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Minutes of Special Commissioners Meeting   -   August 9, 2006

Note:  Complete "Special" Meeting Appears on Tape #22-06  on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office August 9, 2006
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 Commissioners’ Meeting 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 November 10, 2005.

 

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

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1015 be placed on second reading and final passage by title only.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1015

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING CHAPTER 32A, FEES, GENERAL, OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, COUNTY OF CAPE MAY AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY , AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 991 ADOPTED DECEMBER 21, 2005

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 1015.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

There being no public comments, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1015 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1015 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 314-06

(Authorizing contract with Garden State Dredging, Inc., for the total bid

amount of $81,250 for restoration of trenches)

 

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. 315-06

(Authorizing compliance with the Annual Audit and execution of the

Group Affidavit)

 

Mrs. Gould 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. 316-06

(Authorizing return of $22,500 of Tourism Development Fees previously

collected to GWTIDA)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-No                                                Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mrs. Gould explained her vote by stating that this matter has been going on for a very long time and it was her opinion that the Borough should not return anything to GWTIDA. She inquired if the Chief Financial Officer had anything to add. The CFO responded that he had already stated his opinions on the matter.

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 317-06

(Authorizing reimbursement of food and lodging expenses upon submission

of itemized receipts in an amount not to exceed $450 per event to “On Your

Mark Productions” in conjunction with both the Wheelin’ the Wildwoods Bike

Tour and Crest Adventure Race and Relay)

 

Mrs. Gould inquired of Mr. Cabrera what the out-of-pocket expenses totaled for the Wheelin’ the Wildwoods event. Mr. Cabrera responded that for lodging and food it was approximately $416.00. He added that it is anticipated that the next event will be less since there will be fewer staff involved. Mrs. Gould inquired if Mr. Cabrera anticipated more participants for the second event. Mr. Cabrera responded that did not know since they are both new events.

Mr. Cabrera 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. 318-06

(Authorizing issuance of a Special Events Permit to Jay Kurkian and

Betty Ann Cohen for the purpose of a wedding ceremony at noon on

September 9, 2006 at Rosemary Road beach)

 

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. 319-06

(Authorizing submission of a grant application through the New Jersey Department

of Community Affairs in an amount not to exceed $400,000 to improve

handicapped accessibility at the Crest Fishing pier)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Abstain                                         Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 320-06

(Authorizing renewal of professional services contract with Mark Blauer

of Blauer Associates to serve as Community Development Consultant

at an amount not to exceed $1500)

 

Mrs. Gould inquired of Mr. Cabrera what exactly Mark Blauer does as “community development consultant” that cannot be accomplished by the Borough’s engineer. Mr. Cabrera responded that this individual has been successful in obtaining grants for the Borough to build ADA compliant ramps and walkways, and this would be the same grant application but a different project.

Mr. Cabrera 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. 321-06

(Authorizing a refund to Jessica Tzorfas in the amount of $100 for

withdrawal of her children from the Learn to Swim Program due

to medical condition)

 

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. 322-06

(Authorizing refund to Alesandra Cuomo in the amount of $100 for

duplicate payment of ambulance transport services)

 

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. 323-06

(Authorizing refund to Lula Crawford in the amount of $66.81 for

duplicate ambulance transport services payment)

 

Mrs. Gould 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. 324-06

(Authorizing refund to Margaret and Ralph DiDonato in the amount of

$400 for overpayment of tax or sewer payment)

 

Mrs. Gould 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. 325-06

(Authorizing that Resolution No. 241-05 adopted May 3, 2006 pertaining

to the Click It or Ticket Grant be rescinded as funding will not be forthcoming)

 

Mrs. Gould 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. 326-06

(Authorizing release of maintenance guarantee to Richard Brown Builders

in the amount of $975 in regard to 411 E. Morning Glory Road )

 

Mr. Cabrera inquired of the CFO if this Resolution pertains to a street opening permit. The CFO responded in the affirmative.

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. 327-06

(Authorizing release of maintenance guarantee to Richard Brown Builders

in the amount of $1860 in regard to 401 E. Morning Glory Road )

 

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. 328-06

(Authorizing release of maintenance guarantee to Cape Cod Inn Motel

in the amount of $1800 in regard to 6109 Atlantic Avenue )

 

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. 329-06

(Authorizing refund of LEA fees to the State of New Jersey in the

amount of $27,750.14 due to overpayments made during calendar

years 2002 and 2003)

 

Mrs. Gould requested that the CFO explain the purpose of this Resolution. The CFO responded that the Resolution was self-explanatory.

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. 330-06

(Authorizing issuance of a Special Events Permit to United Way of Cape May

County for the purpose of conducting sand sculpting lessons to be held on

August 12, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Palm Road beach)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, 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 hereinbelow, be paid.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The first matter for discussion was a proposed bond ordinance for various 2007 capital projects, including the fishing pier, the fitness park, street reconstruction, emergencies and equipment. Mr. Groon inquired if Mr. Cabrera had received updated figures for some of the proposed projects. Mr. Cabrera responded that he had not. Mr. Groon inquired of the CFO if the list of project cost estimates in his possession were the most recent figures, or if they had been updated. The CFO responded that the list in Mr. Groon’s possession was from June 29, 2006 and the Borough Engineer was in the process of updating some of the figures.

 

Mr. Cabrera interjected that the fishing pier project should not be part of this bond ordinance. Mr. Groon inquired if Mr. Cabrera felt the list in his possession was fairly accurate. Mr. Cabrera responded that he thought it was. Mr. Groon inquired if Mrs. Gould had seen the list of proposed projects and cost estimates. She responded that she had not. Mr. Groon inquired if the CFO knew of any additional projects or costs to be included. The CFO responded that the list in Mr. Groon’s possession had been developed by Mr. Cabrera and the Borough Engineer. Mr. Cabrera added that the list includes Phase 3B Street Reconstruction, the Cardinal Road storm sewer which is in need of repair, the Ocean Avenue fitness park for which the Borough just received partial funding from Cape May County , funding of 2006 emergency sanitary sewer repairs, and the Atlantic Avenue storm sewer outlet upgrades.

 

Mr. Groon inquired if Mr. Cabrera would be in receipt of final figures within the next few days. Mr. Cabrera responded that an effort was being made to keep the totals under certain amounts due to the remaining 2006 capital funds. Mr. Groon inquired of the CFO whether there would be a timeframe for making a final determination on the bond ordinance. The CFO responded that award of contracts to do the work would be dependent upon having the funding in place. Therefore, if work was to be commenced as soon as possible, the ordinance would have to be introduced in the near future. Mr. Groon inquired as to the time frame for the entire process of bond ordinance and bidding of the projects. The CFO responded that the projects can be bid now, but the contracts could not be awarded until after the 20-day estoppel period on the bond ordinance had expired. Mr. Groon opined that the sooner the ordinance is introduced, the less likely the chance of having street reconstruction work in the Borough after the beginning of the 2007 summer season. Mr. Cabrera stated that it was hoped the street reconstruction project could be commenced in the fall and be completed by the spring of 2007. Mr. Groon inquired as to any deadline the CFO might have for finalization of the list and cost estimates in order to have the bond ordinance introduced at the meeting of August 23, 2006. The CFO responded that Bond Counsel will be drafting the bond ordinance. Therefore, as soon as the Engineer can provide the cost estimates, the CFO will forward that information to Bond Counsel.

 

Tim Bennett, West Charleston Avenue , inquired about the future of the “Christmas in July” Block Party in his neighborhood. He indicated that the block party has been a tradition for twenty years. He thanked the Board of Commissioners for approving the permit for 2006, but inquired as to whether a permit would be issued in 2007. Mr. Groon assured Mr. Bennett that a definitive answer would be provided within the next month to six weeks.

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        August 23, 2006

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

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