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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   July 6, 2011

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on CD #15-11 on File in the Wildwood Crest, NJ Borough Clerk’s Office July 6, 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 9:30 a.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 RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 567-11

 

Authorizing Retention Via Professional Services Agreement Of A Community Development Consultant

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest requires the professional services of a Community Development Consultant for the performance of duties associated therewith, and more specifically for the administration of a Department of Community Affairs Small Cities Fiscal Year 2012 grant, if so awarded; and

 

WHEREAS, on July 6, 2011, the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest did authorize Blauer Associates to make application to the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program, for the project entitled “Cresse Avenue Drainage Improvements” in the not to exceed amount of $500,000; and

 

WHEREAS, it is desired to employ a professional, pursuant to law, who is duly trained, experienced and specialized in the area of community development; and

 

WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law provides for the entering into of a contract for professional services pursuant to R.S.40A:11-5(1)(a), without advertising for competitive bidding; and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough has determined that Mark Blauer of Blauer Associates, Inc. is qualified to perform the said work and it is desired to enter a professional contract with him for said services pursuant to law, and to provide for the advertising of a notice pursuant to law; and

 

WHEREAS, Mark Blauer of Blauer Associates, Inc., has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification which certifies that Mark Blauer and Blauer Associates, Inc. will not make any reportable contributions pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 commencing July 6, 2011 to any political committee or candidate through the term of this contract;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May , New Jersey , as follows:

 

1.                                    Mark Blauer of Blauer Associates, Inc., is hereby retained as Community Development Consultant to provide specialized professional services in the field of community development work. The said professional services to be received shall be “as directed” by the Borough of Wildwood Crest from time to time.

 

2.                                    The Mayor and Borough Clerk be and they are hereby authorized and directed to enter into a contract with Mark Blauer of Blauer Associates, Inc., for specialized professional services as Community Development Consultant for a term of one (1) year, which contract shall provide for a fee of $1,800.00 for the submission of any authorized grant application and administrative fees to be paid from the proceeds of any grant funds realized; all of which is more fully described in the attached agreement which is made a part hereof by reference as if fully set forth, all of which is more fully conditioned upon certification of availability of funds below by the Chief Financial Officer in conjunction with commitment by the governing body to fund said costs and fees in the CY 2011 Municipal Budget.

 

3.                                    This contract is awarded without competitive bidding as a professional service in accordance with the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law aforesaid, and in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1, and shall be in a form approved by the Borough.

 

4.                                    The Business Disclosure Entity Certification and the Determination of Value shall be placed on file with this Resolution.

 

5.                                    This Resolution and a copy of the contract for professional services shall be maintained on filed in the offices of the Borough Clerk for public inspection.

 

6.                                    A copy of this Resolution shall be published in the legal newspaper designated by the Borough as required by law, within ten (10) days of its passage.

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 568-11

 

WHEREAS, DAWN SOCKRITER, 6 J Avenue, West Wildwood, New Jersey 08260, has paid Four Hundred Ten ($410.00) Dollars to the Borough of Wildwood Crest for the enrollment of her daughter, Megan Miller, in the Pier Playmates Program; and

 

WHEREAS, Megan Miller will be unable to attend the 2011 Pier Playmates due to an unforeseen injury; and

 

WHEREAS, DAWN SOCKRITER has requested a refund of the Four Hundred Ten ($410.00) Dollars paid to the Borough of Wildwood Crest;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, that the Chief Financial Officer be and is hereby authorized and directed to issue a refund in the amount of Four Hundred Ten ($410.00) Dollars to DAWN SOCKRITER, 6 J Avenue, West Wildwood, New Jersey 08260.

 

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. 569-11

 

WHEREAS, DAVID ALLES and LINDA ISGRO-ALLES, 110 West Chestnut Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470, have paid Three Hundred Eighty Five ($385.00) Dollars to the Borough of Wildwood Crest for the enrollment of their son, Owen Alles, in the Pier Playmates Program; and

 

WHEREAS, the Alles family have learned that they will not be able to relocate to Wildwood Crest for the summer, and have requested a refund of the monies paid; and

 

WHEREAS, Owen Alles has not attended any Pier Playmates Program sessions;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, that the Chief Financial Officer be and is hereby authorized and directed to issue a refund in the amount of Three Hundred Eighty Five ($385.00) Dollars to DAVID ALLES, 110 Chestnut Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470.

 

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. 570-11

 

WHEREAS, Stephen H. Ritchie, Chief Financial Officer of the Borough of Wildwood Crest shall retire from office effective August 1, 2011; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A9:140.10, there is a requirement to fill the vacancy of the position of Chief Financial Officer; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A9:140.13, the governing body or Chief Executive Officer, as appropriate, is empowered to appoint a Temporary Chief Financial for a period of not to exceed one (1) year; and

 

WHEREAS, Commissioner Joyce P. Gould, Director of the Department of Revenue and Finance has offered into nomination the name of Neil Young, to serve as Temporary Chief Financial Officer for a period of one (1) year, commencing effective August 1, 2011 and expiring July 31, 2012; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest has determined that it is in the best interests of the Borough of Wildwood Crest to confirm and ratify the appointment of Neil Young as Temporary Chief Financial Officer for the temporary period above stated.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May , New Jersey , as follows:

 

1.      The allegations of the preamble hereto are incorporated herein as if fully set forth.

2.      The appointment of Neil Young as “Temporary Chief Financial Officer,” effective August 1, 2011 by Commissioner Joyce P. Gould, at an annual salary as permitted within the parameters of the range established in the current year “Salary Ordinance” of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, be and the same is hereby confirmed and ratified.

 

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. 571-11

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, that the Chief Financial Officer be and is hereby authorized to void the following checks issued against Borough of Wildwood Crest Disbursement Account at Crest Savings Bank (Acct. No. 54-901558-7):

 

 

 

Check #          Check Date                                          Amount

 

40634               11-7-2008                                           $ 201.72

37816                6-6-2008                                                89.76

43002               6-12-2009                                              850.03

43198               6-26-2009                                              876.55

43413               7-10-2009                                              929.54

43698               7-24-2009                                              876.55

1313 (manual) 10-13-2009                                              40.00

44761             10-16-2009                                              202.03

46783               2-19-2010                                                70.04

47204                 4-1-2010                                                86.63

47212                 4-1-2010                                              127.23

47374               4-16-2010                                                     .32 (balance)

47428               4-16-2010                                                37.93 

47505               4-16-2010                                              105.00

47942               5-28-2010                                              228.03

48016               6-11-2010                                            1125.02

48146               6-11-2010                                              108.37

48321               6-25-2010                                                  2.00 (balance)

49662                 9-3-2010                                                33.34

50227               10-1-2010                                              150.55

50682             11-12-2010                                                     .60 (balance)

50974             12-10-2010                                              266.97

51120             12-22-2010                                              322.52

51184             12-22-2010                                              151.71

51256             12-22-2010                                          $  108.37

                                                                                                 

 

TOTAL AUTHORIZED TO BE VOIDED             $ 6,990.81

 

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. 572-11

 

WHEREAS, on July 5, 2011 ,  LISA TRAVASCIO , 112 E. Louisville Ave. , Wildwood Crest , NJ 08260 applied for a Special Events Permit for the purpose of a BLOCK PARTY to be held on July 16 , 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the 100 East Block of Louisville Ave .; and

 

WHEREAS, LISA TRAVASCIO has supplied all documentation required under Ordinance No. 936, including the requisite Certificate of Insurance, and has further pledged to comply with all applicable rules and regulations pertaining to the conduct of said Special Event; and

 

WHEREAS, the application has been reviewed by the Board of Commissioners, upon verification by appropriate members of staff as to completeness of the application, scheduling compatibility, etc.;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey that the Borough Clerk be and he is hereby authorized and directed to issue a Special Events Permit to LISA TRAVASCIO , 112 E. Louisville Ave. , Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260 for the purpose of a BLOCK PARTY to be held on July 16, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the 100 East Block of Louisville Ave .

 

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 below, be paid.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

With regard to the Bayview Drive reconstruction, it was reported that the project would be placed in the 2012 capital plan.

 

Concerning Commission member salary levels and the November municipal elections, there was a discussion of about possibly placing a non-binding referendum question on the November 2011 general election ballot with regard to moving the municipal election to November. Mr. Cabrera stated his preference to put the matter out to non-binding referendum to the voters since it would save the residents approximately $20,000 every four years in municipal election costs. The Clerk indicated that a resolution will be necessary at the July 20th meeting. He requested that the Solicitor prepare the necessary language for inclusion in a resolution for presentation to the County Clerk and County Election Board prior to mid-August in order to have the matter placed on the November ballot, and that accompanying ballot question/interpretive statement be drafted as well.

 

In conjunction with the proposal to move the municipal election to November, the suggestion was also made that, in light of new pension/health insurance legislation, Commissioner compensation should be changed for any new administration.

 

Mr. Groon reported that, with regard to combining the Planning and Zoning Boards, the Borough is moving forward with preparing the appropriate ordinance for introduction at an upcoming Commission meeting.

 

With regard to the 2012 Capital Plan, the Clerk reported that he had supplied a revised worksheet to the governing body with planned projects/equipment purchases with cost estimates. Additionally, the Chief of Police and the Superintendent of Public Works were in attendance at the meeting in the event they had any input for the 2012 Capital Plan. The first matter for discussion was the match for the grant application for the 2011-12 Small Cities Grant. It was determined that the Borough’s match would be 15% and the maximum grant would be $400,000. The amount projected for that project was $585,000 and therefore the amount to be put in the capital plan would be $140,000.

 

Discussion next shifted to the Heather Road project ( New Jersey to Atlantic ). It was indicated that no grant funding was available for that project.

 

There was further discussion regarding various miscellaneous items to be included in the 2012 capital plan, and the entire plan was agreed to by the governing body.

 

There was some preliminary discussion regarding the 2013 capital plan, which would include mostly street reconstruction projects.

 

The Superintendent of Public Works indicated that there were issues with the public works facility. The comment was made that perhaps some funds would have to be included in the 2012 capital plan to make necessary repairs. The Superintendent indicated that the matters needing to be addressed included the single bathroom (toilet) for upwards of 45 people in the summer, overhead garage doors, various safety upgrades to the building, renovation of the office and a lunch room. Mr. Cabrera requested that the matter be held-over for the 2013 Capital Plan in order to provide sufficient time to make thoughtful decisions for the project.

 

There was a discussion of the new sign at Centennial Park . The Engineer indicated that he should be receiving the rendering shortly. Mrs. Gould indicated that she would like to make a presentation at the July 20th Commission meeting in order that the project can proceed.

 

With regard to the UEZ, Mr. Cabrera reported that there will be a “pot of money” from which various UEZ zones can apply to do projects. However, the state has disavowed any responsibility for administering those funds. He added that the zones will continue, and participating businesses will continue to receive the same benefits. However, the municipalities will not be receiving any percentages of the funds.

 

Mrs. Gould reported that the Centennial Committee would like to fund up to four benches to be placed on the fishing pier. Mr. Cabrera reported that the benches have been purchased. The Superintendent of Public Works indicated that he has been receiving many requests for memorial benches and since there is no program in place, he is unable to accommodate those requests. He asked that a program be implemented prior to next summer. He added that some of the existing benches will have to be removed due to deterioration. Mr. Cabrera indicated that he would draft a “bench policy” to be reviewed by the governing body.

 

There was a discussion regarding the UCC carryover inspections. It was determined that the matter would require further discussion at the August meeting in order to determine a course of action.

 

Nancy Pietropaoli, 6002 Seaview Avenue , requested an update on the Borough’s policy for handicapped parking. The Chief of Police responded that the Borough follows the state guidelines, which is to provide relief for people with handicaps. The driver is required to place money in the meter for the amount of time anticipated to be needed. If the driver does not make it back before the meter expires, no ticket will be issued within that twenty-four hour period.

 

There being no further public comments, and no further matters for discussion, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the meeting be adjourned.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        July 20, 2011

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk  

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