RP M&C Meeting (October 18, 2007)

On October 18, 2007, in Mayor & Council, Video, by RP Citizens

Mayor and all council members were in attendance.

Communications

The one (1) listed communication for a Halloween Block Party was approved.

There were three (3) late communications which were not able to be listed.

  • The first was a request from the Roselle & Roselle Park Rotary Club for a sponsorship banner for a golf outing.
  • The second was a request from the Roselle Park Panthers Wrestling team for a sponsorship.
  • The last was a request from a Dalton Street resident to have a light installed onto a PSE&G pole in front of their residence.

The first two communications were voted on and approved, with funds for the sponsorships to come out of the Sunshine fund. The last communication was discussed among the council. Councilman Badillo asked if there was a canvas of the area of residents to see if they had been notified of the proposed light and if there were any objections. The mayor stated that a canvas had not been done. The situation is that there is a pole that PSE&G went out to replace the bulb, thinking it was out, and came to find out no light was ever installed. The mayor placed a request to have the street lighting committee review the situation and report back with findings.

Report and Recommendations of the Mayor

  • The Casano Community Center will be holding their second annual Pet Appreciation Day on October 28th. Anyone requesting more information can contact Ms. Karen Intile at (908) 245-9150.
  • The latest Roselle Park Community Newsletter has been mailed out. If anyone has not received their copy or has any questions can contact Doreen Cali, borough clerk.
  • The Post Office will be conducting a Community Outreach Forum on November 3, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 12 o.m. at the Roselle Park Post Office.
  • The Roselle Park Marching Band took first place at the 2007 USSBA Yamaha Cup High School Band Competition at Giants Stadium. The mayor requested that they be recognized at the next Town & Council meeting.
  • A date for a walk-through tour of Solar do Minho for Roselle Park residents should be set within the next 24 hours.

Report of Standing Committees and other Mayor and Council Committees

Laurence Dinardo

  • The Madison Avenue project is almost complete.
  • Grant Avenue has been filled and the cones have been removed but Councilman Dinardo wanted to follow-up to make sure it gets fully repaired.
  • The Walk for Autism, organized by Allison Ellis and Susan Dinardo, raised more money than was expected. With assistance with Girl Scout Troop 548, 75 Roselle Park residents participated. Councilman Dinardo requested that Allison Ellis and Susan Dinardo be recognized at the next meeting.

The mayor mentioned that CAASA is having a Movie Night on Tuesday, October 23rd. Tickets are $5 and good for any movie at the Park Theater. Anyone with questions regarding movie night can contact CAASA at (908) 241-4357 or the Borough Clerk’s Office at (908) 245-6180. Tickets can be purchased beforehand by visiting the Boys & Girls Club between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Ricky Badillo

  • Councilman Badillo wanted to thank the DPW, the Police Department, and all involved during the flash flood/heavy rain that occurred recently in Roselle Park. Solar do Minho had issues with storm drains but the Engineering Department came down and addressed the issue.
  • Congratulations were given to the Roselle Park Marching Band and Pop Warner for working with band parents for the Yamaha Cup competition.

Loren Harms

  • Councilman Harms asked that another letter be sent to Public Service to clean up the area of Seton Avenue. There has been no response from them since the first letter.
  • Antoher letter should be sent to Union County regarding Lincoln Avenue. During the latest rain storm, waters rose but had nowhere to flow out to since the manhole and traps have holes to allow the water to flow into the culverts. Councilman Matarante stated that there were two (2) issues regarding Lincoln Avenue. The first is that the trap has no holes. The second is that, due to repeated paving, the curbs are not high enough to retain water. The curb is lower than the height at the center of the street. Councilman Badillo stated there is a scheduled improvement between East Clay and East Grant which would address the situation but the borough is awaiting approval from DEP. Additionally, the undersizing of pipes contribute to flood but Roselle Park cannot address this situation until the borough of Roselle does. Councilman Harms appreciated all the comments but he still wants something to get done now.

Rick Matarante

  • Nothing of note to report publicly.

Robert Rubilla

  • A meeting was held with the Union County Department of Engineers regarding work that will be done between November 1st and November 10th. One business person attended the meeting.
  • Some concessions were made by Conrail regarding their bridges in the borough.
    • Conrail agreed to remove all large brushes behind Westfield Avenue between Linden Road and the Sun Tavern.
    • Conrail gifted a piece of property behind the pre-school.
    • Conrail will not paint or sand the bridges in the borough. They never have done so in the past but they have agreed to placing an aluminum sign to cover the rust. This would do nothing to prevent further rust. Councilman Rubilla will discuss this matter with the Municipal Service Committee to decide how to proceed with this matter.
    • The mayor asked when Conrail is scheduled to begin work and which work will be started. Councilman Rubilla stated that work will commence soon and that the first project listed will be started first.
    • Conrail committed to resurface the Faitoute Bridge.

Michael Yakubov

  • Councilman Yakubov followed up on the land gift from Conrail. The area is deteriorated and he requested that Conrail clean up the property beforegifting it to the borough.
  • The Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held on October 26th at Borough Hall.
  • Councilman Yakubov spoke with the police department regarding speeding and parking by the school area. He commended them on how they are addressing the matter.

Reports Of Departments

All Reports of Departments were moved and carried.

Borough Attorney William Lane had three matters for closed session.

  • Available land for senior housing. Of the three (3) parcels looked into, two are on the market and on is not. The closed session will discuss the results of the investigation.
  • Possible litigation with Great Northern Recycling.
  • FAA Flight pattern litigation.

Borough Clerk Doreen Cali stated that polls will open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 6th, 2007 for voting. Additionally, she contacted the Post Office on behalf of Councilman Rubilla regarding the aesthetic upkeep of the Roselle Park Post Office. The Post Office agreed to manicure the outside area, mow the lawn, place a Post Office sign, and other concerns.

The Minutes To Be Approved, the Motion that Bills & Payrolls Not Be Read and Passed were all voted on and carried.

Proclamation

Ordinance for Second Reading

  • Ordinance 2219 was open to the public, moved, voted on, and adopted.
  • Ordinance 2221 was open to the public, moved, voted on, and adopted after Councilman Badillo thanked the council for moving quickly on this ordinance to make the borough more business-friendly.
  • Ordinance 2224 was open to the public, moved, voted on, and adopted after Councilman Matarante received clarification on Article 2 of the ordinance. The landowner is not required to contribute to the fund.

Ordinance for First Reading

  • Ordinance 2225 was voted on and introduced. Councilman Badillo thanked the borough Labor Attorney for working out a great deal on the contract, which included having new hires taking on an HMO.
  • Ordinance 2226 was voted on and introduced. The mayor stated that the ordinance gives the range of minimum and maximum of salaries. A new ordinance will need to be introduced to list specific salaries for specific positions.

Resolutions

  • Resolutions 221-07 and 225-07 were pulled from consensus by Councilman Matarante. Resolution 219-07 was pulled from consensus by Councilman Harms.
  • Resolutions 218-07, 220-07, 222-07, 223-07, and 224-07 were voted on and approved.
  • Resolution 219-07. Councilman Harms stated that he regretfully accepts Mr. Krynicki’s resignation. The council thanked Mr. Krynicki for his service and Counciman Hamrs asked to have his position replaced by having the borough clerk post the job. The same request was made and approved for Resolution 218-07.
  • Councilman Matarante thanked Chief Wielgus for his years of service. He would like to present the chief with a proclamation.
  • Councilman Matarante wanted to thank Alex Tweed, a senior in high school, for his work in relation to this ordinance. He requested that Mr. Tweed be recognized. Councilman Yakubov stated that he has sppken with Kean University and the university has agreed to once a month, through the adopt-a-highway program, come into the borough a clean up a street of the borough’s choosing.

Public Portion
Jacob Magiera

  • Mr. Magiera congratulated the Marching Band for their accomplishment.
  • Mr. Magiera wanted tothank Councilman Harms for meeting with him so he could be shown the clogged basins. Counilman Harms stated that the basins have been taken care of.
  • The county, while paving Chestnut Street, paved over two (2) drains on Spruce Street.
  • There are lights still out in the Borough Hall parking lot. Doreen Cali stated that an underground conduit has been broke, due to time and nature. It would be costly to have the conduit dug up so alternatives are being looked into to address the problem.
  • Mr. Magiera confirmed what the mayor stated that seniors could not get in touch with someone on the state tax hotline. He agreed with the mayor that the 21st District Municipal offices should be contacted at 918-0414. The mayor stated that the Tax & Finance office could also be contacted for senior tax relief questions at 245-0819.
  • At the last meeting, a suggestion was made to have a cutoff area made at Solar do Minho. Westfield Avenue is a state highway and the state would have to do an impact survey. Mr. Magiera and the mayor agreed that the borough should not pay for any survey or work.
  • Mr. Magiera showed a receipt to show he pays for his OPRA fees.
  • Mr. Magiera asked if the council has copies of e-mails regarding FAA litigation. They responded that they did. Mr. Magiera stated that more traffic will cause more noise pollution and might decrease property values by $10,000 to $20,000.
  • Mr. Magiera wanted clarification between the values in ordinance 2222 and resolution 224-07.
  • Mr. Magiera wanted Councilman Matarante to explain the figures in the Roselle Park newsletter with regard to the tax bill and the Board of Education, since Mr. Maratante used to be on the School District Board. Mr. Magiera stated that the borough has 75 employees while the school district has 225 employees. 55.83% of the tax bill is allotted to the BOE, the borough has one-third the employees so in comparison the BOE burden, in relation to the borough responsibility, is $30 million when it should be $39 million ($13 million borough budget times three). Councilman Matarante stated that the borough has more property and equipment to manage than the school board; there is overtime for borough employees to take into account. Additionally, the borough works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, while the school board, for the most part, works on a 10-month schedule and does not operate on a 24/7 schedule. Mayor DeIorio stated that he wishes that the state took more of the burden for school districts as other states and municipalities do to lessen the burden on the taxpayer.
  • Mr. Magiera closed with the speech made by Calvin Coolidge on the remembrance and respect for American veterans.

Glen Marczewski

  • Mr. Marczewski inquired on the land sale for the Jerome Street properties. He was notified that no one appeared for the auction. The sizes of the lots are three (3) lots at 50×100 and one (1) lot at 75×100.
  • Mr. Marczewski wanted to bring to the attention of the council of the hole that was still on Sherman Avenue. After discussions with council, Councilman Harms stated that the hole would be addressed and patched by the next meeting.
  • The sewers are filled with leaves and street sweeping is not consistent in his area.
  • Mr. Marczewski inquired why the clock on the Wachovia bank is not working. He was notified that the clock is private property but the borough has tried to address the property owner regarding it.

The public portion was closed and the council went to closed session for the three (3) already discussed by the borough attorney.

The meeting was adjourned at 2057H.

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