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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   April 1, 2015

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on CD #07-15 on File in the Borough Clerk's Office. April 1, 2015
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 and same to the Gazette-Leader, Herald of Cape May County and The Press on November 12, 2014.

 

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

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1214

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING 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 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, ORDINANCE NO. 1181 ADOPTED DECEMBER 11, 2013, AND ORDINANCE NO. 1199 ADOPTED NOVEMBER 24, 2014.

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1214 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Vote:          Gould – Groon –    Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1215

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 46, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, ARTICLE V, BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS, TO INCLUDE NEW SECTION 46-33, PAYMENT OF COST FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS, AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1001 ADOPTED FEBRUARY 22, 2006 AND ORDINANCE NO. 1201 ADOPTED JANUARY 7, 2015

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1215 be passed on first reading, advertised according to law, be brought up for second and final reading and public hearing on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Vote:          Gould – Groon –    Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 384-14

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-87 provides that the Director of the Division of Local Government Services may approve the insertion of any special item of revenue in the budget of any county or municipality when such item shall have been made available by any public or private funding source and the amount thereof shall not have been determined at the time of the adoption of the budget; and

 

WHEREAS, said Director may also approve the insertion of any item of appropriation for equal amount; and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest will receive $25,750.00 from the Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement and Development Authority, and wishes to amend its 2015 Municipal Budget to include this amount of revenue.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, does hereby request the Director of the Division of Local Government services to approve the insertion of an item of revenue in the municipal budget of the Borough of Wildwood Crest for the year 2015 in the sum of      $                                                                                    25,750.00

which is now available as a revenue from:

Miscellaneous Revenues

Special Items of General Revenue Anticipated with

Prior Written Consent of the Director of the Division

of Local Government Services - Public and Private

Revenues Offset with Appropriations:

Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement and

Development Authority: Summer Events Grant.................................................... $       25,750.00

 

             BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a like sum of           ......................................................................... $       25,750.00

             be and the same is hereby appropriated under the caption of:

GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS

(a)   Operations Excluded from 5% Caps

Public and Private Programs Offset by Revenues:

Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement and

Development Authority: Summer Events Grant

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Borough CFO be and she is hereby authorized and directed to electronically file this Resolution and applicable submittal form with the Director of the Division of Local Government Services for approval.

 

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 385-14

WHEREAS, there exists the need for the “Professional Services” of a Human Resource and Administrative Consultant to be retained by the Borough of Wildwood Crest for human resources and personnel assistance in an advisory capacity to the Board of Commissioners, all as more specifically set forth in the attached agreement, which is made a part hereof by reference as if fully set forth herein, 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, Lewis N. Thompson, doing business as LNT Consulting, LLC., at 2233 Wellington Place, Millville, New Jersey, 08332, 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 April 1, 2015 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 Lewis N. Thompson, doing business as LNT Consulting, LLC, who shall be compensated by voucher at the agreed upon rate of $95.00 per hour, not to exceed $15,000.00 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 Human Resource and Administrative Consultant 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. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 386-14

WHEREAS, there exists the need for the “Professional Services” of a NETWORK SUPPORT / INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY  SPECIALIST, to be retained by the Borough for all 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, Eric Wong dba Contemporary Technologies, Inc. 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 January 1, 2015 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 Eric Wong dba Contemporary Technologies, Inc., who shall be compensated by voucher at the agreed upon rate of $80.00 per hour, not to exceed $25,000, 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. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 387-14

WHEREAS, there exists the need for the “Professional Services” of a temporary Tax Assessor to be retained by the Borough of Wildwood Crest as a temporary Tax Assessor and for 2014 County Tax Board appeals, as more specifically set forth in the attached agreement, which is made a part hereof by reference as if fully set forth herein, 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, Joseph Gallagher, residing at 923 Washington Street, Cape May, New Jersey  08204, 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 April 1, 2015 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 Joseph Gallagher, who shall be compensated by voucher at the agreed upon rate of $50.00 per hour, not to exceed $4,000.00 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 temporary Tax Assessor 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. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 388-14

WHEREAS, by direction of the Cape May County Board of Taxation, adopted pursuant to the terms and provisions of N.J.A.C. 18:12A-1.6(d), any and all tax appeals seeking either increases or decreases of Tax Assessment which shall be submitted to the Cape May County Board of Taxation by the various municipalities which are situated in the County of Cape May are required to, as a prerequisite to their filing, be authorized by a Resolution of the Tax District involved; and

 

WHEREAS, upon being appraised of said fact, the Tax Assessor of the Borough of Wildwood Crest requested that a Resolution authorizing the execution of such tax appeals by the Tax Assessor of the Borough of Wildwood Crest be authorized by the governing body of the Borough of Wildwood Crest so that disposition of the same may be made by the Cape May County Board of Taxation.

 

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, as follows:

 

1.     That Joseph Gallagher, Interim Tax Assessor of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, be and she hereby is authorized to both pursue and defend to completion Tax Appeals on behalf of the Borough of Wildwood Crest for either increase or decreases in Tax Assessments for the calendar year 2015, for disposition by the Cape May County Board of Taxation.

 

2.     That Janelle M. Holzmer, Borough Clerk of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, be and she hereby is instructed to direct certified copies of this Resolution to the following persons or agencies:

A.   Joseph Gallagher, Interim Tax Assessor of the Borough of Wildwood Crest;

B.    Lyndsey Herman, Tax Collector of the Borough of Wildwood Crest; and

C.    Cape May County Board of Taxation.

 

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 389-14

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, in the County of Cape May, New Jersey, that Alicia A. Belansen, Chief Financial Officer, be the custodian of the following accounts:

 

CREST SAVINGS BANK

 

Account Number                                                                                 Account Name

 

54-902507-3                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest Lien Redemption Account

54-901556-1                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest Current Account

54-901557-9                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest Disbursement Account

54-901560-3                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest Trust Escrow Account

54-901559-5                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest Recreation Trust Account

54-901561-1                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest Police Forfeiture Account

54-901564-5                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest Animal Control Account

53-181178-5                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest Unemployment Trust Account

54-100167-6                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest General Capital Fund

54-901558-7                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest Payroll Account

54-904337-3                                        Borough of Wildwood Crest Flexible Spending Account

 

SOVEREIGN BANK

 

9551000005                                         Wildwood Crest Investment Account

 

BE IT FURTHER 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 municipal officials listed hereinbelow be and are hereby designated as signatories on the above listed accounts (excluding Payroll and Lien Redemption Accounts) when necessary or required as follows:

 

            Alicia A. Belansen                                               or           

 

                                                                                          and

 

             Carl H. Groon                   or            Joyce P. Gould                              or          Don Cabrera

 

                                                                                          and

               

                Janelle M. Holzmer                                             or            Patricia A. Feketics

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Alicia A. Belansen, Carl H. Groon, Joyce P. Gould, and Don Cabrera be and are hereby designated as the authorized signatories on the Borough of Wildwood Crest Payroll Account (No. 54-901558-7).

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Alicia A. Belansen and Lyndsey Herman be and are hereby designated as the authorized signatory of the Borough of Wildwood Crest Lien Redemption Account (No. 54-902507-3).

 

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 390-14

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 2014 in the amount of $13,103.10. 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.

 

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 391-14

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 has promulgated 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 the Borough of Wildwood Crest 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 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, County of Cape May and State of New Jersey that the Borough of Wildwood Crest hereby endorses the submission of the recycling tonnage grant application to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and designates Joseph Bond, Recycling Coordinator, to ensure that the application is properly filed; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the monies received from the recycling tonnage grant shall be deposited into an account 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 READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 392-14

IN SUPPORT OF THE SOUTH JERSEY GAS PROPOSED NATURAL GAS PIPELINE TO ENHANCE RELIABILITY FOR ELECTRIC AND GAS CUSTOMERS OF CAPE MAY AND ATLANTIC COUNTIES

 

WHEREAS, last year the New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted down a memorandum of agreement to allow the construction of a 22 mile long natural gas pipeline needed to provide reliability to Cape May and Atlantic Counties, as well as to serve the B.L. England Electric Generating Station; and

 

WHEREAS,  the existing South Jersey Gas system only has one feed into Cape May County making it one of the most vulnerable areas to loss of service in the state; and

 

WHEREAS, there are 142,000 residents and businesses still without a reliable back-up supply of natural gas and vulnerable to a disruption of natural gas services due to Mother Nature, an excavator’s mistake, or terroristic act; and

 

WHEREAS, disruption like that which occurred with Superstorm Sandy could severely interrupt service for multiple weeks to thousands of customers within Atlantic and Cape May Counties; and

 

WHEREAS, any loss of service would have a significant impact on public health and safety of those affected and cause serious damage to the region’s economy; and

 

WHEREAS, the proposed pipeline would have minimal impact on the Pinelands forest, constructed entirely within existing rights-of-way below and alongside state highways like Route 49 and 50; and

 

WHEREAS, the pipeline would provide the additional benefit of enabling the conversion of the coal powered B.L. England Generating Station, long known as one of the most polluting power plants in the state, to convert more efficient burning natural gas; and

 

WHEREAS, without the pipeline that plant will be forced to close resulting in the loss of the only major source of electric generation for the region and will require the construction of miles of high tension electric transmission lines that would be forced to cross sensitive areas within the Pinelands forest; and

 

WHEREAS, one year after the failed decision by the Pinelands Commission our region is still without a safe and reliable source of energy; and

 

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, as follows:

 

1.       The allegations of the preamble are incorporated herein by this reference.

2.       Due to the compelling public need for the safety of our residents, economy, and protection of the environment, the Board of Commissioner of the Borough of Wildwood Crest strongly requests South Jersey Gas apply for permission to the Pinelands Commission to construct this much needed pipeline, and ask the Pinelands Commission render its decision favorable.

3.       A copy of this resolution shall be provided to Governor Christie, Lieutenant Governor Guadagno, Congressman LoBiondo, Senate President Sweeney, Senator Van Drew, Senator Whelan, Assemblyman Fiocchi, Assemblyman Andrzejczak, Assemblyman Brown, Assemblyman Mazzeo, The Press of Atlantic City, and the Cape May County Herald.

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 393-14

WHEREAS, the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department “Crest Dancers” are desirous of presenting a dance recital on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township (PAC); and

 

WHEREAS, it is the intent of this governing body to authorize said dance recital, as well as the payment to the PAC for rental charges in the total amount of $800;

 

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 preamble hereto is incorporated herein as if fully set forth.

 

                2.             The Commissioner of Public Works and Borough Clerk are hereby authorized to execute any and all contracts necessary to effectuate said dance recital at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township on May 9, 2015, subject to certification below by the Chief Financial Officer as to availability of funds.

 

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 394-14

WHEREAS, on February 26, 2015 , ALISON CHRISTY , 15155 Beverly Dr. , Philadelphia, PA 19116 , applied for a Special Events Permit for the purpose of the CHRISTY-MIRANDA WEDDING   to be held on September 19, 2015 ,  from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on the HEATHER RD BEACH PIER and BEACH ; and

                                                                                                                                                         

WHEREAS,  ALISON CHRISTY, 15155 Beverly Dr., Philadelphia, PA 19116, 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  ALISON CHRISTY , 15155 Beverly Dr., Philadelphia, PA 19116 for the purpose of the CHRISTY-MIRANDA WEDDING to be held on September 19, 2015 , from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on the HEATHER RD BEACH PIER and BEACH.

 

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 395-14

WHEREAS, on March 25, 2015 , LESLIE GABLE and THOMAS FULMER , 113 Hudson Dr. , Phoenixville, PA 19460 , applied for a Special Events Permit for the purpose of the GABLE-FULMER WEDDING   to be held on August 15, 2015 ,  from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at SUNRISE PARK ; and

                                                                                                                                                         

WHEREAS,  ALISON CHRISTY, 15155 Beverly Dr., Philadelphia, PA 19116, have 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  ALISON CHRISTY , 15155 Beverly Dr., Philadelphia, PA 19116 for the purpose of the CHRISTY-MIRANDA WEDDING to be held on September 19, 2015, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on the HEATHER RD BEACH PIER and BEACH.

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 396-14

 

WHEREAS, it has been determined by the Commissioner of the Department of Revenue and Finance that certain appointments should be made in the Department of Revenue and Finance, all as more particularly described and otherwise authorized in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:72-1, et. seq.; and

 

WHEREAS, in reliance upon the foregoing statutory authority, re-appointment has been made by the Director of the Department of Revenue and Finance as follows:

 

LYNDSEY HERMAN, to serve as Tax Collector, on a full-time basis, within the Department of Revenue and Finance, for the unexpired term of Terence Graff, commencing effective March 30, 2015, and concluding December 31, 2016, at an annual salary in accordance with the provisions of the current “Salary Ordinance” of 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 and State of New Jersey, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:9-141 and N.J.S.A. 40A:9-142, et. seq., that the foregoing appointment be and the same is hereby confirmed and ratified.

 

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

 

The Mayor opened the floor for public commentary.  Michael Hawthorne, 102 E. Preston Avenue, inquired about FEMA and whether or not FEMA was reimbursed $274,000.00 of unused monies.  The mayor indicated that nothing has been finalized and the Borough is working on resolving the problem. Mr. Hawthorne then made a statement regarding the secondary investigation by Mr. Fallon.  The Mayor indicated for the record that he is the Commissioner of Public Safety and this falls under him.  The Solicitor indicated for the record that Mr. Hawthorne’s allegations have not been substantiated.  She further indicated to her knowledge there have been no allegations with regard to Lt. McGrath and Mr. Fallon investigated that the same way Mr. Hawthorne’s claim was investigated.  The Solicitor also indicated on the record that to the extent that Mr. Hawthorne has disclosed things that pertain to an internal affairs investigation, she believes it to be inappropriate.  Mr. Hawthorne indicated it should have been an unsustained investigation and should have been exonerated.  He was informed that both he and Lt. McGrath were both principals in the investigation.  The Solicitor indicated that the discussion should not continue because employees were not given the RICE notification as required by law.  Furthermore, the Solicitor stated that Mr. Hawthorne was discussing an Internal Affairs Investigation and there has been no decision by the court as to whether or not it is permissible.  Mr. Hawthorne indicated the file investigation was not given to Judge Johnson.  The Solicitor indicated that everything that was supplied to the Prosecutor’s Office and to the Borough’s Attorney was provided and the Labor’s Counsel had control over those files.  Mr. Hawthorne then wanted to discuss the contract of Chief DePaul and the extension of time.  The Solicitor indicated to Mr. Hawthorne that he had an attorney representing him that worked his hours.  

 

Eugene Taylor, Director of Public Safety, indicated for the record that he had to disagree with some of the things Mr. Hawthorne has stated.  Mr. Taylor indicated that Mr. Hawthorne alleges no one responds to him and he stated that he has been employed here since September 2, 2014 and every email that he has received has been responded to and checks have been delivered and every question has been taken care of.  Mr. Taylor went on to clarify with regard to the pension issue that when an employee retires, it is effective the last day of the month, not the first day of next month.  Pension starts the first day of the next month. 

 

Alicia Belansen, CFO for the Borough of Wildwood Crest, indicated to Mr. Hawthorne that she was involved in the agreement for Mr. Hawthorne in getting the hours calculated with respect to vacation, holiday, and sick, etc. and she stated the Borough made every effort to maximize the time he had on the books.  The Borough did provide for vacation time he used during the time he was out so that hours were not lost.  

 

After no further comments from the public, the Mayor opened New Business and the only topic was a School Generator.  The Mayor indicated that the Borough Engineer has looked into this as well as the Director of Public Safety and it was suggested that perhaps it would be better to narrow the scope of the project.  The Borough may not want to provide a generator for the entire school; perhaps targeting a specific area may be the course.  He further indicated that there would not be any savings going in because it would require extensive electrical changes.  If the scope is reduced, perhaps long term maintenance costs would be reduced as well.  The commissioners agreed to further discuss the issue with the Borough Engineer. The Mayor indicated that the Borough was still waiting to hear from the State regarding the grant.  Commissioner Cabrera posed the idea of perhaps a Shared Services Agreement with Lower Township for the residents of Diamond Beach area. 

 

With regard to Old Business and “Branding,” Commissioner Cabrera indicated that a Special Meeting has been set for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 starting at 9:30 with three different firms.  Commissioner Cabrera explained that he and the Assistant Supervisor of the Recreation Department met with seven different companies and they narrowed it down to these three potential firms.  Commissioner Cabrera further indicated the idea was to award the contract in May so that the stakeholders and the residents and business community to have many parties involved.  Also, he stated that primarily the Crest has two websites that we use to promote and our focus should be two-fold: a municipal side and a tourism side. 

 

The Mayor indicated that with respect to Emergency generators and referencing a previous problem that occurred at the Municipal Building last year that perhaps a generator for the Municipal Building should be revisited. 

 

Commissioner Cabrera indicated that with respect to the Dog Park, he would like to table the idea of location being on the beach.  He met with Lower Township to explore a Shared Services at a location across from Jefferson Avenue with a vacant lot.  He was waiting to hear back from Lower Township. 

 

Commissioner Gould asked the Borough Engineer about bumps becoming level (Pacific Avenue and Sweet Briar Road).  The Borough Engineer indicated that more asphalt will be required in the future for completion. 

 

The last topic for discussion was Smoking Stations / Beach and Public areas.  Commissioner Cabrera wanted to bring forth the discussion of a designated area for smoking.  He indicated that the Borough has received many requests to make the Beach and Public parks non-smoking.  The Commissioners agreed that this needs further discussion. 

 

Hearing no further business, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera that the meeting be adjourned.  The time was 10:19 a.m.

 

Vote:          Gould – Groon –    Yes

 

Dated: April 15, 2015

Janelle M. Holzmer, Borough Clerk

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