Mayor Gregg David opened the re-organization meeting, and presided over the swearing- in of the re-appointed members: Mr. Clementi, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Russo, Mr. Deluca, Jr., and Mr. Candarella. Mr. Cirillo was sworn in later during the meeting.
Mr. Vitale, Chairman, congratulated the members, and continued the meeting with a re-affirmation of the Open Public Meetings act and the Pledge of Allegiance. The following members were present: Mr. Michitsch, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Peters, Mr. Clementi, Mr. Soos, Mr. Deluca,Jr., Mr. Candarella, Mr. Laudati, and Mr. Russo. A motion was made to approve the payment of the recording secretary. All in favor.
VOTING FOR BOARD OFFICIALS:
NOTE: Only Regular members were permitted to vote, the Alternates and Mayors’ Designee abstained from voting.
A nomination for Mr. Vitale as Board Chairman was made by Mr. Beninati, 2nd by Mr. Rappa. Mr. Vitale thanked the Board, but declined the nomination.
A nomination for Mr. Clementi as Board Chairman was made by Mr. Michitsch, 2nd by Mr. Soos. Nine in favor. Mr. Clementi is elected as Board Chairman.
A nomination for Mr. Rappa for Vice-Chairman was made by Mr. Vitale, 2nd by Mr. Schultz. Four in favor, five opposed.
A nomination for Mr. Michitsch for Vice-Chairman was made by Mr. Soos, 2nd by Mr. Michitsch. Six in favor, three opposed. Mr. Michitsch is elected as Vice-Chairman.
A nomination for Mr. Beninati for Secretary was made by Mr. Soos, 2nd by Mr. Michitsch. Eight in favor. Mr. Beninati abstained. Mr. Beninati is elected as Board Secretary.
A nomination for Ms. Murphy as Recording Secretary was made by Mr. Beninati, 2nd by Mr. Vitale. Nine in favor. Ms. Murphy is elected as Recording Secretary.
A nomination for Mr. Lane as Board Attorney was made by Mr. Beninati, and 2nd by Mr. Vitale. Mr. Beninati and Mr. Vitale recommended Mr. Lane in view of his past professional service to the Board on a non-partisan basis. Four in favor, five opposed.
A nomination of the Law firm of Perrotta, Fraser, and Forrester, Esq., was made by Mr. Michitsch, 2nd by Mr. Peters. Five in favor, four opposed. The firm of Perrotta, Fraser, and Forrester, Esq. is elected as Board Attorney.
A motion to approve the 2005 Workshop and Regular Meetings calendar was made. All in favor.
As former Chairman, Mr. Vitale thanked the Board for their consideration and co-operation with him in the past year. He added special approval of the Members in working together toward solutions that were presented to the Planning Board. The Planning Board members are a credit to our community. All applauded.
Mr. Clementi and Mr. Michitsch thanked Mr. Vitale for his past service. Mr. Clementi also thanked the Board for the appointment as new Chairman.
Mr. David welcomed Mr. Sal Cirillo as a new member (as Alternate #4) to the Board, and his oath was administered.
Mr. Beninati stated the Applications for Seragusa, Sullivan, and Loc Development Corp. will be on the January Agenda. The chairman and secretary will meet with Lt. Ken Grady and the Board consultants, to discuss some details of the LOCS Development Application.
Mr. Peters is still working on the Application revision, and projects the completion by the end of January. A question made concerning voting procedures on Applications.
Mr. Peters stated the Planning Board consists of nine members, and the Board of Adjustment has seven members (which excludes the mayor and councilmen). Mr. Candarella said the alternates should be made aware of the issues they may vote on. Mr. Vitale suggested the new attorney announce who is allowed to vote on each application, prior to the vote being taken. Mr. Candarella also suggested the Board the Board review, with the new Attorney, the application of the “Sunshine Law” as it relates to our Workshop meetings. Members were in favor of this proposal.
A motion to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. was made by Mr. David, 2nd by Mr. Schultz All in favor.
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