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COUNCIL MEETING – AUGUST 25, 2015

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

7:00 P.M.

OPEN SESSION
SUNSHINE NOTICE
ROLL CALL
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Announcement This meeting is being broadcast live on Channel 34 and is streaming live at http://Montclair.peg.tv; it is available on demand and can and will be re-broadcast.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
There have been presented to us the minutes of August 4, 2015. Are there any corrections or additions? MOTION TO ADOPT

PROCLAMATION
In Memoriam Jean Kidd

PUBLIC COMMENT
The meeting is now open to the public. If there is anyone present who wishes to address the Council on any matter of Township interest or importance we will be glad to hear from him or her at this time. The Council welcomes public comment at its meetings. However, because of the constraints of time and in fairness to all members of the public, the Council asks that you please limit your comments to three minutes, in order to allow everyone an opportunity to be heard. Anyone authorized by an organization or group to speak on their behalf will be allowed to do so for an additional three minutes. Please remember to sign your name and address on the sheet provided by the podium.

PENDING ORDINANCES/SECOND READING

  1. 2014 Management (Non-Union) Salary Ordinance. Introduced and passed first reading July 21, 2015. Is there anyone present who wishes to be heard in relation to the proposed Ordinance? OPEN HEARING. CLOSE HEARING. VOTE. (O_15_019)
  2. Ordinance to adopt the new zoning map. Introduced and passed first reading July 21, 2015. Is there anyone present who wishes to be heard in relation to the proposed Ordinance? OPEN HEARING. CLOSE HEARING. VOTE. (O_15_020)
  3. Ordinance amending Montclair Code Chapter 327 (Vehicles and Traffic), Article III: Parking, Standing and Stopping, Special Permits. Introduced and passed first reading July 21, 2015.Is there anyone present who wishes to be heard in relation to the proposed Ordinance? OPEN HEARING. CLOSE HEARING. VOTE. (O_15_021)
  4. Ordinance creating Four-way stop at Pine Street and Claremont Avenue. Introduced and passed first reading July 21, 2015. Is there anyone present who wishes to be heard in relation to the proposed Ordinance? OPEN HEARING. CLOSE HEARING. VOTE (O_15_022)
  5. Ordinance amending Chapter 327 – Vehicles and Traffic concerning handicapped parking. Introduced and passed first reading July 21, 2015. Is there anyone present who wishes to be heard in relation to the proposed Ordinance? OPEN HEARING. CLOSE HEARING. VOTE. (O_15_023)
  6. Bond Ordinance appropriating $2,637,440 for various improvements to school buildings and grounds in and by the Township and authorizing issuance of $2,637,440 bonds or notes of the Township for financing the cost thereof. Introduced and passed first reading August 5, 2015. Is there anyone present who wishes to be heard in relation to the proposed Ordinance? OPEN HEARING. CLOSE HEARING. VOTE. (O_15_024)

NEW BUSINESS
ORDINANCES

  1. Introduction of Ordinance amending and supplementing Chapters 202 and 347 from the Code of the Township of Montclair entitled “Land Use Procedures” and “Zoning” (O_15_025)

RESOLUTIONS

  1. Resolution authorizing governing body certification of Audit (R_15_125)
  2. Resolution authorizing fireworks for St. Sebastian Festival (R_15_126)
  3. Resolution authorizing appointment to TPAC (R_15_127)
  4. Resolution re: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (R_15_128)
  5. Resolution authorizing person-to-person and place-to-place transfer of liquor license (R_15_129)
  6. Resolution in recognition of Graz, Austria 65th Anniversary (R_15_130)
  7. Resolution declaring an emergency and directing that Ordinances O_15_021 and O_15_022 take effect immediately (R_15_131)
  8. Bill Resolution
TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY’S REPORT
 
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Montclair’s Solutions to Stormwater Pollution PDF Print E-mail

Easy Things We Can Do Every Day to Protect Our Water

In Montclair, everything that goes into the many storm drains along our curbs flows untreated into our local streams, such as Toney's Brook, Nishuane Brook, Yantecaw Brook and Pearl Brook. Our waterways then flow either into the Second River or Third River, tributaries of the Passaic River which empties into Newark Bay and onward to the Atlantic Ocean.
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Water Conservation in Montclair PDF Print E-mail

Why does water cost as much as it does, both coming in and going out of our homes?

Montclair’s Environmental Affairs office reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and various associations representing this country’s drinking water and wastewater systems have recently estimated the coming costs of national investment in all of the pipes, treatment plants, storage facilities, and other water infrastructure that will be necessary to ensure a secure, sanitary, and safe supply of water into the future.

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Local revenues provide the large majority of funding for water services, and one way to pay for increased costs of investment (and of operations and maintenance) is to increase local fees and rates. Currently, however, household water bills in the United States are actually lower than those in most other industrialized countries, relative to per capita income, according to the CBO.

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