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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   February 23, 2011

Note: Complete Meeting Appears on CD #05-11 on File in the Wildwood Crest, NJ Borough Clerk’s Office February 23, 2011
Wildwood Crest, NJ

Prior to the opening of the meeting, Mr. Groon led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

The meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Borough of Wildwood Crest, Cape May County, New Jersey, was held in the Municipal Court Room at 7:00 p.m.  On roll call the following answered to their names:

Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

Mr. Groon read the following statement:  In compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, the notice requirements have been satisfied as to the time, place and date of holding said meeting by posting notice on the bulletin board in the Borough Hall and by mailing same to the Gazette-Leader, the Herald and The Press on November 29, 2010.

 

Mr. Groon next announced the one-way in and the one-way out method of ingress and egress in case of emergency.

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1121

A CAPITAL ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST AND APPROPRIATING THEREFOR THE AMOUNT OF $80,000 FROM GENERAL CAPITAL FUND BALANCE

 

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that Ordinance No. 1121 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 479-11

(Authorizing the establishment of the CY2011 Sewer Rate)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 480-11

(Authorizing introduction of the CY2011 Municipal Budget)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 481-11

(Authorizing Deferral of School Taxes to the year 2011 in the amount of $1,350,000)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 482-11

(Authorizing award of contract to Hertrich Fleet Services for one 2011 Ford Explorer in the not to exceed contract amount of $26,928)

 

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all bills properly authorized, as submitted and which appear in full herein below, be paid.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all reports received, from the Court Administrator, CFO, Tax Collector, Chief of Police and Recreation Supervisor for the month ending January 31, 2011 be accepted as presented and filed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that minutes of Commission meetings held January 26, 2011 and February 9, 2011, as well as closed sessions held on both dates, be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The Clerk extended his appreciation to the Borough Engineer for preparing a narrative regarding the Borough beach/dune maintenance program.  Information from that narrative will be inserted into a press release and provided to the newspapers. The Engineer also provided a narrative regarding the West Side Drainage Project, Phase 2 (Washington Avenue), for the purpose of a press release to notify the public and parents of school children of the work to be performed in the vicinity of the school at New Jersey Avenue.

 

The Clerk reported that roof renovations have commenced at all locations, including the east side of Borough Hall.

 

With regard to the Boardwalk bike path connector, the Clerk inquired if the reported discontinuation of the UEZ program will impact that project. Mr. Cabrera responded that the UEZ is attempting to finalize the design of the connector, and the latest design was provided to the Commissioners. As to the funding, he indicated that it will probably be a 2012 project and that will provide sufficient time to research funding mechanisms. He added that the Borough’s exposure for this $1 million project will be approximately $200,000.

 

The Clerk requested an update from the Engineer regarding renovations of the HVAC and electrical system at the Von Savage Pool. The Engineer responded that materials have been released, but there is a long lead time on the main unit. It is anticipated for delivery around May 15, 2011. Other preliminary work will commence in March. He added that the Borough had received an extension on the Energy Audit grant to April 11, 2011 and another extension request will be necessary because the project will not be completed by that date and funding will only be released upon the project being “substantially complete”.

 

The Clerk advised that the Borough had received a letter from the DCA indicating that an extension has been granted for the Rambler Road Park project, Phase 1, through December 31, 2011. There was further discussion regarding timelines for commencement of the project in light of the extension of time, and the Engineer was asked to formulate a timeline for bidding, commencement of the project and completion of the project as approval has not been provided to date from the NJDEP to proceed.

 

Concerning the Crest Pier roof project, it was reported that the Borough Engineer had a meeting with material vendors and contractors to obtain cost estimates on the project. The Engineer added that there are multiple materials cost increases scheduled for March 1st, but they will be in the range of 5% to 7%.

 

With regard to the West Side Drainage Project, Phase 2, the Mayor inquired about use of the recently purchased pump due to recent flooding at the intersection of Washington and New Jersey Avenues due to a minor tidal event. The request was made that the new pump recently purchased be implemented in those events. The Engineer stated that the contractor is obligated to address those situations.

 

Regarding the UEZ administrative charges, Mr. Cabrera reported that in the 2011-12 budget, the Borough is funding approximately $5,000. There is discussion that if the State decides to not fund UEZ administration, the entire cost will fall to the municipalities. Additionally, there is discussion of new percentages of UEZ based on the number of businesses in the municipality. In that event, the Borough’s exposure will increase to $50,000.

 

There being no public comments, and no further discussion for open session, THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 483-11

(Authorizing a closed session discussion in accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act, specifically for potential litigation involving beach replenishment projects)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Upon returning from closed session, there being no further matters for discussion, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the meeting be adjourned.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        March 23, 2011

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

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