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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   July 21, 2010

Note: Complete Meeting Appears on CD #24-10  on File in the Wildwood Crest, NJ Borough Clerk’s Office July 21, 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 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, 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.

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1101

AN ORDINANCE AUGMENTING AND AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST – CHAPTER 85 -  ARTICLE II – DEFINITIONS, SECTION 85-11; ARTICLE XV – DESIGN STANDARDS FOR SUBDIVISIONS AND SITE PLANS – SECTION 85-097D6 – SIGNS IN BUSINESS AND MARINE COMMERCIAL ZONE

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1101, as amended, be placed on first reading by title only, with second reading, public hearing and final passage of said amended version to be held Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1103 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. 1103

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 32A, FEES, SECTION 32A-1, FEES, GENERAL, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1048 ADOPTED NOVEMBER 26, 2007 AND ORDINANCE NO. 1090 ADOPTED JANUARY 27, 2010; AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 56, RECREATION COMMISSION, SECTION 56-3, POWERS AND DUTIES, RATES AND FEES SCHEDULE, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1069 ADOPTED FEBRUARY 25, 2009 AND ORDINANCE NO. 1090, ADOPTED JANUARY 27, 2010

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 1103.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

There being no public comments, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1103 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mr. Groon motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1103 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1105

AN ORDINANCE AUGMENTING AND AMENDING THE LAND USE DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST – CHAPTER 85 – ARTICLE IV – R-1 LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL ZONE, SECTION 28E – MINIMUM LOT YARDS FOR PRINCIPAL BUILDINGS, ARTICLE V- R-1A – SEMI-LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL ZONE – SECTION 85-32E – MINIMUM LOT YARDS FOR PRINCIPAL BUILDINGS, ARTICLE VII – R-2 – TWO FAMILY RESIDENTIAL ZONE – SECTION 85-40C – PRINCIPAL BUILDING MINIMUM

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1105, as amended, be placed on first reading by title only, with second reading, public hearing and final passage of the aforesaid amended version to e held on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1106

AN ORDINANCE GRANTING RENEWAL OF MUNICIPAL CONSENT FROM THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST TO COMCAST OF WILDWOOD LLC TO CONSTRUCT, CONNECT, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN A CABLE TELEVISION AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM IN THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, NEW JERSEY.

The Clerk reported for all present that the Board of Public Utilities has authorized all provisions of the Ordinance, as well as representatives of Comcast, which the Solicitor has crafted.

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1106 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 308-10

(Calling on the Legislature and Governor to enact Toolkit and Mandates Relief Reform Measures in support of recently adopted 2% Tax Levy CAP)

 

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. 309-10

(Authorizing the application and execution of a Subcontract with the County of Cape May for the Municipal Alliance Program)

 

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. 310-10

(Authorizing submission of a grant application, with -0- match, in the amount of $4,400 for the “Over the Limit, Under Arrest 2010” campaign)

 

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. 311-10

(Authorizing the CFO to cancel an unexpended, reserve for a funded emergency in the amount of $355.12)

 

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. 312-10

(Authorizing the award of a professional services contract to Ralph Petrella as Borough Engineer not in accordance with the open and fair provisions of the Pay to Play law, for a term of one year)

 

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. 313-10

(Authorizing the award of a professional services contract to Glen Ortman as Borough Auditor not in accordance with the open and fair provisions of the Pay to Play law, for a term of one year)

 

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. 314-10

(Authorizing issuance of a special events permit to Lisa Travascio for the purpose of holding a block party on July 24, 2010 from 4 pm to 8 pm on the one hundred east block of Louisville Avenue)

 

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. 315-10

(Authorizing issuance of a special events permit to Wildwood Crest Dolphin Swim Team for the purpose of holding a swim event on Sunset Lake on September 25, 2010)

 

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. 316-10

(Authorizing issuance of a special events permit to Lynn Barth and John McRea for the purpose of holding a wedding on September 11, 2010 at 3 pm at the Heather Road Beach Pier)

 

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. 317-10

(Authorizing a refund in the amount of $63 to Monterey Condo Association for a duplicate annual pool inspection previously paid)

 

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. 318-10

(Authorizing the issuance of a bingo license under Application No. BA-95 to the Sons of Italy Sylvester Grande Lodge #1838)

 

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. 319-10

(Authorizing advertisement of Notice to Bidders in the Herald edition of July 28, 2010 for furnishing and installation of HVAC and electrical improvements at the Von Savage Memorial Pool, with a bid receipt date of August 10, 2010 at 11 am)

 

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

Prior to the vote, Mr. Groon requested a discussion. He inquired of the Engineer to look into a maintenance agreement with regard to the bid. The Engineer responded that it could be included in the bid specifications as an option. Mrs. Gould and Mr. Cabrera agreed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all bills properly authorized, as submitted and which appear in full below, 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 June 30, 2010 be accepted as presented and filed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the minutes of Commission meetings held June 23, July 7, as well as the Special meeting held June 30, and the closed sessions held on June 23 and June 30, 2010, be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mr. Groon announced that public comments would be heard at this time.

 

Dan Bradley, 5712 Park Boulevard, commented that he had reviewed the “final” drawing of the Rambler Road Park, and inquired if they were, in fact, the “final” drawings. Mr. Groon responded that to his knowledge the drawing Mr. Bradley had reviewed is the most recent drawing provided. Mr. Bradley inquired if he could comment on the drawing. Mr. Bradley then indicated that the bike rental stand is presently “front and center” and in the drawing it will be pushed back. He asked as to why the bike rental stand cannot be moved closer to Ocean Avenue. Mr. Groon responded that the initial idea was to open the entire front for public access park-like, but that the final plan was driven by consensus of the Commissioners, and under the circumstances, there was no better place to put the bike stand. Mr. Cabrera stated that he agreed that the bike stand/bathroom facility is further back than the current bike stand, but added that it was primarily due to the gazebo remaining at its current location. Mrs. Gould interjected that she was opposed to removing the gazebo because it was her opinion that it is part of the identity of Wildwood Crest. Mr. Bradley inquired if all of the bikes will fit into the proposed building. The Engineer responded that the square footage of the proposed building will be 1,940 and the existing building is approximately 1,700. The Engineer added that the volume of the proposed building is approximately three times that of the existing building due to increased height.

 

Ann Wright, 213 East Jefferson Avenue, stated that she was concerned about the walkways to the beach. She indicated that now that she is older, she has difficulty getting from the end of the walkway through the sand to the water’s edge. She asked if the walkways can be extended to the water’s edge. Mr. Cabrera stated that the Borough received grant funds in the past to construct the ramps and build the walkways. He said that as the Borough has lost walkways due to storms and deterioration, the Borough has been lengthening the walkways. He added that the Borough is investigating a new product that may improve beach access. Mrs. Wright asked for an explanation/description of the new product. Mr. Cabrera instructed Mrs. Wright to go to Rambler Road where a demonstration of the product is in place. Mrs. Wright then asked about the cost of the new product, stating that it would be more expensive. Mr. Cabrera responded that if the time and materials to construct the wooden walkways are taken into consideration, the new product would be cost effective.

 

Miriam Howard, Louisville Avenue, inquired if the new product would be like a rolled up mat that can be rolled out onto the beach. Mr. Cabrera responded that it is a similar concept. She inquired as to the cost of the new product. Mr. Cabrera responded that the Borough is working on a four year plan, and the projected investment would be $142,000 per year to cover ten streets per year. He added that the Borough will be applying for the ADA grant funds that are currently paying for the wooden walkways.

 

Bill Szlachta, 113 East Preston, commented on the park at Rosemary Road, stating that it is “gorgeous.” He inquired as to how the park was funded. Mr. Groon responded that the taxpayers funded the park. Mr. Szlachta inquired if the ramp and floating dock are for launching kayaks. Mr. Groon responded in the affirmative. Mr. Szlachta asked what was being done to prevent injuries to the public. Mr. Groon advised that the Borough has just recently completed the project, and is currently reviewing the site to determine what steps will be needed to prevent injuries. Mr. Groon added that the project started with a requirement to reconstruct the deteriorating bulkhead and that the project cost was $256,000 and the original estimate for the bulkhead work only was approximately $190,000. Mr. Szlachta inquired if the floating dock will be removed for the winter. Mr. Groon responded in the affirmative.

 

Ed Masterson, 7301 Pacific Avenue, thanked the Mayor and Commissioners for how nice Wildwood Crest is and the improvements they are making. He stated that he receives many good comments about Centennial Park and the music concerts. He also commented on the Rosemary Road Park and how nice it is, as well as the tennis and basketball courts. Mr. Masterson stated that he was aware that many people are complaining about taxes, but the Borough has many nice amenities for the public. Mr. Groon responded that the tennis courts and basketball courts are not new, but required maintenance and were recently upgraded. He added that we are attempting to keep up with maintenance of the Borough’s parks and facilities. Mr. Groon stated that the concerts at Centennial Park are the purview of Mr. Cabrera and the Recreation staff, who have worked hard to make the events enjoyable. Mr. Masterson stated that it was his understanding that the Tourism Commission pays for the music. Mr. Groon responded in the affirmative. Mr. Masterson stated that the taxpayers are not paying for those concerts.

 

There being no further public comments at this time, Mr. Groon returned the meeting to the discussion items on the agenda.

 

The first matter for discussion, was the Rambler Road Park Project. The Clerk supplied the Commissioners with documentation from the Engineer, containing a July 20, 2010 plan and cost estimate in the amount of $1.3 million. The Engineer stated that that is the most recent submission. The Clerk stated that there is approximately $1.6 million in available funding, less recent engineering costs, for which the Borough has already bonded. Mr. Cabrera interjected that there is grant funding included as well. The Clerk stated that $308,000 is from the DCA grant, and $250,000 is from the DOT grant, both of which are included in the $1.6 million.

 

Mr. Cabrera stated that the most recent site plan was a product of the meeting of July 16, 2010 to relocate the parking so that access to Rambler Road via the bike path would be safer for bicyclists. He added that the bike stand/bathroom facility and the bike path turnaround were separated to permit more display area for the bike stand as well as a separation of pedestrians and bicyclists. Additionally, the bike shop/bathroom facility was enlarged to make sure there was sufficient room for bicycle storage. He added that the existing gazebo will receive a new roofline structure to match the new bike stand/bathroom facility. Mrs. Groon inquired if the gazebo roof will be awning material as was used at Centennial Park. The Engineer responded that it will be a metal roof.

 

Mr. Groon inquired if the playground equipment will be part of the bid process. The Engineer stated that he had included $50,000 in the cost estimate for the playground, but that the equipment would be purchased from state contract and the work would be done in-house.

 

There was a general review of the proposed plan, and discussion by the audience and the Commissioners.

 

Mr. Groon announced that the Commissioners had resolved all of the issues, and would be moving forward with the Rambler Road Park Project and take advantage of the grants available.

 

With regard to beach ponding, Mr. Groon stated that the Public Works personnel had been working diligently to maintain and correct the situation, and that the Borough is looking at a long range plan with the DEP to maintain the beach.

 

There being no further matters for discussion, Mr. Groon invited further public comments.

 

Mr. Masterson inquired if the Rambler Road Park plan still included a “drop off” lane for vehicles. Mr. Groon responded that it does not; that it was one of the parts that had to be removed to reduce the scope of the project, and the costs associated therewith.

 

There being no further public comments, the Clerk inquired of the Engineer as to timelines for the advertisement and receipt of bids. It was determined that the Notice to Bidders would be advertised on August 4, 2010, with receipt of bids on August 24, 2010. The Engineer suggested holding a special meeting to award the contract on August 31st.  The Clerk recommended canceling the meeting of August 25th, and rescheduling it for August 31st. All concurred.

 

The Engineer stated that this bid would be only for the structure, and that site work would be bid separately at a later time.

 

The Clerk stated that the Engineer had previously been provided authorization to make application for a CAFRA permit. The Engineer stated that CAFRA required the footprint of the building, and, therefore, the application would be filed immediately.

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 320-10

(Authorizing advertisement of Notice to Bidders for the Rambler Road Park Project, to be published in the August 4, 2010 edition of the Herald, with bid receipt date of August 24, 2010 at 11 am)

 

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

Prior to the vote, the Clerk requested confirmation from the Engineer that the Resolution comported with his needs. The Engineer responded in the affirmative.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        August 31, 2010

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

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