September 17, 2019 Regular Meeting

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STILLWATER TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

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 Morrison, Committeeman Fisher, Deputy Mayor Scott, Mayor Chammings, Municipal Clerk Lynda Knott, Attorney Angelo Bolcato

REGULAR SESSION:

MINUTES:

Regular and Executive Session Minutes: September 3, 2019

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

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

RESOLUTION:

2019-095 Authorizing the Appointment of Jeremy C. Motz as Full-Time DPW Laborer

STILLWATER TOWNSHIP,
SUSSEX COUNTY
RESOLUTION 2019-095

RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER AUTHORIZING THE APPOINTMENT OF JEREMY C. MOTZ
AS FULL-TIME DPW LABORER

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater appoint of Jeremy C. Motz as a Full-Time DPW Laborer pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Mr. Motz employment is effective October 1, 2019 and he will work a Saturday through Wednesday work week.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this appointment was made at a meeting of the Township Committee on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

Mr. Scott made motion to adopt the resolutions as listed, excluding 2019-095, seconded by Mr. Fisher.

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

REPORTS:

Building Department Report for August 2019

DPW Report for August 2019

Tax Collector’s Report for July and August 2019

QPA Report for August 2019

SC Division of Health Report for July and August 2019

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

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

BILLS LIST #14: $210,217.84

RESOLUTION 2019-096 PAYMENT OF BILLS

Mr. Scott made a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-096, seconded by Mr. Gross.

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

AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA: None

OPEN PUBLIC SESSION

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

Jan Bonavita, 918 Dove Island Road thanked the DPW for filling the potholes.

Marcia Bradley, 913 Hillcrest Road reported Tonya and Steve Stark have obtained their certifications as Deputy Program Coordinators. Another CERT member has received three certifications: Group Crisis Intervention, Assisting Individuals in Crisis and certification of completion on her ability to do weddings and funerals. CERT is currently seeking courses regarding mental health. The medical center offers such courses free. The next available one is “What Does It Mean to be a Trusted Adult,” offered on Tuesday, October 7th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and if you register before October 3rd, it includes a box dinner.

Vera Rumsey, 956 Fairview Lake Road spoke about the Committee and employees obtaining their County identifications. She noted without a County ID township officials would be unable to enter a hot zone if there were to be some type of disaster. She would like to meet with officials and employees at their convenience after this weekend to proceed with the IDs.

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

OLD BUSINESS:

Land Sales:

Mr. Morrison has provided the list to Ms. Knott and she will move forward with the sale process. Mr. Bolcato will touch base with Ms. Knott after reviewing the statute.

ORDINANCE 2019-09: Public Hearing and Adoption

STILLWATER TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE

ORDINANCE #2019-09

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE POSITIONS OF SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD AND SUBSTITUTE CROSSING GUARD AND AMENDING THE TOWNSHIP’S SALARY ORDINANCE

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:9-154.1 authorizes a municipal governing to appoint adult school crossing guards.

WHEREAS, the Stillwater Township Committee desires to establish the positions of crossing guard and substitute crossing guard.

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

Section 1. The positions of crossing guard and substitute crossing guard are hereby established subject to the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:9-154.1 et seq. The Township Committee shall appoint the crossing guard and substitute crossing guard by resolution. The substitute crossing guard shall act in the absence or unavailability of the crossing guard. The cross guard and substitute crossing guard must meet the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:9-154.1, and receive the training required by N.J.S.A. 40A:9-154.2.

Section 2. The Township’s Salary Ordinance, Ordinance 2019-06, is amended to add the following: Position Salary

Substitute Crossing Guard $13.38 per hour

Section 3. Severability. 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.

Section 4. Repealer. All ordinances or parts of ordinances or resolutions inconsistent or in opposition to the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed in their entirety.

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

Mr. Scott made a motion to open the meeting for public comment on Ordinance 2019-09, seconded by Mr. Gross. There being no public comment this portion of the meeting was closed.

Mr. Scott made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2019-09, seconded by Mr. Morrison.

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

RESOLUTION 2019-097: Mayor’s Appointment of Amanda Connelly as Substitute Crossing Guard with Committee Concurrence

STILLWATER TOWNSHIP
SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ
RESOLUTION# 2019-097

MAYOR’S APPOINTMENT OF AMANDA CONNELLY
AS SUBSTITUTE CROSSING GUARD 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 Amanda Connelly as Substitute Crossing Guard with a salary of $13.38 per hour for all school days the primary Crossing Guard is unavailable;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this appointment was made at a meeting of the Township Committee on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

Marcia Bradley, 913 Hillcrest Road asked about training for the crossing guards. Mayor

Chammings indicated they are trained through the Newton Police Department.

Mr. Scott made a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-097, seconded by Mr. Fisher.

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

NEW BUSINESS:

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Fairclough Fuel Oil and Propane:

Ms. Knott reported she and the Finance Clerk looked over the propane yearly aggregate and it is $5,000 or under so there is no issue with using Fairclough as the propane provider. The township cannot use Fairclough for oil as we are currently bound by contract through the Morris County Co-op. Ms. Knott was unsure of the length of the contract and would inquire with the CFO.

Midget Football Request:

Kittatinny Midget Football is requesting to use temporary lighting at Veteran’s Memorial Park this season until 8 p.m. for practices. Mayor Chammings noted there is a lighting ordinance that will need to be reviewed. The lighting will be used once it becomes darker earlier and would extend until early November when the season ends. Ms. Knott will contact Dave Manser, Recreation Chair, to inquire how many days they practice as well as other information. Concerns were expressed with the effect on neighbors and other sports organizations seeking lighting if approval is granted. The lighting ordinance will be reviewed and this item will be added to the September 30th Committee meeting for further discussion.

Shared Service Agreement with Sussex County for De-Icing Materials:

Mr. Bolcato had several concerns, some were addressed and others were not. Mayor Chammings contacted Freeholder Yardley regarding the 12 percent administrative increase as opposed to 5 percent. She has not received a response at this point. It was noted it would be expensive to construct a municipal salt shed. The Committee agreed to table this item until their September 30th meeting to obtain further information.

RESOLUTION 2019-098: Authorizing Shared Services Agreement with the County of Sussex for De-Icing Materials – TABLED

Retirement Party: Municipal offices will close at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2019 to honor Mr. Hendershot and Mr. Whitehead with a retirement party. The Committee provided their authorization to do so.

RESOLUTION 2019-099: Authorizing Refund of Recreation Commission Summer Camp Registration Fee

STILLWATER TOWNSHIP,
SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ
RESOLUTION# 2019-099

AUTHORIZING REFUND OF RECREATION COMMISSION
SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION FEE

WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has certified that the following resident has paid registration fees for two weeks of the Recreation Commission Summer Camp for three children; and

WHEREAS, the children will not be attending one week of the summer camp;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of Stillwater Township, that a refund be issued in the amount of one hundred five dollars.

Name & Address Funding Amount

Arlean Konar Summer Camp Receipts $105.00

905 Eagle Trail

Newton, NJ 07860

Mr. Scott made a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-099, seconded by Mr. Gross.

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

RESOLUTION 2019-100: Authorizing the Issuance of Raffle License for the Historical Society of Stillwater

STILLWATER TOWNSHIP
SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
RESOLUTION 2019-100

RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE
OF THE TOWNSHIP OF STILLWATER
AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF RAFFLE LICENSE
RA-19-05

WHEREAS the following Raffle Applications with required fees have been submitted for Township Committee approval;

Raffle # Applicant Date Type of Game

RA-05 Historical Society of Stillwater Twp. 10/12/19 50/50

WHEREAS said Raffle Applications have been provided to the Township Committee and New Jersey State Police for their review;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, the following:

The appropriate officials are hereby authorized to execute the findings and determination for the above application and shall forward same to the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission (LGCCC) for review.

That the above license shall be issued pending LGCCC approval, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13.1 et seq.

I hereby certify this is a true copy of the Resolution adopted by the Township Committee of the Stillwater Township on September 17, 2019.

Mr. Morrison made a motion to adopt Resolution 2019-100, seconded by Mr. Gross.

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

Miscellaneous Reports:

Ms. Knott reported the Historical Society Fall Festival will be reviving the parade on Main Street

this year.

Mayor Chammings reported the scale at the Recycling Center stopped working this past weekend. The

Castners provided a scale so the Recycling Center could remain open. Mr. Morrison recommended

sending a thank you letter.

Mayor Chammings reported Ivan Cohen, George Morville and Michele Hess will meet at Veteran’s

Memorial Park playground for a safety inspection prior to its opening.

Mr. Scott reported Bill Dudgeon who worked many years at Stillwater School has passed away.

Mayor Chammings reported Stillwater School received their grant for the free pre-school program to

continue.

Mr. Fisher thanked the DPW for cutting back the vegetation at the Five Points intersection. The project

will move forward after Mr. Vreeland conducts a site visit. Mr. Fisher asked that Mr. Vreeland also visit

the West End Drive flood area site now that the water has receded. Ms. Knott stated she will do so as Mr.

Vreeland will be in town next Tuesday.

Ms. Knott reported Pat Rosenberg of Lakeland Bank contacted her to inquire about the war memorial

located at the Stillwater bank. Mr. Gross confirmed it was donated by the township. It will be returned to

the township and will be placed at the Municipal Building.

Mayor Chammings spoke with Sgt. Gray about having additional Sheriff’s Department patrols in the town. She stated it is expensive but if the Committee is interested in budgeting for it, there is an agreement the Sheriff’s Department has with other municipalities. She will meet with Congressman Josh Gottenheimer to discuss the possibility of grant funding.

Attorney Report:

Mr. Bolcato reported he contacted the company the township is purchasing a roll-off truck from for more

information on the body of the vehicle which they are substituting. He left a message and has not

received a response at this point. Mr. Bolcato will follow-up.

Mr. Bolcato asked for a brief Executive Session to discuss Plymouth Lake and the Swartswood Fire

Department.

Open Public Session:

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

Marcia Bradley, 913 Hillcrest Road stated Stillwater CERT now has its own Facebook page.

Kathy Draghi, 1016 Route 619 expressed her frustration with the Swartswood Fire Department matter. She asked if restitution would be made to the township. Mr. Bolcato stated restitution will be made to the fire department and once it is dissolved there is a proposal to give it to the township for recreation and other purposes.

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

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

After the reading of the following Resolution to enter into Executive Session, a motion was made by Mr. Scott, seconded by Mr. Morrison and carried by roll call vote to adopt the resolution permitting the Committee to enter into Executive Session at 8:04 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: 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.

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 8:25 p.m., unanimously carried by roll call vote.

There being no further business, Mr. Scott made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Fisher at 8:28 p.m. In a voice vote, all were in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Wunder

 

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