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Minutes: December 5, 2019

A. OPENING OF REGULAR MEETING

1. Call to Order

A regular meeting of the Randolph Township Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Loveys. This meeting is held pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act. Adequate notice of the meeting has been provided by posting written notice of the time, date, location, and to the extent known, the agenda of the meeting in Randolph Township. This notice was posted on the bulletin board within Town Hall, it was filed with the Township Clerk, and it was provided to those persons or entities requesting notification. Notice was also provided to the Randolph Reporter and the Morris County Daily Record on November 29, 2018 by emailing them the annual resolution adopted by the Council on November 1, 2018. The annual resolution, which included this meeting date, was advertised in the Randolph Reporter, the official newspaper of the Township of Randolph, and the Daily Record on December 6, 2018.

2. Roll Call

PRESENT:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Councilwoman Veech
Deputy Mayor Carey
Mayor Loveys

Also present: Township Manager Mountain and Attorney Keli Gallo from the Buzak Law Group

3. Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Loveys led the Pledge of Allegiance.

B. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sean Meyer of 123 Dover Chester Road explained that the Boy Scouts were in attendance as a requirement for their Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. Requirement #3 states that they must attend a meeting of their city, town or city council or school board or attend a municipal, county, country or state court session. They will fulfill Requirement B which is to choose one of the issues discussed at the meeting where a difference of opinions was expressed and explain to the Council member why they agree with one opinion more than the other.

Mayor Loveys stated that he had explained to the Boy Scouts that he did not anticipate any of those types of discussion items at this meeting.

Cub Scout Matthew Parsons of 18 Poppy’s Place introduced himself.

Cub Scout Jonathan Ford of 19 Smallbrook Circle explained that on his way to school recently there was a school bus pulled over to the side and a car that was damaged, with a lot of police officers at the scene.

Cub Scout Adam Malik of 25 Skyline Drive introduced himself.

Mayor Loveys thanked the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for attending.

Seeing no one further from the public, the public portion was closed.

C. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES

1. Approving Regular Meeting Minutes from October 24, 2019

Councilwoman Veech made a motion to approve the minutes from the October 24, 2019 regular Council meeting. Councilman Nisivoccia seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Councilwoman Veech
Deputy Mayor Carey
Mayor Loveys

NAYS: None

D. PRESENTATIONS/PROCLAMATIONS

1. Proclamation Honoring Joe Bonilla for His Heroic Life-Saving Actions

Mayor Loveys provided the background for the township honoring resident Joe Bonilla. He commended Mr. Bonilla for his immediate response and for his service. Mayor Loveys presented Mr. Bonilla with a township pin and the proclamation; the Mayor read:

Honoring Joseph Bonilla for His Act of Heroism

WHEREAS, on October 27, 2019, Randolph resident Joseph Bonilla was working out at L.A. Fitness in Randolph while his 13 year-old son played on the basketball court when he noticed an employee, with a look of great concern, running toward the gym and upon following him, witnessed a young male who had collapsed face down and was not moving; and

WHEREAS, upon turning the young man over, finding him to be foaming at the mouth, completely unresponsive, and being unable to find a pulse, Joseph Bonilla, who had recently been re-certified in CPR, sprang into action by instructing someone to call 9-1-1 and requesting that a defibrillator be brought to him while he began administering CPR chest compressions; and

WHEREAS, with the assistance of the L.A. Fitness employee, Joseph Bonilla shocked the victim with the defibrillator and immediately felt a pulse, at which time he stopped CPR and asked the victim, first in English and then in Spanish, to blink his eyes and, much to the awe of Joseph Bonilla’s son and everyone in the vicinity’s relief, the victim responded; and

WHEREAS, the Randolph Rescue Squad and St. Clare’s paramedics arrived within moments and were able to quickly stabilize and transport the 20 year-old victim to the hospital due to the life-saving efforts of Joseph Bonilla.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, James B. Loveys, Mayor of the Township of Randolph, on behalf of the Township Council and the residents of Randolph, with respect and gratitude do hereby recognize Joseph Bonilla for his heroic actions in responding, without hesitation, to helping a stranger in a crucial life-threatening emergency and saving their life.

December 5, 2019
James B. Loveys, Mayor

Mayor Loveys explained that the reason Mr. Bonilla shared his story was to encourage people to get trained in CPR. The Mayor also explained that Senator Anthony Bucco and Assemblyman Michael Carroll, of District 25, provided a joint legislative resolution from the State of New Jersey; it is signed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Speaker of the General Assembly, Craig Coughlin. Mayor Loveys stated that Senator Bucco was sorry he was unable to attend, but expressed that he was extremely proud of Mr. Bonilla.

Mr. Bonilla thanked the Mayor and Council. He explained that he has been certified in CPR for awhile, but was recently re-certified; he never thought he would have to use CPR, but that day it needed to be performed. Mr. Bonilla told the events of the day. He wanted to get the word out that people should get trained in CPR; he is now studying to become a CPR trainer. Mr. Bonilla has spoken with the young man since the incident and he is doing well.

E. APPOINTMENTS

1. Board and Committee Appointments—Student Liaisons

Mayor Loveys explained to the Boy Scouts that the township has a lot of boards and committees; the committees function as advisory committees and discuss issues and solutions and bring them to the Township Council. If needed, the Township Council will act on the recommendations. There are high school student liaisons to the various boards and committees. He explained that at this meeting they will be appointing several student liaisons to the boards and committees.

Mayor Loveys made a motion to appoint the following students as liaisons to the boards and committees as noted: Recreation Committee—Sean Harvey and Ben Ferrier; Board of Health—Ananya Sridharan, Krisha Shah and Sasha Saltus; Economic Development Committee—Keshav Sridharan and Andrew Iglar. Deputy Mayor Carey seconded the motion and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Councilwoman Veech
Deputy Mayor Carey
Mayor Loveys

NAYS: None

F. MANAGER’S REPORT

Manager Mountain reported the following:

  • Winter Storm Response—he recognized and commended the outstanding road crew for their response to the past week’s winter storm; it was a very difficult storm to manage. He explained that it started with ice, then snow from 7-10 inches, and finally winds. The combination of the three conditions caused extensive tree and power line damage. The crews worked straight for nearly 48 hours treating and clearing the roads of ice, snow, trees and branches. He also recognized the efforts of the Police Department, Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Emergency Management Coordinator; all of the emergency responders worked tirelessly both during and after the storm to ensure the safety and protection of residents.
  • Storm Clean-Up/Completion of Leaf Collection—as a result of the storm the Public Works Department had to re-direct its resources this week from the curbside leaf collection program to tree and branch clean-up. The leaf collection will resume in the coming week, with the anticipation of completing the remaining routes prior to Christmas, weather permitting. He noted that some Council members have asked whether there will be a special curbside collection for brush. Options are currently being discussed and expect, at a minimum, the township will be able to help residents with significant tree and branch damage. They also discussed the possibility of beginning the spring branch collection earlier.
  • Conference Call NJDOT/Route 10 Intersections—he, township staff, and Mayor Loveys participated in a conference call with the NJDOT regarding the Route 10 intersections. NJDOT staff on the call provided a status of follow-up actions promised for these intersections. The items reported on included:
    • The completion of striping changes at the Dover Chester intersection.
    • The approval of the plan for the 800 foot extension of the east bound turn lane at Center Grove Rd; this project will be initiated in the spring.
    • A discussion on the need for a confirmation on the capital plans for major improvements at Canfield Ave. and Dover Chester Rd. As has been the case over the years, the participants in the discussion from NJDOT continue to change, which reinforces the need for continued regular meetings/calls and pressure from the township to attain the long range goals for these intersections.

Manager Mountain noted that this was Mayor Loveys’ last meeting as Mayor; this was his second time as Mayor. He thanked the Mayor for his positive support and leadership, attention to detail, dedication as evidenced by his attendance at events and meetings, responsiveness and caring attitude. Manager Mountain thanked Mayor Loveys on behalf of the entire organization for his time and leadership, and above all else, his support throughout the past year.

Mayor Loveys thanked the Manager for his kind words. He also thanked the Manager, Council and Deputy Mayor for their efforts and support during the year. He was thankful to the residents for allowing him to have the experience. The Mayor expressed to the Council members who had not yet served as Mayor that he highly recommended the position because it allows you to experience more of the workings of the township. He thanked the township staff for their dedication. All of this allows Randolph to maintain its strength as an organization.

Councilwoman Veech asked for the status of the snowflakes. She reported that John Herold told her there were two snowflakes that still needed to be sold, and also that there has been a delay getting the snowflakes up due to the storm. Manager Mountain explained that JCP&L has to install the outlets and they have been very busy with the storm; their commitment was contingent on there not being an emergent issue that would take away their line crews. He plans to talk to the area manager tomorrow now that the weather related issues have resolved. This time of year is also one in which JCP&L linemen take time off before the winter when the weather creates issues. The installation may be a little later than planned, but he was confident that it will get done. It was noted that thirteen of the fifteen snowflakes were already donated.

G. COMBINED ACTION RESOLUTIONS

Mayor Loveys asked to separate out Items #19 (R-355-19) and #20 (R-356-19) related to Habitat for Humanity; they will discuss those before voting on them.

  1. R-337-19 Refund Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 196, Lot 5, 140 Route 10 to Levco Management—$380.00
  2. R-338-19 Refund Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 197, Lot 1, 130 Route 10 West to Pashman Stein—$195.75
  3. R-339-19 Refund Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 42.06, Lot 66, 26 Dover Chester Road to AHS Hospital Corp., c/o Willard Bergman, Jr. Esq—$58.50
  4. R-340-19 Refund Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 86, Lot 51, 4 Birchwood Road to Sal Briganti—$643.50
  5. R-341-19 Refund Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 49, Lot 2.14, 3 Doby Road to Jue Wu—$690.00
  6. R-342-19 Refund Escrow Funds for Block 45, Lot 16, 202 Dover Chester Road to Cynthia Rohn—$1,000.00
  7. R-343-19 Refund Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 81.06, Lot 18, 318 Center Grove Road to Ponzillo Barros—$75.90
  8. R-344-19 Refund Escrow Funds for Block 81, Lot 55, 161 Dover Chester Road to Joseph Stark—$500.00
  9. R-345-19 Refund Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 53, Lot 51, 3 High Avenue to Christina Larocco—$705.50
  10. R-346-19 Refund Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 215, Lot 26, 6 Patty Lane to Matthew Thomas—$721.00
  11. R-347-19 Refund Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 158, Lot 13, 44 Meadowbrook Road to William Josey—$705.50
  12. R-348-19 Refund Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 51, Lot 35, 24 Aldebaran Drive to Dina Collinson—$48.50
  13. R-349-19 Refund Tax Sale Certificate #19-02 for Block 28, Lot 7, 21 Lake Drive to CC1 NJ II LLC—$2,053.05
  14. R-350-19 Refund Tax Sale Certificate #19-15 for Block 154, Lot 35, 61 Meadowbrook Road to CC1 NJ II LLC—$2,555.21
  15. R-351-19 Refund Tax Sale Certificate #19-18 for Block 168, Lot 98, 3 Deepdale Drive to US Bank cust for Pro Cap 8 LLC—$2,772.62
  16. R-352-19 Authorizing the Cancellation of Certain Grants—2019 Distracted Driver Program—Receivable Balance—$55.00 and Reserved Balance—$55.00
  17. R-353-19 Authorizing Appropriation Transfers per N.J.S.A. 40A:4-58—$42,000.00
  18. R-354-19 Authorizing the Rescission from Spectrum Communications and Re-Award to Northeast Communications of Item 11 of MCCPC Contract #41—Purchase of Communications Equipment—Radios
  19. R-355-19 Authorizing an Application to the Morris County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for Morris Habitat for Humanity for the Neighborhood Revitalization—Aging in Place Program
  20. R-356-19 Authorizing an Application to the Morris County Home Investment Partnership Program, 2020 HOME Grant for the Morris Habitat for Humanity—42 Bennett Avenue
  21. R-357-19 Authorizing a Liquor License Renewal for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Seasons 1432-33-016-003 for James B. Grecco
  22. Raffle License—On Premise 50/50, RAM RAC—RHS Girls Basketball Booster Club, at Randolph High School, 511 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph on February 5, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Councilman Forstenhausler made a motion to approve the Combined Actions resolutions, with the exception of R-355-19 and R-356-19. Councilwoman Veech seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Councilwoman Veech
Deputy Mayor Carey
Mayor Loveys

NAYS: None

Mayor Loveys explained that Resolutions R-355-19 and R-356-19 are related to Habitat for Humanity:

Resolution R-355-19 deals with a Community Development Block Grant; they are seeking $50,000 from Morris County. None of the work is proposed in Randolph. In 2011 Habitat for Humanity established a neighborhood revitalization program; in 2016 they implemented an aging in place program. They are seeking the grant for those two programs. It is before the Township Council for a discussion because their business is within Randolph Township, on South Salem Street. As part of the grant application, the municipality is supposed to discuss the application and approve of its submittal to the County by Habitat for Humanity. The Mayor explained that for the aging in place program, the grant would be used to fund things such as adding a grab bar in a bathroom or repairing the roof of a senior citizen’s home. The neighborhood revitalization program is primarily in the Morristown, Wharton and Dover areas; this is for rehabilitative work versus the building of houses.

Resolution R-356-19 pertains to the township; it is the Morris County Home Investment Partnership Program 2020 Home Grant. This is a federal grant of approximately $500,000 that the County applies for to utilize as part of the township’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity at Bennett Avenue, the old E.A. Porter site. They are looking to construct the first two buildings with this funding; the buildings consist of five units and eight units. The Township Council needs to acknowledge and approve of the County submitting the grant application.

Manager Mountain added that there is really no reason not to support the County’s applications as they are good projects.

Councilman Forstenhausler made a motion to approve Resolutions R-355-19 and R-356-19. Deputy Mayor Carey seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Councilwoman Veech
Deputy Mayor Carey
Mayor Loveys

NAYS: None

H. UPCOMING EVENTS

  1. A Colonial Holiday Reception at the Randolph Museum, Saturday, December 7 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  2. Menorah Lighting at the Community Center, Sunday, December 29 at 4:30 p.m.
  3. Randolph Tree Lighting at the Community Center, Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.
  4. Library Event: Holiday Music, Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m.; registration required 973-895-3556
  5. Senior Holiday Luncheon, Tuesday, December 10 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Community Center
  6. Recreation Volunteer Awards, Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center, RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address)
  7. Employee Appreciation Breakfast, Wednesday, December 11 at 9:00 a.m. in the Municipal Building Lobby
  8. Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Business Connections Networking Event, Friday, December 20 from 7:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at The Mansion at Mountain Lakes, 90 Route 46 East, Mountain Lakes
  9. 2020 Reorganization Meeting at Town Hall, Thursday, January 2, 2020, light dinner served at 6:00 p.m. followed by meeting at 7:00 p.m.
  10. Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Community Center, Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m.
  11. Added—Habitat for Humanity Annual Gala, Saturday, February 22, 2020 at The Meadow Wood. Tickets are available and are $250 each.

I. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Paul Meyer of 123 Dover Chester Road added for the benefit of the Boy Scouts in attendance, that the board and committee members are all volunteers and asked the Mayor for more information on when they meet. Mayor Loveys explained that all of the boards and committees are listed on the township website. By clicking on the individual committee, you will see the meeting time and place, as well as the members. The committee members are residents; however, some committees allow for one member to not be a Randolph resident. Most committees are advisory. Mr. Meyer thanked the Mayor and Council for allowing them to attend and to speak at the meeting. Councilwoman Potter provided the boys with postcards on the NJ 2-1-1 program. Mayor Loveys thanked them for attending.

Seeing no one further from the public, the public portion was closed.

J. COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilwoman Potter attended the Environmental and Landmarks Committee. A proposed addition of signs around the village center was discussed; the proposal was made to Manager Mountain by a resident. The signs are related to the historic background of Mt. Freedom; overall the committee liked the idea. The designs were shown to the committee and they had some suggested changes. The committee would like the resident to attend the next meeting to discuss the signs. Manager Mountain will contact the resident.

Councilwoman Potter attended the NJ 2-1-1 sub-committee meeting. Julie Swenson and Liz Ritter agreed to commit to the committee. She provided end-of-year statistical reports from the NJ 2-1-1call center. There have been 32 calls from Randolph residents in the last 30 days; there were 166 calls for the year. Councilwoman Potter will continue to provide the Council with these reports.

Councilwoman Potter attended the Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC) meeting for Councilman Forstenhausler. The meeting dates for MAC were discussed; they are going to include a mix of morning and evening meetings. They are in the process of completing the application for the next grant cycle. The MAC indicated continued support to any programs launched for seniors that relate to its mission.

Councilwoman Potter noted that the senior club was dissolved as of November 1st due to lack of volunteer interest in running the club. Manager Mountain explained that the township will take on many of the responsibilities; the senior club which was run by volunteers has dissolved but the township will continue its senior programming.

Councilman Nisivoccia had nothing to report.

Councilman Forstenhausler had nothing to report.

Councilman Tkacs had nothing to report.

Councilwoman Veech attended the Community Garden committee meeting. A Garden Fair will be held on February 1st from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Community Center; the first hour is mandatory for those who have signed up for a garden bed. To date, 13 vendors are scheduled to exhibit garden-related wares. A Master Gardener will give a presentation on ergonomic tools. There will also be a reception with good, vegetable-related food. There are still some garden beds available; 117 have been assigned to date.

Deputy Mayor Carey had nothing to report.

Mayor Loveys attended the Economic Development Committee (EDC) meeting. A few of the members are working diligently on their social media site and the website, http://www.randolphnjedc.com.

Mayor Loveys attended the last Parks Committee meeting for Councilwoman Veech. There have been issues with graffiti at Brundage Park as well as some vandalism to the bathroom. Since the committee members were unsure if the bathrooms get locked at night, it was suggested that the police, while driving through, could verify.

K. EXECUTIVE SESSION

WHEREAS, Section 8 of the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 (N.J.S.A. 10:4-12) permits the exclusion of the public from a meeting under certain circumstances; and

WHEREAS, this public body is of the opinion that such circumstances presently exist.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, in the County of Morris, and State of New Jersey, as follows:

1. The public shall be excluded from the Executive portion of the meeting.

2. The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is as follows:

  • Discussing Outstanding Volunteer Nominations
  • Affordable Housing Update
  • Manager’s Review

3. As nearly as now can be ascertained, the matter or matters to be discussed at this time will be disclosed to the public at such time and under such circumstances as are prescribed by law.

4. At the conclusion of the Executive Session, the Council may or may not reconvene in public session for the purpose of taking formal action.

Councilman Forstenhausler made a motion to move into Executive Session at 8:00 p.m. Councilman Tkacs seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Councilwoman Veech
Deputy Mayor Carey
Mayor Loveys

NAYS: None

Councilman Forstenhausler made a motion to close the Executive Session at 10:00 p.m. Councilwoman Veech seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Councilwoman Veech
Deputy Mayor Carey
Mayor Loveys

NAYS: None

L. ADJOURNMENT

Councilman Forstenhausler made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:01 p.m. Councilwoman Potter seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Councilwoman Veech
Deputy Mayor Carey
Mayor Loveys

NAYS: None