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					BOROUGH OF HIGH BRIDGE                                 MAYOR AND BOROUGH COUNCIL
                                                       Meeting Date: April 9, 2009
CALL TO ORDER: The regular meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of High Bridge came to
order with Mayor Desire presiding, at 7:30 PM on the above date. “Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings
Act, notice of this meeting was given by public announcement on January 1, 2009. The Annual List of
Meetings was published in the Hunterdon Review on January 7, 2009 and in the Hunterdon Democrat,
January 8, 2009 and posted on the bulletin board in Borough Hall. The meeting was held in the Fire House,
7 Maryland Ave., High Bridge, NJ. Action may be taken.”

Mayor Desire led those present in the salute to the Flag.

MEMBERS PRESENT                     Mayor Desire
                                    Councilman Valenta
                                    Councilman Coughlin
                                    Councilman Rapp
                                    Councilman Flynn
                                    Councilman Stemple
                                    Councilwoman Murdock

Attorney Barry Goodman, Municipal Clerk Diane L. Seals and eleven members of the public and news
media were also present.

MOTION TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETINGS
Councilman Valenta motioned to dispense with the reading of the Regular and Executive Session Meeting
Minutes of March 26, 2009. Councilman Rapp seconded. Vote: 5 ayes. Motion Carried. Councilwoman
Murdock stepped out of the room briefly.
Special Meeting with Board of Education, April 2, 2009.
Councilman Valenta motioned to dispense with the reading of Special Meeting Minutes. Councilman
Coughlin seconded. Vote: 5 ayes. Motion Carried.

APPROVAL OR CORRECTION OF PRIOR MEETING MINUTES
Councilman Valenta motioned to approve as amended Regular and Executive Session Meeting Minutes of
March 26, 2009. Councilman Rapp seconded. Roll Call Vote: Valenta, aye; Coughlin, aye; Rapp, aye;
Flynn, aye; Stemple, aye; Murdock, aye. Motion Carried. 6 ayes. Councilwoman Murdock was present for
this vote.
Special Meeting with Board of Education, April 2, 2009.
Councilman Valenta motioned to approve. Councilwoman Murdock seconded. Roll Call Vote: Valenta,
aye; Coughlin, abstain; Rapp, abstain; Flynn, aye; Stemple, aye; Murdock, aye. Motion Carried: 4 ayes and
2 abstentions.

VISITORS:
1. Ann Borowski came before Council to give a power point presentation of a Community Garden Project
     for the Dewey Ave. property. Mayor and Council will show the garden group other possible properties
     for a garden.
2 Carol Mates, High Bridge Board of Ed member for NHVHS, thanked Mayor Desire and Councilman
    Flynn for attending the Mayors meeting, High Bridge will have a decrease in the High School Budget,
    she is on the Community Relations Committee, passed out facts sheet and tentative HS tax rates and
    urged that everyone vote from 7AM to 9PM.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: It is the policy of the Borough Council that all public comments on an issue shall be
limited to five (5) minutes per person and no person may make more than one (1) comment per subject.
Comments may be made on any subject pertaining to Borough issues. Comments pertaining to Public
Hearings should be saved for that portion of the agenda. No debating between residents. Comments
should be addressed to Mayor and Council.

Joe Dispenza stated that T21 grant money is available for Streetscape project through the Stimulus
Package and asked if the Borough was going for these grants, HBBA will help in any way possible. The
Soap Box Derby will be held June 13 and Radio Station 101.5 will be advertising it for free. Also, went to
NJTransit.
Adrienne Pavan stated that she has filed her petition for a position on Council and read a letter stating why
she wishes to serve as a Council person.
Mike Gronsky asked for a lease of the T.I.S.C.O property to enable the UFHA to goafter grant monies as a
non-profit organization.
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PUBLIC HEARINGS: 2           reading. NONE AT THIS TIME.

CONSENT AGENDA: All matters listed under the Consent Agenda are considered to be routine by the
Borough Council and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed below. There will be no separate
discussion of these items. If discussion is desired, that item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and
will be considered separately.
NONE AT THIS TIME.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Mayor’s Fax Advisory regarding Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation
   Commission Adopts Report.
2. Information packet from the County of Hunterdon Dept. of Health regarding their Mosquito
   Control Program.
3. Utilities Report for the month of March, 2009.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
a. Tax and Utility payments via credit cards. Two resolutions that were tabled on March 26, 2009:
RESOLUTION #71-2009: Authorizing the Acceptance of Electronic Receipting for Taxes and Utilities.
There was no motion to adopt. It may have to go out to bid if a lot of people use a card.
RESOLUTION #72-2009: Authorize an Agreement for processor of Electronic Receipting of Taxes and
Utilities. There was no motion to adopt.
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NEW ORDINANCES: Introduction 1 Reading. NONE AT THIS TIME

NEW BUSINESS:
1.   RESOLUTION #80-2009: Councilman Valenta motioned to adopt a resolution Promoting Patrolman
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     Edward Schaffer from 4 Class to 3 Class, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof
     these minutes. Councilwoman Murdock seconded. Roll Call Vote: Valenta, aye; Coughlin, aye; Rapp,
     aye; Flynn, aye; Stemple, aye; Murdock, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.
2.   RESOLUTION #81-2009: Councilman Stemple motioned to adopt a resolution allowing the High Bridge
     Business Association to hold 50/50 Raffles on June 13 and September 26, 2009, a copy of which is
     attached hereto and made a part hereof these minutes. Councilman Valenta seconded.
      Roll Call Vote: Valenta, aye; Coughlin, aye; Rapp, abstain; Flynn, aye; Stemple, aye; Murdock, aye.
      Motion Carried: 5 ayes 1 abstention.
3.    RESOLUTION #82-2009: Councilwoman Murdock motioned to adopt a Resolution proclaiming May
      as Older Americans Month, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof these minutes.
      Councilman Rapp seconded. Roll Call Vote: Valenta, aye; Coughlin, aye; Rapp, abstain; Flynn, aye;
      Stemple, aye; Murdock, aye. Motion Carried: 5 ayes and 1 abstention.
4.   RESOLUTION #83-2009: Councilwoman Murdock motioned to table a Resolution authorizing Police
      and Public Works cell phones, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof these
      minutes. Councilwoman Murdock seconded. Roll Call Vote: Valenta, aye; Coughlin, aye; Rapp, aye;
      Flynn, aye; Stemple, aye; Murdock, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.


COUNCIL COMMITTEE AND SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT REPORTS
Councilman Coughlin:             PUBLIC HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL, SOLID WASTE/RECYCLING,
                                OPEN SPACE
1. Free Rabies Clinic, April 18, 2009, 9AM to 11AM at the Emergency Squad Building.
2. Hunterdon County Planning Board’s, Freeholder’s Award went to Girl Scout Troop #243 for their
   creation of the “High Bridge Open Space Brochure and Web link”.
Councilman Flynn:                FINANCE, GOLF & COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
1. Public Hearing for the Budget is April 23, 2009.
2. As Education Liaison, attended both the High Bridge School and High School Budget Hearings as well
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   as the meeting of the Mayors. Vote April 21 .
Councilwoman Murdock:            EMERGENCY SERVICES & EDUCATION
1. Web site has been updated including the cancellation of the Easter Egg Hunt.
2. The Bear Aware program was well attended by at least 75 people.
3.  Rain garden information is on web.
4.  OEM needs a Ham Radio Operator in the Borough.
5.  Emergency Services meeting, met with Fire, Rescue, Police. Then attended OEM meeting with Joe
    Trilone. There are classes and tests that Mayor, Council, Administrator and Clerk need to take to
    apply for grants with regards to the NIMS 5 year plan. IS230 Training Course is on line. There are
    three churches and Masonic Lodge that are shelters for people and we need to shelter animals
    (Federally Mandated). The shelters should have transfer switches for generators. NY gets Homeland
    Security grants, we should be getting some as we have a train line.
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6. September 26 , Community Day.
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7. Junior Police Academy will be June 29 through July 3 .
8. The no parking signs at the Mine Road School parking lot are confusing parents.
9. Sergeant Bartman wrote a letter regarding the new patrol vehicle, its equipment and the advantages of
    tinted windows. Primary weapons (including a buy back of $3,000 or $4,000) will be replaced by May
    and secondary weapons will be replaced over time. Body armor and night vision scope were
    purchased with grants and confident that the police can stay within the reduced operating budget.
10. There were 2,039 calls, total OT 125 hours, YTD 498.5 hours due to one officer short.
11. Received a letter from Lebanon Borough regarding shared services for traffic enforcement.
12. OEM Meeting went well with all the emergency services.
13. Newsletter was closed out a week ago.
Councilman Rapp:                  INFORMATION, DEVELOPMENT, CULTURE & RECREATION
Nothing to report at this time.
Councilman Stemple:               DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS & RECREATION
1. Met with Parks and Recreation Committee, will do a cost benefit analysis if Public Works were to mow.
2. Attended a Shared Services Freeholders meeting and met the new Shared Services Director. The
     Director is trying to get Municipalities together, open a dialogue, see what they want and need. In the
     northern part of the state, a group got together and is sharing solar power for schools, municipalities
     and corporations. The Freeholders are investigating the reduction of rental cost for the Joint Court,
     perhaps use of Old Courthouse or new Courthouse. The Borough has been participating in shared
     services through the Fire and Rescue and the Courts since 1960.

3.   Debris on Dewey Ave. property was removed, installed signs, potholes filled with cold patch, graffiti
     was removed at Commons and Union Forge, continue locating curb boxes, completed spring cleaning
     at Bunnvale Well and tank properties, cleaned up the Police Station area, painted the field boxes at
     the ball fields, graded the parking lots at the park lands, delivered 12 loads of mulch, responded to 8
     “NJ 1 Call”, reading water meters, monthly street sweeping, Emergency Generator Maintenance,
     submitted monthly and quarterly reports to DEP, water fountains turned on, worked on getting the
     Water system on the NJDEP web site for electronic filing of water reports, and cleaned catch basins
     before and after rain storms.

Councilman Valenta:             PLANNING & ENGINEERING
1. River Road project has been completed and now is open.
2. Proposal for ADA Borough Hall, $13,500 for design, bid package and 6 site inspections during
    construction. Will be meeting this weekend at Firehouse. $200 to $250 per sq ft, times 1,000 ft per
    floor, two floors.
Mr. Douglas Walker:             ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
Mayor Desire read the one page report that is attached.

Mayor Mark Desire:               EXECUTIVE SERVICES
1. Lebanon Borough has reached out to all towns regarding shared services for police traffic enforcement.
   Will meet to discuss options.
2. School Superintendent Dr. Caldwell will be asked to attend the next OEM meeting in May as Dr. Ash
    had previously attended,.
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3. Attended the Elementary and High School Budget meetings. Vote April 21 , 7AM to 9 PM.
4. Need to get the Exact Level property back on the tax rolls with a viable business in there. The DEP
   says not quite ready yet.
5. Met with Brownie Troop to discuss projects. The troop will be at the Bike Race.
6. Police Chief interviews.
7. At last meeting, Councilman Coughlin brought up state statute regarding equal pay raise for Chief of
   Police, CFO and Clerk. Councilman Coughlin is still working on it.


LEGAL ISSUES:
Attorney Barry Goodman asked that Schweikert and Pizzo Litigations be discussed in Executive Session.
The State Statute that Administrator Walker gave to Attorney Goodman regarding pay parody was given to
Councilman Coughlin. The salary treatment will be discussed next meeting after Councilman Coughlin has a
chance to research further.

BILL LIST:

Councilman Valenta motioned to approve and direct payment of all vouchers as they appear on the Bill List
in the total amount of $373,371.85, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof these
minutes. Councilman Coughlin recused on two items, 10515500 and 10516550. Councilman Coughlin
seconded. Roll Call Vote: Valenta, aye; Coughlin, aye and recuse; Rapp, aye; Flynn, aye; Stemple, aye;
Murdock, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes and 1 recuse.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: It is the policy of the Borough Council that all public comments on an issue shall be
limited to one minute (1) per person and no person may make more than one (1) comment per subject at
this second Public Comment section. Comments may be made on any subject pertaining to Borough issues.
No debating between residents. Comments should be addressed to Mayor and Council.
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Valerie Jordan asked that patrolling by Chief be considered and not hire a 7 officer. Mayor Desire stated
that the Chief will patrol but there is still plenty of paper work. Councilman Flynn stated that the Mayor
wants the Chief to patrol, can fill in if needed.

Councilwoman Murdock motioned to adopt a resolution allowing for legal advice regarding leasing of
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Borough property, Salary treatment, personnel, Police Chief, 7 Police Officer, and Schweikert and Pizzo
Litigation in Executive Session, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof these minutes.
Councilman Rapp seconded. Roll Call Vote: Valenta, aye; Coughlin, aye; Rapp, aye; Flynn, aye; Stemple,
aye; Murdock, aye. Motion Carried: 6 ayes.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: RESOLUTION #84-2008: - 9:44PM to 10:59 PM
Councilwoman Murdock motioned to return to Open Session. Councilman Rapp seconded. Vote: 6 ayes.
Motion Carried.

ADJOURNMENT: 11:04 PM
Councilman Rapp motioned to adjourn. Councilman Valenta seconded. Vote: 6 ayes. Motion Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

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Diane L. Seals, Municipal Clerk, RMC

				
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