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Minutes: June 26, 2014
A. OPENING OF REGULAR MEETING
1. Call to Order
A regular meeting of the Randolph Township Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Loveys. This meeting is held pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act. Adequate notice of the meeting has been provided by posting written notice of the time, date, location, and to the extent known, the agenda of the meeting in Randolph Township. This notice was posted on the bulletin board within Town Hall, it was filed with the Township Clerk, and it was provided to those persons or entities requesting notification. Notice was also provided to the Randolph Reporter and the Morris County Daily Record on December 5, 2013 by e-mailing them the annual resolution adopted by the Council on December 5, 2013. The annual resolution, including this meeting date, was advertised in the Randolph Reporter, the official paper of the Township of Randolph, and the Daily Record on December 12, 2013.
2. Roll Call
Deputy Mayor Veech
Also present: Township Manager Mountain and Ed Buzak from the Law Office of Edward Buzak.
3. Mayor Loveys led the Pledge of Allegiance.
B. SWEARING IN POLICE OFFICERS
There was a break at 7:05 p.m. to move to the foyer to honor the new police officers. The Council meeting resumed at 7:15 p.m.
1. Swearing in Officer Kyle Hefferon
2. Swearing in Officer Matthew O’Hern
1. Present Girl Scout Gold Proclamation—Rachel Snyder
Mayor Loveys commended and congratulated Rachel on her achievement, and presented her with a plaque. The Mayor also presented a letter from Assemblyman Bucco, and a joint Legislative Resolution from the Senate and Assembly from the State of New Jersey. He read the letter from Assemblyman Bucco.
Rachel Snyder explained her project.
Deputy Mayor Veech read the Proclamation and presented Rachel with a township pin.
WHEREAS, Rachel Snyder is a member of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Troop #1969; and
WHEREAS, Rachel Snyder has earned the honor of receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award; and
WHEREAS, in accomplishing this goal, Rachel Snyder’s Gold Award project focused on providing temporary medical identification bracelets to newly diagnosed Type I Diabetics; and
WHEREAS, in the event of an emergency, a medical identification tag or bracelet can inform medical personnel of the person’s condition, allowing them to receive critical treatment, however it can take one to three weeks after the diagnosis for a Diabetic to receive their medical tag or bracelet ; and
WHEREAS, Type I Diabetes is predominantly found in children under eighteen years of age; and
WHEREAS, Rachel Snyder realized the benefit to children’s health and to the peace of mind of their parents that temporary medical bracelets could provide; and
WHEREAS, Rachel Snyder worked with Diabetic Divas, a pre-teen diabetic support group at Goryeb Children’s Hospital of Morristown Medical Center to make up over two hundred and fifty temporary medical alert bracelets, fifteen of which have been distributed to newly diagnosed Type I Diabetics thus far.
WHEREAS, in achieving this accomplishment, Rachel Snyder has reached the zenith of Scouting and, as such, is a source of pride and inspiration for all of Randolph.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by Randolph Township that Gold Award recipient Rachel Snyder is recognized and congratulated for this exceptional achievement.
January 7, 2014
James B. Loveys, Mayor
2. Present Girl Scout Gold Proclamation—Amy Gabel
Mayor Loveys commended and congratulated Amy on her achievement, and presented her with a plaque. The Mayor also presented a letter from Assemblyman Bucco, and a joint Legislative Resolution from the Senate and Assembly from the State of New Jersey. He read the letter from Assemblyman Bucco.
Amy Gabel explained her project.
Deputy Mayor Veech read the Proclamation and presented Amy with a township pin.
WHEREAS, Amy Gabel is a member of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Troop #1969; and
WHEREAS, Amy Gabel, who is an Ambassador with Troop #1969, has earned the honor of receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award; and
WHEREAS, in accomplishing this goal, Amy Gabel’s Gold Award project focused on Animal Enrichment; and
WHEREAS, Amy Gabel had become acquainted with the Antler Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary in Newton, NJ, which is a non-profit center that provides care to orphaned or injured wildlife; and
WHEREAS, Amy Gabel volunteered to build enclosed climbing posts for injured, sick, or orphaned squirrels to prepare them for re-introduction into the wild and to give them their best chance of survival upon their release; and
WHEREAS, in achieving this accomplishment, Amy Gabel has reached the zenith of Scouting and, as such, is a source of pride and inspiration for all of Randolph.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by Randolph Township that Gold Award recipient Amy Gabel is recognized and congratulated for this exceptional achievement.
James B. Loveys, Mayor
D. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Seeing no one from the public, the public portion was closed.
E. MANAGER’S REPORT
Manager Mountain reported the following:
- Butterworth Improvement Project—Phase I, the installation of sewers in Morris Township was completed last fall with paving to be completed the past spring. The paving has been completed; Morris Township is satisfied with the paving work. Phase I is now complete, and as a result Morris Township has signed off the permits for Phase II.
- The design work is complete for Phase II. The permit applications have been submitted to DEP. An agreement in principle has been reached with the developer of the property at the corner of Brookside Road and Sussex Turnpike. They have agreed to the terms of how the funding and how the construction of the project is to be completed. Ed Buzak has been working with the attorney for the Kushner group to memorialize the terms that have been agreed to in principle. It is anticipated that the documents will be ready for action by the Council this summer. The funding ordinance for the project will be prepared concurrently.
- The design of Phase III was awarded to Dewberry Engineering, it involves an upgrade to the Knightsbridge pump station and the design of a new pump station with gravity sewers and forced main in the Mount Freedom section of the township. The anticipated construction target for that element of the project is 2015. The developer has gotten Planning Board approval for the townhouse development on the corner property.
- The Manager has been working with representatives from Revelstone, a project which John Lovell had presented during a previous budget, and in which the town had entered into a contract. The Police Department and the Building Department have been targeted as the two in which he would like to move forward with Revelstone first. There will be point persons in each of those departments as well as one from the Clerk’s Office working with the representatives from Revelstone to build the database as to what information will be collected. Manager Mountain explained that it is a tool that will be very useful internally in allowing the collection of information that goes beyond how the information is currently collected. It will allow for more analytical work to determine the satisfaction of performance and outcomes, it can be used in budgeting, and as a benchmarking tool to measure the performance of departments with similar departments in other like towns. Revelstone offered an additional amount of hours beyond what they had already offered in order to get the project started. It is anticipated that by the end of the fall or early winter some analytics will be provided which will be helpful when moving into the budget season.
Deputy Mayor Veech asked Manager Mountain to review workgroups and discuss which will be working during July and August.
Manager Mountain stated the Revaluation, the Curbside Recycling, the Parks Master Plan, and the Wall workgroups will be meeting. He anticipated the Cell Tower workgroup would be meeting during the summer also, but they are awaiting information from the consultant.
There was some discussion about the inspection of the line going into the Butterworth plant.
F. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
1. Approving the Budget Meeting Minutes from February 22, February 27, and March 1, 2014
2. Approving the Regular Meeting Minutes from March 6, March 13, and March 20, 2014
Deputy Mayor Veech made motion to approve the Council Meeting Minutes from February 22, February 27, March 1, March 6, March 13, and March 20, 2014. Councilman Guadagno seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:
Deputy Mayor Veech
G. COMBINED ACTION RESOLUTIONS
Item #11—MAC Supplemental Funding: Councilman Guadagno asked for clarification. Mayor Loveys explained that MAC member, Ron Harmetz, provided a brief presentation at the previous Council meeting when Councilman Guadagno was absent. The Council was satisfied with the presentation and had approved the request.
Item #14—Drive Sober Statewide Crackdown: Councilman Guadagno asked for clarification and if there was a grant associated with the Resolution. Manager Mountain explained that it was just a Resolution in support of the statewide crackdown from August 15 through September 1, 2014.
Deputy Mayor Veech made a motion to approve the Combined Action Resolutions. Councilman Napoliello seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:
Deputy Mayor Veech
1. Refund Outside Tax Sale for Block 117, Lot 34 to Lien Times—$54,267.55
WHEREAS, Outside Tax Sale Certificate #1978 held by Lien Times, L.L.C., assessed to Holzhauer, Nichols, Barbara, Block 117, Lot 34, 15 Crestwood Drive; and
WHEREAS, the above mentioned Tax Sale Certificate has been redeemed through the Tax Collector, including principal and interest in the amount of $17,767.55, and premium in the amount of $36,500.00.
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 $54,267.55 to Lien Times, L.L.C. holder of Tax Sale Certificate #1978.
2. Authorizing the Corrective Action Plan to be Submitted to the Division of Local Government Services
WHEREAS, in accordance with Local Finance Notice 92-15 all municipalities must prepare a Corrective Action Plan as part of their annual audit process; and
WHEREAS, the 2013 Audit report for the Township of Randolph has been filed; and
WHEREAS, attached is the Township’s Corrective Action Plan as a result of the 2013 Audit.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Council, Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the Corrective Action Plan be approved and Submitted to the Division of Local Government Services.
Township of Randolph Corrective Action Plan—2013 Audit
Finding No. 2013-1
A fixed assets accounting and reporting system has not been implemented. An appropriate fixed assets reporting system is a key control in an accounting system, in that it helps to ensure that assets are safeguarded against loss from unauthorized use or disposition. The maintenance of a fixed assets accounting and reporting system is also required by the Division’s Technical Accounting Directives.
That a fixed assets accounting and reporting system be implemented.
The finding was evaluated, however, due to budgetary constraints no resolution can be made at this time.
Director of Finance, CFO
3. Release of Police Detail Escrow
WHEREAS, the Finance Department received escrow funds for Police Detail.
WHEREAS, the Detail work has been completed.
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:
Top Line Construction $6,564.25
Randolph Education Foundation $900.11
4. Release Outside Tax Sale Funds for Block 5, Lot 9 to US Bank for Pro Capital—$294,723.69
WHEREAS, Outside Tax Sale Certificate #1971 held US Bank for Pro Capital III, LLC, assessed to N&G Properties, LLC, Block 5, Lot 9, 1574 Sussex Tpke; and
WHEREAS, the above mentioned Tax Sale Certificate has been redeemed through the Tax Collector, including principal and interest in the amount of $160,723.69 and premium in the amount of $134,000.00.
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 $294,723.69 to US Bank for Pro Capital III, LLC holder of Tax Sale Certificate #1971.
5. Authorizing Professional Services Agreement for Dewberry for Cushing Court Drainage—Not to Exceed $31,480.00
WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph (“Township”) requires permitting and design work for Cushing Court Drainage Outfall/Stream Restoration Project until this project is fully completed; and
WHEREAS, Elizabeth Crescibene, Purchasing Agent, has determined and certified in writing that the value of these services will exceed $17,500; and
WHEREAS, the Township has agreed to retain Dewberry Engineers, Inc. located at 600 Parsippany Rd, Ste 301, Parsippany, NJ 07054 to provide the necessary Permitting and design work for Cushing Court Drainage Outfall/Stream Restoration Project for a total amount not to exceed $31,480 per their proposal; and
WHEREAS, the anticipated term of this contract is until the project is fully completed; and
WHEREAS, the contract with Dewberry Engineers, Inc. is for a total amount not to exceed $31,480 and was not solicited through receipt of sealed bids or competitive contracting, therefore the requirements of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5 (Anti Pay-to-Play Legislation) apply; and
WHEREAS, in accordance with the Anti Pay-to-Play Legislation, Dewberry Engineers, Inc. has submitted to the Township the Political Contribution Disclosure Form, Stockholder Disclosure Certification and Business Entity Disclosure Certification as required; and
WHEREAS, Dewberry Engineers, Inc. has also submitted to the Township a New Jersey Business Registration Certificate, as required; and
WHEREAS, there are funds available for the retention of such professional services; and
WHEREAS, said professional services may be retained without competitive bidding pursuant to the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, as follows:
- The Township hereby hires, employs and retains Dewberry Engineers, Inc. having an office at 600 Parsippany Rd, Ste 301, Parsippany, NJ 07054 to provide Permitting and design work for Cushing Court Drainage Outfall/Stream Restoration Project until this project is fully completed.
- Dewberry Engineers, Inc. shall be compensated for a total contract amount not to exceed $31,480.
- The contract with said firm is for professional services and exempt from the bidding requirements under the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq.
- The award is also subject to compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 17:27.
- The Mayor and Township Clerk, together with all appropriate officers, employees, professionals and staff of the Township are hereby authorized and directed to take all steps necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Resolution.
- It is hereby directed that Notice of Award of this Contract shall be published once in the official designated newspaper of the Township within ten (10) days of the date hereof.
- This Resolution shall take effect immediately.
CERTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS
Dated: June 26, 2014
As required by N.J.S.A. 40A:4-57, N.J.A.C. 5:30-14.5, and any other applicable requirement, I, Darren Maloney, Director of Finance of the Township of Randolph, has ascertained that funds will be available in the General Capital Fund, Ordinance 14-13, to award a contract to Dewberry Engineers, Inc. for providing design work for the Cushing Court drainage outfall/stream restoration project, per its proposal.
Chief Financial Officer
Budget Account: 04-215-55-955-301 (not to exceed $31,480)
6. Authorizing the Purchase of Pumper Under NJ State Contract—Pierce Manufacturing
WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph requires a new Pumper for the fire department; and
WHEREAS, the State Contract #G8035 for Fire Fighting Vehicles provides for this purchase; and
WHEREAS, quotes were solicited from three vendors on this contract; and
WHEREAS, the quote from Pierce Manufacturing Inc. of Appleton, WI for $464,706.07 was the lowest responsive quote.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, authorize the Township of Randolph to purchase a pumper from Pierce Manufacturing Inc. of Appleton, WI (#83457) under New Jersey State Contract #G8035 for Fire Fighting Vehicles.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the governing body of the Township of Randolph pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:30-5.5(b) regarding the certification of available funds, shall either certify the full maximum amount against the budget at the time the contract is awarded, or no contract amount shall be chargeable or certified until such time as the goods or services are ordered or otherwise called for prior to placing the order, and a certification of availability of funds is made by the Chief Financial Officer via an authorized Purchase Order.
CERTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS
Dated: June 26, 2014
As required by N.J.S.A. 40A:4-57, N.J.A.C. 5:30-14.5, and any other applicable requirement, I, Darren Maloney, Director of Finance of the Township of Randolph, has ascertained that funds will be available in the General Capital Fund, Ordinance 13-14, to award a contract to Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. for the purchase of a pumper vehicle, per its proposal.
Chief Financial Officer
Budget Account: 04-215-55-959-302 (not to exceed $464,706.07)
7. Authorizing Default, Rescission and Re-Award of MCCPC Contract #25 for Janitorial Supplies
WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph (“Township”) on behalf of the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council (“MCCPC”) sought bids for Contract #25 (Janitorial Supplies); and
WHEREAS, bids had been advertised and received on April 10, 2014, in accordance with Local Public Contracts Law; and
WHEREAS, Contract #25 (Janitorial Supplies) was awarded to various vendors by the Randolph Township Council on May 22, 2014; and
WHEREAS, All American Poly was awarded Item #31 in Category B; and
WHEREAS, All American Poly contacted the MCCPC and stated that Item #31 was bid erroneously and that they could not provide the item for the price offered; and
WHEREAS, it is recommended that All American Poly be found to be in default for Item #31 in Category B of Contract #25 (Janitorial Supplies) and that Item #31 be rescinded;
WHEREAS, the MCCPC contacted Liberty Paper Janitorial Supply Company, the second lowest responsive and responsible bidder for Item #31 in Category B, and Liberty Paper Janitorial Supply Company agreed to honor their pricing for Item #31 for the term of the contract; and
WHEREAS, it is recommended that Liberty Paper Janitorial Supply Company be awarded Item #31 in Category B of Contract #25 (Janitorial Supplies) for the one-year term of July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council, Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the Township on behalf of the MCCPC hereby finds All American Poly in default and authorizes the rescission of Item #31 in Category B of Contract #25 (Janitorial Supplies) from them as stated above.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Randolph Township Council authorizes the award of Item #31 in Category B of Contract #25 (Janitorial Supplies) to Liberty Paper Janitorial Supply Company for the term July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015.
8. Refund Summer Teen Camp Registration to Svetlana Zarya—$950.00
WHEREAS, Svetlana Zarya registered her child for Randolph Township Summer Teen Camp program and paid the fee of $950.00; and
WHEREAS, her child will not be attending Randolph Township Summer Teen Camp due to an injury.
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 Russ Newman, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services that $950.00 be refunded to Svetlana Zarya, 48 Kensington Drive, Randolph, NJ 07869.
9. Authorizing Sale of Surplus Personal Property No Longer Needed for Public Use on Online Auction Website
WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph has determined that the property described on Schedule A attached hereto and incorporated herein is no longer needed for public use; and
WHEREAS, the Local Unit Technology Pilot Program and Study Act (P.L. 2001, c. 30) authorizes the sale of surplus personal property no longer needed for public use through the use of an online auction service; and
WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph intends to utilize the online auction services of USGovBid located at usgovbid.com; and
WHEREAS, the sale is being conducted pursuant to the Division of Local Government Services’ Local Finance Notice 2008-9,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Randolph in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the Township is hereby authorized to sell the surplus personal property as indicated on Schedule A on an online auction website entitled usgovbid.com; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the terms and conditions of the agreement entered into between USGovBid and the Township of Randolph are available at usgovbid.com and in the Township of Randolph Clerk’s office.
10. Supporting Steps to Protect NJ’s Military Facilities
Whereas, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Picatinny Arsenal, Naval Weapons Station Earle the 177th Air National Guard Wing in Atlantic City, the Cape May Coast Guard Training Center are major federal assets in the state of New Jersey; and
Whereas, the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service, R/ECON(tm) recently conducted a study which measured and modeled the economic contribution to the state’s economy of our military installations; and
Whereas, the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service determined that, in net, the federal government spent nearly $4.8 billion within the state, which generates over 45,000 jobs that pay about $2.6 billion and add about $3.8 billion of wealth to state residents; and
Whereas, the $4.8 billion in annual federal spending results in $9.6 billion in net business revenues; and
Whereas, of this total, $6.5 billion in net wealth was added in the form of Gross Domestic Product by the State; and
Whereas, of this GDP total, over $4 billion is in the form of labor income that supports an estimated 73,234 jobs, a number greater than the combined employment of the State’s communications and chemical industries; and
Whereas, all New Jersey military installations make significant individual and collective contributions to the capabilities of our Armed Forces and our national security; and
Whereas, maintaining and expanding this military core is nearly as critical for its continued economic welfare as it is to the State’s homeland security missions; and
Whereas, in an era of Federal fiscal austerity, policy-makers in our Nation’s Capital will be asked to consider proposals to reduce defense spending and the size of our uniformed service.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Governor and the State Senate and Assembly, should take immediate steps to protect these valuable military assets, in recognition of their vital importance to our Nation’s and our State’s security; and
Be it further resolved that Randolph Township joins with the New Jersey League of Municipalities in calling on elected officials serving New Jersey at all levels of government to work in concert to promote the preservation, growth, and development of our New Jersey military facilities.
11. Authorizing Support and Certifying 50% Match of the Request for Funding from the Municipal Alliance Committee to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for Supplemental Funding
WHEREAS, the Randolph Township Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC) has submitted an application for Supplemental Funding to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders; and
WHEREAS, MAC has requested the amount of $2,000.00; and
WHEREAS, in order to approve this funding, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders requests that the Township provide a 50% match totaling $1,000.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph do hereby agree that the Township will provide a 50% match in the amount of $1,000 to the Municipal Alliance Committee.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor is hereby authorized to sign the letter of June 13, 2014 certifying said action.
12. Authorizing the Mayor to Sign the Grant of Conservation Restriction/Easement for the Pump Station Easement—Butterworth Sewer Project
WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection agree to abide by the provisions set forth in the Grant of Conservation Restriction/Easement, located on Block 222, Lot 11.01, dated April 25, 2014.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor is hereby authorized to sign the Grant Conservation Restriction/Easement as it pertains to the Butterworth Sewer Project Pump Station.
13. Liquor License Renewals for 2014-2015 Season
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Randolph, Morris County, New Jersey, that the following applications for renewal of alcoholic beverage licenses for the respective premises hereinafter designated, for the 2014-2015 season commencing July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015 be and the same are hereby granted. The fees being as hereinafter listed and the said applicants having complied with all requirements of the Statutes and Rules and Regulations of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control:
|LICENSE NO.||NAME OF LICENSE||LOCATION||FEE|
|1432-33-007-011||Grecco, James B||Pocket License||$2,500|
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk be and is hereby ordered and directed to sign and issue said licenses in the name of the Township of Randolph and to deliver the same to the licensee when receipt is signed by the licensee or the authorized agent to the licensee.
14. Supporting Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2014 Statewide Crackdown
Whereas, impaired drivers on our nation’s roads kill someone every 30 minutes, 50 people per day, and almost 18,000 people each year; and
Whereas, 19% of motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey in 2012 were alcohol-related; and
Whereas, an enforcement crackdown is planned to combat impaired driving; and
Whereas, the summer season and the Labor Day holiday in particular are traditionally times of social gatherings which include alcohol; and
Whereas, the State of New Jersey, Division of Highway Traffic Safety, has asked law enforcement agencies throughout the state to participate in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2014 Statewide Crackdown; and
Whereas, the project will involve increased impaired driving enforcement from August 15 through September 1, 2014; and
Whereas, an increase in impaired driving enforcement and a reduction in impaired driving will save lives on our roadways;
Therefore, be is resolved that Randolph Township declares its support for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2014 Statewide Crackdown from August 15 through September 1, 2014 and pledges to increase awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.
15. Social Affairs Permit—JMK Events and Morris Rugby Corporation—Food Truck Festival—August 9, 2014
H. UPCOMING EVENTS
1. Freedom Festival at CCM—July 3 from 6-11 p.m., July 4 from 6-11 p.m., July 5 Parade at noon, Fair 2-11 p.m. and Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.
I. ORDINANCES: SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING
1. Ordinance No. 20-14: Heritage 55—Declaration Ordinance
BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled “AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING A DECLARATION OF COVENANT AND RESTRICTION PRESERVING BLOCK 48, LOT 2 AND BLOCK 47, LOT 34 ON THE OFFICIAL TAX MAP OF THE TOWNSHIP OF RANDOLPH FOR OPEN SPACE PURPOSES” be read by title on second reading and a hearing held thereon.
Manager Mountain explained that this Ordinance memorializes the restrictive easement and issues of that easement which will apply to the farm property that the Rosenfarb family will be obtaining as part of the transaction with the developer.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Seeing no one from the public, the public portion was closed.
BE IT RESOLVED that an Ordinance entitled “AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING A DECLARATION OF COVENANT AND RESTRICTION PRESERVING BLOCK 48, LOT 2 AND BLOCK 47, LOT 34 ON THE OFFICIAL TAX MAP OF THE TOWNSHIP OF RANDOLPH FOR OPEN SPACE PURPOSES” be passed on final reading and that a Notice of Final Passage of said Ordinance be published in the official designated newspaper according to law.
Councilman Napoliello made a motion to adopt the ordinance. Councilman Guadagno seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:
Deputy Mayor Veech
J. DISCUSSION ITEMS
1. Canfield Avenue
Manager Mountain provided a map of the area and explained that at the recent Planning Board meeting, there was an application from the Randolph Business Campus Condominium Association requesting access to Canfield Avenue. At the hearing, a number of board members and some concerned residents brought up the issue of more traffic on Canfield Avenue if the application was approved. The Manager stated that the following issues have come up as a result of that discussion related to Canfield Avenue:
- On both sides of the intersection with Route 10, the left turn becomes very difficult. The township staff is speaking with the County Engineer with respect to the North side of Canfield Avenue to look into the prospect of creating a left turn lane and a straight and right turn lane. This side of Route 10 the County controls it and it is believed they have enough right of way to do it; however, the other side of Route 10 is tighter.
- In speaking with Darren Carney, there is a strong feeling that when the Performance Ford site comes before the Planning Board, that this is something that can be mandated as part of the application.
- Township staff will be reaching out to the state to request a controlled signal at Canfield Avenue similar to the signal at the Millbrook Avenue and Route 10 intersection.
- The intersection of Canfield Avenue and Morris Turnpike has become overgrown, and the signage isn’t very good. This summer the DPW will clean up the vegetation, clear up sightlines, add some signage to help improve drivers’ awareness of the intersection, and hopefully make that section a little safer.
- There is often difficulty making a left from Canfield Avenue onto Sussex Turnpike. There is not a lot of right of way available to work with given the farm restrictions on one side and the wall and other improvements on the other side, limiting the ability for expansion of the roadway. The Manager stated that if there is paving in that section, they will pave as large an area as possible.
- The DPW will not be paving into areas of the roadway that might be disturbed if they are going to be changed as a result of something the county or Performance Ford might be doing.
- The Traffic Advisory Committee has reviewed, and supported, the action items.
2. Council Tour—Tamarack Day Camp—July 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Manager Mountain explained that the Council can tour the camp on July 8th. Deputy Mayor Veech explained that July 8th was chosen since there is a Parks Committee meeting afterward & the members could attend since the building is being named. Deputy Mayor Veech, Councilman Guadagno, and Councilman Napoliello will be able to attend. If more than three Council members attend, it will be considered a special Council meeting and it will need to be advertised.
K. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Judith Stewart of 114 Everdale Road thanked the Council for recognizing the Girl Scout Gold Award recipients.
Seeing no one further from the public, the public portion was closed.
L. COUNCIL COMMENTS
Councilman Guadagno reported that he attended the Wildlife Management meeting. Planning for the deer hunt is going well. There is starting to be some concern about the bear population.
Mayor Loveys stated that the final numbers from last year’s deer hunt were down approximately 100 from the previous year. He asked if the Wildlife Management Committee felt the numbers were down because the previous hunts have made a slight difference. Councilman Guadagno explained that the group was counting the current deer population, and although they don’t have the specific numbers, it appears that those numbers are down. There have also been fewer deer and car incidents in town.
Councilman Guadagno also reported that the Morris County MUA moved into the Dalrymple House and will have a grand opening on Monday, June 30. Manager Mountain will follow up to confirm.
Mayor Loveys reported that he was invited by Blair Bravo, the Executive Director of Morris Habitat, to meet and greet a church youth group from Maryland that is temporarily residing in Randolph for the week. They are helping Morris Habitat construct a home in Morristown. The Mayor shared with the Council the generosity of some of the organizations in town:
- St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church opened its doors to the group and allowed them to set up their base there for eating and sleeping.
- The YMCA opened its doors as a showering facility.
- Typically in this type of mission trip, they work a few days and have a day off, and they work a couple of more days and then head home. They were scheduled to go to Lewis Morris Park for their day off, but at the last minute it was cancelled. Someone contacted Russ Newman, and Russ opened Randolph Lake for them to gather and enjoy the lake. A fee was charged, as it would’ve been at Lewis Morris Park.
Councilman Guadagno made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m. Deputy Mayor Veech seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:
Deputy Mayor Veech