Lebanon Township Committee                                       Minutes of Regular Meeting

May 7, 2008

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

Mayor George Piazza called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and stated that in compliance with the “Open Public Meeting Act” this is a Regular Meeting of the Township Committee as published in the Hunterdon Review, the agenda has been posted at the Municipal Building and distributed to the Hunterdon Review, Courier News, the Express Times, the Hunterdon County Democrat and the Star Ledger.

 

FLAG SALUTE

 

Mayor Piazza asked everyone to stand for the flag salute.

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present  -         Edward Post   Patricia Schriver  Jay Weeks George Piazza  Frank Morrison           

             

Absent -          None              

 

Also Present - Attorney Eric Bernstein and Deputy Clerk Kimberly Jacobus and 8 members of the public.

 

 

PRESENTATION OF MINUTES

 

Motion by Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Post and carried by favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the April 16, 2008 regular meeting minutes.  AYES: Ms. Schriver, Mr. Post, Mr. Weeks   ABSTAIN: Mayor Piazza, Mr. Morrison. 

 

Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Ms. Schriver and carried by favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the April 16, 2008 executive session minutes. AYES: Ms. Schriver, Mr. Post, Mr. Weeks   ABSTAIN: Mayor Piazza, Mr. Morrison. 

 

 

 ORDINANCES

 

Ordinance No. 2008-05 – Public Hearing

 

Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Ms. Schriver and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township opened the public hearing for Ordinance No. 2008-5.  (As entitled below)

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

COUNTY OF HUNTERDON

TOWNSHIP OF LEBANON

ORDINANCE  NO. 2008-05

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LAND USE ORDINANCE FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF LEBANON, COUNTY OF HUNTERDON, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY CHAPTER 45 (LAND USE PROCEDURES)

 

Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Ms. Schriver and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee opened the public hearing

 

There were no comments from the public.

 

Motion by Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee closed the public hearing.

 

Motion by Ms. Schrive,r seconded by Mr. Weeks and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Ordinance No 2008-05.

 

 

Resolution No. 50-2008 – Tax Levy for NH-VRHS for 2008-09

 

Motion by Mr. Weeks, seconded by Mr. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolution No. 50-2008. (As written below)

 

RESOLUTION NO. 50-2008

TOWNSHIP OF LEBANON

COUNTY OF HUNTERDON

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

A RESOLUTION CERTIFYING THE TAX LEVY FOR THE NORTH HUNTERDON-VOORHEES REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE 2008-09 YEAR

            WHEREAS, the proposed school budget general fund tax levy of the Board of Education of the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District, County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey, in the amount of $44,727,188, was defeated by the voters at the annual election on April 15, 2008; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the school district delivered the rejected proposed budget to the Township of Lebanon as required by law; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Lebanon has consulted with the Board of Education and has reviewed the school budget and desires to certify the amount necessary to be appropriated.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township of Lebanon, County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey that certain revisions be made to the 2008-2009 Budget of the Board of Education of the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District as follows:

11-140-100-101                      Salaries of Teachers                                        $ 437,000

11-1XX-100-270                    Health Benefits                                               $   51,000

12-000-252-730                      Admin. Info. Tech.                                         $ 111,000

12-000-4XX-XX                    Facilities Acq. & Const. Svcs.                        $ 401,000

                                                                                                                      $1,000,000

 

 

That the Committee of the Township of Lebanon certifies the tax levy of $43,727,188 for the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District.  This represents a tax levy reduction of $1,000,000 from the specified line items as listed above.

It is hereby certified that the budget is sufficient to provide a thorough and efficient education for the students of North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District.

 

Resolution No. 51-2008   Tax Exemption for Permanently Disabled Veteran

 

Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Ms. Schriver and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolution No. 51-2008.  (As written below)

 

RESOLUTION NO. 51-2008

TOWNSHIP OF LEBANON

COUNTY OF HUNTERDON

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

                                                             

                        WHEREAS the Tax Collector of Lebanon Township has been shown proof and in accordance with the Tax Assessor ascertains that George J. Ginda, owner of Block 24, lot 5.04, 36 Hickory Run Road in the Township of Lebanon, is totally and permanently disabled as a result of service to the United States, and has been so declared by the Veteran’s Administration, and,

 

                        WHEREAS in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54: 4-3.32, the governing body of any municipality may refund the amount of taxes collected on any property which would have been exempt from taxation if proper claim in writing had been timely made, and,

 

                        WHEREAS Mr. Ginda has been declared totally and permanently disabled since December 5th 2007, and had only received such notification on March 27th 2008 from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs,

 

                        THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Lebanon, County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey that Mr. Ginda’s property be exempted from all property taxes from the date of his total and permanent disability December 5th 2007, and that the $3,318.99 which has been paid in taxes since December 5th 2007 be returned to Mr. Ginda and,

 

                        BE IT FURTHERMORE RESOLVED that the property be tax exempt as long as it is owned and occupied by George J. Ginda or by his surviving spouse in accordance with the continuance of the right to exemption.

 

Resolution No. 52-2008Award Library Roof Bid

 

Discussion was held on the awarding of the Bunnvale Library Roof.  Attorney Bernstein stated that there were concerns with the consent surety bond submitted by the lowest bidder. It is a non-

material issue.  Attorney Bernstein explained the differences with the bonds.  Mayor Piazza wanted to know the difference in the amount of the bids.  Attorney Bernstein stated that Glenn

 

 

Roofing LLC was $29,675.00 and D. A. Nolt’s bid was in the amount of $47,936.00.   These were the only two bids submitted.

 

Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Ms. Schriver and carried by favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee award the project to Glenn Roofing for the price of $29,675.00 conditioned on the approval of capitol funding subject to certification of available funds by the CFO and amount not to exceed $29, 675.00 and the requirement of a performance bond.  AYES: Schriver, Post, Piazza, Morrison   NAYES:  Weeks          

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 52-2008

TOWNSHIP OF LEBANON

COUNTY OF HUNTERDON

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

RESOLUTION AWARDING CONTRACT FOR THE

BUNNVALE LIBRARY ROOF REPLACEMENT PROJECT

TO GLENN ROOFING, LLC AND

AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE

AN AGREEMENT WITH GLENN ROOFING, LLC

 

            WHEREAS, the Township of Lebanon prepared Bid Specifications and requested Bids for the Bunnvale Library Roof Replacement Project for the Township (the “Project”); and,

 

            WHEREAS, the lowest responsible bidder was Glenn Roofing, LLC with a bid of Twenty-Nine Thousand Six Hundred Seventy-Five Dollars ($29,675.00); and,

 

            WHEREAS, Glenn Roofing, LLC has met all the bid specifications for the Project; and,

 

            WHEREAS, the Township wishes to enter into a contract with Glenn Roofing, LLC, 896 Sanford Avenue, Irvington, New Jersey 07111 to complete the Project in the amount of Twenty-Nine Thousand Six Hundred Seventy-Five Dollars ($29,675.00), subject to receipt of certification of available funds from the Township Chief Financial Officer and subject to Glen Roofing, LLC providing a performance bond as set forth in the Bid Specifications.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Lebanon, County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey that the contract for the Bunnvale Library Roof Replacement Project is hereby awarded to Glenn Roofing, LLC, subject to receipt of certification of available funds from the Township Chief Financial Officer and subject to Glen Roofing, LLC providing a performance bond in accordance with the Bid Specifications, and the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute a contract with Glenn Roofing, LLC, as soon as the aforementioned certification and bond are provided, on behalf of the Township of Lebanon.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

A request was made to move discussion of the salary for the Library Clerk to executive session.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Social Affair Permit – Woo Music 7-13-2008

 

Motion by Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved a Social Affairs Permit for Woo Music on July 13, 2008.

 

Braking the Cycle     

 

Mayor Piazza spoke about the 3-day bicycle ride that goes through the township.  This ride is called “Braking the Cycle” to benefit the HIV/AIDS services of New York’s LGBT Center.  There are approximately 140 riders.  Police Chief Chris Mattson and DPW Supervisor Paul Jones are to be notified of the event.

 

Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Ms. Schriver and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the “Braking the Cycle” bike tour which will travel through a portion of the township.

 

 

Older American Proclamation

 

Mayor Piazza read the “Older Americans Month Proclamation” which is for the month of May.

 

 

 Older Americans Month

 

PROCLAMATION

 

Whereas, the month of May is traditionally designated and observed throughout the nation as Older Americans Month; and

 

Whereas, the 2008 theme is “Working Together for Strong, Healthy, and Supportive communities” in honor of older Americans; and

 

Whereas, this Municipality recognizes the contributions older Americans have made to our families, our communities, and our nation; an

 

Whereas, older Americans remain active and productive, volunteering their time, talents and expertise, thereby enriching all our lives;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this Municipality does hereby proclaim the month of May as Older Americans Month and calls upon individuals and entities to honor and celebrate the outstanding contributions of this Municipality’s older residents.

 

 

Request was made for a copy to be sent to the County of Hunterdon, Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services, by Mary Ann Rodenberger, Executive Director.

 

PRESENTATION OF VOUCHERS

 

Committee Members provided a description of vouchers exceeding $1,000.00.

 

Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Ms. Schriver and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved the April 16, 2008 bill list in the amount of $1,118,737.87.

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

Lebanon Township Historian’s Meeting Minutes for April 3, 2008.  A letter from Nancy Dontzin was included with the minutes (Her husband, Ben Dontzin, had been a Historian).  Attorney Bernstein requested the name and address of the pastor for the Spruce Run Lutheran Church as Mrs. Dontzin thought that the church may own the Swak Church property. 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Motion by Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee opened the Public Comment portion of the meeting.

 

Jay Harkins, Lebanon Township Fire Chief, discussed with the Committee that he would like the option of re-purposing the money from last year’s capital ordinance that was not used, for the purpose of purchasing a Brush Truck.  Originally the ordinance was for the purchase of a UTV, which is now being given to the Fire Company by the County.  A stipulation with the County is that there is to be 2 vehicles able to tow the UTV for mutual aid.  At this time, the Fire Company does have one vehicle that can be used to tow the UTV and would like the brush truck as the second vehicle.

 

Warren Gabriel stated that a township truck or police vehicle could also be used. 

 

Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Ms. Schriver and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee closed the Public Comment portion of the meeting.

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Motion by Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved Resolution No. 53-2008 and convened in executive session at 7:37 p.m.

 

TOWNSHIP OF LEBANON

RESOLUTION NO. 53-2008

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of

Lebanon, that in compliance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-12, this meeting will be closed to the

Public to discuss the following matters:

 

Collective Bargaining CWA 1040

Collective Bargaining PBA 188

Attorney Client Privilege – Negotiations other than Collective Bargaining

Public Works Building

Swak Church

 

Motion by Ms. Schriver, seconded by Mr. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee reconvened the Regular Committee meeting at 8:11 p.m.

 

Attorney Bernstein stated that all members of the Governing Body present at the commencement of the executive session were present at the recommencement of the open session as well as the Deputy Township Clerk and the Township Attorney.

 

Attorney Bernstein stated that there was discussion regarding the resolution of negotiations between PBA Local 188 and the Township.  The Mayor has been instructed to go back and have a conversation with the Union relative to a couple of minor items.  Assuming they are resolved, Attorney Bernstein’s office will re-draft the contract for approval and execution.  There was a discussion under the Attorney Client privilege relative to the Swak Church and related documents.  There will be contact with the Spruce Run Lutheran Church and an individual named in the Dontzin letter.  There was a discussion relative to the possible acquisition of property relative to the use for municipal purposes.  Mr. Jones will be present at the next meeting to discuss the matter.  No action taken.  The Governing Body reviewed the opposed Memorandum of Agreement between the Township of Lebanon and the CWA Local 1040 and the proposed changes submitted by the Union.  The Township has authorized the Township Attorney to re-draft the Memorandum of Agreement to take into account those items they can accept versus not.  No formal action needed to be take.

 

 

ADJOURN

 

Having no further business to come before the Committee, a motion was made by Ms. Schriver,             seconded by Mr. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote to adjourn the meeting at 8:12 p.m. 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

_______________________________

Kimberly S. Jacobus

Municipal Deputy Clerk

 

Approved:  May 21, 2008                                          

           

 

                                                                        ___________________________

                                                                        George Piazza, Mayor