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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   August 10, 2005

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tapes #21-05 on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office August 10, 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 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 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 DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 979

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST

ESTABLISHING CHAPTER 62 – SEX OFFENDERS RESIDENCE

PROHIBITION – OF THE GENERAL CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF

WILDWOOD CREST TO PROHIBIT REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS

FROM RESIDING OR LOITERING WITHIN 2500 FEET OF ANY

SCHOOL, PARK, PLAYGROUND RECREATION AREA, DAY

CARE FACILITY OR SCHOOL BUS STOPS

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that Ordinance No. 979 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 980

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 3.(a) OF BOND ORDINANCE

NO. 943 OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, COUNTY OF CAPE

MAY, NEW JERSEY , ADOPTED AUGUST 27, 2003, PROVIDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS

TO THE SANITARY SYSTEM IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST,

APPROPRIATING $200,000.00 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE

OF $190,400.00 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH TO FINANCE THE

COST THEREOF

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that Ordinance No. 980 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 981

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 59-3 OF THE CODE OF THE

BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, KNOWN AS THE “SALARY

ORDINANCE,” FIXING AND DETERMINING SALARIES AND

COMPENSATIONS OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, IN

THE COUNTY OF CAPE MAY , NEW JERSEY , PROVIDING FOR THE

RAISING OF THE AMOUNTS THEREOF BY TAXATION AND FOR

THE TIME AND METHOD OF PAYMENT

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 981 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 70-05

(Authorizing the appointment of Elizabeth Terenik as Zoning Officer and as

Class II Member of the Wildwood Crest Planning Board)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 71-05

(Authorizing the appointment of Robert Cashioli as Assistant Zoning Officer)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 72-05

(Authorizing compliance with the Annual Audit for the FY ending December 31, 2004)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 73-05

(Authorizing the issuance of a Special Events Permit to the United Way of

Cape May County for a professional sand sculpting seminar to be held

August 13, 2005 at Palm & Lotus Road beaches)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 74-05

(Authorizing the release of the performance guarantee in the amount of $4,000

to Valentine Enterprise in conjunction with a street opening permit for the

property situated at 215 West Heather Road )

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 75-05

(Authorizing insertion of a special item of revenue into the 2005 Municipal Budget

in the amount of $4,000 for a NJ Dept. of Law & Public Safety, Division of Highway

Traffic Safety Grant)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 76-05

(Authorizing insertion of a special item of revenue into the 2005 Municipal Budget

in the amount of $240,304 for a US Dept. of Justice Violence Against Women Grant)

 

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

 

A discussion was had with regard to the 2005 Seafarer’s Celebration. Mrs. Gould reported that she has only nine crafters registered for the Seafarer’s craft show. She indicated that the event cannot take place at Sunset Lake because the Hydrofest will be there on the same weekend due to the tide schedule. Mrs. Gould added that she is attempting to line up “entertainment” for the event. She inquired of Lt. Mayer of the Police Department as to how many streets can be blocked off on the same day. Lt. Mayer responded that the police department is “stretching resources” with the Hydrofest. Mr. Cabrera interjected that he was hearing Mrs. Gould say that there is concern about attendance at the Seafarer’s Celebration. He added that he tended to agree, but that it would be difficult to make a final determination without any proven track record, since the two events have never been held on the same weekend. He stated that since Seafarer’s has been advertised for over a year, it would not be fair to tourists who are planning to attend to cancel the event. It was Mr. Cabrera’s opinion that with multiple events on the island during that weekend, people will go from event to event and it may enhance the Seafarer’s Celebration. Mrs. Gould responded that she and Mr. Cabrera will “put our heads together” to try to resolve the matter to make everything a success.

 

Jim Johnstone, 300 East Miami Avenue , offered his opinion that Seafarer’s should be cancelled for 2005 because there was not sufficient planning done for the event. He added that the two events will cost the taxpayers more money “in the way of parking and revenue.”

 

Mr. Johnstone then asked the Commissioners to evaluate their first three months in office. Mrs. Gould responded that she has found it “extremely positive” and she graded the current Commission “an A+,” adding that Mr. Groon and Mr. Cabrera “are very easy gentlemen to work with.”

 

Mr. Groon stated that “it has been a learning experience,” and concurred with Mrs. Gould’s comments that it has been a very positive experience. He also thanked the support staff for their assistance.

 

Mr. Cabrera concurred with Mrs. Gould and Mr. Groon, adding that there has been “good cooperation,” positive changes will be made, and the Borough is moving in the right direction.

 

Mr. Johnstone next inquired as to the status of the M-1 Zone with regard to the proposed increase in height to 85 feet and not requiring more parking. Mr. Groon responded that the Planning Board and Master Planners are still working on that very issue and they are “a couple of months away” from resolving the matter. Mr. Johnstone then inquired about a reported “parking study” by the Wildwood Crest Police Department. Mr. Groon indicated that he is not familiar with any such “study” and asked Lt. Mayer to respond. Lt. Mayer advised that the Wildwood Crest Police Department is conducting “an informal re-evaluation of the entire parking situation” in conjunction with zoning and construction changes.

 

Mr. Johnstone then asked for a response to his question from an earlier meeting with regard to a “72-hour parking limit.” Mr. Groon responded that he has briefly discussed the matter with the Chief of Police, but that he has not received a final, definitive response. He indicated he will follow up with the Chief once again.

 

Mr. Johnstone then stated that since the Borough is losing so many motels to demolition, the Borough is losing the 3.85% tourism funding, thus losing funding for beach maintenance. He questioned whether increasing the number of parking meters would off-set the loss of those funds. Mr. Groon responded that the “informal” study being undertaken by the Police Department and the Public Safety Department includes a review of where meters can be installed at locations where curb cuts for motels did not permit installation in the past. Mr. Johnstone stated that it is human nature to park on the side of the street without meters, and used Atlantic Avenue as an example. He then reiterated his comments with regard to increased height limits in the M-1 as it would impact the already limited parking in the area.

 

Louise Johnstone, 300 East Miami Avenue , inquired as to why no contribution was made to the Wildwood Civic Club for the Baby Parade, and requested that funding be put in the 2006 Municipal Budget, especially in light of the fact that the Borough contributes to the Hydrofest. Mrs. Gould responded that the contribution “will be taken care of in the next two weeks” by the Borough’s Tourism Development Commission. She added that the funding for the Hydrofest is in the budget. Mr. Groon interjected that the issue of funding was not Mrs. Gould’s fault, since he had asked about a policy in the Borough with regard to contributions to charitable organizations, which delayed a contribution for the Baby Parade.

 

Mrs. Johnstone then inquired about the progress of her suggestion to install additional shuffleboard courts in the Borough. Mr. Cabrera responded that the Recreation Commission has reviewed the matter, and the Borough’s Engineer is in the process of putting a recreation plan together, and shuffleboard courts will be in the plan.

 

Mr. Cabrera then responded to Mr. Johnstone’s earlier comments with regard to parking. He indicated that the Recreation Commission has “looked at” beach parking at the Rambler Road lots which could potentially bring in additional revenues to the Borough and perhaps 90 to 100 off-street parking spaces for a fee. He stressed that a formal presentation has not been made but that it will be coming in the near future.

 

Mr. Cabrera also addressed the matter of the loss of the 3.85% revenues, and indicated that his personal opinion was that limited vending should be permitted on the beach to off-set the lost revenues. Again, he stressed that the matter has not been discussed by the Commissioners, and he will be “bringing it to the table” also in the future.

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        August 24, 2005

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

 

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