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           HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE REGULAR MEETING
          HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING AUDITORIUM
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                           Monday, October 24, 2005 - 7:12 p.m.

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PROPER STATEMENT OF NOTICE - Mayor Kemp called the meeting to order stating that
notice of the meeting had been posted on the municipal bulletin board and forwarded to the
Hopewell Valley News and The Times (the official newspapers) on January 5, 2005 in accordance
with the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975.

ROLL CALL: Those answering the roll call of the Municipal Clerk:

COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:Iorio, Niederer, Sandom, Mayor Kemp

                     ABSENT:              Sandahl

STAFF PRESENT:Administrator Hilling, Township Attorney Goodell, Municipal Clerk
                Bielawski, CFO Borges, Engineer Pogorzelski

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG - Mayor Kemp led those in attendance in
the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion by Niederer, seconded by Iorio to approve the Minutes of the May 2, 2005 Agenda
and Executive Session Meetings as submitted.
MOTION CARRIED
ABSTAIN: Sandom

Motion by Niederer, seconded by Iorio to approve the Minutes of the May 9, 2005 Regular
and Executive Session Meetings as submitted.
MOTION UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED

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ADDITIONAL ITEMS FOR AGENDA

Mr. Hilling requested a Resolution be added to the agenda accepting the resignation of the
Recreation Department Administrative Secretary.

Mayor Kemp requested a Proclamation be added to the agenda establishing a curfew for
Halloween.

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COMMITTEE MEMBER AND STAFF REPORTS

Committee Member Niederer reported that the Historic Preservation Commission's Design
Guidelines Booklets are now available in the Municipal Construction Office. She also
reported the Union Fire Company celebrated its 85th anniversary and recognized resident
Jimmy Abbott for his 60 years of service to the fire company. Committee Member Niederer
announced that the Union Fire Company will hold its Seventh Annual Community
Halloween Party and Safety Contest this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. She also noted that the
Recreation Department has mailed the fall/winter brochure to all residents.
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Committee Member Iorio reported on the status of the township revaluation and that the
project is approximately 65 percent complete. Committee Member Iorio also reported on
the highlights of Hopewell Township's 250-year Charter Celebration that was held Saturday
and he thanked the corporate sponsors and individuals who contributed to the event.

Committee Member Sandom reported that the Open Space Advisory Committee has
submitted its recommended criteria for purchasing open space and agricultural properties in
conjunction with data compiled by the Agricultural Task Force. She also reported receipt of
correspondence from the Elm Ridge Area Neighborhood Association entitled "Martin Tract
Concerns and Desired Actions for Elm Ridge Area Neighborhood."

Committee Member Sandahl announced a Special Planning Board meeting tomorrow night
with regard to the Bristol-Myers Squibb GDP application and the draft of the Affordable
Housing Plan. Committee Member Sandahl also reported that he, Mr. Pogorzelski and a
representative from the Pennington Borough Council will meet to discuss a joint application
for State aid to construct segments of the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail.

Mr. Hilling reported that he and Mr. Pogorzelski met with the Veterans' Committee to
discuss the location of a new memorial in the township. Mr. Hilling thanked the school
district for providing transportation during the township's celebration last Saturday. Mr.
Hilling also reported on the filming of various municipal boards and committee meetings on
Channel 95.

Mr. Goodell reported on the status of the Merrick Wilson litigation.

Mr. Pogorzelski reported on a meeting with a representative of Beazer Homes and an
agreement to create an as-built/topographical survey in an effort to develop corrective action
for the Blackwell Road residents whose properties are affected by standing water.

Ms. Bielawski reminded registered voters that next Tuesday, November 1, is the last day one
may apply for an absentee ballot by mail.

Mayor Kemp announced a scheduled meeting with residents on the Route 31 design
consensus.

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PUBLIC SECTION

Shiela Beyer, a resident of Route 31 South, questioned the revaluation process and the
schedule of public hearings.

William Schoelwer, a resident of Westcott Boulevard, questioned a timetable for a decision
on the Martin Tract. He also asked if the Charter Study Commission meetings would be
televised.

Heather Taylor, representing Citizens' Campaign, presented a model ordinance requiring
contribution disclosure statements in zoning applications. She asked that the Township
Committee consider adoption of such an ordinance.

Jenifer Burghardt, a resident of Featherbed Lane, requested that the township install a
sidewalk from Featherbed Lane to Greenwood Avenue. She stated that residents are unable
to walk along the roadway due to a drainage ditch that has created unsafe conditions for
walking.

Len Ramist, a resident of Pennington Road, commented on the interpretive statement on the
ballot for the Charter Study Commission and expressed his opinion that it was misleading
the public to believe that a Mayor would be elected annually rather than every four years.
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ORDINANCE B FINAL READING, PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION

Mayor Kemp read by title the introduced ordinance:

       AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT CHAPTER X,
       AFEES AND PERMITS,@ SECTION 10-15, APUBLIC WORKS@ OF THE
       REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF
       HOPEWELL

Mr. Pogorzelski explained that the proposed ordinance will increase the fees charged by the
township for tire collection, freon disposal and bulk pick-up.

Mayor Kemp declared the public hearing open. No comments from the public.
Motion by Sandahl, seconded by Sandom to close the public hearing.
MOTION UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED

Motion by Iorio, seconded by Sandom to adopt the introduced ordinance.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
AYES:        Iorio, Niederer, Sandahl, Sandom, Mayor Kemp
NOES:        None
ORDINANCE ADOPTED

Ordinance advertised October 14, 2005 Hopewell Valley News. Posted municipal bulletin
board as required by law.

                               O R D I N A N C E NO. 05-1358

                  AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT
                       CHAPTER X, AFEES AND PERMITS,@
                        SECTION 10-15, APUBLIC WORKS@
                    OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES
                       OF THE TOWNSHIP OF HOPEWELL

                         Explanation: Material Bracketed [ ] is deleted
                               Material Underlined ___ is added

       BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Committee of the Township of Hopewell as
follows:
Section 1. Chapter X, "Fees and Permits," Section 10-15, APublic Works,@ be and is hereby
amended and supplemented as follows:
       10-15 Public Works.
       a. Nonrefundable tire collection fee (16=).............................. $[2.00]3.00 each
       b. Nonrefundable tire collection fee (larger than 16=) ......... $[8.00]10.00 each
       c. Nonrefundable Freon disposal fee................................... $[20.00]25.00 each
       d. Second Bulk pick-up fee.................................................. $[10.00]20.00 each
Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect upon final adoption and publication in
accordance with law.

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PROPOSED ORDINANCE B INTRODUCTION

Mayor Kemp read by title the Ordinance for introduction:

       AN ORDINANCE REGULATING PARKING PURSUANT TO TITLE 39
       ALONG PENNINGTON-HARBOURTON ROAD, PENNINGTON-
       TITUSVILLE ROAD AND SCOTCH ROAD
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Mr. Goodell reported that certain residents in the area of Back Timberlane are reviewing the
ordinance, and several changes have been submitted for township consideration. Counsel
advised that the proposed ordinance be held for further review and the Committee
concurred.

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CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

RESOLUTIONS #05-294 THROUGH #05-297. Read by title.
Motion by Sandahl, seconded by Iorio to adopt Resolutions #05-294 through #05-297.
MOTION UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED

                             R E S O L U T I O N #05-294

                    A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING REFUNDS
                     FOR HOPEWELL VALLEY RECREATION
                    DEPARTMENT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

       WHEREAS, registration fees were paid for participation in a variety of programs
sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Recreation Department; and,
       WHEREAS, some participants have requested a refund in accordance with
department policy.
       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED on this 24th day of October 2005, by
the Township Committee of the Township of Hopewell, County of Mercer, State of New
Jersey, that the following program refunds be and are hereby authorized:
Lori Leopardi Richter 44 Route 31 North    Pennington, NJ 08534       $125.00
Elizabeth Berkowitz          210 Penn-Harb. Rd. Pennington, NJ 08534         $150.00
Cindy Batchelder             32 Eglantine Avenue Pennington, NJ 08534        $125.00

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                              R E S O L U T I O N #05-295

                       A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING
                  PART-TIME SEASONAL WORKER FOR THE
                HOPEWELL VALLEY RECREATION DEPARTMENT

       WHEREAS, there is a need for part-time seasonal worker to manage and supervise a
variety of programs sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Recreation Department; and
       WHEREAS, after reviewing the experience and qualifications, the following
individuals were selected and are recommended by the Hopewell Valley Recreation Director
for appointment.
       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, on this 24th day of October 2005, by
the Township Committee of the Township of Hopewell, County of Mercer, State of New
Jersey, that a part-time seasonal worker be hereby appointed effective
October 25, 2005 as follows:
NAME                   TITLE                    PROGRAM                   SALARY
Patricia Phillips      Recreation Leader        Community Education       $50 per hour

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                              R E S O L U T I O N #05-296

                     A RESOLUTION APPROVING A SALARY
                    ADJUSTMENT FOR TIMOTHY DIETERMAN

      WHEREAS, Timothy Dieterman was appointed by the Township Committee on
June 13, 2005 as a temporary, part-time plumbing and building inspector at a rate of $28.64
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per hour; and
        WHEREAS, Timothy Dieterman was subsequently appointed as acting temporary
plumbing subcode official on August 8, 2005 at an adjusted rate of $30.83; and
        WHEREAS, Plumbing Subcode Official Christopher Rose has returned to work full
time, thereby eliminating the need for an acting temporary plumbing subcode official.
        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED on this 24th day of October 2005, by
the Township Committee of the Township of Hopewell, County of Mercer, State of New
Jersey, that Timothy Dieterman shall resume his original title of temporary, part-time
plumbing and building inspector at a rate of $28.64 per hour effective October 25, 2005.

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                               R E S O L U T I O N #05-297

                  A RESOLUTION REQUESTING AN EXTENSION
                  OF TIME FOR AWARDING A CONTRACT FOR
                     SIDEWALK AND CURB IMPROVEMENT
                           DUBLIN ROAD PHASE II

        WHEREAS, the Township of Hopewell has been awarded a local aid grant for the
installation of Sidewalk and Curb Improvements; and
        WHEREAS, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has advised the
Township of Hopewell that the grant was conditioned upon the awarding of a contract by
November 30, 2004; and
        WHEREAS, the New Jersey Department of Transportation granted an extension to
the award deadline to November 30, 2005; and
        WHEREAS, due to delays in the required environmental reviews, additional time is
needed to publicly bid the project, and the November 30, 2005 date for award of a
construction contract cannot be met.
        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED on this 24th day of October 2005, that
the Township Committee of the Township of Hopewell, County of Mercer, State of New
Jersey, does hereby request the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation to grant
an extension of time until November 30, 2006 for the award of bid.

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RESOLUTION #05-298. Read by title.
Motion by Sandahl, seconded by Iorio to adopt Resolution #05-298.
MOTION UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED

                               R E S O L U T I O N #05-298

                 A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE
            TOWNSHIP OF HOPEWELL TO CONTRACT WITH
          THE BOROUGH OF HOPEWELL AND THE BOROUGH OF
         PENNINGTON FOR SENIOR CENTER CLEANING SERVICES

       WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Governing Body of the Township of Hopewell to
provide Cleaning Services at the Senior Center for residents of the Hopewell Valley; and
       WHEREAS, the Interlocal Services Act, N.J.S.A. 40:8A-1 et seq permits local units
of the State to enter into a contract with any other local unit for the provision of any service
which any party to the agreement is empowered to render within its own jurisdiction; and
       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, on this 24th day of October 2005, by
the Township Committee of the Township of Hopewell, County of Mercer, State of New
Jersey that the Mayor and Clerk be and hereby are authorized to enter into an Interlocal
Services Agreement with the Borough of Hopewell and the Borough of Pennington for
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Senior Center Cleaning Services. Said services shall be furnished and rendered pursuant to
an agreement, in a form similar to that which is attached hereto.

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RESOLUTION #05-299. Read by title.

The Committee questioned the scope of work involved for Legal/Affordable Housing
Services. Mr. Hilling indicated he would obtain an estimate as to the amount of work and
legal fees for the upcoming element as well as quarterly review of other Professional Service
Agreements. It was the consensus of the Committee to reduce the proposed maximum
amount for Legal/Affordable Housing Services to $60,000.00.

Motion by Sandahl, seconded by Iorio to adopt Resolution #05-299 as amended.
MOTION UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED



                              R E S O L U T I O N #05-299

                       A RESOLUTION AMENDING 2005
                    PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT

       WHEREAS, the Township entered into Professional Services Agreements for the
year 2005 with the firms noted below; and
       WHEREAS, it is necessary to amend these agreements to change the amount of the
contracts; and
WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has certified that the funds are available.
       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED on this 24th day of October, 2005 by
the Township Committee of the Township of Hopewell, County of Mercer, State of New
Jersey, that the 2005 Professional Services Agreements be and hereby are amended as
follows:
                 FIRM                    CURRENT                PROPOSED
                                         MAXIMUM                MAXIMUM

 Mason, Griffin & Pierson                 $40,000.00               $60,000.00
 (Legal/Affordable Housing Services)

 Mason, Griffin & Pierson          $70,000.00         $80,000.00
 (General Legal Services)
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RESOLUTION #05-300. Read by title.
Motion by Sandahl, seconded by Iorio to adopt Resolution #05-300.
MOTION UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED

                             R E S O L U T I O N #05-300

             A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE RESIGNATION OF
              ROBIN SCHWEPPE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY FOR
                 PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

        WHEREAS, Robin Schweppe has been employed as Executive Secretary in the
Parks and Recreation Department since September 17, 2001; and
        WHEREAS, Robin Schweppe has submitted her resignation effective November 4,
2005.
        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED on this 24th day of October 2005, by
the Township Committee of the Township of Hopewell, County of Mercer, State of New
Jersey:
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 1.   That Robin Schweppe's resignation effective November 4, 2005 be and is hereby
            accepted with regret.
 2.   That the Township Committee, on behalf of the municipal staff, wishes Robin
            success in her future endeavors.

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PROCLAMATION. Read into the record by Mayor Kemp.

                          HALLOWEEN PROCLAMATION

        WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40:48-1, et al, and the Revised General Ordinances of the
Township of Hopewell, Chapter 3, Section 3-10 Emergency Regulations, provide for the
imposition, by proclamation, of a curfew, or such rules and regulations as may be required,
to protect the residents of the Township of Hopewell from any disorderly assemblage which
may cause injury to persons or destruction of property; and
        WHEREAS, it is necessary to declare a curfew for the evening of Sunday, October
30, 2005, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the morning of Monday, October 31, 2005, because of
previous problems resulting from "tic-tac night" as it is commonly called; and
        WHEREAS, I, Arlene A. Kemp, under the authority granted to me as the Mayor of
the Township of Hopewell, have determined that an emergency exists to protect life and
property of the residents of the Township of Hopewell because of prior experiences of
damages caused to the residents of the Township; and
        WHEREAS, the declaration of such an emergency proclaimed by the adjoining
municipalities will increase the potential of damage to the residents of the Township of
Hopewell; and
        WHEREAS, it is necessary to protect and preserve the health, safety, and welfare of
the residents and inhabitants of the Township of Hopewell.
        NOW, THEREFORE, I, Arlene A. Kemp, Mayor of the Township of Hopewell,
proclaim a curfew for the evening of Sunday, October 30, 2005, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Monday, October 31, 2005, for all minors seventeen years of age or under. All such persons
shall remove themselves from the public streets, alleys, parks or other public places, or
lands, abutting the same, unless in the company of their parent or legal guardian for said
hours.
        I order that this Proclamation be published in the Hopewell Valley News and that
copies of the same be furnished to the local radio stations and newspapers in the area.

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RESOLUTION #05-301. Read by title.
Motion by Sandahl, seconded by Niederer to adopt Resolution #05-301.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
AYES:        Iorio, Niederer, Sandahl, Sandom, Mayor Kemp
NOES:        None

                             R E S O L U T I O N #05-301

                                   BILLS & CLAIMS

        BE IT RESOLVED, that the list of cash disbursements authorized for approval of
bills for payment dated October 24, 2005, in the following amounts:

      Bills and Claims                   -              $ 3,905,078.11
      Payroll                            -               288,220.96
      Total Disbursements                -              $ 4,193,299.07

itemized and listed on the submitted schedule are hereby approved and filed as a record as
part of the minutes of this meeting.
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PUBLIC SECTION

Robert Beyer, a resident of Route 31, questioned bulky waste fees and if the first pick-up
would remain free of charge.

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EXECUTIVE SESSION RESOLUTION. Read into the record.
Mayor Kemp stated that the meeting would not reconvene following the Executive Session

Motion by Sandahl, seconded by Iorio to go to Executive Session to discuss contract
negotiations, legal and real estate matters.
MOTION UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED

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                        EXECUTIVE SESSION RESOLUTION

       WHEREAS, it is necessary for the Township Committee to discuss contract
negotiations, legal and real estate matters; and
       WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12 permits the Township Committee to conduct a
meeting from which the public is excluded in order to discuss such matters; and
       WHEREAS, the time when and circumstances under which discussion conducted in
executive session may be disclosed to the public is when appropriate.
       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, on this 24th day of October 2005, by
the Township Committee of the Township of Hopewell, County of Mercer, State of New
Jersey, that the Township Committee shall forthwith conduct an executive session to discuss
the above.

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At 8:12 p.m. the Executive Session was held.
At 9:25 p.m., motion by Sandahl, seconded by Iorio to adjourn the meeting.
MOTION UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED




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                                         ANNETTE C. BIELAWSKI
                                         MUNICIPAL CLERK

								
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