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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   August 8, 2007

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tape #19-07  on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office August 8, 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 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 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 RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 580

(Authorizing adoption of the Corrective Action Plan in conjunction with the finds as contained in the 2006 synopsis of audit as prepared 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. 581-07

(Authorizing adoption of State Model Citizen Participation Plan for the DCA Small Cities Program)

 

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. 582-07

(Authorizing identification of the Small Cities Fair Housing Officer)

 

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. 583-07

(Authorizing advertisement of Notice to Bidders for the Phase 3C USDA Sanitary Sewer/Storm Sewer Reconstruction Project)

 

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. 584-07

(Authorizing advertisement of Notice to Bidders for the 2007 Concrete Gutter Replacement Project)

 

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. 585-07

(Authorizing submission of the application and agreement for state aid to municipalities under the NJDOT Trust Fund Authority Act and Local Bridge Bond Act for Seaview 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. 586-07

(Authorizing relaxation of the five day waiting period for the receipt of payment of two marriages performed by the Deputy Mayor on August 2 and August 4 in order to enable the Deputy Mayor to receive authorized compensation in accordance therewith)

 

Mr. Groon 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. 587-07

(Authorizing refund to Veronica Goshaw in the amount of $80 for the inability of her child to participate in the previously paid for Learn to Swim Program)

 

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. 588-07

(Authorizing refund in the amount of $32 to Compass Motel for a coin operated vending machine mercantile 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. 589-07

(Authorizing a refund in the amount of $85 to Michael DiAntonio for tourism development fee overpayment)

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, 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

 

The Clerk reported that he had sent an e-mail to the Borough’s insurance representatives regarding street closures for block parties, with copies to the Board of Commissioners and the Solicitor, in which he indicated that the Borough was requesting them to address the potential plan or course of action to be followed to minimize as much as possible the Borough’s legal/liability/public safety exposures with regard to street closures for block parties. If need be, it may be the subject of a further discussion by the entire Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund through the Risk Managements Consultants in order to ensure that the Borough’s interests “in all respects” are fully protected.

 

The Clerk reported that to date he has received nothing from any member of the Board of Commissioners with regard to the amendment of the ice cream peddlers’ ordinance.

 

The Clerk next advised that, with regard to the Urban Enterprise Zone ordinance amendment, he has received nothing from the UEZ Director indicating that “mirror ordinances” are presently under consideration with a commitment that the same will be introduced by the other member municipalities.

 

Mr. Groon invited any comments from the public. There were no public comments.

 

Mr. Cabrera reported that the railings on each side of the kayak launching area on Sunset Lake have been installed.

 

Mark Blauer of Blauer Associates appeared before the governing body at the invitation of the governing body to discuss matters relating to grant applications. The Clerk indicated that the Borough has a number of grants outstanding that involve a number of firms providing services for administration of those grants. He went on to state that the governing body is looking to move in a direction to bring everything “in-house” by which one firm or individual would be responsible to “take the lead” to provide a direction for the Borough to move forward with all grants for which the borough would be eligible in conjunction with planned borough-wide project objectives. He added that a large problem encountered by the Borough has been that there is no advance direction provided or suggestions made as to how to proceed with potential funding applications, resulting in “eleventh hour” decisions by the administration with insufficient information.

 

Mr. Blauer indicated that he has been working with the Borough for four years on Small Cities grant applications for various projects. He added that he has worked with Middle Township since 1978. In that municipality, he starts with the needs of the community and tries to match a program to those needs. He stated that the reverse concept of finding programs for which the municipality is eligible and then trying to build a project around the program does not work.

 

Mr. Blauer stated that he does work with various programs such as Small Cities, USDA and Green Acres. He added that there are some programs that he does not handle. The Clerk inquired as to his experience with DOT, and Mr. Groon asked what programs Mr. Blauer does not handle. Mr. Blauer responded that he does not handle beach protection projects since it is “uniquely suited for engineers.” Additionally, he does not handle DOT programs for road reconstruction since that is also best suited for completion/processing by engineers.

 

Mr. Blauer went on to state that he specializes in programs involving Small Cities, USDA, Green Acres, Homeland Security for fire companies, and housing rehabilitation programs. He added that the Borough has to be “creative” with the Small Cities since the projects must benefits 51% of low and moderate income households.

 

Mr. Blauer stressed that it is not his objective to “run up the bill” since he deals mainly with small, rural communities.

 

Mr. Groon inquired if Mr. Blauer was familiar with the Centers Designation of the three Wildwoods. Mr. Blauer responded that he was. Mr. Groon inquired if Mr. Blauer could foresee any role for himself in that process. Mr. Blauer responded that in Centers Designation he did not see any role for himself since once a municipality is designated, there was a time when Centers Designation provided a “huge bonus” but that is no longer important with Small Cities. He went on to state that he could become involved if there was a co-obligation to be met, and inquired if the Borough has applied for COAH Certification. The Clerk responded that the Borough was in the process of a COAH program certification through the Borough’s engineer. The Clerk added that the entire COAH Third Round is on hold due to litigation.

 

Mr. Blauer suggested that the Commissioners identify what the goals of the municipality would be and what projects would be priority projects. He indicated that once those goals are identified, he would be prepared to find and report back as to what is available.

 

Mr. Cabrera indicated that during 2004, 2005 and 2006, the Borough, with the assistance of Mr. Blauer, was successful in getting grant money for beach ramps and walkway projects through the Small Cities Program. He added that in 2007, Mr. Blauer was successful in obtaining $400,000 for rehabilitation of the fishing pier.

 

Mr. Cabrera inquired if it would be Mr. Blauer’s suggestion to “stick with” the ADA concept for future Small Cities grant applications. Mr. Blauer responded that it was his opinion that it would be preferable to have a water or sewer project in Block Group I (Sweetbriar to Cresse) in which the Borough could reasonably state that most of the block would benefit from the project. He added that he is seeing many more handicapped project applications coming out of Cape May County and that would make the choice more difficult for the DCA.

 

Mr. Blauer inquired if the governing body would like him to present a proposal for various projects. The Clerk responded that if he would address cost factors, etc., it would be beneficial to circulate among the governing body. It should also include Mr. Blauer’s prior experience with Small Cities, USDA, Green Acres and Homeland Security.

 

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

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:         August 29, 2007

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

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