May 7, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes

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STILLWATER TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

Regular Meeting

A REGULAR MEETING of the Stillwater Township Committee was called to order by Mayor Chammings at 7 p.m. noting the meeting date, time and place were duly published in the New Jersey Herald and posted at the Town Hall and advised those present that this meeting was being held in compliance with provisions of P.L. 1975, Chapter 231, Sections 4 & 13.

Roll Call was taken and the flag was saluted.

PRESENT: Committeeman Gross, Committeeman Fisher, Deputy Mayor Scott, Mayor Chammings, Municipal Clerk Lynda Knott, Attorney Angelo Bolcato

ABSENT: Committeeman Morrison

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

After the reading of the following Resolution to enter into Executive Session, a motion was made by Mr. Scott, seconded by Mr. Gross 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: Personnel; Attorney/Client; Real Property

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.

There being no further business to attend to, a motion was made by Mr. Scott, seconded by Mr. Fisher to conclude the Executive Session at 7:10 p.m., unanimously carried by roll call vote.

REGULAR SESSION:

PRESENTION: Kittatinny Regional High School Budget for the 2019-2020 School Year

Presented by: Craig Hutchenson, Superintendent and Kathy Kane, BA

Mr. Hutchenson reviewed the 2019-20 Budget as follows:

•Goals for 2019-20 including increasing current safety and security (ongoing) – Alyssa’s Law (panic buttons/strobes – continue to be academically competitive in the County/State – STEM infusion and Technology & CODING – 21st Century Skills – Grant from NJ Department of Education – improve upon our State testing results – Impact Aid/School Choice/Security Grants; survive massive cuts in State Aid for the next five years (cut by $504,000), continue to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers – reduced staff by 10 to 12 members.

•School Choice /Shared Services were reviewed.

•Staff Recognition and Student Achievements were reviewed.

•Building the Budget: Fixed Cost Increase: $596,860 (Salaries, Benefits, PERS Pension, Insurance); Revenue: $-147,043 (State Aid Loss; 2% Tax Levy, .9% Banked Cap, Withdrawal Impact Aid Reserved) – a deficit of $743,903 resulting in the loss of six positions.

•3-year State Aid Comparison: Adjustment Aid – 2018-2019/$864,955; 2019-20/ $285,820 – decrease of $579,135.

•State Aid Year to Year Comparison – Percentage of Taxpayer Responsibility for the budget compared to the State Department of Education Aid – 2019-20 Taxpayer 67.01 % / Department of Education 24.62%

•Emergency Aid Loss: 2017/18 – $126,611; 2018/19 – $80,939; 2019/20 – $0

•Where the Money Comes From: Local Tax Levy 67%, State Aid 25%, Special Projects 13%, Impact Aid 2% and Transportation, Surplus, Miscellaneous Revenue, Capital Reserve Withdrawal, Debt Service – all 1% each.

•Where the Money Goes: Salaries & Benefits 79%, Transportation 6%, Capital Reserve Debt Service/Special Projects 4%, Operations 4%, Regular/Special Instruction 2%, Tuition & Charter School 2%, Administration & Technology 1%, Nurse, Guidance, CST, Attendance 1%, Athletics & Co-Curricular 1%

•2019-20 Capital Projects include parking lot improvements, sidewalks/curbing and weight room expansion

•2018-19 Total Budget: $22,534,041

•2019-20 Total Budget: $22,189,765

•Total Budget Decrease of $344,276 or 1.5%

•Total Budget W/O Capital Projects Decrease of $128,276 or .5%

•2019-20 Tax Levy Breakdown: Stillwater will see a decrease of $8.40 per $100,000 valuation; Fredon will see an increase of $63.70; Hampton an increase of $17.40 and Sandyston an increase of $3.10.

Banked Cap Tax Levy of .9% = $4.00 per $100,000 resulting in an overall decrease of $4.40 for Stillwater.

Mr. Hutchenson concluded his presentation noting the following:

•Tax levy increase to 2.9%

•State Aid is welcomed – The New Funding Formula will devastate the school district over the next five years. Mr. Hutchenson is concerned with an even larger State Aid cut next year.

A question/answer period followed. Mr. Hutchenson explained the reasoning for other municipalities in the district increasing while Stillwater is decreasing stating it is based on an equalized valuation formula, including elementary and high school enrollment, ability to pay and real estate values; each year is different. Enrollment last year for KRHS was 975, this year 951, next year is projected to be 941. One student is enrolled in a Choice School; 30 to 40 students are enrolled at the Technical School – 20 applied this year to Tech. Every student that attends Tech is an additional $2300.00 for tuition. He spoke about shared services, noting Stillwater shares teachers, a librarian, art teacher, school psychologist and curriculum coordinator with other sending districts. A Shared Services Committee was established by Hampton and there is resistance to regionalization or merging of districts at this point but it is being discussed. He noted Fredon shared services are a direct result of the Committee discussion. There has also been discussion of having one Child Study Team. Mr. Hutchenson referenced Senate bill S2606 – noting a County group based off of SOS NJ has been sending a consistent message to Trenton on the funding cuts and S2606 Bill. Two new bills are calling for a halt on funding cuts until there has been a study on its impact to school districts. Sussex, Warren and Ocean counties have been the most affected by State Aid cuts.

A concern was expressed by a member of the public on the lack of female security officers being at the high school to address issues with female students in bathrooms. She asked about Homeland Security grants for increasing security for after school activities. Mr. Hutchenson stated such grants are generally awarded to EMS, fire, law enforcement or lower socioeconomic districts. Mr. Hutchenson stated the vestibule security has been updated and gates are used to restrict access to hallways. There are male and female hall monitors, guidance counselors and teachers to check the bathrooms. It is a matter of flexibility for access to the building for afterschool activities vs. a stringent one-entry access with security guard. First aid and CPR training are offered to staff and bleeding kits have been installed in the main areas. A grant may be available in the near future for tourniquets. Several AED units are installed throughout the school.

Mr. Hutchenson thanked the Committee for their time and concluded his presentation.

At this point, Deputy Mayor Scott chaired the meeting.

Regular and Executive Session Minutes: April 16, 2019

Mr. Fisher made a motion to approve the minutes as listed, seconded by Mr. Scott.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes

RESOLUTIONS:

2019-063 Authorizing payment of Redemption for Block 3511, Lot 11

Mr. Fisher made a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-063, seconded by Mr. Gross.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes

REPORTS:

SC Board of Health Report for March 2019

Stillwater Rescue Squad Report for March 2019

ACO Report for March 2019

Convenience Center Report for March 2019

Building Department Report for March 2019

Mr. Fisher made a motion to accept the reports as submitted, seconded by Mr. Gross.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes

BILLS LIST #8: $1,521,270.83

RESOLUTION 2019-064 PAYMENT OF BILLS

Mr. Scott made a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-064, seconded by Mr. Fisher.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes

AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:

Tax Assessor Sick Time:

Mr. Scott made a motion to provide 10.5 hours of sick time to the Tax Assessor for hours she worked at home while out sick, seconded by Mr. Gross.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes

Annual Campground Licensing:

Ms. Knott amended the agenda to remove the Annual Campground License for Mountain Shadows Lake Association, including only the North Shore House on Resolution 2019-066.

OPEN PUBLIC SESSION

At this point, this portion of the meeting was opened to the public.

Ed Szabo, 978 Route 521 stated he had a meeting scheduled last Friday night at the town hall and realized at the last minute that he did not have a key to access the building. He spoke with Kathy Wunder who in turn dropped the key off at his house. In another instance, he filled up six barrels with wood chips from the DPW and after doing so realized he could not lift them. It was quitting time for the employees of the DPW yet three employees took the time to put the barrels in his van. Mr. Szabo appreciated their assistance and commended the character and nature of the employees who are so helpful to the residents.

There being no further members of the public wishing to speak, this portion of the meeting was closed.

OLD BUSINESS:

ORDINANCE 2019-04 (Public Hearing and Adoption):

THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER

SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

ORDINANCE NO. 2019-04

CAPITAL ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $130,200.00 FOR

PURPOSES AUTHORIZED TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY

THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER, IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, NEW JERSEY

BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, AS FOLLOWS;

Section 1. The several improvements described in Section 3 of this capital ordinance are hereby respectively authorized as general improvements to be made or acquired by the Township of Stillwater, New Jersey. For the said several improvements or purposes stated in said Section 3, there are hereby appropriated the respective sums of money therein stated as the appropriations made for said improvements or purposes, said sums being inclusive of all appropriations heretofore made therefore and amounting in the aggregate to $130,200.00, which has heretofore been set aside for the improvements or purposes stated in Section 3 and now available therefore by virtue of provision in a previously adopted budget or budgets of the Township for capital improvement purposes.

Section 2. For the financing of said improvements or purposes and to meet the part of said $130,200.00 appropriations, the Township will use $84,200.00 from the General Capital Improvement Fund, $40,000.00 from the Open Space Trust Fund, and $5,500.00 from the Recycling Trust Fund.

Section 3. The improvements hereby authorized and the several purposes for the allocation of which said obligations are to be spent, the appropriation made for an estimated cost of each such purpose, and the estimated maximum amount of funds to be spent for each such purpose, are respectively as follows:

Emergency Services Departments:

Rehab Trailer, Turnout Gear, Radios & Pagers,

Extrication Suits & Duty Shirts & Medical Equip

For First Aid Squad; Turnout Gear, Pagers &

SCBA Bottles for Fire Dept

$ 57,200.00 General C.I.F.

Emergency Services Vehicle:

Kubota RTV & Equipment Necessary for

Proper Operation $ 21,000.00 General C.I.F.

Infrastructure Repair/Maintenance:

Five Points Intersection – Phase I incl’d Eng’g $ 6,500.00 General C.I.F.

Recreation:

Playground Phase II Stillwater Parks $ 40,000.00 Open Space Trust

Public Works – Equipment

30 Yard Open Top Roll off Container $ 5,500.00 Recycling Trust

All the aforestated improvements or purposes where applicable, are in accordance with specifications on file in the office of the Township Clerk, which specifications are hereby approved.

Section 4. The following additional matters are hereby determined, declared, recited and stated:

  1. The said purposes described in Section 3 of this capital ordinance are capital expenses and are each a property or improvement which the Township may lawfully acquire or make as a general improvement, and no part of the cost thereof has been or shall be specifically assessed on property specially benefited thereby.
  2. The average period of usefulness of said purposes within the limitations of said Local bond Law and taking into consideration the respective amounts of the said obligations authorized for the several purposes, according to the reasonable life thereof computed by this capital ordinance, is five (5) years.

Section 5. The capital budget or temporary capital budget of the Township is hereby amended to conform with the provisions of this ordinance to the extent of any inconsistency herewith and the resolutions promulgated by the Local Finance Board showing all detail of the amended capital budget or temporary capital budget and capital program as approved by the Director, Division of Local Government Services, are on file with the Township Clerk and are available for public inspection.

Section 6. This capital ordinance shall take effect ten (10) days after the publication thereof after final adoption.

Mr. Scott opened the meeting for public comment on Ordinance 2019-04. There being no public comment, this portion of the meeting was closed.

Mr. Fisher made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2019-04, seconded by Mr. Gross.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes

ORDINANCE 2019-05 (Public Hearing and Adoption):

ORDINANCE 2019-05

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

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER, IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, NEW JERSEY (not less than two-thirds of all the members thereof affirmatively concurring), AS FOLLOWS:

The several improvements described in Section 3 of this bond ordinance are hereby respectively authorized as general improvements to be made or acquired by The Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey. For the said several improvements or purposes stated in said Section 3, there are hereby appropriated the respective sums of money therein stated as the appropriations made for said improvements or purposes, said sums, except as described in paragraph (c) of said Section 3, being inclusive of all appropriations heretofore made therefor and amounting in the aggregate to $675,000 including the aggregate sum of $25,250 as the several down payments for said improvements or purposes required by law and more particularly described in said Section 3 and now available therefor by virtue of provision in a previously adopted budget or budgets of the Township for down payment or for capital improvement purposes and including also, in the case of the improvement or purpose described in paragraph (b) of said Section 3, the sum of $167,000 received or expected to be received by the Township from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, as a grant-in-aid of financing said improvement or purpose.

For the financing of said improvements or purposes and to meet the part of said $675,000 appropriations not provided for by application hereunder of said down payments and grant, negotiable bonds of the Township are hereby authorized to be issued in the principal amount of $482,750 pursuant to the Local Bond Law of New Jersey. In anticipation of the issuance of said bonds and to temporarily finance said improvements or purposes, negotiable notes of the Township in a principal amount not exceeding $482,750 are hereby authorized to be issued pursuant to and within the limitations prescribed by said Local Bond Law.

The improvements hereby authorized and the several purposes for the financing of which said obligations are to be issued, the appropriation made for and estimated cost of each such purpose, and the estimated maximum amount of bonds or notes to be issued for each such purpose, are respectively as follows:

IMPROVEMENT OR PURPOSE APPROPRIATION
AND ESTIMATED COST
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF BONDS AND NOTES
(a) Acquisition, by purchase, of new and additional equipment for use by the Department of Public Works of the Township, including one (1) front end loader, together with all appurtenances, apparatus and accessories necessary therefor or incidental thereto, all as shown on and in accordance with the specifications therefor on file or to be filed in the office of the Township Clerk and hereby approved 150,000 142,500
(b) Improvement of West End Drive (Phase II) in and by the Township by the construction or reconstruction therein of a roadway pavement at least equal in useful life or durability to a roadway pavement of Class B construction (as used or referred to in Section 40A:2-22 of said Local Bond Law), together with all sidewalks, curbing, structures, appurtenances, milling, drainage improvements, equipment, work and materials necessary therefor or incidental thereto, all as shown on and in accordance with the plans and specifications therefor on file or to be filed in the office of the Township Clerk and hereby approved, the $260,000 appropriation hereby made therefor being inclusive of the amount of $167,000 received or expected to be received by the Township from the New Jersey Department of Transportation as a grant-in-aid of financing said improvement 260,000 88,500
(c) Improvement of various roads in and by the Township by the construction or reconstruction therein of a roadway pavement at least equal in useful life or durability to a roadway pavement of Class B construction (as such term is used or referred to in Section 40A:2-22 of said Local Bond Law), including all striping, structures, appurtenances, milling, drainage improvements, equipment, work and materials necessary therefor or incidental thereto, all as shown on and in accordance with the plans and specifications therefor on file or to be filed in the office of the Township Clerk and hereby approved 265,000 251,750
Totals $675,000 $482,750

Except as otherwise stated in paragraph (b) above with respect to the said $167,000 grant-in-aid of financing the purpose described in said paragraph, the excess of the appropriation made for each of the improvements or purposes aforesaid over the estimated maximum amount of bonds or notes to be issued therefor, as above stated, is the amount of the said down payment for said purpose.

The following additional matters are hereby determined, declared, recited and stated:

The said purposes described in Section 3 of this bond ordinance are not current expenses and each is a property or improvement which the Township may lawfully acquire or make as a general improvement, and no part of the cost thereof has been or shall be specially assessed on property specially benefited thereby.

The average period of usefulness of said purposes within the limitations of said Local Bond Law and taking into consideration the respective amounts of the said obligations authorized for the several purposes, according to the reasonable life thereof computed from the date of the said bonds authorized by this bond ordinance, is 11.47 years.

The supplemental debt statement required by said Local Bond Law has been duly made and filed in the office of the Township Clerk and a complete executed duplicate thereof has been filed in the office of the Director of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey, and such statement shows that the gross debt of the Township as defined in said Local Bond Law is increased by the authorization of the bonds and notes provided for in this bond ordinance by $482,750, and the said obligations authorized by this bond ordinance will be within all debt limitations prescribed by said Local Bond Law.

Amounts not exceeding $70,000 in the aggregate for interest on said obligations, costs of issuing said obligations, engineering costs and other items of expense listed in and permitted under Section 40A:2-20 of said Local Bond Law may be included as part of the costs of said improvements and are included in the foregoing estimate thereof.

The funds from time to time received by the Township on account of the $167,000 grant referred to in Section 1 of this bond ordinance shall be used for financing the improvements or purposes described in paragraph (b) of Section 3 of this bond ordinance by application thereof either to direct payment of the costs of said improvements or purposes, or to payment or reduction of the authorization of the obligations of the Township authorized therefor by this bond ordinance. Any such funds so received may, and all such funds so received which are not required for direct payment of the costs of said improvements or purposes shall, be held and applied by the Township as funds applicable only to the payment of obligations of the Township authorized by this bond ordinance.

All bond anticipation notes issued hereunder shall mature at such times as may be determined by 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. The Chief Financial Officer shall determine all matters in connection with the notes issued pursuant to this bond ordinance, 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 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 plus accrued interest from their dates to the dates of delivery thereof. 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 pursuant to this bond ordinance 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.

The full faith and credit of the Township are hereby pledged to the punctual payment of the principal of and interest on the said obligations authorized by this bond ordinance. Said obligations shall be direct, unlimited obligations of the Township, and the Township shall be obligated to levy ad valorem taxes upon all the taxable property within the Township for the payment of said obligations and interest thereon without limitation of rate or amount.

The capital budget or temporary capital budget of the Township is hereby amended to conform with the provisions of this ordinance to the extent of any inconsistency herewith and the resolutions promulgated by the Local Finance Board showing all detail of the amended capital budget or temporary capital budget and capital program as approved by the Director, Division of Local Government Services, are on file with the Township Clerk and are available for public inspection.

This bond ordinance shall take effect twenty (20) days after the first publication thereof after final adoption, as provided by said Local Bond Law.

Mr. Scott opened the meeting for public comment on Ordinance 2019-05. There being no public comment, this portion of the meeting was closed.

Mr. Fisher made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2019-05, seconded by Mr. Gross.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes

ORDINANCE 2019-06 (Public Hearing and Adoption):

ORDINANCE 2019-06

AN ORDINANCE FIXING SALARIES AND WAGES OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER, COUNTY OF SUSSEX AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY, FOR THE YEAR 2019

BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater in the County of Sussex, New Jersey as follows:

Section 1. The Township of Stillwater shall pay its municipal officers and employees for services rendered as shown below. Figures shown represent annual salary, unless otherwise noted.

POSITION

Township Committee Member $ 4,401.00

Township Clerk 66,993.00

Municipal Registrar 5,798.00 Principal Clerk Typist 50,907.00

Deputy Municipal Registrar 2,842.00

Receptionist $13.20 per hour

File Clerk – Effective 1/1/19 $ 9.25 per hour

File Clerk – Effective 7/1/19 $10.00 per hour

Chief Financial Officer 35,484.00

Finance Clerk $25.55 per hour

Clean Communities Coordinator – Stipend 1,000.00

Qualified Purchasing Agent – Stipend 3,000.00

Tax Assessor 31,509.00

Tax Collector 34.383.00

Tax Collector – Extra Hours $55.11 per hour

DPW Supervisor As per contract

Recycling Coordinator 1,746.00

DPW Laborers As per contract

Solid Waste Worker #1 $12.54 per hour

Solid Waste Worker #2 $11.14 per hour

Solid Waste Cashier $11.14 per hour

Recycling Worker #1 $12.54 per hour

Recycling Worker #2 $11.14 per hour

Construction Code Official 11,368.00

Plumbing Sub-code Official 9,007.00

Electrical Sub-code Official 8,830.00

Fire Sub-code Official 4,895.00

Smoke Detector Certifications $25.00 per Cert

Smoke Detector Re-Certifications $20.00 per Cert

Electrical Inspector/Subcode Official – Vacation Coverage $35.00 per hour

Emergency Mgmt Coordinator 1,391.00

Deputy Emergency Mgmt Coordinator 569.00

Animal Control Officer 8,861.00

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS:

Zoning Board Secretary 6,768.00

Planning Board Secretary 6,768.00

Environmental Commission Secretary 2,716.00

Recreation Commission Secretary 2,087.00

Crossing Guard $13.38 per hour

Section 2. Specific salaries or wages established by this Ordinance shall be made retroactive to January 1, 2019 unless otherwise noted.

Section 3. Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed as making mandatory the payment of annual salary increments to any officer or employees of the Township of Stillwater. Salary or wage increases shall be contingent upon availability of the funds.

Section 4. All former ordinances or parts thereof conflicting or inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Section 5. This ordinance shall take effect after publication and passage according to law.

Mr. Scott opened the meeting for public comment on Ordinance 2019-06. There being no public comment, this portion of the meeting was closed.

Mr. Fisher made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2019-06, seconded by Mr. Gross.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes

ORDINANCE 2019-06A (Public Hearing and Adoption):

Stillwater Township

Sussex County, New Jersey

ORDINANCE 2019-06A

AN ORDINANCE FIXING SALARIES AND WAGES OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER, COUNTY OF SUSSEX AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY, FOR THE YEAR 2019

BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater in the County of Sussex, New Jersey as follows:

Section 1. The Township of Stillwater shall pay its municipal officers and employees for services rendered as shown below. Figures shown represent annual salary, unless otherwise noted.

POSITION

Zoning Officer 41,830.00

Section 2. Specific salaries or wages established by this Ordinance shall be made retroactive to January 1, 2019 unless otherwise noted.

Section 3. Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed as making mandatory the payment of annual salary increments to any officer or employees of the Township of Stillwater. Salary or wage increases shall be contingent upon availability of the funds.

Section 4. All former ordinances or parts thereof conflicting or inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Section 5. This ordinance shall take effect after publication and passage according to law.

Mr. Scott opened the meeting for public comment on Ordinance 2019-06A. There being no public comment, this portion of the meeting was closed.

Mr. Scott made a motion to introduce Ordinance 2019-06A, seconded by Mayor Chammings.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, abstain, Mayor Chammings, yes

NEW BUSINESS:

Resolution 2019-065:

Stillwater Township

Sussex County, New Jersey

Resolution 2019-065

WHEREAS, the Township Committee adopted Ordinance # 2019-004 on May 7, 2019; and

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater desires to set the specific salaries for full-time and part-time non-contract Township employees for the year 2019,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following salaries are retroactive to January 1, 2019 unless otherwise noted:

Lisa Chammings Mayor $ 4,401.00

George Scott Deputy Mayor 4,401.00

Charlie Gross Committeeman 4,401.00

William Morrison Committeeman 4,401.00

Timmy Lee Fisher Committeeman 4,401.00

Lynda Knott Township Clerk 66,993.00

Lynda Knott Municipal Registrar 5,798.00

Lynda Knott Q.P.A. Stipend 3,000.00 Kathy Wunder Principal Clerk Typist 50,907.00

Dawn Tighe Deputy Municipal Registrar 2,842.00

Dawn Tighe Receptionist $13.20 per hour

Kelsey Branagan File Clerk – Effect 1/1/19 $ 9.25 per hour

Kelsey Branagan File Clerk – Effect 7/1/19 $10.00 per hour

Dana Mooney Chief Financial Officer 35,484.00

Tammy Leonard Finance Clerk $25.55 per hour

Tammy Leonard Clean Communities Coordinator 1,000.00

Gisela Rutnik Tax Collector 34,383.00

Gisela Rutnik Tax Collector – Extra Hours $55.11 per hour

Penny Holenstein Tax Assessor 31,509.00

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Keith Whitehead Recycling Coordinator 1,746.00

William (Andy) Martin Solid Waste Worker #1 $12.54 per hour

Louis Zack Solid Waste Cashier $11.14 per hour

David Bell Recycling Worker #2 $11.14 per hour

 

CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT

Richard Bizik Construction Code Official 11,368.00

Robert Huber Plumbing Sub-code Official 9,007.00

Patrick Murphy Electrical Sub-code Official 8,830.00

Walter Van Kirk Fire Sub-code Official 4,895.00

Richard Bizik Smoke Detector Certifications $25.00 per Cert

Richard Bizik Smoke Detector Re-Certifications $20.00 per Cert

PUBLIC SAFETY

Elizabeth Diorio Crossing Guard $13.38 per hour

Justin Francomacaro Emergency Mgmt Coordinator 1,391.00

Joseph Gerasi Deputy Emergency Mgmt Coordinator 569.00

Alan DeCarolis Animal Control Officer“ 8,861.00

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS:

Alfia Schemm Zoning Board Secretary 6,768.00

Alfia Schemm Planning Board Secretary 6,768.00

Kathy Wunder Environmental Comm Secretary 2,716.00

Michele Hess Recreation Commission Secretary 2,087.00

Mr. Fisher made a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-065, seconded by Mr. Gross.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes

At this point, Mayor Chammings led the meeting.

Resolution 2019-065A:

Stillwater Township

Sussex County, New Jersey

Resolution 2019-65A

WHEREAS, the Township Committee adopted Ordinance # 2019-004 on May 7, 2019; and

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater desires to set the specific salaries for full-time and part-time non-contract Township employees for the year 2019,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following salaries are retroactive to January 1, 2019 unless otherwise noted:

Arlene Fisher Zoning Officer 41,830.00

Mr. Gross made a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-065A, seconded by Mr. Scott.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, abstain, Mayor Chammings, yes

ORDINANCE 2019-07 Introduction (Public Hearing and Adoption – May 17, 2019):

THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER

SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

Ordinance No. 2019-07

CAPITAL ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $7,000.00 FOR

PURPOSES AUTHORIZED TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY

THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER, IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, NEW JERSEY

BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, in the County of Sussex, New Jersey, AS FOLLOWS;

Section 1. The purpose or improvements described in Section 3 of this capital ordinance are hereby respectively authorized to be made or acquired by the Township of Stillwater, New Jersey. For the said purpose or improvement stated in said Section 3, there are hereby appropriated the respective sums of money therein stated as the appropriations made for said purposes or improvements, said sums being inclusive of all appropriations heretofore made therefore and amounting in the aggregate to $7,000.00, which has heretofore been set aside for the purpose or improvements stated in Section 3 and now available therefore by virtue of provision in a previously adopted budget or budgets of the Township for capital purposes.

Section 2. For the financing of said purposes or improvements and to meet the part of said $7,000.00 appropriations, the Township will use $7,000.00 from the General Capital Improvement Fund.

Section 3. The purpose or improvements hereby authorized and the purpose for the allocations of which said obligations are to be spent, the appropriation made for an estimated cost of each such purpose, and the estimated maximum amount of funds to be spent for each such purpose, are respectively as follows:

Purchase of Color Copier, Document Processor, Dual Cassette,

Surge Protector, and all costs associated with professional

Installation, training and startup supplies…………………… $7,000.00 General C.I.F.

All the aforestated improvements or purpose where applicable, are in accordance with specifications on file in the office of the Township Clerk, which specifications are hereby approved.

Section 4. The following additional matters are hereby determined, declared, recited and stated:

The said purposes described in Section 3 of this capital ordinance are capital expenses and are each a property or improvement which the Township may lawfully acquire or make as a general improvement, and no part of the cost thereof has been or shall be specifically assessed on property specially benefited thereby.

The average period of usefulness of said purposes within the limitations of said Local bond Law and taking into consideration the respective amounts of the said obligations authorized for the several purposes, according to the reasonable life thereof computed by this capital ordinance, is five (5) years.

Section 5. The capital budget or temporary capital budget of the Township is hereby amended to conform with the provisions of this ordinance to the extent of any inconsistency herewith and the resolutions promulgated by the Local Finance Board showing all detail of the amended capital budget or temporary capital budget and capital program as approved by the Director, Division of Local Government Services, are on file with the Township Clerk and are available for public inspection.

Section 6. This capital ordinance shall take effect ten (10) days after the publication thereof after final adoption.

Mr. Scott made a motion to introduce Ordinance 2019-07, seconded by Mr. Gross.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes

RESOLUTION 2019-066:

TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER

SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

RESOLUTION NO. 2019-066

WHEREAS, The Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, County of Sussex and State of New Jersey, pursuant to the authority vested In it by an act of Legislature, has heretofore by ordinance, provided for campgrounds in the Township of Stillwater; and

WHEREAS, the following named Campground holder has filed an application for the license renewal, passed inspections and all fees have been paid.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following campground license be granted renewal for the period of May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.

LICENSEE

North Shore House

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Township Clerk is hereby authorized to issue the License herein granted, the same effective as provided by Law.

Mr. Fisher made a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-066, seconded by Mr. Scott.

Mr. Scott noted the resolution was amended removing Mountain Shadows Lake Association due to violations. The license for MSLA will not be issued until they are in compliance.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes

RESOLUTION 2019-067:

STILLWATER TOWNSHIP,

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ

RESOLUTION 2019-067

RESOLUTION TO CANCEL GENERAL CAPITAL BALANCES

WHEREAS, certain General 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, and unused debt authorizations and grant receivables may be canceled;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the 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:

Ord. Project Amount Cancelled

# Description Funded Unfunded

2014-010 Various Fully Funded Improvements 681.15

2017-04 Various Fully Funded Improvements 328.87

2018-05 Various Fully Funded Improvements $7,763.30

To Cancel to Capital Improvement Fund: $8,773.32

Mr. Fisher made a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-067, seconded by Mr. Gross.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes

RESOLUITON 2019-068: Authorizing Emergency Repairs to Stillwater Fire Department Truck #42-61

This item was tabled to the May 21, 2019 Committee meeting as there are ongoing issues with the truck at this time and further costs may be incurred.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Land Sales:

Ms. Knott reported there are two individuals who are interested in purchasing township property located in the Lake Plymouth community; neither are adjoining property owners. One would like to purchase a lot that has a paper road between his property and the lot in question. The other one would like to purchase three lots from the township, including a 14-acre parcel. Both realize the properties must be offered to adjoining owners first and are requesting a public auction be held. Mayor Chammings would like to review the land sale list drafted by Mr. Morrison to see if the lots are included. If not, they could be added to the list and offered in the near future.

Mayor Chammings reported a resident requested permission to bury an electric line to his property on a portion of a township owned lot. Mr. Bolcato stated the lot would have to be offered for sale to all adjoining property owners.

EMS Coin Toss:

Mr. Scott made a motion to authorize an EMS Coin Toss to be held on the weekend of July 20th and July 21st (Garage Sale Weekend) at the intersection of the County garage, seconded by Mr. Fisher.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gross, yes, Mr. Scott, yes, Mr. Fisher, yes, Mayor Chammings, yes

Open Public Session:

At this point, this portion of the meeting was opened to the public.

There being no members of the public wishing to speak, this portion of the meeting was closed.

Attorney Report:

Mr. Bolcato reported the contract has been signed by the Swartswood Fire Department. A title report has been ordered and a list of personal property that will be transferred to the township has been provided.

Mr. Bolcato is waiting for further information on the cell tower lease from the department’s attorney. He has been in touch with the tower company to inquire what is needed to recognize Stillwater as the new owner, including a copy of the deed, a copy of the assignment of the lease to the township and also a statement of where the payment is to be sent.

Mayor Chammings reported she and Ms. Knott met with Mr. Kornmeyer and Mr. Burke at the firehouse last Friday to review the property list. She asked Mr. Kornmeyer to address the lawn and he agreed to try to do so. Both SLAP/SWAP and the DPW have offered their assistance with moving any property that is necessary. Mr. Kornmeyer is currently contacting individuals to pick up their personnel files. Any files remaining at the time of transfer would be stored at the town hall in a locked file cabinet. The tentative closing date is May 20th.

There being no further business, Mr. Scott made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Fisher at 8:21 p.m. In a voice vote, all were in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Wunder

 

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