TOWNSHIP OF MEDFORD

COUNCIL MEETING

October 13, 2009

7:30 P.M.

  

The Medford Township Council Meeting of the above date was convened by Mayor Brown followed by the salute to the flag and reading of the Open Public Meetings Act Statement.

           

COUNCIL ROLL CALL

 

            Mr. Joseph J. Lynn, Jr.                                     Present

            Mr. Christopher Myers                                     Present

            Mrs. Mary Ann O’Brien                                             Present

            Deputy Mayor Robert Martin                                       Present

            Mayor David J. Brown, Jr.                                           Present

 

            PROFESSIONALS PRESENT

 

            Katherine E. Burger, Acting Manager

            Richard Hunt, Township Solicitor

            Christopher Noll, Township Engineer

           

            MINUTES

 

            Public Session & Executive Session Minutes of September 22nd, 2009

 

Deputy Mayor Martin moved for approval of the Public Session & Executive Session minutes of September 22nd, 2009. The motion was seconded by

Mr. Myers.

 

            Roll call vote for approval as follows:   Mrs. O’Brien, aye, Mr. Lynn, aye,  Deputy Mayor Martin, aye, and Mayor Brown, aye.  Mr. Myers, abstained.

 

MANAGER’S REPORT

           

            Bill List

 

Mrs. Burger presented the bill list for payment.

 

Mrs. Burger 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. Myers moved for approval of the bill list, seconded by Deputy Mayor Martin.

           

 

            Proclamation for Mary Ann Gillern

 

            Council presented Mary Ann Gillern who is now retired with a proclamation for 24 years as a Crossing Guard for Medford Township.

 

            Plaque for Jim Steele

 

            Director Addezio introduced Fire Chief Jim Steele with a short synopsis of what he had accomplished with the fire department while serving as the Fire Chief.    

 

            Mayor Brown and Council presented Retired Fire Chief Steele with a plaque for his dedicated service.

 

            Fire Chief Steel thanked Council and Director for all their support.

 

            Mr. Myers thanked Fire Chief Steele for all his hard work, time and research he had done to establish a volunteer Fire Chief.

 

ENGINEER’S REPORT

 

            Mr. Noll advised council on Ordinance 2009-25  addresses stormwater management.

 

            Mr. Noll also advised council on Ordinance 2009-27 that this is a bond for the wastewater treatment plant for a continuation of 6 year upgrade of plant and guarantees the 1.35 million in stimulus money.

 

            Mr. Noll advised council that we received approval from Pinelands for the Ft. Medford Project.

 

            Mr. Myers asked Mr. Noll about the Hartford Road Project.  Mr. Noll advised him that we received approval from Pinelands for the basin, but are still waiting for another approval from Pinelands.  It appears the project will be commencing in the spring.

           

SOLICITOR’S REPORT

           

            Mr. Hunt described the purpose of  Ordinance 2009-26 will provide Medford with much needed parking in the village.

 

            Mr. Hunt also advised council about Resolution 213-2009 awarding a contract for  two trash trucks and also Resolution 214-2009 to rescind addendum to Mount Construction Yard.

 

            Mr. Hunt discussed an idea suggested by Councilman Lynn that Council and employees should attend formal ethics training.

 

            Mr. Hunt advised council that Mrs. Burger and he have been researching training.

 

            Mr. Lynn spoke and read a statement.

                                     

PUBLIC

 

            Christine Balentine – 5 La Rue Lane – Mrs. Balentine had remarked on Mr. Lynn’s statement in regards to ethics.

 

            Mrs. Balentine had asked council why we needed the Mount Construction contract.

 

            Mr. Myers commented after the 2004 flood it was recommended by FEMA to have a contract in place.

 

            Nancy Schade - 7 Pointe View Circle –Mrs. Shade brought to council’s attention that the contract title awarded to Mount Construction is very confusing and unclear.

 

            Nancy Schade and Bill Schade both brought up the issue of ethics.

 

            John Fiorei – Birchwood Lakes – Mr. Fieri lived thru the 2004 flood and believes everything possible was done to help Medford Township residence. 

 

            Mr. Fiore believes that the township took care of looking into the future.

 

            John Donadu – 6 Birchwood Drive – Brought up about the 2007 Flood that a quick response was received from Mount Construction.

 

            Mr. Achey had given him his phone number after the 2004 flood and he called him during 2007 and Mr. Achey called contractors immediately to assist.  Mr. Donadu advised without this response it would have been as bad as 2004.

 

            Randy Pace – 46 Woodthrush Trail – Mr. Pace wanted to know from Mr. Hunt and Mr. Lynn when they had spoken to discuss the ethics conflict.

 

 Mr. Pace asked council did they know about the conflict.

 

Lisa Post – 20 Golfview Drive – Ms. Post addressed council stating she was a member of council from 2001 thru 2008. 

 

Ms. Post stated she was member during 2004 flood in which she attended numerous meetings with FEMA, State OEM, State Police, County OEM and Township Officials.

 

Ms. Post stated at that time it was strongly recommended to have an emergency contract.   The Council believed this contract was to the town’s  advantage by having the equipment closer in the Township.

 

Ms. Post stated that Council was worried about the health, safety and welfare of the Medford Residents.

 

Bill Mangiapane – 5 Pointe View Circle – Appreciates Mount Construction will be gone.

 

Mr. Scott Pukenas – 24 Knotty Oak – Mr. Pukenas remarked what an outstanding citizen Mr. Lynn is.

 

Chris Buoni – 20 Woodthrush Trail – Mr. Buoni raised questions about excessive legal bills. 

 

Chris Buoni asked Mrs. O’Brien if she ever worked for Parker McCay.

 

Ed Gann – 11 Robinson Road – Mr. Gann has been coming to meetings for the last year.  Mr. Gano feels that the people have spoken and council has responded.

 

Mr. John Cirenza – 106 N. Lakeside Drive, East – Mr. Cirenza, stated he is the President of Birchwood Lakes Colony Club and appreciates the contract that was awarded and all the town does for its residents.

 

Eric Spinner - 79 Union Street – Mr. Spinner advised council he was the owner of Health Haven, Vice President of Shade Tree and a Town Council candidate.

 

Mr. Spinner advised council he was home alone 27 years ago when a flood occurred at his parent’s home and the Fire Department  pumped his basement out.

 

Mr. Spinner also directed some questions to Mr. Lynn in reference to his ethics statement.

              

ORDINANCES FOR INTRODUCTION

 

ORDINANCE 2009-25 “AMENDING THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MEDFORD BY SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 128 OF THE CODE ENTITLED: “STORMWATER MANAGEMENT”

 

            Deputy Mayor Martin moved for approval of the ordinance, advertisement and set date of November 10th, 2009 for public hearing, seconded by Mr. Myers.

 

            Roll call vote for approval as follows:  Mr. Lynn, aye, Mr. Myers, aye, Mrs. O’Brien, aye, Deputy Mayor Martin, aye, and Mayor Brown, aye.   

 

   ORDINANCE 2009-26 “AUTHORIZING LEASE AGREEMENT PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 ET. SEQ. FOR STAGECOACH STOP PARKING LOT”

 

            Mr. Myers moved for approval of the ordinance, advertisement and set date of November 10th, 2009 for public hearing, seconded by Mrs. O’Brien.

 

            Roll call vote for approval as follows:  Mr. Lynn, aye, Mr. Myers, aye, Mrs. O’Brien, aye, Deputy Mayor Martin, aye, and Mayor Brown, aye.   

 

   ORDINANCE 2009-27 “AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MEDFORD IN THE COUNTY OF BURLINGTON, NEW JERSEY, PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS AND RELATED EXPENSES FOR THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IN AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP, APPROPRIATING $3,500,000 THEREFOR, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $3,5000,000 IN GENERAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS OR NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP TO FINANCE THE SAME”

 

            Mr. Myers moved for approval of the ordinance, advertisement and set date of November 10th, 2009 for public hearing, seconded by Mrs. O’Brien.

 

            Roll call vote for approval as follows:  Mr. Lynn, aye, Mr. Myers, aye, Mrs. O’Brien, aye, Deputy Mayor Martin, aye, and Mayor Brown, aye.   

 

ORDINANCES FOR PUBLIC HEARING

 

  NONE

 

            RESOLUTIONS

 

Resolution 210-2009 “Approving Request for Performance Guarantee Reduction No. 1 Wilkins Station SPR-5577”

     

Deputy Mayor Martin moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by

Mr. Lynn.

 

            Mayor Brown opened the meeting for public comments.

 

            There were no public comments.

                                   

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

 

 

 

Resolution 211-2009 “Authorizing Adjustment of 2009 Property Tax for Block: 3202.03 Lot: 38”

     

Mr. Lynn moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by

Deputy Mayor Martin.

 

            Mayor Brown opened the meeting for public comments.

 

            Nancy Schade, 7 Pointe View Circle – What is the reason for this resolution?

 

            Mrs. Burger responded that this resolution is for a disabled veteran.

 

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

 

Resolution 212-2009 “Appointing Employee Training Specialist”

 

Mr. Myers moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Deputy Mayor Martin.

 

            Mayor Brown opened the meeting for public comments.

 

            Nancy Schade, 7 Pointe View Circle – Why is this resolution needed?

 

            Mrs. Burger commented that this is policy and harassment training for the employees.

 

            Chris Buoni, 20 Woodthrush Trail – How much money is the resolution requesting?

 

            Mr. Buoni was advised the amount of the resolution is not to exceed $9,300.00

                       

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

 

Resolution 213-2009 “Authorizing Award of Contract for Two(2) 2010 Cabover Hand Drive Automated Side Loader Trash Trucks with 31 Cubic Yard Body

 

Mr. Lynn moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Mrs. O’Brien.

 

            Mayor Brown opened the meeting for public comments.

 

            There were no public comments.

 

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

 

Resolution 214-2009 “Authorizing the Township to Rescind the Addendum to Utility Repair Contract and Enter into a Release Agreement with Mount Construction

 

Mr. Myers moved for approval of the resolution, seconded by Deputy Mayor Martin.

 

            Mr. Hunt commented that letter was sent to Mount Construction on September 2, 2009.  Mr. Hunt advised that the Township will be retaining some of the materials on site.

            Mayor Brown opened the meeting for public comments.

 

            Harvey Dinerman – 47 Woodthrush Trail – Mr. Dinerman wanted to know if there is a breach of contract.

 

            Eric Spinner – 79 Union Street – Mr. Spinner questioned the cost of materials that we are purchasing from Mount

 

Bill Schade and Nancy Schade – 7 Pointe View Circle – wanted to thank the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Mr. for their assistance and time concerning the Mount Construction situation.

 

Mrs. Schade still had some issues with the current contract but feels that there should be an emergency contract.

 

Randy Pace – 46 Woodthrush Trail – Mr. Pace advised council that he understood and appreciated the situation but he could not find the materials that were at this pit.

 

Mr. Pace also wanted to know if the Township will be withdrawing their Pinelands application.

 

Mr. Pace felt the contract should be rebid.

 

            Chris Buoni – 20 Woodthrush Trail – Mr. Buoni wanted to know if we were going to publicly bid for the materials that we are buying from Mount.

 

            Mr. Hunt stated that the quantities were verified by the township engineer and Director Willitts will be using the material for upcoming projects.

 

            Mr. Brown thanked residents.

 

            Mr. Lynn abstained from voting.

 

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

 

COMMUNICATION

           

            Mr. Myers read a letter from Raymond Winkelspecht and Diane Wishart in reference to our police department for the outstanding job they did responding to a call they made.

 

            Mr. Lynn wanted to thank the township personnel for their hard work and efforts concerning a fire on Fairview Road.

 

            Mayor Brown commented on how well the First Juried Art Show had gone at the new MAC Center.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

            NONE 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

            Solicitation Roadway Permit – Vincentown Rotary Club –

Oct 17 and Oct 24th, 2009

 

            Raffle Permit Application – RL 68 for Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

                       

            Mr. Myers moved the Solicitation Permit and Raffle for Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife, seconded by Deputy Mayor Martin with all Council in agreement.

           

PUBLIC

 

            John Fiore – Birchwood Drive – Mr. Fiori would like someone to look at Diamond Pools by Cranberry Lakes in reference to storing  materials, equipment, and an RV that should not be outside the building.  Mr. Fiore feels it looks like a big construction yard.

 

            Nancy Schade – 7 Pointe View Circle – Mrs. Shade requested that the improvements on lot of Mount Construction be put back into passive form.

 

            Mary Ann Manjiapane – 5 Pointe View Circle – Mr. Manjiapane thanked Mayor Deputy Mayor and Mr. Hunt for all their efforts.

 

            Mrs. Mangiapane felt this should have been taken care of  2 ½ years ago when it was first addressed and we would of not had this situation.

 

            Harvey Dinerman – 47 Woodthrush Trail – Mr. Dinerman wanted to know if the  property on Fairview Road was owned by Taunton Fire Company or the Township.  He also asked the property use if sold.

 

            Mr. Noll stated that Taunton Fire Company owns the property and he believes it is zoned residential.

 

            Denny Smith – Realtor – Taunton Fire Company – Mr. Smith would like to talk to Council about property on Fairview.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

            There being no further business, Mr. Myers moved that the meeting be adjourned at 9:38 P.M., seconded by Deputy Mayor Martin with all members in agreement.

 

Respectfully submitted,

                                               

 

Mary Lou Bergh

Deputy Township Clerk

 

Next meeting scheduled for: October 27th, 2009