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Minutes: September 28, 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
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

ABSENT: Councilwoman Price

Mayor Algeier noted that Councilwoman Price was travelling from a business meeting in Pennsylvania and would try to make it to the meeting.

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

Mayor Algeier led the Pledge of Allegiance.

OPEN TO PUBLIC

There were no public comments.

COUNCIL AND MANAGER REPORTS

Councilman Manning stated that he will not be at the next meeting.

Councilman Huston stated that he would also not be at the next meeting. He reported that the MAC Committee is moving in the right direction. They suggested implementing an ordinance that would require registering beer kegs in order to better track who is renting them and who is responsible if there should be underage drinking at a party. They are having a speaker present a program on the alcohol problems facing our youth. He has heard good reports from the Community RAP Program and summarized some of their programs. He attended a Green Table Meeting and reported that there will be no grants from Green Acres in the spring of 2007. Green Acres will also be inspecting the open space inventories for towns to see what is located in there. Councilman Huston urged the Council to do something about the Raritan Basin and the sewer service area to make it consistent with the state plan and the DEP’s criteria. He reiterated his desire to implement some control regarding the placement of storm basins along Route 10 and Quaker Church Road in light of impending development as well as reducing impervious coverage requirements. The Councilman asked about the billboards along Route 10.

Manager Lovell responded that he will be putting specifications out to bid, we’ll wait to see what comes back, and then make a decision based on that.

Councilman Napoliello attended a Raritan Highlands Compact Meeting where their financial report indicated they were in trouble and indicated the Council will have to think about this.

Councilwoman Mitsch reported that the Planning Board received an application from an architect purchasing a residential home along Route 10 who will move his office there.

Mayor Algeier reported that the Raupp family has an application before the Planning Board in an attempt to make some sense of the lots they have. He thanked Councilman Huston for the attention he has paid to the MAC Committee this year, and suggested that Deputy Mayor Obremski consider acting as liaison to the MAC Committee next year.

Manager Lovell reported that the storage buildings at Public Works are nearing completion on construction. They will be used to store some equipment. The Board of Education will begin parking their bus fleet at Public Works in mid-October. The Mishkin property is currently in the process of being demolished. Manager Lovell stated that the union negotiations are just beginning and he looks to kick those negotiations into high hear within the next two or three months and settle them quickly and reasonably. The Manager noted that Randolph’s Storm Water Master Plan and the ordinance relating to storm water regulations adopted by the Council are going to the county for approval. Mitigation planning will follow, which seems to be a complex step, but the County Planning Office will most likely develop a sample plan that towns can follow. The Manager noted that bids for garbage collection have been received, the current vendor was the low bidder, costs include a modest increase over a five year period, and he will place the contract before the Council for approval when it is ready. He reported that the agenda for the Council meeting on October 19 is very light, so he recommended canceling the meeting. The Heritage project for the proposed new post office in Mt. Freedom is before the Board of Adjustment.

Councilman Huston noted that the Heritage project is the second large application before the Board of Adjustment, and he would prefer to see those kinds of applications before the Planning Board. He suggested considering a change to the ordinance in order to get some of these types of things back before the Planning Board.

Manager Lovell reported that he had two meetings with property owners in Mt. Freedom on the south side of Sussex Turnpike. He will be setting up a second round of meetings with them in January when he will have more information on the sewer situation. He will notify the Council members when these meetings will occur and hopes that some Council people will attend. The Manager made it clear to all parties that improvements will include some special assessments.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

A. Cell Tower Ordinance

Manager Lovell reported that Robert Michaels was hired to construct a draft ordinance pertaining to cell towers. After discussions between the Township Attorney, the Planning and Zoning Administrator, and Mr. Michaels, the draft ordinance was refined into final form. The Manager summarized the various requirements of the ordinance for the Council. He believes this ordinance will accommodate cell towers in the township while placing the responsibility in front of the Planning Board and taking most of the applications out of the realm of the Board of Adjustment.

There was discussion and questions from the Council on the proposed ordinance.

Mayor Algeier asked about cell towers that have not been approved by the Board of Adjustment because they are under the jurisdiction of another body and if that is covered in the proposed ordinance.

Township Attorney Buzak acknowledged that that point should be covered. It is the attorney’s opinion that this proposed ordinance will give the township some control from a zoning perspective over where cell towers are placed.

Mayor Algeier suggested passing the draft ordinance to the Board of Adjustment for review.

Manager Lovell stated that he hopes to get the ordinance ready for introduction at a November meeting.

B. Growth Share Ordinance

Manager Lovell stated that this is a draft ordinance. He explained the changes made by COAH regarding affordable housing obligations with respect to commercial development. He asked the Council to review the ordinance and to weigh in with questions or suggestions while recognizing the urgency of this ordinance in light of impending development in town.

Township Attorney Buzak went into further detail about the new COAH obligations pertaining to commercial development.

Council discussion followed with the Council expressing some concerns and making various recommendations and suggestions.

Manager Lovell requested the Council members send him their thoughts and suggestions via email, he will compile them and incorporate them into the next draft of the ordinance.

COMBINED ACTION RESOLUTIONS

A. Application for Carnival Games—St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church—Sussex Turnpike, Randolph—October 20, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; October 21, 2006 from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; October 22, 2006 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

B. Refund Raffle License Application Fee to Parents to Support Group Due to Cancellation of Event—C.A.M.E.R.A.S., 21 Old Chimney Road—$200.00

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

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilwoman Price

REVIEW AND SET PROPOSED AGENDA FOR OCTOBER 5, 2006 REGULAR MEETING

Manager Lovell reviewed the proposed agenda with the Council.

COUNCIL AND MANAGER COMMENTS

Councilman Huston nominated Rushabh Doshi to serve as a student member on the Community Services Committee.

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

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

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilwoman Price

OPEN TO PUBLIC

Judith Stewart, 114 Everdale Road, thanked the Council for appointing a student member to the Community Services Committee. She also expressed her belief that the Board of Adjustment has always been pro-Randolph while the Planning Board seems to be more commercially or developer oriented. Mrs. Stewart also stated that cell towers placed on large flag poles pose a problem when the flags have to be lit at night, thereby creating light pollution in the town. She agrees with Councilman Huston that retention basins should be as inconspicuous as possible and there should be something in the zoning ordinance requiring them to be. Mrs. Stewart suggested the Council have more discussions regarding COAH and low to moderate income housing and noted that programs are available to help low income homeowners make repairs on their homes.

Hearing no further comments, the public portion was closed.

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. Acquire Easement—Tamari Court Water Booster Station
b. Gary Grey 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 move into Executive Session. Councilman Napoliello seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier

NAYS: Councilman Manning

ABSENT:
Councilman Huston
Councilwoman Price

ADJOURNMENT

The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 10:15 p.m.

Donna Marie Luciani
Township Clerk

E X E C U T I V E    S E S S I O N

An executive meeting of the Randolph Township Council was called to order by Mayor Algeier.

Present for the executive session were:
Councilman Huston
Councilman Manning
Councilwoman Mitsch
Councilman Napoliello
Deputy Mayor Obremski
Mayor Algeier
Township Manger Lovell
Township Attorney Buzak

Absent for the executive session were: Councilman Price

Acquire Easement—Tamari Court Water Booster Pump Station

Manager Lovell explained to the Council the need for the Booster Pump Station on Tamari Court and the easement. Manager Lovell will keep the Council posted on this matter.

Gary Grey Trucking Potential Litigation

Released May 1, 2008

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Donna Marie Luciani
Township Clerk