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Minutes: January 4, 2007

A regular meeting of the Randolph Township Council was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by Mayor Obremski. 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.

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

Also present: Township Manager John Lovell and Attorney Tiena Cafoni

Mayor Obremski led the Pledge of Allegiance.

COUNCIL AND MANAGER REPORTS

Manager Lovell reminded the Council of a Highlands Council Commission presentation on January 9, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Nancie Ludwig, 14 Lookout Road, expressed disappointment that the Council did not allow residents to speak after the Pool Committee presented their report to the Council. She requested the Town Council and the chairman of the Pool Committee be available to the public for questions and comments throughout the process of discussions about the proposed pool. Mrs. Ludwig requested the Council contact the Board of Education to discuss the lack of recycling at the schools.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch responded that as the former liaison to the Board of Education, the issue of recycling at the schools has been raised with the Board.

Adam Zyto, 18 Alpine Drive, asked the Council why the proposed pool was a part of budgetary discussion since no formal decision has been made to construct a pool.

Manager Lovell responded that in order for a pool to move forward in 2007 it must be referenced in the capital outlay program from a planning perspective.

SOIL MOVEMENT HEARING—CAMPUS PLAZA

An attorney from Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis representing the applicant noted the proposed project is approved to be completed in three distinct phases, which is why they had requested a six-month time period for the soil movement process. The Township Engineer has objected to the six-month time period and suggested a 90-day time period instead. Due to the phasing aspect of this project, a shorter time period may not be adequate.

Manager Lovell summarized the stipulations of the permit as follows:

  • The time period for soil movement begins when the bond is posted
  • Soil movement activities only during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or dark, whichever comes first
  • Top soil should be retained on site
  • Removal of soil is limited to Route 10 and Dover-Chester Road to Route 10
  • Soil is to be disposed of beyond the limits of the township
  • Loading and unloading equipment must be done on site
  • If topsoil is in excess of six inches on site, excess can be removed at the discretion of the Township Engineer
  • Applicant must concur and comply with all traffic recommendations of the Randolph Township Police Chief
  • A cash bond in the amount of $20,000.00 shall be posted
  • The applicant must comply with all Planning Board conditions

The attorney noted that she will speak to her client regarding the limitation to Route 10 and not being able to use county roads for moving the soil.

The application for a soil movement permit for Campus Plaza will be carried to the meeting on January 18, 2007, so that the attorney can discuss the issues of a time allotment for soil movement and the restriction of county roads with her client.

Ms. Cafoni noted for the record that notice was provided to the public on this application and the application is being carried to January 18, 2007, at 8:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building. No further notice will be provided. Anyone interested in this issue can be heard at the public hearing on January 18, 2007.

ZONE CHANGE REQUEST

A) Baker Residential

The applicant is interested in developing Block 44, Lot 4. Aspects of the presentation included:

  • background on Baker Residential
  • the development of 69 single family cluster homes
  • the development of 4 single family COAH units
  • the development of 60 stacked townhomes
  • the development of 12 COAH townhome units
  • site plan details
  • architectural and landscape features
  • anticipated price range of units

Councilman Algeier would prefer the development scale back the size of the proposed community center, eliminate plans for a pool at the site, reconfigure some units to include rear-loading garages, and possibly adding front porches. He also expressed concern with the units having a possible third bedroom, making it more amenable to a family and increasing enrollment in the schools.

Mayor Obresmki expressed concern with the high price anticipated for the units and would prefer something more affordable.

The recommendation was made by the Council that Baker Residential revise their plan and return to the Council for another presentation.

B) Avalon Bay

The applicant is interested in developing Block 44, Lot 11. Aspects of the presentation included:

  • past projects built and managed by Avalon Bay
  • the development of 102 luxury rental units and 13 COAH units
  • anticipated price range for 2 and 3 bedroom units
  • concerns with density of the proposed development
  • amenities
  • architectural and landscape features

Councilwoman Price noted that perhaps not all members of the Council disagree with the idea of locating certain amenities in a development such as this proposed plan.

Councilwoman Price made a motion to refer this plan to the Planning Board. Councilman Metz 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

C) Stark Property, Mt. Freedom LLC

The applicant is interested in developing Block 224, Lot 5. Aspects of the presentation included:

  • the development of a 16,000 square foot commercial building
  • design and architectural specifics
  • conditions at the site
  • zoning at the site
  • traffic concerns and implications
  • sewer and septic considerations
  • COAH obligations

Councilman Napoliello made a motion to forward this plan to the Planning Board. 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

Mayor Obremski asked the Manager to remind the applicant that the rezoning issue is only for his parcel, not the entire tract of that area that was referenced during the presentation.

ORDINANCES

A. Introduction

(1) Amend Land Development Ordinances—Cell Towers/Antennas

Manager Lovell reported that a great deal of effort was went into the drafting of this ordinance. He noted that currently applications for cell towers are made before the Board of Adjustment and Randolph does not have control over where the cell towers are placed. The new ordinance will give Randolph some control and recommends introducing the ordinance.

BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF RANDOLPH, MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, TO REGULATE WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES AND INSTALLATIONS IN THE TOWNSHIP OF RANDOLPH” be introduced, read by title by the Township Clerk and passed on first reading.

BE IT RESOLVED that said Ordinance shall be further considered for final passage at the meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Randolph on the 1st of February, 2007, at 8:00 in the evening, prevailing time, at the Municipal Building in said Township, at which time and place all persons interested shall be given an opportunity to be heard concerning said ordinance.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk be authorized and directed to advertise said ordinance in full with the Notice of Introduction thereof, in the official designated newspaper according to law.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch made a motion to introduce the ordinance. Councilwoman Price 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

(2) Amend Land Development Ordinance—OL Zone and PO/R Standards and Zoning Map Changes

Manager Lovell summarized the proposed changes to the zoning ordinance.

BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF RANDOLPH, MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, TO MODIFY THE PO/R DISTRICT, TO REZONE CERTAIN PROPERTIES AND TO MAKE VARIOUS OTHER AMENDMENTS” be introduced, read by title by the Township Clerk and passed on first reading.

BE IT RESOLVED that said Ordinance shall be further considered for final passage at the meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Randolph on the 1st of February, 2007, at 8:00 in the evening, prevailing time, at the Municipal Building in said Township, at which time and place all persons interested shall be given an opportunity to be heard concerning said ordinance.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk be authorized and directed to advertise said ordinance in full with the Notice of Introduction thereof, in the official designated newspaper according to law.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch made a motion to introduce the ordinance. Councilman Metz 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

(3) Amend Chapter 10 to Create a Community Services Advisory Committee

Manager Lovell stated that this ordinance will combine the responsibilities of the Community Services Committee, the Senior Citizens’ Advisory Committee, and the defunct Randolph CARES Committee. The new committee will be known as the Community Services Advisory Committee. The recommendation for this ordinance was made by several committee members.

BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled “AN ORDINANCE COMBINING THE SENIOR CITIZENS’ ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMITTEE, AND THE RANDOLPH CARES COMMITTEE INTO A SINGLE COMMITTEE TO BE KNOWN AS THE COMMUNITY SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE” be introduced, read by title by the Township Clerk and passed on first reading.

BE IT RESOLVED that said Ordinance shall be further considered for final passage at the meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Randolph on the 1st of February, 2007, at 8:00 in the evening, prevailing time, at the Municipal Building in said Township, at which time and place all persons interested shall be given an opportunity to be heard concerning said ordinance.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk be authorized and directed to advertise said ordinance in full with the Notice of Introduction thereof, in the official designated newspaper according to law.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch made a motion to introduce the ordinance. Councilman Metz 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

DISCUSSION ITEMS

A. Committee to Advise on Facility Upgrades

Councilmen Napoliello, Alpert, and Algeier agreed to sit on a committee which will work with the Township Manager to determine upgrades necessary at municipally owned properties.

B. 2007 Meeting Calendar

Manager Lovell presented a revised 2007 Meeting Calendar for the Council’s approval.

Councilman Metz made a motion to accept the calendar as presented. 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

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WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., known as the “Open Public Meetings Act” requires that all public bodies of the State of New Jersey provide adequate notice to the public of its intended meetings.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF RANDOLPH, MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, AS FOLLOWS:

1. The regular meetings of the Township Council for the Township of Randolph to discuss or act upon public business during the calendar year 2007 will be held on Thursdays on the dates listed below. Regular meetings and work session meetings are scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. prevailing time. The public is invited to attend work sessions, but there is no public participation except at the beginning of the meeting during the “Open To The Public” portion of the agenda. Final action may or may not be taken at all scheduled meetings which are held at the Randolph Township Municipal Building, 502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, New Jersey, on the following dates:

REGULAR SESSIONS
(8:00 P.M.)
COMBINED MEETING
(8:00 P.M.)
WORK SESSIONS
(8:00 P.M.)
January 4January 18January 25
February 1February 15February 22
March 1March 15March 29
April 5April 19April 26
May 3May 17May 31
June 7June 21*June 28
July 10 (Tuesday)Summer ScheduleSummer Schedule
August 7 (Tuesday)Summer ScheduleSummer Schedule
September 6September 20September 27
October 2 (Tuesday)October 18*October 25
November 1No Meeting ScheduledNovember 29
December 6December 20*No Meeting Scheduled
Reorganization Meeting, Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
January 3, 2008January 17, 2008January 31, 2008
*May be cancelled depending upon legislative workload.

2. Certified copies of this said Resolution shall, within seven days of its adoption, be mailed to the Morris County Daily Record, the official newspaper designated by the Randolph Township Council, and to the Randolph Reporter.

3. A certified copy of this said Resolution shall also be maintained throughout the year 2007 on the bulletin board located immediately adjacent to the Municipal Clerk’s Office in the main hallway of the Municipal Building.

4. A certified copy of this said Resolution shall be mailed to any person requesting notices of meetings of the Township Council pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-19 and whoever has paid the required fee for such notice.

C. Special Saturday Session to Discuss Mt. Freedom Village Center

Saturday, February 10, 2007, was selected as the date for a special meeting to discuss the Mt. Freedom Village Center. The meeting at the Municipal Building will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a three hour time allotment has been provided.

D. Committee to Address Highlands Act and Cross Acceptance Issues With Mine Hill

Manager Lovell noted that there is a 60-day comment period and he anticipates an extension being made to that comment period. It is his sense that Randolph begin a review of the process so that the town has an official position on the issue. He also reminded the Council there were some cross-acceptance issues with Morris County when comparing Randolph’s map to Mine Hill’s map. The Manager would like to re-establish the committee that dealt previously with the cross-acceptance process.

Councilman Napoliello and Mayor Obremski agreed to serve on the committee.

The Manager stated he will notify the Planning Board and Darren Carney, the Planning and Zoning Administrator, will begin setting up the first meeting.

E. Leasing Route 10 Property for Billboards

The Manager summarized the history of the billboards on this property. CBS Viacom has bid on the project. Randolph has the option to either enter into a five year lease for $12,500.00 per year or a ten year lease for $15,000.00 per year. Both options include receiving 25 percent of gross revenue earned from the billboards.

One advantage to entering into a ten year lease is the possibility of Viacom investing in upgrading the billboard, thus potentially increasing their sales revenue and increasing Randolph’s earnings from the billboard.

Councilman Napoliello expressed some concern about being locked into an agreement for a ten year period and favored a five year contract.

Councilman Algeier suggested the Manager inform Viacom that Randolph will enter into a five year contract with them, however, if Viacom was definitely willing to upgrade their billboard product, perhaps then Randolph would be interested in seeking a ten year contract.

Manager Lovell stated that he will present Viacom with the five year contract resolution.

COMBINED ACTION RESOLUTIONS

Manager Lovell noted that Item B should be pulled from the agenda.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch made a motion to approve the Combined Action 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

A. Refunds/Adjustments Resolutions

(1) Refund Outside Tax Sale Certificate #1806 for Block 18.01, Lot 1.01—2 Middlebury Blvd to R. Rothman—$101,718.23

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WHEREAS, Outside Tax Sale Certificate #1806 held by R. Rothman, assessed to Randolph Commerce Center, Block 18.01, Lot 1.01, 2 Middlebury Boulevard; and

WHEREAS, the above mentioned Tax Sale Certificate has been redeemed through the Tax Collector, including principal and interest in the amount of $84,118.23, and premium in the amount of $17,600.00.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, that the Treasurer be instructed to refund $101,718.23 to R. Rothman, holder of Tax Sale Certificate #1806.

(2) Refund Outside Tax Sale Certificate #1858 for Block 57, Lot 21, to Park Finance, LLC—$31,466.56

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WHEREAS, Outside Tax Sale Certificate #1858 held by Park Finance, LLC, assessed to A. Morogeorges, Block 57, Lot 21, 32 Harmony Road; and

WHEREAS, the above mentioned Tax Sale Certificate has been redeemed through the Tax Collector, including principal and interest, in the amount of $12,866.56 and premium in the amount of $18,600.00.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, that the Treasurer be instructed to refund $31,466.56 to Park Finance, LLC, holder of Tax Sale Certificate #1858.

(3) Refund Overpayment for Reduction of 2006 Taxes, Block 42, Lot 122.03—Arrowgate Village—$7,018.40

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WHEREAS, Arrowgate Village has been granted a reduction in assessed valuation for the tax year 2006 by the Tax Court of New Jersey on Block 42, Lot 122.03, known as 950 Route 10; and

WHEREAS, an overpayment exists as a result of the reduction for the year 2006 in the amount of $7,018.40; and

WHEREAS, it is recommended by the Tax Collector that this overpayment be refunded at this time.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, that the Treasurer be instructed to refund the overpayment of $7,018.40 to Arrowgate Village.

(4) Refund Overpayment for Block 77, Lot 33—312 Quaker Church Road to Quaker Village—$60,720.00

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WHEREAS, Quaker Village has been granted a reduction in assessed valuation for the tax years 2005 and 2006 by the Tax Court of New Jersey on Block 77, Lot 33, known as 312 Quaker Church Road; and

WHEREAS, an overpayment exists as a result of the reduction for the year 2005 in the amount of $29,590.00 and 2006 in the amount of $31,130.00; and

WHEREAS, it is recommended by the Tax Collector that this overpayment be refunded at this time.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, that the Treasurer be instructed to refund the overpayment of $60,720.00 to Quaker Village.

(5) Refund Outside Tax Sale Certificate #1539 for Block 18, Lot 1.01, to Jeremy Doppelt—$248,029.67

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WHEREAS, Outside Tax Sale Certificate #1539 held by Jeremy Doppelt, assessed to Randolph Commerce Center, Block 18, Lot 1.01, 11 Aspen Drive; and

WHEREAS, the above mentioned Tax Sale Certificate has been redeemed through the Tax Collector, including principal and interest in the amount of $248,029.67.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, that the Treasurer be instructed to refund $248,029.67 to Jeremy Doppelt, holder of Tax Sale Certificate #1539.

(6) Refund Outside Tax Sale Certificate #1860 for Block 119, Lot 110.101, to American Tax Funding, LLC—$18,866.97

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WHEREAS, Outside Tax Sale Certificate #1860 held by American Tax Funding, LLC, assessed to Pablo Quinteros, Block 119, Lot 110.101, 1 Ridgewood Drive; and

WHEREAS, the above mentioned Tax Sale Certificate has been redeemed through the Tax Collector, including principal and interest in the amount of $2,166.97 and premium in the amount of $16,700.00.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, that the Treasurer be instructed to refund $18,866.97 to American Tax Funding, LLC, holder of Tax Sale Certificate #1860.

(7) Refund Cash Bond for Block 81, Lot 6, for 57 Carrell Road to Patricia Kiely of 2 Everdale Road—$300.00

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WHEREAS, on October 31, 2006, Engineering received and deposited with the Finance Department a check in the amount of $300.00 covering a road opening cash bond for the purpose of connecting to the water line for 57 Carrell Road, Block 81, Lot 6; and

WHEREAS, the road opening has been repaired, inspected, and found to be acceptable.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that it is recommended by Carl J. Bressan, Township Engineer, that the cash bond in the amount of $300.00 be refunded to Patricia Kiely of 2 Everdale Road, Randolph, NJ 07869.

(8) Release Road Opening Bond—Block 24, Lot 116, to Thomas Marcinkowski—$300.00

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WHEREAS, on November 25, 2006, Engineering received and deposited with the Finance Department a check in the amount of $300.00 covering a road opening cash bond for the purpose of connecting to the water system for 463 Millbrook Avenue, Block 24, Lot 116; and

WHEREAS, the road opening has been repaired, inspected and found to be acceptable.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that it is recommended by Carl J. Bressan, Township Engineer, that the cash bond in the amount of $300.00 be refunded to Mr. Thomas Marcinkowski, 463 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869.

(9) Refund Escrow Fees for Police Detail to Various Companies

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WHEREAS, the Finance Department received escrow funds for Police Detail; and

WHEREAS, the Detail work has been completed.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, Morris County, New Jersey, that it is recommended by the Finance Department that the escrow funds for the following amounts be refunded:

Lembo Realty Association—$ 142.00
Schifano Construction Corporation—$ 390.00
Douglas Collinson—$ 213.00

(10) Refund Escrow Fee for Block 53, Lot 56, to Heritage Village XVII—$255.30

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WHEREAS, the Planning and Zoning Department received escrow funds from Heritage Village XVII for Block 53, Lot 56; and

WHEREAS, the project has been completed and closed out.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that it is recommended by Darren Carney, Planning and Zoning Administrator, that the escrow funds in the amount of $255.30 be refunded to Heritage Village XVII, SJC Builders, 1360 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, NJ 07869.

(11) Refund Escrow Fee for Block 93, Lot 57, to Granite Doby, SJC Builders—$230.00

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WHEREAS, the Planning and Zoning Department received escrow funds from Granite Doby for Block 93, Lot 57; and

WHEREAS, the project has been completed and closed out.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that it is recommended by Darren Carney, Planning and Zoning Administrator, that the escrow funds in the amount of $230.00 be refunded to Granite Doby, SJC Builders, 1360 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, NJ 07869.

(12) Refund Escrow Fee for Block 49, Lot 2, to Heritage Village South—$1,873.50

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WHEREAS, the Planning and Zoning Department received escrow funds from Heritage Village South for Block 49, Lot 2; and

WHEREAS, the project has been completed and closed out.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that it is recommended by Darren Carney, Planning and Zoning Administrator, that the escrow funds in the amount of $1,873.50 be refunded to Heritage Village South, SJC Builders, 1360 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, NJ 07869.

(13) Refund of Tree Bond for Block 114, Lot 10, to Daniel Pepitone—$800.00

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WHEREAS, a tree bond in the amount of $800.00 was previously posted by Daniel Pepitone, Block 114, Lot 10; and

WHEREAS, all of the requirements have been met.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that it is recommended by Darren Carney, Planning and Zoning Administrator, that the tree bond in the amount of $800.00 be refunded to Daniel Pepitone, 9 Forrest Road, Randolph, NJ 07869.

B. Approve Soil Movement Application—Campus Plaza

This item was pulled from the agenda.

C. Authorizing the Lease of Public Property at Block 195, Lot 18, for Erecting Billboards for Commercial Advertising

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WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph desires to lease public property described as a portion of Tax Block 195, Lot 18, at 80 Route 10 West; and

WHEREAS, bids were received on December 5, 2006, in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law; and

WHEREAS, CBS Outdoor, Inc., Fairfield, New Jersey, owner of the existing billboards, was the sole bidder at an annual lease price of $12,500.00 for a five-year lease plus 25 percent of revenue generated.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council, Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that a contract be awarded to CBS Outdoor, Inc., at a total contract price of $12,500.00 plus 25 percent of revenue generated as described in specifications for a five-year contract beginning January 1, 2007.

D. Authorize Professional Services Agreement for Garden State Labs for Testing of Food and Water Samples

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WHEREAS, there exists a need to enter into a professional services agreement with Garden State Laboratories to provide professional services with regard to testing of food and water samples; and

WHEREAS, the cost for such professional services of $3,714.00 per year are to be paid quarterly; and

WHEREAS, funds are available for this purpose; and

WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law (NJSA 40A:11-5 et seq.) requires that the resolution authorizing the award for professional services without competitive bid and the contract itself must be available for public inspection.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that:

1. The Township of Randolph hereby authorizes the execution of a professional services agreement with Garden State Laboratories, Inc.

2. A notice of this resolution shall be printed once in the official newspaper of the Township of Randolph.

CERTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

Dated: January 4, 2007

As required by N.J.S.A. 40A:4-57, N.J.A.C. 5:30-14.5, and any other applicable requirement, I, Michael J. Soccio, Director of Finance of the Township of Randolph, have ascertained that funds are available in the 2007 Budget—Health, Other Expense, to award a contract to Garden State Laboratories to provide professional services with regard to testing of food and water samples in the amount not to exceed $3,714.00.

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Michael J. Soccio
Chief Financial Officer

E. Authorize Rescission (From Universal Uniforms) and Re-Awarding (to Atlantic Tactical) of Categories A, D & E Under MCCPC Contract #23 Police Uniforms and Equipment

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WHEREAS, the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council has entered into a contract dated December 7, 2006, with Universal Uniforms of Morristown, New Jersey, for Categories A, D, and E of Contract #23 (Police Uniforms and Equipment) for contract period January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007; and

WHEREAS, Universal Uniforms was awarded Categories A, D, and E in error and should have been awarded to Atlantic Tactical of New Jersey based on their low total bid for the categories and their compliance with the bid specifications; and

WHEREAS, it is in the public’s interest to rescind Universal Uniform’s contract for Categories A, D, and E and re-award Atlantic Tactical of New Jersey the categories noted at the bid prices submitted on October 24, 2006.

Category A: Police Uniform Purchase
Category D: Police Equipment
Category E: Police Academy Uniforms and Equipment

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the contract with Universal Uniforms be rescinded for Categories A, D, and E and re-awarded to Atlantic Tactical of New Jersey beginning January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007.

F. Authorize the Rescission of a Portion of MCCPC Contract #16 Office Supplies for the 2007 Contract Period from Clinton Business Products and Ergospace Design; Award of Category E (Equivalent Manufacturers Furniture) to Ergospace Design

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WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph on behalf of the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council awarded a portion of Contract #16 (Office Supplies) on December 7, 2006, to Clinton Business Products and Ergospace Design; and

WHEREAS, Clinton Business Products notified the MCCPC that they could not hold their discounts for Categories B, C, D and E due to increased prices in their 2007 catalog as indicated:

Category B (Computer Equipment—40%)
Category C (Miscellaneous Equipment—39%)
Category D (Food Service Supplies—40%)
Category E (HON Furniture—50%)

and;

WHEREAS, Ergospace Design notified the MCCPC that they could not hold their discount for Category E due to increased prices in their 2007 catalog as indicated:

Category E (GLOBAL Furniture—40%)

and;

WHEREAS, it is in the public interest to rescind Clinton Business Products’ contract for Categories B, C, D and E (Hon) and Ergospace Design’s contract for Category E (GLOBAL) noted above and re-bid the contract for the categories indicated on behalf of the MCCPC for the year 2007; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph on behalf of the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council wishes to award a portion of Category E (Furniture—EQUIVALENT MFG.) to Ergospace Design at 50% discount off their catalog prices; and

WHEREAS, bids have been advertised and received on October 24, 2006, in accordance with the “Local Public Contracts Law”; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph on behalf of the MCCPC has determined that Ergospace Design submitted the highest discount for the category specified meeting the specifications and requirements of the MCCPC.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council, Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the categories awarded to Clinton Business Products and Ergospace Design on December 7, 2006, under Contract #16 (Office Supplies) be rescinded and re-bid as noted:

Clinton Business Products: Categories B, C, D and E (HON Furniture)
Ergospace Design: Category E (GLOBAL Furniture)

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Township Council, Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that Category E be awarded to Ergospace Design as noted:

Category E (EQUIVALENT MANUFACTURERS Furniture)

G. Authorizing Signatures on Treatment Works Approval Permit Application for 143 Hurd Street in Mine Hill Township

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WHEREAS, Vincent Borelli, the owner of the property located at 143 Hurd Street in Mine Hill Township, has the need to connect to the sanitary sewer; and

WHEREAS, the project involves the construction of the extension of a sanitary sewer, which is to be owned and operated by the Township of Mine Hill; and

WHEREAS, the sewer will connect into the Jackson Brook Interceptor, which is owned and operated by Randolph Township; and

WHEREAS, Randolph Township is requested to certify the Treatment Works Approval (TWA) application that the wastewater conveyance system has sufficient capacity to accept these additional flows; and

WHEREAS, he has retained a professional engineer who has prepared a design to replace the existing system.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the Mayor is authorized to sign the TWA.

H. Authorizing the Abatement of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Quarter Municipal Property Taxes for Block 27, Lot 6, and Block 199, Lot 1

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WHEREAS, pursuant to Ordinance No. 2-06, the Township of Randolph (“Township”) purchased property formally known as Block 27, Lot 6, and Block 199, Lot 1, on the Official Tax Map of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey (“Property”); and

WHEREAS, the Closing of Title took place on December 14, 2006; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the contract for the acquisition of the Property, King Land Co., former owner of the Property, paid the municipal taxes through March 31, 2006; and

WHEREAS, upon the Closing of Title to the Property, the Township must remove the Property from the Township’s tax roll so that it does not have to pay taxes to itself for land owned by the Township and the Township is responsible for the taxes until the Property is removed from the Township’s tax roll.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, they being the Governing Body thereof, as follows:

1. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter of 2006 municipal property taxes for Block 27, Lot 6, and Block 199, Lot 1, on the Official Tax Map of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, shall be and are hereby abated, permanently removing the Property from the Township of Randolph’s Tax Roll.

2. The Township Tax Collector, together with all other appropriate officers, employees, and professionals of the Township are hereby authorized and directed to take any and all steps necessary to effectuate the purposes of this resolution.

3. This Resolution shall take effect immediately.

I. Raffles

(1) Off-Premise Merchandise Raffle, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, April 28, 2007, 6:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. at Nash Dance Center, 10-12 Emery Avenue, Randolph, NJ

(2) Raffle License, Nixon School PTA, Tricky Tray, April 27, 2007, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Skylands at Randolph, Route 10, Randolph

(3) Raffle License, Nixon School PTA, On-Premise 50/50, April 27, 2007, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Skylands of Randolph, Route 10, Randolph

(4) Raffle License, Ironia School PTA, Basket Raffle, January 27, 2007, 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Ironia School, Dover-Chester Road, Randolph

(5) Raffle License, Ironia School PTA, On-Premise 50/50, January 27, 2007, 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Ironia School, Dover-Chester Road, Randolph

(6) Raffle License, Basket Raffle, Kennedy Elementary School PTA, March 23, 2007, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Skylands at Randolph, Route 10, Randolph, NJ

(7) Raffle License, On-Premise 50/50, Kennedy Elementary School PTA, March 23, 2007, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Skylands at Randolph, Route 10, Randolph, NJ

COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilman Napoliello and Councilman Alpert stated they thought the first meeting of the new Council went very well.

Councilman Metz asked about the North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefit Fund.

Manager Lovell explained the process by which the township seeks insurance on the open market and offers various plans to township employees.

Councilman Metz asked about the taxes paid by the Morris County ARC, who is tax exempt.

Manager Lovell responded that the ARC contributes the amount of municipal taxes as opposed to paying for the schools portion.

Councilman Napoliello reported that there has been some graffiti painted onto a building in town that could possibly be gang related. He has discussed it with the Manager, and the Councilman will bring it to the attention of the MAC Committee. He asked that Councilman Metz also bring it to the attention of the Board of Education.

Councilman Alpert noted that the police can photograph the graffiti and forward it to the State Police’s Gang Unit, where they will be able to tell definitively if it is gang related.

Manager Lovell stated that he has already alerted the detective bureau and they have begun an investigation.

Mayor Obremski reported that he received a pamphlet from a 13 year old resident of Mendham who has been working with the Morris County Health Officer on an education program concerning Avian Flu and asked if Randolph would be interested in participating in the program. The Mayor would like to review the product and reply to the young man.

Councilwoman Price noted that the Board of Health has discussed Avian Flu issues. Information is available from the CDC as well.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Lee Whilden, 82 Radtke Road, asked about the billboard location that was discussed this evening and noted that a non-resident had written to her a couple of years ago indicating that the nicest part of Route 10 was along Randolph where there was not excessive commercial development. She asked that the Council keep these thoughts in mind when discussing issues along Route 10. She wished the Council good luck in 2007.

ADJOURNMENT

The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 10:45 p.m.

Donna Marie Luciani
Township Clerk