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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   April 12, 2006

Note:  Complete Special Meeting Appears on Tape #12-06 on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office April 12, 2006
Wildwood Crest, NJ

Prior to the opening of the Special Meeting, Mr. Groon led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

The Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Borough of Wildwood Crest, Cape May County , New Jersey , was held in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room at 9:00 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 Special Meeting by posting notice on the bulletin board in the Borough Hall and by mailing same to the Gazette-Leader and The Press on April 7, 2006 at 3:00 p.m.

 

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

 

The Clerk/Administrator indicated that the only matter authorized for discussion at this Special Meeting was final consideration for placement of information in the application to the County of Cape May for funding of the beach-front fitness park. He added that he was in possession of the revised application as prepared by the Borough Engineer. He reported that the total projected cost of the park was $345,400.00, and the Borough was applying for reimbursement of $156,732.02 from the County of Cape May . He advised those present that the application for funding was required to be submitted to the County of Cape May no later than April 13, 2006. He also indicated that he and the CFO have confirmed with the County’s Clerk/Administrator that the Borough does not have to have the funding “in place” in order to make application to the County. The Borough has been advised that the we can provide funding in the budget through a Chapter 159 amendment, or through a bond ordinance. After the appropriate funding is in place, the Borough may then seek reimbursement. Further, the County’s Clerk/Administrator has indicated that there will probably not be a similar program in place in 2007. It was the Clerk’s belief that the Borough will adopt a bond ordinance, if the governing body was so inclinded, to provide for the funding mechanism and that we should not “phase” the project as reimbursement funding may well not be available in future years.

 

Mr. Groon asked what would be required of the Borough to move forward with the project. The Clerk/Administrator responded that the Commissioners must adopt a resolution authorizing submission of the application to the County for the 2006 Municipal Public Improvements Joint Venture Program. He recommended providing an opportunity for the public to be heard, although the surrounding property owners were invited to attend the April 5, 2006 meeting to provide their input.

 

The Clerk/Administrator indicated that the initial plan for the improvements were fully presented to the surrounding property owners at the April 5, 2006 meeting and there have been no changes to those plans. However, he did again recommend that public comments be encouraged prior to passage of the pending resolution.

 

Mrs. Gould asked for confirmation that the County would not be providing similar funding as a “second round” in 2007. The Clerk responded that it was his understanding from speaking to the County’s Clerk/Administrator that there were three major expenditures on the horizon facing the County in the future that may not allow for a second round of funding in 2007 as their surplus will be severely depleted.

 

The Clerk/Administrator stressed to the Commissioners that the application specifically states that the municipality cannot “phase” the project and funding.

 

Mr. Cabrera interjected that there may be some modifications to the original site plan, as well as the cost estimates, with specific detail to follow.

 

The Clerk/Administrator added that consideration of utilization of UEZ funds of approximately $117,000.00 will also have to be considered by the Commissioners, as well as from a funding standpoint, the Borough is potentially in a position to be under-funded by approximately $300,000.00 for the lake-front project (the soft armoring). He reported that he has requested and received from the engineer on that project confirmation that funding is deficient and that a confirming letter in this regard would be forthcoming. He stressed the point that the governing body must consider, in his opinion, funding for both projects when adopting the bond ordinance.

 

Mr. Groon inquired if the UEZ has provided any position with regard to utilization of those funds for this project. Mr. Cabrera responded that he has received affirmative correspondence from the UEZ Director in that regard. However, he added that if the Borough can undertake the beach-front fitness park project with having to utilize those UEZ funds, he would support that. He went on to state that the UEZ funds should only be utilized “if necessary.”

 

As to the lake-front project, Mr. Cabrera indicated he had met with the project engineer, who indicated in writing their opinion that the project was approximately $300,000.00 under funded. However, Mr. Cabrera has asked the engineer to carefully review the project to see if the project can be brought in “at the numbers” previously indicated. It was Mr. Cabrera’s opinion that the lake-front project should be combined with the fitness park in the form of bond. He added that the Borough may need to look at other recreation projects, and it would be his opinion that they should all be bonded at the same time.

 

Mrs. Gould stated her opinion with regard to the UEZ funds that the Borough cannot utilize those funds until the Borough contacts each business in the zone to obtain their input regarding the fitness park. Mr. Cabrera reiterated that the UEZ funds should not be utilized “unless necessary.” Mrs. Gould reiterated that those businesses should be notified.

 

Mr. Groon stated that he agreed with the concept of combining all of the projects into one for purposes of bonding. He also stated that the UEZ funds should “stay at home where it belongs.” It was his opinion that the “other area north” should be combined with the present project if it can be done in a reasonable time.

 

He urged submission of the application to the County, and working with the CFO to come up with appropriate funding to support to projects.

 

The Clerk/Administrator inquired if the Board of Commissioners wished to open the meeting to public comments.

 

The Solicitor inquired if the drafted resolution provides for a specific amount of money. The Clerk/Administrator responded that the Borough is committing to no funding mechanism at this point.

 

The Commissioners then opened the meeting to the public for comments.

 

There being NO public comments, THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 239-06

(Authorizing submission of application to the County of Cape May for the 2006 Municipal Public Improvements Joint Venture Program for the beach front fitness park)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        May 24, 2006

Kevin M. Yecco, Clerk/Administrator  

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