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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   June 13, 2012

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on CD #14-12, 15-12 & 16-12 on File in the Wildwood Crest, NJ Borough Clerk’s Office June 13, 2012
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 November 29, 2011.

 

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. 798-12

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County

 

of Cape May, New Jersey, pursuant to the provisions of NJSA 2B:12-4, that Louis J. Belasco, Jr.,

 

an attorney-at-law of the State of New Jersey, whose term as JUDGE OF THE MUNICIPAL COURT of the Borough of Wildwood Crest expires June 14, 2012, be and he is hereby appointed to serve for a period of three (3) years effective June 15, 2012 as JUDGE OF THE MUNICIPAL COURT of, in, and for the Borough of  Wildwood Crest, a municipal corporation of the State of New Jersey, at an annual salary in accordance with the full provisions of the current year “Salary Ordinance;”  said term expiring June 14, 2015.

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. 799-12

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, in the County of Cape May, New Jersey, that the Borough Clerk be and he is hereby authorized, instructed and empowered to advertise Notice to Bidders in The Herald of Cape May County issue of June 20, 2012.

 

Sealed bids will be received by the Purchasing Committee in the Municipal Court Room, Wildwood Crest Borough Hall, on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., prevailing time, for furnishing the items hereinafter set forth in accordance with the Specifications on file in the Borough Hall.  Said items are as follows:

 

WEST CRESSE AVENUE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS

 

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:

Prior to the motion and vote, however, the Clerk indicated that the contract is in place for the services of the Borough Engineer for all projects. This pending resolution is a requirement by the Department of Community Affairs that the scope be clearly defined in terms of the Engineer’s duties and responsibilities for the Small Cities.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 800-12

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Borough of Wildwood Crest Resolution No. 577-11, adopted July 20, 2012, the Borough of Wildwood Crest has entered into an Agreement with Ralph Petrella, P.E., to provide engineering services to the Borough of Wildwood Crest for the period July 20, 2011 through July 19, 2012; and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest has applied to the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Small Cities Program for funding for the project known as the “Cresse Avenue Storm Drainage Project (#12-0272-00);” and

 

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Small Cities Program requires that a contract specific to the project be entered into between the Borough of Wildwood Crest and the Engineer;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, State of New Jersey, as follows:

 

               1.            That the allegations of the preamble hereto are incorporated herein as if fully set forth.

 

               2.            That the Mayor and Borough Clerk be and they are hereby authorized, instructed and empowered to execute the attached Agreement with Ralph Petrella, P.E., of the firm of Van Note-Harvey Associates in compliance with the requirements of the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Small Cities Program, specifically for the project known as the “Cresse Avenue Storm Drainage Project (#12-0272-00).”

 

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. 801-12

 

WHEREAS, the Wildwood Crest Recreation Commission has authorized the retention of One Off Marketing, at the not to exceed contract amount of $500.00, to assist with the advertisement, set-up and production of a “Beach Baggo Tournament” to be conducted by the Recreation Department of the Borough of Wildwood Crest on July 28, 2012 and said commission has requested that the board of commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest grant permission to hold, and ultimately approve, an event known as the “Beach Baggo Tournament” on the date above specified; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest is committed to the advancement of both resident and tourist-related, recreational actitivites and events and the sponsorship of this event is a further example of this commitment.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, hereby authorizes the sponsorship of the Beach Baggo Tournament as well as the Wildwood Crest Recreation Commission’s retention of One Off Marketing, at the not to exceed contract amount of $500.00, to assist with the advertisement, set-up, and production of said tournament to be held in the Borough of Wildwood Crest on July 28, 2012, subject to full compliance with all rules and regulations duly established by the Borough of Wildwood Crest.  

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this authorization is contingent upon the Borough of Wildwood Crest retaining all financial controls relative to the conduct of this event, including but not limited to the receipt of all entry fees, shirt sales and all related fees and costs charged or collected in total regard thereto.

 

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. 802-12

 

Resolution in Support of S-302 Sponsored by

Senator Joe Pennacchio, the “Transparency in Government Act”

Which Would Codify and Expand on the State Public Finance Website

 

 

WHEREAS, the clamor of eliminating waste, fraud and abuse is often stated, but rarely addressed and efforts to do so are nearly impossible; and

 

WHEREAS, transparency in government is necessary to identify State spending and where State taxpayer dollars are going; and

 

WHEREAS, the State public finance website which retains and displays data and information on the State’s annual revenues, expenditures and total bonded indebtedness is necessary as a user-friendly source of information to track State revenues and expenditures and to gauge its past and present levels of indebtedness; and

 

WHEREAS, the State website includes information such as contractual service purchases, salaries and wages, gifts and grants and bonded obligations, and must be accessible to the public no later than 45 days following the close of each fiscal year; and

 

WHEREAS, a bi-partisan approach to improving transparency, identifying waste and eliminating abuse at each level of State government, and the establishment of the Public Finance Transparency Committee would facilitate the organization, development and maintenance of such websites; and

 

WHEREAS, Senator Joe Pennacchio has introduced S-302, the “Transparency in Government Act,” to codify and expand on such aforementioned State public finance website and to establish a Public Transparency Committee;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, State of New Jersey, that we voice our support of Senator Pennacchio’s bill, S-302, the “Transparency in Government Act;” and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this resolution shall be sent to Governor Chris Christie, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Senator Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., and Senator Joe Pennacchio.

 

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. 803-12

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, to apply to the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) for funding for various Borough-sponsored events in 2012;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, that the Commissioner of Public Works and Property be, and he is hereby authorized to execute and submit to GWTIDA Funding of Events for three (3) Borough-sponsored events, based upon the submission of six applications seeking funding, as follows:

 

Name of Event                                                                               Amount to be Requested

 

Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Race                                                $                  3,000.00

 

Jersey Shore Masters Basketball Tournament                                             2,000.00

 

Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration                                                       10,500.00

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Commissioner of Public Works and Property and the Borough Clerk be and they are hereby authorized to execute any and all agreements with GWTIDA designating the Borough of Wildwood Crest as “Promoter” on behalf of GWTIDA for the above referenced events.

 

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. 804-12

 

WHEREAS, on June 11, 2012 , PATRICIA SMITH and GREG LOPEZ , 7100 Ocean Ave. , Wildwood Crest, NJ  08260 , applied for a Special Events Permit for the purpose of a WEDDING   to be held on June 23, 2012 ,  at 7:00 p.m., at the Rambler Road Gazebo ; and

                                                                                                                                               

WHEREAS,  PATRICIA SMITH and GREG LOPEZ, 7100 Ocean Ave., Wildwood Crest, NJ  08260 have supplied all documentation required under Ordinance No. 936, including the requisite Certificate of Insurance, and have further pledged to comply with all applicable rules and regulations pertaining to the conduct of said Special Event; and

 

WHEREAS, the application has been reviewed by the Board of Commissioners, upon verification by appropriate members of staff as to completeness of the application, scheduling compatibility, etc.;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey that the Borough Clerk be and he is hereby authorized and directed to issue a Special Events Permit to  PATRICIA SMITH and GREG LOPEZ , 7100 Ocean Ave., Wildwood Crest, NJ  08260 for the purpose of a WEDDING to be held on June 23, 2012 , at 7:00 p.m., at the Rambler Road Gazebo.

 

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

Prior to the vote, Mr. Cabrera inquired of the Engineer whether the gazebo would be ready for the June 23, 2012 date. The Engineer responded in the affirmative. The Clerk interjected that he had been in communication with the Engineer regarding that matter. Mr. Groon stated that his only concern was the potential of the electric connection.

Vote:          Gould-Absent                                          Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that all bills properly authorized, as submitted and which appear in full on the following pages, be paid.

Vote:          Gould-Absent                                          Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The Clerk indicated that a number of materials had been provided to the governing body regarding funding sources for various capital improvement projects. Mr. Groon stated that the beach patrol building was in need of attention. He recommended that the Engineer review the building and provide an opinion as to whether it is sound and what renovations would be applicable. He added, if there are structural issues with the building, that he would like to be made aware of them in order that it might be incorporated into the capital plan in the future. Mr. Cabrera indicated that he and the Engineer had done an initial walk-through which showed that the structure, without doing any load-bearing tests, seems to be sufficient. The Engineer offered that the main part of the structure seems okay, but there is definitely an issue with the addition. Also, there is some wash-out on the northeast corner that may require underpinning. Mr. Cabrera stated that his vision was to have the Nesbitt Center and the beach patrol building be similar architecturally. He inquired if the current beach patrol building is functionally sufficient. Mr. Groon stated that it is “chopped up.”

 

The next matter for discussion was the West Washington Avenue park. The Clerk indicated that he had requested a cost estimate from the Engineer, to include fencing, etc. The Clerk stated that the reason for his inquiry was to have information to include in the upcoming bond ordinance. For future capital improvements and bond indebtedness he requested information regarding the various Borough buildings in need of improvement, and had requested that the Engineer obtain information regarding a USDA loan/grant application. Mr. Cabrera reported that he and the Engineer had met in that regard and the Engineer is working on a design for the park, inclusive of two storage areas for the school. Mr. Groon inquired as to a timeline for completion of a plan for the bond ordinance. The CFO responded that it was planned that the bond ordinance be introduced in August, so July 1 would be the final date to provide the information to him. The Clerk stated that much of the review, research, cost estimate work to be done must be completed in June.

 

The Clerk reported that Mr. Cabrera had brought to his attention a few issues with Sunrise (Rambler Road) Park for which funding was needed. The Clerk stated that there were no available funds, absent the cancellation of unexpended balances from another bond ordinance. Mr. Cabrera stated that a walkthrough of the new park indicates that easterly of the widened bike path and between it and the snow fence, is devoid of landscaping and was not included in the landscaping plan. He suggested continuing on with the grasses and some large river rock to complete the area. The estimate for the work was in the range of $10,000. Additionally, he indicated that the turn-around area of the bike path is also a blank space. Originally, it was designed to have a statute which was removed from the original plan to cut costs. It was his opinion that the statute needs to be reinstated because it is going to be the “icon” of the park. The cost estimate for that is in the range of $25,000. Mr. Groon inquired if there are any signage issues. Mr. Cabrera responded that there are some signage issues, but it was his opinion that they can be handled within the Public Works budget. Mr. Groon asked about the cost of the signage. Mr. Cabrera responded that it was in the vicinity of $850. He added that other signs were already included in the plan and have been encumbered. He added that if a free-standing sign was desired by the governing body, it would be extra. He suggested that that be taken into consideration when a final determination regarding the Nesbitt Center is reached. Mr. Cabrera stated that it was his opinion that the statute is important, and the bathroom signage is important. Concerning the statute, Mr. Groon inquired if it would be raised or within a block wall. The Engineer responded that it could be mounted to the center, or the grade could be raised. Mr. Groon stated that it was his opinion that something was needed to protect it from being damaged by the public. The Engineer responded that, as a minimum, it will need some stabilizing placements because the major concern would be the rocking motion of it being pulled upon. Mr. Groon stated that he had no problem with the concept, but it was his recommendation that an atmosphere of a “turn around” needed to be created. He added that the statute probably would not be ready for the 2012 summer season. The Engineer concurred.

 

Mrs. Gould arrived at 9:52 a.m.

 

Continuing with the discussion, Mr. Groon inquired about the landscaping and asked if it was required immediately. Mr. Cabrera stated that it was. Mr. Groon said that he had no problems with the first part of Mr. Cabrera’s suggestion, but with regard to the sculpture, it was his opinion that it should be elevated. He suggested waiting until 2013. The Engineer concurred, stating that in order to do something in that location, the entire turn-around would have to be closed for safety reasons. Mr. Cabrera reiterated his opinion that the landscaping was required immediately. Mr. Groon indicated that he would look at the area before making a final determination.

 

With regard to the single stream recycling, the Clerk polled the governing body as to its position on the changeover to the single stream, with the potential savings to be realized.  He added that there would be costs incurred by the CMCMUA for the system changeover.  Unanimous approval was provided for the new recycling system.  Accordingly, he advised the Public Works Superintendent that the Borough would be moving forward with the program. He indicated that a letter would be sent to the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority evidencing the Borough’s support of the program.  Mr. Groon added that the MUA would be taking on some significant new debt in purchasing the required equipment which will change the rates. However, it was believed that those rates would be off-set by reduced tipping fees.

 

The Clerk presented to the governing body the latest logo designs for their review. He asked that the governing body review them and provide their comments. Mrs. Gould indicated that she had spoken to the logo designer to indicate some minor revisions. Each of the Commissioners outlined their suggestions for minor changes to the logo.

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 805-12

 

Authorizing Executive/Closed Session in accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act, specifically N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b)

 

WHEREAS, the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et. seq.) requires all meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest to be held in public, except that N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b) sets forth nine (9) types of matters that may lawfully be discussed in “Executive or Closed Session,” i.e., without the public being permitted to attend; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest has determined that THREE (3) (insert number) issues are permitted by N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b) to be discussed without the public in attendance to be discussed during the Executive or Closed Session to be held on June 13, 2012 at 9:30 A.M.; and

 

WHEREAS, the nine (9) exceptions to public meetings set forth in N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b) are listed below, and next to each exception is a box within which the number of issues to be privately discussed that fall within that exception shall be written, and after each exception is a space where additional information that will disclose as much information about the discussion as possible without undermining the purpose of the exception shall be written:

 

 

__1_____            “(7) Any pending or anticipated litigation or contract negotiation in which the public body is or may become a party. Any matters falling within the attorney-client privilege, to the extent that confidentiality is required in order for the attorney to exercise his ethical duties as a lawyer.” The parties to and docket numbers of each item of litigation and/or the parties to each contract discussed are Ferrara v. The Wildwoods UEZ, et al

 

__2_____            “(8) Any matter involving the employment, appointment, termination of employment, terms and conditions or employment, evaluation of the performance, promotion or disciplining of any specific prospective public officer or employee or current public officer or employee employed or appointed by the public body, unless all individual employees or appointees whose rights could be adversely affected request, in writing, that such matter or matters be discussed at a public meeting.” Subject to the balancing of the public’s interest and the employee’s privacy rights under South Jersey Publishing Co. v. New Jersey Expressway Authority, 124 N.J. 478, the employee(s) and nature of the discussion, described as specifically as possible without undermining the need for confidentiality are the conduct of interviews of three (3) potential GWTIDA Executive Board members, and the Department of Administration Strategic Plan and staffing levels/assignments in conjunction therewith.

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners shall reconvene the public meeting at the conclusion of the authorized closed or executive session, which may or may not include formal action as a result of the discussion(s) held.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, assembled in public session on the date of the meeting of the governing body set forth herein above, that a closed session shall be held for the discussion of matters relating to the specific items designated above involving the Borough of Wildwood Crest.  The governing body shall convene a closed session discussion immediately upon passage of this resolution and it is anticipated that the deliberations conducted in closed session shall be disclosed to the public upon conclusion of the matter and/or after determination of the Board of Commissioners that the public interest will no longer be served by such confidentiality and that the meeting will return to open session at the conclusion of the discussion and formal action may be taken if/as authorized.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Municipal Clerk, at the present public meeting, shall read aloud enough of this resolution so that members of the public in attendance can understand, as precisely as possible, the nature of the matters that will be privately discussed.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Municipal Clerk, on the next business day following this meeting, shall furnish a cop of this resolution to any member of the public who requests one at the fees authorized by N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1, et. seq.

 

Prior to motion and vote, the Clerk indicated that the governing body would be returning to open session at the conclusion of the closed session, and those matters would be released to the public at the conclusion of those matters, and it was intended that formal action may be taken upon return to open session, part of which discussions would include a return to capital improvements.

 

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

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Upon returning from closed session, discussion of the Capital Plan was resumed. The Engineer and Public Works Superintendent returned to the session for this discussion.

 

With regard to the Fishing Pier building, Mr. Groon stated his opinion that the governing body should consider demolishing the building. He went on to state that it would be a two-step process: to contract out for asbestos removal and then Public Works staff would complete the demolition internally. Mrs. Gould asked what the cost would be for the asbestos removal. Mr. Groon responded that he did not know. The Engineer was asked for an estimate. He responded that it was his hope that it would be limited to the exterior siding and that would be approximately $15,000. The Clerk asked if the worst case scenario would be around $25,000. The Engineer responded in the affirmative. Mr. Groon reiterated his opinion that it was time to take the building down. The Clerk inquired if this would be an item for consideration for inclusion in the upcoming summer bond ordinance. Mr. Groon responded in the affirmative. He added that the other option would be, since he did not intend to move on the beach patrol project, those funds could be utilized. The CFO interjected that Public Works had funds for construction of beach walkways that could be utilized. Mr. Cabrera agreed. In that case, the Clerk stated that it would not be in the bond ordinance, but, rather, pay-as-you-go. The Clerk then inquired of the Engineer whether Public Works staff could demolish the building after the asbestos is removed. The Engineer responded that he will have to obtain a quote from a firm that specializes in assessing where the asbestos is within the building. That report would be utilized to obtain quotes to have the asbestos abated. The Clerk stated that the bid threshold is $17,500 and if the Engineer could obtain quotes for less than that, the Borough would be in good shape. Mr. Cabrera interjected that he would rather not have the Public Works staff take on the work of demolishing the building. He suggested obtaining a quote for the demolition work as well. The Clerk stated his opinion that after the asbestos is removed, the demolition would be an easy project. Mr. Groon interjected that the cost for the demolition will probably be approximately $40,000 to $50,000 if it is done by an outside firm. The CFO stated that it would have to be included in the bond ordinance.

 

The Engineer was instructed to obtain estimates for both projects and a final determination would be made thereafter.

 

The next matter for discussion was the north-south street conditions in terms of what will be required, other than New Jersey Avenue. The Clerk offered that the major arteries would include New Jersey from Cresse to Rambler and Pacific Avenue from Cresse to Rambler. Mr. Groon stated that it was his opinion that Pacific Avenue is deteriorating, and it was important to determine the infrastructure condition of New Jersey Avenue northward of Rambler, as well as Pacific Avenue northward of Rambler, and then make a determination as to which project should be next. Mr. Groon went on to state that in the Borough’s schedule of debt, the next time available to do a north-south street with infrastructure would be approximately the year 2024. He added that it would fit into the Borough’s payment schedule.

 

The Engineer stated that without inspecting either street that there will be utility problems on New Jersey Avenue well in advance of 2024, and it is likely that Pacific Avenue’s surface will not survive half that long. Mr. Groon stated that if the Engineer can say that New Jersey Avenue is worse than Pacific Avenue, it was his opinion that New Jersey Avenue should become the next north-south street to be completed. That may mean that an overlay may be required on Pacific Avenue to extend its life for another fifteen years or so. He suggested adding that project to the southern end of New Jersey Avenue project in order to prolong the life of Pacific Avenue. The Clerk interjected that it would mean adding another $1 million to the New Jersey Avenue (south) project. The Engineer responded that that would be a good project to include. However, he stated that if Pacific Avenue is resurfaced, the Borough would be obligated to replace the handicapped ramps. He strongly suggested making that a part of the DCA application. Mr. Groon stated that that would add an additional $700,000 to the project. The Engineer responded that those ramps could be done at any time in advance of the repaving project, or “shortly after.” Mr. Groon inquired how soon they would have to be done after the completion of the paving project. The Engineer responded that based on a recent seminar he attended, it would have to be documented that the ramps are being planned in less than one year after the time the paving is completed.

 

Mr. Cabrera inquired as to the scope of the New Jersey Avenue (south) project. The Engineer responded that it would be Rambler Road to the southern municipal line at Jefferson. Mr. Cabrera inquired if that project could be phased. The Engineer responded that the trunk lines run the full length and they are deteriorating. He added that by phasing the project, there would be probabilities of problems with the portion that is not done. Mr. Cabrera then inquired if the infrastructure on Pacific Avenue is fine. Mr. Groon responded that it is better than the rest. The Engineer stated that it is not “fine” but is better than the rest.

 

Mr. Cabrera then asked if the overlay of Pacific Avenue could be phased. The Engineer responded that it could be phased, but that the best pricing would be obtained by doing the entire project at one time.

 

Mr. Groon inquired as to the status of the NJEIT application. The Engineer responded that he had been advised to get the application in as soon as possible. He added that the Borough’s project would be ranked high because of the necessary infrastructure work.

 

The next matter for discussion was the parking at the Nesbitt Center. Mr. Groon reported that his department would be installing 20 minute parking signs at the five spaces next to the Nesbitt Center.

 

The Engineer reported that the governing body would have to pick a project for the NJDCA grant at the June 27, 2012 meeting. There was discussion regarding suggested projects and a final determination would be made at the next meeting of the governing body

 

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:        June 27, 2012

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk

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