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Minutes: June 29, 2006

A work session of the Randolph Township Council was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by Mayor Algeier. This meeting is held pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act. Adequate notice of the meeting has been provided by posting written notice of the time, date, location and, to the extent known, the agenda of the meeting in Randolph Township. This notice was posted on the Bulletin Board within Town Hall, it was filed with the Township Clerk, and it was provided to those persons or entities requesting notification. Notice was also provided to the Morris County Daily Record and the Randolph Reporter on January 6, 2006 by faxing them the annual resolution adopted by the Council on January 5, 2006. The annual resolution, which included this meeting date, was advertised in the Morris County Daily Record, the official newspaper of the Township of Randolph, on January 9, 2006 and in the Randolph Reporter on February 2, 2006.

PRESENT:
Councilman Huston
Councilman Manning (arrived 8:05 p.m.)
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

ABSENT: Councilwoman Mitsch

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

Mayor Algeier led the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPOINT AND SWEAR IN DONNA MARIE LUCIANI—RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL CLERK, EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2006 (3 YEAR TERM)

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WHEREAS, the Township Council appointed Donna Marie Luciani to the office of Acting Township Clerk on September 1, 2005; and

WHEREAS, Donna Marie Luciani has successfully completed the certification process and the Township Council wishes to appoint Donna Marie Luciani to the office of Township Clerk effective July 1, 2006, for a three (3) year term in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A-133.

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

1. Donna Marie Luciani is hereby appointed as the Township Clerk for the Township of Randolph for a three (3) year term in accordance with the Provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:9-133.

2. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

Deputy Mayor Obremski made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilwoman Price seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT:
Councilman Manning
Councilwoman Mitsch

Township Attorney Buzak administered the Oath of Office to Donna Marie Luciani.

DISCUSSION

Manager Lovell reported that one bid was received for the purchase of a new ambulance at a cost that was in line with the budget established for the vehicle, and he recommended awarding the contract.

Mayor Algeier and Township Manager Lovell both commended the Rescue Squad for the service they provide to the community and hard work that they do.

E. Resolution to Award a Contract for Purchase of One (1) Class I, Type III Ambulance on a 2006 Ford E-450 or Equivalent Class

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WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph wishes to award a contract for the purchase of one (1) Class I, Type III Ambulance on a 2006 Ford E-450 or Equivalent Chassis; and

WHEREAS, bids have been advertised and received on May 31, 2006, in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law; and

WHEREAS, First Priority Emergency Vehicles was the low bidder meeting all the specifications at a total contract price of $134,500.00.

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 First Priority Emergency Vehicles, Asbury Park, New Jersey, at a total contract price of $134,500.00.

CERTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

Dated: June 29, 2006

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 Ordinance #12-06, Various Capital Improvements, to award a contract to First Priority Emergency Vehicles for the purchase of a Class I, Type III Ambulance on a 2006 Ford E-450 or Equivalent Chassis in the amount of $134,500.00.

Councilman Manning made a motion to approve the resolution. Deputy Mayor Obremski seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilwoman Mitsch

RANDOLPH LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES PRESENTATION—FUTURE LIBRARY AND REFERENDUM REQUEST

Anita Freeman, the Director of the Randolph Library, introduced David DiFusco, Adriana Baudry, Frances Jerow, and Stephanie Pangaro, members of the Library Board of Trustees. Construction of a new 31,000 square foot library will cost approximately $12.4 million, and they are asking the Council to place a non-binding referendum on the November referendum to determine public support for this construction to take place.

Councilman Huston made some suggestions regarding design aspects and curb appeal.

Councilman Napoliello asked if the $12.4 million cost was a fixed amount or an estimation.

It was stated that the $12.4 is an estimation and the final cost could be more or less than that.

The Library Board will meet in July and will determine language they would like to have included in the ballot question and come back to the Council.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Lee Whilden, 82 Radtke Road, asked if the cost for the proposed library included the purchase of the land of if the land was donated by the township.

Mrs. Freeman stated that the proposed library would be on township property.

Wes McKee, 11 James Road, asked if the cost of construction included architectural fees.

Judith Stewart, 114 Everdale Road, thanked the Council for supporting the referendum.

Residents and members of the Center Road Association, including Paul Ferraro, Cheryl Tal, John Garie, Lynn Fernandez, Beth McGuinniss, and Nancy Ludwig spoke to the Council to express their concerns about the possibility of building homes on that land as opposed to leaving it as open space. They would like the Council to strongly consider leaving the land as it is.

Hearing no further comments, the Mayor closed the public portion of the meeting.

REVIEW AND SET PROPOSED AGENDA FOR JULY 6, 2006 REGULAR MEETING

Manager Lovell reviewed the proposed agenda for the Council. There was some discussion regarding financing some of the township’s debt. The Manager will provide updates to the Council on this issue as it comes closer to the time to make a determination.

Mayor Algeier reported that there will be a short reception on July 6 for the residents who are graduating from a Homeland Security training program.

COUNCIL AND MANAGER REPORTS

Councilwoman Price distributed a parade line-up for the Freedom Festival Parade and outlined the events and participants planned for the day. A videographer has been hired to tape the parade.

Councilman Huston reported on a Morris County League of Municipalities meeting he attended where the Business Administrator made a presentation. The Councilman was surprised at the high number of residents in the County who request aid. The Councilman also reported that he attended the Community Services Committee meeting. While the Community Services Committee does maintain a small food pantry and assists elderly residents, they are in search of a mission for their committee. He noted that attendance at the meeting is not high.

Mayor Algeier suggested the Community Services Committee consider meeting quarterly instead of monthly.

Councilman Huston commented on the fact that the tonnage for garbage pick-up has increased over the last five years while recycling is going down. He feels more needs to be done with encouraging people to recycling.

Councilman Huston attended a Board of Health meeting and expressed his and the Board of Health’s concerns regarding a lack of cooperation on the part of the Board of Education to participate in free training from the Prosecutor’s Office to assist them in reporting violations of the law that are on-going in the schools. He feels this should be a concern of the whole Council as well.

Councilman Napoliello reported on a Raritan Highlands Compact meeting he attended where preliminary technical information for the Regional Master Plan was distributed. A final Regional Master Plan should be completed in the fall.

Manager Lovell, who also attended the Raritan Highlands Compact meeting, noted that more data will be forthcoming through the internet rather than the distribution of hard copies.

There was some discussion about whether or not Randolph should opt in to the program once it becomes available. The Manager is concerned that perhaps permits won’t be issued to communities that don’t opt in to the program.

Councilman Napoliello, as liaison to the Recreation Committee, summarized the growth over the last several years of the Memorial Day Soccer Tournament held at various parks in Randolph. The Councilman asked the Manager whether he had received any flood complaints, to which the Manager responded that there were no significant complaints.

Deputy Mayor Obremski reported that a joint meeting of the Parks and Recreation Committees took place. John Van Brunt led a tour of Brundage and Freedom Parks and they discussed issues concerning those areas.

Mayor Algeier reported that Randolph came in third in the Senior Olympics.

Manager Lovell reported that the water line installation projects in town are progressing well and should be completed around August 1. The Manager also summarized the recent history of the property on Center Road, the various committees that have reviewed the issue, and the recommendations from those committees. He noted that the Council is going to be asked to determine whether or not this property is an asset to be disposed of or retained, and the steps to be taken depending on the Council’s ultimate decision.

DISCUSSION

A. 38 Center Road Property—Council Letter #27-06

There was Council discussion which touched on the following points:

  • the possibility of the Township selling a portion of the parcel for development rights
  • the possibility of the Center Road Association or homeowners near the property purchasing it for preservation
  • the tax problem Randolph faces and how the money from the sale of the property might be used to offset taxes
  • liability and maintenance issues if the property were kept as open space

Councilman Manning made a motion to retain the property. Councilman Huston seconded the motion.

Councilman Huston made a motion to defer the marketing of the property pending an investigation by the Township Attorney to determine any preservation alternatives for the property.

Manager Lovell explained the process to determine the value of the property, the bidding process, and the issue of sub-dividing the property. He explained to the Council that they need to decide if they want to move forward with the sale of the property before the ask for an appraisal and decide on how it should be sub-divided.

Deputy Mayor Obremski made a motion to move forward with the sale of the property at this time with the intention of reviewing other opportunities for the property. Mayor Algeier seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS:
Councilman Huston
Councilman Manning

ABSENT: Councilwoman Mitsch

B. Implementation of Master Plan Recommendations—Zoning Amendments—Council Memo #29-06

This issue will be held to the next meeting to give the Council members time to read suggestions and correspondence from Councilman Huston, Mr. Michaels, and Mr. Carney.

D. Advisory Traffic Committee

In a desire for consistency, the Committee will be called the Traffic Advisory Committee. Councilman Obremski and Manager Lovell will make changes to the ordinance before introduction.

COMBINED ACTION RESOLUTIONS

A. Refunds/Adjustments Resolutions

(1) Refund Road Opening Cash Bond for 22 Lake Shore Drive South to Barbara Litter—$300.00

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WHEREAS, on April 6, 2006, Engineering received and deposited with the Finance Department a check in the amount of $300.00 to cover a road opening cash bond at 22 Lake Shore Drive South, Block 210, Lot 11, for the purpose of installing a sewer service; 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 $300.00 cash bond be refunded to Ms. Barbara Litter, 1037 Lavender Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537.

(2) Refund Overpayment for Filling a Pool at 6 Canterbury Court to Ann Rampone—$100.00

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WHEREAS, on May 8, 2006, Engineering received and deposited with the Finance Department a check in the amount of $475.00 representing prepayment for the filling of a pool at 6 Canterbury Court; and

WHEREAS, the correct amount for the pool filling is $375.00 and it is recommended that the $100.00 overpayment be refunded.

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 $100.00 overpayment for the pool filling be refunded to Mrs. Ann Rampone, 6 Canterbury Court, Mendham, NJ 07945.

(3) Refund Road Opening Cash Bond for 77 Musiker Avenue to Jay Holiday—$300.00

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WHEREAS, on May 8, 2006, Engineering received and deposited with the Finance Department a check in the amount of $300.00 to cover a road opening cash bond at 77 Musiker Avenue, Block 4, Lot 225, for the purpose of removing trees; 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 $300.00 cash bond be refunded to Jay Holiday, 77 Musiker Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869.

(4) Refund Cash Bond for Removal of Soil at 648 Route 10 West to Sunrise Development Inc.—$5,000.00

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WHEREAS, on September 17, 2004, Sunrise Living, Inc., posted a cash bond for the removal of soil from the site located at 648 Route 10 West, Block 73, Lot 16, in the amount of $5,000.00; and

WHEREAS, this project has been completed and they are requesting the release of the bond.

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 Ralph Carchia, Engineering Inspector, that the ash bond in the amount of $5,000.00 be refunded to Sunrise Development, Inc., 771 East Lancaster St., Villanova, PA 19055.

B. Authorizing an Award of 16 Contracts on Behalf of MCCPC for Purchases and Services on an As-Needed Basis

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WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph authorizes an award of various categories within sixteen (16) contracts beginning July 1, 2006 on behalf of the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council as described below:

Contract
No.
 
3Rock Salt & Liquid Calcium Chloride (Categories II, V, VI, VII)
4Snow Grits
10Lumber, Insulation, Hardware & Paint Supplies
13-BFire Equipment Services (Category A—Fire Hoses)
20-BSporting Goods (Fall and Winter Sports)
25Janitorial Supplies
29Pest Control Services
35Light Bulbs
40Personal Protection Items and Equipment for Emergency Personnel
42Landscaping Materials and Supplies
44Welding Supplies
45Septic Pumping/Sludge Removal and Disposal Services
46Emergency Generators (Preventive Maintenance and Repairs)
47Water Meters, Data Recorders and Radio Frequency Meter Interface Units
48Equipment Parts for Turf Care
50Fire Department Uniforms (Purchase)

and

WHEREAS, bids have been advertised and received on April 25, 2006 in accordance with the “Local Public Contracts Law”; and

WHEREAS, the Township has determined that the vendors on the attached recommendation sheets are the lowest responsible bidders meeting the specifications for each of the categories within the sixteen (16) contracts specified and should be awarded as noted.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Council, Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that a contract be awarded as indicated for each individual contract.

C. Authorizing the Award of MCCPC Contract #30 (Office Paper Supplies) for a Six Month Contract Period

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WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph, on behalf of the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council, authorizes an award of Contract #30 (Office Paper Supplies) for a six (6) month contract period (July 1, 2006 - December 31, 2006); and

WHEREAS, bids have been advertised and received on May 31, 2006 in accordance with the “Local Public Contracts Law”; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph, on behalf of the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council, has determined that the following companies are the low bidders for the specific line items and should be awarded as noted:

CENTRAL LEWMAR
Items #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 19, 20, 22, 23 and 24

PATERSON PAPERS
Items #6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21 and 25

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council, Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that a contract be awarded on behalf of the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council to Central Lewmar and Paterson Papers for Contract #30 (Office Paper Supplies) for a six (6) month contract period beginning July 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006.

D. Authorizing an Award of Contract for Network Computer Support Services for One Year Beginning July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007

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WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph wishes to award a contract for Network Computer Services for the Township of Randolph; and

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

WHEREAS, Link High Technologies, Inc., Denville, New Jersey, was the low bid meeting the specifications and requirements of the Township of Randolph for a one-year contract with the option to extend for an additional twenty-four months, at a contract price of $28,800.00 for year one and $53,760.00 for the additional twenty-four months.

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 Link High Technologies, Inc., Denville, New Jersey, for one year (July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007) with the option to extend for an additional twenty-four months at the rates indicated above.

CERTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

Dated: June 29, 2006

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 2006 Budget and funds will be available in the 2007 Budget, Date Processing, Other Expense, and Water and Sewer Other Expense to award a contract to Link High Technologies, Inc., for Network/Computer Support Services as follows:

July 1, 2006 - December 31, 2006: $ 14,400.00
January 1, 2007 - June 30, 2007: $ 14,400.00

_______________________
Michael J. Soccio
Chief Financial Officer

E. Authorizing the Award of Contract for Towing Services to Tony’s Towing and Recovery for $10.00 Per Tow and $35.00 Per Day From July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2009

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WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph wishes to award a contract for Towing Services for the Township of Randolph; and

WHEREAS, bids were advertised and received on June 14, 2006 in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law; and

WHEREAS, Tony’s Towing & Recovery, Inc., Dover, New Jersey, was the low bidder meeting all specifications at a price of $10.00 per tow and $35.00 per day for storage.

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 Tony’s Towing & Recovery, Inc., Dover, New Jersey, for Towing Services for the Township of Randolph at a total contract price of $10.00 per tow and $35.00 per day for storage for a three-year period from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2009.

F. Liquor License Renewals for 2006-2007 Season—Pappas Imports LLC, ($2,280.00) and Heritage Golf Club ($2,500.00)

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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 2006-2007 season commencing July 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2007, 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 LICENSELOCATIONFEE
1432-44-019-002Pappas Imports LLC1194 Sussex Tpke
Mt. Freedom, NJ
$2,280.00
1432-33-007-010Heritage Golf Club
(Pocket License)
Randolph, NJ$2,500.00

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk 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.

G. Raffles

(1) Randolph Engine No. 5—118 West Hanover Avenue, Randolph, NJ—October 7, 2006 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.—Casino Night

(2) Lakeland Animal Haven—40 Windsor Avenue, Randolph, NJ—August 21, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.—Off-Premise Raffle

(3) Social Affair Permit—St. Matthew’s Church—September 16, 2006

Councilman Manning made a motion to approve the Combined Action Resolutions. Deputy Mayor Obremski seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston on Items A - D and Items F - G
Councilman Manning
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: Councilman Huston on Item E

ABSENT: Councilwoman Mitsch

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Judith Stewart, 114 Everdale Road, reported on the Community Services Committee and its desire to expand their services to people requiring assistance. She asked the Council to consider and suggest areas they feel could be served by the Community Services Committee.

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, and 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. 2006 Open Space Grant Application Properties
b. Property at 38 Center Road (set reserve if approved for sale)
c. Morris v. Randolph—sewers
d. Garbage Pick-Up—Potential Litigation

3. As nearly as now can 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.

Deputy Mayor Obremski made a motion to go into Executive Session. Councilman Huston seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: Councilman Manning

ABSENT:
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello

RECONVENE MEETING

Deputy Mayor Obremski made a motion to re-open the meeting to the public. Councilwoman Price seconded the motion.

COUNCIL AND MANAGER COMMENTS

Deputy Mayor Obremski reported that there is a resolution from the Traffic Advisory Committee to make October Traffic Safety Month.

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

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilwoman Mitsch

ADJOURNMENT

Mayor Algeier adjourned the meeting at 11:25 p.m.

Donna Marie Luciani
Acting Township Clerk