RP M&C Meeting (April 3, 2008)

On April 3, 2008, in Mayor & Council, Video, by RP Citizens

Mayor and council were in attendance with the exception of Councilman Matarante. Councilman-at-large Ricky Badillo arrived while the meeting was in progress.

Communications

  • A communication request for the use of the 500 block of Spruce Street was moved, voted on, and granted.

Report and Recommendations of Mayor

  • The Roselle Park Rabies Clinic for dogs and cats will be Monday, April 28th, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the Roselle Park First Aid building, located at 535 Laurel Avenue. For more information, call (908) 245- 8466.
  • The Route 28 / Westfield Avenue Traffic & Safety Improvement Project will be holding a public information session sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). It will consist one three (3) one-hour sessions. They will be held on Tuesday, April 15th at 1 pm, 4 pm, and 7 pm. It is open to the public. It will be regarding improvements on Westfield Avenue.
  • The Health Fair will take place on April 26th from 9 am to 11 am. It will be held in Westfield at 425 East Broad Street. There will be health screenings, blood work, blood screenings, and free pneumonia vaccinations.
  • On April 16th at 6:30 pm in council chamber, an open public meeting with AvalonBay will take place. Anyone with questions can call (908) 245-6222. As of yet, no plans have been received from AvalonBay.
  • A recycling information portfolio and calendar for the balance of the year is being worked on. It will include information on the importance of recycling and calendar dates for bulk waste and vegetation waste (grass & branches). It will be out shortly.
  • The official Borough of Roselle Park recycling containers have been received. The 32-gallon container can be obtained with a $10 donation to the Borough to continue recycling efforts. The container is particularly for bottles and cans.

Report of Standing Committees and Other Mayor and Council Committees

Councilman Laurence Dinardo

  • The councilman attended the Spaghetti Dinner Saturday sponsored by the Rotary Club at the Methodist Church. All proceeds went to “Relay For Life”. The councilman’s daughter and other kids from Robert Gordon and Sherman school sang at the dinner. The “Relay For Life” will take place on June 7 & 8.
  • Mae’s Florist has closed. He is sad to see her go. She helped with the yellow ribbon campaign.
  • The councilman has been attending budget meetings.

Michael Yakubov

  • The councilman was contact by residents on Valley Road regarding speeding. He spoke with the Police Chief and the police department has addressed the issue. Signs have been placed along with the speedometer. He was told the police department would have more enforcement in the area.
  • With regard to the Neighborhood Watch, by next week, residents who volunteered to be street captains will be receiving letters. More volunteers are requested. A packet is being created and refined. He and councilman Dinardo will be putting together a date for the next meeting.
  • the councilman had a meeting with councilman Miranda regarding how to make Roselle Park more green. The meeting discussed on how to keep Roselle Park clean, how to help people save energy in their homes, how to clean up the railroads.
  • The councilman went out with the code enforcement officer. They looked at Woodside gardens and other areas in the 5th ward. They addressed areas that need to have potholes filled on the Borough’s end and the property owner’s end. He will also meet with the DPW to see what areas need to be addressed. The councilman suggested that councilman Miranda send any concerns regarding Aldene and Myrtle with regard to cars not stopping at the stop sign.
  • The councilman will try to utilize Clean Communities Grants to beautify the town more. He will see if he can get some trees donated and planted either by local businesses or businesses in the county. he would like to get Roselle Park more on the green side. He would like to get the grant used more to publicize recycling.
  • The councilman would like to host a class at the high school or any school that would be willing to house a class on how to use a computer for those who do not know how or would like to learn how to use a computer more.

Ricky Badillo

  • The councilman attended the Boys & Girls Club to present a resolution on behalf of mayor & council regarding “Boys & Girls Club Week”.
  • The councilman played bingo on Friday at the Casano Community Center.
  • The councilman has worked, along with councilman Yakubov and the health department, on raising the minimum temperature for apartments from 68 degrees to 70.
  • The councilman was late due to attending a Spaghetti Dinner this night for a young resident who is battling cancer.
  • The councilman attended two (2) budget meetings in person and one via phone.
  • The councilman spoke on the Valley Road clean up. He is trying to convince SLAP or someone to come in and clean up the M&E railroad area. They have been continuously calling to get come on down there to clean it up.
  • For those residents on Sumner Avenue between Walnut and Chestnut, the Borough’s engineers are talking with the Township of Union’s engineers to done that parcel done. In previous years, Union has not been interested in wanting to get that done but this year it seems they close to having it done.
  • Andrew Ardino, as part of his Eagle Scout requirement, is building a mailbox type structure that can be used for disposal of tattered or old flags by residents. The mailbox will be by the library.
  • The councilman would like to personally thank all the well wishes and calls due to his surgery.

The mayor wanted to make note that one of Roselle Park’s residents returned from his service in Iraq, Frank Garcia, on Monday. Perhaps at a future council meeting the Borough would like to take note of his service.

Modesto Miranda

  • The councilman attended the Pasta Dinner night tonight to support the Jachimowski family. There was also at the dinner the Make-A-Wish foundation. Anyone interested in making a donation can contact Mr. Fucci at (908) 245-4550 extension 3020.
  • The councilman wants to thank Frank Wirzbicki for almost completing the police department’s paint job.
  • The masonry at the firehouse has been addressed and it is going to be taken care of.

Councilwoman Chen-Hoerning

  • The councilwoman attended the League of Municipalities meeting in New Providence. It was a good way to meet with other boroughs and towns.
  • The councilwoman attended the Spaghetti Dinner last Saturday for the Rotary Club.
  • The councilwoman wanted to thank Karen Intile and Lyman and Chris Young for all they did for her and her family when the had a birthday party recently at the Casano Center. A donation was taken up and $300 was collected for the First Aid Squad.
  • The councilwoman spoke on the potential of having Visitor Parking Permits. The borough clerk stated that she will provide an update by the next meeting.
  • On Saturday, Earth Hour took place from 8 pm to 9 pm. She was ashamed to say that although she e-mailed a lot of people about it, she herself forgot.
  • The councilwoman is getting to know the various departments in the borough. She stopped by the construction department last week and met both Sandys. She also wanted to thank Chief Morrison for taking the time to show her around thepolice department the other day.

Certificates/Proclamations

  • A certificate was awarded to Al Zolli for all his years of volunteer work on the Library Board.

Councilman Miranda stated that Donna Corrigan will be available from 8 am to 11 am on Saturday, April 5th, for those interested in donating and obtaining the recycling containers.

The mayor made an announcement regarding the RPHS musical “Anything Goes” that will be taking place from tonight until Sunday afternoon.

Reports Of Department

All reports were moved, voted on, and approved.

Minutes To be Approved, Pending Any Corrections

  • The motion was moved, voted on, and carried.

The Motion that Bills & Payrolls Not Be Read and Motion that Bills & Payrolls Be Passed For Payment were all voted on and carried.

Ordinances for Second Reading

  • Ordinance 2242. Mr. Magiera asked to have the ordinance explained. The borough clerk explained the raise in rates for liquor licenses. The ordinance was moved, voted on, and adopted.
  • Ordinance 2243. Mr. Magiera asked to have the ordinance explained. The borough clerk explained that the ordinance, regarding prohibited parking, deal with the west side of Myrtle Avenue between 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday except for school buses and drop-off and pick up between 7 am – 9 am and from 2 pm – 4 pm. She explained the exact the distances of the ordinance. Councilman Badillo wanted to thank the borough clerk and police chief to address drop-off and pick-up at Aldene School. The ordinance was moved, voted on, and adopted.

Ordinances For Introduction

  • None

Resolutions

  • Resolutions 110-08 through 119-08 were moved, voted on, and adopted.

Reports of Departments

Borough Attorney

  • Nothing to report at this time

Borough Clerk

  • The borough clerk’s office will be open from 8 am – 11 am on Saturday for those who work to give them the opportunity to obtain their bottles & cans recycling containers. After these containers are finished, the Borough will be purchasing blue containers for paper.

Chief Financial Officer

  • Dates for the next budget meetings was raised. The dates agreed upon were Wednesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm, and Saturday, April 11th at 9 am.

Chief of Police

  • The Police Chief would like to warn the public of online scams that are resurfacing again.
  • The police department conducted a 12-day traffic study on Amsterdam Ave between West Webster and West Lincoln Avenue on the request of councilman Yakubov. Between those 12 days 2,556 vehicles traveled through that block. The average speed was 21 mph. Three of those vehicles reached a speed of 40 mph. the police will periodically monitor that block from time to time with radar.
  • The Police Chief attended the Welcome Home ceremony of Frank Garcia at McGuire Air Force Base. The chief stated that it is something that should be done whenever possible.
  • March was the start of the cell phone law. The number was larger than last reported due to some dates missed. 148 motorists were stopped for cell phone violations.

Superintendent of Public Works

  • Netting under both bridges have been completed.
  • Yard debris and branches should only be put out on a Thursday. Call on Thursday if they were not picked up.

Councilman Yakubov stated a resident suggested that green tarp be put on the ballfields that are being worked on by the NJDEP.The DPW superintendent stated that such a practice has not been done in the past.

Public Portion

Jacob Magiera

  • Mr. Magiera stated he was the first person to purchase the orange recycling containers. He also stated he delivered two (2) fruit baskets to councilman Badillo as part of his job.
  • The timers on the public parking lot outside need to be reset for the summer schedule.
  • Mr. Magiera asked the mayor to explain the Federal stimulus aid rebate from the government. Additionally he asked the mayor to explain senior programs for property tax freeze. The mayor asked anyone interested to contact the tax office at (908) 245-0819 or the legislative 21st Legislative District at 918-0414. He offered some examples that are available to residents (i.e. $250 deduction from property tax for seniors and veterans).
  • Mr. Magiera spoke on resolution 104-08. At the same time he wanted to discuss matters regarding budget meetings. Additionally he spoke on the borough office being open on Saturday from 8 am – 11 am. He stated that the meeting will be aired on Saturday at 11 am which will be after the borough office will be opened. Mr. Magiera asked why someone would be getting paid with almost no one being aware of the recycling bins being available. Mrs. Cali stated that they will not be getting paid. The mayor stated that if on Saturday no one comes, there will be another Saturday to publicize the bins to more people.
  • Mr. Magiera asked if the Redflex video will shown on TV34.
  • Mr. Magiera asked how much the Boys & Girls Club Youth Center is costing the borough and he asked if the mayor & council are negotiating another contract. The mayor stated that the contract for the Youth Center is $150,000 to operate via the Boys & Girls Club. The contract is a five-year contract and it expires October 31, 2009. The mayor stated the Borough is leaving their options open and is reaching out to other potential interested parties in order to get the best price and provide the best service for the boroughs youth.
  • Mr. Magiera stated that he was on East Webster Avenue and it appeared that some potholes were filled but that the rest of the street from Chestnut down to Sherman still have a lot of potholes.
  • Mr. Magiera offered information for the viewing public with regard to the Romerovski property. He asked if apartments for people 55 and older has ever been entertained. The mayor stated that has been entertained and the result of those discussions is litigation.
  • Mr. Magiera asked how much taxpayers’ money has been spent in legal fees for the Romerovski lawsuit with regard to legal costs. Mr. Blum responded:
    • Jeff Surenian, the COAH attorney, was authorized $175,000 – to date $161,523.67 has been spent.
    • Heyer, Gruel & Associates, the expert witness, was authorized $10,000 – to date $9,612.16 has been spent.
    • Heyer, Gruel & Associates, working on the Fair-Share Housing Plan, was authorized $17,000 – all was spent. They had to amend the Fair Share Housing Plan and the Redevelopment Plan for $,4500 each.
    • Joseph Marraziti, hired as a redevelopment attorney, was originally authorized $2,500. He has submitted a bill for $2,088. At the budget meeting a resolution was passed authorizing him another $2,000.
    • Elizabeth McKenzie, the appointed mediator by the court that the borough is responsible to pay, has been payed $5,818.46.
    • Doreen Cali was appointed the municipal housing liaison for $6,000 for the year.

    The grand total to date is $211,454.29. Mr. Magiera asked if all the figures came out to $211,000. It was confirmed as $211,454.29. The mayor stated the the Fair Share Housing Plan was started before litigation and that cost would have had to been done regardless of litigation as well as any housing positions the borough would have to approve.

  • Mr. Magiera asked to have resolution 113-08, regarding bulk waste, explained. He wanted to know if the cost, $9,322.40 was for each pick up or for the entire contract. The borough clerk stated that the cost would be for three (3) bulk waste pick-ups:
    • June 19th for the east side and June 20th for the west side.
    • September 18th for the east side and September 19th for the west side.
    • December 18th on the east side and September 19th on the west side.
  • Mr. Magiera asked regarding the town wide garage sale. He wanted to if the people would be able to leave out the bulk until the Thursday of the pick up. Mrs. Cali stated no.
  • Mr. Magiera asked to have resolution 115-08 explained and if it includes new sidewalks. Mrs. Cali stated yes. The borough applied for $104,000 in a grant and it does include sidewalks by both Aldene and the Middle School.
  • Mr. Magiera asked if there will be new sidewalks on East Lincoln between Walnut and Chestnut on the right-hand side going to Chestnut. Mrs. cali stated there are several different locations and she can provide Mr. Magiera with a copy of them. It is not only sidewalks but for other numerous things.
  • Mr. Magiera gave the UCATAN (Union County Air Traffic and Noise Advisory Board) report. He thanked mayor and council for passing a resolution regarding air noise traffic. He read from a Wall Street article regarding airline insections.

Glenn Marczewski

  • Mr. Marczewski wishedcouncilman Badillo the best on his recovery from his surgery.
  • Mr. Marczewski spoke on foreclosures and asked how the mayor and council help those people. The mayor stated that the federal government is trying to provide assistance but unfortunately the banks, in their ability to make huge profits, gave loans they should not have originally. The mayor stated he put the responsibility on those lenders who gave out bad mortgages.
  • Mr. Marczewski related personal accounts of how the economy has affected his friends and neighbors – from September 11th to the present situation with foreclosures
  • Mr. Marczewski spoke on the potholes in the borough.
  • Mr. Marczewski wanted to thank the Girl Scouts for cleaning up pigeon droppings under the bridges.
  • Mr. Marczewski spoke on phone scams and expired warranty scams. He wanted to know why the towns do not do anything about them. The mayor stated that if Mr. Marczewski or anyone else can contact the police department regarding such issues.

Suzanne Kinloch

  • Ms. Kinloch spoke on the Roselle Park relay For Life on June 7-8 from 6 pm to 6 am. Anyone interested can visit http://events.cancer.org/RFLroselleparknj.
  • The American cancer Society is looking for residents to come out an volunteer for their Cancer Prevention Study-3. Anyone interested in participating can contact Robin Kraft (973) 736-7771 extension 205.
  • May 1st is May Day for Relay which is the time to paint the town purple just in time for the Relay For Life. All one need do is put some purple around the house, wear purple around town. You do not have to paint your house purple.
  • Ms. Kinloch publicly thanked the members of the Roselle-Roselle Park Rotary Club and all the members of both communities who came out for the Spaghetti Dinner.

The mayor asked if Mr. Carl Hokanson would like to come up to comment on his press statement made on an article regarding the Romerovski situation. Mr. Hokanson asked in regards to what. The mayor stated that a statement was made that the Borough is hiding behind a gag order and the mayor asked if Mr. Hokanson wanted to take this opportunity to pose the questions he made for the newsletter during the public portion. Mr. Hokanson stated that he would be addressing those matters at other times with other issues.

The mayor closed the public portion and then proceeded to make a statement for the record regarding the news article. After making reference to a statement made by Mr. Hokanson about the gag order with relation to the Romerovski situation, the mayor stated that Mr. Hokanson requested a gag order from the governing body on March 2, 2005 regarding his release from his work as a lieutenant. The mayor stated that Mr. Hokanson sets the standard for council to hide behind a gag order but the he in turn imposed a gag order on the governing body from his leave and retirement from office. the mayor stated that if Mr. Hokanson wishes to, the mayor would be willing to discuss the matters regarding Mr. Hokanson’s leave from office. At that point Mr. Hokanson began to discuss from his seat about his feelings regarding this disclosure. The mayor stated that this issue dealt with the gag order statement made by Mr. Hokanson and the gag order that Mr. Hokanson placed on the Borough.

Councilman Yakubov wanted to add that the Borough has held numerous meetings throughout the year to allow the public to share their input. If any residents has questions regarding any matter not restricted by the gag order can contact him and to have the public attend the meeting on April 16th.

The meeting went into closed session regarding Roselle Park VP LLC v. the Borough of Roselle Park.