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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   July 22, 2015

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on CD #16-15 on File in the Borough Clerk's Office. July 22, 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 7:00 p.m.  On roll call the following answered to their names:

 

Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

Mr. Groon read the following statement:  In compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, the notice requirements have been satisfied as to the time, place and date of holding said meeting by posting notice on the bulletin board in the Borough Hall and by mailing 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.

 

There were no ordinances to be introduced or adopted.

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 460-15

                Authorizing Retention Via Professional Services Agreement Of A Community Development Consultant

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest requires the professional services of a Community Development Consultant for the performance of duties associated therewith, and more specifically for the administration of a Department of Community Affairs Small Cities Fiscal Year 2016 grant, if so awarded; and

 

WHEREAS, on July 8, 2015, the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest did authorize Blauer Associates to make application to the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program, removal of mobility barriers at various intersections in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the not to exceed amount of $400,000; and

 

WHEREAS, it is desired to employ a professional, pursuant to law, who is duly trained, experienced and specialized in the area of community development; and

 

WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law provides for the entering into of a contract for professional services pursuant to R.S.40A:11-5(1)(a), without advertising for competitive bidding; and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough has determined that Mark Blauer of Blauer Associates, Inc. is qualified to perform the said work and it is desired to enter a professional contract with him for said services pursuant to law, and to provide for the advertising of a notice pursuant to law; and

 

WHEREAS, Mark Blauer of Blauer Associates, Inc., has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification which certifies that Mark Blauer and Blauer Associates, Inc. will not make any reportable contributions pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 commencing July 8, 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, County of Cape May, New Jersey, as follows:

 

1.                   Mark Blauer of Blauer Associates, Inc., is hereby retained as Community Development Consultant to provide specialized professional services in the field of community development work. The said professional services to be received shall be “as directed” by the Borough of Wildwood Crest from time to time.

 

2.                   The Mayor and Borough Clerk be and they are hereby authorized and directed to enter into a contract with Mark Blauer of Blauer Associates, Inc., for specialized professional services as Community Development Consultant for a term of one (1) year, which contract shall provide for a fee of $1,800.00 for the submission of any authorized grant application and administrative fees to be paid from the proceeds of any grant funds realized; all of which is more fully described in the attached agreement which is made a part hereof by reference as if fully set forth, all of which is more fully conditioned upon certification of availability of funds below by the Chief Financial Officer in conjunction with commitment by the governing body to fund said costs and fees in the CY 2016 Municipal Budget.

 

3.                   This contract is awarded without competitive bidding as a professional service in accordance with the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law aforesaid, and in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1, and shall be in a form approved by the Borough.

 

4.                   The Business Disclosure Entity Certification and the Determination of Value shall be placed on file with this Resolution.

 

5.                   This Resolution and a copy of the contract for professional services shall be maintained on filed in the offices of the Borough Clerk for public inspection.

 

6.                   A copy of this Resolution shall be published in the legal newspaper designated by the Borough as required by law, within ten (10) days of its passage.

                             

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 461-15

                                Authorizing No Corrective Action Plan needed for 2014 Audit

 

WHEREAS, the 2014 Audit was received by the members of the Governing Body of the Borough of Wildwood Crest; and

 

WHEREAS, No Comments & Recommendations were made in the 2014 audit; and

 

WHEREAS, a Corrective Action Plan is not needed; and

 

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

 

  1. The members of the Governing Body have acknowledged that there were No Comments & Recommendations and a Corrective Action Plan is not required as set forth in the 2014 Audit.
  2. That a certified copy of this Resolution shall be forwarded to the Division of Local Government Services, Chief Financial Officer and the Municipal Auditor.

                             

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 462-15

 

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 $175,000.00 from the State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation Trust Fund Authority Act: New Jersey Avenue, Phase 1, 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      $                                                                                    175,000.00

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:

                 STATE OF NEW JERSEY, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND                   

                AUTHORITY: PACIFIC AVENUE          $     175,000.00

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a like sum of        ......................................................................... $     175,000.00

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:

            STATE OF NEW JERSEY, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND

            AUTHORITY: PACIFIC AVENUE

 

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 DEPUTY CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 463-15

Authorizing Sale of Surplus Property No Longer Needed

For Public Use on an Online Auction Website

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners has determined that the items listed on the attached Schedule “A” is property no longer needed for public use; and

 

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey permits the sale of surplus property no longer needed for public use through the use of an online auction service, pursuant to the Local Unit Electronic Technology Pilot Program and Study Act, P.L. 2001, c.30; and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest has received authorization from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, Division of Local Government Services, to conduct an online sale of property no longer needed for public use; and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest is in possession of the property listed in Schedule “A,” attached to this Resolution, and desires to sell this property online;

 

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 said items are hereby declared surplus property, to be forthwith advertised for public sale pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:11-36; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said materials shall be sold at a public sale to the highest bidder through a contracted government on-line auction service, GovDeals, Inc. The Borough of Wildwood Crest reserves the right to reject any and all bids; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a Notice of On-Going Public Sale of Surplus Property be published one (1) time in The Herald of Cape May County edition of July 29, 2015.

                             

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 464-15

WHEREAS, the WILDWOOD CREST VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. #1 made application on July 9, 2015 for a Raffles License under Application No. RA-106; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest to issue a Certificate of Approval under Application No. RA-106 to WILDWOOD CREST VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. #1 for holding of said Raffle;

 

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

 

          1.  That the Board issue to the WILDWOOD CREST VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. #1 a Certificate of Findings and Determination to be signed by the proper officer of said Board of Commissioners under Application No. RA-106 made by said WILDWOOD CREST VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. #1; and

 

          2. That the Municipal Clerk of the Borough of Wildwood Crest be, and she is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to cause the proper Raffle License to be issued to the WILDWOOD CREST VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. #1 in accordance with the application made therefor.

                             

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

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE DEPUTY CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 465-15

WHEREAS, on July 10, 2015 , JERSEY CAPE WEDDINGS , 114 E. Stanton Rd, , Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260 , applied for a Special Events Permit for the purpose of the MERRITT-GAFFNEY WEDDING   to be held on AUGUST 8, 2015 ,  from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on the HEATHER RD BEACH ; and

                                                                                                                                                         

WHEREAS,  JERSEY CAPE WEDDINGS, 114 E. Stanton Rd,, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260, 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  JERSEY CAPE WEDDINGS , 114 E. Stanton Rd,, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260 for the purpose of the MERRITT-GAFFNEY WEDDING to be held on AUGUST 8, 2015 , from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on the HEATHER RD BEACH.

                             

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, that all reports received from the Court Administrator, CFO, Tax Collector and the Wildwood Crest Police Department for the month ending June 30, 2015 be accepted as presented.

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the minutes of Commission Meetings held June 24, 2015 and July 8, 2015 be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould – Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

The Mayor then opened New Business.  The Mayor just learned that the new library may be opened within the next few weeks with the transfer of children’s books taking place first.  The first order of business was Atlantic Avenue meters.  The Mayor indicated the addition of meters has not worked out as anticipated and asked Mr. Eugene Taylor to look into reducing the number of meters on the west side of Atlantic Avenue from Rambler to Crest Pier.  The Mayor then asked if the Commissioners had further ideas to relay them to Mr. Grant.

 

The next topic was Pacific Avenue between Rambler Road and Cresse Avenue with respect to medians.  The Mayor indicated there was a request of the Planning Board to consider medians.  The activity on Pacific Avenue is very busy and there is no real entry into the community and that the intent was to slow down traffic.  Commissioner Cabrera expressed concern with a median in between Rambler and Primrose Roads due to the Fire House. 

 

Storm Damage Repairs was the next topic for discussion.  The Mayor indicated that the Board has received information regarding mitigation to damaged areas.  He asked the commissioners to look over the estimates by next week and relay thoughts to Mr. Grant.  He indicated there was a time limitation with regard to FEMA.  It was also noted that they intended to upgrade the kayak launch.

 

The last topic of new business was the Beach Bike Path.  The Mayor first indicated to all that the Army Corps of Engineers was not changing plans for the proposed Beach Dune height and that the entire length would be 16 feet community wide.  The Mayor then indicated there was the possibility of expanding existing bike paths in several communities to include the new zone that will be created between the existing dune structure and the new proposed dune through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under County Open Space.  He further indicated that County Open Space would like a resolution indicating the Governing Body supports the process of looking into this.  It was noted this would be done in conjunction with the DEP and Army Corps.  

 

The Mayor then opened Old Business.  The first topic addressed was the Seating at Sunset Lake. The Borough Engineer indicated there will be 8 connections.  Commissioner Cabrera pointed out that the seating, lighting and landscaping will create a unique environment.  He further added that the old sewer pump station was demolished and that a new bathroom may be needed.  Also, the current kayak launch and access to the yacht club restrooms were briefly discussed. 

The Mayor then indicated that he was a major proponent of moving the poles and now he would like the Board to reexamine the issue at night and perhaps to reconsider keeping the lighting poles where they are.  He then added what he believed to be a public safety issue with the median between Nashville and Louisville Avenues.  The Borough Engineer then indicated he could do a modified rendering and would submit proposed costs.  Commissioner Cabrera then wanted to see if they could add a concrete lane to the kayak launch and all three were in agreement to do it.  The Mayor then asked Mr. Grant to meet with each commissioner to review New Jersey Avenue in entirety with regard to sidewalks, area in front of gazebo, gas lamps, etc. 

 

The next topic was the Emergency Generator/School Generator.  The Mayor indicated that he would like to give Mr. Grant more time to get familiar with the current situation.  The last recommendation received by the Borough was that the generator probably would not fit on the site and that more research was needed.  The Mayor believes that it needs an electrical review and will most likely be ready by the following winter. 

 

The third topic (Army Corps Beach Plan) was previously discussed.  The fourth topic of Memorial Benches was briefly discussed and Commissioner Cabrera confirmed that the benches along New Jersey Avenue were not removed permanently and were being reinstalled due to the renovation.  The fifth topic (Sunset Lake Storm Damage) was previously discussed.  Commissioner Cabrera confirmed the sixth topic (Request for a Dog Park) was still in the discussion stage with Lower Township.  With regard to the seventh topic (Smoking Stations – Beach and Public areas), the Mayor indicated that a review of current ordinances would need to take place and the best time would be after the summer.  The eighth topic (“Branding”), Commissioner Cabrera indicated the Borough was waiting on the second logo and slogan.  The Mayor contended that he was not excited about the project thus far.  Commissioner Cabrera pointed out that he would communicate the discontent to Finch.  The Mayor asked if there were minutes from the group meetings with key stakeholders.  With regard to the ninth topic (Philip Baker monument), it was learned that the school was not interested in the monument.  Mr. Grant indicated that the monument would be difficult to move without it sustaining damage and that perhaps it should be left there since it is historic in nature.  The Mayor asked that a response letter be sent the homeowner indicating there was not a simple solution to moving the monument and for finding an apt location and that it would be under consideration in the future.  Mr. Grant contended that the tenth item (Wellness Perks) was something that should be really highlighted here at the Borough.  He advised that he would meet with the JIF wellness director in the future to get more employees on board.  The last item (Open Space) was previously discussed.    

  

The Mayor then opened the floor for public commentary.  Judy Viviani, 6409 Seaview Avenue, requested permission to have a bonfire on the beach.  She indicated that they would like to do it on August 8, 2015.  It was relayed to Ms. Viviani that at this time, the Borough would get back to her with an answer and that further information was needed with respect to permits, liability, and setting up a process.  The Mayor asked Ms. Viviani to give her phone number for a response. 

 

Hearing nothing further from the public, Mrs. Gould motioned, and Mr. Cabrera seconded, that the meeting be adjourned.  All were in favor.  The time was 7:56 p.m.

 

Dated: August 19, 2015

Patricia A. Feketics, Deputy Borough Clerk 

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