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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   November 5, 2014

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on CD #31-14 on File in the Borough Clerk's Office. November 5, 2014
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, Herald of Cape May County and The Press on November 26, 2013.

 

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. 1197 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. 1197

AN ORDINANCE REPEALING CHAPTER 67, STREET EXCAVATIONS, AND REPLACING CHAPTER 67, STREET EXCAVATIONS AND OPENINGS, OF THE REVISED GENERAL CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST                                   

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing now be held on Ordinance No. 1197.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-   Yes

 

There being no public comments, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1197 be closed.

Vote:          Gould-Cabrera-Groon-   Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera that Ordinance No. 1197 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. 1199

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 56, RECREATION COMMISSION, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST, COUNTY OF CAPE MAY AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY, SECTION 56-3, POWERS AND DUTIES, RATES AND FEES SCHEDULE, AND AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING ORDINANCE NO. 824 ADOPTED MARCH 12, 1997; ORDINANCE NO. 851 ADOPTED FEBRUARY 8, 1999; ORDINANCE NO. 889 ADOPTED NOVEMBER 28, 2001; ORDINANCE NO. 924 ADOPTED JANUARY 6, 2003; ORDINANCE NO. 992 ADOPTED JANUARY 18, 2006; ORDINANCE NO. 1035 ADOPTED APRIL 4, 2007; ORDINANCE NO. 1048 ADOPTED NOVEMBER 26, 2007; ORDINANCE NO. 1059 ADOPTED MARCH 19, 2008; ORDINANCE NO. 1069 ADOPTED FEBRUARY 25, 2009; ORDINANCE NO. 1090 ADOPTED JANUARY 27, 2010; ORDINANCE NO. 1103 ADOPTED JULY 21, 2010; ORDINANCE NO. 1137 ADOPTED JANUARY 25, 2012; ORDINANCE NO. 1167 ADOPTED MAY 8, 2013; ORDINANCE NO. 1180 ADOPTED DECEMBER 11, 2013; AND ORDINANCE NO. 1181 ADOPTED DECEMBER 11, 2013

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1199 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Monday, November  24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1200

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES TO ADOPT PERSONNEL PRACTICES AND AUTHORIZING THE BOROUGH CLERK/ BOARD DESIGNEE AND THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER TO IMPLEMENT SAID PRACTICES WITH ALL OFFICIALS, APPOINTEES, EMPLOYEES, PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that Ordinance No. 1200 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Monday, November  24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Mr. Cabrera inquired if the document would be sent for third party counsel review and he was informed that is not a condition of the ordinance.  The Solicitor informed Commissioner Cabrera that the Labor Attorney reviewed the sections that required input from Labor Counsel and most does not require third party review because it was either duplicative of what we had, updated the current ordinances, or geared out of the JIF format. 

 

Mr. Cabrera then asked if it was the intent of the Borough to have a thorough review done prior to the second reading of the ordinance.  The Mayor indicated it was up to the Board, but he felt there was no choice but to move forward with the ordinance. 

 

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1201

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 46 – OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, ARTICLE I, SECTION 46-1 – DEFINITIONS; SECTION 46-3 – DETERMINATION OF AMOUNT; SECTION 46-4 – LIMITATIONS; SECTION 46-5.1 – GROUP INSURANCE; SECTION 46-19 – NORMAL WORK WEEK; ARTICLE IV – MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION – SECTIONS 46-23 THROUGH 46-29; ARTICLE V – BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS – SECTIONS 46-30 THROUGH 46-32, AND ADDING A SECTION TO ARTICLE V A NEW SECTION ENTITLED ‘OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE’, AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 496 ADOPTED 11-9-1976, ORDINANCE NO. 600 ADOPTED 3-19-1985, ORDINANCE NO. 853 ADOPTED 2-8-1999, ORDINANCE NO. 866 ADOPTED 2-23-2000, ORDINANCE NO. 990 ADOPTED 12-21-2005, ORDINANANCE NO. 1001 ADOPTED 2-22-2006, ORDINANCE NO. 1082 ADOPTED 11-23-2009, ORDINANCE NO. 1114 ADOPTED 11-22-2010, AND ORDINANCE NO. 1126 ADOPTED 05-11-2011 

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon, that Ordinance No. 1201 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Monday, November  24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Mr. Cabrera referenced the same comments from Ordinance 1200. 

 

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

 

 

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 271-14

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-58 permits transfers between budget appropriations during the final two (2) months of the fiscal year;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, that transfers between 2014 budget appropriations be and the same are hereby authorized as follows:

 

Appropriation Title

 

To

 

From

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment of Taxes: Salaries and Wages

 

2,000.00

 

 

Borough Administration:  Salaries and Wages

 

40,000.00

 

 

Assessment of Taxes:  Other Expenses

 

 

 

         2,000.00

Borough Administration:  Other Expenses

 

 

 

       40,000.00

 

 

$      42,000.00     

 

$      42,000.00     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK INDICATED THAT TWO RESOLUTIONS HAD BEEN PRESENTED FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE GOVERNING BODY: ONE WITH SATURDAY MEETINGS AND ONE WITHOUT.

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 272-14

 

SUBJECT: A RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE FOR THE DESIGNATED MEETING DATES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2015.

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, that the designated Borough Meetings for calendar year 2015 be and the same are hereinafter provided in accordance with the annual meeting notice requirements subject to any adjustments to be determined from time to time by resolution of the Board as follows:

 

                 DATE                                                   TIME                                                    PLACE

JANUARY              7, 2015                                9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                21, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

 

FEBRUARY           4, 2015                               9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                18, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

 

MARCH                  4, 2015                                                9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                18, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

 

APRIL                     1, 2015                                                9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                15, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

 

MAY                        6, 2015                                                9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                20, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                    

JUNE                       3, 2015                                                9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                24, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                    

JULY                       8, 2015                                                9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                22, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

 

AUGUST                5, 2015                                                9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                19, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

 

SEPTEMBER       2, 2015                                                9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                16, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

 

OCTOBER            7, 2015                                                9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                21, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

 

NOVEMBER         4, 2015                                                9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                18, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

 

DECEMBER       9, 2015                                 9:30 A.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

                                21, 2015                                                7:00 P.M.                              BOROUGH HALL

 

Commissioner Cabrera inquired if two resolutions were up for consideration and the Mayor indicated he wanted both on the agenda at his request.  The Mayor went on to say that he believed certain things needed to be done prior to adding on Saturday sessions to include review of the administrative setup and perhaps changing how people are received in the Borough before moving forward.  The Mayor added he didn’t mind reconsidering the issue at a later date.   Commissioner Cabrera respectfully disagreed and felt that planning Saturday meetings now would allow for publication.  He went on to say it is for accessibility for those who cannot make the Wednesday morning or evening sessions.  He felt we should strongly consider this.  The Mayor then indicated on a personal note that the idea of having Saturday meetings to be accessible is wrong.  He meets the public on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer dealing with various issues and will continue to meet with anyone on the weekend as long as they email him during the week.  Lastly, he reiterated that more work is needed before another meeting can be added.  Commissioner Gould indicated that both Commissioners had valid points and she further indicated that adding meetings can always be done and advertised.  Commissioner Cabrera countered that if we don’t advertise for it now, it cannot be placed on the calendars.  Mr. Cabrera added that cancelling a meeting is just as easy.  Mrs. Gould then added she wanted to stay with the two meetings per month and that if a situation arises, they could add a Saturday morning meeting.   

 

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

Vote:          Gould - Groon – Yes         Cabrera – No

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 273-14

WHEREAS, it is the policy of the Borough of Wildwood Crest to treat employees and prospective employees in a manner consistent with all applicable employment laws and regulations, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Opportunity Act of 1972, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, the Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health Act, the New Jersey Civil Service Act, the New Jersey Workers Compensation Act, the Federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and the Open Public Meeting Act; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners has determined that there is a need to amend the personnel Policies and Procedures Manual to implement certain changes made by statute and to otherwise ensure that employees and prospective employees are treated in a manner consistent with these laws and regulations.

 

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 the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual is hereby adopted effective January 1, 2015.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these personnel policies and procedures shall apply to all Borough officials, appointees, employees, volunteers and independent contractors. In the event there is a conflict between these rules and any collective bargaining agreement, personnel services contract or Federal or State law, the terms and conditions of that contract or law shall prevail. In all other cases, these policies and procedures shall prevail.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this manual is intended to provide guidelines covering public service by Borough employees and is not a contract. The provisions of this manual may be amended and supplemented from time to time without notice and at the sole discretion of the Board of Commissioners.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that to the maximum extent permitted by law, employment practices for the Borough shall operate under the legal doctrine known as “employment at will.”

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough Clerk/Board Designee and Chief Financial Officer and all managerial and supervisory personnel are responsible for these employment practices.

 

Mr. Cabrera indicated the same comments as made on Ordinances 1200 and 1201.

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

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 274-14

A Resolution Amending Resolution No. 646-01 Adopted March 28, 2001 and Resolution No. 156-14 Adopted March April 30, 2014 Which Adopted the Provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:14-17.38 Under Which a Public Employer May Agree to Pay for the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) Coverage of Certain Retirees

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest adopted Resolution No. 646-01 on March 28, 2001, and Resolution No. 156-14 on April 30, 2014, which Resolutions adopted the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:114-17.38; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Board of Commissioners to amend said Resolutions;

 

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 Borough of Wildwood Crest hereby elects to adopt the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:14-17.38 and adhere to the rules and regulations promulgated by the State Health Benefits Commission to implement the provisions of that law.  This resolution affects employees as shown on the attached Chapter 48 Resolution Addendum. It is effective on the first day of January, 2015.

 

We are aware that adoption of this resolution does not free us of the obligation to pay for post-retirement medical benefits of retirees or employees who qualified for those payments under any Chapter 88 or Chapter 48 resolution adopted previously by this governing body, except as may otherwise provided by statute.

 

We agree that this resolution will remain in effect until properly amended or revoked with the State Health Benefits Program. We recognize that, while we remain in the State Health Benefits Program, we are responsible for providing the payment for post-retirement medical coverage as listed in the attached Chapter 48 Resolution Addendum for all employees who qualify for this coverage while this resolution is in force.

 

We understand that we are required to provide the Division of Pensions and Benefits complete copies of all contracts, ordinances, and resolutions that detail post-retirement medical payment obligations we undertake. We also recognize that we may be required to provide the Division with information needed to carry out the terms of this resolution.

 

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

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 275-14

WHEREAS, there exists the need for the “Professional Services” of a NETWORK SUPPORT / INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY  SPECIALIST, to be retained by the Borough for all Police Department hardware and software systems for internal operation as directed by the authorized representatives of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, all as more specifically set forth in the attached Agreement which is made a part hereof by reference as if fully set forth; and

 

          WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:1-11, et. seq.) requires that the Resolution authorizing the award of contracts for “Professional Services” without competitive bids must be publicly advertised; and

 

          WHEREAS, Richard Graver dba Media Passport has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification which certifies that he will not make any reportable contributions pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 commencing November 5, 2014 to any political committee or candidate through the term of this contract.

 

          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, in the County of Cape May, 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 Richard Graver dba Media Passport, who shall be compensated by voucher at the agreed upon rate of $120.00 per hour, not to exceed $4,000 contingent upon certification below from the Chief Financial Officer as to the availability of funds, and whose rate/fee structure are contained in the aforesaid Agreement and said “Independent Contractor” shall be required to comply with this Resolution, and the attached Agreement.  Said Network Support / Information Technology Specialist is further required to comply with all other conditions/provisions of law or regulation applicable to a “Professional Services Contractor,” including but not limited to procuring/maintaining sufficient insurance coverages necessary to fully protect the interests of the Borough in each and every instance relative to performance under this contract.

 

          3.  That the aforesaid contract is awarded without competitive bidding as a “Professional Service” under the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law because N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5 states that no local unit shall be required to advertise for bids for services rendered or performed by a person authorized by law to practice a recognized profession and whose practice is regulated by law, or to advertise for bids for services which are of such a qualitative nature as will not reasonably permit the drawing of specifications or the receipt of competitive bids, all of which classification the aforesaid contact falls within.

         

          4.    The Business Disclosure Entity Certification shall be placed on file with this Resolution

 

          5.  That a copy of the specific items appertaining to the award of this contract shall be published in a Notice of Award in The Herald of Cape May County as required by law within ten (10) days of passage of the Resolution authorizing same.

 

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

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 276-14

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 she is hereby authorized, instructed and empowered to advertise Notice to Bidders in the Cape May County Herald issue of November 12, 2014.

 

Sealed bids will be received by the Purchasing Committee in the Municipal Court Room, Wildwood Crest Borough Hall, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 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:

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL BILLING SERVICE

 

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:

RESOLUTION NO. 277-14

WHEREAS, on October 14, 2014 , CORTNEY CHIARLE , 101 Apple Blossom Dr. , North Cape May, NJ 08204 , applied for a Special Events Permit for the purpose of a WEDDING   to be held on October 11, 2015 ,  from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at CENTENNIAL PARK ; and

                                                                                                                                                         

WHEREAS,  CORTNEY CHIARLE, 101 Apple Blossom Dr., North Cape May, NJ 08204, 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 she is hereby authorized and directed to issue a Special Events Permit to  CORTNEY CHIARLE , 101 Apple Blossom Dr., North Cape May, NJ 08204 for the purpose of a WEDDING to be held on October 11, 2015 , from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at CENTENNIAL PARK.

 

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, be paid.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, Designating the Calendar Year 2015 Borough Holidays and Confirming the Meeting Dates of All Boards and Commissions.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

The Mayor opened up the floor for public commentary.  Nancy Pietropaoli, 6002 Seaview Avenue, inquired why the noon whistle was discontinued and Commissioner Gould indicated that due to its proximity to Borough Hall, it was dismantled.  

 

After hearing nothing further from the public, The Mayor opened up New Business.  The first topic was Army Corps Beach Plan and Commissioner Cabrera indicated that Tom Thornton was following up with the State and the Army Corps.  Mr. Tom Thornton, of Hatch Mott MacDonald, then informed the Board that he was able to speak with both Chris Constantino from the D.E.P. and Brian Bogel from the Army Corps of Engineers.  Mr. Bogel indicated that at this point, the project has been approved by the Federal Government and they are in the stage where they are submitting the report to other agencies for comments.  They will then address those comments and address those agencies.  Also, he indicated that they do not have funding for the design and it is expected by May of 2015 and they will be pursuing other smaller amounts of funding to allow them to continue the public exposure process.  As far as the dune height, it appears the Army Corps is pretty firm with this issue.  There were however other issues that they would solicit feedback.  Mr. Thornton pointed out that after speaking with Mr. Constantino that the dune height issue seems to be an uphill climb.     

 

With regards to Memorial Benches, the Commissioners agreed to revisit this in January.  With regards to Borough Work Hours, Commissioner Cabrera indicated he would like to see Borough Hall open all Saturdays.  The Mayor reiterated that the issue should be revisited later.   The next issue was Emergency Generators and the Mayor indicated they were still working to refine information.  Commissioner Gould indicated that generators could be rented and delivered within 48 hours and Mr. Taylor confirmed he was still investigating this.  The next topic was the Special Event Application of Partners in Preservation for a Turtle Gut Inlet Event to be held June 27, 2015.  Commissioner Cabrera indicated that as far the Department of Public Works is concerned; they are capable of handling any event along the lake.   Commissioner Gould indicated that more information was needed and the Mayor indicated he had several key public safety issues: the closing of New Jersey Avenue during the season, a new traffic pattern will be used, and lastly, the road construction may be delayed due to weather.  The Mayor pointed out that public safety is paramount and therefore, it should not be considered at this time.  The Commissioners agreed to ask the Partners in Preservation to look into a different date.

 

The Mayor revisited the Army Corps of Engineers Beach Plan again and indicated that the Board needs to decide if they would like to work with the other communities and the Mayor urged Commissioner Cabrera to continue to work with Mr. Tom Thornton to work on the crossovers and dune locations.  The Commissioners were in agreement for the Mayor to continue to meet with the other communities. 

 

Lastly, Sunset Lake Storm Damage was discussed.  Commissioner Cabrera wanted to know the status of a grant scenario.  The Borough Engineer indicated HUD funding was available.  More information will be available at the next meeting.  The Engineer also stated that he received a call from the State regarding our previous claims that were denied for damage and they were open to setting up an on-site meeting to review it. 

 

The Mayor then opened the floor once again for public commentary.  Commissioner Cabrera indicated that regarding the clock donation, he met with the donor and the Engineer at Morning Glory Road.  It appears the clock cannot be installed on the arch without significant structural construction and therefore, it was recommended to install on a concrete footer on Morning Glory Road slightly off the bike path. 

 

Commissioner Cabrera inquired about the status of the branding proposals, and it will remain in old business.  

 

After hearing nothing from the public, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the meeting be adjourned at 10:23 a.m.

 

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

                  

 

Dated: November 24, 2014

                                                                                   

Janelle M. Holzmer, Borough Clerk

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