stormwater Management Project be revised as follows: CHANGE ORDER NO. 5

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ITEM NUMBER & DESCRIPTION

QUANTITY

UNIT PRICE

AMOUNT

ADD THE FOLLOWING ITEMS TO THE CONTRACT: CO-5 – FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM S/H Datasite Protection Company Equipment & Instsall. L. S. Underground Utilities Corp. markup of 10% L. S.

$32,000.00 $32,000.00 $3,200.00 $3,200.00 $35,200.00 $3,520.00

TOTAL = +10% Contingencies =

TOTAL ADDITIONS $38,720.00 ORIGINAL CONTRACT SUM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,428,181.45 NET CHANGE BY PREVIOUS CHANGE ORDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $207,869.92 CONTRACT SUM PRIOR TO THIS CHANGE ORDER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,636,051.37 CONTRACT SUM DECREASED BY THIS CHANGE ORDER. . . . . . . . . . . $0.00 CONTRACT SUM ADDED BY THIS CHANGE ORDER. . . . . . . . . . . . ……$38,720.00 NEW CONTRACT SUM INCLUDING THIS CHANGE ORDER . . . . . . . . . .$4,674,771.37 TOTAL OF THIS CHANGE ORDER (+) Resolution No. 2008-358: TEXTILE RECYCLE RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Cranford Township Committee worked throughout this year with the Cranford Environmental Commission to establish and execute tangible goals in support and expansion of environmental efforts within the community, with one of those goals being expanded use of Cranford’s Conservation Center to include textile recycling; and WHEREAS, in recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of clothing bins placed at various commercial locations throughout the state, with many being poorly managed, leaving unkempt conditions at many sites, creating eyesores and potential sites of vandalism; and WHEREAS, there have been reported cases of disreputable practices by many operators of such bins, including misleading information regarding the extent to which related donations would benefit non-profit charities versus for-profit private entities; and WHEREAS, members of Cranford’s Township Committee and Environmental Commission considered various entities to provide textile recycling at the Cranford Conservation Center and found the not-forprofit “Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ” (Goodwill) to have a significantly long term and reputable record for providing textile recycling services to various communities throughout the state and country; and WHEREAS, members of Cranford’s Township Committee, Environmental Commission, and Health Department met with representatives for Goodwill and determined that Goodwill could provide textile recycle service for the community, with potential for enhanced future services e.g. i) attendant for monitoring bins and providing related receipts to donors, ii) recycle of computer and computer related peripherals, iii) curbside pick two to four times a year; and WHEREAS, partnering with Goodwill, Cranford Township could provide a venue for residents wherein they could readily donate various textiles of various condition, providing i) re-use and related benefit of “still usable” textiles to members of all socio-economic levels, ii) recycle opportunities for unusable textiles e.g. in the manufacture of rugs or for rags iii) an alternative to utilizing financially and environmentally costly landfill facilities, and iv) providing work opportunities and training for regional residents, including substantially increased number of opportunities for the disabled in the collection, processing, and resale of said textiles; and WHEREAS, Goodwill has a regional store to which many of the donated textiles would be transported for sorting and sale, thereby to some extent keeping related downstream benefits of this recycle effort within the local region; and WHEREAS, Goodwill supports and complies with New Jersey Senate Bill 597 which goes into effect January 1, 2009 and gives towns tighter control regarding regulation of clothing donation bins with a permitting process that allows only registered charitable organizations, and establishing that bins contain information clearly stating owner’s name and contact information, as well as the names of all charities and other entities who will receive proceeds deposited therein, thereby protecting the intent and interests of donors, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that, in effort to achieve the associated community benefits described above, the Cranford Township Committee endorses textile recycling at the Cranford Conservation Center through “Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ”, with the $38,720.00

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understanding that such relationship with will incur no cost to the Township of Cranford and that related ordinances need to be established in order to comply with NJ Senate Bill 597. Recorded Vote: Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith Nay: None Abstained: None Absent: None Township Attorney Woodward explained the need for Resolution No. 2008-356 which re-designates Riverfront Developers, LLC as the redeveloper for the Riverfront Redevelopment Site. RESOLUTION – By Roll Call Vote On motion of Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the following resolution was adopted by roll call vote: Resolution No. 2008-359: WHEREAS, the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A: 12A-1, et seq., as amended and supplemented (the “Act”), provides a process for municipalities to participate in the redevelopment and improvement of areas in need of redevelopment; and WHEREAS, the Township has designated its Township Committee as the redevelopment entity of the Township pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A: 12A-3; and WHEREAS, the Township determined that certain lands known as the Riverfront Redevelopment Area be redeveloped in accordance with the Act; and WHEREAS, by ordinance numbered 2000-28, adopted on July 25, 2000, the Township adopted a Redevelopment Plan that was thereafter amended by ordinance numbered 2003-32, adopted on October 7, 2003 and by ordinance numbered 2008-50, adopted on December 23, 2008 (the "Redevelopment Plan") and WHEREAS, the Township by Resolution No. 2008-356 designated Riverfront Developers, LLC as the Redeveloper of the lands designated in the Redevelopment Plan as amended by ordinance numbered 2008-50, (the "Redevelopment Project Area") ; and WHEREAS, the Township and Riverfront Developers, LLC have negotiated a mutually acceptable redevelopment agreement (the "Redevelopment Agreement") to redevelop the Redevelopment Project Area in accordance with the requirements of the Redevelopment Plan and the Redevelopment Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee hereby approves the Redevelopment Agreement and hereby authorizes the Mayor to enter into the Redevelopment Agreement with Riverfront Developers, LLC to redevelop the Redevelopment Project Area in accordance with the requirements of the Redevelopment Plan and the Redevelopment Agreement. Recorded Vote: Aye: Mayor Puhak, Commissioners Garcia and Smith Nay: Deputy Mayor Robinson and Commissioner Plick Abstained: None Absent: None PUBLIC COMMENTS Mayor Puhak opened the public comments portion of the meeting and asked if there were any questions or comments. Hearing no comments, Mayor Puhak closed the informal meeting portion of the meeting. PROFESSIONAL COMMENTS Municipal Clerk Tara Rowley  Wished Commissioner Plick and Mayor Puhak all the best in their future endeavors. Stated that their commitment and dedication to Cranford is to be commended. Township Administrator Marlena A. Schmid  Stated that it has been a pleasure serving with both Commissioners Plick and Puhak. Wished them and their families well in all their future endeavors. Township Attorney Carl R. Woodward  Wished both Commissioners well in their future endeavors and stated that it has been a pleasure serving with them both.

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COMMISSIONER REPORTS/COMMENTS Commissioner Mark C. Smith  Discussed the status of the High Street/Baldwin Court Footbridge. Does not feel the contractor has made adequate progress to complete this project. As such, the Township Committee has decided to take appropriate action to compel the contractor to fulfill the contract. Assured residents that the Township Committee will resolve the issue and a bridge will be built;  Thanked all Township employees for efforts made throughout the year. Thanked the Department of Public Works for doing a tremendous job keeping the roads clear during inclement weather. Also thanked the Police Department, Fire Department, the Township Administrator, the Township Clerk and various department heads;  Wished Mayor Puhak and Commissioner Plick well in their future endeavors. Stated that it was a pleasure working with this Township Committee and wishes he could have served longer with both outgoing officials;  Wished everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Commissioner Michael A. Plick  Congratulated newly appointed Firefighter Matthew Lubin and Police Officer Kelly Sretenovic. Discussed the need for public safety despite budgetary constraints and is hopeful that future Township Committees will continue to support the Fire and Police Departments;  Discussed the adoption of Resolution No. 2008-359 which authorizes the Mayor and Municipal Clerk to execute a Redevelopment Agreement between the Township of Cranford and Riverfront Developers LLC. Assured residents that he supports the project and the agreement, however he opposed the agreement’s authorization because he feels the Commissioners-elect should be afforded additional time to review the document. Feels the project will be an asset to Cranford;  Thanked all the professionals he had the opportunity to work with during his term. Gave a special thanks to Township Administrator Schmid, Township Attorney Woodward and Township Clerk Rowley. Also thanked his fellow commissioners for their help and support. Stated that it was an honor to serve the residents of Cranford and is hopeful that he has fulfilled his promises. Discussed various committees and leagues that he will continue to serve;  Wished everyone a happy and safe holiday season;  Announced that the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded Cranford funding for the Safe Routes to Schools program for the solar powered LED pedestrian crosswalk infrastructure project in the amount of $9,000. Commissioner Martha Garcia  Congratulated Stephen Robertazzi on his appointment as Recreation and Parks Director. Encouraged residents to visit the Community Center to review the programs that are available;  Discussed the adoption of Resolution No. 2008-350 which authorizes the award of a program management agreement between the Township of Cranford and the Westfield Area Y. Feels this will provide Cranford with expanded programming at the Community Center and enable Cranford to have a teen and family health and wellness center;  Thanked all volunteers who serve on the various Township committees, boards and commissions for their time and effort;  Thanked all Township employees for their hard work and efforts made in keeping Cranford “running smoothly”. Also thanked the Police and Fire Departments for responding to the needs of the community;  Wished Mayor Puhak and Commissioner Plick all the best in their future endeavors and stated that it has been a pleasure serving with them both. Also stated that she looks forward to working with Commissioners-elect Mark Dugan and Daniel Aschenbach;  Thanked the community for giving her the opportunity to serve the Township of Cranford;  Wished everyone a Happy Holiday and a happy and healthy New Year. Deputy Mayor David W. Robinson  Discussed his opposition to the adoption of Resolution No. 2008-343 which authorizes the appointment of Matthew Lubin as a Firefighter. Applauded Fire Chief Dolan and Police Chief Mason for the candidates they recommended, but opposed the appointment of Firefighter Lubin strictly for budgetary reasons. Feels attrition should be attempted;  Discussed Resolution No. 2008-350 which authorizes the award of a program management contract with the Westfield Area Y. Commended Commissioner Garcia for her efforts. Feels this agreement will benefit the Township of Cranford, the residents, and the YMCA. Explained that the agreement will increase programming at the Community Center at no additional cost to taxpayers. Discussed the implementation of new programs that will be a tremendous offering for Cranford residents;  Discussed his opposition to Resolution No. 2008-359 which authorizes the Mayor and Municipal Clerk to execute a Redevelopment Agreement between the Township of Cranford and Riverfront Developers LLC. Commended Mayor Puhak and Commissioner Garcia for their hard work and

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effort. Fully supports the Riverfront Redevelopment Project, but feels the Commissioners-elect should have an additional opportunity to review the agreement. Also feels approval of the agreement could have waited until January; Wished Mayor Puhak and Commissioner Plick well in their future endeavors. Stated that it was a pleasure serving with them both. Feels the 2008 Township Committee worked well together. Commended both commissioners for their dedication to Cranford; Wished everyone a Happy Holiday Season.

Mayor Robert I. Puhak  Discussed the adoption of various resolutions in connection with Police Department contract awards. Informed residents that funding awarded through the federal grant program will be used towards the cost of these items, mitigating the burden to the taxpayers. Also stated that he is confident that next year’s Township Committee will be as committed to obtaining grant funding as the current Township Committee;  Discussed the adoption of Resolution No. 2008-358 which endorses textile recycling at the Cranford Conservation Center through “Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ”. Feels this effort provides a valuable alternative to needlessly utilizing costly landfill facilities. Feels Cranford will benefit from this action on several levels;  Discussed the adoption of Ordinance No. 2008-50 which approves an amendment to the Redevelopment Plan for the Riverfront Redevelopment Area. Stated that he respects the fact that the Commissioners-elect had questions, but feels adequate time was given to review the document. Explained that these efforts require a tremendous amount of Township resources. Discussed costs to the developer. Feels if this issue continues to linger, it will not serve the best interest of Cranford residents. The goal of the Township Committee was to stringently seek the best possible plan for the best interest of the residents within realistic parameters. Feels this project will improve Cranford’s downtown with high-end traditional architecture and building materials. Discussed the layout of the project. Also assured residents that this project meets all Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) requirements. Discussed the approved parking plan and the various expert groups that unanimously endorsed it. Also feels the project was adequately publicized. Assured residents that there will be absolutely no cost to the Township except for the amount of time the professionals have spent on the project. Encouraged everyone to visit the area. Discussed numerous ways Cranford and its residents will benefit from this project. Also discussed Energy Star standards to be included in the project and the fact that there has been no use of eminent domain in connection with this project. Discussed the process involved with adoption of the agreement;  Feels honored to have served Cranford and is proud to have accomplished a number of set goals while serving on the Township Committee. Thanked all the professionals, commissioners, volunteers, his family and the residents of Cranford for all their help and support. Stated that he will continue to serve Cranford on various boards and committees;  Wished everyone a Happy Holiday Season. On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the Township Committee adjourned sine die at 9:30 PM. Respectfully submitted,

__________________________ Tara Rowley, RMC Township Clerk Date: December 23, 2008


								
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