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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   July 13, 2005

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tapes #19-05 on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office July 13, 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 9:30.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 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.

 

Prior to the commencement of the meeting, the Clerk reported that a Resolution on the agenda would be removed since the Tax Collector has reported that the tax bills would be timely mailed, and, therefore, the resolution authorizing an extension of the third quarter tax payment due date would not be necessary.

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 49-05

(Authorizing the CFO to refund certain Tourism Development Fee overpayments)

 

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. 50-05

(Authorizing insertion of a Special Item of Revenue into the 2005

Municipal Budget, specifically $12,095 for a grant received from the Byrne Fund)

 

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. 51-05

(Authorizing appointment of Kevin Yecco as the Municipal Official

representative to the Joint Construction Office of the Wildwoods, replacing

Thomas Keenan, to a term commencing effective immediately)

 

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. 52-05

(Authorizing submission of a grant application in the amount of $4,000

to the Division of Highway Traffic Safety for the “You Drink and Drive,

You Lose” Campaign)

 

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. 53-05

(Authorizing refund to Michelle Stabler in the amount of $460 representing

timely withdrawal portion of fees previously paid for attendance by her

children in the 2005 Pier Playmates Summer Camp Program)

 

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. 54-05

(Authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to issue a refund in the amount of

$100 to the Bal Harbour Motor Inn for the overpayment of a Promotional Fee)

 

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. 55-05

(Authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to close PNC Bank Account No.

81-0221-5375 but to permit the account balance of $7,379.38 to remain on deposit)

 

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. 56-05

(Authorizing the issuance of a special events permit to Timothy Bennett

for a Christmas in July block party on West Charleston Avenue on July 23, 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. 57-05

(Authorizing issuance of a special events permit to Hobie Fleet 443 for a Hobie

Cat Sailboat Regatta on the weekend of August 26-27, 2005 at the Myrtle Road beach)

 

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. 58-05

(Authorizing a professional services contract with Tri-County Animal Control

Services as animal control officer for the not to exceed amount of $700 per

month for a term of one year commencing effective July 16, 2005 and

terminating July 15, 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. 59-05

(Authorizing revision of the departmental re-organization resolution by

shifting Code Enforcement to the Department of Public Safety and the

division of Public Safety Maintenance to the Department of Public Works)

 

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. 60-05

(Authorizing execution of a grant agreement and the expenditure of funds

pursuant thereto in conjunction with the $50,000 Small Cities

Community Development Block Grant Program for the construction of

handicapped accessible beach ramps and walkways)

 

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. 61-05

(Authorizing application for and execution of a subcontract with the

County of Cape May for the Municipal Alliance Program)

 

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. 62-05

(Authorizing refund to Marsha Gasbar in the amount of $250 for timely

withdrawal from the Mid-Summer Craft Show)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, 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 June 15, 2005, inclusive of the closed session held on June 15, 2005, be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Jim Johnstone, 300 East Miami Avenue , expressed his concern regarding the “72-hour parking ordinance” in the Borough, and indicated that recently a car alarm went off near his home at 3:00 a.m. and continued for approximately twelve hours. He indicated that the police ultimately rectified the problem by having the vehicle towed. Mr. Johnstone inquired as to what could be done to limit “abandoning” of vehicles and what can be done about changing the “72-hour ordinance.” Mrs. Gould inquired if the vehicle Mr. Johnstone mentioned was an abandoned car. Mr. Johnstone responded that it was not, and apparently the owner is on vacation in town. Mr. Groon indicated that he would like to learn more about the ordinance to which Mr. Johnstone referred, and he will then provide a response to Mr. Johnstone.

 

Mr. Johnstone then inquired, in conjunction with the 72-hour parking ordinance, if the motel owners have been provided incentives through the Master Plan revisions or by the Planning Board with additional parking on premises or increasing the number of rooms. Mr. Groon responded that the Planning Board is still working on the M-1 Zone and it will be some time before the proposal is completed. Mr. Groon went on to add that the Master Planner, the Planning Board subcommittee and Mr. Groon have been working on that zone but they have not completed a proposal to put forth to the entire Planning Board. Mr. Johnstone then indicated that in past years the Borough has changed the zoning ordinance to increase the size of parking spaces, that motel owners have been asking for increases in height limits to add even more rooms, and he wondered how the street parking problem could be resolved. Mr. Groon responded that it is a difficult problem and the Borough is attempting to address some of those issues.

 

Paul Baltriani, 214 East Hollywood Avenue , expressed his concerns with regard to street openings during the summer season. He suggested that street openings for construction sites should be limited to periods prior to the summer season and after the summer season in order to avoid the closing of streets and congestion associated with same during the height of the summer. Mr. Cabrera responded that he has authorized the Borough’s Engineer to “tighten up” the street opening permit procedures. However, the City of Wildwood Water Utility determines which properties will be notified of the water being turned off and the Borough has asked that they notify all properties in advance of the action to be taken. Mr. Baltriani reiterated his suggestion that street openings not be allowed during the summer season.

 

Joan Collins, 6411 Pacific Avenue , inquired if the issue with regard to her sister, Michelle Stabler had been resolved. The Clerk and Mrs. Gould both responded in the affirmative as a refund had been authorized.

 

Louise Johnstone, 300 East Miami Avenue , reiterated a recent request for the installation of shuffleboard courts for senior citizens, perhaps near the Nesbitt Center area where a “new” tourism center was to have been built. She added that there is a need for more than one court. Mr. Cabrera responded that the Wildwood Crest Recreation Commission had met the day before this meeting and the matter had been discussed. He added that the Recreation Commission is in the process of identifying needs in Wildwood Crest for recreational facilities and programs. He went on to state that at the August 8, 2005 meeting of the Recreation Commission they will be moving forward on trying to identify problem areas and suggestions for new facilities, activities, and programs.

 

Meg Tymer, 210 East Washington Avenue , commented on the various problems with development in Wildwood Crest, and specifically addressed the parking situation at new development sites where newer large vehicles are not being accommodated by the land development regulations and consequently they are parking across sidewalks due to their size. Mr. Groon responded that the issue is a police matter and she should contact them with her complaints. Ms. Tymer responded that she understood that “after the fact” it becomes a police issue, but indicated that in the development phase there should be required suitable accommodations for the larger vehicles. Mr. Groon responded that it was his understanding that there is plenty of room in the set back to accommodate those vehicles. Mrs. Gould interjected that it is unfortunate that garages are being used for storage rather than as homes for cars.

 

Ms. Tymer then commented on her concern that corner lots will be utilized for multi-family structures to replace single-family homes in the southern end of town. Mr. Groon inquired if she was referring to Topeka to Jefferson on Atlantic Avenue . She indicated that she was referring to Jefferson to Topeka on Atlantic , Seaview, and Pacific. Mr. Groon thanked her for her comments.

 

Jim Johnstone, 300 East Miami Avenue , inquired if the Seafarer’s celebration will be at Sunset Lake this year. Mrs. Gould responded that it will not be at Sunset Lake since that is also the weekend of the Hydrofest, and that Seafarer’s will be at the Rambler Road Gazebo. She added that Mr. Cabrera is attempting to get some kind of tram or trolley to transport people between the two events. Mr. Johnstone inquired if any portion of Ocean Avenue will be blocked off for Seafarer’s. Mrs. Gould responded that she will have to meet with the Chief of Police to make that determination. Mr. Johnstone inquired if blocking off the street would mean an increase in police presence and public works. Mrs. Gould responded in the affirmative. Mr. Johnstone inquired if there is any possibility of Seafarer’s being held at Sunset Lake . Mr. Cabrera responded that the two events would not mix since the hydrofest is so loud and the Seafarer’s celebration is more “laid back.” Mr. Johnstone indicated that it was unfortunate since the motel owners are trying to extend the season and this seems to be shortening the season.

 

Mr. Johnstone inquired if the tax rate was available. The Clerk responded that the tax rate is $1.25. Mr. Johnstone asked if that is below 2004. Mrs. Gould responded that it is two cents up from $1.23. Mr. Johnstone inquired if the County rate went up. He was given an affirmative response by the CFO who added that the school tax is up as well.

 

Louise Johnstone inquired if there is anything that can be done to lower the tax rate in light of the development and increased ratables. The CFO responded that the local purpose tax rate for two consecutive years has dropped, for 2003 and 2004. He added that that is the only portion of the tax bill that the Board of Commissioners can control. The CFO went on to state that although municipal spending is increasing in total each year, the increase is at a lesser rate than the increase in ratables.

 

Jim Johnstone inquired if the Borough is spending more on motorized vehicles such as in the beach patrol. He went on to state that in the 1950s the Borough had one or two vehicles on the beach and now there are five or six vehicles to do the same job. Mr. Groon responded that there are a lot more people on the beach now as opposed to the 1950s and there are a lot more expectations of the people who work on the beach. Mr. Johnstone stated his opinion that every lifeguard stand should have a walkie-talkie. Mr. Groon agreed, and indicated he would look into the situation.

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        July 27, 2005

                                                                                    ____________________________________

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk                                                                                    ____________________________________

 

 

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