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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   May 25, 2005

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tapes #14-05 & 15-05 on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office May 25, 2005
Wildwood Crest, NJ

Prior to the commencement of the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, the Commissioners welcomed the “Junior Officials” from Crest Memorial School , and presentations were made by the respective “Junior Officials.”

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:

Cabrera – Gould – 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 and The Press on December 6, 2004.

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 a Proclamation, which was presented to Patricia Regan on behalf of the Board of Commissioners as an expression of gratitude, which lauded her many years of exemplary service to the Wildwood Crest School System through dedicated teaching efforts that have so richly enhanced the education of the children of the Borough of Wildwood Crest.  Miss Regan thanked the Board of Commissioners for giving her a “day” of her own, and went on to thank those present for their support over the years.

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 976

AN ORDINANCE REVISING AND AUGMENTING CHAPTER 47,

PARKING METERS, SECTION 2, ZONES ESTABLISHED, OF THE

CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, BY ADDING

THERETO ONE (1) ADDITIONAL PARKING METER ZONE

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 976 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 09-05

(Authorizing appointment of Joyce P. Gould as the governing body

representative to the Joint Construction Office of the Wildwoods)

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 10-05

(Authorizing appointment of Carl H. Groon as the Class I Member of the

Wildwood Crest Planning Board)

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 11-05

(Authorizing appointment of Joyce P. Gould as the Class III Member

of the Wildwood Crest Planning Board)

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 12-05

(Authorizing advertisement of Notice to Bidders for Street

Excavations Trench Restoration)

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 13-05

(Authorizing the Borough Clerk to issue a Special Events Permit to the

Wildwood Civic Club for a Dog Show to be held on June 23, 2005 between

the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 14-05

(Authorizing designation of the Commissioner of Revenue & Finance and

the CFO as the Borough representatives for quarterly meetings with

officials of the Wildwood Water Utility)

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 15-05

(Authorizing appointment of Joyce P. Gould as the elected official

of the Borough to serve on the Urban Enterprise Zone Board of Directors)

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

Mr. Groon motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all reports received, from the Court Administrator, Tax Collector and Chief of Police, be read and filed, and that the detailed financial report prepared by the CFO as of April 30, 2005 be approved as presented.

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

THE CLERK READ IN FULL ALL REPORTS RECEIVED AS AFORESAID.

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that the minutes of meetings held April 20 and May 4, 2005, as well as the Special Meeting of April 28, 2005 and the May 17, 2005 re-organization meeting, be approved.

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

A discussion was had with regard to recent legislation amending the Tourism Development Fee and specifically amending the definition of “tourism lodging.” The Clerk inquired of the Board of Commissioners as to whether it was their desire that the Borough Clerk’s Office provide the second billing for the tourism development fee as necessitated by the amended legislation, or to have GWTIDA do the second billing. The Clerk added that it may be necessary for the Borough to adopt an ordinance amending the Tourism Development Fee ordinance presently in effect. The Solicitor interjected that all three municipalities must mutually adopt amending ordinances and billing procedures. Mr. Cabrera stated that, since the legislation was made retroactive to July 1, 2004, it was his opinion that the Borough should do the billing because the Borough would have better control. The Clerk stated that the concern is with the “retroactive application” of the fee back to 2004 since both 2004 and 2005 billing periods have “come and gone” and the recently received legislation would necessitate “double bills.”

 

The CFO interjected that this legislation “is nothing but an expense to the municipality,” since the Borough is “just a conduit to get the money to GWTIDA” and none of the monies generated by a second billing would be retained by the Borough. Mr. Groon inquired of the Solicitor as to whether the Borough is obligated under the legislation to do the retroactive billing.

 

Ms. Corino responded that the statute does not make a distinction, and in her opinion the Borough is not obligated to do a billing but, rather, to “collect.” The CFO interjected that the billing would impact those who have never been billed before and consequently there will be “nothing but negative feedback.” The CFO added that it was his opinion that the legislation is “permissive” and not “mandated.” The Solicitor inquired if the other municipalities had acted on the new legislation. The Clerk responded that he did not know and that he would check with those municipalities. The Clerk added, however, that GWTIDA has done the billing for both Wildwood and North Wildwood for 2004 and 2005. Mr. Groon inquired if the statute requires GWTIDA to do the billing for Wildwood and North Wildwood, or is that a decision of the municipality? The Clerk responded that the statute does not require it, and that the Borough does the billing because there was an enforcement issue since GWTIDA does not have statutory authority to enforce the provisions of the law, i.e., collect the fees in court. He added that the legislation constantly refers to “municipality” and there is no provisions for “or agent” in the relevant portions of the law.  Mr. Groon stated his understanding that the statute requires the municipality to do the billing. The Clerk responded that that is the Borough’s interpretation of the legislation. 

 

The Solicitor interjected that the Commissioners should consider the fact that, should the Borough bill for the 2004 and 2005 tourism fees, the Borough would have no power to enforce a non-payment of the fee because the Borough’s enforcement authority rests with the mercantile license and not the tourism development fee. Mr. Groon inquired if the legislation provides that the fee is retroactive. The Clerk responded in the affirmative, adding that a copy of the legislation was provided to the Commissioners on May 19, 2005. Mr. Groon clarified his question, questioning if “prior to that” the fees were required. The Clerk responded “no,” stating that the most recent legislation provided for a “retroactive” fee to July 1, 2004 and notice of that legislation was provided to the Borough on May 6, 2005. Mr. Cabrera inquired of the CFO what the projected revenue would be from a retroactive billing. The CFO responded “I would have no idea” since that information would be in the Borough Clerk’s Office. The Clerk interjected that it will be necessary for his office to determine what properties would be affected by this new legislation and bill accordingly. Mr. Groon inquired if the figure would be the same for 2005 as for 2004. The Clerk responded that he did not think so since there has been “considerably more development”. Mr. Groon then inquired if the 2005 billing had been sent out. The Clerk responded that the bills were mailed in early April, 2005 and that a “great deal” of those bills have already been paid. Mr. Cabrera inquired if there was “a sense of urgency” to make a decision on this matter. The Clerk responded, “I don’t necessarily think it needs to be tonight,” but that there was a concern that any action will need to be taken quickly and prior to the end of the summer season from a collection/enforcement standpoint. Mr. Groon inquired if a closer look could be taken at the statute, since his understanding was that the Borough is obligated to collect the fees. Mr. Groon added that he saw no rush in collecting the 2004 fees. Mrs. Gould agreed. Mr. Cabrera interjected, “I don’t see the sense to make a decision tonight.” Mr. Groon also suggested that the Borough appoint a representative from within the administration to “talk to GWTIDA.” The Clerk interjected that he has spoken with GWTIDA representatives on numerous occasions. Mr. Groon inquired if it was agreed that the Clerk should follow up with GWTIDA. Mrs. Gould responded in the affirmative. Mr. Cabrera inquired if the Borough “would be out of line to request reimbursement for the mailing and postage” that the Borough will be required to expend. Mr. Groon responded that that decision will be made after a determination is made as to who will be doing the billing. Mrs. Gould stated, “we can ask.”

 

A discussion was then had regarding an independent appraisal on the Philip Baker House. The Clerk reported that “this is the last piece of the puzzle” to finalize an application to be filed through the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund. Mrs. Gould inquired if funds are available to have an appraisal of the property completed. The CFO responded that there is a line item that can be charged and he is told that there is an approximate cost of $2,500.00. Mrs. Gould inquired if the Borough has a specific person in mind. The CFO responded that his question to the Solicitor is whether it would be permissible to have only one appraisal done, or would the Borough be required to provide three appraisals. The Solicitor responded that she could not answer that question because it was her understanding from the last discussion of the matter that the current owner of the property was going to obtain the independent appraisal and that the Borough would not have to have that obligation. The Solicitor added that she was not aware of who provided the estimate of $2,500.00 but it was her opinion that if it is an MAI appraiser, the figure seems low.

 

Mrs. Gould interjected her opinion that the Borough should utilize an MAI appraiser, adding “if we are going to do this, we should do it right.” The CFO stated, “if we are selling and someone else is buying, it has always been [his] understanding that … it takes three appraisals.”

 

The Clerk indicated that the matter has been discussed and the process commenced in January, 2005. Mr. Cabrera inquired as to what line item the fee for the appraisal would be taken. The CFO responded it would be charged to the Engineer.

 

Mr. Cabrera interjected that if the Borough is serious about purchasing the property, and an appraisal would be the next step, a decision needs to be made to go forward with the appraisal. It was Mr. Cabrera’s opinion that the Borough should “go forward.” Mrs. Gould agreed. Mr. Groon inquired, “what do we need to do to make this work?” The Clerk responded that there should be “an attempt to reach out to MAI qualified appraisers to provide a letter of interest with a not to exceed amount, completion date, etc. and to thereafter approve with a professional services contract.” Mr. Groon inquired if the Borough needs to get three names and prices.

 

Mrs. Gould stated that all of the attorneys in the area have names of appraisers and asked if the Solicitor could call the current owner to determine if she had obtained an appraisal. The Solicitor responded that the owner is currently out of state and did not know when she would return. Mr. Groon interjected that it is the intent of the Commissioners to move forward, and that whatever is needed for the next meeting, “let’s make it happen.” Mr. Cabrera reminded those present that the decision to invest $2,500 is heavily reliant upon completion of the project to get the dollars required to purchase the building. The Clerk added that it is important to remember that if three appraisals are required, that number will be closer to $8,000 or $9,000. Mr. Groon interjected his opinion that only one is necessary. The CFO stated, “we do not have enough for three.” Mr. Groon clarified that several appraisers should be called to obtain quotes for doing the appraisal, but only one appraisal would be necessary. Mrs. Gould urged those present to remember that the Borough’s centennial is only five years away in 2010, and “it would be nice” if some of the older buildings are still here at that time.

 

The next matter for discussion regarded a “policy determination” as to public donations or contributions for public purposes. The Clerk reported that the Commissioners have been provided with a “DLGS budget statement” with respect to that not being a permitted activity, but that it has been occurring and there is no clear-cut policy in the Borough in that regard. He requested direction from the Commissioners as to their wishes with regard to the matter, adding that an ordinance would be required. Mr. Groon indicated that he had asked that the matter be put on the agenda since he had received a couple of requests in recent days and he “felt very uncomfortable” with spending taxpayer money without having a set policy. The Solicitor was asked if such a policy would be permissible. The Solicitor responded that she will research the matter. Mrs. Gould interjected that the Commissioners “are the community” and are the ones people call for assistance. It was Mrs. Gould’s opinion that the Borough should make contributions. Mrs. Gould then asked the CFO if he could estimate how much the Borough spends per year on these types of contributions.

The CFO responded that the Borough has made every attempt to keep the number at zero since it is clear that the regulation states, “unless the specific entity is listed in the statute” the Borough is prohibited from making a contribution. The CFO agreed with Mrs. Gould that the amount of money would not be “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” but there would be no end to the line once it starts. Mrs. Gould reiterated her opinion that it is important to help the community.

 

Mr. Cabrera interjected that the regulation does permit certain organizations to receive assistance from the municipality, and he requested a list of those organizations. Mr. Cabrera added that there are many children in Wildwood Crest who play sports, and that the Borough can either make contributions to the “Greater Wildwood” organizations, or create its own at considerably more expense. The CFO interjected that there is no accounting of that money, i.e., the organization receives funds from the Borough but the Borough does not receive an accounting of where those funds are spent. He went on to add that the regulation is very specific that an accounting must be received by the Borough. Mr. Groon suggested that the Commissioners be provided with a list of what the State considers aid, what organizations are on the list, then discuss the matter at a future meeting. The Clerk interjected that the regulation provides that the Solicitor should be consulted in the matter. Mrs. Gould stated that it should be remembered that they can be either Borough sponsored events or events that benefit the Borough. Mr. Groon indicated that his concern is “where do you draw the line?”

 

A discussion was then had regarding the Eustace Mita Project in the Diamond Beach section of Lower Township , and its impact on the Borough of Wildwood Crest. The Clerk reported that the Solicitor and former Mayor Pantalone had appeared before the Lower Township Zoning Board and went on record that the Borough vigorously opposes the project. The Clerk went on to add that Mayor Groon has indicated he would also like to go on record with respect to the Borough’s position in the matter. The Solicitor reported that she and former Mayor Pantalone attended two meetings and correspondence had been sent from various individuals in the Borough objecting to the project. She went on to add that the Lower Township Zoning Board will not accept letters without personal appearances before the Board. The Solicitor indicated that the appearances by herself and former Mayor Pantalone do not seem to have had any substantial affect. She indicated that if the present Board of Commissioners wish to object, they can attend the Lower Township Zoning Board meetings or designate someone to attend to reiterate the Borough’s objections. Mr. Cabrera interjected that one of the issues was that the Borough did not take any official action in the form of a resolution, and he suggested that that be done. He added that it was his understanding that the CAFRA hearing was to be held June 1, 2005. The Solicitor stated that she and former Mayor Pantalone had presented letters from the Borough’s Fire Official and that they had raised safety issues with regard to necessary apparatus as well as traffic issues. She went on to add that Mr. Pantalone had read a lengthy statement into the record on behalf of the Borough of Wildwood Crest. She indicated that the objections raised in that statement could be reduced to a resolution and provided to CAFRA. Mrs. Gould inquired if a resolution could be prepared at the current meeting. The Clerk responded that the Board of Commissioners could take a short recess to enable both he and the Solicitor to prepare such a resolution. Mr. Groon asked the Solicitor if all of the Borough’s options had been exhausted. The Solicitor responded that as a neighboring municipality, the Borough has received notice of the applications, and if the applicant can provide adequate assurances to the Board hearing the application with respect to the concerns raised by the Borough, the Borough has no power to prevent an application from being granted. The Clerk reported that a recent application has been made by Eustace Mita to CAFRA and that information had been circulated to the Board of Commissioners. Mrs. Gould suggested that a resolution be prepared to be presented to CAFRA.

 

Finally, a discussion was had with regard to Planning Board and Zoning Board matters. Mrs. Gould reported that she and Mr. Groon had met separately with the Planners in order to be brought current with the status of the Master Plan revisions and to offer their thoughts and concerns.

 

Alan Seyhaus, 6810 Seaview Avenue , commented on the street construction project and voiced his displeasure that the construction has been on-going since March. He inquired as to the status of the project and the projected completion date. Mr. Cabrera responded that the weather has caused delays in the project, and indicated that it is hoped the streets will be completed shortly after Memorial Day. He added that any completion date would be contingent upon the weather.

 

Mr. Seyhaus indicated that the sidewalks still have to be installed, and asked if perhaps the Borough had taken on a larger project than it should have. Mr. Cabrera responded that the Borough is in Phase II of the Street Reconstruction Project from a federal grant program, and that grant provided for reconstruction of twelve streets and only eight are being done at the present time. The remaining four streets are in the northern end of town.

 

George Litella, 301 East Lotus Road , voiced his concerns regarding the water lines and the water going into homes on Lotus Road . He indicated he has spoken to Commissioner Cabrera, and understands there is only so much money allotted to do the streets, but is concerned about the quality of water in his home. He utilizes a filter that must be changed every three months. He has been advised that by replacing the lines further down on Lotus Road his water quality should improve. He inquired, however, if there is any intention to change the water lines on the 300 block of Lotus Road . Mr. Cabrera responded that Wildwood Water Utility owns and makes the decision as to when those lines will be replaced. That entity did take advantage of the street reconstruction to replace the water lines on other streets. Mr. Cabrera went on to state that tentatively, in Phase III of the street reconstruction, the 300 block of Lotus will be in the plans. Mr. Cabrera indicated that it is planned that Phase III of the street reconstruction will be undertaken during the winter of 2005-06. Mr. Litella inquired if there are other streets with a problem of rusty water. Mr. Cabrera responded that there are other areas with rusty water.

 

Madelyn Calloway, 7601 Pacific Avenue , indicated that she was happy to see the Philip Baker House matter on the agenda for discussion, but was surprised to see the matter concerning public donations. She inquired if that would include private citizens who wanted to contribute to the purchase of the Philip Baker House. The Solicitor responded that the matter was not about accepting donations, but rather about the Borough making donations. Mrs. Calloway added that she has had several people sign petitions urging the Borough to purchase the property. She indicated that she has spoken to the Borough’s state and U.S. representatives who are interested in providing assistance to the Borough to purchase the property.

 

Mrs. Calloway inquired if the street reconstruction will continue “all summer long.” Mr. Cabrera responded that the construction should be concluded by the second week of June, and no construction will be commenced again until the fall or winter.

 

Gregory Borris, a resident of the Diamond View Condominiums in Lower Township , inquired if Wildwood Crest could annex Diamond Beach . Mrs. Gould responded, “they tried to do that years ago.” Mr. Borris went on to comment on the Eustace Mita project, indicating that the CAFRA hearing will not take into consideration any comments made at the Zoning Board level. He urged the Borough of Wildwood Crest to make a formal objection to CAFRA with regard to this project. The Solicitor responded that, other than the objects and concerns raised and the aesthetics involved, the Borough has no traffic impact study to provide to CAFRA, and the applicant has one that indicates it will not be a problem. Mr. Borris indicated that he has not seen any such reports. He went on to state that the Township wants to rezone all of Diamond Beach east of Atlantic Avenue to raise the height to 150 feet, and no studies have been done with regard to the impact of higher buildings. Mr. Borris once again urged the Board of Commissioners to draft a resolution opposing the project.

 

Jeff Ziccardi, 314 East Jefferson, agreed with Mr. Borris, adding that he appreciates the actions taken by the Borough of Wildwood Crest, and urged that a formal resolution be sent to CAFRA.

 

Kathy Popper, 311 East Jefferson, added her support to Mr. Borris and Mr. Ziccardi, indicating that the Borough should join with the residents of Jefferson Avenue and Diamond Beach in opposing the project.

 

Tina Ziccardi, 314 East Jefferson, commented that the Jefferson Avenue residents are frustrated because attorneys have been hired and many residents objected to the project and it was her opinion that Lower Township is not hearing the objections and concerns. She went on to add that the CAFRA hearing is the last opportunity for their objections to be voiced.  Ms. Ziccardi also commented on the existing traffic problems on Jefferson Avenue , and the additional traffic to be expected if the Mita project is approved will only heighten the problems.

 

An unidentified member of the audience commented on the increased density that would occur with the completion of the proposed project. He indicated that presently there are approximately 200 sleeping rooms, and the proposed project would provide for over 300 bedrooms. That would increase water and sewage costs for “the island” and not impact Lower Township . He also was concerned about demolition of the existing structure (Grand Hotel) and the “mold” that is in that building blowing into Wildwood Crest. Mrs. Gould interjected that “the resources here are already being taxed” such as gas, electric and water.

 

An unidentified member of the audience spoke on the preservation of the DooWop structures in Wildwood Crest and the proposed Master Plan revisions. It was his opinion that it is too late for the older buildings, and urged that “smart growth” would be the ideal.

 

Alan Gould, 8801 Seaview Avenue , stated that he liked to see the pro-active approach by the membership of the Board of Commissioners. It was his opinion that they will receive the support of the community.   Mr. Gould inquired if there is a requirement for an MAI appraisal on the Philip Baker House. The Solicitor responded that she did not know if there is a requirement for an MAI appraisal, but indicated that there is some difficulty to find “comparable sales” and the purchase price cannot be justified by comparables. Mr. Gould stated that there are MAI appraisers who are familiar with the community, and he offered his services to the Borough to assist in finding an appropriate appraiser. The Solicitor responded that the delay has not been the fault of the Borough, but, rather, the present owner who had indicated she would obtain the appraisal. Apparently, an appraisal could not be obtained that would justify the price requested, and funding cannot be applied for/obtained without the appropriate appraisal. Mrs. Gould suggested that a letter be sent to the present owner with a list of appraisers so that she would have it when she returns to town. The Solicitor concurred, adding “or you are going to decide if you want to authorize the $2,500…and proceed that way.” Mr. Gould interjected that the matter seems simple – take the $2,500 and hire an appraiser.

 

Mr. Gould stated “it’s an excellent idea” to draft a resolution opposing the Mita project. He inquired if the Solicitor was aware of any “studies” done with regard to the project. She responded that the applicant had indicated at one of the hearings she had attended that studies had been done, and it was her opinion that they could not have gotten this far without professional reports and studies. Mr. Gould stated “at some point we would have a right to take a look it.”  The Solicitor continued by saying that at one of the hearings there was a fire expert who indicated that a fire report had been done. The report was not made available. Additionally, a member of Lower Township ’s Fire Department was present, who indicated that his department was satisfied. Mr. Gould suggested that the fire department may not be satisfied “when the appeal process starts.”

 

Joe Lloyd congratulated the three Commissioners on their ability to work together, and wished them good luck in the next four years.

 

Madelyn Calloway inquired if there would be a way to post the street cleaning schedule on the streets. Mr. Cabrera responded that the Borough has an ordinance designating the street cleaning schedule. He went on to state that it is difficult for the Public Works Department to follow that schedule because of the tourism nature of the town.

 

An unidentified female member of the audience inquired if it would be possible to have a parking meter in front of her business removed and replaced with a “twenty minute parking” sign. Mr. Groon advised her to speak to the police department about her request. Mrs. Gould interjected that it is difficult to remove meters because it involves amending of ordinances. Mr. Groon indicated that he would research the matter.

 

Mr. Litella inquired if contractors are permitted to work seven days per week on a construction project. The Clerk responded that they are not. Mr. Litella indicated there is a construction project near his home where they are working seven days per week. The Clerk amended his answer to indicate that it is permitted until the Friday before Memorial Day, adding that the hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during approved days of the week.

 

A closed session was next authorized to be held, the purposes for which are approved by the provisions of the Open Public Meeting Act, specifically potential litigation: Cresse Avenue Sewer Billing; Negotiations: GWTIDA billing charges; Personnel: Planning Board Class II Member, Zoning Officer.

There being no further comments, THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 16-05

(Closed session: negotiation [GWTIDA billings and collections]; personnel

[Grants Coordinator]; and potential litigation [ Cresse Avenue sewer billing])

 

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

 

Upon returning from closed session, THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 17-05

(Authorizing appointment of Michael Preston as the Class II Member

of the Wildwood Crest Planning Board)

 

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 18-05

(Opposing a CAFRA application by Achristavest, LLC c/o Eustace Mita

in the Diamond Beach section of Lower Township )

 

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

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

 

There being no further comments or discussion, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the meeting be adjourned.

Vote:          Cabrera-Gould-Groon-Yes

____________________________________

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

 

 

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