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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   July 25, 2007

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tape #18-07  on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office July 25, 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.

 

Mr. Groon motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that Ordinance No. 1042 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. 1042

BOND ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $2,900,000, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $2,761,900 BONDS OR NOTES OF THE BOROUGH, PROVIDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SANITARY SEWER AND STORM SEWER SYSTEM TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, IN THE COUNTY OF CAPE MAY , NEW JERSEY

 

Mr. Groon motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 1042.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mrs. Gould commented that as of the end of 2001, the Borough had $10,448,000 in outstanding bonds and as of July 25, 2007 the Borough had $20,528,000 outstanding. She urged the Commissioners to “be careful.”

There being no additional public comments, Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1042 be closed.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mr. Groon motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that Ordinance N0. 1042 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 566-07

(Authorizing compliance with Annual Audit requirements)

 

Prior to motion and vote, the Clerk reported that the Audit Synopsis was duly published in the July 11, 2007 edition of The Herald of Cape May County.

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. 567-07

(Authorizing issuance of a special events permit to Shawna Schuller and Levi King for the purpose of holding a wedding ceremony on August 4, 2007 at Rosemary Road and the beach)

 

 

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. 568-07

(Authorizing issuance of a raffles license (RA-92) to Wildwood Crest Volunteer Fire Co. #1)

 

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. 569-07

(Authorizing re-appointment of Arlieen Franco as a member of GWTIDA for a term of four years expiring 8/14/11 )

 

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. 570-07

(Authorizing re-appointment of Jack Morey as a member of GWTIDA for a term of four years expiring 8/14/11 )

 

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. 571-07

(Authorizing refund for overpayment of sewerage fees for properties situated at Block 69, Lot 14.02, and Block 51, Lot 24.02)

 

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. 572-07

(Authorizing lease agreement with Wildwood Catholic High School for the conduct of a baseball clinic at the Little League Field and Sticker Stadium on August 11-12, 2007 )

 

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. 573-07

(Authorizing amendment of Interlocal Services Agreement with the Wildwood Crest School District to include the purchase of fuel)

 

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. 574-07

(Authorizing the release of performance and maintenance guarantees for M.W. Mitchell, posted for street opening at 216 E. Cresse Avenue )

 

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. 575-07

(Authorizing the release of performance and maintenance guarantees for M.W. Mitchell posted for street opening at 142-144 W. Crocus Road )

 

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. 576-07

(Authorizing advertisement of Notice to Bidders for Street Excavations Trench Restoration)

 

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. 577-07

(Authorizing purchase of copier off State Contract)

 

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. 578-07

(Authorizing rental/service agreement with KDI at the not to exceed amount of $22,396.08 for 48 month contract period for copiers)

 

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. 579-07

(Authorizing agreement with Comcast of Wildwood as Internet Service Provider from 8/1/07 through 12/31/07 )

 

Mr. Cabrera 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 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, for the month ending June 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 June 27 and July 11, 2007 , as well as the closed session of June 27, 2007 , and the special meeting of July 16, 2007 , be approved as presented without exception.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The Clerk reported that “street closures for block parties” has been requested to be listed for discussion by the Mayor due to the circumstances surrounding same and concerns expressed as to traffic flow at closed streets, liability/risk exposures, as well as public safety issues. He urged the Commissioners to consider their positions in this regard and seek assistance from the Chief of Police.  The Clerk indicated that he will await further advice from the Board, as to how they wish to proceed, before moving this item further.

 

With regard to the ice cream peddlers ordinance, the Clerk indicated that in the event there is a desire by the governing body to expand the present number of five (5) licenses, the matter had been listed for discussion with previous information being supplied for all to review.  The Clerk concluded the discussion by requesting further direction from the Board as to potential amendment of the applicable ordinance.

 

The Clerk reported that the UEZ Ordinance is “on hold” until the Borough receives written confirmation by all three sister communities, from the UEZ Director, that legislation has been introduced to amend Section 8 of the ordinance to mirror our draft and to provide for additional financial obligations from all four participating members.

The Clerk indicated that Commissioners Cabrera had requested that the matter of an air show be listed for discussion by the governing body, but that he had no backup information to provide and was unable to comment further on this item at this time.

 

Mr. Cabrera requested clarification of the number of ice cream peddler licenses available. The Clerk responded that there are five licenses available for peddling ice cream from trucks in the Borough. The Clerk added that the concern would be with respect to change in how the Borough deals with vending in the future, and to increase licenses at this time may not be the “wisest” decision. Mr. Cabrera inquired as to why increasing the number to six or seven would be an issue. The Clerk responded that the issue would be anything done by the governing body in the way of increasing the licenses, if there are plans to permit other types of vending that would be in conflict with that, would only serve to create consideration of some type of hardship for those individuals who currently hold licenses. Additionally, there would be additional exposures created by veterans having the ability to then obtain additional licenses. Mrs. Gould inquired as to how many fruit trucks were licensed. The Clerk responded that he believed there were three. He added that there are no regulations with regard to veterans status for those licenses. Mr. Cabrera inquired as to the cost of the licenses. The Clerk responded that they generate $650 each. Mr. Cabrera stated that he would like to see them increased by one or two licenses. Mr. Groon stated that there was no reason the governing body could not talk about the matter and obtain more information, adding that the governing body would have to remember that there are many coffee shops connected to the motels that are struggling and they are providing ice cream as well.

 

Regarding the street closures for block parties discussion, Mrs. Gould asked the Chief of Police what his department has learned. The Chief of Police responded that there has been an increase in street closures over the past few years, and he had a problem with the public safety issue. He suggested a review of policies of other municipalities, as well as the Joint Insurance Fund, to possibly come up with a plan for future years.

 

Mrs. Gould inquired if Mr. Cabrera had anything to report regarding the air show. Mr. Cabrera responded that he would have the Event Coordinator respond to Mrs. Gould’s inquiry. The Event Coordinator indicated that he, Commissioner Cabrera, and a representative of the Recreation Commission met with David Schultz, who runs several air shows, the most local being the Millville Air Show. The idea is to develop an air show in Wildwood Crest, possibly as early as 2008. Discussions have been had with GWTIDA as well, and they are “very receptive” to the idea of an air show. Tentatively, the last weekend in June 2008 has been targeted, since that is traditionally considered an “off weekend” for the motels on the island. Mr. Cabrera added that this would be a “really nice event for the Wildwoods” although the coordination of the event would be a lot of work. It was his opinion that it could not be coordinated in time for the 2008 season. He asked the governing body to grant the Events Coordinator permission to continue gathering information in an effort to be ready for the 2009 season. Mr. Cabrera also asked the Events Coordinator to put together packages for review by the governing body.

 

An unidentified member of the audience inquired if there would be adequate medical facilities and police protection at any potential air show. Mr. Groon responded that those are issues that would have to be addressed.

 

George Martin, Denver Avenue , inquired as to when the “stairs” for the kayak launch would be installed at Sunset Lake . Mr. Cabrera responded that the “special wood” that is being utilized for the stairs is in transit and the stairs will be installed as soon as the wood arrives. He added that other than the installation of the stairs, all work at Sunset Lake has been completed.

 

An unidentified member of the audience inquired whether the Borough is sponsoring the Hydrofest. Mrs. Gould responded that the Borough is “one of the sponsors.” The question was reiterated as to how the Borough is sponsoring the event. Mr. Cabrera responded that the Tourism Development Commission has provided $7,500 as a Professional Services Contract to put on the event. The Borough also provides police support, public works support. The question was posed as to what the Borough would be getting out of the event in return. Mr. Cabrera inquired if she was speaking of revenues, adding that he did not think the Borough was looking at the event as revenue producer, but rather as an investment into supporting the overall economy and tourism.

 

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

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:         August 29, 2007

Kevin M. Yecco, Clerk/Administrator

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