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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   June 29, 2005

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tapes #18-05 on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office June 29, 2005
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:

Cabrera – Gould – Groon - Yes

Mr. Yecco 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.

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that Ordinance No. 977 be placed on second reading and final passage by title only.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 977

AN ORDINANCE AUGMENTING AND AMENDING THE LAND

DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD

CREST, CHAPTER 85 TO INCORPORATE THE ADOPTIN OF A

MASTER PLAN BY THE PLANNING BOARD OF THE BOROUGH OF

WILDWOOD CREST ON MAY 4, 2005 BY RESOLUTION NO. 2005-47

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 977.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Bob Young, 207 Louisville Avenue , commented on the side yard setbacks in the R1 and R2 zones, indicating that in the R1 the setback is five feet, and in the R2 it is six feet. Mr. Groon responded that was what was recommended by the Planning Board and the Master Planner. Mr. Groon added that it was his opinion that “they were trying to increase the width between houses and on duplexes.” Mr. Young stated, “with duplexes, that’s fine…but with single family…it is six [feet].” Mr. Young inquired if he was misreading the ordinance. Mr. Groon responded that he was reading it correctly. Mr. Groon went on to state that the Board of Commissioners will revisit it afterwards, and if it is something that the Board can “touch up on later” they will do so. Mr. Young then added that, for the record, he is against the R-3 Zone and that it should be made a part of the R-2 Zone. Mr. Groon responded, “it is an issue that will be revisited.”

 

David Erickson, 119 Farragut Road , inquired if the new ordinance would require properties in his zone to have only a six feet setback. He added that it is presently eight feet. Mr. Groon inquired if Mr. Erickson was referring to side yard or front setbacks. Mr. Erickson responded he was referring to side yard setbacks, adding that he was hoping that the Master Plan would require smaller lot coverage rather than the same or bigger. Mr. Groon responded that, prior to this ordinance, most of the zoning was four feet side yard setbacks, but the new ordinance requires 25% of the frontage. He went on to add that the side yard setbacks would be a combination of the 25%, with a minimum setback of six feet. Mr. Groon stated that there is a “shrinking” of the buildable area and a reduction in lot coverage.

There being no further public comments, Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 977 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that Ordinance No. 977 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 33-05

(Authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to refund certain sewerage fee overpayments)

 

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. 34-05

(Authorizing re-appointment of Donna Long, for a term of four years,

effective July 2, 2005 through July 1, 2009, to the GWTIDA Board)

 

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. 35-05

(Authorizing a professional services contract with Ralph Petrella of Van

Note-Harvey Associates as Borough Engineer for a term of one year,

commencing effective July 15, 2005 and terminating July 14, 2006)

 

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. 36-05

(Authorizing a professional services contract with Edward Kennedy

of Ford Scott & Associates as Borough Auditor/RMA for a term of

one year, commencing effective July 15, 2005 and terminating July 14, 2006)

 

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. 37-05

(Authorizing a professional services contract with Mark Blauer of Blauer

Associates as Borough Community Development Consultant for a term of

one year commencing effective June 29, 2005 and terminating June 28, 2006)

 

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. 38-05

(Authorizing termination of the at-will employment status of Frank

Accardi as administrative liaison to the Wildwood Crest Ambulance and Rescue Squad)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 39-05

(Authorizing renewal of Ice Cream Peddler’s Licenses for calendar year 2005)

 

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. 40-05

(Authorizing submission of a grant application in the amount of $12,095

to the Byrne Fund for the purchase of specific equipment for special events

sponsored by the Wildwood Crest Juvenile Task Force)

 

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. 41-05

(Authorizing the re-appointment of Kevin M. Yecco as Public Agency

Compliance Officer in conjunction with the administration of the Local Public

Contracts Law)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 42-05

(Authorizing refund to Megan Kennedy in the amount of $980 for

timely withdrawal from the Pier Playmates Day Camp Program)

 

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. 43-05

(Authorizing refund to Debbie and William Symes in the amount of $250

for timely withdrawal from the Mid-Summer Craft Show)

 

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. 44-05

(Authorizing refund to Mary Braknis in the amount of $15 for a

bulk trash removal paid but not utilized)

 

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. 45-05

(Authorizing appointment of Jeff Walden to the Urban Enterprise

Zone Board for a term of one year commencing effective June 29,

2005 and terminating June 28, 2006)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 46-05

(Authorizing the submission of a ROID grant application in the amount of

not to exceed $1,000 for the purpose of hosting a Harvest Moon Ball for

graduates of the Cape May County Schools for Special Services)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 47-05

(Authorizing the appointment of Dean Gentek as a member of the

Recreation Commission for a term commencing effective immediately

and terminating December 31, 2007)

 

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. 48-05

(Authorizing appointment of Edward Masterson as a member of the

Recreation Commission for a term commencing effective immediately

and terminating December 31, 2006)

 

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 on the following page, be paid.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that the minutes of the meeting held May 25, 2005, inclusive of the closed session held at that time, be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould 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 as submitted by the CFO on May 31, 2005 be accepted as presented.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The Clerk reported that the closed session discussion with regard to Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement Development Authority billing and the Cresse Avenue sewer billing matters, originally scheduled to be held, was cancelled due to there being no further information available to the Board of Commissioners to enable a discussion to be held.

 

A draft ordinance, with regard to public donations and contributions funding source, was presented to the Board of Commissioners for their review. The Solicitor indicated that Section 3 of the proposed ordinance is the “catch all” language because it includes language to the effect that, unless the requesting organization is specifically approved by the legislature, or include a statutory reference, each request must be approved on a case-by-case basis. The Solicitor offered to provide a guideline of general solicitations for societies and events that would not be included. Mrs. Gould indicated “that would be a good idea.” Mr. Groon agreed.

 

Alan Sayhas, 6810 Seaview Avenue , commented on the authorization for the ROID Grant earlier approved by the Board of Commissioners. He inquired as to how “that charity or organization rises to the level” that the Borough would receive a grant. Mrs. Gould responded that the State of New Jersey has money available for this program, that Wildwood will be hosting a Harvest Ball in the Fall, and that Wildwood Crest is hoping to have a hayride or something similar in conjunction therewith.  Mr. Groon interjected that the money is not coming from Borough funds; that a request is being made to the State for a grant. Mr. Sayhas inquired if the Borough has participated in the past. Mrs. Gould responded that the Borough has not participated.

 

Bob Young, 207 Louisville Avenue , requested clarification with regard to the Resolution authorizing a professional services contract with Blauer Associates, inquiring as to specifics. The Clerk responded that Mr. Blauer has had the contract for the past several years; and that he has obtained funding for the Borough for the ADA compliant beach ramps and walkways. The Clerk added that the contract is exclusively for that purpose only.

 

Mr. Young went on to comment on the police presence in vehicles on the beach. He inquired as to why it is necessary to have police “riding up and down the beach” and that it sends a wrong message that Wildwood Crest has to have police on the beach because the lifeguards cannot handle the problems. The Chief of Police responded that his department has one vehicle on the beach, and the purpose is that with “today’s changing times” it adds security, as well as being a public relations tool. The Chief went on to add that his officers don’t do the lifeguards’ jobs, and the lifeguards don’t do the job of the police department. He indicated that the State of New Jersey has “a certain timeframe” within which to get missing children into “the system” and his officers assist the lifeguards in doing that, as well as any other situations or problems that may arise.

 

Mr. Young also stated that it was his opinion that the beaches should be “covered” later, perhaps through staggering of shifts. Mr. Groon responded that it is something the Borough intends to address, but it is something that will have to be worked on.

 

Mr. Young then inquired if the Borough has a local code enforcement officer. The Clerk and Mr. Groon responded in the affirmative.  Mr. Cabrera interjected, “including Saturdays.”

 

Mr. Groon interjected, as a “personal comment” regarding police patrols on the beach, “I kind of like the idea,” adding that it is nice to have that kind of connection between “the people taking care of the water and the people taking care of the land.”

 

An unidentified member of the audience inquired as to the status of the Sunset Lake “bulkhead” project. Mr. Cabrera responded that the original plans submitted to the State were not approved because of environmental concerns; that the Borough’s Engineer revised the plans and those plans will have to be reviewed by the local Environmental Commission before they are resubmitted to the State. He concluded that the project is moving ahead slowly. The audience member stated his opinion that “it is a bad idea” because it is fine the way it is. Mr. Cabrera responded that the concrete presently along the bayfront will be “put into a grinder” and will stay where it is. The “soft armoring” interlocking pavers will be placed on top of the concrete. Mr. Cabrera stated that the purpose of the project is to keep the shoreline from eroding away and to allow the natural wildlife to remain.

 

A unidentified woman from the audience inquired as to the status of the Borough “taking over” the fishing pier. Mr. Cabrera responded that the fishing pier belongs to the Wildwood Crest Fishing Club. The Borough had been approached in the past with regarding to taking over the pier, but other projects have taken priority. He added that Mr. Groon has asked him to develop a “recreation master plan” which would include certain open spaces, and the pier may be included in that plan.

 

Alan Sayhas commented on the “annual drinking water report” and for the most part it is a good report. However, some of the wells evaluated tested “high” for “disinfection by-products precursors.” He went on to state that it is defined as “a naturally occurring organic matter in surface water.” Mr. Sayhas questioned whether the Board of Commissioners would get involved in the water testing since there was one well that tested “high.” The Clerk responded that there are state regulatory agencies that would get involved if those numbers are such that there is a concern or if additional testing is required, or any other further action.

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Dated:        July 27, 2005

                                                                                    ____________________________________

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk                                                                                    ____________________________________

 

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