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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   March 23, 2005

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tape #8-05 on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office March 23, 2005
Wildwood Crest, NJ

Prior to the opening of the meeting, Mr. Pantalone 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:

                    Cabrera –Pantalone – Yes                    Tomlin - Absent

 Mr. Pantalone 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 and The Press on December 6, 2004.

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

Mr. Pantalone inquired if anyone present had any bid or bids to submit for (1) forklift, (2) dump trailer, (3) dump truck with spreader, or (4) utility truck with plow. Hearing no response, Mr. Pantalone inquired if the Clerk was in receipt of any such bids. The Clerk responded in the affirmative.

THE CLERK THEN READ THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS IN ITS ENTIRETY.

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Pantalone, that the bids received be opened and read.

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

THE CLERK THEN OPENED AND READ ALL BIDS RECEIVED.

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Pantalone, that the bids received be referred to the Solicitor for her evaluation and recommendation.

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

THE CLERK THEN TURNED OVER ALL BIDS TO THE SOLICITOR.

 

THE CLERK READ THE RESOLUTION, REFERENCING INTRODUCTION OF THE 2005 MUNICIPAL BUDGET ON 2/9/05, IN FULL AS FOLLOWS:

RESOLUTION NO. 700-05

(Introducing CY2005 Municipal Budget)

 

IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER, THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION IN FULL:

RESOLUTION NO. 722-05

(Authorizing the 2005 Municipal Budget to be read by title only, and that a

public hearing be held on the CY2005 Municipal Budget)

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

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

Mr. Pantalone then introduced the Borough’s auditor, Edward Kennedy, and the Borough’s Chief Financial Officer, Stephen H. Ritchie.

 

Upon motion by Mr. Cabrera, and second by Mr. Pantalone, the public hearing on the municipal budget was opened to the public.

Vote:          Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                            Tomlin-Absent

 

Jim Johnstone, 300 East Miami Avenue, thanked the Commissioners for “the good job” they have done. Mr. Johnstone then inquired about the 2005 ratables, asking if the Borough is above the $1.2 billion projected. Mr. Ritchie responded in the affirmative, indicating that the ratables have increased “just short of $51 million.” He went on to state that the 2005 ratable base is $1,311,305,112.

Mr. Johnstone inquired if there was a “general idea” as to the what the total rate will be with the inclusion of the county, library, open space, school, etc. Mr. Ritchie responded that the Borough is projecting that it is going to be “pretty flat” with last year, adding the local purpose will be down approximately one-half a cent.

Mr. Johnstone then inquired as to the salaries for the ambulance service, inquiring if the number of personnel has increased. Mr. Ritchie responded that the appropriation has increased by $59,000 over the 2004 appropriation, but that the actual amount spent in 2004 was more than that appropriated. He explained that there are combinations of issues, indicating that volunteers are getting more difficult to obtain, and consequently there was more overtime incurred in 2004 than anticipated. Additionally, there is a roll-over of a salary increase that was granted mid-year 2004, as well as cost of living increases.

Mr. Johnstone inquired as to the “other expenses” increase of approximately $17,000 for recreation buildings. Mr. Ritchie responded that much of the expense is for the swimming pool, adding that there have been “an inordinate number of problems” at the pool that need resolving. Mr. Ritchie indicated that it should not be a recurring expense and should decrease in 2006. Mr. Johnstone inquired if a warranty had expired on some equipment. Mr. Ritchie responded that the facility is more than ten years old.

Mr. Johnstone went on to inquire as to the funds received from West Wildwood for police dispatch in the amount of $28,000, asking if the increase in dispatcher salaries reflects those funds. Mr. Ritchie responded that the $28,000 is appropriated at another location in the budget documents. Mr. Johnstone inquired if it is included in the total amount appropriated for dispatch salaries. Mr. Ritchie responded in the affirmative.

Mr. Johnstone then inquired as to the appropriation for elections, asking if there is more than one election in 2005 since there is an increase from $1,500 to $17,300. The Clerk responded that there will be four elections in 2005, one of which will be the municipal election.

Mr. Johnstone inquired as to the reason for “quite an increase” for parks and buildings. Mr. Ritchie responded that there are two items included in the appropriation. One is the proposed new electrical service at Sunset Lake of approximately $10,000 to $13,000. The other is an appropriation of approximately $5,000 to $7,000 for landscaping at the Crest Pier. Those appropriations will return to the similar (previous) lower levels in 2006.

Mr. Johnstone went on to inquire as to the surplus and “where does it go?” Mr. Ritchie responded that it “sits in municipal funds to be utilized in future years.” He went on to state that for the last ten or eleven years, the Borough has utilized approximately fifty percent of the fund balance, and in 2005 it is less than the fifty percent. Mr. Ritchie indicated that if more than the fifty percent is utilized and there comes a “bad year” when the fund balance is not replenished, a raise in taxes would result. The Borough takes a conservative approach to utilizing surplus in order to avoid that possibility.  Mr. Johnstone inquired if the Borough is replenishing surplus by approximately $270,000 per year. Mr. Ritchie responded that the amount varies from year to year.

Mr. Johnstone indicated that the amount received from grants is down significantly, and inquired if the Borough “has bothered” to reapply for grants. Mr. Ritchie responded that in 2004, the amount received in grants was “pretty unique” since it included grants from the State in the amount of $1.4 million and the $420,000 from the Byrne Fund. Mr. Ritchie added that as grants become available during the year, they are incorporated in the budget by resolution.

Mr. Johnstone then inquired about the “cash and investments” line item, asking if the investments are “at certain interest rates.” Mr. Ritchie responded that very few of the Borough’s funds are in CDs, indicating that the Borough is currently getting approximately 3% interest on its investments.

Mr. Johnstone then inquired as to the rate paid by the Borough on monies borrowed. Mr. Ritchie responded that the Borough has some short term notes at 1.39%, but expects that the Borough will be paying around 2.0% when those notes mature.

Bill Hoeger, 8002 Atlantic Avenue, inquired about the contribution by the Borough in the Public Employee Retirement System in the amount of $25,000. Mr. Ritchie responded that the Borough has not been required to make contribution to the PERS for the past five or six years, and in 2005 the Borough is being required to phase in the employer’s share of contributions to the pension fund.

Mr. Hoeger then inquired about the “New Jersey Department of Education” grant for the Sunset Lake bulkhead project, asking “what percentage is the Borough contributing to that grant.” Mr. Ritchie responded that the $1.4 million grant was a 75/25 percent grant, and the Borough put a bond ordinance in place for its matching share. Mr. Hoeger then inquired if the $750,000 is included in the $1.4 million or is it “above and beyond” the “New Jersey Department of Education” grant. The Clerk interjected that the grant was from the “Department of Environmental Protection,” not Department of Education. In responding to Mr. Hoeger’s inquiry, Mr. Cabrera stated “I think it is less than that,” referring to the $750,000.

Mr. Hoeger than asked for confirmation that revenues from the Joint Construction Office are down by $14,000 and requested an explanation in light of the extensive construction taking place in the Borough. Mr. Ritchie responded that there are two sources of revenues for the Joint Construction Office, those being construction permits and contractors’ licenses. He went on to explain that in the past the license fees were retained by the Joint Construction Office, but in 2004 those fees were remitted back to the municipalities in three year batches from several years ago. Therefore, the monies realized by JCOW are on the increase, but the monies remitted to the municipalities is based on revenues received by JCOW several years ago.

Louise Johnstone, 300 East Miami Avenue, inquired as to why there was a decrease in the monies received from the Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement Development Authority. Mr. Ritchie responded that “it is going to drop again” because the source of those funds are the motels and there are fewer and fewer motels.

There being no further public comments, Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Pantalone, that the public hearing on the 2005 Municipal Budget be closed.

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

The Clerk indicated that the 2005 Municipal Budget would not be adopted at the present time as there will be a resolution amending the budget. If the amending resolution is adopted, it will necessitate the advertisement of a public hearing on the amendment to be held on April 6, 2005 at 9:30 a.m.; the notice for which shall be published in The Press of Atlantic City issue of March 30, 2005.

THE CLERK THEN READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION IN FULL:

RESOLUTION NO. 723-05

(Authorizing amendment of the CY2005 Municipal Budget)

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Pantalone, that the foregoing resolution be adopted, which resolution serves to amend the 2005 Municipal Budget of the Borough of Wildwood Crest.

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 975

AN ORDINANCE CREATING CHAPTER 66 – STORMWATER CONTROL – OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST TO ESTABLISH MINIMUM STORMWATER MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS AND FOR STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION FOR MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Pantalone, that Ordinance No. 975 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 724-05

(Authorizing certain budgetary appropriation reserve transfers)

 

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

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 725-05

(Authorizing issuance of a Special Events Permit to Dr. David Hirsch

to hold a swim meet on April 9, 2005 at the Von Savage Memorial Pool)

 

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

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 726-05

(Authorizing sale of police car to Cape May County Police Academy for $1)

 

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

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 727-05

(Authorizing appointment of Rita Zippi as Alternate Member #2

of the Zoning Board for a term commencing immediately and

expiring December 31, 2005)

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

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 728-05

(Authorizing submission of a grant application in the amount of $2500

to the CMCMUA for the purpose of expanding and/or improving the

collection of recyclables in the Borough)

 

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

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 729-06

(Authorizing appointment of Janelle Holzmer as Alternate Fund

Commissioner for the Borough in the ACMJIF)

 

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

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 730-05

(Authorizing purchase of lumber at the not to exceed amount of $48,000

off state contract to Diamond M Lumber)

Mr. Cabrera stated that the purchases authorized by the foregoing Resolution are part of the grant received from the Small Communities Block Grant to complete all street ends that need ramps or walkways.

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

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 731-05

(Authorizing new sewer rates for billing commencing CY2005)

 

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

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 732-05

(Establishing parking meter fees and dates of operation for CY2005)

 

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

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Pantalone, that all bills properly authorized, as submitted and fully contained on the following page, be paid.

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Pantalone, that the minutes of meetings held February 23 and March 9, 2005 be approved as presented.

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Pantalone, that all reports received from the Court Administrator, Tax Collector and Chief of Police, be read and filed, and that the detailed financial report as submitted by the CFO on February 28, 2005 be accepted as presented.

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

There being no further comments, Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Pantalone, that the meeting be adjourned.

Vote:           Cabrera-Pantalone-Yes                             Tomlin-Absent

 

April 20, 2005

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

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