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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   March 9, 2016

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on CD #05-16 on File in the Borough Clerk's Office. March 9, 2016
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 4, 2015.

 

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 1236 be placed on second and final passage by title only.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READ THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE ONLY:

ORDINANCE NO. 1236

ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH CAP BANK FOR

CY2016 PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.14

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing now be held on Ordinance No. 1236.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

After no comments from the public, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1236 now be closed.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1236 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera – Groon – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO. 645-16

Authorizing Retention Via Professional Services Agreement

Of An Architectural Firm Specializing In Renovation and Custom Design Services

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest requires the professional services of an architectural firm specializing in renovation and Custom Design Services; and

 

WHEREAS, it is desired to employ a professional, pursuant to law, who is duly trained, experienced and specialized in the area of custom architectural design, zoning analysis,  diagrams, design and construction documentation; 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 Catherine A. Lorentz, AIA, of the firm of Cape May County Architect of Cape May Court House, New Jersey is qualified to perform said work and it is desired to enter a professional contract with Ms. Lorentz for said services pursuant to law, and to provide for the advertising of a notice pursuant to law; and

 

WHEREAS, Catherine A. Lorentz, AIA, of the architecture firm of Cape May County Architect, has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification which certifies that Catherine A. Lorentz, AIA, and Cape May County Architect, will not make any reportable contributions pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 commencing March 9, 2016 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.                   Catherine A. Lorentz, AIA, of the architecture firm of Cape May County Architect, of Cape May Court House, New Jersey is hereby retained as Architect to provide specialized professional services in the field of architecture design and development for the period March 9, 2016 through December 31, 2016. 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 Catherine A. Lorentz, AIA, of the architecture firm of  Cape May County Architect of Cape May Court House, New Jersey for specialized professional services in the field of architecture design and development for a term of the period indicated above, which contract shall provide for payment at the not to exceed amount of twelve thousand five hundred ($12,500.00) dollars.  Said award is further contingent upon the certification of availability of funds below by the CFO.

 

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.

 

WHEREAS, the CFO has certified the availability of funds as evidenced below by her signature,

 

Account Number(s)                           Amount                                            Signature

________________                    ________________          _______________________________

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. 646-16

Authorizing Retention Via Professional Services Agreement

Of An Engineer Specializing In Coastal Services 

 

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest requires the professional services of an Engineering firm specializing in Coastal Related Services; and

 

WHEREAS, it is desired to employ a professional, pursuant to law, who is duly trained, experienced and specialized in the area of coastal engineering; 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 the firm Hatch Mott MacDonald, of Cape May Court House, New Jersey is qualified to perform said work and it is desired to enter a professional contract with Hatch Mott MacDonald for said services pursuant to law, and to provide for the advertising of a notice pursuant to law; and

 

WHEREAS, the firm Hatch Mott MacDonald , has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification which certifies that Hatch Mott MacDonald, will not make any reportable contributions pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 commencing March 9, 2016 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.                   The firm Hatch Mott MacDonald, of Cape May Court House, New Jersey is hereby retained as Coastal Engineer to provide specialized professional services for NJDEP Application for Beach & Dune Maintenance and Improvements for the period March 9, 2016 through December 31, 2016. 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 the firm Hatch Mott MacDonald of Cape May Court House, New Jersey for specialized professional services for NJDEP Application for Beach & Dune Maintenance and Improvements for the term of the period indicated above, which contract shall provide for payment at the not to exceed amount of twenty thousand ($20,000.00) dollars.  Said award is further contingent upon the certification of availability of funds below by the CFO.

 

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.

 

WHEREAS, the CFO has certified the availability of funds as evidenced below by her signature,

 

Account Number(s)                           Amount                                            Signature

________________                    ________________          _______________________________

 

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. 647-16

Authorizing Award of a Professional Services Contract with

Econsult Solutions Inc. for COAH related matters

 

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest requires the professional services of  Econsult Solutions Inc., specializing in matters concerning Mount Laurel and COAH related litigation; and

 

WHEREAS, it is desired to employ a professional, who is duly trained, experienced and specialized in the area of matters concerning Mount Laurel and COAH related litigation; 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 Econsult Solutions Inc. is qualified to perform said work and it is desired to enter a professional contract with them for said services pursuant to law, and to provide for the advertising of a notice pursuant to law; and

 

WHEREAS, Econsult Solutions Inc., has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification which certifies they will not make any reportable contributions pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 commencing March 9, 2016 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.                   Econsult Solutions, Inc. is hereby retained to provide specialized professional services in COAH related matters for the period March 9, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

 

2.                   The Mayor and Borough Clerk be and they are hereby authorized and directed to enter into a contract with Econsult Solutions Inc. for specialized services stated above for the period indicated above, in an amount not to exceed  Five Thousand ($5,000) Dollars. Said award is further contingent upon the certification of availability of funds below by the CFO.

 

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.

 

WHEREAS, the CFO has certified the availability of funds as evidenced below by her signature,

 

Account Number(s)                           Amount                                            Signature

________________                    ________________          _______________________________

 

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. 648-16

 

WHEREAS, the Borough Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest entered into the Municipal Shared Services Defense Agreement (“MSSDA”) for the purpose as set forth therein, which included retaining a common expert in the Declaratory Judgment action (“Litigation”) that was filed in accordance with In the Matter of the Adoption of N.J.A.C. 5:96 and 5:97 by the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing, 221 N.J. 1 (2015) (“Decision”); and

 

WHEREAS, the MSSDA identified Dr. Robert Burchell, a distinguished professor at Rutgers University, as the expert to be retained to prepare an expert report (the “Burchell Report”); and

 

                WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest contributed $2,000 to become a member of a consortium of municipalities (hereinafter “Municipal Group”) so that the Municipal Group could enter into an agreement with Rutgers University (hereinafter “Research Agreement”) for the purpose of having Dr. Burchell prepare a fair share report (hereinafter “Burchell Report”); and

 

                WHEREAS, Dr. Burchell became ill and was unable to complete the obligations under the Research Agreement as set forth in the MSSDA; and

 

                WHEREAS, as a result, Rutgers University exercised its right to terminate the  Research Agreement as permitted under its terms; and

 

                WHEREAS, the MSSDA required a modification to allow the Municipal Group to retain one or more alternative experts, consultants and/or other professionals for the Litigation; and

 

                WHEREAS, an Amendment to the MSSDA (“Amendment”) was prepared to effectuate the modification, and said Amendment was entered into by the Borough of Wildwood Crest; and

 

                WHEREAS, the Amendment authorized the execution of an agreement with Econsult Solutions, Inc. (“ESI”) to replace Dr. Burchell and Rutgers, and to prepared its own revised report; and

               

                WHEREAS, ESI prepared a revised report entitled “New Jersey Affordable Housing Need and Obligations”, dated December 30, 2015 (the “Solutions Report”), for the Municipal Group; and

               

                WHEREAS, the MSSDA as amended, entitled Members of the Municipal Group to retain ESI to testify about the Solutions Report and for related issues; and

 

                WHEREAS, any Member of the Municipal Group could retain ESI (i) individually, (ii) as part of a local consortium consisting of other municipalities under the vicinage of any particular judge presiding over Mount Laurel matters or (iii) both individually and as part of a local consortium; and

 

WHEREAS, an Agreement was prepared so that municipalities in the Municipal Group in the same vicinage could form a mini-consortium (the “Local Municipal Group”) to retain ESI collectively to testify about their common interests in the Revised Report (the “Local Municipal Group Agreement”), which is attached hereto Exhibit A; and

 

                WHEREAS, the Local Municipal Group Agreement contemplates the appointment of a contact person for the Local Municipal Group (the “Administrator); and

 

        WHEREAS, the Borough Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest has determined that it is in the best interests of the citizens of the Borough of Wildwood Crest to become a part of a Local Municipal Group and to authorize the Administrator of the Local Municipal Group to enter into the Local Municipal Group Agreement.

       

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Borough Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, as follows:

1.       The Borough of Wildwood Crest hereby joins the Local Municipal Group.

 

2.       The Borough of Wildwood Crest hereby agrees to the terms and conditions of the Local Municipal Group Agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit A, including all of the rates and direct costs of retaining ESI described therein.

 

3.       The Borough of Wildwood Crest hereby authorizes the Administrator of the Local Municipal Group, once appointed, to execute the Local Municipal Group Agreement on behalf of the Borough of Wildwood Crest.

 

4.       This Resolution shall take effect immediately.

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. 649-16

WHEREAS, the Borough Commissioners of the Borough of the Wildwood Crest entered into the Municipal Shared Services Defense Agreement (“MSSDA”) for the purpose as set forth therein, which included retaining a common expert in the Declaratory Judgment action (“Litigation”) that was filed in accordance with In the Matter of the Adoption of N.J.A.C. 5:96 and 5:97 by the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing, 221 N.J. 1 (2015) (“Decision”); and

 

WHEREAS, the MSSDA identified Dr. Robert Burchell, a distinguished professor at Rutgers University, as the expert to be retained to prepare an expert report (the “Burchell Report”); and

 

                WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest contributed $2,000 to become a member of a consortium of municipalities (hereinafter “Municipal Group”) so that the Municipal Group could enter into an agreement with Rutgers University (hereinafter “Research Agreement”) for the purpose of having Dr. Burchell prepare a fair share report (hereinafter “Burchell Report”); and

 

                WHEREAS, Dr. Burchell became ill and was unable to complete the obligations under the Research Agreement as set forth in the MSSDA; and

 

                WHEREAS, as a result, Rutgers University exercised its right to terminate the  Research Agreement as permitted under its terms; and

 

                WHEREAS, the MSSDA required a modification to allow the Municipal Group to retain one or more alternative experts, consultants and/or other professionals for the Litigation; and

 

                WHEREAS, an Amendment to the MSSDA (“Amendment”) was prepared to effectuate the modification, and said Amendment was entered into by the Borough of Wildwood Crest; and

 

                WHEREAS, the Amendment authorized the execution of an agreement with Econsult Solutions, Inc. (“ESI”) to replace Dr. Burchell and Rutgers, and to prepared its own revised report; and

               

                WHEREAS, ESI prepared a revised report entitled “New Jersey Affordable Housing Need and Obligations”, dated December 30, 2015 (the “Solutions Report”), for the Municipal Group; and

               

                WHEREAS, the MSSDA as amended, entitled Members of the Municipal Group to retain ESI to testify about the Solutions Report and for related issues; and

 

                WHEREAS, any Member of the Municipal Group could retain ESI (i) individually, (ii) as part of a local consortium consisting of other municipalities under the vicinage of any particular judge presiding over Mount Laurel matters or (iii) both individually and as part of a local consortium; and

 

                WHEREAS, the purpose of this resolution is to retain ESI individually; and

 

                WHEREAS, the proposed individual agreement, attached hereto, envisions that ESI will split its work if it prepares a report that benefits multiple municipalities; and

               

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Borough Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest as follows:

 

1.       The Borough of Wildwood Crest hereby authorizes its attorney to sign the agreement, attached hereto, on its behalf.

 

2.       This Resolution shall take effect immediately.

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. 650-16

Authorizing Retention Via Professional Services Agreement

Of An Administrative Consultant Specializing In Departmental Operations and Administrative Services

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest requires the professional services of an Administrative Consultant specializing in Departmental Operations and Administrative Services; and

 

WHEREAS, it is desired to employ a professional, pursuant to law, who is duly trained, experienced and specialized in the area of administrative consultation; 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 GRR Consulting Services, LLC, Edmund Grant, Principal, of Cape May, New Jersey is qualified to perform said work and it is desired to enter a professional contract with GRR Consulting Services, LLC, Edmund Grant, Principal for said services pursuant to law, and to provide for the advertising of a notice pursuant to law; and

 

WHEREAS, GRR Consulting Services, LLC, Edmund Grant, Principal, has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification which certifies that GRR Consulting Services, LLC, Edmund Grant, Principal, will not make any reportable contributions pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 commencing March 9, 2016 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.                   GRR Consulting Services, LLC, Edmund Grant, Principal, of Cape May, New Jersey is hereby retained as Administrative Consultat to provide specialized professional services in the field of Administrative Consulting for the period April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016. 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 GRR Consulting Services, LLC, Edmund Grant, Principal, of Cape May, New Jersey for specialized professional services in the field of administrative consulting for a term of the period indicated above, which contract shall provide for payment at the not to exceed amount of ninety ($90.00) dollars per hour, not to exceed 25 hours per week.  Said award is further contingent upon the certification of availability of funds below by the CFO.

 

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.

 

WHEREAS, the CFO has certified the availability of funds as evidenced below by her signature,

 

Account Number(s)                           Amount                                            Signature

________________                    ________________          _______________________________

 

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. 651-16

AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 530-15 REGARDING THE

RE-DESIGNATION OF THE TIME OF COMMISSION MEETINGS FOR THE YEAR 2016

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Wildwood Crest adopted Resolution No. 530-15 on November 4, 2015, designating the time and place of Commission Meetings during the Year 2016; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners does feel at present that the second meeting of each month should be moved to an earlier time than 7:00 p.m.

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 starting June 22, 2016, the last regular meeting of the month shall be moved from 7:00 pm to 5:30 pm; 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that, from time to time, there may be a need for special meetings and emergency meetings as may be deemed necessary by the Board of Commissioners for the transaction of business and, upon being advised of the need for such a meeting, the Borough Clerk shall publish and post notification of such a meeting in accordance with the requirements established by the Open Public Meetings Act and such other laws and regulations as may be applicable.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the schedule of Commission Meetings attached hereto as Exhibit A shall be published in the Official Newspapers of the Borough, placed on the Borough’s website, and posted on the Borough Clerk’s Bulletin Board for the remainder of the Year 2016.

EXHIBIT A

BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST                                                                                                       

                The following are scheduled Wildwood Crest Commission Meetings for the remainder of the year 2016:

 

March 23, 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

 

 

April 6, 2016

 

9:30 AM

April 20, 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

 

 

May 11, 2016

 

9:30 AM

May 25, 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

 

 

June 4, 2016

 

9:30 AM

June 8, 2016

 

9:30 AM

       June 22, 2016                                             5:30 PM

 

 

 

July 13, 2106

 

9:30 AM

       July 27, 2016                                              5:30 PM

 

 

 

August 6, 2016

 

9:30 AM

August 10, 2016

 

9:30 AM

         August 24, 2016                                        5:30 PM

 

 

 

September 7, 2016

 

9:30 AM

       September 21, 2016                                   5:30 PM

 

 

 

October 5, 2016

 

9:30 AM

             October 19, 2016                                  5:30 PM

 

 

 

November 9, 2016

 

9:30 AM

              November 30, 2016                             5:30 PM

 

 

 

December 7, 2016

 

9:30 AM

             December 21, 2016                              5:30 PM

                

                             Indicates change in previously scheduled time

 

Regular Commission Meetings during the remainder of the Year 2016 shall be held in the Court Room of Borough Hall, 6101 Pacific Avenue.

 

The regular agenda will be considered and official action may be taken.   All requests for needed accommodations under the A.D.A. must be submitted forty-eight (48) hours prior to the scheduled date and time of the meeting.    

 

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. 652-16

Supporting the Use of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission for Emergency Housing

Whereas, there is currently no homeless shelter in Cape May County, and

Whereas, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission has expressed its interest in providing services to Cape May County’s homeless population; and

 

Whereas, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission currently has memorandums of understanding with Cumberland County, Ocean County and Atlantic County to accept vouchers to house, train and counsel the homeless; and

 

Whereas, there exists a memorandum of understanding which currently remains in the hands of the Department of Human Services and is yet to be approved, all while the homeless population of Cape May County continues to be placed in local motels with no on-site job training or counseling; and

 

Whereas; the Atlantic City Rescue Mission works with over 50 agencies to provide job training, drug and alcohol counseling, spiritual counseling, life skills training and provides a safe and secure temporary housing environment for those in need; and

 

Whereas, it is statistically proven that counseling and job training are necessary to break the cycle of homelessness; and

 

Whereas, the increasing homeless population in Cape May County deserves access to a better life through counseling and training. 

 

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved that the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest hereby supports the use of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission to temporarily house homeless individuals and further urges the Department of Human Services to approve the memorandum of understanding between the County of Cape May and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

 

Be it Further Resolved that a certified copy of this resolution be sent to the following: Senator Jeff  Van Drew, Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, Assemblyman Bruce Land  the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, all Cape May County municipalities, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and the New Jersey Department of Human Services. 

 

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. 653-16

A Resolution to Affirm the Borough of Wildwood Crest’s Civil Rights Policy With Respect to all Officials, Appointees, Employees, Prospective Employees, Volunteers, Independent Contractors, and Members of the Public Who Come Into Contact with Municipal Employees, Officials and Volunteers

 

WHEREAS, it is the policy of the Borough of Wildwood Crest to treat the public, employees, prospective employees, appointees, volunteers and contractors in a manner consistent with all applicable civil rights laws and regulations including, but not limited to, the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 as subsequently amended, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Conscientious Employee Protection Act; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest has determined that certain procedures need to be established to accomplish this policy.

 

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:

 

            Section 1: No official, employee, appointee or volunteer of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, by whatever title known, or any entity that is in any way a part of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, shall engage, either directly or indirectly, in any act including the failure to act, that constitutes discrimination, harassment or a violation of any person’s constitutional rights while such official, employee, appointee, volunteer, or entity is engaged in or acting on behalf of the business of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, or using the facilities or property of the Borough of Wildwood Crest.

 

            Section 2: The prohibitions and requirements of this resolution shall extend to any person or entity, including but not limited to any volunteer organization or inter-local organization, whether structured as a governmental entity or a private entity, that receives authorization or support in any way from the Borough of Wildwood Crest to provide services that otherwise could be performed by the Borough of Wildwood Crest.

 

            Section 3: Discrimination, harassment and civil rights shall be defined for purposes of this resolution using the latest definitions contained in the applicable Federal and State laws concerning discrimination, harassment and civil rights.

 

            Section 4: The Borough Clerk shall establish written procedures for any person to report alleged discrimination, harassment and violations of civil rights prohibited by this resolution. Such procedures shall include alternate ways to report a complaint so that the person making the complaint need not communicate with the alleged violator in the event the alleged violator would be the normal contact for such complaints.

 

            Section 5: No person shall retaliate against any person who reports any alleged discrimination, harassment or violation of civil rights, provided however, that any person who reports alleged violations in bad faith shall be subject to appropriate discipline.

 

            Section 6: The Borough Clerk shall establish written procedures that require all officials, employees, appointees and volunteers of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, as well as all other entities subject to this resolution, to periodically complete training concerning their duties, responsibilities and rights pursuant to this resolution.

 

            Section 7: The Borough Clerk shall establish a system to monitor compliance and shall report at least annually to the governing body the results of the monitoring.

 

            Section 8: At least annually, the Borough Clerk shall cause a summary of this resolution and the procedures established pursuant to this resolution to be communicated within the Borough of Wildwood Crest. This communication shall include a statement from the governing body expressing its unequivocal commitment to enforce this resolution. This summary shall also be posted on the Borough’s website.

 

            Section 9: This resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

            Section 10: A copy of this resolution shall be published in The Herald of Cape May County in order for the public to be made aware of this policy and the Borough’s commitment to the implementation and enforcement of this policy.

 

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. 654-16

WHEREAS, on 25 March 2016 the Wildwood Crest Planning Board considered the application of CCH Partnership T/A Crabcake Hotline, 417 NW 18th Ave., North Wildwood New Jersey, contract lessee of property located at Block 43, Lot 23 a/k/a 6305 New Jersey Ave, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, for minor site plan; and

 

WHEREAS, the application was denied by the Planning Board, CCH Partnership, T/A Crabcake Hotline requested, by correspondence dated 25 March 2015, reimbursement of any monies remaining from the escrow fee; and

 

WHEREAS, the Wildwood Crest Planning Board has recommended (Resolution No. PB-A-16-08) the return of the $352.40 balance of escrow fee;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, that the Chief Financial Officer be and is hereby authorized and directed to issue a refund of application fee and escrow fee in the amount of $352.40 to CCH Partnership T/A Crabcake Hotline, 417 NW 18thAve., North Wildwood, New Jersey 08260.

 

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. 655-16

WHEREAS, on February 1, 2016 , CHET CONNEEN , 705 Jansen Ave , Essington, PA 19029 , applied for a Special Events Permit for the purpose of the  CONNEEN-MUJICA WEDDING  to be held on JUNE 18, 2016 ,  from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on the BUTTERCUP RD BEACH ; and

                                                                                                                  

WHEREAS,  CHET CONNEEN, 705 Jansen Ave, Essington, PA 19029, 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  CHET CONNEEN , 705 Jansen Ave , Essington, PA 19029 for the purpose of a WEDDING to be held on JUNE 18, 2016 , from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on the BUTTERCUP RD 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. 656-16

 

WHEREAS, on February 24, 2016 , MARIA BASILE & PHILIP HETTENBACH , 29 West Wilde Ave , Villas, NJ 08251 , applied for a Special Events Permit for the purpose of a WEDDING   to be held on MAY 6, 2016 ,  from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the HEATHER BEACH PIER ; and

                                                                                                                                                         

WHEREAS,  MARIA BASILE & PHILIP HETTENBACH, 29 West Wilde Ave, Villas, NJ 08251, have supplied all documentation required under Ordinance No. 936, including the requisite Certificate of Insurance, and have further pledged to comply with all applicable rules and regulations pertaining to the conduct of said Special Event; and

 

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

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey that the Borough Clerk be and she is hereby authorized and directed to issue a Special Events Permit to  MARIA BASILE & PHILIP HETTENBACH , 29 West Wilde Ave, Villas, NJ 08251 for the purpose of a WEDDING to be held on MAY 6, 2016, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the HEATHER BEACH PIER.

 

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 then opened the floor for public commentary.

 

Marie Nickerson, 8801 Bayview Drive, inquired about the status of the Police Contract.  The Mayor indicated that it was still under negotiations and both sides were working on the process. 

 

Barbara Collier, 317 E. Syracuse Avenue, inquired about parking meters on Atlantic Avenue.  The Mayor indicated that all meters are reverting back to what the Borough had approximately 3 years ago. 

 

Dennis Travascio, 112 E. Louisville Avenue, inquired about the first resolution awarding a professional services contract to Catherine Lorentz.  Commissioner Cabrera indicated it was for the old library.  Mr. Travascio then inquired about the status of Pacific Avenue.  The Mayor informed Mr. Travascio that all options were being reviewed and the process takes time.  He further indicated that it was still the intent of the Board to move forward, but there were fiscal and legal issues to consider and they hoped to have the project done next winter.

 

Commissioner Gould then elaborated on the Amending Resolution that re-designated meeting times for the regularly scheduled commission meetings.  In an attempt to get more people involved, the commissioners opted to move the afternoon meetings from 7:00 pm to 5:30 pm starting with the June 22, 2016 meeting. 

 

After hearing no further comments from the public, the Mayor opened new business with the topic of “Adopt a Beach Program – application /sign rendering.”  Commissioner Cabrera indicated that they had a preliminary application and sign rendering for the project that will be administered through Public Works.  He further indicated that there were scheduled beach sweeps: one in April and one in the fall. 

 

The second topic of new business was “Dog Park.”  Commissioner Cabrera gave an overview citing several people have requested the Borough look into having a dog park.  Commissioner Cabrera informed the panel that the potential shared services with Lower Township were no longer a possibility.  He then suggested the a portion of the old soccer field near Public Works building and was awaiting renderings from the engineer and he further indicated he would let property owners in the vicinity know about plans and get their input.  Commissioner Gould then asked about the potential of the property near the new pumping station. 

 

The next topic of new business was “Bike Turnaround at Rambler Road.”  Commissioner Cabrera provided a rendering of a sculpture that will placed at the above referenced area.  Commissioner Cabrera indicated that this was fully funded under Public Works and the process should begin in approximately two weeks.  Commissioner Gould expressed concern over the lack of arrows for people to know which direction they should travel.  The Mayor then indicated they could look into arrows for the bike path.  Commissioner Cabrera also indicated that the custom sculpture would have low level lighting and it would be a perfect location for a photo opportunity and wonderful publicity for Wildwood Crest.  He suggested having beach balls similar to those on the Cresse Avenue (Wildwood Crest side) to make both ends of the bike path consistent with each other.  Commissioner Gould had some reservations over the sculpture. 

 

The last topic of new business was “Sand Back Pass.”  The Mayor indicated that potentially there could be an exchange of excess sand from Wildwood Crest to North Wildwood; he also went on the record citing the Army Corps of Engineers have recommended the process and are working on it to prevent damage to the beaches of Wildwood Crest.  He also added that Wildwood Crest has experienced extraordinary growth in the last few years.  When more information is known, it will be shared.

 

Commissioner Cabrera also informed everyone that the concrete behind Centennial Park will be replaced beginning March 14, 2016 and it will take approximately 2 weeks.  He then added that portions of the stamped concrete along Sunset Lake that were damaged will also be replaced.

 

There were no developments with regard to Old Business.

 

The Mayor then opened the floor for public commentary regarding “new” and “old” business.

Mr. Cabrera also added that South Jersey Gas is going to start their project mid March for the northwest side of Wildwood Crest and signage will be going up shortly.  The project could extend into the end of June.

 

Nancy Pietropaoli, 6002 Seaview Avenue, inquired about the mounting of the sculpture and Commissioner Cabrera assured that the sculpture would be structurally sound and safety was paramount.

 

Dennis Travascio, 112 E. Louisville Avenue, questioned the Sand Back Pass and the current condition of our dunes.  The Mayor assured all that the Army Corps of Engineers was monitoring the situation closely and that we will know more specifically about what we can accommodate before anything is done.

 

Hearing nothing further from the public, Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera that the meeting be adjourned.  All were in favor.  The time was 10:07 a.m.

 

Dated: March 23, 2016

Patricia A. Feketics, Borough Clerk  

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