August 17, 2021 Regular Meeting

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STILLWATER TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

August 17, 2021 – Regular Meeting

A REGULAR MEETING of the Stillwater Township Committee was called to order by Mayor Chammings at 7:00 p.m. noting the meeting date was sent, time and place to the New Jersey Herald and posted at the Town Hall on the official Stillwater Township website and Facebook page and advised those present that this meeting was being held in compliance with provisions of P.L. 1975, Chapter 231, Sections 4 & 13. Mayor Chammings added the meeting was being held virtually on Zoom and this meeting was also advertised with the link in the New Jersey Herald, the Stillwater Township website (www.stillwatertownshipnj.com) on the Stillwater Township Face Book page. PRESENT: Committeewoman Rumsey, Committeeman Barta, Deputy Mayor Scott, Committeeman Fisher, Mayor Chammings, Municipal Clerk Lynda Knott and Attorney Angelo Bolcato ABSENT: None

EXECUTIVE SESSION: 6:00 p.m. held in Town Hall

After the reading of the following Resolution to enter into Executive Session, a motion was made by Mr. Scott, seconded by Mr. Fisher and carried by roll call vote to adopt the resolution permitting the Committee to go into Executive Session at 6:05 p.m.

WHEREAS, Section 8 of the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 permits the exclusion of the public from a meeting under certain circumstances; and

WHEREAS, this public body is of the opinion that such circumstances presently exist.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex and State of New Jersey as follows:

1. The public shall be excluded from that portion of this meeting.

2. The general nature of the subject matter to be discussed is as follows: Contract, Real Property, Litigation/Potential Litigation and Attorney Client

3. As nearly as can now be ascertained, the matter or matters to be discussed at this time will be disclosed to the public when such matters are resolved.

By a motion was made by Mayor Chammings, seconded by Mrs. Rumsey to conclude Executive Session at 6:54p.m., unanimously carried by voice vote.

PRESENTATION: Mrs. Debra Carter

Committeewoman Rumsey asked Mrs. Carter to speak to the Township Committee and residents about job descriptions and personnel policies for the Town Hall employees. Mrs. Carter described her experience doing similar projects at Selective Insurance and the Town of Newton. Mrs. Carter said she would speak with each individual employee to discuss their duties and also gather their thoughts on what is working and what areas need improvement not only in their position but in town hall as a whole. Mrs. Carter believed she would be able to complete the task in approximately forty (40) hours.

Mrs. Carter answered questions from the governing body and a Board Chair. Mayor Chammings thanked Mrs. Carter for all her time noting the township committee would discuss with the township’s CFO if the project could be done this year or would have to wait until the 2022 budget.

A Proclamation for Eagle Scout Jack Brady Ericson will be presented later in the meeting to see if he would attend the meeting.

June 22, 2021 Regular and Executive Session Minutes:

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt the regular and executive minutes of June 22, 2021, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

July 20, 2021 Regular Minutes

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt the regular minutes of July 20, 2021, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

REPORTS: DPW Report of July 2021

Building Department Report of July 2021

Registrar’s Report of July 2021

Certified Copy Report of July 2021

Tax Collector Report of June 2021

Convenience Center Report of June 2021

ABC Renewal of Licenses Report of June 2021

BOH Receipts July 2021

Fire Department Report YTD

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt the reports as presented, seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

Mayor Chammings said she wanted to take a moment of silence for Joan Szabo who passed away on August 16, 2021 and for the Szabos who have a long history in our community. Mayor Chammings asked everyone to keep Ed Szabo in their prayers and also the troops and people of Afganistan.

BILLS LIST #12: $1,868,273.87

RESOLUTION 2021-098 Authorizing Payment of Bills

WHEREAS, the Chief Finance Officer has certified that funds are available in the proper

account; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Finance Officer has approved payment upon certification from

the Township Department Heads that the goods and/or services have been rendered to the

Township;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Committee of the Township of Stillwater that the current bill lists, dated August 17, 2021 and on file and available for public inspection in the Office of the Chief Finance Officer and approved by the Chief Finance Officer for payment, be paid.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt the Resolution 2021-098, seconded by Mrs. Rumsey. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Mr. Scott reported the DPW received their new mower and they hope to catch up on the side of the road maintenance. Mr. Scott said the Township and the DPW have begun negotiations on the 2022-2024 contract. Mr. Scott also reported Old Foundry Road roadwork is being scheduled and the road will be closed during the day during the project. Mr. Scott noted Summer Camp is in their second week at the Stillwater Community Center.

Mr. Barta reported the Planning Board met on July 21, 2021 and discussed concerns regarding the lake communities’ front yard/back yard zoning issues. In Stillwater the front yard is considered the lake side which creates problems for those residents who want to put a shed close to the lake for their possessions used lakeside and they cannot because it is their front yard. Mr. Barta noted the new zoning officer is looking at things through new eyes and some of the zoning regulations may need to be tweaked. Mr. Barta also noted the Re-Examination of the Master Plan is coming up in 2022. Mayor Chammings noted the Zoning Board of Adjustment also discussed the re-examination of the master plan and Mayor Chammings asked the clerk for an RFP for a Planner for the re-examination so the planner’s cost could be included in the budget discussions later this year.

Mr. Fisher asked Mayor Chammings to give him a few dates to meet over at Lower Crandon to discuss the potential emergency egress road. Mayor Chammings said she would and also asked the clerk to give Mr. Fisher a letter from a resident who lives on Lower Lake Road East.

Mrs. Rumsey reported the Stillwater Board of Education is holding an open meeting on August 23, 2021 at 7 p.m. and this is your opportunity to discuss their budget. Mrs. Rumsey said there will be an Ice Cream Social for seniors at the Community Center and on October 5, 2021 from 3-7 p.m. there will be a free flu clinic by Acme and Jessi Sugar, Pharmacist. Mrs. Rumsey also reported the American Rescue Plan funds will be used to repair the building. Mrs. Rumsey said she, the Clerk and Mayor Chammings will be meeting to update the community center reservation form and there will be additions of a return key deposit and cleaning deposit. Mrs. Rumsey also noted she and the clerk met with representatives from the JCP&L Energy audit team and toured the town hall, DPW garage and community center. They will return their assessment and then the township will be able to address areas of concern at a much-reduced cost (80% grant and 20% from the township).

Mrs. Rumsey read the Fire Department Report into the record:

Good Evening Township Committee,

 As of this morning the Stillwater Area Vol. Fire Co. has had 285 EMS calls and 127 FIRE calls year to date.  Our last fundraiser the roadside fund drive was a success.  Thank you to all the residents who donated.  Last night we held our monthly Tripod drill which we practiced drafting water with the Turbo Draft device at Hendershots point along with Hampton and Fredon Fire Depts and we also went over pumping and operating each departments trucks for familiarity with the different apparatus.  We will be hosting the County Fire Department meeting at our firehouse tomorrow night which comes to us every four years.  I have attached the monthly apparatus check sheets to this report as requested.  All apparatus is currently in service.  The department would like to thank the Township Committee for moving forward with replacing some of our aging fleet with the new Rescue Pumper.  This much needed apparatus will greatly serve our residents for decades to come.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Chief Steven Sugar

Mrs. Rumsey said the public safety meeting will be at the end of September.

Mayor Chammings reported the Delta variant is pushing the numbers up in the County.

Mayor Chammings said she met with an LSRP Robert Lippencott up at 992 Fairview Lake Road. Mr. Lippencott said the first step will be to go through the boxes (being copied by the State of their documents that relate to 992 Fairview Lake Rd.). The second step would be to take historic photos to identify areas of concerns. Mayor Chammings asked him what the second step would cost and his estimate was between $5000 – $7500. Mayor Chammings said the State has begun copying the 10 boxes and the CFO has issued a purchase order not to exceed $500 for the copies and shipping charges. When the boxes arrive, Mr. Lippencott has offered to go through them for the township at no charge.

Mayor Chammings also reported she attended two Sussex County Commissioner meetings, one to support the cross walk from community center to Stillwater Park and one for open space trails grant and an application was approved to send to the State.

Mayor Chammings reported that Stillwater School’s education instruction will be all in person and all will wear masks by executive order.

Mayor Chammings also said Planet Networks has had a good response from residents to the survey to see how many residents want them to service Stillwater.

Mayor Chammings reported the Moving Wall will be at Woodbourne Park in Wantage from September 9-13, 2021 with a 9/11 Ceremony on September 10th at 7:00 p.m. Mayor Chammings asked the clerk to post the information on the website and Facebook.

AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA

Resolution 2021-112 Environmental Commission appointment, Town Hall opening and American Rescue Plan ideas

OPEN PUBLIC SESSION:

Mr. Tom Myer, 945 Owassa Road, voiced his concern regarding the entire length of Mountain Shadow Lake on Owassa Road – speeding. Mr. Myer said motorcyclists and other motorists tend to speed on this section of road and he and his neighbors are very concerned because Mountain Shadow Lake campground has many occupants during the summer – many with children and they like to walk with their strollers and he is afraid someone will be killed. Mr. Myer said Hampton Township has just Fairview Avenue reduced and on that street, it is working.

Mrs. Rumsey wants a letter to go to the State Police Commander and Sheriff’s Department and ask for additional patrols of the area. Mr. Scott said the County Commissioners could be asked for a speed study and hopefully a speed reduction to 35 mph for the length of Owassa Road. Mayor Chammings added there is funding in the budget for additional patrols. Mayor Chammings directed the clerk to send the letters requested by Mrs. Rumsey and Mr. Scott.

Mr. Paul Mole, 1014 Route 619, brought a suggestion to the Township Committee regarding the purchase of Texas Holdem Equipment. Mr. Mole is interested in running Texas Holdem nights at the community center. These games do not involve money – only chips and only for fun. The equipment proposed is four (4) used poker table tops ($10-$40 each), eight (8) decks of cards (new Marion plastic – four each red and blue), 750 clay composite chips (new 300 green, 150 red, 200 black, 100 blue plus six used chip trays) and four (4) new card tables. The estimate for all items is $321.00 The Township Committee is interested and Mayor Chammings suggested to Dawn Delaney, Recreation Chairperson, that the Recreation Commission may be interested in using some of their budget to purchase the equipment. Mrs. Delaney would discuss Mr. Mole’s idea and equipment purchase with the rest of the commission members at their September meeting.

Seeing no one from the public who wished to speak this portion of the meeting was closed.

Mayor Chammings recognized Mr. Bob Wolff, who has been named our Hometown Hero for all his contributions to this community and to the fire service community. Mr. Wolff graciously said all of us are hometown heroes and he just took one for the team. All in attendance applauded Mr. Wolff.

OLD BUSINESS:
DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Update on 992 Fairview Lake road (block 2401 Lot 37) Mayor Chammings has already updated this project in the committee reports earlier in the meeting.

ORDINANCE 2021-12 Authorizing the Public Sale of Real Property to Contiguous Property owners Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12-139(b)(5). Introduction [Public Hearing and Adoption August 17, 2021

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater is the owner of certain real property set forth in Schedule “A”, which properties are not needed or required for municipal use; and

WHEREAS, the lots are less than the minimum size required for development under the municipal ordinance and is without capital improvements; and

WHEREAS, the Township Committee deems it in the best interest of the Township of Stillwater to sell the properties to owners of each contiguous property in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13(b)(5) and N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13.2; and

WHEREAS, the sale shall be conducted as an auction limited to contiguous property owners to be held at the Township of Stillwater Municipal Building, 964 Stillwater Road, Newton, New Jersey 07860 on September 21, 2021, at 7:00pm or such adjourned date as may be determined by the Stillwater Township Committee; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Stillwater Township Committee as follows:

  1. The Township of Stillwater shall offer for sale by auction, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:12‑13(b)(5) and N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13.2, the properties listed on Schedule “A” to the contiguous property owners. Schedule “A” also contains the minimum sale price for each property. The sale is limited to contiguous property owners, and the sale is conditioned upon the property being sold merging with the contiguous property owner’s existing property. The properties being sold are less than the minimum size required for development under the municipal zoning ordinance and are without any capital improvement and shall be merged with the purchaser’s contiguous lot. The Township Committee reserves the right, in its discretion to reject all bids for each property for any reason, including but not limited to, in the event that the minimum sale price for such property is not met.
  2. Upon final passage of this Ordinance, the sale shall take place on September 21, 2021 at 7:00pm at the Stillwater Township Municipal Building, 964 Stillwater Road, Newton, New Jersey, subject to receiving no higher bid for said parcels, after offering same to the highest bidder, at said time and place.
  3. A copy of this Ordinance shall be posted on the bulletin board or other conspicuous place in the Stillwater Township Municipal Building. Notice of adoption of this Ordinance shall be made in the official Township newspaper within five (5) days following the enactment of the Ordinance. Notice of the public sale shall be published in the official Township of Stillwater newspaper by two (2) insertions at least once a week during two (2) consecutive weeks, the last publication shall be within seven (7) days prior to the sale date.
  4. The property shall be sold subject to the following terms and conditions:
  5. The property is sold “as is”. No representations of any kind are made by the Township as to the conditions of the property, and the descriptions of the property are intended as a general guide only and may not be accurate. The properties are being sold in the present “as is”, “where is”, with all faults.
  6. The sale shall be made after legal advertisement of this Ordinance to the highest bidder who is the owner of a contiguous property, which property shall merge with the property being sold, and become part of the contiguous property owned by the successful bidder.
  7. The Township does not warrant or certify title to the property and in no event shall the Township of Stillwater be liable for any damages to the purchaser-successful bidder if title is found unmarketable for any reason and the purchaser-successful bidder waives any and all right in damages or by way of liens against the Township. The sole remedy being the right to receive a refund prior to closing of the deposit paid in the event title is found unmarketable. It shall be the obligation of the successful purchaser to examine title to said premises prior to the closing. In the event of closing and a later finding of defect of title, the Township shall not be responsible for same, shall not be required to refund money or correct any defect in title or be held liable for damages.
  8. Acceptance of the highest bid shall constitute a binding agreement of sale and the purchaser shall be deemed to agree to comply with the terms and conditions of the sale herein contained.
  9. The highest bidder shall deposit with the Township cash, check or money order in the amount of not less than 10% of the bid price at the time of sale. In the event the successful bidder fails to deposit 10% of the bid price at the time of the sale, the Township of Stillwater will re-auction the property at the same public sale. If the successful bidder fails to pay the deposit, the bidder shall be responsible for any difference between their bid and the final sale bid in the event such bid is lower than the bid of the original bidder.
  10. The highest bidder must pay the balance of the purchase price, plus (1) the sum of $275 for the legal services incurred by the Township; and (2) realty transfer fees, if any. The balance shall be paid by certified funds. In addition, for all properties that are subject to Section 5 (r) of this Resolution, the Purchaser shall provide the Township Attorney with a copy of the deed for their existing property and their title insurance policy within seven (7) days of their being notified that they are the successful bidder of the sale. Once the purchase price has been paid, a Quitclaim Deed without covenants will be prepared by the Township Attorney and, after execution by the Township Officials, shall be recorded with the Sussex County Clerk’s Office by the Township Attorney. Additional work performed by the Township Attorneys beyond the standard preparation of the sale resolutions, notice of sale, letters to property owners and adjoining property owners, Deed and closing statement shall be billed at the rate charged by the Township Attorney and shall be the responsibility of the purchaser, which fees must be paid prior to the Deed being recorded.
  11. The Deed will be subject to all matters of record, which may affect title herein, what an accurate survey may reveal, the Ordinances of the Township of Stillwater and reserving an easement for all natural or constructed drainage systems, waterways, water and sewer easements, if any, on the premises and the continued right of maintenance and flow thereof.
  12. The property will be sold subject to the current year taxes, prorated from the date of sale.
  13. The Township Committee reserves the right to withdraw this offer to sell, or upon completion of the bidding to accept or reject any or all bids for said properties or to waive any informality in relation thereto.
  14. All bidders currently owing property within the Township must have their taxes, as well as all municipal utility charges, if applicable, paid to date in order to be a qualified bidder. In the event the bidder’s taxes or municipal utility charges are delinquent, the bidder shall be deemed unqualified and such bid shall be rejected.
  15. This same is made subject to all applicable laws, statutes, regulations, resolutions and ordinances of the United States, State of New Jersey and Township of Stillwater.
  16. No employee, agent or officer of the Township of Stillwater has any authority to waive, modify or amend any of the conditions of sale.
  17. The purchaser must abide by appropriate zoning, subdivision, health and building regulations and code, and agrees that this sale will not be used as ground to support any variance from or realization of the regulations.
  18. The failure of the purchaser to close on title within the time provided for in Subsection 5(f) of this Ordinance shall constitute a breach of this Ordinance unless the Township agrees in writing prior to that date to extend the time of the closing. In the event the purchaser fails to close within the dates provided for in Subsection 5(1) or such date as may be extended by the Township, the deposit paid by the purchaser shall be retained by the Township as liquidated damages. The municipality is entitled to retain the purchaser’s deposit to the extent of any expenses and/or losses it incurs including but not limited to advertising costs, attorney’s fees, lost tax revenues from the date of the required closing as well as additional cost of resale and the difference in the sales price, to the extent the property is sold for a lower price and any subsequent sale. The only exception to this section is in the event that the purchaser fails to close as a result of the title being unmarketable, in which case the Purchaser shall be entitled to a refund of their deposit as provided for in Subsection 5(c) of this Ordinance.
  19. The purchase shall not be used for any County, Board of Taxation, Tax
    Court of New Jersey, or in any Courts of the State as grounds to support a challenge of the existing assessments with regard to other properties.
  20. The sale shall be subject to final approval by the Township Committee.

Potential Bidders are advised:

(1) To conduct all necessary title searches prior to the date of sale.

(2) No representations of any kind are made by the Township of Stillwater as to the conditions of the Property, including habitability or usability; the Property is being sold in its present conditions ”as is”.

(3) The Property will be conveyed by a Quit Claim Deed and such conveyance shall be subject to all covenants, restrictions, reservations and easements established of record or by prescription and without representation as to character of title of the Property to be conveyed.

(4) The highest bidder for the Property shall have the right, at its sole cost and expense, to obtain a new survey of the Property. Provided such survey depicts the Property and is certified to be correct to the Township of Stillwater, the Township of Stillwater shall utilize the legal description drawn in accordance with such survey in the Deed of conveyance, provided the highest bidder provides such legal description and a copy of the certified survey to the Township of Stillwater not less than one week prior to the date set for closing of title.

Additional Terms the Successful Bidder must comply with:

(1) To abide by appropriate zoning, subdivision, health and building regulations and codes and stipulate that this sale will not be used as grounds to support any variance from the regulations.

(2) That the failure to close title as agreed shall forfeit to the Township of Stillwater any and all money deposited with the Township.

  1. Severabilitv. If any provision of this Ordinance or the application of this Ordinance to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this Ordinance shall not be affected and shall remain in full force and effect.
  2. Repealer. All ordinances or parts of ordinances or resolutions that are inconsistent or in opposition to the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed in their entirety.
  3. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon adoption and publication in accordance with law.

This Ordinance shall take effect upon final adoption of publication as may be required by law.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Ordinance 2021-12 seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

NEW BUSINESS:

RESOLUTION 2021-099 Rescinding Resolution 2021-090 and Appointing Beth Martin as Part-time File Clerk

WHEREAS, On June 22, 2021, by Resolution #2021-099, Beth Martin was appointed as the part-time Records Clerk for Stillwater Township, effective as of July 6, 2021 with a salary of $12 per hour; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Township Committee wished to offer Mrs. Martin a $15.00 hourly wage and have adopted an amended 2021 Salary Ordinance to include a range for the position of $12 to $18.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Mayor and Committee of Stillwater Township in the County of Sussex and State of New Jersey confirms the rescission of Resolution 2021-090 and are appointing Beth Martin as part-time Records Clerk with an hourly salary of $15 beginning July 21, 2021.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution shall take effect immediately.

A motion was made by Mrs. Rumsey to adopt Resolution 2021-099 seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-100 Amending the 2021 Budget to include $202,533.65 from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

WHEREAS, N.J.S. 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 law and the amount thereof was not determined at the time of the adoption of the budget, and

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

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater has received a total of $202,533.65 from the State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Community Affairs Division for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater now wishes to amend its 2021 budget to include the additional grant funds approved of $202,533.65 as a revenue.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Committee of the Township of Stillwater does hereby request the Director of the Division of Local Government Services to approve the insertion of an item of revenue in the budget of the year 2021 in the sum of $202,533.65, which will be available as a revenue from:

Miscellaneous Revenues

Special Items of General Revenue Anticipated with Prior Written

Consent of the Director of Local Government Services – Public

And Private Revenues Offset with Appropriations: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a like sum of…………………………$202,533.65

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

General Appropriations

  1. Public and Private Programs Offset by Revenues:

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Financial Officer submit one copy of the Chapter 159 certification form to the Director of Local Government Services.

A motion was made by Mr. Fisher to adopt Resolution 2021-100 seconded by Mr. Scott. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-101 Authorizing the Adoption of the 2021 Sussex County, New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

WHEREAS, all jurisdictions within Sussex County have exposure to hazards that increase the risk to life, property, environment, and the County and local economy; and

WHEREAS; pro-active mitigation of known hazards before a disaster event can reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property; and

WHEREAS, The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390) established new requirements for pre and post disaster hazard mitigation programs; and

WHEREAS; a coalition of Sussex County municipalities with like planning objectives has been formed to pool resources and create consistent mitigation strategies within Sussex County; and

WHEREAS, the coalition has completed a planning process that engages the public, assesses the risk and vulnerability to the impacts of natural hazards, develops a mitigation strategy consistent with a set of uniform goals and objectives, and creates a plan for implementing, evaluating and revising this strategy;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater:

  1. Adopts in its entirety, the 2021 Sussex County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (the “Plan”) as the jurisdiction’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and resolves to execute the actions identified in the Plan that pertain to this jurisdiction.
  2. Will use the adopted and approved portions of the Plan to guide pre- and post-disaster mitigation of the hazards identified.
  3. Will coordinate the strategies identified in the Plan with other planning programs and mechanisms under its jurisdictional authority.
  4. Will continue its support of the Mitigation Planning Committee as described within the Plan.
  5. Will help to promote and support the mitigation successes of all participants in this Plan.
  6. Will incorporate mitigation planning as an integral component of government and partner operations.
  7. Will provide an update of the Plan in conjunction with the County no less than every five years.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-101 seconded by Mrs. Rumsey. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-102 Authorizing the Cancellation of General Capital Balances

WHEREAS, certain Capital Improvement appropriation balances remain dedicated to projects now completed and/or cancelled; and

WHEREAS, the Finance Officer certifies that it is necessary to formally cancel said balances so that the unexpended balances may be returned to either Capital Improvement Fund or Surplus or Reserves, and unused debt authorizations and grant receivables may be canceled;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, that the following unexpended and dedicated balances of General Capital Appropriations be canceled:

General Capital Amount Cancelled

Ord. # Project Description Funded Unfunded

2018-05 Fire Department Receiver Site $ 272.21

2018-05 Garage Doors DPW Building $ 35.75

2018-06 Roll-Off 2019 Freightliner $9695.09

2019-04 Fire Department Pagers $205.33

To be canceled to Capital Improvement Fund: $ 513.29

To cancel Debt Authorized: $9695.09

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-102 seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-103 Mayor’s Appointment of Leiha A. Jaretsky as a Member of the Stillwater area Volunteer Fire Department with Committee Concurrence

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater do hereby concur with the Mayor’s appointment of Leiha A. Jaretsky as a Member of the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Department.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this appointment was made at a meeting of the Township Committee on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

A motion was made by Mrs. Rumsey to adopt Resolution 2021-103 seconded by Mr. Scott. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-104 Awarding Lawn Maintenance Contract to County Care LLC

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater was in need of a lawn service contractor to provide lawn maintenance service for the 2021 lawn maintenance season for various municipal parks and property; and

WHEREAS, the anticipated cost of said services would not exceed the bid threshold; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:11-6.1, the Township solicited competitive quotations for the requested lawn services; and

WHEREAS, the Township received two (2) written responses to its request for quotations; and

WHEREAS, Country Care provided the lowest responsive, responsible quote in the amount of $13,975.00 for the 2021 lawn maintenance season; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater that it does hereby award a contract to Country Care LLC for the 2021 lawn maintenance season in an amount not to exceed $13,975.00 per season in accordance with Country Care LLC’s written proposal of November 15, 2020.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-104 seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, abstained.

RESOLUTION 2021-105 Authorizing a Lien Redemption Block 3907 Lot 9

WHEREAS, on December 15 ,2020 Gisela Rutnik, Collector

Of Taxes sold at public sale Tax Lien for delinquent municipal lien on premises known as

Block 3907 Lot 9 to C & E Tax Lien Fund 1 PO Box 5021 PHILADELPHIA, PA 19111

WHEREAS, the Collector has received redemption of said lien on

And has deposited said sum in the current account of the Township of STILLWATER,TOWNSHIP

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Committee of the Township of

STILLWATER

1. As soon thereafter as the redemption funds have cleared the current account, payment shall

Be made to the holder of the Certificate of Sale in the sum of 23,807.75

There was also a Premium paid in the amount of $ 15,700.00 to be added to the certificate holder,

Provided the holder shall surrender the Certificate of Sale and comply with all laws relating thereto.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-105 seconded by Mr. Barta. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-106 Mayor’s Acceptance of the Resignation of Ed Szabo as Environmental Commission Member with Committee Concurrence

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of

Stillwater they do hereby concur with the Mayor’s acceptance of the resignation of Ed Szabo

as Environmental Commission member effective July 19, 2021.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-106 with regrets and appreciation for all Ed Szabo has done for Stillwater Township seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-107 Authorizing the Issuance of Not Exceeding $1,660,241 Bond Anticipation Notes of the Township of Stillwater

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF NOT EXCEEDING $1,660,241 BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER, IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, NEW JERSEY.

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER, IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, NEW JERSEY, AS FOLLOWS:

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex (the “Township”), entitled: “Bond ordinance providing for various capital improvements by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating the aggregate amount of $322,000 therefor and authorizing the issuance of $306,000 bonds or notes of the Township to finance part of the cost thereof”, finally adopted on June 19, 2012 (#2012-004), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount not exceeding $40,000 shall be issued for the purpose of temporarily financing the improvement or purpose described in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance providing for renovations to the municipal building in and by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating $250,000 therefor and authorizing the issuance of $238,000 bonds or notes of the Township to finance part of the cost thereof”, finally adopted on July 16, 2013 (#2013-005), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount of not exceeding $46,000 shall be issued for the purpose of temporarily financing the improvement or purpose described in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance providing for various capital improvements by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating the aggregate amount of $415,000 therefor, including a grant in the amount of $180,000 expected to be received from the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation and authorizing the issuance of $223,000 bonds or notes of the Township to finance part of the cost thereof”, finally adopted on May 6, 2014 (#2014-008), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount not exceeding $57,500 in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance providing for various capital improvements by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating the aggregate amount of $373,000 therefor and authorizing the issuance of $353,000 bonds or notes of the Township to finance part of the cost thereof”, finally adopted on July 7, 2015 (#2015-007), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount not exceeding $125,800 in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance providing for the purchase of a fire truck by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating $420,000 therefor and authorizing the issuance of $285,000 bonds or notes of the Township to finance part of the cost thereof”, finally adopted on November 10, 2015 (#2015-014), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount of not exceeding $138,500 shall be issued. for the purpose of temporarily financing the improvement or purpose described in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance appropriating $939,200, and authorizing the issuance of $328,475 bonds or notes of the Township, for various improvements or purposes authorized to be undertaken by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey”, finally adopted on May 3, 2016 (#2016-007), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount of not exceeding $164,783 shall be issued. for the purpose of temporarily financing the improvement or purpose described in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance providing for the acquisition of a new and additional tractor by the Township of Stillwater, in and by the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating $48,700 therefor and authorizing the issuance of $30,100 bonds or notes of the Township for financing such appropriation”, finally adopted on October 18, 2016 (#2016-014), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount of not exceeding $14,400 shall be issued. for the purpose of temporarily financing the improvement or purpose described in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance appropriating $175,100, and authorizing the issuance of $119,825 bonds or notes of the Township, for various improvements or purposes authorized to be undertaken by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey”, finally adopted on May 26, 2017 (#2017-05), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount of not exceeding $66,155 shall be issued. for the purpose of temporarily financing the improvement or purpose described in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance providing for the improvement of the municipal building parking lot in and by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, appropriating $31,500 therefor and authorizing the issuance of $29,000 bonds or notes of the Township for financing such appropriation”, finally adopted on July 5, 2017 (#2017-07), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount of not exceeding $22,001.40 shall be issued for the purpose of temporarily financing the improvement or purpose described in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance appropriating $694,100, and authorizing the issuance of $526,317 bonds or notes of the Township, for various improvements or purposes authorized to be undertaken by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey”, finally adopted on May 15, 2018 (#2018-06), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount of not exceeding $430,471 shall be issued. for the purpose of temporarily financing the improvement or purpose described in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance appropriating $675,000, and authorizing the issuance of $482,750 bonds or notes of the Township, for various improvements or purposes authorized to be undertaken by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey”, finally adopted on May 7, 2019 (#2019-05), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount of not exceeding $333,830.60 shall be issued. for the purpose of temporarily financing the improvement or purpose described in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

Pursuant to a bond ordinance of the Township entitled: “Bond ordinance appropriating $551,000, and authorizing the issuance of $220,800 bonds or notes of the Township, for various improvements or purposes authorized to be undertaken by the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey”, finally adopted on July 20, 2021 (#2021-10), bond anticipation notes of the Township in a principal amount of not exceeding $220,800 shall be issued. for the purpose of temporarily financing the improvement or purpose described in Section 3 of said bond ordinance, including (to any extent necessary) the renewal of any bond anticipation notes heretofore issued therefor.

All bond anticipation notes (the “notes”) issued hereunder shall mature at such times as may be determined by the treasurer, the chief financial officer or the acting chief financial officer of the Township (the “Chief Financial Officer”), provided that no note shall mature later than one year from its date. The notes shall bear interest at such rate or rates and be in such form as may be determined by the Chief Financial Officer and shall be signed and sealed by officials and officers of the Township in any manner permitted by N.J.S.A. §40A:2-25. The Chief Financial Officer shall determine all matters in connection with the notes issued hereunder, and the Chief Financial Officer’s signature upon the notes shall be conclusive evidence as to all such determinations. All notes issued hereunder may be renewed from time to time subject to the provisions of N.J.S.A. §40A:2-8. The Chief Financial Officer is hereby authorized to sell part or all of the notes at not less than par from time to time at public or private sale and to deliver them to the purchasers thereof upon receipt of payment of the purchase price. The Chief Financial Officer is directed to report in writing to the governing body of the Township at the meeting next succeeding the date when any sale or delivery of the notes hereunder is made. Such report must include the principal amount, interest rate and maturities of the notes sold, the price obtained and the name of the purchaser.

Any note issued pursuant to this resolution shall be a general obligation of the Township, and the Township’s faith and credit are hereby pledged to the punctual payment of the principal of and interest on the notes and, unless otherwise paid or payment provided for, an amount sufficient for such payment shall be inserted in the budget and a tax sufficient to provide for the payment thereof shall be levied and collected.

The Chief Financial Officer is hereby authorized and directed to do all other matters necessary, useful, convenient or desirable to accomplish the delivery of the notes to the purchasers thereof as promptly as possible, including (i) the preparation, execution and dissemination of a Preliminary Official Statement and Final Official Statement with respect to the notes, (ii) preparation, distribution and publication, if necessary, of a Notice of Sale with respect to the notes, (iii) execution of a Continuing Disclosure Undertaking, with respect to the notes in accordance with Rule 15c2 12 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and (iv) execution of an arbitrage and use of proceeds certificate certifying that, among other things, the Township, to the extent it is empowered and allowed under applicable law, will do and perform all acts and things necessary or desirable to assure that interest paid on the notes is not included in gross income under Section 103 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

All action heretofore taken by Township officials and professionals with regard to the sale and award of the notes is hereby ratified, confirmed, adopted and approved.

This resolution shall take effect immediately.

Upon motion of Mrs. Rumsey seconded by Mr. Scott, the foregoing resolution was adopted by the following vote:

AYES: Barta, Rumsey, Scott, Fisher, Chammings
NOES: None

Ordinance Detail

Number Adoption
Date   
Current
Amount 
Initial Issuance
Date and Amount
Current
Paydown
Aggregate
Paydown
2012-04 06/19/12 $40,000 09/26/13 – $306,000 $40,000 $266,000
2013-05 07/16/13 $46,000 09/26/13 – $238,000 $24,000 $192,000
2014-08 05/06/14 $57,500 09/25/14 – $223,000 $25,000 $165,500
2015-07 07/07/15 $125,800 09/24/15 – $353,000 $35,800 $227,200
2015-14 11/10/15 $138,500 09/22/16 – $260,000 $32,000 $146,500
2016-07 05/03/16 $164,783 09/22/16 – $305,000 $30,074 $163,692
2016-014 10/18/16 $14,400 09/21/17 – $30,100 $7,600 $15,700
2017-05 05/26/17 $66,155 09/21/17 – $119,825 $15,525 $53,670
2017-07 07/05/17 $22,001.40 09/20/18 – $29,000 $2,500 $6,998.60
2018-06 05/15/18 $430,471 09/20/18- $526,317 $7,000.91 $86,150.91(1)
2019-05 05/07/19 $333,830.60 09/19/19 – $482,750 $0 $148,919.40
2021-10 07/20/21 $220,800 09/16/21 – $220,800 $0 $0

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  1. Additionally, $9,695.09 cancelled

A motion was made by Mrs. Rumsey to adopt Resolution 2021-107 seconded by Mr. Scott. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-108 Authorizing Purchase of 2021 Ford 550 Mason Dump

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater desires to purchase a new 2021 Ford 550 Mason Dump to replace the 2010 truck; and

WHEREAS, the 2021 township capital budget includes $83,133.00 for a new 2021 Ford 550 Mason Dump; and

WHEREAS, Township Committee adopted Ordinance 2021-10 on July 20, 2021 to appropriate the funds; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 2021-019 authorizes purchases under New Jersey State Contract which may be in the aggregate exceed $44,000 per annum; and

WHEREAS, the Morris County Cooperative Purchasing Council Contract #15F includes Item #4 a 2021 Ford Mason Dump; and

WHEREAS, the estimate of approximately $83,133.10 is over the Township bid threshold, and N.J.A.C. 5:34-7.29 requires that the governing body award contracts over $44,000.00; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, New Jersey as follows:

  1. The purchase of a new 2021 Ford 550 Mason Dump in an amount not to exceed $83,133.10 is hereby approved.
  2. The Chief Financial Officer has certified that funds are available for the purchase in an amount not exceed $83,133.10.

A motion was made by Mrs. Rumsey to adopt Resolution 2021-108 seconded by Mr. Scott. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-109 Authorizing Purchase of 2021 John Deere 310SL Backhoe Loader

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater desires to purchase a new 2021 John Deere 310SL Backhoe Loader; and

WHEREAS, the 2021 township capital budget includes $106,81.08 for a new 2021 John Deere 310SL Backhoe Loader; and

WHEREAS, Township Committee adopted Ordinance 2021-10 on July 20, 2021 to appropriate the funds; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 2021-019 authorizes purchases under New Jersey State Contract which may be in the aggregate exceed $44,000 per annum; and

WHEREAS, the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey / ESCNJ Contract 65MCESCCPS Grounds Equipment Bid #ESCNJ 18/19-25 is a 2021 John Deere 310SL Backhoe Loader; and

WHEREAS, the estimate of approximately $106,811.08 is over the Township bid threshold, and N.J.A.C. 5:34-7.29 requires that the governing body award contracts over $44,000.00; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, New Jersey as follows:

  1. The purchase of a new 2021 John Deere 310SL Backhoe Loader in an amount not to exceed $106,81.08 is hereby approved.
  2. The Chief Financial Officer has certified that funds are available for the purchase in an amount not exceed $106,81.08.


A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-109 seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-110 Mayor’s Appointment of Alicia Gardner as Environmental commission Secretary with Committee Concurrence

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of

Stillwater they do hereby concur with the Mayor’s appointment of the of Alicia Gardner

as Environmental Commission Secretary effective August 1, 2021 at a prorated annual salary

of $2,881.00.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-110 seconded by Mrs. Rumsey. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-111 Awarding the Contract for the Seagrave Model TB70CT Marauder Rescue Pumper Truck

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater is in need of a new Pumper Truck for the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Department; and

WHEREAS, the purchase is to be made through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) program (Contract FS12-19) with Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC (“Seagrave”), who shall be furnishing a new Seagrave Model TB70CT Marauder Pumper Truck for the total amount of Eight Hundred Seven Thousand, Two Hundred Sixty ($807,260.00) Dollars as provided for in the attached Contract; and

WHEREAS, the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Company has reviewed the price proposal and the technical specifications submitted by Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC for the Pumper Truck and has approved same; and

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has confirmed that the Township has in place the bond ordinance required in order to award the Contract for the purchase of the Pumper Truck through Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater that the Township does hereby approve the purchase of the Seagrave Model TB70CT Marauder Pumper Truck in the total amount of Eight Hundred Seven Thousand, Two Hundred Sixty ($807,260.00) Dollars and the Mayor and Township Clerk are authorized to sign the Contract for the purchase upon the expiration of the estoppel period for the bond ordinance approving the funding for the Pumper Truck.

This Resolution shall take effect immediately, however it shall be void and of no effect in the event that Seagrave fails or refuses to sign the Contract.

A copy of this Resolution shall be placed on file with the Clerk of the Township.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase in this resolution is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the remaining portions of this resolution.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-111 seconded by Mrs. Rumsey. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

RESOLUTION 2021-112 Mayor’s Appointment of Beth Raff as Environmental Commission Member with Committee Concurrence

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater they do hereby concur with the Mayor’s appointment of Beth Raff as Member of Stillwater Environmental Commission effective August 17, 2021.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to adopt Resolution 2021-112 seconded by Mr. Fisher. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, yes.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Stillwater Code Chapter 266 – Motorboats: Mr. Bolcato will prepare an ordinance repealing this ordinance because it discusses the use of a private lake.

Sustainable Energy Grant: This item has previously been discussed under committee reports.

Tax Certificate Assignment: Mayor Chammings discussed a memo from Mr. Bolcato that outlined the processes to purchase Township Owned Tax Sale Certificate and Properties she would like to have on the website as a resource for residents. Mayor Chammings will provide a copy of what the resource will be and it will be discussed at the next meeting on September 7, 2021.

Committee Rumsey added the complete opening of town hall to the agenda to reiterate that remote work by all employees ends on Friday, September 3, 2021. Mayor Chammings said she feels the employees who utilize working remotely get a lot accomplished and she would like to see it continue.

A motion was made by Mr. Scott to end remote work on Friday, September 3, 2021 seconded by Mrs. Rumsey. Roll Call Vote: Mr. Barta, yes, Mrs. Rumsey, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher yes, Mayor Chammings, no. The clerk will prepare a memo for the employees.

Mr. Barta discussed the American Relief Plan funding and that it may be used for communication upgrades. Mr. Barta asked Chief Sugar to look at what types of items could be utilized by the Fire Company/EMS for their communication system for upgrades and repeaters.

OPEN PUBLIC SESSION

Mrs. Kathy Draghi, 1016 Route 619, noted the last meeting on July 20, 2021 was the longest meeting she has attended but she appreciated all the time, effort and struggles about the purchase of the new rescue pumper. Mrs. Draghi hopes this is the beginning of a new and prosperous time for the township committee and community.

Mr. Lou Sylvester, 945 Old Schoolhouse Road, wanted to publicly thank Ed Szabo for all his years of service to Stillwater Township.

ATTORNEY’S REPORT – Mr. Bolcato had nothing further to report.

PROCLAMATION: EAGLE SCOUT JACK BRADY ERICKSON

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater is interested in the ability of its citizens to lead healthy and productive lives; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater does believe that the future of our Township and indeed of all the world rests upon the next and each succeeding generation; and

WHEREAS, the Township of Stillwater is also aware the Boy Scouts of America have provided opportunities for personal growth to many young men for over 100 years; and

WHEREAS, members of the Boy Scouts of America have demonstrated their abilities as adults by becoming creators of great inventions and leaders of Communities, Corporations, and become Presidents in America, and

WHEREAS, Jack Brady Erickson has actively and successfully participated in the opportunities to demonstrate his personal growth by successively meeting higher standards of character, performance and conduct required by the Scouting program; and

WHEREAS, Jack Brady Erickson has now succeeded in attaining the Rank of Eagle Scout, as certified by this Court of Honor.

NOW, THEREFORE, as Mayor of the Township of Stillwater, I, Lisa Chammings, do hereby convey official congratulations of the Township of Stillwater to Jack Brady Erickson upon this achievement, and also proclaim Tuesday, the 17th day of August, of the year 2021 as Jack Brady Erickson Day in the Township of Stillwater.

The township committee and attendees applauded Mr. Erickson for his achievement.

There being no further business to attend to, a motion was made by Mr. Scott, seconded by Mrs. Rumsey to conclude the meeting at 09:08 p.m., unanimously carried by roll call vote.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynda Knott, Township Clerk

 

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