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					                               BOROUGH OF PITMAN
                                COUNCIL MEETING
                                 December 14, 2009
                                     8:00 P.M.
Call to Order
Time: 8:15 PM

Salute to the Flag/Invocation
Councilwoman Higbee

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: Absent
Councilwoman Kelley: Present                   Council President Razze: *
Councilman Sanders: Present                    Councilman Shoemaker: Present
Mayor Batten: Present                          Borough Solicitor Brian Duffield: Present
Acting Clerk O’Donnell: Present
*Councilman Razze arrived at 8:35 PM. While not present for Roll Call and Committee
Reports, he did arrive in time to cast his vote on issues beginning with Ordinance No. 21,
2009, on this evening’s agenda.
Presentation
Mr. Howard Cressman presented Mrs. Kim Jaworski, Borough of Pitman Welfare
Director, a check in the amount of $2300.00. This donation, which is to be used for
residents of Pitman in need, was raised by a golf tournament which is run by the Pitman
Fire Departments annually on Veteran’s Day. A $400.00 donation was also made to the
Crozier Burn Center on behalf of the Fire Companies. This year marked the eighteenth
year for the golf tournament.

Acceptance of Minutes
(Formal, Work & Closed Sessions of November 23)
Motion: Shoemaker                                 Second: Sanders
All vote to approve minutes.

Committee Reports

Councilman Shoemaker – Councilman Shoemaker reported that he met with the Borough
of Pitman’s Shade Tree Commissioner, Dave Wible, to discuss taking care of some of the
trees in Ballard Park, at Third Avenue, and at Sunset Auditorium. He announced that
money from the Public Property budget line will be used to install a concrete apron at the
entrance to the Public Works Garage. Also, new chairs for the Council Chamber Room
have been ordered.


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Councilman Johnson – No Report

Council President Razze – Councilman Sanders read the report submitted by Councilman
Razze in his absence. Councilman Razze wished to thank the Parade Committee for a
great Christmas Parade this year. Even with the car accident on North Broadway less
than one hour before the start of the parade, the event went off smoothly. He also wished
to thank the Borough police officers on the scene for handling and clearing the accident
so quickly. The advertisement that was placed in the Gloucester County Times and in the
latest Pitman newsletter seemed to bring out a record number of people lining both sides
of Broadway. Thanks were extended to Dawn Ritzler and Bette Vallaster, Parade
Committee co-chairwomen, for their dedication and incredible organizational skills.
Also, thanks to all the volunteers who came out that night to help. Committee member
Stephanie Kensil was instrumental in getting a group of students from Pitman High
School to help that evening.

The Recreation Commission had an abridged December meeting with Recreation
Director, Roy Harmon, Frank Snyder and Councilman Razze in attendance, with Mayor
Batten stopping by briefly. The 3rd and 4th grade Basketball sign-ups were held last
Tuesday. This year we have had forty boys and forty-one girls sign up, and Mr. Harmon
is confident there will be more children enrolled before the season starts. This is better
than average registration for this program.

The Environmental Commission also met last week and discussed a variety of topics,
including Alcyon Lake. As was mentioned previously, the Borough will not be lowering
the water level in Alcyon Lake this year in response to requests from residents that we
hold off a year due to the recent mild winters. After some discussion, no one on the
Environmental Commission expressed any concerns about trying this for a year as long
as we do not abandon the practice all together. The Commission is also currently looking
into the fertilizers used at Betty Park and how they may be impacting the growth of the
aquatic plant life in the lake. Harry Walker, Borough Recycling Coordinator, and
Councilman Razze met to finalize the recycling ordinance that will be presented at this
evenings’ meeting. Councilman Razze wished to acknowledge and thank Mr. Walker for
his hard work and dedication in keeping the Borough’s recycling efforts in focus. There
was also some discussion regarding grass clippings and composting within the Borough.
Members of the Commission have noticed that too many residents still put their clippings
in the gutter along the curb line. Clippings are to be placed in open containers at the
curb, as required by our Storm Water Management ordinances. The Commission is
considering providing a limited number of composters, with instructions, to residents for
their own use.

The JIF Safety Committee will meet this Thursday morning. The Borough has submitted
our year end report and we are hopeful that we will be removed from Safety Monitoring
Status at that time. Councilman Razze thanked Acting Clerk Judy O’Donnell for putting
the reports together, to our department heads for submitting their information to be
included in the reports, and to the Borough Safety Committee for their commitment this



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year to getting us back in good standing with the Joint Insurance Fund.

Councilman Sanders – Councilman Sanders announced that the Gloucester County Board
of Chosen Freeholders has awarded Pitman Police Chief Scott Campbell with a
Certificate of Appreciation for his Emergency Management work for the Borough of
Pitman. He also announced that Chief Campbell has commended Captain Robert
Zimmerman for obtaining a new radio license for the Pitman Police Department, and Sgt.
Steve Ward for updating the Emergency Management Operations Plan for 2009.
Councilman Sanders recognized Detective Hunter Moore’s efforts in promoting Project
Blue Light to honor men and women of Law Enforcement who lost their lives in the line
of duty.

Councilwoman Higbee – Councilwoman Higbee announced that the Borough has
received our Standard and Poor’s rating. The Borough received a AA- rating, which
translates to having a low debt burden, with a very strong capacity to meet our financial
commitments. One drawback to the rating is that the Borough unemployment rate is
higher than the county and state average rates. On December 11th the Borough conducted
its’ annual tax sale, which involved eight properties totaling $48,667.00.

Councilwoman Kelley – Councilwoman Kelley reported that the Historic Commission
met on December 10. One application was submitted for approval. Councilwoman
Kelley announced that Barbara Kaars, a member of the Memorabilia Committee, and of
the Pitman Historic Commission, has turned in her resignation for both positions,
effective immediately. The Planning and Zoning Board will meet on December 21st at
7:00 PM. Councilwoman Kelley also reported that the Borough Construction Office has
recently received a very favorable rating in the Building Code Enforcement Evaluation
Report. The inspection for this report was conducted on September 17th by the Insurance
Services Office.

Unfinished Business

Ordinance No. 21, 2009 – Bond Ordinance Authorizing The Purchase of a Pickup
Truck With Plow Package For The Borough of Pitman, County of Gloucester, New
Jersey; Appropriating The Sum of $50,000.00 Therefore; Authorizing The Issuance
of General Obligation Bonds or Bond Anticipation Notes of The Borough of Pitman,
County of Gloucester, New Jersey In The Aggregate Principal Amount of $47,500.00
To Borrow With a Down Payment of $2500.00; Making Certain Determinations and
Covenants; And Authorizing Certain Related Actions In Connection With The
Foregoing
Second Reading
Motion: Sanders                                Second: Shoemaker
Motion to Open to the Public: Kelley           Second: Razze
No public comment.
Motion to Close Public Portion: Razze          Second: Kelley
Motion to Approve: Razze                       Second: Kelley




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Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                  Councilwoman Kelley: Yes
Council President Razze: Yes              Councilman Sanders: Yes
Councilman Shoemaker: Yes                 Mayor Batten ________

New Business

Ordinance No. 22, 2009 – An Ordinance of the Borough of Pitman, County of
Gloucester, State of New Jersey Amending Chapter 7-6, Entitled “Recycling” of the
Code of the Borough of Pitman (Razze)
First Reading (Second Reading / Public Hearing: Dec. 28, 2009)
Motion: Razze                                   Second: Sanders
Discussion followed among members of Council, and it was agreed that the need to
appoint a Recycling Coordinator for the Borough would be added to the ordinance, and
that the ordinance would be reviewed by Construction Official, Jeff Kier, and the
Planning & Zoning Board before the second vote.
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                        Councilwoman Kelley: Yes
Council President Razze: Yes                    Councilman Sanders: Yes
Councilman Shoemaker: Yes                       Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 189, 2009 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, Authorizing Refund of Real
Estate Taxes and Other Miscellaneous Refunds (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                            Second: Kelley
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                  Councilwoman Kelley: Yes
Council President Razze: Yes              Councilman Sanders: Yes
Councilman Shoemaker: Yes                 Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 190, 2009 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, Authorizing 2009 Budget
Transfers (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                            Second: Kelley
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                  Councilwoman Kelley: Yes
Council President Razze: Yes              Councilman Sanders: Yes
Councilman Shoemaker: Yes                 Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 191, 2009 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, Authorizing A Closed Session
Motion: Kelley                            Second: Razze
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                  Councilwoman Kelley: Yes
Council President Razze: Yes              Councilman Sanders: Yes
Councilman Shoemaker: Yes                 Mayor Batten ________



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Resolution No. 192, 2009 – Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey, Agreeing to Support and
Commit to Cooperation and Participation in the State of New Jersey Division of
Archives and Records Management PARIS Grants Program (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                            Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                  Councilwoman Kelley: Yes
Council President Razze: Yes              Councilman Sanders: Yes
Councilman Shoemaker: Yes                 Mayor Batten ________

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

Public Portion
Motion to Open to the Public: Razze            Second: Sanders
Time: 8:45 PM

Jim Fortney, 502 Carew Avenue – Mr. Fortney wished to thank Dwight Kensil of ABS
Electric for installing the new light on the flagpole in Ballard Park, and for taking care of
the holiday lights that are strung across Broadway and Pitman Avenue. Mr. Fortney also
wanted to notify Public Works that there are signs that have been dumped behind the
Pitman sign at Lambs and Holly Avenue.

Barry Owens, 508 Pitman Avenue – Mr. Owens wanted to thank Councilman Gene
Shoemaker for a great job during his six years on Borough Council. He also wanted to
call attention to the parking space at the corner of Holly Avenue & Broadway, in the
vicinity of Jim and Mike’s Restaurant. The sign says “No Parking Here to Corner”, but
the curb is not painted yellow. Mr. Owens feels that this inconsistency causes confusion
to people who are not familiar with the area.

Motion to Close Public Portion: Shoemaker             Second: Sanders
Time: 8:53 PM
All vote in favor to close the public portion of the meeting.

Motion to Enter Closed Session: Kelley                Second: Razze
Time: 9:00 PM

Motion to Return to Open Session: Razze               Second: Shoemaker
Time: 9:30 PM

Motion was made by Councilwoman Kelley to hire Jessica Vernacchio for the position
of Planning & Zoning Board Secretary, effective immediately, at the rate of $1300.00 per



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year, with a review in six months for a possible salary adjustment. In the event that
Jessica Vernacchio declines the appointment, it will be offered to Janel Ewe, another
applicant for the position.
Second: Shoemaker
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                      Councilwoman Kelley: Yes
Council President Razze: Yes                  Councilman Sanders: Yes
Councilman Shoemaker: Yes                     Mayor Batten ________

Motion was made by Councilman Razze to hire Stephen Weicheman for the position of
Senior Citizen Shuttle Bus Driver, effective December 23, 2009, at a rate of $11.00 per
hour, not to exceed 32 hours per week.       Second: Shoemaker
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                     Councilwoman Kelley: Yes
Council President Razze: Yes                 Councilman Sanders: Yes
Councilman Shoemaker: Yes                    Mayor Batten ________

Adjournment
Motion: Razze                                Second: Shoemaker
All vote in favor to adjourn.
Time: 9:35 PM


Respectfully Submitted,


Judith O’Donnell
Acting Municipal Clerk




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