Mayor Patricia Schriver 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.
Mayor Schriver asked everyone to stand for the flag salute.
Present - Patricia Schriver George Piazza Francis Monahan
Jay Weeks Ed Post
Also Present - Attorney Eric Bernstein and Clerk Karen Sandorse and 7 members of the public.
Motion by Mr. Post seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by
unanimous favorable roll call vote,
the Township Committee approved the
Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried
by unanimous favorable roll call vote,
the Township Committee approved the
Ordinance No. 2006-11 - Introduction
Motion by Mr. Weeks, seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township introduced Ordinance No. 2006-11. (as entitled below)
Public Hearing to be held on
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCE OF THE
AND MORE SPECIFICALLY CHAPTER XVIII (ZONING)
Resolution No. 84-2006 - Execution of a Regional Contribution Agreement (COAH)
Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolution No.84-2006. (as written below)
RESOLUTION NO. 84-2006
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A REGIONAL CONTRIBUTION AGREEMENT
WHEREAS, the Township of Lebanon, Hunterdon County, has a fair share obligation to provide housing opportunities to households of low- and moderate-income as established by the New Jersey Supreme Court and by the New Jersey Fair Housing Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27d‑301 et seq.; and
WHEREAS, the Fair Housing Act provides that municipalities within the same region as defined by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) may meet up to 50 percent of that obligation through a regional contribution agreement (RCA) under which the sending municipality makes a cash payment to another municipality, known as the receiving municipality, which undertakes to provide low- and moderate-income housing which is credited toward the sending municipality's fair share obligation; and
WHEREAS, N.J.A.C. 5:94-5.1(a) allows municipalities to propose the transfer of up to 50 percent of their third round growth share obligation; and
WHEREAS, Lebanon Township proposes to transfer up to 7 units of its growth share obligation at a cost of $35,000 per unit or a total of up to $245,000 in the form of an RCA with a receiving municipality within its housing region; and
WHEREAS, the receiving municipality desires to provide affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents of the region, which action will be furthered by funds made available through the RCA; and
WHEREAS, the RCA is in the
best interests of
NOW THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED, that the Mayor of the
Resolution No. 85-2006 - Award Bid for
Motion by Mr. Piazza, seconded by Mr. Weeks and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee adopted Resolutions No. 85-2006. (as written below)
RESOLUTION NO. 85-2006
STATE OF NEW
TO JESCO, INC. OF
WHEREAS, the bid
opening was held on
WHEREAS, three (3) bidders responded to the bid; and,
WHEREAS, two (2) of the bidders took exceptions to many of the specifications, including the height specification; and,
WHEREAS, Jesco, Inc. was the only bidder to meet all of the specifications and was the second lowest responsible bidder and the Township wishes to enter into an Agreement with Jesco, Inc. to provide said 4-wheel drive loader listed above; and,
WHEREAS, Powerco, Inc. took exception to many of the specifications, including the height requirement, which would result in an inability to fit the loader into the Township’s garage; and,
WHEREAS, the loader proposed by Jesco, Inc. has a better brake system, electronic system and engine than the Powerco, Inc. loader which would result in less repair costs and more longevity, as well as a hydraulically locking front differential which offers more protection and less cost than the limited slip design of the Powerco loader and a more user-friendly diagnostic and maintenance system.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Lebanon, County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey that the Mayor and Township Clerk are hereby authorized, on behalf of the Township to execute an Agreement with Jesco, Inc., 118 St. Nicholas Avenue, South Plainfield, New Jersey 07080 for the purchase of a 2006 4-wheel drive loader in the amount of One Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Five Hundred Seventy-Five ($115,575.00). A copy of the executed Agreement shall be on file in the office of the Township Clerk.
Appoint Office of Emergency Management Coordinator
Held to October 18, 2006 meeting.
Authorize Clerk to Sign – Master Equipment Lease-Purchase Agreement
Motion by Mr. Monahan, seconded by Mr. Post and carried
by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee authorized
the Clerk to sign the Master Equipment Lease-Purchase Agreement for the new
2006 marked Dodge
Authorize Mayor to Sign – Neighborhood Preservation Balance Housing Program
Drawdown Schedule – Freedom House
Mr. Post stated that Freedom House has almost completed the work, covered by the first installment of the grant, for the rehabilitation of the property. Freedom House is now requesting the money from the second installment of the drawdown. Mr. Post stated that this request can be granted, provided that Attorney Bernstein has no issues with advancing the money from the Township cash flow, until we can be reimbursed by the State. The Township Treasurer, Julia Gambert informed Mr. Post that there is an extension to the Contract Term that must to be addressed before we will be reimbursed by the State. Ms. Gambert also assured Mr. Post that the Township can afford to fund the 2nd installment of $156,278.00 out of cash flow without any adverse impact.
Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee authorized the Mayor to sign the Neighborhood Preservation Balance Housing Program Drawdown Schedule for the Freedom House project.
Mr. Post stated that
he met with Engineer Steve Risse to site survey the
Thomas Mizzone III –
Mr. Mizzone of
Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried
by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee canceled the
Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow
Mayor Schriver stated that the Committee received a request
from Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow to come and speak, briefly, at the
Mr. Piazza stated that he attended the North Hunterdon Municipal Court budget meeting on Monday night. As it stands at this time, it appears that the 2007 budget will have less than a 3 % increase.
PRESENTATION OF VOUCHERS
Committee Members provided a description of vouchers exceeding $1000.00.
Mr. Monahan stated that he had a question on a voucher for the purchase of a camera for the police department, at a cost of $105.00. Mr. Monahan stated that the voucher was not complete therefore, he would like it held until he can look into.
Motion by seconded Mr. Piazza, seconded by Mr. Post and
carried by unanimous favorable roll call
vote, the Township Committee approved the
Tax Collector Report for the Month of September 2006
Motion by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Monahan and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee opened the Public Comment portion of the meeting.
Sandra Rauschenberger questioned if the Zoning Ordinance, introduced earlier in the meeting, had already been adopted at a prior meeting. The Committee stated that this was a new ordinance.
Motion by Mr. Piazza, seconded by Mr. Weeks and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee closed the Public Comment portion of the meeting.
Motion by Mr. Piazza, seconded by Mr. Post and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee approved Resolution No. 86-2006 and convened in executive session at 7:32 p.m.
RESOLUTION NO. 86-2006
BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of
Public to discuss the following matters:
Attorney Client Privilege Relative to Affordable Housing
Motion by Mr. Weeks, seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote, the Township Committee reconvened the Regular Committee meeting at
Attorney Bernstein stated that there was discussion with the Township Attorney relative to privileged matters involving affordable housing. No action to be taken. There was also discussion on personnel matters involving notification of certain individuals. The position of the Office of Emergency Management Coordinator was discussed and a potential applicant will be invited to the next meeting and will be provided with a Rice Notice by the Township Clerk. The Municipal Clerk will look into the ongoing issue with the Finance office.
Having no further business to come before the Committee, a motion was made by Mr. Weeks seconded by Mr. Piazza and carried by unanimous favorable roll call vote to adjourn the meeting at
Karen J. Sandorse, RMC/CMC
Patricia Schriver, Mayor