REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF KENILWORTH HELD ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUNE 28, 2006. MAYOR DAVID PRESIDED.
Roll Call at 8:00 P.M. showed the following Council Members present: Carmela Colosimo, Lawrence Clementi, Anthony DeLuca, Fred Soos and Robert Taylor. Peter Corvelli was 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 Councilman Soos, seconded by Councilman Taylor and carried that the Work Session Meeting of June 13, 2006 and the Regular Meeting of June 14, 2006 be dispensed with and approved as submitted. (Copies furnished each Council Member prior to the meeting.)
COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS
2. Letter from Patricia Kotch, Board of Health President, requesting assistance for the placement of the Health Fair Banner across the Boulevard before August 27, 2006.
3. Letter from Barbara Morison, President of Senior Citizens, thanking Paulette Drogan for organizing their picnic and also thanking Jonathan Lipke & Walter Krieck for carrying tables and cleaning up.
4. Letter to Mayor & Council from Teresa Zengewald requesting to have street blocked off for party on 7/29/06 from 2:00 to 9:00 pm.
5. Letter to Mayor & Council from Minnie Leikauskas commending the workers for the planting of flowers around the clock in front of Borough Hall.
6. Card from Barbara Grabowski thanking Mayor and Council for flowers.
1. Municipal Court Report for the month of May, 2006.
2. Report of Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority
It was moved by Councilman DeLuca, seconded by Councilman Clementi and carried that the above communications be received and filed and any money amounts indicated be spread over the minutes.
Mayor David received a letter from the Kenilworth Fire Department waiving the fee for the inspections for the 4th of July fireworks, which will be held on July 2, 2006. The Mayor thanked Lou Giordino.
Mayor David read a letter from Kelley Haughey from Garden State Chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, Inc. thanking the Mayor and Council Members for issuing a proclamation declaring June as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month.
The Centennial Committee met on Monday, June 26, 2006. They are continuing to work on finalizing all of the events for next year that lead up to the Parade on June, 16, 2007 with the Community Picnic afterwards.
Our 4th of July Fireworks are this Sunday, July 2nd , at 9:00 on the David Brearley school grounds.
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Councilman Clementi reported the Borough Audit is completed. The auditors will be meeting with the Finance Committee next week. The estimated tax bills are going out this Friday, June 30, 2006. They are due on August 1, 2006 with a 10 day grace period. The adoption of the budget is still on hold due to the fact that the State Budget has not been passed. The deadline for the State Budget is June 30, 2006.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Councilman DeLuca reported the Borough is contracting local petroleum services to clean our above-ground gas and diesel tanks. The DPW is power washing the building at DiMario Park and upon completion we will paint the siding.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilwomen Colosimo reported that Roselle Park cancelled their bike race on July 4th. The Chief of Police authorized the closing of Faitoute Ave. on 7/29/06 from 2:00 to 9:00 pm for a block party.
Barbara Grabowski, our Deputy Court Clerk is out on disability and Debra Weiss will go from part time to full time.
Councilwomen Colosimo reported that she spoke with the Chief of Police and he advised that the Borough cannot have a pedestrian walkway on 14th Street in front of the Little League Field. The chief said he would increase the police in that area when games are in progress.
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ZONING AND ORDINANCES
Councilman Soos reported that the Borough received bids for DiMario Park and North 17th Street. We will have a pre-construction meeting to get the paving started on North 17th Street so that it can be completed before school opens in September. The work on DiMario Park will begin immediately.
DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, LIGHTING AND ECOLOGY
Councilman Corvelli is on vacation. Councilwomen Colosimo reported that the Summer Parks Program is underway and so far is very successful.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE
Councilman Taylor had nothing to report.
Consolidated Bill List appears on the following pages. (copy attached)
Resolutions No. 1 through No. 12 are listed under Consent Agenda and will be enacted by one motion. All items will be recorded individually, in full, in the minutes.
Councilman Soos moved that all items under Consent Agenda be approved, seconded by Robert Taylor. Upon roll call the vote was unanimous.
Councilwomen Colosimo made a motion to appoint Debra Weiss as full time Deputy Court Clerk at an annual salary of $40,000.00 without health benefits. Councilman Clementi seconded this motion. Upon roll call five in favor.
MEETING OPENED TO THE PUBLIC
Mr. Vincent Grimaldi, 32 North 11th Street inquired about the status of the street light at the end of 11th Street. Mr. Grimaldi said that when he spoke to Hedy Lipke, several months ago, she indicated the light would be installed within the next month.. Mayor David replied that Hedy is on vacation and he will check on the status when she returns from vacation.
Mr. Grimaldi also expressed concern that buses were parking on the wrong side of 14th Street during school games. He also wanted to know if trash cans can be put on the sidewalks outside of the track for trash. Mayor David responded that these two items are the responsibility of the Board of Education. Councilman Taylor said he would take Mr. Grimaldi ’s concerns to the BOE.
Mr. Grimaldi asked if the grass could be picked up more than once a week or if residents can bring their grass to the DPW themselves.
Mr. Grimaldi reported that the pot holes on North 11th Streets need to be filled in.
Mr. Grimaldi asked Councilman Soos why boats cannot be parked on the side of his house. His boat is covered by a fence and is not visible from the street. The boat is 25 ft. from the garage to the fence. Councilman Soos responded that they are still working on the boat ordinance.
There being no further business to come before the Council, it was moved by Councilman Taylor, seconded by Councilman DeLuca and carried, that the meeting be adjourned to the call of the chair.
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