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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   March 5, 2008

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tape #8-08  on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office March 5, 2008
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 7, 2007.

 

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. 1058

A CAPITAL ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE WILDWOOD CREST BEACH PATROL HEADQUARTERS AND APPROPRIATING THEREFOR THE AMOUNT OF $30,000 FROM GENERAL CAPITAL FUND BALANCE

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that Ordinance No. 1058 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1059

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 56 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, COUNTY OF CAPE MAY AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY, RECREATION COMMISSION, SECTION 56-3, APPROVING AND CONFIRMING RATES AND FEES FOR THE RENTAL OF FACILITIES, PARTICIPATION IN CERTAIN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES, AND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS APPERTAINING THERETO, AND AMENDING AND AUGMENTING ORDINANCE NO. 824, ADOPTED MARCH 12, 1997, ORDINANCE NO. 851, ADOPTED FEBRUARY 8, 1999, ORDINANCE NO. 889, ADOPTED NOVEMBER 28, 2001, ORDINANCE NO. 924, ADOPTED JANUARY 6, 2003, ORDINANCE NO. 992 ADOPTED JANUARY 18, 2006, ORDINANCE NO. 1035 ADOPTED APRIL 4, 2007, AND ORDINANCE NO. 1048 ADOPTED NOVEMBER 26, 2007

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that Ordinance No. 1059 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 720-08

(Authorizing an agreement with Greater Wildwood Little League for use of “Higbee Field”)

 

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

Vote:           Gould-Groon-Yes                                     Cabrera-Abstain

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 721-08

(Authorizing an agreement with Greater Wildwood Little League for use of “Sticker Stadium”)

 

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

Vote:           Gould-Groon-Yes                                     Cabrera-Abstain

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 722-08

(Authorizing acceptance for recordation releases from Keely and Callahan pertaining to Docket No. CPM-L-95-06 and CPM-L-137-07, recorded on behalf of the Borough of Wildwood Crest)

 

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. 723-08

(Authorizing re-appointment of Mark Roszkowski to the UEZ for a term of one year, expiring March 14, 2009)

 

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 hereinbelow, be paid.

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Thomas Byrne and Joseph Meola, representatives from the J. Byrne Agency, the insurance broker of record for the Borough of Wildwood Crest, appeared before the governing body to provide a “Stewardship update.”

 

Mr. Byrne indicated that, as the Risk Manager Consultant for the Borough, he wanted to address the governing body and provide a status report on what his agency does for the Borough, as well as what the Borough is doing to make its participation in the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund more effective,  with lower assessments.

 

He indicated that for the 2007 Safety Incentive Program, his agency published calendars for the various agencies containing “key dates” to help the department heads in reaching their goals. His agency also participated in all of the safety committee meetings and met with various department heads, including Recreation regarding signage on Sunset Lake and at public playgrounds, trash collection for tool box meetings, etc. They assisted in helping to prepare the 2007 budget and projects of costs for the upcoming year. They also worked with the auditors concerning consolidation of some of the Borough’s statutory bonds. They also assisted with the administration on several issues, including the Fishing Pier project, Sunset Lake, and the Fitness Park. His agency also coordinated a special review of the trash collection operation.

 

Mr. Byrne provided some background on the Joint Insurance Fund and the Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund.

 

He indicated that future assessments are based on two factors: exposures and loss experience. He stated that the Borough’s loss ratio for the past three years has been 67% as compared to the ACMJIF average of 92%. That means the Borough’s assessment will increase at a lesser percentage than other members with higher loss ratios.

 

Mr. Byrne presented some informational materials to the governing body for their review, including a review of a viable safety program, how Title 59 helps the municipalities, and training of public officials.

 

Mr. Byrne gave special recognition to the Borough’s Safety Committee for their assistance in investigating and reviewing accidents. The Committee includes Kevin Yecco (Fund Commissioner and Safety Coordinator), Don Twist (Superintendent of Public Works), Thomas DePaul (Chief of Police), William Cruzan (Supervising EMT), Ralph Grassi (Public Safety Maintenance), and Frank Basile (Recreation Supervisor).

 

He stated that one of the ways to measure the Borough’s progress against other municipalities is “loss time frequency,” which is “how many accidents the Borough has for every 100,000 hours worked.” The Borough is presently at 1.85 per 100,000 hours worked. The overall JIF average is 2.99, and the state average is 2.64.  Mr. Byrne added that Kevin Yecco, in particular, should be congratulated for all his past dedicated efforts on behalf of the Borough.

 

Mr. Byrne concluded by stating that the Borough’s decision to join the JIF was the right one, not only from a financial standpoint, but for the well being of all municipal employees. He thanked the governing body for allowing his firm to be of assistance. The Clerk/Administrator stated that the J. Byrne Agency has done an outstanding job. He went on to state that the annual renewal application process if very tedious and time consuming, and Mr. Meola has picked up several mistakes in prior applications that could have had negative consequences for the Borough.

 

The Clerk/Administrator reported that Triad Associates has asked for a meeting to discuss an application for the NJDOT Safe Streets to School Program. He indicated that Triad has suggested that the meeting involve some school officials as well. After speaking to Triad, the Clerk/Administrator indicated that the grant could possibly be up to $200,000.  He suggested that prior to making a commitment, there should be a meeting to determine what other alternatives are available, since the expenditure to the Borough would be over $4,000 for Triad to take action on the grant application, and the concern would be that should the Borough decide not to pursue the grant, the fee to Triad would be lost. Mr. Groon inquired if the school officials would be involved. The Clerk/Administrator responded in the affirmative, but indicated that perhaps not from the beginning. Mr. Groon disagreed, indicating that statutorily the school is responsible for the students’ route home.   The Clerk/Administrator indicated that he did not want to schedule a meeting with Triad until he was advised of the wishes of the governing body. Mr. Groon stated his opinion that the school officials should be invited to the preliminary meeting. Mr. Groon inquired if there is a time frame involved. The Clerk/Administrator responded that the application must be submitted by mid-April.  It was determined that the matter would be rescheduled for discussion/potential action at the March 19, 2008 commission meeting.

 

Michael Posternock, North Wildwood, inquired as to the planned reconstruction of the beach patrol headquarters. Mr. Groon responded that it will be repair and maintenance at this point and that there are no formal plans at this point.

 

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

Vote:           Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Dated:         March 19, 2008

Kevin M. Yecco, Clerk/Administrator

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