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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   March 13, 2013

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on CD #5-13 on File in the Wildwood Crest, NJ Borough Clerk’s Office March 13, 2013
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 - 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 28, 2012.

 

Mr. Groon next announced the one-way in and the one-way out method of ingress and egress in case of emergency.

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1161 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. 1161

AN ORDINANCE AUGMENTING AND AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, CHAPTER 85, ARTICLE XVI, ZONING BOARDS OF ADJUSTMENT AND PLANNING BOARD, SECTION 85-116, APPENDIX A, BOARD MEETINGS, SECTION 85-120C, PLANNING BOARD MEETINGS , APPENDIX A, AND ARTICLE XVI, SECTION 85-119, ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PLANNING BOARD, A, CLASS III

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 1161.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

There being no public comments, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1161 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1161 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. 1162 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. 1162

AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS THEREOF THAT HAVE BEEN CODIFIED AT CHAPTER 17 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST AND PROVIDING FOR UNIFORM REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO BULKHEAD CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION AND REPAIRS

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 1162.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

There being no public comments, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1162 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1162 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

The Clerk indicated for those present that Ordinance No. 1163 was being held until the meeting of March 27, 2013 because of the procedural requirements for that type of ordinance, that there must be a 10 day advertisement timeframe prior to 2nd reading, public hearing, and final adoption.

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabr4era, that Ordinance No. 1164 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. 1164

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 59-3 OF THE CODE OF THE

BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, KNOWN AS THE “SALARY

ORDINANCE,” FIXING AND DETERMINING SALARIES AND

COMPENSATIONS OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, IN

THE COUNTY OF CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY, PROVIDING FOR THE

RAISING OF THE AMOUNTS THEREOF BY TAXATION AND FOR

THE TIME AND METHOD OF PAYMENT

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing be held on Ordinance No. 1164.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

There being no public comments, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1164 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1164 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. 1165

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 34, FIRE DEPARTMENT, SECTION 34-5, HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE, SUBSECTION C, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1087 ADOPTED JANUARY 27, 2010

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1165 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1166

AN ORDINANCE SUPPLEMENTING AND AMENDING CHAPTER 37, GARBAGE, RUBBISH, SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT, OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, ARTICLE IV, WILDWOOD CREST RECYCLING PROGRAM, AMENDING SECTION 37-16, DEFINITIONS, SECTION 37-18, COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLE MATERIALS, AND SECTION 37-18.3, NEW DEVELOPMENTS OF MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL UNITS OR COMMERCIAL, INSTITUTIONAL OR INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES, AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1048 ADOPTED NOVEMBER 26, 2007 AND ORDINANCE NO. 1113 ADOPTED NOVEMBER 22, 2010

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1166 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE ONLY:

RESOLUTION NO. 970-13

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, in the County of Cape May and State of New Jersey, that MARK ROSZKOWSKI, 196 West Pittsburgh Avenue, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, be, and he is hereby re-appointed as the private citizen representative of the Borough of Wildwood Crest to serve on the Urban Enterprise Zone Board of Directors, for a term of one (1) year commencing effective March 15, 2013, and terminating March 14, 2014.

 

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. 971-13

 

WHEREAS, the Tax Collector of the Borough of Wildwood Crest collected

from the property owner or it's designee an excess amount on 2013 property taxes and/or utility payments; and

 

               WHEREAS, an overpayment was created for the reason listed below, and

 

               WHEREAS, the Tax Collector of the Borough of Wildwood Crest has determined the said overpayment should be refunded accordingly as indicated below.

 

 

1.01-3-C0221     Salomone, Attilio & Colleen                                                       Amount

2013 Tax                            221 E Morning Glory Rd                                                                    $1,500.69

                                             Title Company & Mortgage Company

both paid 2013 1st quarter taxes.

                                             Refund overpayment to Salomone, Attilio & Colleen.

 

46.01-13-C6407 Scanlon, Brendan & Kristina (50% ownership)                       Amount

2013 Tax                            6407 Pacific Ave                                                                                                 $597.60

                                             Title Company & Mortgage Company

both paid 2013 1st quarter taxes.

                                             Refund overpayment to Scanlon, Brendan & Kristina.

 

46.01-13-C6407 Belisario, Anita & Kimmel, James (50% ownership)                             Amount

2013 Tax                            6407 Pacific Ave                                                                                                 $597.60

                                             Title Company & Mortgage Company

both paid 2013 1st quarter taxes.

                                             Refund overpayment to Belisario, Anita & Kimmel, James.

 

                                            

               NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, State of New Jersey, the Chief Financial Officer is hereby authorized to execute said refund as soon as practicable and the Tax

Collector should mark the records accordingly to reflect said refund as per the meeting on

March 13, 2013.

 

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. 972-13

 

WHEREAS, the Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act, P.L.1987, c.102, has established a recycling fund from which tonnage grant may be made to municipalities in order to encourage local source separation and recycling programs; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the intent and the spirit of the Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act to use the tonnage grants to develop new municipal recycling programs and to continue and to expand existing programs; and

 

WHEREAS, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is promulgating recycling regulations to implement the Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act; and

 

WHEREAS, the recycling regulations impose on municipalities certain requirements as a condition for applying for tonnage grants, including but not limited to, making and keeping accurate, verifiable records of materials collected and claimed by the municipality; and

 

WHEREAS, a resolution authorizing this municipality to apply for such tonnage grants will memorialize the commitment of this municipality to recycling and to indicate the assent of the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest to the efforts undertaken by the municipality and the requirements contained in the Recycling Act and recycling regulations; and

 

WHEREAS, such a resolution should designate the individual authorized to ensure the application is properly completed and timely filed.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, 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 of Wildwood Crest hereby endorses the submission of a recycling tonnage grant application to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and designates Joseph Bond to ensure that the application is properly filed; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the monies received from the recycling tonnage grant be deposited in a dedicated recycling trust fund to be used solely for the purposes of recycling.

 

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. 973-13

 

RECYCLING TAX IDENTIFICATION STATEMENT

 

WHEREAS, the Recycling Enhancement Act, P.L. 2007, chapter 311, has established a recycling fund from which tonnage grants may be made to municipalities in order to encourage local source separation and recycling programs; and

 

WHEREAS, there is levied upon the owner or operator of every solid waste facility (with certain exceptions) a recycling tax of $3.00 per ton on all solid waste accepted for disposal or transfer at the solid waste facility; and

 

WHEREAS, whenever a municipality operates a municipal service system for solid waste collection, or provides for regular solid waste collection service under a contract awarded pursuant to the “Local Public Contracts Law,” the amount of grant monies received by the municipality shall not be less than the annual amount of recycling tax paid by the municipality except that all grant monies received by the municipality shall be expended only for its recycling program.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, hereby certifies a submission of expenditure for taxes paid pursuant to P.L. 2007, chapter 311, in 2012 in the amount of $13,750.74. Documentation supporting this submission is available at 6101 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey 08260, and shall be maintained for no less than five (5) years from this date.

 

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. 974-13

 

WHEREAS, Borough of Wildwood Crest Ordinance No. 1069, adopted February 25, 2009, has approved and confirmed 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

 

WHEREAS, the fee schedule for “parking meter charges” throughout the Borough, in accordance with the provisions of the aforesaid Ordinance and any amendments related thereto, does provide for a PER HOUR, NOT TO EXCEED AMOUNT OF ONE DOLLAR FIFTY CENTS ($1.50); and

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Board of Commissioners to establish precise fees to be charged in accordance with the foregoing limit set, for calendar year 2013.

 

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

 

               1.  The allegations of the preamble are incorporated herein by reference as if fully set forth.

 

               2.  That the precise fee schedule, with corresponding locations, for parking meter charges be and the same is hereby established as follows:

 

The following street or streets will be $1.50 per hour (10 minutes for each quarter deposited):

 

All parking from the westerly side of Atlantic Avenue, east to the Atlantic Ocean, on any street, either north-south or east-west, shall be only permitted in properly marked, designated metered parking spots.

 

               3.  The hours and periods of operation of parking meters in the Borough of Wildwood Crest shall be 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. daily, commencing May 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013.

 

               4.  That the designated officials of the Borough of Wildwood Crest be and they are hereby authorized, empowered and directed to charge/collect fees in accordance with the schedule set forth hereinabove.

 

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. 975-13

 

WHEREAS, TARA LAWSON t/a GREEN EARTH METAL RECYCLING, has submitted a proposal, to remove all scrap metal curbside from the Borough of Wildwood Crest, during hours specifically designated by the Borough of Wildwood Crest, at no cost to the Borough of Wildwood Crest; and

 

WHEREAS, TARA LAWSON t/a GREEN EARTH METAL RECYCLING has indicated that she will provide to the Borough of Wildwood Crest written monthly reports of verification of tonnage and credits received in accordance therewith, on behalf of/for the Borough of Wildwood Crest, from the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority; and

 

WHEREAS, it is more cost effective to authorize acceptance of the proposal from TARA LAWSON t/a GREEN EARTH METAL RECYCLING as opposed to paying another scrap metal removal entity to perform said service; and

 

WHEREAS, the Superintendent of Public Works has provided a written opinion indicating that TARA LAWSON t/a GREEN EARTH METAL RECYCLING is the most “responsible bidder” for the curbside removal of scrap metal in the Borough of Wildwood Crest;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, that the preamble hereto is repeated herein as if fully set forth, and the said proposal of TARA LAWSON t/a GREEN EARTH METAL RECYCLING, which is attached hereto and made a part hereof, is hereby accepted and approved, effective March 24, 2013 and terminating March 23, 2014.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said acceptance of proposal is conditioned upon submission by TARA LAWSON t/a GREEN EARTH METAL RECYCLING of the requisite certificate of insurance naming the Borough of Wildwood Crest as an additional insured, as well as execution and return to the Borough of a Hold Harmless Agreement indemnifying the Borough from and against any loss as a result of the services specified hereinabove being performed.

 

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. 976-13

 

WHEREAS, there is due from the Borough of Wildwood Crest to the City of Wildwood certain unpaid sums for outstanding balances of local Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) administrative costs; and

 

WHEREAS, there is due from the City of Wildwood to the Borough of Wildwood Crest certain unpaid sums for City of Wildwood Construction Office permit fees collected by the City of Wildwood for inspections, permits and plan reviews that were performed by the Borough of Wildwood Crest; and

 

WHEREAS, both municipalities have decided that it is in the best interest of their respective communities to offset these fees, and cause any and all prior year account balances to revert to zero.

 

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 it hereby approves and offsets the monies due to the Borough of Wildwood Crest against monies due to the City of Wildwood as referenced above.

 

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. 977-13

 

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2013, the OCEAN DRIVE RUN CLUB, INC., PO Box 1245, Southeastern, PA 19399 applied for a Special Events Permit for the purpose of a FOOT RACE to be held on March 24, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Pacific Ave. from Jefferson Ave. to Rambler Rd, and the Bike Path from Rambler Rd. to Cresse Ave.; and,

 

WHEREAS, the OCEAN DRIVE RUN CLUB, INC.  has supplied all documentation required under Ordinance No. 936, including the requisite Certificate of Insurance, and has 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 the OCEAN DRIVE RUN CLUB, INC., PO Box 1245, Southeastern, PA 19399 for the purpose of a FOOT RACE to be held on March 24, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Pacific Ave. from Jefferson Ave. to Rambler Rd, and the Bike Path from Rambler Rd. to Cresse Ave.

 

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. 978-13

 

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 March 20, 2013.

 

Sealed bids will be received by the Bid Opening Committee in the Municipal Court Room, Wildwood Crest Borough Hall, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 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 SIDE DRAINAGE, PHASE 3 (LAVENDER ROAD, HEATHER ROAD AND LAKE ROAD)

 

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. 979-13

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Borough of Wildwood Crest Resolution No. 852-12, adopted August 29, 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 September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013; 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 “West Side Drainage Phase 3;” 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 “West Side Drainage Phase 3.”

 

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. 980-13

 

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-59 permits transfers between appropriation reserves during the first three (3) months of the fiscal year; and

 

WHEREAS, claims have been received for 2012 expenditures for which inadequate 2012 appropriation reserves exist to pay said claims.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey (not less than two-thirds of the full membership concurring) that transfers between appropriation reserves be and are hereby authorized as follows:

 

                                                                                                         FROM                                 TO

 

Sewerage – Other Expenses                                                 $7,000.00

Engineer    Other Expenses                                                                                     $7,000.00

 

Mrs. Gould mot6ioned, 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.L 981-13

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest did heretofore advertise for sale at public on-line auction certain miscellaneous municipal property no longer needed for public use; and

 

WHEREAS, bids were received for the above generally described items, and for which a Notice was published in The Herald of Cape May County edition of March 6, 2013, and said Notice is made a part hereof by reference as if fully set forth, and that, based upon the advertised On-Line Auction held March 6, 2013 through March 13, 2013, receipt of bids were obtained as specifically set forth on the attached “Sold Asset Report;”

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, in the County of Cape May and State of New Jersey, that the preamble hereto is made a part hereof by reference as if fully set forth; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the authorized sale of municipal property no longer needed for public use be and the same is hereby confirmed and ratified.

 

SCHEDULE “A”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

The Clerk reported that Commissioner Cabrera had brought forward a proposal regarding beach soccer camps. He stated that they would be “private” events with private use of the public beach. He added that the Solicitor had indicated that any consideration for those camps to be considered would have to be through a bid process. The Solicitor added that they could be done through a professional services contract whereby the Borough would retain an entity to run the camp. Mr. Cabrera inquired as to the definition of a “special event” versus a “recurring event or program or for profit event.” He explained that Wildwood Crest is trying to become more tourism friendly and offer more events, but the Borough’s recreation staff does not have sufficient resources to offer additional programs. He added that there are individuals who would like to put on a program and pay the Borough for police, public works and other services to be provided by the Borough. Mrs. Gould inquired if it would be any different than if a person wanted to get married in the gazebo and they pay a fee. Mr. Cabrera responded that in his opinion it was not different. The Clerk interjected that he disagreed with Mr. Cabrera. He stated that it would be privatizing the “public” beach for a for-profit event. He added that if that was the wish of the governing body, a bid process would have to be followed. The Solicitor added that more information would be required from the inquiring party before making a determination. Mr. Cabrera stated that it was his opinion that the Borough needs to be more “recreation friendly.” The Solicitor stated that it was her understanding that the proposed soccer clinic was not going to be a one-time event and was likely to be several over the course of the summer. Additionally, there was no indication of whether it would be non-profit or for-profit. The Solicitor reiterated that more information was required before a final determination could be made. The Clerk stated that the governing body would have to determine whether they want to “privatize” the beach, and, if so, formulate rules and regulations and fee schedules. Mr. Cabrera argued that if there are events to be offered for residents and visitors, the Borough must find a way to do so. Mrs. Gould stated that it would be like the surf camp, which is bid out to a vendor. Mr. Cabrera indicated that he would obtain additional information and report back to the governing body.

 

The Clerk indicated that he had submitted to the governing body for their consideration the additional charges for ambulance billing that are permitted by law as reported by Cape Professional Billing. The Borough has not in the past charged for transportation costs; however, due to the extremely high cost for fuel and increasing budget for the ambulance corps, it was recommended that a small charge be made for mileage. It was Mrs. Gould’s opinion that it should be done. Mr. Groon stated that the fees were modified in 2010, and that process included the input from the Borough’s EMTs and Chief of Police. It was his opinion that the fees should be reviewed on an annual basis, and that a process should be instituted to do so. He inquired if reviewing the various departmental fees is a process for each Commissioner for their respective departments, or is it a joint process, or some other process. Mrs. Gould responded that it was her opinion that it should be a joint process. The CFO stated there were questions that he was unable to answer that probably the individual departments would be better able to answer. He added that he should be involved in the process since he had knowledge of the costs involved. Mr. Groon stated that only one aspect of the recommendation was addressed, and it was his opinion that since the entire ambulance fee structure had not been reviewed since 2010, that the entire recommendation should be considered. The CFO agreed. The Clerk stated that fee increases are going to occur “rampantly” in other departments and the recommendations for such increases should be placed first with the administration, to then go to the respective departments and governing body members. Mr. Groon agreed, stating that there should be a very specific process in place, and it was his understanding that the Clerk was stating that his department would review all fees and make recommendations. The Clerk stated that administration should initially gather all information and analyze any needs for increases. It was Mr. Groon’s recommendation that all fees be reviewed annually and that the CFO produce a list of all fees, prior to the budget process, and an analysis of the fee schedule.

 

With regard to the recommendation to include a mileage charge in the ambulance transport fee, Mr. Groon stated that there was additional information available and asked that the governing body not take any action on the pending recommendation at this meeting.

 

Mr. Groon stated that there are uncollected charges and he asked the CFO to discuss that aspect. The CFO responded that the Borough’s ambulance billing company sub’s out to a collection agency. The billing company bills three times, then it goes to a collection agency. Mr. Groon asked the CFO to provide him with an analysis of the collection rate for ambulance transport.

 

The Clerk inquired of Mr. Cabrera whether there had been any developments with regard to the UEZ. Mr. Cabrera responded that the person working in the UEZ office in Wildwood resigned. He added that the zone is still intact and businesses may continue to collect the reduced sales tax.

 

Concerning the FEMA matter, the Clerk reported that he had received indications from the Construction Official on permits and requirements for compliance with base flood elevations, etc. He stated that there would be a press release going out on the process to keep the public informed.

 

With regard to the shared services committee recommendation, the Clerk stated that the indication has been that it was not something that could be considered for 2013, based upon the annual budget cycle, but that the door remains open for communication with the other island communities.

 

The Clerk reported that the County was considering the possibility of other options for parking for the new library. He added that the County had also been put on notice that a variance may be required for the construction of the new library due to the anticipated increased height of the building .

 

As to the Engineer’s rendering for a reconfiguration of the Louisville Avenue-New Jersey Avenue intersection, Mr. Groon asked the Engineer to provide a synopsis of the plan for New Jersey Avenue. The Engineer stated that the rendering for the Louisville-New Jersey Avenue junction was a “stand alone” plan for that intersection. However, there are other safety considerations for the length of the project. He indicated that he would have a plan for that within a week and he would need a firm decision from the governing body at the March 27, 2013 meeting.

 

The Clerk stated that the Wildwood Crest Volunteer Fire Company, in conjunction with the other fire departments on the island, has made a request for three or four fire boats for use on the bay side. The fire chief was requested to put the proposal in writing for the review of the governing body.

 

Mr. Cabrera stated that the recent revision to the beach rules and regulations permits campfires on the beach subject to the approval of the governing body. He inquired if the “approval” process would include the fire prevention department, the recreation department or a combination. It was his suggestion that rules and regulations and a permit process be put in place prior to the commencement of the summer season. Mr. Groon stated that it was his opinion that it would be a public safety issue, including the Fire Official and the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police concurred. The Clerk indicated that the governing body should also consider whether they wanted to make it seasonal and prohibit fires on the beach in the summer.

 

There being no public comments, and nothing further for discussion, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the meeting be adjourned.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-Yes

 

Dated:        March 27, 2013

Kevin M. Yecco, Borough Clerk  

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