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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   February 25, 2009

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on Tape #6-09 on File in the Borough Clerk’s Office February 25, 2009
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 5, 2008.

 

Mr. Groon 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. 1068 be placed on second reading and final passage by title only.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1068

ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH CAP BANK FOR

CY2009 PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.14

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 1068.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Ed Braknis, 301 East Myrtle Road, inquired about the adoption of the “cap bank” because he questioned whether the governing body was authorized to allow for the increase. The Clerk responded that N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.14 provides that the governing body can bank an additional 1% above the 2.5%, or a total of 3.5%, which is the budget CAP limit but is still below the 4% tax levy cap.

There being no further public comments, Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mrs. Gould, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1068 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1068 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. 1069 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. 1069

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 32A, FEES, SECTION 32A-2, MARRIAGE AND CIVIL UNION CEREMONIES, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1038 ADOPTED JUNE 27, 2007; AND AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 56, RECREATION COMMISSION, RATES AND FEES SCHEDULE, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 851 ADOPTED FEBRUARY 8, 1999, ORDINANCE NO. 885 ADOPTED MARCH 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

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 1069.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

There being no public comments, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1069 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1069 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:

ORDINANCE NO. 1070

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 40, LICENSES, ARTICLE I, MERCANTILE LICENSES, SECTION 40-3, ISSUANCE, AND SECTION 40-4, FEES FIXED, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, COUNTY OF CAPE MAY AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY, AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 244 ADOPTED AUGUST 10, 1959, ORDINANCE NO. 282 ADOPTED JUNE 27, 1962, ORDINANCE NO. 460 ADOPTED FEBRUARY 13, 1974, ORDINANCE NO. 511 ADOPTED DECEMBER 27, 1977, ORDINANCE NO. 1048 ADOPTED NOVEMBER 26, 2007, AND ORDINANCE NO. 1064 ADOPTED NOVEMBER 24, 2008

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1070 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 9:00 a.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 924-09

(Authorizing sale of surplus property no longer needed for public use on an on-line auction website)

 

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. 925-09

(Authorizing sewerage rates and charges for 2009 in accordance with the provisions of Ordinance Nos. 947 and 1065)

 

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. 926-09

(Authorizing award of contract to S. Batata Construction at the not to exceed contract amount of $188,230 for reconstruction of Beach Avenue)

 

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. 927-09

(Authorizing award of contract to Krisanna Construction at the not to exceed contract amount of $165,595 for the replacement of Hollywood Avenue Storm Sewer System)

 

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. 928-09

(Authorizing agreement with the County of Cape May in conjunction with the Paris Grant application process for which the Borough has previously authorized participation for the preservation of historic document conservation)

 

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. 929-09

(Authorizing total refund of 2008 and 2009 taxes to Ernest Sabato in the total amount of $4,119 due to total exempt disabled veteran status)

 

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. 930-09

(Authorizing designation of the month of March as “Women’s History Month”)

 

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

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all reports received, from the Court Administrator, CFO, Tax Collector, Chief of Police, and Recreation Supervisor for the month ending January 31, 2009 be accepted as presented and filed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the minutes of meetings of January 28, 2009 and February 11, 2009, as well as the closed session minutes of both dates, be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The Clerk reported, with regard to the COWCO renewal agreement, that the Borough is awaiting financial information from the City of Wildwood.

 

Concerning the fishing pier concession rental, the Clerk reported that the matter is on hold pending CAFRA approval for the building renovations.

 

The Clerk next advised that the Borough had received information with regard to availability of courses for computer software training for Borough employees. Mr. Groon indicated that he had received notice of a program available through Atlantic Cape Community College for computer training in Word and Excel. He added that the program is free and that, after giving the matter some thought, he was suggesting that the Borough hold a “course” for clerical employees at the Crest Memorial School in order to bring all of the clerical staff on board or up-to-date in routine software applications. The Clerk stated that it would be good to offer the courses to employees, but suggested that staffing be appropriate in order to insure that each office is appropriately covered. Mr. Groon stated that if the Commissioners felt that the training would be appropriate for all employees, and the date being offered by ACCC was not convenient, perhaps it could be offered by the Borough at another location. The Clerk interjected that it was his opinion that “more of the staff is in need of “entry level computer software” training than is realized.” The Commissioners agreed that training was necessary.

 

As to the request for a drop box at Borough Hall for tax, utility payments, etc., the Clerk reported that information had been provided to him that there may not be as great a need for the drop box as initially thought, but that if the governing body desired to go forward with the drop box plan, perhaps one could be installed in the most southerly side of Borough Hall. He added that further consideration should be given to accepting credit card payments or other electronic payments. Mr. Cabrera suggested providing weekend hours during the summer season. Mr. Groon stated that weekend hours may be a partial solution to the matter. The Clerk added that the Borough has a six-month “window” to accommodate seasonal employees for such tasks.

 

There was a discussion regarding “streetscape” as part of the reconstruction of Seaview Avenue. Mr. Groon indicated that it was his understanding that a bike path in each direction would be included in the striping of the street. Mr. Cabrera responded that it was his understanding that the estimate included striping for bike paths. The Clerk added that the islands would be excluded. The Groon and Mr. Cabrera concurred. The Clerk was asked to confirm that information with the Borough Engineer.

 

Ed Braknis, 301 East Myrtle Road, inquired as to the status of the Rambler Road park project. Mr. Groon responded that the Borough is awaiting information from federal and state sources on grants. Mr. Braknis inquired as to what the plan was for the area. The Clerk responded that there is funding in place that was authorized, but it is a question of what the governing body can do beyond the parking lot area and other improvements, and that will depend upon various grant fundings.

 

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 25, 2009

Kevin M. Yecco, Clerk/Administrator

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