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					                               TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD
                           REORGANIZATION MEETING MINUTES
                                   JANUARY 1, 2007
                                      1:00 P.M.

THIS MEETING IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE "OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT" AS ADEQUATE
NOTICE OF THIS METING HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY MAILING THE ANNUAL SCHEDULE OF
MEETINGS TO THE CRANFORD CHRONICLE, THE HOME NEWS & TRIBUNE AND THE STAR
LEDGER, BY POSTING SUCH ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULE ON A BULLETIN BOARD IN THE
TOWN HALL RESERVED FOR SUCH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND THE FILING OF SAID NOTICE
WITH THE TOWNSHIP CLERK OF CRANFORD. FORMAL ACTION MAY BE TAKEN AT THIS
MEETING.

Present:       Michael A. Plick
               Robert I. Puhak
               David W. Robinson
               George J. Jorn
               George T. McDonough
Absent:        None

There were approximately one hundred and thirty (130) members of the public present.

The Organization Meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, County of Union, New
Jersey, held on January 1, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. was called to order by Tara Rowley, Deputy Township Clerk.

The invocation was offered by Rev. John McGovern from St. Michael’s R.C. Church, followed by the
Flag Salute which was led by Police and Fire Honorary Color Guard. The National Anthem was sung by
Mary Starkey, a Cranford resident.

Oath of Office – David W. Robinson
Amy E. Robinson, Esq., wife of Commissioner Robinson , administered the Oath of Office to David W.
Robinson as a member of the Township Committee for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009.

Certificate of Election
Deputy Township Clerk Tara Rowley presented a Certificate of Election and township pin to David W.
Robinson.

Election of Chairman for 2007
Deputy Township Clerk Tara Rowley called for nominations for the position of Chairman of the
Township Committee for 2007. Commissioner Robinson placed the name of Michael A. Plick as
Chairperson. No other names were placed in nomination. Deputy Township Clerk Tara Rowley closed
the nominations.

Michael A. Plick was elected to serve as Chairman of the Township Committee for the year 2007 by roll
call vote as indicated:
Recorded vote:
Aye: Commissioners McDonough, Jorn, Robinson, Puhak, Plick
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

New Jersey Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr., administered the Oath of Office to Michael A. Plick as Chairman of
the Township Committee for the year 2007.

Election of Vice Chairman for 2007
Deputy Township Clerk Tara Rowley called for nominations for Vice Chairman of the Township
Committee for 2007. Commissioner Robinson placed the name of Robert I. Puhak as Vice Chairman for
the year 2007. No other names were placed in nomination. Deputy Township Clerk Tara Rowley closed
the nominations.

Robert I. Puhak was elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Township Committee for the year 2007, by
roll call vote as indicated:
Recorded vote:
Aye: Commissioner McDonough, Jorn, Robinson, Puhak, Plick
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None
January 1, 2007                                                                                         2


New Jersey Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr., administered the Oath of Office to Robert I. Puhak as Vice
Chairman of the Township Committee for the year 2007.

Appointment of Township Clerk
Mayor Michael Plick read the following resolution in full:

Resolution No. 2007-1:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Tara Rowley be, and hereby is, appointed as Municipal Clerk for a three (3) year
term ending December 31, 2009.

On motion of Deputy Mayor Puhak, seconded by Commissioner Robinson and passed, Resolution No.
2007-1 was adopted by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Plick, Deputy Mayor Puhak, Commissioners Robinson, Jorn and McDonough
Nay: None
Abstain: None
Absent: None

Oath of Office – Tara Rowley
Rosalie Hellenbretch, RMC, former Municipal Clerk of Cranford, administered the Oath of Office to Tara
Rowley as Municipal Clerk for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009.

Presentation to Former Township Clerk Rosalie Hellenbrecht
Mayor Michael Plick made a presentation to Rosalie Hellenbrecht for her service as Municipal Clerk.

Mayoral Appointments of Township Commissioners
Finance            David W. Robinson
Public Safety      George T. McDonough
Public Works/Eng.  Robert I. Puhak
Public Affairs     George J. Jorn

Mayoral Appointments to the Planning Board
Mark Smith as a Class II member for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007

Karen W. Capone as a Class IV member for a four (4) year term ending December 31, 2010

Robert D’Ambola as a Class IV member for a four (4) year term ending December 31, 2010

Ann E. Darby as an Alternate #1 member for a two (2) year term ending December 31, 2008

Lynda Feder as an Alternate #2 member for an unexpired term ending December 31, 2007

Mayoral Appointments to Library Board
Marge Shackell for a five (5) year term ending December 31, 2011

Patricia Pavlak for a five (5) year term ending December 31, 2011

Commissioner George J. Horn as Liaison

Mayoral Appointments to the Environmental Commission
Nelson Dittmar, Jr. as member for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009

Mark Smith as a member for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009

John Shaw as a member for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009

John Mallon as an Alternate #1 member for a two (2) year term ending December 31, 2008

Ann E. Darby, Lynda Feder, Vance Merolla, and William Wilson as Associate Members for a one (1)
year term ending December 31, 2007

Nelson Dittmar as Chairman for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007

Commissioner George T. McDonough as Liaison
January 1, 2007                                                                                       3


Appointments to Emergency Management Council for the year 2007 - Police Chief Eric G. Mason,
Coordinator; Police Captain Jerome M. Andrews, and Fire Chief Leonard R. Dolan III, Deputy
Coordinators; Mayor Michael A. Plick; Public Safety Commissioner George T. McDonough; Health
Officer Warren J. Hehl; Supt. of Schools, Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod; Township Engineer Richard A.
Marsden; Public Works Coordinator, Wayne E. Rozman; Township Administrator Marlena A. Schmid;
CENCOM Coordinator, Gareth Williams; Consultant, Andrew Flacks; Construction Code Official,
Richard Belluscio; TV35 Representative, Edward Davenport; Cranford resident Dr. Margaret (Peg)
Pipchick; and as Technical Consultant, Paul Josewitch

Mayoral Appointment to Historic Preservation Advisory Board
Michael Mason as a Class C and Alternate #1 member for a two (2) year term ending December 31, 2008

Victor Bary, Michael Cilia, Peter Coates, Julie Didzbalis, Sheena Higgins, Eileen Leahey, Kathleen
Monahan, Kevin Papa, Michael Rediger, Ray Schwartz, Joseph Starkey, and Maureen Strazdon as
Associate Members for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007

Julie Didzbalis as Chairperson for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007

Commissioner George J. Jorn as Liaison

Mayoral Appointments to the Tree Advisory Board
Edith Merkel for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009

Miriam Moody for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009

Frances Wismer for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009

Conrad Brink, Michael Rediger and Michael Venditti as Associate Members for a one (1) year term
ending December 31, 2007

Commissioner George J. Jorn as Liaison

Mayoral Appointments as Board of Education Liaisons for 2007—Mayor Michael A. Plick and
Deputy Mayor Robert I. Puhak

RESOLUTIONS – By Roll Call Vote

The Township Clerk read the following resolution in full:

Resolution No. 2007-2:
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE APPOINTMENT OF THE TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007, that Carl R. Woodward, III, Esq. be, and hereby is, appointed as Township Attorney for
a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

The following members of the Township Committee commented on Resolution No. 2007-2 as follows:

Commissioner McDonough
   Explained that his comments are not meant to be directed at Mr. Woodward’s qualifications,
     stating that he is more than qualified. Stated that his colleagues ran a campaign on the notion of
     “open and honest government”. Commended the practice, but feels the process was not as open
     as it should have been. Stated that he was not informed of the notice to solicit Request for
     Qualifications (RFQ) for legal services until after it was advertised. Discussed the value of
     working together as a Township Committee.
Commissioner Jorn
   Also feels that Mr. Woodward is clearly qualified, but expressed concern with the financial
     aspect of the appointment. Compared the rate of salary and duties between the previous attorney
     and Mr. Woodward.
Commissioner Robinson
   Provided an explanation of the retainer proposed by Mr. Woodward. Also explained that Mr.
     Woodward would not be appointed as an employee, but as an independent contractor, and would
     not be receiving health or pension benefits, which will allow for considerable savings. Feels the
     process was competitive and open, stating that every member of the Township Committee was
     provided with a copy of all RFQ packets that were received and the notice to solicit those RFQ’s
     was posted on the Township’s website.
January 1, 2007                                                                                          4


Mayor Plick
   Stated that there will be a number of changes that will be proposed throughout the year. The
      township solicited RFQ’s for several positions for a number of different reasons. Discussed the
      proposed resolution designating various firms for tax appeal legal services. Explained that this
      designation formally qualifies those firms in the event they should be needed by the Township.
      Feels the process was open and the entire Township Committee was made aware that RFQ’s
      would be solicited for legal services.

On motion of Commissioner Robinson, seconded by Deputy Mayor Puhak and passed, Resolution No.
2007-2 was adopted by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Plick, Deputy Mayor Puhak, Commissioners Robinson and McDonough
Nay: Commissioner Jorn
Abstain: None
Absent: None

The Township Clerk read the following resolution in full:

Resolution No. 2007-15:
WHEREAS, there exists a need to engage experts to provide tax appeal legal services for the Township
of Cranford;
WHEREAS, the Township of Cranford issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for tax appeal legal
services through a fair and open process in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq., and
WHEREAS, the Township of Cranford has deemed that the background, experience and qualifications
of the respondents satisfy the criteria set forth in the RFQ.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
New Jersey that tax appeal legal services during 2007 be provided by the following:

        1.        Palumbo & Renaud, Attorneys at Law, 190 North Avenue East, Cranford New Jersey
                  07016
        2.        McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney, & Carpenter, LLP, Three Gateway Center, 100 Mulberry
                  Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102-4079
        3.        Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Cecchi, Stewart & Olstein, PC, 5 Becker Farm Road,
                  Roseland, New Jersey 07068-1739.

The following members of the Township Committee commented on Resolution No. 2007-15 as follows:

Commissioner McDonough
   Questioned the need to designate three (3) legal firms in connection with tax appeal legal
      services, stating that only one attorney or firm has been designated for other legal services.
      Stated that it was his understanding that the Township would be utilizing Robert Renaud for tax
      appeal legal services.
Mayor Plick
   Discussed the Township’s need for various types of legal services and those that required a
      decision for appointment on January 1, 2007. Explained that the need to appoint a tax appeal
      attorney was not as pressing as the other appointments, however, stated that it is his recollection
      that Commissioner McDonough felt that it was necessary to have Robert Renaud’s tax appeal
      services at hand. As a result, the Township Committee decided to designate three (3) firms to
      provide tax appeal services. This would allow the Township to choose from any of the qualified
      firms as tax appeal legal services became necessary.
Commissioner Robinson
   Explained that in the past, tax appeals were handled by the township attorney, yet an RFQ was
      solicited solely for tax appeal legal services. Once he became aware of this, discussions were
      held which included the Township Administrator, and it was decided that this service would be
      included with the broad RFQ to be advertised for various legal services. Also explained that the
      resolution designating these firms simply qualifies them to provide the service and allows the
      Township to utilize any of the firms designated if the need arises. Further explained that this type
      of open and competitive process will be used for other services provided to the township.
Commissioner McDonough
   Referred to Commissioner Robinson’s comment concerning the discussions that were held
      concerning this matter. Questioned who was included in these discussions, stating that “open and
      honest government” should include all members of the Township Committee.
Commissioner Robinson
   Commissioner Robinson stated that the Township Administrator and Robert Renaud were
      included in the discussions.

On motion of Commissioner Robinson, seconded by Deputy Mayor Puhak and passed, Resolution No.
2007-15 was adopted by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
January 1, 2007                                                                                            5


Recorded vote:
Aye: Commissioners McDonough, Robinson, Deputy Mayor Puhak, and Mayor Plick
Nay: Commissioner Jorn
Abstained: None
Absent: None

The Township Clerk read the following resolution in full:

Resolution No. 2007-36:
WHEREAS education related legislation was recently introduced and listed for voting consideration by both the
New Jersey State Assembly and Senate, i.e.,
     i)      S7/A8 which establishes a pilot program in the State Department of Education for the governance and
             operation of a countywide administrative school district
     ii)     S10/A4 which includes a county superintendent with local veto powers
and
WHEREAS this legislation was rewritten and suddenly re-introduced without public discussion or legislative
committee consideration; and
WHEREAS, even though these pieces of legislation did not receive required support in the State Senate on
December 14, 2006, they are eligible for re-introduction as early as January 8, 2007; and
WHEREAS S7/A8 would
     i)      make Union County eligible to become a pilot program for a countywide school system, thereby
             eliminating our local Board of Education’s governance of our local schools and
     ii)     open the door for elimination of our local school board altogether; and
WHEREAS S10/A4 would
     i) remove the sole focus of a school superintendent and related resources from Cranford schools, instead
         shifting focus to towns other than Cranford;
     ii) open the door for the county executive superintendent to
             a) replace existing local school system personnel and services (e.g. transportation, payroll, accounting,
             purchasing) with county personnel and services of county superintendent’s choice
             b) assess the respective municipality for such personnel and services
WHEREAS such actions would likely have the effect of channeling a significant portion of Cranford property
taxes, currently intended for Cranford schools, away from Cranford and into other towns; and
WHEREAS such actions of reduced funding and focus would deteriorate the quality of education in Cranford
schools; and
WHEREAS such actions would lead to a reduction of property values in Cranford, as property values are directly
tied to the quality and record of education in our local schools; and
WHEREAS the Cranford Township Committee
     i) fully endorses and supports efforts and related legislation that mitigate property taxes without
             a) damaging the quality of education within Cranford
             b) undermining Cranford property values
             c) having the potential of inverse effect, i.e., increasing property taxes within Cranford but
     ii) realizes this legislation does not satisfy any one of those objectives and in fact appears to be in direct
         conflict with such goals, i.e., failing to deliver property tax savings while damaging our local education
         systems as well as reducing our property values
WHEREAS such legislation, i.e., S7/A8 and S10/A4, further removes power from the residents it should be
serving and instead places such power with government and political entities further removed from those residents
and their best interests; and
WHEREAS the Cranford Township Committee’s direct responsibility is to the welfare and best interests of its
residents
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Cranford Township Committee recognizes such legislation to
be clearly detrimental to the best interests of the residents and community of Cranford; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Cranford Township Committee strongly opposes such legislation; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution will be forwarded to
i) Governor Jon Corzine;
ii) New Jersey Senate President Richard Codey;
iii) New Jersey Assempbly Speaker Joseph Roberts;
iv) Senator Tom Kean Jr.;
v) Assemblymen Eric Munoz and Jon Bramnick;
vi) the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders;
vii) the sponors of S7/A8, i.e., Senators Bob Smith and Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr.and Assemblymen John S.
Wisniewski, Robert M. Gordon, Linda R. Greenstein, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Joseph Vas, Pamela R.
Lampitt, Louis D. Greenwald, Nilsa Cruz-Perez, David R. Mayer, John J. Burzichelli; and
viii) the sponsors of S10/A4 , i.e., Senator Bob Smith of District 17 (S10) and Assemblymen Joseph J.
Roberts Jr, John S. Wisniewski, Jerry Green, Robert M. Gordon, Louis D. Greenwald, Pamela R.
Lampitt, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Douglas H. Fisher, Nilsa Cruz-Perez
January 1, 2007                                                                                            6


The following members of the Township Committee commented on Resolution No. 2007-36 as follows:

Deputy Mayor Puhak:
    Discussed the proposed legislation, explaining that it would provide for a countywide
       administrative school district in the State Department of Education that would replace all of the
       local school districts within each county. There is potential that Union County could be chosen
       as a pilot district. The proposed legislation would also allow for a political appointment by the
       Governor for a County Superintendent who would replace all local superintendents. Expressed
       concern with the proposed legislation, stating that it would remove power from the local school
       districts and the people of Cranford. Stated that the legislation was proposed as a measure of
       saving taxes. Feels this legislation would deteriorate Cranford’s education system, which would
       lead to a reduction of property values, as they are tied to the Township’s excellence of education.
       Also feels it would require more funding being put into the County pool which could ultimately
       increase property taxes. Feels it is a grave situation, stating that an emergency meeting of the
       Township Committee/Board of Education Alliance was called to address the matter. Discussed
       concern with this matter being reintroduced in January 2007.
Mayor Plick:
    Stated that the Township Committee would do its best to share any information received from the
       State Legislature to the public as soon as possible. Agreed with Deputy Mayor Puhak, stating
       that it is a very serious and grave situation that threatens the township’s education system.

On motion of Deputy Mayor Puhak, seconded by Commissioner Robinson and passed, Resolution No.
2007-36 was adopted by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded vote:
Aye: Mayor Plick, Deputy Mayor Puhak, Commissioners Robinson, Jorn and McDonough
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

The Township Clerk read the following resolution in full:

Resolution No. 2007-18:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Robert P. Donovan, Esq. be, and hereby is, appointed as Municipal Prosecutor for a
one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

The following members of the Township Committee commented on Resolution No. 2007-18 as follows:

Commissioner McDonough
    Feels a local party chairperson should not be placed in a significant legal role, stating that this
       action was condemned by the Republican members of the Township Committee last year. Stated
       that it was his understanding that Mark Cassidy would be appointed as Prosecutor and Robert
       Donovan would be appointed as Alternate Prosecutor.
Mayor Plick
    Responded to Commissioner McDonough’s remarks, explaining that the concern expressed by
       Republican members of the Township Committee during the reorganization meeting last year
       related to a conflict of interest, not politics. Explained that the Township solicited RFQ’s for this
       appointment and received a limited number of responses. Stated that the entire Township
       Committee discussed this appointment during the last meeting in 2006 and there was no decision
       made because there were some concerns expressed regarding Mr. Cassidy’s availability.
Commissioner Jorn
    Stated that it was his understanding that Mr. Cassidy would be appointed as Prosecutor and
       Robert Donovan would be appointed as Alternate Prosecutor. Stated that he was notified of the
       change after the fact. Feels Mr. Cassidy has more experience for this position. Stated that this is
       a very important role and there are some very critical cases that come to municipal court.
Deputy Mayor Puhak
    Agreed with the comments made by Mayor Plick. Feels that “checks and balances” are good and
       it is also good that Township Committee members question each other on all of these decisions.
       Explained that his vote against the appointment of the municipal attorney last year was due
       solely to a conflict of interest. Discussed the role of municipal attorney, stating that he counsels
       the members of the Township Committee, while the prosecutor does not. Stated that there is
       basically no interaction between the Township Committee and the prosecutor throughout the
       year. Explained that he felt the conflict of interest existed last year because Robert Renaud also
       serviced as counsel to Union County. Feels this appointment is a very different situation.
       Discussed the time taken concerning the RFQ process and each decision was made with careful
       consideration.
January 1, 2007                                                                                        7


On motion of Commissioner Robinson, seconded by Deputy Mayor Puhak and passed, Resolution No.
2007-18 was adopted by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded vote:
Aye: Mayor Plick, Deputy Mayor Puhak, Commissioners Robinson and McDonough
Nay: Commissioner Jorn
Abstained: None
Absent: None

The Township Clerk read the following resolution in full:

Resolution No. 2007-64:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Joan Varanelli, be, and hereby is, appointed to the Hyatt Hills Golf Course
Commission for a five (5) year term ending December 31, 2011.

The following members of the Township Committee commented on Resolution No. 2007-64 as follows:

Commissioner Jorn
    Discussed former commissioner Bob Hoeffler and his dedication and devotion to the Hyatt Hills
       Golf Course Commission. Feels Mr. Hoeffler should be reappointed.
Mayor Plick
    Stated that the decision not to reappoint Mr. Hoeffler was not meant in disrespect to him.
       Expressed appreciation for the tremendous amount of work Mr. Hoeffler has done for Cranford.
       Explained that there would be change under this governing body, and this is one of the areas that
       the Township Committee felt would be a fit place for change. Hopeful that a change would help
       improve the Hyatt Hills Golf Commission and the relationship between the commission and the
       Township Committee.
Deputy Mayor McDonough
    Discussed his support for the decision to appoint Mrs. Varanelli to the Hyatt Hills Golf Course
       Commission. Also commended Mr. Hoeffler for his contribution to the commission over many
       years. Stated that there was an open process by his colleagues concerning this appointment and
       commended them for that.

On motion of Deputy Mayor Puhak, seconded by Commissioner Robinson and passed, Resolution No.
2007-64 was adopted by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded vote:
Aye: Mayor Plick, Deputy Mayor Puhak, Commissioners Robinson and McDonough
Nay: Commissioner Jorn
Abstained: None
Absent: None
The Township Clerk read the following resolution in full:

Resolution No. 2007-73:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
at a meeting held January 1, 2007 that David W. Robinson be, and hereby is, appointed as official
Township Representative to the Planning Board, Class III for a one (1) year term ending December 31,
2007.

The following members of the Township Committee commented on Resolution No. 2007-73 as follows:

Commissioner McDonough
   Discussed the need for balance in government, stating that this is also necessary concerning
     Planning and Zoning Boards. Discussed the Walgreen’s project, stating that the Township forced
     them to provide a plan that met the high standards of the Township. Feels all businesses wanting
     to move to Cranford should meet these standards. Discussed his concerns with market strategy
     and allowing the market to dictate the types of businesses that come to Cranford. Feels the
     Township must demand what it wants from developers. Discussed the need for a new Master
     Plan. Feels there is a need to confirm a vision that all can agree upon, and allow the Master Plan
     to reflect that vision.
Commissioner Robinson
   Stated he will never apologize for respect for private property rights and a belief in markets.

On motion of Deputy Mayor Puhak, seconded by Commissioner Robinson and passed, Resolution No.
2007-73 was adopted by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded vote:
Aye: Commissioners McDonough, Jorn, Robinson, Deputy Mayor Puhak, and Mayor Plick
Nay: None
Abstained: None
January 1, 2007                                                                                       8


Absent: None

RESOLUTIONS – By Consent Agenda

On motion of Mayor Plick, seconded by Commissioner Robinson and passed, the following resolutions
were adopted by consent agenda:

Resolution No. 2007-3:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held January
1, 2007 that the resignation of Robert Donovan as an Alternate #2 Member of the Zoning Board of
Adjustment be and hereby is accepted, with regrets, effective December 31, 2006.

Resolution No. 2007-4:
RESOLUTION APPOINTING RISK MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT
WHEREAS, The Township of Cranford (hereinafter “Local Unit”) has joined the Statewide Insurance Fund
(hereinafter “Fund”), a joint insurance fund as defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:10-36 et seq.; and
WHEREAS, the Bylaws require participating members to appoint a Risk Management Consultant, as those
positions are defined in the Bylaws, if requested to do so by the Fund; and
WHEREAS, the Fund has requested its members to appoint individuals or entities to that position; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the governing body of the Township of Cranford, in the County
of Union, and State of New Jersey, as follows:
1.      The Township Committee hereby appoints Banc of America Corporate Insurance Agency, LLC, 14
        Commerce Drive, Cranford, NJ 07016 as its local Risk Management Consultant.
2.      The Mayor and Township Clerk are hereby authorized to execute the Risk Management
        Consultant’s Agreement for the year 2007 in the form attached hereto.

Resolution No. 2007-5:
WHEREAS, alcohol and drug abuse effects many lives especially our youth; and
WHEREAS, the best way to combat the problem of alcohol and drug abuse is through prevention and
educational programs; and
WHEREAS, the Cranford Municipal Alliance is dedicated to a comprehensive and coordinated effort to
reduce and prevent alcohol and drug abuse in Cranford to make our town safe for all our citizens –
especially our young people, and will include in its Safe Homes Project such dedicated efforts; and
WHEREAS, the first prevention strategy involving the Safe Homes Project is “Zero Tolerance”,
meaning no alcohol use by underage youth will be tolerated; underage drinkers will be held accountable
for their actions.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
this 1st day of January, 2007 that the Township Committee supports “Zero Tolerance” and urges all
individuals, parent groups, PTAs, civic groups, schools, religious institutions, law enforcement,
businesses, and all organizations to also support “Zero Tolerance” regarding alcohol and drug use.

Resolution No. 2007-6:
WHEREAS, N.J.S.40a:4-19 provides that the governing body may, and if any contracts,
commitments, or payments are to be made prior to the adoption of the 2007 Budget, shall by
resolution adopted prior to January 31 of the fiscal year, make appropriations to provide for
the period between the beginning of the fiscal and the adoption of budget.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
County of Union, that the following temporary appropriations be made and that a certified copy of this
Resolution be transmitted to the Chief Financial Officer for his records:

                                                                      Salaries              Other
 Appropriations - Current Fund                                         & Wages             Expenses

GENERAL GOVERNMENT:
  ADMINISTRATIVE AND EXECUTIVE                                         $125,000.00           $56,000.00
  ELECTIONS                                                                                   $3,000.00

  FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION                                              $59,000.00           $11,000.00

  ASSESSMENT OF TAXES                                                   $28,000.00           $11,000.00

  COLLECTION OF TAXES                                                   $22,000.00            $1,000.00

  LEGAL SERVICES & COSTS                                                $24,000.00           $26,000.00

  ENGINEERING SERVICES & COSTS                                          $47,000.00            $3,000.00
  PUBLIC BUILDINGS & GROUNDS                                            $15,000.00          $102,000.00

  MUNICIPAL LAND USE LAW                                                $14,000.00            $5,000.00
                                                                        $15,000.00            $4,000.00
  ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
January 1, 2007                                                            9



  ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION                                           $350.00

PUBLIC SAFETY:

  POLICE                                         $1,221,000.00    $91,000.00

  FIRE                                            $687,000.00    $122,000.00
  UNIFORM FIRE SAFETY ACT                                         $17,000.00

  EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES                                    $8,000.00

STREETS & ROADS:

  ROAD REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE                                     $105,000.00
                                                  $433,000.00
  COMMUNICATIONS                                   $37,000.00     $25,000.00

  CONSERVATION CENTER                               $5,000.00     $36,000.00
  RECYCLING                                         $2,000.00     $50,000.00
HEALTH &
WELFARE:
  BOARD OF HEALTH                                  $53,000.00      $5,800.00
  SERVICES OF VISITING NURSES - CONTRACTUAL                       $12,000.00
  DOG REGULATIONS                                                  $2,000.00

  RECREATION                                       $87,000.00      $9,000.00

  MAYOR'S COMMITTEE on YOUTH
                                                    $9,000.00        $210.00
  CELEBRATION OF PUBLIC EVENTS                                       $630.00

  MAYOR'S COMMITTEE ON HORTICULTURE                                  $670.00

  SENIOR CITIZENS BUS TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
                                                    $5,000.00      $1,000.00
  TERMINAL PAY                                     $16,000.00
  MUNICIPAL COURT                                  $43,000.00     $24,000.00
  PUBLIC DEFENDER                                     $260.00
  UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE:

   CONSTRUCTION CODE OFFICIAL                      $71,000.00      $5,000.00

   PLUMBING SUBCODE OFFICIAL                       $17,000.00
   ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR                            $20,000.00
  UNCLASSIFIED:

   MOTOR OILS AND FUELS                                           $47,000.00
   STREET LIGHTING                                                $67,000.00
   ELECTRICITY                                                    $32,000.00
   TELEPHONE                                                      $21,000.00

   WATER                                                           $2,000.00

   NATURAL GAS                                                    $20,000.00

  SOCIAL SECURITY                                                $108,000.00

  CONSOLIDATED POLICE & FIREMEN’S PENSION FUND                     $6,000.00

  STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE                                    $13,000.00
  INSURANCE:

   GENERAL LIABILITY                                             $442,828.00

   WORKERS COMPENSATION                                           $52,000.00
   EMPLOYERS GROUP HEALTH                                        $766,000.00
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                                                                             Salaries       Other
Appropriations - Current Fund                                                & Wages      Expenses
                                                                                           $248,000.00
RAHWAY VALLEY SEWERAGE AUTHORITY SHARE OF COSTS

MAINTENANCE OF FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY                                                         $319,000.00
COMMUNICATIONS - 911                                                   $59,000.00



PENSION INCREASE:
 POLICE & FIREMAN’S RETIREMENT SYSTEM                                                     $164,000.00
 PUBLIC EMPLOYEE’S RETIREMENT SYSTEM                                                     $ 27,000.00
LOSAP                                                                                    $   3,000.00
CONSERVATION CENTER                                                                      $ 4,000.00
POLICE                                                          $65,000.00
PAYMENT OF BOND PRINCIPAL                                                                $680,000.00
INTEREST ON BONDS                                                                        $1,006,841.50
INTEREST ON NOTES                                                                        $114,000.00
LOAN REPAYMENTS FOR PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST                                               $   7,825.80
NJ INFRASTRUCTURE LOAN PROGRAM
 LOAN REPAYMENTS FOR PRINCIPAL & INTEREST                                                  $477,017.13


TOTAL                                                                 $3,179,260.00      $5,364,172.43


Resolution No. 2007-7:
WHEREAS, N.J.S.40a:4-19 provides that the governing body may, and if any contracts,
commitments, or payments are to be made prior to the adoption of the 2007 Budget ,shall by
resolution adopted prior to January 31, of the fiscal year, make appropriations to provide for
the period between the beginning of the fiscal and the adoption of budget.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
County of Union, that the following temporary appropriations be made and that a certified copy of this
Resolution be transmitted to the Chief Financial Officer for his records:

Appropriations – Swim Pool Utility Fund                Salaries &Wages         Other Expenses

Operating Fund                                         $255,000.00             $185,000.00

Debt Service:
       Payment of Notes                                                        $ 5,700.00
       Interest on Notes                                                       $ 7,300.00

Statutory Expenditures:
        Social Security System                                                 $ 19,000.00
        Unemployment Insurance                                                 $    500.00

TOTAL                                                  $255,000.00             $217,500.00

Resolution No. 2007-8:
WHEREAS, N.J.S.40a: 4-19 provides that the governing body may, and if any contracts,
commitments, or payments are to be made prior to the adoption of the 2007 Budget, shall by
resolution adopted prior to January 31, of the fiscal year, make appropriations to provide for
the period between the beginning of the fiscal and the adoption of budget.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
County of Union, that the following temporary appropriations be made and that a certified copy of this
Resolution be transmitted to the Chief Financial Officer for his records:

Appropriations – Swim Pool Utility Fund                Salaries &Wages         Other Expenses

Operating Fund                                         $255,000.00             $185,000.00

Debt Service:
       Payment of Notes                                                        $ 5,700.00
       Interest on Notes                                                       $ 7,300.00
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Statutory Expenditures:
        Social Security System                                                   $ 19,000.00
        Unemployment Insurance                                                   $    500.00

TOTAL                                                    $255,000.00             $217,500.00

Resolution No. 2007-9:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Marlena A. Schmid be, and hereby is, designated as the Statewide Insurance Fund
Local Unit Commissioner for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-10:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Thomas J. Grady be, and hereby is, designated as the Statewide Insurance Fund
Safety and Loss Prevention Representative for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-11:
RESOLUTION INCREASING BID THRESHOLD AND APPOINTING A QUALIFIED
PURCHASING AGENT, PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 40A:11-3a AND N.J.A.C. 5:34-5 ET. SEQ.
WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law provides local contracting units with the ability to increase
their bid threshold up to $29,000.00; and
 WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-3a, permits an increase in the bid threshold if a Qualified Purchasing
Agent is appointed, as well as grants the authorization to negotiate and award such contracts below the
bid threshold; and
WHEREAS, N.J.A.C. 5:34-5 et. seq. establishes the criteria for qualifying as a Qualified Purchasing
Agent; and
WHEREAS, Marlena A. Schmid possesses the designation of Qualified Purchasing Agent as issued by
the Director of the Division of Local Government Services in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:34-5 et. seq.;
pursuant to correspondence received from the Director dated April 11, 2002 approving Township
Administrator Schmid’s application; and
WHEREAS, the Township of Cranford desires to take advantage of an increased bid threshold;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
Union County, State of New Jersey hereby increases its bid threshold to $29,000.00; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, Union
County, State of New Jersey hereby appoints Marlena A. Schmid as the Qualified Purchasing Agent to
exercise the duties of a purchasing agent pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-2(30) with specific relevance to the
authority, responsibility, and accountability of the purchasing activity of the Township of Cranford.

Resolution No. 2007-12:
WHEREAS, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 17:27-3.5, all public agencies that award contracts to goods
and services vendors and/or construction contractors must designate an individual to serve as its Public
Agency Compliance Officer; and
WHEREAS, the Public Agency Compliance Officer shall act as a liaison between the Division of
Contract Compliance & Equal Employment Opportunity in Public Contracts and service providers, act as
the municipality’s point of contact for all matters concerning the implementation and administration of
the statute, and for administering contracting procedures pertaining to equal employment opportunity.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
that Tara Rowley be, and hereby is, appointed as Public Agency Compliance Officer for the Township of
Cranford for the year 2007; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Division of
Contract Compliance & Equal Employment Opportunity in Public Contracts

Resolution No. 2007-13:
WHEREAS, the Township of Cranford has a need to acquire specialized legal services in connection
with the authorization and the issuance of bonds or notes of the Township of Cranford (the “Township”)
in the County of Union, State of New Jersey, including the review of such procedures and the rendering
of approving legal opinions acceptable to the financial community as a non-fair and open contract
pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5; and
WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and Qualified Purchasing Agent has determined and certified in
writing that the value of the services may exceed $17,500; and,
WHEREAS, the anticipated term of this contract is one year; and,
WHEREAS, Rogut McCarthy Troy LLC has submitted a proposal dated November 27, 2006
indicating it will provide the above services; and,
WHEREAS, Rogut McCarthy Troy LLC has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure
Certification which certifies that Rogut McCarthy Troy LLC has not made any reportable contributions
to a political or candidate committee in the Township of Cranford in the previous one year (excluding
any contribution made prior to January 1, 2006), and that the contract will prohibit Rogut McCarthy Troy
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LLC. from making any reportable contributions through the term of the contract, and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
New Jersey as follows:

        1.        The Mayor and Township Clerk of the Township of Cranford be, and hereby are,
                  authorized and directed to execute an agreement with Rogut McCarthy Troy LLC, 37
                  Alden Street, Cranford, New Jersey 07016 for said services provided in calendar year
                  2007;

        2.        The Business Disclosure Entity Certification and the Determination of Value be placed
                  on file with this resolution; and,

        3.        A copy of this resolution shall be published as required by law within twenty (20) days
                  of its adoption.

Resolution No. 2007-14:
WHEREAS, the Director of Finance has certified to the availability of funds which is on file in the
office of the Township Clerk; and
WHEREAS, there exists a need for an audit of the revenues of the Township of Cranford by a registered
municipal accountant.
WHEREAS, the Township of Cranford issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for auditing and budgeting
services through a fair and open process in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq., and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
New Jersey, as follows:
        1.      Robert B. Cagnassola, Partner, for the firm of Suplee, Clooney & Company, 308 East
                Broad Street, be and hereby is appointed Auditor for the Township of Cranford to
                perform the annual audits for year 2007 at a fee not to exceed $38,700.00 and;

        2.        The Mayor and Municipal Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute a contract
                  with Suplee, Clooney & Company, and;

        3.        This contract is awarded pursuant to the “fair and open” process (N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5
                  et seq.); and

Resolution No. 2007-16:
WHEREAS, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54-67 taxes are due and payable on the first day of February, May,
August, and November of each year, and become delinquent if not paid on or before said days;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that a grace period of ten (10) days is hereby established;
within which any installment of taxes or assessments may be received after the due date therefore
without an additional charge of interest. The interest on delinquent installment of Taxes or Assessments
shall be charged at the rate of 8% per annum on the first $1,500 and 18% per annum on any amount in
excess of $1,500 to be calculated from the date that Tax was payable until the date of actual payment.
Calculations are to be made in accordance with Chapter 75 of the Laws of 1991; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a penalty of 6% will be imposed to any taxpayer with a
delinquency in excess of $10,000 who fails to pay that delinquency prior to the end of the calendar
year…a delinquency consists of any Tax, Assessment or Interest amount due.

Resolution No. 2007-17:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that John De Massi, Esq. be, and hereby is, appointed as Public Defender for a one (1)
year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-19:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
at a meeting held January 1, 2007 that Mark J. Cassidy, Esq. be, and hereby is, appointed as Alternate
Municipal Prosecutor for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-20:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held January
1, 2007 that the Treasurer be, and hereby is, authorized to utilize as depositories any banking institution
which can provide a Government Unit Deposit Protection Act Certificate issued by the State of New
Jersey, Department of Banking.

Resolution No. 2007-21:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford that the funds of the
Township of Cranford deposited in the Commerce Bank (Cranford Office) and the Independence Bank
(Cranford Office) be subject to withdrawal upon checks signed by the following officers:
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                                             Michael A. Plick
                                             Thomas J. Grady

PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that checks drawn upon the payroll account and agency account shall
require only the signature of Thomas J. Grady.

Resolution No. 2007-22:
WHEREAS, it is required for the Township of Cranford to adopt and have on file a detailed Cash
Management Plan regarding investments of Township funds.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
that the following Cash Management Plan is hereby adopted and it is to be kept on file in the offices of
the Township Treasurer and Township Clerk:
I.     STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
       This Cash Management Plan (the "Plan") is prepared pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A.
       40A:5-14 in order to set forth the basis for the deposits ("Deposits") and investment ("Permitted
       Investments") of certain public funds of the Township of Cranford, pending the use of such funds
       for the intended purposes. The Plan is intended to assure that all public funds identified herein are
       deposited in interest bearing Deposits or otherwise invested in Permitted Investments hereinafter
       referred to. The intent of the Plan is to provide that the decisions made with regard to the Deposits
       and the Permitted Investments will be done to insure the safety, the liquidity (regarding its
       availability for the intended purposes), and the maximum investment return within such limits.
       The Plan is intended to insure that any Deposit or Permitted Investment matures within the time
       period that approximates the prospective need for the funds deposited or invested so that there is
       not a risk to the market value of such Deposits or Permitted Investments.
 II. IDENTIFICATION OF FUNDS AND ACCOUNTS TO BE COVERED BY THE PLAN
       1. The Plan is intended to cover the deposit and/or investment of the following funds and
            accounts of the Township of Cranford.

          1. Current Fund                              6. General Capital Fund

          2. Trust Assessment Fund                     7. Swim Pool Operating Fund

          3. Trust Fund                                8. Swim Pool Capital Fund

          4. SID/DMC Fund

          5. Dog Trust Fund

III.DESIGNATION OF OFFICIALS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD
    AUTHORIZED TO MAKE DEPOSITS AND INVESTMENTS UNDER THE PLAN
    The Chief Financial Officer of the Township of Cranford [and the Treasurer] (the "Designated
    Official") is hereby authorized and directed to deposit and/or invest the funds referred to in the
    Plan.
IV. DESIGNATION OF DEPOSITORIES
    The following banks and financial institutions are hereby designated as official depositories for the
    Deposit of all public funds referred to in the Plan, including any Certificates of Deposit which are
    not otherwise invested in Permitted Investments as provided for in this Plan:
    All New Jersey Banks that provide a certificate of eligibility.
    A “Certificate of Eligibility” is the certification issued by the New Jersey Department of Banking,
    Division of Banking, that a public depository if eligible to act as a depository for public funds and
    qualifies as a participant in the New Jersey Governmental Unit Depository Protection Act (GUPA).
     The Township of Cranford shall designate said depositories by resolution of the governing body
    each year in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:5-15.1.
V. AUTHORIZED INVESTMENTS
    A. Except as otherwise specifically provided for herein, the Designated Official is hereby
        authorized to invest the public funds covered by this Plan, to the extent not otherwise held in
        Deposits, in the following Permitted Investments:
        (1) Bonds or other obligations of the United States of America or obligations guaranteed by
               the United States of America;
        (2) Government money market mutual funds;
        (3) Any obligation that a federal agency or a federal instrumentality has issued in accordance
               with an act of Congress, which security has a maturity date not greater than 397 days
               from the date of the purchase, provided that such obligation bears a fixed rate of interest
               not dependent on any index or other external factor;
        (4) Bonds or other obligations of the Local Unit or bonds or other obligations of school
               districts of which the Local Unit is a part or within which the school district is located;
        (5) Bonds or other obligations, having a maturity date not more than 397 days from the date
               of purchase, approved by the Division of Investment of the Department of the Treasury
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               for investment by Local Units;
          (6)  Local government investment pools;
          (7)  Deposits with the State of New Jersey Cash Management Fund established pursuant to
               section I of P.L. 1977, c. 281 (C.52:18A-90.4); or
         (8) Agreements for the repurchase of fully collateralized securities if:
               (a)    the underlying securities are permitted investments pursuant to paragraphs (1) and
                      (3) of this subsection a;
               (b)    the custody of collateral is transferred to a third party;
               (c)    the maturity of the agreement is not more than 30 days ;
               (d)    the underlying securities are purchased through a public depository as defined in
                      section I of P.L. 1970, c.236 (C.17:9-41); and
               (e)    a master repurchase agreement providing for the custody and security of collateral
                      is executed.
         For purposes of the above language, the terms "government money market mutual fund" and
         "local government investment pool" shall have the following definitions:
         Government Money Market Mutual Fund. An investment company or investment trust:
               (a)    which is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the
                      "Investment Company. Act of 1940," 15 U.S.C. sec. 80a-l et seq., and operated in
                      accordance with 17 C.F.R. sec. 270.2a-7.
               (b)    the portfolio of which is limited to U.S. Government securities that meet the
                      definition of any eligible security pursuant to 17 C.F.R. sec. 270.2a-7 and
                      repurchase agreements that are collateralized by such U.S. Government securities;
                      and
               (c)    which has:
                      ( i) attained the highest ranking or the highest letter and numerical rating of a
                             nationally recognized statistical rating organization; or
                      (ii) retained an investment advisor registered or exempt from registration with
                             the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the "Investment
                             Advisors Act of 1940," 15 U.S.C. sec. 80b-l et seq., with experience
                             investing in U.S. Government securities for at least the most recent past 60
                             months and with assets under management in excess of $500 million.
         Local Government Investment Pool. An investment pool:
               (a)    which is managed in accordance with 17 C.F.R. sec. 270.2a-7;
               (b)    which is rated in the highest category by a nationally recognized statistical rating
                      organization;
               (c)    which is limited to .U.S. Government securities that meet the definition of an
                      eligible security pursuant to 17 C.F.R. sec. 270.2a-7 and repurchase agreements
                      that are collateralized by such U.S. Government securities;
               (d)    which is in compliance with rules adopted pursuant to the "Administrative
                      Procedure Act," P.L. 1968, C.410 (c.52:14B-l et seq.) by the Local Finance Board
                      of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community
                      Affairs, which rules shall provide for disclosure and reporting requirements, and
                      other provisions deemed necessary by the board to provide for the safety, liquidity
                      and yield of the investments;
               (e)    which does not permit investments in instruments that: are subject to high price
                      volatility with changing market conditions; cannot reasonably be expected, at the
                      time of interest rate adjustment, to have a market value that approximates their
                      par value; or utilize an index that does not support a stable net asset value; and
               (f)    which purchases and redeems investments directly from the issuer, government
                      money market mutual fund, or the State of New Jersey Cash Management Fund,
                      or through the use of a national or State bank located within this State, or through
                      a broker-dealer which, at the time of purchase or redemption, has been registered
                      continuously for a period of at least two years pursuant to section 9 of P.L. 1967
                      c.9 (C.49.3-56) and has at least $25 million in capital stock (or equivalent
                      capitalization if not a corporation), surplus reserves for contingencies and
                      undivided profits, or through a securities dealer who makes primary markets in
                      U.S. Government securities and reports daily to the Federal Reserve Bank of New
                      York its position in and borrowing on such U.S. Government securities.
VI. SAFEKEEPING CUSTODY PAYMENT AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT OF
    PLAN
    To the extent that any Deposit or Permitted Investment involves a document or security which is
    not physically held by the Township of Cranford, then such instrument or security shall be covered
    by a custodial agreement--with an independent third party, which shall be a bank or financial
    institution in the State of New Jersey. Such institution shall provide for the designation of such
    investments in the name of the Township of Cranford to assure that there is no unauthorized use of
    the funds or the Permitted Investments or Deposits. Purchase of any Permitted Investments that
    involve securities shall be executed by a "delivery versus payment" method to insure that such
    Permitted Investments are either received by the Township of Cranford or by a third party
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      custodian prior to or upon the release of the Township's funds.

     To assure that all parties with whom the Township of Cranford deals either by way of Deposits or
     Permitted Investments are aware of the authority and the limits set forth in this Plan, all such
     parties shall be supplied with a copy of this Plan in writing and all such parties shall acknowledge
     the receipt of that Plan in writing, a copy of which shall be on file with the Designated Official(s).
VII. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
      The Designated Official(s) referred to in Section III hereof shall submit to the governing body of
      the Township of Cranford a monthly written report of any Deposits or Permitted Investments
      made pursuant to this Plan, which shall include, at a minimum, the following information:
        A. The name of any institution holding funds of the Township of Cranford as a Deposit
           or a Permitted Investment.
        B. The amount of securities or Deposits purchased or sold during the immediately preceding
            month.
        C. The class or type of securities purchased or Deposits made.
        D. The book value of such Deposits or Permitted Investments.
        E. The earned income on such Deposits or Permitted Investments. To the extent that such
            amounts are actually earned at maturity, this report shall provide an accrual of such earnings
            during the immediately preceding month.
        F. The fees incurred to undertake such Deposits or Permitted Investments.
        G. The market value of all Deposits or Permitted Investments as of the end of the
           immediately preceding month.
        H. All other information which may be deemed reasonable from time to time by the
           governing body of the Township of Cranford.
VIII. TERM OF PLAN
       Attached to this Plan is a resolution of the governing body of the Township of Cranford
       approving this Plan for such period of time. The Plan may be amended from time to time. To the
       extent that any amendment is adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
       the Designated Official is directed to supply copies of the amendments to all of the parties who
       otherwise have received the copy of the originally approved Plan, which amendment shall be
       acknowledged in writing in the same manner as the original Plan was so acknowledged.

Resolution No. 2007-23:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that bonds for the indicated officers shall be fixed at the following amounts:

Collector of Taxes                                                                $200,000
Tax Search Officer                                                                  25,000
Township Clerk                                                                       8,500
Magistrate                                                                          20,000
Court Administrator                                                                 20,000
Deputy Court Administrator                                                          10,000
Township Administrator/Chief Financial Officer                                      75,000
Treasurer/Director of Finance/Swim Pool Utility Collector                          100,000
Treasurer (Public Library)                                                           3,000

Resolution No. 2007-24:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the Cranford Chronicle, The Cranford Eagle, and The Star Ledger, be and hereby
are, designated as the three newspapers to which notices and other matters are to be provided under the
Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A.10:4-6 to 10:21) of the State of New Jersey, otherwise known as
“The Sunshine Law”.

Resolution No. 2007-25:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the following is the schedule of Township Committee Meetings for the Year
2007, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that formal action may be taken at Workshop or Official Meetings,
and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Conference Meetings and Workshop Meetings will be held in
Room 108, and Official Meetings will be held in Room 107, Council Chambers; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Workshop Meetings will be held at 7:00 PM, Conference
Meetings at 7:30 PM, and Official Meetings at 8:00 PM.

                                   Conference Meeting            Combined Workshop
                                          and                            and
        Workshop Meeting            Official Meeting              Official Meeting

        January 8                       January 9
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        January 22                      January 23
        February 12                     February 13
        February 26                     February 27
        March 12                        March 13
        March 26                        March 27
        April 9                         April 10
        April 23                        April 24
        May 7                           May 8
        May 21                          May 22
        June 11                         June 12
        June 25                         June 26
                                   Conference Meeting             Combined Workshop
                                           and                            and
        Workshop Meeting             Official Meeting              Official Meeting

        July 16                          July 17
        August 13                        August 14
        September 10                     September 11
        September 24                     September 25                      October 9
        October 22                       October 23                        November 12
        November 26                      November 27
        December 10                      December 11

Resolution No. 2007-26:
WHEREAS, applications have been made to the Cranford Police Department by L&J Body and Fender
Works, Benner’s Auto Body, and Sevell’s Auto Body as to inclusion on the official towing operators list
for the Township of Cranford for the year 2007; and
WHEREAS, the Cranford Chief of Police has conducted a review and has recommended approval of
said applications.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
on this 1st day of January 2007, that L&J Body and Fender Works, 720 Boulevard, Kenilworth, New
Jersey, Benner’s Auto Body, 606 South Avenue East, Cranford, New Jersey, and Sevell’s Auto Body,
320 Windsor Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey be, and hereby are, designated as the official towing
operators for the Township of Cranford for the year 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-27:
WHEREAS, the Township of Cranford is in need of implementing a formal policy regarding travel and
expenses reimbursement.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
on this 1st day of January 2007 that the following constitute the official travel and expenses
reimbursement policy of the Township of Cranford:
         1.      All travel and expenses must be incurred in conjunction with an activity that falls in the
                 area of the employee’s job profession and responsibility;
         2.      All costs to be incurred must have the pre-approval of employee’s department manager;
         3.      All incurred expenses must be encumbered and paid in the manner set forth in the
                 Township’s Payment of Claims ordinance;
         4.      Travel advances are permitted upon approval of the department manager. Within one
                 week of employee’s return, however a complete accounting and documentation of
                 incurred expenses must be submitted to the Department of Finance along with any
                 advance remaining. Failure to do so will result in employee being charged for all
                 unsubstantiated expenses;
         5.      All of the above expenses, when incurred by department managers, must have the
                 approval of the Township Administrator;
         6.      The Township will reimburse employees using their personal vehicle at the rate allowed
                 by the Internal Revenue Service;
         7.      All mileage reimbursement must be for travel outside the Township;
         8.      As an alternative to being reimbursed at the rate allowed by the IRS, an employee may
                 receive a lump sum amount per year for using their personal vehicle.

Resolution No. 2007-28:
RESOLUTION APPROVING THE USE OF THE UNION COUNTY PRINT SHOP FOR
PRINTING SERVICES THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD REQUIRES PURSUANT TO
N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5 (2)
WHEREAS, the annual amount of expenditures for printing services is in excess of the bid threshold and
public advertising for bids for a contract for such services is an exception to the Local Public Contracts
Law if “It is to be made or entered into with the United States of America, county or municipality of any
board, body, officer, agency or authority therefore and any other state or subdivision thereof.” pursuant to
N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5 (2); and
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WHEREAS, the County of Union, Office of Intergovernmental Relations, is authorized to coordinate
and facilitate the use of its print shop by municipalities in the County of Union which may be interested;
and
WHEREAS, Township departments and offices desire to utilize the County of Union’s print shop for
various multi-part forms; licenses; program brochures, fliers, and event programs; handbooks; signs and
cards; business cards; stationary; envelopes, etc.; and
WHEREAS, the 2007 budget will provide departmental appropriations for printing; and printing costs
the Township incurs will be charged accordingly.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
hereby approves the use of the Union County Print Shop by various Township departments and offices
for 2007.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to forward a
certified copy of this resolution to the Union County Manager and the Union County Coordinator of
Community Relations.

Resolution No. 2007-29:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Richard A. Marsden, Township Engineer, be, and hereby is, designated as Land
Subdivision Searcher for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-30:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Richard A. Marsden, Township Engineer, be, and hereby is, designated as
Municipal Improvement Searcher for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-31:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford that Township Engineer
Richard A. Marsden be, and hereby is, authorized to endorse any Department of Environmental
Protection applications in connection with sewer extension permits.

Resolution No. 2007-32:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Richard A. Marsden, Township Engineer, be, and hereby is, designated as the
Township Potable/Navigable Water Reporting Agent for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-33:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Thomas J. Grady, Tax Collector, be, and hereby is, designated as Municipal Lien
Searcher for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-34:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Richard Belluscio, Construction Code Official, be, and hereby is, designated as
Development Coordinator to the Development Review Committee for a one (1) year term ending
December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-35:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford that the following be
appointed to the Board of Education/Township Committee (BOE/TC) Alliance for the year 2007:
Township Commissioner George J. Jorn
Township Commissioner Robert I. Puhak
Township Administrator Marlena A. Schmid
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod
Board of Education Representative JoAnn Boyle
Board of Education Representative Robin Woglom
Community Representative Concetta Drew
Community Representative Jack Ryan

Resolution No. 2007-37:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford that Commissioner
George J. Jorn be and hereby is designated as Commissioner/Liaison for Senior Citizen issues.

Resolution No. 2007-38:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Airplane Noise Pollution
Committee for the year 2007 – Kevin Campbell (Chairman), Shirley Gazsi, Wayne D. Greenstone,
William Ilaria, Barbara S. Krause, Jeff Pistol, Jon Polishook, Michael Rockliff, Frances E. Wismer, and
Commissioner/Liaison George J. Jorn.
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Resolution No. 2007-39:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Barbara S. Krause be, and hereby is, appointed to the Union County Air Traffic
Noise Advisory Board for a two (2) year term ending December 31, 2008.

Resolution No. 2007-40:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that William Ilaria be, and hereby is, appointed to the Union County Air Traffic Noise
Advisory Board for a two (2) year term ending December 31, 2008.

Resolution No. 2007-41:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following people be, and hereby are, appointed to the Bicycle Safety Board for
the year 2007 - Police Chief Eric G. Mason, Lt. Joseph Van Bergen, Detective Edward Davenport
(Chairman), Rosemary Cartwright, Joseph J. Cassidy Jr., Michael Caulfield, Christopher Cavaliere, Rick
Gerrity, Ann Merritt, Kathleen Monahan, Frank Reilly, Rebecca Scotti, Victor Vinegra, Susan C.
Wilson, and Deputy Mayor/Liaison George T. McDonough.

Resolution No. 2007-42:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following be, and hereby are, appointed to the Building, Grounds & Real
Property Committee for the year 2007 – Mayor Michael A. Plick, Chair; David W. Robinson,
Commissioner of Finance; Marlena A. Schmid, Township Administrator; Carl R. Woodward, III,
Township Attorney; Peter J. Barnett, Tax Assessor; and Richard A. Marsden, Township Engineer.

Resolution No. 2007-43:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Cable TV Advisory
Committee for the year 2007 – Ronald D. Brown, Frank D'Antonio, Edward Davenport, John P. Duffy,
John Garretson, Brian Jenkins, Eugene Kobliska, Eileen Leahey, Donald C. Smith, Mark Smith, George
Steinbach, Donna Vaupel, Bernie Wagenblast, and Commissioner George J. Jorn as Liaison

Resolution No. 2007-44:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the re-appointments of the Call Department Members of the Cranford Fire
Department for the year 2007 are as follows:
Lt. Ronald Marotta
Lt. Kurt H. Petschow
Firefighters:
Brian Abram
Michael Anderson
Paul Boesgaard
Michael Davitt
John Dillon
Timothy Gotts
Thomas H. Hannen, Jr.
Robert Hurewitz
Jason Ingraham
Brian Koshney
Matthew Lubin
Kevin Magliaro
Thomas Polito
Paul Schroeder
Matthew Steitz
David Wagner

Resolution No. 2007-45:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Centennial Village
Committee for 2007: Daniel J. Aschenbach, (Vice Chairman), Marc Caccavale, Christopher Cavaliere,
Frank D’Antonio, Jean DeVoti, Julie Didzbalis, Susan DiFrancesco, Charles Higgins, Kevin Illing, Susan
Judge, Bohdan Lukaschewsky, Jackie McDermott (Chairperson), Ann Merritt, Robert Millici, Stephen
Milgrom, James Mustillo, Dawn Nicholas, Michael Petrucci, Michael Rediger, Laura Schoppman,
Robert Scheurer, Chiara Siliato, Barbara Sorrentino, Chrissa Stulpin, Gary Surmay, Kimberly Thornton,
Sherry Williams, Commissioner George J. Jorn and Deputy Mayor Robert I. Puhak, Liaison.

Resolution No. 2007-46:
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BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Citizen Budget and
Planning Advisory Committee for the year 2007 – Frank D’Antico, Christopher Drew, John Garretson,
Marilyn Gettinger, Michael Harrington, John Hrebin, William King, Chester Klimek, Paul LaCorte,
Stephen Loguidice, Michael Lynskey, Ronald M. Marotta, Ronald McGann, Martin McGowan, Leo
McMahon, Stephen Milgrom, James Monahan, Michael Morgese, Philip J. Morin III, Thomas Noesner,
Peter Orlandi, Michael Petrucci, Richard Prussack, Luccio Ricci, Sherri Schimmenti, Benjamin
Schmutter, Mark Smith, George Steinbach and Commissioner/Liaison David W. Robinson

Resolution No. 2007-47:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Clean Communities
Committee for the year 2007 – Marc Brown, Myron Borden, Nelson Dittmar Jr., Jonathan Jaffe, Joseph
Musillo, Brian Rodgers, Martin Schwartz, Arthur Winter, and Commissioner/Chairman George J. Jorn

Resolution No. 2007-48:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Conservation and
Renewable Energy Task Force for 2007: Sandra Caceres-Cardenas, P.E, Assistant Engineer/Chairman,
Steve Andelfinger, Nelson Dittmar, Environmental Commission Liaison, Joseph Musillo, and Matt
Polsky, and Deputy Mayor Robert I. Puhak as Liaison

Resolution No. 2007-49:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Cranford Business Park
Improvement Committee for the year 2007 – James DeSimone, Lynda Feder, J. Robert Hoeffler,
Jonathan Jaffe, Charles Kerman, Chrissa Stulpin, Gary Surmay, Peter Barnett, Tax Assessor, Kathleen
Miller Prunty, DMC Director, Marlena A. Schmid, Township Administrator, and Commissioner David
W. Robinson.

Resolution No. 2007-50:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Mark Mayer be, and hereby is, appointed to the Cranford Housing Board, Inc. for a
three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009.

Resolution No. 2007-51:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Cranford West
Committee for the year 2007 – Susan Buontempo, Theresa Diano, Leigh Esposito, William Garrison,
Kathleen Monte, Clara Nunziato, Ellen Ushay

Resolution No. 2007-52:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Michael A. Plick be, and hereby is, appointed as Township Liaison (1) to
Downtown District Management Corporation for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-53:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that James R. DeSimone be, and hereby is, appointed to the Downtown District
Management Corporation as a Resident (2) member for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009.

Resolution No. 2007-54:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Paul LaCorte be, and hereby is, appointed to the Downtown District Management
Corporation as an Owner (3) member for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009.

Resolution No. 2007-55:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Mark Corello be, and hereby is, appointed to the Downtown District Management
Corporation as a Proprietor (4) member for a three (3) year term ending December 31, 2009.

Resolution No. 2007-56:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Darren Teithsworth be, and hereby is, appointed to the Downtown District
Management Corporation as a Proprietor (4) member for a three (3) year term ending December 31,
2009.

Resolution No. 2007-57:
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BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Paul LaCorte be, and hereby is, appointed to as Chairman of the Downtown District
Management for the year 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-58:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Police Chief Eric G. Mason be, and hereby is, appointed as Emergency Management
Coordinator for a three (3) year period ending December 31, 2010.

Resolution No. 2007-59:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford that the following persons be,
and hereby are, appointed to the Emergency Medical Liaison Committee for the year 2007:
Public Safety Commissioner George T. McDonough, Chairman; Police Chief Eric G. Mason; Fire Chief
Leonard R. Dolan III; Police Captain John C. Baer, Police Captain Jerome Andrews; First Aid Squad
Captain, Andrew Johnson; First Aid Squad First Lieutenant John McGlynn; Township Administrator,
Marlena A. Schmid; Cranford EMS Supervisor, Amy Davidowitch; and First Aid Squad President,
Suzanne Buontempo.

Resolution No. 2007-60:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Flood Control Advisory
Committee for the year 2007 – Commissioner/Liaison, Robert I. Puhak; Township Engineer, Richard A.
Marsden; Engineering Consultant, Gregory Sgroi, Daniel J. Aschenbach, Peter Ballis, Robert Colonna,
Diane Fashtak, John Fashtak, Elizabeth Fiume, Andrew Hagopian, Thomas Hannen, Clifford Herbert,
David Kozak, Ronald Margulis, Lois Mariano, Anna Matz, W. Scott Mease, Emil Metz, Joseph Musillo,
Maria Paradiso, Jonathan S. Schrier, Donald W. Smitheman, Jeremy Tomlinson, Ed Trush, Joan
Varanelli, Dave Weichert, and Dr. Saul Zucker

Resolution No. 2007-61:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Fourth of July Committee
for the year 2007 – Thomas Berry, Jr., Peter Coates, Mark Mayer, and Commissioner/Liaison George J.
Jorn

Resolution No. 2007-62:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Grievance Committee for
the year 2007 – Daniel J. Aschenbach, Ann E. Darby and W. Scott Mease

Resolution No. 2007-63:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held January
1, 2007 that Larry Fuhro be, and hereby is, appointed as the Township of Cranford Historian, for a one (1)
year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-65:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford that the following
persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Insurance Review Committee for the year 2007:
Doug Belden, Joseph Buono, Jay Coughlin, Denis Dankosky, Lynda Feder, Bruce Linger, Robert
Piassek, and Mayor Michael A. Plick as Liaison

Resolution No. 2007-66:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Richard Brightman and Stephen Milgrom be, and hereby are, appointed to the
Landlord/Tenant Advisory Committee for the year 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-67:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Local Highway Traffic
Coordinating Committee for the year 2007 –Public Safety Commissioner George T. McDonough,
Chairman; Police Chief Eric G. Mason; Police Lieutenant Joseph Van Bergen; Township Engineer
Richard A. Marsden; Fire Chief Leonard R. Dolan; Township Administrator Marlena A. Schmid;
Downtown Director Kathleen Miller Prunty; Superintendent of Public Works Wayne Rozman; Board of
Education Representative Thomas Stokes; Citizen Representatives Michael Caulfield, Michael
Harrington and Joseph Nigro.

Resolution No. 2007-68:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held January 1,
2007 that the following be, and hereby are, appointed to the Memorial Day Committee for the year 2007 –
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Carol A. Brinkerhoff, Mark Dinglesedt, John Flanagan, Elizabeth Marotta, John Simonini, Frank D'Antonio,
Chairman, and Commissioner/Liaison George J. Jorn

Resolution No. 2007-69:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Deputy Mayor Robert I. Puhak and Richard A. Marsden, Township Engineer, be,
and hereby are, appointed as members of the Morses Creek Flood Commission for a one (1) year term
ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-70:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held January
1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Municipal Alliance for the year
2007 –Leesa Barenboim, Rosemary Cartwright, Recreation and Parks Director Frank D’Antonio, Sgt.
Michael Dow, Jennifer Drechsel, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, Anne Marie Francis,
Brian Gilroy, Anne Gladwell, Warren J. Hehl, Chris Jablonski, Beth Ann Lambe, Linda S. Leifer, Joan
Lennon, Patricia Martinelli, Katherine Prassas (Chairperson), Carol Roe, Robert Segear, Theresa Sowa,
Ann Steinbach, Linda Van Fossen, Police Chief Eric G. Mason, and Deputy Mayor/Liaison George T.
McDonough

Resolution No. 2007-71:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Patricia Martinelli be, and hereby is, appointed as Coordinator of the 2007
Municipal Alliance Program for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-72:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford that the following be
appointed to the Parking Task Force for the year 2007:
Michael Venditti, Chairman; Charles Baniewicz, Robert D’Ambola, Steven Derasmo, James DeSimone,
Joseph Fazio, Sharon Marra, Joseph O’Halloran, Robert O’Sullivan, Ellen Ramer, Chiara Siliato,
Vincent Spada, Joseph Starkey, Paul Swider, Kathleen Miller Prunty, DMC Director; Guy Patterson,
Police Department Traffic Division; George T. McDonough, Commissioner/Liaison

Resolution No. 2007-74:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Richard A. Marsden, Township Engineer, be, and hereby is, appointed as
Representative to the Rahway River Intergovernmental Cooperative Commission for the year 2007; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Gregory Sgroi be, and hereby is, appointed as Alternate Citizen
Representative to said Commission for the year 2007; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Commissioner Robert I. Puhak be, and hereby is, appointed as
Township Committee Liaison to said Commission for the year 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-75:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that William R. Wright be, and hereby is, appointed as Liaison; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Hugh Welsh be, and hereby is, appointed as Alternate Liaison to
the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-76:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Recreation and Parks
Advisory Board for the year 2007 – Frank D'Antonio, Chairman, Arleen Borden (Senior Citizen
Representative), Catherine Morgese (Board of Education Representative), John Celock, Frank Diano,
Marita Dow, Maria Harris, Charles Higgins, Katherine Hubbuch, Kevin Illing, Elizabeth Marotta, Kevin
McCaffrey, Edith Merkel, Joseph Nigro, David Paradiso, Heinz Ricken, Laura Schoppman, Wally
Shackell, Richard Wischusen and Commissioner/Liaison George J. Jorn.

Resolution No. 2007-77:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the River Maintenance
Committee for the year 2007– Carol Berns, Robert Berns, Leo D. Blanes, Marlene Bostel, Patricia Brink,
Kevin Campbell, Christopher Cavaliere, Julie Didzbalis, David Donohue, Lynda Feder, Rob Gmelin,
Gene Imbergamo, B.J. Kowalski, Edward Leicht, Ronald Margulis, Jim Matten, Matthew P. McDermott,
Kevin Papa, Maria Paradiso, Brian Rodgers, Katie Rodgers, Richard J. Salls, Christine Sbaratta, Tony
Sbaratta, Deborah Schnapf, Wally K. Shackell, Jr. (Chairperson), Robert Scheurer, Martha Sturm,
Deputy Mayor Robert I. Puhak, Liaison and Commissioner George T. McDonough

Resolution No. 2007-78:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held
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January 1, 2007 that Arnold Enrich and Edward Ruane be, and hereby are, appointed to the Senior
Citizen & Disabled Tenancy Act Appeals Board for the year 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-79:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held January 1,
2007 that the following be, and hereby are, appointed to the Swim Pool Utility Advisory Board for the year
2007 – Jack Hicks, Aquatics & Fitness Center Operations Manager; Robert McAuliffe, Gators
Representative; Karl Heinze, Eileen Leahey, Matthew Masut, W. Scott Mease, Teresa Montani, James
Murphy, Joseph Starkey, Richard Wischusen, and Commissioner/Liaison George J. Jorn.

Resolution No. 2007-80:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following persons be, and hereby are, appointed to the Teen Center Advisory
Board for the year 2007 – Susan Albert, Daniel J. Aschenbach, Diane Camoosa, Michael Caulfield,
Robert D’Ambola, Eileen Davitt, Frank Diano, Mark Dinglestedt, Christopher Drew, Nicholas Finelli,
Melayne Furer, Thomas Hannen, Phyllis Howard, Rita LaBrutto, Richard Leahey, Jackie McDermott,
Catherine Morgese, David Powell (Co-Chairperson), Howard Rood, Laura Schoppman, Wallace K.
Shackell, Catherine Sheridan (Co-Chairperson), Ann Steinbach, Stephen Robertazzi, Recreation and
Parks Programmer/Coordinator, and Commissioner George J. Jorn as Liaison

Resolution No. 2007-81:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Mayor Michael A. Plick be, and hereby is, designated as representative to the Union
County Arts Center, Inc. for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-82:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Lynda Feder be, and hereby is, appointed as a regular member of the Union County
Cultural and Heritage Affairs Advisory Board for the year 2007; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Therese Koellner be, and hereby is, appointed as an alternate
member of said board for the year 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-83:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Deputy Mayor Robert I. Puhak and Commissioner David W. Robinson be, and
hereby are, appointed as representatives to the Union County College Physical Plant Review Committee
for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-84:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Frank D’Antonio and Richard A. Marsden be, and hereby are, appointed as
delegates to Union County Community Development Revenue Sharing Block Grant Committee for a one
(1) year term ending December 31, 2007; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, Mayor Michael A. Plick be, and hereby is, appointed as Alternate
#1 and Commissioner David W. Robinson be and hereby is appointed as Alternate #2 to said committee,
each for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-85:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following be and hereby are appointed to Union County District Solid Waste
Advisory Board – Deputy Mayor Robert I. Puhak as Representative, Commissioner David W. Robinson
as Alternate Representative, Richard A. Mardsen, Township Engineer, and Warren Hehl, Health Official,
for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.

Resolution No. 2007-86:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that the following be designated as representatives to the Union County League of
Municipalities for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007:
Mayor Michael A. Plick – Representative
Deputy Mayor Robert I. Puhak– Alternate Representative

Resolution No. 2007-87:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that William R. Wright be, and hereby is, appointed to the Union County Sub-regional
Transportation Study Advisory Committee for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Hugh Welsh as an Alternate Member to the Union County Sub-
regional Transportation Study Advisory Committee for a one (1) year term ending December 31, 2007.
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Resolution No. 2007-88:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Robert Bovasso be, and hereby is, appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for
a four (4) year term ending December 31, 2010.

Resolution No. 2007-89:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Christopher Drew be, and hereby is, appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment
for a four (4) year term ending December 31, 2010.

Resolution No. 2007-90:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Ronald M. Marotta be, and hereby is, appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment
as an Alternate #1 member for a two (2) year term ending December 31, 2008.

Resolution No. 2007-91:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
January 1, 2007 that Christine M. Schetelich be, and hereby is, appointed to the Zoning Board of
Adjustment as an Alternate #2 member to fill an unexpired term ending December 31, 2007.

Recorded vote:
Aye: Mayor Plick, Deputy Mayor Puhak, Commissioner Robinson, Jorn and McDonough
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

PUBLIC COMMENTS -None

PROFESSIONAL COMMENTS
Township Clerk Tara Rowley
    Thanked the Township Committee for appointing her as Township Clerk. Looks forward to
      working will all of the Commissioners. Very honored by this opportunity and is pleased to serve
      the Commissioners and the residents of Cranford;
    Congratulated the newly elected officials, Commissioner David Robinson, Deputy Mayor Robert
      Puhak, Mayor Michael Plick and newly appointed attorney Carl Woodward. Stated that she is
      looking forward to working with all of them;
    Thanked her family for all their support and for being here today;
    Thanked Rosalie Hellenbrecht for administering her oath of office. Commented on how Rosalie
      has been a wonderful mentor and a dear friend and wished her well.

Township Administrator Marlena A. Schmid
    Wished everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Thanked Bob Renaud for his
      legal services to the Township of Cranford. Stated that it has been a privilege to work with him;
    Wished Rosalie Hellenbrecht and husband Bob all the best. Stated that it is “with mixed
      emotions” that she says farewell. Very excited for Rosalie and her husband as they embark on a
      new venture. Stated that she values Rosalie’s work relationship as well as their friendship;
    Congratulated Commissioner David Robinson, Deputy Mayor Robert Puhak, and Mayor Michael
      Plick. Stated that she looks forward to assisting all of the Township Committee members;
    Welcomed the newly appointed Township Attorney Carl Woodward and looks forward to
      working with him.

Township Attorney Woodward
    Thanked the Township Committee for appointing him as Township Attorney. Explained that he
      has a background in municipal law. Stated that it is a pleasure to be here and looks forward to
      serving on behalf of the town;
    Stated that he looks forward to working with Township Clerk Tara Rowley and Township
      Administrator Marlena Schmid;
    Congratulated Tara Rowley on her appointment as Township Clerk and also congratulated
      Commissioner David Robinson, Deputy Mayor Puhak and Mayor Michael Plick;

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

Commissioner George T. McDonough
There is a notion that laws have spirits. Sometimes people say “”It’s the spirit of the law”. Something
happened this year in light of this theme of Open and Honest Government. The State Legislature created
a statute that provided for a member from a township’s Environmental Commission to sit on the Planning
Board and the concern of the legislature was that there may be an over development in issue in the
Planning Board. We need to have a balance, in this notion of balance we touched on earlier today, that
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someone with an environmental background would sit on that board and hopefully balance out an over
zealous in issues toward redevelopment. That person for a number of years has been Nelson Dittmar.
When we had the majority on the committee last year or when I first came into this position two years
ago, I thought who are we going to put on the environmental commission. Well Nelson made it clear that
we decide. This is almost like an autonomous board. It’s put together by statute and he was the chair,
should still be the chair, and he also sat on the Planning Board. It is very important to have that person
that advocates for less than city trees environmental issues. This year my colleges have chosen to name
someone to both of those positions concurrent, which flies in the face of the spirit of the law. They are
putting a gentleman on the Planning Board who will sit on the Environmental Commission. We have no
idea what his environmental background is. Accordingly, the people on the environmental commission
are not to thrilled with this move. I will meet with that person tomorrow night at out first Environmental
Commission Meeting. So I’m hoping that the person brings forth our environmental concerns. They’re
important in a town like this, trees are a major issue, also the preservation of houses and historic homes
in particular and energy.

I would like to thank everyone for showing up today. It is hard to sit in here with all of the reading that
goes on. People do not show up at town meetings to voice their concerns. Your concerns are usually
voiced later after something happens when you could be part of the process.

I wanted to talk about how there are so many names read in these lists of people who are appointed. I so
appreciate all the skills that are out there and how people will volunteer their time and efforts, it is really
great. I am so glad so many people get involved but please come to our township meetings. What makes
the meetings great is when people come to the microphone and voice their opinions.

I brought the book “A Team of Rivals”. Abraham Lincoln was a great Republican President that had the
foresight to see you have to take your adversaries and keep them close and take your rivals and work with
them. I hope we can do this here; it is very important. The republicans have only one year of experience.
 I hope they can draw on Commissioner Jorn’s nine years of experience and my two years.

The Environmental Commission is near and dear to my heart. I wish Nelson Dittmar could be the
Planning Board representative. With Deputy Mayor Puhak’s assistance they came up with four
initiatives that they can tackle but none of them were flashy so I came up with this idea. We had
budgeted some money for window replacements for the town hall. Instead we should take that money
and set solar panels on the roof so this building can power itself. It will save a lot of money for the
township. It will pay for itself and it will give us electricity. It will also set a great example to the
citizens to become self-sufficient.

Lastly I would like to congratulate Deputy Mayor Puhak, Mayor Plick and Commissioner Robinson on
their appointments.

Commissioner George J. Jorn
I would like to start off congratulating Michael Plick on his appointment of Township Mayor this year. I
have a productive and professional relationship with Michael and I wish him all the best this year. We
also share similar views towards many of the fiscal issues that Cranford will confront this year and the
years ahead.

I would also like to congratulate Robert Puhak on his appointment as Deputy Mayor. Bob and I also
work very well together and I will continue to do so this year.

I welcome David Robinson to the Township Commission. My years on the Township Commission are at
his disposal to assist his transition.

Finally I welcome my college and friend George McDonough back to the Township Committee this year.
 Everyone has to admit that things are a lot more livelier up here with George. Happy New Year and
don’t loose your enthusiasm.

I Congratulate Tara Rowley on her appointment as Township Clerk. She did a great job speed reading
the consent agenda today so she is already out to a great start. Thanks Tara and good luck on your new
assignment.

I would like to say thank you to Rosalie Hellenbrecht for her dedicated service to Cranford. All the best
to you for a happy and healthy retirement and God bless.

I welcome back the Township Administrator Marlena Schmid and our new Township Attorney Carl
Woodward.

Finally I want to sincerely thank Dan Aschenbach for his tireless efforts as our Mayor last year.
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Happy New Year to everybody and let’s have a productive 2007.

I also want to congratulate the Cranford Police Department for recently being awarded Accreditation by
the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. This accreditation demonstrates that the Cranford
Police Department adheres to 146 rigorous standards development by the committee to improve upon
what is already a stellar record of protecting and serving its residents. Cranford is only 1 of 18 Police
Departments in the State to gain accreditation. I especially recognize Chief Mason, Captain John Baer,
and Sergeants Quinn and Marrino for their leadership in directing the process.

Last year in this forum I recognized the Fire Department for their professionalism in responding to 2
serious residential fires. This year I thank our men again for their swift response along with their fellow
firefighters from neighboring communities to a serious fire in our downtown. Almost 50% of our
municipal budget is dedicated to our Police and Fire Departments. The Township Committee will
continue to have an unwavering commitment to public safety in Cranford.

Let me stay on the topic of the municipal budget with the remainder of my remarks today. I believe the
Township Committee needs to take immediate and decisive action on a number of fronts. To stem the
recent and potential systemic trend of large tax increases in Cranford. We begin 2007 with a $39.2
million of total debt authorization. Nearly 50% of that amount is due to our commitments to the
Cranford Crossing Parking Garage and the North East Flood Control Project. The latest budget
projections from out Finance Director indicate over a 13-point tax increase for 2007. Last years tax
increase was 8 points so the reality facing the Township Committee is that we must cut well in excess of
$800,000 in this years budget just to match last years tax increase. A tax increase that was too high in
my opinion, so I voted no on last year’s budget. To address these circumstances we need to do the
basics, increase revenue while decreasing expenses.

The Cranford Crossing Parking Garage is now open for business. It needs to start generating revenues to
offset operational expenses or we will suffer the consequences. We need to push the developers to get
the retail of residential components completed to generate parking revenues. Last week I was advised by
the Police Department that out of 110 commuter spaces only 30 permits have been sold (28 to Cranford
residents and 2 to Westfield residents). We simply cannot wait around for that to change. We need to
immediately assign a dedicated team of township professionals, Township Committee, Cranford
residents, and perhaps a NJ Transit Official to the task of getting all the commuter spaces permitted.
They should also take a strategic look at our entire parking enterprising downtown in Cranford. It would
appear that the cause of the factor for the lack of interest in the garage is that the township is competing
with itself as the pricing differential between the surface spaces and the garage spaces is to great. I think
we need recommendations by the end of January, as the parking garage is a critical revenue component of
this year’s budget.

As for the North East Flood Control project, the Township Committee must track the progress of pending
legislation that offers the potential of $5 million in financial assistance. I propose to continue funding
this project solely by Cranford taxpayers not because I do not have empathy for residents who have been
victimized by flooding but because we simply could not afford to pay the entire price tag now estimated
at being over $25 million. That is over $1,000 for every man, woman, and child in Cranford. Sky
rocketing property tax bills benefited nobody, not even the very residents we are trying to help in the
flood zone. I will do my personal best to replicate the success of having to pass and securing additional
funding this year from state, county, or federal sources. The parking garage and the flood project costs
raise a larger issue that I believe we need to address as a community. At what point should our residents
have a say in the expenditure of large sums of monies for projects in towns? I propose that local
legislation be corrected. That it will prohibit the Township Committee from making multimillions dollar
commitments without the matter being brought to the public’s attention. At the very least, major projects
should be voted on as nonbonding referenda. The Cranford Board of Education is required to have a
public vote on large spending issues as a matter of state statute. The Township Committee is exempt
from acting similarly and that needs to be changed some how. Tomorrow I will be contacting the Special
Counsel of Township Committee hired awhile back to explore available options for the sale of a form of
mosquito control property on North Avenue East. We need to push the process forward to get that
valuable piece of property sold and back on the tax roles.

There are additional revenue initiatives that I will bring forward in January to assist the Township
Committee with this year’s budget. As an expense side of the budget, I believe we need to immediately
and completely adjust our flood processes. We need to focus on a few important and strategic issues and
not try to solve every conceivable problem at once. I mentioned earlier that Cranford begins this year
with $3.2 million in authorized debt. Our debt service alone this year will increase $529,000. Despite
these facts, the requested capital budget for 2007 is over $2.4 million. I will tell you now that I will not
be approving anywhere near that amount for this year’s budget. Perhaps we should not even have a
capital budget for a few years. We need to take a break from large capital expenditures until the
uncertainties of the Cranford Crossing project are resolved.
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Phase 2A of the Flood Project is completed. New revenue streams are realized through the completion of
various redevelopment initiatives in Cranford and our commitments to various state mandates like
pensions and debt service matters on which the Township Committee has no control are over $950,000
this year. We also have two large tax appeal settlements for commercial properties to pay in 2007. One
settlement is so large that it will have to be bonded by the township. Last year I brought forth an
initiative to privatize and rationalize maintenance functions in the municipal building. This year I
suggest that we expand this program as a town-wide initiative to further reduce our cost structure. I also
believe that there are further economies to be realized by taking it more global as opposed to a
departmental perspective during our budget process. Our departments cannot operate in isolation from
one another. The Township Committee will also need to help resident experts this year. I would suggest
a joint meeting with the Citizens Budget Advisory Committed and the Township Committee be
completed prior to the introduction of this year’s municipal budget.

My commitment to the Township Committee and Cranford residents is to leave no stone unturned this
year in attempting to mitigate the municipal tax burden. I look forward to meeting the challenges ahead
this year and pledge to work as a professional with my fellow Township Committee, Cranford municipal
staff, and Cranford residents. I believe that public service is a public trust and I look forward to being a
continued service to Cranford. I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year.

Commissioner Robinson
It is an honor to have been elected and now sworn-in as a Commissioner. During the campaigning, and
we heard a fair amount of this today, I did campaign on Open and Honest Government to Cranford and I
certainly believe that we are doing everything we can. We have heard today about the Request for
Proposal process that was an open competitive process. Everybody was publicly noticed and available to
respond. We publicized this through the newspapers, I personally handled the RFQ off and discussed it
with the newspapers and many people questioned why we were doing it. We heard repeatedly that we
did not have to after all it is an appointment, it is our prerogative and we heard repeatedly to the victors
goes the spoils. But I guess to the surprise of many, I believe in competition and I meant what I said
when I campaigned. I believe in conducting due diligence and I believe in greater governmental
transparency. So for the selection of these professionals we offered a request for qualifications, it went
out. People were given the opportunity to respond and there was a good response. People who otherwise
would have not been involved in the process were brought into the process. All of us on the Township
Committee reviewed the response packages. I personally spoke with and/or met with everybody who
submitted a response. Perhaps others on the committee did to, they certainly were welcome to, and then
the Township Committee met and discussed the qualifications and I thought we had reached consensus.
Frankly with the selection of the Township Attorney, let me just focus on that for a minute because that
is the largest expenditure of legal services and that is the top position that went through this competitive
process that has never been done before, this was new ground here in Cranford. Perhaps we could have
done it better, we will learn from that and we will learn going forward together but when we gathered and
we caucused and we reviewed, I thought it was an unanimous vote. In the workshop everyone agreed
Mr. Woodward was going to be our Township Attorney and I thought everybody saw the benefits of an
open competitive process. One other thing that I wanted to make clear through the RFQ process was that
vendors through the town were going to be vendors; they were not going to be employees. If they are
employees, then Cranford could end up paying for their insurance, which was the case with out former
township attorney. for full family coverage for the health, prescription, and dental again that is a cost to
Cranford taxpayers of $18,000 per year. These positions are independent contract type positions. I want
to see that we do that. Also with our employees they participate in the pension system. I’m sure we have
all heard about the problems down in Trenton where people have multiple jobs contributing into the
pension system and the taxpayers are left picking up the tab. We have heard the slogan “Think globally,
Act locally”. Well this is one place we can act locally to try and stop contributing to a multibillion-dollar
problem that New Jersey taxpayers will end up facing. So through the RFQ process, we let people know
that pension contributions were not going to be part of the compensation package in Cranford. So what
does this all mean, again focusing on the township attorney position, having a competitive process we
have a great lawyer. He is supremely qualified and with that competition the base retainer we saw over
10% savings just in that compensation. When you factor in that we are not paying health benefits or
medical insurance, when you factor in no pension contribution, when you factor in that we are not paying
the employers side of the social security contributions, all of that amounts to nearly a 60% savings just
on the base compensation for that one position. That’s tens of thousands of dollars of savings and we
accomplished that before I was even sworn-in to office.

During the campaign I also proposed that we have a separate line item in the budget just for consulting
and professionalism so you know where your tax dollars are going and there not buried in with project
expenses. Now we can make that happen. All of that information will be public and again we are
bringing a greater governmental transparency.

As far as turning to the challenges ahead, I’m the 2007 finance commissioner and bare some
responsibility for developing a budget. I will certainly lean on Commissioner Jorn’s offer of assistance. I
have some good ideas there and I really look forward to working together and things look very bleak right
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now. We have an incredibly daunting task. Projected spending is more than $2.5 million that acquits to
more than a 13-point increase in just the municipal portion of your property tax bill. When you factor in,
well who knows how much the Union County will be as far as an increase, it is certainly going up over a
period of years and the Board of Education portion as well. I said during the campaign that there was
ominous budgetary signs on the horizon and I was right. Unfortunately it is worse than I expected. But
as we try to tackle these issues together I pledge that we will do so in a professional manner. We will
conduct the township committee meetings professional. Residents will be treated with respect.
Personally I will continue to focus on the issues, I’ll listen, I won’t interrupt others when they are
speaking and I will certainly welcome all opinions.

My sincere thanks to everyone who helped my election. Thanks to Commissioners Plick and especially
Commissioner Puhak, now Mayor and Deputy Mayor, during the transition period. Thanks to my fellow
Commissioners McDonough and Jorn. Thanks also to the Township Administrator Schmid, Director of
Finance Grady-I hope he’s doing well.

Congratulations to now Township Clerk Tara Rowley and we welcome aboard Township Attorney
Woodward. I look forward to working with everyone.

I thank and applaud the years of service to former Township Clerk Hellenbrecht and thank Mayor
Aschenbach for his years of service.

Thanks to my parents, my mother and father, for all that they have done. Thanks also to my wife Amy
and my children; Kate, Will, Christian and Luke. I thank them for all their love, support and patience
and I certainly hope the patience will continue. Thanks to everyone and Happy New Year.

Deputy Mayor Robert I. Puhak
Father McGovern, Senator Kean, Assemblyman Bramnick, fellow Commissioners, family, friends . . .
welcome and thank you for joining us today.

2007 is upon us, accompanied by its own challenges and opportunities for our community. We have here
today a Township Committee that states its intent of taking on those challenges and capitalizing on those
opportunities in the best interest of Cranford residents. That must be our sole commitment, one of which
we must be ever mindful. . . through each meeting . . . through each issue . . . and through each decision
we make.

There will be agreement and there will be disagreement. All part of good government, as long as there
exists sincere commitment to the common good, mutual respect for one another, and due process.
Together, we have this coming year to achieve that common good and we must hold ourselves,
individually and collectively, accountable towards that goal. This opportunity and time are precious
resources granted to us by the members of this community and are not to be squandered.

This year I serve as both Deputy Mayor and Commissioner of Engineering and Public Works. A number
and variety of engineering projects have accumulated over the years and across the tenure of several
Township Committees. In 2007 those projects require review with a common sense approach in
prioritization and, if no longer necessary, elimination. Reasonable balance must be our guide, weighing
true need against cost to the taxpayer. Thoughtful, professional advice must also play a role into that
evaluation.

We must continue to look for support from sources beyond the Cranford taxpayers’ pocket to fund
necessary projects. That includes continued diligence in pursuing support from our county, state, and
federal governments for those projects in which they have due responsibility. We must act as true
advocates for the residents of Cranford, to secure for Cranford what is due to Cranford. Such efforts are
fundamental to stabilizing local property taxes, as we’ve promised our best to do.

In that spirit, we must recognize and address the “whole” property tax bill shouldered by Cranford
residents, i.e., the three-pronged tax bill comprised of municipal, Board of Education, and Union County
taxes.

Earlier in 2006 we established the Board of Education/Township Committee Alliance. It has already
begun to yield benefits for our community. Similar to our work with the School Board, we must continue
to reach out to work with Union County in addressing that aspect of Cranford’s property tax burdens. It
is time for our Township Committee to endorse a study that will establish reasonable parameters
regarding what Cranford residents should expect in return for the taxes they pay to the county.

We have also firmly committed to open, honest government in all of our township dealings. I have lived
up to that commitment and some progress was made on various fronts in 2006, but efforts must and will
continue in 2007.
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I am humbled and grateful to have served our community this past year and in this upcoming year. I
thank the many talented, dedicated individuals with whom I’ve worked across a range of projects. Your
volunteer service makes a significant difference. It was a pleasure and an honor to serve our community
with you. I acknowledge and thank my wife Lori and our children for the sacrifices they’ve made in
these endeavors. And I thank family, friends, and each of you for your support.

In closing, please know I am here to serve you the residents and community of Cranford. You have my
continued and sincere commitment to the principles on which I ran.

Thank you.

Mayor Michael A. Plick
I want to thank Senator Tom Kean Jr. for being here today. I would also like to publicly recognize Dan
Aschenbach for all of his years of public service to this committee and to Cranford. Dan has finally taken
a well-deserved vacation with his family. Rosalie, once again thank you and enjoy your retirement.

I would like to welcome our new Township Attorney, Carl Woodward. Carl I am looking forward to
working with you over the next year. Tara, congratulations on your new role and we are confident you
will do a tremendous job. I would also like to welcome Heather Dalesandris as Cranford’s new deputy
clerk. I would be remiss if I did not express my gratitude to my family and friends for being part of
today’s celebration and for being so supportive, especially my wife Jackie.

 I am looking forward to the coming year and all of the potential accomplishments that lie before this
Township Committee. I am certain that through the focus and dedication of this committee, we will
succeed. I once heard a quote and do not know who it is attributable to. “There are two primary choices
in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” Gentlemen, we
have accepted that responsibility. 2007 will not be without change. Change is not always easy and this
committee must have the focus and fortitude to implement the changes that will benefit Cranford and its
residents. One change that has been made for 2007 is the time of our public meetings. We will begin the
public meeting 30 minutes earlier. The intent is to encourage more residents to take part in the meetings.

Today, you heard a number of residents appointed to various committees and roles within the township.
Some of these residents are brand new to these committees or serving for the first time. I wish you luck
and much success. Some of these individuals have been reappointed, I encourage you to keep up the hard
work and you should know that you are making a difference. Some people where not reappointed. I thank
you for your past service to these boards.

I encourage our municipal government to deliver its services with the highest level of customer service.
That means phones will be answered, voicemail messages will be returned and service will be provided
with a smile. One item that I would like to implement is to have Town Hall open one night a week.

As you have heard, 2007 is another challenging year from a budgetary perspective. It is the responsibility
of this committee to look at every possible option. We must consider synergies within the township
departments as well as the possibility of partnering with neighboring towns. In addition, we must work
with all levels of our government to increase Cranford’s funding and have State Statutes removed that are
handcuffing our ability to deliver sound municipal budgets without taxing people out of Cranford.

This township committee will be facing other obstacles during the year. These include, but are not
limited to, flood control, the completion and occupancy of Cranford Crossings, Riverfront Development,
the downtown parking system which includes the parking garage.

When I was sworn in a year ago today, one of the things I pledged to treat my colleagues and residents
with respect. I believe this is one of the key elements in order for this Township Committee to become as
efficient as possible. Although debate is healthy, it cannot be endless. There are going to be numerous
occasions where all five of us do not agree. Input will be solicited, but a vote must be taken and a
decision made in an efficient manner. I applaud any resident who comes to the microphone to express
their opinion or to ask a question. I hope there are more during 2007. I will promise you that you will be
treated with the proper respect and dignity. I ask that you afford that same respect to this committee.

In closing, I want to wish all of you a happy and prosperous New Year. As with the New Year that is
upon us, I want to view this Township Committee, along with its Professional Staff as a new beginning. I
look forward the accomplishments that we can obtain.

On motion of Commissioner Jorn, seconded by Commissioner McDonough, the Township Committee
adjourned at 3:50 PM.

                                                                  Respectfully submitted,
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                         Tara Rowley, RMC
Dated: January 1, 2007   Municipal Clerk

				
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