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									                            BOROUGH OF PITMAN
                          COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
                               February 8, 2010
                                  8:00 P.M.

Call to Order
Time: 8:22 pm

Salute to the Flag/Invocation
Councilman 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 2010, which was posted on the Borough Hall bulletin
board, sent to the "GLOUCESTER COUNTY TIMES" and "THE SENTINEL", and filed
with the Acting Municipal Clerk on January 2, 2010.
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 Brian Duffield: Present
Acting Clerk O’Donnell: Present

Acceptance of Minutes
(Formal & Work Sessions of January 25, 2010)
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 ________

Committee Reports

Councilman Swindell – Councilman Swindell reported that consulting continues with
Fralinger Engineering in regards to the condition of the roof on Borough Hall.
Fralinger’s had a roofing contractor do an investigation which revealed that we have
about four years remaining on the original warranty from when the roof was installed in
1998. The Borough will be in contact with the holder of the warranty to determine our
options. Fralinger Engineering submitted a proposal to improve the drainage system for
the roof, which will be submitted to Firestone Building Products Company, who will
send a representative to investigate.




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With spring approaching, we will be evaluating our public properties to determine what
needs repairs and improvements.

The McCowan Public Library will be arranging a landscaping contest. They will be
seeking community groups willing to participate in the landscaping master plan for
various areas around the library. An award will be given to the winning participant.

Council President Johnson – Council President Johnson commended Public Works on the
recent snow removal that was done after our latest snowstorm. Due to the volume of
snowfall, many projects normally done by Public Works have had to be postponed.

Councilman Johnson reminded everyone to remember March 4th as the date for the
Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Service Award Dinner at the Red Pine
Inn in Glassboro. The recipient for this year is Walt Madison.

Councilman Razze – Councilman Razze stated that he had an opportunity to attend the
Pitman Athletic Association meeting last Wednesday. The Association is interested in a
building for storage, meetings, and possibly concessions. They are also looking into
lights for the fields at Alcyon Park. Councilman Razze said that he was very candid in
stating that the Borough did not have the funds available at this time to provide for either
project, but encouraged them to seek alternate funding through grants or individual
contributors for any of the projects they are interested in.

The Recreation Commission held its’ February meeting last Thursday night. Fordyce
Plumbing has filed the permits for the plumbing work at McBurney Field, the doors have
been installed on the bathrooms to prevent access to the building, and the shingles should
go on the roof as soon as the weather is permitting. The work at the Dell has begun to
transform the softball field into a soccer field, which will provide some relief to the fields
at Alcyon, particularly in the spring when soccer is underway at the same time as
baseball. Also, the new doors for the press box and concession stand at Alcyon Park
have arrived. One door has been installed on the men’s bathroom and the other doors are
in the garage at the park. They will be painted before being installed. The batting cage,
donated by Little League, is now up at Alcyon Park on the Senior Field.

Baseball will have tryouts on Sunday March 7th at the high school, with April 10th
scheduled as the opening day. Youth Week will be from May 2 –8, with the Youth
Council meeting being conducted on Sunday, May 2nd. The Phillies ball girls will again
play the Pitman teachers for the annual ALS fundraiser on May 12, with May 13th as the
rain date. The Pitman Police Department will hold its’ Community Appreciation Night at
Alcyon Park on June 22, with June 23 as the rain date.

Finally, the Safety Kickoff Breakfast for the Joint Insurance Fund will be held Thursday
February 25th at Nicolosi’s Catering in Woodbury, beginning at 8:30 am. Hopefully, we
will get some good news and recognition for all of our hard work this last year.




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Councilman Sanders – Councilman Sanders stated that regarding the recent house fire
here in Pitman, the response time and actions of our volunteer fire fighters was
extraordinary, and the efforts of the Pitman Police Department Patrolman Erik Beschen
and Sgt. Gregg Owens were nothing less than heroic. He stated that we are very
fortunate to have such a well trained volunteer squad within our three companies. At a
later time he will have the names of all who responded come before Council for a public
acknowledgement of their selfless actions.

Councilman Sanders thanked Pitman Public Works Director, Tom Brown, and the entire
Public Works crew for the outstanding clean up job performed during the recent storm.
He also thanked Pitman Fire Chief Clark Pierpont, and each chief from the individual fire
companies for coordinating three well-staffed firehouses during the storm.

The monthly Memorabilia Committee meeting scheduled for this Wednesday has been
cancelled due to the bad weather.

Councilwoman Higbee – Councilwoman Higbee reported that almost all of the
Borough’s committee chairmen and department heads have submitted their budget
packages for 2010 to our Chief Financial Officer. Budget work will begin when all
packages have been received.

Councilwoman Higbee and Acting Clerk Judy O’Donnell were in attendance at the
Gloucester County Clean Communities Meeting. Clean Communities funds were used to
purchase reusable canvas shopping bags that will be given out at Borough Hall on a first
come, first served basis. They also attended a three hour budget seminar sponsored by
borough auditors, Bowman & Company, on January 28.

On January 27th the Pitman Municipal Alliance sponsored an assembly held at the Pitman
High School gym at 6:30 pm. Basketball tricks where shown and taught to students,
while the message of self respect and the value of education was given.

The Pitman Board of Health will meet on February 16th at 7:00 pm.

The Municipal Alliance Committee will meet in the conference room at Borough Hall on
February 17th at 3:30 pm.

Councilwoman Kelley – Councilwoman Kelley announced that the Pitman Historic
Commission will meet this Thursday at 7:30 pm. There have been no applications
submitted for review at this time.

The Pitman Combined Planning and Zoning Board will have their next meeting on
February 15th at 7:00 pm. This has been advertised as a hearing regarding the Pitman
Hotel site being named as an area in need of redevelopment, as well as a regular meeting.

The temporary Plumbing and Electrical Sub Code Inspector for the Construction Office,
John Holroyd, has been working since January 26th. His appointment has been



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recognized and approved by the State of New Jersey and is effective until April 16, 2010.
Tonight, at the Work Session meeting, it was decided that the Borough will advertise for
permanent plumbing and electrical sub code officials and not join into a shared services
agreement with neighboring municipalities.

Councilwoman Kelley also wished to thank the borough employees, the fire departments
and the police department, for their help with the recent snow removal and snow
emergencies.

New Business

Resolution No. 42, 2010 – Resolution of the Borough of Pitman, County of
Gloucester, State of New Jersey Designating Described Locations as “New Jersey
Transit Bus Stops” (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. 39, 2010 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, Approving the Amended
Proposal and Agreement Submitted by Federici & Akin Consulting Engineers For
Engineering and Surveying Services For the Pitman Water Tank Demolition and
Replacement Project (Johnson)
Motion was made by Councilman Johnson to table Resolution No. 39, 2010 until more
information can be received from Federici & Akin Engineering explaining the amended
proposal in more detail.                   Second (motion to table): Kelley
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                   Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                   Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                    Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No.40, 2010 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey Authorizing Sale of Municipal
Surplus Property, Specifically a 1990 American LaFrance Ladder Truck (Sanders)
Motion: Sanders                           Second: Johnson
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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Resolution No. 41, 2010 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, Authorizing a Closed Session
Motion: Razze                             Second: Johnson
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 ________

Raffle License Application (Sanders)

Raffle: Gloucester County Hero Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Contact Person: Michael McEnery
Drawing Date: April 5, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Fire Co. No. 1; Commerce Avenue, Pitman
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 ________

 Motion was made by Council President Johnson to authorize the Borough of Pitman to
contribute $1,500.00 to the Pitman Police Department for their Community Night Out to
be held on June 2, 2010 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Alcyon Lake Park.
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 ________

Ordinance No. 1, 2010 – Amending Chapter 15, Section15.14, Regarding Fences, of
the Code of the Borough of Pitman (Kelley)
This regards all Borough fences and their requirements for installation. (Does not apply
to the Historical District, which has their own fencing regulations)
First Reading



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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 ________

Public Portion
Motion to Open to the Public: Razze                  Second: Johnson
Time: 8:45 pm

Jim Fortney, 502 Carew Avenue – Mr. Fortney wished to make the public aware that
the Pitman Garden Club will be compiling a cookbook of recipes submitted by residents
for sale at the Fall Craft Show. They will be accepting submissions until July 1, 2010.
Proceeds will benefit Garden Club projects.

Bob Hirst, 172 Esplanade Avenue - Mr. Hirst had questions regarding a dead tree
located in a neighbor’s yard that has caused damage to his property in the past, and
continues to be a hazard. He wondered if something could be done to have the tree
removed. Mr. Hirst was told that Lt. McAteer, Code Enforcement Officer for the
Borough of Pitman, would be told about the tree, and would determine the next course of
action.

Motion to Close the Public Portion: Razze            Second: Johnson
Time: 8:57 pm

Miscellaneous

Closed Session
Motion to Enter Closed Session: Razze                Second: Johnson
Time: 9:05 pm
Motion to Return to Public Portion: Kelley           Second: Sanders
Time: 10:23 pm

Motion was made by Councilman Razze to promote Alcyon Lake Park employee, Jared
Harmon, from permanent part-time position, to the position of full-time Recreation
Assistant, to report to the Alcyon Lake Superintendent, at a rate of $14.00 per hour, with
all benefits currently available to full-time Borough of Pitman employees, effective
February 17, 2010. With this appointment, the part-time position being vacated would
remain unfilled at this time, and the upkeep of all portions of Shertel Park will become
the responsibility of the Alcyon Lake Park employees.
Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                       Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                       Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                        Councilman Swindell: Yes



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Mayor Batten ________

Motion was made by Councilman Johnson for recommendation of contract amendments
for Water and Sewer Department employees that would include a salary adjustment for
all current employees to match the rate being paid to the Public Works employees
covered under the AFSCME contract, with rate increases of 3% in years two and three of
the new contract, and to amend the language of the new contract to state that the starting
rate of pay for new hires would be $4.50 less per hour than the current employee rate
listed in the contract, with no interim bump-ups. The salary increases for new employees
would be limited to the annual contract percentage increases.
Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: No                       Council President Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: No                       Councilman Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                       Councilman Swindell: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Adjournment
Motion: Sanders                              Second: Razze
All vote in favor to adjourn.
Time: 10:34 pm


Respectfully Submitted,


Judith O’Donnell
Acting Municipal Clerk




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