August 10_ 2009 - BOROUGH OF PITMAN by suchenfz

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									                            BOROUGH OF PITMAN
                          COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
                                August 10, 2009
                                  8:00 P.M.
Call to Order
Time: 8:07 pm

Salute to the Flag/Invocation
Council President 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 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: Present
Councilwoman Kelley: Present                      Council President Razze: Present
Councilman Sanders: Present                       Councilman Shoemaker: Present
Mayor Batten: Present                             Borough Solicitor Brian Duffield: Present
Acting Clerk O’Donnell: Present

Introduction of Dignitaries (Mayor Batten)
       Senator Fred H. Madden
       Assemblyman Paul Moriarity

Proclamation Presentations
      Girl Scout Gold Award Winners
             Alexis Genovese
             Melissa Hildebrand
             Alycia Mack
             Samantha Sheridan
             Molly White
      Eagle Scout Award Winner
             Sean Matteo

Acceptance of Minutes
(Formal, Work Session and Closed Minutes of July 27)
Motion: Shoemaker                         Second: Sanders
All vote to accept minutes.

Committee Reports

Councilman Shoemaker – Repairs were made to the Town Clock located at the corner of
Broadway and Pitman Avenue. The mechanism that moved the hands was replaced on


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each face of the clock. We will be adding rain gutters to the areas of the McCowan
Library where none exist at this time. This emergency measure is being done to help
stem the flooding problem we have been experiencing with each heavy rainfall.

Councilman Johnson – A preconstruction meeting was held this morning with Caldwell
Tanks for the demolition of the water tower on Summit Avenue and the construction of a
new tank on the same site. Caldwell Tanks has 365 days to complete the project,
allowing time for the winter months when painting of the new tower will not be possible.
The 2009 Borough paving projects continue to move forward, with expected completion
of the paving of eight roads within the next few weeks, and beginning reconstruction of
Cyrus Avenue set to begin the week of August 11.

Council President Razze – The fence at McBurney Field, recently damaged by a motor
vehicle, has been replaced. The damaged light pole at the field will be replaced as soon
as arrangements can be made with Atlantic Electric Company. Also at the field, work
continues on the backstop steps, the dugout floors, removal of the old bathroom,
installation of doors on the press box and new bathroom area, and obtaining quotes for
the roof over the new bathroom addition.
The Borough Safety Committee met on August 5, 2009. Safety Money guidelines for the
purchase of needed safety equipment was explained. It was noted that the borough has
obtained over $500,000 in dividends since joining the TRICO JIF in 1991 as a direct
result of our long term favorable loss experience. Also discussed were ways to avoid
losses altogether, such as by using repair logs, training videos and programs, and
certificate of insurance and contract review. Jaclynne Parsons of A.J. Gallagher Risk
Management Services spoke on our TRICO JIF losses over the last year, and our
reporting time for those losses.
Council President Razze wished to remind the public of the Highland Carnival set to take
place on Labor Day weekend, and of the Movie in the Park scheduled for Wednesday,
September 2, 2009 to be shown in Ballard Park. The movie to be shown is Journey to the
Center of the Earth, starring Brendan Fraser, and rated PG.
The Environmental and Recreation Committees will not meet during the month of
August.

Councilman Sanders – Read a letter of thanks from Pitman Police Chief Scott Campbell
thanking Fire Chief Clark Pierpont, for the use of a fire truck to aid in the Golf Ball Drop,
an annual fund raiser for the local Midget Football League.
Councilman Sanders repeated Council President Razze’s reminder that the Highland
Carnival starts Labor Day weekend at the parking lot of the Pitman High School. The
hours of operation are from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, each day, with the exception of Sunday
when the carnival will not operate.

Councilwoman Higbee – Reminded all in attendance that the 2009 budget was passed at
the council meeting of July 27, 2009. Our Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Considine,
and Council will now prepare the 2009 cost of living allowance for borough employees,
and the 2009 Salary Guide.
The borough has submitted an application requesting reimbursement of $9,000.00 from



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the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The borough is eligible for this
reimbursement from the NJDOT based on a “self move agreement” entered into as part of
the reconstruction project of Delsea Drive and East Holly Avenue.

Councilwoman Kelley – Announced that the Historic Commission will meet on August
13, with four applications scheduled for review. The Planning and Zoning Board will not
meet during the month of August. Their next meeting is scheduled for September. 20.

Mayor Batten – Reminded everyone in attendance that there is only one meeting of
Mayor and Council during the month of August. The next scheduled meeting will be on
September 14, 2009.

Unfinished Business
Ordinance No. 14, 2009 – Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman Ame nding Chapter II Entitled “Administration” of the Code of the Borough
of Pitman (Sanders)
Second Reading - Public Hearing
Motion: Sanders                            Second: Johnson
Motion to Open to Public: Razze            Second: Johnson
No one from the public wished to be heard.
Motion to Close Public Portion: Razze      Second: Johnson
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                   Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                   Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                    Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten: _______

New Business
Ordinance No. 15, 2009 – Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman Ame nding Chapter XIVA Entitled “Site Plan Review” of the Code of the
Borough of Pitman (Kelley)
First Reading
Motion: Kelley                           Second: Shoemaker
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                 Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                 Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                  Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 148, 2009 –Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman Awarding Quote to Salmon Signs for the Relocation of the Sign Located at
the Corner of E. Holly Avenue and Delsea Drive (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                            Second: Sanders
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                  Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                  Council President Razze: Yes



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Councilman Sanders: Yes                  Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 149, 2009- Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of
Pitman Authorizing the Acting Clerk to Apply to the New Jersey Department of
Transportation for Reimbursement for All Costs and Expenses Related to the
Relocation of the Sign Located at the Corner of E. Holly Avenue and Delsea Drive
(Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                            Second: Razze
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                  Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                  Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                   Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 150, 2009 – Authorizing Refund of Real Estate Taxes and Other
Miscellaneous Refunds (Higbee)
Motion: Higbee                           Second: Kelley
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                 Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                 Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                  Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 151, 2009 – Authorizing A Closed Meeting (Sanders/Higbee/Duffield)
Motion: Sanders                          Second: Razze
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                 Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                 Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                  Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 152, 2009 – Authorizing Sale of 1990 American LaFrance Ladder
Truck No. 2816 With the Price of $35,000.00.
Motion: Sanders                          Second: Shoemaker
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                 Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                 Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                  Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Resolution No. 153, 2009 – Authorizing the Construction Office to Waive the Local
Construction and Electrical Permit Fees for the Demolition and Construction of a
New Water Tank on N. Summit Avenue
Motion: Johnson                           Second: Kelley
Roll Call:



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

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

Event Permits

Pitman High School Girls Soccer Team – Car Wash (Sanders)
Contact: Rosemary Godfrey
Location: Pitman Fire Co. #1 – Commerce Ave.
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2009 @ 9:00 am
Motion to Approve: Sanders                  Second: Shoemaker
All vote to approve, contingent upon submission of a Certificate of Liability Insurance.
*Proof of insurance was submitted on August 24, 2009.

Highland Chemical Engine Company – Annual Labor Day Carnival (Sanders)
Contact: Jeff Penuel
Location: Linden, Waverly & Edgemoor Avenues
Dates: Sept. 3, 4, 5, & 7, 2009 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Motion to Approve: Sanders                   Second: Johnson
All vote to approve, contingent upon submission of a Certificate of Liability Insurance.
*Proof of insurance was submitted on August 13, 2009.

Raffle Applications

The following raffle applications were approved by all members of Council contingent
upon submission of a Certificate of Liability Insurance. Proof of insurance was
submitted on August 13, 2009.

Highland Chemical Engine Company – iPod (2), DVD Playe r, and TV
Contact: Jeff Penuel
Location: Labor Day Carnival
Dates: Sept. 3, 4, 5, & 7, 2009, 10:30 pm
Motion to Approve: Sanders            Second: Johnson

Highland Chemical Engine Company – 50/50 Raffle
Contact: Jeff Penuel
Location: Labor Day Carnival



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Dates: Sept. 3, 4, 5, & 7, 2009, 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Motion to Approve: Sanders                    Second: Johnson

Highland Chemical Engine Company – Non-Draw Raffles (Wheels)
Contact: Jeff Penuel
Location: Labor Day Carnival
Dates: Sept. 3, 4, 5, & 7, 2009, 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Motion to Approve: Sanders                    Second: Johnson

Public Portion
Motion to Open to the Public: Razze           Second: Johnson

Jim Fortney, 502 Carew Avenue - Mr. Fortney stated that members of the Garden Club
were in attendance to draw attention to the destruction of the flower bed on First Avenue,
and stated that he has not seen a regular police presence in the downtown area enforcing
the anti- loitering law. He also stated that the benches that were along Broadway are no
longer in place. He wondered why they had been removed.

Jim Armstrong, 501 Florence Avenue – Mr. Armstrong stated that while working on
the flower beds at the library that afternoon, for approximately 2.5 hours, he witnessed
older teens and young adults loitering on the library porch, smoking in a non-smoking
area, and using vulgar language. He stated that such behavior is intimidating to people
going to and from the library. He said Library Director, Sharon Furgason, came out
several times to ask them to move along, but they did not comply. He stressed that the
people loitering at the library, although referred to as “kids”, were actually young adults,
approximately 20-22 years of age. He also suggested that perhaps police could use bikes
to patrol the downtown areas.

Council President Razze wondered if surveillance cameras in troubled areas would be
an option to pursue.

Watson Lohmann, 330 Pitman Avenue – Mr. Lohmann stated that he has been a victim
of, and witnessed verbal harassment of anyone who tries to deal with the loitering
situation on the library steps. He feels a police presence would be needed more in the
late afternoon and early evening, as this is when the kids seem to congregate.

Pitman Police Captain Robe rt Zimme rman responded that it is very hard for the police
to enforce loitering laws, and stressed that it was very important for witnesses to call the
police while the violation is occurring, whether it be loitering, smoking in a non-smoking
area, or destruction of property. He also stated that posting signage notifying people of
prohibited behaviors is important to enforcement.

Judy Lohmann, 330 Pitman Avenue – Mrs. Lohmann agreed with the previous
residents who spoke of the incidents that have occurred on the library steps, and stated
that the library steps and the garden on First Avenue have been destroyed by skateboard
and bicycle tricks being practiced there. She also voiced an objection to Empire Tattoo



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doing the tattoo work in the front window of the business.

Domenic Meduri, 712 W. Holly Avenue – Mr. Meduri expressed frustration about the
loud music being played at Carolina Blue Restaurant in the evenings.

Councilman Johnson stated that Carolina Blue has not broken any laws at this point.

Motion to Close the Public Portion: Shoemaker        Second: Razze
Miscellaneous

Motion to Enter Closed Session: Sanders              Second: Shoemaker
Time: 9:50 pm

Motion to Return to Open Session: Razze              Second: Johnson
Time: 10:30 pm

Resolution No. 154, 2009 – Authorizing Borough Solicitor Brian Duffield to
Commence Litigation Against Hotel Pitman for Fire Code Violations
Motion: Sanders                          Second: Johnson
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                 Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                 Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                  Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Motion was made by Councilman Sanders, with a second from Councilman Shoemaker,
to approve the proposed contract for the Borough of Pitman Police Department, subject to
ratification by the members of the union, retroactive to January 1, 2009.
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                      Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                      Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                       Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Motion was made by Councilman Sanders, with a second by Councilman Johnson, to
hire a part-time Fire Inspector for the Borough of Pitman at a rate of $11.00 per hour, not
to exceed eight hours per week.
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                      Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                      Council President Razze: Yes
Councilman Sanders: Yes                       Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Motion was made by Councilwoman Higbee, with a second by Councilman Shoemaker,
to offer all non-union, eligible, Borough of Pitman employees a 3.5% cost of living
adjustment to their rate of pay.


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Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: Yes                  Councilman Johnson: No
Councilwoman Kelley: No                   Council President Razze: No
Councilman Sanders: No                    Councilman Shoemaker: No
Mayor Batten ________

Motion was made by Councilman Shoemaker, with a second by Councilman Johnson, to
offer all non-union, eligible, Borough of Pitman employees a 3.0% cost of living
adjustment to their rate of pay.
Roll Call:
Councilwoman Higbee: No                       Councilman Johnson: Yes
Councilwoman Kelley: Yes                      Council President Razze: No
Councilman Sanders: Yes                       Councilman Shoemaker: Yes
Mayor Batten ________

Motion for Public Discussion: Shoemaker         Second: Higbee
No one from the public in attendance.

Adjournment
Motion: Shoemaker                               Second: Higbee
All vote in favor to adjourn.
Time: 10:40 pm


Respectfully Submitted,


Judith O’Donnell
Acting Municipal Clerk




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