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Minutes: January 25, 2007

A work session 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, on January 11, 2007.

Councilman Algeier
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

ABSENT: Councilman Alpert

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

Manager Lovell stated that Councilman Alpert did indicated he had a business commitment this evening.

Mayor Obremski led the Pledge of Allegiance.


WHEREAS, in the year 2007 the people of Iraq and Afghanistan live in free democratic societies previously unknown to them; and

WHEREAS, this is a direct result of the sacrifices made by military service men and women from the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, Brian Reynolds, resident of Randolph, and Private First Class in the United States Army graduated basic and advanced infantry training at Fort Benning on June 28, 2006; and

WHEREAS, on his 22nd birthday, Brian arrived at Camp Buering in Kuwait and has been serving since October 31 with the 2nd Infantry Division of the 361st Calvalry, Charlie Company at Camp Rustamayah in southeast Baghdad as a driver of his squad’s humvee; and

WHEREAS, Brian will be returning to Iraq on February 1, 2007.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Michael Obremski, Mayor of the Township of Randolph, along with all the members of the Township Council and citizens of Randolph, recognize Private First Class Brian Reynolds, thank him for his dedication to democracy, his love for his country, and wish him success as an active member of our military.


Councilman Napoliello reported that he attended a Raritan Highlands Compact Meeting along with the Township Manager. The Highlands Council is soliciting comments from towns regarding the regional plan. The Councilman noted that the agenda lists a resolution calling for a 60-day extension regarding the Highlands regional plan, a resolution endorsed by the President of the Raritan Highlands Compact.

Councilwoman Price noted that the Board of Health held their Reorganization Meeting and forwarded to the Mayor the Board of Health’s support for his goals regarding obesity.

Councilman Algeier attended the Environmental Commission meeting where it was noted that their ordinance requires the Council to appoint a chairman for that committee. Councilman Algeier nominated Steve O’Mara to serve as chairman on the Environmental Commission.

Councilman Napoliello seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

Councilman Algeier
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Alpert

Councilman Algeier reported that the Environmental Commission passed a resolution indicating their support for the Council’s initiatives on clean and renewable energy sources and suggested Council contact experts in the energy field to learn of more innovative ideas that would benefit Randolph. The Councilman suggested keeping this suggestion in mind when the facilities committee meets regarding upgrading and renovations on municipal buildings. Councilman Algeier attended the Morris County Green Table where he obtained information on available grants, which he forwarded to the Assistant Manager. Councilman Algeier asked the Environmental Commission about joining the Whippany Watershed Association, and due to the similarity and overlap of information obtained from other associations to which Randolph is already a member, it was their recommendation that Randolph not join the Whippany Watershed Association.

Councilman Metz reported that the Traffic Advisory Committee discussed juniors at the High School who drive their cars to school, even though they aren’t supposed to, and due to a shortage of parking spaces must park their cars at the skating rink on Millbrook Avenue. The bus drivers have filed a complaint about this with their union. The Councilman will bring this issue to the Board of Education’s attention when he meets with them. The Traffic committee is requesting space in the Quarterly Newsletter to write about teen driving safety. Councilman Metz also noted that the Traffic Committee is asking for the opportunity to use one of the town’s billboards to promote their initiatives.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch reported that Aspen Ice submitted an application to the Planning Board seeking approval to install solar panels on their roof. The Deputy Mayor asked if the town has looked into that option as well since grants are available from the DEP.

Manager Lovell responded that he is in the process of evaluating the energy consumption of the municipal building and will provide an update at a future meeting. There will be an energy audit and recommendations from that audit from people in the industry should be very helpful.

Mayor Obremski thanked the Manager and Assistant Manager for setting up the new email system for the council members. He also asked the Manager to pass along to Bill Kerwick the Council’s congratulations on his efforts regarding salt during storms. The Mayor reported that the Landmarks Committee met and requested that when plans come in for demolition or renovation to houses over fifty years old that the committee be contacted. Mayor Obremski nominated Steven Laudone to serve as a student member on the Landmarks Committee.

Councilwoman Price seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

Councilman Algeier
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Alpert

Mayor Obremski stated that he will not be at the February 1 meeting due to a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Washington, D.C.

Manager Lovell requested adding a brief discussion on Echo Lane to the agenda. He also circulated information on a COAH decision made today affecting Randolph, and there will be further discussion on this issue later in the meeting. The Manager discussed Highlands compliance and the issue that the DEP is probably going to use the Highlands map in determining whether or not permits should be issued. Since Randolph will be bringing the preservation zone into compliance over the next 15 months, and since that area is a small part of Randolph, he believes that the town is in good shape. Manager Lovell liked the idea of using billboards for committee messages and stated that Randolph needs to start thinking about billboard advertising in order to give the company some direction on what Randolph is looking for. The Manager reported on a fatal accident that occurred on Millbrook Avenue recently. Preliminary investigations found no unusual conditions on the road surface to have caused the accident.


Anne Standridge, 9 Rebecca Court, complimented Mayor Obremski on his decision to man the dunk tank at the Ironia Winterfest. She also expressed strong support for the Randolph Park Triathlon that is being discussed later in the meeting and urged the Council to permit the event this year.

Adam Zyto, 18 Alpine Drive, asked about a second turf field that was supposed to be installed at Freedom Park and inquired as to how much money was currently in the fund that will be used to finance the new field.

Mayor Obremski responded that John Van Brunt presented to the Parks Committee a report on the current status of that fund, including the amount of money in there and how much debt remains.

Manager Lovell noted that the fund is used to finance projects every year for the parks. The fund is currently not accruing a great deal of money due to servicing debt for Freedom Park as well as for the construction of the turf field.

Judith Stewart, 114 Everdale Road, suggested Randolph consider implementing a plan similar to one used in England that would require new drivers to display a sign in their car alerting others to their new driver status.

Maria Martorana, 1 Wilkeshire Boulevard, noted that she would like the Council to put the pool question to a public referendum.


A. Paramount Adventure Club Triathlon

Manager Lovell explained that the Paramount Adventure Club requested the opportunity to speak to the Council to seek permission in holding their 5th annual triathlon in Randolph. The Manager sought input from both the Police Department and the Parks and Recreation Department on past events held in town by this organization, and received positive feedback from both.

Mike Nusbaum and Dan Brannen, representing the Paramount Adventure Club, gave a summary of their organization and the history of the event. Proceeds raised from the triathlon benefit Morris County Youth, the Randolph High School track booster club, and Randolph Parks and Recreation. Mr. Nusbaum assured the Council that the bathrooms at Randolph Park are off-limits to the participants and explained how volunteers with the event clean up the various areas once the participants have finished an event.

Councilman Algeier made a motion to allow Paramount Adventure Club to use Randolph Park and local streets for their triathlon under the following conditions: Bathrooms and lockers will be locked and off-limits to the triathlon participants (as agreed to by the Paramount Adventure Club) and that the race organizers will provide port-a-johns for the use of the racers and spectators.

Deputy Mayor Mitsch seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

Councilman Algeier
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Alpert

B. Master Plan Recommendations for Mt. Freedom

Manager Lovell discussed the issues involved with the Master Plan recommendations for Mt. Freedom in order to give the Council a sense of what those issues are in preparation for their February 10 meeting on this subject. He suggested they read the material he has provided as well as going to the Mt. Freedom area to take a look at some of the sites and issues. Some of the issues discussed were:

  • The Sussex Turnpike improvement project as related to the DOT
  • Butterworth Interceptor
  • Public sewer improvements and the extension of the sewer system
  • The possibility of special assessments
  • A feasibility study for the Millbrook/Woodlawn extension proposal
  • Rezoning and an overlay zone
  • Visually enhancing Sussex Turnpike and redevelopment of the area
  • Underground utilities
  • Revisiting past Master Plan recommendations and scaling plans back
  • Cottage-style housing
  • Possible COAH obligations

Councilman Algeier believes that the issue of available sewer capacity is paramount in any decisions being made about the redevelopment of this area and expressed his strong belief that current residents should be given priority status in receiving sewer service before other development sites not built yet. The Highlands Act is also going to be a concern in redevelopment and sewer availability. The Councilman suggests arranging a meeting with the DOT immediately to find out what their preliminary designs are so that changes can be addressed before final decisions are made.

Councilman Metz suggested involving the Economic Development Committee to help determine what kinds of commercial stores would be economically feasible.

Councilwoman Price responded that the Economic Development Committee has been discussing the Master Plan and will be asking the Council for funding to invest in a business plan for the area.

Councilman Algeier suggested the Economic Development Committee survey local businesses in the area in an effort to gauge the economic atmosphere of the area.

Manager Lovell stated that he will open up a dialog with our Planner, Bob Michaels. He will also start work on a feasibility study to see if the Millbrook/Woodlawn extension is possible as well as obtain preliminary evaluations and design work on sewers to determine what can be done.

The discussion will continue at the February 10, 2007, meeting.

C. Pedestrian Safety Corridor

Manager Lovell stated that the DOT is going to be investing in pedestrian safety corridors over the next several years, and Randolph is looking at possibly upgrading and connecting the A&P shopping center, the apartment complexes, the Fernbrook Elementary School, and the new commercial development proposed along Quaker Church Road. The Manager feels most of this work could be done as special assessments, however, he will also be looking for grants to fund some of the projects.

Steve Bury, the Assistant Township Engineer, noted that sidewalks along Quaker Church Road might not be easy to construct.

Manager Lovell suggested Council think about this issue for possible further discussion at a later time.

D. Ordinance Facilitating the Provision of Affordable Housing

Township Attorney Buzak explained the revisions made to the Development Fee Ordinance and how the ordinance relates to growth share, Randolph’s COAH obligations, and options available to developers. He noted that the Planning and Zoning Administrator has made further suggestions, so the ordinance will be revised in order to implementing some of those suggestions. Related to this issue, Mr. Buzak informed the Council that the Appellate Court, in a 127 page opinion, rejected the growth share concept, sent it back to COAH for revision, and the possible ramifications.

While Mr. Buzak has not reviewed the Appellate Court decision in full and is not in a position to give some final advice at this point, it is his opinion and recommendation that the Council move forward with the growth share ordinance at this time in anticipation of proposed development in Randolph so that a growth share ordinance will be in place to handle the issue of COAH obligations.

After some brief Council discussion, the Manager stated that he will have this ordinance prepared for introduction in March.

E. Echo Lane

Manager Lovell reminded that Council that this issue arose last fall when homeowners on Echo Lane requested improvements to the base of Echo Lane where it meets Shongum Road. The improvement will likely be an expensive undertaking, and the Manager has not ruled out special assessing the improvements if Randolph decides to do the project. Manager Lovell contacted his counterpart in Denville, since part of the road is located in Denville. The Manager has since learned that a subdivision is proposed on Echo Lane in Denville and he recommended Carl Bressan appear before Denville’s Planning Board on behalf of Randolph to discuss the issue. Manager Lovell is still awaiting information on whether the road is private or public.


Manager Lovell reviewed the items on the proposed agenda.


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

Councilman Algeier
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Alpert

A. Refund/Adjustment Resolutions


B. Request on Extension of Time in Order to Comment on the Highlands Master Plan

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WHEREAS, the Highlands Region is recognized as a landscape of national significance because of its critical natural resources, scenic beauty, substantial recreational opportunities and numerous cultural and historic sites; and

WHEREAS, important ground and surface water sources within this region supply drinking water to more than four million people in New Jersey, and Highlands reservoirs are especially important because of their ability to store water for use during critical times, such as prolonged drought; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Randolph and other surrounding municipalities who have lands located in the Highlands region have a significant stake in this legislation; and

WHEREAS, due to growing concerns regarding the water and natural resources within the Highlands region, the Governor signed the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act on August 10, 2004. The Act called for a fifteen member Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council; and

WHEREAS, the Highlands Council was charged with carrying out the provisions of the Highlands Act, including the critical and necessary task of developing a “Regional Master Plan” for the Highlands Region; and

WHEREAS, the Regional Master Plan was initially scheduled to be prepared, completed, and adopted by the Highlands Council within eighteen (18) months of the Council’s first meeting as provided for the Highlands Act when enacted into law in August of 2004; and

WHEREAS, the Highlands Council did not complete the draft regional master plan until November 30, 2006, and has scheduled six (6) public comment and hearing dates to occur within approximately forty (40) dates after the release of the draft regional master plan; and

WHEREAS, the goal of the regional master plan with respect to the entire Highlands Region is to protect and enhance the significant values of the resources thereof in a manner which is consistent with the purposes and provisions of the Highlands Act. The master plan is intended to identify the critical watershed and the open space lands that should be preserved or protected, and appropriate locations for future growth for the entire Highlands region; and

WHEREAS, the Highlands Council completed the draft Regional Master Plan after months of data collection, technical report preparation, planning analysis consultation with experts and policy discussion. Accordingly, the review period of participating municipalities is necessary and should require a lengthy comment process; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that Randolph Township and all other municipalities who are impacted by the Highlands Act obtain an extension to conduct a complete review and public comment of the draft Regional Master Plan in conjunction with its planning and legal professionals in order to provide competent and informative feedback regarding the plan as it pertains to the participating municipality; and

WHEREAS, the Randolph Township joins in the request of the Morris County Freeholders set forth in a letter dated December 19, 2006, by Margaret Nordstrom, Director, requesting that the review period for the master plan not begin until 60 days after all GIS data becomes available.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Randolph in the County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the Township hereby requests from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Highlands Council a sixty (60) day extension of time before the first public comment and hearing period is held in regards to the draft regional master plan so that the Township may conduct an extensive review and discussion of the Regional Master Plan.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the Township of Randolph will be forwarding a copy of this Resolution to the New Jersey Highlands Council and other neighboring municipalities within the Highlands Region so that they, too, may request an extension in order to conduct a necessary and thorough review of the draft Regional Master Plan prior to the initiation of the mandatory comment period.

C. 2007 Temporary Budget

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WHEREAS, 40A:4-19 Local Budget Act provides that (where any contracts, commitments or payments are to be made prior to the final adoption of the 2007 budget) temporary appropriations be made for purposes and amount required in the manner and time therein provided; and

WHEREAS, the date of this resolution is within the first thirty days of January, 2007; and

WHEREAS, the total general appropriations in the 2006 Budget, exclusive of any appropriations made for Interest and Principal of Debt, Capital Improvements and Public Assistance is the sum of $27,136,727.00; and

WHEREAS, 26.25 percent of this total is the sum of $7,123,391.00

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Randolph, County of Morris, State of New Jersey, that the following temporary appropriations be made and that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Chief Financial Officer for his records:

Salaries and Wages$75,525.00
Other Expenses$10,000.00
Salaries and Wages$9,000.00
Salaries and Wages$34,525.00
Other Expenses$10,000.00
Salaries and Wages$36,375.00
Other Expenses$7,000.00
Other Expenses$20,150.00
Other Expenses$12,000.00
Salaries and Wages$25,150.00
Other Expenses$1,000.00
Salaries and Wages$32,475.00
Other Expenses$10,000.00
Other Expenses$117,000.00
Salaries and Wages$54,300.00
Other Expenses$2,000.00
Salaries and Wages$32,025.00
Other Expenses$15,000.00
Salaries and Wages$8,450.00
Other Expenses$10,000.00
Other Expense$118,000.00
Other Expenses$145,000.00
Other Expenses$900,000.00
Salaries and Wages$958,400.00
Other Expenses$40,000.00
Salaries and Wages$73,275.00
Salaries and Wages$27,300.00
Other Expenses$45,000.00
Other Expenses$13,000.00
Salaries and Wages$212,725.00
Other Expenses$86,000.00
Salaries and Wages$242,576.00
Other Expenses$100,000.00
Other Expenses$150,000.00
Salaries and Wages$76,275.00
Other Expenses$50,000.00
Salaries and Wages$11,575.00
Other Expenses$50,000.00
Salaries and Wages$46,550.00
Other Expenses$50,000.00
Salaries and Wages$135,000.00
Other Expenses$176,000.00
Salaries and Wages$117,975.00
Other Expenses$5,000.00
Other Expenses$3,000.00
Salaries and Wages$10,700.00
Salaries and Wages$118,575.00
Other Expenses$150,000.00
Salaries and Wages$500.00
Other Expenses$500.00
Salaries and Wages$105,325.00
Other Expenses$75,000.00
Street Lighting$20,000.00
Gas (Natural or Propane)$15,000.00
Fuel Oil$5,000.00
Other Expenses$200,000.00
Salaries and Wages$54,000.00
Other Expenses$3,000.00
Electrical Inspection$15,000.00
Salaries and Wages$50,000.00
Other Expenses$1,625.00
Social Security$150,000.00
Salaries and Wages$54,400.00
Other Expenses$5,000.00
Other Expenses$200,000.00
Other Expenses$50,000.00
Other Expenses$350,000.00
Police—Patrol Vehicles$125,000.00
Water Meters$30,000.00
Waste Water Trust Program—Principal$715,849.00
Waste Water Trust Program—Interest$72,068.00
Interest on Bonds$50,020.00

D. Raffles

(1) Safety Town of Northwest New Jersey, Skylands at Randolph, Route 10 West, March 12, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

(2) On-Premise Merchandise Raffle, Women’s Association of Morristown Memorial Hospital, May 6, 2007, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sun High Orchards, 19 Canfield Avenue, Randolph, NJ

(3) On-Premise 50/50, Roxbury Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc., February 17, 2007, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Skylands in Randolph, Route 10 West, Randolph, NJ

(4) Off-Premise Merchandise Raffle, Randolph Township Board of Education, March 30, 2007, 12:00 noon at the Randolph High School Commons, Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ


Manager Lovell suggested Barbara Gothie as the Mayor’s Appointment, John Van Brunt as the Representative from the Governing Body, and Steve Bury as the Alternate Appointed by the Mayor.

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

Councilman Algeier
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Alpert


Deputy Mayor Mitsch made a motion to approve the 2007 CDBG application. Councilwoman Price seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

Councilman Algeier
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Alpert


Councilman Metz commented that while it’s a great idea to honor our service men and women with the flag presentation, he suggested honoring township employees who serve as well.

Manager Lovell responded that he would be honored to invite them. Since a couple of our police officers have served, he will invite them during a Police Week Ceremony for special recognition.

Councilwoman Price noted that in addition to the use of the billboards for public service announcements, Randolph also has the option of using Cablevision. The Parade Committee would like to use Cablevision to advertise the Freedom Festival and Parade this year.


Judith Stewart, 114 Everdale Road, expressed her opinion that a proposed traffic light at the corner of Sussex Turnpike and Calais Road is not necessary since that corner is not really a traffic problem. Regarding the proposal to align Brookside Road and Hanover Avenue, the traffic light there needs to be closely timed with traffic light at the end of Millbrook Avenue.

Hearing no further comments, the public portion was closed.

Mayor Obremski noted that there will be a vacancy on the Landmarks Committee and has asked the Clerk to supply resumes from interested residents. He will reach out to a couple to see if they would be interested in serving on that committee.


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 the meeting.

2. The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is as follows:
a. Gary Grey Trucking

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 Mitsch made a motion to move into Executive Session. Councilwoman Price seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

Councilman Algeier
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Alpert

Deputy Mayor Mitsch made a motion to go back into Public Session. Councilwoman Price seconded the motion, and the following roll call vote was taken:

Councilman Algeier
Councilman Metz
Councilman Napoliello
Councilwoman Price
Deputy Mayor Mitsch
Mayor Obremski

NAYS: None

ABSENT: Councilman Alpert


The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 11:05 p.m.

Donna Marie Luciani
Township Clerk