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Council Mintues 05-23-06
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    MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY          May 23, 2006

    
    The Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, met in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue, for a pre-meeting conference at 7:09 P.M.
Present:  Mayor Remsen, Deputy Mayor Michaelson and Councilors Freier, Lang, Mattox, Schlager and Tobin.
Absent:  None

STATEMENT OF SUNSHINE NOTICE

    Review of agenda for Regular Meeting.

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RECEIVE MONTCLAIR COMMUNITY INTERVENTION ALLIANCE ON UNDERAGE DRINKING:

    Guests:  Ms. Ellyn Minor, President and Ms. Bebe Landis, Administrator.

    Ms. Minor asked the Council for support to change legislation penalizing consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the legal age.  Penalties could include fines, community service and suspension of motor vehicle driving privileges.  Other issues:  keg registration, teen party regulation and parental fines.

    The MCIA also requested Council support for a community youth center.

    The Council asked for additional information before making a decision.

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SEWER UTILITY:   

    Township Manager Joseph Hartnett presented information regarding the specific elements of how such a utility would be structured.  Customer charges would be based on a “rental charge determined by the size of a customer’s water meter and, on a ‘treatment’ charge”.

    No additional employees will be required.  Rates would be reviewed and set by the municipal governing body.

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LAND USE ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS:

    Guests:  Ms. Karen Kadus, Director of Planning and Community Development and Mr. Jonathan Mellon, Assistant Planner, they reviewed revisions to Chapter 347 of the Township code including:  maximum building coverage, height and setback of principal structures (front and rear yards) and definition of dormers.

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    At 8:02 P.M., on motion made by Mayor Remsen and duly seconded, the pre-meeting conference was adjourned by unanimous vote.

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    The Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, met in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue, for a Regular Meeting at 8:07 P.M.
Present:  Mayor Remsen, Deputy Mayor Michaelson and Councilors Freier, Lang, Mattox, Schlager and Tobin.
Absent:  None
 
STATEMENT OF SUNSHINE NOTICE

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY SCOUTS FROM TROOP 13

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    On motion made by Mayor Remsen and duly seconded, the minutes of March 28, 2006 were approved by unanimous vote.

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    MAYOR’S REPORT  


RECEIVE RESPRESENTATIVES OF COPE:

    Guests:  Board Members Roger Nelson, Dick Hatzenbuhler, Dick Finny and Sue Garfinkel, Director.

    Ms. Garfinkel thanked the Council for their continued support of COPE’s programs and mission.

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NEW BUSINESS


    Mayor Remsen introduced the following ordinance and made a motion which was duly seconded, that it pass first reading and be further considered for final passage at a regular meeting of the Township Council to be held on June 13, 2006.

    “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTCLAIR IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH A SEWER UTILITY AND TO PROVIDE REGULATIONS FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SEWAGE SYSTEM”. (06-34).

    The motion was adopted by unanimous vote.

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    Mayor Remsen introduced the following ordinance and made a motion which was duly seconded, that it pass first reading and be further considered for final passage at a regular meeting of the Township Council to be held on June 13, 2006.

    “ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING ORDINANCE – CHAPTER 347 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTCLAIR.” (06-35  Height exceptions and Height and setback of principal structures).

    The motion was adopted by unanimous vote.

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    On motion made by Deputy Mayor Michaelson and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted by unanimous vote:
    
    WHEREAS, an application has been filed for a place to place transfer (expansion of premises) of Plenary Retail Consumption License #0713-32-019-006 heretofore issued to The Office at Montclair, Inc., 619 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, for purposes of expanding the premises under the said license wherein the sale and service of alcoholic beverages are authorized, and

    WHEREAS, the submitted application form is complete in all respects, the transfer fees have been paid, and the license has been properly renewed for the currently licensed term; notice of intention to apply for such transfer (expansion of premises) has been duly published, and no objections have been raised,

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, does hereby approve, effective immediately, the expanded premises of the aforesaid Plenary Retail Consumption licensed premises located at 619 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, to place under license the area designated in the sketch of the licensed premises.

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    On motion made by Deputy Mayor Michaelson and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted by unanimous vote:

    WHEREAS, on May 8, 2006 the Township of Montclair opened and read bids for Street Improvements on Norman Road, as prescribed by law; and

    WHEREAS, this contract has been awarded pursuant to a “fair and open process” as defined in the New Jersey Pay-to-Play law, N.J.S.A.29:44A-20 et seq., and

    WHEREAS, CIFELLI AND SON GENERAL CONSTRUCTION OF 4 Coppola Street, Nutley, New Jersey submitted the lowest responsible bid, according to the specifications, in the amount of $230,260.55; and

    WHEREAS, the monies for this project have been appropriated in the following Capital Budget Account(s);

Ordinance   Description          Account No.    Amount    
03-44    Streets, Curbs, Sidewalks  C-04-03-044-000-347      $11,621.84

05-40    Various Street Projects       C-04-05-040-000-305       $158,638.71

05-40    Various Drainage and
 Restoration       C-04-05-040-000-307       $ 60,000.00

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, that CIFELLI AND SON GENERAL CONSTRUCTION be and they are hereby awarded the above-stated contract, pending certification of funds by the Finance Director.  Details of the contract are attached hereto and made a part hereof.
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    On motion made by Deputy Mayor Michaelson and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted by unanimous vote:

WHEREAS, on May 8, 2006 the Township of Montclair opened and read bids for Various Drainage Improvements (Reconstruct Inlets and Manholes), as prescribed by law; and
    WHEREAS, this contract has been awarded pursuant to a “fair and open process” as defined in the New Jersey Pay-to-Play law, N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq.; and
    WHEREAS, JOHN GARCIA CONSTRUCTION of 183 Friar Lane, Clifton, New Jersey submitted the lowest responsible bid, according to the specifications, in the amount of $164,927.00; and
    WHEREAS, the monies for this project have been appropriated in the following Capital Budget Account(s):
Ordinance    Description    Account No.    Amount
03-44    Streets, Curbs, Sidewalks    C-04-03-044-000-347    $11,621.84
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    BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, that JOHN GARCIA CONSTRUCTION be and they are hereby awarded the above-stated contract, pending certification of funds by the Finance Director.  Details of the contract are attached hereto and made a part hereof.
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On motion made by Deputy Mayor Michaelson and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted by unanimous vote:

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, that said bills be and they are hereby ordered paid and that warrants be drawn on the Treasurer to the order of such persons for the amount respectively as hereinafter stated to wit: $1,700,542.80.

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REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS  

    The Municipal Clerk reported that she had filed in her office a list of reports and communications received since the last meeting.

    On motion made by Mayor Russo and duly seconded, the following reports and communications were accepted and ordered to be made part of the minutes of this meeting.

FILED:  Monthly report for the month of May 2006:

    Tax Collector    $17,702,733.66

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One fully executed copy of a contract for Electronic Document Management System with General Code Publishers Corp., 72 Hinchey Road, Rochester, New York.

Letter from the Director of Welfare/Housing in the Township of Bridgewater, stating that Bridgewater Township has funding available to be used to enter into a RCA with other towns and asking if Montclair is interested and eligible to receive RCA funds.

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Councilor Mattox acknowledged the birthday of Malcolm X.

Councilor Freier announced a Memorial Day Service at 10:00 a.m. at Edgemont Park.  He reiterated the goal of the Capital Finance Committee.

Councilor Lang stated that she recently attended services for Lane Jacobs, an employee of the Board of Education.  She also asked Township Manager Joseph Hartnett to articulate the Township’s policy regarding abandoned cars.

Councilor Tobin reported that the Historic Preservation Commission has nominated the Upper Montclair Historic District and The Huestis house for landmarking status.

Councilor Schlager provided information regarding the formation of a dog park within the Township. All interested in joining a group to develop such a park should contact Councilor Schlager.  She also announced the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence’s 11th annual Toast To The Teachers.  Councilor Schlager noted a public event at the Iris Gardens.

Deputy Mayor Michaelson reported on an event held by the Township Committee on People with Disabilities at the Montclair Art Museum.  She also attended events at the Unity Wall at Montclair High School and the Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing.  Deputy Mayor Michaelson urged individuals to access the Montclair Arts Council’s website.  

Mayor Remsen, Deputy Mayor Michaelson and Councilor Tobin attended a Bike Montclair event over the weekend.  The Mayor reiterated an invitation for residents to attend the Township Memorial Day Service.  He noted that he is involved in the final disposition of Mountainside Hospital.


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Township Manager Hartnett highlighted the Bike Montclair posters which currently decorate the Council Chambers.  He stated that he will address the “abandoned car” issue.  He also stated that the revaluation process appears to be going well.

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    PUBLIC HEARING

    Mayor Remsen stated that the meeting was now open to the public and asked if there was anyone present who wished to address the Council regarding any matters of interest or importance:

      Mr. Hrant Yousoufian, 1 Argyle Road, provided a budget comparison for the municipality, Board of Education and the County.  He questioned the appointments to the Board of School Estimate, as well as, the “presentation” of the Board of Education budget.

    Mr. Max Sneeden, 116 Bellevue Avenue, Troop 13, thanked the Council for welcoming members of the Boy Scout Troop.

    There being no one else present wishing to be heard, Mayor Remsen closed the hearing.

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    At 9:20 P.M., on motion made by Mayor Remsen and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted by unanimous vote:

    WHEREAS, Section 8 of the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, permits the exclusion of the public from a meeting in certain circumstances; and

    WHEREAS, this public body is of the opinion that such circumstances presently exist,

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, as follows:

1.  The public shall be excluded from discussion of and action upon the hereinafter specified subject matters.
    
2.  The general nature of the subject matters to be discussed are as follows:  Advice of Counsel.    

3.  We do not anticipate that the matters discussed will be made public.

4.  This resolution shall take effect immediately.
       

    At 9:31 P.M., on motion made by Mayor Remsen and duly seconded, the Executive Session was adjourned by unanimous vote.

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    At 9:32 P.M., on motion made by Mayor Remsen and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote.




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    EDWARD REMSEN    MAYOR


ATTEST:


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LINDA S. WANAT    MUNICIPAL CLERK