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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   December 8, 2010

Note: Complete Meeting Appears on CD #35-10 on File in the Wildwood Crest, NJ Borough Clerk’s Office December 8, 2010
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 9:30 a.m.  On roll call the following answered to their names:

                        Gould – Absent                                 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, the Herald and The Press on October 23, 2009.

 

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 Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1115 be placed on second reading and final passage by title only.

Vote:          Gould-Absent                                          Cabrera-Groon-Yes

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1115

ORDINANCE AMENDING A BOND ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, IN THE COUNTY OF CAPE MAY , NEW JERSEY , HERETOFORE ADOPTED ON JULY 8, 2009 (#1077).

Mr. Groon motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 1115.   Vote:         Gould-Absent Cabrera-Groon-                                       

There being no public comments, Mr. Groon motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1115 be closed.                                Vote:                 Gould-Absent           Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mr. Groon motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1115 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.               Vote:                 Gould-Absent           Cabrera-Groon-Yes

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:                        

                                              RESOLUTION NO. 398-10

(Authorizing shared services agreement with North Wildwood, Wildwood, West Wildwood, and Middle Township for public works cooperation)

 

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

Vote:               Gould-Absent                                     Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 399-10

(Authorizing completion and execution of CTM certification in conjunction with COAH)

 

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

Vote:               Gould-Absent                                     Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 400-10

(Authorizing reimbursement of 50% of administrative costs for the Construction Official to the City of North Wildwood in accordance with the provisions of the Shared Services Agreement)

 

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

Vote:               Gould-Absent                                     Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 401-10

(Authorizing issuance of a Special Events Permit to Ed Burke/Outdoor Marketing for a Treasure Hunt to be held April 30 and May 1, 2011 on the beach at Heather Road )

 

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

Prior to the vote, Mr. Cabrera requested a discussion. Mr. Cabrera inquired if all appropriate department heads had approved the application. The Clerk responded in the affirmative.

Vote:               Gould-Absent                                     Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 402-10

(Authorizing appointment of Dillon Vanaman to the Cape May County Police Academy SLEO II – Session 38)

 

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

Vote:               Gould-Absent                                     Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 403-10

(Authorizing an ambulance transport overpayment in the amount of $210.76 to Zirka Hanas)

 

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

Vote:               Gould-Absent                                     Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 404-10

(Authorizing an ambulance transport overpayment in the amount of $500 to Vitas Myland)

 

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

Vote:               Gould-Absent                                     Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mr. Groon motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all bills properly authorized, as submitted and which appear in full herein below, be paid.

Vote:               Gould-Absent                                     Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The first matter for discussion was Phase 2 of the Rambler Road Park Project. The Clerk stated that the Borough was still awaiting financial information, as well as the revised project description and plans from the Engineer. He added that there was no clear direction from the governing body with regard to finalization of the project. Mr. Cabrera stated that the cost estimates from the Engineer were required in order to make a final determination. Mr. Groon concurred. The Clerk indicated that he would remind the Engineer to provide the cost estimates in order that a special meeting could be scheduled, whereby all members of the governing body could be in attendance.

 

With regard to the 2011 capital projects, the Clerk indicated that the governing body was in receipt of the proposed list of projects for their review. He added that a plan was moving forward, but was not finalized. Mr. Groon stated that the Crest Pier roof had been removed from the list. Mr. Cabrera stated that in January 2011 he would be recommending the type of roof and cost estimate.

 

The next matter for discussion was the beach improvements. The Clerk stated that funding would be required in 2011 for necessary work to be done on the beach. He added that a closed session would be scheduled for the second meeting in December for discussion of a related matter to problems being encountered on our beaches due to accretion. The Superintendent of Public Works indicated that monies were available in 2010 for ongoing work on the beach walkways as well as installation of snow fencing. He went on to state that a request in the 2011 budget will be made for additional reconfiguration of the sand on the beach for berm reduction.  Mr. Cabrera added that there was a plan in the 2011 budget for that purpose. Mr. Groon stressed that a plan must be developed in order that the work can be done in March. The Superintendent stated that the most recent plan was to rent a bulldozer and have an in-house operator do the work.

 

Concerning the library renovations, the Clerk stated that the Solicitor was to have followed up with the attorney for the property owner. The Solicitor indicated that she had received no response. She indicated that she would follow up. The Clerk indicated that there was a willingness on the part of the County to assist in the matter.

 

The Clerk reminded those present that the County had acknowledged their responsibility for the traffic lights on New Jersey Avenue intersections at Aster, Cardinal and Sweetbriar, and that plan was being formulated for resolving the problems by the spring of 2011. Mr. Groon suggested acknowledging that the County had accepted responsibility, and stressing the recent addition to the business district of a new popular business that time is of the essence.

 

With regard to the UEZ administrative charges, the Clerk stated that it was his understanding that everything was in proper order and that reimbursement was being provided.

 

Concerning the M.W. Mitchell bayfront improvements, the Clerk reported that the Solicitor had responded to all involved parties. The Solicitor indicated that a closed session discussion would be required.

 

The Solicitor reminded the Clerk that the ordinance amending the land use ordinance should be listed for introduction at the December 24, 2010 meeting.

 

Mr. Groon reported that he had spoken to representatives of the ambulance corps, and they will be providing a letter to the Borough regarding their plans for that building.

 

Mr. Groon also reported that he had met with the Borough’s planner regarding COAH and an official report would be forthcoming.

 

Louise Johnstone, 300 East Miami Avenue , commented on the recent request for a contribution to the Hydrofest. She questioned why that organization was still requesting funding from the Borough after so many years. She also inquired as to whom pays for the police protection at the Hydrofest. She also asked about the total cost to the Borough for the event. Mr. Groon inquired of Mr. Cabrera whether the request was made to the Tourism Development Commission, and where does that money originate. Mr. Cabrera responded that the request was made to the TDC, which is funded by an additional mercantile fee that is paid by the business community for the purpose of tourism events. He stated that the organizers had requested $15,000 and the TDC had approved the sum of $10,000 for the 2011 event. Mrs. Johnstone reiterated her inquiry regarding the additional costs. She was advised that the Borough pays those costs and receives no reimbursement. She then inquired “what does the Borough get out of holding” the event. Mr. Groon responded that it was his opinion that the Borough gets a lot of benefit from the event, although none of these types of events actually pay for themselves.

 

Jim Johnstone, 300 East Miami Avenue , commented on the recent acquisition by the Borough of

lands from the school, and asked if that land was not given to the school by the Borough in the past. The response was in the negative. Mr. Groon added that it was part of a land swap approximately fifteen years ago where the land was swapped with the school for the land at the old Philip Baker School .

 

Mr. Johnstone stated that he had noticed that many municipalities had cut back in their budgets, but he did not see much reduction in Wildwood Crest because his personal taxes have gone up ten percent. He questioned what the governing body was doing to prevent increases in the future. He also questioned the bond ordinance amendment adopted earlier in the meeting. Mr. Groon responded that the ordinance adopted earlier in the meeting provided additional mechanisms for the CFO to fund the stormwater project on Washington Avenue and Bayview Drive . He added that no additional funds were committed, and that the funds were being taken from funding already in place for other projects. As to the question regarding the budget, Mr. Groon responded that the governing body was in the process of preparing the 2011 budget, and would be attempting to hold the line on costs. He added that the state had imposed a 2% cap on spending.

 

Mr. Johnstone inquired if the “local unions” had made any concessions. Mr. Groon responded that they have all been cooperative. The Clerk summarized the significant issues/changes with respect to the successor PBA agreement.

 

Mr. Groon stated that it was important to recognize that the 2010 tax increase was significant due to infrastructure improvements. He added that it was hoped that those types of increases would not happen again. He went on to state that the governing body is attempting to come up with a number that will permit the Borough to repair and upgrade the community on a yearly basis without substantial tax increases.

 

Mr. Cabrera stated that through attrition in Public Works, there are six vacant positions which will not be filled. He added that Public Works will be utilizing more seasonal personnel. He pointed out the recent change to the trash schedule which will save the Borough money through reduced trash pick-up in the winter months. The Clerk added that the Borough’s workforce over the last three years - full-time, year around employees - is down fifteen percent. Mr. Groon stated that the Borough, unlike other communities, does not utilize surplus to off-set budget increases, because it is the intent of the governing body to work on a long-term plan.

 

Mr. Cabrera added that the Borough’s employees are now making contributions toward their health insurance. The Clerk added that the Borough implemented that plan prior to most other municipalities – before the law was enacted.  He added that state-wide the requirement is 1.5% of salary, as of 5/22/10 but in Wildwood Crest all newly hired employees as of January 1, 2010, must contribute 3.0%.

 

The Clerk reported that in conjunction with the Joint Insurance Fund, the Chief of Police has been targeting the accreditation issue. He added that once the accreditation is provided, the Borough will receive a reduction for police exposures. The Chief of Police reported that after almost three years, the police department had an on-site assessment for the accreditation and everything went well. He said that the next and final step will be their recommendation for accreditation and all indications are positive that it will be forthcoming. He added that Wildwood Crest will be the first on the island to receive accreditation. The Chief advised further that the entire process was accomplished in-house by police department staff. He pointed out that Det. Denise Holt is the accreditation manager, who did an outstanding job.

 

Mr. Groon congratulated the police department for “a job well done.” The Clerk added that another major aspect of the accreditation is that it reinforces that the police department is doing its due diligence to comply with the law in its policies and procedures, both internally and externally.

 

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

Vote:               Gould-Absent                                     Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:             December 24, 2010

                                               

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

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