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Minutes: January 1, 2006

A regular meeting of the Randolph Township Council was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Acting Township Clerk Donna Luciani. 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 on the Municipal Bulletin Board in the Municipal Building and by filing notice of the meeting with the Township Clerk and providing notice of the meeting to those persons or entities requesting notification and also by notifying the Morris County Daily Record and the Randolph Reporter on January 3, 2005 by faxing them the annual resolution adopted by the Council on January 1, 2005. The annual resolution, which included this meeting date, was advertised in the Morris County Daily Record, the official newspaper of the Township of Randolph, and the Randolph Reporter on January 6, 2005.

Acting Township Clerk Donna Luciani led the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

PRESENT:
Councilman Algeier
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilman Obremski
Councilwoman Price

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

Also present: Township Attorney Edward Buzak

RECOGNIZE FORMER MAYOR ALLEN M. NAPOLIELLO

Good Afternoon. First, I want to thank everyone for coming today and wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. I consider myself to have been extremely fortunate to have served as Mayor during Randolph’s Bicentennial Year. It was very fulfilling and gratifying for me as it was a year of many celebrations and challenges.

2005 was a very successful year in many ways. As Mayor, it became very obvious to me that, in Randolph, we have a team that is comprised of elected officials, staff and volunteers. In our town everyone pulls together to make Randolph “where life is worth living” and our successes are shared by many.

Some of the celebrations in 2005 about which I am most proud are as follows:

  • We opened the year with a wonderful fireworks display at the County College of Morris campus
  • Shortly thereafter we debuted the video Randolph Past, Present and Future
  • In July we had a wonderful Freedom Festival at our Freedom Park
  • We dedicated the new “Old Museum of Randolph” at the Brundage House in September
  • In October we had an old-fashioned Country Fair
  • We capped it all off with a Bicentennial Ball in November

Some of our other accomplishments in 2005 are as follows:

  • We installed a new “state of the art” turf field at Freedom Park, paid for by the dedicated Parks Trust Fund. This will give our outdoor recreation programs more practice and game time as the winter weather in January and February will not cause as much of a hindrance to our programs in March and April, as it has in the past. The additional field use provided by the turf field will allow for better utilization of all fields in town.
  • We opened a new trail connection that ties together our north and south trail systems
  • Moved into a new Park Maintenance Building at Brundage Park
  • Planted more than 200 trees

In the area of Public Works, we:

  • Completed new vehicle storage buildings at the Public Works Complex on Calais Road
  • Designed and received permits for seven water system extensions and two pump stations to be constructed this year
  • Continued to modernize the truck fleet - so important during the snow removal season
  • Began installing a modern radio-read metering system for water customers
  • Adopted several new ordinances to better protect the environment to bring Randolph in compliance with the new storm water regulations imposed by the State. With that done, we have undertaken the difficult task of enforcing these new rules.

In the Planning area, we:

  • Completed our “Cross Acceptance Maps” with the County and State
  • Completed our submission of the COAH Substantive Certification
  • During 2005, our Master Plan Committee has been hard at work to determine the best balance of development along Route 10 and Sussex Turnpike, and its task is close to completion
  • As Randolph transitions from a growth community to a stabilized community, smart growth is essential. The policy decisions made to the new Master Plan will affect us for years to come

Our Police Department should be complimented for its work as it:

  • Undertook a multi-year credentialing program for the department
  • Implemented a new performance evaluation system
  • Investigated the Jennifer Parks homicide
  • Investigated Cerilli’s Restaurant - drug dealing activities
  • And through the efforts of our Traffic Committee and Police Department, we have lowered the speed limits on several major roads in the Township. Our emphasis is to make our roads both quieter and safer.

In the area of our Fire Company:

  • We delivered a new pumper for our Ironia volunteer fire department

For the senior citizens:

  • We delivered a new senior bus for the dial-a-ride program

In the area of Animal Control, I am proud to say that:

  • Our Animal Control Officer, Norma Jacobs, was recognized as the A.C.O. of the year and is considered one of the top A.C.O.’s in the United States

Library and Pool:

  • We reviewed and accepted a site analysis demonstrating that both a community pool and a library can be accommodated on the Millbrook Avenue property

Completed private projects:

  • We have begun the development of high quality commercial establishments along the Route 10 corridor with the construction of the Sunrise Assisted Living Complex, which opens next week, Marty’s Cycle Shop, and the on-going construction of the CVS Pharmacy. These establishments will add both valuable services as well as much needed rateables for the benefit of our residents.
  • We continued the shaping of our Town Center on Sussex Turnpike with several re-development projects. Most notably, the new gas station/ car wash, the new strip mall and the agreement with the United States Postal Service to relocate its facility to a more convenient and safe location in Mount Freedom.

I believe the commercial development on Route 10 and the re-development that has begun along Sussex Turnpike will add to the aesthetics of our town and help to stabilize residential property taxes.

Those Bicentennial celebrations that I referred to earlier, as well as my regular Mayoral duties, kept me very busy all year. That is why I’d like to publicly thank my wife, JoAnn, for her unwavering support. Her understanding of the time commitment that is required of the office of Mayor was of great comfort to me.

In closing, I want to offer my congratulations to Arlene Price on her election last year and welcome her to the Council. I know she will be a great addition to the Council and I’m happy to have an opportunity to serve with her.

I also want to congratulate our new Mayor and Deputy Mayor, which we’ll find out about in two minutes, and assure them that they will have my support in 2006.

SELECTION OF TEMPORARY MAYOR

Councilman Algeier nominated Acting Township Clerk Donna Luciani as Temporary Mayor. Councilman Obremski seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Algeier
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilman Obremski
Councilwoman Price

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

SELECTION OF MAYOR FOR THE YEAR 2006

The Temporary Mayor called for nominations for the Mayor for the year 2006.

Councilman Napoliello nominated Councilman Algeier. Councilwoman Mitsch seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Algeier
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilman Obremski
Councilwoman Price

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

SELECTION OF DEPUTY MAYOR FOR THE YEAR 2006

Councilman Algeier nominated Councilman Obremski as Deputy Mayor for 2006. Councilwoman Mitsch seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Algeier
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilman Obremski
Councilwoman Price

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

SWEARING IN OF MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR

Municipal Judge Ira Cohen administered the Oath of Office to Councilman Algeier as Mayor for the year 2006. Acting Township Clerk Donna Luciani administered the Oath of Office to Councilman Obremski as Deputy Mayor for the year 2006.

COMMENTS BY MAYOR AND COUNCIL - GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR 2006

Comments by Mayor Algeier

I would first like to thank everyone here today, all my friends, who have supported me throughout my 10 years as a Council member in Randolph and particularly this year as I take the position of Mayor.

Foremost, I give my thanks to my wife Kathy, and my entire family. My daughter Heidi lives in Indianapolis, and she was unable to be with us today. However, I would like to particularly thank my son, and my two other daughters, who have traveled long distances to be here.

It seems like only yesterday, but in reality it was ten years ago, the year was 1996. At that time, I agreed to serve one term. It was generally agreed that I would serve one term and then step down. Here we are, ten years later.

Congratulations to Mayor Napoliello for the excellent job he did during our bicentennial. He provided us with excellent leadership in our 200th year.

It is my pleasure - indeed my honor - to lead Randolph into its third century, along with Deputy Mayor Mike Obremski, and our entire Council.

By now, you all know our town motto, “Randolph, Where Life is Worth Living”. That motto works, because it is absolutely true. Being up here on the mountains, we are blessed with a great climate. In the summer time we benefit from the cooling breezes that come across our hills, and in the winter, our breezes are, well, cooler.

People always ask how the council decides on the selection of the Mayor. For this year it actually was quite interesting.

We had a meeting to discuss various points for the coming year, and the first item of business was to go down a list of challenges and issues that we all faced in 2006. A partial list goes something like this:

  • More state imposed financial obligations with less State Aid - putting a huge strain on our budget
  • The Library
  • The Pool
  • Cerilli’s Liquor License hearings
  • Shongum Lake Dam Issues
  • Continuing litigation over Randolph Mountain and the threat of over 200 town-homes on the beautiful, unspoiled mountainside.
  • Completion of the master plan and potential objections that it could bring.

After that portion of the meeting was completed, I happened to leave the room. When I came back, I was told that I was selected to be the Mayor. That will teach me to leave a meeting at a key point.

Putting the humor aside, there is no question that dealing with these issues will require strong and creative leadership. I pledge to do my best to provide it.

I look forward to working with both the Library Board and the Pool Committee as their plans move forward this year.

I appreciate Ethan Blynn, a member of the Board of Education, being present today. In the last few years there has been a new era in Town Council and Board of Education cooperation, and I thank Councilwoman Trina Mitsch and Township Manager John Lovell for their efforts on behalf of the Township. I pledge to continue the strong communication tie, plus cooperation, whenever feasible.

Our township organizational structure allows for student members on our committees. We start, at this point, with I believe two, but we would like to have more. I encourage the Board and our High School Principal to promote this program, and encourage high school students to volunteer as student members.

I will make myself available, whenever possible, to speak with history or political science classes or even elementary school classes. Additionally, I know that Deputy Mayor Obremski and former Mayor Napoliello are willing to provide this additional contact. It is never too soon for young people to start understanding how their government works and how they can start interacting with it.

I am a great believer in local government.

Unquestionably, the individual citizen can have a greater impact on municipal government then he can at any other level. At the municipal level, your vote really counts and your voice can be heard. We encourage everyone to be involved.

Randolph has always been a leader in shared services. We created the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council. This organization achieves thousands of dollars of savings each year for its members. Do not let the name fool you, because we have gone far beyond the borders of Morris County with our membership. Our Assistant Township Manager, Tom Russo, serves as the CEO of this organization.

In 2006 a possibility exists for cooperation between Mendham Township and Randolph in regard to animal control and animal pound facilities. The talks are in an exploratory stage, but I hope to have good news on this front later in the year.

My focus has not changed since 2003. Randolph is currently a town where people settle to raise their families because it is known as being family friendly.

During last year’s campaign, I was asked to express my vision for Randolph 25 years hence. It was really an easy question. I want to keep Randolph a place where people want to move to raise their family. Twenty-five years from now I want Randolph to be recognized as the same family-friendly place that it is today.

Some of the family benefits are our park system, which is the best municipal park system in the State of New Jersey. This goes hand in hand with our recreation programs and the cultural events that we offer to the community.

I plan to reinstate the Meet Your Mayor program that was in existence in 2003 during my last term. Members of the community will be invited to come to various locations within the town to meet directly with me and to express their concerns or to make inquiries regarding Township events or services.

Our Traffic Committee has done a great job. No one will ever be able to drive Route 10 from end to end during rush hour in five minutes. However, they have identified a number of traffic hotspots, and have resolved many issues.

We have always had one the most aggressive Open Space programs in the county and have taken advantage of many grants to protect our town from over-development. There are a number of possible acquisitions in that program at this time, and I would like to close some of the deals this year.

In 2003, one of my primary ideas was to bring a new Post Office to Mount Freedom. Great strides have been made in that regard, and while it is not totally a “done deal”, we are very close to the realization of a modern and more spacious post office.

As many of you know, Homeland Security has always been one of my highest priorities. When I assumed office in 2003, no real effort had been made since September 11, 2001 to address Homeland Security in this community. I immediately established an organization consisting of a Township Manager, police, fire, health, and emergency service personnel to work on these issues. It is known as our Homeland Security Task Force.

While much of our work can not be publicized, I can definitely state that Randolph is a safer place in 2006 then it was when I first took office in 2003. The work of our Homeland Security Task Force will continue, and our police have already been involved in working with the schools to improve security in the school buildings and planning for emergencies.

At this point, I would like to invite Retired Colonel Tom Pirozzi of the Unites States Army to come forward.

A few years ago we started a tradition of presenting a Township flag to all those who have served in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Pirozzi has the distinction of serving in both of these theaters. Today we are honored to present a Randolph town flag to Colonel Tom Pirozzi, who served with distinction in both Afghanistan and Iraq and served in the United States Army for over 20 years.

Thank you all, once again, for attending and we all look forward to a great 2006.

Comments by Deputy Mayor Obremski

Fellow Council members, family, friends and distinguished guests. I want to take a moment to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

I would also like to take a brief moment to recognize a few special people who are in attendance today: my wife, mother, sister, daughters, and mother-in-law.

I am both honored and humbled to be selected as Deputy Mayor. I look forward to the challenges ahead; and most importantly I welcome the opportunity to work closely with Mayor Algeier, the Township Staff, and my fellow Council members.

Over the past year, during my first term on the Council, I have had the opportunity to experience all that the Township of Randolph has to offer. Whether it be the senior citizen holiday party, a turf field dedication, the country fair, pancake breakfasts at the Ironia Fire House, an art show at Art Works, or even just a walk on one of our fabulous trails, we are richly blessed to be living in such a great community.

The credit goes to my fellow Council members, our outstanding Township employees, but most of all, to each and every resident who cares about the future of Randolph.

I have learned it is impossible to make everyone happy, but for the most part, I get the feeling we are heading in the right direction. That does not mean we can sit back and be satisfied with the status quo. We have to take advantage of every opportunity to improve not only the quality of life for our residents but the way the Township operates as well.

Thomas Edison once said, “many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” As a member of this Council I have a responsibility to each resident to make every attempt to ensure the continued success of this Township.

As Randolph continues to mature, we have to think creatively or, for those Taco Bell fans, “think outside the bun.” Whether it be smart development on Route 10, the use of renewable resources such as solar and wind, grant applications, or partnerships with the Board of Education and other municipalities, our residents deserve and expect this Township to continue to move in a positive direction.

I am confident that all seven members of this Council, our Township Manager, John Lovell, our Assistant Township Manager, Tom Russo, the Township Staff and most importantly, the residents of Randolph are willing and able to meet the challenges that lie before us, so that we can continue to refer to Randolph as the place “where life is worth living.”

Thank you.

Comments by Councilwoman Mitsch

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish you all a very healthy and prosperous 2006. I would like to extend a special welcome to my brother Sean T, my sister-in-law Muriel, and my two nephews Cathal and Cian who, contrary to what Gary just said, are vacationing in Randolph in winter. Though having spent Christmas in Jackson Hole, they are finding the climate in Randolph more temperate.

Thank you to all our elected officials at the county level and in Trenton and Washington, many of whom are present here today, for their continued support of Randolph.

We are very fortunate to live in a premier community here in Randolph. Visitors and newcomers continue to marvel at the top-notch facilities we have. Our Open Space Committee continues to work hard to identify tracts of land for preservation, and having preserved so much already we have the luxury of living in a community with a distinct rural character, despite being in one of the most densely populated states in the country.

Many people work very hard to make Randolph a place “where life is worth living”. The many volunteers who serve on our various committees, the staff here in Town Hall, our volunteer firefighters and rescue squad who, in addition to full time jobs, spend countless hours training and serving the residents of Randolph.

Thank you, Al, for the countless hours you’ve devoted to Randolph. So much for retiring and the easy life, Al! I look forward to working with Gary in the coming year. No doubt he will serve Randolph admirably as he has done before.

Thank you to all the residents for the trust and confidence you’ve placed in me. It is a privilege for this immigrant to make a contribution to this amazing town and country in which we live.

I remember with gratitude our troops overseas including those from Randolph. Thank you for the sacrifice you and your families are making to ensure our freedoms. Last but not least, thank you Michael and Elizabeth for your love and support.

Comments by Councilman Huston

Part of my job, being in the minority here, is to see if I can figure out whether the majority forgot something, and I think they’ve done a pretty good job of remembering almost everything this morning, but I did look out in the audience and I have one thing that I wanted to point out, and that is that we have two very special former mayors in the audience. Lee Whilden did a good job as mayor, but she represents a milestone for the community in that she is the first woman to ever have served as Mayor of Randolph Township. We also have the second woman to ever serve as Mayor of Randolph Township, and it’s an honor for me to recognize Elizabeth Jaeger.

I’d like to take a moment here to recognize my role as critic from the minority. I’m comfortable in that role. You do give me a little bit of raw material, I have to say that, and I appreciate that. I think one of the challenges along those lines for the Council in 2006 is the same thing it was in 2005, and it has to do with tax policy. The Town Council is responsible for setting the tax policy of the town, and I think we need a new one. Our current policy is to merely make excuses every year about how bad things are and how we have to raise the tax rate to meet the challenges of new expenses. I think those things can be controlled and they can be planned for, and I challenge the Town Council in 2006 to begin to develop a plan to control the tax rate so that perhaps some year we will see a year when we can have level taxes again.

I’d also like to encourage the Town Council to continue our policy of open space and expand it because we may be, in the next few years, experiencing some of the very last opportunities to save meaningful amounts of land in town, and then to go ahead and connect those green spaces in a meaningful way as we have in the past with the trail system.

The other thing I’d like to challenge the Town Council to do in 2006 is to continue the policy of past Town Councils of putting out major capital projects for approval by the voters in a referendum. The library, of course, is something that’s been discussed. It’s pretty much a fore-gone conclusion that that will be submitted to referendum. The pool is a little less clear to me. There’s been no commitment to do that, but I think it’s essential that if the Council is to recommend that that project moves forward, and I think we will recommend it, I think we should solicit the approval of the voters, especially for a discretionary item that’s a big ticket. Put it up and see whether a majority of voters who actually come to the polls will support it.

Thank you very much for the opportunity, and those are what I see as some of the challenges in 2006.

Comments by Councilman Napoliello

I want you all to know that I will support Mayor Algeier and Deputy Mayor Obremski this year, and I wish them the best of luck.

Comments from Councilwoman Price

As the new kid on the block, or the newcomer to the Council, I would just like to say that it’s an honor to serve the residents of Randolph on our Town Council. I look forward to working with the other members of our Town Council and with you, the residents, to continue to make Randolph a place “where life is worth living”.

On a personal note, from all my campaigning I wore out my knees so I’m recovering from some knee surgery, and I guess my husband, in an attempt to keep up with me, he fell and broke his ankle, and that’s why he wasn’t able to be here today. We look forward to good health in the new year and I wish you all a very happy New Year and I look forward to working with you to make Randolph the best place we can.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER’S APPOINTMENTS/SWEARING IN

The Manager spoke of the importance of the fire department volunteers to Randolph and their constant dedication to the town.

To the position of Fire Department Chief, he appointed Mark Forstenhausler for a one year term which will expire on December 31, 2006.

To the position of Deputy Fire Chief, he appointed Mark Absalon for a one year term which will expire on December 31, 2006.

Acting Township Clerk Donna Luciani administered the Oath of Office to Chief Forstenhausler and Deputy Chief Absalon.

COMMENTS BY FIRE CHIEF

Mark Forstenhausler spoke about new equipment, personnel training, grants, membership, inspections and programs. He thanked his wife and daughter for their support.

ADJOURN FOR RECEPTION IN MAIN FOYER

At 1:50 p.m., Council adjourned for a reception in the main foyer of the Municipal Building.

RE-OPEN MEETING/ROLL CALL

Mayor Algeier reconvened the meeting at 2:33 p.m.

PRESENT:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS FOR 2006

DEPUTY CLERK - 1 year term

Councilman Napoliello nominated Donna Brady as Deputy Clerk for a one year term. The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY - 1 year term

Mayor Algeier nominated Edward Buzak as Township Attorney for a one year term for a flat fee of $264,000.00 and fees to be charged for escrows for work to be done with outside parties at the rate of $135.00 per hour. The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: Councilman Huston

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

Mayor Algeier noted at this time that all professional appointments are subject to the anti-pay to play laws and shall be subject to the receipt of appropriate certification in accordance with the rules established by the Clerk, Township Attorney, and Council.

SPECIAL COUNSEL FOR LABOR & NEGOTIATIONS - 1 year term

SPECIAL COUNSEL FOR TAX APPEALS - 1 year term

SPECIAL COUNSEL FOR NEGOTIATIONS & PREPARATION OF DEVELOPERS AGREEMENTS - 1 year term

Councilman Napoliello nominated Fred Knapp as Special Counsel for Labor and Negotiations for a one year term, Richard DeAngelis as Special Counsel for Tax Appeals for a one year term, and Anthony Bucco, Jr., as Special Counsel for Negotiations and Preparation of Developers Agreements for a one year term.

Councilman Huston stated that he doesn’t see the need to have four town attorneys and feels it puts a dent in the theory of an all-inclusive retainer. He feels that all of the nominees are competent attorneys and doesn’t want his vote to reflect any aspersions on their ability, but feels there are too many lawyers for the same job.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: Councilman Huston

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

BOND COUNSEL - 1 year term

PROSECUTOR - 1 year term

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Jack Kraft as Bond Counsel for a one year term and Michael Cresitello as Prosecutor for a one year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

PUBLIC DEFENDER - 1 year term

TOWNSHIP AUDITOR - 1 year term

Councilwoman Price nominated Allan Iskra as Public Defender for a one year term and William Schroeder as Township Auditor for a one year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

TOWNSHIP PHYSICIANS - 1 year term

Deputy Mayor Obremski nominated Dr. Duane Sossong and Immediate Medical Care as Township Physicians for a one year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

MUNICIPAL HISTORIAN - 1 year term

Deputy Mayor Obremski nominated Linda Pawchak as Township Historian for a one year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

PLANNING BOARD - 4 year term (2); Unexpired 4 year term (1)

Councilman Napoliello nominated Roy Squillario and John Jerow to serve on the Planning Board for four year terms.

Councilman Napoliello nominated Elizabeth Jaeger to serve an unexpired term on the Planning Board.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

Mayor Algeier appointed Adriana Baudry as an Official Member on the Planning Board. The Mayor will also serve on the Planning Board as an Official Member.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

Mayor Algeier appointed Councilwoman Mitsch to serve as the Official Council Member on the Planning Board.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT - 4 year term (2)

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Jim Grimshaw and Albert Chu to serve on the Board of Adjustment for four year terms.

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Wes McKee to serve as Alternate #1 on the Board of Adjustment for a two year term.

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Lou Pangaro to serve as Alternate #2 on the Board of Adjustment for a two year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

BOARD OF HEALTH - 3 year term (2)

Councilwoman Price nominated Jane Moore and Dr. Robert Siroty to serve on the Board of Health for three year terms.

Councilwoman Price nominated Laura Zenes to serve as Alternate #2 on the Board of Health for a one year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

PARKS COMMITTEE - 3 year term (4)

Councilman Napoliello nominated Jim Grimshaw, Linda Johnson, Jay Alpert, and Jim Loveys to serve on the Parks Committee for three year terms.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION - 3 year term (2)

Deputy Mayor Obremski nominated John Sharples and Rick Barker to serve on the Environmental Commission for three year terms.

Deputy Mayor Obremski nominated Paul O’Malley to serve as Alternate #1 on the Environmental Commission for a two year term.

Deputy Mayor Obremski nominated Jay Alpert to serve as Alternate #2 on the Environmental Commission for a two year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

LANDMARKS COMMITTEE - 3 year term (1)

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Irini Barbounis to serve on the Landmarks Committee for a three year term.

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Phil Montesano to serve as Alternate #3 on the Landmarks Committee for a three year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

BOARD OF ASSESSMENTS FOR LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS - 2 year term (1)

Councilman Napoliello nominated Michael Guadagno to serve on the Board of Assessments for Local Improvements for a two year term.

Councilman Huston stated that he intended to vote for Mr. Guadagno, however since there will likely be activity in this area during the year, he would like to see money put in the budget and encourage members of the board to get some continuing education.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - 3 year term (3)

Deputy Mayor Obremski nominated Neil Minsky, Tom MacArthur, and Geoff Price to serve on the Economic Development Committee for three year terms.

Deputy Mayor Obremski nominated Zak Kaplan to serve as a Student Member on the Economic Development Committee. The term for this position will expire on June 30, 2006.

Mayor Algeier noted that nominee Tom MacArthur may have a conflict during the evenings that the EDC meets.

Deputy Mayor Obremski withdrew the nomination of Tom MacArthur.

The following roll call vote was taken for the nomination of Neil Minsky, Geoff Price, and Zak Kaplan:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Councilwoman Price (abstained on Geoff Price nomination)
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE - 1 year term (4); 3 year term (2)

Councilman Napoliello nominated Iva Cook, Maureen Finley-Wohnsigl, Maria Scott, and Dan Limone to serve on the Recreation Advisory Committee for one year terms.

Councilman Napoliello nominated Sue Huston and Annette Steele to serve on the Recreation Advisory Committee for three year terms.

Councilman Napoliello nominated Kristie Obremski to serve as a Student Member on the Recreation Advisory Committee.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

SENIOR CITIZENS’ ADVISORY COMMITTEE - 1 year term (7)

Councilwoman Price nominated Joe Dolan, Doris Dolan, Helen Perry, Barbara Anderson, William Armstrong, Thelma Sellmann, and Teresa Bohm to serve on the Senior Citizens’ Advisory Committee for one year terms.

Councilwoman Price nominated Dolores Madison and Betty Dubinski to serve as Alternate Members on the Senior Citizens’ Advisory Committee for one year terms.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

LIBRARY TRUSTEES - 5 year term (1)

Mayor Algeier nominated Frances Jerow to serve on the Library Board of Trustees for a five year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

Mayor Algeier appointed Nancy Metz to serve as the Mayor’s Alternate on the Library Board of Trustees.

R.V.R.S.A. - 5 year term (1)

Deputy Mayor Obremski nominated Michael Babyak, Jr. I to serve on the R.V.R.S.A. for a five year term.

Councilman Huston suggested having a representative from the R.V.R.S.A. periodically provide a brief presentation to the Council concerning R.V.R.S.A. issues.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE - 3 year term (4)

Mayor Algeier noted that the Open Space Committee requested a reduction in membership to reflect six regular members and three members from coordinating committees. There are currently four vacancies, however only two are to be filled at this time. He requested the Town Manager and Acting Clerk to draft an amendment to the ordinance to reflect this change.

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Richard Thomas and William Hughes to serve on the Open Space Committee for three year terms.

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Ed Metz to serve as Alternate #1 on the Open Space Committee for a one year term.

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Tom MacArthur to serve as Alternate #2 on the Open Space Committee for a one year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE - 1 year term (4); 3 year term (1)

Councilwoman Price nominated Lisa Young, Joe Dolan, Dana Tamminga, Doris Dolan to serve on the Community Services Committee for one year terms.

Councilwoman Price nominated Judith Stewart to serve on the Community Services Committee for a three year term.

Councilman Huston stated that two of those nominees had resigned from the committee.

The following roll call vote was taken for the nomination of Joe Dolan, Doris Dolan and Judith Stewart:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

TEEN CENTER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE - 1 year term (3)

Mayor Algeier requested that Deputy Mayor Obremski serve as a Council member.

Deputy Mayor Obremski nominated Mindy Cohen, Debbie Knothe, and Marion Brooks to serve on the Teen Center Oversight Committee for one year terms.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

TRAFFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE - 2 year term (4)

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Cara Holland, JoAnn Napoliello, Joann Veech, and John Ciucio to serve on the Traffic Advisory Committee for two year terms.

Councilwoman Mitsch nominated Audrey Verona to serve as Alternate #1 on the Traffic Advisory Committee for a two year term.

The following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

COUNCIL LIAISONS

Economic DevelopmentCouncilman Manning
Community ServicesCouncilman Huston
Senior Citizens AdvisoryMayor Algeier
LandmarksCouncilwoman Price
EnvironmentalCouncilman Manning
ParksDeputy Mayor Obremski
Municipal AllianceCouncilman Huston
RecreationCouncilman Napoliello
Teen CenterDeputy Mayor Obremski
Board of HealthCouncilwoman Price
County College of MorrisMayor Algeier
Board of EducationCouncilwoman Mitsch
Open SpaceCouncilwoman Mitsch
Rescue SquadCouncilwoman Mitsch
Fire DepartmentCouncilman Napoliello
Traffic CommitteeDeputy Mayor Obremski

MEETING DATES RESOLUTION (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Manager Lovell reported that this Resolution is being carried to the January 5, 2006 agenda.

Attorney Buzak cautioned that this Resolution must be acted on at that time since it must be posted within seven days of the Reorganization Meeting.

CONSENT AGENDA

A. Resolutions

(1) Rate of Interest on Delinquent Taxes and Delinquent Water and Sewer

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WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 has been amended to permit the charging of 8% of the first $1,500 of delinquent taxes and assessments, and 18% on any amount in excess of $1,500; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 54 also permits the charging of 8% interest on the first $1,500 of delinquent water and sewer charges and 18% interest on any amount in excess of $1,500; and

WHEREAS, the delinquent charges on finance agreements is 1 1/2 % per month in each installment in default for thirty (30) days.

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

1. The rate of interest to be charged for nonpayment of taxes, assessments, water and sewer charges, on or before the due date shall be 8% per annum for the first $1,500 and 18% on any amount in excess of $1,500.

2. No interest shall be charged if payment of any taxes and assessments is made within ten (10) calendar days of due date.

3. The rate of interest to be charged on delinquent finance agreements is 1 1/2% per month in each installment in default for thirty (30) days.

4. This resolution shall take effect on January 1, 2006.

(2) Bank Depositories

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BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, Morris County, New Jersey, that the following list of banks be designated as depositories for Township funds for the year 2006.

The Bank of New York
Chase Bank
PNC Bank
Fleet Bank
New Jersey Cash Management Fund
First Morris Bank
Commerce Bank
Lakeland Bank

(3) Fees for Agendas

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WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq. known as the “Open Public Meetings Act” requires notices to be given of meetings of public bodies, as defined and prescribed in said statute and further provides for the fixing of a reasonable charge to be paid by any person requesting such notices.

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

1. The Randolph Reporter and the Morris County Daily Record as the Newspapers having the greatest likelihood of informing the public of meetings to be held by the Township Council of the Township of Randolph, is hereby designated as the newspaper to receive notices of all meetings of this Township Council for the calendar year 2006 as required by the “Open Public Meetings Act”.

2. The bulletin board located immediately adjacent to the Municipal Clerk’s Office in the main hallway of the Randolph Municipal Building shall be the place for the posting of all notices of meetings of the Township Council during the 2006 calendar year.

3. The sum of twenty ($20.00) dollars is hereby fixed as the fee to be paid by any person requesting that notices of meetings of the Township Council of the Township of Randolph during the 2004 calendar year be mailed to such person; but, as provided in N.J.S.A. 40:4-19, no charge shall be made to any newspaper requesting the mailing of such notices to its business office.

4. Certified copies of this Resolution shall be mailed by the Clerk of the Township to the Randolph Reporter and the Morris County Daily Record and a certified copy shall be filed with the Clerk of the Township.

(4) Signatures on Checks

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BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, that the signatures of the Township Manager and Township Treasurer shall be required on all checks drawn against Township accounts.

(5) Official Newspaper

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Acted on separately.

(6) Certifying Agent to Police and Firemen’s Retirement System and Public Employees’ Retirement System

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BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, Morris County, New Jersey, that Michael Soccio, Director of Finance, be appointed Certifying Agent for the Township’s Police and Firemen’s Retirement System and the Public Employees’ Retirement System for the year 2006.

(7) Assessment Search Officer

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BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, Morris County, New Jersey, that the Municipal Clerk be appointed Assessment Search Officer of the Township of Randolph for the year 2006.

(8) Cash Management Plan

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WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph adopted a Cash Management Plan on April 2, 1997; and

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey amended the statutory provisions governing cash management plans and permitted investments; and

WHEREAS, the Director of Finance has amended the Cash Management Plan of the Township of Randolph to incorporate these provisions.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council, Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the Cash Management Plan, as amended, is approved.

(9) Re-Establishment of the Municipal Alliance Committee

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BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, Morris County, State of New Jersey that in compliance with P.L. Chapter 51 and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Randolph Township Municipal Alliance Committee is hereby re-established. The Municipal Alliance Committee pledges to work towards the following goals as directed in the Chapter 51 legislation.

1. Organized and coordinated efforts involving schools, law enforcement, business groups and other community organizations for the purpose of reducing alcoholism and drug abuse.

2. In cooperation with local school districts, comprehensive and effective alcoholism and drug abuse education programs in grades Kindergarten through 12.

3. In cooperation with local school districts, procedures for the intervention, treatment and discipline of students abusing alcohol or drugs.

4. Comprehensive alcoholism and drug abuse education, support and outreach efforts for parents in the community.

5. Comprehensive alcoholism and drug abuse community awareness programs.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the above mentioned Alliance will be recognized as an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee reporting to the Township Council.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the membership of the Randolph Municipal Alliance Committee may include, but not be limited to, the following representatives:

Mayoral alliance representative, Chief of Police, Board of Education President, Supt. of Schools, Student Assistance Coordinator, representative of the Parent-Teacher Assoc., representative of the local bargaining unit for teachers, representative of the Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Court Judge, representatives of local civic association, representative of local religious groups, private citizens.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Randolph Township Municipal Alliance Committee be authorized to seek and secure funding from the County of Morris for the period 2005 and 2006.

Councilman Napoliello made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Councilwoman Price seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

(5) Official Newspaper

Township Attorney Buzak advised the Council that newspaper organizations are also bound by the anti-pay to play regulations and should submit an appropriate Business Entity Disclosure Certification if necessary.

Councilman Huston reiterated his belief that the Randolph Reporter should be designated as one of the official newspapers for Randolph. He feels that the Randolph Reporter, besides being a hometown paper, has better circulation and advertising prices than the Daily Record. He believes that the Randolph Reporter is being punished due to their political endorsements. Councilman Huston urged the Council to reconsider this issue and designate the Randolph Reporter and Daily Record as official newspapers.

BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, Morris County, New Jersey, that The Daily Record be designated as the Official Newspaper for the Township of Randolph for the year 2006.

AYES:
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Price

ABSENT: Councilman Manning

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilman Huston wished everyone a Happy New Year and stated that he is looking forward to working with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Councilwoman Mitsch, Councilwoman Price, Councilman Napoliello, and Deputy Mayor Obremski wished everyone a Happy New Year.

Mayor Algeier stated that he enjoyed working with the Council last year and looks forward to serving with Deputy Mayor Obremski and the Council this year. He also thanked the Township Manager’s staff for the excellent refreshments served at today’s reception.

Manager Lovell congratulated the Town Council.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Hearing no comments from the public, the public portion was closed.

Township Attorney Buzak thanked the Town Council for his appointment this year. He enjoyed working with them last year and is looking forward to this year.

ADJOURNMENT

Mayor Algeier adjourned the meeting at 3:08 p.m.

Donna Marie Luciani
Acting Township Clerk