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Mayor Robert D. Jackson

Mayor Robert Jackson Montclair Township Municipal Building
205 Claremont Avenue
Second Floor
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-509-4928
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Boards, Commissions, Committees: Board of School Estimate

Education: AB Princeton University, MBA Harvard University

Community involvement:
Montclair Public Library Trustee
Montclair Kimberly Academy Board Member
NJ Council on Affordable Housing Board Member
St. Paul Baptist Church Trustee
Montclair United Soccer Team Manager

Robert Jackson takes oath of office



Mayor Jackson Announces BOE Appointments PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jessica De KoninckMayor Robert Jackson announced his appointments to the Montclair Board of Education earlier today:

The mayor appointed former township councilor and NJ Department of Legislative Services Director Jessica De Koninck to serve on the Board. Ms. De Koninck, a long-time Montclair resident, was also counsel for the Maplewood South Orange schools.

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Statement on the Passing of Chief Edward A. Giblin PDF Print E-mail

Police Chief Edward A. GiblinWednesday, November 6, 2013

On behalf of the people of Montclair, the Township Council wishes to express its sadness at the passing of Montclair Police Chief Edward A. Giblin. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and countless friends.

The consummate “Montclair Boy”, the Chief served his beloved hometown for forty-one years in the Montclair Police Department, rising to be one of its legendary leaders.

While we mourn, we cannot help but marvel at and take comfort in the storybook life that the Chief led: married to his sweetheart Joan Audrey for sixty years, large loving family, honored veteran, leader of his home church (Immaculate Conception), lifetime commitment to public service, and universal respect as a man and a gentleman in his hometown and, in fact, wherever he travelled.

Montclair will not likely see a man like the Chief again. We thank God that it was our privilege to know, honor, and love him for so many years.

 
Township Mourns Senator Lautenberg PDF Print E-mail

Senator Frank LautenbergThe Montclair Mayor and Town Council deeply mourn the passing of our former resident Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

He lived in Montclair for many years and raised his family here. Many of us, including myself as Mayor in 1988 and former Mayor Russo in 2000, remember working with the Senator on many local environmental and transportation issues, including the Montclair radon removal project.

The Township Council extends our deepest sympathy to Senator Lautenberg's family and staff, many of whom reside in Montclair. We will be forever grateful for the Senator's hard work on behalf of our residents over the more than 30 years he has been in public service.

Mayor Robert Jackson
Township of Montclair

 
2013 MLK Scholarship Breakfast Available for Viewing on TV34 PDF Print E-mail

Mayor Robert JacksonMayor Robert Jackson was the invited speaker at the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund Breakfast held in the George Inness Annex of Montclair High School on Monday, January 21, 2013. As in previous years, the event was video-taped for broadcast on TV34. Below is the text of Mayor Jackson's speech. The 2013 event can be viewed online here: View TV34 2013 MLK Breakfast.

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Council Minutes 12-27-05 PDF Print E-mail

MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY December 27, 2005

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 8:37 A.M.

Present: Mayor Remsen, Deputy Mayor Michaelson and Councilors Freier, Lang, Mattox and Tobin.

Absent: Councilor Schlager

STATEMENT OF SUNSHINE NOTICE

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

On motion made by Mayor Remsen and duly seconded, the minutes of December 14, 2004 and November 22, 2005 were approved by unanimous vote.

***

PENDING ORDINANCES

The pending ordinance entitled: “ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 341 10 OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE REGARDING DELINQUENT WATER ACCOUNTS” ( 05 70) passed first reading December 13, 2005 and upon second reading the title thereof was read by the Clerk who then reported that it had been published and posted and copies had been made available to the public as required by law and that an affidavit to that effect was on file in the office of the Municipal Clerk.

Mayor Remsen asked whether anyone present wished to address the Councilors regarding the proposed ordinance.

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

On motion made by Mayor Remsen and duly seconded, the ordinance was adopted by unanimous vote.

***

The pending ordinance entitled: “AN ORDINANCE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 44, SECTION 44 22 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY, ADOPTED APRIL 15, 1980” (05 71) (2006 Police Officers (PBA) Salary Ordinance) passed first reading December 13, 2005 and upon second reading the title thereof was read by the Clerk who then reported that it had been published and posted and copies had been made available to the public as required by law and that an affidavit to that effect was on file in the office of the Municipal Clerk.

Mayor Remsen asked whether anyone present wished to address the Councilors regarding the proposed ordinance.

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

On motion made by Mayor Remsen and duly seconded, the ordinance was adopted by unanimous vote.

***

The pending ordinance entitled: “ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING SECTION 327 20 OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE” (05 72 Four hour restricted parking on both sides of Maple Avenue) passed first reading December 13, 2005 and upon second reading the title thereof was read by the Clerk who then reported that it had been published and posted and copies had been made available to the public as required by law and that an affidavit to that effect was on file in the office of the Municipal Clerk.

On motion made by Mayor Remsen and duly seconded, the ordinance was TABLED by unanimous vote.

***

NEW BUSINESS

Councilor Mattox 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 Special Meeting of the Township Council to be held on January 24, 2006.

“ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 347 12 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTCLAIR (the “School Ordinance”). (05 73).

The motion was adopted by unanimous vote.

Deputy Mayor Michaelson 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 January 10, 2006.

“AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AN ORDINANCE CREATING CERTAIN OFFICES, POSITIONS AND EMPLOYMENT IN THE TOWNSHIP OF MONTCLAIR, IN THE COUNTY OF ESSEX, AND FIXING THE SALARY RANGES THEREOF.” (05 74 This ordinance amends the 2005 Management Employees Salary Ordinance to include the position of Secretary).

The motion was adopted by the following vote: “Mayor Remsen, Deputy Mayor Michaelson and Councilors Freier, Lang and Tobin. “Nay” Councilor Mattox

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

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4 19, The Local Budget Law, provides that when contracts, commitments or payments are to be made prior to the final adoption of the 2006 budget, temporary appropriations are to be made for the purposes and amounts required in the manner and time therein provided; and

WHEREAS, the date of this resolution is prior to the first thirty days of 2006, and

WHEREAS, the total temporary appropriations for the 2006 budget, less appropriations made for capital improvement fund, debt service and relief of the poor (public assistance) are as follows:

General $12,639,844.20

Water $1,137,500.00

AND WHEREAS, 26.25 percent of the total appropriations in the 2005 budget less appropriations made for capital improvement fund, debt service and relief of the poor (public assistance) in said 2005 budget are as follows:

General $12,640,183.13

Water $1,137,830.41

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, that the following list of appropriations be made and that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Chief Financial Officer for her records.

***

On motion made by Councilor Tobin and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted by unanimous vote:

WHEREAS, an emergency has arisen with respect to Insurance Expenses and Emergency Contribution the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit, and no adequate provision was made in the 2005 budget for the aforesaid purpose, and NJSA 40A:4 46 provides for the creation of an emergency appropriation for the purpose above mentioned, and

WHEREAS, the total amount of emergency appropriations created, including the appropriation to be created by this resolution is $402,000 and three percent of the total operating appropriations in the budget for 2005 is $1,318,389.58, and

WHEREAS, the foregoing appropriation together with prior appropriations does not exceed three percent of the total operating appropriations (including utility operation appropriations) in the budget for 2005,

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by not less than 2/3 of all governing body members affirmatively concurring, that in accordance with NJSA 40A:4 48:

1. An emergency appropriation is hereby made for Insurance O/E for $340,000, and Contribution to the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit O/E in the amount of $20,000

2. That said emergency appropriation shall be provided for in full in the 2006 budget,

and is requested to be excluded from CAPS, pursuant to NJSA 40A:4 45.3c(1)

3. That two certified copies of this resolution be filed with the Director of the Division of Local Government Services.

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

WHEREAS, on November 28, 2005, the Township of Montclair opened and read bids for the Furnishing of Road Materials, as prescribed by law; and

WHEREAS, TILCON NEW YORK, INC. AND NEWARK ASPHALT CORPORATION submitted the lowest and only responsible bids (various prices for the various items). Two bidders are being awarded this contract because at certain times, by reason of delay, weather, availability of materials, or opening hours of the quarry, one bidder may not be able to provide the materials required by the Township of Montclair when needed; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, that the contract for the Furnishing of Road Materials be and is hereby awarded to TILCON NEW YORK, INC. and NEWARK ASPHALT CORPORATION. The monies for these purchases will be appropriated in the Capital and/or Operating Budget. Complete 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 KATHERINE

NICHOLAS be and she hereby is APPOINTED to serve as a member of the Montclair Public Library Board of

Trustees for a term commencing immediately and terminating December 31, 2010.

***

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 the following named persons be and they hereby are REAPPOINTED to serve as members of the Board of Trustees of the Montclair

Early Childhood Corporation effective immediately:

NAME TERMINATING

JOSEPH (JEFF) NELSON June 30, 2007

DONNA WILSON June 30, 2008

***

On motion made by Councilor Freier 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, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4 19, the following appropriations for Debt Service charges for the year 2006 be and the same hereby are made pending adoption of the 2006 Municipal Budget:

Municipal Debt Service

Township Bond Principal $2,777,000.00

Township Bond Interest $518,337.13

Township Note Interest $213,640.00

Green Acres Loan Program $39,366.92

Environmental Infrastructure Trust Principal $6,554.04

Interest $10,103.13

Type 1 District School Debt Service

School Bond Principal $1,720,000.00

School Bond Interest $246,730.63

School Note Interest $280,000.00

School Facilities Loan Assistance Program Principal $41,515.29

School Facilities Loan Assistance Program Interest $ 1,868.19

Water Utility Debt Service

Water Bond Principal $235,000.00

Water Bond Interest $81,577.00

Water Note Interest $48,545.00

Environmental Trust Fund Principal $39,915.51

Environmental Trust Fund Interest $63,693.75

And,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the foregoing appropriations at a minimum shall be provided for in full in the 2006 Budget.

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

WHEREAS, the Tax Collector of the Township of Montclair on December 19, 2005 filed with the Chief Financial Officer a listing of small Tax Balances on accounts for real estate taxes from 2004 and 2005 which she believes are neither collectible nor refundable for reason of the small amounts involved ($10.00 or less) and a request to cancel outstanding credit balances which have gone unclaimed for a period of more than (3) three years; and

WHEREAS, the Council of the Township of Montclair has examined the listing and is satisfied that the small Tax Balances so listed are neither collectible nor refundable and that all credit balances that have gone unclaimed for (3) three years or more can be canceled; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, that the said real estate taxes as set forth in the list of the Tax Collector, copy of which is attached, aggregating the amounts of $22.04 (underpayments) and $107.83 (overpayments) for a net credit amount of $85.79 be and are hereby canceled and the Tax Collector of the Township of Montclair is hereby released from the collection and refund thereof. In addition, the Tax Collector is further authorized to cancel any outstanding credit balance having gone unclaimed for a period of more than (3) years.

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On motion made by Councilor Lang and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted by unanimous vote:

WHEREAS, the Local School District Tax for the year July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006 was raised in the 2005 Tax Levy in the sum of $79,319,100.00; and

WHEREAS, the statutes permit the deferral of the cash liability of such School Tax up to 50% of the School Tax Levy equal to $39,659,550.00; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, that the Deferred School Tax for the Local School District be increased from the sum of $37,331,601.00 which was deferred as of December 31, 2004 to the sum of $39,659,550.00; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that two certified copies of this resolution be filed with the Director of the Division of Local Government Services.

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

WHEREAS, there exists in the Municipal Budget insufficient appropriations in certain accounts to meet the demands thereon for the balance of the Current Year, and,

WHEREAS, there are excess appropriations in other accounts over and above the demand deemed to be necessary relative to these accounts for the balance of the Current Year, and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A: 4 58 allows for the transfer of these account balances to other account balances where further funding is necessary;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, not less than two thirds of all members thereof affirmatively concurring, that in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A: 4 58, part of the excess appropriations in certain accounts are hereby transferred to those accounts having insufficient amounts to meet current demands, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chief Financial Officer be and she is hereby authorized to make any necessary transfers prior to year end and that these be ratified at the first regularly scheduled Governing Body meeting of 2006.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chief Financial Officer be and she is hereby authorized and directed to make the following transfers:

TOWNSHIP

FROM

TO

TOWNSHIP MANAGER S&W

3,000.00

TOWNSHIP MANAGER O/E

10,000.00

TOWNSHIP COUNCIL O/E

1,500.00

TOWNSHIP CLERK O/E

4,000.00

ELECTION EXPENSES O/E

3,000.00

ACCOUNTING & TREASURY S&W

4,000.00

ACCOUNTING & TREASURY O/E

1,500.00

TAX COLLECTOR O/E

300.00

ENGINEERING S&W

7,500.00

ENGINEERING O/E

4,500.00

PLANNING ADMINISTRATION S&W

1,000.00

PLANNING ADMINISTRATION O/E

6,000.00

UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE O/E

3,000.00

ADMIN, CODE ENFORCE/ENVIRON S&W

19,000.00

ADMIN, CODE ENFORCE/ENVIRON O/E

3,500.00

POLICE DEPARTMENT S&W

50,000.00

COMMUNITY SERVICES ADMIN S&W

16,000.00

STREETS & ROADS S&W

25,000.00

SANITARY & STORM S&W

5,000.00

TRAFFIC S&W

6,500.00

CENTRAL GARAGE S&W

8,000.00

REFUSE COLLECTION S&W

4,000.00

SHADE TREES S&W

9,500.00

PARK SERVICES O/E

5,000.00

HEALTH SERVICES S&W

30,000.00

SENIOR CITIZENS O/E

1,500.00

RECYCLING O/E

29,500.00

MUNICIPAL COURT S&W

10,000.00

CULTURAL AFFAIRS S&W

14,000.00

SOCIAL SECURITY

40,000.00

FIRE DEPARTMENT S&W

50,000.00

TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY S&W

9,600.00

STORM CLEARANCE S&W

6,100.00

RECREATION PROGRAMS S&W

10,000.00

PARKS SERVICES S&W

11,500.00

TRAFFIC O/E

1,250.00

GASOLINE

63,750.00

DISEL FUEL

12,600.00

DUMP FEES

61,000.00

CAPITAL IMPROVE MENT FUND

20,000.00

TOTAL TRANSFERS

$285,800.00

$285,800.00

WATER UTILITY

FROM

TO

WATER OPERATING – S&W

58,000.00

WATER COMMERCIAL – S&W

15,000.00

WATER OPERATING O/E

73,000.00

TOTAL TRANSFERS

$73,000.00

$73,000.00

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 the Water Collector be and she hereby is authorized to cancel water charges and interest on Township owned property located at 15 Pine Street (Block 4201 Lot 7) in the amount of $320.19 through December 31, 2005.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that no further water charges be issued unless the property is sold.

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On motion made by Councilor Mattox and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted by unanimous vote:

WHEREAS, the Township of Montclair performs certain work, constructs various public improvements, and purchases various equipment and/or materials for the Township for public improvements and water improvements;

WHEREAS, the Township of Montclair, in order to provide such public improvements must fund the various items through general and water capital ordinances, and by the issuance of bonds and notes for the necessary funds; and

WHEREAS, upon completion of the various general and water improvements and/or purchases, all of the money provided for may not have been needed or spent in order to complete the purpose required in the original bond ordinance; and

WHEREAS, NJ Law permits the cancellation of such original bond ordinance after completion and provides that any remaining moneys in such ordinance may be transferred to the General Capital and/or Water Utility Surplus Funds to be utilized in an appropriate fashion thereafter; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Township of Montclair, in the County of Essex, that certain such ordinances as listed below are hereby declared to be completed and canceled and all funds remaining shall be allocated to the General Capital and/or Water Capital Surplus Funds as provided and allowed by law and determined by the Chief Financial Officer.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

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On motion made by Councilor Tobin and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted by unanimous vote:

WHEREAS, State law and the regulations of the State Health Benefits Program permit municipalities who participate in the program to offer an incentive for eligible participants to withdraw from the program; and

WHEREAS, said regulations authorize municipalities to offer up to 50% of the premium cost savings as payment to employees to not participate in the health benefits program; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Montclair has been participating in this program; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to update and reaffirm Township of Montclair participation in this program; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Council does hereby reaffirm the Township policy of reimbursement to employees who choose not to participate in the State Health Benefits Program; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said reimbursement will be in the amount of 50% of the premium cost savings realized by the Township for the employee and, if applicable, spouse at the traditional plan level and as certified by the Chief Financial Officer.

***

On motion made by Councilor Lang 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: $1,319,787.23.

REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

Councilor Tobin wished all a happy holiday season. He encouraged everyone to participate in the First Night festivities.

Deputy Mayor Michaelson and Mayor Remsen echoed those sentiments.

Mayor Remsen referenced the Council’s Strategic Plan and noted that the Council will update the plan for the new calendar year. He also asked all residents to resolve to drive more safely when traveling in our community.

Councilor Mattox asked the Council to commit to establishing closer relationships with public utilities in order to receive better service to the community. He stated that the status of Channel 34 should be a priority.

Councilor Freier complimented the Township on recent changes to the refuse pickup and recycling schedules during this holiday period.

He also asked the Council to consider the rescheduling of a Council meeting on October 31, 2006.

Councilor Lang stated that this has been an excellent year with “quality of life” services improving for the entire community. Go Rutgers! Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat wished all the usual sentiments plus “fun” in the year ahead.

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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:

Chris Joyce, Vice President Finance, Montclair Cooperative School, expressed continuing concerns regarding the amended school ordinance. He believes the provisions of the ordinance will limit development of private schools within the Township.

Mr. Jim Lucenda, parent of a child in the Montclair Cooperative School, believes any changes in the school ordinance may create safety issues around school sites. He stated that the Coop proposal meets current standards.

Ms. Cindy Furlong, 4 The Fairway, asked how the new school ordinance will “protect” the proposed public school construction. She believes the school ordinance is discriminatory because it will have a far greater impact on private schools than public schools.

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

***

At 10:37 P.M., on motion made by Mayor Remsen and duly seconded, the Regular Meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote.

________________________________________________

EDWARD REMSEN MAYOR

ATTEST:

________________________________________

LINDA S. WANAT MUNICIPAL CLERK

 
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