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									                                   BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG

                                             MINUTES

                                    OCTOBER 25, 2007 - 7:30 P.M.


MAYOR'S STATEMENT: Mayor Ellis called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM and made the follow-
ing statement: Under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., notice of the time and place of this
meeting was given by way of annual notice to the Courier News, Echoes Sentinel, Messenger-Gazette
and Star Ledger, and posted at Borough Hall.

SALUTE TO THE FLAG and SILENT PRAYER

ROLL CALL

       Franklin [ A ] Black [ P ] Mobus [ P ] Joren [ A ]       Pote [ P ]   Nehls [ P ]

Also present were Administrator/Clerk Laureen Fellin, Borough Attorney Albert Cruz, Borough Engi-
neer Tom Herits and Acting Police Chief Sean Whelan.

There were 4 people from the public present.

REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES:

  1. Administration & Finance - Councilman Black related that CFO Bill Hance and Deputy Treasurer
Paula Heilman were busy saving money for the Borough. They obtained a new share-plan for cell
phones that saves over $100 per month and negotiated a new rate for land lines that saves over $500
per month. Bill Hance has shifted funds to obtain higher yields, achieving an increase in revenue of
more than $5000 per month. A Finance and Administration and Personnel Committee meeting was
held today. Mr. Black reported attending a meeting at which Commerce Insurance provided informa-
tion on HIF coverage for employee health insurance. Mr. Black related he had previously discussed
speaking with Attorney Vito Gagliardi regarding school funding and he would like to have the Council
vote on accepting a $50,000 proposal for Mr. Gagliardi to do a feasibility study.

 2. Police - In the absence of Police Commissioner Franklin, Councilman Black reported the Police
Committee held a meeting at which time the Acting Chief outlined where he would like to be next
year; he found it a very productive meeting. Councilman Mobus thanked Acting Chief Whelan for his
assistance with an October 17th event attended by 200 faculty members at Watchung Hills Regional
High School. The Gang Awareness program presented he hopes to also deliver to local schools.

 3. Public Works - Councilman Mobus reported that Spencer Lane is being backfilled and graded be-
hind approximately 9,000 lf of newly installed asphalt curb. More than 15,750 lf of asphalt curb has
been installed, backfilled, graded and seeded on Sunbright Road. The Borough has received approval
for usage of the Bailey Bridge to be installed across Wiedman Way bridge to Phillips Field. Curb-side
leaf pickup has begun and will continue through December 1. The October 20th storm brought down a
large tree across Lakeview Terrace that was removed by Public Works. The Department is waiting for
a lake-lowering permit for both lakes. Watchung Lake for aerator removal and retention basin mainte-
nance, and Best Lake in anticipation of the improvement project. A first meeting was held with Som-
erset County on the 2009 plan for Mountain Boulevard; the County will hold a public meeting on the
project in the future. Mr. Mobus gave an update on the DEP permits for Best Lake. Councilman
Nehls commented that the pedestrian lighting system on Brookdale Road works beautifully and
thanked Councilman Mobus and Tom Herits for that project.

 4. Buildings and Public Affairs
         Buildings - Councilman Pote reported lawn sprinkling systems are being winterized, as are the
water service at Phillips Field and Mobus Field and the lightning prediction system. Borough Hall re-
modeling is in progress with ceiling tiles, carpet and window treatments to follow. Heat is turned on,
serviced and up and running in all Borough buildings. The "bonus" room will be going out to bid
shortly. Mr. Pote said he would like to see a report showing a comparison in heating costs between
this year and last year; this could be shared with the Silverman's, who donated the new windows in the
building. Historical is planning the Veteran's Day Ceremony to be held at the Reconnaissance Vehicle
at the Triangle, when the newly-refurbished vehicle will be rededicated. Rescue Squad awarded their
service awards, 9/11 awards, new member awards and top responder awards. In September, the Res-
cue Squad responded to 17 calls for advanced life support, 31 calls for basic life support, and the group
also responded to three mutual aid requests from North Plainfield, one from Warren and one from
Green Brook.




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         Public Affairs - Councilman Nehls welcomed Pam Lewis and Lynda Goldschein as members
of the Environmental Commission, adding their addition will help the group a great deal. The Com-
mission will review the tree ordinance at their November meeting and in December will center on
vegetation regulations. Regarding Board of Health, Mr. Nehls said Borough Attorney Cruz is review-
ing two proposed ordinances, one would allow a new type of septic system in the Borough and the
other, which will be held until January. He also announced he will be in attendance at the next Mid-
dle-Brook Regional Health Commission meeting on November 29th where they will be discussing the
budget.

 5. Fire - Councilman Nehls reported that the Councilmanic Fire Committee met with the Fire De-
partment Officers to discuss extrication. The Committee requested a proposal from them as to their
capabilities and ability to handle other functions as well, in light of the termination of the services pro-
vided by the Rescue Squad as of December 31, 2007. They are to have their proposal back to the
Committee by next month. Extrication coverage past December 31, 2007 will be provided by mutual
aid from surrounding towns.

 6. Laws/Ordinances, and Recreation - In the absence of Councilwoman Joren, the Mayor reminded
that the Harvest Festival will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, with Sunday as a rain date. Councilman
Mobus commented that Wednesday is Halloween and, since the Cedar Road area generates many calls,
the Acting Police Chief has stated he will have the area covered this year.


REPORTS - OTHER:

 7. Engineer - Mr. Herits reported the Hughes Lane and Rock Slope improvement projects are wind-
ing down. Notice to Bidders for the Best Lake Improvement Project was published November 1. Mr.
Herits said he is researching how much of the Best Lake dredge material is needed at Phillips Field;
there are approximately 14,000 cu. yards being removed from the Lake. In order to use the dredged
material, it will need to be mixed on a one-to-one or two-to-one basis with sand, with sand being the
predominant material.

 8. Police Chief - Acting Chief Whelan had no report.

 9. Attorney - Mr. Cruz said he has one item for Executive Session.

10. Administrator - Mrs. Fellin reported the Deer Management Application was sent to the state on
October 12th and she is waiting to hear back from them regarding a permit. Mrs. Fellin said the
Commerce Insurance Seminar held last Tuesday concerned Health Insurance Funds and she anticipates
municipal rates going up, due to the withdrawal of the teacher’s unions from the State Health Benefits
System. She said we may need to look to a HIF at some time in the near future and will do so if it is
needed. Mrs. Fellin said she met with the Administration and Finance Committee today and among
the several issues discussed was a change to the Code regarding purchasing. This will be forwarded to
the Laws and Ordinance Committee for their review. Tomorrow Mrs. Fellin said she is attending a
PARIS grant records management meeting with the County. Mrs. Fellin said interior renovations have
begun in the Council room.


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                                UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Public Hearing on Proposed Ordinance OR:07/21 entitled “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND
SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 138, ENTITLED “ZONING”, SECTION 138-3 ENTITLED
“DEFINITIONS” AND SECTION 138-21 ENTITLED “FENCES AND WALLS” OF THE CODE OF
THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG, ADOPTED 1971, AS HERETOFORE SUPPLEMENTED AND
AMENDED.”
        Don Speeney, Planning Board Chairman, 10/18/07 Memo to Mayor and Council, Administra-
tor, advising that the Planning Board was unable to review this ordinance at their October 16th meet-
ing and will review and discuss it at a special meeting of the Board scheduled for 7:00 PM on Novem-
ber 20, 2007.

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                                      NEW BUSINESS
CONSENT AGENDA: The Consent Agenda listed below was unanimously accepted on roll call fol-
lowing a motion by Councilman Black and a second by Councilman Mobus.

Approval of the following Council minutes:
      September 27, 2007

Approval of the following Borough Reports:
      Police Activity Report - September, 2007
      Historical Committee Minutes - September 6, 2007


#97 - George Pacio 10/16/07 Thanking and commending Tom Herits, Charles Gunther, and Mike                      Kalaka
       The sanitary sewer project on Orchard Road c: M & C, LBF, TH, CG
   Borough of Watchung                      2             October 25, 2007
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CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTIONS: The Consent Agenda listed below was unanimously ac-
cepted on roll call following a motion by Councilman Black and a second by Councilman Mobus.
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R2:10/25/07 Honoring Clifford A. Warren

R3               Purchases Over $2,000. - Ray’s Sport Shop, Inc., Russ Nelson Painting, Fail Safe Fire
                 Hose, R. L. Landscaping, Great Blue Land and Pond Management

R4:              Authorize Reimbursement of Per Diem Expenses for NJSLM Annual Conference

R5:              Authorize Contract Change Order #2 - F & P Contractors/Johnston Drive Section II and
                 Stirling Road Improvement Project

R6:              Appointment to Environmental Commission - Pamela Lewis, Lynda Goldschein

R7:              Authorize Release of Performance Guarantees and Accept Maintenance Guarantees -
                 Debranello Contracting, LLC/ Corey Lane, Orchard, Old Somerset, Eaton, Sunbright
                 and Valley Roads

R8:              Authorize Clerk to advertise for bids for Mobile Digital Video Recording System - Po-
                 lice Department

R9:              Award Surplus Truck - Liberty Motors

R10:             Amend Capital Budget


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Introduction of OR:07/23 entitled "AN ORDINANCE TO REVISE, AMEND AND SUPPLEMENT
THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG ADOPTED
2004, CHAPTER XIII, ENTITLED “BUILDING AND HOUSING,” SPECIFICALLY, SECTION 13-
1.7, ENTITLED “NOTIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION;” CHAPTER XV,
ENTITLED “GARBAGE AND WASTE,” SPECIFICALLY SECTION 15-2, ENTITLED
“RECYCLING,” SECTION 15-2.1, ENTITLED “DEFINITIONS;” AND THE CODE OF THE
BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG, ADOPTED 1971, CHAPTER 119, ENTITLED “SUBDIVISION OF
LAND AND SITE PLAN REVIEW AND APPROVAL,” SECTION 119-16, ENTITLED
“STANDARD REQUIRED IMPROVEMENTS,” BY INSERTION OF A NEW SECTION 110-16.2,
ENTITLED “RECYCLING AND SOLID WASTE REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW
DEVELOPMENTS OF MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL UNITS OR COMMERCIAL,
INSTITUTIONAL, OR INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES” Councilwoman Joren moved the ordinance
be given its first reading. So ordered. This ordinance revises various portions of Borough Code with
reference to recycling and establishes a requirement that a recycling plan to be submitted before ap-
proval of any new multi-family residential development or commercial, institutional or industrial prop-
erty. Councilwoman Joren moved the ordinance be adopted on first reading and the Clerk be directed
to publish the ordinance and notice of public hearing. The motion was seconded by Councilman Black
and unanimously carried on roll call. Public Hearing to be held on November 8, 2007.


Introduction of OR:07/24 entitled "BOND ORDINANCE TO APPROPRIATE AN ADDITIONAL
SUM OF $1,100,000 FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE BEST LAKE DAM AND THE
DREDGING OF THE LAKE IN, BY AND FOR THE BOROUGH OF WATCHUNG, IN THE
COUNTY OF SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY, TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT, TO AUTHORIZE
THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS TO FINANCE SUCH ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION AND TO
PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF
THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS." Councilwoman Joren moved the ordinance be given its first
reading. So ordered. This ordinance provides additional bond funding for the Best Lake Dam re-
placement and Lake dredging project. Councilwoman Joren moved the ordinance be adopted on first
reading and the Clerk be directed to publish the ordinance and notice of public hearing. The motion
was seconded by Councilman Black and unanimously carried on roll call. Public Hearing to be held
on November 8, 2007.




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                   NON-CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTIONS


      Borough of Watchung                      3               October 25, 2007
The resolutions listed below were unanimously adopted on roll call with offering and seconding as fol-
lows:
                                                                                        Offered
Second
R1:10/25/07 Adoption of OR:07/21 - Amend Borough Code -
               Section 138 - 3: “Fences and Walls”
               Carried to the meeting of December 13, 2007.

R11:           Introduction of Ordinance OR:07/23 - Building and                 Black     Mobus
               Housing/Recycling/ Subdivision of Land and Site Plan
               Review and Approval

R12:           Introduction of Bond Ordinance OR:07/24 Appropriating             Black     Mobus
               Additional Funding for Best Lake Dam Renovation Project

R13:           Payment of Bills                                                          Black
Mobus

R14:           Executive Session: Potential Litigation - Block 45.01, Lot 1.09   Black     Mobus

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                             PUBLIC PORTION

No one from the public desired to be heard.

Councilman Black offered R14:1025/07 authorizing an executive session, with a second by Council-
man Mobus and unanimously approved.

Upon return to regular session at 8:57 PM, all members previously present, were again in attendance.

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                              ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM to
the call of the Chair or the next regularly scheduled meeting of November 8, 2007 at 7:30 PM.

                                                           Respectfully submitted,




                                                           Laureen Fellin, RMC
                                                           Administrator/Clerk

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    Borough of Watchung                       4               October 25, 2007

								
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