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Minutes: June 28, 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 5, 2007, by emailing them the annual resolution adopted by the Council on January 4, 2007. The annual resolution, which included this meeting date, was advertised in the Morris County Daily Record, the official newspaper of the Township of Randolph, and in the Randolph Reporter on January 11, 2007.

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

ABSENT: Councilwoman Price

Also Present: Township Manager John Lovell and Township Attorney Edward Buzak

Mayor Obremski led the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: April 19, 2007; April 26, 2007; May 3, 2007; May 17, 2007; May 31, 2007

Councilman Napoliello made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Councilman Alpert seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Algeier (abstain on April 19 and May 31 minutes)
Councilman Alpert
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

ABSTAIN: Deputy Mayor Mitsch (all minutes)

ABSENT: Councilwoman Price

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Geoffrey Price, 13 Mariner Drive, distributed a line-up and schedule for the Freedom Festival and parade and reviewed that with the Council. He also advised that Cablevision is taping the event and it will be broadcast 15 times during the week following the parade.

Councilman Algeier asked how long the parade will last.

Mr. Price responded the parade should last approximately two hours. He also commended the hard work done by the committee and volunteers and noted that approximately $12,000.00 has been raised from local businesses to date.

Adam Zyto, 18 Alpine Drive, asked if the Council has approved a resolution concerning borrowing money from the Parks Development and Redevelopment Trust Fund should the pool fall into financial hardship.

Manager Lovell responded that the Council will act on the resolution on July 12, 2007.

Hearing no further comments, the public portion was closed.

COUNCIL AND MANAGER REPORTS

Councilman Alpert reported that he, along with the Township Manager and Police Chief, attended a meeting with the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital Security Committee. Greystone is scheduled to open their new facility in October and the committee provided information on security and the patients at the facility.

Manager Lovell added that the hospital is in terrible disarray. He believes security will improve with the new facility, however this may make the hospital open to patients that pose greater risks should the state reconsider the types of clients to be housed there because of the improved security. There will likely be public hearings should the status of clientele change.

Councilman Alpert stated that Greystone will maintain a five member paid fire department, although they have no fire fighting apparatus.

Manager Lovell explained that should a significant fire occur at Greystone, Parsippany is the first responder and Randolph is the second responder.

Councilman Algeier stated that he believes there is a need for fire fighting apparatus at Greystone. He also asked if Morris Township should be listed as a responder before Randolph since they have a facility close by.

Manager Lovell responded that with five people on staff covering different shifts, operating fire fighting apparatus would not be realistic. He will check on the question of Morris Township being listed as a responder.

Councilman Napoliello congratulated Judith Stewart for her award as Senior Citizen of the Year. Councilman Algeier stated that the Environmental Commission and Planning Board were given a copy of some DEP information in light of an investigation they are doing near the headwaters of the India Brook. Randolph has been invited to participate in the investigation, and the Councilman has asked that a representative from the Environmental Commission be part of the tem on behalf of the town.

Councilman Metz reported that he, along with the Township Manager, attended a School Board meeting. The School Board is happy with the driver safety program being offered in the school. There was discussion about whether the School Board could participate in some shared services, such as health insurance. There was also some discussion on the idea of a traffic signal to be used during the arrival and dismissal hours, and that issue will be revisited next spring. The Traffic Advisory Committee met and discussed the driver safety courses, which has been attended by 330 parents to date.

Mayor Obremski noted that he will be inviting mayors in Morris County to see the driver safety program. He will also be sending letters to the Governor, Motor Vehicle, the Department of Transportation, and the Insurance Commissioner detailing the program in hopes of making it a model for the state.

Councilman Metz stated that there will be another meeting with the School Board on August 28 and that the Council will be offered a tour of the new construction at the school.

The Manager asked Council members to provide him with available dates for the tour, which he will forward to the School Board.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch distributed a draft pamphlet from the Community Services Advisory Committee that will go to various organizations in town to raise awareness of the types of projects they do. There has been concern expressed by the Mt. Fern Church that recent landscaping will be damaged by spectators for the Freedom Festival parade. It was suggested some yellow taping be put around the landscaping to keep spectators off the new work. The Deputy Mayor also asked about additional insurance coverage for drivers who take the senior citizens to their events.

Manager Lovell responded that there have been discussions on additional insurance coverage, however he is reluctant to extend insurance under those circumstances.

Mayor Obremski reminded the Council that the third Stroll, Roll or Run event will be July 1 at 1:00 p.m.

DISCUSSION

A. Proposed Planned Residential Development District Ordinance—Baker Residential

Manager Lovell reported that Baker Residential has been before the Council several times in an attempt to create a planned residential development on a 44 acre tract of property located on Route 10. The Council has voiced several concerns regarding this project, including the impact to the schools. The planner for the project has given a figure of one child for every ten units. The Board of Education has provided a figure closer to one child for every three units, albeit some of these townhomes are three bedroom units while Baker is restricted to two bedroom townhomes. Rob Holmes of Baker Residential addressed the Council and touched on the following topics:

  • Single family homes have been redesigned to have no more than three bedrooms
  • No loft space that could be converted to a fourth bedroom
  • Reduced estimate for number of school-aged children generated from development
  • Asking the Council to consider capping COAH requirements at 20 percent
  • Storage opportunities in basements, over-sized garages, or attics

Manager Lovell stated that the area is currently zoned OL. The project as proposed would not allow for single family homes to expand or build a pool, which addresses one of the concerns of the council that the project will look the same in ten years as it would at the beginning. It is the Manager’s desire to bring this debate to closure one way or another this evening.

Councilman Algeier asked whether Baker Residential would build the same development without increasing the footprint or density if the new regulations from COAH require a twenty percent set aside.

Mr. Holmes said that they would still build the same development incorporating the twenty percent set aside.

Councilman Algeier asked if Baker Residential would consider incorporating the twenty percent set aside even if the COAH regulations come out lower than that.

Mr. Holmes replied that if the project is capped at twenty percent and the COAH regulations are announced at less than twenty percent but approval hinged on meeting the twenty percent before the Planning Board, then they would meet the twenty percent.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch asked if the units would have deed restrictions to restrict expansion.

Manager Lovell responded that the ground surrounding the single family homes are commonly owned so the owners could not come in for a building permit or variance.

Mayor Obremski asked what has been done to the design to prevent a fourth bedroom from being created in a single family unit.

Mr. Holmes responded that the loft space has been eliminated.

Councilman Napoliello reiterated his belief that this development will have an impact on the schools and rush hour traffic on Route 10. He would prefer to see this as senior citizen housing, and he intends to vote no on the development as presented.

Councilman Metz asked about prior concerns expressed with regard to the Highlands Act.

Manager Lovell responded that his concern is that the Highlands Commission will assign future housing in certain areas. The DEP is taking the position that permitting will be based upon compliance with the Highlands Act. In future years, the state may be telling towns how to rezone some areas to address the housing situation created by preservation areas. Additionally, the developer has some very real problems to address with regard to water restrictions imposed by the DEP through the MCMUA.

Councilman Alpert stated that he shares Councilman Napoliello’s concerns regarding the impacts to schools and roads.

Councilman Algeier cautioned that, while the DEP is restricting water in some cases, COAH projects are getting permitted. He pointed out that this proposed development has a density of 3.5 units per acre, and should the state eventually require zoning and development at that site, the density could go much higher than that. If the tract were to remain OL and an office complex be built there, the Councilman believes that would impact traffic more than the proposed residential development.

Councilman Alpert questioned whether the state could mandate a town comply with COAH numbers if the school system were not able to handle the impact.

Councilman Algeier responded that COAH has never considered that in the past. There is no statutory mandate requiring them to consider impacts to schools, traffic, etc. Legislature has said that affordable units trump the impacts to towns and towns must build schools or other infrastructure to accommodate the affordable units.

Manager Lovell expanded on the issue by reporting on a town where the court ordered a certain density on behalf of COAH, and the town had to build the sewer system, water system, and schools necessary to accommodate that density.

Councilman Metz asked if this development was in the sewer service area.

Manager Lovell responded that it is and there is capacity in that system for the development.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch made a motion to move forward with the zone change. Councilman Algeier seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Algeier
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

NAYS:
Councilman Alpert
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello

ABSENT: Councilwoman Price

Manager Lovell noted that the vote was tie. He asked if there was a desire to poll Councilwoman Price to determine her position or declare the issue dead.

Councilman Algeier stated that it’s an important decision and the entire council should vote in order to give the Manager direction.

Manager Lovell stated that she will be in attendance on July 12, 2007, and they can get her vote at that meeting.

Councilman Napoliello asked if that was normal procedure.

Councilman Algeier noted for the record that Councilwoman Price had provided a phone number where she could be reached for this meeting, but the call was unable to be put through.

B. Request to Place Wireless Communications Equipment on/at Existing Electric Tower—Millbrook Avenue Park Property

Manager Lovell stated that there was additional study of this tract and he has since learned that it does appear on the Green Acres roster as well as it has wetlands issues. The Manager relayed this information to representatives of the power company and advised them that those permitting issues were such that there was no value in discussing this matter any further. There are no representatives from the power company in attendance this evening, and his sense is they agree and consider the issue dead.

C. Echo Lane

Manager Lovell stated that he believes Echo Lane to be a private road. A number of years ago, there was a Letter of Understanding between the office of the Town Manager and the Randolph property owners on Echo Lane. He has asked the Township Attorney to review that Letter of Understanding and perform a title search. The title search determined that there was a private easement associated with this which remains in effect. Given those facts, the Manager does not recommend the investment of any township funds for reconstruction or repaving of Echo Lane. He expects some residents will petition the township to take over the road.

Councilman Alpert asked if Randolph plows or collects garbage on Echo Lane.

Manager Lovell responded that Randolph plows it, collects the garbage, and has also paved it at one time.

Councilman Alpert asked if that opens Randolph up to any liabilities in the event a worker gets hurt on that road.

Township Attorney Buzak responded that the township has the right under the statute to maintain certain levels and provide certain services on private rights of way provided there is sufficient justification, and believes the township’s actions are justified under that statute.

Councilman Algeier asked if Randolph should continue to provide those services.

Attorney Buzak responded that Randolph is not obligated to provide the services, it is an elective of the governing body.

Manager Lovell stated that there is an agreement with Denville, which is not unusual for towns that share and split roads.

Mayor Obremski stated that he does not think Randolph should stop providing services.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch agreed with Mayor Obremski.

Manager Lovell stated that he will send a letter to the residents living on Echo Lane.

D. Food Handlers Ordinance Amendment 14-266

Manage Lovell reported that the Council expressed concern regarding a proposal by the Board of Health mandating a training program for people handling food in local food establishments. The Board of Health is now recommending that a person in charge of a type 3 or 4 establishment be trained as opposed to the entire staff.

Councilman Algeier stated that he still has a number of questions regarding this ordinance, and since Councilwoman Price is the liaison to the Board of Health but is absent this evening, he would like to hold off on this issue.

Manager Lovell stated that the issue will be carried to an August meeting. He will also plan to have Mark Caputo, the Health Officer, in attendance that evening.

E. Randolph Animal Pound—Raise Adoption Fees

Manager Lovell reported that the Friends of the Animal Pound have recommended increasing adoption fees for cats and dogs from the current rate of $50.00 to $100.00. The extra income would be used to offset the cost for medical services and other costs for the animals. Other adoption facilities charge more than was is being proposed. The Manager is doubtful that the township can collect a fee and turn part of it over to a private, non-profit organization. Another issue he is concerned with is will the increase deter people from adopting animals.

Mayor Obremski asked if a line item for spaying and neutering fund could be placed in the budget.

Councilman Algeier stated that he doesn’t think the town should get into the spaying and neutering business. His suggestion would be, should the council adopt such an ordinance increasing the fees, to provide a sunset clause allowing a review of the issue in a year to determine if adoptions have decreased. The Councilman also suggested distributing a pamphlet to those adopting animals describing the Friends of the Animal Pound and the work they do and perhaps soliciting a donation at the time of adoption. This may also be a way of increasing membership in their program.

Councilman Napoliello would not favor increasing the fee.

Manager Lovell agrees with Councilman Algeier’s suggestion to provide a sunset clause to the ordinance.

Township Attorney Buzak stated that the Manager is correct regarding the township’s inability to make payments to the Friends of the Pound. He also noted that research on this issue has determined that a $3.00 fee from animal licensing goes to fund a program where people can pay a reduced rate to have their pet spayed or neutered. Unfortunately, not a lot of veterinarians participate in this program.

Councilman Algeier suggested contacting local veterinarians so see if they would be interested in participating in this program. The Councilman doesn’t see the sense of raising the fees.

COMBINED ACTION RESOLUTIONS

Councilman Napoliello requested Item A be pulled for discussion.

Councilman Metz made a motion to approve the Combined Action Items with the exception of Item A. Councilman Alpert seconded the motion and the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilwoman Price

A. Authorizing an Award of Contract for Janitorial Services for Municipal Building, DPW Garage, Senior Community Center, Teen Center (VFW), and Artworks Studio—Statewide Sanitation Services—$31,140.00

Acted on separately.

B. Authorize 2007 NJDOT Local Bikeway Grant Application—Delaware, Lackawana & Western Rail Trail

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WHEREAS, the Morris County Park Commission, in association with Randolph and Roxbury Townships, is working to develop the West Morris Green Way Trail; and

WHEREAS, the New Jersey Department of Transportation is accepting grant applications for the 2007 Local Bikeway Program; and

WHEREAS, Randolph wishes to assist the Morris County Park Commission in developing the former Delaware, Lackawana & Western Rail Line into a bikeway trail to be maintained by the Morris County Park Commission.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the Mayor shall be authorized to sign a grant application entitled Delaware, Lackawana & Western Rail Trail and submit same to the NJDOT Local Bikeway Program.

C. Professional Services Agreement with Ben Horten Architecture & Design For Architectural Services in Connection with Planning Phase for Municipal Building Design—$14,400.00

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WHEREAS, there exists a need to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with Ben Horten Architecture & Design for professional architectural services in connection with the planning phase for the design of the Municipal Building; and

WHEREAS, quotes were received from seven architects and Ben Horten Architecture & Design was the lowest; and

WHEREAS, professional services will not exceed fourteen thousand four hundred dollars ($14,400.00); and

WHEREAS, funds are available for this purpose.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the Township of Randolph hereby authorizes the execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Ben Horten Architecture & Design, Randolph, New Jersey.

CERTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

Dated: June 28, 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, has ascertained that funds are available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Reserve - Preliminary Expenses for Municipal Improvements, to award a contract to Tiina T. Vaska, Architect for professional architectural services in connection with the planning and design of the Dog Pound, Sussex Turnpike in the amount not to exceed $16,800

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Michael J. Soccio, Chief Financial Officer
Budget Account: 04-500-55-002-800

D. Professional Services Agreement with Tiina Vaska for Architectural Services in Connection with Planning and Design of Dog Pound—$16,800.00

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WHEREAS, there exists a need to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with Tiina T. Vaska, Architect, for professional architectural services in connection with the planning and design of the Dog Pound, Sussex Turnpike; and

WHEREAS, quotes were received from seven architects and Tiina T. Vaska, Architect, meets all the requirements; and

WHEREAS, professional services will not exceed sixteen thousand eight hundred dollars ($16,800.00); and

WHEREAS, funds are available for this purpose.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the Township of Randolph hereby authorizes the execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Tiina T. Vaska, Architect, Randolph, New Jersey.

CERTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

Dated: June 28, 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, has ascertained that funds are available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Reserve - Preliminary Expenses for Municipal Improvements, to award a contract to Ben Horten Architecture and Design for professional architectural services in connection with the planning and design of the VFW Building, Carrell Road in the amount not to exceed $11,500.

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Michael J. Soccio, Chief Financial Officer
Budget Account: 04-500-55-002-800

E. Professional Services Agreement with Ben Horton Architecture & Design For Architectural Services in Connection with Planning and Design of VFW Building on Carrell Road—$11,500.00

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WHEREAS, there exists a need to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with Ben Horten Architecture & Design for professional architectural services in connection with the planning and design of the VFW Building, Carrell Road; and

WHEREAS, quotes were received from seven architects and Ben Horten Architecture & Design was the lowest; and

WHEREAS, professional services will not exceed eleven thousand five hundred dollars ($11,500.00); and

WHEREAS, funds are available for this purpose.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the Township of Randolph hereby authorizes the execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Ben Horten Architecture & Design, Randolph, New Jersey.

CERTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

Dated: June 28, 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, has ascertained that funds are available in Ordinance #39-05, Water Extensions, to award a contract to MSP Construction in the amount not to exceed $399,775.08

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Michael J. Soccio, Chief Financial Officer
Budget Account: 06-215-55-803-800

F. Award a Contract for Water Main Extension to MSP Construction—$399,775.08—Everdale Road

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WHEREAS, the Township wishes to award a contract for Water Main Extension Contract C; and

WHEREAS, bids have been advertised and were received on June 13, 2007, in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law; and

WHEREAS, eight (8) bids were received and the low bidder was MSP Construction, Newark, New Jersey, at a low bid of $399,775.08 total contract price.

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 MSP Construction, Newark, New Jersey, at a total contract price of $399,775.08.

G. Skyhil Corporation Ad Interim Permit—Petition for Temporary Permit To Operate—Liquor License Renewal

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WHEREAS, the Skylands in Randolph, 792 Route 10 West, Randolph, NJ (Skyhil Corporation) is requesting an ad interim for 30 days (temporary permit to operate pending action) for their Liquor License #1432-33-008-007; and

WHEREAS, the Township did not receive Skylands Tax Clearance Certificate which must be received before their liquor license being renewed for the year 2007-2008.

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 Donna Marie Luciani, Township Clerk, that their request be granted.

A. Authorizing an Award of Contract for Janitorial Services for Municipal Building, DPW Garage, Senior Community Center, Teen Center (VFW), and Artworks Studio—Statewide Sanitation Services—$31,140.00

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WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph wishes to award a contract for Janitorial Services (5 Buildings—Municipal Building, DPW Garage, Senior Community Center, Randolph Teen Center (VFW) and Randolph Artworks) in the Township of Randolph from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008, with an option for an additional twelve (12) months; and

WHEREAS, bids have been advertised and received on June 13, 2007, in accordance with the “Local Public Contracts Law”; and

WHEREAS, Statewide Sanitation Services Corporation of West Orange, New Jersey was the low bidder meeting the specifications at $31,140.00; and

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 Statewide Sanitation Services Corporation of West Orange, New Jersey for Janitorial Services in the Municipal Building, DPW Garage, Senior Community Center, Randolph Teen Center (VFW) and Randolph Artworks) at a total contract price of $31,140.00 from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.

Councilman Napoliello asked what the contract amount was last year for this service.

Manager Lovell responded that he didn’t have the exact figure but this amount was anticipated in the budget, so it’s around the same amount.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch made a motion to approve Combined Action Item A. Councilman Metz seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilwoman Price

REVIEW AND SET PROPOSED AGENDA FOR JULY 12, 2007 REGULAR MEETING

Manager Lovell reviewed the proposed agenda items with the Council.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Nancie Ludwig, 14 Lookout Road, asked if the resolution related to the bond ordinance for the pool was available to public.

Manager Lovell responded that he will provide a copy to her. He cautioned that it is a draft and could change before the meeting on July 12, 2007.

Judith Stewart, 114 Everdale Road, asked if Everdale Road will be on the list for repaving once the water line extension is completed.

The Manager responded that Everdale Road will be on the list of projects for 2008.

Mrs. Stewart suggested the Council consider consulting the Township Attorney in preparation for the possibility of adjourning the July 12, 2007, meeting before the agenda has been completed.

Maria Martorana, 1 Wilkeshire Boulevard, asked about the resolution for the design of the Municipal Building.

Manager Lovell responded that there is a planning phase to look at several issues driven by a need to have the court room comply with design standards for the state of New Jersey.

Sandra Brinker, 25 Bedminster Road, asked about an item in the agenda concerning redesign of the animal shelter.

Manager Lovell responded that the animal shelter is in very poor shape. The concept of shared services with either Mendham Township or Morris County have not come to fruition. The hope is to expand the animal shelter, make it more attractive, and function more efficiently.

The Mayor closed the public portion of the meeting.

COUNCIL AND MANAGER COMMENTS

Councilman Algeier expressed concern with getting Mendham residents using Randolph’s water service to comply with the new odd/even watering restrictions.

Manager Lovell stated that it has been a problematic relationship in the past.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch asked if there was any interest in Council support for a letter and draft resolution from an Assemblyman referring to wasteful spending at the state level.

Manager Lovell reported on the issue the Trezza family brought to the attention of the council. They provided a petition concerning their on-going dispute with the Randolph Garden Center. The Manager does not believe additional relief can be provided at this time due to the fact that changing ordinances will affect a broader spectrum of businesses in town than just the Randolph Garden Center.

Mayor Obremski asked what other businesses would be affected.

Manager Lovell responded that he will provide Council with a listing of those businesses.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

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

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

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

2. The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is as follows:
A. Randolph Mountain
B. Contract Negotiations with MCMUA
C. Employee Contract Negotiations
D. Manager’s Evaluation

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

4. At the conclusion of the closed Executive Session, the Council may reconvene in public session for the purpose of taking formal action on matters discussed in closed session or on any other matter as permitted by law.

Councilman Algeier made a motion to move into Executive Session. Deputy Mayor Mitsch seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Algeier
Councilman Alpert
Councilman Metz
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

ABSENT:
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price

Councilman Alpert made a motion to come out of Executive Session. Councilman Napoliello seconded the motion and the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilwoman Price

Councilman Napoliello made a motion to authorize the Manager to sign contracts with the clerical unit, the RTEA, and the supervisory group. Councilman Alpert seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilwoman Price

ADJOURNMENT

The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 10:50 p.m.

Donna Marie Luciani
Township Clerk