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Minutes: January 1, 2007

A Reorganization Meeting of the Randolph Township Council was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Councilman Algeier. 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 Morris County Daily Record and the Randolph Reporter on January 6, 2006 by faxing them the annual resolution adopted by the Council on January 5, 2006. The annual resolution, which included this meeting date, was advertised in the Morris County Daily Record, the official newspaper of the Township of Randolph, on January 9, 2006 and in the Randolph Reporter on February 2, 2006.

Councilman Algeier recognized the following individuals from the audience: Rodney Frelinghuysen, Anthony Bucco, Edward Rochford, Margaret Nordstrom, John Inglesino, Jack Schrier, Doug Cabana, Gene Feyl, William Chegwidden, Arthur Ondish, Jack Sassaman, Dean Kazaba and Richard Merkt.

OATH OF OFFICE ADMINISTERED TO COUNCIL MEMBERS

Congressman Freylinghuysen administered the Oath of Office to Councilman-elect Napoliello.

Assemblyman Merkt administered the Oath of Office to Councilwoman-elect Price.

Freeholder President Nordstrom administered the Oath of Office to Councilman-elect Metz.

Sheriff Rochford administered the Oath of Office to Councilman-elect Alpert.

ROLL CALL OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

PRESENT:
Councilman Algeier
Councilman Alpert
Councilman Metz
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Councilman Obremski

Also present: Township Manager John Lovell

NOMINATION OF TEMPORARY MAYOR

Councilman Napoliello nominated Donna Luciani as temporary mayor. A voice vote in favor was unanimous.

NOMINATION AND SELECTION OF MAYOR FOR THE YEAR 2007

Mrs. Luciani called for nominations for the selection of the Mayor for 2007.

Councilman Algeier nominated Michael Obremski. Councilwoman Mitsch seconded the nomination, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Algeier
Councilman Alpert
Councilman Metz
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Councilman Obremski

NAYS: None

NOMINATIONS AND SELECTION OF DEPUTY MAYOR FOR THE YEAR 2007

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

AYES:
Councilman Algeier
Councilman Alpert
Councilman Metz
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

SWEARING IN OF MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR

The Township Clerk administered the Oath of Office to Michael Obremski as Mayor for 2007.

Michael Mitsch administered the Oath of Office to Trina Mitsch as Deputy Mayor for 2007.

COMMENTS BY MAYOR AND COUNCIL—Goals and Objectives for 2007

Mayor Obremski
Fellow Council members, family, friends and distinguished guests. Let me wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Please allow me to take a brief moment to recognize a few special people who are in attendance today: my mother, Marge; my sister Janet, my sister Nancy, my niece Amy, my mother-in-law Barbara, her friend Doris, and three special people, my two daughters Kristi and Chelsea, and my wife Pam.

I am honored and humbled to have been selected as Mayor for 2007. I look forward to working with my fellow Council members as we continue to guide Randolph in the right direction. We have a form of government in Randolph that provides the type of services that our residents deserve and expect with expertise, dedication and transparency. I want to personally thank our Township Manager, John Lovell, and Assistant Manager, Tom Russo, for their professionalism in handling the day-to-day operations, and also for somehow managing seven unique personalities on the Council.

It’s my pleasure to acknowledge and thank outgoing Mayor Gary Algeier for his outstanding service to the community during 2006. We all learn from Gary every day and we are extremely fortunate to have him as a member of this Council. Calvin Coolidge said “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor is given by what he gave.” Gary, it is an honor to serve with you.

As we move forward in 2007, we have many opportunities; however, we have many challenges as well.

Everyone has read about the pension issue and can see how it affects all of us. Our township employees are hard working and dedicated and deserve a pension for the many years of service they have provided to the residents of Randolph. Unfortunately, because of the shell game that has continued in Trenton for the last several administrations, once again the burden has been shifted to the local taxpayers. I have heard the argument that we knew this was coming and money should have been put away for a rainy day. Well let me tell you, we don’t have enough umbrellas for all the rainy days we have been forced to endure. State aid has been stagnant for years, and mandated programs without funding are the norm. These are the facts—we are not playing the blame game. Although we all have very difficult decisions to make in 2007, I am confident we will once again do what’s right for all the residents of Randolph. We will be getting a small gift from Trenton though. When the law establishing statewide cable TV franchises was created in 2006, there was a change to the franchise fee calculation. The township currently receives 2 percent of the charges from Cablevision. Now that Verizon has also entered the cable TV business, the township will receive 3.5 percent of all revenue collected in Randolph by Verizon. Once Verizon reaches a 60 percent build-out in Randolph, Cablevision will also start to do the same. Some rough numbers show our franchise fees could increase by about $55,000.00 in additional revenue in the future.

At the request of the Township Manager we will create a subcommittee to conduct a facilities review. Over the next several years we will need to make upgrades at many of our buildings including:

  • The Municipal Building
  • The Municipal Garage
  • The Senior/Recreation Center
  • The VFW Building
  • The Animal Shelter

As we overcome these challenges we seek to benefit from opportunities as well.

Randolph’s Homeland Security Taskforce is second to none at the local level. Gary Algeier was instrumental in creating this group several years ago, and I would hope he would continue to take the lead as we move forward. I also have the pleasure of serving on that task force, and although most of the work is not seen by the public, I can assure you that there are plans in place and they are continually being updated and tested. Our Police Department, and in particular Lt. Pisano, is constantly developing new methods to keep our residents safe, and I would like to offer the entire Council’s continued support in their efforts.

The year 2007 will also see us continue to explore possible uses of renewable energy in certain township buildings as a way to help reduce energy costs. If we wish to take advantage of rebates being offered by the State of New Jersey, we must move forward. Current rebate levels provide up to 50 percent of the cost of certain projects. We will also look at purchasing hybrid vehicles as township vehicles need replacing as well as energy efficiency programs that will provide additional rebates.

He doesn’t know this yet, but I will be working with Tom Russo to put together a proposal for a Healthy Community Development Grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. These $2,500.00 grants can be used to promote healthy activities in the township. We will also be joining the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign which promotes programs to address the issue of obesity in New Jersey. I hope to partner with the YMCA and Saint Clare’s Hospital to come up with ideas to promote a healthy Randolph. In conjunction, we will put a spin on the Meet the Mayor Program that was revitalized by Mayor Algeier. We will institute the “Walk with the Mayor” program. We will identify sections of our wonderful trail system to walk and talk and to raise awareness of various health issues as well as other issues facing the town.

In December 2006, the Pool Committee presented its report to the Council. I want personally thank John Van Brunt from Parks and Recreation and Linda Johnson who chaired the committee for their hard work and dedication in putting this report together. The real thanks, however, go to the many volunteers on the committee who provided valuable resources and insight. A public forum has been scheduled for January 6th at the Senior Center from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Members of the public will have an informal opportunity to review the report and ask questions. The Council will also be reviewing the report to determine the project’s viability and we welcome public input there as well.

We also need to address the lack of affordable housing in Randolph. Our Developer’s Fund contains a significant balance and I am hopeful that in 2007 we can make real progress on one or more of the many ideas that have been discussed over the past several years. Randolph has always been a leader when it comes to quality of life issues. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity.

In 2003, the Traffic Advisory Committee was formed to raise awareness of traffic issues facing the town and to work with our police department to develop strategies to resolve them. Last year was the most successful yet, with the creation of the “Slow Down Randolph” campaign. The program continued throughout the year with the highlight being in October, when we had our first Traffic Safety Month. My sincere thanks go to the police department’s Traffic Safety Bureau and members of the committee. As we look forward to 2007, I want to share a few statistics:

  • Teens’ risk of being in a car crash during the first 12 to 24 months of driving is higher than at any other point in their lives
  • 16 and 17 year old drivers are about three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash at night than during the day
  • 6,000 teenagers are killed in car accidents each year across the country

I am sure you can figure where I am going with this. Next year’s traffic theme will involve teen driving safety. With the cooperation of the Traffic Safety Bureau, the Board of Education, and the Traffic Advisory Committee, we will develop a year-long program for parents and teens which will provide the necessary tools to help Randolph from contributing to the statistics I mentioned. I am going to ask that the committee reach out the Allstate Insurance Foundation, who provides grants for such programs.

Each and every day we are presented with opportunities. As elected officials, we need to take advantage of these opportunities by not being afraid to make decisions. We were elected to this Council based on our records and commitment to Randolph and I am confident that 2007 will be a great year for new and innovative decisions.

I thank you for joining us today as we begin the New Year. May it be happy and healthy for everyone. God bless everyone here and God bless America.

Thank you.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much for being here today. As we embark on a new year, it’s an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate we are to live here in Randolph. We set a very high standard in everything we do, and perhaps one of the best areas to see that is on the Planning Board. This year we sent many applicants back to the drawing board, so to speak, to rework their plans, observe the guidelines laid out in our updated Master Plan, and continue to fulfill the goal of maintaining the premier community that we have here.

At a time when the United States enjoyed budget surpluses, New Jersey continues to struggle, and so as a community we continue to shoulder our entire fiscal obligation by ourselves. Setting our budget will remain a major challenge as a result. We will need to look at new areas of opportunities for shared services and other ways to minimize the extent of tax increases going forward.

While there are many challenges, there are also many strengths. Most importantly, the people who live here. The volunteers who devote their time, especially the fire and rescue personnel, and the staff here in Town Hall, and all the professionals who help us in an on-going basis to keep this community as it is. I thank Gary, especially, for all his hard work as Mayor this past year, and wish Mike much success in the position going forward. Each of them demonstrates extraordinary leadership and it is a privilege to have them here on the Council. I also look forward to working with all of the Council including our newest members, Ed and Jay. It never ceases to amaze me the breadth of talent, skill, and experience that we have here and it is a privilege to work with all of you.

Thank you to all of our elected representatives who continue to come here and support us and who work so hard on our behalf at every level, and thank you especially to Michael and Elizabeth who have supported me so well in this endeavor. I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2007.

Thank you.

Councilman Napoliello
Good Afternoon. First, I want to thank everyone for coming today and wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.

I welcome Congressman Frelinghuysen to our Reorganization Meeting and thank him for taking time from his busy schedule to be here to administer the Oath of Office to me.

Congratulations are also in order for him on his re-election this past November. We are very fortunate to have him represent us in Washington.

Before talking about what I hope to accomplish this year, I want to thank Gary Algeier for the fine job he did last year as Mayor. My congratulations also go to Mike Obremski and Trina Mitsch on their election as Mayor and Deputy Mayor. I’ve worked with both of them for several years now and I know they are well qualified to lead the Council in 2007. I’m confident they will do a fine job.

I also want to congratulate Arlene Price on her re-election to the Council. It tells me that the residents are satisfied with her performance on the Council.

And I offer congratulations to both Ed Metz and Jay Alpert on their election and welcome them to the Council. I know they will be great additions and bring with them special talents that will serve the community well. I’m glad to have an opportunity to serve with them.

I also want to publicly thank my wife, JoAnn, for her unwavering support. She understands the time commitment needed to serve on the council and has been both understanding and helpful.

I am very proud and honored to be re-elected to the Council. It is gratifying to know that the voters of Randolph recognized my work on the council and have chosen to return me to office. That means a lot to me. I can assure you that I will continue to work hard for the town and its residents.

When I ran for Town Council in 2002, I made a number of promises. I said I would be fiscally responsible. I would work to slow residential development, protect open space, create a traffic committee, and preserve the wonderful quality of life we have in the Township. I think my record speaks for itself. All of those goals have been realized. I am proud of my record as a Councilman for the past four years. But there is still more to do.

I will continue to be fiscally responsible and will support efforts to keep expenses low in Randolph. I am proud of the AA+ bond rating we have achieved. That is a tribute to the Council as well as the Manager and his staff.

We need to stabilize property taxes, and since it appears we cannot rely on Trenton for that, we must find ways to do it ourselves. Some of the areas I want to explore are:

I am in favor of commercial development on both Rte. 10 and Sussex Turnpike. I will work within our new Master Plan and with the Economic Development Committee to find attractive commercial ratables.

I look forward to the relocation of the Mount Freedom Post Office scheduled for later this month. Not only will this remove an eye sore from Sussex Turnpike, but will also help make the road safer.

Speaking of Sussex Turnpike, I will continue to push for the State to make the necessary road improvements so that area of town can someday become our town center.

I also want to find ways to share services both within our town and with other municipalities. I currently chair a Council task force that meets regularly with the Township Manager and his staff to find ways to cut operating expenditures and to consolidate services.

Finally, I am proud to have served the Township as a Councilman these past four years and as its Mayor in 2005, and I look forward to another very productive four years.

I intend to continue to do my best to see to it that the great quality of life we enjoy in Randolph is preserved so that we can continue to live up to our motto that Randolph is “Where Life is Worth Living.”

Thank you and once again, Happy New Year.

Councilwoman Price
Good afternoon.

I want to wish you all a happy New Year and thank you all for turning out today to see our reorganization, and also in terms of our looking forward to a productive year in 2007. I’d like to thank all the residents for their support and my re-election to the Town Council. It’s a great honor to serve as your Councilwoman. I’d like to thank Rick Merkt for swearing me in today, for coming out and for all your support. Also, a special thanks to my husband Geoff for all of his support through the campaign and the past year. I have two special guests here: my mother-in-law and my brother-in-law. I want to thank them for coming out today.

In terms of looking forward to 2007, the things that we have before us, we have many opportunities and many challenges, and in terms of keeping our tax burden as low as possible, there are economic development opportunities that we need to address, both in the Route 10 corridor and along Sussex Turnpike and getting more commercial ratables. As the liaisons to our Economic Development Committee and helping to spearhead those efforts, I think that’s something that we definitely need in Randolph. Also our commitment to recreation and open space, with our parks and trails and all of the things that make life worth living here in Randolph, we’ll continue with that.

I look forward to a productive four years serving as your Councilwoman. I want to wish you all a very happy New Year and thanks for your support.

Councilman Metz
I’d like to thank everyone for coming out today, and hope that everybody has a great New Year.

As a financial guy, I tend to set goals for myself and try to accomplish them, and generally I do. Some of the goals I try to set before I turn age 50, which is pretty soon. But one of those goals was not to be elected to the Town Council, but it happened and I’m very happy to be here. I’ve lived in Randolph a very long time, and as many of you know I’m pretty much a life-long member of the community. Having volunteered in many programs over the years and having had the opportunity to serve on the Planning Board and help develop the Master Plan, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of great volunteers in Randolph, people volunteering their time, and really getting to know the members of the Town Council, and I wanted to be a part of that team.

As everybody has said, I look forward very much to working with them. What people should know if you don’t know, it’s a very diverse Council. We have people in their 40s, 50s and 60s. We have women, we have men. We have people in different sections of Randolph, and we have people from all different walks of life, which is a great thing to have and the way that it should be.

On the financial end, I’m obviously concerned about taxes. I’m real familiar with how it works and I know that most of the taxes go to the school. John Lovell and Tom Russo and their staff do a fantastic job. The fire department is almost 100 percent volunteer, there’s one paid person in the fire department, so I think the town runs pretty darn efficient and I think they do a great job. The Department of Public Works, we have Bill Kerwick making his own salt to save the town money on snow removal. We’ve even ordered some warm weather. You know when you’ve committed to public life when on Christmas morning you walk out to get the newspaper and say it’s awfully warm so we must be running favorable on the snow removal budget.

But that’s what I’m all about, and I have the opportunity this year to serve as liaison to the Traffic Committee and the School Board. At the School Board I’m obviously looking to see where we can add some value and perhaps do some shared services with the town. I live on the west side of town and work on the east side of town, so anything that I can do to make that commute a little easier would certainly be nice and I think welcomed by a lot of people.

I’d like to say thanks to the public for voting me into this office and we’ll do the best we possibly can with what we have. I’d also like to thank my family.

Councilman Alpert
The most dangerous place to be is between the first speaker and the food, so I’ll be brief. I wish everybody a very happy and healthy New Year, and thank you all for coming out on this brutal winter day. A special thank you to our Sheriff, Ed Rochford, thank you for coming out today and administering the Oath of Office. I sincerely appreciate your support for everything here. A special thank you again our campaign team that made all this possible.

We have a team here that is, as far as I’m concerned, unbeatable. We’ll be able to accomplish so much this coming year because of the ability to work together. It’s going to be a remarkable thing. Also a special thank you to all the volunteers as part of the team who make all the boards and committees possible. Thank you to my parents, Ben and Janice Alpert, for coming here today, my incredible wife Beth, my daughters, thank you for your support.

We moved to Randolph about five years ago. We were living in Hackensack prior to that. We decided we wanted to find a different environment to live in and raise our family, so Beth decided to start her search in Randolph. I knew it was in Morris County so I called Sheriff Rochford and asked what he thought about Randolph. What he had to say about Randolph was that this was the place to raise a family, and it really is. What an incredible community we have here. I look forward to spending the next four years working very closely with the team that we’ve assembled here to be not only productive, but to maintain the wonderful atmosphere and community that we have in Randolph.

Thank you again.

Councilman Algeier
I’d like to congratulate all my fellow Council members, both recently elected and re-elected, and thank my colleagues for their kind words during their various speeches. It’s somewhat of a tradition for the outgoing Mayor to spend time talking about what he accomplished. I’m going to break that tradition because anything we accomplished last year, we accomplished as a team. I’ve always said there is no “i” in team, and Randolph is really a team from the Manager and Assistant Manager, Donna, our great team of attorneys, Ed Buzak and Tony Bucco. I couldn’t do anything without these people. Just some quick highlights if I may.

We put the final resolution in Nitti Mountain. We have 71 acres of open space plus an additional four acres that have environmental concerns, a total of 81 acres for about $40,000 of our township’s money, the rest came from grants from the state and county.

Al already mentioned the AA+ bond rating. We put together a great public/private partnership idea to work on and restructure the Shongum Lake dam, for which I know Mayor Gene Feyl in Denville in very grateful because if the dam ever let go, he’d be the first one to know about it. Work right now is ongoing. If you drive down Shongum Road you can see it, it’s a great job and it wouldn’t have been possible without the cooperation of the Shongum Lake Property Owners’ Association and this Council.

One of the things I’m most proud of is our flag presentations for the service men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s an ongoing event and I’m looking forward to that continuing to be a major part of our township this year.

We have a chance to get a new Post Office in Mt. Freedom. The Board of Adjustment recently approved a new structure, which I understand has also been approved by the post office as a suitable facility. Now if we can work out the final details of the lease Randolph will once and for all replace the facility that is over 65 years old, is falling apart, and we’ll have a grade A post office.

When it comes to 2007, one of the nice things to know is that as a Council member you can focus your energies. As Mayor, you’re torn into so many different directions and you try to work them all out, but it’s hard to focus on one or two items. This year I’ll be able to do some focusing. I plan to work on the shared services with John Lovell and Tom Russo. I’ve already attended some county meetings. The Freeholders are doing a fantastic job in organizing the shared services cooperative effort throughout the entire county, and I think Randolph should be a main part of that. I plan to cooperate as much as I can with our surrounding communities and also with the Freeholders. I’d like to take a new look at Mt. Freedom. With the state scaling back their plan for Sussex Turnpike, we may be forced to take a different look and we may not be able to have the commercial center that we envisioned. I’ve already asked the Council to set up a Saturday morning to spend some time to take a look at Mt. Freedom and where do we go from here.

Finally, I thank Mike Obremski for asking me to stay on and be involved with homeland security. As many of you know, we started that in 2003 in my first term, we’ve kept it up and Randolph is in front of a lot of other communities. I’m really happy to stay involved in that. Mike, I accept.

Thank you all very much. I love the job. To my wife Kathy, thank you.

TOWNSHIP MANAGER APPOINTMENTS/SWEARING IN

Manager Lovell thanked the out-going fire chief for his efforts on behalf of Randolph.

Mark Absalon was named Fire Chief for Randolph for 2007. William Wagner was named as Deputy Fire Chief for Randolph for 2007.

ADJOURN FOR RECEPTION IN MAIN FOYER

At 2:45 p.m. Council adjourned for a reception in the main foyer of the Municipal Building.

RECONVENE

The Reorganization Meeting reconvened at 3:30 p.m.

Mayor Obremski recognized attorney Fred Knapp in the audience and thanked him for his service to Randolph.

COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS FOR 2007

Deputy Clerk—1 year term

Councilwoman Price nominated Donna Brady to serve as Deputy Clerk for 2007. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Township Attorney—1 year term

Mayor Obremski nominated Edward Buzak as Township Attorney for 2007.

Obremski—Ed, thank you for your continued service. I can’t wait for this year. I respect your opinions and hopefully you’ll keep me on the straight and narrow here.

Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Special Counsel for Labor and Negotiations—1 year term

Councilman Napoliello nominated Fred Knapp to serve as Special Counsel for Labor and Negotiations for 2007. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Special Counsel for Tax Appeals—1 year term

Deputy Mayor Mitsch nominated Richard DeAngelis to serve as Special Counsel for Tax Appeals for 2007. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Special Counsel for Negotiations and Preparation of Developer’s Agreements—1 year term

Councilman Algeier nominated Anthony Bucco, Jr. to serve as Special Counsel for Negotiations and Preparation of Developer’s Agreements for 2007. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Bond Counsel—1 year term

Councilman Alpert nominated Jack Kraft to serve as Bond Counsel for 2007. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Prosecutor—1 year term

Councilman Metz nominated Mike Crisitello to serve as Prosecutor for 2007. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Public Defender—1 year term

Mayor Obremski nominated Allan Iskra to serve as the Public Defender for 2007. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Township Auditor—1 year term

Councilwoman Price nominated Bill Shroeder of Nisivoccia & Company to serve as Township Auditor for 2007. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Township Physicians—1 year term

Councilman Napoliello nominated Duane Sossong and the Immediate Medical Care group as Township Physicians for 2007. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Municipal Historian—1 year term

Deputy Mayor Mitsch nominated Linda Pawchak to serve as Municipal Historian for 2007. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Planning Board

Mayor Obremski nominated Mike Guadagno and Bob Mooney to serve four year terms on the Planning Board. The Mayor also nominated Myra Sesko to serve as Official Member, Councilman Algeier to serve as Mayor’s Designee, and Deputy Mayor Mitsch to serve as Official Council Member. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Library Trustees

Mayor Obremski nominated Craig Johnson to serve five years on the Library Board of Trustees. The Mayor also nominated Nancy Metz to serve as the Mayor’s Alternate on the Library Board of Trustees. Hearing no further nominations, the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Councilman Alpert made a motion to approve the agenda for the remaining appointments. Deputy Mayor Mitsch seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

Councilman Algeier noted for the record that the Senior Citizens’ Advisory Committee has fewer appointees than in the past because the committee will most likely be combined with another committee. Fewer members will make for a more manageable committee when combined.

Following is a list of committee appointments:

Board of Adjustment:
Joanne Veech—four year term
Linda Johnson—four year term

Board of Health:
Art Baeder—three year term
Gayle Pearson—three year term
Ron Milman—Alternate #1—two year term
Roger Freidlander—Alternate #2—one year term

Parks Committee:
Bernard Barrish—three year term
Len Pietrewicz—three year term
Stephen Healey—three year term
Sharon McCovery—three year term
Gail Kreitzer—replaces Councilman Alpert on committee

Environmental Commission:
Connie Stroh—three year term
Stephen O’Mara—three year term
Kathleen Mygas—three year term
Mike Whiting—replaces Councilman Alpert on committee

Landmarks Committee:
Phil Montesano—three year term
Marcia Rumsey—three year term
Robert Freudenberger—three year term
Joan Brembs—Alternate #1
Charlie Whitehead—Alternate #2
Gretchen Kondroski—Alternate #3

Board of Assessments for Local Improvments:
Myra Sesko—two year term

Economic Development Committee:
Lou Pangaro—three year term
William Barbato—three year term
Trey Flood—replaces Councilman Metz on committee

Recreation Advisory Committee:
Iva Cook—one year term
Maureen Finley-Wohnsigl—one year term
Dan Limone—one year term
Ed Kennedy—one year term
Joe Nazzaro—three year term
Ann Standridge—three year term
Vic Viscomi—three year term
Paul O’Malley—unexpired term

Senior Citizens’ Advisory Committee:
Barbara Anderson—one year term
Joe Dolan—one year term
Thelma Sellmann—one year term
Dolores Madison—one year term
Doris Dolan—one year term
Teresa Bohm—one year term
Chelsea Obremski—student member

Open Space Committee:
Robert Giarraffa—three year term
Wendy Whiting—three year term
Mindy Cohen—three year term
Cheryl Smarth—Alternate #1—one year term
Ray Snyder—Alternate #2—one year term
John Scorsone—replaces Councilman Metz on committee

Community Services Committee:
Christine Gallea—one year term
Sunita Mathur—one year term
Jim Corbett—three year term

Teen Center Oversight Committee:
Mindy Cohen—one year term
Debbie Knothe—one year term
Marion Brooks—one year term

Traffic Advisory Committee:
Robert Sesko—two year term

MEETING DATES RESOLUTION

Councilman Algeier noted that he had a conflict with the proposed October 2 meeting. He also suggested discussing alternatives for the meeting schedule for mid-summer in light of vacation schedules.

Manager Lovell noted that this item will be placed on the January 4 agenda after the council members have had a chance to review their calendars.

CONSENT AGENDA

A. Resolutions

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

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

NAYS: None

(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 $1,500.00 of delinquent taxes and assessments, and 18% on any amount in excess of $1,500.00; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 54 also permits the charging of 8% interest on the first $1,500.00 of delinquent water and sewer charges and 18% interest on any amount in excess of $1,500.00; 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 $1,500.00 and 18% on any amount in excess of $1,500.00.

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, 2007.

(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 2007:

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, are hereby designated as the newspapers to receive notices of all meetings of this Township Council for the calendar year 2007 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 2007 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 2007 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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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 2007.

(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 2007.

(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 2007.

(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, Superintendent of Schools, Student Alliance Coordinator, representative of the Parent-Teacher Association, 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 2006 and 2007.

COUNCIL LIAISONS

Economic Development Committee—Councilwoman Price
Community Services Committee—Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Senior Citizens’ Advisory Committee—Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Landmarks Committee—Mayor Obremski
Environmental Commission—Councilman Algeier
Parks Committee—Mayor Obremski
Municipal Alliance Committee—Councilman Napoliello
Recreation Committee—Councilman Napoliello
Teen Center Advisory Committee—Mayor Obremski
Board of Health—Councilwoman Price
County College of Morris—Councilman Algeier
Board of Education—Councilman Metz
Open Space Committee—Councilman Alpert
Rescue Squad—Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Fire Department—Councilman Alpert
Traffic Advisory Committee—Councilman Metz

Councilman Napoliello made a motion to approve the Council Liaisons. Deputy Mayor Mitsch seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilman Algeier noted that a Superior Court Judge issued an opinion on an issue regarding banning sex offenders from living within a community and found the ban to be unconstitutional. He recalls a movement in Randolph a couple of years ago to set the same idea in motion, and is glad that Randolph did not go forward with it.

Councilman Alpert noted that he is looking forward to 2007 and thinks it will be an outstanding year.

Councilwoman Price stated that Randolph has a good team in place to work for Randolph and she is looking forward to doing what’s best for Randolph’s residents.

Councilman Napoliello commented that he attended a course on gangs while attending the League of Municipalities Convention in November, and feels that the issue might be worth exploring in Randolph.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch stated that she attended a presentation on shared services while in Atlantic City at the Convention where they talked about grant money being made available to municipalities.

Manager Lovell responded that there are dollars available to get into shared services. He noted that there are some areas of shared services that Randolph will be moving on in 2007, and it would be his hope to see communications move in that direction. He will be looking at everything and anything for possible shared services, and he has instructed the staff to start looking in that direction as well.

Mayor Obremski extended his best wishes to everyone, wished them a Happy New Year, and thanked them for coming out to the meeting.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Jim McConnell, 45 Carroll Road, wished the Council a good year and stated that he looks forward to coming to the meetings.

ADJOURNMENT

The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 3:50 p.m.

Donna Marie Luciani
Township Clerk