MEDFORD TOWNSHIP

COUNCIL MEETING

May 2, 2011

  

The Medford Township Council Meeting of the above date was convened by

Deputy Mayor Sander followed by the salute to the flag and reading of the Open Public Meetings Act Statement.

 

 

COUNCIL ROLL CALL

 

            Mr. David J. Brown                                                      Present

            Mr. Dominic Grosso                                                     Present                                                                                   

            Mr. Robert Martin                                                        Present

            Deputy Mayor Mark Sander                                         Present

            Mayor Christopher Myers                                            Absent

           

            PROFESSIONALS PRESENT

 

            Mr. Charles Walton, Engineer

            Mr. Richard Hunt, Township Solicitor

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander made remarks about the military and Obama Administration finding Osama Bin Laden.

           

MINUTES

 

            Agenda Minutes for March 21, 2011 and  Special Executive Minutes and Minutes for April 4, 2011

 

            Mr. Brown moved for approval of the Agenda Minutes for March 21, 2011 and Special Executive Minutes and Minutes of April 4, 2011.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Martin.  The motion was approved by all Council present with the exception of Mr. Grosso who abstained.

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander discussed the local referendum and school budgets and the formation of two committees to work on the budgets.. 

 

            Mr. Brown nominated Deputy Mayor Sander and Mr. Martin for the Budget Committee, seconded by Mr. Grosso.

 

            Mr. Martin nominated Mr. Grosso and Mr. Brown for the Subcommittee for the School Budget, seconded by Deputy Mayor Sander.

 

            The motions were approved, seconded and affirmatively approved by all Council present.

 

           

 

 

MANAGER’S REPORT

 

            Mr. Mitch Sklar, Executive Director of NJ State Association of Chief’s of Police explained Accreditation for police agencies.

 

Mr. Sklar presented a Certificate of Accreditation to Council and the Medford Police Department. 

 

Captain McIninch, Lieutenant Wagner and Sergeant Dunleavy were present to receive the certificate.

 

Lt. Wagner made a statement, thanking Captain McIninch who started the process and all of the members of the department.

 

Bill List

 

Deputy Mayor Sander presented the bill list for payment.

 

Mr. Addezio had previously entertained and answered questions with regard to the payment of the bills.  There being no further questions, the bill list was approved for payment as presented.

 

Mr. Brown moved for approval of the bill list, seconded by Mr. Martin.  The motion was approved by all Council present.

 

            ENGINEER’S REPORT

 

            None – Report filed with Manager’s Office.

           

SOLICITOR’S REPORT

 

            Mr. Hunt asked that the Executive Session be modified to add Personnel.

 

            Mr. Martin moved for approval of modification, seconded by Mr. Brown.  The motion was approved by all Council present.

 

            Mr. Hunt also advised that Mr. Dominic Grosso after being appointed to Council on April 18, 2011 was sworn in on April 20, 2011.

 

           

 

 

PUBLIC

 

            Michael Panarello, 49 Georgia Trail wanted to thank the police for putting up two signs for deer crossing on Hartford Road within a week of his request.

 

            Mr. Panarello thanked two members on Council for attending the event adding of two veteran’s names to the wall.

 

            Mr. Martin thanked Mr. Panarello for all his work.

 

            Mr. Panarello mentioned to veterans not to forget to sign up for your

10% discount on purchases for some of the businesses.

 

            Mr. Brown asked when the 5K run will be held.

 

            Mr. Panarello responded 5/28/11 at 8:30 AM at the park.

 

            Mr. Panarello stated there is a 17% higher suicide rate for returning vets.

 

            Mr. Brown commented if you haven’t had a chance to go to the wall, please try and go and see it.

 

            Mr. Panarello stated two more names will be added to the wall.

 

            Marlene Lieber, 2 LaRue Lane was not aware Mr. Grosso had been sworn in and asked when this had happened.

 

            Mr. Hunt responded April 20, 2011.

 

            Mrs. Lieber inquired if the 2011 budget is balanced, and  why is it necessary to layoff all these police officers, firefighters and public works.

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander stated the 2011 budget was just put down by the voters and the Township is working with 2010 budget.

 

            Mrs. Lieber commented on a letter in The Sun and Central Record that was signed by two different individuals from Lennar that stated the Township has a $60 million exposure for Medford Crossing.

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander and Mr. Martin stated Lennar is incorrect.

 

            Randy Pace, 46 Woodthrush Trail stated he was before Council a few weeks ago and asked for an update on the Solar Plan.

 

            Mr. Hunt stated there were issues with PSE & G and the transformers.

 

            Mr. Hunt also stated that they are working with the Finance Company for Solarworks and anticipate being on line in the near future.

 

            Mr. Pace stated we are not 5 weeks past the deadline and now they are getting more time.

 

            Mr. Hunt stated if Mr. Pace had any issues that he should address it with the finance company.

 

            Mr. Pace stated the Township has a contract with Solarworks.

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander asked if there is a finance clause in the contract.

 

            Mr. Hunt responded yes.

 

            Christine Balentine, LaRue Lane inquired if there will be any action taken after the Executive Session.

 

            Mr. Hunt responded he does not anticipate asking for any action.

 

            Christine Balentine stated Council asked the people/employees to make concessions and some did are still being laid off.

 

            Ms. Balentine brought up the Open Public Meeting and asked for it to go back to the way it was.

 

            Sarah Kirby, 77 Branch Street stated she cannot support accelerating the business portion of the Medford Crossing Project as her family has done business in Medford for 134 years. If Target or any other business is allowed in town then there will be no more Kirby’s.

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander asked what types of business would be competition for Kirby’s business.

 

            Ms. Kirby stated Target and Walmart offer the same or similar products at a cheaper price.

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander responded other residents have expressed interest of commercial ratables.

 

            Mr. Grosso commented that Medford should do everything to keep the integrity of Medford.

 

            Mr. Brown agreed with Mr. Grosso.

 

            Mr. Martin commented that he has been in the store many times and there is nothing like being in the store and being served by a Kirby.

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander stated he will bring this issue to the “Blue Ribbon Committee”

 

            Eric Spinner, 161 Old Marlton Pike remarked that he had his business on Main Street for 17 years.

 

            Mr. Spinner commented people can buy vitamins at big chain stores or online, but what Mr. Spinner offers is his knowledge and assistance to his customers.

           

            Mr. Spinner stated he is Chairman, of the Shade Tree Advisory Board and we had a great Arbor Day Celebration.

 

            Mr. Martin made a motion to close the public portion, seconded by Mr. Grosso.  The motion was affirmatively voted upon by all Council present.

 

ORDINANCES FOR INTRODUCTION

 

            NONE

 

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

 

ORDINANCE 2011-8 “Calendar Year 2011 Model Ordinance to Exceed the Municipal Budget Appropriation Limits and to Establish a Cap Banks (N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.14)”

 

            Mr. Martin moved for adoption of the ordinance, seconded by Mr. Grosso.

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander opened the meeting to the public.

 

            There were no public comments.

 

             Mr. Grosso moved to close the public hearing, seconded by Mr. Martin.

 

            Roll call vote to close the public portion as follows:  Mr. Brown, aye, Mr. Grosso, aye, Mr. Martin, aye and Deputy Mayor Sander, aye.

           

            Roll call vote to close the public portion as follows:  Mr. Brown, aye, Mr. Grosso, aye, Mr. Martin, aye and Deputy Mayor Sander, aye.

                         

RESOLUTIONS

 

Resolution 112-2011 “authorizing award of contract for Emergency Medical Billing Services”

           

Mr. Brown moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Mr. Grosso.

           

            The motion for approval was duly made, seconded and affirmatively voted upon by all Council present. 

 

   Resolution 113-2011 “Authorizing Township Council’s Intent to Call Letter of Credit Posted by Steven Heicklen, LLC(Jersey Pools) SPR-5564F”

 

Mr. Brown moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Mr. Martin

           

            The motion for approval was duly made, seconded and affirmatively voted upon by all Council present.

 

Resolution 114-2011 “authorizing layoff of public works employees”

 

Mr. Grosso moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Mr. Martin

 

Deputy Mayor Sander commented that Council wants the new manager to be a part of the budget as this person will have to work with the departments as is.

 

            The motion for approval was duly made, seconded and affirmatively voted upon by all Council present.

 

Resolution 115-2011 “Authorizing Layoff of Police Officers”

Mr. Brown moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Mr. Grosso.

 

            The motion for approval was duly made, seconded and affirmatively voted upon by all Council present.

 

Resolution 116-2011 “Authorizing Layoff of Firefighters”

 

Mr. Martin moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Mr. Brown.

 

The motion for approval was duly made, seconded and affirmatively voted upon by all Council present.

 

Resolution 117-2011 “authorizing layoff of director of public safety”

 

Mr. Grosso moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Mr. Brown.

 

            The motion for approval was duly made, seconded and affirmatively voted upon by all Council present.

 

Resolution 118-2011 “authorizing layoff of clerk typists and office coordinator”

 

Mr. Brown moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Mr. Martin.

 

            The motion for approval was duly made, seconded and affirmatively voted upon by all Council present.

 

COMMUNICATION

 

            Mr. Brown stated the Township being named in the South Jersey Magazine. Medford was ranked 4 out of 25 towns as the best place to live along with 4 out of 25 towns for best crime rate.

 

            Mr. Brown also remarked that the Township was 2 out of 10 for Burlington County for the best place to live and 4 out of 25 for High School Performance.

 

            Mr. Brown stated Medford has a lot to be proud of and the Township has a hard road ahead and would like the help of the residents to see it through.

           

OLD BUSINESS

 

            NONE

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

            Mr. Martin moved for approval of a Social Affair Permit for Rachel Loebl, Hazon, for May 22, 2011 at the JCC Camps at Medford, seconded by Mr. Brown.

 

            The motion for approval was duly made, seconded and affirmatively voted upon by all Council present.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION MEETING

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander advised the purpose of the Executive Session is to discuss Medford Village East Litigation and Personnel.

 

Resolution 119-2011 “Authorizing Executive Session”

 

            Mr. Brown moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Mr. Martin.

 

            The motion for approval to adjourn to Executive Session at 8:26 PM was duly made, seconded and affirmatively voted upon by all Council present.

 

            Deputy Mayor Sander stated action may or may not be taken in Executive Session.

           

ADJOURNMENT

 

            There being no further business, Mr. Martin moved that the meeting be adjourned at 9:36 P.M. seconded by Mr. Brown with all members in agreement.

 

Respectfully submitted,

                                                 

 

Katherine E. Burger

CFO/Township Clerk

 

Next meeting scheduled for: May 16, 2011