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Minutes of Special Commissioners Meeting   -   September 27, 2006

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tape #26-06  on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office September 27, 2006
Wildwood Crest, NJ

Prior to the opening of the meeting, the Clerk 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:

                        Gould - Cabrera– Yes                    Groon - Absent

 

Mrs. Gould 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.

 

Ms. Gould 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. 1016 be placed on second reading and final passage by title only.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Yes                                 Groon-Absent

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1016

AN ORDINANCE AUGMENTING AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 838, ADOPTED FEBRUARY 9, 1998, CHAPTER 79 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, COUNTY OF CAPE MAY, STATE OF NEW JERSEY – VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC, ARTICLE IIIA 79-10.1 – PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 40:67-16.9, AUTHORIZING THE CLOSING OF ANY STREET, STREETS OR PORTIONS THEREOF FOR THE PRESERVATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE

(Mr. Groon entered the meeting at this point.)

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing be held on Ord. No. 1016.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

There being no public comments, Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1016 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that Ordinance No. 1016 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1017 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. 1017

AN ORDINANCE AUGMENTING AND AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST AND AMENDING ORDINANCE 983 ADOPTED OCTOBER 26, 2005 – CHAPTER 85 – ARTICLE II – DEFINITIONS – SECTION 85-11, SWIMMING POOL, WADING SWIMMING POOL, PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL, PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL, ARTICLE IV – R-1 LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL ZONE – SECTION 85-28J – AREA AND BULK REGULATIONS, ARTICLE V – R-1-A – SEMI-LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL ZONE – SECTION 85-32J – AREA AND BULK REGULATIONS – ARTICLE VII – R-2 TWO FAMILY RESIDENTIAL ZONE – SECTION 85-40H – AREA AND BULK REGULATIONS – ARTICLE XI – M-1-A, M-1-B AND M-1-C HOTEL, MOTEL AND MULTI-FAMILY ZONE, SECTION 85-58 – ACCESSORY USES – ARTICLE XIV – EXCEPTIONS AND SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS – SECTION 85-74 – VEHICULAR ACCESS TO PRIVATE PROPERTY – SECTION 85-79 – SETBACKS – SECTION 85-80 – PATIOS AND DECKS – SECTION 85-81 – PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL SWIMMING POOLS – SECTION 85-82B – FENCES AND WALLS – ARTICLE XV – DESIGN STANDARDS FOR SUBDIVISIONS AND SITE PLANS – SECTION 85-90 – CIRCULATION, PARKING, DRIVEWAYS AND LOADING AREA DESIGN STANDARDS

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing be held on Ord. No. 1017.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

There being no public comments, Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1017 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1017 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1018

BOND ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR IMPROVEMENT OF THE SANITARY SEWERAGE SYSTEM IN AND BY THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, IN THE COUNTY OF CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING $150,000 THEREFOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $142,800 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH FOR FINANCING SUCH APPROPRIATION

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1018 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1019

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 23, COURT: MUNICIPAL, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, COUNTY OF CAPE MAY , STATE OF NEW JERSEY , AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 150 ADOPTED JUNE 13, 1948

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1019 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1020

BOND ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $1,835,000, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,747,400 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH, FOR THE VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS OR PURPOSES AUTHORIZED TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, IN THE COUNTY OF CAPE MAY , NEW JERSEY

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1020 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 344-06

(Authorizing acceptance and approval of the Corrective Action Plan as submitted by the CFO)

 

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. 345-06

(Authorizing insertion of a special item of revenue in the amount of $30,000 into the 2006 Municipal Budget for a Smart Growth Grant from the DCA)

 

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. 346-06

(Authorizing payment from the Smart Growth Grant Fund to Vollmer Associates in the amount of $30,000)

 

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. 347-06

(Authorizing approval of change order no. 1 – Final and Estimate Certificate No. 11 – Final street and utility reconstruction, Phase 2, various streets)

 

Mr. Groon 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. 348-06

(Authorizing an emergency appropriation, not to exceed $10,000, for the additional purchase of petroleum products)

 

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. 349-06

(Authorizing the Tax Collector to conduct a tax sale on December 6, 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. 350-06

(Authorizing issuance of a special events permit to Sharon Baynton for the purpose of having a wedding ceremony on October 7, 2006 at the Aster Road beach)

 

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. 351-06

(Authorizing a refund to Annmarie Henning in the amount of $66.81 for an ambulance transport billing overpayment)

 

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. 352-06

(Authorizing a refund to Linda Gabler in the amount of $175. for withdrawal from Seafarers’ Weekend due to a medical condition)

 

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. 353-06

(Authorizing issuance of a special events permit to PT Owners Club Inc for the purpose of having a block party on September 29-October 1, 2006 at the Forget-me-not Road street-end, between Atlantic and Ocean Avenues, subject to payment of the required fee for vehicle barricades, consistent with other permits granted)

 

Prior to the motion, Mr. Cabrera inquired as to the requirement for payment of fees for vehicle barricades. The Clerk responded that the ordinance requires payment for “rental” of vehicle barricades and other equipment if the event is for a private party that causes the need for same. The Chief of Police concurred. Mr. Groon inquired if the requirement was put in place when the “Special Events Permit” process was recently revamped, or if it is required by an old ordinance. The Clerk responded that it is from a companion ordinance that requires payment for “specific services or goods” for private use and has been in existence for some time.

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. 354-06

(Authorizing CFO to release the maintenance guarantee to Herman Fehrle & Sons in the amount of $180 in connection with a street opening permit at 122 West Wisteria Road)

 

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. 355-06

(Authorizing CFO to release the performance guarantee to Herman Fehrle & Sons in the amount of $1200 in connection with a street opening permit at 122 West Wisteria Road)

 

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. 356-06

(Authorizing publication of Notice to Bidders for the Fitness Park)

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

The Clerk reported that in conjunction with the foregoing Resolution, and the adoption of the earlier bond ordinance, the Borough is now in the position to seek payment from the County of Cape May with regard to the Municipal Joint Venture Program, for the recreation purpose stated.

 

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 all reports received, from the Court Administrator, CFO, Tax Collector and Chief of Police, be accepted as presented and filed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the minutes of meetings held August 23, August 29, and September 6, 2006, be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Madeline Calloway stated that she was happy to see the street sweeper cleaning the streets, but suggested that a schedule be established for the public to be aware when the sweeper would be on a particular street in order that cars can be removed from the street to allow for the cleaning. Mr. Cabrera responded that the Public Works Department does distribute flyers to area residents, but the most recent street cleaning was in response to the weekend events. He added that in order to post signs on the streets, the cost would be approximately $15,000. Additionally, once a sign is in place, if the sweeper is unable to get to a particular area due to inclement weather or if the equipment suddenly breaks down, the street would not be cleaned until it came up on the schedule again. He added that having a “set schedule” would result in internal problems for the Public Works Departments in getting the streets cleaned. Mrs. Gould agreed with Mr. Cabrera that maintaining a street sweeping schedule is difficult.

 

Mr. Groon indicated that he had added a discussion item to the agenda with regard to coordination of tourism and recreation. Mr. Groon went on to state that approximately the same time in 2005 the Commissioners had discussed dealing with GWTIDA, the planning of events long term, the management of staff and all other issues involved. It was his opinion that the current set-up does not work as well as it should and that there should be a better way of dealing with GWTIDA, event planning/scheduling and coordination of staff. He has noticed a decline in attendance as some of the events and a slow deterioration of events, and it was his opinion that the process requires streamlining, planning, and better coordination but that this would be difficult with the continued split of departments whereby recreation has the employees but the tourism aspects fall under Revenue & Finance.  Mrs. Gould concurred that attendance at craft shows did decline, but added that part of the reason was because there were no food vendors, as well as the expense to the crafters for space rental. She added that she and the Recreation Director have discussed the matter and have come up with some suggestions for future years. Mr. Groon interjected that it takes a lot more effort on the part of the Borough and perhaps a larger “tourism” staff. Mr. Cabrera stated that there are a couple of issues that need to be addressed. The first issue is the information center, and what the Borough plans to do about its deteriorating condition. Also, GWTIDA is the island’s tourism authority charged with bringing in events for the island.

They have the funding mechanism in place to assist the communities to sponsor events. He suggested that the Borough needs someone to coordinate funding of events with GWTIDA. He concluded that there are many opportunities that the Borough is not tapping into for assistance. Mr. Groon reiterated his opinion that in order for the Borough to “move forward” in an organized fashion, recreation and tourism should be under one entity in order to take advantage of staff and coordination with GWTIDA. Mrs. Gould stated that GWTIDA should have an events coordinator to “take care of the island.” Mr. Cabrera indicated that if GWTIDA had an events coordinator, that person could not successfully coordinate all events on the island without someone locally being a contact person.

 

Madeline Calloway inquired as to why Wildwood Crest did not donate any funds to the Civic Club Baby Parade in 2006. Mrs. Gould stated that she was sure a payment from the tourism development fund had been authorized and she would check on the status.

 

Mr. Cabrera reported that a new recreation event will take place this year. On Monday, October 30th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Recreation Center will host “Trunk or Treat.” There will be decorated cars in the parking lot, with their trunks open and candy for distribution; there will be awards for the top three cars, hot dogs and cider, and a DJ. Mr. Groon inquired if all of the municipalities have dedicated Tuesday, October 31st for Trick or Treat. The Clerk responded, concerning the borough, that it will take place at the next meeting.

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        October 25, 2006

Kevin M. Yecco, Clerk/Administrator

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