RP M&C Meeting (March 20, 2008)

On March 20, 2008, in Mayor & Council, Video, by RP Citizens

Mayor and council were in attendance with the exception of Councilman Badillo who is in the hospital, Councilman Matarante who is away on business, and Councilman Modesto Miranda who is at work. Councilman Dinardo was appointed as the acting council president. Girl Scout Troops 616 & 548 were in attendance and took the places of mayor and council for part of the meeting.

Communications

None

Reports and Recommendation of Mayor

  • The mayor wanted to remind the public that the opening public meeting with AvalonBay will be on on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in Borough Hall. Anyone interested in more information can contact the Borough clerk at (908) 245-6222.
  • The mayor wanted to recognize Al Zolli at the next meeting.

Report of Standing Committees and Other Mayor and Council Committees

Councilman Badillo

  • Councilman Badillo wanted to notify residents of a “Welcome Back” ceremony for the 87th Airborne. The ceremony will take place on Monday, March 31, at 11 a.m. in main hangar 333 at the McGuire Air Force Base. Among the National Guard unit returning will be Frank Garcia, a resident of Roselle Park. Anyone interested in more information can call (609) 530-6893.

Councilman Rick Matarante

  • Budget meetings are scheduled for Monday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room at Borough Hall.

Councilman Laurence Dinardo

  • Councilman Dinardo wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.
  • The councilman stated that the next date for the neighborhood watch meeting will be toward the end of April.

Councilman Michael Yakubov

  • Councilman Yakubov wanted to thank the Roselle Park Police Department for being cautious and paying attention to residents and watching for speeding in the 5th Ward.

Councilwoman Larissa Chen-Hoerning

  • Councilwoman Chen-Hoerning wanted to thank the Recreation Committee for the Easter Egg Hunt at Acker Park on Saturday. It was a great turnout.
  • The councilwoman wanted to announce that the netting under the train tracks on Chestnut Street have been taken care of and they look nice.
  • The Councilwoman wanted to wish everyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day in a happy Easter.

Councilman Modesto Miranda

  • Councilman Miranda presented a proclamation to the Boys and Girls Club.

Reports of Departments

  • 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.

Proclamations

  • A proclamation was presented to Girl Scout Troops 616 and 548. At this time the Girl Scouts left the dais and were awarded the proclamation. A five-minute recess was moved for pictures.

Ordinances for First Reading

 

  • Ordinance 2242. The ordinance was moved, voted on, and introduced.
  • Ordinance 2243. The ordinance was moved, voted on, and introduced.

Resolutions

  • Resolution 101-08 was pulled from consensus by Councilwoman Chen-Hoerning and Resolution 104-08 was pulled from consensus by Councilman Dinardo.
  • All other resolutions were moved, voted on, and adopted.
  • Resolution 101-08. Councilwoman Chen-Hoerning expressed her sympathies to Mrs. Hopler and wanted to thank Mr. Hopler for his service to this country. The resolution was moved, voted on, and approved.
  • Resolution 104-08. Councilman Dinardo stated that $2,500 was just awarded to Mr. Maraziti and the councilman only saw him at one meeting. The councilman asked if the funds had been used by Mr. Maraziti. The borough clerk stated that the funds were used for preparation and for attending the meeting that the councilman was referring to. Mr. Maraziti wanted to come back tonight but the mayor suggested he returned on April 6. Councilwoman Chen-Hoerning asked if the $5,000 was the amount that was asked for by Mr. Maraziti. The borough clerk stated that he had originally asked for $15,000 but only gave $5,000. The mayor stated that Mr. Maraziti’s rate is $175/hour billable. In order to save on costs the mayor asked Mr. Maraziti to return on Arpil 6th instead of coming back twice. Councilwoman Chen-Hoerning asked if this resolution could be postponed until all other council members were present. After discussion it was agreed that resolution 104-08 will be postponed until the next borough meeting.

Matters For Referral To COmmittee Or Council

  • Both matters were voted on and confirmed.

Public Portion

Nancy Kinloch

  • Mrs. Kinloch, as a member of the Board of Education and liaison to counsel, Spoke on behalf of the Board of Education’s budget process. Late last week the insurance rates for the school district came in less than predicted and Mrs. Kinloch wanted to notify the public that there will be a zero tax increase this year from the Board of Education’s budget. There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, March 25th at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall. As a member of the finance committee, she wanted to thank Superintendent Spagnoletti and he and Mrs. Guercio for their work on the budget.
  • Mrs. Kinloch wanted to speak on behalf of her daughter, Suzanne Kinloch, who is not feeling well. She wanted to remind everyone that May 1 will be “Paint the Town Purple” Day.

Tina Renna

  • Mrs Renna, as president of the Union County Watchdog Association, wanted to notify the public and Roselle Park residetns of her organization’s work. She stated that 1/4 of property tax goes towards Union County. In 2008, her organization started the initiative to begin airing meetings of Union County Freeholders. She brought along some DVD copies and asked if they could be aired on RPTV. She stated that her organization wanted to hold freeholders accountable and wanted to make the public more aware of Union County freeholders. She gave an example that in 2006 Union County spent $110,000 on the purchase of video equipment. When audited, the reason given for the purchase of new equipment was to help in airing of Freeholder meetings. Copies of meetings have never distributed to the public. Mayor DeIorio thanked Mrs. Renna for her information. He stated that the RP TV committee will address the scheduling of the airings of the county meetings. Councilman Yakubov asked if Mrs. Ran a could give the website of her organization. She offered the information – www.unioncountywatchdog.org. Mrs. Renna stated that county government is going ignored in its practices. She wanted the public to know where their tax dollars are going. Borough clerk Cali stated that Union County contacted Keith Heinemann one week ago to ask about airing their meetings. Mrs. Renna thanked the Council for their time.

Jacob Magiera

  • Mr. Magiera stated that the Girl Scouts held the best meeting this year.
  • Mr. Magiera wanted to inform residents that that Councilman Yakubov is a candidate for Union County freeholder.
  • Mr. Magiera stated that he has been asked by other residents that the Borough show the Redflex presentation on TV 34.
  • Mr. Magiera thanked Mrs. Runner for her information. He stated that the Cranford council and mayor took a 50% cut in pay from $4,000 to $2,000.
  • Mr. Magiera wanted to thank Councilman Chen-Hoerning for the netting under the bridges.
  • Mr. Magiera made mention of the street fair last year. He stated not one penny was received from a street fair but that movie companies have provided a revenue of $1,150. The mayor wanted to clarify that the $1,150 was for the two movies that were filmed these past two weeks. He also notified Mr. Magiera at the company doing the street fair would not be doing it this year in Roselle Park.
  • Mr. Magiera commended the Board of Education for a flat tax and hoped that it would be repeated in next year.
  • Mr. Magiera addressed the acting Council President Councilman Dinardo and Councilman Chen-Hoerning regarding E. Grant Avenue. He stated that there is an indentation at East Grant Avenue and Walnut Street. He asked if the Borough Engineer could look into it. Councilman Dinardo asked that all of East Grant be looked at.
  • Mr. Magiera asked to have resolution 104-08 explained. He asked how much has been paid yet. Counsel stated $2,500 has been authorized but there is no exact amount as to what has been paid to date.
  • Mr. Magiera asked to have resolution 107-08 explained. He asked what is vegetative waste. The mayor stated that this resolution would make it easier to dispose of grass and clippings. Before, residents needed to separate leaves and branches and twigs but with this resolution, one company pick all of them. Mr. Magiera asked how much is being saved. The mayor stated to keep in mind that DPW will not be picking up the twigs and time to respond has costs associated. Mr. Blum stated he has no exact number at present of the savings. Mr. Magiera asked if the borough could use a chipper for composting. The mayor stated that the time and cost involved with chipping would add to the cost and the storage and dispersement of chips would add to costs. Mr. Magiera appreciated the explanation.

Two notable items were set aside for closed session. One dealt with the train station project and ongoing litigation. The other dealt with the Westbrook Project. After discussion it was agreed that he was the Westbrook Project was not a closed item and could be discussed openly.

The Borough Engineer, Mr. Neglia, stated that easements will be required and fabric for the project will encroach on five properties. The borough will be accepting bids on April 1. The project wil require temporary and permanent easements and the situation with easements may take longer than 60 days allotted. The mayor asked to have the attorney review the postponements. Mr. Neglia asked for an extension to be made for the project due to the short window and holidays. The mayor asked for the recommendation of the engineer and Mr. Neglia recommended to postpone the project start date. The borough may need to get consent from property owners. The mayor stated that the borough should have the plans ready and ask for individual meetings with each owner affected. He asked if this decision was all right with counsel and they agreed. The borough will research award issues and give a little more time to get the projected completed properly.

In closing the mayor wanted to thank Kathy Panetta and Nancy Kinloch, both of whom were in the audience, for all their work with the budget. The mayor also wanted to express his sympathies to Councilman Rubilla whose mother MaryEllen Rubilla passed away. Mr. Rubilla was a municipal employee as well as the mother of a former councilman. The mayor asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of Mrs. Rubilla.

The Mayor wanted to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy holidays, a happy St. Patrick’s Day, and a hppay St. Joseph’s Day.

The meeting went into closed session at 8:55 p.m.