REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 22, 2004. MAYOR GREGG DAVID PRESIDED.
Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present: Peter Corvelli, Ed Galasso, Fred Soos and Robert Taylor. Carmela Colosimo and Alan Jankunas were absent.
Mayor David read the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act.
The Salute to the Flag was led by Mayor David.
It was moved by Galasso, seconded by Soos and carried, the Work Session Meeting of September 7 and the Regular Meeting of September 8, 2004 be dispensed with and approved as submitted. (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)
COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS
It was moved by Corvelli, seconded by Taylor and carried, that the above communications be received and filed and any money amounts indicated be spread over the minutes.
1. Police Department Report for the month of August, 2004.
2. Municipal Court Report for the month of August, 2004.
3. Kenilworth Board of Education Meeting Minutes for the month of July, 2004.
REPORT OF COMMITTEES
Mayor David mentioned that the Octoberfest run by the Pride in Kenilworth Committee is scheduled for October 10, 2004. At the railroad meeting in Springfield, a decision was made to proceed with a Federal Appeal. The Borough approved a resolution requesting passage of bipartisan legislation on the “Smart Freight Railroad Study Commission”.
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Councilman Corvelli reported that the Finance Committee is in the process of discussing salary ranges for Borough employees.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Councilman Jankunas was absent.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilwoman Colosimo was absent.
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING, AND ORDINANCES
Councilman Soos reported the curbs were completed on Sherwood Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue is next, followed by 24th Street.
DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, ECOLOGY, LIGHTING AND FIRE
Councilman Taylor reported Councilwoman Colosimo attended a grant meeting regarding the Borough’s application for a grant in the amount of $50,000 for Recreation field improvements and $5,000 for equipment. A letter was received from PSE&G approving the request for an additional light at North 16th Street and Lafayette Avenue.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE
Councilman Galasso mentioned the Health Fair was last Saturday and thanked all those who donated and participated. The first quarter meeting with the Board of Education is scheduled for October 13, 2004 with a goal to create better communication with the School.
Consolidated Bill List appears on the following pages. (copy attached)
Resolutions No. 1 thru 10 are listed on Consent Agenda and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed below. All items will be recorded individually in full in the minutes.
Council Member Soos moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Council Member Taylor. Upon roll call the vote was unanimous.
RESOLUTION NO. 1
Be It Hereby Resolved: That all bills be paid when properly audited and funds are available.
CONSENT AGENDA (CONT)
RESOLUTION NO. 2
That the Borough Clerk be authorized to issue the following Raffle Licenses:
#805 - St. Theresa’s Church for an Off-Premise 50/50 to be held
on December 4, 2004 at 541 Washington Avenue.
#806 - St. Theresa’s Church for an On-Premise 50/50 to be held
on December 4, 2004 at 541 Washington Avenue.
RESOLUTION NO. 3
Resolution appears on the following page. (Canceling unexpended and dedicated balances of
General Capital Appropriations-Total: $293,733.51)
RESOLUTION NO. 4
Be It Hereby Resolved: That KERRY SENICA be employed as a Part Time Clerk in the Public Works Department at a rate of $12 per hour for up to 34 hours per week as of September 27, 2004 and subject to the customary 90 day probationary period.
RESOLUTION NO. 5
WHEREAS, the Borough of Kenilworth is a member municipality of the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority; and
WHEREAS, the RVSA is in the process of instituting a substantial capital improvement program; and
WHEREAS, such improvements, among other benefits, will help improve the water quality of the Rahway River, reduce the energy usage of the plant by providing for on-site energy co-generation and generally lead to a cleaner environment, all of which will benefit not only the member municipalities but the general public as well; and
WHEREAS, due to the cost of these improvements, the taxpayers of the member municipalities will be forced to shoulder the burden of a substantial tax increase for close to 20 years.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth, County of Union, State of New Jersey, that the Governing Body does hereby request that those legislators representing the Borough of Kenilworth and other member municipalities assist the RVSA in obtaining state and federal funding to offset a portion of the cost of this environmental work and thereby ease the burden on the local taxpayers; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority, to all state and federal legislators representing the Borough of Kenilworth, to the Governor or New Jersey and to the Mayors of all member and contracting municipalities of the RVSA.
RESOLUTION NO. 6
Resolution appears on the following page. (Authorizing the application for state aid under the
Municipal Stormwater Regulation Program & designating a person to execute the grant)
Be It Hereby Resolved: That MADONNA BOGUS be employed as a Part Time Clerk in the Construction Department at a rate of $12 per hour for 20 hours per week as of October 4, 2004 subject to the customary 90 day probationary period.
BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH
TO ENDORSE THE EAST COAST GREENWAY
WHEREAS, the East Coast Greenway is a proposed 2600-mile, multi-use pathway that will connect cities along the eastern seaboard from Maine through Florida, through 15 states and the District of Columbia; and
WHEREAS, the Greenway will run through the “waist” of New Jersey for 92 miles between Trenton and Jersey City, with the 28-mile stretch of the Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath between Trenton and South Bound Brook being the first segment designated as part of the East Coast Greenway; and
WHEREAS, the New Jersey Committee for the East Coast Greenway has proposed continuing the Greenway in New Jersey from South Bound Brook north and east to Jersey City, running 64 miles through public lands in 22 municipalities, including the Borough of Kenilworth and five counties; and
WHEREAS, in addition a continuous interim route along existing roads and sidewalks that closely parallels the proposed largely off-road alignment is being established until the preferred alignment is open for public use; and
WHEREAS, the Greenway will offer a journey of discovery for local and long-distance bicyclists, walkers, and other non-motorized users, passing through sites showcasing New Jersey’s scenic, historic, industrial and cultural diversity; and
WHEREAS, this grass-roots initiative has received critical support and funding from countless federal and state agencies and county and local governments; and
WHEREAS, further county and municipal government support is needed through recognition of the proposed and interim Greenway alignments in land-use planning documents and through other assistance.
CONSENT AGENDA (CONT)
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Borough of Kenilworth, in the County of Union, New Jersey, does hereby endorse the concept of the East Coast Greenway and the routing of the portion that passes within its borders.
IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED, that this is a true copy of a Resolution adopted by the Governing Body of the Borough of Kenilworth, in the County of Union, New Jersey, on the 22nd day of September, 2004.
Resolution appears on the following page. (Requesting passage of bipartisan legislation on the
“Smart Freight Railroad Study Commission”)
Be It Hereby Resolved: That the expense allowance for Borough Officials attending the NJ State League of Municipalities Conference be increased to $500.00 with accountable expenses provided.
ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS
Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-19 was read for first reading as follows: (Copy attached)
ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2003-11 PROVIDING FOR COMPENSATION FOR BOROUGH EMPLOYEES OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH.
Mayor David stated that this Ordinance is to establish the ranges for 2004 salary adjustments.
RESOLUTION NO. 11
Introduced by Corvelli also moved its adoption.
Be It Hereby Resolved: That Proposed Ordinance No. 2004-19 be and the same is hereby passed on first reading and ordered published for final hearing on October 13, 2004.
Seconded by Taylor and on roll call unanimously carried.
Mayor David announced that the POW/MIA Vigil was a nice affair unfortunately the bad weather did not allow for completion of the ceremony.
MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Mike Kossor, No. 17th Street, gave a presentation highlighting the problems on his street. Mr. Kossor stated that his street was deteriorating, crumbling, and flooding. He requested that the Governing Body take into consideration fixing his street in the near future.
Mayor David asked Mr. Kossor to leave his pictures.
Curtis Krazer, No. 17th Street, stated that the drainage problem on 17th Street causes hazardous icing conditions in the winter months.
Carroll Miller, No. 17th Street, asked where they are on the list for future street improvements.
Mayor David stated that the list was done by our Borough Engineer who assessed the streets. We will probably have to reassess the streets in the Spring and set new priorities. They will make the Borough Engineer aware of the problems on 17th Street. The Borough will no longer just mill and pave over the existing blacktop but instead work from the base to ensure that our streets last longer.
There being no further business to come before the Council, it was moved by Soos, seconded by Taylor and carried, that the meeting be adjourned to the call of the chair.
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