Docstoc

BOROUGH OF PITMAN - Get as DOC

Document Sample
BOROUGH OF PITMAN - Get as DOC Powered By Docstoc
					                         BOROUGH OF PITMAN
                       COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
                            MARCH 23, 2009
                               8:00 P.M.

Call to Order
Time 8:10pm

Salute to the Flag/Invocation
Council President Razze

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 2009, which was posted on the Borough Hall bulletin
board, sent to the "GLOUCESTER COUNTY TIMES" and "PLAIN DEALER", and
filed with the Acting Municipal Clerk on January 4, 2009.

Roll Call
Councilwoman Higbee: Present                Councilman Johnson: Present
Councilwoman Kelley: Present                Council President Razze: Present
Councilman Sanders: Present                 Councilman Shoemaker: Present
Mayor Batten: Present                       Borough Solicitor Brian Duffield: Present
Acting Clerk O’Donnell: Present

Committee Reports
Councilman Shoemaker – We removed two trees on a Fourth Ave. borough owned lot
that were posing a hazard to adjacent properties. We are looking at a tree to remove at
the Armory off Woodbury-Glassboro Road.
We had the Verdin Company out to look at the clock on the corner of Broadway and
Pitman Avenue because it not been keeping accurate time. A new motor needs to be
installed.
Library statistics for the month of February: The Friends of the Library held a Beatrix
Potter Day on March 23rd from 10 am to 2pm, and the library is making plans to celebrate
their 90th anniversary on June 3, 2009.
We received our Clean Communities Grant for 2009, in the amount of $11,557.44.
Councilman Johnson – Listed the water department statistics for the month of February
for well #4. Well #3 continues to be under rehabilitation. Also listed the Highway
Department statistics for collections done since the last meeting, and stated that they
have been busy getting the EMS building on N. Summit Avenue ready for demolition.
On March 20th at 10:30 AM the bids to reconstruct a new water tower on N. Summit
Avenue were opened and the lowest apparent bidder was Caldwell Tank Builders.
Last Wednesday there was a preconstruction meeting at the EMS building to talk about
the demolition which will begin on April 1st. Each resident of Summit Avenue was
notified. There will be a second public meeting with the contractor regarding the water
tower construction once the bid is awarded.
A preconstruction meeting will be held this Wednesday, March 25, regarding the
reconstruction of South Brentwood Avenue.
On March 13th at 11:18 AM I participated in a conference call regarding the Armory
Project. There will be a public meeting on April 20th with the Planning Board regarding
the Armory site.
On March 20th I had a meeting with RecycleBank to further discuss implimenting that
program in our community.
Council President Razze - At last meeting I reported that the mark-outs had been done for
the poles for the netting at McBurney Field. Those poles went in last week and the
netting is up behind home plate. The netting should be up in right field shortly. Roy
Harmon, Recreation Director, will be meeting with Tom Brown, Public Works Director,
at the field this week to go over what work we can do in-house on the dugouts and other
improvements. Thank you to Paul Vallaster and Atlantic Electric for the donation of the
poles and the equipment and assistance to install them.
This past Wednesday the Parade Committee held their monthly meeting, and discussed
plans for the Annual Fourth of July Parade. Contracts have been sent out to the bands
that usually participate, and many have already been returned. We have received a
current certificate of insurance from Schaefer Pyrotechnics, Inc. of Ronks, Pennsylvania,
but we are awaiting two additional pieces of information prior to approving the contract
for them to do the fireworks on the Fourth of July at Alcyon Park. I had hoped to have
the outstanding items by tonight, but should have them by the next meeting.
On Thursday I attended my first TriCounty JIF Safety Committee meeting. A variety of
items were discussed regarding the safety program for the coming year for all the
municipalities in the fund. There was specific discussion regarding Pitman, and both I
and our Risk Management Consultant Len Eckman assured the members that we are
working toward making sure Pitman complies with all safety requirements of the
committee. Just to make you aware, Pitman is up for renewal for our property and
casualty insurance at the end of 2009.
Yesterday afternoon I joined Patrice Sheehan, associate member of the Environmental
Commission, in planting seven new trees at Betty Park to replace the trees that had to be
removed last year due to damage caused by beavers. Special thanks to Patrice, her
husband Michael, her brother and to my two sons, Nicholas and Anthony, for their hard
work in planting the new trees. Patrice has also informed me that she will be attending
the next Garden Club meeting to get some input on the arboretum at Alcyon Park. Living
right on the border of the park and the lake, Patrice also advised me that although our
wooden dogs at the park are ineffective against the resident geese, they have been very
effective in preventing the migrating geese from coming into Betty Park. She has noticed
a significant reduction in the number of geese this year as compared to last.
This Friday, Councilman Johnson and I will be attending a benefits seminar at Burlington
County College designed to look at all costs and alternatives associated with benefits for
public employees. Hopefully, we will be able to bring back some ideas as we go into the
start of our budget meetings.
Finally, I have submitted our application for the county’s “Movie in the Park” program.
We have requested the Wednesday before Labor Day as our first choice for our movie to
be shown in Ballard Park. The program last year was a success with approximately 60-
75 children and adults attending. The program is free to the borough, and the county even
provides the popcorn.
Councilman Sanders – The Pitman Memorabilia Committee continues to benefit from
the Rose Primack Estate. John Leach has installed flat screen monitors at the museum,
which will be used to show old photographs and postcards to visitors.
The Museum is open on Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, during the Fourth Friday
events, and special visitations may be arranged.
The Pitman Board of Education approved a preliminary budget for the school year 2009 -
2010. A public hearing for the budget will be on March 31st at 7:30pm.
The school board has extended the 2008-2009 school year until June 22, to make up for
the emergency closings for snow.
Pitman Police Department Investigator Moore and Patrolman Leach have recently
completed 16 hours of additional training.
With funds provided from the Safe and Secure Communities Grant, 154 summons’ were
issued to people using cell phones while driving.
Lt. McAteer met with a representative from Conrail to address the many concerns at the
Lambs Road and Pitman Avenue rail crossings.
On April 2nd the 5th grade DARE graduation will be held at the Pitman High School
Auditorium at 6:30 PM.
Councilwoman Higbee – This past week our CFO, Stephen Considine, sent our
preliminary budget to the auditors for review.
To address a question that was brought up at the last Council meeting, the average home
value in the borough is $109,173.41, with the annual property tax of $5,538.35. Total
assessed property value for the borough is $382,967,500.00.
Regarding the recent bond note acquired by the borough, we did not receive bids from
any bank for the full amount of the note, including our main bank Gloucester County
Federal Savings and Loan, so the bond was split between two banks.
The Pitman Museum received the donation of an oak organ from Wendy Boulton of
Pitman. This is a period piece that will fit well in the museum.
Councilwoman Kelley – When the Historic Commission met on March 12th, two
applications were approved. The list of pre-approved home improvements has been
completed, and is now available in the construction office.
The Planning and Zoning board met on March 16th. One application was approved and a
few variances were requested.

Acceptance of Minutes
(Special Meeting March 5, Work, Formal & Closed Sessions of March 9)
Motion: Shoemaker                        Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
All in Favor: Yes

Unfinished Business
None
New Business
Resolution No. 78, 2009 - Approving 2008 Recycle Tonnage Grant Application
Motion: Johnson                          Second: Shoemaker
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                 Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                 Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                  Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten:

Resolution No. 80, 2009 – Emergency Temporary Resolution Prior to Final
Adoption of the Budget (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                         Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes               Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes               Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten:

Resolution No. 81, 2009 – Resolution Authorizing 2008 Budget Transfers (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                           Second: Kelley
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                 Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                 Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                  Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten:

Resolution No. 82, 2009 – Supporting Senate Bill No. 2356, County Property Tax
Assessment Reform Act (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                           Second: Shoemaker
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                 Councilman Johnson: No
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                 Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: No                   Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten:

Resolution No. 83, 2009 – Intent to Appropriate Funds or Bond in the Event of a
Funding Shortfall in the Affordable Housing Program, COAH (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                           Second: Johnson
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                 Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                 Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                  Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten:
Resolution No. 84, 2009 – Appointing a Municipal Housing Liaison from the
Borough of Pitman for the Council on Affordable Housing, COAH (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                          Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                 Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten:

Resolution No. 85, 2009 – Authorizing a Closed Session (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                           Second: Kelley
Roll Call:
All in Favor: Yes

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

Event Permit Applications
Kathy Streck for Dance Fitness Class
Location: Sunset Auditorium
Dates: April 16, April 23 & April 30
Time: All dates, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Motion: Sanders                          Second: Johnson
All Vote in Favor to Approve Application

Public Portion
Motion to Open to the Public: Razze         Second: Johnson
All Vote in Favor to Open the Public Portion
Time: 9:00 PM

Jim Fortney, 502 Carew Ave. – Asked that the Senate Bill regarding the county-wide
tax assessment plan be re-read. Councilwoman Higbee read a copy of the bill. Mr.
Fortney asked if under the new county tax plan the borough would be responsible to help
pay for appeals filed for properties located in other towns. Solicitor Brian Duffield
explained that the cost of litigation would be spread throughout the county.

Lou Granato, 509 S. Woodbury Road – Wanted to report that the recycling trash on the
east side S. Woodbury Road, from Columbia to Adams, was not picked up on Tuesday,
the usual trash day. He had to call Public Works, and it was finally picked up on Friday.
Barry Owen, 508 Pitman Avenue – Wanted to state for the record that his feeling about
COAH is that it is “social engineering”. He also wanted to state that there is a safety
issue with the Route 47 detour signs not being properly marked, and with the increased
traffic flow onto Franklin Avenue, a dangerous condition exists for children that will only
increase as the weather gets nicer and more children are playing outside. Councilman
Johnson stated that this is a NJDOT project, and Chief Campbell stated that all signage
was done under the jurisdiction of the NJDOT . Mr. Owen also stated that on a recent
Saturday evening he called the county dispatcher to report an unlicensed person doing
door-to-door soliciting in his neighborhood. A Pitman police officer arrived and took the
solicitor away in the patrol car. A few moments later, the county dispatcher phoned him
to ask if the officer could return to his home and allow the solicitor to use his phone to
call for a ride. After expressing his surprise and concern over these events, he asked
Chief Campbell if this was standard procedure. Chief Campbell stated that it was not,
and assured Mr. Owen that he would inquire to the county dispatcher’s office for
clarification of why this incident occured.

Motion to Close the Public Portion: Razze            Second: Johnson
All Vote Favor to Close Public Portion
Time: 9:10 PM

Miscellaneous

Closed Session
Motion to Enter Closed Session: Razze                Second: Johnson
Time: 9:15 PM
Motion to Return to Open Session: Shoemaker          Second: Johnson
Time: 9:50 PM

Resolution No. 86, 2009 – Appointing Nancy Yurick as Accounts Payable Clerk to
the Borough of Pitman, Full-time (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                            Second: Kelley
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                  Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                  Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                   Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten:

Resolution No. 87, 2009 – Appointing Caitlin Frontino as Payroll Clerk to the
Borough of Pitman, Part-time (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                           Second: Kelley
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                 Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                 Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                  Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten:
Public Portion
Motion to Open to Public: Shoemaker      Second: Johnson
No public comment at this time
Motion to Close Public Portion: Higbee   Second: Johnson

Adjournment
Motion: Razze                            Second: Kelley
All vote in Favor to Adjourn.
Time: 9:55 PM



Respectfully Submitted,



Judith O’Donnell
Acting Municipal Clerk

				
DOCUMENT INFO