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Minutes: February 20, 2020

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 Carey.

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 November 6, 2019, by e-mailing them the annual resolution adopted by the Council on November 5, 2019. The annual resolution, which included this meeting date, was advertised in the Randolph Reporter, the official newspaper of the Township of Randolph and the Daily Record on November 14, 2019.

2. Roll Call

PRESENT:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Loveys
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Deputy Mayor Veech
Mayor Carey

Also present: Township Manager Mountain and Keli Gallo from the Buzak Law Group

3. Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Carey led the Pledge of Allegiance.

B. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Seeing no one from the public, the public portion was closed.

C. MANAGER’S REPORT

Manager Mountain reported the following to the Council:

  • Construction Activity/Rear Municipal Building—The construction in the rear of the municipal building has begun for the cell tower and the four bay garage. Thanks to the persistence of Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Donna Luciani the steel storage building is now in place. Additional interior improvements are still being worked on by the contractor, but we expect to have this building ready for use this spring. The building will house a variety of buildings & grounds equipment and supplies, the Police Department all-terrain vehicle, equipment and a secured room for evidence storage. In addition to the work being done on the storage building, contractors for Gaelic Communications have begun mobilizing on site for the construction of the new communication’s tower. This work will be on-going over the next several months.
  • Census—The 2020 census process is getting underway this spring. Morris County has been awarded state funds to partner with the US Census to assist with the goal of reaching the hard-to -count populations. The County under the umbrella of the grant will be making laptop computers available to area non-profits (and municipalities if requested) to help facilitate the completion of census questionnaires which are available on-line for the first time in 2020. The County will also be providing printing services in support of the promotion of the census, refreshment for outreach events and translation services. Key dates upcoming include the week of March 12th when households are expected to begin receiving census mailings, March 30/April 1, the census bureau will be focusing on people experiencing homelessness, the month of April the focus will be on college students, individuals in senior housing and other large group housing facilities. In the months of May/June the census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to make sure everyone is counted. The Township is working on lining up a representative to attend the Council’s first meeting in March to provide a further overview. In the meantime, if there are any questions please contact me. Darren Carney is the Town’s point person for coordination with the County and the Census Bureau on the process.
  • Dover/Rockaway RR Realignment Project—The Mayor, staff and I received a detailed presentation on the plan to realign the Dover Rockaway Rail Road to allow for the elimination of road crossings in Dover where such crossings have become a quality of life issue. The project impacts five municipalities including Randolph (Dover, Rockaway Borough, Denville and Rockaway Township). The presentation outlined the public process in which Morris County and their partner the NJ Transportation Planning Authority have been engaged to determine the preferred alternative for the project. We were advised that the process has identified an alternative which will have a very minimal impact on Randolph. A very small section of existing track is proposed to be relocated within the existing rail corridor in the northeast corner of the township where Franklin Road becomes Palmer Road. The change will have no impact on existing businesses or residential properties as it is in area already significantly buffered from such uses. The public information process will be concluding this spring. If the alternative is approved the improvement would be constructed 4/5 years from now. I have several copies of the power point we were provided as part of the presentation. I will circulate it around to the Council over the coming week. If the Council wishes further information on this project, please advise and I can arrange.

D. COMBINED ACTION RESOLUTIONS

  1. R-65-20 Refund of Remaining Escrow Funds for Block 137, Lot 23, 296 Route 10 to the Erin Misurelli Agency, Inc.—$1,024.52
  2. R-66-20 Refund remaining escrow funds, plus interest, for Block 112, Lot 2, 505 Route 10 to Conlen of Randolph—$18,512.94
  3. R-67-20 Refund remaining escrow funds, plus interest, for Block 121, Lot 32, 18 Arthur Lane to Duval & Klasnick—$1,586.00
  4. R-68-20 Refund remaining escrow funds, plus interest, for Block 21, Lot 24, 1450 Sussex Turnpike., to Metro PCA NY, LLC—$2,960.00
  5. R-69-20 Refund remaining escrow funds for Block 121, Lot 2, 82 Musiker Avenue to Sarah Kukuruda—$674.50
  6. R-70-20 Refund remaining escrow funds for Block 131, Lots 7 & 8, 144-146 Munson Street to American Interior & Exterior—$249.00
  7. R-71-20 Refund remaining escrow funds, plus interest, for Block 45, Lot 23, 222 Dover Chester Road., to PMG New Jersey II, LLC—$1,355.25
  8. R-72-20 Refund remaining escrow funds, plus interest, for Block 47.02, Lot 22, 897 Route 10 to SJC Builders—$986.06
  9. R-73-20 Authorizing the release of Pulte Homes Performance Guarantee for $626,935.87 as well as the cash bond of $69,659.43 for Kensington Square at Randolph, Block 101, Lot 22.01 and 22.02 and accepting the Maintenance Guarantee for $63,164.10
  10. R-74-20 Authorizing the disposal/destruction of surplus personal property no longer needed for public use
  11. R-75-20 Finding All American Poly in default and authorizing the rescission of award of a portion of MCCPC Contract #25 (Janitorial Supplies)
  12. R-76-20 Refund cash road opening bond posted for the purpose of connecting to the Township water service at 17 Old Brookside Road, Block 103, Lot 67 to Russell Sieb- $500.00
  13. R-77-20 Refund cash road opening bond posted for the purpose of resurfacing the road at 3 Bellatrix Road., Block 25, Lot 10 to Douglas Kitchen—$500.00
  14. R-78-20 Refund cash road opening bond posted for the purpose of connecting to the Township sanitary sewer at 99 Everdale Road, Block 147, Lot 13—Terence Baverstock—$500.00
  15. R-79-20 Refund cash road opening bond for the purpose of connecting to the Township sanitary sewer service at 100 Mt. Pleasant Turnpike, Block 198, Lot 11 to Renata Matys—$500.00
  16. Refund Tax Sale Certificate for 4 Elodie Lane, Block 198, Lot 4.08 to Four Corners Capital—$624.93

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

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Loveys
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Deputy Mayor Veech
Mayor Carey

NAYS: None

E. UPCOMING EVENTS

  1. Morris County Chamber of Commerce: Business Connections Networking Event on Friday, February 21, 2020, The Mansion of Mountain Lakes, 90 Route 46 East, Mountain Lakes from 7:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
  2. Randolph Animal Shelter Fundraiser, on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Fuddruckers, 275 Route 10, Succasunna, from 11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Shelter staff dining at 5:30 p.m.
  3. Hearts & Hammers Gala, Morris Habitat for Humanity, The Meadow Wood, 461 Route 10 East, Randolph, Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  4. Council Budget Session, Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.
  5. Morris Habitat for Humanity; Women Build Day, 121 Main Street, Succasunna, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  6. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Community Center, 30 Calais Road, Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - $25.00—purchase tickets thru Randolph’s Community Pass
  7. Library Event: Irish Music with Danny & the Boys, Sunday, March 15, 2020, 2:00 p.m., to register 973-895-3556
  8. Municipal Alliance Committee Event; “Let’s Clear the Air about Vaping,” on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in the Randolph Middle School auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
  9. Randolph Area Chamber of Commerce: Monthly Networking Luncheon, Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. at LaStrada Restaurant, 1105 Route 10, Randolph, NJ
  10. Municipal Alliance Committee Event; “Youth Mental Health First Aid Training” on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Randolph YMCA Program House, 14 Dover Chester Rd.—Registration required: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address)
  11. Randolph Area Chamber of Commerce: Randolph Business After Hours Networking Event, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Brightview, 175 Quaker Church Rd., Randolph, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

F. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Seeing no one from the public, the public portion was closed.

G. COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilman Forstenhausler stated that he attended the Trails Advisory meeting and discussed the kiosks at all the trailheads. The committee will be visiting all the kiosks in the parks to make sure the information in them is as current as possible. Councilman Forstenhausler also mentioned that he noticed that on the coyote notice there is a cartoon character of a coyote and he suggested that a picture of real coyote should be on the notice. The Councilman felt that the matter should be taken more seriously because coyotes are a serious problem and the Council has heard from several residents who lost their pets due to coyotes. The committee is going to reconsider the cartoon character coyote and put a picture of a real coyote on the notice. By doing this someone can now identify what a coyote looks like and it helps with the seriousness of the notice that you should be cautious of a coyote.

Councilman Tkacs attended the Recreation Committee meeting and stated that the spring registration for sports is ahead of the year before. Councilman Tkacs also informed the Council that the Parks and Recreation Director and Assistant Director are developing a map for the coaches to show where all the fire extinguishers and AEDs are located within the various parks. Currently there are five AEDs: two at Freedom Park, one at Heistein’s Park; one at Brundage Park and one at Randolph Lake. The committee is also evaluating the parks to see if there is a need for additional coverage. Deputy Mayor Veech stated that the Veteran’s Community Park would need fire extinguishers and an AED. Councilman Tkacs agreed.

Councilman Loveys stated that Board of Health meet for the first time this year and it was their reorganization meeting. At the reorganization meeting Dr. Millman was appointed as the President and Norma Jacobs was appointed as the Vice President of the Board of Health for 2020. Councilman Loveys also informed the Council that after 30+ years of volunteer service to the Board of Health, board member Gayle Pearson has resigned. The Board thanked for her commitment to the Board of Health and they plan to honor her in the near future.

Councilwoman Potter stated the 211 Day went really well and was well received by the Randolph Township employees and Board of Education employees. The day was very informative and we received great ideas to on how we plan to move forward and implement 211 in Randolph Township. Mayor Carey stated that she heard a lot of good feedback from the event and that the 211 organization was very happy with Randolph Township participation and appreciated the opportunity. Deputy Mayor Veech stated that it would be interesting to see how many calls were received from Randolph a year from now and Councilwoman Potter stated they she agreed and they are working on that.

Deputy Mayor Veech informed the Council that Harry Gerken resigned from the Board of Adjustment and thanked him for his many years of volunteer service. Deputy Mayor Veech also stated that she would like to appoint Greg Johnsen to the Board of Adjustment as Alternate No. 2. Mr. Johnsen in an engineer, a long time resident and has the credentials to be appointed to this board. Councilman Tkacs seconded the motion and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Loveys
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Deputy Mayor Veech
Mayor Carey

NAYS: None

Councilwoman Potter made a motion to move Debra Norma from the Alternate No. 1 position on the Board of Adjustment, to a full board member on the Board filling the vacancy of Harry Gerken and moving David Bell from the Alternate No. 2 position to the Alternate No. 1 position on the Board of Adjustment. Councilman Forstenhausler seconded the motion and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Loveys
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Deputy Mayor Veech
Mayor Carey

NAYS: None

H. EXECUTIVE SESSION

There was no Executive Session.

I. ADJOURNMENT

Councilman Forstenhausler made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 p.m. Councilman Tkacs seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

AYES:
Councilman Forstenhausler
Councilman Loveys
Councilman Nisivoccia
Councilwoman Potter
Councilman Tkacs
Deputy Mayor Veech
Mayor Carey

NAYS: None