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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   October 24, 2007

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tapes #25-07 and #26-07 on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office October 24, 2007
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 7:00 p.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 9, 2006.

 

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

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1046

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 3.(1) OF BOND ORDINANCE NO. 1042 OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, COUNTY OF CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY, PROVIDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SANITARY AND STORM SEWER SYSTEM AND APPROPRIATING $2,900,000 THEREOR AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $2,761,900 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH TO FINANCE THE COST THEREOF.

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that Ordinance No. 1046 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 628-07

(Authorizing the Tax Collector to conduct a 2007 Tax Title Lien Sale)

 

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. 629-07

(Authorizing cancellation of certain unexpended balances in General Capital fund improvement authorizations, the total authorized to be $41,380.54)

 

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. 630-07

(Authorizing award of contract to Perna Finnegan, Inc., in the amount of $2,261,172.60 for Street & Utility Reconstruction of Seaview Avenue – Phase I)

 

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

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 631-07

(Authorizing adoption of the Indoor Air Quality Program and designating the Superintendent of Public Works as the individual responsible for program compliance)

 

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

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 632-07

(Authorizing Professional Services Contract with Eastern IT Group, LLC for installation, monitoring and maintenance of anti-spam device on Borough-wide computer network)

 

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. 633-07

(Authorizing opposition to S-2249, which legislation would require paid, temporary disability for family medical leave up to 10 weeks)

 

Mr. Cabrera 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. 634-07

(Authorizing award of contract to Walters Marine Construction, Inc., in the amount of $673,773 for Rehabilitation of Heather Road Fishing Pier)

 

Prior to motion and vote, Mrs. Gould inquired as to the scope of the contract to be awarded. She asked for confirmation that it was for the base bid as well as the bid for the decking and the railing. Mr. Cabrera responded that it is for the base bid, Alt #1 (decking) and Alt #2 (railings). Mrs. Gould asked for the confirmation that the work will be done only on the existing pier. Mr. Cabrera responded in the affirmative. Mrs. Gould commented that when the work is complete, the pier will still not have water under it to fish.

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

Vote:           Gould-No                                                 Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all bills properly authorized as submitted and as set forth on the attached page, be paid.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all reports received, from the Court Administrator, Chief Financial Officer, Tax Collector, and Chief of Police, for the month ending September 30, 2007, be accepted as presented and filed.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the minutes of meetings held September 26 and October 10, 2007, as well as the closed session minutes of each meeting, be approved as presented.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The Clerk reported that the Department of Public Works continues to work on the DEP Recycling/Solid Waste Management Plan requirements.

 

The Borough will be introducing an ordinance to require designation of a representative by all condominium associations for service of notices by the Borough. That ordinance is scheduled to be introduced at the November 7, 2007 meeting.

 

Commissioner Cabrera presented a plan for the Borough’s beach recreational zones. He reminded those present that the Christmas tree dune project is working very well. The area behind those new dunes (west side) has been pinpointed to be utilized as a recreation area. He reported that the Environmental Commission, the Tourism Commission and the Recreation Commission have been working to put together the plan that was being submitted to the governing body. That plan contained recreational areas identified for football, volleyball, horseshoes, kite flying areas, etc. The idea was to have an area that was protected and does not require extensive maintenance. East of the recreational area would be the buffer zone and beyond that would be the bathing beach. In addition to the recreational area, the plan calls for cabana rental areas, beach chair rentals, beach storage, etc., and Mr. Cabrera indicated that that would be something that would have to be reviewed by the Solicitor in conjunction with the governing body. He reminded the governing body that those would be stationary facilities and not mobile peddling on the beach.

 

The Solicitor stated that any proposed vending of chairs or cabanas would require review of the existing leases, and the proposed areas could not be implemented until the expiration of those leases.

 

Mrs. Gould questioned Mr. Cabrera regarding the area designated as “storage,” asking if that would be storage rental for chairs for the entire season. Mr. Cabrera responded in the affirmative. Mrs. Gould inquired if that would be concessioned out. Mr. Cabrera responded in the affirmative, and added that the Borough could also undertake that.

 

Mrs. Gould questioned the many activities that are presently prohibited on the beach. The Clerk responded that the present ordinance would have to be amended to permit any/all recreation activities. He went on to state that the plan calls for designated recreational areas separated from the bathing/swimming beach.

 

Mr. Groon asked Mr. Cabrera to clarify the location of the dunes on the plan. Mr. Cabrera pointed out for Mr. Groon where the dunes are located.

 

With regard to Mrs. Gould’s concerns regarding prohibited activities, Mr. Cabrera responded that all of the commissioners would have to “buy into” the concept to permit certain activities in designated areas. He added that since the beach in Wildwood Crest is so large, both recreational activities and bathing and swimming should be able to coexist. The Clerk interjected that the section of the code prohibiting recreational activities was formulated in the late 1970s and early 1980s when the beach was much smaller.

 

Mrs. Gould questioned Mr. Cabrera about the Christmas tree dune building project. She inquired if the trees are being placed in an upright position or lying down. Mr. Cabrera responded that it was recommended that the trees be placed in a upright position. Mrs. Gould stated that that would permit the trees to “grab all of that sand.” Mr. Cabrera concurred.

 

Mr. Cabrera asked the governing body for any suggestions they may have with regard to additional recreational activities. He also asked for any comments regarding any ordinance prohibitions or existing lease conflicts in order that he might be able to report those back to the appropriate commissions. The Clerk interjected that Section 8 of the code would certainly have to be amended.

 

Mr. Groon asked Mr. Cabrera as to the timeframe for implementation of the plan. Mr. Cabrera responded that the recreational zones are in the budgetary planning for 2008 and he would like a response with regard to that aspect of the plan within the next month. The concession areas will take some additional time, but if possible he would like to have those in place for the 2008 season as well. He added that at the present time the focus would be on the northern end of the beach from Cresse to Rambler since there are existing dunes. South of Rambler Road there are no significant dunes at the present time and that is where they are focusing the dune building project.

 

Mrs. Gould asked if Mr. Cabrera wanted a definitive response by the December meeting. Mr. Cabrera responded in the affirmative, adding that if the governing body was amenable, he would like to continue with the planning phase.

 

Mr. Groon inquired if the recreational area would require designation by ordinance. Mr. Cabrera responded that it was his understanding that the current beach ordinance would require an amendment. Mr. Groon asked if the plan would permit “non-permitted” activities outside the designated zone. For example, playing Whiffle Ball in an area designated for football. He added, “how far are we going with controlling recreational activities, and who is going to enforce it.” Mr. Cabrera responded that he did not think the Borough would be enforcing it “to that magnitude.” He added that certain areas would require more stringent enforcement than others. He reiterated that the plan is conceptual and subject to change.

 

He added that there are additional areas designated for port-a-potties since he has received increasing requests for additional port-a-potties along the beach.

 

Mr. Groon stated that he would review the plan with the beach patrol for their input. The Clerk interjected his suggestion that the governing body and Solicitor review Section 8 of the Borough code, as well as the current leases for beach umbrellas and chairs.

 

Chuck Schumann of the Environmental Commission commented that the planned recreational area is located between two dune systems and that would prevent any interference with sun bathing and swimming. He added that since the beach has grown so large, the various activities would not interfere with each other. He added that he would be happy to discuss the plan with the commissioners if they had any questions.

 

Alan Gould, 8801 Seaview Avenue, inquired if the plan would prohibit recreational activities near the bulkhead on the southern end of the beach since there is no dune in that area. Mr. Cabrera responded that the plan calls for the building of dunes the entire length of the beach to permit recreational activities between the dunes and the bulkhead.

 

With regard to the port-a-potties, Mr. Gould asked if there would be a possibility of placing them along the bike path as well for those people who utilize the bike path for exercise. Mr. Cabrera responded that he would look into the matter.

 

Mr. Gould inquired if the contract awarded earlier in the meeting for rehabilitation of the fishing pier encompassed the entire project. Mr. Cabrera responded that for the current year the decking would be replaced and the railings would be replaced. The pier was not being extended. He added that the ADA compliance was also included to connect the pier to the bike path. Mr. Gould asked if additional phases are contemplated. Mr. Cabrera responded that the current work “is the end of it,” adding that he was looking for additional funding sources to potentially extend the pier, but if those funds are not available, no additional work will be contemplated. Mr. Cabrera added that he has had discussions with the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, as well as numerous private people who have expressed interest in donating funds to extend the pier to the water.

 

A representative of Agate Construction, who had bid on the fishing pier project, asked that when the Borough solicits for bids for projects, the alternate bids be more clearly specified as to how they would be awarded. The Engineer responded that the specifications are formulated to permit the municipality to select different options in various combinations. He added that the alternates are not always set up in priority. He added that the alternates are included to enable the governing body to “get as much work done as possible within the budget established.” The Clerk interjected that the budgeted amount for the project did not allow awarding of any of the other alternate bids.

 

Jack Morey applauded the contemporary recreational facilities on the beach. He added that they will be a great asset to the Borough. He added that the fishing pier is a “great asset” as well, stating that it is a “beautiful icon”.

 

There being no additional public comments, THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY and indicated that the Commissioners would be going into closed session for the specific items authorized on the agenda, that the discussions would be released to the public at the conclusion of each matter, and that the governing body would be returning to open session after the closed session with formal action potentially be taken:

RESOLUTION NO. 635-07

(Closed Session – Personnel; Potential Litigation)

 

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

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Upon returning from closed session, THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 636-07

(Authorizing moving of Public Safety Maintenance from Dept. of Public Works to Dept. of Public Safety)

 

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

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

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

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Dated:         November 26, 2007

Kevin M. Yecco, Clerk/Administrator

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